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Daily Deals: 8 In Death books and the best book about...

I’m sorry for your wallet, but if you haven’t stocked up your Kindle (this is an Amazon only deal) with the In Death series, now is the perfect time. Each of the following is only $1.99. I’ve put the books in order. Start with Naked in Death.


Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel by Ben FountainBilly Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A finalist for the National Book Award!

Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare with Iraqi insurgents has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America’s most sought-after heroes. Now they’re on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate support for the war. On this rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside Destiny’s Child.

Among the Bravos is Specialist Billy Lynn. Surrounded by patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and Support Our Troops bumper stickers, he is thrust into the company of the Cowboys’ owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Over the course of this day, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years.

Entertainment Weekly says it is the best book about the Iraq War and Destiny’s Child that you’ll ever read which is kind of like saying that hot dogs are the best reprocessed animal guts that you’ll ever eat. But truly, it’s such a hook that I’m intrigued.

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Outlander (Outlander Series #1) by Diana GabaldonOutlander by Diana Gabaldon. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Her husband is two centuries away, she is related to her lover’s mortal enemy, and her neighbors think she’s a witch. In this unforgettable novel of time travel, Diana Gabaldon fuses wry, modern sensibility with the drama, passion, and violence of eighteenth century as she tells the story of one daring woman and the man who loves her.

This has been discounted before. I wonder if more books will be discounted as we lead up to the Starz release. Speaking of Starz, that pirate mini series looks good. I saw someone ask the other day whether pirates were going to be the new MC books. Maybe but all the pirates in the Starz release are white and I suppose that would be true for books too.

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Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer by William KnoedelsederBitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer by William Knoedelseder. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealthiest, longest-lasting, and most colorful family dynasties in the history of American commerce—a cautionary tale about prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the blessings and dark consequences of success.

From countless bar signs, stadium scoreboards, magazine ads, TV commercials, and roadside billboards, the name Budweiser has been burned into the American consciousness as the “King of Beers.” Over a span of more than a century, the company behind it, Anheuser-Busch, has attained legendary status. A jewel of the American Industrial Revolution, in the hands of its founders—the sometimes reckless and always boisterous Busch family of St. Louis, Missouri—it grew into one of the most fearsome marketing machines in modern times. In Bitter Brew, critically acclaimed journalist Knoedelseder paints a fascinating portrait of immense wealth and power accompanied by a barrelful of scandal, heartbreak, tragedy, and untimely death.

This engrossing, vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through five generations. At the same time, it weaves a broader story of American progress and decline over the past 150 years. It’s a cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss.

Ned noted the other day that there were a lot more liquor and speciality brew ads on television during games than actual beer commercials. PW says that this book takes a look at one of the great America family and business sagas through five generations until August IV lost the business in the largest cash transaction in the history of American business to a foreign conglomerate. He can dry the tears of his family with his wads of cash.

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Legacy of the Highlands (Legacy Series Book One)  by Harriet SchultzLegacy of the Highlands by Harriet Schultz. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Young, good-looking, successful and wealthy — Will and Alexandra Cameron had it all until he went out to buy ice cream after an evening of passionate sex and never returned. When his body is discovered in a Boston alley, the only clue to his murder is the Scottish sgian dubh dagger left beside it. Will’s grieving widow finds refuge in the Miami villa of his best friend, sinfully handsome billionaire Diego Navarro, and the two join forces to unravel the Cameron family’s centuries-old secrets and to solve the crime.

Book two in the series, A LEGACY OF REVENGE, is available now.

Modern day Highlanders is kind of a good hook only the highlander is dead and the hero is from Miami?

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. mari
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 11:38:26

    I have to admit, the fact that a book won an award does nothing for me in terms of buying a book. All it means is a bunch of people with similar tastes, sat around in a room and liked a particular book. Unless I agree with their tastes, I probably won’t like the book. I am VERY sceptical of anyone on the National BooK Award committee knowing ANYTHING (other than what they read in the NY Times) about soldiers, war, the military, weapons, honor, courage, patriotism, or human beings who don’t read the NY Times as Gospel. In conclusion, an endorsement from them about this subject makes me run in the opposite direction.

  2. Sandra
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 13:13:51

    The Robb books are being price matched at BN. Bought them all for myself as a birthday present.

  3. Renda
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 14:13:56

    For at least the first five Robb books, the WW/Audible edition is just 99 cents.

    So I bought the first five with Audible counterparts for $15. Happy Saturday to me.

  4. Renda
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 14:14:34


    What should be WS for Whispersync up there, not WW.

  5. Michelle
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 14:30:51

    The James Herriot books are on sale too. They are wonderful.

  6. Sunita
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 16:29:53

    Oh, yay, I’ve been wanting to read Billy Long’s Halftime Walk since it came out. I kept reading reviews by Iraq vets and vets of other US wars who said they were skeptical about beginning because Fountain wasn’t a vet but then read the book and were bowled over by it. Here are a couple of reviews .

  7. library addict
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 16:41:09

    The JD Robb books are on sale at Kobo as well.

  8. Megan S.
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 17:15:23

    Another good review of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk from a war vet was this opening essay from this year’s Tournament of Books, where BLLHW advanced over two other Iraq war novels. Like with many issues regarding representation of people’s personal experiences, I appreciate such thoughtful examinations of recent war literature from people with relevant experience, and it’s also nice to see that these novels can also appeal to a broader–sometimes award-granting–audience. (And, of course, keeping in mind that people with relevant experience and people who grant awards aren’t mutually exclusive groups.)

  9. Julie
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 18:53:53

    I thoroughly enjoyed Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and I urge you to give it a try, Jane. I think it captured and conveyed the bewildering experience these young soldiers must have coming back to “civilization” and the utter lack of understanding that we, as civilians, have about war as we carry on like nothing is going on in Iraq. It was also extremely funny. The National Book Award committee got this one right. My favorite book from 2012.

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  11. Elle Rush
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:26:58

    Thank you for the tweets that cost me 8 x $2. I’d just started reading the “In Death” series and was bemoaning the cost of the e-books so this was fantastic timing. Merry Christmas to me!

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