I just bought a Samhain book called Like a Thief in the Night by Bettie Sharpe.
Why did I buy it? The cover drew my eye a bit. Skimmed the blurb quick. Didn’t read the excerpt. I bought it because of this reader warning:
Warning, this title contains the following: Sex, Violence, Violent Sex, Naughty Words, Assassins, Thieves, Samurai Swords, Explosions, Breakfast, a Nuclear Wasteland, Mythical Creatures, a Nefarious Corporation, Death-defying Adventure, Happily Ever After.
To be more specific, it was one word: Breakfast.
BAM! I was sold. There was no way I could read that warning and not read the book.
Oh, for those who read them, here’s the blurb:
Sheâ€™s a heartless assassin; heâ€™s an immortal thief. In another life, they would have been lovers. In this one, heâ€™s her target and sheâ€™s his prize.
A Strangers in the Night story.
Death comes like a thief in the night. For reclusive thief Sevastien Aniketos, death comes in the form of slinky assassin Arden Black. But Aniketos has a surprise for his would-be assassinâ€”he is immortal. And he is about to turn the tables on the pragmatic femme fatale.
Arden finds more than she bargained for when she sneaks through the window of Aniketosâ€™s glass penthouse to take his life. The immortal thief is no victim; heâ€™s a clever strategist who has set his sights on capturing the lethal lady and making her his own.
Trapped with a man she cannot kill, Arden slowly succumbs to Aniketosâ€™s scheme of seduction, ceding her secrets, her loyalty, and eventually her heart. But when Ardenâ€™s wicked past catches up with her, Aniketos is faced with a choice.
An endless life without Arden, or a paltry mortal lifespan with the woman he is increasingly sure he cannot live without.
Snicker. Sounds fun.
I loved ther EMBER serial over on Bam’s blog. Made sure I kept my eye out for this release.
“I loved *her* EMBER…”
Ah! I knew the name was kind of familiar. I never got a chance to read EMBER, but I’m doubly glad the warning made me buy this book because I heard great, great things about EMBER.
I think you can still download EMBER off her site (free read, in one complete PDF) On one hand I think she was crazy to serialize that story for free, she would have made A LOT of sales. On the other hand, I’m sure posting the story brought her to the attention of a lot of folks, so she’ll still get the sales with this debut release. Go get EMBER!! Either at her site, or the serial must be in Bam’s archives. It’s an excellent, excellent read and one of my favourite reads for 2007 hands down.