Top Ten Tuesday: New Series

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s that wonderful day of the week again–TUESDAY!  I’ve been having a horrible computer month, though, so I’m thankful that I’m still able to type this on my computer and not say…my phone or my Kindle.  Typing on the Kindle is hoorrrible!  The poor thing, I’ve dropped it one too many times and it has this bad habit of shutting down completely if I move it wrong (probably from a loose wire from being dropped) which is NOT good for a computer, and then on Sunday my power cord broke completely–the “head” that attaches to the computer twists somewhat freely, which means that the wires are snapped in there.  I’m currently using the power cord from my *last* laptop, but it’s less wattage (65W vs 80W).

Anyway, enough about my computer woes, onto the list!  This week we’re delving into series that we would LIKE to start reading.  I think this might be hard for me, but I’ll muddle through.  I hate not listing 10 (because it is, after all, a top ten list), but this one…I may not hit 10.

Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

1.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver–does this series have a name?  I can’t find it if it does.  I’ve heard so many good things about this series, and about Lauren Oliver’s books in general.  Plus, it’s being made into a TV series, so I need to start this soon so I can read it BEFORE the TV series comes out.

2.  The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chyma–I’m still kicking myself for not making sure I met her at the Buckeye Book Fair a couple of years ago (she was at lunch while we were there), and then missing her again a few months ago when she came to a local library.  She’s a local author in the sense that she’s from my state, and I LOVE reading authors from my state, like Casey Daniels (the Pepper Martin Mysteries series) and Jennifer Crusie.  She’s also put out quite a few books, so she’ll have me reading for quite a while!

3.  Uglies by Scott Westerfield–I picked up book 2 at a library sale last year, and finally managed to find a copy of Uglies, as well.  I also have a copy of Leviathan that I need to read, as well.

4.  The Grimm Diaries prequels by Cameron Jace–this keeps popping up as my #1 recommended book when I log into the store on my Kindle.  It’s also available for Amazon Prime users for free, and I haven’t picked out my March book yet…so this may be it.  Plus, it’s my newest favorite “genre” of fairytale retellings!

5.  1-800-WHERE-R-YOU by Meg Cabot–I love pretty much anything Meg Cabot does.  Her books are such fast, fun reads that it’s really hard to put one of her books down without actually finishing it first!

6.  The Ruby Oliver novels by e.lockhart–I read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks in January and *loved* it, and I’m really looking forward to meeting Ruby Oliver!

7.  The Iron Butterfly series by Chanda Hahn–I’ve read a couple of Chanda Hahn’s books, and they were pretty good, so I’m looking forward to reading this series, as well!  Chanda is an author I discovered by downloading too many books off the Kindle Top 100 list.  Sometimes I do find some gems in there!

8.  Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore–my husband got me book #3 in this series for Christmas, so now I have to locate copies of books #1 and 2.  Actually, I think I’d like to read *anything* by Christopher Moore.  His book covers are sooo freaking cool looking, and he comes highly recommended by several friends.

9.  Tales of the 500 Kingdoms by Mercedes Lackey–this is one of the few of her series that I haven’t read, and I’d really like to.  I haven’t picked up the latest Heralds of Valdemar books, either, but I’ve not heard very good things about them, so I’m not going to go out of my way to get them.

10.  Madison Avery series by Kim Harrison–Kim Harrison’s YA series of books.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Hallows series, and when I found out she was doing YA books as well, I was ecstatic.  Now, to find the time to actually *read* the books…

I did it!  I made it to 10!  Yay!  What series are you looking forward to starting?

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Support Your Local Authors!

Last night I attended a panel discussion put on by a local writer’s group.  The moderator put together a group of local published authors, H.T. Barkman, E.W. Lewis, D.S. Toles, and Kylan Toles.  They answered questions for a couple of hours, and it was fascinating!

Three of the authors did what I did–they self published through CreateSpace, and the fourth author had her book published through a small e-book publisher.  All four of the authors were a great example of how the publishing world is changing–though the fourth author, H.T. Barkman, had a publisher, they flat out told her she would have to do most of the marketing for her book herself.

How can you support a local author?  It’s pretty simple!

1.  Buy their book–either order it from the website it’s published on, contact the author directly (they usually have copies on hand), or go to your local bookstore and ask for it by name so they’ll order it for you.
2.  Talk about them on social media–on your blog (hi!), on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
3.  Go to events–keep an eye open for book signings, panels, and other interesting things that feature local authors.
4.  Leave a copy of their book somewhere–often places like independant coffee shops have areas where there are books to read.

Here are a few of my favorite local authors (all links take you to the book’s Goodreads page):

H.T. Barkman–her novel, Zion’s Crossing was published by Wild Child Publishing.  It’s a darker novel about Amish twins on their Rumspringer.  They get in a car accident that leaves the brother in a coma.  He has to struggle through 7 visions of Hades, while his sister struggles with more worldly things like drug addiction.  She also has several nonfiction books available.
D.S. TolesAwakenings, a steampunk novel, is available through CreateSpace, Amazon, and Smashwords.  It’s set in Victorian England.  Raine was recently rescued by the Professor, but her memory is a blank.  Who is she?  Why is she being hunted?  Find out by picking up a copy of Awakenings!
Kylan Toles–his novel, On the Downbeat, is available through CreateSpace and Amazon.  Lucas Tate is a former spy who now runs a blues club in Miami.  When someone from his past shows up, Lucas must make some important decisions.
Kyla Phillips–her novel, The Wildest Place, was published by MuseItUp Publishing.  Sala’s bondmates are murdered, so she teams up with her old partner, Derulo, to find out who killed them.
E.W. Lewis–his novel, Eden Tree, is available through CreateSpace and Amazon.  Dr. Havisham believes he is on an expedition to explore forgotten lands, he finds that there is more forgotten within himself than in any land he could possibly explore.
Kara Martinelli–her novel, My Very Dearest Anna, My Grandparents’ Letters from WWII, is available on Amazon, and through various local shops.  It is a non-fiction book containing the letters her grandparents wrote during World War II, with commentary added by Kara.

Go forth!  Find your local authors and support them!

Callie has already claimed my copy…I don’t know if I’m getting it back or not…

And for a non-local author, but a friend…Spookygirl:  Paranormal Investigator was released yesterday!  Congratulations, Jill!  Spookygirl, 2011 winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is available through Amazon.com and your local bookseller!