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The Best Worst Summer Bookstore Trip Ever

Best Worst Summer Bike RideAs I kid, I was a voracious reader. My sister was too, so between the two of us, we went through books at an astonishing rate. One summer, when I was probably nine or 10 years old, I realized I had run out of good things to read. Uh oh!

There I was, out in the middle of the country, at the height of summer vacation, and we were out of books. Can you imagine the horror?

So I hatched a mad genius plan. We would ride our bikes to the bookstore!

The nearest bookstore was a place called the Paperback Trader, and they were pretty much the only affordable option for a kid on my particular budget. Besides, I was absolutely certain we could get there and back before anyone noticed we were gone.

Somehow, I convinced my sister to go along with me in this scheme, even though it hadn’t occurred to me just how far away the bookstore really was.

In fact, round-trip, it was a full 25 miles.

Still, we knew the way by heart, since our parents had driven us there and back so many times to buy books.

We were ready for the journey. My sister’s bike had a banana seat and a white plastic basket decorated with flowers. I had a black fixed-gear Huffy bike with checkerboard padding. I also had my backpack, two Whatchamacallit candy bars, and a whole pocketful of quarters for buying books.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Top 10 Underrated Books of 2016

The BibliosanctumUpdate: Read the brand new review of A Kiss Before Doomsday from The Bibliosanctum. >

I love top 10 lists. Maybe I just love reading them and trying to think of two or three things they left out. Or maybe that’s just me.

At any rate, this is a list that you definitely need to check out.

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8 Favorite Bookstores for Readers

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Ironically, no one knows where to find the Self Help section.

Do you have a favorite bookstore?

For my money, one of the neatest bookstores on the planet is the Tattered Cover on Colfax Avenue in Denver. Did you know that it’s built inside an old theater? Strange, but true. They even kept a few of the old folding red theater seats, where you can sit and read, and pretend you’re just killing time between acts. Also, they have a delectable coffee shop.

(By the way, I’ll be doing a book signing event at the Tattered Cover for A Kiss Before Doomsday on Friday, July 21, at 7:00 pm. Prizes, treats, and lots of fun. Join me!)

Last month in my author newsletter, I asked subscribers to tell me about their favorite bookstores, and I gave away a signed copy of It Happened One Doomsday to one lucky reader. I also heard some great stories and shout-outs to some real bookstore gems. Here are a few:

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Honey, in these shoes, you can save the world.

Opal - It Happened One Doomsday

Opal. Closet full of kick-ass shoes. Weakness for cinnamon rolls. Fluent in magical symbols. Ready to save the world.

Meet Opal.

She knows the esoteric contents of almost every handwritten ancient magical tome in The Crystal Connection.

She can identify a magic charm on sight, she can read ancient languages, and she knows what you should never, ever say to a fish demon.

But she doesn’t have any magical powers of her own. Is her common sense and know-how (not to mention her outrageous fashion sense) enough to conquer a world of monsters, foul creatures and prowling undead?

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It’s a good thing she’s such a badass.

Rane - It Happened One Doomsday

Rane. Bad with names. Boundary issues. Breaks concrete blocks for fun. With her fists.

Meet Rane.

It’s no coincidence that “Rane” rhymes with “pain.” She’s Dru’s best friend, Opal’s best frenemy, and Greyson’s possible nemesis.

She’s also six feet tall and able to transform into rock or metal just by touching it. Comes in handy for crushing the forces of darkness.

But does her ‘smash first, ask later’ attitude make her a potent ally — or a loose cannon?

Find out all about Rane, her friends (and her enemies) coming up in It Happened One Doomsday.

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“Fresh urban fantasy.” — Seattle Public Library

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Here’s a nice new review from the Seattle Public Library:

“Light on angst and heavy on banter in a world where the four horsemen of the apocalypse drive muscle cars, this fresh urban fantasy plays with genre tropes with a heroine more likely to consult a book than swing a sword.”

Thank you, Seattle!

And it’s true. The most powerful weapon in Dru’s arsenal isn’t a sword. What is it?

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Who’s going to destroy the world?

Greyson Carter - It Happened One Doomsday

Greyson Carter. Restores old cars. Rescues stray animals. Often forgets to shave. Possibly the bringer of the Apocalypse.

Meet Greyson Carter, a street-smart mechanic afflicted with an apocalyptic curse.

At any moment, he could transform into a horrifying creature that will trigger doomsday.

Can they solve the riddle of his curse before it’s too late?

Find out all about the characters in It Happened One Doomsday.

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Who’s going to save the world?

Dru Jasper - It Happened One Doomsday

Dru Jasper. Small business owner. Starbucks fan. Aspiring crystal sorceress. About to take on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Meet Dru Jasper, the bookish owner of The Crystal Connection, a sorcery shop that sells potions, charms, and enchanted crystals.

The “real” sorcerers don’t give Dru any respect – but what happens when she becomes their only hope?

Get a first glimpse of the characters in It Happened One Doomsday.

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You might also like Angela Roquet’s Reapers Inc. series

Ghost Market CoverGhost Market (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. book 6)

In the wake of a thwarted war, Lana Harvey is more than ready for an extended vacation on the new houseboat she shares with the Lord of the Flies, but when the leaderless rebels begin poaching souls and selling them on the Ghost Market, Lana is tasked with heading up a new unit to stop them.

Having one of the most famous faces in Eternity proves challenging when it comes to finding a way inside the secretive world of illegal soul peddling, and the only person Lana knows with the right connections is Tasha Henry, a former colleague and defeated rebel with a poaching record. The rogue reaper isn’t going to be easy to track down, and even if Lana does manage to catch up with her, the real question is whether or not a shot at redemption will be enough to lure her away from the dark side.

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Bestseller?! Surely, Google, you jest.

Ever Google yourself? Sure. Usually, nothing unexpected turns up.

Until one day you find yourself listed as a bestselling author:

Best Seller It Happened One Doomsday

What? WHAT?! Just about fell out of my chair when I saw this!

My new book, a best seller? Nah, that can’t possibly be right.

Probably just some miscalculation deep in the Google gearbox. But still, it’s fun to see!

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