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Daily Deals: Vampire queens, witches, seers, and diamond traders

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In the Company of Witches By: Joey W. HillIn the Company of Witches (Berkley Sensation) by Joey Hill. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Experience Joey W. Hill’s scintillating blend of modern-day witchcraft, ancient evil, and the magical tricks men and women play in the name of love…

All witch and part succubus, savvy businesswoman Raina has converted a Southern plantation house into an extremely profitable old-fashioned bordello. Because of her abilities as a witch, the demons under Raina’s protection can feed off the sexual energy of their clients without killing them—definitely a good thing for repeat business.

But when a rogue incubus shows up on Raina’s doorstep begging for asylum, the witch’s well-run business is put in jeopardy. The incubus has stolen an object of great power from Lucifer, and Underworld Dark Guardian Mikhael will do anything to get it back—even if it means incinerating the incubus on Raina’s porch to get the answers he seeks.

Not to be trifled with, Raina enters a dangerous match of wits with Mikhael to achieve their mutual goals—only to discover that the reluctant attraction between them is the most hazardous game of all…

This is book 2 in Hill’s Arcane Shot series. If you haven’t read Hill, I think one of her most powerful and genre breaking books is Natural Law, a fem dom book with an alpha hero. My second favorite book by Hill is Beloved Vampire an emotional story of a second chance at love.

This book I admit trying to read but not getting far. The sex is great, but the plot is really plodding at points.

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Death Is Forever      By: Elizabeth LowellDeath is Forever by Elizabeth Lowell. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Dear Reader,

Sometimes, if you’re very lucky, you can go home again. An earlier version of this book was titled The Diamond Tiger and came out in 1993 under the name Ann Maxwell. When my present publisher offered me the opportunity of going back to the novel under the name Elizabeth Lowell, I admit that I hesitated. In the years since first publication, the diamond trade has changed so greatly that it would be impossible to update the facts in the book without destroying the very story that had compelled me to write in the first place.

But like the diamond trade, my style of telling a story has also changed over the years. I decided to revisit the novel because I loved it and hoped my new readers would as well. Death Is Forever is my favorite kind of story, combining elements of danger, greed, trust, secrets, passions, and death. Enjoy!

This is the Diamond Tiger updated.

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Time Dancer  The Eldwyn Chronicles      By: Inez KelleyTime Dancer by Inez Kelley. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Book three of the Eldwyn Chronicles

Everyone has a duty in the royal castle-everyone except Jana Haruk. Despite her promising magical bloodline, her gift is weak. As a Reminiscent Seer, she knows only what happened in the past, not what will happen in the future. When the crown prince’s life is threatened, Jana vows to do everything she can to help him-including asking the queen, a powerful sorceress, to lend her some magic.

The queen summons Darach, a spell in human form. The arrogant and mysterious man soon discovers there’s more to Jana than meets the eye: she’s a time dancer, someone with the ability to move backward through time in her dreams. With Darach as her anchor, Jana can explore the past and try to figure out who is behind the attacks on the prince.

Despite her attraction to him, Jana knows little about the handsome warrior. The past is tying them closer to each other with every trip, but Darach is bound to return to his homeland when his mission is complete?and their time together is running out.

For more of the Eldwyn Chronicles, check out Salome at Sunrise, available now!

84,000 words

Inez Kelley is the author of a much beloved Sweet as Sin.

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Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures Series #1)      by     Kami Garcia,     Margaret StohlBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

his edition features exclusive movie cover art!
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

This book is premiering this weekend at your local theatre. It has some of the cheesiest trailers and looks to be awful but the book is beloved by readers. From the BN children’s reviewer: “When Ethan decides to make a surprise visit to Ravenswood, he embarks on a journey that takes both he and Lena back and forth between Gatlin’s Civil War past and the present. Lena’s is one in a family of castors, or commonly known as witches. The ensuing story is a fascinating one that ends up involving most of the town, both past and present.”

The entire series is Amazon’s Gold Box deal today for $2.99 each.

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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. azteclady
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 12:53:36

    Re: Death is Forever aka The Diamond Tiger:

    I absolutely despise all of Lowell’s revamping of earlier books. The handful I’ve read–mostly because the publisher omitted any mention of them being “newer” versions of previously published novels–were full of unnecessary repetition that completely ruined the flow of the original. As a bonus, said repetition also made the purple bit all the more purple, if that is possible.

  2. jmc
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 13:51:03

    I read the original version of Diamond Tiger and liked it (well, back when I liked OTT angst and drama like Maxwell/Lowell did it). I’m not sure I want to read something that’s “revamped”: in my experience, the updating often does not improve the original.

    ETA: I saw the preview for Beautiful Creatures over the holidays, and it looked so cheesy that I wondered how much Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson were getting paid…or how desperate they were for work. (Shame, since they are both amazing actors.)

  3. cleo
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 14:01:45

    How stand alone is Time Dance? I’ve been curious about Inez Kelly, and the price is right, but I’m cautious about starting a series in the middle.

  4. Liz Mc2
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 14:56:36

    The review I read says it does not stand alone very well (it’s a positive review).

  5. Colette
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 15:29:04

    Thank you, thank you for the Joey W. Hill! This has been on my wish list for a while. Amazingly the $1.99 price was also for Australia – a rare event, sigh. Sale!

  6. cleo
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 17:15:27

    @Liz Mc2: Thanks Liz Mc2

  7. Rosario
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 03:06:02

    My favourite movie critic, the wonderfully non-snobbish Mark Kermode, said in his BBC 5 Live radio programme that he thought Beautiful Creatures was well done and he’d enjoyed it. I’m going to the movies with a Twilight-obsessed friend next week, and she’s been pressing to see it. I’d been planning to fob her off with Warm Bodies, but the review was intriguing enough that I might give in and watch it!

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