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Daily Deals: Alpha shifters, scandalous kisses, and paranormal investigations

Charming The Alpha (Werewolf Romance) by Liliana RhodesCharming the Alpha by Liliana Rhodes. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Liliana Rhodes

(Re-edited on Oct. 10, 2014)

Hannah Crane just graduated college, lives at home with her mom, and has no idea what to do with her life. One night while visiting her grandmother, she’s startled by a wolf and everything changes.

In the forest investigating a recent rash of murders and missing shifters, werewolf Alpha Caleb Overstreet doesn’t expect to run into a human, let alone a witch. Especially not one whose scent tells him she is his other half…or is she?

As the secrets of her ancestry are revealed, Caleb and Hannah are unable to stay away from each other and Hannah finds herself in danger. A rival pack believes her to be at the center of a curse that would enable them to control other shifters. But is Hannah the wolf charmer they believe her to be? Or is she really Caleb’s fated mate?

Book 1: Charming The Alpha
Book 2: Resisting The Alpha
Book 3: Needing the Alpha
All three books are available in the Crane Curse Trilogy Boxed Set

The three star reviews say short, sweet, and predictable.

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The Scandal in Kissing an Heir (At the Kingsborough Ball Series #2) by Sophie BarnesThe Scandal in Kissing an Heir by Sophie Barnes. $ 1.99

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He is the next Marquess of Wolvington . . .

She is a lady with nothing but beauty and wits . . .

Together they share a forbidden kiss .

Lady Rebecca is determined to find a husband on her own terms, rather than marry any of the aging suitors her greedy aunt and uncle foist upon her. Her chance comes at the Kingsborough Ball, where she meets several potential grooms . . . yet no one compares to the dangerously handsome Daniel Neville.

Notorious rake and heir to the Marquess of Wolvington, Daniel Neville is in need of a bride, but finding a lady who’s willing to accept his past is an entirely different matter. When he spies a stunning woman across the ballroom, Daniel believes he’s found her . . . until scandal erupts around them. How can he convince Rebecca to take a chance on him . . . and on the love that could be theirs forever after?

Lots of sex makes up for a flat plot and a rather unbelieving suspense plot.

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The Taken (Celestial Blues Series #1) by Vicki PetterssonThe Taken (Celestial Blues Series #1) by Vicki Pettersson. $ 1.99

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Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .

The Taken: Celestial Blues
The Lost: Celestial Blues Book Two
The Given: Celestial Blues: Book Three

I’m intrigued by these MadMen-esque covers. I read a number of three star reviews because I’m tempted to buy this. It’s old school detective with an overlay of angels but the afterlife isn’t what you’d expect. The reviews say some parts are slow (particularly as the book gets bogged down in boring details of here Kit gets her hair done and what kind of manicure she has) and that it takes a while for the mystery to boot up and there are a lot of plot threads left dangling at the end. I don’t know.

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A Replacement Life: A Novel by Boris FishmanA Replacement Life by Boris Fishman. $ 1.99.

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A singularly talented writer makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.

Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, ”didn’t suffer in the exact way” he needs to have suffered to qualify for the reparations the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has—as a Jew in the war, as a second-class citizen in the USSR, as an immigrant in America. So? Isn’t his grandson a ”writer”?

High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant-scraping behind him. Only the American dream is not panning out for him: Century, the legendary magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava wants to be a correct, blameless American—but he wants to be a lionized writer even more.

Slava’s turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is a truth and not every lie a falsehood. It takes more than law-abiding to become an American; it takes the same self-reinvention at which his people excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that finally grants him a sense of home in America—but not before collecting a lasting price from his family.

A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice.

This was a really thoughtful three star review of the book.

Ultimately, this was a 3.5 star book for me, that just wasn’t consistently enjoyable enough to warrant being rounded up to 4 stars. There are wonderful descriptive vignettes of individuals — especially memorable was the woman whose torso is equated to a Soviet high-rise building, “stuffed beyond capacity” — and anyone who has spent time in the far reaches of Brooklyn will chuckle at the way Fishman has nailed the sense of place. But the scenes set at Century, the magazine at which Slava toils, feel strangely bloodless: he’s ambitious, but can’t seem to get his act together, and at the same time, Fishman never made either Slava’s writing ambitions or his feelings for Adrianna, the thoroughly Americanized LA Jewish woman from work, feel very convincing. That was all rather two-dimensional.  

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Daily Deals: Spellcasters, cowboys, and Christmas

Daily Deals: Spellcasters, cowboys, and Christmas

Spellcaster (Spellcaster Series #1) by Claudia GraySpellcaster by Claudia Gray. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him.

When Nadia’s family arrives at their new home in Captive’s Sound, she realizes instantly that there’s more to this town than meets the eye. As a witch, Nadia senses that dark magic is at work—magic wielded by a force more evil and more powerful than any she has encountered before.

Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his whole life, haunted by his family’s tormented past. When the strange dreams he’s been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come to pass, he knows the whispers about the “family curse” are true—and that he’s doomed.

Despite the laws of witchcraft that would keep them apart, Nadia and Mateo are drawn together to break the chains of the evil threatening the entire town . . . and their lives.

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. (I’ve never read the Evernight series). School Library Journal says “While Gray relies heavily on common tropes in paranormal romance, her story manages to rise above others in the genre with an intriguing history of witches and witchcraft. Though the plot stops and starts, the characters are sympathetic. The ending promises more battles to come, and fans will clamor to know what happens.”

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The Suit by B. N. TolerThe Suit by B. N. Toler. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

What happens when two dreams collide?
Fed up with the farm life and his one-time love of training horses, John Wilson has traded his tattered boots and jeans for power suits and cufflinks. Through hard work and determination, John has just graduated from law school and is focused on a fresh start. Refusing to let his bitter past hinder his future, John is intent on moving forward with his new life.

Except there’s one last thing he has to do-settle old debts before he can truly move on.

Unfortunately, settling debts involves him returning to a life he’s worked hard to forget. A mind-numbing summer working on a horse farm awaits him, and he’s dreading every damn minute of it.

Edie James is mourning the loss of her grandfather when John Wilson shows up in his perfectly tailored suit, reeking sexiness and city elegance-everything she’s not. Their meeting is less than pleasant as they both distastefully size up one another.

She thinks he’s arrogant and a white-collar yuppie.

He thinks she’s a simple, goody two-shoes farm girl.

Edie’s grandfather made a new will before he passed leaving stipulations in order for Edie to inherit the family farm. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the suit has to work on the farm with her for three months to settle a debt he owed to her grandfather.

And he’s moving in with her.

With a rocky start, the two seemingly polar opposites call a truce and attempt to be friends. As their unexpected friendship blooms, an attraction develops and both realize their first impression of each other is far from the truth. Now this once dreaded summer is set to be the hottest and most unforgettable they’ve ever had.

I was somewhat intrigued by this story when it was being publicized a few weeks ago. I’m a little leery of the law school aspect of it. It’s #1 in Humorous Erotica on Amazon. The reviews are almost universal in their praise. One of the reviews says the story is unusual but the will thing, the opposites thing are kind of common…Anyway, I’m still on the fence.

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Sweet Christmas Kisses: Fourteen Sweet Christmas RomancesSweet Christmas Kisses: Fourteen Sweet Christmas Romances by Donna Fasano. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

USA Today Best Seller!
*** 14 Full-length Novels & Novellas ***
Available as a boxed set for a limited time – On Sale Now for only 0.99
Regular Price 6.99
A saving of more than 75% than if books purchased separately

This holiday season, warm your heart with 14 Sweet Christmas Kisses, a bundle of PG-rated romance novels and novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

Sweet Christmas Kisses takes you from small-town USA to England, Scotland, and even Ecuador; from the beach to snow-capped mountains, and to the wild—sometimes magical—west. The Sweet Christmas Kisses bundle will bring you laughter, tears, and always joy, for more than 1600 pages. Foreword by New York Times bestselling author, Brenda Novak.

Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna Fasano, USA Today bestselling author. Aaron wants to give his daughter a perfect Christmas and elicits Christy’s help to do it. When they’re talked into a make-believe wedding, can a real one be far behind?

Mistletoe in Maine (Holiday Brides Book #3) by Ginny Baird, Award-winning and National bestselling author. A single mom takes her kids on vacation in Maine and meets a handsome innkeeper, a young widower with a teenage son. A winter wonderland love story about faith and new beginnings.
The Army Doctor’s Christmas Baby (Army Doctor’s Baby Series) by Helen Scott Taylor, Award-winning and National bestselling author. An army surgeon with twins falls for the nanny, but will her secret destroy their happiness?

Stormy Times by Beate Boeker. International author. A rock star, vet, and puppy meet in a blizzard and sparks fly…

The Christmas Promise by Melinda Curtis, USA Today Recommended Read, Award-winning and National bestselling author. When a chocolate heiress bumps into a wounded warrior during Christmas, chaos ensues thanks in part to three fairy godmothers…er, a trio of meddlesome nuns.
Merry Christmas, Darling by Denise Devine, Award-winning author. A desperate bachelor enlists his neighbor to pose as his wife to appease his dying mother and unexpectedly finds love under the mistletoe.

Some Christmas Magic by Raine English, Award-winning and National bestselling author. She’s been dumped… He wants to win her back… A last-ditch effort to save her Christmas might result in her most romantic holiday ever.

Christmas in White Oak by Aileen Fish, National bestselling author. Forced to face his past, a young widower tries to grant the Christmas wish of his first love.

Lucky Break Christmas: Homecoming by Patricia Forsythe, Award-winning author. Their marriage is in trouble…until a judge, two kids, a quirky hometown of old friends, and the Christmas spirit of forgiveness step in.

Beach Christmas by Grace Greene, Award-winning and National bestselling author. Jessie Dawson hopes to arrange the perfect beach Christmas for her family, but when it all falls apart a special delivery from the past may inspire a new Christmas wish.

Her Christmas Cruise by Mona Risk, Award-winning and National bestselling author. The perfect fiancé is a cheater and the Christmas wedding is off, but the would-be honeymoon cruise may offer Julia a dream companion.

A Scottish Christmas by Roxanne Rustand, Award-winning author of over thirty novels.
When Lucy Davis receives a mysterious letter inviting her to the Scottish Highlands to receive an inheritance, she expects to deal with it quickly—until she discovers it’s a historic B&B with a handsome, mysterious resident who might just be the man of her dreams.

Small Town Christmas by Magdalena Scott, National bestselling author. Past loves, a family in mourning, a little boy with a big heart. Christmas in Serendipity, Indiana is full of surprises!
By Christmas (Covington Falls Chronicles, Book 4) by Kristin Wallace, Award-winning and National bestselling author. She was a jilted bride. He’s her ex-fiancé’s brother. She’s trying to save Christmas. He’s disrupting her peace on earth. Together they find a holiday happy ending.

I don’t recognize any of these authors but I know readers love holiday stories.

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An Unlikely Duchess by Nadine MillardAn Unlikely Duchess by Nadine Millard. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Edward Crawdon, Duke of Hartridge is being forced by his slightly overbearing, but loving mother to spend time with her old friends at their estate in Ireland. He is not aware but a contract exists between the two families that states Edward must marry their eldest daughter. On the day of his arrival Edward, who is yet to be made aware of the contract, meets Lady Rebecca, Caroline’s younger sister under very unusual circumstances. Edward cannot stop thinking about Lady Rebecca but she is completely unsuited to being a duchess. However, she becomes rather a toast of the Ton and Edward realises that he cannot stand idly by and watch Rebecca marry someone else. He cannot marry her but does not want her to marry anyone else! Ultimately, Edward must decide; will he admit his true feelings for Rebecca? Will he defy his responsibilities and duties, his idea of a “proper” duchess and follow his heart?

One reviewer on Amazon said “I never really got to know either of them from their own actions but had to be told by the author whether one was arrogant or the other caring and compassionate. The liberal use of exclamation points as the author tells us about the characters’ thoughts does not make them any more interesting. About two-thirds of the way through the story the reader is informed that the hero and heroine have many deep conversations in which they learn about each other, but we are not privy to the conversations in any way, so really, the skin-deep attractions are not moved forward in any way. “

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