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Initial post: Feb 6, 2011 5:34:58 AM PST
Ali Cooper says:
There's so much emphasis on promoting the cheapest books that a lot of very high quality work - particularly small press, longer books, bundles etc, priced a dollar or so higher are getting missed.

Please post recommendations, self-promotions, mainstream, indie, which are on sale for $3 or more but with an upper limit of $7.99.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 6:09:21 AM PST

5 star reviews at $3.99

Kera and Rand Priven must journey 2,500 miles across their country, trying desperately to find and protect their children. It is good they cannot foresee the horrors before them.

In a troubled marriage, the Privens live with their children, Andrew and Alissa, in New York City. As an up-and-coming fashion photographer, Rand is obsessed with making a name, and a lot of money-to the point of neglecting his family. Kera slips into a frustrated and lonely disillusionment; she yearns for a simpler more meaningful family life. Planning to confront and possibly divorce Rand, she sends the children to a respected summer camp. Her timing couldn't be worse.

Shocking events unfold as independent groups plotting against the United States successfully breach national security, attack military installations, and wreak havoc on public infrastructure: the system breaks down. All services stop... no lights, no flights, no food, no gas... nothing. Law enforcement and armed forces seem unable to contain this terrorism or... revolution. Lawlessness spreads, seemingly overnight.

What chance do these two average, unprepared, and conflicted people have for surviving such a hostile situation? Will the challenge pull them together or rip them further apart? Who will they meet on their journey across America? What will they learn? Will they ever see their children again?

Patrick Michael Murphy is an Emmy award winning writer and producer for film and video projects. Additional works of his fiction and nonfiction are soon to be released in digital form.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 6:15:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2011 6:26:32 AM PST
André Jute says:
This is a novel about a race that starts in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday March 5th, 2011. Check your television schedules; it's the toughest race in the world, and one of the most dangerous.


IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth [Kindle Edition]

Marchez! -- A race for survival

When Rhodes Delaney challenged James Alderston Whitbury III to a grudge match she chose the most grueling of all tests -- the Iditarod: a lethal dogsled race across the perilous wastelands of barren Alaska.

Through life-sapping storms, howling blizzards, and deadly sub-zero temperatures, the racers must struggle over treacherous mountain passes where the sun's rays never reach, cross frozen rivers risking the icy torrents below, and pass enraged bull moose, ravenous bears -- and the world's largest, hungriest wolf pack.

In Iditarod, André Jute puts the reader's feet on the ice and on the runners for twelve hundred hazardous miles of the last great race across the last dangerous frontier as the exhausted bodies and hallucinating minds of the contestants battle towards the moment of truth -- when Man and Nature exact the ultimate reckoning from each other.

Iditarod is at once a love story, a great adventure, and a brilliant word portrait of the world's most spectacular and least-known land.

First published in the UK by Grafton Books 1990, Iditarod is fully revised for this 20th anniversary 2010 edition by CoolMain Press.

Now with a map of the race especially drawn to work with e-book tablets.

Iditarod is fully revised for this 20th anniversary reissue. A very special new feature is a map of the race specifically drawn by Andy Jenkinson to be perfectly readable on e-book tablets.

Priced at $4.99. Seven superb reader reviews.

There are nearly three hundred editions of André Jute's book in English and a dozen translations. Two are already available for the Kindle: THE LARSSON SCANDAL the unauthorized guerilla critique of Stieg Larsson and IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth. More are coming see the Author Central pages: and

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 6:51:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2011 7:50:06 AM PST
Axewielderx says:
Little Moments Of Truth- Four 5-star reviews(from Amazon, B &N,, and print version)

Ron is a Vietnam veteran and after 25 yrs. of a normal life and marriage, he begins to experience re-occurring nightmares, dreams, and visions. Seeking to find the reason for their appearance and to rid himself of these experiences, he executes a plan he hopes will solve his questions and problem. Along the way he discovers a mysterious person seems to be watching him and this only complicates the matter.
Will Ron find the answers he seeks? Will he find a solution that will end the chaos? Will he discover who the mystery person is and why they are following him? There is only one way to find the book and join him on his journey. Perhaps along the way you may discover a few things about yourself.

You can read the first 2 chapters at -

Thx for reading!

J.B. Thomas

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 7:16:25 AM PST
Travelman says:
Here are my books, all set in Africa during the turbulent sixties.
The Up-Country Man Memoir about the Biafran war.
Tribal Gathering Eight not so short stories about all the human frailties.
The Last Bature Full length fiction about the last white policeman in a failing ex-British colony.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 7:40:39 AM PST
Thanks for the thread, Ali. Sometimes we small press authors are overlooked in the search for affordable reading material.

NEW! Where Dreams are Born in Kindle and print

t was supposed to be a win-win situation-a safe environment in which to raise a son for single mom Vicky, housekeeping and childcare for widowed Jack. Believing they've had their shot at happiness, neither is looking to complicate their lives with a romantic entanglement. At first Jack sees Vicky as skinny and plain, guarded with him, but openly warm with his children, an important quality for a man who grew up in the foster care system. However, his growing attraction to the woman who scrubs his toilets and washes his underwear endangers their good working relationship. Vicky, too, is reluctant to get involved, having been down that road before with disastrous results.

When Jack learns his best friend fathered Vicky's son and now wants partial custody, he feels threatened. He's come to care deeply for both, and doesn't want to lose the family they've become. In desperation he offers a radical solution-marriage. Vicky knows she can do worse than marry Jack, but wonders how successful their marriage would be when its only reason for being was to keep from losing her son. Add to this a troubled child with a secret about her dead mother and a vindictive ex bent on revenge and complications abound.

You can read the first 2 chapters at Thanks.

Where Dreams are Born

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 8:03:00 AM PST
Spiral X (The Eternal War) for $3.99


Cheryl Erikson is a Vampire Hunter with a problem. A dangerous new drug named Plast has found its way onto the streets of Dallas. She would prefer to let the DEA and local law enforcement handle everything, but since the dealers also happen to be vampires, she has no choice but to step in and put a stop to it.

With the help of her best friend Virgil and a fellow Hunter named Tank, Cheryl must work to eradicate Plast from the streets of Dallas. It's a task that becomes more difficult as she comes under the gun, quite literally, from a contract out on her head. Coupled with a nosy police detective looking to peg her for a triple homicide, and a sudden interest in her activities from a powerful vampire recently arrived in the area, it's enough to force her to accept help from the least likely of sources, a mysterious Hunter named Rev. Through him, everything she thinks she knows, and everything she stands for, is challenged in ways she never imagined.


Currently sitting with 11 reviews and a 4.8 rating. On Goodreads it has 17 ratings and 4.47 average. Has been very well received by readers and reviewers alike. Give it a shot. If you don't like it, take heart that 10% of your purchase is going towards charity.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 8:08:11 AM PST
Ubiquitin says:
Far at sea, San Avellino Island has been many things - a slave plantation, a grand resort, home to history's most innovative medical research and its deadliest biological hazard. Now it is a prison for trapped researcher Nick LeMay, one of the first to see the island after a half century of quarantine. Deep within its ocean caves, a mysterious force reaches out to Nick, its power stretching across time and space to engage him in a battle for his freedom and the fate of those he holds most dear.

$2.99 Kindle download
A Place of Rest

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Posted on Feb 6, 2011 8:39:34 AM PST
Thanks for the invitation, Ali. As a small press author new to self-promotion I am most decidedly feeling 'overlooked'. :0
All my mainstream contemporary romances are under $7...most under $5. :)

Jackpot (BookStrand Publishing Romance)
The Trouble With Tessa
Settling Back
All full length novels

Action and Satisfaction (BookStrand Publishing Romance) A novella

Out of the Dark
Worth Every Risk
Romance Anthologies

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 8:59:05 AM PST
Heir To Avalon -- An Arthurian Legend Novel

The Fairies Tree -- A Historical Fantasy Novel

Both are Fantasy Fiction - Both with interesting twists to the stories.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 9:03:08 AM PST
The Women of Block 12: Voices from a Jail Ministry $3.99

What readers are saying about "The Women of Block 12"

"I cried and laughed through all the pages. What a blessing to know these courageous women exist and that Linda could let them come alive for me in this special book." Carolyn

"After reading these touching tales of strength, endurance, and forgiveness you will want to know what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others. Truly an inspiration to all!" Missy

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 9:03:37 AM PST
Here is the description for the first book in the "Willow Ryan" series, a collection of women's novels that are sure to make you laugh out loud as well as tug at your heartstrings. It is available as an ebook for only $3.99!

It is the summer of 1986, and recent high school graduate Willow Ryan is going to have a baby, something she never imagined would happen to her. Unable to disclose her secret and unwilling to give up her baby, Willow leaves her Midwestern home for a new life in charming Santa Elena, California, where she lands a job working for a quirky Southern belle named Peggy, who has a knack for finding trouble in the most unlikely places. Willow's new neighbor, a friendly surfer dude named Denny, quickly becomes someone she can count on for anything, but could there be more to their relationship than Willow sees?

"Secrets" will take you on a journey with this independent, determined young woman as she grows up quickly, becomes a mother, and deals with a catastrophic event that makes all of her secrets come to light.

Secrets: A Willow Ryan Novel (Willow Ryan Series)

"Promises", the second novel in the "Willow Ryan" series is also available!

Promises: Willow Ryan Book Two (Willow Ryan Series)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 9:09:01 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 6, 2011 9:41:48 AM PST
Sibel Hodge says:
Many thanks for starting this thread, Ali!

All my novels are $4.99...

Fourteen Days Later (Romantic Comedy) was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.

When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriend's best work trousers, it's time for her to move on. His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse.

Helen's life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe's brother, Kalem.

How will Kalem and Helen get together when she's too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalem's Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out?

Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?

"A hilarious romance! The storyline was entertaining and funny; the characters were unique, colorful,and relatable. I had a hard time putting this one down because I never knew what funny catastrophe or line would come next. "
--The Cajun Book Lady

My Perfect Wedding (Romantic Comedy) is the sequel to Fourteen Days Later but can be read as a standalone novel....

Helen Grey is finally getting everything she wants. She's about to have the perfect dream wedding and begin an exciting new life abroad on the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus. But living the dream isn't all it's cracked up to be.

After a mix-up at the airport, Helen finds herself drawn into the midst of an elaborate plot to steal an ancient statue and assassinate a local businessman. And as if that wasn't bad enough, her wedding dress is AWOL, the statue seems to be cursed, and Helen is wanted by the police.

With the big day rapidly approaching, a roller-coaster of mishaps, misunderstandings, and disasters threatens to turn the newlyweds into nearlyweds.

Can Helen prevent an assassination, save the statue, and have the perfect wedding? Or will the day to remember turn into one she'd rather forget?

"I loved this book. It is funny, witty and intriguing. If you are a fan of Sophie Kinsella I am positive you will love My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge" - Geeky Girl Books

The Fashion Police (An Amber Fox Murder Mystery) is a cozy, comedy mystery...

Amber Fox has been making too many mistakes lately and something's got to give...

For starters, Amber accidentally shoots Chief Inspector Janice Skipper and gets thrown off the police force. The only one who knows the truth about the incident is Amber, but no one will believe her.

After accepting a job as an insurance investigator from her ex-fiancé, Brad Beckett, it turns out that Brad thinks they've still got unfinished business and the job description includes sexual favours that come with a price.

When fashion designer, Umberto Fandango, goes missing, Amber becomes embroiled in a complicated case. But Amber's arch-enemy, Chief Inspector Skipper, is also investigating his disappearance, and it's a race against time for Amber to solve the mystery before Skipper does and get her old job back. And just when Amber thinks things can't get any worse, she's being stalked by some crazy mobsters.

Who is Umberto Fandango? Is he dead? And can Amber stay one step ahead and stay alive?

"A witty well-paced romp, full of energy and with plenty of satisfying twists and turns."

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 9:47:44 AM PST
Ali Cooper says:
The Girl on the Swing is an English psychological mystery, price $3.95.

When her grown up son dies, Julia seeks comfort in what she believes are memories of her past lives. She volunteers as an official prison visitor where she meets Frank, whom she recognises from a previous existence. She is drawn to find out more about him and their life together. But while in the past he was her childhood sweetheart, in this life he's a murderer.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 9:48:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2011 9:51:20 AM PST
Tigger Boy says:
"A Galaxy Unkown" by Thomas DePrima @5.99 per book is a steal if your are a Sci=Fi fan. Each book is addicting and leaves you waiting the next book.
Author is a bit rough in his writing style ar first, but if your looking for a enjoyable read look no further. they are listed in the top 10 in many different Sci-Fi catagories

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 9:51:50 AM PST
Mel Comley says:
My thriller is on offer for the time being and is in the top 60 thrillers in the UK chart.

Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins comes up against her long-time nemesis, The Unicorn. After leading Simpkins and her partner into a trap, in which Pete is killed, Lorne comes to the conclusion the criminal is obtaining insider information, enabling him to stay one step ahead of them.

With the informant out of the way, The Unicorn needs to find another way to keep Lorne on her toes, so he kidnaps the D I's teenage daughter. But, Lorne's troubles don't end there. She is forced off the case by a Superintendent with a ten-year vendetta against her father. Fortunately, the Chief Inspector insists Lorne's vast expertise is needed to solve the case.

The investigation takes a surprising turn when one of the region's most precious landmarks is held to ransom by The Unicorn, but this merely turns out to be yet another one of his frivolous decoys, as his true audacious plan unfolds...

Hope you enjoy it.
Impeding Justice

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 9:59:24 AM PST
What a terrific idea! Thanks, Ali.

As it happens, 5 of my crime fiction Kindle novels are $4.99, including my newest stand alone thriller that goes back, in part, to the late Sixties. They are:

Set the Night on Fire

and my Ellie Foreman series ( a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24"):
Eye for Murder, An (Ellie Foreman Mysteries)
Picture of Guilt, A (Ellie Foreman Mysteries)
An Image of Death (Ellie Foreman Mysteries)
Shot to Die For, A (Ellie Foreman Mysteries)

Btw, there will be an Amazon Book Group Discussion of Set the Night on Fire starting Feb 15 and going all week at

Hope you'll stop by...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 10:27:10 AM PST
Thanks for the opening.

My book is 3.99 and for samplesunday (today) I'm offering a free copy of One Insular Tahiti to anyone who purchases it. Basically, you just have to email me with an amazon receipt to theaexcerpts (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send you a coupon to download OIT for free from Smashwords.

Anomaly has 4.5 stars on Amazon.
Anomaly: when the greatest threat to your identity comes from within.

thanks for sampling.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 11:34:20 AM PST
Darcia Helle says:
My newest book - The Cutting Edge (with Bonus Content!) - is $3.99. It's dark comedy/suspense. Here's the blurb:

My name is Skye Summers. I'm a hairstylist and I can't stop fantasizing about killing my clients. Not all of them, of course. I only want to kill the ones who irritate me, which, if I'm being honest, is most of them. My occasional fantasies have turned into chronic daydreams. They're bloody and vivid, like watching a slice-and-dice movie on IMAX.

I also want to kill my husband's ex-girlfriend. She's not a client but she tops my list. Eighteen years ago, she gave birth to his daughter and she has tormented him ever since. I should be troubled by this growing desire to use my surgically sharpened shears for more than a haircut. Instead, I wonder how I can get away with it.

Thanks for reading!

Darcia Helle

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 11:42:10 AM PST
Like science fiction that's a bit off the space-battles-with-aliens track? Try Homecoming, 4.5 stars. From the ForeWord Clarion review, "Homecoming is a truly compelling book. The author has done a superb job of creating characters that are well rounded and emotionally real. The plot is original and thoughtfully crafted, and the supporting science is fresh and exciting." The kindle edition is available at Homecoming

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 2:35:40 PM PST
The Spacer's Blade & Other Stories Like science fiction? Space opera? short stories?

"The Spacer's Blade & Other Stories"- From a prison break gone wrong to a young girl stowed away on an alien vessel to a super mall orbiting Pluto, this collection of three short stories and one novelette spans the spectrum of Science Fiction. $3.15. 4.7 out of 5 stars!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 9:22:08 PM PST
Emma Collins says:
Unlawful Intrusion
$3.99 Fiction that twists ecology, politics, burdens of life, and family all in one. Great read.
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