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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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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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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These Terry Pratchett stories are 80% off through the end of September!

These Terry Pratchett stories are 80% off through the end of September!

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories, by Terry Pratchett

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” —Terry Pratchett

We’ve been dying to find a Terry Pratchett sale! One of the greatest names in fantasy humor, Terry Pratchett spent an entire lifetime writing. These particular stories were penned back at the beginning, when he was just 17. He honed them a bit for this anthology, but not much. Such was the depth of his talent. The collection is just $1.99 through the end of September, and we snapped it up the second we found it. We’ve made it a lifetime quest to keep our minds open—making sure they’ll have room for stories like these.

   

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A 5-star romcom with vampires, C.L. Ogilvie’s Some Assistance Required is a steal at $2.99!

A 5-star romcom with vampires, C.L. Ogilvie’s Some Assistance Required is a steal at $2.99!

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Some Assistance Required, by C.L. Ogilvie

Glenda Melner has a mother who (probably) can’t remember her name, a new lawyer boss who happens to be a vampire, and a best friend who’s convinced Glen won’t survive her first week on the job. The firm comes complete with a shapeshifter who can’t shift, a fairy who can’t fly, a hyperborean who can’t be bothered to give a mere human the time of day, and vampire-hating protestors who lob garlic at the lobby. Not to mention the orc at the security desk.

Soon Glenda is embroiled in a hot supernatural mess, and I loved every minute of it. The book is a standalone, but I wish it weren’t because I adored the main character and the entire ensemble cast. I would buy another book about them all in a second!!!

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This audiobook had us laughing out loud. Literally. A new favorite for our permanent library!

This audiobook had us laughing out loud. Literally. A new favorite for our permanent library!

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Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman

We listened to the audiobook. Together. We don’t do that a lot, but now, having heard it, we find it hard to imagine this particular book any other way. Neil Gaiman’s dry delivery of Loki’s cleverness, Thor’s bull-headed simplicity, and the narrator’s scathing one-liners had us laughing so loudly that we had to rewind it more than once.

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$0.99 total for 3 hilarious books! (Plus a short story we haven’t read that’s probably also funny.)

$0.99 total for 3 hilarious books! (Plus a short story we haven’t read that’s probably also funny.)

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Hal Spacejock Omnibus One, by Simon Haynes

Have you ever wanted to toss your computer gently out a window? Now imagine if it could talk to you and move your stuff around when you weren’t looking. That’s how Hal Spacejock feels about his robot sidekick, Clunk, and for good reason. But just like your computer, there’s one big problem with tossing him out an airlock.

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A paranormal romcom with an irreverent sense of humor and a healthy dash of sass. Just $0.99 for a limited time!

A paranormal romcom with an irreverent sense of humor and a healthy dash of sass. Just $0.99 for a limited time!

Heirs of Grace, by Tim Pratt

“My new life was off to a bumpy start even before Trey got eaten by the mirror.”

We love great first lines, and this one speaks for itself. It clues you in that there’s a problem—a paranormal sort of problemand it promises a good laugh. The rest of the sample does not disappoint. Buy it today for $0.99 or, if you’re a Prime member, read it for free.

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Supernatural murder and an alpaca. A magical romantic comedy… with a body count.

Supernatural murder and an alpaca. A magical romantic comedy… with a body count.

Hoofin’ It, by RJ Blain

$0.99 Kindle Sale ($4.99)

What do FBI agents, vampires, witches, glass eyes, alpacas, and a wicked sense of humor all have in common? You guessed it: Hoofin’ It, by RJ Blain. I read the first chapter and then bought it immediately for only $0.99. I laughed at the spitting alpaca. I laughed at the conversation Shane has with his mother. Heck, I laughed at the dialog with the 911 operator, but there’s probably something wrong with me.

I even laughed at the dedication. Here, look. I screenshotted it for you.

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The Wendy, a YA fantasy retelling with a twist!

The Wendy, a YA fantasy retelling with a twist!

The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown

(Hey, look! We wrote this one!)

Unlike most retellings, which follow the basic plot of the original book, The Wendy pays tribute to JM Barrie’s style and the Peter Pan characters (and their complex relationships) while offering readers a completely new story. We love writing the Tales of the Wendy series, and we hope you’ll love reading it!

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When I LOL twice in the first two pages, I have to buy it! (And it’s 87% off!)

When I LOL twice in the first two pages, I have to buy it! (And it’s 87% off!)

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, by Emily Croy Barker

$1.99 Kindle Sale ($14.99)

Even when a book is 87% off, I still check out the sample. But when I literally laugh out loud twice in the first two pages and it’s only $1.99, I have to buy it. I just have to. And then, after I fell in love with it (hashtag insta-love-is-real, hashtag yes-i-know-thats-not-how-hashtags-work), and after I bought it, I happened across a reviewer, moaning in agony: the sequel wasn’t out yet. Nooooooooo!!! [Pops open Google in a panic.] Turns out, things look hopeful.

The author posted on her blog in March. The sequel is coming. And again in May, on Goodreads. Definitely coming. And then the publisher posted this sale–this crazy, wonderful sale–which they like to do to bump demand just before the next one. So, even though the sequel isn’t out yet, all signs point to an announcement soon. And, hey, I’m still on pins and needles for book three of The Kingkiller Chronicle. But I’m not sorry I read the first two. Some things are worth the wait. I’m betting The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic is one of them.

Especially while that bet is only $1.99.

Get the deal!

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