Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Feb 13)

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

Virtually Mine: a love story, by Susan Rohrer. (Still free?)

Ahhh, here's a sweet romantic comedy from romance novelist and screenwriter Susan Rohrer. Enjoy this whimsy read, free today!

"The timing of this book couldn't be more perfect with Valentine's Day on the horizon. love story with much humor - I laughed a lot! I could identify with some characters all too well as I reflected on my own life and how I have handled various relationships. This book was a great reminder to me that love is not so much about finding the "right" person as it is about being the right person. It also reminded me of keeping an open heart and mind as I interact with people, for in doing so I never know what may come of various beginnings. Who knows, maybe one day a beginning may have no ending!" -- Debbie, Amazon reviewer

Devastated to think that she's lost her steady beau to another ingénue, aspiring actress Kate Valentine consoles herself by renting an Imaginary Boyfriend from burgeoning romance broker Virtually Mine. Kate's Imaginary Boyfriend sends her flowers. He calls. He texts sweet nothings, plucking at her heartstrings. As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, Kate finds herself longing for true love, never knowing that it might be much closer than she thinks.

Genre: Sweet Romantic Comedy
Print Length: 212 pages
Cover Images: Courtesy Indigo Valley Photography
Author photo: Jean-Louis Darville
Fun Facts: This novel is based on author's movie script

212 pages, with a 5-star rating from 10 reviews.



Harem, by Colin Falconer. (Still free?)

From the prolific Colin Falconer comes this compelling work of historical fiction. An absorbing read, praised for its intelligent writing and breakneck pace. Free today!

"Wonderful speculative history! Colin weaves a vivid tapestry of the medieval turkish world. This story is an engaging story of a female slave using her wits and charms to survive and ultimately win the right as the Sultan's consort. Her mastery of political deception is diabolocal and her revenge sweet. Her son takes the throne but it was not of the Sultan's blood - thus ensuring the fall of the Ottoman Empire. This was all Colin's speculation, but who knows the truth may not be so removed from this afterall. Great and wonderful." -- Amazon reviewer

Colin Falconer is the best selling author of WHEN WE WERE GODS and AZTEC and over twenty other novels. His books have been translated into seventeen languages.

"A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction." - Booklist

He had everything a man might dream of; wealth, power and the choice of hundreds of the most beautiful women in his Empire. Why then did he forsake his harem for the love of just one woman, and marry her in defiance of the centuries-old code of the Osmanlis'

This is the astonishing story of Suleiman, the one they called the Magnificent, and the woman he loved.

Suleiman controlled an empire of thirty million people, encompassing twenty different languages. As a man, he was an enigma; he conquered all who stood against him with one of the world's first full time professional armies - yet he liked to write poetry; he ravaged half of Europe but he rebuilt Istanbul in marble; he had teams of torturers and assassins ready to unleash at a whim - yet history remembers him as a great lawmaker.

''Harem' literally means 'Forbidden': Forbidden to men. Once the Sultan was the only man - the only complete man - who could pass through its iron-studded doors. But what was that world really like?

For a woman living in the Harem the only way out was to somehow find her way into the Sultan's bed and bear him a son. But the young Sultan was often away at war and when he did return he neglected his harem for just one favourite wife. But one young Russian concubine inside his seraglio was not content to allow fate decide the course of her life. She was clever and she was ruthless. And she had a plan.

Into this world are drawn two unforgettable characters; a beautiful young Italian noblewoman, captured by corsairs and brought to the Harem as a concubine; and the eunuch who loved her once, long ago, in Venice.

Loved her? He never stopped loving her.

From medieval Venice to the slave markets of Algiers, from the mountains of Persia to the forbidden seraglio of the Ottoman's greatest sultan, this is a tale of passion and intrigue in a world where nothing is really as it seems.

562 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 13 reviews.



The Girl and the Genie, by E. M. Lilly. (Still free?)

This delightful work of urban fantasy romance will leave you with a smile. Free today!

"This story was definitely a very different twist on the Genie in a bottle scenario. A very lighthearted and fun book to read. With a little magical love along the way. A recommended light easy read." -- Amazon reviewer

Emily Mignon's love life is a disaster, and she's not at all happy about it! When she finds a genie and is granted nine wishes, she's determined to use one of them to find her one true love. But the genie warns her that any wish for romance always ends disastrously. Emily, not to be denied, will try to find a loophole to this rule.

The Girl and the Genie is a fun, exciting and charming mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, that will leave you rooting for Emily, the genie, and a fat little English Bulldog named Winston.

E. M. Lilly is the nom de plume of an award-winning mystery author.

219 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 23 reviews.



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

Need to Breathe, by Tara Staley. (Still $0.99?)

Read the book description below and prepare to download! This creative work is richly praised and looks to be a great addition to your collection of southern literature. Bargain-priced today at $0.99!

Typical review: "NEED TO BREATHE will hold appeal for women's fiction readers who like their prose on the lively-and-literary side, or anyone seeking an inventive, engrossing, well-crafted story." 

"A good Southern story is set in a place as realistic and vivid as the characters are colorful and meaningful, yet it's the author's voice that gives Southern fiction its distinctive flavor. From this trinity of setting, character and voice comes Tara Staley's debut novel, NEED TO BREATHE. Where else but a town called Union Cross, North Carolina can a guardian angel named Millie Rose look over the premature infant of a dysfunctional teenage couple? When that premature infant is born with chemical burns across her body, her lungs bursting to breathe, it's Millie Rose who gets beside her and chants, "you need to breathe." After several harrowing minutes of neonatal heroics, breathe she does. The miracle of breath fills her lungs, pumps her heart and haunts her imagination throughout her life. The American South has produced some of the world's finest writers and NEED TO BREATHE secures Tara Staley's place among them." -- Carolyn Bass, Amazon reviewer

It’s Groundhog Day, 1975, and Claire Harper survives a botched abortion. All Millie Rose can do at first is stare into the blinding lights of the NICU and hear doctors demanding answers about the burns on Claire’s body. Nurses panic, they cry and shout “she’s bradying down!” because, Lord help them, they’ve never seen anything like this.

Neither has Millie. Although she died in childbirth in 1922, she still has a purpose. Her afterlife is filled with missions lasting anywhere from ten minutes to ten years, and she views her newest assignment as a second chance at motherhood. But she's got to act fast because Claire's lungs are weak, her heart rate keeps tanking, and her pH levels are low. The hospital has never had a 26-weeker pull through.

Millie also tries to counsel Claire’s troubled parents, Mick and Manda, through the emotional fallout. They see marriage as the best “band-aid,” but Claire’s birth always haunts them, to the point Manda becomes a chain-smoking pill-popper who paints her house completely white. Mick becomes a reclusive binge-eater who sleeps in the barn. And Claire comes-of-age wondering about it all-- why she’s so sick, why she has scars on her skin, and what’s the secret her parents are keeping?

Finally, there’s a good reason why Millie nudges Claire to find romance years later with the geeky guy down the street. True, Charlie Vance may build his own batteries and dissect dead animals, but his love for Claire drives his decision to attend medical school so he can take care of her the rest of her life.

NEED TO BREATHE takes an unthinkable crisis and turns it into a gripping story filled with sensitivity, hope, beauty…even humor. From the opening chapter, readers will root for Claire’s chance at happiness, for the Harpers to heal, and for Millie’s reconciliation with her own lost motherhood.


REVIEWS:

"The literary world will be a much better place with Staley's voice in it." --Priscille Sibley, author of THE PROMISE OF STARDUST (William, Morrow)

“I truly think Staley’s descriptions are brilliant—the setting, the characters and the dialogue moves this novel very quickly. The language is so amazing. She could write about peas and I would read it. NEED TO BREATHE is anything but predictable. A pleasure to read!” –Catherine DiCairano, award-winning author of “An Original Melody” and BEHIND THE TREES.

367 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 18 reviews.



Worse Than Being Alone, by Patricia Clark. (Still free?)

Kitti and Roni are low-level private investigators, who get pulled into a dangerous case that twists and turns them into peril. Get this mystery free today!

"This is my first read from Patricia Clark but it won't be the last. The crime-solving duo found here are lovable, funny and smart. This book should appeal to any cozy mystery fan. There are enough sub-plots to hold your interest until the end. The book is well-written and edited. It doesn't appear that this book is part of a series, but I certainly hope it becomes so. A good lightweight summer read!" -- Amazon reviewer

Worse Than Being Alone is a riveting tale involving multiple cons, a vicious murder, romance, betrayal, and escape as it vividly explores just how far all of us are prepared to go to avoid being alone.

Kitty and Roni are building their fledgling investigative agency by following workers' comp cheats. Every PI's dream of catching real criminals seems to be coming true when they begin to suspect one of their targets is engaged in more nefarious activities than just a bogus comp claim. Their cat and mouse game gets twisted when they realize they are the ones being stalked.

A personal and potentially lethal inquiry emerges after Roni's father marries a woman with a checkered past, and they fear he has found his Worse Than Being Alone. When their investigation points to a shady past involving a trail of life insurance payouts and dead husbands, they wonder if Dad has married a Black Widow or an extremely unlucky woman.

As that case boils over, along comes the most talented con artist of them all. After his angry employer hires them to check him out, Kitty and Roni slowly come to realize he has the makings of a master criminal. They uncover numerous identities along with multiple workers' comp claims. Then here are his almost daily trips to the same bank wearing different disguises.

Surprises abound as Kitty and Roni break up a sex slave ring, thwart a bank robbery, nab a shoplifter, and document a Black Widow's treachery. A sudden death leaves them stunned as they second-guess their activities, forcing them to confront a murderer.

271 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 11 reviews.



Ghost in the Machine (Scott Cullen Mysteries 1), by Ed James. (Still free?)

This mystery is the first in the Scott Cullen series - and free today. A missing persons case turns into a hunt for a murderer - and the killer is using the Internet to lure victims.

"A snappy, quick-moving, well plotted police procedural that gives us an involving puzzle and an approachable protagonist. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, the slang and idioms take a little getting used to for the US reader, but this does not hinder enjoyment of the story or understanding of the characters. Along with suspense and an engrossing plot it gave me a strong sense of the frustration felt by a character committed to doing his job well while being hindered by his own relative powerlessness and the relentlessly self-serving attitudes of both colleagues and superiors. DC Cullen is a character who will be very interesting to learn about as the series develops and he learns about himself." -- Amazon reviewer

Detective Constable Scott Cullen of Lothian and Borders has only been three months in CID as a full DC. He is assigned a Missing Persons case which has stretched his uniform colleagues. Caroline Adamson - a young, recently divorced mother from Edinburgh - has disappeared whilst on a date.

The more Cullen digs into her disappearance, the more he unravels her private life. Who was she on a date with? What happened during her divorce from Rob Thomson? As Cullen's own private life gets messier and the relationship with his DI deteriorates, Caroline's body turns up and he finds himself hunting for a ghost in the machine.

368 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 16 reviews.



Necessary Detour, by Kim Hornsby. (Still free?)

A highly-rated romantic suspense, in which rocker Goldy flees a stalker, and becomes fascinated with a mysterious neighbor. Free today!

"OK, so I probably shouldn't admit I like this sort of thing, but I read the Dream Jumper which I really liked and then picked this one up as well. What can I say, I'm hooked! Interesting, vivid characters and a break from the predictable romance plot. Can't wait for her next piece of magic." -- Harry Samkage, Amazon reviewer

After a stalker's attack, rock star Goldy Crossland flees L.A. for her secluded lake house in Northern Washington. Retired from the music business, she hopes to avoid both the press and her psychotic fan. But obscurity leaves her restless, and when a mysterious--and disturbingly handsome--new neighbor moves in, she can't resist spying.

Pete Bayer is undeniably attractive, but Goldy quickly realizes there's something strange going on in the log house across the bay. Is he a member of the paparazzi? Or a much more sinister threat? Despite her suspicions, Goldy can't deny her fascination with him.

When the press discovers her hideout, it's Pete who offers an escape route, but it comes with a price. Unwillingly drawn into his dangerous world, Goldy soon learns the reason behind Pete's secrecy--and her crush on her charming neighbor takes a deadly turn.

5-star rating from 5 reviews.



Low Jinks on the High Seas, by Charles Locks. (Still free?)

This highly-rated mystery / thriller is free today!

"Set in the Virgin Islands with locals mixing it up with the visitors in ways that seem to make no sense, until it all comes together in a regatta - that winds up having little to do with boat racing and everything to do with ... well, that would be too much of a spoiler. I haven't read Mr. Locks' previous award winning book, 'Greater Trouble in the Lessor Antilles' but after reading this very enjoyable book I certainly will." -- Eldon Kimball, Amazon reviewer

After weeks of self-exile on Tortola, day-sail skipper Captain Brian returns to St. Judas, home to pirates, fairy dust, and little boys who never grow up. Girded for the final showdown with his wife, Billie, and the man who has been monopolizing her time, he finds a disgruntled heir, Spanish gangsters, and a dead tourist, whose murder the police in two countries are trying to pin on him. Trying to pin him down is a Lufthansa flight attendant, as aggressive as his adversaries. Betrayed by friends and spouse, his baker’s dozen of foes, including an obeahmon, torment and befuddle him. He gets little help in turning his life right side up except from Elroy, his Flamingo Bay irregular.

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



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