Friday, October 26, 2012

Free and Bargain Kindle books! (Friday Oct 26)

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

The Scourge, by A.G. Henley. (Still free?)

This book comes with a whopping 160 reviews, many citing its evocative writing, and a stellar rating. Whether you've never read a zombie book before, or are an aficionado, don't forego this opportunity to download a memorable book for free today!

"Looking for a trenchant, imaginative, beautifully written novel to read? Look no further: it's The Scourge, by A.G. Henley." --Sarah Cloots, former editor at Greenwillow Books, imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books

"From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked . . . The Scourge is not only a story of survival; it is also a story of awakening, love, family devotion." -- ReadingDiva

"I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an original zombie read, some wonderful storytelling, and a touching romance." -- Courtney Reads A Lot, blog review

Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.

And she's always known this day would come - the day she faces the Scourge alone.

The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything - and anyone - living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's.

Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn't hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.

As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people's survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she's forced to decide who and what to protect - her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.

A tale of star-crossed lovers, strange creatures, and secretive, feuding factions, THE SCOURGE introduces readers to a rich and exciting new world where nothing is as it seems.

"One of the Best Books I've Ever Read! . . . Buy it, borrow it . . . whatever, just read this book!"
-BookChick, blog review

242 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 160 reviews.

Catching the Westbound, by D.C. Hicks. (Still free?)

This coming-of-age story is described by reviewers as poignant and emotional. A blend of history, romance, and suspense make this a good prospect for your free download today!

"This is a refreshing new novel that had me turning the pages quickly and left me feeling that I knew the key characters intimately. I found this book to have a little something for everybody. It is certainly a love story with a powerful romance that I found more accurately depicted true passion than most do. It is a coming of age book - portraying struggles with growing up among multiple generations. This novel has action, deception, intrigue, and even covers myriad spiritual issues." -- Barb Craycraft, Amazon reviewer

He came into this world with two distinctive qualities - an extraordinary vision and an indomitable spirit, but at the age of ten years old, R.J. Watkins was banished from his small Appalachian community after being unjustly accused of igniting a mining accident. With a little help from fellow riders of the rails, R.J. learned how to survive on his own, but eventually his train came to rest with the Benton and Walters Best Show in America, where R.J. cultivated his unusual talents.

At seventeen, R.J. answered another whistle call of destiny, and he met the powerful McClennan family. Like a dazzling display of fireworks to their fourth of July picnic, R.J. provided the perfect blend of flavor for their family that had long since grew stale. But when he had hard time adjusting to the lavish extremes of the East Coast high society, R.J. learned to navigate their foreign world by completely transforming himself. A metamorphosis so complete that within a few short years he was the talk of the town, a man he barely recognized. Still all the talk was for naught because with the closing bell on a single autumn day in 1929, the McClennan fortune, which took generations to amass, was gone.

To stop the head-on collision with destitution, McClennan's eldest son, Cosmo, made a deal with a devil, but it fell upon R.J. to pay the dues. No longer able to afford the luxury of other's opinions, R.J. shed his finer sensibilities and used every trick he learned along the way to save his new family. Will his efforts be enough or ultimately destroy them?

349 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 26 reviews.

Dragon Soul, by B.J. Whittington. (Still free?)

This is the first book in the Dragons in the Mist fantasy series. Suitable for Young Adult as well as older readers - and free today!

"I absolutely fell in love with the wise cracking dragons and wish I could adopt one. The descriptions of of the men metamorphosing into dragons are some of the most mesmerizing and beautiful writings I've ever read. The pain of it, I could feel; the beauty of it I could see. This book is an elegant and decisive world-building feat. You absolutely have to experience entering a crystal cave and seeing the dragon eggs awaiting the time of hatching. How the people of the village master the hatching process is unique and interesting." -- Baker, Amazon reviewer

Dragon Soul begins in a small village of the Palmir people. A quiet, productive and peaceful clan with an almost forgotten violent history. The Plague from the North--an attack of powerful, evil creatures--virtually annihilated them generations ago. They defeated the Plague, with the help of mystics and dragons - but at great cost.Hosting of Dragon Souls is not the only special calling of the Palmir people. Some are called to be Healers, a blending of practical and mystical powers. A rare few are Prophets. One Prophet has a vision that takes shape in a physical form and warns the Palmir people of an ominous event. Was it a just a reminder of the hellish past, or a harbinger of things to come?

What if the Plague returns? There are so few Dragon Souls. Could they defeat the monsters again? And what of real dragons? Will they ever again exist in their own form?

Brief Excerpt:

Kuaric's mouth fills with an acrid tang. His human body stretches and elongates. Clothes dissolve into his skin. Claws, complete with talons, erupt from his hands and feet. His neck lengthens, with each vertical undulation becoming more serpentine. His head slightly flattens, becoming triangular in shape, silver maned, with flaming red eyes.

Sharp black scales erupt to cover his entire body. A dorsal crest bursts through his back. A tail grows behind and he becomes a dragon of gargantuan size.

Kuaric --now Maru his Dragon Soul-- screams with the pain of Transformation. Soon the change is complete. Maru - a powerful, predominately black-bodied dragon with silver mane, ridges and wings stands where a moment before was a mortal man.

426 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 16 reviews.

Treasure of Saint-Lazare, by John Pearce. (Still free?)

Mystery lovers will love this "engaging mystery" (Kirkus Reviews) that follows a globe-trotting thrill ride in search of lost Nazi treasure. Free today!

"I reserve "brilliant" for works by John McPhee and James Michener, but on that scale, John Pearce's Treasure of Saint-Lazare is at least "very good." It comes from an unheralded author who clearly understands the key to hooking readers is to create believable characters and to craft a thrilling plot with unexpected twists and turns." -- Adam Najberg, Amazon reviewer

"Recipe for a book worth reading: Start with a compelling story, add a good sense of place, stir in characters readers care about, a pinch of sex for spice but not to overwhelm, for a taste at the end that is not predictable. Et voila." -- Merry Sanders, Amazon reviewer

An old lover brings a cryptic letter to Paris, pulling Eddie Grant reluctantly into a treacherous web of intrigue and death -- but giving him a slim chance to find the terrorists who murdered his family seven years before.

It launches him on a dangerous quest through Paris and the Loire Valley for the most valuable piece of Nazi loot that remains missing, a famous Raphael self-portrait from the early 16th century, along with the crates of Nazi bullion that accompanied it -- all intended to finance the Fourth Reich.
Jen Wetzmuller, daughter of his father's World War II colleague in Army Intelligence, arrives in Paris, bearing a letter she found after he father was run down by a car on the streets of Sarasota. Its clues take Eddie from his Paris home to Florida, where he works to solve the mystery, barely escaping with his life. Then it's back home to burrow into the darkest reaches of the German occupation in search of the treasure.

Along the way he and Jen restart the brief, fiercely passionate affair that he abandoned, to his regret, 20 years before Sarasota.

245 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 14 reviews.

A Drizzle of Zombies (Book 1 of The Annals of Absurdity), by Joshua Price. (Still free?)

"The reader is hooked early and carried along at a swift and easy pace through the rest of the book with a plot that rolls deftly past any potential slow spots. Price's humor is sharp and clever without being self-absorbed. It acts as an aid to the story rather than as an aside or a detraction. As entertaining fiction goes, this book is top shelf. Frankly, I think it's the best blend of action, mystery and humor I've read since the Discworld novels. Do yourself a favor and read this.

"And if that doesn't sell you, remember has a blue bunny with an assault rifle. What more do you want? " -- MDominic, Amazon reviewer

Four unlikely heroes. One absurd undertaking.

Like any good supervillain, Dr. Malevolent robs banks, but when the incompetent Captain Rescue intercepts her latest heist, they accidentally trigger a most undeadly threat: zombies! The two sworn enemies must band forces to save the world, dragging along the perfect allies: a shotgun-toting cop, and... a bunny?

The group ventures to the heart of the undead sea to discover who wants to annihilate humanity. Because zombies are only the beginning. Dun dun dun.

The flood starts in... A Drizzle of Zombies.

180 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 3 reviews.

Prairie Hill, by Fred Burwell. (Still free?)

A coming-of-age story with beautifully rendered characters - free today!

"Burwell's eloquent prose pulls the reader into each character's thoughts and motivations. This author spins a mysterious and beautiful web of relationships and roles in the community. Congrats to Mr. Burwell on a great novel, a very satisfying read. It was hard to put down so I read this book in two days. His next novel is an auto-buy for me." -- Romance Reader

In 1980, a troubled young stranger arrives in Prairie Hill, a small Wisconsin city. Jimmy Lathrop would like nothing better than to go about his business washing dishes at the popular local eatery, the Pullet Surprize. A fresh start. No questions asked. Then he begins moonlighting as the feathered mascot of the local minor league baseball team and meets someone who will change his life.

Jenny Diggles bides her time serving the locals at the Pullet Surprize, struggling to come to terms with her lonely, eccentric mother, Lila. Should she chuck it all and marry Lance Kilgore, the ambitious general manager of the Cobb Kernels baseball team? Jenny's passion for prairies and heirloom plants as well as her deepening friendship with Jimmy Lathrop lead to self-discovery.

With its atmospheric backdrop of threatened tall grass prairie and a soon to be abandoned historic baseball stadium and through its cast of colorful, quirky characters, Prairie Hill explores themes of redemption and love.

230 pages, with a 5-star rating from 14 reviews.

... and finally, a bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!

Night of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy), by Scott Cramer. (Still $0.99?)

A Young Adult dystopian tale that appeals across the ages of readers. Get this highly-praised book for the bargain price of $0.99..!

A young girl races to find a cure for a deadly virus — and help her brother and baby sister survive — when a passing comet kills off the world's adults in this creative and spellbinding dystopian.

4.4 stars/119 reviews on Amazon
97 % Likes on Goodreads/155 ratings

"Cramer creates a picture of our world that's both frightening and inspiring in this heartfelt story that both young adults and adults can enjoy. A heartwarming but not overly sentimental story of survival." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Outrageous and completely out of the box." -- My Home Away From Home review

"Three words: Gripping. Palpable. Well-developed." Word Spelunking review

"After reading this book, I am simply speechless." -- I BLOG, YOU READ review blog

"Strong recommendation!" -- YA YEAH YEAH review blog

A teen struggles to survive a deadly virus when a passing comet kills off the world's adults.

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her -- adolescence.

188 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 117 reviews.

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  1. The Scourge is not free...:(

    1. Hi, Joni,

      We posted this on Oct 26th, and it was free that day. Sorry you missed it!

      Freebies are often only available for a day or two, so check our blog or Facebook posts daily to snap 'em up!