start the week with 3 free kindle books

Here are 3 free kindle books -

  1. The First Drop of Rain by Leslie Parrott. For anyone who has ever lived in Seattle this write-up will bring back memories -

    Have you ever felt plucked out and suddenly dropped by the hand of God into the wasteland? Have you felt desolate, dry, and fragile? No sign of God, no sound of water?’

    Here is the personal and passionate, ‘Me too!’ that fans of Leslie Parrott have been waiting for. For ‘Seattleite’ Parrott, rain isn’t a date-canceling, mood-altering nuisance. Rather, that first drop of rain and the following drizzle or downpour is a persistent, positive, mystical fact of life that both confirms the presence of God and underscores his (seeming) absences.

  2. Living Organized: Proven Steps for a Clutter-Free and Beautiful Home by Sandra Felton. Rated 4.5 stars on 8 reviews.

    The Organizer Lady™ makes it easy for readers to develop strategies for mess-free living.
    Author of the best-selling Messies Manual, Sandra Felton shares her insight on the best ways to bring out the hidden beauty in messy houses.

    Included in this comprehensive guide to “cleaner living” are 100 little-known housekeeping tips, inspiring testimonies from recovering Messies, strategies for living with a disorganized people, and action plans to help win the clutter war. With enthusiasm and humor, Felton makes housekeeping easier and less overwhelming for the organizationally challenged.

  3. The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity by Skye Jethani. It’s rated 4.5 stars on 16 reviews and here’s a write-up - 

    The challenge facing Christianity today is not a lack of motivation or resources, but a failure of imagination.

    A growing number of people are disturbed by the values exhibited by the contemporary church. Worship has become entertainment, the church has become a shopping mall, and God has become a consumable product. Many sense that something is wrong, but they cannot imagine an alternative way.

    The Divine Commodity finally articulates what so many have been feeling and offers hope for the future of a post-consumer Christianity.

Update to the 50 free kindle books post

If you have not looked recently at the 50 Free New Kindle Books page then do take a look. Have updated it to show only the free books that are currently available and there are around 26 of them – You might run into something you missed earlier.

Thoughts on Covers Indie Authors Use

There is an easy way to weed out people who have not put effort into their book – Look at the cover. Everyone repeats the ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ mantra and then they promptly turn around and do exactly that. It’s not a magic rule – but it usually works.

It’s an easy shortcut – If an author has painstakingly crafted a beautiful cover there’s a good chance the same amount of effort has gone into selecting the words and polishing the book.

It’s human nature – If we have to pick between 3 books (or any 3 things) we tend to go for what looks better or more promising or more interesting and the only way we have of telling that is the cover. If there are 50 books on the page the 3-4 best covers are at least going to get a click and a quick perusal of the description and reviews.

Even most of the Indie Authors that have found success (John Rector, Sam Landstrom, Karen McQuestion, Boyd Morrsion, John August, Jack Kilborn) have had very good quality covers.

6 Responses

  1. “Informing Communities” is no longer free. Thanks for updating all these lists.

  2. The SF and Thriller section of your 50 Free Books pages has not been updated recently. None of the books (other than the latest Baen CD) are free anymore.

    On the other hand, the Baen CD, as well as a bunch of earlier ones, are still free.

    I’m not interested in Romance, so I’m not going to check to see if those books are still available.

  3. The author may have some say in how the cover turns out, but it’s very unlikely that they themselves design it, as far as I know.

  4. writing from a rainy Seattle morning, I have to disagree with Parrott’s depiction of the divine manifesting itself in the rain. It’s just drizzle.

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