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Win a Kindle Paperwhite! Plus free and bargain books for Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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Enter to win an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite!

Kindle Buffet is sponsoring a giveaway, and the prize is a brand-new Amazon Paperwhite, which sells for $119.99. It’s free to enter, and it runs for one week — now through midnight next Tuesday, July 12th.

For a chance to win the prize, you must be a subscriber to the “Kindle Buffet” daily e-mail, or become a subscriber. To enter, click the link at the bottom of the box below labeled “use your e-mail” and enter your name and e-mail. Then Click “Join the Kindle Buffet mailing list.” Click the checkbox and click “Enter.”

You can earn more chances to win by referring friends. After you enter, click “Bring Your Friends” to share this offer with as many as 10 friends via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter — or by sharing the web link at the bottom. For each of your friends who subscribes to the Kindle Buffet e-mail, you’ll receive another chance to win.

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I will announce the winner here on July 13 and ship the Paperwhite to the lucky winner on that date!

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A Perfect Grave

 Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: Rick Mofina

FREE
A Perfect Grave

Rookie crime reporter Jason Wade, a troubled loner from the wrong side of the tracks, pursues the story of a murdered Seattle nun.

The case leads him to a hermit nun who founded a mysterious religious order; and ultimately to the dark secret that has tormented his ex-cop father for decades. It culminates in a life and death struggle against the clock. With time running out, Jason and his father battle the odds to confront a terrible truth.

The Big O (The Virgin Diaries)

 Romantic Comedy
Author: HJ Bellus

FREE
The Big O (The Virgin Diaries)

The ocean…October, outdoors, orange… All O’s that sneaky damn letter. I need the O. Crave the O, even dream about the bastard.

My name is Olivia and this is my virgin diary. Yep, at the ripe age of 24 I’m single and O-less. And to top it all off, with a shiny cherry, I’m a first grade teacher. Not much hope meeting Prince Charming in my workplace.

I live with my hyper Yorkie and wild imagination. And I despise the letter O.

Follow Olivia Olander in her wild and hysterical journey as she hunts down the elusive O.

She may hate the obscure O now, but Officer Oren O’Brien hasn’t lit up her world.

Will Olivia ever learn to love the O or be cursed with its lingering presence the rest of her life?

The Jewelled Snuff Box

 Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Alice Chetwynd Ley

FREE
The Jewelled Snuff Box

Eighteenth-century England.

Jane Spencer is amongst a group of travellers who are forced to delay their journey due to a snowstorm.

Their stage coach is unable to continue its journey through the storm and its passengers are forced to get out and walk to a nearby inn.

Jane comes across a unconscious man, the victim of highwaymen, lying half dead in the snow.

The man awakes not knowing who he is and is unable to recognize his only possession: a magnificent jewel-encrusted snuff box.

Jane nurses him and helps him return to London. But, just as she starts to care for him, he disappears just as suddenly as he appeared in her life, leaving only his snuff box in her possession.

On discovering a letter hidden in a secret compartment in the snuff box, she entrusts her lawyer to the care of it. Little does she know that this letter holds the key to a growing mystery.

Necessary Decisions, A Gino Cataldi Mystery

 Thrillers > Crime
Author: Giacomo Giammatteo

FREE
Necessary Decisions, A Gino Cataldi Mystery

Gino Cataldi is a man hanging on by a thread. Cancer took his wife, and drugs put his son in rehab. All he has left is his badge.

When a teenage girl is kidnapped it brings back nightmares from the worst case he ever worked—the one that tore his life to shreds and forced him out of Philadelphia.

Gino doesn’t want this case but he knows he has to take it. Not just to save the girl, but to earn redemption for what went wrong in Philly.

Soldier’s Heart – Civil War Fiction

 Christian Fiction > Historical
Author: Michele McKnight Baker

FREE
Soldier's Heart - Civil War Fiction: Two boys, two fathers scarred by war. Who will survive?

Junior Thompson, son of a freed slave, and Webbie Henderson, son of a wealthy family, cross a forbidden boundary between their properties and forge an unlikely friendship in the years that culminate in the Civil War. Young as they are, both must become the men of their families when their fathers are called to battle. When the war comes to their hometown of Carlisle and nearby Gettysburg, will they survive?

An historically authentic, fast-paced, multicultural family saga, Soldier’s Heart takes place over a fifteen-year period, culminating on April 9, 1865: Junior Thompson’s twelfth birthday, and also the day General Lee will surrender, formally ending the Civil War. Though the victory of the war may be at hand, this unforgettable story reveals how the private battles of the heart rage on.

She’s A Keeper!: Confessions From A Southern Girl’s Closet – The Stories Begin

 Humor & Entertainment
Author: Lee St. John

FREE
She's A Keeper!: Confessions From A Southern Girl's Closet - The Stories Begin

Lee St. John is a mess. She tries to behave like the Southern Belle she was brought up to be, but her playful high jinxes just get in the way. She can’t help it. Bless her heart. As an only child she learned how to entertain herself and with self-deprecating humor, she just lets it rip. No filter. But she does have a soft spot for memories of her generation, her parents’ generation, and her children’s generation and these vintage but entertaining vignettes will either melt your heart or leave you LOL – Laughing Out Lee!

A Beautiful Mind

 Biographies & Memoirs > Scientists
Author: Sylvia Nasar

Regularly $11.99, Today $2.99
A Beautiful Mind

In this powerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly recreates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize.

“How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?” the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. “Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did,” came the answer. “So I took them seriously.”

Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who—thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community—emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution. The inspiration for an Academy Award–winning movie, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over adversity, and the healing power of love.

Head Over Heels: A Romantic Comedy

 Romantic Comedy
Author: Cindy Procter-King

Regularly $3.99, Today $0.99
Head Over Heels: A Romantic Comedy

Magee Sinclair has had it up to her sassy short hairdo with the recent blunders pushing her family’s advertising agency to the brink. How can she accept the promotion her father plans when she keeps making costly mistakes? She needs to bring in more business however she can. So when new client Justin Kane asks her to role-play as his girlfriend for a weekend in exchange for a lucrative campaign, she jumps at the chance.

Justin’s goal to expand his chain of bike stores hinges on a distribution deal with a manufacturer. First, he needs to impress the man at a mountain resort while they bike trails with their significant others. But Justin’s girlfriend dumps him, forcing him to find a quick replacement. Magee—pretty, clever, and a skilled cyclist—is the perfect choice to masquerade as his “lover.”

The Story of Sushi

 Fish & Seafood
Author: Trevor Corson

Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
The Story of Sushi

Everything you never knew about sushi—its surprising origins, the colorful lives of its chefs, and the bizarre behavior of the creatures that compose it

Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America’s first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in nineteenth-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food. He reveals the pioneers who brought sushi to the United States and explores how this unlikely meal is exploding into the American heartland just as the long-term future of sushi may be unraveling.

The Story of Sushi is at once a compelling tale of human determination and a delectable smorgasbord of surprising food science, intrepid reporting, and provocative cultural history.

The Ivy Lessons (Book 1)

 Romantic Suspense
Author: Suzy K Quinn, Devoted Books

Regularly $6.99, Today $2.99
The Ivy Lessons - Kindle Unlimited New York Times Best Sellers: Kindle Unlimited New Adult College Romance (Ivy Lessons Series Book 1)

When Sophia wins a post-graduate place at Ivy Drama College, she can’t believe her luck. The college is owned by one of the most well-respected young actors in London, Marc Blackwell – who not only founded the college, but teaches the students.

Known for his strict classes and belief in discipline, Marc has a reputation for being arrogant and aloof, yet Sophia soon finds herself drawn to this cold, fascinating young man.

Soon, Sophia is embarking on a journey of sexual discovery that promises to explore all that is forbidden between teacher and student.

The Sweet By and By: A Novel

 Women’s Fiction > Friendship
Author: Todd Johnson

Regularly $6.49, Today $1.99
The Sweet By and By: A Novel

The Sweet By and By is the story of five southern women of different ages and from very different backgrounds whose lives come together in a journey of courage, hope, and humor. First-time author Todd Johnson—who was a co-producer with Oprah Winfrey of Broadway’s The Color Purple—makes an indelible literary mark with a debut novel that bestselling author Adriana Trigiani (Very Valentine) calls, “heartfelt and stunning.” People magazine chose The Sweet By and By as one of its “Great Reads for Your Book Club,” saying, “Steel Magnolias fans will love this one.”

Masquerade

 Romantic Comedy
Author: Janette Rallison, CJ Hill

Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Masquerade: a romantic comedy

When Clarissa takes a much needed job under slightly false pretenses, she doesn’t think it will be such a big deal. She may have told her movie-star boss that she was married but that shouldn’t matter. After all, she doesn’t want anything to do with men for a long, long time.

It’s hard for a woman to keep up the masquerade when her boss is as handsome as Slade Jacobson and the job takes her to Hawaii with him. In between handling his whirlwind four-year-old daughter and dealing with a whole cast of Hollywood personalities, Clarissa has to keep a tight hold on her heart.
Masquerade is romantic comedy at its best–clean and funny with lots of heart.

Stars in Their Eyes (Caught Up in Love Book 4)

 Romance > Contemporary
Author: Lauren Blakely

Regularly $3.99, Today $0.99
Stars in Their Eyes (Caught Up in Love Book 4)

Celebrity photographer Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be’s corset, she’ll need more than her camera and smarts, she’ll need help from her biggest rival–hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He’s the last person Jess should trust, but he’s her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing – to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he’s scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn’t have ulterior motives…

The King of Vodka (P.S.)

 Biographies & Memoirs > Company Histories
Author: Linda Himelstein

Regularly $12.99, Today $0.99
The King of Vodka (P.S.)

From Vanderbilt and Rockefeller to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, America’s captains of industry are paragons of entrepreneurial success, and books about business history, from The First Tycoon to The Big Short, show exemplars of capitalistic cunning and tenacity…but just as American cocktail connoisseurs can mistake Absolut, Skyy, Grey Goose, or Ketel One for the quintessential clear spirit, so too has America’s vision of business history remained naïve to a truth long recognized in Eastern Europe: since the time of Tsar Nicholas, both vodka and commercial success have been synonymous in Russia with one name—Smirnoff. Linda Himelstein’s critically acclaimed biography of Russian vodka scion Pyotr Smirnov—a finalist for the James Beard Award, winner of the IACP and Saroyan Awards, and a BusinessWeek Best Business Book of 2009—is the sweeping story of entrepreneurship, empire, and epicurean triumph unlike anything the world has ever seen before.

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