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Daily Deals: Mages, Thriller box set, MC romance, and a tear jerker

Daily Deals: Mages, Thriller box set, MC romance, and a tear...

The Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasThe Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of the Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.

PW gave this a starred review. “As expected, Thomas’s romantic touch is sure, but she is just as adept with fantasy world-building, carrying the banners of Anne McCaffrey and Caroline Stevermer, among others, in a wonderfully satisfying magical saga.”

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Thrill Ride Thrill Ride by J. F. Penn. $ .99

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Murder, conspiracy, corruption, kidnapping, demons, fugitives and a world poised on Armageddon… 

Grab a seat and hold on tight! Because this 8-book thrill ride by some of the most popular names writing thrillers today doesn’t let up till the very last page.

A nearly $30 value if these 8 complete novels were purchased separately–available in this very special bundle for a limited time only.

INTRODUCTION – Steve Berry
SIDETRACKED – Brandilyn Collins
THE BLADE – Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore
THE ROSWELL CONSPIRACY – Boyd Morrison
BLIND JUSTICE – James Scott Bell
DESECRATION – J.F. Penn
THE KILLING RAIN – P.J. Parrish
DOUBLE VISION – Randy Ingermanson
THE CALL – Kat Covelle
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SIDETRACKED – Brandilyn Collins

When Delanie Miller’s close friend, Clara, is murdered and a simple-minded man is falsely accused, Delanie must risk exposing her dark past and the lies of her current life–no doubt alienating everyone now precious to her–to clear him. 
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THE BLADE – Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore

While investigating the theft of a 4000-year-old biblical artifact, a federal agent runs up against an international fugitive threatening to destroy Las Vegas with a nuclear device unless the casinos pay a multi-million-dollar ransom.
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THE ROSWELL CONSPIRACY (Tyler Locke 3) – Boyd Morrison

Combat engineer Tyler Locke races to unmask a decades-old conspiracy before Russian spy Colchev can find a mysterious object from the 1947 Roswell crash. With it, Colchev intends to unleash an electromagnetic pulse weapon of unprecedented power.
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BLIND JUSTICE – James Scott Bell

Attorney Jake Denney has hit rock bottom, both personally and professionally. In a last-ditch effort to save his fading career he takes on a seemingly hopeless murder case–one that thrusts him square into the fight of his life. 
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DESECRATION (London Mysteries – Book 1) – J.F. Penn

Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke and clairvoyant Blake Daniel delve into London’s macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters to stop a murderer from claiming another victim.
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THE KILLING RAIN (Louis Kincaid – Book 6) – P.J. Parrish

On the eve of a brutal storm, a boy is kidnapped–triggering a killing spree by two ruthless men using the boy as a pawn. Now Detective Louis Kincaid must find his twisted adversaries before they commit the ultimate horror.
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DOUBLE VISION (A Quantum Suspense Novel) – Randy Ingermanson

An attractive but strait-laced genius with Asperger’s syndrome, Dillon Richard is on the verge of cracking the “unbreakable code” of bankers and terrorists. Who’ll get him first? The mafia? The NSA? Or one of his two beautiful co-workers?
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THE CALL (Mythological Sam Chronicles – Book 1) – Kat Covelle

After a near-death experience, down-on-his-luck mythology geek and self-proclaimed loser Sam Wilson is pulled into a dangerous quest: Silence a demonic sound lethal only to angels so that exiled angels can return to earth–or mankind will die.

I do a number of romance box sets and saw this over at Kobo. I thought it would make for a nice change of pace. I’ve never heard of any of these authors. 

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Sons of Mayhem: The First Novel (Sons of Mayhem Motorcycle Romance Novels Book 1)  by Nikki PinkSons of Mayhem by Nikki Pink. $ .99

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SONS OF MAYHEM: The First Novel (Hot New Biker RomanceSeries!)

Good girl college junior Nicole is bored. Bored of her boyfriend, bored of frat parties, bored of college life and bored of studying.When a chance to party with biker gang, the Sons of Mayhem, comes up she jumps at it.

Nicole is thrilled to meet the charming but dangerous Vice President of the club, Jase. But when she realizes that the biker lifestyle is rougher than a good college girl like her could ever have imagined she begins to question what she’s getting herself into.

Feel the thrill of the ride with Nicole, Jase and the Sons of Mayhem in this romantic suspense biker romance novel.

The editing is problematic in this book including typos, missing spaces, changes in the spelling of names. It was originally published in a serial and is now in the full form but one reviewer said big incidents are played up only to be dropped forever. Cover and title caught my eye.

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God Shaped Hole: A Novel by Tiffanie DeBartoloGod Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo. $ 2.99.

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When I was twelve, a fortune teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone.

Everyone said she was a fraud, that she was just making it up.

I’d really like to know why the hell a person would make up a thing like that.

Written with the snap, glitter and wit of The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, God-Shaped Hole is a memorable, poignant love story that will leave you weeping with laughter. It is told in the wry, vulnerable voice of Beatrice “Trixie” Jordan who replies to a personal ad, “If your intentions are pure I am seeking a friend for the end of the world.”

In doing so, she meets Jacob Grace, a charming, effervescent thirty-something writer, a free spirit who is a passionate seeker of life.He possesses his own turn of phrase and ways of thinking and feeling that dissonantly harmonize with Trixie’s off-center vision as they roller coaster through the joys and furies of their wrenching romance. Along the way they try to come to terms with the hurt brought about by their distant fathers who, in different ways, forsook them.

This story will prove so touching you will rush to share it with a friend or loved one or even a stranger.

The tension of the book arises when the heroine meets her soulmate. They are happier together than they ever were. One of the reviews said that the character’s voice is a dry wit like the character Daria.

As for the ending, the reviews say “unhappy” and “expected”…

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Daily Deals: Coming of Age, Cults, and a retelling of Bisclavret

Daily Deals: Coming of Age, Cults, and a retelling of Bisclavret

Kieron Smith, Boy James KelmanKieron Smith, Boy by James Kelman. $ 2.99

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“JAMES KELMAN POSSESSES AN ASTONISHING VOICE.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

James Kelman’s triumph in Kieron Smith, boy is to bring us inside the head of a child and remind us what strange and beautiful things happen there.

This is the story of a boyhood in a large industrial city during the time of great social change. Kieron Smith grows from age five to early adolescence amid the general trauma of everyday life—the death of a beloved grandparent, the move to a new home. A whole world is brilliantly realized: sectarian football matches; ferryboats on the river; climbing drainpipes, trees, roofs; street battles, dogs, and cats; sex, ghosts, and other spiritual beings.

A masterpiece.

PW writes “As the years tick by, Kieron’s relationships with his family disintegrate (things with Matt get especially bad), and Kelman’s raw, blunt narration drives home all of Kieron’s loneliness, sadness and feelings of inadequacy. If you can roll with the Scots dialect, the narrative is rewarding, bleak and marvelous.”

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Wife Number Seven by Melissa BrownWife Number Seven by Melissa Brown. $ 1.99

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Lipstick. Bright, red lipstick. Nothing but lipstick.
Even though it’s against our faith to wear a color that screams of sexual promiscuity and deviant behavior, I’m not allowed to protest.
But, I want to.
So badly.
You see, there’s more to me than the braid that spills down my back.
More to me than the layers of heavy fabric that maintain my modesty.
And so much more than the oppressive wedding band that adorns my finger–the same band that each of my sister wives wear.
So much more.
To protest would be sinful.
I must keep sweet, that is my duty.

So I’ll wear the lipstick. I’ll do as I’m told.
And I’ll do my best to silence the resistance within me, to push him from my mind.
If only my heart would do the same.

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The Beauty's Beast by E.D. WalkerThe Beauty’s Beast by E.D. Walker. $ 0.99

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Lady Kathryn’s father sends her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, her frustration and loneliness are eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: a wolf he and his hunters have recently captured. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.

The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he understands and responds to her every utterance convince Kathryn he is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity and to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.

Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when the one who betrayed him returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?

Note: The 99 cent sale is running until Sept. 7th.

This book is a retelling of “Bisclavret” by Marie de France with elements of Beauty and the Beast worked in. It features a sweet friends to lovers romance with a HEA. 

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Perfect For You by Jessie EvansPerfect For You by Jessie Evans. $ Free

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A sweet and sexy short story from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jessie Evans.

Nothing is sweeter than a second chance…

When art teacher Dawn Fuller signed up for “Speed Dating with Doughnuts” in her new hometown of Atlanta, the most she hoped for was a night away from her empty apartment and a maple cruller—anything to distract her from the loneliness she has felt since her kids left for their first summer visitation with their father. But when the night arrives and Trent Baron, her former college nemesis, sits down across the Speed Dating table, Dawn realizes she may be getting more of a distraction than she bargained for.

Trent Baron has come a long way from the backwards, small-minded college football player who used to argue with Dawn in Freshman Sociology. Now a devoted father and the owner of Atlanta’s most successful bike shop, divorced Trent is the kind of honest, supportive man that women dream about. But does he have what it takes to win the heart of his college crush?

Trent is determined to show Dawn that people can change, and that sometimes the perfect match comes along in an unexpected package.

PERFECT FOR YOU is sweet novella featuring a second chance romance.

Deal is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, iTunes

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