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DAILY DEALS: The true story of the MI6, a Roman Holiday, a prep school gone wrong, and second chance at love

DAILY DEALS: The true story of the MI6, a Roman Holiday,...

Here’s the second Diversion book I’ve selected. It’s specially priced at .99c. It’s easy to send to your Kindle or read on your mobile device. I picked the Tiffany White book because she used to write Harlequin Temptations and I thought, but could not find this, that she once wrote this really charming romance featuring a heroine who was a mystery writer. She would go to places to test out her murder theories and gets caught by the hero putting a fake drug (Placebo) in a patron’s glass. Anyone remember that book? In any event, I’ve always thought Harlequin Temptation was one of the best lines put by Harlequin.

“A Kiss in the Dark Special Offer” by Tiffany White on Ganxy

The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service The Art of Betrayal by Gordon Corera. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From Berlin to the Congo, from Moscow to the back streets of London, these are the stories of the agents on the front lines of British intelligence. And the truth is often more remarkable than fiction.

Gordon Corera provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction. He tells the story of how the secret service has changed since the end of the Second World War and, by focusing on the people and the relationships that lie at the heart of espionage, illustrates the danger, the drama, the intrigue, and the moral ambiguities that come with working for British intelligence.

From the defining period of the early Cold War through modern day, MI6 has undergone a dramatic transformation from a gung-ho, amateurish organisation to its modern, no less controversial, incarnation. And some of the individuals featured here, in turn, helped shape the course of those events. Corera draws on the first-hand accounts of those who have spied, lied, and in some cases nearly died in service of the state. They range from the spymasters to the agents they controlled to their sworn enemies. And the truth is often more remarkable than the fiction.

This might read like a fictional novel but ‘s actual a journalist’s account of a success and failures of the post 1949 British Secret Intelligence Service and considered one of the best of its kind.

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The Forgotten ChildThe Forgotten Child by Lorhainne Eckhart. $.99 | Free

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In THE FORGOTTEN CHILD, Brad Friessen wasn’t looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.

Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something’s seriously wrong with the boy, and the reclusive, difficult man who hired her can’t see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches until she stumbles across what she suspects are the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him, give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder–to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, their attraction is unavoidable–a connection sparks between them. But just as they’re getting close, Brad’s estranged wife, Crystal, returns after abandoning the family two years earlier. Among the shock and confusion is one disturbing question Brad can’t shake: How does Crystal know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch, and Emily’s relationship with his son?

Crystal must’ve had a plan, as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily, and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what’s hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily’s forced out of the house. Brad fights to save his boy, to protect what’s his, and struggles over his greatest sacrifice–Emily, and the haunting question: Has he lost her forever?

It’s free at some locations but $.99 at others. Reviews said that there was too much time focused on “getting rid of the current wife” and very little time spent on Trevor’s autism and therapy.  As an aside, I don’t get why divorce is not an option until the hot new woman comes around…
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Very_Wicked_ThingsVery Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden Mills. $ 0.99 cents

From the Jacket Copy:

Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove she’s more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body but never her heart.

Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might just shatter.

Cuba “Hollywood” Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.

Until the day he meets her, and she offers him something he’s never tasted…love.

But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn’t come easy…especially when dirty money, past sins, and old flames come calling.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive.

Although each book can be read as a standalone, here is the series reading order. Each book has a HEA. No cliffhangers.

The prequel Very Wicked Beginnings is free, it’s a new adult romance set at a high-class school and deals with issues of a lower class woman falling in love with a high society guy, there are issues of prostitution, illegal activity etc. The first in the series is Very Bad Things.

It also sounds like the “hero” Cuba does some “very bad things” to the heroine and readers giving this book a lower grade couldn’t get past that.

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Roman HolidayRoman Holiday: The Complete Adventure (2-Book Bundle: The Adventure Begins and The Adventure Continues) by Ruthie Knox. $1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The wait is over with this eBook bundle that includes all ten episodes of Ruthie Knox’s steamy, irresistible serial, Roman Holiday. Like all the greatest road trips, Ashley and Roman’s journey is full of unforgettable twists and turns. But what’s their final destination?


Ashley Bowman has always been impetuous, but even she is a little shocked when she chains herself to a palm tree in the Florida Keys hours before a hurricane is due to blow in. It’s all with the hope of saving her childhood home from a heartless Miami developer. But the moment she meets Roman Díaz she realizes he does have a heart—it’s just encased in ice. Ashley’s determined to get Roman to crack . . . even if she has to drag him all over the eastern seaboard to do it.

Roman can hardly believe he’s been talked into driving across the country with this brazen wild child in a skimpy bikini. He tells himself he had no choice—Ashley insists he meets the elderly snowbirds whose community will be displaced by his career-making development deal. But in truth he knows that there’s something about Ashley that makes him want to get a little wild himself . . . and the closer they get, the more tempted he becomes.

Serialized novel bundled together (512 pages). Enemies to lovers. Road trip. Somewhat multicultural. This was published on Wattpad for free, although I don’t know how much of it.

Miss Bates reads said this Miss Bates thought that, juggling simultaneous threads, Knox wanted to create a sweeping tale, a panorama of America and a couple struggling to come to terms with their pasts and find a way of creating something new for the future, that, well, it was a mountain out of a molehill. Moreover, Knox’s wonderfully pithy humour was lost along the way; by the end of the behemothic novel, Miss Bates thought that some authorial finger-wagging was happening.

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DAILY DEALS: To Kill a Mockingbird finally in digital, Stephanie Plum series, a rock star book

DAILY DEALS: To Kill a Mockingbird finally in digital, Stephanie Plum...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. $ 3.95 at Google | Amazon

From the Jacket Copy:

Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus’s children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930′s.

This is the first time the book is available-legitimately-in ebook format. The movie is also low priced at $2.99 over at Google Play. If you pre ordered this, return and rebuy. Amazon doesn’t do a low price guarantee for Kindle books as it does for print books. One forum poster’s advice is to never purchase a pre order.

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Four to Score Janet EvanovichFour to Score by Janet Evanovich. $ 2.99

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Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back—and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who’s skipped bail. With then help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike—including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie’s arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugative—Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case.

A number of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books are on sale between $1.99 and $2.99. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason. My guess is that Google is discounting them and Amazon is price matching.

Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, No. 4) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $2.99
High Five (Stephanie Plum, No. 5) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $2.99
Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, No. 6) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $2.99
To the Nines (Stephanie Plum, No. 9) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $2.99
Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, No. 10) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $1.99
Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum, No. 12) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $2.99
Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 13) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $1.99
Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 14) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $2.99
Finger Licking Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 15) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $2.99
Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 16) (Stephanie Plum Novels) $2.99

I stopped reading this series at book 8 and from everything I’ve read that is absolutely the right decision for me. I have real doubts that Evanovich is writing these books anymore. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s outlining them and her daughter is writing them.

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Rock HerRock Her by Rachel Cross. $ .99 (through July 11)

From the Jacket Copy:

She’s a small-town nurse who had to grow up fast. He’s rock music’s most infamous guitarist. When a day at the beach turns life or death, their worlds collide, and no one will ever be the same.

Kate Gibson’s life has been all about family. She spent her high school years taking care of her dying mother, and her college years raising her younger sister.

Alec Sawyer’s past was an excess of everything: drugs, parties, rock, sex, and money. His downfall had been long, spectacular, and public.

Thrown together by fate and the media, Kate and Alec find themselves falling in love. But dating in the spotlight has its downside, and some secrets are better left in the dark.

Sexy summer beach read with an opposites-attract premise. The hero’s fame and notoriety are a fun factor, but the author doesn’t shy away from his demons and the dark side of the spotlight either, lending a lot of emotional heft to the story. The novel also just won the Rom Con 2014 award for favorite category romance. Middling reviews say the book has either too much sex or too much action but it’s a cute read.
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The Color of a Dream by Julianne MacLeanThe Color of a Dream by Julianne MacLean. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

From USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean comes an emotionally charged tale of a young woman who has fought hard to survive a heart transplant, but soon finds that her new heart is engaged in another battle altogether…

Nadia Carmichael has had a lifelong run of bad luck. It begins on the day she is born, when she is separated from her identical twin sister and put up for adoption. Twenty-seven years later, not long after she is finally reunited with her twin and is expecting her first child, Nadia falls victim to a mysterious virus and requires a heart transplant.

Now recovering from the surgery with a new heart, Nadia is haunted by a recurring dream that sets her on a path to discover the identity of her donor. Her efforts are thwarted, however, when the father of her baby returns to sue for custody of their child. It’s not until Nadia learns of his estranged brother Jesse that she begins to explore the true nature of her dreams, and discover what her new heart truly needs and desires…

There aren’t many detailed reviews so I can’t say whether this is worth picking up.

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