Rip Van Winkle Returns!

Well. I intended to maintain this blog regularly, but I disappeared late in 2015. Why? Well, no details, but I experienced some very messed up stuff and I took about a year off from life. So now, a year and a few months later, I’m back to blog again.

Anything to report on my reading efforts in 2016? Well,  I did some re-reading because that’s my comfort zone and I needed it, but I discovered a couple of very good writers in that time as well.

First plug is Grace Draven. She’s a fantasy romance novelist who seems to be completely indy published. I absolutely adore her writing. I’ve read her whole backlist now so she’ll be in the reread pile, but I’m anxious for the next book from her. I just love the way she puts together a story and builds a world. She pulls me in and makes it all very real. I try to savor her books, but I find myself compelled to get back to them whenever I have to put them down. I’ll do some more detailed reviews of the individual books soon.

Second plug is Santino Hassell. He didn’t wrap me around his little finger the way Draven did, but I am really impressed with his writing. He writes M/M contemporary and it’s gritty and emotional and engaging. With the exception of one couple in his Five Boroughs series I found his pairings to be organic and satisfying. The first book in the series, “Sutphin Boulevard”, was a really powerful read.

I’ll try to add some reviews tomorrow and maybe some more commentary. With life being a weird new normal for me, I never know how I’m going to approach things from day to day. Sounds exciting, right? Well … we’ll see.

And with that, I leave you with a photo of my vision of Adam Hauptman from Patricia Briggs’ “Mercy Thompson” series. I’ve always had a hard time picturing Adam, but I finally found the photo that works for me. It’s Tom Hardy. I’ll probably choose him for multiple male roles in the future, but his first casting in the Beanbag Bookbag is Adam.

And on that note … goodnight. Sweet dreams!  photo d29c1cc4-c064-4c77-a13d-c4eb4bb55603_zpsxyqt7mxa.jpg