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Daily Deals: Ex cons, Witches, and Vampires

Daily Deals: Ex cons, Witches, and Vampires

Heart of Stone (Gargoyles Series) Christine WarrenHeart of Stone
by Christine Warren. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about

a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?


Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.

I think Warren has quietly become a favorite PNR author of mine. I’ve read most of what she’s written although not this book. I have the ARC of the second book and it’s queued up on my to read list. The characters have generally appeared sensible to me and the world building just robust enough to feel genuine. It’s not the heaviest PNR and you won’t find a bunch of surprises but it’s still a pleasant read.

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Interview with the Vampire by Anne RiceInterview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. $ 2.99 AMZN | Google

From the Jacket Copy:

The time is now.

We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks—as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . .

He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . . carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir—young, romantic, cultivated—to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the “endless,” life . . . learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human beings . . . to the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the “superior” sensual pleasures.

He carries us back to the crucial moment in a dark New Orleans street when he finds the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her, struggling against the last residue of human feeling within him . . .

We see how Claudia in turn is made a vampire—all her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small child—and how they arrive at their passionate and dangerous alliance, their French Quarter life of opulence: delicate Grecian statues, Chinese vases, crystal chandeliers, a butler, a maid, a stone nymph in the hidden garden court . . . night curving into night with their vampire senses heightened to the beauty of the world, thirsting for the beauty of death—a constant stream of vulnerablestrangers awaiting them below . . .

We see them joined against the envious, dangerous Lestat, embarking on a perilous search across Europe for others like themselves, desperate to discover the world they belong to, the ways of survival, to know what they are and why, where they came from, what their future can be . . .

We follow them across Austria and Transylvania, encountering their kind in forms beyond their wildest imagining . . . to Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Théâtre des Vampires—the beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror within . . . to their meeting with the eerily magnetic Armand, who brings them, at last, into intimacy with a whole brilliant and decadent society of vampires, an intimacy that becomes sudden terror when they are compelled to confront what they have feared and fled . . .

In its unceasing flow of spellbinding storytelling, of danger and flight, of loyalty and treachery, Interview with the Vampire bears witness of a literary imagination of the first order.

I know Anne Rice is the leader of the anti review author brigade. Reading her facebook page at times is an exercise of futile frustration. But who can deny her iconic stories that fueled thousands of others? Her imagination transported, shocked, and terrified me. I still remember her works even though its been decades since I’ve read her.

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Winds of Salem by Melissa de la CruzWinds of Salem by Melissa de la Cruz. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

he basis for the hit Lifetime TV series, Witches of East End!

Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid. This is not good news for a twenty-first-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, her immortality will be in question.

Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt. Moving between past and present, with dizzying plot twists and page-turning suspense, Winds of Salem is sure to bewitch fans old and new.

Alas, I didn’t even realize there was a hit Lifetime series called Witches of East End.

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Against The Wall by Dee J. Adams.Against The Wall by Dee J. Adams. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Tanner Bryant wants revenge. After spending seven long years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he’s determined to even the score with the man who put him there. The only thing in his way is a slip of a girl in a big ass bind.

Jess St. John needs eight million dollars or her kidnapped family will die. Caught in a war between the mob and her boss, a corrupt film producer, she will stop at nothing to get the job done.

In a race against the clock, and a deal with the devil, Jess forms an unwilling partnership with Tanner to help find and free her family before it’s too late. In return, she’ll look the other way when her boss goes permanently missing. It soon becomes apparent that Tanner has more honor than he wants to admit and Jess finds herself falling for the gentle man beneath the rough exterior. But love and revenge run a close race and when push comes to shove, Tanner has to decide which one is more important.

I read “Dangerously Close” by Adams a year or so ago and while I didn’t mind the voice, I felt the meat of the conflicts were glossed over. I’d give the author another try though, particularly at 99c.

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Daily Deals: Friends to lovers, small towns, and cowboys

Daily Deals: Friends to lovers, small towns, and cowboys

Ever After (The Hollows Book 11)  by Kim Harrison Ever After
by Kim Harrison. $ 1.99 | 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and it’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to stop it before the fragile balance between Inderlanders and humans falls apart.

Of course, there’s also the small fact that Rachel caused the ley line to rip in the first place. And the most powerful demon in the ever-after, the soul-eater Ku’Sox Sha-Ku’ru, has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage in his quest for vengeance. If Rachel doesn’t give herself up for execution, they will die.

Rachel must team up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack— a partnership fraught with perils of the heart and soul— to rescue those she loves.

HarperCollins reduced the price to 3.99 and Amazon took it further to 1.99. This is the 11th book in the series and Kirkus says “The storyline is populated with insider references that will mystify those who haven’t already been steeped in the world Harrison has created, but for fans of her work, this lengthy and complicated volume will be a welcome new addition to her universe. There’s no denying this tale is skillfully written, but the author’s tendency to rely heavily on endless, mundane dialogue can be a turnoff to readers who would rather have their stories short, sweet and to the point.”

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If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska by Heather LendeIf You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska by Heather Lende. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Tiny Haines, Alaska, is ninety miles north of Juneau, accessible mainly by water or air—and only when the weather is good. There’s no traffic light and no mail delivery; people can vanish without a trace and funerals are a community affair. Heather Lende posts both the obituaries and the social column for her local newspaper. If anyone knows the going-on in this close-knit town—from births to weddings to funerals—she does.
Whether contemplating the mysterious death of eccentric Speedy Joe, who wore nothing but a red union suit and a hat he never took off, not even for a haircut; researching the details of a one-legged lady gold miner’s adventurous life; worrying about her son’s first goat-hunting expedition; observing the awe-inspiring Chilkat Bald Eagle Festival; or ice skating in the shadow of glacier-studded mountains, Lende’s warmhearted style brings us inside her small-town life. We meet her husband, Chip, who owns the local lumber yard; their five children; and a colorful assortment of quirky friends and neighbors, including aging hippies, salty fishermen, native Tlingit Indians, and volunteer undertakers—as well as the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they share this wild and perilous land.

Like Bailey White’s tales of Southern life or Garrison Keillor’s reports from the Midwest, NPR commentator Heather Lende’s take on her offbeat Alaskan hometown celebrates life in a dangerous and breathtakingly beautiful place.

PW writes “While comic, the book also has some sensitive, insightful anecdotes. For example, Lende, a contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, portrays the building of a coffin for a beloved mother by her youngest daughter; the sinking of a family boat with a tender farewell for a fearless fisherman; the mourning of a quirky, civic-minded “aging hippie”; and the goodbye to a Texas woman who hosted an annual Mississippi blues party. Lende’s picture of an Alaskan small town is colorful and captivating.”

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Jesse (The Secret Life of Cowboys) by C.H. AdmirandJesse (The Secret Life of Cowboys) by C.H. Admirand. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Loneliness Will Take a Man Places…

Jesse Garahan has plenty of Irish charm, but having had his heart demolished twice, he’s sworn off women forever. Until the fateful day he meets Danielle Brockway and her tiny daughter on their way to their new home in Pleasure, Texas.

But There May Be Places He Doesn’t Want To Go…

Fiercely protective of her little girl, Danielle isn’t about to let Jesse get anywhere close enough to hurt either of them, no matter how much longing she sees in his eyes…

I guess I always thought of cowboys as quiet but not particularly secretive. I’m obviously wrong. Holly and Rowena posted a guest review on their blog.

This is a story that is built around the lives of two very hurt and disappointed people. For Danielle, life has taken her down the path of love and motherhood only to leave her high and dry when her rodeo-loving husband declared that he didn’t want her or her daughter anymore, that he was leaving their lives permanently. Danielle could understand his attitude toward her, sort of anyway, but she just couldn’t understand how anyone could take one look at Lacey and be able to walk away. Yet that is what Lacey’s dad did, and now mother and daughter are seeking some kind of geographical anchor to give them permanence and and new start in living. For Jesse, he knows that the ranch and his brothers are his solid grounding, but his life is hurting and empty, his heart broken and his belief in other people really decimated. He’s more than willing to give into his physical urges like any normal man, but his heart is definitely out of commission and likely to remain so.

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Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry.Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

In Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Loveswept debut, a man and a woman learn the hard way that a little bit of love makes staying friends a whole lot harder.

Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eighteen, but nothing could keep them apart forever. Jayne has returned to take over her grandmother’s bookstore, determined to put all her bittersweet memories and secret disappointments strictly in the past—until, that is, Nick insists she bunk at his place.

Nick never did care what people thought about having a girl for a best friend—or the “scandal” she caused by showing up to his wife’s funeral four years earlier—so he’s got no problem with the gossips now. Jayne was always the one person he could count on in his life. Now Nick is starting to realize that he never wants her to leave again . . . and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.

“While I found the pacing to be overly slow and repetitive, it was still a well-written book, and if you like a slowly developed friends to lovers saga that’s not sexually explicit in the slightest this may be the book for you,” says one reviewer. Another reviewer appreciated the adult way in which people handled things.

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