Saturday, January 26, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Saturday Jan 26)

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

Dear Air 2000, by Terry Ravenscroft. (Still free?)

Our recent featuring of "Dear Coca-Cola" was quite a hit with our readers. We're pleased to offer another of Terry Ravenscroft's devilish collection of letters to various airlines. Download it free today and give yourself a smile!

"It's a collection of letters written to various airlines, including praise, complaints, suggestions, and often written (in my opinion) to see see how far the author can go to elicit a response. But the great thing is it's written so well that the airline receiving the letter has no choice but to try to take it seriously. It's written so the reader is left wondering is this guy really daft or is he simply brilliant? Get this book, it's guaranteed you will laugh!" -- J. Clark, Amazon reviewer

'Combines the comic audacity of Ali G with the put-upon charm of Mr Pooter' - David Renwick, writer of One Foot in the Grave.

'Devilshly funny. Terry Ravenscroft is the comic correspondent fom hell' -
Andy Hamilton, writer of Drop the Dead Donkey.

DEAR AIR 2000 HAS SOLD OVER 60,000 COPIES IN EBOOK AND PAPERBACK

Extracts from just three of many 5 Star UK Amazon Customer Reviews of 'Dear Air 2000' -

Mr. Anthony J. McCrorie - 'Dear Air 2000' was originally loaned to me as a ‘must read’ and it is exactly that; it's not only very humorous, it's clever. Like the best of humour, this book is not just snortably funny, it's very well written and is seriously enjoyable.

Martin K. Davies - I expected a lot form an author of such pedigree but my expectations were greatly exceeded! Just the funniest book I have ever read!

Sqiggle Norman "sqiggle" - Just reviewed Dear Coca Cola, and this is in the same hilarious style. Love it! Just do yourself a favour and read it and laugh!

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Letters from the world's most troublesome (some would say troubled!) passenger. Dear Air 2000 is a hilarious collection of correspondence to and from forty different airline companies. From a former TV scriptwriter who previously tickled your ribs with sketches on The Les Dawson Show, The Two Ronnies, Not the Nine-O-Clock News, Morecambe and Wise and many more shows.
After reading this book it is doubtful if you will ever risk eating an airline lasagne ever again.

This book is published in paperback under the title Air Mail.

232 pages, with a 4-star rating from 6 reviews.



Gold Mountain, by Joanne Pence. (Still free?)

Here's a work of historical fiction from USA Today bestselling author Joanne Pence. Free today!

"Gold Mountain by JoMarie Lodge is a love story, but it's more than a love story. Lodge delves into Chinese American cultural relations in 1906 San Francisco. When Ruth meets Hanlin, she feels an immediate attraction that leads her to look for reasons to return to the Li household. She becomes an English tutor for the Li family much to her father's dismay and confusion. Lodge's exploration of the culture of Chinatown is at once interesting, engaging, and discomforting. Lodge pulls the reader into a world filled with drugs, sex, and violence seen from multiple angles. Lodge's words inspire the reader to look beyond the exterior to the individual's heart and soul before passing judgment." -- T.L. Cooper, Amazon Vine Voice

BONUS: Includes nonfiction article "The Battle Over Chinatown After San Francisco's Earthquake and Fire of 1906."

GOLD MOUNTAIN tells the story, within the framework of a novel, of San Francisco's Chinatown immediately before, during and after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Against the background of the Chinese Exclusion Act and miscegenation laws comes a tale of love and loss. Ruth Greer, wealthy daughter of a shipping magnate, finds a young boy who has run away from
his home in Chinatown--an area of gambling parlors, opium dens, sing-song girls, as well as families trying to eke out a living. It is also home to a number of highbinder tongs, the infamous "hatchet men" of Chinese lore.

There, Ruth meets the boy's father, Li Han-lin, the handsome, enigmatic leader of one such tong, and discovers he is neither as frightening, cruel, or wanton as reputation would have her believe. As Ruth's fascination with the area grows, she finds herself pulled deeper into the intrigue of the lawless area, and Han-lin's life. But the two are from completely different worlds, and when both worlds are shattered by the earthquake and fire that destroys San Francisco, they face their ultimate test.

234 pages, with a 3.5-star rating from 13 reviews.



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

Twice Tempted (Holland Springs), by Marquita Valentine. (Still $0.99?)

This contemporary romance is highly-praised - see the reviews below. It's today's bargain book at only $0.99!

"Twice Tempted reads like a romantic society and kept me laughing the entire time." -- Musing Sallie-Ravishing Reviews

"This is a novel of love, family, and small town life. It's about starting over, the right way. The sexy scenes are plentiful and HOT. Ms. Valentine has given us a very enjoyable story. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment!" -- The Romance Man

"I absolutely love it when a book, that I don't really have any expectations about, blows me away and becomes one of my favorites. I am definitely a HUGE fan of Marquita Valentine after Twice Tempted." -- Belle's Book Bag Reviews

Sometimes...

Born into wealth and power, Christian Romanov is Hollywood's favorite bad boy with a golden touch...until the day his agent receives pictures of the movie star celebrating his birthday in a not-so-legal way. Now he's been ordered to find a small-town girl to be seen with in order to improve his partying image. He agrees, but for an entirely different reason--to protect the reputation of an organization that helps get teens off the street and back into the school. Not only is he the anonymous donor that's been solely supporting the organization since its inception, he's slated to be their newest spokesman.

What happens in Vegas,

Zoe Ambrose is a hopeless romantic masquerading as a realist. But she's also a successful novelist, trying to fit herself into a staid life when what she craves is the adventure she found one night in the arms of a playboy who never knew her name. When her successful crime series is optioned by a major studio, she travels to Las Vegas to find that the prince of her fantasies and single night of pleasure is the main contender for the male lead. But for four years Zoe has been publicly eviscerating the man who had played with her heart--he's the villain in her series! Now the movie star doesn't even recognize her, and Zoe is determined to protect her heart this time.

Doesn't stay in Vegas.

When Christian braves the small town of Holland Springs and Zoe's overprotective family to win the girl of his dreams, he finds that his Hollywood skills might not cut it--and learns a shocking truth he never imagined. Can he tempt her again and finally give her the epic love story she has refused to write for herself?

263 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 12 reviews.



History of the Timelaws, by Marise Ghorayeb. (Still free?)


"This is a truly original work. Ms. Ghoreyeb obviously has a creative imagination and a knack for coming up with surprise after surprise. She knows how to capture and hold onto her audience. The protagonist is a fifteen year-old girl with magical powers who has been chosen to protect the universe from evil wizards. She can travel back and forward in time, which gives her unique abilities, but she is also exceedingly clever. The author's understanding and use of physics makes it all the more fascinating. In addition, it is filled with magic, humor and adventure. " -- Boyd Lemon

A Desperate Race Against Time.

Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth enjoys movies, teasing her older brothers, and pulling pranks with friends. She is also a member of a secret group of magic-wielding time travelers. However, when the rules that govern time travel are broken, chaos ensues and it is up to her to restore the Timelaws. As her enemies, the Wizards, and her allies, the Darks, scramble back and forth throughout time to claim victory in an ancient war, her past changes, as does her memory of it. Can Elizabeth make sense out of mayhem before it is too late? If she doesn’t, her home, her family, and the universe will be destroyed.

201 pages, with a 3.5-star rating from 4 reviews.



Untraceable (The Nature of Grace, Book 1), by S. R. Johannes. (Still free?)

This YA mystery has over 70 five-star reviews! Free today.

"This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page." -- Kirkus Review 

"Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn't need a boy to save her. With wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page--and still begging for more!" -- Kimberly Derting

"Johannes has done a marvelous job of creating a suspense-filled mystery with surprises that keep you guessing all the way to the end. Untraceable is a thoroughly engrossing and riveting page-turner." -- IndieReader


WINNER OF 2012 INDIEREADER DISCOVERY AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT.

Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he's dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she's enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it's going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.


314 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 130 reviews.



The Forever Girl PART ONE, by Rebecca Hamilton. (Still free?)

A paranormal romance, this novel is a quick read and free today! It's the first in the Forever Girl series.

"One of the most enjoyable parts of this novel is that Ms. Hamilton gets her history right. She takes the reader through several centuries of setting, events, dialogue and she is spot on in her portrayal life during each period. Whether you are a history buff, into the paranormal or fortunate enough to be both, The Forever Girl will surely satisfy your interests." -- Amazon reviewer

"Whatever you do, fight."

Sophia's family has skeletons, but they aren't in their graves.

At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council's way. It's a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.

116 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 9 reviews.



Stepping Stones to Greater Resilience: Empowering you to create your own life experience ..., by Marquita Herald. (Still free?)

You asked for more self-help books, and here's one from Marquita Herald, available free today!

"Stepping Stones to Greater Resilience delivers. There are many texts which approach the idea of resilience but most only grasp the concept and dance around the practice. What we all really want is a guide to tell us what we have to do to improve our lives. Stepping Stones actually does this. Think of Stepping Stones as a walkthrough, or a checklist of things we all need to do to bolster ourselves and protect ourselves with our own resilience. This is a guide explaining exactly what sort of things can be done in our lives now, that will improve our ability to deal with difficult situations and roadblocks that fall in our path." -- Amazon reviewer

Unexpected trials will always be a part of life … a lost set of keys, the stress of a botched work assignment, or the heartache of a full-blown health or relationship crisis. If we can accept that it is unrealistic to deny or run away from life's inevitable challenges, we're left with the only question that really matters, how we will choose to view adversity … obstacle or opportunity.

Try to imagine for a moment what it could mean to the quality of your life, if you were able to redefine your view of adversity - from the perspective of an unfortunate victim, to that of an empowered individual, confident in your ability create your own life experience' This is the power of resilience, the characteristics that help us deal with sudden and unexpected obstacles, as well as those we anticipate and cannot avoid.

The good news is studies show that we all have at least some natural resilience characteristics, however - much like unused muscle - if we don't exercise and strengthen these skills, eventually they become weak and far less resistant.

You don't need to be facing a major change or obstacles in your life to decide you want to become stronger and more confident. When we make the choice to not be defined by adversity, to look at all experiences as stepping stones for growth and greater long-term resilience, we are able to approach life on a whole new level, and in the process realign ourselves with what is really important in our lives.

Stepping Stones to Greater Resilience will help you identify the areas that need attention, and show you the way to cultivate greater resilience in life than you ever thought possible.

133 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 17 reviews.



McCreed's Law (The Montana Series), by L. J. Martin. (Still free?)

L.J. Martin returns with another great western to add to the Montana series. Get this book from a seasoned author, free today!

"I didn't know of L.J. Martin until I read this book, but when I read this, I was excited to purchase 2 more books from the same author. The action thriller in western style that's in this book is nearly lost in current day's movies, at least the depth that's out in this book. So I am happy for having flipped the pages of this book riding an exiting journey!" -- Amazon reviewer

To catch an outlaw, hire an outlaw...then get the hell out of the way! Gone, a shipment of gold from the Transcontinental. Found, one man who has the skill motivation, and courage to track down the mad dogs who hit the train. Kane McCreed knows the country, it's savages, and it's outlaw hideouts. With a score to settle and a woman from his past at risk, McCreed plans to lay down his own brand of the law...and it matters little who dies in the process. Another L. J. Martin action adventure western full of fists, gun smoke, and blood.

238 pages, with a 5-star rating from 2 reviews.



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