Saturday, February 16, 2013

Free and bargain books! (Saturday Feb 16)

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

All Hallows' Moon (#2) (Seasons of the Moon), by SM Reine. (Still free?)

From the Seasons of the Moon series, get this YA dark fantasy that is praised for its rich characterization and unique take on the relationship between the hunter and the hunted. It's Book 2 in the series but reads well as a standalone novel. 30 five-star reviews, and free today!

"This book just show cases how great this series keeps getting. The intro scene let alone rocks!!! Still in creepy details we see how much pain Rylie goes through every full and new moon, all thanks to one summer at a camp. There's humor, action, creepy description of the wolf clawing out, and a romance that truly gets to bloom. Another fun edition to the Season's of the moon series and I can't wait to get to the next one, Long Night Moon." -- Dashley, Amazon reviewer


Find the entire series here: smarturl.it/seasonsofthemoon

The good girl has become the big bad wolf...

Rylie survived a werewolf bite. She's moved to her aunt's ranch to enroll in a new school and continue her life--except now she transforms into a monster every moon and struggles to control her murderous urges.

Without many werewolves left, it's hard to stay in hiding. A family of hunters--Eleanor, Abel, and Seth--recognize the signs and follow Rylie to her new home. They want to stop her before she murders someone, and the only way to do it is with a silver bullet. Seth soon realizes the werewolf is Rylie, the one monster he failed to kill. Worse yet, he's still in love with her.

Torn between family and love, Rylie struggles to reconcile her feelings and control the wolf within while Seth fights to do what's right. But what is right--obeying desire or duty?

189 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 53 reviews.



Myth Weaver, by David J. Normoyle. (Still free?)

A work of mythology, free today!

"A must read for anyone fascinated with the legends and myths of old. The retelling of the stores of the gods are cleverly intertwined with a student's own quest with coping with life. I enjoyed this book." -- Amazon reviewer


"Vivid, creative, encouraging, educational-highly recommended", Mallory Heart Reviews


Eighteen-year-old Jagger Burns lives so much in his head that his guardian wonders if she should commit him. In the real world, he's shy, he's an orphan and he's just failed his college exams. His imaginary world feels safer. When he enrolls in a mythology class, Greek and Norse myths fill Jagger's daydreams; they become so real that Zeus's thunderbolts leave phantom burns behind. These gods have ideas of their own; they're guiding Jagger back to reality.

Each myth he relives in his imaginary world teaches Jagger more about living in the real world. With Loki and Prometheus to help him, he begins to re-enter life and gets a job on the student newspaper. But when his reporting uncovers a dangerous crime ring, he'll need everything the gods can teach him to survive. Otherwise, he'll either dream away the rest of his life in an institution, or wind up dead.

204 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 10 reviews.



Cyberdrome, by Joseph Rhea. (Still free?)

"This came recommended on one of the discussion boards here at Amazon, so I picked it up to give it a try after liking the free Kindle sample. I was not disappointed - one of the points I really need for science fiction novels is for it to be believable. In other words, if there is going to be some futuristic theme or plot in the novel, rather than taking a leap of faith I need to be able to conceptualize it. The authors didn't disappoint in the case, and combined with nice character development and interaction I was sorry to see this book end." -- Michael Gallagher, Amazon Top 10 reviewer

A disturbing glimpse into a digital future, not far from now.

Mathew Grey is a brilliant scientist who accidentally unleashed a man-made plague that ravaged America’s heartland, and now threatens the rest of the planet. Riddled with guilt and running out of time, he decides to use a dangerous technology to enter a computer-generated reality called Cyberdrome, hoping to unravel a mystery that could be the key to Earth’s survival.

Alek Grey was an athlete whose career was cut short by a near-fatal accident. Now he is a software hacker with the unique ability to outsmart the best Artificial Intelligence programs of his day. When he is called in after one of his programs inadvertently attacks Cyberdrome, he is shocked to learn that both his father and ex-fiancée have become trapped inside the simulation, unable to be removed without risk of death.

Alek knows of only one way to rescue the people he loves, but will he risk all of humanity to save them?

292 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 44 reviews.



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

The Girl From Long Guyland, by Lara Reznik. (Still $0.99?)

30 five-star reviews for this suspenseful contemporary novel. Bargain-priced today at $0.99!

""In Reznik's debut novel, a woman confronts long-buried secrets when an old college friend commits suicide. . . . While effective as a page turner, the novel also tells a timeless, universal tale of a woman's journey toward self-acceptance. An exciting tale of past crimes and dangerous friendships." --Kirkus Reviews

★★★★★ "I love a mystery and I love stories about the late 60's/early 70's and this book has both. Really fun read." --Barbara Gaines, Executive Producer, The Late Show with David Letterman

★★★★★ "Lara Reznik masterfully creates a story that brings the past and present together seamlessly. . . . I can honestly say it is not often that the plot of a book surprises me the way this one did. This book is truly timeless. I would recommend "The Girl from Long Guyland" to anyone who likes to read no matter what their preferred genre." Katherine Bennett, Reviewer, Readers Favorite

-Includes Reading Group Discussion Questions- Ranked the #1 spot in both Suspense and Contemporary Fiction, during it's Amazon kindle select promotional days.  

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Laila Levin enjoys a successful marriage and a thriving career as an I.T. executive in Austin, Texas, but she can't quite shake her lifelong sense of not truly belonging anywhere.

When her company announces a major layoff, Laila finds herself caught between an unscrupulous CEO and her promiscuous boss. Then news of her college roommate's suicide stirs up a dark secret involving three devious friends from her past. One has betrayed a vow, another wants to rekindle their romance, and the third is out for revenge.

Suddenly for Laila, it's 1969 again. She's only seventeen, and she's left her sheltered home in Long Island for college in Connecticut. Amid protests of the Vietnam War, she's tempted by the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll that rule her generation. Laila gets swept up in a deceptive love triangle with two older locals and initiated into their unethical hippie family. Too late she realizes her search to belong has led to tragedy.

Laila must now juggle the demands of her perplexed husband and her baby boomer past forcing her to make choices that endanger her survival and challenge her conscience.

She learns that the lines between right and wrong are often blurred, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself

358 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 76 reviews.



Mad About Undead You: A Zombie Apocalypse Love Story, by Carl S. Plumer. (Still free?)

This book is a ZomRomCom... you know, that new "Zombie Romantic Comedy" genre. Try this, free today!

"This novel is really about the love story of Cathren and Donovan. But it's not just any love story! They are a couple who are "living" in a zombie world filled with one exciting adventure after another. The pictures that the author creates in your mind are sometimes sweet, sometimes horrific. His use of descriptive language puts you in the middle of this saga as if you were watching a movie. I wanted to look away, like I do when there are scenes in a movie that I can't stand to watch. But this is a novel and you have to keep reading to see what happens next. Will they survive? If so, will it be as zombies. or as...? You will not be able to put this book down once you start reading because you are right there with Cathren and Donovan, at their side, cheering for them as you turn from one page to another. Mad About Undead You is a must read and I highly recommend it." -- Amazon reviewer

SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets INDIANA JONES!

Cathren Whitney is half-human, half-zombie. She can’t be harmed or killed by zombies, no matter how many zombies attack her.

Yet she can rip the undead to shreds as if tearing paper. With her lover Donovan Codell at her side, Cathren seeks to put the world right again.


But zombies are the least of her problems
 

She must avoid a sinister corporation called ATELIC bent on her destruction, as well as the cryogenically-frozen “heads from hell” that ATELIC has let loose on Earth. Can San Francisco be saved? Can love conquer the undead? Will Cathren and Donovan find freedom, safety, and true love?
 

Discover for yourself. Enjoy Mad About Undead You: A Zombie Apocalypse Love Story—today!
 

If you read only one zombie novel before you die, make it Mad About Undead You

298 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 13 reviews.



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

Between Boyfriends (After Valentine's Day Sale), by Sarka-Jonae Miller. (Still $0.99?)

Treat yourself to a smile this week with this coming-of-age chick-lit story. Bargain-priced today at $0.99!

"Jan was a prissy, stuck up, shopaholic, boy obsessed, little rich girl who dropped out of school, lied to her parents, and didn't value her friends. When her rich parents disowned her for lying to them and dropping out of school. She changed herself for the better. She focused on herself, massage school, and her friends. She learned how important it was to have a job, friends, and family. This was a great coming of age story with a little humor and romance thrown in. Hoping the author with write a follow up, I'd love to read more about Jan (and Juan)as she continues to grow up." -- Amazon reviewer


Some people are between jobs. Jan is between boyfriends.



After being dumped by her latest mistake, Jan Weston vows to quit dating and embarks on a hilarious adventure in pursuit of happiness as a single lady. It's a journey that gets her to grow as a person, make new friends, and meet a hot Latino from her massage therapy class. Because of her vow she can't date him, so she does the next best thing - becomes his friend.
Can she keep her promise to stay single?

Hollywood & Vine Magazine states that Between Boyfriends "presents a unique twist on the chick-lit genre."

Best-selling author Jan Moran (Scent of Triumph) calls Between Boyfriends, "a delicious slice of chick-lit."

308 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 42 reviews.



Spooked, by Tracy Sharp. (Still free?)

A fast and creepy YA paranormal - free today!

"Spooked was a very interesting novel. Part mystery, part paranormal, part horror, it was original enough that I didn't feel like I was reading another clone of something with a popular YA theme. The writing style was a little atypical as well, and after the first few pages I was used to it. That style also helped set it apart. Over all, I would rate the novel between a three and a four. The characters were enjoyable and the story was good." -- Amazon reviewer

Sixteen year old Lorelei has a special talent. She can steal your deepest, darkest secrets. However, using her power leaves her open to some very nasty creatures from the underworld.

But then a girl from her school disappears. Then another. And another. Lorelei might be able to discover who is abducting the girls from her town if she uses her gift . . .

Can Lorelei stop more girls from being taken? Or will using her gift attract the hell-things that are after her?

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



Concealed in the Shadows, by Gabrielle Arrowsmith. (Still free?)

"The plot in this was intriguing and full of action. I really enjoyed seeing Gabrielle's version of a future America. She did a great job of developing each area. Better yet, I loved how she made some of the changes seem like they really could happen, because not only did it add world development but it gave the book a chilling and scary aspect. I won't give much away about the plot, as it's the kind of read where giving one thing away may change a reader's experience, but I will say it managed to surprise me at times, especially at the end when Gabrielle through in some pretty tough punches. Concealed in the Shadows is a compelling and well presented debut novel. " -- Amazon reviewer

Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033, her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister Evvie, her only family and entire world. Sydney holds a sliver of hope that they will be lawfully reunited, and that light will return to her desolate life, but she is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape Miles County so that she and Evvie can live full lives together.

Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to anyone who crosses the county's electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of county technology. It seems impossible to escape into the forgotten forests and cities of the past, but Sydney is determined to find a way if she is denied guardianship of her sister. For years she has longed to break free from the government's experimental Petri Dish and the hallowed drones that inhabit it.

What Sydney doesn't know is that the county has particular interest in her. Her place in this complex dystopia is about to change. Deceit, fear, and warfare will come to characterize her life, yet her love for Evvie will always prevail. She must protect her sister, but at what cost?

Concealed in the Shadows is a novel with gripping action, intriguing suspense, and unexpected turns of events. The situations and decisions that the characters must face pull at the very fabric of the human heart.

The subtext artfully examines an array of timeless social and political complexities, fitting this novel for both adults and inquisitive, young readers. The heart and soul are equally satisfied through immersion into such human themes as trust, love, and courage.

Concealed in the Shadows is about 100,000 words in length. Its Flesch Reading Ease score is 71.9. Its average grade level is *6.2. The interest level of this novel is **MG+ through adult.

*Average based on scores from Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning-FOG, Coleman-Liau, SMOG Index, and Automated Readability Index.
**This book is not recommended for the lower middle grades due to the following 0-5 scale rating assessed by author:
Language - 1
Violence - 3 (Elements of war)
Sexual Content - 2 (Characters who have experienced or fear rape - not described)
Adult Themes - 4

276 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 4 reviews.



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