Jan 242013

Today’s Kindle Romance Daily Deal is California Sunset ($0.99), by Casey Dawes.

Book Description
Divorced mother Annie Gerhard meets rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn’t move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, even if she hates what she does. And this is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.

John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He’s got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.

Unless . . .

John and Annie must both face their pasts in order to greet the future. Can they risk it?

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is the 2012 “Best American” Books for $1.99 apiece. If you read short fiction/non-fiction, then you’ll want to pick up at least one or two of these (if not the entire set, especially at this price).

  • The Best American Mystery Stories 2012, edited by Otto Penzler and Robert Crais
    includes Peter S. Beagle, Kathleen Ford, Mary Gaitskill, Lou Manfredo, Thomas McGuane, Gina Paoli, T. Jefferson Parker, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Charles Todd, Daniel Woodrell, and others
  • The Best American Essays 2012, edited by Robert Atwan and David Brooks
    includes Marcia Angell, Miah Arnold, Mark Doty, Joseph Epstein, Jonathan Franzen,
    Malcolm Gladwell, Francine Prose, Lauren Slater, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jose Antonio Vargas, and others
  • The Best American Short Stories 2012, edited by Tom Perrotta and Heidi Pitlor
    includes Nathan Englander, Mary Gaitskill, Roxane Gay, Jennifer Haigh, Steven Millhauser, Alice Munro, Lawrence Osborne, Eric Puchner, George Saunders, Kate Walbert, and others
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012, edited by Dan Ariely and Tim Folger
  • The Best American Travel Writing 2012, edited by Jason Wilson and William T. Vollmann
    includes Bryan Curtis, Lynn Freed, J. Malcolm Garcia, Peter Gwin, Pico Iyer, Mark Jenkins, Dimiter Kenarov, Robin Kirk, Kimberly Meyer, Paul Theroux, and others
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, edited by Dave Eggers
    includes Kevin Brockmeier, Judy Budnitz, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Nora Krug, Julie Otsuka, Eric Puchner, George Saunders, Adrian Tomine, Jess Walter, and others
  • The Best American Sports Writing 2012, edited by Glenn Stout and Michael Wilbon

Today’s Kindle SciFi/Fantasy Daily Deal is Luxuria ($0.99), by Nicci Sefton.

Book Description
Vampires and mortals, love and lust; these things usually don’t make good combinations. Though, in Luxuria, they all come together to make one enthralling and captivating story. Nicci Sefton creates a world between the living and the undead from which a love story unravels. Because Nicci was 17 when she wrote this literary work, she was better able to relate to her characters and draws from her own experiences to make the story more lifelike.

Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard ($1.57 / £0.99 UK), by Ben Crystal, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $8.39).

Book Description
Who’s afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he did write is inacessible and elitist. Right? Wrong. Ben Crystal, the ‘Jamie Oliver of Shakespeare’ (BBD Radio 5), sweeps the cobwebs from the Bard and finds Shakespeare’s own voice amid the poetry, revealing both the man and his work to be relevant, accessible and full of beans. ‘Ben Crystal’s witty and engaging book is a relaxed, user-friendly reminder that enjoying Shakespeare should be as easy as breathing.’ Domini Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe.

The Memory Jar ($8.00 Kindle, $1.99 B&N), by Tricia Goyer, is the Nook Daily Find [Zondervan].

Book Description
Every year, 30-40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!

Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she’s also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart.
Now she’s met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?

Today’s Kindle Kids Daily Deal is My Unfair Godmother ($1.99), by Janette Rallison.

Book Description
After her parents’ divorce Tansy never really felt like her life got back to normal. And now that her too-busy parents and their respective new spouses don’t seem to have time for her, Tansy has been sent to live with her semi-neurotic grandmother. After one incident involving a bad date, a can of spray paint, and the police, Tansy fears she is doomed for life. Enter Chrissy Everstar, Tansy’s fairy in shining er… high heels. With three wishes to help set her life right, Tansy is taken along for a ride that includes Robin Hood and his Merry Men, who turn out to be trouble when they steal from the rich in her town. When the police chief’s son, Hudson, sees Tansy hanging out with these fairy tale criminals, she’ll have some serious explaining to do. That’s if Tansy can find a way to stop spinning gold and undo the “help” that Chrissy has bestowed.

Grade Level: 5 and up

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