Daily Deals: The Goddess of Fried Okra, Mary Poppins and Cribbage Pro Online
Today Amazon offers The Goddess Of Fried Okra by Jean Brashear just for $1.99.
Grief. Hope. Love. Sword fights. And the crisp glory of fried okra. Ex-cocktail waitress and “convenience store professional” Eudora “Pea” O’Brien is filled with grief and regret, low on cash and all alone. Headed down the hot, dusty back roads of central Texas, Pea is convinced she’ll find a sign leading her to the reincarnated soul of the sister who raised her. A sign that she’s found her place in the world of the living again. At least that’s what the psychic promised. In an unforgettably funny and poignant journey, Pea collects an unlikely family of strays-a starving kitten, a pregnant teenager, a sexy con man trying to go straight, and a ferocious gun dealer named Glory, who introduces Pea to the amazing, sword-wielding warrior goddesses of Texas author Robert E. Howard-creator of the Conan the Barbarian novels-and celebrated in festival every year. Six foot tall, red-headed Pea looks good with a sword in her hand. Glory, the goddesses, and a grandmotherly café owner become Pea’s unlikely gurus as she struggles to learn swordplay and the art of perfect fried okra. She’ll have to master both if she’s going to find what matters most-her own lost soul.
Some words about the Author
USAToday and Kindle bestselling author of 30+ novels in romance and women’s fiction, a three-time RITA finalist and Romantic Times BOOKReviews Career Achievement Award winner, Jean Brashear knows a lot about taking crazy chances. A lifelong avid reader, at the age of forty-five with no experience and no training, she decided to see if she could write a book. It was a wild leap that turned her whole life upside down, but she would tell you that though she’s never been more terrified, she’s never felt more exhilarated or more alive. She’s an ardent proponent of not putting off your dreams until that elusive ‘someday’–take that leap now.
Also you can get Mary Poppins (Odyssey Classics) by P. L. Travers just for $1.99.
For all her offended sniffs and humphs, Mary Poppins is likely the most exciting nanny England–and the world–has ever seen. Young Jane and Michael Banks have no idea what’s in store for them when Mary Poppins blows in on the east wind one autumn evening. Soon, though, the children are having tea on the ceiling, flying around the world in a minute (visiting polar bears and hyacinth macaws on the way), and secretly watching as their unusual nanny pastes gold paper stars to the sky. Mary’s stern and haughty exterior belies the delightful nonsense she harbors; her charges, as well as her literary fans, respect and adore her.
Grownups who have forgotten Mary Poppins’s true charms will be tickled pink to rediscover this uniquely unsentimental fantasy. Younger readers will walk into Mary’s world without batting an eye–of course the animals in the zoo exchange places with people on the night of the full moon. Certainly a falling star landing on a cow’s horn will make her dance ceaselessly. Why wouldn’t one be able to enter into a chalk picture? The only disappointing aspect of this classic is that it doesn’t go on forever! (Ages 9 to 12) –Emilie Coulter
Some words about the Author
P. L. Travers (1899-1996) was a drama critic, travel essayist, reviewer, lecturer, and the creator of Mary Poppins. Ms. Travers wrote several other books for adults and children, but it is for the character of Mary Poppins that she is best remembered. Mary Shepard (1910-2000) was the daughter of Ernest Shepard, illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books and The Wind in the Willows. She illustrated P. L. Travers’s Mary Poppins books for more than fifty years.
Cribbage Pro Online is a free application today only.
Play the classic card-and-board game wherever you are with Cribbage Pro!
Whether you’re a cribbage newbie or a hard-core player who throws around jargon such as “pips” and “His Nobs,” you’ll enjoy this fun app. Pick from among 50 avatars and customized colors and cards, then test your skills against the computer at three different levels of difficulty.
If you need a refresher on the rules, the Help section gives you the lowdown. Cut the cards to determine who deals first and dive right in. Evaluate your hand and select two cards for your crib (or your opponent’s crib, depending on who dealt). Then cut for the starter card and play to 31 (pegging, in the vernacular). Each player counts up the points in their hand (and the crib, if necessary). The app gives your score numerically and displays a virtual cribbage board for a realistic touch.
Select your difficulty level. At the beginning and intermediate levels, your automated opponent will not always make the best play; go with the advanced mode and it shows no mercy. If you need a little help you can turn on the Hint feature, which gives you tips on how to earn more points and develop your strategic skills.
You can count your points yourself or let the computer do it for you. Be careful, though–if you miss something, your virtual opponent can take your points! (Don’t worry; this mode can be turned off if you tend to miscount.) The game tracks your statistics in a variety of categories, broken down by all three levels.
Ready to take on a human? Go online and find a friend (or an enemy) to see how you measure up. You have the option of chatting during games and sending private messages. Save the names of your best opponents for repeat contests. There’s also a tournament mode for playing a series of games to determine who’s the best, and a global top 50 scoreboard if you are truly a master.