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Daily Deals: Father Time, Winged Cats, Ghost Whisperers

Daily Deals: Father Time, Winged Cats, Ghost Whisperers

The Time Keeper by Mitch AlbomThe Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. $ 2.99 at AMZN | Google

From the Jacket Copy:

From the author who’s inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper—a compelling fable about the first man on Earth to count the hours.

The man who became Father Time.

In Mitch Albom’s newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years.

Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world—now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began—and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Told in Albom’s signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it, and how precious it truly is.

So Albom is not for me, at least not in his inspirational non fiction works. I don’t know whether his voice would be that different in a fiction book or not. That said, he sells a crap ton of books so I could be the wrong one.

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Risk (Gentry Boys#2) by Cora BrentRisk (Gentry Boys#2) by Cora Brent. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

“I’d seen enough of Creedence Gentry to know he might be the worst thing I could do. Yet one lustful glance from him scrambled every piece of sanity I owned.”

My life hasn’t been uneventful and a few things should have sunk in by now. I’m a tired age twenty one with a laundry list of heartbreaks. Most of all, I know what carnage comes from carelessly risking the heart. So what drives me to jump into bed with a brooding player who can barely carry a conversation?
It was supposed to be just one night.
One night of weakness, of passion, of every impulse I’d struggled to contain.
Yet I can’t stop myself from going back for more.

Violence had always found us Gentrys but this time I’d put the price on my own head. It was my cross to bear. No flinching allowed.
There was only room for me, my brothers, and the resolve to survive. That’s all there ever had been.
There was certainly no reason for more than than a quick and dirty time with any girl, no matter how much she turned my head around.
I shouldn’t hold on to her for more than a few hours. I shouldn’t even think about it. This thing could finish us both.
It doesn’t matter. She’s all I want.

This book contains explicit language, sexual situations, and violence that may be upsetting to some.

RISK is the second book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Gentry Boys series. However, it may be read as a stand alone novel.

I liked the first one in the series – Draw – and so when I saw the second one had an introductory price of $.99 I snapped it up. Draw is on Scribd (and that’s where I read my copy) so if you have a subscription you can try it out for free, kind of. Brent’s voice is generally the same from book to book. After I read Draw, I picked up one of her MC books and the heroine was reminiscent of the one in Draw. There’s a certain, well, southernness to the female voices that I respond to.

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Lord of the Fading Lands by C. L. WilsonLord of the Fading Lands by C. L. Wilson. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The First Chapter in C. L. Wilson’s Breathtaking Epic Tale of Magic, Passion, and Destiny
Once he drove back the darkness. Once he loved with such passion his name was legend.

Once, driven wild with grief over the murder of his beloved, the majestic Fey King Rain Tairen Soul had laid waste to the world before vanishing into the Fading Lands. Now, a thousand yearslater, a new threat draws him back into the world—and a new love reawakens the heart he thought long-dead.

Ellysetta, a woodcarver’s daughter, calls to Rain in a way no other ever had. Mysterious and magical, her soul beckons him with a compelling, seductive song—and no matter the cost, thewildness in his blood will not be denied. as an ancient, familiar evil regains its strength, causing centuries-old alliances to crumble and threatening doom for Rain and his people . . .he must claim his truemate to embrace the destiny woven for them both in the mists of time.

So 3.99 is slightly higher than I usually include but I really love this series. It’s kind of funny because I was complaining to a friend the other day that the Winter King was so twee and she replied something to the effect like, “you loved the Tairen Souls which had winged cats with fated mates. what’s more twee than that?” True. True.

Wilson did do some really interesting things with the fated mates. It didn’t go well for every mate pair. Some were married to others and had to remain apart and others’ mate bond was used for evil purposes. You don’t get all of that in the first book but you do get an evocative, but maybe twee, romance. I feel a re-read coming on…

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Lord of the Fading Lands by C. L. WilsonDead Girls Are Easy (Nicki Styx Series #1) by Terri Garey. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

There’s something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.

Before you can say boo, Atlanta’s ghosts are knocking at Nicki’s door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who’d rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who’s beginning to think she’s totally nuts.

But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki’s new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.

As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.

This was a huge debut author for Avon back in 2009. I remember attending RWA and the Goodie Room was papered with her books. It wasn’t to my taste though. I think I like my UF a little less campy and more serious. Reviews say it is like the Ghost Whisperer but maybe the show came after the book? I can’t recall. No, Wikipedia says the show debuted in 2005.

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Daily Deals: A couple of fascinating memoirs and two angsty romances

Daily Deals: A couple of fascinating memoirs and two angsty romances

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based on a True Story by Dave EggersA Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius by David Eggers. $ 1.99 AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come. The Vintage edition includes a new appendix by the author.

Dave Eggers’ memoir of bringing up his younger brother after his parent’s death, has been shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, which aims to recognise and reward new writing across fiction and non-fiction.

This book is priced at $3.99 at BN. Sounds like a New Adult story! The BN review writes “Which is not to say that this work is not…well, heartbreaking. But Eggers avoids the bathos so often associated with the “I got it bad and that ain’t good” school of memoir-writing. You’ll laugh as often as you cry, perhaps more often, and even when Eggers does focus on the grieving and sense of loss he and his siblings naturally endured, his thoughtful, introspective approach avoids navel-gazing. He’s as hard on himself as on anyone else (well, almost), and that frank self-assessment serves the book well.”

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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie BenjaminThe Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

For anyone who loves the historical novels of Sara Gruen, Geraldine Brooks, and E. L. Doctorow, a barnstorming tale of an irrepressible, brawling, bawdy era and the remarkable woman who had the courage to match the unique spirit of America’s Gilded Age.

She was only two feet, eight inches tall, but more than a century later, her legend reaches out to us. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Warren Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and became the world’s most unexpected celebrity. Vinnie’s wedding captivated the nation, preempted coverage of the Civil War, and even ushered her into the White House. But her fame also endangered the person she prized most: her similarly sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie’s spotlight. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams—and whose story will surely win over yours.

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Library Journal writes “Vinnie’s first-person narration grabs you from the opening pages, providing hints of the absorbing and entertaining story to come. The novel is also a delightful cavalcade of late 19th-century Americana, as you travel with Vinnie up and down the Mississippi, head westward via the expanding railroad, and hobnob with New York’s rich and famous. Those interested in “behind the scenes” of show business will be equally entranced.”

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The Unveiling: Book One (Age of Faith 1) by Tamara LeighThe Unveiling: Book One (Age of Faith 1) by Tamara Leigh. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

12th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.

For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.

Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.

I kind of like everything about this book from the cover to the blurb. I’m intrigued! From the reviews, particularly the critical ones, it sounds like this is no wallpaper historical. One reviewer commented that the “Christian” Wulfrith had a very casual attitude toward lower class women but I felt that was in keeping with the period. Anyway, I’m picking this up.

There is use of ‘old’ language but I’m not entirely sure what that means- I didn’t look at an excerpt.

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I Love You to Death by Natalie WardI Love You to Death by Natalie Ward. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

When Ash loses her boyfriend, she is consumed by grief, loneliness and an overwhelming sense of guilt for her role in not only his death, but the deaths of everyone she has ever loved. Refusing to let anyone in for fear of losing them too, she becomes withdrawn, spending her days reliving the nightmares from her past.

Until she meets Luke.

Initially scared by his intensity and interest in her, Ash tries to push him away. But as Luke slowly starts to chip away at the walls she’s built, Ash finds herself doing the one thing she swore she’d never do again — falling in love.

When the familiar feelings Ash had hoped were long buried with her past begin to resurface, she is forced to ask herself if falling in love again is really worth the risk.

There are a couple of Ward books on sale for .99. I picked this one because the storyline, as hackneyed as it may be, appeals to me. I also like that her current emotional state isn’t the result of rape as is so often the plot device used. Natasha Is a Book Junkie writes “Ms Ward’s voice is unique, different, her every word matters, every word is like a little dagger that never misses its target. By only hearing Asha’s point of view and her rawest and most private thoughts, we experience her entire life story only through her eyes and we do so at her own pace. She ‘holds our hand’ as she tells us of her most painful ordeals, making us invested participants in her tale. This touching love story is incredibly sensual without being graphic, it is extremely romantic without being sappy.”

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