Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Sep 3)

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Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact, by Andrew Vu. (Still free?)

"This is the strangest, weirdest piece of science fiction that I have ever read! And I loved every minute of it!" - The Kindle Book Review

"The story contains plenty of interesting characters, and most of them are well-developed. It never went the way I thought it was going to go, so I was kept constantly surprised. Great work!" - Johi Jenkins, author of A Thrist Within

"It is a unique and creative story which would appeal to sci-fi enthusiasts." - Sherry Ellis, vine voice and author

The Halfkinds Series
Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact - Available Now
Halfkinds Volume 2: Horus - Available Now

Halfkinds Volume 3: Alphas - Coming in November!

For more information on the series visit the wikia:
halfkinds.wikia.com

In the twenty fourth century, a scientific experiment gave a few species the gift of intelligence, and after much struggle, they've carved out a place in society. By the thirtieth century, humans find themselves co-existing, negotiating, and residing on Earth with these animals as equals.

Maya Lawton is a lonely prostitute living in this world. She gives birth to the first halfkinds, creatures who are half animal-kind, and half mankind. Since interspecies breeding is illegal, she is forced into seclusion and raises them alone. Then one day, without warning, she dies, and her death leads to their discovery. Abandoned and lost, this family of halfkinds plan to escape to a terraformed moon. But the law is after them. The order is to kill, sent by the highest authority, the United Species Alliance.

What separates the Halfkinds series from the rest isn't only its unique premise, but also its structure. Chapters shift between the first person POV's of key characters and are presented in a non-linear fashion in order to create a mounting suspense that will keep the reader riveted until the end. Various plot twists occur within the story, and the different character viewpoints help alter the tone as you go along to give an unbiased presentation of their motives and actions. The setting allows a diverse cast of characters, some human, many not, to send a message that intelligence is a power that we take for granted, and when given to other species, the world becomes a dangerous place.

354 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 72 reviews.

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Louisiana Ghost Story: A Contemporary Paranormal Romance, by M.A. Harper. (Still 0.99?)

"Ghosts and New Orleans go together like crawfish and gumbo, as Harper (The Worst Day of My Life, So Far) demonstrates in this delectable spooker spiced with romance, surprises and authentic local color. Chef Phil Randazzo is settling comfortably into his marriage to Michelle Wickham when inexplicable events begin to upset the household. Michelle concludes that the mischief is the work of her first husband, Cajun musician Adrien Paul Savoie, killed in a car accident three years before. A visit to a psychic confirms that Adrien's ghost is trying to tell Michelle he's "not going to let her be hurt again." As Phil and Michelle parse the meaning of that cryptic warning, they realize that each is haunted by ghosts of the past that must be brought into the open and exorcised if they're to continue as a couple. This emotional tale could easily have collapsed into the bathos of a routine paranormal romance, but Harper shows confident control of its elements, regularly jolting the reader with creepy reminders that there's a supernatural mystery to be solved. Some transparently symbolic dreams slow the story in places, but the clues all come together in a magnificently orchestrated finale that shows it's possible for a ghost story to be smart as well as scary." -- Publishers Weekly

(Formerly titled The Year of Past Things)

“[A] delectable spooker spiced with romance…" –Publishers Weekly

“…a whopper of a ghost story … both savvy and chilling." —Booklist

CAN THIS MARRIAGE SURVIVE TWO HUSBANDS, ONE ALIVE, ONE NOT?

Award-winning chef Phil Randazzo, and his anthropologist wife, Michelle, are as happy as any newlyweds with five kids and a ton of history. But something’s eerily amiss.

They’ve been married less than a year and already there’s someone else--at least it’s starting to seem that way.

First Hendrix the cat’s developed a new trick, but how does a flesh-and-blood feline walk through walls? Maybe with help from his best friend on The Other Side? Then there was that dude Phil saw upstairs Thanksgiving Day. Only nobody was there. But the odd thing was that “nobody” looked exactly like Michelle’s dead husband, Cajun musician A.P. Savoie. Her really really handsome and much-missed dead husband. Who died all too suddenly.

Can it be he wants her back?

Harper creates a unique and spooky triangle in Louisiana Ghost Story, yet many of its most rewarding thrills (chills too, if truth be told) come from the savvy story of newlyweds and stepfamilies feeling their way with the greatest good humor, yet seemingly thwarted despite all efforts. That could be any family, right? And that’s half the fun. Except that Michelle’s kids not only want their dad back…he’s there! And their psychic’s so creeped out he’s told Michelle not to call back.

Definitely not your average paranormal romance. This is a funny, warm, feel-good tale with enough literary heft and humor to stick to the ribs. It seems to have an almost…uncanny…way of keeping its loveable characters on your mind for weeks.

Fans of Alice Hoffman and good-humored, romantic ghost movies will love this one! Think THE GHOST AND MRS; MUIR, JUST LIKE HEAVEN, and of course that classic heart-tugger, GHOST itself.

“There’s a genuine ghost story here, but it’s the human story that sets off shivers.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“What lifts Harper’s work above the ordinary ghostly romance, beyond its fine use of setting, is the intensity of these characters, their struggles to move on, to make new lives, all the while feeling the pull of the past, the longing to redeem the lost moment.” —The Times-Picayune

“Reminiscent of an episode from The Twilight Zone, this stylishly written novel uses in-depth characterizations and convincing detail to build in credibility before serving up a whopper of a ghost story. Harper makes good use of her atmospheric setting in a story that is both savvy and chilling." –Booklist

368 pages, with a 4-star rating from 75 reviews.

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The Nirvana Plague, by Gary Glass. (Still 3.99?)

"A difficult book to put down. Your attention is grasped continually with ever growing suspense and mystery. The author captured the essence of James Michener incorporating facts into the saga; and the essence of Steven King's art of timely and mounting suspense. And the ending - what an ending!" -- Amazon reviewer

What if perfect peace and happiness were a contagious disease? In this fast-paced, thought-provoking thriller, a schizophrenic scientist, an ambitious Chicago psychiatrist, and a hard-driving Army colonel are at the center of a frantic international struggle between the powers of government and a mind-bending outbreak of cosmic consciousness.

A bizarre illness spreads through a Chicago psychiatric hospital. Dr Carl Marley, a bored but ambitious psychiatrist, seizes the chance to grab some attention by “discovering” the new disorder. But when an Army colonel summons him to a government-sponsored taskforce to investigate the syndrome, he learns the disease he thought he’d discovered is already so widespread in the military that it threatens to undermine the foundations of power. A high-stakes race to understand the disease takes the team from the NIH campus in Bethesda, to a war zone in the Kashmiri highlands, to a high-tech biodefense facility near Juneau, Alaska.

As the outbreak spreads around the globe and desperate governments impose increasingly severe measures to contain it, Marley begins to suspect that what is happening is not the apocalypse they fear — but something far more radical. Marley’s star patient, a brilliant but profoundly psychotic scientist named Roger Sturgeon, escapes from the facility into the city, and Marley attempts to bring him back before the government sends in troops. Only then does he learn the truth about what is happening.

Before it’s over they will all be forced to choose between the precarious comfort of the world they know and the mysterious wonder of a new reality — between their commonplace fears, ambitions, and loyalties, or the hope that lies in The Nirvana Plague.

4.6-star rating from 7 reviews.

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The Highlander's Hope - A Contemporary Highland Romance, by Cali MacKay. (Still free?)

"When sexy academic Catriona Ross goes up against irascible Scottish playboy Iain MacCraigh in her hunt for a legendary necklace, it can only end in a Happily Ever After, but the fun is watching how MacKay weaves the heat and the humor and the mystery plot together. Cat and Iain strike plenty of sparks--one way and another--and set against the background of the Highlands, and a tale of true love in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the story of how Cat and Iain find the Hope and fall in love, is a wonderful ride." -- Amazon reviewer

When Dr. Catriona Ross discovers clues to a long lost highland treasure, her only hope of finding the jewels is to obtain the help of Scotland's most eligible bachelor and playboy, Iain MacCraigh.

Iain can't believe his luck when he finds out the jewels are hidden away somewhere on his land-- and it doesn't hurt that the historian looking for them has curves to go with her smarts. With his brother betting the family fortune, this is the life line he desperately needs.

The odds are against them, and with word getting out about the jewels, they're not the only ones on the hunt. Time's running out, but can they learn to trust each other, or will they lose the jewels and true love in the process?

* This is Book One in the series. It is a complete novel that can stand alone and does not end on any cliffhangers. *

200 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 278 reviews.

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