Children’s Books

Six Kindle Freebies Today

by Alana on February 15, 2013

Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles Book 1)Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles Book 1)
Ripley Patton
Now a Complete Series to binge read this fall.

Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

*GHOST HAND was a semifinalist for The Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Book Awards in the Young Adult category and a 2013 Cybil Award nominee.

Everybody thinks this is nowhereEverybody thinks this is nowhere
Jeff Shephard
What if. What if you knew where a quarter of a million dollars is hidden? What if you have to kill someone to get it? And what if you did?

Subpoena ColadaSubpoena Colada
Mark Dawson
‘You work too much,’ said his beautiful actress girlfriend. ‘We hardly see each other any more.’ If only Daniel Tate had listened. Now she’s abandoned him for a glamorous American film star, leaving him with a one-eyed cat and a dirty flat he can’t afford. And there’s no respite at work: Daniel’s only client, 80’s rocker Brian Fey, is losing his court case against his old bandmates. The partners are concerned with his performance, not helping his chances for promotion in a cut-and-thrust contest between him, the office sycophant and his best friend. Winning the case for Brian would make all the difference but that’s not easy when your client is suddenly implicated in a sensational murder.

Praise for Subpoena Colada

'Genuinely unputdownable' Punch

Praise for The Art of Falling Apart

'Ultra-stylish, super-addictive - viciously good.' Toby Litt

'The spirit of our times captured in an engrossing new work ... This earthy, tragi-comic first novel marks him out as a talent to be watched.' Birmingham Post

'Written in an innovative style, with plenty of intrigue and action, Dawson beautifully weaves the plot together ... a brilliant debt novel from a very talented writer.' Subject.

'Grips you like the Boston Strangler's handshake. Essential reading.' Later.

'An entertaining life at the low lives of high-rollers.' Jockey Slut.

'An impressive first novel. Edgy vibrancy.' Manchester Evening News.

'A classic tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll - and murder ... a fascinating read for anyone with even a passing interest in the treacherous machinations of the music industry.' RTE

'A soap opera of scandalous behaviour ... the time to read this is now.' The Big Issue

Praise for The Black Mile

'By far and away the best Kindle book I've ever read.' Kindle Book Review

Basic English Grammar: A Guide for New and Prospective ESL Teachers: CELTA Preparation (ESL Resources for New and Prospective Teachers Book 1)Basic English Grammar: A Guide for New and Prospective ESL Teachers: CELTA Preparation (ESL Resources for New and Prospective Teachers Book 1)
Miles Jaworski
Basic English Grammar: A Guide for New and Prospective ESL Teachers covers all the essential grammar that teachers at the start of their careers need to know before entering the classroom. With clear, concise, accurate explanations as well as relevant examples, this book will give you the knowledge necessary to begin teaching ESL grammar with confidence and to give competent lessons. Topics covered include tenses, relative clauses, conditionals, reported speech, modal verbs, comparative adjectives, the passive voice and many other important structures. This grammar book is now updated with 11 new chapters.


Great Freebies to Snatch Up Today

by Alana on February 7, 2013

The Main Course: Healthy and Hearty Main Dishes (a Scrumptious Low-Calorie Recipes Cookbook Book 5)The Main Course: Healthy and Hearty Main Dishes (a Scrumptious Low-Calorie Recipes Cookbook Book 5)
Joan Holcomb
The main meal of the day can be filling without a high calorie count. The important components of a good main dish are healthy ingredients, a low calorie count, and a high protein count. Protein is what gives a feeling of fullness, and satisfies hunger.

In this cookbook, I have included main dishes using chicken, beef, and fish, as well as recipes which do not have red meat or fish. All recipes are under 300 calories per serving, and many are well under 300 calories per serving.

Important note: this is not a cookbook with zero calorie (or near-zero calorie) recipes. The very nature of these main dishes and their ingredients mean that the calorie count will never be zero, or even close to it. Those looking for minimal calorie main dishes are advised to seek commercial preparations specifically made for very low calorie diets.

Also, these recipes are not necessarily low-carb. With healthy ingredients such as fat-free milk and vegetables, they often include GOOD carbs.

Disclaimer: The contents of this cookbook may not be construed as a medical diagnosis, treatment, advice, claim, or substitute for a physician's care. Consult a physician or other health care provider before starting a weight loss or exercise program. Joan's results are not typical, and she cannot guarantee you will have the same results. Your results are up to you!

5-Star Reputation Secrets: How to Produce, Protect & Promote a Preeminent Online Reputation for Your Business5-Star Reputation Secrets: How to Produce, Protect & Promote a Preeminent Online Reputation for Your Business
Justen DeForrest
We all love the internet, right? You can do all kinds of great things: connect with friends, research information and buy everything you've ever wanted. The problem with the internet is that anybody can leave your business an anonymous review on sites without any ramifications at all.

Sure, you can file a lawsuit against them, spend thousands on lawyers fees, weeks away from your work, and potentially lose in the process.

Or you can harness the power of your reputation that you have built up with years of blood, sweat & tears.

'5-Star Reputation Secrets: How to Produce, Protect & Promote a Preeminent Online Reputation for Your Business', reveals the most powerful ways to utilize your business' most valuable resource: Reputation.

As a business owner, you are probably overwhelmed with all of the new marketing techniques that are supposed to help your business grow and prosper. In the past, you were able to simply open your doors, place an ad in the Yellow Pages, hire a few sales people, maybe place a few newspaper ads, and you were set. Now you are supposed to add Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Wordpress and a whole bunch of other stuff. Where do you even start?

It’s time to get back to basics by harnessing the power of your business’ reputation.

Think about it, when you chose to spend your money as a consumer, you spend your money on businesses, brands and services that you know, like and trust.

THE TIES THAT BIND (A Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Book 2)THE TIES THAT BIND (A Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Book 2)
Marta Tandori

“The Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Series serves up the perfect mystery reader Cosmo – one part ‘I-didn’t-see-that-coming’ whodunit with a double shot of Hollywood glam.”

Kate Stanton’s former son-in-law, Dr. Eric Devane, is a prominent Beverly Hills doctor who’s now engaged to beautiful Brooke Connelly, only a few years older than his eldest daughter. With the impending arrival of his and Brooke’s baby through a surrogate – who happens to be his eldest daughter’s best friend – Eric’s life has become very complicated, but not nearly as complicated as his fiancée’s past.

Four years ago, Brooke Connelly made the biggest mistake of her life when she betrayed her mobster boyfriend by tipping off the intended victim of his next hit. Her timely intervention had nearly cost Brooke her life after she was beaten and left for dead by her boyfriend in retaliation for her betrayal. In desperation, Brooke turned to one of the most powerful men in Las Vegas for protection – unaware that her arrangement with Clint Staebler was non-negotiable and permanent. Brooke has since relocated to L.A., where she’s the general manager of a popular restaurant and nightclub, both owned by Clint Staebler. With her recent engagement to Eric, Brooke is determined to cut all ties to her past but the cards seem to be stacked against her when Eric finds out about her past relationship with Clint Staebler and demands to know where her loyalties lie. Caught between a murderer and a man who refuses to let her go at all costs, Brooke plays her one trump card in the hopes that it will be enough to sever her ties to her past, once and for all. In this sweeping murder mystery set against the glitzy backdrop of Vegas and the powerhouse that is Hollywood, past mistakes are never forgotten and revenge is what makes it all worthwhile…


Five Fabulous Freebies Today

by Alana on February 5, 2013

A Stairway To Danger: (Mystery, Action, Suspense) (A Shakertown Adventure Book 1)A Stairway To Danger: (Mystery, Action, Suspense) (A Shakertown Adventure Book 1)
Ben Woodard
An eyeless body. A menacing stranger. And a tangled mystery.
It’s the summer of 1923 and two cousins hunting for hidden gold stumble on an decayed body. Fourteen-year-old Tom Wallace is convinced the death was murder and drags his older cousin into a harrowing struggle against a shadowy group. Not even attempts on their lives can stop the boys from relentlessly pursuing the mystery. But when their curiosity leads them to investigate a derelict barge, what they find is bigger and more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.
A STAIRWAY TO DANGER is a fun-filled thriller with humor and adventure in a Twain-like setting.

Winner! Orangeberry Hall of Fame Best Young Adult novel for 2013

The Good Daughter: A Mafia Story (Vista Security Book 1)The Good Daughter: A Mafia Story (Vista Security Book 1)
Diana Layne
Mafia. Murder. And a deadly vendetta.

Raised in a crime family.
She wants out. When the mob kills her cop boyfriend and ruins her chances for a new life, mafia princess Marisa Peruzzo vows to bring them down--at the risk of destroying her family and the only life she's known.

A dedicated crime fighter.
For FBI Agent Dave Armstrong justice means choosing between right and wrong, black and white, and nothing in between. There is no place in his city for criminals, and he is determined to put mob boss Carlo Peruzzo out of business. But Carlo is powerful, dangerous, and cunning, and so far has eluded Dave's efforts to arrest him. Until Carlo's daughter surprises Dave with an offer of help.

But things aren't always black and white.
Marisa is a woman who operates outside the neat little box Dave has always lived in, and while he understands her need for justice, he doesn't approve of her methods. Yet in the course of his quest, Dave falls in love with Marisa, and his feelings make him question whether the world around him might actually be colored in shades of gray.

Grab your copy of The Good Daughter: A Mafia Story now at the temporarily lowered price of only 99 cents!

FBI meets Mafia Princess:

Dave sat up straighter when she entered the bar. Sandro had promised the contact would have useful information and be immediately recognizable, but he never specified male or female. Was this his informant? Carlo Peruzzo's daughter. The Mafia princess herself.

Her gaze scanned the room until she saw him. Though her lips were pressed in a straight line, a sparkle flashed in her eyes as if she knew just how she had shocked him.Dave realized his heart rate had kicked up a few notches when their eyes had locked. His jaw would have dropped if he hadn't been the kind of guy trained not to show his emotions.
She walked purposefully toward him, making her way through the crowded tables. Black designer jeans hugged nice curvy hips, and her full breasts were covered with a pink plaid, pearl-button western shirt. Interesting color choice. A leather belt wrapped around her waist, and his focus narrowed. Best he could tell the belt was pink, too. And there were some kind of pink jewels inlaid in the buckle.

He hid a smile. The only thing that would complete the color coordination was if she had on-he looked down, yep, pink cowboy boots. Pretty-in-pink cowgirl-Mafia princess. That certainly wasn't an image he expected to see. With her head high, and her gaze fixed on him she seemed unaware-or unaffected-by the attention she garnered. And she certainly got a fair share of stares. He saw more than one man pause with a drink halfway to his mouth, head swiveling to keep track as she walked past.

Dave had never seen the high-and-mighty Mafia daughter in anything other than expensive business suits, with her hair pulled back and her makeup understated, but tonight she wore this chic knock-off cowgirl look well. With her dark wavy hair swinging free around her shoulders, her smooth olive skin glowing, and lips a luscious color of pink to match as well, she could raise the lust level in a saint.

Dave was no saint.

94,000 words, 376 pages 
Each book in theVista Security Series is stand alone but if you'd like to read in order:

The Good Daughter (Vista Security Series Origins Book 1)
Trust No One (Vista Security Series Book 2)
Edge Of Trust (Vista Security Series Book 3)
Forced To Trust (Vista Security Series Book 4 Coming Soon)
and for fans of The Good Daughter, the prequel:
Nia, Be Mine (In Kindle Scout)

Up, Up and Away: The Adventures of Mrs. Hiffen-HopperUp, Up and Away: The Adventures of Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper
Carla Chadwick

A Reimagining of Fairy Tales for Children -- A Color Picture Book Your Child Will Love!

Includes bonus free book characters printable inside!

This fairy tale story has frogs, princesses and all the elements of classic animal tales, but with a modern message.

Join Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper in one of the best new children's books for Kindle as she takes to the sky on an adventure that helps show her children the power of dreaming big. This inspirational book for kids teaches them that they should never fear having big dreams, because they can lead to big rewards! It also shows them how sharing can enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Illustrated in bright, fun colors; Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper the frog, her children, and her forest friends Randa and Mrs. Deerfield, are warm companions that your children will come to love.

This book has a matching set of printable cupcake toppers with likenesses of four of the main characters: Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper, Randa, Princess Stephanie and Princess Melinda. They can also be used as finger puppets! The link to download them is inside the book.

From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking GuideFrom Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide
Thomas B. Dowd III
Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards,
2013 Honorable Mention at the Paris Book Festival in the "How-to" category

Dizzy head. Pounding heart. Shaking limbs. Sweating body. Shallow breathing. Queasy stomach. These symptoms hold people back from what they really want — SUCCESS. Public speakers of all levels will resonate with the concise methods found in From Fear to Success, an easy-to-read guide to overcome anxiety and relate to any audience on their journey to find their communication confidence.

This practical guide will share concise methods to overcome anxiety, relate to any audience, develop an effective presentation, make your message count, and stir emotion. The tips and techniques are bite-sized nuggets that will resonate with speakers of all levels—from those wanting to survive a speech to professionals needing reinforcement to hone their craft. Building off the fundamentals of public speaking and presentation skills, this guide offers a practicality that will stand the test of time. Readers will see that effective public speaking has more to do with confidence than communication skills. Public speaking is everywhere, not just at a podium, and successful public speaking skills can be developed with easy-to-follow steps. Readers will find that their own success, both personal and professional, is directly related to their ability to communicate effectively. Using personal examples of his triumphs and lessons learned, Tom shares his journey to get past the emotion of fear that has gripped everyone at some time in their lives when they stared into a crowd. The techniques included will build the confidence to not just survive one moment, but teach you to play to your own strengths and enjoy a lifetime of effective communication, strong leadership, and lasting personal relationships. Most people already have the groundwork to be a great public speaker. From Fear to Success maneuvers past your trepidations into a new world of self-assurance to build upon this foundation.


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Seems Like Old TimesSeems Like Old Times
Joanne Pence
An emotionally powerful tale of love, loss, and second chances.

Lee Reynolds is unprepared for the torrent of memories that fill her when she returns to her small hometown. She fled soon after high school, breaking ties with her mother and friends, including her high school sweetheart. The reason why is a secret she divulged to only one person, the aunt she turned to during that devastating period.

Lee Reynolds of New York City has achieved more fame, wealth and success than little Lisa Marie Reynolds from Miwok, California, ever imagined possible when she was growing up. Now, she plans to quickly ready her deceased mother’s home for sale, and then to hurry back to New York. But she soon discovers that, as much as she doesn’t want to be there, events conspire to cause her to finally face her past.

The most difficult part of that past is Tony Santos. The poor son of a Mexican ranch hand he, like young Lisa, had big dreams for his future. For a while, the two of them saw their future together. But the ugliness of prejudice and ambition, expectation and failure, got in the way.

Lee is surprised to learn Tony has moved back to Miwok to raise his young son. Little does she expect that her feelings for him are still so strong…or his for her. But it is possible to forget the past? Or if not to forget, to forgive? Both she and Tony have changed a lot. Yet seeing him, simply talking with him, she finds that in her heart, it seems like old times…

JT Kalnay
This is a "point release" of G1.
This version changes two facts in the previous version.
The facts were changed after extensive discussions with two reviewers.

What remains unchanged is that Ginny was bullied as a child. Luckily she had swimming, biking, running, and computer programming to turn to when everyone was against her. Now that she has become a champion triathlete and a gifted hacker a crisis makes her face a choice. Will Ginny embrace her dark side, and continue down the criminal path of hacking? Or will Ginny decide to use her powers for good, and embrace the once-in-a-lifetime athletic gifts she has developed?


Four More Freebies to Round Out Your Weekend

by Alana on February 3, 2013

Ill Wind: A Caribbean Pirate Adventure - Novella (Valkyrie Series Book 2)Ill Wind: A Caribbean Pirate Adventure - Novella (Valkyrie Series Book 2)
Karen Perkins
#1 Bestseller - Sea Adventures
#1 Bestseller - Caribbean Historical Fiction

Gabriella Berryngton is an unhappy and oppressed fourteen-year-old girl living in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1683. She dreams of escaping her bitter, ambitious stepfather and sailing off into the unknown.

Her dreams come true when her stepfather sells her into marriage.

Aboard the Freyja, she is hopeful that her new life in the Dutch West Indies will be an improvement - a hope that dies when she is given a slave, Klara, and a whip. She discovers that her soon-to-be father-in-law is a ruthless slave trader in league with pirates, and her fiancé is cold, unfriendly and disinterested in Gabriella. She is little more than a vessel to provide the next generation of van Eckens.

Largely ignored and desperately unhappy, she and Klara develop a friendship which makes life bearable - at first. Once married, Gabriella's life takes a turn for the worse and she descends into a world of horror and abuse until tensions finally explode. Life will never be the same and she has no choice but to take fate into her own hands.

Ill Wind is also available in the box set: The Valkyrie Series: The First Fleet with Look Sharpe! and Dead Reckoning.

James Blond - Stockport Is too Much: James Blond's most dangerous mission yet!James Blond - Stockport Is too Much: James Blond's most dangerous mission yet!
Terry Ravenscroft
Imagine if James Bond author Ian Fleming had lost several of his marbles and been given a sense of humour along with his action/adventure writing skills and you will get some idea of where Terry Ravenscroft’s James Blond – Stockport is too Much is coming from. If not going to.
Compared to foiling the plans of countless power-hungry villains bent on world domination the bringing to book of the evil Dr Goldnojaws, who only wants to dominate humble Stockport, shouldn’t present too much of a problem for James Blond. However in addition to taking on Goldnojaws and his evil sidekick BloJob, the secret agent has to wrestle with a prostate problem, so things aren’t as straightforward as he would have liked. To make matters worse Blond Girls Pisa Vass, Divine Bottom, Gloria Snockers and Ava Shag aren’t as forthcoming with their favours as he has come to expect.
We join the rip-roaring adventure with Goldnojaws, having seized Stockport, making plans to dominate the rest of the world. Can Blond stop him whilst still finding time to have a pee every twenty minutes? And get laid again, once in a while?
As gripping as Sean Connery’s toupe adhesive, as exciting as Daniel Craig’s swimming trunks, James Blond -Stockport is too Much is a bigger page turner than a homosexual king.

Just one of many 5 star Amazon Reader reviews -
I’d come across Terry Ravenscroft quite recently via an author peer review site, and was delighted to discover how many amusing books he had written. This one lives up to the standard of the others I’ve seen, and keeps carefully just on the tasteful side of crude - I don’t like crudity, sick humour or ‘smut’ but Terry somehow manages to avoid these things while still dealing with the fundamentals of human existence. And James Blond’s spoof credentials don’t stop him from reminding us sometimes of the original, which highlights Ravenscroft’s skill in humorous writing. There are even aliens!
Janey Fisher

James Blond - Stockport is too Much contains some sex scenes and strong language.

How To Raise Godly Teens As A Single Parent (1)How To Raise Godly Teens As A Single Parent (1)
Electra Fernand
Raising teens isn't the easiest thing to do in today's world and doing so as a single parent makes it twice as hard. Even as Godly parents we may still have difficulty doing so. This guide highlights some practical tips that is helpful for the parent and the teenager and also offers a prayer at the end of each chapter.

FARTS Fire In The Hole! (Fart I) A Children’s Fart Book Full of Hilarious Cartoons and JokesFARTS Fire In The Hole! (Fart I) A Children’s Fart Book Full of Hilarious Cartoons and Jokes
Tristen Randall

Kids love FARTS! Fire In The Hole!

"Appalling and Hilarious! Tristen Randall hits the bull's-eye with this one. My sons laugh hysterically every time they open this book. Well written and illustrated, this is sure to be a hit!" ~ Marsha Sacks

"My kids will never be the same! Since reading this kids book, they name every fart! I can't help but laugh! Thank you..I think!" ~ Marla Johnson

"Fire In The Hole! LOL! This is by far the funniest book my kids and I have every purchased online! Sometimes you just have to have fun and nothing is funnier to a kid than fart jokes!" ~ Jonathon Salazar

About FARTS! Fire in the Hole! Fart I

Pure comedy! This is one of the funniest Children's books of the year by one of the year's most surprising young authors, 8 year old Tristen Randall! Flip through the 24 pages of Fart cartoons and fart jokes and find yourself laugh hysterically at this young boy's twisted, stinky sense of humor. Manners? Not in this book! Enjoy FARTS - Fart 1 today!