Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday, October 25)

My Splendid Concubine, by Lloyd Lofthouse. (Still 1.99?)

"The romance of Robert and Ayaou is gorgeously written in all aspects. Just a beautiful rendering of an epic love story. There is passion between them, as well as between her sister/concubine and Robert. Two women in one house...the Chinese symbol for trouble! The erotic elements are handled with delicacy, and are quite enjoyable to read, adding a depth to his exploration of the concubine's role in China.

And I found myself wanting to carry this book around with me to sneak another page of reading in wherever I could...it's that engaging." -- Amazon Reviewer

First came "My Splendid Concubine" December 2007; then came the sequel "Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine" in 2010. Both novels have now been combined as one in "My Splendid Concubine’s" 3rd edition.

Robert Hart (1835 - 1911) was the 'Godfather of China's modernism' and the only foreigner the emperor of China trusted. In fact, Hart played a crucial role in ending the bloodiest rebellion in history—the Taiping Rebellion—and he owes this success largely to Ayaou, his live-in dictionary and encyclopedia, his Chinese concubine.

About a year after arriving in China in 1854, Robert Hart falls in love with Ayaou, but his feelings for her sister go against the teachings of his Wesleyan-Christian upbringing and almost breaks him emotionally. To survive he must learn how to live and think like the Chinese and soon finds himself thrust into China’s Opium War, where he makes enemies of men such as the American soldier of fortune known as the Devil Soldier.

"My Splendid Concubine's" 1st and 2nd editions earned honorable mentions in general fiction at the 2008 London Book Festival; the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival and the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival.

"Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine" earned honorable mentions in general fiction at the 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival; 2009 Nashville Book Festival; 2009 London Book Festival, 2009 DIY Book Festival and was a Finalist of the National Best Books 2010 Awards in historical fiction.

"My Splendid Concubine’s" 3rd edition [formerly "The Concubine Saga"] picked up honorable mentions in fiction at the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival; the 2012 New York Book Festival, and the 2012 London Book Festival.

The Midwest Book Review says, "Many nations adopted modernism in their own ways. 'The Concubine Saga' is a historical fiction novel from Lloyd Lofthouse, following famed modernizer Robert Hart, a man who has contributed greatly to China's advance in the nineteenth century, gaining much power and influence for a foreigner during the period. Drawing on heavily researched passages with great dramatization, 'The Concubine Saga' is a strong pick for historical fiction collections, highly recommended."

* Warning: The first-half of this novel contains graphic-sexual content that reflects Robert Hart’s lifestyle while attending college and during his early years in China that may be considered soft-porn and offensive to some readers. If you think you might be offended, please do not buy and read this novel.

641 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 296 reviews.


Past Imperfect (JM Mystery-Thriller Series Book 1), by John Matthews. (Still 3.99?)

"The writing is fantastic, the author really knows how to tell a great tale. The characters, events and locations are very well developed and believable. There is plenty of action and suspense in the first story line and merged story line to make you not want to put the book down. I found those parts to be top quality reads. " -- Amazon Reviewer

Past Imperfect:

Two boys.

One Murder.

Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.

Fornier's only hope is to prove the link between the two boys thirty years apart. A compulsive journey through forensic, medical and psychiatric evidence between France, the USA and London; a breathless paper chase of clues from a young boy's psyche... and a desperate race against time with a killer who will stop at nothing.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 14 languages with total sales of 1.5 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.
**Thunderbird Book Review--Past Imperfect

The best way to learn a foreign language is to acquire a mistress and live
with her in that country." This was the surprising answer to a student
query in the normally very formal weekly seminar taught by the illustrious
Dr. William Lytle Schurz in 1960.

This unusual statement so surprised myself and my fellow students, that a
short period of startled silence was followed by a ripple of cautious
laughter. Dr. Schurz epitomized the scholarly, learned, erudite professor, and
his resume included New York Times top seller books as The Manila Galeon,
and Brazil: The Infinite Country. His lectures were filled with anecdotes
of his personal travel and living experiences in many parts of Latin
America. The tales of his years living along the Amazon were legendary.

This book contains many pages relating memories about Thunderbird, and
some of the memorable professors of that era. I have had the good fortune to
attend ten graduate schools, and state unequivocally that Thunderbird was
the best.

Hopefully the reader will recall other memorable professors as Dr. Frank
Jackle and Paul Wilson. Dr. Jackle was legenday for his machine gun like
verb drills, and almost task master manner. However, I also saw the other
side of this demanding man in his afternoon "review" sessions. Paul Wilson
was one of the most effective, yet self deprecating professors I ever
encountered. (He even umpired a Thunderbird baseball game!!)

The book is the account of my lifes adventures and misadventures: Growing
up in a small Wisconsin town- to a business career in Chicago- to a long
career as a college language professor.

Past Imperfect is a perfect title for a Spanish professor with a far from
perfect life.

640 pages, with a 4-star rating from 142 reviews.


Absolution: Book Three - Edgewood Series, by Karen McQuestion. (Still 3.99?)

"Loved Absolution! Another page turner, exciting and well written book in this awesome Edgewood Series. I love the four main characters of the Edgewood series and I am glad that McQuestion expanded on a few of the supporting characters this time, especially Carly and David. This book begins where Wanderlust ends. So many twists and turns and new things revealed. " -- Amazon Reviewer

Four teenagers with superpowers. Some friendly competition. A first love. And a dangerous organization that will stop at nothing to destroy them all.

After surviving a danger-filled trip to Peru, Russ Becker looked forward to a laid-back summer spending time with his new love, Nadia. But plans go awry when he and his friends are invited by the Praetorian Guard to the event of the season. The mission? To protect the president and her daughter from assassination at the elegant Presidential Black Tie Bash.

While Nadia struggles with her own troubles at home, Russ is torn, but determined to do his job, not easy when he doesn’t know who to trust. Battling for his life against the evil Associates, Russ confronts his worst fears and learns shocking revelations about those around him.

430 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 180 reviews.


Knight, Heir, Prince (Of Crowns and Glory-Book 3), by Morgan Rice. (Still 4.99?)

"Knight, heir, Prince, lived up to all my expectations and more. Very exciting and moving story. A great yarn to curl up with at the end of a busy day. " -- Amazon Reviewer

“Morgan Rice has come up with what promises to be another brilliant series, immersing us in a fantasy of valor, honor, courage, magic and faith in your destiny. Morgan has managed again to produce a strong set of characters that make us cheer for them on every page.…Recommended for the permanent library of all readers that love a well-written fantasy.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Rise of the Dragons)

KNIGHT, HEIR, PRINCE is book #3 in Morgan Rice’s bestselling epic fantasy series OF CROWNS AND GLORY, which begins with SLAVE, WARRIOR, QUEEN (Book #1).

17 year old Ceres, a beautiful, poor girl from the Empire city of Delos, finds herself alone at sea, drifting towards the mythic Isle Beyond the Mist—and towards the mother she never met. She is ready to complete her training, to finally understand her power, and to become the warrior she was meant to be. But will her mother be there to greet her? Will she teach her all she needs to know? And will she reveal all of the secret of Ceres’ identity?

In Delos, Thanos, thinking Ceres is dead, finds himself wedded to Stephania, and immersed deeper in a court he cannot escape from and in a family he hates. He also finds himself in the midst of the erupting Revolution, which culminates in a daring attack on the Stade. As the one person who can stop—or aid—it, he will have to choose whether to put his own life at risk.

With the kingdom collapsing, foes moving in on all sides, and assassination attempts abounding at court, Thanos cannot know who to trust. He is stuck in a game of pawns and kings, of traitors and queens, and it may be Ceres, after all, who is destined to change it all.

Yet after a series of tragic misunderstandings, the romance that seemed fated may just slip away from both of their fingertips.

KNIGHT, HEIR, PRINCE tells an epic tale of tragic love, vengeance, betrayal, ambition, and destiny. Filled with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding action, it transports us into a world we will never forget, and makes us fall in love with fantasy all over again.

“An action packed fantasy sure to please fans of Morgan Rice’s previous novels, along with fans of works such as The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini…. Fans of Young Adult Fiction will devour this latest work by Rice and beg for more.”
--The Wanderer, A Literary Journal (regarding Rise of the Dragons)

Book #4 in OF CROWNS AND GLORY will be released soon!

200 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 4 reviews.


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