Category: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Throne of Glass Series – Fantasies for 99 cents/$2.99 – Today’s B&N price match 0 comments

Throne of Glass (99 cents Audiobook $3.49) After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Crown of Midnight ($2.99 Audiobook $3.99) She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

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Three quick picks: Time travel romances by Jeanette Baker – $1.99 each 0 comments

Legacy ($1.99) Christina Murray is elated to inherit her family’s ancestral home in Scotland. But upon her arrival she is confronted by her breathtakingly handsome new neighbor, Ian Douglas…and an ancient family curse that comes with the castle.
Nell ($1.99) He came upon her in the light of the silver moon and knew instantly she was the one. It was right, he thought, that they should meet without the trappings of wealth, family, and formality. For in the end, in the sweetly scented darkness, it would be just the two of them. Donal O’Flaherty didn’t see English versus Irish. He say only Nell, and that was enough.
Catriona ($1.99) Kate Sutherland’s arrival in the misty moors of her ancestral home in the Shetland Islands was supposed to cure her visions of danger, intrigue…and a sexy powerful Scottish border lord. Instead, she discovers that she’s been living the tormented memories of Catriona Wells, a beautiful young woman of royal blood who lived five centuries before.

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Two quick picks – Fantasies for $2.99 each 0 comments

Hounded ($2.99 Audiobook $3.99) Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
The Lies of Locke Lamora ($2.99 Audiobook $3.99) An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.

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Housekeeping: Amazon fails on the Daily Deal; Changes to review reading and Cheap Reads 4 comments

broom.panAmazon fails on the Daily Deal
Last Saturday, August 22, the Kindle Daily Deal included five books from the Kathleen Turner series.
On June 25, 2015, the Kindle Daily Deal included two books from the Kathleen Turner series.
On August 2, 2014, the Kindle Daily Deal included five books from the Kathleen Turner series.
On January 27, 2014, the Kindle Daily Deal included four books from the Kathleen Turner series.
Amazon brags that “over one million books are available for Amazon Kindle.” Yet they have featured this one series four times in the last 19 months. Surely with a little effort, Amazon could find other selections for the Daily Deal.
I did a little math. If only one-quarter of one million books were worth posting and 5 books were posted every day, it would take 137 years to post them all. If only 10% of one million books were worth posting and they posted 10 books every day, it would take 27 years. This is assuming no new books are added to the collection.
BTW – If you have wanted to purchase the Kathleen Turner series and haven’t yet, it isn’t Amazon’s fault. They have pushed it on us frequently.
 
Changes to review reading
Review Pic 1Amazon has made positive changes to help you read reviews by offering options to filter what you see. To use the new feature, you need to scroll all the way down the webpage to below the reviews and click on See all xxx customer reviews as shown in the example on the left.
A new page should open of the book’s reviews. From there, you need to scroll down below the most helpful positive review and most helpful negative review and you will see the new options.
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You have the option to select Most Recent or Most Helpful. You can also select All Reviewers or Verified Purchase Only. You can also read all reviews or limit your review list to the number of stars given, All Positive or All Critical. You can only choose one of these options at a time.
The most helpful option now for Kindle users is the feature that lets you limit the reviews to ones for the Review Pic 2Kindle edition only. Woo-hoo! We can now learn about spelling errors, formatting issues and any other quirks unique to the e-reader format without wading through paperback reviews. And we won’t have to read about packaging and delivery problems. The improvements also include a keyword search function.
Thanks, Amazon, for making review reading more efficient.
 
Cheap Reads
Fantasies and sci-fi novels have been the great deals from publishers this week. If you enjoy these genre, now is the time to load up the Kindle with these great buys. The three below are only 99 cents each.
 

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The Soldier Son Trilogy Bundle – Fantasy by Robin Hobb – Only $2.99 for all three novels 0 comments

For the first time, read the entire Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb as one ebook … at a special price. Buy the set today for $2.99.
In Book One, Shaman’s Crossing, Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King’s Cavella Academy before joining the King of Gernia’s brutal campaign of territorial expansion.
Forest Mage: Plague has ravaged the prestigious King’s Cavalla of Gernia, decimating the ranks of both cadets and instructors. Yet Nevare Burvelle has made an astonishingly robust recovery, defeating his sworn nemesis while in the throes of the disease and freeing himself—he believes—from the Speck magic that infected him. And now he is journeying home to Widevale, anticipating a tender reunion with his beautiful fiancée, Carsina, and a bright future as a commissioned officer.
Renegade’s Magic: Loyal, privileged, and brave, Nevare Burvelle proudly embraced his preordained role as soldier in the service of the King of Gernia—unaware of the strange turns his life would ultimately take. Exposed to a plague of enemy sorcery that felled many of his compatriots, he prevailed, but at a terrible cost to his soul, body, and heart. Now he stands wrongly accused of unspeakable crimes—including murder, the most heinous of them all.
Click here to purchase The Soldier Son Trilogy Bundle: The Second Son Trilogy

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The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga #1 – Epic dark fantasy – $1.99 0 comments

Stretching from desolate tundra to steamy, semi-tropical climes seething with sentient plant life, this is an epic tale of blood mages and mercenaries, emperors and priestly assassins who must unite to save a world on the brink of ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war; a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family to save his skin; and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.
Buy this epic dark fantasy for $1.99 today.
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Two quick hits: X-Files Novels – Supernatural suspense – Only 99 cents each 0 comments


The X-Files: Ground Zero (99 cents Audiobook: $2.99) Dr. Gregory, a renowned nuclear weapons researcher, is not only dead–he’s been charred to a radioactive cinder.
Since this is a death on Federal property, Mulder and Scully are hastily called in. As FBI agents who specialize in unexplained phenomena, they are the investigators of The X-Files, strange and inexplicable cases which are also mysteries that the FBI doesn’t want solved.
The X-Files: Antibodies (99 cents) When a disease-ravaged body is found in the smoldering ruins of the federally funded DyMar genetic research lab, Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fear that a deadly, man-made plague is on the loose. As the FBI agents investigating the “X-Files” — cases the bureau has deemed unsolvable — Mulder and Scully pursue the truth wherever it leads, even into the labyrinthine corridors of the FBI… and beyond.

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Something Witchy This Way Comes: A Jolie Wilkins Novel – A witch’s work is never done – Just 99 cents 0 comments

For smart and sexy witch Jolie Wilkins, being Queen of the Underworld is a royal pain. Back from a round of time travel, Jolie must now protect her realm from the sinister Lurkers—a powerful breed of half-humans bent on conquering the undead. And if there’s one thing she knows, it’s that the supernatural never go down without a fight.
At least Jolie has her soul mate (and finally official boyfriend), warlock Rand Balfour, by her side. Honorable, brave, and unbelievably handsome, Rand is everything Jolie wants in a man. So why can’t she forget the dangerously alluring vampire, Sinjin Sinclair? With her private life heating up and a battle boiling over, Jolie sets out to prove that in matters of love and war, the fairer hex has its own set of charms.
Buy this fun fantasy for just 99 cents today.
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Galileo’s Dream – The parallels between a distant past and an even more remote future – $1.99 0 comments

At the heart of a provocative narrative that stretches from Renaissance Italy to the moons of Jupiter is the father of modern science: Galileo Galilei. To the inhabitants of the Jovian moons, Galileo is a revered figure whose actions will influence the subsequent history of the human race.
From the summit of their distant future, a charismatic renegade named Ganymede travels to the past to bring Galileo forward in an attempt to alter history and ensure the ascendancy of science over religion. And if that means Galileo must be burned at the stake, so be it.
From Galileo’s heresy trial to the politics of far-future Jupiter, Kim Stanley Robinson illuminates the parallels between a distant past and an even more remote future. Buy this sci-fi novel today for only $1.99.
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Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and daughter – A tender and romantic YA novel filled with humor, adventure, and just a little bit of magic – $2.99 0 comments

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. It’s a miracle that seems perfect at first. Sure, Oliver doesn’t know that you shouldn’t try to open your locker with a dagger or that there’s no such thing as “the ruler” of the local mall. But he also looks at Delilah as if she’s the only girl in the world—the only girl in any world—and Delilah can’t help feeling that being with him is a dream come to life.
But not every story can have a happy ending. Because the book wants Oliver back. And it will turn both worlds upside down to get him.
Oliver and Delilah will have to decide what—and who—they’re willing to risk for love and what it really means for a fairy tale to come true.
Buy this romantic novel for young adults and adults for $2.99 today. Audiobook: $4.49.
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