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Daily Deals: Monster chasers, a Prairie Bitch, and a New Adult

Daily Deals: Monster chasers, a Prairie Bitch, and a New Adult

The Babel Codex Alex ArcherThe Babel Codex by Alex Archer. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

In this electrifying new novella, heroine Annja Creed uncovers yet another one of history’s monsters.

From the Old Testament comes a new danger?

Fighting skeletons in Addis Ababa isn’t in Annja’s contract. Especially when they’re “entertainment” rigged by an obnoxious radio DJ during the filming of the TV show she hosts, Chasing History’s Monsters. But the accidental discovery of an ancient clay brick turns the prank into deadly peril for the intrepid archaeologist.

If Annja’s hunch is right, the brick is merely the first key to a greater discovery: the Tower of Babel. Now, with Joan of Arc’s sword in hand and killers at her heels, she must race across the Middle East to unravel the puzzle first. Enemies and allies will face off against each other—and themselves. To survive, Annja will have to defeat them all?because in the end there can be only one winner.

Join the ranks of loyal readers addicted to the heart-racing action/adventure of the Rogue Angel series. With six new books a year, don’t miss the next Rogue Angel title coming out in September.

This is a novella but perfectly priced at FREE.

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KINDLING THE MOON  by Jenn BennettKindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

S&S has placed six books on sale in celebration of NY ComicCon. This deal was mentioned in the comments earlier this week and Keslynn shared that it was more UF than PNR but that she recommended it.

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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison ArngrimConfessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

For seven years, Alison Arngrim played a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on one of TV history’s most beloved series. Though millions of Little House on the Prairie viewers hated Nellie Oleson and her evil antics, Arngrim grew to love her character—and the freedom and confidence Nellie inspired in her.

In Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Arngrim describes growing up in Hollywood with her eccentric parents: Thor Arngrim, a talent manager to Liberace and others, whose appetite for publicity was insatiable, and legendary voice actress Norma MacMillan, who played both Gumby and Casper the Friendly Ghost. She recalls her most cherished and often wickedly funny moments behind the scenes of Little House: Michael Landon’s “unsaintly” habit of not wearing underwear; how she and Melissa Gilbert (who played her TV nemesis, Laura Ingalls) became best friends and accidentally got drunk on rum cakes at 7-Eleven; and the only time she and Katherine MacGregor (who played Nellie’s mom) appeared in public in costume, provoking a posse of elementary schoolgirls to attack them.

Arngrim relays all this and more with biting wit, but she also bravely recounts her life’s challenges: her struggle to survive a history of traumatic abuse, depression, and paralyzing shyness; the “secret” her father kept from her for twenty years; and the devastating loss of her “Little House husband” and best friend, Steve Tracy, to AIDS, which inspired her second career in social and political activism. Arngrim describes how Nellie Oleson taught her to be bold, daring, and determined, and how she is eternally grateful to have had the biggest little bitch on the prairie to show her the way.

This sounds fascinating. Entertainment Weekly says “’Confessions of a Prairie Bitch’ says it all: Neither Arngrim nor Nellie could ever be called boring.”

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Come as You Are by Theresa WeirCome As You Are by Theresa Weir. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Molly Young has a secret. To keep it she holds the world at a distance. Behind her lies a trail of dumped boyfriends who came too close to discovering what no one can know. When her estranged father dies of an unexpected heart attack he leaves an even deeper secret, one tied to Molly’s.

At the funeral repast Molly is unable to tolerate the shoulder-to-shoulder mourners and runs out the door and down the street to the nearest bar. Come dawn, with no memory of the past ten hours, she finds herself in bed with a beautiful stranger. She slips away before he wakes up, unaware of the role he’s about to play in her life. Is he the one guy who can convince Molly to face her painful secret and become the person she’s meant to be?

Theresa Weir is a fantastic author and this is her first New Adult. I’ve not read it because the blurb is too vague for me to dive in (pun intended) but I have it on my TBR list.

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Thursday News: Someone discovers porn on Amazon and is surprised; Goodreads...

Wendell is less certain that fans of Fifty will enjoy other romance narratives, stating “I don’t think every 50 fan will find romance and think, ‘YES! This is what I wanted!’” Rather than mining the backlists of established authors, Wendell sees Fifty Shades changing the publishing industry and the types of stories that are published. She points to the sheer number of romance book covers that look eerily similar to the cover of Fifty Shades, the increasing use of deep first-person narratives and the popularity of a new genre, called “New Adult,” that features young 20-something female protagonists who are often unsure of themselves and enter into intense sexual and emotional relationships. Unsurprisingly, many (though certainly not all) New Adult titles began as Twilight fan fiction, too. Trout seems the same trends, but is less optimistic, writing “I think a lot of authors had that hope at the beginning of the craze. ‘Okay, this book has its problems, but now the readers will move on to other books in the erotic romance genre and they’ll realize what they were missing.’ Instead, what seems to be happening is this really horrible effect of even more anti-feminist, abusive and grossly misinformed kink fanfic flooding the market.” It’s an interesting piece that covers a lot of different ground. Infinite Earths

On Amazon you do not need to have an ISBN and in fact, it is almost encouraged by Amazon to simply use their own IDs for even Createspace (print) versions of the books. I think you actually have to pay more if you want to use your own ISBN purchased from Bowker. Given that Amazon represents a huge portion of self published digital books, Bowkers’ numbers are interesting but not terribly reliable. Publishers Weekly

Many users never even used the synch feature, preferring to simply use the export/import feature of the respective sites. This notice comes on the heels of emails Goodreads sent to some 21 users whose content had been deleted promising to return the content but that readers must never, ever repost it on Goodreads. I’m not sure what is going on over at Goodreads, but it sounds like a mess right now. BookLikes

Some of these authors have tried to repackage their porn in the form of barely legal New Adult work because they are hoping to both a) catch on the trend wave and b) avoid some of Amazon’s attempts to hide them. In other words, Amazon has no problem making money off of porn so long as no one knows about it. Amazon has put the ban hammer down on covers that are too explicit and titles like “my step-father wants to poke me in the bottom as punishment” have to be reworked into “my older neighbor metes out discipline.”

Amazon has strict guidelines for amateur authors who wish to self-publish with the Kindle Direct Publishing service. “We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts,” say the guidelines. “What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.” Jeremy Wilson – The Kernel