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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nook Daily Find 4/30

Afghanistan Revealed ($9.99 Kindle, $2.99 B&N), by Ahmed Rashid, Jules Stewart, Yossef Bodansky, Greg Mill, et al, is the Nook Daily Find.
Book Description
Afghanistan Revealed offers the reader an incisive view into a country that has held the world’s attention for more than a decade. Hardly a day goes by without Afghanistan making news in the media – but behind the headlines, what do we really know about this complex and enigmatic country, its people, its culture and most importantly, its future? This ebook takes us beyond the media focus on politics and war into the lives of the Afghan people, and the forces that have shaped their individual and collective history.

A range of distinguished specialists shed light on Afghanistan, from the earliest Aryan migrations and the emergence of Islam, through the country's role as a key Central Asian trade centre, the Anglo-Afghan wars and the Soviet invasion, to the emergence of a post-Taliban state. We are reminded of how the Afghans have suffered in centuries of violent conflict and have stubbornly resisted all efforts to invade and dominate their land. We are presented with the tasks Afghanistan faces after the 2014 withdrawal of NATO-led combat troops, specifically the need to rebuild the country, create jobs, provide education, tap into its huge economic potential, and provide political and social harmony.

Readable and accessible, Afghanistan Revealed is essential background for anyone wishing to understand why peace and stability in the region have been so elusive. It is also an indispensable tool for foreign and Afghan policymakers who play a role in determining Afghanistan's future.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Nook Daily Find 4/29

Poor Man's Feast ($12.09 Kindle, $3.99 B&N), by Elissa Altman [Chronicle Books], is the Nook Daily Find.
Book Description
From James Beard Award-winning writer Elissa Altman comes a story that marries wit to warmth, and flavor to passion. Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and food-fanatical father, Elissa was trained early on that fancy is always best. After a childhood spent dining everywhere from Le Pavillion to La Grenouille, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical, from the rare game birds she served at elaborate dinner parties in an apartment so tiny that guests couldn't turn around to the eight timbale molds she bought while working at Dean & DeLuca, just so she could make tall food.

But love does strange things to people, and when Elissa met Susan — a small-town Connecticut Yankee with parsimonious tendencies and a devotion to simple living — it would change Elissa's relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. With tender and often hilarious honesty (and 27 delicious recipes), Poor Man's Feast is a universal tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, and shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Morning Bargain Books

Diamond Eyes ($2.99 Kindle, Kobo), by A A Bell [HarperCollins]
Book Description
Mira Chambers has an unusual gift for solving mysteries ...

Blind, institutionalised and frustrated by her loss of independence, Mira has been driven to the brink of insanity by medications that make her life unbearable. When she astounds two medical scientists by ′seeing′ the impossible, they begin an exploration of Mira′s strange perspectives.

Together with Bennet Chiron, an enigmatic ex-con, Mira becomes entangled in a dangerous adventure of self-discovery that leads them to a killer -- and exposed to a manipulative sociopath whose own unique talent is more than a match for Mira′s.

Layers of secrets are about to be peeled away ... and no one will be safe from what is revealed.

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee ($0.99 Kindle, B&N, Kobo), by Karen Abbott [Random House]
Book Description
America was flying high in the Roaring Twenties. Then, almost overnight, the Great Depression brought it crashing down. When the dust settled, people were primed for a star who could distract them from reality. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed a gift for delivering exactly what America needed. With her superb narrative skills and eye for detail, Karen Abbott brings to life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy’s world, including her intense triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who literally killed to get her daughters on the stage. Weaving in the compelling saga of the Minskys—four scrappy brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque and transform the entertainment landscape—Karen Abbott creates a rich account of a legend whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.

A Plague of Zombies: An Outlander Novella ($1.99 Kindle, B&N, Kobo), by Diana Gabaldon [Random House]
Book Description
A captivating tale of history and suspense, with a touch of the supernatural, featuring Lord John Grey. This novella, originally published as “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” is now available as a standalone eBook.

Lord John Grey, a lieutenant-colonel in His Majesty’s army, arrives in Jamaica with orders to quash a slave rebellion brewing in the mountains. But a much deadlier threat lies close at hand. The governor of the island is being menaced by zombies, according to a servant. Lord John has no idea what a zombie is, but it doesn’t sound good. It sounds even worse when hands smelling of grave dirt come out of the darkness to take him by the throat. Between murder in the governor’s mansion and plantations burning in the mountains, Lord John will need the wisdom of serpents and the luck of the devil to keep the island from exploding.

Mother of the Bride ($1.99 Kindle, B&N, Kobo), by Lynn Michaels [Random House]
Book Description
She planned everything for the wedding – except the falling in love part....

In a family of jet-setters and lovable eccentrics, Cydney Parrish is the stable, sensible one, always with her feet firmly planted on the ground. Maybe that’s why she ended up raising her sister’s daughter Bebe. Now Bebe is all grown up and about to marry the nephew of the handsome and reclusive author Angus Munroe. Between planning the wedding, dealing with her high maintenance kin, and facing a future with only a cat for company, Cydney has her hands full. But she isn’t too busy to notice that aside from being pushy and generally infuriating, Gus Munroe may just be the man of her dreams.

Angus Munroe is not about to let his only nephew throw his future away on some ditzy debutante. He flies into town determined to “speak now and never hold his peace”–but ends up instead with a broken nose, a slight limp, and his mountainside home invaded by the bride-to-be’s family. He’s pretty certain it is all the wedding planner’s fault. Aunts aren’t supposed to be sexy, but someone obviously forgot to tell the irresistible Cydney Parrish....

UK Kindle Daily Deal 4/22

Shadow Behind The Sun (£0.99 UK), an auto-biography by Remzije Sherifi, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $11.99).
Book Description
REMZIJE SHERIFI worked as a journalist with Radio Gjilan in Kosova. She lost her job, and almost her life, as the Milosevic regime steadily tightened its grip on the Albanian people who lived there. In SHADOW BEHIND THE SUN she recounts her family's history to shine a new light on the terrible events of the 1990s. Now a British citizen, she has made her commitment to Asylum Seekers and other refugees, working with the Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow. The shadow of past events stands behind the sunrise of every new constitutional or social development. Can they be forgotten? Should they? There has never been so much displacement in the world as at the present time. Beside the history of the Kosovar people she describes the plight of Asylum Seekers in the here and now. Remzije Sherifi is a compassionate and visionary presence in difficult and changing times.

Skeem Life: Growing Up in the Seventies (£1.09 UK), by Gary Robertson, is the second Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $9.99).
Book Description
When young Gary Robertson moved from the old tenements to an almost brand new housing scheme in the early 1970s, it was the start of a very big adventure. In the skeems, you could roam from morning to night and get up to all sorts – provided you obeyed the rules of the street (and your parents if they saw you). As a training ground for life it was second to none but there was plenty to learn. There was money to be made on the lemonade bottles and the berries each summer – provided you knew the tricks of the trade. There were games to be played, from Backie Hopping to Scubby Queen, gangs to be avoided and football, music and lassies to get to grips with – or not – at the Clubbie. Irreverent and funny, Skeem Life is set against a backdrop of the tough housing schemes of 1970s Dundee. It was Britain in the time of the three-day week and the OPEC oil crisis but it was a journey full of excitement, adventure and youthful dreams.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

UK Kindle Daily Deal 4/16

The Long Bridge: Out of the Gulags (£0.99 UK), by Urszula Muskus, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $8.79).
Book Description
Urszula Muskus (1903-1972) spent sixteen years as a prisoner of Stalinist Russia. Torn from her industrious, middle class life following her husband’s arrest, she was packed into a rail wagon and sent eastwards into Kazakhstan and Siberia. Cast into an alien world of political prisoners and depraved criminals she had to learn to survive to the best of her ability. ‘The Long Bridge’ was written over a period of fourteen years while she lived with her daughter in London, and translated after her death. Rich in stories of love and parting, long train journeys and forced marches on foot, other women prisoners, violent guards and bandit molls, it comes from a strong spirit who looked on her world with an unwavering eye.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Bargain Book Roundup

The Last Chinese Chef ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), by Nicole Mones [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]. The companion audiobook, which I already have, is only $3.99 via Audible. Be careful if you are searching for this one and not using the links, as there are two editions and only this one is on sale (too bad it is the Topaz format one).
Book Description
This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China -- this time the hidden world of high culinary culture.

When Maggie McElroy, a widowed American food writer, learns of a Chinese paternity claim against her late husband’s estate, she has to go immediately to Beijing. She asks her magazine for time off, but her editor counters with an assignment: to profile the rising culinary star Sam Liang.

In China Maggie unties the knots of her husband’s past, finding out more than she expected about him and about herself. With Sam as her guide, she is also drawn deep into a world of food rooted in centuries of history and philosophy. To her surprise she begins to be transformed by the cuisine, by Sam’s family -- a querulous but loving pack of cooks and diners -- and most of all by Sam himself. The Last Chinese Chef is the exhilarating story of a woman regaining her soul in the most unexpected of places.

The House at Sea's End ($2.99 Kindle, B&N) and A Room Full of Bones ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), the third and fourth novels in the Ruth Galloway Mystery series by Elly Griffiths [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]

The House at Sea's End
Just back from maternity leave, forensic archeologist Ruth is finding it hard to juggle motherhood and work when she is called in to investigate human bones that have surfaced on a remote Norfolk beach. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson, the married father of her daughter, does not help. The bones, six men with their arms bound, turn out date back to World War II, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland.

Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?
A Room Full of Bones (companion audiobook $4.99)
Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway investigates her most complicated case to date: two people affiliated with a museum housing aboriginal skulls succumb to a mysterious fever that later threatens the life of DCI Harry Nelson.

When Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop, she finds the museum's curator lying dead on the floor. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too.

These two deaths could be from natural causes, but when he is called in to investigate, Nelson isn't convinced, and it is only a matter of time before he and Ruth cross paths once more. When threatening letters come to light, events take an even more sinister turn. But as Ruth's friends become involved, where will her loyalties lie? As her convictions are tested, Ruth and Nelson must discover how Aboriginal skulls, drug smuggling, and the mystery of “The Dreaming” hold the answer to these deaths, as well as the keys to their own survival.

Beast Master's Planet ($9.99 Kindle, B&N, Kobo), an omnibus volume containing Andre Norton's Omnibus of Beast Master and Lord of Thunder, both in the Beastmaster series. Unlike the titles I highlighted on sale yesterday, this one is published by Macmillan and $5/title is a pretty good price for the set (individual titles are running around $8 apiece).
Book Description
In 1959 Andre Norton published The Beast Master, a fast-paced science fiction adventure that introduced to readers a new kind of hero, Hosteen Storm. Storm, a Navajo from the American southwest, served in the Planetary Confederacy forces as a Beast Master teamed with an African eagle, a meercat, and a dune cat.

Telepathically linked to his team animals, Storm served valiantly in the war that eventually defeated the alien Xiks, though victory could not prevent the aliens from destroying Earth. With his homeworld gone, Storm emigrated to the colonized frontier planet Arzor, where he would have to help fight a holdout Xik force that has brought the war to his adopted home.

In Lord of Thunder, Storm's beast master skills and animal partners are needed to unravel the mystery behind a huge gathering of the indigenous Norbies. Only Storm and his half-brother Logan Quade can penetrate the Norbies' clan secrets and discover what is behind the threat of an uprising that could destroy the tenuous peace between the colonists and the aliens who share their planet.

These two novels are science fiction adventure at its best. Here is exciting space opera full of colorful, absorbing SF action on an alien world, as only Andre Norton can write it.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

Beauty Dies ($1.99 Kindle, B&N), a Claire Conrad/Maggie Hill novel by Melodie Johnson Howe [MysteriousPress.com (Open Road)]
Book Description
A former supermodel takes a fatal tumble, and only the unlikely duo Claire and Maggie can say who pushed her....

Women like Cybella are not destined to survive their fifties. Her looks long gone, the ex-supermodel takes a leap down a stairwell—an apparent suicide that lands her on the front page one last time. Maggie Hill and her employer, the eccentrically brilliant detective Claire Conrad, are about to leave New York when a streetwalker named Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Murphy barges into their hotel room, clutching a tape that she claims proves the model was murdered—a tawdry bit of pornography starring Jackie and Cybella’s daughter. Conrad is unimpressed, but Jackie gets her attention on her way out of the hotel, when an unseen killer stabs her to death in the street.

Discovering the truth behind the two murders will take Maggie and Claire on a trip to the ugliest corners of New York City, and show them that there is no back alley as dangerous as a high-fashion catwalk.

Shoveling Smoke: A Clay Parker Crime Novel ($1.99 Kindle, B&N), by Austin David [Chronicle Books]
Book Description
Reveling in outrageous shenanigans and hilariously off-kilter characters, Shoveling Smoke does for East Texas what Carl Hiaasen's novels do for South Florida. Burned-out corporate lawyer Clay Parker chucks it all and moves from Houston to a tiny firm in a dusty small town, searching for his lost integrity and a simpler life. Instead, he lands in the middle of a bungled fraud case defending the disreputable and downright nasty Bevo Rasmussen, accused of torching the stables housing his overinsured thoroughbreds. Immediately confronted with corrupt officials, crazed survivalists, an incompetent hit man, an emu, and a naked county clerk, along with an assortment of vengeful wives and great barbecue, Clay discovers that nothing is what it seems to be. By the end, our hero gets way more than he bargained for, justice (Texas-style) gets served, and the reader gets a laugh-out-loud first novel.

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), by David Sheff [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt], one of Amazons Best of the Month, February 2008 picks, with the companion audiobook $3.99.
Book Description
What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.

Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

The Patron Saint of Liars ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), by Ann Patchett [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]
Book Description
Since her first publication in 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett has crafted a number of elegant novels, garnering accolades and awards along the way. Now comes a beautiful reissue of the best-selling debut novel that launched her remarkable career.

St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth's extended family of nuns and an ever-changing collection of pregnant teenage girls. Rose's past won't be kept away, though, even by St. Elizabeth's; she cannot remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cannot change who she has become in the leaving.

The Best Contemporary Women's Fiction: Six Novels ($13.20 Kindle, B&N, $14.89 Kobo - coupon eligible) combines the first novel listed above with five others, dropping the price to essentially $2.10 each. Authors included are Nicole Mones, Ann Patchett, Maggie O'Farrell, Jenna Blum, Elizabeth Benedict and Molly Gloss [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]. You don't get access to the reduced price companion audiobooks with this volume, but some of the included titles are selling for ~$10 each, so it's a great deal for those that skip those, anyway.
Book Description
Best Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Six Novels includes works by some of the finest novelists of today.

Almost by Elizabeth Benedict chronicles the attempt of writer Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost ex-husband -- who may have committed suicide on the New England resort island where she left him just months before.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum follows Trudy, a professor of German history, as she investigates her mother's past and the truth surrounding her life in Germany during WWII. Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.

The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss is a heartwarming, greatly satisfying story of a young woman with the rare talent of “gentling” wild horses and the unexpected and profound connections between people and animals.

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones takes readers inside the hidden world of elite cuisine in modern China through the story of an American food writer in Beijing. When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husband’s estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life.

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell is a gothic, intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth that will haunt you long past its final page.

The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett tells the story of a secretive magician's death that sets in motion his partner's journey of self-discovery.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Free Audiobook - Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln

The MP3 download edition of Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln ($17.49 Audible), narrated by Alan Sklar, is free direct from Tantor Media.
Book Description
From Lincoln's personal letters to the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and many more, this vital collection of speeches and writings gives listeners a uniquely intimate view of America's sixteenth president.

Abraham Lincoln was undeniably one of the most influential politicians in American history. In this collection of letters, speeches, and other writings by Lincoln, listeners can gain a uniquely intimate perspective on the sixteenth president of the United States. From personal letters to friends and family to Lincoln's speeches as an Illinois state legislator and a United States Representative, from his first inaugural address to the Emancipation Proclamation and the famous Gettysburg Address, Lincoln addresses such important political issues as slavery and states' rights and relates his personal views on marriage and depression. Also included are Lincoln's eulogy for Henry Clay, a letter of condolence for one of the Civil War's first casualties, the second inaugural address, Lincoln's last public address, his last written words, and many more. A vital glimpse into the mind of one of America's greatest statesmen, this is a must-listen for anyone interested in Lincoln's life and legacy.
Get the free ebook from Tantor Media, along with a bonus PDF ebook when you download the complete ZIP file from your library.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bargain Book Roundup

The Atria Holiday Cooking Collection has finally shipped and it's quite a nice little selection of recipes, running 108 "pages" for the EPUB edition from Sony (which has the wrong title shown in the listing). I've updated the post with links for the Nook, EPUB and iBooks editions.

I was going to do a quick 3-book list tonight, but stumbled upon a number of pre-order deals for the last author; I'm going to include them all in this post, just in case they disappear.

The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA ($0.99 Kindle, B&N), by Antonio J. Mendez (HarperCollins).
Book Description
From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.

Adept at creating new identities for anyone, anywhere, Mendez was involved in operations all over the world, from "Wild West" adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the escape of six Americans from a hostage situation in revolutionary Tehran, Iran. This extraordinary operation inspired the movie Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

The Master of Disguise gives us a privileged look at what really happens at the highest levels of international espionage: in the field, undercover, and behind closed doors.

Plum Island ($8.99 $0.99 Kindle, B&N), by Nelson DeMille (Hatchette). This is supposed to be Agency Priced, so the same everywhere, but hasn't dropped at Amazon. I've reported the lower price and hopefully that will help get it fixed. It stayed up in price all day, but dropped in minutes after reporting it! Grab it quick, before it goes back up.
Book Description
Taking the best elements from two of his most outstanding bestsellers, The Gold Coast and The General's Daughter, Nelson DeMille combines the breathless suspense of an expertly wrought murder mystery with his wry perspective on a peculiarly American social scene to deliver an enthralling and compelling story.

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey convalesces in the Long Island township of Southold, home to farmers, fishermen -- and at least one killer. Tom and Judy Gordon, a young, attractive couple Corey knows, have been found on their patio, each with a bullet in the head. The local police chief, Sylvester Maxwell, wants Corey's big-city expertise, but Maxwell gets more than he bargained for.

The early signs point to a burglary gone wrong. But because the Gordons were biologists at Plum Island, the offshore animal disease research site rumored to be involved in germ warfare, it isn't long before the media is suggesting that the Gordons stole something very deadly. Suddenly a local double murder becomes a crime with national and worldwide implications.

John Corey doesn't like mysteries, which is why he likes to solve them. His investigations lead him into the lore, legends, and ancient secrets of northern Long Island -- more deadly and more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. During his journey of discovery, he meets two remarkable women, Detective Beth Penrose and Mayflower descendant Emma Whitestone, both of whom change his life irrevocably. Ultimately, through his understanding of the murders, John Corey comes to understand himself.

Fast-paced and atmospheric, marked by entrancing characters, incandescent storytelling, and brilliant comic touches, Plum Island is Nelson DeMille at his thrill-inducing best.

To close out, I have four pre-orders by Stephanie Laurens (Avon), all for 99 cents on Kindle or from B&N. It's the second time that Devil's Bride with Bonus Material ($0.99 Kindle or B&N) has been released in a bonus edition (there was an edition last year, which no longer exists in either store, which was free for Australians and 99 cents for everyone else, so double check your library before ordering this one. Checkout a sample from the full-priced edition. First title in the Cynster series.
Book Description
Where it all began. . . The Cynsters!

When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England's most eligible bachelor, Devil's infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.

But Honoria wasn't about to bend society's demands and marry a man "just" because they'd been found together virtually unchaperoned. No, she craved adventure, and while solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, she decided that once the crime was solved she'd go off to see the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?

Now with special bonus material, including Q&As with the author and a sneak peek at other books by Stephanie Laurens!

The Untamed Bride with Bonus Material ($0.99 Kindle or B&N); use the full-priced edition to try a sample. First title in the Black Cobra Quartet.
Book Description
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's The Black Cobra Quartet with The Untamed Bride, plus special excerpts from the next three novels in the series.

In The Untamed Bride, They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable—and all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.

He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country.

She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride.

Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart...

The Lady Chosen with Bonus Material ($0.99 Kindle or B&N); use the full-priced edition to try a sample. A standalone novel.
Book Description
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's Bastion Club series with The Lady Chosen, plus special excerpts from the next four novels in the series.

In The Lady Chosen, Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he'd need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbor living with her family next door. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . .

To Leonora, Tristan's kisses are oh-so-tempting, but once bitten, forever shy, she has determinedly turned her back on marriage. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat. And when a mysterious man attempts to scare Leonora and her family from their home, Tristan realizes he's been given the perfect excuse to offer his services—as protector, seducer and, ultimately, husband.

A Fine Passion with Bonus Material ($0.99 Kindle or B&N); use the full-priced edition to try a sample. Sixth title in the Bastion Club series.
Book Description
The men of the Bastion Club are powerful, loyal, and not averse to overcoming danger if they must. Now, after years of loyal service to the Crown, they each -- one by one -- must face that greatest danger of all ...love.

The last of his line, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, has fled London after nearly being compromised into marrying a dreadful female. Turning his back on the entire notion of marriage, he rides home to the estate he has not seen for years, determined to set in motion an alternative course of action.

But then in the lane before his gate, Jack rescues a startlingly beautiful lady from a menacing, unmanageable horse. However, while he begins by taking command, the lady continues by taking it back. Lady Clarice Altwood is no meek and mild miss. She is the very antithesis of the woolly-headed young ladies Jack has rejected as not for him. Clarice is delectably attractive, beyond eligible, undeniably capable, and completely unforgettable. Why on earth is she rusticating in the country?

That enigma is compounded by mystery, and it's quickly clear that Clarice is in danger. Jack must use every ounce of his cunning and wit to protect this highly independent and richly passionate woman ... who has so quickly stolen his heart.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Free Audiobook - The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

The audiobook edition of The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie (free Kindle, $27.99 Audible or $9.95 if you get the ebook first), narrated by Antony Ferguson, is free direct from Tantor Media.
Book Description
Andrew Carnegie, the great steel-baron-turned-philanthropist, was an industrialist unlike any other. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired a generation of twenty-first-century philanthropists to follow in his footsteps and put their money towards philanthropic causes. He had an unwavering belief in distributing wealth for good, and systematically and deliberately gave away the bulk of his riches throughout his lifetime.

Born in 1835, he emigrated with his family to the United States from Scotland at a young age. His first job was in a cotton factory, and he later worked as an errand boy. The industrial age brought great opportunities for Mr. Carnegie. With drive and hard work, he amassed a fortune as a steel tycoon, and by adulthood the errand boy was one of the richest and most generous men in the United States. A strong dedication to giving back guided him throughout his life and career. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition, advancing international peace, strengthening democracy, and creating social progress that benefits men, women and children both in the United States and around the globe.

Here is the rags-to-riches tale of the life and philosophies of one of the most celebrated industrialists and philanthropists in history. From his humble beginnings as a poor Scottish immigrant to his immense success in business, Andrew Carnegie outlines the principles that he lived by and that today serve as the pillars of modern philanthropy.

About the Author
Entrepreneur and philanthropist ANDREW CARNEGIE (1835-1919) was born in Scotland and emigrated to America as a teenager. His Carnegie Steel Company launched the steel industry in Pittsburgh, and after its sale to J.P. Morgan, he devoted his life to philanthropic causes. His charitable organizations built more than 2,500 public libraries around the world, and gave away more than $350 million during his lifetime.
Get the free audiobook from Tantor. Do note that they've been having a few issues with their server this weekend, so you may want to wait until Monday afternoon to try for this one or try another browser (I managed to get this morning's title, but not this one, so far); it will be free thru the end of the month.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Matter of Principle for One Cent (K)

A Matter of Principle, Conrad Black's memoir, is currently on sale for a penny in the Kindle store. This looks like a pricing error by McClelland & Stewart (Random House) and it probably isn't supposed to be free, so if you are interested, grab it quick!

One thing to keep in mind? Although you can't send free books as a gift, you can send the ones that are a penny - so this is the perfect book to send to a friend, if you think they might be interested (if not, all it cost you was a penny!).
Book Description
In 1993, Conrad Black was the proprietor of London's Daily Telegraph and the head of one of the world's largest newspaper groups. He completed a memoir in 1992, A Life in Progress, and "great prospects beckoned." In 2004, he was fired as chairman of Hollinger International after he and his associates were accused of fraud. Here, for the first time, Black describes his indictment, four-month trial in Chicago, partial conviction, imprisonment, and largely successful appeal.

In this unflinchingly revealing and superbly written memoir, Black writes without reserve about the prosecutors who mounted a campaign to destroy him and the journalists who presumed he was guilty. Fascinating people fill these pages, from prime ministers and presidents to the social, legal, and media elite, among them: Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Jean Chr├ętien, Rupert Murdoch, Izzy Asper, Richard Perle, Norman Podhoretz, Eddie Greenspan, Alan Dershowitz, and Henry Kissinger.

Woven throughout are Black's views on big themes: politics, corporate governance, and the U.S. justice system. He is candid about highly personal subjects, including his friendships - with those who have supported and those who have betrayed him - his Roman Catholic faith, and his marriage to Barbara Amiel. And he writes about his complex relations with Canada, Great Britain, and the United States, and in particular the blow he has suffered at the hands of that nation.

In this extraordinary book, Black maintains his innocence and recounts what he describes as "the fight of and for my life." A Matter of Principle is a riveting memoir and a scathing account of a flawed justice system.

Friday, March 23, 2012

11 Free Books from New Word City (K)

New Word City has another batch of free books in the Kindle store (some new, some repeats), which are likely to only remain free for a day or so.
  1. George Washington: First In War And Peace, by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra
  2. Yalta: Witness To History, by Robert Wernick
  3. The Trail to an Iranian Jail, by Joshua Hammer
  4. How to Hire Great People
  5. Jack London, A Life
  6. Ronald Reagan: A Life
  7. Humphrey Bogart: A Life In Film, by Richard Schickel
  8. Clint Eastwood, A Life
  9. Michelle Obama: A Life
  10. Unconditional Surrender: The Policy That Prolonged World War II, by Thomas Fleming
  11. Andrew Carnegie: From Rags To Richest, by Nancy Nahra and Willard Sterne Randall

Monday, March 19, 2012

5 Free Books from New Word City (K)

New Word City has another batch of free books in the Kindle store, which are likely to only remain free for a day or so.
  1. Thomas Edison Turns On America's Lights, by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra
  2. Mark Twain Heals America With Laughter, by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra
  3. How McDonald's Got Its Groove Back *repeat
  4. George Washington's First Love, by Thomas Fleming *repeat
  5. As Auschwitz Crumbles, by Andrew Curry *repeat

Free Book - Everything Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Book (K/N)

Everything Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Book: A portrait of an American icon (Main/UK), by Kathleen Tracy, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble.
Book Description
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis-better known as Jackie O. to the tabloids, "the deb" to the Kennedy clan, and the 35th First Lady to historians-is easily one of the most recognizable Presidential wives. She remains the model of the proper American woman. But what was Jackie O. hiding behind those big, dark shades?

From her New York society upbringing to her time in the White House to her days spent as a Doubleday editor, this is the ultimate biography of a woman everyone recognized but few knew. Did you know that:
  • Her first job was as the "Inquiring Camera Girl" for the Washington Times-Herald?
  • Before she started dating Jack Kennedy, she hadn't even voted in a national election?
  • She was the only family member strong enough to remove Robert Kennedy from life-support measures after he was shot?
  • She asked Rose Kennedy for her blessing before she married Aristotle Onassis?
She was American royalty and is now an American icon. The Everything Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Book delivers everything you always wanted to know about this captivating woman.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

4 Free Books from New Word City (K)

New Word City has another batch of free books in the Kindle store, which are likely to only remain free for a day or so.

  1. How Mad Anthony Wayne Won The West, by Thomas Fleming
  2. Abraham Lincoln's Son For President, by Jason Emerson
  3. Jefferson Versus Hamilton: The Trial That Shook The Nation, by Thomas Fleming
  4. What You Can Learn From Warren Buffett, by Donna Sammons Carpenter and Maurice Coyle *repeat

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3 Free Books from Charles River Editors (K)

The Charles River Editors have added to their batch of free books in the Kindle store
  1. How to Get Great Skin: From the Inside and Out, by Dr. E
  2. Current Events: Israel and Her Enemies (Illustrated)
  3. American Legends: The Life of George Washington (Illustrated)

Monday, March 12, 2012

36 Free Books from Charles River Editors (K)

The Charles River Editors have another batch of free books in the Kindle store
  1. The Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol and 13 Other Classic Stories (Illustrated)
  2. Current Events: Arab Spring (Illustrated) *repeat
  3. Consulting Interview Case Preparation: Frameworks and Practice Cases
  4. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat
  5. 25 Classic Christmas Poems (Illustrated), by Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Frost and Sir Walter Scott
  6. Christmas Short Stories (Illustrated), by Stephen Leacock
  7. A Kidnapped Santa Claus (Illustrated), by L. Frank Baum
  8. A Christmas Story: The Story of Three Wise Men (Illustrated), by William J. Locke
  9. Christmas Every Day (Illustrated), by William Dean Howells
  10. Timeless Classics: The Overcoat (Illustrated), by Nikolai Gogol
  11. Balancing the Chakras: The Body's Energetic Channels, by Michael Solis *repeat
  12. Timeless Classics: Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving
  13. How to Craft the Perfect Admissions Essay for an Ivy League School, by Michael Solis *repeat
  14. Timeless Classics: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving
  15. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Battle of Shiloh (Illustrated), by Ulysses S. Grant
  16. Timeless Classics: The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
  17. How to Get Into an Ivy League School, by Michael Solis *repeat
  18. Master the Tricks of the S.A.T., by Michael Solis *repeat
  19. Timeless Classics: Antigone (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  20. Timeless Classics: Oedipus the King (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  21. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Confederate Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign (Illustrated), by John S. Mosby
  22. Timeless Classics: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Illustrated), by Henry David Thoreau
  23. Timeless Classics: The Best Russian Short Stories (Illustrated), by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov
  24. Timeless Classics: The Theban Plays (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  25. Timeless Classics: The Nose, by Nikolai Gogol
  26. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Cavalry Battle near Gettysburg (Illustrated), by William E. Miller
  27. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Chancellorsville Campaign (Illustrated), by Darius N. Couch
  28. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Invasion of Maryland (Illustrated), by James Longstreet
  29. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Struggle for Round Top (Illustrated), by Evander M. Law
  30. Timeless Classics: Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol
  31. Timeless Classics: Oedipus at Colonus (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  32. Timeless Classics: Philoctetes (Illustrated), by Sophocles
  33. Timeless Classics: The Iliad (Illustrated), by Homer
  34. Timeless Classics: The Iliad and The Odyssey (Illustrated), by Homer
  35. Timeless Classics: The Odyssey (Illustrated), by Homer
  36. Timeless Classics: The Trachiniae (Illustrated), by Sophocles

Saturday, March 10, 2012

9 Free Books from New Word City (K)

New Word City has another batch of free books in the Kindle store, which are likely to only remain free for a day or so.
  1. Excellence Now, by Tom Peters
  2. How To Motivate A Team
  3. What You Can Learn From Clint Eastwood, by Donna Sammons Carpenter and Maurice Coyle
  4. How to Design a Great Customer Experience, by Fred Wiersema
  5. Clearing the Mind for Creativity, by John Kao
  6. Banished From Boston (American Lives), by Nancy Nahra and Willard Sterne Randall
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt: The People's First Lady, by Nancy Nahra
  8. The Man Who Made Pan Am, by Maurice Coyle and Donna Sammons Carpenter
  9. My Days with Harry Truman, by Thomas Fleming

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

6 Free Books from Charles River Editors (K)

Charles River Editors (Main/UK) has another batch of free books in the Kindle store.
  1. The Essential Guide to Marketing, by Quentin G. Love
  2. Everything You Need to Know About the Harry Potter Series
  3. American Legends: The Life of John F. Kennedy (Illustrated)
  4. Experience Mumbai (Illustrated)
  5. American Legends: The Life of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Illustrated)
  6. Everything You Need to Know About The Great Gatsby (Illustrated)

Monday, March 5, 2012

2 Free Books from Infinite Ideas (K)

Infinite Ideas has added to their batch of free books in the Kindle store, which are likely to be free all month. These are the one that are new (there are a number of duplicates from past freebie lists - click the cover image to get the full list).
  1. Perfect skin
  2. George S. Clason's The Richest Man in Babylon, by Karen McCreadie