Jul 282014

Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get 68% off on The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray]. This is the edition I bought (yes, when it came out and at a higher price!) and it has over 26 hours of bonus “behind-the-moviemaking” material. For the Bonus Deal of the Day, get 33% off on a Garmin nüvi 2557LMT 5-Inch Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps and Traffic, a #1 bestseller at Amazon. This appears to be an updated and more feature-laden model than the one we use.

Today is the last day to take advantage of this deal:

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven ($1.99/KU), by Sherman Alexie [Open Road].

Book Description
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.

This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

More Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the US
Romance A Vision of Lucy ($1.99) by Margaret Brownley [HarperCollins Christian Publishing] – Inspirational Romance
SciFi & Fantasy Three books in the Nightingale series by Stephen Leather for $1.99/KU each [47North]:

Crafts, Hobbies & Home Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects ($1.99/KU) by Mark Frauenfelder [Amazon Publishing]
Kids Arlo Rolled ($1.99/KU) by Susan Pearson [Two Lions] – Age Level: 4-8 | Grade Level: K-3rd
More Daily Deals
Audible Daily Deal Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – And Keep – Love ($8.22 Kindle; $20.99 $2.95 Audible) by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, read by Walter Dixon [Gildan Media]
Nook Daily Find The Shepherd ($2.99 Kindle, B&N) by Ethan Cross [Story Plant] – Spies & Politics / Thriller
Kobo Daily Deal none today

Jul 282014

Don’t miss The Summer Sale, with 500 books from £0.99.

The Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the UK:

  • Speak Swahili, Dammit!: A tragic, funny African childhood (£0.99 UK; $4.90/KU US) by James Penhaligon [Trevelyan Publishers]
    The inspiring true story of a young boy’s chaotic life in a remote, wild, corner of East Africa.

    James’s childhood is spent on an isolated gold-mine near Lake Victoria, Tanganyika, with just his sister and mother; his father tragically dying through injuries sustained from World War II. His upbringing is mainly left to a tribal ayah called Amina and an elderly Swahili man, and he learns to speak Swahili before English.

    In this unusual setting he soon discovers some stark facts about life through tragedy and danger, but it is the local watu, imbued with kindness and irrepressible humour, that save him from despair, and with whom he learns to fish with home-made lines, eat insects and famously abuse the European hierarchy in real Swahili!

    Known as ‘Jimu’ to his friends, he marks out his own country with a Sukuma boy named Lutoli, falls deeply in love with the beautiful, but older, German girl Gretchen and throws himself out of the back of a bus to avoid being sent away to school.
    Once at school, in Arusha, James tends to mix with other non-conformers and presents a dilemma to teachers – he is a white boy with a ‘black spirit’. His gang gets up to nefarious enterprises, bringing them into a state of permanent conflict with the system.

    James is fascinated with the history of Tanganyika back to the time when it was a German Colony until 1918. The unparalleled courage of the German leader Paul von Lettow Vorbeck against the British is a beacon to the young boy of what can be accomplished against adversity

    Above all James discovers the world, and life, a little by education, a lot by accident, but overwhelmingly by fate and happenstance, in circumstances few people in the developed world have experienced.

  • Threads of Silk (£0.99 UK; $6.39 US; $3.49 companion audiobook) by Roberta Grieve [Robert Hale]
    Ellie Tyler dreams of a life beyond that of her drunken, tyrannical father and the dangerous East London gangland that she is forced to work within. Her only refuge is in her artistic talents, which she hopes will one day help her escape her nightmarish reality. But when forced to give up her education and endure horrific abuse at the hands of her father, before finally being abandoned by the one man she truly loved, Ellie runs away to a small Essex village. After landing a job at the silk mill and with the encouragement of Alex, the mill owner, Ellie rediscovers her creativity and slowly starts to rebuild her life – but having suffered the unimaginable, will Ellie ever find happiness again or will the ‘threads of silk’ forever bind her to her deadly past?
  • The Gold Mohur Tree (£0.99 UK; $5.99/KU US) by Joyce Mackenzie [Thistle Publishing]
    Set against the backdrop of a newly independent India, The Gold Mohur Tree is the story of four people who meet and live out their lives, first in Calcutta and then in Britain. Their backgrounds and aspirations are markedly different, yet their destinies are linked inexorably.

    Josephine Willis is a strong and wilful young woman, rejecting the social niceties of her intolerant mother’s generation, those formidable memsahibs of the Raj, and instead caring for the plight of those less fortunate than herself. Her girlhood in India is influenced by the teachings of a sadhu.

    She meets Adrian Greene, a charismatic Franco-Indian, who is training to be a doctor and with whom she embarks on a passionate affair. Against the wishes of her family they move to London, where Adrian is dazzled by his surroundings and desperate to gain social and professional standing by any means necessary.

    Josephine’s life is further complicated by her relationship with the beautiful but mentally unstable Vali Finlayson, who shares Josephine’s earlier attraction to Dean Mitchell, an American GI based in India.

    The Gold Mohur Tree is full of incident and drama, and presents an authentic picture of India, drawn from the author’s own experience of living there for many years.

Jul 282014

In addition to the Batman Comicbook Sale, which is continuing, there are a couple of other Comicbook sales going on: the Dark Horse Comic-Con sale (up to 80% off), the IDW Cartoon Network Comics $0.99 Sale, Kindle Comics & Graphic Novels, $3.99 or Less and Manga on Kindle for $3.99 or less.

May be price matched at B&N, Comixology, eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.

Jul 282014
App and Music Deals 07/28

Today’s Android App Deals of the Day are Jake’s Pirate School by Disney ($0.99) and Doc McStuffins by Disney ($0.99). The New Release Apps of the Day are Imaginary Line – The Impossible Game About Connecting The Dots by Idea House ($0.99; 50% off launch sale). The MP3 Album Deals of the Day are Mozart: [...]

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Jul 272014
Daily Deals 07/27

Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, save on Barska’s biometrics standard, top-opening, and wall safes: “The safe’s biometric technology gives you the ability to quickly and effortlessly access your weapons and valuables in the time of an emergency.” In the Bonus Deal of the Day, get up to 65% Off Select Allen Sports Deluxe Hitch Racks [...]

Jul 272014
UK Kindle Daily Deal 07/27

The Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the UK: Some Other Place. The Right Place. (£0.99 UK; $3.99 US) by Donald Harington [Lake Union Publishing]. My advice? Skip this one and get the next one instead, which includes this novel and four more at the same price! It is June. Diana Stoving’s new [...]