Saturday, January 5, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Saturday Jan 5)

A host of fantasies awaits you, among today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

Alaskan Fury (Guardians of the First Realm), by Sara King. (Still free?)

This highly-rated fantasy is warmly praised, and free today!

"Ms. King weaves a fascinating tale of love, politics, betrayal, and survival, steeped in the turmoil of historical religious upheaval and persecution, and rich with detailed lore and exploration of fallen societies and gods. Alaskan Fury, like it's predecessor Alaskan Fire, is more than a book, more than a bedtime story or a quick jaunt through a lovers' tryst. It is thrilling, brutally honest, unexpected. It is a celebration of life and all the challenges that can come with perseverance, belief, and dedication. Alaskan Fury is sophisticated and compelling, and a GraveTells Recommended Read!" -- DavinciKittie, Amazon reviewer

Long ago, Kaashifah the Fury, Chosen warrior of the Lord of War, fought a djinni to a stalemate in an ancient duel of souls. Three thousand years later, she and ‘Aqrab, the passionate djinni prince of the Fourth Lands, are still bound together, each waiting for the other to make that final, killing blow. To complicate matters, they are being hunted across the vast Alaskan wilderness by a team of holy soldiers who are specially trained—and highly successful—at capturing the numerous magical beings of the Five Realms. In order to save their friends from the Inquisition, some compromises must be made…and some boons given. But in unraveling the magics that bind them, will these two ancient immortals learn to trust each other, or will their own thawing hearts be their undoing?

ALASKAN FURY is a whirlwind tale of two immortals woven together by a three-thousand-year-old curse who are forced to flee across the Alaskan wilderness in search of dragons to save their friends. It is a story of love and adventure, of djinni wish-makings and brutal sword fights, of Inquisitional wits and mythological heroes, of depth of spirit battling bigotry and violence. Fast-paced and full of action, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

567 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 44 reviews.

The Cloud Seeders, by James Zerndt. (Still free?)

In a parched Pacific Northwest, water police roam the streets. And no one bothers to look up for rain. Get this intriguing tale, free today.

"A search for love, truth, and water. I loved this book. The characters are well drawn and the storyline of a green-is-good/save the water world gone terribly awry, is very intriguing. I especially enjoyed the relationship between the brothers which I found true to life and funny even when the situation was tense. The underlying love story between Jerusha and Thomas, Thomas and Dustin, and the Boys and their parents was very rewarding as well, as each subtly grew in their own way as the story progressed. I also found myself looking forward to reading the poetry between each chapter....very creative and well worth reading for the poetry itself. Great writing and great characters." -- Jeanne, Amazon reviewer

Serve Your Country, Conserve Your Water, Observe Your Neighbor.

This is the slogan of the Sustainability Unit and of a country gone eco-hysterical. After nearly twelve months without rain and the hinges of the world barely still oiled, Thomas and his younger brother, Dustin, set out across a drought-ridden landscape in search of answers. What they discover along the way will change their lives, and their country, forever.

** Contains some foul language. May not be suitable for younger, middle grade readers.**

266 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 21 reviews.

The Kiss Off, by Sarah Billington. (Still free?)

This YA romance is a humorous look at a heartbreak song that goes viral. Free today!

"A fun, fabulous and swoon-worthy novel that is as perfect as a three-minute pop song. It has an absolutely killer hook that I wish I'd thought of!" -- Shirley Marr, author of Fury and Preloved

"There is just something about Poppy! I loved her. She is quirky and infectious and she just made me smile." -- Book Briefs

When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global.

A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she's along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn't as easy as she had hoped.

Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.

WARNING: Sexual references, occasional coarse language.

262 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 18 reviews.

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Broken Aro (The Broken Ones), by Jen Wylie. (Still $0.99?)

Download this epic fantasy, free today!

"Reminiscent of the epic Lord of the Ring trilogy, Broken Aro is the first installment of a lively new series destined to enslave a new legion of fans for its author, Jen Wylie. Filled with dragons and fey, mortals and slavers, adventure and mythology, Broken Aro is grand adventure in an epic style, a complete stand alone novel that also leaves on eager for more!" -- Rusty Fischer

"A page-turning tale of impossible love, unusual allies, betrayals, and high adventure. I couldn't put it down." -- J.A. Campbell

Open your eyes to darkness. What do you see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You don't know anyone around you, and some of them aren't even human. Giving up would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a military family with seven brothers. Every great story should begin with a plan. Aro's was to escape and to survive.

Escape comes, but at a price. As they reach the shore, Aro and the other survivors learn that freedom doesn't mean safety. The slavers want their property back and will do anything to get it. The party uses every ounce of their brute strength, a hearty helping of cunning, and even ancient magics to keep themselves alive. Sickness, danger, and even love surprise them at every turn. Dealing with danger becomes their way of life, but none of them ever considered that nothing can be quite as dangerous as a prophecy. Running turns into another race altogether as her world falls to pieces again and again.

Novel length over 70k words.

265 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 22 reviews.

Mything You (Heroes of Greece), by Greta Buckle. (Still free?)

This well-loved Young Adult fantasy is free today!

"Action, adventure, and emotion mingled in this story that reads like a Greek legend. Theseus is a king's son and has to prove worthy of the crown before presenting himself to the king. But when he saves Ari from the hands of giants, he has another sweeter goal in mind that involves staying with Ari to protect her. Ari discovers love in Theseus' arms and is now faced with the difficult choice of obeying her father and marrying the man he chose for her or following Theseus and her heart. The author has obviously done a lot of research. Mything You is an interesting story that makes you discover the Greek mythology and yet shows that love is eternal." -- Amazon reviewer

He wasn't looking for love. He only wanted to prove he was worthy of being a king's son.

Adventurer Theseus had dreamed of meeting his father, King Aegeus. As Theseus journeys to Athens, he meets his match in strength along the way. But is it the will of a beautiful young princess that puts this strong young man finally at his mercy' Or will he be able to conquer the princess’s heart?

She had settled for a life of unhappiness and believed a man who would love her for herself was only in her dreams.

Princess Ari has followed her father’s dictates all her life. On her way to meet her bridegroom, she is attacked. Saved by a handsome adventurer, Theseus, she tempts fate and follows him on his journey to Athens. Being with Theseus opens up a whole new world of opportunity for her. But will she allow her heart or loyal duty choose her life for her?

243 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 10 reviews.

Pieces of Dreams, by Jennifer Blake. (Still free?)

From Jennifer Blake, the "steel magnolia of women's fiction," comes this historical romance. Melly is betrothed to one man but falls for his swashbuckling twin. Free today!

"Jennifer Blake proves why she's among the classic authors of romance." -- Affaire de Coeur

"Tender, heart-warming love story ... priceless, precious ... a slice of American history. A keeper." -- Rendezvous

Amelia "Melly" Bennington's dream of married bliss comes undone when she mistakenly kisses the wrong man -- not her staid, hard-working bridegroom but the dashing sea captain who is his twin brother.

As the wedding draws near, she is torn by long-held affection for one man and sensual attraction to the other. Animosity between the two men reaches such a fever pitch that a tragic break seems inevitable -- unless Melly can force her unruly heart to decide which brother to favor and which to send away forever.

Novella. 30,000 words -- about 100 pages.

Originally published by Berkley in THE QUILTING CIRCLE anthology and by Jove in the WITH LOVE anthology.

4.2-star rating from 6 reviews.

The Catalyst (The Targon Tales), by Chris Reher. (Still free?)

This Sci-Fi adventure is free today!

"This was a fantastic start to Chris Reher's series. It is action packed, fast paced, and full of zest for life. This prequel fills in history that her first book in the series "Only Human" alludes to, in a rich and satisfying manner. It is shorter, but in no way less stout in terms of quality. I am a large fan of science fiction and fantasy and this certainly delivers it in spades. Technology, aliens, galaxies, plots, and human interest. It's in there!" -- Wxmouse, Amazon reviewer

Lieutenant Nova Whiteside, on an apparently routine assignment aboard an interstellar transport, finds herself the target of an assassination attempt. Her escape leaves her with no option but to rely on Seth, a former lover, for help.

Unfortunately, she realizes that they are now on opposite sides of an escalating war between the Commonwealth Union of Planets and an increasingly dangerous rebel organization.

In trying to find who is threatening her life, they discover a plot to destroy a distant planet - a world inhabited by creatures that are the key to Nova's survival - and a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the Union Commonwealth.

Can Nova go beyond her strict military training to cooperate with people whom she is sworn to destroy?

By the author of Only Human, book two in this series.

5-star rating from 2 reviews.

By Blood Betrayed: The Corona Christmas Murders, Memento Mori Series Vol. 1 - True Crime Stories by Jessie Bleu Gentry (Memento Mori True Crime Series), by Jessie Bleu Gentry. (Still free?)

This true crime telling is from author Jessie Gentry, a former Criminal Justice insider.

"Instant classic. Riveting, disturbing and impossible to put down. JB Gentry is one of the most exciting Indie writers of the year!" -- Mel Brennan, The World Reader

"Based on true events, The Corona Christmas Murders is a disturbing true horror story that will leave you uneasy and wanting more. Well done." -- Susanne Patterson

A riveting story, based on actual facts, of the torture and murders of two young boys at the hands of their biological uncle and his 500 pound wife. Albert Garcia took over the care of his two nephews, Bobby and Evan Rodriguez, when his cousin Rosa and her husband were sent to prison for drug dealing. He and his wife Paula had two kids of their own, but their anger and resentments were all taken out on Bobby and Evan.

At age 11 Evan told a teacher, "You should see what my house is like, I have nothing to live for." The Garcia's concealed both boys from the system in two different states until it was too late for intervention. Evan (age 13) was brutally tortured and killed while the Garcia's lived in Washington in 2004. They placed his body in a trash can and moved to Corona, California where in 2005, Albert tortured and then later kicked to death 11 year old Bobby.

While Bobby lay dying in a bedroom closet surrounded by piles of human feces, Paula and Albert Garcia served Christmas dinner to relatives and enjoyed the holiday a few feet away. This book includes an exclusive look at Paula Garcia as she sits now on California's Death Row, including her sexual obsession with a famous wife killer. While never showing one single second of sorrow or remorse for her victims she chatters on endlessly about her own kids who have been adopted by another family.

An interview with a trial witness who saw Albert kicking Bobby in a grocery store parking lot is spine chilling as she tells how the whole family "smelled like death" and were the "oddest people" she had ever seen at her job as a grocery bagger at the supermarket where they shopped.

When a waitress at a Corona restaurant tried to intervene Paul Garcia was so angry and intimidating that the restaurant manager "comped" their meal to appease her. A heart stopping psychological glimpse into the deranged minds of a pair of sociopaths, By Blood Betrayed will break your heart and keep you reading until the last page. Taken from actual court transcripts, and based on true facts, the testimonies are riveting and unforgettable.

5-star rating.

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