Friday, March 29, 2013

Fantasy Friday! Bargain Kindle books (Friday Mar 29)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Aura, by Rebecca Lynn Talley. (Still 0.99?)

High school life seems to be coming together at last for Crystal Scott, until a stranger shows her how to use her unique gifts to fight evil. A clean, YA paranormal novel, and bargain-priced today at 99 cents.

"This YA urban fantasy is fantastic! The story grabbed me from the start and kept me enthralled until the end! I love books that keep me thinking about the characters and events and possibilities even after putting them down...Aura is one of those books! Rebecca Lynn Talley has created characters you care about in a world begging for the special gifts they possess. I love the premise of Aura and imagine I'll be enjoying many more Light vs. Demon novels in the future." -- Amazon reviewer

What if the greatest weapon in the age-old war between good and evil was inside of you?

Crystal Scott has always felt different, but tried hard to blend in. Now that she's scored the lead in the school play, has a boyfriend she adores, and a best friend she can't live without, she finally feels like she belongs.

A few days before prom, a mysterious young man appears and suddenly she has to figure out how to use the weapon of Light she has inside her---or mankind is doomed.

Demons are determined to tip the war in their favor no matter what the cost and they're hot on Crystal's trail. With danger around every corner, she doesn't know if she can save herself, never mind anyone else. When things look darkest and there's nowhere to turn, Crystal must find the strength to use her newfound gifts against the tide of evil threatening all of them---or die trying.

336 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 19 reviews.

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Heiress of Lies (Bloodtruth #1), by Cege Smith. (Still 0.99?)

Daughter of a dying king, teenager Angeline Robart is kidnapped and faces impossible choices in her quest to escape and to secure the bloodline of the throne. 99 cents today!

"This book is rather brilliant in a way. Within its genre, it's hands down the best paranormal/fantasy/young adult book I have read this year. While I love the mix between like the fantasy medieval setting with some more traditional paranormal elements like wraiths and vampires---the key to this book is the main character, Angeline. She is both strong yet confused and vulnerable. She is intelligent yet is slightly naive. But the cool thing is that you can see her change over the course of the book. I love that she's unpredictable yet growing in maturity. Total props to Smith on her characterization as Angeline is someone you actually want to succeed." -- Amazon reviewer

Blood never lies, but people do...

With the King of Altera on his deathbed, all eyes are on his only child, eighteen-year-old Angeline Robart. Called from her studies to return to her father's side, the Crown Princess is kidnapped en route by Connor, a mysterious rogue who has been waiting a long time for the chance to change his destiny.

Facing the consequences of a freak accident that even Connor could not prevent, Angeline is forced to travel a dangerous path to regain control of her fate and her kingdom. Her impossible choice requires her to rely on Connor, who epitomizes everything generations of her family tried to destroy.

As the last of the Robart bloodline, Angeline discovers that enemies she thought long conquered have been lying in wait for just such an opportunity as her father's death to turn events to their advantage. Worse yet, by uncovering those secrets, Angeline must confront the possibility that no one ever expected her to take the throne in anything but title alone.

As her bond with Connor grows stronger, she realizes they have far more in common than she ever expected, and that could make him just the ally she needs.

198 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 24 reviews.

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Fated Saga Fantasy Series Book Bundle, 1-3, Awaken, Shifting and Embrace (Fated Saga Contemporary Fantasy Series), by Rachel Humphrey - D'aigle. (Still 0.99?)

Woo-hoo! This box set of three full-length books in the Fated fantasy series is on sale today for just 99 cents!

"Never a dull moment! The novels of Fated Saga Fantasy Series are gripping, imaginative tales that you will be unable to put down! The characters are well developed and the plot has so many twists and turns that you will be totally enthralled to the end." -- Amazon reviewer

The Fated Saga Contemporary Fantasy Series, special compilation edition of books 1-3, Awaken: Dark Magic, Shifting: A Prophet of Fire is Born, and Embrace: A Magical Destiny…

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?

470 pages, with a 5-star rating from 6 reviews.

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Dragon Rose (Tales of the Latter Kingdoms), by Christine Pope. (Still 3.99?)

The cursed Dragon Lord has always selected his brides from the town of Lirinsholme, but gets more than he expected when young Rhianne Menyon digs into the true fate of the brides who came before her. Over 30 five-star reviews!

"This is Beauty and the Beast as it is meant to be, at once wreathed in fantasy and magic, and grounded in the hard truths of reality and love. Christine has a style unique and totally her own, both suitably archaic and elegantly modern. She can conjure the peasant towns and drafty castles of the Middle Ages, the magic and folklore reminiscent of influences like J.R.R. Tolkien and Tad Williams, as well as the insightful understanding of human psychology and love anchoring this potent and compelling tale." -- Amber Sweetapple, author of the "Houri Legends" series

The shadow of the cursed Dragon Lord has hung over the town of Lirinsholme for centuries, and no one ever knows when the Dragon will claim his next doomed Bride. Rhianne Menyon has dreams of being a painter, but her world changes forever when a single moment of sacrifice brings her to Black's Keep as the Dragon's latest Bride. As she attempts to adjust to her new life -- and to know something of the monster who is now her husband -- she begins to see that the curse is far crueler than she first believed. Unraveling the mystery of what happened to the Dragon's Brides is only the beginning...

274 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 59 reviews.

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Emerald (World of Samar), by M. L. Hamilton. (Still 2.99?)

This highly-rated full-length novel is an epic fantasy of gut-wrenching sacrifice.

"Wonderfully written." --Karen Blakeney, author of Nathan: A Heart, A Storm, A Prayer

"Slick and gripping." --Lynne McLean, author of Brooklyn Bridge

"Style and voice, gripping and vivid." --Osman Bangura, author of Cold Love

In one terrible instant, Kai is thrown from his privileged life and plunged into a conflict that began before he was born. Worse yet, he learns that the one man who can help him is his enemy.

Kiameron is the crown prince of DiNolfol. He is torn between two destinies - assuming the crown upon his father's death or answering the call of his non-Human traits, abilities associated with the mysterious Stravad.

The decision is made for him with the destruction of everything he holds dear. Armed with his burgeoning powers and a mysterious talisman that he does not know how to use, Kai strikes back at Gava, the despot who destroyed his life.

Crippled by self-doubt and fear, he falters in his quest, until he meets a man who forces him to take action. However, his new ally is hiding secrets, secrets that will rob Kai of everything he holds sacred.

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

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Infinite Devotion (Infinite Series, Book 2), by L.E. Waters. (Still 3.99?)

Maya must live out her past lives in her quest to rejoin her loved ones in heaven. Note: Infinite Devotion is not a standalone novel. The first of the series, Infinite Sacrifice, is currently available for free.

"Fantastic story! Found this book to be wonderfully written and absolutely captivating. It flowed seamlessly from the first book. I am looking forward to the 3rd book. Waters did an amazing job starting from the begining. The timeline has a very historical feel to it, makes you feel like it could be a true story. The details, which sometime can bore me, did not with this book. Painted such wonderful mental images that I can see this being an amazing movie." -- Amazon reviewer

Maya continues to delve into her past lives after death, and strives to complete the tentative journey required to reunite with her loved ones in heaven.

She must relive and explore her former incarnations as the scandalous and misunderstood Lucrezia Borgia in Renaissance Italy; a young stowaway on the doomed Spanish Armada fleet; and the rebellious Irish Robin Hood, Count Redmond O’Hanlon.

Her companions prove truer while her enemies grow stronger as her bygone adventures spin forth. This time she must experience the trials of loyalty and endure the hardships that only supreme devotion brings.

Special Note: Infinite Devotion is not a standalone; side effects of reading the series out-of-order include headache, confusion, and though extremely rare, disinterest in continuing the series.

444 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 33 reviews.

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Always and Forever (Secrets of Shadow Hill), by S. P. Cervantes. (Still 2.99?)

All five-star reviews for this kick-off to the much-loved Shadow Hill fantasy series.

"A book to read and share with others! This book was so fun to read I had to get a copy for my 16 year old niece. That is what is so great about this book. I think it is suited for readers of all ages. It has great character development and great relationships that you care about and want to read more about. So glad to hear it is a part of a series...can't wait for more Shadow Hill." -- Amazon reviewer

Twin sisters Ava and Hannah were ripped from their peaceful seeming lives into a whirlwind of attacks and war only to learn the real truth about their existence.
 

Nothing was as it seemed anymore and may never be again. They had already lost their father in childhood now they have to cope with their mother’s kidnapping as they watch those sworn to protect them risk their lives.

318 pages, with a 5-star rating from 15 reviews.

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By Darkness Revealed (Blackwell Magic), by Kevin O. McLaughlin. (Still 2.99?)

"A well-written, fast read by an imaginative new author." Bargain-priced at 2.99 today!

"Solid writing, a genuinely heroic main character, realistic interactions and an internally consistent magical universe added up to a tale of a magical battle against pure evil that I could not put down. The main character, Ryan, is immediately and likably heroic, someone I wanted to spend more time with. The story style reminded me slightly of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, but with a younger feel." -- Amazon reviewer

Ryan Blackwell thought to escape his magic by burying himself in the military college at Northshield, Vermont.

Instead, he finds himself in the midst of a deeper and more dangerous sorcery than he has ever encountered before.

Suddenly, only Ryan's wit, will, and the talent he once hoped to leave behind stand between a nightmarish creature and everything he cares for.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When not practicing hobbies which include constructing medieval armor and swinging swords at his friends, Kevin McLaughlin can usually be found in his Vermont home with his wife and three children. Kevin's award-winning short fiction is now available in digital form at all major ebook retailers. His debut contemporary fantasy novel, "By Darkness Revealed", will be followed by the sequels "Ashes Ascendant" and "Dead in Winter".

120 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 18 reviews.

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Alice Will, by Ashley Chappell. (Still 2.99?)

"Very well written." "Great story." "Edge of your seat excitement." So say readers of this full-length fantasy from Ashley Chappell.

"This is a real page turner! I couldn't quit reading to wait and see what happened to Trotter next and what she went through trying to protect her world. There were funny moments where I found myself laughing, then intense moments where I was sitting on the edge of my seat. A must read to fully appreciate the skill of this new author." -- Amazon reviewer

With her leaky powers and premature smiting problem, fourteen year-old Trotter was still just trying to get the hang of the demi-godding business when the apocalypse began. In a world where the gods have withdrawn from humanity, leaving mortals bitter toward magic, she finds herself torn between the human and the goddess in her as the world begins to fade away and she becomes the prime suspect. When her search to determine the cause and prove her innocence ends up revolving around a mysterious little girl named Alice, she discovers that not all of the gods had been as distant as they seemed... Now, with everyone against her and the gods fighting amongst themselves, Trotter is on her own to save her world and stop a spiteful god from using Alice to destroy everything.

298 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 12 reviews.

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