Friday, February 15, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Feb 15)

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

Texas Roads (A Miller's Creek Novel), by Cathy Bryant. (Still free?)

The Miller's Creek novels - a Christian romance series - are some of our most popular downloads, and here's one that's free today.

"I can not express in words how much I enjoyed reading this book! Cathy's vibrant words and characters make this story come alive. I could barely put the book down as each page held more anticipation." -- Carie's Coins and Cents

"Texas Roads is one of those books that you love to curl up in your favorite place and read from cover to cover. From the first page, I was caught up in the story." --Donna Morris

"I have been enchanted by Cathy Bryant's "Texas Roads". From the first few pages, the reader is introduced to a lovely little town and a way of life that seems completely lost in our fast food, instant gratification world..." --Stacey

City gal Dani Davis just wants a place to call home. With quirky residents, quaint country charm, and loads of business potential, Miller's Creek Texas seems like the perfect place to start over . . . except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town. Dani secretly finances renovations to downtown Miller’s Creek, but malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she’s always longed. Then a devastating discovery propels her down a road she never expected to travel.

Steve Miller is determined to rescue his dying hometown. When vandals jeopardize the renovation, he can’t help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips. Can Steve and Dani call a truce for a higher cause, and in the process help Dani recognize the true meaning of home?

304 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 95 reviews.

Never Mind the Balkans, Here's Romania, by Mike Ormsby. (Still free?)

This non-fiction book gives a wry account of Romania through a series of vignettes. Free today!

"Never Mind The Balkans is a comic, absurd, but telling portrait of a country teeming with contradictions. Ormsby is a useful guide. I gather he is married into the country, as it were, but he is also a journalist and uses his skills of observation to sketch out Romania's current state. Ormsby's playful style suits the material as Romania today can only be accepted and loved with a dose of good humour. If you are planning on visiting the country or just want to be an armchair traveler, I recommend it, especially as much else written about the country in English is outdated. " -- Amazon reviewer

How does it feel when Transylvania is heaven on earth, but scary as hell? When you wake from a political nightmare, with a social headache? When your country is transformed, but not really? When the front door is for VIPs and the back door is for you? When you buy the perfect home in the wrong place? When you mix Thracians, Dacians, Romans, Saxons, Turks, Hungarians, French, Russians… and a Brit?

Mike Ormsby is a writer, global nomad and former BBC journalist/World Service trainer, whose collection of 58 short stories - funny and bittersweet – has become a cult read among Romanians, Romaniaphiles and the uninitiated, around the world.

These ironic but affectionate tales, of ordinary people in often-extraordinary circumstances, have earned glowing reviews from Romania’s literary critics. Some dubbed the author ‘our British Caragiale’, after their beloved Victorian-era playwright and satirist.

Each story offers a unique glimpse of this irresistible, dynamic and enthralling country, where the locals say: "Ca la noi, la nimeni: there’s nobody quite like us.” That’s neither a boast nor a confession, just a fact, and Ormsby’s colourful characters will entertain, educate and enrage. It usually depends on who is reading...

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

The Legend of Devil's Creek, by Anonymous A. (Still free?)

This intense thriller is free today! Highly-praised for its deep and thought-provoking writing.

"I have thought a lot about this book and the ideas presented in it. I found it surprisingly thought provoking. I say surprising because the first (very chilling) chapter made me think it was going to be a simple, bloody thriller. This is a deep story with well developed characters. To me, it is all about the consequences of our fear of death. How our awareness of mortality and inborn fear of death effect our day to day lives, and society/humanity as a whole, both in the short and long term. A very interesting thing to consider. But philosophy and themes aside, this is a tense and spooky read. A page turner. Loved it." -- Amazon reviewer

When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow.

Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer. John Marshall, redemption-seeking captain of the local police force, leads the frantic murder investigation and struggles to figure out whether the killings are tied to the island's dark and violent past. Tormented by tragic wartime memories, and more convinced with each day that it is humanity’s fate to destroy itself, Marshall races against both the murderer and the specter of his own mental breakdown.

As blood continues to spill, Riddley and Marshall wonder whether there may be a dark, universal force that drives evil deeds great and small, and whether the nature of one’s childhood might sometimes, in the end, be all that separates the saint from the psychopath.

374 pages, with a 5-star rating from 7 reviews.

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

Cornerstone (Souls Of The Stones), by Kelly Walker. (Still $0.99?)

Here's a very strong YA fantasy, praised as "extremely engaging" and "the best YA fantasy I have read." This book is bargain-priced today at $0.99, in celebration of the release of the next book in the Stones series.

"Ms Walker's first novel in a new high fantasy world is an engaging, fast-moving read with a primary antagonist that rather sneaks up on you. She keeps you guessing for quite some time during the book! Her heroine is likeable, both her servant and her best friend are also engaging and have their likeable foibles. I am eager to learn more of the antagonist's motivations and what actions they will take now with their results skewed somewhat. It is a complete story in itself, yet leaves plenty to explore for her future books. Definitely worth picking up and I look forward to see her writing evolve as she progresses as an author." -- Amazon reviewer

In a world comprised of three medieval kingdoms as different from each other as the families that rule them, Emariya Warren is unique in being a daughter of not one but two of the rival ruling families.

Emariya's life was nearly over before it started. Hidden under the floorboards while her mother died above her, she escaped a brutal death then--only to go racing toward it now, sixteen years later.

When she learns her father has been captured, Emariya makes the desperate decision to follow in her mother's ill-fated footsteps and journey to marry the prince of a rival land, Torian Ahlen. But when Emariya discovers the secrets surrounding her dual heritage, and an ominous prophecy warning the three bloodlines must never be combined, she begins to fear the handsome prince waiting for her may desire more than to steal her heart.

342 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 17 reviews.

Never Too Far, by Thomas Christopher. (Still free?)

A post-apocalyptic story of survival, with 20 four- and five-star reviews. Free today!

"This is a great odyssey. They meet strange and quirky characters along the way like Huck Finn. It is set in a stark futuristic world like Mad Max, and a story line reminiscent of The Grapes of Wrath. I really liked the main characters. The whole time I read it I felt like I wanted to just put my arms around them and hold them together as they went through their trial." -- Amazon reviewer

A harrowing story of love and survival.

In a future of scarce resources, where the possession of gas and diesel is punishable by death, a teenage boy and a pregnant girl must save their impoverished family. They risk their lives on a terrifying journey to sell stolen fuel on the black market.

212 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 5 reviews.

Subpoena Colada, by Mark Dawson. (Still free?)

When's the last time you laughed out loud while reading? Mark Dawson paints a witty and spot-on depiction of London's lawyers and musicians in this highly-rated novel. Free today!

"Genuinely unputdownable." -- Punch 

"Trashy and fun - a really entertaining read." -- Select

"A famous rock star falls on hard times - trouble is, his lawyer is struggling even worse than he is. Great fun." -- In Brief

'You work too much,' said his beautiful actress girlfriend. 'We hardly see each other any more.' If only Daniel Tate had listened. Now she's abandoned him for a glamorous American film star, leaving him with a one-eyed cat and a dirty flat he can't afford. And there's no respite at work: Daniel's only client, 80's rocker Brian Fey, is losing his court case against his old bandmates. The partners are concerned with his performance, not helping his chances for promotion in a cut-and-thrust contest between him, the office sycophant and his best friend. Winning the case for Brian would make all the difference but that's not easy when your client is suddenly implicated in a sensational murder.

464 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 15 reviews.

Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles), by Ripley Patton. (Still free?)

Olivia has a birth defect that gives her unusual powers, in this highly-praised paranormal fantasy. Free today!

"Action packed! Loved this book and I can't wait to read the second one in the series. Right off we are absorbed into the story of Olivia and her "ghost hand", the hand that all of a sudden is revealing a new trick, and it is freaky! The action is non-stop, a nail biting adventure from start to end. There is a huge supporting cast Marcus, Nose, Yale, Jason, Emma and Passion all adding to the unique story. Its a great read, it doesn't end in a cliff hanger which I am thankful for." -- Amazon reviewer

Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a rare birth defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Things from the darkest depths of the human psyche never meant to exist in this world.

Olivia can pickpocket the soul.

But she can’t control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust.

"Ripley Patton knows how to deliver a coming-of-age story." - Edwina Harvey

"Ghost Hand is a fresh take on contemporary urban paranormal storytelling."
- Helen Lowe

"I just read Ghost Hand, and now I want to be Olivia Black." - Angel Leigh McCoy

386 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 33 reviews.

The Paper Doll Museum (Taylor Blake Magical Mystery), by Abigail Padgett. (Still free?)

An engaging mystery from the acclaimed Abigail Padgett. Get this free today!

"I watch for books by Abigail Padgett, so I rushed to download The Paper Doll Museum, her newest. It is a substantial book, providing hours of intriguing chills, plot twists and more than a few laughs. This book is full of strange events and delightful, quirky characters. The action centers around Taylor Blake, a high school English teacher who's seeing things that might actually be real. The plot advances with the roller-coaster pace we expect from this author. The characters are engaging and entertaining, real people, not the stereotypes one often encounters in "paranormal" stories. The melding of two genres - mystery and speculative fiction - in this 400+ page book may be the start of a whole new literary type. I hope it is. Taylor Blake is someone I would like to get to know better." -- Rosie, Amazon reviewer

By award-winning mystery author Abigail Padgett, The Paper Doll Museum stretches mystery one step further – into that spooky and sometimes hilarious world you always suspected was possible. Retired, divorced and addicted to eggplant, Taylor Blake is seeing things. That aren’t there. Determined to forestall the inevitable trip to a locked facility, she skillfully hides the fact that her life has become a B horror movie. But at a club dance, an octogenarian stalker in a cowboy costume leaves her an invitation to… The Paper Doll Museum.
There Taylor’s worst fears are subsumed in an exciting new reality. She learns that she isn’t crazy. She’s a Revenant, one of a new and curiously gifted group of people who have survived middle age only to regain the magical perceptions of childhood. But the magic is accompanied by a reappearance of childhood’s dark side as well, a ghoul now possessed of mature and horrific power. There really is something terrible hiding in the dark. There always was. Fortunately, Taylor Blake can kick ass!
It’s a good thing, because ancient tales, now unleashed, threaten the very scaffolding of human life. Only Revenants can see the threat. And only Revenants can fight it. Assuming they get their act together before it’s too late.

418 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 23 reviews.

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