Kindle Freebies – June 13, 2012

Today I Loaded My Kindle With…

A city guide to one of my favorite places, Hong Kong. I’ve been there three times and I can’t wait to go again. It is a shopper’s paradise and a foodie’s delight, but there is so much more to do than eat and shop. The Special Administration Zone is a study in contrasts and you can go from extreme urban congestion to pristine beaches and unspoiled park lands in about hour. Amid the rampant commercialism of huge malls and outdoor shopping stalls you can find peaceful retreats in quiet temples and well-kept parks.

Here I am with my friend, Brian, at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, standing in front of the Tian Tan Buddha, one of the world’s tallest outdoor Buddhas.

Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island

I could blather on and on about HK. I love it so. Get the guide and get going! You can thank me later. 😉

Other travel freebies include a couple more Top Sights city guides and an adventurous travelogue by a TV correspondent.

I’m planning to be home for the July 4 holiday, so it seemed like a good idea to grab a cookbook full of patriotic recipes. Looks mostly like good old American summer comfort food, but nothing wrong with that.

I also picked up a writer’s adventure guide, because every book really is a journey, and a few adventurous novels, including one with a squirrel protagonist.

Fiction

Beasts of New York by Jon Evans
Beasts of New York is about a squirrel named Patch who, out of desperation and need, adventures beyond his home in Central Kingdom to try and save it. While it seems that fate is conspiring against him, taking him further from his home than any squirrel has traveled, his journey is a necessary step to saving all of Central Kingdom from the evil trying to consume it…. This book reads like a fantasy novel, even though it is set in New York City. The horrors that Patch encounters at times seemed so unreal to me, despite knowing where they were. Seeing them from another pair of eyes gave some things a new air of terror and others one of wonder. (Kate, GoodReads)

Sleep Tight by Anne Frasier
He’s looking for the perfect woman. Someone who won’t disappoint him, like so many have before. Someone who’ll love him. Someone who won’t have to die for her mistakes. Give up, little darling. FBI agent Mary Cantrell has been called to Minneapolis to hunt down a killer. It’s shaking her to the core, and reviving dreadful memories. Years ago, her best friend was murdered. Now the man convicted of the crime, Gavin Hitchcock, is free — and Mary’s own sister Gillian, a local cop, has befriended him. No one can hear you scream but me. As each clue leads them closer to Hitchcock, Mary and Gillian set themselves up as the perfect target — and the perfect trap. Unless Mary’s own past is blinding her to an unimaginable truth….and plunging her into a waking nightmare.

The Phoenix Guardian by Steven Thorn
On the planet Mithris, humanity is caught in a terrible war… and the gods don’t care. Serena is an eighteen year-old girl who doesn’t care about the gods. She just wants to be left alone. Unfortunately for Serena, a strange girl named Natalie Bliss falls out of the sky with an urgent mission: Serena must help her stop the war and save the world. Natalie claims to have been sent by the Pantheon (the deities who run the universe) to confront the negligent gods of Mithris. The gods need to intervene before mankind destroys itself—and Serena has a vital role in Natalie’s plan.

Nonfiction

The Writer’s Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book by Beth Barany
Do you have a book inside you that can’t find its way out? Are you having trouble even getting started on your book writing journey? The Writer’s Adventure Guide helps you step off into the unknown of a writing project and see it through to its destination — from the first exciting flash of an idea to that dark moment when you think you’ll never write a decent paragraph again. This 164-page guide gives you tips and tools for keeping an eye on your inner landscape so you can achieve your goal of writing a book.

Recipe Books

Love Of Cooking: 4th of July by Maggie Brooks
Just in time for Independence Day menu planning, Maggie Brooks’ Love of Cooking recipes will make it a gathering to remember. This book is Kindle navigable and well laid out into four major categories: 1) SNACKS & DRINKS, 2) SALADS & SIDES, 3) MAIN DISHES and 4) DESSERTS. Including Mag’s most favorite recipe from each category, there are also new yummy sounding recipes to try including RED, WHITE & BLEU CHIP DIP, BLACK & WHITE BEAN SALAD, NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S COLE SLAW, ZESTY GRILLED CHICKEN, and 4th OF JULY FLAGS for dessert. This is definitely a set of celebration worthy recipes, and I can’t wait to start preholiday sampling! (Amazon reviewer S. K. Norman)

Travel

Travel Unscripted by Mark Murphy
Nationally recognized travel expert and television correspondent Mark Murphy chronicles the dicey, humorous, sometimes bizarre and always entertaining experiences he encounters in far-flung locales when he’s not on camera. This highly entertaining multimedia travelogue, complete with exclusive, unpublished video outtakes, focuses Murphy’s witty and perceptive lens on the culture of traveling, revealing unforgettable characters and global humanity in all its quirkiness — from a predatory Cougar Grandma in Germany to a wiseguy shakedown on a picturesque Greek island, serious partying in Ho Chi Minh City, sampling shocking edibles in Cambodia and much more.

Top Sights Travel Guides

Descriptions provided by Amazon

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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