Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bargain Kindle books! (Thursday May 1)

Megan's Way (Family Drama, Women's Fiction), by Melissa Foster. (Still 0.99?)

Here's a nice price on a Melissa Foster award-winning book. Get it today while the Kindle Countdown Deal is available!

"A wonderful, warm, and thought-provoking story with a touch of the paranormal. This is a deep and moving book that speaks to men as well as women, and I urge you all to put it on your reading list." -- Thomas Elliott, Book Review Editor, Mensa Bulletin

"[Foster] drew me into this amazing tale easily, with masterful yet not overly complex language that flows beautifully into a story one will remember always...Though clearly creatures of fiction, the characters in Megan's Way are wonderfully three-dimensional, brought vividly to life by Foster's careful details, from their unique back stories to the idiosyncrasies that make each person believable and real. To put it succinctly, Foster knows her stuff. Whether conveying Megan's soulful struggle over continuing her treatment, or delving into the fears of a teenager forced to deal with situations beyond her tender years, Foster does so skillfully and poignantly." --Barnestable Patriot

"Megan's Way...beautiful and tender portrayals...very enjoyable read on the order of a Jodi Picoult novel." -- The Bookish Dame, Book Reviewer

"...a vivid portrayal of each character's journey through life; of the joys and travails of putting one's heart on the line and making oneself vulnerable through the act of giving the heart." -- Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

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AMAZON KINDLE BESTSELLER, #1 Drama, #1 Theater

What would you give up for the people you love?

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed.

Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance.

Megan's closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts.

300 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 357 reviews.

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Bird Dog, by Philip Reed. (Still 0.99?)

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"This jaunty, humorous, and captivating first novel features a cast of quirky California characters and their misadventures. Lush-bodied Marianna picks on middle-aged co-worker Harold for help when a car salesman cheats her. Thus begins an itinerant tale of scam and counterscam, car distribution corruption, tender-hearted strippers, attempted murder, accidental murder, car chases, outwitted hoodlums, vituperative ex-wives, pot-smoking brothers, and incipient love. Quick shifts of scene steadily increase the suspense, but this is one of those books that ends too soon." -- Library Journal

Philip Reed's Edgar-nominated debut novel.

Meet Harold Dodge, pushing fifty and carrying some extra pounds. He is a good man, but in a less-than-perfect world - that is, L.A. - good men sometimes have to do bad things. As an ex-used car salesman, Harold knows all the tricks of car dealers and he has always had a weakness for beautiful women. So when his colleague Marianna Perado, a black-haired beauty with killer legs, asks him to help her get her trade-in back from a low-life car dealer, Harold just can't say no.

But when Marianna decides to unwind the deal herself, without telling Harold, things get complicated, and he is all of a sudden up to his ears in dangerous deals and scams, involving ruthless repo men, fast-talking car salesmen, the FBI and a body in the trunk...

Bird Dog is a wild ride through the dark alleys of L.A. in the vein of Charles Willeford and Elmore Leonard.

Praise for Bird Dog:

"... does for lowlife L.A. what Hiaasen does for Florida" -- Publishers Weekly

"... a high speed bagatelle game that uses car salesmen for balls" -- Kirkus Reviews

320 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 13 reviews.

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Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana, by Patti Wheeler. (Still 0.99?)

"This exciting 140-page novel is the first in a series of adventure books for the 9-12 age group. It is about twin brothers whose parents have jobs which take them to different places in the world. In this book, the brothers travel to Botswana. Their story is told, quite cleverly, in journal form: first one brother writing in his diary and then the other brother - a technique that might inspire young readers to keep their own diaries. While in Botswana, the boys go on a safari. They see and learn much about African wildlife, and at one point, they come upon a lioness that has been shot by poachers. The brothers help nurse it back to health and take care of her cubs. Then the boys' adventure really picks up when they run into the poachers. Parents will find it just the right combination for growing children with lessons about nature and life in general." -- National Outdoor Book Awards

When Gannon and Wyatt arrive in Botswana for an African safari, they find themselves tangled up in much more than a family vacation. After receiving word that a poacher has shot and wounded a lioness, they set off into the wild in the hopes of saving the mother and her cubs before the poacher finishes the job. While on this amazing journey, they encounter Africa's Big Five -- elephants, rhinos, cape buffalos, leopards, and lions -- only to discover that the most dangerous predator in the African bush is not the king of beasts, but man himself.

In the tradition of the historic journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook comes the adventure series Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. From Africa to the South Pacific, these twin brothers have traveled the world. You never know what they will encounter as they venture into the wild, but one thing is certain: wherever Gannon and Wyatt go, adventure is their constant companion.

You can find Gannon and Wyatt's blog, photographs, and video footage from their real-life expeditions at travelswithgannonandwyatt.com.

163 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 70 reviews.

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Rocket Man, by William E Hazelgrove. (Still 2.99?)

"This author's work has been compared to Richard Russo's which always strikes a chord with me and I found that although I do not live in suburbia or have any desire to, I found a real connection with these characters as I do with Russo's small town inhabitants. Nothing can be more challenging than being a "formerly " successful person. Yet, this book is filled with humor and family members many of us will recognize as perhaps our own. Before our hero gets written off as the neighborhood crazy, he is put in charge of the rocket project that that boys in his son's circle have looked forward to all year. The rocket project is the least explosive of his problems!" -- Amazon reviewer

Rocket Man is a very funny and poignant comment on our times, when an upside down middle class is barely hanging onto the American dream. Taking cues from the calamity of The Great Recession, we meet Dale Hammer, a man who is determined to find meaning in a landscape of suburban homogeneity, looking for the moment he had with his own father when they blasted off a rocket on a wintery evening. He feels his son slipping away as he tries to get around "the silent shame of fathers and sons." He becomes the Rocket Man for his sons scout troop and immediately his life implodes. Accused of cutting down the subdivision sign to his neighborhood, he becomes the lone rebel, going down in a flaming arc. When Rocket Day comes, Dale is determined to give his son more than his father gave him.

290 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 83 reviews.

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