Before today’s Editor’s Picks, a news flash:

Amazon has unveiled two new Kindles that will be available in about 10 days — a high-definition Kindle Fire, and a “Paperwhite” e-Ink Kindle:

The Kindle Fire HD delivers rich color and deep contrast from every angle, with an advanced polarizing filter and custom anti-glare technology.
Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution — 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text.

Both are irresistible, if you ask me. I’ve placed pre-orders for both, and will post a review here after I’ve given each a test-drive.

Both models have two or more flavors — the new Fires have optional 3G data (or WiFi only) and two memory options. I sprung for the 32-GB Wi-Fi model. For the Paperwhite e-Ink, I went with the least expensive model, which comes with “Special Offers.” That one is $20 cheaper, but shows advertisements when it’s in sleep mode. Well worth the 20 bucks, in my opinion.

Now, on to today’s Kindle freebies: As usual, each book listed here has gone FREE within the past 24 hours. Books qualify for “Editor’s Picks” if they have outstanding customer reviews. Warning: Kindle book promotions can end without notice, so before downloading click the link “See Kindle price at Amazon” to verify that the book is still free.

My Emily

My Emily

Product Description

This book tells the story of a hurting family, an amazing little girl and a mysteriously faithful God.

Emily wasn't born perfect - so one might think.

She was born with Down Syndrome and many would jump to the conclusion that she would have very little hope for a life with any significance. Two years later came the diagnosis of leukemia. What little hope remaining turned to no hope whatsoever - or so one might think.

The life of this little girl, with all its perceived imperfections, had great meaning. Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met. She also taught them how to value their own lives - even with their many "imperfections."

Note: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will help families with special needs children, those who are battling pediatric cancers, as well as parents grieving the loss of a little one.

Porter House

Porter House

Product Description

Cory knows everything about hiding skeletons in the closet. As an abusive politician’s wife, secrecy is her life. She is forced to put those skills to the test when a brutal beating lands her in the hospital, scarring her for life and nearly killing her. Cory is forced to leave her life behind and go on the run, coming face to face with the biggest secret she’s ever kept. While she waits for the law to bring her abusive husband to justice, Cory meets up with a spirit that is haunting her family’s estate. Who is Kade? What role did he play in the horrible tragedy that ripped her family apart?

Kade is stuck. He’s been haunting Porter House estate for over 100 years without any idea why he’s still here. Kade would do anything to protect Cory, but what if he’s too late? With a tragic history that won’t rest, Kade battles his personal demons to bring peace to Porter House for the last time and protect Cory before the past catches up with them both.

We're In This Together: A Caregiver's Story

We're In This Together: A Caregiver's Story

Product Description

*** $1 of every book sale will be donated by the author to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society***

"You have cancer."

These three simple words strike terror in the hearts of anyone diagnosed with this horrific disease. For any spouse, friend, partner, or relative, the news can be just as devastating. Suddenly, you find yourself in the role as caregiver. You want to help, but how? This heartwarming story offers insight into the life of the author, who stood by his wife's side as she confronted not one, but two very deadly episodes of cancer.

The strategies provided in this touching book will benefit any new or even veteran caregiver, as well as patients, family members, friends, and members of the medical community that are wondering what they should know and do if, or when, personally confronted with a loved one or friend with a debilitating illness or injury.

We're In This Together provides 70 Caregiver Tips learned during the author's journey as a caregiver, including:


--Receiving the news: How do I manage my emotions and still be supportive?

--Understanding diagnoses and treatments: Tracking the details that matter.

--Spending time in the hospital: How the new "normal" can be inspiring and even fun.

--Becoming the great communicator: Sharing the news with friends and family.

--Handling setbacks and overcoming obstacles: Finding the good in "every stinkin' day."

--Taking care of yourself: Balancing the demands of caregiving with your own personal needs.

--This emotional true story reads like a fast-paced, gripping action novel. At the same time, it's informative, thought provoking and a book you will not soon forget.

The number of caregivers in the United States is staggering. According to the National Family Caregivers Association's caregiving statistics, more than 65 million people (that's 29 percent of the US population) provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year; on average, caregivers devote 20 hours per week providing care for loved ones.

This book provides every caregiver, regardless of the reason or length of time they have been in this position with the valuable tools they need to navigate through their medical journey.

The author provides solutions and support for dealing with the mental, physical and emotional aspects of caregiving. Being a caregiver can be a wonderful experience. It can change your life, all for the better. By reading this book, you, too, can appreciate every single day in a way you have never experienced before or ever thought imaginable.

The Boots My Mother Gave Me

The Boots My Mother Gave Me

Product Description

Sole Sister, the new book in The Boots My Mother Gave Me Series, is available now!

AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD QUARTER-FINALIST

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else's shoes?

Strong-willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age. Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson. Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, too.

A mature, candid read for everyone. A must for women. The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters.

Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.

Signed Paperback & Original Music Soundtrack to The Boots My Mother Gave Me can be found at www.brooklyn-james.com

Amazon.com Review

The writing in this excerpt is strong and effective if wordy. Harley is an appealing character and the author has succeeded in making the reader want to know what happens to her. The device of the almond is an especially deft touch and the reader knows immediately what is meant whenever it occurs in the text. The chronology is a bit awkward. Harley says she got thrown out of the house and when. Once forewarned, the reader keeps waiting for it to happen. The backstory bogs down the action and it doesn't happen when the reader expects it, or judging from the last page, at all. The character of Harley's father as uber-abuser with absolutely no redeeming qualities gives this story a credibility issue. Actual abusers usually have some quality that binds their victims to them. Some ruthless editing to eliminate the more redundant details and clean up the sequence of events, along with giving Harley's father one or two lovable characteristics would make this story leap off the page. It deserves it.

Amazon.com Review

This is a novel I would love to read! The excerpt is original and beautifully crafted. The writer deftly uses his/her own voice rather than relying on imitation in the narrative. When writing about the this type of disturbing subject matter, it is easy to overuse tired, meaningless and cliched expression. But the narrator's voice through the first person point-of-view is original, sensitive and genuine, bringing the reader closer to her and the situation we find her in. I definitely feel this novel can be successful.

Product Description

Sole Sister, the new book in The Boots My Mother Gave Me Series, is available now!

AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD QUARTER-FINALIST

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else's shoes?

Strong-willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age. Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson. Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, too.

A mature, candid read for everyone. A must for women. The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters.

Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.

Signed Paperback & Original Music Soundtrack to The Boots My Mother Gave Me can be found at www.brooklyn-james.com

The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set (Fifth Avenue, Running of the Bulls, From Manhattan with Love, From Manhattan with Revenge)

The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set (Fifth Avenue, Running of the Bulls, From Manhattan with Love, From Manhattan with Revenge)

Product Description

*STEPHEN KING on Christopher Smith: "Put me down as an enthusiastic Christopher Smith fan. Smith is a cultural genius."

For the first time, the first four books in the international Top 100 best-selling FIFTH AVENUE series are now available in one sharply discounted boxed set!
Over 1,000 pages!

DESCRIPTIONS:

FIFTH AVENUE:

Look beneath all the power and all the wealth that represents New York City's Fifth Avenue, and you'll find greed, blood, revenge. In the international best-selling thriller "Fifth Avenue," each intermingles within a revered society that is unprepared for what's in store for it when one man finally strikes in an effort to destroy another man for murdering his wife thirty-one years ago.

Louis Ryan is that man. George Redman, his wife, two daughters and their close friends are his targets. Both men are self-made billionaires who came from nothing to stake their claim to Fifth Avenue. But when Louis Ryan hires an international assassin to literally rip the Redman family apart, a series of events that can't be stopped catapults them all through a fast-paced, hard-edged thriller in which nobody is safe.

Secrets are revealed. Sex lives are exposed. The Mafia get involved. And George's two daughters, Celina and Leana Redman, come to the forefront. More than anyone, it's they who are caught in the throes of their father's past as Louis Ryan's blind desire to kill them all takes surprising turns in his all-out effort to see them dead.


RUNNING OF THE BULLS:

In the second book in the international best-selling “Fifth Avenue Series,” a former Wall Street titan who robbed the world of billions is now out of prison. Good for him, but not for those who put him there. Now, they are dying grisly deaths by the hands of two hired assassins.

Investigating is private investigator Marty Spellman, who soon learns that all isn't what it seems as the twists pile up along with sheer number of the dead.

Spellman's life is put on the line. His family is threatened. No one is who they appear to be. Who can he trust as the bulls of Wall Street start to run as the two assassins--Vincent Spocatti and Carmen Gragera--fully ignite their killing spree?


FROM MANHATTAN WITH LOVE:

An outcast billionaire’s daughter is caught at the wrong place at the wrong time.

An international assassin questions her sanity when she falls in love with the very assassin she’s charged to assassinate.

What happens when each collide? Chaos. Murder. Love. Revenge.

And redemption.

In this taut, 35,000-word novella, both women come together for the first time in an explosive story that threatens each of their lives, particularly when one woman breaks her own rules and dares to fall in love. In “From Manhattan with Love,” she soon learns what she always feared. When it comes to real danger, there’s nothing more dangerous than love itself.


FROM MANHATTAN WITH REVENGE

Carmen Gragera is a gifted international assassin. So was her lover, Alex Williams, before he was savagely murdered by a powerful syndicate who considered each end-of-cycle.

Carmen escaped their wrath, but with Alex dead, her own wrath only grew.

Now, through unusual means, she's seeking her revenge against the syndicate for Alex's death.

Assisting her is an eccentric, Park Avenue-based seasonings heiress and a 103-year-old former psychiatrist whose contacts run deep. Also joining her is fellow assassin Vincent Spocatti, with whom Carmen has worked before, and for whom she has the utmost respect.

But is the respect mutual?

In "From Manhattan with Revenge," where there are so many twists, they eventually form a noose that whip around Carmen's neck, revenge comes at a cost higher than she ever anticipated.

THE FIFTH AVENUE SERIES in order:
Fifth Avenue
Running of the Bulls
From Manhattan with Love
From Manhattan with Revenge
A Rush to Violence
Park Avenue

Money Leaves Clues: 27 Secrets to Financial Freedom

Money Leaves Clues: 27 Secrets to Financial Freedom

Product Description

The #1 Best-Seller!

Money Leaves Clues delivers 27 secrets of wealth that the rich and powerful use to build their financial empires. Instead of quick fixes or ineffective theories, Rhodes provides a clear roadmap to your own money management and personal wealth creation based on his own no-nonsense success and the financial health enjoyed by the wealthy.

Rhodes exposes the simple truth of money with examples that anyone can understand and he builds a clear picture of the real American dream. Highly unconventional but candid and precise, this book is required reading for anyone who has any money problems and finally wants to seize the freedom and personal power enjoyed by the rich.

Two Graves (A Kesle City Homicide Novel)

Two Graves (A Kesle City Homicide Novel)

Product Description

2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter Finalist!



2012 Finalist in the Readers Favorite Book Awards!



What readers are saying about Two Graves


"If you're a fan of fast paced serial killer drama you're going to love this one!"

Brenda C. - Readers Favorite



Other 5 star reviews...

"Graystone has done an excellent job in creating an interesting and fascinating book."

Q Stewart

Book Reviewer



"I caught myself not blinking for fear of missing something. Two Graves is excellently written and keeps one on one's toes."

H.L. Van Zyl

Book Reviewer



Overview of Two Graves...

He was bullied all his life. But now he has killed. Now he is getting even and everyone is a target.



But with Lieutenant Gregg Mann's task force looking for him, he should have remembered the Chinese proverb, "Before you set out on a journey of revenge, dig Two Graves."



More praise for Two Graves...

"You NEED to get this book!"

Bill Thibadeau

Book Reviewer



"Couldn't put it down!!!"

ofgr8value

Amazon reviewer



If you are looking for a new serial killer and can't get enough of Michael Connelly and James Patterson, you have found your new nightmare in Two Graves.



Also available by D.A. Graystone: The Schliemann Legacy

No Time To Run (Legal Thriller Featuring Michael Collins Book 1)

No Time To Run (Legal Thriller Featuring Michael Collins Book 1)

Product Description

Winner of the National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers.



"No Time To Run" is a Top 20 Legal Thriller for Amazon Kindle.



"FIVE STARS: Michael Collins is hot, and Kermit Guillardo is a riot!" --- Lady Lawyer



Like John Grisham and D.W. Buffa, J.D. Trafford created a smart legal thriller that keeps the reader turning pages.



Michael Collins burned his suits and ties in a beautiful bonfire before leaving New York and taking up residence at Hut No. 7 in a run-down Mexican resort. He dropped-out, giving up a future of billable hours and big law firm paychecks. But, there are millions of dollars missing from a client's account and a lot of people who want Michael Collins to come back. When his girlfriend is accused of murder, he knows that there really isn't much choice.



Product Description

Winner of the National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers.



"No Time To Run" is a Top 20 Legal Thriller for Amazon Kindle.



"FIVE STARS: Michael Collins is hot, and Kermit Guillardo is a riot!" --- Lady Lawyer



Like John Grisham and D.W. Buffa, J.D. Trafford created a smart legal thriller that keeps the reader turning pages.



Michael Collins burned his suits and ties in a beautiful bonfire before leaving New York and taking up residence at Hut No. 7 in a run-down Mexican resort. He dropped-out, giving up a future of billable hours and big law firm paychecks. But, there are millions of dollars missing from a client's account and a lot of people who want Michael Collins to come back. When his girlfriend is accused of murder, he knows that there really isn't much choice.