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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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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. MaryK
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 16:00:06

    Howl’s Moving Castle is 1.99 at Amazon.

  2. Bzangl
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 18:49:15

    All six Ilona Andrews books are on sale at BN too

  3. Jjpp
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 21:19:30

    I LOVE the Kate Daniels series and highly recommend it!!

  4. Nicole
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 14:20:40

    I own the entire Kate Daniels series in paperback, but for $1.99 a pop, I’m going to pick them up from BN, too. Sometimes I just want to reread a specific scene, and I can’t always remember which book it appeared in. This is a great deal!

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