Sunday, December 16, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Sunday Dec 16)

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

Midnight Reflections, by Pamela M. Richter. (Still free?)

Let's start with this well-reviewed romantic mystery, from the author of Necromancer. Free today!

"Well written: engaging plot, romance, likeable main characters, and quick pace. I always wanted to see how Julia and Robin's relationship would unfold and how justice for Julia's brother would be served. The author created two of the more realistic main characters I've read in a while in this genre with regard to their thoughts, emotions, insecurities, and the relationship pace and development. I especially liked that the story continued for a chapter or two after the "we-got-the-bad-guy" part of the story concluded." -- Luvmykindle, Amazon reviewer

What really happens at Midnight?

Julia's midnight reflections actually happened at four in the morning. Tragedy had struck her family. She was far from home, lonely, watching a handsome man sleeping in her bed at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Robin, the handsome sleeping man had put himself in terrible danger so she could solve a mystery. Now she was feeling guilty as well as heart broken.

Robin himself is obsessed by Julia, knowing something besides her attractiveness enchanted him; an illusive mixture of sweetness and intelligence that beckons. He's playing a role, hiding his true identity.

Julia is playing a dangerous role herself, working for a man she believes is a murderer. She also suspects that Robin is much more than the simple man he proclaims himself to be. Can she trust him?

Together they uncover inflammatory information and are forced on the run by a dangerous and angry politician.

*Novels by P.M. Richter*
The Necromancer
The Living Image
Deadly Memories
Trifecta - Box Set

325 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 23 reviews.

Red Madrassa: Algardis #1, by Terah Edun. (Still free?)

This YA coming-of-age story tells of four teenage misfits, running away from the law and into a school of magic. Free download today!

"Newly fresh YA voice, Terah Edun, delivers a nice, fast paced read full of adventure, magic, and a wee bit of romance. If there is one thing I love about stories it's original plot lines and creative worlds. Edun does not disappoint in that aspect. I'd definitely recommend this to YA fantasy lovers!" -- Emma Snow, Amazon reviewer

A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny...

The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend.With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it's almost impossible to attend.
When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony that happens every three years, she decides it must be fate.

She was pretty sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometime's life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you'll trip up. Oh and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis and the last, a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.

Do they all belong at the new school they call home?

Red Madrassa is a epic, adventurous coming of age story that will enchant those who enjoyed the fantasy worlds of Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic, Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar, or the wonderfully crafted landscape of Cinda William Chima's Seven Realms series.

245 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 6 reviews.

Dark Application: ONE (The Dark Application Series), by Brian Krogstad. (Still free?)

College student Luke downloads an app that starts to change his life in mysterious ways.

"Really keeps your attention, and is written in a fast-paced, entertaining way. A real page turner, actually. I love the unusual idea of Facebook and the mobile application being the "bad guys". I enjoyed the humor in it, and the "college student" aspect of it, ie partying, young love etc. The romance scenes were very hot (without being too explicit). The ending had a nice twist, which was very satisfying. Looking forward to the next book in the series!" -- Anna Elizabeth, Amazon reviewer

Luke Jeffers is a student at Brafferton Community College in Fort Christanna, Virginia. Like any other college guy, he dreams about Amy, his grade-school crush, and finds time to party on the weekends while struggling to make his meager budget pay his bills. But unlike anyone else, Luke has discovered the secret Department of Defense Application for Remote Kinetics that unlocks a whirlwind of shocking events, and changes Luke's life direction forever.

While working as an intern at a Computer Information Systems research facility, Luke secretly downloads games from the main server onto his smart phone. Unbeknownst to him, Dark Application is also installed on his phone. And once Dark Application is installed on a phone, it can never be removed. Suddenly Luke's life takes on utterly unpredicted changes; he passes his first Chemistry exam, he mysteriously acquires a large sum of money, and he finally gets the girl of his dreams go out with him on Valentine's Day.

Slowly the application sucks him in, and he becomes addicted and unable to put it down. But lurking just around the corner are horrific secrets that land Luke in a world of hurt, and he becomes entangled in a web of murder, lies, and criminal activities that shock the town and lead to his ultimate destruction. Dark Application: One is the technological thriller of the iPhone era that will lead into the next book of the series in The Dark Application Series.

5-star rating from 9 reviews.

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

I'll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich, by Chris Robertson. (Still $0.99?)

Here's a short illustrated book for pre-schoolers, perfect for viewing on Kindle Fire or on your PC. You can also view it using the Kindle reader app on your iPad or Android tablet. Bargain-priced at 99 cents today!

"This is a fantastic book for little kids. The repetition in the writing style combined with fun and playful illustrations make this a delightful read for kids who experience daily "lunch trades" at school! Simple, easy to follow, and fun!" -- Sonia, Amazon reviewer

"This is a really cool, cute story for pre-school kids, complete with imaginative full color cartoon illustrations. A perfect reason for reading out loud and pretending that you're entertaining the young 'uns instead of yourself." -- Amanda Richards, Amazon Top 500 reviewer

When a boy trades his peanut-butter sandwich, it begins a series of increasingly absurd and outrageous trades, until he finally discovers an appreciation for the simple things in life.

25 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 9 reviews.

The Savior (Psychological thriller), by Natasha A. Salnikova. (Still free?)

This psychological thriller from successful Russian author Natasha A. Salnikova is free today!

"The Savior by Natasha Salnikova is a chilling psychological thriller about a group of girls that are lured into a demonic group by a man named Dennis. He uses his brother's special "talent" for talking to God to manipulate the girls in very disturbing ways." -- Tiffany Lovering, Amazon reviewer

"This book explores a very dark sides of human nature and show us that we don`t fully understand ourself and what we`re capable of untill something just blows our world apart. We think we know what to wait from our parents, sisters, brothers, but somewhere deep inside our hearts, there`s this little mean us that can ruin this perfect picture and all hell breaks loose." -- Juliko Goodreads

Something is happening in Cincinnati, Ohio. Some teenagers are being killed and others are committing suicide while taking a new drug called Zeffeen.

Seventeen-year-old twins, Violet and Lily, are friends with their neighbor, Amy. When Amy kills her mother and commits suicide, Zeffeen is found in her bloodstream too.

Lily becomes friends with Marnie, a girl who's considered an outsider in their school. Marnie invites Lily to join a philosophical club and Lily goes to the first meeting without her sister. It's the first time in their lives they have done anything separately.

In another part of the city, in an old house in the woods, Dennis - a detective in the Special Cases Department, creates a sect for troubled teenage girls after discovering his younger brother's "talent" to hear the voice of God. Dennis implements strict rules, one of which prohibits anyone over the age of seventeen to join them. He has big plans for his group. Plans that will shake not only Cincinnati, but the entire nation.

408 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 8 reviews.

2013: Beyond Armageddon, by Robert Ryan. (Still free?)

An archeological dig descends into the demon-filled underworld. This horror novel is free today!

"Robert Ryan masterfully weaves a compelling tale with elements from today's headlines, historical and archeological perspectives and an unexpected cast of characters. Thoroughly enjoyable!" -- Maria Teresa Penna, Amazon reviewer

December 21, 2012. The Mayans called it Creation Day. The world does not end. But it will change forever.

October 1947.  Two ancient scrolls are discovered that give indisputable proof: HEAVEN AND HELL ARE REAL. THERE IS A GOD. THERE IS A SATAN.


Long before the universe existed, their war began. God's beloved archangel and his legion rebelled and were cast into Hell--and Lucifer became Satan. Now their day of reckoning has come. Can the forces of Good defeat a seemingly unstoppable Evil?

2013: BEYOND ARMAGEDDON takes us on the ultimate archaeological dig in search of the answer. The dig for Hell.

It is a demon-stalked quest that will take Zeke Sloan from Satanic murders in Washington, D.C. to a necropolis deep beneath Jerusalem--where a man believing he is John the Baptist communes with God, and the dead await their Messiah. Then deeper, to the lowest point on earth: the
Dead Sea. Then deeper still--into the darkest heart of Evil. For it is far below the mysterious body of water the Greeks called the Devil's Sea that Armageddon will take place.


413 pages, with a 5-star rating from 6 reviews.

Back Stretching - Back Strengthening And Stretching Exercises For Everyone, by David Nordmark. (Still free?)

Suffering from back pain? Or just have a twinge every now and then? This book can help you stretch, and strengthen, your back and is free today.

"My life involves sitting at a desk; so back and neck pain is no stranger to me. I found that the rigors of going to the gym did little to alleviate the problems. Stretching on the other hand just feels so good. There are stretching exercises in this book that not only strengthen your spine but that tighten your butt and abdominal muscles at the same time! Now what woman doesn't want that?" -- Amazon reviewer

If you suffer from back pain or discomfort, you're not alone. From the young to the old, from the average person to the hyper fit athlete, all are likely to suffer from some kind of back pain at least once in their lives.

In Back Stretching - Back Strengthening And Stretching Exercises For Everyone, I explain why back pain is so common in modern society. More importantly though, I will show you a series of back stretching and strengthening exercises which can bring you relief. This little book includes the following:

- information on why we all suffer from back issues
- instructions on how to stretch properly
- a series of fully illustrated back stretching exercises
- a series of fully illustrated strengthening exercises for the back
- isometric neck exercises (a strong neck is critical for a strong spine)
- information on a new therapeutic technique which is having great success in resolving chronic back issues
- Suggested stretching routines for all levels of fitness and abilities

If you've ever felt a twinge in your back after sitting in the office all day, or if you've been dealing with back issues of one kind or another all your life - Back Stretching - Back Strengthening and Stretching Exercises For Everyone is for you. Get ready to say goodbye to back pain, starting today.

5-star rating from 4 reviews.

Simple French Recipes- A Francophile's Collection of Traditional French Recipes and French Cuisine, by Walter Ballenberger. (Still free?)

This book contains 27 traditional French recipes that are simple to prepare! Includes wine pairing suggestions. Free today!

"In an age of processed foods, Balleneberger's "Simple French Recipes" reminds us just how important food is to the French as part of a well-lived life and how it should be to any reader as well. The painstaking and specific directions on ingredients, temperatures and cooking times make for excellent results that recall unforgettable nights spent at table in France. My particular favorite recipes were the choucroute and the coq au vin. Well done!" -- John Greathouse, Amazon reviewer

Have you ever been stumped about what to serve for a dinner party or a large family meal? Or perhaps you had the desire to make some kind of fancy French dish but were afraid you might mess it up?

The book “Simple French Recipes” takes away the mystery and the fear of failure.

The author has lived and worked in France, speaks French fluently, owned and operated a high-end bicycle tour company there and has built up a collection of mostly traditional French recipes that are not difficult to prepare.

Interestingly, the author is not a trained chef nor has he ever worked in a restaurant setting. He is just a person who enjoys great food and wine and who also enjoys preparing a good meal from time to time. He says that if he can prepare these dishes, so can you.

You’ll find classic favorites like Boeuf Bourgiugnon, Cassoulet, Choucroute, Coq au Vin, the Alsatian country favorite, Tarte Flambée and others. There are quite a few fish dishes, including the divine Fish Tajine à la Française, which the author learned from a chef at the famous five-star Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Quite a few other fish recipes are included since most of France is surrounded by ocean and seafood is very important and popular there. There are side dishes like Ratatouille and a few desserts including the classics Crème Brûlée and Mousse au Chocolat.

In addition, wine pairing suggestions for each of the dishes have been added.

The author and his wife have prepared these dishes for years and have modified them over time to meet their own tastes, and to make them easier. The fact is that you don’t have to be an Iron Chef like Bobby Flay or Mario Batali to have success with French cuisine and French cooking.

And be sure not to miss finding out the secret of cooking marvelously tender Boeuf Bourgiugnon that can be cut with a fork. The author maintains that this secret alone is worth more than the price of the book! Amaze your family and friends by preparing a few of the 27 recipes in this concise and wonderful little book of French recipes.

5-star rating from 7 reviews.

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