Monday, December 24, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Dec 24)

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

Apart From Love, by Uvi Poznansky. (Still free?)

This contemporary is told through the eyes of two different characters. Watch this love story unfold for free.

"Author Uvi Poznansky is an artist! As I read "Apart from Love", I was drawn into a masterfully created piece of artwork. This is no ordinary novel. It richly depicts the product of a dysfuntional family and how they are drawn together, yet so repulsed by each other." -- Dolores Ayotte, Amazon reviewer

Written with passionate conviction, this story is being told by two of its characters: Ben, a twenty-seven years old student, and Anita, a plain-spoken, spunky, uneducated redhead, freshly married to Lenny, his aging father. Behind his back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him.
Meanwhile, Lenny is trying to keep a secret from both of them: his ex-wife, Ben’s mother, a talented pianist, has been stricken with an early-onset alzheimer. Taking care of her gradually weighs him down.
What emerges in these characters is a struggle, a desperate, daring struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness.

The title Apart From Love comes from a phrase used three times in the story:

After a while I whispered, like, “Just say something to me. Anything.” And I thought, Any other word apart from Love, ‘cause that word is diluted, and no one knows what it really means, anyway.
Anita to Lenny, in Apart From Love

Why, why can’t you say nothing' Say any word—but that one, ‘cause you don’t really mean it. Nobody does. Say anything, apart from Love.
Anita to Ben, in The Entertainer

For my own sake I should have been much more careful. Now—even in her absence—I find myself in her hands, which feels strange to me. I am surrounded—and at the same time, isolated. I am alone. I am apart from Love.
Ben, in Nothing Surrendered

293 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 41 reviews.

Outer Bounds: Fortune's Rising, by Sara King. (Still free?)

Here's a science fiction epic that has so many intertwining characters, you won't be able to choose your favorite! Grab it free today!

"Ok, so people'd been telling me to read this for a long long time, that it was an amazing book. Last night I bought it, I read it, and now, I am a believer. Just like the Princess Bride, this book has everything. Adventure. Romance. Cyborgs. A midget psychopath, lol. It was funny, it was creepy, it was sad, it was awesome! This author totally impressed me by pulling a bunch of completely unexpected twists. I also typically hate POV changes, but I actually buckled down and read them this time, and each one made me want to continue reading THAT ONE... I loved ALL the characters." -- msbuysalot, Amazon reviewer


OUTER BOUNDS: FORTUNE’S RISING is a gripping tale that spans the range of human character. From a sociopathic seven-year-old to a reluctant rebel heroine, a cocky cyborg to a malfunctioning robot, a double-crossing smuggler to dangerous saboteur, Sara King writes a science fiction epic that will still be read and loved fifty years from now.

516 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 26 reviews.

The Guardian of Threshold (Threshold Series), by A.A. Volts. (Still free?)

This dark fantasy horror story has a sixteen year old mixing with magic to visit his dead mother. Get it free today!

"I love fantasy blended with reality. For me, stories where there is paranormal stuff but is also believable at the same time seem like cookies to a kid. I was hoping for some cookies and "The Guardian of Threshold" does not disappoint." -- alien, Amazon reviewer

How far would you go to see a dead relative again?

While other sixteen-year-olds are out chasing girls, a ghost is haunting Mark Anthony Ryser.

Consumed with the guilt that he caused his mother's death, Mark dreams of seeing her again. When he learns to astral travel, Mark believes he has finally found a way to do just that. That's until he meets Phasma, the Guardian of Threshold, whose mission is to prevent anyone from crossing into the world of the dead.

But, Mark isn't about to let anything stop him from seeing his mother again.

Hunted by Phasma's army of Night Dwellers and with the perils of Threshold intensifying, Mark has to rely solely on his own wits and friends if he's to survive the night.

Will Mark find his mother... or will he forever join her in the afterlife?

339 pages, with a 5-star rating from 7 reviews.

The Contract of Love, by José Chaves. (Still free?)

This memoir follows a Colombian family living in the US. A touching and memorable saga, free today.

"I truly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. It follows the lives of a complex and interesting family through struggles with cultural and addiction issues. The writing style is clear and engaging, holding my interest through even the most difficult parts of the author's life. A definite must read! " -- adillion, Amazon reviewer

A birthday party is one of the few occasions when our father might come to visit, but you can’t count on it. “Guess what kids'” Mom says, trying to cheer my sister up as she dishes up dark brown squares of cake laced with shreds of carrot that look like little worms: “This cake contains absolutely no refined sugar. Instead, I used frozen orange juice concentrate!”

This is when we hear the sound of Latin music coming up the street like an ice cream truck. My sister’s eyes light up as she yells, “Papoo!” and runs out the door. I see our father’s Volvo pulling into the gravel driveway, his tires making the sound of popcorn popping. He’s pulling some kind of silver trailer with a shaggy grey pony in it that looks wild-eyed and is trying to escape.

“Oh Christ,” Grandpa Joe says, getting up to investigate. “What the hell’s he done now'”

* * *

Growing up with a Colombian father for whom magical realism was a way of life made ordinary reality feel like an immigrant experience for author Jose Chaves, who was born in the U.S. but—as his father would insist—“made in Colombia!”

That experience comes alive like a movie on the page in The Contract of Love, a memoir about family that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Chaves’ straightforward style turns the familiar exotic and makes the unfamiliar feel like home as he takes readers on a cultural journey from small-town, muscle-car America to the Chaves family farm in Colombia, where the cow is named Lyndon Johnson, and an emotional journey from his father’s volatile world where unrequited love is sung out loud in restaurants, to a fraternity where the most important rule is to never reveal your feelings to another guy in public.

With tenderness, humor, and hypnotic clarity, Chaves explores the landscape of love that holds us together, beyond the addictions that bind us—from the broken faith that sends a boy spiraling down, to the grace that finds the man.

389 pages, with a 5-star rating from 11 reviews.

Family Secrets (The Third Charon Family Adventure), by Rod Pennington. (Still free?)

Read this action adventure novel about a family of assassins. This fast-paced book is free today!

"I absolutely and thoroughly enjoy Pennington's books! Fast-paced, funny, enlightening, and always a page turning read. Great fun! Thanks Rod for always delivering a quality book for your readers. " -- Dianna

Meet the Charons. They’re your typical dysfunctional family of four of the world’s best assassins. Father Michael is the former head of a covert arm of the CIA that did so many “wet” jobs it was code named “Water Works.” Mother Valerie is a legendary femme fatale whose steamy sexuality has been luring men to their demise for nearly three decades.

Then there are the twins, Seth and Olivia. While barely into their twenties, they have already delivered on several high-profile contracts. Seth is very much his father’s son and is calm and calculating. Olivia, on the other hand, has been out of control since she reached puberty. With a smart mouth, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit body and the face of an angel, combined with lethal martial arts skills, she is a force to be reckoned with.

In this episode, for the sake of the children, Michael and Valerie have agreed to finally tie the knot. As the blessed day approaches, a man from Valerie’s past arrives on the scene with a request for help pulling off the job of the century. Between dress fittings and a bachelorette party for the ages, Olivia and Seth learn more “Family Secrets” than they really wanted to know.

190 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 15 reviews.

A bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!

French Tango, by Bruce Rousseau. (Still $0.99?)

A priest dies in a small village in the French Alps, but who is to blame? This contemporary mystery is free today!

"Characters that immediately get you hooked, a plot that reels you in, and the next thing you know - you can't put it down! The characters lead you through this multi-layered mystery , at times laughing, at times on the edge of your seat, always eager to find out what happens next, and often wondering "Wow! Just who is that guy, anyway?" Once you've read it, you'll tell your friends to read it, too. " -- Rhino, Amazon reviewer

Welcome to modern-day Saint-Jardé, France. A charming old-world village, nestled in the progress-resisting foothills of the southern French Alps.

When the priest dies under suspicious circumstances, the townspeople suspect the local Don -- a Monte Carlo mob boss who has a villa in town. But when the Church sends a mysterious Envoy instead of a new priest, they suspect he's a Vatican hit-man.

At the center of French Tango is Luc, a troubled 17-year-old who becomes swept up in Saint-Jardé's chaos, and caught in multiple crosshairs. His goal was simply to make money -- now it's simply to survive.

A miracle here. A body there. C'est la vie.

French Tango is a contemporary full-length novel combining mystery, humor, action, and tangled webs of suspicion. The plot is character driven with an emphasis on forward movement.

306 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 4 reviews.

A bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!

Part One: Flight of the Vessel (Vision Dream Series), by Robert Storey. (Still $0.99?)

Enter a mystical, magical world as they fight for freedom. Pick it up while it's only 99 cents!

"For me, this book is truly a must read. Wonderfully magical and captivating. This story was able to evoke an array of emotions in me. I felt the characters' joy and terrible loss. This book was such a powerful and magical experience for me that I did not want the story to end. I love love love this book! And I can't wait to read book two!" -- Brittany, Amazon reviewer

>> ON SALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 75% OFF THROUGH JAN 3rd!! <<   ...(regular price $3.99)


The usually secretive kingdom of Venordaladia is suddenly driven to world conquest by their new evil overlord, the Sorcerer Shutharja, who mysteriously rose to power almost overnight. This self-proclaimed cleric of the Fallen Spirits unleashes a massive attack of shock and awe upon the peaceful kingdoms surrounding the Imperial Sea. Tens of thousands of enemy warriors, hundreds of hideous beasts and a massive enemy armada sweep through half the kingdoms overpowering them easily. Now, the enemy horde gathers in the occupied kingdom of Palzintine poised to complete their total domination of all the kingdoms.

With her beloved Palzintine ransacked and her dear parents thought slaughtered in the battle to defend her homeland, Princess Angelterra and her wheatish-skinned protector, a lady knight named Jeela, must flee for their lives. During her desperate flight to a safe haven, the princess is hunted by creatures and agents of Shutharja as she tries to reunite with her people, who are now refugees huddled in a neighboring kingdom. Unlike most princesses, Angelterra now has no court, no throne, no home, and no parents, but she must, nonetheless, learn to inspire her people in their exile to stay strong and resist the enemy.

During a chant ceremony given by the Harbadells to bless her reign, Angelterra experiences an intense, lucid vision, the "Vision Dream". In this dream, Angelterra is given two cryptic quest riddles by the Spirit of the Heavenly Father, which she must decipher, for they hold the promise of once and for all defeating Shutharja. The young princess discovers that the Heavenly Father only reveals such quests to those whom he has chosen to be his "Vessel."

Meanwhile, the leaders of the remaining kingdoms devise a desperate plan to disperse Shutharja¹s army by launching a series of small diversionary attacks. The hope is to spread the enemy so thin that the harsh northern winter will stop their plans for conquestŠand at least for a while, giving the allies precious time to regroup before spring.

But on their way to the allies' planning council, when a feeling of hope was just starting to return to everyone, Angelterra and her lady knight are visited by a suspect mercenary with news about her supposedly killed parents. The two follow these men and simply vanish.

The epic continues with Part Two: Daughters of Thine Lesser Evil, as clues to the meaning of the vision dream quest are revealed and allies begin to fight back.

336 pages, with a 5-star rating from 3 reviews.

The Shells Of Chanticleer, by Maura Patrick. (Still free?)

Travel to Chanticleer, a land where childhood fears don't exist - but punishment is unusual. Check it out for free today!

"The Shells of Chanticleer is an outstanding fantasy novel by Maura Patrick. No doubt that she had a blast writing this. She has produced a well-written, creative fantasy full of allegory. It is quite evident that one of Ms. Patrick's favorite author's is L. Frank Baum, author of the Oz series. This may be a young adult book but adults will love it as well. You can't help but appreciate this unique adventure." -- Dawn Kurts, Amazon reviewer

Come to Chanticleer, a mysterious land without chores or parents that abounds with festivals and forests, bountiful buffets, and the deliciously addictive warm caramel sugar that’s the only thing to drink. In Chanticleer there’s no reason to worry as eliminating your childhood fears is why you are there. But it’s best to learn your lessons quickly and get out, as those who can’t, or won’t learn, are subject to an unusual punishment.

Macy Winters does not want to be in Chanticleer and she definitely doesn’t want to face the things that scare her. She wants to go home. But when her curiosity leads her to discover the hidden museum that houses the hideous failures of Chanticleer, she vows to do everything she can to avoid enduring a similar fate.

Surprisingly, Macy finds that pleasing the powers that be comes easy enough. She happily makes new friends and is soon drawn in by the charm of daily life in Chanticleer. And when she falls for Sebastian, a carefree and confident student eager to show her the ropes, going home quickly loses its allure. For going home means forgetting everyone you ever met in Chanticleer, and forgetting Sebastian is the last thing Macy ever wants to do.

Meanwhile, Macy has caught the eye of Crispin Sinclair, the sinister artist whose creative visions make Chanticleer both delightful and terrifying. He wants to immortalize Chanticleer’s success stories and needs volunteers; he thinks Macy is his perfect muse. But everything about the man scares Macy, and in a world where to voice a fear is to be forced to face it, avoiding Sinclair and his plans for her becomes impossible.

What happens next upends all of Macy’s ideas about life and death, love and loss, and leaves her with an unshakeable assurance that, between heaven and earth, there is nothing to fear.

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

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