Xmas Gift Tip: Some Great Book Suggestions to Fill Up that Kindle, eReader, iPad or Tablet

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Receiving an empty Kindle or eReader is like unwrapping a toy without batteries; it's just no fun. To give the gift of reading, fill that device with some of these great book suggestions from Pixel Hall Press.

Giving an eReader, Kindle, iPad or tablet this holiday? Fill it with something great to read right out of the box.

Giving an eReader, Kindle, iPad or tablet this holiday? Fill it with something great to read right out of the box.

Receiving an empty Kindle or eReader is like unwrapping a toy without batteries; it's just no fun. To give the gift of reading, fill that device with a couple of great books and stories.

Giving a Kindle or other eReader this holiday season? Unwrapping it should be as much an adventure as the coolest childhood toy. But receiving an empty eReader is on the level of getting an electronic game with no batteries. Without the immediate gratification of being able to power up that Kindle and start reading, where's the fun? Fill up that eReader or Kindle with some of these carefully curated book and short story suggestions from Pixel Hall Press.

Reminiscent of work by Margaret Atwood, Mary Doria Russell and Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Winter Boy” explores political and social issues within a dynamic, character-driven otherworld. In “The Winter Boy,” a cloistered society of widows has forged a centuries-long peace by using storytelling, reason and sexual intimacy to train young men destined to be leaders. But a new widow’s first season with a “problem” boy erupts into conflict, anger and danger, when she uncovers a web of conspiracies that threaten his life and could destroy their entire society. (Also available in paperback and hardbound editions)

Nancy Christie’s is a hypnotic, lyrical voice that captures readers' hearts with its deep, rich humanity. The characters in “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories” face life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared. The characters in “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories” are unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, relying instead on coping methods that range from the passive (“The Healer”) and the aggressive (“The Clock”) to the humorous (“Traveling Left of Center”) and hopeful (“Skating on Thin Ice”). But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired. Will they have time to correct their course or will they crash? (Also available in paperback)

  • "Snow," an Irish short story by Aine Greaney

Set in a one-street small town in the Irish midlands, Snow is a stylish portrait of Dolores, a young expatriate Irish woman who is suddenly summoned home from America to take care of her estranged and sick father. In her childhood home, Dolores wrestles with the push and pull between her new American life and her past life in Ireland. As she nurses her father back to health, she is beset by memories and caught between family loyalties and her own desires.

Seven gentle ghost stories with O'Henry-like sensibility, charm and humor, set in a small Pennsylvania mountain village, where strange and wondrous things happen. "Seven from Haven" are quirky, fantastical short stories which prove what they say about this town: “Haven takes care of its own.” (Also available in paperback)

  • All these books are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBookstore, Kobo and other bookstores, as easy, inexpensive downloads right into that gift Kindle or eReader.

By the way, these eBooks can also be read on any iPhone, smartphone, iPad or tablet, with the use of apps from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and others.

  • Consider also downloading the complimentary short stories and book excerpts available from the Pixel Hall Press's website.
  • About Pixel Hall Press

Pixel Hall Press is a relatively new, old-fashioned small publishing house whose focus is on discovering literary gems and great stories that might otherwise be overlooked. Our mission is to publish books that energize the imagination and intrigue the mind, and to be a conduit between readers and provocative, stimulating, talented authors.

In this era of digital technology, Wall Street involvement and merger mania, many mainstream publishers seem to have lost sight of core principles and the purpose of publishing. At the other end of the spectrum is the veritable avalanche of self-published books that are notoriously uneven in quality. Small boutique imprints like Pixel Hall Press are reclaiming the heart and soul of publishing by reviving the idea that a publisher's raison d'être is finding and nurturing great writers, and to provide readers with beautiful, meaningful, truly enjoyable books.

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