Monday, April 15, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Monday Apr 15)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Plastic Hearts, by Lisa De Jong. (Still 0.99?)

Alex is a teenage girl who's been kept under the thumb of her rich parents, but sparks are flying between her and bad-boy Dane Wright. 99 cents for this coming-of-age steamy romance, with 50 five-star reviews.

"I absolutely fell in love with this book. Plastic Hearts made me feel so many emotions. Anger was a prominent one. Alex's parents ticked me off repeatedly. Alex was frustrating at times, Jade (Alex's best friend) was awesome and I loved Dane! I do have a thing for fictional tattooed bad boys who are former players though. Plastic Hearts is beautifully written and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!" -- Amazon reviewer

My life has always been safe. I like it that way. I grew up in a fake society where plastic hearts rule. If our hearts are made of plastic, they can never be broken. My parents have expectations and I do everything I can to meet them, even if it means giving up on my own dreams.

Now, all I want is to be free to make my own choices.

Dane Wright is everything I have been warned to stay away from. We met one night while I was with my perfect, parent-approved boyfriend and I haven’t stopped thinking about him. I don’t want to like him. I am doing everything I can to ignore his pull, but my heart seems to want what it cannot have, what it has never had.

Can he measure up' He may think I am too good for him, but maybe he is too good for me.

Life is a series of choices and I have never been able to make my own. Until one day, when my heart decides to make a choice for me.

Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and language.

309 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 88 reviews.

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The Cat Did It: A twisted tale of escape from brutal hoodlums, by Claude Beccai. (Still 2.99?)

Two elderly women - sharp-tongued Clara and gregarious Cynthia - are on the run after they witness a violent crime. Get this highly-rated adventure for 2.99!

"I loved the way the book weaves so many scenarios that are true to life into the story. No matter your age, this book is easy to relate to and will make you smile. It is light and yet touches on deeper subjects without being heavy. The writing is such that you will feel that you're right there, part of the story, rather than an objective viewer. It's fun! I laughed, I learned, I related and was truly entertained. I hope there will be a sequel." -- Amazon reviewer

Through a chance encounter triggered by a stray cat, two elderly women are on the run. Rogue witnesses to a violent crime, Clara, a cantankerous opinionated loner, and Cynthia, an enthusiastic socialite, team up to evade psychotic murderers as well as the police. Along the journey, on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, Clara meets people who definitively shatter the protective shell she had created around herself. Forced into this adventure kicking and sometimes screaming, she must learn to open up and realize that she still has an important role to play in the world around her in spite of and/or because of her age. She might not have fast legs but she certainly can largely compensate with her wagging, outrageous and sharp tongue. Unconventional, funny, scathing, but also gentle and even sexy at times she bites into life with an energy and gusto that could challenge that of women half her age.

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

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The Girl from Summer and Other Stories, by Joseph Raffetto. (Still 4.99?)

This book contains four compelling novellas from Joseph Raffetto.

"I finished this book the other night, and am pretty stunned. Had to slow down, I couldn't put it down. The first story is an exquisite fictional telling of the factual youth and romance of F. Scott and Zelda Fitz-Gerald. So good, it could stand on its own as "You have to read this!" whether you're familiar with their wild, magic world or not. In the 2nd, 3rd and 4th stories, beautiful themes intertwine from the 1st, and the first person stands out. The writing is fresh and natural. Among a million details I recognized: "As Brian slipped the Donovan record back in its sleeve, John chose Bowie's Low album and put it on the turntable" ... legions of teenagers did, but you have to read the setting. It is a beautiful book. I highly recommend it." -- Amazon reviewer

The Girl from Summer and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of four novellas by Joseph Raffetto. The new work includes two coming-of-age stories set in the 1970s, Inside '75 and Seeds from '79; the historic tale of Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre's early love, Young Scott and Zelda; and the dark, psychological drama and romance, The Girl from Summer.

Young Scott and Zelda
Twenty‑one-year-old F. Scott Fitzgerald was a pretty boy, a drinker, remarkably outgoing for one so sensitive and, of course, gifted. It was during this period in his life that he fell madly in love with the beautiful, eccentric, and talented eighteen-year-old Southern belle, Zelda Sayre. This is the historic story of their early romance.

The Girl from Summer
Kristin Boyd returns home to try to recover. She is soon drawn to Holden Helms, a former professional baseball star, who destroyed his career because of his own demons.

They must come to terms with their pasts through forgiveness, reconciliation, or revenge. Only then will there be, for better or for worse, epiphany.

Inside ‘75
Three fifteen-year-old boys from solid middle-class families compete in middle league baseball playoffs. However, it is off the field where their courage, respect, and compassion shine through fistfights, racism, the recession, and their own code of loyalty. A coming-of-age story in the tradition of The Outsiders.

Seeds from ‘79
John, a handsome and volatile nineteen-year-old, discovers Ellen. She is as mysteriously alienated as he. Through the maze of pressure from family and friends, they attempt to reconcile their differences. Their fights are all our fights.

300 pages, with a 5-star rating from 1 reviews.

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Panama 1914 (The early years of the Big Dig), by Ken Rossignol. (Still 3.99?)

PANAMA 1914 provides the reader with a full understanding of the aborted tries, the competing routes, and the lambasting of President Teddy Roosevelt at the hands of the press as well as interesting anecdotes of history.

"Rossignol again creates a time-machine! He catapults his readers back a century ago to the creation of the Panama Canal. Millions travel through the canal annually--but how many know the exciting stories and struggles that were endured to create this masterpiece of innovation and technology? By the time you're finished reading "Panama 1914", you'll be treated to scores of fantastic true stories and you'll read numerous news articles of the day. The canal was one of the most difficult and amazing construction projects in the history of human endeavors and this narrative explains why." -- Amazon reviewer

Join this great voyage through the history of the Panama Canal, which is, one hundred years after its completion, on the eve of a new chapter in its spectacular history.
From the early explorers, many seeking a critical water connection between two of the world’s great oceans to the determination of the best engineers of America, the BIG DIG finally opened for shipping – you can be on board!
What stood in the way of making this canal a reality?
Dense jungle, bottomless swamps, snakes and wild animals, endless mountain slides, vicious mosquito borne illnesses, hostile Indians, marauding pirates and buccaneers, and jealous colonial-era world powers, just to name a few.
The story of the Panama Canal is told in this book through the original news reports of the day along with great photos of the construction efforts, gripping illustrations and editorial cartoons that appeared in many publications.
In addition, the detailed chronicles of veteran newspaperman Logan Marshall have been restored, edited and abridged by the author. The story told so well one hundred years ago has been newly enhanced, researched and the verbiage brought up to date.
PANAMA 1914 provides the reader with a full understanding of the aborted tries, the competing routes, and the lambasting of President Teddy Roosevelt at the hands of the press as well as interesting anecdotes of history.
For instance: learn about the practice of renting gravesites, much like today’s storage lockers. What happened when the relatives of the deceased failed to pay the rent?
Scotland sent settlers to establish a colony at Panama. What happened? Of eight hundred Chinese workers who arrived to work on the canal and railroad, hundreds committed suicide and all of them either died or left, due to pestilence and turmoil. Why did hundreds of them fling themselves into the ocean?

A custom-made $40,000 Pullman car for a French canal company big shot was only part of the way the funds of investors were squandered in the failed effort that led to the takeover by the United States. What was the real cost to build this spectacular ditch?
What happened when the U. S. House of Representatives had to decide whether to build the canal through Panama or plan a trip through Lake Nicaragua?
The desperate dash of the USS Oregon to travel the long distance from the west coast around South America to help defend the east coast from a Spanish Armada reportedly heading to attack!
That episode helped push the decision to enable America to quickly move ships from one ocean to the other – with the construction of the Panama Canal.
Corruption, charges and counter-charges went on for many years after this: in March, 1899, Marshall wrote “Congress authorized the President to make an exhaustive investigation as to the most practicable and feasible Isthmian route for a canal that should be under the complete control of the United States and the absolute property of the nation”.
A lobbyist stepped in and the key legislators learned about an explosive potential in one country which led to a decision being finally made to build the $375,000,000 water connection between the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Step aboard the ship of history and don’t forget your mosquito netting.

358 pages, with a 4-star rating from 5 reviews.

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Get Out of Debt Like the Debt Heroes: How 21 Ordinary People Paid Off Over $1.7 Million in Debt, by Ben Edwards. (Still 2.99?)

Read about examples of real people who paid off their creditors - totaling over $1.7 million dollars in paid-off debt.

"I've been around debt (personally and professionally) for years now - and the longer I'm in the industry - the more I realize how much motivation plays a role in people's journey to turn around their financial life. Ben & Jeff have done a great job of compiling a wide variety of stories - with people from different circumstances. When Courtney and I started, it was stories just like this, blogs, and books with case study that gave us that initial spark to get the ball rolling. Our life hasn't been the same since." -- Amazon reviewer

Are you tired of feeling guilty about being in debt'

If nothing you've tried to pay off your debt has worked, you are not alone.

We all have weaknesses that make it easy to get into debt and hard to get out. Don't beat yourself up because a popular 12-step debt pay off plan didn't work for you.

Getting out of debt is hard enough, you don't need someone to judge you. What if instead you had a hero to inspire you!

Meet the Debt Heroes
Although you may feel alone you'll discover in the Debt Heroes book that even successful personal finance authors like Lynnette Khalfani-Cox and Mary Hunt once struggled with massive debt.

Not only does the book explain the weaknesses that led these amazing ladies and 19 other Debt Heroes into debt, it also reveals the personal strengths they used to collectively pay off over $1.7 million dollars in debt.

As you read through the profiles of these amazing people you'll also be walked through the stages of your own journey to pay off debt. When you're done with the Debt Heroes book you'll have:

  • A clear view of why you got into debt.
  • Examples of how others got out of large amounts of debt.
  • A list of tools to pay off what you owe.
  • Discovered your super power for getting out of debt.
The book finishes with a summary of real life debt lessons, based on the success stories of the Debt Heroes:
  • 6 Ways You Could End Up in Debt
  • 6 Ways You Can Pay Off Debt
To help get you on the road to debt reduction right away the final section of the book is the Debt Relief Kick Start. You're given specific steps you can take today to start paying down your debt.

177 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 44 reviews.

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