Shannon Stacey

What I’m reading & why your publisher’s formatting matters

This past weekend at camp was the first in I don’t know how long that I didn’t bring work with me. My plan was simple—ride my ATV and read. Happily, I did both.

First, I finished Surrender to an Irish Warrior by Michelle Willingham. I’d devoured this entire miniseries in order, but halfway through this one I got buried by work and had to let it sit for at least three weeks. It was a little darker than the rest in the series, but it was still good.

To follow it up, though, I wanted something light and funny, so I started Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy, which had been recommended to me on Twitter.

It did seem like it was going to be a light and funny read, and I really liked the hero right off the bat, but there were some pesky format ting issues. For instance, the scenes were broken by three centered asterisks. That’s fine, but the paragraph follow ing every scene break was also centered. Kind of like this. And, at least once on every page, a word end ing in “ing” was broken by a space. Kind of like I’ve done here. Nothing drastic, but it was a little bit annoy ing. And I wanted to sit on my deck and read, not be annoyed, so I abandoned it. I’ll also find it a little harder to drop money on a digital book from Sourcebooks again.

So I moved on to “Here There Be Monsters” by Meljean Brook, from the anthology Burning Up. It’s a companion novella to her new steampunk series which starts with The Iron Duke, and was my first steampunk read. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, but it totally sucked me in and when I came to the last page, I actually stabbed my finger on the right side of my iPod Touch’s screen a few times, trying to force it to turn the page. There had to be more! The first thing I did when we got home from camp was try to buy The Iron Duke, but it doesn’t release until October 5th. I’ll be waiting…

Looking around the review blogs and Twitter, I realize that not only did I not read during those several weeks, but I didn’t buy any books. Time to do some epic shopping! Any recommendations for September releases?

One comment to “What I’m reading & why your publisher’s formatting matters”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · September 27th, 2010 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Well, I had a book release in September, but you probably knew that. :lol:

    Kate Brady’s new suspense, Last to Die, released in September! I bought it but haven’t read it yet. That’s next up on my reading list. Can’t wait!

    Teresa Medeiros had a new historical book release, The Devil Wears Plaid. Bought that one too but haven’t read it yet. I’m so behind on my reading.

    I need to read Meljean’s novella before The Iron Duke releases. I preordered that one too.

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