Sunday, 17 April 2011

Great Kindle Deals Newsletter - Sunday, 17th April 2011

Hi everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of Great Kindle Deals. Can you believe that we're in the middle of April already?! It seems like just yesterday that everyone was celebrating the new year. This week there's only one piece of Kindle news but a major piece at that. There's also the usual information about cheap books and some nice free books too.

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Feature - Interview with Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking's assistant got back to me saying that unfortunately she is currently unable to conduct interviews as she is busy writing her new book. However, here is an excerpt from a recent interview which contains muchof what I was to ask her:

"DAVID WISEHART: What writers inspire you most?

AMANDA HOCKING: I really enjoy Richelle Mead. Her characters are very strong and funny and real, and I definitely learn from her as much as I can.

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

AMANDA HOCKING: When I get an idea, I think about it for a few weeks, and then I outline. Once I have an outline ready, I sit down at the computer and write. Sometimes, I’ll write for 8-12 hours a night. When I’m writing, I usually shut myself off from the world for a few weeks and just write. Then I’m done, and I come back to real life.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

AMANDA HOCKING: I tried shopping around My Blood Approves, but with the market as saturated as it is with vampire books, I didn’t get any takers. I still really liked the book, so I thought I’d try Kindle. I’d heard some things about publishing on it, and it had to be better than the books just taking up space on my hard drive."

There is much more in the full interview at the Kindle author blog here (

The news:
1. New ad-supported Kindle - has announced a new ad-supported Kindle selling for $25 less than the current Kindle Wifi. It's equivalent RRP in the UK would be around £100 (a mere saving of £11). In return for this saving, readers will have ads delivered to the lock screen on their device, meaning that instead of the face of famous authors there'd be an advert there instead. Ads will also be present on the home screen when selecting books. This product will only be available for sale in the US at the moment.

The idea is interesting, yet for me a saving of £11 would no warrant having ads on the device. In my opinion, the device would have to cost around £50 for me tolerate ads on the device. It still remains to be seen whether Amazon can make back the $25 discount through ads and whether it will be available at some point in the UK. What do you think of an ad supported Kindle? Email us at and let me know.

Cheap Kindle Books:
1. The Good Son by Russel McLean (£0.99)
Rated 3.5 stars average from 6 reviews
Synopsis: "Scottish farmer, James Robertson, finds his estranged brother's corpse hanging from a tree. The police claim suicide. But Private Investigator J McNee is about to uncover the disturbing truth behind the death. With a pair of vicious London hard men loose in the Scottish city of Dundee, its only a matter of time before people start dying.
McNee must confront his own demons and these brutal killers in a violence showdown that threatens to leave no one alive.
The first in the acclaimed J McNee novels, THE GOOD SON was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America."

2. Bloody Valentine (Quick read - 144pages) (£1.59)
Rated 3.5  stars average from 17 reviews
Synopsis: "Exclusively for World Book Day, James Patterson brings his unique storytelling gift to the Quick Reads schem. This year Valentine’s Day isn’t for romance. It’s for murder.Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine’s Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who is the strange figure plotting this sick crime? Who hates Jack that much? There are plenty of suspects living in Jack’s fancy block of flats. Is it them, or could it be the work of an outsider with a twisted mind? One thing’s for sure, the police have got their work cut out solving this bloody mess."

3. Unlikely Killer - £0.69
Rated 4.5 stars average from 16 reviews
Synopsis: "Usually a serial killer will have a modus operandi that can lead to their capture. This one is breaking all the rules.
It takes a journalist's keen eye to grasp the terrifying truth. This killer is recreating infamous murders from history. Despite researching historical murders in an attempt to catch the killer in the act, the police are repeatedly outwitted. With the Jack the Ripper murders next on the agenda, a bloodbath seems inevitable.
With the clock ticking and the killer becoming increasingly frenzied, a detective and criminal psychologist join forces to stop this unlikely killer."

Free books: 

1. No fear
Rated 3.5 stars average from 4 reviews
Synopsis: "Welcome to Medusa’s Island . . . a vacation paradise complete with beautiful beaches and the quaint town of Medusa. But the island’s serenity is shattered when two young women are found dead from no apparent causes despite their expressions of terror. Chief of Police James Winchester and Emma Gray fear a monster from the past has returned to make Medusa its feeding ground. With passion flaring between them and a storm isolating the island, Emma and James have no choice but to again face the horror of a killer who exploits the deepest fears of his victims.
When James and Emma discover that Emma is destined to be the next victim, will the love they share be strong enough to save them? Or will the monster finally finish what he started five years before?"

2. The Charmer (Dark lands)
Rated 5 stars average from 2 reviews
Synopsis: "What would you do if your best friend was the wolf queen?
Jasmine didn’t realize her friend Wiley was something special until they were both drawn into another world. Here Wiley is the ruler of the Haunt, a were race as dangerous as they are proud. Cousins to wolves, they have no place for an ordinary human, especially one set on helping their reluctant princess escape.
Keilor is the master of soldiers, a man few would cross, yet he’d never met a menace like the little brunette his princess called friend. Determined to protect Wiley in their own way, the two cross verbal daggers as Jasmine tries to find the portal home.
But when Wiley begins to develop feelings for her betrothed, Jasmine is at a loss. Should she still try to run, or act on the animal attraction between her and her wolfman?"


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