WHAT WHO WRITES IS READING WEEK 9: NICO JAYE!!


I AM SUPER EXCITED TO HAVE MY BUDDY NICO JAYE AGREE TO DO A WHAT WHO WRITES IS READING POST: HERE IS WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:



What Who Writes is Reading

Hi, Bec! When Bec asked me about my favorite book, I was completely flummoxed. How can I pick just one??? I'm very much a mood reader, so what I'm sure is my favorite one day will totally be replaced by something else the next. Hence, my dilemma!

After much hemming and hawing, I finally narrowed it down to…a series. At the moment, right now, this series is totally my favorite, and I love it for its emotions, its sweetness, and its fun setting and characters. I'm talking about Amy Lane's Granby Knitting series. It's just so fun!

Have you guys read it? It's been a while for me, but just thinking about this series makes me smile. =) It's set in a very small town and, for the most part, revolves around what happens in and around an alpaca ranch where the animals are raised for their wool, which is spun into yarn for the attached fiber shop. Wool, yarn, knitting…you get the picture. It's all super warm and cozy, and that's perfect for this (endless!) winter.

The first book, The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Creatures, features Rance Crawford, the crotchety ranch owner, and Ben, his new neighbor fresh from the city. It's aaaaaaaaa-dorable, as are the next books: How to Raise an Honest Rabbit (featuring two of Rance's employees) and Knitter in His Natural Habitat (featuring Rance's ex, a yarn shop owner).

What really draws me to this series is the warm and fuzzy feel-good sensation I get from reading them. They're each unique in their own way, but the overall mood is warm and softly glowing. There's some angst and action, but nothing of the heart-wrenching variety. The writing and characterization are both wonderful in these books, too, and I feel like I'm being dropped right into the town, in the midst of these characters' lives.


Actually, a fourth book (Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny's Lair) came out last year that I haven't yet read. I know—gasp! But things have been rather hectic and crazy, and that story just slipped off my radar, despite being on my Kindle for months. Now that I'm sharing my love of the Knitting series with you guys, though, I think it's about time I read it! =)

I HAVEN'T READ THIS SERIES, BUT I LOVE AMY LANE, AND NOW I HAVE TO :) THESE POSTS ARE COSTING ME MONEY, BUT IT IS MONEY WELL SPENT :P, THANKS NICO, WHAT A GREAT POST! HERE IS A LOOK AT THE SERIES BOOK BY BOOK WITH BUY LINKS:

BOOK 1: THE WINTER COURTSHIP OF FUR-BEARING CREATURES: 


Rance Crawford is an alpaca rancher, fiber mill owner, and self-proclaimed grumpy bastard. When sweet, charming tenderfoot Ben McCutcheon moves onto Crawford’s rural road, Rance is very aware that Ben makes it a grand total of two gay men in their tiny town, and even though he is instantly, painfully smitten, any move he makes could be simply chalked up to being hard up. Using his best weapon and favorite skill, Crawford launches an awkward, wordless effort to make sure Ben is kept warm during the cold Colorado winter, every last piece of him—especially his heart. 





BOOK 2: HOW TO RAISE AN HONEST RABBIT:


Everything about Jeremy has always been a lie—including his last name. When one grift too many ends in tragedy, Jeremy goes straight. But life’s hard for an ex-con, and Jeremy is down to panhandling and hope when Rance Crawford offers him work at a tiny alpaca farm and fiber mill. Jeremy takes him up on the job, thinking this could be his last chance to be a good man, and meets Aiden, who is growing into a better one. 

As Aiden comes of age, Jeremy finds himself desperate to grow up, too, because Aiden starts looking to him for things Jeremy doesn’t know how to give. Being honest is terrifying for a man who’s learned to rabbit at the first sign of conflict—more so when Aiden gives Jeremy a reason to stay that can’t be packed up and carried in a knapsack. When Jeremy’s past comes knocking at their door, can Jeremy trust enough in Aiden and his new home to answer bravely back?




BOOK 3: A KNITTER IN HIS NATURAL HABITAT: 



Stanley’s life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship breaks things off to date a “nice boy,” and none of the pretty young things in Boulder’s limited gay scene do it for Stanley. He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be. 

Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into. Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful. Just when he does, Johnny, the store’s new delivery boy, walks in. 

Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn’t believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch. When Johnny’s dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store—but he’ll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary.




BOOK 4: BLACKBIRD KNITTING IN A BUNNY'S LAIR:


After three years of waiting for “rabbit” Jeremy to commit to a life in Granby—and a life together—Aiden Rhodes was appalled when Jeremy sustained a nearly fatal beating to keep a friend out of harm's way. How could Aiden’s bunny put himself in danger like that? 

Aiden needs to get over himself, because Jeremy has a long road to recovery, and he's going to need Aiden's promise of love every step of the way. Jeremy has new scars on his face and body to deal with, and his heart can’t afford any more wounds. 

When their friend’s baby needs some special care, the two men find common ground to firm up their shaky union. With Aiden’s support and his boss’s inspiration, Jeremy comes up with a plan to make sure Ariadne's little blackbird comes into this world with everything she needs. While Jeremy grows into his new role as protector, Aiden needs to ease back on his protectiveness over his once-timid lover. Aiden may be a wolf in student's clothing and Jeremy may be a rabbit of a man, but that doesn’t mean they can’t walk the wilds of Granby together.




OMG! THESE COVERS ARE ADORABLE! GOT TO HAVE THIS SERIES!! LIKE NOW!! I HAVE DONE TWO REVIEWS OF NICO'S BOOKS WITH ANOTHER TO COME REALLY SOON (YAY SO EXCITED !!) HERE ARE THE LINKS TO THE ONES I HAVE DONE:



IF YOU HAVEN'T READ NICO'S BOOKS, PLEASE DO SO, THEY ARE WONDERFUL! THANKS EVERYONE FOR JOINING US FOR WEEK 9, AND NICO, MUCH THANKS FOR BRINGING US THIS GREAT LOOKING SERIES I AM NOW GONNA HAVE TO GET :P!