Thursday, March 8, 2012

Blog Hopping 3/10/2012

Welcome, fellow bloghoppers! You're looking at my personal blog, home to the rants and ramblings of an aspiring author. This week I planned to get the first wave of Bonds of Fenris ARCs sent out, but... there were some technical difficulties. Sorry. ;_;  BTW though, there are still ARCs available for book bloggers, so if you're interested I'm just an e-mail away!

This week's ice-breaker for Feature & Follow:

"Have you ever looked at book’s cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book."

Well, no. Honestly, if the cover puts me off, and I don't have information from a trusted friend, I'm probably going to just skip the book. Now, mediocre covers that belie good books, I have an example:

As you can see, it's pretty bland stuff. All in shadow, generally unremarkable. And when I picked it up off the library shelves, I was like "Eh, why not? I've got time, I can spend some of it on a disposable YA paranormal.

Boy, was I ever wrong! This turned out to be one of the better books I've read. The old vamps vs. weres cliche gets new life in this tale of racism in an alternate-history America. I gave it a very positive review, and was (and still am) disappointed that it's been largely ignored by readers. You should definitely check it out. Yes, YOU.

This week's ice-breaker for TGIF @ GReads:

"Is there a particular author you wish got more recognition? Pick one author & tell us why we should read their work."

Me, because I'm awesome! ^____^

Alright, alright. I'm going to pick Jennifer Lynn Barnes, because she's awesome too.

I read a lot of werewolf books for my other blog, and there are only three authors I get fanboyish about: Carrie Vaughn and Jennifer Lynn Barnes.* Her Raised by Wolves books are some of the best, if not the best, werewolf fiction out there, and she's only just beginning to get noticed for it. Her writing is witty, her pacing immaculate, and her characters distinct and unique, including a teenage gun bunny and "the world's only metrosexual werewolf." The latest volume, Taken by Storm, is getting some good buzz, and due to make a big splash when it releases on May 22nd...

Two weeks after mine.

Oh dear. We may wind up having to fight to the death...

That's all for this week. Have a good weekend!

*Yes, I know that's only two. I just haven't found the third yet. These things always come in threes.


  1. Ooh, I love the premise you described for Red Moon Rising, I'll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for sharing!

    My FF

    New GFC follower thanks to FF :)

  2. New follower I did see it in the bookstore but the cove turned me i didn't even pick it, i guess a second look is in order. Click on my name to see my pick. Great pick happy FF.

  3. Hopping through. I've heard great things about Raised by Wolves. I want to read it.
    My Hop

  4. Agreed..its definitely not the book I would pick up, after seeing the cover.. :)

    A new follower! Here is my Feature & Follow.

  5. You're right, Red Moon Rising doesn't look that great, but certainly sounds like an awesome read!

    My FF:

  6. Red Moon Rising does sound really good however the cover is pretty off putting, new follower, here's mine

  7. I've seen worse on some other blogs tonight! Anyway, new follower, here's mine

  8. I don't mind the picture on that book cover, but the writing puts me off for some reason. I'm very picky! New follower. Here's mine: My FF

  9. Yeah that is probably not a book I would picked up based only on the cover. New follower through GFC, Linky, and RSS.
    My FF

  10. Hi there :) Old follower.

    Definitely not the greatest of covers. Like so many I've seen tonight.

    Here is my choice...

    My Feature and Follow Friday

  11. I've seen that book around quite a bit lately, so even if the cover is fairly bland it must have done something right to get on all thost blogs! I have to admit that I haven't been drawn to it (yet).

    New follower. You can find my FF here.

  12. I've seen this book around and despite the cover (which is just plain ugly to me) I heard it's pretty good!

    New follower.

    Here's my FF. ♥

  13. Hmm. I'm actually not sure abt the cover. Has a pretty strong antihero touch to it (haven't read the blurb yet, I could be wrong). I might have paused seeing the cover in a store or somewhere else. Not sure.
    Happy Friday.

  14. oh, I liked that cover! looks interesting to me. LOL
    I’m a new gfc follower.

    1. Just hopping by, happy Friday!

  15. Awesome FF this week. New follower! Here's my FF link:

    Jessica @ Booked Up! :) x

  16. I agree with it being a bad cover but I haven't even heard of this book before.

    New follower

  17. I have not been into reading books where werewolves are the main character but after hopping around today and doing my first meme I have changed my mind and will be adding Raised By Wolves to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation.

    New Follower here is mine TGIF

  18. Hi! I love werewolf and shape shifters books. i really dislike how dark and unpleasant that cover is.
    new follower :)
    My FF

  19. Thanks for stopping by and following. Am now following your blog too.

    Livin' Life Through Books

  20. Wow, big response. O_O Thanks, guys, glad to help broaden your horizons. ^_^

  21. LOVE your answer!!!! :D

    I'm a new follower!!
    Stop by my blog sometime :)

  22. Don't like that cover too. It looks pretty boring!

    New follower :)

    Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

  23. Oh, I love Barnes' werewolf books!!!!! The first one has so much snappy attitude and dark subjects... I preferred the second, which... how often does that happen?!?! They're each stand alone books connected together, which is so great, PLUS the relationships between the members of the pack is so great. Carrie Vaughn's radio host Were is on my Must-read list!!!


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