Friday, October 2, 2015

Seasonal Reads for 99 Cents or Less

She may be fifty, English, and a professional crone, but Sophronia Sheridan is not one to turn down a chance to help others, even when it goes against her better judgment. When she is faced with young witches and vampires who have fallen under a head vampire's power, she allows herself to become beholden to him in order to help the youth gain their freedom. Along the way, she realizes there is much more to the story--rival factions in the local undead community are growing restless with the current climate. Caught in a struggle for power and territory, she has to determine who to trust and what is worth fighting for.

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Peel back our comfortable outer layer and we're all the same: raw and vulnerable.

All the Lawrence brothers wanted was to find a quiet, peaceful place to mourn the death of their father over the Christmas holiday. But when a blizzard downs a local power line in rural Askergan County, it quickly becomes apparent that their holiday is going to be anything but relaxing. Tensions rise as the temperature plummets, and their buried secrets slowly come bubbling to the surface: addiction, remorse, and depression.

As each of the three Lawrence brothers wrestle with their own personal demons, the snow and ice slowly close in around them. Trapped and isolated, they soon realize that their own flaws are not the only demons that they have to deal with; they’re not alone in the white. Something is out there. Something that calls to them—summons them—something that wants their skin…

Skin is the first book in the gritty horror-thriller series Insatiable. If you like emotionally flawed characters, crisp dialogue, and action-driven plot, then you will enjoy Logan’s psychological exploration of how guilt and remorse shape decisions in the face of unspeakable horror.

Join the Lawrence family as they try to overcome their own demons while banding together to battle an unspeakable evil that will not stop until the entire town is destroyed.

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The Inferno has Evolved… Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.

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To live, they have to be apart. To live happily-ever-after, they have to murder people on order. To be together, one of them will die.

They are childhood sweethearts. She believes in karma. He believes in science and logic. If given the choice between killing and stealing, she'd choose to steal. Forced to choose between money and freedom, he'd choose freedom.

Their love is cursed. Their choice to love each other was taken away from them.

Computer hacker Lorcan can steal data from the most impossible of sources. High profile thief Orla specializes in acquiring valuable antiques. Their combined skill set twists their fate and leads them to incredible places across the multiverse.

This is the first installment in a romantic fantasy thriller series, filled with psychic romance suspense, paranormal, and science fiction twists and turns!

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Halloween LaVeau is descended from a long line of witches. Yes, her name is Halloween. The cosmic universe is definitely playing some kind of sick joke on her. She’s the ultimate witch cliché, complete with a black cat and spooky house. Thank heavens she’s missing the warts and flying broom.
From bestselling author, Rose Pressey, comes Forever Charmed, the first book in an all new series!

When Halloween inherits her great-aunt’s manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed-and-breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marcos, but he’s not here for the continental breakfast. Halloween discovers a ratty old book in the attic. It’s written in an unfamiliar language.

Halloween soon learns this is not an ordinary spellbook. The tome brings her a new talent, but her new skills come with a catch. When a rival witch comes after the book, Halloween doesn’t know who to trust–the sexy vampire who says he wants to save the day, or the warlock who says he can destroy the book once and for all.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

It has been so long since I posted a Top Ten Tuesday, I just had to participate today.

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

What books are on your TBR list for fall?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Musing Mondays - September 21

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme sponsored by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…
THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Is a rainy day likely to inspire you to read?

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a nice weekend. I took some well-deserved time off from real estate to enjoy my family. Did a bit of gardening too.

I'm currently reading this middle grade novel that is both exciting and funny.

It's about kids trying to outwit a villain who has developed a machine that sucks the goodness out of people's brains in an attempt to wipe out goodness around the world.

I'm also listening to the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. 

Like I said last week, I am really enjoying this series. Occasionally my daughter ruins the plot for me, but I am okay with it. Not sure I want to see all the death that is to come, though. 

As for this week's question, rainy days don't necessarily inspire me to read. Having available time does. I'm doing my best to get back into the habit of reading every night, but I've been falling asleep early because I've been working a lot.

Looking forward to hearing about your musings this week.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Holiday Fiction: Frostfire Inn by Lia Garrett

Lauren Endicott is haunted by the injustice of a father sent to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. She never expected the novel she wrote about the case to become a bestseller, one in which a thinly disguised local senator was the actual murderer, and she certainly never expected to face the town’s outrage after the senator committed suicide. Most of all, she never wanted to hurt the senator’s son, Flynn Huntington, the boy she had loved from afar, the one she knew could never be hers. After the senator’s death, the town and the Huntingtons wanted her gone, and truth be told, Lauren was glad to go. She knew Flynn Huntington hated her, and that she would have to make a life for herself elsewhere.

Ten years later when Lauren is forced to come back to town for a short stay, she has no intention of confronting her past. She’s changed her name, colored her hair, and hopes no one will recognize her. To her shock, she immediately finds herself the focus of Flynn’s attention. He’s no longer a boy, and in any other circumstances she’d be dazzled by the handsome and sophisticated man he has become. He doesn’t recognize her, and is under the mistaken impression she is an employee at the local inn. Lauren finds herself right back where she was so many years before, dreaming of someone who can never be hers.

Should Lauren tell him the truth about her identity? Or should she walk away before she breaks both their hearts?

File Size: 371 KB
Print Length: 140 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Purchase here for only $2.99

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Most Famous Goose Creek Parade by Virginia Smith

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week is:

In this first book of the Tales from the Goose Creek B&B, you'll fall in love with a small town that feels like coming home. Its quirky characters and their many shenanigans will make you laugh out loud as they touch a place in your heart.

Even though retirement is still three years away, Al Richardson is counting the days. He anticipates many enjoyable years in which every day feels like Saturday. But Al's wife, Millie, has different plans for their retirement. When she learns that a Victorian-era home is up for sale, Millie launches a full-blown campaign to convince Al that God's plan for them is to turn that house into a B&B.

But a B&B won't be the only change for the small Kentucky town. A new veterinarian has hung up her shingle, but she's only got one patient--the smelly dog belonging to her part-time receptionist. And sides are being taken in the issue of the water tower, which needs a new coat of paint...but no one can agree who should paint it.

The situation is coming to a head. Who could have imagined a town protest over a water tower? And who would believe it could culminate in an illegal parade?

Get lost in a novel that reminds you why you love reading.

I love small town stories. Not sure I've ever read anything set at a B&B before, so that makes it sound neat too.

What is your pick for the week?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Musing Mondays - September 14

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme sponsored by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…
THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Have you ever decorated your house around your love of books? Would you?

I simply have to admit it out loud--I love the Harry Potter series! I only starting listening to it a few months ago because the library had the first book on CD. I've now listened to the first four books in the series and have a hold on the fifth book (waiting impatiently for it to arrive from the library.)

It went without saying that reading this series would happen some day. I just knew it wouldn't be during the craze of it all because I don't read popular books; something about being one of the crowd that goes against my grain. Instead, I waited for the entire series to come out and be made into movies, for the e-books to be released, and two of my three kids to read the them before I even attempted it.

Fantasy not being my favorite genre, it wasn't that hard to avoid the books. Now that I have read a few, however, I can see what all the hype is about. I wrote about my epiphany in this post. Perhaps the thing I admire most about Rowling is her ability to increase the danger and tension with each book. It is also amazing to realize how little backstory is included in subsequent books: the author gives you a few glimpses into Harry's past and previous events, but doesn't bog the reader down with it. The series is worth reading to help me learn how to do that, never mind the sheer enjoyment I am getting out of them.

Have you read the Harry Potter series? If not, why haven't you?

In answer to this week's question, that is a no. I actually wanted to do a book lover's theme here and my hubby gave me an emphatic no in response. I guess I will have to live with just having a reading room one day.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Register for the 2015 WriteAngles Conference!

Registration is now open for the 2015 WriteAngles conference! The conference by writers, for writers will be held on Saturday, October 17 at Mount Holyoke College’s Willits-Hallowell Center in South Hadley, MA and offers participants the chance to mix with experienced writers and agents in panel discussions, face-to-face meetings and in casual networking opportunities.

Keynote speakers for this 30th writing conference are award-winning author Susan Stinson, and Carol Edelstein, author and co-director of A Gallery of Readers, a monthly reading series and independent press. WriteAngles 2015 offers eight new panels and workshops, opportunities for participants to meet one-on-one with an agent, and a new legal clinic. For more information, and to register, please visit