Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Nov 6)

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

With over fifty 4- and 5-star reviews, this award-winning full-length novel would make a thoughtful gift for that history-loving reader you know... or for your own reading pleasure.

If you buy (or already have) the printed book, the ebook is free, through Amazon's new Matchbook program.

"Coming across author N. Gemini Sasson is one of the best discoveries I've made on Amazon.com. I was right, I adored it! Throughout history Isabel of France and Sir Roger Mortimer have been given a bad rap. She's known as a "she-wolf" who cheated on her husband and stole his crown, and Mortimer is known as a devil who wanted to usurp England's crown, and who ran the country through Isabel's son, Edward III, until he finally smartened up and got rid of Mortimer. People never get Isabel or Roger's story, because it's always so biased and one sided. Yes, I'm sure Isabel wasn't the perfect wife, but heck, King Edward II was a horrible husband and a horrible King. He only cared about his current favorites, and his concern was not for his country or his wife, but for the men he was in love with. Wonderful book by an amazing author." -- 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.

423 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 70 reviews.

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Echoes from the Lost Ones (Song of Forgetfulness), by Nicola McDonagh. (Still 3.97?)

If you buy (or already have) the printed edition of this fantasy, the ebook is only 0.99, through Amazon's new Matchbook program.

"What an amazing read! Not only world building but language building as well! So much of the setting comes through in the language of the characters. Adara is a fantastic heroine and protagonist. She is strong, smart and unaware of her true powers. I can't wait to read more in the series. I cannot stress enough how much I loved the mythology and history of this future world. The cadence and language of the book is amazing." -- Amazon reviewer

I’m not like the other girlygigs in Cityplace; I’m a bringer. I can sing to the only animals left in NotsoGreatBritAlbion and make them land. Adara, catcher of birds -that’s what they call me and that’s what I can do.

Now that the Agros have cut supplies and folk are near starved, I’d best keep shutums about my name though, or everyone will want a piece of me. I’d best creep and peep all stealthy-like to track down my bro-bro, snatched by Agro scum for who knows what.

Good job I’m trained in S.A.N.T. ways too, for I’ll need all my roughhouse skills to keep the Agro spies, Nearly’s and wolfies at bay until I find and bring home my bro and all the other missing Meeks.

I just wish I knew who or what is following my every move.
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In this unsettling and mysterious vision of the future, animals are almost extinct and humans are subjugated by the sinister and secretive Agros; nothing is as it seems. And 17-year-old Adara must use all her courage and power battling against evil forces to save herself and those she loves.

This is a coming of age tale with a difference. The inventive slang-derived language creates a fresh and dynamic style to create a truly compelling world inhabited by characters such as Clonies, Nearlymen, and S.A.N.T.S.

254 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 9 reviews.

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Tears of a Hustler PT 1, by Silk White. (Still free?)

Free today, this contemporary thriller has over sixty 5-star reviews.

"I love this book so much. I bought part 2 before I even finished part 1. It was that good. The characters are so addictive. It's crazy that you know that the main characters are doing wrong by selling drugs and killing and whatnot, but yet you want them to come out on top so bad. You get an excitement when you see them get revenge! So sad how the story ended, but this book was such a great read. You'll be rushing to get part 2 when you see how this ends." -- Amazon reviewer

Ali is a drug dealer slash business man who tries to change the way the game is played by giving back to the community. But at the same time he has to keep a close eye on his childhood crime partner G-Money who has a strong hatred for the police. Ali’s life take a series turn when a local rival a crooked cop, his pregnant girlfriend and his little brother comes into the picture.
Once again Silk White takes readers deep into an underworld and night life. A gritty street tale that everyone will enjoy.
Now how it all begins!

284 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 95 reviews.

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A Girl Called Badger (Valley of the Sleeping Birds), by Stephen Colegrove. (Still 2.99?)

If you buy (or already have) the printed book, the ebook is free, through Amazon's new Matchbook program. Tip: buy the print book as a gift for that sci-fi-loving reader you know, and get the ebook for yourself at the Matchbook price!

"This book is a retelling of the classic post appocalyptic genre. The end of the world came and went, now hundred of years later a new society has grown up on the ruins of the old. I liked the interaction between the two main characters and it had a nice twist that I didn't expect towards the end." -- Amazon reviewer

When strange seizures threaten the life of the girl he loves, a young man leaves a protective enclave of ancient machinery and searches the ruins of civilization for a cure.
 

Three centuries after a global pandemic and nuclear war, the mountains and plains of Colorado flourish with wildlife. The survivors avoid the blasted zones of "ghost-sickness," hunt mule deer in the pine forests, and cultivate new strains of crops. Scattered tribes fight short, brutal wars and trade slaves for rifles made by a rising power in the south.

High in the Rockies a collective thrives in the still-functioning remains of a research facility. With each passing generation the true nature of the founding ancestors has become fantastical myth to most villagers, who spend their time hunting outside the valley or farming corn and hemp. Carefully selected priests serve as caretakers of the ancient machinery, doctors, and librarians of the past.

One of the hunters, a tough and resourceful teenage girl nicknamed Badger, falls unconscious with momentary, uncontrollable shaking. Wilson, a bookish apprentice priest, searches the library and the old databases for a cause to the mysterious illness. Together, he and Badger crawl through abandoned tunnels deep within the mountain. What they discover about the past forces them to choose between love for each other and the strict rules of the village.

366 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 24 reviews.

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