Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kindle Daily Deals: a Mystery/Thriller, a romance, a sci-fi classic and a fun kid's book series

Today's Daily Deals include a mystery/thriller, a romance, the classic, Dr. Strangelove, and a fun kid's book for grades 3-5

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

Carved in Bone (Body Farm), by Jefferson Bass.

There is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets. The real-life scientist who founded the "Body Farm" has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics . . . and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.
Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he's being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment's unique chemistry. But Brockton's investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won't forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton's own guilt—and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.
With Fascinating Insider Information on the Body Farm!

352 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 109 reviews. Text to Speech, X-Ray, enabled.

Here's today's Daily Romance Deal, available for $0.99 today!

Lip Service: A Novel, by M. J. Rose.

Lip Service �is �the prequel to M.J. Rose's Bestselling Butterfield Institute Series �which includes three novels -  �The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, �The Venus Fix �- and the short story collection �In �Session. � �

Lip Service �probes the secret world �of phone sex and one woman who becomes empowered by what she discovers there. �Not since Erica Jong's Fear of Flying has a novel so masterfully �examined the relationship between sexuality and identity.

 �On the �surface, Julia Sterling's life seems blessed. Married to a renowned �psychiatrist, living on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side, Julia deeply loves �her stepson, and is forging a career as a journalist.

 �When a writing job at The Butterfield �Institute - a sex therapy clinic -  �exposes her to the world of phone sex, �Julia glimpses a world that stirs her erotic fantasies but threatens her
carefully constructed reality. As she explores her emotional and sexual
connections to the men she knows and several she will never meet, she confronts �evil, perversity, and her own passions.

Tracing the currents of desire, illusion, �and psychological manipulation,Lip Service is an astonishingly vivid �glimpse into one woman's inner life. At the same time, this electrifying
thriller grips the reader as it builds toward a battering climax.
Ad writer M.J. Rose's self-published novel is the first-person account of Julia Sterling, age 38, a Manhattan wife of the silver spoon set who, without telling her control-freak husband, takes a job as a phone-fantasy therapist at the high-toned Butterfield Institute. (This "progressive sex clinic" is no doubt named after John O'Hara's call girl novel, Butterfield 8.) It's not just a job, it's an adventure, about which Julia plans to write a book. Though Julia is a therapist, not a call girl, her role-playing conversations do get steamy, and she discovers unsettling things about her call-in clients. Her own banked fires of passion become aroused there, too; at home Julia's husband is far more interested in the TV's remote control than unbuttoning her blouse. Worse, he's an infuriatingly smug shrink (trained by her shrink father!) who belittles her; tries to define her as the nervous-breakdown case she was in her promiscuous, screwed-up youth; and attempts to shut her up with anti-anxiety pills. He's emotionally AWOL and refuses to discuss it, nor will he heed Julia's urgent decorating needs (there should be a green Chinese art deco area rug in their apartment, darn it). Men!
Will Julia succumb to the Butterfield Institute's director, who quotes Robert Herrick and "To His Coy Mistress" with classy lasciviousness' Or will her college newspaper chum--newly divorced and in New York--escalate their ancient flirtation' Will Julia's husband's charity foundation get nailed by the IRS' Will the Butterfield Institute get exposed as a sex shop' Julia's adventures are more logical than a Danielle Steel heroine's, although Rose lacks Steel's dizzy velocity. But if Julia's plight piques your interest, then you might be interested to find out what happens when she discards her fear of flying. --Tim Appelo

320 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 133 reviews. X-Ray, enabled.

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

Red Alert (RosettaBooks into Film ), by Peter Bryant.

Peter Bryant's 1958 novel Red Alert tells the terrifying tale of just how close to nuclear destruction the world can be. Here, we are faced with the worst possible of all worst-case scenarios in the Cold War; an American general loses his reason and orders a full-scale nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. Air Force Brigadier General Quinten is a dying man suffering from the paranoid delusion that he can make the world a better place by setting in motion this catastrophic attack with Strategic Air Command bombers armed with nuclear weapons.

Once they get wind of it, the President of the United States and his advisors work frantically in all efforts to stop the attack. They order the American bombers shot down, and they succeed - all but with one frightening exception - a lone bomber called the ""Alabama Angel"" escapes destruction. The crew of the Angel ignore the President's orders and continue on with their deadly mission.

This book was originally published in the U.K. under the title Two Hours to Doom (written by Peter Bryant, the penname of writer Peter George). This intricately plotted and well-thought out novel conjures the vision of apocalyptic threat of nuclear war and illustrates just how absurdly easy such an attack can be triggered.

A virtual genre of such fiction sprang up in the late 1950s, led by Nevil Shute's On the Beach, of which Red Alert was among the earliest and finest examples. Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler's later bestseller, Fail Safe, so closely resembled Red Alert in premise and tone that George sued on plagiarism charges and actually won an out-of-court settlement. Both novels would inspire very different films that were both released in 1964.

166 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 21 reviews. Text to Speech, X-Ray, Lending enabled.

Here's today's Kindle Daily Deal, available for $0.99 today!

Emma Dilemma, the Nanny, and the Wedding, by KB's own Patricia Hermes.

Annie is the very best nanny in the whole world, and it’s been that way forever. But when Annie announces she’s getting married, Emma panics. What will Emma do if Annie moves out' She won’t be able to see her favorite nanny in the evenings anymore or visit her in the apartment upstairs. Then Emma’s mother announces another change. She’s pregnant! There are too many changes going on in Emma’s life at once! The house is in an uproar with all the wedding planning, preparations for extra guests (Annie’s five sisters and mother will be arriving from Ireland), and with Mom not feeling well. Somehow, Emma - and her brothers and sisters, too -manages to triumph over all these dilemmas, and discovers that although changes can be hard, they can be exciting, too

141 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 21 reviews. Text to Speech, X-Ray, Lending enabled.

Three other books in the Emma Dilemma series are also available for $0.99 today.

Happy Reading!


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