Monday, December 31, 2012

"Being Light" from the author of "Alison Wonderland" - $0.99 today!

You may know Helen Smith from her bestselling cult novel "Alison Wonderland." With this second novel, Smith's "lucid prose," "keen eye", and satirical viewpoint are warmly praised by numerous book blogs and newspaper reviews. Download this spotlight book today - it's a steal at $0.99!

"4.5 stars! With the author's gift for cunning prose that manages to point out the absurdities of life while mixing in bizarre (yet somehow believable) situations, this book is a treat. From the attention-grabbing first scene (and creative way to create the conflict), to the compelling final culmination (the last words in the book imply the perfect image), I was engaged every step of the way. The well-planned pacing of the book brought connections together in an utterly entertaining fashion, and everything made sense after all. The author has a way of normalizing the offbeat, and wrapping it in a tight package that encourages the reader to look at life through a slightly different lens. Fascinating and delightful, this will appeal to those who like quirky romps." -- Motherlode Blog

Being Light, by Helen Smith

“Imagine a satire on Cool Britannia made by the Coen Brothers.” Times Literary Supplement

When Roy Travers doesn’t come home his wife begins to suspect he has been abducted by aliens, and she enlists the help of a private detective to find him. But Roy was not taken by aliens. The truth is far stranger.

“This is a novel in which the ordinary and the unusual are constantly juxtaposed in various idiosyncratic characters - Its airy quirkiness is a delight.” The Times

“A screwball comedy that really works.” The Independent

“Wicked!” Time Out

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Meet the Author

Helen Smith is a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain and The Crime Writers Association. She traveled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both - from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant - before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel, which was published by Gollancz (an imprint of the Hachette Group). She writes novels, children's books, poetry, plays and screenplays, and was the recipient of an Arts Council of England Award. She's a long-term supporter of Freedom From Torture and mentors members of an exiled writers group to help them tell their stories.

She is currently under commission to write a play and has a pilot for a TV series in development. She's also working on a new novel. She likes knitting but she doesn't like driving. She likes dancing. She has a blog at Sign up for book news here:

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Free and bargain Kindle books (Monday Dec 31)

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

For Love of Livvy (Book 1) (the Esposito series), by J. M. Griffin. (Still free?)

This book is the #1 free mystery on Amazon right now. Download your copy today!

"This is my first time reviewing a book. I loved the characters and felt absorbed in the plot, so much so that I couldn't put it down. I am also a Rhode Island native and was pleasantly surprised at the setting and mention of so many familiar places. There was also a nice amount of romance woven right into the story, keeping Lavinia "Vinny" quite busy while she is trying to solve a family mystery. It was refreshing to read a book that did not have the violence, expletives, and gore that is in most novels." -- Heidi Maloney, Amazon reviewer

After her favorite aunt is found dead and an alarming box is mysteriously left on the doorstep of her aunt's house now legally hers, Lavinia Esposito wants explanations. But, having cleared the package of explosives, the local cops are dumbounded by the precious stones which came without an explanation, just an address - her Aunt Livvy's. Frustrated by the cops' refusal to share their theories, criminal justice instructor Lavinia Esposito, a.k.a. Vinnie, takes investigation matters into her own hands. Vinnie is soon dragged into situations beyond her control, finding herself in hot water with the law, the crooks, and her Italian father. Willing to put her life at risk to find out what really happened to her beloved Aunt Livvy, and why jewels would be addressed to her aunt, Vinnie plunges ahead with her usual tenacity, bravery, and keen wits to solve and survive this mystery.

250 pages, with a 3.5-star rating from 55 reviews.

On Unfaithful Wings (An Icarus Fell Novel), by Bruce Blake. (Still free?)

This urban fantasy was a semi-finalist in this year's Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of the year. You can download it free today!

"The next book in this series cannot come out soon enough for this reader. Not just my favorite Kindle book of the year, but one of my favorite books ever." -- Amazon reviewer

"Bruce Blake's On Unfaithful Wings is a great urban fantasy novel. I love good character development in a story's protagonist and Blake nails it with Icarus Fell. I found myself rooting for him from the get go and laughing out loud at some of his observations." -- Amazon reviewer

"On Unfaithful Wings was an impressive first novel. All of the characters were interesting and engaging, but in particular the main character and his struggle to reconcile with his new identity/job. This is one of those stories that stays with me long after I read it and I'll be on the lookout for more from this author."  -- Amazon reviewer

On Unfaithful Wings (An Icarus Fell Novel #1)

To some, death is the end; to others, a beginning. To Icarus Fell, it should have been a relief from a life gone seriously awry.

But death had other plans.

Icarus doesn't believe that the man awaiting him when he wakes up in a cheap motel room is really the archangel Michael, or that God's right hand wants him to help souls on their way to Heaven. Icarus doesn't believe there's a Heaven, so why should they want his help?

But the man claiming to be the archangel tempts him with an offer he can't ignore--harvest enough souls and get back the life he wished he'd had.

It seems Icarus has nothing to lose, until he botches a harvest and the soul that went to Hell instead of Heaven comes back to make him pay by threatening to take away the life he hoped to win back.

To save the wife and son he already lost once, Icarus will have to become the man he never was. Somehow, he will have to learn to believe.

262 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 44 reviews.

Letters From My Sister: On Love, Life and Hair Removal, by Eve Lederman. (Still free?)

This clever, funny, and ribald memoir is free today! Full of warmth and joie de vivre.

"A racy conversation worth wiretapping, and an uproarious celebration of free speech." -- Matthew Cooper, White House correspondent, Time Magazine

"An entertaining and tantalizing literary lap dance." -- Wayne Fisk, Director of Programming, ABC Broadcasting

"The Lederman sisters serve up a warm slice of life on the edge, with an edge. A thoroughly enjoyable tale..." -- Michael Molyneux, staff editor, City section, The New York Times

Letters From My Sister is a collection of correspondence between two sisters whose offbeat adventures and observations run the gamut from men to careers to hair removal, earning an endorsement from the The New York Times’ City section editor as “a warm slice of life on the edge, with an edge.”

Nobody escapes a good kick in the "tuchos" as they lovingly ridicule everyone in their path—from their mother who plops a whole pickled tongue on the table like an autopsy to their beloved grandmother who heard about the class Eve took on how to break into porn. “Feh, I never really understood that stuff,” she responded dejectedly, like she had given it her best effort, but unlike the blintz, had never been able to master it.

The sisters' urban escapades include an exhaustive search for the inventor of Tweezerman (who developed his implement after sunbathing naked on an unfinished wooden deck), a meeting with a Scientologist Electrologist (a hair removal specialist devoted to L. Ron Hubbard) and a session with a shrink who asks Eve if she's ever considered suicide--hmm, was she inquiring or making a suggestion'

In their letters, the sisters strive to reassure each other, and their audience, that we are not alone in the search for the ultimate man, the perfect hair removal method or the ideal way to escape from a mental ward (one of Eve's more eccentric escapades). Through their correspondence, the sisters relate stories and reveal secrets in a way that only sisters can—with a raw openness and honesty derived from a lifetime of shared experiences that surpasses the bond of best friends. They laugh long and hard at themselves, empowering readers to do the same.

Check out Eve's CD of live spoken word performances,"GOING PUBLIC", on Amazon. Eve has told stories on stage at New York City's Bitter End, The Players Club, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and with The Liar Show at the Bryant Park Reading Room. She was a Grand Slam finalist with The Moth storytelling group and was named one of New York's "best emerging Jewish artists" by the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

212 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 9 reviews.

Maid for the Billionaire (Book 1) (Legacy Collection), by Ruth Cardello. (Still free?)

Over 250 five-star reviews for this contemporary romance! Free today!

"The story was fast paced and funny and not nearly as predictable as I expected it to be. There was a great character setup and by the end of the book I'd fallen for all of the characters and I can't wait to discover the rest of their stories." -- Meg13, Amazon reviewer

Dominic Corisi knew instantly that Abigail Dartley was just the distraction he was looking for, especially since having her took a bit more persuading than he was used to. So when business forces him to fly to China, he decides to take her with him, but on his terms. No promises. No complications. Just sex.

Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn’t believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men - until she meets Dominic. He’s both infuriating and intoxicating, a heady combination. Their trip to China revives a long forgotten side of Abby, but also reveals a threat to bring down Dominic’s company. With no time to explain her actions, Abby must either influence the outcome of his latest venture and save his company or accept her role as his mistress and leave his fate to chance. Does she love him enough to risk losing him for good?

221 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 485 reviews.

Planet Explorers Walt Disney World 2013: A Travel Guide for Kids, by Laura Schaefer. (Still free?)

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World in 2013? Smart visitors plan ahead, and you'll find plenty of great tips in this guide. Free today!

"Tips and history was well written. Laura Schaefer did an awesome job, and everything is current and accurate." -- Amazon reviewer

"Planet Explorers has latched onto a truly novel concept: why not create a series of ebooks designed specifically to meet the needs of these future world explorers?" -- Edward Lee, Trekscribbler

"Laura Schaefer's Planet Explorers books for kids are outstanding. They are the future of guidebooks, and while they were written for kids, I absolutely love them. I hope Schaefer writes books for every city in the world, because she's really onto something..." -- Robin Landry, Amazon Vine Voice


Explore the planet with this Walt Disney World guidebook written just for kids. This fun and informative ebook includes everything an 8-12 year-old needs to know about Walt Disney World, including information about attractions in all four of the parks, food options near favorite rides, shows and Disney resorts.

Children are what Walt Disney World is all about. Why not buy an affordable guidebook written just for them? Let older children plan out your days in the park and give them a useful tool to do it. They'll love the interactive hyperlinks and interesting trivia about Walt Disney throughout. These links fire up learning and make a Walt Disney World vacation even richer for the whole family.

Every area and attraction of Walt Disney World is covered and given a notation of S (Scary), A (Awesome), T (Thrilling), D (Dark), or W (Wet) when necessary. Fastpass attractions are marked as well. There is a section devoted to each of the theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Another large section describes the rest of Walt Disney World, including Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney, each Walt Disney Resort and several food spots. Finally, the book wraps up with a short quiz, "Disneyisms," and interactive links about several Disney Imagineers.

The book contains tween-friendly descriptions of what's what at Walt Disney World for 2013 and includes useful tips at the end of each park section to help time-crunched families get more excitement out of each day. Now kids can help plan the family vacation.

From fun facts to history, attraction highlights to quizzes, Planet Explorers guidebooks have it all.

Don't miss the other titles in the exciting Planet Explorers series for 8-12 year-old travelers. There's Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World Swimming Pools, Epcot, SeaWorld Orlando, Planet Explorers Disneyland, Disneyland Paris Resort, Planet Explorers London, Planet Explorers New York City, Planet Explorers Chicago, Planet Explorers Philadelphia, Planet Explorers Las Vegas, The Walt Disney World Character Finder, Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and LEGOLAND Florida. Have fun!

127 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 13 reviews.

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Document 512, by Thomas Lopinski. (Still free?)

This Sci-Fi thriller is free today!

"This is a terrific book. I dove right in, not really appreciating until much later when I returned to it just how much research, exploration and passion was poured into the story. It's a page turner to say the least, and I especially liked how a few unlikely characters rise to harrowing occasions and out-think and outpace the bad guys. What an adventure! The blend of historic lore and new views on physics is really clever and propel the story at swift pace. The imagery throughout - jungles, mountains, etc. is beautiful and sometimes challenging (back to that physics note!)." -- TKFly, Amazon reviewer

While vacationing in South America with her father, young Renee Gorman soon realizes that a haunting learning disorder that has plagued her from childhood is the key to deciphering the clues in an old manuscript unlocking the powers of a mystical amulet. The symmetrical number or symbol "512" follows her everywhere, beckoning to be understood. Consequently, she attracts the attention of several unscrupulous characters who, hoping to profit from her discovery, chase her through a series of unnaturally carved tunnels that stretch from the ancient ruins of Tiahuanaco to the majestic peaks of Machu Picchu and eventually lead her to the legendary kingdom of Akakor, buried deep in the Amazon Rainforest. Along the way, she befriends a few travelers who help her evade capture and meets an Indian prince who might just be her true soul mate. Together, they unravel the secrets of a hidden world older than civilization itself, where the laws of quantum physics seem to transcend the boundaries we know here on earth. Document 512 delivers a combination of suspense, deceit, adventure, and intrigue that enlightens as it entertains, while making you question who we really are and where it is we come from.

"Document 512" is a work of fiction. Many historical facts and descriptions of places were embellished upon and modified to fit in with the storyline.

332 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 6 reviews.

Here's a bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!

A Squirrel Came To Stay (Adventures of MikiSquirrel), by Gennita. (Still $0.99?)

This real-life story of a pet squirrel is sure to delight young children. It's today's bargain book at $0.99!

There is also a print version of this book, worth looking at as a children's book that is fun to hold and fun to read!

"Adorable tale! Ever wonder what happens to baby squirrels who lose their mother? They are adopted by roofers, of course! The story of Miki and her new home is so cute. The book has lots of pictures to amuse small children, and since this is a pet squirrel it is definitely not something one sees every day!" -- Sarah, Amazon reviewer

A baby squirrel fell from a tree and found her new family, Roofer Girl and her fur kiddies.

32 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.

For even more free books, browse through the Quick Pick table below! Today's selection includes a couple of diet books, just in time for those New Year's resolutions.

Freebie Quick Picks!
A Dyeing Shame (A Myrtle Clover Mystery), by Elizabeth Spann CraigWhen Beauty Box beautician Tammy Smith is discovered with a pair of hair shears in her back, there are suspects and secrets aplenty in her small Southern town.

Octogenarian Myrtle Clover, b...
Covert Reich, by A.K. AlexanderYoung, homeless, pregnant minority women and their unborn infants are dying in the emergency rooms in East Los Angeles...

When three pregnant, homeless women die within a week of one anoth...
Weight Loss Success: How to Lose Weight and Have Fun Doing It, by Joan Marie VerbaA note from the author:
Like you, I have lost weight and gained it back. I have started exercise programs and not stuck to them. But, in 1979, I lost weight and have kept it off since then.
How To Stick To A Diet: The Ultimate Guide To "Hacking" Your Brain For Unstoppable Motivation And Lifelong Diet Success, by Derek DoepkerHas modern psychology uncovered powerful but simple mind "hacks" that allow you to literally rewire your brain for unstoppable motivation'

In "How To Stick To A Diet", you'll discover wha...

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Draw a Stickman Epic

Today's Free App of the Day is Draw a Stickman: EPIC
Originally $1.99

This looks like such a fun game AND has great reviews, I snapped it up! You draw a stickman and then guide him (or her) through a world of adventure. You draw the tools that he or she uses in the adventure. 14 levels. I'm off to play!

You start by drawing your stick person and a friend.  I drew a pup named Rover for the friend.  The friend gets kidnapped (dognapped) right away by an evil book (a paper book, of course) and your mission is to rescue the friend.  My first obstacle was a wooden gate; I was given the "fire pencil" tool and drew flames on the gate to burn it down....  I am loving this game!  You don't have to draw very well, by the way.

102 of 118 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

Also check out the other digital deals from Amazon, including great deals on MP3s and videos:

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Meet lovable homicide detective Marty Singer in "Blueblood"

Love hard-boiled mysteries?

We've got a good one for you today - it's part of the highly-rated Marty Singer mystery series. See why readers are falling in love with this retired homicide detective!

"This was a well written, fast-paced page turner that kept me engaged every step of the way.” -- Jim Woodruff

"Another great Marty Singer novel...this one twists through the alphabet soup of agencies charged with criminal investigation and ends with an unexpected turn. Marty's hunt for a group of vigilantes that are killing hoods and anyone, including cops, who get in the way of their little enterprise, brings us face to face with the challenges the law enforcement community experiences every day. We find ourselves drawn into the lives of the dead and the people who serve them in an effort to bring their killers to justice. Again, Matthew Iden brings us realistic characters with whom we can identify as we are given an insider view of the pressures, motives and outcomes of the choices they make." -- Gypsy, Amazon reviewer

Blueblood (A Marty Singer Mystery), by Matthew Iden

Four unrelated murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. Not even good enough to make the evening news. But then a concerned police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything.

They were all cops.

In a race to stop the killings, Marty tackles the case from the outside, chasing the killer from deadly Southeast DC to the heart of the Virginia gangland, on a mission to stop the spilling of yet more Blueblood.

Blueblood is the second book in the Marty Singer mystery series.

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Matthew Iden writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist. An eclectic resume--he's held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program--has given him inspiration for short stories and novel ideas, while trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica haven't hurt in the creative juices department, either. A post-graduate education in English Literature wasn't necessary, but it helped define what he didn't want to do with his life and let him read a great deal of good books. Please visit him on the web at, Tweet @CrimeRighter, or find him on Facebook, Matthew lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Kindle Daily Deal: James Bond, 50 Mysteries, Sci Fi and Romance! $1.99 or less

Did you blow all your book money in yesterday's mega-sale? Too bad, 'cause there's a bunch of good stuff again today....

Today's Kindle Daily Daily Deal includes 50 mysteries and thrillers at $1.99 or less, along with a sci fi & fantasy deal (Evan Currie's Odyssey One series) for $1.99 and a romance (Fire Dance by Delle Jacobs) and a Teens Deal (Flat Out Love by Jessica Park) for $0.99 each.

The mysteries include 14 James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and works by Barry Eisler and Jack Konrath.

Note that, at this posting, there were two books listed at $3.99; check the prices before you click!

Click here to go to the Kindle Daily Deal page!

 Happy reading!

Free and bargain Kindle Books! (Sunday Dec 30)

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

Project ELE (ELE Series #1) (The ELE Series), by Rebecca Gober. (Still free?)

Millions are dying as the world rapidly heats up. Project ELE is put in place to save them all. But is it too late? This free YA tale has science fiction, fantasy and romance!

"This book has a unique storyline with intriguing characters. The setting of this book describes the world in a whole new light. I think this book is definitely worth reading." -- Faith, Amazon reviewer

"Project ELE is an intensely unique and enjoyable read. It captures the imagination and invites the reader to explore a post-apocalyptic setting with a multitude of secrets, discoveries and a good dose of betrayal. Think scientific experiments, mostly likeable but also some creepy characters, paranormal abilities, hidden passageways and caverns deep inside a mountain; and then throw into the mix a fat helping of action, suspense, and romance, and you're onto a winner. A must-read for paranormal romance fans of all ages!" -- Books4Tomorrow

"For those of you who loved The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, Gone series. Then you should check this out." -- Books Are Diamonds

Millions have already died, and thousands more are perishing daily. As a last ditch effort to preserve the human race, the government implements Project ELE. With the earth heating at rapid speeds, all remaining survivors are forced to turn to F.E.M.A. shelters to wait out ELE's wrath.
Fifteen-year-old Willow Mosby's life, as she knows it, ends the moment she walks through the shelter's door. Willow has to quickly adapt to the new challenges that shelter life demands, which includes making new friends and working a full time job.

Soon after making an interesting discovery, Willow and her friends start exhibiting strange abilities. Seeking answers, they embark on a mission to find out what these new abilities mean and whether they are a gift or a curse.

This new adventure can send her world crashing down around her. The question is: Can Willow survive the fall?

From the authors of Night Marchers comes a new apocalyptic series with a paranormal twist.

240 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 86 reviews.

The Siren of Paris, by David LeRoy. (Still free?)

Take a trip back to WWII era France. This bestseller is free today!

"This book is such a meticulously crafted travel back in time, and certainly will not be a book that is forgotten. This is one you will want an actual copy of, so you can come back to it, and read again and again, it is detailed and researched so well. I am more then impressed with David LeRoy's debut novel, and I am more then anxious to read any news of another book coming soon." -- Amazon reviewer

Upon Marc’s death, he finds himself in the company of ghosts trapped in limbo, reliving his experiences in World War II. He must revisit his past and answer one question successfully before passing into eternal peace. The reader is transported to World War II-era France. In 1939, 20-year-old Marc Tolbert has reached a turning point in his life. He abandons his plans of going to medical school to study art in Paris, which is the place of his birth. As he boards a ship and heads to France, he chooses to ignore signs that Europe -- along with the rest of the world -- is on the brink of an especially devastating war.

When he arrives at l'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, more ominous signs surface. There are windows covered with tape, sandbags shielding the fronts of important buildings, whispers of Parisian children leaving the city, and gas masks being distributed. Marc has a long journey ahead of him. He witnesses, first-hand, the fall of Paris and the departure of the French government. Employed by an ambassador Bullitt, a friend of his family, he visits heads of state, including the horribly obese gray-haired Mussolini and the charismatic Hitler. He witnesses the effects of the tightening vise of occupation, first-hand, as he tries to escape the country. He also participates in the French resistance, betrayed, spends time in prison camps, and sees the liberation of the concentration camps.

This is a blend of carefully researched historical fiction and a spiritual journey inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead. It includes many actual historical figures and events, including Ambassador Bullitt, Sumner Wells, Sylvia Beach, Jacques Lusseyran, and Joan Rodes, known as the Angel of Saint-Nazaire. It is both a realistic novel of a civilian caught in a brutal war, and working with the French resistance, and a story of a man seeking release from a past that never goes away.

343 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 29 reviews.

The Pink Rose: Secrets, Love and Betrayal, by Alicia Roberts. (Still free?)

In this contemporary romance, a busy CEO gets caught up with the new shy accountant. Get it free today!

"This book is what you would call a spicy, romantic, interesting book. The plot was really well written. The author started off the book with the characters not being close to one another and then this big event they attended help them to bond with one another, and get closer and intimate with one another. This is what you call a real romance novel." -- Rebecca Forde, Amazon reviewer

Max Wilson is CEO and majority shareholder of Zetta Corp. Ever since he first noticed his shy accountant Amy Sanders, he's been trying to get her attention. So when she finally agrees to be his escort to an important gala, he knows exactly what he wants from her.

What he doesn't know is that Amy's cousin is Nicky Dunn, his business rival. Soon, it seems as though there's a mole inside the company, leaking important information to Nicky…

4.2-star rating from 48 reviews.

The Witch Narratives Reincarnation (Land of Enchantment #1), by Belinda Vasquez Garcia. (Still free?)

This highly-praised fantasy was a finalist in the New Mexico and Arizona Book Awards. Download this free today!

"I throughly enjoyed this book. As a Southwest history enthusiast, I loved the equal parts of folklore and fact. It is obvious Ms. Garcia did her homework. The penitente rituals are right on and her discription of how witches traveled as fireballs was just as great-grandma (from New Mexico) used to tell it. Anxiously awaiting the next book!" -- Amazon reviewer

Did you know that witches in New Mexico flash into fireballs and soar across the sky like shooting stars?

Two young women, a witch and a Catholic, clash with the Penitentes, a fanatical, Catholic secret society who enforce their own punishment for sin & want to bring back the Spanish Inquisition to New Mexico.

Salia, a third-generation witch and half-Native American living on the fringes of society, befriends Marcelina, a doubting Catholic haunted by a centuries-old witch, La Llorona, who rises from the muddy Rio Grande. While Marcelina is torn between Catholicism and witchcraft allure, Salia has no desire to join her mother and grandmother in the Sisterhood of the Black Rose, the covens created by La Llorona. 

REINCARNATION is brewed with the little known world of Southwestern witchcraft. It is a touching, magical tale set during the Roaring 20's and Great Depression, the first of a four-book series.

368 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 17 reviews.

Texas Roads (A Miller's Creek Novel), by Cathy Bryant. (Still free?)

A city girl tries to find 'home' in a series of small town. A little bit of romance, a little bit of spiritual guidance, and a lot of heart make this great story. Get it while it's free!

"Enough tension and heartache mixed in with beautiful descriptions of small town life and Biblical truths to make it all worthwhile in the end. Interested in the sequel!" -- C. M. Patterson, Amazon reviewer

City gal Dani Davis just wants a place to call home. With quirky residents, quaint country charm, and loads of business potential, Miller's Creek Texas seems like the perfect place to start over . . . except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town. Dani secretly finances renovations to downtown Miller’s Creek, but malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she’s always longed. Then a devastating discovery propels her down a road she never expected to travel.

Steve Miller is determined to rescue his dying hometown. When vandals jeopardize the renovation, he can’t help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips. Can Steve and Dani call a truce for a higher cause, and in the process help Dani recognize the true meaning of home?

305 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 64 reviews.

Nandana's Mark (The Queen of the Realm of Faerie, #1), by Heidi Garrett. (Still free?)

This bestselling fantasy epic follows half-faerie Melia as she is haunted with dark visions. Get it free today!

"This book is a great story of another world, with faeries and other world people. I enjoyed reading this book very much and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about faeries." -- Carol Brooks

Dark visions haunt the half-faerie Melia, but try as she might, she cannot chase away the images of destruction that are linked to her father’s ambitions. Looking for a way to stop him and the visions, she visits the Illustrator and is given a strange mark meant to bring her help. Before it arrives, a tragic accident occurs and a family’s dark legacy is revealed.

210 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 8 reviews.

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The Ardis Cole Series: The Curse of Senmut (Book 1), by Loretta Jackson. (Still $0.99?)

Here's a chilling mystery with some great archeological facts mixed in! Get it for only 99 cents today!

"Excellent mystery. The characters were great. Lots of suspects. Who to trust? Who to watch? If you love Egypt or ever wanted to visit there, this book will take you on a visual journey. Imagery created was top-notch. Ardis made a great heroine. I was with her every step, even when I thought we shouldn't go. A must read. Hope the next book in the series goes Kindle." -- Carol Exline, Amazon reviewer

"...superbly crafted and entertaining mystery adventures..." –Midwest Book Review

"Nice thrills and chills. The authors have obviously done their archeological homework, and in between all the mysterious goings-on, we learn fascinating details of Hatshepsut's stormy reign. The Egyptology is all there, and it's enjoyable." –Mystery Scene Magazine

Outside a small village near the Valley of the Kings, archaeologist Ardis Cole arrives in Egypt to help excavate a tomb recently discovered by her mentor, Jane Darvin. When Jane is murdered, Ardis must assume responsibility for the project.

With the help of mysterious Blake Lydon, she must unravel the tomb’s mystery—an ancient secret concerning two miniature obelisks of gold hidden by Queen Hatshepsut’s love, Senmut, over 2000 years ago.

As Ardis uncovers the ancient mystery, she finds herself drawn into a modern action tale of hatred, murder, and revenge.

268 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 5 reviews.

A Deconstructed Heart, by Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed. (Still free?)

An Indian college professor discovers what it means to to be an immigrant family in America. Here's some historical fiction that's free today!

"A Deconstructed Heart is the story of two people - an uncle and a niece - who individually experience heartbreak and who, together, make the journey towards healing. The author unfolds the lives of these characters in an easy and engaging manner and you find yourself quickly invested in them and their personal struggle and rooting for their recovery. The pace is just right and all of the characters felt very real. The writing was colorful and descriptive without drowning in details. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed!" -- MSH, Amazon reviewer

Mirza is a middle-aged Indian college professor whose wife has left him. He moves out of his house into a tent in his back garden, where he sets up an outdoor classroom and serves tea to his kind but bewildered neighbors. He is visited by the irritable spirit of his long-dead teacher, Khan Sahib, who is befuddled by the dysfunctions of modern life.

In the north of England, Mirza's niece, Amal, is finishing up her last year of college before she is expected to join her parents in their new home in India. Asked by her father to talk her uncle back into his senses, she moves into Mirza's house, and they soon are connected by their shared loneliness. She meets Rehan, Mirza's student, and is intrigued by the path of certainty he has built over his own loss and loneliness--a certainty that is threatened by his growing feelings for her.

When Rehan disappears, Amal's suffering forces Mirza to face the world once more. Together, Mirza and Amal must come to a new understanding of what it means to be an immigrant family when the old traditions have unraveled.

A Deconstructed Heart is a novella that explores the breakdown and rebuilding in one immigrant family trying to adapt: how lines in families and cultures are forcibly redrawn, how empty space can be reframed by a tent into a new definition of home... but how, no matter how hard we may try to forget, the past refuses to be contained.

4.7-star rating from 3 reviews.

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Free Fire App of the Day: Let's Break Stuff Premium and a Bonus App

Today's Free App of the Day is Let's Break Stuff! Premium
Originally $1.99

You use a slingshot to break stuff. Extremely poorly reviewed...  I'm not sure where the "Premium" comes in.  Perhaps there's a free version. 3 of 21 reviews are four stars and above, 13 of 21 reviews are two stars and below. So, of course, we have a bonus pick!

So we have a bonus pick: PicShop Lite - Photo Editor.

I like this combination photo editor and camera app. It has excellent camera features built in--adjustments for white balance, exposure, and scene. And you can edit the photo afterwards in the app.  Lots of basic photo edits are available and several filters.  More is available if you upgrade to the paid app for $2.50, but for free, it's pretty good!  Nice app! 118 of 153 reviews are four stars and above.

Let's Break Stuff is compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. You can still use PicShop Lite as a photo editor if you don't have a Fire HD.  To tell if an app works for your Fire, your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Year-End Sale from Red Adept Publishing

I appreciate well-formatted, professionally edited books. And I do love e-book covers that look like they're crafted with an expert's care and attention. Combine those elements with a great story, and you've got me hooked as a reader.

So, this sale from Red Adept Publishing is exciting to me. I've read most of the titles published by this group, and - without exception - they've been entertaining reads, exquisitely edited, and adorned with attractive covers.

All RAP Kindle books are on sale December 28th through 30th. Get your copy today and save on some highly-recommended novels!  

The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains, by Rodney Jones. Normally $4.99, on sale for $0.99

First to Find (Caching Out Series #1), by Morgan C. Talbot. Normally $4.99, on sale for $1.99

Dastardly Bastard, by Edward Lorn. Normally $4.99, on sale for $2.99

Upload, by Collin Tobin. Normally $4.99, on sale for $3.99

Thought I Knew You, by Kate Moretti. Normally $4.99, on sale for $3.99

Read more about each of these books below!

The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains, by Rodney Jones
$4.99 SALE $.99

What would it take to convince you that the woods you just left is one hundred forty-four years distant from the one you entered?

Ten years have passed since the Civil War broke up John Bartley’s family. Living with his aunt and uncle in the tiny village of Greendale, Vermont, isn’t filled with excitement for a seventeen-year-old.

Until John walks into the woods one day and stumbles into 2009…

Fortunately, he chances upon the outspoken Tess McKinnon. To earn her trust, he must first convince her that he is neither a lunatic nor a liar. The proof he needs is buried at the end of a mountain road, where the ruins of Greendale lie just beneath a layer of dead leaves and moss.

What became of his home? Why is there no record of its existence?

First to Find (Caching Out Series #1), by Morgan C. Talbot
$4.99 – SALE $1.99

Death is the hardest puzzle to solve.

Margarita Williams escaped death at a young age, but its shadow has followed her all her life. Now, amidst the chaos of a new Australian roommate and mysterious, menacing neighbors, Death has set the puzzlemaker a puzzle of her own. Someone is killing her fellow geocachers, one by one.

Bindi Ryan left Australia to marry a man who abandoned her the minute her plane landed in Oregon. When thieves steal a local sculpture and a teenage friend is blamed, Bindi and her super-nose must prove him innocent and find the real culprits. But are she and Margarita working on two mysteries, or one?

If they can’t solve the final puzzle, the killer will strike one final, deadly blow.

Dastardly Bastard, by Edward Lorn
$4.99 – SALE $2.99

When war photographer Mark Simmons is sent to do a promo on Waverly Chasm, he assumes it’s a puff piece, a waste of his talents.

Widow Marsha Lake brings her son, Lyle, to help him heal after his father’s death.

Donald Adams, aka H.R. Chatmon, joins the tour to get away from a sticky situation.

Justine McCarthy consents to the hike to placate her boyfriend, Trevor.

For Jaleel Warner, the tour guide, walking the chasm is just part of his job.

Each of these people must face their darkest memories in order to discover and defeat the secret buried in Waverly Chasm.

Upload, by Collin Tobin
$4.99 – SALE $3.99

Someone’s always watching.

Jay Brooks’s life is in chaos. His mother’s sudden death has unhinged his father, making Jay a stranger in his own home. He seeks solace by spending his spare time with his best friend, Bennie, but matters are further complicated by his crush on Chloe, Bennie’s older sister.

A wheelchair-bound hacker, Bennie Welch practically lives in his basement computer lab. Longing to make genuine connections to the outside world, he secretly films people’s precious memories for later sale and surfs the crowds at rave parties, despite the danger to his frail body.

One night, Jay’s hobby of Wi-Fi hotspot hunting turns serious when he unwittingly blunders into the scene of a crime and downloads a mysterious transmission. When Jay brings Bennie the contents of the transfer, Bennie embraces the opportunity to use his skills to investigate.

As Jay and Bennie dig deeper into the world of electronic secrets, they find that the simple video has far-reaching implications that not only threaten their lives, but society as they know it. Tracing the mysterious coalition responsible leads them on an inexorable journey that will change them forever.

Thought I Knew You, by Kate Moretti
$4.99 – SALE $3.99

Claire Barnes is shattered when her husband, Greg, goes on a business trip and never returns.

Unwilling to just wait for the police to find him, Claire conducts her own investigation. Her best friend Drew helps her look for answers, but all she finds are troubling questions.

With every clue, she discovers that Greg may not be the man she thought she married.

While battling her growing feelings for Drew and raising her two young children, Claire must learn to live with the knowledge that the truth behind Greg’s disappearance may never be revealed.