Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Orangeberry FreeMe #293

Orangeberry FreeMe #293
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Then Like the Blind Man - Freddie Owens

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Genre - Literary Fiction

Rating- PG13

4.2 (66 reviews)

Free until 18 April 2013

A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten backcountry of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story is the enthralling debut novel by Freddie Owens, which tells the story of a spirited wunderkind in the segregated South of the 1950s and the forces he must overcome to restore order in his world. Rich in authentic vernacular and evocative of a time and place long past, this absorbing work of magical realism offered up with a Southern twist will engage readers who relish the Southern literary canon, or any tale well told.
Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the sudden death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married his father’s coworker and friend Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Since the marriage, Orbie, his sister Missy, and his mother haven’t had a peaceful moment with the heavy-drinking, fitful new man of the house. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand; this fact lands him at his grandparents’ place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky, when Victor decides to move the family to Florida without including him. In his new surroundings, Orbie finds little to distract him from Granpaw’s ornery ways and constant teasing jokes about snakes.
As Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention their Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers, he finds his world views changing, particularly when it comes to matters of race, religion, and the true cause of his father’s death. He befriends a boy named Willis, who shares his love of art, but not his skin color. And, when Orbie crosses paths with the black Choctaw preacher, Moses Mashbone, he learns of a power that could expose and defeat his enemies, but can’t be used for revenge. When a storm of unusual magnitude descends, he happens upon the solution to a paradox that is both magical and ordinary. The question is, will it be enough?
Equal parts Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn, it’s a tale that’s both rich in meaning, timely in its social relevance, and rollicking with boyhood adventure. The novel mines crucial contemporary issues, as well as the universality of the human experience while also casting a beguiling light on boyhood dreams and fears. It’s a well-spun, nuanced work of fiction that is certain to resonate with lovers of literary fiction, particularly in the grand Southern tradition of storytelling.

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Betting On Hope - Kay Keppler

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Genre - Romance

Rating - PG13

4.3 (21 reviews)

Free until 19 April 2013

When her father loses the family's Nevada ranch in a poker game, Hope McNaughton decides to win it back--from New Jersey Mafia boss Big Julie Saladino. She hasn't played cards in a while. But she's got time...thirty days. Thirty days before they have to move out or swim with the fishes.
Hope calls on her honorary uncles--who are totally legit, honestly--to sharpen her game. Poker champion Tanner Wingate--whose shady past is all behind him, really (except when the cops come calling)--wants to pull her out of that deep water and into his life.
Hope doesn't want to get mixed up with a card shark like Tanner, who's too much like her father--an irresponsible gambler who cheats and takes too many risks. But she'll do what she has to do to get the ranch back.
When she and Tanner both wind up in the Big Game with Big Julie, only one of them can win and neither can afford to lose. And whoever walks away with the pot will be the biggest loser.
But Tanner knows that the game's not really over until the fat lady sings, and all they need is a fake black ops mission to discover that love's not such a gamble, after all.

Saving Grace - Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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Genre - Mystery

Rating - PG

4.5 (91 reviews)

Free until 18 April 2013

Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously in a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. When she flees Texas for the Caribbean, Katie escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked Bloody Mary habit, but she trades one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. She’s bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she’s as much a danger to herself as the island’s bad guys are. As the worst of her worlds collide, Katie drags herself back to the courthouse to defend her new friend Ava, an island local accused of stabbing the senator she’s been sleeping with.

Cold Open - Greg Clarkin

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Genre - Mystery, Humor

Rating - PG13

4.1 (72 reviews)

Free until 18 April 2013

When the nation’s number one cable news anchor, turns up floating in the East River, the cops label it a suicide. But his gorgeous widow is convinced he was killed and carries a secret that proves it.
Now she has Sam North believing it. The story-hungry TV reporter starts nosing around and discovers what Jack Steele found out the hard way...asking questions can get you disturbing answers, maybe even killed.

The Color of Greed - Jack Thompson

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Genre - Mystery, Thriller

Rating - PG18

4.3 (29 reviews)

Free until 18 April 2013

What do a private detective, a hacker and an assassin have in common? The desire to help when justice needs a hand.
The Color of Greed introduces Raja Williams and his partner Vinny Moore. Neither the dark, tragic anti-hero nor the James Bond super-hero type, Raja Williams is a wealthy Oxford-educated PI of mixed Caribbean descent who possesses a strong empathic power and a sixth sense for evil that gives him headaches and steers him straight into trouble. His partner Vinny Moore is a gorgeous hipster geek who prefers hacking computers to haute couture.
When the young husband of a wealthy heiress is found dead on his yacht floating off the California coastline, his death is ruled an accident and the case is closed. The grieving widow, certain her husband was murdered but getting no help from the police, turns to Raja Williams who has dedicated his resources to help those in need of justice. When Raja arrives in Los Angeles and more bodies begin to pile up, he suspects a cover-up that may go up as high as the governor. With the help of Vinny, Raja must unravel the case before everyone involved, including the two of them, winds up dead.

Not the Norm - Becca J. Campbell

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Genre - Science Fiction

Rating - PG

4.7 (20 reviews)

Free until 18 April 2013

Eden has a dangerous secret.

In a world where GenEns (enhanced humans) are the norm, her own ability is flawed. If anyone found out about the glitch in her genetic code, she'd be deemed a sub-norm, as one unfit to exist in the human race. Her certain fate would be extermination.
She always thought keeping her defect secret was her biggest struggle. That concern vanishes when her life is put in danger. Suddenly, fighting back is her only option, and she's completely unprepared.
Her only chance for survival is by wielding her damaged power. But fear and painful memories threaten to hold her back. What will happen to her if she unleashes the terror within?

Seer of Mars - Cindy Borgne

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Genre - Science Fiction

Rating - PG

4.1 (37 reviews)

Free until 17 April 2013

At sixteen, Ian Connors has only one real friend and no hope for the future. He also happens to be the secret weapon of a powerful military faction bent on conquering all humans who have colonized Mars. His job is to use his psychic ability to uncover secrets or hidden bases of other factions. Ian not only uncovers a valuable hidden mine through his visions, but also Kayla, a woman he sees himself with in the future. The only problem is she's on the enemy side.
Ian heads out into a battle to save Kayla. Instead, he discovers the death and destruction his visions can bring when in the wrong hands. Ian vows to never let anyone use him again. His goal is to escape and live in peace, but his superiors monitor him closely and defectors are known to mysteriously disappear. Deep down, he longs to be with Kayla. Despite his age, inexperience and few allies, he refuses to give up. He must outwit a cunning admiral and save Kayla from his own people or he will remain a pawn and forever separated from those he loves.

Four Corners Dark - William McNally

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Genre - Horror

Rating - PG13

4.2 (21 reviews)

Free until 20 April 2013

Imagine a world beyond our own. With Four Corners Dark, William McNally takes readers to the darkest depths of the imagination. Fans of horror and suspense will find story after story that teeters on the brink between spooky and downright chilling.

Second Chance - Rachel Hanna

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Genre - Romance

Rating - PG13

3.7 (34 reviews)

Free until 20 April 2013

When Shannon Harris's husband of 18 years dies, she is left a widow. But, she is glad he is dead after he emotionally abused her for all of those years. Now, she worries that she will never be able to open up her heart to any man again. With her daughter leaving for college, the 39 year old widow is forced to move to the Georgia mountains due to her deceased husband's legal antics.
There she meets Tanner and her world is turned upside down. Can she trust him? Should she? When her worst nightmare happens, she has to make a decision - move forward on blind faith or run away.

Take Two - Whitney G.

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Genre - Romance, Comedy

Rating - PG13

4.0 (46 reviews)

Free until 17 April 2013

Melody Carter is New York’s harshest movie critic, but she’s always had a soft spot for romantic comedies—especially the ones where the “groom to be” ends up leaving his “bride to be” at the altar for the “real love” of his life.
Unfortunately, at her own wedding, the three hundred thousand dollar wedding of her dreams, she finds herself playing the very character she never thought twice about: the jilted bride. Hurt and confused, she seriously doubts she’ll ever find love again. Will a chance encounter with an unlikely suitor erase her doubts?
Matt Sterling is Hollywood’s latest heartthrob. He’s sexy, charming, and hopelessly stuck in a “staged for the paparazzi” relationship with fellow A-list actress Selena Ross. Although all of America loves him, and studios are waiting in line to cast him in their movies, he can’t seem to shake the incessant negative reviews from New York’s most lauded critic, Melody Carter—the woman who single-handedly influences New York City's box office. Angered by her most recent review, he storms her office and finds a lot more than what he bargained for.

Reckless Nights in Rome - CC MacKenzie

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Genre - Contemporary Romance

Rating - PG13

4.5 (33 reviews)

Free until 21 April 2013

Though the name of her celebration and wedding cake business is up in lights, Bronte Ludlow doesn't care for the trappings of success. All that matters to her is her company, her independence and her heritage,The Dower House. Home to her ancestors since the seventeenth century, no way will she part with it to ‘a man with too much money and no soul’.
Nico Ferranti’s only passions are money and power... He's a man who stopped believing in romance long ago and Bronte's a romantic, yet the attraction sparking between them like fireworks over the Piazza del Popolo stuns Nico.
When Bronte's brother is badly hurt in a car accident in Rome, Nico whisks Bronte to the Eternal City. He wants her and he wants The Dower House and Nico Ferranti always gets what he wants.
But Bronte’s heart has already been broken by one ruthless charmer and although tempted she isn’t about to give up either her heart or her home to the charismatic Italian without a fight!

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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
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2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
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3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

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Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

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Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun

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Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

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