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Tammy Jo is Back – Return of Southern Witch Series

I still get a lot of press releases, newsletters and announcements of upcoming books, but I don’t usually post about them. Maybe I should, especially when I find them interesting, like now.

A few years back I reviewed Would-Be Witch by Kimberley Frost, and the sequel, Barely Bewitched. The author went dark for a while, but she has apparently been busy. Another book, Halfway Hexed, came out without my noticing. And now, the publisher is re-releasing the entire series as mass-market paperbacks, along with the fourth book Slightly Spellbound They are coming out over the next two years.

What do you think of these covers?

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Book Discussion Begins Tomorrow!

I’m going to start my reread of THE DEED OF PAKSENARRION tomorrow. Book 1 is called Sheepfarmer’s Daughter. There is a Kindle edition for the omnibus of all three books for 8.99, but there is not a Nook edition. The omnibus in print is probably at your bookstore for about 14 dollars. You can also probably find copies at your library.

I’ll take it slow until I figure out what is the best pace for discussions like this. Here’s how I intend to break up the book.

  • Discussion 1 – Pak’s recruitment up to the Company’s arrival in Valdaire
  • Discussion 2 – Pak’s first battles until the recapture of Dwarfwatch.
  • Discussion 3 – After Dwarfwatch until the end of Sheepfarmer’s Daughter

This doesn’t divide the book perfectly in thirds, but it does stop at what I think are major milestones. Since I’m not able to devote a lot of time to reading, I’ll put up these posts when I am getting close to these milestones. I trust few of you will be slower than me!

Some guidelines:

  • If you have not reached the milestone yet, there is no rule that says you cannot discuss what you have read about the book so far.
  • Try to be oblique in order to avoid spoiling the plot for those who have not read it, or who are just reading along.
  • Mark all spoilers with ***BEGIN SPOILER*** before the spoilery text, and ***END SPOILER*** afterward. This will help those who don’t want to be spoiled to avert their eyes.
  • No discussions about events that take place after the discussion milestone, please!

I’ll shoot for Wednesday or Thursday for our first post.

Books Received

Thanks to the following publishers for sending the following books:

From Night Shade Books:

Incandescence by Greg Egan

The Swordbearer by Glen Cook (Wikipedia entry)

The Mall of Cthulhu by Seamus Cooper (no website found)

The Dragon Never Sleeps by Glen Cook

Shadow of the Scorpion by Neal Asher

I’m pretty much interested in all of these, especially the science fiction, because I haven’t read any in a while. Dove right into the opening chapters of The Swordbearer.

From Tor (publicity info whited out):


The Dame by R. A. Salvatore

ChaosBound by David Farland

Shadows in the Cave by Caleb Fox

The Golden Shrine by Harry Turtledove

Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont (no website found)

Canticle by Ken Scholes

Already reading Canticle. The Farland, Salvatore and Turtledove novels are books from series where I have not read the first novel. Of these, the Turtledove novel appeals the most. Probably because it’s only the second book in the series, but mostly because of the mammoths on the cover. I love ice age novels. I’ll have to hunt down the first book at the used book store. I’ve tried reading Night of Knives several times, but it hasn’t worked for me, at least not yet. There’s still time for me to do a useful review of it before the MM paperback comes out at the end of March. I am looking forward to reading Shadows in the Cave.

From Pocket Books:


Bitter Night by Diana Pharoah Francis

Demon Inside by Stacia Kane

Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson

I’m reading Vicious Circle. Demon Inside runs into too many of my red flags, but I’ll probably give Bitter Night a chance because I’ve heard so many good things about the author.

From Firebird (Putnam)


Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

Silksinger by Laini Taylor

These look good and I’ve been reading Blackbringer. It takes place in Europe, told from the point of view of the fairy on the cover. I really like it, but the quirky dialog gets hard to read sometimes, plus other novels keep getting in the way.

I’m also expecting Justin Allen‘s Year of the Horse in the mail.

I’m amazed at how many of these author’s most obvious domain names are the victims of domain squatters. I guess I’m used to debut authors, who have time to get their hands on their domains before they are in demand.

I went out looking for Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe at the bookstore, and the latest in the Maisy Dobbs mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear. I failed to find both, but a friend is going to lend me the Dobbs. I want to review it because the next book is out at the end of this month, and I figure there will be some interest in both books.

Plus, I’ve been seeing Stephen King’s Under the Dome all over the place, and it really sounds good.

Did any of these sound good to you?