CAFE READS: EVIL GENIUS, by Patricia Rice

Anastasia Devlin is a virtual assistant, an invisible researcher and finder-of-all-things, known to her clients as a handle and a PO Box.  She’s also the daughter of a gorgeous, dysfunctional woman of many marriages & affairs who has spent a lifetime globetrotting and possibly spying for her country. At twenty-six Ana bolted, and has been hidden from her family for four years.

Then one morning she opens her door to find her nine year old sister Elizabeth Georgiana, I.E. EG for Evil Genius. And the plot just gets more tangled and crazy from there.

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CAFE READS: SHAMAN: THE ADVENTURES OF RHYS LLEWELLYN, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

SHAMAN, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, is a collection of tales that concern the adventures of eccentric kilt-wearing anthropologist/archaeologist/xenologist Rhys Llewellyn and his assistants Yoshi Umeki and Roderick Halfax.

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CAFE READS: IT’S RAINING MEN by Jennifer Stevenson

In a nutshell—Lovely Chloe is trapped in a dead end existence, dating bums and working as a brand rep for a glitzy liquor distributor. Her friend and secret crush Archie is the hot bartender with a secret—he’s a sex demon.

No, really.

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CAFE READS: FIRES OF NUALA, by CAT KIMBRIEL

This space opera/mystery, the first in the Chronicles of Nuala series, is just as much fun to read as it was when it first came out. Kimbriel has created a fascinatingly complex culture in the Nualans, who have adapted to a … Continue reading

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CAFE READS: GUARDIAN OF THE VISION, by Irene Radford

If you love big historical fantasies, Irene Radford’s Pendragon novels should be on your radar.  Radford has created a style that has echoes of the way her period characters would have thought and written, without interfering with the understanding of a modern audience.

One thing you can count on in this book is character change and growth.

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CAFE READS: DANSE DE LA FOLIE, by Sherwood Smith

A Discerning Dance! Sherwood Smith has delivered a delightful “sweet Regency” novel for fans of the genre.  I’d have to say that for both historical accuracy and adapting the “silver fork” genre for modern readers, Smith did a wonderful job.  … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Sara Stamey

Sara Stamey’s journeys include treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean and Honduras; backpacking Greece and New Zealand; operating a nuclear reactor; and owning a farm in Southern Chile. Sara Stamey’s novel Islands, now in ebook from Book View Cafe, is set in the Caribbean and packed with both adventure and intricate characters and plot. It’s also romantic suspense with a drop of psychic wonder. “An archeologist investigating petroglyphs ends up diving for sunken treasure and investigating a cult murder.”

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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Third Option–Labyrinth Walker

Hang around writers long enough, and eventually you’ll be at a kaffeeklatsch or dinner or late night talk at a hotel bar, and someone will say to you, “Are you a plotter or pantser?”

I propose a third kind of plotting technique; labyrinth walking.

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Recommending Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

This is one of those books I wish had been published when I was eleven years old, along with Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching stories. Since the book wasn’t published until thirty years after I really needed it, I’ve had to make do with loving it in my adulthood.

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