Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…
The Line ($1.99 Audiobook $1.99) To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.
Despite being powerless herself, of course.
Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.
The Source ($1.99 Audiobook $1.99) Graceful trees and historic buildings fill Savannah, Georgia, but beneath the city’s Southern splendor, its supernatural roots run deep. The members of local witch families grace the society pages…when they’re not secretly protecting their magical work from dark forces.
Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.
But when Mercy’s long-presumed-dead mother suddenly returns, begging Mercy to keep her presence under wraps, the witch wonders how many secrets her family is hiding…and who she can really trust. And when the danger around her intensifies to deadly levels, Mercy knows she must discover the truth behind her family’s magic—before it destroys her.
After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler’s inevitable invasion attempt. For the German army to land across the channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies—the Royal Air Force would have to be broken. So every day throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties.
Greatly outnumbered by the Luftwaffe, the pilots of RAF Fighter Command scrambled as many as five times a day, and civilians watched skies crisscrossed with the contrails from the constant dogfights between Spitfires and Me-109s. Britain’s very freedom depended on the outcome of that summer’s battle: Its air defenses were badly battered and nearly broken, but against all odds, “The Few,” as they came to be known, bought Britain’s freedom—many with their lives. More than a fifth of the British and Allied pilots died during the Battle of Britain.
These are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. Their stories are as riveting, as vivid, and as poignant as they were seventy years ago. We will not see their like again. Buy this book for $1.99 today. Audiobook: $4.49.
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Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance. It has acted as a tool of social transformation, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is an account of how food has helped to shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7,500 BCE to today’s use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol.
Food has been a kind of technology, a tool that has changed the course of human progress. It helped to found, structure, and connect together civilizations worldwide, and to build empires and bring about a surge in economic development through industrialization. Food has been employed as a military and ideological weapon. And today, in the culmination of a process that has been going on for thousands of years, the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development and the adoption of new technologies.
Drawing from many fields including genetics, archaeology, anthropology, ethno-botany and economics, the story of these food-driven transformations is a fully satisfying account of the whole of human history. Buy this book today for $1.99 as it is the B&N price match. Audiobook: $3.99.
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Reporter Angela McCallister needs the scoop of her career in order to save her father from the bad decisions that have depleted their savings. When the opportunity to spend a week at the Findley Brothers ranch arises, she sees a chance to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on rodeo. That certainly doesn’t include kissing the devastatingly handsome and charming cowboy Derek Chandler, who insists on calling her “Angel.”
Derek has a rodeo to run and a chip on his shoulder. He has no time for the fiery woman who is clearly hiding something. But for some reason he can’t keep his hands off of her. Their connection is instant and explosive, but Angela’s secrets could threaten his family, and Derek needs to prove that he’s not the irresponsible kid brother anymore.
When the rodeo dust has settled, will the Cowboy and his Angel allow themselves to give in to the attraction that threatens to consume them both?
Purchase this contemporary Western romance for $1.99 today.
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Free now: Crushes, Codas, and Corsages #4 - I Heart Band – Children’s fiction from Grosset & Dunlap to pre-order free. Delivery September 11.
Always confirm price before purchase. Many free and reduced books are offered for a limited time only and only in some geographical regions.
Former band director Michelle Schusterman ends her adorable series about middle school band geeks with the perfect coda!
The band has been preparing for their big regional competition all year and it’s time for all of their work to pay off. On top of preparing for competition, Holly is excited to go to the Spring Dance with Owen, but is he still interested after meeting a new girl at art camp over spring break? Holly and friends band together to have an amazing end to their seventh grade year.
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Why I won’t be subscribing to Kindle Unlimited
Amazon’s subscription service Kindle Unlimited was announced recently. For $9.99 a month a reader enjoys an always open buffet of books. Audiobooks are also available on some books to allow for seamless reading and listening.
The service is a wonderful opportunity for some readers. High volume users will benefit because the subscription is cheaper than purchasing. The library of titles is growing to offer even more than the current 600,000 books.
The deal just isn’t for me. I won’t be subscribing because:
1. My Kindle library of purchased books exceeds my ability to get the books read by about 165 years. My audiobook library is also extensive.
2. I know me: In the beginning I would read 7-8 books each month. Then life would come along and a month or two would slip by with only 2-3 books read. What about all the unread purchased books? Guilt would drive me back to my purchased books and maybe only a book that month comes from Kindle Unlimited. Before I know it nine months have passed, I’ve paid nearly $90 and I’m not getting my money’s worth.
3. Big name authors and books I want to read aren’t in the Kindle Unlimited selections yet. I may reconsider the service when favorite authors and recently released books are available.
4. I don’t want to feel like I have to use the service since I’m paying for it. I have that guilt from the gym membership – paying for it, but not using it.
A few of the good points are first month is free; I can test drive a new author without buying the book and if I ever have a month to go on a reading binge, I can read a book or two every day for $9.99.
Summer Schedule Poll
We’ve been on our summer schedule since Memorial Day – all posts early in the day with later posts if needed. Do you like it? Do you want to go back to six posts at 6:15am and two more at 11:00?
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United Kingdom publishers and Cheap Reads
In recent weeks books from United Kingdom publishers have become available for US readers. Popular authors across the pond may increase their readership and become the new favorite author of US readers.
Imprints include Penguin Random House’s Quercus, Transworld Digital and Ebury. Hachette imprints include Headline, Hodder, Hachette Ireland, Sphere and Piatkus. Other publishers are appearing as rights to ebooks expand.
Below are three books by popular UK authors selling for only $1.99 each today:
Some Sunny Day ($1.99) Forbidden love and family secrets In World War Two Liverpool in the heartrending new saga.
Paperboy ($1.99) It’s Belfast, 1975. The city lies under the dark cloud of the Troubles, and hatred fills the air like smoke. But Tony Macaulay has just turned twelve and he’s got a new job. He’s going to be a paperboy. And come rain or shine – or bombs and mortar – he will deliver…
Forgotten Child ($1.99) Will she ever find a home where she can belong? ALONE…Jennifer Lavender was a lonely child. She always felt like second best and desperately craved her parents love.
A literary retelling of Peter Pan, Betwixt tells the story of Preston, a ten year old boy who is poisoned and wakes up in Neverland; his mother Claire in the real world as she deals with Preston’s death; and a family in Victorian London–whose neighbor is Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie–hoping that their daughter will wake from a coma.
Buy this novel today for only $1.99 as it is the B&N price match. Earlier today it was priced at $9.99.
Click here to purchase Betwixt and Between
Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.
When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.
Lea Travers avoids guys like Max – cocky jocks who assume she’s fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem…
When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.
Pre-order this second book in the Bowler University new adult series for $1.99 today. Delivery is September 9.Click here to purchase Make It Right
A sunken secret. A missing woman. A race against time.
Former SAS major Ben Hope is relaxing at his home in Normandy when he hears the worst news of his life. His ex-girlfriend Dr Brooke Marcel has been kidnapped.
Racing against the clock, Ben’s frantic search for Brooke leads him from Ireland to the Spanish mountains and the rainforests of Peru.
What is the mysterious link between the kidnapping, the salvage of a sunken 16th-century Spanish warship and the secret activities of its wealthy discoverer?
As the trail of wreckage and mayhem intensifies, Ben soon uncovers a web of intrigue, corruption and brutal murder.
But will he be too late to find Brooke alive?
Buy this action and adventure novel for $1.99 today.
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An illuminating exploration of what it means to be in error, and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume (or loudly insist) that they are right about most everything. Kathryn Schulz, editor of Grist magazine, argues that error is the fundamental human condition and should be celebrated as such.
Guiding the reader through the history and psychology of error, from Socrates to Alan Greenspan, Being Wrong will change the way you perceive screw-ups, both of the mammoth and daily variety, forever.
Purchase this book today for only $1.99.
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