Thursday, February 14, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Valentine's Edition)

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

Your Gift to Me, by Bonnie Bartel Latino. (Still free?)

Love is in the air today, so let's start off with a string of love stories. This acclaimed story of romance amidst wartime has over 100 five-star reviews! Get this today - while it's free.

"Important story (and an) important book . . . What would you get if Stephen Ambrose, Patricia Cornwell, and Max Lucado teamed up to create a story? The result, I suspect, would turn out to be something very close to the compelling narrative found in YOUR GIFT TO ME. Get your copy right now, check your calendar and carve out the time to read it. You owe yourself the attention this book deserves." ~New York Times best-selling author, Andy Andrews

"Absolutely Accurate ... The emotions from war to family stay with you long after you have put the book down ..." ~Paul V. Hester, General, USAF (Ret.), Former Commander, Pacific Air Forces

Amazon's current #1 Top Rated Contemporary Romance and #1 Top Rated War Fiction pairs a strong woman with an Air Force fighter pilot who makes every day feel like Valentines!

TOP GUN meets STEEL MAGNOLIAS in an award-winning love story that crosses genres and touches hearts. Filled with unexpected twists...

Emotionally scarred years after her husband died in a fiery Special Operations helicopter crash, Air Force widow Emily Ann Meade clings to her vow never to get involved with another man committed to a dangerous profession ... until she meets F-16 pilot, Colonel Ted Foley in Hawaii. Although they are mutually attracted, the charismatic widower's fighter wing in Japan recently lost two pilots in unexplained air crashes.

Allowing her mind to wander through fields of dreams on which she can't afford the emotional mortgage, Emily lowers her barriers. She discovers Ted's greatest virtue: he makes the ordinary feel sublime. Healing in shared confidences solidifies their bond. When another crash reignites her fears, the relationship shatters.

Unless Emily finds a path through her emotional minefields, she risks never discovering she is rejecting the only type of man to whom she is genuinely attracted, a man who leads by example and from the front. And that man's life could be in danger!

268 pages, with a 5-star rating from 137 reviews.

The Midget's House (A Circus Story...A Love Story...A Ghost Story), by Anita Bartholomew. (Still free?)

A story of love, circus, and ghosts, with over 50 five-star reviews. I have this one in my "Next Up" collection on my Kindle. Free today!

"...heartbreaking at times and thrilling at others. "I have to agree with the blurb, this book is 'Haunting in every sense of the word.'" - Read2Review/Mama Knows Books

"Ms. Bartholomew's writing really stands out ... especially when she describes how Lucinda attempts to find her way from the other side to the world of the living. Those interludes had a lyrical and dream-like quality to them." - Aobibliosphere

The Midget's House is a tale of two women (one alive, and the other long dead), each mourning lost love and struggling for control of the one place that feels like home.

Marisa Delano is thrilled when she unexpectedly inherits the fairy tale-like cottage on the bay--until she learns that Lucinda Lacey, a sideshow midget who died on the property in 1924, still inhabits it. As Marisa searches for answers about the unwelcome presence in her new home, all the clues lead to one conclusion: on the day Lucinda died, she murdered her lover, circus owner Cyrus Parker.

Alternating between Lucinda's and Marisa's perspectives, The Midget's House takes readers from the carnivals, circuses, and freak shows of the early twentieth century, to the boom-and-bust of today's Florida.

Haunting in every sense of the word, this genre-blending tale will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

292 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 115 reviews.

Under the Same Sun (Stone Trilogy), by Mariam Kobras. (Still free?)

Here's a highly-rated contemporary romance - free today!

"Mariam Kobras writes this saga of love and the world of Rock music just like a soap opera! You fall in love with the characters, and they become like family members. It gets harder and harder to put the book down as Kobras draws you in. Jon Stone. His beautiful and fragile wife. The evil (or is he?) Olaf. This book is a wonderful read for lovers of the romance genre!" -- Amazon reviewer

There comes a time in life when you realize that neither fame nor wealth will carry the day. It's the moment when all that matters are love and faith.

Stand with Naomi on a lonely beach as she faces her greatest threat and discovers that nothing is more important than her love for Jon.

From the award-winning author of the bestseller, The Distant Shore, comes Book II of the Stone Trilogy: Under the Same Sun.

Jon and Naomi’s marriage is strained as she struggles with the aftermath of her near-fatal shooting after the Oscars, a growing desire for a baby, and the realization that her persistent father will never give up on his plans for the family’s hotel business.

Alone with her fears, she falls right into the trap of a stalker…

316 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 8 reviews.

The Haircut, a New Year's Tale, by Donna Callea. (Still free?)

Love can show up in the strangest places, including a barber's chair. Download this whimsical 1940s-era romance, free today.

"What a lovely story. This is a New Year's story that for me was much in the spirit of "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th Street." It could so easily have been trite, but I thought the author did a wonderful job of holding well above that level. My timing was also good since I read this during the week before New Year's. It crystalized in my mind the attitude I want to carry into 2010 and onward, but I think it brings value whenever you might read it." -- Amazon reviewer

Two days after Christmas, 1948, in a city that could be New York, a young woman prepares to get a life-altering haircut. She's a princess, a post-war refugee, from an Eastern European principality that no longer exists. And she's being forced by her guardians-- her nefarious aunt and uncle-- to marry an obscenely rich industrialist who's got something of a hair fetish. The man, it seems, is aroused only by her amazingly long, glorious hair. So to save herself, she decides to get it all cut off. But she doesn't count on falling in love with the handsome young barber who refuses, at first, to do her bidding. Nor does the barber count on becoming entranced by the strangest customer he's ever encountered. Even after the severely shorn former princess is beaten beyond recognition for her act of rebellion, the barber, a widower still grieving for his late wife, finds her irresistible. Add to the mix Misha, an angel from the Old Country whose specialty is New Year's Eve. Ultimately, "The Haircut" is a story that weaves whimsy with romance, plus more serious themes, as it underscores the timelessness and hope of the season in which it's set.

164 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 24 reviews.

Love Hurts, by Brenda Grate. (Still free?)

Bestselling romance author Brenda Grate offers this newly-released work of women's fiction, with a touch of mystery. Free today!

"Intriguing story. I was immediately sucked into this story and wanted to know what the big secret was behind the mystery face in the paintings. The characters were all very interesting along with their relationship with their mother and the story behind their pain. I would highly recommend Love Hurts to anyone who wants to sit back and relax with an enjoyable, page turning novel." -- Amazon reviewer

A tiny child's face hidden within each painting is at the heart of the mystery surrounding world-renowned artist, Catarina di Rossi. It's this mystery that's also at the heart of the broken relationships with her two daughters.

Catarina paints breathtaking landscapes, but always with the little child's face somewhere in the midst of the painting. Instinctively, Anna knows it's the child who has stolen their mother's ability to love her own children.

Anna and her sister, Jilly, walked away from their mother and the family fortune over a decade ago in order to not only find themselves, out from under the shadow of their famous mother, but also to get away from the constant pain of being ignored for the sake of their mother's passion.

Anna followed in her mother's footsteps when she walked away from her childhood sweetheart, Chris Mackenzie, in order to escape the pain of the relationship with her mother. Her mother left Italy, and Anna's father, many years ago for the same reason.

Anna not only has to face her mother if she's to make peace with her past, but also Chris, and the guilt from breaking his heart. Anna knows that unless she faces what she's done, she will never have what she wants most.

322 pages, with a 5-star rating from 3 reviews.

Mana, by Asher Tensei. (Still free?)

Like a little paranormal with your romance? This highly-rated book is free today!

"A very fun journey, from page to page. Each character is well rounded, with a mysterious past that, when revealed, open doors to an unfathomable future. To create a whole other world with new creatures, magic abilities, weaponery and even minerals that are unheard of, and to still keep the attention of the readers requires some serious skill. If you loved the Twilight books, I highly recommend Mana, but don't correlate the two together. This book is far more in depth and not so much an empty shell. But as for romance, the chemistry between these characters is dangerously strong...literally." -- Amazon reviewer

"Eurich, I am proof that a Valkyrie can be one with a Dragoon."

For years, Eurich has dreamt about becoming closer with his emerald-eyed friend, Raine.

However, Raine may be hiding a dark secret that could change both of their lives forever.

Is forbidden love worth it?

304 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 17 reviews.

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

Never Smile at Strangers (Grand Trespass Series, #1), by Jennifer Minar-Jaynes. (Still $0.99?)

Let's take a break from the romance for a moment... here's an extraordinary thriller that has almost 200 five-star reviews, and is bargain-priced today at 99 cents. Get your copy today!

"Fans of mystery novels and tension-filled psychological thrillers will genuinely enjoy reading "Never Smile at Strangers." Minar-Jaynes has combined everything I loved about the old "Fear Street" novels with everything truly scary that keeps me awake at night now. There is something chilling about the darker side of humanity, and Minar-Jaynes does an excellent job of reminding the reader of exactly why parents tell their children not to talk to strangers. The characters' fear is honest, and their pain and confusion can be felt in the writing. Furthermore, she has tapped into what makes "mystery" novels so compelling when they're done right- the suspense in this book is incredible, and the ending was like the explosive final scene of a movie that no one can stop talking about." -- Amazon reviewer


WHEN TEENAGE GIRLS VANISH in what was once considered a safe, Louisiana bayou town, the lives of four desperate young locals take unexpected turns, begging the question: Do you every truly know those closest to you?

When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes from rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, best friend HALEY LANDRY's relationship with her boyfriend becomes increasingly strained. To make matters worse, her impressionable younger sister BECKY has begun idolizing an impetuous, seductive 15 year old who's encouraging her to do dangerous things.

Meanwhile, ERICA DUVALL, a reclusive 19-year-old aspiring writer, befriends Haley. Ten years earlier, Erica’s mother abandoned her, leaving her with the womanizing used car salesman father she loathes. She’s decided to write a novel based on Tiffany’s disappearance; a novel that she hopes will lead to a reunion with her estranged novelist mother.

RACHEL ANDERSON, a 36-year-old mother of two, is having trouble coming to terms with her husband, TOM’s, affair with the missing girl—a relationship that supposedly ended shortly before Tiffany’s disappearance. What’s more, she comes to the blood curdling realization that someone is watching her through the large back windows of her house.

A DISTURBED MAN also lives in the area. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been raising his insolent teenage sister, ALLIE, who sleeps with truck drivers for money. He considers women to be dangerous—and his world revolves around his fear and hatred for them. He’s terrified of his sister, knowing she’s intent on pushing him over the edge.

332 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 328 reviews.

Ravenscraig, by Sandi Krawchenko Altner. (Still free?)

Free today, this family saga is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Having a sister-in-law from that city, I can say that there really just aren't enough novels about Winnipeg out there. This extraordinary book has garnered effusive praise, comparing it to Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. Enjoy this read, free today!

"As a rule, I steer away from epic period pieces, but this one is quite extraordinary. The flow is wonderful, from the poverty and hard lives of the family overseas and their dreams of reuniting with loved ones in London ... to the sale of Ravenscraig and the efforts of Willows to get into Winnipeg's high society. Excellent and gripping". - CTV Montreal

"Ravenscraig provides a fascinating insight into early Jewish migration." - Winnipeg Jewish Post and News

"As a newcomer to Winnipeg, I had everything to learn from the gripping true stories - the phenomenally fast growth of Winnipeg at the turn of the 20th century, political and business intrigue and the ways of life for the rich and poor of the city. It was always a treat to see how Altner brought real people into the lives of the Willows and Zigman families." - Winnipeg Jewish Review

Ravenscraig is an Amazon Best Seller in Jewish FictionWinner of the 2012 Carol Shields Book AwardA Winnipeg Free Press Best BookMcNally Robinson Booksellers Best of the West #4 Manitoba 

Romance, scandal, and tragedy grip the lives of two families and threaten to destroy them both in Ravenscraig, by Sandi Krawchenko Altner.

Nothing is more important to Rupert J. Willows than the image he has built to hide the deep secret of his true identity. A master manipulator, the ruthless and charismatic Rupert buys his way into the upper class when he purchases the opulent mansion, Ravenscraig Hall. It is the turn of the 20th century in one of the fastest growing cities in North America. True power is within Rupert's grasp as long as his secret stays buried.

Malka Zigman is a survivor. Orphaned in London, she sails to Canada to join her Uncle Zev and his family. With family resources stretched thin, Malka takes a risk. Armed with an English accent that belies her Jewish roots, she reinvents herself as Maisie Rosedale to gain entrance to the exclusive world of "the English" as the new maid at Ravenscraig Hall.

Pitching rich against poor in a brawling, raucous frontier city in the early 1900s, Ravenscraig brings to life the daily challenges of the booming population. Love, anger and the determination to succeed at all costs, fuel the treacherous journey ahead.

532 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 66 reviews.

Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery, by Carolyn Jourdan. (Still free?)

This cozy mystery is based in Tennessee and is from acclaimed author Carolyn Jourdan. Read the reviews to get a taste for the strong appeal of this book. And it's yours, free today!

"So glad that a friend suggested that I try out Carolyn Jourdan's books. Loved `Medicine Men', and loved `Out on a Limb'...can't wait to read `Heart in the Right Place'! This cozy mystery was exciting right from the first page. Jourdan sets the stage in the National park in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Part National Geographic - part Beverly Hillbillies, the setting is factual and genuine while the characters are quirky, often comical, people of the Appalachians. I hope the protagonist character of Phoebe McFarland will be continued in future novels. This is a fast-paced mystery full of vivid imagery and plot twists. Funny and gripping all at once!" -- Amazon reviewer

Jourdan's previous books are #1 bestsellers. This is her first work of fiction. Reviewers describe this cozy, scientific, medical mystery as "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of the Great Smoky Mountains", "CSI Meets Animal Planet", and "An Appalachian Michael Crichton."

In "Out on a Limb" Phoebe McFarland has just moved back to her hometown of White Oak, Tennessee, a sleepy rural community nestled in the mist-shrouded ridges and isolated hollows of the Smoky Mountains.

Now she spends her days working as a rural home health care nurse, making calls on a quirky roster of housebound characters she’s determined to take care of whether they cooperate or not.

She applies this same optimism to her love life, despite the fact that she’s been dating for 38 years without locating any husband material. When she runs into her childhood sweetheart, Henry Matthews, a wildlife ranger for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it looks like she might’ve found her man.

But Phoebe and Henry’s chance for romance has to be put on hold while they undertake a desperate search for a young woman who mysteriously vanished from the park during a gathering of world famous biologists and botanists, including a charismatic Frog Whisperer.

Carolyn's previous book "Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring" reached #1 on all of Amazon Kindle! It was also #1 in Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir, Medicine, Science, and Doctor-Patient Relations.

Her first book "Heart in the Right Place" is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller (#7 in the nation) and #1 on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Medicine, and Science. It is on hundreds of lists of best books of the year, best book club books, and funniest books. It was chosen as Family Circle magazine's first ever Book of the Month and won the Elle magazine Reader's Prize.

180 pages, with a 5-star rating from 11 reviews.

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