Friday, October 12, 2012

Free Kindle books! (Oct 12)

Good morning! Today we have not four, not six, but *nine* highly-rated Kindle books selected for you - and they're all free today! Enjoy.

Two Graves (A Kesle City Homicide Novel), by D.A. Graystone. (Still free?)

Let's start off with this hard-boiled thriller! If you like police procedurals, and murder mysteries, download this thrill ride today for free!

"They say `When you set out on revenge, dig two graves.' Well, I'm afraid in this particular book two would be definitely not be enough. Reading this well-written novel, I felt like watching a good movie/thriller, horrified but unable to stop. The well developed characters, their diversity and depth, the delightfully flowing language, the rich descriptions, all of those did the trick, keeping me on my toes up to the very end of this story. " -- Zoe Saadia, Amazon reviewer


He was bullied all his life. But now he has killed. Now he is getting even and everyone is a target.

But with Lieutenant Gregg Mann's task force looking for him, he should have remembered the Chinese proverb, "Before you set out on a journey of revenge, dig Two Graves."

If you are looking for a new serial killer and can't get enough of Michael Connelly and James Patterson, you have found your new nightmare in Two Graves.



314 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 45 reviews.



The Living Image, by Pamela M. Richter. (Still free?)

An attractive model gets cloned, unbeknownst to her, in this thriller. Take this fun ride for free today, with its touches of emotion, humor, and mystery.

"An exciting and detailed thriller story which simply oozes with suspense and greedy characters! If you like The Fugitive, The Pelican Brief, or The Client then this story is for you!" -- Huntress Book Reviews 

"A page turner that draws the mettle of the story to a satisfying conclusion, and proves that when you think you have reached your darkest hour, the brightest of your dreams can come true..." -- Betty Wiechert, former reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine


Sabrina Miller, a fashion designer in Los Angeles, is stunned when she meets Eve, her own double. The shock turns to terror when she learns that her duplicate was enhanced by a scientist and that there are people intent on killing her to protect their new secret creation. The CIA wants to study her. The Russians wants to abduct her for the technology. The Japanese don't care if they have to tear the woman to pieces--they want to know how she was made.

Sabrina flees with the woman as news about a potential new secret weapon for the Defense Department is leaked. An international race begins to acquire the woman, a molecular clone of Sabrina's brain and body, but dramatically changed through advanced computer engineering.

Eve was thrust into a new body. She must learn to learn how to act like a normal human woman to evade those hunting her. To complicate matters she is suddenly receiving mature hormones which play havoc with her logical and biologically enhanced brain function.

Although Sabrina and Eve look alike, there are enormous differences the people hunting them will do anything to possess.



330 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 13 reviews.



UNPLUGGED (A PORTRAIT OF A ROCK STAR), by J.P. Grider. (Still free?)

This contemporary romantic suspense novel won awards in the Textnovel Writing Contest, reaching Semi-finalist position. Try it free today!

"As a child of the 80's and still a fan of the whole music scene, this book was a "must read" for me. In this book you feel the real after-effects of tragedy and betrayal and also love and forgiveness. I enjoyed the conflicts and the resolutions. If you love the 80's, music, mystery, and romance give this book a try. " -- N. Hall, Amazon reviewer


Life, for 80s rocker, Tagg Holland, isn't a bed of roses, but things look up when Mara enters his world.

One fatal night changes rock-idol, Tagg Holland's life, forever...until his Oscar-winning mother hires him a personal trainer...in the form of a cute little brunette.

When Mara Giordano comes knocking on his door, Tagg Holland sees a light at the end of his decade-long tunnel of despair.

Suddenly, the call to fall in love and to reemerge as the Nation's most beloved rocker (along with Jon Bon Jovi) urges him to put the wheels in motion and try romance as well as head back to the stage.

With his mother's support and a new relationship budding, Tagg believes he will finally overcome his tragedy and grow from it...until another near-fatal accident threatens Tagg's resolve and sends him plummeting once again.

With his emotional stability teetering on the edge of another breakdown, Tagg Holland may not have the strength to overcome a second casualty. Will the love he'd found in the last few months be strong enough to see him through?


Will he reemerge as the soulful singer, someone like Chris Daughtry, who is loved and respected...or will he end up like Jeff Buckley - dead?



304 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 24 reviews.



Protector (Crossfire), by Gennita Low. (Still free?)

If you can get past the beefcake cover, action and suspense and romance await you - in this book that just broke the Top 100 in the Kindle Free store.

"It's fun to see the testosterone fly when eight SEALs are told they have to follow a woman's orders! Gennita Low's male dialogue seems very true to life and at times very amusing. I really enjoyed the "guy" camaraderie in her story and it's fun to be reunited with Hawk (yum-yum), Cucumber, Dirk and Mink again. If you've enjoyed Ms. Low's other books, I guarantee you won't be disappointed with this one. " -- M. Hammon, Amazon reviewer


There are two things Navy SEAL Jazz Zeringue knows:
1) his black ops team will always have his back, and
2) there's nothing more enticing than a woman of mystery

When the best of intentions gets Jazz arrested overseas, he couldn't be more surprised to find Vivi Verreau ready to spring him out of jail. Obviously more than the civilian she claims to be, he's sure Vivi is hiding an agenda...and he's determined to stick by her side until he uncovers all her secrets.

A covert agent who shrouds herself in disguises, and who fearlessly jumps into dangerous situations without thoughts for her own safety, Vivi has no need for a protector. But if she is to have any hope of completing her most important mission, she'll have no choice but to recruit Jazz and his men.

And when everything explodes around them, they will need each other more than they ever imagined...



356 pages, with a 4-star rating from 34 reviews.



eBully, by Dave Conifer. (Still free?)

A Young Adult book plotted around the timely topic of Internet bullying. Free today!

"Well written with great characters, eBully did a good job of building suspense and also added in some twists that I didn't see coming." - Arkali

"In these days of every kid having a cell phone, I think it's an important subject to broach with your kids and this is a great way to start that conversation." - Candy Beauchamp


Vice Principal Steve Lukather is desperate. Just like last year, an internet bully is terrorizing one of his students at Lakeland Middle School. Last time it ended badly when the victim was found with two slashed wrists after an attempted suicide. This year, after a series of nasty computer messages and an indiscreet photograph of Carly Gillette spread through the student body Lukather knows it's happening again. This time he's determined to stop the bully in his tracks before Gillette ends up reaching for a razor blade.

Thirteen-year-old Scott Halifax has a juvy rap sheet that could peel wallpaper but he's just what Lukather needs -- a street-smart, tech-savvy kid with no roots. Lukather makes a deal with Halifax: go undercover as a student at Lakeland and nail the bully in return for a ticket out of the County Detention Center and a clean slate.

Once he's in at Lakeland Halifax teams up with Tom Seidel, the nerdy kid that everyone loves to hate. It isn't long before Scott, Tom and Carly's best friend Lisa are working together. It takes a lot of hard work, some sly computer sleuthing and a little dumb luck before they expose the bully. And it's the last person that anybody would have suspected.



189 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 21 reviews.



Cornerstone (Souls Of The Stones), by Kelly Walker. (Still free?)

We don't usually feature books with only one review, but the sample of this Young Adult fantasy impressed us with the quality of writing and how quickly it pulls you in. Try this one for free!

"Ms. Walker's first novel in a new high fantasy world is an engaging, fast-moving read with a primary antagonist that rather sneaks up on you. She keeps you guessing for quite some time during the book! Her heroine is likeable, both her servant and her best friend are also engaging and have their likeable foibles." -- Shez L. Lyman, Amazon reviewer


In a world comprised of three rival kingdoms as different from each other as the families that rule them, Emariya Warren is unique in being a daughter of not one but two of the ruling families.

Sixteen years ago, Emariya narrowly escaped dying on their cold estate floor beside her mother. Now, after learning her father has been captured, Emariya makes the desperate decision to follow in her mother's ill-fated footsteps and journey to marry the prince of a rival land, Torian Ahlen. But when Emariya discovers the secrets of the three families and an ominous prophecy warning the three bloodlines must never be combined, she begins to fear the handsome prince waiting for her may desire more than to steal her heart.



263 pages, with a 4-star rating from 1 reviews.



They Met At Shiloh, by Phillip Bryant. (Still free?)

Let's switch genres for a look at this well-reviewed work of historical fiction set in the Civil War era.

"They Met at Shiloh follows four men across the battlefield of Shiloh during the American Civil War. Each man must fight not only the battle set before him, but internal wars as well. If someone asks 'what was it like to be a soldier in the western theatre of the Civil War,' 'They Met at Shiloh' is highly recommended. Bryant brings to life the soldiers who fought for a variety of reasons, risking their lives for their 'pards' and their country. Well researched, well thought out, and well worth the money." -- Peter Leavell, Amazon reviewer


Pittsburg Landing was a place at peace - one that never expected to be the site for one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Peace is shattered as Confederate and Federal troops meet on the fields and farms surrounding a tiny Methodist church. In the midst of death and destruction, friendships form as four soldiers struggle to survive the battle.

Forced to leave his position as minister, Phillip Pearson knows his life is in danger, but not just from the Confederates. The Harper family, incensed at Pearson's refusal to bury a philandering son, has a vendetta against him that is played out on the battlefield.

Demoted from his command by a West Point graduate, Capt.Michael Greirson is forced to choose between ambition and duty.

When a bumbling youth becomes his shadow, Private Robert Mitchell gains an unlikely friend - something that has been missing from his life. Afraid to trust, he is forced to confront those fears and depend on others in the heat of battle.

War is an adventure to Private Stephen Murdoch and his best friend, William Banks. For months they dream of the glory of war before volunteering together. On the eve of battle, they sense something momentous is about to happen. Their idealistic views fade in the blood of their fallen comrades.



221 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 17 reviews.



Freedom's Sword, a Historical Novel of Scotland, by J.R. Tomlin. (Still free?)

This 250-page prequel to the Black Douglas Trilogy takes you to 1296 A.D., and introduces you to newly-knighted Andrew de Moray, who finds himself leading a Scottish rebellion. Pick up this well-researched, tightly-written historical fiction today while it's free!

"Tomlin has created a fast paced, well -written read that any historical fiction lover will enjoy." - Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

"The novel is engrossing and rich with detail. Tomlin makes these historic figures approachable and lifelike in a way that makes you root for them and understand their motivation. - The Kindle Book Review


Before William Wallace, before Robert the Bruce, there was another Scottish hero...

In 1296, newly knighted by the King of the Scots, Andrew de Moray fights to defend his country against the forces of the ruthless invader, King Edward Longshanks of England. After a bloody defeat in battle, he is dragged in chains to an English dungeon.

Soon the young knight escapes. He returns to find Scotland under the heel of a conqueror and his betrothed sheltering in the hills of the Black Isle. Seizing his own castle from the English, he raises the banner of Scottish freedom. Now he must lead the north of Scotland to rebellion in hope of defeating the English army sent to crush them.

Freedom's Sword is a prequel to A Kingdom's Cost, Book 1 of The Black Douglas Trilogy.
 

251 pages, with a 4-star rating from 35 reviews.



Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!), by Alexandra Sokoloff. (Still free?)

Authors and wanna-be writers! (That's all of us, right!?) Here's an extremely well-reviewed treatise on writing from Alexandra Sokoloff, whose writing has been praised by the New York Times as "some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."

 Get this treasure trove of practical advice, free today!

"Sokoloff's advice is spot-on, and her teaching style is direct and effective. A must-have book for authors and screenwriters." --- JA Konrath, bestselling author of A Newbie's Guide To Publishing

"Sokoloff is a generous mentor with the gifted ability to address a storyteller's practical concerns while encouraging artistic integrity and every author's unique voice. Only three of my half dozen novels have been written with her unwitting guidance, but I can guarantee that with this book at my fingertips, all my future work- and my reading audience - will benefit from her advice. Recommended without reservation." --- Vicki Pettersson, bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac series


Are you finally committed to writing that novel but have no idea how to get started? Or are you a published author - but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next level?

Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form and the techniques of screenwriting are easily adaptable to novel writing. You can jump-start your plot and bring your characters and scenes vibrantly alive on the page - by watching your favorite movies and learning from the storytelling tricks of great filmmakers.

With this workbook, based on award-winning author/ screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff's internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks For Authors blog and workshops, you'll learn how to use techniques of film writing such as:

- the High Concept Premise
- the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure
- the Storyboard Grid
- the Index Card Method of Plotting

- as well as tricks of film pacing and suspense, character arc and drive, visual storytelling, and building image systems - to structure and color your novel for maximum emotional impact, unbearable suspense and riveting pacing, no matter what genre you're writing in.

You'll create your own personalized workbook of genre tricks based on your favorite books and movies and tailored to your own brand of storytelling, and a collage book to build visual image systems. And the emphasis on premise is invaluable for crafting that all-important query and pitch.

In this rapidly changing world of publishing, more and more agents and editors are looking for novels that have the pacing, emotional excitement, and big, unique, "high concept" premises of Hollywood movies (and the potential for that movie or TV sale!).

Whether you're just starting to develop a book or script, or rewriting for maximum impact, this workbook will guide you through an easy, effective and fun process to help you make your book or script the best it can be.

Includes detailed film breakdowns and analysis as well as chapters and resources on how to get a literary agent, writing a query letter, professional networking, and screenwriting contests.


263 pages, with a 5-star rating from 26 reviews.


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2 comments:

  1. Fourth book down, I'm seeing a guy pointing a gun at his johnson and written across his chest are the words "Gennital Ow."

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    1. That's Gennita Low to you, good sir! :D

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