Monday, July 1, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Monday July 1)

Broken Shell Island, The Witches of West Shore, by Dalya Moon. (Still 2.99?)

Let's start this Canada Day with a novel from one of our favorite (or should we say 'favourite') Canadian authors: Dalya Moon. This prolific author has many published titles; discover her by trying this one today!

"Broken Shell Island weaves a clever spell within its pages, mixing a dash of Harry Potter with a sprig of Douglas Adams, resulting in an entrancing and quirky tale infused with Dalya Moon's trademark humor and seemingly-effortless storytelling. I couldn't put it down, and I'm betting you won't be able to either. I just have one word of warning: watch out for the pixies!" -- Amber Sweetapple, author of The Houri Legends Series

Opal gets a dirty old suitcase for her birthday. She's not impressed. Her grandfather tells her she'll need it, because she's going to live with her great aunt on Broken Shell Island. Opal wonders if her grandfather hasn't gone senile, because Broken Shell Island is a made-up magical place that their family friend Flora Fritz writes picture books about.
Oh, but the island is real. And magic.

Opal encounters magical plants, animals, and danger, too. The evening she arrives, a body is discovered in the woods, not far from where she passed through. Worse, a terrifying creature has emerged from the ground, and it hungers for the innocent, whether the people of the island believe in it or not.

While young Opal is eager to fit into her new life, perhaps becoming a witch, she's mainly concerned about surviving her first week. Riding a unicorn is not quite the experience she expected, nor is her first encounter with hair-styling pixies.

Life is beautiful, magical, and perilous, on Broken Shell Island.

Ages: Family-friendly, no swearing or mature content beyond some adventure-type action and violence.
Length: 78,800 words / approx 240 pages

216 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 70 reviews.

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Voices Beckon, by Linda Lee Graham. (Still 0.99?)

Compelling historical fiction from Linda Lee Graham. Get this post-revolution American story today for just 99 cents!

"The arranged -- and forbidden -- encounters David and Elisabeth share are set against an America that is still creating its own identity. The descriptions of the sea voyage and the Philadelphia political scene are utterly compelling and the relationship between Elisabeth and David guides the narrative . . . David and Elisabeth's story is both compelling and romantic enough to keep readers engaged." -- Publishers Weekly

"Utterly Compelling" - Publishers Weekly

A voyage across the Atlantic does far more than deliver Elisabeth Hale to post-Revolutionary Philadelphia; it lands her squarely in the path of steerage passengers David Graham and Liam Brock--the very society her father has warned against.

Heedless of her father's admonitions to steer clear of the rabble, Elisabeth is drawn into their realm. United by a life-changing voyage, they establish an immediate and steadfast bond--until she is forced to make a choice--a choice that threatens to shatter their lives.

Set in the late eighteenth century, Voices Beckon spans seven years in the lives of David, Elisabeth, and Liam. Rich in historical detail, this sweeping romance chronicles their coming of age against the vivid backdrop of the developing United States of America.

381 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 10 reviews.

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Zombie Fallout, by Mark Tufo. (Still 0.99?)

If you haven't discovered zombie fiction, you can't do much better than starting with this highly-rated work of light-hearted survival against the undead. Over 350 five-star reviews!

"Working as both straight up survival fiction and comedy, Mark Tufo's FALLOUT is a gory, laugh out loud tale of a community of heroes, cowards and misfits struggling against zombies. Tufo's unlikely hero is one of the funniest and most endearing characters I've seen in zombie fiction." -- Craig DiLouie, author of TOOTH AND NAIL and THE INFECTION

Currently in development with Illuminandi Media

Reuters - Estimates say that nearly three thousand people nationwide, and fifteen thousand people worldwide have died of the H1N1 virus or Swine flu and nearly eighty thousand cases have been confirmed in hospitals and clinics across the United States and the world, the World Heath Organization reported. The influenza pandemic of 2010, while not nearly as prolific as the one that raged in 1918 still has citizens around the world in a near state of panic.

New York Post (Headlines October 31st) - Beware! Children Carry Germs! - Halloween Canceled!

New York Times - (Headlines November 3rd) - Swine flu claims latest victim - Vice President surrounded by family and friends at the end.

Boston Globe - (Headlines November 28th) - Swine Flu Vaccinations Coming!

Boston Herald - (Headlines December 6th) - Shots in Short Supply - Lines Long!

National Enquirer - (Headlines December 7th) - The Dead Walk!

There would be no more headlines.

It started in a lab at the CDC (Center for Disease Control), virologists were so relieved to finally have an effective vaccination against the virulent swine flu. Pressure to come up with something had come from the highest office in the land. In an attempt at speed the virologists had made two mistakes, first they used a live virus and second they didn't properly test for side effects. Within days hundreds of thousands of vaccinations shipped across the US and the world. People lined up for the shots, like they were waiting in line for concert tickets. Fights broke out in drugstores as fearful throngs tried their best to get one of the limited shots. Within days the CDC knew something was wrong. Between 4 and 7 hours of receiving the shot roughly 95% succumbed to the active H1N1 virus in the vaccination. More unfortunate than the death of the infected was the added side effect of reanimation, it would be a decade before scientists were able to ascertain how that happened. The panic that followed couldn't be measured. Loved ones did what loved ones always do, they tried to comfort, their kids or their spouses or their siblings, but what came back was not human not even remotely. Those people that survived their first encounter with these monstrosities usually did not come through unscathed, if bitten they had fewer than 6 hours of humanity left, the clock was ticking. During the first few hysteria ridden days of The Coming as it has become known, many thought the virus was airborne, luckily that was not the case or nobody would have survived. It was a dark time in human history. One from which we may never be able to pull ourselves out of the ashes.

326 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 533 reviews.

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The Devil Drinks Coffee (A Kate Saxee Mystery), by Destiny Ford. (Still 0.99?)

Nothing newsworthy happens in Branson Falls... until some mysterious happenings pull newspaper editor Kate Saxee into some fascinating sleuthwork. Enjoy this mystery rom-com from an author whose work evokes that of Janet Evanovich.

"The humor in the book is twofold. Kate's mom is a walking disaster area who constantly has slight accidents. These always are reported in the small time newspaper. Another funny element is how Kate, a former Mormon, is under full time scrutiny of the ladies of the Mormon community. A volunteer at the newspaper Ella is hilarious as she relates throughout the story how the Mormon "Ladies" perceive Kate. This is a humorous look into some elements of Mormonism; hence, the title The Devil Drinks Coffee. I loved this book which is first in a series and recommend to cozy mystery readers. You will enjoy the ride." -- Amazon reviewer

A cow suicide, a revolving door rescue, and the birth of a bright purple pig are starting to make Kate Saxee wonder if taking a job in her small hometown of Branson Falls, Utah, was such a great idea. As The Branson Tribune editor, Kate covers local news, which, more often than not, involves her accident-prone mom. Nothing truly newsworthy has ever happened in the quiet town until local teen Chelsea Bradford turns up dead in a Branson Falls lake.

The police rule Chelsea’s death an accident, but Kate suspects there’s more to the story—and she’s not the only one. Two of Branson’s most eligible bachelors are determined to help her solve the crime—among other things. But the small town social network is faster than Twitter, and gossip about Kate’s love-life is quickly branding her the Branson Falls hussy.

As Kate learns more about Chelsea, she discovers that plenty of people are trying to cover up the real story behind the girl’s death—including Chelsea’s parents. Now Kate has to juggle work, men, her mom’s most recent disaster involving a low-speed John Deere Combine chase on the freeway, and fend off the Mormons heaven-bent on saving her soul—all while solving Chelsea’s murder. Dealing with this is going to require a lot of coffee, chocolate frosted donuts, Neil Diamond's greatest hits, and a slew of words not on the town approved imitation swear list.

"In The Devil Drinks Coffee, author Destiny Ford invites you into a world filled with smart, funny characters and an engaging mystery. Do yourself a favor and accept the invitation!"
- Shelly Fredman, Author of the No Such Thing As...Brandy Alexander Mystery Series

358 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 17 reviews.

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