Millies Fling

Millies Fling [Kindle Edition] - Jill Mansell (Author)

Millie's Fling is a super cute and wicked funny book and I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading it. (Night Owl Romance 20090828)

Readers will find a charming romp in Jill Mansell's Millie's Fling. (BookPage 20090831)

Mansell is a very talented writer who definitely tapped into the issues of love, work, friendship and moving on. I actually laughed out loud at several points in the book and closed it with a grin on my face. (Meg Snider Write Meg 20090901)

Fans of chick lit - if you haven't read Mansell yet - what are you waiting for!? (Luanne Olliver A Bookworm's World 20090901)

Ms. Mansell creates such likable and heartwarming characters (like Millie and Orla) that the reader can't help but root for them. (Julie Peterson Booking Mama 20090902)

[A]nother cute story by Jill Mansell. (Andrea Mason So Many Books, So Little Time Blog 20090908)

Mansell has a gift for writing charming characters - most so quirky that you can't help but love them. (Jill Hart Blog Critics 20090910)

It was cute and it played out well. I will definitely look forward to more of Jill Mansell's novels. (Ashley Lee Bellas Novellas 20090911)

Millie's Fling is a feel-good book for chick lit fans or readers looking for a light and funny novel packed with memorable characters. (Anna Horner Diary of an Eccentric 20090911)

I definitely recommend this book for some light, fun reading! (Swapna Krishna S. Krishna's Books 20090915)

Jill Mansell has surpassed herself once again in Millie's Fling. Chicklit and women's fiction readers will enjoy this spontaneous journey in Cornwall, England. (Serena Agusto-Cox Savvy Verse & Wit 20090914)

If you are looking for good chick-lit, you can do yourself a favour and pick up one of Jill Mansell's books. (Marg Bates Reading Adventures 20090914)

An absolute delight! (Wendy Hines Wendy's Minding Spot 20090917)

Millie's Fling is funny and witty and transports readers to the English countryside. This is one of Mansell's best. (Joan Burton 20090921)

Of course, we get our happy-ever-after, but we get SO MUCH more along the way in MILLIE'S FLING. (Camellia The Long and Short of It 20090921)

Jill Mansell never fails to delight me with her books. Her characters are always warm and far from perfect - which makes them so lovable! (Kristi Herbrand Books and Needlpoint 20100114)

Millie's Fling is altogether a delightful read about love, love gone wrong, sex, and romance, and the complications those combinations bring. (Mary Popham ForeWord )

Millie's Fling is a delightful way to spend an afternoon, a feel-good Brit chick lit novel, light and funny, and packed with memorable characters. (Lanine Bradley San Francisco Book Review )
He's the best thing that ever happened to her. He's also the worst. He's Millie's Fling.
From one of the premiere contemporary authors in the UK, here is a fun and romantic tale that proves the road to matchmaking hilarity is paved with good intentions.
Bestselling novelist Orla Hart owes her life to her friend Millie Brady, whose rotten boyfriend has just left her. So Orla invites Millie to Cornwall, where Millie looks forward to a summer without any dating whatsoever. But Orla envisions Millie as the heroine of her next novel and decides to find Millie the man of her dreams. Except the two women have drastically different ideas about what kind of guy that should be.
With Orla and Millie working at cross-purposes, and a dashing but bewildered hero stuck in the middle, the summer will turn out to be unforgettable for all concerned...
Pick this up at your peril: you won't get a thing done till it's finished."
Heat magazine
"Classy chick-lit that appeals to women of all ages. She [Jill Mansell] has a fantastic ability to keep a number of storylines running at the same time without losing the reader in a labyrinth."
Daily Express
"Slick, sexy, funny stories."
Daily Telegraph
"A romantic romp full of larger-than-life characters."
"Fast, furious and fabulous fun. To read it is to devour it."
" Expect to run the gamut of emotions, as this book is both laugh-outloud funny and tear-jerkingly sad. Basically, you won't put it down."
New Woman
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The Branding

The Branding [Kindle Edition] - Micaela Wendell (Author)
Morwen Aleacim, an elfin teen in the village of Aren, has always heard rumors of evil lurking in the great forests of the kingdom, where children vanish. Her own father disappeared into those forests, and Morwen is determined to find him. So she is secretly training to be a warrior-against the strict rules of decorum for girls-with the help of Armando, an aging human swordsman. 
When Brynn, Morwen's own baby sister, vanishes, Morwen tracks her to the horrifying lair of Tobias, an inhuman Dark Wizard. There she strikes a deal with him-her service in return for Brynn's freedom. He accepts. She'll go free along with Brynn for now, but is bound to him as his apprentice. To her horror, Tobias brands her-not with a fiery mark, but with a spell that will slowly transform her human body into a grotesque creature and her spirit into an obedient slave. When the transformation is complete she'll have no choice but to return to him forever. Aided by Alan, a handsome elfin boy, who will soon have a dark challenge of his own, Morwen sets out to find a wizard who can lift the spell. It's a race against time as she struggles to free her mind, body, spirit and heart from a horrible fate.
Like all of the elves, teenage Morwen Aleacim knows that evil resides in the forests. She has heard the tales in her village of Aren that monsters who steal children lurk in the kingdom's shadows like nearby Silvia Forest. However, Morwen is more of a believer in the malevolence than most elves her age because her father Arthil and others in a search party vanished in the forests three years ago and have not been seen since. 
Although afraid, Morwen vows to enter the evil realm to find and rescue her dad. She needs to be a warrior but the elf creed disallows females to enter combat. Instead, Morwen trains in secret under the tutelage of the elderly human swordsman Armando. However, everything changes for her as she becomes even more determined when her six-elf year old sister Brynn disappears. Although not ready, Morwen follows the trail, which leads to Tobias the Dark Wizard. They make a deal in which her sibling is freed in exchange for her being his apprentice; their agreement is Branded in the fire of a spell that slowly changes her from a beautiful girl into a misshapen submissive slave. Alan the teen elf joins Morwen on her quest to break the spell of the evil Dark Wizard before she is called to serve the miscreant malevolence. 
This is a fabulous quest fantasy starring a resolute female who learns what happens when an elf bargains with a devil. The fast-paced story line is driven by the heroine who risks her life and much more to rescue her younger sister; for every elf knows once Branded it is impossible to remove the curse that Tobias got from his master Belial King of Sanguine. Harriet Klausner 
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  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (January 23, 2011)
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Alice At Heart

Alice At Heart [Kindle Edition] - Deborah Smith (Author)
Reclusive, wary, and known locally as Odd Alice, orphaned Alice Riley has always known she was different; but it isn't until she saves a child from drowning by using her phenomenal underwater abilities and links minds with drowning salvage diver Griffin Randolf and saves him, too, that her half-sisters learn of her existence, and she discovers how special she and Griffin really are. Old secrets, revenge, and passion fuel this compelling, intricately plotted story of love, trust, and acceptance, which successfully straddles the line between romance and fantasy and should appeal to fans of both genres. Recalling Susan Krinard's werewolf romances, Smith's new work nicely sets the stage for her projected romantic fantasy series, "Water Lilies." Smith (On Bear Mountain) is a respected writer of romances and other types of fiction and lives in Dahlonega, GA. [This title is also available as an e-book in Adobe Acrobat and MS Reader formats from Ed.]
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Alice, an ugly duckling with webbed feet who never grew into a swan, is taking a frigid winter swim in Lake Riley, high in the Georgia Appalachians, when she has a vision of a drowning diver. She sends Griffin Randolph a mental message to breathe and establishes a telepathic link. At the same time a little girl falls into the icy lake on the opposite shore, and, amazingly enough, Alice is able to save her, but the rescue puts her unhappily in the spotlight and under suspicion. Then the three glamorous Bonavendier sisters of Sainte's Point Island show up at the awards ceremony and inform Alice that she's their father's posthumous daughter. When Alice arrives at the island, she discovers that she and Griffin have a mysterious bond, that a long-standing enmity separates his family and hers, and that the Bonavendiers' past includes a mermaid great-grandmother and accusations of piracy. Readers of Alice Hoffman will enjoy Smith's surprisingly convincing blend of romance and magical realism. Diana Tixier Herald
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  • Publisher: BelleBooks (January 13, 2011)
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Cautionary Tales

Cautionary Tales (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition] - Stephen Tobolowsky , David Chen , Mark Crilley
Despite the occasional dramatic role, TV and film actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Glee, Groundhog Day) trades largely in humor, and no less so here. His Cautionary Tales--three personal narratives in the service of an armchair theory about what motivates human decision-making--bear all the charisma of his work on the small and silver screens. Superficially, these stories serve a light menu of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, but there's no need to approach with caution: they do so with the wholesome, folksy wisdom of NPR programming on a weekend afternoon. --Jason Kirk

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 movies and television shows. He has played everyone from Ned Ryerson in "Groundhog Day" to Sandy Ryerson in "Glee." He has amused thousands with his true stories on "The Tobolowsky Files" at and iTunes. Here he shares some homespun philosophy and more true stories that prove tales of sex, drugs, and rock and roll are often the most humiliating and almost always the most enjoyable.

I've been a listener of The Tobolowsky Files podcast since the start. Dave Chen decided to branch off from the /Filmcast to do something entirely different and entirely unique, and where Dave Chen goes I follow. Amazingly, the show he produces immediately proved itself to be one of the best, most compelling and most original podcasts out there. Stephen Tobolowsky may be one of the ultimate "that guy" actors, but he has proven himself to be so much more.

Simple put, Stephen Tobolosky is the best storyteller I have ever heard. With each episode of The Tobolosky Files, Stephen makes me laugh and cry and ruminate on life's greatest mysteries and beauties. And luckily none of that great quality is lost in mere written word. Stephen's incredible voice comes through loud and clear in the pages of this, his first Kindle Single.

Cautionary Tales is a quick read, but it's a quick read filled with anything you could want from great writing. It's got charm and wit and pathos. It's funny and thought-provoking and inspiring. Beat of all, Cautionary Tales is a deeply human piece of writing. It speaks to the core of what drives us as people and it revels in finding the good even in the bad.

At $1.99, Cautionary Tales is an absolute steal. It's a very quick read, but it's worth absolutely every penny. If you are a fan of great stories told well and with great sense of the author's character I suggest you drop whatever you're doing, pay the two bucks and enjoy some quality time with Mr. Stephen Tobolowsky. I know I can't wait for more.  By Corey Atad

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No Fear

No Fear [Kindle Edition] - Allie Harrison (Author) 

Welcome to Medusa’s Island . . . a vacation paradise complete with beautiful beaches and the quaint town of Medusa. But the island’s serenity is shattered when two young women are found dead from no apparent causes despite their expressions of terror. Chief of Police James Winchester and Emma Gray fear a monster from the past has returned to make Medusa its feeding ground. With passion flaring between them and a storm isolating the island, Emma and James have no choice but to again face the horror of a killer who exploits the deepest fears of his victims.
When James and Emma discover that Emma is destined to be the next victim, will the love they share be strong enough to save them? Or will the monster finally finish what he started five years before?

You know what it's like when you finish a good book and you immediately want to call your best friend and tell her all about it? But you can't because you know she'll like it too, and you don't want to give away the best parts. That's the feeling I had while reading No Fear by Allie Harrison.

Adept at creating a mood, Harrison gets the hair raising on the back of your neck as she spins her tail of the creepy things happening on Medusa's Island. After the mysterious deaths of two young women, Chief of Police James Winchester begins to fear that the monster, possibly a vampire, that stalked the Island 5 years ago has returned. This stirs his protective nature for the woman who survived an attack back then.

Emma Gray has never been the same since her brush with death. She lives a sheltered life, afraid of the night, avoiding all but the closest of friends, haunted by the voice of her attacker. Though she knows James and should trust him, she is wary of even him if it means venturing out after dark.

Can she trust James to protect her? Should she?

Like a trusted friend leading you into a dark place you're not sure you want to go, Harrison takes you down unexpected pathways in this clever vampire tale. As James and Emma join forces to catch monster, tensions, both sensual and fear heighten. Harrison knows how to bring the goosebumps and when to make you squirm. Just like Emma, you'll want to trust James when maybe you shouldn't.

No Fear is a chilling mix of mood, mystery and suspense. I'd tell you more but I don't want to spoil it. You have to read it for yourself.

Review by Barbara S.

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Alone [Kindle Edition] Lisa Gardner (Author)

For 300-some pages, Gardner (The Perfect Husband) keeps readers spellbound—not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. He meets his match in Catherine Gagnon, who as a girl was snatched, raped and nearly murdered. Now she's the wife of erratic, rich Jimmy Gagnon and mother of perpetually ill four-year-old Nathan. When Bobby kills Jimmy during a hostage situation at the Gagnons, he does it to save Catherine and Nathan. But was it a righteous shoot, or did Catherine engineer the killing? Judge James Gagnon and his wife, Maryanne, think Bobby murdered their son out of lust for Catherine. As other people start dying, very messily, and the DA and cops come down hard on Bobby, Gardner keeps the tension high and the pace fast. But resolution comes in what may be the clunkiest chase crafted by a pro this year: "Bobby processed everything at once. Three open doorways, three bedrooms. He ran by the first, then the second, and came sprinting into the third just in time to see Maryanne staggering back." Ten pages later, so many characters have run into so many rooms, it's amazing that the right person finally gets his head blown off by the right avenger. But Garner then ends with a neat postlude offering one more twist; her fans will feel requited.
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It was bad enough that Catherine Gagnon survived a horrible childhood abduction where for a month she lived in a cave and was the plaything for her sicko abductor. But now, 25 years later, she faces tragedy again as she fights to keep her son, Nathan. One chilly November night, a police sniper kills her husband, Jimmy, in response to her 911 call claiming he was about to hurt Nathan. Jimmy's death means that his parents, an influential judge and his blue-blooded wife, are more determined than ever to take Nathan from Catherine, whom they see as unfit to mother their only grandchild. True, the birth of Nathan mentally paralyzed Catherine, who could not get past the memories of her abduction and her emotionally absent parents. But is she really the monster the Gagnons and their PI make her out to be? Massachusetts state police special-ops officer Bobby Dodge, the sniper who took out Jimmy, doesn't think so, and unwittingly falls under the spell of the manipulative widow. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. Mary Frances Wilkens
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After the Leaves Fall

After the Leaves Fall [Kindle Edition]
Nicole Baart (Author)

I loved this book. From page one, Baart's distinctive style engrossed me. After the Leaves Fall is a beautiful portrait of a young girl struggling with life, love and decisions. Julia wants to be someone else, or at least not who she is. Life hasn't been kind to her. She grew up with a mother who didn't want to be a mother. She preferred Julia call her by her first name instead of mom. The only bright spot in her life was her father, who loved her unconditionally.

Julia wasn't bothered much when her mother left one day and never returned, but when her father dies, she's devastated. Baart skillfully and beautifully exposes Julia's grief, raw and multi-layered. She's left with wounds so deep, she doesn't like to talk about her parents to anyone.

I don't often read such complex emotions written with such credibility. I believed every word. After the Leaves Fall is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. I'm glad there's a sequel, and Baart is an author to watch. Her debut novel is highly recommended by this reviewer.  By Ane Mulligan "editor, Novel Journey"
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Listen [Kindle Edition]
Rene Gutteridge (Author)
Clever novelist Gutteridge (the Storm series) has consistently upped the ante of Christian storytelling by offering her readers intelligent and entertaining texts. Her newest work delves into the deepest recesses of the human heart via the spoken word. The small town of Marlo, where nothing newsworthy ever happens, is blindsided when a mysterious Website begins posting the private conversations of its citizens. Intrigue and suspicion mount quickly and everyone is suspect and suspicious. When one of Marlo's police officers dies, newspaperman Damien Underwood commits himself to pursuing the site's creator. Damien's search hits close to home as he attempts to protect his wife Kay and two teens, Jenna and Hunter, from the escalating mistrust, lies, and deceit. Swirling acts of violence and voices of condemnation serve to heighten an already tense and fragile citizenry. Gutteridge's skillful handling of the power of words will have every reader quietly introspective. (Feb.)
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Belief in the power of words led Damien Underwood to a career in journalism and a job on his hometown newspaper, the Marlo Sentinel, where he uses words to persuade in op-ed pieces. But when an anonymous person records private conversations in people’s homes and posts them on a new Web site, Listentoyourself, words turn even loved ones against each other and threaten to tear the town apart. Suspicion about the originator of the Web site centers first on Underwood’s best friend, police officer Frank Merret, then on Underwood himself, before he finally discovers the source. The meanness of teenage girls, particularly against each other, also leads to violence and near tragedy, but the more relentless message is that “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Gutteridge is fine at telling a story and portraying characters, including Underwood’s well-drawn teenage daughter and son, but her primary point about the power of words, with its religious undercurrent, would be more persuasive if it were less incessant. --Michele Leber

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Crack Shot

Crack Shot [Kindle Edition]
Sinclair Browning (Author)

Part dirty-shirt cowgirl, part Apache, and part-time private eye, Arizona rancher Trade Ellis doesn’t have time to waste chasing down bad boys like Eddy Gallegos. And besides, finding the runaway teen in the middle of a blistering Tucson summer swarming with kids isn’t going to be easy.

But Trade’s doing it anyway. She’s doing it for Eddy’s grandmother–a friend of a friend–and because she has this thing about justice. She believes in it.

At first Trade figures Eddy is just a juvenile delinquent who broke out of a detention center with a couple of his compadres. But when her questions get answers the fragrance of cow pies, and one of his homeboys, a senator’s son, shows up dead, she realizes the barrio teen is actually running for his life.

Hot on his tail are a team of crooked cops, a suspicious homeless kid on a bike, and maybe an X-rated movie producer. For a yet-to-be-discovered reason, a dangerous race is on, leading Trade down a deadly path of violence and scandal. And from the looks of things, if the good guys finish last, they finish dead....
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  • Publisher: Crimeline (December 10, 2008)
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Water for Elephants: A Novel - Sara Gruen

Jacob Jankowski says: "I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other." At the beginning of Water for Elephants, he is living out his days in a nursing home, hating every second of it. His life wasn't always like this, however, because Jacob ran away and joined the circus when he was twenty-one. It wasn't a romantic, carefree decision, to be sure. His parents were killed in an auto accident one week before he was to sit for his veterinary medicine exams at Cornell. He buried his parents, learned that they left him nothing because they had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, returned to school, went to the exams, and didn't write a single word. He walked out without completing the test and wound up on a circus train. The circus he joins, in Depression-era America, is second-rate at best. With Ringling Brothers as the standard, Benzini Brothers is far down the scale and pale by comparison.

Water for Elephants is the story of Jacob's life with this circus. Sara Gruen spares no detail in chronicling the squalid, filthy, brutish circumstances in which he finds himself. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. Jacob, once it becomes known that he has veterinary skills, is put in charge of the "menagerie" and all its ills. Uncle Al, the circus impresario, is a self-serving, venal creep who slaps people around because he can. August, the animal trainer, is a certified paranoid schizophrenic whose occasional flights into madness and brutality often have Jacob as their object. Jacob is the only person in the book who has a handle on a moral compass and as his reward he spends most of the novel beaten, broken, concussed, bleeding, swollen and hungover. He is the self-appointed Protector of the Downtrodden, and... he falls in love with Marlena, crazy August's wife. Not his best idea.

The most interesting aspect of the book is all the circus lore that Gruen has so carefully researched. She has all the right vocabulary: grifters, roustabouts, workers, cooch tent, rubes, First of May, what the band plays when there's trouble, Jamaican ginger paralysis, life on a circus train, set-up and take-down, being run out of town by the "revenooers" or the cops, and losing all your hooch. There is one glorious passage about Marlena and Rosie, the bull elephant, that truly evokes the magic a circus can create. It is easy to see Marlena's and Rosie's pink sequins under the Big Top and to imagine their perfect choreography as they perform unbelievable stunts. The crowd loves it--and so will the reader. The ending is absolutely ludicrous and really quite lovely. --Valerie Ryan

With its spotlight on elephants, Gruen's romantic page-turner hinges on the human-animal bonds that drove her debut and its sequel (Riding Lessons and Flying Changes)—but without the mass appeal that horses hold. The novel, told in flashback by nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression. When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash, leaving him penniless, he drops out of Cornell veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he cares for a menagerie of exotic creatures[...] He also falls in love with Marlena, one of the show's star performers—a romance complicated by Marlena's husband, the unbalanced, sadistic circus boss who beats both his wife and the animals Jankowski cares for. Despite her often clichéd prose and the predictability of the story's ending, Gruen skillfully humanizes the midgets, drunks, rubes and freaks who populate her book. (May 26)
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The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver Pötzsch

The Hangman's Daughter [Kindle Edition] Oliver Pötzsch

Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Author Oliver Pötzsch
Question: What initially inspired you to write this story?
Oliver Pötzsch: As a descendant of the executioner’s dynasty Kuisl, I have been fascinated by their history since my childhood. Engaging myself with the Kuisls makes me feel connected to a greater lineage. In addition, executions are a fascinating topic often treated with undue prejudice. In this respect my books are a defense of my ancestors’ honour.

Question: What authors or books have influenced your writing?
Oliver Pötzsch: Regarding historic novels, my writing has been influenced by Paul Harding, Robert Harris, and the fantastic novel Terror by Dan Simmons. But I also look up to many authors of the fantasy genre such as Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, and the almost forgotten Fritz Leiber.

Question: What research did you do while writing your book?
Oliver Pötzsch: My grandmother’s deceased cousin was a passionate genealogist. In his life he built an enormous archive of information about my ancestors and the hangman profession, and I have been allowed free use of this resource. Also, during my career as a journalist I made several radio programs on this topic, talking to herb women and guardians of cultural heritage and searching in many archives of Bavarian cities for my ancestors.

Question: Is there any character you most identify with? Why?
Oliver Pötzsch: I am a cross between Jakob Kuisl and Simon Fronwieser. I am sometimes ferociously melancholic like Kuisl, and I have his stubbornness and his grumbling taciturnity which can drive my wife crazy. But also, like Simon, I am curious, I can be charming and at times even loquacious, and I love great coffee!

Question: Have you considered trying your hand at other genres?
Oliver Pötzsch: In March 2011, my new book, The Ludwig Conspiracy, will be released. It’s about the mysterious background of the death of King Ludwig II, the Bavarian fairy tale king. The novel is set in the present day; it is a contemporary thriller which I took great pleasure in writing. And one day I want to write a fantasy novel. As a child I couldn’t get enough of them.

Question: Have you always wanted to be an author? What other careers have you pursued?
Oliver Pötzsch: As a child I wanted to become a soccer commentator, actor, and yes, as a matter of fact, I wanted to become a writer. I always made up stories and wasted my youth on never-ending fantasy roleplaying.

Question: What's it like to have a book published for the first time?
Oliver Pötzsch: The first book is like the birth of a child, a long-cherished dream come true. Apart from that, every novel is really hard work! But I can’t think of anything else to do.

Question: What's next for you?
Oliver Pötzsch: After the thriller about Ludwig II, I am writing the fourth novel in the Hangman series. Later I will fulfil another childhood dream of mine and go live in Iceland for a while. Without my mobile or laptop. It is something I promised my family. Well, I might take a big notepad for a few new ideas...

From Booklist
This novel has been popular in Germany since its 2008 publication there, and it’s easy to see why. Set in the mid-1600s in the Bavarian town of Schongau, it features a hangman, Jakob Kuisl, who is asked to find out whether an ominous tattoo found on a dying boy means that witchcraft has come to town. This is no idle fiction. The German rulers were, at the time, heavily involved in the detection, prosecution, and execution of suspect witches. Pötzsch, who is descended from the real-life Kuisl family, does an excellent job of telling the story and supplying the historical backdrop. And his characters—Jakob, the hangman; his daughter, Magdalena; and Simon, the physician’s son—are extremely well drawn and believable. Kudos, too, to translator Chadeayne, who retains the story’s German flavor while rendering the text in smooth and highly readable English. Readers of historical fiction should find this very much to their liking. --David Pitt

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First Manga on the Kindle

Who does not recognize Amazon Kindle? Kindle has begun to change the way people read. With Kindle you can read books, magazines, newspapers, comics - and anything printed on plain paper - where you are, whenever you want, you just have to download the newest edition.
Recently, a mangaka publishes Japanese-language manga titled " Aozora Finder Rock" on the Kindle platform. This means Aozora is the first manga in the world based Kindle.
Kindle users can read comics too. In fact, for black-and-white comics, like The Walking Dead, the Scott Pilgrim series, or most Manga, it looks pretty good once you get the files onto your e-reader. That’s where the open-source software tool Mangle helps out.

Mangle (Manga + Kindle = Mangle, get it?) was designed by FooSoft’s Alex Yatsov for the bad old days, before the Kindle had decent orientation tools. But it’s still really useful for getting your comic images in the right alignment and order. Plus, it’s compiled for Mac and Windows, or you can run it right in Python.

To make it even easier, the iReader Review blog included step-by-step directions and blogged the process. They hit a few snags, but the final product looks very nice indeed.
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Tips for forgotten passwords Kindle Devices

Forgot your password Kindle? Do not Panic! Just type in the password field: "resetmykindle" and press enter.

And will appear as notification, which tells you to wait until the Kindle restart.

These can be categorized reset factory Setting. so all your data and your books are on Kindle disappeared, just copy and paste again from your computer
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How to Use Kindle3

1. To use WiFi – Go to the Kindle Home Page, then open ‘Menu’ and click ‘Settings’. Go to ‘WiFi Settings’, then select ‘View’. A command box will show you the WiFi networks available. Choose the network you are going to access. Supply details, such as your security code or password, if asked
2. To put the Kindle 3 into sleep mode – Simply slide the power switch found at the bottom of the device to put it into sleep. Do the same if you want to wake it from sleep mode
3. To type in numbers – The Kindle 3 doesn’t have a numbers row anymore. If you want to key in numbers, you have to open the symbol key then use the 5-way controller to find the specific number you want to use. However, there’s a much faster way of typing in a number: simply press Alt-a letter on the QWERTY row. For instance, Atl+Q gives you 1, ALT+W=2, Alt+E = 3, and so on and so forth
4. To bookmark a page – The shortcut key is Alt-B. Alternatively, you can position the cursor on the page, then double press the 5-way controller
5. To highlight a text – Bring the cursor to where you want to start highlighting the text. Press the 5-way controller once, then release; this locks the starting point of your highlight. Use the 5-way controller to move the cursor and select the text. When you reach the end of the text you want to highlight, press and release the 5-way controller again
6. To add notes – Position the cursor. Use the keyboard to type the notes you want to add
7. To delete all the notes you typed – Press Alt-Del
8. To skip to a chapter – In books where jumping by chapter or section is set up, you can skip a chapter forward or backward using the 5-way controller
If moving by ‘Table of Contents’ is enabled, you can use this as the default menu for choosing the section you want to jump to
9. Sharing highlighted book passages – Position the cursor on a note or highlight. Press Alt-Enter to share it to Facebook and Twitter friends
10. To play background music – Press Alt-Spacebar
11. To proceed to the next track – Press Alt-F
12. To load photos to your Kindle from your PC – Plug your Kindle 3 to your PC using the USB cable. Go to the main folder of your reading device; create a new folder and label it ‘Pictures’. If you want, you can also create sub-folders to make your photo collection more organized. Copy and drag the pictures from your PC to the desired sub-folder
13. Search and Indexing - Immediately after adding books to your Kindle you will notice that the battery meter drops very quickly. This is because after your books have been added to the Kindle, it will start indexing the text inside all the books. This is useful when you want to use the search feature. To check if the indexing has completed, search for a random word (e.g. “qwerty”) and you will see the number of items that are yet to be indexed
14. To take screenshots on the Kindle simply hold the buttons “Alt + Shift + G” and the screen will flash momentarily. To retrieve your screenshots browse to the root directory of your Kindle and navigate to the “documents” folder. This folder contains all your saved books and the screenshots will be saved as GIF files
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Cross Fire

Cross Fire [Kindle Edition]
James Patterson (Author)

Wedding bells ringDetective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?

A murderer returns
The case explodes, and the FBI assigns agent Max Siegel to the investigation. As Alex and Siegel battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. It becomes clear that they are the work of a professional who has detailed knowledge of his victims' movements--information that only a Washington insider could possess.

Caught in a lethal cross fire
As Alex contends with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good. With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fire is James Patterson's most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever. 



"[Patterson's] books don't pussyfoot around when it comes to the villains. These are bad, bad people... [I, Alex Cross] is political, with a lot of intrigue in high places." (The Today Show Al Roker)

"I truly believe that James Patterson has an IV hooked up to his writing arm and Great Ideas, Great Plots, and Great Characters dribble constantly into his bloodstream...I, Alex Cross stuns." (

"The stakes are higher than ever before...More than a crime thriller, it's an absorbing family drama." ( )

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  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. --Dave Callanan

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  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 16, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English

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Autobiography of Mark Twain

Mark Twain (Author), Harriet E. Smith (Author), Benjamin Griffin (Author), Victor Fischer (Author), Michael B. Frank (Author)

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Mark Twain is his own greatest character in this brilliant self-portrait, the first of three volumes collected by the Mark Twain Project on the centenary of the author's death. It is published complete and unexpurgated for the first time. (Twain wanted his more scalding opinions suppressed until long after his death.) Eschewing chronology and organization, Twain simply meanders from observation to anecdote and between past and present. There are gorgeous reminiscences from his youth of landscapes, rural idylls, and Tom Sawyeresque japes; acid-etched profiles of friends and enemies, from his "fiendish" Florentine landlady to the fatuous and "grotesque" Rockefellers; a searing polemic on a 1906 American massacre of Filipino insurgents; a hilarious screed against a hapless editor who dared tweak his prose; and countless tales of the author's own bamboozlement, unto bankruptcy, by publishers, business partners, doctors, miscellaneous moochers; he was even outsmarted by a wild turkey. Laced with Twain's unique blend of humor and vitriol, the haphazard narrative is engrossing, hugely funny, and deeply revealing of its author's mind. His is a world where every piety conceals fraud and every arcadia a trace of violence; he relishes the human comedy and reveres true nobility, yet as he tolls the bell for friends and family--most tenderly in an elegy for his daughter Susy, who died in her early 20s of meningitis--he feels that life is a pointless charade. Twain's memoirs are a pointillist masterpiece from which his vision of America--half paradise, half swindle--emerges with indelible force. 66 photos and line illus. (Nov.) (c)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Starred Review. In explaining his dissatisfaction with his early attempts to write his life story, Mark Twain blamed the narrowness of the conventional cradle-to-grave format: “The side-excursions are the life of our life-voyage, and should be, also, of its history.” This volume—the first of three—makes public autobiographical dictations in which Twain unpredictably pursues the many side-excursions of his remarkably creative life. Embedded in a substantial editorial apparatus, these free-spirited forays expose private aspects of character that the author did not want in print until he had been dead at least a century. Readers see, for instance, a misanthropic Twain consigning man to a status below that of the grubs and worms, as well as a tenderhearted Twain still grieving a year after his wife’s death. But on some side-excursions, Twain flashes the irreverent wit that made him famous: Who will not delight in Twain’s account of how, as a boy, he gleefully dons the bright parade banner of the local Temperance Lodge, only to shuck his banner upon finding a cigar stub he can light up? But perhaps the most important side-excursions are those retracing the imaginative prospecting of a miner for literary gold, efforts that resulted in such works as Roughing It and Innocents Abroad. A treasure trove for serious Twain readers. --Bryce Christensen 

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  • File Size: 4257 KB
  • Print Length: 743 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (October 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English

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The Illustrated Jack the Ripper

The Illustrated Jack the Ripper [Kindle Edition] | Gary Reed (Author) | Mark Bloodworth (Illustrator)

Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Liz Stride, Cate Eddowes, Mary Kelly...names immortalized for over 100 years. Not because of great deeds or noble acts or grandiose actions, but because they were prostitutes trapped in the cesspool of London, the jewel of the world's cities. Because they were victims...victims of a madness that struck the foggy night with gleaming steel. They were the food that fed the legacy of the greatest killer of all time...Jack the Ripper.

The Illustrated Jack the Ripper is a survey of the information known about the most infamous killer of all time, Jack the Ripper. Included here are brief looks at the official victims, suspects, background on the area of Whitechapel, and more, including some official photographs of the time period and newspaper articles. This short excursion provides a concise yet comprehensive look a killer who has never been caught. A perfect introduction to the complexities of the serial killer who has fascinated criminologists and mystery buffs for over a century. Mark Bloodworth adds a number of sequential art pages, conveying a dark and sinister look to his art as each of the victims is portrayed in their final moments with Jack.

The script and text writing by Gary Reed, known for his work in bringing historical and literary works to graphic novel formats, is succinct yet maintains the edge he is known for.
Review Pictures, drawings and text filled with the history of Jack the Ripper. If you love the legend of this serial killer, it's all here in this handy book!! The Illustrated Jack the Ripper is nothing short of spellbinding - fierce and compelling. You will come away as a knowledgeable Ripperologist! --Jazma Online
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  • File Size: 2906 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Transfuzion Publishing (March 10, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English

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