Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Mar 19)

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

Here are three Kindle books available for free today!

One Week, by Nikki Van De Car. (Still free?)

7-days with Bee, a sharp-tongued, quick-witted, spoiled Hollywood teen celebrity. This coming-of-age story is free today.

"This book is fresh among the many other coming of age, teen love stories flooding the market. I attribute its welcomed approach almost exclusively to Bee, her character, and mostly her voice. She's funny, a pain in the butt, full of vibrato, and ultimately unsure, a little scared, and wanting desperately to be seen and loved by her overbearing, attention-seeking father. She's complicated and interesting, and was enough for me to keep the pages turning and finish the read in an afternoon." -- Amazon reviewer

Reluctant celebutante Bee had everything that second tier fame could offer—and hated every bit of it. In search of an identity of her own, not some media creation, she takes off from LA with nothing. Bee discovers that one week can change everything. She may even have a chance at love. But is it real or just another illusion?

174 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 7 reviews.



The Symbolon (The Sibylline Trilogy), by Delia Colvin. (Still free?)

This second novel in the Sibylline Trilogy is free today! A love story steeped in Greek mythology.

"From start to finish, I was moved by the emotionally charged story that unfolds. As book 2 of a trilogy, the author did an artistic job of taking you deeper into the world of the immortals where I found myself falling more in love with Alex and Valeria as well as cheering on new character who unseemingly vies for the reader's affection. Throughout the book, Ms. Colvin planted well-placed seeds of intrigue keeping me curious to find answers/explanations in book 3 without detracting from the beautiful story of book 2." -- Amazon reviewer

The Symbolon is the passionate second novel of the addictive Sibylline Trilogy!

For 3000 years, Alex has dreamt of a life with his mortal beloved, Valeria. And it appears that they will at last have a chance for a life together!

But when they approach the ancient council of immortals, for approval of the marriage,
they discover that sinister forces object to their union. Soon they find themselves faced with terrifying threats including a devastating separation that neither may survive!

420 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 56 reviews.



Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact, by Andrew Vu. (Still free?)

Humans and animals coexist as equals in this first volume of the Halfkinds Sci-Fi series. Free today.

"If you like survival stories, then this book if for you. Halfkinds is an original story with hybrid human and animal characters that exhibit a range of emotion when backed into a wall. These halfkinds become personalities that you quickly become attached to or characters that you love to hate. This story not only has a great plot, but keeps the reader guessing the "what ifs."" -- Amazon reviewer

The Halfkinds Series
Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact - Available Now
Halfkinds Volume 2: Horus - Available Now


In the twenty fourth century, a scientific experiment gave a few species the gift of intelligence, and after much struggle, they've carved out a place in society. By the thirtieth century, humans find themselves co-existing, negotiating, and residing on Earth with these animals as equals.

Maya Lawton is a lonely prostitute living in this world. She gives birth to the first halfkinds, creatures who are half animal-kind, and half mankind. Since interspecies breeding is illegal, she is forced into seclusion and raises them alone. Then one day, without warning, she dies, and her death leads to their discovery. Abandoned and lost, this family of halfkinds plan to escape to a terraformed moon. But the law is after them. The order is to kill, sent by the highest authority, the United Species Alliance.

What separates the Halfkinds series from the rest isn't only its unique premise, but also its structure. Chapters shift between the first person POV's of key characters and are presented in a non-linear fashion in order to create a mounting suspense that will keep the reader riveted until the end. Various plot twists occur within the story, and the different character viewpoints help alter the tone as you go along to give an unbiased presentation of their motives and actions. The setting allows a diverse cast of characters, some human, many not, to send a message that intelligence is a power that we take for granted, and when given to other species, the world becomes a dangerous place.

362 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 15 reviews.



License to Thrill (a romantic mystery), by Stephanie Bond. (Still $0.99?)

A 99-cent full-length romantic mystery from Stephanie Bond!

"A fun romance that tips it hat towards Ian Fleming. This is a classic boy meets girl from across the pond. He's English and she's American. They are totally opposites but isn't that what you love about a good romance story? Not everyone wants to read about beautiful people hooking up but yes, we do love a howt guy! Anywho, this was a fun read with a nice little "who dunnit" in the middle." -- Amazon reviewer

LICENSE TO THRILL is a romantic adventure in the spirit of super-cool, super-sexy Agent 007!
 
He wasn't the man she wanted to trust...but when the stakes turn deadly, it's nice to have a hard body between her and trouble! She wasn't the woman he expected to fall for...and he has a bad feeling a bulletproof vest isn't going to protect his heart this time!


Praise for LICENSE TO THRILL:

"Exceptional. [The author] puts a thrill in every reader's day with this unabashed tribute to one of the great romantic figures of our times." -Romantic Times Book Reviews

"One great mystery." -Bell, Book, and Candle

"A real 007 with a complex plot." -Affaire de Coeur


Other thrilling romantic stories by best-selling author Stephanie Bond that will make your day:

ALMOST A FAMILY--Fate gave them another chance at love...
THREE WISHES--A magical romantic comedy!

183 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 132 reviews.



Electing To Murder - Thriller (McRyan Mystery Series), by Roger Stelljes. (Still $0.99?)

The third full-length novel in the McRyan mystery series. A highly-rated hard-boiled detective story, for 99 cents.

"Mac McRyan , Minnesota's Twin Cities newest golden boy is back in a political murder mystery. As with the previous "Mac" books, there is a lot of action, solid investigative skills all the old characters and a few new characters. One of which is ex-FBI Dara Wire who partners with Mac, after Dick Lick takes a bullet to the left shoulder, a nasty through and through. Not to worry he'll be back before the end of the story. Mac and Dara travel across state lines relentlessly pursuing clues, suspects and hunches. Uncovering election fraud, murder and corruption at the very highest levels! This book is solid and well written, well edited with memorable engaging characters." -- Amazon reviewer

Ruthless killers...grizzly deaths...escalating stakes...

A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in ELECTING TO MURDER.

Award winning author, Roger Stelljes, delivers an action packed story that is the 3rd full length novel in the McRyan Mystery Series. Stelljes' vivid characters, his gift for GRITTY and REAL DIALOGUE, as well as his uncanny sense of place and time, will put you in the middle of the action allowing you to feel the desperation of Mac McRyan and his fellow detectives.

FIRST CASE - Prequel
THE ST. PAUL CONSPIRACY
DEADLY STILLWATER
FIRST DEADLY CONSPIRACY - Special Edition 3 Book Box Set
ELECTING TO MURDER

Vince Flynn has described Roger Stelljes as "A powerful new thriller voice." Fans of Harlan Coben, John Sandford, David Baldacci and James Patterson will enjoy this dramatic pulse-racing thriller.

ALSO BY ROGER STELLJES:
FIRST DEADLY CONSPIRACY - 3 book special edition box set

FIRST CASE - McRyan Mystery Series Prequel
An emotionally charged investigation full of unexpected twists and turns, Mac McRyan will need to follow a convoluted trail of evidence, secrets, and hidden agendas to help solve a murder mystery that is his FIRST CASE.

THE ST. PAUL CONSPIRACY - McRyan Mystery Series
Merit Award Winner for Commercial Fiction for the Midwest Independent Publishers (MIPA) Book Awards and it was also a Minnesota Book Awards Nominee.

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW - 5 STARS - "In The St. Paul Conspiracy fourth-generation homicide detective Michael McKenzie "Mac" McRyan becomes involved in a complex murder investigation with repercussions far beyond an ordinary serial killer case - national and political security concerns lie at the root of this tangled, fast-paced crime novel. Rendering its setting of historic St. Paul, Minnesota in exquisite detail, The St. Paul Conspiracy renders a manhunt that is much more than it seems with colorful flair and a knack for savvy dialogue."

DEADLY STILLWATER - McRyan Mystery Series
MIPA - Midwest Book Awards Winner - Genre Fiction



381 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 4 reviews.



Sliding on the Snow Stone, by Andy Szpuk. (Still $0.99?)

Over 60 five-star reviews for this extraordinary, true story of the author's quest for survival in World War II-era Russia.

"A stark and moving biography of a Ukrainian who lived through the Holodomor or Ukrainian Holocaust where millions perished as a result of Stalin's custom-made famine and firing squads. The many little details captured by the author coloured the episodes and made the scenes come alive, allowing us readers to weep, groan and laugh alongside Stefan as he journeys through life." -- Amazon reviewer

It is astonishing that anyone lived this story. It is even more astonishing that anyone survived it.

Stefan grows up in the grip of a raging famine. Stalin’s Five Year Plan brings genocide to Ukraine – millions of people starve to death. To free themselves from the daily terrors of Soviet rule, Stefan and his friends fight imaginary battles in nearby woods to defend their land. The games they play are their only escape.

‘Sliding on the Snow Stone’ is the true story of Stefan's extraordinary journey across a landscape of hunger, fear and devastating loss. With Europe on the brink of World War Two, Stefan and his family pray they'll survive in their uncertain world. They long to be free.

(In 1932-33, as part of their drive towards industrialisation, the Soviet Union demanded impossibly high requisitions of grain from rural areas in Ukraine. In a deliberate act of genocide, Ukrainian smallholdings were stripped of food, and the population began to perish, with some estimates as high as 10 million deaths, from starvation. In Ukraine, this atrocity became known as the Holodomor (death by hunger). The following years saw Soviet purges and terrors resulting in the elimination of academics and intellectuals, or of anyone who spoke out against Soviet rule. When World War Two arrived on Ukraine’s doorstep, many people viewed the Nazis as liberators – a view that was quickly proved wrong. ‘Sliding on the Snow Stone’ is Stefan’s personal account of a historical period drenched in the blood of a nation, and of his yearning for freedom).

238 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 93 reviews.



The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald: 45 Short Stories and Novels, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Still $2.99?)

This treasury includes 45 of the great writer's short stories and lesser-known novels.

"This is a great collection of 45 stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is the biggest collection available on Amazon. This title is properly formatted for the kindle. Even italics are properly included. There is an active table of contents that is linked to even every chapter of each story and there is also a link back to the main table of contents from the start of each chapter. This made it very easy to go from one place to another in this title." -- Amazon reviewer

This title is a collection of 45 novels and short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. "The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald" is properly formatted for the Kindle and includes an active table of contents with links to each chapter in every story. There is also a link back to the table of contents at the start of each chapter to make navigation of this huge title easier.

We also include an NCX table of contents which will allow you to navigate this huge Kindle title using the 5-Way Controller button so that you can skip from one story to another with just a click. Once reading a specific story, you can also use the 5-Way Controller button to move from one chapter to another within the same story.

Fitzgerald's short stories have themes that do not only relate to the problems and culture of the Jazz Age, but were also about the promises and despair encountered by the youth, as well as aging. Love and relationships between two mismatched or unlikely characters are common, such as people who are unlikely to develop a spark of romantic interest between each other.

The plots are usually set in the culture of the upper middle class and the elite, with characters either from this social group or aspiring to become part of it. Being inspired by the events that occurred during The Great Depression and the stock market crash, the stories also involve characters who lose wealth, but who are still trying to maintain their opulent lifestyle.

However, Fitzgerald's stories will remain relevant no matter which era the readers are born into, as finding true love and happiness despite the situation will always be a common part of the human experience.


Click through to the Amazon page for a complete list of titles included.

802 pages, with a 4-star rating from 5 reviews.



Democracy in America, Volume I and II (Optimized for Kindle), by Alexis De Tocqueville. (Still $0.99?)

This classic analysis of the U.S., from an insightful outsider, belongs on every history-lover's Kindle! Just 99 cents.

"Why does Tocqueville remain one of the most insightful analysts of American society? Certainly there is the comprehensive nature of his project, but one must also take into account the brilliance of his prose, with just the right balance of elegance and clarity. Democracy in America is as accessible to the modern reader as the work of any contemporary journalist, political scientist, or sociologist--and in many cases more so. It is an essential volume for anybody concerned with American history." -- Amazon.com

Endlessly quoted and referred to, Tocqueville's great history is as relevant now as when it was first published in the mid-19th century, and it remains the most penetrating and astute picture of American life ever written.

As Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the young United States, he wrote in his introduction to the first volume of Democracy in America, "the more clearly I saw equality of conditions as the creative element from which each particular fact derived, and all my observations constantly returned to this nodal point." And there is an abundance of observations to be found here, with chapters that consider everything from "judicial power in the United States and its effect on political society" to "why the Americans erect some pretty monuments and others that are very grand."


Why does Tocqueville remain one of the most insightful analysts of American society' Certainly there is the comprehensive nature of his project, but one must also take into account the brilliance of his prose, with just the right balance of elegance and clarity. Democracy in America is as accessible to the modern reader as the work of any contemporary journalist, political scientist, or sociologist--and in many cases more so. It is an essential volume for anybody concerned with American history.

792 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 29 reviews.



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