Thursday, May 30, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday May 30)

Today's selection includes two free and two bargain Kindle books!

Liquid Fear, by Scott Nicholson. (Still 0.99?)

From horror master Scott Nicholson comes this 99-cent deal - where a pharmaceutical trial has terrifying and sinister results.

"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." - J.A. Konrath, Stirred

"Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk." - Stewart O'Nan, A Prayer for the Dying

"This is one author who aims for the kill and never misses." - Jeremy Robinson, Torment

When Roland Doyle wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room with a strange man’s wallet in his pocket and a woman’s dead body in the bathroom, he fears the worst…and that’s before he finds the vial of pills labeled "take one every 4 hrs or else." Or else what' Ten years ago, Dr. Sebastian Briggs’s clinical drug trial for a cutting-edge fear-response drug went horribly wrong — or did it' It’s true that one trial participant died and five others were left with no memory of what happened to them. But now several interested parties, including a major pharmaceutical company and an ambitious U.S. senator, are willing to back Briggs’s continued research. All he has to do is recall his five surviving "volunteers," whose addiction to a mysterious drug has left them largely at his disposal. They will do anything necessary to keep the pills coming and to stave off the creeping phobias, intense sexual impulses, and all-consuming madness that lurk on the edges of their minds. It’s easy enough for the good doctor to lure the survivors back to the remote Monkey House, where the original trials took place. But when the pills finally run out…that’s when the real show begins.

280 pages, with a 3.4-star rating from 221 reviews.

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THEN LIKE THE BLIND MAN: Orbie's Story, by Freddie Owens Wegela. (Still free?)

An unforgettable tale of prejudice, kindness, and justice in the 1950s. "Beautiful literary fiction, in the grand Southern tradition."

"Reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird, this "sensitive and gripping" coming-of-age story evokes backcountry Kentucky in the troubled 1950's in prose that's spare yet lyrical -- a "special" novel worthy of joining the ranks of an illustrious Southern literary tradition." - Kindle Nation

"Every once in awhile, you read a book in which every element fits together so perfectly that you just sit back in awe at the skill of the storyteller. Then Like the Blind Man is one of these books. ...[It] grabs you from the very first page and carries you along, breathless and tense, until the very last, very satisfying sentence. Freddie Owens has created something special." - The San Francisco Book Review

"In an American coming-of-age novel, the author presents a stunning story with clarity and historical accuracy, rich in illuminating the Appalachian culture of the time period. ...[It] brings history alive, depicting American union labor practices and the racial prejudices that were so prevalent in the 1950's." - Publisher's Weekly

A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten backcountry of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story is the enthralling debut novel by Freddie Owens, which tells the story of a spirited wunderkind in the segregated South of the 1950s and the forces he must overcome to restore order in his world. Rich in authentic vernacular and evocative of a time and place long past, this absorbing work of magical realism offered up with a Southern twist will engage readers who relish the Southern literary canon, or any tale well told.

Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the sudden death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married his father’s coworker and friend Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Since the marriage, Orbie, his sister Missy, and his mother haven’t had a peaceful moment with the heavy-drinking, fitful new man of the house. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand; this fact lands him at his grandparents’ place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky, when Victor decides to move the family to Florida without including him. In his new surroundings, Orbie finds little to distract him from Granpaw’s ornery ways and constant teasing jokes about snakes.

As Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention their Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers, he finds his world views changing, particularly when it comes to matters of race, religion, and the true cause of his father’s death. He befriends a boy named Willis, who shares his love of art, but not his skin color. And, when Orbie crosses paths with the black Choctaw preacher, Moses Mashbone, he learns of a power that could expose and defeat his enemies, but can’t be used for revenge. When a storm of unusual magnitude descends, he happens upon the solution to a paradox that is both magical and ordinary. The question is, will it be enough?

Equal parts Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn, it’s a tale that’s both rich in meaning, timely in its social relevance, and rollicking with boyhood adventure. The novel mines crucial contemporary issues, as well as the universality of the human experience while also casting a beguiling light on boyhood dreams and fears. It’s a well-spun, nuanced work of fiction that is certain to resonate with lovers of literary fiction, particularly in the grand Southern tradition of storytelling.

326 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 91 reviews.

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Criminal Decision, by Jill Kramer. (Still 3.99?)

In this debut novel, journalist Jill Kramer presents a poignant look into the family court system and its flaws in protecting children.

"Jill Kramer's realistic novel of the agony of a single mother who tries and fails to protect her toddler daughter from a sexually abusive and powerful grandfather is sadly played out daily in this country. Readers will be shocked to learn how corrupt court appointed officials, venal attorneys and inept judges discount and discredit Gina Seymour and deliver her three year old daughter Emily into the roving hands of her vapid ex-husband's deviant father. Smoothly written and full of unforgettable scenes, Criminal Decision is a must read for anyone concerned about the welfare of children too young to protect themselves." -- Amazon Reviewer

"A wonderful, knock-down true-to-life story! Horrifying and entertaining at the same time." -- Dr. Mo Therese Hannah, Professor of Psychology, Siena College, and producer of the annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference.

"Jill Kramer, an exceptional reporter, has written a fast-paced, engaging novel about an obviously important topic." -- Katherine Ellison, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of THE MOMMY BRAIN: HOW MOTHERHOOD MAKES US SMARTER.

Gina Seymour wages a one-woman battle against a corrupt family court as she tries to protect her 3-year-old daughter from sexual abuse. But the judge, allied with the wealthy and powerful pedophile, threatens to place the little girl in the very hands of her molester. The only way Gina can protect her daughter is to break the law and take her on the run.

Inspired by actual cases covered by award-winning journalist Jill Kramer, CRIMINAL DECISION exposes the tragic failings of family courts throughout the nation which mistakenly place thousands of children in the homes of their abusers.

249 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 22 reviews.

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How to Organize Your Life (At Home), by Higher Read. (Still free?)

Tips for people who live in small spaces, have limited time, or have roommates. So whether you own a mansion or rent a room, this book can help you take your home from chaos to order. Free today!

"Any book that helps me to organize my postage-stamp-sized apartment is welcome in my library, and this book has very useful ideas, some quite easy and inexpensive." -- Amazon reviewer

Organizing your home is essential to enjoying your home. You can live in an architectural masterpiece, but if you can’t see the floor, it is hard to appreciate it. How to Organize Your Life (At Home) takes you room-by-room through your house and shows you how to organize and enjoy your home again.

The first book in this series, How to Organize Your Life (Every Day), provided detailed steps for organizing your daily routine. This sequel helps you bring that kind of order to your home space. Both books are for people who want to live an organized life, but are not sure exactly where to start.

How to Organize Your Life (At Home) also includes tips for people who live in small spaces, have limited time, or have roommates. So whether you own a mansion or rent a room, this book can help you take your home from chaos to order.

77 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 16 reviews.

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