Friday, August 31, 2012

Winners of our "Thank a Teacher" contest, sponsored by Pad and Quill

We've been running a Thank a Teacher contest in our forums, sponsored by Pad and Quill - maker of fine Kindle covers!

And here are our winners!

Larry Kahn - who wrote about his high school Civics teacher, Mr. Quinlan, and the anecdote that haunted him for twenty years!

Monique - who told us about the extraordinary kindness of Mr. Stein.

T.S. Welti - who told us about the torturous teachings of Mrs. Slattery.

Thanks to everyone for the entries! We really enjoyed reading your memories about the special teachers in your life.

A big thanks to Pad and Quill, who support all of us as a sponsor of these boards, and who make a unique selection of fine Kindle covers to boot!

Free Kindle books (Aug 31)

Here are your quick picks of selected Kindle books. All of these are free today!

Gods and Kings, by Lynn Austin. Book 1 of the Chronicles of the Kings series. Austin "brings this biblical account to life in her well-researched fictionalization of the life of one of Judah's most fascinating kings." -- RT Bookclub

Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country.

324 pages, with a 5-star rating from 110 reviews, and free today.

The Union, by Tremayne Johnson. I was a bit skeptical of all the gushing reviews of this one, all apparently from individuals and none that I could see from established book blogs. But after looking at the sample, it seems well-written and is well-edited, albeit with a lot of dialogue and some explicit language.

Mox Daniels is handsome, intelligent, and very aware of life's obstacles. He values trust, integrity, and he lives by the code of honor.

As a child, he witnessed the horrific murders of both of his parents and it scarred him for life. From that day forward, he vowed that no matter what obstacles came his way, he would find the mysterious killer and seek the ultimate revenge. When he meets the lovely, street savvy Priscilla Davis, a powerful bond is instantly formed, and life as he knew it, took a drastic change.

With the help of his cousin Cleo, the two men form The Union. Money is power and power is control, and by any means necessary Mox and his crew were out to get it.

When deceit spreads like a plague, will Mox maintain his position... or will he fall victim?

175 pages, with a 5-star rating from 72 reviews, and free today.

First Contact, by Michael R. Hicks. Hicks is well-known and highly-regarded in our forums, where he has a legion of ardent fans. This is Book 1 in The Last War Trilogy, which is part of the In Her Name series. "I read the In Her Name Omnibus edition first (fantastic read by the way) before I tackled this and Legend of the Sword. I recommend each very highly. Definitely not you typical alien race takes over the planet type book. Highly recommended." -- David Cotton, Amazon review

Young Midshipman Ichiro Sato joined the Terran Navy to escape a tyrannical father and find freedom among the stars. He had no idea when he boarded the survey starship Aurora for his first assignment that he and his crew would make humanity’s first contact with a sentient alien species. 

Aurora is disabled by gigantic alien starships before she can escape. Boarded by nightmarish blue-skinned warriors with claws and fangs, the aliens learn all there is to know about the ship, before the crew is slaughtered in a series of ritual combats. Ichiro, the sole survivor, is returned to Earth as a messenger to warn of the aliens’ coming invasion of human space.

With Earth leading a fragile coalition of military forces to mount a defense against what many believe is nothing more than a hoax, Ichiro again finds himself at the sharp end of the spear aboard a Terran destroyer. Together with journalist Stephanie Guillaume, Legionnaire Roland Mills, and the irrepressible General James Sparks, Ichiro puts his life on the line against an enemy none of them could ever have imagined.

392 pages, with a 5-star rating from 72 reviews, and free today.


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Kindle Daily Deal: The Boarding House (79% off)

Today's KDD:  The Boarding House by Sharon Sala
(Reduced 79% from yesterday's price of $9.39)
$1.99

Product description:
Award-winning author Sharon Sala brings emotional intensity to her unforgettable novel that follows Ellie Wayne, a young woman damaged by a sexually abusive father and mentally fragile mother. Ellie believes her future holds only danger and shame, but one man might be able to help her hope for something more.

I'm not familiar with the author, but it appears that she typically writes romances.  The reviews contain several warnings that this is NOT a romance and that it deals with difficult issues.  I recommend you look at the reviews.

Text-to-speech and X-Ray enabled. Not Kindle Owner's Lending Library (Prime).   248 pages.  19 reviews, 17 of them five stars.

For more Kindle Daily Deals, including a Kid's Daily Deal, go here.

Read a good book today!

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Nantaii

Today's Free App of the Day is Nintaii



Originally $0.99, free today only.

I think the average review of 3.0 out of five is misleading as almost all of the one and two star reviews are about the app not opening, or opening and force closing, on Evo or Galaxy devices.

The goal of the game is to get the block to fall into the exit hole at the end of each level and disappear. The name is taken from the Japanese word nantai meaning patience.

You swipe the block, causing it to "roll" side over side or end over end in the direction you swipe.  The goal is to have it stand exactly on end on the exit square.

My only quibble is it doesn't give you the optimal number of moves as a target and record how close you are to that.  But this is exactly the kind of puzzle game I like.

Have fun!

Also check out the other digital deals from Amazon, including great deals on MP3s and videos:
 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New developments herald the arrival of new Kindles

New signs are emerging related to Amazon's expected Kindle announcement on September 6th.

First off, the Amazon page for Kindle Fire is showing it as unavailable today, except from 3rd-party re-sellers. This is a strong sign that Amazon is rolling out an updated Fire tablet, which will in all likelihood be announced next week. (In the days leading up to last year's Kindle press briefing, Amazon showed the previous Kindles as being unavailable.)

Also, Amazon has announced a UK app store for Android phones and tablets, which includes a free App of the Day just like the U.S. app store. Is this a lead-up to the Kindle Fire 2 becoming available in the UK? We think so! Thanks to KindleBoards' UK-based moderator, linjeakel, for reporting this in our Kindle forum. 

We are also hearing that the app store is opening for the German and Italian Amazon sites. Could we be seeing the Kindle Fire 2 being available in more places in Europe? Possibly!

Be sure to stop in at our 60,000-member Kindle user forum between now and the September 6th announcement, where we'll be live-blogging the development and capturing your comments and reactions in our forums, and chat room!

Free Kindle books (Aug 30)

Here are your quick picks of selected Kindle books. All of these are free today!

Secrets, by Kristen Heitzmann. A romance and mystery. "A fast-paced and complex love story, enhanced by a riveting mystery. Lance is a keeper as a hero and Rese adorable." -- Romantic Times

Lance Michelli is on a quest to discover the secrets his grandmother cannot tell. What happened all those years ago, and what is it she so desperately needs him to find? The old villa in Sonoma holds the answers, but it is now owned by a young woman: Rese Barret. Her own impending storm could sweep him up as their sparring creates a fierce and uncomfortable attraction.

410 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 39 reviews, and free today.

She's Gotta Be Mine, by Jennifer Skully. A mystery/romance, this is Book 1 of the Cottonmouth Series. "A witty novel that will keep you engrossed until the very end!" --Huntress Reviews

Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that. Instead, she reinvents herself — new haircut, new name, new attitude — and follows her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth. What better way to show him what he’s missing, than to take up with Nick Angel, the town’s local bad boy. It’s all going according to plan...until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it...did he?

279 pages, with a 4-star rating from 112 reviews, and free today.

The Mystic Wolves, by Belinda Boring. A fantasy / romance, with mixed reviews, but it may be worth a try for your free download today. "One hell of an emotional roller coaster ride, told from the point of view of Darcy - the future mate of the Mystic Wolves Alpha Mason."

Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire, however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.

280 pages, with a 4-star rating from 90 reviews, and free today.


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Kindle Daily Deal: A Soldier's Wife (77% off)

Today's KDD is The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
(Reduced 77% from yesterday's price of $8.54)
Today only: $1.99

The story of a young British wife living in the Channel Islands between England and France during its occupation by the Germans.

The product description:
As World War II closes on the small island of Guernsey, Vivienne faces sacrifices for her two young daughters, her mother-in-law, and herself. While her husband is off fighting the Nazis, Vivienne begins an unexpected love affair with a German soldier, greatly intensifying her struggle to keep her family safe.

Amazon reviewer M. Jacobsen's four-star review describes it as "A lovely, nuanced novel" saying, in part:

The crux of the novel is ultimately about the decisions we make in life. There are rarely right or wrong answers and Vivienne's life is no different. When the Nazis occupy Guernsey and requisition the house next door, Vivienne is faced with decisions that make us (and her) question our morals and values; what is right and wrong.  

I was never bored for a minute throughout this novel....the author kept me completely engaged. And just when I thought I had the plot figured out, things would change.

Text-to-speech and X-Ray enabled. Not Kindle Owner's Lending Library (Prime).

416 pages.  82 reviews, 65 of them four stars or above.

For more Kindle Daily Deals, including a Kid's Daily Deal, go here.

Read a good book today!

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Angry Birds Ad Free

Wise old owl, big black crow, Put out their wings singing go bird go!
Today's Free App of the Day is Angry Birds Ad Free



Originally $0.99, free today!

If you always wanted to try Angry Birds, but didn't like the ad-supported version, this is your chance! 

If you're not familiar with Angry Birds (that would be my husband), you must use a slingshot to fling assorted angry birds at a tower the invading pigs have built, knocking it down and destroying the invading pigs.  There's strategy involved in which birds to use in what situations, as different birds have different effects.

Note that many reviewers said that this version overrode the ad version and removed prior progress.  A few said it didn't.  Several reviewers also recommended AngryBirdsBackup, available at Google Play and also at 1mobile.com for saving your progress before installing.  A couple of 1-star reviewers also mentioned that there were some features not available in this version; I can't confirm that.

I can confirm that I bought the $0.99 version the day I received my Fire.  :D

This game always puts this song in my head...you kids, Google it!   8)

Every little swallow, every chick-a-dee,
Every little bird in the old oak tree,
Wise old owl, big black crow,
Put out their wings singing go bird go!

Rockin' robin--tweet--twiddley dee
Rockin' robin--tweet--twiddley dee
Yeah, go rockin' robin, really gonna rock tonight...

Have Fun!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pearl S. Buck now on Kindle!

From the KindleBoards forums, we have some "real reader recommendations" for books by Pulitzer prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck - newly available on Kindle!

From KB member crebel: "I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it.  I just stopped in the Amazon Kindle Store and was thrilled to see that works of Pearl S. Buck have finally been kindlized...

"The majority of them are $9.99 and I don't care, I will buy every last one.  I have been asking and waiting for them since I got my first Kindle in 2008."

(Note: The Good Earth is on sale for $6.64. 4-star rating, 530 reviews.)

Gertie Kindle adds: "The original is one of my faves and I have two paper copies on my shelves."

You can see more commentary in the "Pearl S. Buck" thread in our Book Corner. The book cover to the left, and the covers below, all click in to the new Kindle versions of Pearl S. Buck's books!


Kindle Daily Deal: Innocent Monster (70% off)

Today's KDD:  Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman, reduced 70% from yesterday's price of $6.71.  Today only, $1.99

In the sixth book of this well regarded series, per the product description, "former cop and PI Moe Prager finds himself taking a break from his successful New York City wine business to help his estranged daughter search for a missing artist."

Amazon reviewer Tai Chi, who gave the book four stars, says:
I would give Innocent Monster 4 1/2 stars if it were an option. The writing is excellent. The protagonist Moe is a great character. In the best tradition of hardboiled fiction, Moe is worldly and brings some wisdom to the party. The minor characters are well-executed, the social criticism is appropriate, and the victim who we don't really meet is very sympathetic. It's definitely worth reading.

The seventh novel, Hurt Machine, is also available on Kindle.  Unfortunately, the earlier books in the series do not appear to be available on Kindle.  As I have reader's OCD and must read series in order, I think I'll have to pick this one up and hold it while I find the earlier books to read.

Text-to-speech, lending and X-Ray enabled. Kindle Owner's Lending Library (Prime).
306 pages.  53 reviews, 30 of them five stars for a 4.3 average.

For more Kindle Daily Deals, including a Kid's Daily Deal, go here.

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Bubble Ball Pro

Today's Free App of the Day is Bubble Ball Pro



Originally $0.99

Today's app is a physics type puzzle game.  I like these kinds of games, so I downloaded it.

After playing with it a bit, it's a nice logic/physics game.  You place shapes (triangles, rectangles and squares, so far) made of either wood or metal in an effort to guide a ball from start to finish.  Wood pieces will shift when the ball hits them; metal pieces will stay as placed.  I like that, if you fail, the pieces you've already placed stay in place for your next attempt, so you can fine tune without starting from scratch.  Graphics are rudimentary, but that's part of its charm. The levels get progressively harder, of course.  I'd probably give it between three and four stars.  I'll be playing it a bit today.

It had six reviews as of this posting for an average of three stars, one five-star that seems to be from the developer, and one one-star that complains that the game video displayed on the app page is from an iPhone.

Have fun!

Also check out the other digital deals from Amazon, including great deals on MP3s and videos:
 

Author profile: R. M. Prioleau

We're pleased to introduce you today to author R.M. Prioleau!

R.M. Prioleau is a "game developer and artist by day; and a dangerous writer by night." Since childhood, she’s continued exploring new methods of expanding her skills and creativity as she delves into the realm of literary abandon.

R.M. can often be seen lurking about many great writing communities like NaNoWriMo and our very own Kindleboards forum.

R.M. is the indie fantasy author of "The Necromancer's Apprentice" and "ThePyromancer Trilogy".

You can view more of her works, as well as keep up with updates on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Free Kindle books (Aug 29 edition)

Here are your quick picks of selected Kindle books. All of these are free today!

Secrets, by Kristen Heitzmann. A romance and mystery. "A fast-paced and complex love story, enhanced by a riveting mystery. Lance is a keeper as a hero and Rese adorable." -- Romantic Times

Lance Michelli is on a quest to discover the secrets his grandmother cannot tell. What happened all those years ago, and what is it she so desperately needs him to find? The old villa in Sonoma holds the answers, but it is now owned by a young woman: Rese Barret. Her own impending storm could sweep him up as their sparring creates a fierce and uncomfortable attraction.

410 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 39 reviews, and free today.

She's Gotta Be Mine, by Jennifer Skully. A mystery/romance, this is Book 1 of the Cottonmouth Series. "A witty novel that will keep you engrossed until the very end!" --Huntress Reviews

Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that. Instead, she reinvents herself — new haircut, new name, new attitude — and follows her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth. What better way to show him what he’s missing, than to take up with Nick Angel, the town’s local bad boy. It’s all going according to plan...until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it...did he?

279 pages, with a 4-star rating from 112 reviews, and free today.

The Mystic Wolves, by Belinda Boring. A fantasy / romance, with mixed reviews, but it may be worth a try for your free download today. "One hell of an emotional roller coaster ride, told from the point of view of Darcy - the future mate of the Mystic Wolves Alpha Mason."

Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire, however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.

280 pages, with a 4-star rating from 90 reviews, and free today.


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By the numbers: Kindle Accessories on KindleBoards




The Accessories Board on our Kindle forum is one of our most active boards, with 80,000 posts in thousands of topics.

Today we give you a glimpse into our most popular discussions, in terms of views (Kindle owners reading) and posts (Kindle owners commenting).

The top discussion areas are dominated by our official sponsor threads. These threads are from leading Kindle accessory-makers, who support our user forum. Their offerings are clearly of high interest to our Kindle users.

Among the most-viewed accessory threads are from Oberon, with a whopping 300,000 page views for its official sponsor thread!

Following that are accessory threads from CoylCushion, JAVOedge, M-Edge, DecalGirl, Borsa Bella, and Amazon.

Posting activity follows a similar pattern, as seen in the charts to the left.

Many of our members post pictures of their accessories purchases, and provide detailed descriptions. It's a helpful resource for Kindle owners interested in beautifying and protecting their e-readers and Kindle Fires, in a variety of covers and skins.

Drop in on the Accessories Board for the latest in Kindle accessories, reviewed and critiqued by our community of Kindle owners!

(Accessory-makers: we have no sponsorship slots available at this time. E-mail us to inquire about availability and to get on our waiting list.)

Trending! Forum topics on the value of Kindle, our Facebook milestone, Kindle on airplanes, and more!

Trending now! Here are some of the latest topics from our Kindle forum:

In our Let's Talk Kindle board, new member Dylan Hayes wonders if it's worthwhile to buy a Kindle, given how well the free Kindle apps work on PC and smartphone. Our members weigh in on that.

Also in LTK, we celebrate a milestone: we gained 1,000 Facebook likes in 17 days, blowing away our goal of reaching 1,000 in a month. Thanks to our Facebook friends! Those who "like" our KindleBoards FB page receive a curated list of timely Kindle alerts, book sales, freebies, and tips. 

Side note: Don't forget to enter our giveaway for a Kindle Fire 2, and our giveaway of three Kindle covers from Pad and Quill..!

What's the deal with Kindles on airplanes? Our new member duck833 relates his recent experience on United Airlines.

In the Writer's Cafe, our members discuss the recent New York Times article on paid reviews, and contemplate the suggestion that male authors have an uphill climb in the writing business.

Over in our Fire Talk board, we discuss the recent free Fire apps, and the benefits of being a member of Amazon Prime.

With over 1,000 posts daily from Kindle users, there's always something of interest being discussed on KindleBoards. See our forum main index for all the latest discussions! 

Tuesday tip: Moving content and collections to your new Kindle

Today's tip: How do I move content and collections to my new Kindle?

With many of us licking our chops to get the widely-anticipated new Kindle e-readers, this is timely advice from our Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting board.

When you get a new Kindle, you'll probably want to load your books and keep the existing collections that you've set up.  Here's how to do that.

First, you'll have to send each book individually. You can go to Amazon's Manage Your Kindle page and send them to your Kindle that way. Or, you can go to Archived Items on your new Kindle and select books or other content to be downloaded.

In general, it's recommended that you download books in small groups of 50 to 100.  The device will work to index them when you do that - and you'll want to be sure that it all works well before you go to the next group of books.

To check for indexing each time, do a search on a non-existent word like "qxgpz".  When it shows zero items not yet indexed, you can do the next batch.

Note that the index will use the battery somewhat faster than is perhaps expected, so it's not a bad idea to leave the Kindle plugged in while you're doing this.

Once you've got your books on your device, then you can import the collections from your existing Kindle. Go to "Archived Items" on your Kindle and select "import collections".

When you do that, books on your Kindle will sort into the collections they were associated with on the other Kindle.  You can import collections anytime you add another bunch of books that were assigned to a collection on your other Kindle.

Note that if you don't have an existing Kindle on the account (perhaps because you already de-registered it to give away or sell), there will be no collections to import. In that event you'd have to set up the collections anew and assign books to those collections. This is something to consider if you're looking to give away your previous Kindle; import your collections from it first!

Thanks to KindleBoards moderator Ann in Arlington for the tip! Find more useful tidbits in our Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting board!

Kindle Daily Deal: Spitfire (60% off!)

Today's KDD:  Spitfire by Annette Sandoval
Reduced 60% from yesterday's price of $4.99 to $1.99

Amazon, oh, Amazon, why do you tempt me day after day?  Today's Kindle Daily Deal is right up my alley!  

The product description:  After 28-eight-year-old Tomi Reyes receives an unexpected promotion, her life goes totally insane. First, her boss becomes unbearable, and then two of her friends are found murdered and stuffed inside their refrigerators. Suspecting her boss and fearing she's next, Tomi doesn't wait for the authorities and seeks the killer herself.

And this from an Amazon Vine reviewer: 

This was a highly enjoyable book that, at just over 300 pages, goes much more quickly than I would have imagined. There's no "filler" or fluff in any of the chapters that the reader has to trudge through - everything throughout the book is interesting, adds to the mystery, is funny, or is otherwise greatly entertaining.  I'd recommend this to anyone that wanted a bit more lighthearted murder mystery, or a funny "city living for a girl with some bad luck" type - it certainly spans genres.
It does kind of make me not want to open the fridge...and me with a newly remodeled kitchen!

Text-to-speech, lending and X-Ray enabled. Kindle Owner's Lending Library (Prime).
314 pages.  27 reviews, 12 of them five stars.

For more Kindle Daily Deals, including a Kid's Daily Deal, go to this link.

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Army Survival Guide and Bonus Pick!

The theme today is "Survival."

Today's Free App of the Day is Army Survival Guide.
Originally $0.99



If you want to be ready for the zombie invasion, this might be the app for you.  On the other hand, according to the reviews, this is Army FM 21-76 in app form and you'd be better off with it as an actual e-book so you can search to find what you need when the zombies are within eyesight, instead of paging through while backing up.  ;)

Not very well reviewed.  Three stars after 10 reviews.  So, today, we have a KBAAD and also, the FM 21-76 in ebook form...

Continuing the survival theme, today's KindleBoards Alternate App of the Day is Hot Donut.



Keep your donut alive!   You control a rolling donut in this platform style game.  You get tips on how to play as you go.  It does ask if you want to join Open Feint and has in-app purchases.  Both of which, just say no! I picked this one up; game play is fun.  Did I mention it's free?

And, for those of you who want to be prepared for the zombie invasion, the Army Field Manual FM 21-76 is available in ebook form (not free--it's $2.99.)  So maybe the app isn't such a bad deal.  I'm sure the zombies won't mind waiting while you skim the book....

Have fun! Also check out the other digital deals from Amazon, including great deals on MP3s and videos:
 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Today's free e-books (August 27)

Here's our selection of today's free Kindle books, selected based on strong reviews and customer ratings:

Don't miss Elizabeth Hunter's A Hidden Fire, the first book in her Elemental Mysteries series!

The 420-page book has no less than 79 five-star reviews, and customer comments that call it "one of the best paranormal series I've read this year. It's sharp, elegant, clever, evenly paced without dragging its feet, and at the same time emotionally intense."

No secret stays hidden forever.
 

A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract.

Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

A Hidden Fire is the first book in the four-book Elemental Mysteries Series. Get this paranormal mystery/romance novel while it's free!



Jenna Bennett's "A Cutthroat Business", with a 4.5-star rating and 37 customer reviews, is free today!

Typical of customer reviews for this mystery: "With a dose of southern charm and a bad boy you won't want to forget, this book has enough wit and sexual chemistry to rival Janet Evanovich."

Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

A Cutthroat Business is 267 pages, and is the first book in Bennett's Savannah Martin mystery series. Get your free copy today!

Top 10 books in Mystery / Thrillers!

Each Monday, we do a drill-down on the top 10 books in a particular genre. This week we look at current bestsellers in the popular genre of Mystery/Thrillers:

#1#2#3#4#5
Gone Girl: A NovelPlague (A Medical Thriller)UNSEENDead Is the New Black (Fashion Avenue Mysteries)Our Husband (a humorous romantic mystery)
#6#7#8#9#10
Mew is for Murder: A Theda Krakow Mystery Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery #1)An Unlawful Order (The Chase Anderson Series)Final VectorDeath of a Serpent (A Serafina Florio Mystery)

It's interesting that five of the top 10 books in this genre are books that are part of a series: The Fashion Avenue Mysteries, Theda Krakow series, Rose Gardner series, Chase Anderson series, and Serafino Florio mysteries.

Clea Simon's Theda Krakow book, Mew is for Murder, is currently available for free. It has 30 customer reviews and a 4.5-star rating, and is the first book in Simon's well-plotted cat mysteries. Download it now for free!

Also worth a read is Dead is the New Black, by Christine DeMaio-Rice. It's on for $0.99, today and tomorrow only. At a 4.5-star rating, after 38 customer reviews, this 320-page mystery is worth downloading today to your Kindle!

Let us know if you've enjoyed any of these top ten books!
Note: In building this list, we use our KindleBoards Top 10 Bestsellers by Genre page - something we developed for our readers to be able to instantly survey a grid of Amazon's most popular books. It's updated real-time, and allows you to scroll to the "next ten" for any genre. Try it out and let us know what you think!