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Kindle Store eBook Prices Are Rising … Or Are They?

I have had to laugh lately at the rising prices of “Name Publishers” books. With the plethora of truly well written books out there by Indie Authors I no longer even consider buying the “Big Name” authors. That is what libraries are for. Their books are just too expensive for my budget. Besides, why spend a small fortune on their books when authors like Mark Henwick, Michael Angel, Susan Bliler, Celia Kyle, and many many others put out exceptional books at reasonable prices? Besides that, what possible reason, other than price gouging, can one use to justify this sort of thing? Observe:

Stephen King’s

Mr. Mercedes

Kindle $12.99  Paperback $10.40

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)

Yep. $2.59 MORE for the Kindle edition than the Print Edition. The print edition requires paper, ink, cover materials, shipping and handling. And yet, you pay MORE for the Kindle edition that has none of these inherent costs.

So, anyway…

I was reading my mail this morning, and came across a email from If you haven’t found the site before, I highly recommend it.

The email led me to an article entitled, “Kindle Store eBook Prices Are Rising … Or Are They?” The article includes a link to a spreadsheet of the Price Breakdown of the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers as of today, October 7.

What I found was surprising – but then again, not. One thing that tickled my fancy is the severe drop in “Name Published” books on the Top 100 List.

“In our ( January 2013 analysis, 58% of the Top 50 bestsellers were published by the big traditional publishers, and that figure has since declined to 38%. Conversely, 42% of the Top 50 bestsellers were published by indie authors or by Amazon’s own publishing imprints in January 2013, compared with 62% this past weekend.”

In other words, what the big publishers have won in their latest round of contract “victories” over Amazon is the right to price themselves right off the bestseller list.” –, Kindle Store eBook Prices Are Rising … Or Are They?, October 5, 2015 by Steve Windwalker

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Looking at my Library on my Kindle, I find that the Top 100 books in my library (most recent purchases – yes, I have literally hundreds of books on my tablet, rather they be Kindle, B&N, PDF, or other) none of the books cost me more than $5.99. What does that mean for the authors I buy books from? Well, the way I look at it, none of us “Normal People” have a huge supply of cash available for “Entertainment Purchases.” Therefore, pennies are pinched where we can. And having books priced $5.99 and under means that I can buy a lot more Indie books, and review a lot more Indie books, than I ever could buying the books of people like Stephen King, whose books are way outside that $5.99 personal spending limit. And I only have a few of those. The books by my favorite “Big Publishing” authors, such as Ilona Andrews? Ilona and Gordon are with Penguin, hence the $12.99 Kindle tag. Well, that is what Libraries are for! I may have to wait for my turn, but I don’t have to shell out that $13.00 price tag I can’t afford.

Where does my limit lie on the Top 100 Kindle Books List? Well, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences” by Camille Pagán holds the number one spot right now, and lists at $5.99. However, if you are  a member of Kindle First? $1.99. The Mentor by Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is $5.99 as well, $1.99 on Kindle First. “Life” is published by the Lake Union Publishing small press, while “Mentor” is Amazon Crossing. A couple of the “Names” pop up in the top ten, “Twilight” (Of course. Sigh.) at $12.99 and “The Survivor” by Vince Flynn at $14.99. Well, there are still going to be those who will save their pennies for the higher dollar authors. Rick Riordan comes in at #14 and Lee Child at #16, but John Sanford languishes at #97.

Of course, then there are the Top 100 Free Books! What’s not to like about FREE?! Of course, those are Indie Published – and a great way to catch attention. I can think of several authors I have found through a free book and have continued to read (and pay for) so the whole “Freebie” thing worked out, as far as I am concerned! Now, it is time to go scan the free list and see if I come up with something new!

What are your thoughts? Wanna share?


Review: Bluetooth Headphones


I don’t normally post my product reviews here on SIRTBT, but in this case, I am making an exception! As an avid audiobook reader, sound quality is important, as all your audiophiles out there are well aware. And besides, I love music when I am too distracted to listen to a book, or when I am editing. So, I have been tickled to test several different types of headphones lately.

The ones I am reviewing today are the SoundPeats. I love bluetooth headphones. There is nothing quite as uncomfortable as working on something that requires moving around and wind up getting headphone cables caught on something and they are jerked out of your ears, or off of your head! OUCH! Bluetooth does have some drawbacks, of course, like range. When you can only get half-way across the next room before they start cutting out, that sucks. And headphones, as a whole, are sometimes hard on my head, comfort wise.

Taking all this into consideration, these SoundPeat headphones literally Rule!

Here is my Amazon review: $39.99  Best

Soundpeats A1 Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery

I am not normally blown-away, gobsmacked, by a set of headphones. But in this case, I am definitely making an exception!

First, let’s talk about sound quality. I have tried some extremely expensive headphones at professional studios and these, at only $39.99, are just as good, in my opinion, as the Sennheiser models. I have been listening to Moby, Michael Walen, Ivy, Pink, Satie and others on these today, and they are amazing sound quality.

Comfort. While in a large format, these are amazingly comfortable. They fit well over my ears, don’t put too much pressure on my bone structure at the back of my jaw, and the soft padding at the headpiece and earpieces make them entirely comfortable.

Range. This is just as important to me as quality and comfort. I am a busy person around the house – I edit books, garden, and work in my studio where dyes and fibers should be kept away from my tablet. I get a good 40 yards or more of distance before I have to wander back and move the tablet closer to my location. With NO loss of Sound Quality!! For a bluetooth device, this is awesome.

I would highly recommend that you try these headphones if you are a sound junkie like myself!

Mediabridge Cadence Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

These are nice in that they are lightweight and wrap around the back of the neck, as do the EGRD, instead of over top, making them more comfortable. As I have used them I notice that they have good range, and are comfortable – as long as you get them settled on your ears properly. They are naturally rolled into a circle when you get them, and when they lie in the case, and if they aren’t settled correctly they aren’t quite as comfortable – but there is that range thing again…. they are small and lightweight which is a true plus.

My Amazon Review: $29.99 Better

I have been looking for a nice pair of Bluetooth headphones to use with my audiobooks. As I mostly use a tablet, it is a pain to carry it around with headphones on without having my tablet keeping me unable to hold anything else, dropping the tablet, or just being aggravating to have to carry around. I do have a Zune, but I find that I really like being able to keep my books in one place with backups in the Cloud. I have tried various bluetooth options, but just never found anything I really like. Hooray to find these – they paired up and are working beautifully. They are padded, so the pressure on my ears isn’t great. I haven’t worn them for a long period of time yet, but so far, no worries. The sound quality is good, the lay of the neck piece is comfortable, and they are light weight. Overall, I love them.

I received these headphones from the manufacturer in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

 EGRD Upgrade Version Apt-X Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sports Stereo Headsets.

My review for Amazon: $19.99  Good

4.5 stars. This headset is awesome. The way it lays around the neck is ultra comfortable. The earpieces are rather typical for the in-ear type, but comfortable as well. I love that the tips are magnetized to hold the buds and keep them from hanging where they could tangle or catch on something.

I dropped 1/2 star because the range isn’t as good as others I have tried. With my other set I can go downstairs and do laundry, leaving my tablet upstairs, and I can still pick up my audio books. These keep me within the upper floor and inside of an approximately 30 ft space.

Otherwise? A great investment to keep you from having to be wired in!!!
I received this item from EGRD in return for a realistic review. I like them 😉

My final input? The SoundPeats for when you really, really want good sound quality and there is no one else around who you have to pay attention to. High quality, long range, great comfort for over the head models. The Mediabridge for range and comfort with good, though not great, sound quality. The range on the Apt-X is pretty limited, but they are very comfortable and if someone is hanging around you need to occasionally pay attention to, well, these are the best in-ear models I have found.

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They Are Watching What You Read . . .

Borrowed from: Security Wars: Inside the Military’s Big, Messy Fight With Palantir, the Company They Pay to Spy on You Online

Warning: Rant Alert! 😉

Maria at Bear Mountain Books posted an article that caught my attention, and I think it is information that, if you haven’t read it already, you really should.

Keeping Tabs on Best-Seller Books and Reading Habits

The article points out something that I didn’t know – and which honestly gives me the “Creeping Willies” – you are being tracked, just like a terrorist or a criminal wearing an ankle bracelet.

e-book retailers are now able to tell which books we’ve finished or not finished, how fast we have read them, and precisely where we snapped shut the cover of our e-books and moved on to something else. – New York Review of Books –They’re Watching You Read by Francine Prose.

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I did find it funny that many of the “It” books (Gone Girl is used as an example) may be purchased, but whether they are finished or not – well, let’s say ‘not’ is the most usual answer. And tracking only e-books means that they really don’t know how many people who purchase paper versions actually read the book. With Gone Girl, the third most purchased book at Kobo, only 46 percent of the readers who purchased the book made it to the end. Fifty Shades of Gray? Only 48 percent could stomach it all the way through. The most popular French book, in terms of sales, shows “Le Suicide Français,” may have been a runaway hit in terms of sales, but just 7 percent of Kobo’s French readers made it through the book’s conclusion.

Now, maybe people are putting the books down and coming back later – but it is statistically unlikely that these large numbers will follow that pattern. More likely? People are buying the books because they are “trendy” – then dropping them when they find them unpalatable, or simply boring. Or, in the case of FSoG, gross, poorly written, and juvenile. Anyway! Off the point.

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There are several things that bother me. As a reader – keep your big ol’ nose out of my reading habits!!! I bought the bloody book, you shouldn’t be able to track when, where, and how I read it – or if I finish it. That is my business!!! It’s not like I am reading “Bomb Making For Dummies” or “How To Take Over The World In Three Easy Steps”. And people like Amazon and Kobo, etc., have no business knowing that I occasionally go on Paranormal Romance binges! (Uh, did I just admit that?) If I want you to know I read all the Eve Langlais Freakin’ Shifter and Kodiak Point books, one after the other, in order, over a 48-hour period, that’s my business. Hey, I was depressed, whadda ya’ want?! I just read three hard-hitting thrillers as well, with several more on my list, so get over it.

For those of you who are authors? As Prose points out in her article:

(She) imagined a not-too-distant future in which “writers (and their editors) could soon be facing meetings in which the marketing department informs them that 82 percent of readers lost interest in their memoir on page 272. And if they want to be published in the future, whatever happens on that page should never be repeated.”

So. That sounds suspiciously like what you will be allowed to write will be forced to conform to statistical marketing patterns rather than what you want to write. And as Deborah Jay said in a comment on my review of Tibetan Cross by Mike Bond:

I guess he writes what he enjoys over what might appeal to the widest market.

Agreed. However, there is a deeper meaning here. If Mike Bond wants to write for himself, to market to a particular audience, even if that audience is limited – who should have the right to tell him no, he can’t do that??? What right does big business have to tell you what you can and cannot write? I may not have been happy with aspects of his books, and yes, I skim quite a bit, but I read the parts that interest me, that entertain me – and isn’t that MY right?

Hey, I own the book, leave me the hell alone!

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Romance Hideaway Giveaway And “About What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan”

The site Romance Hideaway has a couple of goodies for us! A $50.00 giveaway for an gift card as well as the Gift Guide.

And now, about About What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan, straight from Romance Hideaway  –  and a Charity GIVEAWAY!!!!


what we leave behind book coverAbout What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan

This is a story about struggle, a story of hope, and mostly, a story about love. A journey with a unique young girl who is so sure of what is out there waiting for her, that she never compromises her belief in finding it.
It isn’t always an easy path, but Jane Rawley Solomon’s humor, character, and passion for others, keep her moving towards her goals – despite life throwing obstacles in her way. What she’s left with is truly beautiful.

Fifty percent of the author’s profits from the book sales of ‘What We Leave Behind’, will be split, and donated to the Ronald McDonald House charities ( and the ASPCA ( In the names of my father – Will, Shelly and Lauren.

The reason I’m choosing these two charities are manifold, but knowing the individuals as I did, and understanding the benefits these charities provide for those in need, it makes perfect sense.
Anyone who appreciates the healing power of animals, will understand the ASPCA . And if the circumstances happen when long term care of a loved one is necessary – then you understand the financial burden incurred by traveling during these times. The support of family and friends becomes immeasurable during difficult times – and these amazing charities represent the ideals of the individuals this book is hoping to honor.

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Kindle Scout – Crowd Sourcing For Authors And Readers

Maybe I have just been so busy I haven’t noticed notifications (see how I did that? LOL) That is a definate possibility as I have been scrambling to meet my obligations for year-end so I can start 2015 fresh. Be that as it may, I was reading a post on Becky on Books…and Quilts and I caught this paragraph at the bottom of the page:

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. With Kindle Scout, Amazon is taking a 21st century approach to publishing, letting readers nominate which books progress to funding. It’s like your favorite reality TV show, except for books. It means you can now read excerpts from hitherto unpublished books and, if you like them, give your thumbs-up.Each book across the romance, science fiction and mystery & thriller genres, has 30 days to get as many votes as possible. After this period, Amazon checks which titles have the most backing, and selects which will be published.So why would you wish to nominate a title? Well, if you like what you’ve read in the short extracts, it means you can read the full novel when it hits publication. But more than that, you also receive a free Kindle edition a week before it’s officially released.

Hum… Well, that sounds Interesting! Apparently the first Kindle Scout winners were announced on December 2, 2014, so I am not too terribly far behind. But the more I look at it, the more I think what a great thing this would be for authors. Here is the link for authors to submit their books:

The first ten winners are shown here – click the art to go see information on the lucky books.

Readers can learn about the process from their end here: and vote on here:

There is even a handy-dandy video to watch. Although, I couldn’t get the video link to work on the picture, you can see the opportunity to watch at the top of the page when you go to Kindle Scout.

You can keep up to three books nominated at a time, and update your nominations whenever you want.

After looking over the books available for nomination, these were my three:


A vengeful predator returns to New Orleans.

Thirty years ago, 12 year-old David Mathews survived a horrific night deep in the swamps of south Louisiana. Now his predator has returned, seeking his warped sense of revenge. His target: David’s only son. In a race against time, ex-NOPD Detective Evan LeBlanc must uncover hidden secrets and unjust motives, while putting his own demons where they belong; behind him. Through the streets of New Orleans, explore nightmarish evil, and how one man learns to embrace the future ahead.


Why I chose this book:  The cover caught my eye immediately. It reminds me of the works of Dianne Millsap and Dianne Parks, two of my favorite New Orleans artists. Next, the blurb kept me interested, then the first sentence of the book grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go:

New Orleans is like a dead bride dressed in beautiful orange flowers.

Definitely got my vote.

Next is:

Drawing Down The Moon

by Joe Clifford Faust

Love. Intrigue. Really great Chinese food.

When Ricky Gold met Kada in the middle of West Texas, he was intrigued by her name, her tattoo, and the way an angry redneck chased her out of the bar. When someone close to Kada turns up dead their flight begins, first from an assassin… then two… then every law enforcement officer in a five-state area. Drawing Down the Moon is equal parts Hitchcockian thriller and romantic comedy as Ricky and Kada lean on each other to survive – and hope to find some really great Chinese food.

Hum… Really great Chinese food. Well, what is not to like (grin). Again, the cover caught my attention, which is is important as we all know. And the blurb is well written.The first line?



My third choice is:

Whispers: A Westfall Novel

by Barry Napier

An ancient ritual devastates a small town.

A set of stone pillars and two horrific masks appeared in the forests of Westfall, Virginia overnight. As strange as this may seem, Agent Graham Ogden has seen it twice before. And on both occasions, a series of murders took place. Ogden arrives in Westfall after two murders have already occurred. With the help of local Sheriff Travis Mears, he races to solve the mystery of the pillars and masks, trying to prevent more deaths while the town descends into madness around them.

First line?

When Pete Dooley cast his line into the water for the first time that morning, fog was still wafting across the pond.

That first line gives you a feel for the whole book, as well as melding into the cover art. Murder, mystery, rituals. Yep. Definitely the third of my choices.

Here is something I tell my editing clients all the time, in one way or the other. Some say your first eight words must catch your reader’s attention in or to keep their attention, some purport a specific number of seconds, from seven to thirty. Whichever you believe, you must believe that your work is not only important to you, it is important to your readers. Your work is their escape, a world where they can pursue their interests in whatever genre, of course – but more importantly, they can leave this world behind for one that engages their mind and heart. So many things make up a truly good book. Clear writing, character development, world building. And good editing! One of the books on offer interested me in it’s premise, but the immediate problems with editing and writing style turned me off immediately. Whether it was eight seconds or thirty, I wouldn’t consider wasting my precious reading time on sloppy work.

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Wanna Tour With “Bob” – Drop Teddy A Line!

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Bob is a “soft” science fiction that also could be called part fantasy. Please join this tour to see why Tegon Maus has such dedicated fans of his “wild imagination”.

This book would be rated PG-13.  There is some profanity but it’s net excessive.

 As always, Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested in this tour.

Review copies are available in ebook only. This tour is open internationally!  We have spots available for reviews, guest posts, interviews, and a limited number ebook giveaways. Priority for giveaways will be given to reviewers, however, there may be some left over for others.

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (September 5, 2014)
Category: Soft Science Fiction
Tour Date: October, 2014
Available in: ebook, Approx. 165 Pages

 After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson’s career is slipping away… at least it was… until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime.

Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes upon a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement.   After helping her to escape she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from.

His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers.   The only thing he knows for certain… the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide…. “IS BELT.”

Praise for Tegon Maus’s ‘Machines Of the Little People’ (The Eve Project, Book 1):

Compelling Science Fiction.  As this story unfolds the characters are all so amazing, from psychic elderly ladies, to nine ‘sisters’ and sinister spy like characters and agents. Then, if that is not exciting enough, add to the equation a blossoming love affair, secret research projects and deadly weapons and you soon come to realise that this book is captivating from the first page.“-Susan Keefe, Book Reviews by Susan Keefe

“This novel is most extra-ordinary in how the author can take something and logically make it to be something else.  One thing is for sure. The Eve Project is filled with unique characters.  I think you’ll enjoy this author’s wild imagination! It makes for a good read. “Kathryn Svendsen, Shelf Full of Books

“The plot is intricate and very cleverly written. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction or fantasy. It is a quick read that can be read in a single afternoon. I’m pleased that this is part of a series. I look forward to seeing what Mr. Maus will do with this series.“-Belinda Wilson, Amazon Reviewer

The characters come alive, and the writing is fast-paced and exciting, keeping the reader turning the pages.”Virginia E. Johnson, Amazon Reviewer


Praise for Tegon Maus’s ‘My Grandfather’s Pants’:

Brilliantly written and a test of one’s affections.  While I found this creative fictional work both hilarious and seriously action-packed, woven within the pages are the internal struggles acted out externally.  Not only do I recommend this book as it is 5 star quality, but too do I recommend Author Maus fantastic science fiction delights. An Author with hopefully many more works on the horizon, I rate his creativity to be extremely high.”-Valerie Caraotta Top 1000 Reviewer, Amazon

My Grandfather’s Pants is a funny and surprising novel. An enjoyable combination of fantasy and suspense with a touch of romance. The protagonist, Jack is a likeable old soul thrown into a bizarre situation, and the way he handles the bizarre challenges he faces will keep you guessing . . . and laughing. Pick up this book if you want to take a ride on a saucy, madcap rollercoaster. You won’t be disappointed!“- Joseph N. Sidari, Amazon Reviewer

“A rollicking adventure. I laughed and laughed as poor Jack learns to be careful what he asks for as he just might get it-every man’s fantasy of being pursued by a slew of women. Tegon Maus is an amazing writer. You won’t want to put the book down once you start it.”Terri Valentine, Amazon Reviewer

About Tegon Maus:


I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.

It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

I have consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and I have been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Review: Spirited Legacy by Kate Baray (Edited:Links Work Now)

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The library, with its Daedalian labyrinth, mysterious hush, and faintly ominous aroma of knowledge . . . – P. J. O’Rourke

I understood right from the start that every set of library doors were the sort of magic portals that lead to other lands. My God, right within reach there were dinosaurs and planets and presidents and girl detectives! – Deb Caletti

When I first met Lizzy in Lost Library, the first in Kate Baray’s wonderful Urban Fantasy Romance series, I was, in a word, charmed. As I said in my review, Lizzy is much like me – She works at home, rarely sees even her own clients, and has a terrific best friend, Kenna. She just never sees herself as anyone who is brave or anyone who could be spectacular in any way.

Of course, in the manner of all things, Lizzy’s comfortable little world blows up in her face when a seemingly ancient book shows up on her doorstep. Well, she supposes it could be a book. If it weren’t blank, that is. And when a hotty McHotterson of a werewolf shows up on her front porch looking for the book, well, all thoughts of safe, calm comfortable Lizzy are blasted right out of the metaphorical water.

Now, in Kate’s second book, Spirited Legacy, both Lizzy and her Alpha werewolf (Boyfriend? Mate? Pack Member? Maybe?) John are back in Prague, ensconced in the Library, drawn there once again by Harrington, Director of the Inter-Pack Policing Cooperative, or IPPC. Just as friendly as ever, if you find controlling stuffed-shirts to be amenable, Harrington has called Lizzy back to the Library to continue her work on translations of the magical books found within. But to a much more serious purpose than simple research. For at the end of LL Sarah, Lizzy’s co-kidnapped from the first book, was injured, severely, saving Lizzy’s life. And the only way to save Sarah’s life may be to find a cure within the Library itself. And the fact that Harrington, a top caster, has offered to mentor Lizzy, is yet another encouragement.

Come, come, time calls our close complots to action.
Go, Proximus, with winged speed flie hence,
Hye thee to Wales: salute great Vortiger
With these our letters; bid the king to arms,
tell him we have new friends, more forces landed
In Norfolk and Northumberland; bid him
Make haste to meet us; if he keep his word,
Wee’l part the realm between us. –
Ostorius, The Birth of Merlin, or, the Childe Hath Found His Father, ACT III SCENE V – Ascribed to William Rowley, and occasionally (most likely spuriously) to William Shakespeare

Of course, life isn’t getting any easier for Lizzy than it has been since the happenings in LL. Even the resident ghost is throwing rocks at Lizzy’s head – literally!

I *do* believe in spooks, I *do* believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do, I *do* believe in spooks, I *do* believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do, I *do*! The Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz, 1939

After injuring the evil Zach Worth, soul sucker extraordinaire, at the end of the last book, Lizzy and her compatriots don’t know if he is still even alive – but all bets are on that he is – and that he has something even more evil up his sleeve than anyone ever imagined. What is a poor Caster to do? Is it not bad enough that John slipped in a, “Oh, BTW, you are my mate now and Female Alpha of my Pack and also BTW, my Pack hates you, even though they have never met you?” smack upside her head? Oy.

The previous cast of characters are all present-and-accounted-for, and we get to meet some awesome new characters, like Harry, Sarah’s healer (Yes, yes, “Harry the Healer.” Well, at least he thinks it is funny.) Oh, and did I mention the dragons?!

Kate’s writing remains crisp, her character development spot-on, and the intensity in this book keeps the reader enthralled from first page to last. There is a bit more relationship building between Lizzy and John, her Alpha boyfriend who is trying to pull his pack out of the Dark Ages in terms of their view of the world. John is one of the more interesting Alpha characters on the scene today. Much like Kate Daniels’ Curran, John comes off at first as all macho-macho man, and yet, if you look closer, there is a great deal of compassion and understanding underneath all that drool-worthy body and drive to protect. Independent Lizzy is having a heck of a time managing the transition from Totally Independent Lizzy to part of a couple, and John is having a hard time learning that sometimes being the full-time protector isn’t the right way to go. But they are getting there, and again, this is one of the more interesting couples that I have read in Urban Fantasy recently.

I highly recommend both books in the series, and would suggest that you grab a copy of Lost Library and read it now. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway to win a copy of Spirited Legacy. If you can wait that long, that is. Once I ended LL, I couldn’t wait to start SL!!

I received an ARC of Spirited Legacy from the author, Kate Baray. This fact does not influence my reviews of either book.

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