Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Free Kindle books! (Tuesday Dec 25)

Merry Christmas all! Got a new Kindle? Load it up with today's selection of free Kindle books!

Talented, by Sophie Davis. (Still free?)

Talia has a special talent, thanks to a nuclear-induced mutation. Now she seeks revenge on the people who murdered her parents. Get Book 1 of the Talented Saga, free today!

"There's a kick-butt heroine, a bit of a love triangle, and super-hot hottie. I finished this in a few days, and then started on the sequel, Caged, right away. I don't know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are at this point, but I can't wait to find out how it ends!" -- Deedee Griffin, Amazon reviewer

"In Talented, you have some traditional elements of a YA book...aka the Love Triangle. However, I think that it was well executed and I attached myself to Talia and felt her feelings and her angst and confusion. The whole environment created by Davis is brilliant. Her characters are so complex. And let me tell you what...that. epilogue. was. KILLER! I HAVE to get my hands on Caged like yesterday. It was such an intense cliffhanger!" -- S. Ellis, Amazon reviewer

If you always knew what people were really thinking, would you consider it a gift or a curse?

Talia Lyons is Talented. Born after a nuclear spill, she is part of a new generation that possesses special abilities; Talia can read the minds of others and manipulate their thoughts. Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics, the Talented are taught to control their abilities under the protective eye of the government- to use their Talents for good. But all Talia wants is revenge.

Talia joins the Hunters, an elite group of government operatives, hoping to one day kill Ian Crane - the man who ordered the execution of her parents. Ever since she witnessed their brutal deaths, Talia has spent her life honing her abilities, determined to settle the score. But she still has a lot to learn before she can ease the pain inside. Talia turns to a boy who can mimic her Talents, a boy who truly understands her inner turmoil. But even he can’t help Talia, when she’s forced to choose between saving herself and avenging the lives of her parents.

Talented is an action-packed adventure, about a group of teenagers who aren't afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

349 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 28 reviews.



An Act of Deceit (A Sarah Woods Mystery), by Jennifer L. Jennings. (Still free?)

Here's a hard-boiled mystery in the Sarah Woods series - free today!

"Sarah Woods is fast becoming one of my favorite female sleuths. She's funny, down to earth, and isn't afraid to try something new. She might be afraid of going into a potentially dangerous situation, but she does it anyway to get the job done. And it's a good thing that Carter watches over her before she becomes too wreckless. This fast-paced mystery kept my interest from the very beginning and I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series. Highly recommended." -- S. Warfield, Amazon reviewer


Featured in Amazon's Top 100 Hardboiled Mysteries

Sarah Woods has a secret. His name is Carter, a private detective from Boston who hires Sarah to help him carry out a peculiar assignment that requires a woman's touch. Her task? Expose the philandering restauranteur, Marty Quinn. However, the case takes a drastic turn when Marty ends up dead. Was it an accident, or murder? To find the truth, Sarah agrees to go undercover at a strip joint where the clues to Marty's death may be revealed.But the case takes a dangerous turn of events and leaves Sarah wondering if she's in over her head. Will she put her own life at risk to discover the truth?

Other books by Jennifer L. Jennings
An Appointment With Murder (A Sarah Woods Mystery Book 1)

An Island of Illusions (A Sarah Woods Mystery Book 3)

209 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 14 reviews.



Iron Branch: A Civil War Tale of a Woman In-Between, by Kelby Ouchley. (Still free?)

This historical love story follows a part-Choctaw narrator, colorfully set in the flora and fauna of Louisiana. See another side of the Civil War in this historical romance, free today!

"This novel features a strong protagonist who is truly a woman in-between. Abita is half Native American and half "white." But her Choctaw heritage proves its value when she treks alone, with only a blind mule, from North-central Louisiana to Vicksburg, MS, to find her "white" lover Minor, who's been wounded in the Union siege of that city, even though he has married another woman at the urging of his father. The people she meets along the way, coming and going, represent the best and worst of those who lived and worked in Louisiana during the Civil War period. Abita herself demonstrates a stoic yet dedicated, persevering yet caring personality; and her love for Minor never wavers. The author, whose great-great-great grandfather fought at Vicksburg, is a retired naturalist who provides a wealth of information on the flora and fauna abundant in Louisiana at the time. Highly recommended! " -- Sunny M., Amazon reviewer

Iron Branch explores cultural conflicts of the American Civil War era as experienced by those not often elevated to lead roles. Abita Carter, a half-Choctaw woman who describes herself as always “in-between,” tells the story of her life and that of the young lawyer/soldier, Minor Barrett, in north Louisiana during the Civil War. The core of the tale involves Abita’s journey to find Minor, who is reported to have been wounded during the siege of Vicksburg. Along the way she faces a cast of characters with varying intentions. General Grant’s wife, a family of slaves with compassion beyond reason, and a small blind mule are among those encountered in the rich, Deep South setting. None, though, is more distracting than Minor’s blue-blooded wife, who seeks her husband for a different purpose. Abita’s state of “in-between” takes on new meanings as she is drawn ever deeper into the turmoil of the times. Passion, self-doubt, and malice finally threaten her existence in any condition.

219 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 21 reviews.



New World: a Frontier Fantasy Novel, by Steven W. White. (Still free?)

Enjoy this fun fantasy, in a frontier full of fascinating creatures and evil villains. Free today!

"Outrageous fun! I was thoroughly enthralled. This book is so cleverly plotted and the new world painted so elegantly that I was captivated. The characters are well-painted and very three dimensional. The world itself is populated with legendary beasts from unicorns to thunderbirds to wendigos. Being an historian by education, I loved the setting. It could have been the American West in the early 1800's, but the land and the animals were incredibly different. What if Lewis and Clark stumbled into this version of the West? Even if you're not normally a fantasy reader, you must read this book." -- Penn Wallace, Amazon reviewer

Across the sea lies a newly discovered continent, a world whose forests and beasts are unknown to the recorded memory of elves, dwarves, or men.

In this land called Mira, the brutal sacking of a young colony links the fates of two opposite characters: a twelve-year-old printer's son named Simon Jones and his long-lost uncle Tiberius Bogg, one of Mira's legendary mountain men.

Simon is small, but smart; scared but determined. Bogg, with his raccoon-skin cap and smart-talking grammar abuse, is fast as a splintercat and stealthy as a hidebehind. Together, they turn the tables and pursue their attackers (a cruel knight and his soldiers from the old country) through a wilderness full of extraordinary creatures – jackelopes and thunderbirds, fur-bearing trout and four-legged hills – all culled from American tall tales, Indian legends, and backwoods folklore.

236 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 9 reviews.



The Girl on the Mountain, by Carol Ervin. (Still free?)

A young woman struggles to survive in a boisterous logging town after her husband disappears. This historical fiction novel, available for free download today, earns high praise for its rich characterization and compelling writing.

"I was so enthralled by The Girl On The Mountain: it is extremely well-written, heartfelt and moving, but more than that, it's real Literature with a capital L, full of double-entendre, subtle symbols and clever metaphors. No word is used at random; even a seemingly casual reference to books recently published can be tied to the overall meaning of the novel, and is not only there to give us an idea of the date when the events take place... Deceptively simple and simply delightful. A modern-day classic. " -- Max Zaoui, Amazon reviewer

When her husband disappears, young May Rose is stranded in a rough town owned by a company logging the last of West Virginia’s virgin forest. It’s 1899, and a woman alone has few options. As she struggles to sustain herself, she discovers people are not what they seem--not the husband who wooed her with stories and songs, not the wild, dirty child, the sullen cook, nor the stiff boardinghouse proprietor, and certainly not the company manager, pillar of the town. But May Rose is also not the obedient woman she once was. She’s been scorned as the girl on the mountain, the subject of shocking stories, yet there’s more to her than anyone expected. To survive, she must distinguish friend from foe, defend herself from predatory men and boys, and prove herself a person of value. Most important, she must believe that love is never wasted.

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



The King Thing, by Neil Bastian. (Still free?)

One reviewer describes this book as "a fine mix of 'Roman Holiday' and 'Dog Day Afternoon.' While you're wrapping your brain around that, download this comic novel set in present-day London - free today!

"The King Thing is a rare thing. A comic novel with a plot that constantly surprises, grips and also makes you think about real life characters, about whom, we all too often have already made our assumptions about. And despite having a premise that is somewhat unlikely, it remains plausible every step of the way whilst making you laugh out loud. The writing is lean but the timing of the gags, both verbal and physical is perfect. Gripping, funny, refreshing - highly recommended." -- C. DeLaMare, Amazon reviewer

THE KING THING: The Kindle Top 30 Bestseller (Thriller Chart)* 

PRINCE WILLIAM holds the future of the British monarchy in his hands - THE KING THING is the nail-biting, humorous 'what if..'' thriller which examines what could happen if he were forced to play that hand far earlier than expected...

JAMIE, a twenty-two-year-old university graduate, is tall, blond, and about to be crowned King of England.


GRIFF is a thirtysomething, scarecrow-haired shambles of a petty crook who has drawn his younger brother Tudor into a spectacularly ill-judged armed robbery attempt.
 

When Jamie stumbles accidentally into the midst of Griff's heist, the scene is set for a battle of wits which will horrify the Palace, divide the constabulary, confound the government, and thrill a global television audience - all on the eve of the Coronation.

By morning, the world will know whether Jamie will be crowned or Griff will reign supreme.
 

* #28, Kindle Thriller Chart, UK, 15 December 2012

144 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 6 reviews.



The Dream Jumper's Promise, by Kim Hornsby. (Still free?)

A little romance, with a dash of paranormal and mystery, awaits you in this free download!

"This is a little gem. The story is engaging, the relationship between Tina and Jamey builds nicely, the suspense keeps coming, and there are twists and turns that caught me completely off guard. And it all comes with this great paranormal edge. Just the right kind of book to distract from the daily grind or pack for the plane ride. Love the ending." -- Laurie, Amazon reviewer

Tina Greene can't accept the surfing death of her husband Hank without a recovered body. Months after signing the death certificate, she pulls herself from the emotional wreckage and trades mourning for saving her Maui dive shop from bankruptcy.

When war hero, Jamey Dunn, walks back into Tina's life, things take a strange turn. Lifelike dreams have the dive instructor questioning her sanity and leaning heavily on Hank's best friend, Noble. Jamey and Noble clash at every turn, both desperate to help Tina. When the dreams uncover clues to Hank's disappearance, Jamey must reveal his strange ability to enter dreams. But for Tina, trusting the man who betrayed her years before, doesn't come easily, and the decision to let Jamey enter her subconscious has a price she isn't sure she can pay. As Noble, Tina and Jamey get closer to solving the mystery of Hank's disappearance, grave danger sets in to reveal that one person is flirting with insanity, one is a traitor, and one is a murderer.

4.9-star rating from 6 reviews.



Beware the River, by Kitty Margo. (Still free?)

A coming-of-age thriller, suitable for all ages. Download this free today!

"I purchased this on the recommendation of a friend and as always I pre read books before I allow my children to read them. Shockingly, I liked this book as much as the kids. This book was very child friendly, but scary as well. It is a coming of age tale that is suspenseful, spooky, ghostly,mysterious and would be very good for Halloween, sitting around a bonfire, camping out or just curled up reading a good book. The language and situations are definitely G rated so it is fine for any age, but I think it is best suited for ages 13 and above. I look forward to more work by this author. It is so nice to find serious stories for kids now a days that aren't filled with bad language and adult situations." -- JagGirl, Amazon reviewer

Since his great grandmother’s dementia is getting worse, 13 year old BJ spends a couple nights a week with her. Unfortunately, when Gram’s dementia really kicks in, she thinks she’s still living during the great depression and expects BJ to be as frugal as they were forced to be in the old days. This is really starting to wear on BJ’s nerves, until something comes along that shifts his focus from Gram entirely. A ghost. Pure and simple. No matter how hard he tries to deny all the weird happenings, and no matter how terrified he is, that’s exactly what it is. A ghost.

BJ has no idea why the ghost has chosen to haunt his every waking minute. He only knows one thing for certain, and that is the fact that the apparition is determined to send him to an early and watery grave. BJ's two best friends, concerned with his frequent hallucinations, (one believes strongly in the supernatural and one doesn't) decide that a camping trip to the river is in order. They have two goals for the weekend. One is to catch a mess of catfish, and the other is to prove to BJ once and for all that the sightings are only the workings of his overactive imagination. Unfortunately, in the stillness of a dark, sultry night, they come face to face with the spirit from the past and vow to never doubt their best friend again.

175 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 9 reviews.



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