Archives for: August 2011
The Book of Biff – comic books with a new perspective on life – 99 cents – including a review 0 comments

The Book of Biff is a single panel comic about spaghetti, time travel and toast. The strip centers around a child-like mad scientist named Biff who may be part cockroach or possibly an alien. He lives a solitary life in a world that he appears to have all to himself. Not a single word is spoken and no other soul is seen.
I purchased Split Personality (The Book of Biff #5) and read the cartoons on my Kindle and my Samsung Tab to see the color version. The images are sharp on the Kindle and will display only one panel per page with the caption on the same panel if the font size is set on one of the four smaller options and the Kindle is set to portrait orientation. With the black and white shades on the Kindle, it was comparable to the daily newspaper comics.
Viewing the comics on the Tab with the color was enjoyable, but certainly isn’t required to enjoy the book.
The content is quirky and fun. Chris Hallback takes ordinary life events and adds a touch of humor. One of my favorites is the cartoon of Biff on the scales with a caption about weighing himself in the morning after eating a bowl of helium grapes. My first thought was, “Could I do that?” On the subject of weight, the cartoon about some foods requiring a wardrobe modification was very amusing. As was where NOT to put the phone when you have volume set to vibrate. Great quirky humor.
If you need a quick smile, love humor that is just a little outside of mainstream, but not overboard, and delight in creativity, I recommend you buy at least one of the five Books of Biff. Two are featured here, but there are five total available – all priced at 99 cents each.

The Book of Biff #1 Target Practice: This collection explores alternate uses for hand puppets, the proper use of an electric tennis ball and the importance of keeping your immovable object dry. 105 pages. Full color (on color devices.)
The Book of Biff #5 Split Personality: This collection explores the dangers of peanut brittle, unpredictable results of the caffeinated office worker and traveling through time while your clothing did not. 142 pages. Full color (on color devices.)

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Top Four Summer Reads by Maureen Miller 1 comment

Maureen A. Miller is an author of romantic suspense and a big fan as well. Check out her latest book Jungle Of Deceit available for $2.99.
GONE is the perfect title for this riveting romantic suspense novel. Gone is FBI Special Agent Clare Marshall’s youth when her crazed mother rips Clare and her siblings apart with an act of unimaginable violence. Gone is Clare’s baby sister who is whisked away that very day. Many years later, as Clare’s mother is about to be executed by lethal injection, Clare finds a lead on the location of her sister. Clare travels to South Carolina to meet the young woman she has not seen in nearly twenty years, but when Clare gets there she finds out that her sister is gone. Although the reason for Beth’s disappearance seems explicable at first, the suspense starts Clare on a wild ride.
Along with her on that ride is FBI Special Agent, Jake Sutton, a flame from the past. He provides the proper dose of romance that I look for in a romantic suspense. And as Clare closes in on her sister, she too will be gone at the same hands of evil that have claimed Beth. You can purchase GONE for $2.99 today.

Tempo Rubato: (99 cents) Written by Brendan Carroll, some might categorize this novel’s genre as time-travel, or quite simply, fantasy. Tempo Rubato was written with such conviction that I cannot classify it as either. This novel reads as a tale of suspense that is contemporary and could absolutely be feasible.
Elisse Manheim, armed with her gifted aptitude and an extensive knowledge of Wolgang Amadeus Mozart embarks on a thrilling adventure as she leads her own investigation into the murder of one of her ex-students. With an intellect and education on Mozart to equal her own, Elisse has met her match in William Masters, a composer sequestered away in the cryptic Left Field facility that is now her new employer. William Masters knowledge on the legendary composer far surpasses that of Elisse to the point that she suspects he could actually be Mozart.
Nothing is what it appears to be at Left Field, and Elisse is wise to trust no one. Yet the temptation of William Masters is far too great to resist. As was this book!
Sleight Malice: (99 cents) Vicki Tyley is a dominant author in the mystery genre. I hate to resort to the cliché, “I couldn’t put it down”, but honestly the term applied when it came to this book. Desley James, the protagonist, was very real to me. When we first meet her, she is not a woman with superhuman emotional strength, which is what helped me to relate to her. But she was stubborn, and persistent in her quest to determine the fate of her best friend when the police are too slow with their investigation.
Vicki Tyley introduces us to a host of suspects and takes us across Australia on several leads that Desley deftly digs up. And as Desley gets closer to determining the fate of her friend, the danger escalates.
The Australian setting was something I enjoyed tremendously. We read for escape, and yet inevitably, no matter what the book, we walk away having learned something. I was delighted to learn that what I call a windbreaker here in America is referred to as a windcheater in Australia. That made me smile. Ms. Tyley makes me smile with her mysteries as well.
The First Victim: ($3.99) This book made me nervous, literally. That is a good thing considering it was designed to. Emily Wright is forced to face her traumatic past when she returns to her home town of Lakeside Acres. Fifteen years ago she escaped from the hands of a sadistic killer. In Lakeside Acres, the Baby Doll Strangler is still waiting for the one that got away.
When I say this book made me nervous, I felt that I was literally in the van with Emily when she is captured. Her fear became my fear. The last quarter of this novel was written with such eloquent suspense that I had to have the light on and the blanket clutched in my hand.
One would not expect an element of romance in a novel such as this, and yet, Bailey, the Lakeside Acres deputy provided the right touch to let us know that Emily’s life was not so grim. There was a future for her as long as she could survive the ride in the van. The First Victim was written by JB Lynn.

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Book Review by April, an avid reader 1 comment

April is an avid reader. In an alternate reality she is a young dragon just learning to fly. You can find her on Goodreads here.
Masqueraders: ($1.99) Maybe a year ago, I read False Colours by Georgette Heyer where one twin plays the part of his brother in an emergency and of course funny romantic highjinks ensue. That was my first exposure to Heyer, and I loved her style in dialogue, wit and the characters she created. These were people I could enjoy hanging around if I somehow found myself back in time, rich and beautiful living in her perfect world. So I of course decided I needed to read more of her work.
If you know anything about me (and you probably don’t so I’ll enlighten you) I have a ‘to-read’ list that rivals a New York City phone book. So I had not gotten around to reading any Heyer books until recently when they all went on sale for $1.99. I felt it was a fabulous price and had to get one at the very least, but my budget being what it is I limited myself to the one. I bought Masqueraders, which as it happens has sort of a similar theme, a family who often go in disguise for various reasons, not all of them legal. After an initial bit of confusion at the very beginning, I enjoyed this second Heyer just as much as I had the first. The characters are fun, interesting and the plot is a bit twisty. The ending is sufficiently HEA for my enjoyment. It will probably come as no surprise to you that when I found out the sale was still going on I bought another one too.
Click here to purchase Masqueraders

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Top Four Summer Reads by Maria Schneider, author and reader 6 comments

Maria is the author of Under Witch Moon, an urban fantasy ($2.99). Strangely, she also writes cozy mysteries and is the author of the popular Sedona O’Hala series as well.
I prefer novels to short stories, but there are a few authors who manage to pack the equivalent of a full story into a novella. If they can create the emotional attachment and give me enough story that I feel like I got the benefit of whole book–I’ll take it.
Especially at 99 cents for Backlash by Nancy Fulda. On the first page, I wondered if I’d like any of the characters, but when it’s family and at least one member is invested in saving the others, the story has a lot of places to go, crossing genre and generations. Wonderful fantasy novella that is available for 99 cents on its own or as part of the Dead Men Don’t Cry collection for $2.99.

Frank Tuttle has a few novels out. Last year I read and loved Wistril Compleat ($1.50). Short stories, but all about the same characters/setting so these great wizard and his apprentice adventure stories read like a novel. This summer, I gave his Dead Man’s Rain novella a try. Wow. Pick this up for that rainy night, light a fire, and…you’ll probably want the lights on. Tuttle creates a great atmosphere in this ghost story, complete with spooky mansion…the grief of a widow, and a witch who might or might not be on the side of the good guys. Get it while it’s on sale ($2.80), save it for Halloween or dip right in!
I’ve been hoarding the fourth book in the Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series for a year. This series is tied for my favorite. I set aside the entire day with dinner already made. No interruptions allowed. And Magic Bleeds delivered. From the first page, I was drawn right back into Kate’s trials and tribulations. This series is set apart from your average urban fantasy because Ilona Andrews grows the character through the series–Kate makes friends, and she learns it’s okay to let others care about her. The series is about as perfect as you can get, although some of the battles can go on the long side. If you haven’t discovered this series, the first is Magic Bites. These books are a standard $7.99 each, but if you like urban fantasy, mystery or fantasy they don’t get any better than this.
Well…unless you want to check out Patricia Briggs’ Cry Wolf, the first in the Alpha and Omega series. Cry Wolf takes place in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series (Moon Called is the first), also by Patricia Briggs. Between the two series, I’d give the edge to Cry Wolf, although the Mercy Thompson books had me pretty spellbound! There was just something about Anna in Cry Wolf that completely captivated me. The whole cast of characters is so well-developed I enjoyed reading about every single one of them. Briggs is so skilled that even when changing POV she never let me leave the story. Interrupt me when I’m reading a Briggs’ novel and there might be…injuries. Again, highest recommendation for those who love urban fantasy, paranormal, mystery or fantasy. If you’ve never tried fantasy or urban fantasy, Cry Wolf is a great book to try. If you don’t want to pay full price ($7.99 each), buy it used–you’ll want this one on your self to read again.

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Top Four Summer Reads by the Other Chick 3 comments

It’s been a good summer for reading. Here are my top picks for Christian fiction and non-fiction this summer.
Pagan Christianiy: This books explores how many church traditions which Christians consider sacred – paid clergy, church buildings, the order of service, even tithing – actually came about from influence of culture, not the Bible. It really made me reconsider some things I’d taken for granted. It’s a worthwhile read, but not an easy one. For Kindle readers, note that book begins with a very long introduction. I’d recommend skipping that and starting with Chapter 1. Offered during the Big Deal, it is now up to $9.99.

Rekindled: In Tamara Alexander’s first novel of this series, Kathryn Jennings believes her husband has abandoned her and their ranch. He was actually attacked in the mountains and burned so badly that when he returns after several months, his own wife doesn’t recognize him. He takes another name and sets about rekindling Kathryn’s love for him. It is Christian fiction unlike most others and a nice romance between a married couple. It is priced at $9.22.

Paper Roses: Something about summer makes me want to read historical fiction. Paper Roses starts with a familiar story – Sarah Dobbs is heading to Texas as a mail order bride. But when she arrives in town, she finds out her husband has been murdered. This romance mixes a good bit of mystery and suspense. I hope you got it when it was free, because it is now $9.68.

Stealing Jake: And one more. Stealing Jake is the touching story of Livy O’Brien, a street urchin from Chicago who is all grown up and running an orphanage in a small town. But her history as a thief makes it most unsuitable for her to be attracted to a Deputy Jake Russell. But I’ve got a feeling love is going to win the day! It is available for $8.60.

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Top Four Summer Reads by Michelle Scott, author and reader 0 comments

Michelle Scott has had stories appear in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, All Possible Worlds and Realms. Her fantasy novel, The Dragons of Hazlett was nominated for a 2009 EPPIE Award. Michelle’s YA novels include the vampire romance, Blood Sisters (99 cents), and the fantasy Uncommon Magic (99 cents). Her latest fantasy novel, An Anthem for the Battle Lands, ($12.95 paperback) was just released from Mundania Press, LLC. Michelle lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three children.
Satan Loves You: (99 cents) The irreverent humor, outlandish story, and hilarious characters make this light-hearted romp through hell the perfect summertime read. The story revolves around Satan, a benighted evil deity whose work to process damned souls is thwarted by workers’ strikes, lack of funds, and lack of respect from his fellow supernatural beings. And with the Ultimate Death Match between heaven and hell rapidly approaching, Satan worries that he’ll lose the competition and be out of a job. But when a nun with an uncanny knack for accidentally killing people winds up on Satan’s doorstep, he finally finds a way to teach heaven a lesson once and for all. Hendrix’s humor has that Monty Pythonesque absurdity which made me laugh throughout the story. Unexpected left turns are one of the hallmarks of good comedy, and Hendrix’s book takes plenty of them.

The Wrath of Kings and Princes: ($2.99) Although the book is second in a series of novels, it is a stand-alone story. Brondt Kammfer tells the story of Childe Cern, the rebellious older son of an aging monarch. Cern’s father is attempting to persuade his son to take on the responsibilities of ruling the kingdom, but Cern, who is more interested in swords and women, refuses. And when Cern meets a mysterious young woman from a faraway village, he seals his fate by turning his back on his family. This may sound like a simple plot, but it is only one thread in this complex book. Kammfer expertly weaves together several different subplots making this book a fascinating, yet never confusing, read. Revenge, spurned love, dark magic, murder, and betrayal fill the pages of this novel. The book so successfully sucked me in that, by the end, I could not put it down.
Water for Elephants ($6.99) by Sara Gruen was one of those books that I promised myself I would hate since everyone else seemed to love it. But once I started reading, I knew that resistance was futile. Jacob Jankowski drops out of veterinary school and hires on to help with the exotic animals in a ramshackle traveling circus. But as Jacob, who is young, idealistic, and innocent, becomes more and more enmeshed in the dramas playing out in the circus, he realizes that humans are more violent and cruel than the wild animals in his care could ever be.
The setting alone, a depression-era travelling circus, was very gripping, but the characters won my heart. And not just the human ones. There’s plenty of personality in the menagerie as well. Although some parts of the book are difficult to read due to the animal cruelty involved, overall, the story plays out nicely.
The Lonely Polygamist ($7.57) by Brady Udall. Here, Golden Richards, a man with four wives and twenty-eight children is so desperately lonely that he seek attention elsewhere. Although Richards loves his family and knows that they are pining for his affection, he is trapped in his chaotic life and feels that he has nothing left of himself to give. The story is heartbreaking, but the delivery is humorous. In the tradition of such writers as John Irving and Richard Russo, Udall creates a book that is as funny as it is tragic. This isn’t so much a story about fundamentalists and religion as it is about the human condition. The book comments on how it is possible to be surrounded by people yet remain utterly alone. So even while snickering over the absurd situations that Golden and his wives find themselves in, I was nodding my head in understanding. The Lonely Polygamist is a book that is surprisingly easy to relate to.

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Housekeeping – Technical advice, Kindle Cloud, Fables are Cheap Reads 4 comments

Techy I am not, but I’m still going to offer advice
At the risk of being corrected by someone who actually knows the technical and mechanical side of the Kindle, I’m discussing two issues with my Kindle 2. My original Kindle 2 is now more than two and a half years old. Several months ago the battery life deteriorated. After only an hour of reading the battery would be nearly drained. My husband and I were travelling and there weren’t enough electrical outlets in our hotel room to charge our phones, tablets, laptops and Kindles every night.
Amazon states that the battery should be replaced only by an Amazon authorized service provider. Replacement batteries for the Kindle 2 are available on the internet (but not from Amazon). Videos on YouTube show you how to replace the battery. I’m too big of a fraidy cat to try this, so I found a much simpler method that is working to give back normal battery life for a couple of months. It’s as simple as restarting my Kindle by pressing Home > Menu > Settings > Menu and select Restart. This free, safe, and quick action has helped extend the battery life – for now.
The other problem I experienced recently was the crumbling of the power cord. On the Kindle connection end the covering broke into tiny pieces and continued to flake off the cord. It still worked, but the wires started to break and fray also. I went to Kindle Customer Support on Amazon’s website and explained the problen through a chat with customer service. Even though the cord was more than two years old, Amazon sent a new one and paid the shipping too.
That Kindle Cloud
For those of you who have questions about the new Kindle Cloud and how it will function and look, this article provides insight to the product. The author of the article felt that the product still needs work to be widely popular. He states the the look and feel will be familiar to Kindle users, but that the product doesn’t yet have the features we will want and it still isn’t available on many popular browsers. Has anyone taken the Cloud for a test drive? What are your thoughts on the product.
Back to school and fables for all ages

The Old Man & The Monkey is a stunningly beautiful story of a relationship which develops between an old man and a creature which is regarded as a dangerous pest in Japan, a snow monkey, in George Polley’s moving allegory of dignity in the face of racism. This fable is written for children and adults of all ages and is selling today for 99 cents.
Grandfather & the Raven: George Polley’s ‘Grandfather’ stories are fables capable of teaching children – and not a few adults – about the value of appreciating all living creatures, of the wisdom of being open-minded enough to seek solutions in unlikely places, of the rewards of working systematically towards your dreams, of the futility of bullying and aggression, and of the reassurance of a loving and harmonious environment in a world which tips all too often towards the arbitrary destruction of war.
As ever, George Polley recounts these near-legends in a voice which lulls and beguiles, and above all nudges us towards a kinder and more spiritual approach to the world around us. Buy this book for children of all ages and adults for only 99 cents today.

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Book Reviews: Memories of a Dirt Road Town and One Lane Bridge 0 comments

Maybe it’s a summer thing, I’ve read two books with road themes, at least in the title.
Memories of Dirt Road Town was offered at 99 cents by the publisher to honor author Stephen Bly, who passed away this summer.
Develyn Worrell, a fifth grade teacher in Indiana, is ready to escape. It is the start of summer vacation and she sets out to find a town in Wyoming she remembers visiting as a child. She divorced her husband three years ago because of his affair. Their daughter blames her for the divorce and her father’s recent death.
Devy heads out in her Jeep Cherokee with only a vague idea of where she’s headed. It’s the craziest and also most exhilarating thing she’s ever done. She finds her way to a wild horse auction and meets some true Wyoming characters – a bronc buster, a woman named Casey Cree-Ryder who lives in a horse trailer, a wealthy rancher who owns half of two counties, a burro, and a landlord who has a secret to hide.
The beginning of the book, involving two middle aged school teachers talking, is rather awkward and prolonged. But once the story reaches Wyoming, it comes to life, just like Devy, and Bly has a vivid and humorous way of describing the beauty and desolation of the West. There’s a romantic element of the story, but that thread doesn’t get completely developed, so looks like I’ll have to read the rest of the trilogy to find out who gets the girl.
Memories of A Dirt Road Town is now priced at $9.39, but another of Bly’s books Throw the Devil Off the Train is a cheap read at $4.99.
The second road trip I’ve read this summer was One Lane Bridge. It is written by Don Reid, amazing song writer and lead singer for the Statler Brothers, and this book moved with the rhythm and honesty of a good country song.
J.D. Wickman is good-natured middle-aged guy dealing with typical trials – his mother is in a nursing home, his daughter wants to quit college, an employee is stealing from his business. One night he takes a ride to clear his mind and comes across a poor farmer and his teenage daughter. Only later does he realize the one lane bridge he crossed took him back in time 70 years. So now, added to his problems, everyone thinks he’s crazy.
The book moved quickly and provided an ending that was surprising and satisfying.
This book was offered supercheap during the Big Deal this summer and is now priced at $9.99.

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Top Four Summer Reads by April, an avid reader 2 comments

April is an avid reader. In an alternate reality she is a young dragon just learning to fly. You can find her on Goodreads here.
Lord of Scoundrels (Loretta Chase, $1.99) If you like historical romances you would be doing yourself a favor in reading this one. This was one of the most romantic books I’ve read. The two are clearly fated to be together and yet they’ll scratch and tear their way apart as long as they can. It is lots of fun with giggles and snorts and a possible tear here and there. I highly recommend this romance and I am now planning on reading some of Chase’s other works because I liked this one so much. It’s that good.

Walking Dead (C.E. Walker, $8.27) I just got into the Urban Shaman series and have enjoyed every minute. This is an urban fantasy that isn’t really like all the others. Joanne Walker is part Irish and part Native American and it seems that she is much more than she thought she was. So while she really could be the ‘kick butt heroine’ you generally see in the UF worlds, she is mostly confused, trying to learn all she needs to learn to help those around her and do the best she can while trying to keep her life together. She is fun to follow; she stumbles nearly as often as she hits a home run but her heart is in the right place. Very good reading with strong supporting characters. Walking Dead is book four of the series. The first book Urban Shaman is available for $5.54.
Stranger (Blades of the Roses) (Zoe Archer, $4.30) This one is a little harder to categorize, I’d call it a fantasy adventure romance but you could call it anything you want! The fourth and final of the Blades of the Rose series. Each of the books tell the story of one of the Blades of the Rose, people aware that magic exists in the world who also tend to have some sort of gift of their own and who are sworn to oppose those who wish to exploit the world’s magic for their own ends. That in itself would make a good fantasy adventure story but each of these Blades happen to be unattached and somehow find their soulmate on their worldly adventures. You don’t necessarily need to read them in order (Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, Stranger) but they are better when you do so. The complete series of the four books is available for $9.99.
Retribution Falls (Chris Wooding, $9.99) One other book that tickled my reading bone this summer was this irreverent steampunk fantasy adventure with questionable heroes and villains. The back of the book says it all:  Sky piracy is a bit out of Darian Frey’s league. Fate has not been kind to the captain of the airship Ketty Jay—or his motley crew. They are all running from something. Crake is a daemonist in hiding, traveling with an armored golem and burdened by guilt. Jez is the new navigator, desperate to keep her secret from the rest of the crew. Malvery is a disgraced doctor, drinking himself to death. So when an opportunity arises to steal a chest of gems from a vulnerable airship, Frey can’t pass it up. It’s an easy take—and the payoff will finally make him a rich man.

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Housekeeping – From the In-Box, Clever Graphics, Sci-Fi, and Top Four Summer Reads 4 comments

Out of the in-box
Vicki dropped us a note telling us about a fraud alert from her credit card company. Vicki immediately thought of her daughter and the new phone she had acquired. But, no, it wasn’t her daughter. Vicki had tripped the fraud alert with her many small purchase amounts from Amazon. When she explained the charges were legitimate and that she loved to read and found books through DailyCheapReads, the credit card company representative took down the website address to share with her mother – a woman who also loves to read and loves her Kindle.
We appreciate that you share the site with others and hope that you don’t trip a fraud alert to have the opportunity. I’ve often wondered why Amazon doesn’t total our Kindle purchases at the end of the day and send one charge through to the credit card company. Then again, it doesn’t look so bad when it is in $1.99, $2.99, and similar doses.

Dog Days and a clever graphic
While searching for a graphic to use use for our Dog Days of Summer posts, I came across this clever graphic titled Dog-Eared Kindle. I don’t recommend you try this. Even Amazon’s stellar customer care might not send a replacement Kindle.
Read the book before the movie releases
Suzanne Collins is one of the first young adult authors to sell over one million Kindle ebooks. The Hunger Games, the first in her popular trilogy, has been made into a movie . The movie is rumored to release sometime in March of next year. The book is much beloved by young adults and adults; it is frequently chosen for discussions in book clubs and on book forums. Read it before the movie at the great price of $4.69.
Book description: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. You can buy the book for $4.69 today.
Top Four Summer Reads
Over the next few weeks we will be featuring posts of the Top Four Summer reads of several authors and seasoned book reviewers. Today are my (Paula) top four. With a full-time job and the three sites, time to read is scarce. Much of my reading is for the jr. edition of DailyCheapReads or shorter works of fiction.
In the Eye of the Beholder: (99 cents) A charming story of how two young men who were in school together continued on through adulthood, crossing paths even though they are very different men with divergent careers. The beauty of any created work – whether a person or man-made art – is indeed in the eye of the beholder. The ending was not expected, but re-enforced the idea of the story title. Pen and ink drawings add a bit of whimsy to the story. The product description states that this story is one of Jeffrey Archer’s personal favorites which makes me wonder if the story is autobiographical.

Royal Weddings: An Original Anthology: ($1.99) Ahhh, a royal wedding. I joined the worldwide wedding watchers and loved the ceremony. I also read a few books released this spring in honor of the event. The three short Regency romances in this anthology were written by favorite authors and were rich with pomp and pageantry of British society. My favorite was Gaelen Foley’s Ever After. A countess falls in love with her husband. Imagine that!
The Millionaire Next Door: ($8.90) I’ve read several of Dr. Stanley’s books and purchased this book when it was included in the Sunshine Deals. Even as a re-read I learned many behaviors that all of us can practice to be wiser with our money and assets. No doubt some of the people living in our town are millionaires. . . . they just don’t toot their horn about it.
The Husband Trap: ($4.99) During a three day trip I read this first book in an historic romance trilogy by Tracy Anne Warren. It’s a familiar plot of twin sisters trading places at a wedding. The bad twin was very bad; the good twin was just a little too gullible, but overall a good summer read. I found time to read the remaining two books of the trilogy: The Wife Trap ($5.99) and The Wedding Trap ($5.99). The bad twin gets her come-uppance.

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