Welcome to my monthly mini-reviews of the books I read during the month. As you can see, I updated my graphic to a hammock in the sun instead of a cozy spot in front of the fire, because it IS spring. Time to take the books outside! Without further ado, here’s what I read in March…
Lucy is a human slave being sold by a cruel alien master when she’s bought by Fynd, a brutish-looking Vaxxlian who needs a mate to bear him children. Maimed in battle, rejected by a female of his own kind, he bears physical and emotional scars. He intends to be kind to her–but has no intention of letting her go. She’s fearful at first, but comes to love her alien brute. This is a quick, light, fun Insta-love romance.
The Gorison Traveler Incident started off with a bang, hooked me from the start and kept me turning pages until I finished it. Vivian is an alien cultural specialist aboard the Gorison Traveler. When the Ke’ters, visiting aliens, begin attacking the crew, she defies orders and places the ship in lockdown, then risks inviting other aliens, the Veslors, aboard the vessel to take care of the problem. THEN she has to face her commanding officer. The Gorison Traveler Incident is a fast, creative story with a scrappy heroine and a protective hero. I had a great time reading this book.
A still-grieving widow is abducted by alien slave traders and crash lands with her dragon shifter hero on a planet inhabited by dinosaurs. Sound preposterous? More like, awesome. Metal Dragon is a well-written, well-crafted story filled with angst, excitement, and steam. It hooked me at the start and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. This is book two of the Warriors of Galatea series (definitely a stand-alone read!), and I immediately one-clicked book one. Metal Dragon is must read for SFR lovers.
Gabby is a doctor. When a mysterious man appears, turns into a dragon, and flies away with her patient, she gets swept up into an epic battle to save his parallel magical world. Six stars! Absolutely phenomenal world-building. Richly detailed, yet not overpowering. This is a very visual book. The magic and fantasy world of Wings of Stone is so well-crafted the story is totally believable. The H/h get their HEA, but there is a story arc that continues throughout the series.
Love how the Everton Domestic Society series offers a different take on the Regency romance trope and gives the heroines an actual occupation. It’s done in a way that feels natural and authentic to the time period and trope. In A Lady’s Virtue, Everton Lady Sylvia Dowder is hired to redecorate an earl’s manor. He’s an American who recently inherited the title and is having trouble adjusting to his new role. Likable characters, sweet romance, fresh approach.
David Gaughran explains what works on BB and what doesn’t, and how to design, target, and test your ads. A must read for authors who intend to try advertising on BookBub. Caveat: I’ve been trying his method, and still haven’t been able to make it work for me. I need to do more testing.
Killing it on Kobo was written by a former Kobo employee, so you get inside info on how Kobo Writing Life (the self publishing platform) works, and it does operate differently than Amazon. The book is basically a Kobo self-publishing how-to for beginners, but veterans may pick up some helpful tips, insights, and strategies. I skimmed over the stuff I was already familiar with, but I did learn a few useful things, so that made it a worthwhile read. If you’re just going “wide,” and haven’t published on Kobo before, definitely pick up this book.