Soup Dish: on my mind
✽So the big blog news is the Reading Until Dawn Conference. I've agreed to be a featured blogger, which entails writing more posts than I usually do, and of a type that I usually do not (author interviews & features). So look for a bit of a flavor change here at Alpha Heroes between now and October as I do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of my new office. :D (and if you think you might be interested in the Con, please don't hesitate to hit me up in comments or email.)
✽Are you ready for summer yet? Around here, school isn't out until June 19th, so even though we installed our window A/C unit yesterday (one does the job for our house in the Pacific Northwest), it's another two weeks before the schedules really change up.
✽Last camp-out of the school year - usually my troop does 2 camp-outs: an indoor "retreat" in the cold weather and then a big, multi-troop event sometime in March, April or May. This year, we got wind of another event that was already planned at a site that my daughter loves, so next weekend we're hopping on the coattails of someone else's planning effort. All I have to do is show up and not lose my 4 girls; no schlepping food or activities supplies or worrying about filling the time (Well, not much. I have backups. I am a control freak, after all).
What I'm reading
I've been reading like mad since the last Soup -- here are some highlights:
✽Beyond Innocence, by Kit Rocha. I do love this series, and the latest installment does not disappoint. I think it doesn't break a lot of new ground for the series, and it wouldn't be a great place to start, but if you're already a fan, it will be well worth your reading budget investment. If you haven't tried the series yet, Beyond Shame is free right now, and the next couple in the series are nicely discounted.
✽Sweet Agony, by Charlotte Stein. To be honest, this was a bit over-stylized for my tastes; a modern take on a classic gothic reclusive hero/poor housekeeper trope. The hot scenes were very hot, though, and the angsty hero so very, very--VERY-- angsty, so while it wasn't a perfect hit for me, it will be just the ticket for folks who like things a bit more twisted than I do.
✽The Duchess War, by Courtney Milan. Oooooo, I loved this so much. It's free right now, and if you haven't read it, you should really really grab it. A duke who wants to do away with the peerage and a heroine with a secret identity-- just so brainy and rule-breaky and self-aware. Love love loved it.
✽The Bourbon Kings (ARC), by JR Ward. I'm mulling this one a bit. I liked it well enough, but it's a bit different than what I expected. It's clearly a series set-up, and it's very, kinda, soap-opera-y. Reads a bit more mainstream fiction than romance. It has that BDB thing where there are lots of threads going, and while the hero/heroine are front and center, the romance doesn't feel like the main thread. You'll see a full review on this one next month (honest!).
✽Trapped, by Kevin Hearne. I'm pretty far behind in this series, but I'm enjoying my leisurely catch-up. In this installment, Granuaile's induction continues, and (slight spoiler, I guess) she comes into her full Druidic powers, which I thought was the neatest part of the series development. Action-packed as usual, full of smart-alecky wisecracks as usual -- so yeah, pretty awesome.
✽eeeeeee I've still been too chicken to watch the last couple of episodes. I'm not 100% sure I'm going to... although I probably will.