Monday, October 29, 2012

Free and Bargain Kindle books! (Monday Oct 29)

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books! A lot of good Young Adult reads in today's free and bargain book finds!

Island of Fog (Book 1), by Keith Robinson. (Still free?)

Read this "exceptionally good children's book" - a fantasy that is the first in the series of five books. Get this free today!

"I love it! The story is interesting throughout, and builds nicely to a reasonable explanation for all mysteries. Congratulations on a fine juvenile novel." -- Piers Anthony's July 2009 Newsletter

"This is a well written sci-fi novel. There is that 'it could happen' quality that you find in Dean Koontz novels. The suspense works and doesn't frustrate the reader. It makes you want to read the next installment!" -- Writer's Digest

A lonely, foggy island is home to eight families. Twelve-year-old Hal and his friends have always wondered what happened all those years ago on the mainland, that unseen place Out There beyond the fog, and after an astonishing discovery in the woods the children are more determined than ever to find out what their parents are hiding. But their lives are turned upside down when Abigail reveals her closely guarded secret. According to her, the children are slowly changing into monsters! Are they freaks of nature, or subjects of a sinister experiment?

Each child reacts differently to his or her unique monstrous transformation; after all, one may feel proud to be a dragon, faerie, or centaur, but who in their right mind wants to be a sadistic manticore or cowardly harpy?

ISLAND OF FOG is a story of intrigue and conspiracy. The reader follows Hal Franklin as he struggles to accept that he and his friends are something more than ordinary children, and that their parents have been covering up the truth the whole time. With their trust shaken and the unexpected arrival of a strange woman from Out There, the children hide their frightening shapeshifting abilities and pretend nothing is wrong.

224 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 21 reviews.

Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb (A Zombie Apocalypse Novel, Book #1), by MJA Ware. (Still free?)

Get you (and your kids) in the Hallowe'en spirit with this highly-reviewed zombie thriller! Suitable for Young Adults.

"Finally a zombie book for the YA audience that has the perfect balance of creepy but not too much for the younger reader. It has great horror elements in the plot and loads of zombie action. This book is a great way to let your budding horror fan indulge while knowing the content will not be too 'adult'." -- Dranea79, Amazon reviewer

When life gives you lemons, kill zombies -- turns out lemon juice neutralizes the undead.

After a failed attempt at running away, best friends Nathan and Misty return home expecting to face angry parents. Instead, they discover the military has destroyed the bridges out of their rural town and everyone's fled--except a small horde of the living dead. The stress of flesh-eating zombies may be more than their already strained relationship can handle.

Even with the help of the town geek and lemonade-powered Super-Soakers, there's not enough time to squeeze their way out of this sticky mess. Unless the trio eradicates the zombie infestation, while avoiding the deadly zombie snot, the military will blow the town, and them, to pulp.

Their only shot is something with a lot more punch. Something like the Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb. But even if their friendship survives, there's another problem: Someone has to lure the undead into the trap.

The reviews are in and Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb is a must read:


"I could not put this book down. I really hate reading, but this book I could read 1000 times..." 5-Stars --A kid review from Campermaniac

"The entire book is a joy to read, and it's hard to put down, too!" 5-Stars --JJ, Amazon Vine Top 500 Reviewer

"Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb is a quick, fun read filled with humour and zombie slaying action that I'm sure all ages will enjoy." --Ken, Paperless Reading Blog

"SUPER ZOMBIE JUICE MEGA BOMB was a fun, fast pace, unique read that I look forward to reading more from the author and MUST have a sequel. I would sell a blue smurf for a sequel to this book." 5-Stars --Gothical Book Reviews

"The adventure was suspenseful and page turning, mixed with a great deal of humor. It was like reading a book about my sixteen-year-old daughter!" --Jennifer, Goodreads Reviewer

"This book was the perfect blend of 'B movie' humor and the zombie gore I love... I loved this book!" 5-Stars --Angela Fristoe, Author of Songbird

"The humor is what really caught my attention when I started reading SZJMB, and the action kept me engaged to the end. should engage even the most reluctant of readers." --Manga Maniac Cafe

"I read it all in one day. Very rare that I say I couldn't put the book down. I did not sleep until I finished reading it. I'd recommend this book to anyone (above 10 years of age) even if you're not into zombies." 5-Stars --David Santos, author of The Hopeless Christiantic

Parents note: This book contains no cursing or strong language, and no explicit gore or violence. However, scenes of intense zombie action may be disturbing to younger readers.

210 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 41 reviews.

High Striker, by G.T. Rigdon. (Still free?)

Try this mystery/thriller for free today!

"Mr. Rigdon manages to weave the often misunderstood world of carnival sideshows and neurosurgery into this emotionally charged story." -- Marilyn E. Slagel

"Along the lines of the TV hit show Dexter, readers who enjoy religious thrillers will enjoy the journey and unique destination they reach in reading High Striker." -- Eliza Wood, Author

In 2018, Dr. Amos Konklin, a renowned neurosurgeon dubbed "Doctor Golden Hands," is arrested for a grisly double-homicide at the Old Wilderness Campground. 

During a mesmerizing interview with reporter Peter Wild, Dr. Konklin reveals a shocking secret. For decades he's wrapped those golden hands around a twelve pound sledge-hammer, his instrument of choice in numerous executions. 

As the reporter probes deeper, he is lead into a world where a brain surgeon who spent his childhood running the "High Striker" carnival sideshow game is connected to Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, The Bible, and tormenting visions. High Striker is an unparalleled Old Testament/Carnivale thriller whose central character could be described as a God-obsessed fusion of Hannibal Lecter, Dexter Morgan, and a carny. 

It's a remarkable journey through time and place and dares to confront the challenging question: What is the line that separates good and evil, coincidence and providence, delusion and reality?

318 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 5 reviews.

Rua, by Miranda Kavi. (Still free?)

Here's a Young Adult romance with paranormal undertones. Free!

"Something fresh and new for the YA genre! After finishing Rua by Miranda Kavi I can easily say I am such a fan now, I will deff be picking up anything Miranda writes in the future after reading Rua. This book completely had me hooked from page one till the end, Miranda creates a new paranormal that is immensely captivating." -- Haley from YA-AHOLIC

A girl with an unknown destiny.

A boy from a hidden world.

When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets.

The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window.

He knows what she is . . .

Intriguing and deeply romantic, RUA is page-turning YA novel with a supernatural twist.

250 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 12 reviews.

Mark Taylor: Genesis (Prequel in the Mark Taylor Series), by M.P. McDonald. (Still free?)

This 150-page thriller is a prequel to the highly-rated Mark Taylor series. Get into this suspense-laden thriller series with this free book!

"Having finished the first two books in the Mark Taylor series ("No Good Deed" and "March into Hell"), I started on book three "Deeds of Mercy" with reluctance because, once finished there was no promise of a future adventure with Mark Taylor and his paranormal "magic camera". Much to my delight I was offered the unparalleled opportunity to have a sneek peek at "Genesis" the action packed prequel to the series. Hard to put down, reminiscent of some of the best Serling "Twilight Zone" episodes, McDonald has done it again. Another home run! Genesis answers some of the backstory questions, making the entire series more cohesive. If you loved Dirk Pitt and you love Alex Cross, you'll surely fall for Mark Taylor. Leaves me hungering for more. Guess I will have to work on being patient while Taylor winds up for another pitch. " -- Kay P. Marziale, Amazon reviewer

Mark Taylor's life changes forever when he finds an antique camera in an Afghan bazaar. Back home in Chicago, he discovers that the camera has a strange and unique ability--it produces photographs of tragedies yet to happen. What else can he do but attempt to save lives and thwart catastrophe'

Thrilled with this new superhero-like power to change the future, Mark decides to keep the mysterious camera and its miraculous capability a secret...even when it means risking his own life. But with only 24 hours to act, what if he fails to prevent the greatest tragedy his country has ever experienced'

Bonus Material Included-
Deleted scenes from No Good Deed, Mark Taylor related drabbles and flash fiction.

150 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 9 reviews.

CAMILEON: Beyond The Veil, by Shykia Bell. (Still free?)

This 500+ page work delves into Sci-Fi / fantasy. Slip behind the veil for free today!

"The reader can imagine the possibility as well as the probability while reading this book that they are present and wonder if Ms. Bell has not been there and met these people. Ms. Bell tells us a story with characters that are well rounded, and we find ourselves bewitched with the theory of parallel worlds. It is a concept that many have used, yet few so clearly and full of insight." -- Marta Moran-Bishop, Amazon reviewer

Seeing beyond the veil means seeing beyond what logic dictates and what others believe.

As Camile Leon becomes engulfed in the mysteries on the other side of the veil, she learns the astounding truth of its significance to the world's vitality. Furthermore, she comes closer to understanding her pending role in steering upcoming events to either elevate or destroy humanity as she knows it. As time elapses, the woman in the mirror becomes tinted with a disturbing haze of unfamiliarity. The recent emergence of abdominal scars trigger memories of a past littered with deceit, abuse, seduction and betrayal. This leads Camile to question not only whether she can trust the people appointed to train and assist her, but also her own moral fiber. Doubt is sometimes a paralyzing force, but in Camile's case, it could result in a cataclysmic chain reaction...

...with humanity in its path.

528 pages, with a 5-star rating from 3 reviews.

... and finally, two bargain Kindle books, each available for 99 cents today!

Eye of the Moonrat (The Bowl of Souls: Book One), by Trevor H. Cooley. (Still $0.99?)

Here's the first of two bargain books for you today. This one has a high rating and 50 reviews! It's the first in a 3-part fantasy trilogy.

"A plot that was intriguing - branching off in several side stories that undoubtedly will come together in future books. Ewzad Vriil, the main evil entity of the book, looks to have memorable qualities. Also Deathclaw and Gwyrtha come to mind as characters that could have a significant influence in future developments." -- R. Nicholson, Amazon reviewer

Justan was raised on the outskirts of the Dremaldrian Battle Academy. He watched his father ascend the ranks within the academy to become one of the most respected warriors in the kingdom. The only thing he has ever wanted is to become an academy student and follow the path of his father. Unfortunately, only the best can enter the academy and Justan is a horrible fighter. Everyone tells him that he is more suited to scholarly work than swordplay. In desperation he hurls himself into training, eager to overcome the doubters and walk into the academy triumphant, unaware that secretive powers plot to disrupt his plans.

Meanwhile, an evil wizard of immense power is using magic to twist the bodies of the creatures of the land and transform them into monsters. With these creatures and the peoples of the wilds, he is building an army . . .

Ogres and dragons, warriors and wizards are destined to clash, their fates guided by The Bowl of Souls.

Eye of the Moonrat is book one of The Bowl of Souls series.

Book Two: Messenger of the Dark Prophet
Book Three: Hunt of the Bandham

360 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 50 reviews.

Versim, by Curtis Hox. (Still $0.99?)

And another bargain book, this one being a technothriller from the Young Adult Transhuman Warrior series.

"I'm a huge fan of post/transhumanist literature, and Versim is the best transhumanist book I've ever read. On one level, the book is simply entertaining. It is written in a fast paced style that keeps you clicking the pages on your Kindle. On an equally rewarding, deeper level, the book is meta-fiction that Jorge Luis Borges could only have wished he had been able to write." -- AJ, Amazon reviewer

Imagine falling asleep and waking up in a different place or century and becoming a different person, maybe even a superstar. That's the job of Harken Cole. He's a top Entertainment Specialist, and his role is to immerse into rendered worlds, the new form of entertainment in the twenty-sixth century. Sometimes he's the hero, sometimes the villain. He's whatever his bosses choose to boost the drama's ratings. Playing the star has made Hark a loved celebrity. But no job is perfect.

To fulfill a promise to a dead friend, Hark illegally enters a peaceful storyline set in old twenty-first century Manhattan. He quickly realizes something's not right: Hark discovers the drama may drastically change when a rogue horror director, Miesha Preston, begins inserting monsters, zombies, and other abominations to destroy the peaceful narrative and its people. If Hark doesn't stop Preston, everyone immersed--including himself--will die. And dying in a rendered world means dying in real life. Saving this world is now as important as fulfilling his promise to his friend, and he will do whatever it takes to succeed--even if it means flipping his own world upside down.

165 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 9 reviews.

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