Reading Links…4/3/18


Reading Links…4/3/18

Traci Kenworth



  1. I write what most people call urban fantasy (though my vampires are rarely in an urban setting.) Fantasy has always been my favourite, and vampires are so versatile that I can find a story to fit every mood. For instance, my Patrick novel is pretty much straight horror, while the Heart of the Raven arc, in the Amaranthine series, is pure fantasy (with an evil “wizard”, a quest, and a group of adventurers). Meanwhile, my upcoming novel is a contemporary road trip, and the short story I have in Nightly Bites Volume 2 is more paranormal/historical.
  2. Lawyers in Hell forms part of the Heroes in Hell shared world. As usual with these anthologies, there is an eclectic mix of stories. Some I enjoyed more than others, but there was nothing I didn’t like. From Guy Fawkes trying to sue Satan (Fawkes believes he is a martyr and thus should be in heaven) to Leonides dealing with a recalcitrant Alexander, to ex-presidents, to succubi causing mayhem and Erra and his Sibbiti (an ongoing theme) there is mischief afoot in Hell.
  3. Tracy’s YA sweet romance fantasy, Dragonfly Dreams, is included in the charity anthology, Darklight and Daydreams, which provides aid to people in Puerto Rico. 


          Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.
  2. Dover Bookshas been reissuing facsimile editions of literary classics since 1941. During March, for Women’s History Month, they feature the many feminist authors in their collection. You’ll probably remember some of these titles from your college literature classes.






  1. “Tem has this powerful ability to blend genres seamlessly while engaging the reader at a personal level with stories unlike anything you’ve ever read.”
  2. When you run out of stories to read about a monstrous subject, sometimes it’s best to visit the folklore that fuels those tales. When it comes to the werewolf, there’s a ton of fiction out there, but not much of it is very good. Fortunately for us, the best werewolf fiction out there delivers the goods and is essential reading for your horror education. Most of the non-fiction is standard fare, but one would be hard-pressed to find a reference guide as thorough as The Werewolf in Lore and Legendby Montague Summers.
  3. you like your novellas to lead you off the beaten track into an adventure in narrative style, while still delivering an entertaining and thought-provoking story, you can’t go wrong with this book.



  1. “Each librarian selects their own books to recommend to the committee. Each book must have been published in the last two years, have school-wide student appeal, and is worthy of literary merit. Where they find books to consider is wide-open. Books can be chosen from far and wide, and not through regular channels. If a librarian falls in love with a book, and it meets the criteria, he or she is free to bring it forward.”
  2. Children make peculiar ghosts. They don’t always haunt like they are supposed to!
  3. A child is missing under very peculiar circumstances, there is nothing worse that can befall a family. The tale of magic and mayhem soon unfolds. There is not much time to find Dan or he will be gone forever.
  4. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summonerhunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal cant outrun their enemies for long.
  5. When I recall all the amazing books that I read as a child, The Land of Far Beyond sticks out in my mind as my very favourite book ever. I came across this book in our public library when we were living in George in the Western Cape. I borrowed it over and over again and now, as an adult, I have managed to acquire my own copy.



  1. An affluent family returns home from Sunday dinner only to find the murdered and brutalized corpse of a total stranger in their house. This baffling, twisted tale tests Alex and Milo to their intellectual and emotional limits.
  2. At sixty-four, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police is about to take on her last case before she retires: A young woman, an asylum seeker from Russia, found murdered on the seaweed covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd in Iceland.
  3. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured. Jane is a key witness, but is adamant that she can’t identify the bomber. When a photograph appears in the newspapers, showing Jane assisting the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retaliation.
  4. When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead – the day after buying India’s most expensive painting – the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in – and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead.
  5. A romantic and erotic love story about John and Tara, two authors who fall in love.  Their romance is put in danger by Tara’s ex-lover Antonio. After his life-threatening attempts on John’s life come to nothing, he kidnaps Tara. Dramatic events occur high in the Alps before the couple safely return to England. During their engagement party, a publishing agent expressing an interest in the book John is writing. Along with their forthcoming marriage, this news makes the couple’s future look set for joy and happiness.


Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella:

  1. Once upon a time, I wrote this book called The Enhanced League. It’s my take on a baseball league where performance enhancing drugs are not banned. It’s a little bit science fiction, and a bit human drama.
  2. The Hatis a delightfully fun, whimsical fantasy with overtones of chick lit and Disney magic. As a novella, it is a fast, fast read, and I was disappointed when I came to the end.












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