Archives for: January 2011
2010 Top Four Reads: Grace Krispy 2 comments

Grace Krispy, educator and psychologist by day, avid reader and indie book reviewer by night. Visit me at http://gracekrispy.com. The four I finally chose:
 
The Kinshield Legacy, fantasy by K. C. May: Wow. I was hooked in the first chapter and found myself enthralled and fully immersed in the adventure. The pacing of the chapters and introduction of new characters was ideal for maintaining interest and moving the story along without drawing anything out unnecessarily. Sometimes bad things happen to great characters, and I mourned the unavoidable losses along the way, even as I celebrated the small victories. I cringed; I delighted; I was completely and utterly engaged – a great read for only 2.99 today.
 

 
Sleight Malice, suspense/thriller by Vicki Tyley: Suspenseful and intriguing, this book is hard to put down, and each small twist and turn keeps you engaged right through to the end. With well-developed characters and interesting connections tying them together, there is never a dull moment. You are pulled further into the story with every new discovery, and it’s hard to put the book down before you find out what truly happened. You can purchase the thriller today for $2.99.
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Tag, science fiction by Simon Royle: In a future where people are “tagged” with numbers as their identity, a sinister plot has been designed to eliminate two-thirds of the population. Jonah Oliver, an average guy, is inadvertently thrown into a race against time to stop what seems inevitable, and, in doing so, finds out some unexpected truths about himself. This engaging and well-paced thriller explores an alarmingly realistic future that was both compelling and alarming. With an easy writing style and a captivating storyline, I was completely absorbed from beginning to end! Today, Tag is available to purchase for $2.99.
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Verdant Skies, science fiction by Steven Lyle Jordan: This author has written a page-turning adventure about a future for Earth, a very plausible and somewhat frightening future where much of the population lives on satellites. Although the storyline seems to lead you to an inevitable ending, you realize that even amongst the despair, hope is born. The story points to the resourcefulness of mankind, and the strength and integrity that is needed for humanity to move forward in difficult times. As I turned the last page, I was left to wonder what happens next, for the Earth, and for Verdant. A riveting read filled with fascinating science, and available today for only $2.99.

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Housekeeping/e-Ramble: Deal of the Day; Top Four 2010; and My Husband 1 comment

Thanks to Holly, who sent a note letting us know that on Amazon’s Deal of the Day on Kindle page, there is now a notice that the Deal of the Day (DoftheD) has expired. The site now has links to editor’s picks, bestsellers and hot new releases (most of those books are probably more expensive than $2.99).
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The feature was a great idea, but I didn’t see how Amazon could keep it up for long. The books from the agency models probably could not be included in the selection, excluding many popular books. On Sunday, we had a post of Christian fiction books from Abingdon Press that had been reduced to $2.39. I had prepared the post on Friday. Well, when the DoftheD came out on Sunday, I had to remove three books from our post because the DoftheD had increased the prices to $2.99. On this day, customers paid more. (Sorry, the $2.39 price on those books is long gone now, too.)
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I read on discussion boards, users comments that they had gotten $15 books for only $2.99 and were tickled pink with the money they had saved. I saw the “digital list price” on those books, too, but Amazon seldom charges the full digital list price on non-agency model books. The actual amount saved compared to the usual price was probably much less.
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So, the DoftheD was fun while it lasted and I added books to my Kindle library, too. We will keep an eye out for the feature just in case Amazon revives it. You will be the first to know if it comes back!
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Several of you sent us your list of Top Four Reads 2010 and we will feature those lists on Thursday and Friday, January 13 and 14. You can still send us your list and any comments about your selections to us through the Your Two Cents Worth tab.
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The week of January 17, we will feature a book review writing tutorial to help you formulate your thoughts if you would like to post a book review on Amazon. All authors and prospective readers of a book want to know your reaction to a book. We will also post the poll results about reviews.
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Finally, an update on my husband, the amazing healing man. He is doing great and getting stronger every day. He’s going to try to ease back into a bit of his work next week. He’s tired of just sitting around so we have turned a corner in the recovery process. We had a celebration on New Year’s Day with family from several states joining us. He was exhausted at day’s end – the only time he could legitimately say he needed to recover after being with my family. He’s recovering with a great book he got cheap – that guy knows how to live!

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2010 Top Four Reads: Maria Schneider 1 comment

What a wonderful pleasure to come across a book that keeps me completely absorbed, makes me laugh out loud and takes me away from my reality into another place. The best reading years involve a lot of variety; from tough guy books to cozy to fantasy. I did pretty good this year finding gems across most of my reading spectrum!
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Short stories only hold real appeal for me if they are all set in the same world using the same characters. Wistril comes through nicely by giving me separate stories all about the same wizard and his accomplice apprentice. It reads a bit like a novel with a terrific story at the end that really tops off the characterization and wraps things up very nicely. You can buy this short story collection for only 99 cents.
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The Heretic, tough guy, fantasy, and thriller by Joseph Nassise: Fasten your seat belts, this one moves so fast the pages in a print book probably start on fire as you turn them! I loved this book; the characters are flawed, real, hurting and giving it their all. This one stayed with me for days after; I downloaded and read the second in the series within a week. It’s an adventure of good against evil; no preaching here, just action. Today you can buy this book for $2.99.
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Take the Monkeys and Run, cozy, mystery, romance by Karen Cantwell: I love a good cozy mystery and this caper has laughs, fun, romance and a pace that had me finishing it it one session. Barbara Marr starts off as your ordinary soccer mom with a mid-life crisis. When she gets involved with monkeys and murder, it takes old romances, new romances and all the help she can find to keep herself out of trouble! All this fun for only 99 cents!
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Learn Me Good, humor, fictionalized non-fiction by John Pearson: What happens when an engineer gets laid off and becomes a teacher in the public school system? Yeah, you can just imagine–and Pearson does a great job of describing trials and tribulations in an email format as he tells his old co-workers about his new job. This is light reading, very good for dipping into for a laugh. John’s adventures in education are selling today for $2.99.
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About Maria E. Schneider: Maria is the author of several novels, including the Sedona O’Hala cozy mystery series (Executive Lunch and Executive Retention)and her latest, a paranormal mystery series starting with Under Witch Moon .

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2010 Top Four Reads: Amber Drake 0 comments

Amber Drake, an avid reader of everything including cereal boxes, reviews for BSC Reviews and tries to keep track of her life and thoughts on her blog, http://www.dragonashes.com/ (Dragon Ashes). Trying to decide the top four favorite books out of 186 titles read this year was not easy. However, she finally whittled it down to these four:
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Written by Zoe Archer, this is a historical romantic fantasy, the first of the Blades of the Rose series. It was fun, full of interesting characters and bits of nifty magic. This book tells the story of a girl who is eager to follow in the footsteps of her father in his important role as a Blade of the Rose – a secret society created to keep the magic of the world out of the hands of those who would use it to further their own agendas. One of the things I liked about this book was that while it was a romance, that romance wasn’t the only thing of interest in the tale. You can purchase Warrior for $4.39.
To get an even better price, The Blades of the Rose Bundle including Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger is available for only $9.99.
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The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg: another new series and this one is pure fantasy. Berg has a knack for creating interesting worlds with realistic characters and twisty plots. It is hard to categorize as it is sort of a mystery, but much more than that. While some portions of the setup seem a little improbable, it never matters much because the characters and plot just carry you along for the ride. You can purchase this book for $9.99.
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The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert Redick: I stayed away from this one for a long time, despite the accolades I’d seen. Mostly the title and the cover gave me the wrong impression of a naval battle story. When I finally gave it a try, I was very pleasantly surprised. Yes, the story takes place on a gigantic sea vessel, but it is so much more than that. The main characters are young, the bad guys are not your basic ‘pure evil’ and they come across as realistic. The ship and its denizens are fascinating and full of character. For $6.15, you can purchase this action-packed adventure.
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To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis: Why did it take me so long to pick this one up? After reading it, I was annoyed with myself for waiting so long. It is a charming story full of British wit and time travel silliness. The story was extremely engaging and fun to read. Today, this book is available for $6.15.

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