WoW #140 - The Leveller

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Leveller
Author: Julia Durango

Expected Publication: June 23, 2015


Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a Leveller, abounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.
But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?
Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Why I am lurking on this: Gaming and virtual realities, people. I don't need much more than that!

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Teaser Tuesday (74) - The Sicarii

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.

The Sicarii (Hired Gun)

"If it makes you feel any better, you were cast down here instead of left to the Hall of Punishment because Athena claimed you had the head of a god and the heart of a human... whatever that means."

That one was for getting you intrigued in the story, what little frame there is, and the next one is just because it's always good to give the female ego a little boost. Enjoy, ladies!

An intelligent woman knew that no matter how dominate a man was, it was the woman who truly held the power.

** This read is full of explicit sex scenes, merciless killing, and loads of foul language, so only intended for audiences 18+. **

>> my review (coming soon) <<

[Discussion] Indie Author Shortness and Novella Serials


Writing Trends: Are indie stories getting shorter?
What's with all the novella serials?

Lately, I have the feeling that many books I add to my tbr only have around 200 pages (60k words) -- and not around 300 pages (100k words) and more, like novels used to be. Especially self-published works, I think. Am I imagining things? Or are more of you noticing this? I don't think it's likely that all writers are suddenly more down to the point in style, so how come? I can't quite explain it.

What actually bothers me about it is the labelling. I buy an indie book that says novel on it, or is not explicitly labelled a novella, and only get 200 pages for it. Err... I don't feel like 60k words are a novel, sorry. I'm not saying you can't tell a good story in 60k words, you can!, but I feel a little cheated. And Seller 101 says, you don't want the people who pay good money for your product -- who you want to continue spending money on your products! -- feel cheated. Just saying.

Furthermore, I keep getting novellas that piece together a whole novel, instead of being intallments in a series. What's up with that? I get it if it'd otherwise be an overlength novel, like 500 and more pages. In the new age of self- and digital publishing, that's a good strategy, and it also makes sense if maybe the ending isn't written yet. Example: Snapped by Ketley Allison. But to do it just because the option is accessable? A full story, torn in parts, that are then published only a week apart (Example: The Other Fighter by Hawkeye & Stokes)? I don't get that at all, sorry. Does anyone want to clue me in?

It actually hurts me to see a perfectly fine story torn to pieces, not to mention that it annoys me to no end having to search for the next file on my eReader. I made a seperate folder for Snapped, and even added a text file with the reading order, so I wouldn't have to look it up on the web every time I finished one. Not what I call user-friendly! Is this bothering anyone else, too? Or is it just me, because I only organize in big labels like TBR - r2r - Paranormal - NA contemp - Adult? Either way, it's annoying me, and I wish it'd trend back to all-in-one-go/file stories to save me some nerves. Pretty please??

WoW #139 - Stalker

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Stalker
Author: Clarissa Wild

Expected Publication: June 16, 2015


Fuck me once, I'll fuck you twice... then I'll bury you.
No prison can keep me from seeking revenge. Especially when it comes to her.
She, the woman who put me in jail.
I swore that I’d come for her, to claim what belongs to me: Her life.
I’m not a good man. On the contrary, I love to be bad. It’s in my veins. Just like it’s in my veins to ruin her.
She’s an actress, pretending to be a saint, but we both know that isn’t true. One way or another, she’ll pay for what she did.
I will hunt for her. Make her fear me. Make her body mine.
Bad deeds never go unpunished… And I always go out with a bang.

18+ WARNING: This book is a dark romance stand alone - it has a non-conventional ending. This isn't rainbow sprinkles & unicorn fluff. It's a dark, thrilling journey of two people clashing over love, lust, and hatred. Heed the warning. Contains graphic violence, alcohol, drugs & other disturbing content.

Why I am lurking on this: I had seen this before last week, but somehow failed to put it on my watchlist -- for whatever reason, I have no idea, because it's beyond me why I wouldn't be all, "OMG OMG OMG I NEED THIS NOW". Yeah... you get my drift.

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Teaser Tuesday (73) - Wrapped Around Him

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.


Wrapped Around Him (Moroad MC 1)

"Don't you think every abused child, every spouse whose lost their loved one at the hands of someone else wishes they could kill the person that ruined their whole life? You had no one, and you fucking survived on your own." -- Cam

Not quite what I expected, but totally awesome. If fangirling wouldn't be totally not in style of this, I'd do it. Hardcore. All over the place.

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