Friday, February 1, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Feb 1)

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

Smart Mouth Waitress (Romantic Comedy) (Life in Saltwater City), by Dalya Moon. (Still free?)

Let's start today's selection with a highly-praised romantic comedy, from the prolific pen of Dalya Moon! Free today.

"Another fun read from Dalya Moon. Irreverant humour makes this fun and easy to read in the now popular 'New Adult' Genre. Dalya Moon has not disappointed yet." -- Amazon reviewer

Perry makes a strong first impression, from her white-girl dreadlocks to her uncensored opinions.

When she combs out her dreads on a whim, she catches the eye of a cute guy who's a regular at The Whistle, the diner where she works as a waitress. He mistakes Perry for someone completely different: the girl of his dreams.

Perry tries to become that girl.

But it's so hard to be normal.

And eyebrow piercings are so cute.


With her mother down in LA recording her comeback album, Perry's in charge of the family household, and things are going to change. She starts with paint colors and moves on to doling out retributive punishments for her fifteen-year-old brother.

What Perry really wants, though, is her first boyfriend. She's eighteen, and it's about time!

Boyfriend candidates include: the cute but quiet restaurant regular, the all-too-willing coworker, or the outgoing artist who's eager to whip off his clothes and model. One of these guys loves Perry exactly how she is, but how can she tell which one'

Full of young people behaving awkwardly, Smart Mouth Waitress, A Romantic Comedy, is a light-hearted, giggle-inducing read.

*New Adult Romance *

For: NA (New Adult) or YA for older teens to adults (some mature content)
Please note: the main character is 18 years old
Length: 90,000 words or 287 pages
Kindle DRM-free for your convenience; may be converted for other digital devices.

Each Life in Saltwater City book is a stand-alone novel.

If you enjoy a quirky, fast-paced book with heart and humor, you'll love Smart Mouth Waitress.

284 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 56 reviews.

The Dream Jumper's Promise (The Dream Jumper Series), by Kim Hornsby. (Still free?)

This work of romantic suspense, with over 20 five-star reviews, is free today!

"Fantastic mix of women's fiction light with a twist of magic/psychic without being heavy handed so the 2nd chance love story stays the main focus. The surprises at the end are worth the wait!" -- Amazon reviewer

Ten months after the presumed death of a missing surfer, Maui SCUBA shop owner, Tina Greene, still can't accept her husband Hank’s death. Without a body, her undying hope for his survival lives on.

Jamey Dunn, an old boyfriend, arrives on Maui from his tour of duty in Afghanistan where he’s a dream jumper for the military. Tina’s inconvenient feelings for him resurface and, even though he dives on her boat daily, she tries to avoid the man who betrayed her years before. Nightly dreams of diving with Hank haunt her and the edge between dreams and reality blur. Sensing danger, Jamey stays close to the woman he’s always loved but Tina turns to Hank's best friend, Noble for comfort. Thinking he can help, Jamey offers to visit her dreams. Tina is distrustful and hesitant to let him into her subconscious mind, but relents. As the threesome come closer to solving the mystery of Hank’s disappearance, danger sets in to reveal that one person is flirting with insanity, one is a traitor, and one is an imposter.

308 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 31 reviews.

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

Shark & The Wolf: Predators and Prey, by Daniel D. Shields. (Still $0.99?)

A warmly-reviewed thriller, this book is "a great adventure in which the human cast comes off second best to most of this book's sentient animals." It's today's bargain book at $0.99!

"Shields' debut allegorical tale takes place in an Orwellian alternate world in which animals talk and earn their livings and fall in love right alongside humans... Shields has a flair for adventure writing...The book is filled with exciting action sequences...An exciting...clever...animal adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A cross between Planet of the Apes, The Hunger Games and Indiana Jones..." J. Hungerford.
Pack your bags for the wild side and hang on tight! Stamp your passport for adventure and enter an exotic world where animals have evolved side by side with humans. Prepare to be transported into an Indiana Jones style adventure and taken on a globe-trotting trek from the vast open plains of Africa, to the breathtaking beaches of Key West and Fiji, to the mysterious jungles of South America, before finally landing inside the gates of Sin City itself - Las Vegas, Nevada. Suspend belief and lose yourself in this roller coaster of a sci-fi thriller that has been called a cross between Planet of the Apes, The Hunger Games and Indiana Jones.

In Las Vegas, Shaw, billionaire casino magnate and self proclaimed world's greatest showman, nears completion on the massive Serengeti Resort & Casino. Its amphitheater is being transformed into an authentic slice of African savanna for the show - Predators and Prey - which will savagely pit animal against animal in the bloodiest gladiatorial spectacle ever created for human entertainment. The only thing missing is the main attraction - which Shaw soon finds in Shark, the world's only Great White pool-playing shark to be exact.

Shaw envisions the show's tagline as "Come One - Come All To See - The Only Great White Shark In Captivity" but soon learns that capturing the world's top predator and delivering him to Vegas is easier said than done. This daunting task will require the cruel tactics of the evil animal slave trading hyena, Old Jack. The heartbreaking plans they devise and innocent pawns they use to try to coerce Shark's allegiance will force all to rely on primitive instincts to survive.

234 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 12 reviews.

To Catch a Bad Guy: A Romantic Suspense Novel (Janet Maple Series), by Marie Astor. (Still free?)

The Janet Maple series is a popular set of romantic suspense stories. Here's one for free, today!

"Janet Maple - a great new heroine. I have read all of Marie Astor's books. I have loved each and everyone of them. Hope she does a sequel To Catch a Bad Guy. Janet Maple is an appealing character who has had to climb her way up with good old fashioned hard work and for her efforts has been knocked back down to square one. As she tries to climb that ladder once again we see she is a person of integrity and hope for her success." -- Amazon reviewer

Janet Maple's stellar career ended with a layoff and her boyfriend of almost five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York's premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company's handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer's business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn't realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.

Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York's premier boutique broker dealers comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?

307 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 24 reviews.

California Man (Contemporary romance) (Salt Spring Island friends trilogy), by EC Sheedy. (Still free?)

Lots of contemporary romance in today's selection, and here's a good one with over 30 five-star reviews. Free today!

"The Author does a great job of developing these character and their relationships and she makes you fall in love with both Quinn and Emily.Along the way we also fall in love with Emily's friend Grace,Lynn. and Lynn's son James. Pros:No errors,well written,easy read,great humor,and it's based on a beautiful Island LOL what's not to like? Cons: It had to end,but I look forward to Paul's Story and anything else this author publishes." -- Crystal Burns, Amazon reviewer


"The slow steady, buildup of sensuality without being overly sexual made this book hard to put down." Affaire de Coeur

"An exquisitely sensitive love story featuring appealing characters with a wonderful chemistry between them." RT Magazine

Book description:

Too shy to love…

Quinn Ramsay is facing the biggest decision of his life, whether or not to sell his hugely successful sports conglomerate. His schedule has been insane for years, an endless series of trains, planes and automobiles. Even so he’s not so sure he wants to give it up. For what, he keeps asking himself. Where would he go from here' What would be his next step'

With those questions in mind, he heads to a friend’s house on Salt Spring, a small island in the Pacific Northwest that promises solitude and uninterrupted time to think and plan.

Not in his plan is meeting Emily Welland, the shy owner of the local bookstore. She intrigues him as no woman has in years—more so when he sees how determined she is to avoid him.

Emily is timid, insecure, and introspective—and she has her reasons. She’s read about Quinn Ramsay, the brilliant and handsome celebrity entrepreneur with the Midas touch, and she’s seen pictures of him in the tabloids, always with a beautiful model or actress on his arm. She knows he walks red carpets with the same ease that he hosts charity sporting events and fund raisers. His glittering California life is the polar opposite to her quiet, safe, and reclusive life on Salt Spring Island. And when he starts to show an interest in her, her initial reactions are disbelief, fear—and panic attacks. None of which she can control.

All of which makes Quinn more interested than ever.

If you enjoy this book, you might also like MAN FOR THE MORNING. I thought at least one of Emily's good friends deserved her own happily ever after. :-)

168 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 67 reviews.

Within Ruin (The Flameforged Saga), by Darrell Drake. (Still free?)

A fantasy romance in the Flameforged Saga, free today!

"A remarkable and anomalous novelty: Within Ruin ventures into the abysmal core of fantasy. Drake's profound vocabulary is a psychedelic channel for his text to come to life. His words, at times picturesque and other times grotesquely decorative, cause for a superior read. The story-line grips the reader's heart and squeezes until they have no choice but to let the tears fall. Every character is extraordinary and unforgettable. Within Ruin is a dark, chivalrous roller coaster ride that leaves the reader with no air to breathe and an incomplete cadence in the end which leaves one begging for more." -- Hali Mason, Amazon reviewer

When Virgil offers Descarta a chance to journey beyond the ramparts
in search of a cure for the blight crippling their realm, she eagerly accepts.

They set out with his elven wards, clingy and erratic creatures, and Descarta comes to discover a world darker and more caustic than she could have imagined—one dominated by mighty magics, beastly foes and great secrets.

The quest before them is rife with hazards both hidden and behemoth.  Only by enduring the precipitous path can the royal pair find what they seek.

And learn that even ruin can bring about the deepest of relationships.

357 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 5 reviews.

Everautumn (The Flameforged Saga), by Darrell Drake. (Still free?)

And here's the second installment of the Flameforged Saga, also free today!

"Everautumn is the second book in the Flameforged Saga, coming after Within Ruin. It continues where the first left off (I won't go into detail because it will spoil the ending of Within Ruin!), and follows our main characters through more adventures, this time in the realm of Everautumn. I really enjoyed this book, and I would even venture to say I liked it more than the first. My criticism of Within Ruin was the language quality, as it was difficult to read in many places. While that "wordiness" is still apparent in Everautumn, I feel as though it wasn't as rough this time (or maybe I'm used to it!), and I was able to enjoy the story a lot more without having to look something up to understand. Plus, my two favorite characters are very prominent in this one, which kept me intrigued throughout. I would definitely recommend this one for all fans of Within Ruin, as we get a lot more of certain characters. Also, Everautumn can be read as a stand-alone novel; however, I feel like I connected better with the characters because I had read the first one. Reader's choice!" -- Kristin Kim, Amazon reviewer

Undeath meant only that they could wait forever.

Everautumn is a realm beyond common reality and common knowledge. Where retching
volcanoes, unrelenting heat and ashen forests canopied with tufts of flame dominate scarcely
hospitable terrain. A realm in the midst of conflict spanning millennia.

Almi and Merill have died. Their hearts no longer beat in the fashion they once did. Extirpated
and deposited in the harsh, lava-sown world of Everautumn, they now survive as something
seated between elf and undead. For six years they have endured, because they trust he will come.

Accompanied by Descarta, the artificial weaveress; Elissa, the once-forgotten daughter; and
Hafstagg, the paunchy warrior, Virgil has been sailing in search of a way to keep his promise to
revive the elven twins. And he will stop at nothing to do so.

Everautumn plans to challenge that.

328 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 5 reviews.

The Wolf's Curse, by Kevin Parrett. (Still free?)

Here's a highly-rated fantasy geared towards middle-schoolers - but from the reviews, enjoyable to all ages. Free today!

"It has been years since I have picked up a middle grade book and I have to say, I wasn't disappointed with The Wolf's Curse. It brought back a lot of memories from my childhood. I love Franky and Nicole as characters, they are awesome protagonists. Don is lovable and I really like the morals that are taught in the book. If I was a mother, this would be a book that I would like to read to my child and I would recommend it for any middle grade teachers. I can't wait to read the sequel and see how Nicole, Franky and Don grow as characters!" -- Sara D., Amazon reviewer

Humans know very little about Leprechauns. Very few know the truths behind their gold, their laws, or their magic. Even fewer know that they have been cursed for centuries. This curse has brought upon an enemy that will stop at nothing to taste sweet Leprechaun blood.

Through an unlikely sequence of events, a young boy saves a Leprechaun from a wolf. A friendship is instantly formed, but with dangerous consequences. Join Franky on his journey from being the kid who is bullied by everyone to a kid brave enough to confront a wolf.

314 pages, with a 5-star rating from 13 reviews.

Here's a a bargain Kindle book, available for $2.99 cents today!

A DEAD RED CADILLAC, by RP Dahlke. (Still $2.99?)

Have you discovered RP Dahlke's engaging and humorous who-dunnits yet? Get this enjoyable read, at today's bargain price!

"Lalla Bains pilots us through a murder investigation with more twists and turns than the coast highway and with an ending more satisfying than the purr of a perfectly tuned '58 Cadillac." --Lesley Diehl

"With its engaging sleuth, R.P. Dahlke's promising debut, A DEAD RED CADILLAC, will keep you turning those pages... right up to its surprising conclusion." --Kris Neri,award winning author of Revenge for Old Time's Sake

"Fast paced and fun with an outwardly tough but inwardly vulnerable lady-pilot, drug smuggling and plenty of eccentric characters." --Rhys Bowen, award-winning author of the Royal Spyness Mysteries.

"I've been married so many times, they should revoke my license," says NY model, and reluctant pilot Lalla Bains.

Running her dad's Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California she's hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red '58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn't possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver's seat.

Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman's hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.

300 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 90 reviews.

When Girlfriends Step Up, by Savannah Page. (Still free?)

This contemporary women's fiction novel is now in the Top 100 Free on Amazon. Free today!

"This story is just one of a series, a little bit reminiscent of Sex and the City or Emily Giffin's novels. You know, the ones with a tight-knit group of girl friends, each one with her own distinct personality. This one revolves around a single mother hoping to provide a good life for her new baby, while searching for her own happiness too. It's a sweet story that you can't help but be drawn into. Next time you sit down with a good cup of tea/coffee, give this book a chance...and then get ready to carve out some time for the next releases in the series, too!" -- Amazon reviewer

A novel about love and support, and learning that with enduring friendships, no woman is ever alone.

Robin Sinclair is young, determined, and has a promising career at a small publishing house in Seattle. Even though she considers herself unlucky in love, Robin still dreams of eventually meeting Mr. Right and having a happily-ever-after kind of life. And at twenty-five, the world of opportunity is wide. But it's been a difficult year filled with trials...and it's only just begun.

While long-time friendships are finally on the mend, and things are starting to look up again, Robin is faced with her biggest challenge yet. She's single and pregnant.

Uncertain now of her future and scared of being alone, Robin must re-examine her life and choices, and summon the courage to step up.

With the love and support of her best girlfriends from college, especially her best friend and roommate, Lara, Robin will learn that when the going gets tough, the best of friends become family. And, perhaps, with their encouragement, Robin can mature and gain the confidence needed to become a single mother. And, who knows about being unlucky in love. Things are suddenly getting interesting with Robin's attractive co-worker, Bobby.

This is an endearing story about maturity and perseverance. It's a story about friends coming together as family, about finding the strength within and around, and about writing your own happily-ever-after. About what happens when girlfriends step up.

342 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 4 reviews.

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