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Daily Deals: Female pirate, zombies, and a 1940s award winner

XOM-B by Jeremy RobinsonXOM-B by Jeremy Robinson. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia, but it was not always so. There was a time known as the Grind—when Freeman’s people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as “Master.” They were property. But a civil rights movement emerged. Change seemed near, but the Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war.

And lost.

Now, the freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites, sweeping through the population. Those infected are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus. Uniquely suited to respond to this new threat, Freeman searches for a cure, but instead finds the source—the Masters, intent on reclaiming the world. Freeman must fight for his life, for his friends and for the truth, which is far more complex and dangerous than he ever imagined.

Robinson’s lightning fast, cutting-edge novels have won over thriller, horror, science-fiction and action/adventure fans alike, and he has received high praise from peers like James Rollins, Jonathan Maberry, and Scott Sigler. XOM-B is a wildly inventive zombie novel with a high-tech twist that will keep readers guessing until the very last sentence.

This was just published in April of this year so it’s a nice discount for a new book. This is a zombie book with what sounds like a strong military component. Kirkus calls it a fresh twist but Publishers Weekly says the escape scenes got repetitive.

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The Street - Ann PetryThe Street by Ann Petry. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

THE STREET tells the poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry’s first novel, a beloved bestseller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.

As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of a young black woman’s struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.

“A powerful, uncompromising work of social criticism. To this day, few works of fiction have so clearly illuminated the devastating impact of racial injustice.”—Coretta Scott King

Highly praised. The Street was the first book by an African American female writer to sell over one million copies.

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Indiscreet Carolyn JewelIndiscreet by Carolyn Jewel. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

After a lie destroys the reputation of Sabine Godard, a young woman raised by her Oxford Don uncle, she and her elderly uncle travel to Turkey to escape the gossip. In Constantinople, she meets Edward, Marquess of Foye, who knows all about the scandal in her past. Foye, an outsized man who refers to himself as a beast, fascinates her and then earns her admiration. He doesn’t care that she’s better educated than many men, and he, too, was hurt by the lie that forced her to leave London.

Foye knows Sabine is innocent of the disgrace that forced her to leave England and quickly finds himself captivated by her. It doesn’t matter that she’s beautiful and he’s far from handsome. Sabine is the woman who restores his heart. He can scarcely believe she returns his feelings. If he must wait for her, he will. When Sabine and her uncle fall into the hands of Turkish Pasha, Foye will do anything to make sure Sabine and her uncle are safe.

Indiscreet was originally published in 2009. It won the 2010 Bookseller’s Best Award for Best Short Historical.

This book is about 93,000 words (370 pages).

I’m a big fan of Jewel’s older historicals and I think if you like Eloisa James / Courtney Milan, you’d enjoy Jewel. At .99 it is really a good bargain.

Also remember what I said yesterday about the meaty, long historical being queen? This novel won a SHORT historical award at a word length of 93K words. Crazy.

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The Notorious Lady Anne: A Loveswept Historical Romance by Sharon CullenThe Notorious Lady Anne by Sharon Cullen. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

From rising romance star Sharon Cullen comes a tale of the fiery passion between a noble naval officer and a female pirate that’s as tempestuous and as unpredictable as the sea.

Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.

Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.

A lady pirate!!! Okay, so she was a virgin and her skin was perfect despite 11 years at sea. (One reviewer suggested she bathed in coconut oil) The three star reviews docked her for small historical errors but otherwise felt it was a swashbuckling tale. Female pirate!

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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. Nicole
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 14:13:52

    I read Indiscreet last week and really enjoyed it. I was horrified to learn that it had won an award for being the best SHORT anything, since it’s decidedly not short (but it is really good). I hadn’t read any of Jewel’s works before, but was afterward inspired to borrow several from the library. Midnight, a true short story of hers, is also $.99 right now. It kept my brain company today during lunch.

  2. Kati
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 14:18:00

    I really loved Indiscreet. It’s wonderful. Unusual setting, interesting H/h. This is a really great book at a fabulous price!

  3. Janine
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 14:59:43

    Count me as another fan of Indiscreet. Definitely one of Carolyn Jewel’s best books.

  4. Fallen Professor
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 15:03:51

    @Kati: @Nicole: Thank you both (and Jane!) for the Indiscreet recommendation. Unusual heroes are total romance catnip for me, and at that price I just couldn’t resist.

  5. Kim W
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 16:01:48

    I got XOM-B on audio shortly after it came out. That kind of book is normally right up my alley but I thought it was really boring and I only finished it because I listened to it at double speed starting about half way through.

  6. Meljean
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 18:44:00

    @Kim W: Oh no! Agh. Now I’m wavering. It sounds like something I’d enjoy, too … but boring?

    I’ll probably close my eyes and click, anyway, because if necessary I can just quickly swipe through the pages.

    (It also took me an embarrassingly long time to realize what the title meant. I must have looked at the picture four times before I understood: XOM-B? Xom…bee? ZOMBIE! I thought it was a superhero book because of the fist in the photo.)


  7. Lindsay
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 18:53:56

    Oh, absolutely sold on Indiscreet, I love “if you like…” comparisons because I find them so helpful. Also on lady pirate, because I’ve read like 5 “I’m on a boat!” historical books in a row and will gladly read more.

    Tantor Audio is also doing a big 50% sale for the whole month, I can’t recall if it was mentioned or not recently, but a lot of Nalini Singh’s earlier titles are $6.99-$10 as digital downloads and I am in love with the narrator for the Guild Hunter series.

  8. Kim W
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 21:50:27

    @Meljean: It just didn’t work for me. I’ve read other books by this author I liked. It is plenty cheap and I seem to be in the minority going by reviews.

  9. Karenmc
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 09:31:45

    Indiscreet is a terrific book.

  10. Deljah
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 09:51:40

    The Street is couponable at Kobo. I just got it for $1.50 using SAV50 code.

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