And I don't feel the least bit guilty about it... which is weird for me. *shrug*
Anyway, I spent the weekend reading and I learned a couple things:
Thing 1: Karin Tabke is bloody brilliant. I'm not a huge fan of historical romance, but she nailed the novel. I fell for the main characters, and then I fell for the secondary characters. As I said in the comments over on her blog, I really want to know how things turn out for Thorin. He had to be my favorite secondary character and I hope she's planning a book for him, too. If you haven't bought a copy yet, get thee hence.
Thing 2: Lynn Viehl is a genius. Now, her Darkyn novels are not for everyone. They're a little harsh in places (which - sorry Lynn - I skip over), but the storyline itself is exceptional. She's taken the myth of the vampire and warped it into something completely new. Yes, they still have fangs and drink blood, but once you get beyond the obvious bits of the myth, she's nailed a whole new way of looking at the species. This last book was her sixth and she's putting more pieces together for the reader - things I never saw coming leaped out and smacked me in the back of the head. I sat there thinking "Now why didn't I think of that?" - because I can usually see where a plot is going ahead of time. Not with the Darkyn novels. I'd tell you more, but I don't do plot spoilers.
Now, don't get me wrong. All the books I've read this weekend have been awesome, but those were the two glaring points for me today. They make me want to be a better writer, and do the whole Wayne's World "I'm not worthy" thing in front of Lynn and Karin.
The only bad thing is...
I have to wait for the next books to come out! Write faster ladies. I'm dyin' here.
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