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Daily Deals: Inked soldiers, Scottish mysteries, Revolutionary spies, and more

Daily Deals: Inked soldiers, Scottish mysteries, Revolutionary spies, and more

Starting out with some Amazon only deals:

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$1.99. The Katie McGarry was on the best of list for Jia and me.

Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink Series #1) by Laura KayeHard As It Gets by Laura Kaye. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome—pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge . . .

I started in on this one but didn’t get very far. I’ve heard it picks up in the second half.

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44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street Series #1) by Alexander McCall Smith44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street Series #1) by Alexander McCall Smith. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“It was a chance encounter with Armistead Maupin (of Tales of the City fame) in San Francisco which inspired this latest offering from Alexander McCall Smith. Soon after their meeting, McCall Smith published his daily novel, 44 Scotland Street, which appeared over 110 episodes in The Scotsman newspaper in the first half of 2004. The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in the author’s home city of Edinburgh. With its multiple-occupancy flats, Scotland Street is an interesting corner of the New Town, verging on the Bohemian, where haute bourgeoisie rubs shoulders with students and the more colourful members of the intelligentsia.” “One of McCall Smith’s particular talents is his ability to portray archetypes without resorting to stereotype or cliche. We immediately recognise the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland’s most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world.” In McCall Smith’s hands such characters retain charm and novelty, simultaneously arousing both mirth and empathy. 44 Scotland Street is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters’ struggles to resolve them.

Julie James told me she was a big fan of this author and urged me to read him.

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Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. WhiteRing of Secrets by Roseanna M. White. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

This exciting romantic spy novel from Roseanna M. White combines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the Revolutionary War.

Winter Reeves is an aristocratic Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the Loyalists of the City of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she’s caught, if she’s hung for espionage…well, she won’t be. Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade: the wonders of invisible ink, drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover.

Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington’s spy hidden among the ranks of the elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can’t be ignored.

Both believers…and both committed to a separate cause. Will their faith in God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart?

This is from an inspirational publisher. She is apparently the co founder of Christian Review Books.

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Father Found by Judith ArnoldFather Found by Judith Arnold. $ Free.

From the Jacket Copy:

Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award!

Book One of Judith Arnold’s popular Daddy School series. Jamie McCoy is the ultimate guy: thirty years old, carefree and professionally successful as the writer of a nationally syndicated humor column called “Guy Stuff.” Nine and a half months ago, he spent a week basking on the beach in Eluthera and indulging in a fling with a woman at the resort. Never did he expect to find the unplanned result of that fling—a healthy, wailing baby named Samantha—strapped into a car seat on his back porch, along with a suitcase full of diapers and infant apparel and a note informing Jamie that he’s her father.

Maybe he is and maybe he isn’t. But first things first. He’s never fed a baby or changed a diaper in his life. He doesn’t own a crib or a stroller. In a panic, he phones the nearest hospital, where neonatal nurse Allison Winslow takes his call and tells him about a class she teaches called the Daddy School.

Classes on how to be a dad are exactly what Jamie needs. But when he attends his first class and sees the tall, earnest, amazingly beautiful and even more amazingly competent Allison, he realizes that he might just need more from her than her lectures on how to hold a baby.

Jamie’s efforts to be a father to this precious baby touch Allison. His sense of humor amuses her. His striking good looks turn her on. But how can she trust the sort of guy who’d sleep with a stranger on vacation, without giving a thought to the consequences? How can she give her heart to such a reckless man?

This was originally published as a category romance with Harlequin in 1997. I think Arnold was the first author to write about a woman with breast cancer and subsequent mastectomy in romance.

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Monday News: Airport bookstores, mobile shoppers, blockbuster movies, Sherlock Holmes, and languages other than English

Monday News: Airport bookstores, mobile shoppers, blockbuster movies, Sherlock Holmes, and...

“Airport bookstores account for 10 percent of all physical bookstores in the country, or about 2 percent of the entire industry book sales, including online sales,” he said.

Hinckley said the Hudson Group has seen an increase in sales recently – up mostly because of popular books like “50 Shades of Grey” and The Hunger Games series.” Deseret News

“‘Blockbuster films are not really films,’ says Charles Acland, a professor of communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal, and author of the book Screen Traffic. ‘They are in fact very elaborate ‘tent-pole’ business models that connect all sorts of different commodities in all sorts of different industries.’” BBC News

“Mr. Klinger said he planned to go ahead with “In the Company of Sherlock Holmes,” which he said carefully avoided any post-1923 elements. And he praised the ruling for opening the way for other creators, many of whom had previously paid fees to the estate but had rallied to Mr. Klinger’s cause under the Twitter hashtag #FreeSherlock.” New York Times