Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Serial Readers…by Stephanie Julian

What are you reading this summer?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got a stack of paperbacks by your bedside and an electronic device full of ebooks, all of which you can’t wait to read.

And probably more than 90 percent are part of a series.

I love reading and writing series. There’s a sense of excitement in returning to the world of a great series. You can’t wait to see what’s new in this world you’ve grown to love and can’t wait to spend some time with favorite characters again.

Right now on my Nook, I’m reading Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane. This is part of the Downside Ghosts series and I’m totally hooked on this urban fantasy series. Kane’s mix of gritty supernatural plots and deeply flawed characters you either love or hate is a heady combination. Trust me, you will fall in love with Terrible, sideburns and all. And even when you want to smack Chess occasionally, you’ll still root for her to survive.
What I really love about this series, though, is that the characters continue to change and grow. The world continues to move forward and change and evolve.

Waiting patiently for me to finish Kane’s book is Shayla Black’s Embrace Me At Dawn, part of the Doomsday Brotherhood series. These books are straight-up paranormal romance but Black keeps all her characters as an integral part of the plot.

Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld is another great series if you’re looking for super sexy stories with hot men and even hotter romance. And of course, there’s always JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, if you’re into huge, hulking, hunky vampires, which, of course, I am.

Not into paranormal? How about Samantha Kane’s Brothers In Arms series, male/male/female historical erotic romance? Two hot guys for the price of one. Or Lora Leigh’s Bound Hearts series. Ménage, suspense, hot guys, super hot sex. Can’t go wrong there.

Which brings me to my newest release. Goddess in the Middle is the third book in the Forgotten Goddesses series. It’s a male/female/male erotic paranormal romance with two hot werewolf males, one sweet, sexy goddess of health and visits with characters from the previous two books in the series, What A Goddess Wants and How To Worship A Goddess, as well as characters from previous series, as well.

Sal the salbinelli makes an appearance, as does Cat and Nortia and Tessa and Lucy and Kyle and… well, you get the point.

As a writer I love creating a world that I get to play in for more than a few hundred pages. And I love being able to catch up with my favorite characters again.

So what are you reading this summer?

Wanna read Goddess In The Middle? Leave me a comment about a series you love and I’ll be back in a week to pick a winner for a book.

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Kerry said...

I love the Kate Daniels series and Lara Adrians Midnight breed series and Lora Leighs Breeds - so many series - so little time :)

kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

erin said...

Thanks for a great post!!!! I'm definitely a series lover... where to begin! J.D Robb's In Death, Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson, Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan, Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhymes, Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters.... etc. etc. etc :)


Pat Cochran said...

Love series, don't like having to wait for
the follow-up books! Favorite series: all
by Stephanie Laurens, Suzanne Brockmann,
Cindy Gerard, Dani Harper, Julie Anne
Long, and more!

Pat Cochran

Di said...

I've enjoyed so many wonderful series of many genre - series by Suzanne Brockmann, Nora Roberts, Stephanie Laurens, Lara Adrian, Lauren Dane, Catherine Coulter.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Carol L. said...

I've been reading for quite awhile now JD Robb's In Death series. Love Gena Showalter's series, JD Rob, Larissa Ione, Sherrelyn Kenyon, Kerrelyn Sparks and Stephanie Laurens 2 series.I'd also love to start the Forgotten Goddesses.
Carol L.
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

*yadkny* said...

So many great series out there, but one that comes to mind that I really enjoyed the Night Huntress series by Jeanine Frost. Thanks for the giveaway and book rec's:)

Stephanie Julian said...

love the Breeds! Dawn's Awakening and Coyote's Mate live on my keeper shelf. Lora is such a great storyteller.

Stephanie Julian said...

Erin, Roarke is definitely the epitome of a romance hero. Love him.

Stephanie Julian said...

Pat, I know what you mean. I love coming into a series when there's already five or six books available so I can devour them.

Stephanie Julian said...

Carol, Kenyon has a whole shelf to herself in my library. Thanks for stopping.

Stephanie Julian said...

Di, Sam from Brockmann's Troubleshooter series is still one of my all-time favorite guys. He's such a great character.

Stephanie Julian said...

yadkny, that's one I haven't read. will have to look into it. thanks for visiting.

Vanessa N. said...

I love paranormal and shifter stories. So a few of my favorite series would be Lora Leigh's Breeds and the Pack and Pride series by Shelly Laurencin.

Eli Yanti said...

first grave to the right series, dark hunter series, guardian eternity series, blackdagger by JR ward and sherrilyn kenyon's book :)

Stephanie Julian said...

I love the humor in Shelly Laurenston's series, Vanessa. They're so much fun.

Stephanie Julian said...

Kenyon is always a good choice. Ash is still one of my favorite males of all time.

Lil said...

I have been reading Patricia Briggs this summer and have just started the Alpha and Omega series.

little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

Na said...

I am really enjoying The Night Hunstress series. Cat and Bones are great together.


Stephanie Julian said...

That's another series I keep meaning to read, Lil. I'll have to give it a shot.

Stephanie Julian said...

Yes! Cat and Bones are hilarious. Love them, Thanks for stopping Na.

Jen B. said...

I do read series and I look forward to catching up with characters in subsequent books. I also read stand alones. I try to mix it up when I read. The books I am currently reading are Alexander Outland: Space Pirateby GJ Koch and Matched by Ally Condie. Some of my favorite series include Kushiel's by Jacqueline Carey and Mercy Gundersen by Lori Armstrong. There are many others but those are the first two to come to mind.

Stephanie Julian said...

Sorry I'm a day late with the winner.

Carol L., you're the one. shoot me an email at stephaniejulian at msn dot com (regular email format of course)

And thank you everyone for stopping by.