Sunday, September 30, 2012

4 bargain Kindle books, and a freebie (Sep 30)

Good afternoon! Here are some bargain Kindle books for you today (all under 99 cents), plus another freebie!

Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (An Annie Graceland Mystery), by Pamela DuMond.

Price: $0.99. (Still on sale?)

Highly-rated, and warmly reviewed, this is the first book in the Annie Graceland "sexy mystery" series.

"This is a unique and clever story told with truckloads of wit - it's a wild and wacky whodunit that's hilarious, fast moving, and filled with just enough twists to keep the reader constantly guessing. The sarcasm is priceless! I think Pamela DuMond has created an entirely new genre: cozy/crazy mystery meets zany paranormal. Great fun! " -- Beth Hoffman, Amazon reviewer


Moving from Wisconsin to sunny Los Angeles was the frosting on the cake of Annie Graceland's perfect life. Her boutique bakery business was blossoming, she was happily married to a handsome, ambitious actor, and they were planning to have a baby.

Besides her derelict friends, the only thing that got Annie in serious trouble was her smidge of psychic ability: feeling other people's sensations in her own body. She hated experiencing someone else's peanut butter addiction, foot fetish, or murderous rage. Thank God, her psychic curse only kicked in when she was stressed.

When Annie discovers her husband is possibly cheating with oh-so-famous, self-help author, Dr. Fuller, Fuller ends up dead, poisoned with one of Annie's signature cupcakes, and she becomes a prime murder suspect.

When the not-so-good Doctor's ghost doesn't pass to the After-Life and is stuck on earth, Fuller decides to recruit, (aka, haunt), a live personal assistant to investigate and bring his killer to justice. Who better to help than Annie?

Now Annie is not only stuck with the most irritating ghost in the world, but is forced to spy on, and infiltrate the lives of Hollywood's elite; the motley crew of suspects who wanted Fuller dead. Was it the porn star, the trophy wife, the talent manager, the personal trainer? Will Annie survive the L.A. whackos who wanted Fuller dead before she is whacked by the real killer?


320 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 62 reviews, and $0.99 today!



Sleeping Roses (Dead Roses), by RaShelle Workman.

Sale price: $0.99; normally $3.99. (Still on sale?)

This book is a romantic suspense and has elements of the police procedural genre - one of my favorites!

"Its hard to explain why this was such a good book without giving away the surprise twist near the ending." - Cynthia Boyd

"The writing is well done, easy to read and it's a good story line." - Lisa Martin

"Interesting characters, good writing, and twists in the story kept me turning the pages until the end!" - Rita Herron


Her marriage may be dangerous, but leaving could be fatal. 

"It's strange, mysterious, and down right cool! It made me wonder if this really happened." - Jek Jamison 

"A suspense/thriller where nothing is as it seems." - Heartsong Reviews


367 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 130 reviews, and 75% off today!



Mattie, by Judy Alter.

Sale price: $0.99; normally $. (Still on sale?)

Inspired by the life of the first woman doctor in Nebraska, this novel is narrated by Dr. Mattie, in the informal style of an 80-year-old woman looking back on good days and bad in a long life.

"The opening of the novel catches the attention quickly, reveals terrible troubles, hints at more to come but leaves it at that. And no one should give away the ending, but some reviewers do. Too bad. I have been a fan of Alter's writing for many years, and I'm always struck with the way she reminds a reader of whatever is going on in the world even as she presents her casts of characters firmly rooted in the past, usually in the American West. Most are told in first person and that also lends immediacy and personal acquaintance with the female lead character." -- Cowgirl Joyce, Amazon reviewer


Against the backdrop of sparsely settled western Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie tells the story of a pioneer woman physician. Through the years of her practice, Mattie's life is filled with romance and disappointments, battles won and loved ones lost, challenges met and opportunities passed. Through it all she endures. And as the years pass, her life takes on a richness and quality she knows she coiuld not have found anywhere else or at any other time.


Mattie offers a realistic and haunting portrait of life on the plains and of a most unforgettable woman.


192 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 22 reviews, and $0.99 today!



A Descent Into Hell, by Kathryn Casey.

Price: $0.89. (Still on sale?)

Here's a true crime story from noted novelist and true-crime writer Kathryn Casey.

"Probably the best written True Crime book I have read in years." - Kathryn Inabinett

"As excellent as her previous books, Kathryn Casey has taken a horrific, heartbreaking story and written it with great sensitivity and insight." - Rae

"I read this book for one weekend; I simply couldn't put it down. - Bobi


Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin. 

Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable streak, one that ensnared him in the perilous underworld of drugs and guns. 

When Jennifer failed to show up for work on August 18, 2005, her mother became frightened. Sharon Cave's search led to Colton's West Campus apartment, where Jennifer's family discovered a scene worthy of the grisliest horror movie. Meanwhile, Colton Pitonyak was nowhere to be found.

A Descent Into Hell is the gripping true story of one of the most brutal slayings in UT history - and the wild "Bonnie and Clyde-like" flight from justice of a cold-blooded young killer and his would-be girlfriend, who claimed that her unquestioning allegiance to Pitonyak was "just the way I roll."


388 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 56 reviews, and $0.89 today!



this I know - Sarah's Confession, by Reba Ponder Weiss.

Sale price: Free. (Still free?)

Here's a free book that is now in the top 20 in Amazon's free lists! Try this southern mystery thriller!

"Here is a truly fresh new voice, and this stunning debut reveals a world of authentic detail and familiar wit, full of Southern charm... Southern charm, that is, facing the end of the world. The stage is set for a traditional Southern wedding, with all the tender affection and comic interludes you would find in any such gathering of a real family, but the proceedings are imbued with a gathering sense of foreboding... And then the world as we know it endures a cataclysmic event, plunging this family into a harried race against extinction. What follows is as explosive and spellbinding as any of the wildest movie adventures, not rollicking fun so much as a breathless race to survive. The beauty, character, and human dignity that remain under even such duress shine all the brighter... and Weiss unfolds a relentless, mesmerizing tale, ultimately taking you on the survival ride of your life. This book is a stunning achievement by a first time writer, heralding not only a bold new voice, but a bold new mash-up of genre. " -- M. Chance, Amazon reviewer


A recluse emerges from the backwoods on the eve of his son's romantic, southern wedding. Dinner spirals into chaos when the self-proclaimed prophet announces he hears spiritual messages straight from God. 


The voices tell him to prepare the way for the end of the world. His disturbing words find foothold in undeniable facts as disbelief dissolves into terror. 

Those who gathered to celebrate are suddenly faced with an unthinkable dilemma. They must follow him into a remote, secret sanctuary, prepared exclusively for survival - or they can die. As apocalyptic events begin to unfold, the ancient battle of darkness and light quickly becomes a modern reality.

271 pages, with a 5-star rating from 26 reviews, and free today!



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Free Kindle books! (Sep 30)

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

The Enchanted Orchards, by Kristin Maddock. (Still free?)

A coming-of-age, Young Adult romance.

"This was such a beautifully, poignant, well written story. At times I found it hard to believe this was a first time author. The characters are so fully realized and fleshed out that I found my self experiencing thier saddness, joy, annoyances, and life lessons right along with them. The story is so moving I am still thinking about it days after finishing and I am very much looking forward to future books from this author." -- Pkannex, Amazon reviewer


When Fern's sister died, she left more than a void - she left a dark secret. As the one year anniversary of her death begins approaching, a haunted Fern's only goal is to survive the summer in her beloved peach orchards without a mental breakdown; a difficult task as her family is unraveling at the seams. 


But that is not to be her only challenge: two visitors arrive, one her childhood crush, one an intriguing stranger - both stirring up more than just trouble and emotions for Fern. Suddenly, her life and town are turned upside down.

As the days lengthen and the breathless heat of summer swallows up the orchards, Fern tries to navigate her way through a maze of grief, friendship, love and guilt. But as the past is revisited, secrets are revealed, and soon, Fern finds herself at a crossroads with some tough decisions to make.

Sometimes all of life's answers can be wrapped up in one hot summer. Especially if peaches are involved.




307 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 21 reviews.



Blind Her With Bliss, by Nina Pierce. (Still free?)

A short read at 130 pages, this romantic / suspense story is set in Maine and is the first book in the Tilling Passions series.

"Nina Pierce has masterly created a book that is both hot and steamy, while being fun to read. The story doesn't get lost to the romantic scenes. The characters are believable and honest. I felt for Julie as I was reading about her family dynamics- it was something that could have been in any family" -- Jesse Kimmel-Freeman, Amazon reviewer


She's trying to find herself. He's attempting to hide. Together they'll discover a truth that threatens them both...


Investigating the death of her best friend, uptight accountant, JULIE TILLING, discovers a world of adult nightclubs and Internet intrigue. When shock jock DAMON COREY rocks her world in a wild night of lust, she wonders if she's found love...or the key to solving a murder. 

130 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 40 reviews.



Broken Wings, by Alexandrea Weis. (Still free?)

The award-winning author of this contemporary romance is a wildlife "rehabber" and this is her fourth book.

"This is the story of a wonderful woman who spends her life helping wildlife. Despite having what could be a debilitating illness and all of the trials in her life, Pamela is determined to help the helpless animals that people bring to her. When a volunteer comes to help her, Pamela is obviously attracted to him but tries to keep her distance, without much succuss." -- Loretta Gilbert, Amazon reviewer


As a wildlife rehabilitator in southeast Louisiana, Pamela Wells has dealt with her fair share of wild animals, but her reclusive life is forever changed when she meets an elusive former soldier named Daniel Phillips. 


Sent to Pamela's wildlife sanctuary as part of his parole requirements, Daniel and Pamela quickly clash until Daniel's troubled past unexpectedly comes to light. After serving in Iraq, Daniel suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Pamela tries to help ease his condition by introducing him to the healing power of animals. Daniel begins to find peace, and an unexpected kindred spirit in Pamela. Fearing one day she will be forced to give up her beloved sanctuary, Pamela confides in Daniel about her debilitating health. United by their misfortunes, the relationship turns romantic.

Just when Pamela has found someone to love and share her burdens, Daniel skips town, crushing her heart. Suddenly Pamela finds herself alone and in a desperate situation. She has no choice but to turn to a ruthless Louisiana attorney, Bob Patrick, for help. Bob promises Pamela financial security in exchange for a life as his obedient wife. When Daniel unexpectedly returns, Bob is not willing to give Pamela up. Like an ensnared bird, Pamela struggles to free herself of her cruel capture. The fight may prove deadly, but Daniel is willing to do anything to save her. Can two broken souls eventually find happiness or, like the broken wings of a dove, will they be forever kept from reaching the heights of heaven?


271 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 17 reviews.



Beer Goggles, by Sean Flynn. (Still free?)

Here's a quirky piece of humor that you might enjoy - free today.

"The book starts out as a comedy fest of one-liners and funny episodes that will make readers laugh out loud. But Travis's and Dave's drunken romp takes a serious turn when they think they have witnessed a murder and try to bring the murderer to justice. The book remains funny, but the tone changes slightly, raising it above a mere comedy number to a genuinely interesting story. The structure of the narrative, which alternates between two points of view, before and after the alleged crime, ensures that readers constantly know more than the main characters do - or they think they know; beer goggles may affect their perception of the events too." -- A.K.S., Amazon reviewer


With a thunderstorm replacing the forecasted warm sunshine, Travis's day started badly. He hoped a trip to Blackpool, with his friend Dave, would lift his spirits.

He would be wrong.

After encountering 'Uncle Fester', a naked gardener wielding a rake, and an incontinent dog, he should have turned the car around and gone home. Instead, Dave suggests a visit to the pub, where teetotaller Travis discovers a taste for alcohol.

If the opposite of serendipity existed, this would be it.

An hour later, someone calls Dave an ambulance.

Things go downhill from there.

Subsequently arrested for breaking and entering whilst wearing gorilla suits (and who knew that would be illegal), they have to convince the police they have been witness to the murder of a beautiful woman. Or have they' Or could it be, like the police suggest, a bad case of Beer Goggles'

Beer Goggles is an epic (hangover) tale of (half)wit(s) and (dutch) courage, where, thanks to the delights of alcohol, nothing is quite what it appears and where the wrong decision could cost Travis and Dave their lives.

If you like a good romp as much as you love a good yarn, Beer Goggles should be your tipple of choice.

Enjoy responsibly!

267 pages, with a 4-star rating from 4 reviews.



Gimpy's Secret . . . it's what's missing, by E. H. McLellan. (Still free?)

Let's round things off here with a highly-rated children's book. It's a 194-page illustrated book from Elaine McLellan - with lasting messages for children and adults alike.

"This is a wonderful book. Period. Upon finishing it, I felt like I had read a dynamic mixture of Charlotte's Web and A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel mixed with The Wizard of Oz. The story centers around a young girl on her grandparents farm searching for meaning and inner peace when she stumbles upon a cryptic mnemonic - A Loving Touch Profits Every Creature At Some Center Point  - that holds the promise of everything she's searching for. The problem is that the only one able to break the code for her and unlock the secret she seeks, is the most implausible ally one might imagine - a lame chicken who can talk but barely walk. In the tradition of the aforementioned classics, this book weaves together everyday morality plays into a cohesive story arc that will linger with you well after you close its pages. This is a wonderful book. Period." -- Savlatore Constantino, Amazon reviewer


We become defective, morally, socially and vitally, when deprived of love.

Knowing and doing the actions associated with love is the greatest advantage you can give to yourself and to others.

At last and for the first time, a template, a blueprint for doing Love. No more guess work.

Gimpy's Secret, is based on 35 years of rigorous research. The elements that must be present in order for Love to occur have been defined and organized. Love is indeed a verb. Now we can learn to Love like we know what we're doing.

Cleverly disguised as a children's book, the author delivers this how-to information in a form that is easy to read and easy to remember. This heart-warming story is delightful to children and simple enough for adults. It's more than just "kid's"stuff.

Hate generates hate, only Love can generate love.

Now we know how!


194 pages, with a 5-star rating from 27 reviews.



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Kindle Daily Deal: Scent of the Missing (87% off)

Today's KDD: Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog, by Susannah Charleson. Normally $14.95, now $1.99!

87% off, today only!

Amazon reviewer Kay Hayes says in her review:
No Marley and Me here. No chapter after chapter of dog bonding and love ultimately leading to dog death. There is no excessive pulling on heart strings to engage dog lovers. No reliving the loss of a beloved dog - for those of us who have been down that path before. This is a dog love story of a different sort.  

The story is special because it begins with a dog lover's passion, search and rescue (SAR). It develops into someone forming a special relationship with a dog that has a special gift and a special purpose. Charleson has a gift for describing dog expression and dog language that is both endearing to dog lovers and generally entertaining. Both dog and author come across as genuine. The story feels very real, if just a bit embellished. The result is nothing ground breaking. It is nowhere near "Hey, did you read..." but it is worthwhile and fun for dog lovers - without relying on overly emotional themes. Puzzle is a working dog who loves her job. Charleson is a dog lover with a passion for SAR. Scent of the Missing is the story of their journey, from puppyhood to forming a SAR team.

An unforgettable memoir from a search-and-rescue pilot and her spirited canine partner

In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper of an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Susannah was so moved by the image that she decided to volunteer with a local canine team and soon discovered firsthand the long hours, nonexistent pay, and often heart-wrenching results they face. Once she qualified to train a dog of her own, she adopted Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever puppy who exhibited unique aptitudes as a working dog but who was less interested in the role of compliant house pet. 


On the product page, there are more pictures of Puzzle and a Q&A with the author.

Features: text-to-speech, X-ray enabled.

Whispersync for Voice: Audiobook available for $12.95 (normally $17.95) if you buy this book.

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Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Mole Word

Today's Free App of the Day is Mole Word
Originally $0.99



In our Free Fire App discussion on KindleBoards, our members have commented on how often these game characters have bug eyes and enormous teeth.  At least this time, the mole has sunglasses!

The product description says:

No more boring word games! Discover words, beat the clock, unlock the vault, collect gems, and uncover the top-secret Mole Word!

Mole Word is the fun, fast-paced word game for all ages that's easy to pick up, but impossible to put down!

Form words from letters anywhere on the game board to unlock the vault and collect the treasure! But uh-oh, It looks like you've got a mole in your midst! Watch out for Shades the Spy Mole as he tries to put a hole in your plan and steal the treasure for himself!

Earn huge bonuses by using power-ups and making big words! Collect confidential briefcases to uncover the top-secret "Mole Word!"

Mole Word is the ONLY Complete & Professional Quality mole-themed word game on the App Store!

Features:

• Fun, fast-pace gameplay
• Cool power-ups
• Two game modes: Timed and causal play
• Uncover the secret "Mole Word" for a huge point bonus!
• 5 beautifully hand drawn levels
• Fast app resume - stop playing anytime and pick up right where you left off!

If you're a fan of Bookworm, Text Twist, Crossword, WordSearch, Word Mole, Bejeweled, Hangman, Words with Friends, or Scrabble, you'll love Mole Word!

I particularly liked this part from the product description:
Mole Word is the ONLY Complete & Professional Quality mole-themed word game on the App Store!

One of the reviews also compared the app favorably to Bookworm.  Well reviewed after six reviews.

Have fun!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Free Kindle books! (Sep 29)

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

The Eden Plague (Plague Wars Volume 1), by David VanDyke. (Still free?)

Try this Sci-Fi techno-thriller by David VanDyke - a former US Army Airborne enlisted Soldier and US Air Force intelligence officer.

"There's a lot of action for you action junkies - the hero is a special-ops guy in a somewhat different mold - he's a kind of combat medic. But there is a lot of thought as well - moral dilemmas, ambiguity, what's the right thing to do? There's a love interest that seems more about driving the action than supplying real romance - "woman in peril" and all that. If you are primarily a romance reader this is not it. It's an action technothriller." -- Kira, Amazon reviewer


Special operations veteran DJ Markis finds armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways. On the run from the shadowy Company, he turns to his brothers in arms to fight back. Soon he finds himself in possession of a secret that threatens the stability of the world, and becomes the leader of a conspiracy to change everything.

The Eden Plague is a science-fiction military techno-thriller in the tradition of Crichton, Koontz and Heppner.

The Eden Plague is the first of the Plague Wars series, by David VanDyke.

The second book, titled "The Demon Plagues," is available now. Look for it at your favorite e-bookseller. The third book, "The Reaper Plague", will be available in Fall of 2012.

PG-13 for laguage, violence and adult situations.



193 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 5 reviews.



All I Want for Christmas is You (Fate with a Helping Hand), by Lisa Mondello. (Still free?)

This seasonal contemporary romance is free for today! Download it now and save it for the season ahead!

"But Christmas is the time of magic, touching hearts and bringing them together. Perhaps a dead battery can be a blessing if two hearts can be led to find one another. And author Lisa Mondello certainly knows how to bring magic together with love. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS proves a charming novel whether the time be Christmas or summer. With warm characters, a enduring child, and house full of wonderful secondary characters, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS comes highly recommended. " -- C. Penn, Amazon reviewer



Sometimes fate needs a little hand...
Santa Claus is going to have a rough season... Lauren Alexander is raising her daughter alone. Abandoned by her family for her decision to keep her daughter Kristen, she has done a pretty good job for the last six years. Or she thought she had. That's why she is crushed when little Kristen gives up her wish for a toy or goodie and instead asks Santa for a present for her mother. She wants Santa to bring a Daddy. Delivering Daddies isn't Santa's bag.

But this Santa has a plan...

Kyle Preston knows what it is like to be abandoned too. Luckily he found the support of loving adoptive parents and has turned himself into one of the most successful Real Estate developers in town.

Building a house is easy. Building someone's trust is a whole other story. But with a little helping hand, a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.
 

200 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 120 reviews.



Missy's Return, by Bradley Hughes. (Still free?)

Download this unique work of horror for free today!

"Like all pet owners, Matthew loves his cat, Missy. When she dies, he is devastated, though he tries to continue his life without her. But Missy loves Matthew as much as he loves her. She wants to be with him again. Before she can return to him, she leads him on a journey that changes his life. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and left me with a warm, happy feeling. " -- Buddy Soles, Amazon reviewer


Is Matthew loosing his mind? He questions his sanity when he hears strange voices on his radio and finds his furniture turned upside down. Luckily his two best friends can verify these events are real.

Matthew struggles to understand what has stirred up his otherwise mundane existence. What is happening to his world' Fantastic dreams, waking paranormal events and a physical trek to Africa challenge Matthew to come to terms with...Missy's Return.



207 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 3 reviews.



Chloe and the Half-World (Slumberland Station, Book 1), by Neon May. (Still free?)

Here's Book 1 of this highly-rated urban fantasy series - free today!

"I love the characters and their unique personalities." - Bingo!

"For me, who's more of a paranormal romance fan, it was a nice break from vampires and werewolves." - Kathy

"It's a great story and the concept is very clever." - Rob S


Slumberland Station is an urban fantasy series for young adults aged 12 and up.

If her father finds out Chloe plays with ghosts after school, she'll be grounded forever. Why? Because for Chloe, playing with ghosts means racing them from rooftop to rooftop across the Manhattan skyline. Not to worry; when you're fourteen, you're immortal, so what could possibly go wrong?
Well, let's see...

Being asked by a ghost for directions and becoming the target of a seventeen-year-old assassin? Having to ride an actual ghost train and save a friend who never existed' How about befriending the scariest clowns you've ever met or learning your father may be a mad scientist and your life a lie'

Now Chloe is left with only one choice: enter the Half-World and seek out the truth that lies beyond reality - if there's such a thing as reality, of course.



332 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 5 reviews.



Points To Ponder: Pathways to Self-Discovery, by John D Mosley. (Still free?)

This 100-page book is free today.

From the Rebecca Review: "He begins his book with a thoughtful discussion about life and how we live busy but unsatisfying lives. He explains how we can be less stressed and more balanced. The section on how we should practice gratitude gave me a lot to think about. I could especially relate to the author's thoughts on how distraction is the enemy of discipline and how materialism doesn't bring happiness. I also liked the explanations on why we need adversity in our lives."



Points to Ponder: Pathways to Self-Discovery is a guide for self-improvement and self-discovery.
 

It discusses key topics involved in the ongoing inquiry and practical exploration of a purposeful life.
 

Presented are timeless concepts that transcend cultural boundaries. Life's journey is one of forward motion, yet each individual's path is different.
 

Discover the resolve to begin the personal process of self-discovery.



107 pages, with a 5-star rating from 3 reviews.



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Kindle Daily Deal - 10 Mystery Novels

Today's KDD: Ten mystery novels by various authors, including books by some of my favorite authors J. Carson Black and Charlotte Elkins!

$1.99

Find them here!

Feature vary; some are Prime, some have lending, XRay or text-to-speech, some have Whispersync for Voice.

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Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Pigments

Today's Free App of the Day is Pigments
Originally $0.99

All the product description says is that it's a puzzle game where you connect the colors by painting between them.  It's not well reviewed; the major complaints are a lack of tutorial or instructions.

Today, our members are sharing free apps suggestions of their own in our Free Fire App of the Day thread, found here.

Have fun!

Profile: Adventurous duo Diane and Charlie Winger relay their experiences into guidebooks

The traditional Winger pancake breakfast morning at camp.
Continuing our Author Profile series, today we meet Diane and Charlie Winger, writers of outdoors guidebooks as well as recounts of their many traveling adventures!

What would you do after ten mind-numbing hours of writing computer programs for clients who think you are clairvoyant?

Go back to your hotel room, of course, get back on the computer and spend several more fun-filled hours writing a guidebook on rock climbing!

And that is how Diane and Charlie wrote "The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree." Day after day, month after month. What about eating, you ask? No problem – *Dominos delivers!* We doubt that we earned enough royalties on that guidebook to pay for those pizzas.

Writing a guidebook has to be a labor of love, and they say that love is a state of temporary insanity. We would tend to agree.

Our “published authors” story actually began about fifteen years ago when we ventured out to conquer the highest point in each of the 50 states...and, yes, Virginia, Florida *does* have a high point (as does Virginia). As a matter of fact, the highest point in Florida comes in at a whopping 345 feet above sea level.

We completed our quest and we do believe that it conquered us more than we conquered it. The offshoot of our endeavor was our first book, Highpoint Adventures. We certainly learned a lot about writing guidebooks and working with publishers, so much so that we’re amazed that we ever went on to write another book (or did not get a divorce in the process).

"Highpoint Adventures" was soon followed by our second book, "The Essential Guide to Great Sand Dunes National Park." We had plenty of sand in our shoes before that one was completed. By then we were well prepared to write a volume about the Gobi desert after spending innumerable nights in the shifting, blowing sands.

Along the way Charlie managed to take a “screamer” while ice climbing, an event which resulted in a broken lower back, sacroiliac, and several ribs. Every cloud has a silver lining: now that he couldn’t get out of bed for a couple of months, why not put that “down time” to work and write his autobiography? The passage of time and some darn good drugs resulted in our first “indie” book, "Two Shadows – the inspirational story of one man’s triumph over adversity."

Not to be outdone, Diane decided to correct the painful result of years of ballet by having both of her big toes reconstructed, complete with some really nifty hardware. Again, downtime resulted in another creation, "Because It’s There," a photographic compendium of many cool places we’ve trekked, hiked, climbed, and frozen our buns off throughout the years.

Well, there you have it, a synopsis of guidebook writing by the Wingers! Go forth and sin no more.


Note: Highpoint Adventures is in paperback, but we've published 5 of its chapters on Kindle. The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree and  The Essential Guide to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are in paperback only (traditionally published).

Friday, September 28, 2012

Free Kindle books! (Sep 28)

Here is our selection of free Kindle books for today!

His Wife and Daughters, by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga. (Still free?)

Let's start with a political fiction novel, highly-rated and in the top 50 Free on Amazon!

"Very well-written story about scandal and family! His Wife and Daughters is a complex look at what happens to a family when a husband and father strays. It is very well written with lots of subplots and different settings to keep the story moving forward at a good pace. ...Ms. Arbor is a very talented writer and she cleverly portrays a scenario that happens all too often in our contemporary society, and the consequences that occur because of it. A solid and enjoyable read. " -- Laura P., Amazon reviewer


Trina Brath and her teenage daughters, Jill and Phoebe, lead happy and privileged lives as the wife and daughters of successful California Congressman Dan Brath. 


But that all changes when Dan, 52, is suspected of having an affair with Lesley Chisholm, a 19-year-old Washington DC intern who has gone missing. Soon Dan Brath is being accused in the harsh media spotlight of not only sleeping with Lesley Chisholm, but responsible for her disappearance. 

Despite Trina's standing by her husband - yet keeping the secret that he has cheated on her many times before - the incessant media scrutiny puts a strain on the family, and their lives to go into a tailspin. Eight months later, when Lesley mysteriously returns home safe and sound, Dan Brath's career is over, and his family is in tatters.

Fast forward to today, and Lesley is breaking her silence with a tell-all memoir, which is sure to make Dan Brath's wife and daughters relive the trauma all over again. Will Jill, Trina and Phoebe be able to cope, heal their wounds and move on with their lives? Told from the viewpoints of the three women, His Wife and Daughters is a moving story of how one family attempts to survive the ultimate betrayal.



246 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 14 reviews.



Keys to the Coven (Demonic Intervention Series), by Vicky Loebel. (Still free?)

This contemporary fantasy is praised for its compelling characters, well-constructed plot, and smart humor!

"Combined with a fast pace, truly funny twists and turns, and an intriguing story line, and you've got a wild ride!" - Doyne

"All in all, I came away from reading this book better having read it than if I had gone without it." - Amanda Lyn

"This book is marked by plot twists that make the book very hard to put down." - J. Richards


To become a demon, you must die in complete and utter despair. Three hundred years ago, Max passed that test with flying colors and joined the afterlife resolving never again to have innocent blood on his hands. Now a successful Demonic Intervention Agent, Max has been given the job of breaking a young woman's family curse. But what she doesn't know, what Max can't bring himself to tell her, is that completing his mission almost certainly means her death.

When Felicity Woodsen inherits her mother's coven, she learns each firstborn Woodsen daughter must become the consort of an evil-arch demon. Felicity's only hope is to ally with the mysteriously charming Max. But is saving her body from one demon worth the price of losing her soul to another?


Roxashael became a demon when his Roman captors sent his family, one by one to be devoured by lions. The lesson was clear: power is good; lots of power is better. Two-thousand years later, Rocky has power. He's purchased hundreds of souls, and he's created the Minsk Homunculus, a magic artifact that, by binding a human witch as his consort, turns him into an arch-demon and places him above the goody-two-shoes laws of karma.

Unfortunately, Rocky made a mistake. He fell in love with Felicity's mother and in a moment of weakness promised to give up his demon-consort charm. Now Felicity's mother is dead, the Minsk Homunculus is slated for destruction, and Rocky's power as an arch-demon is about to end.

No demon can break a promise. If Rocky refuses to give up the Minsk Homunculus, he'll become the lowest, most abject slave in Hell.

But then, why break promises when they're so easy to corrupt?


*Caution: This book contains violence, strong sexual themes, moderately explicit sex between consenting adults, (unfulfilled) threats against children, and one completely gratuitous reference to unicorns. Not intended for readers under 18.


349 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 15 reviews.



Iron Branch: A Civil War Tale of a Woman In-Between, by Kelby Ouchley. (Still free?)

Set in the swamps and bayous of northern Louisiana, this historical romance takes place in the Civil War era. Free today!

"The author spins a fine story along with his naturalist's eye for Louisiana and Mississippi River flora and fauna." - Judy

"Wonderful story, very well researched, and beautifully written." - Venita Fountain


Iron Branch explores cultural conflicts of the American Civil War era as experienced by those not often elevated to lead roles. Abita Carter, a half-Choctaw woman who describes herself as always "in-between,"  tells the story of her life and that of the young lawyer/soldier, Minor Barrett, in north Louisiana during the Civil War. 


The core of the tale involves Abita's journey to find Minor, who is reported to have been wounded during the siege of Vicksburg. Along the way she faces a cast of characters with varying intentions. General Grant's wife, a family of slaves with compassion beyond reason, and a small blind mule are among those encountered in the rich, Deep South setting. 

None, though, is more distracting than Minor's blue-blooded wife, who seeks her husband for a different purpose. Abita's state of "in-between" takes on new meanings as she is drawn ever deeper into the turmoil of the times. Passion, self-doubt, and malice finally threaten her existence in any condition.


219 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 17 reviews.



WHEELS, by Lorijo Metz. (Still free?)

This novel is a Young Adult, science fiction novel with touches of mystery and romance.

"Lorijo Metz created such an amazing world in Wheels, I never wanted to leave! Right from the start, I found myself rooting for McKenzie and wishing I could particle weave too. And I'll never forget the memorable characters I discovered on Circanthos. This alien adventure is the perfect read for sci-fi lovers and all readers who enjoy an exciting story!" -- S. Slade, Amazon reviewer


McKenzie Wu doesn't know her great-great grandmother married an alien or that her great-great-great uncle is alive and systematically eliminating a race of beings on a tiny planet light years away - she has enough to worry about. 


Molecules keep rearranging themselves to suit her slightest wish, but only at the most inconvenient times. If that weren't enough, shess been dreaming about an accident; one shess had no memory of until now and, if true, means McKenzie is responsible for her mother's death.

When McKenzie stumbles upon a portal, transporting her and her friend Hayes to the tiny planet of Circanthos, she learns the inhabitants believe she is the "One" destined to save them from H.G. Wells, a name that sounds strangely familiar, and his Tsendi warriors. 


But while her newfound ability might give her superhero status back on Earth, halfway across the galaxy, it's commonplace - all Circanthians can particle-weave - and if they can't stop H.G. Wells, what can she hope to do?

With the portal closed and no idea how to get home, McKenzie must learn to use a power she does not want and accept her mysterious past, or risk losing everything - her father's love, her new alien friends, and the boy.



328 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 13 reviews.



The Self Publishing Toolkit: Your All-in-One Guide to Publishing and Promoting an eBook on Amazon (Includes Free Resource Guide), by Daphne Dangerlove. (Still free?)

Here's 200 pages of practical advice on self-publishing your work. It inclues guides and a workbook. Available free for today only, then it's back to $3.99 tomorrow!

"It's a wonderful book, well written and wonderfully assembled, and the workbook available for download is exactly what you need to help you move through the process and keep track of the next step while also staying motivated. Well worth the money. " -- Chad Williamson, Amazon reviewer


Publish. Promote. Profit.

Everything You Need to Publish a Book on Amazon is in the Self Publishing Toolkit

Anyone can publish an ebook for free these days. The real question is: How do you set your book apart from all the rest?

The Self Publishing Toolkit is your personal publishing guide; taking you from publication through promotion and ultimately to profit. No stone has been left unturned. This book was specifically designed with fiction writers in mind - so if you'd rather write than promote, this is the book for you.

You get step by step instructions for:

  • Creating a Personal Promo Kit (This is a major time saver.)
  • Formatting Your Book for Publication
  • The Entire Publication Process (with tips to make it easier)
  • Building your website (Even if you are non-technical to the extreme.)
  • Setting up your Blog
  • Running a successful KDP Select Promotion (Checklists included!)

The Self Publishing Toolkit targets every task you need to accomplish, breaking them down into easy to follow steps with companion Worksheets and Checklists.
Consider it your one-stop shop for understanding:
  • Keyword research for fiction writers
  • SEO and how to make it work for you.
  • Amazon categories
  • The formula for a great book blurb
  • Why you need an email list and what to with it once you have it

Bonus Workbook!

Kindle Self-Publishing isn't hard, but it is detailed. That's where the Self-Publishing Toolkit Workbook comes in. It's packed with everything you need to quickly and efficiently complete all of the tasks laid out in the Self Publishing Toolkit. You'll improve your workflow and have easy to reference Worksheets that will come in handy throughout your publication and promotion process. And best of all? It's yours free.

Contents include:
  • Goal Setting Worksheets
  • Kindle Direct Publishing Select Promotion Checklist
  • Complete Publication Checklist
  • Write Your Bio Worksheet
  • Book BlurbWorksheet
Resource Guide 

There is also a bonus Resource Guide containing every single link, recommended resource and tool from the entire book. No more hunting through pages of text to find the tool that you need. Everything is right at your fingertips, organized by topic so it's easy to find. The Resource Guide is included at the end of the Self-Publishing Toolkit as well as a separate PDF download at theSelfPublishingToolkit.com.



197 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 7 reviews.


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Kindle Daily Deal: Black April (90% off!)

Today's KDD: Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75, by George J Veith. Normally $29.95, now $1.99!

93% off, today only!

Amazon reviewer HistoryBuff says "Black April is about the military defeat of South Vietnam. But the stories in Black April are not just about the fight against communist invasion. They are about the human spirit. They are about the spirit of the Vietnamese people, the peace loving people, who were not given the chance they deserved to fight for freedom."



The defeat of South Vietnam was arguably America's worst foreign policy disaster of the 20th Century. Yet a complete understanding of the endgame from the 27 January 1973 signing of the Paris Peace Accords to South Vietnam's surrender on 30 April 1975 has eluded us.

Black April addresses that deficit. A culmination of exhaustive research in three distinct areas: primary source documents from American archives, North Vietnamese publications containing primary and secondary source material, and dozens of articles and numerous interviews with key South Vietnamese participants, this book represents one of the largest Vietnamese translation projects ever accomplished, including almost one hundred rarely or never seen before North Vietnamese unit histories, battle studies, and memoirs. Most important, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of South Vietnam̢۪s conquest, the leaders in Hanoi released several compendiums of formerly highly classified cables and memorandum between the Politburo and its military commanders in the south. This treasure trove of primary source materials provides the most complete insight into North Vietnamese decision-making ever complied. While South Vietnamese deliberations remain less clear, enough material exists to provide a decent overview.

Ultimately, whatever errors occurred on the American and South Vietnamese side, the simple fact remains that the country was conquered by a North Vietnamese military invasion despite written pledges by Hanoi's leadership against such action. Hanoi's momentous choice to destroy the Paris Peace Accords and militarily end the war sent a generation of South Vietnamese into exile, and exacerbated a societal trauma in America over our long Vietnam involvement that reverberates to this day. How that transpired deserves deeper scrutiny.


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Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Kids Word & Bonus Pick!

Today's Free App of the Day is Kids Word World
Originally $0.99




Product description:
This is an educational and entertaining game for your kids (even for adults) to learn English words.

How to play: Drag and drop to arrange the letters in the correct order to make up a word.

The game has 3 difficult levels:
- The first one: Hint: the right order is in gray. You just drag and drop the right letters here.
- The second one: Hint: There is no gray letters in right order, but when you drop a letter in the right place, it will be stick here otherwise it will not.
- The third one: There is no hint at all: no gray letters, no stick effect. You have to find right order yourself. 

This is game geared at young children.  Not well reviewed; only four reviews--two four star, one two star and one one star that complained about a bug in the game.  One of the four stars also mentioned a bug.  Time for a KindleBoards Alternate App of the Day....

Adobe Systems Reader:



We've had queries in the past about PDF readers that would allow simple markups.  This is Adobe's own reader for PDF files. Features include:


  • Easily mark up PDF content with the freehand drawing tool or the highlight, strikethrough, and underline annotation tools
  • Add comments anywhere in your PDF file with sticky notes or Add Text tool
  • Fill out PDF forms
  • Use the new Ink Signature tool to sign any PDF document using your finger
  • Send PDF files to others for electronic signing using Adobe EchoSign
  • For more information, see the Reader Mobile blog at http://blogs.adobe.com/readermobile/


Have fun!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

8 tips on ordering Kindle Paperwhite as Christmas gifts

As you may have heard, orders are coming fast for Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader... and current shipping times are late October.

This new, feature-packed e-reader is sure to be on many wishlists. If you're planning on gifting (or self-gifting!) a Kindle Paperwhite this holiday season, here are some tips for you!
  • Buy early, as shipping times will probably continue to move later as we get closer to the end of year. 
  • If you're buying for multiple family members or friends, be aware that you're currently limited to no more than five per customer.
  • If you're thinking of including a PaperWhite cover, order it at the same time. Availability for those can sometimes get tight during the holidays. 
  • Tell your recipient to come to KindleBoards.com for help on any Kindle questions, or to get recommendations on great content, including free books, for their new Kindle! Christmas day and the days following are our busiest time at the forums; last year we had 5,000 people online simultaneously!
  • On a budget, but want to spread some Kindle joy? Consider the less expensive $69 Kindle, which is a very competent, and compact, e-reader. My older daughter uses this and is very happy with it. 
  • Feeling expansive this Christmas? The Kindle Fire HD starts at $199 and is a fun-to-use tablet! I picked up the 7-inch HD model and am really impressed with the display, and the ease of use.
  • Remember that, when gifting to members of your own household, you can have multiple Kindles associated with your account. This means you can buy a book once, and have it loaded to each of your Kindles if you wish. My wife and daughters and I commonly use this to share books that are appealing to all of us. 
  • If you're replacing an existing Kindle, you can sell your used device in our Buy, Sell, Trade, and Barter board. These are person-to-person direct transactions. The board  has been a convenient place that has seen over 2,400 similar transactions! (Remember to de-register your Kindle before shipping!)
Below are quick-links to each member in the Kindle family of e-readers and tables. When it comes to Kindle gift-giving, it pays to plan ahead. Good luck with your shopping plans!
 

Kindle
Paperwhite (WiFi)
Kindle
Paperwhite 3G
$69 Kindle!
Kindle Fire
(non-HD) 7"
Fire HD 7"
Fire HD 8.9" Fire HD 8.9"
4G LTE

Free Kindle books! (Sep 27)

Here are your five free Kindle books that we've selected for your consideration today. Enjoy these free reads!

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy, by Leslie Langtry. (Still free?)

Leslie Langtry kicks off the Greatest Hits mystery series in style with this introduction to Gin Bombay, a single mother who happens to also be a professional assassin.

"Irreverent, witty and fun…a wild, adventurous ride!" - Katie MacAlister, New York Times Bestselling Author

"With an irreverent, tell-it-like-it-is, suburban-mom-assassin narrator, ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy delivers wild and wicked fun." - Julie Kenner, USA Today Bestselling Author

"This mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix?’ One truly original and wacky novel!" - Romantic Times BOOKreviews


Those who like dark humor will enjoy a look into the deadliest female assassin and PTA mom's life.
- Parkersburg News

The fast-paced romantic suspense chick lit thriller is over the top, but fans will want to follow suit as Leslie Langtry provides a satirical family drama. - Midwest Book Review

Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense. - Chicago Tribune

The beleaguered soccer mom assassin concept is a winner, and Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details. - Publishers' Weekly



340 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 140 reviews.



Notes to Self, by Avery Sawyer. (Still free?)

A young adult novel about a teen with a traumatic brain injury. Written by Laura Schaefer under the pen name Avery Sawyer - but you might also know her as teashopgirl on KindleBoards.com! Schaefer is also the author of The Teashop Girls, The Secret Ingredient, and Planet Explorers Travel Guides for Kids.

"I usually don't read many books in the Young Adult category, but I am glad I read this one" - Michael Gallagher

"Notes to Self is an emotional journey that any woman, teenager or otherwise, can relate to. It made me think about my own formative years and that connected me to the narrator on a deep level." - Amazon reviewer


Two climbed up. Two fell down.
 

One woke up.
 

Robin Saunders is a high school sophomore with an awesome best friend, a hard-working single mom, and a complicated relationship with a sweet guy named Reno. She's coasting along, trying to get through yet another tedious year of high school, when Em suggests something daring. They live in Florida-- tourist central--and Emily wants to sneak into a theme park after midnight and see what they're made of.

When things get out of control, Robin wakes up in a hospital bed and Emily doesn't wake up at all. Just getting dressed becomes an ordeal as Robin tries to heal and piece together the details of that terrible night. Racing to remember everything in the hopes of saving Emily, Robin writes a series of notes to herself to discover the truth.


Note: Grades 8-12, with some adult language.



168 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 61 reviews.



Atomic Summer, by Elaine D Walsh. (Still free?)

Try this work of contemporary fiction, free today!

"It is one of those stories that you have to keep turning the pages to see what happens next." - Nancy, Amazon reviewer

"This book is a fun summer read." - Dana Hughes, Amazon reviewer

"Each character is illustrated in a way that draws the reader to feel that he/she knows them personally." - Jill Brooks, Amazon reviewer


THREE friends, TWO secrets, ONE lie, and the summer that changed their lives.

The world is ripe for destruction in 1953. The Korean War drags on and the Rosenbergs are executed as spies. Senator Joseph McCarthy convinces the country communists are infiltrating the government, and the threat of nuclear war festered in the collective consciousness of the nation.

While the nation worries about communist bombs, sixteen-year-old Bernadette Vaughn holds court in the family bomb shelter, finagling a way to read Kinsey's groundbreaking work on human sexuality. She obsesses about boys and big city life. 


Her best friend, Faith McNulty is a devout Catholic who dreams of staying in their small town, marrying Allen Hanlon, and raising a family. Their awkward and unattractive friend, Octavia Mansfield doesn't have room in her life for boys, dreams, or God. She spends most of her young life caring for her severely disabled brother.

Their conversations about what each of them would do if the end of the world were imminent become the catalyst for a prank that spins wildly beyond control and draws in an entire town.



382 pages, with a 5-star rating from 28 reviews.



Rotten Apple, by Natasha A Salnikova. (Still free?)

This novel is characterized by suspense and dark humor. The author wrote and hosted two TV shows in Russia before moving to Florida in 2001. Jump into this read for free today!

"There are so many twists and turns it is a delight to read. The story is told through the eyes of different characters and each one is portrayed with his wishes and weaknesses in a unique voice." -- Olga Komargodski, Amazon reviewer


Alexander Tallman enjoys life to the fullest. He has his own advertising company, a few girlfriends and a perfect wife, who is so naive she doesn't even notice her husband's multiple affairs. 


But, one day, Alexander meets Karen. The woman is five years older than he and she wants to marry Alexander instead of letting him go, as others did. Alexander finds a reason for leaving that he thinks is good enough for Karen - his wife is pregnant. 

When Karen finds out that Alexander wants to break off their relationship she takes the reins of fate into her own hands. She decides to fight for her love no matter what - but everything turns out differently than she had expected and she becomes a marionette in somebody else's game.

The book was originally published in Russian in 2011, becoming an instant hit. This is translated and adapted version for English speaking readers. Enjoy!



389 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.



The Far Horizon, by Patty Jansen. (Still free?)

Here's a humor-laced Sci-Fi book - appropriate for younger readers as well as adults.

From the author: "I wrote this book with parents reading to their children in mind. While the subject matter can be understood by children, I've aimed - much in the way popular animated movies do - to include remarks that hint at a deeper meaning so that adults who read this book will enjoy it was well."

"While obviously aimed at a younger audience, even as an adult I found this book to be excellent." - B. J. Baye

"The space station setting is accurate and rich, and portrayed quite well through the story, without pages and pages of exposition to describe everything." - Marlene Dotterer 


Of all the things ten-year-old Cory Wilson expects to do when he moves to Midway Space Station, saving aliens from humans isn't one. 


An important conference is about to start at the station, not usually the sort of thing kids care about, not even when the conference is between humans and aliens, and half your family is alien. 

However, when bullies tease Cory, he ends up in a prohibited area where he overhears some men planning to plant a bomb at the conference. Because the terrorists hide their messages in computer games, no one believes Cory, not even his father, the station director. Kids at school think he's crazy, some even think aliens should be bombed. 

Cory's teacher, one of the terrorists, locks Cory in a classroom as the conference begins. Can he get out in time? And if he does, will anyone listen?


178 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 10 reviews.



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Kindle Daily Deal: Wicked by Jill Barnett (75% off!)

Today's KDD: Wicked, by Jill Barnett. Normally $7.99, now $1.99!

Amazon reviewer Krista Lyn says "When I picked up this book, I didn't realize that it was part of a series. It is the final installment of a trilogy containing the other two books Wonderful and Wild. I don't think it mattered. This book has the power to stand all alone!" 
and "This book will certainly keep you on your toes. The ending is sweet and satisfying, and this book contains what may be my favorite epilogue ever! If you don't mind significant absences between couples and love a good laugh, a good cry, and epic storylines. This is your book!"

75% off, today only!  400 pages.  56 reviews, 51 of them four stars and above.

Winning a stubborn lady turns into the battle of his life for a strong-willed knight.

Lady Sofia Beatrice Rosalynde Anne Therese Howard has sworn never to marry. Her young heart was broken once by an arrogant knight. She's spurned every suitor to the dismay of her guardian, King Edward I, who finds that even increasing her dower prize will not lure men to offer for the defiant, but lonely, Sofia.Without her consent, the King betrothes Sofia to Sir Tobin de Clare, the man who broke her heart. Passion explodes. Sofia’s tattered pride demands that he also surrender his heart. The battle of wills between them makes war seem tame. Nothing will stop this ruthless warrior from winning his lady’s hand.

In a classic Barnett battle of will and wit, a knight and his lady find that love at first sight is dangerous at best and never easy. Wicked has all the pageantry of medieval England liberally laced with humor.

The other two books in the Medieval series are:
Wonderful (Medieval #1)
Wild (Medieval #2)

 Happy reading!

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Pick-a-Piggy

Today's Free App of the Day is Pick-a-Piggy
Originally $0.99



This is a well-reviewed game (26 reviews, 20 of the five star, only two below three star at this point).

You apparently catapult and bounce Pong the toy piggy to get him or her to new locations.  The graphics shown in the pictures looks good.  One one-star review mentions it not working on the Kindle Fire, but I suspect operator error.

Ominously, the sponsored ad from Ask.com on the review page is for "Pig Picking" which involves roasting a whole pig and picking it for barbecue...

Did you can easily browse recent past Free Appos of the Day & KindleBoards bonus picks at the blog?  Just tap on "Browse by topic/genre in the top menu and select the label "Free Kindle Apps" from the list.

Have fun!

Betsy

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Free Kindle books (Sep 26)

Here are six Kindle books that are free today. Download and enjoy!

Watcher's Web, by Patty Jansen. (Still free?)

Some mixed reviews on this one, but if you want to explore a Pandora-like fantasy with a strong female lead... give this a try while it's free!

"Refreshing and vibrant. I love the cultures and characters that Jansen has created; it felt like there was a lot of depth to them, a richness which helped bring the story to life. " -- J. C. Hart, Amazon reviewer


She's not your ordinary country girl, even though she might look like one. She casts webs of power, reading the feelings of living beings and telling them what to do. Nobody knows what causes it, least of all her. Her name is Jessica, but most people call her "freak."
 

One fateful day, her web connects with a stranger, and stray power causes the plane in which she's traveling to crash in an alien world. An accident? The more she discovers about the world in which she has landed, the more she doubts it. 

She is a survivor from an ancient race that once traveled the stars. Her ancestors were powerful and dangerous, and it seems at least two people want her: the man who invades her mind, and the man who's desperate to help her get back home.


249 pages, with a 4-star rating from 12 reviews.



Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur, by Ruth Nestvold. (Still free?)

Into epic fantasy? This 500+ page tale is the first book in the Pendragon Chronicles. It's part romance, part fantasy, part historical fiction, and 100% free today!

"It's a very well-researched book, full of historical data, and offers a new glimpse of famous literary/historical figures surrounding the times of King Arthur. The main characters are both excellent and unique personalities. Altogether very well done and enjoyable, reminded me a bit of "Mists of Avalon". " -- Derek Murphy, Amazon reviewer


For the price of a truce, Yseult is sent to a world where magic is dying - to marry the father of the man she loves.

Marcus's son Drystan would have saved her from a loveless marriage, but with her relatives being held hostage, Yseult cannot endanger them and must go through with the wedding. The tragic love story of Yseult and Drystan plays out against the backdrop of a violent world threatening to descend into the Dark Ages - only Arthur's battles to push back the Saxon hordes can save what is left of civilization. With her background, Yseult could act as a bridge between the old age and the new - but will the price be too high?


Yseult is a retelling of the tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde, a story older than Romeo and Juliet or Lancelot and Guinevere; an Arthurian romance with roots going back far into the realm of legend and the undying tales of King Arthur.



579 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 17 reviews.



Tiger Lily, by K. Bird Lincoln. (Still free?)

Two lives intertwine in the midst of war, in this work of speculative fiction based in feudal Japan. Author K. Bird Lincoln's life in Japan adds authentic detail to this historical romance.

"A beautifully-written genderbending tale of rebellious girls, shifting disguises, and forbidden magic, set against the vivid backdrop of ancient Japan." -- Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin

"This novel captivated me and, almost without realizing, I was hooked in the story, surrounded by beautiful descriptions of ancient Japan, its landscapes, traditions and intimate feelings of the characters." -- Itsusi, Amazon reviewer


Lily isn't supposed to hunt game in the Daimyo's woods. She's just the cook's daughter. It isn't her place to talk to nobility. And she definitely isn't supposed to sing the forbidden old, Jindo religion songs.

But Lily was born in the year of the Tiger, and can't ever be like other village girls. In the woods snaring rabbits one day, she finds instead the Daimyo's son, Ashikaga, wounded, in the gooseberry brush. When the Pretender Emperor's men arrive to kill Ashikaga, Lily, desperate, sings a forbidden Jindo song.

The song wakes a powerful spirit - as well as Ashikaga's interest. The prickly lord has hidden secrets of his own and a burning desire to prove himself to his father. He will stop at nothing to defeat his father's greatest enemy.

All Lily wants to do is take care of her sisters. But the Pretender-Emperor's forces are drawing near, and now the Daimyo's son knows she communes with Jindo gods. She wants to trust Ashikaga when he swears he will not tell her secret, but he is a noble - and Lily only a peasant. Lily's heart is leading her down a dangerous path. She may have to defy her father, Ashikaga, and even the spirits themselves in order to defeat the Pretender-Emperor's magic and keep safe all that she loves.


277 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 8 reviews.



Lacuna: Demons of the Void (PG-13 Edition), by David Adams. (Still free?)

In the mood for a Sci-Fi adventure? Try this book, the first in the Lacuna series of novels and short stories.

"I got the Kindle edition of this book for free on a daily deal. I'm very glad that I did! I have already paid money for the sequel. This was a very entertaining military SF book. The plot set-up (an alien attack out of nowhere) was intriguing. The space battles seemed physically accurate, with time-of-flight delays, inertia, vacuum problems, and so on. I very much enjoyed the main character. I liked that she was a strong leader, but inwardly was OK with thinking through her actions and debating what to do. " -- Avondale, Amazon reviewer


"Never again attempt to develop this kind of technology."

It is with these words that an unknown alien attacker destroys the Earth cities of Tehran, Sydney and Beijing. Fifty million people die... and nothing is ever the same again.

Some call them Demons, some call them Aliens, but to Chinese Naval Captain Melissa Liao they are the enemy. She is given command of one of three great warships built to fight the "demons", the TFR Beijing.

Her task is simple. Find who attacked Earth and why... then stop them.

This edition of Demons of the Void has reduced nudity and sexual content, and a reduced level of swearing. 


216 pages, with a 4-star rating from 19 reviews.



The Life and Prayers of Saint Joseph, by Wyatt North. (Still free?)

This succinct volume provides historical information about the widely-known but little-understood Saint Joseph.

"A well-organized synthesis of apocryphal and New Testament sources of information about Joseph. The section titled "The Life of Saint Joseph" is a page-turner! Be sure to read about Titus and Dumachus. The compilation of prayers to Saint Joseph is the most comprehensive I've seen. Navigation on Kindle is easy." -- Mimi, Amazon reviewer


Saint Joseph is often called the hidden saint.

Although there is so little written about Joseph in the Scripture and in the apocrypha, or perhaps because there is so little written, the life of Saint Joseph can be quite a complicated subject. The theological study of Saint Joseph, known as Josephology, shows us how differently the saint has been perceived throughout history, in different parts of the world, and in different denominations.

This edition has a linked Table of Contents and has been wonderfully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your eBook reader.



55 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 8 reviews.



The No-Numbers Approach to Saving Money, by Higher Read. (Still free?)

Here's a change of pace - a short, practical guide to household budgeting that doesn't rely on spreadsheets and number-tracking. Just in time for the holiday shopping season!

"I was really impressed with this practical and easy to read book about saving money. The last thing I want to do is make and keep an itemized budget, however I still need to save money. This book compiles very practical ideas and puts them in a great format that is not intimidating at all" -- Jim Wilbur, Amazon reviewer


The No-Numbers Approach helps you save money but stays away from dollars and cents because many people find budgeting intimidating and overwhelming. The No-Numbers part of our approach to saving money means we avoid burn out because we don't count pennies. It is not a condemnation of penny-counters. On the contrary, if you get to the end of the No-Numbers Approach and feel ready to work with a traditional budget, good for you!

But for those of us who never want to work with a spreadsheet and numbers but still want to save, it is best to start saving in the easiest way possible. Since modern society already generates records of our spending for us - namely receipts and bills - we can use those records to watch our money without having to crunch numbers.

In this book, you will learn how to cut spending without spending a lot of time doing calculations. You will learn where you spend the most and how you can gain control over that spending. And having control over spending is a very good feeling.



This book has a 4.8-star rating from 5 reviews.



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