Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Oct 30)

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

Simple Simon (An Art Jefferson Thriller), by Ryne Douglas Pearson. (Still free?)

Another winning thriller from Ryne Douglas Pearson! This one's a police procedural, and was picked up by Hollywood and turned into the movie Mercury Rising. Don't miss getting this for free today!

"Director Ron Howard bought the rights to turn this engaging thriller into a movie, and it's no wonder: the story of a 16-year-old autistic genius being protected by a renegade FBI operative against a secret government agency has all the elements of his kind of humanistic blockbuster. It also helps that Ryne Douglas Pearson--whose previous books, Capitol Punishment and October's Ghost, are also available in paperback--creates instantly likeable characters in unlikely situations." -- Amazon.com review



He's brilliant. Innocent. Helpless. And he's marked for death...

It took years to develop. Cost billions to perfect. A cryptographic system so advanced it safeguards the United States' most vital secrets. It is secure. Impenetrable.

Until sixteen year old autistic savant Simon Lynch happens upon a forgotten snippet of code, his damaged brilliance breaking the cipher with ease and unwittingly marking him for death. Soon, elements of a pathological government security apparatus are hunting him, as is a beautiful, sadistic Japanese assassin working for enemies who will stop at nothing to learn the secret locked in Simon's mind. Only FBI Agent Art Jefferson stands between the innocent young man and these corrupt forces, putting his career, his freedom, and his life on the line to save Simon.



Simple Simon was made into the Bruce Willis film 'Mercury Rising'.



248 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 28 reviews.



Wings of Shadow (The Underground Trilogy), by Anna Kyss. (Still free?)

Here's a Sci-Fi romance, well-rated, that's available free today!

"Kyss does a good job introducing whimsy and magic yet manages to weave in Darwinism for an extra dose of credible world building." -- M. Harmon

"This story should appeal to readers who enjoyed Twilight and other similar stories." -- PamelaC


In the struggle for survival...

Meghan's graduation gift is one that any eighteen-year-old would dream of: traveling abroad to England. Her journey turns into more adventure than expected when Meghan meets the mysterious Kiernan and is introduced to a strange society hidden beneath the streets of London.

The fittest win out at the expense of their rivals...

When Meghan's life is threatened, she flees the city and seeks sanctuary in a distant village--a place unseen by human eyes for over one hundred years. Not knowing if anyone can be trusted, Meghan tries to determine who is friend, who is foe... and who has captured her heart. Meanwhile, a battle for survival brews all around her.



4.6-star rating from 11 reviews.



THE CURIOUS CASE OF DANIEL WALTER, by ROSE CARTER. (Still free?)

This police procedural novella is a quick read, for free download today.

"This is a fast paced and plainly written book which revolves around the impact a murder has on those directly involved with the murderer. The reader knows what Daniel is doing and thinking, and also knows what the lead detective on the case is doing, and how he is trying to catch Daniel." -- Hannah, Amazon reviewer


Who among the identical twins is the murderer?



79 pages, with a 4-star rating from 4 reviews.



Salt of the Earth, by Jesse V Coffey. (Still free?)

A ghostly horror tale, just over 100 pages, and free today.

"The characters were unusual and interesting and I laughed out loud at some of them. Poor Rip stumbles through his death much better than he seemed to do his life. He acts as a matchmaker, helps an old ghost move on and ends up in big trouble. But he gets the opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one and finds that even in death you can learn to be a better person." -- Teresa Reasor, Amazon reviewer


Nothing like being the "new kid on the slab," as Rip Porter quickly finds out when a robbery goes wrong. Thanks to four shots from a policeman's gun, he wakes up in the The Final Glory Cemetery, home to an assortment of ghosts, ghouls, and poltergeists. No sooner is Rip interred than he finds his final resting place isn't as restful as the brochures would lead him to believe, thanks to his rather different neighbors.

Meet Nattie Birnbaum, Rip's erstwhile Guardian Angel; Gracie, the Welcome Committee of one; Chester, the checkers champ and resident in charge of the comings and goings of the dearly departed. It's a cozy neighborhood and Rip is going to find out how he can fit in. Welcome, Rip Porter, to the first day of the rest of your death.



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



Forgotten (In The Shadows, Book One), by Catherine Gardiner. (Still free?)

This occult horror is the first in a planned series. 158 pages, free today!

"A friend recommended this book to me as I wanted to read something that had a paranormal theme, but without all the romance that those novels are known for. I'd say this book delivered on what I wanted for the most part. It wasn't too heavy going, it was partly based in the 90s (a decade I grew up in and feel nostalgic about), and there was enough action to keep me turning the pages. " -- Michael, Amazon reviewer


Sycamore Heights, where everyone keeps a deadly secret.

Katrina Harvey has just enrolled into the senior class of Sycamore Heights High along with her foster sister, Jessica Sinclair. Unfortunately Katrina is no ordinary enrollee as ten months previously she was brutally attacked and has been left with amnesia.

Almost a year after those horrific events took place Katrina is being stalked by someone, or something, who doesn't want her to remember her past and will do anything to keep it that way.

Moving to a new town is never easy, as Suzanne Harvey is well aware, but focused on finding her older sister, Katrina, fate has led her to Sycamore Heights. Now, as Suzanne gets closer to revealing secrets from the past, someone from the present doesn't like what she could unearth, even if that means they drive her to the brink of insanity to keep the secrets forgotten.



158 pages, with a 4-star rating from 4 reviews.



Campfire Scares: 10 Scary Short Stories, by Chance Crimson. (Still free?)

This book gives you ten short, original scary stories, meant for verbal story-telling. The introduction even gives some tips on effective read-aloud story-telling!


If you are searching for stories that will truly scare and shock you, Campfire Scares is the book for you.

Packed with 10 original short stories, you will be scared just reading these to yourself. The effect is even greater when you read them out loud.

Some of the topics covered in the various stories include: Murder, stalkers, stexting (stalker texting), scary woods, witches, Halloween, ghost stories, ouija boards, the dead, camping out, voodoo dolls, "In The Future" stories, truth or dare, viral outbreaks, and much more.

You can click on the book above to LOOK INSIDE for the table of contents, but here are the titles of the scary shorts: Silent Murder - Trick or Treat, Wanna Meet' - The Woods - Summer Lake House - Camp Night - The Voodoo Doll - Ouija Bored (play on words) - Get Out Of My Head - Truth Or Dare - The Outbreak.

Are these scary stories for kids' Put it this way, they'll scare the crap out of young children. However, it's ultimately up to the parent to decide what their children read, or what they read to their children. I told these stories to my nephew, niece, adult friends, their teen children, I even read a story to my grandmother and she loved it! Some are fine reading this to 7 year olds, while some won't let their 13 year olds get anywhere close to it.

With that said, these 10 short stories are completely original, and are packed with lots of twists and turns. Some will give you quick spooks and chills down your spine, while other stories will keep you up all night thinking for hours.

Read these short horror stories around the campfire, bring them to a party, spook your friends at a sleepover, or just read them in a dark area to really get the spooky mood going.

Besides the 10 short scary stories, you also get a short guide on the best way to read these stories aloud to others.

Some of these stories can be read in 5 minutes, others will take 15 or 20 minutes, depending on how fast of a reader you are. You can be sure to find a short story in this book that will completely scare you AND your friends and family. Bottom line... This book of 10 short camp fire stories is here to scare the crap out of you, nothing more, nothing less. Enjoy the book, and go tell these stories to your friends!





How to Budget for the Holidays, by Higher Read. (Still free?)

Tips and tricks for stretching your dollar during the holidays. A good start is to grab this book (normally $2.99) while it's free today!

"A necessary book for budgeting for the holidays! It begins with good reasoning why budgeting is okay. The book gives great, easy, and simple ideas about how this works. I especially liked the numerous web sites referred in the book. Thank you for this helpful book! " -- Glorianna Pearcey, Amazon reviewer


Regardless of exactly what the holidays mean to you, they probably mean spending. Whether you spend on traditional meals or on gifts for everyone or on outfits for a variety of functions that require your attendance, there can be ignoring the fact that starting in early November, we start to feel anxious about our wallets.

These two things - the traditions that bring warmth into our lives and the holiday spending - don't have to cancel each other out. It is easy to forget the good feelings that go along with sharing time with family when we are worried about making ends meet. That is why we need to think about doing the holidays on a budget. If we can control our spending amidst all of the lights and gift wrap and cookies, then we can more thoroughly enjoy the entire experience of the holidays.

Rather than a specific plan laid out for budgeting, this book encourages you to find a budget (with a few tips about how) and cut back on what you usually spend in the fall and winter. It demonstrates a variety of ways to do this: by finding inexpensive solutions, by rethinking how we approach the holidays, and by reevaluating what real giving is. You might find you don't connect with all of the ideas here, but some are sure to appeal to you. Even if you only shake off some of the anxiety the holidays bring, you will find a more peaceful holiday season. No Bah Humbug about it.



65 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.



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

Thieves at Heart (The Valley of Ten Crescents #1), by Tristan J. Tarwater. (Still $0.99?)

Today's Bargain Book: this epic fantasy is Book 1 of three books in Tarwater's Valley of Ten Crescents series. Normally $3.99, it's available for you to download for 99 cents today!

"I'm very particular about my fantasy intake, and her book ticks all the right boxes. There's a fine line between 'grimdark' and 'real', and it's a rare treat to experience a writer that knows where that line is." -- Jack Cayless, Author/Artist of 'Chimneyspeak'

"It gave off 'Oliver Twist' mixed with 'A Knight's Tale'..." --Paula Phillips, the Phantom Paragrapher


Little Tavera is a half-elf child in a land of humans, an outsider dragged from bad situation to worse--until Derk whisks her away and adopts her as his own. Tavera soon finds out her new Pa is a master thief, a member of an elite group of professional scoundrels called the Cup of Cream. They make their money that way, sure, but thievery is as necessary as any other profession in the Valley of Ten Crescents; it balances society. To Derk's--and her own--delight, Tavera grows into a natural thief and works her way toward membership in the Cup. Joining would finally give her some place where she belongs, and it would please the Pa she loves so much. But being a thief means being only one step ahead of the law. When the law finally catches up, Tavera must choose: go against her Pa's wishes for the sake of loyalty and love; or obey him and survive.



209 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 14 reviews.



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