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Shoveling out from under the inbox ebook roundup

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

All these storms in the Seattle area have meant my inbox has been piling up along with the snow! So here’s another ebook roundup post to help clear out the queue.

Acquired from Amazon:

Jane Doe, by Victoria Helen Stone. This one is a thriller about a woman getting revenge on the man responsible for killing her best friend. Saw this get talked up very positively on the Smart Bitches site, so when it went on sale for $1.99, I nabbed it.

(And I bought it from Amazon since it’s published by one of Amazon’s own imprints, and therefore not available with other ebook vendors.)

Acquired from Kobo:

How Long ’til Black Future Month?, by N.K. Jemisin. This is her newly released collection of shorter works, and I’m snapping it up because goddamn this woman can write. And I nabbed it in ebook form for $4.99. (A price which is still in effect as of this writing!)

Spellswept and Snowspelled, by Stephanie Burgis. Fantasy-flavored romance, sort of a meld of historical romance and romantic fantasy, so think “Regency romance with elves”. This is highly pertinent to my interests! These two titles are a prequel novella and Book 1 of the series called The Harwood Spellbook, and right now the prequel is on sale for $1.99 and Book 1 for $0.99. If I like this, I’ll also be nabbing book 2.

And last but most definitely not least:

Radio Silence, A Duke by Default, and Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, all by Alyssa Cole. Nabbing these because a) hey, I’m also published by Carina Press! This makes Alyssa Cole and I fellow Carina Press authors! \0/, b) I really liked A Princess in Theory, so I wanted to proceed with the series, c) I’m particularly happy about Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, featuring queer black women, and d) I also enjoyed Cole’s An Extraordinary Union, and am looking forward to building her presence in my library!

Got the two Royals books for nice and cheap, and I nabbed Radio Silence while I was at it by spending some amassed Kobo points. I love that I can periodically do that on their site! Also, I like the cover on Once Ghosted, Twice Shy almost as much as the one on A Princess in Theory. I love the expressions those two women are giving each other. (heart)

Total for the year: 10

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  • Reply Sol February 14, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Ooo, I nabbed Snowspelled earlier in the week (or maybe last week) when it was on sale, but didn’t realize the other was a prequel (and also on sale super cheap). Thanks! (I was all ready to ask you to post a review of it ASAP when I realized I’d already gotten it!)

    Don’t know how useful this is to you — don’t have a firm grasp on the geography or exactly where you are — but Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne are coming to Vancouver in March. Absolute best in Newfoundland trad songs.

    • Reply Angela Korra'ti February 15, 2019 at 11:08 am

      Heh, if you want my thoughts on the Burgis books I’ll try to bump them up the priority queue!

      Re: Vancouver… assuming you mean Vancouver in British Columbia and not the Vancouver in the south of Washington, it’s about four hours’ drive or train trip between the greater Seattle area and the Vancouver metro area. Close enough that my wife and I do make semi-regular trips up there, but far enough away that they’re still a special effort. There’s a science fiction convention called VCON that Dara and I like to go to. But for music, I’ll usually only cross the border for my favorite Quebec bands. (I was doing it for Great Big Sea too, but that’s no longer an option. )

      I’ve heard the names Payne and O’Byrne, though, thanks for the heads up about them! I should check them out and see if I like their stuff.

  • Reply Sol February 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Ah, don’t worry about the Burgis on my account, I’ve already purchased it!

    If nowhere else, you might have run into Payne and O’Byrne in the liner notes of GBS albums. Payne wrote “Wave Over Wave”, and if I remember correctly Sean had a habit of learning songs from O’Byrne. They’re both superb musicians, they’ve honed their duo for three decades or so, and they’re super nice people, too.

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