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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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Secret Society Girl: An Ivy League Novel – A humorous look at university life – Only 99 cents 0 comments

Eli University junior Amy Haskel never expected to be tapped into Rose & Grave. She isn’t rich, politically connected, or . . . well, male. So when Amy is one of the first female students to receive the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?
Whisked off into an elaborate initiation rite, Amy awakens the next day to a new reality and a whole new set of “friends”–from the gorgeous son of a conservative governor to an Afrocentric lesbian activist whose society name is Thorndike. And that’s when Amy starts to discover the truth about getting what you wish for. Because Rose & Grave is quickly taking her away from her familiar world of classes and keggers, fueling a feud and undermining a very promising friendship with benefits. And that’s before Amy finds out that her first duty as a member of Rose & Grave is to take on a conspiracy of money and power that could, quite possibly, ruin her whole life.
Buy this humorous novel for only 99 cents today.
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Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel – $1.99 – Today’s B&N price match 0 comments

Since its founding by a utopian-minded French architect in 1884, New York’s Chelsea Hotel has been a hotbed of artistic invention and inspiration. Cultural luminaries from Bob Dylan to Sid Vicious, Thomas Wolfe to Andy Warhol, Dylan Thomas to Dee Dee Ramone — all made the Chelsea the largest and longest-lived artists’ community in the world.
Inside the Dream Palace tells the hotel’s story, from its earliest days as a cooperative community, through its pop art, rock-and-roll, and punk periods, to its present transformation under new ownership. By exploring what it takes to maintain a creative community and how artists have enhanced and informed New York City life, Tippins delivers a lively and masterly history of the Chelsea and those who cohabitated there. Buy the book today for $1.99 as it is the B&N price match. Audiobook: $3.99.
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Homeland Revealed – Richly visual book unpacks the complex show – $2.51 – Cheaper than Today’s B&N price match 0 comments

An American soldier presumed killed in Iraq returns home ten years after disappearing. This is the premise of the award-winning and highly addictive Homeland.
Known for its heart-pumping plot and phenomenal acting, Homeland has garnered multiple Emmys, fabulous reviews, and legions of devoted fans.
This richly visual book unpacks the complex show, delving into favorite characters, conspiracy theories, and behind-the-scenes detail, while also exploring how real covert operations inspire and inform the show. Hundreds of photos capturing the intense onscreen action complement veteran writer Matt Hurwitz’s narrative as he weaves in and out of the past three seasons using interviews with the creators, cast, and crew. Buy this book today for $2.51 – cheaper than the B&N price.
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Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem 0 comments

From the cofounder of Five Finger Death Punch, a fascinating inside account of one of the most successful heavy-metal bands of the past decade, and a revealing personal journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock and roll lifestyle—a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction, and recovery.
Five Finger Death Punch has become the new heavyweight champ of the metal scene. In this high-energy memoir, Jeremy Spencer, the band’s cofounder and drummer, takes us onstage and behind the scenes, on tour and into the studio to tell the band’s story and his own.
Buy this memoir for only $1.99 today.
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Housekeeping: For the Record; Author Nic Tatano – Man or Woman? and Cheap Reads 2 comments

broom.panFor the Record
This blurb does not entice me to buy the book:

There are somethings in life we do out of obligation that we never thought we were even capable of. Pearl not only has to work to save her family’s reputation, but she finds herself fighting a battle she never knew existed. This book has all the makings of a classic love story; a love triangle, murder and best of all romance.

This blurb catches my attention:

Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.
She replies, “We’ll see.”
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz ($13.99 pre-order)

Nic Tatano – Man or Woman?
Confession time: I read fiction targeting the new adult market – aged 18-30. Nic Tatano is a rising author who has released five humorous novels in the past two years. The books are rich with sarcasm, snarky banter and a bit of sweet romance.
I’ve chuckled through It Girl (99 cents) and Wing Girl (99 cents) and laughed out loud through Twitter Girl ($1.99), my favorite Tatano book chock-full of snarkiness and politics.
I just purchased Cover Girl ($1.99) and hope to read it over the weekend.
The burning question I have is this: Is Nic Tatano a man or a woman? Is Nic short for Nicole? Nicholas? Mr./Ms. Tatano’s author page doesn’t give any clues. I found the answer on Facebook – Nic is a guy who writes fabulous romantic comedies. Who would have thought?
Cheap Cozy Mysteries
Read a cozy mystery this weekend – only $1.99 each
A Potion to Die For ($1.99) As the owner of Little Shop of Potions, a magic potion shop specializing in love potions, Carly Bell Hartwell finds her product more in demand than ever. A local soothsayer has predicted that a couple in town will soon divorce—and now it seems every married person in Hitching Post, Alabama, wants a little extra matrimonial magic to make sure they stay hitched. But when Carly finds a dead man in her shop, clutching one of her potion bottles, she goes from most popular potion person to public enemy number one.
Final Catcall ($1.99) Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson gets plenty of entertainment from her extraordinary cats, Owen and Hercules. But when a theatre troupe stumbles into more tragedy than it bargained for, it’s up to Kathleen to play detective….
A Killer Plot ($1.99) In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you’ll find plenty of characters, ne’er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story…

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Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet – $1.99 0 comments

For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told, Apollo’s Angels—the first cultural history of ballet ever written—is a groundbreaking work.
From ballet’s origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France’s Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. In the twentieth century, émigré dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation of dance.
Jennifer Homans, a historian, critic, and former professional ballerina, wields a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice. Her admiration and love for the ballet, as Entertainment Weekly notes, brings “a dancer’s grace and sure-footed agility to the page.” Buy this book today for $1.99.
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Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero – $1.99 0 comments

Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.
From two-fisted crimebuster to über-patriot, social crusader to spiritual savior, Superman—perhaps like no other mythical character before or since—has evolved in a way that offers a Rorschach test of his times and our aspirations. In this deftly realized appreciation, Larry Tye reveals a portrait of America over seventy years through the lens of that otherworldly hero who continues to embody our best selves. Buy this book today for $1.99.
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Frank: The Voice – A triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs – $1.99 0 comments

Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twenti¬eth century—infinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma.
Sinatra endowed the songs he sang with the explosive conflict of his own personality. He also made the very act of listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had ever been. In Frank: The Voice, Kaplan reveals how he did it, bringing deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and tur¬bulent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument.
We relive the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra’s journey from the streets of Hoboken, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra—as man, as musician, as tortured genius. Buy this biography today for only $1.99.
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Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir – Brian Johnson shares his tantalizing life story – $1.99 0 comments

From Pink Cadillac to Low Rider to Little Red Corvette, rock music has always had a racy love affair with cars. And AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson is not only a rock legend, second-to-none at infusing razor-sharp lyrics with the screaming metal energy of a true rock and roller, but also a dyed-in-the-wool car fanatic.
In Rockers and Rollers, fans will get a rare, riveting window into Brian Johnson’s other driving passion, his love for automobiles. From teenage memories in the backs of beat-up coups to a side career as a racecar driver, Johnson shares his tantalizing life story—a memoir told through his lifelong love affair with cars. Buy this book today for $1.99.
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