Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kindle Daily Deals: A historical novel, romance by MC Beaton, nonfiction about Hollywood, a graphic novel and a book for middle-graders

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

Sisters of Treason: A Novel, by Elizabeth Fremantle.

From the author of Queen’s Gambit, which People magazine called, “A must-read for Philippa Gregory fans,” a gripping historical novel about two sisters who tread as dangerously close to the crown as their tragic sister, Lady Jane Grey, executed after just nine days on the throne.

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.

From “a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction,” (People) Sisters of Treason brings to vivid life the perilous and romantic lives of two little known young women who played a major role in the complex politics of their day.

449 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 24 reviews

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

Refining Felicity (The School for Manners Series Book 1), by M. C. Beaton.

The Misses Tribble, Amy and Effie, spinsters of a certain age, have lived for years on expectations of a great inheritance. When this fails to materialize, they are truly destitute. Desperate, they advertise that they will refine wild and unruly daughters, present them, and see them safely wed. This first volume concerns Lady Felicity Vane and the Marquess of Ravenswood in a love-hate courtship. The Tribbles are charmers and much more fun than their charges.

126 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 30 reviews

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The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols, by James Parish.

Discover the tantalizing details of Hollywood's famous and infamous fatalities
The death of a celebrity is often as fascinating as--and sometimes more fascinating than--a star's actual life. From the grisly end of Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson family and the mysterious demise of Bob Crane to the peaceful passings of Lucille Ball and George Burns, The Hollywood Book of Death is a captivating and appealingly packaged volume of more than 125 television and movie stars' final curtain calls.
Arranged by manner of death, these well-researched accounts include details of celebrities' colorful lives and unusual deaths, their funerals, and the intriguing aftermath. With more than 100 rare photographs and a special "necrology" index of more than 6,000 stars and directors, along with a section revealing where Hollywood personalities are resting in eternal sleep, this enthralling reference promises to be on every film and television buff's "Top 10" gift list.

434 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 78 reviews

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The Flash Vol. 1: Move Forward (The New 52), by FRANCIS MANAPUL.

Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!

The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can't be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic' hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!

As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.

A Look Inside The Flash

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Q&A with Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Q. What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?
A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: It's a dream come true! I've been clamoring to work on this book for years, so to be able to take the driver side seat is a huge honor. To steer The Flash's adventures for this new era in the DC Universe has been daunting and exciting all at the same time.
A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: It’s been a huge thrill! Taking the reigns of an iconic character like the Flash and reintroducing him to the revamped DC Universe was a rare opportunity that we didn’t take lightly. Francis and I were honored to be able to put our stamp on the character.
Q. How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before?
A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: The Flash is a character that has endured for over seventy years, so there was ample source material to draw upon as we designed our take on the Scarlet Speedster. We did a ton of research and tried to stay as true to him as we could when choosing how best to bring him into the New 52. Understanding the character is paramount to being able to respect what came before. We know who Barry is and that colors all of our decisions as we mapped out new directions for the book and lessons he has to learn.
A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: As a long time fan of the Flash, I do feel a sense of responsibility to strike a balance. However like Brian said, having done the research, we understand the essence of the Barry Allen. This allows us to put him in a modern setting and add our own voice to the character, but at the same time remaining true to the heart of the character.
Q. What would you say defines The Flash?
A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: Barry has a strong sense of honor and a classic hero’s moral compass. He is not a tortured or motivated by guilt or a personal agenda. Barry believes that he was “chosen” to have this amazing gift and that being Flash is what he is “meant to do.”
A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: Barry has a very black and white sense of justice, and this world full of gray areas constantly challenge his ideals.
Q. What have you thought about the response so far for The New 52 and The Flash as a whole?
A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: We couldn’t be more thrilled with the reception of Flash and the New 52 as a whole. In the dozens of conventions and signings we have done this past year, there has been palpable excitement and enthusiasm for our book and for DC’s courageous re-launching of the universe. It was a much needed shot in the arm that has clearly re-invigorated the industry. On a selfish level, it is an incredible feeling to have so many die-hard Flash fans embrace our take on the book, while at the same time bring new Flash fans into the fold.
Q. The Flash really pushes the boundaries of art and storytelling. Can you talk a little about how, or if you see yourselves doing so?
A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: The marriage of art and words is what comics are about. With such a small creative team, what you're seeing in The Flash is much more raw and unfiltered. Being a co-writer on the book allows me the opportunity to really push how we tell the story visually. Knowing what our intent is lets me do things in and outside of the panel that tell a story within a story. We definitely reward those who read our book more than once.
A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: I think this is a natural outcome because there are only two of us working on the book. Since we co-write it, Francis does the art, and I do the colors, we are able to fold all of the steps into our creative process. We are both visual storytellers, so it’s not like there is even a decision to push any boundaries. The finished product is a COMPLETE visual representation of what the writers wanted because there is no loss of translation.
Q. You two work in two different cities in two different countries. How do you guys work together creatively?
A. BRIAN BUCCELLATO: SKYPE, and lots of it. We take advantage of all the modern means of communication…. Skype, email, text, and even the phone. We discuss the stories in great length before retreating to our workstations to do our parts. We also pass the baton back and forth, creatively building upon what we have talked about. There is also a ten-year friendship and a mutual understanding of each other, that gives us a shorthand that makes the process go smoother. For my part, there is no one I would rather be making comics with.
A. FRANCIS MANAPUL: The key is communication. Like Brian said, we use every available tool in order to keep our geographical location a non-issue. I feel like we're sculptors. When we write we pass the files back and forth like a piece of clay we are molding. What you get is a finished piece with both of our fingerprints all over it, without having to be in the same room.

192 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 79 reviews

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The Agony of Alice, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Life, Alice McKinley feels, is just one big embarrassment. Here she is, about to be a teenager and she doesn't know how. It's worse for her than for anyone else, she believes, because she has no role model. Her mother has been dead for years. Help and advice can only come from her father, manager of a music store, and her nineteen-year-old brother, who is a slob. What do they know about being a teen age girl?

What she needs, Alice decides, is a gorgeous woman who does everything right, as a roadmap, so to speak. If only she finds herself, when school begins, in the classroom of the beautiful sixth-grade teacher, Miss Cole, her troubles will be over. Unfortunately, she draws the homely, pear-shaped Mrs. Plotkin. One of Mrs. Plotkin's first assignments is for each member of the class to keep a journal of their thoughts and feelings. Alice calls hers "The Agony of Alice," and in it she records all the embarrassing things that happen to her.

Through the school year, Alice has lots to record. She also comes to know the lovely Miss Cole, as well as Mrs. Plotkin. And she meets an aunt and a female cousin whom she has not really known before. Out of all this, to her amazement, comes a role model -- one that she would never have accepted before she made a few very important discoveries on her own, things no roadmap could have shown her. Alice moves on, ready to be a wise teenager.

176 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 60 reviews

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