I did it! I reached 50,000 words in my National Novel Writing Month project – which means I’m that much closer to being done Chad’s story.

Okay, I’m that much closer to being done the first draft of Chad’s story. I figure I’ve got about another 20K to write before I can start combing through it as a second draft. It’s getting exciting, involving car chases and shooting and Chad’s finally figured out what went on with his wife two years ago that made her leave. Very angsty.

To celebrate, I wandered over to The Book Depository to look for some deals:

My friend Nikki recently loaned me a couple of firefighter books and said “You have to read these.”  Whoa momma, was she right. Hot stuff! Hot studs! Nikki’s discovered there are two types of heroes she likes. Cowboys and Firemen. This series by Jo Davis is about Firemen. The first book in the series is Trial by Fire, the second one is Under Fire, the third one Hidden Fire is due out December 1st. I really liked Trial by Fire, and while Under Fire was good, it wasn’t as good – the amount of physical beatings/accidents/etc the hero sustains starts to become funny, never a good thing. (poor guy was drowned, shot, beaten, and stabbed. It got to the point that I started giggling as I remembered a line in Ghostbusters 2 when Ray is talking about Vigo the cruel, aka Vigo the destroyer, aka Vigo the despised: “He didn’t die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disembowled, drawn and quartered.“) Don’t let that stop you from reading it, it’s a great book, but I kept having that line run through my head — it’s ME, I swear, not the author’s fault at all. Anyway I was still thrilled to find them on sale. Under Fire has been reduced by 28% and Hidden Fire is 50% off — yes, that means I can buy it for $3.69 Canadian!  **EDITED again! – wouldn’t you know that when I checked Under Fire this afternoon, the sale has ended. You’ll save 15% not the 28% from when I wrote the post last night … Sorry folks.**

Oh, and notice The Book Depository now shows me how much I’ll pay in Canadian dollars. Woot!  (Unfortunately, since it recognizes where I’m logging in from, that means I can’t see how much it is in US dollars, but at the moment the loonie is just a tad below par with the US dollar.) *edited* ElaineG has pointed out that you simply have to click on the flag in the top right corner to choose what dollar/pound/euro you want displayed. *eyerolls at self* Figures it would be simple to convert!**

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s “Born in” series is on sale too. (I have to admit that title bugs me because I’ll always think of Nora Roberts’ terrific Born in Fire/Ice/Shame series.)  SK’s Born in Fire is 50% off. As is Born of Night, but the yet-to-be-released Born of Ice is only 25% off.

One of friend Marley’s favorite books, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, is on sale for 50% off too – though it’s still over $8. But it’s a thick book and I loved it too, so it would be worth the investment. (Except I already own two copies because I wore out my first one re-reading it so much.)

Almost all Patricia Briggs’ books are on sale for 50% off too. If you haven’t read this terrific Urban Fantasy series, don’t miss it. While it’s not strictly romance, it has strong romantic elements, especially her Alpha and Omega series. OMG are Patricia’s men, especially her werewolves, HOT. I love Charles, Bran, Adam and Samuel.  If you’re a newcomer, start with Moon Called for her Mercy Thompson series, and with On the Prowl for her Alpha and Omega series. (OtP is an anthology and is only 25% off, but you really need to have read the story of how Anna and Charles meet before you read the next in line, Cry Wolf.)

And finally, one I tried to buy at my local bookstore but they were all out of, so sorry, Chapters, but you lost out on this sale, CL Wilson’s Queen of Song and Souls which is the latest in her Fading Lands series.

My list of books I treated myself to? Lauren Dane’s Laid Bare – 50% off, Queen of Song and Souls and Hidden Fire as above, and an old Nora Roberts favorite of mine – two of the McKade Brothers‘ stories that have been released in a single book. (Why her McKade Brothers series is plugged into the Historical Romance category I have no idea. They’re contemporaries.)


8 thoughts on “Done!

  • November 24, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I'm not sure what the bigger congratulations should be for — finishing NaNo or the books.


    Either way, Mazel Tov, my friend. It's quite the accomplishment.

  • November 24, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Congrats on finishing! the best thing for me is like you said, things start to get exciting. I need to get about 8k more…

    I'm re-reading C.L's books more to stall I think because like Gabaldon's once it's over, it's a long wait, though not as long for Tairen Soul, I hope.

    Isn't it wild how some books get categorized? I need to try the Fire books! Sound great!

  • November 24, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Congrats Leah on finishing your NANO project.

    And those books..more to add to my list πŸ™‚
    You can see what the cost is in US dollars you just have to change the currency at the top right.
    I just got the paperbacks of JR Wards Lover Avenged, Kim Harrison's WWBC and Kelly Meding new book all 50% off.
    I went into Chapters a few weeks ago with a list of 10 books,they had none.Their loss πŸ™‚

  • November 24, 2009 at 7:29 am

    WOOT – wtg, Leah!!! Back pats and high fives πŸ™‚

  • November 24, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Congrats! And can I say? I have to agree completely about Under Fire. Poor Zach. My god – how much was one guy supposed to take before he told that woman to take a hike already? She was just bad for his health. Sheesh!

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  • November 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Congrats, Leah.

  • November 24, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    You ROCK, Leah!! What a huge accomplishment!

    And yay for new books, too!! πŸ˜‰

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