Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kindle Daily Deals: A Beatles-themed mystery, western romance, a biography, sci-fi by Alan Dean Foster and a gothic novel for teens



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

Rubber Soul: A Novel (Dust Bin Bob Book 1), by Greg Kihn.

Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the rock-thriller genre with Rubber Soul, a murder mystery and an action-packed ride through Beatlemania, featuring the Beatles themselves.

Dust Bin Bob runs a secondhand shop at the Flea Market at Penny Lane. He has an extensive rep of American R&B singles that he gets from merchant marines returning from Baltimore and New York. The action starts when he befriends some blokes by the names of John, Paul, George, and Ringo and becomes their lifelong friend sharing the vinyl that will start a revolution.

From then on, it’s a rocket ride from their earliest days in Liverpool to six shows a night in Hamburg to the Cavern Club to full-fledged Beatlemania.

Along the way, Dust Bin Bob uncovers a plot by Marcos loyalists to assassinate the Fab Four in Manila after they snub Imelda Marcos, blowing off a reception at the palace and narrowly avoiding an international incident. It all could have happened!

100 percent historically accurate and including previously unpublished information about the Beatles’ early days, Rubber Soul is inspired by Greg Kihn’s radio interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Patti Harrison, and Yoko Ono. When he asked where the Beatles got those rare American R&B records that inspired their early music, he got his answer from merchant marines who brought them over from Baltimore to Liverpool.

From a serious Beatles fan who has read every word ever written about the group, Rubber Soul is a wild ride through rock ’n’ roll history.

327 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 90 reviews



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

Cowboy Come Home, by Eve Gaddy.

A bittersweet reunion. A second chance at happiness.
The daughter who may never forgive them both.

Champion bronc rider Jake Rollins never intended to go back to Happy, Texas and its memories of lost love. That changes when he meets Leigh and suspects she’s his daughter. Jake arrives in Happy determined to get to know her and to find out the truth. The only problem is, Anna Connor, Leigh’s mother, doesn’t want him in their lives. At first she won’t even admit he’s Leigh’s father.

Sixteen years ago, Jake left Anna with a phone call telling her he'd married another woman. Devastated and pregnant, Anna married Jake's best friend, Carl Connor. Together they raised the daughter Jake never knew about.

But Anna's a widow now and even more irresistible than she'd been as a girl. Will it be enough for Jake to tell Anna that leaving her was the worst mistake he ever made? Can he convince her he's changed?

Jake and Anna fall in love again, but it's far from smooth sailing. Leigh's response to the news that Jake is her biological father is anything but good. Jake and Anna must decide between their love for each other and the future of the daughter they love.

232 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 10 reviews



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

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, by Sarah Bakewell.

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? How do you do the good or honorable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy?

This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Monatigne, perhaps the first truly modern individual. A nobleman, public official and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them “essays,” meaning “attempts” or “tries.” Into them, he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog’s ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the appalling events of the religious civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller and, over four hundred years later, Montaigne’s honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment—and in search of themselves.

This book, a spirited and singular biography, relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored. It traces his bizarre upbringing, youthful career and sexual adventures, his travels, and his friendships with the scholar and poet √Čtienne de La Bo√©tie and with his adopted “daughter,” Marie de Gournay. And we also meet his readers—who for centuries have found in Montaigne an inexhaustible source of answers to the haunting question, “how to live?”

401 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 132 reviews



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

To the Vanishing Point, by Alan Dean Foster.

The Sonderberg family does not know it yet, but this is not going to be any ordinary road trip. After they pick up an unassuming hitchhiker, a quiet drive down Interstate 40 becomes a trip into an alternate reality. It turns out the family has just given a ride to an alien who has the fate of the universe resting on her shoulders. Now the Sonderberg family must fight evil alongside their new alien friend, in a desperate attempt to save the world they love.

320 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 19 reviews






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

The Twin's Daughter, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted.

Lucy Sexton is stunned when her mother’s identical twin sister shows up at the family’s front door one day. Separated at birth, the two women have had dramatically different upbringings, and Lucy’s mother, Aliese, will do anything to make it up to Helen-including taking Helen into their home and turning her into a lady that all of society will admire. Aunt Helen’s transformation is remarkable. But is it just Lucy’s imagination, or does Helen seem to enjoy being mistaken for Lucy’s mother? Then, on New Year’s Day, Lucy is horrified to find her aunt and mother tied to chairs in the parlor. One of them has been brutally murdered-but which twin has died? Surely her daughter will know...

Filled with shocking twists and turns, The Twin’s Daughter is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayals and secrets that will keep readers guessing until the end.

416 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 82 reviews



Happy Reading!

Betsy

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