Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Oct 24)

New Year Island, by Paul Draker. (Still 0.99?)

"This is a great debut for author Paul Draker. A motley group of strangers is mysteriously contacted by a film studio to play in a 'real' survivor series. Perhaps they should have paid more attention when the studio spokesman lamented the lack of realism in current reality tv but they were all a little too blinded by the $5 million payoff for the winner. The novel is a great thrill ride, its purpose is to entertain and it achieves that purpose magnificently. If you like thrillers, you owe it to yourself to read this book." -- Amazon reviewer

ON SALE FOR $0.99, October 23 - 26

"A twisty, engaging thriller featuring well-developed characters." -- Kirkus Reviews

". . . the most exciting, most promising work of fiction to cross my desk in the past year." -- Michael J. Carr, Editor of 5 NYT and International Bestsellers, including Brad Meltzer's #3 NY Times Bestseller The Zero Game

"...might easily be a best seller. It's that good." -- Brent Butler, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

"...one of the most thrilling and nuanced books that I've read in the past several years. Meticulous yet effortless, this book is literature that will stand up to the test of time." -- Madeline, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

"Brilliant psychological thriller... New Year Island is dark, intelligent, with an intriguing and captivating plot." -- Edward Shook, Amazon Reviewer

"Every once in a while, you come across a book that stands out from all the others...and New Year Island is one of these...it's an experience you won't soon forget." -- terrylynn, Amazon Reviewer

"As a whodunit, New Year Island ranks up there with Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians." --Robin Landry, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

"...exceedingly well written...wonderfully horrific...This doesn't read like a first novel, but rather like one written by a pro who has been at this for a long time." -- James Tepper, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"...one of the best books I've read in at least the last year." -- Cheryl Stout, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"...nearly impossible to set down ...awfully, awfully good and shamefully good fun." -- T J McCarthy, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"...one of the most riveting books I've read in the last few years." -- digsblues, Amazon Reviewer

"This is one you don't want to miss." -- OutlawPoet, Vine Voice, Amazon Reviewer


THE STAKES ARE HIGH...

Ten
strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned
island overrun by wildlife.

One dies in a horrible accident.

Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds
once before.

One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed.

Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying
experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the
greatest danger on the island... each other.

There's nothing deadlier than a survivor-type whose back is against the wall. And one of them is not who he or she claims.

Seven fight to escape.

Six try to solve the mystery of who lured them there and why.

Five... Four... Will anyone survive New Year Island?

724 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 38 reviews.

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Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie's Story, by Freddie Owens. (Still 0.99?)

"Reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird, this "sensitive and gripping" coming-of-age story evokes backcountry Kentucky in the troubled 1950's in prose that's spare yet lyrical -- a "special" novel worthy of joining the ranks of an illustrious Southern literary tradition." - Kindle Nation

"Every once in awhile, you read a book in which every element fits together so perfectly that you just sit back in awe at the skill of the storyteller. Then Like the Blind Man is one of these books. ...[It] grabs you from the very first page and carries you along, breathless and tense, until the very last, very satisfying sentence. Freddie Owens has created something special." - The San Francisco Book Review

"In an American coming-of-age novel, the author presents a stunning story with clarity and historical accuracy, rich in illuminating the Appalachian culture of the time period. ...[It] brings history alive, depicting American union labor practices and the racial prejudices that were so prevalent in the 1950's." - Publisher's Weekly

A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten backcountry of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story is the enthralling debut novel by Freddie Owens, which tells the story of a spirited wunderkind in the segregated South of the 1950s and the forces he must overcome to restore order in his world. Rich in authentic vernacular and evocative of a time and place long past, this absorbing work of magical realism offered up with a Southern twist will engage readers who relish the Southern literary canon, or any tale well told.

Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the sudden death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married his father’s coworker and friend Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Since the marriage, Orbie, his sister Missy, and his mother haven’t had a peaceful moment with the heavy-drinking, fitful new man of the house. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand; this fact lands him at his grandparents’ place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky, when Victor decides to move the family to Florida without including him. In his new surroundings, Orbie finds little to distract him from Granpaw’s ornery ways and constant teasing jokes about snakes.

As Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention their Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers, he finds his world views changing, particularly when it comes to matters of race, religion, and the true cause of his father’s death. He befriends a boy named Willis, who shares his love of art, but not his skin color. And, when Orbie crosses paths with the black Choctaw preacher, Moses Mashbone, he learns of a power that could expose and defeat his enemies, but can’t be used for revenge. When a storm of unusual magnitude descends, he happens upon the solution to a paradox that is both magical and ordinary. The question is, will it be enough?

Equal parts Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn, it’s a tale that’s both rich in meaning, timely in its social relevance, and rollicking with boyhood adventure. The novel mines crucial contemporary issues, as well as the universality of the human experience while also casting a beguiling light on boyhood dreams and fears. It’s a well-spun, nuanced work of fiction that is certain to resonate with lovers of literary fiction, particularly in the grand Southern tradition of storytelling.

332 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 160 reviews.

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Wolf Magic (Avador), by Shirley Martin. (Still 2.99?)

"Shirley Martian brings us a touching romance that goes through hell to be together. The amazing strength this story has is beautiful. I was eager to see what happened next as I read through this heart-wrenching love. I was not unsatisfied in the least. WOLF MAGIC truly shows the magic of love." -- Amazon reviewer

Rabid wolves are overrunning the city of Moytura.. The queen issues a decree to the city's sentries: Kill the wolves. Hunting the beasts in the forest, sentry Briant Girard spies a wolf in the distance and fells the animal with an arrow. Minutes later, he discovers that he has badly injured a young woman. Where is the wolf? he wonders, while he worries about the young woman.


Shirley Martin Avador Series
Published by Books We Love

Book 1 – Night Secrets
Book 2 – Night Shadows
Book 3 – Enchanted Cottage
Book 4 – Allegra’s Dream
Book 5 – Wolf Magic


Two creatures trapped in one body, Annwn is torn and confused. She delights in her wolf essence, when she can roam the woodland, wild and free. But her human side yearns for all the joys of a normal woman, a satisfying livelihood, a home and children. She fears the wolf will forever bar her from attaining her desires.

Deeply attracted to the lovely Annwn, Briant wonders why she spurns his advances. Even after he discovers her secret, he vows he will always love her. But Annwn knows their love is hopeless.
A beast trapped inside her, a young woman fears she will never find happiness with the man she loves.

116 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 5 reviews.

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Once Humans (Daimones Trilogy), by Massimo Marino. (Still 3.03?)


"The suspenseful, thrilling plot of Massimo Marino's work in Once Humans is very well designed and is presented in great detail. The development of the characters, their emotions, and the way they react to each other makes the story move in a way that appeals to all members of the human race. This is an excellent sci-fi thriller which is not only well thought out and very imaginative, but thrilling and captivating as well. This is an excellent, and very well written book." -- Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

"I enjoyed this book, and was able to come back to this world, since the author with use of a prologue updated the reader on what transpired in book one of the series. At times it is very hard to follow a series when books can be months or years apart, so having an author update you is something all authors should do." -- Linda Tonis for the Paranormal Romance Guild group

Mankind is undergoing rebirth, the new arrivals closely watched by the Selected: the transgenic beings created by the Moîrai. The new communities thrive with the aliens' support and peace and security reign on Eridu, as the planet Earth is known by the Moîrai and in the galaxy.But peace and security of the cradle are suddenly shattered by acts of sabotage set to disrupt the fragile balance of the fledgling communities.

From the coldest climes to the deepest ocean floors, a cosmic conspiracy full of betrayal and fear is being hatched with the hope of pushing the world perilously close to the brink of self-destruction. It is up to Dan Amenta to journey through dark and deadly alleys--even into the depths of the planet--to unlock the shadowy logic of alien minds.

333 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 19 reviews.

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