Monday, September 22, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Sep 22)

One Equal Temper, by Alex Brantham. (Still 0.99?)

"Entertaining and lively! Alex’s novel is a great read. It’s well written with believable characters, interesting plot, and a great mix of humor, romance, and intrigue. It’s an unique read, offering a “behind-the-scenes” view of the Olympics. I felt as though I was volunteering in the event too. The plot advances from a romantic comedy to an adventurous thriller. It’s refreshing to read a non-sentimental romance novel without the heroic protagonists who are perfect and beautiful. And his writing style is refreshing and direct, no over-inflated poetic descriptions that often slow down the pace of a romantic novel." -- Amazon reviewer

One Equal Temper is a romantic comedy set behind the scenes of the greatest show on earth – the Olympic Games.

How long should you wait for the girl of your dreams to return? Graham Frost, a thirty-something lecturer, is wondering if seven years might be too long.

It’s 2012, and the Olympics are coming to London. Graham volunteers as a Games Maker hoping it will take his mind off his lost love, Tanya, or maybe help him find someone new.

And it does – he meets the feisty Karen, but then everything goes wrong. While everyone else marvels at the exploits of the athletes, can Graham get to grips with all of the idiots in the world, including himself, and make sense of his life?

299 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 2 reviews.

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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book 1), by Brandon Sanderson. (Still free?)

"This colossal volume opens a fantasy saga clearly influenced by the Wheel of Time, which the author is in fact finishing. It’s a classic story of intrigue, magic, and war, with a large cast of characters and multiple settings lovingly detailed in a way only possible in volumes of this size. Two characters stand out. One is Shallin, a young woman seeking to enter the household of a royal princess so that she can steal a magical talisman and restore the tattered fortunes of her family. The other is Kaladin, a gifted young soldier enslaved for desertion, who fights his way back to freedom in battles on the Shattered Plain. There’s wit (Shallin’s amiably unscrupulous sailor protect Yod is a gem), magic (the weather is almost a character in its own right), and erudition (if the fighting on the Shattered Plain doesn’t owe something to WWI, this reviewer would be surprised). Readers will plunge into it, even as they send up cries for a glossary and cast of characters." -- Booklist

In The Way of Kings, #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson introduces readers to the fascinating world of Roshar, a world of stone and storms.
It has been centuries since the fall of the Knights Radiant, but their mystical swords and armor remain, transforming ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for them. Wars are fought for them and won by them.
One such war rages on the Shattered Plains where Kaladin, son of a surgeon, has been reduced to slavery, and Dalinar, commander of the armies, is plagued by dreams of ancient times, doubting his own sanity.
Across the ocean, Shallan, a naïve but brave and brilliant young woman, plans a daring theft to save her impoverished noble house from ruin.
The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is Book 1 of The Stormlight Archive, an epic fantasy masterpiece in the making.


Book 1: The Way of Kings

Book 2: Words of Radiance

1009 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 2,508 reviews.

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The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet, by Charity Tahmaseb. (Still 2.99?)

"A brilliant work. Moving, relatable, entertaining, thought-provoking. Beautiful. Charity Tahmaseb: I wish your book had existed when I was fifteen. I appreciated the dry humor in much of Jolia's narration, which is also full of many other nuggets that gave me pause. Honestly, what does humiliation sound like? Jolia shows us how we focus so much on our defects, real or imagined, past or present, until we've turned them into something they're not. I also found the progression of the friendship and romance dynamics in the story engaging, and Tahmaseb unfolds the storyline with a deft hand. In the face of failure, embarrassment, insecurity, or what have you, there's hope. This novel, for its brilliance, has earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites." -- Amazon reviewer

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all.
Sophomore Jolia does the one thing no one expects from the girl who has perfected the art of keeping quiet.

She joins the speech team.

Jolia can't confess the real reason-not to her best friend, her new teammates, or even to crush-worthy rival Sam who offers to coach her in secret.

Keeping quiet might be the easy way out, but when what Jolia doesn't say starts to hurt those around her, it might just cost her a best friend, her spot on the team, and even Sam.

But she isn't the only one with a secret. It's going to take words-her words-to make things right.

If only Jolia can find them.

218 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 10 reviews.

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Friends With Full Benefits (Friends With Benefits Book 2), by Luke Young. (Still free?)

"Hilarious and sexy. Young keeps the story going in this second book of his Friends with...series. The book is impossible to put down, as you just have to know what happens on the next page. Not a typical feeling when reading contemporary romance, but a great twist to the genre. Quite the unexpected thrown in there with Brian's parents, who would have thought it? I can only hope that I will be as happy as Jillian and Victoria are when I'm their age. I can't wait to see what happens in the third book as Young keeps you hanging on to that last word. Who needs sleep when you have these books around?" -- Amazon reviewer

For a limited time pick up both book one, Partial Benefits, and book two, Full benefits, for FREE!

Friends With Full Benefits is the second book in the Friends With Benefits series. And although the stories are connected, they can be read on their own and book two is a great introduction to the hilarious and complicated world of Jillian and Victoria.

For best-selling romance novelist Jillian Grayson, writer's block is a thing of the past now that her clandestine relationship with her son's best friend, Brian Nash, has lifted her out of a post-divorce funk. The prospect of breaking the news to her son seems daunting, but it's nothing compared to the nightmare of meeting Brian's superstrict, off-the-wall, disapproving parents. After Jillian, Brian and his younger brother Jim, learn an eye-opening secret about the Nash parents they all go scurrying back to Miami where Jillian's best friend Victoria finds Brian's sexy, but innocent college senior brother to be just what the doctor ordered. But when Jim comes on a little too seriously, will Victoria lose interest and return to her life of casual fun or will things get even more complicated?

234 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 190 reviews.

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