Friday, January 18, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Fri Jan 18)

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

The Way They Were (That Second Chance), by Mary Campisi. (Still free?)

"This book was enjoyable, it had all the great elements I look for in a romance book: good story, drama, sadness, steamy scenes, heart warming moments, good guys and bad guys. This book is about second chances, reuniting with your unrequited love and getting your happily ever after when you think your life is falling apart, again." -- Hopeless, Amazon reviewer

It's all about that second chance...
 

The Way They Were is Book Two of That Second Chance Series. (These are standalone books tied together by a common theme--belief in the beauty of that second chance.)

He hasn't spoken her name in fourteen years. She keeps a journal hidden in the back of her closet and permits herself to write about him once a year--on the anniversary of the first and only time they made love. They promised to love one another forever, but tragedy tore them apart. Now, destiny may just bring them back together.
 

At eighteen, Rourke Flannigan and Kate Redmond thought they'd spend the rest of their lives together--until a family tragedy tore them apart. Fourteen years have passed and they've both carved out separate lives hundreds of miles apart--hers as a wife and mother, his as a successful, driven businessman. But once a year, on the anniversary of her daughter's birth, Kate pulls out a red velvet journal and writes a letter, which she'll never send, to the man who still owns her heart. Once a year, on the anniversary of the first and only time they made love, Rourke permits himself to read the annual investigative report detailing an ordinary day in Kate's life.

When a subcontractor at one of Rourke's holding companies is killed, Rourke decides to pay the widow a visit and offer condolences, never dreaming the widow will be Kate. As they embark on a cautious journey of rediscovery, one far greater than they could have imagined, secrets and lies threaten to destroy their newfound closeness--forever.

That Second Chance Series 

Book One: Pulling Home
Book Two: The Way They Were
Book Three: Simple Riches
Book Four: Paradise Found 

Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife

368 pages, with a 3.7-star rating from 39 reviews.



H10N1, by M. R. Cornelius. (Still free?)

Over 50 five-star reviews for this dramatic mystery / thriller!

"Great character development as well as an excellent plot." -- Elizabeth Pepper, Amazon reviewer

A deadly influenza virus rages out of control. There is no easy-fix vaccine. No eleventh-hour containment. Only death.

With no workforce, power plants are unmanned so there’s no means of communication; police and fire departments have collapsed so no one is safe; looters are scavenging everything from big-screen TVs to canned peas.


When Dr. Taeya Sanchez finds herself unceremoniously dismissed from an emergency medical facility in New York, she decides to steal the hospital’s armored van for a midnight escape. 


Unfortunately, Rick DeAngelo, a driver for the hospital, has already stocked the van for his own getaway.


Thrown into an unfriendly alliance, these two must pick their way across the dangerous wasteland of America in search of a safe haven. And as the miles roll by, they discover that the living should be feared much more than the festering corpses out there.

371 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 123 reviews.



Grade A Stupid (The Darcy Walker Series), by A. J. Lape. (Still free?)

A warmly-reviewed YA mystery - free today!

"This really transported me back to those drama filled and awkward teenage years. Darcy even at times reminded me of a teenage Stephanie Plum." -- Bex 'N' Books

"Lies and deceit run rampant thru the book and A.J. Lape creates the storyline beautifully. She drew me into the story and kept me until the end." -- YATR, Bree High 

"Love reading funny mysteries...I am 36 and can't wait to read more!" -- Stacy Loves to Read

Fifteen years ago, Darcy Walker's parents thought it was a good idea to give her a unique name: Darcy, meaning "dark walker." Whether that was a stroke of genius or stroke of stupid, they definitely nailed the irony. She lacks direction, her grades stink despite a high IQ, she's boringly average--although flirting admirers claim otherwise--and God help her, she's infatuated with a bad-boy.

A bad-boy that her hottie best friend, Dylan, wishes would get acquainted with his fist.

And, oh yeah, there's that tattoo that was a royally stupid idea.

With her life spiraling out of control, everything changes when she skips class and finds a dead body...in fact, it gets worse. It jump starts Darcy's inner-verb, and her brain hardwired for action gets caught up in a situation she can’t let go.

Set in the fictional Cincinnati town of Valley, Ohio, Darcy falls into a world of threats, violence, and gangland exploits chasing down every clue to finger the murderer. When a fellow misfit is fingered for the crime, Darcy goes from zero-to-sixty trying to clear his name--constructing aliases, breaking the law, everything that makes perfect sense to her but reeks of Grade A Stupid to everyone else.

Trouble is...will she live to see 16?

426 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 44 reviews.



Volcano Watch (The Forensic Geology Series), by Toni Dwiggins. (Still free?)

This smart mystery series is proving to be very popular. Download this free today!

"The first half of Volcano Watch is structured like a mystery, and the tone is brooding as Cassie mourns the loss of a friend while the geologists monitor the volcano in anticipation of raising the watch status. ... The latter part of the book turns into pure thriller with enough heat and ash for any action fan. And I have to say that in terms of character, the scene with the morphine injection rocked; if you read this book you'll know what I mean." -- ScienceThrillers.com

NO WAY OUT--so says the note in the pocket of the murdered mayor.

The volcano beneath her town is seething, and the fate of Mammoth Lakes now rests in the hands of emergency planner Adrian Krom.

But Krom has his own agenda.

Investigating the case, forensic geologist Cassie Oldfield tracks mineral clues to discover how the mayor died--and what she found. As the volcano moves toward red alert, Cassie races to prevent 'no way out' from becoming a prophecy.

341 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 61 reviews.



Violet Shadows, by Melanie Rose. (Still free?)

"A delightful, captivating, poignant read. Melanie Rose delivers, once again, with her new novella, "Violet Shadows". Picking up from the storyline of her debut novel "Ashford", the author focuses upon Violet Creeley, who has left behind her life in beloved England because of the unexpected violent death of her brother Tristan. What makes Melanie Rose's literary work a standout is the way she portrays and develops her characters, illustrates their humanity in distinguishable and unexpected ways, and writes prose as if playing classical music. What a delightful read!" -- Katherine Owen

She entered Nazi-occupied France in the summer of 1943, seeking only a worthy death in the service of a noble cause. She did not expect that her quest for death would, in the end, teach her how to live.

148 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 5 reviews.



Home, by Uvi Poznansky. (Still free?)

For a change of pace, try this highly-rated collection of poetry from a father/daughter collaboration. Free!

"A well-written compilation of poetry and prose. Ms. Poznansky has captured not only the depths of her father's despair and turned it into a masterpiece, she has shared her prose and poetry as well. Once again, she has put her artistic talent out there for all to read and see. There are no "masks" as she shares her gifts with those keen enough to feel the true essence of her efforts." -- Delores Ayotte, Amazon reviewer

Home. A simple word; a loaded one. You can say it in a whisper; you can say it in a cry. Expressed in the voices of father and daughter, you can hear a visceral longing for an ideal place, a place never to be found again.

Imagine the shock, imagine the sadness when a daughter discovers her father’s work, the poetry he had never shared with anyone during the last two decades of his life. Six years after that moment of discovery, which happened in her childhood home while mourning for his passing, Uvi Poznansky presents a tender tribute: a collection of poems and prose, half of which is written by her, and half—by her father, the author, poet and artist Zeev Kachel. She has been translating his poems for nearly a year, with careful attention to rhyme and rhythm, in an effort to remain faithful to the spirit of his words.

Zeev’s writing is always autobiographical in nature; you can view it as an ongoing diary of his life. Uvi’s writing is rarely so, especially when it comes to her prose. She is a storyteller who delights in conjuring up various figments of her imagination, and fleshing them out on paper. She sees herself chasing her characters with a pen, in an attempt to see the world from their point of view, and to capture their voices. But in some of her poems, she offers you a rare glimpse into her most guarded, intensely private moments, yearning for Home.

128 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 10 reviews.



Love of Shadows (The Healer's Shadow), by Zoe Brooks. (Still free?)

"Love of Shadows is the second novel in The Healer's Shadow Trilogy. In this novel, Judith's natural ability as a healer becomes a more prominent focus of their story. While she is a great help to the people of her town, she is also in grave danger because practicing the traditional healing is illegal and punishment is death by hanging. Judith shows how much she has grown by the way she reacts to events that occur, such as the passing of her mentor, Elma. It was beautiful to see Judith blossom." -- Sage Adderley, Amazon reviewer

"I had always felt most alive, when I was healing. Without healing I was a tin top spinning out of kilter soon to catch the ground. It took all my energy to hold myself from skidding into chaos."

But in the city of Pharsis traditional women healers are banned from practising and the penalty for breaking the law is death by hanging. After being arrested and interrogated twice Judith is careful to avoid suspicion, but then scarlet fever breaks over the city like a poisonous wave, leaving in its wake the small corpses of children. What will the young healer do?

Love of Shadows is the second novel in The Healer's Shadow trilogy, which began with Girl in the Glass, and follows the lives of Judith and her Shadow, Sarah. It is a study in grief, love and defiance.

214 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 7 reviews.



Pulse (The Binuit-Namri Chronicles), by Acacia Green. (Still free?)

"I really enjoyed this book, my daughter read it prior to me and she raved over it! I also enjoyed the romance which budded and grew between the two main characters, and the action that was intermixed erupting into a sharp cliffhanger, which left me wanting more. I fully recommend this book." -- Michelle C. Jordan, Amazon reviewer

Unobtrusive High school senior Nyssa Navitas simply wants to graduate school. Her plan is to spend a year living with her super hot actor bestie in Hollywood and get away from her controlling alcoholic father.

But when she finds the school’s Mr Charming, Harland Woods, unconscious on the school’s oval, she has no idea how much her simple discovery will change the course of her life. Forever.

Harland is the King of the Binuit-Namri Nation, a secretive race of energy beings from another dimension. He’s hiding out on Earth trying to avoid an arranged marriage with a girl who won’t stop until she has his throne.

Problems arise when their tutoring sessions start to blossom into something more. While Harland is preoccupied with trying to keep their relations secret, Nyssa’s life is about to change, forcing one of them to make a life and death decision.

330 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 7 reviews.



For even more free books, browse through the Quick Pick table below!

Freebie Quick Picks!
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The Platte River Waltz, Chapters 1-4, by Ken Consaul"What a wonderful and superbly written account of a journey West!
I was completely absorbed by the remarkable characters and sweeping landscapes- caught so brilliantly by the magnificent writing ...
A Favorite Son, by Uvi PoznanskyThis story is a present-day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on...
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