Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alert for Friday, September 17, 2010: The return of a free, updated Every Word scramble game to the Kindle Store, plus PB Ryan brings her Nell Sweeney Mysteries to the Kindle with Still Life With Murder (Today’s Sponsor)

Amazon has released Version 1.1 of a very cool, very free, and very addictive Kindle-only word game and it leads this morning’s latest additions to our Free Book Alert listings….

But first … a word from Today’s Sponsor

4.5 out of 5 stars  (22 customer reviews) Kindle Price: $2.99 
 Text-to-Speech: Enabled  – Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee

Nominated for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, this is Book #1 of P.B. Ryan’s acclaimed historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt. Long thought to have died during the Civil War, Will is arrested for murder, and it’s up to Nell to prove his innocence. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.

About the Author: Patricia Ryan has written more than two dozen novels, which have garnered rave reviews and been published in over twenty countries. A RITA winner (for Silken Threads) and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for the first book of her historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney, which she wrote under the name P.B. Ryan. Pat’s Evil Twin, Pamela Burford, is also a published romance novelist.
More praise for Still Life With Murder:  

“P.B. Ryan makes a stunning debut with Still Life With Murder…I can’t wait for the next installment.” Bestselling author Victoria Thompson

“A beautiful combination of entertaining characters, minute historical research, and a powerful evocation of time and place. I’m very glad there will be more to come.” New York Times bestselling author Barbara Hambly

“A highly entertaining book with a well-drawn pair of characters who have both sparkling chemistry and conversation. I’m looking forward to more Nell Sweeney mysteries.” All About Romance

“If you like fast moving, accurately drawn, historical mysteries, you won’t go wrong by trying Still Life With Murder” Reviewing the Evidence  

Still Life With Murder is sheer perfection…gripping…powerful…unforgettable…You’ll know you’ve read one hell of a story after you turn the last page!” Reader to Reader Reviews   

“With its rich sense of place and time and a crisp, intelligent plot, readers will speed through this tale and be clamoring for more.” Bestselling author Earlene Fowler  

“Utterly absorbing. Vividly alive characters in a setting so clearly portrayed that one could step right into it. A very clever plot in which each clue is clearly offered and yet the identity of the murderer is a complete surprise.” Roberta Gellis   


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Today’s Free and Bargain Listings in the US Kindle Store!

Back, Free, and Updated by Popular Demand!

If you like word scrambles then Every Word is the game for you. Test your vocabulary as you try to find as many words from the scrambled letters in this fun and fast-paced word game.
You are given six or seven scrambled letters with the goal of finding as many words as you can. You score points by filling out the words in each empty spot on the board using only the letters that appear at the top of the game board. Keep at it until time runs out or until you fill up the board. The more words you make, the higher your score!
Your score is comprised of two components: first make a lot of words, second try to make the longest word possible. The best way to increase your score is to do both. Why? Because when you do, you earn the right to play a new level with a brand new set of letters. As long as you keep finding the longest word, you can move on to a new level and push your score higher and higher.

Please note: Every Word may contain content inappropriate for children.

by Elisabeth Naughton 

4.4 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews) 

Kindle Price: $0.00 & includes wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet Text-to-Speech: Enabled  

Conniving Greek gods, horrifying demons, vengeful warriors, and true love clash in this sexy, fast-paced paranormal romance series launch. Cocktail waitress and bookseller Casey Simopolous leads a lonely life until the night she rescues a mysterious man from a pack of hideous monsters. The handsome stranger is the Argonaut Theron, a guardian of a realm inhabited by the descendants of Greek demigods, and Casey soon finds herself thrown into a dangerous romance amid secrets and prophecies that may hold the key to her own mysterious past and the salvation of Theron’s besieged race. Naughton (Stolen Fury) occasionally stumbles in her narration, but she has a tremendous skill with steamy passion, dynamic characterization—especially of strong, multifaceted women whose friendships and family relationships play a crucial part in the story—and thrilling action. 

“Gripping, dangerous, and sinfully sexy, MARKED is a top-notch read! Elisabeth Naughton combines dynamic dialogue and sizzling romance with a wicked cool world. Do NOT miss this series!” –NY Times Bestselling Author Larissa Ione

“The sensuality of Sherrilyn Kenyon and the intensity of Patricia Briggs. Naughton’s foray into paranormals is deep, dark and sexy as hell.” –NY Times Bestselling Author Angie Fox

by Kate Angell (Love Spell) 4.4 out of 5 stars (18 customer reviews) 
When the captain of the Richmond Rogues starts dating his former runaway bride, he knows this time their relationship will be a home run.

by J.A. Konrath, F. Paul Wilson, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand and Blake Crouch 
This free download provides the first 50 pages of the Amazon exclusive novel DRACULAS. The full length novel will be available for $2.99 on October 19th. You can preorder it here.

A DYING MAN’S GREATEST TREASURE… Mortimer Moorecook, retired Wall Street raider, avid collector, is losing his fight against cancer. With weeks to live, a package arrives at the door of his hillside mansion–an artifact he paid millions for…a hominoid skull with elongated teeth, discovered in a farmer’s field in the Romanian countryside. With Shanna, his beautiful research assistant looking on, he sinks the skull’s razor sharp fangs into his neck, and immediately goes into convulsions.  

OPENS THE DOOR TO AN ANCIENT EVIL… A rural hospital. A slow night in the ER. Until Moorecook arrives strapped to a gurney, where he promptly codes and dies.  


Four well-known horror authors pool their shared penchant for scares and thrills, and tackle one of the greatest of all legends, with each writer creating a unique character and following them through a vampire outbreak in a secluded hospital.  

The goal was simple: write the most intense novel they possibly could.  

Which they did.  

A Word of Warning: Within these pages, you will find no black capes, no satin-lined coffins, no brooding heartthrobs who want to talk about your feelings. Forget sunlight and stakes. Throw out your garlic and your crosses. This is the Anti-TWILIGHT.  

About the Authors:  

F. PAUL WILSON is an award-winning, NY Times bestselling novelist whose work spans horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, young adult, and virtually everything between. He is best known as the author of THE KEEP and creator of the urban mercenary Repairman Jack.

JACK KILBORN is a pen name of J.A. Konrath, who has written six Jack Daniels thrillers. The seventh, SHAKEN, will be available October 27. Kilborn is the author of AFRAID, ENDURANCE, TRAPPED, and SERIAL UNCUT, (written with Blake Crouch) which has been downloaded more than 250,000 times.  

JEFF STRAND is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of such novels as PRESSURE, DWELLER, GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY), BENJAMIN’S PARASITE, and THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE. His secret shame is SUCKERS, co-written with J.A. Konrath. (  

BLAKE CROUCH is the author of four thrillers, DESERT PLACES, LOCKED DOORS, ABANDON, and SNOWBOUND, all published by St. Martin’s Press. His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen, THRILLER 2, and other anthologies. (

Spiritual Memoir
4.7 out of 5 stars (43 customer reviews) Zondervan eBooks     Text-to-Speech: Enabled  
Sarah Cunningham, a moderate middle-class white girl who grew up in the Michigan countryside, speaks about God with humor and honesty more characteristic of liberal west-coast writers in Picking Dandelions. In this warm and witty memoir, she describes finding and keeping a personal faith in the quirky settings of her ultra-Christian childhood. Whether recounting living next to a cemetery, teaching at-risk high schoolers, or listening to her grandmother’s stories about being a British ‘war bride,’ the author weaves faith into down-to-earth metaphors of growth and renewal, planting and reaping, greenery and weeds. In the end, Cunningham succeeds in sifting through the dysfunctions and flaws of human life and discovering pockets of God’s original Eden goodness for both herself and for you. Picking Dandelions is a candid and personal account of outgrowing laissez-faire Christianity, moving into mature faith, and realizing that a God-following person is a changing person … and you just might follow suit.
Does Cunningham have anything to offer in this crowded [memoir] genre? Absolutely. For one thing, great writing. I read a lot of books, and a very few are characterized by the quality of writing in this book. A few pages into this memoir and I relaxed. It’s the same feeling you get (I imagine) when you’re being chauffeured by someone who really knows how to drive. -Daryl Dash  

Sarah describes herself as a moderate middle-class white girl who grew up in the Michigan countryside, but speaks about God with humor and honesty more characteristic of liberal west-coast writers. Anne Lamott is one of her faves.  

It’s sort of refreshing that Sarah, raised in the right wing, can weave elements of faith into a spiritual memoir too because it suggests that there are valid, messy spiritual discoveries for all of us, no matter what corner of the earth or political landscape we grow up on. -Anne Jackson,  

In Sarah Cunningham, I find all of the the raw, unembellished honesty, the fervent hope, and handcrafted needlework of poetic prose that made me fall in love with Anne Lamott. -Ian Scott Patterson  Cunningham’s writing is crisp and entertaining, and her humor gently self-deprecating. She gleans her spiritual insights from the most mundane moments, but that doesn’t make them mundane insights. -Marilyn Matevia 

by Martha I. Finney FT Press Delivers

Subjects: Business & InvestingBusiness
A brand new collection of essential insights for your business and career from world-renowned experts-now in a convenient e-format, at a great price!
Practical Tools to Jumpstart Your Career, Transform Your Future, and Achieve Your Full Potential-Both Personally and Financially.
Fifteen powerfully useful mini-guides help you get ahead where you are or move on-find your next great job, negotiate great compensation, and start with confidence-smoothly handle nonstop change, negative emotions, and whatever else comes your way!
From world-renowned leaders and experts, including Dr. Gregory Shea, Robert Gunther, Martha I. Finney, and more.
Included in this collection:

  • Mastering the Roll: Succeeding Amidst Change Means Trying New Things, Failing, and Trying More (Gregory Shea, Ph.D. and Robert Gunther)
  • Taking Advantage of Social Networking to Land Your Perfect Job (Martha I. Finney)
  • How to Use Social Networking for Your Job Search (Martha I. Finney)
  • Embracing Risk in Your Career: A Story of How to Make More and Worry Less (Wes Moss)
  • How to Evaluate the Job You’ve Been Offered (Martha I. Finney)
  • Keep Active While Out of Work! (Martha I. Finney)
  • How to Control Your Finances After You Are Laid Off (Martha I. Finney)
  • In Turbulent Times, You Can’t Expect Others To Save You: How to Keep Yourself Prepared for Any Economy (Gregory Shea, Ph.D. and Robert Gunther)
  • Should You Take a Job with a Company That’s Laying People Off? (Martha I. Finney)
  • Start Your New Job with Confidence: Ideas for Success in Your First 100 Days (Martha I. Finney)
  • Making Sure Your Finances Are in Order Before Being Laid Off (Martha I. Finney)
  • Make Sure You Have a Plan for Your Exit Before You are Laid Off (Martha I. Finney)
  • You-ve Been Laid Off: Now, Make a Plan! (Martha I. Finney)
  • Dealing with a Lay Off: What to Expect When You Are No Longer Expected (Martha I. Finney)
  • Managing Emotions to Learn from Failure (Dean A. Shepherd)
(Pre-Order now and the free preview will be downloaded automatically to your Kindle on September 27; the full book pre-order is on a separate page and priced ridiculously at $14.99)
By James Patterson and Howard Roughan
Kindle Price:  $0.00 & includes wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
The good: New York’s Lombardo’s Steak House is famous for three reasons–the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police’s fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.
The bad: Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shockingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas–on both sides of the law.
And the dead: Back off–or die–is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.
Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke  
4.7 out of 5 stars   (9 customer reviews)
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
“With sensual love scenes, flirty repartee, and a man and woman clearly meant to be together, you get everything you could ever want in a romance novel. Overall, I have to say that Compromising Positions is a must read!” ~ Long and Short Reviews 
“Compromising Positions would have to be one of the best contemporary romance novels I have read in a long time. Jenna Bayley-Burke delivers it all, romance, humor, and great chemistry between her hero and heroine. It is so well written. The pace is great, and the story line fantastic.” ~ Fallen Angel Reviews   Warning: The Kama Sutra isn’t for the prudish or faint of heart, and neither is this story.  

33 Million People in the Room: How to Create, Influence, and Run a Successful Business wit...
by Juliette Powell

“Juliette Powell has provided a timely crash course on how to leverage your business’s online presence. A must-read for any aspiring entrepreneur, activist, brand manager, or c-level executive.”
—Jeffrey Stewart, Serial Technology Entrepreneur; Founder, Mimeo, Urgent Career, and Monitor110

“Reading Juliette Powell’s book is like perusing the secret trade documents of the most connected social butterfly. Upon first meeting Juliette, she immediately grabbed me by the arm and introduced me to the most important person in the room. When you pick up her book, it’s the same experience. She reaches through the pages and gives the reader entry to the halls of power through online networking.”
—Amy Shuster, Editorial Producer, MSNBC

“Juliette knows her way around a social network; she regales us with tales and practical advice from the plastic porous mediascape of today.”
—David Thorpe, Global Director of Innovation, Ogilvy & Mather

“If you are in business or starting one, and wonder what the heck all this talk about social networking is about, this book is the best quick guide I’ve seen. It’s full of juicy stories, backed up by sound social science, lucidly explained.”
—Howard Rheingold, Author, Smartmobs; Professor, Stanford and Berkeley

“The exciting new world of online social networking is demonstrating the profound power of these truths to change the very fabric of society as we know it. Our interactions, relationships, and values are changing faster than most of us can comprehend. For some, the pace of this change is alarming. For others it is empowering. In 33 Million People in the Room Juliette Powell takes us on a funfilled tour of this rapidly changing hypo-manic digital ecosystem simultaneously providing both practical advice and an insightful commentary on the increasing importance of authenticity in modern culture. Along the way we meet a hilarious cast of characters and gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse into real social networking success stories showing how to leverage the power of this modern phenomenon to achieve meaningful social and economic results for you and your business.”
—Michael Spencer, CTO, ASMALLWORLD

“Juliette Powell has captured the strength, excitement, and opportunity of social networks in this compelling work. Opening with an arresting saga about Chris Anderson’s debut as the new TED owner, she deftly sketches vignette after vignette that will have you thinking—why not me? Social networking power is awesome for those who have experienced it—but most people remain skeptical, guarded, and untrusting. Give up control? All control? Well, as she explains—YES! I’ve tried it, using six hundred fifty ‘coauthors’ to write a book—a book no one could have written, but to which ‘everyone’ could contribute. It was hard, very hard at first, to relinquish control, just as Powell describes. But the benefits she outlines are real. Try it—you’ll see!”
—Chuck House, Executive Director, Media X, Stanford University

“Digital society is all about expanding and energizing connections between people and ideas in ways we are just starting to understand. 33 Million People in the Room shares the perspective of an insider and shows…
The Personal Credibility Factor: How to Get It, Keep It, and Get It Back (If You?ve Lost I...

Edge of Apocalypse by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall (Zondervan eBooks)
3.9 out of 5 stars  (48 customer reviews)  Kindle Price: $0.00 Text-to-Speech: Enabled

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Buddha: With Bonus Material by Deepak Chopra (HarperCollins Publishers) 
No customer reviews yet. Kindle Price: $0.00 Text-to-Speech: Enabled

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The Dangerous Dimension by L. Ron Hubbard (Galaxy Press LLC)
4.2 out of 5 stars  (4 customer reviews) Kindle Price: $0.00 Text-to-Speech: Enabled (May 1, 2010) 
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 Somewhere to Belong by Judith Miller (Baker Academic)
 4.0 out of 5 stars (57 customer reviews)
Kindle Price:    $0.00  Text-to-Speech: Enabled   (March 1, 2010)

More Free Listings in the US Kindle Store!
The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, Book 1) ~ Steven James – Suspense
Prim and proper preschool teacher Lizzie Brown is on the verge of her thirtieth birthday when her hitherto unknown grandmother shows up, quickly followed by a demon erupting out of her toilet who Lizzie surprisingly manages to blast into “a million flecks of light.” Raised by distant adoptive parents, Lizzie had no idea that she was born to be a demon slayer. Her granny, a biker who communes with spirits in a metal lawn shed, then takes her to join her coven of senior biker witches who will help her defeat the demons who want to kill Lizzie before she can go after them. Along the way, Lizzie meets sexy shape-shifter Dimitri Kallinkikos, a sometime griffin who claims to be her protector but may have a hidden agenda that will take her straight to hell. This rollicking paranormal comedy will appeal to fans of Dakota Cassidy, MaryJanice Davidson, and Tate Hallaway. –Diana Tixier, Herald Review 
With its sharp, witty writing and unique characters, Angie Fox’s contemporary paranormal debut is fabulously fun. –The Chicago Tribune

  Cybill Disobedience, by Cybill Shepherd 
and Aimee Lee Ball
“A riveting, candid, fresh and self-revealing book.” — — Liz Smith

“Gutsy.” —  San Francisco Examiner

“Nobody kisses and tells like Cybill Shepherd.” —  New York Daily News
‘How I survived beauty pageants, Elvis, sex, Bruce Willis, lies, marriage, motherhood, Hollywood, and the irrepressible urge to say what you think.’

From wholesome beauty queen to saucy cover girl, from heartbreaking movie star (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, TAXI DRIVER) to one of television’s most loved comediennes (MOONLIGHTING, CYBILL), Cybill Shepherd is renowned as sassy, shocking and sexy. In CYBILL     DISOBEDIENCE, she opens her heart with the wit and honesty of a star who’s seen and knows it all.

Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery
 Billy Boyle is a Boston cop, from a family of Boston cops, but he is a reluctant soldier who prefers walking the beat in Southie to fighting Nazis. Using her cousin by marriage, a certain General Eisenhower, Billy’s mother lands her son a seemingly soft job with Ike’s staff in London. But Ike wants Billy to use his investigative know-how to sniff out a possible spy in the Allies’ inner circle. Young Billy, oversold by his mother as a crackerjack detective, is definitely in over his head, especially when it turns out that the apparent suicide of a Norwegian dignitary may have been the work of the spy. Benn has a tantalizing premise here, but he doesn’t quite deliver on it: his prose slips into wartime cliches a little too often, and the supporting love story reeks of WWII melodrama. Yet the action builds to a suspenseful climax, and there is even a hint of moral ambiguity in the wrap-up. A not entirely satisfactory debut, then, but Ken Follett fans will want to give Billy and his uncle a chance to develop. Bill Ott, Booklist

Baby Bonanza – Romance

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