Friday, July 19, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Friday July 19th)

Never Smile at Strangers (Grand Trespass Series, #1), by Jennifer Minar-Jaynes. (Still 0.99?)

Today's the last day on sale for this highly-praised thriller with over 300 five-star reviews.

"Fans of mystery novels and tension-filled psychological thrillers will genuinely enjoy reading "Never Smile at Strangers." Minar-Jaynes has combined everything I loved about the old "Fear Street" novels with everything truly scary that keeps me awake at night now. There is something chilling about the darker side of humanity, and Minar-Jaynes does an excellent job of reminding the reader of exactly why parents tell their children not to talk to strangers. The characters' fear is honest, and their pain and confusion can be felt in the writing. Furthermore, she has tapped into what makes "mystery" novels so compelling when they're done right- the suspense in this book is incredible, and the ending was like the explosive final scene of a movie that no one can stop talking about." -- Amazon reviewer


Please note that "Ugly Young Thing," the second book in the GRAND TRESPASS SERIES, will be released July 2013. If you would like to be notified once it launches, please go to and hit "Like" or email Jennifer at

WHEN TEENAGE GIRLS VANISH in what was once considered a safe Louisiana bayou town, the lives of four desperate young locals take unexpected turns, begging the question: Do you ever truly know those closest to you?

When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes from rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, best friend HALEY LANDRY's relationship with her boyfriend becomes increasingly strained. To make matters worse, her impressionable younger sister BECKY has begun idolizing an impetuous, seductive 15-year- old who's encouraging her to do dangerous things.

Meanwhile, ERICA DUVALL, a reclusive 19-year-old aspiring writer, befriends Haley. Ten years earlier, Erica's mother abandoned her, leaving her with the womanizing used car salesman father she loathes. She's decided to write a novel based on Tiffany's disappearance; a novel that she hopes will lead to a reunion with her estranged novelist mother.

RACHEL ANDERSON, a 36-year-old mother of two, is having trouble coming to terms with her husband's affair with the missing girl--a relationship that supposedly ended shortly before Tiffany's disappearance. What's more, she comes to the realization that someone is watching her family through the large back windows of her house.

A DISTURBED MAN also lives in the area. Ever since his mother's murder four years earlier, he's been raising his insolent teenage sister, ALLIE, who sleeps with truck drivers for money. He considers women to be dangerous--and his world revolves around his fear and hatred for them. He's terrified of his sister, knowing she's intent on pushing him over the edge.

332 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 551 reviews.

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Lantamyra: A Tapestry of Fantasy, by Susan Waterwyk. (Still 2.99?)

Young Tylya Lansing embarks on a quest to find her grandmother’s crystal scepter in this engaging fantasy.

"It is so pleasing to read a book that doesn't concentrate on a plot in which gore and murder often is the central theme, still Lantamyra has a mystery to it. For poetry lovers and people who enjoy beautiful prose will love the songs, poems and expressions the author has sprinkled through out the book. Among the beauty of the prose there is delightful humor in much of the dialog. This is definitely the kind of book that you might want to read a few chapters of before turning out the bedroom lights. You will then hope to fall asleep and enter the dream world of Lantamyra where the intellectual beings are all so nice. Highly recommended for easy reading." -- Amazon reviewer

For the chance to journey to another world, Tylya Lansing is willing to give up everything on Earth, including her lover, Josh Hamilton. All she has to do is find her grandmother’s crystal scepter, lost for decades in a rugged Sierra Nevada canyon. Since she was a child, she has heard stories of Lantamyra, a world where magic is created with myra crystals, where mind expansion is granted crystal powers, where keepers and wards respect and protect life. Once the scepter is found, she journeys to this earth-like world that is recovering from an ice age. Areas of the planet have been terra-formed by the mysterious Keepers of Akosh to provide sanctuary for the endangered species of two other worlds—humans from Earth and dragons from Lanluong. She learns that Earth is about to experience catastrophic changes from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and Lantamyra may provide the only hope for humankind to survive. Tylya is determined to learn the ancient Akoshic Secrets of the Ways, a mind-expanding process necessary to control the power of myra crystals and to become a keeper of dragons.

Excerpt from Chapter Five: Annoyed that her warning was shrugged off so easily, the queen brought her head close to Tylya. “You will pay for your training with your labor, but you will pay a higher price to become a keeper. It will change you in ways you cannot imagine…”

Lantamyra is an intriguing story with plenty of drama, humor and memorable characters and exciting scenes. Written for mature adults more than young adults, Lantamyra is not formula fantasy, no stereotypical evil villains.

Excerpt from Chapter Eight—Nightkeeper Kyra Starszyn: “This night belongs to lovers and dreamers, a night when threads of love are woven into a tapestry of fantasy, a night to magically transform in the character you wish to play.”

500 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 12 reviews.

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Ketchum and Cobb, by James Mullen. (Still 2.99?)

After a man's murder in South Boston, two homicide detectives are assigned to the case.

"The descriptions of the places, people and feelings of Boston were spot on, the main characters had lovable, flawed personalities and the end caught me totally by surprise.If you love a good mystery that is filled with twists and an unexpected ending buy this one. If you love the Boston area and want to be reminded of how it looked, felt and smelled in 1990 buy this book." -- Amazon reviewer

For nine days in October of 1990, two Boston homicide detectives, Ketchum and Cobb, investigate the brutal murder of a South Boston man in his living room. For each, the case knifes through the middle of their lives. With Cobb, it's heavy weather and high seas because he's grieving over his son's suicide from four years ago. With Ketchum, it's a chance at some sunshine - he thinks he's found the love of his life, but his heart hesitates. Will she really be attracted to a guy like me, he wonders?

As they encounter characters in a South Boston bar who have tenuous connections to the dark side of Boston, they lighten the demands of the job through banter and philosophically posit important questions such as why, with three million people, you can't get a decent pizza in Chicago? Or more importantly, why are there no cheerleaders in baseball?

In trying to bring the murderer or murderers to justice and make the city safe, Ketchum and Cobb navigate through an urban thicket planted with connivance, loneliness, Alzheimer's Disease, and selflessness. Join the journey in this debut novel.

230 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 26 reviews.

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Cake or Death, by Sarah Rielle. (Still 3.99?)

Told with wit and sensitivity, this drama touches on the subjects of marital abuse and the power of a supportive family.

"A new talented author in our midst. Sarah Rielle's first novel is heart wrenching and emotional covering a very harrowing subject, that of domestic abuse. However, the healing process for Grace is done with wit, laughter and family support. A great read, I could not put it down. I hope Ms Rielle has a follow on very soon." -- Amazon reviewer

When Grace decided to enlist the help of her parents in leaving her abusive husband, she hadn’t realised she would be forbidden to change her mind.

Stranded in the Irish countryside of Kildare, recuperating, with only an overprotective hound for company, Grace did her best to deal with the awful news the hot doctor had delivered.

Hoping to just quietly waste away, she wasn’t expecting to reconnect with her family and discover unexpected, yet deeply healing friendships in her new surroundings. She had been so ashamed to bear her truth to people, but as it turned out, they all seemed to be dealing with issues of their own...

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

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Exactly Where They'd Fall, by Laura Rae Amos. (Still 2.99?)

Family, friendships, and relationships intertwine in this thoughtful novel from Laura Rae Amos.

"4.5 stars! The reason Exactly Where They'd Fall is such a success is due to Amos's skill in creating characters that are not just memorable and sometimes funny, but fully realised, described, and unapologetically true to life... Exactly Where They'd Fall is an often-comedic book, somewhat in the style of Marian Keyes but baring a very individual atmosphere that illustrates just how much passion and work Amos put into it." -- Wormhole Book Review

Jodie and Amelia were almost sisters once, before college degrees, careers, and grown-up love entered their lives. Before Jodie's brother broke up with Amelia.

After so many disappointments, Amelia is finally happy. Or something like it. She's given her love and trust to her best friend, Drew, who is sweet, sensitive, loyal, and everything she's always wanted. She's calculated the perfect path to inner peace and healing by surrounding herself with people who would never break her heart.

Jodie hates that all her friends are pairing up to begin their futures. She hates dating, hates romance in general. She hates that she can't forget one night, a year ago, which Drew doesn't seem to remember the same way. Everyone is moving on without her, but that's fine, because she never needed anyone in her life anyway.

Never has a way of proving itself wrong.

With vivid characters, generous doses of humor, and palpable emotion, Exactly Where They'd Fall is a story about three friends forced to explore the complicated and fragile bonds of friendship and love. Fans of heartfelt, witty literary fiction, and smart women's fiction will enjoy this charming and honest debut.

304 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 10 reviews.

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