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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!

Ruby Tuesday: Elizabeth Langston

Welcome to another edition of Ruby Tuesday, when we get to know one of our Rubies a bit better.  Today we head to North Carolina to interrogate one of our YA scribes, the fabulous Elizabeth Langston.  Welcome, Beth!

LangstonName: Elizabeth Langston

2009 GH Category & Title: YA – I Wish

What Happened to That Book: I Wish releases on November 18!



What subgenre(s) do you write? YA, NA

When did you start writing? I started writing 14 years ago. I’ve always been a math geek and had my first career in computer software. But around the year 2000, I decided to try writing fiction and loved it! I’m glad I didn’t know in advance how hard it was

Beth's Golden Heart Book - Coming This Fall!

Beth’s Golden Heart Book – Coming This Fall!

How many books have you written? 11 (1 adult, 5 YA, 5 YA/MG novellas)

  • 5 are published/contracted
  • 2 must be revised extensively before I could consider publishing
  • the rest will remain forevermore “under the bed, gathering dust”

What are you working on now? A sequel to I Wish, a prequel to Whisper Falls, 1 New Adult contemporary, 1 New Adult Historical

Where do you get your best ideas? Listening to people talk. I love to travel (plane, train, bus—I’m not picky), and I eavesdrop. So many ideas spring up just by hearing people talk about their problems. I’ve just returned from a vacation to Ireland, and my head is crammed full of ideas from there. The mythology and history from Ireland are rich. Their current job market is bad for young adults, who often have to emigrate elsewhere to find work.

Irish Inspiration

Irish Inspiration

I’d love to explore what that must feel like—to pull up roots and reinvent yourself in another country far from your family.

What are your favorite subgenre(s) to read? Adult Contemporary Romance, Historicals, Murder Mysteries.

What was the first romance you ever read? A category romance by Anne Mather. Although I don’t remember the title, I do remember the feeling I had after finishing. It was like a good dessert—sweet, satisfying, and left me eager for more.

What’s your day job? Software quality engineer; I train software developers and facilitate their conversations.

What was the first job you ever had? Selling popcorn at a movie theatre

What is the worst job you’ve ever had? I’ve never had a job that I would want to call “worst”—although being an Air Force officer was the most challenging

College? Major? Post-grad work? I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Computer Science

Marital status? I’m married with 2 college-age daughters.

Where are you from? I was born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi. I moved to the Raleigh area more than half a lifetime ago, so I like to say that I’m from North Carolina.



What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to? Antarctica. It is beautiful, amazing, harsh, scary, and sacred.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Approachable, resolved, curious.

What piece of random trivia would you use to entertain a new acquaintance at a cocktail party? I can talk like Donald Duck.

What’s your astrological sign? Capricorn.

What is your Myers-Briggs designation? INTJ. (Heavy emphasis on the I; I am severely introverted. Whenever I’m around people for too long, it takes a lot of effort for me to hold it all together until I can escape.)

Beth's Latest Release

Beth’s Latest Release

Which TV show are you most addicted to right now? I love shows about true justice: Person of Interest, Elementary, Sherlock, Castle. But they’ve all concluded for the season, so I’m about to get addicted to So You Think You Can Dance.

What is your favorite movie of all time? Love Actually

What hobby takes up the most of your time? Travel; I’m either travelling somewhere—or planning where we’ll be going next

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out? Practice so much that your voice becomes second nature.

What is the best writing advice you ever received? If it works, do it. If it doesn’t, don’t. (I’ll attribute this quote to the wonderful Virginia Kantra.)

Thank you, Beth!

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