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An Update from Luna Lovebooks

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Greetings fellow fae and blog friends! Kat posted awhile ago about what she was up to and I decided that it would be a good idea to update you on my plans as well! There have been a lot of changes recently for many of the 1B2 members, both good and bad. My wings wilted a little but they are getting stronger each day!

Review Schedule!
Like Kat, I too have been working on getting my review TBR list organized and shortened to make room for more requests. I am trying to alternate between the hard copies and the e-books that have been patiently waiting for my attention. Here are the next ten that I have planned to read. If you are an author and do not see your work listed, please know that I am diligently working on getting to your tale and will read and post a review as soon as I am able.

Carnifex – D.P. Prior
Lost in Wonderland  – Nicky Peacock
Stork – Wendy Delsol
The Ghost Writer – Damon Norko
Hunting Prince Dracula -Kerri Maniscalco
War of the Staffs – Steve Stevenson
Garden of Her Heart – Shanna Hatfield
Rising Tide  – Lynn Steigleder
An Unsettled Past – C.L. Brees
Eden’s Wake – Lynn Steigleder

 

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Unfortunately I will not be joining in on the current read along. I have too many plates spinning and even though both series are on my personal wish list, my personal TBR pile is starting to look like a certain famous tower and I don’t think my magic will keep it from toppling over. I opted to read a few of those in my spare time instead and get my new faerie dwelling finished (I’ve been here almost two months after all).

But you should definitely check out both series! Whether you join in the read along or not if you love urban fantasy you’ll enjoy these books!

Double-Triple Fae – Urban Fantasy 
August 4 – August 10 – The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams8200504
August 11 – August 17 – The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams
August 18 – August 24 – The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams
August 25 – August 31 – A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
September 1 – September 7 – A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang
September 8 – September 13 – A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang

 

Writing News!!!
Like Kat, I also have the writing bug. And also like Kat I have not been able to keep up with it for quite awhile. I have always been more of a pantser when it comes to writing. angelFor those of you not familiar with the term it means I just fly by the seat of my pants and don’t really plan or outline. I plan to use my time to get more organized before I write. I have several half finished and/or barely started projects that need more structure before I can even put pen to paper again. I have three main projects that I really want to focus on, one of them being a fallen angel story. I hope I can get organized and share with you!

PS: This image is one that inspired my fallen angel story. Doesn’t he look like he has a story to tell?

 

So aside from working my mundane job as well as my faerie one, I have lots of exciting changes going on! I want to give a huge shoutout to our followers and fellow readers and authors! We wouldn’t be doing this without you! So keep reading and commenting!

With love and light,

Luna Lovebooks

Kat Mandu’s New Groove

Hello blog friends! You might have noticed it’s been rather quiet on the site lately. My fellow reviewers and I have had some ups and downs and well, occasionally life gets in the way of doing things you really love. So to be honest, a couple of us are behind on ALL THE THINGS. But eventually, we’ll get back to a groove again.

But because you haven’t heard from me lately, I’d like to update you on what I’m up to these days. Plus what you can expect from me in the next several months.

Review Schedule!
I’ve been frantically trying to get through my long queue of requests from authors whose books I’ve accepted. Here’s a list of ten coming your way – and if you’re an author waiting on a review from me, I promise I’ll get to it soon.

Novus – Crystal Marcos
The Dragon’s Playlist – Laura Bickle
Superheroes in Prose, V2 – Sevan Paris
Southern Bound – Stuart Jaffe
Starlight – William Stacey
The Last Dinner Party – Carly M Duncan
Doc Graystone: Masks of Mayhem – Nicholas Olivo
Their Solitary Way – JN Chaney
Demon Princess – Kassandra Lynn
Rebels & Fools – David Michael Williams

Upcoming Read-Along!!
Staring August fourth, you can join me and other readers in a read-along of two awesome urban fantasy trilogies. Check out the dates, books, and events below!

Double-Triple Fae

The Shadow Reader trilogy by Sandy Williams

The Shadow Reader – August 4- August 10
The Shattered Dark – August 11 – 17
The Sharpest Blade – August 18 – 24

The Abby Sinclair trilogy by Allison Pang

August 25 -August 31 A Brush of Darkness
September 1 – September 7 A Sliver of Shadow
September 8 – September 13 A Trace of Moonlight

 

 

 

 

 

Writing News!!!
Writing is another one of the things I haven’t kept up with lately. I hit a bad slump in my personal life in the last month and haven’t really had the motivation to work on my pain YA project. It’s a good news, bad news moment because I’ve had the inspiration to write a couple short stories in the meantime. You can find one of them – Trouble – on WattPad! I’m excited to introduce you to some of the first characters I’ve ever worked with. And if you like urban fantasy with touches of romance and humor, these stories might be for you. Trouble is currently halfway done – and I’ve got plans to bring two more novellas into the mx once it is.

Please feel free to let me know what you think! You can find it here!

In other writing news, I’ve got two other projects I work on.

For one, I’m a D&D dungeon master (Dungeons and Dragons for those of you unfamiliar with the term) and I’ve got a nice, magical (and maniacal) murder mystery that needs a lot of tedious planning and mapping. It’s a lot of work – but it’s also a lot of fun! Are you a D&D player? Tell me some of your experiences. I love hearing fun roleplay stories.

I’m also teaming up with my little brother and together we’re stepping out onto the machinima scene. Machinima is the method of making animated film using software similar to that designed for making video and computer games. For those of you who are gamers and might enjoy this type of filming, here’s a great example of machinima: Rooster Teeth’s Red vs Blue, a web-series based on the Halo games with a comical twist.

Granted, these guys rule the roost, so there’s no way our project will be that awesome. But it’ll be fun to make our own scripts and play around the cinematic effects. I’ll keep you updated on our progress (and give you a link to our YouTube channel) but in the meantime, enjoy a Red vs Blue clip (I’m a huge fan, in case you couldn’t tell).

So as you can see, I’m up to a lot lately. And I’m also working two jobs. But I wanted you guys to know I’m still here, so thanks to those of you who still read and/or follow the blog. I’m grateful for your support! Stay tuned for more upcoming reviews, writing posts, and other book stuff! Read on fellow readers, read on!

Kat Mandu

Ivana Leaving One Book Two

Yep, you read that right. I am leaving One Book Two as a manager and reviewer. I’ll definitely be sticking around as a reader, though!

While working on One Book Two, I decided that I really wanted to work with books and authors full-time. In a decision that was part mid-life crisis, part job dissatisfaction, and part desire to pursue a new passion, I left a 20-year career in Training and Development to be a self-employed book editor. I created a company, built a website, and took on some wonderful clients. But to be honest, I didn’t enjoy the “running a business” side of running a business. I just wanted to edit.

So, now I am working with Red Adept Editing as a line editor, while the owner, Lynn McNamee, does the business stuff. What a sweet deal!

Red Adept Editing offers a variety of editing services to authors at very reasonable prices. All the Adepts are trained and experienced editors, so authors can be assured of quality work. I’m very excited and humbled to be joining the Red Adept family.

However, there is a conflict of interest in being both an editor and a reviewer. I wouldn’t want any author to feel my reviews were influenced by my editing work. So, to avoid that, I am leaving One Book Two in the capable hands of Nell and all our reviewers. I do have a couple of reviews that are scheduled to post over the summer months, but they were completed prior to now. Also, my icon will remain in the header of One Book Two.

I just want to say Thank You to all our readers, authors, reviewers—and to my blog partner, Nell—for making these two years with One Book Two so amazing. Working on this blog has opened the door to a whole new world, and I am extremely grateful.

Read Along Schedule For 2017

Kat_Mandu_100Hello fellow readers!

As we are drawing close to the end of the year and the end of a read-along, I’d love to share with you my 2017 Read-Along schedule. Here, you’ll discover what we have planned for you in terms of re-reads and fresh reads for the New Year!

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask or join the One Book Two Read Along discussion group on Goodreads! Here you’ll find discussions, polls, and giveaways of what we’re reading.

And without further ado, the promised schedule!

Queen of Hearts – YA High Fantasy Spree

December 1 – December 7 – The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
December 8 – December 14 – The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
December 15 – December 21 – The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
December 22 – December 28 – Defy by Sara B. Larson
December 29 – January 4 – Ignite by Sara B. Larson
January 5 – January 11 – Endure by Sara B. Larson
January 12 – January 18 – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
January 19 – January 25 – Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
January 26 – January 1 – Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
February 2 – February 8 – The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
February 9 – February 15 – The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
February 16 – February 22 – The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
February 23 – March 1 – Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen
March 2 – March 8 – Hidden Huntress by Danielle Jensen
Mach 9 – March 15 – Warrior Witch by Danielle Jensen
March 16 – March 29 (*2 weeks) – Graceling by Kristin Cashore
March 30 – April 12 (*2 weeks) – Fire by Kristin Cashore
April 13 – April 26 (*2 weeks) – Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The Last Dragon Chronicles – MG Fantasy
Hosted by Luna Lovebooks

May 15 – May 21 – The Fire Within by Chris d’Lacey
May 22 – May 28 – Icefire by Chris d’Lacey
May 29 – June 4 – Fire Star by Chris d’Lacey
June 5 – June 11 – The Fire Eternal by Chris d’Lacey
June 12 – June 18 – Dark Fire by Chris d’Lacey
June 19 – June 25 – Fire World by Chris d’Lacey
June 26 – July 2 – The Fire Ascending by Chris d’Lacey

Double-Triple Fae – Urban Fantasy 2×3

August 4 – August 10 – The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
August 11 – August 17 – The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams
August 18 – August 24 – The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams
August 25 – August 31 – A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
September 1 – September 7 – A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang
September 8 – September 13 – A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang

Sci-Fi Spree

November 3 – November 9 – Red Rising by Pierce Brown
November 10 – November 16 – Golden Son by Pierce Brown
November 17 – November 23 – Morning Star by Pierce Brown
November 24 – November 30 – The Martian by Andy Weir
December 1 – December 7 – The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
December 8 – December 14 – The Exodus Towers by Jason M. Hough
December 15 – December 21 – The Plague Force by Jason M. Hough

Book Expo America 2016

imageWow. Chicago, IL downtown. Ever been? It’s very pretty. Old buildings, pretty flowers and lots of traffic.  BEA took place at McCormick Center. It’s a huge convention hall and the exhibit hall was wall to wall business about books.

There were publishers, authors, book sellers, bloggers, press, librarians, promoters and other VIP’s that I can’t think of right now. The theme this year was mostly YA and children’s books, but there were plenty of romance artists there too. Oh, and adult coloring books were big. The most interesting adult coloring book was a paint by number piece except with stickers. I hear you say “Whaaaaa??” I know, right? It is soooo cool! Workman Publishing has brought us such a thing.  It’s called “Paint by Sticker Masterpieces” I preordered mine from Amazon just for fun. It’s kind of a trip back to childhood, you know?

I stood in line for author’s signatures. I was happy to get one imagefrom Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster, Robin Carr, Michael Connelly, Marcia Clark, Mary Burton, Heather Graham, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jade Lee, and Elizabeth Briggs. Each author was congenial and Robin Carr took my ranting about the conclusion the Virgin River series in stride. She just hung her head in defeat and said “I only had 20 in me!” She was fun to visit.

While getting his autograph, Michael Connelly talked briefly about the cancellation of ABC’s “Castle.” “Have you heard!?” He asks and then proceeds to commiserate with me over losing a greatly loved TV series.

Getting around was fairly painless. BEA had busses to herd their guests from point A to point B and it appeared everything ran smoothly.  I am still not able to navigate steps so I requested an ADA bus. It was driven by Robert Brooks and he was the NICEST man.

imageThe event was huge, but being handicapped as I am, I had no trouble at all.  The people were friendly and welcoming. The staff  at McCormick Place were especially nice. I would recommend going to BEA at least once for the experience. It was fun.