Friday, September 21, 2012

Bargain Kindle Books! (Sep 21)

Good afternoon! Here are four bargain Kindle books - each 99 cents - and another freebie, for your weekend's reading enjoyment!

The Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale.

Sale price: $0.99; normally $4.99. (Still on sale?)

Strong ratings and over 100 customer reviews, this 300-page book is raved as a delight for children as well as adults!

"Book of a Thousand Days ranks right up with Briar Rose and To Kill a Mockingbird as one of my all-time favorite books. 

"I want to give this book to several lovely young women of my acquaintance to sit along with others that I hope they'll read and be inspired by.

"Book of a Thousand Days is one of those stories that's good to find during your own hard times because Dashti's faith and message are inspiring to the reader as well. I strongly recommend that you reserve about 4-5 hours to read this book and perhaps a bit more time just to look back on some of the lovelier passages. Dashti's is a worthwhile message to spread" -- R. Kyle, Amazon Hall-of-Fame reviewer

Based on a classic Grimm's fairy tale, this is the story told by Dashti, a maid from the steppes of a medieval land, who sacrifices her freedom to accompany her mistress into exile. 

Imprisoned in a remote tower after Lady Saren refuses to marry the man her father has chosen, the maid and the lady have almost nothing in common. 

But the loyalty that grows between the two, the man they love in different ways for different reasons, and the lies they tell because of and in spite of each other, combine to evoke the deepest bonds, transcend the loneliest landscapes, and erupt in a conclusion so romantic, so clever, and so right that no reader will be left dry-eyed.

324 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 110 reviews, and 80% off today!

Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1), by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Price: $0.99. (Still on sale?)

Another title appropriate for young adults, this novel is the first of a two-book romantic fantasy.

"Bujold's The Curse of Chalion (2001) and The Hallowed Hunt (2005) walked a fine line between fast-paced quest fantasy and character-driven romance. Here the fantasy is in the background, making the developing romance between the main characters, Dag and Fawn, the primary story.

"The lovers are compelling characters, and Bujold delivers a novel that is a sweet, touching, and fast read. While it seems difficult to imagine how a love story can carry a whole fantasy series, teens will want to see how this tale continues in the next volume." -- Matthew L. Moffett, School Library Journal

Troubled young Fawn Bluefield seeks a life beyond her family's farm. But en route to the city, she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, nomadic soldier-sorcerers from the northern woodlands. Feared necromancers armed with mysterious knives made of human bone, they wage a secret, ongoing war against the scourge of the "malices," immortal entities that draw the life out of their victims, enslaving human and animal alike.

It is Dag - a Lakewalker patroller weighed down by past sorrows and onerous present responsibilities - who must come to Fawn's aid when she is taken captive by a malice. They prevail at a devastating cost - unexpectedly binding their fates as they embark upon a remarkable journey into danger and delight, prejudice and partnership . . . and perhaps even love.

389 pages, with a 4-star rating from 126 reviews, and $0.99 today!

The Fall To Freedom, by Mike Walzman.

Price: $0.99. (Still on sale?)

This debut novel from Mike Walzman is described as "gritty, economical prose."

"Walzman's Bix brings moments of heart and soul to the Westside and belies this E-ride through privilege, narcissism and self loathing. I'm rooting for him til the last page and line as he says, "The house that had taken care of me too much". Bix is at his best when he's vulnerable and reveals his insecurities through self talk. The prose is economical and gritty. The details propel the (mis)adventure and made this an absolute page turner." -- Lauren G. Jacobs, Amazon reviewer

Returning from rehab to his privileged life in Los Angeles, Bix Freedman quickly realizes how different things are from when he was Mr. Popular in high school; gone are the hotel parties, women, and attention. 

Now that everyone is off to college, he is left with his sober self and old druggie pals. Longing for the glory days, he vows to get rich legally before his friends finish school. In the meantime, he gets a job at a local pizza place. 

Never having worked in his life, everyday tasks give him great angst. Dealing with angry customers, celebrities, and escorts, along with his boss and aloof co-workers, challenges Bix's ego and causes him to rethink his strategy.

212 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 5 reviews, and $0.99 today!

Roll the Dice (Vegas Series), by Mimi Barbour.

Price: $0.99. (Still on sale?)

In the mood for a romantic mystery? Try this book by Mimi Barbour, author of 14 novels. It's Book 2 of the Vegas series, but it stands alone well. 

"Aurora is a great romantic suspense heroine. She is a cop who is hard on the outside, soft on the inside. She's tough as nails when fighting crime, but privately she also wants a home and family of her own.

"Kai is not too happy when she is assigned to work with him. The blue-eyed hunk wants to be the one to take down the man who raped and killed his sister.

"The banter between Aurora and Kai is fun and sexy and adds a welcome element of humor to the serious crime plot. Watching them fight their feelings as they fall in love is priceless. Roll the Dice has the perfect balance of suspenseful action and hot romance. Highly recommended." -- Kelsey Tanner, Amazon reviewer

When attractive Las Vegas detective, Aurora Morelli, makes a friend, she takes the relationship very seriously. And if someone hurts that person, they're going down. Slim and dainty, she has the heart of a lion, and when angry, the manners of a she-cat. Therefore the sicko who attacked her partner has become her prime target and nothing or no one will stand in her way. Except maybe her new partner who arrives in town full of vengeance for the same culprit.

Kai Lawson, a Bruce Willis look-alike, annoys her, and almost from the beginning, things go wrong. She questions whether they should be working together, especially after he shoots her, and not accidentally. Constant screw-ups on the job and the attraction building between them makes reaching her goal seem almost insurmountable.

191 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 12 reviews, and $0.99 today!

Two Shots, by Joe Albert.

Price: free! (Still free?)

And, here's a freebie thriller with high ratings and numerous customer reviews. Have a great weekend, all!

"Two Shots is an entertaining thriller, crime, detective novel featuring a former city cop who is now a game warden who is caught up investigating a murder. The backdrop is the northern woods of Minnesota and the politics of a state wide election.

"The author does a great job in painting the landscape with his description, but make no doubt about it that the strength of the story is the mystery involving murder. For fans of the murder, crime, and mystery genres, Two Shots is a recommended read and will not disappoint." -- The Kindle Book Review

When state game warden Tony Leach responds to an emergency call about a hunter who has been shot and killed at a deer camp in the woods of northern Minnesota, there's no way he can be prepared for the twisted web into which he's been thrust.

Five years removed from a stint with the Minneapolis Police Department, Tony Leach is a game warden for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Content to spend his days in the woods and on the water enforcing fishing and hunting laws, he thought he'd left violent crime behind when he left the city. But a single call from dispatch two days before the deer-hunting season opens changes that.

Now, he's pushed into working a case he really shouldn't be involved with, and digging for the truth in the death of a noted political operative that some high-powered people would prefer remain buried in the northern Minnesota woods. As Leach pursues those responsible, he finds people and things aren't exactly what they seem. And as the investigation goes on and the web unravels, it becomes increasingly clear the only way for it to end is with a killer's - or his - demise.

289 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 38 reviews, and free today!

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