Friday, October 10, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday Oct 10)

Sourdough Wars: A Cozy and Humorous San Francisco Mystery; Rebecca Schwartz #2 (The Rebecca Schwartz Series), by julie Smith. (Still 0.99?)

"This is one of my favorite mysteries. I love San Francisco and its wonderful sourdough bread, but that's only part of the attraction for this mystery. The characters really pull you into this book They're so real...you get to know them and their quirks quickly. A good mystery with great characters...you hate to see it end!" -- Amazon reviewer

The SECOND book in Edgar-winning author Julie Smith’s Rebecca Schwartz series.

"…a brisk and breezy item, which—like sourdough itself—has its own distinctive and satisfying flavor.” -San Diego Union

“…an awful lot of fun, and it will make you unbearably hungry for fresh-baked bread.” -San Jose Mercury-News

A tasty treat of a San Francisco mystery—a crisp, tangy story you’re sure to get a rise out of.

To you, it’s just a frozen lump of dough; but to some, it’s life and death…

Especially to handsome Peter Martinelli, who wants to auction off the fabled sourdough starter from his family’s famous bakery. But who’d buy a frozen hunk of flour and water? Only, it turns out, every bakery in San Francisco, a national food conglomerate, and an upstart ringer with a mysterious backer.

Someone would even kill for it. And does.

Enter lawyer sleuth Rebecca Schwartz, whose client is her own partner, glamorous Chris Nicholson, Martinelli’s main squeeze before the ill-starred auction.

Rebecca noshes her way through the case in hilariously unorthodox style, tasting some great bread along the way, but also uncovering so many ancient jealousies, long-simmering feuds, and seething resentments that she barely escapes death by doughball.

NOTE: THIS STORY IS COMPLETELY REALITY-BASED! A SAN FRANCISCO BAKERY MADE PAGE ONE NEWS BY FREEZING THEIR STARTER --ONLY WITHOUT THE BLOODSHED.

The slapstick style, over-the-top action, and witty dialogue make Rebecca Schwartz an easy choice for fans of Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Bond, Dorothy Cannell, Elizabeth Peters, Sarah Strohmeyer, and Jennifer Crusie.

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

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Big Lake, by Nick Russell. (Still free?)

"A talented wordsmith, Nick Russell has created an easily imagined town with believable and endearing characters. The book moves along at a crisp pace and the plot twists and turns keep you engaged. The ending surely came as a great but believable surprise...did not see that coming...very clever." -- Amazon reviewer

When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town.

With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, and a shocking ending that shakes the town of Big Lake to its very foundation, this first book in the Big Lake series will keep you turning pages to the very end!

One reviewer has referred to the Big Lake mystery series as “Mayberry Meets Twin Peaks." It’s a combination of humor and intrigue that launched author Nick Russell’s first Big Lake book into Amazon’s 100 Top Paid Kindle books for over 78 days!

231 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 239 reviews.

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Echo Prophecy: A Time Travel Romance (Echo Trilogy, #1), by Lindsey Fairleigh. (Still 0.99?)

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"What a superb novel! Lex is a strong female lead who does not give an inch to her deliciously seductive, alpha male lover, Marcus. They do not immediately jump into bed, and the slow build of sexual tension is sensual, steamy, and all the more satisfying for the anticipation." -- InD'Tale Magazine

The first book in the ECHO TRILOGY.

DISCOVER WHAT'S HIDDEN--a powerful, mythic race, an ancient Egyptian prophecy, and a love strong enough to shatter the boundaries of time.

"...we only see what we want to see...what we expect to see..."
Alexandra Larson isn't human, but she doesn't know that. As far as Lex is concerned, she's simply an ambitious archaeology grad student with a knack for deciphering ancient languages, especially the various forms of Egyptian. When she's recruited to work on her dream excavation and her translating skills uncover the secret entrance to an underground Egyptian temple, Lex is beyond thrilled by her discovery...as is the enigmatic and alluring excavation director, Marcus Bahur. As the relationship between Lex and Marcus heats up, a series of shocking revelations leave the young archaeologist reeling.

Together, she and Marcus are all that's standing between an ancient evil being and the power to alter the very fabric of time. Events set in motion by a dying god over four millennia ago pull Lex and Marcus away from Seattle and into the heart of Egypt, where Lex learns that the fate of the world depends on one thing: the strength of her heart.

***contains adult content***
ECHO TRILOGY
Echo Prophecy
Resonance (an Echo Trilogy novella)
Echo Queen
Echo Gods (2015)

388 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 30 reviews.

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Raptor 6 (The Quiet Professionals Book 1), by Ronie Kendig. (Still free?)

"Raptor 6 was a great read! Packed with a ton of suspense and danger, there were several scenes that had me "on the edge" of my seat. I loved the characters and how believable the things that happened to them were (things were definitely not sugarcoated!). I couldn't help but feel for them and got teary-eyed during parts of the story. I loved the banter between the Raptor team members - there were several times they (especially Hawk) had me laughing!" -- Amazon reviewer


Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when these two things are threatened by hackers, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop the hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, endangering the US national security, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost.

354 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 129 reviews.

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