Friday, July 12, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Friday July 12)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Dead Housewives of New Orleans (#2 in the Paige Tourneur Missing Husband Series) (A Paige Tourneur Mystery), by G.T. Herren. (Still 2.99?)

A mystery from award-winning author G.T. Herren, this delightful novel follows reporter - and unforgettably sassy female sleuth - Paige Tourneur.

"An excellent read with all the right ingredients - love affairs, devious ploys, scandalous secrets, and drama to the max! Greg Herren weaves a storyline that captivates the gossipy lush in us all and gives life to the phrase "dirty little secret." Set in one of the most mysterious cities in the US, this novel will certainly satisfy your craving for a big juicy helping of mystery with a side of skeletons in the closet. It pairs well with a glass of wine and a comfy chair. I've already got my eye on the next one in the series. I highly recommend this book!" -- Amazon reviewer

The second delicious episode in the Paige Tourneur Missing Husband Series by Lambda-winner Greg (G.T.) Herren, author of the Chanse McLeod and Scotty Bradley series.

Snarky dialogue, a smart-mouthed female sleuth, and murder most malicious…

Someone’s killing the newly minted stars of Grandes Dames of New Orleans and reporter Paige Tourneur’s on the story. A great story too, except that someone’s gunning for Paige as well—someone tied to her extremely checkered past. Someone who knows way too much about her, and why she hasn't exactly come clean yet with Ryan the Perfect Man.

But despite the danger, Dead Housewives of New Orleans is one sassy, catty, wicked read! Author G.T. Herren has herein single-handedly invented the brand new genre of Bitch Noir, which makes snarky, delicious use of that old and beloved adage, “If you can’t say something nice, sit next to me.” Here’s a yummy preview:

“The formula was the same: women with money, too much time on their hands, and too much access to a plastic surgeon.”

“It was getting harder and harder to take fitness advice from a woman whose face was frozen by Botox and had her breasts done.”

“The original show had only one original cast member left—a narcissistic shrew with no indoor voice.”

“How could she squeeze those breasts into a Size 2'”

“She’s just a walking, talking human stain. What? I did call her human.”

Based on guilty-pleasure reality shows like Real Housewives of New York, New Jersey, Orange County, and Atlanta, Dead Housewives of New Orleans is part of a “season” itself, the second episode in Herren’s Missing Husband Series. It’s even more fun if you tune in early with the prequel, Fashion Victim.

And Fashion Victim has some pretty fancy fans…

A delicious, witty, deftly plotted mystery, Greg Herren’s Fashion Victim offers up a compulsively readable tale—Devil Wears Prada meets Agatha Christie.” –MEGAN ABBOTT, Edgar-winning author of Queenpin and Dare Me

“… a witty, engrossing slice of New Orleans life (and death)… delicious bits of gossip and hints of hushed-up scandal…wry observations about old money in the new New Orleans…a plot full of lively characters and satisfying twists.” –LIA MATERA, author of the Willa Jansson and Laura Di Palma series

"Witty, scandalous and dark-edged, Fashion Victim is a sparkling read." -LAUREN HENDERSON, author of the Tart Noir series

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

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The Seventeenth Floor, by Dmytro Bondarenko. (Still 0.99?)

This award-winning book by Ukrainian writer Dmytro Bondarenko explores the depths of forbidden relationships.

"Kostya is an amazingly well written character. At every step he remains as human as the reader. That's a common thread among most of the characters in the novel as well. The author has a very good sense of realism in character development. Throughout this story, you really get to care for the characters as they develop. This ultimately leads to an ending that is as emotional as any I've ever read." -- Amazon reviewer

**New, edited version 12/17/2012**

A story about a young Ukrainian man who was very fond of his wife but secretly dreamed of other women. A friend of his advised him to visit a local brothel...

Excerpt from Chapter I

His name was Kostya Steshenko and he was having a hard time these days. He wanted a new woman so much that he could hardly control himself. Kostya worked in a big city, and every day he saw around him hundreds, even thousands of the most attractive and beautiful girls in the world.

'It's good for people abroad, in Europe. Someone once said that a pretty woman is a rarity there,' Kostya sighed heavily. 'How can I resist temptation when in my country of Ukraine, one in two girls is so sexy that the stars of Playboy and Penthouse are ugly in comparison!

It is very easy to lose your mind because of the many miniskirts and revealing decollete. What an idiotic fashion trend that is -- now everybody can see a girl's underwear, even at a long distance!

'Everybody can see even the tiniest patterns on their bras, and miniature panties are just popping right up from their jeans! And why do they call these simply symbolic laces 'panties'?

Kostya felt badly because he respected his wife very much. At one time he loved his wife Lesia madly, but even now, after six years of marriage, he had special tender feelings for her. Kostya was very afraid to hurt his Lesia because he valued their relationship very much. After all, he had nobody closer in the world than his parents and his wife.

But now, despite everything, the guy really desired any other woman but his wife. He was eager for someone else. He didn't even care if she was a blonde, a brunette, or a redhead. The main thing for him was that she would be another woman!

Six months ago, a little daughter was born to their family. The parental concerns and problems that came along with this event reduced Kostya's desire for some time, but after the baby had grown a little and he had more free time, his lust came back to him with even greater force.

Spring came, and then a hot Ukrainian summer. The avenues of the big city were flooded with slender legs and bare navels.


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169 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 5 reviews.

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Time Split, by Patricia Smith. (Still 0.99?)

In this time travel tale, a scientist in the 1930s inadvertently causes a catastrophic change of events.

"I found this book absorbing from start to finish. The plot, the characters, the storyline, in fact everything about this book made me not want to put it down." -- Amazon reviewer

Reviews:

"A great read that was packed full of suspense and action. One of the best time travel books I've read in awhile."

"I started reading this book and before I knew it, it was three in the morning. When I woke the next day I couldn’t wait to get back to it because I had to know what happened."

A scientist's ‘harmless’ tinkering, just before World War II, causes a catastrophic change of events which lead to nuclear war in the present.

40 minutes into the war most of North America, Asia and Europe were destroyed. A cycle of annihilation, which once started became impossible to stop.

The launch of missiles, detected by satellites, set the wheels in motion for the retaliatory strikes to begin.

No nation escaped the cascade that followed; even those neutral in the war.

Detonation was the only warning for most that things had escalated beyond reason as the use of thermo-weapons had never been discussed. A huge electromagnetic pulse, which fried all electrical equipment inside the strike zone, shut down power grids and plunged the region into darkness. A microsecond later there followed a flash of intense white light, which filled the sky, as a small sun erupted within the city.

As the glare burned the corneas from their eyes, it simultaneously cauterised their optic nerves, but the blindness and pain only distressed for a nanosecond. Superheated air, expanding at a rate of 400 metres per second, dwarfed all previous torment. Skin was seared and lungs disintegrated as a last agonised breath choked in the furnace.

On the fringes of the inferno, fires erupted in every direction whilst in the centre, where temperatures reached millions of degrees centigrade, everything was vaporised in a millisecond. The scorching, dust-filled air tore upward in a fiery plume, looking, to all at a distance safe enough to witness the madness, as though hell had broken loose. Seconds later it hit the stratosphere where, cooling, it began to fan outwards, forming the terrifying calling card of man’s most destructive weapon.

There was no hope on January 28th. The mercy for most was death came swiftly.

On a worldwide scale, billions died immediately following the initial strikes, and in the weeks after, millions more from radiation and starvation.

None of this had to happen; none of this should have happened; and it wouldn’t have happened had it not been for the good intentions of one man.

Also by Patricia Smith: Distant Suns and Nebathan

128 pages, with a 5-star rating from 1 reviews.

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Forbidden Love, by Shirley Martin. (Still 3.99?)

A warm and touching romance based in 1890s Pennsylvania, where a married society lady falls for a lowly steel worker.

"Historical romance at its finest." Julie Bonello at eCataRomance

"Nothing short of a masterpiece." 5 Angels, Fallen Angel Reviews

Married to a man she doesn't love, Lisa lives a lie to saved her widowed mother from poverty. When she meets Owen, a steelworker from the wrong side of the tracks, heat sizzles between them, a passion that grows stronger with each stolen moment together. Lisa finds herself torn between her darkest desires and her family obligations.

Owen wants to better himself and escape the grinding brutality of the mill. But labor troubles--and love--intervene. After he meets Lisa, all he can think about is this woman whose image haunts him night and day. A woman whose husband will not release her from a loveless marriage.

233 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 8 reviews.

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The Ultimate Inferior Beings, by Mark Roman. (Still 0.99?)

Don't miss this original and clever Sci-Fi comedy, in which a landscape architect is assigned the captainship of a spaceship full of unforgettably quirky characters.

"The Ultimate Inferior Beings is written with a very distinctive attitude, and at times it feels as though the narrator himself is a character in the story, making quips about the situation as he describes it. And yet this voice never gets in the way of the story itself--rather, it lends to the book's offbeat atmosphere. While verisimilitude isn't a priority in a story that features green blobs with posh Oxbridge accents, the universe is nevertheless believable in its own quirky way. It is easy to become immersed in the story's many absurdities and to become quite attached to its wonderfully eccentric style. Original, clever, and droll, Roman has created a thoroughly enjoyable work of science fiction comedy that will appeal to anyone who appreciates intelligent humor." -- Amazon reviewer

When jixX is appointed spaceship captain for a dangerous space mission he doesn’t regard it as a promotion. More like a computer error, given he’s a landscape architect. The error theory gains in strength when he meets the crew: a carpenter, a gynaecologist and a scientist trying to prove the existence of God. To add to jixX’s woes, there’s a stowaway on board, one of his crew is a saboteur and the ship’s computer thinks it’s a comedian. And then they meet aliens. Not technologically advanced aliens - their civilization is based on the invention of the brick - but jixX has a bad feeling about them anyway. Among them are a religious bunch who believe in The Ultimate Inferior Beings - a species that are really, really bad at everything. According to an ancient prophecy this species will, perhaps inadvertently or absent-mindedly or through some tragic mishap, bring about the end of the Universe. One alien becomes convinced that the humans are these incompetent beings. He realizes he must be the Chosen One, and that it is his Duty to wipe them out before they can trigger total annihilation. So it comes down to jixX to save Humankind ...

302 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 29 reviews.

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