Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: May 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: May 2017

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which used to discount four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book). Now, it seems like it is generally more books than that, and not categorized…although they have been doing themes this year as well.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals up to 80% off (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 1,133 at the time of writing…261 more than last month!

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that sometimes some of the books seem to sell out at that price (or become unavailable for some other reason).

Another thing is that 727 of them (a 195 more than last month) are available through

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon lists that information prominently…and it’s now commonly a filter in search results. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. 😉 I will mark them with KU.

By the way, in the new version of the

eReaderIQ advanced search

you can make KU a filter. So, you can search for books by an author, a keyword, an average customer review which you can read as part of your KU membership…nice! I’m not associated with eReaderIQ except as a user (we have had some correspondence), but I do think it is the most valuable website for Kindleers.

In terms of which ones are

Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

eligible, which is Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month.

This month there are 48, 25 more than last month.

I’m going to list some of the books in this sale that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

Okay, books!

  • Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free by Susan Peirce Thompson Ph.D.
  • The Son by Philipp Meyer | 4.0 stars out of 5 | 1,578 customer reviews
  • Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford
  • A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1) by Kendra Elliot (also available through Kindle Unlimited…KU…at no additional cost)
  • Fly By Wire (Jammer Davis Thriller Book 1) by Ward Larsen
  • Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert [Kindle in Motion] by Patricia Cornwell (I’m reading this one right now, and enjoying it very much. It’s hard to read it and not think that famous artist was Jack the Ripper. That said, a couple of cautions: some of the descriptions (and pictures) are graphic. Second, this is a Kindle in Motion book, which is why I borrowed it through KU. What I do find is that on my Kindle Voyage, it “crashes” repeatedly…simply closes and goes back to the homescreen. Sometimes, I can just open it up again and it’s fine, although it may have gone back to the previous time I opened it. Other times, I need to use the “page flip” feature to get to a future point (you can read that way…it’s just smaller), and then it works)
  • A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell
  • My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni (KU)
  • The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg
  • The Beach House by Mary Alice Munroe (4.6 stars | 662 reviews)
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Caroll Tavris and Elliot Aronson
  • 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness by Alanna Collen
  • Fancy Dancer by Fern Michaels
  • The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry
  • The Tracker (Sam Callahan #1) by Chad Zunker (4.6 stars | 439 reviews)
  • The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg
  • Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner
  • Dawn of Wonder (The Wakening Book 1) by Jonathan Renshaw (4.6 stars | 2,669 reviews)
  • Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán (4.3 stars | 3,473 reviews)
  • You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons and Ann Voskamp
  • The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
  • CyberStorm by Matthew Mather (KU) (4.3 stars | 6,869 customer reviews)
  • The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace by Dean Karnazes
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy 1) by Taran Matharu
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch (KU)
  • Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham
  • Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living (Bruce Lee Library) by Bruce Lee and John Little
  • The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler (KU) (4.4 stars | 2,180 reviews)
  • Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years Book 1) by Gregory Maguire (read my review here:

Remember that you can buy them now as gifts and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out and wrap them for whenever you want.

It makes a lot of sense to have so many series starters, but I should also mention that there may be other books in the series in the group…I didn’t list two book in the same series.

If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the six (same as last month) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. This line was at the bottom of the listings this time (I changed the link): “Please note: Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) subscribers can borrow these Kindle First books when they are officially released on May 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner (Psychological Thriller)
  • The First World by Isley Robson (Romance)
  • The Hundredth Queen (#1) by Emily R. King (Fantasy)
  • The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten (translated by Christiane Galvani) (Historical Fiction)
  • North Haven by Sarah Moriarty (Contemporary Fiction)
  • The Great Passage by Shion Miura (translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter) (Literary Fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…hmm, this one was a bit tough. I like the premise of The Great Passage (it’s about one of my favorite things, dictionaries), but I’ve had disappointing experiences with translations at Amazon. The Hundredth Queen sounded interesting, and the reviews were good (4.5 stars | 32 reviews). I took the risk with The Great Passage, figuring I could perhaps borrow The Hundredth Queen…


My current Amazon Giveaways:

Yesterday marked the ending of one Giveaway for

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

and there were 184 entrants! I’m doing a new one for the same book:

1 winner

Requirements for participation:

  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (you’ll be notified when future books are added to Amazon…I think that’s the only contact you get, although I’m not positive)


Start:Apr 30, 2017 9:46 AM PDT
End:May 7, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature by Loren Coleman (at AmazonSmile*)

Note: this is the paperback. For some reason, I couldn’t make the Kindle book for this one public (like I could with Kris’ book). I really wanted this one to be public, because the whole goal is to promote Loren Coleman’s medical expense fund GoFundMe campaign. I’ve never met Loren personally, and we have no shared business interests, although we have had some correspondence. I’ve read Loren’s books for decades, and admire how the cryptozoologist/Fortean helps others, including being the Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Maine (although in so many smaller ways, too). It’s sad to me that someone who has done so much is having trouble dealing with medical expense (due to multiple operations). That didn’t stop Loren from going to the Bigfoot festival in Willow Creek, California recently, but for people who have enjoyed and benefited from Loren’s work, the medical expenses fund is an opportunity to do a thank you. Over 500 people have entered and they’ve all tweeted (as a requirement to entry) a link to the fund’s page. I do not ask people to endorse the fund or to ask other people to contribute (or for them to contribute themselves)…I’m just hoping to raise the profile so people who might want to contribute and don’t know about it get the word. Unfortunately, no one has donated yet as a result of this, but it could still happen…

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:


Start:Apr 27, 2017 9:45 AM PDT
End:May 4, 2017 11:59 PM PDT



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