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Special Offers (The Coursodon Dimension Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.L. Ryan
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Book Description

Meet Hailey - possessed by an otherworldly being who was trapped in her Kindle.

Hailey Parrish is quick-witted, irreverent, and hasn’t had a date in three years. She only wanted an eBook reader because her collection of paperbacks threatened to take over her small living space. Little did she know that the "special offers" that prompted the purchase included much more than a reduced price in exchange for a few ads. The device came pre-loaded with the essence of Sebastian Kess, an erudite womanizer with magical abilities from a parallel dimension. When she inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined. And soon her predicament introduces her to yet another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland. Can Alex and Hailey find a way to return Sebastian to his own body and stay one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is?

Special Offers, the first book of the Coursodon Dimension Series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and a healthy dose of quirky humor.

Winner of a 2014 IndieBrag Medallion

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About the Author

Scientist by day, paranormal romance-urban fantasy author by night, M.L. Ryan has many stories rolling around in her head, and she finally decided to write some of them. She prefers literature that isn't saddled with excruciating symbolism, ponderous dialogue or worldly implications. She also doesn't like plots so reliant on love at first sight that it makes her feel like her head might implode. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and teenage son, four cats, two dogs and two adopted desert tortoises.

Product Details

  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Running With Scissors Publishing; 3 edition (February 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077ZJNRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,899 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Special Offer is a Pleasant Surprise! February 13, 2012
By cathyn
Format:Kindle Edition
I ordered this for my iPad, as I was checking my e-mail and bemoaning the fact that it was the only bedtime reading I had. Just finished a book and love to read before falling asleep. Stayed up all night to finish Special Offers. I loved this book! In fact, the book I finished just before was Janet Evanovich's new Stephanie Plum novel. This reminds me of that kind of book - clever, different, fun. Books like Special Offers are my reward, my "reading candy." I won't re-summarize the plot, as the Amazon summary is accurate - but it is quite a bit more complicated than indicated. The main character is irreverent, funny, a little insecure, and sympathetic. Readers from the southwest will receive an additional bonus in the author's descriptions of Tucson and the surrounding southwestern desert and mountain scenery. Special Offers is very well written, and not all "fun" books are. I find it very distracting to read a book that doesn't flow or uses poor grammar. And the plot of "Special Offers" is different, which keeps one turning the page. Too often, these less expensive (okay, pretty cheap as far as the cost of books goes!) offerings are a disappointment; poorly written or edited and/or lacking a captivating plot, I usually end up regretting the expense of even a dollar or three for them. Ryan could have charged a LOT more for this book. This is the first in a series, and I'm looking forward to more!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, creative and inspiring point me to book 2 August 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucee's Review of Special Offers by M L Ryan

This is the first time I've struggled when writing a review. As I've never had a book draw me in so completely yet at the same time frustrated me to distraction. When I read the blurb on Special offers I was intrigued and excited to read it.
I was not let down by the plot, the embodiment of the storyline or the characters who were enthralling.

Hailey: The smartass who is possessed by the essence of Sebastian a being from another realm; is hilarious and had me in stitches throughout the entire story. She was also vary endearing and serious when she needed to be. She showed remarkable strength of character and determination when faced with adversity. Hailey has some warm, caring a loyal friend who lookout for her and their personalities marinate very well with her own.

Sebastian: The opinionated mystical being who invaded Hailey's body courtesy of her Amazon special offer Kindle device; was charming, courteous and amusing. His interaction with Hailey were side splittingly funny and had me laughing out loud. Equally there were scene between the two which were sincere, touching and heartfelt. There was something very moving about their relationship which the reader can fully appreciate.

Alex: The mystical charming eye candy from another dimension that every girl dreams about. A colleague and close personal friend of Sebastian. An inevitable love interest for Hailey. Who would have to be dead to pass up that opportunity! Alex is loyal caring and attentive. He explains to Hailey how it came that Sabastian possessed her body and what it was they needed to do to get him back into his own body. Which Hailey appeared to take very well?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Offers May 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
M.L. Ryan gives us a range of characters in Special Offers. The smart, sarcastic female protagonist; the hot, understated male interest; the womanizing, cocky male; the quintessential villain; the loyal friends; and some characters that end up surprising you. A colorful bunch of characters that were extremely fun to read about and really helped round out an already great story. The only issue character-wise that I had was that Hailey considered herself a 'plain jane', that was a little bit of a downer, but other than that she was an awesome character.

"The truth you can deal with, it's all the speculative crap that makes you nuts"

Oh! And I can't forget her cat who was initially named after a Norwegian female swashbuckler. That was an added plus since I'm obsessed with my Norwegian heritage.

There was a lot of hilarious witty banter (mostly between Hailey and Sebastian) that greatly added to the entertainment of my reading experience. Do you ever wonder what people think when you start to laugh out loud while reading? Something that cannot be helped while reading Special Offers!

" 'Hailey, I'm really sorry, but Harrison has some sort of stomach bug and he's currently curled in the fetal position on the bathroom floor moaning 'kill me', over and over' "

The concept was absolutely amazing and so unique. It was a little twisty, but without being overly complicated. Basically, just enough (complicatedness) to draw you in and keep you hooked. I must admit that I was initially a little disappointed in the subtle romance that happens between Hailey and Alex, but then I came to the realization that Special Offers is, in fact, the first of a series. I should have done a tad bit more research, huh?
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An interesting concept that just fell flat... October 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I hate giving bad reviews. It literally hurts my body and I feel like drinking a whole lot of hard liquor when I know I have to post a, dare I say, negative review.

However, reading this book was like forcing myself to color with my child. I know that might sound really mean to some of you but I hate to color. I can't think of anything more boring than having to sit and color for even fifteen minutes.

I couldn't find anything I liked about the characters. This book started out, via the blurb, with so much promise. I mean a supernatural theme about the 'special offers' on the Kindle releasing a 'spirit'. I was like YAY! I'm all over this.

Then I started to read it.

There was no tension, the characters were all one-dimensional cut outs that never latched onto me emotionally for me to care!

You can't scare, or impact a reader unless they really care about the characters.

It read like a college thesis paper. "She got out of bed. She put up on her shirt. She then put on her pants. She walked out of her room. Once she was out of the room she walked down the very long hallway..." You get where I'm going with this.

The writing didn't latch. There was no hook. Even when we are introduced to a really hot male character... yeah. He was boring too. I tried so hard. I pushed and marched on, hoping that I would be like, "Oh, there it is!" That just didn't happen and it was disheartening. I hate to say that the writing just wasn't 'pretty', but it wasn't. It was very blah and it jarred the reader from one scene to the next.

I understand that I am in the minority here. I did read all the other reviews, and it was one of the things that encouraged me to read this. This is purely taste.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely enjoyable, definitely worth reading
Usually I hate books that don't end but with that said this one didn't really end but still had enough closure to be perfect, very well written to be able to make someone like me... Read more
Published 1 day ago by RedWV
4.0 out of 5 stars Aww, shucks, this is a fun read!!
I really enjoyed reading this book, and enjoyed it for the pure enjoyment of a rather original idea and insightful character development. Read more
Published 2 days ago by SeaGem
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
I liked the plot I didn't like the way it ended but I gave 5 stars because it deserved it
Published 7 days ago by KeyKey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Makes an interesting read.
Published 16 days ago by YvonneH
4.0 out of 5 stars Dimension travelers
In this one two men has come through another dimension and one is looking for the other. the other was killed and put his spirit into a kindle reader.. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Barbbe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept
The author had a good story concept, but I could only give this 3 stars due to the writing style. There was too much detail and much of it was completely irrelevant to the story. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Julie A Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars A good start to a great series.
I originally skipped this book and began with the second book in the series. No, I don't remember why. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hymntnc
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for book 5 !!
Enjoyed the book so much I have gotten all and waiting impatiently for the next to be published, 4 just isn't enough !!
Published 1 month ago by T.Vogt 'Kindle Addict'
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential bookworm Hailey was spurned by love 3 years ago
Quintessential bookworm Hailey was spurned by love 3 years ago, so decided to delve into her books and enjoys her solitude with her cat Vinnie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting
I'm so pleased I got this book. I usually shy away from books involving other worlds or aliens, preferring "paranormal" stories, because witches and magic in our world are more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah E. Ehling
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Scientist by day, paranormal romance-urban fantasy author by night, M.L. Ryan has many stories rolling around in her head, and she finally decided to write some of them. She prefers literature that isn't saddled with excruciating symbolism, ponderous dialogue or worldly implications. She also doesn't like plots so reliant on love at first sight that it makes her feel like her head might implode. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and teenage son, four cats, two Curly Coated Retrievers and an adopted desert tortoise.

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