Saturday, December 29, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle Books! (Saturday Dec 29)

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

The Guestbook, by Andrea Hurst. (Still free?)

Indulge yourself in some romance and Pacific Northwest beauty! With over 70 five star reviews, this free book is a great choice for your download today.

"This is a story that captured every sense engaging the reader from the first page. With savory recipes that made my mouth water, elegant descriptions of the Pacific Northwest which made me remember why I love living there, and a story that filled the soul, I loved this book. But the five senses were not the only things stimulated by this novel. The author, Andrea Hurst, also captivated me with the sweet, yet realistic characters and their heart-felt, emotional journeys. For me it is the characters and their relationships, their life-lessons, which make or break the story, and this novel definitely made it! I highly recommend this book to those who love a good romance. " -- Michelle Bellon, Amazon reviewer

Everyone remembers their first love...
but sometimes it’s the second love that lasts…

"Evocative and heartfelt, The Guestbook is the profound story of one woman's journey toward hope, renewal and a second chance at love on a lush Pacific Northwest island. Curl up with your favorite cup of cocoa and enjoy."
~Anjali Banerjee - author of Imaginary Men and Haunting Jasmine

This book weaves together the heart of Nicholas Sparks, the romance of Nora Roberts, and the charm of Debbie Macomber.

Fleeing her picture-perfect marriage among the privileged set of Brentwood and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins decides to move to the only place that still holds happy memories, her grandmother’s old farmhouse. The lush and majestic setting of the Pacific Northwest calls to her and offers a place of refuge and perhaps renewal. Her grandmother has passed away, leaving the Madrona Island Bed & Breakfast Inn to Lily.

Left with only an old guestbook as her guide–a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history–Lily is determined to embrace her newfound independence and recreate herself, one page at a time. With the help of the quirky island residents she has befriended, she slowly finds the strength to seek out happiness on her own terms. But as soon as she has sworn off men and is standing on her own two feet, Lily meets Ian, the alluring artist who lives next door, and her new life is suddenly thrown off course. The last thing she wants to do right now is to open her heart to another man.

Ultimately, Lily must decide if it’s worth giving up her soul for security or risking everything to follow her heart.

The Guestbook is the first book in the Madrona Island Trilogy. www.madronaislandbandb.com

338 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 117 reviews.



Wielder's Awakening (Wielder Trilogy: Book One), by T.B. Christensen. (Still free?)

#1 best selling Fantasy Epic is free today!

"It's an exciting, old-fashioned hero's journey story of a noble-hearted but inexperienced youth, trying to make his way in the world and discovering powers within himself he could never have imagined. Traven, the protagonist, fits into the Luke Skywalker mold of heroes, and it's very entertaining following his story as he leaves his family's farm and tries to learn the ways of the world and survive the surprising and dangerous situations he's thrown into. A supporting character, the grizzled but good-natured mercenary Blaize, also makes for an intriguing and very cool side-character. It's fast-paced, has some great action sequences, and kicks off what promises to be a thrilling trilogy. " -- Devin, Amazon reviewer

A powerful wielder of magic is preparing to conquer a world whose people only remember magic in legends of the past. A king grappling with personal tragedy prepares his army to save his kingdom. A restless princess seeks love and adventure. In the middle of it all is Traven, a poor, ambitious peasant who dreams of being more than a simple woodcutter and unknowingly holds the key to saving the world.

394 pages, with a 3.6-star rating from 83 reviews.



The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane (Kasey Michaels Alphabet Regency Romance), by Kasey Michaels. (Still free?)

Uh oh! A duke is falling for a poor governess. Grab this historical romance for free today!

"A fantastic Regency romp, with real wit and charm. I found myself laughing out loud, and each of the characters are so well drawn you can't help but bring them to life in your own imagination.I love this style of Regency novel as there are still plenty of specific & period references to give it a strong sense of place and time, but it flows more freely and has more depth of character and plot. An above average read for sure! I sincerely hope all her Regency Alphabet series makes it to Kindle before long. I'm off to buy the next one!" -- Amazon reviewer

Tansy, left penniless by her late father, has been putting herself out as a governess to other people’s brats for two years when she is somehow caught up in playing chaperone to a distant cousin, the sister of a duke, no less. Ashley Benedict, Duke of Avonall, is a man beleaguered. His grandmother is a terror, his sister a lovely but none-too-bright chit, his valet a superstitious twit, and his aunt Lucinda is ... well, odd. Now, Ashley has a new problem ... how to keep himself from falling for Tansy Tamerlane.

192 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 21 reviews.



Discreet Activities (VIGILANTE Series), by Claude Bouchard. (Still free?)

This police procedural features a terrorist organization planning an attack on the US and Canada. Get it free today!

"Discreet Activities is a quick, go for a ride, prevent you from sleeping, want to hurry up and read because you want to know who did it kind of book. All of Claude Bouchard's books are fantastic roller coaster reads from start to finish, but this one was an even faster ride for me because I couldn't sleep without knowing how it ended and who was the culprit behind the heinous crimes. I got sucked in from the very moment I opened this book and it held me, helpless, in it's grips right up to the very end, and left me wanting for another Barry/McCall series book!" -- Fiber Mage, Amazon reviewer

Book 6 of the VIGILANTE Series
Note: Though this is the sixth book of the series, it can be read first as no crucial plot elements of the previous installments are revealed therein. It is possible that some readers may subsequently feel obliged to go back to the beginning of the series with Vigilante and onwards but that's okay.

"Bouchard is quite simply one of the only authors I know who can throw me for a loop with the last line of his novels." - Amber Norrgard - Co-host of TweepNation

As a result of information gathered via electronic surveillance by intelligence agencies in the U.S. and Canada, a budding terrorist organization, the Army for Islam or AFI, is suspected of planning an attack, its target possibly NYC, Burlington, Vermont or even Canada's famed Montreal.

When four foreign students from Pakistan with known ties to the AFI's Montreal cell arrive in the area on New Year's Eve, Discreet Activities' head, Jonathan Addley, along with Chris Barry and other DA consultants are more than willing to take on the additional workload.

After two of the DA team members die violently in an AFI related suicide-bombing, the job becomes getting revenge on those responsible for this Holy War...

258 pages, with a 4-star rating from 25 reviews.



October Girls (An urban fantasy / paranormal romance), by Scott Nicholson. (Still free?)

Need a YA romance with some magic and fantasy thrown in? Look no further! Get this book free today!

"Scott Nicholson is a versatile writer with a flair for the descriptive phrase, and October Girls is THE book to read if you want humor and action, with just a little bit of EWWW. Teen or adult, you are going to love this book!" -- Mela, Amazon reviewer

For fans of magic, romance, and fantasy.

OCTOBER GIRLS: CRYSTAL & BONE

Five days until Halloween and all hell is about to break loose.
And it’s all Crystal’s fault.

Momma warned her not to consort with the dead and tried to teach her the magic spells that would close the portal to the afterlife. But Crystal doesn’t want to be a trailer-trash witch like Momma. She has dreams of going to community college and escaping the Appalachian town of Parson’s Ford.

Her best friend Bone is only too happy to escape the afterlife and help Crystal break the rules. Bone died too young, and she’ll do whatever it takes to remain among the living.

Then a teen movie maker comes to Parson’s Ford, and he has a very special project in mind: a horror movie starring a real ghost. The kids who watch his movies turn into brainwashed zombies. And to totally complicate matters, Crystal thinks he’s kind of a hunk, and she’s afraid her boyfriend Pettigrew only loves her because of Momma’s magic spells.

Now it’s Halloween, the night when the portal to the afterlife is widest, and somebody’s been messing with Momma’s potions. The fate of the world is in Crystal’s hands, but she hasn’t been paying attention to her lessons. And a mysterious figure in the afterlife is urging Bone to stay loyal to her own kind instead of to Crystal.

The movie is rolling, the creatures are stirring, and the brainwashed teenagers are ready to welcome a new star from the other side of the grave.

Crystal and Bone must overcome drama queens, coffin cuties, and mangled magic if they want to remain best friends forever—but at this rate, forever may not last much longer.
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Scott Nicholson is author of 12 thrillers, including the bestselling Liquid Fear, Disintegration, and The Red Church, as well as the paranormal romance Cursed! and The Vampire Club with J.R. Rain. Learn more about his thriller, paranormal, and mystery novels at Author Central.

Professionally formatted by Dellaster Design and DRM free.

237 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 19 reviews.



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

Eye of the Moonrat (The Bowl of Souls: Book One), by Trevor H. Cooley. (Still $0.99?)

Here's a fantasy where a son wants to be just like his father, but sadly he's more of a scholar than a warrior. This very highly rated novel is only 99 cents today!

"I was blown away! I loved this book! I hardly know where to begin here. There is so much happening here that it would take a book to describe it and I don't want to ruin your journey into this excellent adventure. I will however say that this reads like dark fantasy! There are some very gruesome scenes here, but I enjoyed them." -- Christopher Potvin, Amazon reviewer

Justan was raised on the outskirts of the Dremaldrian Battle Academy. He watched his father ascend the ranks within the academy to become one of the most respected warriors in the kingdom. The only thing he has ever wanted is to become an academy student and follow the path of his father. Unfortunately, only the best can enter the academy and Justan is a horrible fighter. Everyone tells him that he is more suited to scholarly work than swordplay. In desperation he hurls himself into training, eager to overcome the doubters and walk into the academy triumphant, unaware that secretive powers plot to disrupt his plans.

Meanwhile, an evil wizard of immense power is using magic to twist the bodies of the creatures of the land and transform them into monsters. With these creatures and the peoples of the wilds, he is building an army . . .

Ogres and dragons, warriors and wizards are destined to clash, their fates guided by The Bowl of Souls.

Eye of the Moonrat is book one of The Bowl of Souls series.

Book Two: Messenger of the Dark Prophet
Book Three: Hunt of the Bandham
Hilt's Pride: A Bowl of Souls Novella

358 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 59 reviews.



The Surreal Killer (Roger Bowman-Suzanne Foster Mysteries), by Jerold Last. (Still free?)

Here's a serial murder mystery with an exotic South America location. Free today!

"The serial killer plot is believable and well crafted with an interesting twist. The author, instead of going for the gore and splash, is focused on the deductive process, a much more cerebral process. There is a great deal of fascinating detail about the culture and people of several South American countries and cities as well as truly vivid descriptions of the land and the Inca history and culture. " -- Sharon, Amazon reviewer

A serial killer is leaving a trail of dead women across Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. The gruesome corpses all seem to have died in exactly the same macabre way. There may be a link to a small group of scientists who meet annually in different locations in the region. Roger Bowman and Suzanne Foster are asked by the local police to attend this year’s meeting of the group in Lima, Peru to try to find out who was present at the previous meetings when the murders occurred. And the reader is off on a fast paced pursuit of the killer through Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu in Peru and Chile’s Atacama Desert. This is a true whodunit mystery novel set in an unusual and exotic locale.

178 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 13 reviews.



Hearts Unfold (Miracle at Valley Rise), by Karen Welch. (Still free?)

Here's an inspirational romance that has two people overcoming severe obstacles and growing closer together in spite of it all. Get it free today!

"The story was engaging, touching, and left me wishing I had more to read after I finished. I loved the chemistry between Emily and Stani. Their romance was lovely, the love scenes not too graphic as some can be, and the intrigue, while not as suspenseful as a thriller, really delivered for me. " -- Tamia, Amazon reviewer

Revised Edition Published September 24, 2012
A secret Christmas homecoming, a blinding snowstorm, and in the course of one night two shattered lives will be changed forever.
In the reality of their respective worlds, there is no common ground. Emily Haynes is wise enough to recognize that at the beginning. Yet, even as she tries to forget him, she senses the possibility that this man has altered everything she believed about herself and her future.
As Stani Moss struggles to overcome the injury that threatens to end his brilliant career, one image persists in his buried memories--the vision of a girl he has never met. In his quest for answers to the questions that haunt him, he will discover Emily, and beyond that day, everything about their lives will be transformed.

676 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 7 reviews.



~ December 29th only! These 17 books and boxed sets are free today!

These are from credentialed authors, including Michael Wallace, Jennifer Blake, and Scott Nicholson. Genres include Thriller, Memoir, Romance, Police Procedural, and Fantasy. Something for everyone!

See the whole list on this Amazon page, or click on a book cover below!




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