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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 13

Oh, what to read this week! Last week, I read The Professor and the Bootlegger. I’d had it on my kindle for a while and somehow forgot all about it! Cute story, definitely a sweet romance, and because of the bootlegging angle it has more action than most. If you like romance books, you’ll like this one as a quick and fun historical beach read.

This week, I’m in the mood for…chocolate. But that doesn’t help with my reading selection! Just in time for Halloween–this ghost story sounded quite interesting!

’til Death

Sam Rockwell is a fledgling private investigator specializing in Returns, or, recently deceased ghosts with unfinished business. After his no-nonsense father is murdered and comes back, Sam takes the case hoping for a big break and a chance to win the heart of his Girl Friday.

Short on experience and long on the swagger of the dog-eared pulp fiction he keeps in his desk, Sam sets out to find his father’s killer only to find himself caught up in a madcap game of Cold War Intrigue as the Doomsday Clock inches close.

Secrets of the Past

Charlie Gilchrist has the unique gift, or curse, of retrocognition. Objects and artefacts are enough to trigger visions and he can see scenes from the past play out in front of him. When his brother asks him to meet an old friend who is managing a historical home, he has no idea what’s in store. Astrid Buchanan, estate manager at Addleston House, is struggling to make the venue a profitable tourist attraction. But Addleston has no real history or mystery behind it, and that’s a problem.

When a box of old letters and a diary is found under some floorboards, Astrid gets Charlie to look at them, thinking he might be able to unearth something from the house’s history to build on. But when Mrs. Toon, her colleague, gets wind of Charlie’s unorthodox methods, Astrid finds herself fighting for her job. As Charlie reads, he discovers that Richard Tunney – who used to own the house – was a difficult man, and cruel to Amelia, his second wife. Amelia hides herself in these long letters to her true love, Harry Bramall.
But Richard Tunney knows something is up, and tells a woman only identified as ‘Mary Ellen’, that she must read all letters Amelia sends and receives.

When disaster strikes, can Amelia and Harry’s love survive the trials of her vindictive husband? Who is Mary Ellen and what brought her to Addleston? And will Charlie solve the mystery before Astrid finds herself out of a job?

A sad love story set during the Regency period becomes a modern day mystery that will make Charlie Gilchrist confront his past, and come to terms with the gift that has kept him an outsider his entire life.

Posted: October 14, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 12

This week looks like an urban fantasy kind of week, but you tell me! What are you reading?

The bargains of last week led me to this book:

Tombyards & Butterflies: A Montague and Strong Case Files I’ve already sampled it and it’s passed that test. I saw one typo in the sample (comma missing) and the plot was pretty entertaining.

An emissary from the Dark Council has just materialized in the office of the Montague & Strong Detective Agency, and makes Simon Strong an offer he can’t refuse. Charon is missing. The legendary ferryman responsible for transporting sorcerer souls across the river Styx hasn’t been seen in days. And with each passing hour, those unable to cross the river are left to walk among the living, tilting the world further out of balance.

Meet Simon Strong, an immortal, who is also the best private detective in New York City. Together with his surly partner-Tristan Montague, a mage of indeterminate age, they must find the Ferryman and get him back to work before another Supernatural War ravages the earth, destroys humanity, and Simon’s local coffee shop.

Time is running out. His landlord wants the rent and Karma with a capital K is paying him a visit, and she can be a real…

Join the Montague & Strong Detective Agency and help them locate Charon, so he can restore balance to the universe, put the dead sorcerers to rest, and maybe solve the age old conundrum-coffee or tea?

And in fantasy, I thought this one sounded good, especially the first line of the blurb!

Banished

13-Year-Old Assassin for Hire.

Ayrion learns the consequences of being exceptional.

Staying on top is not always a good thing, especially when the head of your clan has a son who can’t stand to lose. Trained as an assassin, competition for Ayrion is serious. The higher he rises, the deadlier it becomes.

Can he manage to keep his identity as a wielder hidden, or will he ignore his parents’ advice and use his magic to win?


Posted: October 8, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 11

As you may have guessed from my review, I finished up Murder on Black Swan Lane this week. I’ve been in the mood for mysteries, so this week, I found some more possible selections:

Edinburgh Twilight Love the cover and the price is good too.

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.

With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

Here’s another interesting mystery–and it’s only 99 cents. It may not stay on sale long though. Check prices before clicking buy.

All that Glitters

Just arrived from New York, Broadway actress Laura Wilson is slated to star in Hollywood’s newest screwball comedy. At her side, of course, is Jake Donovan, under pressure to write his next mystery novel. But peace and quiet are not to be had when an all-too-real murder plot intrudes: After a glitzy party, the son of a studio honcho is discovered dead from a gunshot wound. And since Jake exchanged words with the hothead just hours before his death, the bestselling author becomes the LAPD’s prime suspect.

In 1930s Tinseltown, anything goes. Proving his innocence won’t be easy in a town where sex, seduction, and naked power run rampant. With gossip columnist Louella Parsons dead-set on publicizing the charges against him, Jake has no choice but to do what everyone else does in the City of Angels: act like someone else. Blackie Doyle, the tough-talking, fist-swinging, womanizing hero from Jake’s novels wouldn’t pull any punches until he exposed the real killer—nor will Jake, to keep the role of a lifetime from being his last.

The first in the series is: The Yankee Club

What are you reading this week?

Posted: October 2, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 10

So this week I picked out some historical fiction and women’s fiction. Just a whim while looking for good prices.

Amberwell

It was dark when Nell Ayrton got to Carlisle. There had been a raid in the Midlands and the station was blacked-out and in chaos.
Nell ran wildly from one side of the enormous station to the other, despair clutching at her heart.

How on earth was she to find an unknown woman in the milling crowds? And would she have Roger’s baby safely tucked away with her?

Nell is just one of the Aryton’s in trouble as the Second World War looms. Amberwell, an estate on the west coast of Scotland, has been in the Ayrton family for several generations… descending from father to son in an unbroken line. By family tradition, each new owner was to add to the amenities of the place and in this way Amberwell grew larger and more beautiful as the years went by, endowed with gardens and terraces and orchards. The five young Ayrtons who grew up at Amberwell have now ventured out into the world.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present will never be quite the same again.

I had an urban fantasy picked out, but the reviews complained of bad language and worse, no copy editing. Kiss of death.

Posted: September 23, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 9

Remember how much I loved Slouch Witch?

I’m a bit of a book hoarder, especially when I know the next book in a series will be good. So I saved Star Witch for just the right occasion! I decided that this week is the right occasion. 🙂

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That’s not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can’t be hard … or dangerous … right?

Your turn! What are you reading, what do you plan to read this week and what have you read that is excellent???

Posted: September 17, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 8

Another one of those HUGE collections of 20 books is on sale (pre-order) for a limited time offer of 99 cents. (I think the price changes when the set goes live, but in general the way these sets work is they are offered for a short time at a low price. One of the sets I was watching was listed for about 2 months and then it completely disappeared from Amazon. I don’t know if they are all such a sort listing, but they are limited from what I understand.) This one is scifi and paranormal romance. I did one of these during the July extravaganza…no, I haven’t actually read any of the books in that set, but for 99 cents, there is bound to be one or two gems! I like the idea of “crafty hackers” myself.

Other Worlds

Journey into a multiverse beyond the boundaries of your imagination…

21 award-winning and best-selling authors bring you the best of PARANORMAL and SCI-FI ROMANCE in this boxed set of exclusive epic adventures.

Rogue spaceship captains, dark vampire lords, supernatural hunters, crafty hackers, uncompromising alien alphas, fearless shifters, and MORE await in this collection that includes BRAND NEW romantic, otherworldly tales!

At Google Play
At Kobo
B&N

And look what else I found! I’ve been watching this one forever and finally figured out it was out in kindle (it was originally with a publisher that priced it at 14.99 or some fool thing.)

Haunting Jordan

Welcome to Port Chatham…a charming little town with a lot of spirit!
Jordan Marsh has left L.A. for the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Port Chatham in pursuit of some much-needed R&R. As the prime suspect in her cheating husband’s murder, she’s hoping to immerse herself in the restoration of the charming Victorian she’d just bought–and put all talk of homicide investigations behind her. But as she soon discovers, the coldest of cases cry out to be solved, too.

For this old house comes furnished–with two garrulous ghosts who have a century-old murder of their own they’d like her to look into. Now, if Jordan can keep the L.A. police at bay and sort through a suspect list of shady characters circa 1890, she might just clear a wrongly accused man’s name–and her own.

Your turn! What are you reading this week and is it any good???

Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 7

Is it Sunday already??? We’ve been pretty busy with that silly fence. All the posts are in now, but we have to do that actual “build the fence” thing.

Here are some bargain reads I’ve found.
Edited: First pick was deleted due to content, so we’ll have to move to the next selection!

The one I really want to read is pre-order until Monday (Sept 4):

Snowspelled I love the cover and I wish I owned that dress!

In nineteenth-century Angland, magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the more practical business of politics. But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules…

Four months ago, Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland, and she was betrothed to the brilliant, intense love of her life.

Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elven dales, surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians, manipulative lady politicians, her own interfering family members, and, worst of all, her infuriatingly stubborn ex-fiancé, who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good.

But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow, where a powerful and malevolent elf-lord lurks…and Cassandra lost all of her own magic four months ago.

To save herself, Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness.

Posted: September 3, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 6

I’m running a lot behind this week. What with all the rain we had, we have a fence down, the freezer was dripping water, the attic had to be checked, I couldn’t find the flashlight I wanted and other odds and ends kept cropping up. The cats aren’t at all appreciative of this weather either. They like to do their business outside, but when I open the door and rain hits them in the face, they get all insulted. This means opening the door for them about eight or nine times before they finally run out. Yes, they have litter boxes. That doesn’t seem to register with them as long as the human is here to be woken up at 11 and 2 at night.

Anyway, it seems like I need a book with a lot of action to work off all the anxiety. When I checked my wishlist, all I found on it was vacuum bags. Yes, I need those, but not to read.

I had to totally go “random browse” to find something of interest. Here’s what I came across:

The Dungeoneers

After five years as a city guard, Durham’s horizontal career trajectory adds a corkscrew when a misdelivered order assigns him to caravan duty for an eclectic group of Dwarves who hire themselves out as professional dungeoneers.

No ruler wants to leave a powerful magical weapon lying about in a dungeon where just any prophesied upstart can stumble across it and use it to overthrow the kingdom. That’s where The Dungeoneers come in. Dungeons sacked, artifacts recovered, no job too big or too small. They’re not adventurers; they’re professionals.

With the discovery that Durham may have arrived with a destiny attached to him the Dungeoneers find themselves in the midst of some history about to happen. Will experience and Dwarven know-how be enough to carry the day?

And it had better not bore me or I’ll tell you what will be getting sacked! Now then, when will the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies be ready?

Posted: August 27, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 5

Oh, what to read! Will there even be time to read???

Stranger at the Wedding

I’ve been waiting forever for this book to go on sale. I checked again today and…headdesk! It says I bought it three years ago. GAH! My life organization is so lacking, I completely forgot I bought it! So I guess this will be the book I’ll read. It was highly recommended to me. Three years ago.

The new cover is uglier than the original cover, so I’m putting up the original.

Kyra was preparing for her final wizard test before the Council. But suddenly, something was twisting her magic, weaving sinister portents of doom into even the simplest of her spells. Then she knew for certain that her young sister Alix was soon to marry–and soon to die. And so she journeyed back to the family who had disowned her. To save her sister, Kyra would have to face down her father’s rage, stand firm against the venomous rivalries of her family’s enemies, and confront the Inquisition. Then she must defeat a still deadlier foe–if only she could find it!

Posted: August 20, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 4

What to read, what to read?

We had company this weekend so I haven’t had much time browse. Not only that it’s been blistering hot with no relief in sight. This week has some UGLY temperatures forecast with every day at or near 100. Not my kind of weather. The first item on my wishlist was a set of flannel sheets…obviously my wishlist is not doing the job here!

Some random selections:

Police at the Funeral

The tranquility of Cambridge is punctured when Cousin Andrew of the illustrious Faraday family disappears without a trace. No time is wasted in summoning Albert Campion and his sleuthing skills away from the bustle of Piccadilly to investigate – but little does he expect to be greeted by a band of eccentric relatives all at daggers with each other.

Soon there are as many dead bodies as there are red herrings, and Campion must uncover the secrets of the Faraday dynasty before another victim falls…

This is a stand-alone title within Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion series.

Demon Leap I am not sure how she expects to hit her target with her head down, but I admit, I have never tried to shoot a gun while being propelled backwards and with that much hair in my face.

The Specials: magic misfits and criminals who earn big money doing illegal magic jobs. For Arrow St. Martx, the danger and the risks are high. Magic assassination, kidnapping, assault–there’s a good chance she and the others could be killed or wish they had been. But she’s on a mission to overthrow the corrupt government and she needs the Specials to help her do it. It’s just too bad she doesn’t trust them.

The Architect, the mysterious young man who travels within time and space and controls the Specials, is as intriguing as he is dangerous. He wants Arrow, and he’s upended her life to get her. Teaming with The Architect might be the smartest move Arrow could make…or it could be the deadliest. But no matter what it takes or who she has to align herself with, Arrow is going to rewrite history.

Posted: August 13, 2017
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