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January 29, 2012
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:: It's Time to Vote!...Please Make Your Voice Heard in the Kindle Nation Daily Winter 2012 Citizen Survey!
:: Kindle Nation Free Book Alert:...Over 1,900 Free Contemporary Titles on Kindle, Sponsored by Joanna Cameron's FORGET DIETS

It's Time to Vote!

Please Make Your Voice Heard in the Kindle Nation Daily Winter 2012 Citizen Survey! 
By Steve Windwalker

It's been nearly a year since our last Kindle Nation Daily Citizen Survey, and there have been important changes including the launch of a brand new family of Kindles led by the Kindle Fire, the Kindle Touch, and the very basic but user-friendly $79 Kindle. And authors, publishers, Amazon executives, pundits and other Kindle owners including us here at Kindle Nation Daily want to know what you are thinking!

So we have created a quick and easy survey that will give you a chance to make your voice heard, and we hope you will go there now, without delay, to participate!


And we're going to keep this week's newsletter very brief so that we can focus on listening to you.
Don't Forget!

Heads Up! Hours Left to Enter This Week's Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes, Sponsored by Donna McDonald, author of Created In Fire

Feeling lucky?


Did you win a Kindle Fire tablet this week?


If you are Allysen Lovstuen of Decorah, IA, you did. Allysen won hers on Wednesday in last week's Kindle Nation Daily KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes, and when it arrives at her home Friday she will become the 16th 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 about 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 to have a great chance to win.


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. Created In Fire author Donna McDonald 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 $2.99 to grace your Kindle with a novel that is averaging 5 stars on 1 rave reviews from discriminating readers like us.

Here's the scoop on Created In Fire:

Created In Fire (Art of Love Series)

by Donna McDonald


5.0 stars - 1 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Here's the set-up:

Despite a dating past littered with the broken hearts of women they both knew and worked with, all 34 yr old Michael Larson sincerely wants is to marry Carrie Larson, the mother of his future child, and love them both forever. The other women were had been at best practice, and at worst merely substitutes. They were partly Carrie's fault anyway. Instead of dating him, Carrie married not one, but two other men, and all because of something that allegedly happened in college which Michael can't even remember. Dating other women was all that kept him sane while he waited three years for her to come to her senses. Even though he truly wants the baby they created in the fire between them, Michael really doesn't care how or why Carrie is now in his life and his bed. His sole focus is how to keep her there no matter what it takes. He definitely doesn't have any intentions of honoring the prenuptial agreement with the divorce clause she'd insisted on. Michael won't-can't-let her go. He'll never survive if he loses the only chance with Carrie she's ever given him.


At 32 years old, Carrie Addison wonders how many more times she's going to let Michael Larson into her bed to wreck sexual havoc in her life. He is the most talented artist she's ever known, but also the most frustrating, womanizing man. Maybe her two divorces were a hard way to learn that other men couldn't provide enough distraction to cure herself of her desire for him. That's still no reason to become her mother and give up control of her life to a man who will make her miserable over and over. There is no doubt in her mind that agreeing to marry Michael is a mistake of biblical proportions, but all she can do for the rest of the pregnancy is cope because she promised Michael legal custody of their child. Even if she is stupid enough to love him, she was wise to make him sign a contract stipulating that their bad situation wouldn't last forever. Carrie flatly refuses to live like that. She will give Michael the child they created, but she is never giving him her heart to break again.

About The Author

Donna McDonald has been a writer all her life and managed to complete her first novel in August of 2010. Her idea of success is to be on an airplane and see a fellow passenger reading one of her stories. If the person is laughing or smiling, she will consider it a bonus.


She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her fiancée, Bruce.


Her work history covers everything from housekeeper to business owner to college English instructor. It also includes an eighteen year stint as a technical writer, publications planner, and information architect in the corporate world. Her current career goal is to be a prolific, multi-published author for the rest of her life and write stories readers will love to read. She thinks a little travel and adventure would be nice, too.


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!

Good luck! And happy reading!


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When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down.... 

In the tradition of Clancy, Cussler, and W.E.B. Griffin, newcomer R.E. McDermott delivers a thriller to rival the masters.



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Like a little romance? Or a lot? Use these magical Kindle book search tools to find thousands of great bargains in the Romance category, sponsored by our brand new Romance of the Week, Shadonna Richards' AN UNEXPECTED BRIDE, a top 20 bestseller in contemporary romance on Kindle!

Desperate to fulfill her ailing grandfather's last wish, 30-year-old career-focused Emma Wiggins tells him a little white lie on his deathbed that she is in fact engaged--to her boss, deliciously handsome and emotionally unavailable, Evan Fletcher. That's where the fun begins....


Kindle Nation Daily Romantic Suspense Readers Alert:  
Don't Miss Kathryn Shay's PROMISES TO KEEP - "Not one, but two absorbing romance threads, full of sensuality and fire!"

"Kathryn Shay's first mainstream romantic suspense is a gripping story that will haunt readers with its authenticity. And those who pick up a copy will find not one, but two absorbing romance threads, full of sensuality and fire. If ever the label of 'sure thing' were deserved by a book, PROMISES TO KEEP is such a book." The Romance Reader

4.7 stars - 10 Reviews
Kindle Price: $3.99
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Here's the set-up:

Kathryn Shay combines her extensive research on the Secret Service with her vast experience in the high school classroom to create this powerhouse of a novel!

"A wonderful work of contemporary romance, with a plot ripped straight from the headlines. Kathryn Shay never disappoints." NY Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.

When by-the-book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse and unpredictable Secret Service Agent Luke Ludzecky go under cover in a high school which has been flagged by their School Threat Assessment Team as having the potential for violence, they expect their differences will cause them conflict. What they don't expect are the two women who blow their careful plan apart. Suzanna Quinn is the principal and hates being attracted to the new school psychologist, and worse, thirty year old Social Studies teacher Kelsey Cunningham is horrified by her feelings for Luke, her new "student." But the very real threat of school violence from more than one student forces them to work together and face their feelings for each other. Suicide, gang warfare and bullying all play a part as this stunning drama unfolds.

"In one of life's greatest ironies, Joe Stonehouse, secret service agent, the man who'd always protected his family, is away on assignment when a fellow high-school student shoots and kills his beloved niece. Now part of the special School Threat Assessment Team, Joe uses his credentials as a clinical psychologist to help in his role as Fairholm High's school counselor, while youthful-looking agent Luke Ludzecky, masquerading as Joe's rebellious nephew, completes his cover. Principal Suzanna Quinn is furious to find out that the new staff member is actually a secret service agent, but a student's suicide note warns of plans to commit violent acts, so she reluctantly goes along with the charade. As they work together, Suzanna's resentment of Joe evaporates, and mutual respect turns to love. Shay does an admirable job with a difficult subject, writing about school violence with sensitivity and realism and without shying away from any of the hard issues, such as the balance between the students' protection and their civil liberties." Shelley Mosley, BOOKLIST  


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by Joanna Cameron, Rachel Weisman
5 stars - 5 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Here's the set-up:

"Trance Lady" Joanna Cameron's bold debut wellness guide, Forget Diets, Plant Tomatoes, takes readers on an unforgettable metaphorical journey with the help of over two hours of MP3's, self hypnosis, her client's stories, anecdotal evidence, poetry, beautiful photographs and neuro-linguistic programming. The destination is an end to emotional eating and a happier life. The weight falls off and stays off! In twelve dynamic, yet playful, chapters like "The Seven Healing Steps and Your Unconscious Mind," "Trance Your Way Out of Emotional Eating," and "I Let Go of Limiting Decisions and Negative Emotions from the Past," Cameron asks dieters who are tired of dieting to take a leap of faith and stop eating to their hearts' content so that they can achieve their hearts' desire. With written assignments, free downloadable MP3s, and insightful prompts, she gets folks to question why they eat, and what their spiritual side is missing. She describes chakras, balance, and how it's never too late to have a happy childhood, as well as how to reconnect one's unconscious to its body-mindful state. With benchmark studies that dispel a few myths, Cameron offers compelling evidence that until men and women take the time to address the reasons they eat they'll be unable to escape the unhealthy consequences of consuming too much cheesecake. The cause of emotional eating is in the unconscious mind. She shows readers how to make the unconscious a friend rather than a foe. This is a gentle book and tackles a difficult subject with humanity and humor. Ultimately, this guide shows readers how to free their mind of what weighs it down in order to shed unwanted weight.

About the Author

A member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy, the British-born Joanna Cameron holds a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy and is certified to teach hypnosis, the Time Line Therapy™ technique and neuro-linguistic programming. A comedy hypnotist widely known as the "Trance Lady," she's performed in the United States, Mexico and Europe and is an engaging speaker who's worked with corporate audiences and student groups on topics such as weight loss and overcoming anxiety. Currently she's in private practice as a hypnotherapist in McLean, Virginia, where she lives with her husband. The couple has one adult daughter. Joanna contributed a chapter to the book, Stepping Stones to Success, as did Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield and Dennis Waitley. Forget Diets, Plant Tomatoes is her first book.


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