Tuesday, February 26, 2019

If You Like Urban Fantasy....

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As part of the #AskALibrarian Twitter Chat that happens every Thursday from 11-12 (CST), I asked my fellow librarians and authors for some new Urban Fantasy recommendations. Urban Fantasy is defined as a subgenre of Fantasy Fiction in which the narrative has an urban setting. Works of Urban Fantasy are set primarily in the real world, but contain aspects of fantasy, such as discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, or coexistence and conflict between humans and paranormal beings ( Some of my favorite authors are Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews and Anne Bishop.

I received some great suggestions, so I thought I'd list some authors and series in this post.


The World of the Others series by Anne Bishop
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman
Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep
Graywalker series by Kat Richardson
Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn
Walker Papers series by C.E. Murphy


Richelle Mead
Holly Black
Deborah Harkness
Neil Gaiman
Jeaniene Frost
C.E. Murphy
Charles de Lint


The Graveyard Shift by Michael Haspil
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

If you haven't read Urban Fantasy, why not give it a try? It's not for everyone, but there are a lot of great books and series out there that fall within this genre.

Happy Reading!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Lone Star Literary Blog Tour: VORTEX by Kimberly Packard ~ Top Ten List!

Genre: Women's Fiction / Psychological
Publisher: Abalos Publishing
Publication Date: January 31, 2019
Number of Pages: 308 pages


Constant spinning, round and round and round, temperatures rise and fall from stifling heat to chilling cold, emotions run high in anticipation of what will happen next… there’s a fine line between surviving a tornado and falling in love.
A close encounter with a tornado, during the final months of her doctoral studies, jogs a lost memory to the surface. Desperate to relive the vision and find answers, storm chaser Elaina Adams continually puts her safety at risk by placing herself in the path of dangerous storms.
When betrayal strikes, Elaina is forced to pair up with Robert Tucker. “Tuck” owns a storm chasing tour group and only cares about two things: chasing tornadoes and making his next buck.
Seth Maddux was climbing his way to the top as the star meteorologist for the Forecast channel, but an embarrassing outburst on camera sent his career on a downward spiral. Hoping to reignite his career with a promising field assignment, he meets Elaina and a different kind of flame sparks.
Family secrets surface and passions explode in this twister of a tale.
Vortex is a story of family, love, identity and determination set against the thrilling backdrop of Tornado Alley. 


"Set in the heart of America’s Tornado Alley, Kimberly Packard’s latest psychological fiction swirls with discovery and betrayal. VORTEX may make you question who among those closest to you are really your friends." -- Addison Brae, author of Becker Circle 

"Vortex is a fast-paced story with a strong woman at its center. Readers will be in for a wild ride full of secrets, the labyrinth of memory, and the spark of romance. Definitely one to add to your reading list." -- Christine Brodersen, author of Lip Gloss, Shame and Murdered Tomatoes

"Kimberly Packard is an accomplished author who writes strong women characters. She blew me away with her Phoenix series (three books you don’t want to miss) and now in Vortex, we meet Elaina Adams, who, like all of us, struggles with her past, her career, and her family secrets. Action, and emotion-packed, this page-turner is a different kind of love story." -- Vanessa Foster, author of More than Everything 

Top 10 Things to Know About Elaina,
Main Character of Vortex
By Kimberly Packard

Elaina Adams was a fun character to get to know. While spending time with her writing Vortex, here are a few things I learned about her:
1. Favorite Music: Turnpike Troubadours
2. Favorite Food: Grilled pimento cheese sandwich
3. Her Uniform: She’s a jeans and T-shirt girl
4. Favorite Animal: Dogs, more specifically, a yellow Lab named Nimbus
5. Favorite Workout: Yoga
6. Bad Habit: Running late
7. Dorkiest Quirk: Telling bad jokes (usually at inappropriate times)
8. Favorite T-Shirt: I’m More Confused than a Chameleon in a Bag of Skittles
9. Vacation To-Do List: See the ocean (preferably with a handsome TV

10. Biggest Strength: She’s fearless

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of edgy women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. When she isn’t writing, she can be found running, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in Texas with her husband Colby, a clever cat named Oliver and a yellow lab named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors. She is also the author of a Christmas novella, The Crazy Yates, and the sequels to Phoenix, Pardon Falls and Prospera Pass.

FIRST PRIZE: Signed Copy  +  $5 Amazon gift card + Bookmark SECOND PRIZE: Signed Copy + Bookmark
TWO WINNERS: eBook copies
FEBRUARY 19-28, 2019

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Top Ten List
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Books With The Best Plot Twists!

I love seeing the hashtag #FridayReads, because it means it's FRIDAY and almost the weekend! Last week I also asked the #BookPeople on Twitter what were their favorite titles that had big plot twists. I got some great recommendations, from librarians, authors, and bibliophiles, so I thought I'd share them here.

*Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
*Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
*The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
*The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
*Our House by Louise Candish
*Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
*I Let You Go by Clare Macintosh
The Killing Lesson by Saul Black
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (currently reading)!
*The Wife Between us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Fingersmith and Affinity by Sarah Waters
*Lies by T.M. Logan
*And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Quick by Lauren Owen
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Happy, twisty reading!

*These are books that I have read.