Monday, March 25, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Mar 25)

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

Let's start with three highly-rated - and free - Kindle books!

Unsung Giant, by Jennifer Pendon. (Still free?)

While Thor gets all the attention in most other literature, Unsung Giant tells the tale of his brother Loki, an Asgardian god who is more often depicted as an evil, cunning, mischievous trickster. But is that really Loki's true nature? Download this fresh take on Norse mythology, free today.

"Unsung Giant is a vivid and exciting page-turner that really brought characters of Norse mythology to life. Characters are strong (what else could we expect from godly creatures), very well developed and alive and I was able to imagine them and relate to them effortlessly. I love when book is written in a way that moves me and stays with me after I read it and Jennifer Pendon wrote that kind of novel." -- Amazon reviewer

Since dawn of humankind's awareness, we have recorded history in the form of drawings and writings, developing habits of storytelling to express what we see. Though what man sees and how he interprets are not always the same.

Loki, Asgardian god of Norse mythology, known as the God of Mischief and Trickery, is victim of historical and literary misconception - one who is pictured as a god who loves to wreak havoc and leave behind strings of misfortune. Unsung Giant is a story to lay all wrong accounts to rest.

Unsung Giant is a tale of an unlikely Asgardian hero, torn between doing what his mischievous
ways demand, and what is expected of him, being the son of a King. Loki, since gianthood, has always been branded as one who does not think for the good of others. The Nine Worlds, including our own, are on the brink of destruction, and only one can bring about salvation.

What would you do, if the power was in your hands' "Loki has both the Mjollnir and the teningur lifsins; two very powerful weapons he could keep and use for his own purposes. The thought of wielding such power is very enticing, even for one who has a strong resolve."

As the book goes, "Even the All-Father could not help but beam at his younger son's impulsive nature. Well, Loki would not be Loki if he became insipidly predictable." Loki and Thor's filial affiliation are finally put to the test, from birth through to Ragnarok, end of the Nine Worlds, as we discover the true nature of this misunderstood giant.

111 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 11 reviews.

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Peace Warrior (Peace Warrior Trilogy, Book 1), by Steven L. Hawk. (Still free?)

In this Military Sci-Fi, Sergeant Justice is killed in a combat operation... until centuries later his body is reclaimed from a frozen lake. Sporting over 50 five-star reviews, this is the first of the Peace Warrior trilogy, and free today.

"The plot sounds a little like Demolition Man, but this book takes it to another level. It gets inside the mind of a soldier and his desire to save man kind. I agree it does stall in a few places, but still well worth the read. A strong start from the author who draws on his experience in the military. Its good to see former soldiers using their experience to expand the minds of future generations. Good work." -- Amazon reviewer

This is the professionally re-edited edition of Peace Warrior, dated August 2011.

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PEACE WARRIOR

It’s the mid-21st century when Sergeant First Class Grant Justice is killed during an ambush on an enemy tank column.

Six hundred years later, his body is retrieved from the frozen, arctic lake where he perished. Re-animated by a team of scientists, Grant awakens to a civilization that has abolished war. A civilization that has outlawed violence and cherishes Peace above all else. A civilization that has been enslaved by an alien race called the Minith.

Grant is humankind’s final hope against the alien menace. He must be the... Peace Warrior.

262 pages, with a 4-star rating from 139 reviews.

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The Witch Narratives: Reincarnation (Land of Enchantment Trilogy Book 1), by Belinda Vasquez Garcia. (Still free?)

This award-winning fantasy delves into a mystical native American world of witchcraft, set in 1920s-era New Mexico. Highly-rated and free today.

"Reincarnation brings history and magic to life."--Albuquerque the Magazine August issue

"Garcia fascinates readers with her literary magic."--Las Cruces Bulletin

"A fabulous story that explores the positive and damning effects of extreme faith in a way that feels both fresh and authentic. With supernatural folklore grounded in reality, the world the author creates is rich, lush and scary; supernatural fans will appreciate the copious worldbuilding that went into this novel." -Kirkus Reviews Critics' Pick


THE FIRST BOOK IN A NEW SERIES --> The Witch Narratives Reincarnation(Land of Enchantment Trilogy Book 1) is BEST FANTASY New Mexico Arizona BOOK AWARDS finalist 2012! --> Ghosts of the Black Rose (Land of Enchantment Trilogy Book 2) is now available!

A novel about the unlikely friendship between a devout Catholic and a reluctant witch. A book about loyalty, friendship, and the depth of love.

Belinda Vasquez Garcia came across a photograph of a Native American girl standing between her mother and aunt. All three were witches, and she was intrigued by the haunted eyes of the young witch. She thought about a girl being forced to follow in her mother's magical footsteps and join the family business, so to speak..."Sticks and stones may break my bones, but humanity will never break me," -- so claims the witch, Salia, but she was born with a soft, all too human heart that even being an outcast won't harden. Salia is a sister, granddaughter and daughter of witches. And she is a half-breed.

There is a portrait in the house at the bottom of Witch Hill. Salia looks out of the picture with haunted eyes. She is pale because her mother pinches her arm. But it is Salia's grandmother who dominates the picture. She is 110 years old but appears to be a teenager, holding out in her hand an ordinary-looking rock, a piedra imán, a rare shape-shifting stone, allowing her to bathe like in the fountain of youth, to be immortal while others around her age.

Salia longs to be ordinary like her only friend, but when Marcelina is threatened, Salia must use magic to save her. Revealing her powers leaves Salia vulnerable to the fanatical Catholic society, the Penitentes.

The Land of Enchantment series shines with the little-known world of Southwestern witchcraft, which gives this historical series a compelling twist and a refreshing breath of originality. This first book begins in the Roaring 20's, a time when illegal liquor flowed like oil and women's hemlines were shockingly shortened.

A FEW INTERESTING FACTS - Did you know that...
  • About 80% of the magic in The Land of Enchantment series is practiced by Southwest witches. Witches in the Southwest flash into fireballs and soar across the sky, as recorded by witnesses in witch trials.
  • La Llorona is a legendary witch called "the weeping ghost", who is known throughout the Americas by tens of millions. She has been seen by many as she haunts the rivers, lakes and drainage ditches.
  • The scary Penitentes have held power as a secret Catholic society for centuries in Spain and New Mexico.

355 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 26 reviews.

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A Taste for Passion, Vampire Romance (Kendrian Vampires, Book #1), by Patrice Michelle. (Still 0.99?)

Save $2 today on this highly-rated - and steamy - vampire romance from Patrice Michelle!

"...Michelle creates every woman's vampire fantasy with a hero who is dark, brooding and dangerous, not to mention an exceptional lover..." ~ RT Book Reviews

** ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME! **

Rana Sterling finally meets the man of her dreams and boy does he know how to push all the right buttons. Only, Mr. Tall, Dark and Too-Good-to-Be-True turns out to be just that-he's beyond her world.

Lucian Trevane has a duty to fulfill. He's expected to take the role of Vité, leader of all the vampires, but he knows he won't take the position without his mate by his side.

Now, after searching seventy years for his reincarnated fiancé, he finally finds his mate in Rana. Only he has a slight problem, Rana refuses to become his vampire wife. Add to the mixture a vengeful vampire, a surprise twist and time ticking against him, Lucian will have to call upon all his vampire skills and beyond in order to draw Rana fully into his world.

WARNING: This book contains adult language and steamy love scenes.

Note: A TASTE FOR PASSION is a 50,000 word novel. This is the first book in the Kendrian Vampires series.

141 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 30 reviews.

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Morning Star, by Randy Mixter. (Still 0.99?)

This deftly-written novella tells a heartwarming tale of a child, a horse, and a miracle.

"A ride not easily forgotten! There is no warming up and easing into this read. Author Randy Mixter knows the dance played by inner demons, and the physical, emotional battles that are fought to make what is said impossible, possible in real life! He creates a powerful yet heart-warming message of hope for those who believe in family, and those who are willing to fight the impossible. Morning Star, is about love, loss, and a 8 yr/old girl fighting an incurable disease. A perfect combination to empower the hearts of a war vet, his only child dying, and their loved ones around them." -- Amazon reviewer

A Child. A Horse. A Miracle.
Eight year old Dannie Walker is fighting for her life. Her doctors have told her father she has an incurable disease. All hope is lost. Or is it?
A mysterious horse has come to the Walker ranch. A horse that may have mystical powers.
His name is Morning Star and he might be Dannie's only hope.

"Morning Star is a very captivating and fast-paced story about a sick little girl and a special horse. Randy Mixter has created a highly descriptive, magical, and upbeat tale for young and old alike!"
Mary Jean O'Keefe

138 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 20 reviews.

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Intentional Stranger, by J.J. Oxendine. (Still 0.99?)

In this highly-rated thriller novella, Grace discovers surprising - and dangerous - secrets about her ex-husband.

"JJ Oxendine has cranked out a very well thought out suspense novella in Intentional Stranger. I found this to be a page-turner, I read it in 1 day. The story flowed well and kept me coming back for more. It had a few super minor editing problems but they did not distract from the story. I eagerly await a sequel to see what comes of Grace's pilgrimage and discovery. Great modern imagery ("Eyes dark as Espresso", comes to mind.) The pace is solid and the story is interesting." -- Amazon reviewer

INTENTIONAL STRANGER

The death of her only child leaves Grace desperate to keep her marriage together. Unable to deal with the pain, she begins seeing a therapist who has her own motives. After getting divorced, she learns her ex-husband is the subject of a FBI money laundering investigation. Grace quickly realizes her marriage was not what it seemed, but has no idea how deep the lies run. Her journey to uncover the truth places her in danger and takes her down a trail she never imagined.

A suspense novella at 23,902 words filled with twists and turns.

121 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 25 reviews.

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Beginnings (The Trifectus Series - Book One), by Logan Byrne. (Still 0.99?)

This YA paranormal romance is the first book in Logan Byrne's Trifectus Series.

"The plot and characters were great! There were so many twists and turns that I didn't know what to expect next. I am going to buy the others soon so that I can finally figure out what happened at the end! Great book!" -- Amazon reviewer

Homecoming and Revelations, books two and three, the complete series, are now available for sale on the Kindle store!

DISCLAIMER: The series is Teen/Young Adult and meant for audiences ages 12 and up!

"This book is great! I can't wait for the next two! If you're looking for the next twilight/hunger games, this is definitely it! I highly recommend it to anyone!" - Reviewer

"I really feel in love with Juliet and James. They spoke to me and related to me on another level that other books don't seem to do. I was hooked from the beginning and just got the second one so that I can keep going with the story. This book and series is definitely one you HAVE to read! " - Reviewer

Juliet LaVoe is an normal 17 year old girl with a not-so-normal life. She lives in a world where vampires, werewolves, and androidians roam the streets as the tyrannical government attempts to capture and exterminate them. Her father, Colonel Arnold LaVoe, is the head of the division tasked with the job of eliminating them. She also lives with a big secret: her boyfriend James is a vampire.

What will Juliet do as she tries to hide her boyfriend's true identity from her father' How will she react while also being caught in an odd love triangle with an androidian boy that challenges the very fabric of her relationship with James' The adventure and romance awaits!

206 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 7 reviews.

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Shadow of Time, by Jen Minkman. (Still 1.49?)

A native American paranormal romance from Dutch author Jen Minkman. In the words of one reader, this is a book that "makes you a better person" for having read it.

"I enjoyed how the author used real Navajo words and customs. Frankly, I thought the author must have lived in the location of this book and personally knew about this culture, so I was floored when I found out she had never been in the United States. That was awesome research! And she also converted the book from Dutch into English (and American English at that!). Very admirable. I loved the storyline that included Hannah, Josh (the hot Native American), and Hannah's brother Ben. There were aspects of reincarnation, animal spirit guides, a wise medicine man, and skinwalkers (think of evil ghosts that can change into people or animals) that drew me in and had me hooked. There was romance, humor, horror, and history all wrapped in this book that made it a joy to read." -- Amazon reviewer

All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

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

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Emancipating Alice, by Ada Winder. (Still 3.99?)

The author describes this book as more "hen-lit" than "chick-lit," with its middle-aged protagonist. The family saga is currently a quarter-finalist contender for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award!

"This novel is simply wonderful. At times it is disturbing, always refreshing and at the very heart of this book is the raw emotion of a woman who never got the chance to experience the life she felt she deserved. Fiction can be many things, and every once in a while, can take you on a journey to a place where you forget that you are reading fiction at all." -- Amazon reviewer


Now that her husband George is dead, middle-aged homemaker Alice Owens thinks his oppressive reign over her life has ended--but she is wrong. George thwarts her attempts at freedom, mentally and physically, from beyond the grave.

306 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 3 reviews.

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