Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Mar 13)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Me and My Ghoulfriends (Larue Donavan, Book 1), by Rose Pressey. (Still $0.99?)

Let's start today's selection with a 99-cent quirky romance, that has earned over 70 five-star reviews from its readers.

"This is an author that I have put on my 'to watch' list and I will be sure to try anything else she has written or writes in the future." --Amber Chalmers for

"I would love to read more about Larue and her ghost adventures! This story is so charming, witty, and entertaining and I'm sure Ms. Pressey can do it again!" --Steph B. for The Romance Studio

There's always fun to be had on a ghoul's night out.

By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she's a world-renowned psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won't leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he's in charge of her lovelife. Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It's the living who drive her crazy.

When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door. She's smitten from the start, but she's not the only one -- The boutique owner across the street has her eye on Callahan too, and uses witchcraft to fight dirty. When Callahan gets hit by a love spell, Larue will need more than a little help from her ghoul-friends to save the day...

308 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 138 reviews.

Rule, by Jay Crownover. (Still $1.99?)

This teen romance has a phenomenal 500 five-star reviews.

"I really enjoyed this book. The hero in all his bad boy-ness was hot. Shaw, the heroine, was likable, mature (given her age), and kept the whiny-ness to a minimum. I didn't quite grasp why a rich, beautiful girl was such a high school outcast but it was pretty irrelevant. The supporting characters were good, the banter was good, the passion and angst were good...but it wasn't, "cant put it down-think about it every minute-great." It was simply good. However the potential for "downright freaking fantastic" was most certainly present." -- Amazon reviewer

*Newly Edited*
This is the updated version of Rule...all cleaned up and ready to go

I loved Rule Archer since the first moment I ever laid eyes on him. He was everything I shouldn't want and the only person I went out of my way to not try and please. He only saw me as a brat, as an entitled, stuck up princess but worse than that all he saw when he looked at me was his deceased twin brother's girl. It broke my heart because as much as I had loved Remy Archer there was never anything romantic between us and no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that loving Rule was a terrible idea, my poor heart just wouldn't listen. We tolerated each other, barely. We forged an uneasy alliance until one night I had too much to drink and changed the way we were forever. Suddenly life long secrets were no longer hidden and the one thing I always wanted for myself seemed obtainable as long as I was willing to go through hell to hold onto it.

Shaw Landon was a class act and I had no idea what to do with her. She was tied to my family, tied to the person that was my other half so I tolerated her and her haughty attitude because I didn't have any other choice. What I didn't know was that a short skirt and too many cocktails on her birthday was going to change my outlook on her for the rest of my life. Some people thought I hid behind all my tattoos and piercings, that I tried to distance myself from my dead twin, Shaw saw through it all and wasn't scared of what was underneath.

We weren't supposed to be together, weren't supposed to be anything except uncomfortable acquaintances but that all changed in the blink of an eye. Now I had to figure out just how a girl like her and a guy like me were supposed to be in love without destroying each other. Add in her custom made ex and two disapproving sets of parents and the whole situation sounded to me like it was more trouble then it was worth.

Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, language and drinking.

327 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 1,025 reviews.

Forevermore (Pat O'Malley Mysteries), by Jim Musgrave. (Still $1.99?)

In this highly-rated historical mystery, Pat O'Malley is a war hero who turns detective to solve the murder of Edgar Allan Poe.

"The book kept my interest and I do like Poe and a good mystery. It's a quick read that I could not put down." -- Amazon reviewer

"Musgrave mixes accurate history with a spell-binding plot to create an amazing who-done-it! Watch for more Pat O'Malley Mysteries."

In post Civil War New York City, Detective Pat O'Malley is living inside Poe's Cottage in the Bronx. O'Malley is haunted by Poe one night, and the detective finds a strange note. As a result, O'Malley decides to prove that Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore from an alcoholic binge but was, instead, murdered. O'Malley quickly becomes embroiled in a "cold case" that thrusts him into the lair of one of the most sinister and ruthless killers in 1865 New York City.

Jim Musgrave's "Forevermore" is a quick read in four acts that will keep your mind razor sharp trying to solve the mystery of Poe's murder. Pat O'Malley must first find out how to become intimate with females before he can discover the final clue in this puzzle of wits, murder and romance.

Professional Review:

Most historians uphold that literary legend Edgar Allan Poe died from complications to his crippling alcoholism. But private detective Pat O’Malley believes otherwise. He believes that Poe was actually a victim of murder. In Forevermore, O’Malley sets forth on a mission of danger and romance to uncover the truth behind the demise of his old friend and one of America’s most important authors.

In most mystery novels, the quality of the story as a whole is largely dependent on the quality of the character telling it. Luckily, Forevermore has a great narrator and protagonist in the form of Pat O’Malley. O’Malley is a truly developed and surprisingly complex character. He is likable, and not a generic womanizer. In fact, many of his tragic life experiences have left him with a sort of phobia of women. Surmounting this phobia becomes a paramount plot point which makes solving the case of Poe’s murder seem not just like a job, but also a journey of critical personal importance.

O’Malley is not the only character to enjoy in this novel, though. Author Jim Musgrave has concocted an excellent cast of supporting characters including some great interpretations of historical figures like William Wallace and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Becky Charming, the prostitute and closest confidante of O’Malley, is perhaps the most interesting of them all as a woman who perfectly balances sensuality with motherly wisdom and an almost aristocratic refinement.

This is a quick and entertaining read with some very good characters and very good attention to historical details. Here’s hoping that it’s the first in many more Pat O'Malley Mysteries!
--M. Chris Johnson, Portland Book Review (

145 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 6 reviews.

Born (The Born Trilogy), by Tara Brown. (Still $0.99?)

This highly-rated dystopian novel is praised for its plot and characterization. Not for children or YA, with its adult themes it's more of a "New Adult" novel.

"The main character Emma goes through many ups and downs starting at age 9 when the infection takes over her city, but throughout the book she is such a strong independent female. I really loved all the characters that came into Emma's life throughout the book. Warning to some, you may not like the harsh reality of this story with the Breeder Farms and what happens there! I personally didn't find it offensive but some might. If you are a Hunger Games fan I believe you'll love this one!" -- Amazon reviewer

"It's us and them, Em. There are no regular people anymore."

Ten years ago when the world ended she ran for her life.

Five weeks ago the world she'd hidden from came knocking on the door of her secluded cabin.

Ten days ago she found salvation hiding amongst the dead.

Yesterday she went back for the living.

Today she wonders if she will live to see tomorrow.

What do you do when the world you were born to is gone'

Where do you hide when even your own body isn't safe'

Emma ran when her daddy told her to. She hid like he said she should. He was the first person she turned her back on. The first one she let die.
Ten years has gone by and she still lives by the simple rules he taught her when she was nine years old.

"Don't help anyone. Don't go where other people are unless you have to. Trust no one. Always pull the trigger."

Until one night she hears the worst sound in the world, a knock. A simple, timid knock, on the door to her cabin.
Only the voice of the brave little girl, ready to die for her brother, persuades Emma to open the door.
As her fingers turn the lock, she has a terrible feeling she will regret her decision.
But even as regret fills her world, so do love and companionship. Things she never imagined she would ever have again.

Everything comes at a cost, you decide what you'll pay.

*Mature Readers Recommended*

261 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 49 reviews.

Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, by Jeaniene Frost. (Still $1.99?)

This fantasy romance has over 200 five-star reviews.

"I like the lead character Leila. She is genuine and loyal, smart and pragmatic. I enjoyed watching her fight her feelings for Vlad. It made it even sweeter when she eventually succumbed. Really sensual and satisfying. The plot is interesting, the writing is conversational, and the pacing was so good that I didn't want to put down the book. Very, very good. " -- Amazon reviewer

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all--but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him - a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

389 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 265 reviews.


Liquid Lies (Mystery, Thriller, Suspense), by Lois Lavrisa. (Still free?)

Two teens are 'invited' to 'party' with a trucker and end up killing him in self-defense so they can escape. After making a pact never to tell what happened, one girl goes to France, while the other stays in their small town. Four years later, Francesca returns home to tell CiCi that they are being blackmailed about the trucker's death. Then, Francesca is killed and CiCi becomes a prime suspect.

"A must read suspense novel. I was glued to my seat while reading...I couldn't guess the outcome...The characters are well thought out and very vivid...I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a wonderful mystery with lots of twists and turns! " Xenophobia, Reviewer

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Praise for LIQUID LIES:

"A Compelling Story of Lies and Deadly Consequences." Patricia. Mason, award-winning bestselling author.

"Liquid Lies is an imaginative story ...if you like a good mystery, put this book on your "must read" list." Nancy Brandon, bestselling author.


One dead body. Two girls with a secret. Body count rising

More Reviews:

"Liquid Lies is a mystery thriller that makes you feel anything but cozy. A story as tension charged and as fast moving as a waterslide. Once you're into Liquid Lies there's no stopping until you reach the end." -- PRM, award winning bestselling author.

"I absolutely loved this book! Tension builds throughout this taut mystery right up until the action packed climax. Lois Lavrisa will keep you guessing until the end. I highly recommend Liquid Lies." -- The Edit Dude.

272 pages, with a 4-star rating from 111 reviews.

The Kennedy Brothers, by Richard D. Mahoney. (Still $1.99?)

Mahoney, a former JFK scholar at the University of Massachusetts and at the Kennedy Library, examines how Jack and Bobby were shaped by their relationship as brothers and by the legacy of their father, Joe Kennedy. 44 brief chapters, each a vignette illuminating how the brothers responded to events not as separate historical actors but as members of a family.

"This intriguing book brings a fresh perspective to bear on the intimate, charged partnership of John and Robert Kennedy. The author has both the academic and political experience necessary to evaluate evidence of the Kennedys' relations with the Mafia, anti-Castro rebels, and other groups lurking in the shadows of American life. He also has a sharp eye for the brothers' differing yet complementary personalities. Mahoney's vivid, compulsively readable text offers suggestive questions rather than definitive answers, but it certainly succeeds as a bracing corrective to "America's inability to see its history as tragedy," a failure Jack and Bobby emphatically did not share." -- Wendy Smith

The authoritative, gripping, and sometimes jaw-dropping account of the brothers who shaped a generation, and whose story of tragedy and triumph were intertwined.

464 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 49 reviews.

Anathem, by Neal Stephenson. (Still $1.99?)

Here's a great value: over 1,000 pages of incredible world-building from New York Times bestseller Neal Stephenson.

"Stephenson has carved a niche as one of the most ambitious writers working today in any genre. Anathem is intellectually rigorous and exceedingly complex, even to the point, as the Washington Post avows, of being “grandiose, overwrought and pretty damn dull.” Others complained of too much abstraction. Stephenson’s fans are legion, however, and many will add Anathem to their list of must-read doorstops." -- Amazon reviewer

Anathem, the latest invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle, is a magnificent creation: a work of great scope, intelligence, and imagination that ushers readers into a recognizable -- yet strangely inverted -- world.

Fraa Erasmas is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside "saecular" world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals. Over the centuries, cities and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent's walls. Three times during history's darkest epochs violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity even more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. And Erasmas has no fear of the outside -- the Extramuros -- for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago.

Now, in celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fraas and suurs prepare to venture beyond the concent's gates -- at the same time opening them wide to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fraa, Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected." But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change.

Powerful unforeseen forces jeopardize the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros -- a threat that only an unsteady alliance of saecular and avout can oppose -- as, one by one, Erasmas and his colleagues, teachers, and friends are summoned forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster. Suddenly burdened with a staggering responsibility, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world -- as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet . . . and beyond.

1010 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 414 reviews.

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