Today’s MP3 Album Deal is Little Big Overtures Box from eOne Music [Vanguard Classics] for $0.99! It’s worth the price for the first track, if you don’t have it, which means the rest of the 4+ hours is essentially free.
Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is four fiction classics by Flannery O’Connor for $2.99 each [Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan]; also on sale at at B&N and Kobo.
Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. Focused on the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate fate, this tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdoms gives us one of the most riveting characters in twentieth-century American fiction.
The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O’Connor’s monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O’Connor put together in her short lifetime–Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Hard to Find.
O’Connor published her first story, “The Geranium,” in 1946, while she was working on her master’s degree at the University of Iowa. Arranged chronologically, this collection shows that her last story, “Judgement Day”–sent to her publisher shortly before her death–is a brilliantly rewritten and transfigured version of “The Geranium.” Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century. Also included is an introduction by O’Connor’s longtime editor and friend, Robert Giroux.
First published in 1955, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O’Conner’s work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousins, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle–that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber’s young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop’s soul.
O’Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writers acutely alert to where the sacred lives and to where it does not.
Flannery O’Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.
The ninth captivating historical romance in the Montgomery series from New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux.
Carrie Montgomery had grown up with seven adoring older brothers, and she was used to getting her way rather easily. Joshua Greene was only looking for a hardworking, practical mail-order bride to help with the farm and feed and clothe his children. Yet from the moment Carrie saw his photograph, saw his devastatingly handsome, sorrowful smile, the petite and pampered beauty knew she was the perfect wife for him.
Josh didn’t see it that way. Wed by proxy, he refused to be charmed by his new bride’s blond curls and effervescent laughter, or impressed by her trappings of wealth…even if his son and daughter believed she was a fairy princess come to life. He was furious—and ready to send her packing, until a near tragedy convinced him that her beauty was more than skin-deep. But even after he had yielded to the wild desire that surged between them, Josh could not admit how much he truly needed her. Then an old scandal threatened to re-emerge, and he realized that he could lose her forever….
About the Author
Jude Deveraux is the author of thirty-seven New York Times bestsellers, including Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, Secrets, Someone to Love, Wild Orchids, Holly, The Mulberry Tree, The Summerhouse, and Temptation. To date, there are more than 50 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
In honor of Mother’s Day and to say thanks to his lovely mom, the 37-year-old decided to renovate the basement in his childhood home for her and his step-dad to enjoy!
But it was mostly done for his mommy. LOLz!
Ashton opened up in the video and explained why he decided to tackle this project:
“It’s my way of saying thank you to my mom. My mom has been the greatest influence in my life—my parents gave me everything. They went to great sacrifices to give me the life that I have and anything I can do to say thank you is the right thing.”
That’s so sweet!!
Watch the AH-Mazing Ashton get together with his step-father to surprise the #1 woman in their life with something special (below)!
If you were ever wondering what a Fifty Shades Of Grey/ Catfish mashup would be like, it would probably look a little something like this…
A 68-year-old man who went by the moniker Anthony LaRoche was arrested for lying about his age and appearance in order to trick women into having sex with him.
Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Catfish knows EXACTLY how this works.
He first started by using photos of a young model and a fake name to hide his identity, and would lure women to his home via text and email.
Once they got there, he would insist that they have sex in a dark room and that the woman be blindfolded to give it a more 50 Shades of Grey feel, but these ladies quickly found out he was no Christian Grey.
In a recent chat, the Sports Illustrated model revealed her cookbook will include a few of her hubby’s recipes!
Here’s how the interview went down:
“Do you and John ever work on recipes together? Not really. The recipes that he’s great at and that he loves are, you know, his fried chicken and mac and cheese. Something fun about the book is we’ll have his take and then we’ll have my take. For example, everybody in his family and all of our friends love his mac and cheese, but I think they only love it because John Legend is cooking it, like, Oh my God! This is amazing! But it’s a little thick for me — I like a creamy mac. So I’m making my version, too.
So the book will have a special section, like his and hers? Yes, but of course everyone is still going to love his more.”
Well, in John’s friend’s case, who wouldn’t want a cooked meal from the legendary singer?! LOLz!
But we totally promise to be unbiased!! Can’t wait for the cookbook to come out so we can be the judges of this John vs. Chrissy: Mac & Cheese battle!
Richard Wilson (1920–1987) was a Nebula Award winning American science fiction writer and fan. He was a member of the Futurians, a New York group of science fiction fans, many of whom became editors and writers. The Futurians were based in New York City and were a major force in the development of science fiction writing and fandom in the years 1937-1945. Members who rose to later prominence included Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Virginia Kidd, Damon Knight, Cyril Kornbluth, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Judith Merril, Frederik Pohl, Larry Shaw, and Donald A. Wollheim.
Included in this MINIPACK™ are: “Murder from Mars,” “Stepsons of Mars,” “Dateline: Mars,” “Visitor from the Void,” and “The Venus Papers.”
EJ explains how the super fans of his dad Magic Johnson get a little too excited when talking about him, admitting:
“People are always just going to like freak out and then people will come up to me and be like ‘In that game in like 85 your dad did this’ and I’m like ‘Yeah I don’t know.'”
Taylor-Ann agrees that the same territory comes with her famous dad David Hasselhoff. When Baywatch fans always talk to her about their favorite episodes, Taylor-Ann says her usual response is something along the lines of:
“Yeah, I didn’t really see them all but thanks, you’re a great supporter.”
One person who Taylor-Ann isn’t a big supporter of is fellow #RichKid Roxy Sowlaty — the two were high school enemies! Roxy already has enough drama of her own because of a huge blowout between her and bestie Morgan Stewart.
Other than drama, the new season offers a look on the wedding planning between Morgan and Brendan Fitzpatrick, as well as the nerve-wracking moment that leads up to his #RichKid approved marriage proposal!
Check out the clip (below) to get a first look at EJ and Taylor-Ann on season three!