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Special Offers (The Coursodon Dimension) [Kindle Edition]

M.L. Ryan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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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, stay one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is, and not lose their sense of humor?

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

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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: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 216 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: #89,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 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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9 of 9 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! September 11, 2012
By Nikki B
Format:Kindle Edition
When I read the blurb for this book I must admit I was skeptical. It's unique and unlike anything I had heard of before and in that uniqueness came a worry. Unless this was done perfectly, it would fail miserably. I was pleasantly surprised to find Special Offers to be wonderfully written, engaging and with a plot that kept me turning pages and groaning when it was over to fast!

In a attempt to not be killed by her overflowing bookshelves Hailey decides to embrace the age and buy herself a Kindle. She never expected the Kindle to come preloaded with a mans soul. Sebastian was awesome, loved him! He provided some comic relief to the heavier story of having to find his body and reunite his soul with it.

The one good thing about having a man stuck in your body? He's sure to have a friend willing to come and try and help him get out. Alex is Sebastian's friend and him and Hailey hit it off almost immediately. They have this hot connection without the sex. I mean, it's hard to have sex with another guy stuck inside you. Har-de-har-har-har. But seriously, virtually no sex in this one. Which was fine because I still got thier connection and the story line of the guys origins and the pursuit of Sebastian's body were more then enough to keep me reading. Alex just lit the page on fire with his presence. He's incredibly smart, being over a hundred years old but he has this quirkiness about him that I found endearing. I also loved how Hailey wasn't a shrinking violet. When she needed to she thought quickly and she wasn't afraid to help the guys in their quest.

The intrigue throughout the book was well paced and the writing was clean and never faltered. Not once did I get bored while reading this one and that's saying a lot coming from me.
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3 of 3 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Special Offers- an enjoyable journey to another dimension
I downloaded the book mostly because I was just out of the hospital recovering from an illness and I didn't think I could handle any of my usual heavy non-fiction reading. Read more
Published 1 month ago by laserlizard
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a great read!
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Published 2 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely marvelous find
I stumbled on this as a recommendation on my Face Book page. I downloaded the sample and before I'd finished the second page I was completely hooked! Ms. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ross G. Homer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating concept; well developed and well written
Special Offers by ML Ryan
Hailey Parrish lived in a one-bedroom guesthouse that was quickly becoming overtaken by her paperback collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michelle S. Willms
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Urban Fantasy with witty banter and hot romance
Okay, may I just say that the author did a phenomenal job creating characters that contain flaws, but are still able to make you love them nonetheless? Read more
Published 2 months ago by snyderyan93
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Amateurishly written, but mildly entertaining. The heroine is related let, the hero a bit too perfect. The plot is just a device for the romance, seemingly.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Offers
Very fun read!! I loved the characters and the plot line. Good writing, good humor! I'll be looking for more by this author.
Published 5 months ago by Em B.
4.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to hate this book, but I just couldn't...
Reading the description of this book, you can't help but think, "Oh geez, really?" - I really did NOT want to like this book, but I couldn't help but read it because it sounded so... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Candy Beauchamp
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend for anyone who likes Sci Fi, Urban Fantasy or Women's...
This is the first book in the Coursodon Dimension Series by M.L. Ryan. I was first drawn to the is book by the cover. Someone trapped in a kindle? Cool. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Judy-Ree
1.0 out of 5 stars An interesting concept that just fell flat...
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Future Slayer Girl (aka: kitten)
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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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