I couldn’t help but thinking, as I was reading my 12-year-old-son a choose-your-own-adventure zombie bedtime story last night, how wonderfully the Kindle is equipped to follow us and our kith and kin through all the changing times in our lives. And so it is with the felicitous juxtaposition of today’s “sponsor” novel with the equally wonderful but differently targeted latest addition to our listings of free titles for your Kindle….
Shaun Jeffrey’s novel The Kult has a stellar rating of 4.7 stars across 9 reviews.
Here’s the set-up from the book’s Kindle store description:
People are predictable. That’s what makes them easy to kill.
Acting out of misguided loyalty to his friends, police officer Prosper Snow is goaded into helping them perform a copycat killing, but when the real killer comes after him, it’s not only his life on the line, but his family’s too. Now if he goes to his colleagues for help, he risks being arrested for murder. If he doesn’t, he risks being killed.
“Free” in the Kindle Store refers here to the price for download to UK-based Kindles.
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Winnie-the-Pooh [Kindle Edition] A. A. Milne (Author), E.H. Shepard (Illustrator) 4.7 out of 5 stars across 9 customer reviews
The Winnie-the-Pooh stories have been loved by generations of children since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore first made their appearance in 1926. In this first volume we meet all the friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, celebrate Eeyore’s birthday, go on an “expotition” to the North Pole and lay a Heffalump trap. Accompanied by E.H. Shepard’s original illustrations in colour, this is an ideal book for bedtime stories. —Philippa Reece
In real–life conflict resolution situations, one size does not fit all. Just as a mechanic does not fix every car with the same tool, the conflict resolution practitioner cannot hope to resolve every dispute using the same technique. Practitioners need to be comfortable with a wide variety of tools to diagnose different problems, in vastly different circumstances, with different people, and resolve these conflicts effectively. The Conflict Resolution Toolbox gives you all the tools you need: eight different models for dealing with the many conflict situations you encounter in your practice.
This book bridges the gap between theory and practice and goes beyond just one single model to present a complete toolbox – a range of models that can be used to analyze, diagnose, and resolve conflict in any situation. It shows mediators, negotiators, managers, and anyone needing to resolve conflict how to simply and effectively understand and assess the situations of conflict they face. And it goes a step further, offering specific, practical guidance on how to intervene to resolve the conflict successfully.
Each model provides a different and potentially useful angle on the problem, and includes worksheets and a step–by–step process to guide the reader in applying the tools.
Offers eight models to help you understand the root causes of any conflict.
Explains each model′s focus, what kind of situations it can be useful in and, most importantly, what interventions are likely to help.
Provides you with clear direction on what specific actions to choose to resolve a particular type of conflict effectively.
Features a detailed case study throughout the book, to which each model is applied.
Additional examples and case studies unique to each chapter give the reader a further chance to see the models in action.
Includes practical tools and worksheets that you can use in working with these models in your practice.
The Conflict Resolution Toolbox equips any practitioner to resolve a wide range of conflicts. Mediators, negotiators, lawyers, managers and supervisors, insurance adjusters, social workers, human resource and labour relations specialists, and others will have all the tools they need for successful conflict resolution.
Literary Fiction, Published by AmazonEncore LENGTH: novella, approximately 20,000 words, 96 pages in the trade paperback edition
Peter Leroy recalls his maternal grandfather’s attempt to build a shortwave radio, a project that begins with an article in Impractical Craftsman magazine promising “hour after interminable hour of baffling precision work.” After many, many hours spent watching his grandfather labor at his basement workbench, Peter at last gets to put the earphones on, flip the switch, and twiddle the dials. Through the crackling and sussurous static he detects the sounds of love and lust, joy and sorrow, hope and loss.
“Reading the Peter Leroy saga is akin to watching a champion juggler deftly keep dozens of balls in the air while executing an intricate double-time dance routine-all without breathing hard. . . . Sentimental, loving, raucous, wise, and great fun, this is simply not to be missed.” Booklist
“[Kraft’s Peter Leroy] series is smart, funny, warmly inviting, and delightfully impossible to define.” Kate Bernheimer, The Oregonian
“Eric Kraft’s essential subject is suburban boyhood-in particular, that moment when it loses its innocence. . . . Like Lawrence Sterne, Kraft is unashamedly sentimental, digressive, and extremely funny; like Proust, profoundly nostalgic and obsessed with loss. The typical Kraft novel is a laugh-out-loud read with undertones of grief and ruefulness. Almost all of his books revolve around a single individual, Peter Leroy, who is now . . . as fully realized as any character in current American literature. . . . Under the surface humor, Kraft’s take on the national experience is thoughtful, disturbing, and unlike that of any other American writer.” Anthony Brandt, Men’s Journal
“The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy is one of the biggest, funniest, sweetest, and looniest undertakings in contemporary American fiction.” John Strausbaugh, New York Press
With thousands of titles, the Kindle Store contains the largest selection of the books people want to read. This includes the most popular classics for free with wireless delivery in under 60 seconds to your Kindle, computer, or other mobile device.
Steven James earns the top spot among today’s latest additions to our Free Book Alert listings in the Kindle Store with his introduction of FBI agent Patrick Bowers in “a riveting thriller, the first of a planned trilogy….”
But first … a word from Today’s Sponsor
Speaking of riveting thrillers, here for the start of the school year is Phillip Voglen’s Mean Days, set against the backdrop of Central High….
MEAN DAYS is a riveting thriller that captures readers in the grip of its potentially news-at-ten plot and won’t let go until the shattering conclusion. As it explores the depth and poignancy of the human experience through the sardonic and amusing viewpoint of the assistant principal, Central High is like any other secondary school until violence erupts from within, and a seething ages-old cultural hatred launches a seemingly unstoppable assault. This time, the terrorists are after our children. The novel’s humor tempers the page-turning action-adventure thrust, providing a thoroughly satisfying experience. However, readers are all too aware of the approaching explosive danger that threatens the fictional, yet familiar and recognizable characters from their communities. MEAN DAYS reflects the honesty, humor, humanity, pathos, and potential violence to be found in society and its public institutions. More information on MEAN DAYS and all Vellum Publishing, Inc. digital releases can be found at www.newkindlebooks.com.
5 stars: High School was Never this Interesting!– by “Mike” Phillip Voglen’s novel MEAN DAYS, is a humorous and suspenseful look at the growing problems that administrators, teachers, and students encounter at Central High School, a quiet and peaceful scholarly institution on the North Shore of Long Island. How many issues could possibly go awry at cushy Central High? In short, A LOT! Voglen intermingles a myriad of conflicts, ranging from an English teacher being accused of having an illicit affair with a student, to a major terrorist plot to poison the students of the high school.
The novel’s main character, Brian Scarlucci, is Central High’s Assistant Principal, who has to weave his way through subterfuges and problems provided by the gangs of the school, the colorful and entertaining teaching staff, and even Brian’s own administrative counterparts. MEAN DAYS addresses many issues that high schools currently do face in today’s “mean world.” However, Voglen’s Scarlucci is a witty and sardonic figure, who constantly provides the reader with opportunities to laugh and understand the illogical and bureaucratic ways of the educational system. Voglen wastes no time with long introductions to the high school’s parade of interesting characters (there is even a mob boss!), and it will be hard to put the book down once you begin reading it. One can only hope that Brian Scarlucci will return for another academic year next September.
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“…A captivating look at the fine line between good and evil. The Pawn is not to be missed.”–Ann Tatlock, author of Every Secret Thing — Ann Tatlock, author of Every Secret Thing
“Steven James combines 21st-century high-tech law enforcement techniques with 18th-century Sherlockian deduction to craft an exciting, suspense-filled story.”–Dr. Kim Rossmo, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, Texas State University — Dr. Kim Rossmo, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, Texas State University Somewhere to Belong ~ Judith Miller – Religious Fiction
Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages inhabited by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God. Although she’s always longed to see the outside world, Johanna believes her future is rooted in the community. But when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shattered and she is forced to make difficult choices about a new life and the man she left behind. Berta Schumacher has lived a privileged life in Chicago, and when her parents decide they want a simpler life in Amana, Iowa, she resists. Under the strictures of the Amana villages, Berta’s rebellion reaches new heights. Will her heart ever be content among the plain people of Amana?
“Heart-stopping suspense with magnificent portrait of romance as a healing force…Triple Exposure will keep readers guessing until the final heart-stopping resolution.” — Merrimon Book Reviews
“Thompson (The Salt Maiden) packs this well-paced thriller full of twists and the local color of a small Texas town…The red herrings are exquisitely placed, and the climax will surprise even the most jaded of suspense readers.” — Publisher’s Weekly, June 30,2008
“This author is fantastic at setting up wonderfully rich suspense plots with twists that will leave the reader hanging until the very last page is turned.” — Romance Reader at Heart
“Thompson leads readers on a twisted course through the Texas desert, only to stand the plot on its head again in the finale.” — Romantic Times BookClub Magazine
by Christie Craig 4.4 out of 5 stars over 22 customer reviews A mystery writer is forced to reconsider her policy against dating when she is protected from death threats by the sexiest cop she’s ever seen.
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
“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.
For her transgression, she will pay–with screams of forbidden pleasure. After a lifetime of hard work, Captain Roake Barbenoir finally has all he has ever wanted. Wealth, social position, and the epitome of an ideal wife, the beautiful and well-born Jenesta. Of all his treasures, she is his favorite-a pearl, perfect and pure–and Roake vows never to tarnish her with the dark sexual knowledge he gleaned from a life at sea.
Yet every breath his sweet wife takes arouses an urge to watch her come apart under the onslaught of his passion. But she must never know of the lust-filled, almost demonic cravings fighting for release in his soul. To make her privy to them would be to lose her warm regard.
Each time Jenesta feels she and her enigmatic husband are growing closer, Roake withdraws behind a cold, unreadable mask. Perhaps if she knew him better, knew more of his past, she could learn how to win his heart. The answers surely lie behind the locked door of Roake’s east-wing retreat. The one he has forbidden her to enter.
Jenesta’s defiance of his one simple rule cannot go unpunished. For her transgression, she will pay-with screams of pleasure; sweet, exquisite pain; and perhaps with the loss of what she wants most. Roake, and his love.
Warning: No demure Regency here! Graphic and explicit everything, including language and sex of all varieties (as could be expected from an Alpha male more accustomed to bordellos than ballrooms) and, be warned, your grandmother’s pearls will never look the same to you again.
Zuri Day cranks up the heat with an explosively sexy tale about a woman who’s about to get a crash course in lust. . .
First grade teacher Gwen Smith was happily married–until her husband got himself a twenty-something mistress and filed for divorce. Now just months away from turning forty-one, Gwen is back in her tiny California hometown, caring for her ailing mother, convinced her life is over. Then she meets Ransom Blake.
Ransom is a twenty-six-year-old hunk who pushes every one of Gwen’s buttons. Gwen has no intention of getting involved with a younger man, but he won’t take no for an answer. So when he shows up at her classroom unannounced, Gwen can’t help but tell him off–and then she realizes he’s come for his daughter. But Ransom isn’t shy about letting Gwen know how she can make it up to him. And if he gets his way, Gwen will lose all her inhibitions–and her heart…
While it has been increasingly clear over the past year that Amazon is dominating the market share and price wars among dedicated ebook reader devices, it is now clear that Amazon is also winning its tug of war with traditional book publishers over ebook pricing.
Amazon is succeeding dramatically in its efforts to bring an ever increasing number and percentage of all Kindle Store ebooks into its preferred price range between $2.99 and $9.99, inclusive, according to our most recent analysis of the overall pricing composition of the Kindle Store catalog and the “Top 100 Paid” spots on the Kindle Store bestseller lists:
The total of all ebooks priced at $9.99 and below in the Kindle Store has grown dramatically in the past few months, both as a total number and as a percentage of the whole. There are currently over 616,300 Kindle Store listings at $9.99 and below, which makes up over 84 percent of the total Kindle catalog. These figures are up from 480,281 and 81 per cent on May 29, and even more dramatically from 385,684 and 77 percent on February 25.
For all of the bluster from traditional publishers about the agency model and their alleged need to set ebook prices over $10, the actual percentage of Kindle Store ebooks priced at $10 and up has fallen from 23 percent to 16 percent since the agency model officially came into existence on April Fool’s Day.
The percentage of Kindle ebooks priced in the range that Amazon deems the ebook sweet spot has grown from 50.06 percent to 63.47 percent between February 25 and September 5, for a relative increase of over 26 percent.
Within that range, the fastest growing Kindle Store price points are those between $5 and $9.98. The percentage of ebooks in this price range has more than doubled since February 25, from 18.1 percent to 37.2 percent.
Currently only about 65,700 of all Kindle ebooks — or less than 9 percent of the total catalog — are priced at exactly $9.99. This figure was over 12 percent in February.
The pricing composition of the Kindle Store’s list of Top 100 Paid bestsellers has remained static over recent months, with 28 to 30 titles each at price points of $9.99 and $10 to $12.99, 3 or 4 titles in the $13 and up range, and the remainder of roughly 40 percent priced below $9.99. Readers appear willing to pay as much as $11.99 and $12.99 for a small number of ebook new releases each season, but those titles are competing with growing numbers of popular books at lower prices and, according to recent statements by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the publishers who are setting the higher prices are losing overall market share.
A few weeks ago, I re-published my 2001 novel, AN UNCOMMON ENEMY. Originally published (and nearly forgotten) in the tragic week following September 11th, I believed the story deserved a second chance. The moral and political controversies raised after Custer’s attack on a peaceful Cheyenne camp on the Washita in 1868 were not so different from the questions faced by America in the wake of 9/11. I felt the issues posed still resonate, so I hoped the book might somehow find a new readership.
I never imagined what would take place last Thursday night.
Kindle Nation, a blog for Kindle users, favorably reviewed the novel and posted its first chapter online. Within hours, the Amazon sales ranking jumped from #124,000th to #127th in the Kindle store. By the next morning, AN UNCOMMON ENEMY was the #1 Western novel across ALL formats on Amazon, paper or pixel. Number One! The raw power of a single very influential blog to move an otherwise forgotten novel in this totally-new publishing landscape is striking.
I also learned another lesson. Bookstores–and the publishing industry itself–tend to force all books into narrow genres and all readers down narrow aisles. Bloggers need not follow such dictates or conventions, and can allow their readers to self-sort their book selections without restriction. The Kindle Nation blog, for instance, is ecumenically focused on all Kindle readers, regardless of book genre. Think of the effect this had on my sales when Stephen Windwalker, of Kindle Nation, summed my book up this way:
“If it weren’t for my efforts to be genre-agnostic, I probably would not have gotten hooked on this novel. But the fact is that it can’t be pigeon-holed in a genre; it’s just a great story, well told, with totally unexpected, astonishingly well-imagined characters.”
Kindle readers, who might never walk down the Western aisle of a Barnes and Noble, or read a western-themed magazine reviewing books of interest, were instantly exposed to my cross-genre novel. (Which is more a general “historical novel” than a true “Western.”) For a brief moment, it did not have to compete for their attention with 120,000 other volumes lining the shelves and capping the ends of any bookstore.
Bottom line: AN UNCOMMON ENEMY found an uncommon friend, for which I am very grateful.
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