Friday Finds [7]: More In Death

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This past Wednesday, the servers were down at work. I spent most of the morning not really doing much of anything. I couldn’t even go on-line because, well, everything was down. I basically fiddled with my thumbs. Thankfully, I have my trusty iPhone.

There I was obsessively checking all my social media accounts when I got this email from Dog-Eared Books. If you must know, Dog-Eared Books is another used book store here in my city. It’s a quaint little place about 15 minutes from where I live. I’ve never been, but an officemate told me that I might be able to find these books there. They don’t have a website, but I did send them an email. A day later, they got back to me with a list of the books in the series. So of course, I didn’t waste time. I had to get them!

You guys. You have no idea how ecstatic I was when I got there. Thankfully, the lady was very understanding of my plight. She didn’t judge me for my quirk and obsession. I told her I’ve been on the hunt for these books, and that they’ve been hard to find. The best thing about this find, is that I’m finally able to start it because I now have the first book! Bonus: IT’S SIGNED.

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Yes, yes. I know what you’re thinking. “What if you read the first book and you end up not liking it?” Truth is, I don’t know. I’ll cross the bridge when I get there. In the meantime, I have full confidence that I will enjoy this series. Though it might take me a while to get through them. Either way, collecting these books is becoming a hobby of sorts. And finding them is just as satisfying as hunting for vinyl records.

Series in Chronological Order 

Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Purity in Death
Divided in Death
Vision in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsession in Death
Devoted in Death

(I own stricken titles)

 

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Friday Finds [#6]: On a Mission

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I have an obsessive personality. As in, I tend to give tenacious focus on things that I love. Kings of Leon. Shoes. Purses. Oh and books. This obsession with J.D. Robb is mind-boggling, however. I haven’t read anything written by Nora Roberts (JD Robb and Nora Roberts are one and the same). So I have no idea why I’ve been scouring the second-hand bookshops for these books. Never mind that there’s 41 books in this series so far.

The first book in this series was published back in 1995. Back then, I was obsessed with Harlequin Romance, and the concept of buying new books was a fantasy I didn’t indulge in often. What are the odds that I can find the earlier books to this series? Especially if I want to collect them in hardbacks? As it stands, I own 9. But these were more recently published, mostly bought at Goodwill, Vallue Village, and a couple that were picked up at a clearance.

The funny thing is, I have no intention of starting this series until I find the first book. And for some reason, I’m stubbornly set on not buying them new. I’m quirky like that. At this rate, when do you think I’ll be able to start them?

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Friday Finds [#5]: Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones

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I guess you can say I’ve been mad – MAD, I tell you,  about this series. For weeks now, these are all I’ve been reading. I just finished numero quatro, and it’s to die for! Pun intended.  If you’re an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal reader and you haven’t read these yet, then take a couple of seconds and investigate for yourself. Though if you’re a reader of these genres, chances are, you’re yawning at my seemingly lame attempt at enticing you to come to the dark side.

Charley was born The Grim Reaper. She doesn’t come dressed in black with a cape and a scythe, however.  And she certainly is not your harbinger of death. Charley is more like the gateway to the after life. Those who’ve died and who hasn’t quite realized they’re supposed to leave finds Charley so they can cross. I supposed you can say, she’s the human equivalent of River Styx. Because of her nature, demons are after her. Why? Well, she’s the gateway to Earth. Through her, they’ll be able to come here NOT bringing peace and salutations.

There is also a minor complication. Just a tiny, eensie one. The leader of the demons – let’s call him, Satan – has a son. This son decided to go against his father’s will by protecting Charley. When Charley was born, Son of Satan became Charley’s self-appointed guardian demon angel. Years go by, and Charley has become increasingly aware of this presence. Son of Satan also starts to fall in love with the grim reaper. Fun, huh?

Charley is your banner character for kick-ass, smart-mouthed, hilariously sarcastic heroine. I swear, I’ve laughed out loud so many times while reading these books. One of these days, I’d like to name my boobs as well. And do you know where you can find the nectar of the gods? Go south. Yep. I don’t know how Ms. Jones does it. She keeps her fresh and fun with every instalment. You’ll never read the same joke twice. I can also guarantee you that you’ll never be bored with these books.

It started with an Audible email. And now, I can’t get enough. I searched hi and lo to find these hardbacks, and with every book I read, it’s becoming apparent how serendipitous that email had been. So thank you, marketing strategists of Audible.com!

I am obsessed. Completely. Utterly. Hopelessly.

Have you read these books yet?

 

 

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Friday Finds [4]: Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

sex criminalsGraphic novels is fast becoming an addiction. And this – after only reading the Saga series. I found Sex Criminals while I was looking for suggestions on Amazon, and with a title like that, who wouldn’t want to read it? Besides the erotic connotations, I was curious to see how this twist on Bonnie & Clyde will play out.


GOODREADS SUMMARY

Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!

Published: April 29th, 2014 by Image Comics
This volume features issues 1 to 5.
Explicit sexual scenes.
For mature readers.

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Friday Finds [3]: Penguin Vintage

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I had a dentist appointment last week. They had to refill a filling that wasn’t done properly. The procedure took hourssss. I swear, at the end of it all, I couldn’t close my mouth.

I have a point.

The dentist’s office is right beside an antique store, which also sells used books. How convenient, right? I had a few minutes to kill before I had to go pick up the kids from school, so I decided to spend it unwisely. It was not the first time that I’ve been there. In fact, I go there when I’m in the mood to browse for some vintage books. It was also one of the two stores where I find these Penguin gems, which, I simply adore.

I am a huge fan of these books for artistic (and aesthetic) purposes. And honestly, most of them are so worn that flicking through their pages may just cause their untimely demise. I’m probably not going to be reading them anytime soon, but I love how they look on my shelf.

At first, I only wanted to collect the orange ones, but this was also the first time that I’ve seen the green ones on their shelves.

DSC_0766Incidentally, I picked up one stork among the penguins. I didn’t know they also had that edition.

If you don’t know it by now, I am as much of a collector as I am a lover of books. So don’t be surprised when I do posts like this one. [ See it here and here].

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Friday Finds [2]: Sandra Brown

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So here we are again with another edition of Friday Finds, and wouldn’t you know it? It’s another batch of Sandra Brown’s books. I just really love this author! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of her writing. As you can tell from the covers, they look a little outdated. That’s because these books were published in 2007, 1998, and 1993 respectively. I’m going through a back list of all her works in the hopes that I’ll be able to have them all. That’s how much I love her!

I gave in and ordered The Witness from Amazon, but the other two I found at my go-to place when I’m looking for used books. So far, I have at least 13 unread books to keep me until her new one is out. I don’t know when that will be, to be honest. She just released a new one this year, so it looks like I have a long wait yet. Anyway, here are the summaries for each book:


The Witness

Publication Date: May 1st, 2007

GOODREADS SUMMARY

Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn’t dare reveal her true identity or that of her amnesiac passenger to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

The best public defender in Prosper, South Carolina, Kendall had stumbled upon the town’s chilling secret–and her marriage to one of the town’s most powerful men became a living hell. Her only hope for survival is to flee. Now Kendall is a terrified mother trying to save her child’s life…a reluctant witness who knows too much about an insidious evil…and a woman who knows too little about her own heart.


Fat Tuesday

Publication Date: June 1st, 1998

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Burke Basile is a cop with nothing left to lose. Haunted by his partner’s death, his marriage and his career over, he focuses on his nemesis, Pinkie Duvall, a flamboyant attorney who helps killers evade justice. Burke’s shocking revenge centers around kidnapping Remy, the lawyer’s trophy wife. But Burke hasn’t planned on the electric attraction he’ll feel for this desperate woman, who rose from the slums of New Orleans to marry a man she can never love. Nor can he predict the fierce duel that will explode as the clock ticks toward midnight on Fat Tuesday, when all masks will be stripped away–and Burke must confront his own terrifying secret.


Where There’s Smoke

Publication Date: May 7th, 1993

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

No one knows why Dr. Lara Mallory came back home to Eden Pass, Texas to open up her medical practice after all these years. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scandal that caused the downfall of White House hopeful Senator Clark Tackett. So when the iron-fisted matriarch of Tackett Oil uses every weapon in her arsenal to drive her out of town, Lara refuses to go quietly. Yet in this corruption-riddled town, nothing is as it seems. An explosive secret lurks beneath the surface, threatening Lara at every turn. Her unlikely ally: Key, the hell-raising youngest Tackett son. Thrown together, they’re on a dangerous quest to expose the one secret that can destroy the Tackett empire-and anyone who dares to challenge its power.

Friday Finds is a weekly feature over at Should Be Reading’s blog. 

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Friday Finds [#1]: Smash Cut by Sandra Brown

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Friday Finds is a weekly feature hosted by Should Be Reading to showcase recent finds acquired from the library, used book store, Goodwill, or the basement of your momma’s house. 


Smash Cut by Sandra Brown
Simon & Schuster | Hardcover, 367 pages
Publication Date: August 11th, 2009
Adult Fiction | Mystery

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

When millionaire Paul Wheeler is murdered, his family retains renowned lawyer Derek Mitchell to defend the victim’s nephew Creighton— although the police have not charged the young man with the crime. Wheeler’s mistress, Julie Rutledge, who is also a suspect, believes that Creighton is the killer, despite his rock-solid alibi, and she’ll do almost anything in her quest to prove his guilt—even ruin Derek’s career. But the more Derek learns of Creighton’s darker side, especially his bizarre fascination with movie murders, the more he comes to believe Julie is right. The clock ticks down to a shocking ending as Derek and Julie join forces to find the truth. Has Creighton begun reenacting cinema’s goriest scenes? And who will be his unwilling costars? They won’t know until the final SMASH CUT.


I’m one of those people who has an obsessive personality. I take my liking of a certain object/person/personality/band/film/food/books/author to extreme heights. I don’t just LIKE them. I OBSESS about them. So when I’ve fallen back in love with Sandra’s books, I have to have all of them.

Last weekend, I dragged my husband to Value Village , a thrift store similar to Goodwill. They have shelves upon shelves of used books that cost from $.50 – $5 max, a piece. I went specifically to find copies of Sandra Brown’s books. However, I was disappointed to see I could only find this one.

The best thing about Sandra’s books is that she doesn’t stick to one area of expertise as a topic. Readers will have a great time learning about a certain industry as they enjoy the mysteries she’d carefully laid out for them to solve. In this case, I’m thinking it’s the film industry. I also love that the romance tend to feature two people who butt heads before they succumb to the mutual attraction they initially worked hard to ignore. I’m really excited to dive into this one, and deathly curious to see what kind of contentious romance she has to offer. 

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