Monday, January 14, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Jan 14)

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

Finding Infinity, by Susan Kiernan-Lewis. (Still free?)

An empty-nester, recently widowed, decides to bring a little Paris to the American south. This Contemporary Women's fiction is free today!

"I enjoyed Liddy as a main character because she was indeed middle-aged and facing real problems other than whether or not someone loves her. A few short, steamy sex scenes are minor part of the plot and can easily be skipped over if reader so desires. I enjoyed Liddy's travails and triumphs and can happily recommend the book for those who enjoy romantic suspense."

"Fun read! I loved this book and was able to imagine myself living Liddy's life and experiencing everything that she did. It was fun, it was a bit scary, and there was a bit of lovin'. Susan has a very comfortable writing style that lets you breeze along completely engrossed in the characters and their experiences." -- Betty, Amazon reviewer

Is it really too late for some dreams to come true?

Liddy James has put off her dream of owning her own French cupcake shop for 25 years, ever since she came home form Paris after college. Now, a widow and an empty-nester, she knows if she's ever going to do it, she better make it happen soon. Unfortunately, there are a few roadblocks in her path to finally achieving her dream. One is a sexy but mysterious DEA Agent dealing with the rampant local meth problem who obviously wants her--but preferably not living in the same town. Another is a cantankerous elderly mother who refuses to play fair, and finally, there are the townspeople of Infinity, Georgia who want nothing to do with her, her fancy cupcakes OR her big-city ways. In fact, someone in particular is determined to help her go back where she came from...the hard way.

236 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 15 reviews.

My Name Is Hardly (My Temporary Life Trilogy), by Martin Crosbie. (Still free?)

This action/adventure mystery is from Martin Crosbie, one of Amazon's success stories of 2012. His self-publishing journey has been chronicled in Publisher's Weekly, Forbes Online, and Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper. Martin's debut novel, MY TEMPORARY LIFE, has been downloaded over one hundred thousand times and became an Amazon bestseller. This follow-up, standalone novel, is free today!

"My Name Is Hardly deserves double praise: not only is it an absorbing stand-alone novel, but as a sequel to My Temporary Life it adds depth and dimension to the highly personal epic Crosbie is constructing. This is a fresh, gripping page-turner about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. I was happy to learn about the practice of "loft sitting" -- manned eavesdropping on the homes of suspected IRA members -- but I was even happier to learn about the people in Crosbie's world. A first-rate novel." -- Steve, Amazon reviewer

Follow-up to the #1 Amazon Bestseller-MY TEMPORARY LIFE.
Please note-although this is book two of a trilogy, it is a stand-alone novel, and it's not necessary to read the first book in the series in order to enjoy MY NAME IS HARDLY.

A beautiful girl is missing, and may or may not want to be found, a soldier on his last and most dangerous mission, and a vow made to a dying friend. Northern Ireland, in 1996, was one of the most dangerous places in the world. The government called it a state of unrest, the people who lived there called it the time of "The Troubles".

Gerald "Hardly" McDougall is a forgotten man. He's abused, bullied, and left behind. The only escape left is to join the British Army. At first, he's a reluctant soldier, then everything changes when tensions in Northern Ireland escalate and the Army need a man with a particular set of characteristics. Hardly's re-assigned and sent into the heart of the troubles, living in the same houses as the IRA soldiers he's fighting against.

MY NAME IS HARDLY takes the reader on a twenty year journey through Hardly's life--from the beginning, when he leaves Scotland and joins the Army, to the tragic final days when his time as a spy in Ireland has to come to an end.

249 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 17 reviews.

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

Sunspots, by Karen S. Bell. (Still $0.99?)

A bargain book at $0.99, Sunspots follows the healing journey of a young woman thrown into the horror of losing a spouse. Skirting the genres of magical realism and romance, Sunspots, explores the existence of the afterlife and the paranormal.

"Sunspots is a moving, beautifully-written mystery about the devastating consequences of obsessive love." -- Tahlia Newland, Amazon reviewer

Sunspots follows the healing journey of a young woman thrown into the horror of losing a spouse. It is a story of loss and redemption and the ghosts that haunt our lives and our houses. Skirting the genres of magical realism and romance, Sunspots, explores the existence of the afterlife and the paranormal. The story takes the reader on a path of high emotion as Aurora uncovers Jake's secret life and her own internal conflicts as she matures to self-awareness.

Narrated by Aurora, the novel's tone vacillates from irreverent humor to solemnity as she relates her previous life with Jake and her present challenges. The title refers to the solar maximum which became the backdrop for Aurora's conception when her hippy parents went to Canada to observe the Aurora Borealis. In name and in spirit, Aurora is connected to the observable and unobservable energy around us. With the help of friends, family, and the ghost of Viola Parker (her home's original owner), Aurora accepts her fate and the secrets revealed about Jake's true character. She realizes that in this life she will finally break the cycle of pain caused by her love for this man, Jake Stein, through the centuries.

4.5-star rating from 4 reviews.

The Washington Sanction, by Mark Arundel. (Still free?)

A spy story and tale of intrigue, from the author of Code Name: Money Man and Code Name: Casa Nova. Free today!

Three things cannot long remain hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.

Was there a spy in the JFK White House?

Rafferty is an unusual person.
As a combat soldier, he fought the enemy. As an intelligence officer, the enemy are harder to see.
In his world, happiness comes as fleeting gifts like capsules of oxygen to a suffocating man.
His world has spies, war and assassinations.
It is a world in which people entwine falsehoods and hidden truths with the art of ancient craftsmen.
These people have determined wills that fight constraints of iron.
Their honesty and vengeance collide in battles of passion and fear.
Rafferty cannot win he can only survive.

344 pages, with a -star rating from reviews.

The Roses of the Moon I: Mara, by Alyne De Winter. (Still free?)

In the mountains of Royal Hungary, in a castle as old as time, Mara records a Danse Macabre weaving through the shadowy realms between good and evil, reality and illusion, love and dark deception... Free today.

Countess Orzsebet is the most beautiful woman in the world, terrified of losing that beauty and its power.
Fascinated by the mysterious and unobtainable Countess, young Mara is driven to penetrate her darkest secrets.
What she uncovers threatens to destroy her very soul…

"Out of the windy night came a scream.
"What is happening in the Countess’s chambers'"'

"“My lady!” Varga shouted, sharply jarring me out of my wonderment. His eyes were wild. His finger trembled toward something in the very center of the room. “Look at that. Look at that… look. Look!”
Varga grabbed my hand with the torch and forced it lower. The light shone on a sight so unspeakable that my entire body convulsed. I lost my grip on the torch. It fell to the floor and went out…" 

In this gothic novel, set in a strange, remote castle on a mountain in 17th century Royal Hungary, Mara must find her way through the shadowy realms between good and evil, reality and illusion, love and dark deception…

Lovers of Anne Rice, Angela Carter, E.A.Poe, Bram Stoker, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Tanith Lee should enjoy this tale of Gothic Horror.

Love, Carry My Bags, by C.R. Everett. (Still free?)

A small town's dirty little secret is revealed in this highly-rated family saga.

"By the end of the story, you find yourself not only thoroughly invested in all of the central characters' lives, but truly touched by each of them and their experience...I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heartfelt love story." -- eBook Lovers Co-Op 

Camryn Johnson’s world is turned upside down when long lost love, Reese Dahlgren, re-enters her life at a pivotal point in her already challenging marriage. She faces an excruciating predicament: choose between a broken home for her daughter or a broken life for herself.

After escaping the clutches of her Bible-bashing mother and moving in with her remarried mainstream minister father, religion-confused Camryn (dressed in Holstein livery) first meets high school basketball star, Reese, at the 1984 Harvard Milk Day Festival bed races on the streets of Harvard, Illinois, “Milk Capital of the World.” During the festival, she discovers a small-town dirty little secret: sleeper KKK live there.

Camryn already knew about the Klan uniform in the parsonage attic.

Reese has baggage of his own. He lives in the shadow of his otherwise no-good, pro-basketball playing brother, Ryan, his alcoholic father’s favorite. Unable to cope, he unwittingly backs Camryn into a corner during his air force enlistment—love him from afar, or leave him.

Enter ADHD afflicted, aerospace engineering student, Glenn Conroy. Persistent and savvy, he woos emotionally insecure Camryn and wins her heart. Or does he' When Reese re-enters her life, further disrupting her miserable, still undiagnosed, ADHD marriage, Camryn turns to best friend, Megan, for advice, but refuses to believe Megan’s suggestion that she’s caught in a “simple” love triangle.

Camryn unveils hidden mysteries and secrets as she embarks on a life-changing journey of revelation and forgiveness, transcending doormat qualities inherited from her mother, and in the process finds what creation and crucifixions are really all about.

492 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 11 reviews.

Al Kibar, by Malcolm Garcia. (Still free?)

A thrilling tale of spies and deception - free today!

"Awesome debut effort. Very tightly woven military story strengthened by the use of technically accurate military operating concepts, references to authentic weapon systems and jargon. This story provides a very convincing portrayal of how today's super-powers like to play chicken with their military forces!" -- Amazon reviewer

6 September 2007. A non-descript building in the Syrian desert is destroyed in a midnight air strike by jets from the Israeli Air Force. In the days following the attack, the governments in Tel Aviv and Damascus say nothing.

24 April 2008. In a public statement, the Director of the CIA announces that the destroyed building contained a reactor that would have been capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. He adds that Syria had constructed the building with help from North Korea.

He was wrong. It was something worse.

Major Charlie King is a U.S. intelligence officer, working in Seoul. When he find out that North Korea is preparng to send a suspicious shipment overseas he alerts his superior officers. His reward - to be scorned and kicked out of South Korea in disgrace.

From across the mountains of North Korea, inside Iranian military bases, and the corridors of his own government, Charlie King's enemies are arrayed against him. But in a story that blends real-world and fictional events, places and people, Al Kibar follows Major King as he seeks out new allies while attempting to stop one of the worst weapons ever created from falling into the hands of the most dangerous people in the world.

About the author
Malcolm Garcia is an ex-Air Force officer and intelligence analyst who performed in a variety of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance roles. These included several deployments to the Middle East and East Asia.

Follow me on Twitter - @MalcolmGarcia

341 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 9 reviews.

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

The Venom of Vipers, by K.C. May. (Still $0.99?)

Amazon's August 2011 #1 best-selling science fiction ebook is on sale today for $0.99! This novel was selected as one of the top 15 books of 2010 by The Journal of Always.

"This is a fast paced read with an interesting kick, the characters are exciting and the story unique. I really enjoyed the pace and the believability of a future time and place in our possible history. This is a great read, keeping you turning the pages, and following the characters. It is a interesting and bizarre twist in a futuristic thriller. " -- TicToc, Amazon reviewer

Ryder wants to be more than a lab rat; he wants to be free.
Katie wants him to save the world.
Purists want him dead.


In a future where humans teeter on the brink of extinction, hope lies in the genetic experiments of Katie Marsh. A brilliant young scientist, Katie is hard at work perfecting a new species of humanoid resistant to the devastating virus afflicting mankind. But not everyone wants Katie to succeed.

Confined to the lab that created him, Ryder Stone wants to live as a free man. But Ryder, whose unique physiology may provide the cure for this viral malady, must tread lightly, for in his world, friends can sometimes be foes, and the helping hand of people close to him may very well turn out to be... the venom of vipers.

  • Named a Top-15 Book of 2010 by author and book reviewer Robert Duperre on The Journal of Always.

242 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 59 reviews.

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