First: LINKS. Because sometimes the internet is a very silly place, and we want to enjoy it.
From Becky: pictures from The Most Fabulous Santa Run, which raises money for Vital Bridges. This year's run raised over $7,000 as a few hundred men and women ran in speedos and santa hats. There's a collection at Lakeview Patch, at ChicagoPride.com, and at the Most Fabulous Santa Facebook page.
Sorry, what? Oh – thanks, Becky! And mad props and big cheers for the Jewish guy!
Via James: Dalek Christmas Tree?! YES. DALEK TREE!
Via Lindsey: I almost put this in the gift guide but someone would have found me just to smack me upside the head.
To quote Lindsay: “I came across this gem in my email box. I thought it was surprising coming from Bed Bath and Beyond and then I saw the PRICES!!!!!!!”
Aw, yeah. A $3300 diamond replica of Bella's engagement ring. Someone's getting awesome in their stocking this year.
Ready for book deals? Let's bring it on!
Today's Sourcebooks deal is All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Smith – a nonfiction travel memoir centered on Jane Austen for $2.99:
With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure: a traveling book club with Jane. In six unique, unforgettable countries, she gathered book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and teachers, poets and politicians— to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.
Whether sharing rooster beer with Guatemalans, joining the crowd at a Mexican boxing match, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy came to learn what Austen knew all along: that we're not always speaking the same language— even when we're speaking the same language.
But with true Austen instinct, she could recognize when, unexpectedly, she'd found her own Señor Darcy.
All Roads Lead to Austen celebrates the best of what we love about books and revels in the pleasure of sharing a good book— with good friends.
And few of Laura Kinsale's books are on sale for $2.99. Back in 2007 Candy did micro-reviews for many of them. It seems that these are being released through a new publisher, and the collection includes a 2-in-1 version of For My Lady's Heart and Shadowheart.
The Prince of Midnight:
Lady Leigh Strachan has dressed as a boy and crossed all of France in search of her family's killer. Her only wish is to be trained to kill by a notorious highwayman, a legend throughout England, so she can avenge their deaths..
The reclusive S.T. Maitland, once known as the Prince of Midnight, is now hiding out in a crumbling castle in France. He is deaf in one ear, suffers from vertigo, and is desperately longing for a woman's company. He seems revoltingly sentimental to the stoic Lady Leigh…
When fate forces them onto a quest together, she discovers the dangerous and vital man behind the reputation, and he finds a way to touch her ice cold heart…
Seize the Fire:
Her Serene Highness Olympia of Oriens longs to return to her tiny, embattled land and lead her people in peace and equality. But with her evil uncle plotting against her, she needs a protector, and Captain Drake seems like the answer to her dreams…
Captain Sheridan Drake has fought his way to acclaim. Now destitute, desperate, and tortured by nightmares of the carnage he's seen, he plans to steal Olympia's jewels as well as her innocence, but is ignited by a passion so intense he can think of nothing but protecting her, even from himself… Without each other, they might not survive, but their love threatens to tear them both apart…
Note: the trade paperback looks to be on sale for $4.00 as well.
Ransom Falconer, Duke of Damerell, is sent to see if Merlin Lambourne, the famous inventor, has created a truly magnificent innovation that can be used in the war against Napoleon. What Ransom doesn't realize is that Merlin is a woman, and not everyone wants to see her invention become a reality…
Merlin Lambourne is a brilliant yet slightly eccentric scientist whose dream is to build a flying machine. Nothing can distract her from her goals, and Ransom offers her refuge at his estate–a safe haven to work on her invention undisturbed. But when Merlin's dream puts them both at risk, Ransom must overcome his own fears and realize her invention may be the answer to saving both their lives…
Roderica Delamore is an heiress and should be a prize catch—except for an embarrassing and magical secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her and has never been able to trust anyone as a result.
So she dedicates herself to raising her family’s prize thoroughbreds and resigns herself to a life without romance—until she meets Faelan Savigar, the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious, roguish Irishman whose thoughts are entirely closed to her unusual perceptions and she discovers that she has finally met the man she has been waiting her whole life to discover.
He is called “the Devil Earl,” and is as enigmatic to everyone else as he turns out to be to Roderica. He is also impoverished, damned in society by dark rumor and innuendo, and, for all she knows he could be a liar, a swindler or worse but his secrets stir her and Roderica is prepared to entrust her life—and her heart—to an enchanting stranger.
For My Lady's Heart – 2 books in 1:
In medieval Europe, vows and laws are as inflexible and confining as a suit of armor. For Ruck, a noble and honest knight, those rules provide an unwavering path. Even as his wife leaves him for the Church, taking his money and his steed, Ruck’s life is one of devotion and mission.
For the beautiful widow, Princess Melanthe, those same laws and traditions conspire to consume her land and her independence. Her husband’s death has left her kingdom an inviting target for neighboring territories. Where Ruck sees a clear path, Melanthe must navigate through twisting alleyways, using shrewd deceit and devious strategy.
Can these two help each other overcome the powers conspiring against them? Will the passion in their hearts escape the constraints of their station? Is devotion enough?
With her classic romance FOR MY LADY’S HEART, author Laura Kinsale has crafted a rich, sensual portrait of life during the Middle Ages. And, now for the first time, readers can choose between two versions of the story. Both are included in this same ebook.
The first is the original published novel filled with authentic Middle English dialogue and deep period detail. The second (included only here in the ebook version) had been painstakingly reworked by the author to include a tighter read and more modern words for dialogue. Whichever you decide to read, you’ll be richly rewarded with a story of love and honor for the ages.
14th-century Europe is a vicious place, awash with murky alliances and political maneuvering. As the bastard son of the Navona family, Allegreto seeks to claim his rightful place in the Italian principality of his birth. When his standard tools of deception and murder prove unable to complete the task, Allegretto must take a bride–the lovely and innocent Lady Elena, the princess of Monteverde–by force. Soon it becomes clear that Fate has brought these two close–but it is a dangerous passion that binds them together.
As Allegreto and Elena journey to Italy, will they be safe from her jealous fiancé? Or from their own dangerous desires? Filled with rich, historical language and period detail, SHADOWHEART lays out a tale of intense passion and shifting power that will leave its readers breathless.
Now, for the first time, readers can choose between two versions of the story. Both are included in this same ebook. The first is the original published novel filled with authentic Middle English language in dialogue and deep period detail. The second (included only here in the ebook version) presents a condensed version, for readers who prefer a tighter read and more modern words for dialogue.