Thursday, January 17, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Jan 17)

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

Redeeming Grace (Suspense Thriller Espionage), by Ward Tanneberg. (Still free?)

"I loved it, I could not put the book down until I finished. It was thrilling! It was fun reading words that I have not heard for a few generations. Actually like being on a roller coaster ride. Scary!" -- R. A. Carroll

Seven years ago, Grace Grafton died in a boating accident while partying on the Georgia, South Carolina coast. Was her death the result of alcohol and drugs or something more sinister' Nobody knows: her body was never recovered. Now years later, a woman reads in disbelief the note addressed to her: Hello Grace, did you think we wouldn't find you?

Those nine chilling words end Grafton s self-imposed sanctuary of witness protection. Now she and everyone she loves are in grave danger. Long believed dead, she has a secret that can change the world. She knows the man running for president is guilty of a double murder! But who will believe her?

611 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 27 reviews.

Virtually Mine: a love story, by Susan Rohrer. (Still free?)

"They call this genre a romantic comedy for a reason: it's got romance mixed up with a lot of laughs. This is such a fun book to escape reality with. It's got a lot of heart. The characters of Charlie and MJ will have you laughing out loud with their antics to find love. If you enjoyed Rohrer's last book, Merry's Christmas: a love story, you will definitely enjoy this new love story as well." -- Purple Penworks

Devastated to think that she's lost her steady beau to another ingénue, aspiring actress Kate Valentine consoles herself by renting an Imaginary Boyfriend from burgeoning romance broker Virtually Mine. Kate's Imaginary Boyfriend sends her flowers. He calls. He texts sweet nothings, plucking at her heartstrings. As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, Kate finds herself longing for true love, never knowing that it might be much closer than she thinks.

Genre: Sweet Romantic Comedy
Print Length: 210 pages
Cover Images:  Courtesy Indigo Valley Photography
Author Photo: Jean-Louis Darville
Fun Facts: This novel is based on the author's movie script

Another Novel by Susan Rohrer: Merry's Christmas: a love story

211 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.

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

Never Smile at Strangers (Grand Trespass Series), by Jennifer Minar-Jaynes. (Still $0.99?)

This bargain book, $0.99 today, is a mystery / thriller with over 180 five-star reviews!

"Minar-Jaynes does an excellent job of reminding the reader of exactly why parents tell their children not to talk to strangers. The characters' fear is honest, and their pain and confusion can be felt in the writing. Furthermore, she has tapped into what makes "mystery" novels so compelling when they're done right- the suspense in this book is incredible, and the ending was like the explosive final scene of a movie that no one can stop talking about. I give major kudos to Mrs. Minar-Jaynes for writing a book that deserves front window-status in any bookstore." -- Beanie, Amazon reviewer


- Mystery, Thriller and Suspense
- Mystery and Thrillers
- Suspense Thrillers and Mysteries
- Thrillers
- Suspense

WHEN TEENAGE GIRLS VANISH in what was once considered a safe, Louisiana bayou town, the lives of four desperate young locals take unexpected turns, begging the question: Do you every truly know those closest to you?

When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes from rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, best friend HALEY LANDRY's relationship with her boyfriend becomes increasingly strained. To make matters worse, her impressionable younger sister BECKY has begun idolizing an impetuous, seductive 15 year old who's encouraging her to do dangerous things.

Meanwhile, ERICA DUVALL, a reclusive 19-year-old aspiring writer, befriends Haley. Ten years earlier, Erica’s mother abandoned her, leaving her with the womanizing used car salesman father she loathes. She’s decided to write a novel based on Tiffany’s disappearance; a novel that she hopes will lead to a reunion with her estranged novelist mother.

RACHEL ANDERSON, a 36-year-old mother of two, is having trouble coming to terms with her husband, TOM’s, affair with the missing girl—a relationship that supposedly ended shortly before Tiffany’s disappearance. What’s more, she comes to the blood curdling realization that someone is watching her through the large back windows of her house.

A DISTURBED MAN also lives in the area. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been raising his insolent teenage sister, ALLIE, who sleeps with truck drivers for money. He considers women to be dangerous—and his world revolves around his fear and hatred for them. He’s terrified of his sister, knowing she’s intent on pushing him over the edge.

332 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 305 reviews.

Apocalypsis: Book 1 (Kahayatle), by Elle Casey. (Still free?)

This YA post-apocalyptic book is the first in a series, and has over 100 five-star reviews. Free today!

"Elle Casey has done it again. Created a world that drags you in and won't let you go. I think I am a little bit in love with her brain ... at least the imagination part of it. I love books that make me root for the characters, and this one has you rooting from the very first page..." -- Cynthia Shepp book reviews

"What took me so flipping long to read this book?! Apocalypsis: Kahayatle was so very different than what I expected - but just that much better because of it. Elle Casey creates a world ridden with violence and horror and injects the perfect amount of belly-laughing sarcasm, wit, and romance. Her characterization is phenomenal and honest through a setting that is disturbingly realistic..." -- ~ Jenna, Book Blogger

APOCALYPSIS is a 4-book, YA Post-Apocalyptic series, beginning with Book 1, Kahayatle.

My name's Bryn Mathis. I'm seventeen years old, and I live in a neighborhood outside of Orlando, Florida. I live alone because my dad died almost a year ago, along with all the other adults in the world. I'm almost out of food and the gangs of kids that roam around my town are getting more vicious by the day.

It's time for me to leave and find another place to live ... a place where I can find food and shelter ... a place where they won't be able to find me.

Alone, it might have been possible; but now I've got company. I'm worried that I don't have what it takes to get from here to my final destination.

And I have no idea what might be waiting for me when I get there.

**No drugs, or sex in this installment of the series. Yes, there is some violence and some foul language. This is in the DARK SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR/POST-APOCALYPTIC genres, featuring teen characters only. May not be suitable for younger, middle grade readers.**

322 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 138 reviews.

Halfskin, by Tony Bertauski. (Still free?)

"The story got off on a bang, and sucked me in from the start. In the world that the author has created, mankind is using nano technology to improve our health, looks, and intelligence. As the technology evolves, as with anything, the government feels it has to control it. Soon laws declare that once a human is more than 40% biomite, they are no longer entitled to exist. Once they hit 50% they are killed. Like all good science fiction, this story brings up the question what is it that truly makes us human?" -- Jill, Amazon reviewer

Biomites are artificial stem cells that can replace any cell in your body. No more kidney failure, no severed spines or blood disease. No cancer. Pharmaceuticals become obsolete. With each dose of biomites, we become stronger, we become smarter and prettier.

We become better.

At what point are we no longer human?

Nix Richards nearly died in a car accident when he was young. Biomites saved his life. Ten years later, he’s not so lucky. The Halfskin Laws decree a human composed of 50% biomites is no longer human. Halfskins have no legal rights and will have their biomites shutdown. It’s not called murder, merely deactivation.

Cali Richards has been Nix’s legal guardian since their parents died. She has lost far too many people in her life to let the government take Nix. She is a nanobiometric engineer and will discover how to hide him. But even brilliance can succumb to the pressure of suffering. And technology can’t cure insanity.

Cali and Nix keep a slippery grip on reality as they elude a maniacal federal agent dedicated to saving humanity from what he calls 'The Biomite Plague'.

276 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 14 reviews.

Ethan Wright and the Curse of Silence, by Kimbro West. (Still free?)

"Kimbro West is a fluent, gifted story-teller. This book has the charm of the King Arthur tales told in the everyday language (and I don't mean tons of slang) of modern readers. This book was an entity all by itself, but it leaves you craving a sequel and anticipating if and when it might be released. I know I will be watching eagerly for the next one-- for my nephew, of course. But I get it first! " -- April Durham, Amazon reviewer

An oroborus is certainly a strange creature, but what happens if you're bit by one?

After Ethan Wright gets tricked by an Alchemist, he finds out what the magical creature is all about. A new world, sword duels and legendary creatures are all a day in the life of a skilled Alchemist.

But when the Curse of Silence ends, Ethan finds clues to the whereabouts of his missing twin brother while being hunted down by the great Stonewolf. He must learn the ways of alchemy or his journey will end in peril.

180 pages, with a 5-star rating from 9 reviews.

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

The Tiger Princess (Saderia Series), by Sarah Renee. (Still $0.99?)

This children's e-book is over 300 pages and, amazingly, was written by a 12-year-old. Just $0.99 today!

"This book is full of twists and turns, hate and love, filled to the brim with emotions that reflect in my own life! I cannot put this down! Anyone who loves ANY animal should be in love with this series. This book is one of the best I've read in months, and I'm very picky about my books! This book deserves five stars. Sarah Renee keeps you reading page after page. So many pages make it great for readers, for she did not miss out on one slight detail. I can feel what Saderia is feeling and any teen can relate to this. Sarah Renee writes fluently and proper, which is very important for any book. You don't find many books written by young authors as good as this." -- Selina, Amazon reviewer

Ten years ago, a devastating fire took the lives of Queen Karenisha and King Makero, leaving a young Princess Saderia orphaned. Nobody knows how the fire was started, but it ignited quickly. Too quickly.

In ten years, the truth has never been discovered…

Saderia is a curious 10 year old tiger Princess. Her Aunt Cia and Uncle Jash have taken over the duties of Queen and King and raising Saderia since her parents disappeared in a mysterious fire. Her aunt and uncle don’t understand Saderia, which she resents.

But Saderia starts having dreams about the past; dark, disturbing dreams. She has to know the truth. Could her parents have been murdered' Soon she finds herself surrounded by more secrets when she discovers a dangerous, ancient royal secret regarding her oldest ancestors.

At the same time, strange things start happening in the usually peaceful forest. Hard times and disappearances create fear and desperation. Out of the shadows comes a dark, mysterious lion named Dastarius to offer his services and play the hero. But his past is just as shadowed and uncertain as the King and Queen’s sudden fiery death.

Saderia doesn’t know who or what to trust, but she is desperate to find the truth about the past. She’s willing to do anything to get it.

342 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 15 reviews.

The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin, by Stan Spencer. (Still free?)

"Well-presented and easy to understand, this one is highly recommended." — Susan B. Hagloch, Library Journal

"I think it's the only weight loss/healthy lifestyle book we need." — Kathleen Garber, SMS Book Reviews

"Dr. Spencer's book presents a common sense, safe, and enduring weight loss program that presents the essential elements of a healthy lifestyle." — James E. Gangwisch, PhD, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

"Very informative, and right on target." — Wayne Westcott, PhD, Fitness Research Director, Quincy College

This book isn't about the latest celebrity diet, wonder food, or miracle supplement. It's about creating a personalized weight loss plan—your own easiest path to naturally thin. While you can lose weight with almost any diet, keeping the weight off is much more difficult, requiring permanent changes in eating and exercise habits. This book provides a science-based approach for making those changes in a way that works best for you, without wasting time, money, or effort.

Dr. Spencer explains why we gain weight and why the fat lost by dieting almost always comes back. He then presents an array of practical weight loss tools for controlling emotional eating, calming cravings, boosting metabolism, and improving nutrition and exercise. In the final chapter he has you create a natural weight loss plan based on your unique set of needs, abilities, and preferences. Simple recipes are provided for weight loss foods that reduce cravings and prolong satisfaction.

What this book offers is a solid approach to weight loss—self-directed, gradual, and lasting—in contrast to the quick but fleeting weight loss offered by most one-size-fits-all diet plans.

152 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 20 reviews.

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