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Daily Deals: Kelley Armstrong YA, Duran historical, and a freebie thriller

Daily Deals: Kelley Armstrong YA, Duran historical, and a freebie thriller

The Gathering By Kelley ArmstrongThe Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. $ 1.99 AMZN | Kobo

From the Jacket Copy:

Strange things are happening in Maya’s tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya’s home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn’t help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he’s interested in one special part of Maya’s anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.

I really liked these YA books from Kelley Armstrong BUT she left both of them fairly unresolved which is really frustrating. It’s like she got this great idea, wrote a couple of books and then got completely bored. I was entertained reading the series but frustrated with the lack of closure.

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That Scandalous Summer by Meredith DuranThat Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the social whirl of Regency England, Elizabeth Chudderley is at the top of every guest list, the life of every party, and the belle of every ball. But her friends and admirers would be stunned to know the truth: that the merriest widow in London is also the loneliest. Behind the gaiety and smiles lies a secret longing—for something, or someone, to whisk her away . . .

Raised in scandal, Lord Michael de Grey is convinced that love is a losing gamble—and seduction the only game worth playing. But when duty threatens to trump everything he desires, the only way out is marriage to a woman of his brother’s choosing. Elizabeth Chudderley is delightful, delicious—and distressingly attractive. With such a captivating opponent, Michael isn’t quite sure who is winning the game. How can such passionate players negotiate a marriage of necessity—when their hearts have needs of their own?

We featured this book when it was on presale. RT made it a “top pick” and the heroine uses alcohol to numb her loneliness. The next book is up for pre-order and is $1.99 as well.

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Six Seconds by Rick MofinaSix Seconds by Rick Mofina. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

A vengeful woman who aches for her place in paradise…

In Iraq an aid worker who lost her husband and child in a brutal attack saves the life of an American contractor. Believing he can help her avenge her family’s deaths, she follows him back home to the United States.

An anguished mother desperate to find her child…

In California a soccer mom arrives to pick up her son from school, only to discover that her husband has taken their child and vanished without a trace.

A detective who needs to redeem himself…

In the Rocky Mountains an off-duty cop rescues a little girl from a raging river moments before she utters her final words in his arms. Haunted by failure, he launches an investigation that leads him to a Montana school where time is ticking down on an event that will rewrite history.…

Three strangers entangled in a plot to change the world in only six seconds….

It’s a terrorist plot/thriller. Thanks to Kim for emailing me about this deal and the Duran one.

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Love Me Some Cowboy By Lisa Mondello, Jean Brashear, Barbara McMahon, Day Leclaire and Ginger ChambersLove Me Some Cowboy by Lisa Mondello. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Who can resist a tough, rugged cowboy? Not these feisty, determined women!
Five full-length novels at a steal of a price!
In Nothing But Trouble by USAToday Bestselling Author Lisa Mondello, city girl Melanie Summers must spend an entire month alone in the Wyoming wilderness with sexy rodeo cowboy, Stoney Buxton, without getting into trouble. Possible? Not a chance in the world!
USAToday Bestselling Author Jean Brashear adds Lone Star flavor with Texas Secrets. Boone Gallagher returns to the only home he’s ever known only to find it’s been willed to a sexy stranger who’s intent on leaving. He must keep her there for thirty days or it will be lost to them both.
Love romantic reunion stories? Then USAToday Bestselling author Barbara McMahon has the perfect book for you! Crazy About a Cowboy brings you Sam and Lisa Haller, who divorced for all the wrong reasons. Now Sam wants his ex-wife back for all the right ones.
Once Upon a Cowboy by USAToday Bestselling author Day Leclaire introduces Cami, a lovable, greenhorn spitfire determined to become a cowboy, despite the objections of her sexy rancher boss.
And last, but far from least, Waldenbooks bestselling author Ginger Chambers offers a heartwarming treat with Love, Texas, in which Cassie Edwards returns to the hometown she’d forsaken to negotiate the sale of land belonging to the Taylor family. Hard-working rancher Will Taylor, once her girlhood crush, is all man now and fighting hard to save his heritage. When attraction flares, will true love triumph?

I’ve kind of stopped buying box sets because I’ve only read a couple but a full length novel box set is pretty appealing.

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Wednesday News: Invention revolutionizes women’s health in India; Maya Banks hits Jeopardy; Salon defends Romance; and the Pope gets his own magazine

Wednesday News: Invention revolutionizes women’s health in India; Maya Banks hits...

The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary – Okay, this is one of the most riveting and inspiring stories I’ve read in a while (which may say something about how little I’ve been able to read lately). Arunachalam Muruganantham, who has no college education or specific training — spent years (seriously – he started in 1998) researching, experimenting, innovating, designing, and building a machine that could cheaply manufacture sanitary pads for women in rural India. His commitment to this process is nothing short of extraordinary (some – including his wife, who left him during the process, although they are since reconciled – might call him obsessive). At one point he even fashioned a bladder of goat’s blood on himself so he could test out his prototypes. Subject to gossip, rumors, and ostracism, Muruganantham persevered, and managed to build a machine that is not only easy to use, but it’s easy to learn, which means that it has provided both a product and a source of employment for the women it is meant to help. The only sad part? Muruganantham hasn’t seemed to earn very much from his invention, although now he is focused on a global market.

When Muruganantham looked into it further, he discovered that hardly any women in the surrounding villages used sanitary pads – fewer than one in 10. His findings were echoed by a 2011 survey by AC Nielsen, commissioned by the Indian government, which found that only 12% of women across India use sanitary pads.

Muruganantham says that in rural areas, the take-up is far less than that. He was shocked to learn that women don’t just use old rags, but other unhygienic substances such as sand, sawdust, leaves and even ash.

Women who do use cloths are often too embarrassed to dry them in the sun, which means they don’t get disinfected. Approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene – it can also affect maternal mortality. –BBC News

Maya Banks Makes It To Jeopardy – Not the author herself, but her books. It’s pretty cool, and possibly an indication that The Book That Shall Not Be Named is helping mainstream other Romances. –Twitter

Highbrow media’s sexist blind spot: Romance novels – Although this post contains no byline, it’s an intelligent meditation on the way the cultural marginalization of Romance reflects a larger issue with the cultural marginalization of women’s voices, as reflected most recently in the new VIDA results. Read it.

The typical excuse for that exclusion is genre, not gender. But those two words have a common root, and are intertwined in many ways. Romance is seen as unserious and frivolous because women are seen as unserious and frivolous, and romance is written largely by women, for women, about concerns traditionally seen as feminine (Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult have made a similar argument about commercial fiction by women). I wouldn’t argue that the LRB and similar publications need to cover romance if they want to get more female book reviewers. But I would say that the mind-set that says that romance novels are automatically trash is linked to the mind-set that prevents these venues from publishing more women writers. –Salon

Berlusconi’s Publishing House Launches Pope Weekly – Am I the only one who’s surprised that the Pope doesn’t have his own magazine? In a marketplace where Christian publishing continues to grow and grow, this isn’t really surprising. And given the fact that the publisher also puts out a gossip magazine, I imagine that part of the agenda here is to reinvigorate the Catholic Church’s popularity among the younger generations. It will be interesting to see how well it sells, and if it will be distributed outside Italy.

Editor Aldo Vitali said Francis’ election a year ago has generated new interest in the papacy and moral and ethical themes that will be highlighted. –ABC News