Kindle Freebies – June 5, 2012

A Quick Reminder

Most of the books I list are free for a very limited time. For example, the cookbook and the travel guides from yesterday’s post are no longer free. I always check before I publish to make certain that the books I list are free. However, there have been a couple of times when, within an hour of my post, a book was no longer free. Always check the Amazon price before clicking the Buy Now button.

Today I Loaded My Kindle With…

Fantasy in the subgenres of Arthurian legend, zombie apocalypse, steampunk and magic. I also picked up a suspense novel, “The Three Motives for Murder,” that I would love to read again. In the interest of full disclosure, I am mentioned in the acknowledgements. I used to belong to a writers’ group with the author, Michelle Perry, and she is awesome!

Speaking of writing, I am a fan of the bestselling John Rain suspense series, so I was very interested when the author, Barry Eisler, decided to publish independently. He and indie author Joe Konrath have published a dialogue on independent publishing, which is currently free. I also added a book on Twitter for authors.

I ate a very yummy Danish pastry this morning, which is probably why I rather guiltily grabbed a recipe book on healthy breakfasts.

For travel, I picked up an insider’s guide to Manhattan and a very cool looking reprint of Fodor’s first guidebook, originally published in 1936. This could be a great resource for travelers, historians and writers.

Fiction

The Three Motives for Murder by Michelle Perry
The small town of Coalmont, Tennessee is shattered when a car crash on graduation night leaves three of its teenagers dead and another three fighting for their lives. Four years later, the aftershocks still ripple through the town, and no one feels them more than Natasha Hawthorne, the young driver. When someone targets the survivors of the horrific crash for murder, the obvious motive is revenge. But things aren’t always what they seem, and the notion of revenge served cold doesn’t ring true with Brady Simms, newly appointed police chief. To make things even more difficult, Brady ultimately finds himself standing squarely between the killer and his next victim, the woman who broke his heart four years ago. As the killer escalates his attacks, Brady’s only hope of saving the intended victims is to get into the mind of a sociopath. When the relative of the first victim makes a startling revelation, Brady reopens the investigation and what he finds will change all of their lives forever.

Hollowland (The Hollows, #1) by Amanda Hocking
Hollowland – the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows. “This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.” Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

The 19 Dragons by SM Reine
There are nineteen provinces in the Land held aloft by nineteen pillars. Above the earth there is sky, and nobody knows what goes below except the Nineteen Dragons. That is all you need to know, but that is not all there is to be known. The Device has been stolen and the godlike Dragons have been rendered mortal. Someone is murdering them one by one, and each death brings the world closer to its end. Unless the the Device is somehow restored to its deceased owner, the Dragons are doomed to destruction– and the human world will go with them.

Lancelot And The Wolf by Sarah Luddington
Lancelot, the greatest Knight of Camelot is almost flogged to death, exiled, and stripped of the King’s grace. He travels from England to Europe to begin a lonely, desperate life when he meets someone who will alter his perspective forever. Suddenly, he is trapped into a fate which forces his return to England. He must fight to regain his honour and his King’s life. From a world beyond ours but bound to us throughout time, the Fey hunt Arthur. They want him dead and only Lancelot can save him. Together they travel from Camelot, to Avalon and into Albion on a quest to save Arthur’s soul. They must also retrieve Merlin and redeem a love which both men find hard to bear.

The Girl Born of Smoke by Jessica Billings
When Aurora is thrust into a world torn apart by war, she realizes she is the magically gifted child everyone is searching for. Haunted by the guilt of her sister’s accidental death and terrified of being found out, she swears never to use her powers. But all that changes when her best friend is mistaken as the wizard and kidnapped. In her struggle to rescue him, she finds evidence the opposing armies may be connected, controlled by a single individual with his own agenda. With loved ones on both sides of the war, she is forced to decide who she can trust as she tries to stop the fighting. But, can she even trust her own sanity?

Nonfiction

Be the Monkey – Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath
Sure, the advent of digital books is the most significant development in publishing since Gutenberg. But what does digital mean really, for agents, publishers, and most of all, for authors? What will the industry look like tomorrow, and what should authors be doing to properly position themselves today? Examining the history and mechanics of the publishing industry as it exists today, the way the digital revolution reflects recent events in Egypt and the Maghreb, and a completely inappropriate YouTube video featuring a randy monkey and an unlucky frog, bestselling authors (and friends) J.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler show in this 35,000 word online discussion that digital isn’t just the future, it’s right now.

Giving The Bird: The Indie Author’s Guide to Twitter by Benjamin Wallace
Twitter is a powerful marketing tool for the indie author. Within its ranks are millions of readers looking for new authors and new books. But, simply broadcasting your link isn’t going to get you the attention you need. This concise guide doesn’t focus on the nuts and bolts of Twitter. It will not tell you how to gain a kabillion followers. It will tell you what “they” don’t – what to tweet to build your brand as an author. This guide is about how to sell yourself as a person and a brand, one tweet at a time, to an engaged group of followers.

Recipe Books

52 Delicious & Healthy SUPERFOOD Breakfasts Under 300 Calories by Monique Ortega
Breakfast is a very important meal that should never be skipped. A healthy and satisfying breakfast will give you the energy and positivity that you need to get through the day. In this book you will find a variety of breakfast recipes that are not just healthy and nutritious, but they are also:

  • Exciting
  • Colourful
  • Satisfying
  • Simple
  • Quick
  • No-bake
  • Packed with superfoods…. and….
  • Absolutely delicious!

And all of them just under 300 calories!

Travel

Gerry Frank’s Where To Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York
Gerry Frank’s Where to Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York is the most comprehensive self-published guide to Manhattan. Since it’s first edition in 1980 to the 17th print edition today, over 1 million people have used this guide as their “New York City Bible,” including Mayor Bloomberg and Donald Trump! Now in it’s first ebook edition, people are taking to the streets of Manhattan with their eReaders in hand to find absolutely everything NYC has to offer in the way of restaurants, food and services, hotels, museums and attractions, and of course, shopping!

1936–ON THE CONTINENT by Fodor’s Travel
Three years before the start of WWII, Eugene Fodor published his first guidebook, 1936–-On the Continent–The Entertaining Travel Annual. Fodor’s goal was to create a fun-to-read, annually updated guidebook about Europe that emphasized the people and culture of a country–a radical change from the traditional guidebook approach. Seventy-five years later, On the Continent gives readers a nostalgic glimpse and sentimental grand tour of pre-WWII Europe.

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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 my 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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