Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Jan 9)

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

A Vested Interest, by John Chapman. (Still free?)

This medical technothriller is free today!

"If you had a cure that could save millions of people from injury and disease should you make it public and then face the resulting unknown consequences? The authors take the reader on a winding path into the darkness of just such a dilemma. Along the way there are romantic rivalries, near death experiences, car chases and a stalker. The book is fast-paced and intriguing, the women are smart and beautiful and the men are rich and handsome." -- Colorado reader

Donna Rigden is fed up with her boss at D'Netics Research Facility. She resigns - big mistake! Donna is now on the hit list of one of the most notorious men in the corporate US. He's without morals and doesn't accept the word 'no'.

Sir Richard, Donna's new employer showers her with luxury and makes her an offer she can't refuse. Now, once she's signed the contract, he asks her to use her medical expertise to commit murder. Donna probably would have walked away, but she'd been swept off her feet.

Richard sides against her; Donna feels hurt and betrayed. She turns to her new friend for help. Donna's life is turned upside down. Two letters and two secrets steer her future. Donna must make a life changing choice. Once made, there's no going back. Was it the right choice?

Death strikes! The infirmary's doctor is ordered to give his patient a mystery drug. He's told the drug is either a cure or a curse. Will he stand by his Hippocratic Oath or follow orders?

Donna wakes from a deep coma with part of her memory gone. She starts to remember, but parts of her past don’t add up. She remembers being married to Richard but can’t remember why. Was she in love with him? She has flashes of two different lives. In one she’s happy. In the other she’s trapped. Which one is real?

494 pages, with a 3.3-star rating from 12 reviews.

Syndrome, by Thomas Hoover. (Still free?)

A medical thriller, this book is one of the early works of prolific author Thomas Hoover.

"The subject in this book is so controversial but this really makes you think of the possibilities. How amazing it would be to see it used to cure such maladies as MS and Alzheimer's. This was quite an exhilarating read. had a hard time putting it down! " -- D.Cressy, Amazon reviewer

Alexa Hampton runs her own interior design firm in New York’s Soho but now a heart mishap threatens her life. Her black-sheep younger brother insists she go to a New Jersey clinic owned by his eccentric boss for stem cell experiments. There she and her long-ago lover, a medical reporter, uncover a bizarre experiment to reverse the aging process.

In her mid-thirties, Alexa Hampton runs her own interior design firm in New York’s Soho and has a daily run to keep fit. But now her world is narrowing as a childhood heart mishap increasingly threatens to lethally impact her life. Then out of nowhere her black-sheep younger brother appears and insists she go to a clinic in New Jersey to enter stem-cell clinical trials that are working wonders. The clinic is owned by her brother’s boss, the eccentric millionaire Winston Bartlett.

Also interested in the clinic is the medical reporter Stone Aimes, who’s hoping to penetrate Bartlett’s veil of secrecy and find out what’s going on there. He has personal as well as professional reasons for wanting to get closer to Winston Bartlett. He is also a long-ago lover of Alexa’s and still carrying something of a torch for her though they have long been out of touch.

As Alexa investigates the clinic, their paths cross and together they slowly uncover the horrifying truth about what can happen when stem-cell technology is taken to its ultimate limit. A bizarre secret experiment to reverse the aging process has gone out of control. Winston Bartlett’s young mistress, the TV personality Kristen Starr, had an anti-aging procedure that went awry and now all her cells are being replaced with new. The side effects are horrific. No one can stop what is happening: she is growing younger, destined to become a child again.

Alexa and Stone become prisoners in the clinic and then Bartlett and his Dutch medical researcher Karl van der Vliet begin a bizarre experiment on Alexa, hoping to produce antibodies to save Kristen, and Bartlett. In a stunning, blazing finale, Alexa turns the tables on them all, only to discover that she’s now, suddenly unlike anyone else who has ever lived.

346 pages, with a 3.7-star rating from 66 reviews.

Halestorm, by Becky Akers. (Still free?)

In this highly-praised novel, author Becky Akers dramatizes the life of Nathan Hale through meticulous research, clever dialogue, and a fast-moving plot.

"Halestorm reveals just how relevant the issues of the American Revolution remain today. Akers' realistic historical characters make difficult choices that affect their personal happiness and the future of an emerging nation. This stunning tale emphasizes the true cost of freedom and the debt we owe to those who make the sacrifice. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is proud to be an American, everyone who is a lover of history, and everyone who cares about America's future. " -- Tyler R. Tichelaar, Amazon reviewer

Could you choose between love and freedom?

Meet the American Revolution’s most endearing hero: Nathan Hale, the 21-year-old spy who "only regretted he had but one life to give for his country." Caught between honor and romance, Nathan must forfeit the woman he hopes to marry, even as a rival for her hand vows to win her at any cost. Their contest culminates in a British Artillery Park when Nathan hangs for espionage – but, in a surprising twist, still triumphs.

Filled with love and conflict, murder and betrayal, Halestorm whisks readers into an era of wrenching choices and extraordinary sacrifices. Novelist Becky Akers dramatizes the characters and period through meticulous research, clever dialogue, and a fast-moving plot whose climax will stir your deepest emotions.

329 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 19 reviews.

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

Divine Intervention (Divine series), by Cheryl Kaye Tardif. (Still $0.99?)

Over 30 five-star reviews for today's bargain book! Pick up this highly-praised mystery/thriller for $0.99 today!

"The sparks fly in this red hot paranormal thriller. Cheryl Kaye Tardif successfully manipulates the characters, their emotions and actions, and takes you to a startling climax that will leave you suspended. The shocking twist at Divine Intervention's conclusion will rip your emotions bare as you enter the world of a serial arsonist bent on revenge. Cheryl Kaye Tardif is destined to be a great Canadian author." -- MsTeeq, Amazon reviewer

CFBI agent Jasmine McLellan leads a psychically gifted team in the hunt for a serial arsonist―a murderer who has already taken the lives of three people.

Jasi and her team members―Psychometric Empath and profiler Ben Roberts and Victim Empath Natassia Prushenko―are joined by Brandon Walsh, the handsome but skeptical Chief of Arson Investigations. In a manhunt that takes them from Vancouver to Kelowna, Penticton and Victoria, they are led down a twisting path of sinister secrets.

Sifting through ashes and clues, Jasi realizes that there is more to the third victim than meets the eye. Perhaps not all of the victims were that innocent. The hunt intensifies when she learns that someone they know is next on the arsonist's list.

Unleashing her gift as a Pyro-Psychic, Jasi is compelled toward smoldering ashes and enters the killer's mind―a mind bent on destruction and revenge. And in the heat of early summer, Jasi discovers that a murderer lies in wait…much closer than she ever imagined.

Divine series:
Book 1 - Divine Intervention
Book 2 - Divine Justice

262 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 57 reviews.

Bradamant's Quest, by Ruth Berman. (Still free?)

Let's switch gears here with this award-winning youthful fantasy. Highly recommended, and free today!

"Prose by a poet. I look forward to rereading this many times." -- Phyllis Ann Karr

"Bradamant's Quest is an excellent pick that shouldn't be overlooked. -- Midwest Book Review

First Place, Midwest Book Awards

It sounded like such a straightforward quest when Oberon proposed it—just gather up the magical talismans the fairies had given her family and give them back, now that King Charlemagne's war with Spain was over. 

But when Bradamant took on the quest, she didn't know that her brother would think it was trafficking with devils. Her cousins the magicians didn't want to give up their carefully indexed books of magic (much less the hippogriff—a useful steed and a loyal companion). Her sister-in-law was willing to give up the spear of Galafrone, but not until she'd finished using it. And her cousin Roland seemed to be haunting his grave, where his magically enduring sword was buried with him, and dead set against being disturbed. 

What's a warrior to do when valor alone is not enough for her to complete a quest?

174 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 7 reviews.

Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood, by Rachel Hennick. (Still free?)

A daughter writes a poignant memoir about her father, a firefighter and paramedic in inner-city Baltimore. Don't miss this remarkable telling of courage, empathy, and dedication. Free today!

"A wonderful debut." -- The Examiner 

"Bill Hennick's remarkable story, a courageous comeback, is vividly told by his daughter, Rachel Hennick, in her new book Ghetto Medic.'' -- Lee Gutkind

''This is writing that cannot be put down; it tingles with life and authenticity.'' -- Thomas Shapcott, award winning author and Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing, University of Adelaide

Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood is the remarkable true story of the life of Bill Hennick, a firefighter and paramedic in Baltimore, Maryland, a city which today boasts the busiest fire stations in the United States. The story begins in 1945, when Bill, aged four, is badly burned in a terrible fire started by an older child playing with matches. When he reaches adulthood, he begins searching for his purpose in life and identifies fire as ''the enemy.'' He joins the still-segregated Baltimore City Fire Department at the height of the civil rights movement, witnesses the race riots of 1968 which followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, and battles the ensuing infernos.

When the upper and middle classes abandon the city, Bill sees a ''wasteland'' and develops empathy for those people left behind. He tries to make a difference by becoming a paramedic, a service then in its infancy. His story is set against the history of Baltimore, known for its rich black heritage, the home of jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. He embarks on a spiritual journey as he risks his own life in caring for the poorest of the poor in a city with one of the world's highest crime rates.

In this poignant biographical memoir about her father, Rachel Hennick tells a dramatic American story with vibrant characters, pathos and a twist of humor. Ghetto Medic penetrates the heart with a thought-provoking and universal message about the enduring power of compassion.

259 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 13 reviews.

Learn Me Good, by John Pearson. (Still free?)

Over 130 five-star reviews for this book, free today! Enjoy the wry humor in this semi-autobiographical account of Pearson's first year as a teacher.

"This book was so much fun to read." -- JC

"I laughed out loud the entire time I was reading." -- Babs 

"This is a good book for anyone who teaches or has kids...and better yet, for any politician hoping to make laws about education!" - Amazon reviewer

Jack Woodson was a thermal design engineer for four years until he was laid off from his job. Now, as a teacher, he faces new challenges. Conference calls have been replaced with parent conferences. Product testing has given way to standardized testing. Instead of business cards, Jack now passes out report cards. The only thing that hasn't changed noticeably is the maturity level of the people surrounding him all day. Learn Me Good is a hilarious first-person account, inspired by real life experiences. Through a series of emails to Fred Bommerson, his buddy who still works at Heat Pumps Unlimited, Jack chronicles a year-in-the-life of a brand new teacher. With subject lines such as "Irritable Vowel Syndrome," "In math class, no one can hear you scream," and "I love the smell of Lysol in the morning," Jack writes each email with a dash of sarcasm and plenty of irreverent wit.

214 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 193 reviews.

Travel, Sex, & Train Wrecks, by Julie Morey. (Still free?)

Enjoy this "unflinchingly honest" account of the author's travels and exotic adventures after a difficult divorce. Free today!

"It is hilarious and adventurous, with more than a few dashes of sizzling romance and brutal soul-searching honesty. Author Julie Morey has written a fantastic book that will take the reader along with her on her wildly crazy, but much needed trip through and around Asia. This is a book that will speak to readers around the globe. -- Night Owl Reviews - Top Reviewer Pick.

What does one do when they've suffered a bad break up, and are trying to "find" themselves, but aren't quite ready to deal with reality'

Travel, of course.

And so begins my adventure, or should I say misadventure? Seven months taking on Southeast Asia trying to find the answers to life, God, relationships, and sex.

I'd spent the last five years overseas teaching English and was currently living in Taiwan. I was thirty three. My ten year marriage had fallen apart and I suddenly found myself single with no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had questions with no answers and a divorce I didn't want to deal with.

So, I ran. To Thailand. To Cambodia. To Vietnam. To India. To Sri Lanka. I mean really if you're going to go on the lam can you think of a better place than the exotic beauty of Southeast Asia'

In Travel, Sex, and Train Wrecks I present the whole sordid story of my journey. Just to give you fair warning it does involve sex, hot men with accents, Pad Thai, and bizarre travel situations. And it will probably leave you with an uncontrollable urge to travel to Thailand.

132 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 47 reviews.

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