RECOMMENDED: First Grave on the Right is the first book in Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series, and it's $2.99 right now. I linked to this sale over the weekend, but now books two and three are also $2.99 – see below. The newest book in the series, Sixth Grave on the Edge, comes out May 20.
This book won the Golden Heart in 2009, and the RITA for Best First Book in 2012. As I've mentioned before, I listened to the audiobook performance by Lorelei King (after buying the Kindle copy on sale I was offered a discounted audio copy so take a look and see if that's true for you if you buy, k?) and the audiobook was really good. I didn't want to stop walking the dogs, that's for sure.
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people.
And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.
Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all.
In fact, he might be something else entirely.
RECOMMENDED: Second Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones is $2.99, and it's the second book in the Charley Davidson series – hooray for obvious series order titles! All of the books in this series have 4+ stars, and they blend mystery, paranormal, comedy and romantic elements wonderfully. They're a little addictive, too. Be warned.
If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.
When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate.
Cookie's friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name. Mimi's husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall.
Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He's left his body because he's being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can't let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they'll have a portal to heaven…well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty.
Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm's way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?
RECOMMENDED: Third Grave Dead Ahead is $2.99 and…yes, you guessed correctly, is the THIRD book in the series. Genius titles, I tell you. Charley's adventures continue, and this book, like the others, has many reviews that mention the humor, the emotion, the mystery and the strength of the female characters and their relationships in the story. Charley and her friends are pretty bad ass.
Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever.
Charley Davidson is back! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan.
Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hell-bent on murder when the devil's son just won't give up?
Tea: A Recipe and Guidebook Quick and Easy to Make Tea Recipes That Are Nutritious, Relaxing, and Energizing by Jenna Mars is $2.99 (or free to borrow through Prime memberships) at Amazon for the Kindle. This is a cookbook all about making your own tea, and the reviews on Amazon and GR say it's a terrific gift for those friends for who are tea aficionados. And if you're ready to read three Charley Davidsons and want some tea, this book can help you out.
Do you want great health and live a longer, happier life? Drink tea.
This is the ultimate book of tea that will help you do just that. We’ll begin our journey with the history of tea and its benefits before moving on to special guidelines to help you brew the best cup of tea possible. In addition to the recipes that will follow, you’ll also learn about taking care of tea – keeping it fresh and flavorful, always – and growing your own tea garden! Although these teas have roots all around the world, the ingredients used for the recipes can be easily obtained in local supermarkets.
From this book you’ll get:
• a collection of delicious recipes for the major types of tea that are prepared with easily available ingredients
• basic understanding of the history of tea and why it is so good for your health
• a basic introduction of the different types of tea, the benefits of each, and how they are processed
• guidelines to brew the best tea
• guidelines to preserve tea
A glance at few of the health benefits of tea consumption:
• Tea helps in keeping the arteries clear of residue and hence reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.
• Tea helps in maintaining stronger bones, courtesy of the phytochemicals present in it.
• Fluoride and tannins contained in tea help prevent the plaque formation, which in turn helps improve dental health.
• Antioxidants present in tea help to protect the body against cancer and the aging process.
• Tea contains less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually contains two or three times caffeine as compared to the tea.
Are you ready for a cup?
Grab your copy of this book now and together, let’s prepare the best cup of tea in the world!
If you're going to have Charley Davidson and tea, you should have cupcakes, too, right? Of course you should! (No, no I'm not enabling you, why do you ask?)
Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes is $2.24/$2.99 digitally, and contains more than 170 recipes for basic batters and frostings, plus unique combinations (organized by topic, such as Kids Parties or Bake Sale – which is really smart) like Chai Latte Cupcakes, Hot Chocolate Cupcakes, Peanut Butter High Hats, and Lemon Meringue Cupcakes. (I'd enjoy one of each, I think.)
Get ready for adorably decorated and deliciously flavored cupcakes made easy! Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes features 175 delightful cupcakes, all using new and fun decorating ideas anyone can master and simple ingredients available anywhere. And as a unique feature, almost every cupcake can be made from scratch or with a mix: You decide which method to follow.
Recipes include kids' party favorites like Double Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cupcakes, as well as sophisticated flavors like Mocha-Caramel Cappuccino Cupcakes. You'll find:
More than 175 cupcakes, with a tantalizing full-color photograph of every cupcake, plus helpful how-to photos showing easy decorating techniques
A special Kids' Party Cupcakes chapter with decorated treats like Puffer Fish Cupcakes, Monster Truck Cupcake Pull-Aparts and Campfire S'Mores Cupcakes
Dazzling Holiday and Special-Occasion Cupcakes chapters including fanciful creations like Easter Egg Baskets, Almond-Filled White Christmas Cupcakes and Molten Caramel
Perfect for bake sales, birthdays, holiday parties or just an everyday treat, Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes is one book that really takes the cake.