Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Jun 19)

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits (Austen Takes the South), by Mary Jane Hathaway. (Still 0.99?)

Enjoy this "touching and hilarious ride" through the modern South. 99 cents today!

"Romance, friendship, deep family connections, great literature, history, humor, love, grief, joy, faith...this book has it all. It's a wonderfully weaved story and it kept me turning the pages to find out how it would evolve. The story is believable, the characters are real, likable, and have many dimensions. I highly recommend this book for someone who is looking for an uplifting story that will make them feel good through and through." -- Amazon reviewer

Shelby Roswell is a history professor on the fast track to tenure until her new book is crushed in a review by the famous historian, Ransom Fielding. She struggles to regain her momentum only to discover that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her college. The place that was once a refuge from the poverty of her past is now a battlefield of Civil War proportions.

Ransom is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and was hoping a year at Shelby’s small college would be a respite from the reminders back home. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman who would give anything to make him leave. Together Shelby and Ransom learn that home is never very far away, and when you least expect it, love arrives.

With a cast of Civil War re-enactors, an evil wedding planner, antebellum mansions, and several mysterious diaries, 'Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits' will take you on a touching and hilarious ride through a modern South you haven't seen before.


A Pride and Prejudice variation, this book is the first in the 'Austen Takes the South' series by Mary Jane Hathaway.

Look for 'Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs' in May 2013

About the Author:
Mary Jane Hathaway is the pen name of an award-nominated writer who spends the majority of her literary energy on subjects un-related to Jane Austen. A homeschooling mother of six young children who rarely wear shoes, she’s madly in love with a man who has never read Pride and Prejudice. She holds degrees in Religious Studies and Theoretical Linguistics, and has a Jane Austen quote on the back of her van. She can be reached on facebook at 'Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits' or her regular author page of Virginia Carmichael (which is another pen name, because she’s just that cool).

332 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 156 reviews.

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The Rebel Within (Rebels), by Lance Erlick. (Still free?)

Free today - this first book in the "Rebels" series is set after the Second American Civil War, where males are being wiped out and young Annabelle must make desperate choices to survive.

"Readers will easily engage with this well-written tale. Annabelle is believably stubborn, yet also vulnerable and likable. The novel has plenty of action and suspense, made all the more thrilling due to the investment readers have in the characters. The novel's psychological elements keep things interesting, as well. Readers will likely think about this society long after finishing the book." -- Kirkus Reviews

After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a world without men by rounding up the remaining males. A rebellious adopted teen girl must choose between becoming a security cog in the elite military unit that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom.

Annabelle is a tomboy who lost her parents at age three and developed a rebellious streak against her conformist society even while serving as a cop intern. She puts herself and her family at risk by helping a boy escape prison. Then, to protect her sister, she fights the amazon Dara. Arrested for disharmony, Annabelle chooses to endure training and qualification tests to enter the elite mech warrior program with Dara rather than re-socialization and exile.

Harassed by the police captain who hates her, the mech commander who demands too much, and the bully Dara, Annabelle struggles through rigorous training. At the same time she’s driven to search for her birth mother and help boys escape the federal roundup. Can Annabelle stand up to Dara, protect a boy she’s grown fond of, and avoid washing out of the mech program while remaining true to herself and protecting her family? The final test: a gladiatorial spectacle of hand-to-hand combat to the death with a male wrestler.

This is the first book in the series.

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

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Reluctant Gods, by A.J. Aaron. (Still free?)

This thrilling fantasy tells a story rich with magic and mythology, farcical scenes, archangels, reincarnation, unforgettable god-like characters, and the power of love. Free today!

"A.J. Aaron is a genius. I loved this book! It had fantastic images but the real story was about Sevilen accepting his power. I understood that everything is as it should be but the author's depiction of this concept is exceptional. The laid-back dialogue and cool characters mixed fantasy with what is usually considered a serious, esoteric subject. Leyna's mindset and sexual exploits are tastefully done. Quotes from Einstein, Toffler and Drucker reinforced the message. This book is highly recommended for teenagers and adults." -- Reader's Favorite

Past lives and past mistakes echo themselves for over five hundred years until an ancient agreement with the Archangels manifests itself to remind Leyna and Sevilen of their destiny. This is Leyna and Sevilen’s last chance to reunite and achieve the divine levels meant for them. Engulf yourself in this tale of romance, denial, disbelief, and shattering of paradigms among an outrageous cast of characters. Experience what it’s like to become a god in this blend of fantasy, comedy, mystery and romance.

This book is the first in this fantasy series about two pragmatic people. Sevilen, an engineering trained manufacturing executive and Leyna, a high powered executive are dumped into a world of magic where they gain abilities to create and destroy universes or, just throw a bolt of lightning or change into another body.

Enjoy the comedic antics of the diverse and colorful characters as they become as familiar to you as your best friends, on their journey to their destiny. Science, beliefs and real life references will make you wonder, could this really happen?

In a world of instant gratification and multitasking, appears a work of art in the detailed pictures the reader creates in their minds as they flow through this tale, vividly told. Taste the food, hear the music, be with them whether in Ohio or, Prague. The characters literally come to life before your mind’s eye and when you walk the streets you’ll be looking to catch a glimpse of one of them since you’ll know them each so well.

249 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 66 reviews.

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The Life and Prayers of Saint Mary, by Wyatt North. (Still free?)

This concise treatment of the most cherished of biblical characters is free today!

"This easily accessible ebook is well-conceived, and a treasure for me to read, especially on times of queit reflection. These prayers help me in purging myself of self, and aid in my spiritual growth. Excellent. Thank you, Wyatt North!" -- Amazon reviewer

It is difficult in this day and age to imagine Christianity without the beneficent presence of the Blessed Virgin.

Next to Christ, of all those who grace the pages of the New Testament, Mary is perhaps the one who touches us the most. Her motherly love often allows even the doubting to approach her.

Her story – an unprepared teenage girl, charged with a daunting task and the scorn of her community, raising a son knowing always that she cannot protect him from the fate that will rob her of him – elicits our empathy.

She inspires not only devotion and meditation, having mysteries and ritual of her own, but also song and poetry.

56 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.

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