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Recommendsday: October Kindle Offers

It’s officially autumn according to Amazon – and they’ve got a bunch of Kindle offers to celebrate. So here we go again with another batch of Kindle offers to test your will power and tempt you into a bit of impulse purchasing!

Lets start with some recent releases: I read Set on You by Amy Lea back in May when it came out – as I said in the quick review post at the time: I had a couple of quibbles with the start where the heroine and hero are both being annoying to each other, but mostly it’s fun, flirty romance and definitely worth 99p! Even newer is last week’s Book of the Week, Ashley Poston’s The Dead Romantics, which (as I mentioned in that post) and even newer still is yesterday’s Book of the Week, Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age which are both 99p. Previous BotW Nina de Grammont’s The Christie Affair is still 99p – the paperback is out now so I think that’s why.

Cover of The Christie Affair

Other previously mentioned books that are 99p are Mrs England by Stacey Halls about a nanny who takes a job at a creepy house in Yorkshire – I wrote about this in Mini Reviews last June. Going further back, Libby Page’s The Lido was a summer holiday read four (!) years ago and is also a bargainous 99p. Even longer agin, Nick Spalding’s Bricking It was a BotW in 2015 and is £1 (or free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member). One of Trisha Ashley’s Christmas books is on offer for 99p too – A Christmas Cracker was a BotW in 2015 as well. Going back even further, Lucy Dillon’s A Hundred Pieces of Me is 99p – I read it when it first came out in 2014 in the early days of the blog and before the BotW posts started and enjoyed it so much it made my favourite books of the year post.

In books that I probably should have written about before now, Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn is 99p – I have a lovely Virago hardback of this and it’s creepy and atmospheric and really good (and they still have that hardback on Amazon as well if you want a really pretty book). Three of the four Harper Connelly series are on offer this month – but annoyingly not the first one. I’ve written about other series and books by Charlaine Harris, but not this one (yet) – if you’ve read other Harris series, you’ll spot some crossovers. There’s a new edition of Christina Jones’s Going the Distance – which is one of her Milton St John series – I wrote an Authors I Love post about Jones back in 2016 and if you haven’t checked out her books you should – they’re exactly the sort of romantic comedies I wish there were more of (or at least were easier to identify) these days.

In books I haven’t read, but by authors I have read, there is Reputation by Lex Croucher – I’ve read Infamous (the sequel) and that has a queer Bridgerton vibe going on – the write ups for this one say it’s “Bridgerton meets Fleabag or Bad Education”. Then there is Casey McQuiston (of Red, White and Royal Blue)’s book One Last Stop which is a rom com about a subway crush – except that the girl that August has a crush on is displaced from the 1970s. The first in T J Klune’s YA series The Extraordinaries is 99p this month – which is a proper bargain considering what the rest of his books are. In non-fiction – because I can’t do a post without some non-fiction – Dan Jones’s Power and Thrones is 99p. It’s a history of the Middle Ages – I read his book about the Templars and it was really, really good. I have his book about King John on the pile – and he has a historical fiction book (his first novel) out now too.

This month’s 99p Terry Pratchetts are Only You Can Save the World – which is the first in the Johnny Maxwell series for kids and The Long War from the Long Earth series with Thief of Time from Discworld at £1.99. Also for the series collectors, this month’s J D Robb is Conspiracy in Death, number eight (of 56!) in the series. And Busman’s Honeymoon, the last Peter Wimsey novel (and the fourth of the Harriet and Peter ones) is 99p too. Which is excellent. Also in classic crime, Daughter of Time – aka the Josephine Tey about Richard III is 99p.

In books I own, but haven’t read yet, Charlie Homberg’s Paper Magician series is all on offer – and in KU too. As regular readers will know, I’m in the process of reading Great Circle – but the ebook is £1.99 today if you want to try and finish it before me! And finally, in books I impulse bought while writing this post, we have Heidi Stephens’ Never Gonna Happen which is 99p. Heidi writes The Guardian’s live blogs for Strictly Come Dancing and Eurovision and I’m excited to read a rom com by her – this is her second book and there is a third coming out at the end of November.

And that’s probably about enough. There are a few books on offer that I have on the kindle but haven’t read yet, but as we’ve now at about two dozen books, I should probably stop.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Recommendsday: August Kindle offers

It’s another month, so there’s a fresh batch of Kindle offers and I’ve been through them looking for the best bits and bobs. I’m sorry if this proves expensive for you – but trust me when I say that it’s as expensive for me as I put it all together!

Lets start off with some recent releases. The latest Veronica Speedwell, An Impossible Imposter is £1.99, which is a total bargain, and an earlier discount on this than I was expecting too. Even newer is the latest Christina Lauren, Something Wilder, which is 99p and came out towards the end of May. I was delighted to see as I’ve been really keen to read this as I really like Christina Lauren (as long as the characters aren’t pulling pranks on each other!). It’s not that long since Roomies was a Book of the Week – and obviously Unhoneymooners, Autoboyography and The Honey Don’t List have also been picks of various kinds too.

Also in new things I haven’t read yet, but are by authors I like and want to read is The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian, which is £1.99. And the previous book in the series, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb is the same price too. Bargain. In fact a whole bunch of Cat Sebastian is on offer at £1.99 right now – I’ve filled in all the gaps in my collections – basically if she wrote it it’s £1.99 – unless the two Page and Sommers books.

Back to the 99p bargains now but slightly older (as it came out last year), is Elizabeth Macneal’s Circus of Wonders which was also a Book of the Week and fellow 2021 BotW pick Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. Another BotW from 2021, Lucy Parker’s Battle Royal is £1.99. Then there is a whole stack of stuff that’s on my kindle waiting to be read that’s on offer for 99p – including The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test were Books of the Week), Dating Dr Dil by Nisha Sharma, The Flames by Sophie Haydock and Lost Property by Helen Paris.

On the non fiction front, Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five, which I thought was really brilliant, is 99p as is Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven, which is interesting but depressing and has just been turned into a TV miniseries. I don’t do ebook cookery books (I like to write on my recipes) but is you too Rukmini Iyer’s Green Barbecue is on offer. I love her Roasting Tin Books so much and this is the barbecue equivalent.

I’ve written about some of Anthony Horowitz’s other books – but I haven’t read any of his Sherlock Holmes or James Bond continuations, but two of them are on offer this month – The House of Silk and Forever and a Day. He’s also got a new book in one of his meta-y detective books out next week, but none of the previous Hawthorne books are on particularly good offers sadly.

In series you might be working your way through as they come on offer, this month’s Julia Quinn is Because of Miss Bridgerton which is the first of the Rokesby series which are prequels to the core Bridgerton books, and was a BotW here when it first came out. The 99p Georgette Heyer is The Toll-gate (one of my least favourites) with These Old Shades, Devil’s Cub, Beauvallet and a few others at £1.99. The Terry Pratchett is Sourcery which is the third in the Wizards sequence.

One final kids book to finish – The Great Troll War by Jasper Fforde is 99p. This is the most recent in the Last Dragonslayer series. I’ve only read the first one, but keep meaning to do the others.

Happy hump day everyone