Daily Deals: Futuristic m/m, Dark romance, Cookbook, and famous steampunk story
In His Command by Rie Warren. $ 1.99
From the Jacket Copy:
In the dystopian future, two men discover attraction isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly.
Two generations ago, the world was annihilated by a series of catastrophic environmental events. The remaining survivors were driven closer and closer to big city centers-damaged but not destroyed-divvied into sixteen identical international territories ruled by the Company.
Oppressive to the core, the Company has one rule in order to recoup the world’s devastated population: homosexuality and deviant sexual behaviors are hanging offenses. First time offenders are last-time offenders.
It is the year 2070. Commander Caspar Cannon has a stellar military reputation-and a life-threatening secret. When a revolution rips through the territories, Cannon is ordered to escort Company Executive Nathaniel Rice to a secure location. Leaving the besieged city behind, their journey becomes a minefield of sabotage, betrayal, secrets . . . and intense desire for one another.
Cannon’s militant self-repression takes a direct hit, his suspicions warring with passion for a man who can never be his, not while the Company remains in power. True to his mission, he delivers Nathaniel to the safe bunker where a fate he never expected awaits him.
Word count: 97,000.
“The first chapter is very off-putting. This is an erotic book and it’s very explicit. I’m all for dirty smexin’ but the scenes in this book felt too…vulgar. They didn’t come across as sexy to me. But more than that, the writing felt very jarring and almost choppy. I had a hard time following events. Several times I found myself muttering, what the heck is going on? It just didn’t flow well. Caspar and Nathaniel’s romance didn’t flow well either.”
Cartel by Lili St. Germain. $ .99
From the Jacket Copy:
The first full length Gypsy Brothers novel from the smash hit author Lili St Germain. Now a USA today bestseller! How much is a life worth? Mariana Rodriguez is the eldest daughter of a Colombian drug lord. Growing up in Villanueva, Colombia, she has never wanted for anything. Private schools, a lavish lifestyle, and the safety of the Cartel that her father works for. At nineteen, she’s got her entire life mapped out, and what a good life it’s going to be: graduate from college, move to America, and finally be free from the stifling grip of the Cartel. Only, her father messes up. A shipment of cocaine – a very large, very valuable shipment – is seized by the authorities whilst under his care and he becomes liable for the debt. Half a million dollars’ worth of cocaine. Half a million dollars he does not have. But he has a daughter, a very smart one, a daughter who would give up her very existence and offer herself as payment for her father’s sins, to ensure her family survives. But falling in love with the man who owned her isn’t part of the plan …
“Cartel feels like a guilty pleasure. A seriously f***ed up, hide it from the world pleasure.
I shouldn’t like it.
I know I shouldn’t like it.
The majority of the men are a$$holes. The women are treated as property or commodities for sale or trade. The whole story is so far from what’s considered a sane, normal existence it’s not even funny, plus with more than a smattering of rape, torture and death (not necessarily in that order) it’s raw, rough, savage and harsh.
So why the hell did I like it?
I have no f***ing clue. But I did.
I devoured it”
The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook by Michelle Wojtowicz. $ .99
From the Jacket Copy:
Here from the celebrated California restaurant Big Sur Bakery is a stunningly photographed cookbook showcasing seasonal ingredients, local vintners, fishermen, and farmers—and the food that makes the Big Sur Bakery unique.
Tucked behind a gas station off California’s legendary Highway 1, the Big Sur Bakery is easy to miss. But don’t be fooled by its unassuming location—stumbling across the Bakery, as countless visitors have done on their way up and down the Pacific Coast, will make you feel as if you’ve discovered a secret: a gem of a restaurant where the food, people, and atmosphere meld together in a perfect embodiment of the spirit of Big Sur.
The three restaurant owners, chef Philip Wojtowicz, baker Michelle Wojtowicz, and host Michael Gilson, escaped the Los Angeles food scene to create their version of the ideal restaurant, nestled in the heart of some of the most beautiful country in the world. This is simple, wood-fired American cooking at its best, executed in a way that lets the ingredients—seasonal and often locally produced—shine. Weekend brunches feature thick, nine-grain pancakes and savory breakfast pizza topped with crisp bacon, fresh herbs, and pasture-raised eggs. At night, Phil offers classics like Grilled Prime Rib Steak with Red Wine Sauce along with twists on traditional favorites like Venison Osso Buco or Rockfish Scampi. And every meal should end with one of Michelle’s great desserts, whether it’s a homemade Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae or Hazelnut Flan with Roasted Cherries.
But this is more than a cookbook; it’s a yearlong glimpse into what it’s really like to live in Big Sur, introducing the people and places that make the restaurant’s renowned food possible, including Wayne Hyland, hunter and forager, Jamie Collins, organic row cropper, and Gary Pisoni, the eccentric vintner who supplies some of the restaurant’s most beloved wine. With its outstanding photography, lively profiles, and dozens of must-make recipes, this book helps bring the experience of Big Sur home.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. $ 2.99.
From the Jacket Copy:
In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .
In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.
Winner of the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award