Smashwords Sale!

Don't forget to check out the Smaswords sale page! I've listed some cool authors.
Sale runs from 1-31 of July!

Cheap and free ebooks!

Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion 2013. 1-31 of July!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Ideas on cheaper reading 2

I know I have done a post like this before, but this time I won't focus on how and what but more on the where of cheap/free ebooks.

Two posts I have done in the past are
Ideas on cheaper reading (6 April 2011)
Manga and FanFiction (29 May 2011)
They are still accurate and interesting so I won't be talking about stuff I have talked on in those, this time I will focus on how I find cheap readings from sources that not everybody has possibly found.
Some of these links are to websites that fully focus on Kindle content, even if you don't have a Kindle you can use most of these with the free Kindle app for your phone/pad/computer (UK/US). With others you can choose the format yourself.

I start with two that  are the closest to the actual writers themselves:
Follow the blog, twitter or facebook (preferably all 3 of them) of a writer you like and possibly other writers that write in the same genre. Often writers will announce when their book goes free for a while on Amazon, B&N or Smashwords. Even if you don't plan on reading these books at that exact moment, if they interest you pick up a copy as this might be the only chance you have to pick it up for free. I have picked up quite a lot of books from writers I like this way.

The next option is to become part of a group like eBook giveaways on Goodreads. These are places where writers can post links for when their books will go free for a while. You might not know these writers or their work but you might find that after picking up a copy you do really like it.

For both these sources I would say that leaving a review after you finished a book is not much to ask when you got it for free, is it?

The next ones are slightly less involved with the actual writers, but great places to pick up books:
For easy browsing you can use Smashwords where people have put their own book online. You can choose your own genre and then press "Free ebooks" and it will only give you the ones that are free, listed from the most recent added to the oldest. They also sometimes have promotions where they offer a whole list of books for free or reduced price, they had a huge one over summer and I expect they might do one again over winter.

Subscribe to book bloggers, some of them might make a deal with a writer they blog about and offer the book they write on for free for a short period of time, always nice to get a hold of, especially if they blog about a genre you like to read in and they might spark some interest in writers you didn't know yet. Alchemy of Scrawl made a blogpost about book bloggers listing quite a vast amount of them here.

These last ones are further away from the writers themselves:
Both Project Gutenberg and Many Books offer books that are older, usually they have run out of copyright. If you know what you want I would go for Project Gutenberg but if you like to browse I'd go with Many Books they both offer quite a vast amount of books though they might not all be available at both places. Try it, I have found some interesting books for my uni course there and also just old books that I come across that sound interesting.

The last thing I would like to mention are the lists of free Kindle books that get updated once in a while. These are UK resources only. Kindle users forum updates it's list every day at 9 in the morning though they don't always have new books and I also follow Kinworm who apart from doing blog posts with a lot of information on the kindle also lists new free books when they are available. I use both of these sources quite a lot and amongst others have found a couple of best-sellers that were free for a short amount of days.

This is it for now! Have fun reading!


Sunday, 29 May 2011

Manga and (fan)fiction

Sorry for the long break, was busy with uni before I lacked internet for about 2 weeks. So I'm back again with something I found when I could only use the uni library for a couple of hours every day. While looking around for things to read I found that it was hell to use manga websites on my kindle and I remembered a program someone advised for fanfiction.

Monday, 25 April 2011

[woman]Life From Scratch - Melissa Ford

A post-divorce book about how one has to redefine oneself when a big part of their lives fall apart. Though I think that everyone who has gone through a breakup of a long relationship can find herself in this character.

A book about growing up when you are supposed to be grown up.

Monday, 18 April 2011

[gay] Caged - Sean Michael

As I mentioned in a previous post this book is not as fast paced as some of this other work but it makes up for this by being very strong in language.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

[gay] Bitten - Sean Michael

I've not finished one but three books the past couple of days. Two by Sean Michael and one by Melissa Ford. I sat down and decided that I wanted to finish all my books that were over 50% read already, there were 5 to start with and only 2 left now.

The first one I finished was Bitten, the sequel to Bite about which I wrote a review before.
I did not think it was possible but this book has more wolves, more hot sex and a lot more action.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Ideas on cheaper reading

After hanging around different places on the net for a while I have seen a couple of questions pop up about ereaders and ebooks. Some or more technical and I won't go into those but some others I find to be interesting as they have more to do with our outlook on books and not per-se with ebooks.

Cost of ebooks
Samples/trying out small pieces
Lending/giving away/sharing

Sunday, 3 April 2011

[horror] Bone Machines - John Dodds

It's been a while, but like I promised last time I actually finished a book. Though not one I have posted about yet. It's a book I found through Smashwords, which I always find a great place to pick up new books.
It's a bit out of my comfort zone but I loved it!

A creepy killer, a charismatic artist, a cop, a journalist, gay men and a lot of woman, all part of the same play.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

What am I reading? 10 March 2011

What am I reading? 10 March 2011

10 Mar
I’m really bad, I have actually started to read more books and haven’t finished any of them…
But I’ll talk about the new ones and hope I’ll at least finish some before next time.
Bitten by Sean Michael
Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford

Bitten by Sean Michael
So I started on the second book. I’m about halfway through and have a hard time putting it down.
After the fire at the end of the last book they no longer have a home to return to and on top of that, Antons housekeeper is kidnapped by a rival pack.
This starts out nicely, immediately going back into all the drama and the hot sex scenes. The pacing is once again lightning fast and at the same time rich with detail.
I’m really enjoying the book and feel both anxious and exited about reading on. I want to know more but at the same time I feel like I don’t want the book to end.
Bitten can be found on Torquere.
Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford
A high class divorcee is trying to get her life back on track. She has taken the year off work to find herself and to learn who she really is. Growing up in a good family she was always taught that since they could afford to order food in or go out for dinner every night, why would she has to learn to cook?
Now in her 30s, divorced and in need for something to keep her occupied and find herself back she learns how to cook. Something that she feels will both annoy her parents as at the same time separate her further from her ex-husband.
She keeps a blog where she writes about what she has been up to and shares tips with others.
I found the idea of a book participially written as a blog quite interesting and I have found the writing style to be very easy going. I’m about a third through the book and although I don’t read a lot at one go I saviour every word.
Every chapter starts with a blog post and then goes onto the real chapter. This way easily distinguishable between the blog and her life but at the same time the blog tells about her life too. It is sometimes used to get through the “boring” parts of time passing and not a lot of stuff happening.
The book can be found on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).
Happy reading!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

[teen] Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

As the second book to post here I'll write a bit about the book Pretty Little Liars where the tvseries of the same name is based on. I have been watching the series for a while now, my own guilty little pleasure, and I couldn't wait to see what was going on in the series. So I decided to start reading the books.
The series are pretty well done, very strong, but the books are better. Nothing unusual about that, though some events happen differently in the series than in the books, there was a bit of getting used to the change of events, but nothing major.

What am I reading? 26 Feb 2011

What am I reading? 26 Feb 2011

26 Feb
I didn’t finish any of the books I talked about last time but I did start on a couple of new ones.
Poison Sleep (Marla Mason, Book 2) by T. A. Pratt
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Flawless (Pretty Little Liars, Book 2) by Sara Shepard
[sample] Why me? By Sarah Burleton
[sample] Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
Poison Sleep (Marla Mason, Book 2) by T. A. Pratt
I read the first book when it was put up as a free sample at Suduvu a couple of years ago. I later got my hand on this second book but never found the time to read it.
I have started reading it yesterday after I didn’t know what I wanted to read. The book is once again fast paced with lovely characters.
Marla is a kick-ass woman with foul-rag-and-bone-shop magic (as she describes it). Unlike most other sorcerers she never really specialized in one kind of magic which makes her a wicked combination of powers.
I’m not far into the book yet, only page 61, and it starts out great.
First a “reweaver” (someone who can rework reality, both physical and memories) escapes from a sorcerers mental institution and then she has to deal with a slow-assasin, someone who doesn’t just kill but will stalk the victim for a longer period of time making the victim really uneasy as they will not know when they are killed. And on top of it all she has to deal with a lovetaker, someone who perfected the skill of seduction. I’m very curious what her sexually over active sidekick will do when he meets this lovetalker but I can imagine some fun scenes coming up.
Overall I’m looking forward to reading this. The book can be found on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Finished this book in under a week. I will put a longer review up in a bit but for now I can only say WOW. I really liked it. Found on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).
Flawless (Pretty Little Liars, Book 2) by Sara Shepard
The second book starts out as interesting as the first one. Everything was always about Alison and still is, even years after she disappeared. I’m not that far into this one as I only finished the first book last night. I do like the way this second one starts out and the reviews for this second book are as promising as the first.
[sample] Why me? By Sarah Burleton
I downloaded a sample of this book from amazon and it grabbed me immediately. It starts out with why the writer chose to write the book and then how the narrator looks back on what happened to her the day the Challenger exploded. It is a solid question for a first chapter, people always ask “where were you when this or that happened” and I think it is a nice way to start the book.
For me it is quite shocking to read how a small girl simply accepts the fact her mom hates her. I found the writing to be quite descriptive and full of feeling. A lot of the time I felt wrong for the way the girl described herself or the way her brain worked. Inwardly she knows a lot of truths but outwardly she spins her world with lies. I feel quite sad and think I will buy and read the rest of the book later.
The full book can be found on Amazon (UK) and Amazon(US).
[sample] Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
The title of this book caught me immediately, thinking that it might be the book to the old movie. But I soon discovered otherwise. It was about two boys, brothers in fact, in sticky situations but it has nothing to do with their gender.
Dante is waiting for his A level results to get into university but instead of the postman Melanie, his ex-girlfriend, is ringing the doorbell. With her she has a baby and a beige-pink piece of paper. The piece of paper shows that Melanie is the mom of the baby and as Dante is trying to process that bit of information she dumps the second bomb on him, he is the dad.
Adam, Dantes brother wakes up with a headache and as this is not the first time in weeks he had a headache the equivalent of a migraine his dad insists on taking him to the doctor. Well at least it wasn’t the hospital, which he dreads even more.
It starts out good and the writing is fact paced. There is some British slang in it but nothing major.
I really think I will buy this one later on too. This book can be found on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).
More and more books are lining up for me to read. There is more out there than I can experience but I’ll try anyway.
Happy reading!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Ebooks, Ereaders and Epublishing. Part 1

A revolution is going on, not many customers fully realize it yet but writers do. Ebooks and epublishing are growing. This changes the way we perceive writing, reading, books and how to sell them.
On different boards I've had discussions about ebooks, ereaders and epublishing, discussions that have been going stronger and stronger over the past couple of months. It is no longer a new thing, something some geeks thoughts of. Ebooks have established themselves in the market. People are scared, curious and uncertain about the whole thing and although I might not be the most knowledgeable about things I will share what I do know.

Friday, 11 February 2011

What am I reading? 11 Feb 2011

So, what am I reading? What might be one of the next book I'll review and what do I think of the works as I'm reading them?

I'll be talking about:

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Selected Short Stories by Ann Somerville
Caged by Sean Michael
Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload by Mark Hurst
Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

[gay] Bite - Sean Michael

I'm going to start with one of the best writers I have found in a long time.

Bite is a delicious story about werewolves and kinky sex. Sean wrote a strong story about hunks, kinks and danger.

Welcome to Kia's Reading!

Welcome to Kia's Reading!

I'll be putting up reviews of books I've read, hopefully at regular intervals, these can be full books, collections of short stories, old books, new books and sometimes only samples.

If I see interesting free books come by I will put those up too.

When there is interesting news or fun new addons for the Kindle I'll share it with all of you. And remember, you don't need a kindle to be able to read the ebooks from Amazon. Amazon allows you to download an application for you PC, iPhone and other devices so you can read ebooks you downloaded from their website no matter where you are.

Happy reading!