Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel, by Jacqueline Winspear. (Still $1.99?)
Downton Abbey fan? Agatha Christie fan? This World War I-era mystery is for you! It's #2 in its genre, and has over 90 five-star reviews. A steal of a read for $1.99 today!
"Long before the Downton Abbey craze, Jacqueline Winspear was writing remarkable mysteries about life in England circa WWI. -- New York Journal of Books
"Compelling." -- People Magazine
"A detective series to savor." -- Johanna McGeary, Time
"A series that seems to get better with every entry." -- Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear." -- Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
467 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 164 reviews.
Confessions, by Ryne Douglas Pearson.
If you follow this blog, you know that we're big fans of thriller writer Ryne Douglas Pearson. Download this book and discover what readers are calling "a twist you won't see coming."
"A visceral, at times heart-breaking investigation by Fr. Jerome of the truth of his sister's death. Pearson's ability to write exquisite prose with an economy of language elevates what could be a darn-good crime novel into the realm of literary fiction." -- Amazon reviewer
230 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 50 reviews.
The Monster That Ate My Socks, by A.J. Cosmo. (Still $1.25?)
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25 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 334 reviews.
Mirror Image, by Sandra Brown. (Still $1.99?)
$1.99 for this bestseller with 90 five-star reviews.
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452 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 121 reviews.
Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes. (Still $1.99?)
Over 200 five-star reviews for this romantic suspense novel. A bargain today at $1.99!
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"A harrowing psychological thriller….A terrifying and convincing portrayal of an abusive relationship and a damaged woman’s heroic attempts to recover from it." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
432 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 383 reviews.
Helga: Out of Hedgelands (Wood Cow Chronicles), by Rick Johnson. (Still free?)
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546 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.
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The Skull Ring (Julia Stone), by Scott Nicholson. (Still $0.99?)
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330 pages, with a 4-star rating from 62 reviews.
BOOKS ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING
Writing has always been a passion for me. While I've had a few technical books published, I'm excited to now be working on a historical mystery that was recently accepted by a publisher. My wife is a good writer - she has a way with words that has inspired me and others, in her blogs and in her children's books... as well as her handwritten notes to me over the years.
Here are some books on the craft of writing that have really helped us, and that we highly recommend.
|10 Books on Writing|
|Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott||The witty and irreverent Anne Lamott lays out some practical advice on writing. We love this book! |
"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened b...
|Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print, by Lawrence Block|
I bought this book many years ago, and I still turn to it for inspiration. I especially like Block's section on self-editing. His examples of successive versions of drafts are instructive and illuminating.
Writing lessons from the crown prince of suspense.
For more than five decades, Lawrence Block has written novels. He has produced hard-boiled detective stories, taut suspense thrillers, literature, and erotica, and has succeeded in all these genres because he knows how to grab a reader with an opening line, and how to tighten that gr...
|On Writing, by Stephen King||This book is as much about living life and taking chances as it is about writing. Fascinating reading... and great advice from the master himself. |
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood...
|Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Library), by Natalie Goldberg||Goldberg is a genius, and knows how to inspire and instruct writers. A gem! |
With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft: on writing from “first thoughts” (keep your hand moving, don’t cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listen...
|APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book, by Guy Kawasaki|
Mac enthusiasts may be familiar with Guy Kawasaki, one of Apple's earliest evangelists. I bought the Kindle version of this book; I haven't read much of it yet, but let's just say I trust Guy to give solid advice on the publishing and marketing of a book.
"Essential reading (and reference) for modern authors, regardless of experience." -- Kirkus Book Reviews
"Nuts, bolts, and inspiration too. Once again, Guy delivers, kicking the shiitake out of anyone who would tell you that you shouldn't, wouldn't or couldn't write a book." -Seth Godin...
|Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!), by Alexandra Sokoloff||This book was an eye-opener to me! It showed me the path I needed to take to transform my loose ideas into the first draft of a novel. This works, folks. |
Are you finally committed to writing that novel but have no idea how to get started? Or are you a published author - but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next level?
Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form and the techniques of screenwriting are easily adaptable to novel writing. You can jump-start your plot and bring your cha...
|Old Friend from Far Away, by Natalie Goldberg||Another winner from Natalie Goldberg. If you're considering writing a memoir, this book provides the mechanics as well as the inspiration to bring it to life. |
Twenty years ago Natalie Goldberg's classic, Writing Down the Bones, broke new ground in its approach to writing as a practice. Now, Old Friend from Far Away -- her first book since Writing Down the Bones to focus solely on writing -- reaffirms Goldberg's status as a foremost teacher of writing, and completely transforms the practice of writing memoir.
To write memoir,...
|The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression, by Becca Puglisi||Am I glad I discovered this book! In the first draft of my novel, I had many passages that demonstrated the rookie error of 'telling' and not 'showing.' This book was invaluable in helping to convert those sections into vivid writing. This belongs on every writer's bookshelf. |
One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by exploring seventy-five emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.
Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in in...
|The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron|
The classic. If you have aspirations to write, you can't do much better than to start with this book.
The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a ...
|2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love, by Rachel Aaron|
I don't think that writing 10,000 words a day is necessary! But this book has wisdom in it. If you encounter a section of your book that you're not thrilled about writing... then chances are that it's not going to do much for the reader. So fix that! This book shows how. I wrote my 160-page novel without once encountering writer's block, and it's partly because of the advice in this book.
Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you sometimes feel like you're crawling through your story? Do you want to write more every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality' It's not impossible, it's not even that hard. This is the book explaining how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, an...
|The Self Publishing Toolkit: How to Publish & Sell Kindle ebooks on Amazon, by Daphne Dangerlove||Good practical advice on getting the word out there for your new book! |
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...
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