Book 1 in the Brothers Sinister series is currently free (it's isn't always, but Milan does regular introductory deals for her series).
Books 1 and 3 in the Turner series are currently 95p at Amazon UK, and the box set is around £4.70. Given how much I enjoyed the Brothers Sinister, I'm just going to go for the boxed set rather than trying the starter first.
The Brothers Sinister: The Complete Boxed Set
The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister Book 1)
Unveiled (A Turner Series Book 1)
The Turner Series (An Enhanced Box Set)
Author page at Amazon US:
Courtney Milan at Amazon US
Amazon Australia (hi, SallyMN :-)
Author page at Kobo:
As previously noted:
99p Alan Garner - The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
£1.49 Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 20)
£1.69 The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries: The Most Complete Collection of Yuletide Whodunits Ever Assembled
(Note: this initially looked to me suspiciously like one of those anthologies assembled by collecting a lot of material which fell out of copyright in the US during the period when copyright had to be actively renewed, but it's a UK edition and a lot of the material is later than the "use it or lose it" period or pre-Mouse, so there's a mix of material.)
99p Tad Willams - The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar 1
(The next 2 books are also 99p each at Amazon and Kobo.)
£1.69 Kim Newman - Anno Dracula
£2.29 Tom's Midnight Garden
£1.99 Pippi Longstocking
£2.29 Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?
£1.49 First Term at Malory Towers (Malory Towers (Pamela Cox) Book 1)
Be warned that the few one star reviews are single stars because this is a "modernised" edition and not the original text.
99p Jen Frederick - Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles Book 1)
99p Jen Frederick - Taking Control (Kerr Chronicles Book 2)
Yes, *that* Jen Frederick, now known to be Jane Litte of Dear Author. I am... conflicted... about this one. I have no regrets about donating to her legal defence fund, and would do so again. But I think her actions relating to the dual identity amounted to catfishing, and were rank hypocrisy given how her DA persona would have treated any other author who did the same thing. Going to think a while longer about buying these.
ETA: katlinel notes in comments "many of Helen MacInnes' thrillers (WW2 and Cold War era) are available for 99p for Kindle at the moment." Bumping up to the post because it sounds like an author/series that if one of my friends likes it, several will.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
(Now to go back and check the rest of the deals for items of potential interest to this parish.)
ETA: also 99p at Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/
Testing would be appreciated... Also, I'm doing an overhaul in general, so if there is anything you've had a burning desire to see on my site, let me know. If it's a sensible suggestion, I'll consider how to incorporate it. If it's not sensible, I'm sure it will amuse everyone else to read about your burning desire in the comments.
One Size Fits All
Hugh's everything that Gavin could ask for in a lover. Everything, apart from his taste in underwear. Nothing wrong with the underwear, you understand, but that's the problem. It's boring. So Gavin decides to have a rummage through Hugh's underwear, just in case there's anything more interesting tucked away. And what he finds is so interesting that he tries it out for size...
If you are sitting in one of the gloomy patches of Britain looking at Midsummer's Eve grey skies, there is plenty of heat available to warm you up. :-) (Not just joking, either - our central heating came on this morning...)
Books. You know you want them.
Stuff I've already read and enjoyed:
The Wisteria Tearoom romantic mysteries
plus the new one which I haven't read but has just gone in my shopping basket
Misc historical romance
Just go and buy this if you like urban fantasy, okay? Chaz Brenchley's Northern Lights duology is stunning.
Steampunk Jeeves and Wooster pastiche
And another "latest in a series I already read"
I know I've missed some while skimming.
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What I Really Wanted for Christmas Sale
December 26, from midnight PST to midnight PST.
(At least) 25% off all currently available books. No coupons, no exceptions.
Also of likely interest to some of you : Ben Goldacre's Bad Pharma: How Medicine is Broken, And How We Can Fix It is at £1.49 this month, and about to be on my phone.
I've heard good things about Lev Grossman's The Magicians: (Book 1), but at £1.99 for Book 1 of however many, it's slightly too expensive for my "but what if I run out of books on my phone!!!"[*] impulse buying. I shall think about it a while longer.
Ditto The Time Traveller's Almanac: The Ultimate Treasury of Time Travel Fiction - Brought to You from the Future from the VanderMeers, at £2.39.
[*] Last weekend I'd got to the bus station after work on Friday before realising that my smartphone was not in my handbag but still on my desk, and I Had Nothing To Read on the bus, having deliberately left the treeware and the Kobo at home that morning to cut down weight. Panic ensued... This was as nothing to the tantrum on the bus this morning on realising that the Turing bio I'd taken the time to order before rather than after work had not actually synched onto the phone before I left home. Fortunately I found some free bus wifi to hook onto.
Even better, I went to Courtney Milan's website to pick up links for the books, and found a blogpost saying that the first full length novel in the series, The Duchess War, is free over the holiday season. (Except on Amazon at the moment, because Amazon will not let publishers set the price to free unless publishers remove the book from all other outlets.) Go and get it - there are links in that post to the various retailers where you can pick it up for free. There is a prequel novella, "The Governess Affair", which I read first, but I don't think you need to have read that for this one to make sense.
I will write reviews of the individual books, I promise, but for now I wanted to get the link to offer on The Duchess War out there.
ETA: And since I started writing the post, Amazon UK have price-matched, and it's free there as well: The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister Book Book 1)
The other Kindle item of potential interest to this parish is Alex Woolfson's gay sf romance comic "Artifice" which is currently on countdown deal at both Amazon US and Amazon UK. Deep discount, rising in price each day until it's back to normal price.
Lots of other stuff in the Kindle sale of potential interest to some of you, including large swathes of Neil Asher and Inspector Morse.
The Dreaming Void: The Void trilogy: Book One (Void Trilogy 1)
The Temporal Void: The Void trilogy: Book Two (Void Trilogy 2)
The Evolutionary Void (The Void Trilogy)
(I like Hamilton, but I'm not in the mood for what one reviewer described as "blockbuster epics so huge that the hardcovers can be used as aids to hippopotamus euthanasia", so I'm dithering on this one even at that price.)
My Word is My Bond: The Autobiography - Roger Moore's autobiography. I bought this when The Works was remaindering the hardback, and found it an enjoyable tour through the film industry, if not quite as entertaining as his friend David Niven's memoirs. And if you're old enough to remember Niven's memoirs with fondness, there is a (rather sad) coda to Niven's story from Moore. At 99p I bagged it in order to clear space by Oxfamming the hardback.
A Blunt Instrument - Georgette Heyer
One of Heyer's police procedurals, and great fun. At £2.07 not as heavily discounted as the others.
Yes, I have bought all three. They are DRMed, but that is the price point at which I'm willing to treat a book as disposable. (As in, if I saw the print version in The Works I'd be willing to buy it with the intention of recycling to Oxfam after reading to make space.)
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My shadowy mistresses at Loose Id would like me to point out that a number of other books are on special, some up to 50% off. You can find the Daily Deals page here (and I must grab the one I had my eye on while it's still on special): http://www.loose-id.com/specials/daily-
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