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Maybe I don’t Completely Hate August!

If you know me at all, then you know I’m not a fan of August, despite the fact I was born in August.  This one arrived true to form — hot, humid, did I mention hot? — but has had its upsides. Do Wah Diddy Die released and my wonderful family got me an iPad for my birthday (which usually sucks so bad I try to pretend its not August)!!!! I know I’m totally spoiled, but I do love my technology! So I’ve been having fun loading all my ebook apps and my movies and tv shows (amazing!!!) on there. I’m heading to ArmadilloCon this weekend and I’m so excited to take “new baby” with me.

I’m not giving up on my other tech, just adding to the family of tech I love. In honor of the arrival, I sat down and finished two books I’d started on my kindle (iPad and Kindle auto-sync to my last page read, how cool is that?). So I finished Happy Snak and The Mythmakers. I started reading both for my SFR 2010 challenge and they, technically, help me reach my goal, though I don’t think either book qualifies as SFR. I’d say they are more SF with romantic elements. Mythmakers had more romance than Happy Snak, but there was definitely more focus on SF elements than romance. I found both intriguing and thought provoking. Happy Snak was more quirky. I’ve read such a wide range of books since I started my SFR 101 course, though it makes my head spin. What I really like about the variety is that, in making me think, I feel like I get more creative in my own work.

What drew me out of the “safety” of my old genre reading (romantic suspense for the most part) was my writing. I’ve blah, blah, blahed about it a lot, but I am curious. Do you follow authors into new genres? (I have if I’m a huge fan, but not always, I will confess.) What would get you to follow an author into new territory? What would it take for you to try a science fiction romance novel?

Heather at The Galaxy Express blog (I love this blog so much I subscribed via my kindle!) is talking about bridging the gap between SFR and readers today. If you’re interested, hop over and join the discussion.

Now that I’ve met my SFR 2010 reader goal, going to veer back into steampunk territory, though my first priority will be finishing my own DANG novel (not really dang, I like it, but it is making me work to find the story!).

Happy reading and hoping you are cooler than I am!!!!!

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