Friday, January 24, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Jan 24)

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Ladd Springs (Ladd Springs, Book #1), by Dianne Venetta. (Still free?)

"If you love a good mystery with a bit of action and romance, this is the perfect book for you. It jumps right into the story from the first page and before you get even halfway through you can't put it down. Definitely a must read this summer!" -- Amazon review

Book #1
Delaney Wilkins finds herself at odds with hotel developer Nick Harris over a deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the Tennessee forest. Both are after title to Ladd Springs, a mecca of natural springs, streams and trails in the eastern Tennessee mountains, a tract of land worth millions. But Ernie Ladd, current owner of the property and uncle to Delaney, is adamantly opposed to them both.

Felicity Wilkins, Delaney's daughter, deserves to inherit her family's legacy, but neighbor Clem Sweeney is working against her, ingratiating himself with Ernie Ladd. Clem is also harboring a secret that will make him a very wealthy man--unless the others stop him before he can bring it to fruition.

Complicating matters is Annie Owens. Ex-girlfriend to Jeremiah Ladd, Ernie's estranged son lining in Atlanta, she declares her daughter Casey is Jeremiah's, making Casey every bit as entitled to the property as Felicity--only Annie hasn't proven this claim. Yet.

All are fighting to get the property, but only one will walk away with the gold.

294 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 74 reviews.

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Agent E2: Aidan (Superhero Romance) (The D.I.R.E. Agency), by Joni Hahn. (Still 3.99?)

"Geeky in the hottest way possible! Cassandra Naylor is DIRE's greatest enemy, or at least her father is. She was brought up in the family business and is brilliant, despite her demeaning father Robert Naylor. Until she met Aidan, she found ways to excuse and turned her head at the things her father and brother managed to get involved in. But, Aidan brought out another side to her, he gave her the strength to stand up to her father. But, when the going gets tough, will she side with her family or side with the man who holds her heart? Aidan's and Cassandra's banter had me laughing through the book. Each book is filled with trials the men have to go through, each family has their troubles. But, it seems like the secrets keep piling up, until the one person they should be able to trust betrays them." -- Amazon reviewer

Agent E2: Aidan Monroe

• Second generation Former Navy SEAL
• DIRE’s latest SEAL acquisition
• Electrical Conductor

Former Navy SEAL, Aidan Monroe, embraces risk. Show him a hint of danger – or a beautiful woman - and he’s all over it. The only commitments in his life: his new D.I.R.E. enhancements and finding his father’s killers.

Cassandra Naylor, daughter of D.I.R.E.’s greatest foe, has one goal in mind: save her father and twin brother. However, she didn’t bank on D.I.R.E.’s superpowers, or Aidan Monroe’s irresistible appeal.

Cassandra can’t ignore the scorching electricity between her and Aidan. When their passion is unleashed after a night of dangerous, life-changing events, Cassandra knows there’s no going back. Yet, giving in to her feelings guarantees her father’s vengeful wrath.

While they fight their attraction for one another, traitors from the past, and death-defying circumstances force shocking revelations to the surface.

Can their love overcome history and betrayal? Or, will the past rob them of any future they have together?

236 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 4 reviews.

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Spirit of the Road: The Life of an American Trucker...and his cat., by Rick L. Huffman. (Still 2.99?)

"Heartfelt! This is a little gem of insight into a life very few people get a chance to really understand and makes for an entertaining, heartfelt and honest look at one man's entry into the life and his struggles, successes and adventures along the way. Mr. Huffman writes with a skilled hand, deftly drawing in the reader with his "spirit of adventure", his unique outlook on trucking and his adorable cat who rides along the road beside him. The book bounces from funny to poignant from page to page, pulling the reader into this captivating documentary of what life truly is like on the road... whether it is the loneliness of the job to the adventures to be had in new and exciting places. Once I started reading this I really couldn't put it down until I had finished it, it was a beautifully compelling read that brought a lot of emotion and enjoyment for me all around." -- Amazon reviewer

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

Spirit of the Road: The Life of an American Trucker...and his cat embarks on a one-year journey across the United States in an eighteen-wheeler. It runs the gambit from a wide-eyed rookie in Commercial Driving school to the eventual embracing of a new lifestyle at a dusty little truck stop in Crab Orchard, Tennessee.

Having made the transition to trucking after spending 20 years in television broadcasting, the author sets a comical tone from the very first chapter in a "fish-out-of-water" story. However, the dangers and challenges of life in a big truck are very real, and the book takes on a more somber tone to describe this aspect of road life. The reader is also introduced to little-known, funny, or unusual historical facts about some of the places visited while they are along for the ride. This book offers the reader an entertaining, yet candid, picture of the life of a long haul trucker with a little slice of Americana on the side.

Another unique feature is the inclusion of a "traveling cat" in the story. The comical and, sometimes, poignant adventures of "Kitty" are interwoven throughout the book and promises to hold appeal for pet lovers.

The life of the American trucker still holds a bit of the rugged explorer's lifestyle. The trucker is usually far from home and uncertain what lies around the next bend. Spirit of the Road: The Life of an American Trucker is a book that touches into a cornerstone of a lifestyle few people know about, but that hides a passionate group that bears further study, namely, truck drivers.

227 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 37 reviews.

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Yesterday: A Novel of Reincarnation, by Samyann. (Still 3.99?)

"Captivating! This debut novel by Samyann grabs your attention in the opening scene and it won't let go. Her narratives move along with cinematic imagery. The book features dual timelines. It opens on a contemporary setting in downtown Chicago. The heroine Amanda Parker, rescues the mounted police officer Mark Callahan from a falling Chicago 'L' Train. The second timeline takes us back to events of the American Civil War and the Chicago fire of 1871. Scenes alternate as we follow a budding romance between Amanda and Mark. During the regression, she attempts to make sense of her own heritage and a young girl from the past. You'll like the characters, be thrilled by amazing action scenes and rush through the pages to see if love wins the day." -- Amazon reviewer

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

Everyone Amanda Parker has ever loved has died prematurely, most recently her fiance. A fear of commitment based on a life of tragedy is Amanda's destiny, or so she believes. But then Amanda saves Mark Callahan from being crushed to death by a falling elevated train in Chicago's Loop. Yesterday is a novel of love, loss, and a powerful sense of deja vu between a handsome policeman and the beautiful young woman who saves his life. It is also the harrowing tale of escape through the American Civil War, disasters, devotion, and The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In this historical romance, Mark Callahan fights through Amanda's rejection to prove that she will love again as she once loved - Yesterday.

406 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 25 reviews.

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Hushabye (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 1) (The Kate Redman Mysteries), by Celina Grace. (Still free?)

"Someone murders the nanny and kidnaps Charley, a three-month-old baby. Detective Sergeant Kate Redman (a newbie) is assigned to the case, a puzzling one indeed, for no ransom note is forthcoming. Everyone is a suspect.

But there's more. There's Kate's story. She has a life, although not a particularly pleasant one. She has a mum who drinks too much and a past she wants to forget. The writing is straight-forward and concise, as a detective novel should be. The author doesn't shy away from the occasional four-letter word. Her feminine side comes through in phrases like, "There was something slightly unsettling about her expression, something slightly too much of the cat that got the cream." I found this novel superb." -- Amazon reviewer

A missing baby. A murdered girl. A case where everyone has something to hide...

On the first day of her new job in the West Country, Detective Sergeant Kate Redman finds herself investigating the kidnapping of Charlie Fullman, the newborn son of a wealthy entrepreneur and his trophy wife. It seems a straightforward case... but as Kate and her fellow officer Mark Olbeck delve deeper, they uncover murky secrets and multiple motives for the crime.

Kate finds the case bringing up painful memories of her own past secrets. As she confronts the truth about herself, her increasing emotional instability threatens both her hard-won career success and the possibility that they will ever find Charlie Fullman alive...

Hushabye (A Kate Redman mystery) is the new novel from crime writer Celina Grace, author of Lost Girls and The House on Fever Street.

206 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 65 reviews.

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