Nov 212012

OK, for those who were hesitating to share the blog with others due to some of the content (and cover images), I have a favor to ask: Please let at least one new person know about the blog this week. I’m still working out the kinks on the new site (colors may change a bit, etc), but this site won’t be tweaked much more. I have removed about 18 months of erotica posts and moved them to the new site, instead, so reading thru the back posts should be mostly safe at work (let me know if you run into something that is recent and that I missed).

Today’s free Android App, Cooking Conversions, looks like it might come in handy for new cooks during the holidays.

For those shopping at Kobo, here are a few new coupon codes: Save40UK (40% off non-Agency, exp Dec 4), gettingtoknowyou (30% off non-Agency) and Bargainmoose40 (40% off non-Agency, MULTIPLE USES). I recommend you use Bargainmoose40 until it quits, then use Save40UK for another purchase before the expiration date.

For those with a B&N near you or who shop there online, they have their bonus gift card deal going again: Buy a $75 gift card and get a $10 gift card (good after Dec 26) for free. Online, you’ll get the extra card emailed to your B&N email account on Dec 26, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for it. Also, in store, you can repeat your buy, as desired, so long as you break the sale up to get $75 in gift cards for each purchase (if your store balks, as some may, just buy on a different day; mine lets you buy them all at once, but you must have a different transaction for each $10 bonus card). It’s a little unclear if the online bonus card is limited to one per customer.

If you have Books-a-Million in your area instead, they’ll be open Thanksgiving day (in case you need a hot cocoa after walking the picket lines at Walmart) and their 3-day sale starts Thanksgiving day (when they open, no timed events). All kidding aside, it’s nice to know there are a few spots open for those aren’t spending the day with family. If you are a BAM club member, check your email for 20% off and a free tall coffee coupon.

Today’s Kindle Kids Daily Deal is Promise the Night ($1.99), by Michaela MacColl.

Book Description
This fascinating story will capture any young reader with a thirst for adventure. Like MacColl s Prisoners in the Palace, Promise the Night propels the reader into an evocative story with an unforgettable protagonist, while bringing the setting and time period to life. Immediately compelling and action-packed, this work of historical fiction explores the life of Beryl Markham, the fist person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west from England to North America. From raising horses and hunting during her childhood in Africa to learning to fly as a young woman, Beryl s inspiring life and adventures will keep readers voraciously turning the pages.

Grade Level: 4 and up

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is The Charlestown Connection ($1.99), by Tom MacDonald. That’s a good price for those who missed it’s free day over the summer.

Book Description
Dermot Sparhawk, a former All American Boston College football hero, is stacking cans in a parish food pantry in Boston’s Charlestown, when his godfather, Jeepster Hennessey, shows up with a knife in his back and dies at Dermot’s feet. Once slated for a professional football career, now a recovering alcoholic, with a torn-up knee, Dermot sets out to solve the murder of his godfather with the help of his Micmac Indian cousin, his paraplegic tenant, and a former teammate. Dermot’s investigation has him tangling with members of the IRA, FBI, and the Boston mob. He also is forced to contend with Charlestown’s code of silence and the norms of the neighborhood where he grew up. Feeling like he did at the height of his game, Dermot uses his Native American intuition and Irish good looks to help him uncover clues. Dermot stumbles upon bits and pieces of information that he cobbles together into an unlikely theory which leads him on an unexpected trail and to a new mystery that could cost him his life.

Slammed ($1.60 / £0.99 UK), by Colleen Hoover, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $7.99).

Book Description
Layken’s father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn…

Layken’s mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across country. However, a new home means new neighbours… and Layken’s new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper.
Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt.

Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart… or learn to live without each other.

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 – 1963 ($9.99 Kindle, $2.99 B&N), by Robert Dallek, is the Nook Daily Find. From my understanding of the Agency agreement status with Hatchette, this should be price matched on Kindle (I’ve reported the lower price and hope it drops by afternoon).

Book Description
Everywhere acclaimed for its compelling narrative, its fresh insights, and its dispassionate appraisal of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, this #1 national bestseller is the first full-scale single-volume biography of JFK to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Drawing on previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives, An Unfinished Life is packed with revelations large and small – about JFK’s health, his love affairs, RFK’s appointment as Attorney General, what Joseph Kennedy did to help his son win the White House, and the path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had he survived. Robert Dallek succeeds as no other biographer has done in striking a critical balance – never shying away from JFK’s weaknesses, brilliantly exploring his strengths – as he offers up a vivid portrait of a bold, brave, complex, heroic, human Kennedy.

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