What we are Reading at EMS Manager Part 2

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I asked the EMS Manager staff to share the books they are reading (note many of the links below are Amazon affiliate links).

Jaimie Hammond, Sales Executive

I recently finished Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I chose this title because I misplaced my eReader, so I needed a physical book – and I had gotten rid of almost all my physical books except the ones by Joyce. And, since I was in the mood for an easier read, it was a clear choice.

I am starting to read through all of the Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie. The digital versions on my Nook. I love classic novels, I like mysteries….and, since there are 33 novels, saves me from having to choose a new book for awhile

About a year ago I read through L Frank Baum’s ‘Aunt Jane Nieces’ series (he’s better known for the Wizard of Oz, but these books were on the list of books to read before you die). In one of the books, “Aunt Janes Nieces in the Red Cross“, they all get involved in providing medical care during the war. It is a teen novel, but still a pretty decent read depicting war time care. Read a digital version.

About a year and a half ago I read Summer of Fire by Linda Jacobs which is about firefighters fighting fires in Yellowstone. I read it because it was free on my Nook, but it was a page turner, even though average literary value.

Mellissa Dahl, Director of Marketing & Public Relations

I am currently reading: You Called 9-1-1 for What? by Dave Konig. I’m reading it on my iPhone and iPad via the Kindle app. It’s a fun, quick read that I can turn to while waiting in line, waiting for my kids, or as The Stones would say, while Waiting On a Friend. Each chapter is it’s own little story which is perfect for all the waiting around I seem to do.

On a serious note, it takes a look at the history of 9-1-1 and on a humorous note it shares idiotic reasons people have called 9-1-1. And the price is right…only 99 cents from Amazon.com!

The last book I read was Life With My Grandparents by Erling Dahl – My DAD! I recently re-read it as he passed away last year and it brings back fond memories of all the stories he told us about his life when he was young and living with his Norwegian speaking grandparents after his Mom died. It’s nice to have them in writing.

My favorite EMS book is Population 485 – Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry. It’s a true story of how he returns to live in his home town which has a population of 485 interesting characters. He joins the volunteer fire and rescue department and this book tells the tales of the other volunteers and takes the reader on some great runs. Not only is it a great, heartwarming read, but it’s about a town near where I grew up and I know the author so I can truthfully, and reliably, say he’s “One of the Good Guys”…I highly recommend his other books too! They are all available at www.sneezingcow.com or Amazon of course…on paper or digitally.

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Free Book Friday: Medical Books and More

10 or More Free Books Every Day

My idea for the Medical Author Chat version of “Free Book Friday” came after I began subscribing to the Free Kindle Tips and Books Blog. If you are looking for ten or more high rated free books every day make sure you subscribe to FKTB blog. The books featured in the FKTB blog span all literary genres.

Since the focus of the Medical Author Chat podcast is books written by healthcare providers I have tried to focus my Free Book Friday posts on books written by and or about medical professions. I find books by scanning the titles featured on the FKTB blog and reviewing the top free e-books in different health and medical categories on Amazon.com.

Request Your Book to be Featured

Michael Gallagher, of FKTB, reports that he receives several dozen author requests per day and rejects 75% of those requests. Since I have yet to receive an author request to be featured the odds are much better that your book will be featured. Please email me, greg at gregfriese dot com, the following about your book.

  • Your name
  • Your healthcare position, ie EMT, RN, MD, etc.
  • Your email
  • The Amazon.com URL for your book
  • Date the book will be offered for free (Friday is most useful)
  • Category or Genre
  • Amazon.com book description

Today’s Feature: Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring

I found today’s feature, Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring (Amazon link), on the FKTB blog. From the Amazon.com description:

Follows bestselling “Heart in the Right Place” which was ranked #1 on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, and Medicine in August and September 2012.

A collection of the most memorable moments from old-school rural physicians who each practiced medicine for more than 50 years in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hilarious, heroic, heartwarming true stories of miracle cures, ghost dogs, and much madcap medical mayhem.

Jourdan’s work is often compared to James Herriot and Bill Bryson. Her first book is on hundreds of lists of best books of the year, best book club books, and funniest books. “Heart in the Right Place” was chosen as Family Circle magazine’s first ever Book of the Month, won the Elle magazine Reader’s Prize, named #7 Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm product price before making your purchase.

Free Book Friday: Disney Vacation Edition

I am taking a break from blogging, reading, and podcasting for a Walt Disney World Vacation. Tomorrow morning I am running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and Sunday I am running the Walt Disney World Full Marathon. Running both is called the Goofy Challenge.

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.

A few Disney titles …

Walt Disney World Swimming Pools 2013: A Planet Explorers Travel Guide for Kids

From the Amazon.com book description …

The pools at Walt Disney World resorts are amazing. Most of them have slides, awesome themes, and super-fun play areas with splash zones nearby.

To make the most of your trip, check out this 2013 guidebook written for kids and families to find out what kind of pool your Disney resort will have. You’ll find TONS of great pool pictures in these pages from all different angles. Look for descriptions of the pool themes, resort fun facts, and a little information about counter-service food offerings near some of the pools.

Click on the links throughout the book and get ready to be extra excited for your trip.

Download WDW Swimming Pool Guide (Amazon link)

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 Amazon.com:

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.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

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 Amazon.com prime members.

The book description from Amazon.com:

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 Amazon.com:

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 Amazon.com:

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?

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

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 Amazon.com:

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!

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

Read my review of this book.

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 Amazon.com:

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.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

Links for Books by Paramedics and New Book Review

Paramedic and author Laura Kendall shared with me recently, “I’m happy to announce that my newest novel previously only available on kindle and nook as an ebook is now a full length paperback! A Simple Case of Revenge ( the sequel to A Simple Case of Suicide) is available from Amazon (affiliate link).”

Read a review of Moments in the Death of a Flesh Mechanic … a healer’s rebirth by Russ Reina.

Listen to Laura and Russ on the Medical Author Chat podcast.

 

Free Books Today from Self Publishing Expert Jim Kukral

Jim Kukral, internet marketing and self-publishing expert, writes “All of my books are free today only. Grab a copy of each one for your Kindle or Kindle app here.”

I have read many of Jim’s books and recommend his work highly for any medical author considering self-publishing. I just added these two books to my Kindle:

1. Write A F*$%ing Book Already - The Insider's Guide To Increasing Your Sales & Improving Your Career With A Book

2. The Ultimate Digital Book Promotion Handbook - The Authors Guide To Finding Places To Promote Your Book Online

If you are looking for a great book to read check out the Medical Author Chat EMS Books for your Kindle store.