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Daily Deals: A sheriff named goat; a demon slayer not named Buffy; and a Arabic romance

Daily Deals: A sheriff named goat; a demon slayer not named...

A Bad Day for Romance by Sophie LittlefieldA Bad Day for Romance by Sophie Littlefield. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

That’s no cupid, it’s a bridesmaid with a crossbow. Stella Hardesty is a seamstress with a sideline job in vigilante justice in this entertaining ebook in the Edgar-nominated and award-winning Bad Day series.

Two days before her best friend gets married, Stella Hardesty has nothing more pressing on her mind than fitting into her fluffy pink bridesmaid gown, mixing her next cocktail, and enjoying a romantic weekend with her sometimes beau, BJ Brodersen. Just as she’s headed to the bridal shower, word comes that BJ and smokin’ hot sheriff Goat Jones have gotten into a dustup over Stella’s affections.

Before Stella can recover from this startling development, more bad news comes along. The minister’s niece, the hard-to-love pageant princess Divinity Flycock, has been arrested for the murder of her fiancé. The bride begs Stella to clear Divinity’s name so that her minister will be able to perform the nuptials. When Stella starts digging into the case, however, she uncovers a world of jealous nightclub singers, firearms dealers, and the ugly underbelly of reality TV. Hot on the trail of the truth, she’s distracted by the arrival of the sheriff, who finally seems ready to make a claim for her affections.

This is the fifth book in the series.

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A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne JoinsonA Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson. $ 1.99

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It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are heading for the ancient city of Kashgar on the Silk Road, to help establish a Christian mission. Lizzie, on fire with her religious calling and traveling with her new Leica camera, is in awe of their charismatic and imperturbable leader, Millicent. Eva’s motives for signing on to the missionary life are not quite as noble, but with her glorious green bicycle to ride on, and a commission to write A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar in her suitcase, she is ready for adventure.

In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a long trip abroad to find a man sleeping outside her front door. She gives him a blanket and pillow and in the morning finds the bedding neatly folded and a beautiful drawing of a bird with a long feathery tail, some beautiful Arabic writing, and a boat made out of a flock of seagulls on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland, befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together.

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into each other. Beautifully written and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters (not to mention an owl), the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them, and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard won way towards home

I remember trying to include this book in a deal before but the deal was gone before the posting went live. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen again.

PW writes “Though Frieda and Tayeb’s growing bond and the unfolding revelations of the modern story are more compelling than Eva’s frustratingly limited experiences and the unpleasantly stereotyped Millicent, Joinson has created in Frieda’s unusual history and the parallel struggles of Tayeb and Eva as outsiders and observers an intriguing window into the difficulties of those who attempt to reach across cultural barriers.”

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The Elementals  by Francesca Lia BlockThe Elementals by Francesca Lia Block. $ 2.99

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From a star YA writer Francesca Lia Block, author of the Weetzie Bat books, comes an adult novel about a student, haunted by the disappearance of a friend, who must face the truth

The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel’s heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend’s disappearance and face a chilling choice.

Kirkus writes “Silver rings, a profusion of flowers, hazy graveyards and perhaps the fae embroider this hypnotic tale. Block (Pink Smog, 2012, etc.) returns with her distinctively smoldering style. Primarily aimed at young adults, this book may appeal to an adult audience as well, with its shimmering imagery and nimble characterization.”

PW says that the dark renderings of familiar college types will keep readers engaged. A sort of New Adult PNR.

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Beg Me To Slay (Entangled Covet)  by Lisa KesslerBeg Me To Slay by Lisa Kessler. $ .99.

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He’ll slay her demons, but it may cost her heart…

Four years ago Tegan Ashton was attacked. Determined never to be a victim again, she devotes her life to martial arts and self-defense. When her assailant returns to finish what he started, only one person can help her.

Gabe is a private investigator by day and demon slayer by night. After losing loved ones, he vows to defend people from a threat they don’t realize exists.

The relationship is supposed to be strictly business, but fighting demons together stirs up emotions they never expected. Turns out demon slaying is a breeze compared to facing their scarred pasts and even worse – hearts.

There aren’t any really critical reviews. Of the three star reviews I found on goodreads, the complaints were that it wasn’t a YA and had too much sex; that the romance took over from the paranormal aspects; and that the bad boy did not stay bad long enough. Those aren’t really negatives to me. I think I might have to take a chance.

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Daily Deals: D Day, horny magicians, and an ex wive’s club

Daily Deals: D Day, horny magicians, and an ex wive’s club

The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day by Cornelius RyanThe Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan. $ 1.99

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THE CLASSIC ACCOUNT OF THE ALLIED INVASION OF NORMANDY

The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.

This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.

This classic bestseller–back in print to coincide with the 50th anniversary of D-Day–offers a brilliant, authentic, gripping account of the hours that preceded and followed the Allied invasion of Normandy. “Fifty years from now the history of D-Day, I am sure, will lean heavily on this book.”–John Toland, New York Times Book Review.

I keep seeing the promotion for Fury with Brad Pitt but it looks boring and his accent is weird. I do love the scene where they say “Best damned job I ever had.”

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The Magicians by Lev GrossmanThe Magicians by Lev Grossman. $ 2.99

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Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the forthcoming The Magician’s Land, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren’t black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.

NYTimes says that this is like Hogwarts but with more sex.

“Quentin and his circle sleep around. They cook great meals and slosh wine. They also mope about and ponder the purpose of the magical life. It turns out that it can be kind of boring. You have great power but no meaningful way to apply it. Kind of like comp lit majors, or faded rock stars.”

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Southern Fried Blues by Jamie FarrellSouthern Fried Blues by Jamie Farrell. $ .99

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A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South
Divorced wasn’t a label Anna Martin ever wanted. Now she’s a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she’s squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man-especially another military man-get in the way of her career.

A Southern Gentleman Military Officer

Jackson Davis believes in family, football, and Uncle Sam. He treats ladies right, takes his uniform seriously, and he loves his dog, but he doesn’t reckon he’s built for true love. After all, if a man good as his daddy couldn’t do it right, what chance does Jackson have?

One Undeniable Attraction

These two vulnerable souls are as different as cornbread and ketchup, but they fit together like sweet butter on hot biscuits. Short-term, they’re exactly what the other needs. But when their hearts get involved, they’re both gonna end up with a big ol’ case of Southern Fried Blues.

Sounds sweet and cute. There aren’t many middling reviews but the one that is calls it sweet but the narrative is jumbled at times.

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Beyond Control by Karice BoltonBeyond Control by Karice Bolton. $ Free.

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Everything in Gabby Sullivan’s life is going according to plan–her father’s plan. With a brilliant job in the corporate world, glamorous parties, and a beautiful condo overlooking Seattle, she is thrown into a world she doesn’t want to claim. It’s not until Jason crashes into her world that she realizes she’s not really living.

Facing his own demons, Jason attempts to piece his life back together after a personal tragedy. Damaged by his ghosts, Jason finally begins to forgive himself whenever Gabby’s around. She makes him feel–alive, something he hasn’t felt for a long time.

It’s only as their love grows and secrets are revealed that they realize a devastating connection from their past might actually tear them apart.

BEYOND DOUBT (Book 2) is now available!

The heroine made some reviewers angry because she acted victimized and was rude and snarky to the hero. Plus, the ending is a really awkwardly placed cliffhanger.

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