Read Around the Rainbow | As a Reader, what’s more important to you, the story itself or the way it’s told?


It’s Read Around the Rainbow time! If you haven’t seen the rainbow posts yet, we’re a group of authors who blog on the same topic on the last Friday of the month. This month’s topic is:

As a Reader, what’s more important to you, the story itself or the way it’s told?

My initial thought was that this is easy – story wins every time! But this might come as a surprise to you LOL, but I’m a bit of a bitch at times. I have a lot of pet peeves, and depending on how lenient I feel on a specific day, they can make me DNF a book in a heartbeat.

I HATE epithets, like the taller man, the younger man, the blond or whatever else some authors tend to use instead of a name. They’re perfectly fine to use before we know the name of the character, but if we know the name and the taller man reaches for something, we’re done.

I’m VERY hesitant about speech tags. He said, she said, asked Ofelia. Here it depends on how often they occur, but it’s after every time someone opens their mouth, then I fear we’re done.

I’m not a fan of first-person POV. This isn’t something I quit a book over, of course. Heck, half, if not more, of all books are written in first person – some of my absolute favourites are! So here’s it’s more a case of quitting the book before starting. If I’m looking for something to read and open the first page and it’s written in first person, I’d say I move on to the next book in my library in 90% of all cases. This is given I don’t know what I want to read.

If I’ve picked up a book I want to read and see it’s in first POV, I sigh and keep on reading because then the promise of a story is there already. If I’ve seen a review that made me think I might like this book, I will read on. It’s for when I’m randomly opening books in my library, I skip the first-person ones.

So there you have it, my irrational and bitchy book opinions.

BUT I’d still say that story wins over how a story is written because if you can get me to read that first chapter despite groaning in misery if the younger man winks at me, then I’m yours. If you can hook me, if you can make me care, then you have me.

Did you know that a book I rec pretty often is The Last Pure Human by Twisted Hilarity? It’s an online story. I don’t read them often. It’s a WIP. I don’t read them. It’s in third person double POV, but it ticks off the rest of the pet peeves above, and it has many many more that are more part of the plot than the way the story is written, and yet… This is pure guilty pleasure on my part. Cat aliens, people!

A couple of years ago, I wrote a rant post about what I dislike in books and The Last Pure Human has all of them and more, and yet I’ve read it, not once, not twice, but three times. The third was pure accident. Someone was asking for a book they’d read where a guy got a mark on his butt cheek when mated, and I thought Hey, I know this one! and ended up reading it again.

What can I say? I feel for Max. Poor guy. What would you do if you were the last human alive and found yourself mated to a giant cat alien?

Story wins!

The Last Pure Human

The Last Pure HumanKasan, a prince of the feline Kyashin race, is in deep shit. He’s in heat, he needs a consort to help him survive it, and his uncle has locked him away from every available candidate. When he’s offered a small human male at the last moment, he’s quite happy to accept. His new consort, on the other hand, is a little less than pleased with the situation. So what’s a human to do when he finds himself in the bed of a hot, sexed-up alien? We’re about to find out.

Read here!

Check out what the other has to say!

Amy Spector

Ellie Thomas

Addison Albright

K.L. Noone

A.L. Lester

Read Around the Rainbow | Someone insults your main character, how do they react?


It’s time for the monthly Read Around the Rainbow post. Every month we’re a group of authors who blog on the same topic, and this month we’re talking characters, more specifically:

Someone insults your main character, how do they react?

Had I been another kind of author, I’d written a bonus scene to show how one of my characters reacts, but I tend to forget them the moment I let them go. The little things that make them them disappear from my memory, and if I try to write them again, they’re flat, uncooperative people.

I’m also super stressed about Holly’s deadline that’s coming up, so I’m taking the easy way out 😆

I don’t really know how my characters react when insulted unless they’re insulted in the story, but the first character who popped into my mind when we decided on this topic was Thaddeus in Soul Eater.

Thaddeus is a mage, but a weak one. His favourite spell is reheating his coffee when it’s grown too cold. then one day, he happens to release a trapped spirit from a werewolf skull that he stole from the black market, and he realises that maybe he’s not a mage at all.

But for this topic, we don’t need to know what Thaddeus is other than him being a magic user. His go-to response when insulted, yelled at, attacked, accused, or anything really, is to throw blue sparks at people.

I’ll leave you with a little blue-sparkling snippet below, but before you go:

Check out what the others have to say on the topic!

Holly Day

A.L. Lester

Fiona Glass

Addison Albright

Ellie Thomas

K.L. Noone

Excerpt Soul Eater

Elora cleared her throat. “She was preparing wings to make the women pretty, but it’s their scents enticing her.”
“What?” Ric whirled around and glared at Elora. “What do you know about scents?”
“N-Nothing.” Elora glanced at Thad.
“Seriously, Ric—” Anger manifested itself in more tiny, blue sparks at Thad’s fingertips. “Get out of here. We’re trying to work. We have a few minutes before Elora crashes, and I want to hear what she has to say before she does, so if you could bury your massive ego for a couple of seconds, we’d appreciate it.”
Ric flashed sharp teeth at him, and Thad was tempted to throw a ball of fire at him.
Thad patted Elora’s knee and nodded for her to continue.
“It’s their scent, their magical scent.”
“Magic doesn’t have a scent.”
Thad didn’t so much as think, he flung a rain of blue sparks over Ric. They wouldn’t harm him, but they did sting. Ric hissed, but Thad spoke over it. “Magic has flavor. Every practitioner has a unique…taste.” He didn’t know how to explain so they understood. “As a psychic, Elora can’t sample it, so explaining it as scent makes sense. How can you be able to know what she’s thinking?”
They were running out of time. After Elora had touched something she—’fell asleep’ wasn’t the right expression and she wasn’t unconscious either, rather something in between.
“Not thinking. I saw the wings…sensed the hunger.”


Read Around the Rainbow | How to Romance a Romance Writer


The first Read Around the Rainbow post of the year!!! 🥳 On the last Friday of every month, we’re a group of authors who blog on the same topic and today’s topic is:

How to Romance a Romance Writer

Ha! We’re just a couple of days away from February, and soon the hysteria of Valentine’s Day will set in. It might already have, I don’t know. I hardly leave my home these days 😅

I’m one of the least romantic people you’ve ever come across. Obvious romantic gestures just make me uncomfortable, so I do my utter best to avoid them. I’d say that in our marriage, my husband is more romantic than I am. If we’re talking love language, I think both my husband and I are in the acts of service category. We suck at all the others. Though he might sneak me a bar of chocolate or a bag of Djungelvrål now and then, sometimes he even buys me a plant for the garden.

I’m bad at reciprocating, and I should do better.

But if you want to know how to romance a romance author – more specifically, how to romance this romance author, there is this game…

It’s called forget your wedding day, year after year.

Both my husband and I are pros of this game. We got married on January 9th, 2010. We didn’t want to get married but felt the pressure of society – bureaucracy can kill you. My son was born on December 9th, 2009, so it should be easy to remember, right? December 9th birthday, January 9th wedding day.

Well, it’s not.

Then some years later, we got our fourth child. She was born on January 8th, so it should make it easier to remember, right? Birthday on January 8th, wedding day on January 9th.

You’d think…

ValentinesI think the key to a happy marriage is to forget that you’re married. I love my husband, but to this day, the only wedding day we’ve ever celebrated was when we’d been married for ten years. Then we left the kids in Mum’s hands and stayed at a hotel for a weekend. But it was a mutual decision to acknowledge that we were in fact married that year 😆

I realise both Holly and I talk about marriage. Romance is so much more than marriage, but in my relationship, there are no candlelit dinners, romantic retreats, or love letters (though there were when he left me to go to Liberia for ten months). What there is, is that I can look across the room, over the chaos of kids and animals, toys and laundry, homework and dishes, and see the man I know will always have my back. No matter what.

If you want to read about ‘real’ romance, I’m sure the others (not Holly since she’s in the same relationship and has the same brain as I do) have something to say about it.

Follow the rose petals to:

Ally Lester
Nell Iris
Fiona Glass
Ellie Thomas
Holly Day
K. L. Noone
Addison Albright