Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Jan 30)

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

Read No Evil, by Steven W. White. (Still free?)

Let's start today with a unique and intriguing thriller! Seattle high school teacher Jan Fitzgerald's students are disappearing mysteriously. From the author: "Read No Evil is a thrilling novel of suspense that challenges the perception of readers, with altered text, hidden codes, and other clues not found in conventional fiction."

"This book has all the earmarks of a good thriller that is just close enough to the possible to make you have goosebumps. If you're reading it on a kindle you will have even more reason for anxiety. Inexplicably in the middle of this book I turned a page and got a black screen. Those who have ventured to read it will understand how troubling that might be. As usual Steven's characters are interesting and unique. His plot kept me going and the techniques used to write the book (I don't want to give too much away) are very good." -- Barry North, Amazon reviewer

A new electronically-published fantasy novel is sweeping the nation. Everyone is reading it. Some love it, some hate it, and some vanish without a trace.

High school English teacher Jan Fitzgerald adores literature. But her students have begun to disappear, and somehow this new ebook is responsible. To protect the people she loves, she must discover how the nationwide outbreaks of violence and missing persons could be caused by the latest fiction craze. Jan comes to accept the extraordinary possibility that the ebook connects to a reader's subconscious...

...and uploads instructions.

Suddenly, the man she loves falls victim as well, and cannot be found. Jan has no choice but to read the ebook herself, and hope that she can resist its power long enough to unravel the mystery.

And you must read it with her.

"It's an ebook about an ebook - that might be the ebook that it's about." - Bruce Holland Rogers, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author

248 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 4 reviews.

The Proposal, by Lily Zante. (Still free?)

A short work of romantic fiction from Lily Zante, free today!

Nadine Stefano is a high flying career woman. She has no time for relationships and having been recently promoted at work, she wants to make a good impression with her boss. At her sister's hen party Nadine meets Ethan who is one of the performers. She finds herself attracted to him and they end up talking that first night.
A few weeks later, the company Nadine works for are holding their annual convention at a luxury hotel away from home. Not having a date to take with her, and wanting to present the image of a settled and happy woman in a relationship, Nadine resorts to calling Ethan at the escort agency and asking him along. Theirs is a strong attraction, although there are various company politics and characters that stand in their way.
Will their meeting lead to love, despite seemingly different career choices, or will Nadine dump Ethan in order to pursue her career goals?

106 pages, with a -star rating from reviews.

One Last Chance, by Shelby Gates. (Still free?)

Highly rated, this contemporary romance is populated with memorable and likable characters. Free today!

"If you had one last chance to your first love - would you do it or did they break your heart to badly. Claire is heading to her 10th year class reunion. She really doesn't want to go but she decides she has nothing left to lose and at least her ex boyfriend who broke her heart senior year won't be there. She just can't handle seeing him and with her life not where she wants it after 10 years she isn't sure she really wants to see anyone. Great story of second chances! I highly recommend reading!" -- Kim Miller, Amazon reviewer

The last place Claire Woodward wants to be is standing on the dock, waiting to embark on a cruise to celebrate her ten year high school reunion. Her high school career was a disaster and her life following graduation didn't improve—divorced, recently fired from her job and no prospects on either front. But she’s reluctantly talked herself into going, hoping maybe it can jumpstart her life in the right direction. And given that she’s checked the RSVP list obsessively and knows with certainty that Griffin Benson won’t be on the cruise, she figures she can live through it.

Griffin Benson has one regret in his life—breaking up with Claire Woodward before their senior Prom. It’s haunted him for the last decade and he’s been waiting ten years to apologize. When he sees that she’ll be on their high school reunion cruise, he thinks the time has finally arrived to say he’s sorry and to maybe pick up where they left off. He waits until the last moment to sign up, making sure she’ll be on that ship.

When Claire arrives for the start of the trip, her bad luck continues—the cruise line has mishandled her reservation and she’s without a room on a sold-out cruise. There’s only one empty bed on the vessel…and it just happens to be in Griffin Benson’s room, which he’s more than happy to let her have.

Reluctantly, Claire agrees to the arrangement and is immediately torn by her reunion with Griffin—does she hold steady to her vow that she won’t let him break her heart again' Or does she forgive him and rekindle the spark that is so clearly still there' Should she give Griffin one last chance?

167 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 7 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?)

Over 300 reviews for this highly-rated thriller! Get it today at the bargain price of $0.99.

" Fans of mystery novels and tension-filled psychological thrillers will genuinely enjoy reading "Never Smile at Strangers." Minar-Jaynes has combined everything I loved about the old "Fear Street" novels with everything truly scary that keeps me awake at night now. There is something chilling about the darker side of humanity, and 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." -- Amazon reviewer


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Please note that "Ugly Young Thing," the second book in the GRAND TRESPASS SERIES will be released on April 2013. If you would like to be notified once it launches, please go to and hit "Like" or email Jennifer at

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 314 reviews.

Evie's Knight (#1 The Knight Series), by Kimberly Krey. (Still free?)

Over 40 five-star reviews for this paranormal romance, free today!

"I enjoyed the plot line of Evie's Knight. The story really drew me in in the beginning. Evie and Calvin take an art class together in college and of course Evie has a crush on Calvin because he is so hot. Evie and Calvin's art class scenes were great. I loved the description of Calvin's artwork. Who doesn't love a guy who is manly and artistic ;) What Evie quickly learns is that Calvin has a crush on her too and romance ensues. If you are a fan of contemporary young adult fantasy, this is definitely a book you need to try! I do hope that she continues the story with the other characters. I'd love to find out where Evie's mother is. I really thought that she would play a part in this book and was disappointed that she didn't." -- Christen Maurer, Amazon reviewer

Romance that's clean without losing the steam.
When Evie falls in love with Calvin Knight, their young, virtuous romance conjures a truly wicked spell.
Evie always thought her eighteenth year would be magical, but so far it's not what she hoped for. Her best friend has gone wild, her love life is void, and she misses her mom more than ever. But life for Evie is about to change. Calvin Knight, the object of her fascination, is about to fall madly in love with her. Just one problem: Their love conjures a murderous woman from beyond the grave who wants Evie dead. The same demon who has haunted the Knight men for over four generations. Soon Calvin is forced to make a choice: Set Evie free and hope to evade the wrath of The Raven- haired Ghost, or use his newly gifted strengths to fight against her. If he chooses to fight and wins, Calvin will free the Knight men of this demonic witch. If he loses, Evie will become her next victim.

406 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 52 reviews.

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

Deadly Memories, by Pamela M. Richter. (Still $0.99?)

This highly-rated romantic suspense is a bargain book at $0.99. Recommended!

"This carefully sculpted story did not disappoint; it is infused with romance, friendship, challenges, tragedy, mystery, conspiracy, despair, hope, and danger, all leading to a suspenseful showdown. A nicely done and absorbing read!" -- Amazon reviewer

DEADLY MEMORIES - What she can't remember might kill her...

"She doesn't remember a thing," Rolph snapped into the phone.

Andrea froze. His back was turned away from her. He didn't know she was there, listening.

"It's been six months, for God's sake. If you harm one hair on her head, I'll contact the authorities. My father would be disgraced, but that will not deter me."

Now Andrea couldn't move. There was no doubt Rolph was talking about her. She wondered how his father, the French Ambassador, could be disgraced.

His voice modulated to a threatening whisper. "This is the end. Otherwise she goes directly into protective custody, and I spill my guts. You've lied to me, made me into a damned traitor, and I'm angry enough to do it out of spite."

Now Andrea knew there were secrets he was keeping from her. What did he mean about protective custody? Was she in danger? The one blank spot in her mind was a mysterious car crash. She didn't know how she had landed at the bottom of a cliff in the Santa Monica mountains of Los Angeles. She remembered the fabulous party in Beverly Hills that night, but try as she might, she couldn't remember the sequence of events leading to the accident.

Rolph's last words chilled her, "I have nothing to lose. I'm a dead man."


P.M. Richter's novels:
The Necromancer
The Living Image
Midnight Reflections
Trifecta - box set

314 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 24 reviews.

Save Me, Rip Orion, by Matt Bower. (Still free?)

Not your typical hero versus villain tale - this literary work is full of quirky, small-town characters. Download it for free today!

"This novel is one of the most interesting I have read. It starts out like a normal superhero story but evolves into something very, very different. The book is extremely well-written, and the ending is masterfully done. The characters are unique, relate-able, and realistic. Overall, extremely unique and very well-crafted." -- Mr EmDash, book reviewer for Online Book Club

Cemetery groundskeeper Roscoe Solomon is nobody's idea of a savior. Since derailing his old high school classmate Damon's football career amid a freak accident, his summers have consisted of weed whacking around tombstones and shooing teenage loiters off mausoleum steps.

After an abandoned house is set aflame, Roscoe stumbles upon evidence that reveals the arsonist's next target. Evoking his childhood comic book icon, the mighty Rip Orion, he recognizes the opportunity to become the real life version of the superhero. Aided by his god-fearing and embattled sidekick Mitch, Roscoe vows to apprehend the feared pyromaniac. A budding relationship with the eccentric atheist Marcy, who bears a striking resemblance to Rip Orion's busty love interest, only reinforces his fantastic ambitions.

Roscoe's fantasy rapidly unravels when he collides with his longtime nemesis Damon, who harbors his own illusions of recapturing his glory days, and realizes Marcy's cryptic alter ego. Moreover, Mitch's mounting woes propel him toward a showdown with an unrivaled power. Meanwhile, the arsonist runs amok.

All seems doomed until Roscoe understands that to become like Rip Orion and save the world, he must play the role of villain.

219 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 15 reviews.

Soft Target (2013 Edited Version) (Soft Target Series), by Conrad Jones. (Still free?)

A frightening thriller of terrorist threats against non-military targets. Free today!

"This book has amazing detail regarding how terrorist organizations work. It is well written and a great read. This is not a book you read in one day, the story will keep your attention. I would recommend this to anyone that likes action and suspense." -- Laura Sullivan, Amazon reviewer

Soft Target is the first book in a series of thrillers that follow the hunt for a nefarious killer. The book begins in famous US tourist destinations where suicide bombers cause carnage, before attacking the United Kingdom.

Multi-million selling author STEPHEN LEATHER reviewed this book in the USA and described it as;

`A CORKING STORY THAT KEPT ME HOOKED FROM START TO FINISH.` REAL REVIEWS One of the best new thriller writers to come out of the UK for years. Soft Target won a `Readers` Book of the Month` award for December. His stories are so real, they could be off the news. If you like real page turners, read Jones`s series. 10/10 -- STEPHEN LEATHER`S REVIEW 

Conrad Jones has produced nine excellent thriller novels, a vampire horror series which begins with A child for the Devil, and two biographies (about his Thai-boxing instructor) since 2007! He is a prolific new thriller writer and one of the best to emerge from the UK for years.

The series so far; Soft Target, Soft Target II 'Tank', Soft Target III 'Jerusalem', 18th Brigade, Blister, The Child Taker, Criminal Revenge, Criminally Insane.

296 pages, with a 3.4-star rating from 14 reviews.

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    Nikolas and Company is fantasy adventure meets Goonies

    This middle grade fantasy adventure is perfect for boy readers between the ages of 12 and 16.

    "A long time ago in a world not so far away…"
    Senior stagecoach driver, Yeri Willrow, leads a group of mysterious passengers through one of the most fog-ridden night of his prestigious career. What he thought would be a simple drive and drop quickly turns into an attack by foul-breath, red-eyed creatures. Yeri learns that his mysterious passengers are a family of automaton-legged merfolk, and he is their only hope from the creature most foul.

    "Sometime in the near future…"
    Fourteen-year-old Nick lives in a time when one can zip from country to country in mach-speed hovercars, extend their life indefinitely through cerebral downloads, and have every whim taken care of by their ever faithful nannydrone.

    Nick hates it.

    Aside from the refugee camps, overpopulation, and unchecked consumerism filling every city across the globe, Nick just doesn’t belong. That is when he hears the voice of a woman:

    “The Rones lie about their true intent. They enter the city of Huron at the peril of us all.”

    Shortly after, his slightly crazed grandfather reveals to him:

    “All you’ve ever heard about the Moon is a lie, my dear Nikolas. He was not always a mere satellite, a ghost wandering the stars. In an age before our own, Moon was our twin, and in him bore the whole of magical life. The cradle of this magical civilization was a fantastic metropolis filled with fire-breathing winged lions, volcano-born nymphs, automaton-legged mermaids, and so much magic you could smell it. We called this city Huron, and you, Nikolas, are her steward.”

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