Saturday, January 12, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Saturday Jan 12)

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

A PLACE IN TIME, by C. A. HOCKING. (Still free?)

Dan Campbell struggles with depression, but also a blurry memory of his mother's murder. Can he unravel the truth before it's too late? Find out for free today!

"Lots of novels have been written about time travel, but this one, in my opinion was outstanding. Well written and sympathetically portrayed characters make this story believeable. I am glad they set it partially in Australia as I am an Aussie. The setting after the big drought with everything falling into disrepair is authentic. It was also entertaining" -- Diane Hockley, Amazon reviewer

Shortlisted for the Australian 2007 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards

C. A. Hocking’s debut novel, A PLACE IN TIME, explores the theme of what good people are driven to do in order to survive when pushed beyond human endurance.
Dan Campbell is a troubled man who sinks into depression as each birthday approaches. Thirty years earlier, on his 11th birthday, he’d witnessed his father's murder and saved his mother from a deranged stranger, but something is wrong with the memory of that terrible day. Something he can't quite see. Something just out of focus.
 

When his annual depression threatens his family’s wellbeing, he takes his mother back to his childhood home to confront his memories and find closure. Going back is never easy, but what Dan discovers there will turn his world upside down, for no-one and nothing is as he remembered and as the present meets the past, his very existence is threatened.

148 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 22 reviews.



Impact (Wild Men of Alaska), by Tiffinie Helmer. (Still free?)

Need a romance to get you through the winter? Here's a quick story with suspense, murder, snow and lot of sizzling romance! Get it free today!

"Tiffinie Helmer does a GREAT job at mixing suspense and danger with some really surprising and laugh-out-loud humor. The hero and heroine were very real to me and I feel like I got lost in the wilds of Alaska with them. I loved how much depth and humanity shone through the pages in such a short time." -- Kerrigan Byrne, Amazon reviewer

In order to survive a plane crash, the elements, and predators, they'll have to survive each other first.

Alaska State Trooper Skip Ozhuwan has waited five years to reunite with Wren Terni, the woman he's always loved. Flying back home for his sister's wedding with only him and Wren in a chartered bush plane guarantees he'll have her undivided attention.

Ever since Skip arrested her five years earlier, Wren vowed never to lay eyes on him again. She's gotten sober and made a life for herself that she's proud of. Seeing Skip now throws her into a tailspin.

When the plane crashes, they are forced to battle a violent arctic storm, outwit predators, and dispose of a dead body. They must find a way to get past their differences if they are to survive to have a future together.

That is, if they don't kill each other first.

72 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 30 reviews.



The Princess of Dhagabad (The Spirits of the Ancient Sands), by Anna Kashina. (Still free?)

A coming of age adventure that mixes a princesses and a magical bottle containing ancient magic. Today it's free!

"It is the Arabian Nights story of the bottle imp, told in a new and completely original way. The colorful story is told in a captivating way. Walking on the tight rope of logical paradox, the reader looks down to a paradise. The book is to be read and re-read several times; each time one discovers something new. It is a book which I would not like to miss." -- Helmut Moritz, Amazon reviewer

THE CURSE OF ABSOLUTE POWER.
THE MAGIC OF TRUE LOVE.

When, on the day of her age-coming, the princess opens a mysterious bronze bottle—a gift from her grandmother—she has no idea that she is about to unleash a power older than the world itself. Worse, she is not prepared for the bearer of this power to be a handsome man whose intense gray eyes pierce her very soul. Hasan, her new slave, is immeasurably older and stronger than anyone she has ever heard of, and he is now hers to command—if she can handle him, that is.

Sensuous and delightfully intelligent, The Princess of Dhagabad is the first book in a trilogy by a talented new author.

"Truly compelling" -- Booklist

"A fine recasting of Arabian Nights material into a fable for our times." -- Locus

278 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 20 reviews.



Wings of Retribution (Millennium Potion), by Sara King. (Still free?)

The human race is now immortal but an alien species confronts them with an unusual demand. This highly reviewed novel is free today!

"This is by far one of the best books I've read. The deep rooted character and fabulous development, near-death situations and near-misses... It is just amazing. I loved all the characters, even the one I hated. She does an amazing thing with the written word, and I couldn't put it down all day. I won't ruin the story for anyone, but let's just say the relationships between the characters are deep and rich, and will change the way you perceive things in some cases." -- Katrina Wolfgang

MILLENNIUM POTION: WINGS OF RETRIBUTION:

In a future where humanity has discovered the elixir of everlasting life, the immortal human race has conquered every planet and every species within the four Quads. …Or has it? When the pirate ship Beetle docks at a distant, rough-and-tumble planet, its crew is unexpectedly approached by a wary, shape-shifting alien believed to be 400 years extinct. The alien’s request is simple: In order to save its species and to end the dictatorial reign of the pharmaceutical company that grips the human race in a stranglehold, it needs to find the cure for immortality. With the survival of the final few members of its ancient empire at stake, the pirates embark on the adventure of a lifetime—a thrill-ride fraught with interstellar dogfights, alien intrigue, forgotten civilizations, sociopathic demigods, heart-tugging tragedy, and loveable, quirky characters that you’ll remember for decades to come. A heart-pounding adventure with a tantalizing dose of romance, MILLENNIUM POTION: WINGS OF RETRIBUTION will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

488 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 15 reviews.



Agent in Training (Department of National Security), by Jerri Drennen. (Still free?)

A workplace romance has some under-cover lovers and some murder suspense! Get it free today!

"The chemistry between these two sizzles. The love scenes Hot. Agent in Training runs the gamet of emotions with lots of laughs a few tears and tons of suspense. This is a must read. Loved it. " -- Cindy, Amazon reviewer

On the outside Shiloh Templar appears rigid as steel. But inside she's fighting to keep everything together. Not only has she stepped into a minefield of controversy at work, she's dealing with her father's debilitating disease and a past in Seattle she wants to forget. Week one as the new director, she’s forced to cut staff. The smart-mouthed, much-too-young and sexy Nicholas Trent's position is on the chopping block. Yet, rather than accepting his fate, the man blackmails her.

Nicolas Trent joined the Department of National Security solely for his mother's benefit in an attempt to follow in his dead father's footsteps. He never planned to stay. But when the company's new director, a fiery red-head nicknamed Old Iron Maiden makes it clear he's not DNS material and will probably be released from duty, Nick has a change of heart. He'll resort to any means to keep his job, even threatening to file a sexual harassment suit against the director for walking in on him in the men's shower room while he's naked. What he never dreamed of was the strong, undeniable attraction that could cost him what he's held on to so tightly.

When a threat and two attempts on Shiloh's life are made, the company insists she have an agent by her side. She's forced to turn to the one man she thinks doesn't belong at the department. Now, not only is she in danger of losing her life, after a night in his arms, she's afraid of losing her heart.

170 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 16 reviews.



DAMAGED GOODS, by C. A. HOCKING. (Still free?)

Three sisters overcome abuse from their father, each coping in different ways. This Australian drama is free today.

"This beautifully written story is one that will stick with me for a long time. The telling of the lives of three sisters in the hands of their sick and twisted father was such an emotional ride. Too much would be giving the story away, so I'll just say: Read it!" -- Yvette Naputi, Amazon reviewer

C. A. Hocking's second novel, DAMAGED GOODS, is a powerful, hard-hitting story about three sisters who are subjected to a childhood of unrelenting abuse at the hands of their father.
The girls create a strange, unnatural world for themselves in their desperate efforts to survive their violent, isolated prison, but it is human nature to seek escape, and each of them chooses a different path out of their own personal nightmare.


The eldest, Sis, chooses biological escape in a world where being a girl is fraught with danger, and becomes a manwoman. The youngest, Sweetypie, loses her mind to flee her own reality, and becomes a childwoman. The middle sister, Helen, first takes the ultimate revenge to save her sisters and then puts the distance of geography between herself and her past, becoming a woman to be envied and admired by all.
 

Fifty years after leaving, Helen returns to her childhood home to find Sis and Sweetypie much as she had left them. Or so it seems at first, until she discovers secrets within secrets and an act of vengeance that still haunts their lives. So begins a journey for each of them that will ultimately end in tragedy, closure and release.

350 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 8 reviews.



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

Mortal Choices (Mortal Series), by D.E. Newcomb. (Still $0.99?)

Here's a family drama with a female sleuth. Written about a journalist by a journalist, this well-written mystery is only 99 cents today!

"Take one reporter, add a rookie detective, multiply by disappearing people, minus the sale of human organs, equals Mortal Choices. To make the story more realistic, Newcomb did research in the inter workings of the police force and in aviation. An interview with a retired police detective and questions answered by active police officers gave insight to the workings of the local police department and a glimpse into the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Interviewing one with aviation experience helped to add flavor to the parts of the story when pilot, Steve Kerr, was written into a scene." -- Cynthia Harris, Amazon reviewer

Amanda Miller, an inquisitive journalist, is looking for distraction from a troubled home life when she crosses paths with Detective Terry Walkingstick, newly promoted and eager to prove himself.

Local police have just linked the disappearance of several area residents. A task force is created to investigate, but no one yet realizes a killer is hunting on the quiet suburban streets, snatching his victims without witnesses and seemingly at random.

When Terry and Amanda join forces, following the scant leads available, they discover what may be the elusive link between the missing people. Can a decades-old fire really be the connection' And why do so many trails lead back to a local funeral home? Was a cunning serial killer forged in that fire?

The couple’s independent investigation uncovers leads and evidence, landing them in the middle of the case and in a killer’s crosshairs.

218 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 6 reviews.



Sapience, by Bret Wellman. (Still free?)

This suspenseful romance has themes of dystopia and government corruption. Grab it for free today!

"I thought this was a great book, very imaginative. It had touches of Twilight and Hunger Games, mixed with Bourne Identity. Thought provoking and entertaining, would recommend to all ages!" -- Amazon reviewer

In a dystopic future, where the government exerts complete control of the population, some children have become guinea pigs for extreme science. The president is breeding super soldiers to keep order through fear, but some of the soldiers think otherwise.

After escaping the clutches of a government testing facility, William Fay and his friends hide out in Newberry, a small and quiet town in northern Michigan. They take refuge in an abandoned mansion where they search for others of their kind. Upon discovering these others, William finds himself becoming attracted to one, Brianna Frost. However, the others want nothing more than to be rid of William and his friends, and Brianna would just as soon see them killed. Now he must win her trust while avoiding detection by the government.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Sapience captures the struggle between survival and trying to live a full life. This is a love story with fire power.

228 pages, with a 3.7-star rating from 6 reviews.



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