Here’s a quick round-up of book reviews I’ve done in the past 2 weeks! I’ve been reading a ton of 2016 releases for the Booktube SFF Awards and trying to review everything I read for that (plus Uprooted which i read for a readathon and couldnt help gushing about).
5* Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
4* This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
5* Uprooted by Naomi Novik
4.75* Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Some thoughts on Radiance wherein I try not to ramble too much about how much I really loved this book and how it hit all my buttons XD
A few thoughts about the queer YA fantasy novel Of Fire & Stars.
Come chat w/ me about Jane Austen!
I logged on today and was surprised to see a little notice that this was my 4 year anniversary on wordpress–wow! 4 years with this blog? But then I did the math and yeah, that sounds about right. 4 years puts us back in in the summer of 2012 when I wrote the first 50,000 words of what would become The Duality Paradigm. It would take almost 2 years AFTER that initial summer before I finished and felt brave enough to publish that novel and two more years to bring us here, many more books and another series in my rearview mirror.
I can’t say I’ve accomplished as much as I would have liked to in that time. 2015 was a really bad year for me writing-wise. I put out the third book in the Blood & Bone Trilogy and then essentially fell off the map due to other life stuff. And summer 2016 has been plagued by various distractions and some personal stuff that’s really derailed me.
But you know, I’m still plugging away even if it is slowly. I’m working to get the next couple of The Kingdom of Pacchia novels out before the end of the year. SPEAKING OF….if you’ve read any of The Kingdom of Pacchia novels and were thinking about leaving a review consider leaving one here on the BOXSET that would really help me out. This goes for all authors, but reviews are a great help to us both in conveying to readers what our books are about and for getting into promo lists, so every honest review helps!
4 years…that’s 4 full length novels, 4 novellas, and a handful of short stories….I can’t wait to see what the next 4 years brings!
Available on Amazon $2.99
So I made a DAY-Of post about the release of my new book here and on twitter but I’m a big believer in NOT SPAMMING my list so after that first day I kind of stayed quiet. But you know, we all have busy lives and don’t always stay up-to-the-minute on our blogroll or RSS feeds. I figure it’s time to make another little post saying Hey, lookit, I published the sequel!
You can read chapter 1 here on my blog.
Walking away from your soulmate is not for the faint of heart…
Following the Matilde Walker murder, Detective Ethan Ellison is back working misdemeanors and minor crimes, but he’s only just begun to realize how much the experience has changed his life.
Meanwhile, Detective Patrick Clanahan would give anything to get the memory of Ethan out of his head. If he can’t have him, and every sign suggests that he can’t, he sure has hell wishes everything at the station didn’t remind him of the other man.
Murder, UST, pining, and emotional turmoil lurk right around the corner for both men as Seattle hurtles to the hottest summer on record and their fates bring them back together in THE CONVERGENCE THEORY, Book Two in the Blood & Bone Trilogy.
This is the tense sequel to THE DUALITY PARADIGM.
Contains explicit M/M and minor M/F content.
As with THE DUALITY PARADIGM, I will be offering review copies for people who are interested. I only ask that you write an HONEST review, state that you received a review copy somewhere in your review, and post your review on the web and link me (Amazon, Goodreads, personal blog etc). If you’re interested in reviewing Book 2 send me an email: liacooperromance AT gmail DOT com.
Book 3 News
So what’s in store next? I’ve got ~33% of the final book in the trilogy written and I’ll be working on that over the next couple of months. Originally i’d hoped to have to ready to be published very soon after book 2 but it looks like early Winter is going to be more accurate. I’ll be posting a sneak peak of the cover and Chapter 1 as we get closet to the release date, so stay tuned!
I’ve also started a tumblr based WIP called The Omega Prince. TOP began life as an exercise in having fun with my writing. I just wanted to write a sweet fantasy AU, not of our world, that examined Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics in a non oppressive culture. IDK about you but I get sick and tired of fantasy AUs that are just our world, with all of its prejudices and misogyny, and the serial numbers scrubbed off.
Here’s the first snippet for you reading pleasure:
He was Lord Riven now, the only son of the late Lord Riven.
A middle child, considered spoilt and indolent in his youth through very little fault of his own. It was the prerogative of the peerage to keep their children in the comfortable style to which they themselves were raised. And so the youngest Lord Riven was instructed by tutors in the manor castle, taught to ride and mock fight, and left to enjoy the pleasanter pastimes in life such as hunting every day except Sundurn, which was reserved for feasting.
The son, known to his sisters and closest companions as Dierik, was little seen at the High Court of the King of Lyle, and there was much talk bandied amongst the other houses when his fourteenth birthday came and went without his joining the King’s Guard as was the want of most noble sons looking to distinguish themselves.
No acts of valor, scholarship, or might were thus put forward to advance the young Dierik, and his name was predominantly forgotten until his twenty-fourth year when news reached the High Court that Lord Riven and his household, excepting the son and the youngest daughter, had been murdered in their beds and the manor castle burned to its foundations.
After that, the name Riven was explicably attached to gratuitous rumors ofpatricide and plot though no evidence ever surfaced that the son was in fact the root cause of his family’s fall. The damage was already done. The more greedy and tenacious corners of the court, smelling blood, were quick to circle the floundering house. Within a month expeditionary forces began to make their presence felt all along the Lord Riven’s boarders and shortly after, the son gathered his knights and loyal vassals and marched to his defenses.
That was eight years ago.
You can read along with the rest of it as I write it here: http://lia-cooper-writes.tumblr.com/ and the tag #the omega prince.
Hey guys, so at some point I do plan on getting this blog back to its regularly scheduled programming.
One of the things I want to do is another book review. Specifically, I’m looking for something in the f/f genre. Any of you have some recs? Books you liked, authors you love? I’m pretty easy for genre as long as it’s well written and character driven.
In other news, the draft for Book 2 has been sent off to beta readers and I’m waiting to hear back. My writing partner and I have started a new summer schedule (M-F 8:30-10:30) which is rough, lmty, but productive. I’ve been editing her sci-fi novel while I give Book 3 some time to percolate in my brain.
Next month I’ll be taking an intensive drawing class (it’s called Drawing Marathon and meets 9am-4pm 3 days a week, whoa!) Maybe I’ll post some scans if the end results aren’t too terrible 😉
What are your summer writing plans? Tell me about them in the comments or find me on twitter! @LiaCooperWrites