Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Free Kindle books (Sep 26)

Here are six Kindle books that are free today. Download and enjoy!

Watcher's Web, by Patty Jansen. (Still free?)

Some mixed reviews on this one, but if you want to explore a Pandora-like fantasy with a strong female lead... give this a try while it's free!

"Refreshing and vibrant. I love the cultures and characters that Jansen has created; it felt like there was a lot of depth to them, a richness which helped bring the story to life. " -- J. C. Hart, Amazon reviewer

She's not your ordinary country girl, even though she might look like one. She casts webs of power, reading the feelings of living beings and telling them what to do. Nobody knows what causes it, least of all her. Her name is Jessica, but most people call her "freak."

One fateful day, her web connects with a stranger, and stray power causes the plane in which she's traveling to crash in an alien world. An accident? The more she discovers about the world in which she has landed, the more she doubts it. 

She is a survivor from an ancient race that once traveled the stars. Her ancestors were powerful and dangerous, and it seems at least two people want her: the man who invades her mind, and the man who's desperate to help her get back home.

249 pages, with a 4-star rating from 12 reviews.

Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur, by Ruth Nestvold. (Still free?)

Into epic fantasy? This 500+ page tale is the first book in the Pendragon Chronicles. It's part romance, part fantasy, part historical fiction, and 100% free today!

"It's a very well-researched book, full of historical data, and offers a new glimpse of famous literary/historical figures surrounding the times of King Arthur. The main characters are both excellent and unique personalities. Altogether very well done and enjoyable, reminded me a bit of "Mists of Avalon". " -- Derek Murphy, Amazon reviewer

For the price of a truce, Yseult is sent to a world where magic is dying - to marry the father of the man she loves.

Marcus's son Drystan would have saved her from a loveless marriage, but with her relatives being held hostage, Yseult cannot endanger them and must go through with the wedding. The tragic love story of Yseult and Drystan plays out against the backdrop of a violent world threatening to descend into the Dark Ages - only Arthur's battles to push back the Saxon hordes can save what is left of civilization. With her background, Yseult could act as a bridge between the old age and the new - but will the price be too high?

Yseult is a retelling of the tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde, a story older than Romeo and Juliet or Lancelot and Guinevere; an Arthurian romance with roots going back far into the realm of legend and the undying tales of King Arthur.

579 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 17 reviews.

Tiger Lily, by K. Bird Lincoln. (Still free?)

Two lives intertwine in the midst of war, in this work of speculative fiction based in feudal Japan. Author K. Bird Lincoln's life in Japan adds authentic detail to this historical romance.

"A beautifully-written genderbending tale of rebellious girls, shifting disguises, and forbidden magic, set against the vivid backdrop of ancient Japan." -- Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin

"This novel captivated me and, almost without realizing, I was hooked in the story, surrounded by beautiful descriptions of ancient Japan, its landscapes, traditions and intimate feelings of the characters." -- Itsusi, Amazon reviewer

Lily isn't supposed to hunt game in the Daimyo's woods. She's just the cook's daughter. It isn't her place to talk to nobility. And she definitely isn't supposed to sing the forbidden old, Jindo religion songs.

But Lily was born in the year of the Tiger, and can't ever be like other village girls. In the woods snaring rabbits one day, she finds instead the Daimyo's son, Ashikaga, wounded, in the gooseberry brush. When the Pretender Emperor's men arrive to kill Ashikaga, Lily, desperate, sings a forbidden Jindo song.

The song wakes a powerful spirit - as well as Ashikaga's interest. The prickly lord has hidden secrets of his own and a burning desire to prove himself to his father. He will stop at nothing to defeat his father's greatest enemy.

All Lily wants to do is take care of her sisters. But the Pretender-Emperor's forces are drawing near, and now the Daimyo's son knows she communes with Jindo gods. She wants to trust Ashikaga when he swears he will not tell her secret, but he is a noble - and Lily only a peasant. Lily's heart is leading her down a dangerous path. She may have to defy her father, Ashikaga, and even the spirits themselves in order to defeat the Pretender-Emperor's magic and keep safe all that she loves.

277 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 8 reviews.

Lacuna: Demons of the Void (PG-13 Edition), by David Adams. (Still free?)

In the mood for a Sci-Fi adventure? Try this book, the first in the Lacuna series of novels and short stories.

"I got the Kindle edition of this book for free on a daily deal. I'm very glad that I did! I have already paid money for the sequel. This was a very entertaining military SF book. The plot set-up (an alien attack out of nowhere) was intriguing. The space battles seemed physically accurate, with time-of-flight delays, inertia, vacuum problems, and so on. I very much enjoyed the main character. I liked that she was a strong leader, but inwardly was OK with thinking through her actions and debating what to do. " -- Avondale, Amazon reviewer

"Never again attempt to develop this kind of technology."

It is with these words that an unknown alien attacker destroys the Earth cities of Tehran, Sydney and Beijing. Fifty million people die... and nothing is ever the same again.

Some call them Demons, some call them Aliens, but to Chinese Naval Captain Melissa Liao they are the enemy. She is given command of one of three great warships built to fight the "demons", the TFR Beijing.

Her task is simple. Find who attacked Earth and why... then stop them.

This edition of Demons of the Void has reduced nudity and sexual content, and a reduced level of swearing. 

216 pages, with a 4-star rating from 19 reviews.

The Life and Prayers of Saint Joseph, by Wyatt North. (Still free?)

This succinct volume provides historical information about the widely-known but little-understood Saint Joseph.

"A well-organized synthesis of apocryphal and New Testament sources of information about Joseph. The section titled "The Life of Saint Joseph" is a page-turner! Be sure to read about Titus and Dumachus. The compilation of prayers to Saint Joseph is the most comprehensive I've seen. Navigation on Kindle is easy." -- Mimi, Amazon reviewer

Saint Joseph is often called the hidden saint.

Although there is so little written about Joseph in the Scripture and in the apocrypha, or perhaps because there is so little written, the life of Saint Joseph can be quite a complicated subject. The theological study of Saint Joseph, known as Josephology, shows us how differently the saint has been perceived throughout history, in different parts of the world, and in different denominations.

This edition has a linked Table of Contents and has been wonderfully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your eBook reader.

55 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 8 reviews.

The No-Numbers Approach to Saving Money, by Higher Read. (Still free?)

Here's a change of pace - a short, practical guide to household budgeting that doesn't rely on spreadsheets and number-tracking. Just in time for the holiday shopping season!

"I was really impressed with this practical and easy to read book about saving money. The last thing I want to do is make and keep an itemized budget, however I still need to save money. This book compiles very practical ideas and puts them in a great format that is not intimidating at all" -- Jim Wilbur, Amazon reviewer

The No-Numbers Approach helps you save money but stays away from dollars and cents because many people find budgeting intimidating and overwhelming. The No-Numbers part of our approach to saving money means we avoid burn out because we don't count pennies. It is not a condemnation of penny-counters. On the contrary, if you get to the end of the No-Numbers Approach and feel ready to work with a traditional budget, good for you!

But for those of us who never want to work with a spreadsheet and numbers but still want to save, it is best to start saving in the easiest way possible. Since modern society already generates records of our spending for us - namely receipts and bills - we can use those records to watch our money without having to crunch numbers.

In this book, you will learn how to cut spending without spending a lot of time doing calculations. You will learn where you spend the most and how you can gain control over that spending. And having control over spending is a very good feeling.

This book has a 4.8-star rating from 5 reviews.

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