Saturday, December 22, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Saturday Dec 22)

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

Toward Yesterday, by Paul Jones. (Still free?)

This apocalyptic thriller has time travel and adventure. Free today! 

"This is a hidden gem that would be a pure shame to miss. Toward Yesterday is an apocalyptic, science fiction thriller, that kept me sneaking away to read my Kindle for the entire Memorial Day weekend. Engrossing, thought-provoking, filled with lasting, vivid imagery...the story gripped me early, and didn't let go." -- Steven Konkoly, Amazon reviewer

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself twenty-five years in the past? For the nine-billion people of the year 2042 it's no longer a question ... it is a reality.

When a seemingly simple experiment goes disastrously wrong, James Baston finds himself stranded alongside the rest of mankind, twenty-five years in the past. A past where the old are once more young, the dead live and the world has been thrust into chaos.

Contacted by the scientist responsible for the disaster, James is recruited to help avert an even greater catastrophe. Along with a team of scientists, a reincarnated murder victim and a frustrated genius trapped in her six-year old body, James must stop the certain extinction of humanity. But if the deluded leader of the Church of Second Redemption has his way, humanity will disappear into potentiality, and he is willing to do anything to ensure that happens.

A serial killer, a murder victim, a dead priest, and James' lives are all inextricably bound together as they plummet towards an explosive final confrontation, the winner of which will decide the fate of humanity.

242 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 68 reviews.



Lacuna: Demons of the Void, by David Adams. (Still free?)

This adventure features Mellisa Liao, a Chinese Naval Captain who is left in charge of fighting aliens destroying the world. Free today!

"This book was a great read and it was easy to follow. As another reviewer has said, this book makes for a great introduction into science fiction and fantasy. I especially enjoy the angle with China as a superpower and that the events of the story unfold in Australia. This book deserves a 5/5 review with regards to it being an up and coming author's work and a refreshing start to a series." -- Warren Jeockovich, Amazon reviewer

"Never again attempt to develop this kind of technology."

It is with these words that an unknown alien attacker destroys the Earth cities of Tehran, Sydney and Beijing. Fifty million people die... and nothing is ever the same again.

Some call them Demons, some call them Aliens, but to Chinese Naval Captain Melissa Liao they are the enemy. She is given command of one of three great warships built to fight the "demons", the TFR Beijing.

Her task is simple. Find who attacked Earth and why... then stop them.

Book one of the Lacuna series.
  • Lacuna: Demons of the Void
  • Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi
  • Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion (New Release!)
  • Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity (coming 2013!)
Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe:
  • Magnet
  • Magnet: Special Mission
  • Imperfect
  • Faith

216 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 26 reviews.



Signs of Struggle, by John Carenen. (Still free?)

This murder mystery mixes in friendship and heartache - get it free today!

"The character development and plot twists in this book leave the reader both entertained and suspended, waiting for the "other shoe to drop". It is a delightful read that has you waiting to crawl back under a blanket so you can find out more about the mysterious Thomas and what life has in store for him." -- Melissa Ryon, Amazon reviewer

After losing his family in a tragic car accident, Thomas O’Shea finds himself driving around the Iowa countryside, trying to find peace on a quiet afternoon. But when he stops to admire a unique mailbox, he sees a beautiful, bloody woman racing down the country lane from her home, screaming for help. Not wanting to get involved, Thomas considers not helping. Eventually his heroic side wins out, one thing leads to another and he discovers an enormous plot to sell tens of millions of dollars’ worth of prime Iowa farmland.

As Thomas continues lifting up and peering under rocks in the beautiful river town of Rockbluff, Iowa, the more he learns…and the more he attracts those who will do anything to stop him. Attempts on his life are made, but O’Shea is a tough guy with nothing to lose as he struggles with the loss of his family, drinking, women, and his guilt for precipitating so much violence in this peaceful town filled with quirky and unforgettable characters.

303 pages, with a 5-star rating from 18 reviews.



The Librarian (Book One: Little Boy Lost), by Eric Hobbs. (Still free?)

A library nerd starts to experience the adventures in the books he reads. This free book is perfect for kids and adults alike!

"Hobbs demonstrates his talent as a writer as he seamlessly weaves together a captivating story that mixes the adventure of Percy Jackson with the dark fantasy of Harry Potter -- not to mention a whole lot of Wizard of Oz. This is going to be the next big kids' series!! My granddaughter loved it, and I can't recommend it enough!" -- Parkery Kaye, Amazon reviewer

Wesley Bates thinks his life pretty much sucks. He's landed at the bottom of his school's popularity ladder, and bully Randy Stanford seems to be waiting around every corner.

The troubled teen thinks he's found a way to escape his real-world problems when he stumbles upon strange doorways in Astoria's local library that seem to lead into the extraordinary worlds from all his favorite books. Oz, Neverland, Wonderland -- they're all a reality with Wesley's new discovery. Wesley teams with best friend Taylor Williams to embark on a great adventure, both ready to leave the drama of middle school behind.

But the two kids quickly find themselves embroiled in a centuries-old battle for the library and the magic hiding within. Now, fighting alongside the eccentric old man who's vowed to protect the building's power, the pair must help ward off an attack by a shadowy group with a strange tie to Wesley's nemesis, forcing Wesley to face the fears he's been dodging... and one of the most terrifying bullies of all time!

Exclusive to Amazon's Kindle, The Librarian is a thrilling new series that provides kids an opportunity to experience the world’s most beloved fantasy novels in a brand new way – through the eyes of children just like them. And the fun doesn't stop there! Librarian author Eric Hobbs has teamed with The Sylvan Learning Center to launch The Librarian Book Club. Toward the back of the book, each copy of The Librarian contains an exclusive invitation to join. Open to students in grades K-8, the club will bring kids together from around the globe to compete in a monthly reading contest where they’ll have a chance to win exciting prizes: gift cards, autographed books, new toys, video games, DVDs, iPods…even a brand new Kindle Fire! All kids have to do is answer questions about the books they’re currently reading! That’s it! It’s that easy! Pick up the book and join the book club today!

131 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 65 reviews.



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

The First Christmas of the War (The Coleman Family Saga), by Alan Simon. (Still $0.99?)

This poignant Christmas novel is set during WWII. Sad, frightening, touching - get it for 99 cents today!

"A wonderful story about what families went though during the beginnings of World War II. The story is told though the eyes of all the different family members. Very touching but also very realistic. Loved it!" -- K Mestemacher, Amazon reviewer

Also available now: THANKSGIVING, 1942...the first of three sequels to THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR.

' Twas the week of Christmas,
Nineteen forty-one;
The season's joy overshadowed
by the war just begun.

The Great Depression years finally behind them, the entire Coleman family of Pittsburgh has been looking forward to this Christmas for almost the entire year. For the first time in more than a decade, Gerald and Irene Coleman have tucked away enough extra money to make up for all the lean years of disappointingly modest Christmas gifts for their children. But December 7, 1941 has changed everything, and for the past two weeks the entire family has followed with despair the Japanese advances all over the Pacific as well as America finally being dragged into the two-year old European war. Though a few glimmers of hope can be found amidst the ominous war news, both parents fear not only for the country's fate as this new war begins but also, more personally, for the fate of their sons who will likely soon be joining the fighting in one war theater or another.

Still, despite the sense of dread hanging over almost every aspect of the family's daily affairs, Irene Coleman is determined that if indeed this will be the last Christmas that the family spends together--at least until after the war, or perhaps even forever--then she will do everything in her power to make Christmas, 1941, the first Christmas of the war, a happy one for her children and her entire family.

Come spend the week leading up to Christmas, 1941 with the Coleman family including:

Jonathan--The eldest son at nineteen, Jonathan fatalistically realizes the inevitability of his military days arriving very soon, whether he succumbs to the pressure to enlist or if he waits until he is drafted. But Jonathan has other problems on his mind as well. His long-time girlfriend Francine Donner, whom only days from now he plans to ask to marry him, broke a date with him this past weekend to go out with one of Jonathan's best friends from high school (and one of her own former boyfriends), because he is headed off to boot camp right after Christmas. Jonathan has ominous feelings about this turn of events...and he's right.

Charlene--The third child in the family and the oldest daughter, Charlene has just become secretly engaged at the age of sixteen to her boyfriend who is soon headed to boot camp. She shares the news of her engagement with her cousin Lorraine Walker, but Lorraine quickly breaks her promise to keep the news secret. When Irene Coleman learns of her daughter's engagement and the circumstances surrounding it, she has yet another problem to confront.

Irene--In many ways, the backbone of the family...the classic 1930s-1940s matriarch who runs her household her way, no questions asked. Like her husband, Irene is mortified by the ominous war news and does her best to occupy the hours of her day with an endless string of tasks and chores, trying to keep her mind off her own fears for her sons' safety.

...and the others.

December 20-26, 1941:
The First Christmas of the War

Also available this holiday season: the next tale in the Coleman Family Saga - THANKSGIVING, 1942.

222 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 22 reviews.



Fluke, by Bart Hopkins. (Still free?)

This beautiful, tragic, and funny romance is free today!

"This is a great read, and you'll be pulled into it from the start. The main character is realistically quirky and a lovable guy, so you find yourself relating to and agreeing with him every step of the way. The plot strays from the traditional love story by factoring in some humorous irony and "real life" drama - a nice change from the cliche shelf liners out there. It's also full of great references to music and pop culture of the 90's, so it's an especially enjoyable read for anyone who lived/loved the 90's." -- Krys Hops, Amazon reviewer

Adam Fluke is a regular guy. He wants love, friendship, and happiness. However, his bumbling-but-good-natured tendencies have left him lacking direction in life. Content with his lack of motivation, he earns a meager living as a pizza delivery boy.

Everything changes one night, though, on a medium cheese pizza delivery to Sara DuBeau.

Sara is interesting, intellectual, fun, and successful: everything Adam believes he is not.

An unexpected, whirlwind relationship begins, and it's a match made in heaven.

Or is it?

Their storybook happiness is called into question by the discovery of a mysterious, buried-away photograph of a man with an uncanny resemblance to Adam.

Secrets are revealed, the search for answers begins, and Adam's very identity is suddenly the one thing that could tear them apart.

254 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 26 reviews.



The Lady Astronomer, by Katy O'Dowd. (Still free?)

#1 in Teen Science Fiction! A young female astronomer is on an adventure to make a 40 foot telescope. It's free today!

"I really enjoyed this story. I always enjoy reading about strong women in history and adding in the steampunk gadgets, balloon rides, excellent characterization, slightly over the top but believable situations, and good fun humor, and I was really turning the pages." -- J Campbell, Amazon reviewer

Lucretia's life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her
eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest
telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the
stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the
king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes
take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more
dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength
inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny' Only the
stars will tell.

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Special Note:
We are proud to publish our first novel from an author who lives outside of North America. Katy hails from Ireland. When reading this novel, please keep in mind that English is not spelled the same everywhere! Because she is from Ireland and her characters also dwell in Europe, we maintained her uses and spellings. Enjoy!

177 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 11 reviews.



Mystic: Bronya, by Jo Michaels. (Still free?)

This YA paranormal novel features some controversial topics - dive in for free today!

"Bronya has many of the features that I really love about indie books. It has a unique protagonist and plot elements that you're not likely to find in most mainstream novels. I really enjoyed the book and I am curious to see what direction the series goes in." -- Heather, Amazon reviewer

Bronya Thibodeaux is a senior at Houma High School whose life is about to be changed forever. She's always felt like an outcast, but thinks she may have found a friend when a strange, new girl named Markaza who has blue hair, a number of tattoos, and a strange way of dressing appears. She accepts Bronya for who she is and the two hit it off.

Markaza isn’t around long before she moves away. Bronya goes back to feeling lonely and different. Trouble arises when Bronya's love interest - a girl named Cecilia - is accidentally revealed to the entire student body. Bronya’s life choices make her a pariah in her small town. After getting thrown out of school, not being able to find a job, and being subjected to ridicule and cruel treatment, Bronya chooses to leave her old life behind forever when she receives a compelling invitation from a mysterious company named WSTW.

What Bronya doesn't know, is the mysterious company is owned by Markaza; a mystic who knows the end of the world is coming and is gathering together the only people who can stop the evil that's threatening to take over. Bronya is just the first. But going to New York is only a baby step toward her true journey. As Bronya races against the clock to unlock a power she never knew she had, Markaza races to collect the others: Lily, Shelia, Melody, and Coralie.

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



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