Thursday, May 2, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday May 2)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Hot Enough to Kill (The 1st Jolene Jackson Mystery), by Paula Boyd. (Still 0.99?)

Sleuth, Jolene Jackson, returns to sweltering Kickapoo, TX to keep her mother out of jail after her boyfriend gets murdered. This mystery has over 50 5-star reviews and is laugh-out-loud funny, get it for only $0.99 today!

"Boyd's characters are eccentric and her situations outrageous. The dialog is terrific and the plot exciting. Highly recommended." -- Amazon reviewer

Book 1--The 1st Jolene Jackson Mystery
REVISED EDITION--July 19, 2012

Kickapoo, Texas, is the last place Jolene Jackson wants to be, but with her 72-year-old mother’s boyfriend murdered and Mother Dearest locked up because of it, she’s got little choice but to head south and deal with it.

Bullets are flying, chicken’s frying and there’s a lunatic on the loose in the mesquites with a shotgun who’s Hot Enough to Kill.
An excerpt is included in The University of Texas Press' title, Lone Star Sleuths--An Anthology of Texas Crime Fiction


"Don't Mess with Texas! You'll laugh your way from Kickapoo to Redwater Falls and back." -- Linda Huntley Wills, Redbook

"This is a wild ride with thrills, chills and laughs galore. Highly Recommended." -- Editor, I *Love* a Mystery

"...makes for fast, fun summer reading." -- Nancy Cook-Senn, Shawnee Escort
"Anyone who enjoys the works of Janet Evanovich or Joan Hess is going to love Ms. Boyd." -- Toby Bromberg, Romantic Times

"...a terrific mystery, sharply drawn, cleverly plotted, dynamically presented, and pure sleuthing entertainment from first page to last." -- Wisconsin Bookwatch

"The mystery genre has witnessed an abundance of female sleuths, but none quite like Jolene Jackson and her mother, Lucille." -- Argus Observer

5 Stars and 5+ Laughs! Has to be film adapted. Would make a delightful audiobook. " ...a hoot and a half of rollicking good mystery! The best dang novel I've read all year!" -- Leann Arndt, The Midwest Book Review

"Carl Hiaasen meets Texasville! ...a must read for your Sherlock funny bone." -- Judi Clark, Mostly Fiction

"... comedic characters you'll just love. ...a humor you can't resist. I can't remember the last time that I read a book as light and refreshing as this." -- Pamela Stone, My Shelf

"This first entry of an apparent series will leave readers loudly laughing at the antics of Jolene and her mother. Hot Enough to Kill is a tongue-in-cheek look at relationships and amatuer sleuthing. Still, the mystery has a character of its own that adds to a wonderful plot. If this tale is any example, Paula Boyd has a long running series that will provide much pleasure to fans." -- Harriet Klausner
Jolene Jackson pulls into her home town of Kickapoo, Texas, during a sweltering heat wave wishing for all the world to be anywhere else. The mayor of Kickapoo has been murdered, and Jolene's duty is to keep her flamboyant septuagenarian mother, Lucille, out of jail and off the suspect list. Caught between salacious gossip at the Dairy Queen and a power-hungry deputy, Jolene soon realizes that the only way to escape Kickapoo with her life--and her sanity--is to sleuth out the murderer in a town full of likely suspects.

The first in a series of Jolene Jackson mysteries, Hot Enough to Kill is a classic whodunit in the spirit of Agatha Christie or even Nancy Drew. Author Paula Boyd populates Kickapoo with larger-than-life characters (this is Texas, after all) and enough surprises to keep you guessing until the very end. Crank up the A/C, pour yourself a glass of iced tea, and enjoy the ride. --Ginger Dzerk

241 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 103 reviews.

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Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy Mystery Boxed Set, by Mary Matthews. (Still 2.99?)

This mystery boxed-set gives you amazing value. Get four novels about 1920's detectives, Grace, Jack and their magical cats, for only $2.99!

"The mysteries are interesting and the period the detectives are depicted in is so romantic! Anyone who appreciates cats will have fun with the role of the beautiful, smart and wise third member of the investigative team! This young author has given us all a treat with the combination of these very enjoyable works! " -- Amazon reviewer

Grab a special boxed set featuring 1920s Great Gatsby era romantic detectives, Grace and Jack, and their magical cats.

In Splendid Summer, when Grace Wentworth loses her last living relative and all her money, hot Detective and WWI Aviator Jack Brewster gets the case. Grace is learning to lead her own life instead of just following it around. Startled by Grace's lack of deference to him, Jack recognizes his romantic equal.

In Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts, Jack, Grace, and magical Tatania battle bootleggers to find a special collection of jewels. Emeralds, Diamonds, and Ametheysts is about a code known only to women who fight for the rights of all women. Magical white cat Tatania helps her humans solve mysteries wihout missing a nap.

One reviewer called A Christmas Feral a story that would do Charles Dickens proud. Judge Scrooge won't even heat his home for Christmas in this Roaring Twenties' short story. Judge Scrooge says that when you pay the bill, you don't feel the cold. When Judge Scrooge rules incorrectly in a cat dispute, Tatania and her companion Zeus teach him the meaning of keeping Christmas and cats.

In Cher Ami, two people drop dead within minutes of each other. They appear unrelated. Grace, Jack, Tatania and Zeus reveal the story of Cher Ami, a WWI carrier pigeon with the heart of a lion. With his heart still beating in a badly wounded body, Cher Ami soared above bullets and saved a lost battalion.

213 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 17 reviews.

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Guaranteed Justice (Justice series Book #5), by M A Comley. (Still 0.99?)

This top-selling mystery featuring female sleuth, Lorne Simpkins, is $0.99, but only until tomorrow! Lorne comes out of retirement to help get a rapist arrested. Download it today!

"I really enjoyed this series. If you like a little romance, some mystery, and a happy ending than this is a series you will definetly enjoy. I would absolutely and plan on reading more books by this author in the future... " -- Amazon reviewer

#1 in Women Sleuths category within the first month of being released reduced to only $0.99
Spring Fling May 1-3
Five 99 cent ebooks with savings up to 80% off at:
Just copy and paste the url into your browser to go to a page right here in the Amazon store.
 The Justice series in order are:
Cruel Justice #3 in Police Procedurals 2012. $0.99
Impeding Justice #1 in Police Procedurals October 2012.
Final justice #1 Action and Adventure Sept 2012
Foul Justice #2 Hard-Boiled mysteries April 2013
Guaranteed Justice #1 Women Sleuths Nov 2012
Ultimate Justice -NEW RELEASE and the conclusion to the series.

Retired DCI Lorne Simpkins thought she knew what she wanted when she started an animal rescue centre with her husband Tony. Although saving and retraining exploited dogs is
fulfilling, Lorne can't help but feel that something vital is missing from her life. Linda Carter is brutally raped and left for dead in an alley. By some miracle, she survives, but now she lives each day terrified by the perpetrator's final threatening words--that her sister, Fiona, will be his next victim.

The sisters decide to adopt a guard dog and contact the rescue centre. During a home check to see if the girls and their flat are suited for a German Shepherd, Lorne witnesses Linda's horrendous injuries. The young woman knows the identity of her rapist--wealthy, playboy Graham Gibson--however, the police haven't made an arrest. The shocking story turns into a life-altering moment for Lorne. She decides to become a Private Investigator, and urges the girls to let her take up their case. Little does she know that more victims will come forward to accuse Gibson of rape.

Lorne is determined to see this vicious criminal behind bars, but is anyone ever guaranteed justice?

191 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 16 reviews.

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Mrs. Morgan Rescues... A Squirrel! (Book One), by Bonnie Davis. (Still 0.99?)

This heartwarming tale is meant for readers 8 and above and features wild animal rehabilitator, Mrs. Morgan, as she cares for a baby squirrel. An educational and compassionate tale - get it for only $0.99!

"I read Mrs. Morgan Rescues...A Squirrel to our 7 year old daughter - she loved the story of animal rescue and rehabilitation. So happy to find out this is a series! Will be purchasing Books 1-5 for our family Kindle. " -- Amazon reviewer

100% Of The Proceeds Of This Book Go To Best Friends Animal Society!

Mrs. Morgan Rescues... a Squirrel is the first story in a series created for independent readers ages eight and up. Younger readers may enjoy this children's book if it is read to them.

This short story has 3,808 words and a few pictures. It is not a picture book but rather the pictures of the main characters are meant to enhance the story.

Mrs. Morgan lives in Savannah, Georgia. She is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and rescues and fosters both wild and domestic animals. This story is about a baby squirrel she finds in her back yard that has been abandoned by it's mother. Mrs. Morgan and her next door neighbor Bree care for the squirrel until it is released back into the wild.

Children will learn what happens when a wild animal is cared for by a human and these stories are meant to encourage compassion and caring towards all animals.

All The Books In The Series

Mrs. Morgan Rescues... A Squirrel! (Book One)
Mrs. Morgan Rescues... A Rabbit! (Book Two)
Mrs. Morgan Rescues... Three Kittens! (Book Three)
Mrs. Morgan Rescues... Two Senior Dogs! (Book Four)
Mrs. Morgan Rescues... Two Parrots! (Book Five)
Mrs. Morgan Rescues... Books 1-5

Stay tuned. More books are coming!

14 pages, with a 5-star rating from 3 reviews.

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Harbored Secrets, by Marie F Martin. (Still free?)

Blinny Platt is trying to make a life for herself in Montana, but secrets from her past keep emerging. Part contemporary fiction, part mystery - this highly rated novel is free today!

"I was immediately drawn to the 'old soul' character of Blinny and the haunting setting of Montana's prairie. The story shifts from Blinny's childhood hardships to her determination in middle age to have her own place, all the while revealing the family secrets that shaped her life. I loved the book! " -- Amazon reviewer

Contemporary fiction/Mystery in the revelation of family secrets.

Blinny Platt's life story has been one filled with longings and betrayal, a legacy that unfolds with all the complexities of a conspiracy. Even as a small girl, she should have known, connected the whispers and snippets, but never did - Not until her secretive step-mother tossed a cache of poems on her lap, exposing lonesome words that break the heart.

After years of internal angst, Blinny suddenly feels compelled to leave her father's ranch to buy land and build a home herself. In her few restful moments, she finds the image of her mother lingering in the acres around her, in the toast-browns of the prairie grasses, in the colors beneath the browns, in the hint of deep green lingering at the base of seemingly dead grass - the promise of life to come. Maman would always be part of the landscape - first thin and graceful, then cumbersome with child, then wistful and wan, then gone, leaving behind an emptiness she had not prepared Blinny for. The mystery left in the ashes of a burned home unravels slowly, until finally, Blinny learns of the last betrayal, and the truth of why the Platt family fractured.

380 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 23 reviews.

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The Three Kitties That Saved My Life, by Michael Meyer. (Still 1.49?)

This touching, true story is about Michael Meyer's journey after losing his wife to cancer. Three small kittens brought joy and hope back to his life. Touching, sad and sometimes funny, this book is only $1.49!

"This has a great feeling to it and is inspiring as well as entertaining. It reminded me much more of dog books such as "Marley and Me" (sorry, I have not read a similar cat book yet) than of cancer / loss/ self help books, but it should fit wonderfully in either category." -- Amazon reviewer


Losing loved ones is an awful fact of life; losing one's loving spouse, one's day-to-day partner through life, especially in the prime of life, is one of the most unbearable tolls that we humans are forced to endure. This is the true story of my journey from grieving widower, not caring if I lived or died, to the once-again happily married man I am today, a man who both loves and cherishes life. My three kitties have given me a new zest for living.

Both inspiring and entertaining, my story might just make you laugh at times, or bring a tear to your eye, as you journey along with me.

If my book moves you, then please leave a review. I will greatly appreciate that.

5-star rating from 4 reviews.

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Pirate Trials: Hung by the Neck Until Dead, by Ken Rossignol. (Still 0.99?)

Put your visions of Hollywood pirates aside and learn about the trials and accusations of real-life pirates. Including authentic documents - this novel shows the true nitty-gritty. Download it for only 99 cents!

"I liked the book and the writing was done really well. I would definitely read the authors books in the future! " -- Amazon reviewer

Second in the series of Pirate Trials from news reports of the days and actual trial documents. NOTE: This is not a pirate romance novel or a Johnny Depp adventure of fantasy and make believe, but the details and drama from first person confessions and details of the charges against real pirates. This is not Hollywood. The real words of one pirate issued to a crowd who were waiting for his execution with his admontion to others to avoid the temptations brought on by hard liquor might be a little too much for some souls. Parental guidance is the way to go for children and some adults need to avoid the tedious drama of this non-fiction and retreat to the safe haven of romance novels with pirates who are simply "hung" and not "hanged".
Join this bloodthirsty crew of pirates on ships which includes the dying declarations of the most brutal and vicious deeds ever set upon innocent civilians and merchant ship crews. The Demon Rum is cited as the chief cause by one pirate for his awful and murderous acts. Their day of reckoning came when they faced their final day of judgement when captured in Spain.
When a crew of passengers leapt from their disguise to overpower a steamship after it left New York on a trip to Portland, Maine, the pirates claimed the ship in the name of the Confederacy, at the height of the Civil War! Learn what happened to the ship and the pirates.

163 pages, with a 2.5-star rating from 2 reviews.

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