Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Oct 31)

Happy Hallowe'en! Here's today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

Murder Spins a Tale: A Flock and Fiber Mystery, by Veryl Ann Grace. (Still free?)

Denied justice weaves a web of revenge and death in this cozy mystery. Highly-reviewed, and free today!

"This mystery isn't only for those that spin their own yarn, knit their own sweaters or raise their own fiber flock, but for all those that love a good, simple mystery." -- Alicia R. Santiago

"I found the characters to be very likable, and thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I learned a little too!" -- CatLady5


A beautiful winter morning gives no hint of the danger that will engulf Martha Williamson, owner of The Spider's Web - a shop specializing in spinning and weaving. Living with her two Great Pyrenees dogs, Falcor and Denali, on a small farm near Black Hills, Washington, Martha has come to cherish the quiet life she created after the violent death of her husband in a car accident. 


However, the news spreads fast when Martha discovers a burglary of the town's beauty salon; and her friends fear another robbery. Gossip becomes reality; burglary becomes murder; and Martha's business card is found at the scene. When Falcor discovers the murder weapon and Martha is threatened, she is driven to find the killer. Taking the reader into her world of fiber arts, Martha, with Denali and Falcor at her side, spins her way through a tangle of clues, deception and danger.

About the Author

Although Veryl Ann Grace learned to knit and crochet at her grandmother's knee, her real passion for fiber arts began when she realized she could create yarn from all the hair her beloved Great Pyrenees shed. That was twenty-five years ago and she can still be found spinning, knitting and weaving fiber of all kinds including livestock guardian dog hair. A long time resident of Washington state, she currently lives in Hawaii with her husband, a Maremma, and two poi dogs.



274 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 31 reviews.



Stealing Mercy, by Kristy Tate. (Still free?)

This historical romance recently hit the Top 50 Free in Amazon. Get it while it's free!

"New author Kristy Tate brings a wicked sense of humor and a fast-paced storyline to her tale of a feisty 1880s piemaker who flees an enemy in New York and finds happiness--along with danger--in Seattle. You can't help rooting for Mercy Faye, who flaunts convention and flings herself into peril, determined to save young women forced to work in a brothel. Her secrets form a barrier between her and the appealing Trent Michaels, but love has a way of breaching the gap. A charming debut!" -- Jacqueline Diamond, Amazon reviewer


A girl disguised as a boy.
A villain with a brothel to fill.
A hero wondering why he's in love with a lad in breeches.
Serving murder, mayhem and pies, Stealing Mercy is a romantic adventure set in 1889 - on the eve of the Great Seattle Fire, when more than a city is set on fire.

After a night of terror, Mercy Faye flees New York. Disguised as a boy, she sets sail for a new life in Seattle, but her nightmare, Mr. Steele, follows close behind. Armed with only her chocolates, laced tarts and wits, Mercy sets out to destroy Mr. Steele and his Lucky Island brothel.

Trent Michaels is searching for his missing cousin. He can't afford complications - or romance - yet, at every turn he finds Mercy Faye. The night before the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, flames spark between Mercy and Trent leaving the life they know and the city they love in ashes.

Their story reaches forward through time to Bette Michaels, a genealogist, struggling with grief after the sudden death of her husband. Although generations apart, as Bette unravels Mercy's story, she learns that a life can be rebuilt - even after everything is lost.

Through Mercy, Bette discovers that sometimes the only way to find happiness is to steal it.



195 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 13 reviews.



Magia Rising, by Monique O'Connor James. (Still free?)

Here's an occult horror available for free today.

"This book took me on a thrill ride through New Orleans. Ghosts Cemetaries, witches, and the French Quarter, the author writes with such detail, you're there, seeing what the characters see and feeling what they feel. The unexpected part was that the story was so clean of violence and sex it's suitable for a mid to late teen. The only thing is I am drooling for the next book, because the story can't end this way. Hope the next one comes out soon." -- Rbitrager, Amazon reviewer


New Orleans is teeming with warring witch clans. Their world goes unnoticed by the people of the city,unseen by the masses. Nixon was one of those people, oblivious to the battles brewing around him. That is, until his eighteenth birthday.

Abandoned and on his own after the deaths of his parents...he'd grown used to being alone. Now he's discovering strange powers, learning secrets about his ancestors, and falling for the wrong girl--or is she the right one? In this new world he can trust no one...even the dead tell lies. Friends are enemies,
and enemies hide the truth. Who can he trust? What's real and what's illusion?



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



The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady (The King Henry Tapes), by Richard Raley. (Still free?)

If you missed this horror fantasy last month, it's available for free again today!

"I was impressed with the way Raley incorporated legends and fantasies into his world, making things dark and realistic, not just sparkly wish fulfillment for teenage girls. A good magic system can really draw me into a book. A nice plus that comes from setting the story in our world is that you can reference so many things we're familiar with. The book is full of references to games, movies, TV shows, culture and more, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once." -- Uriel, Amazon reviewer


THE PULPANORMAL BEGINS...

King Henry Price is fourteen and he loves everything he's not supposed to--stealing, cursing, and fighting to name a few. One day after his usual hour of detention he comes home to find an enigmatic woman named Ceinwyn Dale sitting in his kitchen, telling his parents lies about a special reform school. What she tells King Henry is different, she tells him he's a mancer, a Geomancer to be exact, that he's special, one in million maybe. She sure ain't a fairy giant and King Henry sure as hell ain't Harry Potter, but why not? Has to be better than the life he's already got.

King Henry Price is twenty-two, a recent graduate of the Asylum as an Artificer. With the special ability to create lasting items of the Mancy, he's spurned the Artificer's Guild and struck out on his own to found an Artificer workshop looking to do things his way. One night, a vampire baroness claiming she's named Anne Boleyn walks into his shop, telling King Henry he's going to help her, and she's not taking 'no' for an answer. King Henry is pretty sure the whole name thing is just a joke, but only pretty sure...

THE KING HENRY TAPES
Book 1 - "The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady" (released)
Book 2 - "The Foul Mouth and the Cat Killing Coyotes" (released)
Book 3 - Forthcoming



271 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 20 reviews.



Barcode: Legend of Apollo, by Kashif Ross. (Still free?)

Here's a well-reviewed work of high-tech Science Fiction. Check it out for free today!

"Kashif did a fantastic job building strong characters that you can relate to. I find that each of the characters change and grow throughout the course of the book quite smoothly. This book is filled with a whole lot imagination mixing in mythology of the Gods into reality of war and it even brings in a little ancient Egyptian beliefs. I like the good mix of everything in this book because it creates a well rounded story. Anyone who like anime would love this book. Even if you are, like me, not an anime fan don't be deceived by the cover because the book is fantastic." -- Heather Rose, Amazon reviewer


Spencer Colt must return to his last year of Colt Academy--the academic institute for gladiators. The school and arena are run by his father, a wealthy businessman too occupied to remember his son's 19th birthday. Spencer could care less. He's a sarcastic jerk that wants to finish his final year without another person mentioning his destiny, to reunite America.

On his first day back, his family's helicopter plunges nose first into the battlefield. As bloodied and limp bodies are dragged across the stadium, a mysterious boy named Kode emerges.

Spencer hardly has time to show concern for his recovering family members when he and his beautiful nemesis, Michelle Miyamoto, are attacked by a naked and manic Kode. Michelle promises to train with Spencer after they discover the lunatic's intentions, but she has trouble of her own. She must keep the practice a secret for her friendship to survive.

In this world, humans are born with tattoos known as barcodes. The data contains mythological powers that make arena fights very entertaining. Yet, Spencer's codes are different. They seem to draw him into a comforting darkness. It's in this hell that he learns the truth about his corrupt family and how he murdered his mother.



239 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 13 reviews.



Bitnapped (The Bytewise Trio), by J.T. Carroll. (Still free?)

Get this thriller described by readers as "clever, quirky, endearing, and fun"! Free today.

"Tongue-in-cheek humor from the start. A likeable heroine. Endearing characters. A clever plot, with unexpected solutions. I like a book that holds my interest with imaginable action and well-put descriptions so that the read is a lot like watching a good movie; also, a book from which I get new ideas. A book that takes me places. And a predicament worth solving. A little suggested romance? For me, this book contained all of these things. " -- Moonfuschia, Amazon reviewer


"J.T. Carroll is definitely an author to keep an eye on." - Leslie
Ramey, co-owner of Grub Street Reads, grubstreetreads.com.

"I loved how we got tossed right into the action, and how we learned about the status quo through Kelly's thoughts. I also loved that she was a total MacGyver and used her background knowledge to get herself and Rupert out of the warehouse. Great job on making Nonno a three-dimensional character... We could trust him but would never dream of crossing him."



137 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 4 reviews.



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

Fire & Ice (Icefire Trilogy), by Patty Jansen. (Still $0.99?)

Today's bargain book is the first in a 3-book epic fantasy series.

"The story was very original and smart as well as the characters who I loved, the good and bad ones. Overall the novel was fast paced and filled with adventures that were very exciting. The book ended with a cliffhanger that left me wanting for more, and I really want to read the next book for that reason.. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read as it has great adventure and even young romance. " -- Diana Sakioti, Amazon reviewer


Deep under the City of Glass in the frozen southern land, an age-old machine called the Heart of the City radiates a power which locals call icefire. Most citizens are immune to it, but a few, always born with physical disabilities, can bend it to their will. For fifty years, the ruling Eagle Knights, who fly on the back of giant birds, have killed these Imperfects, fearing the return of the old royal family, who used icefire to cut out people's hearts, turning them into ghostly servitors.

The old king's grandson Tandor only sees the good things icefire brought: power and technology now forgotten while the people of the south live in dire poverty. He's had enough of seeing his fellow kinsfolk slaughtered by ignorant Knights, of Imperfect babies being abandoned on the ice floes to be eaten by wild animals. His grandfather's diary tells him how to increase the beat of the Heart the first step to making the land glorious once more. Arrogant as he is, he sets the machine in motion. All he needs is an army of Imperfect servitors to control the resulting power.

Isandor is Imperfect, an ex-Knight apprentice, betrayed by his best friend and running for his life.

The queen Jevaithi is Imperfect, living like a prisoner amidst leering Knights, surviving only because the common people would rebel if their beloved queen were harmed.

Both are young and desperate and should be grateful that Tandor wants to rescue them from their hopeless situations. Or so he thinks. The youngsters, however, have no inclination to become heartless ghosts, but while they defy Tandor, the Heart beats, and he alone cannot control its power.



264 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 11 reviews.



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