Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Jun 18)

Here's a Kindle book available for free today!

After: First Light, by Scott Nicholson. (Still free?)

Just published - and free today! This prequel novella to the popular "After" dystopian series from Scott Nicholson also includes a bonus story from Joshua Simcox.

"After: First Light" is the latest installment from a very talented Scott Nicholson, and is a prequel to the "After" series. "First Light" sets up some of the background information about later episodes. This story is contagious, unlike the Zap-heads which figure prominently in the tale; once you start it, make sure you've got a good hour or so of free time ahead of you, because it's not a story you can just set aside until later. It will also get you revved up about reading the next two novels already completed, and the third one on the way." -- Amazon reviewer

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

"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares." - Bentley Little, The Burning

The beginning of the end...

When NASA scientists detect intense solar activity, the warnings go unheeded. Soon communications fail, power goes out, and the world's technological infrastructure collapses.

But the solar radiation has also inflicted an unpredictable change--a disruption in the impulses of the human brain. Billions die. And they are the lucky ones...

Prequel novella to the After post-apocalyptic series, with a bonus story by Joshua Simcox. Look for the other books in the series, After: The Shock, After: The Echo, and After: Milepost 291.

Scott Nicholson is the international bestselling author of more than 20 thrillers, including The Home, Liquid Fear, McFall, Disintegration, and The Red Church.

103 pages, with a 5-star rating from 2 reviews.

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Concessions, by Bo Bigelow. (Still 0.99?)

Struggling with her restaurant business against a rival chef, Iris opens up a downtown food cart and prepares for a showdown in the annual Best Chef award in Hansa, Pennsylvania.

"Concessions is one of my favorite books from this summer. Written with vibrant, engaging language, it draws you into each scene and creates a complete sensory experience. The tastes, sounds, and sights are made yet richer by being woven into a backdrop of complex emotional responses. It feels true to how memory works...the feel of a cold beer bottle on a scorching night, the smell of an herb, the flash of sunlight off a metal panel all engage us at the level of creating a scene, but also link to the feelings or memories those physical elements evoke. Bigelow creates quirky, original, raw characters who each let us into their deepest psyche, even or especially when what is to be found inside isn't glamorous or laudable. Two elements of the book remain most prominent to me. First, the descriptive writing around food, cooking, and eating, is absolutely delectable. I found myself alternatively drooling for a juicy burger and perfectly cooked fries, then for the salty and slightly foreign tastes of infused broths and noodles. Secondly, Bigelow on a number of memorable occasions creates what I think of as "emotional Matrix" moments--the emotional equivalent of Neo, in superhero slomo, careening backward to avoid bullets--in which the time of the novel slows to almost zero and two or more characters are engaged in an emotional dance of reaction and processing. Absolutely delightful book, couldn't recommend it more highly." -- Amazon reviewer

Iris Dandridge, a lifelong resident of Hansa, Pennsylvania, is a chef, a restaurateur, a widow, and a loser. Ever since she was cheated years ago out of her share of Hansa's finest restaurant, by a volatile chef named Frieda, Iris has driven her own restaurant to the brink of bankruptcy. Now it's summer 2009, and the unthinkable has happened: her only employee, a smart-aleck college kid named Jay, just quit and went to work for the one person Iris can't stand—Frieda. As summer begins, Iris closes her restaurant and takes one last shot at her culinary career—she opens a food cart in downtown Hansa and decides to compete against Frieda for the Golden Plate, the town's annual vote for best chef, although Frieda's won for the past nine years straight. Ready for a showdown and armed with the best chimichurri sauce in western Pennsylvania, Iris fires up her grill and serves up hot summer cart food. But soon she discovers that it's far more than a competition against Frieda for bragging rights. It's war.

305 pages, with a 5-star rating from 8 reviews.

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Charged - Book One, by L.M. Moore. (Still 0.99?)

Investigating the murder of a childhood friend, ex-cop Lewis Kagen makes a startling discovery about aliens inhabiting the earth. This intriguing Sci-Fi story is reduced to 99 cents today.

"WOW... Definitely not what I expected. Sci-fi isn't usually my first choice, but I was intrigued by this one. Not at all disappointed! The dark and unanswered questions grabbed my attention from the start, and I was absolutely hooked by the third chapter. Even if you're not big on sci-fi, I would definitely recommend giving this one a chance. It was suspenseful and left me anxious for a sequel. I don't want to give any spoilers, but the ending suggested there would be a follow-up... Hoping this is the case! I'm glad I decided to stray from my usual genres. Can't wait to see more from this author... definitely on my list to follow." -- Amazon reviewer

Charged Series - Book One
When ex-cop, Lewis Kagen, learns his childhood friend has been viciously murdered, his sheer determination to hunt down the killer has him breaking all the rules. But the FBI is more interested in confiscating what Lewis finds, rather than searching for the murderer. The only real piece of evidence doesn't lead Lewis where he thinks it will. Instead he finds himself in the depths of the earth, where he discovers that mankind is not alone and hasn't been for centuries.

Book Two to be released Fall 2013

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

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Red Stone Security Series Box Set: Volume 1, by Katie Reus. (Still 0.99?)

A romance deal not to be missed! This box set of three bestselling romantic suspense titles by Katie Reus is 99 cents today.

"I bought this Box Set and I LOVED all three books! Katie Reus is a very good author. I have enjoyed a few hours reading her books! I plan on either buying the next books in the series or buying another box set! I also have to read one of her novelettes, of which I already have on my Kindle! Thank you so much, Ms. Katie for the few hours of entertainment I have received from your writing gift!" -- Amazon reviewer

3 Sexy Brothers, 3 Dangerous Stories...

The Red Stone Security Series Box Set (Volume 1) includes the following three bestselling romantic suspense titles by Katie Reus:

No One to Trust
Danger Next Door
Fatal Deception

Author Note: Each title can be purchased individually or as a box set.

No One to Trust

Computer security specialist Elizabeth Martinez has never been able to turn her back on her brother Benny. When his risky lifestyle finally lands him in harm's way, Elizabeth finds herself dragged into the dangerous underworld with him and into the cross hairs of one of Miami's death-dealing drug lords. Only after her ex-boyfriend saves her does she realize she might have no choice but to depend on the one man she has tried so desperately to forget.

Former Marine Porter Caldwell never should have let Elizabeth walk away from him all those months ago. She means more to him than anything and now that she's in danger and turned to him for help, he won't make that mistake again. When a local gang targets her and she's nearly killed in a drive by shooting, Porter vows to do whatever it takes to keep her alive. Even if it means turning his back on all that he's sworn to uphold.

Danger Next Door

After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she's nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he'd never have a chance with a woman like her--not with his disfigurement--he can't stay away.

Thanks to severe health problems as a child Belle grew up sheltered and smothered by her loving, if overbearing, family. Now that she's finally out on her own she plans to wring everything she can out of life. When she sets her sights on her brooding neighbor nothing can stop her from getting him into bed--until a madman fixates on her. With Grant now working for Red Stone Security, he sees it as his duty to protect her at all costs. Unfortunately a violent criminal is stalking Belle and will stop at nothing until he's destroyed her.

Fatal Deception

Mara Caldwell is a woman with a dark past. She made a clean break from her old life, never imagining her secrets could come back to haunt her. When an old enemy surfaces and threatens the world she's created for herself Mara is prepared to give up everything, including the husband she loves if it will keep him safe.

Harrison knew his wife had secrets when he married her, but when he discovers the truth, it's far worse than he imagined. He's determined to protect her from a deadly enemy who wants to destroy her, but her lack of faith in him infuriates and wounds him. They must work together to keep her safe, but the man they're up against seeks to destroy everything they've built together. Including their lives.

Box Set Collection: 117,000 words

403 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 24 reviews.

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