Perhaps, you had a dilemma this year (or, in my case, last year) about which format you prefer to read from. Are you a purist who prefers paper? Or are you game for a back-lit screen that looks like newsprint, minus the smutty hands that need to be washed when you put it down? Or maybe you like both screen and scroll and couldn’t decide, so Santa surprised you with a bevy of electronic nooks and crannies to stash all your stories in?
I’ve had my treasured Nook since last Christmas, and love its glowing little face that shines without glare, and keeps me company into the city and off to dreamland. My guy has an iPad and reads magazines that pop with bold color and brilliant graphics that look even better than an actual glossy page. Many friends of mine sport Kindles in all their forms: Fire, HD… quite a few have both of these: a deluxe new model and a basic original and utilize them equally. Now that you’ve been gifted with a proper reading device, the time has come to fill it up!
Check out The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski, #1 on The List Where Indies Count, and currently climbing the NY Times list with some serious fervor, this title is the latest fresh indie to appear in a top slot in e-book fiction. A woman impulsively boards a Greyhound bus to start everything afresh, and meets a man with a dark secret. Camryn needs a new beginning and when she meets Andrew, her world opens up. Will this be a good thing? Read on and see. This book is definitely one to enjoy on the train.
Accidentally on Purpose by L.D. Davis is a nice title to add for a little love triangle on your Kindle.
#5 on The List Where Indies Count and #22 with the Times, here’s a tale of duplicity for ya! Emmy hates her boss…but then she sleeps with him. She regrets it…but has feelings for Kyle that are unavoidable. When she meets Luke it’s a different experience. Emmy isn’t exactly on the up and up with either Luke or Kyle. With drama, romance, some humor, and plenty of alcohol, follow Emmy as she deals with the consequences of “accidentally on purpose” falling for two men at once.
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden sits at #1 Amazon Kindle Best Seller, #5 on The List Where Indies Count, and #35 on the NY Times e-Fiction List. There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved. As Callie turns twelve, she is robbed of everything and vows to tell no one about it. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe. For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.
Fancy a bit of mob drama mixed with neighborhood flair that will leave you swiping your touchscreen with abandon? Download Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo and you will not be disappointed. Rollicking through the lives of childhood friends whose bonds are tested as some turn to crime and one becomes a cop. When the time comes to face what has been done, who will stay true to friendship? Murder Takes Time plows through your mind like a freight train. Heavy hitting and well crafted, Giacomo Giammatteo delves into the New York underworld from a fresh perspective. Part mob story, part psychological thriller, this book is not for the weak of heart (or stomach!) This is a new breed of book.
Here’s a thought: How about the actual e-reader? Are you a pro from day one or do you tend to skip the manual like I always do? Mastering the Kindle Fire by Sharon Vaknin may be of interest to you then. #6 in the Kindle store, this one is FREE. Whether you’re a tech fiend or tablet newbie, there’s a whole lot to learn about the Kindle Fire. Though it’s based on Android, every feature — from app management to Web browsing — is entirely unique. That’s why CNET, the #1 technology site, is here with an exclusive How To guide on the Kindle Fire. Jargon-free and fun to read, this book will help you master the basics of the Fire’s distinct interface, while also picking up the hard-to-find tricks and tweaks that will make your Kindle much more fun (and easy) to use.
Fallen too Far from crossover sensation Abbi Glines (who is still rocking with her indie titles!) is perfect holiday break reading. Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that … Blaire may have fallen too far. #8 on The List Where Indies Count and #11 bestseller on Amazon, this title is spreading its wings. Check it out!
Looking for a scary story to add to your e-library? A Soul to Steal by Rob Blackwell is #15 in free downloads on Amazon—that’s right free! With the combination of an ancient Celtic myth and the legend of the Headless Horseman, Blackwell’s story is a leave-the-light-on kind of page turner… If you like suspenseful thrillers, check out A Soul to Steal. When you love it as much as I did, there is a book 2 (Band of Demons) that follows. Book 3 you ask? Next Halloween of course. But it doesn’t have to be October to enjoy chills down the old spine. Add to cart please!
Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton sits at #4 in FREE on Amazon—why wait another second to grab it? After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had. Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves. When the two meet—well, download and see—you won’t be disappointed!
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover is at #4 for Kindle paid, and promises a sexy thrill ride from its perch at #9 on The List Where Indies Count. Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…That’s what Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried. Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
How about Spending the Holidays with People I want to Punch in the Throat? From the popular, hysterical and award-winning blogger Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat.com comes her literary debut. This book is the next destined-to-be holiday classic! This is Jen’s latest collection of humorous rants dissecting the “most wonderful time” of the year. She unleashes her biting wit and hilarious opinions on everything from cookie exchanges to annual humble brag Christmas letters from over achieving moms to horrifying Christmases of her childhood. Move over elves and make room for hilarity!
I hope you are all enjoying the Nooks and Kindles and iPads you’ve been gifted, and perhaps you already know what you want to fill them with.
If not—I hope this list has helped you out. Just remember you can never have too many books—especially in the svelte form of bytes without bindings! Read on!