Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Assorted 99c Treats

Books on Sale: Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson & More

Apples Should be Red by Penny Watson is a Thanksgiving-set novella, and it’s 99c. This story has a 4+ star average on GoodReads, and I’ve seen a few people talking about how much they enjoyed it. It features a couple who are older than the protagonists we most often read about (62 and 59), and readers who reviewed it said they laughed themselves silly.

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Book Review

Symbiont By Mira Grant

Symbiont

It’s not every day that I’m all excited about a tapeworm zombie apocalypse, but I’ve been looking forward to Mira Grant’s book Symbiont for a year, and when a copy landed on my front porch I did quite a dance of joy. This book did not meet all of my lofty expectations, but it was…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: NA & YA Contemporary Romances

Books on Sale: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen & More

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen is $2.99! This is the first book in The Ivy Years series and was brought to our attention by reader Cat, who did some serious squeeing over this book:

As I commented on Sarina Bowen’s Facebook post about the sale, I devoured-yet-savored this like I would cheesecake. I whipped through this thing on a Saturday night because it was so engrossing but at the same time I just marveled at it, like, “How is this book so good?” Bowen does a great job of portraying disability in romance, and just likeComing in from the Cold she took a plot angle that makes the whole romance genre seem fresh again–I mean, I love the concept of genre and its constrictions and its tropes (I swear having a guaranteed happy ending is my favorite thing about romance, too many nasty shocks from mysteries and then of course fantasy…I’m a bit of a genre geek) but I love when authors can play with those tropes (cough Courtney Milan cough) or create something fresh and exciting even within various constraints.

Anyone interested? I know I am.

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Ritual Repeats

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In her review for A Slip of the Keyboard, Carrie talks about how she reads Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather every December. I know a few people on Twitter have talked about books they re-read every year, and I know there’s folks who watch movies like Love, Actually every year. I have a few yearly ritual repeats,…

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Book Review

Text from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Texts from Jane Eyre

Amanda and I were so excited about Texts from Jane Eyre that we couldn’t wait to text each other about it. Then I remembered that I actually hate texting because I still haven’t learned to type on my phone, so we chatted via Google Docs instead. As you can see, we loved the book.  …

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Reader-Recommended Charles Lenox Series, Plus Robyn Carr

Books on Sale: A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles  Finch & More

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch is $2.99 today only – as are the following five books in the series. This is book 1 in the Charles Lenox series, and it has a 3.6 star average. This is historical mystery set in the Victorian period, and readers who love it report a slow building romance between the leads. Helloooooo, catnip.

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Nora Roberts, Anthony Bourdain, and Crocheting

Books on Sale: Blood Magick by Nora Roberts & More

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts is $3.99 at Amazon – and so far, there’s no price matching yet. Fingers crossed! This is book 3 of the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy, which is a ParaNora set in Ireland with witchcraft, curses, legends, and romance (obviously). Blood Magick has a 4+ star average, and most readers who have enjoyed the first two seemed to have liked the conclusion to the trilogy. The first book, Dark Magick, has been on sale previously, so you may already own it.

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Links: Brown Girl Dreaming, Duke’s Wagers, and More

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Yesterday morning, folks on Twitter and elsewhere were discussing Daniel Handler’s racist jokes while hosting the National Book Awards following Jacqueline Woodson’s win in the YA category for Brown Girl Dreaming.  David Perry posted a transcript and linked to the video clip from the awards ceremony, if you’d like to see it. Handler (who wrote the Series…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: A Mix of Perfect Weekend Reading

Books on Sale: The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Sarah Morgan & More

RECOMMENDED: The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Sarah Morgan is .99c right now. I gave it a B+ when I reviewed it, and I really, really like this book, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s Jan, who emailed me about it:

Speaking of magic, I don’t know if it was SBTB or Dear Author that featured Sarah Morgan’s book on the daily book deals. I’m thinking it was Jane Litte because I remember that they quoted you as saying this was a fantastic book.  OMG, I cried at the end!  I never cry…. Anyway, Sarah Morgan is now one of my fave authors. I did read her Christmas book last year, Sleigh Bells in the Snow. I enjoyed it but not like this one. Wow, how wonderful! Anyway, it’s nice to know you thought that 12 Days was fantastic too.  Just had to write and tell you I cried-I NEVER CRY!

 

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Friday Videos Like Pythagoras Switch

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Anna Richland forwarded me a link to a long video of Rube Goldberg machines built for a Japanese children’s show called Pythagoras Switch. I didn’t want to embed an 18 minute video – that’s like asking you to get caught at work not working, right? But they are SO COOL. So here’s a short one:…

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Podcast

116. Sarah, Elyse & Sarah MacLean: Historical Romance, Regency Pools and NPR

In this episode, Elyse and Sarah interview Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. We talk about Billionaire Dinosaurs, but more about her upcoming book, Never Judge a Lady by her Cover, which comes out Tuesday, 25 November. We cover identity, the need for Regency pool boys, and the strange ways MacLean’s book has appeared as…

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