A lady detective, a satire of Candide, and an elemental magic worker

A lady detective, a satire of Candide, and an elemental magic...

Storm (Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental Series #1) by Brigid KemmererStorm by Brigid Kemmerer. $ FREE

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Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys–all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her.

Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water–just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming…

I believe Sarah from Smart Bitches got me to read this and I really enjoyed it. It was her July Book club pick, back in the day.

Because the brothers are orphans, I found this to have a more New Adult tone. The kids are pretty much independent and I felt that lent and older tone to the story. The heat index is older YA appropriate

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Candy by Terry SouthernCandy by Terry Southern. $ 1.99

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The sensational bestseller—a parody of Voltaire’s satire Candide—about the sexy naïf who only wants to truly give of herself

Candy, that perfect, adorable, innocent girl, was born on Valentine’s Day, and her Daddy says that’s why she’s so beautiful. At her College in Racine, Wisconsin, in Professor Mephisto’s lecture on philosophy and how “deep and aching are the needs of man,” Candy seems to take his pronouncement to heart, dedicating the rest of her days to, as Southern and Hoffenberg put it, “bringing the sweet balm of her warmth to all those lonely men on her arduous path to spiritual enlightenment.” There is the hunchback who causes her to cry out in wild abandon, “Your hump! Give me your hump!”, the crazed gynecologist in the bar bathroom who “examines” her, the salacious aunt, her father’s lecherous twin brother, and the nutty Cracker Foundation, where her guru initiates her into the mystical realm of “glandular mastery.” It is in Tibet, during an earthquake, that a holy man and the Buddha together lead her to full . . . enlightenment.

Originally published under a pseudonym, this book had the unique honor of being banned in France, only to become one of the bestselling novels of 1960s America—one that brought Southern and Hoffenberg both fame and infamy. A book that, along with Lolita, broke the grip of American literary censorship, Candy leaves you tantalized, scandalized, and weak with laughter.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Terry Southern including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and an extended biography of Mason Hoffenberg.

Open Road Media is having a sale on banned books. This is a book that was apparently passed around by tittering high school students. Going back and re-reading it may be a mistake as it is a book of an era. However, some of the reviews say that its acerbic wit and skewering of pornographic novels is spot on.

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This Crumbling Pageant [Volume One of The Fury Triad] by Patricia BurroughsThis Crumbling Pageant [Volume One of The Fury Triad] by Patricia Burroughs. $ .99

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England, 1811. As fashionable Society streams toward London for the start of a new social season, they are unaware of a hidden magical England existing alongside. The Magi cathedrals are temples to the old gods. Reigning on their throne is not poor mad George, but the ailing King Pellinore of the House of Pendragon. But their wars are no less deadly.

The Furys are known for their extraordinary music, their powerful magic, and their historic role as kingmakers. But the Furys have their secrets as well, none so dangerous as the daughter whose Shadow magic spills from her, unchecked. Unless her powers are concealed, she’s not only ruined in Society, but marked as a target for those who would use and abuse her magic.

Persephone Fury is the Dark daughter, the one they hide.

But desperate times call for desperate measures, and a good marriage for this frightening daughter is desperately needed. On the night of her debut, her world comes crumbling down around her when she is abducted from the man she loves by the man she most loathes.

Evil powers circle, calling her to the destiny foretold at the moment of her birth, drawing her to the source of her power, to the one place she can finally be free.

By embracing the Shadows.

Persephone is ruthless, devious, and clever, but when confronted with the truth, she must make horrifying choices.

Can she defy destiny and seize her own fate?

The book is the first part of a trilogy, and the story is not complete at the end of the first book.  The critical reviews say that it starts slow and the tutor, Vespasian Jones, (who might be the love interest) is a really despicable character.

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Cocaine Blues: Phryne Fisher #1 by Kerry Greenwood.Cocaine Blues: Phryne Fisher #1 by Kerry Greenwood. $ 0.99

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The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher—she of the gray-green eyes and diamant garters—is tiring of polite conversations with retired colonels and dances with weak-chinned men. When the opportunity presents itself, Phryne decides it might be amusing to try her hand at becoming a lady detective in Australia.

Immediately upon settling into Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor, Phryne finds herself embroiled in mystery. From poisoned wives and cocaine smuggling, to police corruption and rampant communism—not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse—Cocaine Blues charts a crescendo of steamy intrigue, culminating in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

This is the first book in the popular Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries series which was adapted into an excellent TV show in Australia. It’s a historical series set in Australia post-WWI and features a strong “modern woman” who drinks, shoots, sleeps around unashamedly, and solves murders in her spare time.

Booklist wrote ‘From beginning to end, Greenwood infuses her series with evocative settings, multidimensional characters, and satisfying mysteries.’

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Hearts Aflame: 5 Seductive Historical Romances (A History With Heart Collection) by Jennifer Blake, Christina Skye, Denise Domning, Lynette Vinet, Darcy BurkeHearts Aflame: 5 Seductive Historical Romances (A History With Heart Collection) by Jennifer Blake, Christina Skye, Denise Domning, Lynette Vinet, Darcy Burke. $ $0.99

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Passion and seduction collide in 5 richly realized, full-length novels by 5 of romance’s bestselling and award-winning authors.

Be swept away by strong and sassy heroines battling wits and hearts with the hot-blooded Creoles and Irish rebels of early America to the rakes and rogues of regency England.

Includes these all-time, standalone favorites by 5 Queens of Romance:

MIDNIGHT WALTZ – Jennifer Blake
SEDUCING THE RAKE – Christina Skye
ALMOST PERFECT – Denise Domning

Over half a million words – almost 1800 pages! – of lush prose, sensual stories, and heroes you’d dearly love to call your own.

MIDNIGHT WALTZ (Louisiana Plantation Collection) – Jennifer Blake
Intrigue, suspense and sensual romance set in the sultry bayous of the Antebellum South.

SEDUCING THE RAKE (Mad, Bad & Dangerous Heroes) – Christina Skye
A pretty thief and martial artist is a temptress the Earl of Morland just might die trying to resist.

ALMOST PERFECT – Denise Domning
A bewitching cardsharp and an irresistible rogue know it takes two to play–but only one to call a bluff.

RAPTURE IN HIS ARMS (The Virginia Brides Series) – Lynette Vinet
An indentured Irish patriot becomes a slave of desire to the plantation owner’s young bride.

TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL (Secrets & Scandals Series) – Darcy Burke
A lady on the brink of scandal meets a noble scoundrel with a past too tortured to redeem.

Meaty, old school historical romances by 5 recognized author favorites with plot twists, mistaken/cloaked identities, an amnesia trope turned on its head, etc. No forced seduction, though there is some partner deception (see the mistaken/cloaked identities reference). Mainly strong, independent heroines. Steamy but not explicit sex.

The bundle will be 99c for the month of Sept.

*SEDUCING THE RAKE by Christina Skye was originally published as EAST OF FOREVER.

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