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Books on Sale: Several Books with a Strong Sense of Place

 Book Emily Goes to ExeterThis appears to be an Amazon-only deal, and I'm so curious about it. Emily Goes to Exeter is the first book in The Traveling Matchmaker series, and is $1.99 (and 193 pages). It was originally published in 1990. The reviews describe it as a light, easy, fun-to-read historical with spiffy characters. Have you read this series?

 A dead employer’s legacy of five thousand pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure travelling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met.

What the girl’s darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch! And so as soon as the travellers repair to an inn, Miss Pym begins her matchmaking… and although Lord Ranger Harley complains he’ll not marry an ungrateful minx, Miss Pym suspects once she’s marshalled the couple into sharing intimate household chores, all romantic knots will be untangled!

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 Book HomeplaceHomeplace is .99c and was originally published in 1987. Some reviewers call Siddons one of their comfort read authors, but a few reviewers had problems with the description of elderly characters and the depiction of race and privilege. I loved this comment from reviewer Jeanne:  Most of all, it interested me to see what a “period” piece this story has become since first reading it. It spoke of typewriters, word processors, land phones, and so on. What a techno world we now inhabit.”

 After 21 years, Micah Winship is going home for a visit. She hasn't been home since her father threw her out, but now he is dying and asking for her.

Armed with a successful career and a newfound strength following her divorce, Micah is still unprepared for a past that has lain in wait for her–one that includes an old love, a spoiled sister and a plot to seize her family's land.

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 Book Outer Banks



Outer Banks is .99c, and was originally published in 1991. I think of books like this as “Southern Beach Lit,” and the reviews on this book are very divided. Some folks loved it, and some really disliked the characters.

 They came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus is the '60s: Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies … Sensitive, sensible, self-contained Cecie … Ginger, the sexy, vibrant heiress, richer than sin … and poor, hopeless, brilliant Fig. Four young women bound by rare, blinding, early friendship — they spend two idyllic spring breaks at Nag's Head, North Carolina, the isolated strip of barrier islands where grand old weather-beaten houses perch defiantly on the edge of a storm-tossed sea.

Now, thirty years later, they are coming back. They are coming back to recapture the exquisite magic of those early years, to experience again the love, enthusiasm, passion, pain, and cruel betrayal that shaped the four young girls into women and set them all adrift on the … Outer Banks.

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 Book Mira's DiaryMira's Diary: Lost in Paris is today's Kindle Daily Deal and is .99c. This is a time travel historical YA novel centered around a young girl named Mira. The mixed reviews are making me so curious about this book.

 Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris. Her father decides it's time for a trip to France to search for her. While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her mom didn't run out on them but is a prisoner of the past.

Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?

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 Book Oz ReimaginedOz Re-Imagined is a sci-fi retelling of the story (or stories) of Oz. This anthology is $1.99, though you can buy individual Oz Reimagined stories for .99c. (Thank you, Vicki!)

Disclaimer the First: Please be aware: this book contains a story by Orson Scott Card who is a homophobic douchebag of the highest order (and one of the very, very few people on my “Makes me flinch, do not spend money on them” list, right next to Mel Gibson). If the thought of Orson Scott Card makes you flinch, I understand. And if you want to enjoy the hell out of this anthology, you go right on ahead, no shame. Dystopian and science fiction retellings of Oz in short story form are many people's cup of awesome. 

Disclaimer the Second: this is NOT a children's book. The listing carries the following warning: “L. Frank Baum’s original Oz books were works of children's fiction–albeit ones that have been known and loved by “children of all ages” throughout their existence. Though many of the stories contained in this anthology are also suitable for the aforementioned children of all ages, Oz Reimagined is intended for ages 13 and up, and as such, some of the stories deal with mature themes, so parental guidance is suggested.”

 When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals. Now, editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen have brought together leading fantasy writers such as Orson Scott Card and Seanan McGuire to create the ultimate anthology for Oz fans—and, really, any reader with an appetite for richly imagined worlds.

Stories include: Seanan McGuire’s “Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust” finds Dorothy grown up, bitter, and still living in Oz.  And she has a murder to solve—assuming Ozma will stop interfering with her life long enough to let her do her job. In “Blown Away,” Jane Yolen asks: What if Toto was dead and stuffed, Ozma was a circus freak, and everything you thought you knew as Oz was really right here in Kansas? “The Cobbler of Oz” by Jonathan Maberry explores a Winged Monkey with wings too small to let her fly. Her only chance to change that rests with the Silver Slippers. In Tad Williams’s futuristic “The Boy Detective of Oz,” Orlando investigates the corrupt Oz simulation of the Otherland network. Frank Baum’s son has the real experiences that his father later fictionalized in Orson Scott Card’s “Off to See the Emperor.” Some stories are dystopian… Some are dreamlike… All are undeniably Oz.

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 Book Down in New OrleansDown in New Orleans is also a Kindle Daily Deal today at $1.99. This book was originally published in 1996.

Ann and Jon Marcel are a rare case; five years after their divorce, they’re good friends, and Ann has come to love Jon’s hometown of New Orleans. Until the day Jon staggers through her door covered in blood and mumbling, “I didn’t do it.” Jon is charged with murdering a stripper, and in order to save him, Ann will have to dive into the sordid New Orleans underworld, looking for clues in erotic clubs and seamy jazz spots.

And, if that weren’t enough, she must deal with the resolute detective bent on bringing her husband to justice—the eagle-eyed lieutenant who dogs her steps and surfaces in her dreams. But despite her wavering affections, Ann has bigger concerns as she becomes embroiled in a fight not only for Jon’s freedom, but also for her life.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Heather Graham, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

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  1. 1
    Vicki says:

    The Oz Reimagined anthology is currently listed for $1.99 on Amazon (not $0.99).  The other Oz Reimagined titles are $0.99, but are just the same stories that are in the anthology, being sold separately.  So you can buy the individual stories for $0.99 (if you are only interested in one or two), or the whole anthology for $1.99.

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    SB Sarah says:

    WHOOPS. Sorry about that – fixing right now. My bad!

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    Rebecca (Another One) says:

    I read all of the traveling matchmaker.  They are light, but not frothy.  She makes fun of her characters, while still being kind about their foibles. 

    Under M.C. Beaton, her other pen name, she writes Agatha Raisin mysteries, which are similar in tone.

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    Maria says:

    When I first began reading historical romance towards the end of middle school/beginning of high school, I devoured all of the Marion Chesney books that were available at my local library. Although it has been a while since I’ve read them, I can say that they were an excellent introduction to the genre. I remember the following elements being present in most of her novels: fantastic primary and secondary characters, great historical backdrop, humor, and charming love stories (with mild sexual content). They almost had a Downton Abbey feel to them, although generally with more humor and the requisite HEA.

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    nystacey says:

    ooh!  ever since i’d heard Jonathan Maberry talk about his contribution to this anthology, I’ve been wanting to read it. Thank you for the heads up on the deal :)



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    Kelly S says:

    I second all @Maria said.  Chesney was the first “historical” romance author I read.  Loved her 6 sister series and House for a season series.  Read them in high school.  Fun reads.  I’ve read at least part of the Traveling Matchmaker.  It was good too.  It seems like all her series were 6 books long.

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    SB Sarah says:

    I was going to be strong. I was going to try to resist. You’ve convinced me (it wasn’t difficult) to buy the Chesney book. It sounds like exactly what I’m looking for in terms of reading.

    (The deals are just as dangerous for me as for you, never fear!)

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    Chloe says:

    I’m a Chesney collector and this is a fine series (though not as good as the School for Manners series, which I find to be exceptionally good).  Chesney’s early work tends to be really good though there are some clunkers in there.  If you’ve not read Chesney before, the six sisters series is a good one to start with (particularly the first and third books) but of her series, as I said, the School for Manners is the best and you can’t go wrong starting there.  I just love Amy and Effie Tribble!

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    laj says:

    I loved Hannah Pym and all her charges, she’s mother, governess and advocate all rolled into one lovely housekeeper.  Sold…..I must have this series on my Kindle!

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    Tea says:

    I started reading M.C.Beaton because of Snobbery With Violence but I’ve been quickly making my way through all her series. Regency romances are very much outside of my usual M/M or Urban Fantasy but they’re such lighthearted and quick little reads. The Traveling Matchmaker series is definitely one of my faves.

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    i says:

    I’d been seduced again and again by reviews and comments such as those above, but MC Beaton is too depressing for me; there is none of the described charm, though I can understand why she does what she does when one is sick of romance and wants to sarcastically cash in on the genre. Like most of the modern Regency authors, the sudden interesting bits involving secondary characters in the last chapter keep roping me back in to “try another”. I’ve grown up with Heyer.  I like my romance witty and plotty. I read twenty of the Chesney romances and too many of her current series and want to prevent others from suffering.

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