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Nightwalker (Stormwalker) by Allyson JamesNightwalker by Allyson James. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Welcome to the three-times RITA-nominated Stormwalker series, in this full-length novel (90,000 words, 28 chapters)

Stormwalker Janet Begay, proprietor of the Crossroads Hotel, a place where the paranormal stop for a safe night’s rest, discovers the hard way that a slayer is targeting Ansel, a Nightwalker who’s become a more-or-less permanent resident.

When Janet and her boyfriend Mick intervene to save Ansel’s un-life, they find that the attack is the beginning of an oncoming storm. Janet has her hands full already with the upcoming marriage of her father, her crazy half-sister, the return of a woman who claims to be Coyote’s wife, a couple dragons on her back, and her worry about Mick, who’s behaving strangely again.

But it seems that everyone is after Ansel, who fears he killed the woman he loves in a Nightwalker frenzy. Janet must choose between protecting Ansel or facing the most powerful magical beings in the world, who are willing to destroy Janet, Mick, her hotel, and everyone she cares about to get to Ansel and his secrets.

Book 4 of the Stormwalker series

This series was originally published by Penguin. Now James is publishing the fourth book by herself. The heroine reminded me, at times of Mercy Thompson, but the romance is far more open ended. It seemed much more like a straight urban fantasy than anything else.

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She-Wolves : The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth      by Helen Castor She-Wolves by Helen Castor . $ 1.99

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When Edward VI died in 1553, the extraordinary fact was that there was no one left to claim the title of king of England. For the first time, England would have a reigning queen–but the question was which one: Katherine of Aragon’s daughter, Mary; Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth; or one of their cousins, Lady Jane Grey or Mary, Queen of Scots.

But female rule in England also had a past. Four hundred years before Edward’s death, Matilda, daughter of Henry I and granddaughter of William the Conqueror, came tantalizingly close to securing the crown for herself. And between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries three more exceptional women–Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou–discovered how much was possible if pre-sumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly–and just how quickly they might be vilified as “she-wolves” for their pains.

The stories of these women, told here in all their vivid detail, expose the paradox that female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate. Man was the head of woman, and the king was the head of all. How, then, could royal power lie in female hands?

The full title is She-Wolves : The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth.  Negatives include dry boring prose and too scholarly at times.  Sounds like a good research book.

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The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae Stephanie LaurensThe Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens. $ 1.99

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We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster … but not until she and her hero lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands!

Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she’ll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he’s the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason—when her hero abducts her!

The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn’t wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him—and he’s prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!

This book received fairly high ratings and one reader said that it was better than most Cynster novels.  That’s positive.

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Tea and Destiny (Bestselling Author Collection) by Sherryl WoodsTea and Destiny by Sherryl Woods. $ 1.99

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Does she have anything left to give?

Ann Davies was always giving away her heart—to her therapy patients, and to the dolphins she used to help them. For any stray kid that needed a home, she opened her arms in welcome. She never hesitated to give herself to anyone who asked. Until Hank Riley. The big contractor demanded everything—her body, her heart, her life.

Part of her wanted to give it all to him. She craved being desired, being cared for—after all, what had she ever done for herself? But another part feared everything he stood for—losing control, throwing away logic, living for the moment, surrendering. If she allowed herself to do that, what would be left when he walked away?

These are  women’s fiction books ala Debbie Macomber.

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Lord Gray's List (The London List) by Maggie RobinsonLord Gray’s List by Maggie Robinson . $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

From duchesses to chamber maids, everybody’s reading it. Each Tuesday, The London List appears,filled with gossip and scandal, offering job postings and matches for the lovelorn–and most enticing of all, telling the tales and selling the wares a more modest publication wouldn’t touch…

The creation of Evangeline Ramsey, The London List saved her and her ailing father from destitution. But the paper has given Evie more than financial relief. As its publisher, she lives as a man, dressed in masculine garb, free to pursue and report whatever she likes–especially the latest disgraces besmirching Lord Benton Gray. It’s only fair that she hang his dirty laundry, given that it was his youthful ardor that put her off marriage for good…

Lord Gray–Ben–isn’t about to stand by while all of London laughs at his peccadilloes week after week. But once he discovers that the publisher is none other than pretty Evie Ramsey with her curls lopped short, his worries turn to desires–and not a one of them fit to print…

This is a repeat discount. I didn’t love the book but at $1.99 it might be perfect for you. The hero was adorable.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

2 Comments

  1. Susan
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 22:38:29

    I’m a pretty big fan of James (under any of her noms de plume). I don’t know why Penguin isn’t publishing the Stormwalker series any longer, but I’m glad James is continuing with it. I can see where you’ve coming from with the Mercy Thompson comparison, but it’s more tenuous for me.

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  2. SonomaLass
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 22:19:16

    For some reason the Sherryl Woods cover is showing next to the Maggie Robinson book.

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