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WEEKENDER

January 15, 2012    

Before we get into this week's freebies, meaty news briefs, and an interesting story on how indie authors are using the new KDP Select program to connect with more readers than ever, there are two new developments we want to make sure we share ... and perhaps you'll help spread the word among others whom you think may be interested.

First, we appreciate the opportunity to share with your about great reads at great prices on Kindle, but we want to hear from you, too. So we've created a new nightly feature called The Night Shift on our Facebook page, and we invite you to participate! Here's a link to how it went one evening this week.

Second, by popular demand, we've added a Religious Fiction category to our magical Free Book Search tool as well as our tools to find Quality 99-Centers and Kindle Lending Library titles. The category listings are located in the left sidebar on our Kindle Nation Daily website.

And now, on with the show!
 

 

Steve Windwalker 


 



 


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  May 1953.There are so many different ways of saving money on content for your Kindle dedicated eInk reader or Kindle Fire tablet that it can be hard to keep them all straight. But we don't want you to miss out on any of these opportunities, so we're going to try to organize them for you here in a new section each week.

Heads Up! Just Hours Left to Enter This Week's Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes, Sponsored by Bonnie Trachtenberg, author of WEDLOCKED


 

Feeling lucky?

 

Did you win a Kindle Fire tablet this week?

 

If you are James Speiser of Grants Pass, Oregon, you did. James won his on Monday in last week's Kindle Nation Daily KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes, and when it arrives at his home today he will become the 14th citizen of Kindle Nation to win a Kindle Fire from us in the past few months.

 

But we'd like for you to be one of the 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us during the remainder of 2012, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post -- by 12 noon Eastern on Monday January 16 -- to have a great chance to win.

But first, a word from ... Today's Sponsor

Like each one of our weekly sweepstakes, this week's giveaway is sponsored by a talented author who has proven to be a favorite with our readers.

Wedlocked author Bonnie Trachtenberg is springing for the Kindle Fire that could very well end up with your name on it, so it only makes sense to pay it forward and stimulate both your karma and your imagination at the same time by chancing 99 cents to grace your Kindle with a novel that is averaging 4.8 stars on 42 out of 44 rave reviews from discriminating readers like us.

Here's the scoop on Wedlocked:

Wedlocked: A Novel

by Bonnie Trachtenberg

4.8 stars - 44 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Reviews

  • "Wedlocked speaks to so many people...Trachtenberg's appealing wit and ability to create characters that jump off the page and into our hearts has a lot to do with it...I highly recommend this book." -The Long Island Tribune
  • "I laughed out loud at this story. Got a tad teary here and there and I also loved every page I read. Ms. Trachtenberg is a hoot! If you're looking for a gift novel, here it is-give it to yourself first!!" -Nancy Erickson, Cheryl's Book Nook
  • "Wedlocked is a wonderful, amusing escape...you will find yourself laughing throughout the book...Don't miss the read....it is splendid!!!  You will love it....I certainly did." Five Stars-Silver's Reviews
  • "Trachtenberg's story is not only moving, but inspiring..a beautiful story about friends, family, dreams and most importantly second chances in love and life...I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wedlocked...I highly recommend this novel." Five Stars-Boekie's Book Reviews
  • "Bonnie Trachtenberg is T-A-L-E-N-T-E-D! WOW! LOVED this one! This is a story that will have you smiling, frowning and everything in between!...DEFINITELY highly recommend with 5 Books and two thumbs up! I can't wait to see what Ms. Trachtenberg has in store next for her new found fans!" -ReviewsbyMolly.com
  • "Wedlocked is a transformational novel, filled with family, friends, love, heartache, and redemption, just like real life-only much, much funnier! Enjoy!" -PopcornReads.com
  • "This book has everything - drama, humor, sadness and even some adventure tossed in. Wedlocked is a fast-paced book that makes you giggle and cry at the same time...I didn't want this book to end." -Five Stars (Kitties)-Socrates Book Reviews
  • "I can't quite put my finger on what makes Wedlocked so special. Is it the strong characters...or is it the universal story of trying to live up to other's expectations while staying true to your own dreams? Whatever it is, Wedlocked is a fun, emotional and intensely satisfying read that I would highly recommend." -
  • Hands and Home

Here's the set-up:

On what should be the happiest day of her life, Rebecca Ross is panic stricken. Rebecca has just wed Craig Jacobs, but she realizes she put more thought into choosing her florist than she did in choosing the man she's just pledged to love for the rest of her life.

Before Craig, Rebecca, a talented Long Island girl, dreamed of following in her grandmother's footsteps with an acting career. Unfortunately, she was cut down to size by years of disappointment, and by her first love-a Hollywood director. She returned to Long Island a lost and broken woman, and ended up in the last place she ever wanted: her old bedroom at her parents' house.

But Rebecca's mother, an overzealous convert to Judaism, has a long held dream too: marry off her three daughters to Jewish men. So no one is more thrilled than her when Rebecca meets and marries bon vivant Craig Jacobs, the man who has won over the whole family. Too bad they're all about to discover that underneath his charismatic shell, this Prince Charming is anything but!


"Wedlocked is a funny, warm, and engaging story about life, love, marriage and family. This page-turner is the perfect summer read!" -Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Social Lives

 

And here, just in case you forgot, are the details on how to

Enter Our KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes:

  • There's no purchase required, but we do need you to go to our Kindle Nation Facebook page and "Like" us if you have not done so already.
  • You'll need to do this on a computer rather than a smartphone, and you should give the page a few seconds to load, because for some reason it takes a little longer.
  • Then just follow the prompts to enter the sweepstakes, and you're done! 
  • Limit of one entry per weekly sweepstakes, but feel free to enter every single week!

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SPONSORThis Week's Sponsor:

The Guild of the Cowry Catchers
by Abigail Hilton

   
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by Abigail Hilton
4.8 stars - 6 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

GET STARTED FREE WITH THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF BOOK I
$0.00 
(Kindle Fire owners are in for a real treat with this deluxe illustrated edition!)

Here's the set-up:

The Guild of the Cowry Catchers is a dark, nautical fantasy about pirates, wyverns, and redemption. This is the complete, 5-book series - about 300,000 words. It is *not* illustrated. The illustrated books are available as individual downloads. Learn more at cowrycatchers.com

Imagine that the Chronicles of Narnia were written for adults and told with the gritty realism of George R. R. Martin's Westross. The Guild of the Cowry Catchers is a dark, nautical fantasy for anyone who loves Robin Hobb, Stephen R. Donaldson, Pirates of the Caribbean, or any high seas fantasy adventure with complex, morally ambiguous characters.

These characters inhabit a chain of island kingdoms called Wefrivain. The kingdoms' querulous lords are united only by religion, a wyvern cult ruled by an eccentric High Priestess. The Temple is under attack by a gang of pirates, known as the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. They've been preying on Temple treasure ships. The Temple Police charged with eradicating this menace keep disappearing.

Enter Gerard, a young prince, exiled from his small island kingdom for marrying the court minstrel. Chosen by the High Priestess as the new Captain of Police, Gerard is smart, honorable, and a little na´ve. To break the pirate ring, he must cooperate with a wily, amoral admiral, who has already tried to kill him twice.

As Gerard struggles to protect his talented wife, obey his seductive employer, and forge a complicated friendship with his dangerous coworker, he becomes increasingly aware that the pirates have a legitimate quarrel with the wyverns. Dark secrets lurk in the Temple dungeons, and solving them will cost Gerard far more than his honor.

This download includes all 5 books in the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series. This 300,000-word series is DRM-free and carefully formatted. The books are:
  • Embers
  • Flames
  • Ashes
  • Out of the Ashes
  • Shores Beyond the World
These books are also available in individual illustrated versions. The illustrated version of Book 4 should be done around the end of 2011/beginning of 2012, and Book 5 will appear around fall of 2012. The single-volume download of the complete series is *not* illustrated (file size would be enormous).

Learn more about the series on the author's website at cowrycatchers.com. 
    

Each issue of the Weekender is sponsored by one paid title. We encourage you to support our sponsors and thank you for considering them.

Authors and Publishers: Interested in learning more about sponsorship? Just click on this link for more information.


 

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NicholsonAuthor Scott Nicholson's Boxed Set Giveaway Illustrates How New KDP Select Options Are Working Well for Many Authors and Readers
 

(Editor's Note: Our reporter Tom Dulaney filed the accompanying story on Friday the 13th when Scott Nicholson's boxed set was being offered free on Kindle through the relatively new KDP Select program, but even though prices have changed since then, it's testimony to the creative and ultimately effective ways in indie authors and small press publishers are now using zero-price promotions, and the free Kindle Lending Library borrowing magic available to Amazon Prime members, to level the playing field and take even more market share away from the high-priced traditional publishers behind the agency model price-fixing scheme that is now under investigation on two continents.  

  

And it's equally clear that Kindle owners are benefiting from the new programs. Amazon launched the KDP Select program just over a month ago on December 9, and certainly suffered some criticism -- including this broadside from Kindle Nation fave Cheryl Kaye Tardif -- over the fact that the company demanded distribution exclusivity as a condition of participation [Translation: To be eligible for enrollment in KDP Select, titles can't be offered on iBooks, the nOOKsTore, Smashwords, etc.] Since the launch of KDP Select, the number of titles offered for free borrowing through the Kindle Lending Library has grown from 5,378 to about 80,000. Kindle Nation Daily estimates that readers have downloaded millions of free books in the past month, and Amazon announced this past week that readers borrowed 295,000 paid KDP Select books free through the Kindle Lending Library during the month of December, with authors and/or publishers receiving $1.70 per borrowed copy as their share of a prorated $500,000 fund which Amazon said would be inflated to $700.000 for January.

  

Meanwhile, Scott Nicholson's boxed set is back at $7.99, the free offering and Facebook frenzy described here in reporter Dulaney's story has worked very well. The set remains in the Top 1,000 in the Kindle Store as of price story and -- importantly -- it is currently in the Top 20 among 80,000 Kindle Lending Library titles. Amazon changed the way it calculates its overall bestseller lists when it allowed KDP authors to set zero-price promotions, but the Kindle Lending Library popularity listings still give plenty of weight to free book downloads and borrows. --S.W.)

 

 

 

By Tom Dulaney

January 13, 2012 

 

Rising indie-publishing star Scott Nicholson wondered in a Facebook post how giving

Heavenly Heart
Authors like Scott Nicholson are leading the way in figuring out how to use the new KDP Select programs to connect with as many readers as possible.
away a boxed set of four of his novels is going to work out. 

 

 

Well, the set is now No. 5 in the Kindle Free list at the moment and No. 1 in the Free Mysteries & Thrillers list at the moment. 

 

Nicholson stopped in a frantic - and fun - day to chat with BookGorilla on Facebook.  When asked how things were going, he said: 

 

"Our blogspot epickindlegiveaway.blogspot.com got FB-blocked because it got too active! 

 

"We are about to go mega-epic later this afternoon!  All these people are having so much fun! And boy do they want Kindle Fires!  We are going to try to completely melt down Facebook this evening...  We reined it in yesterday but now we don't care!  But our Facebook link still seems safe. 

 

"We are going to use "Blocked by Facebook: Yes!" in a meme I am working on when we shift into high gear!  http://www.facebook.com/EpicKindleGiveaway 

 

"Facebook is a jealous mistress!" 

 

He adds:  "This is a great new era and people are back in control!" 

 

About the boxed set: 

 

"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off." - J.A. Konrath, Origin 

 

A boxed set of four supernatural, suspense, and mystery novels from an international bestselling author. More than 230,000 words of fiction, DRM-free. Includes the complete text of: 

 

CREATIVE SPIRIT: Artists at a remote Appalachian retreat discover their work is bringing a malevolent spirit to life. 

 

DISINTEGRATION: Twin brothers vie for a family empire built on deceit and dark secrets, with one woman standing between them and another waiting in the shadows. 

 

CRIME BEAT: When a new reporter joins a small-town newspaper, a crime spree erupts that soon escalates to serial killing. 

 

BAD BLOOD: A vampire is lured to a mystical resort to investigate rumors of ritualistic murders. Written with J.R. Rain and H.T. Night.

 

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But first ... a word from This Week's Sponsor!
 

 

by Abigail Hilton
4.8 stars - 6 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

GET STARTED FREE WITH THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF BOOK I
$0.00 
(Kindle Fire owners are in for a real treat with this deluxe illustrated edition!)

Here's the set-up:

The Guild of the Cowry Catchers is a dark, nautical fantasy about pirates, wyverns, and redemption. This is the complete, 5-book series - about 300,000 words. It is *not* illustrated. The illustrated books are available as individual downloads. Learn more at cowrycatchers.com

Imagine that the Chronicles of Narnia were written for adults and told with the gritty realism of George R. R. Martin's Westross. The Guild of the Cowry Catchers is a dark, nautical fantasy for anyone who loves Robin Hobb, Stephen R. Donaldson, Pirates of the Caribbean, or any high seas fantasy adventure with complex, morally ambiguous characters.

These characters inhabit a chain of island kingdoms called Wefrivain. The kingdoms' querulous lords are united only by religion, a wyvern cult ruled by an eccentric High Priestess. The Temple is under attack by a gang of pirates, known as the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. They've been preying on Temple treasure ships. The Temple Police charged with eradicating this menace keep disappearing.

Enter Gerard, a young prince, exiled from his small island kingdom for marrying the court minstrel. Chosen by the High Priestess as the new Captain of Police, Gerard is smart, honorable, and a little na´ve. To break the pirate ring, he must cooperate with a wily, amoral admiral, who has already tried to kill him twice.

As Gerard struggles to protect his talented wife, obey his seductive employer, and forge a complicated friendship with his dangerous coworker, he becomes increasingly aware that the pirates have a legitimate quarrel with the wyverns. Dark secrets lurk in the Temple dungeons, and solving them will cost Gerard far more than his honor.

This download includes all 5 books in the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series. This 300,000-word series is DRM-free and carefully formatted. The books are:
  • Embers
  • Flames
  • Ashes
  • Out of the Ashes
  • Shores Beyond the World
These books are also available in individual illustrated versions. The illustrated version of Book 4 should be done around the end of 2011/beginning of 2012, and Book 5 will appear around fall of 2012. The single-volume download of the complete series is *not* illustrated (file size would be enormous).

Learn more about the series on the author's website at cowrycatchers.com.  
  

Each issue of the Weekender is sponsored by one paid title. We encourage you to support our sponsors and thank you for considering them.

Authors and Publishers: Interested in learning more about sponsorship? Just click on this link for more information.

 

 

 

Thanks for making the Kindle Nation Weekender part of your weekend -- it's an honor to be included.

Sincerely,

Stephen Windwalker

Kindle Nation Daily