Free Book Friday: Looking for Books to Feature

EMS and other healthcare authors, I am having a hard time finding books to feature on Free Book Friday. If you are self-published or able to convince your publisher consider a Free Book Friday to increase your category rankings, ratings, and reviews. Better visibility should help you move a few more copies after Free Book Friday is over. If your book is going to be free make sure to email the date and details you want featured.

Here are a few titles I found by searching the category pages of the FREE kindle e-books …

A Pain in the Toenails (Excerpt from The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World)

The description from

Ah, the innocence of medical school. This is a story from my third year of clinical clerkship, when I started rotating through the hospital wards, starting with internal medicine. I was matched to the gastrointestinal team, so I can recite the bacterial causes of bloody diarrhea to this day.

One patient taught me about ulcerative colitis…and a few other things.

You can also find this essay in my book, The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World and Other True Tales from the Emergency Room.

Laugh You Live, Cry You Die-The Sequel to The Bridge Never Crossed- A Survivor’s Search for meaning: A Burn Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy

The description from

Who is George Burk?

In 1998, Captain George Burk’s USAF (Ret.) story of his ex-perience as a plane crash and burn survivor, The Bridge Never Crossed–A Survivor’s Search for Meaning, generated an outburst of praise from everyone who read it. On May 4, 1970, George was the sole survivor of 14 Air Force personnel in a military plane crash. He suffered extensive burns, and multiple internal injuries. This motivational speaker and author returns with an-other book presenting many of the lessons and principles of life learned as a survivor and “overcomer.”

George Burk is a highly decorated military officer and public servant who presently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is a na-tionally recognized motivational speaker, trainer and writer whose mission is to “entertain, inform, inspire and persuade.”

As a plane crash and burn survivor, George Burk shares with you his experiences, principles, and values you can use on your journey; they are valid and work because George uses them in his own life.

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Free Book Friday: Ghetto Medic

Alert reader, paramedic, and blogger @UnwiredMedic tipped me off to this week’s feature, Ghetto Medic (Amazon link), which is available for free for Kindle owners with an Amazon Prime Membership. Ghetto Medic has 8 “5 star” reviews.

The book description of Ghetto Medic from

Ghetto Medic: A Father in the ‘Hood is the remarkable true story of the life of Bill Hennick, a firefighter and paramedic in Baltimore, Maryland, a city which today boasts the busiest fire stations in the United States. The story begins in 1945, when Bill, aged four, is badly burned in a terrible fire started by an older child playing with matches. When he reaches adulthood, he begins searching for his purpose in life and identifies fire as ”the enemy.” He joins the still-segregated Baltimore City Fire Department at the height of the civil rights movement, witnesses the race riots of 1968 which followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, and battles the ensuing infernos.
When the upper and middle classes abandon the city, Bill sees a ”wasteland” and develops empathy for those people left behind. He tries to make a difference by becoming a paramedic, a service then in its infancy. His story is set against the history of Baltimore, known for its rich black heritage, the home of jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. He embarks on a spiritual journey as he risks his own life in caring for the poorest of the poor in a city with one of the world’s highest crime rates.

In this poignant biographical memoir about her father, Rachel Hennick tells a dramatic American story with vibrant characters, pathos and a twist of humor. Ghetto Medic penetrates the heart with a thought-provoking and universal message about the enduring power of compassion.

@UnwiredMedic also alerted to me this book, Honor Redeemed: First Responders Book #2 (Amazon link), though not available for free download at the time of this post.

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New Book Announcement: Wading into the Chaos

Wading into the Chaos (Amazon link) was released on December 30, 2012. The book was written by paramedic Bob Holdsworth.

From the book description:

“Wading Into Chaos, written by a veteran paramedic, gives you a first hand, real life glimpse inside the chaotic world of Emergency Medical Services. Ride along and experience the emotions, the frustration, the sadness and the dark humor that accompanies responding to fatal car crashes, 14-year-old suicides, inner city gang violence, train accidents, med-e-vac helicopter landings, and the forgotten elderly who just need someone to talk to.”

I hope to schedule Bob for an episode soon.

Free Book Friday: EMS Romance Novels

I stumbled … honestly … across a genre of romantic fiction that features characters that are EMTs, paramedics, or firefighters. Apparently being an EMT can get heated on and off the job!

(although not written by or featuring an EMT Les Miserables (Amazon link)is available for free download. If you do LOTS of posting this will help you read away lots of hours. This is one of the many books I read during a prolonged period of being underemployed in the mid 1990s. Enjoy)

Whitney in Charge (Amazon link), pits a paramedic against a physician. This book is available for free for prime members.

The book description from

Two years ago, TV New York producer Whitney Benson returned to her roots in Ohio after her husband’s death in Iraq. Her older sisters, Shannon and Regan, think Whitney needs to move on with her life. They want her to be like them—happily married with children. Whitney is tired of her older sisters’ attempts to fix her up with every single male they meet. Shannon and Regan cross the line when they arrange for her to go skydiving with the reason that more guys like to float in the air than women. Whitney hates flying and heights.

She realizes her sisters are busy with matchmaking to keep their minds off their mother’s recent death from cancer. She decides to suggest the three of them start a business and hopes that will take the focus off their constant matchmaking efforts. The sisters have fun considering several businesses from a cable TV talk show to an all-girl band. Whitney does wonder if her sisters can treat her as an equal in their new family business instead of their baby sister.

Whitney meets two eligible bachelors, paramedic Jack Hensley and Dr. Ben Spencer, who constantly battle for her affection. Which one will she choose? Both men make Whitney realize, even a heart shattered by her husband’s death, can once again be made whole.

But did she have to fall and hit her head on a rock to figure that out?

(Another free, non-EMS or medical book, that I have recently download …  As a Decade Fades ((Amazon link))

Tested by fire (Amazon link) features a paramedic hero in a suspenseful fight for justice, at least that appears to be the premise.

The book description from

Paramedic Jim Stockbridge doesn’t need God, he’s a fighter, and as far as he’s concerned the world is his toy. But when he responds to an EMS call in the ghetto and finds his best friend brutally stabbed and shot, he suddenly realizes he’s in for the fight of his life.

Mad with rage he hunts down Sid Drake’s killers and renders his own form of justice, but he soon finds himself lost, tangling with a vicious street gang and its ruthless warlord, William “J-Rock” Jackson. And so it begins, a long dark journey that pushes Jim deep into his own personal world of bitterness and revenge, and ultimately to the brink of disaster.

Sudden Response (Amazon link) (EMS Series), has a steamy cover and the excitement continues for the EMT crew of Echo 17. Are you will to risk $0.99 on this ebook?

The book description from

Josephine (Joe for short) and Eric, the EMT crew of Echo 17 have been best friends since they were eight years old. They’ve been through a lot together over the years, but nothing like what they’re about to experience.

As the only man in Joe’s life it’s Eric’s job to be there for her and take care of her even while he drives her crazy, especially if he’s driving her crazy. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her and when things go south he decides that maybe it’s time that Joe moved on, but could he?

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Free Book Friday: You Called 9-1-1 for What?

You Called 9-1-1 for What  (Amazon link), is a short Kindle ebook about the history of the American 9-1-1 system and the myriad of reasons people call 9-1-1 … legit and not so legit.

Today, December 21, 2012, as a hat tip to the end of the Mayan calendar the author, Dave Konig, has enabled free download for any reader with a Kindle device, a Kindle smartphone or table app, or a Kindle desktop computer reader. Download this book now as you wait for the world to end or wait for Christmas dinner to be served.

The book description from

All across the United States when there is an emergency or a crisis there is one number the citizenry turns to in order get assistance… 9-1-1!

But how does 9-1-1 work? More importantly, what doesn’t 9-1-1 work for?

This book provides a brief history of the 9-1-1 system in the United States and provides transcripts of actual 9-1-1 calls from actual people who need help during an “emergency”…you know, like when your local fast food chain runs out of chicken nuggets, when your car battery is dead and your power locks won’t open, or you need assistance being a parent.

The book concludes with a look at the next generation needs of the 9-1-1 system and, as always, encourages all readers that when in doubt, call 9-1-1!

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Read my review of this book.

Free Book Friday: My Funny Major Medical

My Funny Major Medical (Amazon link), a collection of medical themed humor essays, is available for free download for Amazon Prime subscribers.

The book description from

Laughter might be the best medicine, but it’s not covered by Medicare. So this little book provides a low-cost, over-the-counter dosage to cheer up (and/or terrify) those who find themselves on the wrong end of health maintenance. (Whichever the “wrong end” might be.) Some of the funniest humor writers on the scene today share their stories, jokes, therapeutic venting, and scans of the process of Getting Better–including some medical personnel who didn’t realize they were being funny.

Contributors include columnists, comedians, authors, TV writers, and people with unauthorized access to hospital files.

This inexpensive, pocket-sized book is a time-released “get well card” for the ailing and afflicted, an inside chuckle for medical professionals, and a collection of healing fun for those who aren’t under care at the moment.

Contents include:

–Previews of Coming Contractions

–My Hysterical-Ectomy

–Sometimes It Is Brain Surgery

–Waiting for Dr. Godot

–The Missing Vagina Monologues

–The Patients of Job

–The Ma’am-O-Gram

–Hip Op Album

–When Make-A-Wish Goes Bad

–Specialists’ Opinion on ObamaCare

–Confessions of a Candy Striper

A great collection of laughs for anybody associated with Medicine from any perspective, these fine writers and hilarious bloopers will have you in stitches… if you aren’t already.

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Books 2012: 3 Lists of 3

I read a lot of books in 2012. Perhaps the most I have ever read in a year. I attribute this to three things:

  1. November 2011 purchase of a Kindle Fire
  2. Amazon Prime subscription
  3. Ability to check out Kindle books through my local library

As I look back on my 2012 reading I came up with these three lists of three.

3 Books by Paramedics read

  1. Downwind Walk by Steve Kanarian
  2. Mortal Men by Peter Canning
  3. Responding EMS by Michael Morse

3 Running Books read

  1. Running Ahead of the Sun
  2. Born to Run
  3. How Winning Works

(ok, not technically a running book. FF/EMT author writes about leadership in the context of adventure racing and emergency response)

3 John Grisham Books read

  1. The Litigators
  2. The Confession
  3. The Rackateer

All of these links are Amazon affiliate links.

Free Book Friday: Paramedic On the Jobs in the Headlines

Paramedic On the Jobs in the Headlines (Amazon link), the 2nd book from paramedic and author George Steffensen is available for free download for Amazon Prime subscribers.

The book description from

Paramedic Steffensen 24 years on the streets gives you his first hand accounts of calls that made the headlines. Steffensen a retired N.Y.C. medic currently working in Baton Rouge will bring you onto the scenes of these major events. The World Trade Center 9/11/01, Helicoper down in East River, Murder at City Hall, Hurricane Gustav along with other events which made the headlines.

George is also the author of Buff to Burnt (my review) and a previous guest on the Medical Author Chat podcast.

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Book Review: Compartments

In Compartments: How the brightest, best trained, and most caring people can make judgements that are completely and utterly wrong (Amazon affiliate link) Dr. Steven Feldman writes about how our vantage or perspective shapes how we see the world. Using examples from his career as a dermatologist and research Dr. Feldman writes about:

  1. There are things we don’t see
  2. There are things we see that we should not trust
  3. Context affects our perceptions

Often times the true cause of a problem eludes us because of our point of view. As a medical provider and an educator I especially enjoyed how Dr. Feldman described “Things We Do Not See” and “Things We See That are Not Representative.”

Those principles reminded me about perceptions that form about:

  • Different methods of EMS/911 response (fire department vs. private vs. third service or career vs. volunteer)
  • Care provided at “skilled” nursing facilities (quotes show the skeptical view from my compartment)
  • Effort of other members of the emergency healthcare team – from the 911 call taker/dispatcher to the health unit coordinator – to care for people that are sick and injure

Compartments is a short book and a quick read. Many of the key points are made several times without adding depth to my understanding of the principles or how to apply to my work. Also Dr. Feldman applies the three principles to the intractable problems in the Middle East. This is partly problematic since much of his writing was done in 2008 and the events of the subsequent years have mostly worsened the problems. Although the “Arab Spring” is a great example of Dr. Feldman’s belief that most people have the same basic and decent needs – to support their family, to contribute to their community, and make choices about their future.

Note: I was given a copy of Compartments by the book’s publicist.

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Book Review: You Called 9-1-1 for What?

In the new Kindle ebook  You Called 9-1-1 for What? (amazon affiliate link) Dave Konig an experienced New York City EMT writes a quick and entertaining look at the 911 system that serves the United States. A brief history of the system’s design and development is interspersed with transcripts from actual 911 calls. As a paramedic I was amused but not surprised by the myriad of absurd reasons citizens call 911. Lay readers (people that are not paramedics, firefighters, or police officers) will have an increased appreciation for the tedium and emotional drain that comes from interacting with the not so bright among us.

EMS and fire readers will probably find more information and value in Dave’s book Official Guide to Blogging for EMS.

Read another review of You Called 9-1-1 for What? on the EduMedic blog.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of You Called 9-1-1 for What? from the author.