Hot Reads Edition of Fangirl Friday

Promise of FireHello, friends and welcome to a new take on our Fangirl Friday. Instead of merely mentioning the Ruby books releasing or on sale (yes, they’re terrific) we want to make this Friday spot a place we can talk about all kinds of books. New releases, hot sales, and books that have finally made their way to the top of the TBR stack. We know we all have towering stacks, right? And we want more interaction. We want you to tell us what you’re reading and loving. It’s a place to not only promo, but to really talk about what’s tickling your fancy in the world of fiction (or even non-fiction). Rubies will be providing  several books each Friday that are on our radar. Your job is to give us even more…even if  it’s your own new release. We’re a community and you’re part of it.

So here we go:


The Fabulous Darynda Jones has a fascinating recommendation. She was asked to blurb a book for a debut author. Here’s what she has to say:

I gave a quote for a book (and debut) that came out today and it’s phenomenal! It’s called A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, but it’s more fantasy than “hot”, though it is that too at times. You can find more info on Amanda at and if you’re interested in buying her book, check it out here

Red-hot Ruby Author L.L. Kellogg has her entire Seduction Series on sale. Check out Hypnotic Seduction, Captive Seduction, and Sin City Seduction. I’m thinking there’s lots of seducing going on here 🙂

Ruby Heather McCollum recently read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Here’s the Kindle link: Amazon Buy Link

I really enjoyed it! I think it is considered YA dystopian. I was immediately absorbed into the world of Reds and Silvers. Aveyard is a master at world building and pulse-driving plot twists. I immediately bought the sequel but have to wait until February for the third book.

Here’s the blurb:

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Ruby Elizabeth Langston went back to an old favorite with Betty Neels:

I think that a lot of Betty Neels books are on sale right now.  AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN is 99 cents.

It was copyrighted in 2001, so it was one of the last novels that Betty Neels ever published before she passed away.

Neels’ stories are an addiction for me. The heroine is almost always a young, middle-class English woman who falls for an older Dutch physician. The books are sweet, fairly predictable, and ultimately charming–like a tea with honey on a cold night. A comfort read when I need a few hours of peace.

And from Bev Petterson’s TBR stack: Body of Evidence by Rachel Grant

Rachel is a fellow pixie and 4-time GH finalist. I just read BODY OF EVIDENCE when I learned it had recently been optioned for worldwide motion picture and television rights. The book was super and I’ll be reading all her “Evidence” books. Holy cow, it was good and I’m looking forward to the movie.

In Body of Evidence, a sexy romantic political thriller, an archaeologist and a US Attorney find themselves on an explosive, globe-spanning chase full of political intrigue and legal drama.

“An exhilarating read that could easily be a blockbuster on the screen.” – Kirkus Reviews  


Now the Rubies would like to know what you’re reading…or what the next hottest book of the summer will be. Ready…set….share away!

19 responses to “Hot Reads Edition of Fangirl Friday”

  1. Some great recommendations!!! I have Red Queen in my TBR! It sounds amazing. And pretty much anything by Rachel Grant. She is always a yes for me! I still need to try Betty Neels. Off to buy me some LL Kellogg!!! WOOT! (Actually, I think I have them all. But it never hurts to check. 🙂

    • Liz Talley says:

      The cover on Red Queen does it for me! So intriguing. I gotta know why the crown is dripping blood.

      Lots of good finds here. Thanks for the recommendation, Darynda. Sound like this debut book’s got legs 🙂

  2. I’m so glad we’re doing this revamped version of Fangirl Friday! Thank you, Liz – I can’t wait to fill up my ereader even more. 🙂

  3. Tamara Hogan says:

    I don’t tend to buy books in their release week, much less month (I know – BAD author!) but right now I’m reading Nora Roberts’ June ’16 release, “Bay of Sighs.” I’ve also pulled the first trilogy of Kit Rocha’s O’Kanes erotic dystopian series out of e-TBR.

    I declare both awesome. 😉

  4. I also wanted to mention that I’ve just put my YA paranormal romance, SIREN’S SONG: Book One of the Guardians Series, on sale for $0.99 in honor of the third book releasing Monday.

    SIREN’S SONG won the 2015 Readers’ Crown for YA Romance!

  5. For my book club, we read Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and we loved it!

    Apparently it will be made into a movie soon. I think it’s classified as YA horror. Definitely mysterious.

  6. I love New Adult (done well.) So I’ve just finished IDOL by Kristen Callihan ( )

    It’s a rock star series. I’m really loving it. (Also, Nalini Singh has a rock star contemporary series. Love that too!)

  7. Great suggestions! I just finished listening to Stephen King’s 11.22.63 and enjoyed it, but it was long. 🙂

  8. Rita Henuber says:

    Don’t know if I like this or not. It adds more books to my TBR list. SO many books so little time. Sigh.

  9. Thanks, Liz. Love this new format and having all the suggestions. Keep them coming, everyone.

  10. I recently read Kissing Frogs by Rich Amooi – after hearing a podcast interview with him. (I was curious about the male romance author in our midst.) And then I stumbled on an ad on FB giving it away …so I couldn’t resist. I enjoyed it very much.

    My book club just finished The Sound of Glass, which is more women’s fiction, but it does have romantic elements. Pretty gripping, with the family secrets to be exposed.


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