Feb 052013
 

Guilt by Association ($2.99) is the first novel in Marcia Clark’s Rachel Knight series. I’m picking it up to go with the second, Guilt by Degrees, which I snagged on sale last Summer.

Book Description
Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.

But she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation–and her life–to find the truth.

With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.

The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple and The One-Minute Organizer A to Z Storage Solutions: 500 Tips for Storing Every Item in Your Home ($2.99 each), by Donna Smallin

The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple

Every day, in every way, you can get just a little more organized in just a few minutes.For instance, when you take your clothes off, hang them up or put them in the laundry. Throw out that pile of mail-order catalogs you still haven’t flipped through. Limit yourself to saving one tote-bag-full of housecleaning rags.The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple is the perfect handbook for busy people who don’t have time for a top-to-bottom purge or a complete organizational overhaul. Instead Donna Smallin provides 500 fast and innovative ways anybody can become a bit more organized . . . right now. Each tip delivers instant gratification, makes your world a little less cluttered, and brings you one step closer to a more orderly life.Smallin inspires readers by showing how much can be accomplished with an investment of no more than 15 minutes a day. Her quick solutions address such common troubles as paper clutter, household chores that never get done, bills that are always paid late, and schedules that never go quite as smoothly as planned. Every tip is accompanied by a time estimate of 1, 5, 10, or 15 minutes.These days, when everybody is playing a game of catch-up, The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple offers busy people 500 quick organizational fixes that will reduce some of the chaos and bring a little calm into a frenetic world.

The One-Minute Organizer A to Z Storage Solutions: 500 Tips for Storing Every Item in Your Home

Got a minute? That’s all it takes to conquer clutter! Organizing guru Donna Smallin offers hundreds of quick tips for storing all your household items.

The latest in Storey’s best-selling One Minute Organizer series, The One-Minute Organizer A to Z Storage Solutions offers practical advice based on the time-tested principle that everything — absolutely everything — has its place.

From airline tickets to x-rays, Smallin suggests handy ways of organizing household items neatly and in a way that makes the items easy to find. Her idea of “storage” goes far beyond baskets and plastic bins; with her help, readers will not only be able to keep their household items from piling up on the kitchen counter, they’ll also be able to find everything they need in seconds. Smallin even tackles the most vexing kinds of clutter — children’s artwork, receipts, holiday decorations, and mismatched socks.

Her tips are at once creative and common-sense — like storing earrings in ice cube trays, one set per cube.

Items are presented alphabetically for easy reference and browsing, and the book’s colorful, quick-read format makes it both practical and fun. To help readers who are new to a clutter-free lifestyle, Smallin includes some time-tested organizing principles — like discarding old items as you acquire new ones and donating items that haven’t been used in more than a year. Every page brings even the most clutter-challenged reader closer to a more ordered life.

With the help of this concise, no-nonsense reference, readers will enjoy more time and less mess. Best of all, they’ll be able to find that take-out menu, spare tube of toothpaste, and elusive matching sock, every time.

Baking for All Occasions ($3.99), by Scott Peterson, Chuck Williams and Flo Braker. I may have to get this just to see how they make that Dark Chocolate Custard Tart.

Book Description
Baking expert Flo Braker rises to the occasion with more than 200 celebration-worthy recipes for baked goods. Whether it’s an impressive Dark Chocolate Custard Tart to wish someone a happy birthday, a blue ribbon-worthy batch of Fresh Mint Brownies for the annual family reunion, or an Old World Braided Coffee Cake to impress the bridge club, each recipe is custom-crafted to commemorate life’s special events. Lots of introductory information on techniques and ingredients ensure that each treat will be baked to perfection, making this a fabulous reference for any cookbook library. Baking for All Occasions makes each day something to celebrate.

Hachette is bringing out new editions of three of New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott’s novels and you can pre-order them for $1.99 each right now.

Panic

What if everything about your life was a lie?

Evan Casher is a successful documentary filmmaker with a perfect life–until the day his mother is brutally murdered. Suddenly pursued by a ruthless circle of killers, Evan discovers his entire past has been a carefully constructed lie. With only one chance at survival and no one he can trust, Evan must discover the shocking truth about his family–and himself…

Fear

Everyone has a memory they’d like to forget. For federal witness Miles Kendrick, it’s the shootout that left his best friend dead–and Miles a hunted and haunted man. While helping his psychiatrist with a mysterious favor, Miles stumbles upon an illegal research program that could free him–and millions of others with post-traumatic stress disorder–from crippling memories. But when his doctor ends up dead, Miles must run for his life from a murderous conspiracy that gives new meaning to the word “fear.”

Collision

Ben Forsberg is a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride.

“Pilgrim” is a former CIA agent who is weary from the long years of living in the shadows.

When Ben’s business card turns up in the pocket of a dead hit man, Ben and Pilgrim, two complete strangers, realize that they’ve been framed in an elaborate setup. Unsure who to trust–and pursued by a brutal and vengeful killer–the unlikely partners have no choice but to work together to discover who’s targeted them for elimination–and why. But with everything at stake, Ben has no idea that Pilgrim is harboring some shocking secrets of his own–secrets that will soon force Ben to confront the blurred line between best friends and bitter enemies.

Last up, there are a half-dozen promo editions of Sidney Sheldon’s novels for $1.99 each, three of them available now and at the rest pre-orders. I’m picking up the lot (and replacing a couple of paper editions in the process). These promo editions often don’t last in the catalog for long, so you’ll want to sample and make up your mind fairly quickly. The descriptions on most of these editions are woefully brief, so I’ve copied the paperback synopsis below, for the most part. All include bonus material, which will be an excerpt from Sidney Sheldon’s The Tides of Memory, available April 9th (and which was finished and edited by Tilly Bagshawe).

The Stars Shine Down with Bonus Material

In THE STARS SHINE DOWN, Sidney Sheldon returns to the powerful and classic themes that have made him one of the world’s most popular bestselling authors. And in Lara Cameron, he has created his most memorable, richly drawn heroine to date. Lara is America’s Princess, the power behind the tallest building on earth, a self-made billionaire who towers over a traditionally male domain, an icon of glamour and accomplishment to men and women everywhere. Beautiful but insecure, ruthless yet vulnerable, Lara has struggled brutally to achieve it all — yet still wants more. And in a dazzling global setting from London to New York, from Reno to Rome, she will find everything she has ever desired and won — her fortune, her fame, the man she loves — swiftly and shockingly imperiled.

Nothing Lasts Forever with Bonus Material

Three young doctors-their hopes, their dreams, their unexpected desires… Dr. Paige Taylor: She swore it was euthanasia, but when Paige inherited a million dollars from a patient, the D.A. called it murder. Dr. Kat Hunter: She vowed never to let another man too close again-until she accepted the challenge of a deadly bet. Dr. Honey Taft: To make it in medicine, she knew she’d need something more than the brains God gave her. Racing from the life-and-death decisions of a big major hospital to the tension-packed fireworks of a murder trial, Nothing Lasts Forever lays bare the ambitions and fears of healers and killers, lovers and betrayers. And proves once again that no reader can outguess Sidney Sheldon, the master of the unexpected.

Morning Noon & Night with Bonus Material

A power revered by presidents and kings, a fortune unsurpassed by few people on earth: all that ended for Harry Stanford the day he mysteriously-and fatally-plunged from his luxury yacht into the Mediterranean Sea. Then, back home in Boston, as the family gathers to grieve for his memory and to war over his legacy, a stunningly beautiful young woman appears. She claims to be Stanford’s long-lost daughter and entitled to her share of his estate. Now, flaming with intrigue and passion through the glamorous preserves of the world’s super rich, the ultimate game of wits begins, for stakes too dazzling and deadly to imagine.

The Best Laid Plans with Bonus Material

He wanted power. Oliver Russell is fated to rise to the pinnacle of power, the office of President of the United States. She wanted revenge. Leslie Stewart is his betrayed fiancee, a woman dedicated to a single purpose-the downfall of Oliver Russell. Amassing her own media empire, marshaling all her forces against him, she stands poised to destroy Russell on the eve of his most dazzling triumph. From Sidney Sheldon, the unchallenged master of bestselling fiction, comes a story of blazing ambitions and thwarted love that enthralls and surprises with every page…

Tell Me Your Dreams with Bonus Material

She had read about stalkers, but they belonged in a different, faraway world. She had no idea who it could be, who would want to harm her. She was trying desperately not to panic, but lately her sleep had been filled with nightmares, and she had awakened each morning with a feeling of impending doom.

Thus begins Sidney Sheldon’s chilling novel, Tell Me Your Dreams. Three beautiful young women are suspected of committing a series of brutal murders. The police make an arrest that leads to one of the most bizarre murder trials of the century. Based on actual events, Sheldon’s novel races from London to Rome to the city of Quebec to San Francisco, with a climax that will leave the reader stunned.

The Sky Is Falling with Bonus Material

If America had a royal family, the Taylor Winthrops would wear the crown. In The Sky is Falling, the popular, charismatic Winthrops have captured the imagination of the world with their public service, their enormous charity, and their glamorous lives. But in the period of one year, all five members of the family are killed in a series of accidents. Beautiful young anchor woman Dana Evans begins an investigation and starts unraveling compelling evidence that she can hardly believe.

In her determined pursuit of the truth, Dana never anticipated the cat-and-mouse chase that leads her through a half dozen countries in search of a remorseless killer. As she closes in on her suspect, the shocking secrets she uncovers place Dana and her young son in dire jeopardy. Can Dana outwit her pursuers and expose the truth that will astound the world?

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