Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Apr 17)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books! And don't miss our collection of baseball stories at the end of this post.

Decorah Security Collection, by Rebecca York. (Still 0.99?)

Let's start today with a box collection of thrillers from bestselling author Rebecca York. 99 cents!

"I really liked the first book, Dark Powers. Ben was a troubled but caring hero with a sixth sense. Sage could get a little TSTL occasionally (you have been left alone in a hotel room, knowing there are people out to get you, yet you still answer the door? WTH?), but overall I found it a good read. Some of the love scenes were extremely hot. The novella, Chained, was a spooky but interesting read - I was sorry when it ended. Hot and Dangerous was fast paced and hot. It would have made an awesome full length book. Ambushed felt more like a lengthy ending scene from a movie, but it was a riveting read." -- Amazon reviewer

New from USA Today Best-Selling Author Rebecca York

PRAISE FOR REBECCA YORK
Rebecca York delivers page-turning suspense.
--Nora Roberts

Rebecca York never fails to deliver. Her strong characterizations, imaginative plots and sensuous love scenes have made fans of thousands of romance, romantic suspense and thriller readers.
--Chassie West

OVERVIEW
A boxed set of the following Decorah Security series books by Rebecca York:

DARK POWERS (a novel) -- Can his dark powers locate a kidnap victim'

CHAINED (a novella) -- When death is stalking, only a phantom can save her--and love her.

HOT AND DANGEROUS (a short story) -- What's more dangerous--terrorists or a hot and sexy werewolf'

AMBUSHED (A short story) -- Sworn to protect federal witness Elizabeth Bannerman, Decorah Security
Agent Jordan Stone fights the emotions building between them.

MORE PRAISE FOR REBECCA YORK
Rebecca York will thrill you with romance, kill you with danger and chill you with the supernatural.
--Patricia Rosemoor

(Rebecca York) is a real luminary of contemporary series romance
--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

Rebecca York's writing is fast-paced, suspenseful, and loaded with tension.
--Jayne Ann Krentz

326 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 46 reviews.

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Falling for Hadie, by Komal Kant. (Still 0.99?)

Over 70 five-star reviews!

"Cried my eyes out. For nearly the last hour. Started reading and knew exactly what was going on but still couldn't tear my eyes from each and every word....And couldn't stop the tears from falling when exactly what I knew would happen happened. Truly real. Written with honest words. I could imagine these people right in front of me jumping off the page and coming to life...right in front of my eyes." -- Amazon reviewer

“Sometimes there is a single moment that changes your life forever.”

Hadie Swinton is giving up on boys.

After a disastrous relationship, she is convinced that all males are the same—arrogant, self-assured, and complete jerks.

Lincoln Bracks is giving up on his old life.

After moving to a new town to escape the problems plaguing him, he is set against ever getting close to anyone again.

When Hadie and Lincoln’s worlds collide, their intrigue for one another leads them to open up to each other against their better judgment. Despite the attraction that is pulling them together, insecurities, secrets, and shattered hopes stand in the way of them ever being together.

At a time when darkness consumes their lives, Hadie and Lincoln learn that hope and love can still be found in the most unlikely place.


*Recommended for mature readers aged 17+ due to language and sexual content

**This is the second book in the With Me series but can be read as a stand-alone

318 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 87 reviews.

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Here's a Kindle book available for free today!

Helga: Out of Hedgelands (Wood Cow Chronicles), by Rick Johnson. (Still free?)

Beginning on a dangerous quest to solve some mysteries in her own past, 12-year-old Helga leads her quirky comrades on a journey that will not only forever change them, but upset ancient civilizations. Free today!

"This story grabs you immediately and the plot turns keep coming. I believe this is written for young adults, however it is not a simple read, you have to pay attention (like with most good books). I found it easy to be "pulled in" to the story and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the story very different, I couldn't help being reminded of "Watership Down" as the reader is immediately immersed in the animal world." -- Amazon reviewer

Twelve-year-old Helga has more danger in her life than most beasts her age—Wrackshee slavers after her, a vicious attack by bandits that nearly kills her, a race against dragons pursuing her, and leading a daring rebellion to save her life and rescue friends and family from the insidious WooZan. And that is just the beginning. But what do you expect when you are a young beast who just can’t see the stupid rules of the world making any sense? Helga can’t accept things as they are and ends up taking on not just one, but two all-powerful, supreme tyrants in two different realms.

Helga never intended to lead a revolution. It just sort of happened because she wouldn’t go along with the “rules of normal” that keep tyrants in power and entire societies enslaved. Beginning on a dangerous quest to solve some mysteries in her own past, Helga leads her quirky comrades on a journey that will not only forever change them, but upset ancient civilizations.

As an author, I’m drawn to eccentric, unexpected characters: those who surprise because they hear a distant galaxy, see a different music, create their own fragrance rather than get hooked on a soundtrack; the child who has her own ideas about how the emperor is dressed; the lunatics and rebels who tell stories on the boundaries. Helga’s unusual story will take readers to worlds they never imagined—definitely a whole new ride.


Time and again, the unconventional heroine and her eccentric comrades overcome ominous tyrants and black-hearted slavers, not by battling to the last beast standing, but by being the first beast to think differently.

Helga: Out of Hedgelands is divided into three books which introduce the epic saga of the Wood Cow clan and their role in overturning centuries of slavery and tyranny. This story will continue in additional volumes of the Wood Cow Chronicles now in development. Over the series of current and future volumes, the entire history of the Wood Cow clan, the fall of Maev Astuté, and the coming of Lord Farseeker to the Outer Rings, will be told.

546 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 8 reviews.

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Affliction Z: Patient Zero, by L.T. Ryan. (Still 0.99?)

Arriving in Nigeria on a rescue mission, Sean Ryder with SEAL Team 8 finds something dark and deadly lurking in the wild. This book is the kick-off to the Affliction Z zombie series!

"Imagine yourself in an underground space with no apparent way out and then being surrounded by these THINGS! OUCH! What is that howling noise? And, what is this humming all about? Could there be a cover up within the US government? Lots of action and a super start to this series.... MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" -- Amazon reviewer

Something dark lurks in the wilds of Southern Nigeria. An experiment has gone horribly wrong and threatens to wipe all traces of humanity from Earth. 3rd Ranger Battalion, Bravo Company is sent in to assist, clean up the mess before it gets out of control.

They've vanished.

Sean Ryder is an Air Force Pararescueman. Attached to SEAL Team 8, he believes he is on a routine rescue and recovery mission. Less than half an hour after landing in Nigeria, he knows that is not the case. And the further his mission leads him, the harder it becomes to get out alive.

Patient Zero is the first book in the zombie apocalypse / post-apocalyptic series Affliction Z.

Estimated Publishing Dates:

Affliction Z: Book Two - May, 2013
Affliction Z: Book Three - Late Summer/Early Fall, 2013
Affliction Z: Book Four - TBD
The Sickness of Ronald Winters: A Novella - June, 2013
Untitled: A First Person Account of Affliction Z - TBD

Patient Zero is approximately 175 pages (50,000 words) in length and contains graphic language, violence, and yes, zombies.

167 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 7 reviews.

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Mind Games (A Diana Racine Psychic Suspense), by Polly Iyer. (Still 0.99?)

Psychic Diana Racine tries to convince New Orleans police that her vision of a murdered woman is true - only to encounter more visions and deaths.

"Definitely a suspenseful mystery. Main character, Diana, has been faking it for years - that is, to her parents that she isn't the psychic that she acts in her public appearances. But when the secrets she sees knock her out, she finally tells the truth - about the evil she sees and must counteract. Then, wow! The reader joins the trip, and discovers more and more suspense. An emotional and involving read." -- Amazon reviewer

During a New Orleans Mardi Gras Ball, psychic entertainer Diana Racine touches the hand of a masked Cyrano de Bergerac and is instantly transported into the icy-cold body of a dead woman submerged in water. As Diana crumples to the floor, water filling her lungs, she hears Cyrano whisper that the game has begun.

Diana has been called every epithet in the book: charlatan, cheat, publicity hound...and genius--all at least partially true. But convincing New Orleans police lieutenant Ernie Lucier that her vision of the dead woman is the real thing may be her hardest act yet. He becomes a believer when Diana leads him to the alligator-infested bayou and the woman's remains. When another vision leads to another body, it's clear that the two dead women are a prelude to the killer's ultimate victim--Diana.

384 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 44 reviews.

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Baseball season is underway, and in celebration we bring the following list of great books about America's favorite pastime.

Baseball Quick Picks!
Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics), by Jim BoutonBall Four: The Final Pitch is the original book plus all the updates, unlike the 20th Anniversary Edition paperback.


When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bou...
Moneyball, by Michael Lewis“You need know absolutely nothing about baseball to appreciate the wit, snap, economy . . . and incisiveness of [Moneyball]. Lewis has hit another one out of the park.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times
Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued play...
Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball, by R.A. DickeyWith a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award

"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." - Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN

In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was...
One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season, by Chris BallardThe Inspirational Story of a Coach, a Baseball Team, and the Season They'll Never Forget
In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to represent the smallest s...
Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks (Vintage), by Zack HampleWhether you’re a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or teaching game to a beginner, Watching Baseball Smarter leaves no territory uncovered. In this smart and funny fan’s guide Hample explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will surprise even the most informed viewers of our national ...
The Soul of Baseball, by Joe PosnanskiWhen legendary Negro League player Buck O'Neil asked Joe Posnanski how he fell in love with baseball, the renowned sports columnist was inspired by the question. He decided to spend the 2005 baseball season touring the country with the ninety-four-year-old O'Neil in hopes of rediscovering the love that first drew them to the game.
The Soul of Baseball is as much the story of Buck...
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime, by Jason TurbowEveryone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. What truly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules, some of which are openly discussed (don’t steal a base with a big lead late in the game), and some of which only a minority of players are even aware of (don’t cross between the catcher and the pitch...
Big Leagues (A Cat McDaniel Mystery), by Jen EstesRookie sportswriter Catriona McDaniel is on deck in Sin City for the job of a lifetime with baseball’s hottest team. The Las Vegas Chips have the best record in baseball, snagging two trophies in their first three years. Two men are vying for the position of “boyfriend of summer.” Her new boss, Erich König, is a German wunderkind and the Desert’s most eligible bachelor. Then there’s her...
Calico Joe: A Novel, by John Grisham“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post

It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico...


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