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  • The Siren

    The Siren by Katherine St. John is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal, like all of today’s sales. I know there was some discussion about the KDDs page and for me, it’s showing a lot books that I’ve mentioned on Get Rec’d, but they aren’t at sale price. Bummer. This one is a mystery novel. Elyse loved St. John’s first book, but be warned that despite the fun colorful cover, these are pretty dark.

    From Katherine St. John, author of The Lion’s Den, comes another sublimely escapist thriller: When dangerously handsome megastar Cole Power hires his ex-wife Stella Rivers to play opposite him in his son’s film, he sparks a firestorm on an isolated island that will unearth long-buried secretsand unravel years of lies.

    In the midst of a sizzling hot summer, some of Hollywood’s most notorious faces are assembled on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Genesius to film The Siren. Written and directed by Cole Power’s son, the thriller promises to entice audiences with its sultry storyline and intimately connected cast.

    Three very different women arrive on set, each with her own motive. Stella, an infamously unstable actress, is struggling to reclaim the career she lost in the wake of multiple, very public breakdowns. Taylor, a fledgling producer, is anxious to work on a film she hopes will turn her career around after her last job ended in scandal. And Felicity, Stella’s mysterious new assistant, harbors designs of her own that threaten to upend all their plans.

    With a hurricane brewing offshore, each woman finds herself trapped on the island, united against a common enemy. But as deceptions come to light, misplaced trust may prove more perilous than the storm itself.

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  • Soup of the Day

    Soup of the Day by Kate McMillan

    RECOMMENDED: Soup of the Day by Kate McMillan is $2.99! This is also a Kindle Daily Deal. Elyse recommended this one and particularly its mushroom soup recipe in our 2021 Gift Guide for cookbooks.

    A revised collection of seasonal soups for each day of the year, featuring 100 new recipes and new full-color photography.

    Soup is often thought of as comfort dish for cold weather, Soup of the Day showcases how diverse soups can be. From light gazpachos to hearty chowders, cream of tomato to chicken noodle, vegetable-lentils to steak and potatoes, there’s something to please every palate throughout the year—and plenty of full-meal soups for easy dinner solutions.

    New recipes include:

    Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Pancetta & Gremolata

    Creamy Brussels Sprouts Soup with Maple Bacon

    Indian-Spiced Parsnip Soup with Grilled Naan

    Mac & Cheese Chili

    Tofu-Kimchi Stew

    Mushroom, Leek, Wheat Berries & Shrimp Soup

    Snow Pea Consommé with Cheese Tortellini

    Caramelized Leek Soup with Blue Cheese Crumble

    Lamb & Chickpea Chili with Cumin Crema

    Carrot-Gruyere Soup with Brown Butter Croutons

    Asiago-Stout Soup with Caramelized Spicy Pears

    Ramen with Roasted Pork & Soft Egg in Spicy, Soy Broth

    Clam & Celery Root Chowder

    Cream of Black Bean Soup with Roasted Poblanos & Cotija Cheese

    Provencal Chard Soup with Lardoons

    Ginger–Galangal Broth with Chili & Chicken

    Meyer Lemon & Potato Soup

    Tomato Tarragon Soup with Fennel Croutons

    Grilled Asparagus & Green Onion Soup with Poached Egg

    Corn & Spinach Chowder with Avocado

    The recipes are categorized by month of the year and laid out in an easy-to-follow, calendar format. The monthly calendars highlight the season’s best ingredients to bring you fresh and delicious flavor combinations all year round.

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  • Monster, She Wrote

    Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger

    RECOMMENDED: Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson is $2.99! Carrie loved this one and gave it an A:

    I can’t emphasize enough how well this collection hits the sweet spot of fun (Quotes! Illustrations! Anecdotes! Humor!) and informative. I will be using this book as a resource frequently.

    Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond.

    Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband’s heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret “Mad Madge” Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You’ll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Colter, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today’s vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales.

    Part biography, part reader’s guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.

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  • Paperback Crush

    Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss

    Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss is $1.99! This is non-fiction about teen fiction in the 80s and 90s, and was mentioned in today’s podcast. If you’re following along with Sarah’s latest podcast project, this might be some good supplementary material if you’re interested in the topic.

    For fans of vintage YA, a humorous and in-depth history of beloved teen literature from the 1980s and 1990s, full of trivia and pop culture fun.

    Those pink covers. That flimsy paper. The nonstop series installments that hooked readers throughout their entire adolescence. These were not the serious-issue novels of the 1970s, nor the blockbuster YA trilogies that arrived in the 2000s. Nestled in between were the girl-centric teen books of the ’80s and ’90s—short, cheap, and utterly adored.

    In Paperback Crush, author Gabrielle Moss explores the history of this genre with affection and humor, highlighting the best-known series along with their many diverse knockoffs. From friendship clubs and school newspapers to pesky siblings and glamorous beauty queens, these stories feature girl protagonists in all their glory. Journey back to your younger days, a time of girl power nourished by sustained silent reading. Let Paperback Crush lead you on a visual tour of nostalgia-inducing book covers from the library stacks of the past.

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