25 Free Kindle Books for April 30, 2012

Disclaimer: Prices Change. It’s 2:19 pm EST and all books were free FOR EVERYONE in the US (you didn’t have to have Prime). Please check the Price BEFORE buying – especially if you are reading this post on Monday night or Tuesday. If you have a free book available in the future, please send an email to ireaderreview@gmail.com.

Free Kindle Books – Full List at Amazon

Free Kindle Books – Romance

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  1. At Long Odds by Hannah Hooton. Price: Free. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Horse Racing. Rated 4.5 stars on 6 reviews. 333 pages.
  2. THE LETTER (American Royalty) by Rebecca Bernadette Mance. Price: Free. Genre: Historical Romance, Alpha Hero, Victorian. Rated 4 stars on 4 reviews. 224 pages.
  3. Mindset by Elaine Dyer. Price: Free. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Going Home Again, Texas. Rated 4 stars on 4 reviews. 134 pages.
  4. Moonlight in a Pickup Truck by Serena Zans. Price: Free. Genre: Short, Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Navy, Friendship. Rated 4 stars on 6 reviews. 17 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Thrillers & Mysteries

  1. *Disintegration: A Mystery Thriller by Scott Nicholson. Price: Free. Genre: Mystery, Hard-Boiled, Psychological Thriller, Crime, Drama. Rated 3.5 stars on 71 reviews. 306 pages.

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  1. [Repeat from Feb 2012)Mad Stacks: Story Collection Box Set (Stacks Series) by Scott Nicholson. Price: Free. Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Fantasy, Horror, Action, Adventure. Rated 3.5 stars on 6 reviews. 339 pages.
  2. A Thousand Years of Darkness: a Thriller by Charles W. Sasser. Price: Free. Genre: Thriller, Political, Mystery, Emotion. Rated 4.5 stars on 5 reviews. 370 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror

  1. ***The Awakened: Book One by Jason Tesar. Price: Free. Genre: Christian Fantasy, Series, Angels & Demons, Action & Adventure. Rated 4 stars on 172 reviews. 229 pages. Back to fantasy roots — this story is original and exciting.
  2. *The Vampire Club by Scott Nicholson and J.R. Rain. Price: Free. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Vampire, Supernatural, Action & Adventure, Mystery. Rated 4 stars on 20 reviews. 160 pages.
  3. Wolves and War (Planet Wolf 1) by Candy Rae. Price: Free. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Alien Wolves, Hyper Intelligent. Rated 4 stars on 12 reviews. 346 pages. A bit scary, and totally unique.
  4. New Year’s Day (Redshift #1) by N.V. Binder. Price: Free. Genre: Short, Science Fiction, Adventure, Series, Space Opera. Rated 5 stars on 9 reviews. 72 pages.

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  1. Heavy Metal Thunder by Kyle B. Stiff. Price: Free. Genre: Science Fiction, RPG, Choose Your Own Adventure, Hero, Violent, Action. Rated 4.5 stars on 7 reviews. 510 pages.
  2. CRAWLSPACE by Evans Light. Price: Free. Genre: Short Story, Horror, Murder Mystery, Suspense, Torture. Rated 4.5 stars on 5 reviews. 37 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Historical Fiction

  1. **I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince by Rosanne E. Lortz. Price: Free. Genre: War, Historical Fiction, British, Romance, Adventure, Middle Ages. Rated 4.5 stars on 27 reviews. 374 pages. Honesty and honor.

Free Kindle Books – Children and Young Adult

  1. **Chameleon (The Ripple Series) by Cidney Swanson. Price: Free. Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Invisibility, Second in Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 43 reviews. 302 pages. Leaves you wanting more, which you’ll get in book three!

Free Kindle Books – Various Genres (Fiction) including Adventure

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  1. Words of a Wolf – Poetry of a Veteran by Villayat Sunkmanitu. Price: Free. Genre: Poetry, PTSD, Veteran, Emotional, Drama. Rated 5 stars on 7 reviews. 64 pages. Engaging.
  2. Inaugural Games by Jonathan Balog. Price: Free. Genre: Humor, Contemporary Fiction, Stories, Surreal. Rated 5 stars on 7 reviews. 86 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Non Fiction

  1. ** [Pick of the Day!] That’s My Girl by Rick Johnson. Price: Free. Genre: Parenting, Fatherhood, Relationships, Raising Girls. Rated 5 stars on 16 reviews. 198 pages. Touching.
  2. *Autism’s Hidden Blessings by Kelly Langston. Price: Free. Genre: Christian Living, Special Needs, Parenting, Advice. Rated 4.5 stars on 14 reviews. 208 pages. More than just a story.
  3. The Everything Cooking for Dogs Book: 100 quick and easy healthy recipes your dog will bark for! by Lisa Fortunato. Price: Free. Genre: Pets, Recipes, Health. Rated 4 stars on 13 reviews. 224 pages. Feed and fun.

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  1. Every Item on Sale: How to Slash Your Grocery Bill By Over 50% by Janice Kitson. Price: Free. Genre: Budgeting, Money Management, Shopping, Sales. Rated 4.5 stars on 8 reviews. 57 pages.
  2. Radiance: Experiencing Divine Presence by Gina Lake. Price: Free. Genre: Spiritual, Self-Help, Truth, Openness. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 52 pages.
  3. *The Rules of Parenting by Richard Templar. Price: Free. Genre: Parent Participation, Education, Reference, Guide. Rated 4.5 stars on 6 reviews. 257 pages.
  4. Publishing with iBooks Author by Nessie McKesson. Price: Free. Genre: Graphic Design, Tools, Publishing, Advice. Rated 4 stars on 4 reviews. 141 pages.
  5. Crafting Novels & Short Stories: Everything You Need to Know to Write Great Fiction by Editors of Writer’s Digest. Price: Free. Genre: Writing Skills, Creative Writing, Fiction, Reference. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. 370 pages.

Today’s Deal (Not Free, just Cheap)

Would you pay $300 million for a slice of the #2 eBook & eReader business?

Microsoft just did. Thanks to Roger Knights for the heads up.

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft invested $300 million to get a 17.6% share in a new B&N subsidiary which combines B&N’s Nook digital reader business with its college bookstore business. The companies are calling it a ‘strategic partnership’ in the B&N + Microsoft Press Release – A strategic partnership to accelerate the transition to e-reading.

Microsoft gets 17.6% while B&N keeps 82.4%. The exact shares were decided after a game of hopscotch in kilts.

This is hugely important to both the ebook and eReader markets (the investment, not the game of hopscoth). It might also be hugely important to the high value Tablet market. An almost doubling in B&N’s share price certainly suggests the market thinks so (of course, that probably means the venture is going to inadvertently create a new monkey virus that wipes out humanity).

Even analysts are chiming in with words of encouragement –

The partnership with Microsoft could give the Nook the kind of content and global expansion to make it a bigger player in the tablet business, said Michael Glickstein, chief investment officer with G Asset Management LLC.

That kind of partnership makes the Nook business more valuable, Glickstein said.

No kidding. Nook is suddenly a Microsoft backed business and connections to Gigantically Profitable Software Makers are far more fetching than comparisons to brick and mortar anything.

Microsoft’s Investment in B&N’s Nook Business is Hugely Important

Let’s see why this could be a huge, huge thing (you could just skip to the second list, the one after this one, for why it’s important for Kindle owners and book lovers):

  1. It values B&N’s ebook and college bookstore business at $1.7 billion. The second biggest ebook business is a billion dollar business (or nearabouts). Still think this is discounted by a factor of 3 or more.
  2. B&N’s new Nook Inc. subsidiary will develop a Nook eReader application for Windows 8. That app will probably get default eReader App placement in the Windows 8 App Store. There are already signs that B&N is becoming increasingly important in ebooks (a stronger #2). This will cement Nook as the #2 ebook business. Perhaps even give Amazon a run for its money.
  3. The hundreds of questions about B&N’s stability and how that would affect Nook’s future just got put to rest. Which means that the biggest competitive advantage Amazon had (stability) just got eliminated. This will force Amazon to innovate Kindle and Kindle Tablet more. It will give B&N more confidence to keep making Nook Tablets and Nook eReaders.
  4. Microsoft has a sharp eye for billion dollar businesses. It has 9+ such businesses of its own and you can be sure it thinks highly of Nook to actually invest in it. I’d make a serious bet that over the course of the next 10 years this 18% share would end up being much more important to Microsoft than Microsoft’s share in Facebook (which, to be fair, is in the very low single digits i.e. 1.6%).
  5. Microsoft and B&N settled their patent litigation. More stability for Nook Inc. 

Let’s jump ahead to the really important stuff. The impact on readers, on ereaders, and on tablets. 

Hugely Important to Readers and eReaders

Much more interesting to us Kindle owners and book lovers is why this ‘strategic investment’ by Microsoft is hugely important for books and ebooks and eReaders:

  1. B&N claims 30% market share in eBooks. Combine that with it probably becoming the default eReading App on Windows 8 and suddenly Amazon is looking over it shoulder.
  2. A separate Nook & College Bookstores businesses (Nook Inc.) isn’t saddled with the legacy brick and mortar bookstores. Nook revenue grew 38% to $542 million in the last quarter. This is a seriously big business. Revenue for the fiscal year ending in April 2012 is projected to be over $1.5 billion. If Nook Inc. were unprofitable and run by a college dropout it would be considered worth $10 billion (unless it also stole people’s personal information – then it’d be $25 billion).
  3. B&N has been innovating on both the eReader front (Nook with Glow Light) and the Tablet front (the $199 Nook Tablet). This $300 million investment from Microsoft means it has more security and can keep innovating. That pushes Amazon to improve Kindle and Kindle Tablet more.
  4. Windows 8 means hundreds of millions of users. The importance of being the default Windows 8 App can’t be understated. Much of the Microsoft Anti-Trust lawsuits revolved around IE and Media Player being defaults shipped with Windows. B&N’s Nook eReader App gets that privilege and advantage now. The huge and undefeatable power of the default.
  5. The inclusion of College Bookstores is being touted as important. It might be. It supposedly puts B&N’s new Nook Inc. in position to challenge for the eTextbook market.
  6. Amazon, like any other company, has always needed a serious competitor to keep it honest and hungry. While B&N has done a good job there’s always been doubt around how long it would be around. The double measures of a Microsoft investment and the creation of a fast-growing subsidiary suggest that B&N, the strong #2 player in ebooks and eReaders, will stick around for a while.
  7. In the best case, this move might actually help accelerate the growth of ebooks. At worst, it will ensure that ebook growth doesn’t come to a standstill. You can bet that both B&N and Amazon will now make really, really good reading applications for Windows 8.

Amazon has shown that it improves the Kindle most when it has a strong competitor breathing down its neck. It’s also shown that it is quick to learn from innovations B&N makes. It took its sweet time to release the Kindle Fire – However, once Nook Color validated the market for high value tablets Amazon did release Kindle Fire.

The investment by Microsoft in B&N’s Nook Inc. will revitalize the Kindle team and energize B&N’s Nook Team. In one swift stroke Microsoft has breathed life into the competition in eBooks and eReaders and High Value Tablets.

Hugely Important to High Value Tablets

There are some very interesting questions about the future of Nook Tablets and Kindle Fire Tablets that come up –

  1. Firstly, as the analyst points out above, this gives B&N the strategic knowhow to go international with Nook Tablet.
  2. That would force Amazon to go international with Kindle Fire.
  3. Secondly, it raises the possibility of a Windows 8 powered Nook Tablet. Surely, now that it owns 18% of B&N’s Nook Inc., Microsoft will push for Windows 8 based Nook Tablets.
  4. B&N might be offered the inside track and might very well move to Windows 8 Nook Tablets. Android lacks one huge thing Windows 8 promises – a connection to all the desktop software that Windows 8 will have. It makes little sense for phones – but a lot of sense for 7″ Tablets.
  5. It would force Amazon to also move to Windows 8. A Kindle Fire Android App Store just wouldn’t be able to compete with the Windows 8 App Store in the long run.
  6. Thirdly, the investment and the Nook Inc. subsidiary means that Nook Tablet won’t have to pay for the sins of the brick and mortar bookstores. Nook Inc. gets a clean sheet. It’s a business growing at 38% per year (approximately) and it won’t be Border’ized.
  7. Fourthly, Microsoft will absolutely provide a lot of business connections and relationships. Think better ties with manufacturers, intelligence from Microsoft divisions, and lots of other potential benefits. Wouldn’t be a surprise to see Nokia phones coming with the Nook App as the default ebooks app.
  8. Fifthly, given that B&N’s Nook Tablet is the second best-selling Android Tablet and has the potential to atleast stem slightly the tide of migration to Apple devices, there is very strong motivation for Microsoft to keep strengthening Nook Tablet. Even if Nook Tablet sticks with Android – It’s still one less customer lost to the Apple family. A customer who would then proceed to buy iEverything and MicrosoftNothing.

Overall, the Nook Tablet part might be the real reason Microsoft has invested in B&N’s Nook Inc. Saying it’s all about ebooks might be a convenient cover. Just the way that Amazon claimed Kindle was all about ebooks and reading and then proceeded to create the real Kindle Killer, the Kindle Fire.

In the Final Analysis

Barnes and Noble, the #2 ebook seller, the #2 eReader seller, the #2 High Value Tablet seller, is suddenly a lot stronger.

Amazon suddenly has very strong and stable competition.

Microsoft has made an investment which could be strategic in multiple ways. It might very well be that Microsoft sees three billion dollar businesses – Nook eReaders & eBooks, eTextbooks, Nook Tablets.

This 17.6% investment (for just $300 million) is about a million times smarter than the billions Microsoft is burning up on its badly strategized search engine business. On that note, it’s time for Microsoft to buy a certain small and sweet search engine (that rhymes with Luck) and unleash two horses in the search engine wars.

38 Free Kindle Books for April 29, 2012

Disclaimer: Prices Change. It’s 4:34 pm EST and all books were free FOR EVERYONE in the US (you didn’t have to have Prime). Please check the Price BEFORE buying – especially if you are reading this post on Monday. If you have a free book available in the future, please send an email to ireaderreview@gmail.com.

Free Kindle Books – Full List at Amazon

Free Kindle Books – Romance

  1. **Cupcake by Mariah Jones. Price: Free. Genre: Romance, Alpha Male, Humor. Rated 4 stars on 52 reviews. 143 pages. A classic escapist romance.
  2. [Repeat from Jan 2012] **Undeniable Rogue (The Rogues Club, Book One) by Annette Blair. Price: Free. Genre: Historical Romance, Family, Love, Drama, Humor. Rated 4.5 stars on 54 reviews. 320 pages. A joyful and seductive romance.
  3. Pull the Trigger (Memory Grove) by Melissa Ecker. Price: Free. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town, Erotic, Friendship. Rated 4 stars on 10 reviews. 73 pages. Very sexy, even more touching.

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  1. Frail Blood by Jo Robertson. Price: Free. Genre: Historical Romance, Suspense, Thriller, California, 1909. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 266 pages.
  2. Ryder on the Storm – Emerald Seer 1 by Violet Patterson. Price: Free. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Urban Fantasy, Series, Adventure. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews. 238 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Thrillers & Mysteries

  1. **HEAVEN’S RAGE by Tiffany Craig Brown. Price: Free. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Drama, Detective, California. Rated 4.5 stars on 62 reviews. 352 pages. A story of revenge.
  2. Buck Fever (Blanco County Mysteries) by Ben Rehder. Price: Free. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Police Procedurals, Crime, Humor. Rated 4 stars on 25 reviews. 209 pages. Bizarre, intriguing, and wry.
  3. *EAST of A (an Urban Thriller) by Russell Atwood. Price: Free. Genre: Mystery, Hard-Boiled, Action & Adventure, Detective, Manhattan. Rated 4.5 stars on 14 reviews. 256 pages. A mean, gritty detective noir.

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  1. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno. Price: Free. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Legal, Morality. Rated 5 stars on 9 reviews. 337 pages.
  2. Beast of the Field by Peter Jorden Drake. Price: Free. Genre: Historical Mystery, Crime, Murder, 1920’s. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. 289 pages.
  3. The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick. Price: Free. Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths, Murder, Satire, South. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. 235 pages.
  4. The Superuser: A Grisham Stark Poker Murder Mystery (Action Suspense Thriller) by Collin Moshman and Katie Dozier. Price: Free. Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Action, Mystery, Poker. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 347 pages.
  5. Wee Rockets by Gerard Brennan. Price: Free. Genre: Mystery, Hard-Boiled, Urban, Morality. Rated 4.5 stars on 6 reviews. 268 pages.
  6. [2012 Repeat, Good] The St. Petersburg Confessions by Ty Hutchinson. Price: Free. Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue, Sinner. Rated 4 stars on 5 reviews. 79 pages. Best cover I’ve seen in sometime.
  7. Razor Sharp 3.0 by Ola Adigun. Price: Free. Genre: Action & Adventure, Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction, Computer Virus. Rated 5 stars on 3 reviews. 157 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror

  1. *The Dashwood Haunting (Ghosts / Occult) (Amy Stuart Occult Mystery Series, Book 1) by Ann Nyland. Price: Free. Genre: Horror, Ghosts, Paranormal Mystery, Suspense. Rated 4.5 stars on 19 reviews. 112 pages. Totally enthralling ghost story.
  2. [Repeat Feb 2012] *Ripper’s Row by Donnie Light and Shawn Weaver. Price: Free. Genre: Horror, Historical, Thriller, Vampire. Rated 4.5 stars on 16 reviews. 180 pages. The demonic Jack the Ripper, re-imagined.
  3. *Zauran (Pravus) by Poppet. Price: Free. Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dark, Demons. Rated 5 stars on 12 reviews. 207 pages. Adult fiction with a fantastic flair.

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  1. The House on Mayberry Road by Troy McCombs. Price: Free. Genre: Horror, Ghosts, Haunted House, Psychological. Rated 4 stars on 7 reviews. 259 pages.
  2. Fate of the Necromancer by Eric Bonaventura. Price: Free. Genre: Dark Fantasy, Magic, Necromancy, Adventure. Rated 4.5 stars on 6 reviews. 238 pages.
  3. THE POISON OF THORNS: The Dragon’s Back #1 by Robert Dennis Wilson. Price: Free. Genre: Christian Fantasy, Adventure, War, Dragon. Rated 4 stars on 6 reviews. 308 pages.
  4. Titanic of The Dead: How I Survived the Titanic Zombie Apocalypse by STEPHEN DYMARCIK and TITANIC SURVIVOR: LAWRENCE BEESLEY. Price: Free. Genre: Horror, Alternate History, Zombies, Titanic. Rated 4.5 stars on 5 reviews. 40 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Historical Fiction

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  1. Witless by Dennis Vickers. Price: Free. Genre: Historical, Literary Fiction, Small Town, Conflict. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews. 356 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Children and Young Adult

  1. **Insight (A Young Adult Paranormal Romance) (The Insight Series) by Jamie Magee. Price: Free. Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Family Saga, Dreams, Romance. Rated 4.5 stars on 32 reviews. 316 pages. Sickly sweet.
  2. **Last Stop This Town by David Steinberg. Price: Free. Genre: Humor, Young Adult, Friendship, Party. Rated 5 stars on 22 reviews. 194 pages. By the screenwriter of “American Pie.”
  3. *Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy, Book 1) by Megg Jensen. Price: Free. Genre: Young Adult, Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Other World. Rated 4.5 stars on 18 reviews. 154 pages. The sequel was released just three days ago. Check it out, the reviews are fantastic.
  4. Worst Impressions: a Romantic Comedy (The Jane Series) by K.L. Brady. Price: Free. Genre: Young Adult, Romantic Comedy, Friendship. Rated 4 stars on 17 reviews. 257 pages. An urbanized version of Pride & Prejudice.
  5. *Horses Of The Sun (The Outback Riders) by Leanne Owens. Price: Free. Genre: Young Adult, Horses, Adventure, Australia. Rated 5 stars on 16 reviews. 99 pages. Suitable for horse-lovers of all ages.
  6. *Unaccounted For by Nan Willard Cappo. Price: Free. Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Adventure. Rated 4.5 stars on 14 reviews. 330 pages. Secrets, death, and suspense riddle this thriller.

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  1. The Money Tree by Sam Mills. Price: Free. Genre: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Dogs, “Hillbillies”. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. 260 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Various Genres (Fiction) including Adventure

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  1. MIMI’S REMORSE – PART TWO by Mallori McNeal-Payne. Price: Free. Genre: African American Literature, Emotional, Drama, Runaway, Hardship. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. 46 pages.
  2. Uncle Tom Andy Bill; A Story of Bears and Indian Treasure by Charles Major. Price: Free. Genre: Action & Adventure, Classic Literature. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 430 pages.

Free Kindle Books – Non Fiction

  1. *Twitter Marketing: Promote Yourself and Your Business on Earth’s Hottest Social Network by Steve Weber. Price: Free. Genre: Web Marketing, Business, Twitter, Followers. Rated 5 stars on 10 reviews. 114 pages.

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  1. *The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europe Can Teach Us (WanderLearn) by Francis Tapon. Price: Free. Genre: Europe, Travel Essays, Adventure, East. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. 736 pages.
  2. *Finding Your Soul Mate – the joy of great sex, true love and lasting intimacy (Love and Money) by Sparkle Phillips. Price: Free. Genre: Relationships, Counselling, Marriage. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. 90 pages.
  3. Kittyhawk Pilot by James Edwards and Michel Lavigne. Price: Free. Genre: Military, Memoir, Canada, Pilot. Rated 4 stars on 8 reviews. 304 pages.
  4. 30 Minute Meals Recipes includes Easy Dinner Recipes, Healthy Dinner Ideas and Simple Recipes that can be made in 30 Minutes or Less for Busy Moms, Dads & Other Professionals! by C Elias. Price: Free. Genre: Recipes, Quick & Easy, Busy Lifestyle. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 120 pages.
  5. 20 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes (Quick and Easy Recipes) by Julie Denis. Price: Free. Genre: Quick & Easy, Recipes, Busy Lifestyle. Rated 4 stars on 2 reviews. 46 pages.

Today’s Deal (Not Free, just Cheap)

  • Kindle Daily Deal. More than 100 Mystery and Crime Novels for $0.99 each (at least 70% off).