Thursday, December 27, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Dec 27)

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

Belfast Girls, by Gerry McCullough. (Still free?)

Free today! Three girls from varied backgrounds navigate through life in Ireland. Over 40 five-star reviews for this work of contemporary fiction.

"If you like your romance with suspense - and some thoughtfulness - and you also enjoy learning about a country and culture not your own, this is a great choice. While it all ends well, there are many twists and turns, and an interesting perspective on present day Ireland, written by an author who should know. Enjoy, and then get the next one." -- Shirley Norwood, Amazon reviewer

The story of three girls - Sheila, Phil and Mary - growing up into the new emerging post-conflict Belfast of money, drugs, high fashion and crime; and of their lives and loves.

Sheila, a supermodel, is kidnapped. Phil is sent to prison. Mary, surviving a drug overdose, has a spiritual awakening.

It is also the story of the men who matter to them -

John Branagh, former candidate for the priesthood, a modern Darcy, someone to love or hate. Will he and Sheila ever get together' Davy Hagan, drug dealer, ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. Is Phil also mad to have anything to do with him?

Although from different religious backgrounds, starting off as childhood friends, the girls manage to hold on to that friendship in spite of everything.

A book about contemporary Ireland and modern life. A book which both men and women can enjoy - thriller, romance, comedy, drama - and much more ....

348 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 67 reviews.



Heart for a Hero, by Ed Ditto and Laura D. Patrick. (Still free?)

A quilt arrives in the mail, and sparks a mystery in this "uniquely American story." Eight 5-star reviews, and free today!

"The author somehow manages to stitch together totally disparate themes into a congruous, heartfelt and uniquely American story. There are sparse hints of a writing style crafted by the southern luminaries that made their mark in the literary world long before. The characters are evocative and real and she eloquently captures the trials and tribulations of heroes and everyday, humble, family life. An excellent read. -- Christopher E. Jylkka

If quilts tell stories, PJ Hathaway’s is a study in brown. Between her twins, her mini-mansion, and her traveling husband, there’s no room for herself.

When an old quilt comes in the mail—addressed to her sainted grandmother, of all people—she feels a faint spark. Having a little mystery to solve might help her muddle through.

But stories can’t be un-told. Her search for the truth about the old quilt and the stranger who sent it pulls her from a Chattanooga cemetery to the desert Southwest to the frozen wastes of North Korea. The story shatters everything she thought she knew about her family, and breaks her heart.

Heroes, like quilts, are made. Does PJ have the courage to piece her life back together?

5-star rating from 8 reviews.



Her Handyman, by Morgan Mandel. (Still free?)

Short and sweet, this romantic novella is a free download today!

"This is a refreshingly sweet and charming story about two people whose initial introduction would never have happened except for an overflowing toilet. Eccentric, talented and successful artist, Zoe calls handyman Jake. No job is too big or too small for handsome, regular guy, Jake, he's happy to comply. I was immediately rooting for them, yet appreciating how hard it was for them to accept their growing feelings for each other. After all, Jake had a fiancé and Zoe had all sorts of troubles, family secrets and phobias. Yes, in the end, guy gets girl, but you will love the journey of these two unlikely lovers." -- RP Dahlke, Amazon reviewer

A novella length romantic comedy, with a dash of the serious. Longer than a short story, shorter than a full-length novel - just the right size for a busy reader!

Throw a crazy canine, a handyman, and a quirky artist together and you've got mayhem!

Who'd guess it's Jake, the handyman, who needs rescuing when he answers a call by the distraught artist, Zoe, to stop a toilet flood begun by her crazy canine, FuFu?

Jake's engaged to a sexy, perfect woman, and she's even a great cook! There's no room in his life for a quirky, rich artist, who eats raw vegetables and probably can't even boil an egg -- or is there? Are Jake's perfect plans about to be disrupted?

121 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 26 reviews.



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

Disintegration: A Mystery Thriller, by Scott Nicholson. (Still $0.99?)

Here's a bargain-book offering from bestselling mystery / suspense author Scott Nicholson! Download this mystery at its sale price today.

"So why am I giving this novel 5 stars? Because, it is so well written. There is never a dull moment; each scene moves the story forward, giving just enough hints to build tension. There are so many surprises, yet there is enough foreshadowing to lead the reader along the way to its shocking end. Lovers of thrillers will have a heyday with this. Highly recommended. " -- Christa Polkinhorn, Amazon reviewer

Identical twins vie for a family empire built on deceit, cruelty, and dark secrets--and one woman stands between them while another waits in the shadows.

DISINTEGRATION
(Revised March 2011. Includes alternate ending. DRM-free)

When a mysterious fire destroys his home and shatters his family, Jacob Wells is pulled into a downward spiral that draws him ever closer to the past he thought was dead and buried.

Now his twin brother Joshua is back in town, seeking to settle old scores and claim his half of the Wells birthright. Jacob’s wife Renee is struggling with her own past and her attempts to salvage Jacob are driven by guilt and ambition.

As Jacob and Joshua return to the twisted roles they adopted at the hands of cruel, demanding parents, they wage a war of pride, wealth, and passion. They share a poisonous obsession with the provocative, manipulative Carlita, whose immigrant family helped build the Wells fortune.

Joshua wants other things, too, but Jacob’s desires are divided between the forbidden love he can’t possess, the respectability he can never have, and the revenge he is dying to taste. And Renee has dark motives of her own.

If only Jacob can figure out which of them to blame. But the lines of identity are blurred, because Joshua and Jacob share much more than blood.

And the childhood games have become deadly serious.

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A crime thriller from Scott Nicholson, #1 Kindle bestselling mystery and paranormal author of THE RED CHURCH, CRIME BEAT, THE SKULL RING, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, HEAD CASES, and 13 other books. With J.R. Rain he's written the urban fantasies CURSED! and GHOST COLLEGE, and, as L.C. Glazebrook, the YA paranormal series OCTOBER GIRLS. Visit him at Author Central

"Always surprises and always entertains."--Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

"Buy everything he writes. He's the real deal."--Bentley Little, The Disappearance

"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."--JA Konrath, Shaken

"A psychological thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, not even at its shocking conclusion."--Vicki Tyley, Thin Blood

"This is one author that aims to kill and never misses.” – Jeremy Robinson, author of INSTINCT

304 pages, with a 3.6-star rating from 74 reviews.



Sword of the Raven, by Diana Duncan. (Still free?)

Time for a guilty pleasure read? Here's a fantasy romance with over 30 five-star reviews. And it's free today!

"I read Diana Duncan's Sword of the Raven and absolutely fell in love with Rowan, the Water Mage hero. His tale of sorrow and tragedy, coupled with the absolute die-hard sexiness of the character had me on the verge of emotion many times. His quest and the things he's willing to do achieve them are both heart-pounding and nail-biting. Delaney Morgan has a secret even SHE doesn't know and it made me cheer for her all the more. I loved watching her push and fight and claw for what she believed in. But when they collided, it made for some tense and breath-holding moments. Ms. Duncan grabs your attention by the throat from the opening page and does not let up until the unbelievable end. The book is full of twist, turns, surprises and shocks that made my mouth drop. I loved reading about the Scottish lore and felt it was very well explained." -- Amazon reviewer

When destiny calls, you don’t hit ignore...

Delaney Morgan’s ho-hum life begins to fray around the edges when her cop brother is framed and imprisoned. Determined to exonerate him, she starts poking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Things go from extra-ordinary to extraordinary with her discovery of Mr. Tall, Dark, and Naked washed up on a deserted Oregon beach.

Rowan MacLachlan’s no ordinary man. He’s a semi-Immortal Highlander. A Water Mage, a Supernatural Enforcer…and since the slaughter of his entire family, Chieftain of his Clan.

Recently escaped from the clutches of the Sorceress Cearde, he’s drawn to Delaney’s intense, newly awakening Powers. She learns her brother possessed similar Powers, and his "situation" is entangled with the magical forces he tried to shield her from.

Pulled into an epic battle of light and dark…with a kick-ass pair of boots and a Bon Jovi inspired battle cry…Delaney vows to help Rowan avenge his family, and free her brother from the dark forces holding him captive. First, Rowan must teach her to control and wield her new Magic.

When passion flares between mentor and student, so do their Powers. With Delaney’s help, Rowan plans to vanquish the evil bitch who killed his family.

Even if it means betraying the woman he’s come to love.

One of them may be required to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Can love really conquer all? Betrayal. Evil. Even death?


Delaney’s about to find out. Because she’s destined to be the Sword of the Raven.

324 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 51 reviews.



Hiding Carly (Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Series), by Ann Eisenstein. (Still free?)

Here's a mystery, suitable for children and readers of all ages! Free today.

"Ann Eisenstein’s debut murder-mystery middle grade novel HIDING CARLY received a resoundingly positive review from the Wright State University Press. There is a strong FBI theme in this first book and Eisenstein is now collaborating with the FBI to continue with the SEAN GREY, JUNIOR SPECIAL AGENT series." -- Pen & Palette SCBWI-Carolinas, Summer 2011

"Eisenstein chooses words that evoke the wide span of emotions that run through a sixth grader's mind. She keeps readers in suspense on every page." -- Joan Y. Edwards, Author, Illustrator, Motivational Speaker

Eleven year old Sean is in search of the truth. Someone murdered his father, Special Agent Max Gray, and the FBI has officially closed the case. Now it is up to him to find out who was to blame. While investigating online, Sean stumbles upon a mysterious connection between his father and that new girl in his class. Now he has two puzzles to solve. What really happened to his dad and what does Carly have to do with it' In the face of danger, Sean sets aside his fear and finds the courage, compassion, and conviction to "follow the evidence."

152 pages, with a 5-star rating from 10 reviews.



Deadly Illusions (Greg McKenzie Mysteries), by Chester D. Campbell. (Still free?)

Here's another highly-rated mystery, a gripping standalone novel in the Greg McKenzie mystery series. Download this free today!

"Chester Campbell has created a unique blend of sleuthing with the Greg McKenzie series. In this installment, McKenzie has opened an investigative firm with his wife Jill. While investigating the disappearance of funds from a popular restaurant chain, they agree to take on a case for Molly Saint, who asks for a background check on her husband Damon. When Molly mysteriously disappears, Greg and Jill try to track her whereabouts, which leads to entanglement with contract killers tied to the murder of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. The McKenzie duo is a fresh addition to the mystery genre. An older couple, Greg and Jill complement each other personally and professionally and make for good reading. Campbell writes in an engaging style, delivering a mystery that twists and turns throughout the book. A compelling read. " -- Christy T. French, Amazon reviewer

Molly Saint hires new PI's Greg and Jill McKenzie to check into her husband's background, then disappears. It starts them on a tangled trail of deceit. Complicating matters further, Greg gets drawn into a troubling police investigation stemming from the assassination of the Federal Reserve Board chairman at a Nashville hotel. The case resurrects old problems with a Murder Squad detective and his colleagues among Nashville's finest. The deeper the McKenzies dig, the more deadly illusions they face. After threats, break-ins, and another murder, the charade ends in a shocking showdown.

Praise for Chester D. Campbell's work:

"A gem of a writer." - Crimespree Magazine

"Riveting." - Women on Writing

"Unique." - The Best Reviews

"Creative imagery." - Blue Iris Journal

"Fabulous mysteries." - Midwest Book Review

"Excellent." - Front Page Reviews

"Intriguing and Entertaining." - The (Nashville Tennessean

"Masterful plotting." - Spinetingler Magazine

285 pages, with a 5-star rating from 10 reviews.



Cat's Paw, by L. A. Taylor. (Still free?)

Here's a historical mystery, with fantasy elements. A finalist in the Indie Excellence awards, download this free today!

"While on a trip completing secret investigative work for the Governor, Miranda's husband disappears. She decides to find him herself, since the local police force does not seem to care; a stray polydactyl cat accompanies her on her journey. Set in an unnamed civilization with the technological advancements of about the year 1910, the story reveals that the practice of magic has been outlawed but is still practiced by a few. The fast pace, good characterization, and hint of the outcome keep readers rapidly turning the pages. A great choice for a quick read or an introduction to fantasy." -- School Library Journal

"When Miranda's husband, the lightkeeper of the beacon at Gwynnhead, fails to return from a secret mission for the government, she sets out on a seemingly hopeless quest to find him. Taylor sets this low-key fantasy in a world where magic is officially denied despite hints of its continued existence. The presence of a protagonist who possesses no special skills except for her common sense and uncommon determination provides a refreshing departure from standard fantasy heroes. A good choice for most libraries." -- Library Journal 

Miranda Glivven’s husband left home months ago on a secret assignment for the Governor and has not returned. Even his letters have stopped. With no news and no idea what has happened to him, Miranda goes on a search for her missing husband, accompanied only by a stray cat. On reaching her husband’s last known location, she finds the local authorities uninterested in helping to find him. Worse, some of the local citizens suspect Miranda of using magic, a treasonous offense, because of the unusual cat that has followed her on her quest. Although Miranda has always believed that magic is superstitious nonsense, she finds the circumstances of her beloved husband’s disappearance growing more and more mysterious....

Taylor's. . .engaging tale combines mystery and fantasy elements. In a well-built fantasy world with a distinctly Victorian flavor, a woman's husband mysteriously disappears. . .she sets out in search of him. . .having more than her share of adventures along the way. —Roland Green, Booklist

A lighthouse keeper’s wife decides to look for her missing husband. Her search takes her to a distant city where she’s seen as a country bumpkin, but her sincere (and somewhat naive) determination carries her though dead ends and suspiciously unhelpful bureaucrats. Her only comfort from home is a stray cat that insists on accompanying her. But the title really refers to a different cat’s paw: Miranda is being used as a pawn in a dangerous game of intrigue, murder, and rumors of magic, which she regards as strictly superstition—at least at first. –Carolyn Cushman, Locus

200 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 26 reviews.



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2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for featuring my Humorous Romance, Her Handyman today! Much appreciated!

    Morgan Mandel
    http://www.morganmandel.com

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