Friday, December 14, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Dec 14)

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

Something Witchy (Mystics & Mayhem), by AJ Myers. (Still free?)

Teenager Ember Blaylock discovers that she's a witch, and her life gets even weirder as a result. This YA novel is highly rated, and is a free download today!

"From the moment you step into the world of Something Witchy, you will be enchanted. You will want things to happen that don't happen. You will smile at things you didn't think would happen. There are the tender moments, heart-wrenching moments, chill-inspiring moments, and the big silly grin moments." -- Sarah Liu, Amazon reviewer

My name is Ember Blaylock. Welcome to the World of Weird—better known as my life.

It wasn’t always like this. I was once a normal high school senior, just filling out college apps and trying to stay sane long enough to get out of Moonlight, Missouri. Preferably before I ended up in a straight-jacket out of sheer boredom.

At first, my only problems were my increasingly unwanted ability to see the dead and my desperation to remove the stalker known as my ex-boyfriend from my life. Somewhere along the line I must have pissed off the Bad Karma Fairy. Maybe I stepped on the wrong toadstool or peed in Loki’s personal swimming pool—I really don’t know. All I do know is I’m about to have the worst week of my life. Maybe the worst week of any teenager’s life. Ever.

All because of a dead guy.

From the second pale, too-hot-to-be-real Nathan Ashley stepped out of the wreckage of his mangled sports car, my life spiraled into complete and utter chaos. One minute, I'm quasi-normal, the next I’m being kidnapped by a vampire, I’m having weird, creepy powers sprout up out of nowhere, and I’m running from a demon who wants to get more familiar with my anatomy…or kill me. Again. Yeah, did I mention he's done it before?


Anybody know if those straight-jackets come in pink?

4.8-star rating from 28 reviews.



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Headaches can be Murder, by Mary Donlon. (Still free?)

Mystery and romance in the midwest: this novel has an impressive 4.9-star rating after 32 reviews. Download it for free today!

"If you are looking for a mystery that offers something new and fresh, this is the book for you. Follow down-on-his-luck author Chip Collingsworth as he struggles to build a new life for himself in Iowa. Lots of characters to love and more than a few unexpected twists and turns. All that and romance, too!" -- Karinelle, Amazon reviewer

Serendipity leads Chip Collingsworth into mystery writing and to the small community of Turners Bend, Iowa, where he intertwines his new life and local events into Brain Freeze, his second novel with hero and alter ego Dr. John Goodman and FBI Agent Jo Schwann. Two crimes are solved and two romances emerge. First in the Can Be Murder series. Book Two coming June 2013.

256 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 32 reviews.



Neverlove (Shadow Jumpers), by Angela Brown. (Still free?)

This thrilling, paranormal romance is free today!

"What a fantastic debut novel. The voice, the characterization, the plot are definitely worth pointing out. I enjoyed the paranormal site of the characters as well as the clever blend of the supernatural world and the very realistic, 21st century problems." -- Angela Peart, Amazon reviewer

"NEVERLOVE blew my mind, kept me on the edge of my seat and gave me everything I wanted in a young adult paranormal romance. I will be anxiously awaiting book two!" ~ Ali Cross, award winning author of the YA paranormal Desolation series and contributor to the In His Eyes anthology

"...the first chapter of Neverlove had me practically hyperventilating. It was that powerful!" ~ Gwen Gardner, debut author of YA paranormal Givin' Up The Ghost

~Duty or love? There can be only one.~

For Abigail Bishop, life has reached its final low, and seventeen doesn't seem such a bad age to die.

For Basil Hines, perfection is the key to earning his parents' love, especially his mother. He never suspected sharing this thought with a friend would bring hellish results.

Abigail's rash decision, and failure to take her own life, leads her to V'Salicus Academy, a place to start anew, become a Cleanser, a guide to show lost souls the way to The Gates for Judgment. Basil ends up duty bound to hell, his soul gambled and lost to the Devourer, all for the price of a few words. As the devil's newest Harvestor, Basil must steal lost souls to feed his new master's constant craving.

In their new roles in life, love is forbidden, but when their paths cross, true love is what Abigail and Basil finally discover in each other. Can they hold tight to their love, or will duty trump all, leaving them both to a fate of Neverlove?

210 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 8 reviews.



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

Thirty Something (Nothing's How We Dreamed It Would Be), by Filipa Fonseca Silva. (Still $0.99?)

This contemporary fiction sheds light on some true-to-life women in their thirties. On sale today for only 99 cents!

"In this book, Filipa Fonseca Silva introduces a range of characters, from all walks of life, facing situations that make them challenge strong - yet sometimes irrational beliefs. Seemingly light, Thirty Something has a philosophical aftertaste that will making you wonder about your own life and experiences. A delightful book, brilliantly written, that you'll devour like ice-cream on the beach." -- Clara Tehrani, Amazon reviewer

Joana is a conservative, controlling woman who expected much more from marriage; Maria is trying to get back on her feet after being dumped just before her wedding; Filipe hides his broken heart in failed relationships. Is this as good as it gets when you're thirty something? That's what these three friends from college times will find out during a dysfunctional dinner party. Because life is not always how we dreamed it would be.
Considered by some 'The Big Chill' of the 21st century, this debut novel is all about the end of innocence. Funny, clever and real.

121 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 15 reviews.



Illiom, Daughter of Prophecy (Destiny of Fire), by Claudio Silvano. (Still free?)

This fantasy adventure, Book 1 of the Destiny of Fire trilogy, follows Illiom as she discovers the truth about herself and her past. Get it free today!

"I was so sad when it finished, can't wait for the next episode. I really love your style, smooth as silk, beautifully descriptive, diverse believable characters, great mystical storyline and spiritual undertones. I truly did not want to stop reading. I highly recommend it. Claudio is an author to watch! " -- spiralstar, Amazon reviewer

“Under our deepest fears, our greatest powers lie, waiting quietly to be claimed.”

Illiom is a young woman with no traceable genealogy, a foundling who forever questions and doubts herself and fails to understand the purpose of her life.

She believes herself to be tainted; something in her past must account for the curse of power that she keeps deeply hidden. This is a land where magic is mistrusted, and those who wield it are often shunned, if not persecuted. This unhealthy legacy of power drives Illiom to seek refuge in the mountains, where isolation seems the only viable protection for her.

Now Illiom’s isolation is coming to an end; someone is coming for her, to draw her from her hiding place and take her, willing or not, back to the world of humans, the very place where she feels most vulnerable.

‘Illiom, Daughter of Prophecy’, is the first book of the ‘Destiny of Fire’ trilogy, an epic fantasy series that follows Illiom as she emerges from her self-imposed exile. Leaving the security of her mountains behind her, she is thrown in with a bunch of misfits from across the land.

Sharing almost nothing in common with each other, save a mysterious summons to address a growing crisis in the land, these seven Chosen of Prophecy must reconcile their differences before they can embark on their quest to face the threat that is rolling uncontrollably to meet them.

Will they learn to follow the signs and portents in time to resolve a crisis of mythic proportions? Will Illiom find her true self in time to be of any use to anyone, including herself?

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



The Sand Dragon, by Michael F. Stewart. (Still free?)

This mythological horror story is free today! Check out the strong book blogger reviews in the description below.

"In addition to vampires, Stewart gives us some monsters, a little science, some mythology, human tragedy, First Nation spirituality and some social commentary. Thanks to the setting Stewart chose, all those things blend nicely into the story and actually work to move the plot along. I never felt bogged down in details or sub plots that didn't matter." -- cdhtenn2k10, Amazon reviewer

The discovery of an immense pterosaur skeleton lures paleontologist Kim Axon to the tar sands near her childhood home of Fort Mic. But Kim’s not the only one drawn to the find’s siren call, and the others are coming for a very different reason.

Fort Mic, where Kim’s father was murdered long ago, is both blessed and cursed by the shadow population who gravitate to the area for cheap trailers while they mine the sands for oil. Townsfolk begin to fall sick. Fearing the spread of the strange disease, the new doctor quarantines the town.

Now alone, the broken community must rise above its past to battle outsiders who do not fear the return of an ancient evil, but worship it.

Reviews from the web:

“What impressed me most, though, were the more subtle, but still horrific elements that were infused into the story. The bullying that Patrick was subjected to at the meatpacking plant made my skin crawl; the side plot regarding Kim and the diagnosis of skin cancer that she received was bleak, since she could survive the horrors of this ordeal only to die in six months from something else. I could go on and on and on listing all the different things that worked for me about this story, but I'll leave it up to you to read the book and enjoy the creepiness for yourself.” Blog With Bite.

“Each character had their own flavor and world building that was exemplary. Their bleak lives were thrust at you with nothing hidden, open for you to relate to, sympathize, or hate. I almost believed that this was a non-fiction, the characters were so very poignant. Not only that, his story telling was gritty and in-your-face that will leave you shivering and begging for more…” Parajunkee’s View

“Ancient evil …modern terror. Stewart weaves a terrific tale!” Derek Gunn, author of Vampire Apocalypse and The Estuary.

“The dragon is a legend that has captivated the world for centuries. “The Sand Dragon” tells the story of paleontologist Kim Axon as she discovers a dinosaur skeleton that could be something far more. An ancient evil surrounds the area, and Kim is baffled to understand it, but must before it consumes the community around her. “The Sand Dragon” is a top pick and solid recommendation for fantasy readers.” Midwest Book Review.

4.2-star rating from 6 reviews.



Deke Brolin Rhol, by Doug Backus. (Still free?)

This fantasy adventure is free today!

"Wow! I didn't expect to be so thoroughly entertained. Great story, lots of action! Looking forward to reading more from this author." -- Rosey, Amazon reviewer

Deke Brolin is struggling with his life. When he happens across the Sacred Amulet of Rhol he suddenly finds himself in a strange world and soon learns that he is at the forefront of a quest to save the Balance of Five.

On Rhol, unlike Earth, Deke can see his outer soul or Paladin and soon discovers that everyone was created with two souls that act independently of each other, yet are one. Neither can survive without the other.

Through the teachings of his Paladin, Deodatus, Deke learns that he can manipulate the powers within the Amulet in his quest to save the Balance of Five. These powers can come at a cost however, drawing him into dark places that become increasingly difficult to return from.

As Deke discovers each new world throughout the series, he learns the secrets of the Universe, secrets that one could only imagine.

317 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 5 reviews.



A Drizzle of Zombies (Book 1 of The Annals of Absurdity), by Joshua Price. (Still free?)

Action, mystery, and zombies! All for free!

"Price's humor is sharp and clever without being self-absorbed. It acts as an aid to the story rather than as an aside or a detraction. As entertaining fiction goes, this book is top shelf. Frankly, I think it's the best blend of action, mystery and humor I've read since the Discworld novels. Do yourself a favor and read this." -- MDominic, Amazon reviewer

Four unlikely heroes. One absurd undertaking.

Like any good supervillain, Dr. Malevolent robs banks, but when the incompetent Captain Rescue intercepts her latest heist, they accidentally trigger a most undeadly threat: zombies! The two sworn enemies must band forces to save the world, dragging along the perfect allies: a shotgun-toting cop, and... a bunny'

The group ventures to the heart of the undead sea to discover who wants to annihilate humanity. Because zombies are only the beginning. Dun dun dun.

The flood starts in... A Drizzle of Zombies.

180 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 3 reviews.


The Survivors: Book One (Life After War), by Angela White. (Still free?)

This apocalyptic dark fantasy is free today.

"I LOVE this book. Angela White tells this story in a way that really takes you to that world. The characters come to life, and pulls you in to know more about their new world." -- April Ownby, Amazon reviewer

*This edition has been re-released with professional editing, footnotes, and amended scenes. Also includes bonus content.

"This is Safe Haven Refugee Camp. Can anyone hear me? Hello? Is anyone out there?"

"The End of the world has given us a harsh, merciless existence, where nature tries hard to push mankind to the very brink of extinction. Everything is against us, between us...

"Untold miles of lawless, apocalyptic roads wait for our feet, and the Future, cold and dark, offers little comfort. Without CHANGE, there will be no peace. Only Survivors."

"Set along the lines of The Stand and The Postman, this is a chilling vision of the collapse of all society in the year 2012 and the rebirth of a nation by those who survived. It's so much more than just another fantasy series." -The Review Shop

From dangerous trips into dark, apocalyptic cities, to patriotic rescues and furious revelations, Life After War is an action packed fantasy series where those left alive must come to terms with their mistakes in the old world, while fighting for a place in the new one. It's the apocalyptic fantasy series that Stephen King fans have been searching for. This way, please...

So what's really in this series? Here's a short list:

*The End of the World, right-up-close and full of apocalyptic horror.
*A government conspiracy that caused the apocalypse.
*An adventure into the wastelands to find family, supplies, and safety.
*A supernatural romance with a dangerous secret about a child's parentage and a love strong enough to survive the end of the world.
*An invasion, ambushes, attacks from Nature and man - guns and magic.
*A refugee camp with very different laws, picking up those who've survived.
*A Hero you'll love, even as you ponder the secrets that could lose him leadership.
*A Witch, a Doctor, a government Storm Tracker, a TV Star, and three Marines struggling to keep their people alive and together as they prepare to defend themselves against Cesar's Slavers.
*A constant battle for survival that includes deadly trips into decaying American cities, insanity, relics of the past, and ghosts that stalk their every move.

Life After War. Magic and Reality blended into a post-apocalyptic fantasy series that you won't ever forget.

The Survivors (book one) has been a bestseller on multiple retailers in fantasy series, dark fantasy, science fiction adventure, and romance series. It has sold, or been downloaded, more than 50K times in its first 24 months.


659 pages, with a 3.6-star rating from 137 reviews.



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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful group of books spotlighted here today! Thank you!

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