Get Green Lantern No. 1 FREE on Kindle! (Free Kindle Books 12/28)

Free Kindle Books I’d like to thank my friend Frugal Tattooed Lady for compiling regular lists of FREE Kindle books to download. This is so valuable and is such a great way to find independent authors – but now you can get the Graphic novel Green Lantern No. 1 FREE! Lots of other goodies, including a biography on Nikola Tesla, a book on self-hypnosis, and another book called “Manly Knits.” (ooh!)

Here you go!

Mom of the Year
A to Z of Silly Animals – The Best Selling Illustrated Children’s Book for All Ages by Sprogling (The Silly Animals Series)
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Free Kindle books for teens (6/7)

Thanks for continuing to support and enjoy the FREE Kindle books  for your teens to download; courtesy of my friend Frugal Tattooed Lady.

Thanks for your great feedback, and as long as you keep coming back and sharing and thanking us, we’ll keep bringin’ you free books while they’re available.

I decided to download Pretnding Normal by Mary Campisi. This book attracted me not only because it was a quarter-finalist in Ray Bradbury’s New Century New Writer Award Contest; but also because the book describes a young girl as she struggles with the recent death of her mother and her father’s alcoholism. I know a lot of people can relate to this type of situation. The print price for this book is $7.50; the digital price is 99 cents; today I snagged it for FREE! Check it out:

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Ready for the full list? Here you go!

What Stays in Vegas
Memory’s Wake (Memory’s Wake Trilogy)
Shattered Promises (Shattered Promises, #1)
Failing Test: Book One of The Shadow Series
The Eden Project: Humanity’s Last Chance
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Review: Social Media Commerce for Dummies

9781118297933 If you run a business – whether it be exclusively online or a petsitting service – social media is the best, fastest and cheapest way to get the word out, build momentum and gain new clients. Social Media Commerce for Dummies is an excellent, up-to-date book on how to integrate your business with social media, as well as the importance of it.

As someone who works exclusively in social media, I’ve read quite a bit of literature on the subject, but my experience is mostly hands-on. However, I do know there are people out there who need advice on how to get their businesses off the ground; that’s one of the many ways I help people in my own job.

One of the biggest problems I’ve faced in reading how-tos in Social Media is that they seem so outdated. Two years ago I read a book that told me to, by all means, stop hanging out on Friendster. Really? Gee, thanks for telling me that ten years after everyone stopped using it.

Social Media Commerce for Dummies  is a completely different book, and has up-to-date info on the social media networks that will help your business grow. Written by Marsha Collier – a blogger, radio host and author of each edition of the bestselling “eBay for Dummies” series, this book definitely has the scoop from someone who knows e-commerce.

Social Media Commerce for Dummies includes useful tools on how to build a following, engage your fans and drive sales and clients. The book also recognizes that social media is an ever-evolving medium – listing sites you should join right now but with the understanding that things will change. This will most certainly not be the first edition of this book, but it’s still worth the read.

This book gives you tips on who to follow on Twitter, how you can improve your business on Youtube, and even how to set up online restaurant reservations on your restaurant web site! I found this book extremely useful and plan on implementing many of its rules of thumb into my business in the future.

If you operate your own business and want a web presence – this is a valuable investment. Retailing at $26.99, it’s a small price to pay for the return you are most certain to have if you follow Collier’s tips.

I enjoy the benefits of being a “For Dummies” Ambassador through the Global Influence Network. All opinions are my own.

Book review: Cynthia Sass’s "Cinch!" promises the same ol’ weight-loss miracle

Just in time for the new year, I was given a free copy of Flat Belly Diet! author Cynthia Sass’s new book Cinch!: Conquer Cravings, Lose Pounds and Drop Inches to review.

I have struggled with weight loss all my life, and tried about a bajillion diets. It seems everyone has the answers: Atkins, Sugar Busters, Weight Watchers, Diet for a Small Planet, the Subway diet – there are a million diets out there and it seems every six months there’s a new plan that comes out that comes with promises of a new you.

And in years and years of doing all this research and doing all these diets, I’ve learned one thing: No diet is an easy way out, and to do anything you need to remember to take care of you and be healthy. Sass’s Cinch! plan requires that you make a lot of sacrifices and makes it look as if it’s sooo easy. It’s a “no-counting” plan, yet you have to discipline yourself in other ways. For the first few days of your diet there are only a handful of foods you are allowed to eat. During the course of the diet, there are specific foods you cannot eat, you are required to keep a food diary, and you are given that diety feeling of having to concentrate every single day on what you put in your mouth.

The book is laden with irrational correlations, such as connecting the rise in obesity rates with the rise in diet soda consumption. Factors not taken into consideration are increased sedentary lifestyles, larger portions at restaurants, the increase of High Fructose Corn Syrup in the American diet and other factors. The book seems like a scare tactic.

There is some wonderful advice in the book to use as guidelines – for example, there’s information on specific foods that work to make you feel fuller, detox your body and make you feel better. The foods in the diet are not bad for you; however, there’s no real room for cheating. Those with a healthy attitude about food will be able to have a piece of cake at a birthday party and not feel guilty about it. The message is not conveyed in this book.

If you have tried every other diet in the world, by all means you can read Cinch! and see what it’s all about. But remember that exercise, low-fat, high-fiber foods and emphasis on vegetables and lean proteins is the best way. It shouldn’t take a book to tell you that.

Cinch! at Amazon.com

I have written this post as a member of the One2One Network. All opinions are 100 percent mine. I am not compensated for my post, but I will be eligible to win a $50 gift card for my work.

New book "Adopted Ed" has positive message, not-so-good rhyme scheme

I’m a promoter of adoption. While not adopted myself, I encourage and admire anyone who has the desire to adopt a child who needs a good home. I hope one day to adopt or foster a child, so when I was given the opportunity to review Adopted Ed, I jumped at the chance.

Adopted Ed, written by first-time and adopted author Darren Maddern, follows the life of young Eddie, who finds out from an early age that he is adopted.

As Eddie enters school, his friends embrace him for who he is, but he does come across bullies who say horrible things about him.

Eddie eventually realizes that he is special because he is chosen, and as he grows up he develops a sense of self-confidence, but still wonders who his biological parents are.

Eddie’s biological parents tell him, and the book ends with a list of famous people who also were adopted.

It’s a great message – not only for children who are coming to terms with their adoption, but also for adoptive parents. It also passes along the message that everyone is different in his own way.

The illustrations in this book are colorful and bright – and illustrator Erin Fusco perfectly matched the colors and moods with each page in the book. The illustrations are reminiscent of the Tex Avery days of animation, and are simple, yet have a wonderful and positive impact on the story.

In addition to the soft hues you see here, there are dramatic reds and bright blues to illustrate the emotions felt when being bullied and when finding happiness with yourself and others.

But with all the wonderful things about this book, there’s a big part of it that cannot be ignored: The writing style.

The reader may have problems getting through the poorly-executed rhymes throughout the book. For example:

But while in his mother,
a decision was made.
He was to be adopted
and by new parents be raised.

Also, we find this in the portion of the book that discusses famous people who are adopted:

Alexander The Great and Nelson Mandela is,
and as the Good Book tells us,
so was Moses.

I completely appreciate the book’s efforts to make adopted children feel confident with themselves. However, this is still a book for children, and should thus teach children good writing and rhyme scheme. I think if this book were not in rhyme and told the story without any attempt to find words to rhyme, it would have been an excellent story instead of just a good tool for adopted children and their parents.

Maddern is currently working on his second book,  Tall Moll, about a girl who gets taller than the boys at an early age. This book that aims to empower and encourage self-esteem in young girls is due in early 2011. Since I do think Maddern has good intentions with his message, I hope he continues to grow as a writer.

For more information, you can visit the Adopted Ed web site or purchase his book for $9.99 at Amazon.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Adopted Ed by author Darren Maddern to review for my blog as part of One2One Network. All opinions are 100% mine. I have not been compensated for my review, but I will be entered to have a family member illustrated in McFadden’s upcoming book Tall Moll or to win a $25 gift card.

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