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Summer Books for 2013

Announcing: the Bargain Booksy summer reading list!

To celebrate the first official day of summer (in our part of the world, at least), we’ve collected a list of the best summer books to toss in your beach bag this year. We’ve hand-picked each book from a few places: Oprah’s list of the best summer reads for 2013, reader nominations, popular charts on Goodreads, and our own brains (and wish lists). This list of summer books to read is segmented by genre, so no matter what type of book you’re craving, check out our picks below for our recommendations.


Romance / Women’s Fiction

The Sacramento Bee has called Debbie Macomber “the reigning queen of women’s fiction” – and she has a new book coming out on August 13th. ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM is a heartwarming tale in line with other Macomber favorites. THE FOREVER OF ELLA AND MICHA is the second book in Jessica Sorensen’s Ella and Micha series – it’s a story of young love, long distance, and making it work when the odds are against you. (best of all, it’s only $2.99). Nora Roberts’ book WHISKEY BEACH is on the fast track to becoming a #1 bestseller – it’s a contemporary romantic suspense that makes for a perfect vacation (or weekend) read.


Young Adult / Teen Fiction

Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles books are high-tech, SciFi retellings of the classic Cinderella story. Don’t expect a damsel in distress, though – Cinder is a smart and kickass protagonist. The second book in the series, SCARLET, is a must-read for teen fiction lovers. THE SILVER STAR is by Jeanette Walls, the best selling author of THE GLASS CASTLE. It’s a novel of two teenagers discovering their father and learning about the meaning of true family along the way. Sarah Dessen’s book THE MOON AND MORE is a romantic, lighthearted novel about high school sweethearts headed for college. If you’re a Sarah Dessen fan, you have to add this book to your list!


Science Fiction

READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline is a staff pick: our marketing manager will tell you it’s one of the best science fction books she’s ever read (up there with Ender’s Game). It’s nostalgic and fun with plenty of high-tech adventure – if you’re into 1980’s pop culture and video games at all, you’re going to LOVE this book. Pinky promise. Hugh Howey’s book DUST is for WOOL fans – and if you haven’t picked up a Hugh Howey book yet, shame on you. It’s modern scifi at its best. John Scalzi’s book REDSHIRTS is a futuristic adventure through space on the flagship Intrepid. If you love Star Trek-esque adventures, you can’t miss this one.


Fantasy

Our content manager would have a hissy fit if we dared put up a ‘summer reading list’ post without including Neil Gaiman’s new release.  THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is Gaiman’s first novel for adults since ANASI BOYS – and it’s a must-read for fantasy fans. DEAD EVER AFTER is the final (sniff sniff) Sookie Stackhouse book from best selling author Charlaine Harris. All good things must come to an end – and DEAD EVER AFTER is the adventure and romance filled finale to Sookie’s story. THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION by Michael Chabon is equal parts fantasy and thriller – it’s an alternative history book in 1948 Israel.


Literary Fiction

Elizabeth Strout is one of our CEO’s favorite authors (and a Pulitzer Prize winner to boot), so her new release THE BURGESS BOYS is naturally on our summer reading list.  It’s hard to follow up an award-winning book like OLIVE KITTERIDGE, but THE BURGESS BOYS lives up to all expectations and makes for a wonderful read. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED is a new book from author Khaled Hosseini, who wrote the #1 best seller THE KITE RUNNER. It’s a novel about finding yourself by caring for another – it’s powerful, complex, and unforgettable. LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson is hailed by Gillian Flynn (author of GONE GIRL, one of our favorites) as one of the greatest novels of the century. It’s a historical novel of a woman who is born again every time she dies – and each life is an iteration of the one she left behind.


Nonfiction

LEAN IN by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, is a well researched and inspirational book about women in the workplace. David Sedaris’ newest book, LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, is a collection of poignant and humorous essays typical of Sedaris’ unforgettable style. WILD is an Oprah Book Club pick – it’s a memoir about how one woman took a solo hike on the Pacific Coast Trail and put her life back together on the way.


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Great Young Adult Summer Reads!

Its summer time;  the time of year where book lovers of all ages have a little more time to sit down and enjoy a book. If you enjoy fantasy, science fiction, or some innocent teen romance, these books are for you! 

MILA 2.0 ($2.99) by Debra Driza make the reader ask question about humanity, warfare, and artificial intelligence; as a sci fi novel with loads of suspense and a formidable heroine it would make a great beach read. THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING ($1.99) by Claire La Zebnik is a cute summer love story that will have you smiling at the romantic confusion of the teen characters. THE LAST APPRENTICE ($2.99) by Joseph Delaney is a good old witch story that will satisfy your craving for the paranormal. 


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Explore Dimensions in this Great Sci Fi Book- Discounted for Kindle

Editor’s Note: SEVEN POINT EIGHT is a TV style action drama with psychic powers, time travel, alternate dimensions, and romance.

        Any science fiction fan will definitely drool over this book 

 Book Description: These serial novels feature sci-fi, physics, romance, family, love, regret, the endless struggle between good vs evil, and psychic powers. If you are any sort of nerd or have any nerdy tendencies you are sure to find something to interest you in this book!

Author’s Inspiration: I amalgamated all the things that interest me such as fantastical worlds, superhuman powers, ancient cultures and their wisdom, a little conspiracy, time travel and a hint of reincarnation.
 

Get this Novel for 99c for Kindle through 6/23

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Marie Harbon

Self confessed geek, knowledge-a-holic and worshipper of beautiful fabrics, Marie Harbon is a British speculative fiction writer who likes to dabble with themes of epic proportions. She loves to create character driven fiction and finds the human race fascinating. Her books have underlying spiritual themes with a leaning towards exploring human potential, although never without the dramas we all face on a day to day basis.

 

www.marieharbon.com


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Discounted Science Fiction for Kindle

Blast off to worlds unknown in these bargain science fiction novels. HALF WAY HOME ($3.99) by Hugh Howey is an intense tale of galactic colonization. WORLD OF SHELL AND BONE ($2.99) by S. K. Falls is a gripping nuclear holocaust dystopian tale that will have you engrossed until the very end. THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD ($1.00) by Tara Brown is a engaging mix of science fiction, fantasy, magic, and suspense. 

Get these cheap Kindle books on 6/20


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Science Fiction Novels on Sale for Kindle- June 19

THE ATOPIA CHRONICLES ($2.99) by Matthew Mather chronicle the struggle of humanity during the Weather Wars and follows the exploits of Dr. Patricia Killiam as humanity sits on the brink of post-humanism and eco-Armageddon. TEARS IN RAIN ($4.99) by Rossa Montero is an Azimov-esque story from the perspective of a “techno-human” or replicant; artificially created humanoids created to do dangerous labor. SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD ($2.99) by the well known science fiction author Orson Scott Card, the second book in the Ender Quintet, is also on sale today. 

Get these cheap Kindle books on June 19! 


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Discounted Science Fiction for Kindle on June 18

Beam yourself into the future with these discount Science fiction books for Kindle. FIRST SHIFT-LEGACY ($3.99) by Hugh Howey begins the story of how mankind in a single year created two medical products: one that could being about the downfall of humanity and the other which made it possible for us to forget everything.  EARTHFALL ($4.99) by Stephen Knight follows the lives of those who may be the sole survivors of a nulear apocalypse. WAR GAMES ($2.99) by Cynthia Lore is a funny tale of humanity’s first alien encounter. 

Get these cheap Kindle books in 6/18!


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Discounted SciFi Adventure for Kindle

This scifi novel is a high tech adventure set in a near-future prison world. Point Apocalypse tells the story of Mark Posner, a Russian army soldier who has to traverse the post-apocalyptic Continent Anomalous facing dangers from its mutated wildlife and his own ruthless enemies in order to save his family and the Continent’s population.

If you liked Invasion: California by Vaughn Heppner, Red Phoenix by Larry Bond and Patrick Larkin, or Battle Earth by Nick S. Thomas, you’ll love this book.

POINT APOCALYPSE is only $2.99 for Kindle on June 17th.


Alex Bobl

Alex Bobl is a Russia-born science fiction author of 13 published novels. An ex paratrooper, he dips into his military experience for inspiration as he peoples his post-apocalyptic tales with kick-ass characters fighting to make the world a better place. Point Apocalypse is his second novel translated into English. Some of his other books, notably the TechnoTma: The Dark Times novel series which Alex co-wrote with another bestselling Russian author Andrei Levitski, have been translated into German and Spanish.

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A Military Science Fiction Book for 99c

The first novel of the bestselling Crimson Worlds series, Marines is the story of Erik Cain who rises from raw recruit to heroism and high rank, only to question who and what he is fighting for. Clad in nuclear-powered armor, Erik and his Marine brethren fight on countless worlds, against terrible enemies and fearful odds. But victory brings only new conflicts, and death seems to be the only way out.

If you like Starship Troopers, Armor, or The Lost Fleet – grab this dystopian read.

This Kindle book is on sale for 99c today only (June 17). 


Jay Allan

Jay Allan writes science fiction and fantasy from his home in New York City.

www.crimsonworlds.com


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Best Selling Science Fiction Books for Kindle

Grab these discounts on great science fiction books – they’re on sale for Kindle on June 16th! 

THE END is $3.99, KNIGHTFALL is $2.99,  AN EMPTY LAND OF PLENTY is $2.99, DARK SPACE is $0.99, THE VENOM OF VIPERS is $0.99, and FURTHER is $1.99.


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A Discounted SciFi Novel for Kindle

Imagine waking up to find you are the only family left on earth: that’s the opening premise of Daimones.

Dan, Mary and Annah awaken one morning, go about their morning routines and discover that everyone is dead on the way to school. Deeply shocked and full of despair, Dan and his family learn how to survive after a great, if unknown, tragedy has befallen the human race. 

If you liked The Stand, I’m Legend, The Road, or Childhood’s End, you’ll love this one.

DAIMONES is $2.99 on June 16th. 


Massimo Marino

So, I’m Italian, and because even in Italy that means everything and nothing at all, I should say, I am Sicilian. I was born in Palermo, and as it happened with countless Sicilians, I left it, back in 1986. I lived more years abroad than in my home country, and I have changed in many and different ways than my old friends there. It is always a pleasure to go back, but it is now 6 long years since my last visit. Saudade? Maybe, a little.

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Deals on Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Books

Terry Brooks is a master of fantasy – his Kindle single Paladins of Shannara is only $0.99.  Chandler McGrew’s book CROSSROADS is $2.99 – if you like King and Koontz, you’ll love this fantasy thriller. THE OLD SOUL by best selling author Joseph Wurtenbaugh is $0.99 – perfect if you love speculative fiction.

These cheap Kindle books are bargain priced on June 15. 


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Three Science Fictions Bargain Priced for Kindle on June 14

Transport yourself to worlds and futures wonderfully imagined in these bargain science fiction books for Kindle. EXTINCTION POINT ($3.99) by Paul Antony Jones is the account of the lone survivor of the red killing rain as the world not only ends… but changes. ALICE IN DEADLAND ($0.99) by Mainak Dhar is the tale of Alice, a child left alive after the plague that created the Biters, and her adventures in the Deadland. TWO MOONS OF REHNOR: THE BOY WHO LIT UP  THE SKY ($0.99) by J. Naomi Ay is the beginning of the story of Senya, a supposed to be prince of a far away planet who, after the death of his mother during childbirth, must prove himself to be worthy.  

Deals good for Kindle on June 14


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Discover Superpowers In This Kindle Book

In A CLASS APART, James and Samantha Blake are teenage twins who get caught up in a supposed terrorist bombing in London. When the twins wake up in hospital, they realize that the danger isn’t over. 

Fans of The Hunger Games and Smallville will enjoy A CLASS APART.

This book was inspired by the author’s desire to explore the lives of teenagers who were given superpowers given the pretty tough times we live in now.  

This discounted Kindle book is just $2.99 on June 14. 

EXCERPT: 

 “Breaking News – School Bus Bombing – Were Twins Targeted?

Fears that teenage twins were targeted in terror attack, amid reports of SECOND strike in victims’ hospital!”

Sam could feel her heart thumping and her pulse quickening as she read the piece. Targeted? Really? Her and James? They must be the twins referred to, as there hadn’t been any others on the coach. Surely the bombing hadn’t been an attack on them? It was stupid! Who would want to target them?


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STEPHEN HENNING

I’ve always loved writing. It’s something I have always wanted to do, ever since I was a boy. I’ve always written stories, drawn stories and acted out stories. My favourite class at school was English, purely because we got to do a lot of creative writing.

Favorite Place to Write: On Holiday.  There is something so inspirational about the sunshine. I love sitting round a pool, with a cool drink, and letting my imagination run away with me. 

Favorite Food: Coconut beef

Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who. 

www.classheroes.com/


Deals on Young Adult Science Fiction Books

Adventure, science fiction, dystopian societies and a dash of romance define these three YA / SciFi picks. GIRL UNDER GLASS by Monica Enderle Pierce and DAYNIGHT by Megan Thomason are $2.99 each, and THE ROBINSON’S DARK MATTER by Michael Raymond is $3.99.

These cheap Kindle books are bargain priced on June 13. 


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Bargain Science Fiction for Kindle on June 11

Are you a fan of intergalactic warfare? Get beamed into the middle of humanity’s future struggles with these two cheap Kindle science fiction books.  TERMS OF ENLISTMENT by Marko Kloos is the story of a young man who enlists in an attempt to escape the brutal environment of the slums. James S.A. Corey’s LEVIATHAN WAKES tells the tale of an ordinary man who finds a ship, and within it a secret, that has the ability to change the future of mankind. Both are $2.99 today!

Deal good on June 11 for Kindle


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Deals on Young Adult Science Fiction Kindle Books

Young Adult SciFi is in its prime at the moment: books such as MATCHED, DIVERGENT, and LEGEND are topping the charts and readers of al ages adore them (us included). These science fiction reads may feature teenagers, but you don’t have to be an adolescent to adore them. INFINITY and EXCEPTIONAL are $2,99 each, and THE OBSIDIAN BLADE is only $1.99.

These cheap Kindle books are on sale on June 10th. 


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99c Fantasy Bargains For Your Kindle

We grabbed two great deals on fantasy novels today- one is suspenseful, the other is a bit SciFi. THE SUNDERED is a post-apocalyptic adventure that focuses on one major theme: Hope. Pick up A DEATH DISPLACED if you love paranormal thrillers (like Terry Pratchett’s books).

These Kindle books are $0.99 each on June 5th. 


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Discounted Science Fiction Books for Kindle- 6/4

These cheap Kindle books are all highly-rated and perfect for Science Fiction readers. THE BONE TRIANGLE ($2.99) starts off as a crime thriller in Las Vegas, but quickly turns paranormal as investigators uncover an alien plot. DAMOCLES ($4.99) details man’s first-ever contact with extraterrestrials after discovering that aliens planted human DNA on Earth. FURTHER ($1.99) is a space adventure through time and a few wormholes.

All three of these cheap Kindle books are bargain priced on June 4th.


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A Bargain Science Fiction / Fantasy Book – June 4

THREAD SLIVERS is an epic sci-fi fantasy about the desperate measures taken to save our future from destruction foreseen using banned temporal sciences. 

Readers of Lord of the Rings and The Eye of The World will enjoy THREAD SLIVERS. Just imagine Kate Beckinsale as the main character. 

This discounted book is also available on Nook for $3.99 on June 4.

EXCERPT:

Ticca was already off balance, so she let herself fall forward instead of fighting to stay standing as he expected. He had already reversed his knife and was trying for a neck strike, but without her counterweight he was also off balance. Ticca twisted and arched back, effectively dodging the strike. Unfortunately that exposed her mid-section and she was much too close. He delivered a vicious knee strike to her chest. The air was forced out of her in a loud yelp of pain and surprise. Releasing the robe, he sliced out, smiling wider as he managed to cut what felt like a bone-deep gash across her shoulder. Clenching her jaw on the pain, she managed to only squeak.


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LEELAND ARTRA

My curiosity has taken me to a number of places/stages in my life. I started with college, tried the Navy, tried consulting, tried door to door sales, tried working for large corps, tried working for little corps, and am still trying. Yet through all that I loved fantasy and sci-fi. Author is the latest add to the list. The difference is author is so general I believe it will stick. I can research anything I want, make up anything I need, and still have some fun stories to share. I love talking to people about the stories, not because I wrote them, but because I love to talk about stories.

Favorite Food: Really juicy steak burrito with beans and tasty hot sauce. There are some fabulous steak burrito places out there and I intend to try to find them all!

http://lartra.com


The Rho Agenda Trilogy on Sale – Books for 6/3

The Rho Agenda trilogy is a best selling science fiction series by Richard Phillips. Orson Scott Card (author of ENDER’S GAME) has personally endorsed this series, saying it’s “as good as any science fiction being written today.” If you’re a SciFi reader, you cannot miss these books.

All three books in the Rho Agenda series, THE SECOND SHIP, IMMUNE, and WORMHOLE are $2.00 each on June 3.

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