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Daily Deals: Mercenaries, witches, and adversaries

Daily Deals: Mercenaries, witches, and adversaries

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels Series #1) by Ilona AndrewsMagic Bites by Ilona Andrews. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Mercenary Kate Daniels cleans up urban problems of a paranormal kind. But her latest prey, a pack of undead warriors, presents her greatest challenge.

The first six books in the Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniel series is on sale for $1.99 at Amazon. At BN and other retailers, some–but not all–are discounted. It’s a really good deal for one of the best UF/PNR books out there. The romance between Kate and the Beast Lord develops overtime. I highly recommend this series.

Why the blurb is so brief, I don’t know.

Th series is in this order:

Magic Bites
Magic Burns
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Magic Slays
Magic Rises
Magic Breaks – out in a week.

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2940045164177_p0_v1_s260x420Just Human by Kerry Heaven. $ .99 AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

Just Human (Just Human #1)

Meet Liv and Danny…

Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her, so she lets him go without a fight when his parents make him move back to America. She knows she will never love anyone like she loved him, but she has to move on.

Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him, because she does nothing to get him to stay, so he goes quietly when his parents leave the UK. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her, but he has to move on.

Twelve years on, they have made a good job of pretending, they may have almost forgotten. But when they get in touch via Facebook, it seems that it is all still there. They quickly find that they are intensely compatible in ways they hadn’t even begun to explore before they were forced apart.

Can they put aside their fears and give it a go? Or will deep rooted doubts and insecurities tear them apart?

There are two books in this series – Just Human and Still Human. It sounds like Just Human ends on a cliffhanger with the couple broken up so you have to read both to get your HEA. I also wonder if this book isn’t based on the song “I am only Human” and if so whether it’s fan fiction because I know songs and fan fiction are a huge thing.

That said, the critical reviews indicate that the middle drags and that there is little tension or surprises but it’s a sweet romance of reconnected lovers.

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9781927112199_p0_v1_s260x420The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff is an historical horror novel/ghost story based on what is perhaps the most well-documented poltergeist case to occur in the United States. It tells the story of the Bells, an early 19th-century Tennessee farm family who begin to notice strange occurrences—odd noises, bangings, gurglings. Eventually, an entity reveals itself to the family, calling itself, simply, the Witch, and makes it clear from the outset that it was sent to kill the patriarch of the family, John Bell, for a reason it never makes quite clear.

The Witch’s antics, while not exactly endearing it to the Bells, make the spirit somewhat of a novelty. Word of its existence spreads, first through the Bell’s slaves, then through the rest of the community. It tells jokes, makes predictions, offers unwanted advice and even sings. It shows an intimate knowledge of The Bible and of history and politics.

It harasses those who annoy it most, saving its ire for John Bell and his teenage daughter, Betsy. These two people become the focus of the apparition’s attacks, both verbal and physical. Ultimately, the Witch fulfills its promise of killing John Bell, while also forcing Betsy and her mother, Lucy, into considering their own roles in what created the spirit.

The Bell Witch is, at once, a historical novel, a ghost story, a horror story and a love story all rolled into one.

I’m not sure if this is a self published book or one by a small print press. I rarely feature horror but this got some good reviews. Critical reviews say that the book starts out slow and is more a morality tale about revenge than horror.

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51z-l19fuHL._SX300_The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas. $ 1.99 AMZN | Google Play.

From the Jacket Copy:

From the superbly gifted Sherry Thomas comes this beautifully written romance about a marriage of convenience that turns inconveniently passionate…

Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Even Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation.

Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth—though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection, and the praise he garners everywhere he goes. Still, when he is the only man to propose at the end of the London season, she reluctantly accepts.

Louisa does not understand her husband’s mysterious purposes, but she cannot deny the pleasure her body takes in his touch. Nor can she deny the pull this magnetic man exerts upon her. But does she dare to fall in love with a man so full of dark secrets, any one of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?

Willaful gave it a B:

I very much enjoyed the clever structure of this story, and its effective heart-wrenching. One aspect that disappointed me was the primarily off-stage character of Louisa’s sister Matilda, one of her primary motivations for marrying well. At one point, Louisa thinks, “It would never have occurred to her to disparage another debutante for her own competitive advantage, not even with an epileptic sister as an excuse.” That sums it up pretty well — Louisa’s sister does come across as more an excuse than an actual person, and Louisa thinks of her in a condescending, pitying way that’s grating.

Although I wasn’t as powerfully swept away by this as by some of its predecessors, I can’t be unhappy with elegant writing, a good battle of wits with well-armed opponents, and a juicy jolt of vicarious suffering. B

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DAILY DEALS: Contemporaries, a Classic YA, and a thriller

DAILY DEALS: Contemporaries, a Classic YA, and a thriller

Modern LoveModern Love: 10 Contemporary Romances by Rising Stars by Crimson Romance. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When love calls, it’s rarely easy but always memorable, and definitely worth turning the pages. Recapture the thrill, the delicious anticipation of finding your happily ever after in these 10 unforgettable, hot stories by some of today’s brightest names:

Her Knight in Black Leather – J.M. Stewart
Destination Wedding – Robyn Neeley
Drawn to Jonah – Jennifer DeCuir
On the Fly – Katie Kenyhercz
Wildly – Debra Kayn
Falling for You – Heather Thurmeier
Beginning Again – Peggy Bird
Spiraling – Rachel Cross
Save My Soul – Elley Arden
Sweet Gone South – Alicia Hunter Pace

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Crimson Romance is releasing a new collection every Monday this summer ( DA Daily Deals previously featured Time After Time: 10 Sweeping Historical Romances from Every Era for $0.99 and a contemporary collection is now available for $0.99.
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2940012518613_p0_v1_s260x420One Cold Night
by Katia Lief. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Police detective Dave Strauss is haunted by the one case he couldn’t solve. A schoolgirl vanished off the streets of Brooklyn, with only a trail of blood and a series of untraceable phone calls from “the Groom” hinting at her fate. Now the cold dark night has engulfed another young girl–but this time she is part of Dave’s family. He and his wife, Susan, know fourteen-year-old Lisa has not run away, and they know her disappearance is not just a tragic coincidence. And once the first phone call comes, they know she’s not alone.

One reviewer said that she was bipolar and the science behind the villain’s mental state was not accurate but she’d read another of Lief’s books. Most reviews said it was a chilling thriller.

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One Cold Night by Katia LiefSavannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk has lost all her worldly possessions, thanks to a brief but disastrous relationship with the gorgeous Reddy, an “investment counselor” who turns out to be a con man. All that’s left is a ramshackle 1950s motel on Tybee Island—an eccentric beach town that calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem.

Breeze Inn is a place where the very classy BeBe wouldn’t normally be caught dead, but with no alternative, she moves into the manager’s unit, vowing to make magic out of mud. The work is grueling, especially dealing with the bad-tempered caretaker, a fishing captain named Harry who’s trying to earn enough dough to get his boat out of hock. With the help of Harry and her junking friend Weezie, BeBe soon has the motel spiffed up and attracting paying guests.

Then there’s a sighting of Reddy in Fort Lauderdale, and BeBe decides to go after him. She puts together a posse, and with the irrepressible Granddaddy Loudermilk snoring in the backseat of the Buick, heads south. The plan is to carry out a sting that may be just a little bit outside the law but that, with any luck at all, will retrieve BeBe’s fortune and put the dastardly Reddy in jail, where he belongs. And maybe Harry, who’s looking more hunky every day, will finally get his boat back.

PW calls it light, pastel fun. It’s kind of that madcap southern fiction you either love or you don’t.

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9780307817785_p0_v2_s260x420Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.

Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels.

Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?

Resettled in the “Bomb City” with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father’s death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.

Here’s my big confession. I don’t think I’ve ever read Judy Blume. Her works weren’t approved by my church and thus I didn’t have access to them and I didn’t even know about their existence until I went to college. Yet for many women, Judy Blume helped usher in adulthood. This book is on ALA’s list of 100 Most frequently challenged books. Although why? Because a kid is dealing with death? People aren’t rational beings I guess.

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