Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Jan 2)

The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader (A Richard Sherlock Whodunit), by Jim Stevens. (Still 0.99?)

"Great fast-paced read! What do you get when you mix Elmore Leonard with Agatha Christie and add a dash of Tolstoy? "Reluctant Dick," is as enjoyable a mystery as you will find on any bookshelf. Richard Sherlock, Chicago detective, works at raising two feisty daughters while his ex-wife continues to try to pick his pocket for more child support during his investigation of the murder of Alvin J. Augustus, seedy financier. Stevens proves Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" axiom that "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," while moving the plot forward with sparkling dialogue and a wry sense of humor. Sherlock is nothing if not dogged, and resolves the murder amidst a cast of characters which would do Leonard justice. The wrap-up? A terrific Christie whodunit, unraveling the motives (everyone has one)...and the murder." -- Amazon reviewer

A despicable stock trader is found buried under an avalanche of his own garden rocks, causing fired-from-the force- Richard Sherlock to be yanked off the bowling alley and whisked to the crime scene by his pampered protegee Tiffany Richmond. He must prove murder and stop payment of the twelve-million-dollar Richmond Insurance policy.
Nothing makes sense. Crime scene is a mess. There is no money trail. There are too many motives from too many suspects who have too many alibis. Worst of all Sherlock's bad back is acting up, his ex-wife wants more money and the murder investigation is putting a serious dent in his parenting schedule of his two daughters.
Richard Sherlock hates his job, and may be a reluctant dick, but he is better at finding the WHO in WHODUNIT than anyone else.

282 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 89 reviews.

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Always and Forever (Secrets of Shadow Hill), by S. P. Cervantes. (Still 2.99?)

If you buy (or already have) the printed book, the ebook is only $0.99, through Amazon's new Matchbook program.

"Spell-casting fun! Two sisters discovering a secret lineage of wizardry that neither of them ever dreamed about, attacks by shapeshifters and rival covens, and new powers right at their very fingertips... All before graduation! This spell-casting novel packs a punch that leaves you breathless as you follow the adventures of sisters Ava and Hannah and their ruggedly handsome wizard protectors. The conflict develops quickly as the sisters learn that that they might hold the key to protecting not only their wizard coven but the world itself from an evil rival bent on domination. Be ready for a fun ride when you start reading this one!" -- Amazon reviewer

Twin sisters Ava and Hannah were ripped from their peaceful seeming lives into a whirlwind of attacks and war only to learn the real truth about their existence.
Nothing was as it seemed anymore and may never be again. They had already lost their father in childhood now they have to cope with their mother’s kidnapping as they watch those sworn to protect them risk their lives.

318 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 27 reviews.

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Hunt the Killers Down, by Van Holt. (Still 0.99?)

"Great western mystery. Is it possible for a story to be both hopeless and exciting? Hunt the Killers Down has a continuous thread of both emotions running throughout the entire book, from beginning to end. Starting with a young man back from the war who simply wants to say goodbye to his murdered parents and younger siblings, to gaining instant enemies and resolving to hunt the murderer down no matter what, the action is simply non-stop. Originally, upon viewing the cover, my assumption was that this would be another Western that bemoaned the dusty landscape and loneliness of the range in lengthy and poetic prose. It was a pleasant surprise to find that author Van Holt gets directly to the point. Going to war at eighteen to fight against slavery, despite the fact that he's a Southerner, Jeff Braden, the protagonist, has strong morals that make him a sympathetic hero. At the end of the war, he spends most of his twenties and thirties hunting down a killer with no name. The reader will feel pity for Braden's inability to find peace until he settles the score with the man who has killed everyone close to him. There is also great excitement, though, following Braden as he schemes, tracks, and plots to finally capture the elusive man. Sparse in dialogue but full of action, Hunt The Killers Down is a five star read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery." -- Amazon reviewer

On Sale Now! Limited time only! Regular price: $7.99.

The War Between the States had just ended. But the war between Jeff Braden and the killers who had murdered his folks was just beginning. What he didn’t know was that the worst killer of them all was a likable young man that no one suspected.

More action-packed gunfighting westerns by Van Holt:
  • A Few Dead Men
  • Blood in the Hills
  • Brandon’s Law
  • Curly Bill and Ringo
  • Dead Man Riding
  • Dead Man's Trail
  • Death in Black Holsters
  • Dynamite Riders
  • Hellbound Express
  • Hunt the Killers Down
  • Maben
  • Rebel With a Gun
  • Riding for Revenge
  • Rubeck's Raiders
  • Shiloh Stark
  • Shoot to Kill
  • Six-Gun Solution
  • The Antrim Guns
  • The Bounty Hunters
  • The Bushwhackers
  • The Fortune Hunters
  • The Gundowners
  • The Gundown Trail
  • The Hellbound Man
  • The Last of the Fighting Farrells
  • The Long Trail
  • The Man Called Bowdry
  • The Stranger from Hell
  • The Vultures
  • Wild Country
  • Wild Desert Rose

Coming soon by Van Holt:

  • The Return of Frank Graben
  • The Revenge of Tom Graben

173 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 17 reviews.

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The Liar, by Niramisa Weiss. (Still 2.99?)

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

"All Hope Lies Here. This phrase comes at the end of Chapter 4. And like the rhythmic movement back and forth between The Liar's exposure and Love's Truth this phrase has two distinctly different interpretations. Niramisa reveals both as well as The Liar's game across the whole gamut of human experiences with The Liar's niggling, whining, whispering, judging, and justifying voice that we all too often and unthinkingly take as our own. Niramisa leaves The Liar NO ROOM to hide in her own inimitable and to-the-point style, continually pulling back the illusory veils covering its omnipresent hiding places that we mistakenly experience as everyday reality. When The Liar has always been as close to us as our very nose, we don't think of questioning what we've always breathed through. Niramisa does -- and with wit, charm, and unrelenting insight. Find out why it's continually our choice to move from "all hope LIES here" to "ALL HOPE lies HERE."" -- Amazon reviewer

There is nothing to fear. Have you heard that said before? We may hear it in spiritual circles or read it in religious texts. It is a very comforting thought and somehow rings true deep within. But usually we must take it on faith if we are to believe it.

Why is the world as it is? Why have we not been able to eradicate suffering? Why does genocide continue unabated after countless horrific events obliging us, each time, to promise we will never do it again? A promise never kept. Why is the future always like the past? Why are my relationships full of pain? These are the questions that all of us need answering and have not yet been adequately addressed.

The good news is that the answer is the same for all these questions, and millions more like them. There is a single cause behind all the pain and suffering of humankind. All we need do is understand what it is, stop believing its lies and watch it drift away into nothingness. Then, and only then, will we have a chance at being what we truly are.

There is nothing to fear. Nothing bad ever happened. Evil doesn't exist. The world is illusion. These statements happen to be true but up until now there has only been stark proof to the contrary. 'The Liar' examines these hopeful ideas and provides a clear and definitive argument as to why they must be true.

There really is nothing to fear, quite literally. We fear nothing because we fear lies alone. And lies are not true and therefore do not, and cannot, exist in reality.

QED. But don't take my word for it, read for yourself and make up your own mind.

280 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 8 reviews.

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