Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Astraea Press MUST READS!!

scooterMy son is riding his scooter he got for Christmas all over the house (thank you Grammy and Pap) and I’m trying write. Okay…I was procrastinating  on facebook. Ahem. And I kept running across all these posts about top books in 2012 and I thought, You know, I don’t leave a lot of reviews for my fellow Astraea Press authors because I have a hand in editing a great number of them, and we don’t review at all now because we don’t want to give the wrong impression, but I have some top Astraea Press books that I always tell people to read.

I’m going to add a disclaimer at this point that the books listed were published in 2011 and 2012 and the list is far from complete. I didn’t wanna make this post too long. (Need to get back to writing or my writing partner Kay Springsteen and the Editor in Chief for Astraea Press Stephanie Taylor will be moved to violence!) I randomly picked five books from my looooong list of favorites and you’ll see many of the others in the weeks to come.

So in no particular order, five of my favorites from Astraea Press:

2012The Toymaker.
When Kay Springsteen sent this to me, I emailed her back after reading two pages to let her know she had me hooked! The detail, the emotion, the STORYTELLING! Phillip and Ivy come to life, along with all the secondary characters. When I read the ending…I actually had tears in my eyes!
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2012 - bAll We See or Seem
I’m not that crazy about science fiction, but I’m fascinated by conspiracy theories – so I loved this story. Gem is one of those characters who is funny without meaning to be. Her innocence is endearing and Gryff is an alpha male without trying! My only complaint is that Leah Sanders doesn’t have the sequel out yet!
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Into the Ether
This book needs made into a movie. Period. Kudos to Vanessa Barger for creating such a unique, amazing character in Genevieve, a Touch-Know. Genevieve can talk to inanimate objects (or are they truly inanimate?) and Barger carries this off in such a fashion that I believed it! Vanessa, where is the sequel??? I’ve been waiting for nearly two years!!! This Steampunk YA will keep you reading.
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2012 - cIn the Spotlight
OMG! I laughed out loud at so many places in this book my side hurt. The slow build of the relationship between Hannah and Josh was refreshing to read. I love how flawed these characters were from the first page. They were believable teenage kids and it made the story better. One of my resolutions for 2013 is to read the follow-up Curtain Call.
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2012 - aThe Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex
BLAHAHAHA! When sixteen-year-old Maggie inherits the job of Fairy Godmother from her grandmother, she does a fabulous job of messing it up, and I was all too happy to laugh at her faux pas! Very unique telling of the fairy godmother story!
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So there you have it! Five of my favorites! And the list is far from complete. Be sure to check back for more of the best books by Astraea Press in the following months. So many to read, so little time!

I know I’m personally chomping at the bit to read Fried Pickles and the Fuzz by Calico Daniels, the next Scandal book by Vivian Roycroft, and Kay Springsteen’s follow-up to The Toymaker! But more importantly! I can’t wait to bring all of you the long-awaited sequel to my and Kay Springsteen’s A Lot Like A Lady, Something Like A Lady! I promise, it will be worth the wait!



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