Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Mar 5)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books, plus a few freebies!

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A DEAD RED HEART (The Lalla Bains Series), by RP Dahlke. (Still free?)

Lalla Bains is a twice divorced, forty-year-old former model who gets swept into an action-packed mystery when the man who has a crush on her is killed. Get this highly-rated cozy mystery free today!

"Like the other R P Dahlke mystery (Dead Red Cadillac), this one is just as great. Add it to your To Be Read list right away. Fun, funny, intriguing and a darned good cozy mystery and I'll buy any or all of this author's books right away." -- Amazon reviewer

When a lovesick, homeless veteran litters her vintage red caddy with paper snowflakes, Lalla Bains, Aero Ag pilot figures it's time for a showdown. Unfortunately, someone else has the same idea leaving Lalla with a dying man at her feet, and only his strange last words, "The more there is, the less you see," as a clue to his killer.

Compounding her life her tightwad, widowed father becomes a born-again ladies man, a disreputable competitor tries to push her out of business, and last but not least, her antennae twitches that the sultry redhead in Modesto's police department may be vying for Sheriff Caleb Stone's affections.

It soon becomes crystal clear that the police are totally off base on this murder investigation and someone else is going to have to suit up to solve this case. Someone who is just exasperating, pushy, and tenacious enough to get the job done--and that person will be none other than: Ms. Lalla Bains.

317 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 82 reviews.

TKO (A Duffy Dombrowski Mystery), by Tom Schreck. (Still $0.99?)

Another highly-rated installment in the Duffy Dombrowski mystery series... bargain priced today at 99 cents!

"If you have not yet discovered this series, do yourself a favor, and do so now. Duffy is a true original, and Schreck has populated the boxer/social worker/Elvis Fanatic's world with a cast of characters to match. The plot kept me turning pages, stopping only for a good laugh, of which there are many. And while the author has done a marvelous job of building on the solid foundation he created in ON THE ROPES, it's entirely possible to enjoy TKO without having read the first book." -- Amazon reviewer

A ghetto social worker, moonlighting as a heavyweight fighter, Duffy Dombrowski, knows the street, the ring and the meanness this world can throw in relentless combinations. This time around he may be the only friend Howard Rheinhart’s got right now. “Hackin Howard” bullied all through high school, got the last laugh when he went on a killing spree. Sure, slicing up a couple of big men on campus might’ve been overkill payback for the wedgies and the constant torment, but Duffy understood. Now, years later Howard has been paroled and after some copykat slayings reminiscent of 20 years ago shock the same town, everyone wants to know where Howard is. Only Duffy knows and but the heavyweight is busy training for the biggest fight of his sorry boxing career while dealing with this year’s model of the town’s bullied kid, some ‘roided up karate instructors and an underground drug distribution ring. Duffy believes Howard is innocent but he’s the only one and he’s got to prove it before they both wind up being bled out on the side of the road like the mounting victims. Can he pull it off' Let’s just say he’s got a fighters’ chance.

289 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 31 reviews.

Simple Simon (An Art Jefferson Thriller), by Ryne Douglas Pearson. (Still $4.99?)

From thriller master Ryne Douglas Pearson comes this incredible novel. Director Ron Howard bought the film rights for this story; need we say more? Enjoy this thriller for $4.99 today!

"The autistic character was written with depth and understanding without becoming a study in how to write a "special" character. "Simple" Simon was anything but, and his key involvement in the plot was natural and engaging. Art Jefferson, the veteran FBI agent whose latest investigation introduces him to Simon, is a strong figure with the right attributes to meet the challenges presented to him. His short but intense relationship with Simon was moving and really made me care about what happened to these characters." -- Amazon reviewer

He's brilliant. Innocent. Helpless. And he's marked for death...
It took years to develop. Cost billions to perfect. A cryptographic system so advanced it safeguards the United States' most vital secrets. It is secure. Impenetrable.

Until sixteen year old autistic savant Simon Lynch happens upon a forgotten snippet of code, his damaged brilliance breaking the cipher with ease and unwittingly marking him for death. Soon, elements of a pathological government security apparatus are hunting him, as is a beautiful, sadistic Japanese assassin working for enemies who will stop at nothing to learn the secret locked in Simon's mind. Only FBI Agent Art Jefferson stands between the innocent young man and these corrupt forces, putting his career, his freedom, and his life on the line to save Simon.

Simple Simon was made into the Bruce Willis film 'Mercury Rising'.

Director Ron Howard bought the rights to turn this engaging thriller into a movie, and it's no wonder: the story of a 16-year-old autistic genius being protected by a renegade FBI operative against a secret government agency has all the elements of his kind of humanistic blockbuster. It also helps that Ryne Douglas Pearson--whose previous books, Capitol Punishment and October's Ghost, are also available in paperback--creates instantly likeable characters in unlikely situations.

256 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 75 reviews.

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The Dead Boy's Legacy, by Cassius Shuman. (Still free?)

Part family saga, part psychological thriller, this story explores the legacy of an abducted boy. Warmly-reviewed, and free today!

"The Dead Boy's Legacy captured my attention immediately. It is a sensitive and caring look into child abduction. Shuman escorts us into the fear and horrors that parents experience. We feel their pain and frustration along with them. This is a well researched book that carries us along with the authorities as they go through the grueling process of searching for the lost child." -- Dr. Vonda Pelto, Psychologist/Author of Without Remorse

"The screams emerged from the house like enraged thunder and were carried on a gentle, guiding breeze that securely deposited them in the robust cornfield where they, at once, became silent."

Author Cassius Shuman's debut novel, The Dead Boy's Legacy is a dark, spellbinding tale that revolves around the legacy of a missing boy, the family who loves him, and the predator who abducted him.

Shuman's intense, haunting and heartbreaking novel begins with the chilling abduction of young Tommy McCarthy from a desolate road in his quaint hometown. The loss shatters the lives of the boy's parents, who become embroiled in an arduous battle with their demons as they struggle to overcome their unfathomable grief.

From research acquired while assisting Jeff Mudgett with the book "Bloodstains," about the author's great-great-grandfather, notorious serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes, Shuman brings an educated perspective to the serial killer genre and explores the world of psychological trauma, using sobering prose while weaving the narrative through a factual historical landscape.

The Dead Boy’s Legacy is on one hand a thrilling and complex family saga that illuminates the dark side of human nature while exploring the strength of a family’s love and on the other a compelling journey through hell that's filled with suspense, intrigue, hope, and miracles.

306 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 24 reviews.

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Hidden Under Her Heart, by Rachelle Ayala. (Still free?)

This harrowing story is fraught with a terrible crime and its perilous repercussions. Free today!

"Hidden Under Her Heart is a story by Rachelle Ayala that takes the reader up and down the emotional scales in the lives of Maryanne and Lucas. From their first meeting, the ride begins when Lucas plays a ridiculously immature prank on Maryanne who's on duty in her job as a nurse. Maryanne is equally immature in her vow to remain celibate until she finds the right man, but then when she and Lucas go on their first date, she teases, flirts, and makes it seem as if she'd like more. As the story moves forward, the reader learns that all she wants is to be loved. As the book proceeds, choices are made by both of them, forcing them to grow up and face their demons." -- Amazon reviewer

Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off premarital sex, hoping to land a marrying type of man.

Lucas Knight, a law-school dropout, moves to California to train for the Ironman Triathlon. He's smart, sweet, and everything Maryanne wants in a man, but their relationship suffers from his dedication to the sport. Seeking consolation in the arms of a handsome preacher's son, Maryanne attends a church party where she is raped.

Maryanne is pregnant from the rape and plans to abort. But the identity of her rapist is hidden in her baby's DNA. Lucas asks Maryanne to seek alternatives and pledges to support her through the pregnancy. When Lucas becomes the prime suspect, Maryanne must clear his name and make a life changing decision.

The rapist has other ideas. In order to destroy the evidence, he offers Maryanne an illegal offshore abortion. With Maryanne's life in danger, Lucas races to save her and her baby. However, Maryanne hides a secret that threatens to tear them apart forever.

A 99,000-word women's fiction, HIDDEN UNDER HER HEART deals with the consequences of rape and abortion.

308 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 15 reviews.

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

All five-star reviews for this delightful fantasy! Bargain-priced at $2.99 today.

"Two sisters discovering a secret lineage of wizardry that neither of them ever dreamed about, attacks by shapeshifters and rival covens, and new powers right at their very fingertips... All before graduation! This spell-casting novel packs a punch that leaves you breathless as you follow the adventures of sisters Ava and Hannah and their ruggedly handsome wizard protectors. The conflict develops quickly as the sisters learn that that they might hold the key to protecting not only their wizard coven but the world itself from an evil rival bent on domination. Be ready for a fun ride when you start reading this one!" -- 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.

WICK (Wick Series), by Michael Bunker. (Still $0.99?)

Over 90 five-star reviews for the pre-apocalyptic thriller - that's now top 10 in its genre on Amazon! This first in a series, and bargain-priced today at 99 cents.

" A fast, but very deep read - it combines the best of Sinclair Lewis and James Howard Kunstler in a truly great read that will both engage you and challenge you to think- and choose wisely. I am buying this one for myself come the publication date, as well as copies for friends. Just WOW. This one is truly a keeper - buy it and tell your friends! (I also suggest you get "The Last Pilgrims" by the same author - it is another great read.)" -- Amazon reviewer

...A Mind-Bending Thriller... Clay just wants to get home. Six years ago, he moved to New York City after his wife and daughters were killed in a horrible automobile accident, and now, the day after Hurricane Sandy devastates the city and the tri-state area, Clay sets out on foot to escape both the city, and the prison of his old life there. What Clay discovers on his epic walk to freedom, will change everything... for everyone... forever.

The W1CK series is a stand-alone pre-apocalyptic thriller that sets the stage for the apocalyptic social, economic, and structural collapse of Western Civilization that leads us, 20 years later, into the events of Michael Bunker's thriller - The Last Pilgrims. WICK 2 is now available on Amazon, and WICK 3 is scheduled for release in March 2013.

The Cold War is about to get Hot, and sometimes just saying 'NO' is a revolutionary act...

197 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 135 reviews.

Demon at My Door, by Michelle A. Valentine. (Still $0.99?)

A highly-rated paranormal coming-of-age story - bargain-priced at 99 cents today. (Note: some reviews caution about the book's steamy love scenes.)

"I loved the story. I loved how a five year old girl battered for her mother's life. I loved how Rick Steele showed Natalie how she was so much more than the freaky goth girl everyone thought she was and she should be no one's dirty little secret. But most of all, I loved the story of how Rick became what he was and what he's done all in the name of true love." -- Amazon reviewer

Gothic outcast Natalie Sugarman bartered her soul for her dying mother’s life sixteen years ago to a boy demon that could stop time. Now, days before her twenty-first birthday, the lifelines on her palms are slowly vanishing, and she knows it’s just a matter of time before Satan’s little helper collects.

Natalie's tried numerous times to kill the demon and regain control of her soul’s destiny, but she always falls short. When she decides to try and gain the element of surprise for her next attempt, Natalie seeks answers about his location from a freaky, glowing-eyed fortuneteller. Creeped out by the psychic’s methods, she bolts from the reading and misses the warning that the demon who stole her soul is always closer than she thinks.

After some strange incidents with her new boyfriend, including a hot, levitating sex session, she realizes he’s the grown-up version of her little nightmare and he’s returned to collect on their deal. Natalie must figure out how to win her soul back from the demon before her lifeline completely disappears and she becomes his forever—even if that means making a deal to damn three other souls to take her place.

*Demon At My Door is a New Adult Paranormal Romance with very mature scenes from New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Michelle A. Valentine*

203 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 33 reviews.

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