Saturday, January 25, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Saturday Jan 25)

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Good, Clean Murder: A Plain Jane Mystery (The Plain Jane Mysteries, a Cozy Christian Collection (Book 1)), by Traci Tyne Hilton. (Still free?)

"Anything but plain! Jane tries to help with a crazy dysfunctional family (not hers) and deal with the potential blowup of all her future plans. Yes, everything can go wrong at once. But yes, you can also keep on keeping on while you solve a crazy mystery. "God will make a way" takes on a whole new meaning as Jane's adventures in housecleaning and college life go from heartbreaking to stomach churning to hopefully amazing. It's good, it's clean, and it's so much more." -- Amazon reviewer

Hardworking and hungry Bible school student Jane Adler cleans
houses to make ends meet. But finding the money to pay for the last semester of school is the least of her problems when she uncovers a body in her boss's bed.

Excerpt:

Jane tucked her lemon-Pledge-soaked dust rag back in her apron pocket and moved on to the laundry room, the chemical citrus wafting away with her. She needed to strip the beds and get the laundry going if she was going to get out to her next house on time. On her way past the laundry room, she grabbed a hamper.

Then she stopped. Monday was laundry day. Laundry day and payday. The envelope full of cash was always pinned to the bulletin board with her directions. That envelope was supposed to buy her books today. Standing still with the hamper on her hip she debated. Stop now, call Pam, and ask for directions and money, or just keep working? The laundry would take two hours, whether she was paid or not, so she moved to the master bedroom. She could call Pamela after she had the first load in the machine.

Jane pushed open the bedroom door with her hip. In a smooth set of motions perfected over her two years as a housekeeper, she set the hamper down, grabbed the end of the comforter and pulled all of the bedding off the bed. Then she looked up to grab the pillows.
 

Bob was still in bed.

"I am so sorry!" she whispered. She backed away from the bed.

Bob hadn't seemed to notice her.

Heat rose to Jane's face. What a complete moron! She should have knocked. She could have given him the chance to wake up a little. She looked away from the bed, waiting for him to speak.

He didn't say anything.

382 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 166 reviews.

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A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory Book #1): A Novel, by Sarah Sundin. (Still free?)

"Move over Janette Oke. Look out Nora Roberts. There is a new writer on the scene, and I think she's going to be very successful. Sarah Sundin's A Distant Melody, the first in a trilogy about WWII pilots, combines history and romance into a story that not only entertains, but leaves the reader with a desire to be a better person. The story alternates between Allie's struggle to find meaning in her pampered existence and Walt's challenges to overcome his insecurities in order to lead his team. Faith in God provides the foundation for both characters to conquer their fears and reach for the sky." -- Amazon reviewer

Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval--even marry a man she doesn't love. Lt. Walter Novak--fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women--takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

433 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 158 reviews.

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BRIGGS: LOVE, CANCER, AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSION (Petition Signed by Over 20 Stars), by Paul Sanderson. (Still 0.99?)

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"Food for thought. Paul Sanderson raises some very interesting questions concerning current medical procedures. Everyone concerned about health care and patient choice should read this book. It truly is a "must read."" -- Amazon reviewer

The related petition, with a path for ending cancer now, has been signed by over 20 stars of film, media, and sports including Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, director Ken Burns, journalist Meredith Vieira, Naomi Watts, Elle Macpherson, and tennis legends Billie Jean King and Chris Evert.

Not quite like any other romance, the love story that runs through the book has been universally embraced: "Does anyone remember LOVE STORY from the 70's with Ali & Ryan? This is a real updated love story with real people, real emotions, and honest facts. There has never been a woman on the Planet who didn't want to be loved this completely and faithfully. This story could have had a happy ending if Paul had learned the information in the book at the beginning of the journey, so he's provided a road map for those who follow."

385 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 13 reviews.

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Give Me a Break!: Beginning Meditation for Mindfulness, Stress Relief, and Anxiety Management, by Whitney Stewart. (Still 0.99?)

"Whitney Stewart makes meditation doable with plainspoken reasons to mediate, what happens to you when you do, and a variety of approaches to keep a meditation practice fresh. Elegant in its simplicity, its clear concise instruction encourages and cheers you on." -- Amazon reviewer

The simplest, easiest beginning meditation guide you'll ever see!

Whitney Stewart has had her fair share of experiences worth meditating on. In 2005, she was trapped in downtown New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and helicoptered from the roof of a building with her young son and elderly mother-in-law. For the next five months, she lived in Nantucket and researched her book Marshall: A Nantucket Sea Rescue--she escaped one natural disaster and wrote about another. When she returned home to New Orleans, Ms. Stewart volunteered as a creative writing teacher in the public schools. She discovered that her students suffered from post-Katrina stress. Knowing this, Ms. Stewart began using beginning meditation techniques to teach her students to write about their lives, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety.

A Level III Reiki practitioner then studying Classical Tibetan, she began meditating after she met and interviewed the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (the subject of her biography, The 14th Dalai Lama) and lived with a Tibetan refugee family in India. She's trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in Nepal, interviewed Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in her Rangoon home, and climbed along China’s Great Wall to research the lives of Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong.

Stewart's straightforward guide to stress relief, anxiety management, and mindfulness makes meditation simple. It covers the basics in a concise thirty-three pages: Why meditation is good for you, how to sit, how to let your mind rest, even what to do if you feel weird or uncomfortable during meditation. Most importantly, it provides sixteen accessible, useful meditations you can easily learn at home.

For ages ten to adult. Note: This is a very short book.

“Give Me A Break has the potential to serve as an invaluable tool, opening doors of no cost, egalitarian recovery to many--far and wide.” - Jan Gilbert, cancer survivor, community activist, and co-founder of HOME, New Orleans

“Whitney Stewart has developed a quiet and unique window into the minds of our adolescents. Her direct method of inviting them into this gentle meditative space allows them to have respite and freedom from the constant pressures that surround them.” - Marcia G. Beard, Ph.D.,Clinical Psychologist

The Dalai Lama says...
"Whitney Stewart's picture book on Buddhism [Becoming Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha] about the life of the Buddha is timely because even today the story of the Buddha has a lot to tell us" -Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

36 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 13 reviews.

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