Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Transworld Summer Reading Challenge!

Do you love to review books? Do you post reviews on Amazon? Are you an avid blogger? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Transworld Summer Reading Challenge is for you!

Hello Angels,

Just in case you hadn't already heard, there's a Summer Reading Challenge going on over at Between the Lines and they're looking for readers/reviewers. Click on over if you're interested!

Since I've recently decided to delve back in to the male psyche via books, I've chosen some doozies that sound fascinating!
  1. Exit Wound by Andy McNabb
  2. Bryant & May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler
  3. Amberville by Tim Davys
  4. 61 Hours by Lee Child
Each of these novels has a delightful twist. Stand by for reviews here at That Rebel with a Blog and at

In the meantime, I am reading novels by three other male types. Two I have met personally (by blog or in person), the other I haven't had the pleasure, though I do follow his blog.

  1. "America's Galactic Foreign Legion Book I, Feeling Lucky" by Walter Knight. I met Wally late one night on someone else's blog. I have no idea whose. When I clicked over I found out he wrote this 13-book series and it sounded like fun so I ordered #1. I'll tell you more when I get to THE END, but so far it is as advertised: fun, fast and fantastical.
  2. "Sandman Slim" by Richard Kadrey. I started following Richard's blog a while back after Colleen Lindsey (lord if it wasn't Colleen, I'm sorry to the person who did) mentioned him. After standing in the book aisle at Walmart reading bits and snatches of his writing, I had to buy this book. So far I've met Sandman and I am sorry to report that I fell in love before finishing the first chapter. I'll let you know if I'm still in love when I'm done.
  3. "Just Passin' Thru" by Winton Porter. I picked this up at Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi from the author/owner. Winton was charming and personalized the already-signed copy for me - "Welcome to Mountain Time!" His memoir is about the cast of unforgettable characters than show up and leave his little mountain store on the Appalachian Trail.
  4. "Ghost of a Chance" by Roland D. Yeomans. Many of you are probably following Roland and reading this, too. If not, click on over to Chapter One to catch up on the story and to follow along. Roland is sharing this work with us, a chapter at a time, as he writes himself in to a mystery filled with the incredible characters from his novels.
I'm looking forward to finishing these and getting my first new 'male' in the mail from Transworld Publishers.

Why am I on this all-male reading blitz frenzy thing? Seems one of my new main characters is an alpha male sort and I need to rub shoulders with some powerful dudes. I could think of much worse things to do.

~Olivia J Herrell


Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks for the link and the idea of reviewing books. I did a review of SANDMAN SLIM on my blog. (Also BLOODSUCKING FIENDS and GIL'S ALL FRIGHT DINER -- 2 more that I highly recommend.)

I hope you like SANDMAN SLIM as much as so many others have.

And even greater thanks for shouting out my continuing serial GHOST OF A CHANCE. Sunday's guest blogger was Death. Monday's will be another surprise guest blogger with a major clue and another mystery.

Have a great productive week, Roland

Walter Knight said...

Olivia, if it will assist your writing, you can rub shoulders with me anytime. I'm here to help.


Unknown said...

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Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Roland, your review of Sandman Slim was the reason I picked it up in the first place. Thank you. I'll probably try the other two as time goes on. Reading your work has showm me that there is redemption even in the darker side of the literary world.

Walter, thank you. I'm taking you up on that. I'm looking forward to your upcoming blog! :D

reberto, hmmm, you have no link back to your profile, sneaky devil. I've seen this same comment on my friends' blogs. I decided to click through and no thank you, I'm not interested.

Terry Stonecrop said...

This is a good idea!

With a male protagonist and PI, I read a lot of PI mysteries with, guess what? Male MC's;)

I like men, anyway, so I'm pretty attuned to them. But I do have men give advice and check with them when I'm uncertain. Don't want to emasculate Gardner!

Unknown said...

Enjoy! All that manly reading should be entertaining and informative ;)

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