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Snow Ball: A Novel By April L. Hamilton [Kindle Edition]

April L. Hamilton
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Book Description

Cinder Torley is an intelligent young woman who yearns to escape the stifling yoke imposed by her small town upbringing and unhappy marriage, but that doesn't mean she killed her husband. When he goes missing one night, Cinder quickly learns who---and how few---her friends really are in this darkly comic tale of dueling schemers and incompetents.

The sheriff thinks this might be his only ticket out of back-country law enforcement. Coffee house barista Clark Norris knows a sordid, true-crime story could jumpstart his stalled writing career. Glamorous correspondent Bailey Weems sees a ratings bonanza that can make her a cable news star. And as for Velma and Naomi, who may or may not be part of the notorious Manitoba Six Canadian crime ring, they're only in it for the black market Phen-Fen. The surprising truth about what happened to Cinder's husband will lay waste to all these agendas, but will it prove Cinder's innocence?

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About the Author

April L. Hamilton lives in Southern California with her two children and entirely too many pets. When she's not writing, kid-wrangling or pursuing her grandiose and hopeless dream of a neat and orderly household, she can generally be found reading, reclaiming the domestic arts (aka "crafting") or taking in a movie.

Product Details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1434890465
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012KI7N4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down. February 18, 2008
By L. Buck
Format:Kindle Edition
The author, April Hamilton has a delightfully twisted sense of humor. She also does a great job of capturing regional accents in text, I could quite literally hear the characters voices inside my head as I read the dialog. This was a fun book, and darn near impossible to put down once I started. I really cared about the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! February 17, 2008
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought the book to see what it was like - after the author mentioned it on the Kindle forum. I liked it! The characters caught me, the plot was a wee bit convoluted, but not so much as to lose me. The twists and turns in it were fun and interesting. Even the bizarre events were believable. If you like a fun, dark comedy, that reads more like an adventuresome mystery - buy it!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! February 24, 2008
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I bought this book as the first that I would read on my Kindle by a recommendation from a friend. What a fun read - dark comedy that will remind you of Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiassen and Jennifer Crusie at their best. Do not get this book unless you have the time to read it - I read the whole thing in ONE sitting. Turns out you can cook dinner with your right hand and cradle the Kindle in your left! Read this book and brag to your friends that you've discovered the "Next Big Thing" in fiction. Kudos to April Hamilton. I can't wait to read her next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and fun February 20, 2010
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Just finished reading Snow Ball by April Hamilton. Found the book on the Kindle Fouum. To me it was a funny book. Kept my interest and once the plot was made, one mistake kept leading to another. Kept thinking this would make a good movie. Kind of like the 3 stooges or Weekend at Bernie's. you wanted to keep reading just to see what was going to happen next. Did not expect the ending. At one point, the reader thinks they have it all figured out. Wrong. The author was able to twist the plot around and made a series of catastrophies seem like the logical solution. Left you with a smile and shaking your head at the same time. Easy to visualize. Thanks for a fun read. I like this author and immediately downloaded Adelaide Einstein. Looking forward to reading it.Snow Ball: A Novel By April L. Hamilton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the fun "snowballs" in Snow Ball July 3, 2008
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verb: To increase or expand suddenly, rapidly, or without control: explode, mushroom.
v.intr.: To grow rapidly in significance, importance, or size: "problems that snowballed by the hour."

In this highly entertaining novel by April Hamilton, the reader is drawn into a story that begins quietly, without fanfare. Once it gets rolling, however, there's no stopping it. The clever chapter titles ("The Winter Games," "Flakes") are consistent with the tone of the novel, which manages to present the most bizarre goings-on in a matter-of-fact manner.

Hamilton's descriptions of how various TV shows would cover the story are hilarious and her observations about human nature are spot on. This is a fun read that also gives pause for thought in the most unexpected places.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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To my taste, this novel is nowhere near as good as her second one, "Adelaide Einstein," which I would give five stars. It's almost as though "Snow Ball" and "Adelaide Einstein" were written by two different authors. I not only found it easy to put this novel back on the shelf, so-to-speak, but I just kept hoping the story would hurry up and end. I gave the novel three stars, rather than merely two, because the author used clever dialogue at times and gave evidence of having researched several topics more than superficially.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Masterfully Written Plot August 24, 2010
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This novel had a very unique premise, and managed to expertly weave three distinct plot lines (all involving strong female characters) together to create an ending that is surprising and satisfying. The reader will likely be kept guessing as to how all the loose ends will be tied up and a dark version of justice will be served, but never fear--the ending is great.

The writing was superb, well edited (a major bonus in independently produced books), and the characters are likeable and well developed. The story is a bit fantastic with a whole "weekend at Bernie's" motiff but it makes for a great, fun read. I read the whole book in 3.5 hours because I couldn't put it down, and now it has earned a spot in my "Favorites" section of my Kindle. Well worth the 99 cent price tag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Fun August 11, 2010
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After recently reading 2 Kindle books by indie authors I really was about to throw in the towel. Overuse of the 'simile' was getting on my last nerve! Glad I found this book. It was original, refreshing, cleverly written and a really fun read. I loved the whole idea of showing how an innocent set of circumstances can 'snow ball' out of control when people make assumptions or try to re-invent the facts to fit their own aspirations. I was drawn in at the very first sentence because the women were meeting in Sheboygan, WI which happens to be my hometown. Great book! Renewed my interest in indie authors....I just have to be a bit more picky. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a cool blast!
April Hamilton's "Snow Ball" is just one more reason checking out indie ebook writers is a must. I downloaded this one hoping for something that would get my mind off the everyday... Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by Diane Kidman
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused
The story was moving along nicely, I was intrigued. And then an abrupt ending. Am I being overly critical when I can't buy into how the Sheriff,Cinder, and the real 4 bad guys... Read more
Published on June 13, 2011 by N. Balsom
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/4 Stars
Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

The plot was a little thin, but the storyline made up for it. The entire novel had a "Fargo"-like feel to it that really made it interesting. Read more
Published on June 8, 2010 by Lynn McNamee
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Fun Read!
Clever writing and a quick pace made this book hard to put down. The setting is very believable, the characters are engaging, and the regional accents were spot-on. Read more
Published on February 13, 2010 by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow Ball Hits A Target
Snow Ball Hits A Target

I am giving this book five out of five stars not in comparison to all the other novels I have recently read, most of which have better covers,... Read more
Published on June 18, 2008 by Mary W. Walters
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and quirky, full of surprises
Snow Ball is an amusing crime novel with plot, subplot, and sub-sub-plot elements that the author manages to keep track of without overburdening her prose. Read more
Published on June 9, 2008 by Libby Cone
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick enjoyable read!
This is the second April Hamilton novel I ready and I enjoyed it as much as the first one I read. I found myself reading at every free opportunity I had. Read more
Published on June 4, 2008 by A. Hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the awesome story.
I very much enjoyed Snow Ball and highly recommend it. It is a really interesting, in depth story that takes the reader on all sorts of twists and turns. Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by D. Zoeller
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April L. Hamilton is an author, the founder and site administrator for Digital Media Mom, the founder and Editor in Chief of, and a web content developer and site administrator for the Kindle Fire on Kindle Nation Daily site. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Authors.

She's a Los Angeles native who still lives in Southern California with her two kids, two dogs, two fish, and excessively large yarn and craft stash.


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