Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Mar 26)

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books! And check out our list of "10 Histories That Never Were' at the end of the post.

Here's a Kindle book available for free today!

Never Buried (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series, Book 1), by Edie Claire. (Still free?)

This feel-good mystery series from Edie Claire has delighted readers for years. Over 100 five-star reviews for this cozy read, and it's free today.

"A funny, fast-paced, clever, and unusual mystery that will have readers clamoring for more. Sheer delight." --Carolyn Hart

"A thoroughly delightful debut. Bright, breezy, and witty. I couldn't put it down."--Tamar Myers

The truth about what happened in 1949 went to Paul Fischer's grave... Too bad his body didn't!

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn't pack heat--just a few extra pounds. And she doesn't go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara's refurbished Victorian house, she wasn't planning on discovering a corpse--certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin's house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house--someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn't know Leigh's impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

200 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 299 reviews.

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Stella Bellarosa: Tales of an Aspiring Teenage Superhero, by Julie Krantz. (Still 1.99?)

Save $6 today on this full-length 1960s coming-of-age story. Highly-rated, and a good choice for middle-grade readers and older.

"Stella Bellarosa" is set in 1960s Little Italy, New York, and does a wonderful job evoking not only that contentious era, but also the flavor of family life through the eyes of its 13-year-old narrator. Great one-liners, strong characters, and a moral dilemma make this a good choice for young readers who like historical fiction or even adults who grew up in the same environment." -- Amazon reviewer

A wallet, a thief, and a brilliant plan--what can possibly go wrong?

At least that’s what Stella thinks when she urges Pin Pin to return the stolen wallet—until she gets caught with the goods, that is, and all heaven, hell and whatever’s-in-between breaks loose, forcing the BFFs to hit the road.

Tag along with Stella and Pin Pin as they ditch Little Italy for midtown Manhattan, all the while battling archrival Angie Como for the title to SOHO’s Annual Food Drive, their ticket to Regis Academy—a posh high school for girls, hidden far, far away in the Catskills. Oh-la-la, for the chance to leave home—for good!

Problem is... the road isn’t much safer than home, especially when the runaways attract the attention of police, museum officials and—worst of all—Stella’s unforgiving father. Also pitted against their extravagant dreams is the threat of Pin and her family’s deportation, including baby sister, Audrey, who lies at the heart of this quirky coming-of-age novel—STELLA BELLAROSA, a serious MG with a funny-bone.

258 pages, with a 4-star rating from 7 reviews.

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Confessions of a Call Center Gal: a novel, by Lisa Lim. (Still 0.99?)

This popular chick-lit novel is 99 cents today. Warmly reviewed, this book will have you smiling - if not laughing out loud.

"A chick-lit approach to the call center. This book is a reminder that the call center predates globalization and outsourcing." ~The Wall Street Journal Online

"This novel is chick lit at its best." ~Booksessed

"Finally! A snarky, quick witted, relatable book with a dash of romance!" ~Chick Lit

* Shortlisted for Goodreads No Young Adult Best Chick Lit Reads *

* Lisa Lim's latest chick lit release She's the Boss is my pick for best novel of 2012! ~ Chick Lit Central, Cindy Roesel *

Bridget Jones's Diary meets The Office. Madison Lee is a fresh college grad, ready to take on the world of print media. But she has zero luck landing a job. Unemployment is at ten percent and on the rise. Desperate and left with no other options, she accepts a position as a service rep at a call center in Pocatello, Idaho. At the Lightning Speed call center in Spudsville, Maddy plunges into the wild and dysfunctional world of customer service where Sales is prided over Service and an eight hour shift is equivalent to eight hours of callers bashing her over the phone. Oh sure, the calls are bad. But Maddy manages to find humor on the phone and off the phone. And with all the salacious drama behind the calls, there is never a dull moment at the Lightning Speed call center.
Lately . . . Maddy has been pining for her smolderingly gorgeous co-worker Mika Harket. Now things are heating up on the phone--and elsewhere. Don't hang up on this novel. Working at a call center has never been this garish . . . or this delightful.

***DISCLAIMER: If you find politically incorrect shows like The Office, South Park and Chelsea Lately detestable, juvenile and offensive, then this book is probably NOT for you.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS:

A strong debut novel about real issues with lots of heart and humor. ~Chick Lit Club (AR)

The chick lit version of "Office Space" for a new generation. ~Melissa Amster, Chick Lit Central

Guaranteed to make you laugh-out-loud. Fans of Sophie Kinsella will love it. ~author Sibel Hodge

Real and relatable! So many traditional chick lit books tend to go off on a tangent to a life many of us will never have--Bond Street and Fifth Avenue are not a regular part of my routine. This book felt like a peak into a normal life, not some glitzy creation designed purely for the pages of a book! ~R.O.A

A hilarious account of life in a call center, with a little romance to spice things up. ~Bookerella

Full of humor and an addicting story, this is the perfect chick lit to curl up in bed with. ~Peace Love Books

312 pages, with a 4-star rating from 134 reviews.

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Cybill Disobedience, by Cybill Shepherd. (Still 0.99?)

A celebrity bio full of gossip and surprising anecdotes. Probably a book that none of us should read... but if you want a break from heavier tomes, this one-time bestseller is just 99 cents today.

"A riveting, candid, fresh and self-revealing book." -- Liz Smith

"Gutsy." -- San Francisco Examiner

"Nobody kisses and tells like Cybill Shepherd." -- New York Daily News

'How I survived beauty pageants, Elvis, sex, Bruce Willis, lies, marriage, motherhood, Hollywood, and the irrepressible urge to say what you think.'

From wholesome beauty queen to saucy cover girl, from heartbreaking movie star (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, TAXI DRIVER) to one of television's most loved comediennes (MOONLIGHTING, CYBILL), Cybill Shepherd is renowned as sassy, shocking and sexy. In CYBILL DISOBEDIENCE, she opens her heart with the wit and honesty of a star who's seen and knows it all.

320 pages, with a 3.2-star rating from 157 reviews.

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Facebook House: Insider Tales of Mark Zuckerberg and His Empire's Tumultuous First Days, by Judy Fusco. (Still 0.99?)

An interesting, short memoir from a Facebook insider during its earliest days.

"An intriguing and remarkable, first-hand account of the social network story." -Barry Spilchuk, co-author in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

"Facebook House is a captivating story of Judy Fusco's experience with American values seen in the context of her Asian heritage. One can't read this book without feeling there is a deeper meaning to the extraordinary home where an American institution took shape." - Anita Y. Wonder

Mystical events take place at Facebook House the week before Mark Zuckerberg and the founders of Facebook move in, events that would play a pivotal role in launching the social network company during its early days. At this house, these first Facebook friends cultivate the "War, work, and Play" ethic that propels the site to the first million-member mark and helps it survive the tumultuous first days of Zuckerberg's world empire. Also, during their serendipitous stay at this California mansion, the prodigious computer hackers make a near-fatal error that compromises the security and future of the site.

Join the author, Judy Fusco, in this previously-untold, compelling narrative of Facebook House, as she weaves together fascinating, real-life, insider tales of the founders of Facebook. Take a look into the secret lives of many Silicon Valley kingpins, and the mysterious house that became headquarters to the social networking startup that changed the world. This is not the Accidental Billionaires-type account of the early days of Facebook, dependent only on the stories of bitter ex-business partners, imagined motives and conjecture. In this alternative, Facebook history, readers enjoy up-close interactive experiences with the main Facebook players and real-life glimpses into the lives and community that launched the company. Follow Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker and Dustin Moskovitz in this vivid Facebook House account of the dynamics that can transform wild dreams into reality.

This book is a blend of the best traits of "The Social Network" and "The Facebook Effect" in a fresh, entertaining, quick read. A book you won't want to put down and that will inspire you to reflect - long after you put it down - on your own desires and dreams.

According to Judy Fusco, author of Facebook House, "In recent years I've had the opportunity of closely watching a transformational idea take shape around my dining room table, as a team of young entrepreneurs took a dream and unveiled it to the world. This social revolution has made a difference in the lives of over one billion members and in the events of nations."

"It seems," she says, "as if destiny brought these social revolutionaries to my house for a brief season and a great purpose. Perhaps, too, the mystique surrounding the house played a significant role in launching the global invasion of social networking and in propelling the Facebook founders to world renown. By taking a look through a window of time--a window I and many others have called Facebook House--we can listen and learn from the carriers of this grand idea, and in their lives we can find inspiration that can shape our own destinies."

Download the book today, enjoy an exclusive video offer inside, and join us in the adventures of Facebook House.

96 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 26 reviews.

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F in Exams, by Richard Benson. (Still 0.99?)

I just love these witty responses to difficult exam questions! Richard Benson has assembled some of most hilarious, totally wrong exam answers. You have to admire these students who turned a FAIL into a WIN - for humor, at least!

"Hilarious collection! Over the years as a college Physics professor I've given out untold number of student exams, tests, quizzes, and homeworks. Sometimes exams were too hard, sometimes students were inadequately prepared, and sometimes they just didn't have enough time to finish answering all the questions appropriately. In those situations I would often get silly or puzzling answers to some of the questions that I had posed. All of the examples in this book (to the best of my knowledge) have been taken from actual student exams, down to the handwritten responses in the blue ink. This level of realism adds to the amusement factor. A few of these test answers (such as the one on the cover) have previously circulated around online, but majority of the answers were new to me." -- Amazon Top 50 reviewer

F stands for "funny" in this perfect gift for students or anyone who has ever had to struggle through a test and needs a good laugh. Celebrating the creative side of failure in a way we can all relate to, F in Exams gathers the most hilarious and inventive test answers provided by students who, faced with a question they have no hope of getting right, decide to have a little fun instead. Whether in science (Q: What is the highest frequency noise that a human can register' A: Mariah Carey), the humanities (Q: What did Mahatma Gandhi and Genghis Khan have in common' A: Unusual names), math, or other subjects, these 250 entries prove that while everyone enjoys the spectacle of failure, it's even sweeter to see a FAIL turn into a WIN.

129 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 121 reviews.

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Build A Man, by Talli Roland. (Still 0.99?)

Fresh, original chick-lit with heart... against a backdrop of cosmetic surgery gone wrong. 99 cents!

"I am happy to put Build A Man on my Favorites List and give it a whopping five stars! Roland has everything right in this story--a sweet but confused heroine, a gripping plot, and lots of laughs along the way. I was invested from the beginning, and had to see how Serenity and Jeremy's story played out." --Chick Lit Plus

"Build A Man is fast-paced, well-written chick lit that I can't recommend highly enough." --The Book Chick


The perfect man is out there . . . he just needs a little work.

A Top 15 Pick of 2011 by Chick Lit News and Reviews
Voted a Top Ten Book of 2011 by Trashionista


Slave to the rich and the rude, cosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland longs for the day she's a high-flying tabloid reporter. When she meets Jeremy Ritchie -- the hang-dog man determined to be Britain's Most Eligible Bachelor by making himself over from head to toe and everything in between -- Serenity knows she's got a story no editor could resist.

With London's biggest tabloid on board and her very own column tracking Jeremy's progress from dud to dude, Serenity is determined to be a success. But when Jeremy's surgery goes drastically wrong and she's ordered to cover all the car-crash goriness, Serenity must decide how far she really will go for her dream job.

The next book in the series, Construct A Couple, is now available.

308 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 95 reviews.

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In today's '10 Books' list, we feature a selection of alternative histories. Thanks to forum moderator Geoffrey for compiling this list of books, that describe the way things *might* have been...

10 Histories That Never Were
Lion's Blood (Insh'Allah), by Steven BarnesThis is a book about slavery set in an America colonized by the strongest global powers on earth: Egypt and Abyssinia.

In this alternate world where the center of culture and power shifted to Africa, white slaves work for black masters. Set in the mid nineteenth century in a primarily Islamic America, LION’S BLOOD tells of a bond between Kai, son of a powerful leader and plantation owner, and Aidan, brought from the British Isles by slave traders to work on the planation. As both grow to manhood, conflicts arise...
Ruled Britannia, by Harry TurtledoveThis is the story of William Shakespeare and his life in a London where the Spanish Armada successfully overthrew Elizabeth I.

In this alternate England during the Elizabethan era, William Shakespeare must write a play that will incite the citizens to rise against the Spanish Monarchy that rules them......
Days of Infamy (Pearl Harbor), by Harry TurtledoveThe US is forced into WWII when the Japanese launch a surprise invasion and conquer the Hawaiian Islands.

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched an attack against United States naval forces stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. But what if the Japanese followed up their air assault with an invasion and occupation of Hawaii' With American military forces subjugated and civilians living in fear of their conquerors, there is no one to stop the Japanese from using the islands' resources to launch an offe...
Exiled: Clan of the Claw, by John RingoThis is an earth where an asteroid never killed the dinosaurs - and they developed sapiency alongside mammals.

First entry in a new series with three big all new linked novellas from multiple best-sellers S.M. Stirling, John Ringo & Jody Lynn Nye, and Harry Turtledove! After the extinction asteroid DOESN'T strike Earth, the dinosaurs keep evolving—but so do the mammals. We mammals have achieved human-like shapes, but now it's cold-blooded, magic-using reptiles against the hot-blooded, hot-tempered descen...
1945: A Novel, by Robert ConroyIn this world, Japan didn't surrender after Nagasaki and Hiroshima necessitating a full invasion by the Allied forces.

America has dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
But Japan has only begun to fight. . . .

In 1945, history has reached a turning point. A terrible new weapon has been unleashed. Japan has no choice but to surrender. But instead, the unthinkable occurs. With their nation burned and shattered, Japanese fanatics set in motion a horrifying endgame–their aim: to take Americ...
Wild Cards I, by George R.R. Martin
This is a series of short stories by numerous well know authors establishing an America with Superheroes.

Back in print after a decade, expanded with new original material, this is the first volume of George R. R. Martin’s Wild cards shared-world series

There is a secret history of the world—a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in the aftermath of World War II, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Some were called Aces—those with superhuman me...
Household Gods, by Judith Tarr
A Time Travel novel set in Roman era Austria.

Nicole Gunther-Perrin is a modern young professional, proud of her legal skills but weary of the daily grind, of childcare, and of sexist coworkers and her deadbeat ex-husband. Then after one exceptionally awful day, she awakens to find herself in a different life, that of a widowed tavernkeeper on the Roman frontier around A.D. 170.

Delighted at first, she quickly begins to reali...
Hindustaan: An Epic Adventure of the Mughal Empire, by Mainak DharThis is a world where the British never took control of India and the Mukul Empire is still strong.

Till the 17th century, one superpower accounted for almost a quarter of the world’s income- the same share as that of the United States today. That superpower was what we know today as India under the Mughal Empire. Years of internal strife, attacks by Afghan raiders and finally conquest by the British led to the decline and destruction of this mighty empire.

But what if India had nev...
Resurrection Day, by Brendan DuBoisThis is a noir thriller set in Boston after the Cuban Missile Crisis turned into a limited nuclear exchange.

"Everyone remembers exactly what they were doing the day President Kennedy tried to kill them."

* * *

In 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of the nuclear war. The crisis was averted, but what would have happened if war had broken out' In "Resurrection Day," award-winning author Brendan DuBois brings this horrific concep...
The Peshawar Lancers, by S.M. Stirling
A beautifully-built world in which British India is the center of the world and Europe and North America are ruined wastelands.

In the mid-1870s, a violent spray of comets hits Earth, decimating cities, erasing shorelines, and changing the world’s climate forever. And just as Earth’s temperature dropped, so was civilization frozen in time. Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together….
In the twenty-first century, boats still run on steam, ...


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