Friday Kindle Deals

Another day off of work means another day to find you the best Kindle Deals around, right? There are a few best sellers in today’s list:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood $2.99 I didn’t think I’d like The Handmaid’s Tale, but Margaret Atwood came to town for a book convention, so I got interested. I found the book every bit as good as everyone claimed it was. And now, the sequel, is a Kindle deal you won’t want to miss!

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
 
Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia.  Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.

The Girl With White Gloves: A Novel of Grace Kelly $1.99 I loved this book! I loved this book so much I blogged about it a couple of months ago. Click here to read my review. This is historical fiction done right.

“Perfect for fans of Grace Kelly, royal-watchers, and fans of biographical fiction alike.”—PopSugar

A Library Reads Pick and Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice!

A life in snapshots…

Grace knows what people see. She’s the Cinderella story. An icon of glamor and elegance frozen in dazzling Technicolor. The picture of perfection. The girl in white gloves.

A woman in living color…

But behind the lens, beyond the panoramic views of glistening Mediterranean azure, she knows the truth. The sacrifices it takes for an unappreciated girl from Philadelphia to defy her family and become the reigning queen of the screen. The heartbreaking reasons she trades Hollywood for a crown. The loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom that is all too real.

Hardest of all for her adoring fans and loyal subjects to comprehend, is the harsh reality that to be the most envied woman in the world does not mean she is the happiest. Starved for affection and purpose, facing a labyrinth of romantic and social expectations with more twists and turns than Monaco’s infamous winding roads, Grace must find her own way to fulfillment. But what she risks–her art, her family, her marriage—she may never get back.

Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light $2.99 Of course, Grace Kelly’s greatest films were her Hitchcock films, and he was one of the greatest directors of suspense there ever was. This is the definitive biography of the man & the myth.

In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 60 films – including The 39 StepsVertigoPsycho, and The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan re-examines his life and extraordinary work, challenging perceptions of Hitchcock as the “macabre Englishman” and sexual obsessive, and reveals instead the ingenious craftsman, trickster, provocateur, and romantic.

With insights into his relationships with Hollywood legends – such as Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly – as well as his 54-year marriage to Alma Reville and his inspirations in the thriller genre, the book is full of the same dark humor, cliffhanger suspense, and revelations that are synonymous with one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in cinema.

Nanny Returns: A Novel $1.99

More than four million readers fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries.

After living abroad for twelve years, Nan and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to get her new business off the ground and fix up their fixer-upper. To compound the mounting construction woes and marital chaos of Ryan announcing his sudden desire to start a family, sixteen-year-old Grayer X makes a drunken, late-night visit wanting to know why Nan abandoned him all those years ago. Soon she is drawn back into Mrs. X’s ever-bizarre Upper East Side conclave of power and privilege in this “eminently readable” and “surprisingly affecting” (Entertainment Weekly) tale of what happens when a community that chooses money over love finds itself with neither.

Halloween in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 6) $.99

n the midst of the annual Halloween frenzy, Tj finds herself pulled into a series of events at the high school where she works. Not only must she help one of the girls on her team deal with a case of cyberbullying, but she must help a student who has recently suffered a personal tragedy.

And as if Tj wasn’t busy enough, in walks Samantha Colton, a reporter for Second Look, a television series that takes a look back at unsolved murders. This time the case is the death of a popular student after the homecoming dance ten years before.

To make matters even worse—or maybe more convenient—the graduating class of the victim is in town for their ten-year reunion and all the suspects just happen to have converged on Serenity for the weekend.

When Samantha turns up dead, Tj must track down someone who seems willing to kill again to keep their secret.

Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy (Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 1) FREE

A sudden midlife crisis leads Poppy across the country to a charming, yet deadly, pastry school in the heart of southern Georgia. Gathering the courage to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Poppy tosses her fear of carbs and soggy pastry bottoms aside and dives head first into learning the art of pastry.

But she has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming) classmates, but also proving her worth to her instructors after her first publicly humiliating attempt at making the school’s famous peach pie. And that’s not all. Amongst her peers lies a thief. . .and a murderer. If Poppy is going to survive her culinary experience, she ‘ll have to prove her innocence all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school’s dessert competition for a coveted overseas internship.

Can Poppy prove she’s one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?

If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White $1.99 . How can you resist the national treasure that is Betty White?

The New York Times bestseller from the beloved actress and Hollywood icon who’s made us laugh on shows from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Golden Girls to Saturday Night Live!

In this candid take on everything from the unglamorous reality behind red-carpet affairs to her beauty regimen (“I have no idea what color my hair is, and I never intend to find out”), Betty White shares her observations about life, celebrity, and love (for humans and animals). Filled with photos, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and straight to the point—just like Betty.

Hallowe’en Party: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot series Book 36) $2.99

When a Halloween Party turns deadly, it falls to Hercule Poirots to unmask a murderer in Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, Hallowe’en Party.

At a Halloween party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the `evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente $1.99

019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente’s science fiction spectacle, where sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest…and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.

Headlong Flight (Star Trek: The Next Generation) $.99

Surveying a nebula as part of their continuing exploration of the previously uncharted “Odyssean Pass,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise encounter a rogue planet. Life signs are detected on the barren world’s surface, and then a garbled message is received: a partial warning to stay away at all costs. Determined to render assistance, Picard dispatches Commander Worf and an away team to investigate, but their shuttlecraft is forced to make an emergency landing on the surface—moments before all contact is lost and the planet completely disappears.

Worf and his team learn that this mysterious world is locked into an unending succession of random jumps between dimensions, the result of an ambitious experiment gone awry. The Enterprise crewmembers and the alien scientists who created the technology behind this astonishing feat find themselves trapped, powerless to break the cycle. Meanwhile, as the planet continues to fade in and out of various planes of existence, other parties have now taken notice….

Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show $3.99

The conventional wisdom is that Las Vegas is what destroyed Elvis Presley, launching him on a downward spiral of drugs, boredom, erratic stage behavior, and eventually his fatal overdose. But in Elvis in Vegas, Richard Zoglin takes an alternate view, arguing that Vegas is where the King of Rock and Roll resurrected his career, reinvented himself as a performer, and created the most exciting show in Vegas history.

Elvis’s 1969 opening night in Vegas was his first time back on a live stage in more than eight years. His career had gone sour—bad movies, and mediocre pop songs that no longer made the charts. He’d been dismissed by most critics as over the hill. But in Vegas he played the biggest showroom in the biggest hotel in the city, drawing more people for his four-week engagement than any other show in Vegas history. His performance got rave reviews, “Suspicious Minds” gave him his first number-one hit in seven years, and Elvis became Vegas’s biggest star. Over the next seven years, he performed more than 600 shows there, and sold out every one.

End of Summer (Silhouette Special Edition) $1.99

When twelve-year-old Nick Harper loses his father in an automobile accident, he enters a period of mourning that threatens to engulf him. His mother, badly injured in the crash, lies comatose in their home. For weeks he wanders about his family’s Ohio farmland in a world of his own, while his aunt, nursing her own grief with red wine, looks on helplessly.

Yet as the early summer sun warms the earth, something awakens inside of Nick and he slowly opens up to those around him, hoping to make sense of the terrible tragedy. But it is a force of nature that actually begins his healing: a voice calls to him, first as the cry of a frightened, lost soul, and by summer’s end as a source of comfort and inspiration.

Vampire Royals 1: The Pageant FREE

Who’s the fairest of them all?

Young women from every settlement in the land are being handpicked to enter The Pageant, a contest reminiscent of Miss Universe from the old days. Gwyneth West’s social-climbing mother wants her to compete, but Gwyn isn’t so sure…

The Pageant is government-sponsored. If you’re lucky enough to be chosen, participation is mandatory. Aggressive competition is allowed, even encouraged.

And then there’s the prize…
Dallas Black, otherwise known as The Dark Prince, will propose to the winner. Dallas is the son of King Black, who won the last world war and governs the new settlements. 

The Royal Family is mysterious. Rumor has it they don’t sleep. Rumor has it they eschew the sun. Rumor has it they’re immortal.

When Gwyn is thrust into The Pageant, she fights to survive the competitive nature of the other contestants.

But even if she wins…can she survive a vampire fiancé?

The Cattle Rustler And The Runaway Bride (Brides of Sweet Creek Ranch Book 4) FREE

WYATT HAVEN enjoyed spicing up life with dashes of humor and excitement until his antics ended in a tragedy. He makes the painful decision to leave his beloved home and family and join a Wild West show, but a beautiful Englishwoman’s plight waylays him when she accepts his impulsive offer to help her save her horses. Even by his standards, marrying a runaway bride and stealing six horses from the cattle baron who hates him is the most dangerous exploit in a long line of reckless stunts. The angry cattleman vows he’ll hang for this latest insult. Sickened that his risky ways could cause more harm, especially to Kitty, Wyatt determines to do all in his power to protect this brave and resourceful woman he’s falling for.

A family scandal has forced British heiress CATHRYN CLIFFTON to accept the hand of an American cattle baron twice her age. Upon arrival in the frontier city of Cheyenne, Kitty discovers her fiancé’s promise of a breeding ranch for her polo ponies was a lie. Worse, he has ghastly designs for them. To save the horses, her whole world, she takes them and runs away with a charming cattle rustler. Instead of a safe life of tea and polo matches, Kitty finds herself marrying the rustler, hiding in an outlaw camp, and being chased by her vengeful fiancé and his six-gun-toting men. Uninhibited and audacious, Wyatt Haven is unlike any man she has ever met, and she finds herself drawn to his good humor and kindness.

The Christmas Sing Off (Smoky Mountain Knights Book 2) $.99

At the height of his fame, pop star Shepard Lake walked away. No one knows why, though rumors are rife. Creatively blocked, he seeks inspiration and a fresh start for his life and career by returning to his Tennessee roots. He finds far more than he bargained for when he is drafted to help with a small town Christmas festival. 

Tyler Knight lives and breathes music, but a career as a songwriter remains a distant dream. When her sister asks her to return to their hometown, Sweet Tea, Tennessee, and help her with the town’s Christmas Carol Sing Off, Tyler is thrilled to have a change of scenery and a chance to start over after a series of disappointments. Then she is paired with the infamous Shepard Lake who’s too everything – handsome, confident, talented and way out of her league.

But is he? Will this Christmas be the one where Tyler gathers her courage to pursue her dreams of music and love?

His Christmas Wish (Mountain Rescue Romance Book 1) FREE

Carly Bishop loved Christmas…until tragedy struck.

Distraught and grief-stricken over the deaths of her fiancé and brother, she left Hood Hamlet and her Christmas spirit behind, to start over somewhere new. But now, six years later, her family needs her. Carly returns home to face her past and give her niece and nephew the best Christmas ever.

Burdened with guilt, Jake Porter believes he could have saved his two friends on that fateful day and kept Carly from experiencing such a heart-wrenching loss. When she arrives in town, Jake wants to make amends so they can both finally move forward with their lives.

As Jake helps Carly experience the magic of Christmas so she’ll embrace the holiday again, will he also be able to open her heart to something else she’d given up on…love?

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