Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Mar 12)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books! And check out at list of 10 recommended books for authors, at the end of this post.

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

In this latest entry in Jacqueline Winspear’s acclaimed, bestselling mystery series—“less whodunits than why-dunits, more P.D. James than Agatha Christie” (USA Today)—Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London’s highest circles of power. 

Perfect for fans of A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, or other Maisie Dobbs mysteries—and an ideal place for new readers to enter the series—Elegy for Eddie is an incomparable work of intrigue and ingenuity, full of intimate descriptions and beautifully painted scenes from between the World Wars, from one of the most highly acclaimed masters of mystery, Jacqueline Winspear.

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

Knowing screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson brings to life a novel of vengeance, revelation, and redemption.

Three shots. Two killers. One secret that must be kept. 
Five years after his sister, Katie, was murdered, Chicago Police Chaplain Father Michael Jerome has moved on with his life. But he has never forgotten that terrible time. Has never stopped wondering who killed her.

And why.

When a dying criminal's confession points Michael toward answers to these questions, he embarks on a journey of discovery that takes him from the halls of Congress to death row at an Indiana prison, and ultimately leads him to Christine Wheeler. A friend from his sister's past, she expresses doubts about the circumstances of Katie's murder. Doubts that force Michael down a path where revelations shatter a lifetime of illusions held about those closest to him, and uncover a web of deceit crafted to keep a dark truth from ever being known.

But every secret he uncovers, every lie he unravels, leads him to realize that someone is desperate for the past to stay buried.

230 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 50 reviews.

The Monster That Ate My Socks, by A.J. Cosmo. (Still $1.25?)

When's the last time you found a children's book with over 200 five-star reviews? $1.25 today, this is a book you'll enjoy reading and that your elementary-age children will love.

"The monster that ate my socks is a lively, story of a ugly, cute,shy monster that does gross, funny things just like every good monster should. Great story for 5 years and older. Our six year old son really likes it. Not scary, just cheeky and fun. " -- Amazon reviewer

What happens to all those socks that go missing' Monsters eat them of course!

2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will love the easy to understand writing and the colorful illustrations!

(3K words, 7 illustrations)

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.

"Sandra Brown is a master at weaving a story of suspense into a tight web that catches and holds the reader from teh first page to the last." --Library Journal

"Author Sandra Brown proves herself top-notch." -- Associated Press

"A masterful storyteller, carefully crafting tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats." --USA Today


The crash of a Dallas-bound jet wasn't just a tragedy to TV reporter Avery Daniels; it was an act of fate that handed her a golden opportunity to further her career. Mistaken for a glamorous, selfish woman named Carole Rutledge, the badly injured Avery would find that plastic surgery had given her Carole's face, the famous senatorial candidate Tate Rutledge for a husband, and a powerful Texas dynasty for in-laws. And as she lay helpless in the hospital, she would make a shattering discovery: Someone close to Tate planned to assassinate him. Now, to save Tate's life, Avery must live another woman's life -- and risk her own...

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!

"Gripping psychological thriller. . . . Haynes puts the reader into Bailey’s mind and the result is a grim, dark and extremely difficult story. The feelings of isolation and helplessness ooze off the page. . . A compelling first novel." -- Associated Press

"A scary and superbly written debut thriller." -- Library Journal

"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

Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.

But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one. But when an attractive upstairs neighbour, Stuart, comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible . . . until she receives a phone call informing her of Lee’s impending release. Soon after, Cathy thinks she catches a glimpse of the former best friend who testified against her in the trial; she begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee’s old tricks. Convinced she is back in her former lover’s sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.

Utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, Into the Darkest corner is an ingeniously structured and plotted tour de force of suspense that marks the arrival of a major new talent.

432 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 383 reviews.

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Helga: Out of Hedgelands (Wood Cow Chronicles), by Rick Johnson. (Still free?)

A fantasy that the whole family can enjoy. Free today!

"Mr Johnson has created a fascinating world full of vivid landscapes and characters wise and courageous enough to inhabit them. Helga is a tale for young and old alike. Pour yourself a hot cup of Peskee tea and gather round your children or grandchildren. You're in for a treat. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment." -- Amazon reviewer

Twelve-year-old Helga has more danger in her life than most beasts her age—Wrackshee slavers after her, a vicious attack by bandits that nearly kills her, a race against dragons pursuing her, and leading a daring rebellion to save her life and rescue friends and family from the insidious WooZan. And that is just the beginning. But what do you expect when you are a young beast who just can’t see the stupid rules of the world making any sense? Helga can’t accept things as they are and ends up taking on not just one, but two all-powerful, supreme tyrants in two different realms.

Helga never intended to lead a revolution. It just sort of happened because she wouldn’t go along with the “rules of normal” that keep tyrants in power and entire societies enslaved. Beginning on a dangerous quest to solve some mysteries in her own past, Helga leads her quirky comrades on a journey that will not only forever change them, but upset ancient civilizations.

As an author, I’m drawn to eccentric, unexpected characters: those who surprise because they hear a distant galaxy, see a different music, create their own fragrance rather than get hooked on a soundtrack; the child who has her own ideas about how the emperor is dressed; the lunatics and rebels who tell stories on the boundaries. Helga’s unusual story will take readers to worlds they never imagined—definitely a whole new ride.

Time and again, the unconventional heroine and her eccentric comrades overcome ominous tyrants and black-hearted slavers, not by battling to the last beast standing, but by being the first beast to think differently.

Helga: Out of Hedgelands is divided into three books which introduce the epic saga of the Wood Cow clan and their role in overturning centuries of slavery and tyranny. This story will continue in additional volumes of the Wood Cow Chronicles now in development. Over the series of current and future volumes, the entire history of the Wood Cow clan, the fall of Maev Astuté, and the coming of Lord Farseeker to the Outer Rings, will be told.

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

Here's a Kindle book available for free today!

PAPA PICCOLO Families, Fatherhood,Caring and Nurturing Children's Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version), by Carol Talley. (Still free?)

A children's picture book (ages 3 to 6) with nicely-rendered drawings. Free today.

PAPA PICCOLO was awarded Finalist THORPE MENN AWARD for Literary Excellence, by the American Association of University Women

Fully Illustrated Version

Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6

This version of PAPA PICCOLO includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.

If the text-only version is better for your needs, then please click on PAPA PICCOLO in the Text-Only Version for the serious young reader - ages 6-9.

Happy reading in either Version.

PAPA PICCOLO will promote a sense of responsibility for others and explore the many different kinds of families.


The lion is the emblem of Venice, but the common cat rules its narrow streets and alleyways. A prince among these feline rulers is Piccolo, and what a fine life he leads! Especially after dark-when the streets are full of possibilities!

Then one night, Piccolo makes a discovery that threatens his carefree life and his independence and starts him on a new and special kind of adventure.

In these pages, you will also meet Caesar-Piccolo's older and somewhat cynical friend, and Sophia-the shoe shop cat, to whom Piccolo turns for advice when his life takes its unexpected turn. And you will meet two irresistible kittens-one spotted and one striped-who need a home and who help Piccolo discover his own tender heart.

Author Carol Talley, who first visited Venice vicariously in 1977, returned to that city-which many call the most beautiful in the world-to capture its watery magic in breathtaking prose.

Illustrator Itoko Maeno's enchanting renderings of the canals, markets, crooked byways, boats, and bridges of Venice and her wise and witty portraits of its two- and four-legged citizens will delight children and adults alike.

At a time when we are recognizing the need for boys as well as girls to develop nurturing skills, Piccolo appears as a welcome model for all children.

Piccolo leads a life full of adventure and possibilities. And then two homeless kittens decide to adopt the free-spirited Piccolo. "I'm not a Papa cat," objects Piccolo. "I'm a tomcat." Children will delight in seeing how the kittens help Piccolo discover his own tender heart and a new kind of adventure.

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about daily life in Venice. There are colorful thumbnail sketches of Venice, Marco Polo, Italian words and phrases, Canals of Venice, Bridges of Venice, Flags of Venice, Regattas and Gondolas and Gondoliers! This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.

A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...that "Papas" as well as "Mamas," can be the most nurturing and caring parents! So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.

39 pages.

The Skull Ring (Julia Stone), by Scott Nicholson. (Still $0.99?)

Save $3 today on this suspenseful story from the acclaimed thriller author Scott Nicholson. 99 cents today!

"Nicholson knows how to get under the skin of his characters, and thus, the reader's. In his latest venture into the backwoods, Nicholson has created one hell of a unique heroine in the guise of Julia Stone. While as plucky and resourceful a protagonist as a reader could hope for, she is also terribly burdened and deeply flawed--which makes it all the easier to embrace and root for her. The Skull Ring is a fire and brimstone rush." -- Amazon reviewer

Julia Stone's past comes creeping back when she discovers a strange silver ring, and three men want to help her--but choosing the wrong one could cost not only her heart but her soul.


Dr. Pamela Forrest is determined to bring Julia's memories to the surface, hoping to heal Julia's panic disorder. The therapist keeps returning Julia to a night twenty-three years ago when Julia was four. A night of hooded figures, strange chants, pain, and blood. The night her father disappeared from the face of the earth.

But the line between the past and the present begins to blur when Julia finds a silver skull ring that bears the name "Judas Stone." Someone is leaving strange messages inside her house, even though the door is locked. The handyman, who has a key, spends a lot of time in the woods behind her house. Her boyfriend Mitchell becomes distant and violent. And the cop who investigated her father's disappearance has followed her to the small Appalachian town of Elkwood.

Now she has a head full of memories, but she doesn't know which are real and which are the creations of Dr. Forrest. The shadows of Julia's panic are growing larger and darker. But succumbing to madness seems safer than heeding the whispers that claim ownership of her body and soul.

"The Skull Ring creates unforgettable settings and characters. Nicholson weaves together fear and hope, cloaking his readers in palpable suspense."--Eric Wilson, NY Times best-selling Christian suspense novelist

"Scott Nicholson is a terrific writer. Like Stephen King, he has an eye and ear for the rhythms of rural America, and like King he knows how to summon serious scares. My advice' Buy everything he writes. This guy's the real deal.."--Bentley Little, His Father's Son

330 pages, with a 4-star rating from 62 reviews.


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 LamottThe 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 KingThis 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 GoldbergGoldberg 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 SokoloffThis 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 GoldbergAnother 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 PuglisiAm 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 DangerloveGood 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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