Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Aug 7)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Free!

Tucker's Way, by David Johnson. (Still free?)

"A story of hope. Master storyteller, David Johnson, weaves a tale of two women who are forced to trust each other with their lives. Tucker and Ella come from very different backgrounds and have very little in common. As you get to know them you learn that they share a common chain of abuse and neglect in each of their lives that continues to be a heavy burden to bear. I thoroughly enjoyed this rich Tennessee backwoods saga filled with tears and laughter, heartbreak and hope." -- Amazon reviewer

Tucker's childhood was steeped in abuse and poverty, therefore she trusts no one and lives as isolated a life as she can. But Tucker needs help or she risks losing her grandchildren she is raising.
Into Tucker's private life steps Ella, whose childhood was a life of privilege but her marriage was a private life of abuse. As Tucker's new neighbor, Ella's openness about her life crashes headlong into Tucker's closed-door attitude and Tucker is forced to rethink her view of the world.
It is Tucker's four-year-old, mute granddaughter, April, that becomes the fulcrum that pries open the vault door on Tucker's heart and allows Ella to step inside.
Tucker's Way, a tale set in the rural south, is an inspirational story about overcoming incredible odds.

137 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 111 reviews.

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Dying to Get Published (The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries), by Judy Fitzwater. (Still free?)

"Dying to get Published is not a heavy duty mystery it is light hearted and takes a poke at the mystery genre (Jennifer is a pre-published mystery writer who creates wacky heroines and plots that are woven throughout the book). Judy Fitzwater has accurately described every hopeful writer's feelings in Dying to Get Published. I could totally relate to Jennifer Marsh, the main character, and her wacky cast of friends. She is devoted to her writing and does catering parties to help make ends meet - it is at a party she and her friend Dee Dee are working where she meets Sam, a great dream guy and picks up her first "case". As I said, the plot intricacies might leave a bit to be desired for those looking for a hard core mystery but for me this was a fun read. I like Jennifer, her wonderful dog Muffy and her unborn (and unconceived ) child Jaimie (could be a girl or a boy). As whole - this was a great premise and a fun book." -- Amazon reviewer

Judy Fitzwater's comic mystery tour de force, originally published by Ballantine Books, is finally available in electronic format.

Jennifer Marsh is a mystery writer with a stack of eight unpublished manuscripts and rejection letters to match filling her closet. She's sure that if she can just get famous for something, someone will have to publish her books. Why not murder?

She'll find a target so mean that she'd actually be doing the world a favor by bumping him or her off. And she knows just the person:
Penney Richmond, a high-powered literary agent who's made it her job to ruin people's lives. All Jennifer has to do is frame herself, do the deed, and come out with an iron-clad alibi, and she'll be well on her way to getting a three book deal. So what if she chickens out at the last minute' A vegetarian good girl who rescued a greyhound could never actually kill someone. But when Penney is found murdered and the police think Jennifer did it, she’d better find the real murderer before she goes away... for life.

Along with her eccentric writer's group, spunky old ladies with a nose for sleuthing, her neurotic greyhound, and a sexy, sarcastic reporter named Sam, Jennifer embarks on a journey filled with danger, deception, and disguises that could leave her Dying to Get Published...

“In a roller coaster of hilarity, Fitzwater has crafted three-dimensional characters with warmth, realism, and wickedness.”
-- The Snooper
"A sprightly novel, Dying to Get Published will entertain all writers...[It] offers a word to the wise: Never thwart a mystery writer, published or unpublished."
-- Carolyn G. Hart
“Enjoyable reading for writers hoping to break into the mystery field.”
-- Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
“Jen’s a warm, intelligent character, and Fitzwater provides an entertaining (and for aspiring writers, frustratingly familiar) look at the world of writing and publishing.”
-- Publishers Weekly
“Judy Fitzwater has come up with a highly original motive... Fitzwater’s characters are...fascinating...she has created an ambitious woman with murderous intent, who is also lovable and sympathetic.”
-- The Mystery Review
“...funny, fast-paced...Jennifer is presented as intelligent and full of initiative...the supporting characters are a hoot. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing.”
-- The Mystery Reader
“Fitzwater skewers everybody in the publishing business...and has fun doing it. The reader will enjoy the ride.”
–-Glynco Observer
“...it’s dynamite.”
–-Murder Most Cozy

240 pages, with a 3.6-star rating from 185 reviews.

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Redemption (Legends of Graham Mansion), by Rosa Lee Jude. (Still free?)

"It was a wonderful late night of reading of Grae and her adventure and experiences. Though I knew it was a novel, I followed this young girl through her voyage cheering her on and worrying with her all the way through. I was drawn in. I am waiting expectantly for volume two. A delightful, tightly constructed, and well written tale of what might be or have been." -- Amazon reviewer

Be careful what you wish for. When the breakup of her family forces Grae White’s mother to move her two children from their privileged city life to her hometown in the mountains of Virginia, all Grae wants is to be invisible in her new life. But that’s rather hard when everyone knows that her father is the latest headline-grabbing white collar criminal, the most popular boy in school wants to take Grae to the prom, and then there’s that she lives in a haunted mansion. It would make anyone want to get away. Grae soon learns that a simple wish can reveal an unknown ability. Something more than curiosity spirals Grae back in time to seek the truth in the tragedy of a 200 -year-old murder. Along the way, she learns about history, happiness, and heartache in the lives of those who have lived on the property, including her own family. Her first journey reveals secrets that will lead Grae to further explore the legends of Graham Mansion. REDEMPTION is Book One in the Legends of Graham Mansion series. Look for the second story in the series, AMBITION, in spring 2013.

223 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 56 reviews.

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Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (The Isabella Books), by N. Gemini Sasson. (Still 0.99?)

This award-winning book is a great deal today at 99 cents. From N. Gemini Sasson, writer of six acclaimed historical novels.

"From start to finish, the novel, Isabeau, kept me turning its pages. Lulled by the beautiful prose and stunning descriptions, N. Gemini Sasson breathed life into the woman known as the She-Wolf and portrayed her with sensitivity and great humanity. As I made my way through the story, I was impressed by Sasson's descriptions of people and places. Every detail of every scene was written with clarity, activating all the reader's senses. The novel spans nearly twenty years of her life and includes numerous characters of the era. The fact that the author has spent years researching English and Scottish history during this time is evident. For anyone who loves European history or biographical novels about influential women of days of yore, you must read this novel. It will bring you hours of reading pleasure." -- Amazon reviewer

The story of Queen Isabella, who sought revenge on her husband Edward II, and her lover Sir Roger Mortimer, who masterminded the invasion that accomplished it.

The marriage of Isabella of France and Edward II of England in 1308 is a union meant to secure lasting peace. For years, Isabella is a loyal wife, who repeatedly salvages her husband's kingship, even as she endures his neglect. When she finally speaks out against Edward's favorite, Lord Hugh Despenser, her income, lands and children are taken from her. In an age when women are not supposed to openly defy their husbands, Isabella vows to get her children back and have her revenge on Despenser -- no matter what the cost.

Imprisoned in the Tower of London for leading a rebellion against King Edward, Mortimer escapes with Isabella's help and finds refuge in the French court. But when Isabella arrives in Paris to negotiate a peace treaty, it is a temptation the ambitious Mortimer cannot resist.
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Other books by N. Gemini Sasson:
Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr
The King Must Die (the sequel to Isabeau)
The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I)
Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II)
The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III)

423 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 68 reviews.

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Hybrid, by Greg Ballan. (Still 0.99?)

"Ballan is truly a master of the written word, with a style that perfectly balances a healthy dose of intimate details that help pull you into the world of Hopedale and the surrounding mountains, but never gets too cluttered that you can't effortlessly move from paragraph to paragraph at a comfortable pace. Prose like this that is rich, but easily able to be digested, is a rare treat, and is one of Hybrids biggest strengths. Just as strong is it's intricate plot. Time between action scenes is far from filler, with tons of character development from a truly entertaining cast, to general world-building and exposition on the mythos of the fantasy elements brought in later in the book. Not a single line of text is wasted, and whether Erik Knight is battling the otherworldly kidnappers, or simply sipping a coffee at Madame's Restaurant, there's never a time when you feel like skipping ahead. Everything keeps your attention." -- Amazon reviewer

ERIK KNIGHT, a small time private investigator, always knew he was different from everybody else. Keener senses, heightened awareness and an enhanced physical strength that could be called upon by his sheer will. Erik becomes involved with a team of high profile investigators and local police trying to locate a girl who was kidnapped in the middle of a playground amongst dozens of adults and children. None of the adults saw anything and what the children claim to have seen is too far fetched to be believed. The search evolves into a full-scale manhunt into the dark and desolate woodlands of the Hopedale Mountain. After a lethal encounter and a fatality, Erik, the investigators and police realize that what they're dealing with isn't a man and possibly isn't of this world. What they're dealing with is a sentient evil that has an appetite for young children.

360 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 53 reviews.

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