Note to readers:

I’ve updated my guide to getting your money’s worth from Amazon Prime for the first time since 2015. It’s free today and is the first book, right below this paragraph. If you’d like to do me a big favor, “buy” the book and post a brief customer review here.

Amazon Prime: Get Your Money’s Worth From Prime Shipping, Movies & TV, Music, Books and More

 Reference > Consumer Guides
Author: Steve Weber

Amazon Prime: Get Your Money's Worth From Prime Shipping, Movies & TV, Music, Books and More

Here’s a concise guide that simply explains how to get the most bang from your Prime bucks.

Way back in 2005, I received an email from announcing a new program called “Prime.” In the decade since then, Amazon has increased the Prime membership fee just $20. Meanwhile, the company has stacked up more and more benefits to Prime, much beyond the special shipping deals that attracted me at the start:
— Free on-demand streaming of movies and TV shows.
The service, called Amazon Prime Video, is similar to Netflix’s online video service. And while Amazon’s video store doesn’t yet match Netflix’s selection, Amazon is gaining rapidly.
— Free monthly rentals of popular Kindle ebooks, thanks to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Anyone with a Kindle device and a Prime
membership qualifies for the freebies, up to one book per month, with no due date.
— Free streaming music, a service like the popular Pandora or Spotify Internet music services.
Free same-day delivery for certain orders.

Whether you’re like me–someone for whom Amazon Prime is a must-have–or a more infrequent Amazon customer–this book will explain how to get the most bang out of your Prime bucks.

Riversong (The River Valley Series Book 1)

Author: Tess Thompson

Riversong (The River Valley Series Book 1)

Lee Tucker never imagined such grief as the day when her husband decided to take his own life. Her troubles only escalate when she discovers he also left her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a dangerous loan shark.

Out of options and on the run, she escapes to the small Oregon town where her deceased mother’s home still remains in her family. The dilapidated house echoes Lee’s feelings. Like her, it’s financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start.

Lee develops a plan to refurbish the house and reinvent her life by opening a restaurant named Riversong. In doing so, she finds a second chance for passion and love, but danger lurks as her growing business attracts the unwanted attention of her dead husband’s debt collector.

A Winning Brand: How to Build a Powerful, Personal Brand in Today’s Modern, Digital World

 Management & Leadership > Knowledge Capital
Author: Kraig Kleeman

A Winning Brand: How to Build a Powerful, Personal Brand in Today's Modern, Digital World

The world is getting more crowded, so it’s critical to know how to effectively position yourself to stand apart from and above everyone else. Kraig Kleeman has the strategies to help you to build a loyal following, be seen as the expert in your field, earn more customers, get more referrals, gain increased visibility, and establish a reputation of being the best in the business. You have control over crafting your story and defining yourself for the world.

Booked: The digital marketing and social media appointment setting system for leads, appointments, and new clients.

 Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Author: Josh Turner

Booked: The digital marketing and social media appointment setting system for anyone looking for a steady stream of leads, appointments, and new clients.

When you can position yourself as a leader, as a real expert, your prospects will actually want to talk to you. But using traditional methods can be expensive and time-consuming. You don’t have the luxury of spending thousands or taking the next couple years to position yourself as a market leader. You need it now.

This updated edition of Booked is a 5-step process that helps you quickly position yourself as an expert in your industry, directly connect you with an unlimited supply of prospects, and work them through processes that will generate a predictable number of leads and appointments. When you have that predictable number of appointments, you’ll have a predictable stream of new clients.

The Demise (Braxton Book 1)

 Christian Fiction > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Diane Moody

The Demise - A Mystery (Braxton Book 1)

Tiny Braxton, Tennessee, is a quiet, tight-knit community wrapped around an old town square just a stone’s throw from Nashville. But when the town’s most prominent citizen is found dead at the base of its water tower, news of Peter Lanham’s apparent suicide roars through town like a massive tsunami.

Peter, the handsome, beloved CEO of Lanham’s Fine Foods, had taken a small, family-owned grocery store founded in 1927, and grew it into a successful national chain. With most of Braxton’s residents employed by Lanham’s corporate headquarters, word of Peter’s demise left them searching for answers. What could possibly have made him take a swan dive off that tower?

The Ghosts of Idlewood

 Horror > Occult
Author: M.L. Bullock

The Ghosts of Idlewood

When a team of historians takes on the task of restoring the Idlewood plantation to its former glory, they discover there’s more to the moldering old home than meets the eye. The long-dead Ferguson children don’t seem to know they’re dead. A mysterious clock, a devilish fog and the Shadow Man add to the supernatural tension that begins to build in the house. Lead historian Carrie Jo Stuart and her assistant Rachel must use their special abilities to get to the bottom of the many mysteries that the house holds.

Detra Ann and Henri get a reality check, of the supernatural kind, and Deidre Jardine finally comes face to face with the past.

Roadkill (Double Barrel Mysteries Book 1)

 Mystery > Cozy
Author: Barbara Ellen Brink

Roadkill (Double Barrel Mysteries Book 1)

Blake and Shelby Gunner think they’re living the perfect life. He’s a hotshot homicide detective and she is doing what she loves best, small theatre acting. But after an arrest goes badly and Blake is shot and injured, they decide to leave the crime-ridden city for the quiet, quirky little hamlet where he grew up. Nestled along Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan, Port Scuttlebutt isn’t as calm and serene as they anticipated. Below an innocent Mayberry surface are secrets as dangerous as the great lake’s rip currents.

Staying at The Drunken Sailor Bed and Breakfast, they learn that the proprietor’s wife was killed in an unsolved hit-and-run and there’s more to this mystery than meets the eye.


 Romance > Contemporary
Author: Lindsey Brookes


From the moment Bethany Warner was born, Sheriff Tanner Montgomery was on the run. And he was only four at the time. Their mothers’ matchmaking efforts finally ended when Bethany’s family moved away. Now, ten years later, she’s coming back to Ruby Creek and his mother is up to her old tricks again.

Tanner is happy with his life just the way it is. No emotional entanglements. No wife or child to worry about leaving behind if something should happen to him in the line of duty. Then Bethany returns, all grown up and sexier than sin. Now he’s on the run for a whole new reason.


The Secret Wife: A captivating story of romance, passion and mystery

 Women’s Fiction > Romance
Author: Gill Paul
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The Secret Wife: A captivating story of romance, passion and mystery

A Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . .

Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.


Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance – and their lives – in danger . . .

Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat 1)

 Mystery > Cozy
Author: Ellery Adams
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Murder in the Mystery Suite (The Book Retreat Mysteries 1)

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…

The Liars’ Club: A Memoir (P.S. Book 1)

 Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Mary Karr
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The Liars' Club: A Memoir (P.S. Book 1)

In this funny, razor-edged memoir, Mary Karr, a prize-winning poet and critic, looks back at her upbringing in a swampy East Texas refinery town with a volatile, defiantly loving family. She recalls her painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip into psychosis; a fist-swinging father who spun tales with his cronies–dubbed the Liars’ Club; and a neighborhood rape when she was eight. An inheritance was squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at the deserving and undeserving. With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a poet’s eye for the lyrical detail, Karr shows us a “terrific family of liars and drunks … redeemed by a slow unearthing of truth.”

True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 1)

 Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts
Author: Jude Deveraux
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True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 1)

Jude Deveraux, the bestselling author of unforgettable romance, returns with a breathtaking first book in a fantastic new series—the Nantucket Brides trilogy. Set on the magical Massachusetts island, True Love introduces characters from a new generation of Montgomery-Taggerts, the beloved family from Deveraux’s classic novels.

Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming nineteenth-century Nantucket house. The elderly woman’s relationship to the Madsen family is a mystery to the spirited Alix—fresh from a romantic breakup—but for reasons of her own Alix accepts the quirky bequest, in part because it gives her time to plan her best friend’s storybook wedding.

Down to You (A Bad Boys Novel Book 1)

  Romance > Contemporary
Author: M. Leighton
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Down to You (A Bad Boys Novel Book 1)

One girl. Twin brothers. An uncommon triangle.

When college student Olivia Townsend returned home to help her father run his business, she never imagined a complication like Cash and Nash Davenport—twin brothers different in so many ways but with one thing in common: an uncontrollable desire for Olivia.

Cash is dangerous, sexy, and bad to the bone—a man whose kisses make Olivia forget she is playing with fire. Nash is successful, reliable and intensely passionate—and already taken. But all it takes is one soft stroke to make Olivia forget he belongs to someone else.

Mail-Order Bride Ink: Dear Mr. Turner

  Historical Romance > Victorian
Author: Kit Morgan
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Mail-Order Bride Ink: Dear Mr. Turner

Eli Turner’s older brother Tom had been happily married for the last six years and had a couple of children to boot. Now it was Eli’s turn, but was he ready? He was just a simple deputy after all with an even simpler house to call home. What did he have to offer a bride? Especially the one he got! His mail-order bride wasn’t anything like he expected and probably wouldn’t survive life out west. What’s a man to do with a swooning female?

Pleasant Comfort hadn’t planned on getting married, least of all to a man she had no say about. So when her father tries to marry her off to the despicable Rupert Jerney just to save himself from financial ruin, she does what any self-respecting Souther Belle of Savannah would do.

Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain into Your Greatest Strength

 Christian Living > Personal Growth
Author: Christa Black Gifford, Lisa Bevere
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Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain into Your Greatest Strength

In Heart Made Whole, Christa Black Gifford shares her own stories of loss, betrayal, and personal tragedy, chronicling clear steps to redemption to help those in pain invite the true Healer into the tangled mess of their broken hearts. Gifford reminds readers that pain is not their enemy, however, unhealed pain can become their greatest foe if it’s not taken to Jesus.

Growing up as a preacher’s kid, Gifford had been submerged in Christian culture for decades when she uncovered the truth–that there were broken parts of her heart that weren’t on friendly terms with the God who lived inside. Through disappointments and traumas, she had learned to guard her heart from God, keeping her angry, entrapped, and disconnected.

Unfaithful: Hope and Healing After Infidelity

 Christian Books & Bibles > Theology > Ethics
Author: Gary Shriver, Mona Shriver
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Unfaithful: Hope and Healing After Infidelity

Statistics show that one in every four marriages is impacted by infidelity. So the odds are pretty good that you or someone you know has experienced the searing pain of marital infidelity. But adultery is not an automatic death sentence for your marriage. You can trust again. You can restore intimacy. You can have a relationship that you will both cherish for a lifetime.

Ten years ago, Gary and Mona Shriver experienced the devastation caused by adultery, and in the course of trying to save themselves, they wrote this book. Raw, transparently honest, the Shrivers’ story alone is an inspiration, offering hope and practical strategies for healing.

NIV, Once-A-Day: Bible, eBook

 Bibles > New International Version
Author: Zondervan
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NIV, Once-A-Day: Bible, eBook

NIV ©2011 The New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible is the world’s most popular modern English Bible – easy to understand, yet rich with the detail found in the original languages.

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