Monday, 11 April 2016

Gifts for Readers: Book Subscription Boxes

Have you heard of book subscription boxes? I hadn't until a couple of weeks ago. I'm not talking about book clubs that send you one or two books a month. Book boxes generally contain a book released that month and extra items related to the book. Examples of items included are bookmarks, bookplates, signed letters, posters, book bags, badges, and items of clothing.

Over the last week I've searched the internet for book box subscription services. Here's a list of the ones I liked. 

Ship to USA & Canada only

February's book box © Upper Case

Ship worldwide

February's book box © OwlCrate

Quarterly book box © Book Riot

© Book(ish)

You'll notice there is a distinct lack of UK-based book box providers. I'm not sure if this is because it's not yet taken off in the UK or because I didn't look hard enough. Either way, it means I won't be signing up for a book box subscription service any time soon. While the international shipping cost isn't generally too expensive, if my delivery gets picked up by customs, I'll get stung with a nasty import fine. A real shame for UK readers like myself. Still an awesome service for US-based readers, though!

If you know of any UK-based book boxes, or I've missed any US or Canada-based services, please let me know in the comments.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Witch of the Cards by Catherine Stine

This post is two weeks later than planned, but better later than never. Without too much preamble, because I know April is A to Z month for many of you, here's Catherine Stine's latest exciting release - paranormal, historical suspense novel Witch of the Cards.

Cover by Mae I Designs

Fiera was born a sea witch with no inkling of her power. And now it might be too late.

Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading.

Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.

Buy Links: 

Amazon US / Amazon UK / iBooks / Kobo / B&N/Nook / 

About the Author:

Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. Heart in a Box, her contemporary YA was an Amazon Hot New Release in Teen and Alternative Family for over eight weeks. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. Book three, Girl and the Gamer, launches this summer. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. To unwind she loves to watch “bad” reality TV and travel to offbeat places.

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What do think, my friends? I adore the cover and blurb, and having already read and loved several of Catherine's books, this is a must-read for me.