Join Me in the 2020 Alpha Obsession Book Club!

The Alpha Obsession Book Club is up to its old hijinks, finding twelve authors to give away twelve books in one year! The theme for 2020 is shifter romance, and I’m so excited!

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Joining Alpha Obsession is absolutely FREE. Visit the site by clicking here, and you’ll be able to sign up and see who the new authors are for 2020! It should be a blast!

In the meantime, for the 2019 reverse harem series that Alpha Obsession ran, Oracle Defiant is free this month to the 2019 group! If you’re in the 2019 club, you should’ve already gotten your download link, but here it is again in case you missed it! ❤

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An Ode to Legacies

Legacies was one of those shows that I added to my Netflix queue and ignored for several weeks. One afternoon during my lunch break, I decided I was tired of scrolling past it. Just a few minutes I would watch, and then, I hoped, I wouldn’t like it and could remove it from the queue.

Nope. I was hooked. I didn’t binge the entire season in two days or anything, but it obsessed me for the better part of two weeks, when I looked forward to every lunch break so I could watch an episode. Or sometimes an episode and a half. Or maybe a little more if I was feeling super self-indulgent.

Here’s what I loved about it:

There’s a magical academy!

As a fan of Harry Potter, I was stoked to see all the magic stuff, and all these students with powers. Seeing the school, having everyone there together to learn and develop their magic and control their powers, kept me riveted.

High school and teenager drama.

I thought I would hate it, but it sucked me right in. People get mad at each other, there’s all this lust and angst, and it’s just fun because it’s so far removed from what I’m experiencing now in my late thirties.

Cool abilities.

Witches, vampires, and werewolves all have their own unique subcultures within the school, and I thought it was awesome.

Tragic and fascinating backstories.

So I came to Legacies before watching The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, and I didn’t realize they were connected until partway through this first season of Legacies. Probably I missed some things, but it didn’t bother me very much. What I loved was that there was more to these characters than what I was being shown. Things were hinted and teased. You can bet I went straight from this to The Originals.

Friendship, forgiveness, sacrifice.

Yes, the angsty teenage drama might make it seem superficial or bring the stories into melodrama, but I was totally into it because of the larger (and yeah, glaringly obvious) themes of friendship, forgiveness, and sacrifice. There’s a lot to unpack with such a huge ensemble cast, with betrayals as well as petty grievances, and then the arcs of reconciliation as well.

Season 2

This is already airing on the CW, but I have to wait for Netflix. I’m so looking forward to it!

Our Favorite Tropes

One of the greatest things about the romance genre (other than the swoony feels, the witty banter, the steamy sexytimes, and the happily-ever-afters) is the vast number of tropes we get to enjoy. With everything from enemies-to-lovers, to secret babies, to May-December romances, and more, there is something for everyone!

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I recently polled the people who receive my newsletter to find out their favorites, and they could pick as many as they wanted. Here are the results!

*Note: results are slightly skewed because about 8 people took the survey before someone clued me in that I’d accidentally made it a “choose one” form instead of a “check off as many as you like” form. Oops!

  • 55.3% – protector/bodyguard
  • 50.6% – enemies to lovers
  • 47.1% – friends to lovers
  • 44.7% – second chance
  • 44.7% – close proximity (trapped, snowed in)
  • 37.6% – secret baby
  • 37.6% – forbidden love
  • 32.9% – fake relationship
  • 28.2% – marriage of convenience
  • 23.5% – May December (with one person specifying they especially like when the heroine is the December and the hero is the May)

WRITE-INS – These are the ones I didn’t include in the survey, which people helpfully added for me:

  • best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend
  • reverse harem (3 people specifically mentioned this one)
  • military men
  • slavery turns to romance
  • fated mates
  • mainly shifter stories (2 people specifically mentioned shifters)
  • doctor/patient, teacher/student (anything with a professional role and a person they’re supposed to serve/interact with professionally)
  • time travel

In case you’re curious, my favorites are second-chance and friends-to-lovers. I love it when there’s an existing connection between the hero and heroine because I like mining those backstories.

And obviously I love shifters, and reverse harem as well!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll! ❤

Recent Reads

Every so often I like to round up my favorite recent reads and shout to the world about them. Here’s a selection of favorites from the past couple of months—

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And a typed-out list:

Circe, by Madeline Miller. Historical fantasy.

The Risk, by Elle Kennedy. Contemporary sports romance.

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty. Thriller/mystery.

The Sexy One, by Lauren Blakely. Contemporary romance.

Chef Sugarlips, by Tawna Fenske. Contemporary romance.

Have you read any of these? Do you have other recommendations for me?

Join the Alpha Obsession Book Club

If you like getting free books (I mean, who doesn’t?) and you like reverse harem stories, then I have a treat for you!

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I’ve teamed up with 11 authors to give away a reverse harem book every month in 2019! It’s called the Alpha Obsession Book Club and I am super excited about it!

This month, Keira and I are giving away Dragon Shattered. Next month, a different book will be delivered straight to the inboxes of book club members! These books are not free anywhere else–the freebie is just for people in the book club.

Click either of the images to go to the book club’s website and join up!

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Also, we’ve got a Facebook group going so authors and readers can hang out, talk about the month’s book, and share goodies! I hope to see you there. ❤