Thursday, December 20, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Dec 20)

Here is today's selection of eight free Kindle books, plus one bargain-priced book at 99 cents! 

Tag - A Technothriller (The Zumar Chronicles), by Simon Royle. (Still free?)

This mystery/thriller has 34 four-and five-star reviews,and is free today! The story follows arbitrator Jonah as he's thrown into a race to stop a horrific plot designed to eliminate two-thirds of the world's population.

"5 Stars for this compelling read! In his first novel, Simon Royle has managed to create a riveting thriller. In line with the human tendency to shorten words of common objects (think net for internet, phone for telephone, TV for television), some of the important terms of this century include, amongst other terms, dev (device), trav (travel), and cred (credit- monetary units earned by "contributions"). Although common travel has extended to the moon and the world is now united, at least in theory, the people and the experiences are recognizable and definitely feasible. This fictional reality is extremely realistic, and the implications of such a future really demand to be considered." -- MotherLode Blog

On 15 March 2110, 6.3 billion people will die at the hand of one man. A man with a twisted vision, to make humans a better, more intelligent race…

In the wake of Arbitrator Jonah Oliver’s interrogation of Jibril Muraz, a prisoner of UNPOL, his secure life disintegrates into one of lies, corruption, conspiracy and murder due to what he learns.

Jonah is thrown into a race against the clock to stop a plot designed to eliminate two-thirds of the population. The odds are stacked against him. He soon finds his past is not what he thought it was, those closest to him cannot be trusted, and what he’s learned could get him, or worse, his loved ones, killed.

347 pages, with a 4-star rating from 59 reviews.

The Ultimate Game (ECHO'S REVENGE), by Sean Austin. (Still free?)

A SciFi book suitable for all ages, this fast-paced read takes virtual reality to a new level.

"For those of us who can't help but think too much, there are also elements of ECHO'S REVENGE in there for us. How much information is too much information when it comes to what we share online. And the fun question is What happens when who we are is used against us? Keeping the pages turning from beginning to end, Sean Austin's ECHO'S REVENGE scores big for action lovers and avid readers." -- C. A. Webb, Amazon reviewer

Brothers Jeremy (age 10) and Reggie (age 14) are expert Echo’s Revenge gamers. After initiating Operation Thunderbolt, they begin their journey down the West Coast only to discover that Echo-7, a new and indestructible game predator, has developed the ability to reverse the rules of its own video game and hunt them down- in the real world.

296 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 5 reviews.

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

Feels Like the First Time: A True Love Story, by Shawn Inmon. (Still $0.99?)

As singer Adele knows, many of us have that "one that got away."

And not many books have a 4.9-star rating after 73 reviews. This sweet story of young, true love has just that, and is bargain priced for just a few days at 99 cents. Don't let this one get away; download it today!

"Shawn Inmon opens his heart in this true love story reaching out to his one and only soul mate, Dawn Adele, through various life obstacles. "Feels Like the First Time" is written, largely, in the 1980's so one living through that era can totally relate to the times and identify with the Vega and music set in the beautiful Northwest. As my eyes captured each written word I rode the rollercoaster of the emotional highs and lows as the story unfolded. Shawn's descriptions bring the story to life as you follow him from a young man in high school to middle-age." -- Bonnie Christian, Amazon reviewer

Feels Like the First Time is available for .99 on a special Christmas Promotion through December 24th. Merry Christmas!
September, 1975: Shawn meets Dawn, his one true love, when she moves into the vacant house next door. Many people spend their life searching in vain for happiness, but he was lucky; finding it at the age of fifteen.

February 1979: Forbidden to see each other and feeling he is harming her by being in her life, he walks away from the love of his life, apparently forever.

December, 2006: After decades of sadness and mourning the girl that got away, he has a chance meeting with her that might change his life forever... again. Can the sweet bond of first love not only survive, but flourish?

Feels Like the First Time lets you share in the magic of young love in small town America in the 1970s. No matter how much the world changes, some things - timeless music, high school dances, making out in the backseat of a Chevy Vega, and of course true love - will always remain the same.

218 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 73 reviews.

Death of the Couch Potato's Wife: Cozy Christian Mysteries (Women Sleuth, Female Detective Suspense), by Christy Barritt. (Still free?)

Boring, Indiana is anything but... especially when murder, suspense, and romance emerge. Join street-smart housewife Laura Berry as she pokes around, and ends up being a target herself. Free today!

"I will read anything with Christy Barritt's name on the cover. I know I'm in for fun, suspense and romance and never more than I found in Death of the Couch Potato’s Wife. This book is Barritt at her best." -- Bestselling author Mary Connealy

"Boring, IN, caught my attention. Not your average murder village. Sound a bit funny. It is. It's also well done as the main plot (1 of many) is an apparent murder by pork rinds. Throughout the story, a multitude of locals become suspect, and discovering the quirky characteristics of the cast is quite fun. Having Boring, Indiana folk murdered sure adds spice to Midwest dull-drums." -- Harold Wolfe, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

Welcome to Boring, Indiana, home to patio cookouts, homeowner dues, carpeted lawns, and neighbors so welcoming they’re dying to meet you — literally.

City slicker turned suburbanite housewife Laura Berry isn’t taking well to life in her new neighborhood. She moved to follow her husband’s dream, and now she can’t tell if she’s clinically depressed or just bored half to death. But Boring becomes anything but when Laura discovers her neighbor Candace Flynn face up on a sofa with her hand buried in a snack bag. With a healthy dose of neighborly suspicion and street smarts, Laura sets out to find Flynn’s killer, but her curiosity becomes desperation when the killer targets Laura.

Someone is determined to stop her from digging deeper into the murder, but Laura is just as determined to figure out who’s behind the death-by-poisoned-pork-rinds.

296 pages, with a 4-star rating from 45 reviews.

Blood and Groom (Sasha Jackson Mysteries), by Jill Edmondson. (Still free?)

Rock-band singer turned private eye - come on, it could happen! - is a likeable leading lady in this engaging mystery series! if you're a mystery-reader, download your copy today.

""Fast-paced and fun!" Sasha is a PI who doesn't listen to those who tell her "no." She thinks on her feet and can improvise when needed. Her tenacity leads her into the world of art, insider trading, drugs, high-finance, and high-society. Sasha also has a second, quite interesting job, but if you want to find out what that job is, you'll have to read the book." - Helen Ginger, Amazon reviewer

"Having already read and greatly enjoyed the middle of the three (so far!) books of the Sasha Jackson Mysteries series, I had a pretty good idea what Blood and Groom would be like: a fast-paced and fun story with some twists and a winning protagonist. Sasha Jackson is a fun and realistic protagonist who makes some mistakes along the way but ultimately prevails. Her observations and inner dialogue are frequently laugh-out-loud funny, and she is surrounded by a supporting -- and supportive -- cast including family and friends." -- Scott Whitmore, Amazon reviewer" -- Enter reviewer name (optional)

When not talking dirty at her part time phone sex job, or singing cheesy cover tunes in generic suburban bars, fledgling private investigator Sasha Jackson is spending her days trying to figure out how ‘till death do us part’ applies to her jilted client.
Christine Arvisais was dumped by her gold plated fiancé days before mailing the wedding invitations. Four months later, he was shot in a Toronto ravine during his Saturday morning jog. Christine says she was wrapped in seaweed and bathing in mud when Gordon Hanes went to the mahogany paneled VIP room in the sky.
Then another former fiancé falls victim to another femme fatale and it appears Cupid’s bow is no match for the Grim Reaper’s scythe.
As Sasha continues her investigation, she uncovers a pattern of guys who skipped ‘I do’ and now never will. It seems a coincidence, until Sasha learns the real meaning of Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
With her dad driving her crazy via long distance, and her brother steeped in confusion about his own romantic comedy of Eros, Sasha must figure out who’s whacking would-be grooms before it becomes a case of four funerals and a wedding.

- Reviews for Blood and Groom -

“The toughest fictional woman P.I. in Canada.” -Bill Selnes, Mysteries and More 

"Sasha Jackson: she's tough, can drink with the best of 'em, and isn't afraid to bend the rules." (Karen Russell,

"Fans of strong female characters and fans of detective novels will enjoy this story. This was a fun read, and I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Toronto’s sexiest new detective can get in to in her second book." (

“Edmondson writes a fast-moving book with a hip protagonist. I give Blood and Groom a rating of Hel-O since Jill Edmondson is a new-to-me author and Blood and Groom is a fast-paced, fun read.” (Helen Ginger, Blog)

“Sasha Jackson is one of the best literary characters I’ve discovered of late. She’s an edgy and unconventional ex-musician turned private investigator. Canadian author Jill Edmondson spins a marvelous yarn with a sense of humor. She shines a bright light on Toronto. Biting humor, pop references and colorful characters make Blood and Groom a fun read.” (Amy Steele,

"Blood and Groom is a sprightly read - a promising start to a new series and a fresh writing career." (Joan Barfoot, The London Free Press)

"Blood and Groom's main character, newly licensed downtown Toronto P.I. (and former rock singer) Sasha Jackson, has enough sass and quirk to hold a reader's interest." (Quill & Quire )

"The style is fresh, well-paced and uses dialogue that feels real. Toronto is nicely portrayed as a place fit for dispatching grooms. Edmondson shows the storytelling skill to turn this into a series with room to grow." (The Hamilton Spectator)

“Blood and Groom is full of down-to-earth people and pithy portrayals of some weird characters. Conversations are snappy. It is a light, fun read and I’d be interested in seeing future stories.” (The Waterloo Region Record)

"It's a quick, entertaining read best enjoyed with double vodka tonics and morning after grilled cheeses." ( Blog )

"Parts are very funny -- especially the sex chat and Sasha's nerdy pal Victor, and her gambler dad... Bizarre! Not as bizarre as the ending, with romance and finance combined to deadly effect." (Lucille Redmond, Ireland Evening Herald)

"A fast-paced, soft-boiled novel with a distinctive voice and a sassy protagonist." (Jim Napier, The Sherbrooke Record).

"The book is fast-paced... and the tone is the quick and funny style that appeals to fans of Janet Evanovich. There's a lot of promise here and we'll look forward to Sasha Jackson's next adventure." (Margaret Cannon, The Globe & Mail)

“Jill Edmondson’s Blood and Groom is a fast-paced whipcrack of a book — a a little edgy and a lot of fun.” (

166 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 7 reviews.

Subterranea, by Mike Duran. (Still free?)

Nine tales of dark horror, with moments of humor, from the author THE RESURRECTION, WINTERLAND, and THE TELLING. Free today!

" “Mike Duran has the darkly rich imagination of a true storyteller.” – Scott Nicholson, finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and author of The Red Church

"I've read all three of Mike Duran's novels, and this anthology holds up well along with his longer works. Most of the stories in Subterranea are similar in tone. Dark, supernatural, walking the line between literary and commercial. Duran has a gift for description and knows how to set the mood of a story. Every word has purpose." -- Kathryn Heckenback" -- Enter reviewer name (optional)

“Mike Duran has the darkly rich imagination of a true storyteller.” – Scott Nicholson, finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and author of The Red Church

A subway project on the wrong side of Mother Nature. A neurotic man who drowns in the desert. Tequila swilling seminary students in search of a mythical healer. A war-torn interplanetary lounge for seekers of universal harmony. A military chaplain pursued by the very demon he evicted. A trip home, for the living and the dead. Muses and devils in the Inspirational octagon. A one-thousand pound man who carries something weightier than himself. A machine that can predict marital compatibility down to the most probable future.

Surrealism, horror, and occasional humor intersect in these nine short stories from the author of The Resurrection and The Telling.

187 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 4 reviews.

Space Crazy (Dar's Adventures in Space), by K. Rowe. (Still free?)

Science Fiction space opera, free today!

"I hope to be able to read a sequel soon!” -- Dr. Jason K. Sober

"The lady knows how to spin an in and out of this world tale that is funny, sexy, intriguing, and filled with suspense and battle scenes.” -- Robert C. Nelson

“It's easy to read, the characters are interesting, and it has new ideas I haven't seen too often in other series." -- Papa of Twins

The Ontarrin Galaxy is a rough and tumble place. Young Dar Meltom knows this for fact. As the half breed offspring of an incredibly unlikely joining between an Earthling male and a Satiren female, he knows what fighting is all about. Having spent his childhood on Erotis 3 getting into fights because he was different, Dar’s only solace comes from watching the stars. He’s crazy about them. He dreams about them, and secretly wishes he could be among them.

His mother, Denrika, knows her son is at a disadvantage. Living in a purebred society, his chances for getting a job after he graduates school are slim. Until one day, a large alien strolls into the general store where she works. His name is Gwog, and he’s captain of the space freighter Cunik. Little does he know, Denrika will convince him that he needs another crew member—a seventeen year old half breed with his head in the stars.

Dar joins the crew of the Cunik and quickly learns that space life isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. After being on board only a few days, he’s stricken with Skrinnian fever and nearly dies. Gwog and Karnis nurse him back to health, and then he learns more important lessons about death, pirates, love, and the value of the friends he’s made. Until such time as he’s on his own, Dar absorbs everything Gwog teaches him. Then, one night, a game of Sirrixian poker changes his life forever…

238 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 8 reviews.

Short & Sweet (Four Fun & Flirty Tales), by Amanda Brice. (Still free?)

Four cute and short ones, from the always entertaining Amanda Brice. Free today!

"Sweet, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny!" -- NY Times bestselling author Angie Fox

"Short reads that aren’t short on entertainment. Sassy humor and sigh-worthy. Amanda Brice delivers." -- NY Times bestselling author Christie Craig

A very short single-author romantic story collection (approximately 15,000 words total, or 54 pages) from the author of the Dani Spevak Mystery Series.

Includes the following fun and flirty tales:

"She's Got Legs" -- Congressional aide Daria Wyatt is mortified when she wears the wrong shoes to her 15-year high school reunion in this sassy Cinderella story.

"Love @ First Site" -- Lobbyist Julie Antonelli has sworn off online dating after a string of disasters. Well, there is this one guy...

"Dancing Cheek to Cheek" -- Can a young woman find romance while teaching ballroom dancing to seniors'

"Birthday Gifts" -- College student Claire Chen misses her boyfriend while spending the semester in Paris. Will her birthday be just as sad'

AUTHOR NOTE: From now until New Year's, all author royalties from the sale of this collection will be donated to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

"Anyone who is a 'White Christmas' fan will adore ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’. The best things don’t only happen when you’re dancing… they also happen when you’re reading Amanda Brice!”
- NY Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday

"Amanda Brice has a voice that easily captures the self-depricating humor and strength that so many young women have as they attempt to find their place in the world and the man of their heart."
- Jana DeLeon, author of Louisiana Longshot

" 'She's Got Legs' is a funny and romantic short story. … I really enjoy the author's voice, her sense of humor, and her ability to balance cynical humor with unabashedly romantic happy endings so these these two apparently contradictory elements end up complimenting each other very nicely. Give me more, give me a longer story, just give me - I want to read more from this author."
- Rating of 88 from Mrs. Giggles

5-star rating from 2 reviews.

25 Delicious and Nutritious Vegetarian Soup, Stew and Chili Recipes (The Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Cooking), by Shelley Lynne. (Still free?)

Perhaps my passion for good soup is going overboard in our book recommendations! Bear with me, though. These soups can be made in about the time it takes to press "one-click."

Note: no pictures, though... although I find that is less of a hindrance with soup books compared to other cooking books.

"Honestly it was like Shelley wrote the book for me! I've made a lot of soups, stews and chili and can spot a good recipe. This book is filled with them and I can't wait until the weekend to cook a pot of Spicy Vegetarian Chili!" -- Sandy Bose

"Buy this book even if you're not a vegetarian. The recipes are awesome! While I'm not a vegetarian I love all of the recipes in this book. They are easy to follow and easy to make." -- Marg Ruttan, International Best-Selling Cookbook Author

This collection of 25 vegetarian soup, stew and chili recipes from best-selling author Shelley Lynne is packed with meals that are not only nutritious, but also delicious!

There is nothing like a big pot of delicious soup! It's easy to cook, satisfying and gives you leftovers for the next day.

What You'll Get...
  • 15 Vegetarian Soup Recipes
  • 3 Vegetarian Stew Recipes
  • 7 Vegetarian Chili Recipes

Plus These Helpful Lists:
  • 7 Vegetarian Soups That Freeze Well
  • Eating Lite: 10 Vegetarian Soup, Stew and Chili Recipes Under 300 Calories
Here's to wishing you many great vegetarian meals ahead!

85 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 12 reviews.

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