Friday, January 25, 2013

What is Leigh Evans reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Leigh Evans, author of The Trouble with Fate.

Her entry begins:
It’s always fun to fib. And truly, I did entertain the thought of telling you that I was re-reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace just for sheer devilry, but then someone might ask me a penetrating question about the plot and I’d have one of those unfortunate deer-in-the-headlight moments. So, I’ll be honest. I’m slogging my way through deadline hell which means I’m only going to read something guaranteed to entertain me.

Thus, no Tolstoy. On my bedside table right now is this anthology: An Apple for a Creature, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.

Now, Charlaine and Toni have quite a few of these anthologies under their belts and they’ve really perfected the recipe for combining authors of interest. Which is very, very good—there are a variety writing styles to enjoy. However, I have a major beef with these women. They keep slipping new authors into the mix. Which—no matter how you slice it—is an essentially evil thing to do to a person with book issues. Have a heart, girls. One day, it’s entirely possible the fire department is going to find my desiccated body...[read on]
About The Trouble with Fate, from the publisher:
My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…
Learn more about the book and author at Leigh Evans's website and blog.

The Page 69 Test: The Trouble with Fate.

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--Marshal Zeringue