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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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Young Adult Book Fair (Sale!)

Here’s a fabulous roundup of young adult titles to check out!!! Thanks to Lea McKee for pulling this all together. Some great bargains to be had!

Tell me which books catch your eye!

Posted: November 30, 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 Discussion: Pinned Post Week 14

So this week I found an historical mystery and a young adult urban fantasy, both bargains. What have you read and what will you read this week?

Murder in Mayfair

In 1814, Atlas Catesby, a brilliant adventurer and youngest son of a baron, is anxious to resume his world travels after being injured in a carriage accident in London. But his plans are derailed when, passing through a country village, he discovers a helpless woman being auctioned off to the highest bidder–by her husband.

In order to save her from being violated by another potential buyer, Atlas purchases the lady, Lilliana, on the spot to set her free. But Lilliana, desperate to be with her young sons and knowing the laws of England give a father all parental rights, refuses to be rescued–until weeks later when her husband is murdered and Atlas is the only one who can help clear her name of the crime.

Fortunately, Atlas is a master at solving complicated puzzles, with games as well as the intricacies of human motivation, and finds himself uniquely suited to the task, despite the personal peril it may put him in. But soon Altas learns the dead man had many secrets–and more than a few enemies willing to kill to keep them quiet–in Murder in Mayfair, the first in a new historical mystery series by D. M. Quincy.

The Zero Blessing Caitlyn Aguirre should have been a magician. Her family certainly expected her to be a magician. But by the time she reached her twelfth birthday, Caitlyn hadn’t even managed to cast a single spell! In desperation, her parents send her – and her magical sisters – to Jude’s Sorcerous Academy, her last best chance to discover her powers.

But as she struggles to survive her classes without a single spell to her name, Caitlyn starts to uncover an ancient mystery that may prove the key to her true powers …

… If she lives long enough to find it.

And completely unrelated to books, look what my husband bought me! This is the greatest measuring cup–it has a lid! The lid has slots and a mesh opening as well as a wide opening. I use the mesh one to brew tea! It’s a most excellent cup. I have been wanting one that was microwave safe with a lid forever.

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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Huge Fantasy and Scifi Sale – Two Days Only – 99 cents

Many of the books are already live with correct 99 cent prices–so I’m posting this now!!!

Time for the 99 cent sale! Click HERE to select the retailer. Once you select the retailer, you’ll see the selection of books on sale. I’ll make it easy–since I know most of you shop at Amazon, here is the Amazon link. For the most part, the rest of you shop on Kobo. So here is the link for Kobo.

What are my picks???

So glad you asked!

First up we have a science fiction tale. I’m very picky about science fiction because it has to be character based. This one features a burglar and possible assassin:

Chameleon Assassin Love the cover. She looks like she can get the job done!

Libby is a mutant, one of the top burglars and assassins in the world. For a price, she caters to executives’ secret desires. Eliminate your corporate rival? Deliver a priceless art masterpiece or necklace? Hack into another corporation’s network? Libby’s your girl.

Climate change met nuclear war, and humanity lost. The corporations stepped in, stripping governments of power. Civilization didn’t end, but it became less civilized. There are few rules as corporations jockey for position and control of assets and markets.

In the year 2200, the world has barely recovered the level of technology that existed before the ice melted and the subsequent wars. Corporate elites live in their walled estates and skyscraper apartments while the majority of humanity supplies their luxuries. On the bottom level, the mutants, the poor, and the criminals scramble every day just to survive.

This one sounds a bit urban fantasy, a bit paranormal mystery…possibly cozy. Could be perfect!

Witch Ways

Evelynn Marston didn’t mean to burn down the science room. A little anger, some flames, and an expulsion later, Evie finds herself destined to spend the rest of her high school years at Despaign Academy—named for Connecticut’s last convicted witch.

Despite its shadowy past, Despaign has the same cliques as other schools, and Evie struggles to fit in and to be noticed by the handsome and mysterious Dylan Fox—that is, until she casts her first spell.

But even in a magical place, evil lurks. When Evie’s friend, Laurie Silver, turns up dead, Evie must rely on all her newfound powers and friends to find the truth. But bringing a killer to justice may require stronger magic and true love, the kind that can’t be found in a potion.

This next one didn’t attract my attention until I read the blurb. It has that “this could be unique” quality to it. Of all the blurbs I’ve posted, this one intrigues me the most. No idea why.

Grey Magic

Raven is a hip, multi-tasking sorceress – or at least, she used to be. Now her ancient timber house is falling down around her, and nothing would make her cantankerous neighbour happier than seeing Raven and her messy menagerie out on the street. To add to her stress, the reckless Wicked Witches are causing mischief and it’s her job to rein them in.

Worst of all is that her magic seems to be fading. Just as everything seems to be too much to handle, there’s a knock on the (splintering) door. A not-unattractive man appears in her life: not to save her, as a fairytale would have you believe, but to arrest her for the murder of one of her clients. It wouldn’t be that bad for Raven, except that she knows she’s guilty.

If you enjoy strong, cheeky characters and a sprinkling of magical realism, this book is for you! Click now to meet Raven Kane, your new favourite witch.

Best of 2016: Julie Moffett Pick

Y’all know I like Julie Moffett’s books. Well, there’s some good news on that front. BUT FIRST, Julie has submitted her favorite read of 2016!

She has chosen Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief! If I’m not mistaken, that is one of April the Dragon’s favorites as well.

The books have also been made into a movie.

Now then, on to Julie’s latest release. I’m excited about this one–travel and to one of my favorite book locales!

Julie’s NINTH book in the Lexi series is No Living Soul. I was thrilled to see that Lexi was off to Egypt. I bet Julie had loads of fun doing the research for this book!

(The first in the series is No One Lives Twice. Fun and funny. It’s on my list of Great Books Under Five.)

If you click the tag in the lower right on this post (Best of 2016) you can see the other picks. I still have at least one more to post!

Posted: January 2, 2017
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Book of the Year – April the Dragon

I’ll be doing a series of “Book of the Year” posts. This book was submitted by April the Dragon as the best book she read all year. Yes she lobbied to be able to list more than one. But, I was cruel. I limited it to one. So she submitted seven!! I had to let Leo pick one from the list. Junior argued with him over it too, so I was the tie breaker.

Maaaaybe I’ll ask for the top three at a later date! But here it is:

savingUprooted by Naomi Novak. April is in good company. This book has won a LOT of awards.

Fast and Furious is the Amazon movie collection of the day (7 movies).

(There’s a paddleboard on sale too–normally a thousand and something–half off!) Buy two. They’re small… 🙂

I’m also now a Google Affiliate so when you buy books, movies or TV from google, if you go through my links, I earn a small commission.

Posted: December 5, 2016
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There Be Dragons


If you’re out and about the web today, keep your eyes open for dragons today. DragonKin and Dragons of Wendal are both fantasy/romance novels.



DragonKin at Kobobooks. (Check this page for coupons that may work on the kobo site.)

DragonKin at BearMountainBooks store

and finally! I apologize for the wait. There was a glitch in the system and it had to be cleared by B&N support. But! It is now at Barnes and Noble.

DragonKin Book Description
Dragons of Wendal Book 2

Drissa needs a place to hide, and she needed it yesterday. Wendal, with its rumors of inhospitable shifters, unknown terrain and wild magic, is not a territory many want to explore, making it the perfect place to disappear. Now, the last thing Drissa needs is to adopt more trouble, but what can she do when it hatches at her feet and then insists she drag it and a half dead stranger to safety? But she’ll do whatever is necessary to survive, because her younger sister can’t wait forever to be rescued. Of course, Wendal and its inhabitants aren’t necessarily interested in her long term plans or her survival.

About the Author

Maria saw her first dragon while gardening. She asked the gnome to take pictures, but dragons are shy and very fast. One of the fairies finally snapped a shot, but just as she handed it over, the dragon came by and flamed it to ashes! Neither of us wants to get our fingers burned a second time so, sadly, there will not be pictures any time soon!

Reviewers, there is still time to request a copy of DragonKin or Dragons of Wendal (Book one: At Kobobooks, At Amazon, and B&N).

If you have read either book, feel free to post the review! And don’t forget to add the book to your goodreads shelf. Thanks to everyone who already has added the book to their shelf.