Kindle Freebies – May 16, 2012

Today I Loaded My Kindle With…

I’m not much of a drinker. Maybe a beer or a glass of wine once a week or so. That being said, how can I resist a dessert book with beer as the main ingredient? I’ve made savory dishes using beer, but never sweet ones, so I’m looking forward to checking out these recipes. Also, I’m going to a steampunk convention next week, so I had to grab a copy of SteamDrunks.

Other downloads include a Chinese soup recipe book, two YA fantasy novels, and three historical novellas, one of them featuring zombies. Since summer is almost upon us, I also grabbed a few travel guides.

Recipe Books

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks by Chris-Rachael Oseland
SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks gently escorts you through the treacherous waters of 19th century mixology. You’ll find authentic Victorian punch recipes that could be confused for farmer’s cheese, tea recipes which will knock you out rather than wake you up, and downright chewable eggy cream curdles. Along the way, you’ll also find some shockingly tasty 19th century recipes made from all natural ingredients you already have at home. Whether you’re looking for a delicate cocktail to impress a fine corset clad lady or industrial quantities of affordable Victorian punch to serve the entire crew of your airship, you’ll find the perfect Steampunk themed drink inside the pages of SteamDrunks.

47 Beer Dessert Recipes by Diane Dixon
Diane Dixon has done it again with a collection of non-conventional dessert recipes. She has put together a collection of some of the most delicious desserts and to top it all off…they all are made with beer! Desserts are great but who wants to eat the same old desserts time and time again. The desserts featured in this book are fun, easy to make and most of all they are delicious!

Chinese Soup Made Easy by Ming Liu
The ONLY Chinese soup cookbook on amazon kindle store. From #1 best-selling Chinese cookbook author – Ming Liu. Enjoy easy & delicious Chinese soup right at your finger tips. All the ingredients are easy to find, the dishes are easy to make.

Fiction

The Poppet and the Lune by Madeline Claire Franklin
The witch who made the patchwork girl died before she could give her creation a name. Stitched together from the remains of the villagers’ dead children—whose memories still live in her flesh—and held together by a ring made of moonbeams, the patchwork girl is a spell as yet unfinished. She can never be what her parents wanted her to be: a replacement for the children they’ve lost. So when the poppet grows up, and grows tired of being a disappointment, she decides to embark upon a journey through the Everwood Forest in search of her real name. In the forest she meets Faolin, a newly made wereman (a man trapped as a wolf except during the full moon) running from the beasts who killed his father, and stole his throne as Wolf King. He joins the patchwork girl on her journey, and she promises to help him become human again and return to his fiancée. Together, they face the dangers of the forest as their paths wind together: Faolin running from his destiny, the patchwork girl in search of her own, and both of them bound by moonlight.

Rex Rising (Elei’s Chronicles) by Chrystalla Thoma
In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren’t inclined to sit down and talk, although that’s not the end of Elei’s troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won’t be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret – a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known – or die trying.

The Merchant’s Wife by D.B. Collins
Livia Cotta’s family was murdered in the dead of night and she was the only survivor. She was taken in by a family friend, rescued from the clutches of those who would do her harm, but she is a shell of her former self. Skin and bones and with no will to go on, stuck in “the dark river,” as she calls it, she is on her last leg when a friend of the General’s arrives. This man on the chestnut mare will rouse her from the depths of despair and bring her back to the land of the living.

The Saffron Thread: A Novella of the Crusades by D.B. Collins
Muna is a young slave girl who is befriended by a Turkish doctor, Osman, who becomes her protector. Osman is a pious man, but a slave too, and cannot take Muna as his wife. When they are rescued by a young mecenary, Rayhan, and his band of warriors, Muna is captivated by the young man, and Osman is suspicious and jealous. The young Saladin, on his way to Damascus after its ruler has passed away, intent on conquering the city without shedding any blood, takes on Osman as a physician and Rayhan and his men as warriors. The beautiful Muna comes along, but must soon make a difficult choice: who will win her heart? The pious, timid doctor or the young, firebrand warrior.

The Followers – A Short Tale of the Civil War Undead by William Van Winkle
In July 1863, Confederate General James Longstreet may hold the key to turning General Lee’s potentially catastrophic strategy at Gettysburg into war-deciding victory. One man’s horrible tragedy can place ranks of the undead at Longstreet’s disposal and turn the fate of the Confederate cause…if he dares. This dark novella will hold you mesmerized until the wrenching end.

Nonfiction

Recession-busting Britain: Best Free Experiences by Lonely Planet
The ultimate guide to the best free things to do throughout England, Scotland and Wales includes author-recommended reviews and practical information on a wide-range of free options from museums to markets, galleries to guided walks, cathedrals to conversation centres and much more – all the essentials you need to help you explore Britain without spending a penny. This guide has been created by Lonely Planet’s dedicated authors and local experts who immersed themselves in England, Scotland and Wales, finding the best free experiences and sharing practical and honest advice.

Our Quirky Guide to Seattle
We’re not travel experts. Rather, we’re a group of friends and coworkers, a bit ambitious and a bit peculiar, who enjoy our time with each other and enjoy partaking in what Seattle has to offer. We work hard, and it leaves us little time to play. We try to maximize our limited leisure time by pursuing our passions, going to places we love, and having fun. This is not a complete book of Seattle activities. Instead, it is a collection of our favorite activities. You will find a full range of arts, dining, outdoor, and travel suggestions. Perhaps one of our favorites will become one of yours. The forty-two of us were able to come together, collaborate, and create a book. This was possible only through the flexibility of self-publishing. We feel fortunate to live in Seattle. It is a place that is always raining, just finished raining, or is about to rain. It makes us appreciate our time outdoors and the beautiful scenery even more. We hope our words will help you explore, taste, smell, feel, and hear all things Seattle.

The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway by Scott Meyer
Combining personal experience, local insight and online resources, veteran tour guide and techie Scott David Meyer uncovers the lesser-known treasures of Norway. The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway is more than a guide, it is a challenge to rethink the possibilities of travel, technology and social connections.

Finally, I’m not a parent, but those who are might like to know that Maddy’s Guide to Life: The Monster Edition (The First 20 Stories) by Kristina Andersen is currently free. Grab it while you can.

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I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in the sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

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