Friday 29 April 2011

Book Blogger Hop #10/Follow Friday #7/TGIF #3/Author Hop #3

Book Blogger Hop
What 2011 Summer Release are you most looking forward to?
This is hard for me as I don't tend to look ahead unless it's an author I particularly follow. I tend to just hear about books as they are released or just before. I am keen to get the new Sookie Stackhouse release next month - other than that, I'll wait and see what appears around blogsphere!!

If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?
Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)
Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
The Divine Comedy (Dante)
Ulysses (Joyce)
Richard II (Shakespeare)
Eugene Onegin (Pushkin)
Better in the Dark (Yarbro)
Dead to the World (Harris)
                                                       The Vampire Lestat (Rice)
                                                       Book of Songs (Heine)
That's today anyway - I might pick different ones if you ask me tomorrow! 

 What is the most difficult hurdle you've encountered on your journey to fame and fortune?
Probably myself and a lack of belief that I could do it. Luckily I have a wonderfully supportive fiance who told me to go for it and so far things have been going well. I've not made huge amounts from my writing, but it is still early days and I am at least getting manuscripts accepted by ebook publishers. Hopefully I can continue to build on that in the coming months and years.

Stand Alone vs Series. What's your stance?
I think it depends on the author. If you have a writer who can keep coming up with the new ideas and keep characters fresh then series are great. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint Germain novels are an example of when it works. But sometimes authors run out of new things to say and then a book come out that doesn't live up to its predecessor and it would have been better to have one great stand alone book than a series that runs out of steam.


  1. I'm looking forward to reading the new Sookie book too.

    Here's my Follow Friday.

  2. I totally wish I could get into the Sookie books. I am not keen on the style of Harris's writing. However, I'm in love with the show! Your bomb shelter options are GREAT! The Vampire Lestat would have been my pick too if I grabbed an Anne Rice book.

  3. Hopping on by. Me? I'm on the prowl for just ONE BOOK this summer more than any other - James Bond in Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver.

    Hop over to my blog and get the low down as to why -

    Howard Sherman

  4. Hopping over! I never look ahead much either, but sometimes other bloggers have a list of books to come. I never make them myself but it's interesting to see when others do it.

  5. Ooh I didn't realise the next Sookie book was out that soon. Yay!

  6. My Dead Reckoning pre-order has switching to disptaching soon, if it wasn't for the bank holidays I'd have it tomorrow. Alas it'll probably be Tuesday now.

  7. There are some great books coming out this summer... of course, I didn't know what most of them were until I started hopping today lol!

    If you get a chance to stop by my blog I would much appreciate it! Maybe even check out our giveaway!


  8. Great choices! This really was a tough one! Check out mine too :)

    - New Follower, Cory from Anti-Drug Reads

  9. The truth of the matter is I don't really keep a list of release dates. But there are a few authors with new books coming out that I'm excited about. Come see who they are.

  10. Hopping by from the blog hop.

    I am finding so many books that I haven't heard of.

    Stop by my blog if you like so you can see my answer to this week's question and to enter my giveaway of DANCE LESSONS....ends April 30, 2011.