Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Best Free eBooks on Amazon

Below are, in no particular order, my favorite Kindle books that were downloaded for free. I can't guarantee that they are all still free, but at one time they were available at no cost and they are really good stories. If you find them listed for $5 or less I highly recommend you download them to your Kindle.

1. Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) by Angie Fox
Young woman accidentally unearths ghost of old mobster who helps her solve a mystery. Cute story, nice writing, interesting premise.

2. Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom by Brian Olsen
Action/Adventure book about Alan Lennox and his friends trying to find a killer before the killer finds them. Super fun read!

3. Of Windmills and War by Diane Moody
Historical fiction based on Operation Chowhound in WWII. Wonderful story and well worth your time.

4. Face the Winter Naked by Bonnie Turner
Set during the Depression, the story of Daniel and LaDaisy's family is one I've read at least half a dozen times now. Probably the best writing I've seen outside of the bestseller's list. 

5. Cranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner
A whodunit that will have you smiling on every page. You'll never believe how it ends!

6. Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law series book 1) by Jana DeLeon
The hilarious adventures of a woman and her Mother In Law's ghost. This one will leave you laughing out loud.

7. The Dirty Parts of the Bible - Sam Torode 
This is an adventure novel. The title is a bit misleading, but it is a really good book.

8. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
A classic novel with what is unquestionably the best villain in all of literature. 

9. Hole in the Heart by Craig Allen
Monsters, gods, and the end of the world all converge together in this page-turner.

11. Talk of the Town (Welcome to Daily, Texas book 1) by Lisa Wingate
American Idol meets small town Texas meets a strange disappearance. A very adorable story!

12. In Times Like These: A Time Travel Adventure by Nathan Van Coops
Romance, time travel, and so much more. This is one I've recommended to multiple people and they've all really enjoyed it!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Why my Facebook picture isn't a rainbow today.

I very, very rarely participate in the Updated Profile Photo/Copy-Paste message type of thing on Facebook. Not because I'm not supportive of the community or because I'm not saddened and horrified by their loss. I am. And even though I am religious I also don't pray over these kinds of situations either. I choose not to do these things because they give me a false feeling of "having done something" to help. 

How many people on Facebook will update their photos without writing to their senator or other representatives about the importance of stopping these attacks in the future? How many people will copy/paste a message of support and then not vote in November? How many people will cover their profile in rainbows/French flags/etc. and then see active prejudice in the streets and say or do nothing to stop it? They aren't bad people, they just feel they've done something to help by showing support or offering prayers and condolences. I don't want to give myself that false feeling of having done what I can to stop the problem, so I use that fear and anger and sorrow to push myself to find the ways that I personally can make the situation better.

I encourage you, too, to leave your Facebook page the same as it has ever been. Take the feelings you have about the shooting in Orlando (or Aurora, or Newtown, or San Bernadino, etc.) and put them into action. Write a letter. Join a group that works to end gun violence. Vote this November. When you hear someone saying racist, homophobic things in public let them know you don't agree. Do what you can to change things for the better and don't let yourself believe that your thoughts, prayers, and social media "show of support" is all you have to give. Get out there and change the world for the better.