A Year of Books

According to Goodreads I have read around 33 books this year. Looking back through the list I thought it would be fun to highlight on this blog my favorite books of the year. They were eight books that I gave 5 star ratings to on Goodreads. It is an interesting list of titles. Among them are four books written by men and four by women. There are also four indie published titles and four traditionally published by major publishing houses. I didn’t plan it this way. It’s just how it worked out. So here’s the list in the order I read them with links to my reviews on Goodreads.

David Nichols – Starter for Ten – This book (a present from my good friend, Larry) is a nostalgia book for me. I grew up watching University Challenge with my mother and was in college in the early 80s just like the lead character. I loved (and also recommend) Nichols’ One Day to everyone. This one, however, will resonate best with those of my generation who grew up in England.

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C. Lloyd Brill – Pure Control – A fantastic debut novel from an indie author who is destined to go far. Psychological sci-fi at its best. Also read my interview with C. Lloyd Brill here.

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Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl – This was a feel-good for me this year. I particularly love that Rowell wrote this originally as a NaNoWriMo project. My daughter writes a lot of fanfiction, so I’m familiar with the world of fanfics and really enjoyed the characters and the story here.

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Neil Gaiman – American Gods – Adored this book. Neil Gaiman could write a grocery list and I would read it.

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Dawn Hawkins – Danny’s Grace – Hawkins touches on some tough subjects in her debut novel about an aging rock star recovering from addiction and abuse. Another indie author that needs more attention.

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Fiona Skye – Taming Shadows – This was probably the most fun I had reading a book this year and I anxiously await the next part in this series.

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Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere – One of those book that I had serious withdrawal symptoms from after I finished, not willing to leave its world. Growing up in London, I was tickled by Gaiman’s alternate underground system and still worry about those shepherds in Shepherd’s Bush!

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Rebecca Jaycox – The Other Inheritance – I picked up this book from the author at her St. Louis book signing. I was anxious to read it and not disappointed.

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So there you go – the eight best books I read this year – Happy New Year everyone – Here’s to another year of great stories!

Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour

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Coming up in January The Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour.

Authors include:

Chiara Betrami of  www.cbmacgillavry.weebly.com blogs here on 1/5/15

Charlotte Babb of www.charlottehenleybabb.com blogs here on 1/6/15

V.M. Sang of www.aspholessaria.blogspot.co.uk/ blogs here on 1/7/15

Sarah Daltry of www.sarahdaltry.com blogs here on 1/9/15

Robert Brooks of  www.appalachianroundtable.com blogs here on 1/10/15

RJ Mirabal of http://www.rjmirabal.wordpress.com blogs here on 1/11/15

Renee Scattergood of   http://reneescattergood.com blogs here on 1/12/15

Maeve La Fay of www.thestafftheswordandthepen.blogspot.com blogs here on 1/13/15

Lee Dunning  of leedunning.com blogs here on 1/14/15

JuQuan Williams  http://godmode.quanwilliams.com read here on 1/15/15

JoElle Martin of www.dreamersforest.blogspot.com blogs here on 1/16/15

Jean Lauzier of underthetrollsbridge.blogspot.com blogs here on 1/17/15

J Lenni Dorner of  jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com blogs here on 1/18/15

Elizabeth Lorraine of www.royalbloodchronicles.com/  blogs here on 1/19/15

Deedee Davies of  www.deedeedavies.wordpress.com/  blogs here on 1/20/15

Danielle Ross of www.tsrideraworldinagrainofsand.blogspot.com blogs here on 1/21/15
And of course me, Debbie Manber Kupfer of  www.debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com who will be visiting all the above blogs!

Fluffy’s Request

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Dear Santa Paws,
Now let’s get something straight. I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas. Never did get the attraction to snow. Nasty, yucky, stuff—makes my fur all wet. So if you could keep it away this December that would be great. Better still how about a sunny December in Hawaii instead? Then I could lounge on the beach and take a nice long catnap. Then when I wake up, the waiter will serve me a fresh fish on a platter. Yes, that’s what I want for Christmas
(and a new catnip mouse would be nice.)
Yours Sincerely,
Fluffy

 

Read more holiday drabbles in May All Your Wishes

On Amazon for 99 cents or as free PDF on the WritersAnarchy.com

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Eight Days of Books, Puzzles, and Purrs – Day 7 – Sins of the Past

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Welcome to day 7 of my Chanukah event, Eight Days of Books, Puzzles, and Purrs.

Be sure to join the event over on Facebook, for more fun and furriness.

Each day I will be posting a new puzzle and having a giveaway of one of my books.

Today’s book is Sins of the Past. This anthology of historic horror stories is the first I not only contributed to, but also edited. My story, Griddlebone, features werecats in World War II, Vienna. I will be reading my story on the radio in the end of January. Full details coming soon. In the meantime here’s your chance to win an ebook of Sins of the Past.

As this is the holiday season – for every giveaway the winner can choose either to take the ebook themselves or gift it to a friend! For one chance of winning an ebook of Sins of the Past, comment on this page and tell me which historical period would you most like to visit and why? For more chances of winning head over to my puzzle page or the FB event! Also on my puzzle page I will be running a week long puzzle hunt with a grand prize of an autographed copy of the soon to be released, Paws4Logic.

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Every evening of the event I am thrilled to be hosting a variety of authors.  We have three guests tonight starting at 5 pm (central time) .

First up, Conny Manero, author of  Kitten Diaries, the super cute picture book, Debbie, and her brand new novel, Lily.

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Next up starting at 7pm (Central Time) two authors from Sins of the Past.

Firstly the wonderfully prolific Jen Ponce.

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And last, but by no means least, at 8pm we welcome horror writer, Don Miskel (watch out for the sugar weasels).

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And don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter which has many prizes from a multitude of authors.

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Eight Days of Books, Puzzles, and Purrs – Day 6 – Heroes & Villains

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Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter – running for the whole eight days of the event!

 

Welcome to day 6 of my Chanukah event, Eight Days of Books, Puzzles, and Purrs.

Be sure to join the event over on Facebook, for more fun and furriness.

Each day I will be posting a new puzzle and having a giveaway of one of my books.

Today’s book is Heroes & Villains. This anthology was created by Facebook’s Fiction Writers’ Group and includes my story, Alistair. Those of you who have read P.A.W.S. know who that is!

As this is the holiday season – for every giveaway the winner can choose either to take the ebook themselves or gift it to a friend! For one chance of winning an ebook of Heroes & Villains, comment on this page and tell me who your favorite villain is (from either a book or a movie)? For more chances of winning head over to my puzzle page or the FB event! Also on my puzzle page I will be running a week long puzzle hunt with a grand prize of an autographed copy of the soon to be released, Paws4Logic.

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Every evening of the event I am thrilled to be hosting a variety of authors.  We have two guests tonight starting at 7 pm (central time) .

First up, C. Lloyd Brill, author of  Pure Control.

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Read my interview with C. Lloyd Brill here.

 

Next up at 8pm (Central Time) is Kate Marie Robbins. You can check out her books on her Amazon page.

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And don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter which has many prizes from a multitude of authors.

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Taming Shadows Cover Reveal

Congratulations to Fiona Skye on her new cover and title. Fiona will be tonight’s guest at the Eights Days of Books, Puzzles and Purrs event.

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One of the great things about self-publishing is that we learn by doing.

Author Fiona Skye released a novel called Faerie Tales about a year ago, and while she was quite satisfied with the novel itself, she wasn’t entirely happy with either the title or the cover.  Unwilling to let it stand, she came up with a new title and engaged the talented Rachel Bostwick to make a new cover, and here it is:

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