My ‘To Be Read’ Pile - Melting Pot
Well, dang it, sometimes LIFE just happens and I did not get to finish reading my books this month. So now is a nice time to introduce a new section to my monthly posts.
My To Be Read Pile will include books that I’ve selected to be featured in future columns. The publishing industry is finally starting to catch on to the need for diverse stories and as a result there are a plethora of books across a wide swath of genres that I want to bring to this column. Once I’ve read them, you’ll see them tossed into The Melting Pot with my commentary.
Let’s add the sweet flavors of the best intentions to The Melting Pot….
Ok – so I’m a sucker for great marketing and I LOVE this cover! You can just tell she is sassy and defiant and beautiful. I’ve been told the lie that putting a brown skinned person on your cover decreases sales….well the cover art is precisely why I bought this book…well, that and the cover copy. The sentence, “This book is an autochorissexual romance (on the asexual spectrum) but contains important pieces of a gay romance.” peaked my interest. How can a romance feature a heroine on the asexual spectrum? Fascinating and well beyond the norm of historical fiction. I was intrigued and into my basket it went. If you can find it, the illustrated edition includes additional pictures of the characters throughout the story.
The Trouble With Grace: Celeste Moravia Agathe Alain : A prequel to The Spare and The Heir (Lords of Time Book 4) by Jenn LeBlanc
She had no idea what passion was,
Until she saw them...
Lady Alain needs a husband, and Quintin Wyntor will do just fine.
She will offer him a mutual agreement of respect and independence--
As long as he never visits her bed to claim his marital rights.
But seeing him with a man, with Calder, changes it all.
For better--and for worse.
And yet, she still never wants to touch or be touched.
But Quinn's heart is shattered when his lover walks away so he decides to explore his feelings for Celeste to ease his broken heart.
In one unchecked moment of passion, mutual need spins out of control and bringing Calder home now may just be impossible.
Will Celeste give in to what Quinn wants for her?
Or will she stand her ground and hope they find another way...
This book is the story of Celeste and has her happily for now.
It is also the beginning of Calder and Quinn's story which will be continued in THE SPARE AND THE HEIR.
This book is an autochorissexual romance (on the asexual spectrum) but contains important pieces of a gay romance. Both are explicit.
Warning: this book has a cliffhanger ending for Calder and Quinn, but is very much part of their story.
Warning: this is not a kissing book, but it is a dirty book
Warning: You're going to fall in love, and it's going to hurt.
This is the fourth book in the Lords of Time Series.
The other books in the Lords of Time series are:
• THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE : Book One
• THE DUKE AND THE BARON : Book Two
• THE DUKE AND THE DOMINA : Book Three
• THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE : Book Four
• THE SPARE AND THE HEIR : Book Five
It was the title, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, that hooked me. I believe I saw this book on a list of ‘not to miss’ Steampunk books. Plus it is the first book in a series. *le sigh* Steampunk series….SOLD. I have no idea if there is any diversity in this book, I doubt it, but I will be sure to let you know.
The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter: The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 1 by Rod Duncan
Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.
But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…
I just started reading Iron Cast. It is Decopunk loaded with jazz music, speakeasies, and tons of diversity. So far, I’m loving the ‘girl power’ with ‘chosen family’ themes of love and loyalty. You’ll probably see this one, again, in April’s column.
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. An ideal next read for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners.
Columnist: C. Morgan Kennedy
I have a confession to make. I’m a time traveler. I love flinging myself into the future, then hurtling fast to an alternative past. In my usual time-space-dimension, I’m a mechanical engineer and business woman. So, I have a natural penchant for hover cars and steam or aether powered engines. Though I was born in the wrong era, I’m actually a child of the sixties – 1860, 1960, 2060.
My stories feature strong women, who know how to wield their minds like weapons. Their men are smart and often controlling….but, rest assured, my female leads give them a run for their money. They strive to follow their hearts and dreams for the betterment of themselves and their loved ones. Like my life, all of my stories feature a diverse cast of characters.
With my business partner, Therese Patrick, I work to demystify marketing principles for my author friends. Our first book, Author Marketing 101 Guide & Journal, was published by Gazebo Gardens Publishing and released in October 2013.
Steampunk, futurist, blerd, artist, author, and marketing maven…a real creative force of nature – that’s me in a nutshell.
Keep tabs on my adventures via my blog, Morgan’s Mix Tape, on my website: http://www.cmorgankennedy.com.