Today I’m announcing the winner of the $100 Amazon gift card and letting you know about a new contest for a $500 Amazon gift card!

Carol G. of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada won the $100 gift card. Carol subscribed to Kindle Buffet and entered the contest on July 27.

The first two giveaways were so successful, I’ve sweetened the pot to $500. Here’s the entry form for the new giveaway of a $500 Amazon gift card.

I’m using new software to run this latest giveaway, which is an improvement. First, there’s no requirement to enter your name — just insert your e-mail address to enter. Another change is that for each friend you sign up, you’re awarded 10 more chances to win (previously the bonus was only one additional chance per referral).


Forget Me Not (Mark Kane Book 1)

 Mystery > Private Investigators
Author: John Hemmings

Forget Me Not - Mark Kane Mysteries - Book One: A Private Investigator Crime series of Murder, Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Stories...with a dash of Romance


Greg Philips’ wife, Gloria, has recently died after suffering from chronic dementia leaving Susan, her long-lost illegitimate daughter, a large slice of her estate. But is Susan who she claims to be? And was Gloria mentally competent when she made her will or was she manipulated in some way?

Boston Investigator Mark Kane is hired to discover the truth, but as the investigation proceeds he soon finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery, and as the suspects mount up he needs all his wits about him to find out the truth, and prevent Greg’s adult sons from financial ruin or worse. But this is no ordinary murder – the suspects are all close to home; and Kane finds himself battling his own conscience as he tries to separate his duty to his client from both the legal and moral issues the investigation throws up.

Bringing the Thunder: The Missions of a World War II B-29 Pilot in the Pacific

 History > Military > Aviation
Author: Gordon Robertson

Bringing the Thunder: The Missions of a World War II B-29 Pilot in the Pacific

By March 1945, when Ben Robertson took to the skies above Japan in his B-29 Superfortress, the end of World War II in the Pacific seemed imminent. But although American forces were closing in on its home islands, Japan refused to surrender, and American B-29s were tasked with hammering Japan to its knees with devastating bomb runs.
That meant flying low-altitude, night-time incendiary raids under threat of flak, enemy fighters, mechanical malfunction, and fatigue.

It may have been the beginning of the end, but just how soon the end would come – and whether Robertson and his crew would make it home – was far from certain.

By March 1945, when Ben Robertson took to the skies above Japan in his B-29 Superfortress, the end of World War II in the Pacific seemed imminent.

Fierce Love (Barrington Billionaires Book 1)

  Romantic Comedy
Author: Danielle Stewart

Fierce Love (The Barrington Billionaires Book 1)

Telling James West he can’t do something is like telling lightning it can’t strike. The only thing that crosses his mind is “Challenge accepted.” Finally sitting at the helm of his families oil company, James is ready to concur the industry. The gorgeous, mysterious woman who keeps crossing his path looks like the perfect distraction from the stress of his new role. He’ll have to choose between having her in his corner at West Oil or taking her to his bed.

Libby Saint-Jane has been living a lie. One she intends to protect at any cost. When she finds herself in over her head and on the verge of failure, will her boss, James West, bail her out or kick her to the curb? He may not be the solution for all her troubles but might be the adventure she’s been waiting for.

Homicide by Hamlet (Chubby Chicks Book 3)

 Mystery > Cozy
Author: Lois Lavrisa

Homicide by Hamlet (Cozy Mystery) Book #3 (Chubby Chicks Club Cozy Mystery Series)

Annie Mae has one last job to do before she retires from a thirty-year career in academia: one week of summer theater camp. A camp she has worked at for so many years she could do it with her eyes closed. Easy peasy. Until a team leader is murdered and all hell breaks loose as everyone is a suspect and everyone has a secret. Will she find out the truth before she becomes the killer’s next victim? Or will death be her swan song? Find out in Book Three, HOMICIDE BY HAMLET, in the Chubby Chicks Club cozy mystery series.

Not by Sight (Stone River)

 Christian Fiction > Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Kay Lyons Stockham

Not by Sight (Stone River)

Can you love someone and still be free?

Emma Wyatt agrees to tutor a recently blinded, embittered soldier because of the $50,000 paycheck his brother offers. The job is an answer to many prayers. Blind herself, Emma dreams of independence and freedom away from her overprotective family. Tutoring Ian in all things “blind” isn’t easy, especially when the biggest challenge is helping him walk by faith.

Protect someone you cannot see?

Good soldiers show no weakness. Ian MacGregor holds his battle with claustrophobia close to his chest, unsuccessfully trying to cope on his own, too angry with God to seek comfort. Ian knows duty, honor, serving his country. So why is he being punished with this very personalized hell?

As Ian struggles to strong-arm his phobia and let go of his anger, his growing feelings for Emma are overshadowed by the danger lurking around them. Emma would be better off with someone else. Someone sighted.


  Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: Jonathan Maas


Without warning or explanation, an extended solar flare bombards the earth and doesn’t stop, making each day a battle for survival. The sunlight blinds and burns instantly, and then kills within minutes. The radiation has also destroyed all of the earth’s circuitry, leaving the nights dark and dangerous.

Two survivors, a thousand miles apart, each hear a rumor of a distant safe haven that can withstand the sun. Zeke is a silent wanderer, Ash is a brilliant young man hiding a painful past, and neither know just what this place really is.
To get there they must each travel through ravaged towns and over hundreds of miles of charred earth, and must do so under a sky waiting to kill them with every sunrise.

It Takes a Village

 Public Affairs & Policy > Parenting
Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Regularly $13.99, Today $1.99
It Takes a Village

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of It Takes a Village, this splendid edition includes photographs and a new Introduction by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

A decade ago, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton chronicled her quest — both deeply personal and, in the truest sense, public — to help make our society into the kind of village that enables children to become smart, able, resilient adults. It Takes a Village is “a textbook for caring…. Filled with truths that are worth a read, and a reread” (The Dallas Morning News).

In her new Introduction, Clinton reflects on how our village has changed over the last decade — from the impact of the Internet to new research in early child development and education. She discusses issues of increasing concern — security, the environment, the national debt — and looks at where we have made progress and where there is still work to be done.

These Things Hidden

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Heather Gudenkauf

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These Things Hidden

A stunning tale of two sisters and the secrets between them, from New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence, Heather Gudenkauf.

When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls’ golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. Her former friends exult her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It’s Brynn—shy, quiet Brynn—who carries the burden of what really happened that night. All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her.

But then Allison is released to a halfway house, and is more determined than ever to speak with her estranged sister.


The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction

 Self-Help > Happiness
Author: Linda Gray

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The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction

When Linda Gray, iconic star of Dallas, was twenty years old, a magazine editor coldly rejected her as a model, writing that, perhaps one day, “you might shape into something.” Since then, Linda has been evolving and growing, and has shaped into a role model for women of every age in her grace, beauty, generosity, and wisdom. She’s been through more pain and tragedy than her longtime fans realize, having suffered paralyzing polio as a child, growing up with an alcoholic mother, landing in a emotionally abusive marriage at twenty-two and living by her husband’s rules for sixteen years before she openly rebelled against him to take an acting class. At thirty-eight, Linda got her big break, as Larry Hagman’s wife on Dallas. With fame came a bitter, public divorce, trouble at home with her two kids, and the loss of her beloved sister to breast cancer.

The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life

 Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Humor > Parodies
Author: Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, Jessica Morris

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The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life

Prevent or reverse taco deficiency. Get that fresh taco-y feeling with over 75 seriously tasty vegan recipes.

Tired of the same old cleanse? Instead of feeling rejuvenated are you feeling depleted, anxious, and cranky? (Not to mention . . . hungry?) A group of vegan taco scientists in Austin, Texas, know just how you feel, and now reveal their one-of-a-kind cleansing journey that anybody can follow and stick to—the Taco Cleanse. While the typical cleanse works by depriving you of your favorite foods, the plant-based Taco Cleanse rewards your body with what it naturally craves: tortillas, refried beans, guacamole!

  • How to make everything from the tortilla—flour, corn, and waffle (!)—to the thirst-quenching “Supplements” (margaritas and other beverages) that best complement your tacos
  • What to put in the tortilla— beer-battered portobellos, mac and cheese, even tater tots
  • How to remake popular staples like picadillo, tacos al pastor, carne guisada, and fish tacos using plants instead of, well, animals.

Grace: Her Lives, Her Loves: The definitive biography of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

 Biographies & Memoirs > Rich & Famous
Author: Robert Lacey

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Grace: Her Lives, Her Loves - the definitive biography of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

Movie legend, princess, tragic heroine. The moment Grace Kelly stepped into the spotlight in 1950, the world was entranced. In this definitive biography of Hollywood’s sweetheart, Robert Lacey looks behind the fairytale facade to reveal the real story of Princess Grace of Monaco, as she became.

Gaining unprecedented access to her family and friends, he tells the story of a complex and conflicted woman determined to live her dream.

The bestselling biographer also reveals new details about Grace’s tragic early death in a car accident that sent shockwaves around the world, and lifts the lid on the affairs that rocked her marriage to Prince Rainier III. This enhanced edition from Apostrophe Books also provides access to 103 photographs, video, links to newsreel footage and trailers to 12 of Grace Kelly’s films.

Make a Statement: 25 Handcrafted Jewelry & Accessory Projects

 Crafts & Hobbies > Jewelry
Author: Janet Crowther, Katie Covington

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Make a Statement: 25 Handcrafted Jewelry & Accessory Projects

From runways to boutiques, statement jewelry has become the coveted accessory. In Make a Statement, jewelry designers Janet Crowther and Katie Covington share their trade secrets for using basic techniques and easy-to-source materials to make stylish jewelry and accessories, from a gold bib necklace and geometric hoop earrings to a classic charm bracelet and elegant shoe clips. Featuring gorgeous watercolor how-to illustrations, an introduction to the basic tools needed, and helpful information on sourcing high-quality, affordable materials, Make a Statement will inspire readers to craft pieces to dress up any outfit.

The Selkie Bride (Sea Fey Book 1)

 Romance > Fantasy
Author: Melanie Jackson

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The Selkie Bride: A Scottish Paranormal Romance (Sea Fey Book 1)

Recently widowed, Megan Culbin was glad to escape her abusive marriage and start over in an inherited cottage in a quaint Scottish village. Yet all here was not as it seemed. Legend had it Findloss was cursed. And the coastal town, once home to witches and sea monsters, would soon see a creature far deadlier.

Silo Saga: The Lost Silo (Kindle Worlds Novella)

Hard Science Fiction
Author: JD Clarke

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Silo Saga: The Lost Silo (Kindle Worlds Novella)

Irena is a physician, just as her father was. Her only desire in life has always been to help others, now she has information that can save everyone. Hope is alive within the silo, but an uprising is spreading from below and Irena must race to keep that hope alive and put an end to the cycle of violence.

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