Thursday, January 9, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Jan 9)

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She's Gotta Be Mine (A sexy, funny mystery/romance, Cottonmouth Book 1) (Cottonmouth Series), by Jennifer Skully. (Still free?)

"Sexy romantic comedy! Roberta Jones Spivey is having a makeover. With a new hair colour, new wardrobe, swapping business suits for mini skirts and snug fitting tops. Plus a whole new attitude. A little over three weeks ago Roberta's husband had phoned to say he wanted a divorce. Loved this story -- it is well written with much humour and there's also a wonderful romance. The characters are very well drawn, and not just the two leads. You really get a feel for life in a small town, filled with interesting characters. Plenty happens to keep you turning the pages, and let's not forget the fabulous love scenes which are perfect. A highly recommended read." -- Amazon reviewer


If you’re a fan of Bella Andre, Susan Andersen, Rachel Gibson, Jennifer Crusie, and Janet Evanovich, then step into the world of Jennifer Skully!

If you missed it the first time around, KOD Daphne winner “Sex and the Serial Killer” is back with a new title, “She’s Gotta Be Mine”, and a slight text revamp. It’s still laugh-out-loud funny, peopled with hilarious characters in the small town of Cottonmouth, California. Not to mention an alleged serial killer who’s too devilishly handsome to ignore.


Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that. Instead, she reinvents herself and the new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—follows her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth.

What better way to show him—and his sweetheart—what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan...until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it...did he?

“She’s Gotta Be Mine”, previously published as “Sex and the Serial Killer”, is a contemporary romance of approximately 100,000 words / 400 pages.

290 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 218 reviews.

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The Pale Hand of God (The Paruus Histories Book 1), by S. M. White. (Still 4.99?)

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

"A brand new world. One of my favorite things, is to get a cup of tea (whole kettle worth) and settle into a new world... I found this story grim and harsh. The world setting incredible and depressing. As I sank deeper into despair of one caught reading about hell, suddenly one of main characters did something that one would think completely uncharacteristic. The adventure began. Great read. The world building is fantastic. The characters are good. Perhaps just a little too wordy, but I forgive this. Especially if S.M. writes part two. And soon. The adventure is fast paced - and I'm just curious what happens with all the people and the voices in their heads. Thumbs up. " -- Amazon reviewer

"All Ages have a living darkness. In some, it is long buried. In others, it lives and thrives. And then there is the darkness no one sees, the patient darkness that reveals itself only when all light fails."

In an Age of fallen heroes, stolen princesses, and a city prison, the world balances upon the blades of haunted men.

Behind the walls of the clergy-controlled prison city of Iban Su, Lainn Sevai endures. But after losing his father and brother, Lainn finds the determination to seek freedom, following in the footsteps of the man whose iron tutelage molded him into one of the fiercest warriors Iban Su has ever known. In the process he discovers his father's terrible secret, and uncovers the thousand year mystery as to why the prophesied End of Days never came to the world. And in that sets in motion a terrible future.

With all the edge and grit of a Gemmell novel, The Pale Hand of God is the first half of a series that will determine the fate of a world fallen to cowardice and indolence. Heroes will topple, and villains will ascend. Light will fade, and shadows prevail. This is a tale of violence and peace, of love and hatred, and of how one man's fight to save his soul could very well damn all humanity.

455 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 6 reviews.

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Sectors, by Harule Stokes. (Still 0.99?)

If you buy (or already have) the printed book, the ebook is only free, through Amazon's new Matchbook program. Tip: buy the print book as a gift for that genre-loving reader you know, and get the ebook for yourself at the Matchbook price!

" Loved the book, the character interplay and the attention to detail regarding the Keynosian culture. The distinction in geography between Northern Alliance and Keynosa was well depicted. Each character was distinct and well developed and the growth of Joseph was believable and hard not to relate. I really came to know the characters and like them a great deal. I was a little sad when the story ended. Even though the story began slow, it still held my interests, from incidents like the party when Joseph was dancing with Jennifer, discovering how awful she danced, and his moments with friend Zek were funny, too. I have had friends like Zek. David's character was really cool and really dug how he was written and Saptal was all sorts of sexy in my mind. Her intelligence, demeanor, and overall style, plus she can fight!" -- Amazon reviewer

A murder has been committed in Westwood. Joseph Marshall, a newly graduated NextGen operative is sent to investigate the only suspect - one of the last remaining Fallen. Will he live long enough to solve the murder or die by the hands of one of the most powerful living weapons ever created'

During the Great War, the Northern Alliance was losing ground to its southern neighbor, Keynosa. The Keynosians were a people whose entire society was built around the manipulation of plant life. Unable to stem the overwhelming power of the Keynosian’s greatest weapon, the Empowered soldier, the North made a desperate gamble, to create their own Empowered. Thousands of volunteers offered their lives to the experiment in a process called The Sacrifice. From those thousands who gave themselves for their country, only a few hundred emerged, changed. They became the Fingers of God, the world’s most powerful living weapons. With the war over, these heroes, having fought and killed for their country, could not maintain their grip on reality. The process that created them corroded their minds, and they were given the moniker of Fallen. Their legacy continues on in their children, the NextGen.
Now more than 70 years after the war's end, the threat of the Keynosian remains. The progeny of the Fallen are tasked with securing a massive series of concentration camps called the Sectors. Constructed after the Great War, the Sectors hold the surviving Keynosian people and their living weapons, the Empowered. With the Fallen lost, what can the Northern Alliance do to contain this threat' Their solution is the Peacemaker collar. A thin ring of metal, it gives a steady dose of a powerful drug that inhibits the potential of the Empowered, but also rots the mind of the wearer.

In a world where morality is thrown to the wayside for the sake of security and the only path you can take are the one’s provided to you, is there a place where a young man can rise above it all'

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

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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, by M. Louisa Locke. (Still 0.99?)

Save $3 today with this Kindle Countdown Deal!

"Delightful cozy historical mystery! This historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco is a complete package of a modified locked room puzzle, more than one murder, daring undercover snooping, romantic tension and a few twists and turns for a powerhouse of a debut novel. When I finished this book I immediately missed Annie (a liberated woman ahead of her time!) and the other characters, showing just how well they had been brought to life and made, dare I say...memorable. The mystery was well plotted so I went down the wrong path along with the police at first. The setting of Victorian San Francisco and period details are rich and layered, easily woven in the overall story from the attitudes towards Chinese and class divisions to the strict propriety rules restricting women. The journey back in time seemed so complete I felt jarred if pulled back into the modern world when my reading was interrupted. The climax and revealing of the murderer was tense and an edge-of-your-seat ordeal where Annie is in very real danger. The ending was satisfying and I put the book down smiling at the wrap-up." -- Amazon reviewer

It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.

Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl's clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.

Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco. Maids of Misfortune is the first book in M. Louisa Locke's historical mystery series, the sequel is Uneasy Spirits, and there are currently two short stories based on the characters from the novels, Dandy Detects, and The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage.

337 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 575 reviews.

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