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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 9

Remember how much I loved Slouch Witch?

I’m a bit of a book hoarder, especially when I know the next book in a series will be good. So I saved Star Witch for just the right occasion! I decided that this week is the right occasion. 🙂

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That’s not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can’t be hard … or dangerous … right?

Your turn! What are you reading, what do you plan to read this week and what have you read that is excellent???

Posted: September 17, 2017
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Bargain: Patricia Briggs – Urban Fantasy!

Moon Called (book 1) – Okay, we just had this discussion and I know that Benjamin was thinking of trying this series. Well, there’s a couple of books in the series on sale!

It’s a great book so if you haven’t tried it, now is your chance!

Fire Touched is on sale for $1.99!!(Book 9) I haven’t read this one yet! What a deal! These books are usually 8 to 15 dollars.

Posted: September 5, 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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Bargain: Urban Fantasy

The Thorn of Dentonhill This came up recommended in the book discussion above, so I’m posting it as today’s bargain!

It’s a great price and who knows for how long!

If you’re not into UF, browse the 9 Kindle Daily Deals.

Posted: August 1, 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?

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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