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Oracle Glass  Judith Merkle RileyOracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass of swirling water. You’ll believe her, because you know she’s more than 150 years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand. But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know. Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings of the most secret society of Parisian witches: none of these truths would help her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future. After all, it’s her own future she must control , no matter how much it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance.

“Take a full cup of wit, two teaspoons of brimstone, and a dash of poison, and you have Judith Merkle Riley’s mordant, compelling tale of an ambitious young woman who disguises herself as an ancient prophetess in order to gain entry into the dangerous, scheming glamour of the Sun King’s court. Based on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it’s a classic of the genre and unlike any historical novel you have ever read.” —C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

A bold, exquisitely imagined novel of masquerade and murder, witchcraft, wonder, and romance in the magnificent court of Louis XIV. Skinny, precocious Genevieve possesses the remarkable power to read the swirling waters of an oracle glass. Tutored by the ingenious occultist La Voisin, she reinvents herslf as a mysterious 150-year-old fortune-teller, and revels in the prizes that few women of her time can attain.

Jayne gave this book a B+:

Written mainly in first person, it does a great job with the details and historical “feel,” and has a dry, subtle wit that I enjoyed. There are parts dealing with the witches that are a bit icky (the ultimate fate of the heroine’s thoroughly nasty uncle is one) that might best be skipped if readers have a queasy tummy and the nonchalant attitude towards Black Masses of La Voisin will send a chill down anyone’s spine.

But if people are looking for something slightly different, though not a true romance book, this one is worth a look. B+

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Leviathan Wakes James S. A. CoreyLeviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. $ 2.99

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**Includes a copy of The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham**

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

I think I mentioned this book before because it was combined with another book. It is described by reviewers as a good old fashioned space opera.

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To Protect An Heiress   Adrienne BassoTo Protect An Heiress by Adrienne Basso. $ 1.99

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Adrienne Basso crafts a spellbinding tale of suspense, mystery, and unexpected passion among the elegant salons and ballrooms of Regency England…

Blessed with beauty, fortune, and noble birth, Lady Meredith Barrington puzzles the ton by choosing to remain single. Then a roguish bet placed by her younger brothers leads Meredith to impulsively flirt with—and boldly kiss—the handsome, brooding Marquess of Dardington. A threatened scandal results in a hasty wedding. Theirs is a marriage of convenience, and Meredith is determined to maintain her usual independent ways. Then an apparent accident nearly takes her life, and Meredith, shaken, finds herself turning again and again to her husband, for comfort, for reassurance…and more.

Trevor Morley, Marquess of Dardington, is less than pleased when he’s forced to wed, and vows to avoid his lovely wife—no matter how tempting that soul-stirring kiss in the garden. But when the ton is rocked by a string of savage murders, Trevor comes to realize that the killer has targeted Meredith. He ensures that he’s always at her side…day and night. Their intimacy ignites a fiery passion between them, and both are stunned to discover that what began in rueful obedience to Society’s dictates has become a love match. But can Trevor protect the woman he cherishes from deadly harm?

Trevor lost his first love and Meredith’s best friend but seven years later, Trevor and Meredith are forced to marry. It’s a premise that kind of appeals to me, but there are few ratings that tell me anything about the writing. One reader said that it took too long for Trevor to consummate the marriage, even though he wanted to.

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Wild Thing      by     Robin KayeWild Thing by Robin Kaye. $ 2.99.

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White-water rafting guide Hunter Kincaid is psyched to lead a group of fashion models into the Idaho wilderness for a photoshoot. But it’s Toni, the feisty manager of Action Models, who creates enough sparks to start a forest fire…

When rugged outdoorsman meets the original city girl, worlds will definitely collide in Robin Kaye’s fresh new series.

I could not get into Kaye’s most recent release. Maybe it was the names of the characters (Breezy Collins and Storm Decker)? But this book does sound fun.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. P. Kirby
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 15:43:20

    Actually, I almost bought Leviathan Awakes, until I realized, thanks to a reviewer’s comments on Amazon, that I have an ARC. I bought The Dragon’s Path, by Daniel Abraham, one of the co-authors, and Leviathan Awakes is included at the end of that novel.

    Just an FYI in case anyone else bought The Dragon’s Path, recently.

  2. DS
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 19:26:24

    I loved Judith Merkle Riley’s books. I waited for what seemed like forever for The Water Devil to come out in the US– Sequel to A Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion. I’m grabbing this one for a rereading.

    I’m feeling a bit jaded with the most recent books I’ve picked up– Neither YA or NA appeal to me in general– so I’m trying to rekindle my love affair with books by going back to some old favorites.

  3. DS
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 20:31:51

    Extra treat. When I went to Amazon to buy Oracle Glass I found out that after buying the Kindle version for $2.99 I could get the Audible version for $3.99. Amazon is evil tempting me that way when I don’t really need both versions. (I gave in to temptation of course.)

  4. Jayne
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 03:24:06

    @DS: I’ve been doing the same thing – reading some older books in between new releases.

  5. leslie
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 11:41:37

    I read The Oracle Glass years ago and it totally freaked me out! It keeps coming up as a fave for many readers and authors……maybe I’ll have another look at it. Or maybe not!

    @Jane: I had the same problems with the Robyn Kaye book. Those names were ridiculous.

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