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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Two Free Books from WHSmith (EPUB) [UK]

Two free ebooks for those of you in the UK and who can use Adobe ADE DRM'd, EPUB formats. You'll need an account at Kobobooks, with a UK address (and UK IP when you log in, as Kobo does validate both for geographic restriction), but no credit card or payment information in order to add the books to your library. Once there, you can download them into Adobe Digital Editions, if you don't want to install the Kobo ereader app (which I really don't like - it constantly tries to download every book in my account, even on my phone).

I've included the coupon codes below, even though they are on the offer page, as you can't cut and paste from there. You must click the special link on the WHSmith the offer page, then enter the promo code at Kobo after clicking on the Buy button on the book details page; be sure the final price shows £0.00 before clicking on the green Buy button on the confirmation page or you'll be charged (and pretty much can't get a refund or not in any reasonable amount of time) if you have entered payment info at Kobo.

Originally published in 2001, Steve Alten's The Mayan Prophecy has been republished this year with a new name, Domain ($7.99 Kindle), and cover. Use coupon code nov21prophecy at Kobo.
Book Description
For thirty-two years, archaeologist Julius Gabriel investigated the Mayan calendar, a 2,500-year-old enigma that predicts the Apocalypse. His research led him to believe that ancient constructions like the Great Pyramid, Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, and Chichen Itza, were all built as part of a primeval fail-safe system, that might save humanity from total annihilation. But now Julius is dead, and his theories have perished with him, discredited and ridiculed. With the help of Dominique, a part-Mayan psychiatric intern, Julius' son, Michael, breaks out of an insane asylum in Miami, where he has been illegally imprisoned. Together they flee to the Yucatan Peninsula, where Michael believes he can find the evidence he needs to prove his father's theory, and to convince the world of the fast-approaching global catastrophe. In Mexico, at the autumn equinox, a serpent's shadow appears over the northern face of the Temple of Kukulcan, as it has done for a thousand years. But this time is different - it is the beginning of the end...

The Lost Daughter ($11.25 paperback), by Diane Chamberlain, also has a secret identity in the US, where you'll find it listed as The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes ($5.39 Kindle). Use the promo code nov21daughter for this one.
Book Description
Would you live a lie to keep your child?

In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child. CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve died – because she was there. She also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago CeeCee made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and CeeCee has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die to protect a lifetime of lies.

For fans of JODI PICOULT, this is a must read.