Piatkus Entice – eBook romance!

Just received a note from Piatkus announcing a new romance eBook imprint they’re kicking off in time for Valentine’s Day.  From their press release,

Whether you’re lucky in love or still waiting for The One, we’ve got something guaranteed to inject a little romance into your Valentine’s Day this year …

February 14th sees the launch of Piatkus Entice, our brand new eBook-first romance imprint. With new titles each month from authors including Eloisa James, Laura Wright, Sarah MacLean, Mariah Stewart and many more, Piatkus Entice will be a one-stop-shop for romantic fiction, offering readers everything from virile vampires to fairytale endings, ravishing rakes and so much more besides.

The website is now live at www.piatkusentice.co.uk. Have a look around the site, then follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up to the Entice newsletter for the latest romance news straight to your inbox.

Since I’ve fallen in love with my Kindle, I’m really excited about this new imprint and especially looking forwards to reading more Eloisa James and Laura Wright.

Be still my heart, Piatkus, you are Enticing me 😉

 

A very Kindle Christmas

So some lovely family and friends sent me Amazon gift vouchers for Christmas.  I decided to use them on some kindle books I had been wanting to read.  Combined with the 12 days of Kindle promotion, I’ve managed to get a lot more than I thought!

If anyone is interested, here is what I purchased 🙂

Lara Adrian

I’d read the first two books in her Midnight Breed series and had been wanting to get the rest.  The whole series was available for Kindle at £1.49 each (or less) so it was a very happy buy!

Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1)
Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2)
Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed #3)
Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4)
Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed #5)
Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed #6)
Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed #7)
Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breed #8)
Deeper than Midnight (Midnight Breed #9)
A Taste of Midnight (Midnight Breed #9.5)

Karen Chance

I love the Cassie Palmer series but hadn’t bought the new one yet.  I wanted to do a re-read before I read Hunt the Moon but I’d borrowed book four from a friend so when I saw books 1-4 in a bundle for the price of 1 paperback – Yes please!  Of course I had to buy the new one too.

Cassie Palmer Series 1-4 (Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night & Curse the Dawn)
Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer #5)

Lauren Dane

An author I’ve not experienced yet but came highly recommended, so I decided to start with these books.

Giving Chase (The Chase Brothers #1)
Undercover (Federation Chronicles #1)

Keta Diablo

An author I find very entertaining on Twitter writing in a very adult genre.  I really wanted to give one of her books a try in 2012 and settled on this one.

Crossroads (Crossroads #1)

Larissa Ione

This author was a new discovery for me in 2011 with her brilliant Lords of Deliverance series.  I had been sent books three and four in the Demonica series and wanted to start at the beginning so these were an easy choice!

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1)
Desire Unchained (Demonica #2)
Eternity Embraced (Demonica #3.5)

Heather Killough-Walden

I absolutely loved Avenger’s Angel so wanted to read the prequel novella and then discovered the author had written other books.  Another bundle deal that was just too hard to resist 🙂

Always Angel (Lost Angels #0.5)
The Big Bad Wolf Compilation (The Heat, The Strip, The Spell, The Hunt)

Deirdre Martin

An author that has been on my wishlist for a while, I love Rachel Gibson’s Ice Hockey books and Deirdre Martin was recommended in the same vein.

Body Check (New York Blades #1)

J. A. Saare

This was an impulse buy due to Laura at Book Chick City.  Yes, I am blaming you 😉

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (Rhiannon’s Law #1)

Lilith Saintcrow

I’m still working my way through the Dante Valentine Omnibus and finding it so tense I have to take breaks between books.  It’s also very hard not to skip ahead to see if everything turns out okay.  I’d been wanting to read the Jill Kismet series too so this was a great chance to make a start on that.

Night Shift (Jill Kismet #1)

Gena Showalter

I still have most of the Lords of the Underworld series to read but loving it so far, so when this came up on Amazon’s 12 days of Kindle sale I was powerless to resist.

Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1)

Cathy Woodman

It might be a bit odd to have a chick lit book on this list considering everything else I’d bought but I’m nothing if not eclectic in my reading tastes!  I’d bought a two book paperback bundle of what I thought was books one and two in the Otter House Vets series but it turned out to be one and four!  The third book is set in the same village but not the same characters so I just bought book two and will get the third one at some point.  A very entertaining series and I am a sucker for vet books 🙂

Must Be Love (Otter House Vets #2)

And there we have it!  I have quite a bit of reading to do… Great start for the New Year!

On that note I shall wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope 2012 is a great one for you all!

Kindle – first thoughts by Tony

I had a reason to use the Kindle last month – a couple of medium length train journeys.  Normally I’d be quite comfortable taking a book on such a trip, but I thought I’d try out the Kindle and see if it really could replace the book experience.

I read Changes by Jim Butcher.  To be fair, I’d read it before, but I wanted to re-read it before I got stuck into Ghost Story.  In the end I read them both on the Kindle, not all on the train journey of course, but I stuck with it when I got back home.

You can’t fault the Kindle screen, it’s easy to read, easy on the eyes and very high quality.  Equally, the interface couldn’t be simpler, click to turn the page, remembers where you are and the little flash was no where near as bad as I expected.  It doesn’t really weigh that much either and it’s light enough to comfortably hold in one hand, so no issue there.

However, I do have a significant problem, and that is hand position.  My natural one-handed book grip and two-handed book grip don’t work with the Kindle.  I also have an ‘I’m being lazy and holding the book down with my whole hand’ thing going on which you can’t do either.  Basically, if I wanted to avoid having my thumb on the Kindle screen (and I assume I did want to avoid that), there’s only one place for it to naturally go – and that place is occupied by the keypad that I never used.

I need a keypad-less Kindle.

I ended up settling on a ‘holding it in my hand like a smart phone’ which was okay, I’ve got pretty big hands, and I could turn the pages, but it tired my fingers out reasonably quickly.  I had to switch between that grip and a ‘thumb between keypad and screen’ grip.  None of them felt natural compared to holding a book, where it doesn’t matter where your thumb or fingers end up, you can always move them to read a word or two.

It feels like a pretty significant issue to me, although maybe I’m alone in the matter.  Here’s a few photo’s to show you what I mean.

Normal thumb grip, with the book ‘resting’ on my fingers.

Another thumb grip, but I can put my thumb anywhere I like.

Reading with the book balanced on my leg.

Kindle – delicate thumb grip, tiring on the thumb.

Kindle – smartphone grip, tiring on the whole hand.

Kindle – side grip, not bad, but cramps the fingers.

In summary – I got on fine with the Kindle for actual reading.  The screen is sublime and reading is as easy as real paper, but it’s just not quite the right shape.  A larger section under the screen with no keys would have been ideal, or a ‘touch’ keypad that you can turn off and use as a thumb rest would have worked too.

Red

I enjoyed this take on the red riding hood fairy tale, the premise that somewhere in Elodie Rose’s heritage was the woman who spawned the myth.  The book itself is a very sweet story of Elodie, a seventeen year old girl who just wants to be normal, but tragedy and a shocking truth divert the course of her life.  Her father, a man who would do anything to protect her from the curse that follows their family, drills and trains her to survive in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Sawyer is a young man who has his own family secrets and when Elodie comes to work on his father’s research project in the Park, he finds there is something irresistible about her; something that draws him to her but raises his suspicions.

Both characters are solid and likeable and work really well together.  You can believe their instant attraction and the struggle they have dealing with more than just the usual teenage hormones.  The intensity between them was well written, powerful and tasteful, leaving me and them just on this side of wanting more.

I liked the plot, that tragedy had followed Elodie’s family for generations and it was poignant that she believed she would succumb to it too.  The scenes in which she acts out her worst fears were especially emotional.  I enjoyed seeing Elodie’s confidence grow as she dealt with the more mundane bullies.   I also liked that she was willing to stand up for a new girl, it said a lot about her character.  The choice of ‘bad guy’ was good and made a lot of sense after the reveal, and it certainly had me fooled!

The pace was good and well judged, there were no moments where nothing happened, and there was always something pertinent to the story going on.

An enjoyable and engaging read in the Young Adult genre and Kait Nolan is an author I would like see more of.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Kait Nolan
  • Format: Kindle
  • Buy from Amazon (UK)