Saturday, December 21, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Saturday Dec 21)

Ecliptic (Ecliptic Saga), by Sara Lunardi. (Still 0.00?)

Free today, this scifi/fantasy novel follows twins Izie and Sam who discovery they're an essential part of an ancient astrological prophesy. 

"Wanting more! A lot of characters and places, and every character is so well developed: they make mistakes, they curse, their hormones push them to do things that probably aren't wise, but they're real and they act like real teenagers. The story was so mysterious that I remained utterly intrigued. Even the secondary characters have terrific three dimensional personalities. Can't wait till the next one comes out." -- Amazon reviewer

"Have you ever wondered what the signs of the zodiac really are, and why they have influence on all human beings'" Alex asked us out of the blue. 

Was he kidding? What did this question have to do with our situation?

On the night of 13th June 2035, during an exceptional shower of shooting stars seen all over the world, mysterious signs representing zodiac constellations appear on the shoulders of Izie De Rossi and her twin brother Sam, two ordinary teenagers living in London.

From that night on, the lives of the twins will never be the same. A cruel countdown begins, leading them to fight for the survival of the entire human race alongside extraordinary creatures of the zodiac endowed with supernatural powers, the Guardians.

In the midst of all the dangers and sacrifices forced upon her by her mission, Izie meets the handsome and mysterious Riley. She feels immediately drawn to him in a shocking and overwhelming way... but things are not always as they seem.

367 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 4 reviews.

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Tears of a Hustler PT 1, by Silk White. (Still 0.00?)

Free today, this thriller has over 80 five-star reviews.

"I loved the book and can't wait to get part two. It was a page turner and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next, so I finished this part in a day. There are some unexpected twist and turns and that's what kept me interested. I hope part two will be even better." -- 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 129 reviews.

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Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled, by Bert Murray. (Still 0.99?)

If you buy the printed edition, this ebook is free, through Amazon's new Matchbook program.

"Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak. It's September 1985 in the bosky precincts of Elerby University (though it conveys the intimacy of a small liberal arts college) in upstate New York. Colin is entering his sophomore year with a lousy love life and a lousy relationship with his father, but he does have a good friend in Karl (a handsome natural athlete who has a way with women) and in the Beatles—"when you love a band so much that its songs fill the empty spaces inside your head and heart." But along comes Jasmine, a serious dish with lips like butter, who really gets inside Colin's head and steals his heart. Murray's writing is phonetic; Colin's voice lifts from the page—young and inexperienced, star-crossed and love-lost, which will come true soon enough as Jasmine drops him like a load of bricks and proceeds, that very afternoon, to have sex with Karl, into whose room Colin charges without knocking, looking for commiseration and finding betrayal: "'Yes! Yes! Don't stop'…the girl demanded loudly. Her voice sounded familiar." Murray draws Colin with immediate emotional pungency, and he doesn't lose the beat even when the situations turn slapstick. Nor does he tidy Colin up, rather letting him sink into a great morass of self-pity from which he must drag his own sorry butt toward whatever measure of salvation a decent, immature young man can find. Yes, the Beatles do offer the solace of shared experience, of meaning and even a little direction, but it is Colin's slowly gathering circle of friends—a very human society of odd fellows, including a dorm-cellar-dwelling delusional, a dark and mysterious Spanish professor on the run from her demons, big-hearted Big Ty and sweet Liz—who help illuminate the road ahead. Some of the sex scenes carry informational overload, but even then it is more humorous than cringing, perhaps even another epiphany that Colin collects: "There was no disappointment with Twinkies. You knew exactly what you were getting. Unlike Jasmine. Unlike love. Unlike life." A coming-of-age story with plenty of sting, where love is not only blind, but it blindsides." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The first thought that went through my head was that I wanted to kiss her. Feel her tender lips against mine." - Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled

FUNNY, MOVING, BITTERSWEET, AUTHENTIC! A novel that will take you back to your college days! A passionate love story that is filled to the brim with adolescent angst, drama, romance, laughter and tears!

5* "A great coming of age story...astonished me with its authentic feel" - Christoph Fischer (Top 500 Amazon Reviewer)

5* "Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled is a truly top rate book you won't forget, similar to The Catcher in the Rye." - author, Geoffrey D West

Meet Colin Preston. 19 years old and a student at Elerby University in Upstate New York.
He drinks too much. Lives for the Beatles, John Lennon and classic rock.

Falls for the most beautiful sophomore on campus.
Funny. Moving. Raw. An entertaining novel about first love, passion and betrayal.

259 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 62 reviews.

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Stone and Silt, by Harvey Chute. (Still 4.99?)

"If you enjoy a nostalgic trip into the lives of teens, this is a good read." - Literary Musings

"Was I enthralled? Hell, yes! Why? Because it has what I so need to make History an exciting and readable subject, historical facts weaved expertly into a fictional tale." - I'm a Voracious Reader blog

"The murder mystery plot was exciting, dangerous, and stressful to read." - Big Al's Books and Pals

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love.

210 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 14 reviews.

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