Jan 252013

Today’s Gold Box at Amazon is “Save up to 25% on an RCA 55-Inch or 42-Inch LED HDTV” (you’d think it’s nearing that big Game day of the year!).

Amazon’s Android Appstore free App today is PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue (usually $4).

For those looking for a basic EPUB eInk reader (not compatible with Kindle or Nook books), you might want to check out Kobo’s in-store sale on the Kobo Mini for the next couple of weeks:

From January 25th until February 14th pick up a Kobo Mini for $59.99 at top North American retailers. The promotion will be available in the U.S. through select American Bookseller Association independent bookstores and Family Christian bookstores. In Canada the promotion is available at Indigo-Chapters, Future Shop, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, The Source, and Toys“R”Us. To make this deal even sweeter, customize the Kobo Mini with a complimentary, colourful Kobo SnapBack while supplies last.

Audible’s $100 discount on an electronics item (including the Kindle family) with a one-year subscription commitment will be expiring soon (January 31), for those considering taking advantage of that deal this year.

Today’s Kindle Kids Daily Deal is The Farwalker’s Quest ($1.99), the first novel in the Farwalker Trilogy by Joni Sensel. Be sure to also pick up the third novel in the series, The Skeleton’s Knife, while it is on sale for $2.99 (and maybe Book 2 will drop sometime soon).

Book Description
Ariel has always been curious, but when she and her best friend Zeke stumble upon a mysterious old telling dart she feels an unexplained pull toward the dart, and to figuring out what it means. Magically flying great distances and only revealing their messages to the intended recipient, telling darts haven’t been used for years, and no one knows how they work. So when two strangers show up looking for the dart, Ariel and Zeke realize that their discovery is not only interesting, but very dangerous. The telling dart, and the strangers, leads them to a journey more perilous and encompassing than either can imagine, and in the process both Zeke and Ariel find their true calling.

Grade Level: 3 and up

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is The Siege of Krishnapur ($2.99), by J.G. Farrell. This Booker Prize-winning book is “widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years” and the companion audiobook is only $3.99.

Book Description
India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.

Farrell’s story is set in an isolated Victorian outpost on the subcontinent. Rumors of strife filter in from afar, and yet the members of the colonial community remain confident of their military and, above all, moral superiority. But when they find themselves under actual siege, the true character of their dominion—at once brutal, blundering, and wistful—is soon revealed. The Siege of Krishnapur is a companion to Troubles, about the Easter 1916 rebellion in Ireland, and The Singapore Grip, which takes place just before World War II, as the sun begins to set upon the British Empire. Together these three novels offer an unequaled picture of the follies of empire.

Today’s Kindle Romance Daily Deal is The Birthday Scandal ($1.99), by Leigh Michaels, with the companion audiobook also $1.99.

Book Description
The wealthy Duke of Weybridge knows that everyone loves a good surprise…and a good scandal. He has bounteous amounts of both for the guests—particularly for his nieces and nephew, Emily, Isabel, and Lucien—at his extravagant seventieth birthday ball. They think his promise to improve their lives means a generous stipend. But he’s gotdifferent gifts in mind: finding them the perfect matches. His task won’t be easy, because the Arden siblings have given up on love.

Bachelor Lucien spends more time merrymaking than looking for a proper wife. His sister Emily, broken-hearted when her betrothal ended in disgrace, committed herself to an early spinsterhood. And Isabel’s marriage has been troubled from the moment it began—with a terrible betrayal on her wedding night.

Though witty and strong-willed, the siblings are no match for their uncle’s wily machinations. And as the celebration approaches, his romantic scheming ignites illicit liaisons and irresistible temptations, sparking enough rumors to keep the ton abuzz until his next birthday.

Today’s Kindle SciFi/Fantasy Daily Deal is The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery ($1.99), by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall [Midnight Ink].

Book Description
Reporter Lizzie Vaughan doesn’t realize it, but she has 2,000 years of royal Vampiric blood coursing through her veins. Neither she nor Tucker, her cowboy lover, has any idea that Julius, the leader of the undead, has a diabolical plan to reign over darkness for all eternity–with Lizzie at his side. Lizzie battles for her life–and her soul–as she and Tucker find themselves caught up in a vampire war, pursued by hordes of Julius’ maniacal, bloodthirsty followers. Who will be left standing when the sun rises?

Vow of Silence ($1.57 / £0.99 UK), by Veronica Black, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (no US edition).

Book Description
When Sister Joan of the Order of the Daughters of Compassion is transfered to the convent in Cornwall she goes wth instructions from the Mother Superior to solve the puzzle in the last letter of a dying nun. On the surface, all is sweetness and light in the convent on the moors, but it does not take Joan long to detect that there are som ugly shadows lurking beneath and some very suspicious circumstances to be explained. There is the novice who vanished, and the statue that doesn’t fit, and the accident that might not have been an accident at all. And who is the young man hiding in the bracken? In an atmosphere of silence, prayer and increasing menace, Sister Joan, a natural rebel, tries to discover the truth and set it right without violating the vows she has taken. This mystery novel is the first in a series about a modern young woman who has chosen to live under medieval discipline, and finds that only too frequently her two worlds collide.

Bel Canto ($7.74 $1.99 Kindle, B&N), by Ann Patchett, is the Nook Daily Find. Update: Now price matched on Kindle, where the companion audiobook is $3.95 for those who get the ebook from Amazon.

Book Description
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera’s most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots.

Without the demands of the world to shape their days, life on the inside becomes more beautiful than anything they had known before. At once riveting and impassioned, the narrative becomes a moving exploration of how people communicate when music is the only common language. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.

Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto engenders in the reader the very passion for art and the language of music that its characters discover. As a reader, you find yourself fervently wanting this captivity to continue forever, even though you know that real life waits on the other side of the garden wall. A virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers, Bel Canto is a novel to be cherished.

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