Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday, Mar 2)

The Patrons, by Daniella Brodsky. (Still 4.99?)

"This is a saucy story that actually has some very thought provoking questions about what it means to be a woman who finally takes charge of her life. A fun read. " -- Amazon Reviewer

Editorial Reviews of Daniella Brodsky’s novels:
“This is so much fun!” - #1 New York Times Bestseller Nora Roberts

“A super fun read with everything you could want . . .” - #1 New York Times Bestseller Meg Cabot

"You'll get a kick out of Brodsky's books."-NY Post

"Readers will simply love Lane and her wild imagination." -Booklist

“ . . . powerful stuff and also very funny.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“ . . . poignantly humorous and touching.” – Herald Sun

“ . . . you’ll be cheering her on as she loosens her tight grip on the past and embraces a life on her own two feet.” – Women’s Weekly

THE PATRONS
It’s a simple exchange; but it changes everything. “This is my card,” he said. “You call me whenever you need to.” A saucy romp through the nation’s capital is the most entertaining way yet to take the topic of starving artistry to a practical, raw level. Maybe in the old days they had it right: if you want to make pure, quality art, what you need is a patron.

Two nights ago, in the wake of her father’s fatal diagnosis, Joanie Price told her husband she was leaving him in a Connecticut PC Richards, drove without a plan to DC, and didn’t tell a soul. Her husband proceeded to empty the bank accounts.
“Have you thought of how many men would enjoy your company in this town?”

And so it begins. Compulsively readable, it’s wickedly enjoyable to see ourselves in Joanie’s shoes, and as we do, her erotic experiment hurtles us through a story of self-discovery that’s transformative, witty and enduring.

Daniella Brodsky is the author of six novels published by Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster, most recently, VIVIAN RISING and most famously DIARY OF A WORKING GIRL, which was adapted for the screen by Disney, starring Hilary Duff. She has also had a long career as a journalist and made a name for herself with THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO NEW YORK nightlife, back when she didn’t need a babysitter and a disco nap to stay out past seven. Daniella has taught fiction craft at the ANU and at her Captain Cook Studio. A native New Yorker and enthusiastic Australian, Daniella lives in North Queensland, where she teaches creative writing at James Cook University. Daniella was a Varuna fellowship recipient, and shortlisted for the Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship. www.daniellabrodsky.com.



254 pages, with a 3.4-star rating from 28 reviews.

                     



Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America, by Neil Hanson. (Still 0.99?)

"The book makes me want to ride the ride myself – I recommend the companion book for pictures, his actual log, and more of the technical aspects of the ride.
There’s a lot here, for cyclists and non-cyclists both. I can’t wait for the second part of the journey." -- Amazon Reviewer


Award-winning and best-selling saga of an epic American journey.
FIRST PLACE - 2015 Independent Publisher Living Now Book Awards
FIRST PLACE - 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards
SILVER HONOREE - Benjamin Franklin Digital Award
SECOND PLACE - 2015 Great Southwest Book Festival
Winner of nearly a dozen additional awards

Approaching 60 years old, Neil Hanson pedaled 3400-miles across the country, exploring an America that can only be discovered on winding backroads from the saddle of a bicycle. More than just a travelogue of a bike ride across the country, Hanson's delightful and beautifully written story takes the reader on a journey that is engaging and insightful, often hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always inspiring. It's a must-read adventure that will stir your soul.

Pilgrim Wheels reveals an inspirational story of journey, discovery, and place, told from the saddle of a bicycle, rolling down the highways of America. Neil Hanson's bicycle ride becomes a canvas for his pilgrimage of wonder as he explores the people he meets along the path, the obstacles he faces, the pain he endures, and the boundless joy he achieves pedaling across America. Pilgrim Wheels takes the reader up to the humid farmland east of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, while the sequel to be released in May -- Pilgrim Spokes -- takes the reader from Medicine Lodge to Annapolis on the east coast.



232 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 35 reviews.

                     



Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, by Jamie Hoang. (Still 4.99?)

"The depth of my emotional response towards the end of the book surprised me. I was leaking tears without even realizing it. The writing is really good. I loved how descriptive the author is. It felt like I could really visualize the places Aubrey and Jeff visited. I could almost see the colors that Aubrey painted with." -- Amazon Reviewer

Hailed as “One of the best technical painters of our time” by an L.A. Times critic, 27-year-old Aubrey Johnson is finally gaining traction with her work. But as she weaves through what should be a celebration of her art, a single nagging echo of her doctor’s words refuses to stay silent—there is no cure. In less than eight weeks Aubrey is going blind.

Traveling on a one-way ticket around the world with childhood friend Jeff Anderson, Aubrey is in complete denial. But a blindfolded game of tasting foreign foods in China jolts her into confronting the reality of her situation. So begins her quest.

In this adult coming-of-age story, Aubrey struggles to make sense of her crippling diagnosis. But on her journey she finds a deeper understanding of herself and her life—sometimes fragmented and complex, but always with relentless truth.

A fictional memoir reminiscent of Lisa Genova's STILL ALICE and Cheryl Strayed's WILD.

"A touching exploration of identity and reinvention painted with gentle yet precise brush strokes." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Blue Sun, Yellow Sky delivers a glimpse into the artistic process, a stunning globe-trotting journey, and the intimate portrait of mending a heart broken by life itself.” -- Indigo Wilmann, Visual Yarn

"The book is gripping for its thought-provoking power." -- Candi Sary, Underground Book Reviews.

“…a memorable adventure.” -- BookLife

“…my favorite indie book this year.” — Loretta Milan, Literary Lightbox

“…fully realized, vivid, and alive…[Aubrey] reminds us of the lively nature of living a life well.” — Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards



322 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 53 reviews.

                     



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PHANTASIA (Book One: Into the Rain), by M. U. Riyadad. (Still free?)

"In books of this genre by less skillful the story and characters are often lost underneath a bunch of description... but there was not a problem with that in Phantasia. Riyadad creates this new, epic, world that we get sucked into immediately. The cast of characters were written with a similar care; they were enjoyable and relatable, dynamic and interesting. Together, they make the already unique and engaging plot all the better." -- Amazon Reviewer

After finding the body of a dragon in a metallic desert, Red finds out that he is the reincarnation of a messiah worshipped by an insectoid alien race bent on invading his star system. Swept into a dangerous adventure across glacial swamps, cloud cities, and dead stars -- Red must evade his true purpose in the world, to summon a forsaken deity trapped in another realm.

Travel into a world unlike any other, a world teeming with creatures the size of planets, parasites that can lay waste to entire civilizations, and mysterious energy sources that can decay the lifeforce of stars. What starts as only a whisper in the darkness, grows into a tale of epic proportions.

Phantasia is a future fantasy epic that stands at 180,000 words.



462 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 50 reviews.

                     



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