A Note About a Small Press

Back in December, Elizabeth from Darkcargo asked if anyone would be interested in helping out a small press with a little bloggy love. I googled and liked what I saw. Mercury Retrograde Press publishes the types of books I read, so naturally, I agreed. I thought of several ways to help out — maybe a read along, a post about the press, maybe interviews with the authors, reviews, etc. But first, I wanted to read the books.

In thinking of ways to help get the word out, I was planning to ask for a few review copies. Then I decided not to. No, I would buy these books. If I’m going to help out, buying books seems the most logical. The Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish and Secret of the Sands by Leona Wisoker are now officially part of my to read list. I plan to pick up There Was a Crooked Man by Edward Morris soon too. Since there is a self-imposed book buying ban in place at my house (we have no more room) these are ebooks but I’m considering a hardcopy of There Was a Crooked Man which was the only reason this book wasn’t purchased along with the others.

I plan to start The Shadow of the Sun in the next few weeks, and if you’re looking for a new book to read, why not join me? I’m not looking to do a formal read along but I think it would be great to discuss this book with a few like-minded readers. And in the process, you’ll be helping out a small press. Think on it.

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UPDATE:

A few things are going to happen including a read along of The Shadow of the Sun which is tentatively planned for April. More info about the read along will be available at Dab of Darkness. You can also find more info at Darkcargo who will be keeping track of things. I’m going to be doing something as well but I’m keeping that a secret for now, at least till we confirm everything. More to come…

The Sunday Salon – Long Books and Loot

For the second week in a row, I’ve been in a one week, one book relationship.  The first was a non-fiction book that I was having some issues with (I wasn’t liking it so much and found some of it annoying so it took me longer, even longer than my normal slow pace associated with non-fiction books because there were times I thought about winging it far from my being.) and the second week was consumed by an almost 800 page historical fiction tome that, well, it just took me a long time to read.  I did enjoy it though so there are no complaints.  🙂

So what book was it?  The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick.  Last year, I read her Arthurian legend trilogy, Pendragon’s Banner, loved it so much I knew I needed to read more and when I saw this one, I bought it.  Lately my restraint tactics which I practiced all last year in regard to buying books have been tossed casually into a black hole from which they will never ever return.  Although, the new books are all ebooks so they aren’t taking up any physical space which is probably why I’ve kept at the buying the last few days with little regard for anything other than how much money is left on my gift cards.  The answer to that is not much.  I also picked up A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin (can’t wait for it!) and Un Lun Dun by China Mieville.  I read two of his books last year and he’s becoming a favorite.

To show there’s more to me than just hitting the download button, I also stopped by the library (thanks honey for double parking and deftly avoiding a ticket) and picked up two books that I’m looking forward to reading.  OK, one I already started…

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach.  Mary Roach writes the funniest and most entertaining non-fiction books I’ve ever read and this is going to be the perfect one to get me back on the non-fiction wagon which I jumped off of in January.  My second book is A Conspiracy of Kings by Meghan Whalen Turner.  I thought, really believed, that I had finished this series last year but I didn’t and well, that needed to be fixed and now I have the final book and all is well.

I’m off now.  My husband has informed me there is football stuff to be watched.  Happy Sunday everyone and enjoy the game!