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Book Suggestions for You from August

Y’all know my literary tastes are eclectic. I don’t read non-fiction or Literary Fiction because I live the depressing and thought-provoking parts of life. I read Fiction in all its genres! Here are four recent favorites:

Thief by C.L. Stone (Mystery/Thriller)
Kayli is a young woman who has supported her younger brother for years as a pick-pocket. Her skills attract the notice of a quasi-government group called The Academy. Full of fascinating characters, fast-paced, and well-written, this is the first in a series I’m sure I’ll enjoy!

 

Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett (Cozy Mystery)
Lacey Pinkerton isn’t the usual small-town sleuth. She has an enhanced sense of smell that earned her big bucks in the perfume industry. But now she owns a flower shop and ‘sniffs out’ clues. A very original take on the genre – I’ll be reading more of the series!

 

Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend by Becky Monson Fiction/Humor)
This is the second book in a series, but perfect as a stand-alone. Think real-life bakery owner trying to do Cupcake Wars as well as wedding cakes and Maid-of-Honor duties for both her best friend and baby sister. I literally did laugh until I cried. If you need a mood-lifter this is the book for you!

 

Sorrow’s Point by Danielle Devor (Horror)
Well-researched, well-written, and seriously creepy. No, it’s not Stephen King or Joe Hill, but it’s horror properly done. Not blood-and-guts but setting-as-character. PERFECT for letting readers pull in their own disturbing details! This involves a de-frocked priest and his Wiccan friend – a combo I’m looking forward to reading more about!

My Five Favorite Books in The Past Month

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I’m a voracious reader, so I’m limiting myself to my favorite five books read in the last month and linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy (she hosts Twitterature the fifteenth of every month) and Angie at Many Little Blessings, who hosts List it Tuesday every week.

I was so excited to get to read Hijacked, Leslie Lynch’s first book. I loved both the hero and heroine in this book, and by the end was feeling a nearly visceral need for the heroine to meet the many challenges life had thrown her way. Her second book, Unholy Bonds, is already out and on my “read soon” list!

I’ve enjoyed Mysti Parker‘s Fantasy series set in Tellenmere – reading it over and over. But I was lucky enough to read a small portion of her upcoming historical romance, and now I feel like I have my nose pressed against the Krispy Creme window, smelling the wonderful fresh donut smells and waiting for them to open. I can’t wait for the book to be released!

I’d been waiting patiently (not really) for Tiffany Reitz’s release of The Saint, but shortly beforehand I checked her Amazon page and found The Last Good Knight, a novel in 99-cent installments that I just adored. She creates the most fabulous characters!

I re-read Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom” target=”_blank”>Carpe Demon, the first in a series by Julie Kenner. A friend introduced me to these books a few years back, and I’d forgotten how funny a demon-chasing soccer mom could be. It’s free right now on Kindle and makes the perfect vacation read!

And then there’s Nefarious, by Tina DC Hayes. I love her adorable Pedal Pusher Mysteries series, but this is the first I’ve read of her self-described “gritty romantic suspense” novels. It was fantastic in so many unexpected ways. Super-sexy, fast-paced, and funny; it had me laughing out loud – I can’t remember the last time I did that with a book. Fingers crossed there’s another one like this coming soon!

Sorry I don’t have book covers – Amazon just didn’t want to work with me today!

Ten Authors I Love (That I Might Not Have Found Without My Kindle)

You all know how much I love Kenny, my Kindle. I’ve written before about how having a Kindle has encouraged me to read genres I would otherwise have ignored. I was missing so much! Many of these authors I found because they’d made one of their books free for download for a period of time. I’m a sucker for a bargain, but boy have I found some awful books! It’s like thrift store shopping, though, which I also love 🙂 You have to sift through the junk to get to the treasures, and it makes the treasures all the more appreciated. And if I enjoy a free book I’ve downloaded I always make a point of buying at least one other book by that author. I’m also trying to get better about writing reviews of the ones I enjoy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads as well as “liking” them on Amazon (one click, just to the right of the title). I figure if an author has put a book they worked hard on out there for free, even for a short time, they deserve to hear from the people who downloaded it and enjoyed it.  Now not all of these are for everyone, but read the list with an open mind.

1.) Tiffany Reisz – I had the good fortune to meet Tiffany when she visited our writers’ group, and she was such a quirky, approachable person I couldn’t wait to go home and download some of her books.  I started with a short story, moved to a novella, and then on to her latest novel, which was truly stunning.  She writes erotica, but don’t let that put you off.  These books are about the characters, not the sex.

2.) J.R. Rain – I found the first in J.R. Rain’s Vampire for Hire series for free and couldn’t read the rest fast enough.  Think about a vampire who has been turned against her will and has to deal with how this affects her marriage her children (carpool in the daylight is quite a challenge), her career, and her, um, dietary requirements.  Fascinating. Then I found the Jim Knighthorse series (he’s a minor character in the vampire books) and I may love those even more.  I love a truly complex character that expands with each book.

3.) Claudia Hall Christian – Oh, the Alex the Fey series.  I adore these books.  I’ve never been much of a military thriller sort of reader, but these characters and their relationships pulled at my heart.  If you need a book that will make you appreciate your friends and family and encourage you to overcome the obstacles in your life this is the series for you.  I’m sure I’ll re-read them all many times.

4.) Mysti Parker – I had already read and loved A Ranger’s Tale before I met Mysti.  In fact, I went to one of her local signings and bought both A Ranger’s Tale and Serenya’s Song, and wasn’t even a page into before I recognized the characters I knew and loved from my Kindle copy.  Her second book was even better – I love a book that mixes genres and surprises readers 🙂

5.) Jason Letts – The Powerless series was on I just couldn’t put down.  Again, the first one was free and I was hooked.  It has kind of a Hunger Games flavor, but in a world of magic.  The world he created was fascinating, but his appealing characters are what kept me reading late into the night and clicking “buy” time and time again.

6.) Caroline Fyffe – I’d met Caroline before I read her works, and she’s such a sweet, kind person that I was not at all surprised that her books are just as sweet and comforting as her presence.  There’s plenty of action and plot twists, but you know you’ll get your Happily Ever After with Caroline, and that’s important to me.

7.) Kelly Creagh – Kelly’s YA book, Nevermore, is one of the most haunting books I’ve ever read.  And yes, I do have everything Stephen King has ever written.  Most exciting, the sequel to Nevermore is coming out this month, just in time to get me in the creepy Halloween mood as the weather starts to change (I hope).

8.) Ian Eviston – Awakening: The Genesis Saga, is a truly compelling book from a first-time author.  I hear he’s working on the sequel, but I don’t have a release date yet.  Hurry, Ian, I can wait to find out what happens next!  This is another I wouldn’t have read without my Kindle because it’s only available as an ebook.

9.) Katie McGarry – I was anxiously awaiting the release of Katie’s first book, Pushing the Limits.  If you haven’t heard about it yet you really need to get out more.  It’s the YA book that is taking the country, and perhaps the world, by storm.  And I’ve heard straight from the horse’s mouth that we won’t have to wait forever for the sequels!

10.) Elizabeth Hunter – The Elemental Mysteries series is another one of those where I downloaded the first one for free and then clicked like a crazy woman ordering the rest in the middle of the night when I finished it.  I love a good vampire book (no glitter, please) and these are more along the Anne Rice vampire line.  Ancient, sophisticated beings who value ancient works of art and literature.  There’s an interesting twist to Elizabeth’s vampires that I particularly like, but I won’t be a spoiler and tell you what it is 😉

I’ll be linking up with Top Ten TuesdaysWorks for Me WednesdayWhatever Goes Wednesday, and The Mommy Club Resources and Solutions.

Priced at just $4.99, it is now available in every format your little heart could desire at Smashwords, or, if you prefer, it’s also for sale in a Kindle version at Amazon or a Nook version at Barnes and Noble!

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