Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Apr 9)

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ALEX (a Psychological Mystery Thriller), by Sidney Knight. (Still free?)

"Many levels to this crime thriller. Cracking crime thriller. The descent into madness and the dysfunctional psyches are superbly written. It's entertaining, and more so since the tones of redemption, revenge, and the damages of social conditioning and alienation speak to you. Intelligent, gripping, simply excellent. SK has my attention and I await his next dark piece." -- Amazon reviewer

The Best Selling Number 1 Thrillers & Suspense Debut

On 1st June, 2010, an unspeakable act of murder was committed--a crime so evil that its perpetrator, Alex Merton, could never be forgotten. He left behind not just bloody fingerprints staining the city, but also debate, confusion, and question upon question as to why he did it.

How could a man in possession of such genius--a man so deeply in love--unleash such horror on the living? How could a man so seemingly invisible in the community become the face of a nation's nightmares? And who was the mystery somebody who knew of his murderous blueprints way beforehand, yet decided to do nothing until it was too late?

This is the story of Alex Merton--the truth behind the mystery, the man, the monster...

309 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 129 reviews.

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This Can't Be Normal, by Diana Estill. (Still 1.99?)

"Hilarious! This is a tremendous book. It will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Diana Estill writes about every day life and sees the humor in everything. When you read this book, you will find that you know someone or are someone who is like the real people she writes about. It's about the every day humor she sees in her life. I recommend this book to EVERYONE! If it doesn't make you laugh, you're not human!" -- Amazon reviewer

A ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist (2013)

Lamenting her husband's disappearance from a booze cruise, her mother's eccentric gift selections, and her childhood vacations with The Walking Encyclopedia (her dad), Estill discloses the truth about her kinfolk: They're all a touch weird.

Bad habits cause family members to ingest everything from paint thinner to motor oil. Hubby's fascination with kitchen appliances threatens to leave household residents deaf. Her son's faked afflictions incite a crowd fury. Only the needling neighbor can unite this group for a common cause. But the revenge they seek against him delivers karmic consequences.

Included in the 23 essays:

Boozing Barbados
Cat Crap Coffee
Halcion Daze
Rules of Enragement
Queen of the Road
Garage Sale Mama
Dying to be Seen
Cylinder Fetish

And more...


From the award-winning author of Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life, and Stilettos No More, this newest collection of essays offers amusing anecdotes that will appeal to anyone who's ever struggled to define "normal."

155 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 22 reviews.

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The Fisherman's Son, by Marilyn Peake. (Still 1.99?)

"A vividly-detailed Dickens/Lewis type adventure. A great book to read to your son or daughter. "The Fisherman's Son" is so packed with flowing details and captivating adventure, it's sure to spark the young imagination. This enchanting tale follows young, virtually orphaned, Wiley's important journey alone through the dark forest, where he barely outwits the legendary three-eyed, fang-toothed monster, and then -- with the help of a certain magical porpoise -- deep into a vividly detailed under-ocean challenge. This exciting tale is just scary enough to thrill young bedtime listeners without sparking nightmares." -- Amazon reviewer

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

THE FISHERMAN'S SON is a middle grade fantasy novel about the adventures of Wiley O'Mara. On the back of a magical dolphin, the twelve-year-old rescues six boys trapped in an ancient city under the sea. Along the way, he fights both The Beast in the Forest and a Fire Beast guarding the city of old.

REVIEWS

PIERS ANTHONY, author of the Xanth series, the Incarnations of Immortality series, the Adept series, and so much more!
Now I have read The Fisherman's Son. This is a nice children's fantasy, grounded in realism. Even the fantastic element is realistic, in that the dolphin doesn't abridge the rules just for convenience; the right introduction has to be made. It's not all right to make the excuse "I lost the cup because of a bear."

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of the "Midwest Book Review"
The Fisherman's Son is a delightful and colorfully narrated tale which documents Marilyn Peake as a story teller of considerable narrative skill.

Rebecca Brown, Founder of "RebeccasReads"
The Fisherman's Son is a complex tale simply written, with fascinating detail & unblinking reality borrowing from legends & sagas deep within our collective memories.

Phillip Tomasso III, "The Best Reviews"
Marilyn Peake has burst onto the scene as a promising writer with the release of her first middle grade novel, The Fisherman's Son.

"¦Peake is a talented, creative and passionate storyteller. The Fisherman's Son is a thought provoking, heart-felt fantasy novel with a twist. It lends itself to great discussion questions to be reviewed with parents, teachers, or friends. Easy to pick up and read, hard to put down.

Beverly J. Rowe, "My Shelf"
The author's descriptions of the underwater world are exhilarating as Wiley traverses the depths and meets up with wonderful undersea creatures and the fearsome dragon-beast that guards the entrance to the village.

This book would be a great read-aloud project for the whole family.

Tracy Farnsworth, "Roundtable Reviews"
Marilyn Peake launches her debut with a fast paced offering that contains excellent imagery amidst a coming of age story.

The Fisherman's Son will appeal to readers both young and old.
This relatively quick read is a perfect offering for those who love fantasy.

Sharon Schulz-Elsing, Contributing Editor of "Curled Up With a Good Book"
Marilyn Peake's first fantasy novel for young readers, The Fisherman's Son, calls to mind all the mystery and wonder of Orson Scott Card's earlier mythological works such as Hart's Hope or Seventh Son in its quest-style tale, and in its evocative descriptions of a place much like early nineteenth-century Ireland comes close to the lush and luminous visual treatment of John Sayles' magical film The Secret of Roan Innish.

"...this children's debut shines with fear, wonder, triumph and loss. Few readers will be able to resist this tale of a resourceful young boy"


Jennie S. Bev
This first book by author Marilyn Peake shows her tremendous talent in story telling. In many ways, I found The Fisherman's Son a strong novel for children.

Cheryl McCann, "Review-Books"
The Fisherman's Son is a children's novel filled with fantasy, adventure and the heroic qualities of a brave, young boy. Even though it is considered a children's book, I certainly enjoyed the rich, descriptive text of this tale. It has wonderful imagination with touches of realism; descriptions of events are rich and put you in the scene, and it has a wonderful plot. I recommend it highly and look forward to the next book.

176 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 26 reviews.

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The Honeymoon Cottage (A Pajaro Bay Mystery Romance), by Barbara Cool Lee. (Still free?)



" Magnificent read! The characters Camilla and Ryan are intriguing people that fit the plot perfectly. A bit of a mystery, hiding, broke, a child, a sheriff and a strange nosy town that means well. The writer introduced the characters so smoothly and naturally it warmed my heart and seemed real of today not forced or made up but rather unique and sweet. After reading and finishing... I wanted it to go on, wanted to know what else might be in store for them, I wasn't through knowing them yet." -- Amazon reviewer

Camilla Stewart desperately needs to start over: her despicable ex-fiance stole her life savings, embezzled from her job, and then disappeared, leaving behind nothing but his eight-year-old son, Oliver.

But when she arrives in the little beach town of Pajaro Bay, she immediately runs into local sheriff's captain Ryan Knight, and finds escaping her past won't be easy.

Because Ryan soon realizes that Camilla and little Oliver may be the only people alive who can identify a serial killer... and they are next on his hit list.

In this first Pajaro Bay story, readers are welcomed to the little village with its cast of quirky characters and funky cottages overlooking the sun-drenched coast.

The Pajaro Bay novels have won dozens of awards, including the Romance Writers of America ®'s prestigious Golden Heart ® Award for Romantic Suspense. Readers praise the series for its "sweetness," its "excellent characterization," and say the books are "adorable, lively and like a warm hug."

Read an excerpt from The Honeymoon Cottage:

In the waning afternoon sun, the light glistened on the crystal and carnival glass in the junk store's windows. Ryan remembered Angie explaining about carnival glass, and the giggle in her voice when she found that weird-looking gravy boat she'd been so crazy about. He wondered if she'd ever laugh like that again. He knew he wouldn't.

He had thought he'd be able to stay here after she left. But the past haunted him with every step. He needed to stop trying to make a difference and just move on.

He went inside and automatically surveyed the premises: the shopkeeper behind the counter, a little boy reading in the far corner, then he stopped. A curvy woman in a flowered shirt and jeans silently watched him. She wasn't carrying a gun--no room to hide it under those clothes. But just the same, every nerve in his body came alive at the sight of her.

The window with the carnival glass was behind her. The sun slanted through the glass and turned her curly red hair into a halo around her round face. Her eyes were green, like fresh-mown grass in the springtime, and her skin was pale, blushed with pink like the mother-of-pearl inside a shell. She had freckles on her nose. The freckles and round face gave her an almost childlike look--lost and alone, even frightened. He felt the urge to take her in his arms and tell her everything would be all right....



251 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 141 reviews.

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