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Buddy Reads

Book Reveal: Book by a Blurb #2

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:

torrentTorrent (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!!!

longshotLouisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon (at Kobobooks)

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.

houndsThe Hounds of Ardagh by Laura Underwood (at Kobobooks–same low price as Amazon, coupons may work.)

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??

Posted: February 2, 2014
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Book Reveals (Book Blurb Choices)

I know y’all have been DYING to find out the titles to the books. The voting was neck and neck all the way and we ended in a tie as of the writing of this post, so it looks like we’ll need to do buddy reads on all three. It’ll be just pick the one you want to start with and join in:

tellconBook 2:
The Tell-Tale Con by Aimee Gilchrist (B&N) (Kobobooks) Tallulah “Talia” Jones has not had your average upbringing. The child of con-artists, her parents have bestowed such important life lessons upon her as, “the con is in the details” and “don’t steal from your friends … because they can identify you to the cops way too easily.”

Now her dad is in prison, her mom has become “Mystic Madam Magdala”, and her biology partner, pro chess player, son of Hollywood bigwig, Harrison Poe, suddenly needs Talia’s help solving a mystery in a way that only a person who understands the rules of a con can. It looks like a quick and legit way to earn some cash … until someone ups the ante with murder. Now Talia and Harrison are racing against time to find the killer before Harrison becomes the next victim.

It’s going to take all of Talia’s skills to pull off this con … because as any good con artist can tell you, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.”

I can’t wait to do the buddy read on this. This is the book I chose in the poll and read. Come on over! We’ll be chatting about this one for sure!!! I can tell you right now: THIS BOOK IS MADE OF AWESOME!

tempmonstersBook 3:
Temporary Monsters
by Craig Shaw Gardner (Kobobooks) (B&N) Much to his surprise, when Lenny Hodge answers a help wanted ad for a temp agency called Terrifitemps!, he’s hired on the spot. He finds out pretty quickly, however, (the day he reports to work) that Terrifitemps! is more than simply…unusual. It might well control the universe—and it’s under attack from The Forces of Evil. Lenny’s first assignment is to save the world, with the help of a team that includes a morose ghost hunter, a vampire with mother issues, a psychic who’s right almost fifty percent of the time, and an overly friendly pooka named Bob the Horse.

It’s about as far away from part-time filing as Lenny can imagine—but it just may be the job he was born to do.

dateBook 1:
Dying for a Date by Cindy Sample (B&N) (Kobobooks-not available)

Dying for a Date by 2012 LEFTY Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery

WOULD DATING BE THE DEATH OF HER?

Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes.

Despite her now being a person of interest to the police, Laurel bravely ventures out on date number two. When that unlucky bachelor disappears during dinner, Laurel’s only alibi is a bottle of Dom Perignon. The sexy investigating detective thinks she’s innocent and is worried she may be the next target. That’s more than enough motivation for Laurel to find a murderer determined to kill her social life–before dating becomes a dead end she can’t escape.

So there they are! Grab the book you want to read and then come back and tell us what you thought of it!!!

Posted: January 6, 2014
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Buddy Read

So the other evening, I was trolling through the books on my kindle and came across a book. I couldn’t remember anything about the title or when I might have bought it. Given the title, I really couldn’t imagine WHY I bought the thing. This happens a lot because, yanno. I don’t get to all the books I download right away.

I went ahead and began reading it to see if it was worth my time. Hmm. Kind of weird. But…I was caught up in just what in the heck this could be. It’s the kind of book that is so stupid, you don’t want to admit you might be enjoying yourself. And you’re also a little afraid that maybe you’re even more immature than you thought because the humor is over the top and you really shouldn’t find the story interesting enough to continue. The prose is quite obviously overdone.

So my immediate reaction was to find some poor, unsuspecting soul to do a buddy read. 🙂 Maybe the book wasn’t as bad as I thought. Maybe I just needed reassurance that it’s okay to read a stupid book and enjoy it anyway. Well, that’s silly. Besides there was no one around..wait! Someone had just stopped by the blog. We’ll call her Lucy, after Lucille Ball, because we have to protect the innocent here.

Like Junior, I pasted a deceptively innocent look on my face and on my email. I waited behind the door though, ready to pounce, much like Junior does when he knows Scamper is about to come through the cat door.

As soon as “Lucy” answered my email, I gleefully shouted, “Do you want to do a buddy read???”

Geez. You’d have thought I yelled “fire!” Unlike Scamper, who just hisses when Junior jumps out at her, Lucy did this Stop. Drop. Roll away thing. I double-checked my original email. I hadn’t yelled fire, but I must have startled Lucy because when she got up from the floor, her lipstick was all smeared. You have to be careful about being too enthusiastic with these projects.

“Buddy what?” Lucy finally asked, checking to see that her hair hadn’t gotten too mussed when she leapt away from me.

“I came across this really weird book. It’s quite odd and the prose is annoyingly highbrow. Lots of big words as the main tries to pretend he’s upper class and smart. There’s this butler. And well, zombies. I thought you might like to read it with me so we could discuss it.”

Looooong silence. Hmm. Was it something I said???

“It doesn’t sound like a great book. Are you enjoying it??” Her voice sounded a tad shrill. Definitely suspicious.

“Weeell. I don’t know.” I went into lengthy hemming and hawing, but see, I just wanted to find out if the book was…well, was it any good? I mean, the author did these things on purpose. It might have been a pastiche of Wodehouse. Or Jeeves or someone. And sometimes you’re reading along and you start to wonder if you’re losing your mind of if the author did and you’re caught up in a crazy train wreck.

At any rate, I convinced Lucy to give it a look. She still hasn’t told me what she thinks about it. Maybe she’ll comment here. As for me, I finished it. It’s about the right length for this sort of weirdness. Any longer and I’d have tired of the characters. It has lots of action scenes and they’re decent, fitting the story and the style. I am a very character driven reader for the most part so I won’t admit to maybe liking the characters because the one is an idiot. Because the thing is so silly I won’t admit to laughing either.

I can’t tell you if the story is any good or not. I still can’t decide. I can say that this is not high literature. It might remind me of Monty Python, which I definitely didn’t like. Oh, what the hell. I probably liked it. But don’t tell anyone. I’ll lose my book snob status for certain.

Here’s the book, in case you are curious.
Booster and Reeves

Posted: October 11, 2013
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Buddy Read: Lady of Devices

devicesOkay! Lady of Devices buddy read. For some of us, today will probably be the day we START this book. But for others, we’ve finished it. 🙂

My take: I don’t know where to put this one as it isn’t a fantasy, nor a mystery, nor a romance. I’d say it’s closest to the romance genre in writing style/themes/patterns, but there’s no romance (yet). It could have used a mystery to carry some of the beginning, which, after a nice explosion, was a bit slow and appeared predictable. I assumed a certain plot line (destitute, finds man, finds job) and was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t go that direction.

Of course, it’s terribly implausible, but has quite the character set to make it enjoyable. The ending was the best part with a nice set up for book 2.

The writing was flawless, the words and accents of the characters just enough. This is NOT my normal genre, but it is well-written. If you’re looking for a light read to pass the time pleasantly, this book fits that bill. The cover is very nice and the price is right at 99 cents. The plotting is not multi-layered–it’s simple, and straightforward. With the characters so far, I’d expect the series to get more interesting as it goes.

Posted: July 29, 2013
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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!!! Edited to add: This was a really great book. Loved it!

Nice Dragons Finish Last (At Kobobooks) by Rachel Aaron – It’s my understanding this book is now exclusive Amazon (frown face). Try the link though–she might bring it back to Kobo after the 90 days is up!

Or Dragons/Last at Amazon


Posted: July 26, 2014
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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!

Edited to add: The book was pretty good, but got progressively darker. I’m not sorry I read it, but I won’t continue the series. Too much of a downer at the end for me. I know April the Dragon did read on so if you have questions, post in the comments or send me an email and I’ll forward it to her!


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Posted: July 13, 2014
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