Friday Bargains: Black Friday/ Cyber Monday deals

The Trouble with Magic by Patricia Rice is 1.99 right now. If you haven’t read her Malcolm and Ives novels yet, this a great price. ( Each book stands alone.)

Google Play is having a sale this weekend, and a lot of bestsellers are steeply discounted.  Amazon is price matching some of them.

Amazon is offering 30 % off on paper books with this coupon_BOOKDEAL  ( tip: Buy a book that’s in Kindle Matchbook, so that you can gift a copy to someone ( either print or e-book).

BN also offers 30% off: BFRIDAY30.

Kobo offers an multiuse 50% off. BLACKFRIDAY50. ( They have done that so often, that I cannot get excited any more. What can I say, I’m spoiled!)

No details, but Samhain has hinted that they are running a sale on Monday. I’m hoping that ARe will run one of their rebate sales.  Their #areblast campaign isn’t impressing me. Lots of books, though!


I’m probably missing lots of sales, but I hope you have a great weekend! :).

Friday Bargains: A little bit of everything


Midnight ink is 0.99 right now, and contains stories from 9 authors I think. I’ll admit it. I’m often wary of multiauthor bundles, but since all the stories are interlinked, I decided to buy it.

TheDuchess warby Courtney Milan has been on my wishlist for awhile, and it is just 0.99 right now, and the sale ends TODAY. So grab it while you can.

For the Honor of the Hunt by Lazette Gifford

This is a short story collection, with 3 interconnected and is 1.99 right now. No idea if it is the ordinary price, or not, but I love Lazette Gifford books, so I’m buying it. If you haven’t tried Lazette Gifford yet, this is a good place to start.

Carina Press still has a bunch of titles on sale, among them is Defiance by Stephanie Tyler.


Kobo has another, unlimited coupon code 50% off: Unlimited50.


A bit sparse, this week but next Friday is Black Friday. I expect a lot of sales then, or on Monday.

( Do they still use Cyber Monday?)



Review: Prince of Shadows by Curt Benjamin


The Particulars: Epic Fantasy, DAW, available in print and as e-book

The Source: The Bookshelf

The Grade: B

The Blurb

Llesho was only seven years old when the Harn invaded Thebin, slaying his father and selling the boy into slavery. On Pearl Island, he was trained as a diver — until a vision changed his life completely. The spirit of his newly-dead teacher revealed the truth about Llesho’s royal family — his six brothers were still alive, but had been sold into slavery in distant lands.

Now, to free his brothers — and himself — Llesho must train as a gladiator…

He must go face to face with sorcerers….

And gods….

And more.


The Review:

I love Curt Benjamin’s epic fantasies, and this is the book that started the love. ( I wish I knew who he is a psedonym for, though, since he is writing Contemporary Fantasy under another name.)

This book take place in  a setting that is heavily based on East Asian history and mythology. And I loved the care that Mr Benjamin had taken to make the book feel fresh, yet at the same time believable.

At the core, this is a quest novel, which means they travel a lot. Mr Benjamin manages to weave in enough unexpected events during the travel portions, to avoid the dullness that creeps into many fantasy novels. I liked following Llesho’s journey, from his life at the oyster beds, and to the Shan Empire. It was interesting to see how he struggled with his nightmares, and his past, as he and his companions travelled toward the capital of the Shan Empire.


On the way, he met a lot of people, and most of them wasn’t what they seemed to be. It was interesting to see how Llesho slowly realised that he was travelling in the company of immortals and witches. I liked the sense of loyalty that arose between Llesh, Bixei, Lling and Hmishi, as they travelled together.

That said, I had a couple of niggling things.  First, I struggled a bit with how Lleck knew Llesho was alive? I know that the probable answer was that he probably had help from the Goddess.

The other niggling thing was that I would have loved a map. They travel a lot, both in this book and the other books of the trilogy. A map would have been really helpful.




Friday Bargains: Mostly books on my wishlist

Like many readers, I have a long, and ever growing wishlist. I am getting better on putting books on my wishlist, instead of buying them directly. This week this pays off. Big time.

I really liked Dance in the Moonlight by Raeanne Thayne, and I have had her books on my wishlist ever since.  This week, I discovered to my delight that Harlequin have  discounted most of her Cold Creek novels to 1.99.    I promise to not blow my entire budget on them.. On the other hand, they are reward eligible at Allromance.

I have wanted to read Joshilyn Jackson ever since I saw the cover for one of her previous novels at Alison Kent’s novel.  Now Gods in Alabama is only 2.99.  The blurb sound interesting, so.. *click*

I think I mentioned before that Carina Press have discounted a lot titles, but I thought I would highlight some of the titles.

Chance of rain by Amber Lin is a new release that have had good reviews.  At 1.99 it is cheap enough that, I am adding it to my cart.

I have had Debra Kayn’s contemporary romances on my wishlist for years, and her Carina Press titles are only 1.99 now.

An Affair to Dismember by Elise Sax isn’t on my wishlist, but it sounds really good. Plus, it is just 0.99 right now.


And some non romance books, since I do read those too.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb is just 1.99 right now. I have no idea how much longer it lasts, so I wont wait. The rest of the books in the trilogy are 4.99 each.

I have heard really good things about The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough, and right now it is  just 1.99. ( The other titles in the series is 9.99)

Oh, and Kobo has a 50% off coupon, Novend50, that’s supposedly multiuse. Expires on Monday.

Now, if you excuse me, I am off to Allromance to do some shopping….

ARC Review: I’ll be home for Christmas by Jessica Scott

18141126The Particulars: Contemporary Romance, ForeverYours, available as e-book

The Source: Arc from Netgalley

The blurb:


There’s nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband’s tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic’s bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.




The Review:

I loved Because of you, so when I got the opportunity to read an ARC, I took it.

And I am glad I read it. This was a sweet and heartwarming novella, about Vic’s and Nicole’s struggle to keep their marriage going while Vic was in Iraq.
I really appreciated that Ms Scott didn’t pull any punches. She showed both the dangers in Iraq,and how it affected the troops moral. At the same time, she also show the waiting at home.For a call, for news. She also shows how marriages are impacted if you don’t call home.

This was the perfect novella to whet readers appetite for Laura and Trent’s story that’s coming in Jan 2014. And it is surprisingly stand alone. My biggest complaint is that  I wanted to read about how Carponti and his wife met, not get a glimpse of their life together now. It was well written, and intriguing, but I would have liked it more if it hadn’t felt like like there was an previous story I hadn’t read.

Grade: B-

ARC Review: The Grass King’s concubine by Kari Sperring

The Particulars: Fantasy, DAW, available in print and as e-book
The Source: ARC from the author
The Grade: B
The Blurb:
Kari Sperring’s first novel was a finalist for the Crawford Award, a Tiptree Award Honor Book, a “LOCUS “Recommended First Novel, and the winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. Now she returns to the same amazing and atmospheric world with an entirely new story set several hundred years after the earth-shaking events of “Living With Ghosts.”
When a wealthy young woman, obsessed with a childhood vision of a magical Shining Palace, sets out with her true love to search for a legendary land, she discovers the devastated WorldBelow – the realm of the Grass King – and the terrifying Cadre, who take her prisoner, and demand she either restore the king’s concubine… or replace her.
The Review:
The first time I heard about this book was when Kari Sperring read from it at Eurocon in 2011. I have waited for it to be released ever since. Did it live up to my expectations? Yes.
The setting felt believable. In fact, at times it felt like I was reading a historical fantasy. Because while the Brass City is imagined,it reflects the uncertainities of life   in the mid 1800’s in European Cities. But it wasn’t just that. It was the clear contrasts between the wealthy in the Silver City and the poor in the Brass City, and how that affected the relationship between the cities.
But if the Worldabove was believable, then Worldbelow was chilling. That was enhanced by seeing how the World Below looked in it’s hey day.
The plot wasn’t fast paced, but it was well paced. The story switched between past and present, between World Below and World Above. It should have been confusing, but it wasn’t. The main reason for that was because it was easy to follow the characters logic. Well, maybe except for the Cadre.
The characters felt unique. I admired Aude for her mix of curiosity and pragmatism. Which showed in a lot of ways through the story. And then there were the twins… I think this is the first time that I have read a ferret’s POV. I felt for Jehan as he chased after Aude.
The only problem I had with this book was the budding romance between Aude and Jehan.   I felt that it was buried behind Aude’s search for her family’s history, and it wouldn’t have hurt if it was a little bit stronger. 

(Just a tip to DAW: If you write a blurb for a book, use ALL of it online. Not a third.)