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Indie Saturday – Author Jill Winters on “The Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle”

December 31, 2011 2 comments

Today, we have author Jill Winters featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ (Ms Winters previously published under the Penguin Group before going indie). She writes about the first book from her Big Clock Mystery series “The Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle” (Available at Amazon). This fast-paced and breezy fun caper should be a good break for mystery lovers in between Christmas and New Year’s!

Author Jill Winters writes about ‘The Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle’:

People close to me know that I’m pretty much obsessed with Christmas. I look forward to it all year long–but like most people who love Christmas, I find it impossible to put its essence into sufficient words. The most I can do is rattle off a list, but it still can’t begin to capture the ambiance and emotion of the season. It’s more than anticipation or lights or the candy canes and iridescent icicles I hang on my tree. It’s the way everything seems to shimmer. It’s the prospect of baking without guilt and watching each year’s new crop of made-for-TV Christmas movies (yes, I’m a homebody–can you tell?) Of course having spent most of my life in the Northeast, I have a love-hate relationship with watching snow pile up outside my window (snow always seems more lovable when it’s not impeding my car). Still, nothing makes the world seem cleaner like a white Christmas.

This is why when I was seeking inspiration for my sixth novel (after a long break from writing–my last novel was published in 2006), my decision to set the story at Christmastime was almost immediate. What more appealing way for me to dive into the world of Caitlyn Rocket–my grad student/part-time news reporter heroine–than to put her smack in the middle of the wintry holiday spirit I love most? So the story unfolds in Big Clock, Minnesota–a small, fictional town with blankets of snow and an old clock tower at its center.

When I set about writing The Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle, I wanted Caitlyn to be at the center of a really good mystery. What I mean by that is a clever mystery–a genuine puzzle that, hopefully, would capture the reader’s mind. Like Christmas, mysteries are another great love of mine. But I’ve never cared much for mystery plots that revolve around a handful of murder suspects, each one with a clearly outlined motive, and a linear, rather predictable path of eliminating them one by one until we’re left with the culprit. Maybe it’s from reading so much Agatha Christie, but I always strive for something more. As a reader, what makes a book memorable for me is not simply the identity of “whodunit,” but the dexterity with which Christie (and other greats) weave red herrings and clues together, and still bring their characters to life. The way they can fool me. A favorite mystery of mine is The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart, in which nothing is exactly as it appears and therefore no matter how intelligent the hero is, the right questions to ask are always just outside his reach.

While my previous books balance romance and mayhem in equal parts, The Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle presents a mystery that moves along, uninterrupted. What starts as a wager between Caitlyn and her boss at the local newspaper, snowballs into a rather involved–and at times comical–investigation. Not only does a “simple robbery” reveal itself to be something more, but in fact, the “crime” as Caitlyn understands it, changes several times over the course of her discoveries, before she is finally able to make sense of everything. Along the way, you see the kind of person she is–sweet, fallible, privately sarcastic, probably not the best reporter, yet undeniably resourceful at times. She can be quite an entertaining person to know, which is why I didn’t want to say goodbye to her at the end of the novel and decided to turn her life in Big Clock into a series of books instead of just one.

As always, I love to hear from readers and definitely welcome your thoughts. Feel free to email me via my website (, or visit me on Facebook. **Also, if you go to my Facebook page you can enter a giveaway drawing for a free book!

Jill Winters has published five novels with the Penguin Group, which have been featured on Barnes & Noble’s Bestseller Lists and Booksense’s Top Ten. Her debut novel, Plum Girl, was a finalist for the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence.

The  Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle (Big Clock mystery #1) by Jill Winters is available at Amazon in Kindle or paperback format. Jill Winters has also reissued most of her backlist, originally published by Penguin Group, on Amazon and Barnes and

You can also check out her Amazon author’s page for a list of all her books. More info also available at her website, Facebook (where you can enter a drawing for a free signed copy of The Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle) and interact with her via Twitter!


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FREE Amazon $10 Credit for Kindle e-Textbooks Downloads!

December 31, 2011 1 comment

This is so cool!

Want to get a FREE Amazon $10 Credit for Kindle e-Textbooks? Easy peasy! Here’s what you need to do:

  • Proceed to the Amazon page “Save $10 on Kindle e-Textbooks with code ETXTBOOK
  • Click on the button “enter your code” and enter this ultra special not-secret code ETXTBOOK
  • Voila! You have $10.00 credit on your Amazon account for use with Kindle e-textbooks that are eligible for this promotion! Only for those in the US and promo will expire on January 9, 2012. You must redeem the credit by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 9, 2012.
  • Remember, Kindle e-textbook promotional codes can only be used for the purchase or rental of eligible Kindle e-textbooks and are not redeemable for any other types of merchandise sold at All Kindle e-textbooks that are eligible for this promotion will have the message “Kindle e-Textbook promotion” on the product page

Come on, it’s a no brainer!

** You can check out the Amazon Best Sellers in Kindle Textbooks here! And here’s a helpful link for all Kindle textbooks arranged by price!

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FREE Audiobook – Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The audiobook of Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography [UNABRIDGED] [Audible Audio Edition] by Rob Lowe (Narrated by Rob Lowe) is available for FREE download on the Audible.Com site! Enjoy!

Product Description:

A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye. A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood’s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio who was uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-70s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood. The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics, both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the 80s, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

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Going On Vacation …

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment


Hi everyone, just a heads-up —

Team RandomizeME are going on a short break (just two days OFF) so, unfortunately, no updates while gone … ! Hopefully, y’all regular readers don’t wander off too far while there’s no updates here … see ya on the return of RandomizeME!

Just remember to check for the Kindle Daily Deal and the Nook Daily Find!

*If you want a direct Amazon link where you can see ALL the updated free books at any time, be sure to bookmark this link! It will take you to a page that
lists them in best-selling order*

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Tune In Tuesday – This Tuesday’s Tune is Queen’s ‘Love of My Life’

December 27, 2011 1 comment

Well, it’s time for “Tune In Tuesday” via the GReads Blog!

Joining in on the last special concert edition of Tune in Tuesday! I wasn’t even a glimmer in my parents eyes (they hadn’t met yet), but I so wish I could have attended any one of Queen’s concerts. Anyway, this is one my fave songs from their album ‘A Night At the Opera‘ – Love of My Life! In later concerts, Freddie would usually have the crowd singing the song with him, but in this 1977 Houston concert, he pretty much sings the whole thing 🙂


(p.s. If you like participating in memes/blog hops, be sure to check out the Meme Directory for the Book Bloggers!)

(p.s.s. If it’s your first time to visit my blog, please have a look around especially if you read digital books. I post a lot of (legal) freebies that I find here)

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FREE Audiobook – The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation by Jay Elliot & William L. Simon

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The audiobook of The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation [UNABRIDGED] [Audible Audio Edition] by Jay Elliot & William L. Simon (Narrated by Christopher Hurt) is available for FREE download on the Audible.Com site! Enjoy!

Product Description:

In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him – and the mystique of his management style – capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

Jay Elliot worked side by side with Steve as Senior Vice President of Apple and brings us his deep insider perspective of Steve’s singular iLeadership style – which encompasses four major principles: product, talent, organization, and marketing.

Jay shares the lessons that come out of Steve’s intuitive approach to show how the creative and technological brilliance of iLeadership can be utilized to drive breakthroughs in any organization, irrespective of size.

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Book Review – Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Book Description:

The tenth Sookie Stackhouse novel from the Anthony Award-winning Southern Vampire series – and the basis for the HBO series True Blood.

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new vampire king. And as the political implications of the shifters’ coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. Also, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side – and one of them is angry at Sookie…very, very angry…


Three words – nothing important happens. Seriously, you can skip this and not miss much in the series.

Okay, the best thing I can say about Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris is that at least I liked it marginally better than the forgettable book #9 Dead and Gone. Thank goodness for the two child characters in book #10 who saved me from just chucking it out altogether – there’s the innocent little Hunter (who faces being seen as a monster by the world if he can’t hide his gift as early as now), and there’s the tormented Tsesarevich Alexei (who was literally turned into a monster-in-perpetuity against his will while burdened by memories no child should have to deal with ).

Dead in the Family actually starts out pretty good – we see a traumatized Sookie slowly recovering from the grief and aftereffects of the torture she bore at the hands of her sadistic fairy kidnappers. I didn’t even mind when Sookie then went on to play babysitter for her telepathic second cousin Hunter since I really liked the little kid, and I’d always been interested in learning more about their gift/curse of telepathy. But then, the rest of the book just continued to meander along pointlessly until the end! I mostly found myself just twiddling my thumbs wondering where the main plotline was as I continued reading. Sookie just seemed to be passively dealing with a multitude of little crises here and there throughout the rest of the book without any real overall plot development?! It was like Ms Harris really didn’t have any new good ideas left, and she wrote this one just to meet the minimum requirements of her contract. Bah, humbug!

And seriously, the lack of development in the Eric-Sookie relationship is such a letdown, after all that build-up starting from the fab fourth book Dead to the World. It was great learning more about Eric’s background though, with the visit of his ancient maker and new little brother Alexei in tow.  I kind of wished that this subplot was delved into more, but as wont with Ms Harris lately, much of the exciting action happens with Sookie in the dark (and apparently just waiting for Eric to call and report in!) Bah, humbug!

I hope that Ms Harris stops resting on her laurels and actually produced a better 11th book (Dead Reckoning) in her series!  From this 10th book, my impression is that she’s all tapped out of all things Sookie. Hope you got your mojo back, Ms Harris!

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Hardcover edition, Paperback edition and Audible Audio.

The eBook is also available at B&N, Apple iBookstore, Kobo books and Sony eBookstore.

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FREE Audiobooks – The Booktaker: A Nameless Detective Mystery and Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s two new freebies from Audible.Com!

The audiobook of The Booktaker: A Nameless Detective Mystery [UNABRIDGED] [Audible Audio Edition] by Bill Pronzini (Narrated by Nick Sullivan) is available for FREE download on the Audible.Com site! Enjoy!

Product Description:

The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he’s violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?
Murder anonymous: solve another case with the Nameless Detective.


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