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Daily Deals: Contemporaries, classics, and paranormals

Daily Deals: Contemporaries, classics, and paranormals

Instant Gratification Jill ShalvisInstant Gratification by Jill Shalvis. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Stone Wilder is no less a daredevil bad boy than the rest of his brothers, especially when the thrill of a lifetime is about to arrive in a surprising package. . .The Doctor Is In Deep
Wishful, California, is 3000 miles from Dr. Emma Sinclair’s last job in a New York City ER. Running her father’s clinic for a summer, Emma treats bee stings, stomach flu, and the occasional pet cat. Then there’s Stone Wilder: gorgeous, laid-back, and irritating beyond belief. Emma loathes him. Almost as much as she wants to throw him on her examining table and break every doctor-patient rule in the book. . .
Paging Dr. Sinclair. . .

My favorite in the “Instant” series is the first one–Instant Attraction–which is only $3.99. It was one of the books that Sarah of Smart Bitches Trashy Books and I agreed upon (which is super rare) and one of the books we lauded during that time period back in the day (like 4 years ago) when we lamented there were not enough straight contemporaries. What were we thinking? Yo! the contemporary has been saved. Time to look at reviving other genres.

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William GoldmanThe Princess Bride by William Goldman. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Once upon a time came a story so full of high adventure and true love that it became an instant classic and won the hearts of millions. What reader can forget or resist such colorful characters as

Westley . . . handsome farm boy who risks death and much, much worse for the woman he loves; Inigo . . . the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his father’s death; Fezzik . . . the Turk, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini . . . the evil Sicilian, with a mind so keen he’s foiled by his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinck . . . the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and the beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen . . . the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciating pain of others; Miracle Max. . . the King’s ex-Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (kind of); The Dread Pirate Roberts . . . supreme looter and plunderer of the high seas; and, of course, Buttercup . . . the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world.

S. Morgenstern’s timeless tale—discovered and wonderfully abridged by William Goldman—pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. From the Cliffs of Insanity through the Fire Swamp and down into the Zoo of Death, this incredible journey and brilliant tale is peppered with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, and memorable surprises both terrible and sublime.
With over one million copies in print, S. Morgenstern’s classic fantasy, in the abridged “good parts” version by William Goldman, is a readers’ favorite.

Because while the movie is spectacular, the book is even better.

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Blood of the Wicked by Karina CooperBlood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn.

As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she’s been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind.

A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what’s left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn’t know that Jessie’s his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.

It looks like the entire series is on sale for $1.99 each

Blood of the Wicked
Sacrifice the Wicked
One for the Wicked
All Things Wicked
Lure of the Wicked

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Highland Rebel by Judith JamesHighland Rebel by Judith James. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A love story set against the backdrop of Restoration England, Jacobite Scotland and Ireland, and the rise and fall of kings, by an award-winning author.

Amidst the upheaval of the first Jacobite war in 17th century Britain, Jamie Sinclair’s wit and military prowess have served him well. Leading a troop in Scotland, he impetuously marries a captured maiden, saving her from a grim fate.

A Highlands heiress to title and fortune, Catherine Drummond is not the friendless woman Jamie believed her to be. When her people effect her rescue, and he cannot annul the marriage, Jamie determines to recapture his hellcat of a new wife.

In a world where family and creed cannot be trusted, where faith fuels intolerance and war, Catherine and Jamie test the bounds of love, loyalty, friendship, and trust…

Judith James entered my consciousness through the dedicated campaigning of Kristie J who absolutely loved Broken Wings. Kristie also got romancelandia to watch North and South. We miss you Kristie J!

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Thursday News: Barbara Freethy partners with Ingram; Richard Flanagan takes the Man Booker Prize; Anthony Horowitz ARC surprise; and Jules Verne amusement park.

Thursday News: Barbara Freethy partners with Ingram; Richard Flanagan takes the...

I think this venture is going to be a win-win-win for booksellers, readers and Indie authors like myself who have not been able to reach the print market outside of print-on-demand in the last few years. There’s been a void in the market, and the larger publishers have been unwilling to put bestselling digital titles by Indie authors into print without taking a piece of the digital pie. But with my partnership with Ingram, I’ll still maintain all of my digital rights. I’m very excited to have Ingram as a partner in this exciting new venture. And I’m so happy that readers will be able to get my books in any format they like from print to digital to audio! –barbarafreethy.com

“In Australia the Man Booker prize is sometimes seen as something of a chicken raffle,” he joked. “I just didn’t expect to end up the chicken.”

The novel is an incredibly personal book for Flanagan, whose father was a survivor of Japan’s campaign to build the railway. He died aged 98 on the day Flanagan emailed his final draft to his publisher.

“I grew up, as did my five siblings, as children of the Death Railway,” Flanagan said. “We carried many incommunicable things and I realised at a certain point … that I would have to write this book.” –The Guardian

Ms. Andreadis said that fewer than 2,000 copies had been sent out, and that Harper planned to reprint a new batch without the errors.

It is no big deal: Mr. Horowitz did not use unsavory language, abuse the copy editors, or expose some fantastic dispute between himself and his publishers. At most, there is firm authorial pushback. He just wants things the way he wants them. And he comes straight to the point: “I’M NOT CHANGING THIS.” –New York Times

In 2007, Nantes opened the combined art installation and amusement park on the site of a former shipyard. Les Machines offers both carnival-style rides for which anyone can purchase a ticket, and smaller machines demonstrated by visitors selected from the crowd. The result is a kind of steampunk amusement park, and a breathtaking juxtaposition of old, new – and weird. –BBC Travel