Sunday Showcase #16

I don’t even know if my Walden Books is open any more. I stopped in one more last week to see what was available. It’s starting to look a bit gutted. Whereas before, the sales clerks were sorting shelves and helping customers, now they’re packing shelves away. Our local store was quaint, as I believe most Waldens are. No coffee shops, no tables or chairs, just a small collection of books and knickknacks. A place to run in and get what you want (if they had it), then run back out. The prices weren’t competitive, and usually I left empty handed. In fact, my trips had become less and less frequent over the years, but the salespeople were nice folks.

Will I miss Walden Books? Probably not. Yet the close of another business is sad, nonetheless. This week I took advantage of their going out of business sale by acquiring just one solitary book. Like I said, the shelves are sparse, and even at 60-80% discounts, most of the prices still weren’t attractive enough for me to take bring more home.

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Why I purchased it: I remember when the first advertisements for this book came out. I was just learning about the world of YA books, and this one captured my attention. However, my reading list had already grown out of hand, and this one never seem to reach the tipping point — should I purchase this one or that one? Well, the price was right when I went into Walden and the selection was slim. 🙂 Congratulations! You made it Paranormalcy!

Available at: The Book Depository and Barnes & Nobles

In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost’s talents are coveted by all. She’s the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life. When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta’s tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota’s help. Can she find the killer on the dark fringe of the city’s Edgeworld? Among its powerful outcasts and tortured loners, what kind of enemies and allies will she attract? Will they see her as an invader, as a seducer, as an unexpected champion … or as delicious prey? FROST MOON is Book One of the SKINDANCER fantasy series by debut author Anthony Francis. Filled with unforgettable characters, spine-tingling action, kinky rebellion and edgy love, FROST MOON is classic storytelling at its best, and Dakota Frost is an irresistible new star of fantasy fiction. Anthony Francis is a computer scientist who works at the ‘Search Engine That Starts With A G’. By day he studies human and other minds to design intelligent machines and emotional robots; by night he writes fiction and draws comic books. He received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Georgia Tech. He lives in San Jose with his wife and cats but his heart will always belong in Atlanta.

Why I picked it up: Netgalley advertised the first two books of this series. I’ve been steering away from paranormal romances lately, and I’m a little apprehensive about this work. Not because I think it’ll be bad, but I’ve gotten to the point, been there; done that. However, the alternate reality sounds rather cool. I think I can dig that.

Available at: The Book Depository and Barnes & Nobles

Dakota Frost is back, and the ink is about to hit the fan-again.

Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city’s best loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city’s walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota’s tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind.

Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti-even if that truth offends the vampires, alienates the werekin and creates police suspicion of her every action.

Saving Atlanta may cost her everything, including custody of her “adopted” weretiger daughter, Cinnamon. But failure is not an option. If the graffiti isn’t stopped, Cinnamon could be the next victim.

Why I picked it up: See above

Available at: The Book Depository and Barnes & Nobles

On a side note, can you believe Amazon scooped up The Book Depository? I wonder what that’ll mean in the future. This buyout gives me uncomfortable swirling sensations in my stomach. 🙁