Jennifer Lyon

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
What Are You Reading?

I went to the post office yesterday, where I began chatting with a young woman about reading physical books versus reading e-books. She prefers physical books. I heard myself describing how much I like reading on my Kindle. Then as I got into my car, I was thinking, “Idiot!  I need every physical book sale I can get just to stay published, and I’m telling people how great a Kindle is.”

And this is only like the 50th time I’ve done it.  Sigh…   Besides, publishing is change so fast that e-book sales are starting to carry more weight.  And I do LUV my Kindle!

Anyhow, last week when I was in my funk, I picked up a book off the top of a bag of books my sister gave me. It’s THE NEIGHBOR by Lisa Gardner.  I loved it! This is what romantic suspense used to be before serial killers and CSI gore took over the genre.  This book drew me into the lives of all the players as I tried to figure out what happened to the missing wife.  I’m not sure I totally buy the ending, but I still loved the book.

And Lisa Gardner is an excellent writer! In fact, I took a class from her that helped me craft my query letter for my first published book DATING CAN BE MURDER. She’s an excellent teacher too.

Next up, I’m going to read Laura Wright’s ETERNAL KISS.  I read parts of it as she wrote it, but now I get to read it all grown up in a a real book :-) Then I’m going to download the first Vampire Academy book. At least that’s my plan right now.

So what are you reading?

14 comments to “What Are You Reading?”

  1. Amanda
    April 19th, 2011 at 5:55 am · Link

    I just started Crave by JR Ward. I am terribly behind in my TBR pile, but I think I always will be. It is a never ending cycle for sure. I am trying to catch up all my current series that I am reading right now but March was such a HUGE release month I am way behind.

    I did just finish Molly Harper’s How to Seduce a Naked Werewolf and it was just as cute as the first one. I highly recommend these if you are looking for a light paranormal read.

  2. B.E. Sanderson
    April 19th, 2011 at 7:51 am · Link

    Okay, now I’m confused. Aren’t Kindle sales the same as physical sales when it comes to keeping you published? Or is Amazon pulling some kind of fast one with it’s e-numbers? I’m still reading only physical books, but daughter’s got an e-reader (not a Kindle, though) and I’d hate to think her purchases aren’t feeding the authors’ numbers.

    I finished Wither by Lauren DeStefano (YA, Dystopian) last night and started Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins. Nancy is a new-to-me author, but I got pulled right into her story. If I wasn’t so tired, I would’ve stayed up all night reading it.

  3. Val
    April 19th, 2011 at 8:02 am · Link

    Just finished Gena Showalter’s – The Darkest Secret, Laura Wrights – Eternal Kiss and Deidre Knights – Red Mortal.

    I am very close to finishing the huge 3 in 1 Brent Weeks – Dark Angel Trilogy, but as always seem to just never find enough time to read at home.

    Working on Linda Robertsons – Arcane Circle at work, but we are in our busy season so I won’t be having as much time to read.

    I usually don’t read bibliographies, but I recently read “I am Ozzy”. I am a huge fan of his and must say the book was good. Candid without giving out other peoples secrets or putting anyone down, and I just adore how his love for Sharon shines through the book.

  4. Kat
    April 19th, 2011 at 9:03 am · Link

    Iloana Andrew’s Kate Daniel series. The next book comes out in May. So I have something to keep me occupied until Sinful Magic comes out. Then I will probbly get the rest of Majorie Lui’s Dirk and Steel books to make it to summer. I may end up with more historical fiction in the summer. I have discovered that I do not live to far from Nora Robert’s Page Turner Cafe. I am going to hint to my husband that it would be a great place to take me for my birthday in July.

  5. Silver James
    April 19th, 2011 at 9:20 am · Link

    B.E., I don’t think it’s Amazon, I think it’s the publishers. And I’m not putting them down, like the author of this article/post, I think their antiquated reporting/accounting methods don’t keep up with the changing face of publishing. The Business Rusch-Royalty Statements. This is interesting even for non-authors to read.

    As for what I’m reading. I hate Larissa Ione. I’ve come late to her Demonica series and now I’m playing catchup. I read SIN UNDONE in preparation for ETERNAL RIDER. Then I had go back and read the first three (plus the novella in ebook) in the series. Finished PLEASURE UNBOUND and DESIRE UNCHAINED. About half-way through PASSION UNLEASHED and then I’ll read the ebook novella ETERNITY EMBRACED before I start ECSTASY UNVEILED, the fourth book.

    The second book in the Krentz/Quick/Castle Looking Glass Trilogy (part of the Arcane Society series), QUICKSILVER is supposed to be downloaded to my Kindle. I’ve been charged for it, but no book yet. *glare*

    However, the characters in my werewolf anthology are beating me about the head and shoulders because I’m blog hopping and getting ready to go to the grocery store instead of writing about them. I had a lightbulb moment this weekend so Iffy is gleefully running around with her scissors. I’ll need to rope her in soon.

    Enjoy your reading time, Jen! You deserve the break. :D

  6. Michelle Bledsoe
    April 19th, 2011 at 9:59 am · Link

    I am still trying to read Christina Dodd’s Taken by the Prince. I can read a couple of pages and then I must tend to life. I think Life will have to wait tomorrow…LOL :twisted:

  7. Jen Lyon
    April 19th, 2011 at 10:54 am · Link

    Amanda, I am always behind! I end up reading one book from various series just trying to stay up on the market. Did you like CRAVE? I haven’t felt inspired to follow that series after reading the first one.

    I hear about Molly Harper all over the Internet!

  8. Jen Lyon
    April 19th, 2011 at 10:57 am · Link

    B.E., everyone is confused on e-sales :-) But Silver’s explanation is right. The antiquated accounting system isn’t equipped to deal with e-sales. As a reader YOU can’t worry about that. It will all shake out in time.

    The Nancy Collins book sounds good, I”m going to look it up!

  9. Jen Lyon
    April 19th, 2011 at 10:58 am · Link

    Val, you’re getting a lot of reading done! I’m jealous! I just started Laura’s Eternal Kiss last night–pulled me right in, but I had to watch Dancing With The Stars.

    Ozzy’s book is good? Interesting!

  10. Jen Lyon
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:00 am · Link

    Kat, I hope your husband gets the hint! That would be so fun!

    I love your plan to stay occupied until SINFUL comes out!

  11. Jen Lyon
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:02 am · Link

    Silver, thanks for the explanation on the e-sales!

    Do you like Larissa’s series? I really enjoy her books! I think there’s one I missed, but I keep losing track of which one it is. And I loved ETERNAL RIDER–the worldbuilding was amazing.

    I think werewolves should come BEFORE grocery shopping!

    I hope to have reading time. I’ve been busy as ever. Life is like that, I guess. But maybe this afternoon I can read!

  12. Jen Lyon
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:03 am · Link

    Michelle, I can so relate to you on life interrupting reading! Hope you get a nice chunk of time to finish the book!

  13. Viki S.
    April 19th, 2011 at 2:51 pm · Link

    I had no idea that e sales didn’t get you the support you need. I will let you know that I had hard copies of your books. I really like paper books best but if I don’t LOVE the author I will go Kindle.
    I just finished Cynthia Eden’s first e-novella BOUND BY BLOOD. I loved it. It was so full of action that it read in a snap.
    When I pull myself away from the computer I will finally begin COMING UNDONE by Lauren Dane. I’ve heard it’s great.

  14. Jen Lyon
    April 19th, 2011 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Viki thank you!!! But to be clear, I think people who buy my book in ANY format rock! It’s the publisher’s issue, not the fans :-) I buy a lot of books in e-format now.

    Cynthia Eden novella sounds like my kind of book!

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