Archives for: August 2011
Book Review: Sanctuary of Roses – from The Medieval Herb Garden Series 0 comments

Fran Baker sent a review of Sanctuary of Roses by Coleen Gleason: Don’t you just love it when a new-to-you author delivers a fantastic read? That’s what Colleen Gleason does in her medieval romance, Sanctuary of Roses.
Her wonderfully complex characters live in a time of intrigues, secrets and simmering passions. Lady Madelyne de Belgrume is an herbalist, an heiress . . . and is soon to become a nun. Lord Gavin Mal Verne is a warrior, a widower . . . and has been charged by the king with finding a husband for “the nun.” Throw in delightfully steamy love scenes, a battle royal between Mal Verne and his sworn enemy, and a few surprise twists, and you have a terrific story. I highly recommend this book for lovers of historicals. Sanctuary of Roses is selling today for $3.99.
 
Ms. Gleason has a novella in the Medieval Herb Garden Series that is selling for 99 cents . Lavender Vows: Lord Bernard of Derkland needs to find a wife, if for no other reason than to satisfy his father and his incessant badgering. He has no interest in marrying, but when he meets the beautiful and gentle Joanna of Swerthmore, he knows immediately that she is the one. The only problem is: she’s already wed.
 
The third book in the series is also available for Kindle: A Whisper of Rosemary: ($3.99) Dirick of Derkland, man of the king, sets off on a mission of revenge after his father’s brutal murder. His mind is bent solely on vengeance until he meets the beautiful, spirited Maris of Langumont. Maris of Langumont has vowed never to wed…but her father must do his duty to protect her, and he promises her to Victor d’Arcy – a man who makes her blood run cold. Bon de Savrille rests his eyes on Maris only once and decides she must be his. He whisks her away just before her betrothal, determined to force her into marriage. When Dirick appears at the castle where Maris is held captive, she believes he is part of the plot … and it’s nearly his death she causes during her plan to escape.

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Housekeeping: Commentary on Collections, Dog Days, and Cheap Read Murder Mystery Pre-order 5 comments

Commentary on Collections
Two electronic devices I love like an appendage: my cell phone and my Kindle.
Two electronic devices I could improve: my cell phone and my Kindle.
For the phone, I’d make a docking station that would amplify the ringer so I could hear it all through the house. As for the Kindle, I’d make the collections feature more useful.
When Amazon added the ability to sort your e-books into collections, it was a big step forward from a single list of books on the homepage. Yet it still falls short of what it really should be. Columnist Clayton Morris describes the frustrations because collections don’t show up on the Kindle app on smartphones.
My biggest wish is that the collections carried over into the archives. It would be nice when I’m in the mood for, say, a good mystery, I could just open that file instead of sorting through a list of titles that don’t mean too much if you haven’t read the book. That’s another thing I’d do – make a folder to archive books after I’ve read them. Another file for freebies that I have no intention reading but couldn’t resist because they were free. As it is, if there’s a book I think I’ll be interested in reading in the next few months, I keep it stored on the device rather than risk losing it that ever-growing list of archived items.
Feel free to share any tips you’ve picked up in using the collections feature.
I just discovered a cell phone ringer. Looks like the Kindle is the only thing left to fix.
 
Dog Days
We’ve got record-high heat this week, but with the Kindle and the a/c, we are coping. My dog has strategically identified this spot on the dining room floor where he gets maximum exposure from two air conditioning vents. I figure it’s a good time to grab my Kindle and join him. Pick up some cheap reads for your Kindle during these dog days when it’s too hot to turn the pages of print books and you just press that next page button.
Every day next week, we’ll be featuring dog books, books starring dogs, whatever we can find dog-related for the Dog Days of Summer.
 
Cheap Read to Pre-Order – Only 99 Cents
You can pre-order Angel Fire by Lisa Unger for only 99 cents today and download the book on your Kindle on Tuesday, August 9.
Book description: The bloody murder of her mother when she was a teenager made Lydia Strong into a woman obsessed with bringing brutal killers to justice. Now thirty years old, she is a reclusive bestselling true crime writer and investigative consultant whose intuitions never lie. The latest case to capture her attention is the disappearance of three adults, each the kind of loner whose sudden absence isn’t missed-they have no family, few friends. The Santa Fe Police don’t see a pattern, just three people who left their empty lives behind. But when another woman turns up missing, her apartment streaked with blood, even the police have to admit that something is wrong in their usually quiet town. Lydia and P.I. Jeffrey Mark, the ex-FBI agent who solved her mother’s murder, begin a relentless investigation. But it is only when the killer ups the ante and goes after Lydia herself that, just like fifteen years ago when she put the FBI on the trail of her mother’s killer, the real hunt begins…99 cents when you pre-order today.

Click here to purchase Angel Fire

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Book review: Fleeting Memory – a cozy mystery 2 comments

Book review by: Maria Schneider, an avid reader and the author of the Sedona O’Hala Mystery series. The first is Executive Lunch ($1.99)
 
Fleeting Memory (An Enescu Fleet Mystery) by Serban Young is a zany, fun and amusing read. It’s got a bit of Sherlockian pastiche, a bit of romance, a lot of clues, a few dead bodies (some of which don’t seem to stay dead), some slap-stick humor (yeah, I gave in and had to laugh out loud a couple of times even though you *know* I’m very reserved and do not snicker at just any silly joke. I pride myself on being a humor snob, so I reined myself in before the giggles completely dissolved into tears and helpless laughter.) Great way to spend a lazy weekend. Fleeting Memory is selling today for $2.99.
 
Sherban also has this very interesting puzzle book called Deadly Allusions ($2.99). I haven’t read it yet, but I’m curious about it. Deadly Allusions, published by Dover in print, is a series of 60 Puzzles for the Cultured Detective. I’m not very knowledgable on trivia, but these trivia-themed minute mysteries are supposedly a murder-filled crossword without the squares. The object of the game is to pick up on the particular reference in the story and apply it to one of the suspects. Topics include history, literature, art, music, sports, movies, food, drink and word origins. Each whodunit features a hint (for those times when your sidekick has let you down) and an explanation of the solution.

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