Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Jan 1)

Happy New Year! May your 2013 be full of great books and enjoyable reading. Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

No Good Deed: Book One of the Mark Taylor Series (A Psychological Thriller), by M.P. McDonald. (Still free?)

Let's start the year off with a psychological thriller that has no less than 130 four and five star reviews! Don't miss this free download today, from popular author M.P. McDonald.

"The plot to the novel was not only unique, but it was wonderfully executed. Mark Taylor was a deep, complex character. He was a good hero, but had enough flaws to be completely believable." --Red Adept Reviews

"I have been an avid thriller reader for over 30 years. This book is one of my top ten." -- Steven Levine, Amazon reviewer

Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the future, he can change it. Then the unthinkable happened and everyone ignored his frantic warnings. Thousands die. Suddenly, the Feds are pounding on his door and the name they have for Taylor isn't urban hero. It's enemy combatant. And, it means they can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.

419 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 162 reviews.

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

Part One: Flight of the Vessel (Vision Dream Series), by Robert Storey. (Still $0.99?)

Here's an epic fantasy that is bargain-priced today, at 99 cents!

The second book in the series is now available: "Daughters of Thine Lesser Evil."

"Here is a fantasy novel which exalts the myriad gifts women possess, from stately leadership to knightly courage to the menial tasks of homemaking. The Flight of the Vessel is rife with characters, some lovable, some detestable, and the interrelationships test the integrity of the human spirit. Magic becomes the practical philosophy of the day in The Flight of the Vessel, but it doesn't outrun the need for human ingenuity. A very good read with exciting twists. The end leaves you wanting more!" -- AG Dec, Amazon reviewer


The usually secretive kingdom of Venordaladia is suddenly driven to world conquest by their new evil overlord, the Sorcerer Shutharja, who mysteriously rose to power almost overnight. This self-proclaimed cleric of the Fallen Spirits unleashes a massive attack of shock and awe upon the peaceful kingdoms surrounding the Imperial Sea. Tens of thousands of enemy warriors, hundreds of hideous beasts and a massive enemy armada sweep through half the kingdoms overpowering them easily. Now, the enemy horde gathers in the occupied kingdom of Palzintine poised to complete their total domination of all the kingdoms.

With her beloved Palzintine ransacked and her dear parents thought slaughtered in the battle to defend her homeland, Princess Angelterra and her wheatish-skinned protector, a lady knight named Jeela, must flee for their lives. During her desperate flight to a safe haven, the princess is hunted by creatures and agents of Shutharja as she tries to reunite with her people, who are now refugees huddled in a neighboring kingdom. Unlike most princesses, Angelterra now has no court, no throne, no home, and no parents, but she must, nonetheless, learn to inspire her people in their exile to stay strong and resist the enemy.

During a chant ceremony given by the Harbadells to bless her reign, Angelterra experiences an intense, lucid vision, the "Vision Dream". In this dream, Angelterra is given two cryptic quest riddles by the Spirit of the Heavenly Father, which she must decipher, for they hold the promise of once and for all defeating Shutharja. The young princess discovers that the Heavenly Father only reveals such quests to those whom he has chosen to be his "Vessel."

Meanwhile, the leaders of the remaining kingdoms devise a desperate plan to disperse Shutharja’s army by launching a series of small diversionary attacks. The hope is to spread the enemy so thin that the harsh northern winter will stop their plans for conquest…and at least for a while, giving the allies precious time to regroup before spring.

But on their way to the allies' planning council, when a feeling of hope was just starting to return to everyone, Angelterra and her lady knight are visited by a suspect mercenary with news about her supposedly killed parents. The two follow these men and simply vanish…

The epic continues with "Part Two: Daughters of Thine Lesser Evil" (B00A2Z2ZVU), as clues to the meaning of the vision dream quest are revealed and allies begin to fight back.

336 pages, with a 5-star rating from 3 reviews.

A Kingdom's Cost, a Historical Novel of Scotland (The Black Douglas Trilogy), by J. R. Tomlin. (Still free?)

This highly-praised work of historical fiction is free today!

"A gripping, action-packed tale of the Scottish fight for freedom, with rock-solid historical research. A Kingdom's Cost plunges the reader into the desperate Scottish struggle for freedom. The appendices are reflective of the author's excellent attitude toward historical detail and authenticity. The story helps draw the reader into the time period with great, but not overwhelming, detail. One aspect that I was particularly struck by was my ability to follow all the different nobles and factions introduced despite not being all that familiar with Scottish history. The author did a fine job of knowing just when to provide an extra bit of detail and when to pull back as to not overwhelm the reader." -- J. A. Beard, Amazon reviewer


Scotland is occupied; Scottish resistance is crushed. 

Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. But even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, the Scots may still have one hope for freedom: the rightful King of the Scots, Robert the Bruce. James swears fealty to the man he believes can lead the fight against English tyranny.

The Bruce is soon a fugitive, king only in name. The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned. Yet James believes their cause is not lost. He blazes a path in blood and violence, cunning and ruthlessness as he leads a guerrilla war to restore Scotland's freedom. James knows if he is captured he will share Wallace's fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights.

Winner of *Best Historical Fiction* in the Best of the Independent eBook Awards (2012).

270 pages, with a 4-star rating from 54 reviews.

Raft People, by ML Katz. (Still free?)

Don't miss this wonderful apocalypse novel. Katz has a gift for creating emotional attachment to her characters, and crafting an intriguing plot. Free today!

"Closely aligned with the "post-apocalyptic" genre of fiction, "Raft People" uses a premise that is more believable than most and the author tells the story with a voice of realism that will capture your attention almost from the first paragraph." -- Gather.com

"I think this was a pretty complex topic, and the author thought it out pretty well. Since she is from the Gulf coast, shes probably had some experience with smaller evacuations - and that's why a lot of details seemed realistic. I also felt a strong emotional connection with the characters, and IMO - that's what keeps me reading a story." -- Goodreads.com

Before the Big Flood, Liz Green worried more about hiding detention notes, the activities of her rebellious friends, and mental illness than global climate change. She lives on the Texas Coastal Plain with her single mother, brilliant older brother, and socially awkward but clever younger brother. But now the water keeps rising, and her mother, Leah, has bigger problems than Liz. The suburban family, their neighbors, and billions of people all over the world are stuck between the rising seas and snarled land escape routes.

The military and authorities are overwhelmed by the scope of the disaster. The wealthy and well-connected rush to expensive sea habitats. Ordinary people cannot expect to get help in time.

You do not need to construct an actual raft to be Raft People, but you have to float. The family finds a website called "RaftPeople.com" which coordinates the efforts of ordinary people who plan to construct homemade crafts in order to float out of the disaster. They have to reply upon the natural talents of Liz's younger brother, Mark, a middle aged former female special forces diver named Shirley, and an eighty year old retired naval engineer. This small group of neighbors decides to become Raft People to escape before their Houston suburb floods.

Overwhelmed and ill prepared, they must struggle against nature and gangs of hoodlums. The military may provide some help, but urban guerrillas have chosen to use this opportunity to take out the government, and the rebels do not seem to mind some collateral damage. Can this group of children, adults, and old people make it to the "Up Above" before the sea rises?

Liz Green narrates the story of Leah's Folly, her Raft People craft, from the perspective of a young adult therapist, even though most events occurred when she was sixteen to seventeen years old. The story also includes one habitat dome, Constant, a refuge for the rich and powerful, naval rescue efforts, and some other Raft People crafts - Bayou Drink, Devil's Island, Sisters of Mercy, Mighty Duck, and Moby Dick. The other rafts are similar to Leah's Folly, but different too, as you may imagine from the craft's names.

Raft People should appeal to adults, young adults, and mature teenagers. It falls into the category of post-apocalyptic fiction, but is also an adventure and coming of age story. There is even a bit of steam punk, science fiction, dystopian fiction, alternate history, spirituality, and the supernatural added to the mix.

Can Liz Green face her fears and travel back to Leah's Folly and the time of the Big Flood in order to move on and help others?

372 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 29 reviews.

The Living Image, by Pamela M. Richter. (Still free?)

This highly-rated technothriller is free today!

"[The Living Image] is an exciting and detailed thriller story which simply oozes with suspense and greedy characters! I especially like how P. M. Richter ended the story. If you like the movies "The Fugitive", "The Pelican Brief", or "The Client" then this story is for you!" -- Huntress Book Reviews

"THE LIVING IMAGE takes us on a dangerous and unforgettable journey into the frightening reality of the unexpected--a novel of conspiracy, betrayal, survival, and deep abiding love. A page turner that draws the mettle of the story to a satisfying conclusion, and proves that when you think you have reached your darkest hour, the brightest of your dreams can come true..." -- Betty Wiechert, former reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine


THE LIVING IMAGE - deadly, dangerous double....


Sabrina Miller, a fashion designer in Los Angeles, is stunned when she meets Eve, her own double. The shock turns to terror when she learns that her duplicate was enhanced by a scientist and that there are people intent on killing her to protect their new secret creation. The CIA wants to study her. The Russians wants to abduct her for the technology. The Japanese don't care if they have to tear the woman to pieces--they want to know how she was made.

Sabrina flees with the woman as news about a potential new secret weapon for the Defense Department is leaked. An international race begins to acquire the woman, a molecular clone of Sabrina's brain and body, but dramatically changed through advanced computer engineering.

Eve was thrust into a new body. She must learn to learn how to act like a normal human woman to evade those hunting her. To complicate matters she is suddenly receiving mature hormones which play havoc with her logical and biologically enhanced brain function.

Although Sabrina and Eve look alike, there are enormous differences the people hunting them will do anything to possess.

P.M. Richter - Kindle Books - The Necromancer, Deadly Memories, Midnight Reflections, Trifecta is a box set.

330 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 13 reviews.

LOVE LETTERS, INC., by EC Sheedy. (Still free?)

A contemporary romance with touches of humor, free for you today!

"Great story, moved along wonderfully, excellent character development and Rosie and Kent made their way cautiously to love, and their hang ups were definitely realistic! I was sorry to see the story end and am now looking for more books by this author. The writing was excellent and the humor was laugh out loud funny. Rosie's inner dialogues were a delight! A strong recommend!" -- TexasReader, Amazon reviewer

When I wrote this book, I wanted to write about a smart, funny, capable woman who’s decided—and determined—to make motherhood her career. Enter Rosie O’Hanlon. Rosie wants kids. Lots of kids. And she wants a man who’ll value home, hearth, and a horde of happy children as much as she does. But, hey, this is the 21st century, full-throttle motherhood can be a tough sell at the best of times, and right now she’s sidelined by a neck brace due to some recent surgery. She intends to kick start her search for the ideal father figure the minute the brace comes off.

By day Rosie is a technical writer, by night she’s an ink-stained scribe who pens old-fashioned love letters for the romantic at heart. She’d kind of, sort of, hoped LOVE LETTERS, INC. would help pay the groaning mortgage on her aging farm house. Not. But she’s enjoying the letter writing too much to stop. She particularly enjoys writing letters for Gardenia to her fiancĂ© Kent Summerton.

The problem is Kent isn’t engaged, to Gardenia or anyone else. Kent is the sexy-hot, very much single owner manager of a prestigious local resort. Ambitious, organized, and over-scheduled, Kent does not find the anonymous letters he’s receiving from Gardenia amusing. And when they become more and more explicit, he starts to feel a bit…stalked. He decides to track Gardenia down and put a stop to her purple pen.

All roads lead to Rosie, who’s not happy to learn she’s been duped by Gardenia into writing erotic spam. She’s even less happy to be instantly attracted to work-crazed Kent. With his green eyes, chiseled chin, and muscles in all the right places, he might be calendar material, but he’s so-o not the man for her, and so-o absolutely not the future father of her many children. After all, a six-pack of abs doesn’t trump family values.

Rosie’s right. Kent doesn’t want a messy passel of kids. Kent wants a successful business, an organized life, and a clean balance sheet. Kids' Time sucks and trouble. This he knows. Or thinks he knows. But Kent doesn’t know what trouble is, until he starts wanting what he can’t have—Rosie O’Hanlon.

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

You Belong To Me, by Marlie Bridges. (Still free?)

Free for today, here's another highly-rated contemporary romance!

"If you like intrigue mixed with smoldering romance, Marlie Bridges' YOU BELONG TO ME would be an excellent addition to your electronic library collection. The writing in this first novel is sophisticated, as are the characters, and there are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep things interesting all the way to the satisfying conclusion. While the intrigue quotient is there, this is not a who-done-it kind of story. As we savor each page of the novel, we know there is a psychopath on the loose, we know who he is and what he is up to, and all we can do is hold our breath and root for Erin, the heroine, who is trying like heck to live her life and follow her dreams while running from her past. Her love interest, Colin, is a true romantic hero with all the good looks, intelligence, and cash that we readers enjoy in our fictional men. The love scenes sizzle but don't scorch. Competent, sophisticated prose, strong plot, happy ever after ending, romantic characters--I predict this book is the beginning of a successful writing career for Marlie Bridges." -- ShelleyB, Amazon reviewer

Erin Reilly wants to live life on her own terms far away from her psychotic ex-husband, Daniel. However, when she moves half-way across the country, pulls her life together, and falls in love with corporate lawyer Colin Marshall, Daniel follows her.

Colin's belief in love and desire for a family were abandoned with a woman's betrayal. And he questions his own capacity for love, until he meets Erin and is willing to test the boundaries of his heart.

Through a series of devastating events engineered by Daniel neither of them believes they can ever achieve their dreams.

But Colin proves he is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for love and help Erin discover the strength and courage she needs to conquer her fears and the monster who tries to destroy them both.

Erin wants the American dream. Colin wants to give it to her. But can they escape the nightmare that threatens their very lives?

286 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 9 reviews.

The Soul Sphere: Book 1 The Shattered Sphere, by David Adams. (Still free?)

This epic fantasy is free today, and enjoyable for all ages.

"This is an outstanding offering by a first time novelist. It is a fantasy book that is well written, fast-paced and entertaining. The characters are fascinating and the plots are imaginative. I have already ordered Book 2. The plots remind me a lot of the Indiana Jones situations - dire circumstances that are overcome by perseverance and creativity." -- Baldy, Amazon reviewer

Evil has been unleashed in Arkania. The mage Solek, hungry for power, has smashed the Soul Sphere, an ancient device created to contain the Dark One, the very embodiment of evil. The shards of the Sphere have been scattered, and fearsome guardians stand watch over them. The free lands are now battered by attacks from armies of resurrected dead—The Dead Legion—and demons and other foul creatures roam the world.

The last hope for Arkania’s salvation falls on an unlikely band: Demetrius and Corson, long-time friends from Corindor; Rowan, a paladin from Delving; Tala, an elf from the Eastern Forest; the goblin Lucien; and Alexis, a warrior from the northern land of Lorgras. Together they must gather the shards and reform the Soul Sphere, thereby imprisoning the Dark One and restoring hope to their world.

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

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