From writer friend, D.B. McNicol:
I hope this has been a great December for you and here’s to the best year ahead in 2015. To kick off the year, I’m offering the Kindle version of the first in my Klondike Mystery Series, “Not a Whisper“, on sale for 48 hours for only $1.99
If you already have it, why not gift a friend or family member. Maybe someone that got a new Kindle or Kindle reader for Christmas?
But remember, you DON’T need a Kindle to read the digital books from Amazon. You can download a free reader app for most smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs. DOWNLOAD HERE
Be sure to share this with your friends. The sale is on from 7am PST on Dec 31st until 7am PST on Jan 2nd. ONLY 48 HOURS
DECEMBER 27, 2014 7:03 AM ET
ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON
The Game of Kings
by Dorothy Dunnett
The old fiction room at my high school was a small box of wonders, and no matter how long I spent investigating its seven and a half overstuffed shelves, I never stopped discovering treasures. When I was sixteen, the shelf which held authors A through D divulged a small, yellowing paperback with a splashily romantic cover: a long-limbed blond man in Renaissance dress, gripping both a woman and a rapier. The title was The Game of Kings, its author was Dorothy Dunnett, and reading it was going to change my life.
Years later, I would discover how many other writers, across varied genres, shared this foundational influence. I’ve come to think of Dunnett as the literary equivalent of the Velvet Underground: Not many people bought the books, but everyone who did wrote a novel.
The Lymond Chronicles follow the minor Scottish nobleman Francis Crawford of Lymond, a dark star whose gravitational charisma pulls in everyone around him: friends, lovers, enemies (and some who are all three at one time). We see him through a kaleidoscope of viewpoints over the course of the six dense, continent- and decade-spanning novels.
Piper at Grand Central Station
My Scottishness (well, from four generations ago) follows me wherever I go.