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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 17

As the holidays close in, reading time gets thin. (I’m such a poet.) I’m not sure if I’ll be reading this week or not as I have chores lined up that are 6 deep in every direction. That doesn’t keep me from keeping an eye out for bargains and good reads.

I love a good mystery with my romance:

Stationmaster’s Cottage

Whispering Pines

In other news, Year of the Mountain Lion and Snitched, Snatched are now in KU. If you are a subscriber, you can read either or both for free!

Posted: November 12, 2017
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Bargains: Spooks and Romance

It appears a few of us are without something to read. So I hunted down some bargains. Could be good. Or not. Who knows? If you do, tell!!!

The Curious Case of the Cursed Spectacles

When Cecilia Parish is summoned to her hometown of Destiny Point to aid her sick uncle and his antique curiosity shop, she has no idea that her life is about to change in magical and dangerous ways. An antique and curiosity shop is a mystical place. The items held within have their own story, sometimes centuries old. But there are other more sinister curiosities held within certain antique shops throughout the world. These antiquities are cursed and can cause ill effects to the owner and even death. Cecilia’s uncle is one such collector who searches for cursed antiques to hide them away from unsuspecting souls and those who want to use their power for nefarious reasons.

Gray Wolf Mate

Shifters came out to the public eight years ago and, since then, the world has never been the same for many.

Tess Janver and Cole Cavanaugh fell deeply in love in college … then he disappeared without a word. She feared the worst, or thought she had. After seven years, he returns as a beefed up version of his former self. That’s not the only thing different. As someone working in a preternatural criminal investigation unit and the daughter of a senator determined to rid the world of dangerous shifters, Tess is caught between performing her duty to humans, protecting the only family she has left and risking her heart to a man who once destroyed it.

Cole had no choice in becoming a Gallize shifter, a secret group of apex predators at the top of the food chain for their kind, and now faces a deadline from a fatal mating curse he can’t stop. The only woman he’s ever loved is human and wouldn’t survive bonding with him. He never planned on Tess finding out he was a wolf shifter, but she’s in danger from a rogue pack. He’s not leaving until she’s safe … and he has a chance to redeem himself in her eyes before his time is up.

Enjoy a fast-paced, high-action romantic tale. Each book in the series is a stand alone.

Posted: October 25, 2017
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Bargains: Mystery, Women’s Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Death Trap: An Alaska Mystery (Sue Henry) for only $1.99.


The Secret is also 1.99 today!

This one sounds hilarious. The Date: A Montague and Strong Detective Story

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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Bargains: Romance

We have a pre-order bargain under 5 by an author I’ve heard is good. Kidnapped by a Rogue

The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are used as pawns in their family’s bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown. But when a Douglas lass is in danger, she’ll find she’s been left to face it alone.

KIDNAPPED BY A ROGUE
After her brother’s dramatic fall from power and exile as a traitor, Lady Margaret’s husband threw her out to save himself. Now her ambitious brother is back in Scotland with the support of Henry VIII–and a plan to marry off his sweet, compliant sister for another alliance. But Margaret is done with marriage, done with doing what she’s told. She’s determined to thwart his plan…but how?

Thanks to his roguish charm and skill with a sword, Robin Sinclair Gordon has managed to survive the treacherous waters between his parents’ rival clans–until now. To prove his loyalty, Robbie must accept the unsavory task of taking the Douglas chieftain’s sister hostage. Oddly, the lass doesn’t resist…

Though Margaret knows better than to trust the devilishly handsome Highland warrior who unwittingly provides her escape, he ignites a wild passion she never knew she had. Robbie, who likes women for a laugh and a night of pleasure, is blindsided by his fierce desire for this calm and steady lass with a kind heart. Trapped by murderous relatives with tensions in the Highlands about to explode, they must risk their lives to save each other and prevent a bloody clan war. But will they risk their wounded hearts for the love they long for?

And of course you need a bargain to read while you wait for that one! Captured by a Laird is even cheaper and already published!

Haunted by his father’s violent death, David Hume, the new laird of Wedderburn, sets out to make his name so feared that no one will dare harm his family again. The treacherous ally who played on his father’s weakness is dead and beyond David’s vengeance, but his castle and young widow are ripe for the taking. The moment David lays eyes on the dark-haired beauty defending her wee daughters, however, he knows this frail-looking lass is the one person who could bring him to his knees.

Wed at thirteen to a man who tried daily to break her spirit, Lady Alison Douglas is looking forward to a long widowhood. But when the fearsome warrior known as the Beast of Wedderburn storms her gates, she finds herself, once again, forced to wed a stranger. Alison is only a pawn to serve his vengeance, so why does this dark warrior arouse such fiery passion and an unwelcome longing in her heart?

With death and danger looming, these two wounded souls must learn to trust each other…for only love can save them.

The lighting on both of these covers is very good. The fonts are a little swirly for my tastes.

Posted: August 11, 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?

Bargain: Romantic Comedy

Part-time Princess was recently rec’d to me so of course I’m sharing it with y’all!

Two Princes are in love with Lucy. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Lucy’s a down-on-her luck cocktail waitress desperate to find a job to keep her beloved uncle at Assisted Living. Lady Elizabeth hires Lucy to impersonate her for “ten days tops”, while she completes her pressing personal business in the States. The goal: keep Prince Cristoph of Fredonia’s wandering eye in check until the real Elizabeth can return.

In the mother of all makeovers, Lizzie’s people transform Lucy into a reluctant ‘Lady’, and she travels to Fredonia for her top-secret job. What could possibly go wrong?

Sexy, bad-boy Prince Nicholas of Fredonia, Cristoph’s younger brother — that’s what goes wrong!

Nick has a romantic history with the real Lizzie and wants to pick up the action with her impersonator, Lucy. She’s wildly attracted to him, but must resist—she can’t lose this paycheck!

Lizzie’s wild, party hard, well-intentioned Ladies-in-Waiting take Lucy under their wing, and get her in more trouble. Dreamy Nick’s courting her hot and heavy, but Prince Cristoph proposes marriage.

What’s an imposter girl to do?

Review: Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire is billed as a romantic comedy, but I’d call it a romance urban fantasy or paranormal romance. It started off really great with the exception of a couple of phrases to describe the main guy that I find kind of crude. Still, the tone was good, the pacing and characters were funny and good, so I kept reading. I’d say for 3/4rds of the book this thing was 5 stars all the way. It’s a wonderful read for the most part. At about 70 percent? 75? there’s a “recap” of what has happened. And I don’t mean a quick recap. I mean a drag-it-out, repetitious reminder of what we just read–with no new info. It’s done at the end of a very exciting escape, but I couldn’t figure out what in the world it was doing there. Sure, they needed to tell the new characters some info, but usually that’s done with a paragraph or a one-liner: “we brought him up to speed.”

In this case, I think the author wanted a chance to throw in the same quirky brand of humor found in other parts of the book, but it failed because we’d already been there and done that. The two main characters had already reached stability of sorts, so the back and forth was not only repetitious, the “whoops, when would I learn to keep my mouth shut” was over the top, unconvincing, and since it involved innuendos at best or out-and-out lust reveals at its worst, it came across as ridiculous. In other parts of the story, their repertoire worked and worked well with only the occasional eye-roller.

The new characters introduced near the end worked pretty well too. But there’s definitely a section of 20? pages where there’s nothing moving the story forward. There’s hints that the team is trying to find motivation for a particular crime, but it’s a terribly weak motivation/excuse and filler for what otherwise was a 5 star read. The last battle probably should have happened during/with the great escape that led to the filler. The last battle is a decent scene, interrupted by too much lust that wraps up a good story and shows some of the strengths of the main character, Bailey. By strengths, I do not mean her attraction to Quinn–I mean her compassion for some of the creatures in the story.

So I don’t know how to rate the story. It was 5 stars most of the way. The actual ending wasn’t totally weak, but there’s a lag of too many pages that I would rate as “skip.” There are some great and unique characters and magic in this one. It’s fun, funny in spots and has good pacing, good problems to be solved and characters with heart. There are no graphic scenes, which makes it very nice, but towards the end the whole lusting after one another was overdone. It’s also possible that the use of narcotic type substances or magical influences grated on my nerves by the end of the book. As with the above comments, I wish the book had just ended with a nice bang at the escape because the sections after that were where it reached overload with all of the things that had worked in moderation or already pushed the limit.

Do I recommend it? Yes. But with caveats that you might be a tiny bit disappointed as the end draws near. It could just be me because some of these issues are definitely pet peeves of mine and may not be noticed at all by other readers.

Weekend Bargain: Steampunk

The Barefoot Barmaid This sounds fun!

Countless wanted posters have been blessed with the roguishly handsome face of Captain Francis Doon. The notorious sky pirate has a reputation for wickedness, and he wouldn’t trade it for the world. He’s a sharpshooter, a schemer, and his skills with a sword are unparalleled. His people skills, however, leave something to be desired.

Doon’s biggest pay day arrives when he finds the runaway Princess Lyneah in a dodgy Lundun pub. Her feet are bare and her hair’s chopped off, but he knows he’s found the princess. Eager to reap a reward for Lyneah’s safe return, he whisks her away on his airship.

But there’s one major problem. He’s taken the wrong girl. Doon’s princess is actually Kitt Lake, a barefoot barmaid from the Lundun slums. And she isn’t happy about it.

The Barefoot Barmaid is a swashbuckling romance with light steampunk elements. It is the first book in the Belles & Bullets series.

Posted: May 28, 2017
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