Category: Young Adult
Catalyst – The Deception Game #1 – A fast-paced thrilling adventure, full of danger, romance, and deception for teens and adults – Just 99 cents 0 comments

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.
With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.
In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.
This sci-fi thriller is for teens and is selling for only 99 cents today.
Click here to purchase Catalyst

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Eragon – The Inheritance Cycle #1 – Fantasy for young adults and adults – $1.99 0 comments

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.
This popular fantasy is for young adults and adults and is selling for $1.99 today.
Click here to purchase Eragon

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Housekeeping: Happy New Reading Year; Apple Credit and Cheap Reads 0 comments
Happy New Reading Year
New year, new goals!
Do you have a reading goal for 2017? What about a reading challenge?
The sample below was pulled from the web. All of us have favorite genre and need a prod to expand our selections. If you input “reading challenge” in an internet search engine, you will find several others – perhaps one that is better for you.
Whether you follow a plan or free style, we wish you a wonderful year of reading in the coming months. We will be sharing our favorite reads from 2016 in the coming weeks.

 

Apple Credit
While 2016 was coming to an end, the wonderful credit from Apple that I received June 21 came to an end, too. Even though the credit could be used for practically anything purchased from Amazon, I zealously guarded the funds and used them only for Kindle book purchases.
 
Cheap Reads
Publishers have slashed prices on award-wining books for children and pre-teens. Our jr. site has many of the books and I’ll be posting a more as the prices hold. I tried to put the award name in the post title to help you find them.
If you love a good story, shorter in length and loved by the young-at-heart, check out these six award winners selling for only $1.99 each today.

 

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Unblemished – Inspirational fantasy for teens and adults – Just 99 cents 0 comments

Eliyana can’t bear to look at her own reflection. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world exists where her blemish could become her strength?
Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her like he does: normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.
But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird. Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.
Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?
This inspirational fantasy is for teens and adults and is selling for only 99 cents today.
Click here to purchase Unblemished

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Housekeeping: E-Advertisements with a Poll, Amazon Housekeeping, and a bundle of children’s books 7 comments

E-Advertisements, I mean, publisher samples
Publishers have developed the equivalent of grocery store samples of crackers and cheese. More and more short stories or prequels are being offered for the Kindle either free or for 99 cents or $1.99. The publishers have become clever in their titling of these unconventional pieces – introductory prequel, short story, bonus scene, thoughts on BOOK TITLE, and special e-book edition.
These short works usually include a sample of the larger book hoping you will have to know the resolution of the conflict and buy the complete higher priced book.
I think of these as advertisements – some thinly veiled, others obvious. Reader reviews have been very critical on some of these items:

I knew this was short, but I expect at least a bit of story.

While billed as a “bonus story,” it just stopped in the middle of the 24 pages.

Please do not give us a portion of a book and then ask us to buy the ending under a different title. Makes us not want to look at any of the other books you offer!

 
Publishers are also offering free samples of a particular genre or an author’s books in a compilation usually titled something similar to Mystery Teen Sample or The Author Name Sampler. These snippets of bundles are easy to produce and cost the publisher very little.
When you download a sample from Amazon, it is always the first bit of a book. When the publisher produces the sample, the best of the book is presented, usually stopping at a critical point, hoping the reader is enticed to buy the larger book.
Last week Microsoft offered a free book which was basically a user’s manual for one of their software products. A great way to get the user’s manual in the hands of the users, but also a clever way to advertise their product and allow potential users to read about the features.
Even if the publisher offers them free, are they worth it? I’ve read a few of the prequels and teasers. They weren’t groundbreaking, satisfying, or even worth the investment of my time when so many great reads are unread on my Kindle.
How do you feel about these optional items offered by publishers? Do you like them? Are they valuable to you in making reading choices? Or are they just annoying? UPDATE – Added an option to poll based on a comment.


 
Amazon is doing a little housekeeping, too
According to this article Amazon will be removing some books from the Kindle Store. We have written before about the books that anyone can download and market as their own – private label rights. Removing these and other readily available free content from the Kindle Store is a good move and we appreciate Amazon’s action.
 
Cheap bundle of books for children
The bundle description says stories. I wondered if this was just a collection of short reads and downloaded the e-file to confirm. Much to my surprise, this file is more than 6,400 locations. The books individually sell for $5.99 or $6.99 each. Written for children ages 9 and up, this bundle for $2.99 is definitely a great buy. The content sounds a bit yucky. . . but the bundle is still a great purchase.
Bundle description: What happens when your mother feeds you more roughage in a week than a health farm dishes out in a year? How will Macca “iron gut” Mactavish’s mates make him throw up? How will Gumby Mason score a boogie from his football Coach? If you’re a fan of cockroaches, vomit, boogie, and turds – then So Stories is the e-book for you. Three of the funniest and most revolting stories ever – So Gross, So Ferel, and So Sick. All three only $2.99 today – a SuperCheap price!
Click here to purchase Three Stories from the So series

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Housekeeping – All things taxing and Cheap reads for young adults and young-at-heart adults 3 comments

Taxes in Texas
Those of you in Texas will have to start paying sales tax on Amazon purchases July 1. The state had been in a dispute with Amazon for over a year regarding sales taxes.
As part of the deal, Amazon will also create 2,500 new jobs in Texas over the next four years and the state will drop its efforts to collect back taxes. Amazon currently collects sales tax in Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota and Washington and is in a dispute over the issue with the state of Arizon.
Considering the condition of state budgets, the sales tax issue will continue to bubble up around the country.
 
Taxes, the Agency Model and Amazon
When the agency model was implemented, many of you began paying taxes on e-books you purchased from publishers who had a presence in your state, such as a printing plant, a distribution warehouse, or corporate offices. With the announcement of the Department of Justice settlement and the anticipated end of the agency model, the tax collection by Amazon will probably end. You may still be responsible for remitting taxes to your state for purchases made on the internet. Some states, such as California, exempt e-books from sales tax.
 
Back in November, Amazon officials appeared before Congress to support The Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that would provide a way for states to require online sellers to collect state and local sales tax in some cases. This article has much more information concerning the legislation.
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, issued their opinion of the legislation on April 12. You can read here why this group opposed the tax. Marketplacefairness.org supports the tax and states their reasons for the bill being enacted.
Govtrack.us, a federal bill tracking website, states that the bill has a 1% chance of being enacted. You can read the full bill here.
 
Cheap Reads for Young Adults and Young-at-heart Adults
Many young adult books are being offered at great prices now and we are posting the cheap reads daily on the jr. edition. Encourage the young adults in your life to read this summer by gifting a few of ebooks.
 
For a limited time, Hereafter, the first book in Tara Hudson’s haunting trilogy, is available as a special promo ebook, available to pre-order for only 99 cents. Delivery is May 22. The ebook includes an excerpt from the captivating sequel, Arise ($9.99 pre-order), along with an exclusive “love letter” from Tara to the city of New Orleans, where the trilogy takes place.
 
Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss. Pre-order for only 99 cents today.
Click here to purchase Hereafter with Bonus Material
 
These three books are selling for $1.99, $2.99 and $2.99 each:

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Housekeeping – Traveling, What’s in a name and Very cheap reads 3 comments

UPDATE: ONLY THE DIANA PALMER BOOKS ARE STILL PRICED CHEAP AT 6:20PM CENTRAL US TIME.
OR, this may be a case of you need to check again tomorrow morning. Prices fluctuate down overnight and then up in the late afternoon.

UPDATE: As of 4:25am Central US time on Friday, all of the books below are back at the cheap prices. It pays to shop in the mornings on Amazon.
On the road with Kindles
This last week was just a bit busier than normal as Tiger and I traveled to the Southeast United States to attend his class reunion. What did we see when we traveled? Kindles! At the airport, on the airplane, in the hotel lobby, at a restaurant, just about everywhere.
Three years ago when Kindles were just getting a good start the expression was that a Kindle had been spotted “in the wild.” Today they are the norm for the traveling public.
 
What’s in a name?
I browse through the books in the Kindle Store every day and have noticed something that just doesn’t sit right. Some independent publishers are being a bit misleading. In the cooking section of the Kindle Store, you can find books that are written by authors whose names are very, very similar to celebrity chefs from television networks. A reader who doesn’t notice the variation in spelling might buy the book, thinking they had gotten a great price on a book by this chef that would normally cost $9.99 or more.
Inspirational books are being authored by people with names so similar to well-known spiritual leaders you would have to look two or three times to realize the difference.
No doubt these publishers are making similar changes to book titles, hoping for sales from unsuspecting readers who don’t realize that they are being duped.
I’m not going to provide the names of the authors because I don’t want to give them any attention or business. That’s how strongly I feel about their behavior.
If my name honestly is Agatha Christy and I write mysteries, shouldn’t I be able to use my real name? (The famous writer is Agatha Christie.)
Do you see this practice as misleading or inappropriate? What about unethical? Should Amazon try to control this near-spelling or is it caveat emptor and the reader should be more careful? Tell us what you think about these near names and if you have been duped by one of these books or authors.
 
Some very cheap reads
Every book below is selling for less than $1.00 – as cheap as 57 cents and 95 cents on the high end.
Diana Palmer fans, the book below is a two-book bundle selling for only 63 cents. For those of you who can’t stand Diana Palmer, it’s still too much to pay, isn’t it?

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Housekeeping – A bad spell; Virgin River pre-order, Prices down then up then repeat; Hunger Games Trilogy – $15 5 comments

Spelling errors? I didn’t realise . . .
Pam sent a note asking

Why do so many ereader books have the word “realize” misspelled using s instead of z?

She had seen a book description on Daily Cheap Reads with the error.
Finding a spelling error on Daily Cheap Reads is easy. (I appreciate when you drop me a note about those typos.)
Pam’s note reminded me that the world is getting smaller. As the internet draws people with common interests together, language and spelling differences will become more widely known.
The book description Pam saw was by a British author. The original English speakers have alternate spellings to America’s accepted spelling.
Realise is British; realize is American.
Cosy is British, cozy is American.
Humour is British; humor is American. And on it goes
One author has this on her book’s webpage:

NOTE TO AMERICAN READERS: This book has British spelling and grammar as is written and spoken in Europe, Ireland included, which might look like spelling errors. The heroines are Irish and it would seem strange if they spoke American English.

Maybe I can use a similar excuse for typos on our site, calling them alternate spellings. It would seem strange if I didn’t have typos.
 
Next book in Virgin River – Sunrise Point – Available for pre-order
The next installment (19th book) in the Virgin River series is available for pre-order with delivery on April 24.
Sunrise Point ($6.39) Former marine Tom Cavanaugh has come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family’s apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind. Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can’t he keep his eyes off the striking single mother? Both Nora and Tom have their own ideas of what family means. But they’re about to prove each other completely wrong.…
You can see all the Virgin River books in reverse publication order here.
 
Prices in the evening in the United States
Prices have been a bit odd lately. Some books will have great prices in the morning, then jump to the regular price in the afternoon or evening, back to the cheap price the next morning, and the cycle repeats and repeats. This makes it very hard to post a book on our site with this kind of see-saw pricing activity. We appreciate your patience and hope that prices stabilize soon. We’ll keep posting those cheap books and ask that you check at different times if the great price is gone.
Tall, Dark, Texas Ranger is a Harlequin romance selling for 48 cents that has been bouncing around. An After-Hours Affair is a Harlequin Desire contemporary romance selling for 73 cents at the time of this post. Holiday in Stone Creek is a two-book set of holiday romances selling for 63 cents right now. Let’s see if these books will continue the pattern.
 
The trilogy of the year is now $5 per book
The Hunger Games Trilogy ($15.00) The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available in a beautiful e-book trilogy edition. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. I (Susan) loved the books but haven’t made it the movie yet.

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Housekeeping: Kindle News Round-Up; Cheap Reads from the Jr. Edition 0 comments

Kindle in the News Round-Up
Several news articles have been published recently about the Kindle and Amazon. I will touch on the highlights and link you to the articles if you want to read more.
 
File this under Don’t Make Us Come Over There: Two weeks ago we told you about an article announcing that Barnes & Noble, Borders, and independent book sellers were not going to carry Amazon-published print books in their stores. GigaOM published an article just a few days later about a rumor that Amazon is considering opening a boutique-style retail store in Seattle. If the store is successful and Amazon takes the concept nationwide, B&N, Borders and independents may wish they had a re-do on the idea of not carrying those Amazon-published books.
 
File this under Irony, Just Irony: CNET reports that Amazon is preparing to release a 9-inch Kindle Fire in 2012. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is testing a smaller screen option for the iPad.
 
File this under Survey Says: In a recent survey of Kindle Fire owners by Changewave, the results were predictable. Fire owners liked the price, the color screen, and the ease of use. The improvements that the Fire owners surveyed want are the same ones you want: volume button, camera, better battery life, and 3G/4G connectivity. Admit it: We want a Fire that is just like our smart phones only with a bigger screen and no contract. And keep the price at $199, too, please.
 
File this under Lights, Camera, Action: GigaOM is reporting that Amazon is preparing to release original video programming. Comedies and children’s programming will be produced first. Original and perhaps exclusive content will add to the appeal of buying an Amazon viewing device.
 
Cheap Reads on DCR Jr. Edition
Alana sent a note about a book she found in the Kindle Store that hadn’t been posted on our site. The young adult fantasy by Sherrilyn Kenyon had been posted on our Jr. Edition. We post great, cheap reads every day for children and teens. If you enjoy young adult fiction, subscribe to the e-mail for a daily list of the postings.
Here are just a few of the great cheap reads we recently featured:
Infinity: Chronicles of Nick ($2.99) by Sherrilyn Kenyon: At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
 
 
Jane ($2.99) by April Lindner: An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.
Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.
But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past.
 
The Borrowers ($1.59) by Mary Norton: Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock’s huge adventures have been thrilling children young and old for fifty years–and their appeal is as strong as ever in these handsome new paperback packages. While the original beloved interior illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush have been retained, Marla Frazee’s striking cover illustrations capture these little people with a larger-than-life appeal.
 
 
Laramie Conquers the Last Frontier (99 cents) by Deborah Dee Harper: The sixth and final installment in the series following Laramie Wyoming and his friends across the United States and Canada was just released. Wholesome, humorous, and action-paced, these books are written for grades 3 – 5 but will appeal to younger children if parents read to them. Adults also enjoy the fun reads. Click here to see the list of all six books in the series, each selling for 99 cents.

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Top 4 for 2011 for Young Adult Fiction by several readers 1 comment

Recently several site users have mentioned young adult fiction titles as books they have enjoyed. Here are four of their recommendations.
 
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner ($1.99) Jackie wrote: This is a GREAT series. I read The Thief about a year ago, and promptly got the next 2 (The Queen of Attolia ($5.99) and The King of Attolia ($6.99)) for my Kindle. I was so excited when I saw this great discount – my set is complete! This is one great buy everyone should take advantage of!
Book Description: The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
 

LuvMyKindle would gave a shout out for Glenn Bullion’s two stand alones, Demonspawn and Mind Slide. They are both YA paranormal’s with males as the lead characters; both are distinctive, fast-moving stories combining likeable characters, action, suspense, friendship, a bit of violence/horror, and (non-graphic) romance.
Demonspawn ($2.99) My name’s Alex. I used to think I was normal. I have a job, an apartment, good friends. I have a sister I adore, and the most beautiful woman in the world happens to be my best friend. I see ghosts. So what, right? It’s on television all the time. All kinds of people see ghosts. But seeing ghosts turns into seeing demons. Seeing demons turns into walking through walls. It only keeps getting better. It just so happens I’m half demon, the only one of my kind.
Mind Slide ($2.99) A random act of nature changed Mason’s life forever. He lost his parents on that fateful day, even his memories of them. But he gained something in return. Mason has the ability to “mind slide”, the ability to project his consciousness. He can be anywhere in the world. Watching. Listening.
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach ($1.99) Stacey wrote: Stupid Fast is a book that I have in my high school library, that never stays on the shelf. It is laugh out loud funny; I’ve even gotten the boys to pass it around.
Book Description: Fifteen-year-old Felton Reinstein has always been on the smallish side, but in his sophomore year he starts growing…and growing. During gym one day he smokes the football jocks in a 600-yard race. Felton has never been interested in sports, but there’s no doubt-he is “stupid fast.” As he juggles his newfound athletic prowess, his mom’s sudden depression, an annoying little brother, and his first love, he discovers a shocking secret about his past which explains why he’s turning out the way he is.

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