Friday, August 15, 2014

Kindle Daily Deals (August 15, 2014): A thriller, a cowboy romance, The Simpsons, fantasy and a teen novel

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

National Security (Jericho Quinn Book 1), by Marc Cameron.

"Fascinating characters with action off-the-charts. Masterful. . .an entertaining romp."
--Steve Berry

When Terrorism Goes Viral, One Man Goes Ballistic.

They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, we need a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn. Air Force veteran. Champion boxer. Trained assassin. Hand-picked for a new global task force that, officially, does not exist, Quinn answers only to the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. President himself.

His methods are as simple, and as brutal, as his codename.

The Hammer.
"One of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre. . .terrifying. . .in one word: Awesome." --Brad Thor

A native of Texas, Marc Cameron has spent over twenty-five years in law enforcement, the last twenty with the federal government. His assignments have taken him from rural Alaska to Manhattan, from Canada to Mexico and points in between. A second degree black belt in jujitsu, he often teaches defensive tactics to other law enforcement agencies and civilian groups. Cameron presently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and BMW motorcycle.

417 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 237 reviews

The next two books in this series are $2.99 each.

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

One Fine Cowboy, by Joanne Kennedy.

He's got a way with horses...and with women...
His heart is as wild as the horses he trained...
Nate Shawcross is perfectly content to spend his days training wild horses. So when a beautiful greenhorn unexpectedly shows up for a seminar from the famous "Horse Whisperer" of Wyoming, all Nate wants to do is send her packing...

The last thing she expects is a lesson in romance...
Graduate student Charlie Banks came to the ranch to learn about horse communication, but when she meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy, she starts to fantasize about another connection entirely...
Nate needs to stay focused if he's going to save his ranch from foreclosure, but he can't help being distracted by the brainy and breathtakingly sexy Charlie. Could it be that after all this time Nate has finally found the one woman who can tame his wild heart?

-Linda Lael Miller,
New York Times bestselling author of The Bridegroom
Praise for Cowboy Trouble:
"Everything about Kennedy's charming debut novel hits the right'll be hooked."
"A fresh take on the traditional contemporary Western...There's plenty of wacky humor and audacious wit in this mystery-laced escapade."
-Library Journal
"A fun and delicious romantic romp...If you love cowboys, you won't want to miss this one! Romance, Mystery, and Spurs! YUM!!"
-Wendy's Minding Spot

393 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 29 reviews

Two more cowboy romances by the author are $2.99 and $1.99, respectively:

Here's today's Daily Non-Fiction Deal, available for $1.99!

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, by Simon Singh.

You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show Futurama) without ever realizing that cleverly embedded in many plots are subtle references to mathematics, ranging from well-known equations to cutting-edge theorems and conjectures. That they exist, Simon Singh reveals, underscores the brilliance of the shows’ writers, many of whom have advanced degrees in mathematics in addition to their unparalleled sense of humor.

While recounting memorable episodes such as “Bart the Genius” and “Homer3,” Singh weaves in mathematical stories that explore everything from p to Mersenne primes, Euler’s equation to the unsolved riddle of P v. NP; from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers, infinity to even bigger infinities, and much more. Along the way, Singh meets members of The Simpsons’ brilliant writing team—among them David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Mike Reiss—whose love of arcane mathematics becomes clear as they reveal the stories behind the episodes.

With wit and clarity, displaying a true fan’s zeal, and replete with images from the shows, photographs of the writers, and diagrams and proofs, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets offers an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history.

272 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 67 reviews

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

Heart of the Ronin (The Ronin Trilogy Book 1), by Travis Heermann.

Fantasy writer Travis Heermann (The Ivory Star) brings thirteenth-century Japan to life in Heart of the Ronin, the first installment of a trilogy.

Ken’ishi is just seventeen years old at the time of his parents’ mysterious death. He dreams of someday training with a master who will help him become a samurai.

Traveling with Silver Crane, a sword that belonged to his father, and a dog named Akao, Ken’ishi begins his adventure after he defeats a policeman in a duel and must flee. Just when he thinks he has escaped trouble, he saves Kazuko, the daughter of an influential lord, from a group of bandits. On their journey home, they fall in love, only to discover upon their return that she has been promised to a powerful samurai lord.

Forced to flee once again, he goes on a hunt to discover his past while fighting off warriors and demons, never forgetting that there is a bounty on his head. Will he find out if his father really was a samurai—and why the sword he wields seems to be infused with magic?

Written while the author lived in Japan, Heart of the Ronin combines historical fiction with fantasy to keep readers guessing what Ken’ishi will encounter next in Heerman’s mystical universe. Publishers Weekly says it best: “Numerous tantalizingly unresolved plot threads will have readers anxiously awaiting the second installment in this gripping tale of ill-fated love, betrayal and destiny.”

390 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 14 reviews

The second book in the series, not on sale, is shown below for your convenience:

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

Skin and Bones, by Sherry Shahan.

Sixteen-year-old Jack, nicknamed “Bones,” won’t eat. His roommate in the eating disorder ward has the opposite problem and proudly goes by the nickname “Lard.” They become friends despite Bones’s initial reluctance. When Bones meets Alice, a dangerously thin dancer who loves to break the rules, he lets his guard down even more. Soon Bones is so obsessed with Alice that he’s willing to risk everything—even his recovery.

274 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 31 reviews

Grades 9 and up. A book about a serious subject but with a light touch.

Happy Reading!


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