They're out now! Here are the December 2014 Samsung Book Deals selections from the Kindle store (in the order in which Amazon presented them). Click on Samsung Book Deals to learn how this works. None of these selections is currently available as a NOOK book.
- The Silver Falcon by Katia Fox
Normally $4.99 in the Kindle Store
Genres: fiction, historical fiction, fantasyQuote:
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Eleven-year-old William yearns for the life of a falconer—training the magnificent birds of prey for the favored sport of medieval England’s nobility. But in the boy’s clubfoot his mother sees a sign from the gods: like the legendary Hephaestus of ancient mythology, William is bound to wield a blacksmith’s hammer. So his future lies in the smoky foundries of a swordmaker rather than the rolling fields of a falcon master.
Then fate plays its hand: William rescues the wounded bird of King Henry himself, gains favor with the grateful monarch, and at last sees his deepest desire within reach. But with his new life as apprentice falconer at a nobleman’s castle begins a tumultuous coming-of-age. The years to come will bring triumph and tragedy, friendship and treachery, truest love and most brutal loss. Yet through it all, he will never stop battling—for justice, joy, and the chance to soar skyward in spirit beside his beloved falcons.
Genres: fiction crime fiction, mystery, detective story, people & cultures
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua spent seven years in the San Francisco Police Department, where the job was just a job and solving crimes required cool detachment. But back home on American Samoa, life is personal—especially for a cop. Because on a small island where no one is a stranger and secrets are widely known but never discussed, solving crimes requires a certain…finesse.
Here, Apelu must walk the line between two cultures: Samoan versus American, native versus new. And that gulf never yawns wider than when a white family’s home in Pago Pago is burglarized. And what appears to be a simple, open-and-shut case turns out to anything but. As the evidence piles up, Apelu follows a tangled trail between cultures, dead bodies, hidden codes, and a string of lies on his hunt for the ugly truth buried at the heart of paradise.
Set against the steamy backdrop of the Samoan jungle, this thoughtful whodunit introduces a memorable new gumshoe to the ranks of detective fiction.
- Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano
Genres: fiction, contemporary romance
Overview (from BN.com):
Sometimes the truth hurts.
Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law, and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.
Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn’t rip them apart.
About the Author:
Born in Elkton, Maryland, Donna Fasano met her knight in shining armor—a logical scientist type—when she was still a teen. They married, raised two children, and currently live in Northern Delaware with their wild-dingo-of-a-dog, Roo. Donna loves to read and has an eclectic taste when it comes to fiction. She collects cookbooks and loves to use them. She hikes, bikes, and kayaks (physical activity is necessary due to her love affair with food). Donna has been writing romance novels and women's fiction since 1989. Her books have sold nearly four million copies worldwide, and she is pleased to be able to say she's a USA Today bestselling author.
- Indexing by Seanan McGuire
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, fiction, paranormal, supernatural, mystery
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
“Never underestimate the power of a good story.”
Good advice…especially when a story can kill you.
For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected—perhaps infected is a better word—by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.
That's where the ATI Management Bureau steps in, an organization tasked with protecting the world from fairy tales, even while most of their agents are struggling to keep their own fantastic archetypes from taking over their lives. When you're dealing with storybook narratives in the real world, it doesn't matter if you're Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or the Wicked Queen: no one gets a happily ever after.
Indexing is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s new urban fantasy where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.
This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book.
Christianaudio's monthly freebie for December 2014:
The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent
Author John Piper
Narrator Maurice England
Runtime 2 Hrs. - Unabridged
Downloads ZIP M4B MP3
Regular Price: $5.98
Member Price: FREE
Special Price: $4.98
Availability: Unrestricted (available worldwide)Quote:
The Christmas season is often one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year, and it’s easy to lose sight of what makes it special. Helping us refocus on what’s truly important, well-known pastor and author John Piper leads readers through twenty-four short meditations on Advent. The devotionals—drawn from Piper’s extensive preaching and teaching ministry—lead readers to ponder afresh the birth of Jesus, Israel’s long-awaited Messiah and the Savior of the world. Reflecting on several Scriptural texts, this accessible volume aims to direct individuals, families, and churches to the most glorious dawning of indestructible joy the world has ever seen: the incarnation of the Son of God.
The University of Chicago Press monthly freebie for December 2014 is
Swordfish: A Biography of the Ocean Gladiator
by Richard Ellis
296 pages | 51 halftones, 3 line drawings | 6×9 | ©2013
E-book Free! See below (about e-books)
ISBN: 9780226922904 Published April 2013
“Swordfish has plenty to offer, from striking facts to adventures on the high seas.… Ellis paints the picture of an enigmatic fish and delivers plenty for the reader to enjoy.”—Times Literary Supplement
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Wildside's new FREE EBOOK MONDAY Release! (For December 1, 2014)
Christmas—the very word conjures up memories of the most wondrous childhood holiday of all—filled with the glitter of colorfully-wrapped presents, family visits, carols, photographs, decorating the tree, attendance at church to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, and tummy-stuffing dinners tucked with treats seen at no other time of the year. But the yule holiday has been celebrated for at least two centuries in North America, and our writers have been producing memorable stories about this unique day for almost as long.
Here are 25 Christmas stories old and new, tales to delight, to entrance, to beguile, and even to sadden a whole new generation of readers. From Nina Kiriki Hoffman's poignant "Lazelle Family Christmas" to Jacob A. Riis's gut-wrenching portrait of the holiday in the 1890s slums of New York to Johnston McCulley's riveting tale of Christmas in the Old West, we experience every possible facet of this most precious day of the year.
So sit back and relive your memories once again, as recreated through the eyes of some of the finest writers of their time!
Included in this volume are:
INTRODUCTION, by Robert Reginald
THE SUBSTITUTE SHOPPER, by Edna A. Collamore
CAN’T SEE THE TREE FOR THE FOREST by Skadi meic Beorh
THE GIFT, by Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
SANTA’S STOLEN SACK, by S. Omar Barker
CHRISTMAS TREE DETAIL, by Johnston McCulley
THE SANTA TRAP, by Robin Aurelian
LAZELLE FAMILY CHRISTMAS, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
THE CHRISTMAS CRAZIES: A GRIFF & FATS STORY, by Gary Lovisi
SCROOGE 3000, by Michael McCarty
A HELL OF A CHRISTMAS, by Michael McCarty
THE CHRISTMAS BANE, by S. Clayton Rhodes
THE CHRISTMAS EVE GHOST, by Ernest Dudley
DOG EAT DOG: A CHRISTMAS TALE, by Robert Reginald
WHEN THE YULE LOG BURNS, by Leona Dalrymple
MERRY CHRISTMAS IN THE TENEMENTS, by Jacob A. Riis
THE RAPTURE OF HETTY, by Mary Hallock Foote
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL, by Henry Van Dyke
CHRISTMAS: A STORY, by Zona Gale
COLONEL CROCKETT’S CO-OPERATIVE CHRISTMAS, by Rupert Hughes
THE BIRDS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL, by Kate Douglas Wiggin
THE MERRYVALE BOYS: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AT MERRYVALE, by Alice Hale Burnett
PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD-WILL TO DOGS, by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
HOW IT HAPPENED, by Kate Langley Bosher
THE LITTLE CITY OF HOPE: A CHRISTMAS STORY, by F. Marion Crawford
ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE EVENING , by Grace S. Richmond
Finally, PhoenixPick's monthly freebie for December 2014 - click the link and follow the directions on the page it takes you to:
Kevin J. Anderson and Steven Savile
WINNER OF THE LIFEBOAT TO THE STARS AWARD 2013
ISBN 978-1-61242-047-9 , 204 Pages, Trade Paperback 5” x 8”
The Beacon has spent generations reaching a home away from home, only to discover that Earth now has faster-than-light ships and a ruthless dictator who wants to lay claim to their dream. Can Captain Jorie Taylor stave off almost certain disaster and save their dream?
This is the first book in the critically acclaimed Stellar Guild series which pairs bestselling veteran authors with newer ones.
"Reminiscent of Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea books…this proposed series could be a stand-out."
Enter a land of volcanoes and earthquakes, plagues and typhoons, of island nations separated by water but bound by fear of the spirits they imprisoned to control their volatile environment. In Racing the Dark, the first act in a grand dance of loyalty, love, sacrifice, and death is about to begin.
Like the other women of her nameless backwater island, Lana had always expected to become a diver and harvest precious jewels from a fish native to their surrounding freshwater seas. But during her initiation dive, she receives a horrifying gift—a blood-red jewel that marks her as someone with power. Someone to be used.
Though Lana hides the jewel, the power it represents drives her family away from their home island, and Lana into an apprenticeship with a one-armed witch with a peculiar interest in her fate. The witch hides the extent of her own power (and of her intentions) even as she trains Lana in geas—the spells and incantations that allow humans to sacrifice for control of the spirits.
But powers far greater and intrigues far older than anything she could imagine are driving Lana down a dangerous road. When she dares to use a dark, ancient geas to save her mother's life, she is set onto a path toward becoming a creature beyond her wildest imaginings. A creature of great power...and a perfect pawn of the spirits themselves, in their bid to break free of a millennia-long imprisonment.
A bold new talent in fantasy fiction, 25-year-old Alaya Dawn Johnson has created an unforgettable coming-of-age story set in a world where wielding power requires understanding the true meaning of sacrifice.
For a decade, Amy Dickinson has been the Chicago Tribune's signature general advice columnist, helping readers with questions both personal and pressing. Her column is syndicated in over 150 newspapers nationally and internationally, and Ask Amy: Advice for Better Living is the very first collection of her daily columns, which are read by an estimated 22 million people.
Featuring over 200 question-and-answer columns taken from 2011–2013, this book is filled with warm, witty, and insightful advice. After taking over for the legendary advice columnist Ann Landers in 2003, Dickinson charmed her way into readers' lives with her sensible takes on etiquette, relationships, and the gray areas of day-to-day life. Her wry humor and practical wisdom comes through in her eloquently crafted tips on problems both personal and professional.
Broken down into distinct categories, Dickinson tackles issues ranging from marital to financial, familial to romantic. Having trouble with in-laws, online platforms, or a pesky sibling? Dickinson has answers for those questions and more. She's not one to mince words, and faces the problems head-on with honest and thoughtful advice. Ask Amy: Advice for Better Living is a great collection to have on hand, written in the tone of a best friend who gives the hard truth and a comforting hand in troubled times.
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Publication Date 13 December 2013
Weight 11 oz.
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Racing the Dark is the first book in a trilogy called The Spirit Binders. The second book is The Burning City. The author has this note on her website about the third book:
"Unfortunately, finances and publishing being what they are, the Spirit Binders is on indefinite hiatus. I would love to return to it at some point in the future, but at the moment it's simply not feasible."
Free Audible audiobook:
- Written by: Hans Christian Andersen
- Narrated by: Julia Whelan
- Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
The Snow Queen will be free until January 31, 2015.
Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year Julia Whelan performs one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales, The Snow Queen. This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.
Public Domain (P)2014 Audible Inc.
ComiXology is offering a 12 Days of Christmas freebies sale; today's day 4. Here's the page showing all 12 freebies: http://comixology.tumblr.com/12days. NOTE: each day's freebie offer ends at 11 pm, Eastern Time.
Another Audible freebie:
Erica Page, the protagonist of Amazon and WayForward's upcoming game Til Morning's Light, is already sick of the boring New England town that her family now calls home. There's nothing to do in beige Leisterville except browse the Internet, update her blog, and investigate "supernatural phenomena" with her weird new friend Angie. However, when their research yields more-than-convincing results and tragedy strikes, it's up to Erica to enter the mysterious mansion on Hamilton Road and discover the truth about her new hometown.
Told through Erica's blog posts, The Private Blog of Erica Page is the audio prequel to Til Morning's Light, an eerie action-adventure game coming soon exclusively for the Fire Phone.
©2014 Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
End of the year special! GET UP TO 21 FREE EBOOKS!If you like our MEGAPACK™ ebook series, here's your chance to stock up! Get up to 21 FREE ebooks with this 21-day BOGO (buy one, get one free) special offer!
WHAT TO DO
Starting today through December 31, you can get a free MEGAPACK™ (or 99 cents off any other ebook) when you buy one at wildsidepress.com.
Use coupon code CHARLESDICKENS at checkout.
99 cents will be deducted from your order of $1.98 or more.
Each customer can use the coupon code up to 21 times—once per day through December 31, 2014. (Or blow them all in a single day on a MEGA shopping spree! We don't care!)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM WILDSIDE PRESS!
The Charles Dickens MEGAPACK™The "Christmas Story" (often a "Christmas Ghost Story") was a popular Victorian tradition. Charles Dickens, who surely needs no introduction today, took part with gusto, penning dozens of Christmas tales (the most famous being "A Christmas Carol"). We are delighted to include not just the standard fare of "A Christmas Carol," but a total of 25 great stories (more than 1,000 pages!) Dickens penned for Yuletide reading in this volume.
- A CHRISTMAS CAROL
- THE CHIMES
- THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH
- THE BATTLE OF LIFE
- THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN
- A CHRISTMAS TREE
- NOBODY'S STORY
- THE SCHOOLBOY'S STORY
- THE CHILD'S STORY
- THE POOR RELATION'S STORY
- THE SEVEN POOR TRAVELLERS
- THE HOLLY-TREE—THREE BRANCHES
- THE WRECK OF THE GOLDEN MARY
- THE TRIAL FOR MURDER
- GOING INTO SOCIETY
- SOMEBODY'S LUGGAGE
- MRS. LIRRIPER'S LODGINGS
- MRS LIRRIPER'S LEGACY
- DOCTOR MARIGOLD
- BARBOX BROTHERS
- BARBOX BROTHERS AND CO.
- THE BOY AT MUGBY
- THE SIGNAL-MAN
- NO THOROUGHFARE
- WHAT CHRISTMAS IS AS WE GROW OLDER
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The Danny Dunn SamplerAnd, as an added bonus, check out our Danny Dunn sampler. This classic young adult science fiction series is being republished by Wildside Press. The first two volumes are now available in ebook (paper editions will follow shortly). The Sampler includes the first 2 chapters of the first pair of books, plus reminiscences about the series by the children of authors Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin. Fun reading! Free ePub / Kindle / PDF
- Get the first full Danny Dunn ebook here!$3.99 ePub / Kindle
- Get the second full Danny Dunn ebook here!$3.99 ePub / Kindle
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Here's an excerpt from an email I received today, from MacMillan Audio:
It's hard to believe 2014 is almost over, but what a year it's been! We've had Grammy nods, great reviews, and the joy of publishing programs we love. Now it's onto 2015.
We wish you all a happy holidays and a good New Year! (Oh, and joyous audiobook time as well.)
FREE Christmas Story
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...
'Tis the season of giving and we are pleased to give our wonderful newsletter subscribers a free Christmas story. First published in 1823, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" has long been a Christmas tradition for families everywhere. Listen here to enjoy Clement Moore's classic poem read by the incomparable Jim Dale.
Best of the Year
All the audiobooks we published this year are our babies and we can't pick favorites...so we're letting the media do the work for us. The titles below have been singled out on various "Best of" lists and nominated for awards. All would make great gifts for friends, relatives or yourself! Click on any jacket to listen to an excerpt.
A Fighting Chance
By Elizabeth Warren
Read by the author
By John Waters
Read by the author
The Long Way Home
By Louise Penny
Read by Ralph Cosham
*AudioFile Best of 2014*
Words of Radiance
By Brandon Sanderson
Read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading
*AudioFile Best of 2014*
By Atul Gawande
Read Robert Petkoff
*AudioFile Best of 2014*
Have a Nice Guilt Trip
By Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Read by the authors
*AudioFile Best of 2014*
The Romanov Sisters
By Helen Rappaport
Read by Xe Sands
*Goodreads Choice Award*
By Rainbow Rowell
Read by the Rebecca Lowman
*Goodreads Choice Award*
By Marilynne Robinson
Read by Maggie Hoffman
*New York Times Notable*
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
By Hilary Mantel
Read by Jane Carr
*New York Times Notable*
The Laughing Monsters
By Denis Johnson
Read by Scott Shepherd
*New York Times Notable*
Deep Down Dark
By Hector Tobar
Read by Henry Leyva
*New York Times Notable*