Sugar Spells fulfills the promise of Deadly Sweet, becoming everything I had hoped this series would be!

Sugar Spells fulfills the promise of Deadly Sweet, becoming everything I had hoped this series would be!

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Sugar Spells, by Lola Dodge

Brand new this week!!!

Don’t you just love these covers? The first one sucked me right in, and I love this one even more. But what’s true of the covers is just as true of the books!

Anise is still in Taos, but her previous adventures did not leave her unscathed. Without spoilers (for either this book or book one), she finds herself more deeply immersed in the world of magic, becoming more aware of its darker side—whether she wants to or not. Now she’s struggling to figure out how she fits in, who she’s going to be, and what exactly is happening to her powers.

   

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One of the best books we’ve ever read! And it’s on sale for just $1.99!

One of the best books we’ve ever read! And it’s on sale for just $1.99!

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The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

This book is on our short list of favorite reads ever. It’s on sale and it’s brilliant.

The writing is elegant–the kind we love to get lost in. The story is beautifully woven, crossing multiple times, places, and cultures. It is rich in magic, yet it is first and foremost a story about people. Did we mention it’s one of our favorite reads ever?

And the ebook is only $1.99 for a limited time.

   

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Another fun sci-fi slump buster from the mind of Simon Haynes!

Another fun sci-fi slump buster from the mind of Simon Haynes!

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Peace Force, by Simon Haynes

Harriet Walsh was destined to serve on the Peace Force. She’s been receiving invitations to join up since she was only 15 years old… she just doesn’t know it—mostly because they’ve been printed on the backs of takeout menus and advertising pamphlets by an obsolete robot. When her beloved aunt passes away, leaving behind a broken heart and a pile of debt, Harriet finally gets her mail. Serving on the Peace Force isn’t exactly her passion, but jobs are scarce and she needs the cash. Besides, Dismolle is a retirement planet. How bad could it be?

Well, she’s about to find out. Training isn’t easy when nobody outranks the antique-bucket-of-bolts robot that was left running the show, especially when it has to recharge more often than a five-year-old iPhone. Add a training weapon she’s not allowed to train with, a police budget funded by a lottery scam, and an AI cop car that likes long walks on the beach, and Harriet is in for one miserable Peace Force experience.

In other words, classic Simon Haynes.

   

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A Robin Hobb Dragon Classic! Just $1.99 for a limited time!

A Robin Hobb Dragon Classic! Just $1.99 for a limited time!

The Dragon Keeper, by Robin Hobb

She had us at dragons.

They’ve returned to the Rain Wild, but they’re hatching out weak and deformed, unable to fly. The once-magnificent beasts are too dangerous to keep, too important to kill. So a rag-tag team is chosen to take them back to their fabled home upriver.

These human strangers don’t know where they’re going. They don’t even know if they’ll survive. But they have one chance to make a difference—to save dragonkind from a world that has forgotten its past—and they have to try.

   

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The comedy cult classic that George RR Martin and JRR Tolkein did not write. At all.

The comedy cult classic that George RR Martin and JRR Tolkein did not write. At all.

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The Chronicle of Heloise & Grimple, by Sean Gibson

The Chronicle of Heloise & Grimple is a very particular kind of novel.

Specifically, it’s the kind of novel that looks perfectly innocent and adorable sitting there on the shelf, staring up at you with those huge, adoring eyes, until you actually bring it home—at which time it begins eating objects you would have thought entirely incapable of being eaten (not just inedible, mind you, but literally incapable of being eaten), fetching things like boots or garden hoses that you’re reasonably certain have never belonged to you, and engaging in other, similar antics that you really shouldn’t laugh at but you just can’t help yourself because where the hell did it find an unopened gallon of peanut butter and how did it even manage to pick the thing up, let alone carry it back home?

Oh, wait. No, that’s our dog. We got confused for a minute because they’re both so funny, but we’ve got it straightened back out now. (While there are certain aspects of the two, meaning the book and the dog, that might cause you, at least at first blush, to mistake the one for the other, there is a simple yet definitive way to distinguish them, which is that we would never give our dog a 5-star review.)

Don’t judge. You don’t live with him.

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The definitive fantasy romcom! (And a tip to make you laugh today.)

The definitive fantasy romcom! (And a tip to make you laugh today.)

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, by William Goldman

This post is our gift to you. If you’ve never read this edition of this book, follow your favorite link to the free sample, and read the introduction. Not only will it be one of the funniest introductions you’ve ever read, but by the time you’re done, you won’t be sure anymore whether Florin is a real place or S. Morgenstern was a real person.

It isn’t, and he wasn’t. The publisher blurb says so. And we Googled it, too, because we still weren’t sure. So now we’re sure that it isn’t, and that he wasn’t. Mostly.

You’ll see.

In any event, no collection of fantasy romcom titles would be complete without it. (Our thanks to @ivythesorceress for the reminder, with more reader favorites coming soon!)

   

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5 stars for Dragon’s Code! Enter our $25 gift card giveaway to celebrate 50 Years of Pern!

5 stars for Dragon’s Code! Enter our $25 gift card giveaway to celebrate 50 Years of Pern!

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Dragon’s Code, by Gigi McCaffrey

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If you haven’t read any of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, you really need to start at the beginning. But don’t worry, you don’t have to read all 20-something titles before you get to this one! Just six: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, The White Dragon, and Dragondrums. (Links at the end of the post.) There’s a bit of plot overlap between Gigi McCaffrey’s new one and the last couple, but if you’ve read the others, that’s part of the charm.

For those of you who have loved this series since it first came out (I’m not old enough to make that claim, but I’ve loved it since I first discovered it), you’ll feel the same way about this one that I do.

5 stars, for bringing me back home.

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Links for Dragonflight:

   

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All $2.99 or less! Game of Thrones, Name of the Wind, Red Queen!

All $2.99 or less! Game of Thrones, Name of the Wind, Red Queen!

When ebook retailers compete on price, it’s readers who win!

The news appeared on iBooks this morning. Great deals on unputdownable reads. So we checked around, and the prices are crazy everywhere. Just $2.99 or less for each of these bestselling ebooks. (A Game of Thrones and The Name of the Wind are both on our 5-star list. Red Queen is on our TBR.) We’ve listed each book individually, with links to the major ebook retailers, just to make it easy. These deals won’t last long, so get them while you can!

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Naked werewolves and NMT covers. What’s the deal with fantasy romcom cover art? (P.S. We love this one!)

Naked werewolves and NMT covers. What’s the deal with fantasy romcom cover art? (P.S. We love this one!)

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, by Molly Harper

Has anyone else noticed that a lot of fantasy romcoms have covers that don’t imply any humor? They just look like regular romance novels. (A.k.a. naked male torso covers. NMT covers? Sure, let’s go with that.) In fact, they often don’t suggest any fantasy element either. But it’s the fantasy and the humor combined with the romance that makes them so special! What gives?

Here’s one that manages to get both the humor and the romance across visually, so I’m adding it to our new fantasy romcom tag. (It’s already shaping up to be a pretty sweet blog section!) But, hey, maybe I’m in the minority here. Which do you like better? This kind of illustrated, humorous cover for a fantasy romcom? Or a classic NMT cover? Which one would you be more likely to pick up? Which one does a better job of delivering on the “promise” that the cover makes about the read?

Do you read fantasy romcoms for the fantasy, for the humor, for the romance, or all three?

   

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Just $1.99 today for this fast, suspenseful crime thriller! 5 stars!

Just $1.99 today for this fast, suspenseful crime thriller! 5 stars!

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The Body Reader, by Anne Frasier

After reading the blurb, we were expecting the main character’s body-reading ability to be a bit over the top–in a good way! We love abilities that verge on the supernatural. As it turns out, Anne Frasier based those abilities solidly in the real world. (If anything, they’re underplayed.) But the plot kept us turning the pages, and, in the end, we didn’t care that it was more of a straight crime thriller than a supernatural one.

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Help us find this fantasy romcom a forever home! (Even if we have to build it ourselves.)

Help us find this fantasy romcom a forever home! (Even if we have to build it ourselves.)

Enchanted, Inc., by Shanna Swendson

Erin, here. I don’t get riled up very often, but I’m stomping around like an ogre in a hobbit shire today. Why? Because I’m on a fantasy romcom kick, and, apparently, Amazon doesn’t have a category for that. I mean, seriously? There’s a whole category dedicated to literary critiques of 18th-century philosophers and poets, for heaven’s sake! (The number 2 best-seller in that category has zero reviews, by the way. Toss those episodic poets some love, people. I mean, come on.)

I noticed it while looking at today’s feature. I thought, “Hey, this looks great! I’ll post this one, and I’ll find some more like it to add to our list over the next few months!” Only, when I clicked on its category listings, none of those books were anything like this one. At all. Let’s look at some examples, shall we?

   

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What do we have to brighten your work week? Why, FREE SPACESHIP MONDAY, of course!

What do we have to brighten your work week? Why, FREE SPACESHIP MONDAY, of course!

8 sci-fi books with spaceships on the cover, from thrilling space operas to tongue-in-cheek spoofs. All FREE for a limited time!

As we were browsing through our usual book haunts in the wee hours of the morning, we noticed a ton of free sci-fi books with spaceships on the cover. Why? No idea. But, hey, they’re free, right? Pick your favorites, or just download them all!

For even more fun, we boiled each publisher blurb down to six words, Twitter-style. Keep in mind that we haven’t read the books. Or the samples. Or the reviews…

(Did we mention that they’re free?)

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