Thrifty Thursday: @ElleryKane @bookouture @WriteMariaGrace @WhiteSoupPress #ThriftyThursday #Challenge #Giveaway

Posted March 21, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 14 Comments

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

This is a collection of freebies I have read which are in a mix of genres.

Kindle freebie on February 6, 2023  (currently $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)

Overall rating 4.01 with 1,706 ratings and  151 reviews


Thrifty Thursday: @ElleryKane @bookouture @WriteMariaGrace @WhiteSoupPress  #ThriftyThursday #Challenge #GiveawayWatch Her Vanish by Ellery Kane
Series: Rockwell and Decker #1
Published by Bookouture on October 6, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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he beam from the lighthouse slices through the dawn sky as she runs down the rocky stairway to the beach. She tries to take it all in—the waves crashing against the cliffs, the whip of salt grass in the wind—before finally dragging her eyes down to the innocent girl’s blonde hair, strewn across the bottom step like seaweed…

Returning home to Fog Harbor, California, to be closer to her little sister, Olivia Rockwell is struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe. That is, until the sound of a scream leads her to the body of a local teacher in the shallows nearby. All the evidence points to Olivia’s most threatening criminal psychology patient, Drake, who is safely locked up behind bars…

Convinced of Drake’s innocence—and desperate to believe in the system that’s keeping her murderer father in prison and away from her sister—Olivia gets to work on her own suspect list. All her life she’s run towards trouble, but this time she’s treading on the toes of Detective Will Decker, whose past mistakes mean this case is his last chance to make amends.

Then a second woman’s body is discovered, strangled while out on an evening jog. The strip of blue material used to choke her implicates Drake once again, forcing Will to admit he needs Olivia’s special talent for understanding the minds of killers. It’s clear more innocent women will die if they don’t get one step ahead of the murders, and Olivia knows she will need her estranged father’s help to get close to Drake.

But when Olivia’s profile leads them to believe Drake could be masterminding murders from within the prison walls, a message written on a scrap of paper found in the latest victim’s car leads them to a terrifying realization: Olivia’s little sister will be next…

The Rockwell and Decker series had some first book issues.  Watch Her Vanish seemed overly long in setting up the world and characters.  The pacing was not consistent for me. With the foundation laid I should be able to better enjoy the next book,  Her Perfect Bones.

The key characters weren’t as competent as I would prefer.  There are too many personal problems.  Olivia is a psychologist at the prison.  She came back to her home town to take care of her mother when she was ill. Her father was / is in prison.  She also has her younger sister to Emily to handle.

Will Decker got into a mess in San Francisco and now he’s a new officer in Fog Harbor.  His younger brother is in prison.  Murders start happening and seem related to the prison. He and Olivia work together a bit since she knows everyone at the prison.

The most likely suspect is in prison so he’s not likely.  Is there a copycat killer?   Is the suspect somehow directing someone on the outside?   Will and Olivia need to figure it out before another woman dies.

Kindle freebie on February 20, 2024  (currently FREE at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)

Overall rating 4.11 with 2,015 ratings and 363 reviews


Thrifty Thursday: @ElleryKane @bookouture @WriteMariaGrace @WhiteSoupPress  #ThriftyThursday #Challenge #GiveawayPemberley by Maria Grace
Series: Jane Austen's Dragons #1
Published by White Soup Press on October 3, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 340
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley has the good fortune to be in possession of the first English firedrake egg laid in a century. Or, at least, he was until some miscreant stole it.

Mr. Darcy tracks the thief to Hertfordshire. Catching the thief, however, proves to be an entirely different kettle of brimstone, especially when he encounters fellow Dragon Keeper, Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn.

Elizabeth Bennet’s deep connection to dragons and remarkable grasp of their lore make her the ideal companion for finding the egg. It’s too bad that from their introduction she finds Darcy arrogant, conceited, and selfishly disdainful of the feelings
of others.

Time is running out for Darcy to win Elizabeth’s trust and recover the precious egg before it hatches, and the fragile peace between humans and dragons is lost forever.

Pemberley is the first book in the series Jane Austen’s Dragons. The series is one of the top ones Sophia picked for Series on Saturday this month.  I hadn’t read it and can’t recall if I read much Jane Austen 40 years ago or not.  If I have I’ve lost the plot. It makes me think I missed it. I remember nearly every Charles Dicken’s book and several other classics.

I quickly got into the historical setting with dragons.  Elizabeth is amazing in her skills. Darcy is more of a bumbler.  Or maybe he is just a typical man thinking he knows everything when he doesn’t.  Definitely, he doesn’t enjoy having Elizabeth know more and be more competent.

I love how Elizabeth works with the dragons.  She also does things to support her family’s life and position.  I felt infuriated for her that she wasn’t more appreciated by her family or by the family dragon Longbourn.  Or they only appreciated her when they needed her to jump into the fray and save them.

I didn’t stop reading and finished late at night. I was quite worked up and really I can’t wait to read the next one, Longbourn.


Definition of Freebies for the challenge:

  • Kindle or other platform freebies where you purchase it for $0
  • Freebies through author newsletters that anyone can sign up and get for free
  • Giveaways won or gifts received

These do NOT include Audible Plus, Kindle Unlimited, Prime Free Reading,  Prime First Reads, or library books.

FYI – My Thrifty Thursday post with my reviews and the linkups and giveaway will normally post on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Sometimes though, due to blog tours, mood reading, and other personal problems, it will be moved around. There WILL be one each month on some Thursday.  You can post your reviews any Thursday though on your own site.  The linkup will be open until the next month’s post is published. You can easily find all the Thrifty Thursday posts under the Features tab on my top menu.

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About Maria Grace

Six time BRAG Medallion Honoree, #1 Best-selling Historical Fantasy author Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.

She stumbled into Jane Austen fan-dom in the mid ’90s with Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility film, having somehow graduated HS without ever having read Austen. It was only a short leap then to consume all of Austen’s works, in all their various media forms. In the hopes of discovering more works by Austen, she stumbled into the fan fiction forums, which naturally led to asking ‘What if…’ herself. Twenty nine books later, she still asks that question.

She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.

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Posted March 21, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 14 Comments

14 responses to “Thrifty Thursday:

  1. I love all of the P&P books Sophia finds. I have read the first two books in Regency Dragons series by Stephanie Burgis, which aren’t retellings per se, but have the same vibe probably.

  2. That’s too bad about the mystery having first in series syndrome and the detecting wasn’t as competent, but it still sounds decent.

    I was so excited when you mentioned you were reading Pemberley. I loved how she built such a complete dragon world. After the first three, the series transitions to include the setting and people from Jane Austen’s Persuasion, too.

    My TT books this month were books I won. I’m determined to get through several of those this year for the challenge.

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