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Some Bargains – Cozies

Most of these came recommended at some point or other. I squirrel them away until I have a good day to post them.

From my Cozy Group (I believe this rec was from Mary. Thanks Mary!)

Halloween Hijinks (Zoe Donovan) by Kathi Daley. It’s a little early for holiday reading, but what the heck. It’s hot out, may as well dream of pumpkin and pie!

A cozy historical that was recommended:

The Dagger Before Me by Heather Haven This one sounds particularly interesting to me.

Sadly neither are available on Kobo books so no coupons!

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Posted: July 29, 2014

More Photos and Barbie Dolls

A few posts ago, I linked to some photos of abandoned buildings take by photographer Niki Feijen. I did some more wandering around and found his website with MORE awesome photos and a book of photos for sale. The book, being photos, is outside my price range, but I wanted to link to it in case any of y’all are in dire need of something this fabulous. Frozen is the name of the book and so far as I can tell, it can only be ordered via his website. Printed photos/books like this are very expensive when it comes to paper and print costs, and then there’s the travel, research and talent involved in obtaining the photos…which explains the cost of the book.

The good news is that there are some additional photos on his site you can browse through. Such inspiration!

There’s shots from an abandoned villa — and I can’t imagine why anyone would abandon it! It’s so gorgeous. I want to tour the place and make it the setting for a wonderful murder mystery!!!

He also has some photographs from the dead zone: Chernobyl.

Cover artists: He does sell individual photos for commercial work, however I am certain the prices are quite a bit higher than one would find work on the stock artwork photo places like DepositPhotos!!!

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I also found this article fascinating: What if Barbie Dolls had normal figures? Artist Nicolay Lamm created a better barbie doll! Here’s some more pictures of regular type “us” dolls.

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Posted: July 27, 2014

Buddy Read: Nice Dragons Finish Last

savingAnyone up for a buddy read? You’d think I’d have had enough dragons what with my dragon book about to come out, but apparently not! I found this Dragon book and am reading it. I think several of you might like it. So–if you are inclined, join in!!!

Nice Dragons Finish Last (At Kobobooks) by Rachel Aaron

Or Dragons/Last at Amazon

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Posted: July 26, 2014
Filed in Book Reviews, Buddy Reads, Under $5

Kobo Sale! Some Great Books!

treasure_box_ereaderEvery month Kobo selects a treasure trove of books and offers a 30 percent off coupon. The coupon only works on the “treasures” for that month. This sale is good for this weekend in the US and Canada and NEXT weekend (Aug 1), it will be good in the UK. (Don’t ask me why it’s spaced like that.)

Kobo Treasure Trove for July Weekend
Use code: TGIFSAVE30 at checkout.

Also, there is one cozy freebie at Kobo today that is worth checking out: A Pedigree to Die For — free today.

The same cozy, A Pedigree to Die For, is free on Amazon today.

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Posted: July 25, 2014

Bargains: Urban Fantasy and Sci/fi

savingThis is exclusive to Kobo, but it’s free with code: MOLLYFREE at checkout.

Molly Fyde

It’s space opera so should be fun reading.

savingHere is a pre-order deal that is good at Kobo and will PROBABLY be available at Amazon in about a week: Nine books by nine authors–all in one package for 99 cents!!! I’ve read one of the books already and it was very good.

Nine by Night

Don’t have a Kobo reader? Well, you can read on your PC or mobile with an “app” or–you can enter a survey/contest to try to win a reader here!

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Posted: July 23, 2014

Guest Review: Murder Misdirected

straightToday we have a fabulous guest post from Elisabeth. You may know her as Elisabeth or as Lucy–from The Buddy Read. I’m trying to talk her into another buddy read. I’ll announce the book soon.

Meanwhile, let’s see what she has to say about Murder Misdirected! (At Kobobooks)

I just finished Murder Misdirected (At Amazon) by Andrew MacRae. It took me a couple of tries to get into it, I read the first couple of chapters at least 3 different times and kept putting the book down. For some reason I kept at it this time and am quite glad I did. It’s possibly the best book I’ve read in the last couple of months.

I kept going back to it because it comes from Mainly Murder Press. Usually Judith Ivie has a good eye for the kind of books I like, so I kept getting enticed by the blurb. He’s got a sequel out that looked good, so I gave the first book one more try. The beginning doesn’t really have weaknesses, it just looked like it was going somewhere else I wasn’t particularly interested in going. Fortunately I was wrong.

Anyway, I liked it enough to mention it to you.


In unrelated news, most of the urban fantasy Kate Daniel series is on sale today only for $1.99 per book. Great series. I really enjoyed it. Here it is at Kobobooks And of course at Amazon.

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Posted: July 20, 2014
Filed in Book Reviews

News and Sundry

dragonkin_frt_blog DragonKin is off to the copy editor. It will be released into the wild on August 12. Get your one-click ready! Also: Reviewers–now is the time to obtain a review copy! If you have a blog or if you consistently post reviews to Amazon, Goodreads or other venues and would like a copy of Dragons of Wendal or DragonKin, email me. The current review copy of DragonKin has not been through final copy edit, as is customary for ARCs, but early copies allow reviewers to have their review ready on the release date.

You can add DragonKin to your shelf at Goodreads!!!

In other news, we got a wonderful rain last night. Much needed. I’m pulling up my zucchini plants. They just don’t make it through the summer here with the vine borer moth. It will make more room for the sweet potatoes which are creating vines like crazy. The okra is growing well and we’ve eaten a few batches. AWESOME flavor.

Y’all have a great weekend.

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Posted: July 18, 2014

Win a Kobo Glo

I kind of miss the days when blogs were giving away kindles left and right. Well, here’s a chance to win a KoboGlo! Author Tanya Anne Crosby is giving one away! I know it’s nearly impossible to find the proper place to leave a comment in order to win (took me a few minutes of hunting around). But nothing stops me and this blog — so here is the magic page to leave a comment. It’s the first post on that page.

Go on over and win one for the team!

savingAnd because it’s coupon season, now is a great time to check out Tanya’s books–Kobo coupons work with her books!!! Let me know if you need a coupon. I have some for about 55 percent off and I haven’t played the trivia yet today!

Her books are also available at Amazon and one of the boxed sets at 9.99 is a good deal! All three Highland Bride books for 9.99.

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Posted: July 16, 2014

Buddy Read: One Damn Thing After Another

savingBonus Sunday post! I started reading Just One Damned Thing After Another! and was enjoying it thoroughly. So when April the Dragon wrote complaining of a lackluster reading schedule I suggested we both read this book and do a buddy read for the blog! Join us! It’s got humor and good characters and I guess it’s cozy sci/fi for the genre. Very fun so far. I’m not quite halfway.

There are likely to be spoilers in the comment trail!

If anyone needs a coupon for Kobo: 45% off – 8ZqUHy Enter the code at checkout!
Here’s one for 55 percent off: 5mMcbp

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Posted: July 13, 2014
Filed in Book Reviews, Buddy Reads, Under $5

Famous Art Photoshopped

Birth_of_Venus_BotticelliAnd in the art category, I found this article absolutely fantastic. What if Famous Paintings Were Photoshopped to Look Like Fashion Models?

Scroll down past the header photo and hover on the first photo–watch it change from the original to the photoshopped version! Fascinating. There are several examples in the article.

Warning: These are mostly nudes, so if that offends, don’t click through.

If you are into sweepstakes, See’s Candies is having a promo sweepstakes. Their summer lollipops are on sale too.

Enter the San Francisco Sugar Rush Sweepstakes for See’s Candies Prizes! Enter Between 7/5 – 7/20 For a Chance to Win!

B&N has a sweeps going on as well:

Enter for a Chance to Win a Deluxe Behind the Scenes Studio Tour with a Trip for 2 to Los Angeles PLUS a $1,000 B&N Gift Card – 7/18-8/10

Tiger Direct has a sale this weekend only:
TigerDirect Sitewide Promo: Receive $15 off Your Order of $100 Or More Only At TigerDirect

Kindle Daily Deal
The Diane Tregarde series by Mercedes Lackey is on sale today for Kindle’s Daily Deal–each book in this four book series is ONLY $1.99! Huge deal for those who love UF. I really enjoyed this series when I read it years ago. That was before UF was even a genre.

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Posted: July 12, 2014
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