The Joy of Reading Stuff FIRST

Does anyone else look at spoilers for movies or tv shows? I do. I love to know things ahead of time. Well, I get the ultimate spoiler by being a beta reader for my award winning, best selling friends. Some of you might groan and roll your eyes at that. Because yes, people have been known to turn out truly horrific first drafts. But I am very careful about who I beta read. These people whip out amazingly awesome drafts. And I get the joy of knowing that I’m one of the very first people to leap into that world, that story. It is blissfully exciting. They are also prolific as all get out, so I am constantly given fresh, wonderful manuscripts to read. Like Christmas every month.


Obviously, I can’t let slip any spoilers that I’ve learned here (sorry!) – but I can share with you books by these friends that you can dive into (with my wholehearted, two thumbs up recommendation for them all! I’ll go in chronological order. Which means starting a few centuries ago, with the drama-filled demise of Pompeii. This is a continuity of six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others’ path during Pompeii’s fiery end. But who will escape, and who will be buried for eternity?


Then we’ll zip forward to present day.The Hard Ink series is full of angst and action, heartache and humor, passion and peril (hey, this is kinda fun!). Every book in the series can be read as a stand-alone (trust me – I know every WORD in it!), but you’ll have a lot more fun if you go back and start from the beginning. That said, the latest iteration releases Thanksgiving week, and you will definitely want to scoop it up, because this guy (go ahead, stare at the cover and drool a little) is my favorite.

18079523What could possibly come after present day? Futuristic sci-fi/fantasy awesomeness! This 2.5 book series is one of those things where you can’t say much about it because of the ginormous twists that occur almost immediately. But I will say it is about a woman who is brave and strong and determined and the two men who she can’t trust, but both want her. I stayed up super late and read it in two nights, it was that good.



The Joy of Reading Stuff FIRST — 2 Comments

  1. It would be so much fun to be a beta reader, especially for stories as amazing as these three sound. Laura Kaye has long been on my list of to-be-read authors. A Day of Fire and Archetype aren’t the kinds of stories I typically read, but now I’m so intrigued that I need to read them both. Thanks for sharing, Christi!

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