Why should I provide my email address?

Start saving money today with our FREE daily newsletter packed with the best FREE and bargain Kindle book deals. We will never share your email address!
Sign Up Now!

She never asked for the unusual abilities she possesses. Would they torment her the rest of her life? The Awakening by Jill Sanders

Meet a most unlikely crime fighter made out of things most people throw away…. Garbageman by Erik Dean

A vivid portrait of our closest relatives… Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe by renowned British primatologist Jane Goodall

An emotional tale of how one young women’s “monsters” manifested into an eating disorder… In The Presence of Monsters: The story of a fat girl, who wasn’t by Gabriella Leigh

Epic Fantasy Alert! A new hero must rise, or all is lost… The Chaos Gate by Jeff Pantanella

Someone has been sabotaging Miss Josie’s business, and all signs point to her evil ex… Love, Chocolate, And A Dog Named Al Capone by Abigail Drake

Hundreds of rave reviews for this cute story with an important message: Paula And The Pandemic by Dorothea Laurence

Representing vicious killers comes at a price, and if anyone discovers criminal defense attorney Sarah Knight’s dark secrets, she’ll be the one on trial…Dark Moon by Deborah Hawkins

There’s a war in the streets. No one is safe as bodies fall and houses go up in flames… Jocelyn’s War: A Novel (Journeys Down a Long Dark Road) by Jason Ryan Dale

There’s no one she can trust—not with her life, her heart, or her mother’s legacy… Salvaging Truth by USA Today bestselling author Joanne Jaytanie

Hearty & Delicious Meals You Can Prepare Ahead! Knack Slow Cooking by Linda Larsen

A killer is taunting him, not for the thrill of being chased, but with the intention of recruiting him… I See You by Elle Gray

previous arrow
next arrow
Shadow
Slider

Enter by Midnight May 5, 2013

To Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD

In Our Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Linda Matthies,

Author of SURVIVING CURTIS HALL

You’ve come to the right place to enter Kindle Nation Daily’s Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes!

Just scroll down to enter… and make sure you improve your chances to win Kindles and other valuable prizes by signing up for our Kindle Nation Daily Digest newsletter!

We’d like for you to be one of about 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us in 2013, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post to have a great chance to win.

But first, a word from our Sponsor….

Surviving Curtis Hall

by L. A. Matthies
<%title%>
4.8 stars – 6 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

 

 

Here’s the set-up:

Attempting to avoid the violence and drugs at Hibernia High, sixteen-year-old Tristen McCoy and his friends have transferred on a sports scholarship to the elite Curtis Hall boarding school. Hometown lacrosse heroes, the boys are tested as they attempt to assimilate into a student body where excelling is the norm.

Tristen hones his leadership skills and sense of humor while finding his way in this new environment. He and his friends must rise to the challenge of competing with peers whose skills equal and perhaps surpass their own. Tristen’s attention is soon captured by the beautiful and alluring Marcella Venier. Despite their different origins and upbringings, the two are drawn to each other. Marcella, compelled to live a clandestine life with dark secrets and a covert research mission, struggles with her desire to further her own designs and still remain in Tristen’s world.

Events spiral out of control, and a student is lost in the subterranean tunnels beneath the school’s campus. Tristen and his friends stand accused of foul play, and in an effort to make things right, he enlists Marcella’s help in organizing a search party. During the perilous rescue attempt, danger threatens to not only sever the bonds of friendship of the group, but take their lives as well. They hope they can survive until graduation.



(This is a sponsored post.)

 

Enter by Midnight April 28, 2013

To Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD

In Our Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Mainak Dhar,

Bestselling author of ALICE IN DEADLAND: The Complete Trilogy

You’ve come to the right place to enter Kindle Nation Daily’s Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes!

 

You’ve come to the right place to enter Kindle Nation Daily’s Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes!

Just scroll down to enter… and make sure you improve your chances to win Kindles and other valuable prizes by signing up for our Kindle Nation Daily Digest newsletter!

We’d like for you to be one of about 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us in 2013, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post to have a great chance to win.

But first, a word from our Sponsor….

Alice in Deadland: The Complete Trilogy

by Mainak Dhar
<%title%>
4.6 stars – 23 Reviews

Kindle Price: Three complete books for just 99 cents!

Or currently FREE for Amazon Prime Members Via the Kindle Lending Library
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

 

Here’s the set-up:

Now also available- Hunting The Snark, the latest adventure in the Alice in Deadland series.

Alice in Deadland was released in November 2011 and quickly became an Amazon.com bestseller, selling more than 50,000 copies in its first three months. It was followed by its sequel, ‘Through The Looking Glass’ and ‘Off With Their Heads’, the prequel to Alice in Deadland. Now, get all three novels in the Alice in Deadland Trilogy in one single omnibus edition and immerse yourself in this bestselling adventure.

Alice in Deadland

Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it’s legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived- hordes of undead Biters.

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.

Through The Looking Glass: Alice in Deadland Book II

More than two years have passed since Alice followed a Biter with bunny ears down a hole, triggering events that forever changed her life and that of everyone in the Deadland. The Red Guards have been fought to a standstill; Alice has restored some measure of peace between humans and Biters; and under Alice, humans have laid the foundations of the first large, organized community since The Rising- a city called Wonderland.

That peace is shattered in a series of vicious Biter attacks and Alice finds herself shunned by the very people she helped liberate. Now she must re-enter the Deadland to unravel this new conspiracy that threatens Wonderland. Doing so will mean coming face to face with her most deadly adversary ever- the Red Queen.

Off With Their Heads: The Prequel to Alice in Deadland

A few months before Alice was born and fifteen years before the dramatic events depicted in Alice in Deadland, there was The Rising. A few days that destroyed human civilization as we know it, reducing much of the world to a radioactive wasteland teeming with hordes of undead Biters and controlled by a shadowy Central Committee.

Off With Their Heads brings to life the final harrowing days of The Rising through four shorts, each depicting events through the eyes of one pivotal character in the Alice in Deadland series. See how Dr. Protima became the Queen of the Biters; feel the pain of a young man’s sacrifice as he becomes the bunny-eared Biter whom Alice later follows down a hole; follow the rise of Chen from a conflicted young Chinese Army officer to a General in the Red Guards; and finally share in the dramatic escape of Alice’s parents from a city overrun by Biters.

 



(This is a sponsored post.)

 

Enter by Midnight April 21, 2013

To Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD

In Our Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Tanith Morse,

Bestselling author of THE SUPERDARK TRILOGY

You’ve come to the right place to enter Kindle Nation Daily’s Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes!

Just scroll down to enter… and make sure you improve your chances to win Kindles and other valuable prizes by signing up for our Kindle Nation Daily Digest newsletter!

We’d like for you to be one of about 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us in 2013, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post to have a great chance to win.

But first, a word from our Sponsor….

Super Dark 1

by Tanith Morse
SuperDark Alternative Book Cover
4.2 stars – 13 Reviews
Or currently FREE for Amazon Prime Members Via the Kindle Lending Library
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Check out the Trilogy here

Here’s the set-up:

For fans of paranormal romance comes a chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page. Super Dark is a tale of passion, guilt and redemption with a whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees twist!

Darkness stalks seventeen-year-old Sam Harper. Ten years ago on Halloween night, she and her best friend Elliot were snatched by grotesque creatures and Sam narrowly escaped with her life. Now a decade on, the police investigation has ground to a halt and Elliot’s whereabouts remains a mystery.

Traumatized by her ordeal, Sam finds it hard to make friends. She is mistrustful of authority and changed schools more times than she cares to remember. To Sam, the world is cruel and unforgiving. Then she meets the enigmatic Lee Weaver. With his gorgeous face and magnetic presence, he turns heads wherever he goes. Sam has never wanted anyone as much as she wants Lee, but there are things about the alluring stranger that don’t add up, leading Sam to ask unsettling questions about her past. Soon she discovers the boy of her dreams is keeping a terrible secret: one that threatens to destroy everything Sam holds dear …

Super Dark is a seductive love story that will keep you guessing right until the final page.

Super Dark is a full-length novel of approximately 83,000 words.

Review

“… This South London raised woman can write a book! Tanith Morse has left me waiting and wanting more more more! Super Dark is her first YA novel so far but I am here to say that I CANNOT WAIT for Super Dark Two” – Nikki’s Book Blog

From the Author

Super Dark parts 2 and 3 are available to buy now on Amazon!!

Come join me on Facebook at /TanithMorse.Author

Or check out my blog for news, competitions and more at tanithmorse.blogspot.co.uk/

More About the Author

Tanith Morse

Tanith Morse grew up in Wandsworth, south London. From a young age she developed a great love of horror films and gothic romances. Her favorite director is Tim Burton and her favorite authors include Charlotte Bronte, Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins. When she isn’t writing, Tanith enjoys directing short films for the festival circuit and looking after her cat, Mambo. An avid tea drinker, Tanith can be found hanging out in cozy London cafes in search of new brews to tease her taste buds. Super Dark is her first YA novel. Join her on Facebook at TanithMorse.Author Or check out her blog at: http://tanithmorse.blogspot.co.uk/

 



(This is a sponsored post.)

 

Enter by Midnight April 14, 2013

To Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD

In Our Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Mainak Dhar,

Bestselling author of ALICE IN DEADLAND: The Complete Trilogy

You’ve come to the right place to enter Kindle Nation Daily’s Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes!

Just scroll down to enter… and make sure you improve your chances to win Kindles and other valuable prizes by signing up for our Kindle Nation Daily Digest newsletter!

We’d like for you to be one of about 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us in 2013, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post to have a great chance to win.

But first, a word from our Sponsor….

Alice in Deadland: The Complete Trilogy

by Mainak Dhar
<%title%>
4.6 stars – 23 Reviews

Kindle Price: Three complete books for just 99 cents!

Or currently FREE for Amazon Prime Members Via the Kindle Lending Library
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

 

Here’s the set-up:

Now also available- Hunting The Snark, the latest adventure in the Alice in Deadland series.

Alice in Deadland was released in November 2011 and quickly became an Amazon.com bestseller, selling more than 50,000 copies in its first three months. It was followed by its sequel, ‘Through The Looking Glass’ and ‘Off With Their Heads’, the prequel to Alice in Deadland. Now, get all three novels in the Alice in Deadland Trilogy in one single omnibus edition and immerse yourself in this bestselling adventure.

Alice in Deadland

Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it’s legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived- hordes of undead Biters.

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.

Through The Looking Glass: Alice in Deadland Book II

More than two years have passed since Alice followed a Biter with bunny ears down a hole, triggering events that forever changed her life and that of everyone in the Deadland. The Red Guards have been fought to a standstill; Alice has restored some measure of peace between humans and Biters; and under Alice, humans have laid the foundations of the first large, organized community since The Rising- a city called Wonderland.

That peace is shattered in a series of vicious Biter attacks and Alice finds herself shunned by the very people she helped liberate. Now she must re-enter the Deadland to unravel this new conspiracy that threatens Wonderland. Doing so will mean coming face to face with her most deadly adversary ever- the Red Queen.

Off With Their Heads: The Prequel to Alice in Deadland

A few months before Alice was born and fifteen years before the dramatic events depicted in Alice in Deadland, there was The Rising. A few days that destroyed human civilization as we know it, reducing much of the world to a radioactive wasteland teeming with hordes of undead Biters and controlled by a shadowy Central Committee.

Off With Their Heads brings to life the final harrowing days of The Rising through four shorts, each depicting events through the eyes of one pivotal character in the Alice in Deadland series. See how Dr. Protima became the Queen of the Biters; feel the pain of a young man’s sacrifice as he becomes the bunny-eared Biter whom Alice later follows down a hole; follow the rise of Chen from a conflicted young Chinese Army officer to a General in the Red Guards; and finally share in the dramatic escape of Alice’s parents from a city overrun by Biters.

 



(This is a sponsored post.)

 

Big News! We Have a Winner!

Enter by Midnight April 7, 2013

To Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD

In Our Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Michael Siemsen,

Bestselling author of A WARM PLACE TO CALL HOME

Big news! We have a winner!

And our new winner is the very first to qualify for our new “Double Your Winnings” provision by being a subscriber in good standing with both Kindle Nation and BookGorilla!

We just sent out this notification email to Timothy Landskroener of St. Louis, MO:

Hi Timothy,

Are you sitting down?

Well, congratulations, Timothy Landskroener! We had over 5,200 entries in our KND Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes for the week that ended April 7 … and you have been selected to be the winner of our weekly  Grand Prize, a brand new Kindle Fire HD tablet!

But that’s not all! Because you qualify as a subscriber both to Kindle Nation and BookGorilla as of yesterday, you can double your winnings. That’s right! Since you were selected as our grand prize winner, and you are also an active BookGorilla subscriber, we’ll let you choose between the following prizes, each of which is worth $399!

  1. a brand new Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless ($399); or
  2. a brand new Fire HD 7″ ($199) plus a $200 Amazon Gift Card

So we’ll wait to hear back with you as to whether you would prefer Option 1 or Option 2. Please let us know within 24 hours, and we’ll send you your choice via Amazon,

To let us know, please contact Kindle Nation at XXX@XXX.COM, and confirm your phone number and shipping address (what we have is listed at the end of this message). To be eligible for this prize you must respond from your winning email address –  XXX@XXX.COM  – within 24 hours, but sooner would be better so we can get you in Amazon’s queue for a brand new Kindle Fire HD.

Congratulations on being selected as our winner and thanks so much for entering our Sweepstakes!

Once we get your confirmation and get the order in, you should see your new Kindle within two or three business days, and we will send shipping info when we receive it from Amazon.

Cheers,
Steve

LAST WEEK’S SWEEPSTAKES HAS CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN ENTER THE LATEST KINDLE FIRE HD GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES AT

http://bit.ly/KND-FIREHD-SWEEPS-4-14-2013

You’ve come to the right place to enter Kindle Nation Daily’s Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes!

Just scroll down to enter… and make sure you improve your chances to win Kindles and other valuable prizes by signing up for our Kindle Nation Daily Digest newsletter!

We’d like for you to be one of about 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us in 2013, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post to have a great chance to win.

But first, a word from our Sponsor….

A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon’s story)

by Michael Siemsen
<%title%>
5.0 stars – 10 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Here’s the set-up:

Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980’s, he hasn’t a clue where he came from or why, but feels an irresistible desire to occupy a human body. Once inside, he finds the previous occupants’ consciousness and memories forever erased, an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to truly halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. In various bodies, he travels the world for decades–aimless–sampling cultures and experiencing life from the points of view of males, females, young, old, rich, poor.

Now, Frederick has an urge to return to his roots in America, explore the mystery of his origin, find someone to love, and settle down for a while. In his hometown, his mission bears fruit much faster than he expected, as person after person presents themselves, and following his impulses, he is lead directly to love, tragedy, answers, and the humanity he never knew he wanted.

More About the Author

Michael Siemsen

Michael Siemsen grew up in Venice, California, the second son of a Vietnam veteran turned policeman. Initially focusing on performing arts, Michael attended the prestigious Alexander Hamilton Academy in Los Angeles.After serving in the U.S. Army as a tracked vehicle operator, he returned to civilian life and began writing short stories and screenplays, and directing short films and music videos.Moving to Northern California in the late ’90’s, Michael met his future wife, Ana. The two now live near the San Joaquin River Delta, with their three equally-adventurous children and Brody, the ever-gaping Lab.Michael is currently at work on a new novel, unrelated to the Matt Turner series. It should be released sometime in 2013, depending upon Brody’s seemingly endless need to urinate or engage in exercise.http://www.facebook.com/mcsiemsen
http://www.michaelsiemsen.com
twitter: @michaelsiemsen


(This is a sponsored post.)

 

Enter by Midnight March 31, 2013

To Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD

In Our Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Addison Moore,

Bestselling author of SOMEONE TO LOVE

Big news! We have a winner!

We just sent out this notification email to Carole Stoddard of Athol, MA:

Hi Carole,

Are you sitting down?

Well, congratulations, Carole Stoddard! We had over 5,300 entries in our KND Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes for the week that ended March 31 … and you have been selected to be the winner of our weekly  Grand Prize, a brand new Kindle Fire HD tablet, valued at $199!

To redeem the grand prize please contact Kindle Nation at XXX@XXX.COM, and confirm your phone number and shipping address (what we have is listed at the end of this message).

To be eligible for this prize you must respond from your winning email address – XXX@XXX.COM  – within 24 hours, but sooner would be better so we can get you in Amazon’s queue for a brand new Kindle Fire HD.

Congratulations on being selected as our winner and thanks so much for entering our Sweepstakes! And just in case you want to share the excitement with the author who made this week’s sweepstakes possible, I am copying novelist Addison Moore — author of Someone to Love — on this email. Carole and Addison, please say hello!

Once we get your confirmation and get the order in, you should see your new Kindle within two or three business days, and we will send shipping info when we receive it from Amazon.

Cheers,
Steve

LAST WEEK’S SWEEPSTAKES HAS CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN ENTER THE LATEST KINDLE FIRE HD GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES AT

http://bit.ly/KND-FIREHD-SWEEPS-4-7-2013

You’ve come to the right place to enter Kindle Nation Daily’s Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes!

Just scroll down to enter… and make sure you improve your chances to win Kindles and other valuable prizes by signing up for our Kindle Nation Daily Digest newsletter!

We’d like for you to be one of about 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us in 2013, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post to have a great chance to win.

But first, a word from our Sponsor….

Someone to Love

by Addison Moore
<%title%>

 4.1 stars – 845 Reviews

Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Here’s the set-up:

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

Someone to Love is…easy, frothy fun. — COSMOPOLITAN Magazine

New Adult – Contemporary Romance *Intended for mature audiences 17+* Sexual situations

Someone to Love is a light, sexy read that is far more naughty than it ever is nice.

What happens when two people who don’t believe in love, happen to fall madly into the most beautiful relationship they could ever imagine? A train wreck.

When twenty-year-old Kendall Jordan transfers clear across country to Garrison University, the last thing she’s looking for is a one-night stand. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what, gorgeous, Cruise Elton offers.

Kendall has long since come to realize that love is an illusion that never lasts, and Cruise couldn’t agree more—but something deep inside her wants him all for herself. So, Kendall devises a seat of the pants plan to “play the player” and proposes that Cruise tutor her in becoming a female version of himself, Garrison University’s own playboy.

Real feelings begin to emerge, and neither Kendall nor Cruise know how to classify them. Everything they once thought they knew is redefined as they discover, in one another, Someone to Love.

*Such a cute book and sexy in a hilarious way. Now how a book manages to be both cute and sexy is beyond me, but Someone to Love is, which says a lot about its greatness.

…read Someone to Love, but be warned it’s hot and sexy.
– My Crazy Book Obsession

Kendall and Cruise really loved each other. Their chemistry jumped off the page, and I thought it was written really well. Their love story really was… beautiful.
– Nothing Better than a Book

Other books by Addison Moore:

**The Celestra Series has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox**

Young Adult:
ETHEREAL (Celestra Series Book 1)
TREMBLE (Celestra Series Book 2)
BURN (Celestra Series Book 3)
WICKED (Celestra Series Book 4)
VEX (Celestra Series Book 5)
EXPEL (Celestra Series Book 6)
TOXIC Part One (Celestra Series Book 7)
TOXIC Part Two (Celestra Series Book 7.5)
EPHEMERAL (The Countenance 1)
ETHEREAL KNIGHTS (Celestra Knights)

More About the Author

 

Addison Moore

 

Addison Moore is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. Addison’s Celestra Series has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox.


(This is a sponsored post.)

 

Enter by Midnight March 24, 2013

To Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD

In Our Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko,

author of THE HANGMAN’S REPLACEMENT

You’ve come to the right place to enter Kindle Nation Daily’s Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes!

Just scroll down to enter… and make sure you improve your chances to win Kindles and other valuable prizes by signing up for our Kindle Nation Daily Digest newsletter!

We’d like for you to be one of about 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us in 2013, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post to have a great chance to win.

But first, a word from our Sponsor….

 

The Hangman’s Replacement:

Sprout of Disruption

by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
4.1 stars – 8 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Here’s the set-up:

See why Kirkus Reviews calls this book “a thought-provoking, singularly strange and absorbing novel.”

  • “A desperate villager’s quest to become Zimbabwe’s newest executioner kicks off this intriguing debuthorror novel involving man-eating plants, organ harvesting and other uncanny oddities.
  • “A disconcerting parable exploded to epic proportions. The author renders its many characters, from the mad genius responsible for the impending botanic apocalypse, to the prostitute/undercover operative who falls in love with Abel, to the seemingly simple Abel himself, with frightening subtlety and detail. One member of the elite, called Doll Eyes, is described as follows: ‘Planted into the lower part of his skull was a jaw of menacing proportions. If someone ever tied to mug him at gunpoint, all he had to do was clench it. This alone would demoralize the robber.’ The boughs of this arboreal shocker threaten to creak under the weight of its ever-mounting plot, but they never quite crack. Instead, readers are left wondering just how deep the roots go.”

If you had to interview the candidates for a country’s new hangman, what questions would you ask them? If your family was on the verge of starvation, and becoming a hangman was the only job available, would you apply? If you were hired, what would you do if the prisoners looked like your loved ones? But what if you knew that a good man was pursuing the job out of desperation, would you do anything to prevent him from getting it? And if that man’s recruitment would somehow guarantee your own survival, would you encourage his candidacy? All these questions were asked of people who never thought they would find themselves in such a position, until they became mired in the chaos surrounding the hangman’s replacement.

Zimbabwe’s last hangman retired in 2004. As the nation drifted towards abolition, no determined effort was made to find a replacement. However, the discovery of carnivorous flame lilies at the Great Zimbabwe national monument triggered a spirited search for a new executioner. Those who know why this discovery energized the recruitment effort refused to talk.

The frantic attempts to find a new hangman were impeded by the lack of suitable candidates. Well-placed sources confirmed that the fear of ngozi was a deterrent. According to this traditional belief, the spirit of a murdered person torments the killer and his family for generations. This is only half the story. Several promising applicants did come forward. None met the minimum requirements for the job. The selection criteria were designed to exclude the mentally ill, the vindictive, and the sadistic. However, they did not rule out the desperate.

This is the story of the aspiring hangman who was obsessed with securing the job; the sympathizers who fought to protect him from his prize; and the anxious men who believed that emptying death row would end their horror before the meat-eating plants constricted around their necks.

More About the Author

 

› Visit Amazon’s Taona Dumisani Chiveneko Page

 

Taona Dumisani Chiveneko is the author of ‘The Hangman’s Replacement’ series. The Zimbabwean citizen was born either between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers, or along the road which runs from Mutare to Hwange. Mr. Chiveneko has refused to confirm which option is true. He is also equally circumspect about his age, which he has pegged at: ‘More than ten, but less than a hundred-years-old.’Mr. Chiveneko is widely regarded as the most anti-social African author. He is rumoured to have based the Luxon Hurudza character on himself. Even as a child, Mr. Chiveneko was not personable. The boy ignored anyone who tried to start a conversation with him. This behaviour won him the nickname, ‘Hombarume’, the Shona word for ‘hunter’. According to the village elder who gave him the name, the young Taona was destined to spend his entire life hunting for a sense of social etiquette. The elder’s prediction turned out to be wrong. The boy never embarked on the quest at all. As a recluse, he spent his life hunting for something else: solitude.Mr. Chiveneko is rumoured to live in a remote location with a hypertensive pangolin, three shrews, and a termite colony (enclosed in a large glass tank). He is also the half-proud owner of two cats. Apparently, he only loves one of them, but is compelled to keep them both. The creatures are inseparable companions.

In fact, when Mr. Chiveneko sold the cat he did not like, the remaining one went on a three day hunger strike. Eventually, Mr. Chiveneko was forced to buy back the tubby feline for thrice the price he had sold it. As a miser, this incident was highly traumatic for him. This unusual sacrifice for another living creature reflects a tender side of this enigmatic writer. Nevertheless, that part of the man is very small indeed.

During the only interview he has ever granted, Mr. Chiveneko confessed that his childhood dream was to become a taxidermist. However, this ambition was shattered when he realized that taxidermy had nothing to do with replacing the bodywork of taxi cabs. In grief, he bought a diary and vented his sorrow on its pages with a feather quill. The experience was refreshing. Through tragedy, he found his calling. The rest is history. To this day, he still writes with feather quills that he picks up along a popular flight path of migrating geese.

There are only two pictures of Mr. Chiveneko in existence. Neither image portrays his features clearly. In the first, he wears a thick scarf to hide a recurring case of mumps. He is also wearing an ill-fitting hat that he bought at a second-hand store thirty-two years ago.

The second image is a drawing of the author’s alter-ego. The picture depicts the mournful face of an unnamed man with thick dreadlocks. When asked whether this face was a self-portrait, Mr. Chiveneko said it was not. The face came to him during a dream in his youth. For reasons he cannot explain, he felt a strong and instinctive bond with it. ‘I felt like it was an alternative expression of me.

Mr. Chiveneko only communicates with the wider world through his long suffering lawyer and staff. Any demonstration of courtesy expressed in his novels, (including the acknowledgements), are the work of his tireless representatives. Any questions about the author and his novels should be sent to: author@chiveneko.com for processing by Chiveneko Publishing staff, which also manages his social media profiles. No hate mail please. It only emboldens the author. However, words of consolation and support for his poor employees are welcome.

 

 



(This is a sponsored post.)