Today’s free MP3 is a children’s album, Bunny Party, sort of a musical storybook.
Over at Audible, it’s Listener Appreciation Month – Buy 4 audiobooks and you’ll get a $10 credit. Qualifying books must have “regular” price of $14.95, but you can buy the ones on sale (such as a discounted companion audiobook) or using built-up credits. You can get up to $20 added to your account and the credits will be placed in your account no later than December 6, 2012.
Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is On Thin Ice ($1.99), the sixth novel in the Ice series by Anne Stuart, and the companion audiobook is only $3.95.
Elizabeth Pennington has come to the war-torn South American country of Callivera to volunteer at a tiny mission. Kidnapped by the local rebels who are more interested in ransom than politics, she ends up at their camp in the Andes where she meets Finn MacGowan, member of the infamous Committee, a covert organization dedicated to destroying terrorism. MacGowan has been held hostage for almost three years, and he’s chosen the night she arrives as the night he plans to escape. When he does, she follows him, heading down the steep mountainous terrain with another hostage, the teenage son of a Hollywood millionaire. Rebels, soldiers, traitors and near-drowning follows them on their journey. As they travel from the mountain fortress to a transatlantic freighter, an old cafe in Spain ending in a shootout at a farmhouse in France, MacGowan reluctantly falls in love, and Beth learns that the cynical, dangerous soldier-of-fortune might be worth saving after all.
The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations ($1.59 / £0.99 UK), by Zhu Xiao-Mei and Ellen Hinsey, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $5.99/KLL eligible and the companion audiobook is only $1.99).
Zhu Xiao-Mei was born to middle-class parents in post-war China, and her musical proficiency became clear at an early age. Taught to play the piano by her mother, she developed quickly into a prodigy, immersing herself in the work of classical masters like Bach and Brahms. She was just ten years old when she began a rigorous course of study at the Beijing Conservatory, laying the groundwork for what was sure to be an extraordinary career. But in 1966, when Xiao-Mei was seventeen, the Cultural Revolution began, and life as she knew it changed forever. One by one, her family members were scattered, sentenced to prison or labor camps. By 1969, the art schools had closed, and Xiao-Mei was on her way to a work camp in Mongolia, where she would spend the next five years. Life in the camp was nearly unbearable, thanks to horrific living conditions and intensive brainwashing campaigns. Yet through it all Xiao-Mei clung to her passion for music and her sense of humor. And when the Revolution ended, it was the piano that helped her to heal. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, The Secret Piano is the incredible true story of one woman’s survival in the face of unbelievable odds—and in pursuit of a powerful dream.
A Lawman’s Christmas ($7.99 Kindle, $1.99 B&N), the fourteenth and most recent title in the McKettricks series by Linda Lael Miller, is the Nook Daily Find; there’s no price match on Kindle (yet), but you may be better off getting the multi-title volume A Lawman’s Christmas\Daring Moves ($6.55), anyway.
The sudden death of the town marshal leaves Blue River, Texas, without a lawman…and twentyfiveyearold Dara Rose Nolan without a husband. As winter approaches and her meager seamstress income dwindles, she has three options. Yet she won’t give up her two young daughters, refuses to join the fallen women of the Bitter Gulch Saloon and can’t fathom condemning herself to another loveless marriage. Unfortunately she must decide—soon—because there’s a new marshal in town, and she’s living under his roof.
With the heart of a cowboy, Clay McKettrick plans to start a ranch and finally settle down. He isn’t interested in uprooting Dara Rose and her children, but he is interested in giving her protection, friendship—and passion. And when they say “I do” to a marriage of convenience, the temporary lawman’s Christmas wish is to make Dara Rose his permanent wife….
Award-winning author Lois Lowry has an undeniable knack for knowing the minds of young people, and her Anastasia Krupnik series wonderfully showcases Lowry’s talent. All eight of the books in today’s deal are wildly funny, touching, and loaded with personality.
Grade Level: 4 and up
- Anastasia Again!
- Anastasia at Your Service
- Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst
- Anastasia on Her Own
- Anastasia Has the Answers
- Anastasia’s Chosen Career
- Anastasia at This Address
- Anastasia, Absolutely
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America ($6.74 Kindle, $2.99 B&N), by Timothy Egan, is the Nook Daily Find: Election 2012.
National Book Award–winner Timothy Egan turns his historian’s eye to the largest-ever forest fire in America and offers an epic, cautionary tale for our time.
On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men to fight the fires, but no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them. Egan recreates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force, and the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, that follows is equally resonant. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by every citizen. Even as TR’s national forests were smoldering they were saved: The heroism shown by his rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service in ways we can still witness today.