Friday, January 25, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Jan 25)

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

A Path Less Traveled (A Miller's Creek Novel), by Cathy Bryant. (Still free?)

We begin today's selection with a highly-rated Christian romance from Cathy Bryant. 35 five-star reviews, and free today!

"This is a faith oriented book and is Christian faith in nature. The second in the Miller's Creek Series, it continues the story of Trish James, sister of Steve, who was one of the main protagonists in the Texas story. It is not necessary to have read the first in the series to enjoy this story, it stands well alone. Nicely written and edited, clean and crisp this is a well developed story of love and faith. Understanding the heart of a widow Ms. Bryant delivers her protagonist with warmth and compassion. I recommend this one for all my faith based friends." -- Karen Doering, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

Trish James is tired of being rescued. When a spooked horse claims her husband's life, she’s determined to blaze a path for herself and her traumatized son without outside help. But will that mean leaving the place etched on her heart?

Andy Tyler has had to struggle for everything, and starting a new law practice in Miller's Creek, Texas is no different. Though prepared for business challenges, he's not prepared for falling in love--especially with yet another woman who will probably abandon him for her career.

Will Andy and Trish be able to see past their limited human understanding to take a path less traveled?

318 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 57 reviews.

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, by Sariah Wilson. (Still free?)

Here's a fun YA romance, free today!

"18-year-old Maltilda Lowe's life was being ruined by her pretty, talented, petite, blonde stepsister, Ella. Making Mattie feel worse about her List of Grievances against Ella was that she was actually a truly nice person, but that niceness got cancelled out after she started dating the only boy Mattie had ever loved since she was nine years old. Sariah Wilson captured the back-biting, insecure, hormone-driven, clique-riddled high school atmosphere so perfectly you'd think she never grew up. I dare you not to laugh as you read this witty and oh, so, romantic story." -- Debra Erfert, Amazon reviewer

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.

"The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back" is a sweet contemporary young adult romance.

194 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 31 reviews.

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

Twisted Vengeance (A Supernatural Thriller) (Book One of The Twisted Series), by Jeff Bennington. (Still $0.99?)

This supernatural thriller has earned over 60 five-star reviews. It's a murder mystery with elements of paranormal, and is highly-praised by reviewers. Get it today for $0.99!

"I have literally read hundreds of these type books in my lifetime and I must say that this was one of the most gripping!" -- Susan  Reviews

"There were moments that I could feel the fear that was going through Rick Burns' mind, through his heart, through his soul." -- Varian Nash

**Currently Listed in Amazon's Top 100 "Top Rated in Ghost/Horror

"Detective Rick Burns is thrust into a supernatural whirlwind while investigating several unsolved murders. In the process, a ghostly boy who may know the killer, takes Rick on a haunting chase through the streets of Indianapolis. What Rick discovers is a maniac bent on vengeance that is unbelievably sick and twisted. The detective has his past and love interest to protect, but he'll need to solve the case and free his demons before he is the next victim.

"From the clean streets of Circle City to the darkest corners of the human heart... A brutal, emotional thriller that earns its stripes."~Kirkus Reviews

**Be sure to read REUNION, Jeff's bestselling supernatural thriller that takes you into the dramatically changed lives of six survivors of a school shooting. Join them as they heal their wounds and discover who's truly haunting the old school, in this plot twisting supernatural thriller.

297 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 116 reviews.

Mine 'Til Monday, by Ruby Laska. (Still free?)

Looking for a quick, romantic read? Here's one that's free today.

"This is a cute little story, although the plot is very predictable. The main characters have known each other since they were very young. They both feel a strong sense of attraction to one another but they both fight their true feelings for different reasons. For me there were a bit too many steamy scenes in this novel. I know this is all a matter of personal preference. This book would be a good choice for a relaxing afternoon when you weren't in the mood for anything too overly deep. " -- Sue Reviews

Dorothy Albright has known Mud Taylor all her life. They’ve shared skinned knees, picnics, and rope swings - and somewhere along the line, a first kiss. Then Mud grew up one summer and left her behind. He’s a forgotten page in her history, until a crisis in her professional life brings him back.

Dorothy’s dream boss is looking for a certain kind of protégée - the married kind. Unfortunately, Dorothy’s social life has taken a dive while her career has taken off, and there’s no fiancé in sight, fictional or otherwise.

Then she remembers Mud, and she has to admit that her old best friend is the only man who can help her pull off her plan - even if he stirs up long-buried passions.

129 pages, with a 3.6-star rating from 7 reviews.

Powerball 33, by Connie Spittler. (Still free?)

Action, romance, and mystery fall hilariously upon small-town handyman Ed Frink after he wins the big lottery. A free read that will make you smile.

"What do a handyman, an excon, two Vegas thugs, a violent drunk, a purveyor of unusual instruments, an abused grocery store stocker, and a stripper have in common? A lottery ticket, that jumbles all of their lives together in a fun, quirky-with-a-capital-Q tale. The author keeps you guessing as the various characters maneuver in and around Ed, the big lottery winner. A fun read! And made me think twice about winning the lottery!" -- Amazon reviewer

The rollicking story of Ed Frink, a young handyman who wins the $200,000,000 lottery. This small town romp finds Ed, not only dealing with sudden wealth, but also with odd relatives, thugs from Vegas and wild women. Playfully serious, the plot rolls along, offering action, romance and mystery.

How does Ed spends his money?

How would you spend the money?

319 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 7 reviews.

Assignment Prague, by Helen Haught Fanick. (Still free?)

A well-written spy thriller, free today!

"I recommend Assignment Prague highly. The story is well crafted and the characters are not only believable but I found myself pulling for them all the way. Also, the author gives us a fine sense of place, with the action mostly taking place in Lesser Town and Old Town quarters of Prague." -- Amazon reviewer

Anton Janak is a dedicated member of the Czechoslovakian Resistance working against the Nazis, and he values anyone who can help his efforts. But when he learns that the young spy sent by the OSS to Prague is a woman, he has misgivings about working with her. He had expected a man—a man who could handle his assignment with the help of Janak and his fellow Resistance workers. It doesn’t take long, however, for Janak to realize the beautiful blonde spy has enough daring and resourcefulness to do what it takes in the occupied city. The Nazis are everywhere, but Tereza’s knowledge of Czech and German allows her to fit right in.

Both of them have an unspoken determination to keep their relationship professional, to keep distractions at a minimum, but is that going to be possible when every day might be their last? The bond that develops between them can only be destroyed by death, but that’s a real possibility for covert activists in Nazi-occupied Prague.

203 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 4 reviews.

The Forever Gate, by Isaac Hooke. (Still free?)

Ah, dystopia - you gotta love it! Here's a Sci-Fi dystopian adventure, available free today!

"The pace is fast, the action intense, and the writing is strong. Hoodwink is a very sympathetic character, and the author gives us just enough background to develop him a little more fully. There is a great balance between Hoodwink being hunted and fighting for survival and Hoodwink coming to grips with his inner demons that keeps the book interesting on a variety of levels. The story has a number of twists and turns, super-human feats, and close calls -- everything a good action story should have, while also creating a world for us that oozes dystopian desperation." -- Leslie Slaasted, Amazon reviewer

Part one of a planned five-part series. THE FOREVER GATE 2 is now out. Grab it for $0.99 until January 28th, 2013.

Ranked #1 in Science Fiction > Adventure on the Amazon Kindle Store, Jan. 5 and 12, 2013

What reviewers are saying:

"A world that oozes dystopian desperation."

"Running Man meets The Matrix."

"Wow! Isaac Hooke can write!"


3740 A.D. The ice age has immobilized the world. Colossal walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called "gols" run society, and force the humans to wear collars that block the innate powers mankind has evolved.

One man rises up...

"Twists and turns, super-human feats, and close-calls abound -- everything a good science-fantasy story should have."

"Kept me up until 2 a.m. because I couldn't put it down."

"The Forever Gate made my blood pump, and gave me a lot to think about when I was finished. Which is basically all I'm asking for in a story."

Join Hoodwink in this tale of dystopian fantasy and experience the thrill-ride. Download the Kindle edition today!

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

BAD KARMA: A True Story of Obsession and Murder, by Deborah Blum. (Still free?)

A true crime book involving a 19-year-old college student. "Riveting," and free today.

"In 1968, Prosenjit Poddar, 23, made the remarkable transition from Indian untouchable to graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley. Completely ignorant of American dating customs, he met Tanya Tarasoff, 19, a junior college student, at a folk dance. What for Tanya was only a casual, sometimes ego-boosting, sometimes annoying, friendship, became for Prosenjit an all-consuming, mad obsession. Despite psychiatric counseling for Prosenjit, the affair ended when he stabbed Tanya to death at her parents' home. Blum, a Berkeley student herself at the time, captures the essence of people and place in this dramatized, perceptive, and riveting account of an ill-fated relationship doomed by cultural conflicts. Recommended." -- Library Journal


THE YEAR: 1969

THE SETTING: Berkeley, California

THE STORY: Amidst the turmoil of student rebellion two loners encounter each other and turn an innocent flirtation into a dance of death.

THE CHARACTERS: Prosenjit Poddar was the brilliant engineering student who wanted nothing more than to return to his native India a big success and to marry a woman of his parents' choosing.

Tanya Tarasoff was the naïve coed who just wanted somebody to love.

And Larry More was the young psychologist who thought he recognized the warning signs that his patient was not just suffering from a jilted love affair... but was about to commit an act of murder.

THE STAKES: In a culture clash that pits the traditional values of male-dominated India against free-love attitudes of Berkeley in the '60s, an impending tragedy unfolds. Soon Larry Moore finds himself face-to-face with the biggest dilemma of his career. What does a doctor do if he perceives his patient as mentally unstable and a threat to the well-being of another... but is bound by the oath of doctor-patient confidentiality not to warn the police?

This true story tracks Moore’s race against time to stop the inevitable.

BAD KARMA is more than an anatomy of madness; it is also a chronicle of the events that would culminate in a landmark decision handed down by the California Supreme Court. Known simply as Tarasoff, this 1976 ruling would change the oath of confidentially between therapist and patient, and establish the rule that a mental health professional has the legal duty to protect a threatened individual.

311 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 10 reviews.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring my book on your blog today! :)