TBR Monthly Goal: October

Darker After Midnight - Lara Adrian Dark Wolf Rising  - Rhyannon Byrd Vampire Bites: Bite-sized Vampire Stories from Favorite Authors - Lori Devoti, Lynda Hilburn, Colleen Gleason, Jackie Ivie, F.E. Heaton The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox Witch Way Bends - Olivia Hardin The Ghost and The Graveyard - Genevieve Jack A Magical Collection - Maddie James, Janet Eaves, Magdalena Scott Dead of Night - J.D. Robb, Mary Kay McComas, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan

Looking at trying out October and November as test months to see if smaller reading goals can work to get my TBR pile down (I have over 500 books on my Nook alone - all in an Excel spreadsheet). I am not counting this week in my October reading goal, but I hope to get as many of these books done and off the TBR.

 

Problem is I am already overextending myself on volunteer activities and I start a new class on Monday (Age of Dictators: Europe 1914-1945 with one of my favorite professors), so I don't know how I am going to carve out time to read. I also have a home life that needs tending to (did you know kids like to eat at breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the same day?). This also doesn't count the two non-fiction historical books I am reviewing for my blog.

 

Here are the summaries:

 

Darker After Midnight

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire, before his push for domination explodes into catastrophe.
 
At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems. And while everything logical warns Tavia against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that he stirs something ravenous within her. As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out, they must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

 

Dark Wolf Rising

Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females—preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister.

 

Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything—her body and soul—to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity …if they survive.

 

Vampire Bites (Anthology)

Vampire Bites--packaged especially for vampire lovers!
Five vampire romance stories from best-selling and award winning authors in one sexy, sassy collection. Ready for a nibble?

 

The Accidental Demon Slayer

Newly anointed with demon-fighting powers and suddenly able to hear the thoughts of her hilarious Jack Russell terrier, a preschool teacher finds a whole new world of dark and dangerous, including a sexy shape-shifting griffin she's not entirely sure she can trust.

 

Witch Way Bends

Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his gang—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and... the one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. Devan will unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.

 

The Ghost and the Graveyard

Grateful Knight isn’t looking for love when she moves into a rent-free house on the edge of a graveyard. At twenty-two, all she wants is to recover financially so she can move back to the city where she belongs.

But sparks fly when the gorgeous cemetery caretaker, Rick, introduces himself and mentions his suspicion that her new house might be haunted. Her attraction to him seems supernatural, and despite her resolve to not get involved, she literally can’t keep her hands off him.

When things in Grateful’s house start moving on their own, another man enters her life, Logan, a sexy ghost with a dark secret. He says Rick isn’t what he seems, and indulging her passion for him could cost her soul.

One thing’s for sure, magical forces are at work in the tiny town of Red Grove, and they’re converging on Grateful. Life will never be the same once she's forced to choose between the ghost and the graveyard.

 

A Magical Collection (Anthology)

A Piece of Her Soul by Magdalena Scott
~ A very lovely romantic story.
Jacqueline has a special gift. She senses what is missing from people’s souls, and helps them fill the void to become truly happy. After years of this highly emotional, exhausting work, she needs a break. But the little cottage on a quiet street in Indiana isn’t quite the retreat she expected. Because there’s a handsome police chief next door, and her sixth sense tells her he needs something. How she wishes that something was her…

 

The Dragon Keeper by Janet Eaves
~ a very well written short with a satisfying conclusion.
Tom O’Malley has been inebriated for a little too long. How else could a woman suddenly appear in his home looking exactly like his deceased wife and then change into a form no one would ever believe? Gabriella has a mission. One she has had for millennia. Only this time the man she has been sent to save refuses to believe in himself, in his future… and most importantly, in magick!

 

Witcherly Challenged by Maddie James
~ A great whip smart story of a sassy witch in training.
Jade McEntire is witcherly-challenged. She’s flunking out of WWU (Witches & Warlocks University) and retaking Potions and Lotions 101 on the eve of Halloween, when she meets up with a High Warlock of McScreamy proportions, and a challenge that must be met. Then to beat it all, she learns she’s been summoned—which means that a High Warlock somewhere wants her for his High Witch. Could life get any more complicated for this lowly, challenged, teenage witchling?

 

BONUS MATERIAL: Read the first chapters of Claiming The Legend by Janet Eaves, Midnight in Legend, TN by Magdalena Scott, and Bed, Breakfast and You by Maddie James.

 

Dead of Night (Anthology)

Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, puts futuristic lieutenant Eve Dallas in a supernatural showdown with a most seductive criminal: a vampire.

 

An ancient coin whisks an American woman and a modern-day earl into the past-and into each other's arms-in a stirring tale from Mary Blayney.

 

When a city girl visits a Scottish castle in Ruth Ryan Langan's story, she is thrust into a timeless romance with a mighty Highland laird.

 

And Mary Kay McComas gives an unhappy wife a magic-carpet ride into an alternate reality to show her the grass isn't always greener.

 

Happy October Reading!