Hey there! Merry Christmas, if you're celebrating, and happy day off, if you're not! I hope you're enjoying your day, with warm food and awesome people…and BOOKS. Did you get a reader or books as a gift? Gift cards? What's your favorite gift this year?
I've got some sales to tell you about, too, should you feel like spending about $5 or less on books.
First, everyone OUTSIDE the US, Kobo has their deals on for you. These expire 11:59pm on 31 December 2012.
Bestselling eBooks at 50% off (promocode: BOXINGDAY50) (Valid in UK, AU, NZ Only) (Limited selection of bestsellers)
Get the best eBooks for only $1.99 Canada and US Only. No promocode needed.
And now, sales! Harper Collins has a page of books that have been on sale and will be until 7 January. I've featured many of these titles already, as they're 70%+ off, but there's plenty to choose from. And if you have a young person in your house who is thinking of reading digitally, there are some really special deals on right now.
First, some children's and middle grade books:
Don’t miss out on an exciting new My Weird School ebook collection, complete with the first four books in Dan Gutman’s seriously hilarious and seriously zany series. The collection includes My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!, My Weird School #2: Mr. Klutz Is Nuts!, My Weird School #3: Mrs. Roopy Is Loopy!, My Weird School #4: Ms. Hannah Is Bananas!, and a bunch of seriously strange activities. The activities include a checklist, a maze, and a word scramble.
My son Freebird, who is 7, LOVES these books. I asked him why he thought kids should try this series, and he said, “They're funny, weird, and about a little boy who has weird teachers but they're good teachers. Some of them.”
One comment he made about one early book: “I like AJ, but he hates school, and I love school, so I'm more like Andrea, who loves school, too.” I've purchased more of these books than any other during last year's school Read-a-Thon. Freebird says he thinks that most kids who are his age and ready for chapter books with pictures mixed in will like them.
For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying — and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . Who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.
I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune. In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast. It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
When Joe Stoshack hears about Shoeless Joe Jackson — and the gambling scandal that destroyed the star player's career — he knows what he has to do. If he travels back in time with a 1919 baseball card in his hand, he just might be able to prevent the infamous Black Sox Scandal from ever taking place. And if he could do that, Shoeless Joe Jackson would finally take his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. But can Stosh prevent that tempting envelope full of money from making its way to Shoeless Joe's hotel room before the big game?
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite. Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren.
A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands. Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . .
In A Fistful of Charms, the evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her—not necessarily in that order. Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses—savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary. Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel's soul is at stake.
I hope your holiday is warm and wonderful. Merry everything, y'all.