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What to Read for Free on Jan. 25th, 2018

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Today I tried to pick a variety of books from Amazon's Top 100 Free list, including a couple of nonfiction titles. 


Today at #16 with  4.5 stars on 311 reviews. This is a time-travel romance.

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Who says it all has to be fiction? I am pleasantly surprised to find a book on Linux on our list. I happen to be an Ubuntu enthusiast. I think this book will be of interest to anyone interested in learning a little about an alternative to Windows. At number 46 today, 4.4 stars on 129 reviews.



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Lately, Amazon has been including little jewels of literature, usually classics, as Free offerings in the Top 100 Free. This one listing is a real gem. It includes Franz Kafka's greatest works. Don't know who Franz Kafka was? This book is a great way to find out!





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This is a YA read with lots of dragons in it. I love dragons, so I could not pass on it. 4.3 stars on 435 reviews. It sits at #76.


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What to Read for Free Today: Jan 18th, 2018

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With the exception of the first pick, a mystery, the other books are all different types of romance novels. Sorry, guys!

There is plenty to choose from today as the two-dozen or so tawdry titles I recently highlighted miraculously disappeared from the list yesterday. No fault of mine, I assure you. Maybe Amazon finally caught on to the bad grammar.




This is impressive; a book with a 4.9 stars average in 65 reviews! I could not pass it. I'm not a lover of the serial killer vs FBI agent genre, but such high scores can't lie.


#72 on Amazon's Top 100 Free today.



Historical romantic suspense with 558 reviews. Love dark Gothic!

#11 on Top 100 Free today.



I have been a lover of time-travel romance since my first reading of Outlander. This one has 464 reviews for a 4.4 stars average. I love the title.

#19 on Top 100 Free today.


For those who love contemporary romance, here is a promising one with 4.5 stars average out of 95 reviews. Set in Alaska, a place I'd love to visit someday…

Review

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As I promised yesterday, I read Owned by the Dark Dragon  by Hollie Hutchins. This is a title that placed in the Kindle Top 100 Free, and part of a genre that emphasizes suggestive titles and lurid covers. The prospective reader will expect highly erotic content. In this case, the reader would be totally disappointed unless he is maybe a high-school student.

I will do my best to be fair to the author while remaining honest for the reader's sake. A reviewer's duty is to the reader.

First, this novella (really a long, short story) is in first-draft condition. It seems to be a first writing; it lacks even the most minimal editing. The following are examples from the first few pages.

...hoping to further herself from the chaos.
A correct usage would be ...hoping to distance herself from the chaos

Sinome spoke as he titled his head towards her,...
I hope he "tilted" rather than titled.

...regardless of how bazzar it all must be for her.
I think the author meant to use the w…

What to Read for Free on Jan 16, 2018

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For those readers who may find fault, this is obviously written with tongue-in-cheek.

Kindle's Top 100 Free is the place to go if you want to read free, tawdry titles with truly hilarious covers. In Smashwords, you also get the free, tawdry titles but without the hillarious covers. 

Judging by the rankings, there are plenty of readers out there downloading these free books.

First, let me tell you that it's not easy making the list. There are at least 100,000 free offerings not placing in the top 100 free, including my excellent Vampire, Not Monster.

Remember that the placings change constantly according to how many downloads take place each hour. After a while, I stopped writing down the numbers.

There are authors who have multiple listings in the Top 100 Free. Elena Davinski, Daniella Wright, Malcolm Bryant, and Holly Hutchins all have multiple books in today's list.


Elena Davinski has two books in the Top 100 Free today.

This book has no reviews. It comes in at #42 on the li…

New Cover

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I have been updating some of my book covers recently. Daniel's Fork, the first novel I wrote, has always been problematic when it comes to cover ideas. It's a story set in the future, but it's not a technological, sci-fi-type future. It's characters are hard to illustrate with contemporary images and stock photography. 

I love the image of the healer as the focus of the old cover, but I wanted to bring some color and a lighter tone to the new one. The result is this new cover. The added character is Susanna, the center of the mystery. She is a beautiful, lusty girl and a fitting contrast to the healer. I hope you like the new cover.

What to Read? Part 7

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Finally, back to normalcy. First thing I did was check the Amazon Top 100 Free. After all, I need to put some meat on the brand-new Kindle Fire my son gave me for Christmas. Here are some promising reads that you can download for free today and possibly the next few days.

https://www.amazon.com/Follow-Me-Down-Gordon-MacKinney-ebook/dp/B077YZMFBK/

This book has 11 reviews but all are 5 stars.



https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Blade-Soul-Eater-Book-ebook/dp/B01I4YBIQS/

This book has 132 reviews, 4.3 stars average.



https://www.amazon.com/Touched-Marnie-Baranuik-Files-Book-ebook/dp/B01GGVL5HS/

This book has 640 reviews! Not bad. Its has 4.3 stars average.



https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Corrie-Badge-Honor-Heroes-ebook/dp/B0193Z89B4

This book has 247 reviews with a 4.7 stars average. That's a great score.




https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Storm-Rakes-Rebels-Raveneau-ebook/dp/B005DJ93EW/

This book has 766 reviews with a 4.3 stars average. Impressive!




I have read none of these books. I chose them becau…

New Year, New Resolutions, New Projects!

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I love a new year. It's like being reborn. I can fool myself that all past misdeeds and errors have been forgiven, and I am a new person. Almost. This year I've made a resolution not to have any new resolutions. Does that make sense? It does to me. I am thankful to be alive, that my family is well, and that the island is coming back to normal faster than any of us expected.

It has been  over three months since hurricane Maria disrupted all our lives. For me, at least, most things are back to their usual state. I have electricity, running water, cell phone service, and Internet. My neighborhood looks pretty much recovered. The greenery has come back with surprising vigor. This, of course, is not the case everywhere else; there are still towns where the destruction was more severe and things are still being repaired and worked.

I now have the time to return to my writing. My next installment of the Angel's Guardian series has begun. The working title is Heart of Stone. I'…