Hello, my lovelies. Today, I’m sharing my choices for the 80s Movie Book Tag.
The 80s Movie Book Tag has been doing the rounds since 2019. It’s popped up on many of the blogs that I follow over the past couple of years. I think I saw it first on Kristin Kraves Books – go check out her choices.
As a woman born at the beginning of the 1970s, I was an impressionable teen in the 1980s. Therefore, I couldn’t let this 80s Movie Book Tag pass without doing it myself.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A book that kept you up all night
OK, so my choice for this first one isn’t a horror story – although some aspects sent chills down my spine. But I definitely couldn’t stop listening to Magical Midnight Madness!
Title: Magical Midlife Madness by K. F. Breene
Series: Leveling Up #1
on 10 February, 2020
Genres: Later in Life, Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF)
Narrator: Nicole Poole
No. of Pages: 374
"Happily Ever After" wasn't supposed to come with a do-over option. But when my husband of twenty years packs up and heads for greener pastures and my son leaves for college, that's exactly what my life becomes. Do-over. This time, though, I plan to do things differently. Age is just a number, after all, and at forty I'm ready to carve my own path. Eager for a fresh start, I make a somewhat unorthodox decision and move to a tiny town in the Sierra foothills. I'll be taking care of a centuries old house that called to me when I was a kid. It's just temporary, I tell myself. It'll just be for a while. That is, until I learn what the house really is, something I never could've imagined.Thankfully forty isn't too old to start an adventure, because that's exactly what I do. A very dangerous adventure that will change my life forever. I have a chance to start again, and this time, I make the rules.
The Princess Bride
A WONDERFULLY quotable book
I’ve chosen Justice Calling because although I don’t view it as “a quotable book” there are a lot of fabulous pop culture references in it. I fact the whole Twenty-Sided Sorceress series is full of great film and TV quotes. 😘
Title: Justice Calling by Annie Bellet
Series: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1
Published by Doomed Muse Press on 23 December, 2014
Genres: Amateur Sleuth, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Folly Blaine
Length: 2 hours 35 minutes
No. of Pages: 3
Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress.
Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she's finally safe.
As long as she doesn't use her magic.
When dark powers threaten her friends' lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He's the shifter world's judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she'll have to use her wits... and her sorceress powers.
Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.
Justice Calling is the first book in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress urban fantasy series. Readers who enjoyed The Dresden Files or The Iron Druid Chronicles will likely enjoy this series.
©2014 AnneMarie Buhl (P)2014 AnneMarie Buhl
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
A character who loves breaking the rules
The first name that popped into my head was private investigating wizard, Harry Dresden. 😘 I’ve chosen Death Masks by Jim Butcher for this because rules are being broken all over the place in this story!
Title: Death Masks by Jim Butcher, James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #5
Published by Penguin Audiobooks on 29 October, 2009
Genres: Action & Adventure, Private Investigators, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 11 hours and 17 minutes
No. of Pages: 11
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for:
A duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...
Professional hit men using Harry for target practice...
The missing Shroud of Turin...
A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified...
Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who's still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life.
Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging.
When Harry Met Sally
A couple that took eternity to get together
There have been six books so far in the Amanda Cadabra Mysteries series by Holly Bell. The relationship between Amanda Cadabra and police detective Inspector Thomas Trelawney is a slow organic thing; they’ve grown into friends who trust and rely on each other. I’m hoping that romance will blossom over the next few books. 🥰 I’ve chosen Amanda Cadabra and the Flawless Plan because it’s during this perilous mystery that Amanda and Thomas move from acquaintances to friends.
Title: Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan by Holly Bell
Series: Amanda Cadabra Mysteries #3
Published by Heypressto on 19 March, 2019
Genres: Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Paranormal Mystery, Ghost, Mystery
No. of Pages: 370
An accident waiting to happen. Sunken Madley village church hall seems safe enough for a dance class. Now there’s a body. Or is it two? Only ghosts for witnesses. Covert witch Amanda and her grumpy feline familiar must look for answers in the past. But whose past?
With a spy, a saboteur, an uncooperative ghost, multiple puzzles ,and herself as the number one suspect she’s going to need backup.
There’s only one choice: the personable but intractable Inspector Trelawney. Only if Amanda can dare to trust him can they survive and solve the case before the murderer strikes again.
But who, in this peaceful English village would resort to murder?
In the words of Grandpa: ‘This one is going to be more complicated than the last one. Possibly ... probably. Definitely.’
Back to the Future
A book involving time travel
I don’t have many time-travelling stories in my archives. I’ve read Paula Brackston’s Found Things series and think that the first book is by far the best.
Title: The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Series: Found Things #1
Published by St Martin's Press on 2 October, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Romance, Time-Travel
No. of Pages: 336
A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander
New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.
Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.
It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she's confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.
While Xanthe fights to save her amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.
With its rich historical detail, strong mother-daughter relationship, and picturesque English village, The Little Shop of Found Things is poised to be a strong start to this new series.
Pretty in Pink
A character with a unique style
The character I’ve chosen here is Kyra Greene from Kim McDougall’s Valkyrie Bestiary series. It’s not her dress sense that brought her to mind but her lifestyle, worldview, and the way she handles herself. Kyra’s a pest controller, not an exterminator. However, the “pest” can be anything from pixies to dragons.
Title: Three Half Goats Gruff & Dragons Don't Eat Meat by Kim McDougall
Series: Valkyrie Bestiary #0.5, Valkyrie #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 27 April, 2021
Genres: Action & Adventure, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes
No. of Pages: 291
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes
Kim McDougall presents the prequel and first book in her Valkyrie Bestiary series:
Three Half Goats Gruff: Who is the mysterious captain of the Guardians? Kyra Greene, pest controller of fantastic beasts, takes on a rock troll and meets the man who will haunt her dreams for the next 321 nights.
Come sing around the campfire with satyrs, and discover how Kyra found one little lost cephalopod who will win your heart.
Dragons Don't Eat Meat: Someone is killing dragons. And the killings point to a civil war brewing among the fae. When Kyra Greene finds an abandoned baby dragon, she doesn't want to bring him home. But until she can hunt down his thunder and stop the dragon killers, she's on babysitting duty.
Along with a quirky cast of misfits and unruly critters, Kyra leaves the safety of Montreal Ward and travels through the dangerous Inbetween - the land beyond the protected city states, where magic is the only rule of law. Can she reunite the lost dragon with his thunder and stop a new and sinister force from invading their home?
©2020 Kim McDougall (P)2021 Tantor
The Karate Kid
Favourite book involving the training/mentoring trope
The whole Leveling Up series is about our heroine, Jessie, learning about the supernatural world and its history, all the while learning how to use her own powers and what it means to be a shifter. I’ve chosen Magical Midlife Love because this story centres around Jessie’s need and subsequent search for a teacher to help her with her powers.
Title: Magical Midlife Love by K. F. Breene
Series: Leveling Up #4
Published by Hazy Dawn Press on 23 February, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Later in Life, Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF), Shifters
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 10 hours and 28 minutes
No. of Pages: 496
The fourth book in the Wall Street Journal best-selling Leveling Up series.
The Ivy House team is shaping up, but there are still holes to be filled and a magical summons outstanding. Jessie needs a teacher. Someone who can fit in with the whacky Ivy House crew. And that was going just fine...until she gets a request to host a powerful, neighboring mage.
A teacher isn't going to be enough. She needs more power in her crew. She needs some might.
This time, Austin Steele might not be able to dominate what she calls in, creatures no shifter has ever dominated before.
But that isn't all Austin has to worry about. After a skirmish in the bar, suddenly his whole world is turned upside down. He can no longer ignore the feelings that have been growing for Jess.
He also can't ignore the town's complete lack of readiness for the neighboring mage's visit. He must call in his brother to help lock down the town. And when his brother arrives, he must finally hash out the past that has split them apart so that he can claim his future.
A book with a trip that doesn’t go as planned
Making Midlife Magic was the obvious choice for this one. Ava’s little get-away to the beautiful Italian island of Aradia turned her life upside down. The vacation certainly didn’t go as I was expecting! Lol!
Title: Making Midlife Magic by Heloise Hull
Series: Forty is Fabulous #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 22 June, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Later in Life, Mystery, Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF), Romance
Narrator: Kitty Hendrix
Length: 7 hours and 33 minutes
A new Paranormal Women’s Fiction adventure for those who believe that finding your true self late in life is a blessing, not a curse—even if it turns out you may actually be cursed.
After finding my soon-to-be ex-husband together with my soon-to-be ex-assistant, I realize his “for better or for worse” didn’t include my forties.
An extended vacation on a remote Italian island sounds like the perfect antidote to a midlife crisis—until I arrive. I’m expecting Chianti and pasta. What I get is a run-down bed and breakfast with the oldest Nonna in existence.
There’s something about this island. Something odd. Like how everyone keeps calling me Mamma or how I’m the first tourist in decades.
And that’s before I wake up to a talking chipmunk holding a glass of wine. He says I have something ancient in me, and for once, it’s not my creaking joints.
When I finally discover the island’s deepest secrets, I know my forties are about to be fabulous, if only I can survive long enough to enjoy them.
Fans of K.F. Breene, Robyn Peterman, and Shannon Mayer will love this new twist on paranormal women’s fiction. For those who enjoy their characters a little gritty and seasoned, like a fine Italian wine, book a trip to Aradia now and experience a whole new, magical world!
©2020 Heloise Hull (P)2021 Tantor
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
A book with the central character’s name in the title
Oh, I could choose hundreds of paranormal romance books for this! Teresa Gabelman’s The Protectors series and the spin-off series The Mates, are all titled with the protagonist’s name. But I’ve settled on the Guardians of Hades series by Felicity Heaton.
Guardians of Hades Series by Felicity Heaton
The Guardians of Hades series is about the sons of Hades and Persephone. The Greek God of the Underworld and his wife the Goddess of vegetation and spring.
Ares, Valen, Daimon, Esher, Keras, Calistos and Marek are Princes of the Underworld and Lords of a specific element. Each son has been charged with guarding one of the seven gates to the Underworld. The gates are in various cities here on Earth: New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and two in Seville.
Daemons and Hellspawn want to use the gates to cause an apocalypse foretold by the Greek fates, the Moirai.
Books in the Series
If you haven’t read any of the Guardians of Hades books yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure. Read my thoughts on each one or buy them for yourself using the links below.
- Ares (Guardians of Hades #1) (2016)
- Valen (Guardians of Hades #2) (2017)
- Esher (Guardians of Hades #3) (2018)
- Marek (Guardians of Hades #4) (2020)
- Calistos (Guardians of Hades #5) (2020)
- Daimon (Guardians of Hades #6) (2020)
- Keras (Guardians of Hades #7) (2020)
- Thanatos (Guardians of Hades #8) (2021)
- Hades (Guardians of Hades #9) (Expected 9th August 2022)
- Persephone (Guardians of Hades #10) (Expected 6th September 2022)
Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible* ¦ The Book Depository*
A female character who comes out of her shell
We can forget, sometimes, who we are. I chose Halfway There by Eve Langlais because I loved how true-to-life Naomi was. This is not your usual kickass heroine. Naomi’s journey of rediscovery through these adventures felt believable and was actually quite inspirational.
Title: Halfway There by Eve Langlais
Series: Midlife Mulligan #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 18 February, 2020
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery, Fantasy, Later in Life, Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF)
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 7 hours and 22 minutes
No. of Pages: 370
A Paranormal Women's Fiction novel for anyone who thought adventure and magic stopped at forty. Guess again, it’s just the beginning.
I never expected I’d be one of those people who had a midlife crisis. Sure, I’m over forty, and married, but my kids are grown and moved out. Life is steady, if predictably boring.
That all changes when my husband asks for a divorce and my whole world crashes. Everything I thought I knew, everything I am, gone in an instant. But I am not about to give up. After all, at my age, technically, I’m only halfway there.
I am ready to tackle my do-over; my chance to become the me I’ve always dreamed of. Starting with moving into my late grandma’s cottage and adopting a new kitten.
However, my new life is a little odder than expected. Old books suddenly appearing in my house. Neighbors going missing. A supposed lake monster, and a strange man who likes to skulk around with an axe.
I’m going to need to lean on my friends, new and old, to help me navigate my midlife crisis. Together maybe we will find a way to beat the family curse ruining my second chance at life.
Contains mature themes.
©2019, 2020 Eve Langlais (P)2020 Tantor
A death that took you by surprise
I’ve written about my epic book hangover after a Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I mention this awesome book again. It’s 😭 bloody 😭 brilliant 😭😭😭
Title: Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #9
Published by Tantor Audio on 20 August, 2019
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Length: 17 hours and 16 minutes
Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.
Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.
Contains mature themes.
©2019 Dianne Duvall (P)2019 Tantor
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
An ending that left you both happy and sad
The Legend of All Wolves series by Maria Vale is a unique urban fantasy series. Maria doesn’t follow any traditional path but forges her own trail through the genre. Forever Wolf epitomises the bittersweet ending.
Title: Forever Wolf by Maria Vale
Series: The Legend of All Wolves #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 26 March, 2019
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Shifters, Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 354
A fierce wolf shifter romance where one woman may be able to save a rogue shifter, but at what cost to her wolfpack...
Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was an orphaned teenager. While out on a midnight patrol, Varya finds Eyulf, a rogue shifter, wounded and starving. In a slippery escape from danger, she saves his life, at great risk to her own.
Eyulf was once rejected by his pack as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is...until Varya crosses his path and introduces him to a new Pack world.
With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows that she must keep Eyulf hidden. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack's survival, side by side and heart to heart with a love unbound...
It's time to cry wolf: Fearsome shifter romance featuring stolen love, an outsider who wants only to belong, a fiercely protective wolfpack family, passion, betrayal, and a paranormal world like no other.
That was fun! I’m all misty-eyed and nostalgic for my misspent teen years! 😂😘😂
I’m not tagging anyone, but if you fancy doing the 80s Movie Book Tag let me know so that I can visit and comment on your post.
Bye for now,