Netgalley Reading Challenge and January Reading Goals!

Red House Books is once again hosting a Netgalley month.  If there is one thing that all book bloggers have in common, it’s being behind on reading and reviewing review books.  I find it is especially difficult to stay ahead of eARCs, and that once they get loaded on my Kindle, they tend to get lost among all of the other books already stored there.  This has been made even more challenging since I acquired my Kindle Fire – there are still so many books on my other Kindle, and moving them to the Fire is a bit of a pain. 

In order to help myself tackle more review copies, both print and digital, I am signing up for Netgalley January, and also highlighting some review books I have on tap for January.  If I give myself a goal, I won’t feel so overwhelmed by my TBR mountain (at least I hope!). 

I hope to read and review 8 Netgalley titles (To be determined).  I also hope to read and review the following review books:


Can I do it?  I hope so!  What are your reading goals for January?

Interview with Quinn Loftis, Author of Blood Rites

Quinn Loftis is the author of The Grey Wolves Series.  The second volume, Blood Rites, was recently released.  Quinn dropped by the virtual offices to answer some questions about her books.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Quinn Loftis] A wife, mom, nurse, writer, passionate about life, I’m silly, fun and often too out spoken and not understanding enough. But I’m learning and thank goodness God’s not done with me yet.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Blood Rites?

[Quinn Loftis] Blood Rites is the 2nd book in the Grey Wolves Series. It begins where Prince of Wolves left off. Fane has just defeated the corrupt Coldspring Alpha and is now free to complete the bond between Jacque, his mate. This book is more intense than Prince of Wolves. There is more going on, more characters involved and the conflict is more serious. The humor and sarcasm are still there although the sarcasm has toned down some as the characters begin to grow and change because of their experiences. The time frame is also longer than a few days in this book. I think there are some definite surprises in store for readers. The love between Fane and Jacque continues to get stronger and more passionate. We also begin to see more of the Romanian pack personalities and pack dynamics as far as hierarchy.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Quinn Loftis] To be honest when I first sat down to write Prince of Wolves all I knew was that I wanted to write about werewolves. The very first thing I did was pick the main characters name. Once I finished Prince of Wolves it was Blood Rites was born out of it. It was just a natural progression. Even though I had a general idea of what needed to be done in Blood Rites to bring Fane and Jacque together it wasn’t until I had written the first 3 chapters that I figured out where I wanted it to go, then I had to go back and nearly start over. It was a very emotional book for me to write. I wanted readers to experience a wide range of emotions and I hope that I have done that effectively.

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing The Grey Wolf series?

[Quinn Loftis] Keeping all the characters and their backgrounds straight. Making sure the time line runs smoothly and that there aren’t gaps where the reader goes, what just happened. The entire time I was writing Blood Rites I was constantly reading Prince of Wolves to make sure I didn’t change key facts. The other challenge is dialogue. If the dialogue isn’t smooth and effortless to read no matter how good the story people are going to feel like they are having to work to get through it. Since reading is suppose to be a break from work it’s important, I think, especially in the paranormal genre’ to make the reading effortless so that the readers can get lost in the story and fully submerge them selves in the tale you are weaving.

[Manga Maniac Café] Which of your characters are you most like?

[Quinn Loftis] I really like Jen, she’s honest and real, painfully and annoyingly so. I also really like Decebel. Readers didn’t get to know him in Prince of Wolves but they will get the chance to begin to learn about Decebel and I think many will really like him.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Quinn Loftis] Music, it greatly affects my mood and my mood often determines the direction my story is going to go or the way in which a particular scene is going to play out. Also great paranormal authors, I’ve always heard to write you should write what you know. I like teen paranormal, it’s what I know and that has been one of the major reasons I choose to write paranormal fiction.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Quinn Loftis] My iphone, headphones, laptop and some sort of candy usually helps.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Quinn Loftis] With out a doubt the first book that really showed me how fun reading could be was A Wrinkle in Time.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Quinn Loftis] Think about what is going to happen next in the book I’m working on, try and keep my house clean, operative word “try”, laundry, crochet, read. Work as a nurse two days a week. Spend time with my son and husband. Participate in activities at our church.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!!

You can learn more about Quinn by visiting visiting her website

Prince of Wolves and Blood Rites are available now.  You can order them from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the links below.


Synopsis for Prince of Wolves:

Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don’t realize the last two weeks of their summer was going to get a lot more interesting. From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis Lupus, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas. Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane’s mate and complete the bond between them?

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for making this interview possible