Monday, January 7, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Jan 7)

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

Blacklisted, by Luke Romyn. (Still free?)

This action/adventure is praised for its tight writing and for its scene-stealing characters! Free today.

"A non-stop adrenalin rush! ... Ludlum would have been proud, or jealous. A big time five-star read which you don't want to miss!" -- Claude Bouchard, author of Vigilante

"From that moment, the book becomes a real page-turner, it was very difficult to put it down. As I said, there's a lot of action, but you also have to guess who the good guys are and who the bad ones are almost til the end. The writing is very good and also very funny." -- Sandrine, Amazon reviewer

Nobody can escape their past. It will always be there, returning to haunt you in the darkest times of your life.

Mike Swanson knows this - his past torments him daily and he sets himself upon a path of death and misery. He justifies his dark deeds by enacting them upon those he perceives as evil, not knowing that the real evil lies within himself.

Killing the scum of society, Mike becomes one of them and draws the attention of a group who require people with his skills. Unwillingly enlisted into the notorious 'Blacklisted Brotherhood', Mike must first survive horrendous training in order to hunt down a madman whose deeds will see the world plunged into anarchy if he succeeds.

Blasting across continents in their pursuit of justice, the team will come together in ways that they had never imagined and must learn to trust each other if they are to survive.

For if they die, it could mean the end of freedom.

Will Mike survive the confrontations in order to see out the mission? Or will he cut loose and run from the responsibility that has been placed upon him? Why should he care for the people of the world when they have never cared for him?

Why indeed...?

366 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 56 reviews.



Worth the Scandal: Worth It, by Karen Erickson. (Still free?)

This steamy contemporary romance is the first in Erickson's "Worth It" series. Free download today!

"Wonderful, full of passion and fire. It has a beautifully written cast of characters, all the drama and romance that readers love and a storyline that, while a little overused, does not fail to entertain." -- 4.5 stars, RT Book Reviews

"One word for Worth the Scandal by Karen Erickson is hot. Once again, Erickson has blown my mind with her clever imagination...definitely has a great series, for not only is it about Alex, but Hunter and Rhett, his brothers, certainly sound interesting. Great job." -- 5 stars & a Recommended Read, Fallen Angel Reviews

Strictly business? Try telling that to her heart…

Worth It, Book 1

Alexander Worth, President and CEO of Worth Luxury Goods, is a man never to be crossed. His unwavering sense of responsibility to the family business requires him to always be in complete and utter control. Until it comes to Tessa Crawford.

She’s quietly professional, shy, voluptuous…and she works for him. Which means she is the one woman he must never touch, no matter how hard his gut twists with need for her.

After rising above her disadvantaged childhood, Tessa knows the last thing she should do is risk throwing it all away by falling into bed with her sexy boss. But on an extended European business trip, all self-imposed barriers burn away in the heat of their sizzling chemistry.

Once back home, though, whispers of corporate espionage turn into full-blown scandal—and Tessa finds out the hard way where Alex’s loyalties lie. Determined to soldier on, she picks herself up and carries on with a secret, yet welcomed burden. Never guessing that Alex will make a reappearance in her life, ready to show her once and for all that family does, indeed, come first.

184 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 29 reviews.



Dogs Don't Lie: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir (Pru Marlowe Pet Mysteries), by Clea Simon. (Still free?)

Free today! Animal psychic Pru Marlowe becomes an amateur sleuth in this novel from well-loved mystery author Clea Simon.

"I enjoyed the first installment of the Pru Marlowe Pet Noir mysteries. Pru is not perfect, as her small town neighbors are unlikely to forget, but she's feisty and her willingness to help her animal clients makes her one of the more likeable heroines in today's cozies. Clea Simon is writing three mystery series involving animals. I can't wait to try the others." -- L.M. Seippel, Amazon reviewer

Pru Marlowe isn’t your ordinary animal psychic. A tough girl on the run from her own gift, Pru left the big city to return to her picturesque Berkshires hometown looking for a little peace. Too bad that her training as an animal behaviorist got her mixed up with Lily, a rescue dog, and Charles, her person. Now Charles is dead, and Lily looks good for it. After all, Lily is a pitbull, a fighting-ring dropout, and way too traumatized to give Pru a clear picture of what she has witnessed. But Pru knows something about bad girls trying to clean up, and, with a sense of justice strong enough to overcome her dislike of human society, she takes the case. Listening to the animals, Pru picks up clues—and learns there are secrets in the pretty little town that make murder look simple. Unable to tell anybody about her psychic abilities, uncertain at times about her own sanity, Pru comes to realize that if she clears Lily, she’ll likely become the prime suspect—or the next victim. While the only creature she can totally trust is her crotchety tabby Wallis, Pru’s got to uncover the real killer—and find a way to live with her gift—before the real beasts in the town savage her and those she has come to love.

The first in the Pru Marlowe “pet noir” series.

257 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 2 reviews.



In Search of a Love Story (Love Story Book One ), by Rachel Schurig. (Still free?)

From the author of the Three Girls series, this contemporary romance is a recommended read for all of us who enjoy "chick lit" - and it's yours free today.

"I have added Ms. Schuring to my short list of "must read" authors. Her books are light and enjoyable. I can't wait for the second book in this series to come out. In this book we follow the life of Emily, a physical therapist who has issues with her love life. Her friends try to help her find romance in her life. What follows is an interesting, enjoyable look at a young woman's growth and self discovery. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends. " -- Carolyn Johnson, Amazon reviewer

Emily Donovan doesn’t have a romantic bone in her body.

At least, that’s what her friends Ryan and Ashley keep telling her. They’re convinced her bad luck with men is directly related to her life-long lack of interest in all things romantic. When Emily’s latest relationship crashes and burns, she decides to go along with her friends’ plans for a romance research project. Sure, the idea that she’ll have better luck if she learns about the great romances of literature and film seems a little silly, but Emily figures it can’t hurt.

In no time at all, Emily finds herself buried under a mountain of romance novels, chick flicks, and sappy love songs, hopeful that her hard work will pay off with true love. When she meets Greg, Ashley and Ryan are convinced she’s found prince charming—after all, he’s rich, handsome, and totally into Emily. What more could she want' And why does it seem that her friend Elliot isn’t exactly happy for her?

Faced with misunderstandings, miscommunications, and a seemingly endless string of missteps, she is nevertheless determined to give true love a try. In doing so, Emily will eventually find that true romance, the kind that lasts, has little to do with stereotypes or clich├ęs, and everything to do with finding out what’s in her own heart.

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



The Key of Kilenya (Kilenya Series), by Andrea Pearson. (Still free?)

Free today, this novel is book 1 in the highly-rated Kilenya fantasy series!

"The Key of Kilenya is full of adventure and wonderful, mythical-type creatures—totally unique. This book is like Fablehaven meets Harry Potter with a sprinkling of Lord of the Rings. A good, fun, clean read for the whole family." -- Jennifer Hurst 

"As a mother, it's refreshing to know there are authors writing fantasy, like The Key of Kilenya, that is not dark and depressing." -- Kimberly Job

"Andrea balances excitement with thought, external conflict with inner, and adds just the right mix of mystery and realism." -- Karen Hoover 

"This is the beginning a series that is sure to be great. Both youths and adults will enjoy The Key of Kilenya." -- Jewel Adams 

One Teenage Boy
Two Magical Keys
Endless Worlds to Save

Two monstrous wolves drive fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path to a different world near his small-town home. The inhabitants of this new world are peculiar, and he is surprised to learn that they know everything about him. Even the evil, immortal Lorkon, who stole the Key of Kilenya. They are jealous of Jacob and wish to control powers he doesn't know he possesses.

The Kilenya Series by Andrea Pearson
The Key of Kilenya (June, '11)
The Ember Gods (Kilenya, 2. Sep, '11)
August Fortress (Kilenya, 3. Jun, '12)
Rise of Keitus (Kilena, 4. Feb, '12)
Eyes of the Sun (Kilenya, 5. Summer '12)
Book six title coming soon (Winter '12-'13)

About the Author:
Andrea Pearson is an editor for gather.com's writing group, and she writes articles for several websites. She's author of the Kilenya Series, Kilenya Romances, and Katon University series.

232 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 54 reviews.



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

Deke Brolin Rhol, by Doug Backus. (Still $0.99?)

If you missed this Spotlight Book yesterday, you can download it today, still for $0.99. A highly-rated epic fantasy!

"Deke Brolin Rhol was a superb story giving the reader a perspective on a struggling young man who is thrown into a world for a greater purpose. It follows the fantasy genre admirably and intertwines the struggles of quite appealing characters with intriguing creatures, some of which made my skin crawl. To me, this story contained some great messages that were woven into an even better story. " -- Weswo, Amazon reviewer

Deke Brolin is struggling with his life. When he happens across the Sacred Amulet of Rhol he suddenly finds himself in a strange world and soon learns that he is at the forefront of a quest to save the Balance of Five.

On Rhol, unlike Earth, Deke can see his outer soul or Paladin and soon discovers that everyone was created with two souls that act independently of each other, yet are one. Neither can survive without the other.

Through the teachings of his Paladin, Deodatus, Deke learns that he can manipulate the powers within the Amulet in his quest to save the Balance of Five. These powers can come at a cost however, drawing him into dark places that become increasingly difficult to return from.

As Deke discovers each new world throughout the series, he learns the secrets of the Universe, secrets that one could only imagine.

297 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 9 reviews.



Red Light (Merci Rayborn Novels), by T. Jefferson Parker. (Still free?)

Author T. Jefferson Parker is a 3-time Edgar award winner, and this free mystery is a worthwhile addition to your reading list.

"Parker is a masterful writer, with a sure command of the idiom, a fine sense of pacing, and more emotional depth than many of his colleagues. Fans will applaud this outing, and new readers will seek out his extensive backlist." --Jane Adams

"Parker's intimate knowledge of police procedures is displayed at its best in this novel. His former career as a journalist and his extensive background in the history of Orange County also serve him well in RED LIGHT. Thank you Mr. Parker for many hours of enjoyable reading." -- P. Connors, Amazon reviewer

Two years after the death of Tim Hess, her partner and the father of her child, Merci Rayborn is working hard at her job, taking care of her son and holding it all together. She and Tim, Jr. are living with her father, and she is dating Mike McNally, a respected fellow officer. Merci and Mike are the gold couple on the force—both kids of cops—and though Merci doesn’t passionately love Mike, it’s at least a comfortable relationship.

But it explodes when a mysterious young prostitute, Aubrey Whittaker, is found murdered and Mike McNally emerges as the primary suspect. Merci, lead homicide detective on the case, must do the unthinkable: expose and arrest her lover.

Sifting through the clues and evidence with a growing sense of guilt over sealing Mike’s fate, and of outrage at what he has apparently done, Merci has to balance where the truth leads her against where her heart is telling her to go.

“Solidifies T. Jefferson Parker’s status as one of the most entertaining tough-guy writers.” – Esquire

“Parker’s book is far more moving than thrillers have to be.” – Los Angeles Times

“Tricky plots, driven heroes, runaway action.” – The New York Times Book Review

“The characters and sense of place are intensely real, and the complexities of the relationship resonate with authenticity.” – The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

384 pages, with a 4-star rating from 44 reviews.



MONTANA REUNION, by Soraya Lane. (Still free?)

This newly-released contemporary romance is free today! From prolific Harlequin author Soraya Lane.

"The author used fun and flirty dialogue exchanges between Maddie and Jack that heated up the pages just enough to let you know the good part is coming. The backdrop setting of the ranch was a very nice touch as for me as reader it let me know that this was not only a book about friends turning into lovers when being reunited but of them both coming home to find what they need has been right in front of them all along. The book had charm, passion, sensual and sweet creativity and at the end of the day the perfect Hallmark ending we all dream of." -- Desere Steenberg, Amazon reviewer

"Soraya Lane excels at writing heart-wrenchingly emotional stories that resonate with readers everywhere and linger in the mind long after the last page is turned... this talented storyteller continues to affirm her position as one of the genre's boldest and most talented writers." -- Cataromane Reviews

Best friends reunited… into a marriage of convenience?

Jack and Maddison were best friends growing up, but when Maddison moved to the big city to pursue her dreams, they struggled to stay in touch.

When Maddison returns home after years away, Jack is all grown up and ready to make up for lost time. And so is Maddison… the only trouble is, Jack needs more than a friend. So when she suggests that a marriage of convenience could help Jack save his ranch, it seems like everything is falling into place. Until Jack finds out that Maddison wants a baby.

Their friendship is too important to ruin, but after a night of unexpected passion, everything changes. Because Maddison is pregnant and Jack’s made it clear that their marriage will be one of convenience only. And he never wants to be a dad.

5-star rating from 2 reviews.



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