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Book Reviews

 
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law–as long as they don’t get too nasty. Now someone’s killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees–with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting–to help figure out who and why. Great paranormal romp, sexy and exciting!

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Sticks & Stones by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

Sticks & Stones by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
Great follow-up to Cut & Run. Our two intrepid heroes are stranded in the Appalachian mountains after a hiking trip gone wrong. The bickering and hot make-up sex are as entertaining as in the first book. Add in near-death experiences, injuries, romantic misunderstandings and you have a recipe for a fast-paced thriller with two of the best-drawn romantic leads I’ve ever read.

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Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

Sticks & Stones  by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
This is the story of two FBI agents, both alpha males, both with issues. They’re thrown together to solve a series of murders in their own inimitable fashion. The chemistry between both sizzles in unexpected ways. They HATE each other but have to work together to survive. I can’t express enough how much I adored this book.

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Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon

Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon
One sunny morning Los Angeles bookseller and aspiring mystery author Adrien English opens his front door to murder. His old high school buddy (and employee) has been found stabbed to death in a back alley following a loud and very public argument with Adrien the previous evening. Naturally the cops want to ask Adrien a few questions; they are none too impressed with his answers, and when a few hours later someone breaks into Adrien’s shop and ransacks it, the law is inclined to think Adrien is trying to divert suspicion from himself. Adrien knows better. Adrien knows he is next on the killer’s list.

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First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Charley sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…

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How to Fix Your Novel by Steve Alcorn

How to Fix Your Novel by Steve Alcorn
This book is in constant use when I’m writing. It helps me structure my plot, then again when I edit my draft. Steve explains important concepts easily and I had more than my share of ahaa moments.

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Author 2.0 by Joanna Penn

Author 2.0 by Joanna Penn
A free e-book by New York Times bestselling Author J.F. Penn about how to write, how to self-publish and how to market yourself and your book. Full of links to more info, this booklet is a fast read yet very helpful for any budding author.

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which, unfortunately, left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when death came for Desiderata. So now it’s up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn’t marry the Prince.

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The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
This is how the Discworld began. Here is the sapient pearwood Luggage, a mobile trunk which launders any clothes put in it and incidentally homicidally defends its owner. Here is Twoflower, an innocent tourist in a world of nightmares and fairy tales gone wrong. Here is Cohen the Barbarian, the world’s oldest and greatest hero. Here is Death, not such a bad sort when you get to know him. They have adventures. It’d take too long to explain.

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