Saturday, June 22, 2013

Today's Kindle Daily Deals: humor, romance, Vonnegut and a book for kids!

Today's Daily Deals include humor, romance, Vonnegut and a book for kids, on sale today only!

Here's today's Kindle Daily Deal, available for $2.99 today!

One Last Thing Before I Go: A Novel, by Jonathan Tropper.

The bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You returns with a hilarious and heart-rending tale about one familiy's struggle to reconnect.

“Mistakes have been made.” Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.

So when Silver learns that he requires emergency life-saving heart surgery, he makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to spend what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment—even if that moment isn’t going to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.


336 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 119 reviews. Text to Speech, X-Ray, enabled. Whispersync for Voice audiobook available for $12.99 if you purchase this book.


Here's today's Daily Romance Deal, available for $1.99 today!

The Genius and the Muse, by Elizabeth Hunter.


The first contemporary romance from the author of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries.
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When Kate Mitchell decided to research the mysterious portrait in the student gallery, she had no idea how her life would change. She thought she knew what she wanted in life. She had a great boyfriend, a promising career, and a clear path.

How could one simple portrait change all that?

A photograph. A sculpture. A painting. One clue leads to another, and Kate learns that pieces of the past might leave unexpected marks on her own future, too.

And how, exactly, did she end up in an irritable sculptor's studio?

One portrait may hold the answers, but learning its secrets will challenge everything Kate thought she knew about love, art, and life. A single picture can tell more than one story, and in the end, a young artist will discover that every real love story is a unique work of art.

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From The Genius and the Muse...

"Hello?"

"Katie?" A deep voice, rough from sleep, answered her. She gaped, suddenly unsure of what she wanted to say.

"Javi?" Of course it's Javi, you idiot.

Kate heard him take a breath and exhale. "Yeah'"

"Did I--did I wake you up'"

There was a pause. "Yeah, I guess so. I--" He cleared his throat. It worked a little bit, but his voice was still a rough growl that sent a shiver down her spine.

"I've been working for a few days. She heard him release another deep breath. "Hmmm, what time is it?" he murmured.

Her heart rate picked up. She had woken him, and a picture of him lying bare-chested in bed leapt unbidden to her mind. She had only peeked at the intriguing tattoos that covered his thick muscles, but somehow in her mind's eye, she saw his richly decorated chest and arms laying against a white background as he spoke to her.

"It's... uh, it's around eleven in the morning." She swallowed and willed the image away. "On Thursday. I was just going to leave a message for you. I figured you'd be working." She squirmed, still trying to erase the mental picture from her mind as he replied.

"Well, you've got me now. What did you want?"

"I--um, you know, just call me back when you get a cha--"

"I'm awake now, Kate," he voice was clipped. "What do you need?"

You. She almost said it before thinking. Wait, what?
~~~

225 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 78 reviews. Text to Speech, X-Ray, Lending enabled.




Here's today's Daily Science Fiction/Fantasy Deal, available for $1.99 today!

Deadeye Dick (Kurt Vonnegut Series), by Kurt Vonnegut.

Rudy Waltz (aka "Deadeye Dick") is the lead in this latter day Vonnegut novel. Waltz, our protagonist, moves through the book trying to make sense of a life that is rife with disaster; there is a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, the total annihilation of a city by nuclear holocaust and, believe it or not, more. Waltz, a diarist, becomes symbolic of a person living a fraught post-technological life in which frailty is as likely to be a person's undoing as any bomb.

Waltz finally reaches the point of resignation; a realization and understanding that there are things that are just beyond our control and understanding that make all human motive, ambition, and circumstance absolutely irrelevant. Waltz's search for meaning leads him ultimately to a kind of resignation which ought not be confused with understanding of any kind, for it is not. It is simple resignation.

It is this theme of Vonnegut's--the impossibility of trying to live meaningfully in a meaningless world--that is ultimately central to this novel. Rudy Waltz (like some of Vonnegut's other protagonists, Billy Pilgrim or Howard Campbell) is ultimately only a stand-in for Vonnegut himself who is really narrating for us as the lead witness and character here--the philosopher who is telling us why and what for.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) is one of the most beloved American writers of the twentieth century. Vonnegut's audience increased steadily since his first five pieces in the 1950s and grew from there. His 1968 novel Slaughterhouse-Five has become a canonic war novel with Joseph Heller's Catch-22 to form the truest and darkest of what came from World War II.

Vonnegut began his career as a science fiction writer, and his early novels--Player Piano and The Sirens of Titan--were categorized as such even as they appealed to an audience far beyond the reach of the category. In the 1960s, Vonnegut became closely associated with the Baby Boomer generation, a writer on that side, so to speak.

Now that Vonnegut's work has been studied as a large body of work, it has been more deeply understood and unified. There is a consistency to his satirical insight, humor and anger which makes his work so synergistic. It seems clear that the more of Vonnegut's work you read, the more it resonates and the more you wish to read. Scholars believe that Vonnegut's reputation (like Mark Twain's) will grow steadily through the decades as his work continues to increase in relevance and new connections are formed, new insights made.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Author Kurt Vonnegut is considered by most to be one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. His books Slaughterhouse-Five (named after Vonnegut's World War II POW experience) and Cat's Cradle are considered among his top works. RosettaBooks offers here a complete range of Vonnegut's work, including his first novel (Player Piano, 1952) for readers familiar with Vonnegut's work as well as newcomers.

290 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 58 reviews. Kindle Owner's Lending Library, Text to Speech, Lending enabled.


Here's today's Kindle Daily Deal, available for $1.99 today!

The Marble Queen, by Stephanie J. Blake.

Freedom Jane McKenzie isn’t good at following the rules. She doesn’t like any of the things that girls are supposed to like. She’s good at fishing, getting into trouble—and playing marbles. All she wants is to enter the marble competition at the Autumn Jubilee and show the boys in the neighborhood that she’s the best player. If she can’t be the Marble King, then she’ll be the Marble Queen. First, Freedom has to convince her mother to let her enter. But there’s a new baby on the way, Freedom’s daddy is drinking too much, her little brother is a handful, and her mother is even more difficult than usual. Freedom learns that when it comes to love, friendship, and family, sometimes there are no rules. Set in 1959, The Marble Queen is a timeless story about growing up.
The author of The Marble Queen has donated this book to the Worldreader program

187 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 90 reviews. Text to Speech, X-Ray, enabled. Whispersync for Voice audiobook available for $1.99 if you purchase this book.

Happy Reading!

Betsy

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