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DABWAHA, time for the obsession to start.

Being Scottish we don’t have ‘March Madness’ but I was introduced to the concept by the crews at Smart Bitches and Dear Author who have a ‘March Madness’ tournament every year for romance books.

It’s called DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors.) 64 books, 1 winner. This is my third year of playing and I love it. I become so obsessed with it.

I hit Twitter with the trash talk, I obsessively check voting. I don’t really care about winning but that would be sweet, it’s just too much fun and it’s always interesting to see what wins. This year I have put all my eggs in the basket that is Meljean Brooks seminal steampunk romance ‘The Iron Duke’.

So far one round has been voted for and I am 6/8. It’s not too bad though because the matches I lost were low point values. The second round of voting it going much better and so far I am on track for 8/8. That makes a grand total of 14/16.

SUCK ON THAT BITCHES!

To read, perhaps to listen?

I have been distracted this week due to family issues but I have still managed to keep up with some reading and I have rediscovered my love of (some) audio books. I have written about audio books before. I stand by what I say. The narrator makes of breaks an audio book for me. I can’t make myself overlook bad voice acting or horrendous accents. It ruins a lot for me.

In preparation for the new instalment of The Dresden Files ‘Changes’ by Jim Butcher, I’m listening to the books to refresh my memory. There’s been a lot of them. ‘Changes’ is instalment 11 or 12 I think. It’s one of the few series I have kept up with. I normally get ‘series fatigue’ by book 5 or 6. Jim Butcher, JR Ward, Lara Adrian, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Lorelei James seem to be the only survivors of this condition.

Sometimes I wish authors would swap, what must be, the security of an established fan base and a nice big fat book contract, and take a chance. Write something new.

I suppose they feel pressured as well. When you get hundreds of letters and email asking when the next instalment is, I imagine it’s hard to disappoint people, even if the creative drive is no longer there. (Which is evident in a LOT of authors who write long and protracted series) I suppose it’s also hard not to listen to people who are there to advise you. Publishers need to make money as much as an author. Why take a chance on something you’re not sure will sell when you have a product (a brand in some cases) that sells really well? Maybe these authors find it hard to write that second series. Find it difficult to come up with new ideas so they stay in their comfort zone. Maybe some even like the notoriety? Who knows?

But I think audio books might be the answer to some of my series fatigue. I don’t feel like I am wasting my time when I am listening to an audio book while doing the dishes, or the laundry. Plus, a stack of  audiobooks just doesn’t look as intimidating as a massive stack of books can.

So I can maybe pick up some of those series I let fall behind. I left the ‘In Death’ books behind at around book nine, I think. I would love to pick that series back up but every book started to feel very samey to me. I could also finally get around to reading the last Harry Potter. (I know, I still haven’t read it AND I have managed to stay unspoiled! Don’t ruin it for me.) Does Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter books have audio? Are they any good?

I doubt they are as good as James Marsters is. I think they should pass a law that he should read all audio books from now on. Le sigh.

What about you all? When do you usually drop a long running series? What about good/bad audiobook narrators? Any I should stay away from?

All I Want For Christmas…

So Sarai put up a list of books she would like for Christmas and I was going to do the same but then I realized that there isn’t much out there I don’t have that I already wanted…does that make sense? I know I have an impulse control problem but I really didn’t think it was this bad. Most of the books, I want but haven’t got yet are not published yet. It’s why I don’t have ’em.

Let’s try this:

1. Leaping Hearts – Jessica Bird

2. Hostage To Pleasure – Nalini SIngh (Sep)

3. Demon Bound – Meljean Brook (Nov)

4. First Blood Anthology – Sizemore, Brook, McCarthy

5. BDB Compendium – J.R. Ward (Oct)

6. Wanderlust – Ann Aguirre (Sep)

7. Bitten To Death – Jennifer Rardin

8. Wild Road – Marjorie M Lui

9. Iron Hunt – Marjorie M Lui

10. Death Of A Pirate King – Josh Lanyon (Sep)

11. Every Last Drop – Charlie Huston (Sep)

12. An original ‘Whitney, My Love’ – Judith McNaught, not a revised version.

There are other titles that I’m waiting on that have no name or release date yet. As far as I can tell, I’m pretty much ahead of the game. There are a few titles that I am missing from e-book format but that I have read so it’s not vitally important I have those.

Stuff like

1. The Darkest Night/Kiss/Pleasure – Gena Showalter

2. Dangerous Games – Keri Arthur

3. Mine To Posess – Nalini Singh

4. It Had To Be You – SEP

5. In Death series

6. Dark-Hunter Series

7. Magic Burns/Bites – Illona Andrews

So what is everyone else waiting on being published or dying to buy?

In other unrelated news, we finally set-up our ‘Paranormal Romance’ section at work. It kicks all kinds of ass. I love it. *grin*