Friday, November 30, 2012

Free Kindle books! (Friday Nov 30)

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

Cyberdrome, by Joseph Rhea and David Rhea. (Still free?)

A scientist gets trapped inside a simulation in this highly-rated thriller! Free today.

"Cyberdrome is relentlessly fast-paced. It is very imaginative, with multiple environments and scenarios, and a multitude of potential bad guys. Separating out the heroes, anti-heroes and out-and-out bad guys from the rest, while keeping abreast of the twists and turns in this fascinating plot, is a job and a half! Cyberdrome is the equivalent of fully rendered 3D action, with protagonists pitted against a megalomaniac computer program with versatile adversaries at its command." -- P. J. Salisbury, Amazon reviewer

A disturbing glimpse into a digital future, not far from now. Mathew Grey is a brilliant scientist who accidentally unleashed a man-made plague that ravaged America’s heartland, and now threatens the rest of the planet. Riddled with guilt and running out of time, he decides to use a dangerous technology to enter a computer-generated reality called Cyberdrome, hoping to unravel a mystery that could be the key to Earth’s survival. Alek Grey was an athlete whose career was cut short by a near-fatal accident. Now he is a software hacker with the unique ability to outsmart the best Artificial Intelligence programs of his day. When he is called in after one of his programs inadvertently attacks Cyberdrome, he is shocked to learn that both his father and ex-fiancĂ©e have become trapped inside the simulation, unable to be removed without risk of death. Alek knows of only one way to rescue the people he loves, but will he risk all of humanity to save them?

292 pages, with a 4-star rating from 40 reviews.

THE MAIN LINE IS MURDER (The Ginger Barnes Main Line Mysteries), by Donna Huston Murray. (Still free?)

This highly-rated book is one of 7 in the Ginger Barnes Main Line mystery series. Yours to download free today!

"I really enjoy reading "cozies" and Ginger Barnes is a fun new (to me) addition to my favorites. Ginger is a smart, witty family woman and I think Donna Houston Murray does a fine job bringing the mystery into Ginger's life and making the situation one that she would naturally be trying to solve. After reading "Main Line", I purchased the rest of the series and I'm looking forward to spending more time getting to know Ginger and her family." -- Amazon reviewer

When her husband becomes head of a school on Philadelphia’s tony Main Line, Ginger Barnes learns that small private schools need volunteers like the national debt needs taxes. She also learns that murder on the campus can kill the school’s reputation in a heartbeat. Gin’s Mop Squad job allows her to investigate without arousing suspicion, but can she expose the murderer in time to save the school–and her family’s new home–without exposing herself? If she succeeds, will her good deed go unpunished?

288 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 7 reviews.

The Fall of Ossard (The Ossard Trilogy), by Colin Taber. (Still free?)

This fantasy, free today, is the first in the Ossard trilogy!

"Absolutely rich, very dark, story-driven, could-not-put-it-down because I HAD TO KNOW what happened next. Absolutely story-driven with an epic grandeur that I truly enjoyed. And the author did a magnificent job, if not with the original character design, but with the growth of the characters themselves, which a lot of authors fall flat with." -- A. Boyd, Amazon reviewer

What people are saying about The Fall of Ossard:

"I stayed up all night" - Sara Douglass

"A dark fantasy world that will suck you in" - The Newcastle Herald

"Brave... Innovative... Bold..." & "Recommended for readers of Robin Hobb, Sara Douglass & Fiona McIntosh" - Stefen Brazulaitis, reviewer and columnist, Australian Bookseller and Publisher Magazine

Ossard is falling...

Growing up in a city of Merchant Princes, Juvela discovers she can see what others can't. The very currents of the celestial are open to her, and that includes the truths they hide: An escalating series of unsolved kidnappings have been haunting the city-state, leaving its shadows pooled deep with innocent blood.

Has Juvela been cursed with the Witches' Kiss - or perhaps something worse?

Yet, more is to come, for not only has she witnessed an abduction, but she will have to endure a role in the victim's ritual death. For Juvela is about to become forsaken, and that's before she learns the real truth of not just the crimes plaguing Ossard's bloody streets, but the wider world: A world at war, and governed by gods whose highest pleasure is to sup on the taste of death.

370 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 21 reviews.

Big Bad Wolf (COS Commando), by Gennita Low. (Still free?)

Covert operations meet romantic suspense in this novel with ten 4+ reviews. Free download today!

"This book is one of my favorites of hers. It is easy to follow and well-written. It is a stand-alone book--no cliff-hanger, no wondering what will happen next. Jaymee and Nick are both great characters. Similar to her other books, the characters are all about mind games. Lots of "testing" and "playing games" with thoughts and actions." -- Laura B, Amazon reviewer

Killian Nicholas Langley has spent most of his life as a member of a covert team, living in the shadows, working among people who accept danger as part of their lives. When an explosion nearly took his life, he thought he'd do well in construction, hiding among the transients, keeping a low profile. However, he hadn't expected a boss quite like Jaymee Barrows.

Jaymee Barrows knew the tall, dark stranger with clean hands and smart mouth looking for a job wasn't a roofer. He was going to be trouble...just like the big bad wolf. Best to stay far, far away from him. But the more he got to know Jaymee, the more Killian was intrigued by his new boss. She had secrets he wanted to know about. Her light tempted the darkness in his life. And after tasting her, he wanted more....

254 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 12 reviews.

Fierce Eden (The Louisiana History Collection), by Jennifer Blake. (Still free?)

Here's one for Jennifer Blake fans! This historical romance is part of her Louisiana History Collection - and is yours free today!

"The lyrical flow of language and even pacing of the action of this novel will keep readers glued to the pages. Ms. Blake's characters are warm, real people and her descriptions are lush and sumptuous ... (readers) interested in colonial America will adore Fierce Eden." -- Romantic Times

"Caught between passion and war, the (characters) are faced with the choice of betraying their people or their love. Blake once again delivers a solid historical romance." -- Publishers Weekly

Jennifer Blake is one of the undisputed queens of romance and Fierce Eden is a prime example of what makes her great." -- Night Owl Romance

What has he done with his devil's bargain...?

Reynaud, of both French and Natchez Indian blood, endures a deadly slur from the lovely widow, Elise Laffont. Because of it, he demands she become his bedmate in return for saving her and her friends during a dangerous uprising. How was he to know she dreaded a man's possession?

Elise expects the same brutal treatment from the half-breed brother of the ruler of the Natchez that she received from her dead husband. Instead, she is presented with a dubious bargain: Reynaud will not touch her--as long as she explores his magnificent body each night instead.

Their sensual pact turns to fiery desire, forging a bond as tender as it is strong. But the war between French and Natchez escalates, forcing desperate choices between honor and duty, loyalty and love.

A National Bestseller

Doubleday Book Club Selection

403 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 8 reviews.

Angel in Flight: an Angel Murphy thriller, by Gerry McCullough. (Still free?)

This fast-paced mystery has a touch of romance and plenty of thrills! Free download today.

"Angel Murphy is a tough little devil and a charming Irish gal. Author Gerry McCullough imbues the heroine of Angel in Flight with a sassy brogue and kick-butt attitude. Angel grows from an abused housewife to a force to be reckoned with, even as she carries lingering fears of her ex-husband, Mick. The action scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. Excellent plot. Looking forward to seeing more of Angel Murphy in action!" -- Barbara Silksone, Amazon reviewer

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a low-flying Angel!

You’ve heard of Lara Croft. You’ve heard of Modesty Blaise. Well, here comes Angel Murphy!

Angel, 'a feisty wee Belfast girl' on holiday in Greece, sorts out a villain who wants to make millions for his pharmaceutical company by preventing the use of a newly discovered vaccine for malaria.

Angel has a broken marriage behind her and is wary of men, but perhaps her meeting with Josh Smith, who tells her he’s with Interpol, may change her mind?

Fun, action, thrills, romance in a beautiful setting – so much to enjoy!

An all-action Irish thriller which mixes romance, suspense, the beautiful scenery of the Greek Islands, treachery and murder, drug companies and exploitation – and plenty of other surprises.

256 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 11 reviews.

Codename: Moneyman (Codename File No.1), by Mark Arundel. (Still free?)

Here's a thrilling spy story, free today!

"I really enjoyed this merry-go-round of suspense and action. The story of one man being constantly pursued by several parties and his sometimes ingeneous escapes is thoroughly enjoyable and well authored." -- HE, Amazon reviewer

British SIS [SIS: secret intelligence service] selects him for a sanctioned termination in Tenerife.

He leaves on the mission unaware of his true purpose.
He's really one part of a secret plot to uncover a spy deep within the Whitehall establishment.

The mission rapidly turns deadly.

He soon discovers the world of international espionage has placed him in a desperate situation and presented him with an impossible task.

Will his combat skills as an elite soldier keep him alive long enough to complete his mission and discover the truth or will he be too late?

"It's certainly a page turner, in parts it's almost as good as Jack Reacher."
--  Timj

"More twists and turns than the Monaco Grand Prix!"
-- ThomasL

"The story keeps you guessing until the end."
-- Tallboy Short

"This is a barnstorming read."
-- Maurice Shellard
"Really good read...hard to put down."
-- J. Jupe

"A suspense packed read with a surprising ending."
-- Lr.currell

276 pages, with a 4-star rating from 2 reviews.

Inspirational Words of Wisdom for Challenging Times, by Marquita Herald. (Still free?)

Here's a spiritual guidebook for getting through tough times. Regularly $2.99, it's free today.

"Pick this up when you're down. Inspirational and confidence-building quotes have always been a great source of energy and pick-me-up in my life. Reading them helps me see the world in a much better light. This book is everything you need when you're in a dark place and reaching out for some sustenance. It will help build you up and help you start each day with encouraging, uplifting quotes. " -- Anne, Amazon reviewer

When faced with the brunt of unexpected change or a life crisis, it is far too easy to fall into the trap of negativity which can quickly prevent us from moving forward and blind us to potential opportunities for growth.

There are very few experiences in life that are completely unique...that someone else hasn't faced before. The perspective of someone who has gone though a similar situation and learned insightful lessons can simply be invaluable to help us replace negative scripts with positive self-talk; to lift the spirit and to give us a reason to press on.

Inspirational Words of Wisdom for Challenging Times contains hundreds of carefully selected motivational quotes and life lessons that each in its own way illustrates the value of developing greater resilience.

And the single most important lesson of all is that it is never too late to become the person you are meant to be. You have the power to grow stronger and more resilient … any and all self-limiting beliefs can be overcome.

110 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 6 reviews.

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