Kobo has a contest going on, The Great Escape Enter daily and you will at least win a coupon code good for 10%-75% off one book and one person daily will win a $100 gift card; the grand prize is an airline trip for two. You have to register for the contest the first time you play (it doesn't automatically use your Kobo login), then log in daily to play. Today's trivia question is from Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers, which happens to be on sale for $2.99!
It's the last night for this month's $3.99 or less titles on Kindle and for this month's batch of $5 MP3 albums and is probably the tail end of the $5 Norah Jones sale. If you have the $5 MP3 promo code (a KSO offer), then I'd recommend you check out this month's list, then check it again after the first (sometimes it doesn't fully update until the second of the month, I've found) and then use your promo code on one that has been on your wishlist, but wasn't in either of the two promo lists.
It's also the last night of the Shock-tober Sale and the Nora Roberts 3-for-2 Sale at Audible. Both end at Midnight on the East Coast (so, check these first, then ones at Amazon, as they should last three hours longer, for the last minute shoppers).
And, since everyone must need at least one theme-related book that won't give you nightmares just from the cover, be sure to grab Haunted Spouse (Main/UK), by Heather MacAllister, while it is free. As you'll note from the synopsis at Amazon, this was previously published in 1993 as a Harlequin Romance under the author name Heather Allison. It's DRM-free at Amazon or you can download several DRM-free formats on Smashwords.
A girl, a guy, and a haunted house
Architect Frizzie Lizzie, the Scream Queen, designs haunted houses. Architect Jared Rutledge's classic buildings are designs for the ages. Jared believes Lizzie is wasting her talent--and frequently tells her so. Lizzie tells him he needs to loosen up. That's probably why their business partnership didn't last any longer than their marriage. But now, Jared needs Lizzie's help in fixing a haunted house he designed to raise money for a physical therapy center. After she recovers from the shock of Jared asking for her help, Lizzie realizes it's the perfect opportunity to show him that she doesn't design "frivolous structures" and at last win his respect. Although if she's honest, Lizzie is hoping she'll win more than that.
My favorite book for the season, that I've read lately, is probably A Discovery of Witches ($9.99), by Deborah Harkness. It's an Agency publisher (Penguin) and I hesitated to pay full price, back when I got it, but didn't regret a cent after reading it. While writing this, I just noticed that the companion audiobook is currently $3.95. I would have bought the next title in the All Souls Trilogy, Shadow of Night, even at the $14.99 it is still marked, but managed to get approved for a review copy the same day I was considering the purchase. I've finished it (no review yet, must get that done!) and liked it nearly was well as the first (it's a more historical setting than the first, which I think contributed to a slightly less enjoyable read, for me). At 600 pages per volume, you also won't get cheated on your purchase, as far as reading time (unlike, say, the novella that Laurell Hamilton had a few years ago, at full Hardcover novel prices).
In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the "it" book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense.
So, what have been your favorite reads lately? Halloween related or not? Leave me a note and I'll see how many goodies I can dig up to send out (leave an email address if you want one, these are all digital and mostly via iTunes).