Category: Housekeeping
Housekeeping: Eight Days of Holiday Deals, Holiday Deals Kindle Sale and Cheap Reads 0 comments

broom.panEight Days of Holiday Deals
From the press release: announced holiday deals start on Friday, November 20, with new deals added as often as every five minutes for eight straight days at
Customers will have access to 10 coveted Deals of the Day starting at midnight on Thanksgiving, and up to 10 more on BlackFriday. Customers can also shop limited-time Lightning Deals on thousands of sought-after products per day throughout the eight days of deals. Plus, Prime members will get 30-minutes early access to the majority of these Lightning Deals.
This year, Amazon will introduce more than 150 hand-picked Lightning Deals on everything from electronics to kitchen gadgets only through the Amazon Mobile Shopping App available on Android, iOS, and Fire OS. These deals can be found on the “App Only Deals” tab and will be released daily from 3 PM PT to 11 PM PT starting Thanksgiving through Wednesday, December 9. In addition, Prime members in 20 metro areas can use the dedicated Prime Now mobile app to enjoy free two-hour delivery on select Deals of the Day throughout the holiday season.

Following are examples of some of the top deals that will be available at various times between November 20 and Black Friday at
Kindle Paperwhite, $99.99
Fire, $34.99
Fire Kids Edition, $84.99
$25 off Amazon Fire TV
$15 off Amazon Fire TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote
$30 off Kindle and Kindle for Kids Bundle
Instead of joining the millions who will brave the crowds shopping on Black Friday, we will be watching for the deals on Kindle readers, tablets and books. We’ll post them on the blog. Let;s hope the supply for the popular items is more than Prime Day. I’m hoping to score a deal on the an Echo ($179.99).
Holiday Deals Sale Ends Soon
The Kindle Holiday Deals end Monday, November 30. Over all, this sale isn’t different than the Big Deal Sales that Amazon has promoted the last couple of years. With more than a thousand books in the sale, there are a few good reads at good prices. Hope you have found a few for your library.
Cheap Reads
Publishers are lowering the prices on many Christmas titles and now is the time to buy your favorite author’s holiday books. These romances are $2.99 each.

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Housekeeping: Free Prime Offer; Daily Deal Changes, Countdown to Black Friday & Cheap Christmas Reads 0 comments

broom.panFree Prime Offer
New and existing customers who upgrade or add a new line with Sprint on qualifying Samsung devices, receive a full year of Amazon Prime, a $99 value. Already a Prime member? You will be given a one-year extension.
Sprint fanQualified Samsung smartphones include Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Samsung Note5. Customers can get their new Samsung smartphone through Sprint Lease, Sprint Easy Pay, sign a two-year contract or pay full retail price.
The offer is available until Nov. 30, 2015 at Sprint stores, Sprint at RadioShack, or by phone at 1-800-Sprint1. Read more about the deal and the phones here.
Changes to the Daily Deal
In previous Housekeeping columns I have expressed my dissatisfaction with the quality of the books offered in the Daily Deal. Even with the less-than-stellar quality of books, Amazon did take the time to present the Deals attractively with the featured book and deals in romance, non-fiction, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult. Each book included a snippet from a customer review.
Several weeks ago that nice presentation was dumped and the books were listed in a row with no classification, no review – just the book covers. Then more changes came.
This past week young adult and non-fiction titles haven’t been included most days. I’ve taken time to find a young adult book each day for the post.
This may be a foreshadowing of the end of the Daily Deal. Amazon is definitely putting less effort into the selections.
Countdown to Black Friday
Amazon has begun their holiday promotions. Check out the deals before Black Friday!

Cheap Christmas Reads
Publishers are reducing the prices on Christmas and holiday books. We will be featuring many of these titles in the coming weeks.
All I Want For Christmas is Fudge ($1.99) This Christmas, event planner Jenn Christensen has come back to the winter wonderland of Mackinac Island, Michigan, to rekindle her love for CSI tech Shane Carpenter and indulge in her BFF Allie McMurphy’s fabulous fudge. But there’s one event she didn’t plan—chasing down a killer.
Cowboy Boots for Christmas ($1.99) After two tours in Afghanistan, retired Army sniper Finn O’Donnell believes his new ranch outside the sleepy little town of Burnt Boot, Texas, is the perfect place for an undisturbed holiday season. But before he can settle in, an old friend shows up looking for protection and a place where nobody knows her name.
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby ($1.99) After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can’t wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person. When he pulls in, there’s Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.
Lucas is unfazed. But wait…is that a baby in her arms?

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Housekeeping: Bigger and Better; Amazon Opens Bricks and Mortar Store and Cheap Reads 5 comments

broom.panBigger and Better on Kindle Fire
I discovered a wonderful improvement while going through the set-up of a new $49.99 Kindle Fire tablet. You can choose the font size of the type on home screens. You can choose normal, large or huge.
Another way of describing the font sizes is:
• Small font for teens and new adults who still have 20/20 vision.
• Medium font for adults with early presbyopia who don’t want to have to read it.
• Large font for adults with over-50 eyes who don’t want to use a magnifying glass to read it.
Changing to a larger font size means that the keyboard is bigger, the menus are bigger and the listening progress on audiobooks is readable. I use my original Kindle Fire tablet for my audiobook listening. The time progression on that tablet is in a microfont. Is it a 5 or a 6? 3 or 8 or 0?
If you have the $49.99 Kindle tablet, follow these steps to change the font size:
• Swipe down from the top of the screen to open Quick Settings, and then tap Settings.
• Tap Device / Display.
• Tap on Font Size.
• Select Normal, Large or Huge.
Amazon Opens Brick and Mortar Store
Trying something new, Amazon has opened its first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Amazon Books, in Seattle’s University Village shopping mall. The upscale store is located in space formerly occupied by Barnes & Noble.
Amazon’s retail store will be different from the traditional bookstore as all books will be displayed face out. Only books that have received 4-star and better reviews on will be featured in the store. Pricing at Amazon Books will mimic pricing at
If any of you visit the first Amazon retail store, please tell us about your experience and impressions.
Cheap Reads – Romance, Romantic Comedy and Women’s Fiction
HarperCollins has slashed the price on romance and women’s fiction titles popular in the United Kingdom to only 99 cents each. Take this opportunity to try a new author. Fill your Kindle for winter reading.

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Housekeeping: 20 Literary Gravesites, 50 Halloween Reads; Collections for children and Cheap Read 0 comments

broom.pan20 Literary Gravesites to Visit
Graveyards are the a popular topic this time of the year. The website has identified 20 graves of literary greats. Most are either in England or New England. Check out the article and see if any are in your neighborhood or where you plan to visit.
I’m surprised by the simplicity of most of the markers.
Scary reads and more scary reads
Check out these 50 Halloween reads selling for only $1.99 each. Read Ed McBain police procedurals, thrillers by Richard Laymon, hard-boiled mysteries and plenty of psychological suspense, too. You can also buy the Apocalypse Z series. Companion audiobooks are $1.99 each where available.
Wholesome collections for children
Zonderkidz, a faith-based publisher for children, has reduced the price on several wholesome collections for children ages 9-12 to only $2.99 for the complete collection. If you know a child, tween or someone older who would enjoy these stories, this is a great deal.
Finding Her Way: The Lucy Collection ($2.99) Lucy is a feisty, precocious tomboy who questions everything including God. Understandably, especially after an accident killed her mother, blinded her father, and turned her life upside down. Follow Lucy in this four-book Faithgirlz bind-up as she navigates life and learns about the young lady that God wants her to be.
The Boarding School Mysteries Collection ($2.99) In this four-eBook collection of Boarding School Mysteries, brought to you by Faithgirlz, readers meet super-sleuth Jeri McKane and her middle-school classmates at the Landmark School for Girls. Follow Jeri as she uses her head and heart and her trust in God to solve mysteries.
The Sadie Sketchbook Collection ($2.99) n this four-eBook bind-up of the Faithgirlz Sadie’s Sketchbook series by Naomi Kinsman, readers meet twelve-year-old Sadie Douglas. Sadie is a regular girl struggling with everyday things like friendships, moving, family, and faith … and relying on that faith to survive.
Ghostly Cheap Read
A Ghostly Undertaking (99 cents) Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.” It’s trauma all right, because the not-so-dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne—innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee’s granny—she’s adamant that she didn’t just fall down those stairs. She was pushed.
Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can’t cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee’s high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn’t ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie’s ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever.

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Housekeeping: Word Runner; Adult reading research and Spooky cheap reads 2 comments

broom.panStill playing with the new Kindle Fire
I haven’t had much time the last couple of weeks, but I did poke around on my new $49.99 Kindle Fire.. I must accept that this tablet is slower. The processor has to be given time to work.
One feature on this new Fire is the Word Runner function-a speed-reading option. With the thousands of books in my Kindle library, this gives me hope to realize the goal of reading many of them.
This new Fire feature feeds the text of the book in individual words in the middle of the screen. Words can be displayed beginning at 100 words per minute (wpm), increasing up to 900 wpm. I felt comfortable at 300 wpm. The negatives are that new paragraphs are not indicated and reading dialogue is difficult as I could not keep up with who was talking when.
Word runner includes a brake function that stops the feed and let’s you scroll backward and forward to re-read what you might have missed. The words appear in a line, not as individual words.
I believe that with practice I could become much better at using this feature. Read more about how Word Runner works here.
On an somewhat related note: My six pack of Kindle Fire tablets arrives today – a week ahead of the original schedule. The six-pack deal is limit one per customer.
Adult reading decreases year over year
Book Readers GraphPew Research recently released findings that adults are reading slightly fewer books this year compared to the previous year.
The good news is that younger adults ages 18-29 are reading more than any other age group. In households that read regularly, members have higher levels of education and women tend to read more than other members.
I am surprised that the number of audiobook listens has fallen. More and more books are now becoming available in audio-digital forms. Listeners can now increase the speed so that books can be consumed faster. With more options, I would think the numbers would increase.
Read more about the research results in this article.
Cheap Reads – Spooky reads for Halloween
Enjoy these fiction and non-fiction books this Halloween season – only $1.99 each.
A Head Full of Ghosts ($1.99) A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror. The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.
Help for the Haunted ($1.99) John Searles’s Help for the Haunted is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.
Cemetery Stories ($1.99) Admit it: You’re fascinated by cemeteries. We all die, and for most of us, a cemetery is our final resting place. But how many people really know what goes on inside, around, and beyond them? Enter the world of the dead as Katherine Ramsland talks to mortuary assistants, gravediggers, funeral home owners, and more, and find out about:
Talking to the Dead ($1.99) A fascinating story of spirits and conjurors, skeptics and converts in the second half of nineteenth century America viewed through the lives of Kate and Maggie Fox, the sisters whose purported communication with the dead gave rise to the Spiritualism movement – and whose recanting forty years later is still shrouded in mystery.

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Housekeeping: Teen Read Week, All I want in life, Book Deals and Cheap Reads 2 comments

broom.panTeen Read Week
This coming week – October 18-24 – is Teen Read Week. Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, the annual event encourages teens to use their local or school libraries as a resource and build literacy skills while reading for the fun of it.
You can encourage a pre-teen or teen in your life by gifting a Kindle reader (Starting at $79.99) and a gift card to purchase books of their choosing. You could purchase a Kindle reader and add it to your account, giving the teen access to your library.
To celebrate Teen Read Week we will feature young adult titles on this website for the seven days of the event. If you enjoy teen books, stop by our jr. edition where we post great cheap reads for children and teens every day.
All I want in life is….
All I Want in LIfeThis graphic has been making the rounds on the internet and social media. Feel free to modify any line on the list to be appropriate for you. I would change #12 to: A fully-charged Kindle.
A couple of book deals available now
Our father and a brother love reading action and adventure shoot-’em-up Westerns. The stories don’t have to be long, but must include a good guy, a couple of good horses and maybe a woman at the end of the book.
One of the masters of Western literature is Louis L’Amour. Buy this second collection of his short stories for only $1.99 today.
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, Volume 2: Frontier Stories ($1.99) Volume Two is a treasure-trove of 35 frontier tales for his millions of fans and for those who have yet to discover L’Amour’s thrilling prose – and his vital role in capturing the spirit of the Old West for generations to come.
RandomHouse has reduced the price on more than a dozen Western and historical romances by Joan Johnston to $4.99 each (down from $7.99). Included in the sale are novels from her popular Bitter Creek series. Browse the titles in the sale here.
Buy one title in the Bitter Creek series for only $1.99 today. Sinful: A Bitter Creek Novel: After a tragic accident leaves Delta sergeant Connor Flynn a widower, he faces the toughest fight of his life: battling his in-laws for custody of his two young children. To win he’ll need a make-believe bride to take care of the kids while he runs his Wyoming ranch. Who better than a woman he already knows and likes—his late wife’s best friend?
Eve needs somewhere to go . . . and so does the herd of wild mustangs she’s rescued. Connor’s offer sounds like the answer to a prayer. But Eve has a guilty secret she’s guarded for years: She’s always been in love with Connor.
Teen Read Week Sneak Peek
Buy any or all of these books for teens and adults for only 99 cents each today.
The Darkest Minds (99 cents Audiobook: $3.99) When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.
The Book of Ivy (99 cents) After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn.
The Dragons of Ordinary Farm (99 cents) Tyler and Lucinda have to spend summer vacation with their ancient uncle Gideon, a farmer. They think they’re in for six weeks of cows, sheep, horses, and pigs. But when they arrive in deserted Standard Valley, California, they discover that Ordinary Farm is, well, no ordinary farm.

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Housekeeping: Surprised – In a good way and Cheap Reads 10 comments

broom.panI am surprised – in a good way. The very cheap 7″ Kindle Fire tablet ($49.99) is worth the money. It’s not a $200 tablet selling cheap. Rather it is an entry-level tablet at a great price.
The clever packaging gives the feel of opening a gift. Unlike recent Kindle device purchases, this one includes both the USB cord and power outlet. It was fully charged right out of the package.
After selecting language and signing into wi-fi, the Fire downloaded the latest software update. I was cautioned to have the device connected to power as the battery might not be sufficient to complete the process. The download took more than 30 minutes.
I quickly flipped through the tutorial without paying attention – shame on me! When the home page opened my first thought was, “Where is the carousel?” Call me silly, but I really liked flicking my finger through the covers of books, audiobooks, music, games and anything else on my Fire. The home screen on this Fire is like a phone – small icons and lots of them.
The good news is that you can rearrange those icons. The Washington Post icon was the first one on the first row – probably because Jeff Bezos owns it. I quickly moved it to the bottom row.
Regarding the physical device: This Fire has good weight and does not feel flimsy when holding it. The front screen is glass and slick. The back has minimal texturing and no indentation so there isn’t a gripping factor. A younger user would need a case to protect the device as smaller hands could easily drop it.
The physical controls are on one end – power, USB port, microphone, volume control and headphone jack. I consider this an improvement as I’m not turning the device around and around trying to find the control on the side or the other end. The memory slot is on the side while the microphone is on the back lower corner.
So far the battery has held up well. The update download took 35% of the power but the general playing around consumed 10%.
Downloading games takes longer and response times lag the more expensive models. My biggest disappointment is that certain games I have purchased are not available on this Fire – Monopoly, Scrabble, Uno and Boggle.
I did have a bit of a problem with a book. I downloaded it and proceeded to open, close, run the speed reading, text-to-speech and tried everything imaginable in short order. Then the problems started. I would open the book and it would immediately close back to the home page – repeatedly. This device doesn’t have a big brain and I think I might have overdone it. After a reboot, all was well.
You will need to buy a memory card as device doesn’t have much usable storage. Most of the 8GB is used for the internal workings of the Fire.
Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to explore all the options on this small Fire. I plan to play with it in the weeks ahead and give more of my opinion in future Housekeeping posts.
When this device was announced, Charlene sent a note asking if she could get text-to-speech on this low-priced model. I searched and searched, but couldn’t find the answer. My only advice was that she could order one and return it if the device didn’t meet her needs. Charlene sent a note on Saturday that text-to-speech is available on eligible books. She also listed features she was glad to have:
Word Runner – a speed reading option
• Two cameras – front and back
• Memory slot
• Price
I’m ordering more for members of the family using the buy five, get one free offer. I will test each one to confirm all is in good working order. With a 90-day warranty, one cannot delay running it through the paces. If something is not working, I’m sending it back and asking for a replacement.
This Kindle Fire is worth the price for the books, music, videos, games and audiobooks that you can enjoy on it. Just remember it is a low-price version of the Kindle Fire, not a top-line tablet selling for a low price.
BTW – A software update will be forthcoming that will enable Prime Music to be stored on the microSD.
Please leave a comment about what you like and don’t like about the new $49.99 Kindle Fire.
Cheap Reads – Fantasies for $1.99 each
The Queen of the Tearling ($1.99) Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.
The Invasion of the Tearling ($1.99) With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling.
By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, Kelsea has crossed the brutal Red Queen, who derives her power from dark magic and who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what she claims is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
Pre-order the third book in the series, The Fate of the Tearling for $14.99. Delivery is June 7.

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Monday Housekeeping: Early Arrival and Cheap Reads 14 comments

broom.panEarly Arrival
This is the back story of why I ordered the $49.99 7″ Kindle Fire a week after the announcement.
I often read after retiring for the night. I also get up at least once before I fall asleep. Several weeks ago I put down my Kindle Voyage, got up to put laundry in the dryer and then snuggled back under the covers. I reached to the nightstand for my Voyage, and felt nothing but nightstand. In a panic I sat straight up in the bed and announced, “I can’t find my Kindle!”
My husband sleepily drawled, “If you can’t find a Kindle in this house, we have problems. There’s at least one in every room.”
He exaggerated a bit, but there is truth in his statement. When the new Kindle Fire models were announced I decided we just didn’t need another Kindle.
Then my sister-in-law who has only a Kindle reader asked if I thought the $49.99 Fire was a good device. My niece sent an e-mail saying she needed a Fire replacement and didn’t want to buy it if it was a loser. Those who respect my opinion demanded that I order one. If I’m happy with it, I’ll probably just buy a six-pack.
BTW, I had slipped the Voyage under the edge of my pillow. All is well.
Originally scheduled to ship October 22, my 7″ Kindle Fire should arrive this afternoon. I’ll post a full review in this Thursday’s regular Housekeeping.
Cheap Reads
Enjoy these mysteries selling for cheap prices today.
Sooner or Later (99 cents) She saw him in the shadows. She felt him watching her. She knew he was going to get her… As a terrifying secret came back from the past to haunt her, Ellie needed an ex-cop’s instincts and more. She needed her own unshakable courage to outsmart a killer’s deadly, twisted plan.
A Dangerous Man ($1.99) Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on hard times. His grip on life is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his body pinned to his living room couch by painkillers–and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isn’t happy about any of it. So Henry is surprised when he’s handed a new assignment: keep tabs on a minor league baseball star named Miguel Arenas.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? ($2.99) The chilling novel that inspired the iconic film. The neighbors all whisper about the two sisters who live on the hill: It’s Blanche Hudson who lives in that house, you know. The Blanche Hudson, who starred in big Hollywood films all those years ago. Such a shame her career ended so early, all because of that accident. They say it was her sister, Jane, who did it. They say that’s why she looks after Blanche now, because of the guilt. That’s what they say, at least.

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Housekeeping: UK Daily Deal, New Kindle Fire tablets now available and Cheap Reads 8 comments

broom.panUK Daily Deal Repeats
I’ve groused before about our Kindle Daily Deal repeating books. The United Kingdom Daily Deal is even worse.
Tuesday, September 29, featured Tribune of Rome ($9.99 in the United States). The book was also included in the Daily Deal just 13 days earlier on September 16. Readers also had the chance to buy it on the February 22 Daily Deal. Three times in seven months. There’s no excuse, Amazon.
New Fire Tablets have shipped
The all-new Kindle Fire tablets began shipping yesterday. Has anyone received theirs yet? If so, let us know what you think of it.
According to the webpages, the $49.99 7″ model will be in stock October 26, while the 8″ HD and 10″ HD models are available now. My 7″ model is scheduled to arrive until October 22.
New look for recommendations
Have you seen the new look for recommendations? I use two different sign-ins at Amazon and this is the look of the recommendations that appears when logging in. Looks very Pinterest-y, doesn’t it?
New look for recommends crop
Books of the Season – Cheap Reads
The time of the year has come when you know the types of books that publishers will offer at cheap prices. This month many fantasies, supernatural mysteries, paranormal romances and novels to scare the living daylights out of readers will be featured.
Publishers will also be offering cookbooks for the coming cooler weather.
My husband Tiger has taken on a few culinary projects in recent months. He confessed over the weekend while watching the tamale pie bake that eating was a lot more fun than cooking and waiting.
I downloaded Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook: 250 New Delicious Slow Cooker ($1.99) just for him. Tiger has chosen to prepare the Pork Roast and Sweet Sauerkraut entree next week. My niece and I will be making the Baked Ziti in the crock-pot soon.
Book Description: After years of developing and testing hundreds of recipes, Stage 2 of the successful series has launched with Fix-It and Forget-It NEW Cookbook, in full color.
If you want a lot of scare for little money, check out the supernatural murder mystery Tap,Tap (99 cents)
Book Description: What if your best friend started killing your worst enemies? For Roscoe Bird, this nightmare becomes a reality when an old childhood friend comes knocking at his door.
Peter Tummelier talks about past hurts and old enemies as if time has stood still. But when bodies start turning up, murdered in horrifying ways, suspicion is placed on Roscoe. And Roscoe knows the one person-the only person-who could have committed these deeds.

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Housekeeping: Nic Tatano Round 2, Yogisms and Cheap Reads 0 comments

broom.panNic Tatano Round 2 and Irony
Last week I posted my quandry of whether Nic Tatano was a man or a woman. After searching the the web, I learned from Facebook that Nic is a guy who writes great romantic comedies.
On Friday, Nic sent me a note:

I have to tell you, your post about whether I’m a man or a woman made my wife laugh hysterically!
Anyway, thanks for the kind words about my work, and hope you continue to enjoy it… (currently working on “Spin Girl”)
Nic Tatano

In follow-up cyber chats Nic shared that the heroines in his books are redheads because his sweet wife is a redhead. Doesn’t that just make you sigh?
The irony in last week’s post is that I mentioned I had just purchased Cover Girl ($1.99). The rom-com is about a man, Alex Bauer, who has written a romance novel but hides behind a lie to keep the book’s editor, Keira Madison, from knowing that a man is the author. Alex falls in love with Keira and her curly red hair.
This book would make a great live performance as the six main characters’ lives keep intertwining across New York City and the basic lie grows.
The editor’s assistant Gretch(en) gives the story plenty of snark and humor. The characters are likable and it’s a fun book for a quick escape.
Regarding the irony, Mr. Tatano told me

Cover Girl was really fun to write since it has a lot of my own experiences in there. When I had an agent she decided to pitch my rom-coms using initials since she didn’t feel anyone would buy a romance written by a guy. And my editor at HarperCollins didn’t know I was a guy till we talked on the phone.

Yogi Berra Passes
The world of baseball has lost a great player and ambassador with the passing of Yogi Berra on Tuesday. Publishers are offering these books at bargain prices if you would like to read Yogi’s wit and wisdom.
What Time Is It? You Mean Now? ($1.99) Yogi expounds on the funny, warm, borderline inadvertent insights that are his trademark. Twenty-six chapters examine the words, the meaning, and the uplifting example of a kid from St. Louis who grew up to become the ultimate Yogi.
When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! ($2.99) An exciting new collection of sublimely simple wisdom from a bestselling author, celebrated athlete, and a true American hero. Filled with another delightful helping of Yogi’s inimitable and unwittingly wise aphorisms, these reflections focus on the valuable lessons he’s learned on and off the field.
Prime for New Members – Buy tomorrow!
In celebration of five Emmy wins for Amazon Original series Transparent at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Amazon today announced that Amazon Prime will be available for just $67. This one day discount will start on Friday, September 25 at 12:00 a.m. ET and end at 11:59 p.m. PT. New members can sign up for this limited-time Prime offer at www.Amazon/TransparentPrime.
Cheap Reads
The Devil Colony ($1.99) Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of an impossibility, a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion. A place known only as The Devil Colony.
The Catch ($1.99) Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and information hunter, has a reputation for getting things done—often dangerous and not quite legal things.
With blood on her hands and a soul stained with guilt, Munroe has fled to Djibouti, Africa. There, with no responsibility except a gig at a small maritime security company, Munroe finds stillness—until she’s pressured to work as an armed guard on a ship bound for Kenya.

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