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The Atria Holiday Cooking Collection has finally shipped and it’s quite a nice little selection of recipes, running 108 “pages” for the EPUB edition from Sony (which has the wrong title shown in the listing). I’ve updated the post with links for the Nook, EPUB and iBooks editions.

I was going to do a quick 3-book list tonight, but stumbled upon a number of pre-order deals for the last author; I’m going to include them all in this post, just in case they disappear.

The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA ($0.99 Kindle, B&N), by Antonio J. Mendez (HarperCollins).

Book Description
From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.

Adept at creating new identities for anyone, anywhere, Mendez was involved in operations all over the world, from “Wild West” adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the escape of six Americans from a hostage situation in revolutionary Tehran, Iran. This extraordinary operation inspired the movie Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

The Master of Disguise gives us a privileged look at what really happens at the highest levels of international espionage: in the field, undercover, and behind closed doors.

Plum Island ($8.99 $0.99 Kindle, B&N), by Nelson DeMille (Hatchette). This is supposed to be Agency Priced, so the same everywhere, but hasn’t dropped at Amazon. I’ve reported the lower price and hopefully that will help get it fixed. It stayed up in price all day, but dropped in minutes after reporting it! Grab it quick, before it goes back up.

Book Description
Taking the best elements from two of his most outstanding bestsellers, The Gold Coast and The General’s Daughter, Nelson DeMille combines the breathless suspense of an expertly wrought murder mystery with his wry perspective on a peculiarly American social scene to deliver an enthralling and compelling story.

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey convalesces in the Long Island township of Southold, home to farmers, fishermen — and at least one killer. Tom and Judy Gordon, a young, attractive couple Corey knows, have been found on their patio, each with a bullet in the head. The local police chief, Sylvester Maxwell, wants Corey’s big-city expertise, but Maxwell gets more than he bargained for.

The early signs point to a burglary gone wrong. But because the Gordons were biologists at Plum Island, the offshore animal disease research site rumored to be involved in germ warfare, it isn’t long before the media is suggesting that the Gordons stole something very deadly. Suddenly a local double murder becomes a crime with national and worldwide implications.

John Corey doesn’t like mysteries, which is why he likes to solve them. His investigations lead him into the lore, legends, and ancient secrets of northern Long Island — more deadly and more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. During his journey of discovery, he meets two remarkable women, Detective Beth Penrose and Mayflower descendant Emma Whitestone, both of whom change his life irrevocably. Ultimately, through his understanding of the murders, John Corey comes to understand himself.

Fast-paced and atmospheric, marked by entrancing characters, incandescent storytelling, and brilliant comic touches, Plum Island is Nelson DeMille at his thrill-inducing best.

To close out, I have four pre-orders by Stephanie Laurens (Avon), all for 99 cents on Kindle or from B&N. It’s the second time that Devil’s Bride with Bonus Material ($0.99 Kindle or B&N) has been released in a bonus edition (there was an edition last year, which no longer exists in either store, which was free for Australians and 99 cents for everyone else, so double check your library before ordering this one. Checkout a sample from the full-priced edition. First title in the Cynster series.

Book Description
Where it all began. . . The Cynsters!

When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England’s most eligible bachelor, Devil’s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.

But Honoria wasn’t about to bend society’s demands and marry a man “just” because they’d been found together virtually unchaperoned. No, she craved adventure, and while solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, she decided that once the crime was solved she’d go off to see the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?

Now with special bonus material, including Q&As with the author and a sneak peek at other books by Stephanie Laurens!

The Untamed Bride with Bonus Material ($0.99 Kindle or B&N); use the full-priced edition to try a sample. First title in the Black Cobra Quartet.

Book Description
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens’s The Black Cobra Quartet with The Untamed Bride, plus special excerpts from the next three novels in the series.

In The Untamed Bride, They’re battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable—and all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.

He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country.

She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride.

Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart…

The Lady Chosen with Bonus Material ($0.99 Kindle or B&N); use the full-priced edition to try a sample. A standalone novel.

Book Description
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens’s Bastion Club series with The Lady Chosen, plus special excerpts from the next four novels in the series.

In The Lady Chosen, Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he’d need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbor living with her family next door. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . .

To Leonora, Tristan’s kisses are oh-so-tempting, but once bitten, forever shy, she has determinedly turned her back on marriage. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat. And when a mysterious man attempts to scare Leonora and her family from their home, Tristan realizes he’s been given the perfect excuse to offer his services—as protector, seducer and, ultimately, husband.

A Fine Passion with Bonus Material ($0.99 Kindle or B&N); use the full-priced edition to try a sample. Sixth title in the Bastion Club series.

Book Description
The men of the Bastion Club are powerful, loyal, and not averse to overcoming danger if they must. Now, after years of loyal service to the Crown, they each — one by one — must face that greatest danger of all …love.

The last of his line, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, has fled London after nearly being compromised into marrying a dreadful female. Turning his back on the entire notion of marriage, he rides home to the estate he has not seen for years, determined to set in motion an alternative course of action.

But then in the lane before his gate, Jack rescues a startlingly beautiful lady from a menacing, unmanageable horse. However, while he begins by taking command, the lady continues by taking it back. Lady Clarice Altwood is no meek and mild miss. She is the very antithesis of the woolly-headed young ladies Jack has rejected as not for him. Clarice is delectably attractive, beyond eligible, undeniably capable, and completely unforgettable. Why on earth is she rusticating in the country?

That enigma is compounded by mystery, and it’s quickly clear that Clarice is in danger. Jack must use every ounce of his cunning and wit to protect this highly independent and richly passionate woman … who has so quickly stolen his heart.

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