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Cheap Kindles!

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:11:37 GMT

And speaking of cheap Kindles ... Woot has them (and Fires) up again. Supposedly refurbished (used - good). Kindle NT Black -- $19.99 Kindle NT Silver -- $14.99 Kindle Touch WiFi -- $17.99 Kindle Touch 3G -- $19.99 Fire HD 6" -- $14.99 Fire HD 8" Blue (2016) -- $29.99 Fire HD 8" 16GB (2016) -- $29.99 Fire HD 8" 32GB (2016) -- $49.99 https://www.woot.com/category/computers/tablets



Free (DRM-free) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard [YA Magical Friends vs Intrigue Fantasy]

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:34:41 GMT

*Truthwitch* by Susan Dennard (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?174876)) is the 1st novel in her Witchlands series of YA fantasy set in a world with competing empires where many types of magic with different manifestations are lumped under “witchery”, this adventure starring two young women with the respective witchery talents of truth-discerning—valuable and highly sought after and thus kept carefully hidden—and being able to see invisible bonds surrounding people, who forge an unlikely friendship in the face of oncoming war and attempts to secure the Truthwitch's ability at any cost, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books' Tor Teen imprint. This is a special flash giveaway and apparently the 1st in an intended Tor Teen book club, being made free to promote the upcoming 3rd-in-series, Sightwitch, which will be released in January. Currently free through 11:59 PM EST December 13th @ the community's promo page (http://ebookclub.torteen.com/) (DRM-free ePub & Mobi apparently available in Canada & US only due to geo-restrictions; requires newsletter signup with valid email address, to which you will be sent the download link to confirm). *Description* On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others. There are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safiya’s hotheaded impulsiveness. Safiya and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Windwitch Prince Merik, and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. Love Truthwitch? Don’t forget to check out the sequel Windwitch and the upcoming Sightwitch, a fully illustrated tale of the Witchlands!



Free (Kindle) Paths of Death by Philip McCormac [Farmer Soldier vs Landowner Western]

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:30:30 GMT

*Paths of Death* by Philip McCormac is his western historical action adventure novel, starring a formerly notorious Civil War soldier who has now retired to a quiet life of farming, which is interrupted as powerful landowners refuse to leave him or his little farm in peace, pushing him to make war again, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint. This was originally published in 2008 by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line credited as by P. McCormac, and is a sequel to his novel No Mercy starring the Zacchaeus Wolfe character, previously also offered free (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=279124). Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Paths-Death-Philip-McCormac-ebook/dp/B01BBZ9J0O/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Zacchaeus Wolfe is done with killing Wolfe is now a peaceful dirt farmer and he’s determined to leave all the death and destruction in his past. But the Kerfoots, a powerful landowning family, refuse to leave Wolfe in peace. His little farm does not fit into their plans. Old Man Barrett Kerfoot - and his five sons - control the range and the law. But they're about to find out that they do not, nor cannot, control Zacchaeus Wolfe. Wolfe will only be pushed so far, before he begins to push back. The peaceful dirt farmer is about to go to war again and this time there’s no telling what he’ll do. It’s kill or be killed in the Wild West. Paths of Death is a fast-paced Western adventure.



Amazon - The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:02:34 GMT

Appears to be $1.20 at Amazon. Normally $4.99. And a bargain compared to the Print List price of $40.00. https://www.amazon.com/Furthest-Station-Ben-Aaronovitch-ebook/dp/B071VTZ42X/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1512845759&sr=8-1 Anyone know why this isn't showing up in Overdrive?



Free (Kindle) Crisis on Cheiron by Juanita Coulson [Sci-Fi Mystery Planet Sabotage]

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:16:45 GMT

*Crisis on Cheiron* by Juanita Coulson (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Juanita_Coulson), Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juanita_Coulson), SFE (http://sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/coulson_juanita)), who is also an award-winning filksinger, is her vintage standalone science fiction novel, this one a planetary investigative adventure with corporate espionage thriller elements as government scientists, ostensibly impartial observers but secretly expected to protect the interests of a galactic megacorp from its encroaching competitors, are assigned to look into the mysterious ecological failures of titular planet and find themselves struggling against sinister parties determined to see them fail, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint. This was originally published in 1967 by Ace Books' classic Ace Double flipbook line as #H-27, paired with the late E. C. Tubb's The Winds of Gath. It was her very first ever sfnal novel published, which makes it a real treat for Gentle Readers who are or have become fans of her stories via Endeavour's commitment to reprinting them and generous giveaways to try her (and other authors') works out. :2thumbsup :thanks: Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Crisis-Cheiron-Juanita-Coulson-ebook/dp/B018YJ17FK/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Carl Race and his mentor, Donovan Petry, have arrived on Cheiron. The two Federation ecologists have been called in to figure out what mysterious occurrence is causing Cheiron’s local fauna to fail. Ostensibly working as impartial observers, the ecologists were called in to protect the interests of Consolidated Enterprises as their competitors, Trans-Galactic, hover and wait. The slightest misstep, and T-G will swoop in and take over the trade. If things go bad enough, all humans (known as Terrans) will be banned from the planet altogether. The planet’s native and highly intelligent lifeforms, the centaur-like Cheironi, seem to be working in peace with the space-travelling Terrans, but tensions are rising as crops fail and insects begin to behave strangely. The local Terran school teacher, Marcy DeLaurent, is brought in as translator as Carl and Donovan work to solve the mystery of the failing crops. However, someone is determined to stop Carl and company from unearthing the strange source of Cheiron’s problems… Things are about to take a violent turn, and the hunters are quickly becoming the hunted. Carl is now faced with a life and death struggle – to find out the mystery behind the Cheiron problem while trying to save his own life. But is this world collapsing too fast for anyone to save? Crisis on Cheiron is the original debut novel from renowned science fiction author Juanita Coulson. Corporate espionage and sabatoge, thrilling action, and interplanetary science create a non-stop adventure that you won’t be able to put down.



Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo) The Heartbreakers [YA Personal Relationships Drama w/Romance]

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:03:31 GMT

*The Heartbreakers* by Ali Novak (Fantastic Fiction (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/n/ali-novak/)) is the 1st novel in her The Heartbreak Chronicles series of YA contemporary teen drama with strong f/m romantic elements apparently centred around the members of a popular band, this one a bit of a tearjerker exploring conflicting personal relationships, starring a girl who can't stand their music but meets and falls for a cute boy who turns out to be the lead singer, in the course of getting their autographs as a present for her chronically ill triplet sister, and embarking on a whirlwind potential courtship which leaves her feeling guilty about considering pursuing a relationship with a presumably traveling musician while her sister may be dying of cancer, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks' Fire imprint. This is apparently another one of their authors who got her start with a hit story on self-publishing platform Wattpad as a teen and wound up with a publishing contract as a result, which seems like a pretty nice way to get your works discovered. :2thumbsup Currently free @ B&N (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-heartbreakers-ali-novak/1121010261?ean=9781492612575), Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Heartbreakers-Heartbreak-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00UTWFVDK/) & Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/ebook/the-heartbreakers-1) & iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/the-heartbreakers/id977740490?mt=11) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ali_Novak_The_Heartbreakers?id=g6loBwAAQBAJ) (all available to Canadians) *Description* Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara-even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again. Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life? But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver – dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band – when her sister could be dying of cancer? Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.



Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo) From Depths We Rise [Xtian Tragedy-Coping Faith Memoir]

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:41:11 GMT

*From Depths We Rise: A Journey of Beauty from Ashes* by Sarah Rodriguez is her inspirational memoir about clinging to her faith in the face of a string of misfortunes and tragedies and finding comfort and renewal, free for a limited time courtesy of Christian publisher Barbour Books' Shiloh Run Press imprint. Currently free @ B&N (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-depths-we-rise-sarah-rodriguez/1123400648?ean=9781683220220), Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Depths-We-Rise-Journey-Beauty-ebook/dp/B01DQ93D0K/) & Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/from-depths-we-rise) (neither available to Canadians). May also be free at Google Play in the US, where they have an entire catalogue Canadians don't see. For some reason this doesn't seem to exist as an ebook at ChristianBook, although that may be another geo-restriction catalogue trick. *Description* a miraculous story of hope and overcoming. . .a journey of beauty from ashes Sarah Rodriguez experienced more loss and heartache in a short period of time than most people will endure in a lifetime. Infertility. Her husband Joel’s cancer diagnosis (not once, but twice). Miscarriage. Her husband’s death. Her two-week-old baby girl in a fight for her life. . . Still, Sarah clung to her faith. And it was that imperfect faith that helped Sarah march toward the purpose from her pain. From Depths We Rise is a miraculous story of hope and overcoming. Sarah's is a journey of beauty from ashes, of marching toward purpose out of the pain. Her awe-inspiring story will encourage you to grasp tightly to your faith and to rise above even the most daunting of circumstances.



Free (Kindle) Gentle City by John Burke [Newcomer Town Secrets Investigation Western]

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:01:54 GMT

*Gentle City* by the late English author John Burke (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?11265), Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burke_(author))) is a vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, this one with investigative thriller elements, starring a mild-mannered newcomer storekeep whose behaviour is viewed suspiciously by the locals, having an obvious gunslinging past and stirring up trouble looking into whatever happened to the apparently vanished Jacksons, a mystery whose solution might have a deadly cost, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint. This was originally published in 1955 by Panther Books using the pseudonym Russ Ames. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Gentle-City-John-Burke-ebook/dp/B071G6JLS2/) (available to Canadians and in the UK and pretty much everywhere else they sell worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Grant has been viewed with great suspicion by the residents of Gentle City since the day he arrived. They say he didn’t look the sort of man to look after a quaint store in a small town. The job just doesn’t quite fit him. For he’s got gunman’s eyes, steely and sharp, and is quick as a shot. Of course, it didn’t help matters when he nailed the taboo name of ‘Jackson’ above his door. He claims he came to Gentle City to settle down. It’s not a complete lie. After his rowdy past, he was looking forward to the quiet life. But he’s interested in the Jacksons. Too interested. He wants to find out what happened to them. That’s all: just find out. But if Grant thinks he can return to his new peaceful life in Gentle City after this, he’s got another thing coming. As the mystery starts to unravel, things start to get rough. The old feud is not dead. And then there’s Molly Maclear… The further tangled up in the town’s troubles – and his own – he gets, it becomes clearer there’s no going back. So he does what any good hero does. He goes ahead.



Free (Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Deadly Silence [Client-Endangering PI Romantic Suspense]

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:43:51 GMT

*Deadly Silence* by Rebecca Zanetti (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Zanetti)) is the 1st novel in the Blood Brothers series of f/m contemporary romantic suspense, this one pairing together a paralegal with an endangered present who turns for help to a PI currently trying to outrun a deadly past as together, they fight crime! race for survival against the forces which now threaten them both, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline's Eternal imprint. This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. Apparently these are kind of a spin-off/tie-in to her Sin Brothers series, according to the customer reviews. Currently free @ Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Silence-Blood-Brothers-Book-ebook/dp/B01JON8K82/) & iTunes UK (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/deadly-silence-blood-brothers-book-1/id1140807419?mt=11) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rebecca_Zanetti_Deadly_Silence_Blood_Brothers?id=CqHUDAAAQBAJ) & Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/deadly-silence-blood-brothers-book-1) (available to UK & EU when I spot-checked assorted regional stores, YMMV) *Description* Deadly Silence is the first book in New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti's breathtaking romantic suspense series, Blood Brothers, that will be loved by fans of Karen Rose, Kylie Brant, Elaine Levine, Maya Banks's KGI series and Lisa Jackson. Run for your life... And don't look back. Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. Helping out a friend has put not only her job but her life in jeopardy. Zara needs help from someone she can trust - she just doesn't expect it to be the mysterious PI who recently appeared in her life. Ryker Jones has problems of his own, including recovering from his investigative agency's recent brutal loss of a client. He wants to keep Zara at arm's length - and protect her from the reality of what he's running from. But when danger arrives on Zara's doorstep, Ryker can't walk away. He might be the only one who can save her - if his deadly past doesn't catch up with them first... For more addictive romantic suspense look out for the rest of the titles in the Blood Brothers and Sin Brothers series. And for thrilling passion played out against a dangerous race for survival, look for the titles in The Scorpius Syndrome series: Mercury Striking, Shadow Falling, Justice Ascending.



Free (Kindle/Kobo/iTunes UK) The Lost Rider [Homecoming Contemporary Western Romance]

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:26:54 GMT

*The Lost Rider* by Harper Sloan (Fantastic Fiction (https://www.ffadultsonly.com/s/harper-sloan/)) is the 1st novel in the Coming Home series of f/m contemporary western romance, centred around the Davis horse farming family, this one a first chance reunion romance between a former rodeo star retiring to the family business and noticing that his best friend's little sister, whose teenaged crush he once stomped all over, has turned from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan who hasn't forgotten how he broke her heart once, making her wary of his doing so twice, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline's Eternal imprint. Currently free @ Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Rider-Coming-Home-Book-ebook/dp/B01NAIA24F/) & iTunes UK (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/lost-rider-coming-home-book-1/id1185525739?mt=11) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Harper_Sloan_Lost_Rider_Coming_Home?id=_ye0DQAAQBAJ) & Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/lost-rider-coming-home-book-1) (available to UK only when I spot-checked assorted regional stores, YMMV) *Description* Lost Rider is the first novel in the Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan. Perfect for fans of Kelly Elliott, Diana Palmer, Jennifer Ryan and Maisey Yates. Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he's off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he's never taken much of a shine to. But now that it's his late father's legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over? Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick's childhood - his younger sister's best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick's life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen - and Maverick can't help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago? Want more rugged, charismatic cowboys? Look out for Kiss My Boots, the second sultry novel in this sizzling Texas-set series.



Free (Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Winter's Fairytale [Xmas Reconciliation Literary w/Romance]

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:25:09 GMT

*Winter's Fairytale* by British author Maxine Morrey (Fantastic Fiction (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/maxine-morrey/)) is her standalone festive cozy heartwarming contemporary literary/women's fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, where a chance meeting brings two estranged former acquaintances—a jilted bride and the best man who delivered the news at her would-be wedding—together for the holidays for a possible friendly reconciliation and maybe more, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins' Mills & Boon acquisition's Carina UK imprint for digital-first titles in non-dedicated-romance genres. This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and the full blurb says it was the winner of publisher Carina UK's #WriteChristmas competition. :santahug: Currently free @ Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winters-Fairytale-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B01666HA22/), iTunes UK (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/winters-fairytale/id1047253387?mt=11), Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Maxine_Morrey_Winter_s_Fairytale?id=cbepCgAAQBAJ), Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/winter-s-fairytale) (available to the UK, also South America & Japan (via iTunes) when I spot-checked assorted regional stores, YMMV) *Description* Step into a winter wonderland and fall in love in the snow this Christmas… Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… A few weeks before Christmas and a sudden blanketing of snow has closed the roads and brought public transport grinding to a halt, stranding Izzy miles from home and in desperate need of rescuing. That doesn’t mean she’s looking to bump into Rob and spend a cosy weekend holed up in his swanky flat watching London become a winter wonderland! Because Izzy and Rob have history… Six months ago, they were standing in the vestry of a beautiful country church, while best man Rob delivered the news that every bride dreads on their big day. But at the time of year when anything is possible, can Rob and Izzy let go of the past and let Christmas work its magic? Or will this be one holiday wish that Izzy lets walk right out of her life… Winner of the Carina UK #WriteChristmas competition



Free (DRM-free) Doctoral Supervision: Organization and Dialogue [Educational Theory]

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:20:10 GMT

*Doctoral Supervision: Organization and Dialogue* by Søren S. E. Bengtsen (faculty profile (http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/soeren-smedegaard-ernst-bengtsen(e859039e-b324-4949-9e60-e94234e636ff)/cv.html?id=38772402)), an associate professor at Aarhus University, is his specialized medical management educational theory book, observing and examining the current approaches towards the supervision of doctors and their training in Denmark and Britain and proposing improvements for the future, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark. This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for December. Currently free through December directly @ the university's dedicated promo page (https://en.unipress.dk/m%C3%A5nedens-gratis-e-bog/) (DRM-free PDF available worldwide in return for your valid email address, approx 3 mb), and you can read more about the book on its regular catalogue page (https://en.unipress.dk/udgivelser/d/doctoral-supervision/) *Description* This book presents a comprehensive and systematic description of the underlying pedagogy inherent in doctoral supervision and its institutional context. It argues that doctoral supervision relies on an advanced form of pedagogy that is often tacit for both students and supervisors. The target audience for this book includes doctoral supervisors and students, people conducting research and developmental work in the field of doctoral education, and stakeholders and intellectual leaders in a broader academic context. The author of this book presents the results of an extensive study of the research on doctoral supervision and education together with his own empirical findings from qualitative observation and interview studies at both Danish and British universities.



Free (DRM-free) Statens idéhistorie [Danish Academic Political Theory & Idea History]

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:15:22 GMT

*Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik* (History of Ideas of the State: Power, violence, and politics) by Mikkel Thorup (faculty profile (http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/idemt@hum.au.dk)), a professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, is his academic book about the history of political ideas related to the modern state, focusing on the subtitular trifecta of posited core threads in the formation of states and their enduring influence and results of their application, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark. This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for December. Currently free through December directly @ the university's dedicated promo page (https://unipress.dk/m%C3%A5nedens-gratis-e-bog/) (DRM-free PDF available worldwide in return for your valid email address, approx 2 mb), and you can read more about the book on its regular catalogue page (https://unipress.dk/udgivelser/s/statens-id%C3%A9historie/) *Beskrivelse på dansk* Næsten 200. Så mange stater er der i verden. Der er mange slags - lige fra velfærdsstater til fejlslagne stater og diktaturer. Men fælles for alle stater er, at deres historie, tilblivelse og udvikling kan opsummeres af tre små ord: magt, vold og politik. De tre ord udgør kernen i enhver stat. For staten vil bestemme, hvordan vi skal opføre os. Den straffer os, hvis vi bryder dens love, og den påstår endda, at dens beslutninger er i fællesskabets interesse. Staten strækker sin tilstedeværelse lige til grænsen og ud i enhver pore af vort sociale liv, samtidig med at den kun kan eksistere, hvis vi tror på den. På den måde er staten blevet vor tids Gud. Allestedsnærværende, men alligevel fjern og fiktiv. Statens idéhistorie. Magt, vold og politik viser tankerne om staten og dens tre uundværlige grundstoffer. Og den trækker en rød tråd gennem en række afgørende fokuspunkter i dens lange og komplekse idéhistorie. For bag borgerkrige og koncentrationslejre, hackere og pirater, liberalisme og konservatisme gemmer der sig altid en kamp for eller imod statens totalitære herredømme.



Free (DRM-free) Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein [Award-Win Vintage Science Fiction]

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 08:39:07 GMT

*Double Star* by the late Robert A. Heinlen ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?29), Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Heinlein), SFE (http://sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/heinlein_robert_a), a recipient of multiple awards and honours, including being named the SFWA's first ever Grand Master, is his vintage classic science fiction novel, this one apparently a standalone dealing with interplanetary politics, starring an unemployed actor hired to play a role with unexpectedly high stakes, with the fate of Mars potentially hanging in the balance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press. This is one of their two featured Free Book of the Month selections for December :xmas: (the other is a repeat of Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn's collection Soulmates (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=288224), with a new tie-in offer) and was originally published in 1956 by Doubleday, winning that year's Hugo Award for Best Novel :elf:. Currently free through the month of December directly @ the publisher's dedicated promo page (http://www.phoenixpick.com/botm/Christmas.htm) (DRM-free ePub & Mobi bundle available worldwide; follow the instructions on the webpage to reset the price in the cart to $0.00) There are two Heinlein-related tie-in offers this month, for two more of his vintage classic novels, offered separately for $2.99 each, which is a nice touch, since like me, you might have already picked one or the other up from previous tie-in bundle offers. Anyway, they're for his juveniles, Podkayne of Mars from 1963 and Time for the Stars from 1956, and if you don't already have either, there's a bundle discount to grab them both for just $5.50. *Description* Many of Heinlein’s fans consider the novels he wrote in the fifties amongst the author’s strongest work; when he was at the peak of his talents. Double Star is considered by many to be the finest of his titles. Brian Aldiss called it his “most enjoyable novel.” Whether it is the simplicity of a lively tale, the complexity of the situation, or the depth of characterization, the book has developed a loyal following. It also won Heinlein his first Hugo. The story revolves around Lawrence Smith—also known as “Lorenzo the Great”—a down-and-out actor wasting the remainder of his life in bars. When he encounters a space-pilot who offers him a drink, before he knows what is going on, he is on Mars involved in a deep conspiracy with global consequences. He is given a mission where failure would not only mean his own death, it would almost certainly mean an all-out planetary war.



Nook Tablet 7 discounted to $29.99 (12-1 only)

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:39:00 GMT

Posting this price reduction/temporary sale in case anyone else is interested in low-spec China-ecosystem tablets pretending to be eReaders. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nook-tablet-7-inch-barnes-noble/1124589342 Specs from XDA ---Quote--- The Nook Tablet 7 is an entry-level tablet from Barnes & Noble. It features a 7" IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, giving it 171ppi. It's powered by a MediaTek MT8163 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, with Mali-M720 MP2 graphics. It comes with 8GB internal storage, with another 128GB available via microSD card. There's a 5MP camera on the rear and a 2MP camera up front. The Nook 7 has a 3000mAh battery, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a mono speaker, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, giving it full access to the Google Play store. ---End Quote---