Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday May 7)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Here's a Kindle book available for free today!

The Plantation (Book 1), by Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons. (Still free?)

Seventeen-year-old Freya joins her friend Finn to free the alien-enslaved children of earth - but is challenged when it comes to light that she is the only one of the rebels without a special ability. Free today!

"This book was a great surprise, I loved the plot and the characters. The writing is exceptional, dealing with the eternal themes of loneliness and trying to fit in in a very original way. The main character - Freya - is one of the most vivid, intelligent portrayals of a young woman ever. She's strong and weak at the same time and she grows into maturity slowly but unmistakably. I love her interactions with Finn and Damian. There's a lot of action in the book as well as a lot of introspection. The mutant army -Sliman - are terrifying. If you like intelligence and emotional power in your young adult dystopias, this is definitely a book you should read." -- Amazon reviewer

A century has passed since they arrived. Human history has been erased. Children are enslaved on Alien plantations. Some have heard whispers of the existence of a rebel band of humans who roam free in the forests. Most slaves dare not speak of the rebels for fear the mutant guards will grab and make an example of them.

Seventeen-year-old Freya is pulled away in the night not by the mutants, but by her old friend Finn, to join the Saviors, the mythic band of rebel teens. Her bliss fades when she discovers she is the only Savior without a special ability. She is the odd one out, slowly pushing Finn away, defying Damian, the leader of the Saviors, and antagonizing the fierce and beautiful Daphne. In her despair Freya reaches deep within to discover a dark destiny, a truth so heavy it threatens to destroy her.

"The Dark Legion" (Book 2 of The Plantation) is also available!
"The Shadow Empire" (Book 3 of The Plantation) available soon!

198 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 43 reviews.

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Vintage Blood and the Sacred Scepters, by A B Wallace. (Still 0.99?)

This delightful fantasy tale has earned high praise from its readers. 99 cents today!

"Set on an unknown magical world where vampires, werecreatures of all kinds, witches, warlocks, enchantresses, and humans all co-exist. Brit Chambers is human. She is a feisty "Werecreature Consultant" hired to find information on how to destroy the Sacred Scepters. The scepters, according to myth, have the power to rid the world of all magic. The book begins at the best possible time - in the middle of a big problem. Therefore, it will capture your attention almost immediately and holds your fascination until the climactic ending. Author A.B. Wallace is one to keep your eyes on! BRAVA!" -- Amazon reviewer

Brit Chambers, a gutsy Werecreature Consultant, has taken on the job of discovering the means by which to destroy the Sacred Scepters before a werecreature assassin finds them and uses them to rid the world of magic. But she has another problem to rid herself of as well--she has become Lord Daison's personal blood bank thanks to her best friend, a weretiger.

"Vintage Blood and the Sacred Scepters, the first book in the Werecreature Series by A.B. Wallace, is not a book that fits into any one genre, into any particular niche. It's horror, science fiction and fantasy all rolled into one, with a hint of P.I./crime thrown in for good measure. In a world in which magic, shapeshifters, witches, vampires and enchanting fauna all are commonplace, Brit Chambers, an entrepreneur and human, finds herself in the middle of a diabolical scheme to rid the world of magic. A.B. Wallace weaves an intricate tale with colorful characters and creative settings, from Lord Daison's beautiful palace to Brit's very own small apartment in the aptly named Box City. As a bonus, dark and sensual renditions of the characters, done by T. Kelly, are sprinkled throughout the book. Wallace's writing is crisp and imaginative, leaving the reader with no choice but to keep turning the pages. At times frightening and suspenseful, this book is also laugh out loud funny in places, erotic and emotionally engaging as well. A fast-paced, exciting novel, Vintage Blood and the Sacred Scepters is also just plain fun. I look forward to the next book in the series." Elizabeth Blue--Pretty-Scary

274 pages, with a 5-star rating from 6 reviews.

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Here's a Kindle book available for free today!

A Calculated Life, by Anne Charnock. (Still free?)

In this dystopian novel, corporations and government rule over the masses, and Jayna becomes part of the upper echelons of business - until she plots to disrupt the predictable environment around her. Free today!

"Anne's writing is as economical and studied as the main protagonist's thought patterns. It feels as though each phrase has been carefully, lightly and deftly placed rather than written. I particularly liked the gradual reveal that Jayna wasn't a high functioning savant but something quite different. It's a slow burner but it suits the material - and it kicks up a gear in the second half of the book. The epilogue(s) give satisfying closure too. Overall, it's a great example of a rare thing - finely written, thoughtful, modern British sci-fi." -- Amazon reviewer

A Calculated Life is a dystopian vision of corporate life later in the 21st century when big business and state institutions are thriving thanks to a compliant, stratified and segregated workforce. Hyper-intelligent professionals live in affluence within the metropolis while menials live out in the subsidized, but spartan, enclaves.

There are upsides for everyone. Advances in genetic engineering have freed the population from addictive tendencies. Violent crime is a rarity.

Mayhew McCline, a corporation that detects global trends, recruits a young woman, Jayna, who instantly becomes the firm's star performer. No one seems to be jealous. After all, she guarantees they all make their bonuses.

Despite her flawless track record, Jayna is feeling twitchy. She knows she's making stupid mistakes. But no one has noticed, yet. Working on a hunch that she's too sheltered from real-world unpredictability, she embarks on an experiment to disrupt her proscribed daily routine.

Unwittingly, she sets a path that leads to clandestine forays beyond the metropolis, corporate disloyalty and forbidden relationships.

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

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DRO2WN, by Joshua Wright. (Still 0.99?)

In this work reminiscent of the Twilight-Zone, characters relive their lives with an opportunity to change past events after a car accident on a major bridge in Seattle. 99 cents today!

""The prose is so well done. The scene details are elaborate and made me feel as if I were inside the story. The character development is superb."

"I really liked this book. Its almost impossible not to think back on your own choices through out your life, what you would change, and the ramifications of those changes. Hope to see many more from this author."

"I was looking for something different to read and this book sounded intriguing. So glad I decided to read it. Characters were interesting and well developed, you grew to care about them. The book also made me reflect on what I would do different if I had a second chance at doing over my life. It also made me stop and appreciate the everyday little memories that we all take for granted. Great first book!!"

IF YOUR LIFE passed before your eyes when you died, would you change anything? 
Providence Westinghouse decided to change something -- he said "hello" to a girl on a bus -- and it changed everything. This simple, seemingly innocuous exchange of pleasantries unraveled an avalanche of consequences that would affect friends and strangers alike. In this work of Twilight-Zone fiction, the fate of dozens of bystanders hangs in the balance, to be decided by a few people who have been granted the ability to posthumously relive and change their past. The book revolves around a calamitous car accident on a major bridge in Seattle. Amidst the chaos of emergency, several characters relive their lives with an opportunity to change past events.
Until his car plunged off a bridge just north of Seattle, everything had gone swimmingly for Providence in his young life. Or so he had thought. He awoke within his car, upon an enigmatic and deserted sandy plane of existence. A place where he could relive his past. His life becomes a fungible canvass, and he begins to repaint it.
 

Meanwhile, hundreds of feet above Lake Union, rookie police officer Garth Harbinge finds himself struggling against all odds, and a cantankerous partner, to save an elderly woman with an infamous and fascinating past. His failure would lead to an explosion of new purgatorial possibilities. As if playing a game of Jenga with their memories, characters begin changing past decisions, affecting interminable timelines.
 

DRO2WN is a new novel by first time author Joshua Wright. The book's character-driven stories paint with a descriptive brush, allowing the reader to share in the trials, pains, hopes, and dreams of those struggling to find their way within a puzzling purgatory. Josh's background in computer science (not coincidentally, he works on indie publishing at Amazon) and passion for metaphysical philosophy gives him a distinct voice to explore the questions we often ponder but lack the courage to confront.
 

Pronounced simply "drown", the book's title is a play on the words "Downing In Oxygen", which is the title track of a new CD from Josh's band, The SAWG; an independent rock album that tells the same story as the book.

Mixing love story and philosophy, with plenty of surreal speculation, and a dash of action, DRO2WN is sure to take your breath away.

314 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 21 reviews.

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