Happy Wednesday, fellow reading addicts!
First of all, I made it to Australia! The past few years when I had planned to be here, it felt like the cosmos was working against me to prevent me from getting here and I expected something to go wrong on the way.
Technically, we had a minor issue – the flight from San Francisco was delayed because a luggage bin wouldn’t close. They had to get a mechanic out and they fixed the issue with duct tape. Duct tape fixes everything, right?
I did get some reading done on the flight but I also got to watch movies and get some work done on the way. Watched Dog (I cried), Morbius (I don’t understand how they created such a bad movie about that character), and Adams Family Values (rewatched because I last saw that when I was a lot younger. Of those movies, I strongly suggest checking out Dog. And not really a spoiler, but going to say it for anyone who might be worried – Dog doesn’t die at the end and it is an absolutely beautiful movie that hits points we really should consider more for veterans and dogs that served in the military.
We have another round of wonderful books to check out! You won’t want to miss them below!
Enjoy and happy reading!
This Week’s Special Deals
Barbarian Princess Complete Series Boxed Set
Alongside friends, the former paladin turned Barbarian Princess Cassandra has faced her fears and come out on top. Now her journey takes her on a new path – alone.
She’s on a quest and it will demand everything from her. Does she have sufficient skill, experience, and determination to face and defeat the challenges she faces?
Get this complete series boxed set and enjoy the story of Cassandra – The First Barbarian Princess.
Cassandra has fought alongside Skharr DeathEater, but will she be able to forge a new path alone?
When the former paladin turned Barbarian Princess is robbed while aiding travelers against brigands, she vows to find the miscreants. Will her search lead her to them or greater danger?
In the war-ravaged north-east of the continent, a new evil has arisen and begins to impose a rule of dark sorcery and fear on the small settlements.
Will she find the allies she needs in time to save a town? How will she know who she can trust in this evil hour?
Her quest will demand everything from her but she cannot turn away. Does she have sufficient skill, experience, and determination to defeat the rising malevolence?
She pits her steel and will against sorcery and its army and digs deep. This is what it means to be a Barbarian of Theros, but can she hope to survive?
With new allies at her side, Cassandra fights to turn the tide of darkness and fear.
This is her path—to smite evil and save innocents.
Included in this complete series boxed set:
- Holy Terror
- A Righteous Killing
- Reincarnated Wrath
In the Shadow of Ziammotienth
(FREE through August 5, 2022)
Why is it that thieves and mages never mix? Probably because thieves remind mages too much of themselves.
A young female thief is working to help her crew stay alive in Waypoint, a city that exists on the precipice of humanity to one side and in the shadows of Ziammotienth on the other.
Also called Tolan’s Doom, the mountain torn asunder by a dragon—if you believe in myths.
Many an adventurer calls Waypoint the only bastion of civilization before returning to the remains of the once-great half-elven city’s remains from which to strike into the darkness underground.
Most do not return.
Kaylin has no intention of heading to the mountain’s grip. But will she be able to evade its grasp?
Is Ziammotienth just a story of legends and minstrels or much more? Commerce, adventure, and intrigue swirl around the young thief as she fights her way into a far larger world than she had expected to experience.
Because everyone has to live…and die…somewhere.
We: 100th Anniversary Edition
Before Huxley. Before Orwell. There was Zamyatin.
When society has programmed you to sleep . . .
How do you wake yourself up?
The One State is a world where people are merely numbers, and free will itself is a disease. Most are happy in their role as cogs in a huge machine, controlled by the ever-watchful Benefactor.
However, on the eve of the launch of the Integral—the spacecraft that will impose the One State’s way of life everywhere—starship architect D-503 meets I-330, a female number as irreverent as she is beautiful.
The Benefactor has quantified human experience, circumscribed edit, reduced it to nothing but a series of mathematical equations—that is, until one man tries to factor in the ultimate unknown: love.
We is the groundbreaking novel that inspired 1984 and Brave New World, the two towering dystopian works of the twentieth century.
Discover it for yourself today.
Bonus: includes Zamyatin’s famous “Death Sentence Appeal” letter to Stalin, and “Love Is the Function of Death” a bold new essay by noted science fiction author, reviewer, and scholar Paul Di Filippo.
The Legend of Nyx Omnibus
6 books and 2000 pages of shifters, vampires, witches, slayers and slow-burn romance fill this complete urban fantasy boxset.*
Slaying vampires… and looking good doing it.
Book 1: Scared Shiftless
A stiletto heel through a vampire’s heart…
Who ever said you had to sacrifice fabulous for functional?
Eventually I’d find her, the one who stole my abilities.
Now I was stuck like this… in a human body… a male body…
I was scared shiftless.
I’m out for more than vengeance. I want my life back.
But even if I catch her, even if I kill the vampire who ruined my life… can I even take my shapeshifting abilities back?
Or, am I destined to stay like this forever?
Book 2: Bat Shift Crazy: I think I’m going batty!
Book 3: No Shift, Sherlock: As if bloodsuckers weren’t frightening enough… whatever killed these people consumed their souls…
Book 4: Shift for Brains: Zombie epidemics are bad for business. And I thought $5 + your brain was a reasonable cover charge.
Book 5: Shift Happens: The Neck are coming for me…
Book 6: Shift on a Shingle:I’m not just fighting for myself. I’m fighting for my family.
What are readers saying about The Legend of Nyx?
★★★★★ This is not your normal shifter read! A shifter who gets bit by a vampire and now cannot shift so is stuck in the last body they shifted to!! Nyx / Nicky is a strong and snarky character who you can’t help but like. The author has done an incredible job building this world and the storyline draws you in and keeps hold of you. (Amazon Reviewer)
★★★★★ The thing I just love about this literary universe is the characters. They’re all REAL. They’re all relatable, humans. They have personalities, wants and, desires. They make mistakes and atone for them. They blunder and then have to apologize for it. Characters you think are unredeemable later show their humanity and you realize they weren’t as bad as you initially thought. (Amazon Reviewer)
★★★★★ Theo did it again! I’m impressed with the characters as always. I’ve read the entire series this card and can’t wait to continue reading. Though I’m a strong Christian, I enjoy reading fantasy. This subject was not my favorite, but after finishing the book & reading the Notes from Author, I took a different view, more thought provoking. Excellently done! (Amazon Reviewer, Scared Shiftless)
The Legend of Nyx is a paranormal enemies-to-lovers, closed door, slow burn LGBTQ+ romance and an edgy urban fantasy story featuring a vampire slayer and shapeshifter. It is a standalone adventure but also situated within Monroe’s Gates of Eden Universe.
Violent Graduation is the first book in a brand new series. It has a serial format – there are cliff hangers!
It’s easy to ignore dangerous issues while you’re studying at the Royal Space Navy’s academy, until a sniper attempts to assassinate you.
The scar across the side of Jack’s head is the visible price. The risk to his friends at the academy is the hidden price. His challenge is how to balance the risks.
The final stage of his training is a shakedown cruise on an old minesweeper, barely able to achieve FTL entry and exit.
Midway through their cruise, the minesweeper collides with an ancient alien wreck, ripping the sides off the starship. Jack’s team of bots help seal the combined wreck to prevent air loss. Ghost, a nanolife form from the alien wreck, provides assistance.
Jack and his girlfriend, Sofia, are the only survivors, and air, food, and supplies are critical.
The countdown of days to survive is ticking.
No wonder the Royal Family are angry.
And there’s still a price on Jack’s head.
An epic space opera story from an established and best selling Amazon writer.
Note: Like a number of SF writers, I invent words to represent aspects of the future – e.g., ecar = electrical car. Likewise spokesbot – well, spokesperson wouldn’t suit for a bot, would it? I also purposefully mis-spell words to indicate a dialect or uneducated speech pattern – orright? Enjoy!
Afterthoughts & Daydreams
What do you get when you combine boredom, creativity and teenage years with a healthy dose of winning contests with poetry? A collection of poems nicely wrapped into a book.
A collection of 30 poems falling into the categories of Life and Love, Everything in Between, and Death and Destruction, four essays from writing exercises and a short story fill the pages of this book.
If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation or perhaps something to help you cope with the loss of a loved one, this book is for you.
Scroll back up to the top and click Buy Now to read the collection.
Soon to be a major motion picture, with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, Ann Peacock, best known for The Chronicles of Narnia, to adapt the novel for screen.
Set in Shanghai and Seattle, Calculated is a gritty, modern day blend of the Count of Monte Cristo and Mission Impossible.
She has many names – Octavia, Double 8, Phoenix, Josephine. She’s a math prodigy, a calculating genius and everyone wants her.
In seventeen-year-old Jo River’s complicated world of numbers, there’s no such thing as coincidence. When she is betrayed by someone she loves, kidnapped by the world’s most wanted smuggler, and forced to use her talent to shore up a criminal empire, Jo deems her gift a curse—until she meets Red.
Fellow captive and unlikely sage, Red teaches Jo to harness her true potential, so she can do more than just escape. Before he dies, Red reveals a secret about her enemies and makes her vow to right his wrongs. But Jo has a vow of her own.
With help from Chan, a bitter billionaire, and Kai, his off-limits son, Jo rises into a new role, ready to take down those who ruined her life. Until a mathematical error comes back to haunt her with a threat much more dangerous than the criminals on the loose.
To beat the odds, Jo must decide who she really is and if risking everything is worth it.
After all, history is not made—it’s calculated.
“A high-stakes YA tale of betrayal, revenge, and numbers.” — Kirkus Reviews
“This delightful book will hook readers from the first page and have them longing for more.” —School Library Journal
Finalist for Best Young Adult by the International Thriller Awards
Winner of Best Young Adult Novel by the Independent Press Awards
With themes of revenge and forgiveness, loss and identity, brainpower versus brutality, and the triumph of right over might, it will resonate with readers everywhere.
Master of the Western adventure, New York Times best selling author Robert Vaughan is back with another page turner sure to please Western fans of all ages.
When Turquoise Ranch hand Curly Stevens went into Flagstaff to meet a new employee arriving on the train, his first impression of Rob Barringer is of how big and strong the tenderfoot is. Rob’s eagerness to learn and his willingness to take on the most difficult jobs wins everyone over, including ranch foreman Jake Dunford, and Melanie Duford, his beautiful daughter.
Rob is well-educated, and his demeanor and intelligence catches the attention of Melanie, causing him difficulty with ranch manager Lee Garrison, who believes he has an exclusive right to Melanie. Garrison makes life difficult for the ranch hands, and Rob in particular.
When Jake Dunford makes a public accusation that the ranch manager is stealing from the ranch, Garrison reacts by firing everyone, but it is Garrison who is in for a big surprise.
“Vaughan offers readers a chance to hit the trail and not even end up saddle sore.”—Publishers Weekly
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