Friday, April 4, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Apr 4)

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Better Off Dead, An Urban Fantasy (Lily Harper Series), by H.P. Mallory. (Still free?)

"I read my heart out and just finished the book this evening. I love all of her books and the Lily Harper series definitely does not disappoint. Her book become so real to me I can literally see myself flung into the story as if I am the main character myself. I cannot wait to see what's next. I highly recommend this book -- and all of her others!" -- Amazon reviewer

If there's such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn't have it.

Killed in a car accident before it's her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn't exactly what she hoped it might be.

First, there's AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.)

Learning that Lily's death was indirectly their fault (her guardian angel, Bill, was MIA during her accident and was one of their employees,) Afterlife Enterprises offers Lily the chance to live again.

But, as with most things involving the afterlife, beware the fine print. Most notably, Lily will become a soul retriever, venturing into the bowels of the Underground City to retrieve souls that were mistakenly sent there by Afterlife Enterprises during a Y2K computer glitch.

Second, there's angel Bill. As if risking her second life in the Underground City wasn't enough, Lily's guide to the Underground is none other than her incompetent, alcoholic, womanizing guardian angel, Bill, the antithesis of anything wholesome. With only Dante's Inferno and Bill to help her in her quest, Lily's future isn't looking bright.

Finally, there's the legendary bladesmith, Tallis Black. As Scottish as his kilts and heavy brogue, Tallis Black is a centuries-old Celt who, for reasons only known to him, offers to train Lily and act as her escort into the depths of the Underground City. Dark, brooding and definitely dangerous, Lily knows she shouldn't trust Tallis, but she also can't deny her attraction to him.

Between soul retrieving in hell, dealing with Bill and trying to figure out what's in it for Tallis, Lily wonders if maybe she would've just been better off dead.

276 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 224 reviews.

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THE ORANGE MOON AFFAIR (A Thomas Gunn Thriller), by AFN CLARKE. (Still 0.99?)

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"This was an enjoyable thriller, with thrills and wonderful unexpected twists. Full of action, international travel, corporate excitement and plenty of murder. These are fast-paced books that you won't want to put down and you won't want them to finish." -- Amazon reviewer

Thomas Gunn (ex-Special Forces) and his partner Julie are running for their lives! Who are they running from? And why? It all starts when Thomas decides to investigate the mysterious murder of his billionaire father. Before he knows it he's flying a helicopter in the dark, rapidly losing blood from two nasty bullet wounds, with Julie slipping into unconsciousness and a ground-to-air Stinger missile rushing towards him from the depths of the Nevada desert. The danger escalates even more when he is reluctantly compelled back into working for British Military Intelligence to expose an international conspiracy that puts the freedom of the western world at grave risk. And with it resurface painful memories from a mission he would rather forget.

But who is behind this sinister plot? And what dark secrets from the past will he uncover, in his relentless quest for the truth? This action packed thriller spans the UK, USA and Europe and keeps you guessing to the very last page!

As the son of an MI6 operative, a former officer in Britain's elite Parachute Regiment, yachstman, pilot, race car driver, and bestselling author of Contact, AFN Clarke brings his own unique and eye-opening experiences to this first book of the Thomas Gunn thriller series that's fast-paced, thought-provoking and frighteningly real.

260 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 48 reviews.

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The Great Game, by D.R. Bell. (Still 2.99?)

"Thought-provoking and fun! Well-written and engaging, the book is about a man struggling to survive after unintentionally getting embroiled in an international plot. Set in the near future, it is told in the context of a United States teetering on the edge because of its inability to get its economic house in order. To give you a sense of how much of a page-turner the book is, I “accidentally” read the novel in one marathon session. I cannot remember another book that is equally comfortable quoting from Kafka and JRR Tolkien. If you like your thrillers to have engaging plot-twists AND make you think, then you should enjoy The Great Game." -- Amazon reviewer

After years of patient preparation, a block of countries led by China and Russia stages an overnight financial coup to unseat the US dollar as the world's reserve currency. Fortunes are made and lost in a matter of hours. But some have more far-ranging plans than financial gain.

Computer engineer David Ferguson has no idea that a chance meeting with a friendly stranger in the airport will change everything. Suddenly, he is running for his life, without knowing why or from whom. In trying to evade his pursuers, David accidentally involves Maggie Sappin, a graduate student and a transplant from Kiev. To save themselves, they have to uncover the reasons behind a financial crisis and political upheaval that followed. From Los Angeles to Texas, Kiev, Moscow, and New York, the body count mounts along with the layers of deception as two innocent people become key players in--The Great Game.

This is a work of fiction. But what are presented in the story as facts of the time of writing are indeed facts in real life. And if some elements look hard to imagine, back in the early 1980s one would have been laughed at for suggesting that in a few short years people would be dancing on top of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union would be no longer.

345 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 78 reviews.

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Running Back, by Allison Parr. (Still free?)

"Allison Parr is a genius at creating smart, fun, real women in Their twenties. Her writing and characters literally blow me away. I guess this could be the top end of new adult since Natalie is in grad school and very much still trying to figure out her path in life. If we're going to call this new adult then this is truly what new adult should be: smart characters, interesting situations, and a great romance." -- Amazon reviewer


Natalie Sullivan is on the verge of a breakthrough most archaeology grad students only dream of: discovering a lost city. Her research points to a farm in Ireland, but to excavate she needs permission from the new owner: the Michael O'Connor, popular NFL running back.
On TV Mike seems so charming and good-natured that Natalie figures getting his cooperation will be a breeze. So she's not prepared to deal with the arrogant -- and adamantly opposed -- man she meets in person. Or the way one look from him sends shivers down her spine...

Determined to kick-start her career, Natalie travels across the Atlantic and finds herself sharing an inn with Mike, who has come to Ireland in search of his roots. She tells herself her interest is strictly professional, but the more she gets to know him, the harder it is to deny her personal attraction to the sexy sports star. And when Mike confides why he refuses to allow the dig, Natalie must decide if she can follow her heart without losing sight of her dreams.

229 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 30 reviews.

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