Reader FAQ

  1. What is a book deal? A deal does not necessarily mean free or deeply discounted from retail price. Books that are regularly priced $2.99 and under are very reasonable!Consider that a novel for $2.99 will take you at least four hours to read. That is very cheap entertainment and edification.

    We believe authors deserve to get paid for their writing: 1 Timothy 5:18 says a worker deserves his wages. So it is our pleasure to bring to you deals that may include discounts but are always reasonable prices.

  2. We will send deal alerts Monday – Friday.
  3. Book deals featured in our email newsletters should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation of the book.  These are paid advertisements from the authors.
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  5. While we encourage authors to deeply discount their books, it isn’t a strict requirement. We do, however, expect the book to be a “deal”, meaning it will not be priced higher than $3.99 for new releases and $2.99 for all others.
  6. Always verify the price of a book before you purchase it.
  7. Pay attention to the length of the work being featured so you are not surprised to download a novella when you though it was a full-length book.
  8. We will only send you featured listings in the categories to which you have subscribed. You can update your genre preferences at any time.
  9. A few genre definitions:
    1. Biblical Fiction: Fiction in which characters and settings are taken from the Bible.
    2. Contemporary Fiction: Fiction that doesn’t fit into a more specific category, and is set after World War 2. Women’s Fiction and Chic Lit also fall into this category.
    3. Fantasy vs Supernatural: Fantasy may be hard to distinguish from Supernatural in general. Both usually involve strange creatures and unusual forces (like magic not based on science), but we’ll use this distinction for now: Fantasy worlds are based more on magic (“Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings”). Supernatural worlds are more like modern reality with paranormal elements (think vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters).
    4. Science Fiction: Worlds and technologies that are possible, or may be possible, based on science. This is where to put sub-genres, like Steampunk, that use actual science in an altered reality.
  10. What do the content ratings mean? In order to help readers better evaluate books, we ask authors to self-rate their books in four categories: language, sexual heat, violence, and substance use (note: usage, not necessarily abuse). There are three levels for each of these categories.
    1. None – This means there is absolutely no instance of the topic in the book. Not only does the instance not happen on the page, it doesn’t even happen OFF the page. In movie terms, this would be what *used* to be rated G, back when values were more conservative. No parent would ever have to explain an incident of speech or action to an innocent child. The content is as pure as the driven snow for that category.
      1. Language: NO words that are even ‘mildly’ bad (No words that you would not want your three year old to say at church.). NO bad language ‘off-screen’.. for example, “she cursed” etc. No ‘substitute cursing’ like ‘darn’ or ‘fiddle-winks’. No verbal abuse (includes name-calling).
      2. Sexual heat: No romantic touching beyond holding hands. NO romantic kissing at all (even between married couples). NO sexual double entendre. No lustful reflection or daydreaming. Thus a romance will never have a sexual heat rating of “none.” (Okay, it’s possible that some Amish romances might have a heat rating of ‘none’.)
      3. Violence: No physically violent touches. No use of any kind of weapon (guns, knives, bombs, whatever). No dead bodies, even if the death occurred off-screen. Thus it is extremely unlikely that a mystery, a romantic suspense, or a suspense/thriller would have a violence rating of ‘none’.
      4. Substance use: Note that we’re not even talking about substance *abuse* here, we’re talking about it being used or even appearing in the book.  No drinking, smoking, or drugs on the page nor off the page. No references to drinking, smoking, or drugs. Thus it is possible that some historical romance, historical fiction, and even Biblical fiction might not be able to be rated as ‘none’ if wine is consumed.
    2. Some – This means there is an occurrence of the topic in the book but it is not graphically described nor extensive. Instances that meet the below criteria may occur off the page, but off-page instances more graphic or extensive than the criteria below must move to ‘more than some’. In movie terms, this rating is what *used* to be PG, when values were more conservative.
      1. Language: ‘Mild’ bad words or ‘substitute cursing’ on-page. Off-page language (e.g., “she cursed”). No verbal abuse (includes name-calling).
      2. Sexual heat: Realistically, every romance novel is going to have some sexual heat, because physical attraction (and likely a romantic kiss) is a necessary part of getting to that happily ever after. ‘Some’ allows romantic kisses and hugs that could be given in public but nothing further. Brief *and* non-graphic romantic daydreaming.
      3. Violence: Violent touches. On-page usage of any weapon. Injury to persons/objects that is NOT graphically described. Off-page violence is allowed. A book set in World War II, may have at least some violence simply because of the nature of the setting. If the story is a mystery where a dead body appears on the page but isn’t described in gory detail, you have some violence.
      4. Substance use: If the story has a couple who enjoys a glass of wine with dinner, then there is some substance use. If a character smokes, this is ‘some’ substance use. No *abuse* of alcohol or any drug. No usage of alcohol or non-prescription drugs by under-age characters.
    3. More Than Some – This rating classifies a book as edgy for the category. The content is extensive and/or it is graphically described. Essentially, if the content exceeds the limits specified above, this rating is selected. In movie terms, this rating is what *used* to be PG-13 or more.
      1. Language: Cursing, verbal abuse.
      2. Sexual heat: If romance novels go beyond the kind of kisses you’d give in public, you have ‘more than some’ sexual heat. Romantic daydreaming that is not brief and/or is graphic.
      3. Violence: Graphic and/or extensive violence and injury.
      4. Substance use: Abuse of alcohol or drugs. Usage of illegal substances. Usage of any alcohol or non-prescription drug by under-age characters.
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