This is my weekly post on free ebooks that are readable (or listen-able) on the Kindle. Some of the books from previous posts are still available for free. If you want to see all free books as they come out you should follow Books on the Knob on their RSSor Twitter Feed. As always please check to make sure the books are still free before you “buy” them, especially from Amazon. Prices can change quickly. These books were all free as of 6 AM EST today.
I am a big fan of christianAudio.com. They give away one book every month and then have a larger sale based around the free book. This month they are giving away two books.
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer A classic. - This book is quite simply, one of the most profound and important books of the 20th century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived a testimony of his thoughtful and engaging writers. Focusing on the most treasured part of Christ’s teaching – the Sermon on the Mount with its call to discipleship, and on the grace of God and the sacrifice which that demands. Viewed against the background of Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer’s book is striking enough. At the same time, it shares with many great Christian classics a quality of timelessness, so that it has spoken, and continues to speak powerfully, to the varied concerns of the contemporary world. Also all Bonhoeffer books are on sale for $4.98
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God’s Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer. All Piper audiobooks are also $4.98.
Both books require a coupon MAR2010 and the second coupon is MAR2010B. You have to do two different orders to get both books. I merge the .mp3 files together into one big file and put it on my kindle (in the audiobook folder). And listen to them as an audiobook. The kindle looks at it as a single book.
Also Blackstone Audio is giving away a new version of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland until March 16, 2010.
These two books are being given away by the author to celebrate the publication of book 4 of this series. More and more authors are giving away their earlier books as a way to get noticed. The good part is that the author has a wide variety of formats. If you have an ebook reader, computer or smartphone, one of them will probably work. If you are getting these for your kindle, use the PRC format. The kindle versions are only $0.99 a piece on Amazon so you aren’t saving that much. But free is free.
Admiral’s Ghost: Book One in the Onyalum Series by NB VanYoos (found via Ireaderreview.com) From LA drug dealer to planetary hero of an alien world, the Universe must have a sense of humor. Tyler Jensen, an earthling lost in the cosmos, struggles to understand the technologically advanced world whose hero he has inadvertently become. Posing as the Supreme Commander of the planet’s fleet, Tyler must quickly learn the murky alliances of the military to succeed against their neighboring enemy. Will Tyler’s naiveté doom the warring world, or can he navigate the political trappings of the Admiral’s world to conquer another? This is the first book in the Onyalum Series.
Trial of Gesh by NB Van Yoss (book 2) Los Angeles drug dealer, Tyler Jensen, continues his quest to find a life within the Universe after his transformation into an ethereal agent of destruction known as an Onyalum. After abandoning his only friend in a fit of anger, Tyler unjustly seeks worlds to unleash his bitter hatred for everything that has turned his life inside out. He becomes an evil spirit rampaging through the Universe, hell-bent on sharing his grief with everything in his path. But he finds no solace and seeks solitude on a desperate planet awaiting the return of their god. Posing as a lowly priest addicted to narcotics, Tyler becomes embroiled in a battle between an ancient cult and the planet’s dominant religion. As his decadence leads him further astray, his sins transport him into a hell he is unable to comprehend, let alone escape. Will Tyler survive his damnation or will the alien locked inside awaken his lost humanity to save his soul?
Harry Potter Related…sort of
Lippert G. Norman has written a series, three so far, of books in the Harry Potter world. They are set 20 years after the end of book seven and center around Harry’s son James. I haven’t read them, but I did download them. JK Rowling, who has sued several authors that have written about Harry Potter, has not sued Norman yet. But she may eventually. The third book is new, but the first book was written several years ago. The website is professional and the books seem to be formated well (from glancing through them.) Unfortunately they are all in PDF format, but they can be easily converted to a better kindle format. The download side for all three is http://www.jamespotterseries.com (found via Books on the Knob)
A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist
— When Lady Constance Morrow finds herself held against her will aboard a ship bound for the American colonies?a ship filled with “tobacco brides” and felons she is quite sure that as soon as she arrives she will find a reasonable man who will believe her father is an earl and send her back on the next ship to England. Instead she meets Drew O’Connor, a determined Colonial farmer who is nearly as headstrong as she is. Drew wins Constance as his bride but soon realizes he has taken on much more than he bargained for. Bethany Publishers
As Young As We Feel: A Novel by Melody Carlson – Once upon a time in a little town on the Oregon coast lived four Lindas—all in the same first-grade classroom. So they decided to go by their middle names. And form a club. And be friends forever. But that was forty-seven years and four very different lives ago. Now a class reunion has brought them all together in their old hometown—at a crossroads in their lives. Janie is a high-powered lawyer with a load of grief. Abby is a lonely housewife in a beautiful oceanfront empty nest. Marley is trying to recapture the artistic free spirit she lost in an unhappy marriage. And the beautiful Caroline is scrambling to cope with her mother’s dementia and a Hollywood career that never really happened. Together, they’re about to explore the invigorating reality that even the most eventful life has second acts … and friendship doesn’t come with a statue of limitations. — David C Cook Publishing
Saving Sailor: A Novel by Renee Riva – The year is 1968. After spending the first half of summer vacation driving her Italian family crazy with her fake southern accent, 10-year old A.J. finds a soul mate on the other side of the island to divert her attention. She is intrigued to learn that Danny shares her same burning desire to know God and realizes that few people her age think as deeply as the two of them do. However, the depth of their newfound faith and friendship is soon tested when Danny’s father betrays his wife. Set in a simpler time, Saving Sailor is a heartwarming tale of how hearts can change and relationships can be restored with God’s help. — RiverOak Publishers
The Someday List (Jubilant Soul Series #1) by Stacy Hawkins Adams – Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that’s quite comfortable. But her life is not all it’s cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to start a list of things to do before she dies. She heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to reconnect with her past, her purpose, and herself. But when her ex shows up in town looking very fine and very single, Rachelle must confront feelings she thought she’d long buried. Will she give up everything to recover the past? Or will she find a reason to plan for the future? The Someday List is an honest look at what makes us who we are and what can throw us off track. Author Stacy Hawkins Adams writes with a voice that is fresh, sincere, and completely real. Her characters jump off the page and into her readers’ hearts. — Revell Publishers
Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith — This is a prequel for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I think this is the whole book and not a sample, but I am not clear. It seems to be a pre-order. – With more than one million copies in print, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the surprise publishing phenomenon of 2009. A best seller on three continents, PPZ has been translated into 21 languages and optioned to become a major motion picture.In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early-nineteenth-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naïve young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry. Written by acclaimed novelist (and Edgar Award nominee) Steve Hockensmith, Dawn of the Dreadfuls invites Austen fans to step back into Regency England, Land of the Undead!
Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer - ”My brother killed Abraham Lincoln. That is my weight, my shame. While he remained at large, I was held captive in my home. I should have told the soldiers who came with guns drawn and bayonets at the ready this true thing: I might have stopped him, for I harbored him and kept his secrets. I was a pie safe locked tight and guilty as he.” Asia Booth Clarke was twenty-nine years old and pregnant when Union soldiers and Federal detectives stormed her Philadelphia home in search of her assassin-brother. John Wilkes Booth’s older sister had grown up in one of America’s most notoriously troubled but spectacularly acclaimed acting families. “Johnny” and Edwin, her handsome brothers, were the matinee idols of the era. When John Wilkes Booth’s crime left the nation in furious mourning and the Booth family under a dark cloud of accusation, it was Asia who bore the brunt. Booth’s Sister was inspired by Asia Booth Clarke’s personal memoirs. Author, Civil War scholar and storyteller Jane Singer has masterfully imagined the family dynamics and intimate dilemmas that led to one of America’s most fateful crimes and left a sister’s life in shambles.
You Can’t Stop Me by Matthew Clemens - Smalltown sheriff J.C. Harrow made headlines when he apprehended a would-be presidential assassin–only to come home that night and find his wife and son brutally murdered. This tragic twist of fate launched his career as the host of reality TV’s smash-hit, Crime Seen! But while media star Harrow tracks down dangerous criminals coast to coast–with the help of viewers’ tips–a killer with a twisted agenda is making his own bloody path to fame. . .
Petals From The Sky by Mingmei Yip - From the acclaimed author of Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a lush and lyrical novel of East and West–and of one young woman’s search for her heart’s true calling. . .When twenty-year-old Meng Ning declares that she wants to be a Buddhist nun, her mother is aghast. In her eyes, a nun’s life means only deprivation–”no freedom, no love, no meat.” But to Meng Ning, it means the chance to control her own destiny, and to live in an oasis of music, art, and poetry far from her parents’ unhappy union. With an enigmatic nun known as Yi Kong, “Depending on Emptiness,” as her mentor, Meng Ning spends the next ten years studying abroad, disdaining men, and preparing to enter the nunnery. Then, a fire breaks out at her Buddhist retreat, and Meng Ning is carried to safety by Michael Fuller, a young American doctor. The unprecedented physical contact stirs her curiosity. And as their tentative friendship grows intimate, Meng Ning realizes she must choose between the sensual and the spiritual life. From the austere beauty of China’s Buddhist temples to the whirlwind of Manhattan’s social elite, and the brilliant bustle of Paris and Hong Kong, here is a novel of joy and heartbreak–and of the surprising paths that lead us where we most need to be.
Cool Like That: A So For Real Novel by Nikki Carter - Now that she’s been accepted into a summer enrichment program in New York City, Gia knows she’s going to have the flyest summer ever. Especially since her mom and her annoying stepsister won’t be around. And best of all? Her best friend, Ricky, is joining her so they’re going to spend the entire summer together. Gia hopes Ricky’s finally going to make a move on her, but it seems like Ricky’s bent on playing it safe-too safe, as far as Gia’s concerned. So when Rashad, a cutie from the summer program, starts to get his flirt on with Gia, she’s got a new crush-and Ricky’s so not cool with that.
Moonstone by Marilee Brothers – A Fictionwise Fantasy bestseller Young Adult A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there’s that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who’s struggling to keep her and her mom’s act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie’s weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she’s being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town “witch,” gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted “Star Seeker” is meant to command. “Who, me?” is Allie’s first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she’s got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime. Marilee Brothers is a former high school teacher turned full-time author. She’s married to her college sweetheart, and they have three sons. Marilee lives in Washington State, where she’s hard at work on more books in the Moonstone series.
Prosper in the Spirit , a Christian devotional by Jaye Seay, is free on Smashwords using coupon code GK65P, valid through February 28, 2011. Prosper in the Spirit contains eighteen powerful devotional messages that will inspire your faith. Each devotional was carefully crafted from the author’s personal study of the Bible. Topics covered include God’s providence, overcoming anxiety, prayer and walking with Christ. These devotionals will encourage you, strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. (Found via Books on the Knob)