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Checkered Crime: A Laurel London Mystery

Fiction > Humor & Satire
Author: Tonya Kappes
FREE

Checkered Crime: A Laurel London Mystery

Laurel London is one tough cookie. Orphaned and with one heckuva checkered past, she’s grown street smart and no one is going to tell her different, even if it means getting tangled up with the wrong side of the law. After terrorizing Walnut Grove, Kentucky all her adolescent life, she’s back and she’s ready to go on the up and up. Make something of herself. Prove the citizens of Walnut Grove wrong and make them admit she’s somebody.

But when mobster Trigger Finger Tony Cardozza jumps in the back of Laurel London’s car mistaking it for a taxi, she’s up to her ears in no good.

Recently fired and checkbook in the red, when Trigger offers to pay Laurel large wads of cash to drive him where he needs to go and keep her mouth shut, she’s all in.

Let It Snow (Passion & Promises Book 1)

 Romance > Fantasy
Author: Erica Ridley
FREE

Let It Snow (Passion & Promises Book 1)

A fairy tale filled with magic…
Adventurer Lance Desmond needs to produce a fortune before his arch-rival collects the bounty on his head. He risks an ancient curse to retrieve treasure hidden within icebound Castle Cavanaugh, only to become trapped inside. Not with the gold he so desperately needs, but with medieval Princess Marigold who’s been cooling her heels since… well, medieval times.

The lonely princess refuses to acknowledge the blossoming attraction between them. Not just because she deserves a better future than a penniless rogue. But because at midnight, he’ll vanish like all her other would-be heroes. And the evergreen in the parlor will have one more figurine hanging from its boughs…

The Influencer Economy: How to Launch Your Idea, Share It with the World, and Thrive in the Digital Age

 Self-Help > Creativity
Author: Ryan Williams
FREE

The Influencer Economy: How to Launch Your Idea, Share It with the World, and Thrive in the Digital Age

In order to thrive in the digital age, you don’t need to go to business school. You don’t need an Ivy League degree. You don’t need to know celebrities. And you don’t need to have a lot of money. You just need to learn the new business framework from the thriving leaders of the Influencer Economy.

Reinventing your career is a daunting task. You cannot afford to wait to be hired by the right company, nor can you wait for the perfect job to find you. The modern professional needs to take chargeby “laddering-up” their career to launch their own business idea, build their influencer network, and thrive as an expert in their business field.

In The Influencer Economy, Ryan Williams teaches his three step business launch framework, complete with lessons and actions for anyone to reinvent their career. He offers insights into how to launch a passion project, grow an online business, and take any entrepreneurial company to new heights.

Christmas at Valley Rise (Miracle at Valley Rise)

 Romance > Holidays > Inspirational
Author: Karen Welch
FREE

Christmas at Valley Rise (Miracle at Valley Rise)

It’s Christmas at Valley Rise Farm, the time each year when the Moss family, along with their friends and neighbors, gather to share love, laughter, music and the miracle of the season. But this year, for Carter Moss and Staci Henderson, there are more pressing issues to be dealt with. Carter has a new stepmother, another wedge in his already strained relationship with his father. Staci juggles school, a job and the recent loss of her grandfather, along with her mother’s often unpredictable moods. To make things even more complicated, while they may have grown up together, been childhood friends and even confidantes, for Carter and Staci, things have taken an awkward and unexpected turn.

Bewitching Kisses (Bewitching Kisses Series Book 1)

 Historical Romance > Romantic Comedy
Author: Rainy Kirkland
FREE

Bewitching Kisses (Bewitching Kisses Series Book 1)

Betrayed by a greedy half-brother who coveted her inheritance, then accused by her superstitious Salem neighbors of practicing witchcraft, Sarah Townsend found herself kidnapped, sold into bondage, and thrown into the hold of a ship bound for Williamsburg Virginia. A Puritan who believes to show one’s bare arm is a sin, now finds herself in Williamsburg where the residents strive to follow the latest fashions in London.

The Minus Faction – Episode One: Breakout

 Science Fiction > Cyberpunk
Author: Rick Wayne, Robert Sammelin, Karen Conlin
FREE

The Minus Faction - Episode One: Breakout

An enigmatic mastermind recruits four people with extraordinary abilities and offers them everything they want in exchange for the impossible. But after one of them uncovers a plot to hack the human race, they’re not sure which side they’re on — just that not all of them will survive.

Beaten. Burned. Broken.

Capt. John Regent returns a paraplegic after escaping months of captivity and torture — except no one knows who took him or what he disclosed.

When a government agent comes for answers, she discovers John’s fantastical secret and sets him at war with his own country. But the veteran in the wheelchair has one last mission, and he’ll fight off the powers-that-be long enough to save the life of a troubled soldier — even if it costs John his own.

Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1

 Fantasy > Romantic
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99

Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks . . . until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death—a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone—Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae. . . .

The Queen of the Big Time: A Novel (Trigiani, Adriana)

 Women’s Fiction > Sagas
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99

The Queen of the Big Time: A Novel (Trigiani, Adriana)

In the late 1800s, the residents of a small village in the Bari region of Italy, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, made a mass migration to the promised land of America. They settled in Roseto, Pennsylvania, and re-created their former lives in their new home–down to the very last detail of who lived next door to whom. The village’s annual celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel–or “the Big Time,” as the occasion is called by the young women who compete to be the pageant’s Queen–is the centerpiece of Roseto’s colorful old-world tradition.

The industrious Castellucas farm the land outside Roseto. Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life “in town,” far from the rigors of farm life, which have taken a toll on her mother and forced her father to take extra work in the slate quarries to make ends meet.

Superman: Red Son

 Comics & Graphic Novels > Superheroes
Author: MARK MILLAR, DAVE JOHNSON, KILIAN PLUNKETT
Regularly $17.99, Today $4.99

Superman: Red Son

What if baby Superman had crashed on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain and grew up to become Stalin’s right-hand man? Alive with historical figures and a host of familiar superheroes, including Batman and Wonder Woman as you’ve never seen them before, this superb graphic novel takes the arms race and infuses it with the thrilling powers of Kryptonite.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

 Gastronomy > History
Author: Tom Standage
Regularly $11.99, Today $2.99

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history.
Throughout human history. certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade.

Lost in the City

 Short Stories > United States
Author: Edward P. Jones
Regularly $5.99, Today $1.99

Lost in the City

A magnificent collection of short fiction focusing on the lives of African-American men and women in Washington, D.C., Lost in the City is the book that first brought author Edward P. Jones to national attention. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and numerous other honors for his novel The Known World, Jones made his literary debut with these powerful tales of ordinary people who live in the shadows in this metropolis of great monuments and rich history. Lost in the City received the Pen/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction and was a National Book Award Finalist.

The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader’s Circle)

 Fantasy > Magical Realism
Author: Alice Hoffman
Regularly $11.99, Today $1.99

The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts. Elinor can detect falsehood. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people’s dreams when they sleep. Granddaughter Stella has a mental window on the future—a future that she might not want to see.

In The Probable Future this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past—and a very current murder—against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England. By turns chilling and enchanting, The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows’s legacy as young Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance. Her potential to ruin or redeem becomes unbearable when one of her premonitions puts her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide.

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