Late last summer I won Laura Eno's newest-at-the-time novel Prophecy Moon.
I think I had to flatter her more than anyone else to win it and, being as full of crap as I am, verbage-wise, it was an easy win.
I read the first chapter right away and thought, wow, that is good! Then life got in the way. Wedding plans, the honeymoon, blogging, getting sick, it all added up to me not getting back to Laura's book the way I should have. Fact is, I hadn't read a book for so long it was downright embarrassing. Sure, I was reading every day, but I couldn't get around not picking up a book and sinking it into it the way I used to - the way I loved.
Every time I read Laura's blog I felt guilty that I hadn't read Prophecy Moon yet. She was probably wondering what the hold-up was.
Then, one day a few weeks ago, a friend at work brought in her Kindle. Now I had heard plenty about these little e-book-reading gadgets but never felt moved to buy one for myself until I laid eyes on Cathy Black's. Its matte screen, its adjustable type-size, its light weight, its smart leatherette case with built-in reading light, it all added up to love at first sight. I ordered one right away and the first book I downloaded was Prophecy Moon.
(The second book I downloaded was Shannon Esposito's Strange New Feet. I had purchased Shannon's book months and months earlier to read on my computer but, like everything else, I never got around to it. I promise you, Shannon, yours is on deck.)
I'm happy to say I finished Prophecy Moon no more than an hour ago and it was everything I knew it was going to be: exciting, romantic, well-written, hard to put down. The hero, Travis, is a deeply flawed character who has to fulfill his heroic destiny but with no idea how to go about it. His love interest, the equally heroic Elessa, is everything Travis is not. She is a walking, talking soldier with the soul of Mother Earth and the looks of a goddess. They are joined by a merry band of clever characters, all with various powers and magic skills.
You see, this isn't any average adventure - this is a Laura Eno book and, while it doesn't have Death, Chronos or Mr. Fluffy, it does weave some clever and dark fantasy into the romantic/sci fi mix. For this reason the book will appeal to many different people. My mother would love the romantic angle. My husband would dig the fantasy/science fiction. I appreciate how it all blends together so seamlessly and keeps me at the edge of my seat.
All in all, I can't figure out what took me so long to get around to it. Regardless, it was SO worth the wait.
If you'd like to pick up your own copy there are many places to go. Laura has a list of sites available at her own blog http://lauraeno.blogspot.com/p/books.html.