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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!

I’ve also read several of these titles so I know there are some great books in the mix! Obviously the rest are still on my To Be Read Soon pile! So check out the list and then come back here and tell me which ones you’ve read, which ones you couldn’t resist and whether you like this event well enough that you’d attend another!

Let’s talk books

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 and to her even having any. I loved this book, but it comes with a warning–it ends rather abruptly so if you read it, it’s designed to make you want the second right away to get “the rest of the story” because it leaves many points unresolved. It’s certainly novel length and has a wealth of characters and great pacing.

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?

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!


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.

Review: Alight by Emma Adams

I was thrilled to find this gem of a series for the plane ride during my last trip to NM. I enjoyed Alight so much, I downloaded and began reading Arise the second I finished. What a great ride! Both books were filled with unique characters, a great setting and plenty of action. There were twists and turns, well-fought battles, great friendships–everything I love about urban fantasy. I was quite disappointed to find that book 3 wasn’t out!

Well…now it is! Aflame is out!!! WOOOT! And all three books are on sale for the release party!

If you like Urban Fantasy, you will want to pick this set up. From what I gather, the trilogy is the complete story–it won’t continue on with nine and ten books. I love it when a good story is told without dragging it on and on. I’m hoping for a perfect ending!!!

Highly recommended.

Wonderful covers too–the cover artist is Rebecca Frank.

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.

Fantasy Series: With Gargoyle!

Sorceress Awakening is only 99 cents. This is urban fantasy–with witches, gargoyles and a whole host of problems.

When Lillian finds herself facing off against vampires and other mythological impossibilities, help comes from an unlikely source—the stone gargoyle who has been sleeping in her garden for the last twelve years.

After the battle, Lillian learns the humans she thought were her family are actually a powerful coven of witches at war with the demonic Riven. Lillian is something more than human, a Sorceress and Avatar to the gods. Gregory has been her protector for many lifetimes, but when she was still a child troubles in their homeland forced him to flee with her to the human world. However, Gregory fears something from her childhood followed them to this world—he suspects Lillian is host to an infant demon, one capable of evil greater than even the Riven.

At kobo Coupons should work on this book. Check for coupons here.
at B&N too
Sorceress at War The fourth book in the series is just out today.


Posted: May 16, 2017
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Urban Fantasy Sale – Includes Unicorns!

Mysteries yesterday and a great looking list of Urban Fantasies today! Show Me the Magic – A plethora of urban fantasy — prices should be good May 15-19.

There are some very good looking books on this list! As usual, I’ve picked out a few that caught my eye.

Unicorn Magic

Yup, the unicorn got my attention! How can anyone resist!?! I need to go to Scotland to investigate!

In Feyland, not everything is as it seems…
Feyland: a new computer game that allows Scottish teenager Corinne MacArthur to escape the sadness haunting her everyday life after losing a loved one. It’s a game where legends come to life, the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred, and the impossible becomes – probable?

This next one looks like a good old fashioned urban fantasy with some kick-ass characters.

Marked by Hell

Los Angeles isn’t just a playground for those searching for a new start. It’s a darker and more dangerous place than they’ll ever know. But Mary’s not fooled.

With her hands full trying to play human while looking for a way back to heaven, Mary doesn’t have time to polish her halo let alone solve a murder case. But when she finds out demons are responsible, Mary just can’t help herself.

When Mary makes a mistake causing her best friend to be taken, she will have to make a choice: sacrifice an innocent for the chance to get her revenge or lose everything she has worked for. Mary starts to realize there is no clear path back to heaven without becoming tainted herself.

Did someone say kelpies? And this sounds like it could have some great cozy elements!

Kelpie Dreams

Meet Lady Macbeth–a high school librarian, ex-assassin, and part-time kelpie, whose mother wanted to name her Hemorrhoid at birth. Now she has to take on a Sea Hag–eight legs of Godzilla-ugly poured into a bucket full of meanness–with the help of a one-woman army named Rhonda, a 200-year-old Sea Captain, and a hunky lighthouse keeper who won’t admit that he’s dead as well.

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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Dragon Bargain: 99 cents

Alight is on sale for 99 cents! It’s been a great week for Dragons! Or at least dragon books! What a gorgeous cover. I have cover envy over this one.

Love the blurb!

It’s not easy being one of the last living dragon shifters in London.

Two years ago, when the faeries attacked the mortal realm, all supernaturals were dragged into the open. Unfortunately for dragon shifters like Ember and her sister, dragons are still hunted by humans and supernaturals alike. Keeping a low profile is difficult with monsters roaming the streets, but Ember and her band of rogue shifters have managed to survive.

Until their oldest enemy, the supernatural-hunting Orion League, emerges from the shadows and captures Ember’s sister.

To get her back, Ember is prepared to walk into the depths of London’s magical underworld, even if it means kidnapping a lethal ex-hunter who’d like nothing better than to add her name to his kill list. His inside knowledge of the League is the key to saving her sister, but with their allies turning on them, Ember must choose who to trust or meet the same end as the other dragon shifters.

Bargain: Urban Fantasy – Anne Rice

Possibly one of the first urban fantasy vampire writers out there, one of Anne Rice’s newest titles is on sale today for 99 cents. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.

At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.

It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent–and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

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