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For Men Only…. (NOT!) But … Husbands, Sons, and Baby Daddies, Don’t Forget Mother’s Day for the Kindle -Loving Mom in Your Family!

For Men Only…. (NOT!) But … Husbands, Sons, and Baby Daddies, Don’t Forget Mother’s Day for the Kindle -Loving Mom in Your Family!

Have you heard? Sunday is Mother’s Day, and it’s a great time to give her a Kindle, a Kindle Fire, or some incredibly stylish Kindle accessories — if you place an overnight order, like, five minutes ago.

But if you’ve already done that, or it’s too late to do that, or you otherwise want to add some nice little extras to the flowers, the chocolates, and the very classy Sunday brunch that you have planned, here are a few inexpensive Kindle books that we’ve carefully chosen because we believe they will bring a smile to her face and many satisfying hours of reading to her Kindle. This is not a sponsored post — just a chance to share a few thoughts about books that have been very popular with our readers. Titles here, details to follow:

by Patricia Sands
4.2 stars – 35 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Here’s the set-up:

How far would you go to help a close friend? Is there a place where you might draw the line and simply have to say no?Eight women. Four decades of friendship. One unimaginable request.Where can you find a story about friendship, laughter and the good things in life that also touches on alcoholism, infidelity, porn addiction, illness and grief? For many women, it’s often within their own circle of friends. Whether your BFFs are in their twenties or are seniors, everyone has a story.The Bridge Club reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships through an entertaining and often moving tale of eight women whose lives intersect once a month initially to play the game of bridge. What began as one night turns into four decades that span the segments of a woman’s journey from youthful optimism to embracing the challenges and opportunities presented in life’s later years.Based loosely on the author’s own bridge club, the story weaves the reader through a maze of life’s inevitable scenarios.

This is a novel for anyone who values friendship. Not simply the “Hi, how are you?” type of friendship but rather the kind that weathers all sorts of storms, unselfishly celebrates triumphs, and hums along year after year with never an unkind word. It does exist.

If you have such a friendship in your life you will relate to the women in The Bridge Club. If you don’t, perhaps the story will inspire you to search for it.

Throughout the story each of the characters faces challenges and change in her life. The Bridge Club emphasizes how honest and loyal friendship helped to enable these changes and how these women empowered and learned from each other in the process.

Through laughter, tears, and everything in between the story meets life head on and affirms that building a strong foundation of friendship is a priceless asset. :


by Fiona Robyn
4.8 stars – 18 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Here’s the set-up:
Meet Joe. 14 years old, obsessed with birds & the weather, and perplexed by humans. Spend the Summer in Amsterdam with his chaotic artist aunt Nel. Come back fifteen years later, witness a tragedy, and discover a secret which will change everything…


by Kaira Rouda
4.4 stars – 14 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Here’s the set-up:

From the bestselling author of HERE, HOME, HOPE, comes a novel of suspense and choices, with a nod to the best of Susan Isaacs’s tales of suburban murder.Once again, everything isn’t what it seems in the wonderful suburb of Grandville. ALL THE DIFFERENCE is the story of three women whose lives become entangled by the choices they make and how, ultimately, one of them turns to murder to achieve her goals.Roommates Laura and Angie couldn’t be more different. Laura is a local celebrity, the television anchor who is motivated to move out of small-time media markets and on to the big time, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, Angie, a luckless waitress, spends her time waiting for Mr. Right to save her from temporary jobs and a life spent making bad choices.On the other side of town, Ellen abandons her life as a successful fundraiser for that of an isolated housewife in the country estate she shares with her husband, whose affairs become increasingly hard to ignore. When the city’s gossip columnist, Maddie, and restaurant reviewer, Dixon, become involved in the mystery, the unlikely duo stir up more than they intended. But will anyone be able to stop the next murder?With her signature compassion and wit, Kaira Rouda once again takes readers on an entertaining journey into the heart of women’s lives in suburbia – this time with adultery and murder in the mix.

Mother’s Day Spotlight: It’s Always Mother’s Day in Kindle Nation, But … We Wouldn’t Want to Let it Go By Without Shining a Light on 10 Great Reads for 99 Cents Each!

Oh dear. Here we are three days before Mother’s Day, and Kindle Nation’s spotlight all day has been on books by guys.* (This doesn’t mean that they are **for** guys only, of course; in fact Steve Anderson’s The Losing Role has scored some rave reviews from women. But still….)

This will not stand.

Fortunately, we’ve got some great women novelists to bail us out here at Kindle Nation. Here are 10 terrific reads by women, for everyone (including, most definitely, women.)

So if you have a Mom or know a Mom and you’ve still got some shopping to do, click on all ten of these titles and over on the right of the Kindle page you will see a “Give as Gift” link like this:

All you need is Mom’s email address, and for less than $10 you will be able to send her a whole summer’s worth of great reading!

Or, if you are a Mom … well … let’s just say that I’m guessing you already know what to do without any help from me!

And — oh, yeah — Happy Mother’s Day, and Happy Reading!


by Ruth Harris
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: 99 cents
Reviews & Ratings: Highly recommended, especially for those who miss the juicy, soapy, multi-generational novels of the 1980s.
Spanning three tumultuous decades from the post-war Forties to the rebellious “Make Love, Not War” generation of the Sixties, Decades is the emotional story of a marriage, a family and a world in crisis. If you like quality fiction in which moving things happen to believable people, you will love Decades.

Out of Time: A Paranormal Romance
By Monique Martin

Genre: Time Travel/Paranormal Romance
Price: $.99
Reviews and Ratings: 4.4 Stars from 88 Reviewers
Time travel romance (1929 New York City) with a paranormal twist.

Bootscootin’ Blahniks

by D.D. Scott
Romantic Comedy
Price: $.99
Reviews and Ratings: 5 stars from 8 reviewers
Romantic Comedy with a chick-lit, gone-country twist. Think Sex and The City meets Urban Cowboy.

Dead to Writes

By Cathy Wiley

Genre: Mystery
Price: .99
Reviews and Ratings: 4.5 stars from 20 reviewers
Sometimes writing mysteries can be murder…

The Sex Club

by L.J. Sellers
$.99 (Kindle)
4 stars, 64 reviews
A dead girl, a ticking bomb, a Bible study that’s not what it appears to be, and a detective who won’t give up.

Class Collision: Fall From Grace
by Annette Mackey
Historical FIction
Reviews and Ratings: 13 reviews averaging 4.85 stars. (eleven 5 star, two 4 star)
A story that explores the heart of human emotion. You’ll hate the boy, but fall in love with the man.


by Kathryn Shay
Contemporary Romance
4 stars from 7 reviews
Follow the firefighters of Hidden Cove, a remarkable team of heroes like you’ve never seen before.

We Interrupt This Date

by L.C. Evans
Genre: Chick lit/women’s fiction
Price: 99 cents
Reviews and Ratings: 4.1 stars from 42 reviews.
When a divorcee tries to remake her life and start a new romance, her needy family decides she’s crisis central.

Take the Monkeys and Run

by Karen Cantwell
Genre: Humorous Mystery
Price: 99 cents
Reviews and Ratings: 4.2 stars from 84 reviewers
A soccer mom and movie lover sticks her nose into some monkey business and finds herself in the middle of her own cinematic action adventure – only these bullets are real.

The View from Here

by Rachel Howzell
Suspense; Contemporary Fiction
Price: $.99
Reviews and Ratings: 4.8 Stars from 12 Reviewers
Nicole Baxter’s life changes with an afternoon phone call from the harbor. During a scuba dive, her husband disappears. Neither his diving instructor nor the Coast Guard can find him. Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believethe impossible? Rachel Howzell’s The View from HereNow just 99 cents on Kindle!

Amazon Touts Free Mother’s Day Shipping for Kindle in a Release That Invites Comparison with the (iPad)

Amazon’s pulling out all the stops to maintain brisk Kindle sales in the second quarter. In addition to the usual prominent presence all over Amazon’s main website, the company has collaborated with Target to make the Kindle available in over 100 South Florida Target outlets with more to come, it’s spending significant dollars on TV ads like the one I saw during Letterman last night, and today we received a news release offering free two-day shipping on the $259 Kindle and the $489 Kindle DX until Mother’s Day.

I’m not sure how newsworthy the Mother’s Day offer is, given that we’ve seen similar offers around earlier holidays, but I did check and was a little surprised to find that there wasn’t a similar pre-Mother’s Day news release in either 2008 or 2009.

I was also interested to see some significant differences in the way Amazon chose to describe the Kindle in today’s release, as compared with the description in an otherwise fairly similar holiday news release just four months ago. In the release last December 22, the Kindle was marketed with this paragraph:

“It’s easy to get busy during the holidays, so we’ve decided to make it easy even for procrastinators to order Kindle, the #1 most wished for gift on Amazon, and get it delivered for free and in time for Christmas,” said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “With Kindle, you can give the gift of choosing over 390,000 books and more than 100 top newspapers and magazines from around the world and begin reading in less than 60 seconds.”

In today’s release, it appears we are being prompted to compare the Kindle specifically with a certain relatively new electronic device that goes, and here will go, unnamed: 

“Every year it seems like a challenge to find that perfect gift for Mom,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “We wanted to make it easier for customers to give Mom the gift they know she’ll love. Kindle is the #1 most gifted product on Amazon and available for free two-day shipping. Kindle weighs just 10.2 ounces, has a crisp electronic ink display that makes it easy to read whether she’s indoors or in bright sunlight, and comes with free 3G wireless access to a massive selection of over 500,000 books.”  [Emphasis added]

I’m also struck by the significance of the fact that today’s release continues to tout the Kindle’s #1 status in the hearts, minds, and pocketbooks of Amazon’s base of 114 million active customers by referring to the Kindle in the present tense as “Amazon’s most gifted, most wished for, and #1 bestselling product”. As a publicly traded company that must comply with clear mandates regarding the veracity of any material statements made by its representatives, Amazon is in no position to fudge the truth on such matters. It is hugely significant that even after the launch of that unnamed new electronic device, Amazon is still — this quarter, this month, this week, and presumably today — selling more units of the Kindle than of, for instance, the latest bestseller by Charlaine  Harris, Michael Lewis, or Stieg Larsson.

Here’s the guts of today’s release:

Give Mom the Gift of Reading This Mother’s Day with Free Two-Day Shipping on Kindle

Kindle, Amazon’s #1 Gift, comes with access to over 500,000 books and free 3G wireless access

SEATTLE, Apr 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced a Free Two-Day Shipping offer for Kindle, Amazon’s most gifted, most wished for, and #1 bestselling product, just in time for Mother’s Day. Customers who want to share their love of reading with Mom on this special day can order Kindle or Kindle DX anytime before May 6 and receive two-day shipping within the continental United States for delivery on or before May 8, compliments of Amazon. Kindle is available today for $259 and free shipping at www.amazon.com/kindle.

“Every year it seems like a challenge to find that perfect gift for Mom,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “We wanted to make it easier for customers to give Mom the gift they know she’ll love. Kindle is the #1 most gifted product on Amazon and available for free two-day shipping. Kindle weighs just 10.2 ounces, has a crisp electronic ink display that makes it easy to read whether she’s indoors or in bright sunlight, and comes with free 3G wireless access to a massive selection of over 500,000 books.”

The Kindle Store is the perfect place to find some of Mom’s favorites, such as “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, both available for $9.99. The Kindle Store includes over 500,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York Times Bestsellersand New Releases from $9.99. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle, including classics such as “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Treasure Island.”
Thousands of Kindle customers have sent us feedback emails about Kindle, and in the spirit of Mother’s Day here are some examples from moms who love their Kindle:

  • “I spent months agonizing over whether or not to get the Kindle.As a mother of three, spending [money] on oneself is a rarity. Finally, I got one.I am not a “techno” person and was afraid it would be complicated, a hassle or problem prone.I have had mine since December and I love it!The free Whispernet, the amazing selection and the screen clarity are just wonderful.Thank you for this invention!” -Judith
  • “I just got the Kindle for my birthday and so far I LOVE it.I find it super easy to use, and I am very impressed.I asked for the Kindle because I thought maybe if I could find something easy to fit in my purse, I could read whenever I had a few minutes.With 3 kids under the age of 9, I have to spend my time very wisely.This has proved to be VERY convenient and takes up way less space in my purse (This way I have more room for diapers and wipes!).” -Lisa
  • “I LOVE IT!!When I first heard about the kindle I thought I wouldn’t ever want one because I love books and enjoy collecting them…My grown kids gave it to me for Christmas and I heard my daughter say to a friend the other day, ‘Every time I call Mom now on the phone she says she has to get off the phone because she’s reading her Kindle’!” -Darlene