Friday, February 22, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Feb 22)

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

All For One, by Ryne Douglas Pearson. (Still free?)

This bestselling thriller is free today! From accomplished novelist and screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson.

Some examples of the enthused praise for Pearson's work:

"...chillingly prescient..down-to-the-wire suspense" -- Publishers Weekly for 'Capitol Punishment' 

"Action-packed and fast-paced... Keeps the reader flipping pages frantically" -- Library Journal for 'Simple Simon'

"Excellent entertainment from first page to last" -- Booklist for 'Simple Simon' 

"Aerodynamic prose and superb pacing... A one-sitting book that will make the hours fly by" -- Publishers Weekly for 'Simple Simon'


An Amazon TOP 100 Bestseller(March 2012) 

The darkest secrets we keep even from ourselves...
Mary Austin is the kind of teacher that parents adore and children wish for. Firm and compassionate, a guiding light in their lives, she would do anything to protect her students.

But that loyalty is tested when the school's sadistic bully is found dead on campus, and suspicion falls on six children in her class. None willing to talk. To point the finger.

To reveal the killer.

Faced with this, Mary finds herself confronted with dark memories from her own childhood. Fragmentary flashes from the past that test the bounds of her reality, the onslaught worsening when a tenacious detective is brought in to close the case.

On loan from the Seattle Police Department, Detective Dooley Ashe is plagued by his own demons, but focuses on breaking through the wall of silence the children have erected. Up against a town indifferent toward the crime and suspects virtually untouchable by the law, Dooley turns to Mary as an avenue to the truth.

As an unlikely closeness develops between Dooley and Mary, the suspected children close ranks, worried that one of their own is ready to break and give the detective what he wants.

But when unseen adversaries push back, with both damaging and deadly results, Dooley and Mary are forced to face their personal limits as they each discover the unthinkable identity of the killer.

377 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 62 reviews.



Enigma Black, by Sara Furlong-Burr. (Still free?)

This family saga has action, political intrigue, and romance. Free today!

"An unlikely heroine. A mass murderer who's frustrated the President so effectively he greenlights a decision that would create national panic, not to mention having a moniker so ominous it becomes a parallel for his taste of art. That's Enigma Black for you, and Sara Burr whips up a story where diverse characters and situations can thrive. In between the drama, flying fists, explosions, and scientific experiments there lies comedic relief in the dialogue, especially whenever the protagonist's best friend Lucy opens her mouth, and a budding love triangle worthy of any watercooler gossip." -- Amazon reviewer

When she was just seventeen, the course of Celaine Stevens' life was permanently altered with the murders of her father, mother, and brother in one of a series of mysterious and violent explosions occurring across the country. Struggling with picking up the pieces, she's haunted by the memory of that day and her promise of retribution against those responsible for her misery. But just as she seems to be getting her life back on track, an encounter with a mysterious stranger promises her the vengeance she desires, ultimately turning the former target into the assassin.

However, as she soon learns, all choices come with consequences. And the consequence of her choice threatens to destroy the very fabric of her being.

323 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 22 reviews.



Dust Devils, by Roger Smith. (Still free?)

This hard-boiled mystery set in South Africa is highly praised, and free today!

"I loved the author's previous books, Mixed Blood and Wake Up Dead, and I think this latest is his best. He has all the action, fast pacing, violence, and evocative visual descriptions of the previous books but this time he moves the action away from Cape Town and takes a new approach to his writing. He takes a broader view, including problems affecting South Africa today: AIDS; corruption at all levels, civil and political; a climate of lawlessness that make South Africa one of the most violent countries in the world." -- Amazon reviewer

TO AVENGE WHAT HE LOVES, HE BECOMES WHAT HE HATES
Framed for murdering his family, South African journalist Robert Dell's only ally is his oldest enemy: his father, an ex-CIA hitman with one last shot at redemption. Hunting the real killer, father and son take a bloody road trip into the heart of darkness, uncovering a conspiracy reaching to the highest levels of the state.

PRAISE FOR ROGER SMITH

"Smith writes with the brutal beauty of an Elmore Leonard in a very bad mood. " THE WASHINGTON POST

"Smith has a unique ability to plunge readers into his nightmare visions." THE TIMES

"If you are a fan of George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane, give Roger Smith a close look." BOOKPAGE

308 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 51 reviews.



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

Dollhouse (The Dollhouse Trilogy), by Anya Allyn. (Still $0.99?)

This YA horror is the first in the Dollhouse trilogy. It's loved by its readers - (check out the reviews!) - and is bargain-priced today at 99 cents!

"Dollhouse is an incredible story, unlike anything I have ever read before. It moves very fast, and the characters and their interactions flow seamlessly together, creating a terrifying scene one will be unable to look away from. " -- nightowlreviews.com

"This is the first of Aussie author Anya Allyn's Doll House trilogy, and I can't wait to read the next! I couldn't put it down, the intensity is terrifying, and the mixture of characters extremely diverse and scary! Highly recommended!" -- Brenda, Goodreads librarian

"Supersize dolls that move on their own, painted doll faces, oversize furniture, underground rooms, missing girls, dark rooms, and paranormal creepiness. The ending will have your jaw dropping too." -- M.L. Jarman

DOLLHOUSE is a dark, Gothic, Young Adult Horror.
Four teenagers chance across a mysterious, crumbling mansion in the depths of the mountains....
  • One of them is about to vanish.
  • One of them is lying about what he or she knows.
  • None of them will escape the fate awaiting them in the terrifying Dollhouse beneath the old mansion--a place of nightmarish horrors and insanity.

A slow-burn nightmare, a world of supernatural darkness and strange secrets.

Six months ago, fifteen-year-old Cassie Claiborne reluctantly moved from her home in Florida with her social worker mom. In her new home--a remote, mountainous Australian town, Cassie meets new friends--Aisha Dumaj, Ethan McAllister and Lacey Dougherty.

For the first time, Cassie falls in love. The only problem is that the boy she falls for is her friend, Ethan--and he and Aisha are already an item. When Cassie goes on a school hike to Devils Hole with her new friends, she tries desperately to keep her feelings for Ethan secret.

Aisha disappears on the hike without a trace--with the police believing she was murdered.

When Cassie, Ethan and Lacey return to the mountains to search for Aisha--Cassie begins to realize she never really knew any of her friends. Everyone has their own secrets. She discovers the stranger lurking inside everyone she thought she knew.

The darkest secret of all waits beneath the old mansion in the mountains--a secret from which there is no escape....

294 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 83 reviews.



Pushed Too Far (A Thriller), by Ann Voss Peterson. (Still free?)

Over 30 five-star reviews for this police procedural mystery, with elements of romance. Free today!

"Pushed Too Far focuses on Val Ryker, the first female police chief of a small Wisconsin town. As the book opens, Ryker is faced with a cop's nightmare: sudden strong evidence of wrongful conviction in the case that made her reputation. Ryker has to figure out what really happened in that two-year-old case and, even more importantly, what's going on right under her nose. Oh, and the guy she helped put behind bars? Maybe he's innocent, maybe he's not. But one thing's for sure: he's feeling mighty vengeful. Ann Voss Peterson's new thriller is terrific: intricately yet tightly plotted, economically written, gritty and scary without being grotesque." -- Amazon reviewer

A TOWN'S TERRIBLE SECRET
Two years ago a woman was brutally murdered, her body burned until only ash and shattered bone remained. Police Sergeant Valerie Ryker solved that case, putting psychopath Dixon Hess in prison for life, and becoming the first female police chief of her tiny Wisconsin town.

A COP'S UNFORGIVABLE MISTAKE
Then the original murder victim turns up in a frozen lake, all in one piece and only recently dead, and Val must enter a race against time. In only forty-eight hours, Hess will be set free, and he wants payback. And Val, her town, and everyone she loves are at the top of his list.

A KILLER'S NEXT VICTIM
But surviving Hess's vengeance is only part of her dilemma. For there's another killer in Lake Loyal. One who may be closer to Val than she knows...

Val will need all the help she can get, including a sexy firefighter, her dead sister's daughter, and a tough Chicago cop named Jack Daniels. Everyone has a breaking point, and Val has just reached hers.

From bestselling romantic suspense author Ann Voss Peterson comes a page-turning thriller of police procedure, passion, and revenge. Make sure you're holding your Kindle tightly with both hands.

" If you're a fan of Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, or Kathy Reichs, don't even hesitate. Filled with nail-gnawing suspense, dark mystery, and even a dash of sexy romance, PUSHED TOO FAR qualifies for Thriller of the Year." - J.A. Konrath, author of SHAKEN

PUSHED TOO FAR is approximately 65,000 words long. It's Ann's 27th book.

290 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 64 reviews.



Awaken (Book One) (Fated Saga, Contemporary Fantasy Series), by Rachel D'Aigle. (Still free?)

Get the first book in the Fated contemporary fantasy saga, free today!

"I fell so in love with this story that I ended up getting the rest of the series. There are five books total and more to come." -- Amazon reviewer

From the Depths of Fear, Bravery is Born

Book One in the Fated Saga, A Contemporary Young Adult + Fantasy Series, fueled by Action, Adventure and the Eternal Desire for Truth...

While summering in a New England campground, mind reading thirteen-year-old twins, Meghan and Colin Jacoby, discover they have until the rising of the Blue Moon to help save the life of a young man, whose caravan is forced to flee through a magical portal to another world, without him.

In the process, they have a dark awakening when their own simple, normal world, begins to collide with the complexities of the magical world. The twins face unimaginable dangers, which thrust them into an unexpected choice: to live as they always have or to learn the truth about their past and enter a world that is equally thrilling and terrifying.

More importantly, however, is whether they even have a choice, or will destiny not only force this new magical reality upon them, but require them to sacrifice everyone they love in doing so?

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



Notes to Self, by Avery Sawyer. (Still free?)

Highly-rated, this young adult novel about a teen with a traumatic brain injury is free today.

"I usually don't read many books in the Young Adult category, but I am glad I read this one - I seriously think this could / should zoom up the charts and be a huge bestseller and I could also see this one being made into a smash summer movie." ~Michael Gallagher

"Notes to Self is an emotional journey that any woman, teenager or otherwise, can relate to. It made me think about my own formative years and that connected me to the narrator on a deep level. I recommend Notes to Self to readers who appreciate honest contemporary fiction." ~Amazon reviewer 

Two climbed up. Two fell down.
One woke up.

 
Robin Saunders is a high school sophomore with an awesome best friend, a hard-working single mom, and a complicated relationship with a sweet guy named Reno. She's coasting along, trying to get through yet another tedious year of high school, when Em suggests something daring. They live in Florida-- tourist central--and Emily wants to sneak into a theme park after midnight and see what they're made of.

When things get out of control, Robin wakes up in a hospital bed and Emily doesn't wake up at all. Just getting dressed becomes an ordeal as Robin tries to heal and piece together the details of that terrible night. Racing to remember everything in the hopes of saving Emily, Robin writes a series of notes to herself to discover the truth.
 

Gr. 8-12. Adult language.

264 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 112 reviews.



Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain, by Lisa J. Yarde. (Still free?)

This well-researched work of historical fiction is praised for its accuracy and its compelling writing. Free today!

"Transported through time to a wondrous world. two chapters in and I was completely hooked with the beautiful writing, and well researched detail as to how the last Muslim family to rule Spain lived, loved and fought. The way she takes the reader into their personal and political lives, and her portrayal of the sumptuous Alhambra Palace is masterly." -- Amazon reviewer

In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The union of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, with the Sultan’s nephew Faraj has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Faraj’s lives.

All her life, Fatima has sheltered in lavish palaces where danger has never intruded, until now. A precocious child and the unwitting pawn of her family, she soon learns how her marriage may determine her future and the fate of Granada. Her husband Faraj has his own qualms about their union. At a young age, he witnessed the deaths of his parents and discovered how affluence and power offers little protection against indomitable enemies. Guilt and fears plague him. Determined to carve his own destiny, Faraj struggles to regain his lost inheritance and avenge his murdered family.

Throughout the rugged frontiers of southern Spain, the burgeoning Christian kingdoms in the north and the desert states of North Africa, Fatima and Faraj survive ruthless murderers and intrigues. They unite against common enemies bent on destroying the last Moorish dynasty. While Fatima and Faraj establish a powerful bond, the atmosphere of deceit creates opportunities for mistrust and tests their love.

368 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 23 reviews.



The Vital Principle (Second Sons Inquiry Agency Mystery), by Amy Corwin. (Still free?)

Lord Crowley is dead, and it's up to the Second Sons Inquiry Agency to find the murderer. Get this cozy mystery set in Britain's regency period, free today!

"I loved the dialog. It introduced me to a whole new vocabulary of delightful old British words. The two main characters were people I would like to hang out with and the baddies were really bad so you could root for their defeat. I hope the characters Knighton Gaunt and Prudence Barnard show up in future books by this author." -- Amazon reviewer

A cold draft extinguishes the flame of a small candle and darkness envelops the frightened group seeking to contact the spirit world. Nothing answers their call except a suggestion, a touch of the unknown wavering in the shadows. Is it real, or an expert illusion created by spiritualist Prudence Barnard?

Their host, Lord Crowley, believes the séance is nothing but a clever fraud. Denouncing those who believe as fools or worse, Crowley attempts to expose Prudence by hiring an inquiry agent to attend the séance.

Then someone poisons Lord Crowley, right under the nose of the inquiry agent he hired.

Knighton Gaunt has sacrificed family and social standing to found the Second Sons Inquiry Agency, only to have his reputation tarnished when his employer dies and he’s unable to identify the murderer. Who had the nerve to execute such a bold maneuver? Could it really be Prudence, angered by Crowley’s efforts to discredit her, or was it one of the other twelve guests?


The truth seems as elusive as smoke as Knighton delves into the secrets drifting through the hallways of Rosecrest manor. Long-time friends turn against one another, and Knighton is desperate to separate fact from fiction before death strikes again.

“The Vital Principle” is the first in the Second Son’s Inquiry Agency series of Regency mysteries, featuring the agency’s coolly intellectual founder, Knighton Gaunt. The series includes a variety of inquiry agents associated with Second Sons and is set in England’s fascinating Regency period when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and the Prince Regent, the eventual George IV, ruled in his stead.

Each volume stands alone as a mystery touched with romance.

398 pages, with a 4-star rating from 17 reviews.



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