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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