Another Spin-off series, this time from the Cassandra Palmer Series that begins with Touch the Dark Dorina is dhampir, and her father is Dracula's brother. Dracula, long since insane, but still very powerful, has broken out of his prison and needs to be stopped. Dorina is talked into it by her father who leads her to believe that Dracula has a friend of hers. Dorina is the straight man for a whole slew of fantastic characters who lead her around in circles while she tries to kick their asses until they give up useful information and several try to get into her pants.
Riley Jenson is a werewolf who works in a government organization that protects people from those with supernatural powers. Werewolves are oversexed paranormal creatures; during the full moon, a werewolf denied all other company will breed even with her worst enemy, or risk going mad. This series allows you to enjoy the author's complete and graphic sexual imagination, a slight amount of emotional angst by the protagonist at her inability to find her true mate, and a great many bloody ass kickings handed out indiscriminately. There's also a reasonable plot to give you a bit of a breather between all the sex.
Once respectable accountant, Helen's divorce has left her on the lam in Florida, looking for places that will pay her off the books. In her first two weeks at Juliana's, an exclusive woman's boutique, she discovers that her manager may be running drugs, hiring murders, and blackmailing most of the regular clientele. When her manager turns up dead, it i up to Helen to unravel the craziness that was her managers life and get to the bottom of her murder, before the local police decide that she's too intimately involved to be innocent. A great strength of this book and the series is the way that life is breathed into even the smallest background characters, leaving you with a cast and crew of zany Floridians to enjoy again on a re-read.
Ivy Malone has noticed that women her age (she calls herself a LOL) are invisible to everyone around them. She decides to use her new found superpower to investigate all the suspicious things that are going on in her small town. Unfortunately for her, she stumbles on something a little bigger than vandalism, and the perpetrators are after her head. Can she figure out what's going on in time? Not recommended for non-Christians, as it is a bit Bible-heavy, which I enjoyed, but would not push on a friend lest she think that it was a backward attempt at conversion.
Genre Five: Christian Inspirational
Genre Six: Cookbooks
Intended for those of use who like to eat, rather than to cook, this book is full of inexpensive, healthier versions of your favorite take-out dishes. It features Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, and Deli foods, and several recipes have become my favorite. I especially recommend the chili with mushrooms and the nachos made with baked tortillas. I'm making myself hungry just thinking about this ...
The Gold Standard of basic cooking. Your mother used Joy the way you will use this. If don't have it, you want it. And if you have a friend who is trying to learn how to cook, this is the perfect gift.