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Warning: RANT.

You’ll notice that the book discussion books this week are a little more expensive than I normally post. It’s not my fault. I’ve been having a very hard time finding good bargains this week and those books that I posted truly looked great. I think I’ve narrowed down the problem. It’s not all that narrow either.

In searching for Urban fantasy, I keep coming across books labeled, “Reverse Harem such and such.” Such and such might say, “Fantasy” or “Romance” or “Paranormal.” REVERSE WHAT??? Okay, I didn’t like harem stories when they weren’t reversed. I’m not even positive that I know what that means. I do know that I never appreciated a male hero who was a womanizer. If he happened to have a harem, I wasn’t likely to be reading the books. I don’t even like love triangles. I am pretty darn sure I don’t need harems in my reading, reverse or otherwise. Furthermore, there is NOTHING “romantic” about a harem. Nothing. No matter which direction it runs. These books cannot possibly be urban fantasy, but they are all over the place. Apparently I spent too much time on a page with a Reverse Harem because the next time I went to Amazon, the entire row of “Recommended for you” was…GAH!!!!!!

I can’t FIND the urban fantasy because these titles are in the way!!! I even tried to turn recommendations off. I looked for that little button that says “This recommendation doesn’t fit” or whatever it says. Bummer. I SPENT EVEN MORE TIME ON THE HAREM PAGE. Now, I’m scared to go back to Amazon at all! What if they stop advertising the echo spy device that has been at the top of the page since forever…and have…NO. IT DOES NOT BEAR THINKING ABOUT. Can someone go to Amazon for me and make sure that the echo is still there?

I have searched high and low, I promise you. I was certain I had escaped the harem. I found this blurb. It had nothing to do with harems…well, I didn’t think it did:

Third line of the blurb is “Falling in love with Hale and Zander. It wasn’t supposed to happen.”

I’m thinking love triangle, but I read the blurb through to the end and the last line was thus:

“But Hale and Zander, along with their friends, Baxter and Colten, have their own opinion when it comes to Carly and they have every intention of turning up the heat and forcing their way into her life.”

ALL OF THEM? I guess the first two guys didn’t present enough of a problem.


My other pet peeve lately is: “The Main Heroine must work with the (insert FBI, CIA, Police, Chief of Police) who is annoying (but hot) to solve the case.” Well, the “annoying” part is dead on. If you’re going to use a cliche (heroines often fall for agents of the law), you don’t have to go overboard and tell us how good-looking the guy is, how “hot” he is or even how annoying he is. If you must do so, don’t use the word “hot.” Be more clever or more subtle because “hot” conveys the impression that instead of reading about a competent, attractive and worthwhile person, I’ll be stuck reading about a cardboard character with the depth and heroism of a Chippendale dancer.

In perusing other blurbs, I would just like to say: There is NOTHING. NOT. ONE. THING. sexy about stalking. NOTHING.

AND FOR THE LOVE OF…why is EVERY SINGLE guy/gal “hiding a secret” that could change everything? WHY? Can’t they just kick some demons around, not fight with the love interest, and not be “hot” and just have an adventure??? You know, not all of us are hiding a huge secret. We don’t have “When she learns the truth, it could change everything.” Some of us are just kick-ass dragons and we don’t need mysterious pasts with some lame secret that usually turns out to be “his power had never been seen in the world before and he had to keep it hidden because no one would like him/her if they knew.” Because of course, everyone really wants to be the one with special powers even though he/she pretends to be ashamed of this dark secret.

Cliffhanger endings: No. Please. I know we need to sell books, but if I see the word cliffhanger in any review, even a 5 star review, I WILL NOT READ THE BOOK. Even if it is free. My reading time is limited and precious to me. I want a complete story. A few odds and ends that aren’t quite wrapped up is one thing, but a cliffhanger is a “No Deal.”

Last, but not least: A lot of us aren’t 18 and suddenly finding out we aren’t who we think we are. We are NOT ALL SPECIAL SNOWFLAKES who were adopted out because Mom/Dad was this important magical someone and they had to hide us from the world. Some of us are just dragons and shouldn’t be messed with. And that’s okay. We don’t all have to be a SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE who is about to discover we are way more than meets the human eye. We just need to kick some bad guys around, and we don’t need to be shocked and surprised when we see a scale, a fairy wing or whatever. Really. Just pick up the sword and get moving.

Where are all the good bargain books hiding??? WHERE???

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Posted: January 7, 2018


  1. If you’ve looked outside on the East Coast, you would realize that the bargain books are buried under a special snowflake … under an avalanche of frozen water and snow.

    There are a few that were in Australia, but they either burned or sank beneath the melting asphalt.

    Comment by Karen — January 7, 2018 @ 10:58 am

  2. I am pretty sure I don’t want to be on the East Coast…even if that is where the bargain books are hiding!

    Comment by Maria — January 7, 2018 @ 11:13 am

  3. 😄😄😄 I totally feel your pain, I don’t find interesting any of the things you mention, so it’s a problem looking for romance/UF (BTW, Echo is still there).

    Comment by Marisa — January 7, 2018 @ 11:14 am

  4. This is why I frequently reread.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 8, 2018 @ 2:08 pm

  5. This is why I frequently reread.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — January 8, 2018 @ 2:10 pm

  6. So basically you want writing more like Hemingway, Twain, Conan Doyle, Dickens, Austen etc. not Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber. Works for me.

    Comment by Leo — January 10, 2018 @ 10:57 am

  7. I like Twain a lot. Not a huge fan of Hemingway or Doyle, but Doyle is entertaining. And I’m not knocking any author or genre, it’s just that so many of these are in the wrong category–and it keeps me from finding what I am looking for!

    Comment by Maria — January 10, 2018 @ 1:03 pm

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