Today’s Featured new release is Kentucky Christmas ($2.49 Kindle), a Southern Comfort novella by Sarah Title [eKensington]. You may also want to check out Kentucky Home: A Southern Comfort Novel ($3.49), released earlier this year.
Welcome back to Hollow Bend, Kentucky, where love (and laughter) are just around the corner.
When Andrew Bateman rolls into town in the midst of a snow storm, his first thought is that the place is hardly big enough for a dog crate, let alone the vet practice he’s looking for. Next thing he knows, his life is flashing in front of him—a depressingly short flash—as he skids right into the side of the local bar.
Things start looking up when the vision he wakes to is not the Angel of Death, but a doctor. Well, actually a vet. Make that a vet tech, wearing red mittens. Who invites him home, where every inch is covered in holiday sparkles, cookies to be decorated, and an odd assortment of stray dogs, cats and puppies…
There’s nothing merrier than a white Christmas in Kentucky!
The second new release of the day is Supermarket Magic: Creating Spells, Brews, Potions & Powders from Everyday Ingredients ($9.99 Kindle), by Michael Furie [Llewellyn Publications]
The Tools of Magic are in your supermarket’s aisles!
Finding the ingredients for your spells and potions doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. Supermarket Magic provides clear instructions for working simple and powerful magic with everyday essentials.
Perfect for witches and all practitioners of natural and herbal magic, this easy-to-use guide explains how to whip up brews, powders, and oils using inexpensive items that can be conveniently purchased at your local grocery store. Learn all the basics of magic including ethics, meditation, timing, and charging techniques. Discover handy shopping lists and clear instructions for working a wide variety of quick and effective spells for harmony, health, love, money, protection, psychic abilities, clearing, cleansing, and more. Let your supermarket aisles become a treasure trove of magic.
The Monster Hunters ($8.59 Kindle), a Monster Hunters International omnibus volume by Larry Correia [Baen Books]
Three titles in this series together for the first time in one huge volume.
Monster Hunter International: With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Monster Hunter Owen Pitt must face down legions of undead minions—and the cursed family of the woman he loves.
Monster Hunter Vendetta: Accountant turned monster hunter Owen made himself the enemy of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult is after Owen for revenge.
Monster Hunter Alpha: Earl Harbinger, leader of Monster Hunter International, is also a werewolf. Now Earl’s greatest foe, an ex-KGB werewolf, has surfaced. But Harbinger is an alpha wolf for a reason, and he’s not about to roll over and play dead.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (DRM Rights Management).
The Novels of the Jaran: Jaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming ($15.49 Kindle), an omnibus volume by Kate Elliott [Open Road Media]
A special four-in-one edition of Kate Elliott’s sweeping and addictive Jaran series
In Jaran, the Earth of the future is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familiar. Her brother, Charles, rebelled against them and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system. Struggling to find her place in the world, Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother’s planets. On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs. As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya—who is inflamed by an urgent mission of his own—Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.
In An Earthly Crown, the nomadic tribes of the jaran are uniting the settled cities of their homeland one by one. Their charismatic leader, Ilya Bakhtiian, has his loyal wife by his side, but there is something about her he doesn’t know: Tess Soerensen is a human. Back home, her brother, Charles, led an unsuccessful revolt against the all-powerful Chapalii empire. Charles’s insistence that Tess join him is as strong as Ilya’s reluctance to part with his beloved wife—and neither considers that Tess may have her own plans for the future. As three fiercely independent spirits struggle for a solution, the fates of both the human race and the jaran hang in the balance.
In His Conquering Sword, the jaran have been taking over towns and bending all non-jaran to the law of their rule. With Ilya Bakhtiian in charge, the nomadic fighters are now preparing an assault on the royal city of Karkand. But within the campaign, another struggle looms. Charles, the brother of Ilya’s wife, Tess, is still driven by thoughts of revolt. Charles travels to Rhui for key information about the past, hoping to bring back his sister—his only heir.
And in The Law of Becoming, Charles Soerensen’s revolutionary inclinations have been reignited. In this final book, the story of Tess, Ilya, and Charles comes to its stunning conclusion as new generations get involved in the intrigue, Earth’s exiled jaran people resurface, and the Chapalii overlords make one last, unexpected move.
The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Volumes One Through Three: Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, and Unnatural Death ($7.99 Kindle), by Dorothy L. Sayers [Open Road]
A special three-in-one edition of Dorothy Sayers’s acclaimed Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series, books one through three
In Whose Body?, Lord Peter Wimsey spends his days tracking down rare books, and his nights hunting killers. Though the Great War has left his nerves frayed with shellshock, Wimsey continues to be London’s greatest sleuth—and he’s about to encounter his oddest case yet. A strange corpse has appeared in a suburban architect’s bathroom, stark naked save for an incongruous pince-nez. When Wimsey arrives on the scene, he is confronted with a once-in-a-lifetime puzzle. The police suspect that the bathtub’s owner is the murderer, but Wimsey’s investigation quickly reveals that the case is much stranger than anyone could have predicted.
In Clouds of Witness, after three months in Corsica, Lord Peter Wimsey has begun to forget that the gray, dangerous moors of England ever existed. But traveling through Paris, he receives a shock that jolts him back to reality: His brother Gerald has been arrested for murder. The trouble began at the family estate in Yorkshire, where Gerald was hunting with the man soon to be his brother-in-law, Captain Denis Cathcart. When Cathcart is found dead, Gerald is presumed to be the only one who could have fired the fatal shot. The clock is ticking, and only England’s premier sleuth can get to the bottom of this murky mystery.
And in Unnatural Death, three operations failed to rid the aging Agatha Dawson of her cancer, but she refused to give in. As her body began to weaken, she accused lawyers, nurses, and doctors of trying to kill her and snatch her fortune. The town physician, an expert in cancer, gives her six months to live. Three days later, she is dead. Though the autopsy reveals nothing surprising, the doctor suspects that Agatha’s niece had some hand in the old woman’s death. When Lord Peter Wimsey, the dashing gentleman detective, looks into the matter, he finds that death stalks all those who might testify. How can he continue his investigation when every question marks another innocent for murder?
Dear Priscilla ($0.99 Kindle), by Mark Schweizer [indie/faintinggoat press]. I was checking my wish lists today when I saw this one had dropped; I put it on there after reading his Liturgical Mysteries series last year (and I see several of those are also on sale for $0.99).
October, 1943. Detective Merl Cahill and his partner, Fish Biederman, have got a good thing going. Chicago in 1943 is a very lucrative place to be one of “Chicago’s finest.” Merl Cahill is not only one of “Chicago’s finest,” he’s also one of “Chicago’s largest” — an ex-Chicago Bears’ lineman standing six-seven and weighing two hundred eighty pounds. He might be considered one of “Chicago’s meanest” if any one of his collars stayed alive long enough to press charges.
When a dead girl is found in an alley behind a grocery store, it’s Merl and Fish who get the call. After a second girl turns up, so does the heat. A mug like this would usually be no match for these two, but this killer is different — colder, smarter, with a warped psyche that defies all attempts at unravelling. All they can do is wait for him to strike again.
A female detective promoted to the squad does little for morale and as the tension mounts, it becomes clear that the killer isn’t finished. Not by a long shot.
A love story, a hard-bitten potboiler with twists, slugs, roscoes, and more than a few belly laughs, Dear Priscilla is also a look back at Chicago in the early ’40s — WWII, Maxwell Street, the Union Stock Yards, the Times, Chicago Bears football — and populated with some of Schweizer’s best characters to date. All this makes for a comic noir thriller that you won’t want to miss.
NOTE: Mark Schweizer is known for his cozy, tongue-in-cheek St. Germaine mysteries. Please be aware that although “Dear Priscilla” has a fair amount of humor, it is a hard-edged police thriller. It is NOT a cozy mystery.
The Border Trilogy: Border Bride, Border Fire, and Border Storm ($9.99 Kindle), by Amanda Scott [Open Road]
A special three-in-one edition of Amanda Scott’s enthralling Border Trilogy
In Border Bride, as Mary, Queen of Scots, languishes in the Tower of London as a prisoner of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, war tears Scotland apart. To save her beloved homeland, a proud Highland beauty named Mary Kate MacPherson must wage her own battle when she’s forced into wedlock with the seductive Sir Adam Douglas.
In Border Fire, under cover of night, Rabbie Redcloak leads his ragtag army to defend Scotland’s borders against their English enemies. Few know that the legendary highwayman, who could find his way to hell and back, is in reality Sir Quinton Scott, scion of a powerful Scottish clan. Captured during a daring raid, he’s sentenced to hang. Luck comes his way in the form of an unlikely savior: a silver-blond beauty who risks her life to save his.
And in Border Storm, the rebellious daughter of a Scottish march warden, Lady Laurie Halliot is as fearless as she is beautiful. Now, to protect her runaway sister who stands accused of murder, Laurie offers herself as hostage—and reluctant bride—to the man who is her country’s enemy. She prays that her sister will return before the next wardens’ meeting, or Laurie herself will have to bear the punishment.
The Dangerous Series: Dangerous Illusions, Dangerous Games, Dangerous Angels, and Dangerous Lady ($9.99 Kindle), by Amanda Scott [Open Road]
A special four-in-one edition of Amanda Scott’s tantalizing Dangerous Series
In Dangerous Illusions, Lady Daintry Tarrant is dismayed when a war hero returns, introducing himself as her fiancé, Lord Penthorpe. She cherishes her independence and has turned away many suitors, but this one she must marry. Penthorpe is completely captivated by Lady Daintry—but he’s not who he claims to be.
In Dangerous Games, Melissa Seacourt’s father auctions her off to pay his gambling debts, but she vows that she will be no man’s bought bride. Desperate to escape her fate shackled to someone she could never love, Melissa instead is forced to honor and obey the seductive stranger who comes to her rescue.
In Dangerous Angels, Charlotte Tarrant is traveling across Cornwall in her luxurious coach when a shots ring out and her carriage goes over a cliff’s edge. As she clings to the rocks, a savior appears. When they meet again, Charley recognizes him instantly. But she doesn’t yet realize that the stranger who saved her life—the handsome aristocrat who now vies for her hand in marriage—is England’s most notorious spy.
In Dangerous Lady, Lady Letitia Deverill comes to London to serve as maid of honor to the young Queen Victoria. An impassioned Tory in a sea of Whigs, Letty has no intention of changing her political views. The headstrong noblewoman soon discovers she has enemies at court, and none more formidable than the powerful—and irresistible—Viscount Justin Raventhorpe.
The Bath Trilogy: The Bath Quadrille, The Bath Charade, and The Bath Eccentric’s Son ($4.61 Kindle), by Amanda Scott [Open Road]
Romance blooms in the fashionable resort town of Bath
Founded by the Romans and transformed into a fashionable spa resort by the Georgians, the picturesque town of Bath thrives during the Regency, drawing dukes and duchesses, lords and ladies. It is a place of sophisticated entertainments where love has many opportunities to flower—and one’s every move is fodder for gossip.
After a series of misunderstandings, Lord and Lady Ramsbury no longer live together. Can they ever stop quarreling long enough to acknowledge their mutual passion? Meanwhile, Lady Ramsbury’s friend, Sydney Saint-Denis, discovers that his mother’s troublemaking goddaughter Carolyn is now a lovely young lady and her potential for mischief has become much, much greater. And Lady Ramsbury’s scapegrace brother Brandon Manningford finds himself unexpectedly drawn to Nell Bradbourne, the young woman he hires to fulfill his ill father’s curious final request.
All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.