Monday, June 9, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Jun 9)

New Year Island, by Paul Draker. (Still 0.99?)

"New Year Island is a page-turner, with more twists than a den of snakes. It's fast moving and unpredictable, with distinctive characters, gripping images, well-crafted action scenes, nice, apt touches of humor, and plot twists we never see coming. Draker keeps a lot of psychological balls in the air beautifully. These people are believable, which is what makes the whole thing so scary." -- Michael J. Carr, Editor of Brad Meltzer's #3 NYT Bestseller The Zero Game

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense - March 2014

Ten strangers... marooned on an island for society's amusement. As they're picked off one by one, they realize that they have something in common -- they've each already survived atrocities. But can they live through this twisted mind game?

"A twisty, engaging thriller featuring well-developed characters." -- Kirkus Reviews

". . . the most exciting, most promising work of fiction to cross my desk in the past year." -- Michael J. Carr, Editor of 5 NYT and International Bestsellers, including Brad Meltzer's #3 NY Times Bestseller The Zero Game


"...might easily be a best seller. It's that good." -- Brent Butler, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

"...one of the most thrilling and nuanced books that I've read in the past several years. Meticulous yet effortless, this book is literature that will stand up to the test of time." -- Madeline, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

"Brilliant psychological thriller... New Year Island is dark, intelligent, with an intriguing and captivating plot." -- Edward Shook, Amazon Reviewer

"Every once in a while, you come across a book that stands out from all the others...and New Year Island is one of these...it's an experience you won't soon forget." -- terrylynn, Amazon Reviewer

"As a whodunit, New Year Island ranks up there with Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians." --Robin Landry, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

"...exceedingly well written...wonderfully horrific...This doesn't read like a first novel, but rather like one written by a pro who has been at this for a long time." -- James Tepper, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"...one of the best books I've read in at least the last year." -- Cheryl Stout, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"...nearly impossible to set down ...awfully, awfully good and shamefully good fun." -- T J McCarthy, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"...one of the most riveting books I've read in the last few years." -- digsblues, Amazon Reviewer

"This is one you don't want to miss." -- OutlawPoet, Vine Voice, Amazon Reviewer


THE STAKES ARE HIGH...


Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned
island overrun by wildlife.

One dies in a horrible accident.

Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds
once before.

One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed.

Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying
experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the
greatest danger on the island... each other.

There's nothing deadlier than a survivor-type whose back is against the wall. And one of them is not who he or she claims.

Seven fight to escape.

Six try to solve the mystery of who lured them there and why.

Five... Four... Will anyone survive New Year Island?

736 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 246 reviews.

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Dead In The Water: Murder at the Monterey Aquarium (Rebecca Schwartz #4) (The Rebecca Schwartz Series), by Julie Smith. (Still 2.99?)

"Things aren't looking too good for Rebecca Schwartz's friend Marty Whitehead. When Marty's boss is found murdered at the aquarium where she works, she is accused of the murder and it's Rebecca to the defense, lawyer that is, of her friend. But did Marty really kill the woman that was living with her ex-husband? Rebecca goes on a wild ride with a new found love interest to discover if her client is truly innocent. The shocking ending will you leave you on pins and needles, hoping that Rebecca can save herself, her new love, and the children she has grown fond of before a psychopath adds to his murder spree. This was a first rate thriller of a story. It kept me reading right on through to discover the end." -- Amazon reviewer

This is the FOURTH book in Edgar-winner Julie Smith’s Rebecca Schwartz series.

"If you haven't discovered Smith yet, now is the time to do so . . . Move over, Sara Paretsky." —KPFA-FM (Berkeley, CA)

Julie Smith writes like jazz should sound—cool, complex, and penetrating right to the heart.” -Val McDermid, best-selling author of the Tony Hill series

What’s the etiquette when your hostess is arrested for murder?

San Francisco lawyer Rebecca Schwartz has occasion to wonder when she and her weekend hostess, Marty Whitehead, find a body floating in the 30-foot kelp tower at the Monterey Aquarium, and Marty's promptly dragged off to the slammer.

Rebecca quickly grasps the Emily Post solution—sign on as Marty's lawyer, try to keep her client's two young kids out of the deep end, and somehow avoid drowning in the sea of lies gushing from Marty's mouth--and everyone else’s. There’s a lot of intrigue among the aquarium's oceangoing primates, as well as rumors of a pearl beyond price.

For Rebecca, the sea and all its animals have always held a huge attraction, but now her attention turns to a particularly fine specimen of homo sapiens--hot marine biologist Julio Soto. As her investigation picks up speed, she finds she better act fast to keep Julio from sleeping with the fishes he collects. Because if she doesn’t, he could be next in line for the shark tank—along with Rebecca herself.

Author's note: I wrote this after I'd written the first book in the Skip Langdon Police Procedural Series, which is a much darker proposition than the Rebecca Schwartz books. Usually. But some readers have remarked that this one is a good deal darker than the three previous titles in the series. It does have some scary scenes, but I think Rebecca kept her sense of humor. Try it--money back if you don't like it! I promise. Just write me at juleorleans@cox.net. --Thanking you in advance for your kind indulgence--Julie Smith

"Nobody gets inside her characters like Julie Smith." -Linda Barnes, author of the Carlotta Carlyle series

"Smith is a gifted writer." -The Washington Post Book World

Excerpt:
“Damn!”

“What is it?”

“The lights are off.”

The kelp forest was dark.

“The lights are on the roof. They usually have them on for night parties,” said Marty. “I forgot they might be off. Tell you what we’ll do—we’ll call the control room and get them turned on. The surge machine, too.”

We walked down the stairs to the first floor, where there’s a little gallery in front of the kelp forest. Here the floor is carpeted, and there are a few stair-step benches where you can sit in case you become mesmerized and unable to move.


Marty left me and went to the information desk to use the phone. In a moment, the lights lit the tank, as if the house lights had gone up on a stage. A big gold garibaldi darted away, startled. A sea cucumber, spiny and, to tell you the truth, somewhat revolting, had pasted itself to the far wall. Leopard sharks glided by, and thin, black-tailed senoritas. A rockfish, looking baleful, flapped its pectoral fins like wings. I was staring back at it, wondering if it was trying to make friends (and knowing better), when the surge machine went on.

The kelp, twenty-eight feet tall, as impressive in its own way as a stand of redwoods, began to sway. Water swirled as if a wave had hit, which is what the surge simulates, and an object caught in the forest worked its way loose. It looked like a gray jacket, windbreaker-style, with a red splatter on it. Another foreign object floated gracefully toward the bottom—a woman’s high heel. Automatically, I looked up.

212 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 32 reviews.

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ROCK ME, GENTLY (ROCKING ROMANCE COLLECTION), by M.J. Schiller. (Still 3.99?)

"M.J. has a special talent of bringing out the human traits in her characters. So many of us see the rich and famous as posing, elaborate, eccentric people who live out of touch with the world. I suppose they put on their pants one leg at a time, just like we do. And M.J. brings that out. She also doesn't hold back. The antagonist in this book is the evil of evils. He is not for the faint of heart. When rock star, Josh, finds Cassie, he finds his home ... what he's been looking for without knowing he was looking. As usual, M.J. uses her magical way of making this love story home-grown real." -- Amazon reviewer

* This is a COLLECTION not a SERIES, so there is no need to read them in order. Different characters, different settings. All involve rock star main characters.

Like so many others, their romance started in Las Vegas…

He’s a rock star. She’s an ad exec. After almost having a one night affair in Sin City, Josh can’t get Cassie out of his mind. Why had she run out on him?

Like so many others, their romance started with a shot of tequila...

When the Josh Dunningham of Money Back Guaranteed tries to seduce her, Cassie is taken aback. Sure, he’s hot. And he could definitely rock her world. But can she have a fling with a man she doesn’t even know?

Like so many others, their romance turned rocky…

When Cassie returns to Chicago and finds a ten-foot tall Josh Dunningham on a radio station’s banner across from her office, she is tortured by memories of their short time together. When they meet again, things explode—in a bad way—and Josh has to prove himself to Cassie to earn her trust. But will he succeed when outside forces also want to tear them apart? When Cassie receives threatening letters and is attacked in her home, Josh is determined to find out who is behind it. But will the stalker’s encore performance bring an end to their show once and for all?

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

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What She Saw (Forensic Handwriting Mysteries), by Sheila Lowe. (Still free?)

"A spell-binding “who dunnit” that will keep you locked in until the very last page. It is not often that I find books that suck me in from the very first few pages, but that is exactly what I found with Sheila Lowe’s “What She Saw”. One of the things I loved most about this novel is that the pieces of the puzzle didn’t always fit the way I thought they might. Each piece lead to another twist and another turn. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Lowe tugged the rug out from under me. There were quite a few moments in this book that I didn’t see coming. I love those kinds of mysteries!" -- Amazon reviewer

Imagine waking to the shock of finding yourself on a train and realizing that you don’t know who you are, where you are coming from, where you are going. And with the certain knowledge that you cannot afford to reveal your plight to anyone, least of all the police.

A story of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be. Claudia Rose, Detective Joel Jovanic, and Dr. Zebediah Gold from Sheila Lowe’s Forensic Handwriting mystery series play a vital role in helping her uncover a devastating past and learn what she saw that robbed her of her memory.

338 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 53 reviews.

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