Friday, October 21, 2011

Free Kindle books (10/20-10/21) - 43 + discounted-book forum alerts


Oct. 20-21: - This is for Thursday and Friday and will be maily the free ebooks and a link to discounted-book alerts, to make it easier on your eyes this time although people have said they like the forum discusison links.

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So, You Want to Start a Business?
: 8 Steps to Take Before Making the Leap
, by Edward D. Hess and Charles D. Goetz,
13 customer reviews, 4.8 stars $0.00

Kindle Daily Deal (Often U.S. only, unfortunately)
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A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage, 88 customer reviews, 4.4 stars
    Daily Deal until the end of Friday 10/21:
      Thursday's Price: $8.61
      Friday's Discount: $6.62
      Friday's Daily Deal Price: $1.99 (77% off)

"[The Economist's technology editor] Standage starts with a bold hypothesis -- that each epoch, from the Stone Age to the present, has had its signature beverage—and takes readers on an extraordinary trip through world history...[He] has the ability to connect the smallest detail to the big picture and a knack for summarizing vast concepts in a few sentences. " --Publishers Weekly

"Historian Standage explores the significant role that six beverages have played in the world's history.  Few realize the prominence of beer in ancient Egypt, but it was crucial to both cultural and religious life throughout the Fertile Crescent, appearing even in the Gilgamesh epic..." --Mark Knoblauch, Booklist

LATEST DISCOUNTED Kindle books (some temporarily) -
  Forum-thread starter RandomizeME cautions, "This thread is [only] for discounts and price drops that readers find from publishers."  Another main finder is Emily Bronte.
  For 10/19-21

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 from Joyce's collecting of mostly temporarily-free books.  They're *not* recommendations by anyone but are a popular, unfiltered daily set of forum release-alerts by Joyce, logged here for those who don't make it to the forums.  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:

[Oct. 20, early (9)]

Overcoming Redundancy

Author: Gordon Adams
Genre: Self-Help - Trade

DESCRIPTION: So you've been made redundant? Join the crowd. Redundancy is now a common life experience, especially in a global recession! Almost a quarter of adults will be affected by redundancy during their lifetime. But you are not a victim. What matters now is how you react to the challenge. Overcoming redundancy will help you make the right decisions at this crucial time and it will help you choose the right future direction. Overcoming redundancy contains advice from survivors - from those who have been made redundant and have not only survived but turned it to their advantage. Many now look back on redundancy, with the benefit of hindsight, as the best thing that ever happened to them. Use this book to learn from their experience and advice. Redundancy is an intensely emotional experience. It can affect your self-esteem and motivation. You are only human if you feel a sense of anger, betrayal or loss when you are made redundant. Overcoming redundancy will help you cope with the social and emotional impacts of redundancy. It will also provide valuable tips on managing the financial effects of redundancy. And most importantly it will help you look forwards, not backwards. If you've been made redundant, reading this book is the first step towards bouncing back. Good luck!


Diary of a Discontent
Author: Alexander Lurikov
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

DESCRIPTION: In this defining work of fiction by Alexander Lurikov, a disillusioned man records his thoughts about life in a world from which he feels increasingly alienated. He spends his days wandering through the city, spying on his beautiful neighbor, impersonating a college professor, and writing controversial essays for the local newspaper - all the while dreaming of a pseudonymous existence. Though he is aware of the sadness and despair that have crept into his life, he seems oblivious to the humor that accompanies his various endeavors.

  MORE... ( 41 more books: Click on "MORE" just below)

Thirteen Shadows: Ghost Stories
Author: Aaron Polson
Genre: Ghosts

DESCRIPTION:A collection of thirteen ghost stories from Horror Writers Association member Aaron Polson. Some spirits are vengeful, others mere memories which destroy the lives of the living. Includes "The Ox-Cart Man", winner of the 2008 Whispering Spirits Flash Fiction contest, "The Sub-Basement", "Empty Vessels", and more. The stories range in length from flash fiction to 5,000 words.


Paths of the Chosen (The Godswar)
Author: Kenneth McDonald
Genre: Epic Fantasy

DESCRIPTION: "We're not supposed to kill her, you fools!" Izandra Colton and her brother Ezran come from a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, but those words mark the beginning of an unexpected adventure that will take them far from the little barony of Limbrock. The two siblings find themselves drawn into the center of a broader conflict, where battle lines are being drawn in a war that could ultimately claim both gods and men. In Book 1 of The Godswar trilogy, the gods of Creation learn that one of their own has turned against them, threatening the inviolate Compact by interfering directly in the affairs of the mortal realm. Limited in their own ability to respond, the gods choose mortal agents to investigate, unaware that their enemy has already chosen his own champions, who are working to release the ultimate power of destruction in the universe.


Author: German Alcala
Genre: Poetry

DESCRIPTION: A collection of 41 Halloween Poems which detail a night of All Hallow's Eve. Recounting the anticipation felt by all for Halloween, the unspeakable acts of monsters, and war. In exciting tales of murder and magic. Witch is the poetic story of Halloween.


Swingers Squared (Erotic Menage)
Author: Adrienne White
Genre: Erotica

** Warning: This eBook contains explicit sexual acts. Adults only. Word Count: 2200 **
DESCRIPTION: Jack and Stacey have been invited to an exotic night out. The wealthy Vanderhousen's are having a key part, and every major player in town has been invited. And what this young couple finds is a forbidden world of passion and intrigue. Their friends, Jack and Donna, have also been invited. Swingers themselves, they are excited to be attending their first key party as well. These two couples learn more about themselves than they ever knew; the only question is whether or not these revelations are for the best.


The Lost Princess in Winter's Grip (Tell Me A Story Bedtime Stories for Kids)
Author: Josh Kilen
Genre: Love - Romance

DESCRIPTION: Deep down every kid loves bedtime stories, but sometimes at the end of the day you just don't have the energy. That's where the Tell Me A Story series of books can help. Each nightly episode takes 5-10 minutes to read out loud and ends in a gripping cliffhanger. Imagine your child hanging on your every word and captivating them every night with an easy to tell bedtime story. For less time than it takes to watch the start of a sit-com, you can spend quality time with your kids and make memories they will never forget.

***** EDIT TO ADD:

An Unwanted Hunger
Author: Ciana Stone
Genre: Erotica

DESCRIPTION: Book 1 in the Soul of V'Kar series.Passion this strong is dangerous. They both know it. Mortal enemies, their respective factions have been at war since the dawn of man. Resa is a Dhampir, bred and trained to hunt Vampyres. Constantine is a prince among the Vampyre, the oldest and most lethal.Nothing good can come of this hunger, this need that drives them relentlessly toward one another. Neither reason nor devotion to duty can stay their need. There is but one way to quench the thirst that drives them. Once sated, they can return to the battle and see which one, if either, is left standing.But one drink from the cup of desire serves only to magnify the hunger. One act of lust that could alter them forever, changing the course of destiny.

***** EDIT TO ADD:

Orbit Sampler I: Jan. - March 2012
Author: Various Authors
Genre: Epic

*** Pre-Order for January 1, 2012 ***
DESCRIPTION: Included in this ebook are sample chapters from your favorite - and your soon to be favorite-- Orbit authors. First up, Seven Princes is John R. Fultz's first novel. This action-packed debut tells the story of an exile who seeks to reclaim his throne and must build an army to do it. Monsters and giants do battle with sorcerers and heroes in this sweeping story of magic, betrayal, and heroes. Shirley Jackson award winning author Robert Jackson Bennett returns with a new novel, The Troupe. Set during the height of American Vaudeville at the end of the 19th century, one talented pianist is in search of his father. Answers lie with a troupe of strange performers whose stage acts uncover deeper mysteries and strange horrors. The Fourth Wall is the sequel to This is Not a Game and Deep State by Walter Jon Williams. In the near future, Dagmar Shaw is back and she's gotten out of the games and into the movies. In a Hollywood dominated by celebrity culture and reality television, Dagmar and her dark history raise more than a few eyebrows. Especially when people associated with her film start dying. Now, the star of her new film must figure out if she's behind the killings and, more importantly, if he's next. And finally, The Legend of Eli Monpress collects the first three books of the Spirit Thief series into one thrilling edition. Eli Monpress is the greatest thief in the world, and he wants everyone to know it. He and his friends will stop at nothing to see his bounty top one million gold pieces-and no wizard, no spiritualist, no great spirit, will stand in his way. For very long, at least.

***** [Afternoon, Oct 20 (2)]

A Touch of Greek (Out of Olympus #1)
Author: Tina Folsom
Genre: Fantasy - Futuristic and Ghost

DESCRIPTION: Selfish and gorgeous Greek God Triton is cast out of Olympus after seducing Zeus' mistress and can only gain reentry if he finds a woman who loves him for his kindness and selflessness, not his beauty. When the mortal Sophia - recovering from an eye operation and virtually blind - needs a home healthcare worker, he takes on the role, hoping she will be his ticket home. While defending Sophia from an unknown adversary, Triton's protective instinct emerges. At the same time rival Gods do everything to doom him to failure. And even if Triton can win Sophia's love, will he throw it away to return home, or will he lose his own heart to the only woman who truly sees him?


Sparks Fly
Author: Lucy Kevin
Genre: Romance

DESCRIPTION: If you enjoy books by Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, and Susan Mallery, get ready for SPARKS FLY by Lucy Kevin, a fun contemporary romance (32,000 words / 170 pages) about the "magic" of falling in love. Angelina Morgan is a beautiful consultant who practices an ancient art form called Feng Shui. Will Scott is an all-business CEO who doesn't believe anything he can't see and touch. With the help of a meddling ex-wife, a well-meaning best friend, and a matchmaking mother, Angelina and Will are about to find out what happens when opposites attract...and sparks fly.

***** [Fri., Oct 21 (6)]

Brand Like A Rock Star: The Musical Companion
Author: Steve Jones
Genre: Action - Adventure

DESCRIPTION: Take one step further into Brand Like a Rock Star's marketing wisdom with this soundtrack to your brand's success. If you've had a chance to read Steve Jones's Brand Like a Rock Star, you've seen the striking link between some of the greatest bands in history and creating an unforgettable brand for your business. This media guide will take you deeper into the rock 'n' roll lore and important marketing lessons behind the bands discussed in Brand Like a Rock Star. From the "buzz" culture of 1970s British punk to the Grateful Dead's early version of database marketing, Jones shows you how rock legends have pioneered some of the most effective branding strategies. Author Steve Jones has earned his street cred as a savvy marketer with nearly thirty years of experience in an outrageous business. Each chapter offers a five-song playlist straight from his iPod that will have you rocking out as you learn how to improve your company's image and profits.


What Is EPUB 3?
Author: Matt Garrish
Genre: Computer - Internet

DESCRIPTION: What is EPUB 3 discusses the exciting new format that is set to unleash a content revolution in the publishing world. Laden with features the printed page could never offer--such as embedded multimedia and scripted interactivity--EPUB 3 will forever change what a book can be. This article walks you through the format and puts it in its place in the digital landscape, explaining why EPUB 3 is set to become the new global standard for ebooks as it also becomes the new accessible standard for ebooks.


Building eCommerce Applications
Author: Developers DevZone
Genre: Computer - Internet

DESCRIPTION: This collection of articles and blog entries is representative of the full spectrum of commerce-related content we've published on PayPal's Developer Network over the past year. You will find tutorials and quick reference pieces for developers. With the creation of x.commerce we have expanded our coverage to address the needs of eBay and Magento developers and you can expect to see more content focused on helping both the developer and merchant communities in the coming year. Our team has covered a wide variety of topics including building mobile shopping carts, QR codes, working with various PayPal APIs, including how to integrate PayPal with other technologies such as WordPress. Three main themes have emerged in the commerce world today: Mobile, Social, and Local. Expect to see more coverage of these in the coming months.


Blood Ties (PI Julie Collins)
Author: Lori G. Armstrong
Genre: Mystery - Thriller

DESCRIPTION: Julie Collins is stuck in a dead-end secretarial job with the Bear Butte County Sheriff's office, and still grieving over the unsolved murder of her Lakota half-brother. Lack of public interest in finding his murderer, or the killer of several other transient Native American men, has left Julie with a bone-deep cynicism she counters with tequila, cigarettes, and dangerous men. The one bright spot in her mundane life is the time she spends working part-time as a PI with her childhood friend, Kevin Wells. When the body of a sixteen-year old white girl is discovered in nearby Rapid Creek, Julie believes this victim will receive the attention others were denied. Then she learns Kevin has been hired, mysteriously, to find out where the murdered girl spent her last few days. Julie finds herself drawn into the case against her better judgment, and discovers not only the ugly reality of the young girl's tragic life and brutal death, but ties to her and Kevin's past that she is increasingly reluctant to revisit. On the surface the situation is eerily familiar. But the parallels end when Julie realizes some family secrets are best kept buried deep. Especially those serious enough to kill for.


HTML5 for Publishers
Author: Sanders Kleinfeld
Genre: HTML - Media

DESCRIPTION: HTML5 is revolutionizing the Web, and now it's coming to your ebook reader! With the release of the EPUB 3 specification, HTML5 support will officially be a part of the EPUB standard, and publishers will be able to take full advantage of HTML5's rich feature set to add rich media and interactivity to their ebook content.


Before The White Rose
Author: Vicki Hinze
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

DESCRIPTION: Three people learn that love is precious and life is short. Read Vicki Hinze's never-before-published short story, Before the White Rose and, as a bonus, lengthy excerpts from three Hinze novels--the mystically romantic Seascape Trilogy: Beyond a Mystic Shore, Upon a Mystic Tide, and Beside a Dreamswept Sea. All three novels are being re-issued by Bell Bridge Books in multi-format ebook editions and new trade paperback editions, beginning with Beyond a Mystic Shore in late September 2011.

***** [Late Evening, Oct 21 (26)]


A Fair of the Heart (Welcome To Redemption)


Sorcha's Heart


Understanding Islam - Quick Grasp of Faith

Friends of Choice

Barbarous Mexico

The Tales of Big and Little: Doom of the Three Stones (Tell Me A Story Bedtime Stories for Kids)

Imaginary Numbers

The Queen Bee of Bridgeton (Dancing Dream #1)

Hitting Back

Raphaela's Gift (a romance novel about hope, courage and a love that almost wasn't)

The Heart Of An Assassin

WILD JUSTICE (Beaumont Brides)

My Man Pendleton

Patch Pirates Adventures Broccoli - What the pirates love best

Uncle Tom Andy Bill; A Story of Bears and Indian Treasure

Tribulations of Markus

Harvest Moon (Cat Clan)

The Bastard Mummy

Short Stories I-IV

Shadow and Sage


The Unfinished Song: Initiate

All I Want for Christmas is You '

[These are from Joyce's free-books alerts Thursday and Friday in the forums, 10/20 - morning, 9 books; 10/20 - afternoon, 2 more books; 10/21 - morning, 6 books; 10/21 - late evening, 26 more {total 43} ]

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