Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Aug 20)

Only Human, by Maria Bradley. (Still 2.99?)

"Maria Bradley makes you see the world of a vampire through the eyes of a young girl, who must struggle with her own fears and the world surrounding her. If you are a fan of vampire novels, this is the book for you." -- Amazon reviewer

Aecia is surrounded by the 53 members of her vampire clan but she is alone. She carries the burden of her terrible secret, shared only with her beloved uncle and her frightened parents. She was born of a long line of vampires, yet she is HUMAN!

She lives in the futuristic world of 3012, where evolution has ensured that the world is ruled by vampires, and her life is a theatre production with Aecia as the leading actress. Her uncle “Doctor Rauul” creates her disguise which she must wear every day and night to prevent her discovery.

Aecia’s days are our nights, and she longs for a world where she could enjoy sunlight on her face, and have a human friend to share her secrets and her anxieties, as her own humanity continues to threaten her existence.

On her fourteenth birthday, she receives a diary and begins to write down her fears and her longings, and her desperate loneliness makes her see the diary as a human friend “Amica”. Amica is with her when she falls in and out of love, when she wrestles with the problems of every teenager and when she becomes a young woman. After meeting the mysterious and attractive Garok, she suddenly realises the possibility that she is not alone in her humanity.

How much longer can she carry the weight of her secret? Could Garok be human and if there are their more people in her condition, how does she find them? As she navigates her way through her increasingly dangerous life, she discovers her real identity and the truth of her origins is enough to shake the foundations of the Vampire World forever.

185 pages, with a 5-star rating from 2 reviews.

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Hurricane Season: A Historical Cozy Mystery Set in Florida, by Michaela Thompson. (Still 0.99?)

"Atmosphere and mystery to spare... I don't often read mysteries, but a friend highly recommended "Hurricane Season" to me, saying the setting was just as fascinating as the plot itself. She was right -- this really is 'a novel with murder', as the paperback cover says, not just a standard potboiler/procedural mystery. The writing is deliciously evocative of a Florida region I knew little about, during a time when small-town life meant not just knowing everyone else's business, but feeling free to quietly meddle in it. Well-drawn characters, unusual set pieces (like the 'womanless wedding') and genuine suspense with a note-perfect ending. Loved that the 'detective' was an older woman. Having been a published non-fiction writer for years, "Hurricane Season" reminded me just how much skill it takes to create a truly different (yet completely realistic) world and weave a mystery through it. No car chases, computer hackers, or explosions here -- just a thoroughly satisfying book." -- Amazon reviewer

“Miss Marple meets Eudora Welty (with a trace of Erskine Caldwell)” -Kirkus

The New York Times said: “With the kind of realism that stems from William Faulkner, the author skillfully portrays her inbred, suspicious, nasty people ... Hurricane Season ends up an orthodox murder mystery, but it is more than that. In a way, [Michaela Thompson] has attempted a microcosm of America, carefully dissecting out a single cell under a very strong lens."

A STORM, AN ILLICIT LOVE AFFAIR, AND MOONSHINE… (actually, two illicit love affairs)

The 1950s fairly leap off the page in this classic cozy mystery set in northern Florida in the Eisenhower era, complete with Johnny Ray on the jukebox and a Womanless Wedding—this one interrupted by an explosion at a moonshine still. Lily Trulock, owner of Trulock’s Grocery & Marine Supply, leads a pretty quiet life until a stranger comes to town. The new guy’s not what he appears, but then, some of St. Elmo’s residents aren’t either.

Before she can say, “down the hatch,” Lily’s at the center of a vicious murder and a no-holds-barred bootlegging war—and a nasty storm’s on the way. This is a vibrant, atmospheric, powerful novel—as filled with energy, mystery, and motion as a hurricane.

Hurricane Season is as much a richly-detailed, spot-on historical as a mystery, widely praised by masters of the genre and reviewers alike for its pitch-perfect period feel and fine, spare writing.

"A remarkable, compelling first novel ... a storm of a story." -The Washington Post

"This is a remarkable book which deserves readers from far beyond the ranks of mystery fans." -The San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner

P.D. JAMES said: “(Michaela Thompson) knows how to create that sense of place, which is so important to any novel but particularly to crime fiction; her characters are believable men and women in a real world, her mystery is credible, and in Lily Trulock she has created a middle-aged heroine who is both original and sympathetic.”

JOHN D. MACDONALD said: “I enjoyed the book. It has real people in a real place, factors which seem to be ever more rare these days—even though it is the only way to create a real suspension of disbelief.”

184 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 50 reviews.

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Eldorado, by Jay Allan Storey. (Still 0.99?)

"In post Peak-Oil Vancouver, Canada, the future is not bright. The end of the Petroleum Age means the luxuries we've come to enjoy - automobiles, computers, and e-readers - have been left in the distant past. Suburban communities like Surrey have been largely abandoned, and Vancouver itself is becoming a human wasteland of joblessness and homelessness. This is the stage set for author Jay Allan Storey's new dystopian novel, Eldorado. The novel's protagonist, Richard Hampton, is one of the few Vancouver residents with some semblance of a normal life. A college professor, he still has a house which he shares with his younger, troubled teenage brother, Danny. But when Danny disappears, the local police are unable to search for the missing youth, and Richard is forced to give up his comfort and set out to find his brother. ... Eldorado is an engaging and thrilling adventure, while also being a serious and thought provoking warning about the future that lies ahead." -- Amazon reviewer

In an energy-starved future, Richard Hampton's world is blown apart when his younger brother Danny disappears and the police are too busy trying to keep a lid on a hungry, overcrowded city to search for him. Richard has to make the transformation from bookish nerd to street-smart warrior to survive, when he jumps the Food Train for the disintegrating wasteland that was once suburbia in a desperate search for Danny and his dog, Zonk.

Branded a criminal by a community of outcasts and condemned to death, Richard is rescued by streetwise Carrie, who joins in his search. As they trek across the remnants of civilization, facing criminal gangs, renegade militias, and the hardships of the road, their friendship evolves into something more.

The trail finally unwinds at a deserted complex in the remotest corner of the sprawling suburbs. The incredible secret they uncover there will alter their lives and their world forever.

312 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 4 reviews.

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Finding Pride (Pride Series Romance Novels), by Jill Sanders. (Still free?)

"Megan is running from a very, very bad, abusive marriage straight to her brother's home, but the brother dies before she arrives and that's when the story starts. She gets there just in time for the funeral and afterwards is taken in by the town of Pride and the family her brother had been friends with and gone into business with. She's determined not to become a victim again and to have no personal relationships for a long time. She fails, of course, and that happy failure is the story of this book. It's not an elegantly written book but the story is alive and true and the characters come across as real people and the town of Pride, Oregon as a place I'd like to visit." -- Amazon reviewer

Megan Kimble was traveling a long way to find the next chapter in her life, one that would not include her brother Matt. Losing him now was tragic, even more so since she had finally freed herself from the abuse and the shame of a bad marriage. She had spent years hiding things from Matt, so he wouldn't know about her horrible life. Keeping her secret world of bruises, cuts, and broken bones, much like the one she now sported with a large white cast.

Dealing with her loss was hard, but, now she was thinking of taking over Matt's new business venture. This could be the fresh start she needed, a new town, a new place to forget the pain and maybe she could learn to trust again.

Todd Jordan was a successful businessman, who had once lost it all, and now he had just lost his best friend and business partner. But, then she came into town broken and scared, and for the first time in a long time he was looking forward to his future. Breaking down Megan's barriers would take patience and strength, and he would need that strength to keep what he loves safe.

294 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 128 reviews.

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