Monday, February 4, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Feb 4)

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

The Shadow of Black Wings (The Year of the Dragon, Book 1), by James Calbraith. (Still free?)

Let's start off with this fun fantasy with engaging characters that paints an alternate history to Victorian England. Free today!

"Fast paced and full of energy" --Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt

"This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight ... a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read." -- Publishers Weekly

"The real-world cultures are incredibly well-researched and truthful, and yet well-balanced with the fantasy elements. An intriguing and impressive series." -- Ben Galley, author of the Emaneska Series

It is the Sixteenth Year of Queen Victoria. In the powerful empire of Dracaland, Bran, a young dragon rider, joins his father on a military expedition to the mysterious lands of the Orient. In the reclusive Yamato, Sato, a tomboy samurai girl, strives to prove her right to inherit her father's school of western magic. Nagomi, a timid shrine apprentice, is haunted by the visions of dark future she must keep secret even from her best friend.

They don't know it yet, but their paths will cross... And when they do, nothing will ever be the same again.

Welcome to The Shadow of Black Wings, a steam-powered romp across the land of dragons, wizards and samurai. It's big, it's fast, it's been compared to Tolkien in terms of world-building, it has strong female characters and lots of carefully researched detail. You will meet the Royal Marines sailing mighty ironclads and Chinese walking machines; mysterious warlords and crazy inventors; you will discover dark prophecies, family secrets and blood-thirsty demons. And all that in just the first volume!

340 pages, with a 3.4-star rating from 34 reviews.

Through Smoke, by J.R. Tate. (Still free?)

A thriller with elements of romance, this highly-rated novel is free today!

"A fast paced read, you will find yourself hurrying to see what happens, who will live and who will die. Who will be victorious and who will get their just desserts? I was left hungry for more and Tate does not disappoint. Some of the characters move on with their lives in a sequel as thrilling as Through Smoke. No spoiler from me, however, you'll need to seek out "Backfire" to find out who has survived Viper's ungodly payback." -- Kay P. Marziale, Amazon reviewer

Firefighter Michael McGinnis is no stranger to intense situations. Veteran of New York’s Ladder Twenty-One Company as a search and rescue man, he has seen his share of burning infernos, high-rise saves, and intense emergency situations. Despite McGinnis’ years on the job, nothing can prepare him for getting tangled in his brother’s mistakes as a drug addict and gambler, especially when a blood thirsty bookie gets involved. A romance sparks between him and fellow paramedic, Eva Crisante, catching him even more off guard. Morals are tested, lies are told, and relationships are built and then torn to ruins. The problems ahead are more challenging than any fire McGinnis has experienced. He learns that bravery is not only needed in his job with the department, but also in dire situations away from work. His tough love for his brother is tested, proving that there truly are things more dangerous than a five-alarm fire.

226 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 29 reviews.

FLEE, by Miranda Kavi. (Still free?)

This YA urban fantasy earns strong reviews for its engaging storyline. Free today.

"This book was excellent to read. The character of Aurora was someone to look up to because she was doing everything in her power to make something of herself. She had a strong moral attitude of what was right and wrong. Gavyn was a sweetheart, he was someone that I would want to fall in love with although I did think that their romance seemed hurried in parts, and overall it was believable. Some parts were pretty predictable but overall the theme and pace of the story was awesome." -- Lauren Johnson, Amazon reviewer

I can fly.

I have to keep it a secret.

Everything was fine, until I met him.

I can’t stay away…

Aurora Lockette has a supernatural ability she hides from the world. Gavyn Dhaval is a newly famous actor that shies away from the spotlight. When Aurora and Gavyn literally collide in a fender bender on her first day of law school, they are irresistibly drawn to each other.

When Aurora’s secret is revealed, she has no choice but to abandon Gavyn to go into hiding to escape the media frenzy. A secret society of gifted humans contacts her to warn of dark forces that seek to destroy her and everyone she loves.

Aurora must try to understand who and what she is while she fights to protect herself and her loved ones from a hidden, sinister force.

157 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 11 reviews.

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

Obsidian Souls (Soul Series), by Donna Augustine. (Still $0.99?)

This paranormal fantasy is the first in the "Soul" series. It's today's bargain book at $0.99!

"While this is supposed to be the first in a series it can very much be read as a stand alone novel. There were no cliffhangers and I was left wondering in which direction the author is going to go with the next book, there is romantic elements to Obsidian Soul it really takes a back seat to the rest of the action. So I was left kinda wondering whether it will continue with the adventures of Lex and Caden or a new romance for one of the other Mike maybe. All in all it was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it." -- Urban Fantasy Review

When innocent botanist Alexandria is attacked on a cold winter night, she believes it is nothing more than bad luck. She never suspects that her attacker is not human, and that Caden, her white knight, would be more of the dark and brooding variety and as scary as the thug he’s saving her from.

Now strange beings are stalking her every move and she does not know why. The cops are turning a blind eye, and she has nowhere left to turn but to Caden. He’s willing to help, but he is short on answers and his motivations are not the purest. If she does not find answers soon, her life as she knows it is over. But is she prepared for the truth she finds?

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

Requiem (The Eternal Gateway Book One), by SB Jones. (Still free?)

This Sci-Fi action / adventure is free today!

"If HG Wells had foretold the X-men, while scribbling out his frenzied notes on a Turkish manuscript in a smoky opium den, it would be almost as cool as this book." -- Amazon reviewer

The Mage Council has been disbanded. The ruling class for a thousand years is dissolved after the War of Antiquities and technology gives rise to a new era.

Kail Kelly, a young man who has spent his life on his aunt and uncle's farm, finds himself in the middle of a desperate power grab by the last ruler of the Mage Council and a time traveling mage known as The Guardian who is trying to prevent the world from falling to darkness.

Angela Atagi, the mysterious woman born a thousand years in the past who also has the unique ability to fly, is given a second chance by The Guardian if she plays her part in the prophecy.

With the help of an unlikely group thrown together by The Guardian, including the captain of a prototype airship, they set about unlocking hidden powers on a journey that takes them across the world and to the edge of time.

Includes the first nine chapters of book two, Guardian.

The Eternal Gateway trilogy by SB Jones is a science fiction, steampunk adventure with time travel and fantasy elements.

Book one: Requiem, now available.
Book two: Guardian, now available.
Book three: Sentinel, now available.

318 pages, with a 4-star rating from 5 reviews.

Secret Murder: Who Shall Judge?, by Ellen Kuhfeld. (Still free?)

An "enthralling" alternate history that sets a murder mystery in medieval Europe... which just happens to be in Minnesota. Free today!

"Secret Murder is an intriguing historical novel of passion and turbulent life, of murder and a kind of justice. The story is rife with all the trappings of a time of story-tellers, traveling bards, Vikings and native peoples who wandered the earth, a time before printing presses and cell phones. In exciting fashion author Ellen Kuhfeld suggests the possibility of a westward penetration into the new continent long before Columbus, before the Spaniards or the Portuguese came to the new world. Never mind there is scant reliable evidence of Finns or Norse or white Christians ever penetrating to the middle of North America before the sixteenth century. Be that as it may, had they come, here s an enthralling story of how it might have been." -- Carl Brookins

What if, in the middle ages, North America had been settled by Europeans' The Americas would have developed very differently. Settlers from an eleventh-century Europe would have been on a relatively even footing with the local people. We could end up with an Anglo-French empire along the Mississippi up to the head of navigation at Saint Anthony Falls. North of that would be Norse, settling on the Iron Range; and north of the Norse, Finns. Large areas of North America would still belong to the indigenous peoples. Traders would travel about, by land and by river, as traders always have. At trade fairs, men and women of different lands, laws, and customs would come together. As always, jackals would gather to prey upon them …

157 pages, with a 5-star rating from 4 reviews.

Dragon Time and Other Stories, by Ruth Nestvold. (Still free?)

Four short fantasy stories from award-winning Sci-Fi master Ruth Nestvold. Free today!

"From the creative mind of Nebula Awards nominee Ruth Nestvold comes a collection of four notable stories of fantasy and magic. I love the old-world feel of the settings of the stories and how mundane everything appeared to be despite the fantasy and magical elements in each tale. what connects all four are the presence of strong female characters who face their respective predicaments and triumph over them. moreover, each one had to sacrifice someone or something for the greater good without losing her dignity and integrity in the process. i thoroughly enjoyed escaping into Ms. Nestvold's world and i highly recommend this anthology to fans of fantasy and magic who wish to make that journey as well." -- Amazon reviewer

A collection of four previously published fantasy tales by Ruth Nestvold: "Dragon Time," "Wooing Ai Kyarem," "To Act the Witch," and "Princes and Priscilla."

Dragon Time: In Unterdrachenberg, time has stopped. After the death of his queen, the dragon king is mad with grief. Only a human woman can enter the dragon's lair to fix time -- a magic that is forbidden to women. Katja is the grand-daughter of a clockmaker, and she has watched her grandfather work with time for many years. But can she fix it on her own' More importantly, is she brave enough to try'

Wooing Ai Kyarem: Ai Kyarem calls no man lord. But what if the powerful Kubai forces her to choose'

To Act the Witch: Brilliana is a famous actress for the Duke's Theatre, yes -- but she is also a Witch. And it is up to her to save the Age of Magic.

Princes and Priscilla: As princess and heir to the kingdom, Priscilla really should marry a prince and ensure the succession. Unfortunately, Priscilla has other ideas.

The four short stories in this collection come to a total of about 30,000 words.

102 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 8 reviews.

Dragonthology, by Jason Andrew. (Still free?)

As one reviewer puts it, this is a "thrilling and eclectic collection of dragon stories told from multiple points of view, settings and even time periods and genres. From the gritty streets of noir Manhattan to the battlefields of World War I, from outer space to a Sorority House." Free today!

"Dragonthology, a collection of seven stories by seven different authors, is interesting because of the approach each one took in creating their tales about dragons. It is also exciting because each writer's style changes in pace, setting, and approach so that you are not stuck with the same, fixed view, that often happens from a single author. All the stories whet your appetite in wanting more." -- Amazon reviewer

Enter the pages of the Dragonthology. No single story has ever been great enough to contain the mystical, wondrous creature known as the dragon. We assembled the greatest draconian tales and put them between the covers of a single tome to satisfy your hunger for everything dragon. Seven magnificent stories, ranging from science fiction to mystery, await you within.

The Case of the Bloodstone Dragon by G.L. Jackson

A washed up has been, Private Investigator Clark is down to his last $100. That is, until the night a mysterious femme fatale walks through his door weaving a tale of intrigue in hope of recovering an artifact steeped in mystery and danger. What follows is a raucous ride through a little known human and dragon history, played out on the streets of New York City.

Unto the Breach by Jason Andrew

Jonathan Heller uncovers an unusual secret during one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War One in the middle of horrific trench warfare. Can he convince an ancient dragon that humanity is worthy of life during their darkest hour?

The Dragon of Sullivan Hall by Marian Allen

A dormitory full of fun loving female students, an angry red dragon with a litter full of hungry whelps, and a particular student of Irish descent. This won't end well for the dragon.

Egg Hunt by Jay Wilburn

A lonely smuggler must make decisions he never dreamt possible in the darkness of space to elude capture and protect his precious cargo of dragon eggs. When one of them hatches, it threatens to damage his ship. Can a person change enough to save a ship, a dragon, and himself?

The Clan by Troy Lambert

Dragons return to the earth and humanity enslaves them with the last remnants of technology of their dying race. Now the technology of old is fading. Will the dragons be able to rise again? Will the humans declare war, or will a peaceful solution be found' It all rests in the hands of an ancient dragon, and a lowly shepherd and his clan.

Dragon Seeks a Wife by Sandra Graves

What happens when a dragon falls ill and is told he will die in a year and a day unless he finds his one true love? The only thing a dragon can do. He sets out on a quest to win the hand of the perfect mate for a dragon–the daughter of the king. Aided by a Quetzal bird sorcerer, he begins his quest. An old fashioned fairy tale with a Meso-American twist.

Darkness Taken by J.A. Campbell

In a land where children are warriors and the only adults are mythical creatures, all are called to fight the Darkness. Til and her dragon partner, Heliodor, complete the perfect Welcome Ceremony, but their joy is short lived. The Dark has slain a unicorn and taken her foal back to the Darklands. Can Til and Heliodor venture where none go and rescue the young unicorn?

174 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 6 reviews.

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1 comment:

  1. The Wheel of Justice – hilariously funny dark humor and biting satire combine in this short story set on an American TV game-show of the near future.

    Available to download FREE through February 5th.

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