Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Free Kindle Books (Oct 3-4) - 27 + forum-alerts on just-discounted books+Kindle discussions +Amazon deals


Oct. 3-4: - 27 newly-released Kindle books on Monday-Tuesday, as of Tuesday morning

[ Photo is of the Oct 2012 deals... ]
OCTOBER'S 100 Kindle book deals, $1.99-$3.99

Am repeating this announcement for those who missed this a few days ago, as each day there are about 2,000 visitors new to the blog.

  Amazon's pages say that these are "hand-selected" by Amazon's Editors each month.

Kindle Daily Deal (Often U.S. only, unfortunately)
(The Daily Deal link above changes at MIDNIGHT each day.
      Click it to see what the daily deal book is, at any time.)

Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley, 252 customer reviews, 4.4 stars
    Daily Deal until the end of Tuesday 10/4:
      Monday's Price: $7.69
      Tuesday's Discount: $5.70
      Tuesday's Daily Deal Price: $1.99 (74% off)

"...haunting story of an author whose historical novel begins to evoke an alarming string of ancestral memories" -- Amazon editor

Ongoing popular discussions
  . Discussion of geographic restrictions on digital purchases
  . Discount-alert books discussed on separate message thread (Newer)
  . What have been your favorite public domain books that are not so well known?
  . Best "Free" books you've read (many are no longer free, however).
  . Highly recommended Indie authors
  . Unique Uses of Kindles

Other current forum threads that might interest some
Public Library Lending questions at the forums, and Lendle's Kindle borrowing
  . How many e-books does your public library have?
  . Public librarians: what has been your Kindle/Overdrive experience?
  . Changes to lendle (This is Kindle owner-to-Kindle owner lending.)
      The changes include incentives for offering loaners.

Amazon's own ongoing listing of LIMITED-TIME OFFERS - Promos
  Amazon sorts these by Bestsellers first.
  I've added a by Low-to-High pricing.

Editors' Picks: $1.99-$3.99   thru' October
Free contemporary books: subsets
Filters out excerpts, chapters, previews
US:  by Last 30+ days  Oct 2011
   Publication Date   Late-listed
   Bestselling   High-ratings

UK:  by PubDate   Popular

LATEST DISCOUNTED Kindle books (some temporarily) - an ongoing forum thread:
  Forum-thread starter RandomizeME includes a caution that it's not a book promotion thread for authors or for posts about indies or free books either.  "This thread is for discounts and price drops that readers [esp. Emily Bronte] find from publishers."

TEMPORARILY-Free Books:  Alerts from the Amazon Kindle forums - via the tireless "Happy Reader" Joyce, who is ever on the lookout on behalf of forum members.

  NOTE: The alerts are quoted as they appear in Joyce's collecting of mostly temporarily-free books.  They're *not* recommendations by anyone but are a very popular, unfiltered daily set of release-alerts by Joyce.  The eBooks can become no longer free within days, sometimes, within hours.  Thanks to Joyce for gathering and organizing them for us.

If, on this Home page listing (in orange), you see "MORE" books available,
* CLICK at the bottom to get the REST of any long listing of free books *

' Happy Reader "Joyce" says:
[10/3 #1]
14 Books - 2 Posts in this same tread. There are some books that have been previously offered, but I will include in today's listing. There may be some Kindlers that missed or Newbies that might be interested. Happy Reading ... Joyce

ETA: I would love to take the time to add descriptions, but I've really been busy with year-end at work, and my time is in short supply for a few more days. I will try to resume doing this when the hectic work load has ended. So, please forgive.

[ Andrys' note: For the 2nd and 3rd batches (included on the 2nd page when clicking
    on "More") Joyce did list descriptions...]

My Sister's Voice
Author: Mary Carter
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story, Updated and Expanded Edition
Author: Jerry Weissman
Genre: Business - Meetings - Presentations

The World-Tilting Gospel
Author Dan Phillips
Genre: Religion - Evangelism

A Beginner's Guide to Using Your iPad as a Business Productivity Tool
Author: Dave Caolo
Genre: Business - Investing

  MORE... (23 more books: Click on "MORE" just below.)

Deliver!: How to Be Fast, Flawless, and Frugal
Author: Jim Champey
Genre: Business - Leadership

* Previously Offered April 2011 *
Author: J.N. Duncan
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Elvis and The Dearly Departed
* Previously Offered September 2010 *
Author: Peggy Webb
Genre: Humor - Mystery

A Brisket, A Casket: (Deadly Deli Mystery)
Author: Delia Rosen
Genre: Mystery - Suspense - Women's Sleuths

The Bite Before Christmas
Author: Heidi Betts
Genre: Vampire

Author: Katherine Irons
Genre: Fantasy - Romance

SAS 9.3 ODS Graphics
Offered by SAS Publishing
Genre: Business - Computers - Internet

Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing (FT Press Science)
Author: Charles W. Bamforth
Genre: Food Sciences

Wickedly Charming (Fates)
Author: Kristine Grayson
Genre: Fantasy - Futuristic - Ghost

Let's Get Real: Bringing Authenticity and Wholeness to Your Marriage
Author: Dale Forhand
Genre: Religious - Spiritual
[Added by A. Singh, and not seen on these listings earlier]
The 9th Fortress
Horror, Adventure

[10/3 #2 - 10 more in next group]

Author: Allison M. Dickson
Genre: Short Story - Horror

DESCRIPTION: Mark's double life comes to a screeching halt after his wife exposes his illicit affair during his business trip. Unfortunately, the way home isn't as clear-cut as he'd hoped and he's forced to turn to Aria, his little-used GPS, for an alternate route. However, Aria has a different plan in mind, and she has things to show Mark that will make him think he's on the road to madness.


Dragon Dreams (The Annals of the Dragon King Cerralys #1)
Author: Dusty Lynn Holloway
Genre: Fantasy

DESCRIPTION: In my shadow you sleep, hungry for my soul.
In my heart you live, nurtured and at peace.
In my life you belong, always.
The red dawn of war clashes with the tide. Black descends. Shadows come alive.
I call to you. I see you across the field of battle, calling to me. So many stand between us.
I turn away to the tide; the tide sweeps forward, surging, billowing, covering.
I raise my hand and stare at the sky above. Silence descends. A hush. Tears fall down. Liquid, they fall down my face, down my grimy cheeks, onto my bloodstained clothes.
I raise my other hand. A burst of time shoots forward, galloping like my heart as I wait for the final blow but it never comes. I've frozen the moment in time as the blade meant for my heart pierces his. The sobs choke my chest as I stare at the metal, gleaming red like the rising sun, sticking from his chest. His eyes are frozen as well, locked onto mine.
They look unsurprised .....


Flotsam and Fool (Break Bites)
Author: Amber D. Sistla
Genre: Fantasy

DESCRIPTION: In this short story, Nen, a beach scavenger, has a problem. Ever since Nen rescued a stranded merling, he can't get her beautiful face out of his mind. He visits a witch, hoping for a potion to cure him, but the potion only complicates matters. Part of the "Break Bites" Series: Stories short enough to read when you get a break from your everyday activities.


Author: Jack Gunthridge
Genre: Social Issues - Situations

DESCRIPTION: Telling the story from two voices is a great idea. Now you need a story for them to tell. Playing house, breaking her arm, having milk spill from her nose just isn't fascinating enough to stand on its own.


Celestial Music: Sutras of Emptiness
Author: Tai Sheridan
Genre: Religious - Spiritual - Buddhism

DESCRIPTION: Zen Priest and Poet Tai Sheridan presents modern interpretations of the Lotus, Diamond, Heart Wisdom, and Loving Kindness Sutras in easy to read and inspirational verse. The Buddhist sutras express a path of enlightened living based on curiosity, good will, wisdom, and compassion. They journey through the depths of human experience: living and dying, love and loss, anguish and peace. Approaching the sutras is difficult. The Lotus Sutra is a lengthy compilation of parables in an archaic style. The Diamond Sutra is a short but dense treatise on non-dual dialectics. Even the well crafted contemporary versions of the Heart Wisdom Sutra (Prajna Paramita) and the Loving Kindness Sutra (Metta Sutra) use ancient terminology and awkward constructions. The introductions and original preludes entitled "Beating the Celestial Drum" help clarify the central themes of the Sutras. The rendition of the Lotus Sutra is the first English one of its kind. It integrates the entire sutra by topic and synthesizes the entire sutra into a brief poem and mantra.


Backlash: A Novelette
Author: Nancy Fulda
Genre: Action - Adventure - Mystery

DESCRIPTION: Eugene Gutierez lost his wife, his pride, and part of his sanity during an undercover anti-terrorist operation in South America. Now, he's about to be recruited by operatives from the future; and they're not going to let him say no. When Eugene finds a cryptic message in a restaurant fortune cookie, he thinks his daughter's boyfriend is pulling a prank. The truth is far more complex, and will lead Eugene on a journey to heal old wounds and restore his broken family.


Jack and Mr. Grin
Author: Andersen Prunty
Genre: Fantasy - Mystery - Suspense

DESCRIPTION: Jack Orange is a twenty-something guy who works at a place called The Tent packing dirt in boxes and shipping them off to exotic, unheard of locales. He thinks about his girlfriend, Gina Black, and the ring he hopes to surprise her with. But when he returns home one day, Gina isn't there. He receives a strange call from a man who sounds like he is smiling- Mr. Grin. He says he has Gina. He gives Jack twenty-four hours to find her. What follows is Jack's bizarre journey through an increasingly warped and surreal landscape where an otherworldly force burns brands into those he comes in contact with, trains appear out of thin air, rooms turn themselves inside out and computers are powered by birds. And if he does find Gina, how will he ever survive a grueling battle to the death with Mr. Grin?


Venice Via Venice (1)
Author: SF Brailovsky
Genre: Action - Adventure - Ghosts

DESCRIPTION: Venice via Venice is a time travel romance novella. Our Hero, Sergio, is stuck between a rock and a hard place and he doesn't know the half of it! 500 years in the future in a city by the same name,Sergio will find what he needs to capture love. He's escaping from a miserable death sentence in Venice, Italy to a homeless revolution in Venice Beach and can't seem to find a moments rest. With a little bit of luck and the help of Leonardo Da Vinci, Sergio finds out what true love really is.


We Had Such a Great Time!! - A personalized pet loss book
Author: Andrei Kelner
Genre: Health - Mind - Body

DESCRIPTION: The loss of a pet is hard on everyone. Children can be especially sensitive at this traumatic time. Because it is often a child's first encounter with death, it is important that the situation is handled with care. With this book, a parent can thoughtfully create a remembrance space where the family honors the pet. By integrating real life elements, and events meaningful specifically to the individual pet and family, the parent is better adept at guiding their child in a positive direction toward closure.


Oh, That I Had Wings (The Langdons)
Author: Sarah Pawley
Genre: Contemporary Fiction - War

DESCRIPTION: *** Prequel to Finding Grace (The Langdons) is also a FREE Book. (I couldn't link due to 10 link limit per post) *** A coming-of-age romance set in the early 20th century. In a mountain valley in Stones Mill, Va., nine-year-old Jack Langdon shares a bed with his younger brothers and sidesteps blows from surly father John. One bright spot is Jack's grandmother and her prophecies, which hint that the boy's destiny lies in becoming a lady's special protector. When his sister Grace is born, Jack believes she is his lady of prophecy. He becomes Grace's "proverbial guard dog," defending her against his brothers and his father, who attacks Jack with a brick, shortly after his 17th birthday. In 1917, volunteers are needed for the U.S. Army, and Jack readily enlists. En route to the military base, he sees a beautiful, red-haired, green-eyed girl, who becomes his wartime fantasy. On the Western Front, he experiences the horrors of trench warfare. In France, lovely nurse Esmé cares for an injured Jack--and he eventually follows her to Paris, where she teaches him more than a few French phrases. The war ends and Jack returns home, encountering the gorgeous redhead he thought he'd never see again. Alice wears pants and makeup, has an aunt who was a suffragette and can hold her own with Jack's father--none of which endears her to his family or the locals. The book is a simple, charming story and Jack is an amiable guy who, like George Bailey of Bedford Falls, wants to leave his hometown but seems tethered to a retractable cord. Especially touching is Jack's fear that he is more like his father than he'd hoped. The narrative explores Jack and Alice's thoughts and feelings, making them both sympathetic characters. In spite of historical references, there's no vital sense that events are unfolding in the early 1900s, but the tale's inspiring undercurrent is the promise of a better life.

[10/3 #3 - 2 more follow]

Vampires, Thieves, and Griffins (An Orbit Sampler): Orbit October-December 2011
Author: Orbit Authors - Various
Genre: Fantasy - Gothic - Vampire
* Sample Chapters *

DESCRIPTION: Included in this ebook are sample chapters from your favorite-- and your soon to be favorite-- Orbit authors. Two new authors, one a newcomer, and the other an eBook favorite in print for the first time: Kristen Painter crafts a gothic story where vampire aristocracy meets urban fantasy action with Blood Rights (with the next two books in the series coming out in consecutive months) and Michael J. Sullivan's ebook bestseller will be available in bookstores everywhere starting with Theft of Swords. In this series opener two thieves that quickly find themselves in over their heads with plenty more to come in Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron out in December and January. We also have some returning favorites with the trade paperback edition of The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie - a critically acclaimed look at the blood and betrayal that make up the heart of a single battle. And we've collected three volumes of the Griffin Mage by Rachel Neumeier into one fantastic package. We have two returning science fiction authors, first up is Philip Palmer's rip-roaring new novel Artemis, and Hull Zero Three, by award-winning author Greg Bear.


Mages, Grave-robbers, and Super-Soldiers (A Sampler of Epic Proportions): Orbit July-September 2011
Orbit: Hatchette Assorted Authors
Genre: Urban Fantasy
* Sample Chapters *

DESCRIPTION: Spring is here and with spring flowers come new titles from your favorite Orbit authors! This ebook contains sample chapters from our newest titles including Karen Miller's new pre-quel to the Kingmaker Kingbreaker series, A Blight of Mages; a new over-the-top SF romp from Philip Palmer, Hell Ship; The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley will take you to a Victorian Scotland where a band of enterprising villains have taken Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a textbook; a gripping debut from ex-CIA analyst and debut author T.C. McCarthy's Germline will take readers to the front lines of a brutal future war; Kate Elliot's Cold Magic which puts a Jane Eyre twist on epic fantasy and steampunk; The Business of Death collects the entire Death Works trilogy from urban fantasy author Trent Jamieson; and finally Brent Weeks is back with the first volume of his new series, The Black Prism, now in paperback!

[These are from Joyce's free-books alerts Monday and Tuesday in the forums, 10/3/11 - morning, 15 books; 10/3/11a - afternoon, 10; and Tuesday morning, 2.

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