Yearly Archives: 2014


It’s the most wonderful time– the 2014 End of year Book Survey!

Posted 31 December, 2014 by DLWhite in Writers Write 0 Comments

 

It’s time for the 5th annual End of Year Book Survey hosted by the Perpetual Page Turner! I enjoyed this so much last year that I’m excited to do it again this year. 

Joining in? YAY! So feel free to fill this out whenever you feel like it…whether that’s today or in January   and drop your link at the hostess’ page so everyone can take a look!

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2014!!

 

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Number Of Books You Read: Current count is 90 (my goal was 75).

Number of Re-Reads: 0- I rarely re-read books. I just have too many in my TBR stack to re-read. I did pull two from the DNF pile and finished them.

Genre You Read The Most From: Literary Fiction, with a second to romance/Erotic Romance thanks to my friend Roni. :)

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

This question is IMPOSSIBLE to answer! I’ll tell you, though, my five star reads for 2014:

  • Five Minutes Alone (Theodore Tate, #4) – Cleave, Paul
  • The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress  -Lawhon, Ariel (Literary/Women’s fiction)
  • Lost Lake  -Allen, Sarah Addison (Literary Fiction)
  • Need You Tonight (Loving on the Edge, #5)  -Loren, Roni  (Erotic Romance)
  • The Silent Sister – Chamberlain, Diane  (Literary Fiction)
  • No Limits (Ultimate, #1) -Foster, Lori  (Romance)
  • The Fragile World -DeBoard, Paula Treick  (Literary Fiction)
  • Blurring the Lines (Invitation to Eden series)  -Loren, Roni  (Erotic/Paranormal/Romance)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Slow Satisfaction, by Cecilia Tan. This writer had me hooked from book one, except I didn’t know that it ended in a cliffhanger. Book two did nothing for me, there wasn’t more than a cameo, in my opinion, from the love interest from book one. By book three I was tired, but excited to see the story wrap up. I just didn’t like the execution and I dislike that it took me two years to read what could have been one book.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

Gray Mountain, John Grisham- After Sycamore Row, I thought Grisham was back, but Gray Mountain reads like something he shot off his hip and decided to publish this year. He is hot and cold to me; this year he was very cold.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

I don’t think I pushed anyone to read anything this year. I did talk a lot about The Wife, The Maid and the Mistress, mostly among people who’d already read it.

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Not really a series reader though the Invitation to Eden series that Roni Loren was a part of has been pretty good.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Caroline Kepnes. I can’t WAIT to hear more from her!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

XL Love by Sarah Varney was excellent. I almost never read nonfiction but I read that book twice and referred to it extensively

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave. I dread the day when there will be no Cleave books for my year end survey but it looks like he’s got another in the pipeline for 2015, as does John Lescroart.

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Not really a re-reader. I’ve already re-read XL love. Maybe You? But… I don’t really -re-read books.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

First Frost is GORGEOUS.

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Fragile World was great too.

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Cleave wins again. Theodore Tate!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Fragile World, Paula Treick DeBoard. It was one of those books I want to close and start reading again from the beginning.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

Books don’t really change my life… I enjoy them and that’s pretty much the extent of their effect on me!

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Didn’t really read any oldies this year!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

I have a ton of books that don’t have page numbers listed. I think the shortest may be The Giver.   The longest was Sandra Brown, Chill Factor at 560, but that book didn’t really feel that long… I think that’s probably a misprint. The next longest is Farthest House at 504 pgs.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I don’t remember a shocker this year… not really.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

I am not a pairer.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

TIE! Five Minutes Alone,  Paul Cleave and The Keeper from John Lescroart. I look forward to their novels every year.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Hmmmmmmmm. A book I read based on peer pressure…. Probably…. 32 Candles by Ernessa T Carter.  I heard a LOT about her book and was given a sideways glance a few times when I said I hadn’t read it. I really enjoyed it as well as the follow up, The Awesome Girl’s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Cannon Colter from No Limits, and Getting Rowdy and Run the Risk by Lori Foster. HOLY CRAP. *fans self* 

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

You, Caroline Kepnes. THOROUGHLY enjoyed.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

First Frost. Sarah Allen just has a way with words.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Hmmm. Five Minutes Alone was a really good read and I don’t know about putting a smile on my face, but every chapter was pretty much a deeper fall into the pit of despair. There was a lot of flailing and ‘Oh my GAH!’ going on while reading it!



Why you gotta be Anonymous?

Why you gotta be Anonymous?

This story’s inspiration and theme song… Because I am impatient…… I decided to load up Anonymous last night because I figured it might take some time to get things right to be able to upload. And I was correct! Smashwords requires that you make certain edits to your document for readability and a general clean look, and I had to back and correct my table of contents. And then once you upload it has to sit in the queue and I am still waiting to see if it’s accepted in the Premium Smashwords Directory, which sends my book to Apple and B&N, etc. But for the most part, Anonymous is LIVE!   And it has an ISBN number, which means I can apply for an Author account at Goodreads.  Already submitted! \o/ So my baby is up on Smashwords HERE and available for download in every format known to man. It’s also in the queue going live at Amazon, but it takes about 12 hours to go live. Amazon doesn’t let me sell it for free, so it’s 99cents there if you just feel like paying for it. It’s at Smashwords for free. EXCITE!  



Review: Vanished by Elizabeth Heiter

Title: Vanished Series: Profiler Author: Elizabeth Heiter Genre: Fiction Publisher: Mira Books Release Date: December 30, 2014 Format: eBook Pages: 400 Source: NetGalley Sometimes, the past can haunt you… Eighteen years ago, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine’s best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared, the third in a series of unsolved abductions. Only a macabre nursery rhyme was left at the scene, a nursery rhyme that claimed Evelyn was also an intended victim. Now, after all these years of silence, another girl has gone missing in South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. But is Cassie’s abductor really back, or is there a copycat at work? Sometimes, the past is best forgotten… Evelyn has waited eighteen years for a chance to investigate, but when she returns to Rose Bay, she finds a dark side to the seemingly idyllic town. As the place erupts in violence and the kidnapper strikes again, Evelyn knows this is her last chance. If she doesn’t figure out what happened to Cassie eighteen years ago, it may be Evelyn’s turn to vanish without a trace. I received an advanced copy of this novel from Harlequin-MIRA via NetGalley. I wasn’t going to read this book initially. I saw it, considered it, then skipped over it because I tend to be picky about my thriller and suspense picks. When you read gritty stuff like Lescroart and Cleave, how can an author from Harlequin ever measure up? I saw on twitter that Paula Treick DeBoard, one of my fave new authors and friend of a friend (which makes her a friend in my head) was planning to read it, so I took a second look, read the blurb and decided to go for it. So happy that I did! I really enjoyed Vanished from beginning to end. This is book two in a series on FBI profiler Evilyn Blaine. I am a HUGE fan of Criminal Minds, which is a TV series about a group of Profilers from the […]




My Christmas Hero: A Short Story

My Christmas Hero: A Short Story

This story was written as a gift for the Secret Santa 2011 Challenge at the NF Story Archive. Thought I would revisit it for Christmas!   Christmas Eve, 2011 Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall was decked out in its annual holiday finery, beckoning with the sounds and smells of Christmas. Lush green garlands with sparkling lights intertwined between the branches adorned the doorways of each store. An enormous, fully decorated tree stood at the center of the mall, stretching three stories tall. And just loud enough to hum along to, cheery mood-lifting music filtered over hundreds of heads from loudspeakers. You wouldn’t even know it was December- damn near Christmas- if it wasn’t for the overdone festivity. Garlands and glitter and flashing lights, blow-up Santa dolls, sparkly snowflakes and tinsel-God, the tinsel on everything, everywhere was a severe contrast to the sunny, cloudless, 70 degree temperature. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” JC mumbled the familiar tune as he and Joey bustled past JCPenney, approaching Macy’s. Armed with a last minute shopping list and a few hours to burn, JC and Joey were on a mission to find three gifts, have them wrapped, and get back to the Fatone house in time to slip the presents under the tree. “It looks like Christmas threw up in here.” Joey chuckled, his head low as they pushed through a thick crowd of last minute shoppers. “You’re such a Grinch.” “I feel like I’ve been celebrating Christmas since Halloween.” “That’s because you have. But Christmas is tomorrow, so it’s almost over.” “It’s like there’s some kind of competition as to which business can be the most annoyingly attractive to shoppers. Come spend all your money here, not there! That’s totally not what Christmas should be about.” “Yeah, but it’s a big time of year for retail. They gotta make money somehow.” An ear piercing scream and a heavy thud broke through tidings of comfort and joy like a record scratch. A scuffle […]



[Review] Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

[Review] Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I didn’t think I would enjoy this book, but I listened to the audio version to and from work for about a week and found myself drawn into the drama of the Lee family. The relationship between Marilyn and James is at once loving and stifling. I enjoyed the forays back to their beginning and pulling the reader forward. Proof that our past shapes our present.




Going hardcore ya’ll… for the 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge at Fictively.com!

Going hardcore ya’ll… for the 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge at Fictively.com!

2014 was a banner year for reading, specifically for reading eGalleys from NetGalley. My count so far is 41 books in this year’s challenge and I am reading two more as I type. I hope to top 45 this year so…woohoo! My ratio right now is just over 50%, which is FANTASTIC because it was abysmal at the start of 2014.  The recommended ratio is 80% so I am going to be spending 2015 getting to that number. I’ve got some great galleys to get me there! So this is my post for 2015’s challenge! I’ve chosen the HARDCORE level, since I read a lot and 40 books was no challenge at all for this year. As always I’ll track my progress via a Goodreads list and along the side panel.  Once a quarter, we update at Fictively.com and enter a drawing for prizes. Want to join? Head on over to Fictively and jump right in! And if you’re interested in reading books and yapping about them before their publication date, head on over to NETGALLEY and sign right up! Some great books coming out in 2015. I’m so spoiled by being able to read some of my favorite authors before anyone else!