Nov 072012

If you bought enough books last month for Sony’s Buy 6 Get 1 Free deal, be sure to check your email for the promo code, as it looks like they sent it out this week.

Also check your email for any messages about the Agency Settlement. Although Amazon and B&N have both promised to calculate your refund automatically (B&N will then send a gift code, probably in February), others, such as Books on Board, are requiring you to determine the books your purchased and to fill out a settlement form, so that you’ll get the refund directly from the publishers. BoB recommends you print out the form and use it to take notes, so you can then easily fill out the online form (which appears to be required once for each retailer). I suppose that’s just another way to avoid paying out on the settlement, as I doubt most people will see the emails, follow the directions, etc. At least at BoB, it’s fairly easy to research your purchases (same at Kobo), but you’ll need to check each book to see if it is one of the publishers or imprints involved (and I found at least one book that is now sold by an involved imprint, but was sold by a non-Agency imprint when I purchased it) and look up the ISBN for the involved books.

Speaking of Books on Board, they are running a Net 50% off sale on discount eligible ebooks. You may also be able to use promo Codes NR-qetRZ or NR-Pxaa6 for “35% Off the Publisher List Price on all Discount Eligible eBooks and Audio Books. Today Only!”

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is Sly Fox ($1.99), by Jeanine Pirro.

Book Description
Westchester, New York, 1976–Cocaine abuse is rampant, the county courthouse is a boys’ club, and men are still legally permitted to beat their wives. Enter Dani Fox, the feisty, ambitious twenty-five-year-old assistant district attorney tired of feeling like an outsider and hungry to bring abusers to justice.

Dani confronts emotionally challenging crime scenes and uncooperative colleagues, facing threats to her safety–and even the safety of her pet pig, Wilbur–in order to protect society’s silent victims. Spearheading the country’s first domestic violence unit in a shifting legal landscape, Dani must find allies where she can, especially when she discovers a seemingly simple case has some shocking twists. But who can she trust, and which of her colleagues will she end up battling both in and out of the courtroom?

Drawing from her own past as a dynamic, hard-charging former district attorney, Emmy-winning Judge Jeanine Pirro’s debut page-turner is ripped from the headlines, full of gripping details, authentic thrills, and suspenseful realism that can only come from a courtroom litigator who’s been in the trenches.

A Baby’s Cry ($1.62 / £0.99 UK), by Cathy Glass, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $7.59).

Book Description
What could cause a mother to believe that giving away her newborn baby is her only option? Cathy Glass is about to find out. From number 1 bestselling author of Damaged comes a harrowing and moving memoir about tiny Harrison, left in Cathy’s care, and the potentially fatal family secret of his beginnings.

When Cathy is first asked to foster one-day old Harrison her only concern is if she will remember how to look after a baby. But upon collecting Harrison from the hospital, Cathy realises she has more to worry than she thought when she discovers that his background is shrouded in secrecy.

She isn’t told why Harrison is in foster care and his social worker says only a few are aware of his very existence, and if his whereabouts became known his life, and that of his parents, could be in danger. Cathy tries to put her worries aside as she looks after Harrison, a beautiful baby, who is alert and engaging. Cathy and her children quickly bond with Harrison although they know that, inevitably, he will eventually be adopted.

But when a woman Cathy doesn’t know starts appearing in the street outside her house acting suspiciously, Cathy fears for her own family’s safety and demands some answers from Harrison’s social worker. The social worker tells Cathy a little but what she says is very disturbing . How is this woman connected to Harrison and can she answer the questions that will affect Harrison’s whole life?

About the Author
Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well ($8.99 Kindle, $2.99 B&N), by Billy Graham, is the Nook Daily Find.

Book Description
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

—Acts 20:24 (ESV)

Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham, known by many as God’s Ambassador. “I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way.”

In Nearing Home this man of faith—now in his nineties—explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. Billy Graham invites us to journey with him as he considers the golden years while anticipating the hope of being reunited with his wife, Ruth, in his heavenly home that eclipses this world. “When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice,” says the author. “Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Join Billy Graham as he shares the challenges of fading strength but still standing strong in his commitment to finishing life well.

Today’s Kindle Kids Daily Deal is The Templeton Twins Have an Idea ($1.99), by Jeremy Holmes and Ellis Weiner.

Book Description
Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let’s say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins—adults—named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, I said kidnapped. Wouldn’t it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so. Luckily for you, this is just the first in a series perfect for boys and girls who are smart, clever, and funny (just like the twins), and enjoy reading adventurous stories (who doesn’t?!).

Grade Level: 4 and up

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