Free Books May 14, 2012

Our special focus today is Children’s and Young Adult Books. You’ll also find a mix of adult fiction, non-fiction. All of these books are being offered FREE today from Amazon for the Kindle. I try to chose the free books that are top rated and have good reviews from readers. I have also tried to include a good mix of genres for you to choose from.

The FREE status is constantly updated at Amazon, so be sure to check that the book is still free before you buy it! I am not responsible if you don’t!

FYI: Free for Prime Members does NOT mean it is free for everyone!

Enjoy all the freebies!!

Kindle Daily Deal:

The Last Explorer by Simon Nasht

This riveting biography recounts the life of the world’s first truly modern explorer: Sir Hubert Wilkins. He was a celebrated reporter, pilot, spy, war hero, and scientist. Focusing on the high drama of polar exploration, Wilkins was first to fly across the Arctic and first to fly in Antarctica. Rating 4.9 out of 5
Yesterday’s Price: $12.99 Today’s Discount: $11.00 Kindle Daily Deal Price: $1.99 (85% off)

May 14, 2012 Free Kindle Books

(All book descriptions come from Amazon.com)

CHILDREN/YOUTH

The Book of the King (The Wormling) Age Level: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up by Jerry B. Jenkins, Chris Fabry FREE TODAY!

“Nothing special” is the best way to describe Owen Reeder—at least that’s what he’s been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father’s bookstore, Owen’s ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn’t even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: his and the unknown world of the Lowlands. Perfect for readers ages 10 to 14 who enjoy a fast-paced story packed with action, fantasy, and humor.

The League of Freaks and the Secret Key by Alberto Hazan FREE TODAY!

Strange things keep happening to Shree Mandvi, an ordinary Indian girl from the Bronx, when she moves to a prestigious private school in New England. As if having the ability to fly wasn’t weird enough, Shree soon discovers that four of her classmates each have their own unique powers, just like her. Together, they chase after a hidden treasure (and a mysterious secret key) that’s been hidden for centuries somewhere underneath the Harvard University campus.

The Hunger Games Trilogy Suzanne Collins Kindle Price: $18.99 You Save (65%)

The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first time ever in a beautiful e-book trilogy edition. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. The trilogy is now complete!

The Ugly Duckling (Illustrated) Hans Christian Andersen (Author), Ripple Digital Publishing (Illustrator) FREE TODAY!
A classic story by Hans Christian Andersen presented with modern illustrations. The story of how a little bird endures the abuses and miseries as he was growing up not realizing he would mature into a beautiful swan. It’s a great tale about personal transformation for the better.

The Secret Door (An Other-Realm Adventure) by Evan Dennis FREE TODAY!

This is the story of Jack and his imagination. Follow Jack as he finds The Secret Door in the ground that leads to the Other-Realm where anything is possible. An adventurous boy finds more than he bargains for when playing alone in his backyard. The Secret Door leads to a place where imagination becomes real: The Other-Realm. The door disappears and he has to find his way out by another route.Jack forgets things as he goes deeper into the Other-Realm. He becomes lost the further he gets. Excitement, danger, and triumph follow Jack on his path.Can he find his way back home? Or will he live in the Other-Realm forever as part of his own imagination?

Girls to the Rescue: Young Marian’s Adventures in Sherwood Forest by Bruce Lansky (Author, Editor), Stephen Mooser (Author) FREE TODAY!

The Sheriff of Nottingham learned the hard way: don’t mess with Maid Marian! This Girls to the Rescue novel tells the exciting tale of thirteen-year-old Maid Marian and her first adventure with young Robin of Loxley (the future Robin Hood). The Sheriff of Nottingham has thrown Marian’s father into the dungeon, and only Marian can save her father from the hangman’s noose. Marian proves herself the cleverest of heroes as she takes on a pack of hungry wolves, murderous thieves, and the Sheriff’s loyal soldiers. She also solves a heart-wrenching mystery–the disappearance of her mother, missing for three years and presumed dead.

Garbage! Monster! Burp! Tom Watson FREE TODAY!

A monster at the bottom of a hill eats all of the garbage generated by the town on top of the hill. This provides two important benefits: The monster is happy with plenty to eat and the town stays nice and clean. Unfortunately, as the town grows, so does the amount of garbage the monster must consume. He gets bigger – and he starts burping. This is, as you can probably guess, a bit unsightly and stinky. In the end, the kids figure out how to solve the problem – despite the nasty mayor’s doubts and objections.

Backyard Bugs Mike Nowak FREE TODAY!

An introduction to insects for children in beautiful color photographs. Build your child’s interest in nature with this collection of insects that are commonly found in the U.S. Midwest. Children between that ages of 3 and 8 will enjoy this book although adults will also marvel at the detailed pictures of insects in their natural habitat.

Adventures In Funeral Crashing (A Kait Lenox YA Chick Lit Mystery) Milda Harris FREE TODAY! 
Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!

The Twilight Saga Collection by Stephenie Meyer (Author) Age Level: 14 and up | Grade Level: 7 and up
Kindle Price: $36.99 includes You Save: (62%)

This stunning set, complete with all four books, makes the perfect gift for fans of the bestselling vampire love story.
Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn capture the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires.

FICTION

Destiny Wears Spurs by Kari Lee Harmon Somer FREE TODAY!

One temperamental Colorado cowboy + one phony ad campaign + one quirky NY ad exec = one wild Rocky Mountain ride in Destiny Wears Spurs! Monica Hammond—NY ad exec at Hammond’s Advertising Agency—will do anything to save her father’s company from her ex-fiancé, but she never imagines that will involve working beside cowboys on a Colorado dude ranch. With the boss looking like the centerfold for a Hot Men of the West calendar, her slogans sound more like an advertisement for a singles’ ranch than a family run operation. While Cody Rafferty—owner of Rafferty’s Remote Ranch—only agrees to need a phony ad campaign because he owes her father a favor and her crazy antics are making more work for him than it’s worth, but he can’t help rooting for the spunky little spitfire. Falling in lust is one thing, but falling in love isn’t part of the plan, only sometimes destiny has a mind of its own. * Winner of NJRW PYHIAB in Single Title Romance * Semi-finalist in the ABNA Contest

Too Close to Miss by John Perich FREE TODAY!

Too Close to Miss is a gritty, lightning-paced thriller set in Boston. It introduces Mara Cunningham, a stubborn crime scene photographer whose quick wits and eye for trouble often get her into danger. It contains tense chases, brutal fights and confrontations over dark secrets.” … a briskly-paced, thoroughly entertaining thriller that lives up to the heritage of the noir genre. It’s ten pounds of style in a two-pound bag.”- Tom Devlin, DC Accidental

Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers Book 1) by Patricia McLinn FREE TODAY!

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.Matty’s up to something – Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he’ll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what’s best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can’t resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos.Maybe – just maybe – his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.

HOSTILE WITNESS (legal thriller, thriller) (The Witness Series,#1) by Rebecca Forster FREE TODAY!

When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both. “This story was inspired by a case my husband handled. As a superior court judge he had to sentence a minor to life in prison. It made me wonder how I felt about minors arrested for violent crimes. Are they most vulnerable among us – capable or horrible violence, perceived as adults and yet emotionally still children?” Rebecca Forster (rebeccaforster.com)

NON-FICTION

Everything the Bible Says About Angels and Demons by Baker Publishing Group FREE TODAY!

Readers’ fascination with angelic beings–both dark and light–continues to grow. Numerous authors have given their ideas about angelic beings, but it’s time to hear what God has to say. All the scriptural references on the subject have been collected and explained in a clear and concise format. The book’s length and focus make it perfect for readers on the go who love the Word of God.

Always Know What To Say – Easy Ways To Approach And Talk To Anyone by Peter W. Murphy FREE TODAY!

Want to know the easy way to approach and make conversation with new people? In this book you`ll discover simple ways to ensure you always have something interesting to talk about.

Find out how popular people make it look so easy and how you can do the same.

How to Use Your Creative Imagination by Roy Eugene Davis FREE TODAY!

An enlivening Power is nurturing the universe and we can learn to be responsive to it.
Because you are a spiritual being, you already have the ability to remove or transcend all limiting conditions that may have, until now, opposed your endeavors to live freely , enjoyably, and effectively. As this is accomplished, the necessary resources and supportive events, circumstances, and relationships for your highest good will be spontaneously provided and your spiritual growth will be rapid and satisfying. Creative imagination and skillful living will enable you to live as you deserve to live.

The Couples Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond: He Says, She Says by John Zakour, Shannon Duffy FREE TODAY!

For couples interested in making the most out of this team project, “The Couple’s Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond: He Says, She Says” offers parents-to-be of all ages hip, gender-specific perspectives about a full range of issues and concerns that both men and women face when it comes to pregnancy. Each informative chapter contains an introduction, a section written from “She to He,” a section written from “He to She,” and concludes with a bit of “banter between the sexes” that is designed to address some of the most commonly asked questions. Also featured throughout is the sage medical advice of Dr. Joanne Hessney who provides even more information about pregnancy from a clinical perspective

The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year by Miriam J. Katz, Megan McGrory Massaro $5.99 (Prime Members Free)

What if the rules of modern motherhood were turned upside down? The Other Baby Book guides new and expecting mamas on a journey past “shoulds” and “musts,” back to the heart of true joy and connection. In this well-researched, yet conversational guide to baby’s first year, Massaro and Katz throw off the shackles of profit-driven companies and popular yet potentially harmful baby-rearing practices. Instead, they offer moms simple, frugal, and profound ways to support the mother-baby relationship. This practical and accessible guide offers… *compelling research to support a healthy lifestyle for the whole family, timeless traditions to nurture close mother-baby bonds, cutting edge commentaries by leading practitioners in each field, *encouraging stories from moms living out these practices

Homesteading Made Simple: A No-Fluff Guide To Living A Self-Sufficient Life by James Rockwell, Simple Self-Sufficiency $3.99 (Prime Members Free)

Homesteading is a way of life, a philosophy put into practice. Becoming a homesteader means deciding that self-sufficiency is the most important thing in life – and then living it. It’s about reducing reliance on producers and manufacturers of all kinds. How? Grow and process your own food so you don’t have to buy it. Gather and store your own energy so you don’t need to be connected to the grid. Make your own products and trade with neighbors for things you don’t have. Spend your time working hard, but working for yourself, with your family. Homesteading is a commitment to an ideal and it’s often a shared journey that a family takes together, with trials and errors, small failures and great successes. Most importantly, it’s about making the effort to be more self-sufficient. Homesteading today can take on many different forms. It might mean having an extensive backyard garden with greenhouse, chicken coop, and root cellar, all smack dab in the middle of a city. Or maybe it’s a more traditional set-up on a remote rural property, off the grid, living a life of back-to-the-land self-sufficiency on an acreage hundreds of miles from the nearest town. Whatever vision you have for your homestead, there’s a lot to learn but with a little preparation and planning and the motivation to make your life more self-sufficient, it is attainable. This book takes you through a bit of the background of homesteading and gives you plenty of good dirt-under-your-fingernails tips on how to get started, including information on water, energy, permaculture, food preservation, raising animals, and more.

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About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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