Archives for: April 2011
Book Review: Get To Know Your Gut 0 comments

Just what color should your poo be, any way? I now know the answer.
The subtitle Everything You Wanted to Know about Burping, Bloating, Candida, Constipation, Food Allergies, Farting, and Poo is an entirely accurate description of this helpful book. Author Joan Sauers combines scientific information with practical descriptions to provide a thorough and entertaining look at our amazing digestive systems.
Get To Know Your Gut begins with a biology 101 overview of the digestive system, explaining how important it is to overall health and why strong emotions are felt in your guts. The section on digestive disorders became a bit tedious because it is a long list, but the information on foods that can help or interfere with keeping things “moving along” is a great resource.
If you have a particular digestive problem, you’ll probably want something more detailed. For the average person who suffers the occasional tummy ache – and who doesn’t? – this is a useful guide.
I appreciated how the author endorsed traditional medicine while also emphasizing a holistic approach to taking care of your body. I have a whole new idea of how what goes into my mouth will at some point have a good or bad effect on how I feel. The book was nicely formatted for Kindle and a few simple diagrams were easy to view.
At $3.02, this book costs about as much as bottle of antacid and will probably help you feel better for a lot longer.
Click here to purchase Getting to Know Your Gut

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Book Review: Deeper Into the Word – $9.99 0 comments

Ready to go deep into God’s word?
Deeper Into the Word is a very thorough, yet accessible, tool to look closely at the Scriptures and see what they mean – both to the original audience and for us today.


Keri Wyatt Kent examines 100 words used in the New Testament, giving insight into each word’s definition and usage in the original language, the cultural context of the time, and what it means for believers today. Each description is about two pages long. Reading this book was a bit like participating in a seminary lecture; while some portions were a bit technical, it opened up a deeper understanding to familiar passages of the Bible and gave them a richer meaning. Like a good professor, Kent mixed together personal insights with research, as in the chapter on sacrifice where she writes, “Jesus was, to put it in our vernacular, talking smack to the Pharisees.”
This book would be useful to students or any one in ministry. It is probably best adapted to ordinary students of the Bible who want to enhance their understanding. It can be used as a reference tool or read through from beginning to end.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for review. You can buy it for your Kindle for $9.99.

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Housekeeping: Adult Literacy; Stormy; and Free and Cheap Reads in a Series 0 comments

Adult Literacy and the Kindle
Years ago I was a Laubach literacy tutor. Two young adult men became proficient readers and I marveled that as they became better readers, they became more confident individuals. One of the men started dating a young lady and for the first time ever picked out a greeting card because of the message, not the picture.
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To most of us, reading is a vital part of our lives. Sadly many adults cannot read beyond a sixth grade level. ProLiteracy estimates that 18 million Americans do not read at a level proficient to earn a living wage.
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I believe that the Kindle is a tool that can be used to improve the reading skills of adults. There is anonymity in the Kindle. No one has to know what you are reading. You can read a book at your skill level and the world won’t know that you aren’t reading the latest best seller. No book cover gives it away. The Kindle has a built-in dictionary to assist with unfamiliar words.
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Perhaps the greatest benefit of the Kindle is that affordable reading material at all levels is readily available. As reading proficiency grows, so can the Kindle library. If your teen or significant other is not a proficient reader, I would encourage you to explore the idea of a Kindle and appropriate level reading material. Our jr. edition site has books for all levels for less than $5. Today we are featuring books by Deborah Dee Harper who has written a fast-paced, wholesome, fun series called Laramie on the Lam about an 11-year-old boy. The series is designed for the reluctant reader and will have six installments when complete.
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I read the first book Laramie and the Law. The story moves quickly; Laramie is a likable kid; and the predicaments are entertaining. As I read the story I remembered boys from my childhood who were like Laramie, Jake, and Prentiss. Adults could easily make a connection with the characters and have a good time reading it. Each installment is about 1,000 locations long and costs only 99 cents.
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Laramie and the Law: You know you’re in trouble when you see your picture on the front page of the newspaper and discover you’re wanted by the local police for robbing a bank!
What happens when an unsuspecting sixth grader holds open the door for three men leaving the bank? The police accuse him of robbing it. The next thing Laramie knows, his mother is ready to scalp him, the police are hot on his trail, his dad’s going to blow his top when he gets home, and he and his dog Maestro are holed up in the tree house. Oh, and there’s the $30,000 in his backpack he didn’t have the day before. Worst of all, the robbers want it back. Laramie and the Law99 cents.
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Laramie and the Land of Liberty 99 cents: Laramie Wyoming is in trouble again, but this time in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Laramie didn’t think things could get worse than the world’s worst bully being along for the ride, until the men who robbed the bank in Laramie’s hometown showed up.
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And Windy has Stormy eyes. . .
I sang that little bit of song all day after I closed the poll on naming The Perfect Car 2. Voting was close, but Stormy is the name of our new car. Thanks for giving your input by voting in our poll. JoJo sent a comment suggesting Shadow. I love that idea, so the next car we buy will need to fit that name. The final tally:

1. Stormy – 85 Votes
2. Grayce – 82 Votes
3. Grady – 36 Votes
4. Ashley – 18 Votes

Here’s the picture of our car after the close encounter of the deer kind.
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Free books and the next books in the series
Publishers offer the first book in a series free hoping that readers will buy the next books in the series. Today we are featuring two free books and the next books in series.
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Almost Perfect , the first book in Julie Ortolon’s Perfect Trilogy is still free today, but won’t be for much longer. You can also purchase Just Perfect for $2.99 and Too Perfect for $3.99.

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The Weddings of Bella series is written by Janice Thompson and published by Revell, a Christian publisher. The romantic comedy series is described as fun, fresh, and full of surprises.
Fools Rush In is free; Swinging on a Star and It Had to Be You are selling for $5.38. The three book series totals $10.76 or $3.59 each.

A Reader’s Comment
Yesterday we featured Accidents Waiting to Happen by Simon Wood and selling for only 99 cents today. Janet sent this comment to us:

I bought this book yesterday and couldn’t put it down. An up-all-nighter! And now I am off to buy his other two books that were excerpted as I must read them!!!!
This is a very original suspenseful book. Glad to find it and have a new suspense author to follow!

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Housekeeping! Libros en Espanol, Kindle with Ads and Cheap Reads 0 comments

Ahora en dailycheapreads – libros en espanol
DailyCheapReads is happy to announce the addition of Spanish language books. We have added two posts per week for those who read Spanish or want to improve their Spanish language skills. The books will be from the US Kindle Store and will post at 4 a.m. Central US (Chicago) time on Sunday and Wednesday. Please help us spread the word about this newest feature.
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Our first Spanish book post is an international thriller by Javier Giménez Sasieta, an author from Spain who contacted us about reaching the Spanish language readers. The book is in the post directly below this one. We welcome Spanish authors to contact us via the Your Two Cents Worth tab.
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Kindle with Special Offers
Amazon announced earlier this week the addition of the wi-fi only Kindle with Special Offers. The price is reduced by $25 to $114 with the tradeoff being advertisements on the home page and screensavers and special offers such as dollars off Amazon purchases.
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This Kindle’s intent is to lower the price point to attract new customers. Amazon regularly sells advertising space on its web pages. On a customer book review webpage I just visited was an ad for Metamusil, probably because I earlier looked at a book about healthy aging. When a click is made on Amazon.com, data mining occurs in the background to target market products of interest to you.
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I believe this will be the wave of the future. Publishers want to maximize profits. Those with a product want to reach their target audience in creative ways. More and more books will have product names that the advertisers have paid to have included. The automobile driven by the hero may have the same level of description as the setting for the story.
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Another example of how this could occur: A yarn company develops a new yarn. Debbie Macomber is a very popular women’s fiction and romance author who knits and advocates knitting for charity. Her popular Blossom Street series is set in a yarn shop. Bring these all together: the next installment of the book series, the introduction of the new yarn, and the characters in the book use this new yarn as part of the story. The book includes the knitting instructions; traditional print copies include coupons for the yarn; digital copies include links to Amazon to buy the yarn.
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Independent authors might frame their novels around a particular product if it meant they would receive $25,000 from the product’s company immediately and a nickel more for every copy sold over a set number.
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Does this mean that a book will no longer be written for just the book’s value? That may depend on what we demand as consumers. If we want the prices to remain low, we might have to tolerate the name brand products and perhaps sacrifice the artistic story to accommodate the product. If we are willing to pay a higher price, then authors and publishers will provide ad-free publications.
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DailyCheapReads has not and does not intend to sell ad space on our site. We have banners to easily connect you to Kindle-related products and books in the Kindle Store. Our goal is a clean, uncluttered easy-to-use site. We appreciate that you buy through us so we can keep it that way. Please comment with your thoughts on advertisements in books and on the Kindle.
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Cheap Reads
Divine, Christian fiction by popular author Karen Kingsbury is back free again. This book has been on-again-off-again free for several weeks. If you want it, get it now.
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We are begun featuring independent authors on our jr. edition. Three books for older children and tweens selling for only 99 cents each are featured below. Books for tweens transport me back to when I first fell in love with reading.

Page Truly and The Journey To Nearandfar: What if … a girl and her tooth fairy flew away to the realm called Nearandfar and the girl discovered she had more power than the fairies? Page has to save Nearandfar, and discovers that a magic wand is only as powerful as the gifted one who knows how to unlock its secrets and use it wisely.
Dust: Seven-year-old Matthew disappears one day on a walk into Horshoe, a dust bowl farm town in Depression-era Saskatchewan. Robert, his older brother, is determined to find Matthew, even when the grownups seem to give up. Supernatural suspense!
Glasruhen Gate: This sequel to the free book The Golden Acorn follows the adventures of Jack, now armed with the golden acorn, his wand and newly acquired skills. Jack must fulfil his promise to ensure that Glasruhen Gate is opened before it’s too late. His new friends are depending on him.

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Housekeeping – Around the World, Just for Fun Poll, and Cheap Reads 3 comments

Where in the World Are You?

In this day of instant connectivity around the world we are becoming more a community of people who have common interests, values, and goals rather than communities in the same physical location as society has been structured for centuries.
As part of that growing community, we will introduce on our main site the United Kingdom’s up-and-coming independent authors as we will post one book a day on this site in May in conjuction with features on the DailyCheapReads UK site.

As a community in the digital world, we receive very general information of where our site visitors are physically located. Most of us are in the United States , but other countries where we have a strong following are:


Canada
Australia
United Kingdom
Brazil
Saudi Arabia
Hong Kong
Honduras
China
Ireland

You are welcome to post a comment to tell us where you live and something about you. We welcome everyone from around the globe to visit the site and stay for a time.

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Just for fun poll: Name our new automobile

My husband Tiger is a deliberate thinker. He ponders long and deep to reach a decision. Me, not so much. Some time ago he determined we needed to purchase a new car. To make a long story short, this is the timetable of events:

18 months of searching and researching to find The Perfect Car
6 weeks to enjoy and drive The Perfect Car
1 nano-second for a deer slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island to jump in front of The Perfect Car, damaging it beyond repair

The ruination of The Perfect Car and the deer occurred the day after we received the devastating news of Tiger’s health. Thankfully we were unharmed by the accident. The deer, not so much.

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Much of Tiger’s recovery time was spent looking for The Perfect Car 2. Several weeks ago he found it and we drove 1800 miles in 2 ½ days to retrieve it. When you are married, there are just some things you do. Would I do it again? Not so much.

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We name our vehicles and The Perfect Car 2 needs a name. Our other vehicles pictured below are Ebony, Ivory, Forest, and Kelly. Do you see the theme?

Here is The Perfect Car 2:

Cadillac Motors labels the paint color Thunder Gray. I think that name sounds more like a professional wrestler than paint. That aside, Tiger and I have bandied about a few names for the newest addition. Help us choose by voting in the poll on the right sidebar. Will it be:

Ashley
Grady
Grayce
Stormy

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Curling up with a book on a rainy spring weekend. . .
Here are some cheap reads we have featured before that have special pricing today:

Luminous and Ominous is selling for 99 cents: After hiding underground for a year, the last three survivors must brave the otherworldly infestation and travel through what used to be upstate New York struggling for their lives and their humanity.

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Ted Dekker’s Circle Trilogy was $14.49 when we featured the set in December. The price today is $7.79 for the first three books in the series: Three novels. Two worlds. One Story. Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Black. Red. White.

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Choose your own adventure style e-book with 37 different endings and more than 100 choices The Adventures of Whatley Tupper is selling now for only 99 cents: Whatley Tupper is an A-grade janitor at a B-grade university about to become entwined in C-grade fiction! Yes, there is something in the air tonight… adventure; romance; carbon monoxide! The choice is yours.

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Book Review: The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean 2 comments

Fran Baker, author and publisher/owner of Delphi Books, mentioned to us that she had read Julianne MacLean’s The Color of Heaven and that she should write a review. We quickly offered to share the review with you. Fran has the most entertaining author biography on her Amazon Author Page. The link above connects you to her page and the list of her Kindle books. Fran also blogs here.
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Fran’s Review:
Sometimes a book grabs you and won’t let go. You just know something bad is going to happen, something that will tear you to pieces, but you can’t stop reading, can’t stop hoping that the good will outweigh the bad in the end. So it was with The Color of Heaven by Julianne McLean.

The Color of Heaven is really two stories rolled into one. Years ago, Cora abandoned her husband and family for reasons unknown; her daughter, Sophie, has always ached to know why but has never asked. Not until she experiences some of life’s cruelest blows can Sophie finally unlock the secrets of the past and learn to forgive.

This book has all the elements – love, loss, redemption – that make for a riveting read. Couple the unabashed emotion with an unexpected turn, and I guarantee that this is a story you won’t soon forget. The Color of Heaven is selling today for $2.99.

Click here to purchase The Color of Heaven

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Book Review: Simon’s Choice – Contemporary Family Fiction 0 comments

Charlotte Castle has woven a delightful British tale about a family with a terminally ill child in her book Simon’s Choice.

Simon is a successful physician while Melissa owns a little floristry business. Their seven-year-old daughter Sarah is dying of leukemia. The close-knit family includes the Bailey and Halford grandparents who rally around Simon and Melissa, staying constantly optimistic.

Sarah’s cancer is in remission but then it returns and the downward spiral begins. She continues to worsen and one night she finds her daddy up late and asks him if she is going to die and asks what will happens when she dies. Sarah’s main concern about going to heaven is that she doesn’t know anyone there. Simon answers her questions the best he can and even says that he will go with her to heaven. Simon can accept the fact that his daughter is dying but he can’t let her be alone and scared.

Sarah’s struggle will make you cry but the ending will leave you stunned and smiling. You can purchase and read this poignant novel today for only $2.99. I enjoyed this book not only for the story line, but with the Kindle I was able to quickly learn some new British words and their definitions. For example, I didn’t know that the boot of a car in Britiain is the trunk.

A background note from the author, Charlotte Castle: The story behind Simon’s Choice is that I turned to a friend and asked “What would happen if your child were diagnosed with a fatal illness – what would you do?”
And the friend replied: “I would go with her.”

Click here to purchase Simon’s Choice

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