The good news is that I have read all three of the books in the book blurb poll and every one of them is worth a read! They are quite different, but each was very good. Now then, on to the reveal! The book with the winning blurb is first:
Torrent (Rust & Relics) by Lindsay Buroker — and it’s on sale too for $1.99!!
($3.99 at Kobobooks, but I think coupons work.)
When Delia chose to major in archaeology, she imagined herself as the female Indiana Jones of the Southwest. She didn’t imagine herself crawling through abandoned mine shafts, scrounging for rusty pickaxes and gold pans to sell on auction sites, but Indiana Jones didn’t have to make student loan payments.
Scouring the mountains of Arizona with Simon, her best friend and computer geek extraordinaire, Delia dreams of turning their scavenging enterprise into a legitimate business. More, she longs to earn the respect of peers who shun her for turning into a treasure hunter. What she doesn’t dream of is stumbling across a decapitated body in an old mine near Prescott.
Something dangerous has come to the mountains, and a pair of Harley-riding strangers are the only ones who seem to have a clue. They speak a language Delia has never heard and carry mysterious artifacts she’s never seen. Investigating these strangers might lead her to discoveries that change the face of archaeology forever… or it might lead her and her best friend into a deadly monster’s lair.
Second place was book blurb 3 — and you cozy readers will definitely want this one!!!
From NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jana DeLeon, the first book in the Miss Fortune mystery series.
It was a hell of a longshot…
CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever – in Sinful, Louisiana.
With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world’s largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she’s determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.
Unfortunately, she hasn’t even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she’s not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.
Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder…before it’s too late.
Book two in the series is currently being hoarded by me because I enjoyed book 1 so much. I cannot wait to read it!!! Lethal Bayou Beauty
Book Three: Swamp Sniper
And last, but not least, the third book. I read this a few years ago before Kindle, and really enjoyed it. It’s a fantasy story, very inexpensive and worth the read. It’s funny in spots and a good adventure read.
Ginny Ni Cooley never desired more than the simple life she had. Living in Tamhasg Wood, she used her magic to occasionally assist the folk of Conorscroft while putting up with the machinations of the ghost of her former mentor, Manus MacGreeley. But her peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a lad fleeing a pack of red-gold hounds led by a hound-shaped demon known as Nidubh.
So much for peace and solitude. By rescuing Fafne MacArdagh, Ginny becomes wrapped in the fabric of an intrigue involving a family feud, a traitorous son and a bloodmage named Edain who is determined to keep her soul. It was she who cast the spell on Fafne’s family and household, and transformed the MacArdaghs into hounds. Ginny gives Fafne her word to take him to Caer Keltora so they can report the matter to the Council of Mageborn. But Edain is determined to keep her secret and her soul intact, and moves to thwart Ginny at every turn.
For Ginny Ni Cooley, who has faced many bogies, dealing with a demon, a bloodmage and the Dark Lord of Annwn, will be no easy task. But she will do what she must to undo Edain’s spells. If not, Manus’ soul will become part of the Arawn’s Cauldron of Doom. Ginny will become a feast for a demon, and poor Fafne will join the Hounds of Ardagh for all eternity.
I’ve read all three and they were all good and very different. All three make my “Recommended books under $5). I’ll leave this post stickied to the top for a while so y’all can come back and share your thoughts. What do you think of the covers? Which one will you read? Did you love it or hate it??