Sunday, December 9, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Sunday Dec 9)

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

Lord of the Abbey (Lords of Avalon Series), by K. R. Richards. (Still free?)

This historical romance is a free download today!

"I loved this book. K.R. Richards keeps you emotionally entertained and wanting to what happens next. With her words she creates a want and yearning to be one of her cast of characters. I love the strength that is drawn by the Archangel, Michael, and role he plays into the story. Just lovely. Richards does her research and puts it to words in a very entertaining way that intermingles fiction with reality. This story takes you on a journey of love, sex, mystery, and action. What a ride!" -- S.J. Abbey, Amazon reviewer

Confirmed spinster, Lady Rowena Locke seeks permission from Harry Bellingham, the new Lord Glaston to search for treasure hidden on Glastonbury Abbey grounds. Glaston is the head of the renowned Avalon Society, an historical society which pursues myths, legends, ancient treasures and the paranormal.

To her surprise, not only is Harry interested in the treasure hidden by the last Abbot of Glastonbury before the dissolution of the Abbey, he is also interested in Rowena. Her vow to never marry is severely tested upon meeting Lord Glaston.

When Harry and his fellow Avalon Society members step in to assist Rowena and her aunt on their quest, dangerous and mysterious men in brown coats and hats appear in Glastonbury also searching for the lost Abbey treasure. It’s a race against time as the mysterious ‘Brown Coats’ seem to be always a step ahead of them.

Their quest becomes more dangerous as they find more clues, treasures, letters and holy secrets while trying to protect their finds from the enemy.

Will they discover who the ‘Brown Coats’ are and why they are after the treasures? Can Harry convince marriage wary Rowena to trust in love and marry him?

Lord of the Abbey, Lords of Avalon series, Book 1 is an adventurous romp through late Regency Glastonbury full of danger, romance, mystery, treasure, lost Holy secrets of Glastonbury Abbey and contains elements of the paranormal.

403 pages, with a 4-star rating from 23 reviews.

Southern Strife: A Novel of Racial Tension in the 1960's, by Valerie Stocking. (Still free?)

15 five-star reviews for this powerful coming-of-age story, set in the racially-charged south of the 1960s. Free for your download today!

"An absorbing tale of innocence lost. It's a brilliantly paced story of a 12 year girl struggling to survive life with her mentally disabled mother in a small southern town in the 1960's. The mother loses control of her thoughts and the daughter is tossed about by the whims of an unstable mind and the violence of an unstable community. The child's only friend, a bi-racial boy, is threatened by the murderous small town Ku Klux Klan and the community members who support this group. Her life in fictional Willets Point seems doomed to failure, but, true to her name, Joy Bradford rises above her situation and finds hope amid chaos. This is a must read for those interested in the civil rights era in the United States and for those who enjoy coming of age stories." -- Tower Lowe, Amazon reviewer

"...impossible to put down..." - Midwest Book Review

"...a must-read for those interested in the Civil Rights era..."
- Tower Lowe, Author of In Roswell, Re-abducted


WARNING: This book has content that may be disturbing if not absorbed within the context of the time in which the story is told.

"Superbly written. This is one book I won't forget. It's that good." - L.C. Hayden, Author of When the Past Haunts You

The pain and rage of clashing cultural landscapes explode in this provocative and sobering look of America's south during the mid-1960's. Twelve-year-old Joy Bradford moves with her mother Jessica from their white Connecticut suburb to the racially divided town of Willets Point, Florida. Her friendship with Clay, a mixed-race boy and also a newcomer in town, sends shockwaves through her family and the community, increasing the growing racial tension that already exists.

Clay's well-educated, African-American father Clytus attempts to open a clothing store in the white section of downtown Willets Point. This prompts Jessica's new lawyer cum boyfriend and leader of the local Klan chapter, Bill McKendrick, to join with other white citizens in driving the family out of town. This forceful demand sets off an explosive confrontation that will change them all forever.

An absorbing and suspenseful coming-of-age story set against the tumultuous backdrop of racial tensions in mid-1960's America, Southern Strife is a spellbinding journey full of insight and intensity.

435 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 28 reviews.

To the Princess Bound (Terms of Mercy), by Sara King. (Still free?)

Sara King's Sci-Fi romance is powerful and evocative. 19 five-star reviews, and available for free today. Caution: this novel has some intense graphic scenes.

"Sara King is great with detail and background of her characters. As the opening line of the synopsis says, "Sometimes, Life leads us where we need to go," and that is so true for each of these characters. Dragomir's spirit of compassion and humbleness tugged at my heart and his overall patience with Victory was amazing and at times a little maddening. Victory is spoiled, but that is how she is supposed to be for the story to progress and Sara did wonderfully." -- M. Anweiller, Amazon reviewer

Sometimes, Life leads us where we need to go…

Six years ago, Victory’s mind and body were brutally shattered by those she trusted. The betrayal has left her with a closed and tortured heart and an innate fear of the men around her. Her father, a cold, compassionless emperor who rules Victory’s life the same way he has ruled Mercy, has an inhuman solution: Chain her to a massive native man from the war-torn planet that kidnapped her to prove to her there’s nothing to fear. Yet when the huge and gentle native shows himself to be something more than anyone expects, will Victory open her heart and allow this handsome and powerful healer to help her flower, or will she turn him over to the Imperium that hunts him?

Bound to an Imperial princess, their bodies lashed together by a cruel decree, Dragomir is tired of helplessly watching Victory’s past overtake her. He has the power to fix her, and if she doesn’t like it, she can kill him after he is finished. He is a healer—he will mend her broken spirit, or die trying. Yet, in healing her, he must reveal his secret to her, and in doing so, Dragomir must also trust her with his life, for those with his special talents are feared and hunted by the Imperium. What Dragomir doesn’t foresee at the outset is his own passion: She’s his soul-mate, their lives entwined throughout the ages, and her mere presence sparks a fire within him that he’s tried for years to ignore. He finds himself fighting his body’s deepest urges every time he looks upon her graceful form, struggling for the control she needs of him, warring with inner desires and an ancient need that could make her abandon him forever…

345 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 24 reviews.

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

An Appointment With Murder (A Sarah Woods Mystery), by Jennifer L. Jennings. (Still $0.99?)

Today's bargain book, at $0.99 (reduced from $2.99), is part of the Sarah Woods mystery series.

"An Appointment with Murder follows Sarah Woods, who embarks on a quest to discover the truth behind the murder of her assistant. Jennings' writing is captivating, raw and thrilling (and on several occasions downright funny)! Living within each page is a multitude of twists and angles that keeps the reader guessing: WHO DID IT?! Just when I thought I'd figured out who was behind it all, she'd throw me for a loop. Jennings has a knack for drawing us in and painting a vivid picture of her character's world. A world I didn't want to leave." -- L. M. Stull, Amazon reviewer

Featured in Amazon's Kindle Top 100 Hard Boiled Mysteries
Book 1 of the Sarah Woods Mystery Series

It's a quiet Friday evening in Bridgeport, New Hampshire and massage therapist Sarah Woods is working late at her office. She checks her room. Everything is ready as she waits for her client Jeff Gardner to arrive. However, things start to spiral out of control when a dead body is discovered. Terrified, Sarah finds herself caught up in the middle of a murder investigation. Who can she trust when it becomes apparent the crime is not what it seems.

Now available on kindle
An Act of Deceit (A Sarah Woods Mystery Book 2)An Island of Illusions (A Sarah Woods Mystery Book 3)

188 pages, with a 4-star rating from 32 reviews.

The Information Thieves, by ML Katz. (Still free?)

Free today, here's a new apocalyptic thriller from the author of Raft People!

"I found it to be one of the most enjoyable adventure novels I have read in quite a long time. This book brings you into its story little by little and by the time you are halfway through you simply cannot put it down. I could really empathize with the characters, I found them all to be well developed and very relatable. The universe the story is set in is truly unique and absorbing really bringing you into the story. Overall a terrific read, highly recommended to any post-apocalypse / adventure fans out there." -- Jeffrey H., Amazon reviewer

Note that The Information Thieves takes place in the same fictional "universe" as Raft People, but you can read either one as a stand-alone book.

What happens after the Big Flood? About a generation after the Big Flood (Raft People), Houston is under the sea. Tokyo is a floating city. The Hero Men have been extinct for 30,000 years. Dr. Trevor Levi gained quick fame for his life saving Virus Blocker, but then lost his battle with addiction. His daughter, Julia, will do anything to outdo and avoid him now. A young girl named Tomoe was rescued from a floating salvage pile by shady characters with underworld ties. They prepare her for a life as a modern day samurai.

Eli, a quiet computer security specialist and part time hacker discovers violations that the powerful global company, World Tech, will do almost anything to hide. In the eyes of the dominating corporations, and his half-sister Julia, Eli has become the worst sort of criminal - an information thief! But he pictures himself as a modern day Robin Hood.

The FBI wants to question Eli. The samurai hunts him. Corporate security wants him dead. Can his eccentric family, friendly Russian hackers, an art dealer with underworld connections, the people of Fat City (a large Dallas tent city), a cloned super boy, and a revived Neanderthal with 30,000 year old memories help save him? Does his World Tech scientist sister, Julia, owe more to her company or to Eli?

The Information Thieves should appeal to adults, young adults, and mature teenagers. It should appeal to readers who enjoy cyberpunk, high tech, science fiction, future history, dystopian fiction, and adventure. It is a story about post-apocalyptic life, but also about family relationships and finding out what is important in life.

4.8-star rating from 5 reviews.

Rex Cresting (Elei's Chronicles), by Chrystalla Thoma. (Still free?)

A Sci-Fi dystopian novel, with a 4.9-star rating, this book is free today!

"I read and enjoyed Rex Rising as well, and I loved the way the characters continued to develop in this book. They become deeper, and we learn new things about who they are and why they do what they do. As ever, Ms. Thoma's writing style is evocative and poetic. It really pulled me into the story. There are some really wonderful moments, some funny, some tense, some sweet, and I'm totally intrigued by the new aspects of the plot and how it's all going to turn out! I can't wait for the next book!" -- Mary, Amazon reviewer

Still recovering at a hospital on the north coast of Dakru, Elei is convinced that his part in bringing down the Gultur is over. Rex has infected the other race and their dictatorial system is starting to collapse. Not every Gultur, though, has been affected, and on top of that, inside Elei's body, Rex has matured and goes through another transformation. Elei isn't sure he can survive Rex's new strength -- but that may prove the last of his worries as the Gultur descend on him again.

Dystopian Science Fiction novel. 85.000 words.

Warning: Some profanity and violence.

Book 3 is now also available! Find all titles in the Elei's Chronicles series at Get "Hera" and "Mantis" for FREE!

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

The War Gate, by Chris Stevenson. (Still free?)

Yours free today, this paranormal romance was given a 5-star rating by Aurora Reviews.

"Leave it to Chris Stevenson, master of the imagination, to put a new and unique twist on an old and established genre -- time travel. "The War Gate" is as surprising as it is entertaining, containing a fantastical slew of heroes, villains, gods and magicians, all wrapped into one of the most unusual and absorbing story lines I've seen in a while. After all, it's not everyday that a character gives birth to herself, while earning the assistance and admiration of a god in the process. Time travel is only part of the story. The War Gate is really a paranormal murder mystery filled with enough twists and turns to defy even time, and it is fueled by a sadistic killer who is truly scary and not for the squeamish. Will magic prevail over madness?" -- Jim S. Melvin, Amazon reviewer

Welcome to The War Gate, a paranormal romance/thriller with a time-travel twist.

“This was a solidly written tale with a trace of fantasy and complex thought used in defining the concept of leaping from one time gate to the next—excellent job of structuring.”
Terrie G, Bitten by Books, 4 out of 5.

“The War Gate is a captivating book. Mystery, magic and the paranormal blend together in a perfect mix. I would thoroughly recommend this book to fantasy enthusiasts who also like romance.
Orcid, Aurora Reviews, 5 out of 5.

Tag Line: Through a miraculous conception, Avalon Labrador must give birth to herself before she is executed, to solve her husband’s murder and her own wrongful conviction.

When the reincarnated Avy Labrador is kicked out of her stepfather’s house on her 18th birthday, she has no idea that the man who raised her framed her mother to cover his murder so he could acquire a major software empire. Now, years later, with the help of her magician boyfriend, Sebastian, Avy is about to discover that her birth was otherworldly and for a purpose. The ancient Roman God Janus was so appalled by the heinous murder of Tom Labrador by his brother Drake that he opened up a War Gate.

Avy has received half of her mother’s soul light and half of a God’s essence. Her mission is to put the real killer behind bars. The only catch: she must learn to “Gate-Walk”, that’s time traveling to the layman. She soon finds out that she is a drunk driver on the space/time continuum super highway.

Just when she believes she has too much on her plate to contend with, she learns that she’s pegged the wrong man as the killer…her boyfriend is not who he appears to be…and Janus, the so-called God of new beginnings, doorways and gates, just might be the biggest conman and liar she has ever met.

The War Gate has a heavy mystery structure, as well as paranormal/magic and romance elements.

War Gate Author's Note: The antagonist character, Wax Man, is not for the squeamish. I warn you ahead of time that he is the most disgusting, vile creature/human you're ever likely to read about. Not for younger readers under 13.

332 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 2 reviews.

A Little Magic, by Valerie Gillen. (Still free?)

This book, free today, is part of the Winter Escapes YA fantasy promo, running from December 7th thru 14th. The promo includes free books, sale-priced books, and a raffle. More info is available at

"This novella was a delightful read. I would target it mostly for the middle school/YA crowd as the storyline, characters and writing seemed perfect for that group. As an adult I still found the story engaging. I liked the typical good vs. evil approach and felt interested in the characters, especially Siobhan and Alicia. I think that this story could be fleshed out into a full fledged novel, and if handled correctly, even a good YA series." -- Lyn Meadows, Amazon reviewer

A Hidden Power: Stepdancer Siobhan Kelly didn't believe in magic - until the magic chose her.

A Promise Made: She's been warned magic is evil, but with her grandmother felled by a deadly curse, she must make a bargain with the local Fairie prince - the return of their sacred Jewel in exchange for her grandmother's life.

And it just might work too - if only she can escape the dark witch who's made Siobhan her prey in the hunt for a deadly blood spell.

140 pages, with a 4-star rating from 5 reviews.

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  1. I just ordered The Information Thieves. Thanks for this web site.

    1. Good choice! You are welcome, Annie!