Category: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Sparrow Sisters – A modern-day fairy tale – $1.99 0 comments

Patience is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. But when Patience Sparrow’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear—and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens. The plants and flowers, fruit trees and high hedges begin to wither and die, and the entire town begins to fail; fishermen return to the harbor empty-handed, and blight descends on the old elms that line the lanes.
It seems as if Patience and her town are lost until the women of Granite Point band together to save the Sparrow. As they gather, drawing strength from each other, will they be able to turn the tide and return life to Granite Point?
This modern-day fairy tale is selling for $1.99 today.
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The Selection – Teen and adult dystopian romance – $1.99 – Today’s B&N price match 0 comments

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
You can purchase this teen dystopian romance for only $1.99 today as it is the B&N price match. Audiobook: $4.95.
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Grey – The Romany Outcasts Series #1 – Fantasy for teens and adults – Just 99 cents 0 comments

Can you still love with a heart of stone?
Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager – good friends, decent grades and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.
But when Romany gypsies arrive in town, Sebastian discovers that his world is not what it seems. There is an age-old feud between his family and the gypsies – and this isn’t the only secret his brother has been keeping from him. His life is not his own. The girl he’s been dreaming about has just turned up at school, and he feels compelled to protect her at all costs.
Even if that means life might never be normal again.
Buy this fantasy for teens and adults for only 99 cents today.
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More than 14,000 Marvel comics – Just 99 cents each 0 comments

More than 14,000 Marvel comics are selling for only 99 cents each. Included are these series:
Astonishing X-Men
Marvel Graphic Novel
Moon Knight
New X-Men
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (Individual Issues)
Nova (Marvel)
Star Wars: Empire
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Mediator
Ultimate Fantastic Four
Ultimate Iron Man
Ultimate X
Ultimate X-Men
Uncanny X-Men
Vision Quest
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Housekeeping: A Reason to Buy the Oasis; Happy Birthday to the Queen and Cheap Reads 7 comments

broom.panA Reason to Buy the Oasis
Brooke, a loyal DCR follower, sent an email explaining why she would ordering the Oasis ($289.99). Brave Brooke did this after I had given my opinion on the overpriced reader in last week’s Housekeeping. She had compelling reasons for making her decision:

I’ve now read everything out there on the Oasis, and decided to purchase it. Why?
I’m retired and we live in Mexico for half the year, where physical books are either non-existent (most English language) or ludicrously expensive (Spanish language). So regardless of which language I’m reading, ebooks on Kindle are my default choice. I read maybe 8 hours a day, so a comfortable Kindle is something I have no problem paying for.
 
I’ve purchased the Kindle 1, DX, Keyboard and Voyage. Except for the lighting feature on the Voyage, my favorite by far was the Keyboard. I underline and take lots of notes, and that is very iffy on the Voyage. Also, finding a particular note or highlight can be impossible on the Voyage if you have more than a couple of pages. I need to download the My Clipping file and find it in that file. Annoying.
 
With the bulge at the side, the Oasis seems to have a better grip (I actually found the Kindle 1 the easiest to hold) than the Voyage and three cheers for returning the page turning buttons. It is made from stronger materials than the Voyage, so I will actually try reading it at times without the cover.

 
Brooke sent a follow-up note that she ordered the Oasis with the burgundy cover. The estimated delivery date was September. Due to travel schedules, she cancelled the order and will try again later this fall when she hopes for more timely delivery.
The Oasis is an acceptable option for some, especially those who are able to read for hours at a time. The comparison of the thickness to the Kindle 1 and ease of holding were enlightening to me as I have only held the slim versions of the Kindle.
Brooke has promised that she will let us know if the reader meets her expectations when she finally has one in her hands.
 
Happy Birthday, Queen Elizabeth!
Today is the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth of England. Even though the United States fought for freedom from the monarchy, we still enjoy following the Royal family. The Queen is a role model in that she looks amazing for 90 years of age and continues to fulfill her role. Her two great-grandchildren are pretty darn cute, too.
Biographies of the Queen are plentiful, but few are selling cheap. The Queen: Elizabeth II and the Monarchy from HarperCollins is selling for $3.99 today. Written in 2012, the book gives insight to Elizabeth’s reign. Description: The royal family have been through a tumultuous decade, but with the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, Prince Philip’s 90th birthday and the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations, there is renewed interest and appreciation of our monarchy. The Queen is an in-depth look at the woman at the centre of it all and is the only biography to take Elizabeth II seriously as the subject of historical biography, or to examine the influences that formed her and the ideas she represents.
 
Cheap Reads – Young adult titles
Publishers have lowered the prices on some great young adult novels. Enjoy a fun read by Dave Barry, a dystopian spy thriller by Debra Driza and a military thriller by Trent Reedy.
 
The Worst Class Trip Ever (99 cents Audiobook $3.99) In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack—or maybe not. Written for ages 8-12.
MILA 2.0 ($1.99) Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie. She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past. Now she has no choice but to run–from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much, and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. Written for ages 12 and older.
Divided We Fall ($1.99 Audiobook $3.99) Danny Wright never thought he’d be the man to bring down the United States of America. He enlisted in the Idaho National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the governor’s orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission … but then Danny’s gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead. Written for ages 14 and older.

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Waking the Dead – Cafferty & Quinn #2 – They say a painting can have a life of its own… – Just 99 cents 0 comments

They say a painting can have a life of its own…
In the case of Ghosts in the Mind painted by Henry Sebastian Hubert, that’s more than just an expression. The characters are reputed to come to life—and to kill. The artist was a friend of Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, joining them in Switzerland in 1816, and now, almost two hundred years later, the painting appears in New Orleans. Wherever it goes, death seems to follow.
Danielle Cafferty and Michael Quinn, occasional partners in solving crime, are drawn into the case. They begin to make connections between that summer in Switzerland and this spring in Louisiana. Danni, the owner of an eccentric antique shop, and Quinn, a private detective, have discovered that they have separate but complementary talents when it comes to investigating unusual situations.
Blending their personal relationship with the professional lives they’ve stumbled into, they confront this work of art…and evil. They have to discover what brings it to life. And they have to destroy it—before it destroys them.
Buy this suspense-filled supernatural novel today for only 99 cents. Audiobook: $3.99.
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Timeless Desire – Time travel romance – Just 99 cents 0 comments

Librarian Panna Kennedy battles budget cuts, eccentric patrons, and the loneliness of early widowhood until she ventures through a long-locked door under the library’s stairs and finds herself in the opulent eighteenth-century castle library of the dashing and dangerously handsome Captain Jamie Bridgewater.
Jamie is embroiled in a risky game of high-stakes subterfuge on the Scottish/English border, where loyalty to the wrong cause can cost you your life, and Panna is instantly swept into the intrigue. Their adventure takes them across the border into perilous and passion-filled territory. But when Jamie is caught and Panna realizes she holds the key to his destiny, will she return to safety as he demands, or follow her timeless desire?
Buy this time travel romance for only 99 cents today.
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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman – $1.99 0 comments

A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night, taking one of the spectators along with it.
In a novella set two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow pays a visit to an ancient Scottish mansion, and finds himself trapped in a game of murder and monsters.
In a Hugo Award-winning short story set in a strangely altered Victorian England, the great detective Sherlock Holmes must solve a most unsettling royal murder.
Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams and nightmares.
In a Locus Award-winning tale, the members of an excusive epicurean club lament that they’ve eaten everything that can be eaten, with the exception of a legendary, rare, and exceedingly dangerous Egyptian bird.
Such marvelous creations and more, including a short story set in the world of The Matrix and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children’s fiction, can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman’s storytelling brilliance as well as his entertaining (and dark) sense of humor. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most unique writers of our time. Buy it today for only $1.99.
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Midnight Crossroad – A Novel of Midnight, Texas #1 – A mystery-romance-paranormal mash-up – $1.99 0 comments

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…
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Something Wicked – Psychic Detective Series – Paranormal romantic suspense – Just 99 cents 0 comments

Something wicked this way comes…
All homicide detective Dylan Collins wants is a few hours of pleasure to take his mind off of the case haunting him. A serial killer is stalking the streets of Charleston, SC – a killer who calls himself The Grim Reaper. When the woman he’d just spent the night with turns up and offers her services as a psychic consultant on the case, his ardor quickly cools. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a con artist.
It doesn’t take long for Dylan to realize Alexandra King is the real deal – and the killer’s next target. Dylan’s protective instincts battle his reluctance to get too involved with a woman he isn’t sure he can trust. As they get closer to finding the killer, they also grow closer to one another, but will Alexandra’s secret agenda destroy their chance at happiness – if the killer doesn’t strike first?
You can purchase this paranormal romantic suspense novel for only 99 cents today.
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