Saturday, March 30, 2013

Romance! Free and bargain Kindle books (Saturday Mar 30)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Here's a Kindle book available for free today!

The Commission: A Sam Kincaid Mystery (Sam Kincaid Series), by Michael Norman. (Still free?)

The investigative team of Sam Kincaid and Kate McConnell track down clues in the murder of a powerful state official, killed by a stripper. Free today!

"This impressive debut from a criminal justice professor and former lawman exudes verisimilitude from start to finish. Norman is off to a fine start with this alternately gripping and repellent crime novel." -- Publishers Weekly

Levi Vogue, Chairman of the powerful Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, is gunned down in the driveway of his home as he returns from a late evening tryst with an exotic dancer employed in a Salt Lake City strip club.
Sam Kincaid, Chief of the Special Investigations Branch (SIB) of the Utah Department of Corrections, is assigned to help Salt Lake City Police Department homicide detective Lt. Kate McConnell solve Vogue’s murder.
The investigation soon leads Kincaid and McConnell into the city’s seedy underbelly. Ultimately, the investigation focuses on Charles (Slick) Watts, a violent ex-convict with a long criminal history and a score to settle with Levi Vogue.

But before Watts can be apprehended, his body is discovered at an abandoned military base in Wendover, Nevada.

Kincaid and McConnell soon expand their theory of the case and are led inside the Utah state prison....

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

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Sold on You (Tropical Heat Series, Book Two), by Sophia Knightly. (Still 0.99?)

Time for a lighthearted romance - and a steal at 99 cents today.

"My fave is Dr. Marcos. And why did I fall in love with this delectable delight? He has mega-wattage sex appeal. He is loveably clueless, at times. He loves his grandmother. He is sexy when he's jealous. He sounds deliciously adept at weakening a woman's knees with his sensuality. By golly, what's there not to like? Knightly puts the fun back in reading lighthearted romance stories." -- USA Today

Just Say Yes!

Confirmed bachelor Dr. Marcos Calderon is in hot water. He needs to come up with a fake fiancée fast or he'll disappoint his beloved grandma who's arriving on the next flight to meet her. Proper social worker Gabriela Morales should fit the bill--but tonight, in that sexy, slit-to-there red evening gown, she looks anything but proper.

Gabriela only volunteered for the hospital's charity bachelorette auction to benefit a cause dear to her heart. Now she's reeling from the hot doctor's bid of fifteen thousand dollars for a weekend date with her! She's not sure what Dr. Handsome has in mind, but the smoldering look in his eyes is unmistakable...

160 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 60 reviews.

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Release, by V. J. Chambers. (Still 0.99?)

A space opera with plenty o' romance and action. 99 cents!

"Warning- if you are expecting a sweet space romance, you will not find it here. Chamber's delivers a very dark, twisted plot along side a smoldering romance. The characters are real, capturing you and holding you until the very end. The political intrigue only adds to the plot, giving the reader a glimpse at 'real life' as it could apply in today's world or the author's fictional world - the opinions of others makes or breaks your status. I enjoyed that the main characters stayed true to their values and were not swayed by this political pull. Well written and a good read." -- Amazon reviewer

He was seeking revenge. He found her instead.

After seven years searching the galaxy, Keirth Transman has caught up to the Duke of Risciter, the man who raped and murdered his mother. Nothing's stopping his revenge, so when the duke's fiancé, Miss Ariana Gilit, allows the duke to escape, he's got no choice but take her ship and blast off in hot pursuit--even if she's still on board.

Wanting rid of the prissy noblewoman, Keirth plans to dump her at the first port he can. Then he can focus his attention on what's important. Killing the duke. But things get complicated when Keith realizes that the duke has focused his malevolent interest on Ariana. She is in mortal danger.

Keirth's no angel, but he's not a man who'll let an innocent woman be terrorized. He'll do whatever he can to keep Ariana safe from the duke. No matter how annoying she is.

249 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 4 reviews.

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The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister), by Courtney Milan. (Still 3.99?)

This full-length historical romance kicks off the Brothers Sinister series.

"The Duchess War is lovely - smart, touching, funny, sexy, and dizzyingly romantic. Read it right away - yes, now. Everything on your to-do list can wait, believe me.” —Carrie S., at sb-tb.com

“The Duchess War is an intelligent and beautiful story for grown women and a romance for the girl who still believes in fairy tales. Heartily, even passionately recommended!” —Jill MacKenzie, at InD’tale Magazine

Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly--so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

But that is precisely what she gets.

Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to her than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match...

The Duchess War is the first full-length book (97,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series. It is preceded by The Governess Affair, a prequel novella, and followed by A Kiss for Midwinter. Each book stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first.

270 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 126 reviews.

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Glimmer (Nina Decker), by Vivi Anna. (Still 2.99?)

Those Canadians - they're so prejudiced against werewolves and Fae creatures. Read this masterful urban fantasy and paranormal romance!

"Vivi Anna's smart and always unique take on urban fantasy makes her a must read!" — Lauren Dane, author of Inside Out

"GLIMMER rocks in so many ways! Nina and Severin are one hell of a sexy couple and stand out in a world that's rich with detail, danger and intrigue!" — Juliana Stone, author of the Jaguar Warriors and upcoming League of Guardians

"From start to finish, GLIMMER's one wild ride. I can't wait for the next Nina Decker story!" — Megan Hart, author of Selfish is the Heart

For fans of Laurel K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, and Karen Marie Moning...

Although Nina Decker’s father is one hundred percent human, her mother is not. She belongs to an ancient and rare race of people called the fae. But these fae are not those written about in fairytales, with pretty gossamer wings and fairy dust, no they are sinister, malevolent and unkind, dwelling in another realm called Nightfall. More prone to destroy than to create. Abandoned at the age of ten, to be raised by her father, Nina has never forgiven her mother for that or for ruining her father. A man of only sixty, he appears to be closer to eighty with a frail body and mind. He’s been fae-struck and is slowly fading away to nothing. This is one of the reasons why Nina has never gotten too close to any one man. She doesn’t want to seal his fate like her father’s has been.
 

But she can’t deny her fiery connection to Severin Saint Morgan, a sexy as hell werewolf and the alpha of the Vancouver wolf pack. He’s an Australian immigrant working at the university as an associate professor, and the publicized face of the werewolf species. He makes her blood boil with desire and makes her tremble with fear. But its only when her mother reappears with startling revelations about an upcoming war between the fae and the werewolves that Nina realizes that she may be a pawn for both sides.

Also available: DAWNING

About the author:

Vivi Anna is a mult-published author with over thirteen books in print and ebook. She writes about kick-ass women and the men they kill for.

123 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 30 reviews.

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Lord of the Abbey (Lords of Avalon Series), by K. R. Richards. (Still 2.99?)

This historical romance is the first book in the Lords of Avalon series.

"Lord of the Abbey (Lords of Avalon Series) had a gripping plot, far beyond the normal historical novel. I found the characters well developed. Rowena was fearful but strong enough to overcome her fears and there was no prolonged hand-wringing and heart-wrenching over her decision to marry Harry. The Lords of Avalon, a group of antiquarians, are distinguishable one from another. Harry is a considerate hero, his friends are kind and helpful, helping each other in their quests. Micah becomes Rowena's good friend and Harry is fine with that. I liked that men and women could be shown as friends without sexual overtones." -- Amazon reviewer

Confirmed spinster, Lady Rowena Locke seeks permission from Harry Bellingham, the new Lord Glaston to search for treasure hidden on Glastonbury Abbey grounds. Glaston is the head of the renowned Avalon Society, an historical society which pursues myths, legends, ancient treasures and the paranormal.
To her surprise, not only is Harry interested in the treasure hidden by the last Abbot of Glastonbury before the dissolution of the Abbey, he is also interested in Rowena. Her vow to never marry is severely tested upon meeting Lord Glaston.
When Harry and his fellow Avalon Society members step in to assist Rowena and her aunt on their quest, dangerous and mysterious men in brown coats and hats appear in Glastonbury also searching for the lost Abbey treasure. It’s a race against time as the mysterious ‘Brown Coats’ seem to be always a step ahead of them.
Their quest becomes more dangerous as they find more clues, treasures, letters and holy secrets while trying to protect their finds from the enemy.
Will they discover who the ‘Brown Coats’ are and why they are after the treasures' Can Harry convince marriage wary Rowena to trust in love and marry him'
Lord of the Abbey, Lords of Avalon series, Book 1 is an adventurous romp through late Regency Glastonbury full of danger, romance, mystery, treasure, lost Holy secrets of Glastonbury Abbey and contains elements of the paranormal.
The second book in the Lords of Avalon Series, Lords of Honor, will be released on Amazon.Com in May 2012!

361 pages, with a 4-star rating from 46 reviews.

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The Hot Shots (Scotland Yard Exchange Program), by Stephanie Queen. (Still 3.99?)

This romantic comedy suspense will keep you guessing... and smiling!

"Pixie and Chauncey's story is full of adventure, danger, cat and mouse between the pair and between them and the bad guys. But "sweet" best describes the relationships between the two Graces and their husbands and without doubt between Pixie and her man." -- Amazon reviewer

THE HOT SHOTS
Book 2 - Scotland Yard Exchange Program Series
Romantic Comedy Suspense
The Snap on the Story:
Would you jump off the USS Constitution into Boston Harbor with a perfect stranger' You would if that stranger was hot shot Scotland Yard detective Chauncey Miller, the usual tall-dark-handsome type, especially since he has an assassin with a score to settle who just caught up with him…

Decorator Sophia Alano’s career gets side-tracked from the moment she meets hot shot Chauncey. He's on the run from a madman terrorist out for revenge when Sophia ends up targeted too. Now he must protect this spitfire while they're hunted wherever they go. They escape to London to outwit the madman. But once Chauncey catches their would-be killer, how do they go back to the lives they had before?

195 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 18 reviews.

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The Painted Darkness, by Brian James Freeman. (Still 0.99?)

This spooky novella is compared to works of Stephen King. Check it out at 99 cents!

"A fast-paced, satisfying horror novella from Cemetery Dance Magazine editor Freeman (Blue November Storms). Twenty years after a traumatic childhood incident, Henry has become a professional painter who uses his work as an outlet for his inner demons. Something from his past has taken up residence in the basement of the house he shares with his wife, Sarah, and young son, Dillon, challenging Henry's ability to "paint against the darkness." The narrative builds up to a conclusion that isn't entirely shocking, but it still makes for a compelling read thanks to skillfully composed prose that builds tension and evokes emotional response. The paper edition includes several eerie full-page b&w illustrations by Jill Bauman." -- Publishers Weekly

The Painted Darkness: A Novella

When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his grief by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually Henry's mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.

Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son and life couldn't be better... except there's something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There's something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.

A winter storm is brewing and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him... or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?


Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief—and what happens when we're finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.

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"The tone and building dread reminded me of classic Stephen King. Great velocity and impact, and super creepy. Don't go in the basement!"
— Stewart O'Nan, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying

"Spooky stuff!"
— Richard Matheson, New York Times bestselling author of What Dreams May Come and I Am Legend

"Brian James Freeman's evocative tale about the dark corners of an artist's imagination is elegant and haunting."
— David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Shimmer

"The Painted Darkness is a dark, terrifying, and deeply moving gem of a novella. Brian James Freeman managed to both scare me and move me to tears."
— Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake

"Wonderfully reminiscent of the quiet horror of Charles L. Grant, The Painted Darkness takes readers on a gently chilly walk through the forest of fears both conscious and subconscious. With Straubian lyricism, Brian James Freeman evokes not only the irrational terrors of childhood, but addresses the roots of creativity and the vital importance of art. A very impressive achievement."
— Bentley Little, award-winning author of The House and His Father's Son

175 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 74 reviews.

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