Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle Books! (Tuesday Dec 18)

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

Magnet (Lacuna Short Stories), by David Adams. (Still free?)

This short story follows  a disfigured pilot, ironically nicknamed "Chick Magnet", in this military science fiction tale. Free today!

"Mike (Magnet) Williams is an Air/Space Force pilot. The Magnet short story is a look into his world - a world of the future in which aliens have detected the new technologies developed on earth. Magnet has been hit by the aliens (Toralii) and must make a decision to save his life. Life hasn't been too kind to him in the past, but now he has everything to live for." -- A Taylor, Amazon reviewer

It's 2037. I'm Mike Williams, but you can call me 'Magnet'. Everyone else does. It's short for 'Chick Magnet'. Good old-fashioned military humour at its finest. At age fifteen, my face picked a fight with the propeller of my family's boat, on a shoal near Broome, off Western Australia. It was an accident, but, needless to say, the propeller won.

Twelve years later, I was a not-so-ruggedly-handsome fighter pilot assigned to the TFR Sydney. Not the Captain, or flight leader, or anything similarly exciting. Nobody special, just one mostly-unmemorable pilot among the many nameless, faceless masses.

I'm Magnet. This is the beginning of my story.

A 5500 word story in the Lacuna universe, set during the events of Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi but suitable to read as a stand-alone story.


Parts of the Lacuna universe:
  • Magnet
  • Magnet: Special Mission
  • Imperfect
  • Faith
The Lacuna series:
  • Lacuna: Demons of the Void
  • Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi
  • Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion (Coming December, 2012!)

4.6-star rating from 7 reviews.



The Gathering Storm, by Barbara Warren. (Still free?)

This romantic 'whodunnit' follows Stephanie as she investigates her father's death. Mystery lovers will want to download this today while it's free!

"And the mystery!! Loved it! It had murder, romance, entanglements, and a twist; I loved the twist! I narrowed the murderer down to two people, I kept going back and forth. Of course I was wrong. But that's ok, I love it when I'm wrong! It means the author had me going! If you want excitement, fun, mystery, faith and redemption, this is the book for you. I would rate it a 10 if I could." -- Caront, Amazon reviewer

Stephanie Walker lives a peaceful life until her undependable and dishonest father, Marty Walker, suddenly arrives at her home pleading with Stephanie to come with him to his Harrington Lodge in the beautiful Ozarks. Stephanie, suspicious of her father’s motives declines her father’s invitation.

After his departure, Stephanie discovers the diamond necklace she borrowed from her aunt is missing. Racing through a raging thunderstorm, Stephanie drives to the lodge to reclaim the stolen item.

But when she arrives, Stephanie finds her father dead, her aunt’s diamond necklace gone and a pair of handcuffs fitted just for her. Stephanie’s claims of innocence fail to sway the local sheriff, who produces several pieces of evidence linking her to the murder. With a shaky alibi and a vindictive stepmother, Stephanie turns to a lodge employee for help. But will Brad Wilson’s assistance lead Stephanie to the real killer or prove to be her undoing? Like a gathering storm on a warm summer evening, Stephanie’s world darkens until she’s forced to turn to the one true source of knowledge. But what she learns about her father, family and her own inner demons is more horrifying than the lies she’s come to believe. The truth can set you free. It can also kill you.

316 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 17 reviews.



Fangs In Vain (Sabrina Vickers, Vampire Angel), by Scott Nicholson. (Still free?)

An angel tries to save a vampire, in this imaginative novel from popular author Scott Nicholson. Free today!

"The first in a new paranormal series, Scott Nicholson has done it again. The modern master of humor and thrills has teamed up with new writer, K.C. Carr, to create one hell of a hot new vampire series. Fast, funny and spot-on. You're going to love Sabrina Vickers." -- JR Rain

A SABRINA VICKERS NOVELLA

Sabrina Vickers is on a mission from God. Unfortunately, she's not quite sure what it is.

All she knows is that her lover Luke is a soulless vampire that she's supposed to save, the forces of evil could be approaching, and her spiritual adviser is a fallen woman who has been falling for the past few hundred years. And, of course, Sabrina has yet to master the set of angel wings God granted her.

A romantic getaway turns into a showdown that could trigger the start of Armageddon, if Sabrina can't handle her on-the-job training. The first installment of the Sabrina Vickers series features paranormal action, humor, and romantic fun.
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Scott Nicholson is the international bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Home, The Red Church, Liquid Fear, and Disintegration. He's also written four paranormal mysteries with J.R. Rain. Visit him at Author Central or www.hauntedcomputer.com.

5-star rating from 5 reviews.



Kea, The Third Way, by Alki Nea. (Still free?)

This young adult fantasy mystery, free for your download today, is perfect for readers 10 and up, or for an adult looking for an easy read.

"This unconventional and creative book will take you for a fast-paced adventure through several worlds and keep you intrigued and entertained well beyond its last page. The story is unconventional, engaging, witty but always meaningful and... human. A fun and unpretentious book with a big purpose. A great read for a 9-12 year old. " -- Loic, Amazon reviewer

It all started when Kea and Leo came to visit at the end of last summer.

They were in their early teens, but talked as adults who've been through a lot. And they had! They wanted me to write their story. Kea said it had deep implications for the future. I only understood what she meant when she opened her ... I should start from the beginning, after Kea's house burnt mysteriously and they had to flee from a dark organization that hunted them farther than New York, and ... No, hold on, that's not the most important. What is, is how solemn Kea was that day when she explained me that some things are difficult to understand when you are standing in the middle of it. You have to step aside and see it from a different perspective to comprehend its nature and significance. For Kea, she had to go into a mystifying world to understand how alarming the Sixth extinction is. And we are all responsible. This is her story.

"This is not just a book. It is the destiny of our planet."

"What a wonderful, powerful story! So imaginative, and with a very important message, without talking down to the kids who will be reading it. I very much appreciate fiction that accomplishes something important, and I believe this book does just that." -- Autumn J. Conley ~ Book editor
 

Kea and Leo have known each other since kindergarten. They live in a rather peaceful suburb, until one day, Kea changes, and in that instant their lives are turned upside down as they are thrown into a fast paced adventure that leads them far from their home, into an unbelievable world. Only then, they realize that our planet, the Earth, is threatened by a massive life extinction similar to the one that wiped out all dinosaurs, 65 million years ago; The Holocene extinction. Only this time, it is us, humans, who are endangering the delicate balance of nature.
Kea, bit by bit, uncovers her clouded past and discovers her roots, but is a relation based on blood stronger than one based on friendship?

Everybody say she has a destiny. They say the future of our worlds is at stake. Kea has become their last hope.
They've convinced her that saving worlds comes before her own life.
Leo needs to help her. He promised Kea's grandmother he would.

312 pages, with a 5-star rating from 3 reviews.



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

Spitting Image (Simone Darling series), by M. K. Mattias. (Still $0.99?)

This fun mystery follows Australian Simone as she travels to Florida - where mayhem awaits. Pick it up for only 99 cents today!

"This is a really funny new mystery. Simone Darling the main character is hilarious as she tries to stay out of trouble, but with little success. This is a fast-paced book with enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. I am looking forward to the next one. Highly recommended." -- Elke Emma, Amazon reviewer

Mystery and mayhem in the Florida Keys! Fans of all things fast, funny, and furious: check out Spitting Image, the first book in a new mystery series featuring Simone Darling.

Art restorer Simone Darling has an empty bank account, a boring boyfriend, and an irrational fear of Florida, capital of vice and crime. Nothing—not even a family get-together—can induce her to set foot in the Sunshine State. But when her mother, newly married to a secretive man with a shady background, offers her a quick art restoration job for a lot of $$$, she reconsiders.

With her boyfriend Kevin in tow and much trepidation, she arrives in Miami. All seems normal—until she finds a man in her mother’s fridge. A man who is not only dead, but a dead ringer for Kevin.

Too late she realizes someone has set a trap—and her unsuspecting boyfriend has become the target. But who is out to get him? Drug smugglers? The FBI? Her mother?


With barely one step ahead of their pursuers, Simone and Kevin embark on a hilarious and dangerous adventure from Miami to Key West while trying to rekindle their passion and survive a crazy family reunion marked by murder and mayhem.

265 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 10 reviews.



Gamers, by Thomas K. Carpenter. (Still free?)

This young adult science fiction novel gives students points based on their life-skills. But there is something bad in store for the losers. Pick up this faced-paced adventure free today!

"Gamers is a fast paced, cyber adventure in a world unlike any other I've read about. I found the concept for LifeGame exciting and reminded me of my World of Warcraft raiding days. I really liked the idea of being able to change the way objects like by using a different skin, it's very futuristic which I really enjoyed. Gabby is a great character she's easy to connect with and her friendship with Zaela brings out the humanity in here that many of her fellow students don't seem to have which makes it easy to like her. I found Gamers well written the story-line flows smooth making it an easy read for anyone teen to adult to enjoy." -- Mandy, Amazon reviewer

Two points for brushing your teeth. Ten points for keeping your room tidy. Seventy-two points for the Bioeconomic Game Design pop quiz on the ride to school in your personal FunCar. Another thirty for making every hurdle in gym class.

Life is a game, unless you're not the one winning.

Gabby DeCorte, top student and reality-hacker extraordinaire, has been doing whatever it takes to keep her best friend, Zaela, from falling behind in LifeGame. Zaela has gifts of artistry that amaze Gabby, but none of those skills translate in LifeGame and with final exams coming up, they can't afford to waste a single minute. But when a mysterious group called the Frags contacts Gabby claiming to know what really happens to the losers of LifeGame, she must choose between winning and what she believes in.

325 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 32 reviews.



Dream Caster (Book One of the Dream Cycle), by Najeev Raj Nadarajah. (Still free?)

This YA dystopian novel is set in the future, and has excellent reviews. Download it free today!

"What are the three most popular genres? Young adult, paranormal/fantasy, and dystopian fiction. Now, take all three, commercialize it, add a great story line, several pinches of moments that hint at a very, very deep back story, a list of great characters, a lot of suspense, and a great mystery... and there we have it: Dream Caster. A very spectacular young adult dystopian fantasy novel." -- Sinthu, Amazon reviewer

Life couldn’t possibly get any worse. Or could it?
Haunted by memories of his massacred settlement, sixteen year old Weaver seeks cover in a hidden refuge among the remains of a ruined city once known as Toronto. In the midst of building a new life, Weaver discovers he can do something strange: cast dreams into reality. Convinced it’s just an anomaly, Weaver ignores it. That is until he learns of a mysterious man who harnesses the ability to animate nightmares into existence; the very man who ruined his world. The peaceful life Weaver hoped for begins to unravel as waves of chaos begin to break loose about him. In a race against time, Weaver must learn to cast aside his denial of being a dream caster to master the accursed ability that has befallen him, before his new home is destroyed and humanity’s pushed to the brink of extinction.


Life couldn’t possibly get any worse. Or perhaps, it could...

DREAMWEAVER, book two of the Dream Cycle will be available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback March of 2013

362 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 5 reviews.



Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose, by Diane Kidman. (Still free?)

Cure what ails you with this herbal remedy guide. 25 five-star reviews say this free book is informative and a pleasure to read!

"I started reading Herbs Gone Wild -- because I knew that cold and flu season was coming up, and I wanted to "arm" myself in advance for the onslaught. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't put it down! Diane Kidman's use of wry humor and engaging storytelling make this valuable resource a quick read. And the information it contains is nothing short of miraculous. I've already made a batch of cherry cough syrup, and have several other recipes bookmarked for the upcoming sniffle season. You can't go wrong with this book -- it's an informative and engaging must-have. " -- Lisa Albrecht, Amazon reviewer

Whether it's cold and flu viruses, high blood pressure, or arthritis, herbs have offered reliable relief for centuries. Herbs Gone Wild! (Volume 1 of the Herbs Gone Wild! Series) shares practical remedies in an entertaining and easy-to-read format so you can be your family's home herbalist. Learn what herbs to use for cold and flu symptoms, first aid, general aches and pains, and more. Medicinal teas and tinctures with proper dosages are laid out simply. You'll even learn how to make your own tinctures and salves, saving money and improving your family's health naturally. And with the help of the Herbal Medicine Chest guide at the end of the book, you'll be able to quickly reference over 70 herbs for home use.

116 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 33 reviews.



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