Just a note, I’ve updated the TBR page and will be posting the round up this weekend. Lots of people potentially going up on the wall of shame 🙂

Also, I’ve added a sub-note to Sasha’s write up below, just a side note I think is interesting.

Title: California Demon: The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

Author: Julie Kenner

Year published: June 2006

Why did you get this book? Because I love, love, loved Julie Kenner’s first book in the series, Carpe Demon

Do you like the cover? I think it’s cute and works for the book—which I think is the most important aspect of a cover for me

Did you enjoy the book?
Very much so. Kate Connor’s the type of heroine I dream to be. Stay-at-home mom balancing childcare, house cleaning, shopping, and bill paying with demon ass-kicking. The book is fast-paced with a lovely mix of mystery and humor. I could read this book over and over and over again because it makes me smile and laugh, while still engaging me with an underlying mystery. I can’t wait for the next one in the series…I don’t want to wait until mid-2007 to read it! *pouts*

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? I’ve read a bunch of Ms. Kenner’s books. My favorites are the “demon” series, but I also enjoyed The Givenchy Code and The Manolo Matrix and am looking forward to reading the third one in that series as well.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
I’ve passed it on to my mom to read but she’s promised to return it to me. J

Anything else?
I wish there were more paranormal chick-lits—or paranormal “mom” lits. I read every one I can get my hands on yet I rarely see more than a couple of them a month—and that’s on a good month. Note to publishers: contract more books like this.

Angie’s note: I tried reading this book a week ago and decided I wasn’t going to finish it. It just wasn’t for me, story-wise, and I found myself disliking Stuart (Kate’s husband) which made it difficult for me to feel interested in the book. I didn’t love the first book, just thought it was okay, so giving up on the second after a couple chapters in wasn’t a shock to me.

I add this note because Sasha and I both edit for the same publisher, but often have different tastes in books, accept very different manuscripts. She loves books I think are good but don’t jump off the page at me and vice versa. But we respect each other’s opinion and our differing tastes work for the company. I think it’s an interesting illustration of how important it is to get your book in front of the right editor. So if you want to submit paranormal mommy-lit to Samhain, make sure you ask for Sasha 😉

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