Kindle Freebies: Naughty Nooners

Just a FYI for everyone:  There seems to be abundance of smutty short stories available for free on Kindle right now.  One of my goodreads groups says they are called “Naughty Nooners” because they can be read at lunch.  Heehee.   Here is a link to one:

Erotique

And another:

Shapeshiter’s Craving

But there are several others.  Just go to: amazon.com –> Kindle –> Books –> Kindle Bestsellers and scroll through the right column where the free books are listed.  I haven’t read any yet, but I plan on checking them out later.  Enjoy!

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Why I Heart My Kindle: In Depth

I have gotten so many questions about my kindle lately; I thought I would write a VERY detailed description of the pros and cons of owning a Kindle. 

Pros: 

  1. Physical:  Since owning the Kindle I have realized the beauty of reading hands free.  If you are sitting on the couch, or curled up in bed, you can rest the kindle on your knees.  You only have to free a hand long enough to click the next page button.  You don’t have to worry about a heavy hard back sliding off your lap on onto your poor dog who insists on sleeping on your feet.  No pages to handle, which is oh-so-nice on a windy day (or breezy locale like the beach or a cruise ship pool deck).  No wrist aches from holding books open.  An added bonus is I have mastered resting my kindle on my knees while holding a wine glass in the other.  There really isn’t anything that makes me happier than this set-up (too bad wine makes me so sleepy). 
  2. Convenience:  Have you ever been in the middle of a series on a Sunday night and finished a book with a huge cliffhanger only to realize the bookstores are closed and you are basically screwed until the next day?  That is not a concern with a Kindle.  While I do find it easier to get on amazon.com to search for books, you can get books directly on your Kindle in the Kindle store.  No book has ever taken longer than 30 seconds for me to download, and I have only had a problem finding a book I wanted two or three times.  You just really can’t beat the speed and ease of getting books this way.
  3. Reading on the Sly:  If you are like me, you read some sexy books with unfortunate covers.  I cannot tell you how many times I recommend books to my friends and get the reply “there is no way I am carrying around a book with a cover like that!”  Well, I can’t really argue with that, but I honestly don’t even think about covers unless I am adding them to the blog.  To be honest, I might have passed on half the books currently sitting in my archive if I had to carry around the actual book.  And now that I have this blog and so many new bloggy friends, so of my reading selections are even more risqué, so the no cover thing is really great.
  4. Highlighting and Bookmarking:  I really didn’t use these features until I started the blog.  I quickly learned I was missing out on serious coolness.  The bookmark feature makes the page look like you folded the edge, which I think is so effing cute.  And when you highlight an area, you can then type comments, which are all collected on one page you can pull up at any time.  So handy for writing book reviews.  (I am also really looking forward to going back one day and reading my comments!  There are several “super hotness!”  or “That Bastard!” tags all over my e-books)
  5. No backlight:  I know a lot of people see this as a flaw, but I think the e-ink technology and lack of backlighting is so much easier on the eyes.  Like 99.9% of the population, I spend most of the day staring at a computer screen, so I really don’t want that effect when I read at home.  I have tried reading via the kindle for PC app and I think it’s too harsh on the eyes.  Plus there are several attachable lights available, so I have never missed the lack of backlighting at all.  This is actually the main reason I have no interest in the iPad.
  6. Available space:  My little Smut Slut (my Kindle) and I are quickly approaching our 1st anniversary as Kindle and Wife.  I read A LOT and I think I can still put about 1000 books on her before I need to start serious archiving.  But until then, I am just being lazy about it.
  7. Covers, Skins, Floatation Devices:  Actually, this might actually be a con, because if you want to lose a day of your life, start looking at all of your options for protecting your Kindle.  There are thousands, all different styles, colors, materials.  My litte Smut Slut is currently rockin’ a fuschia silicone skin, but it’s getting a little worn, so she has a UGA red skin waiting in her drawer.
  8. Kindle Freebies and Cheapies: This is by far my favorite thing about the Kindle.  I have discovered countless authors, series and subgenres this way.  It seems that more publishers are catching onto this, and are now releasing books and novellas (at least in UF and PNR) free for a limited time.  Is this a shameless ploy to suck you into a series that is already 9 books strong? Of course.  (*cough* The Hollows)  Do I care? Nope.  I think I can safely say that 30-50% of my Kindle books have resulted from free downloads and I have really enjoyed almost all of them.
  9. Free Samples:  For every free book I have enjoyed, there are about 3 samples sitting on my Kindle that were never purchased.  Usually you can get at least the first chapter of a book (sometimes 2) free so you can decide whether you want to make the purchase.  I LOVE this feature as I can usually tell immediately whether I will like the book enough to finish it.

 

Cons:

  1. …This is harder than the pros.  My biggest issue right now with the Kindle is more with Amazon the e-book wars.  I won’t start ranting about that here, but you can just google “e-book wars” and learn all about the BS going on with Amazon and the big publishers.  Basically, if a big release for one of your favorite series is coming out soon (*cough* Lover Mine *cough*), you may not be able to get it on Kindle because the publishers want to be able to charge more than $9.99 and Amazon is against this.  I think this will all work itself out like the napster/mp3 drama years ago, but Kindle owners who just want to read their favorite books are caught in the crossfire until then.
  2. Pasty skin:  The Kindle is all stark white and pasty.  If you are wearing make-up, scratch your face and then hold your Kindle, it will also be wearing make-up.  So basically, you need a cover of some sort, or you will get up close and personal with all the grime that lives on your body.  Ick.
  3. Missing Books:  This has only happened a few times, but it was more than enough to send me cussing around the house as I got dressed to head to B&N.  I was reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I had read the first 5 or so, and then I went to buy the 6th in the Kindle store and for some reason it wasn’t available.  No idea why.  But now I have ONE book from the series sitting on my bookshelf.  Grrrrr. 
  4. Jealous Husband/Kids/Dogs/Friends:  Owning a Kindle has seriously impacted my social life.  My reading stamina has greatly increased (see Pros).  And since I don’t have to worry about going to bookstores, when I finish a book, I just start another one immediately.  …This sounds gross and pathetic so I am moving on.
  5. The Damn ‘Buy with 1 click’ button:  My credit card attached to my Kindle HATES ME.  Amazon makes it way too easy to spend money on the Kindle.  Once you store your credit card information, you never have to do it again.  This has gotten me into serious trouble when I go on pre-order shopping sprees.  So dangerous. 

 

I think that’s it. I have thought of every possible scenario in which I have done something other than sigh happily when holding my wonderful Kindle.  If I have left something out, feel free to ask.  As you can see, I have no problem talking about this.

Kindle Freebies and Cheapies

Found these today while cruising amazon for new books! Fairly soon Amazon will be splitting the Kindle bestseller list in to free downloads and regular-priced downloads, so hunting for great bargains will be even easier!  Haven’t read any of these yet, but if you have, let me know! 

 The Scent of Shadows Free with Bonus Material By Vicky Pettersson

 When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert.  By rights, she should be dead.

Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset—a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow—seeking answers to whom or what she really is . . . and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.

But the nightmare is just beginning-for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful shadows want her for their own . . .       

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Forbidden: The Sacrifice (Book 1) By Samantha Somersby

There’s a fine line between mysticism and madness…one they must cross to win.

Forbidden, Book 1

London psychiatrist Wesley Atherton is a man of science. He doesn-t believe in love at first sight…until he finds himself inexplicably drawn to a green-eyed American beauty he bumps into on the Tube. Just his luck, Katherine, a fashion design intern, has an engagement ring on her finger.

 

Wes knows a thing or two about people, though. Instinct tells him there’s something more than irresistible temptation behind their attraction. She doesn-t love her fiance, he’s sure of it-now if only he can convince her they’re meant to be together.

Surviving a deadly train wreck is the first sign his intuition is spot on. The second-a psychic who warns them the Reaper doesn’t like to be cheated out of its quarry. The situation defies all logic, but a string of strange and lethal events convinces Wes that he and Katherine are living on borrowed time. Pitted in a battle against death itself, Wes will do anything, make any sacrifice, to protect the woman he loves.

This book has been substantially revised and expanded from its original published version.

Warning: This book contains one bad-ass demon, spectacular shagging, a feisty American heroine, and one very hot, very British, knife-wielding shrink.      

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Dragon Keeper Free Edition with Bonus Material (Kindle Edition) By Robin Hobb

 Enter the spellbinding world of dragons . . . and those who tend them

One of the most gifted fantasy authors writing today, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb has dazzled readers with brilliantly imaginative, emotionally resonant, and compulsively readable tales set in far-flung realms not unlike our own. In this enthralling new novel, she returns to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies with a story of dragons and humans, return and rebirth, and the search for meaning, belonging, and home.

For years, the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans. But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon Tintaglia. In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at sea-to find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species. But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die. The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.

But Tintaglia has vanished and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons. The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage-or die along the river’s acidic muddy banks. To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons’ uncertain ancestral memories.

To ensure their safe passage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home. Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy Trader’s wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert. The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons: Thymara can instinctively communicate with them, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty, has devoted her life to studying them.

Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River-an extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and one another, as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams.     

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And finally, one of my favorite series is coming to an end, and it was such a pleasant surprise to see that the Kindle Pre-order is only $5.19!!!  (which is really good for new releases lately)  If you haven’t read the Riley Jensen series, you are really missing out!

Moon Sworn By Keri Arthur (Riley Jensen #9)

 

Some nights never end.
Some desires never die. . . .
 
Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death—causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead—and at Riley’s own hands. Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley—including her job at the Directorate. 
Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up. Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings. A vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother—and even her own identity. Can Riley survive this ultimate assault? All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever.      

 

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Cover Contemplations

If you can’t tell, I have really been into urban fantasy and paranormal romance for a while now.  I love the fun plots, the crazy action, and the super sexy men.  I have recommended quite a few books to my friends that read the Twilight series and wanted more sexy vamps and possibly even ::GASP:: sex! (Twilight is the gateway drug of PNR, I swear).  The problem is, I talk up the book, rave about the hotness and then when they go to buy, they shy away from the covers.  I don’t think about book covers much anymore because of my glorious Kindle, but others really struggle with toting around a book with writhing bodies or random half nekkid chicks on the cover.  I can’t argue with this, especially if you are someone who likes to keep your book with you at all times.  The last thing you need is some skeezer walking up and starting a conversation with you because he sees you reading some smutty (but fantastic!) romance novel at a doctor’s office or worse…work.  Especially if said skeezer walks up right as that vamp/shifter/were threesome you’ve been waiting on for 200 pages really takes off!!  I have no issue with covers that accurately depict what a book is about even if it does look like most others, like Kim Harrison’s Black Magic Sanction.

The heroine, Rachel, admittedly likes slutty clothes (it’s a running joke in the series), and there actually is a gargoyle in the book, so this cover makes sense.  But some covers have the random bare-midriffed chick on the cover, when she isn’t actually in the book.  For example, I just finished A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix.  Here is the cover: 

 

The heroine, Heather, is an FBI agent with long, red, curly hair.  Throughout the book, her attire is described as slacks and a sweater or button-down shirt.  No leather, no halter tops, no going undercover as a stripper, no secret half-succubus DNA, just a plain Jane government agent.  So who the hell is this on the cover??  Are we putting the random bartender that was mentioned on one page on covers now??  Has there been some sort of study that links bare-midriffed women to UF/PNR book sales?  And why are there never any faces?? Just midriffs and tattooed backs.  A tramp stamp does not a good book make!  Like I said, none of this actually bothers me, but I am really sick of raving about books like the Immortals After Dark series and my friends being like “there is no way I am toting this around:”

What can you say to that? I wouldn’t carry it around either! Well…yeah I would, but only because I know how great they are!  It’s really hard to suck people into the genre if they treat the book cover like it’s smeared with syphilis!  But not all are like this; I LOVED the cover of Acheron: 

 

Even dudes could carry this around shame-free!  So I am wondering, why are most UF/PNR covers so cheesy?  Is this a shout-out to romance purists who just can’t let go of the Fabio era?  DO these covers actually increase sales?  Are most not concerned with this? Are my friends overly snobby and/or too concerned with their street-cred?  I mean, no one is asking for all covers to look like Pride and Prejudice (sans zombies), but if they must feature scantily clad women, could these women actually be in the book?  Just wondering.

(I know I am not the only one who notices this, here is a link to UF book cover parade:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxSwr130ptw)

Kindle Freebies and Cheapies

In the search for my next read, I came across quite a few free or almost free downloads, so I thought I would share.   I haven’t read any of these, and they may go directly to the archive after the 1st page, but you never know, this is how I found the Fever series! 

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker By Leanna Renee Hieber 

Six young men and women are called to protect the living world from the dead in Hieber’s Gothic romance debut. Mysterious powers give Alexi and his peers the mission of keeping the restless dead in line and seeking a prophesied seventh guardian. Miss Percy Parker, an albino orphan with a talent for languages, fills none of their expectations, but Alexi is drawn to her all the same. Hieber draws Victorian London as beautiful and grim, with depictions of Jack the Ripper as a nightmarish many-headed hound alongside charming descriptions of the Athens Academy, Percy’s boarding school, and Greek mythology that smartly draws together various elements of the story. The supporting characters are nuanced and appealing but given short shrift by the narrow focus on Percy and Alexi, though future sequels may give them more room to play. Hieber’s debut shows great potential, and readers will want to revisit her intriguing world.  

   

Wicked Lovely By Melissa Marr 

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.  Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty-especially if they learn of her Sight-and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.  Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.  Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.  Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.  But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost-regardless of her plans or desires.  Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything. 

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning 21st century faery tale. 

   

Bite Me By Parker Blue 

An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hellhound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not. 


  

To find these and more go to:  Amazon.com -> Kindle Books ->Kindle Bestsellers

Summer Reading Gear

I am a classy lady.  No really, I am.  I have a raging potty mouth, a blog that pretends to be about books but is really about hotness, and the only wine I drink is pink and comes out of a box.   I also like to tote my Kindle around in a plastic storage bag when in or around large bodies of water.  It’s effective and super fancy.  But this past weekend was my 29.10th birthday and one of my lovely lady friends got me a woozie: 

Yep, that’s right, a wine glass koozie.  My woozie has inspried me to step my game up in the reading accessory department.  Luckily, the people over at M-edge are ready to make that happen for me.  Check it:

It’s the Guardian Case for Kindle.  And it floats…upright.  That’s right…when I get all…happy with my pink wine woozie, I don’t even have to worry about holding my kindle.  IT. WILL. FLOAT.  All I have to do is find a way to push the buttons.  Sweeeeeeet.  Alas, my polycarbonate savior isn’t for sale yet, according to M-edge it will be available in “Spring 2010.”  Hopefully this actually means Spring and not June like it does for the a**holes at Universal who are making me wait until then for a butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

So, come “Spring,” I will be even fancier.  Just need to find a plastic wine glass for the woozie and some sort of Franzia floatation device (any help on this would be great) and then I will be in complete Kindlelicious-Skin-Cancery-Bliss.  Cheers!

M-edge Guardian:

http://www.medgestore.com/products/kindle2-guardian.psp