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New Release Extravaganza

Remember when I promised you a list of new releases??

Well, it’s finally time. Some of these are on sale, some are not, but we’ve brought together some great new releases all in one place! Some of these reads are only 99 cents! There’s cozy mysteries, fantasy, young adult, geezer lit, historical mysteries, thrillers, romance–hopefully we have managed to find something for everyone. So let the treasure hunt begin–sort through and find the gems!

Let’s talk books

Spirelli Paranormal Investigations Episodes 1-3 This book actually contains 3 complete novellas packaged into one book. These are quite fun, a bit like Tracking Magic or the first three Markhat mysteries (out of print). I loved the Spirelli characters and thought that even in just the three stories the characters evolved. There’s a hint of mystery between Marin (a VERY COOL dragon) and one of the characters she meets during an investigation, so I suspect this will not be a case of the dragon falling for her boss. Good stuff. Cozy with fun characters and enough action to keep you reading. Love the cover too. Absolutely recommended.

Also available at Kobo!

Murder at the Courthouse – A good old-fashioned mystery. This was a lovely read filled with characters you quickly care about. The mystery isn’t easy to solve, but there are clues that raise your suspicions. Even when you think you know the culprit, the details and resolution are more tangled than you can guess. In many respects, it’s more heartwarming too. I was very pleased with this book. A gem of a mystery–highly recommended. The latest in the series is out. Check them both out!

Air and Ashes – A rollicking and fun urban fantasy! This one was a bit different, set out at sea. It’s also different in that the author is slowly developing the magic in this series. The main character doesn’t get to wave her magic wand–there’s a huge cost to magic. I loved this book, but it comes with a warning–it ends abruptly. It’s designed to make you want the second right away to get “the rest of the story” because it leaves many, many points unresolved. It’s certainly novel length and has a wealth of characters and great pacing, but it leaves you hanging.

Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P – I’ve read the first in the boxed set and while I’d call it geezer lit, I’m sure the author would call it cozy. 🙂 This is a fun and funny book. There are a few crass guy jokes and some innuendos in this one, so if that bothers you, you’ll have to skim now and then. The mystery is interesting, and there’s enough suspense and action to keep you turning the pages. The boxed set is an excellent bargain.

I’ve read other books by Margaret Lake (romance), Mikaela Lind (fantasy) and C. Dale Brittain (YA and cozy fantasy), and I enjoyed them so I’m looking forward to the new releases from them!

Bookbag Giveaway
For those of you who leave a comment about the books (any books–your current read, your favorite, the ones you bought, the ones you wishlisted) you’ll be entered to win a free book bag. Yup, it will be one I’ve made so it’s one of a kind, possibly crooked, possibly with embroidery and possibly an odd looking contraption! Make sure your email is in the spot that asks for an email if you want to be entered. That is how I will contact you if you win.

Now then! Which of these lovely books have you read? Which ones will you read?

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  1. I’ve already read Air and Ashes and while I had a few minor issues with it, it was a good read. I’ve got both Murder at the Courthouse and the Lady Justice boxed set on my Kindle ready to read.

    If it didn’t have a stupid title, I might put Half Assed Wizard on my to read list but the title annoys me. I really like the cover of An Autumn Haunting but I’m not sure if I’ll like the story. There are a couple I’m looking at so I’ll let you know if I get them and how good or not they are.

    Comment by April — July 14, 2017 @ 8:12 am

  2. The Lady Justice Boxed set is a steal at that price and the first book was a good read.

    You’re right about the cover on An Autumn Haunting. I haven’t sampled either of the books in that series yet.

    I have sampled Half Assed Wizard and it is definitely snarky like the title implies!

    Comment by Maria — July 14, 2017 @ 9:38 am

  3. Is it a good snark or an annoying one?

    Comment by April — July 14, 2017 @ 2:44 pm

  4. I’ve read the Dragons of Wendal series and “One Good Eclair” but I can’t quite remember the author’s name ;>) . Seriously, I love all 4 of those books. I have a number of the mysteries (several in the Aloha Lagoon series, the Frankie Bow books, Murder At the Courthouse, the Lady Justice books, and the 2 Catherine Bruns books) in my TBR pile. Just took a look at, and bought “The Half-Assed Wizard“. It sounds like the sort of books Craig Shaw Gardner and Robert Asprin write/wrote, and I enjoy those.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — July 14, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

  5. I bought it and I’m reading it, so I’ll let you know. I’m not quite at half yet and I’d say it would be okay if he backed off it some and focused solely on the story. 🙂 There’s a lot of music references (I listen to a lot of music, but I can tell I’m missing some of them. I don’t think there are critical clues hidden there or anything though.) Your mileage may vary!

    Comment by Maria — July 14, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

  6. Yeah, I can see some Robert Asprin in there now that you mention it. But it’s been a long time since I read Asprin.

    Comment by Maria — July 14, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

  7. I’ve been reading The Lady Justice Trilogy and I’m enjoying the off-beat humor. Maybe because I’m a geezerette myself. Mostly, it’s little vignettes and I don’t think the story flows very well. That being said, it’s sort of like a geezer reminiscing. Some will like it, some won’t but you don’t know until you try it.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — July 14, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

  8. It definitely goes back and forth–there’s some very funny parts, but sometimes the humor is crass. A lot of the geezer parts are pretty easy to identify with. I guess I like the idea of so many of the characters finding a goal/purpose that they’re enthused about. That’s probably what I liked best.

    Comment by Maria — July 14, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

  9. I don’t need any bags. 🙂 Good luck with all the new releases! YAY! Linked from my Photo Finish Friday post.

    Comment by Teresa — July 14, 2017 @ 7:36 pm

  10. Green Bag Lady!!! Yeeeees! Nice to see you. Thanks for stopping by. I can’t imagine why you don’t need any bags! 🙂

    Comment by Maria — July 14, 2017 @ 7:43 pm

  11. I have several of the Twelve Months of Romance and have enjoyed them all. I also have all of the Regan O’Reilly books by the same author and love them all. And the historical romances by the author are great.

    Comment by Geoffrey Thomas — July 14, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

  12. I have read/reread several times “One Good Eclair” and the entire Sedona O’Hala Mystery Series. I love to read about and relate to many of Sedona’s situations. Yeah, I dont need any bags either 🙂

    Comment by Bagette Dad — July 14, 2017 @ 9:04 pm

  13. Bagette Dad too???? Gosh. It’s my lucky day! Thanks so much for stopping by and your very kind words. Thank you so much!

    Comment by Maria — July 14, 2017 @ 9:19 pm

  14. Aundy by Shanna Hatfield. This is a great series that really brings the period and people to life and shares a lot of interesting history as well. Highly recommended.

    Comment by Leo — July 15, 2017 @ 10:46 am

  15. Leo, I sampled Aundy and it was absolutely charming!

    Comment by Maria — July 15, 2017 @ 10:56 am

  16. Okay, Leo, I picked up Aundy.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — July 15, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

  17. I’ve read and reviewed several books in Russ Hall’s series featuring Al Quinn and enjoyed them all. Here’s a link to a review of the first in the series.

    Comment by BigAl — July 15, 2017 @ 2:46 pm

  18. Hi BigAl! You are the reason I found Russ Hall’s series! I’ve already sampled To Hell and Gone to Texas and it’s very, very compelling. It’s not cozy, but I love that family aspect of the estranged brother in there. It’s next up on the mystery pile!!!

    Comment by Maria — July 15, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

  19. I enjoy reading books by Robert Thornbill, Catherine Bruns and A. H. Gabhart! I don’t know about the rest, but I enjoy reading new authors!

    Comment by Rebecca Booth — July 15, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

  20. Hi Rebecca! Definitely good authors. Thanks for stopping by!

    Comment by Maria — July 15, 2017 @ 4:02 pm

  21. Now I got Bikinis and Bloodshed as well as In Milady’s Chamber. Help!! I’d been keeping up with my TBR (somewhat) and now I’d better get reading.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — July 15, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

  22. Bikinis and Bloodshed is a great deal at 99 cents. The Gemma Halliday imprints always go up to $4.99 a few days after they are released so you got it at the bargain price!!!

    Comment by Maria — July 15, 2017 @ 8:37 pm

  23. Fun to see my books in there with all the others in your New Release Promo, Maria. Sorry mine couldn’t be a great 99 cent bargain like some of the others. Sometimes the publishers have special e-book sales, but none right now. Still, if you think of price per word, well, it’s not bad. 🙂

    Thanks Rebecca, for the mention and I hope you find lots of new authors to enjoy.

    Comment by Ann H Gabhart — July 16, 2017 @ 7:33 am

  24. Hi Ann! Great to see you! Don’t worry, your book is worth the entrance price. It’s a great read!

    Comment by Maria — July 16, 2017 @ 7:46 am

  25. Just finished Air and Ashes. A great read, but the abruptness of the end was rather annoying. Even so, a good book to pick up.

    Comment by Elisabeth — July 18, 2017 @ 5:41 am

  26. I really *hate* that it’s become a trend. I know it worked very well for authors like Rachel Caine and some others who kind of set the standard. One of the trad publishers even released “half the story” for a steampunk book a few years ago. The first half was 7 dollars. I have no idea what the second half cost, but they didn’t try that again because it just served to confuse everyone. I read Rachel Caine for 3 books with the cliffhanger technique and then stopped because it was that way at the end of all the books. Now I tend to just stop after the first book. From what I gather on writer forums, the technique now is to make sure there is a “projected” ending–so, there will be only 3 books in the series, for example. And they all come out faster than normal–within 6 months or so. That way, those who are “hooked” know that the story will end at book 3. I just like a story. The whole story–in one book. Word to the wise–The Forgotten (also in the promo) has a more complete story than Air and Ashes, but it has about a chapter of speculation about where the characters are headed next that “sets the stage” for final answers. It’s not a cliffhanger/abrupt ending, but there’s a big lead-in with some important decisions made about huge risks about to be taken…

    Comment by Maria — July 18, 2017 @ 7:41 am

  27. I’m reading Passion, Poison and Puppy Dogs and enjoying it very much.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — July 20, 2017 @ 9:16 am

  28. Yeah, I started Secret of the Painted Lady and it’s pretty good so far.

    P.S. Those books share a setting and some characters, but don’t have to be read in order. The Puppy one is on sale, but the other two are not.

    Comment by Maria — July 20, 2017 @ 9:31 am

  29. I haven’t gotten started on any of the others I got from this list yet. I have the Lady Justice Trilogy, Secrets of the Painted Lady and Murder at the Courthouse waiting but right now I’m reading Spymaster which is the first in a fantasy series with dragons and Blood Oath a modern fantasy with a vampire who works for the President to get rid of threats to the US (I’m listening to the audio of this one on my daily commute).

    Comment by April — July 20, 2017 @ 9:40 am

  30. Oh, my goodness! I don’t generally like vampire books anymore, but that Blood Oath does sound interesting! How is the audio?

    Comment by Maria — July 20, 2017 @ 9:52 am

  31. The audio is great, I can’t remember the voice actor right now but he does a good job. I actually quit reading Spymaster because the characters were just not interesting to me – I found them to be conflicting, one who was clever and kind who ended up being stupid and cruel and one who was just so dull I didn’t care about him at all. So now I’m reading Slouch Witch which is the one you recommended a while back. So far I’m liking it. I laughed out loud when the Order man met her familiar. Good scene!

    Comment by April — July 21, 2017 @ 8:56 am

  32. Oh how I loved that book! Yes, there are some hilarious scenes. Absolutely hilarious. Best read all year.

    Comment by Maria — July 21, 2017 @ 9:21 am

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