The Warlord’s Wife
RECOMMENDED: The Warlord’s Wife by Sandra Lake is $1.99! Elyse gave this one an A-:
If you don’t mind a hero in serious need of redemption or some over-the-top villains and you dig medieval historicals, this book is right up your alley. It’s like The Wolf and the Dove minus all the rape and enslavement.
A stunning historical romance from debut author Sandra Lake transports readers to 12th century Sweden, where a powerful Viking lord will discover a fierce heart cannot be taken by mere force.
Lida was married to the love of her life for just two months when she became a widow. Pregnant and disowned by her late husband’s family for suspected infidelity, she was forced to return to her family in shame. Eight years later, uninterested in the prospect of finding another husband, she finds herself the unwilling object of a marriage contract with a powerful warlord. In a day, she is wed, bed, and put on a ship headed for Tronscar; an unknown icy stone and steel fortress.
Jarl Magnus is pleased to have taken a strong wife who, however stubborn she may be, will surely produce sons. However, he is less pleased with his wife’s additional baggage—a young daughter. But despite himself, Magnus falls for the daughter just as hard as the mother, and Lida’s heart is warmed to see the cold, serious Jarl move surprisingly fast into the role of stepfather.
When enemies attack Tronscar, Jarl Magnus’s nerves of steel waver, as the warrior fears his love for Lida will weaken him. But when his family is threatened, he’ll go to war to protect them, discovering along the way that they have the strength to protect themselves.
The Orchid Throne
The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy is $2.99! This fantasy romance is the first book in the new Forgotten Empires series. I always get excited about fantasy romances I haven’t read yet, but Kennedy’s books are usually hit or miss for me. Have you read this one?
Welcome to the world of Forgotten Empires from award winning author Jeffe Kennedy that begins with The Orchid Throne.
A PRISONER OF FATE
As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…
A PRINCE AMONG MEN
Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?
Soup of the Day
RECOMMENDED: Soup of the Day by Kate McMillan is $1.99! 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
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.
Dead Until Dark
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris is 99c! This is book 1 in the Sookie Stackhouse series, which went on to become True Blood on HBO. I remember reading this book and being sucked in (no pun intended) (oh, who am I kidding, pun TOTALLY intended) immediately. If you’ve been curious, this is a great opportunity. Also, I was definitely team Eric Northman.
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….
But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….