Monthly Archives: September 2012

Bargain eBooks #684:

Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Price: 99 cents
Where to Get It:
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Falling in Love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her twenty-one-year-old witchy cousin shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.
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What they’re saying about it:
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“I really think anyone who enjoys exciting fantasy novels, novels about witches and magic, or just really good, fast paced reads would really like this book. I, personally, am patiently (or perhaps impatiently) awaiting the sequel!” Smashwords Review
“Such a fun summer read! Gehrman quickly drew me into Audrey’s world, guiding me through the ups and downs of a paranormal teenager without feeling like I’d been thrown back into highschool. It was a quick, playful, and fun read and left me wanting a sequel! Hopefully there is a second book in the works!” Goodreads Review

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Bargain eBooks #683:

Jaydium by Deborah J. Ross (writing as Deborah Wheeler)
Genre: Science Fiction
Price: $4.99
Where to Get It:
Book View Cafe         Amazon      Barnes and Noble
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Far in the future, an interplanetary civil conflict has ground to an uneasy halt, leaving its human victims bitter and desperate: Kithri, the daughter of a scientist, abandoned on a desolate mining planet with no hope to use her talents, and Eril, shell-shocked pilot, finding adapting to peace more difficult than he dreamed. A freak accident sends them back to a time when their desert world was lush and green, when an alien civilization stands on the brink of a war of total destruction.
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What they’re saying about it:
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“A wild and woolly journey through time and space that contains enough imagination and plotting for an entire shelf of books.” –Don D’Ammassa, Science Fiction Chronicle
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“Beautifully executed . . . marks Wheeler as a stellar new talent.” – Catherine Asaro, Mindsparks
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“There is an emphasis on the quest for peace that is unusual when so many novels focus on the quest for dominance and victory.”–Tom Easton, Analog
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Northlight by Deborah J. Ross (writing as Deborah Wheeler)
Genre: Science Fiction
Price: $4.99
Where to Get It      
Book View Cafe     Amazon   Barnes & Noble
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She’s a Ranger, a wild and savvy knife-fighter, determined to get help in finding her partner who’s lost on the treacherous northern border. He’s a scholar who sees visions, eager to escape the confines of city life and the shadow of his charismatic mother. With the assassination of a beloved leader and the city in      turmoil, the two have only each other to turn to. What begins as a rescue mission turns deadly as together they unravel the secret that lies beneath Laurea’s idyllic surface.
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What they’re saying about it:
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“A beautifully constructed fantasy with characters who grow and mature before the reader’s eyes and who are engagingly human while being fantastically heroic. Her writing flows and the point of view switches are interesting and exciting. This book is a keeper.” — Rickey Mallory, Affair de Coeur
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“The plot moves briskly from crisis in Laureal to capture by the Norther barbarians to discovery of the true meaning of the Northlight of the title, with ample foreshadowing from the mysterious spooky something in the air of the frontier. And the culmination quite satisfactorily evokes the sense of wonder.” –Tom      Easton, Analog

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Bargain eBooks #682:

Glorieta Pass by P.G. Nagle
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Price: $4.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)   Barnes and Noble    Book View Cafe
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1861: New Mexico Territory is swept by change as the United States erupts in civil war.  Federal troops are recalled to the east, leaving the way open for Confederates to invade New Mexico and capture its resources on the way to the ultimate prize: Colorado gold!
Three young people are caught up in the conflict: Alastar O’Brien, a Colorado miner turned soldier; Laura Howland, a young lady from Boston, recently orphaned; and Jamie Russell, a shop clerk from Texas serving as a quartermaster. The maelstrom of war brings them together in a clash of ambition, patriotism, and the simple need to survive.
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From Publishers Weekly–“Recounting the adventures of five people caught in a quandary of allegiances and passions brought on by the Civil War, this engrossing debut dramatizes the preamble to the 1862 battle between Texans fighting for the South and Union troops reinforced by ragtag Coloradans at Glorieta Pass, just outside Santa Fe, N.Mex. The characters, whose paths cross on the trail from Colorado to Texas in 1861, include an illiterate miner who dreams of becoming a gentleman by commanding a company of Colorado Volunteers; an orphaned young Bostonian woman adjusting to life in Santa Fe; the son of a Texas rancher who fights for the Confederates; a Tennessee man torn between conflicting loyalties; and a young Colorado officer with a murky past. Although at times the pace is slowed by a superfluity of characters and subplots, Nagle’s tidy prose evokes memorable      protagonists, vivid landscapes and high suspense, not only in the gut-wrenching action but also in the relationships between her characters.”

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Swords Over Fireshore by Pati Nagle
Genre:  Fantasy
Price: 4.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon   Barnes and Noble   Book View Cafe

 

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The tale of the ælven’s struggle against their kindred foes, the vampiric alben, continues…

Eliani and Turisan, mindspeakers separated by duty the day after their handfasting, yearn to be reunited as they aid in the fight to hold onto Fireshore.  The capital city of that realm has been captured by the alben leader, Shalár, and along with it, Fireshore’s governor and Eliani’s beloved cousin!

Shalár now has her eye on Woodrun, the center of Fireshore’s darkwood production.  As Turisan races to bring an army to Woodrun’s defense, Eliani must rescue the captives from Shalár’s toils.  Hiding from alben pursuers in the darkwood forest, she encounters a group of exiles, the Lost, who suffer the alben’s curse of bloodthirst but strive to follow the ælven creed.

Are the Lost enemies or friends? Ælven or alben? The distinctions blur as the ælven approach a conflict that could destroy their hope of holding Fireshore.

What they’re saying about it:

“This series gets more interesting with each book. This world is a complex one where characters have to negotiate relationships and loyalties which kept me turning the pages. Characters that were introduced in the earlier books The Betrayal and The Heart of the Exiled are brought forward to enrich the story line.”

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Immortal by Pati Nagle
Genre:  YA Fantasy Romance
Price: $4.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon   Barnes and Noble    Book View Cafe

 

What do you do if the most gorgeous guy you’ve ever seen asks for your help?

No brainer. Len Whiting is smitten from the minute she sees the stranger’s amazing eyes. She agrees to help Caeran find the healer he’s been seeking in rural New Mexico. What Len doesn’t know is that neither Caeran nor the healer is human: they’re immortal ælven, and they’re locked in an ancient struggle with the vampires      who are their kin. Len wants Caeran’s love, and wants to help the healer find a cure—but first they must cope with the bloodthirsty vampire who’s got his sights set on them all

What they’re saying about it:

“I could not put this eBook down and I could hardly wait to get      back to it when I did have to set it aside to do silly stuff like      work, eat, sleep etc.” –Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

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Bargain eBooks #681:

Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
Type: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction
Price: $4.99
Where to Get It:
Book View Cafe
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The healer Snake travels through a post-apocalyptic world with her genetically engineered serpents, the cobra Mist and the rattlesnake Sand, and with the alien dreamsnake Grass, whose venom eases pain and the fear of death.
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Dreamsnake won the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Awards.
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What they’re saying about it:
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“This is a book like a mountain stream — fast, clean, clear, exciting, beautiful.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
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“It’s a haunting, rich, and tender novel that explores the human side of science fiction in a manner that’s all too uncommon. The world it creates is vivid and fascinating, and Snake is a marvelously well realized character.” —Roger Zelazny
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“A splendid tale, combining the sensitivity and attention to mood of the new generation of SF writers with a gripping and well-worked-out adventure.” —Publishers Weekly

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Bargain eBooks #680:

The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis by Sharon Ledwith
Genre: Middle Grade, Young Adult
Price: $3.99
Where to Get It:
Musa Publishing      Amazon (Kindle)       Barnes & Noble
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When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.

Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers–legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial–Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don’t, then history itself may be turned upside down.

What they’re saying about it:

“Loved it!!  Yep, I just finished The Last Timekeepers!!  Made me smile, remembering all the wonderful fantasy and adventure stories from my younger days!  Thank you…and I can’t wait for the next Adventure!” Deb Harrison Kuhns on facebook

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Bargain eBooks #679:

Loveland by Andrea Downing
Genre:  Western Historical Romance
Price: $4.99
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When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society –and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life…
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Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can’t seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he’s got to keep more than his temper under control.
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Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?
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“A masterpiece of western history, inserted within an adventurous love story that will surprise the reader at every turn.”
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Though a romance in depth, Loveland is much more than a love story. Ranching in the 1880s is recreated here with an authenticity that plunks the reader down in that time. The characters are so real they leap off the page. The incidents portrayed by the author’s exceptional writing ring so true I was surprised to put down the book and find myself back in the 21st century.
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I alternately laughed, gasped in wonder and cried with Alexandria and Jesse, two people no more suited for each other than what they are: a Lady from England and a “puncher” who is better suited to a horse than a drawing room. Downing deftly reveals their worlds, bits at a time until we are utterly intrigued and can’t wait to see what happens next.
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For romance and western historical fans alike. Don’t miss this one”

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Bargain eBooks #678:

All My Tomorrows by Colette L. Saucier
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)  
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All My Tomorrows is losing the ratings war. Headwriter Alice McGillicutty would do anything to save the long-running soap opera from cancellation, even reading the old absurdist melodrama The Edge of Darkness for inspiration. When scandal rips Hollywood bad boy Peter Walsingham off the tabloids and into her studio, Alice doubts the small screen is big enough for his ego – or his entourage. In their battle of pride and prejudice, will Peter’s vanity and arrogance compel Alice to write him out of her script, or can she find a role for him in All My Tomorrows?
What they’re saying about it:
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“5.0 out of 5 stars: A Summer Must-Read – This book made me laugh and made me cry! Colette Saucier brought the characters to life so successfully, there was a point in time that I had to stop myself from asking, ‘Is All My Tomorrows a real daytime soap?’”
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“Although it has plenty of light, funny moments, it also draws you in to care for the characters. Once I had started reading, I found it very hard to put this book down.”
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“5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Summer Read! It’s truly a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.”

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