Saturday, April 19, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Saturday Apr 19)

Free today!

Corona of Blue, by Brandon Berntson. (Still free?)

"Corona of Blue a literary horror novel with a fresh new angle on a modern haunting. Fans of Peter Straub's Ghost Story should find plenty to enjoy. It's elegant, original, dark, compassionate, but still manages to excel in horror and madness. The weaving of compassion throughout makes it a unique ghost story. Rayleigh Thorn is an unforgettable character who gives the novel its life. It delivers brilliantly and sits with you for days afterwards. Highly recommended!" -- Amazon reviewer

Rayleigh Angelica Thorn is being haunted and going mad at the same time. Her parents have just introduced her to the perfect gentleman. She owns her own dark, cryptic bookstore in the heart of the city, The Broken Spine, while its single occupant, Junky, a black cat with an attitude, roams its isles.

But it's all about to come crashing down. A message on her phone unearths a torrents of memories - a voice from the past that should have been dead long ago. Ghostly visitations from a young girl who looks exactly like her, but somehow isn't, haunt her lonely evenings at home.

Rayleigh's mental state is in the balance; she drinks too much, and on top of everything else, she might be falling in love. But in order to save herself, and those around her, she must go home again. Only, with the onslaught of memories, and her fragile state of mind, Rayleigh isn't sure she's up for the task.

Teeming with sass, Corona of Blue is a ghost story thriller like no other. Packing a wallop of chills and frightful shivers, it also brims with love and compassion. Long after the final page is turned, Rayleigh Thorn will haunt you still.

255 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 3 reviews.

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Tax Cut (Jersey Shore Mystery Series), by Michele Lynn Seigfried. (Still 0.99?)

Save $2 today on this Kindle Countdown Deal!

"Tax Cut has everything-suspense, murder, romance...a story that will make you laugh, make you worry, make you want to find out the conclusion as quickly as you can. If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum books, you will like the Chelsey Alton, Jersey Shore Mystery series even more. The characters are real and the story is fun yet suspenseful...I highly recommend this book and expect to see it rising quickly as a favorite series. Tax Cut will soon be the most talked about new book. Don't miss out-read it today." -- Trudi LoPreto, Readers' Favorite

"I saw him," she said. "He handed an envelope filled with money to the tooth fairy."

The ramblings of eighty-nine-year-old woman with dementia. The government employees are used to her regular phone calls and dismiss the crazy old lady; but the new municipal clerk, Chelsey Alton, isn't so sure the woman is off her rocker. Something's amiss in the Village of Coral Beach, a small, New Jersey shore town community, and Chelsey's determined to find out what it is.
The former clerk of Coral Beach, Vinny Buttiglieri was murdered and dead bodies keep popping up all over town. Between being a single mom to a temper tantrum throwing two-year-old, bosses who humiliate her in public, the dead bodies, and a man named Mike Nero that is stalking her, she has her hands quite full!
 

Chelsey recruits her good friend, Bonnie, a voluptuous woman with an off-color sense of humor, to assist her on a few recon missions. The deeper they dig, the more they put themselves in danger, becoming entangled with sinister mobsters, criminal activity, and government corruption.
 

Not everything is as it seems. Chelsey thinks she's doing the right thing, trying to uncover the truth and protect herself at the same time, but can she save herself when she becomes entrenched too deep in this Jersey shore mystery?

191 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 8 reviews.

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Free today!

BUSTER'S LAW An Animal Shelter Novel, by Laraine Lebron. (Still free?)

"This was a very quick read, and heartwarming story about the inside workings of an animal shelter. Any animal lover will enjoy it. There are parts that are sad because of the poor innocent animals, but it's great to read about people who are helping. It made me want to visit our local no kill shelter and bring home another pet." -- Amazon reviewer

Dogs rule at Mercy Animal Shelter. So do cats, bunnies and every other creature that must temporarily call it home.

Running an animal shelter is hell, but Lucy knew that coming in. Dealing with the constant stream of homeless animals, tight budget and tighter Board of Directors, while maintaining a 20 year marriage, is exhausting. But it's all worth it each and every time an animal gets adopted. What Lucy could not foresee is that an unknown enemy would declare war on Mercy. Disturbing notes, nasty pranks and the horrible murder of a beloved co-worker threatens Mercy's very existence. Ferocious in the defense of her employees and the animals they care for, Lucy must identify and stop this enemy, or die trying.

199 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 22 reviews.

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Little Girl Lost: A Lucy Black Thriller (Lucy Black Thrillers), by Brian McGilloway. (Still 0.99?)

"Cleverly constructed, packed with vibrant and believable characters and admirably free of the clich├ęs of the genre . . . one of the most original voices in the notably expanding field of Irish crime fiction and this reviewer, for one, would like to read more of DS Lucy Black." -- Irish Independent

This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of Tana French and Dennis Lehane.

Midwinter. A child is found wandering through the snowy woods, her hands covered in someone else's blood. And she cannot--or will not--speak, not even to share her name.

Who is this little girl lost? The only adult she seems to trust is the young officer who found her, Detective Lucy Black. Before long, Lucy manages to connect her case to that of a missing teenager, the kidnapped daughter of a local real estate tycoon. As the investigation twists and turns, Lucy is forced to question not only a range of dangerous suspects, but also everything she thought she knew about her own past.

336 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 246 reviews.

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Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: WiFi Overview 360 Pro

Today's Free App of the Day is WiFi Overview 360 Pro
Originally $1.56


This is an app (I think) to let you determine which WiFi networks are available, which is the strongest, which you can connect to, etc. I've never really understood the benefit of these over simply seeing which networks are available through the device's "Wireless" option, but if you like them, this one is apparently OK. There's some disagreement between reviewers on the permissions...I suggest reading through the reviews and see if you're comfortable with the app.

5 of 12 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

Also check out the other digital deals from Amazon, including great deals on MP3s and videos:
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Discovery Day! (Friday Apr 18)

It's Book Discovery Day! Twice a week we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked.

Every great book was once a hidden gem. Browse through the books below and start your own discovery!

Book Discovery - newly-published and overlooked books!
The Solitude Myth, by Bill Lloyd
All truth is subjective. At least that is what David believes as he sets out to change his life. A New Yorker in his early thirties, he breaks up with Hannah - the woman he's been with since college days - and moves to Paris to work for an international aid agency. He enjoys the challenge of his new job and the understated love affair he embarks upon with the quintessential Parisian Colette, but at some point his carefully scripted story goes awry. After returning from a brief vacation he begins to experience memory lapses. He visits the enigmatic Dr. Schlichter who advises him to seek rest in the town of Saint-Jude located somewhere in the south of France. As he struggles to regain control of his life he keeps bumping into people who seem ...
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Shirley Martin Special Edition (Night Shadows, Night Secrets and One More Tomorrow 3in1), by Shirley Martin
Books We Love is pleased to offer a Shirley Martin Special Edition containing the novels, Night Shadows, Night Secrets and One More Tomorrow

Night Shadows
Fianna leaves home to escape having to marry a man she doesn't love. She travels to another city, far away, hoping to escape detection. There she meets Gaderian, but she doesn't realize he is a vampire. Forced to support herself, she works as a fortune teller in a tavern, and there she meets Gaderian again. She is caught between three different men who want her, each for his own reason. The demon, Stilo, wants her as his sex slave. Angus, the man she refused to marry, won't give up in his search for her. And in a realm where vampires and demons battle for supremacy, she is tra...
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Dead To US: Episode 1 (Infected States of America), by Aaliyah Abdul
In the season premier of the new zombie series, Dead To US, the story unfolds in the state of North Dakota. A deadly new flu virus has crippled a small Native American community. The older generation was the first to succumb to the virus, leaving those under the age of 25 left to wonder how far and wide the virus had spread.

With no way to communicate with the outside world, and winter fast approaching, 22 year old City Morrisseau knew the situation would only worsen. But after receiving a cryptic message from a dying member of the community, City was certain that the time wasn't on the side of the living.

On their last tank of gas, City and his sister's fiance, Alex Little, departed for Bismarck in search for a va...
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The Dreamer and the Deceiver (The Last Light), by Alex Villavasso
Emil is a wanderer, a fugitive from an unjust law, and being alive is his only crime. Emil is an Abnormal - a seemingly normal human being gifted with superhuman abilities.
From the second Emil first channeled the light energy his body produced, his life was no longer his own. Abnormals like him are forced to join the king's covert division named Legion to enforce his tyranny, or be put down like beasts. For years Emil has been able to evade the hand of the king and his capture by Legion, until on a seemingly normal night Emil's village is ambushed, and he is forced to helplessly watch as a fire-manipulating Abnormal sent by the king leads a massacre that destroys everything he loves.

Enraged and sick of run...
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Gallows Ascending (Stone Quest), by Leigh Podgorski
Gallows Ascending continues the saga of tracker and pyschic visionary Luke Stone in Book Two of the Stone Quest Series.

It has been thirteen years since Luke's confrontation in the desert with his nemesis, black magician Armand Jacobi. Luke's wife Consuelo, whom he met at Eppie Falco's Desert Inn and Cafe has died, and Luke has placed himself once again in exile. This time, his wanderings have brought him to the seaside village of New Camen, New Hampshire.

Into his self-imposed solitude drops Dr. Bethany Rutledge. Accused of the murder of her eight year old daughter, stripped of her license to practice medicine, her marriage to politician Adrian Mountzaire in tatters, Beth Rutledge is haunted nightly by the chilling v...
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The Raptors (Sarah Paige Chronicles), by David A O'Neil
A New World Order?
A one government world?

The United States with a weak president and a divided government. The world in chaos and turmoil. Happenstance or a diabolical scheme? Emerging from the dark shadows are "The Raptors," human birds of prey seeking to establish a new one-world government under their iron rule. For more than a century, no one has been able to stop this mysterious force from altering entire governments, forcing resignations and where necessary, assassinations. No one is safe, not the President of the United States, not the Shah of Iran, not the Russian Premier. No one has even been able to slow down the onslaught that is gradually, nation by nation, acquiring control of the entire world. Resistance i...
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Venetian Mask: A Michaela Thompson International Thriller (#2), by Michaela Thompson
"The decaying splendor of Venice forms the backdrop for a complex and unusual murder mystery -- an elaborate, surrealistic book ripe with atmosphere, plot and characterization." -- Publishers Weekly

"...kaleidoscopic, satisfyingly intricate -- a brainy, psychologically astute cut above most mysteries." -- People Magazine

"[Ms. Thompson] is an enthralling entertainer, and one familiar with every nuance of Venice and Carnival." -- The New Yorker

MURDER AT CARNIVAL IN THE FLOATING CITY

The surreal splendor of Venice glitters and mesmerizes as six so-called friends who, it turns out, barely know each other meet at Carnival to play ...
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To Know Me (To Know Me Series, Book 1), by Marcy Blesy
To know me is to die.

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).

Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the "perfect boy" with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide i...
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