Monday, November 26, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Nov 26)

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

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The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis, by Elle Thornton. (Still free?)

Elle Thornton's writing is described by reviewers as "exquisitely lyrical." It's 1957, and 12-year old Gabriella's friendship with Marine Hawkins just might put him in grave danger.

"I love this book! A young girl grows up on a military base in North Carolina in the racially charged 1950s, struggling to prove herself to her father, the General, and to find out what happened to her mother. She makes friends by following her heart, without regard to race or age. This book is beautifully written." -- Noel-Anne Brennan

Nearly everything important in twelve-year-old Gabriella's life that summer of 1957 can be traced to the river. On the North Carolina military base where she lives, she meets the African-American Marine Hawkins by the river's brown-green water. Hawkins, a servant in the kitchen of her father's quarters, becomes her swim coach and a person she can talk with--even about the tragedy of the youth Emmett Till. The fourteen-year-old was lynched two years earlier, his body thrown into Mississippi's Tallahatchie river. But this river, her river, isn't a place of death. Emmett's spirit is alive in its waters. It's a place of magic.

At the river Hawkins helps her find her strength and her place in the world. Emmett helps her find her heart.

Emmett had been murdered for whistling at a white woman. Could her friendship with Hawkins endanger the tough Marine? It doesn't seem possible. Until a sudden storm on the river changes Gabriella's life--forever.

168 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 32 reviews.

Little Deadly Things, by Harry Steinman. (Still free?)

A morality tale that looks at two women who will decide the fate of mankind. Download this techno-thriller free today!

"Little Deadly Things introduces the brilliant but psychotic Eva Rozen, a Boston scientist tormented by both her past and her present. Her mystery and madness propel the reader, revealing surprises at every turn." -- Deborah Swiss, The Tin Ticket

When abusive parents raise brilliant children, you might end up with a saint, or a killer…or one of each.

Little Deadly Things is the place where science meets the psyche, where humanity’s future is in the hands of a madwoman and the woman that must stop her.

The seeds of an apocalyptic race—to save mankind or to destroy it—were sown in the earliest years of two scientists. Young Eva Rozen witnessed her sister's brutal murder, and barely escaped with her life. She found refuge from madness in the orderly world of science. Twenty-five years later, this master of nanotechnology is the world's richest woman... and the most dangerous.

Marta Cruz also endured a troubled childhood. Her mother’s death and her father's incarceration left her an orphan, and a crippling disease left her in pain. Marta's refuge? A tropical rain forest where she discovers plants with miraculous healing properties under the tutelage of her shamanistic grandmother.

The two girls meet in high school and form an uneasy friendship that lasts through college. Eva wants power, profit—and Marta's husband. She offers to fund Marta's public health dreams in exchange for the ailing physician's knowledge of plant-based medicines. Together, they build the world's largest nanotech manufacturer.

When the unstable Eva has a psychotic break, and attacks the people who rely on her for survival, only Marta can stand between Eva and the death of millions. But Marta is a healer, not a fighter, and must rely on her husband and teenaged son, a boy who faces a life-or-death challenge well beyond his years.

Little Deadly Things is set just a few years in the future, yet the story’s technology comes directly from today’s laboratories. Here is a chilling look at a future that is already on our doorstep—and a study of the two women who will decide the fate of mankind.

382 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 32 reviews.

The Doorknob Society (The Doorknob Society Saga), by MJ Fletcher. (Still free?)

Book 1 of the Doorknob Society fantasy / romance series - free today!

"The Doorknob Society will take you into a world full of gears, gadgets, portals, dimensions and secret societies. It will grab your attention and not let it go. Get in line for the ride of a lifetime with twists and turns and action from start to finish. " -- Iprather66, Amazon reviewer

Chloe Masters’s world changes in a heartbeat and all she did was touch a doorknob.

When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her fathers magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into a world of ancient societies and secrets.

When her father disappears it is a race against time to find answers before she loses whats left of her family. Now Chloe must choose who to trust, the man who will do anything for her or the one she can’t stop thinking about.

312 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 35 reviews.

Here's a bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!

Darklandia, by T.S. Welti. (Still $0.99?)

Unique, descriptive, cinematic... this warmly-reviewed book follows 17-year-old Sera in Manhattan in the year 2147. A bargain book, from one of KindleBoards most popular authors!

"This is one book where I absolutely did not see the ending coming. The last couple of chapters are a huge twist, one that had me nearly in tears. Not that the ending was a disappointment; far from it. It was not the ending that I was expecting, but it was a perfect way to end the book. I can say that the ending felt like it absolutely destroyed me; it was so good, but I felt like it left me wanting more when there was none. The way that it was all brought together in the end makes me wonder if there will be another book. Even if there isn't, Darklandia is a fantastic addition to Ms. Welti's growing list of novels, and would be a great addition to anyone's personal library. I recommend this book wholeheartedly." -- Elizabeth Embleton, Amazon reviewer

Manhattan, 2147

Seventeen-year-old Sera Fisk gleefully celebrates the death of her 114-year-old great-grandmother, the last Atraxian alive who still remembers what New York was like before Felicity.

There is only one principle of Felicity: Suffering is optional. Those who disagree or forget this principle, as Sera's father did, are detained and "purified". Through the use of the Darklandia virtual reality and mandatory water rations, the Department of Felicity has transformed metropolises all over the country into happy, obedient communities.

Inspired by her great-grandmother's last words, Sera stops drinking the water rations and is soon recruited by Nyx into a rebel organization in the midst of planning a full-scale attack on Darklandia. When Nyx attempts to override the Darklandia system, he stumbles upon shocking information about Sera and her family. After years of living in a haze of virtual reality and drugs, Sera finds herself running from a powerful surge of raw emotions and a government agency intent on keeping reality a secret.

Mature Young Adult / New Adult for mature themes and violence.

Note: Due to reader demand, a sequel to Darklandia will be released in Spring 2013.

Praise for Darklandia

What blew me away the most is that even though I was noticing clues that should have led me to the shocking ending, I didn't make the connection until the very end. Masterfully done.
- Terri Oda, Amazon reviewer

The author's prose is unique and so perfectly descriptive. Vivid scenes were created in my mind as I read, very cinematic. I could easily see this becoming a film.
- Amazon reviewer

If there is one thing to be said about Darklandia, it is that you should go and pick it up, right now. If you enjoy dystopian fiction of any flavor, chances are high that this book is one you will enjoy.
- Kit Embleton, Cartwheels & Tea Blog

201 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 16 reviews.

No Good Like It Is, by McKendree R Long III. (Still free?)

This western novel is well-regarded with over 20 five-star reviews. Free today!

"A fast moving engaging Civil War epic. Following Captain Dobey Walls and his right hand man, Sergeant Major Melton through their adventures puts you in the saddle in the middle of the action of Terry's Texas Rangers and the old west. The author's visual characterizations and graphic depiction of the battles and the country that our nation was based on is both enlightening and heart warming. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to the sequel." -- Pisces, Amazon reviewer

"No Good Like It Is" is a winding tale of violence, tolerance, and changing racial acceptance. In it, two hard-bitten Confederate cavalrymen barely survive the Civil War, riding with the famed Eighth Texas Cavalry. They then must struggle home to the Texas Panhandle, while accumulating enough misfits and strays to populate a small village. This rowdy historical fiction is filled with rich characters, both real and should-have-been. A sequel, "What Goes Round," is in the works.

334 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 28 reviews.

Sword of Queens, by Joan Marie Verba. (Still free?)

An epic fantasy - free today - from Joan Marie Verba, prolific author and winner of Scribe Award.

"The author has created an imaginative and compelling story. I was easily transported to a different time and place and found myself riveted with each passing chapter. The story is a a coming of age, an awakening, a quest, and overcoming of an "evil" that was once not so." -- D. L. Hart, Amazon reviewer

The kingdom of Somerlie has been in the grip of the evil overlord Tashtalon for over 500 years. No one has ever seen Tashtalon, but he puts the kingdom to sleep every night, and during the night, people disappear, never to be seen again. Gill has spent her life thinking these things could not possibly be changed, until strange events point her to the only thing that can defeat Tashtalon…a magical weapon called the Sword of Queens. To prevent its use, Tashtalon made a law saying that any woman wielding a sword will be put to death…and he enforces that law savagely. Can Gill summon the courage to find the sword and use it before Tashtalon kills her?

282 pages, with a 5-star rating from 9 reviews.

Hustled To The Altar, by Dani Collins. (Still free?)

Renny, our sharp-witted heroine, confronts her messy past on the eve of her wedding. Free today!

"I love a romance story and this was a good one with a unique style. There was great humour and wit that made me happy and entertained. What else can you ask for when losing yourself in a romance novel? I look forward to many more good romance reads from Dani Collins. " -- GMA, Amazon reviewer

“The day before your wedding, expect a few mix-ups…”

In the spirit of Match Me If You Can and other great comedies by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, HUSTLED TO THE ALTAR offers a witty, face-paced story about likable people tripping into love despite their best-laid plans.

With a not so tidy past tucked behind her, Renny O’Laughlin thinks marriage to a steady man will make an honest woman of her. To that end, the last thing she wants on the day before her wedding is to see her eccentric ex-boyfriend—the one with more dollars than sense who provokes the thrill-seeker inside her. But she works for his Gran and has just learned the senior was duped by a professional swindler. Renny has to tell Con what happened before she marries another man and leaves forever.

Games-inventor Conroy Burke won’t buckle to convention, especially marriage. He’s crazy about Renny though. She's the only woman able to keep up with him. When she explains how his Gran was tricked, Con sees an opportunity to convince his wildcard she doesn't really want to settle down.

Brimming with snappy come-backs and sexy love scenes, HUSTLED TO THE ALTAR is a shell-game of playful plot twists from first page to last.

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

The Doomed Colony of Mars (The Maurice Series), by Daniel Barth. (Still free?)

An entertaining work of children's fiction that instructs as it entertains. Author Dr. Daniel Barth is a Reagan Scholar, and winner of the prestigious Amgen Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, as well as the Science is for Kids Fellowship.

"This is an excellent series, and this installment does not disappoint. Maurice is a curious and courageous character and very easy to relate to. Shannon is well-characterized and very sympathetic for girls; not bubbly or boy-crazy, but in for every part of the adventure. The story is compellingly written and raises fascinating and tantalizing possibilities about the space program and the future. It's a great choice for a kid who is bored by narrative but interested in science- they can be sucked in by both here and not disappointed. Wonderfully imaginative and skillfully written, this book can entertain nearly anyone." -- Meghan Elison, Aamazon reviewer

In this realistic science fiction book, Maurice and his ecologist mother are shanghaied into going to Mars to try and save the Eureka Colony, which is on the verge of ecological collapse. On the way to Mars, Maurice meets Shannon Kappel, the daughter of an Irish flight engineer who has also been recruited in the rescue effort. Sparks fly as the cultured girl from Ireland meets our frontier boy from the Moon!

On Mars, Maurice becomes convinced that the problems plaguing the colony are not just accidents; he begins to see spies and saboteurs around every corner. Could someone living in this remote colony hundreds of millions of miles from Earth really be trying to destroy the environment upon which all their lives depend?

Mars is a challenging environment for Shannon, who has never been to space before; and for Maurice, who has never spent much time on a planet with real weather. Can they survive Martian storms and dust devils as they explore craters, ancient lake beds, and the fabulous Mariner's Valley on Mars'

Maurice continues to look for evidence of sabotage, but there doesn't seem to be any motive for one of the colonists to destroy their own home, and no one is quick to believe a notorious prospector and buggy pirate from the Moon! The tension mounts as Maurice and Shannon continue to explore; Maurice could be right about the saboteur - dead right!

The Doomed Colony of Mars is the second book in The Maurice Series, a science fiction series of books geared towards teens. If you're looking for more fantasy fiction for teens, also read the first book, Maurice on the Moon. And stay tuned for the third book, coming soon!

4.6-star rating from 10 reviews.

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