Monday, September 16, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Monday Sep 16)

Storm Dancer (Dark Epic Fantasy), by Rayne Hall. (Still 0.99?)

"World building and scene setting are well and good, but they're of little value without strong and engaging characters set within a plot that captures and holds a reader's interests. This is where Ms. Hall excels, with characters like Dahoud, a former military commander fleeing a dark past and seeking redemption from the evils he's committed, all the while driven back toward those evils by a malevolent djinn that's set up house deep within him; the highly intelligent Queen's consort Kirral, a pathologically sadistic villain of the kind readers love to hate; Merida, the storm dancer of the title and the product of a foreign society so status conscious that every individual is assigned a constantly varying numeric personal value; Mansour, a rebel leader forced to work with new satrap Dahoud whom he neither needs or wants; Yora, a post-pubescent wild child who's a natural with a knife, and who just wants to kick butt and doesn't understand why the men won't wrestle with her; the tragic Esha, whose conspiring against her husband Dahoud ends in sorrow; Zun, the obviously fake shaman who turns out to be the real thing; and many, many more. All are cast against a relentless plot that never lags.

A caution is in order. Although never gratuitous, a couple of torture scenes are very graphic, and the darkness at the heart of Storm Dancer concerns Dahoud and his past offenses against women that he's pledged never to repeat and to seek redemption through protecting women from men like he once was. He's opposed in this by an indwelling djinn, not the rub-the-lamp-and-get-three-wishes type, but a malignant, indwelling evil spirit that knows his vulnerabilities and plays to the darkest impulses of his soul. Dahoud is a protagonist with an inexcusable past, but his struggles against that past, the djinn, and the events into which he's cast make him a memorable and sympathetic character. When he and Merida, the most unlikely of pairings, team together and triumph in the end, the reader is left with a rollicking tale behind them and deep satisfaction for having made the trip." -- Amazon reviewer

Dahoud is a troubled hero with a dark past. A former siege commander, he atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war's violence. But he hides a deep secret: demonic possession. How can he shield the woman he loves from the evil inside him?

Principled weather magician, Merida, brings rain to a parched desert land. When her magical dance rouses more than storms, she needs to overcome her scruples to escape from danger.
Thrust together, Dahoud and Merida must fight for freedom and survival. How can they trust each other when their hearts burn with the hatred of betrayal?

Storm Dancer is a dark-epic fantasy novel. It deals with dark issues and is not recommended for readers under 16.

The fantasy world is inspired by ancient Middle Eastern cultures - Persians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Hittites. The writing is atmospheric, exciting and intense. It is a big book, offering many hours of reading pleasure.

459 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 79 reviews.

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

"The word lighthearted doesn’t usually come to mind when we think of the zombie apocalypse. When a new vaccine against the latest incarnation of the H1N1 turns the majority of the population into flesh-eating monsters, blue collar Colorado family man and survivalist Michael Talbot—along with his family and an eclectic group of neighbors from the small gated community of Little Turtle—is forced to fight for his life against an ever-growing hoard of the living dead. This provides a welcome departure from the doom and gloom of most zombie tales." -- Publishers Weekly


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 from.
*Zombie Fallout
*Zombie Fallout 2 A Plague Upon Your Family
*Zombie Fallout 3 The End
*Zombie Fallout 3.5 Dr. Hugh Mann
*Zombie Fallout 4 The End Has Come and Gone
*Zombie Fallout 5 Alive In A Dead World
*Zombie Fallout 6 'Til Death Do Us Part
*The Book Of Riley 1
*The Book Of Riley 2
*Indian Hill Encounters
*Indian Hill Reckoning
*Indian Hill Conquest
*The Spirit Clearing
*Callis Rose
*Timothy
*Tim2
*Lycan Fallout Rise Of The Werewolf

324 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 569 reviews.

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Last Tango in Buenos Aires, by Tracy Johnson. (Still 0.99?)

"Tracy Johnson's novel, "Last Tango in Buenos Aires" is the randy and always compelling story of an attractive woman dealing with a series of men, mostly younger, while searching for the meaning of (her) life as a British nomad in Argentina. Although I was sometimes reminded of Erica Jong's stories, Johnson's sensual encounters in Argentina are more intense and reach a more curious psychological depth, particularly the exploration in detail of the fears and fantasies of the kind of woman who would be inclined to take off for the place that likes to think of itself as the "Paris of Latin America." Tracy Johnson writes with authority and style about that segment of the population in Buenos Aires that lives for dancing, sex, and hope. About the kind of women who can be made stupid by overt flattery from men. About the kind of men who think that syrupy flattery is a substitute for real emotion, and again, the women who fall for it -- again and again." -- Amazon reviewer

"High octane passion" JG Reynolds

A ROLLICKING RIDE AROUND ARGENTINA

Fleeing a consuming life, Jennifer comes to Buenos Aires, the glamorous city at the end of the world to dance tango. As a foreigner, she discovers new freedom but Argentine men are dark and broody, with passionate, untamed minds. Jennifer starts an erotica romance with a left-wing artist irresistibly drawn to her unusual independence, but Dario is a man with a secret life.
Jennifer has always loved to dance and finds solace dancing in the powerful arms of the tangueros at the myriad milongas. Betrayed by love, she travels the many stunning locations throughout Argentina, searching for the one who'll make her feel, meeting mountaineers in Patagonia, bikers at carnival and nightmares in Iguazu Falls. In Salta, high in the Andes mountains, she meets intense Vicente and surrenders to sexual romance and the joy and pain of losing control and sanity over a sexy man.

Will she ever understand what men want?
"Tango" depicts a young girls' first relationships and wonders how much early love creates later affairs. It explores women's relationships outside the traditional girly camaraderie, delving into the darker competitive nature of women in the presence of the male. A travel novel to journey with written in a style that makes the reader question the psychological nature of our relationship with the other.

"Completely hooked! The sex was raw and real. Your style is similar to Erica Jong." Shannon Houelette

"Sexier, more realistic and with many more shades of grey than fifty.' Isabel Lopez

340 pages, with a 4-star rating from 4 reviews.

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The Geneva Decision (Pia Sabel Thrillers), by Seeley James. (Still 5.99?)

"I loved The Geneva Decision. The main character, Pia Sabel has taken on a job where she may very well be in over her head. But she's not willing to admit defeat and she is not going to give up. This is a refreshing change to the mystery/thriller concepts where the protagonist can't do anything wrong. Pia is new at this. She makes mistakes. She learns as she goes along. She makes friends and enemies along the way, and people get hurt. All of this adds up to a reading experience that is both fun and engrossing. The title indicates that this is only book one of a series. I'm looking forward to book #2!" -- Amazon reviewer

Pia Sabel plays to win.

Until a few weeks ago, she was an international soccer star. But now she’s taken the helm of her billionaire father’s private security company, and she’s playing against a whole new set of opponents – the kind who shoot to kill.

On her first day on the job, Pia’s client is assassinated in front of her. There’s no time for training, so Pia must trust her instincts and athletic skills to unravel the complicated maze of money laundering and piracy that will take her from Swiss mansions to the jungles of Cameroon.

Her battle-hardened employees suspect she’s just a spoiled rich girl with a mean corner kick. But Pia’s got some unexpected moves of her own. Will they be enough to bring her team through its mission?

A fine thriller with intriguing locations, intricate plot twists and a complex heroine. – Kirkus Reviews

This book really got into its stride and kept going strong. I loved the character of Pia Sabel – there’s a girl Charlie Fox would team up with any day! -- Zoe Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox novels

Seeley James has created a protagonist that is strong and yet conflicted. This compelling heroine presents a multi-faceted character that mystery readers will enjoy getting to know in this first book and probably for many more to come. -- PJReviewofBooks.com

Female leads in bestselling thrillers are rarely this realistic and complete. She’s not panting over a man, not whining all the time, makes her own decisions and still kicks ass. Pia Sabel must be the love child of Suzanne Collins’ Katniss Everdeen and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. -- ShortThrills Review

The Geneva Decision is superb....The non-stop intensity catapults the action from the first page to the last, never relaxing....Seeley James is definitely an author to watch in the future as he writes more featuring the undaunting Pia Sabel. -- Mysteries Galore

If you're an adrenalin junkie who enjoys breakneck pacing and action on every page, then The Geneva Decision is the book for you… A great debut for a new thriller series. -- William G. Davis, author of Pagan Moon

284 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 88 reviews.

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