Daily Deals: The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks and Pyramix

The Architecture of the Arkansas OzarksWithin today’s Kindle Daily deals Amazon offer The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks by Donald Harington for $0.99

Jacob and Noah Ingledew trudge 600 miles from their native Tennessee to found Stay More, a small town nestled in a narrow valley that winds among the Arkansas Ozarks and into the reader’s imagination. The Ingledew saga – which follows six generations of ‘Stay Morons’ through 140 years of abundant living and prodigal loving – is the heart of Harington’s jubilant, picaresque novel. Praised as one of the year’s ten best novels by the American Library Association when first published, this tale continues to captivate readers with its winning fusion of lyricism and comedy.

Harington has succeeded in creating one of the finest novels in recent years. — Library Journal

You don’t have to be from Arkansas to to appreciate this robust and rollicking novel… — Columbus Dispatch

About the Author

Although he was born and raised in Little Rock, Donald Harington spent nearly all of his early summers in the Ozark mountain hamlet of Drakes Creek, his mother’s hometown, where his grandparents operated the general store and post office. There, before he lost his hearing to meningitis at the age of twelve, he listened carefully to the vanishing Ozark folk language and the old tales told by story-tellers. His academic career is in art and art history and he has taught art history at a variety of colleges, including his alma mater, the University of Arkansas. His first novel was published by Random House in 1965, and since then he has published twelve other novels, most of them set in the Ozark hamlet of his own creation, Stay More, based loosely upon Drakes Creek. He has also written books about artists. He won the Robert Penn Warren Award in 2003, the Porter Prize in 1987, the Heasley Prize at Lyon College in 1998, was inducted into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame in 1999 and that same year won the Arkansas Fiction Award of the Arkansas Library Association. He has been called “an undiscovered continent” (Fred Chappell) and “America’s Greatest Unknown Novelist” (Entertainment Weekly).



Pyramix is a game for your Kindle Fire. Today only you can get it for free.

Word game aficionados, meet your latest challenge. Pyramix, a “word enigma generator” for your Android device, is an addictive game that combines code-deciphering strategy with the simplicity of classic grid-based word games.

Drawing from a jumbled assortment of letters, try to find the right letter combinations to solve unique four-word puzzles. Play against a timer or work in untimed mode, and take in the mysterious-looking graphics and evocative sound effects.

Crack the Pyramix Code

The pyramid-shaped game board consists of four empty, horizontally-stacked rows. At the bottom of the board, you’ll see a mirror image of the top rows–but these rows contain jumbled letters. To build a word at the top, take any letter from the bottom and drop it in the space you choose.

Counters show the number of possible words for each row. Lights glow when a row is filled with a complete word. But remember, the more rows you fill, the harder the challenge gets! Be strategic and keep an eye on the counters as you create words. Good luck!

Kindle Direct Publishing Helps Indie Authors Achieve Great Success

Two of the bestselling Kindle Books of 2011 were independent authors who used Amazon’s popular Kindle Direct Publishing service.  Publishing an e-book has never been easier.  This opportunity gives everyone a chance to express their voice and unique writing style.  The money isn’t too shabby either.

Darcie Chan, an attorney who lives with her husband and son in New York, released her first novel, The Mill River Recluse last year.  It is a huge hit among its readers, and definitely worth adding to your list of Kindle books to read.

Mary McAllister, the victim of an abusive late husband, spends sixty years of her life in a marble mansion overlooking the tiny Vermont town of Mill River.  This is one of those feel good books that provide a good story, but it doesn’t work the brain too hard.  It has great reviews, and Chan achieves what most authors strive to do: draw the reader into the story and make them forget that the characters are fictional.

Chris Culver was another extremely successful independent author that hit the bestseller list with his book, The Abbey.  The Abbey is a fast paced murder mystery that features a Muslim detective.  The fact that Ash is Muslim is an added twist, but it isn’t his religion isn’t the focus of the book.  He gets wrapped up in a case involving the possible murder of his niece, and well, see how the story unfolds from there.

There are many other independent authors who have hit bestseller lists, and have enjoyed great successes through KDP.  It is still important to carefully edit the book and format it so that it can be published to the Kindle.

Since I got my first Kindle two years ago, I have read a number of books by independent and lesser known authors.  It has given me the opportunity to explore new genres and writing styles.  Publishing a book is no longer this tangible thing restricted to an exclusive group of top notch writers.  Not to mention, many of these books are either free or very cheap.

The downsides to allowing such free reign on publishing e-books are the quality of books and spam.  Amazon has had to deal with some major issues with spammers flooding the market with fake e-books.

So, it will be interesting to see how the publishing industry evolves as e-books and e-readers become increasingly popular.  There has to be a balance that retains the quality of books written by established authors, and a way to give new authors the chance to shine.