What Are The Best Two Or Three
Books You've Read This Year?
There are so many books out there that it’s very hard to pick the best two or three that I’ve read this year.
However, that’s the topic for this weeks #OpenBook, so I’m going to show you what I consider my top three for the year.
And a little hint: I’ve featured all three of them here for very good reasons.
Here They Are In No Particular Order...
Secrets are a dragon’s best friend. Deception is a close second. Both provide a sturdy armor, allowing half-dragon shapeshifter, Dahlia Nite, to live undetected among the humans. Walking in two worlds, belonging in neither, she wraps herself in a shroud of lies to hide in plain sight. But nothing stays hidden forever.
When dismembered bodies of multiple species are dumped on the riverbank, the case falls to Dahlia and Detective Alex Creed. Backed by Sentinel City’s new task force, the pair find themselves urged along by clues that seem too good to be true. Bouncing from one crime scene to the next, they hunt for a clear motive in a murky sea of conflicting evidence. Already on edge from the recent string of unexplained crimes, the city begins to unravel.
Drowning in missing creatures, slaughtered remains, masked men—and the search for her sidekick’s missing sister—Dahlia burns the candle at both ends. Seeking answers, she employs her empathic abilities, and uncovers something deeper and more sinister than a simple serial killer’s web. As the dots connect, and worlds collide, she struggles to shields her friends from the truth. But secrets can be deadly. And Dahlia’s not the only one who keeps them.
What would a villain sacrifice to earn his redemption and a happily ever after?
James Crawford, once called Captain Hook, pauses in the London damp, a death warrant heavy in his pocket. Another life to take. The thirty-first since The Guild ripped him from his pages three years ago, promising a life after the crocodile if he obeyed. So easy at first. They only asked him to do what was written into his DNA. But the pointless deaths are beginning to weigh, the secret desire to be more than a pirate turning ink to blood. Yet crossing The Guild means his book will burn, his very existence scattered across the ashes. There is no way out.
Except. The whispered myth of a writer who might have the power to set his paper soul free. It’s a fool’s prayer. One he dares not utter. Not until the day, turning from The Guild, he takes a step and collides into Lily Westfell. A writer. James feels his master, Professor Moriarty, watching the fated meeting. He knows he should walk away and save them both. But this writer: could she be the key to ultimate victory, or the beginning of his final undoing?
When it comes to writing weapons, most authors shoot from the hip–and miss. The Writer’s Guide to Weapons will help you hit your target every time.
Firearms and knives have starring roles in a wide range of genres–crime, thriller, war, mystery, Western, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of weapons in novels and film are pure fiction. Knowing the difference between a shotshell and a slug, a pistol and a revolver, or a switchblade and a butterfly knife is essential for imbuing your story with authenticity–and gaining popularity with discerning readers.
Inside you’ll find:
- An in-depth look at the basics of firearms and knives: how they work, why they work, what they look like, and how to depict them accurately in your stories.
- The biggest weapons myths in fiction, TV, and film.
- A surefire guide for choosing the correct weapon for your characters, no matter their skill level, strength, or background.
- A review of major gun and knife laws, weapons safety tips,and common police tactics.
- “The Hit List,” showcasing the most popular weapons for spies, detectives, gunslingers, gangsters, military characters, and more.
- Examples highlighting inaccurate vs. accurate weapons depictions.
- An insightful foreword by David Morrell, the award-winning creator of Rambo.
Equal parts accessible, humorous, and practical, The Writer’s Guide to Weapons is the one resource you need to incorporate firearms and knives into your fiction like a seasoned professional.
What Are Your Top Books Of This Year?
It’s your turn to share your top two or three books of the year.
In the comments below, drop your top three books. Share your reviews to show others what you rated the book, and why it’s on your top three list.
Check Out The Rest Of The Entries
Several authors take part in these weekly blog challenges from the “Open Book” group. So, if you want to see what they consider to be common traps for aspiring authors, click the link below.
About The Open Book Blog Hops
“Open Book” is a group of writers who get together each week to answer some of the questions that people pose about our work.
Each week they ask the writers to write a blog post on the same topic, and then share their post with each other’s readers.
It’s a great way to get some insights into how different writers attack the same challenges in different ways.