The Last Life ($1.99) Kindle Book: Set in colonial Algeria, and in the south of France and New England, it is the tale of the LaBasse family, whose quiet integrity is shattered by the shots from a grandfather’s rifle.
Going Twice ($1.99) Kindle Romance: As bodies pile up in the wake of a storm—stripped, tortured and grimly posed—authorities must admit the unthinkable. The serial killer dubbed the Stormchaser has returned following a tornado and taken it upon himself to bring the death toll up to where he believes it belongs.
The Bro Code ($1.99) Kindle Non-Fiction: Let ultimate bro and co-author Barney Stinson and his book, The Bro Code share their wisdom, lest you be caught making eye contact in a devil’s three-way (two dudes, duh).
The Eighth Guardian ($1.99 Audiobook $0.99) Kindle Sci-Fi/Fantasy: It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives.
Lost ($1.99) For teen readers: Essie can tell from the moment she lays eyes on Harriet Abbott: this is a woman who has taken a wrong turn in life. Why else would an educated, well-dressed, clearly upper-crust girl end up in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory setting sleeves for six dollars a day?
El valle de los caballos ($1.99) Hoy en Kindle Flash : Tras ser expulsada del Clan del Oso Cavernario, la joven Ayla decide buscar a los que son como ella, los cromañones, y emprende un viaje lleno de peligros y aventuras hasta que encuentra una cueva donde refugiarse durante un tiempo.
Shuttle+ Music Player (Free) App for Kindle Fire and Android: Shuttle+ Music Player is a simple, lightweight and intuitive music player for Android.
The Origins of Political Order ($5.95) Audible Deal of the Day (price ends at 11:59pm Eastern): Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents.
Prices good today only until 11:59pm Pacific Time. Regular daily posts are below this post.
The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s solitaire is the family behind the diamond empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and mavens, the Saybrooks are the epitome of high society. Anyone would kill to be one of them. But be careful what you wish for, because if you were a Saybrook, you’d be haunted by secrets and plagued by a dark streak of luck.
Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again on a beautiful morning in May when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most remarkable Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her office. Everyone is shocked that someone so perfect would end her own life—until her cousins receive an ominous warning: One heiress down, four to go.
Was it suicide . . . or murder? And who will be next: Aster, the beautiful but reckless girl who’s never worked a day in her life—and who’s covering up her father’s darkest secret? Her older sister, Corrine, whose meticulously planned future is about to come crashing down around her? Perhaps it will be Natasha, the black sheep of the family who suddenly disinherited herself five years ago. Or maybe the perpetually single Rowan, who had the most to gain from her cousin’s death.
A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller about heiresses who must uncover a dark truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives. Buy it today for only $1.99 as it is the B&N price match. Earlier today this book was priced at $13.99.
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Amazon is offering over $100 in Essential Apps for Kindle Fire and Android devices free today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday, July 31 – Aug 1). Download My Alarm Clock, Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro, KAYAK PRO, Essential Anatomy 3. Little Piano, Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, White Noise, Drawing Pad and more free for two days only.
100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime
Amazon has announced the 100 children’s books you should read in your lifetime. Amazon’s editors made the selections, claiming that you will love these books your whole life long. All of these choices are for readers ages 12 and younger.
The list includes classics such as Betsy-Tacy, Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte’s Web, and The Secret Garden. More recent selections included are Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Wonder.
Not all books are available in a Kindle version. You can browse all 100 children’s books here.
This is the third lifetime list from Amazon’s editors. Others are: 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime and 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime.
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts
My review of the young adult novel Wonder ($7.99) makes clear that I thoroughly enjoyed Auggie’s story. The follow-up 85-page story The Julian Chapter ($1.99) was equally well-written and is a moving, meaningful novella even if you haven’t read Wonder.
Author R. J. Palacio has written a follow-up book: 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts. In Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by and Mr. Browne has compiled 365 of them drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. Interspersed with the precepts are letters and emails from characters who appeared in Wonder – Summer, Jack, Charlotte, Julian, and Amos.
Includes words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Confucius and over 100 readers of Wonder who sent R. J. Palacio their own precepts. Pre-order this book for $7.99 and receive it August 26.
Amazon speaks out about Hachette Business Interruption
Amazon posted a lengthy explanation of the continued discussions with Hachette, saying that lower e-book prices is the “key objective” in the ongoing dispute.
Amazon wants to price most books at $9.99 or less and have stated that $14.99 or more is “unjustifiably high”. In the post, Amazon presents evidence that for every 100 copies of an e-book that would sell at $14.99, consumers would buy 174 copies if priced at $9.99.
Not only is Amazon supporting lower prices for the consumer, they are also advocating that the author receive a greater share of the book proceeds. Read the entire post here.
Cheap Reads – Two novels in the Gabriella Giovanni Mystery Series
Blessed are the Dead ($0.99) San Francisco Bay Area newspaper reporter Gabriella Giovanni spends her days on the crime beat, walking away unscathed. When a little girl disappears on the way to the school bus stop, her quest for justice and a front-page story leads her to a convicted kidnapper, Jack Dean Johnson, who reels her in with promises to reveal his exploits as a serial killer. But Gabriella’s passion for her job quickly spirals into obsession when she begins to suspect the kidnapper may have ties to her own dark past: her sister’s murder. Risking her life, her job, and everything she holds dear, Gabriella embarks on a quest to find answers and stop a deranged murderer before he strikes again.
Blessed are the Meek ($1.99) A rash of high-profile murders all point to reporter Gabriella Giovanni’s boyfriend, Detective Sean Donovan, when investigators uncover a single link in the deaths: Annalisa Cruz. A decade ago, Cruz seduced Donovan away from a life as a monk, and though their relationship soured long ago … her passion for him has not.
As the investigation continues, it becomes increasingly clear that any man who gets involved with Cruz soon ends up dead. Donovan, the only man to have dated Cruz and survived, is arrested for the murders and dubbed a jealous ex, leaving Gabriella scrambling to find the real killer without ending up as the next body headed for the morgue.
The #1 New York Times bestselling dramatic serial novel and inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, the “literary event” (Entertainment Weekly) of The Green Mile is now available in its entirety. Buy it now for only $1.99.
When The Green Mile first appeared, serialized as one volume per month, Stephen King’s The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.
Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs…and yours.
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A deadly game of hide-and-seek played out in 18 days over 4000 miles of ocean. Red October is the Soviet Navy’s newest ballistic missile submarine. When the whole crew decides to defect, the Soviet fleet sets out to destroy it, while the US and British fleets attempt to prevent them.
A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House, The Hunt for Red October is selling for only $1.99 today.
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In this follow-up to Better Off Without Him ($2.00), Mona Quincy once again faces life’s tough moments with good friends, lots of laughs, and a cold, dry martini. For the past eighteen months, Mona has had a long-distance relationship with the man of her dreams, Ben Cutler. She’s been in LA working on a screenplay, while he’s been keeping the NJ home fires burning. But now she’s back, and needs to answer a very serious question – will she marry Ben?
Will Mona finally get her Happily Ever After? Or has she learned her hardest lesson just a little too late?
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When China launches the first successful test of its anti-ship ballistic missile, the future looks bleak for America. Fearing the U.S. will lose its naval supremacy in the Pacific, President Kenneth Phoenix finds himself in a compromised position. New technology requires money, but the country is recovering from a massive recession. Without the funds to compete with China’s advancing technology, are the country’s days of naval preeminence in the Pacific running out?
Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Patrick McLanahan refuses to accept this fate. McLanahan reasons that the United States can afford to refurbish old but potent long-range B-1B Lancer bombers to promote the AirSea Battle strategy that will push back against Chinese aggression. Soon America stands ready to deploy an AirSea Battle task force in the South China Sea.
The People’s Liberation Army aggressively deploys advanced fighters, land-based antimissiles, three aircraft carriers, and exotic, top secret directed energy weapons against their neighbors. But Patrick McLanahan is finally given the green light to lead his force westward to challenge the Chinese threat head-on.
Buy this military thriller for only $1.99 today.
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George Washington ($1.99) By far the most important figure in the history of the United States, George Washington liberated the thirteen colonies from the superior forces of the British Empire against all military odds, and presided over the production and ratification of a constitution that (suitably amended) has lasted for more than two hundred years.
Yet today Washington remains a distant figure to many Americans—a failing that acclaimed author Paul Johnson sets out to rectify with this brilliantly vivid, sharply etched portrait of the great hero as a young warrior, masterly commander in chief, patient lawmaker, and exceptionally wise president.
Thomas Jefferson ($1.99) In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within the context of America’s evolution and tracing his legacy over the past two hundred years, Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life as a man of his time and also as a symbolic figure beyond it.
In the background of this sophisticated analysis is a large historical drama: the fledgling nation’s struggle for independence, formed in the crucible of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, and, in its shadow, the deformation of that struggle in the excesses of the French Revolution. This artful portrait of a formative figure and a turbulent era poses a challenge to anyone interested in American history — or in the ambiguities of human nature.
Cyber-stalking, drive-bys, drunken text messaging, creating fake email accounts—you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love.
Sophie isn’t dealing with her breakup well. Dumped by her boyfriend, Eric, for his sexting, D-cupped, young Floozy McSecretary, Sophie leaves Manhattan and lands back in her hometown, crushed and pajama-clad, blaming herself and begging her ex for a second chance.
But when her best friend, Annie, gets in trouble for driving drunk and is forced to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, something clicks in Sophie’s strung-out mind. Women need love rehab, she realizes, to help fix the craziness that comes along with falling for someone.
If you start it, they will come. When she opens up her home to the obsessed and lovelorn, Sophie finds a way to help women out there who have overdosed on the wrong men—and she saves herself in the process.
Love is a drug and the only things that can save us are the steps, rules, and one another. Step one: Admit you have a problem, and keep the hell away from Facebook.
This humorous look at love is selling for only 99 cents as it is the Open Road Media daily deal. Price is valid today only.
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Walking home from a tennis game on a bright spring day, April Walden’s three closest friends watch in horror as she is struck by a car and killed. The senseless accident plunges all three young women–and the car’s driver–into a devastating and often misguided search for comfort, purpose, and inspiration.
Becky wraps herself in a protective cloak of obsessions, performing anxious rituals at the base of the red maple tree under which April died. Elyse dives into a high-risk party life, trying to honor April by experiencing everything April missed but mistaking self-destructive indulgence for courage. Florie turns to fundamentalist Christianity, not as spiritual guidance, but as a wall that might shield her from reality. Mark, the driver, spirals downward into substance abuse and self-loathing, until April’s three friends reach out to save him.
How do you make it through the night when you’ve stopped believing that tomorrow always comes?
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