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Daily Deals: Suspense, middle grade, award winning multicultural book, and a historical

Daily Deals: Suspense, middle grade, award winning multicultural book, and a...

These two books are 99c at Amazon only. Kat Latham’s book was a recommended read from Jayne and Ava March’s is a m/m and I just don’t see a lot of these for sale and wanted to bring it to your attention. I don’t know why they are 99c at Amazon only but they seem like two great deals.

If Looks Could Kill (A Suspense Novel)  by Eileen DreyerIf Looks Could Kill (A Suspense Novel) by Eileen Dreyer. $ .99

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A wildly popular author of suspense novels, Chris hides away in the tiny town of Pyrite, Missouri, where she lives in a converted storefront and practices breaking-and-entering on local businesses.

Most of the citizens of Pyrite happily claim Chris as their very own celebrity. But the new police chief, Al MacNamara isn’t one of them. Recently transplanted from the mean streets of Chicago, Mac hates mysteries. And Chris Jackson is a mystery.

Then, the murders begin. Murders that look suspiciously like those in Chris’s books. Murders that escalate to a grisly stabbing that exactly mimics a story no one has read except Chris, herself.

With MacNamara’s help, Chris is forced to delve into the dark recesses of her past for answers. Is a madman stalking Chris? Or is Chris right to question her own sanity? Could she be committing the murders herself?

The middling reviews say that the beginning was slow and it was hard to connect to the characters.

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia AlvarezHow the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
by Julia Alvarez. $ Free

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“Simply wonderful.” —Los Angeles Times

Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s brilliant and buoyant and beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters recounting their adventures growing up in two cultures. Selected as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, it won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for books with a multicultural perspective and was chosen by New York librarians as one of twenty-one classics for the twenty-first century. Ms. Alvarez was recently honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her extraordinary storytelling.

In this debut novel, the García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives: by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America.

“Poignant . . . Powerful . . . Beautifully capture[s] the threshold experience of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Spirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon MullSpirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull. $ Free AMZN | Apple

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#1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull launches Scholastic’s wildly popular multiplatform phenomenon.
Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts — a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children — and the world — have been changed forever.

Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers . . . and on you.

Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game — discover your spirit animal and join the adventure.

My daughter loves this series. Each one is written by a different (mostly famous) author. I’d categorize it as middle grade and a series that both girls and boys would enjoy.

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Uncertain Magic by Laura KinsaleUncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale. $ 1.99.

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Having inherited her family’s cursed ability to read minds, thereby always knowing what people think, an Irish lass resigns herself to never finding true love. When she encounters a devilish earl and is unable to read his mind, she believes she has found the man of her dreams–unti lrumors arise around his dark past. Reissue.

Awful cover. A recent review said “Here’s my basic summation: If you are mainly a historical romance fan, you’re bound to be frustrated by the random bits of supernatural elements intermittently shoved into this text, which is rich with historical detail. And if you’re a fan of the supernatural, you’re bound to be frustrated with Kinsale for wasting the narrative opportunities that such elements can provide. Let me explain.”

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Daily Deals: Epic fantasy, dangerous men, and 19th C Scotland

Daily Deals: Epic fantasy, dangerous men, and 19th C Scotland

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive Series #1) by Brandon SandersonThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. $ Free AMZN | Apple

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The trade paperback features a bonus full-page illustration unique to this edition!

Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths,

Life before death.

Strength before weakness.

Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

I kind of feel BN is fading into obscurity as Apple picks up its game. Most of the deals I find are at Apple and Amazon with very few at BN.

PW “Race-related plot themes may raise some eyebrows, and there’s no hope for anything resembling a conclusion in this introductory volume, but Sanderson’s fondness for misleading the reader and his talent for feeding out revelations and action scenes at just the right pace will keep epic fantasy fans intrigued and hoping for redemptive future installments. “

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Private Practice (Entangled Brazen) by Samanthe Beck.Private Practice (Entangled Brazen) by Samanthe Beck. $ .99

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Private Practice by Samanthe Beck:

He’ll teach her how to bring a man to his knees…

Dr. Ellie Swan has a plan: open her practice in tiny Bluelick, Kentucky, so she can keep an eye on her diabetic father, and make hometown golden-boy Roger Reynolds fall in love with her. But Ellie has a problem. Roger seeks a skilled, sexually adventurous partner, and bookish Ellie doesn’t qualify.

Tyler Longfoot only cares about three things: shaking his bad boy image, qualifying for the loan his company needs to rehab a piece of Bluelick’s history, and convincing Ellie to keep quiet about the “incident” that lands him on her doorstep at two a.m. with a bullet in his behind.

The adorable Dr. Swan drives a mean bargain, though. If sex-on-a-stick Tyler will teach Ellie how to bring a man to his knees, she’ll forget about the bullet. Armed with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Sex and Tyler’s lessons, Ellie is confident she can become what Roger needs…if she doesn’t fall for Tyler first.

Reviews say that this is an old school romance and that the sexy times don’t get started until halfway through the book.

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Danger and Desire: Ten Full-Length Steamy Romantic Suspense Novels by Amber LinDanger and Desire: Ten Full-Length Steamy Romantic Suspense Novels by Amber Lin. $ .99

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Hold on tight for ten full-length books of intrigue and passion from New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors. Men in uniform, sexy spies and pulse-pounding action fill over 750,000 words of this limited edition boxed set.

New York Times Bestseller Katie Reus – Sensual Surrender
RITA Award Winning Author Carolyn Crane – Against the Dark
USA Today Bestseller Pamela Clare – Skin Deep
New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love – Deceptive Treasures
Dee J. Adams – Against the Wall
USA Today Bestseller Norah Wilson – Guarding Suzannah
USA Today Bestseller VK Sykes – Lethal Confessions
Amber Lin – Giving It Up
USA Today Bestseller Misty Evans – Deadly Pursuit
New York Times Bestseller Kaylea Cross – Singed

The individual novels have more than 2,000 5-star reviews.

This is a box set worth the price. I’ve read three of the books and it’s worth it for the Carolyn Crane and Pamela Clare alone. Amber Lin’s story is gritty and I feel like her voice is growing on me.

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Gillespie and I by Jane HarrisGillespie and I by Jane Harris. $ 1.99.

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From the award-winning author of The Observations comes a beautifully conjured and wickedly sharp tale of art and deception in nineteenth-century Scotland.

As she sits in her Bloomsbury home with her two pet birds for company, elderly Harriet Baxter recounts the story of her friendship with Ned Gillespie—a talented artist whose life came to a tragic end before he ever achieved the fame and recognition that Harriet maintains he deserved.

In 1888, young Harriet arrives in Glasgow during the International Exhibition. After a chance encounter with Ned, she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in their lives. But when tragedy strikes, culminating in a notorious criminal trial, the certainty of Harriet’s new world rapidly spirals into suspicion and despair.

Infused with rich period detail, shot through with sly humor, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, Gillespie and I is an absorbing, atmospheric tale of one young woman’s friendship with a volatile artist and her place in the controversy that consumes him—a tour de force from one of the emerging names of modern fiction.

Washington Post
“To say anything more would be to give away the plot, which is too delectable to spoil.”
“Harris follows up her smashing debut with another biting, character-driven satire.”

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