Some Recommended Reads

Okay, so I’m fresh out of monsters today – or monstrous research (don’t worry, I’ll have more soon.)

So, thought I’d share some of the great reads I’ve been enjoying this summer.

51T6dDa3BTL._AA200_First up, Amanda Steven’s Graveyard Queen series. I started with The Kingdom. Second in the series, and my favorite even after reading the remainder of the books. As a writer, I learned a huge amount just reading these books about how to create fabulous setting – and how it’s really supposed to work. But that was while enjoying a great story about a mysterious young woman who professionally restores graveyards and can see ghosts – but tries to pretend she can’t. The atmosphere and the creepy-yet sweet – yet funny combination of the story and writing was so unusual and engaging, as soon as I finished one book, I had to have the others … and now I eagerly anticipate the fourth! Beware: these books are deliciously addictive. 😉


Recently, I’ve found myself engaged by Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series. I’m becoming more of an urban fantasy fan, and I like my reads 517c8apFNlL._SL200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU15_AA200_funny, as this one is. The first book in the series is Hounded. Herein you meet “Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old druid – the last of his kind”(source: Kevin Hearne’s site). They’re set in the modern day, where gods of every size and denomination romp around. There’s a talking hound, and a lot of fun mythology and geek-culture references. I enjoy that the stories are fun, yet make me laugh and think, written in a funny, easy-to-enjoy style. I’m finished up to book 3, Hammered, which was my favorite one yet.

Hope you enjoy – and hopefully more beasties and paranormal beats for you next week. 🙂

What are some of the books you’re reading now? Any you’d recommend?

Thanks for reading – and sharing. Have a great week!