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Giveaway! Books and Surprises!

Author Kaitlyn Deann is running a giveaway (print copy) for books one and two in her Witches Sleep series. It’s a rafflecopter so super easy to enter. There will be print copies of the books given away as well as some bookish surprises! (Not even I know what the surprises will be.)

If you can’t wait to find out if you won, you can, of course, buy a copy on Amazon.

At only seventeen, Ella Barnes is shot and killed for an unknown reason. She is shocked when she wakes up in a different world, a world of witches. Ella has to learn to adapt to a new body, new life and new world, surrounded by new people. As Ella gets to know Raena, the world of the witches and its people, she realizes they aren’t the perfect creatures they believe themselves to be, and she’s not the type of person to stand around and twiddle her thumbs. Will Ella succeed in changing the mindset of the people? Or will she be doomed to die another cold and tragic death because of her rebellion?


For no good reason (okay, it’s the weretigers) I like the sound of book 2 even better than book one! World of the Beasts

Sea-Anna and Tuck have been weretiger slaves to the witches for over twenty years. But now, because their master happens to be the leader’s worst enemy, they have been sold to the beasts behind their master’s back. Sea-Anna and Tuck are separated, bought by two different beasts. Sea-Anna, who dreads the beasts more than anything, promises herself to stay strong, but not for herself, not to save her own life. She has to protect her secrets. But will she buckle under the pressure Aphalie, the world of the beasts, shoves at her? Or will she overcome the trials and become the weretiger she was always meant to be?


Posted: December 6, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 20

The Abnormals — young adult urban fantasy — the entire boxed set for 99 cents! Sounds quite interesting.

Here’s the blurb for book one:

Turned into a vampire at the age of two, Alyssa has spent the last 14 years pretending to be human in a society who hates “Abnormals” like her. She’s done just fine gossiping with the other girls, wearing pink, and becoming an expert sword fighter in order to vent her killer instincts.

But then the Mage Xavier shows up at her school and introduces her to a whole other reality under her feet—Abnormals Underground, an entire society of supernatural beings hiding under the city of Cumberland. Alyssa can ignore his pleas for her to join them as a warrior—for about two hours. When her father goes missing, Alyssa will have no choice but to become a part of the world she’s fought to avoid her entire life if she’s to get him back from the mayor of Cumberland. That wouldn’t be so hard, except that it turns out he’s a demon bent on world domination.

Benjamin Forrest and the School at the End of the World Another 99 cents! A young adult fantasy that caught my eye, maybe because of the beach part. Turns out the kid isn’t in Hawaii (more’s the pity) and looks like it will be anything but a vacation…

Benjamin Forrest wakes up on a strange beach. Two suns shine in the sky, and a couple of miles out from the shore, the sea drops off the edge of the world.

Where is he? How did he get here? And most importantly, how can he get home?

As he begins to encounter the unusual characters of Endinfinium, he finds himself at the centre of a battle for a secret world, one in which he will play a decisive role …

ENDINFINIUM – the new young adult fantasy series from Chris Ward, acclaimed author of the Tube Riders Series.

Posted: December 3, 2017
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Bargain: YA Fantasy

Trickster’s Choice – One of Tamora Pierce’s most popular books is on sale! (The second in the series is also on sale). I haven’t read this one, although I’ve read other books by her. I tend to like her earlier stuff and Tricksters would qualify. (I did not like the Beka Cooper series although the first in that series was excellent).

Aly is from a family known for great deeds. She is the daughter of Alanna, the famed knight and King’s Champion of Tortall. But even though she is bold and brave, like her mother, her true talents lie on her father’s side, in the art of spying.

When Aly is captured by pirates and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Isles, she strikes a bargain with the trickster god. If she can keep young noblewomen Sarai and Dove safe for the summer, then he will return Aly to her family. The task should be simple, but Sarai and Dove are anything but. It’s a time of murderous plotting at court, and Aly will need to rely on her training and the insights of a strange young man named Nawat to survive in a world where trust can cost you your life.

Posted: November 8, 2017
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Book Review: The Flaw in All Magic

The Flaw in All Magic was an absolute gem of a read! I loved it! Great and fun characters, plenty of action, a good plot, wonderful world and world building–nary a word was wasted on boring descriptions either. This book moved right along and told a fun story. If you like Frank Tuttle, Mercedes Lackey, Helen Harper or any of my books, I think you’ll like this book.

This is an author I’ll be keeping an eye on. Five star read, a huge bargain, highly recommended.

Posted: October 15, 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 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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Bargain: Something Different, Unique Fantasy

The Steerswoman – Another interesting book recently put on kindle and highly recommended by April the Dragon.

The premise on this one is quite interesting.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

If you ask, she must answer. A steerswoman’s knowledge is shared with any who request it; no steerswoman may refuse a question, and no steerswoman may answer with anything but the truth.

And if she asks, you must answer. It is the other side of tradition’s contract — and if you refuse the question, or lie, no steerswoman will ever again answer even your most casual question.

And so, the steerswomen — always seeking, always investigating — have gathered more and more knowledge about the world they traveled, and they share that knowledge freely.

Until the day that the steerswoman Rowan begins asking innocent questions about one small, lovely, inexplicable object…

Her discoveries grow stranger and deeper, and more dangerous, until suddenly she finds she must flee or fight for her life. Or worse — lie.

Because one kind of knowledge has always been denied the the steerswomen:

Magic.

Posted: August 25, 2017
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Bargain: Fantasy

Goblin Moon – Not only does this look like fun, it was highly recommended by April the Dragon. The blurb uses the word scoundrels. That’s definitely a plus.

Coffins float down the river, alchemists turn mandrakes into men, the gentlemen scoundrels known as the Knights of Mezztopholeez practice bloody rituals as vicious as they are depraved . . . and one man fights a secret battle against villains and blackest sorcery, with wit, ingenuity, and a lethal lack of compunction.


Posted: August 22, 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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