Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Free and Bargain Kindle Books! (Tuesday Jan 29)

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

Play Dead, by Anne Frasier. (Still free?)

Let's start today off with one of our favorite thriller authors: Anne Frasier! This suspenseful thriller has 50 five-star reviews. Get it while it's free, today!

"Frasier (Sleep Tight, etc.) has perfected the art of making a reader's skin crawl, which is evident from this book's very first scene, in which a medical examiner discovers in the midst of an autopsy that the cadaver he's working on is really a live person. Set in Savannah, Ga., this exceptional thriller follows the hunt for the deranged person who's drugging people so that their minds remain wide awake even as their bodies resemble death. ... Frasier's characters are not only fully realized, but fascinating to boot, and she evokes the dark, mystical side of Savannah with precision and skill." -- Publisher's Weekly

Her USA Today bestseller, SLEEP TIGHT, was called "compelling and real - a great read," by Andrea Kane. "Guaranteed to keep you awake at night," raved Lisa Jackson. With her newest novel, Anne Frasier will really take your breath away... Watch your back, Elise. No one understands the dark side of Savannah better than homicide detective Elise Sandburg. As an infant, she was thought to be the daughter of a famous root doctor-and was abandoned in an ancient Low Country cemetery. Growing up, she was haunted by her possible connection to the local Gullah culture-with its spells and voodoo. Now, however, there's a twisted killer on the loose, and the city is gripped by terror. Someone is using a substance that leaves its victims in a state that mimics death. As their bodies slip into an irreversible paralysis, their minds remain fully, shockingly awake. Before you wake up dead. Step by step, Elise's relentless chase for the killer draws her straight back into the world she most fears. And now, to stop a murderer, she must confront the truth about her own past in ways she never could have imagined...

388 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 94 reviews.

The Good, The Bad and The Murderous (Sid Chance Mysteries), by Chester D. Campbell. (Still free?)

A well-reviewed thriller, free today!

"This book had a unique plot with enough surprises to keep the reader engaged and off balance..Police mystery fans will enjoy this book, as will veterans looking for something outside the military genre that features a veteran as the hero." -- --Rob Ballister for Military Writers Society of America

Medicare fraud, drug trafficking, a hired killer, a crooked cop, it's a nightmare scenario PI Sid Chance finds himself in when he takes on a tough assignment―prove a young man just out of prison for murder when he was twelve did not commit a new homicide. Everything is thrown upside down when Jaz LeMieux, the wealthy ex-cop working with him on the case, finds herself accused of a despicable crime, and the evidence is damning. When a hit man comes after Sid, all hell breaks loose.

264 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 12 reviews.

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

Need to Breathe, by Tara Staley. (Still $0.99?)

Here's an engrossing tale of the South, with elements of paranormal. Highly-rated, it's our bargain book today at $0.99!

"A good Southern story is set in a place as realistic and vivid as the characters are colorful and meaningful, yet it's the author's voice that gives Southern fiction its distinctive flavor. From this trinity of setting, character and voice comes Tara Staley's debut novel, NEED TO BREATHE. The American South has produced some of the world's finest writers and NEED TO BREATHE secures Tara Staley's place among them." -- Carolyn Bass, Amazon reviewer

"Need to Breathe will captivate readers from the very first page. Tara Staley delivers a gripping story of one young girl's struggle to survive, and the spirit who loves her in this stunning debut novel NEED TO BREATHE. In a story reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, NEED TO BREATHE will take your breath away from the opening chapter, readers will hang on to the end rooting for Claire's chance at happiness, and Millie's final reconciliation with her own lost motherhood." -- Kevan Lyon, Amazon reviewer

It’s Groundhog Day, 1975, and Claire Harper survives a botched abortion. All Millie Rose can do at first is stare into the blinding lights of the NICU and hear doctors demanding answers about the burns on Claire’s body. Nurses panic, they cry and shout “she’s bradying down!” because, Lord help them, they’ve never seen anything like this.

Neither has Millie. Although she died in childbirth in 1922, she still has a purpose. Her afterlife is filled with missions lasting anywhere from ten minutes to ten years, and she views her newest assignment as a second chance at motherhood. But she's got to act fast because Claire's lungs are weak, her heart rate keeps tanking, and her pH levels are low. The hospital has never had a 26-weeker pull through.

Millie also tries to counsel Claire’s troubled parents, Mick and Manda, through the emotional fallout. They see marriage as the best “band-aid,” but Claire’s birth always haunts them, to the point Manda becomes a chain-smoking pill-popper who paints her house completely white. Mick becomes a reclusive binge-eater who sleeps in the barn. And Claire comes-of-age wondering about it all-- why she’s so sick, why she has scars on her skin, and what’s the secret her parents are keeping?

Finally, there’s a good reason why Millie nudges Claire to find true love years later with the geeky guy down the street. True, Charlie Vance may build his own batteries and dissect dead animals, but his love for Claire drives his decision to attend medical school so he can take care of her the rest of her life.

NEED TO BREATHE takes an unthinkable crisis and turns it into a gripping story filled with sensitivity, hope, beauty…even humor. From the opening chapter, readers will root for Claire’s chance at happiness, for the Harpers to heal, and for Millie’s reconciliation with her own lost motherhood.

“I truly think Staley’s descriptions are brilliant—the setting, the characters and the dialogue moves this novel very quickly. The language is so amazing. She could write about peas and I would read it. NEED TO BREATHE is anything but predictable. A pleasure to read!” –Catherine DiCairano, award-winning author of “An Original Melody” and BEHIND THE TREES.

368 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 17 reviews.

Rex Rising (Elei's Chronicles), by Chrystalla Thoma. (Still free?)

"This book is absolutely a "run, buy it, read it" recommendation. Trust me, Rex Rising is worth the time." -- These Pretty Words Book Reviews

"Rex Rising is crazy science fiction done right." -- Indie Books R Us

In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life -- until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren't inclined to sit down and talk, although that's not the end of Elei's troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won't be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret - a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known - or die trying.

Dystopian Science Fiction novel. 76 thousand words/approx. 300 pages

Winner of position #6 on the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll in the category of Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels published in 2011.

Warning: Some profanity and violence.

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322 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 48 reviews.

The Pattern, by jt kalnay. (Still free?)

A "spellbinding" technothriller, that explores the worst of our computer-age fears. Free today!

"The Pattern begins with an intriguing, frightening premise. Airplanes keep crashing killing many people. What if you were to stumble upon the true cause of the plane's demise, but realize that knowing the cause brings you no closer to fixing the problem? That is essentially the hook of this technothriller. I was impressed with author Kalnay's masterful grasp of techno-jargon. This is a book that is a perfect reflection of the digital era we live in. Heaven help us all." -- Dwight Okita, Amazon reviewer

Has one programming error killed hundreds of people in airplane crashes? A handful of west coast computer geeks know the answer. After reading The Pattern, you will too. Follow auto-pilot programmer Craig Walsh and his beautiful engineer girlfriend Stacey "Jack" Horner as they create, and then confront, a malicious computer virus that seems destined to destroy air travel as we know it...

344 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 40 reviews.

Rise of the Retics (Rosehaven: the Hidden City), by T.J. Lantz. (Still free?)

"Rise of the Retics is a really fun read, bringing in many fantasy elements one would expect in this genre, but it also weaves in real-world for a unique dymanic. The characters are super imaginative and well-developed, and there are even some chartacter cameos from some of TJ Lantz's other short stories. The world of Rosehaven really comes to life in this entertaining novel that people of any age can enjoy! Can't wait to read more in this series!" -- Heather Schubert, Amazon reviewer

For almost a thousand years humanity has been making a concerted effort to eradicate the world's "retics", an eclectic collection of non-human, intelligent species. Recently, those efforts have been strengthened and far more successful than ever, though the Council of Rosehaven, the "retics" hidden sanctuary city, cannot figure out why. 

No one realizes the danger of this this more than Tyranna Wolfskin, a young girl ripped from her boring, everyday life in the middle of the night by a vicious group of "retic" hunters. Thrust into a struggle for her own survival, Tyranna must find a way to accept what she is and learn to understand a world she never knew existed.

288 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 9 reviews.

Mother of Wolves, by Zoe Brooks. (Still free?)

"A novel that both entertains and explores the difficulties a strong woman encounters in life, "Mother of Wolves" is a well written, character driven novel that draws the reader into a world that is little known. Lupa is certainly a character I would want to sit and talk with." -- Karen Doering, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

When the King of the Roads is betrayed by his uncle to his murderers, his wife Lupa finds herself alone in a man's world of tribal politics and war.

Everyone underestimates Lupa, if they consider her at all. They are making a mistake. Lupa has made a promise to her husband to avenge his death and Lupa is a woman of her word. Her quest takes her away from the tents of her travelling people to the town of the Others, where her husband's eyeless head watches as she takes her first revenge.

Now on the run, through the marshes and rich farmland of the great river, Lupa hunts and is hunted by her husband's murderers. On the estuary islands her sons and their protector are just one step ahead of the killers. But revenge is not simple and Lupa must face a choice, one which will have great consequences for her people. For this is more than a revenge story, it is the tale of the rise of a woman leader and the price she pays for that rise. It is the story of a travelling people, persecuted by settlers and their armies, and the woman who leads them at the time of their greatest peril.

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

Permanent Damage, by Michael Montoure. (Still free?)

"PERMANENT DAMAGE is a collection of ten short stories that will send a chill down your spine. Mr. Montoure's writing makes darkness lurk behind the everyday and the benign: a speed-dating event, the neighbourhood safe house, a comic book collection, a leaking ceiling. Montoure's incisive writing style makes reading the expected endings enjoyable nonetheless.  If you enjoy short stories and speculative fiction, then PERMANENT DAMAGE will make a quick, enjoyable, and thought-provoking read." -- J.C. Martin, Amazon reviewer

You were warned.

You’ve seen the harm inflicted in Michael Montoure’s SLICES, and you saw the countdown begin in COUNTING FROM TEN. But you’re still not safe. There’s more you need to learn before the damage sets in.

Uncover the secret a dead woman’s children will have to deal with in “Upstairs, Locked.” Don’t place your trust in the neighbor who lives in the “Safe House,” the man who lives upstairs in “The Leak,” or in the lovers you meet in “The Devil You Know.”

Bring back the dead in “The Lessons Learned and the Damage Done” — but be careful who’s watching. Build the walls that keep the monsters out in “Melt the Bullet, Blunt the Knife” — but don’t get trapped inside.

Avoid the obsessions that make people become “Heroes and Villains.” Free yourself from the past that haunts you in “New Year, Old Ghosts,” the past that keeps leading you back to “The Old Apartment.” And if you know how it all ends, find someone who will be with you until very last moment, until “A Sudden Loss of Cabin Pressure.”

Ten more unsettling stories to be read in the dark. Read them tonight.

Before the damage becomes permanent …

“One talented little hell-monkey.” — Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Double Dead

“Slices was, in my opinion, probably the best collection of short, sharp shocks I’ve read since Joe Hill’s 20th Century Ghosts […] In Slices, Michael Montoure showed us that he was going places. Permanent Damage proves that he’s more or less arrived. If you’re the sort of person who likes fumbling through the surrounding, sudden darkness that threatens to overtake us at any moment with little more than a flickering candle to show you the way, then this book should be placed in your hand as soon as possible.”Schuler Books Weblog

165 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 11 reviews.

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