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They Met at Shiloh by Phillip Bryant – Historical Civil War Fiction

February 14, 2013
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“Even more valuable, if someone asks ‘what was it like to be a soldier in the western theatre of the Civil War,’ They Met at Shiloh is highly recommended. ~ Peter Leavell, Amazon Review

Hello Digital Book Today readers. The Book Buzz segment today features They Met at Shiloh by Phillip Bryant a historical Civil War fiction novel rated 4.0 stars on 25 reviews. The pages of Civil War fiction has introduced Stephen Crane’s Youth and Margret Mitchell’s Ashley Wilkes – soldiers who served a literary purpose in these two classics. However, have you ever wondered how the soldiers on both sides lived, coped, fought, and survived? Why did they volunteer and why did they fight? Who did they pray to and who did they risk life and limb for?

“…I felt like I was hearing the voices of the soldiers.”  “…dodge some bullets, learn a little history.”

They Met at Shiloh is a story of soldiers and battle, fear and duty, of enemies in ones own camp, and a battle that shaped all who found themselves marching to the sound of the guns. For fans of Civil War fiction They Met at Shiloh is a great choice. We are sure you will not be disappointed.

“The story itself is captivating. I enjoyed the experience of Shiloh from the divergent points of view of the different soldiers on both sides, and at times could find myself caught up in the action.” ~ Darlynne Downey, Amazon Review

“I have read many, many Civil War novels over the years and honestly, this is one of the very best. There is a complete and definite sense of authenticity. With each and every chapter, I have felt that I am eavesdropping on the soldiers and circumstances.” ~ Norman D. Dagen, Amazon Review

Book Description: Pittsburg Landing was a place at peace—one that never expected to be the site for one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Peace is shattered as Confederate and Federal troops meet on the fields and farms surrounding a tiny Methodist church. In the midst of death and destruction, friendships form as four soldiers struggle to survive the battle.  Read more »

40+ Best Free eBooks for Kindle – Thursday 2-14-2013

February 14, 2013
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Happy Valentine’s Day! We have a great list of 40+ of the Best Free eBooks for Kindle for Thursday 2-14-2013. They are highly rated and all exceed our minimum standards. As a service to our authors, if you read a free book please give the author a review on Amazon. Remember that many of the best free ebooks for kindle are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours). Always make sure that the price is $0.00 when downloading your best free eBooks for Kindle.

Interested in new releases? Visit the New Book Releases for February List.

There is a large group of authors that are offering some of the books for free on 2/13-2/14. Our list contains some of their books. To see all of their free online books visit the Free Par-Tay website.

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Author Interview #159: Out of the Shadow by J.S. Winn

February 13, 2013
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Out of the ShadowOur interview today is with J.S. Winn author of Out of the Shadow (4.2 stars, 37 reviews). Before we get started, a brief description: Any reader interested in compelling mysteries will find Out of the Shadow a powerful read, telling of one Becca Rosen, who survives a rape and just wants to move on with life. The only trouble is: she’s being stalked by a psychopath who has a different agenda for her, and the police are convinced she’s faking the rape to get away with her husband’s murder. Desperate, Becca hires a psychotherapist to help her handle the flashbacks and nightmares that are plaguing her – only to find that hypnotherapy is peeling back some dangerous layers of memory even as three men, new in her life, may not be as they seem. First- and third-person perspectives alternate in a series of twists and turns that offer a stunning conclusion to a story replete with intrigue and deceptions. Like the layers of an onion, Out of the Shadow peels away personalities, motivations, underlying motives, and dark, long-hidden secrets that immerse a circle of people in a web of dangerous associations. The conclusion is riveting, unexpected, and as satisfying as the rising psychological suspense which begins from the first page and ends with a bang. D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review.

Interview with J.S. Winn

1)  What is your favorite marketing task?

The most productive marketing tool I’ve used is the Free Days program through Kindle Direct Publishing. KDP might be exclusive, which bothers some writers, but one major benefit is the free days. I believe this has been the most productive marketing tool I’ve used—-and it’s free. I have done Interviews (obviously), had reviews and paid for Ads, but nothing has proven as effective as the Free KDP days.

2)  Why did you decide to Self Publish?

I had my first novel, Kiva Fire (about to be re-released as The Spirit Keepers, February 2013 @amazon.com), published by an Internet publishing company in 2001. This was before Internet publishing was popular and, while they did minimum promotion, there really wasn’t much activity. Now I’m having the opportunity to publish a novel myself and take all the responsibility for maintenance of my website and other vehicles for self promotion. It’s been a whirlwind of activity lately and has taken almost every moment of my time, but I love it. It gives me the chance to develop my own outreach and to really connect with people who are interested in my work. It’s been a joy so far.

3)  What do you have under your bed? Read more »

Weekly Featured Great Reads for 2-13-2013

February 13, 2013
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Kill Zone: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller (Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers, Book #3)This is a free listing we provide as a service to help promote Great Reads from Independent Authors. Digital Book Today has posted our Weekly Featured Great Reads on the right and left hand side of our site. Today we have 8 great reads for Kindle eBooks that are highly reviewed. Take the time to check out the “Great Reads” and read more about them on Amazon.

See the Top 80 – 100 free, handpicked titles that we update everyday on The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books – updated daily. This list is not available on Amazon. Never miss a great free book again. Join our Reader Mailing List and be notified daily of The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books.

Interested in new releases? Visit the New Book Releases List. 

Discover 35+ of the Best Free Online Books for Wednesday 2-13-2013

February 13, 2013
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Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)Discover 35+ of the Best Free Online Books for Wednesday 2-13-2013. They are highly rated and all exceed our minimum standards. As a service to our authors, if you read a free book please give the author a review on Amazon.Thanks. Remember that many of the free kindle books are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours). Always make sure that the price is $0.00 when downloading your free online books.

Interested in new releases? Visit the New Book Releases for February List.

There is a large group of authors that are offering some of the books for free on 2/13-2/14. Our list contains some of their books. To see all of their free online books visit the Free Par-Tay website.

Click to see the entire list of Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books.

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Is Fiction Good For Us?

February 12, 2013
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Harem

Is fiction good for us? A guest post by Colin Falconer author of several books including Harem (4.3 stars, 13 reviews, FREE on 2/13 & 2/14).

Is Fiction Good For Us?

Does it build our moral character – or erode it?

At school I was told that only certain literature was good for me; it had to be literary,something approved by the district Education Board, preferably a classic. Perhaps that idea came all the way down from Plato, who wanted to ban fiction altogether from his ideal republic.

But Plato, that grim and self-important pedagogue, had it all wrong. We know this, because advances in neuroscience and the latest methodologies used to map the brain mean we no longer have to speculate.It seems that curling up with a good book is not a selfish indulgence. To the contrary, the latest research confirms something many of us have suspected for a long time; reading fiction is good for you.

These days they can put electrodes on your head to see what happens when you read. When you were at school and college they used exams to measure how much information your brain retained. But the new neuroscience can measure how much your brains reacts.

It’s called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Basically, the boffins can see which area of the brain lights up in response to stimulus.

Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, analyzed 86 fMRI studies, published in the Annual Review of Psychology in 2011, and found significant overlapping between neural networks used to understand stories and those used to interpret our interactions with other people. Read more »

35+ New Free eBooks For Kindle for Tuesday 2-12-2013

February 12, 2013
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Magic of Public Speaking: A Complete System to Become a World Class SpeakerWe have over 35+ titles new free eBooks for Kindle to choose from for your Tuesday reading pleasure. We sort all the free books and give you the best of the new Free eBooks for Kindle, iPad, and Kindle Fire on our The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books. As a service to our authors, if you read a free book please give the author a review on Amazon.Thanks. Remember that many of the free eBooks for Kindle are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours). Interested in new releases? Visit the New Book Releases for February 2013 List.
Reminder: A large group of authors will be doing a group promo starting on Wednesday offering many of their books for free. We will be listing their best books.

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Author Interview #158 – Eden Plague (Sci Fi Thriller) by David VanDyke

February 11, 2013
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The Eden Plague: Book 1 (Plague Wars)Our interview today is with David VanDyke, author of the well-received Eden Plague (Sci Fi thriller, 4.5 stars, 19 reviews) and its sequels, Demon Plagues, Reaper Plague and Orion Plague. Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the series: Daniel Markis, a broken veteran combat medic, crosses paths with The Company, a clandestine organization that tries to recruit him to work with a new fast-healing effect. The deal goes sideways and soon he is on the run, seeking answers, protecting stolen secrets, and looking for a way to rescue the woman he loves. The first book ends with the release of the information, which then transforms the world. The sequels follow Markis and other characters forward into a future of plagues, nuclear war and alien intervention, culminating in the discovery of extraterrestrial meddling in Earth’s past, present and future.

The hot-selling Plague Wars series, consisting of Eden Plague, Demon Plagues, Reaper PlagueandOrion Plague, will entertain you with action, wit, romance and a detailed special-operations narrative bounded by the brotherhood – and sisterhood – of arms. Science fiction, action-adventure, and military readers will enjoy this thrilling and upbeat ride as it rockets toward a world transformed by the Eden Plague.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID VANDYKE        

David VanDyke gives you characters you can believe in, exciting action overlapping moral dilemmas, and believable plot twists most readers don’t see coming  in his popular Plague Wars series. Drawing rave reviews for its immersiveness and entertainment, and described as “Action Jackson – cover to cover,” Eden Plague and its sequels, Demon Plagues, Reaper PlagueandOrion Plague, are available in e-book format through Amazon and other major retailers, and coming soon to CreateSpace print-on-demand.

1. When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

Shockingly for some, I started less than a year ago – writing fiction, that is. I’ve been a technical writer for almost thirty years, so I always felt I had the tools to write good fiction. I’d been feeling less and less interested in the corporate workaday world I was in since my retirement from the military in 2007, and was casting about for something worthwhile to do. I’d always toyed with the idea of writing, and when I saw a couple of childhood friends, Brian (BV) Larson and Vaughn Heppner making a living at it in the new Wild West of ebooks, I was inspired to give it a shot – and once I started, I was hooked.

2. What inspired you to write The Eden Plague? Read more »

Three Exciting New Book Releases for February 2013 – 2/11/2013

February 11, 2013
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We are highlighting three exciting New Book Releases for February 2013 from our New Release Book List (click to see all the new releases). If you are looking for something new to read this is a great place to start.

The Nameless DwarfThe Nameless Dwarf by D.P. Prior. Red to the elbows with the blood of his people, the Nameless Dwarf’s only desire is to save the ones who got away. The dwarves have gone! Thousands have been slaughtered in the blood-drenched streets of their ravine city by one of their own wielding a demonic axe. The survivors have fled beyond the mountains, heading into a realm haunted by the nightmares of a twisted god. When Nils Fargin, son of an underworld boss, is hired to find them, he travels with his client to seek the advice of a lowlife mage. With what he learns, he should have asked for more money. The trail leads them to the domain of the terrifying Ant-Man, who is rumored to eat the flesh of anyone refusing to pay his toll. And as if that wasn’t enough, it turns out Nils’s client is none other than the Nameless Dwarf, better known to his kind as the Ravine Butcher. The Nameless Dwarf is an epic tale of remorse and redemption that pits a whiskerless thief, a guilt-driven assassin, a consumptive wizard, and an amnesiac dwarf against the worst imaginings of a craven mind. Read more on Amazon.

XpXp by Alison M. Bailey. Set in 1861 in the Nevada Great Basin, XP follows the orphan James Donovan as he rides for the legendary Pony Express. Galloping for twenty-four hours straight, he carries whisper-thin mail, crossing a desolate land—dangerous, yet terrifyingly beautiful. Two clashing worlds battle for his identity—the Paiute Indians who helped raise him, and the Mormons who tried to capture his soul. In a story as vast as the great American West, James encounters men and women of such strong character they survive on desire alone—unforgettable characters, some enchanting, some evil, all courageous. He discovers a love so deep it transcends the imagination. A sorrow so true even nature pauses to mourn. On his journey he meets a twenty-something Mark Twain, experiences the threat of a civil war, all while witnessing a diminishing way of living harmoniously with the land. With a vivid, sensuous style, as sparse as the land itself, Alison Bailey brings to life a time of saddle sores, Indian lore, heartache and glory. Here is the myth, a time in adolescent America when any outrageous dream was possible. An epic tale of an honorable story that is long overdue. Read more on Amazon.

The Shadow RyanaThe Shadow Ryana by C.R. Daems and J.R. Tomlin. Ryana, a worthless girl-child, is sold to a mysterious woman who takes her to the home of the Shadow Sisters who are prized for their abilities as spies and assassins. She survives years of training in spite of being unconventional: adopting poisonous bats as familiars–something no one else would dare to do; choosing the blow dart as her weapon of choice–a weapon the Sisters don’t teach; and relying on intuition rather than logic. As she completes her training, the Shadow Sisters are under attack. The senior Sister selects Ryana to find out who is killing Sisters and why–because her intuitive approach has proved effective, even though her youth and inexperience makes it unlikely she will survive. As she travels through the kingdom as a member of a gypsy clan, she finds the only way she can protect the Sisters and hope to discover the underlying plot is through ever more violence and killing. As she proceeds through the provinces, her secret enemies come to call her the Sister of Death and become desperate to find and kill her. But in her fight to protect the Sisterhood and the kingdom, Ryana fears that she has destroyed herself and the only life she ever wanted. Read more on Amazon.

We are highlighting three exciting New Book Releases for February 2013 from our New Release Book List (click to see all the new releases). If you are looking for something new to read this is a great place to start.

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Epic Fantasy – Rise of a Warrior

Gripping suspense – Finalist Kindle Book Awards

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