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Daily Deals: From Kitchen Divas to Rock Chicks

Easy by Tammara Weber. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

I profiled this book back in August when the price briefly fell to $.99, but Easy and a second book have been bought by Berkley/Penguin Young Reader and they are taking over the pricing etc on October 9.  If you are interested in the book, now is probably the time to buy it.  You can read my review here.

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Death of a Kitchen Diva (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mysteries) by Lee Hollis Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England’s most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss. . .
Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment–taking over the paper’s food column. Hayley’s not sure she has the chops–she’s an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley’s chatty first column is suddenly on everyone’s menu–with one exception.

When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley’s creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she’ll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim–and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

The reviews for this aren’t particularly good. One reader said she was only getting future books from the library and another reader confessed to skipping to the end.

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Rock Chick by Kristen AshleyRock Chick by Kristen Ashley. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Indy Savage, cop’s daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy’s employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicting matters, Lee has decided he’s interested, Indy’s decided she’s not. But she can’t seem to keep Lee out of her life when she’s repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she’s finding dead bodies).

Indy’s best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee’s challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.

I’ve compared KA to Linda Howard before (but beware she is not anywhere near as polished as Howard). The Rock Chick series reminds me of Linda Howard’s Blair Books. If you are curious about KA, then you can give her a try with this book. Please be warned, however, that KA’s books are in serious need of an editor both for grammar and content. Having said that, I’ve read about 13 or more KA books. Maybe closer to 20.

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Lincoln and Douglas (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library) by Allen C. Guelzo Lincoln and Douglas by Allen C. Guelzo. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln was known as a successful Illinois lawyer who had achieved some prominence in state politics as a leader in the new Republican Party. Two years later, he was elected president and was on his way to becoming the greatest chief executive in American history.

What carried this one-term congressman from obscurity to fame was the campaign he mounted for the United States Senate against the country’s most formidable politician, Stephen A. Douglas, in the summer and fall of 1858. Lincoln challenged Douglas directly in one of his greatest speeches — “A house divided against itself cannot stand” — and confronted Douglas on the questions of slavery and the inviolability of the Union in seven fierce debates. As this brilliant narrative by the prize-winning Lincoln scholar Allen Guelzo dramatizes, Lincoln would emerge a predominant national figure, the leader of his party, the man who would bear the burden of the national confrontation.

Of course, the great issue between Lincoln and Douglas was slavery. Douglas was the champion of “popular sovereignty,” of letting states and territories decide for themselves whether to legalize slavery. Lincoln drew a moral line, arguing that slavery was a violation both of natural law and of the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence. No majority could ever make slavery right, he argued.

Lincoln lost that Senate race to Douglas, though he came close to toppling the “Little Giant,” whom almost everyone thought was unbeatable. Guelzo’s Lincoln and Douglas brings alive their debates and this whole year of campaigns and underscores their centrality in the greatest conflict in American history.

The encounters between Lincoln and Douglas engage a key question in American political life: What is democracy’s purpose? Is it to satisfy the desires of the majority? Or is it to achieve a just and moral public order? These were the real questions in 1858 that led to the Civil War. They remain questions for Americans today.

The $2.99 was a price match for B&N’s political deal of the day yesterday but apparently it is only available at Amazon today. (Even though it says price set by the publisher).

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

3 Comments

  1. Spinster
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 14:39:48

    “Easy” is $3.99 on both sites, not $0.99. Alas!

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  2. Gwen Hayes
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 16:29:33

    I almost want to buy EASY again it was so good.

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  3. Sirius
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 19:48:28

    Lincoln v Douglas comes out as $13.99 for kindle version on amazon.

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