Thursday, January 24, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Jan 24)

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

In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #1 (Jefferson Tayte), by Steve Robinson. (Still free?)

Let's start off today with a mystery that has over *200* five-star reviews! This one is a reader favorite - don't miss the opportunity to download it free today!

"Fantastic combination of genealogy and mystery! Tayte won my heart as a vulnerable protagonist who surprised himself with his determination and grit. The combination of genealogy research, heavenly setting, believable, witty dialogue and cliff-hanging action created one bang-up read. Come on Steve Robinson, WE WANT MORE J.T.! " -- Marcia Pitts, Amazon reviewer

IN THE BLOOD: A Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Crime Mystery #1. 110,000 words.

A dark secret locked in the past. A family historian trying against the odds to unlock it.

One of Amazon UK's 'Best Books of 2011'. A 'Kindle Customer Favourite' with over 400 five-star reviews worldwide.

Family history was never supposed to be like this...

When American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, accepted his latest assignment he had no idea it might kill him. But while murder was never part of the curriculum he is kidding himself if he thinks he can walk away from this one.

Why can't I trace them? What happened to them?

Driven by the irony of being a genealogist who doesn't know who his own parents are, Tayte soon finds that the assignment shares a stark similarity to his own struggle. Someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family bloodline from recorded history and he's not going home until he's found out why. After all, if he's not good enough to find this family, how can he ever expect to be good enough to someday find his own?

Set in Cornwall, England, past and present, Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark family secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and they will stop at nothing to find them.


From Amazon Vine Voice, Cathy G. Cole of Kittling Books:
- The mystery surrounding the Fairborne family was excellent. By book's end I hadn't figured it out. This is the first book by Steve Robinson, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more!

From the worldwide Amazon community:

- I recently read Oliver Potzsch's book The Hangman's Daughter and The Dark Monk so I started an Amazon search for something similar. You have to read "In the Blood" you will be hooked! Karen FH 3 July 2012
- It's not often somebody takes the murder mystery in a different direction and succeeds as well as this author has done. More please! G.Beech 25 Mar 2012
- Just finished this and can honestly say it is the best crime novel I have read in the past year. I. Clements 22 Feb 2012
- This is a great, cleverly-written book by an author with a descriptive style that is really much better than we have any right to expect from a narrative thriller. Matt James 8 Nov 2011- This author has written a d├ębut novel of such quality it stands up easily among best selling main stream authors. Mrs S.A.Blane 14 Sep 2011
- The combination of genealogy research, heavenly setting, believable, witty dialogue and cliff-hanging action created one bang-up read. Marcia Pitts 12 Aug 2011
- If you want a great mystery that thrills right to the end, you cannot choose better than In The Blood. G.Robbins 4 Aug

Kindlers Club book of the month for August 2012.
Voted reading choice for November 2011 by the Kindle Users Forum.
Goodreads UK Kindle Forum book of the month for August 2011.

To the Grave (Jefferson Tayte #2 - June 2012) - Awarded Your Family Tree magazine 'Seal of Approval'
The Last Queen of England: (Jefferson Tayte #3 - November 2012)

312 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 374 reviews.

To Marry a Duke, by Fenella J Miller. (Still free?)

A sweet Regency romance, from the author of over 25 romances! Free today.

To Marry a Duke
Regency romantic adventure.
65 000 words

Lady Allegra Humphrey knows her place is at the top of the aristocratic tree and she has no time for cits. If she and her twin brother, Richard, Lord Witherton, the Duke of Colchester wish to retain their position in society they will have to make compromises. Self-made millionaire Jago Tremayne now owns St Osyth’s Priory, Allegra's ancestral home, and is determined to own her as well.

Rejected by the haut ton, Jago believes he has the perfect plan to ensure both he and his daughter, Demelza, will soon be welcome in the best drawing-rooms. Marriage is the answer! However, there are people who do not wish to see the union proceed and are prepared to commit murder to stop it.

179 pages, with a 3.7-star rating from 3 reviews.

Wonder is a Verb: An Uncommon Crash Course in the Art of Philosophical Thinking, by Thomas Swanson. (Still free?)

A great think about being a voracious reader is that it can expand your worldview. I think a lot of you will enjoy this one.

"Most people have learned at some time in their lives that "philosophy" means "love of wisdom." Yet, we don't often associate the "love of wisdom" with normal folks. When we think of "love of wisdom," we might think of an old sage with a long beard sitting in an obscure shrine, probably cross-legged, achieving enlightenment...or we might think of a bespectacled gentleman puffing his pipe and pondering imponderables in his book-filled study. While such characters are interesting, they aren't representative of most of us. In this fresh primer on philosophy, Thomas Swanson shows us that such images of the philosophical life are narrow at best. The seeds of the philosophical spirit are in all of us because everyone wonders. Swanson nurtures the seed of wonder, showing us what it is aimed at, giving us a glimpse of how it grew into the mighty oak of ancient Greek philosophy, and laying out a path we might follow to nourish the seed of philosophy to grow in our own souls." -- KC, Amazon reviewer

Philosophical thinking is sadly neglected—and sometimes even scorned―in popular culture. Thomas Swanson paints a contrary picture of what philosophical thinking really is in this uncommon book sharing how he believes the quest of philosophy really started; in wonder—in the hearts of curious men and women in awe of a wonderful world.

After this book you will:
• Have much a deeper appreciation of those mysterious creatures so common in life yet often overlooked: questions, thoughts, and answers.
• Know the way forward in plumbing the depths of either the ancient questions of universal human curiosity, or whatever happens to interest you.
• Possess a little-known antidote to boredom and lack of curiosity.
• Be conversant with some of the earliest and most famous philosophers’ views on the nature of our world, following them as the skill of philosophical thinking and understanding progresses through history, from one thinker to the next.
• In short, you will learn to wonder from the greatest wonderers in the history of mankind.

The book starts off with a surprising description of the philosophical spirit, one that is inspired by wonder. Then we follow five main early Greek philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle, learning from them as they together tackle an ancient philosophical question. Finally, the strategies of philosophical thinking are tied together in a charming conversation between a New York taxi driver and a professor of philosophy, who you'll see become a philosopher before your very eyes! This is an introduction to philosophy and philosophical thinking like no other.

91 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 9 reviews.

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

After the Fear (Young Adult Dystopian), by Rosanne Rivers. (Still $0.99?)

Today's bargain book is a highly-rated YA dystopian novel - available for just $0.99 today!

"I loved this book, it's a real page turner. The characters are so real and engaging, I was rooting for the heroine Sola from the first page, and the romance element is beautifully developed. The world the author paints is very unique and different to other dystopian novels." -- Alice Edwards, Amazon reviewer

You have not attended a Demonstration this month.

In Sola’s city, everyone obeys the rules. Stay away from the trigger cameras and regularly update your Debtbook, and you just might survive. But having to watch the way criminals are dealt with—murdered by Demonstrators in the Stadium—is a law Sola tries to avoid. When a charming Demonstrator kisses her at a party, however, she’s thrust into the Stadium and forced into the very role she despises.

Armed with only natural resourcefulness and a caring nature, Sola narrowly survives her first bout. Her small success means she’s whisked off to a training camp, where she discovers a world beyond the trigger cameras and monitoring—a world where falling in love with a killer doesn’t seem so terrible.

Yet life as a Demonstrator has no peace. Sola must train her way through twenty-five more Demonstrations before she can return home to her father. At the end of each battle, only one survivor remains.

Sola could face anyone in the Stadium . . . even a loved one.

315 pages, with a 5-star rating from 4 reviews.

Taffeta & Hotspur, by Claudy Conn. (Still free?)

Another steamy read from the pen of Claudy Conn. This historical romance is highly-rated, and free today!

"Another fun regency by Claudy Conn. Full of characters who come to life and pull you into the story. And as always the evil villain lurking about ready for his chance to wreak havoc. From the forests of Nottingham to the streets of London there is plenty of excitement and page turning adventures from beginning to end." -- Jutzie, Amazon reviewer

Lord Thurston Tarrant, known as Hotspur on the London social scene, thinks Lady Taffeta Grantham is too young and idealistic. Experience has taught him that love is found only in fairy tales and that very few women can be trusted—especially young and attractive ones.

As for Taffy, she finds the rakehell cynical and arrogant—definitely not the hero, the man of principles and romance, her heart longs for. Besides, as one of the Rogues Three, she is more concerned with social injustice than a man who could use his influence to right wrongs but shows no interest in doing so.

So why does Tarrant find himself enchanted by the beautiful and high-spirited Taffy' Why does Taffy’s sporadic gift of sight insist on showing her visions of Tarrant as a bold and passionate lover—her lover?

When the prince of flirts catches the princess of thieves in a ‘Robin Hood’ encounter gone wrong, a secret is discovered, a promise is given, and two lives will be changed in ways neither could have dreamed.

169 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 8 reviews.

World of Archangels, by Sufian Chaudhary. (Still free?)

This free book is the author's account of his spiritual journey.

" I never knew the spiritual world could be so exciting. All this time I thought it was just about meditations and chanting mantras, and then I read this book and I am now more inspired to start interacting with the spiritual world than ever!" -- Amazon reviewer

World of Archangels is a spiritual masterpiece designed by Archangel Uriel that retraces the self-realization process that allows you to interact with some of the most influential Beings in this Universe. Regardless of who you are, where you come from or what you are doing, this book contains Universal principles that will redefine your spiritual life. Every single Chapter introduces and explores a powerful spiritual concept. The book is filled with Enlightening meditations, Ancient wisdom and uplifting stories of ethereal encounters with the other side. Whether you are a beginner in this field or an old soul wiser than the day, World of Archangels will help you achieve the next level of your spiritual journey.

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

Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits, by Janet M. Tavakoli. (Still free?)

This highly-rated mystery is free today! If you enjoy good mysteries and historical fiction, this book's a worthy download for your Kindle.

"I found this book very easy to read and engaging; chapters go by flying and the reader is left wanting for more. The author paints a controversial picture of the Catholic church and the way it deals with its finances and political power while trying to stay current in modern society. Although labeled as fiction, some of the stories are based on real events summarized at the end of the book. I give credit to the author for developing a story that merges facts with fiction and even a taste of sensuality." -- Espina Juan Carlos, Amazon reviewer


Italian intelligence specialist and former Jesuit student Michael Visconte is shocked by the brutal murder of a Jesuit priest, who turns out to be a hedge fund manager for the Vatican. The victim, Father Matteo Pintozzi, achieved an unblemished record of extraordinary returns.

The next day, Michael is visited by two Jesuits who ask him to investigate the murder, and Michael soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle for power and control over the finances of the Vatican. Unfortunately, his lucky break—one that should provide critical evidence—blurs the line between good and evil and not only endangers the lives of Michael and the Jesuits, but also imperils the lives of his wife and children.

ARCHANGELS: RISE OF THE JESUITS is internationally renowned financial expert Janet Tavakoli’s fiction debut to be followed soon by the ARCHANGELS: RISE OF THE JESUITS COMPANION (Non-fiction), and ARCHANGELS 2: VATICAN GOLD, the next adventure in this series. The founder and president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc., Ms. Tavakoli is the author of three acclaimed non-fiction texts: CREDIT DERIVATIVES, STRUCTURED FINANCE & COLLATERALIZED DEBT OBLIGATIONS, DEAR MR. BUFFETT: WHAT AN INVESTOR LEARNS 1,269 MILES FROM WALL STREET. THE NEW ROBBER BARONS (2012) is a non-fiction eBook anthology of her financial commentaries from the financial crisis through February 2012.

325 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 9 reviews.

Who Gives Up Adorable Little Girls Anyway? The Search For Our Biological Father (Tales of Adoption), by Janet Louise Stephenson. (Still free?)

A touching, and searing, memoir about an adopted woman's search for her natural parents. Warmly reviewed, and free today.

"This book is heartwarming, insightful and authentic! The author tells her story in a manner that draws you in and leaves you thinking about life, whether you've been involved in an adoption or not." -- Mark Surchik 

"I was especially touched by authors revelation of the dynamics of her adoptive family, as well as the interesting, eye-opening perspective of the LDS church on adoption." -- Lonnie

Passed around from family to family before an interstate adoption brought them to Idaho from Oregon, two young girls spend most of their lives wondering why their parents didn't keep them. 

Every effort to find information about their past is shut down - by their adoptive family, the adoption agency, and the judicial system. Will they ever find answers to the questions that have haunted them for nearly 30 years?

  • Why was Janet born on the side of a highway in the middle of the night?
  • Who left these girls with the neighbors and didn't come back?
  • What do the girls remember from before their adoption?
  • Why did each family pass them on to another family instead of giving them a permanent home?
  • Is someone out there missing them?
  • Is there a conspiracy to keep them from knowing the truth?
  • What does a 'forever family' mean anyway?
Learn the answers to these questions as you catch a glimpse of the psychological and emotional nightmare that surrounds the search for biological parents.

After decades of fruitless searches for their biological parents, something miraculous happens to open up the door for a reunion to take place. With a name and contact information, would the girls have the courage to reach out to a man who gave them away almost 30 years ago?

Take a ride on an emotional roller coaster with these two sisters as they defy their adoptive family's wishes to search out their birth parents.

104 pages, with a 5-star rating from 11 reviews.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for bring us more TRUE stories. My favs:)