A Serious Book Haul

I haven’t been buying much at Fictionwise recently – a combination of my Buywise Club membership expiring (one of those annual subscription things giving you additional discounts) and those pesky geographical restrictions appearing on quite a few books I was interested in.

However, they’ve been having some massive offers recently and I finally caved in.  Not only was there a 100% Micropay rebate on the Buywise membership (Micropay being store credits basically), but they were also offering 25% off all ebooks (coupon code jk25 and valid until the end of the year).  And that’s on top of the current discounts across the store.

So I decided to grab the books that have been sitting on my “Must Check Out” list for ages and bought … *deep breath*…

“The Fixer Upper”, “Deep Dish”, “Hissy Fit”, and “Savannah Breeze” by Mary Kay Andrews (contemporary romance): I’ve enjoyed the two books I’ve read from Ms Andrews’ backlist so far (light funny romance with a touch of mystery, set in the southern US), and was reminded of this when Nath asked for recs recently.  So I took the opportunity to get the rest of her backlist – annoyingly, there was one book with geo-restrictions (“Little Bitty Lies”).  The inconsistency frustrates me.

“Once Dead, Twice Shy” by Kim Harrison (YA urban fantasy): I read the short story that set the scene for Ms Harrison’s debut YA series in the “Prom Nights from Hell” anthology, and thought it felt like the first chapter in a book.  Imagine that.  Anyway, I decided to give this one a go.

“Zero at the Bone” by Jane Seville (romantic suspense m/m): It’s been on my radar ever since LesleyW mentioned it back in the summer, and then Renee loved it when she read it in November.  I can take a hint.

“Rosemary and Rue” by Seanan McGuire (urban fantasy): I was intrigued by The Book Smugglers’ review, despite being slightly UF’d out by the glut of urban fantasies being published lately. 

“Skin Game” by Ava Gray (paranormal romance): I’m a fan of Ann Aguirre’s romantic SF Jax Sirantha series, so was always going to get this November release sooner or later.  It turned out to be “later” in this case, as I still have her “Doubleblind” (under the Ann Aguirre name) in my TBR pile, and I try to limit myself to one unread book per author.  Not very successfully, admittedly.


And… that’s not all!  I stopped by the library today, and came away with three books I’ve also been meaning to read:

Juliet Marillier’s “Wildwood Dancing” (YA fantasy) because I’ve “Cybele’s Secret” (its sequel) sitting unread at home, and I’ve been told I really should read them in order.

KE Mills’ “Witches Incorporated” (fantasy) because I’ve never read anything by Karen Miller and have been wanting to try her books for ages.  This is the second book in her Rogue Agent series (using the pseudonym KE Mills), but the library didn’t have the first book on the shelves.  Her website does say they’re “…self-contained adventures featuring continuing characters” so I’m thinking it’s not going to matter much.  I hope.

Terry Brooks’ “A Princess of Landover” (fantasy):  I was a big fan of his Landover novels when I was a teenager, maybe even more than his Shannara books, but the last was written back in 1995, so I was pretty surprised when I heard he was releasing a new one.  It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Mr Brooks, and I couldn’t really justify getting the hardcover for something that may not have worked for me at all.  So yay for libraries!


And that’s it.  I really don’t think I’m going to be running out of books to read anytime soon.


5 thoughts on “A Serious Book Haul

  1. Happy Holidays, Li!
    Zero at the Bone was great romantic suspense. I really hope you like it!
    Oh, Fictionwise! I just picked up a bunch of books from there, too, and that membership discount is so worth it. I need to renew, too, so now that you’ve told me about the rebate, I may have to do that sooner rather than later! 😛

    The Kim Harrison YA and the Seanan McGuire were both good. Actually, I thought that Rosemary and Rue was probably the best new UF series I’ve read this year.

  2. OH MY GOD im turning green with envy, seriously your post reads like my wish list! i want The Fixer Upper sooo bad! i just discovered mary kay andrews this year and read her whole back list. my favorite book of hers (and top 10 read this year) is Savannah Blues, Weezie is just aweseom. Savannah Breeze didn’t work quite as well for me.

  3. Renee – Happy holidays to you too! Oooh, the best new UF series you read this year? That’s quite a recommendation. And I’m excited about Zero at the Bone too.

    I received the email about the Buywise rebate last week I think, so fingers crossed it’s still on. But the 25% discount code is definitely valid until Dec 31.

    Lusty Reader – Yay, another Mary Kay Andrews fan! I don’t come across many (or any, come to think of it) blog posts mentioning her, but I’m really liking her books. I’ve read Savannah Blues and Blue Christmas so far, and agree – Weezie’s great! I started Savannah Breeze last night, I thought I’d finish up the related books first, and then start on the standalones.

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