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Need An Escape? Readers Are Raving About Kate Metz’s Romantic Comedy STILETTO SAFARI – 4.9 Stars on Amazon With 17 out of 17 Rave Reviews and Now Just $2.99 on Kindle!

Stiletto Safari by Kate Metz is a full filled, romantic comedy – who doesn’t need to escape…

Stiletto Safari

by Kate Metz

4.9 stars – 17 Reviews
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“Are you looking for some fun chick-lit that will hook you at page one and hold you all the way through until the very last page? Then I highly recommend STILETTO SAFARI by debut author, Kate Metz.”- Cindy Roesel, Chick Lit Central: The Blog!

And Cindy isn’t the only one raving about Stiletto Safari. With a 5 star average rating here’s what readers have been saying:

“I found STILETTO SAFARI absolutely delightful… this book was so much fun that I had a hard time putting it down. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, light read with a sassy, quick-witted main character.” – Sara Palacios, ChickLitPlus

“Kate Metz’s debut novel STILETTO SAFARI, is filled with humor, fashion, friendships and self-realization… a great chick lit book for anyone who likes a humorous, well told story reminiscent of a Beth Harbison novel.” – Susan Ashcraft, SusanReviews

“STILETTO SAFARI is a humorous and hard to put down read, very much recommended.” – Midwest Book Review

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“If big game and legal angst seem like an intriguing combination, you should snap up a copy of Metz’s book.” – Roll on Friday

Here’s the set-up

Zara Hamilton has it all – a glamorous New York lifestyle, a gorgeous (and seriously rich) boyfriend, and a job as a lawyer in a prestigious city law firm. But Zara’s fabulous life abruptly ends when her boyfriend is accused of insider trading. Thrown out of work by security and stalked by the press, Zara’s life can’t get any worse. Or can it? A snap decision (and a few wines too many) sees Zara fleeing to Africa to work as a temporary wildlife volunteer.

In the heart of Africa, Zara struggles to accept her new life and yearns for the high glitz and glamour of her old one.  Over-packed, over-dressed and over-stressed she wants to leave as soon as she arrives. Despite her feelings, she promises to stay for at least a month. Just as she settles in her new routine however, she realizes her troubles have only just begun.

Against her better judgment, Zara falls for Hamish, a drop-dead gorgeous wildlife biologist. But when Hamish’s ex-girlfriend turns up with a Vogue crew in tow disaster ensues.

Will Zara’s designer wardrobe survive? Will a supermodel ruin her only chance at happiness?
Can a Birkin bag really solve her problems? And will Zara want her old life back at the end of it all…

About The Author

Kate Metz lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, son and pampered pooch. She has travelled widely and has spent time working as a wildlife volunteer in Namibia. She has been attacked by a leopard, gone swimming with baboons and elephants, electrocuted herself while feeding lions, taught in a bush school, nursed an injured cheetah and has had plenty of other wonderful experiences along the way. Stiletto Safari is Kate’s first novel. When she is not writing fiction she works as a lawyer.

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Hunting for Sparrows

by Beatrice Gerard

4.4 stars – 8 Reviews
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When attempted breaches of the network firewalls at the datacenter of Wise Woman, Inc. turn the midnight calm into alarm, computer specialist Lauren is confronted with an all too urgent need to decipher the source of these cyber-attacks. Are they the work of a band of hackers or is it some sort of implanted ghost in the machine? Hard on the heels of the untimely death of Wise Woman’s founder, Claire Wise, and with a frantic sell-off of the company’s stock set to recommence at the market’s opening bell, the very survival of this progressive, socially responsible corporation hangs perilously in the balance. Hunting for Sparrowsis a clever and captivating play on the conventions of literary genres and traditional gender roles that subverts stereotypes and assumptions through a riveting, thriller-paced tale of greed and moral bankruptcy.

This fresh take on a classic brings to life the hyper-real hue of life amongst West Palm Beach’s social registry and inside its shadowy corridors of corporate power. Here we find Thelma, Claire Wise’s daughter and the novel’s improbable heroine. She arrives in South Florida like a fish out of water, having spent her recent years in Boston living the life of an over-educated, disengaged woman of privilege. As Thelma’s hunger for certainty and closure leads her deep into a miasma of danger and duplicity, Hunting for Sparrows takes us into a world of soap opera histrionics and intense psychological reflection in which lives are lost, reality is challenged, and loyalty is the cover for deception. Can paranoid delusion be explained away by the fact that people really are out to get you? Hunting for Sparrows is an intellectually adventurous, playfully irreverent work of fiction, with an ending that will make you want to go back and try to reassemble the pieces of this intricate and inspired literary jigsaw puzzle.

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3.8 stars – 16 Reviews
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A failed New York actress, Rachel Porter figured that any new career would be an improvement–until she became a wildlife agent and found herself stuck in the steamy Louisiana bayous, chasing poachers and fending off mosquitoes the size of Central Park pigeons.

Rachel’s first major assignment for the New Orleans Fish and Wildlife Service has brought her to the infamous French Quarter, to deal with a dead alligator chained to a bathtub–not far from an equally dead stripper. But when Rachel discovers that an o.d. of ingested heroin-stuffed condoms–and not the five bullet holes in the gator’s head–was the true cause of its demise, the inquisitive agent finds herself perilously caught up in both murder investigations. And with killers, cops, neo-Nazis, drag queens and crooked politicos on her case, it’ll take more than Big Apple sass to get Rachel out of the Big Easy…alive.

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Flight of Deceit

by L.T. Ryan

4.8 stars – 5 Reviews
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It started off like any other flight. The small single propeller air craft barreled down the runway and ascended. On the ground, the pilot’s girlfriend and his best friend smiled and waved as the Cessna disappeared into the clouds.

However, newly licensed pilot Kevin Campbell’s first solo flight doesn’t go quite as planned. He is forced to overcome panic and inexperience in a desperate attempt to save his life. A life that is not all that it appeared to be.

Flight of Deceit is a gripping and suspenseful novella that will keep you guessing till the last sentence.

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Angela of Troy

by SJB Gilmour

3.8 stars – 5 Reviews
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Angelina Troy was a woman of legend. Seasoned veterans feared her sword and gods themselves lusted after her body, just as demons in the pits of the darkest hells loathed her and her necromantic power. Nothing, it seemed, could bring her down. Then she met the one man who neither feared her nor desired her. It was that encounter which was the beginning of her ultimate undoing and her terrible fall from grace…

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The Solitary Wave

by Ricki Daniels

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19 year-old Leigh is a teenage girl like any other–except for the fact that she downloads and uploads her mind as part of an inter-galactic, covert operation tasked with finding and destroying the Invaders responsible for 7 destroyed planets in almost as many years.

After her last mission, Leigh hears of Jenny Skies, a red-head from the Department of Finance. Why is she trying to shut them down? Her appearance prompts the immediate firing of their next mission to a place called “Earth” which, according to evidence, is likely to be next on the Invaders’ agenda.

But Leigh finds out far more than she expected when she arrives there…

Join Leigh, Mike Waters, Senior Network Admin, and Lt. Jo-Anne Rivers, Senior Data Analyst, in this riveting novella as they try and pull off a desperate mission to save Earth–not to mention their own planet–in what is likely their last chance to do so.

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Della

by Julie Michele Gettys

4.8 stars – 13 Reviews
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Della Garland is a tough but vulnerable young woman determined to bury her poverty stricken and troubled youth by creating a new identity.

When the successful and fulfilling life she’s dreamed of and worked so hard to achieve finally seems within her grasp, she discovers her future is inextricably tied to her past.

Della explores the devastating power of lies and five people whose lives are entangled in those lies. It is also a story of love–the dark side as well as the joy.

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The Myth of Mr. Mom – Real Stories By Real Stay-At-Home Dads

by Sonny Lemmons, Christian Jensen, Jeremy Rodden, Charlie Andrews, Leo Dee, Toby Tate, Shawn Scarber, Gerhi Feuren

4.2 stars – 15 Reviews
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The Myth of Mr. Mom is a collection of true stories written by stay-at-home dads that shares the personal journeys of eight men from around the world.

Filled with humorous anecdotes and eye-opening personal experiences, The Myth of Mr. Mom is simultaneously inspiring and entertaining.

Praise for The Myth of Mr. Mom

“I applaud any man who decides to take on this role, but after reading this I only wish more men would stand up and proudly shout to the world, ‘I am a stay at home dad and I am proud of it.’”
– My Eclectic Bookshelf

“Anyone who stays home with their children and helps them grow to be all they can be gets my respect.”
– Journey of a Bookseller

“Buy this for your father and show them not only that you love them but that you love the love that they gave you and that every sacrifice – large or small – has not gone unrecognised.”
– Book Bags and Cat Naps

Female homemakers of the last generation enjoyed stories by Erma Bombeck for their very real, easy-to-connect-to humorism; modern homemakers (men AND women) have the stories inside The Myth of Mr. Mom!

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4.0 stars – 2 Reviews
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Ryan, Erin, Kris, and Jason are heroes defined by the villain, unwitting assistants in a cataclysm brought about by an old man who calls himself… Devidis. The four modern, international teens awaken deep within a jungle canyon, a prison in the post-apocalyptic empire established by the tyrannical Devidis. Surrounded by danger, the four Elementals quickly embrace their new-found super-powered control of the elements–wind, fire, water and stone–under the guidance of Sensei, an imprisoned freedom fighter who believes that Devidis’ near omnipotence is a clear sign that the world is a persistent illusion in the mind of its evil emperor. And so the Elementals are forced to come of age in an increasingly hostile land. Though supernaturally capable, they are faced with a frightening possibility: are their hopes, goals, powers, friends, enemies, surroundings and selves… all an illusion? It’s “Final Fantasy meets X-Men” as worlds are torn asunder!

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Earth Shaker—a sensual, chilling take on Beauty and the Beast. An unscrupulous curator, Douglas Hackett and his beautiful associate, Naomi Slocum, discover the legendary Greek Minotaur Asterius, cocooned in a perpetual sleep. Imprisoned deep in a labyrinth by his father King Minos, this demi-god roamed through the darkness hungering for what gave him life. His violent rages were subdued only by the continued sacrifice of young maidens, especially those with crimson hair. After smuggling the completely intact body from Crete to D.C., it isn't long before all hell breaks loose as Asterius comes to life. Deep below Hackett’s Museum of the Unnatural, Asterius is completely obsessed with Naomi and claims her as his beloved—destined to bear him a son. Naomi finds herself increasingly mesmerized by Asterius and his abilities as a "bone-waker"—a creature with a life force so strong—he can revive the dead. Naomi must choose between being truly human or succumbing to the beast within.... The depth of human passion sets this terrifying thriller apart from just another monster story. The relationship between Naomi and Asterius, while exploring her disturbing dark side, reveals the raw emotions of humanity. Naomi soon learns the importance in heeding those words: Rest in Peace.
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“The Steps They Took” is the story of a man haunted by suspicion, plagued with resentment, and feeling victimized by life, whose vindictiveness toward his philandering wife backfires, leaving him estranged from his children, seared by loneliness, and facing dire legal consequences.

He meets Suze, a woman five years his senior and an upper-class socialite married to one of the richest men in Texas. Her untreated alcoholism and a series of affairs, culminate in a relationship with Father Serge, an ambitious Catholic priest whose reaction to her pregnancy leaves Suze heartbroken and bewildered.

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Kiss of the Devil’s Breath (A Seedy Tale from the Files of Frank Mango)

by Lawrence Kelter
4.1 stars – 15 Reviews
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Here’s the scoop. Once there was Marlow, now there’s Mango, Frank Mango, a new detective doing his job in a very old fashioned way, an unlikely hero in an age of computers, gadgets, and gizmos. Two dead bodies have been discarded along the Sunset Strip, both aspiring actors, women of talent and ambition in a town renown for eating you up and spitting you out.

Who really cares about these nobodies? Mums the word—with the Academy Awards just days off, the powers that be are determined to sweep the dead under the red carpet, at least until Oscar can take his gratuitous bow. There are, however, wrinkles in this finely crafted plan of deception, most notably the disappearance of yet another woman, a killer whose sniper rifle is trained on the fabled red carpet, and a throwback detective who doesn’t like to get pushed around.

From the reviewers:

“Lawrence Kelter is an exciting new novelist, who reminds me of an early Robert Ludlum.”
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“This is what they mean by pulp fiction.”–Simon Wood, author of TERMINATED

“Several young aspiring starlets are murdered in Hollywood, California, possibly at the bidding of one of Tinsel Town’s heavy hitters. When Frank Mango is hired to find a woman’s missing sister, he fears she might fall prey to the Sunset Killer. Reading like a highly suspenseful combination of hardboiled prose and standup comedy, Kiss of the Devil’s Breath will keep you guessing and laughing. Readers will want to get to know Frank Mango, the fat, funny private eye with the fruity name.” –Debbi Mack, New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae mystery series

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Lawrence Kelter, author of the fine Stephanie Chalice mystery series, has just released “Kiss of the Devil’s Breath”, his first book featuring Hollywood PI Frank Mango. I found Mango to be a compelling protagonist and narrator: part anachronistic Mike Hammer, part Nelson DeMille’s wise-cracking John Corey, and part Ed McBain’s willfully obnoxious Fat Ollie Weeks. “Kiss of the Devil’s Breath” takes on the immoral underbelly of Tinseltown. The humor can be laugh-out-loud funny. The mystery itself seemed poised for a pretty standard solution, but just when I thought everything was resolved there was one final twist. A great bargain at 99 cents. -Must Read Mysteries

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Maerad, a young slave-girl living in an unforgiving settlement, learns she’s been born with the “Speech.” It’s a gift that extends her life threefold and grants her power over a great evil threatening the world. Under the tutelage of Cadvan, Maerad develops her skills along a treacherous journey.

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Who Said Chick Lit Was Dead? Award Winning Kindle Author, Lauren Clark, Proves It’s Alive And Better Than Ever in DANCING NAKED IN DIXIE – And Readers Agree!! 26 out 0f 26 Rave Reviews and at Just 99 Cents, You Will Have To See What All The Buzz Is About!

Dancing Naked in Dixie

by Lauren Clark

4.7 stars – 26 Reviews
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Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she’s offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia’s story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

Praise for Dancing Naked in Dixie

“… a delightful, heartwarming read full of Southern secrets, sweet tea, and a touch of Dixie romance.”  
     – Juliette Sobanet, author, Sleeping with Paris and Kissed in Paris
 
“There’s nothing more fun then plunking a tried and true New Yorker down in the Deep South. I read this book in a day and loved every second of it!”
– Kate Rockland, Author, 150 Pounds
 
“Lauren Clark has captured the real life personalities of the hip New Yorker and the caring Southern ladies and gentlemen. This book is a must read for all romantics, young and old.”      
     – Trudi LoPreto, Readers Favorite

“The story is sassy and sexy; her characters are fresh and real. I adored Dancing Naked in Dixie and I’m sure you will too.”
– Laura Pepper Wu, Author, Wow! Glowing Bride in 30 Days

A splash of humor and a healthy dollop of romance make this a fun read from beginning to end.”
– Lynnette Spratley, Author, Memory’s Child

“I read Dancing in one sitting! Loved it and didn’t want it to end! Anxiously waiting for the next one.”
– Elizabeth Wright 

From the Author

Ms. Clark uses her own experience to write her novels, and much like the main character Julia in ‘Dancing Naked in Dixie’ she was drawn to the charm of the Deep South and made the move from New York state to Mobile, Alabama 10 years ago.

“There is so much to love about my ‘new’ home. The people are friendly and welcoming, they are fiercely proud of their heritage and history, and have a long-standing belief in the importance of church, family, and community.

I wanted to take some of my own experiences, insert them into Julia’s life, and watch how she grows and changes as a result. The fun of this storyline involves Julia discovering how wrong she was about the Deep South. It’s a life-changing experience for her. It’s my hope that readers feel that Dixie honors and celebrates cultural differences.”

About The Author

Lauren Clark has been a voracious reader since the age of four and would rather be stranded at the library than on a desert island. In her former life, she worked as an anchor and producer for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives near the Florida Gulf Coast. Visit her website at LaurenClarkBooks.org.

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The KND Kindle Chronicles Interview: Len Edgerly Interviews Paul Slack, author of Social Rules: A Common Sense Guide to Social Media Marketing

Len Edgerly

(Editor’s Note: In case you missed it Saturday’s return issue of the Kindle Nation WEEKENDER, it’s a great pleasure to introduce friend, colleague and college classmate Len Edgerly as a contributing editor here at the Kindle Nation Weekender. Len, at right, will be writing a weekly column for us based on his always interesting interviews at the Kindle Chronicles podcast. Welcome, Len! While it’s likely that the majority of his columns will be pretty Kindle-focused, Len understands well how closely related the Kindlesphere is to this week’s topic, the explosion and uses of social media marketing. We’re certainly paying close attention here at Kindle Nation! -S.W.)

By LEN EDGERLY

Contributing Editor

Paul Slack, a co-founder of the Dallas-based Splash Media, has written a 319-page manual for entrepreneurs and small-business owners who are ready to graduate from buzzwords and get serious about social media. During an in-person interview with Paul at Splash’s state-of-the-art media studio on May 3rd, I learned these lessons about social media marketing:

  1. In social media, there are no quick fixes. Unlike search engine optimization, where Google is the only gorilla, a social-media plan must coordinate multiple sites with multiple purposes.  For starters, those sites are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and your blog. “If you’re going to start today,” Paul tells new clients, “in terms of return on investment—if you’re counting return on investment as leads and sales for your business—you shouldn’t even consider that for the first six months.”
  2. To succeed in social media marketing, you need to build new habits for sustained building of community. Otherwise, your initial enthusiasm will lead to nothing more than a social-media ghost town, as in the Facebook page that no one has updated for six months.
  3. Because “people do business with people,” a business using social media must be transparent and let potential customers sense the presence of a real person on the Twitter or Facebook account.
  4. That doesn’t mean tweeting about what you had for lunch. The test of all shared content, Paul advises, is that it can benefit the people following you.

Although this new book about social media is aimed at entrepreneurs and business owners, it may also interest readers who have a more general curiosity about these powerful tools. For example, I asked Paul how social media can serve as a way to curate the torrent of new eBooks published every month, perhaps filling the void that would be left if the eBook revolution overthrows the unquestioned authority of traditional publishers to decide which books are good enough to present to readers and which ones are not.

Paul Slack

“I do believe that social media plays an interesting role just in media consumption in general,” Paul replied, “and I would say that books and eBooks would fall into that.” The reason social media qualifies as a revolution, he said, is that we have all become micro-publishers and critics, adding: “In the old days—five years ago—you would do a search on Google to find something relevant, but you had no context. It was what Google told you was relevant.” By comparison, he said, today you can rely on what someone in your personal network has to say about which eBooks might be relevant to you.

Social Rules! went live this week at the Kindle Store for 99 cents a copy. It is also available for free borrowing at the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, if you have an Amazon Prime membership. The bargain price is part of Splash Media’s strategy of sharing practical social-media tips with as wide an audience as possible.  In the past they have presented free social media boot camps all over the country, and now the medium is a full-length book. You can even buy it on paper, for $16.95.

“I’m not a technical person,” Paul told me. “I’m much more of a marketer. And so I wanted to write a book that an entrepreneur or a small-business owner could read and go, ‘Oh, I finally get what Twitter’s all about.’ Or:  ‘I finally get how social media works together and can help me do something within my business.’”

At the end of our conversation, I invited Paul to step into a time machine and envision, decades hence, a time when social media itself will be the tired, old medium that the next media revolution will replace. What might that look like?

“The one thing that I know that seems to hold true,” he replied, “is that technology is going to continue to lend a hand in things, that the fundamental truths will never go away—that people do love to connect with one another, they do love to associate with one another, they love to share their thoughts and opinions, that we hate to be sold but we love to buy things—and so whatever’s going to happen in the future is going to facilitate that and make it easier and easier.”

Meanwhile, if you have a business—or even a book or a podcast—that could benefit from a disciplined, patient, no-nonsense engagement with potential customers through social media, you might want to download a copy of Social Rules! and get started.

Len Edgerly blogs at The Kindle Chronicles where you can hear his interview with Paul Slack in its entirety at 21:39 of this week’s Kindle Chronicles podcast episode 199. Click here for video of the interview.