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Limited time only: You depend on KND to give you a heads up on great deals for Kindle readers, so here you go: Amazon has done it again with “Beach Bag Reads for Summer,” one of the best ever with 50 must-read books by bestselling authors, starting at only $1.99!

Here are a just a few to whet your appetite, but be sure to click here on Amazon’s BEACH BAG READS FOR SUMMER page to see all of these intriguing summer reads for your Kindle by bestselling authors! 


Simone de Beauvoir


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Stephen Coonts

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When the Legends Die

Hal Borland

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James Gleick

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Slots: Praying to the God of Chance

David V. Forrest

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Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print 
Lawrence Block

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Buon Appetito: A Taste of Italy from…

Christopher Hirsheimer, Melissa Hamilton

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James Herriot

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Joyce Maynard
And that’s just for starters!
Click or tap here to see all titles included on Amazon’s BEACH BAG READS FOR SUMMER page – and please remember, these prices are discounted for a limited time only.

(This is a sponsored post.)

Kindle Nation Daily Free and Bargain Book Alert, Monday, April 4: 200+ Free Contemporary Titles + Celebrate GLOBAL MONOPOLY DAY early with FIVE MAGICAL MARKDOWNS ON KINDLE! plus … One of the best 99-cent reads ever: L.C. Evans’ We Interrupt This Date (Today’s Sponsor)

You knew that GLOBAL MONOPOLY DAY was coming on Thursday, but what did you do to prepare? Absolutely nothing? Not to worry! Kindle Nation, Amazon and Electronic Arts have your back with today’s magical markdowns. Where can you find them? Just keep reading … they are on your way to the  this morning’s latest additions to our 240+ Free Book Alert listings….

But first, a word from … Today’s Sponsor

It’s bad enough having a life crisis – in Susan Caraway’s case, a divorce – but just when she’s getting herself back together, a bucket of other peoples’ crises are dropped into her lap, along with two Chihuahuas with attitude, courtesy of her Mama. Will Susan be able to able to rekindle the heat with Jack in the midst of this mayhem? Get the answer for just 99 cents…

“Move over, Janet Evanovich, L.C.Evans might have a combination that is fresh as well funny! She shows herself as a major player in the romantic comedy market!”
–Ellen In Atlanta, Top 1000 Reviewer

We Interrupt This Date
by L.C. Evans
4.4 out of 5 stars   30 Reviews
Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
Don’t have a Kindle? Get yours here.

Twenty 5-Star Reviews!

Here’s the set-up:

Since her divorce a year ago, Susan Caraway has gone through the motions of life. Now she is finally coming out of her shell. Just when she decides on a makeover and a new career, her family members decide she’s crisis central. First there’s her sister DeLorean who has come back from California with a baby, a designer dog, and no prospects for child support or a job. As soon as DeLorean settles in at Susan’s home, Susan’s son Christian returns from college trailing what Susan’s mama refers to as “an androgynous little tart.” Then there’s Mama herself, a southern lady who wrote the book on bossy. A secret from Mama’s past threatens to unravel her own peace. But not before Mama hurts her ankle and has to move into Susan’s home with her babies—two Chihuahuas with attitude. Susan would like to start her new job as a ghost tour operator. She would like to renew her relationship with Jack Maxwell, a man from her past. But Jack isn’t going to stand in line behind her needy family.

What the Reviewers Say
“If you like Southern Fiction, this is the book for you. “We Interrupt This Date” is Southern Fiction at its best. I am Southern born and bred and could relate to every word of this book. L.C. Evans has a wonderful writing style that I really enjoyed. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was when I reached the end. I wanted more! I hope L.C. Evans has a sequel in the works because I just can’t get enough of Susan Caraway, the leading character in the book.”
Kristie Leigh Maquire, author Second Chances

“It was very well edited and the plot moved along. The introduction of the ghost tours and giving us background on that was genius of the author, it brought another element into the story without burying us in the details. Sweetly written with heart. Recommended for those looking for a light read or those like southern fiction.”
–Candy Beauchamp, Top 500 Reviewer

“Evans has cooked up another tasty literary stew. As an author she is akin to a five-star French chef who can adroitly blend breathing characters we can easily relate to with unusually colorful locales and well-crafted storylines into the most pleasant of reading experiences. The smooth flow of her novels comes from her innate ability to seamlessly mix all of her ingredients into a visual feast for he reader.”
–John Strumsky

About the Author

L.C. Evans currently lives in North Carolina with her husband Bob, their three or four Chihuahuas, and grandson, the Boy. Taking on the care and feeding of the Boy has made her a born again soccer mom, who suffers from occasional bewilderment over what kids like these days. When not wrangling the Chihuahuas and the Boy, she writes novels. Ms. Evans loves to hear from fans. Visit her at: http://www.lcevans.com

Click here to download We Interrupt This Date (or a free sample) to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Android-compatible, PC or Mac and start reading within 60 seconds!

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Five Magical Markdowns in the Kindle Store

Each of these popular Kindle titles has just been marked down by nearly 70% to the rock-bottom price of 99 cents on Kindle!


Electronic Arts Inc.
$0.99 – Was $4.99
Ruth Harris
$0.99 – Was $2.99
Dead And Gone
Harry Shannon
$0.99 – Was $2.99
Luminous and Ominous 
Noah K. Mullette-Gillman
$0.99 – Was $2.99
Ryan's Return 
Barbara Freethy
$0.99 – Was $2.99

Free Contemporary Titles in the Kindle Store 


Just use the slider at right of your screen below to scroll through a complete, updated list of free contemporary Kindle titles, and click on an icon like this one (at right) to read a free sample right here in your browser! Titles are sorted in reverse chronological order so you can easily see new freebies.

Three Special Bargain Deals from Two Great Writers

You could call this Great Deals from Men Behaving Badly, or Three Great Deals from a Couple of the Greatest Writers of the Past Half-Century,but we’ll just call it a bargain trifecta that must be passed on and thank Abhi over at Kindle Review from sharing….

But first, a word from … Today’s Sponsor
From the award-winning novelist Judith Arnold, a story of fear, love and made-up identities. Pamela Hayes, a Seattle architect, is on the run from a hit man. Jonas Brenner, a Key West bar owner, needs a convincing wife to help him in a custody battle. Will this be a marriage of inconvenience?

“Judith Arnold is a perennial favorite whose keen wit and way with mystery always hits the mark.”—RT Book Reviews

by Judith Arnold
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Don’t have a Kindle? Get yours here.

Here’s the set-up:
After witnessing a professional hit, Seattle architect Pamela Hayes has testified in court against the hit man. Unfortunately, a mistrial is declared and the hit man is released on bail while awaiting a new trial. He intends to silence the sole witness to murder—Pam—before that new trial begins. She needs to hide, and she runs as far as she can: to steamy Key West., Florida. 

What RT Book Reviews Says

Jonas Brenner, a Key West bar owner and easy-going slacker, is about to lose custody of his orphaned five-year-old niece—unless he can convince the courts that he’s a responsible father. What he needs is a prim and proper wife who will create the illusion that Lizard, as his niece likes to be called, is being raised in a stable environment.

What Pam needs is a new identity. Joe offers her a deal: if she marries him and takes his name, no Pacific Northwest hit man is going to find her. In return, she can pose as Joe’s respectable wife, dutifully caring for the rambunctious, feather-wearing Lizard.

Of course, this will be a marriage in name only. No sex. No emotions. No love. Which, once Pam and Joe move in together and the sparks begin to fly, is easier said than done.

CRY UNCLE was originally published by Harlequin Books.


“When a classy architect joins in a marriage of convenience with a slightly scruffy bartender to hide from a hit man out to kill her, frustration runs high, making both want to CRY UNCLE and get on with the loving. Judith Arnold is a perennial favorite whose keen wit and way with mystery always hits the mark.”

About the Author
Judith Arnold knew she wanted to be a writer by the time she was four. She loved making up stories (not exactly the same thing as lying) and enjoying the adventures of her fictional characters. With more than eight-five published novels to her name, she has been able to live her dream. Four of Judith’s novels have received awards from RT Book Reviews Magazine (for Best Harlequin American Romance, Best Harlequin Superromance, Best Series Romance Novel and Best Contemporary Romance Novel) and she’s a three-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her novel Love In Bloom‘s was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. A New York native, Judith lives in New England.


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Three Great Bargains in the Kindle Store  

The Humbling 
by Philip Roth
October 24, 2009
Exit Ghost 
by Philip Roth
October 1, 2007
A Drinking Life: A Memoir  
December 5, 2008


Did you ever want a blowtorch for a finger? Meet Sybil Nelson’s Priscilla the Great, an ordinary 7th grader with amazing powers – 10 straight 5-star reviews for just $2.99 makes it our Kindle eBook of the Day!

Here’s the set-up for Sybil Nelson’s Priscilla The Great:

Did you ever want a blowtorch for a finger?

Meet Priscilla Sumner, an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn’t hard enough, not only does Priscilla have to fight pimples and bullies, but she has to deal with genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill her and her family.

Armed with wit, strength, and a genius best friend, Priscilla must defeat the Selliwood Institute, a mysterious organization with a mission of turning children into killing machines.

About the Author:

Sybil Nelson lives in Charleston, SC. She is a former math teacher and has a master’s degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston and bachelor’s degrees from Washington and Lee University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in biostatistics and continues to write in her spare time. To date, Sybil has completed ten Young Adult novels.

The Reviewers Said:

My 12 year-old daughter read this book and LOVED it, so I’m writing this review per her instructions: Priscilla the Great was very suspenseful and a real page turner. Fun AND funny too! I really, really, REALLY want a sequel! Highly, HIGHLY recommended for kids my age.

Priscilla the Great is a wonderfully funny book! I have had the pleaure of reading this book and, as a grade school teacher, I have plans to get a copy for my classroom as well. Priss in no simpering heroine, waiting to be rescued by a cute boy. She’s spunky and has a great sense of humor. Priss really is a positive role model for girls

If you don’t have a young adult to buy a book for, read this yourself. I’m glad I did and am pleased that I have a place to review it and recommend it to everyone.
Priscilla the Great is an immediately engaging novel, clever, quirky, and comical. The author, Sybil Nelson, has created a character who is incredibly endearing while still feeling “real”. Well, as real a a girl who can start fires with her hands could possibly be! She is exactly what you want in a heroine, especially one who is destined to develop superpower powers and live up to the novel’s title.

Check out Priscilla’s blog here!

Click here to download Priscilla The Great (or a free sample) to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Android-compatible, PC or Mac and start reading within 60 seconds!

And here, in the comfort of your own browser, is your free sample:

PRICE CUT ALERT! A Snake in Paradise Drops from $2.99 to Just 99 Cents!

We would be remiss if we didn’t send out an alert to let you know that A Snake in Paradise, today’s sponsor, has just been dropped in price from $2.99 to 99 cents!


A Snake in Paradise 
by Brenda Sedore
4.3 out of 5 stars   9 Reviews
Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
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Kindle Nation Daily Free and Bargain Book Alert for Friday, May 14: Thousands of Nearly Free Science Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Romance, and Horror Titles

Not much new to report in the “free books” category this morning, so let’s take a look at some offerings in the price range from $.01 to $0.99, with the caveat that there are no implicit recommendations here!

Check out our new listing of the first 30 months of month-by-month Kindle Store bestsellers here: Kindle Store Bestsellers, Month-by-Month for the First 30 Months

Here are our updated free promotional listings in the Kindle Store as of May 14:

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help
Proper Pursuit, A
Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy inMarriage
Tender Graces
The Minister
Swashbuckling Fantasy: 10 Thrilling Tales of Magical Adventure
Forbidden: The Sacrifice (Book 1)
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #4: Savior
Breach of Trust
Snow Melts in Spring
Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Job SearchWhen Times Are Tough
The First Drop of Rain
Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from theDigital Youth Project
The Joy of Pregnancy: The Complete, Candid, and ReassuringCompanion for Parents-to-Be
The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age
Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: MediaEducation for the 21st Century
Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis fromthe Good Play Project
New Digital Media and Learning as an Emerging Area and"Worked Examples" as One Way Forwar...
Economic Report of the President
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011
The Civic Potential of Video Games
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #1: Precipice
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #3: Paragon
The Wild
The Hunters
The Reincarnationist Series
The Devil
A Very Special Delivery
Baby Bonanza
Kiss Me Deadly
Homespun Bride
Speed Dating
When Night Falls
Publish on Amazon Kindle with the Digital Text Platform
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #2: Skyborn
Hide in Plain Sight
Slow Hands
Irresistible Forces
Dancing in the Moonlight
Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch
His Lady Mistress
My Soul to Lose
The Bride
Once a Cowboy
More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea
Stopping Time, Part 1
Stopping Time, Part 2

Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert for Thursday, May 6, 2010: Two "Amelia Peabody" Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters at $1.99 Each

Fun coincidence here. My Kindle friend Richard A. visited earlier this week to lend me his Kindle DX so I could check out the features of the new version 2.5 Kindle software upgrade on the DX hardware, and in the course of talking about everything under the sun we were talking for a moment about something that we both enjoy, which is quality audiobooks. Rick strongly recommended that I give a listen to Barbara Rosenblat’s readings of some of Elizabeth Peters’ series of Amelia Peabody novels, which he said, perhaps not in so many words, are the very apotheosis of excellence in the spoken word.

And I will.

But meanwhile, so soon after our conversation, I couldn’t help but notice that there are two Elizabeth Peters ebooks from that self-same Amelia Peabody series racing up the Kindle Store sales ranking ladder today after being priced at $1.99 each, apparently not by Amazon but by imprints of their agency model publisher, Hachette. No idea how long these prices will last, but given that they have been priced at $1.99 in both the Kindle and iBooks stores, one must assume that the pricing is no accident. Here they are:

So, if you don’t have these books on your Kindle yet, and you’ve ever wanted to give Elizabeth Peters a read, now’s the time. And while I am sure that the Kindle text-to-speech (TTS) feature is no match for Barbara Rosenblat, let me hasten to note that both books are TTS-enabled on the Kindle!

One more reason why you might want to try these at $1.99, if you are an advocate of affordable ebook pricing:  

When an agency model publisher fixes a low price for a backlist title like these, the publishing is putting itself in a position to learn a great deal about pricing, sales, and profitability in the ebook world. Based on my own experiences and those of other authors, I believe that the ideal Kindle Store price for many backlist titles is in the $2.99 to $4.99 range, and that most such titles, if they are quality books with a little bit of marketing effort behind them are likely to sell roughly twice as many copies if they are reduced from $9.99 to $4.99 or roughly three times as many if they are reduced from $9.99 to $2.99. If Hachette and other publishers find out that such formulas apply to their backlist titles, it could be a powerful incentive for them to lower prices wherever possible.