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Semi-Finalists and Bargain

Remember when I told you that Under Witch Moon had made it to a round of semi-finals on a blog? Well one of the other blogs participating in the the contest has picked their final semi-finalist (all the blogs do things a little differently. They are each given 30 indie books and eliminate all but one. In my case, I made it to the final 4 on a blog and he has yet to narrow that down to one). At any rate, Booknest, one of the other blogs, has picked her finalist. This book will go on to be read by all the blogs in the contest and be judged against all of the others that make it that far!

Congrats to Shadow Shadow, a semi-finalist winning out against 29 other entries.

Harley Fox receives the worst present ever on her sixteenth birthday–a shadow box. The box gives her the power to trade someone to the shadows, meaning they will disappear and cease to exist. Harley can’t imagine doing such a horrible thing and is warned that using the box comes at a price. Unfortunately, not using the box can be even more costly. If she chooses not to use it, someone she loves will be taken by the shadows. Harley must make this life-altering decision as she discovers frightening revelations about the town she calls home.

In other bargains, Sheri Cobb South’s series is selling well in the New Releases Extravaganza. I recently noticed she has a prequel to the series, Pickpocket’s Apprentice, a long novella. I loved the premise so I added the book to the extravaganza (it’s only 99 cents!) and I’m sharing the title here as well.

When magistrate Patrick Colquhoun orders a habitual thief transported to Botany Bay, he doesn’t realize a fourteen-year-old boy has been left behind—not until young John Pickett is hauled into Bow Street for stealing an apple. Colquhoun arranges a job for John hauling coal, where John promptly falls in love with pert Sophy. At nineteen Pickett stumbles into a criminal investigation which will change the course of his life. [Prequel to John Pickett mysteries] Regency Mystery Novella by Sheri Cobb South; originally published by the author and Belgrave House/Regency Reads

Posted: July 20, 2017
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Bargain: Mystery Anthology

Noir at the Salad Bar

It’s not my favorite cover, but I suppose when you’re going for Noir, you need some splashes of red! There’s a story from Karen Cantwell in here, a bit of a departure from her normal. It’s a good story–dark, but not too dark. More spooky, I think. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but there are 30 or more stories in this one!

Culinary Tales with a Bite is a crime fiction anthology featuring gastronomic mysteries. Inside are dark and varied tales with a common theme of food and drink. The contributing writers represent a mix of bestselling authors, brand new voices, and seasoned professionals from the crime writing community.


Posted: July 19, 2017
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Even More Books

First up:

The Girl in the Window is in both my new releases promo and the 99 cent promo–which means it’s 99 cents!


I’ve joined up with 9 other fantasy authors to offer a bundle of books all in one volume. The Myths Boxed set contains:

Sage (fantasy cozy) -Sword and Sorcery meets Agatha Christie. Sometimes it takes a more experienced hand to save an entire Kingdom.
King Cage and the Worth Street Djinni (King Cage Book 1) – One thing stands between Earth and the Djinn—spray paint.
The Felis Catus: urban fantasy, sword and sorcery… What’s wrong with Benglam’s cat?
Court of the Phantom Queen (Lovers and Liars: Immortal Wars, #1) – And so the old gods fell.
The Tower’s Alchemist: British intelligence wants her spying skills. A vampiric warlock wants to steal her powers. The Master Wizards who trained her want her dead…
When I Wake (A prequel to the Alora Chronicles) Contemporary Fantasy. Ash has a secret, it has the power to change her life forever.
Revitalized One – sip was all it took to change her world forever.

The bundle is free for 10 days. (Your email address will be shared with all ten authors. You can opt out at any time, but as with most of these offers, that means opting out with each author.)

Posted: July 15, 2017
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Review: Slouch Witch

Slouch Witch is the best book I’ve read all year. Possibly longer, although I don’t keep critical records. This book had it all–humor, wit, snark that wasn’t over done (your mileage will vary), a good mystery and a touch of romance. This was such a fun read. The mystery had just enough complexity to keep me emotionally and intellectually engaged–one part personal mystery, one part mystery/mystery. The characters morphed/grew enough through the book, along with their magic and curses, that I was thoroughly satisfied and delighted with the story. Highly, highly recommended, a five-star read.

And the best news is that book two is already out. I’m hoarding Star Witch for the perfect weekend!


Review: Spirelli Paranormal Investigations

Spirelli Paranormal Investigations Episodes 1-3

I don’t know how I came across this, and I don’t know why they are called episodes. The 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!

Bargain: Geek Cozy Mystery

Y’all know how I enjoy the Lexi Carmichael mysteries by Julie Moffett–well, if you haven’t grabbed No Living Soul, now is your chance. It’s 99 cents today!

I tried to get this one for the July Release Extravaganza this Saturday, but the timing didn’t work…looks like we get to pick it up anyway! WOOT!

The first in the series is No One Lives Twice. Definitely a fun read!!!

Also on sale at Kobo!

Miss Seaton on Sale – Boxed Set

The Miss Seaton mysteries came back to Kindle recently, but they are priced fairly high. Well, now the boxed set is on sale–three books!

How could you not love Miss Seeton?

Retired art teacher Miss Seeton steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles. Armed with only her sketch pad and umbrella, she is every inch an eccentric English spinster and at every turn the most unlikely and lovable master of detection.

The Miss Seeton Series: Books 1-3 includes the first three stories in this classic series of humorous cozy mysteries:

Picture Miss Seeton – a night at the opera strikes a chord of danger when Miss Seeton witnesses a murder . . . and paints a portrait of the killer.

Miss Seeton Draws the Line – Miss Seeton is enlisted by Scotland Yard when her paintings of a little girl turn the young subject into a model for murder.

Witch Miss Seeton – double, double, toil and trouble sweep through the village when Miss Seeton goes undercover . . . to investigate a local witches’ coven.

Recommended Pick – Women’s Fiction

This book was recommended (specifically in audio, but your mileage will vary by how much you enjoy audio) on one of the book forums I’m on:

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) An intriguing title since it seems to me there is a lot of weird on the internet!

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos – almost.

There’s also Felicia Day – violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world – or at least the world of Internet-geek fame and Goodreads book clubs.

And this one caught my eye probably due to the skeleton…It’s also on sale, which doesn’t hurt any.

The Peach Keeper

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover the truths that have transcended time to touch the hearts of the living.

Posted: July 6, 2017
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Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off

So there’s this big blogger contest going on to select top self-published books and narrow it down to one. In the process there’s semi-finalists by some blogs (Under Witch Moon semi-finaled on a blog!) Not all blogs are picking semi-finals and not all blogs are reviewing the various books but some are. I’ll be posting some of the books that have made semi-finals and finals. Today’s highly rated book and the first semi-finalist pick of Bookwork Blues:

Valley of Embers

Princess Mononoke meets Avatar: The Last Airbender in an epic fantasy debut critics are calling “exceptionally well-crafted.”

For hundreds of years, the flame-wielding Embers have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures from the World Apart, but the attacks are getting worse. Kole Reyna guards Last Lake from the terrors of the night, but he fears for his people’s future.

When Kole is wounded by a demon unlike any they have seen before, the Emberfolk believe it is a sign of an ancient enemy returned, a powerful Sage known as the Eastern Dark.

Kole has never trusted in prophecy, but with his people hanging on the precipice, he reluctantly agrees to lead the Valley’s greatest warriors in a last desperate bid for survival. Together, they will risk everything in search of a former ally long-thought dead, and whether Kole trusts him or not, he may be the only one capable of saving them.


Monthly Kindle Deals

The new list of Kindle deals in mystery and suspense is out for July. There’s some Ed McBain in the list and a lot of thrillers. The list is new each month–you might find something you like.

And some random things I found elsewhere that looked interesting.

One Thousand White Women – Historical

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial “Brides for Indians” program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man’s world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

Navajo Autumn

Thomas Begay is found dead-drunk under the La Plata Bridge …not unusual for Thomas Begay. What is unusual, is BIA investigator Patsy Greyhorse, found lying beside him …not drunk, or even a Navajo, but very dead nonetheless. Long time friend Charlie Yazzie, fresh from law school, risks his career …and even his life to help his old schoolmate.

The Answer seems to lie with the Yeenaaldiooshii …should one choose to believe in such things.

In the far reaches of the reservation there still are traditional Navajos living their lives with few concessions to modern mores. Guided by their strong sense of cultural heritage these outliers remain a strong anchor for the Navajo Nation. This story follows the lives of such people, caught up in a plot that could have far reaching implications for the entire tribe.

Even a Jack Reacher (by Lee Child) on sale today for $2.99 (book 10) The Hard Way Didn’t they just make a Jack Reacher movie? Hey, if it failed, I blame Tom Cruise. He is just NOT a Jack Reacher.


And Urban Fantasy fans will want to check out this boxed set–24 books for 99 cents: Creatures, A Limited Edition.

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