Free Kindle book editor’s picks: Michelle Stimpson edition

Michelle Stimpson is the national bestselling, award-winning author of more than 20 books and 50 short stories. She tops today’s Buffet with Divas of Damascus Road, an inspirational novel about a group of sassy, realistic women in Texas. The main character must face her own demons as well as a drug-addicted mother who is now falling even farther into schizophrenia. This book first appeared in hardcover in 2006 and was revived for the Kindle last November.

A former public school teacher, Michelle takes joy in teaching others through a good story. She and her husband are the thankful parents of two wonderful adult children. They also have one crazy dog (Mi-Mi) who loves to watch televangelists.

When not writing or spending time with family, Michelle enjoys teaching classes to youth and adults at the University of Texas at Arlington. She also facilitates courses at her home church.

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Divas of Damascus Road

Literature & Fiction > African American > Christian
Author: Michelle Stimpson
Divas of Damascus Road

After being blamed for her baby sister’s death, Dianne Rucker swore she’d never come back to Dentonville, Texas. But her Aunt Gloria, who took her in after the accident, is getting remarried. Going back home means Dianne must face her own demons as well as a drug-addicted mother who is now falling even further into schizophrenia.

But Dianne isn’t the only one struggling. Her two cousins must come to terms with their own issues after having grown up in this dysfunctional family of women. And Aunt Gloria may be hiding the biggest skeletons of all.

The women must look to their faith in God as they attempt to turn their lives around like Saul on the Biblical road to Damascus.


Raise the Child You’ve Got-Not the One You Want: Why everyone thrives when parents lead with acceptance

Family Relationships > Motherhood
Author: Nancy Rose
Raise the Child You've Got-Not the One You Want: Why everyone thrives when parents lead with acceptance

Are you fed up with child behavior problems?

Is your family life stressful and unpleasant? Are you exhausted from never-ending battles? Do you wish your child were more patient…or more outgoing…or less impulsive…or simply different from who she is?

There is a way out of your endless loop of frustration. Parent coach Nancy Rose paves the way with a remarkably effective approach: Leading with Acceptance, which draws upon real life parent/child relationships, current studies, and groundbreaking methods for understanding and accepting your child’s CoreSelf traits.

Leading with Acceptance will help you:

  • Discover what you can and cannot change about your child
  • Understand the power of acceptance in building a healthy parent/child connection, no matter how old your child is
  • Gain peace of mind as you raise your children to become their best, happiest selves.

The Illegal Gardener (The Greek Village Collection.)

Literary Fiction
Author: Sara Alexi
The Illegal Gardener (The Greek Village Collection.)

Sara Alexi weaves an entrancing story of the burgeoning relationship that develops between two people from very different backgrounds and cultures, an English woman living in Greece and the Pakistani illegal immigrant who becomes her gardener and house boy. Each comes with their own problems, their own past baggage, and she explores these with sympathy and understanding as well as the many nuances of the differences in cultures as they become more and more dependent on each other.’

Whimsy & Soda

Humor > Parodies
Author: Matthew David Brozik
Whimsy & Soda

A collection of 12 hilarious short stories featuring the best-known and best-liked characters of P.G. Wodehouse’s fiction—Bertie Wooster and his man, Jeeves. (The included stories are parodic and not authorized by the Wodehouse Estate.)

  • In the opening story, “By and By, Bertie,” Bertie Wooster wakes up one morning to find himself changed in his bed into… a parakeet? Shades of Kafka!
  • Jeeves takes his annual vacation; the agency sends Bertie the only valet it has available, and that valet is a robot, in “G.E.V.E.”
  • “Jeeves Your Own Adventure” allows the reader to play the role of Jeeves himself!

Bound (Fire on Ice)

Women’s Fiction > New Adult & College
Author: Brenda Rothert
Bound (Fire on Ice)

College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt – to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.

Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.

When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.

Away With the Fairies

Horror > Occult
Author: Jenny Twist
Away With the Fairies

Lucy likes to stare at the wall. Her mother thinks she is suffering from petit mal but Granny McCurdle says, “ Och, she’s away wi’ the fairies again.”
Nobody takes this literally until Lucy disappears. Her sister knows where she’s gone, but who would believe her? Can she really be away with the fairies?

When I Break

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Kendall Ryan
When I Break

Knox Bauer’s life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, this can’t go on…they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna.

Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn’t have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox’s true motivations might take more courage than she has.

Lifehacks: 63 Ways to Save Money, Improve Time Management, Produce Great Work, and Increase Productivity

Self-Help > Creativity
Author: Scott Britton
Lifehacks: 63 Ways to Save Money, Improve Time Management, Produce Great Work, and Increase Productivity (Guides for Lifehackers and Productivity Enthusiasts)

Do You Want to Save Money, Improve Time Management, Produce Great Work, and Increase Your Productivity? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this book you will learn:

Ways to Save Money

Learn money saving lifehacks like how to get VIP treatment at your favorite businesses, never pay ATM fees again, get Amazon Prime for 1/5 of the cost, save 100′s of dollars a year on your favorite services and more!

If you follow the tips in this section on How to Save Money you’ll earn back the price of this book 10x over within the first month!

Time Management Lifehacks

Learn how to crush common time wasters like unnecessary meetings, repeatedly answering the same questions, spending too much time on email, dealing with slow customer service, and weeding out “time takers” from you life.

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

Linda Goodman’s Love Signs

New Age > Astrology > Horoscopes
Author: Linda Goodman
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Linda Goodman's Love Signs

The 1968 publication of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs popularized astrology worldwide. Magazines and newspapers began running regular astrology columns and Goodman contributed insert articles into the mass circulation women’s magazines. An ever increasing percentage of people knew their sign (as well as yours) and studied astrological tendencies.

Linda Goodman’s Love Signs addresses and answered the question asked by everyone familiar with astrology–how do I relate to someone of another sign? Each sign is “related” to the twelve signs of the zodiac in a different and unique way. Each section addresses the differences for a male and a female with the same sign matches.

This edition of Linda Goodman’s Love Signs has been fully updated with current references and Goodman’s magical first-person prose has been preserved so that the reading experience is as enjoyable as when this work was first published.

The Stone Flower Garden

Women’s Fiction > Romance
Author: Smith Deborah
Regularly $12.95, Today $1.99
The Stone Flower Garden

For Darl Union, life in Burnt Stand, North Carolina, has always been a mixture of wealth, privilege, loneliness and sinister family secrets. Even her childhood love for Eli Wade, the son of a stone cutter, was tangled in a web of deceit and murder. His father, an innocent man, died for killing her great aunt. Now Darl and Eli must come to grips with the past and all its mysteries.

Regarding Ducks and Universes

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Neve Maslakovic
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Regarding Ducks and Universes

On a foggy Monday in 1986, the universe suddenly, without warning, bifurcated. Fast-forward to 35 years later: Felix Sayers is a culinary writer living in San Francisco of Universe A who spends his days lunching at Coconut Café and dreaming of penning an Agatha Christie-style mystery. But everything changes when his Aunt Henrietta dies, leaving Felix a photograph of his father and himself–dated ten days before Felix was born. It can only mean one thing: Felix has an ‘alter’ in Universe B. Panicked that his mystery novel may exist already, Felix crosses to San Francisco B and proceeds to flagrantly violate the rules of both worlds by snooping around his alter’s life. But when he narrowly escapes a hit-and-run, it becomes clear that someone knows he’s crossed over… and whoever it is isn’t happy about it. Now Felix must uncover the truth about his alter, the events of one Monday, and a wayward rubber duck before his time in both worlds runs out.

How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth

Management & Leadership > Teams
Author: Robyn Benincasa
Regularly $22.99, Today $2.99
How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth

Robyn Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. In her fifteen-year career as a professional adventure racer, she has biked through jungles in Borneo, climbed Himalayan giants in Nepal, trekked across lava fields in Fiji, rafted rapids in Chile—and racked up multiple world championship titles along the way. In her spare time, she is a firefighter and a sought-after keynote speaker on the subject of teamwork and leadership.

In How Winning Works, Benincasa shows you how to climb to new levels of professional and personal success. She shares the eight essential elements of teamwork, learned through her extreme adventure racing, that create synergy with all the teammates in your life, from colleagues and customers to family members and friends:

Total Commitment
Empathy and Awareness
Adversity Management
Mutual Respect
We” Thinking
Ownership of the Project
Relinquishment of Ego
Kinetic Leadership

This field guide to success shares the same training tools and exercises that have become wildly popular in the leadership seminars Benincasa gives to corporations, including Starbucks, Deloitte Consulting, 3M, Verizon, Nestlé, Boeing and many others. Stories from her adventure racing also illustrate how winning teams interact under the world’s most extreme conditions, from jungles to mountain peaks.

The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1)

Technothrillers
Author: A.G. Riddle
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1)

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they’ve hidden the truth about human evolution. They’ve also searched for an ancient enemy–a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It has been there for thousands of years, and something is guarding it. As the Immari rush to execute their plan, a brilliant geneticist makes a discovery that could change everything.

Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn’t recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous–for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.

Agent David Vale has spent ten years trying to stop the Immari. Now he’s out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.

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