Before we get to today’s top pick, please indulge me in this brief commercial message:

Today I’m adding an experimental feature to Kindle Buffet. After I mention today’s top freebie, I’ll be recommending four more books that are NOT free, but are temporarily available at big discounts.

Why am I doing this? Well, for one reason, an executive at Amazon’s headquarters asked me to try it, and I agreed it was worth a trial run. Another reason: If this new feature results in more sales for Amazon, it’s possible they’ll pay a commission.

In any case, you’ll be exposed to several more great books each day that won’t show up on the free list. (Many authors and publishers don’t participate in Amazon’s freebie program, but their books are available occasionally at attractive discounts.)

So the new “Bargain” section of Kindle Buffet will highlight the gems from that group of books.

Just so there’s no confusion as to which books are freebies and which ones aren’t, the Bargain books will be set aside in their own section with a yellow background.

Like this.


That way, if you’re not interested in the Bargain books, you can scroll right past the yellow section.

So, I’ll continue recommending the best freebies I’m able to find, just as before. The only difference is the additional section for high-quality bargain books. I’m interested to hear what you think of this new wrinkle. Send me an e-mail me with your two cent’s worth to KindleBuffet [at]

And now, on to today’s Buffet.

Award-winning author Teresa McCarthy writes books set in the Regency era with its dukes, balls and the fashionable world. Best known for her tender romances sprinkled with humor, Teresa also writes sweet contemporary romances (for teens and up.)

With Once Upon a Diamond, Teresa delivers a Regency historical romance brimming with suspense and humor and a feisty American heroine who meets her match in a handsome Regency lord.

As usual, each book listed here has gone FREE within the past 24 hours, except for the Bargain books in the yellow section. 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. (Prices and availability may differ outside USA.)

Once Upon A Diamond

Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Teresa McCarthy
Once Upon A Diamond (A sweet Regency Historical Romance)

A full length novel of suspense and love during the era of Jane Austen and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Throw together a stolen diamond sought by the Crown, a handsome earl dispatched on a secret mission, a beautiful American pressured to marry, and a French spy bent on revenge, into the middle of Regency England, and the resulting chaos is found in this Historical Romance.

“Reminiscent of The Taming of the Shrew, Teresa McCarthy’s latest gem, ONCE UPON A DIAMOND, is a riveting page-turner…” —Maureen Greene, RWA Bookseller of the Year

TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?

2001: A Space Odyssey

Regular Price: 8.99
Today: $1.99

Science Fiction > Adventure > Classics
Author: Arthur C. Clarke

2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: The Odyssey)

The year is 2001, and cosmonauts uncover a mysterious monolith that has been buried on the Moon for at least three million years. To their astonishment, the monolith releases an equally mysterious pulse—a kind of signal—in the direction of Saturn after it is unearthed. Whether alarm or communication, the human race must know what the signal is—and who it was intended for.

The Discovery and its crew, assisted by the highly advanced HAL 9000 computer system, sets out to investigate. But as the crew draws closer to their rendezvous with a mysterious and ancient alien civilization, they realize that the greatest dangers they face come from within the spacecraft itself. HAL proves a dangerous traveling companion, and the crew must outwit him to survive.

This novel version of the famous Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey was written by Clarke in conjunction with the movie’s production. It is meant to stand as a companion piece, and it offers a complementary narrative that’s loaded with compelling science fiction ideas.


Regular Price: $9.99
Today: $1.99
Children’s eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories
Author: Bill Thomson


A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The kids begin to draw. . . and then . . . magic! The children draw the sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding wordless picture book and the power of the imagination. Bill Thomson embraced traditional painting techniques and meticulously painted each illustration by hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils.

Southern Living Annual Recipes 2012: Every Single Recipe from 2012 — over 750!

Regular Price: $26.95
Today: $2.99
Cookbooks, Food & Wine
Author: Editors of Southern Living Magazine
Southern Living Annual Recipes 2012: Every Single Recipe from 2012 -- over 750!

Published since 1979, Southern Living Annual Recipes provides every single recipe from a year’s worth of Southern Living magazine in one complete volume. From large, family-style meals, to easy-to-pull-together weekend brunches, to everyday family-pleasing treats–with gorgeous photographs, step-by-step instructions, and more than a dash of genteel Southern charm and style-the book includes dozens of menus and over 100 step-by-step photographs from the renowned Test Kitchen professionals at Southern Living. This hefty volume serves as a cookbook as well as a reference book.The step-by-step recipes are clear and easy to understand, and each one is accompanied by cook and prep times to help the home cook schedule time perfectly. The book includes attractive full-color photographs as well as over 100 step-by-step photos to make recipes accessible for home cooks on any level.

Cookbook exclusives include:

“Test Kitchens Notebook”-insider tips from Southern Living Foods Editors and Test Kitchen staffers

“Cook’s Notes”-reader comments about their favorite recipes

Bonus recipes not found in the 2012 magazine, including “Test Kitchen Favorites”

Of course Southern Living Annual Recipes is complete with the kind of cozy, Southern distinction that truly draws readers in and has made this annual a much anticipated favorite of Southern readers for over 30 years.

Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom: 1940-1945

Regular Price: $14.99
Today: $1.99
Biographies & Memoirs > Presidents & Heads of State
Author: James MacGregor Burns

Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom: 1940-1945

The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning history of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s final years.
The second entry in James Macgregor Burns’s definitive two-volume biography of Roosevelt begins with the president’s precedent-breaking third term election in 1940, just as Americans were beginning to face the likelihood of war. Here, Burns examines Roosevelt’s skillful wartime leadership as well as his vision for post-war peace. Hailed by William Shirer as “the definitive book on Roosevelt in the war years,” and by bestselling author Barbara Tuchman as “engrossing, informative, endlessly readable,”The Soldier of Freedom is a moving profile of a leader gifted with rare political talent in an era of extraordinary challenges, sacrifices, heroism, and hardship.

The Rockin’ Chair

Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life
Author: Steven Manchester
The Rockin' Chair

Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.

Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.


Christian Fiction
Author: J. J. Hebert

YOUNG JAMES FROST just knows, deep in his bones, that he’s a writer. He writes far into early mornings, after his wearying hours of scrubbing toilets and sweeping floors. He loves writing that much.

But it’s not only the joy of words that keeps him grinding; it’s his desire to retire the janitor’s mop. He sees being published as the key to living an improved life. James has another deep-seated conviction: that he’s not good enough. He secretly longs to be accepted. However, the conventional others in his life seem all too willing to remind him that he’s wasting his time.

Then he meets and falls in love with Leigh, the one bright spot in his endless misery of self-doubt. A quiet but resolutely religious girl, she has to fight off disapproval of her own from overly critical parents, whose insults are countered by James’s often-voiced admiration of her. Likewise, Leigh’s faith in his talents begins to build his confidence, eventually allowing her to introduce him to a different way to help himself: relying on God.

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Successful Women Think Differently

Self-Help  > Women’s Issues
Author: Valorie Burton
Successful Women Think Differently

Popular author and professional certified coach Valorie Burton knows that successful women think differently. They make decisions differently. They set goals differently and bounce back from failure differently. Valorie is dedicated to help women create new thought processes that empower them to succeed in their relationships, finances, work, health, and spiritual life. With new, godly habits, women will discover how to:

  • focus on solutions, not problems
  • choose courage over fear
  • nurture intentional relationships
  • take consistent action in the direction of their dreams
  • build the muscle of self-control

In this powerful and practical guide, Valorie provides a woman with insight into who she really is and gives her the tools, knowledge, and understanding to succeed.


Science Fiction > Metaphysical & Visionary
Author: Dee DeTarsio

When a plane crashed behind Micki Cramer’s house, in San Diego, California, she kept waiting for the sirens and rescue team to show up. As the first responder, it was up to her to tug on the arm that was waving out of the broken wreckage. Holding her breath against the choking smoke, she managed to get the pilot out and carry him to safety into her backyard. He wasn’t that heavy; he was about the size of her 10-year-old nephew, who did play a lot of video games and ate nothing but Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but still. As it turns out, he wasn’t a guy after all.

Ros, the pilot, was on a mission to find her missing brother who had crash-landed at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Seems she was a bad driver, too, missing her target by nearly a thousand miles and more than half a century.

If Ros can teach Micki how to use eleven percent of her brain, how can Micki help Ros?


Mystery > Cozy > Women Sleuths
Author: Holly Jacobs
Steamed (A Maid in LA Mystery 1)

Quincy Mac is a maid in LA–a maid who’s accidently cleaned a murder scene.

Now she’s a murder suspect with only one option–find the real murderer before she ends up in jail for a crime she didn’t commit.

Quincy came to LA looking for fame and fortune. What she’s found is infamy and misfortune. There’s a killer out there, and Quincy’s going to them…or die trying.

The Hungering Saga Complete

Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Author: Heath Pfaff, Justin Hernandez
The Hungering Saga Complete

Twisted by black magic and driven by soul crushing loss, Lowin Fenly, a young scribe-turned-knight, struggles to hold onto his humanity as he battles to rescue that which he values most in the world. Along the way he will be forced to make friends of his enemies, and enemies of his friends. He will grow from a boy no one has heard of, into a man destined to leave the land forever changed, but how will he be remembered? Will he be Sir Fenly, Hero of the People, or will he be Lowin the Dread, a monster to terrify children?


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