Monday, December 30, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Dec 30)

Bully (Fall Away Series), by Penelope Douglas. (Still 0.99?)

This New Adult romance is topping the Amazon bestseller charts, and has over 800 five-star reviews. If you buy the printed book, the ebook is only free, through Amazon's new Matchbook program.

"Amazing! I truly enjoyed this book. I felt the chemistry between these two characters from the very beginning. Even when Jared was being so!! mean and cruel to Tate. I felt that sexual tension between them. You know there is that fine line between love / hate and the author did a great job of making us feel it between Jared and Tate. I recommend this book!" -- Amazon reviewer
NEW ADULT ROMANCE--Bully (Book 1 in the Fall Away Series)

My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

*This novel contains adult situations and should NOT be considered appropriate for young adults. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to harsh language, violence, and sexual situations.

**All books in this series can be read as STAND ALONES.

Series Order Below:
Bully - Fall Away #1 (available)
Until You - Fall Away #1.5 (Jared's POV) release date Dec. 16, 2013.
Rival - Fall Away #2 (Madoc's story) expected release Summer 2014
Misbehaved - Fall Away #3 (Jax's story) expected release Winter 2014/2015

333 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 1,124 reviews.

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Sorcerer Rising (A Virgil McDane Novel), by E. Nathan Sisk. (Still 0.99?)

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"Main character is a multifaceted individual but not a paragon of virtue. Other characters in the book are interesting and varied and not all of them make it out alive. The magic system is intriguing and has some unique implications and consequences. Combat scenes are generally well described especially the first few neither to much nor to little detail in my opinion. Dialogue is well done and typically no confusion on who is talking at any one point. Character descriptions are good and give your imagination enough to work with to paint a picture." -- Amazon reviewer

Sorcerer Rising begins the story of Virgil McDane. Once he was a powerful Wizard, an explorer, scholar, and soldier. Outcast from the Wizard’s Guild, stripped of his power and relegated to a lowly Sorcerer, he finds himself more and more desperate.

His world is much like our own, only magic is an everyday occurrence. The greatest resource is Aether, patches of raw magic that spawn whole dimensions. Forged from emotion and thought, the possibilities held within these worlds are endless. Some are featureless nightmares, others whole planets filled with their own people, magic, and culture.

Only expert mages can extract these otherworldly resources from the mist, namely the Wizards with their global Guild, or Sorcerers, rogue mages powerful enough to work the Aether.

Now, a unique phenomenon has provided Virgil with the chance he needs. The Arcus, a column of light and energy that stretches half the world, has landed just outside his home city. Cyrus Aberland, millionaire inventor, is funding an expedition, and with a vendetta against the Guild, he comes looking for a Sorcerer who can do the job.

Now Virgil must guide a team of explorers halfway across the world, protect them and himself against the dangerous arcane threats of the world, and reclaim his power.

384 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 7 reviews.

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Panama 1914 (The early years of the Big Dig), by Ken Rossignol. (Still 1.99?)

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

"This an interesting history of the construction of the Panama Canal. This was one of the largest construction projects every undertaken by mankind. The book details the early history of the many dreams and attempts at construction of this water shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific as well as the many problems involved in such a massive undertaking. However, what is also interesting was the problems with malaria-carrying mosquitos (and the resultant deaths, though this area is better covered in other readings) but other intriging political wranglings by politicians in the U.S., Panama and France. I thought this book was very informative and worth reading." -- Amazon reviewer

This book is a "must read" prior to taking a cruise through the Panama Canal, as the reader will not only learn the history of this project but will also learn how the canal operates.
Join this great voyage through the history of the Panama Canal, which is, one hundred years after its completion, on the eve of a new chapter in its spectacular history.
From the early explorers, many seeking a critical water connection between two of the world’s great oceans to the determination of the best engineers of America, the BIG DIG finally opened for shipping – you can be on board!
What stood in the way of making this canal a reality?
Dense jungle, bottomless swamps, snakes and wild animals, endless mountain slides, vicious mosquito borne illnesses, hostile Indians, marauding pirates and buccaneers, and jealous colonial-era world powers, just to name a few.
The story of the Panama Canal is told in this book through the original news reports of the day along with great photos of the construction efforts, gripping illustrations and editorial cartoons that appeared in many publications.
In addition, the detailed chronicles of veteran newspaperman Logan Marshall have been restored, edited and abridged by the author. The story told so well one hundred years ago has been newly enhanced, researched and the verbiage brought up to date.
PANAMA 1914 provides the reader with a full understanding of the aborted tries, the competing routes, and the lambasting of President Teddy Roosevelt at the hands of the press as well as interesting anecdotes of history.
For instance: learn about the practice of renting gravesites, much like today’s storage lockers. What happened when the relatives of the deceased failed to pay the rent?
Scotland sent settlers to establish a colony at Panama. What happened' Of eight hundred Chinese workers who arrived to work on the canal and railroad, hundreds committed suicide and all of them either died or left, due to pestilence and turmoil. Why did hundreds of them fling themselves into the ocean?

A custom-made $40,000 Pullman car for a French canal company big shot was only part of the way the funds of investors were squandered in the failed effort that led to the takeover by the United States. What was the real cost to build this spectacular ditch?

What happened when the U. S. House of Representatives had to decide whether to build the canal through Panama or plan a trip through Lake Nicaragua?
The desperate dash of the USS Oregon to travel the long distance from the west coast around South America to help defend the east coast from a Spanish Armada reportedly heading to attack!
That episode helped push the decision to enable America to quickly move ships from one ocean to the other – with the construction of the Panama Canal.
Corruption, charges and counter-charges went on for many years after this: in March, 1899, Marshall wrote “Congress authorized the President to make an exhaustive investigation as to the most practicable and feasible Isthmian route for a canal that should be under the complete control of the United States and the absolute property of the nation”.
A lobbyist stepped in and the key legislators learned about an explosive potential in one country which led to a decision being finally made to build the $375,000,000 water connection between the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Step aboard the ship of history and don’t forget your mosquito netting.
– Ken Rossignol

358 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 4 reviews.

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Happiness Junkie: A 12 Step Program to Find Inner Peace and Change Your Life, by Caren Albers. (Still free?)

"Eloquent, funny, and free! This book is a treasure! Time for 'self-discovery' is so limited these days given the speed with which we rush through our lives. Caren has done an amazing job of laying it all out for us, step by step. With courage, she has outlined an organized path, a process the seeker can implement to by-pass many of the obstacles Caren encountered to land squarely in a "happy place". And she has entertained us with her spicy wit every step along the journey. I will be sharing this gift with family & friends." -- Amazon reviewer
In this true confession, self-help memoir, Caren Albers searches much like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love (minus the exquisite food, exotic locations, and sensuous lover) for what she truly wants from life, HAPPINESS.

Shortly after her eighteenth birthday, a shocking event inspires a journey to change her life and find true happiness. She discovers TWELVE STEPS that create happiness – twelve wonder wisdoms that when put into practice can turn anyone into a HAPPINESS JUNKIE.

If you want to invite more happiness into your life or are healing from a painful past, this book is for you, true, tender, and transformational. Find out how happiness gets sidetracked and what ghosts and old dances stand in the way of creating your own happy endings.

“Happiness Junkie lights a path to happiness and beyond. Through personal story she unfolds the 12 steps that inspired her own transformation. Albers opens her heart on every page. She demonstrates in tender and relevant ways that finding the way to happiness is possible and worth every step of the journey.” Mary Anne Radmacher, author of HONEY IN YOUR HEART and SHE - A CELEBRATION OF THE GREATNESS IN EVERY WOMAN

83 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 31 reviews.

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