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My Kindle Blogs

I am sending this post out to each of my blogs, so if you get it more than once feel free to skip on over the second time you see it.

Several times a week, I get asked a question via email along the lines of “…are you the same person who does the other Kindle blog named…?”  The answer is probably, “yes,” as I publish a total of six blogs that are available on the Kindle.

I believe one of the neat things about the Kindle “experience” is your Kindle is much more than an eBook reader – I use the free wireless service to check email, follow the scores for my favorite teams via ESPN’s mobile website, and check the weather forecast. As I type this, there are 13,463 blogs available to be sent directly to your Kindle. Some of them update several times per day, just once a day, a few times per week, or a couple of times per month.

At this time, the only Kindle device you can read a blog on is an actual Kindle and not, for example, any of the Kindle applications on an iPad or droid device, nor can you get a blog subscription on the Kindle for PC application. Why? I don’t know: it seems as if it would be fairly easy to program in the Kindle application, and Amazon (in my opinion) is missing out on one heck of a monthly revenue stream. Amazon really doesn’t promote the Kindle blog arena, and they rarely reply to a question blog publishers pose to them – I wouldn’t be surprised if one day they shut it all down, but that is a topic for another day as well as another blog format.

You can receive blogs on your Kindle Fire, just not as a paid subscription like you can on a “regular” Kindle.  I will send out instructions on how to receive this blog on your Kindle Fire in a separate post.

A blog subscription to be sent directly to your Kindle costs anywhere from 99 cents to $1.99 per month – I don’t know how they come up with the pricing as Amazon sets the pricing on the blogs. With respect to each of my blogs on the Kindle platform, they are priced at 99 cents each per month: of that amount, Amazon gets 69 cents and I get 30 cents. As you can probably guess, I am not getting rich off of this but it does allow me to purchase a few woodworking tools on occasion, and is helping to pay for my Christmas vacation! Hmm, with Amazon receiving 70% of the revenue, it makes me wonder even more why blogs are not allowed / available on other Kindle applications such as the Kindle for iPad / PC / Droid, etc.

Amazon allows you to check each blog out for free on your Kindle for a two-week period, and you can cancel within that two-week period at any time with no cost to you. There are quite a few blogs out there I think are pretty interesting, and I subscribe to a few myself.

In no particular order, here are the six blogs I have available for reading on your Kindle.

Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips

Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips is my largest blog in terms of Kindle subscribers as well as the number of people who either read it on the web, email subscription, Facebook, and Twitter. I’ve been very fortunate with this blog as it has been the #1 bestselling Kindle blog for over a year now. What is it all about? As new free titles become available in the Amazon Kindle store or places in addition to the Kindle store, I provide a brief synopsis of the book as well as the link to download it to your Kindle for your enjoyment.

Based upon my own experiences as well as what I have been able to find out from others, I also provide reviews of and information about the numerous sites that offer free material, tips on how to maximize your Kindle experience, and various other Kindle-related information I think is interesting. Maybe you will, too. If you would like to check it out the free two-week trial of this blog, you can just type in www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser: this shortened web address will save you from typing in a really long series of characters and will take you right to the blog’s Amazon page.

From the blog page on Amazon, just click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page. You have two weeks to try it out for free (and free is the name of the game).


Bible Verse of the Day

If you did a search for my name in the Kindle Blog section of the Amazon store, you will also see the Bible Verse of the Day blog I also publish: you can check out the two-week free trial if you type inhttp://tinyurl.com/bvoftheday into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

Any receipts I receive from Amazon for this blog (again, after Amazon’s cut) are donated to The Nehemiah Center of Houston, a Houston, TX based charity which is a Christian-based organization that offers academic, emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual enrichment to the children and families in the MacGregor Elementary School Area just outside Houston’s Third Ward. I have visited this facility, and they are making a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of at-risk children. You can find out more about the Nehemiah Center of Houston by pointing your web browser to www.nehemiah1.org

Thanks to the generosity of this blog’s subscribers as well as their direct contributions, collectively we have donated just over $4,900 to this charity in a little over two years.

 

Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less)

This is a supplemental blog to my Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog. Each weekday, I spotlight a book in the Amazon Kindle store that costs all of a dollar or less (sometimes free) with an emphasis on the independent author.

The main purpose of this blog is to focus on the many independent, self-published authors that typically fall under the radar screen amidst all of the noise from the “headline” authors I have really enjoyed. I think you will enjoy it, too, as you will come across recommendations of many genres – plus the purchase price of one dollar (or less) is a pretty easy price point vs. throwing down ten or more bucks for something.

You can check out the two-week free trial if you type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

 

Trivia of the Day

This blog features random trivia and facts hand-picked and designed to give you a “leg-up” on your friends, relatives, and co-workers…you should know this stuff! If you read this one for just a week, you will know a heck of a lot of random trivia and people may think you are like Cliff from “Cheers.” To try out the two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/toftheday into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.


Quote of the Day

This blog features inspiring quotes from famous and everyday people to start your day – sometimes wise, sometimes humorous, you are sure to find something that will inspire you in your walk of life. To try out this one’s two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/qoftheday into your computer’s web browser click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.


On This Day in History

Have you ever wondered what happened on a particular day, such as historical events, birthdays, deaths, worldwide holidays, etc.? Well, the On This Day in History blog will tell you – every morning you will receive the unique events of that day directly to your Kindle. The listed events are not just USA-specific, but worldwide. To try out this one’s two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/otdhistory into your computer’s web browser click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips or type in http://www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser.

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

 

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Jockeys and Jewels

Jockeys and Jewels by Bev Pettersen is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 35 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/tamPLI into your computer’s web browser.

Category: Sports / Mystery / Romance

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Racehorse trainer, Kurt MacKinnon, resents being yanked into undercover police work. But when his ex-partner is murdered, Kurt is determined to find the killer and moves his third-string Thoroughbreds to the backwater track where his partner was last seen alive.

Julie West, a struggling and dedicated jockey, pins her dreams of an elusive win on the new trainer in town, never suspecting she’s a person of interest—and not because of her riding skills.

Kurt didn’t expect his contrary colt to flourish under Julie’s feminine touch nor for his own rusty heart to soften. However, his deceit sucks them both into the cross hairs of a killer, and suddenly much more than their love is in danger.

Published Monday – Friday (with an occasional weekend post) this blog, Kindle Books for a Buck or Less, primary focus is on the independent author as there are jewels beyond the “name brand” authors. If you would like to try out the free two-week trial subscription on your Kindle, click here or type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author!

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

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A Perfect Gem

 

A Perfect Gem by Winslow Eliot is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 15 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/vlJtwb into your computer’s web browser.

Category: Mystery and Thriller

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the ‘getaway’ cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one. . .

Published Monday – Friday (with an occasional weekend post) this blog, Kindle Books for a Buck or Less, primary focus is on the independent author as there are jewels beyond the “name brand” authors. If you would like to try out the free two-week trial subscription on your Kindle, click here or type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author!

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

 

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A Family Affair

 

A Family Affair by Mary Campisi is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 17 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/uZ8gxZ into your computer’s web browser.

Category: Contemporary Fiction

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the ‘getaway’ cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one. . .
Published Monday – Friday (with an occasional weekend post) this blog, Kindle Books for a Buck or Less, primary focus is on the independent author as there are jewels beyond the “name brand” authors. If you would like to try out the free two-week trial subscription on your Kindle, click here or type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author!

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

 

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Falling Star

 

Falling Star by Philip Chen is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 51 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/oBtbSh into your computer’s web browser.

Category: Science Fiction

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Only One Man Can Save the Planet – But He Just Died.

Mysterious but silent objects have been found buried deep in the murky depths of the ocean. Dormant for decades, they are now awake and sending messages to outer space. Mike, pulled back into a clandestine world to finish a job he started as a young Navy Ensign and help decipher these strange messages, is attacked by gangs of ordinary Americans and must fight for his very life.

As he struggles through these challenges, Mike also learns that a revered friend has died. With the death of this friend, is mankind’s last hope for understanding the signals lost forever in the silt and muck of the ocean bottom?

From the deepest reaches of the abyssal plains to the arid but mystically beautiful deserts of the American Southwest, Falling Star takes you on a journey through the darkest aspects of human existence to enlightenment of mankind’s soul. It is a realistically written novel and contains scenes of graphic violence and strong language.

Published Monday – Friday (with an occasional weekend post) this blog, Kindle Books for a Buck or Less, primary focus is on the independent author as there are jewels beyond the “name brand” authors. If you would like to try out the free two-week trial subscription on your Kindle, click here or type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author!

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

 

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Bye Bye Baby

 

Bye Bye Baby by Allan Guthrie is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 23 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/vGj4o6 into your computer’s web browser.

Category: Mystery & Thrillers

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

A UK Kindle Store Top Ten Bestseller

When a seven-year-old boy disappears after school, the case is handed to Detective Frank Collins. He’s been looking to lead a high-profile case for a while, and sets out determined to prove his worth. But the missing schoolboy is only a trigger for another crime. Someone is intent on exploiting the boy’s grief-stricken mother. And they have plans for Frank Collins too.

Praise for BYE BYE BABY

“The approach is so fresh that it makes the whole thing feel like the first time I’ve read a police story” Do Some Damage

“…a purely original, funny, sharp piece of writing. It has a plot that develops in an unorthodox, non-linear fashion–hardly resembling many of the police procedurals I’ve read. It’s often noted that Guthrie is one of the top working mystery writers, and he certainly lives up to that reputation…” Death By Killing

“A story that moves quickly, in short chapters of crisp prose, with plenty of plot turns to hold the attention, and characters you can love and others you can hate… Like Guthrie’s full-length novels, Bye Bye Baby is sly, noir as all hell (more noir than some, actually), and it just might bring a tear of pity to your eyes. It’s a police procedural filled with incident and back story, and man, what an ending.” Detectives Beyond Borders

“…a dark, clever, funny and sad story which races along to reach a smart conclusion. A tough and lovely slice of the hard side of life.” You Would Say That, Wouldn’t You?

Praise for SLAMMER

“SLAMMER is the most relentlessly page-turning novel this reviewer has come across in a long, long time, but Guthrie does so much more than just throw visceral action and sharp banter at the reader, teasing and cajoling us with red herrings and subtle foreshadowing, delving deep inside a mind that is quickly unravelling into psychotic madness. At SLAMMER’s core is a surprisingly subtle examination of what it means to be good or evil, and how easily that distinction can become blurred. Guthrie creates empathy for all his characters – there are no faceless monsters here – and in portraying the prisoners and their guards as two sides of the same human coin, he nails a universal truth about the nature of life and about the way we differentiate good and bad, sanity and madness.” The Scotsman

“This is Guthrie’s masterpiece to date, grim and brutal in tone, cunning in design and flawless in the telling. Guthrie keeps the numerous plot turns both exciting and believable. There is a surprise twist in the middle of the novel that stuns the reader and makes the pace even faster…SLAMMER is not only artful, it’s real art.” Bookgasm

“…an absolute masterpiece, really should be at the top of everyone’s “must-read” list” Eurocrime

“…a gripping psychological crime novel. When we speak of those on the forefront of dark fiction …Guthrie’s name is near the top of the list, and SLAMMER proves why.” Bookspot Central

“a dark jigsaw-puzzle of a book… expect moments of ‘oh, I see!’ mingled with sharp sadness. Nick Glass is an unforgettable protagonist and Guthrie has placed him in a darkly tragic, poignant, and ultimately satisfying psychological thriller.” The Drowning Machine

“Guthrie’s prose is a series of short, sharp shocks, reeking of the visceral brutality of the toughest contemporary noir… those who enjoy the darker side of the genre are in for some serious thrills.” The Guardian

“one of the best thrillers of the year” The Editor’s Notebook

Published Monday – Friday (with an occasional weekend post) this blog, Kindle Books for a Buck or Less, primary focus is on the independent author as there are jewels beyond the “name brand” authors. If you would like to try out the free two-week trial subscription on your Kindle, click here or type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author!

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

 

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Wrecker

Wrecker by Dave Conifer is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on 39 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/phKS4p into your computer’s web browser.

Category: Thriller

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Jane thought a loveless marriage was as bad as it could get.

Steve thought life was perfect with a hired man to do his chores.

They were both wrong.

Jane Havelock is coping a day at a time in a bad marriage when her husband Steve hires handyman Rob Manteo for a never-ending series of odd jobs around the house. At first Jane is repulsed by Manteo, a huge, muscular man with primitive communication skills. But revulsion reluctantly gives way to curiosity and even fascination as loneliness drives her into a precarious friendship with Manteo. He’s morose and mysterious, but there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye. He seems to be hiding something.

As her marriage and her husband’s career crumble around her, Jane digs into Manteo’s past and uncovers a horrible secret. She knows now that it was more than chance that brought Manteo into their world, but it may be too late.

Published Monday – Friday (with an occasional weekend post) this blog, Kindle Books for a Buck or Less, primary focus is on the independent author as there are jewels beyond the “name brand” authors. If you would like to try out the free two-week trial subscription on your Kindle, click here or type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author!

 

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