Monday, July 22, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday July 22)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Dastardly Bastard, by Edward Lorn. (Still free?)

This horror thriller from Edward Lorn, author of Life After Dane, is free today!

"Chilling, thrilling page-turner! This book is prefaced with a poem which begins, "The Dastardly Bastard of Waverly Chasm does gleefully scheme of malevolent things..." Thus is set the tense, suspenseful tone that the author manages to retain perfectly throughout this book, which follows seven people on a nightmarish journey to what should be a routine tourist destination. The story is told from the perspective of the different characters, and these transitions are perfectly timed and add freshness and interest to the narrative. Most chapters end in cliffhanger fashion, making it almost impossible to put the book down. A very compelling read." -- Amazon reviewer

When war photographer Mark Simmons is sent to do a promo on Waverly Chasm, he assumes it’s a puff piece, a waste of his talents.

Widow Marsha Lake brings her son, Lyle, to help him heal after his father’s death.

Donald Adams, aka H.R. Chatmon, joins the tour to get away from a sticky situation.

Justine McCarthy consents to the hike to placate her boyfriend, Trevor.

For Jaleel Warner, the tour guide, walking the chasm is just part of his job.

Each of these people must face their darkest memories in order to discover and defeat the secret buried in Waverly Chasm.

243 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 16 reviews.

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Kain (Sex, Drugs, and Cyberpunk #1), by Brie McGill. (Still 3.99?)

"The book's thoughts on humanity and Lukian's situation in particular are also communicated through the medium of colorful psychedelic experiences brought on by drugs and other circumstances. Add to that a healthy dose of action and romance and an appropriate amount of comic relief, and this book is one heck of a ride. Be warned, however: You will not feel safe. Strong, strong recommend." -- Amazon reviewer

Counting days is irrelevant in the life of a well-to-do man, unless he counts the days passed in total service to the Empire. Salute. Submit. Shut up and scan the wrist. Therapists armed with batons and brass knuckles guide the derelict along a well-beaten path to Glory.

When human experiment Lukian Valentin escapes the Empire to save his crumbling sanity--through a grimescape of fissured highways, collapsing factories, putrescent sewers--he realizes the fight isn’t only for his life, it’s for his mind. Torturous flashbacks from a murky past spur him on a quest for freedom, while the Empire’s elite retrievers remain at his heels, determined to bring him home for repair.

Lukian needs one doctor to remove the implanted chips from his body, and another to serve him a tall glass of answers. Lukian attempts a psychedelic salvage of his partitioned mind, gleaning fragments of the painful truth about his identity.

A scorching, clothes-ripping rendezvous with a mysterious woman offers Lukian a glimpse of his humanity, and respite from his nightmarish past. It also provides the Empire the perfect weakness to exploit for his recapture.

To rise to the challenge of protecting his new life, his freedom of thought, and his one shot at love, Lukian must reach deep into his mind to find his true identity. To defeat the Empire, he requires the deadly power of his former self--a power that threatens to consume him.

320 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 21 reviews.

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THEN LIKE THE BLIND MAN: Orbie's Story, by Freddie Owens Wegela. (Still free?)

"Reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird, this "sensitive and gripping" coming-of-age story evokes backcountry Kentucky in the troubled 1950's in prose that's spare yet lyrical -- a "special" novel worthy of joining the ranks of an illustrious Southern literary tradition. - Kindle Nation

Every once in awhile, you read a book in which every element fits together so perfectly that you just sit back in awe at the skill of the storyteller. Then Like the Blind Man is one of these books. ...[It] grabs you from the very first page and carries you along, breathless and tense, until the very last, very satisfying sentence. Freddie Owens has created something special. - The San Francisco Book Review

A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten backcountry of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story is the enthralling debut novel by Freddie Owens, which tells the story of a spirited wunderkind in the segregated South of the 1950s and the forces he must overcome to restore order in his world. Rich in authentic vernacular and evocative of a time and place long past, this absorbing work of magical realism offered up with a Southern twist will engage readers who relish the Southern literary canon, or any tale well told.

Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the sudden death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married his father’s coworker and friend Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Since the marriage, Orbie, his sister Missy, and his mother haven’t had a peaceful moment with the heavy-drinking, fitful new man of the house. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand; this fact lands him at his grandparents’ place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky, when Victor decides to move the family to Florida without including him. In his new surroundings, Orbie finds little to distract him from Granpaw’s ornery ways and constant teasing jokes about snakes.

As Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention their Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers, he finds his world views changing, particularly when it comes to matters of race, religion, and the true cause of his father’s death. He befriends a boy named Willis, who shares his love of art, but not his skin color. And, when Orbie crosses paths with the black Choctaw preacher, Moses Mashbone, he learns of a power that could expose and defeat his enemies, but can’t be used for revenge. When a storm of unusual magnitude descends, he happens upon the solution to a paradox that is both magical and ordinary. The question is, will it be enough?

Equal parts Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn, it’s a tale that’s both rich in meaning, timely in its social relevance, and rollicking with boyhood adventure. The novel mines crucial contemporary issues, as well as the universality of the human experience while also casting a beguiling light on boyhood dreams and fears. It’s a well-spun, nuanced work of fiction that is certain to resonate with lovers of literary fiction, particularly in the grand Southern tradition of storytelling.

326 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 109 reviews.

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Baby (Species Intervention #6609 Book One), by J.K. Accinni. (Still 0.99?)

"Beyond a fantastic and imaginative storyline, there is also this: the book is extremely well-edited and the vocabulary is refreshing. J.K. Accinni is an articulate and masterful storyteller with a solid understanding of grammar. I loved reading this novel. You will too." -- Amazon reviewer

A gripping psychological thriller on the inherent greed and evil of man, dooming the planet.

Two hundred years of tender love between man and alien, political downfalls, wanton violence of unspeakable order tempered with laughter, family loyalty and hope is the thrilling vehicle by which Ms. Accinni conveys her cautionary tale of the merciless disrespect man gives his planet and the vulnerable creatures entrusted to him.

"Baby" introduces Netty, a naive teenage farm girl given in marriage to an older brutal opportunist disguised as a successful citizen during the years of Prohibition in Sussex County, New Jersey. After years of enslavement, Netty flees into the night from her rapist and bootlegger husband, traveling back to the farm worked by her parents, where she rescues an unfamiliar damaged creature she finds in a cave in the woods of her childhood, falling in love with the enigmatic alien she names Baby. Together they find happiness and fulfillment despite the changes to Netty's body wrought by the proximity of the unusual creature.

Damaged by entry into our atmosphere while pregnant, the confused creature forgets the purpose of his mission, appearing unconcerned with the disappearance of his offspring and savoring the unexpected joy of the love he shares with young Netty.

When a handsome Italian stranger comes into Netty's life, complications ensue as she falls in love while trying to hide the bizarre and wondrous changes to her farm and her body. Netty, Baby and Wil strive to conquer obstacles thrown in their path by life, succeeding wildly until the heart-rending and astonishingly brutal climax to their story.

This charming, yet brutal story is the prologue to a series that will chill and surprise you as it foretells the selfishly destructive path man has followed since his species evolved. It pulls no punches while allowing Netty and Baby's influence to transcend mortal life as the world dances toward depraved indifference, introducing other characters along the ride that readers will laugh,shed tears with and learn to despise.

What lengths will Baby and his offspring go to complete their mission? Will it spell Armageddon for the beleaguered planet with its vulnerable and exploited creatures or will man tip the scales himself, leaving those that love the creatures to salvage the pitiful ruins?

188 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 224 reviews.

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FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom's Guide to Passion, Purpose, and Profits, by Alyssa Avant. (Still 0.99?)

"This book came along at a perfect time for me, personally. After barely beginning my business, I was somewhat at a loss as to what to do next. The suggestions, encouragement, spiritual emphasis, and practical tips were the motivation I needed. What I love most about this book is that Alyssa doesn't compartmentalize the spiritual self, mom self, business owner, etc. As women, wives, moms, entrepreneurs, and daughters of God, all of who we are as Christians is addressed in the book as being woven together. I highly recommend FaithLeaps for any Christian woman wanting to trust God with their dream of a home business." -- Amazon reviewer

Is This You. . .

Do you believe God has placed a purpose and plan in your heart for business?

Do you need help channeling your passion into profits?

Are you scared to death to pursue the plans you believe God has placed in your heart for business?

This Book is for You If . . .

You’ve Ever Considered Taking . . . A Leap of Faith

You wish to FIND or FOLLOW your Passion

You wonder . . . Why Not Just Get a Job?

You Just Want to Be Heard

You Know You Have What It Takes

You Have Considered Choosing to Follow Your Passion and Purpose . . . Even if it Scares You to Death

You Want to Shine

You Just Want to Share a Message that You Feel Strongly About

Deep Down Inside, You Just Want to DO IT!

You Want to Feel Connection With Other Moms Who Are Like-Minded

You Wonder . . . How Will I Balance Everything?

You Are Concerned about the Money

What You Will Gain by Reading This Book . . .

Courage to help you take your Faith Leap

An understanding of how to pinpoint your passion

The knowledge of how to build a platform

Know how to shine

Realize you have what it takes

Discover where you can find like-minded moms

Tips for finding balance

84 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 28 reviews.

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