Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

Daily Deals: Classic fantasy bundle, Vampires, Telepaths, and Empaths

Seed to Harvest: Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay's Ark, and Patternmaster by     Octavia E. ButlerSeed to Harvest: Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay’s Ark, and Patternmaster by Octavia E. Butler. $ 9.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The complete Patternist series—Butler’s acclaimed vision of a world transformed by a secret race of telepaths and the violence, intolerance, and plague that follow their rise to power

In the late seventeenth century, two immortals meet in an African forest. Anyanwu is a healer, a three-hundred-year-old woman who uses her wisdom to help those around her. The other is Doro, a malevolent despot who has mastered the power of stealing the bodies of others when his wears out. Together they will change the world. Over the next three centuries, Doro mounts a colossal selective breeding project, attempting to create a master race of telepaths. He succeeds beyond his wildest dreams, splitting the human race down the middle and establishing a new world order dominated by the most manipulative minds on Earth. In these four novels, Butler tells the story that began her legendary career: a mythic tale of the transformation of civilization. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

This is a collection of four books completing the Patternist series. Butler’s Patternist series are considered fantasy classics. One of the goodreads reviews is by a man who complains that the men are all bad in these books and the women are all good. So like a reverse Dune?

AmazonBNSonyKoboBook DepositoryApple

Shawna Thomas	Journey of Awakening	The Triune Stones, book 1Journey of Awakening by Shawna Thomas. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Book one of the Triune Stones

After her grandfather’s death, Sara inherits an ancient pendant and a near-impossible quest—master the mysterious pendant’s source of magic. Driven to do so, she must find the other two stones of power, long considered lost, while preventing an unknown enemy from finding her first.

Unprepared and alone, she travels to where the keepers of the stones, the Siobani, were last seen. Along the way she meets Tobar, leader of the nomadic Heleini tribe. As Sara wrestles with feelings for this intriguing man, she is also invigorated with her grandfather’s passion to find the ancient Siobani race.

After a rival tribe kidnaps Tobar’s son and heir, Sara must harness the stone’s healing magic to unite the tribes and save the boy. But as the dark power stalking her gains ground, will she continue on her quest to reach the Siobani or risk everything to save the warring tribes from eliminating each other?

99,000 words

This book doesn’t have many reviews. One five star review had this to say This book hooked me from the beginning, mainly because Sara is such an interesting character. She’s both smart but naïve in many ways, and I really enjoyed her interaction with Zeynel, who becomes a fatherly or grandfatherly figure as he teaches her to harness her untapped abilities. I was a little bothered by Sara’s relationship with Tobar because I don’t get the whole concubine, multiple spouse thing but that’s just a personal preference and it might not bother other readers.

AmazonBNSonyKoboBook DepositoryAREApple

Jungle Inferno Series: Phoenix Agency , Book 1 By: Desiree HoltJungle Inferno by Desiree Holt . $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Book 1 in the Phoenix Agency series.

For Faith and Mark, the telepathic connection they’d shared for years was nothing compared to the scorching physical connection they realized as adults. From the first moment they came together, “erotic” was too pale a word to describe their relationship. Together they explored each other’s deepest, darkest desires.

But now Mark, survivor of an ambush to his Delta Force team, is a prisoner of a terrorist group in the Peruvian jungle, and his telepathic communication with Faith is his only contact with the world. While she searches for help to save him, they survive on dreams that take them beyond all sexual boundaries.

This is a romantic suspense book featuring old friends who are afraid to commit to each other due to the male protagonist’s dangerous job. When Mark gets captured, however, the stakes change for the couple. This goodreads reviewer wrote Most of all, this is a tension-filled action thriller that means serious business. I was struck by the realistic nature of the story and the razor sharp accuracy with which Ms. Holt captures the current state of world affairs. The addition of very believable psychic ability and the important role it plays in every part of this book was a key part of my enjoyment and interest. My only problems with the story were a few editing errors and a sense of abruptness at the end. After such an emotional and tension-filled ride, I longed for just a little more of an ending.

AmazonBNSonyKoboBook DepositoryAREApple

Once Burned By: Jeaniene FrosOnce Burned by Jeaniene Frost. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Jeaniene Frost’s New York Times bestselling debut in her Night Prince series now includes a special sneak peek from Book 2, Twice Tempted, on sale March 26th.

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all–but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

I reviewed this book around its release date. I think I missed a lot in previous books about Vlad, the male protagonist.

I felt like this was a safe story. It was apparent from the beginning that Vlad and Leila would be lovers when her electrical bolts appeared like foreplay for Vlad instead of painful punishment; when Vlad’s feelings for Leila are intensely returned. Even when Leila was in danger, I never had any moments of uncertainty. One scene has both Leila’s legs broken and the next scene Vlad’s blood has healed her and they are passionately kissing and fondling each other. Possibly the biggest uncertainty came at the end of the story which ends, not quite in a cliffhanger, but unresolved. But because of its safe nature, it’s a bit of a comfort read. It’s a sexy story with a hot billionaire vampire who dotes upon his mortal but powerful girlfriend.

AmazonBNSonyKoboBook DepositoryAREApple

 Crooked Hearts  by Patricia GaffneyCrooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:


Two con artists team up in 1880s California for the score of a lifetime—but end up fighting for their lives instead

In a stagecoach en route to San Francisco, Grace Rousselot is posing as a nun to drum up “donations” from fellow travelers. Across from her, Reuben Jones is faking blindness to prey on unsuspecting travelers. Both grifters are surprised to learn that they have competition, and even more surprised when their stagecoach is ambushed and robbed, leaving them both flat broke.

Not keen to discuss the robbery with the police, Reuben and Grace decide to work together to recoup some of their losses. Soon enough, what starts out as a practical partnership evolves into something more. And with the Chinese mafia hot on their heels, neither is sure just how far they can trust a man—or a woman—with a crooked heart.

Jennie gave this book a B+: Reuben and Grace are enormously appealing characters, both together and as individuals. Reuben has an interesting, unusual background that he doesn’t reveal to Grace until late in the book. Both of them, in fact, play it pretty close to the vest for the better part of the story, blithely lying to the other whenever the situation seems to require it. This might be off-putting but for the fact that both of them know the score and neither is quick to fall for improbable (or even probable) stories. Grace is slightly more conventional than Reuben; at one point he notes that she’s a “combination of bunco artist and bleeding heart”, and that’s in fact a pretty apt description. I might have wished for her to be a little tougher – I’m always looking for signs that a heroine is being softened to make her more typically “feminine” – but in the end Grace’s personality felt authentic, contradictions and all. And in fact Reuben, though he may be a bit savvier than Grace, really isn’t all that tough either.

AmazonBNSonyKOBOBook DepositoryApple

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. cleo
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 15:39:56

    After Dark by Jayne Castle / JAK is the Nook Daily Find today, for $1.99.

    I just bought it as a convenience copy. It’s the first in her Harmony /Ghost Hunters series and one of my favorites in the series – the later ones get a little silly. Well, ok, this one is a little silly too – the world building is a little weak, and the plot is typical JAK, in that there’s a lot going on and not all of it makes sense. BUT, the dust-bunny companion is awesome and the romance is hot and sweet. It and its sequel are two of my go to comfort reads.

  2. cleo
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 15:47:18

    The Octavia Butler bundle is $10.82 at BN (I don’t understand their pricing) but it still seems like a bargain, so I’m getting it. I bought another Butler during one of the holiday sales – someday I will actually read one of her books instead of just collecting them.

  3. Jen
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 21:07:46

    I’m so excited that Octavia Butler’s books are now available digitally. I love her writing. She breaks down every fantasy stereotype and pushes against assumptions of gender and race. Fledgling is one of my all time favorite novels.

  4. MrsJoseph
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:39:59

    I read Once Burned a few months ago – I totally agree with the reviewer comments regarding the safeness of the book and the sexiness. But the ending leaving everything up in the air AND the fact that it is a series (I didn’t realize that at first) really changed my feelings.

    I’d also like to point out that if you haven’t read Frost’s Cat and Bones series yet – DON’T read this book first. Once Burned has a HUGE freaking spoiler for the Cat and Bones series. Yeah. I’m mad.

  5. MaryK
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 20:50:00

    @MrsJoseph: Good to know about the spoiler. Thanks.

%d bloggers like this: