Missive #2 – World Cup Fever

June 15, 2014 General, Missives from the Hive of Industry 2


A Hive of Industry – a Victorian era phrase to indicate hard work, or a group of people engaged in productive work.

A Missive – a long, official letter.

“Missives from the Hive of Industry” –  a new feature in which She-Wolf shares with you news, updates, flights of fancy, and all the things that the busy bees of the internets have shared and that have piqued her interest.

June 15, 2014

Dear Reader,

First, let me say Happy Father’s Day to any dads out there!  Today got me thinking about fathers in literature.  I tried to come up with a kind of list of great characters who are fathers but my mind went totally blank.  The only one I could think of was Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.  I searched for a list and found one on Huffington Post.  I’m sorry to say I’ve only read three of the books on it — To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank and Pride and Prejudice.  I think these are all great choices but as much of an Austen fangirl that I am, I’m not sure if I would put Mr. Bennett on that list.  Yes, his relationship with Lizzie is fantastic but his relationships with, and attention to, his other daughters is kind of lacking.  

I also started to think about father figures in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy and the only one I came up with from my own reading is Bran McCornick from the Mercy Thompson series.  He’s a bit of a badass and I adore him but I want him to give Charles, his son, a break.  He needs to be more of a father to him and less of a Marok, or Alpha.  This rift is something that was wonderfully done in the last Alpha and Omega book, Fair Game.  Who are some father figure characters that have stuck with you in your reading?

So, what’s been taking up my time this week?  The World Cup, baby!  Yes, I am a soccer fan.  I was thrilled by the Italy-England match last night (Pirlo and Balotelli anyone?) and can’t wait to see the US – Ghana match on Tuesday.  What I’m dying to know is this:  are there any soccer romances?  I know baseball romances are a successful sub-genre but what about soccer?  I’d be curious to read one.  I’m not one for contemporary romances but I’m open given the exciting World Cup matches that are coming up.

Bee_LeftWhat I’m reading….

AllegianceI just finished Susannah Sandlin’s latest Penton Legacy book, ALLEGIANCE.  I really enjoyed it.  Sandlin’s strength with this series is her ability to create an intriguing world and really sexy romances.  If I’m honest, this is probably my least favorite of the books but still a great read.  In fact, if you like PNR and haven’t read this series, I suggest you start.  I will be posting a review on the 17th as part of a blog tour so stay tuned.

Since I have some intense work-related reading coming up soon I decided to start a novella that I hope to finish quickly.  Amanda Carlson kicked off an interesting new series with fellow writers Kristen Painter, Angie Fox, and Shawntelle Madison called Sin City.  Each writer will contribute a novella with different characters but in the same world.  I started Carlson’s ACES WILD and, so far, I’m liking it.  I find the premise of this new series exciting and I’m looking forward to each authors voice adding something new to the world.

Bee_LeftNew Cover Art…

I must have been under a rock because I had no idea the synopsis and cover were up for this one.  I heart this series hard.  Looking forward to its release.



Here are links to articles or posts that interested me this week:

  • In honor of the 2014 World Cup, here is a list I found via Book Riot that consists of a country-by-country reading guide – one popular or pivotal book from every country competing in the tournament. I must read Aya by Marguerite Abouet of the Ivory Coast!
  • Here is another Book Riot list of Kick Ass female ensembles in graphic novels.  I was geeked when I saw this because the idea of female ensembles is something that has been on my mind forever.  I want to see more of them in UF/PNR/Fantasy.  I yearn for this.  So of course I plan on checking some of these out!
  • And here is Shonda Rimes giving the commencement speech I wish someone gave my graduating class.


Let me know what’s going on in your week!

Until next time, 



2 Responses to “Missive #2 – World Cup Fever”

  1. fishgirl182

    I don’t think I would put Mr Bennett on that list, either. I can’t think of any great literary fathers though I am sure they are out there. And I can’t think of any soccer romances either. Probably cause it’s not as popular in the States as it is elsewhere.