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Daily Deals: A Courtney Milan historical, a couple of contemporaries, and a coming of age set in NYC

Daily Deals: A Courtney Milan historical, a couple of contemporaries, and...

Unraveled by Courtney MilanUnraveled by Courtney Milan. $ .99

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Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past–secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom…

Miranda Darling isn’t in trouble…yet. But she’s close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction. And yet no matter how forbidding the man seems on the outside, she can’t bring herself to leave. Instead, when he tries to push her away, she pushes right back–straight through his famous self-control, and into the heart of the passion that he has long hidden away…

I didn’t love this book as much as the other titles in the “UN” series but it’s heads and shoulders above most historicals and I think a lot of my discontent had to do with how I perceived Smite to be portrayed in previous books and how he appeared i this book. If this is your first Milan, I don’t think that will be an issue.

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A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper.A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper. $ 1.99

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Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor Jed Trudeau keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

PW “Nola reluctantly heads from Ireland to Kentucky and enlists the help of Jane and her friends while trying not to be distracted by hunky local Jed Trudeau, who has a few secrets of his own. Harper fans will be thrilled by this return to the hysterical world of Jane and crew, and even more delighted to add Nola’s new face to the mix”

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Being Henry David by Cal ArmisteadBeing Henry David by Cal Armistead. $ 1.99 Google | Amazon

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Seventeen-year-old “Hank” has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything–who he is, where he came from, why he’s running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David–or “Hank”–and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of–Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead’s remarkable debut novel about a teen in search of himself. As Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past he realizes that the only way he can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past to stop running and find his way home.

Children’s Literature reviewer says “For an adult reader, some of his decisions are exasperating as they lead him into further danger and away from resolution. His motivations, though, will probably be better understood by the teen reader who is the intended audience. While the consequences he faces are extreme, the problems that caused them are relatable and thought-provoking. Hank and the people who surround him are well-developed characters whom readers will want to follow through the story. Hank’s search for truth is gripping and unfolds at a pace that retains both interest and suspense.”

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More Than Forever by Jay McLeanMore Than Forever by Jay McLean. $ .99.

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-LUCY-
There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured.
A heart so strong it will never slow.
There is a promise so sure it can never lie.
He promised me that love forever.
Even when it wasn’t enough.

-CAMERON-
Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.
There is no measure of time.
No sounds of the ticking of a clock.
Just the rising and falling of the sun.
And our own sense of forever.

But our forever isn’t always

The negative comments say it’s cheesy and maybe too sweet. It’s highly reviewed with only 3 negative reviews on Amazon. So either Jay McLean is a super awesome author or she hasn’t hit an audience outside her regular readership.

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Daily Deals: A DA recommendation and a couple of mysteries

Daily Deals: A DA recommendation and a couple of mysteries

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy)  by N.K. JemisinThe Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. $ 1.99

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Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the debut novel from a major new voice in fantasy fiction.

I thought this was a great book. Jia reviewed it here and gave the book a B+

The other half of the story we get is devoted to that of gods. What I liked about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was that it dealt with gods in a mythic sort of way — the creation mythos, the constant give and take of fighting and friendship, even the incestuous aspects of many myths are portrayed. In the present story, most of the gods have been enslaved and made into living weapons by the Arameri. Yeine encounters them almost immediately when her cousin, Scimina, wastes no time in introducing her to the cruelty that’s characteristic to their people. But just as much intrigue surrounded Yeine’s mother, intrigue also surrounds the diminished gods who are trying to find a way to restore balance and break free of the shackles placed upon them by one of their own. It’s up to Yeine to navigate through all of these obligations placed upon her without being reduced to a mere pawn.

I think readers looking for a change of pace from the usual settings found in the traditional fantasy genre will enjoy this one a lot. I thought the world was nicely developed and different from what we normally see. I liked that there were tensions among various classes and people, since that’s something that can get often glossed over.

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Echo Park (Harry Bosch Series #12) by Michael ConnellyEcho Park (Harry Bosch Series #12) by Michael Connelly. $ 2.99

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In 1993 Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn’t crack it, and the twenty-two-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the District Attorney.A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto. Taking the confession of the man he has sought-and hated-for thirteen years is bad enough. Discovering that he missed a clue back in 1993 that could have stopped nine other murders may just be the straw that breaks Harry Bosch.

Echo Park is another prime demonstration of Mr. Connelly’s handiwork: he has woven entirely unsurprising elements into a surprisingly suspense-filled story. Just read his rivals in the crime genre to realize how difficult this is and how easy he makes it look.
—The New York Times

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The Seductive One by Susan MalleryThe Seductive One by Susan Mallery. $ 1.99

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Overview
For the Marcelli sisters of California wine country, the season is ripe for romance!
Of all the Marcelli sisters, the one who dreams of running the family’s winery is Brenna — and she’s about to get her chance. But taking the helm at Marcelli Winery is tougher than she bargained for — especially when she butts heads with her grandfather, whose Old World ways dictate that a male should inherit the business. In need of some fast capital in order to prove her grandfather wrong, Brenna turns to Nic Giovanni, her family’s nemesis….Years ago, she ended her secret relationship with Nic, choosing loyalty to her family over the hot passion they shared. But now he’s back in her life, he’s loaned her a million dollars, and their feelings for each other are stronger than ever. Brenna must find out for herself: is Nic the love of her life? Or the schemer who could topple the Marcelli dynasty — and break her heart?
Meet three unforgettable sisters in a wonderful trilogy that’s vintage Susan Mallery — warm, witty, and stunningly sensual. Look for The Sparkling One and The Sassy One, available from Pocket Star Books!

I read these books back in the day and I think I enjoyed them but honestly remember very little about them. All About Romance gave it a B. “What sells the story is the characterization. This is a very sweet romance between two relatable characters with flaws and insecurities, yet it never becomes too heavy or buried in angst. Mallery has a light touch, which shouldn’t be mistaken for weightlessness. Nic and Brenna are shaded just enough to make them interesting people, prone to mistakes and certainly not perfect. I was firmly on Nic’s side at the outset of his revenge plot, since he gave up everything for her while she caved to her family. But Brenna is never unlikable. “

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Dallas 1963 by Bill MinutaglioDallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio. $ 1.99.

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Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction

Named one of the Top 3 JFK Books by Parade Magazine.

Named 1 of The 5 Essential Kennedy assassination books ever written by The Daily Beast.

Named one of the Top Nonfiction Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews.

In the months and weeks before the fateful November 22nd, 1963, Dallas was brewing with political passions, a city crammed with larger-than-life characters dead-set against the Kennedy presidency. These included rabid warriors like defrocked military general Edwin A. Walker; the world’s richest oil baron, H. L. Hunt; the leader of the largest Baptist congregation in the world, W.A. Criswell; and the media mogul Ted Dealey, who raucously confronted JFK and whose family name adorns the plaza where the president was murdered. On the same stage was a compelling cast of marauding gangsters, swashbuckling politicos, unsung civil rights heroes, and a stylish millionaire anxious to save his doomed city.

Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis ingeniously explore the swirling forces that led many people to warn President Kennedy to avoid Dallas on his fateful trip to Texas. Breathtakingly paced, DALLAS 1963 presents a clear, cinematic, and revelatory look at the shocking tragedy that transformed America. Countless authors have attempted to explain the assassination, but no one has ever bothered to explain Dallas-until now.

With spellbinding storytelling, Minutaglio and Davis lead us through intimate glimpses of the Kennedy family and the machinations of the Kennedy White House, to the obsessed men in Dallas who concocted the climate of hatred that led many to blame the city for the president’s death. Here at long last is an accurate understanding of what happened in the weeks and months leading to John F. Kennedy’s assassination. DALLAS 1963 is not only a fresh look at a momentous national tragedy but a sobering reminder of how radical, polarizing ideologies can poison a city-and a nation.

“The authors skillfully marry a narrative of the lead-up to the fateful day with portrayals of the Dixiecrats, homophobes, John Birchers, hate-radio spielers, and the ‘superpatriots’ who were symptomatic of the paranoid tendency in American politics.”—Harold Evans, author of The American Century

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