Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip. Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.
Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.
- I know the Christmas season has passed, but I failed to mention that favorite author, Terry Maggert, released a short story in the Halfway Witchy world. It’s 30 pages of a fun, good feeling glimpse into the residents of Halfway.
Title: Halfway Holiday
Author: Terry Maggert
Series: Halfway Witchy
Release date: December 7, 2019
Description: When Wulfric needs the season’s hottest toy, he turns to the only person who can help: Tammy’s new boyfriend, who might not be human. Between pizza dinners, helpful Fae, and stacks of waffles, join the crew of Halfway as they solve a Christmas mystery and find out that sometimes, what you can’t see can really hurt you.
This humorous paranormal short is for fans of witches, waffles, and Christmas. Read with a cup of tea.
- This next book makes me a little sad. It’s the end of the story – end of the series. I discovered this series back when it was a pup – 2012 to be exact. I never expected to get so attached to the characters. My favorite has to be Cookie. The transition book was probably around book 9 or 10, and that made me nervous. Why? I don’t know. They are fictional characters, for goodness sake! But I was quite attached. I could feel the end of the series coming and I started getting separation anxiety, I guess. If you’ve not started the series, please make time for it. Charley’s quirkiness and sass is so much fun.
Title: Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #13
Release date: January 15, 2019
Description: Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series!
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity – which is the appropriate amount of time to make a person starkraving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.
She’s missed Reyes and her daughter, Beep, but now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.
- Here’s a book suggestion that I received in my email. From where I’m standing, it looks pretty darn good. I just ordered it and I’m ready to dive in.
Edie Holloway longs for an exciting life. Instead, she’s lost her job, her band is going nowhere, and her hamster just kicked the bucket. Or did he? Because he’s breathing again.
When a mysterious man with magical powers saves her from an otherworldly attack, Edie gets more excitement than she bargained for. Turns out, she and Marius are on opposite sides of an apocalyptic battle between the forces of good and evil—and he wants her dead.
To make matters worse, a gun-toting zombie shows up in Edie’s living room—an undead servant inherited from her father. And he’s not all she inherited. Edie can raise the dead, a power that places her squarely on the side of evil. The only way to change that destiny is to assemble a team of supernatural warriors, revive an ancient faction, and stop the oncoming war.
If Edie screws up, it could literally mean the end of not just the world, but everyone she loves. And this time, everything will stay dead.
- One more big find for today. Fave author Gary Jonas just released a new book co-written with Barb Hendee. If you know Barb’s work then you know exactly what she writes. If you don’t, here are the series that she’s got out so far: Dark Glass, the Mist-Torn Witches, and the Vampire Memories series. If you’ve spent any coffee time around here, you know that Gary Jonas writes the Jonathan Shade series, the Half-Assed Wizard series and the Kelly Chan series.
Greg Jenkins is a lonely bookstore owner, with only a cat for company. He longs for love, but no longer believes it’s possible.
Enter romance author Susannah Hayworth, who agrees to write a story in the bookstore before a live audience. As a writer, she works magic with words, creating characters who seem more real than your next-door neighbor. And now the audience wants her to create the perfect woman for Greg…
If you enjoy stories of hope, and believe in the power of words, you’ll love this new short story by Gary Jonas and Barb Hendee.
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Are you ready for a little Christmas Spirit? Or maybe a little spirit in your Christmas? Jonathan Shade investigates a haunting and finds more than he’d been paid for…
Publisher’s Description: A ghost is haunting a little girl’s family every Christmas, so she hires me to get rid of it. The hauntings have escalated from mere sightings to full-fledged possession. I figure it’s an open-and-shut exorcism, but the truth is more than I bargained for…
A short novelette that takes place before Modern Sorcery.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
This is a short little story – about an hour’s read. A little 10 year old hires Jonathan to get rid of a ghost that keeps grabbing and scaring her but only at Christmas. First clue to the mystery: anyone that reads supernatural detective novels will immediately think of a ghost bound to an object in the Christmas box. Yep, that’s what it is, but Gary Jonas is not an author that gives us a super simple little exorcism. Nope. Jonathan Shade has to put his detective skills to work to figure out this little girl’s hinky family situation.
It was a story that kept me involved for the whole hour I waited in a hospital waiting room. As a matter of fact, I had already decided that I’d have to finish the story before I could leave said waiting room. Gladly, I finished the story a few minutes before I was sent on my way.
There is no sex, no gore and no swearing. This story can be read as a standalone, but it would be helpful to understand all the players by reading Modern Sorcery first. This little episode adds a whole lot of spirit to Christmas.
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