Jules Jones

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Going round my friends at the moment:

Rules: go to page 7 of your WIP, skip to the 7th line, share 7 sentences, and tag 7 more writers to continue the challenge.

Nick, on the other hand, was now consciously aware of where that stray thought in the toilet had come from.

_Don't go there, Browne._

He was being entirely practical in his next question. "Are you living in?" Nothing to do with wondering which bedroom Ben might be using.

"Yes. It was by far the most practical option, as commuting certainly _wasn't_ a practical option."

You're supposed to tag another 7 writers. I don't do that part of memesheepage, being averse to that sort of chain letter emotional blackmail.

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Happy New Year
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Slightly later than most of my flist, since I was otherwise engaged with phone calls at midnight. :-) A safe and happy new year to you all, and my thoughts and love are with those of you who have not had a good week.

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book log 2015 - February
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Yes, I am slow at my book log, which is why some of these have only brief comments...

7) Cecilia Tan -- The Siren and the SwordCollapse )

8) Doranna Durgin - BarrenlandsCollapse )

9) Helena Newbury - Dance for MeCollapse )

10) Mindy Klasky - Perfect Pitch (The Diamond Brides series Book 1) Collapse )

11) Margery Allingham - Cargo of Eagles (audiobook)Collapse )

12) Ashley Gardner -- The Hanover Square AffairCollapse )

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Deals from Courtney Milan
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BookBub alerted me to the fact that Courtney Milan has a 99c/99p deal on the first book in her Turner series, so I wandered over to Amazon to have a look, and found a number of other deals on her books. In particular, the Brothers Sinister series is in an enhanced box set for £6.50. This is the Victorian romance series I was raving about last year, because it features strong women characters, many of whom are scientists, without handwaving away the problems they would have faced. If you understand why I was Kermit-flailing when I read the dedication to Rosalind Franklin in one of the later books, you'll probably enjoy these. It's m/f, but there is an acknowledgement of m/m and f/f (and again, historically realistic about the need for secrecy, rather than pure fantasy), with one of the background romances for a secondary character in a later book being f/f. One of the side-story novellas is an interracial romance between an Irishman and a Black British woman. And alphole heroes are Not Welcome.

Book 1 in the Brothers Sinister series is currently free (it's isn't always, but Milan does regular introductory deals for her series).

Books 1 and 3 in the Turner series are currently 95p at Amazon UK, and the box set is around £4.70. Given how much I enjoyed the Brothers Sinister, I'm just going to go for the boxed set rather than trying the starter first.

Amazon UK:
The Brothers Sinister: The Complete Boxed Set
The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister Book 1)
Unveiled (A Turner Series Book 1)
The Turner Series (An Enhanced Box Set)
author page

Author page at Amazon US:
Courtney Milan at Amazon US

Amazon Australia (hi, SallyMN :-)

Author page at Kobo:

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Book log 2015: 9) Helena Newbury - Dance for Me
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Natasha's a ballet student who uses dance as one of her ways of coping with her demons, not always successfully. Darrell's an engineering genius who designs weapon delivery systems as a way of coping with _his_ demons. Darrell's stuck on his latest design, and then finds inspiration in watching a ballerina dance - so much so that he hires Natasha to dance for him privately at his workshop. They fall for one another, but they're very damaged people and the road will be hard, even without someone deliberately trying to break the relationship up before it really gets started. Cue much angst before the happy ending. That happy ending acknowledges that True Love doesn't magically fix everything, and Natasha and Darrell have a long way to go before their demons are vanquished. That the characters recognise this make it much more believable that they really will make it work in the long run.

This wasn't a bad read, but it did need rather a lot of willing suspension of disbelief regarding a lone genius being allowed to work on a a secret defence contract in his garage. It also leans heavily on the Evil Brit trope for the plot's antagonist; which doubtless appeals to many not-British readers, but was merely irritating to me. I'm glad I read it and would happily read the next, but I'm not desperate to rush out and buy it.

Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Book log 2015: 8) Doranna Durgin - Barrenlands
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Prequel fantasy novel which works well as a standalone. The Barrenlands of the title are a magical wasteland that forms an almost impassable border territory between two countries. But where there is a border, there will be crossings, and people who make a living bringing things across that border, whether it is with or without the blessing of the governments concerned. Ehran, head of the King's Guard, will end up tangling with it more than once in his quest first to find the murderers of his beloved king, and then to find and dispose of the family of the king's brother. He's been sent on the latter mission supposedly to prevent the exile trying to seize the throne from the king's young son, a mission he rightly sees as a means of getting him out of the way of an unknown traitor within the court.

Some nice world-building here, with appealing characters and a worthwhile mystery. It's obvious from the first who the villain is, because Ehren's not stupid and already has his suspicions. But means and motive are another matter, and untangling those make for an entertaining story. A short novel offering an enjoyable way to pass a few hours.

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada

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Christmas Day
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A safe and happy Christmas to you all, whether you celebrate this season with Christmas, Newtonmass, Hogswatch, Hanukkah, your own birthday (hi, Feetnotes:-), Yule, or something else entirely.

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Happy Gauda Prime Day!
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And so it came to pass that 34 years ago, many of us were looking forward to the season finale of the fourth season of Blake's 7. It was obviously going to be a cliffhanger, because that's what they always did.

We're still hanging on the edge of that cliff...

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More ebooks on sale
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Stuff from the Amazon UK Christmas saleof potential interest. I'm just picking out ones I think likely to be of interest to several of you - there are far more than this. Check the price at the site before purchasing. A lot of the titles are also on sale at Kobo, for those of you who prefer open file formats.

As previously noted:
99p Alan Garner - The Weirdstone of Brisingamen


£1.49 Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 20)

£1.69 The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries: The Most Complete Collection of Yuletide Whodunits Ever Assembled
(Note: this initially looked to me suspiciously like one of those anthologies assembled by collecting a lot of material which fell out of copyright in the US during the period when copyright had to be actively renewed, but it's a UK edition and a lot of the material is later than the "use it or lose it" period or pre-Mouse, so there's a mix of material.)

99p Tad Willams - The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar 1
(The next 2 books are also 99p each at Amazon and Kobo.)

£1.69 Kim Newman - Anno Dracula

£2.29 Tom's Midnight Garden

£1.99 Pippi Longstocking
£2.29 Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?

£1.49 First Term at Malory Towers (Malory Towers (Pamela Cox) Book 1)
Be warned that the few one star reviews are single stars because this is a "modernised" edition and not the original text.

99p Jen Frederick - Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles Book 1)
99p Jen Frederick - Taking Control (Kerr Chronicles Book 2)
Yes, *that* Jen Frederick, now known to be Jane Litte of Dear Author. I am... conflicted... about this one. I have no regrets about donating to her legal defence fund, and would do so again. But I think her actions relating to the dual identity amounted to catfishing, and were rank hypocrisy given how her DA persona would have treated any other author who did the same thing. Going to think a while longer about buying these.

ETA: katlinel notes in comments "many of Helen MacInnes' thrillers (WW2 and Cold War era) are available for 99p for Kindle at the moment." Bumping up to the post because it sounds like an author/series that if one of my friends likes it, several will.

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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen ebook on offer
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Just checked the Amazon monthly Kindle deals, and... Look what's on offer for 99p!

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen


(Now to go back and check the rest of the deals for items of potential interest to this parish.)

ETA: also 99p at Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-weirdstone-of-brisingamen

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