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Housekeeping/e-Ramble: Oh, the Irony! Book: Kindle Effect 0 comments

Oh, the irony! I just came across this book: Kindle Effect: A Medical Thriller Special Edition . The book is only available in paperback! To be fair, the book description gives no indication that the Kindle Effect is in any way related to the e-reader from Amazon. To me, the irony is amusing. You can check out the book by clicking on the cover below.

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Book Review: The Elevator 0 comments

This book is fun ride that goes straight to the top.
The Elevator is set in Tampa Bay, where a hurricane is approaching. The story take place almost entirely within the span of one day. Three women are all racing against the hurricane and become trapped in an elevator together in a downtown building.

Click here to purchase The Elevator by Angela Hunt

Gina is determined to confront her cheating husband. Michelle prepares to deliver an ultimatum to her feet-dragging boyfriend. And Isabel, the housekeeper, is hiding from the authorities. It’s easy to figure out the connection between the first two women, but Isabel’s link keeps you guessing.
The story includes flashbacks to fill out the characters’ personality. Even in the confined space of the elevator, the plot takes several ups and downs. I read this book in a span of about 24 hours, so eager to find out what happens. And was still surprised with a two plot twists that make Angela Hunt such a master storyteller.
The Elevator is a great suspenseful read just light enough to keep it moving and entertaining on every page.
It is now selling for $5.04 on the Kindle, which I know is just a smidge over our bottom line for cheap, but I enjoyed this book so much I wanted to share it.

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Book Review: The Shape of Mercy 0 comments

The Shape of Mercy is a rare and enjoyable combination: a book that is both warmly familiar and enticingly fresh. It is one of my new favorites.
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The story begins with Lauren Durough, who has left a life of privilege to attend a state school and live in campus housing. Lauren answers a job post to help elderly librarian Abigail Boyles transcribe a family treasure – a 300-year-old diary written by Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.
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The book intertwines the contemporary and historical stories. Author Susan Meissner deftly shifts between the stories, giving the focus just where you want. At first, Mercy’s story is much more intriguing. The journal accounts of the Puritan colonies brought me back to The Witch of Blackbird Pond – a book I haven’t read since middle school, when I loved it so much I read it several times over.

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Lauren’s relationship with her parents is strained by her guilt over their affluence. She enjoys losing herself in Mercy’s life, which unfolds throughout the book. But just as Mercy’s story is ending, Lauren’s takes off and walking the journey with her is thrilling and enlightening. Lauren discovers Abigail may be keeping her own secrets; she can’t figure out her cousin’s friend Raul; and most of all, she discovered who she could be in the shape of Mercy. An oh-so-subtle theme emerges to make the story linger long in your mind.
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This book is perfect for adult readers, but would also be appropriate for young adult and middle school audiences. I got it when it was offered free on Kindle. It’s now priced at $9.29.
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Housekeeping/e-Ramble: WOW! What a Day for Prices! 0 comments

Today has been a hum-dinger of a day for prices at Amazon in the Kindle Store. Three of the books that we posted for today have already gone back to higher prices. More than 50 indie authored books suddenly have been offered free. What’s going on?

Don’t we wish we knew!

Please, always, confirm the price before hitting the one-click buy. All prices for posts that day are confirmed at 6:00am Central time each day and then again through the day. But Amazon could change the price at the same time or shortly after we put up our post. This is frustrating as you miss great books at great prices.

We’ll keep looking for the books and keep putting them out there for you. We would encourage you to visit often, buy a book if it interests you because the price can change anytime, and try not to let the ones you miss upset you. Sometimes books will show up several months later at the cheap price again. We’ll keep an eye out for you.

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Housekeeping/E-Ramble: Once Upon A Time. . . . 1 comment

Once upon a time…

It’s how some of the greatest stories start and it’s also the phrase Amazon uses to welcome readers to a whole new world of books. And it sure is a lot of fun!

New to the Kindle experience? Thinking about getting one but not sure? Here’s how I got started.

Kindle For PC

I noticed that Amazon was offering free books for the Kindle. The cheapskate in me hated to pass up on free books, but it wasn’t feasible for me to buy a Kindle reader. Then I learned about one of the great features of Amazon – free applications. You can read Kindle books on other formats. I downloaded Kindle For PC to my computer. For free. You could do the same with Kindle for Mac or the iPhone. If you have email and an Amazon account, you can set it up in a minute or less.

Then, I started buying free and cheap books, which are a lot easier to find now with dailycheapreads. Since I work on the computer all day (well, work and facebook) I had no interest in reading books on the computer, so most of them just accumulated in my account. Then, when the price of the Kindle dropped, I was ready and bought one.

Love at First Sight

My long-awaited Kindle arrived the next day with free shipping. The packaging was wonderful, not just secure but creative. I pulled the tab labeled “Once upon a time” and the fun began. With any new electronic comes the labyrinth of set up. Not so with the kindle. I pulled it out of the package and illustrated instructions were right on the screen face. Kindle uses e-ink technology that means the picture will never “burn” into the screen.

Here were the directions: #1. Plug it in. #2. Turn it on.

That’s it. When I turned it on, all 60 books I’d ordered over the last four months were already loaded on it. I didn’t have to connect it to the computer, send an email or anything.

Now, when I find a book I like on dailycheapreads, I follow the link to Amazon, hit the “buy with one click” and the next time I turn on my Kindle, make sure the wireless is on, and the book automatically loads to my Kindle. This thing is easier to use than a library card. And more fun!

Ever After

Don’t you miss cuddling up with a book? they ask. Sometimes I still read paper books, but I don’t miss them. I knew I’d like the convenience, but what I didn’t expect was how attached I’d get to my Kindle. Opening the Kindle is like opening the door to the library when I was a little kid — all kinds of adventures are waiting inside. It’s a thrill to open it up and have dozens of books to choose from to read, not just the one book laying on the nightstand.

Once upon a time…. And I’m still reading toward the happy ending.

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Housekeeping/e-Ramble: Keeping it Kindle 1 comment

Did you notice the pop-up ad on the left side of the screen? Did you see the advertisement wedged between our posts, asking you to click on the link? Did you get distracted by the voice on the video ad?

You didn’t?

That’s because these things are never on our site.

At kindlecheapreads.com, we are two cheap chicks committed to keeping this site all about Kindle. You won’t see pop-ups drawing your attention away from the books. No posts pushing something totally unrelated to Kindle or the e-book in the post. You won’t need to filter out the noise of ads to find what you want on our site.

We are keeping it Kindle: the books you can read on your Kindle, accessories for your Kindle, Kindle in the news; authors who have books available for Kindle, and our random thoughts about Kindle-related topics. We provide Amazon widgets for the Kindle and accessories so you can link quickly.

We may one day feature a small blurb about our great technical-support company, Kerusso Tech. To be honest, the site wouldn’t be here without them; it wouldn’t look this good; and it wouldn’t be this organized. They deserve credit and probably more than we’re paying them.

Everyday. Keeping it Kindle, keeping it cheap.

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Housekeeping/e-Ramble – What I’ve learned about independent authors 6 comments

We are preparing for our month-long event beginning Wednesday, September 1. Each day in September, the spotlight will shine on an independent author and their books, as well as provide links to their websites, blogs, and Amazon author pages. This daily post, above and beyond our normal 5-a-day posts, will appear each day at 8:00am Central (Chicago) time.

I must give a huge shout out to Maria Schneider, independent author extraordinaire. Way back when the kindlecheapreads dailycheapreads website was just a newborn, Maria sent a comment introducing herself and telling us about her books available through Kindle. In the following weeks, we received comments from other independent authors.  Those e-mails prompted the idea of a month-long indie spotlight.

Not knowing where to start, I turned to Maria, asking if she knew other indies who might work with us to feature their books during the event. Maria immediately responded, set about to help us, and has been invaluable in her support. Maria has gone from the faceless author who sent a note on the very first day to a friend.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post, what I learned about indie authors. Simply put: the authors that I have worked with through this event have been down-to-earth men and women, happy to participate, eager to provide what I requested, encouraging, and just plain friendly.

Chatter on the discussion boards and the news has made us aware of big-name authors and their dislike and disdain for electronic readers. The agency model that the majority of large publishing houses has adopted to price e-books has maddened many customers and saddened those who just don’t have the budget to pay the prices.

Indie authors are the antidote. They are fresh voices, not confined by someone’s idea of what the public wants to read. Their works are reasonably priced making them available to anyone who has a computer (Kindle for PC). These folks  might live in your neighborhood; work at a business you frequent; or be the parent of one of your child’s classmates. Indies are writing books, making those books available through new avenues, and loving life.

Let’s support their efforts and buy an indie book or two to read in September. Maria will be one of our featured authors in September, but you might want to check out Catch an Honest Thief by Maria. Priced at $2.99, it’s a fun read for the coming Labor Day holiday weekend in the United States.

An Indiana Jones-style caper across the desert of New Mexico; high-tech gadgets, a mystery and a romance. Alexia is trying to protect the crystals that power the city of Haven. Going undercover and stealing the crystals seemed like a great idea–until a real thief showed up.

Bait and switch is suddenly cat and mouse–but who is the real thief? And why is the new security chief spending so much time looking into her background? Confessing her secret plans to protect the crystals might help the security chief narrow in on the real culprit, but it would cost Alexia her job, her freedom, and her status. Of course, if she keeps standing in the way of the real thief, it will cost her a whole lot more.
Click here to purchase Catch an Honest Thief

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Book Review: My Name is Russell Fink 0 comments

My Name is Russell Fink is a sort of coming-of-age story, in a Gen-X slacker way. But it also has humor, romance and a hint of a mystery.
Russell Fink is a dysfunctional but likable character. The story unfolds in a natural unhurried way, which makes you feel like you’re reading in real time. Each of the many characters adds a complexity to Russell’s life. A favorite was Russel’s self-centered, beauty-queen fiancee who insisted that Russell was not going to break up with her, she would break up with him. There was also his imprisoned grandfather, with whom Russell Fink shares his name; his disgraced, former evangelist father; borderline alcoholic mother; gambling brother; deceased twin sister whom Russell is convinced he gave cancer; a basset hound turned drinking buddy; chronically cold inventor roommate; a boss who is considering bucking a 60-year tradition and firing Russell; a doctor who compassionately tolerates Russell’s weekly health crisis; and an old college friend who sews her own clothes out flags.

Click here to purchase My Name is Russell Fink

Michael Snyder captures ordinary moments that turn funny and tragic all at the same time, weaving in a subtle message about faith. The story did have a first-novel “everything but the kitchen sink” feel to it. At times I wondered if the author was figuring out the story as we went along. For instance, it never made sense that Russell’s beautiful fiancee was dating him. At the beginning, Russell’s character was emphasis on dysfunctional, certainly not likable.
But story continued to take unexpected turns and looked at life is such fresh perspectives that I was eager to return to it and found it an enjoyable read.

I downloaded this book when it was free on Kindle. It is selling now for $5.99.

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Housekeeping/e-Ramble: Is this the coming trend in e-publishing? 4 comments

While searching for the best cheap buys to post on the site, I came across this offering from Kensington Books for well-known author Fern Michaels. I am not recommending you buy this Sneak Peek, but I wanted to draw your attention to this type of publication.

For $3.19, the description states that you will get a special bonus piece from the author relevant to a publication soon to be released – Exclusive, the next book in the Godmothers Series.

Included in this Sneak Peek is a collection of excerpts from two books which have been out of print, but are now available for the Kindle.

Why would a savvy Kindle buyer purchase an e-book of excerpts when we can download samples for free?

The description states it is “the perfect opportunity to find out why everyone always raves about Fern.” We’ll pass, thank you. Free samples from Amazon meet our need for determining if an author is worthy of raves.

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Book Review: Fireworks 0 comments

I decided to read Fireworks by Elizabeth White for a fun summer read. I was not at all disappointed, and even pleasantly surprised at the uplifting story in this romance novel.

Former ATF agent Susannah Tait arrives in Mobile, Alabama, with an assignment as an insurance investigator to prove that pyrotechnic artist Quinn Baldwin was responsible for a million-dollar fireworks explosion.

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Susannah starts out in fine fashion, but is a bit disarmed by the Southern hospitality of her landlady, as well as the unexpected kindness of the object of her investigation. Quinn is a true Southern hero, with a shyness, thrill for the danger of fireworks and a grin you can feel right through the pages. It is quite fun to discover with Susannah some of the pecularities of life in Mobile, as Miss Elva Kay assures her, some ladies have a special dish just for potato salad.

Even though Quinn is attracted to Susannah, he takes a firm stand that he will not act on it because she is not a believer. What ensues is a hilarious and completely believeable plan by Quinn’s friends to share the gospel with Susannah. Her conversion testimony is one of the best I’ve ever read in Christian fiction.

But there is still the matter of her investigation and her deception to Quinn and all of his friends, which makes for several entertaining plot twists.

This novel by Elizabeth White, sprinkled with just enough phrases with fireworks double meaning to keep you on your toes, was a bang-up good read. I downloaded this book to my Kindle when it was offered free earlier this year. It is now selling for $5.99.

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