The Supreme Commander ($1.99) In this classic portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower the soldier, bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose examines the Allied commander’s leadership during World War II.
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks ($1.99) This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time.
Remember, Remember (The Fifth of November): Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About British History with All the Boring Bits Taken Out ($1.99) From civil wars to world wars . . . from the Black Death to the Bard to the Blitz, here is the sweeping saga of the storied history of Britain in bite-sized chunks.
Legendary climber Scott Fischer found in Mount Everest a perfect landscape for his fearless spirit. Scaling the world’s highest peak tested his skills, his courage, and his endurance. His legendary final expedition—and its tragic outcome—are portrayed in Everest, the 3-D movie adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Scott Fischer.
Robert Birkby, one of Scott’s close friends, captures in this intimate and stirring portrait who Scott Fischer really was and what led him to climb to the top of the world—before he left it altogether.
Buy this homage to one of the great outdoor extremists for $1.99.
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February is Black Hisory Month. Lynn Austin’s Refiner’s Fire inspirational historical fiction series is set during the Civil War and presents the conflict within families and the nation. I just read Candle in the Darkness (Free) and highly recommend the series.
Fire by Night ($2.99) Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the carefree life of her well-to-do Philadelphia family. But when she fails to attract the attention of Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she shocks her family by becoming a Union nurse. Will that be enough to win Nathaniel’s heart?
Phoebe Bigelow, from western Virginia, has always been a misfit, and when her brothers join the Union army, she also enlists–under false pretenses.
Soon, both have their eyes opened to the realities of war and suffering. Neither is quite ready for the demands of her new life, but their journeys of sacrifice and love are sure to change them in unexpected ways.
A Light to My Path ($2.99 Audiobook $3.49) Kitty, a house slave, always figured it was easiest to do what she’d always done–obey Missy and follow orders. But when word arrives that the Yankees are coming, Kitty is faced with a decision: will she continue to follow the bidding of her owners, or will she embrace this chance for freedom? Never allowed to have ideas of her own, Kitty is overwhelmed by the magnitude of her decision. Yet it is her hope to find the “happy ever after” ending to her life–and to follow Grady, whom she loves–that is the driving force behind her choice. Where will it lead her?
The Faith of Ronald Reagan ($1.99) With warmth and insight, this best-selling book by Mary Beth Brown delves into the spiritual journey of America’s 40th president and offers profound stories of the provisions God made in Ronald Reagan’s life– from first making it as an actor to winning the presidency, from surviving an assassination attempt to eventually changing the face of politics and the world.
Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan ($1.99) Public opinion polls, Ronald Reagan is the most popular of modern presidents, and yet to most biographers the man is still an enigma. This is because, as Brown explains, few have ever focused on this great man’s faith. This book explores the life and personality of Ronald Reagan by focusing on his deep-felt Christian beliefs and showing how faith guided him along his distinguished career and led him to his unprecedented success.
Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All ($1.99) Today’s political scene looks nothing like it did thirty years ago, and that is due mostly to Reagan’s monumental reshaping of the Republican party. What few people realize, however, is that Reagan’s revolution did not begin when he took office in 1980, but in his failed presidential challenge to Gerald Ford in 1975-1976.
By the tender of age of five, Bernie Mac had found his calling:making others laugh. Now this amazing comedian delves deep inside to share the poignant story of his childhood and the people who shaped him into the strong, self-reliant man and ruthlessly funny comedian he is today.
When Bernie was just sixteen, he lost his mother to cancer.
A tough but loving teacher, she showered the unwilling boy with life lessons and “Mac-isms” that would later carry him through many hardships and give him strength during his slow rise to stardom. Maybe You Never Cry Again recounts this ascent in hilarious detail, from eight-year-old Bernie’s stand-up comedy performance at a church dinner to open mike nights in Chicago, the jobs he juggled to make ends meet and eventually, his success in entertaining huge audiences on stage, in film, and on television.
Maybe You Never Cry Again is a powerful testament to how a mother’s love makes everything possible. Buy it today for only $1.99.
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The missing-persons case of Heather Strong, a young, beautiful suburban mother, baffled Florida detectives. When the file was handed to a veteran investigator, he knew Heather was dead. The challenge was to find her body—and whoever killed her.
Soon, a sordid triangle of sex, jealousy, and rage came to light. The killers were cunning, manipulative, depraved—and they were as close to Heather as a man and a woman could possibly be.
Vividly recreated by master investigative journalist M. William Phelps, this riveting account of seething small-town passions is a classic tale of crime and justice. Buy it today for $1.99.
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A compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader’s wisdom into 15 vital life lessons.
We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-five, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.
This uplifting book captures the spirit of this extraordinary man—warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader—and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind. Buy it today for $1.99.
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Whispers Along the Rails ($1.99) Olivia Mott finds herself juggling two jobs: her assistant chef position at Hotel Florence and her undercover work for the Pullman Rail Car Company. Olivia thinks the suggestions she relays to Pullman’s town manager are being used to improve conditions for workers and save the company money, but is something much more sinister happening behind the scenes?
An Uncertain Dream ($1.99) When Pullman Car Works employees walk out in protest of their wages and high rent, Olivia Mott is torn between her loyalty to the company and her love for Fred DeVault. Amidst the turmoil in Pullman, Fred is asked to act as a local delegate to the national convention of the American Railway Union, but when the delegates vote in favor of a nationwide boycott of the famous Pullman sleeping cars, Olivia wonders if Fred will ever be able to return to the company town. What will become of their growing affection for each other? Who will prevail in the company strike?
NOTE: The first book in the series In the Company of Secrets is free.
Amazon’s first-ever Super Bowl ads
This Sunday while you are watching the big game and enjoying your favorite game-day snacks, you might see the first-ever Super Bowl ads purchased by Amazon. The commercials star Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino and showcase the Amazon Echo ($179.99) and its voice Alexa.
For the money that Amazon probably paid for the production and airing of the ads, I am just not that impressed. The Echo is so much more than is demonstrated in the first 30-second spot. A former jock and a Hollywood star aren’t enough to prompt me to buy it. There’s the flaunting of wealth when Baldwin has Marino start making a list of what he needs including an architect and a five-star chef. Decide for yourself – click here to watch three ads. Scroll down to see the three in order.
THIS JUST IN: In a news release from Amazon this morning: “Alexa, Play Spotify”: Spotify Now Available on Amazon Echo
BTW: I asked Alexa who will win the Super Bowl. Her response:
I was really hoping it would be my hometown Seahawks, but now it looks like it will be the Panthers.
Kindle E-Readers Getting Updates
If you have a Kindle (6″-2014), Kindle Paperwhite (2013 and 2015), and/or Kindle Voyage (2014), Amazon is pushing an update to your device in the next few weeks. The free, over-the-air software update includes:
• Personalized Home Screen: Your new Home screen brings forward your most recent reads, samples you’ve downloaded, items on your Amazon Wish List, relevant book recommendations, and more.
• Easily Access Popular Settings: Readers’ most-used settings—like airplane mode and device sync—can now be found in the same place with just one tap on your toolbar.
• Get Book Recommendations: Not sure what to read next? On your Kindle e-reader, identify your favorite genres and a few books you’ve already enjoyed—you’ll see a list of recommended titles to help you discover a book you’ll love.
• Sharing Made Easy: Share your favorite book or quote with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter. They’ll be able to read a sample of the book for free, instantly—even if they’ve never used a Kindle before. No download, sign up, or sign in required.
My thoughts: Three out of four of these upgrades are marketing tools that Amazon is either forcing on you or providing an opportunity for you to be the marketer. The personalized home screen with your wish list is to urge you to buy. Ditto for the book recommendations. The Sharing Made Easy feature is for you to promote Amazon’s books to your friends.
Even though you own the device, you don’t control the device.
Larry, a DCR regular, has commented several times that Amazon should give away the Kindle device. If they continue to manipulate what you see on your home screen and do not provide an opt-out feature, I agree with Larry. When my devices are upgraded, I’ll let you know if I find a way to suppress the recommendations or wish-list feature.
To find out which e-reader(s) you have, visit www.amazon.com/mycd and log into your Amazon account. You can view your e-reader(s) by selecting the “My Devices” tab.
Read more about the upgrades here.
Enjoy these three books that are selling for only $1.99 each.
Sit! Stay! Speak!: A Novel ($1.99) Addie Andrews is living a life interrupted. Tragedy sent her fleeing from Chicago to an unexpected inheritance—her beloved aunt’s somewhat dilapidated home in Eunice, Arkansas, population very tiny. She reconnects with some of her most cherished childhood memories. and gets a dog – bedraggled puppy she discovered abandoned, lost, and in desperate need of love. Kind of like Addie herself.
Skinwalker ($1.99 Audiobook $3.99) Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she’s been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps…
The Orchardist ($1.99) At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge’s land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.
Cheap Romances for Valentines Day
Montlake Romance, an Amazon imprint, has priced 99 romances for only 99 cents each. Try a new author or build your library of your favorite author during this sale. Audiobooks are also selling at reduced prices. Click here to purchase 99 romances for 99 cents each.
Here are three popular books in the sale:
Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers, which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.
A singular international publishing event, Conversations with Myself draws on Mandela’s personal archive of never-before-seen materials to offer unique access to the private world of an incomparable world leader. Journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written in Robben Island and other South African prisons during his twenty-seven years of incarceration; notebooks from the postapartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency.
Buy this book today for $2.99 as it is a Kobo price match.
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