Saturday, December 1, 2018

Amazon First Reads for December 2018

Amazon First Reads for December 2018, an amazing deal that not many people seem to know about.

Amazon First Reads program is an amazing deal that not many people seem to know about.

As per the website:  The Amazon First Reads program gives Amazon First Reads members the opportunity to download a Kindle book from our editors' picks each month before the official publication date, for $1.99 - Prime members receive it for free. Customers can also shop editors’ picks in hardcover at exclusive prices. New titles are announced on the 1st of each month. (source)

I'm always surprised when I find out that people aren't aware of this program, but it's well worth signing up! Granted, some month's picks are better than others and I sometimes skip a month, but it's a fun way to discover new titles! And did I mention that it's FREE?

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HERE ARE DECEMBER'S FIRST READ TITLES:



True Places by Sonja Yoerg. A beautiful reminder that though we may busy ourselves seeking what we want, what we need has an uncanny way of finding us.
True Places by Sonja Yoerg

A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses.

Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her - a change she both fears and desperately needs.

Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. After her discovery of the ethereal sixteen-year-old who has never experienced civilization, Suzanne is compelled to invite Iris into her family’s life and all its apparent privileges.

But Iris has an independence, a love of solitude, and a discomfort with materialism that contrasts with everything the Blakemores stand for - qualities that awaken in Suzanne first a fascination, then a longing. Now Suzanne can’t help but wonder: Is she destined to save Iris, or is Iris the one who will save her? (Amazon)


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Last of the Stanfields by Marc Levy. A mystery, a love story, and a search through a shadowy past. Two strangers unite in this novel of family secrets.
Last of the Stanfields by Marc Levy

When London journalist Eleanor-Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside down. 

It points her to a bar on the Baltimore Harbor, where she finds a stranger who has received the same mysterious letter about his own mother. 

Together, Eleanor-Rigby and this young man, George-Harrison Collins, embark on a quest through the shadowy past of the Stanfields, a moneyed Maryland family full of unimaginable secrets. These secrets will transport them back decades, across continents, and to a mysterious crime long buried…until now. (Amazon)

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Hunt Them Down by Pierce Hunt. The dark world he’s been fighting against has caught up with him. Will his daughter pay the price?
Hunt Them Down by Pierce Hunt

As a former Army Ranger, DEA Special Agent Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. Fresh off a six-month suspension, he's itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts, even if that means protecting crime boss Vicente Garcia, a witness in the case against sadistic cartel leader Valentina Mieles. But things spiral out of control when the cartel murders Garcia and kidnaps his granddaughter and an innocent bystander, Hunt's own teenage daughter.

Mieles wants the new head of the Garcia family on a plate--literally. Hunt has seventy-two hours to deliver, or Mieles will execute the girls live on social media. With the clock ticking, Hunt goes off the grid and teams up with Garcia's daughter, a former lover and current enemy. To save the girls, Hunt will have to become a man he swore he'd never be again: an avenging killer without limits or mercy. (Amazon)


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Girl at the Border by Leslie Archer. One girl missing, one woman searching, both equally lost. Will a shared tragedy help them find their way home - even in the face of imminent danger?
Girl at the Border by Leslie Archer

Renowned archaeologist Richard Mathis is half a world away on the island of Crete when he learns his daughter, Bella, has gone missing. Within twenty minutes, he’s on his way back to the States. Two days later, he’s dead.

Richard’s young assistant, Angela Chase, is devastated by the loss of the man who had become both mentor and friend, and she’s determined to find the missing girl, who seems to have made dangerous connections - and whose lonely childhood so resembles Angela’s own. Born Laurel Springfield, Angela now spends her days digging up the origins of a lost civilization while struggling to keep her own past buried. But will the search for Bella expose Angela’s carefully disguised identity - and will she find Bella before she’s lost forever? (Amazon)


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Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero. For some people in post–World War II Germany, the battle is not over.
Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero

August 1945. As Stefano, an Italian POW, heads toward home across war-ravaged Germany, he encounters a young child beside his dead mother. Unable to leave him to an unknown fate, Stefano takes the boy with him, finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned house in a secluded woodland.

But the house is far from vacant. Stefano wakes at the arrival of its owner, Erich, a former German soldier, who invites the travelers to stay until they can find safe passage home. Stefano cautiously agrees, intrigued by the disarming German, his reclusive neighbor Rosalind, and her traumatized husband, Georg. Stefano is also drawn to Monique, the girl in a photograph on Rosalind’s wall, who went missing during the war.

But when he discovers letters written by Monique, a darker truth emerges. This place of refuge could be one of reckoning, and the secrets of the past might prevent the travelers from ever getting home. (Amazon)



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Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot. A witty, unflinching, and provocative memoir about one woman’s journey into the fact, fiction, and fraud of the modern mystical complex.
Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot

In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision. Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria’s innate skepticism. She had to admit that what they knew about her past was eerily accurate. As for her future? She couldn’t shake the feeling that some powerful force in the universe was trying to tell her something and, for once, she ought to listen. Or at least investigate.

In Future Perfect, Victoria draws on her own personal experience to launch a broader inquiry into the phenomena of psychics, shamans, astrologers, and their fans. Through historical documents and interviews with clairvoyants, seers, and their believers, Victoria opens herself up to the modern mystical complex in cultures and cities around the globe. She pays close attention to what they have to tell us about how we choose to live, what we might be missing out on in the process, and what in the world we’re supposed to do with all that information. (Amazon)



Which one looks good to you? Have to admit that the Beatles Fan in me wants to pick The Last of the Stanfields just because of the character names! But True Places and Future Perfect sound interesting too. Think I'm going to have to sleep on this one!

Read more about the Amazon First Read program and then be sure to sign up today!



4 comments:

  1. Not a programme I had heard of until you mentioned it.

    For this month's picks, its only rally Last of the Stanfields that appeals to me.

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    1. I'm surprised by how many people haven't heard of this program! Even if you're not a Prime member, it's still a great deal! I'm leaning towards The Last of the Stanfields too, but haven't made up my mind yet. Just got November's pick on the 28th, so I have time! lol

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  2. I didn't know about this either. Great find though!

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    1. Thanks Mary! Hope you're able to find some new reads!

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