Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Apr 21)

The Wheels of Change, by Sandy Appleyard. (Still 0.99?)

"The Wheels of Change grips you from the first page and doesn't let go until the very last, leaving you gasping as you read the surprise ending. Appleyard proves that she has the talent to keep you guessing, and to teach some life lessons along the way." -- Chanticleer Book Reviews

Simon Cross is a type-A personality advertising executive, who has a penchant for sleeping with married women. When one lover’s husband learns of the affairs, Simon finds himself at the mercy of a madman.

The advertising executive develops a very different view of life and the people around him, but not before things are radically changed in ways he never dreamed possible.

As Simon’s world is turned upside-down, police are hunting for a murderer. Soon afterward, Simon is paid an unwelcome visit by the killer. The maniac demands Simon do the one thing he can’t do…or die.

290 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 18 reviews.





Starlet's Man: A Young Hollywood Love Story (The Starlet Book 5), by Carla J. Hanna. (Still 2.99?)

"The protagonist's inner turmoil will resonate with today's youth who find spiritual conflict in celebrity culture and the party lifestyle." -- Foreword Reviews

A stand-alone book in the Starlet Series that can be read before Starlet's Web or after Starlet's Light.

Teen Santa Monica GETS DRAMATIC. The start of the story and characters from Manny's point-of-view.

From the award-winning author of realistic teen fiction comes Starlet's Man. Lights. Cameras. Lies. High school student athlete, Manny Biro, is caught between the boy he should be and the man he wants to become.

5-STARS prestigious Foreword Reviews Rating: Starlet's Man Teen Book (Reviewed by Pallas Gates McCorquodale)

The protagonist's inner turmoil will resonate with today's youth who find spiritual conflict in celebrity culture and the party lifestyle.

Teenage Manuel Biro hates acting. He loathes the fake, plastic Hollywood scene and longs for something more meaningful than the glamor, glitter, fast cars and faster women that are so prevalent in his hometown, Santa Monica. There is only one problem. Manny is desperately in love with his best friend, superstar actress Marie Michael. Carla J. Hanna's Starlet's Man showcases all of the action and angst from Manny's point of view.

Still reeling from a horrible breakup with his girlfriend Kate, Manny tries to make sense of his tangled emotions while reconciling his moral and religious beliefs with the fast-paced, sex-crazed culture that surrounds him. To complicate matters, Manny experiences new feelings for his workout buddy Beth, dodges unwanted media attention from his "friend" Alan, and attempts to shield his fourteen-year-old sister, Janet, from the harsh realities of the party lifestyle, all while hiding his true passion for Marie.

Although Starlet's Man is the fourth novel in the Starlet series, the events begin prior to book one, separate from the rest, which are told in memoir style from Marie's point of view. However, as much as experiencing things through Manny's eyes will likely thrill and delight those familiar with the Starlet stories, it is obvious, from the dramatic opening scene onward, that Manny's world has already been established, and newcomers will have a bit of catching up to do. Some questions, such as the mysteriously secret tragedy surrounding Manny and Kate's breakup are answered piecemeal through the dialogue, while others are not revealed at all in this volume.

Regardless of when Manny first enters the scene, in Starlet's Man or elsewhere in the series, he is sure to be a favorite. Manny struggles daily to be true to himself in a world that prizes image over substance. Hanna explores spirituality and Christianity in a relatable, non-preachy style that encourages self-reflection and honesty. Affectionately dubbed "SeƱor Self-Righteous" for what Janet calls his "unrealistic idealism," Manny is a conflicted seventeen-year-old, and his inner turmoil should resonate with today's youth. Other issues of particular relevance in American culture, such as the abuse of social media, the role of women in the film industry, and the casual drug culture are all explored in a refreshingly nonjudgmental, authentic voice.

Starlet's Man offers a realistic, behind-the-scenes alternative for teens and young adults interested in the celebrity lifestyle.

Carla J. Hanna lived in Santa Monica, CA where her children played with the children of celebrities. She mingled with plenty of nannies and a few good celebrity moms. Her award-winning books, The Starlet Series, are available through Amazon.com.

267 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 10 reviews.





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Ready to Were: Shift Happens Series Book One, by Robyn Peterman. (Still free?)

"From giggles to chills! From the name of the island to the personalities of the characters, this author's wit was apparent. I loved the interactions between Essie and Granny. This is a feel good, romantic comedy with a preternatural spin! I love when a book can bring out those kind of emotions. Rock on Robyn!" -- Amazon reviewer

I never planned on going back to Hung Island, Georgia. Ever.

I was a top notch Were agent for the secret paranormal Council and happily living in Chicago where I had everything I needed – a gym membership, season tickets to the Cubs and Dwayne – my gay, Vampyre best friend. Going back now would mean facing the reason I’d left and I’d rather chew my own paw off than deal with Hank.

Hank the Tank Wilson was the six foot three, obnoxious, egotistical, perfect-assed, best-sex-of-my-life, Werewolf who cheated on me and broke my heart. At the time, I did what any rational woman would do. I left in the middle of the night with a suitcase, big plans and enough money for a one-way bus ticket to freedom. I vowed to never return.

But here I am, trying to wrap my head around what has happened to some missing Weres without wrapping my body around Hank. I hope I don’t have to eat my words and my paw.

168 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 168 reviews.





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The Enemy We Know: Suspense with a Dash of Humor (A Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery), by Donna White Glaser. (Still free?)

"The Enemy We Know is an intriguing, funny, and moving story peopled with characters you will remember long after the last page. If Letty lived in my neighborhood I'd buy her a virgin margarita and talk about all the people we know who are just as odd as we are." -- Amazon reviewer

Suspense, Humor, Romance – and maybe a killer or two.

The Letty Whittaker 12-Step Mystery series—edge-of-your-seat suspense sprinkled with laugh-out-loud moments. Fans of humorous mystery writers Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, and Harlan Coben have fallen in love with this wise-cracking amateur sleuth. Think: love child of Stephanie Plum and Alex Delaware after a wild night of Twister and tequila shooters. Book 1, The Enemy We Know, is available now as a free Kindle ebook. Don’t miss this funny mystery series!

THE ENEMY WE KNOW
Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own. When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty's life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professional lives, leaving gifts of dead rats, mutilated dolls, and freaky Shakespearian sonnets. Worst of all, Wayne uncovers Letty's deepest shame, infiltrating her AA group and threatening to expose her to the state licensing board.

And then--good news--Wayne is murdered. The bad news? The police suspect Letty. Worse yet, the sonnets and bloody souvenirs keep coming. Someone else has been watching Letty. Someone eager to drop bodies at her feet like a cat offering dead mole trophies to his mistress.

Someone willing to kill again.

Series Order
Book 1: The Enemy We Know
Newly recovering alcoholic and psychotherapist Letty Whittaker thinks the client whose campaign of harassment includes threatening to expose her deepest secret is her biggest problem. When the client and Letty’s own boyfriend are murdered and dropped at her feet like a cat’s dead mole trophies, she realizes bad can always get worse.

Book 2: The One We Love After the mysterious death of a colleague, psychotherapist Letty Whittaker “inherits” her friends clients from the local domestic abuse shelter, and makes some disturbing discoveries: stolen files, an AWOL resident, and an unexplained ethics complaint.

Book 3: The Secrets We Keep When psychotherapist and recovering alcoholic Letty Whittaker responds to a middle-of-the-night crisis call, she knows helping Trinnie face her demons won’t be easy. However, instead of finding her friend dead drunk, Letty finds her just . . . dead. And Paul, another close friend, is the primary suspect.

Book 4: The Blood We Spill When her best friend disappears into the depths of a religious cult, Letty Whittaker is forced to cut ties with her safe life and plunge into a world of fanaticism, hypocrisy, and danger.

321 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 658 reviews.





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