Attending the Frankfurt book fair

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A shot of one of the many convention floors/halls at the 2015 Frankfurt book fair.

Back in October, I got to do something really, really cool — attend the annual book fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

My books — especially my Mythos Academy young adult books — are very popular in Germany, and my German publisher, Piper Verlag, invited me to attend the fair. So away I went.

It was a really wonderful experience. The book fair is huge — something like 300,000 people attend it every year — and it takes up large several convention halls, all of which have multiple floors. We are talking miles and miles of books here, and every different kind of book you can possibly imagine, from fantasy books like mine, to cookbooks, to sports books, to calendars, to stationary … You get the idea. And many of the book displays were just stunning — works of art in and of themselves.

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A large banner with the German cover of Cold Burn of Magic, along with a display of my other German books/covers, at the 2015 Frankfurt book fair.

I did several readings and Q&As, meet with bloggers, and of course signed books — lots and lots of books. I knew that my books were popular in Germany, but I had no idea how popular. For a couple of my signings, there were probably 100-200 people in line. It was like being a rock star. LOL. And all of the readers were so enthusiastic, not just about my books, but about all of the books and just the book fair in general. It was great being around so many folks who love and are so passionate about books.

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A charm bracelet with the German cover of Cold Burn of Magic.

And everyone was so nice, from the folks at the publishing house, to the book bloggers, to the readers. One blogger brought me a lovely gift basket of chocolates, while another made me a personalized charm bracelet with the German cover of Cold Burn of Magic, which was awesome.

Some of the cultural differences were interesting too. For example, in the U.S., people shake hands when they meet. In Germany, people shake hands when they meet and when they leave. And if you ask for water in a German restaurant, you will often get sparkling/fizzy water, whereas in the U.S., you would just get plain old tap (non-sparkling) water.

I had such a great time and met so many wonderful people. I want to give a big, big thanks to everyone who helped with my trip and all the bloggers, readers, and other folks that I met at the book fair. It was a fantastic experience, and I hope to go back again some day. Danke schon! :-)

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

FREE BOOKS

5186UWh9VoL._UY250_Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1)

by Angie Fox

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with. Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to put an end to the disturbances. But soon, Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms. There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

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61dUTilQbXL._UY250_Child of Silence (Bo Bradley Series Book 1)

by Abigail Padgett

In Child of Silence, the first award-winning Bo Bradley Mystery, a wise old Paiute woman finds a four-year-old boy tied to a mattress in an abandoned shack in the hills above San Diego. Child abuse investigator Bo Bradley gets the case. Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children assume the boy is mentally impaired because he cannot talk, but Bo remembers a little sister named Laurie. She knows that the boy, like Laurie, is deaf.

Complicating things is Bo’s manic depressive disorder, a troubling but occasionally valuable problem for which she always, well sometimes, takes her meds. The prime directive in Bo’s job is “Don’t become emotionally involved with the child!” But the little boy is so bright inside his silence, and so alone. Bo feels the ominous first ripples of an oncoming manic episode and grabs her meds, but they won’t have much effect for weeks and the child is in danger now!

Risking her job and ultimately her life in a perhaps-delusional race to protect a four-year-old whose only word is his own name – “Weppo” – Bo finds herself alone with the child in a desert night fraught with terrors as she tries to reach an imagined safety among the Paiute. But political intrigue, desperate secrets and a relentless evil lurk in every shadow of a moonlit landscape in which Bo has only her own intense and uncanny perceptions as guide. She knows she’s “crazy,” but sometimes crazy sees what rational cannot. And “crazy” is now Weppo’s only chance for a life!

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51Uekkib+DL._UY250_Rock Her – A Rock Star Contemporary Romance

by Inglath Cooper

Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper live completely different lives. He’s a rock star with a secret he can no longer live with. She’s a regular person whose husband stood her up for a long planned anniversary trip.

On a flight across the Atlantic headed for Italy, a drunken pity party and untimely turbulence literally drop Lizzy into Ren’s lap. It is the last thing she can imagine ever happening to someone like her. But despite their surface differences, they discover an undeniable pull between them. A pull that leads them both to remember who they had once been before letting themselves be changed by a life they had each chosen.

Exploring the streets of Florence and the hills of Tuscany together – two people with seemingly nothing in common – changes them both forever. And what they find in each other is something that might just heal them both.

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51uaYwkGX5L._UY250_The Vital Principle (A Second Sons Inquiry Agency Regency Mystery Book 1)

by Amy Corwin

When the famous inquiry agent, Mr. Knighton Gaunt, is hired by Lord Crowley to attend a séance, he’s instructed to watch the spiritualist and expose her as a fraud. Unfortunately, the séance ends abruptly and in the confusion, Lord Crowley dies. The lingering scent of bitter almonds on Crowley’s lips hints that his brandy was poisoned. Confronting the attractive—and suspiciously calm—spiritualist, Gaunt strives to remain detached and learn if she is simply a charlatan, or a cold-blooded murderess.

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Guest author: Anna Hackett

I’m thrilled to introduce Magical Musings readers to Anna Hackett, who writes science fiction romance and who lives roughly in my part of the world, so we have actually had lunch together. Welcome, Anna!

Michelle

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Hi there! I’m Anna, reader, writer and lover of action movies. It’s probably no surprise that I love writing action romance.

I have a thing for stories that combine the thrill of falling in love with the excitement of action, danger and adventure. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals. I like to believe it’s possible for all of us to do the same.

Right now, most of my books are science fiction romance. I love the endless possibilities of sci-fi romance (translation — I get to make up super fun and interesting stuff!) That’s how Michelle and I met up, since she ventured into science fiction romance with her fab Class 5 series (plus we both live in Western Australia!)

My latest book, On a Barbarian World, is the story of deep-space scout, Aurina Phoenix. I wanted to explore the idea of my heroine being a fish out of water. You know that feeling, right? Like you are far out of your comfort zone, thrust into a place so very different from your everyday existence.

Aurina is a smart, independent woman used to living life her way…until she crash lands on an uncharted alien world…right into the arms of a barbarian warlord used to giving orders. Yep, Aurina is my fish out of water on a low-tech world of sword-wielding warriors. But things aren’t easy for our hero either, as he’s really not sure what to make of the out-spoken woman who’s turning his world upside down.

On a Barbarian World is part of my award-winning Phoenix Adventures series, and if I had to describe it in one sentence it would be: treasure hunters in space! A few readers have said it’s like Indiana Jones set far into the future. All the books in the series are standalone stories that are fast, fun thrill-ride treasure hunts for old Earth artifacts. There is lots of action, adventure, space opera, and of course, romance.

I’ve put a short excerpt from the book below but I also offer readers a chance to download three of my books for FREE (including two Phoenix Adventures stories), so they can see if my action romances suit them. If you’re interested in my Action Romance Box Set, stop by and grab your copy: www.annahackettbooks.com/free_download.

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OnABarbarianWorld_800x1200Aurina Phoenix spends most of her time zooming through uncharted space and gathering intel for her family’s deep-space convoy, but her life takes an unexpected detour when a meteor shower brings down her ship. She finds herself on a barren, low-tech planet inhabited by dangerous beasts…and lands in the arms of a brawny barbarian warlord.

Markarian warrior Kavon Mal Dor is known for his skill in battle. He lives to protect his clan…and to avenge the murder of his father. Every move he makes is part of his grand plan for revenge, including finding a legendary sword and marrying a warlord’s daughter. But when a beautiful skyflyer crashes into his world, she is the one thing he never counted on.

Fighting their incendiary attraction, Aurina and Kavon make a deal: she’ll help him find the sword and in return, he’ll give her the emergency beacon she needs to get home. But as the search for the sword plunges them into a dangerous adventure they find themselves consumed by a powerful passion and questioning everything they’ve ever wanted.

~ Excerpt ~

“Aurina?”

Kavon’s deep voice made her glance up. He was waving her down into the training ring. The other warriors had all paired off and were practicing.

She headed over to him. His bare chest glistened and he smelled of healthy male sweat.

He lifted his sword. “I will show you the basics of swordfighting.”

“Would you like me to show you, Aurina?” she said in a mock deep voice. Then she raised the pitch. “Why yes, thank you, Kavon. Thank you for asking.”

His brows drew together. “Would you like to go back to your seat and look sad and brooding?”

“Now you ask a question, and it’s laced with sarcasm.” She shook her head. “I will have you asking instead of ordering before I leave here. Yes, I would like to learn, but I don’t think I can even lift your sword, Kavon.” The damn thing was almost as long as she was.

“Come.” He circled until he stood behind her. His large arms engulfed her, his damp chest pressed against her back. He placed her hands on the hilt of the sword, while his closed over hers, taking most of the weight of the weapon.

Her gaze snagged on the metal. The sword was a thing of beauty. The blade straight and well-crafted—a warrior’s weapon. Near the hilt were ornate swirls and sharp tips. Not pretty, but striking. It suited Kavon perfectly.

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About Anna: I’m passionate about all things action romance. I love stories that combine the thrill of falling in love with the excitement of action, danger and adventure. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals. I like to believe it’s possible for all of us to do the same. Visit me at www.annahackettbooks.com

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Where do Book Blogs fit?

I hope you are having a great day, Magical Musings readers! What new book are you reading right now? Any new-to-you authors?

In a world of social media, do you continue to read blogs or do you get your updates on books and authors from Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets? Do you still read book blogs for book reviews/spotlight posts?  Do you have blogs that you read every day or follow by email? What makes those blogs special?

Bloggers are always trying to find ways to interact and holder readers’ attention but I am curious where blogs fit in with so many social media options these days. Are book blogs something that had its time or are they just as important today as they were five or ten years ago to inform readers of new books and keep readers updated about their favorite authors?

I am curious what you think!

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Sale!

January seems to be the month of sales and releases. I don’t have any new books, but I do have a BIG SALE. My 3 Love & Murder books are 99 cents on Amazon, and FREE with Kindle Unlimited through tomorrow.

“The Love & Murder series by Edie Ramer is heartfelt, edgy and genuine, with characters that jump from the page.” ~Michelle Diener, International bestselling author

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download their free app, which works on every device. You can find the three books HERE.

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Don’t forget to leave a review! I’m giving away a $50 gift card to one reviewer in the beginning of April. Email me at edieramerbooks@gmail.com to let me know where you posted a review, and I’ll put your name on the list for each review you’ve posted.

This is my first 2016 blog, and I’m wishing you a year filled with joy – and wonderful books to read!

I’m writing Raining Love & Murder (Love & Murder Book 4). I’m on schedule and feeling good about it. What are you feeling good about?

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Friday Finds

Happy New Year and welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

NEW RELEASES

Dark Deeds 250 highDark Deeds

by Michelle Diener

Rescue might be the death of her.

Far from home . . .
Fiona Russell has been snatched from Earth, imprisoned and used as slave labor, but nothing about her abduction makes sense. When she’s rescued by the Grih, she realizes there’s a much bigger game in play than she could ever have imagined, and she’s right in the middle of it.

Far from safe . . .
Battleship captain Hal Vakeri is chasing down pirates when he stumbles across a woman abducted from Earth. She’s the second one the Grih have found in two months, and her presence is potentially explosive in the Grih’s ongoing negotiations with their enemies, the Tecran. The Tecran and the Grih are on the cusp of war, and Fiona might just tip the balance.

Far from done . . .
Fiona has had to bide her time while she’s been a prisoner, pretending to be less than she is, but when the chance comes for her to forge her own destiny in the new world she’s found herself in, she grabs it with both hands. After all, actions speak louder than words.

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99c BOOKS

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by Michelle Diener

Some secrets carry the weight of the world.

Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she’s made a powerful ally–a fellow prisoner with whom she’s formed a strong bond. Sazo’s an artificial intelligence. He’s saved her from captivity and torture, but he’s also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.

Captain Dav Jallan doesn’t know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he’s not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.

She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5’s owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn’t the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.

In this race for the truth, he’s going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.

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FREE BOOKS

mountainMountain Hero

by Cheryl Yeko

LAST DAY FREE!

Broken Engagement:
Finding her fiancé cheating with her best friend was bad enough, but when Michelle heads up the Rocky Mountains for a little R & R, it goes from bad to worse when her car breaks down during a major snowstorm.

Mountain Hero:
Along a deserted stretch of highway, Jason rescues a beautiful woman who’s being accosted by two men. But can he keep her safe when they’re left stranded during a harsh winter storm?

Love Blossoms:
Sometimes, one finds their Soul Mate in the most unexpected places.

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51zYdzEL9jL._UY250_A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery

by C.A. Newsome

Would you recognize a serial killer if you talked to one every day?

Artist Lia Anderson doesn’t. Neither do her friends at the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death close to Lia brings Detective Peter Dourson into the tight-knit group and he’s convinced someone is not who they seem. As his investigation uncovers secrets, a grieving Lia fights her growing attraction to the laid-back detective and a killer lurks.

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515eHLOYV-L._UY250_Mine to Take (Mine – Romantic Suspense Book 1)

by Cynthia Eden

New York Times & USA Today Best-seller! 

Skye Sullivan knows that someone is watching her. Not just watching–stalking her. Months ago, Skye was involved in a dangerous car accident. The accident ended her dancing career and sent her fleeing back to Chicago. Skye is convinced that her stalker caused the crash, and she fears that he won’t stop pursuing her, not until she’s dead.

When someone breaks into her apartment in Chicago, Skye turns to the one man she believes can protect her–Trace Weston. Once, Trace was her lover. Two lost souls, they’d come together in a firestorm of need and desire. But then Trace had pushed her away. He’d joined the military, vanishing from her life. She’d put all of her emotion into dancing, and she’d tried to forget him.

Now Trace is one of the most successful men in the United States. Rich, driven, and carrying dark secrets, he agrees to help Skye. He’ll protect her from the danger that lurks in the darkness, but Trace wants more than to just be a guard for Skye.

He wants her. And he’ll take her. The years have changed him, hardened him. He’s not just a poor kid from the streets any longer. Now, he can have anything–or anyone–that he wants. And the one woman he has always wanted has just come back into his life. He won’t let her go again.

But with the threats mounting against Skye, she suspects that her stalker may be intimately close. He’s a man who knows her too well. As his attacks grow ever more dangerous, she realizes that if she trusts the wrong man, she could be making a fatal mistake.

Lust. Love. Obsession.

Just how far would you go in order to possess the one person you want the most?

Amazon

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Sampling the New Year

Happy New Year! We have a rule around our house, one we started when it took us three years to get our home decluttered enough to put it on the market. If something comes in, something else has to go out.

That’s one of the best things about the start of a new year, in my opinion, the idea of going through the portal–starting afresh, sloughing off the old to prepare for the new.

But sometimes the old thing is perfectly good. All it needs is a fresh coat of paint or a little oil. In that case, I’m not afraid of a little spit and polish.

But what if we could have the best of both worlds? How about something good with a bit of new shine PLUS added new goodies? PLUS all of it for only 71 cents?

It’s always sexy when he runs the company . . . but she commands his heart. These 10 couples know exactly what suits them and where to draw the line between business and pleasure. Find out who’s boss on these perfect lunchtime breaks!

My fun novella Edie and the CEO, about a hippie-raised workers’ rights manager squared off against a pinstripe-suited CEO (who get stranded together in a Rocky Mountain cabin) is part of the new box set He’s the Boss. Available for preorder now! $0.71 at Amazon.com, $0.99 everywhere else. Get yours today!

Amazon | BN | iTunes | Google | Amazon UK

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Dark Deeds Release Giveaway

Dark Deeds 250 highDark Deeds released yesterday, and I thought I’d include the MM readers in the celebration giveaway. There’s a $50 gift card up for grabs as part of the book blitz for Dark Deeds. To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter entry at the bottom of the post.

Inspiring Characters

A while ago, I was interviewed on whether I was more character focused or plot focused in my novels, and I said fifty-fifty, because while my books do tend to have big plots, the characters are always my inspiration for my stories.

In Dark Horse, which is the first book in my Class 5 series, Rose McKenzie, the heroine, jumped into my imagination and started the whole ball rolling. I couldn’t get her or her adventures out of my head.

I think the idea of alien abduction fascinates us because we would be thrown into a completely new paradigm. While that would obviously not be easy, it also holds the promise of exploring an unknown world, and as humans, curiosity and a thirst for knowledge is what makes us tick, and the idea of every day being a new adventure is seductive.

Both Rose and Fiona, the heroine of the second book in the Class 5 series, which has just been released, are curious, intelligent and resilient, and those characteristics serve them well in the imaginary trouble I land them in. It wouldn’t have worked if the characters had come to me a little whiny or too rigid in their ideas of the world.

However ambitious my plot, the characters have to be realistic and their reactions and emotions honest.

Sometimes that’s a challenge, but one that I love.

To celebrate the release of Fiona’s story, Dark Deeds, on January 4th, Dark Horse is on sale for 99c until January 9th, so you can get to know Rose McKenzie at a bargain price :)

Dark Deeds is book two in the Class 5 Series. If you missed Michelle’s release-day message, go read it HERE and don’t forget to grab your copy of Dark Horse, book one, while it’s on SALE for 99! Come back on Friday, January 8th, HERE to read an excerpt. There’s a fabulous Amazon eGift Card giveaway as well. Enjoy!

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(Class 5 #2)
by Michelle Diener

About Dark Deeds:

Far from home . . .

Fiona Russell has been snatched from Earth, imprisoned and used as slave labor, but nothing about her abduction makes sense. When she’s rescued by the Grih, she realizes there’s a much bigger game in play than she could ever have imagined, and she’s right in the middle of it.

Far from safe . . .

Battleship captain Hal Vakeri is chasing down pirates when he stumbles across a woman abducted from Earth. She’s the second one the Grih have found in two months, and her presence is potentially explosive in the Grih’s ongoing negotiations with their enemies, the Tecran. The Tecran and the Grih are on the cusp of war, and Fiona might just tip the balance.

Far from done . . .

Fiona has had to bide her time while she’s been a prisoner, pretending to be less than she is, but when the chance comes for her to forge her own destiny in this new world she grabs it with both hands. After all, actions speak louder than words.

Release Celebration Giveaway

$50 Amazon eGift Card
Open internationally
Ends January 10th

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It’s a new year and a new me – I hope!

Hi everyone,

2015 was a fun exhilarating ride, but it was also exhausting and stressful. Normally I handle stress with finesse and I smile at adversity but 2015 kicked my butt. Still down in out in some ways but gearing up and raring to go for 2016 in others.

Let’s recap.

  • I had 13 new releases in 2015.
  • On top of those 13 were 8 anthologies that I was apart of.
  • I sold my house.
  • My daughter graduated high school and started university.
  • My oldest got married.
  • I completely renovated the main floor of my new house – renos are done! Okay so there are mirrors to hang, touch up paintings to do and maybe a closet door or two to finally get up. But the demolition and rebuilding is done. :) Of course there is always hte outside of the house, the downstairs and the garage… yeah you get the picture.
  • I went to the Writer’s Police Academy in Appleton, WI in August (and met our own Edie Ramer and Mary Hughes)
  • I went to Ninc in Tampa Bay, Florida at the end of September.
  • I went to my son’s wedding in Fort Wayne, IN in May and returned home the day after for my daughter’s promenade and prom night that day.

In other words, it was a crazy stressful year. A good one, but difficult and by the time the year came to an end, I’d done a downward slide. Irritation was a normal feeling, sleep was hard come by, and it became harder and harder to keep working.

While the renos were in progress, I lost my office and worked on the downstairs kitchen table. I shared my bedroom with my daughter for the same time. And I was constantly pulled away to work on the house – yes the kids and I did a ton of the work ourselves.

The result of all this craziness was to take a hard look at my life and my needs – and to make a decision as to what I should doing to improve my life in the new year.

And I made a decision that is very unusual for me. After 18 years of single parenting four kids, running a business, etc, I decided that I need to make 2o16 for ME. Selfish of me I know. But it’s the first time that I’ve put myself first. I need to this time. I’m tired. And worn out. And stressed. However with the renos completed and the wedding done and my daughter settled into university, life is going to be easier. Now if I can avoid over filling my life with work!

At the same time, 2016 represents a time of moving forward on several other fronts and I’ll be delighted to move forward in all directions myself. I’m also VERY happy to see the back of 2015.

What about you? Are there things you need to change for yourself this year? New resolutions you’re setting? Changes you want to make? How is 2016 looking for you?

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Friday Finds

Happy New Year and welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

99c BOOKS

51tU7HIluwL._UY250_ (1)Bloody the Bones (The Fractured Legends Series Book 1)

by Alisha Basso

Could it be more than tragedy that brought Getty Rose to Timber Cove? The mysterious residents seem to think so. As Timber Cove High welcomes their newest student, the town is also preparing for their annual festival. A celebration, Getty discovers, that should be kept in the darkest part of the towns shameful past. From the suspicious advances of the most popular guy in school, to a voice only she can hear, Getty begins to question her sense of reality and she quickly learns that you can’t run from fate and history likes to repeat itself.

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chocolateDeath by Chocolate

by Sally Berneathy

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
First book in the Death by Chocolate series

Lindsay loves chocolate. It tastes good, it makes her feel good, it never cheats on her like her almost-ex-husband. It’s her best friend. But someone wants her dead and uses her weak spot—chocolate—to try to murder her.

Lindsay’s only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly she finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a psycho stalker, and a dead man who seems awfully active for a corpse.

Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown, hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any room. Secrets from Paula’s past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.

Determined to help Paula, Lindsay enlists the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as hidden microphones, guns, the inside of maximum security prisons and how to take someone down with a well-aimed kick to his chin.

As Lindsay battles the elusive stalker, poisoned chocolate, and the dead man, she will need more than a chocolate fix to survive. But that’s always a good start.

 

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512PV2n3whL._UY250_Take a Chance on Me (Mirabelle Harbor Book 1)

by Marilyn Brant

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME is a novella & it’s Book 1 in Marilyn Brant’s Mirabelle Harbor series. This book and ALL of the contemporary romances in this series can be enjoyed as stand-alone stories.

Welcome to Mirabelle Harbor! In this scenic suburb on Chicago’s North Shore, overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan, the Michaelsen family has made their home for generations. Although their parents and grandparents are now gone, siblings Derek, Blake, Sharlene, and the twins—Chandler and Chance—all have fond memories of growing up in town, and most still live there.

Chance Michaelsen, the youngest member of the family (by two minutes) and the quietest (by far), is a dedicated twenty-eight-year-old personal trainer at the local gym. While he might not say much, Chance has made it clear that he’s not a fan of toxic people, unhealthy habits, or sharing too many of his emotions. With anybody.

Enter Antonia “Nia” Pappayiannis—the prettiest member of the loudest and most overly demonstrative family in town. They’re also the owners of The Gala, a Greek restaurant and bakery known for its decadent pastries and located just a few steps from Chance’s gym. He considers their entire family business to be the enemy of good health, but he can’t quite shake his attraction to Nia, who doesn’t seem nearly as impressed with him or his sculpted physique as most of the women around Mirabelle Harbor.

Unfortunately, between her doctor’s orders and the interfering ways of Chance’s crazy-making ex-girlfriend, who just happens to be one of Nia’s long-time friends, Chance gets assigned to be Nia’s fitness coach for the month. Pure torture. And if his ex weren’t already causing enough problems, he also has to deal with Nia’s current boyfriend—some hotshot Chicago CEO who talks big but, in Chance’s opinion, is as fake as a Styrofoam barbell.

The road to romance is going to be a rocky one, and though Nia has her doubts about moving forward, Chance has a well-developed competitive streak and might just be willing to give it a shot…if he can convince her to do the same.

In matters of the heart, would you risk it all? TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, a Mirabelle Harbor story.

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51Rd8mwlAQL._UY250_Becoming Zara

by Lillianna Blake and P. Seymour

Hi, I’m Zara…warrior princess. I don’t usually tell that last bit to strangers, but I say it in my head all the time. It’s one of the many mantras that have helped me to get to where I am today. And believe me when I say that I’ve come a long way.

Besides, if you’re a woman and you happen to have ever struggled with issues of self-esteem, we’re probably gonna be fast friends anyway, so I won’t hold anything (much) back.

Oh, and Zara wasn’t the name I was born with—but you’ll find out more about that in the book.

I don’t know about you, but my own struggle with my weight has held me back a bit in life. And my self-esteem took a real nose dive after my fiancé dumped me—via text, no less. (I know, right? Jerk!…but I don’t usually dwell on things in the past, so let’s just move right along from that, shall we?)

So, I’m still a work-in-progress for sure, but I’m really starting to figure it all out—how to be more of who I’m meant to be every day—including the bumps, the lumps, and my bruised ego along the way.

Oh and I love my sisterhood (more about that later) – the women who join me in believing that we are all capable of being strong, amazing, warrior princesses—just the way we are right now.

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