Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Dec 12)

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

Agents Under Fire (Guardian Agent, Avenging Agent, Warrior Agent), by Dana Marton. (Still free?)

Let's start off today with a boxed set of romantic, action-packed novellas - from Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence-winner Dana Marton. Free today!

"If you're looking for a fast-paced, exciting, edge-of-your-seat sexy thrill ride then check out these stories in Dana Marton's Agents Under Fire series. This woman knows how to write - the stories start with a bang and do not let up. These novellas (each around 60 pages) are so well written I feel like I know these characters, and find myself holding my breath when they're in danger. I care about them, which blows me away because of the limited number of pages. Concrete proof that quality trumps quantity when it comes to writing. The perfect blend of action, suspense and romance." -- Sarah Jordan, Amazon reviewer

"Action packed and breathtakingly romantic!" Susan Mallery NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author

"...started with a bang and the tension never let up..." Paula Graves bestselling author


A commando unit on the trail of a rogue soldier.

A determined young woman who will sacrifice anything to save her brother.

Recognizing one of the hunters as her teenage crush is definitely a shock to her system. Can she convince him that her brother was framed' Can she stop from falling in love with him all over again?


An undercover U.S. agent on a deadly mission.

A troublesome beauty surrounded by danger in a war-torn country.

They couldn't be more different, but soon they must rely on each other to stay alive, uncovering a diabolical plot that could claim both of their lives.


An undercover agent who has been tirelessly working for months to bring down a corrupt congressman. When the man's goons capture him and lock him up, he knows they can't afford to leave him alive.

His only chance at escape is the congressman's new security guard, a damaged woman, freshly back from the war. He expects he'll have to either manipulate her into setting him free or kill her.

He doesn't expect to fall in love with her.

If you enjoy fast-paced thrillers, try Marton's latest romantic suspense novel DEATHSCAPE, NOW $3.99 on Amazon at

212 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 30 reviews.

The Third Scroll (Hardstorm Saga 1), by Dana Marton. (Still free?)

Here's another offering from Dana Marton - an epic fantasy with over 50 five-star reviews! Free today.

"A terrific epic fantasy ~ magical, compelling, and romantic!" -- Susan Mallery, NYT bestselling author

"It's impressively easy to become immersed in Marton's fantasy world. Readers will find it impossible not to care what happens next..." -- Kirkus Review

An ambitious, vividly imagined epic fantasy. Marton has created a promising and immersive world that is, at the same time, darkly brutal... the splendor of the author's vision cannot be overlooked." RT Book Reviews


A maiden healer sold to barbarians.

A world of savage warlords and cruel concubines.

When ancient powers collide, can the slave save the realm and the high lord's heart'

"I ADORED.. (the hero). From his initial appearance and those gentle words of promise that no harm would come to...(the heroine), to his accepting manner of all that was her, to his tenderness shown when a barrier for which he waited so patiently to fold was finally crossed. He has to be one of my favourite male counterparts I've read in a while. LOVE him." Bookaroo-Ju Review

"The writing is just beautiful. It flows sometimes like water. I don't know how else to describe it other than to say i enjoyed how it felt reading it." 5 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick Stars

For anyone who enjoyed the fantasy worlds of George Martin's Game of Thrones, C.L. Wilson's Lord of the Fading Lands, Elizabeth Vaughan's Warprize, or the memorably crafted healer heroines in Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, THE THIRD SCROLL is the next epic adventure to get lost in.

451 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 75 reviews.

Looking Through Lace, by Ruth Nestvold. (Still free?)

Ruth Nestvold has another winner with this SciFi novella. It's *literally* a winner: originally published in Asimov's, the story won the Premio Italia for best work of speculative fiction in translation in 2007, and was a finalist for the Tiptree and Sturgeon awards. If you're looking for a good short SciFi read, you just found it! Free today!

"Looking through Lace is a book about discovering alien languages, and how a language is set up can reveal so much about a culture. I really liked the protagonist, Toni. She was strong, not to be bullied by the antagonist. As a woman, I really enjoyed how things turned out. I thought the book was well written, and written by someone who loves and understands languages. I also loved how the title is a perfect one for this book. This is a delightful gem for anyone who likes science fiction." -- Christina, Amazon reviewer

As the only woman on the first contact team, xenolinguist Toni Donato expected her assignment on Christmas would be to analyze the secret women's language -- but then the chief linguist begins to sabotage her work. What is behind it? Why do the men and women have separate languages in the first place? What Toni learns turns everything she thought they knew on its head.

Looking Through Lace is a novella of approximately 20,000 words (55 pages).

71 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 21 reviews.

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

The Marann (Tales of Tolari Space), by Christie Meierz. (Still $0.99?)

Today's bargain book is a romantic SciFi pick: a full debut novel from Christie Meierz, with over 20 five-star reviews!

"The Marann, Book 1 of Tales of Tolari Space, by Christie Meierz was one of the best science fiction romances that I have read in a long time. I immensely enjoyed how the love story that plays between Marianne Woolsey and the Sural is sweet and evenly paced. Their relationship plays out over years instead of a few days or even a few hours as some other romance relationships in the same genre tend to do. And their story is not over as The Marann is only the first of the series." -- Miss Mod, Amazon reviewer

"For anyone who enjoys tightly written, wonderfully imaginative Science Fiction wrapped with romance, this one is a must!" InDTale Magazine

A story that will appeal to fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Zenna Henderson, The Marann recounts one woman's experience on a world where everyone can read her emotions.

Marianne Woolsey is a high school Spanish teacher in rural Iowa, when Earth Central Command decides her linguistic talents would be better exercised if she spent 26 years teaching the daughter and heir of an alien ruler on a planet 24 light years from Earth. Now she's alone on a planet of aliens so humanlike that she has to keep telling herself her student's noble father is just her boss.

Handsome - and deadly - the Sural has ruled his province and led his planet far longer than he can admit to his daughter's human tutor. He hides much more from the space-faring races of the Trade Alliance than he is willing to reveal. What he doesn't want Central Command to know, he has to conceal from Marianne, but Marianne is concealing her own secrets from him - and as an empath, he knows it.

The Marann is a sweet romance. Might not be suitable for young teens.

253 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 34 reviews.

The Purples, by W. K. Berger. (Still free?)

Based on a true story, this novel is narrated by Joe Bernstein, leader of a group of Jewish mobsters in Detroit during the 1920s and 1930s. Get lost in this entertaining story of a fascinating period in U.S. history. Free today!

"The Purples is a great, rum-running, trip to the 1920's and the nation's funnel for Prohibition--Detroit with its whiskey river border with Canada. W.K. Berger has woven together some of the most infamous gangland events of the century into a first-person narrative that is bloody, poignant and hilarious all at once. " -- Kelly Fan, Amazon reviewer

"If you believe the papers, we sprang from thin air in 1924. At the time, people started turning up dead in Detroit--which was nothing new, even back then. But when twenty Jewish men get put on the spot in three days, it gets noticed. They blamed it on us, but the truth is not one of those crimes was committed by the Purples. Technically speaking."

Shunned by his community... locked up for trying to help an innocent girl... ambushed by rivals and left for dead in the Detroit River: Joe Bernstein has a few scores to settle, and a bold plan to seize control of the Motor City in its booming 1920s heyday. With his faithful "agent" Abie, his brilliant but fragile brother Max, and an out-of-control enforcer named Grabowski (not to mention a couple of carnivorous creatures known as "the babies"), Bernstein gives rise to the infamous Purple Gang--so named by local merchants because the gang's members were said to be "tainted, like spoiled meat."

Bernstein's boys set their sights on taking over the Detroit River, the pipeline connecting dry America to wet Canada. But Joe also must contend with having "a sweetheart in the nut house" and rising tensions within his gang. Worst of all, the D.A.'s office has brought in an amputee war hero named Riley--who seems to be one step ahead of Joe's big plans.

A fast-paced thriller that builds to the climactic Collingwood Massacre (a seminal event that changed Detroit forever), THE PURPLES blends richly-detailed historical fiction with nonstop action, all narrated in the wry voice of the smart, self-deluding, and unforgettable Joe Bernstein.

"Corruption in 1920's Detroit is brought to life in vivid detail." --Publishers Weekly

W. K. Berger is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Esquire. His books have been published internationally by Penguin and Random House.

332 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 13 reviews.

A Vision of Sugarplums, by Jennifer Blake. (Still free?)

Are you a fan of Jennifer Blake romances? This Christmas-themed novella from the prolific Ms. Blake is yours to download free today!

"As always, Jennifer Blake delivers beautiful prose, to-die-for heroes, and witty dialogue. I cried with the heroine as she revealed her tragic past, laughed at the baby's adorable antics, and drooled over the hero Rick Wallman." -- Bibliophile, Amazon reviewer

Meghan Castle is a real Scrooge about the holidays ... until she finds an abandoned baby in her store on Christmas Eve. Change is certainly in the air - especially when late shopper Rick Wallman walks in with yet another delightful holiday surprise.

Meghan has to take the baby home -- that or call Social Services on Christmas Eve. Rick goes with her to help shop for baby supplies and winds up spending the night.

Meghan and Rick, though, each have secrets -- one of which could destroy the fragile future they begin to build together.

A VISION OF SUGARPLUMS was the Midwest Fiction Writers' choice for Best Contemporary Novella of 1996.

30,000 words; about 120 pages

120 pages, with a 3.6-star rating from 14 reviews.

Christmas at Draycott Abbey, by Christina Skye. (Still free?)

NYT bestselling author Christina Skye offers this Christmas-y novella as part of her Draycott Abbey series. It's a free read for you today!

"Nice afternoon read! Great blend of romance and suspense. Always entertainining and mystetious. The abby ghost adds the usual twists as he works to protect his beloved legacy and earn redemption." -- Crystal, Amazon reviewer

As Christmas draws near and darkness veils the haunted English abbey, a tale of loss and love betrayed begins.

As cold closes in, old hatreds spring to life, bringing danger to a vulnerable woman betrayed by those she trusts most. Wounded and lost, Clair Haywood will seek haven within the abbey's ancient granite walls. But her enemies are closer than she knows.

Only one man can save her. And he has been dead for 200 years.

59 pages, with a 4-star rating from 10 reviews.

Starting Off On The Right Foot: A Beginner's Guide To Running Well, by CJ Hitz. (Still free?)

Are you a runner? Or have running aspirations? Get a head start on that New Year's resolution with advice for beginners, from elite runners.

"I am somewhat up in years, and have just begun to run. I have read a great deal about how to begin, but this book is probably the best guide I have found, and I wish I had had it a year ago. I really appreciate the 6 tips to get started and how CJ Hitz understands that everyone has to start somewhere, and MY somewhere when I started was very much at the beginning. His writing tone is very encouraging, it is like having a coach right next to you saying, Yes, you can do this. Of course you can do this." -- Mindy Lee, Amazon reviewer

No matter the sport, everyone has to start somewhere. The simple sport of running is no different. Running came natural to us as kids but for various reasons, many of us gave it up at some point.

In Starting Off on the Right Foot, best-selling author CJ Hitz (Smoothies For Runners) shares some of the valuable information he's learned along the way since picking up running again in 2008. After running in the 1989 State Cross Country meet in Eugene, Oregon as a high school
sophomore, CJ gave up running for nearly 20 years before being drawn back into the sport.

In this book geared toward those new to running and those coming back after years away, readers will learn about...

  • Why nutrition is important
  • Pre-run nutrition tips
  • Post-run nutrition tips
  • Running to lose weight
  • The importance of fruit & veggies
  • The importance of the long run
  • Incorporating hills and speed into training
  • Dehydration
  • Running shoes and racing flats
  • Valuable things learned by several elite runners
  • Some of CJ's lessons learned (the hard way)
  • And more
As you begin this adventure of running, this little book will serve as a guide to help you enjoy this wonderful sport for years to come.

Let's start things off on the right foot!

116 pages, with a 5-star rating from 7 reviews.

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