Summer Roundup

Roundup (noun) – 5. a summary, brief listing, or résumé of related facts, figures, or information – Dictionary.com

Well, it’s September 20th today. My calendar tells me that Autumn doesn’t officially start until the 22nd, but we’ve been feeling the chill in the air for a little while here, so it seems like a pretty good time to do my summer roundup.

I had a great time this year. I got some writing done, Dead Water was released on August 8th, I’ve finished the draft of Doomed Seas, which will be my first release of the fall, and I’ve begun my 365K words in a year challenge. I got some reading done, with reviews of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorThe Shadow Hour by Melissa GreyMechanica by Betsy CornwellHarry Potter and the Cursed ChildWith Malice by Eileen CookSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch posted for your perusal. I got a new Kobo Aura One, which I’ve loaded up with books for the upcoming fall season, and I’m going to be posting about my most anticipated Young-Adult Fall 2016 releases tomorrow.

My favourite part of summer is just being able to sit outside, especially if the bugs are mild. It’s tradition for me to go on a trip to the Rocky Mountains, and we did that in August and got some gorgeous photos. Coupled to the mountain trip this year was attending the When Words Collide writing conference in Calgary, which is always an amazingly fun time. I learn a lot, meet knew friends, and always head home with new ideas.

I also love the summer flowers, and as fall approaches and the flowers begin to die off, I find myself missing their bright and surprising beauty. But the beauty of the changing leaves quickly fills in many of the colour gaps, until the brown of the pre-snow takes over, and then I look forward to the crisp white of the first snowfall. But first, here’s a look at my favourite blooms of the year.

What will you miss most about summer?

What I’m Reading: The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey

Well, I finally did it. I finally read those last ten pages of The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey.  Yay. It might have taken me forever, but I loved this book. I really wish that life hadn’t been so full of interruptions and that I could have read The Shadow Hour (associate link) in a shorter time frame, since I hate when I begin to forget what’s happening.

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I read Girl At Midnight last summer, and ever since I’d been looking forward to the sequel, and it didn’t disappoint. Echo is a lovely heroine, the right amount of fierceness and vulnerability. The characters are all stars, really, but Jasper was my favourite in this book. Full of action, The Shadow Hour didn’t disappoint. There were a few nit-picky things about it though, like the purposeful use of cliches’ that grated my nerves just a little bit, but for the most part, I could forget about these lines and move through the story. There was a lot happening, and rarely a slow moment, so it was easy to keep moving (when life didn’t interrupt).

Now, the only thing I hate about reading new releases is how long you have to wait for the next book in the series. Summer 2017 can’t come fast enough, I can’t wait to read more of Echo’s adventures.

5/5 Stars

JEH

J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Broken Tide, the first two books of the series can be found on  Amazon,  Kobo,  iBooks,  Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016, after Dead Water and Doomed Seas, two Novellas featuring Caesar.