The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann is .99c. This is Suzanne Brockmann's first book in the “Team 16″ series, and was also the first review I wrote at the start of SBTB back in 2005: (Hey, almost time for our 9th anniversary!)
If military romances are your thing, or if alpha heroes that actually grow and come to terms with their emotions for the heroine are one of your literary turn-ons, I recommend Brockmann's novels. The balance of an alpha hero is difficult and it is all too often that I find an alpha hero who bases his alpha-ness on being a complete bastard to everyone near him, particularly the heroine. Brockmann's badasses are badasses because they are highly trained, elite members of the military, and know that they put the bad in, well, badass.
After a near-fatal head injury, navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings.
In a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton-the sweet “girl next door” who has grown into a remarkable woman.
The town's infamous bad boy, Tom has always longed for Kelly. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day . . .
The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne is $2.99 today. This is a contemporary romance set in England, with a 3.72 average on GR. Some readers adored the modern day fairy tale plot, while a few readers disliked the conflicts that appear between the prince and the landscaper heroine.
If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate dinners, glittering galas, and a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match.
But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family.
Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?
In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant is $1.99 right now. This book was recommended by Vicki in the comments to this week's top ten list. This is historical romance fiction, set in 16th century Italy. I read Dunant's The Birth of Venus, and found her writing to be rich and memorable, especially in her portrayal of women.
My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.
Thus begins In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy. Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.
With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and his vibrant mistress, trained from birth to charm, entertain, and satisfy men who have the money to support her.
Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan’s court. But Fiammetta and Bucino’s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all.
A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, loyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page.
I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting off a Little Self Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell, is $2.99 digitally right now. I bought this over the weekend to have on my phone when I needed a story to read to one of the dudes.
Picture books don't work stupendously on a tablet or phone, and you can't easily zoom in or anything, but the illustrations are very vibrant in this book, and the message is adorable. Since I showed it to Baba (6), he's asked me to read it to him again.
For $3 it's good to have in a pinch, but Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell's books are lovely to have in print as well – should you be looking for children's books as gifts.
Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl's and a boy's, Jamie Lee Curtis's triumphant text and Laura Cornell's lively artwork show kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you. Like the duo's first New York Times best-seller, Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day, this is an inspired book to rejoice in and share. I'm Gonna Like Me will have kids letting off some self-esteem in no time!
Today only, Amazon has the Kindle WiFi on sale for $49.00 (with special offers, but no mention of Bonus Materials). That's $20 off the regular price. This model does not have the screen light, but at just under $50, this might be a good gift for someone.