Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Sep 18)

Helga: Out of Hedgelands (Wood Cow Chronicles), by Rick Johnson. (Still 0.99?)

"It is an amazing story. Not only does it provide adventure, mystery, charming - and not so charming - characters, delightful descriptions and a truly warm story - but it also provides the reader with many areas that are perfect for discussions about discrimination, class systems, peer pressure, and other life issues using the animals as examples. The author has provided a master piece with his story telling and has also given the readers many things to think about on topics that can be easily understood and discussed by all ages. I highly recommend reading Helga: Out of the Hedgelands and hope the author soon comes out with his next book." -- Amazon reviewer

Twelve-year-old Helga has more danger in her life than most beasts her age—Wrackshee slavers after her, a vicious attack by bandits that nearly kills her, a race against dragons pursuing her, and leading a daring rebellion to save her life and rescue friends and family from the insidious WooZan. And that is just the beginning. But what do you expect when you are a young beast who just can’t see the stupid rules of the world making any sense? Helga can’t accept things as they are and ends up taking on not just one, but two all-powerful, supreme tyrants in two different realms.

Helga never intended to lead a revolution. It just sort of happened because she wouldn’t go along with the “rules of normal” that keep tyrants in power and entire societies enslaved. Beginning on a dangerous quest to solve some mysteries in her own past, Helga leads her quirky comrades on a journey that will not only forever change them, but upset ancient civilizations.

As an author, I’m drawn to eccentric, unexpected characters: those who surprise because they hear a distant galaxy, see a different music, create their own fragrance rather than get hooked on a soundtrack; the child who has her own ideas about how the emperor is dressed; the lunatics and rebels who tell stories on the boundaries. Helga’s unusual story will take readers to worlds they never imagined—definitely a whole new ride.

Time and again, the unconventional heroine and her eccentric comrades overcome ominous tyrants and black-hearted slavers, not by battling to the last beast standing, but by being the first beast to think differently.

Helga: Out of Hedgelands is divided into three books which introduce the epic saga of the Wood Cow clan and their role in overturning centuries of slavery and tyranny. This story will continue in additional volumes of the Wood Cow Chronicles now in development. Over the series of current and future volumes, the entire history of the Wood Cow clan, the fall of Maev Astuté, and the coming of Lord Farseeker to the Outer Rings, will be told.

512 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 16 reviews.

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Portal to Your Heart (A Gable Time Travel Romance - Book 2), by Denise E. Templey. (Still 2.99?)

For the Perses Touch: "I enjoyed the mystery behind this story; it was well played out and kept me reading." -- Amazon reviewer

Portal to Your Heart is a present day / historical, time-travel romance that will sweep you from the present and drop you deep into the Middle Ages. A blend of romance and mystery.

Twenty-first century Anne Berne is hurled into the dark sixteenth century.
After being accused of being a witch, can she win the trust of those around her?
Should she embrace this new life, deep in the Middle Ages, or should she return to her own world and leave her heart behind?

Book 2 in the Gable Series (It is a stand-alone book)

A 20,000 word novella (approximately 73 printed pages) by Denise E. Templey, author of The Perses Touch.

73 pages.

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HOW TO CHOOSE A SWEETHEART, by Nigel Bird. (Still 3.99?)

"I have read a number of books by Nigel Bird and this is a complete departure from his usual dark and gritty style. I love it! Max, the young man who is trying to find a girlfriend after a break up with his previous lady, goes to great lengths and some subterfuge, to become a part of her life and that of her 6 year old daughter. Will he dare come out with the truth? Can he base the relationship on a lie? We also follow the fortunes of his old flame as she finds happiness with another man. One of the most touching characters though, is the piano teacher, Mr Evans. The book is full of beautifully drawn characters, and their interplay is subtle but believable. The written style is chatty, friendly - a true story teller air about it. It's a thoroughly enjoyable feel-good book which I had recommenced to me and which I heartily recommend in my turn." -- Amazon reviewer

“She came into the bookshop. That was it. That was the beginning.”

This isn’t the first romantic story to feature a balcony, nor is it likely to be the last. Even so, what takes place in ‘How To Choose A Sweetheart’ is a modern, fresh take on an old-fashioned tale.

Max is a bookseller. Since his relationship with Jazz ended, he’s struggling to find purpose in life. That all changes when a beautiful woman, Cath, walks into his shop and pins up an advert asking for a piano teacher for her daughter, Alice.

It’s almost perfect. Max takes down the details and gets in touch immediately. Within a short space of time he manages to secure the position as Alice’s piano teacher and establish that Cath’s a single mother.

What could be better?

Well, he might be able to play the piano for a start.

Or his newly acquired piano teacher might not be an old, alcoholic wreck.

Or he might be completely over his ex-girlfriend.

And he might not be forced into a position where he needs to come up with a composition of his own to woo the new lady in his life.

It’s a tangled web we weave and Max seems to be sticking to the threads like an insect in a web.

A topsy-turvy romantic comedy that will warm your cockles and split your sides.

224 pages, with a 4-star rating from 2 reviews.

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Magic of Public Speaking: A Complete System to Become a World Class Speaker, by Andrii Sedniev. (Still 0.99?)

"I read this book with interest, to see if I could garner a tip or two, and was thrilled with the amount of and quality of information presented. The author goes through public speaking from the beginning, your attitude towards it, to the end, when you put all the tips together. He explains exactly how he puts his speeches together, including several example speeches, and why he is doing thing the way he does. He also explains what not to do with the same detail. All in all, this is a good resource if you are looking to improve your public speaking ability." -- Amazon reviewer

The Magic of Public Speaking is a comprehensive step-by-step system for creating highly effective speeches. It is based on research from the top 1000 speakers in the modern world. The techniques you will learn have been tested on hundreds of professional speakers and work! You will receive the exact steps needed to create a speech that will keep your audience on the edge of their seats. The book is easy to follow, entertaining to read and uses many examples from real speeches. This system will make sure that every time you go on stage your speech is an outstanding one.

210 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 72 reviews.

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