Friday, December 27, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Friday Dec 27)

The Spike collection: Ten random short stories, by Martin Skate. (Still 0.99?)

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Tip: buy the print book as a gift for that book-lover you know, and get the ebook for yourself at the Matchbook price!

"Fun and funny! Rarely have I read a collection of short stories with such a diverse range, going from heart warming to chilling, from relateable to completely off the wall, The Spike Collection has it all. If you're a fan of Sci-Fi, 60's music & BMX bikes, this is definitely for you. Can't wait to see what Mr Skate writes about next!" -- Amazon reviewer

The Spike Collection, ten short stories randomly thrown together to take you on a ride of emotions, thought provocation, and charm. Each story focuses on the key characters’ thoughts, challenges, and how they are richer for their experiences. The stories cover tales from suburbia, life changing moments, superstardom, and what to do if you do not fancy door-to-door selling for the day.

If you enjoy short stories that take you through a rollercoaster ride of emotions then this is for you. Ten thought provoking and random short stories that truly entertain.


The Spike: Sam is flying through life getting fired at every job he gets, until one day he finally realises where his major talents lie. This is Sam’s journey up until he reaches his realisation that defines his whole life.


The Siren: All the boys turned to jelly when they were around Tina, so what happened when Brad was the only one to get close to the Siren?


Rocco: It is tough being galaxy-wide famous, follow Rocco on his life of fame, adulation, and on meeting the love of his life, Eve.


Twenty Pence Pieces: During the summer holidays Ted and Dee have a simple plan to buy something super cool, and they have a fun and enterprising method on how to get the money to do it.


The Bridge: Helen, Stefano, Roland, they all have their hobbies and goals which ultimately drive them to a meeting-crescendo of devastating circumstance.


Time Travel Tim: A little boy’s wish comes true when his fictional television hero suddenly appears in his bedroom and takes him on a quick adventure.


Snapshot: Being away at sea for long periods of time can be fatal on a relationship, as this account of a returning sailor tells us.


Nine Coffees: Russ worked in a boring office, he needed more, but what to do? He found what he was looking for one morning in a coffee shop, Luka was the shot of caffeine he needed.


Chelmsford: During a day of door-to-door selling Jason has the great fortune to be joined by someone who decides to play this would-be humdrum day ever so slightly different.


Hear-dunnit: Retired and widowed Pat awakes to plan his final hurrah, and looks back on some fond memories.


174 pages, with a 5-star rating from 12 reviews.

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I-35 (The Road Series) (Book One), by Brett Selmont. (Still 0.99?)

"I-35 is a nail-biter of a road novel that crosses into the darkest territories of the soul. Brett Selmont brings serious game to this riveting thriller, and it takes some turns you absolutely will not see coming. Buckle up!" -- Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker winner

"The road novel has been the heart and soul of American fiction ever since Huck set off down the Mississippi with Jim. London, Steinbeck and Kerouac all wrote books with highways running through them. By venturing into horror and the supernatural, Selmont charts a new direction for this classic form. Rough, tough and more than a little profane, "I-35" takes the reader on a trip into madness and damnation. It's a bleak journey but you'll be glad to have gone along for the ride." -- William Hjortsberg, NY Times Best Seller, author of Falling Angel (Angel Heart)

"Tough, incisive, tough, evocative, tough, adroit, tough. Selmont will take you on a genuinely gripping journey down a highway that will inspire you to lock your car as automatically as you buckle your seat belt. You've been waiting for this one. A nifty piece of work by a talented writer." -- John Lutz, NY Times Best Seller, author of Single White Female

I-35 is the critically acclaimed (NY Times Best Seller's Jonathan Maberry, William Hjortsberg, John Lutz, SPIN's M. Campbell, NY Press' G. Tabb) story of David, a loner in his late 20s from New York City who suffers from blackout migraines and has a penchant for painkillers. He wakes one morning, freezing in the backseat of his car, 1,500 miles from home, with no idea how he got there. After hearing a horrifying voicemail, he embarks on a harrowing journey through America's heartland, searching for his estranged brother and his brother's wife, while attempting to piece together his own fractured memory. Along the road, David meets a cast of strange and disturbing characters who become suspects in his clouded and paranoid mind. And just as the clues and corpses begin to add up; a chance encounter at a seedy Oklahoma diner leads him to Shawna--a beautiful girl, shrouded in mystery, who escorts him down a vertiginous path to the end of the I-35 highway...where a shocking truth is revealed.

194 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 32 reviews.

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ROUTE 66 (The Road Series) (Book Two), by Brett Selmont. (Still 2.99?)

"I-35 & Route 66 may be the most interesting "On The Road" books I've ever read. Others in this genre write about people we'd like to meet and places we'd like to see, Selmont introduces us to a twisted psychotic upside-down Utopia not unlike many of our worst dreams. And the thing is, we can't get enough of it! Read them now. And then again." -- The New York Press, George Tabb

"Selmont's Road Series is a car trip with Jim Thompson and the Brothers Grimm down a highway through the dark heart of America." -- Henry Rollins Publishing (2/13/61) Don Bajema, Boy In The Air

"Strap yourself in for a helluva ride. I-35 & Route 66 are can't put down treats from start to exciting finish. Can't wait for more!" -- Pop Culture Beast 

ROUTE 66
Book two of Brett Selmont's "Road Series" and follow up to the highly acclaimed I-35 (NYT's Bestsellers Jonathan Maberry "A nail-biter of a road novel...Selmont brings serious game to this riveting thriller, and it takes some turns you absolutely will not see coming. Buckle up!" "Tough, evocative, incisive, gripping..." John Lutz, "Brett Selmont charts a new direction for this classic form..." William Hjortsberg Falling Angel (Angel Heart), is a twisted tale along the most historic highway in the USA. Antihero David finds himself wrapped in another mystery but this time he's not searching alone. His surly pal Virgil rides shotgun as they scour the dusty Western landscape battling escaped mental patients, post-apocalyptic mutated freaks and occasionally one another. Throughout this horrifying and sometimes hilarious suspense-filled journey, David realizes he's on a mission of self-discovery. And at the end of Route 66 his salvation and damnation lie equally in the balance.

169 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 3 reviews.

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Necropolis, by Xina Marie Uhl. (Still 1.99?)

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"A debut novel from a small, independent press, NECROPOLIS raises the bar, adds new and exciting parameters... -- Patricia White, Author of A WIZARD SCORNED

Necropolis, a first novel, is a delightfully different fantasy adventure set in an invented world... -- Amy Harlib for THE BLUE IRIS JOURNAL

Peopled with enough characters for a DeMille epic, Necropolis is an ambitious work... -- Rickey R Mallory for Affaire de Couer Magazine

When prison guard Conyr rescues a young priest from execution, he sets off a dangerous adventure that brings allies in a scheming politician, a mischievous urchin, and a beautiful tavern server. Together, the group must navigate a maze of power-hungry rivals, skilled assassins, and deadly sorcery. For the young priest's lost memory holds the key to more than his past, but the fate of two cities.

380 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 15 reviews.

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The Debt of Tamar, by Nicole Dweck. (Still 3.99?)

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 book lover you know, and get the ebook for yourself at the Matchbook price!

"Dweck's novel is dizzyingly good. You will get swept up in it, meaning to read a couple of chapters and instead reading for hours...." " It is not just love that needs to find a resting place in this novel, but also the characters themselves...Dweck's characters are hapless souls - none of them know who they are. And here in lies another poignant element of the tapestry the author has sewn: in their search, the characters encounter each other. And when they meet, the past becomes a little clearer, the journey easier to bear..." -- ReadLately.com

"The romance is moving, but perhaps the understated theme of Jews an Muslims intertwined in their commonalities is what really powers this surprising debut novel..."- Meredith Sue Willis, Author

During the second half of the 16th century, a wealthy widow by the name of Doña Antonia Nissim is arrested and charged with being a secret Jew. The punishment' Death by burning. Enter Suleiman the Magnificent, an Ottoman "Schindler," and the most celebrated sultan in all of Turkish history. With the help of the Sultan, the widow and her children manage their escape to Istanbul. Life is seemingly idyllic for the family in their new home, that is, until the Sultan's son meets and falls in love with Tamar, Doña Antonia's beautiful and free-spirited granddaughter. A quiet love affair ensues until one day, the girl vanishes.

Over four centuries later, thirty-two year old Selim Osman, a playboy prince with a thriving real estate empire, is suddenly diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. Abandoning the mother of his unborn child, he vanishes from Istanbul without an explanation. In a Manhattan hospital, he meets Hannah, a talented artist and the daughter of a French Holocaust survivor.

As their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, readers are taken back to Nazi-occupied Paris, and to a sea-side village in the Holy Land where a world of secrets is illuminated. Theirs is a love that has been dormant for centuries, spanning continents, generations, oceans, and religions. Bound by a debt that has lingered through time, they must right the wrongs of the past if they're ever to break the shackles of their future.

*The Debt of Tamar is a work of fiction, inspired by the life and times of Dona Gracia Nasi and Josef Nasi.

332 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 26 reviews.

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