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This Week’s Kindle Nation Sponsor, Novelist Deb Hosey White, Moves To Second Round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

In another case of sweet serendipity, it turns out that a new novel by this week’s sponsor for Kindle Nation’s free weekly email newsletter — Deb Hosey White, author of Pink Slips and Parting Gifts — has just been selected to advance to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. We asked Ms. White to submit a piece explaining how it all works, and she came through very nicely for us:

If you haven’t yet discovered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (ABNA), now’s your chance. Writers from around the world enter this contest, but what makes ABNA unique is the quality of the contenders and the camaraderie among contestants.
In the same spirit of shared experience offered by Amazon and Kindle Nation, the ABNA reflects a writing community interested in helping their peers. As the entry deadline approaches, the buzz on the ABNA message boards is all about writing a good pitch, editing excerpts, and guiding contest newcomers on the rules of the competition. Since the contest was conceived four years ago, the ABNA community boards have become a forum for sharing literary experiences and resources, peppered with humor, personal interest, and some clever writing. Amazon, CreateSpace, Penguin Group USA and Publishers Weekly collectively sponsor the ABNA.

With 10,000 entries, it’s great news that my novel Tales of the Sofa has made the cut and advanced to ABNA’s second round.

What happens next?
Between now and March 22, Amazon Vine Reviewers play an important role by reviewing the top general fiction and young adult novel excerpts to determine the contest’s quarter-finalists.
Then the real fun begins for Amazon readers.
Once the quarter-finalists are announced at www.amazon.com/abna Amazon customers can download, rate and review ABNA contest excerpts, providing feedback to Penguin editors about submissions. Finalists are announced in June.

If you decide to take a look, you’ll find more great reads from an amazingly diverse group of writers – there’s definitely something for everyone.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Pink Slips and Parting Gifts, which you might say has been mutually selected by Steve Windwalker and myself to serve as the sponsor of this week’s issue of Kindle Nation’s weekly blast!

Kindle Nation’s Free Weekly Digest, January 27, 2011: Kindle Tips, Kindle Lending, Kindle Freebies, and the Kindle Revolution

The Kindle Revolution and the Bottom Line: Amazon to Announce 2010 Corporate Earnings After Stock Market Close Today, January 27, 2011
Kindle’s New Lending Program May Not Be for Everyone, But It’s Definitely for Some: Lending & Borrowing Grow By Leaps and Bounds Through New “Kindle Lending Club”
From the Kindle Nation Mail Bag: Kindle User Tip – The Kindle Clock: Setting and Finding The Time on Your Kindle
INCOMING! IDENTIFY! IDENTIFY! Yes, It’s the Kindle Revolution
Kindle Nation Free Book Alert: Over 200 Free Contemporary Books!
Kindle Nation Weekly Sponsor:
A Novel by Deborah Wallis
another 5-star read @ just $2.99!

Deborah, I just finished listening to the excerpt on my Kindle and I’ve gotta say you’ve hit the sweet spot. Even though the genre is not usually my cup of tea I could tell right away that you’ve got terrific command of the tools of your trade as a novelist. I’m setting it up … as a Free Kindle Nation Short, and I will be in touch. Cheers, Steve
That’s the email message I sent immediately after I first read the work of this week’s sponsor, debut thriller novelist Deborah Wallis, and I meant every word. We’ve had three previous Free Kindle Nation Shorts authors who have turned up later signing AmazonEncore contracts, and after reading Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: Murder at Cherry Point it would not surprise me a bit if Deborah Wallis turns out to be the third.
Here’s the set-up:
For the first time in more than a year, Abby Weaver’s family is together when her husband, Major Danny Weaver, returns home safely from Iraq. But only a few months later, a twist of fate puts him in the cockpit of a Harrier spinning out of control during the Cherry Point Air Show. Abby and her six-year-old son, Chris, watch in horror as their lives explode in a fiery crash on the tarmac in front of them.
Was it an accident or murder? Determined to find out what happened, Abby is drawn into the same sordid squadron secrets that Danny had stumbled onto before his death, secrets someone may have wanted concealed badly enough to kill for. As she hunts the person she believes murdered her husband, Abby becomes the hunted in this heart-pounding page-turner.

And here’s another author’s take:
It has become a cliche to say that you couldn t put a book down, but I literally stayed up all night turning the pages of Deborah Wallis’s new thriller. Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: Murder at Cherry Point gives the reader a rare glimpse behind the Marine Corps chain link fences. This rip-snorting read offers real insights into the day-to-day events, the politics, the competition, and, yes, the intrigues of the military life. And it will keep you biting your nails the whole time.
–Edward Barnes Ellis, author of In This Small Place

Click here to download SWEET DREAMS AND FLYING MACHINES (or a free sample) to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android-compatible, PC or Mac and start reading within 60 seconds!

Each week’s newsletter is sponsored by just one book. We hope you will consider our sponsors’ titles.

Here’s Your Live Link to an Archived Copy of the Latest Edition (April 27) of Kindle Nation’s Free Weekly Email Newsletter & Digest of Kindle Nation Daily Posts

Greetings from Kindle Nation!

I’m hoping that this finds you, like it finds me, in finest fettle.

I try for a balance each week between tips, news, free book alerts, and analysis of what’s going on in the Kindlesphere. I never totally nail that balance, but this issue feels to me like a good mix, and I hope that you agree!

Here’s a link to this week’s issue: http://bit.ly/WeeklyKindleNation-4-27-2010

Contents include:

Amazon Touts Free Mother’s Day Shipping for Kindle in a Release That Invites Comparison with the iPad
Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alert: “Wounded Healer” and “Scent,” and Dozens More!
RIP Alan Sillitoe – A Favorite of Mine, And a Litmus Test for the Backlist Reach of eBooks
From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: Legacies (eBook, Literary, and Political), eBook Architecture, and Free Book Alerts
Amazon Allows Kindle Owners to Set a Charge Limit for Transmission of Personal Documents
A Tip for Kindle Owners with Access to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch: Thousands of Free, High-Qality Audiobooks
Amazon Poised for Earnings Report, and Why It Matters to Kindle Customers
Summing Up the Last Week, and the Last 2 1/2 Years, for Amazon: Phases I, II, and III of the Kindlle Revolution Are Over, and Amazon Has Won All Three
About That Kindle Revolution: A Few Nuggets from Amazon’s April 22 Conference Call on Quarterly Earnings
Around the Global Kindlesphere: Paulo Coelho Kindle eBooks Available in Spanish & French Worldwide
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Here’s Your Live Link to an Archived Copy of the Latest Edition (April 20) of Kindle Nation’s Free Weekly Email Newsletter & Digest of Kindle Nation Daily Posts

Greetings from Kindle Nation!

Even with the remnants of some post-operative medication, I’m pretty sure that it’s time for a fresh issue of our free weekly Kindle Nation newsletter. So, it’s nice to see you again, and here we go.

Thanks to all of you who have been in touch to wish me well or offer assistance. I’m pleased to report that the recovery is going splendidly and I’m actually contemplating a walk to Arlington Center sometime after I cross my final “t” and dot my final “i” on this week’s issue.

Speaking of which, it’s probably in those details of typographical correctness that I may fall short of your expectations this week, and I appreciate your indulgence and any available relaxation of standards should you spot such errors. As of a couple of days ago I was a little concerned about the quantity and quality of Kindle Nation content this week, but then I remembered that in a few of the first issues of this newsletter I actually made promises to limit its weekly length to no more than 1,000 words! All I better say on that subject now is that I have run this week’s entire issue through my Google Docs “word count” calculator and, well, let’s just not go there….


To read, the entire issue in our Kindle Nation Archives, just click here.

Available Now in Kindle Store with Buzzworthy Publishing Details: “Blockade Billy,” Stephen King’s Macabre New Novella With a Baseball Backdrop
Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alert: “Living Organized,” Leslie Parrott’s “The First Drop of Rain,” “The Divine Commodity,” and Dozens More
U.S. Kindle Store Surpasses Half a Million Book Titles
Bestselling Author M.C. Beaton Offers eBook Exclusives of Two Previously Out-of-Print Historical Romance Series, “Six Sisters” and “The Traveling Matchmaker.” in the Kindle Store
Welcome to the Kindle Team, Scott Ambrose Reilly, and Here’s a Job for Week 1: How to Make Kindle Periodicals Much More Inviting for Subscribers and Publishers
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Here’s Your Live Link to an Archived Copy of the Latest Edition of Kindle Nation’s Free Weekly Email Newsletter & Digest of Kindle Nation Daily Posts

Kindle Nation The Free Weekly Email Newsletter & Digest of Kindle Nation Daily Posts – April 13, 2010

  • A Few Days into the Apple-Agency Pricing Model: Kindle Store Price Breakdown Shows Growth Between $10-$12.99 But Fewer Titles at $13 and Up
  • Subscribe now for iPad posts like this!
  • Lois Edgerly’s Give Her This Day Daybook, the iPad, Google Books, and a Match Made in Reading Heaven
  • Parsing Steve Jobs’ Numbers: 450,000 iPads Sold, 600,000 iBooks Downloads, But What’s Really Going On?
  • Forrester Research eBook Expert James McQuivey On iPublishers, iPrices, and iPads in Len Edgerly’s The Kindle Chronicles Interview
  • Amazon Continues to Expand Its Role as Print and eBook Publisher With Announcement of Amazon Encore Summer 2010 List
  • Amazon Makes Official Statement Regarding Sales Taxes on Some Kindle Books
  • iPad Officially the #1 Selling Tablet Now at Amazon, Despite Premium Third-Party Prices
  • Test Drive a Kindle Free for a Month
  • From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: Changing Kindles and Keeping Your Kindle Content
  • Security 101 for Your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone: Set a Passcode, Or Else! – and…. 
  • The latest Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alert
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How Hip Can We Get Here at Kindle Nation? Totally Hip!

By Stephen Windwalker, Editor of Kindle Nation Daily 
It’s not just any other week here in Kindle Nation, but we’ll start off just as if it were by preparing, and on Tuesday sending out, a fresh issue of the free weekly Kindle Nation newsletter that’s gone out every week but one since Kindle Nation was launched on February 2, 2009.

I’m proud of that consistency and determined to continue it come hell or high water or, in this week’s case, the total hip replacement for which I will be entering Mount Auburn Hospital at mid-day tomorrow Wednesday. It’s my right hip, and it’s probably the pretty natural consequence of years that I spent as what folks very politely call a “Clydesdale marathon runner.” There are no more marathons in my future, but with the new hip I expect to be able to do a lot more swimming, walking, and keeping up with my 11-year-old son and his little dog than might otherwise be possible.

I expect to miss a couple of days with the surgery, but my colleague Tom Dulaney will be stepping up to the plate to take a few swings for me. I hope you will enjoy his information and insights in daily posts this week, and I expect to be back at my keyboard well in advance of the following issue of Kindle Nation’s weekly email newsletter next Tuesday (April 20), while I also keep up the new responsiblities associated with iPad Nation Daily.

Oh! That’s right, I almost forgot to mention it, but there’s a new blog here, for folks who also do a fair amount of ebook reading on the iPad, the iPhone, or the iPod Touch. If you would like to check it out, there’s a free 14-day trial for the Kindle edition of iPad Nation Daily if you click here.

So there. Thanks for indulging me, but enough about me. Let’s talk about you and your Kindle!

  • iPad Grand Slam for Apple; Bases Full of Kindle Books! 
  • The Kindle 3 is Out! It’s Called the iPad, and It’s No Nightmare for Jeff Bezos   
  • 4/1 Price Breakdown on 480,238 Kindle Store eBook Titles: The Agency Model is Here, And Not Much Has Changed … Yet  
  • Kindles in China: An Amazing Story  
  • New York Times “Ethicist” Column Condones eBook Bundling Through “Piracy”  
  • Amazon Releases Kindle for iPad App Ahead of Schedule! 
April 6, 2010 – Volume II, Number 15 

The latest issue of our free weekly Kindle Nation email digest is now live on the web! March 23, 2010 – Volume II, Number 13

Click Here to Read the Entire Issue Online
Coming Soon, and Inspiring Some Questions: Kindle for iPad and Other Tablets
From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: Creating a Picture Album on Your Kindle
From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: Printing a Recipe from Kindle for Mac
On David Baldacci’s “Writer’s Cut” and eBooks: When Is the Book Itself “the Whole Shebang?”
Free Book Alert: New Free Listings and Pre-Orders
A Heads Up on Some Great Kindle Blogs
From the Shameless Plug Department: Using Kindle for Mac or PC to Get the Most Out of Windwalker’s Kindle Guide
From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: Understanding the Kindle Store Bestseller Lists
Amazon Touts “Great Books for Cooks and Epicures” on the Kindle
From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: Zooming in on Graphics with Kindle for Mac
Free Book Alert: How to Access Millions of Free Books in Seconds from Anywhere in the World
From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: How to Make Sure You Are Receiving Your Kindle Nation Daily Subscription
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