Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Jan 8)

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

Messages (Suspense, Mystery, Thriller), by John Michael Hileman. (Still free?)

Let's start off with this story of political suspense. Over 50 five-star reviews, and free today!

"As the plot twists and turns, the reader develops a bond with David, his family, and friends, and tries to second guess the outcome. Messages has all the hallmarks of a true political suspense bestseller. Hileman is unapologetic in the use of faith-based dialogue to move the plot forward. Messages can hold its own against the work of David Baldacci, John Grisham and other skilled storytellers. Hileman makes the list of my top 100 favorite authors with this new release. " -- Crickett Berner, Amazon reviewer

David Chance can see messages in the sea of words around him, messages that warn him of future events.

Words are everywhere-- on labels, magazines, sign posts, t-shirts-- everywhere. And as much as David Chance would like to hide from them, he can't. Words keep leaping off objects around him, forming messages in his mind. But how is this possible? Has his brain suddenly taken an evolutionary leap forward, or are the mysterious messages proof of divine intervention?

Driven to answer a question he'd long ago abandoned, and stalked by the killer he's trying to stop, David risks everything to follow the messages to a dirty bomb set to go off in the heart of Boston. But can he trust the author of the messages to protect him from a terrorist who seems to know his every move?

326 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 104 reviews.

A Month at the Shore, by Antoinette Stockenberg. (Still free?)

Antoinette Stockenberg is one of today's premier writers of romantic suspense. Get this book, free today, from this USA Today Bestselling author!

"Stockenberg is a fresh, exciting voice. Her writing is delicious!" -- Jayne Ann Krentz 

"Stockenberg is the only writer working today who could be an heir to Mary Stewart's romantic suspense crown." --Teresa Medeiros

"Twists, good dialogue, and a question to answer at the end...an excellent read!" -- Old Book Barn Gazette

"A beautifully moving story that touches the deepest recesses of the human heart." -- Romance Writers Club

He was her childhood knight in shining armor ... but she wasn't a fairytale princess.

Kendall Barclay III was a skinny, nerdy kid when he single-handedly took on a gang of bullies assaulting Laura Shore, a thirteen-year-old girl from the town's most notorious family. The childhood trauma became one more reason for Laura to flee the small Cape Cod town for the opposite coast and make a name for herself there. But now her tyrannical father is dead, her murderous uncle as well, and her beloved sister Corinne wants Laura and their black-sheep brother to come home and restore Shore Gardens, the family nursery fallen to rack and ruin, back to its former charm.

Reluctantly, they promise Corinne one month. One month, for Laura to face down past memories which are anything but fond and to come to terms with the wild range of feelings she has for the man who is no longer either skinny or nerdy. It's a daunting assignment -- made more so when a shocking discovery is made on the nursery grounds. Have knights in shining armor gone out of fashion? Laura will soon find out.

340 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 70 reviews.

A DANGEROUS HARBOR (Pilgrim's Progress), by RP Dahlke. (Still free?)

Read this mystery that the Examiner honored with its "Highly Recommended" five-star review. The book was inspired by the author's years of living in a sailboat in Ensenada, Mexico.

"This is an engaging, well-written mystery with characters that took up residence in my imagination; moving in with all their baggage and quirks. I found them incredibly difficult to dislodge even several days after I had finished reading the book. I loved the setting; the beauty of the waters and the lovely hillsides existing alongside the abject poverty and ugliness of the slummy, sleazy habitats of those less fortunate. The day to day uncertainly of life is realistically portrayed in an area where powerful drug cartels operate from shadowy positions in almost all levels of government..." -- Night Owl Reviews

Bleary-eyed and sleep deprived after a long overnighter into Mexico, solo sailor and SFPD police detective, Katrina Hunter, thinks the mermaid twenty yards behind her thirty-two foot Westsail is nothing more than a sailor's hallucination But everything she knows about floaters convinces her to turn her boat around for another look.

Now, alone and isolated in the Mexican port's police station for six hours she's convinced that reporting a floater to authorities was a mistake. Even the arrival of a handsome, if somewhat dour, Mexican/Italian investigator does nothing to dispel her growing anxiety that she's about to be charged with the murder.

Chief Inspector, Raul Vignaroli, is as surprised by the attractive solo-sailor as he is to find that she's a respected member of the San Francisco police force, and after some well-placed phone calls he's sure that he's found the perfect partner to help him solve a murder, if not the cure for his broken heart.

Released, she's free to go. But leaving the police station hits a snag when two policemen march in, dragging a listless prisoner between them. But before Katy can dodge them for the exit, the prisoner raises his head and a startling pair of aquamarine eyes meet hers.

He straightens his back, wincing at the angle of his cuffed wrists. "What the... Whisper'"
Suddenly, the sound of the ceiling fan is terribly loud. Blood pounds in her ears, her mouth goes dry, her palms are damp and her feet are nailed to the floor. In a knee jerk reaction, she hisses, "Don't call me that!"

279 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 47 reviews.

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

Custodian of the Luima Legacy, by Gabrielle Poplar. (Still $0.99?)

Today's bargain book is a Christian-themed fantasy that has earned high praise from reviewers. Yours for $0.99 today!

"A read all fantasy enthusiasts would not want to miss. From first page to last, Poplar's imagery and thrilling story line keep you hooked. (5 Stars)" -- Midwest Book Review


This story quickly drew me in with its imagery and intriguing storyline. I could picture the characters, the scenes, even the costumes...powerful messages portrayed in multiple layers of analogy — O. Carroll

Filled with royalty, mystery, and action...brings you from the death of a queen to the revelation of a mystery — R.Ponder Weiss

Fastian was the First Minister of Estruchi. He had no living relatives or dependents, except for Meryl, the son of his house keeper, who lived in his house and served as his ward. To the outside world, his life was uncluttered and devoted to serving King Arpad of Estruchi. 

King Arpad was determined to free his kingdom from servitude to neighboring Bahadi, and he charged Fastian with the task of obtaining the Light sword that he intended to use to press his claims for freedom.

Fastian and his ward travelled to Bahadi to steal the Light sword, but in the course of carrying out the King’s orders, Meryl’s life was threatened. In a bid to save his ward’s life, Fastian revealed that Meryl was not a servant’s son, and that he was the custodian of an ancient legacy.

315 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 26 reviews.

Background Noise, by Peter DeMarco. (Still free?)

This set of intertwined short stories is praised for its absorbing storyline, dead-on dialogue, and taut writing. Free today!

"It's been a long time since I've read a novel like Peter DeMarco's Background Noise - in fact, I'm not sure I've ever read anything quite like it. Not since Raymond Carver was writing at the top of his form have we gotten a frontline report on the state of the white, middle-class, working man as stark, dark, and powerful as Background Noise." -- Stephen Stark

Troubled young suburbanite Henry Walker is on a one-man mission to clean up his town, protect his property, and chase after fantasies of a better life ahead. From an alienated adolescent to a frustrated young adult, Henry encounters one disappointment after another. While suffering the loss of close family members and friends, desperately seeking companionship in the form of unconventional friendships, and becoming a victim of extreme bullying and violence, Henry ultimately becomes an outcast in the only town he knows.

As Henry immerses himself in his past, memories become guilt, guilt becomes regret, and regret becomes obsession—until violence seems to be the only logical response.

Written as a collection of interwoven short stories, told in sparse, piercing prose, this haunting novel examines Henry Walker’s transformation from the misfit and the victim— to vengeful retaliator. But does the justice he metes out make him a popular hero or an enemy of the people? In razor-sharp prose reminiscent of Haruki Murakami, Peter DeMarco startles the mind while touching the heart.

129 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 7 reviews.

Spirit of the Moon (Jate Moran Mysteries), by Philip Mitchell. (Still free?)

A enjoyable romantic suspense, free today!

"It's a love story / detective drama of the garden variety. But that's not a bad thing. Jate and Katen old flame is aroused in damsel in distress sort of way, and the bad guys are really bad. So forgo a crime drama redbox movie one night for this book." -- Brian G., Amazon reviewer

Jate Moran’s life as a run-of-the-mill Private Investigator is dramatically altered by a phone call from an old love. Years after she broke his heart, her message is time sensitive and urgent. Although he wants to play hard to get, Jate is forced to deal with the reality of the fact that he still loves, he has always loved, Katen Ash.

Jate will find himself intertwined with her in a way he never dreamed possible. And at the point of his greatest need, help comes from a most unlikely source. But will it be enough to strengthen Jate for the battle against the unspeakable evil of his new enemies? And how will he even know who those enemies are?

4.6-star rating from 5 reviews.

Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1), by Lorena McCourtney. (Still free?)

Mystery-lovers will want to get into the popular Ivy Malone mysteries with this free book, the first in the series.

"I laughed out loud. McCourtney's charming mystery debuts a voice both enchanting and startling." -- Colleen Coble

"McCourtney's skill at blending whimsy, quirks, and questions into a lead character makes Invisible a must read." --Lois Richer

"Invisible is a treat! Ivy Malone is a heroine with spunk and determination!" -- Carol Cox

She's not your average crime fighter!

Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it's only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation.

Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can't resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities' attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor's match-making schemes can't slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?

322 pages, with a 4-star rating from 622 reviews.

The Rancher (Redbourne Series #1 - Cole's Story), by Kelli Ann Morgan. (Still free?)

Let's close out today's selection with a well-reviewed western romance from Kelli Ann Morgan. Free today!

"Saddle up for a pretty ride with The Rancher, by Kelli Ann Morgan. Set in 19th century Colorado, a feisty tomboy must find a husband fast or be shipped off to a life more confining... rustic characters, excellent descriptions, and well-paced plotlines." -- Connie Sokol, Fab Friday Book Review

"If you love westerns with a fiesty heroine, handsome cowboys, and beautiful ranches in a Colorado setting, you've got to read The Rancher. -- K.R. Bailey, Welcome to the World of K.R. Bailey

The deal was to share the ranch, not her heart...

ABBY MCCALLISTER can ride and shoot better than any man she’s ever met, but when the threat of losing her ranch forces her to find a husband, she is unprepared for the mysterious stranger who takes her hand and evokes in her a sudden desire to be a lady fit for his arm.

He'd sworn to protect her. He couldn't do that if she married someone else...

COLE REDBOURNE, immersed in guilt over the accident that claimed his best friend, discovers there was nothing accidental about it. When he sets out for Silver Falls, Colorado, to fulfill his friend’s dying wish and to flush out his killer, the last thing he expected was to find hope again disguised as his impromptu bride.

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

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