Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Jan 22)

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

Island of Fog (Book 1), by Keith Robinson. (Still free?)

"I love it! The story is interesting throughout, and builds nicely to a reasonable explanation for all mysteries. Congratulations on a fine juvenile novel." -- Piers Anthony's July 2009 Newsletter

"This is a well written sci-fi novel. There is that 'it could happen' quality that you find in Dean Koontz novels. The suspense works and doesn't frustrate the reader. It makes you want to read the next installment! -- Writer's Digest

A lonely, foggy island is home to eight families. Twelve-year-old Hal and his friends have always wondered what happened all those years ago on the mainland, that unseen place Out There beyond the fog, and after an astonishing discovery in the woods the children are more determined than ever to find out what their parents are hiding. But their lives are turned upside down when Abigail reveals her closely guarded secret. According to her, the children are slowly changing into monsters! Are they freaks of nature, or subjects of a sinister experiment?

Each child reacts differently to his or her unique monstrous transformation; after all, one may feel proud to be a dragon, faerie, or centaur, but who in their right mind wants to be a sadistic manticore or cowardly harpy?

ISLAND OF FOG is a story of intrigue and conspiracy. The reader follows Hal Franklin as he struggles to accept that he and his friends are something more than ordinary children, and that their parents have been covering up the truth the whole time. With their trust shaken and the unexpected arrival of a strange woman from Out There, the children hide their frightening shapeshifting abilities and pretend nothing is wrong.

224 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 36 reviews.

Adventures In Funeral Crashing (A Kait Lenox YA Chick Lit Mystery), by Milda Harris. (Still free?)

"A very enjoyable read. I loved the suburban high school setting, a la John Hughes except it is in the South Chicago suburb of Palos. Plus, the main character is a lovable outcast, who slowly finds her way. Lots of great details about high school life. It makes sense that the author has been working for 5 years on the Hannah Montana show, she gets teen dialogue just right." -- A. Kudirka, Amazon reviewer

If you're a fan of Janet Evanovich or Meg Cabot check this book series out!

Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!

212 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 49 reviews.

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

Creative Spirit, by Scott Nicholson. (Still $0.99?)

Horror master Scott Nicholson is offering this heart-gripper for just $0.99 today!

"This one goes on the shelf of favorites. Creative Spirit tells the story of artists drawn to an Appalachian Manor house owned by the late Ephram Korban, for a quiet retreat. The isolation of the house and folkways of the locals create the perfect setting. Nicholson lets us know that things aren't going to go well from the first page. He deftly exposes each character's motives for really attending the retreat, creating the suspense and atmosphere that I have come to expect in his books. The pacing in the book reminded me of Straub's Ghost Story because little by little Nicholson weaves the past into the present and you just can't stop reading until you get the whole story. This is one of my favorite Scott Nicholson books and one I recommend to readers who want to try his work." -- Connie Brentford

"Scott Nicholson explores the dark legends of the southern end of the Appalachian mountain chain, a nightmare country that ends in Stephen King's yard."-- Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Ballad novels

When artists gather at a remote Appalachian estate for a retreat, they are unaware that their energy is feeding something unwholesome. Sculptor Mason Jackson and dying parapsychologist Anna Galloway must uncover the dark secrets of Korban Manor before their spirits become trapped forever.
A modern Gothic thriller

After parapsychologist Anna Galloway is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she has a recurring dream in which she sees her own ghost. The setting of her dream is the historic Korban Manor, and she's compelled to face the secrets of her soul.

Sculptor Mason Jackson has come to the manor to make a final, all-or-nothing attempt at success before giving up his dreams. When he becomes obsessed with carving Ephram Korban's form out of wood, even Anna can't divert his bizarre passion.

The manor itself has secrets, with fires that blaze constantly in the hearths, portraits of Korban in every room, and deceptive mirrors on the walls. With an October blue moon looming, both the living and the dead learn the true power of their dreams.

The author's preferred DRM-free edition of the 2004 U.S. paperback release THE MANOR. Scott Nicholson is the Kindle bestselling author of 13 novels, including LIQUID FEAR, CHRONIC FEAR, THE RED CHURCH, DISINTEGRATION, THE HARVEST, and SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD. Send him a message from Amazon's Author Central.

"Scott Nicholson understands that the best horror novels achieve primal fear through a combination of sustained atmosphere, richly drawn characters, and believable if uncanny evils that draw unholy power from everyday lives." --Christopher Ransom, author of The Birthing House

"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."--J.A. Konrath, Origin

"Scott Nicholson is the kind of writer who always surprises and always entertains."--Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

337 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 49 reviews.

All The Way Home (Historical Fiction Best Sellers), by Ann Tatlock. (Still free?)

"Readers who are jaded and skeptical about the quality of Christian novels will find Tatlock's fictional exploration of racial discrimination, hatred and the human heart a fine example of the progress being made in the category. It's a memoir-like tale of Augusta Augie Schuler Callahan, an eight-year-old German-Irish girl growing up in California who, as the youngest of six in an abusive and alcoholic family, informally adopts Sunny Yamagata and her Japanese-American family as her own in the late 1930s. War soon separates Augie from her beloved friends, who are deported to an American internment camp for Japanese-Americans. Tatlock (A Room of My Own; A Place Called Morning) adeptly traces the girls' journey of faith with a light and sometimes humorous touch." -- Publisher's Weekly

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Vietnam War, a young journalist travels to a small Southern town to expose the bigotry of racial injustice.

From Library Journal:

Against the turbulent backdrop of the Vietnam War, journalist Augie Schuler Callahan reflects on her girlhood in 1938 Los Angeles as she travels to a small Southern town to cover a story. She fondly recalls the Japanese American family who all but adopted her and her friendship with their daughter, Sunny, and agonizes over the end of their relationship when Sunny's family was sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. When Augie arrives in Mississippi, she discovers that the woman who convinced her to come is Sunny, who is working to establish voting rights for blacks. As the two get reacquainted, they become involved in the conflict between the Ku Klux Klan and the local African American community. Tatlock (A Place Called Morning) writes well, but her emphasis on drawn-out scenes of injustice at the expense of the small, more human elements make her clever juxtaposition of the social issues-the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s-less thought-provoking and fascinating than it could have been. (For example, while she goes into excessive detail depicting a sit-in on the lawn of a courthouse, Tatlock spends less time exploring Sunny's complicated decision to have plastic surgery to alter her Japanese appearance.) While there are more overt Christian elements than in her first novel, A Room of My Own, a brief, unflattering scene of a priest in a Catholic church may offend some. However, multicultural characters are still a novelty in Christian fiction, so this is recommended for most collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

640 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 28 reviews.

The Adventure Tournament (The Adventurers), by Nicholas Andrews. (Still free?)

"Adventure, fantasy and humor all in one book. I will not give spoilers but a short and sweet comment. The characters were well thought out and all had a place in the story. The story flowed well, had me laughing numerous times and not once did I have to question what I read. I read ALOT of books and this is now one of my favorites. Definitely worth the time to read it. Thanks Mr. Andrews for a humorous and fun adventure!" -- Bookhound

This is the debut novel of Nicholas Andrews. The Adventure Tournament is a comedic fantasy, chock full of action, adventure, humor and heart.

With the kingdom of Bolognia under attack by independent forces of random malcontents, it's time to send out the army to deal with these troublemakers, right? No, first there's money to be made! Send out the adventurers, those rogues who wander the countryside in search of fame and treasure, and take up all the good seats at the local pubs. Then, organize brackets, stage it for the public's entertainment, offer a prize and call it The Adventure Tournament.

Remy Fairwyn is a ne'er-do-well academic who really wants to become an adventurer. When he hears of the tournament, he jumps at the opportunity, only to find himself out of the frying pan and in the fire. Add ingredients like corrupt organizations, professional wrestlers, narcoleptic thieves, drama kings and malfunctioning magical minutia, and his venture quickly becomes a recipe for disaster. Nevertheless, he blunders his way into being the captain of his own team. Now he can follow his dream, but still has to contend with obstacles such as tournament organizers whose motives may not be clean, an overbearing father holding him to academic pursuits, and his own nonsensical noggin, which is better suited for a pack mule than a dashing hero. Still, he's determined to become the biggest badass warrior to ever wield a large piece of wood.

As the competition heats up, Remy discovers that the tournament itself could be putting the kingdom in danger, and it's up to him to uncover the truth before destruction consumes all he holds dear.

313 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 8 reviews.

At Large (Josephine Fuller Mysteries), by Lynne Murray. (Still free?)

"Queen-sized investigator Josephine Fuller has an appealing (i.e., not self-deprecating) sense of humor; moreover she's comfortable with her body and confident in her abilities. In her third adventure (after Large Target and Larger Than Death), she wrestles with the murder of her ex-husband's girlfriend, angry vibes disturbing her apartment and a sleazy ex-con who's wormed his way into the heart and bed of her friend Maxine. The loosely constructed plot allows Seattle-based Josephine ample room to explore romance and to consort with a cast of unusual and sometimes amusing characters." -- Publisher's Weekly

A king-sized case -- just the right proportions for a queen-sized sleuth. In the third Josephine Fuller mysery, Jo is working undercover at a women's skills center when she spots an old acquaintance. Jo last saw Teddy in Kathmandu when her photographer husband ran off with Teddy's mountain-climbing wife, leaving the spouses to commiserate. Now Teddy has a new problem -- his latest girlfriend is missing. Jo agrees to track her down, and the trail leads straight to his estranged wife, murdered with a climbing axe. Jo suddenly finds herself a major suspect in the death of the woman who broke up her marriage. Add to that Jo's already muddled love life, an apartment filled with haunting memories, and suspects ranging from the victim's lesbian vegetarian sister to her fading film star mother, her politician stepfather and her mooching father, and Jo's got her hands full.

288 pages, with a 4-star rating from 3 reviews.

Beauty Gone Wild! Herbal Recipes for Gorgeous Skin & Hair (Herbs Gone Wild!), by Diane Kidman. (Still free?)

"This is second book from Diane Kidman's I've purchased. Love it! Easy and fun read, simple recipes and techniques, accessible ingredients! Loving the homemade moisturizer - olive oil isn't just for salad dressing! Highly recommend it to anyone interesting in making their own products, staying away from unnecessary chemicals and additives!" -- Nora Tolmie, Amazon reviewer

Tired of forking over large amounts of money for fancy-pants lotions, creams, hair care products, and perfumes? Want to get rid of your cupboard of chemical cocktails disguised as deodorants and toothpaste? In Beauty Gone Wild! (Volume II of the Herbs Gone Wild! Series) you'll learn how to save a ton of money while avoiding harmful ingredients by making your own herb-based beauty care products. The instructions are easy, the ingredients pure and natural. The best part? It's fun. And the results are phenomenal. The moisturizing cream recipe alone is worth the read!

96 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 27 reviews.

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