Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Jun 3)

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End of Enemies: A Briggs Tanner Novel, by Grant Blackwood. (Still free?)

"Blackwood masterfully mixes fast paced adventure and cliff hanger chapters with full character development that will keep the reader engaged throughout the book. Tanner and Stucky are fully developed and diametrically opposed characters who are sure to clash at every turn. Blackwood puts in enough naval and intel detail to keep fans of Clancy and Cussler on thier toes while his story and character development stand on their own merits." -- Amazon reviewer


#1 New York Times bestselling author Grant Blackwood introduces Briggs Tanner in a trilogy that Clive Cussler raves is “Pure fun, pure adventure.”

One Man.

Covert agent Briggs Tanner doesn’t like coincidences. In his business, they always mean trouble. So when a man is professionally assassinated right in front of him, Tanner wants answers.

One Mission.

Who pulled the trigger and why? And what is the mystery behind the key the man clutched in his dying hand—the key that Tanner now possesses?

One War Without End.

His search will lead him on an international trail, city to city, from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the bullet-ridden back alleys of Beirut, all the way to a deadly secret—buried since the end of World War II—that only Tanner can keep from falling into the wrong hands.

612 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 45 reviews.

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Automatic Pilot, by Bill Taub. (Still 0.99?)

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"Your own writing coach! A tremendously informative resource written in straightforward, no-nonsense language. It’s like having a personal writing coach taking you from overarching concept to the most minute details. Filled with ingenious exercises and invaluable suggestions, “Automatic Pilot” will help your creativity take wing." -- Amazon reviewer

"Bill's book is the best no frills, no b.s. primer on writing for television that I've read. Consciously or not, over the years I've followed every one of his how to's, to apparently good effect. This book is as close to the truth as you get in this business." -- Rene Balcer, Emmy and Peabody award-winning Showrunner for Law & Order and Creator of Law
& Order: Criminal Intent


"Bill Taub is one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood. His knowledge of the industry is invaluable. Anytime I need any advice with a project, Bill Taub is my main source. Whoever reads this book will know more about writing pilots than people who spend years studying." -- Jamie Masada, Founder & CEO, Laugh Factory

"In his three-decade career, Bill Taub has written for some of TV's most iconic shows, and has sustained a remarkably robust and varied career in the field by pushing beyond whatever the current boundaries of the medium might be. With Automatic Pilot, he distills his extensive writing and teaching experience into an accessible guide to developing and revising the pilot script--all the while empowering ('you will be the pilot of your pilot') and liberating ('the worst thing that can happen is that it doesn't work') writers to create with joy." --Linda Venis, Director, UCLA Extension Department of the Arts and Writers' Program. Editor, Cut To The Chase and Inside The Room

An airplane pilot has to complete a checklist before taking off to avoid crashing and stay in the air. So too, Automatic Pilot is a TV Pilot Writer's Checklist to keep from crashing and stay on the air.

Automatic Pilot
is the definitive guide on how to create and write an original pilot. It takes you through the step-by-step process of writing your own pilot script.

It is adapted from Bill Taub's very successful UCLA Extension Writers' Program online workshop,Writing A Spec Pilot, which he has been teaching to students all over the world since 2006.

Up until the series Desperate Housewives, developed from spec pilot, burst upon the scene and became an instant hit, nobody encouraged writers to write a spec pilot. Since then the floodgates have opened and every writer, including some of the biggest names, is either writing a spec pilot or thinking about writing one.

Like the workshop itself which crossed borders, Automatic Pilot is designed for writers no matter where they are. Whether you are writing a series about Congress or Parliament, the CIA or MI-5, a family in Bangladesh or Brooklyn, the process is the same. Whether it's a half-hour comedy, one hour drama, animation, or even a web series, the steps are the same.

While the odds of selling a spec pilot are slim, the chance your spec pilot will impress those in charge to hire you on staff is a good enough reason to have one. And every writer these days must have at least one spec pilot in their portfolio.

Automatic Pilot
is not only an insider's guide on how to create an original pilot -- it's a book that will inspire you, motivate you, and help you discover (or rediscover) a sense of freedom and joy in writing, no matter what stage you're at -- whether you're new to the writing world or an old pro -- it will be something you will return to time and again.

226 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 11 reviews.

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Swans Are Fat Too, by Michelle Granas. (Still 0.99?)

"A fantastic read! It touched my heart...and I got a Polish history lesson as a bonus. Within so much pain there is a silver lining and the soul of a person wins. A must read." -- Amazon reviewer

Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead. No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her granddaughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem. Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives. Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, and refuse to return. Hania’s situation is at first improved and then complicated when a neighbor--the very correct, very austere descendant of an old Polish family--asks her to proofread an amateur history project. Hania sets to work with a will, and Pan Doctor Prince Konstanty Radzimoyski is surprised when his ideas get more editing than he bargained for. Typing pages of the past, rediscovering her native city, and playing the piano all contribute to taking Hania’s mind off her problems, but can’t change her awareness that the children need help and that her growing attachment to her employer will only give her pain. The summer Hania spends between love, hostility, and the weight of history tests her resourcefulness, but her fresh ideas and readiness to carry on brighten the lives of her new acquaintances. Still, no one, least of all Hania herself, expects that her beautiful qualities will make Konstanty forget her figure and other excess baggage.

This book contains a history of Poland in a nutshell and is about seeing beyond the conventions.

272 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 8 reviews.

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Starting Over (Starting Over Series), by Evan Grace. (Still free?)

"This book had a very original twist, a very sexy and hot hero and an adorable heroine. The cast of characters were all very well formed and likable as well. Evan Grace is another talented writer I'm delighted to discover." -- Amazon reviewer

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

Bellamy Carmichael's finally come home after staying away for six years. There's just one problem, Luke Carter...

Six years ago she seduced him, but a realization had him turning his back on her and became the cause of her long exodus. But with her brother's imminent deployment Bellamy knows she's bound to see him.

Luke Carter made the mistake of crossing a line he never should've crossed six years ago...

He knows he's the reason why Bellamy avoids home, and with her coming back home he's hoping to make things right. He just wasn't expecting her to look so damn beautiful.

However, there's one more problem, Bellamy's been keeping a secret from Luke for past six years.

When passion builds between them she knows that she must tell Luke the truth, but will it bring them closer together?

Or will it drive them apart for good?

418 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 67 reviews.

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