There is some daily deal action today that's just lovely.
Before I get to the rest of it, am I really missing something, or does the BN “Nook Daily Find” price not work until you've nearly purchased the book? The title for today is Salvage the Bones, but the price shows up as $8.99. A whole dollar off. Ten whole percents? That can't be right. But I can't get a lower price to show up unless I click “Buy Now,” which… 1, I don't want this book and b, I like to know how much something is before I buy it. (I know, call me silly.)
Oh, BN, you make me confused.
Am I doing this wrong? Because dude.
Ok, on to the other deals – ready?
Kobo's daily deal is pretty sweet: Outlander for $1.99, and the price is being matched elsewhere, too. This is being made into a television series for Starz, and Tumblr is already showcasing gifs from the filming. Have you read this? Going to read it before the show premieres?
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles.
Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart.
For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
And the Kindle Daily Deal is 20 romances at $1.99 today. Oh, my. There's a lot of excellent to choose from! Here are a few of the highlights:
RECOMMENDED: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan is $1.99 today, and this was one of my favorite books this year. It was a Sizzling Book Club Pick in November, and was reviewed positively all over the place. It's a lovely story, and a terrific contemporary.
Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green's favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year. Jackson O'Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family's resort—it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail.
Now that he's got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus. Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she's out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it's terrifying.
As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?
RECOMMENDED: THIS is your INVITATION to READ an Invitation To Sin. I'm not saying you'll sin by reading it, but you're invited to the invitation. Got it? This book is dishy and fun, with angst and humor. Mandi at SmexxyBooks really liked it, too: you can read her review here.
“Snapped and seduced: there's nothing more dangerous than a restless Corretti…
Taylor Carmichael holds one thing precious: the reputation she's spent years rebuilding. Then one encounter with Corretti lothario Luca, a bottle of chilled champagne and a skintight dress and the paparazzi have their shot. Cool, calm and irritatingly aloof, Luca couldn't care less. Splash his face over the papers—he has bigger fish to fry.
But Taylor is fuming. Luca had the chance to halt the press and refused.
Well, this time she'll make the headlines work for her: Stop the press—bad boy Luca Corretti to wed screen siren Taylor Carmichael!
RECOMMENDED: Dare You To is book 2 in Katie McGarry's amazing YA series, and a very much loved book this year (it's way cool to see it on sale one more time before the end of the year).
“I dare you…”
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness.
That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does….
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock—with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things.
The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected.
Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams—and his life—for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….
RECOMMENDED: All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey is $1.99. This is a terrific price if you're looking to complete your Kowalski collection. I loved visiting everyone in the series when I read this book, though I struggled with the ending. My review (B-).
A second shot at first love.
After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal—and learns the boy is Lauren's son…
The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.
With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can't deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?
RECOMMENDED: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr is the first book in her new Thunder Point series, which is a blend of small town romance, Friday Night Lights, steamy attraction between protagonists, and a huge cast of interesting characters. I reviewed his book in April and gave it a B-. It's comfort reading, for sure. This would make a terrific gift for someone, too.
Nestled on the Oregon Coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm.
Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty.
Developers see it as a potential gold mine.
When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands. Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town.
And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.
ETA: And by request, the Susanna Kearsleys are also back on sale at $1.99 today, including The Firebird, her 2013 release and most recent book!
The Firebird is Susanna Kearsley's most recent book, and it's on sale today for $1.99. Readers adored this book, and it has a 4+ star average on Goodreads and Amazon. It's a terrific price, especially when her books are usually $9+ digitally.
“Nicola Marter was born with a gift: when she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before.
When the gallery she works in receives a wooden carving she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird, the mythical bird that inspires an old Russian fairytale and was once owned by Russia’s famed Empress Catherine.
Nicola’s investigation into the Firebird’s origin draws her into the 1715 world of Anna Logan and leads her on a quest through Scotland, France and Russia, unearthing a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption.
The Rose Garden is what you'd expect from Kearsley: atmospheric, lush and emotionally rich romance that's both historical and contemporary. Kearsley is an amazing writer, so this is a terrific book to pick up for $2 and add to the Kearsley shelf.
“Whatever time we have,” he said, “it will be time enough.” Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers.
There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time. But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago.
As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.
From Susanna Kearsley, author of the New York Times bestseller The Winter Sea and a voice acclaimed by fans of Gabaldon, du Maurier, and Niffenegger alike, The Rose Garden is a haunting exploration of love, family, the true meaning of home, and the ties that bind us together.
As if Greywethers were a portal between worlds, she finds herself transported into seventeenth-century England, becoming Mariana, a young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love.
Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past…until she realizes Mariana’s life is threatening to eclipse her own, and she must find a way to lay the past to rest or lose the chance for happiness in her own time.
The Winter Sea was a Sizzling Book Club Pick, and it is truly an amazing book. Time travel and paranormal usually don't work for me, and this book is a singular exception to my normal preferences. It's absorbing, beautiful, and made me tear up at the end. It's amazing – buy it for yourself or for someone who likes historical romance, mystery, or really, really powerful writing.
In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.
But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…
Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea. Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it—not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has “seen” a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.
Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.