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Daily Deals: Three Dear Author Regulars and a Modern Classic

Turning up the HeatTurning up the Heat by Laura Florand.  Free at iTunes and Kobo

From the Jacket Copy:

After eleven years of marriage, Léa Laurier knew her husband. Knew how he could take on responsibility for a world-famous restaurant, a wife, and her two teenage siblings at nineteen years old and never falter, never tire. Knew his drive and his ambition, that took him to the stars. Knew how brilliant his gray eyes looked when they met hers for just one moment across a host of cameras. She didn’t know why she was so tired. She didn’t know why she needed to just get away. For a while. Maybe a week or two. A month. She’d be back.

After eleven years of marriage, international superstar chef Daniel Laurier knew his wife. Knew how she could lavish caring on everyone, her siblings, his staff, and most especially him. Knew the way her face lit up when he won yet another television contest, and the way she hugged him for it. Knew how her hair smelled when he sank into bed exhausted at one in the morning. He didn’t know what to do when he came home from a consulting trip to find she’d disappeared to remote South Pacific island: I just needed to get away for a little while. A week or two. I’ll call you.

As the whole solid world under his feet turned into a sandcastle in the tide, Daniel knew only one thing: whatever was wrong with his marriage or his wife, he wasn’t losing her. So as a top chef, he did the one thing he always knew how to do: turn up the heat. (A novella of 30,000 words or approx. 120 pages.)

Laura Florand is a favorite of many of us here at DA. This is the prequel novella to her La Vie en Roses series. The book is $0.99 at Amazon but they should price match.

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RushRush by Eve Silver. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Rush pulls you headlong into the thrilling, high-stakes world of Eve Silver’s teen series The Game, about teens pulled into and out of an alternate reality in which battling aliens is more than a game–it’s life and death. This teen debut novel offers science fiction and gaming fans romantic thrills at a breakneck pace.
Seventeen-year-old Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby–pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.
There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says that the game is more than that, and that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

The Amazon reviews invoke Hunger Games and Divergent in positioning Rush within the YA genre. The School Library Journal says “Rush is difficult to explain and at times difficult to understand, yet it is a compelling read. “

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warriorWarrior by Gennita Low. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Three best friends–everyone on the SEAL team called them The Stooges. A little wild, a bit crazy, always fun to watch. And deadly in the war arena.

Lucas Branson, navy SEAL, tough, meat-and-potatoes, straightshooter-to-the-max is one of the three confirmed bachelors. He meets Kit-Ling, also from a family of tough men, and yeah, maybe this relationship business befalling all his comrades isn’t that bad after all. But then, on a secret assignment overseas, things become complicated when he bumps into Kit and her media crew looking for information.

How is Lucas going to stop his team’s mission from becoming public? How is Kit going to work around self-interest and hard-hitting news? In a land whose borders and politics are nebulous, where danger explodes without explanation, where only warriors survive, Lucas and Kit must fight for their love and ultimately, their lives.

Gennita Low is a long-time commenter at Dear Author and I’ve enjoyed her contributions to romanceland discussions for as long as I’ve been here. How could I not feature her new-ish SEAL military romance? There’s action, there’s adventure, and did I say there were SEALs?

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Sherman Alexie Lone Ranger & TontoThe Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The twentieth anniversary edition of Sherman Alexie’s iconic short story collection—featuring a new prologue from the author.

The twenty-four linked tales in Alexie’s debut collection—an instant classic—paint an unforgettable portrait of life on and around the Spokane Indian Reservation, a place where “Survival = Anger x Imagination,” where HUD houses and generations of privation intertwine with history, passion, and myth. We follow Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the longwinded storyteller no one really listens to; his half-hearted nemesis, Victor, the basketball star turned recovering alcoholic; and a wide cast of other vividly drawn characters on a haunting journey filled with humor and sorrow, resilience and resignation, dreams and reality. Alexie’s unadulterated honesty and boundless compassion come together in a poetic vision of a world in which the gaps between past and present are not really gaps after all.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven received a Special Citation for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction, and was the basis for the acclaimed 1998 feature film Smoke Signals.

When I saw this deal I squeed. Out loud. Several times. This is genuinely a classic that everyone should read. Everyone. Even if you don’t like short stories. It won a special citation for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. It’s taught in schools and colleges. But ignore all that, it’s just a fantastic set of stories written by one of our great contemporary writers. I’ve owned this in hardcover since it came out, but I’m grabbing the ebook, which includes an illustrated biography and rare photos from the author’s personal collection. Also, I highly recommend Smoke Signals the movie.

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Sunita has been reading romances since she ran out of Cherry Ames, Student Nurse and Chalet School books and graduated to Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer. Other old favorites include Mary Burchell, Betty Neels, Elsie Lee, and Edith Layton. Among current writers, she reads and rereads Anne Stuart, Tamara Allen, Sarah Morgan, Marion Lennox, Josh Lanyon, and Susanna Kearsley. She blogs as VacuousMinx and tweets as @sunita_p.

9 Comments

  1. Sirius
    May 21, 2014 @ 14:49:38

    I bought “Diary of part time indian” few days ago, have not read yet, so if you are saying I have to read his short stories, I will go and get those :).

  2. leftcoaster
    May 21, 2014 @ 17:24:48

    Sherman Alexie is one of my favorite authors and it makes me happy to see him featured here. I’ve gone to readings he did twice to get books signed. That this book is celebrating its 20th birthday makes me feel so OLD!! I wonder what it says about me that in my 20s I loved “Indian Killer” (“a feel-good novel about interracial murder”) the most.

  3. hilly
    May 21, 2014 @ 18:38:55

    “Turning up the Heat by Laura Florand. Free at … Kobo”

    And that’ll do it: I just signed up with Kobo. It’s an open Epub (DRM-free). Thanks for the great tip, Sunita!

  4. hilly
    May 21, 2014 @ 19:14:34

    “Turning up the Heat by Laura Florand. Free at … Kobo”

    And that’ll do it: I just signed up with Kobo. It’s an open Epub (DRM-free), at no charge. Sweet!

    Thanks for the great tip, Sunita!

    (Sorry if this posts twice: the first time I tried to comment I got a spam-block response message from the website.)

  5. Sunita
    May 22, 2014 @ 11:51:50

    I can’t believe the Alexie is 20 years old either. We are not old. We are not old.

    BTW, the Alexie sale is good for a few more days, so if people are on the fence, download a sample and then make the decision.

  6. Maura
    May 22, 2014 @ 13:13:30

    Damn, Lone Ranger & Tonto isn’t even available on Nook, much less on sale on BN. I love my Nook but I would seem to have lost the e-reader war.

    Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is TERRIFIC.

  7. Sunita
    May 22, 2014 @ 13:19:05

    @Maura: That’s weird, I don’t know why the BN widget doesn’t link to the ebook. But I just checked and found this link . See if it works for you.

  8. Anna Richland
    May 22, 2014 @ 13:47:58

    Twenty years since Fistfight? I’m with Leftcoaster (in more ways that one – I live in Seattle, and we have the joy of having Sherman Alexie support our public libraries, bookstores, schools and reading in our city – yay leftcoast!).

    I first read his books – and glomped on to all of them at the time – while going to school in Berkeley. They fit beautifully into the amazing law school classes on Federal Indian Law (that’s what it’s called, not federal Native American law, at least not then) and the tribal court appellate research/writing clinic a fellow student and enrolled Hopi created for us to help overburdened tribal courts. He fleshed out the human dimension of the cases I was reading – I had a better picture the places and the issues, the interpersonal relationships and culture behind things like the Indian Child Welfare Act, because of his writing.

    Sometimes a book takes you back to a time and place in your life, and this is one of them. Now I need to read it again, and get Mr. Richland to read it too! Thanks!

  9. cleo
    May 22, 2014 @ 14:08:55

    @Maura – I bought the Alexie yesterday, on sale, from my Nook yesterday. So I hope you can get it too.

    I hear you – I also a) love my Nook and b) feel like I bought a beta-max instead of a VCR.

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