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Daily Deals: Introverts, Southern Belles, and Romantic Suspense

Daily Deals: Introverts, Southern Belles, and Romantic Suspense

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan CainQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society—from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.”

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

I wonder if introvert is a label that could apply to many readers. PW writes “Cain consistently holds the reader’s interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.”

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Incinerate by Tessa TeevanIncinerate by Tessa Teevan. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

When Knox Wellington opens the door to Charlie Davenport, he’s not expecting the fiery brunette with whiskey colored eyes and a feisty personality. Sparks fly immediately, even though their initial meeting is nothing but hostile. Their chemistry is undeniable, but the chip on Knox’s shoulder threatens to destroy any hope of him wooing the sweet, southern volunteer sent to help with his rehabilitation.
Little does he know she’s no Southern Belle, as she gives as good as she can take. As unexpected circumstances push them closer together, heads butt, patience is tested, and flames ignite as they dance around their mutual attraction, both of them jaded from broken pasts.

They’ve both been burned before, so when their feelings of lust, desire, and wanting are inflamed in the heat of the moment, will they finally be able to get over the pain of the past or will their relationship be reduced to ashes before it can ever really begin?

*While this book is a standalone, characters from Ignite, book 1, will appear in Knox’s story.

A few weeks ago, Teevan’s first book Ignite was included. I bought it but like every other book purchased via a daily deal, I’ve not read read it although I did start the Stina Lindablett book last night. So far so good.

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Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob ThomasVeronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off.

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.

I’m not a Veronica Mars fan. I haven’t watched one episode; I don’t know what those shows are about. I do know that it is popular.

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Racing Hearts: 10 thrilling suspense novels by Nancy C. WeeksRacing Hearts: 10 thrilling suspense novels by Nancy C. Weeks. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The thrills – both in and out of the bedroom – never stop coming between these pages. Crank up your adrenaline while running from danger, standing strong in the face of evil, and staying one step ahead of the bad guys in these 10 fast-paced suspense stories by rising stars:

In the Shadow of Greed – Nancy C. Weeks

Touchpoint – Shay Lacy

Burn on the Western Slope – Angela Smith

Sweet Revenge – Kay Rogal

For the Love of Jazz – Elke Feuer

The Wanting Heart – Rionna Morgan

Dancing with Detective Danger – Lynn Crandall

The Libra Affair – Daco

Numbers Never Lie – Shelley K. Wall

Relentless – Winter Austin

Sensuality Level: Sensual

I love that the sensuality level is “sensual”. I know that probably corresponds with some heat level rating at Crimson Romance but on a retailer site to a non informed reader it looks hilarious.

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Kidnapping the Brazilian Tycoon by Carmen FalconeKidnapping the Brazilian Tycoon by Carmen Falcone. $.99 (from August 18th-September1st) then price goes up to $3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Passion was never in the bargain

Addison Reed lost her fiancé, but she’ll do whatever it takes to protect his legacy. When the gorgeous and arrogant landowner, Brazilian millionaire Bruno Duarte, who is thwarting her at every turn, refuses to meet with her, she puts her plan into action. He will listen to her.

Bruno’s plan was simple: return to Brazil and marry to fulfill his father’s dying wish. But when his engagement crumbles, and he’s then stranded with an idealistic woman hell-bent on saving a tribe of people on his land, he sees the perfect solution. If his feisty and passionate abductor agrees to a bogus marriage, he’ll relocate the tribe.

With the Brazilian heat rivaling the growing heat of their desire, will Bruno and Addison abandon their respective plans and give in to each other, or will their differences tear them apart?

Tropes include kidnapping, marriage of convenience and opposites attract.  Never read the author but I do wonder about this part “idealistic woman hell-bent on saving a tribe of people”.
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Daily Deals: Popes, New Adult angst, and Amish romance

Daily Deals: Popes, New Adult angst, and Amish romance

Tell Me When Stina LindablettTell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her—and Amber is determined to protect Marcus?even if that means pushing him away.

For fans of New Adult, this sounds like a good entry. It’s rather serious but apparently the hero, a Math tutor, makes really bad math jokes. That’s something different. I bought it.

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Amish Country Box Set by Marta PerryAmish Country Box Set by Marta Perry. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Take a trip through the Amish countryside and fall in love with these three sweet tales of Amish romance.

While searching for her Amish roots in Pennsylvania Dutch country, a young nurse falls for the dashing local police chief. The new doctor in town clashes with the Amish community’s trusted midwife until they realize agree on what’s truly important. A sensible young Amish woman must choose between family obligations and the love of a handsome newcomer with a bad reputation. If you love Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter, then you’ll love these Amish books from Love Inspired. Three heartwarming books, one great price.

This bundle includes:
RESTLESS HEARTS by Marta Perry
THE DOCTOR’S BLESSING by Patricia Davids
COURTING RUTH by Emma Miller

Marta Perry is a big name in Amish romance so my guess is that this is a good deal for a newcomer or for fans.

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Some Like It Hawk by Donna AndrewsSome Like It Hawk by Donna Andrews. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith’s trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by her town’s sudden notoriety as “The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail.” The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly’s public buildings, and all employees have evacuated except for Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk who barricaded himself in the courthouse basement.

Phinny’s year-long siege of protest has been possible because of a tunnel through which his local supporters deliver food and supplies. But when a woman is found dead on the premises, Phinny becomes a person of interest. Meg is certain that Phinny’s been framed by the hawkish lender. Now it’s up to Meg and the rest of Caerphilly to protect Phinny—and his beloved pet pigeons. Meanwhile, the killer has flown the coop…

This is the fourteenth book in the series and it has a madcap setup. Kirku “Not even Andrews (The Real Macaw, 2011, etc.) can sustain the comic inspiration of her wacky opening premise for an entire volume, but it sure is fun to watch her try.”

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich. $ 1.99 AMZN | Apple.Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich

From the Jacket Copy:

In a chronicle that captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and intrigue, John Julius Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world. Norwich presents such popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat; Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun; the infamous “pornocracy”—the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome’s most powerful families; Pope Paul III, “the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s teaching and discipline; John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 instituted reforms that led to Vatican II; and Benedict XVI, who is coping with today’s global priest sex scandal. Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is an enthralling history from “an enchanting and satisfying raconteur” (The Washington Post).

Ned’s been reading a lot of history books and I thought I’d pick this up for him because he’s Catholic. His first question? Did it have good reviews. Per the Times, yes.

Absolute Monarchs sprawls across Europe and the Levant, over two millenniums, and with an impossibly immense cast&#8230Norwich man­ages to organize this crowded stage and produce a rollicking narrative. He keeps things moving at nearly beach-read pace by being selective about where he lingers and by adopting the tone of an enthusiastic tour guide, expert but less than reverent.
—The New York Times Book Review

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