Sunday, February 24, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Sunday Feb 24)

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

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, by M. Louisa Locke. (Still free?)

A cozy mystery from the old American west... with over 100 five-star reviews, and yours free today!

"This historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco is a complete package of a modified locked room puzzle, more than one murder, daring undercover snooping, romantic tension and a few twists and turns for a powerhouse of a debut novel. When I finished this book I immediately missed Annie (a liberated woman ahead of her time!) and the other characters, showing just how well they had been brought to life. The climax and revealing of the murderer was tense and an edge-of-your-seat ordeal where Annie is in very real danger. I put the book down smiling at the wrap-up." -- Amazon reviewer

It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.

Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl's clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.

Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco. Maids of Misfortune is the first book in M. Louisa Locke's historical mystery series, the sequel is Uneasy Spirits, and there are currently two short stories based on the characters from the novels, Dandy Detects, and The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage.

336 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 223 reviews.



Matanzas Bay (A Quint Mitchell Mystery), by Parker Francis. (Still free?)

A hard-boiled mystery in the beautiful setting of St. Augustine, Florida. Highly-rated and free today!

"A compelling read that rushes you along the narrow streets and darkened alleyways of St. Augustine, Florida. The novel's true-to-life, blood-spattered protagonist, P. I. Quint Mitchell, takes you on an exciting and suspenseful ride through the Ancient City, one you won't soon forget." -- William Kerr, author of the successful "Matt Berkeley" series

When PI Quint Mitchell volunteered to help with an archaeological survey in St. Augustine, he didn’t count on digging up a murder victim. In the nation’s oldest city, Mitchell discovers links to ancient sins, comes face to face with his own past, and unleashes powerful forces that will do anything to keep their secrets—even if it means taking his life. In this award-winning debut mystery, author Parker Francis taps into an undercurrent of violence hidden behind the sleepy façade of the historic town. When Mitchell’s friend, the City Archaeologist, is charged with a brutal murder, he must find the true killer while fighting inner demons and the corrosive residue of racial violence dating back to the Civil Rights Movement. As he learns, St. Augustine was birthed in blood—Matanzas means “place of slaughter” in Spanish—and violence is never far from the surface.

Matanzas Bay contains extra features: Read the prologue and first chapter of the next Quint Mitchell Mystery, "Bring Down the Furies."

“Matanzas Bay is a Chinatown-like hall of mirrors of murder, conspiracy, and land development in St. Augustine.”
—David Poyer, author of Ghosting and The Towers

“Parker Francis’s mystery MATANZAS BAY is as intricate and full of surprises as an archeological dig into old Florida’s treasures and new Florida’s darkest secrets. Francis’s private detective Quint Mitchell has hard edges, an anguished past, and just the right amount of wise-cracking good humor to keep readers smiling. MATANZAS BAY is a page turner to the end.”
—Michael Wiley, author of A Bad Night’s Sleep and the Joe Kozmarski novels

"Parker Francis has created in Quint Mitchell a protagonist you'll root for from page one. Quint's efforts to prove the innocence of a friend he believes has been falsely accused of murder will take the reader on an intriguing journey through the quaint, historic town of St. Augustine, Florida, where one wrong move can mean swimming with political sharks or becoming a midnight snack for the resident alligators. With ever-increasing suspense and enough plot twists to keep you wondering 'til the end, Matanzas Bay won't disappoint."
—Julie Compton, author of Tell No Lies and Rescuing Olivia

258 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 30 reviews.



Breaking the Rules, by Cat Lavoie. (Still free?)

Call it chick-lit, or call it contemporary women's fiction. Either way this novel has depth and memorable characters. Download it today for free!

"There are 2 main types of books I enjoy - literary dramas and light, fun reads. But I don't enjoy literary works that have no story, and I don't like fun reads that aren't well written. Well, "Breaking the Rules" is a fun read that is very well written. The writing is fun and fresh, the characters are believable, and the plot twist was a good one that I didn't see coming. I laughed, I teared up a little, I even got goose bumps at one point! I gotta give 5 stars for goosebumps!" -- Amazon reviewer

When twenty-seven year old Roxy Rule’s best friend and roommate accepts a glamorous new job overseas, she expects their relationship to continue as it’s always been—carefree and easy—until they share a heart-stopping kiss moments before his departure. Overcome with mixed emotions, she fights the urge to over analyze the situation and resumes back to her normal life in New York City, working for an intolerable boss at a dead end job, creeping further and further away from her own dreams of becoming a professional chef.

While things become more complicated between her and Ollie, Roxy is sure that nothing can come between two lifelong best friends—not even mild jealousy over a thriving career or a silly little kiss that meant nothing. In fact, it was such a meaningless and forgettable kiss that she convinces herself that it’s not even worth mentioning to her fiancé, although it is all she can think about.

Roxy’s already topsy-turvy life only gets more complicated when her sisters Steffi and Izzie suddenly become her roommates. Steffi is six months into a pregnancy she refuses to discuss and Izzie is in the throes of a premature midlife crisis. Roxy tries to take control of her career, her love life and her sisters – but can she really handle it all? And can the Rule family keep it together – or break under the pressure?

370 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 31 reviews.



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

Flame, by May McGoldrick. (Still $0.99?)

A wonderfully-reviewed, gothic romance set in old Scotland, from a prolific and successful author. Bargain-priced today at 99 cents!

"I absolutely loved this book. It has everything you've ever wanted in a gothic romance - mystery, suspense, hidden passageways, hidden damsels in distress, ancient rituals, danger, an awesome hero, a smart heroine, realistic and humorous dialogue, well-developed plot & characters. This is excellent. Buy this book - it's just wonderful." -- Amazon reviewer

After surviving the fire that claimed the lives of her parents, a young woman has hidden within the catacombs of her Scottish Highlands castle, plotting revenge against the villain responsible. But the arrival of the castle's new laird spoils her plans when she saves his life and is forced to reveal her identity. Although attracted to this mysterious woman, the laird doubts her fears of the "cursed castle." Until a series of deadly "accidents" convince him of the truth behind her words...and he vows to do anything to protect this woman who has ignited a passion within his soul!

320 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 6 reviews.



Titanic with ZOMBIES, by Richard Brown. (Still free?)

C'mon, ladies, you know you've always wanted to read a zombie novel, and were just waiting for the right one to come along. Here it is, free today!

"Like many people, I've always found the Titanic interesting. I also like a good thriller. Thus the combination of zombies and the Titanic was no hard sell for me. I enjoyed this book. It was a fun, fast read. The author does an excellent job of integrating the two story lines together into one coherent and enjoyable story. His descriptions of the Titanic, both the ship itself and the sinking, were very believable, showing that the author clearly did his research. The characters are likable and I found myself genuinely desiring to see certain characters make it out alive." -- Amazon reviewer


Titanic with ZOMBIES

This is the story...
  • of a shipbuilder who designed the greatest ocean liner ever imagined.
  • of a captain on the final voyage of his long and distinguished career.
  • of a crew dedicated to the safety and well-being of all passengers.
  • of an unsinkable woman who stood up when everyone told her to sit down.
Oh, and there's an infection that turns hundreds of passengers into violent, flesh-eating ghouls.

That's right. This ain't no love story.

This is the story of the Titanic with ZOMBIES.

All aboard. It's about to go down!

241 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 17 reviews.



The Blade (The Mafia Trilogy Book Two), by Jonas Saul. (Still free?)

This crime thriller is highly rated and is free today!

"Fast-pace enthralling read! Darwin just wants to have a normal life with his wife but instead he finds himself in a safe house under the FBI's charge. Corruption among law enforcement makes it difficult for them to know who to trust. To stay alive he has uses his fear (aichmophobia) and his exceptional wit to keep himself and his wife safe. I look forward to the third installment!" -- Amazon reviewer


*Warning: Extreme and graphic violence

The Blade - Book Two of The Mafia Trilogy

The safe house where Darwin and Rosina live is attacked. Five FBI agents are dead. Darwin Kostas has nowhere to turn, no one he can trust. Darwin's phobias cause him great stress and now the media are calling him The Blade, even though he can't stand the sight of knives.

The FBI are hunting him. The Gambino family, violent mobsters associated with Italy's La Cosa Nostra, want to know who he works for before they execute him. Darwin just wants to be left alone with his new wife so they can begin a domestic life, but that won't happen with so many people wanting him dead.

As evidence piles up against him, a half-blind FBI agent is on his tail, and a relentless mobster plans Darwin's violent end, the only thing he has left to lose is his life. Meanwhile, the Russian Mafia are moving into new territory in Toronto. They want to know who this Darwin guy is and why he is still breathing. When they show up to take possession of his body, Darwin has one surprise left for the mobsters before he dies.

The Blade is Book Two of The Mafia Trilogy, a set of psychological thrillers from Jonas Saul, the author of the Sarah Roberts Series.

The Kill, is Book One of The Mafia Trilogy.
The Scythe, is Book Three of The Mafia Trilogy.

354 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 15 reviews.



Amethyst, a YA paranormal romance/fantasy (#1 of the Guardian series), by Heather Bowhay. (Still free?)

Over forty 5-star reviews for this YA paranormal fantasy... yours free today.

"This was a great read. A mixture of action, romance and angst that holds you captivated until the end. Lexi has premonitions that allow her to make a difference. She also learns that she is an Amethyst, a healer. Unfortunately, the combination of the two traits is a death sentence. A paranormal teenage sweet romance that you should not miss." -- Amazon reviewer

College-bound Lexi Adams leads no ordinary life. Premonitions dictate her every move, compelling her to rescue strangers day and night. After years of self-sacrifice, she decides to ignore one, but innocent people die. So, when the next premonition depicts her own death, Lexi is faced with the decision of a lifetime. As if an ill-fated future isn’t enough to deal with, a series of strange illnesses and murders devastate her small town, and co-worker Jessica Nelson insists Lexi can help.

According to Jessica, everyone is born with an inner energy called Essence. Only a select few, Amethysts, can control Essence and heal people. Jessica claims to be an Amethyst and asks Lexi to join her and a group of her friends as they track the murderers. Despite her personal plight, Lexi considers joining them.

Then again, Lexi discovers secrets run deep among Jessica’s friends. Not only do they have a hidden agenda, but they also harbor extraordinary abilities. And they have connections with the Ray-pacs – the sadistic killers who are preying on human Essence. Ultimately, Lexi must decide if life, not death, equals salvation. And if so, is she willing to make certain sacrifices and join her friends in eradicating the Ray-pacs?

Amethyst is the first novel in the Guardian series, a spellbinding, young adult, urban fantasy series. One that wouldn’t be complete without a love triangle at the heart of the story.

271 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 66 reviews.



Smitten at First Sight: A Contemporary Romance Novel, by Marie Astor. (Still free?)

This contemporary romance, free today, is praised for its heartfelt writing and sweet love story,

"The selfless motivations of the main character are truly a great example in this "me, me, me" culture promoted these days on the 24-hour-a-day cable TV cycle. Turn off the TV and pick up this beautiful and uplifting story." -- Amazon reviewer

Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie's college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.

Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, Maggie meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.

A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor's death. When Maggie returns to Taylor's native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor's side, convincing him to embrace life again.

What the readers are saying:

A sweet novel that reminds you what it's like to fall in love for the first time.

This book kept me up all night - I could not put it down until I found out what happened to Maggie and Taylor.

A love story you'll fall in love with. The author creates such palpable chemistry between the main characters, Maggie and Taylor, that you simply can't help but root for the star-crossed lovers.

The story pulled me in from page one and would not let me go. Long after I finished the book, I kept thinking about Maggie's and Taylor's amazing love story.

244 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 26 reviews.



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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout out on my Wife's book, Kindleboards! :D

    (Twin souls)

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