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Daily Deals: Fantasy, Historical and Thriller books for under $3

Just as a note, I checked into my Kobo links for the past Daily Deals and part of the problem of books not appearing there was that I had inserted the letter A into the search term and thus Kobo deals were calling up the incorrect book title. I’ve hopefully fixed that. Generally speaking, if I include a deal, it should be available at all stores except maybe All Romance. Otherwise I do try to note that in the blue box for each deal. I appreciate the feedback, though, because without feedback I would have never checked the Kobo links. Thanks for helping me out folks.


The Killing Moon  N. K. Jemisin The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.

This was one of the best books of 2012 for Thea at The Booksmugglers.

Thea: The best book I’ve read in 2012 so far is N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon, which is a truly marvelous fantasy book set in a world inspired by Ancient Egypt, with a POC (persons of color) cast, and a remarkable sense of politics, action, and worldbuilding. Book 2 in the duology is out this summer!

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Two Graves Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world.
But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels–perpetrated by a boy who seems to have an almost psychic ability to elude capture–NYPD Lieutenant D’Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help. Reluctant at first, Pendergast soon discovers that the killings are a message from his wife’s kidnappers. But why a message? And what does it mean?

When the kidnappers strike again at those closest to Pendergast, the FBI agent, filled anew with vengeful fury, sets out to track down and destroy those responsible. His journey takes him deep into the trackless forests of South America, where he ultimately finds himself face to face with an old evil that-rather than having been eradicated-is stirring anew… and with potentially world-altering consequences.

Confucius once said: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves.” Pendergast is about to learn the hard way just how true those words still ring.

Pre-order. You can “buy” for free the first nine chapters of the book or buy the whole thing for $2.99. There aren’t any reviews of this particular book.

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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) Gail Carriger Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

I thought this first book in the series was fun. It’s not exactly steampunk, more gaslight fantasy because it has werewolves and vampires plus there wasn’t really any “punk” to the steam of the story unless the punk related to the relations between humans, vampires and werewolves. The series declined after the first book but it is a closed ended five book series. The author has gone on to write YA (although I don’t know if any of that has been published).

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A Masquerade in the Moonlight Kasey Michaels A Masquerade in the Moonlight by Kasey Michaels. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

A Kasey Michaels Historical Regency Romance.

“A writing style, voice, and sense of humor perfectly suited to the era and genre.” Publishers Weekly

In Masquerade in the Moonlight, Kasey brings a brash American to London just in time to meet debutante Marquerite Balfour; young, beautiful, and very much in his way. It would appear she has some mischief afoot, mischief that could ruin Thomas Joseph Donovan’s mission to arrange some “deliveries” to his country, hoping to avoid yet another war with England. Bring on a battle of wills, a battle of wits… and an attraction that can’t be denied.


This looks like a republished digital backlist title. There are virtually no reviews for this book on BN, Goodreads or Amazon. Maybe one of the DA readers have some insight. .

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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. MrsJoseph
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 16:07:21

    Dang it! I try to avoid spending over my book budget but that NK Jemisin looked good.

  2. Sunny
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 18:20:57

    Killing Moon sounds like it’s right up my alley thanks to the blurb, thank you!

  3. willaful
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 18:27:47

    The Michaels book has a 3.1 average at paperback swap, based on 11 ratings. In my experience, that means I would probably rate it a 2.

  4. Jia
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 07:11:33

    The Killing Moon is a great book. It’s more fantasy than fantasy with a romance subplot though. If you’ve read her previous trilogy, it’s more along the lines of The Kingdom of Gods than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms or The Broken Kingdoms.

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