Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Mini Update & A Double-Treat...

Happy Thursday All,

Let me first apologize for having posts so few and far between. I'm working on the final proofs of the edits my publisher sent me, I've had some other stuff come up in my real life I had to deal with, and I've been reading, reading, reading.

Recently I finished two novellas. They're both YA, but they couldn't be more different from each other.

I'll start with the one that was out first (and that I read first):

Katie McGarry, who wrote the gritty, contemporary YA, Pushing The Limits has returned with another hit out-of-the-park with her follow-up novella, Crossing The Line. Lila, Echo's best friend, is the heroine of this short-story. One of the things I loved about this novel was that Lila and Lincoln get to know each other through letter writing (snail-mail style). Lila is facing the very first time being left alone at home overnight. As a high school graduate, she looks at it as an opportunity to get ready to go away to college. However, the noises she's hearing at night, and the fact she's certain she saw someone hanging around her house have her doubting whether or not she's brave enough to face the big world on her own. Her one consolation is that Lincoln is going to join her in Florida to attend college, as well. However, Lincoln's mess of a home life, and a secret he hasn't shared with Lila, might just put a wrench in their plans. Will Lila forgive him, or will this whole test Lila's put herself through be for nothing? Crossing The Line is a precursor to the upcoming release of Katie's newest novel, Dare You To, due out May 28, 2013. (Crossing The Line is only available in E-book form. You can get it on Amazon Kindle or on Barnes & Noble Nook).

The second novella was...

In anticipation of the final installment of the fabulously talented C.C. Hunter's Shadowfalls Series, we get a glimpse into the next
Shadowfalls heroine, Della, Kylie's best friend. Della is a no-nonsense, I-can-take-care-of-myself, sassy vampire. However, when sent on a special mission for FRU agent, Burnett, Della realizes that in spite of the pain and disappointment in her life, her heart still craves a closeness that sexy shape-shifter, Steve is willing to give. Not only that, but he's also willing to stand by her, save her life, and help her "save face" all while being one heck of a charmer. Yet, is it enough? Can Della let her guard down at all? As a fantastic lead-in to Chosen At Nightfall (due out April 23, 2013), and the subsequently anticipated stories about Della, fans of Shadowfalls series will not want to miss out on Saved A Sunrise. I truly enjoyed it. Della's a great character and I look forward to seeing what C.C. comes up with for her stories. (Saved At Sunrise is also only available in E-book form--Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook).

So, if you're looking for something to read, either one of these novels would be great fun. I'm reading another novella now. I'm planning on 2 other book reviews (one was an unexpected ARC on a June release, the other is one that I'll post closer to the release date this month).

What have you all been reading?

Have A Terrifically Thrilling Thursday!


JOAN REEVES aka SlingWords said...

Hi, Bethany! I read & reviewed Trust No One by Diana Layne last weekend. Good book! Posted review. If anyone wants to it, here's link:

Now reading Darkness on the Edge of Town by J.R. Rain. Police detective store with a little paranormal twist.

Bethany said...


That sounds exciting! Hope you enjoy it.

Thank you for dropping by and commenting. :-)

Teri Thackston said...

Hi, Bethany,
You do such a great job at reviewing. Thanks for telling us about two more fabulous books!

Bethany said...


Awww, thanks! I try. I don't usually say too much about my personal feelings about a book, but since these were novellas and I really liked them, I figured I'd say why. Generally I like to focus on the plot in my reviews and less on what I liked or didn't like. I prefer to let the reader decide what he or she will read. :-)

Thank you for dropping by and commenting! :-)

JOAN REEVES aka SlingWords said...

Hi, I had to make a correction to my comment about what I was now reading. It IS Darkness on the Edge of Town BUT it's bu the other author who uses the J initial -- J. Carson Black not J.R. Rain.

I realized my error when I was writing the review for the book to post on SlingWords today.

Sometimes my brain doesn't know what my fingers are typing. *g*

Have a great weekend!

Tonette said...

I hadn't been getting notifications of new posts,Bethany;I'd see you on FaceBook and think you were just occupied,(I have neglected one of my blogs badly.)
Glad that you are cranking 'em out;I'm sure they are wonderful,

And there is NOTHING like getting time to read;I have taken more time for it myself lately.

Hope all is well!

Bethany said...


If you see me online, message me...I've always got time for my friends.

I'm not really cranking out the blog posts LOL, but I'm trying to get a little more often than I was.

Thank you for dropping by and commenting! :-)