Hollow Earth (£0.99) Kindle Book: Matt and Emily Calder are twins with extraordinary powers. Their abilities are sought by villains who will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth–a place where all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined lie trapped for eternity–and harness the powers within.
Deal ends at 11:59pm today. Regular daily posts are below this post.
Be sure to shop the Sixty Shades of May Sale – Sixty books of all genre selling for only 99p each. Mysteries, romances, literary fiction and many more choices.
Today, we celebrate Easter. This day, among other things, inspires us to remember that hope can triumph over anything. Even death.
We see the evidence in blooms dancing in a warm breeze. Their delicate beauty belies the strength required to survive through periods of cold and of drought.
Hope may be fragile, but it is also powerful. May hope grace your life with its beauty this Easter Sunday.
Those loooooong hours waiting taught us a lesson in patience. Christmas is a time of great anticipation and patience. You’ve probably been waiting this season – to unwrap that perfect present. In a line at the mall. For a loved one coming home.
Oh, the waiting!
The excruciating agony of waiting for sugar cookies. For us cheap chicks, Christmas growing up was never a fancy affair, but it was always a sweet one. Especially with sugar cookies.
But it was a long wait. First to mix up the dough, then to let it chill. We got to use tin cookie cutters – tin bells, stars and trees – to cut out the shapes. More waiting. For the cookies to bake. Waiting for them to cool enough to decorate with red hots and sprinkles. Then finally…..the perfect sugar cookie.
All that waiting was worth it.
That first Christmas, Mary and Joseph were waiting for a baby to arrive and the faithful had been watching for a Messiah for hundreds of years. We hope your holiday dreams are coming true and that your patience has paid off.
We’re so thankful for each of you and the time you spend with us here at Daily Cheap Reads. I (Susan) would like to share a recipe with you so you can have a bit of my Christmas tradition with you this year. This is the American recipe. A British version follows – one we got from a UK website so we wouldn’t have to convert measurements.
Rarely Fail Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter (softened)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Combine powdered sugar and butter. Stir in egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Chill dough 2 to 3 hours or until easy to handle. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a cookie cutter and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees Farhenheit for 7 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Cool on wire racks.
The dough is kind of “sticky” so use plenty of flour when you roll them out. Put down a sheet of wax paper or a plastic mat and dump a bunch of flour on it. Then put a tablespoon or two on top before you roll it out with a rolling pin. If the rolling pin gets sticky or the cookies won’t lift off the paper, use more flour.
Delicious Cut Out Biscuits
300g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
225ml soured cream
625g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and soured cream. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg, stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Dough will be light and sticky. Cover or wrap dough and chill overnight.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to .25cm thickness. Cut into desired shapes using biscuit cutters. Place biscuits 2 to 3cm apart onto ungreased baking trays.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until biscuits turn a very light brown. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks. Decorate with your favourite icing recipe if desired.
Merry Christmas and cookie baking. God bless us, every one!
Today Amazon announced the Amazon Appstore for Android in the .K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Customers can get the Amazon Appstore for their Android phones and tablets by visiting www.amazon.com/getappstore.
The popular “Free App of the Day” feature will also be available to European customers. The feature offers a paid app for free every day. Today’s Free App of the Day is the ad-free version of “Angry Birds.” All Free Apps of the Day are specially-selected for the Free App of the Day program. Apps and games purchased from Amazon can be used across a customer’s Android devices, enabling them to buy an app or game once and enjoy it everywhere.
This announcement has led to speculation that the Kindle Fire is soon coming to the European market. Amazon has scheduled a press conference for Thursday, September 6, at 9:30am Pacific time. We will be listening to the announcement and will post any from that event.
Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a selection of Kindle books on sale from £0.99. Relive history with biographies of the Queen and telling accounts of times gone by, or immerse yourself in the world of fiction with pulse-pounding thrillers, bestsellers and more. The Kindle Jubilee Sale ends 11:59 pm on June 7, 2012. Additional Terms and Conditions apply. Please see the notice on the webpage. Follow this link to the Jubilee Sale.
Here are three popular selections selling for only £0.99 each:
It is 1940 and Britain is at war with Germany. In London, eighteen-year-old Susan Banks longs to do her duty. Her secret ambition is to learn to fly – to serve her country and realise her dream. But she knows it is out of the question for a girl like her; a foundling, unwanted and unloved and dependent on strangers for her welfare.Just as she fears she will be trapped forever in a life of servitude and loneliness, she meets Tony Richards, a flying instructor based in Hampshire. And when she is forced to flee London, she heads out into the country. She is taken in by the kindly landlord of the local inn and his daughter.
As Susan works hard to earn her keep, and her friendship with Tony – now recalled to duty – blossoms into love, she dares to hope that things are at last looking up for her. But then she receives devastating news – Tony is missing in action. And Susan wonders if she’ll ever see the man she loves again and realise her dream of becoming a Spitfire girl…Purchase this family saga today for £2.92.
Amazon has lowered the price on hundreds of books for their Kindle Spring Sale, many as low as £0.99. The Kindle Books Spring Sale applies to selected Kindle books and runs from 12:00 am on Friday, March 30, 2012, to 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The complete terms are on the page linked above.
Here are just a few of the books available for £1.99, £0.99 and £1.99:
Kindle Touch 3G – the most full-featured Kindle e-reader – easy-to-use touch screen and free 3G wireless, no annual contracts or monthly fees and never pay for or hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot is now available in the United Kingdom and to customers in over 175 countries and territories around the world. Customers in the UK can pre-order today and reserve your place in line. According to Amazon: Orders are prioritised on a first come, first served basis. Kindle Touch will be released on April 27.
Kindle Touch Wi-Fi only model is selling for £109.00 while the Kindle Touch 3G model is £169.00.
This new model of Kindle has the following features:
• Most-advanced E Ink display, now with multi-touch
• Reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight
• Built in Wi-Fi – get books in 60 seconds OR Free 3G wireless for downloading books anytime, anywhere – no monthly payments, no annual contracts. Dependent on model purchased.
• Sleek design – Only 213 grams (wi-fi)/Only 220 grams (3G), holds up to 3,000 books
• EasyReach touch technology lets you read easily with one hand
• New X-Ray feature lets you look up characters, historical figures, and interesting phrases. Learn More
• Text-to-speech, audiobooks and mp3 support
• Up to two month battery life
According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has warned Apple and the original five U.S. publishers who participated in the agency model of book pricing that the DOJ plans to sue them for price collusion of electronic books. The WSJ states this is from “people familiar with the matter.”
According to the article, the five publishers are: Simon & Schuster Inc.; Hachette Book Group; Penguin Group (USA); Macmillan; and HarperCollins Publishers Inc., a unit of News Corp. , which also owns The Wall Street Journal.
I’m not sure how this will impact the UK Kindle Store, but this may be enough to spur the publishers to relinquish the idea of setting book prices. I urge you to read the full article. I think that the DOJ wants to fine Apple for this activity or at least reach a settlement. After all, Apple has more money than the US federal government.