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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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Bargain: Thief Fantasy

Hand and Talon Thanks to a tip from April, today’s bargain is a thief fantasy! She hasn’t read it yet. Neither have I. BUT, I should be sampling very soon! Great cover too.

Steal the bag. Don’t get caught. Repeat. Not the most glorious existence, but Krea likes it just fine.

When Sorin, a cranky old soldier, barges in and decides to take over her life, Krea is less than enthused. Sure, he saved her from a brutal death at the hands of the guards, and he did stop decrepit faerie monsters from eating her. But declaring she isn’t human and dragging her through a cursed forest to the Royal City is going too far.

Now, she is eyeball deep in magic wielding nobles, shapeshifting dragons, assassins and an ancient elf war that could destroy the Empire. Her cloak is too small. Her horse thinks she wants to eat it and her companion resents her very existence.

And then there’s Dane.

Posted: August 16, 2017
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Bargain: Fantasy

His Majesty’s Dragon I’m pretty sure April has recommended this title to me and now it’s on sale! Woot!

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

Posted: August 12, 2017
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Bargain: Fantasy Ghost Story

A great sale on Heirs of Grace by Tim Pratt. Another super awesome cover too. This was a surprise find by April the Dragon.

Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina.

Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his twenties and they hit it off right away—and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk…and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it.

More important, the junk in her new house is magical, she’s surrounded by monsters, and her life seems to be in mortal peril every time she ventures into a new room. As Bekah discovers more about her mysterious benefactor and the magical world he inhabited, she’s realizes that as tough and resourceful as she is, she might just be in over her head…

Heirs of Grace is a tale of family and magic, action and wonder, blending the strong heroine, cheeky humor, and dark fantasy that have become the hallmarks of Tim Pratt’s writing.

Posted: August 2, 2017
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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?

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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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.


The July 99 Cents Fantasy Sale

Most prices have now changed so I’m posting this early! SHOPPING TIME!!!

DragonswendalCover There’s another big sale of fantasy and sci/fi going on today and tomorrow (July 1 and 2). At first, this one looked pretty heavy on the sci-fi front to me, but after scrolling down, I did find some books that looked to be my thing!

Rune Services Looks like a fun one!

Heiress of Healing looked good and I usually like books with healers.

Magick Reborn — great cover too!

The Artist’s Inheritance Sounds like a good ghost story!

The Dark of Light – Space Opera that comes recommended!

Posted: June 30, 2017
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Ensnared – Bargain of the Day

Ensnared

Love the cover on this one. (Whoops, looks like the cover has been modernized. Talk about a 180!)

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

Urban Fantasy Bargains

I found some very interesting UF selections. I predict at least one of these will be fabulous! But which one!

Fantasy Cozy

This next one is a fantasy cozy. I thought the cover went rather too far into comic book territory, but the bear shadow is quite cleverly done. The premise is cute and intriguing. I’ve started reading it and it’s cute with very good characterization. It’s got quite a few comma issues so far (run ons and missing commas). But other than that, it’s a fun read so far. Definitely a cozy fantasy.

Bearly Awake

Edited to add I finished reading this–was very cute and enjoyable. Needs another editing pass–mostly run-on sentences and some missing commas or periods, but it’s a good little read. I liked it!

Bobby Tremain’s the first in his family to have a shot at college, also the first to head north of Louisiana. An early snow calls his Bear to hibernate a week before finals, but he needs to pass or he flunks out of Providence Paranormal College.

Lynn Frampton’s loneliness is almost more than she can take. She went to college on the other side of the country to get away from the persistent curse of unpopularity in a small town. Once at college, Lynn’s prickly personality has pushed everyone away yet again. But at least, she’s at the top of her class.

Bobby needs Lynn’s help to stay awake and pass his exam. She discovers she needs companionship more than she’d ever imagined. She’s all set to transfer to a school back home, but Bobby thinks she’s his mate. Can he keep awake long enough to pass, and more importantly, convince his love to stay?

(At Kobo)
(At B&N)
(At Smashwords)
(At GooglePlay)

Dream Eater

Koi Pierce dreams other peoples’ dreams. Her whole life she’s avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact—a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee—transfers flashes of that person’s most intense dreams. It’s enough to make anyone a hermit.

But Koi’s getting her act together. No matter what, this time she’s going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it’s not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Alzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor’s hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi’s father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.

Posted: May 6, 2017
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