Thursday, January 3, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Jan 3)

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

Whale Song, by Cheryl Kaye Tardif. (Still free?)

Over 80 five-star reviews! Originally published in Canada in 2003, this moving story features Sarah Richardson, whose family moves from the Montana countryside to Vancouver Island. Sarah must confront a family tragedy that will change her life forever. Get this classic, newly available in the US, free today!

"A wise, enchanting story." -- The Edmonton Examiner 

"Poignant and compelling, a coming-of-age story that addresses important societal issues within a contemporary backdrop." -- Ian Anthony, author, Ace Run

"The story is timeless and the message relevant . . .Whale Song will touch your heart." -- Shannon Lea, author, Stolen Innocence 

"A wonderfully well-written novel. Wonderful characters [that] shine. The settings are exquisitely described. The writing is lyrical." -- Writer's Digest 

Thirteen years ago, Sarah Richardson’s life was shattered after the tragic death of her mother. The shocking event left a grief-stricken teen-aged Sarah with partial amnesia.

Some things are easier to forget.

But now a familiar voice from her childhood sends Sarah, a talented mid-twenties ad exec, back to her past. A past that she had thought was long buried.

Some things are meant to be buried.

Torn by nightmares and visions of a yellow-eyed wolf and aided by creatures of the Earth and killer whales that call to her in the night, Sarah must face her fears and recover her memories―even if it destroys her.

Some things are meant to be remembered―at all cost.

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

180 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 116 reviews.



Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Series #1), by Lynette Eason. (Still free?)

This book is currently the #1 Amazon mystery. Over 50 five-star reviews, and free today!

"Readers who enjoy romantic suspense authors Suzanne Brockmann and Sandra Brown but who prefer their thrills with a little more conscience and a lot less sex will be thrilled with Eason's new series opener. -- Library Journal

"A fast-moving tale filled with nonstop action. No chance to catch your breath with this one!" -- Irene Hannon, bestselling author, the Heroes of Quantico series

"Eason gives the reader an exciting ride with characters you will care about." -- Margaret Daley, award-winning Steeple Hill romantic suspense author

Samantha Cash is the FBI's secret weapon. Her methods are invisible, and she never stops until the case is closed. When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, Samantha is assigned to help local chief Connor Wolfe find the killer. And he has two problems with that. There's her faith--in God and herself. And then there's the fact that she looks exactly like his late wife.

As they get close to an answer, the case becomes personal. The killer seems to be taking an interest in Connor's 16-year-old daughter, who thinks her dad is getting way too protective. Can't a girl just have some fun?
 

Too Close to Home ratchets up the suspense with each page, and will have readers cheering for the characters they love as justice is served and love grows even in the face of danger. Read this one with the lights on!

333 pages, with a 4-star rating from 122 reviews.



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

Speed Dating with the Dead, by Scott Nicholson. (Still $0.99?)

Over 40 five-star reviews for this thriller from acclaimed writer Scott Nicholson! It's today's bargain-priced book at $0.99!

"A master of atmospheric suspense." -- Eric Wilson, NY Times bestselling novelist 

"Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk." -- Stewart O'Nan, Boston Noir 

"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares." -- Bentley Little, His Father's Son 

"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off." -- J.A. Konrath / Jack Kilborn

For fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and James Herbert. A paranormal conference at the most haunted hotel in the Blue Ridge Mountains goes haywire when ghost hunters accidentally stir up demons.

SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD

When Digger Wilson brings his paranormal team Spirit Seekers International to the White Horse Inn, he is skeptical that his dead wife will keep her half of the bargain. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, and just before she died, she promised to meet him there.

But when one of the conference guests channels a mysterious presence and an Ouija board spells out a pet phrase known only to Digger and his wife, his convictions are challenged.

And when guests start to disappear, Digger and his daughter Kendra must face the circle of demons that view the hotel as their personal playground. Because soon the inn will be closing for good, angels can’t be trusted, and demons don’t like to play alone . . .

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Scott Nicholson is the author of bestselling thriller, mystery, and supernatural novels THE RED CHURCH, DRUMMER BOY, DISINTEGRATION, THE SKULL RING, AS I DIE LYING, and BURIAL TO FOLLOW, as well as the story collections THE FIRST, ASHES, GATEWAY DRUG, and FLOWERS. You can visit him at Author Central

349 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 86 reviews.



Waking Up Married, by Mira Lyn Kelly. (Still free?)

An amazing 300 five-star reviews for this contemporary romance, from USA TODAY bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly. Free today!

"This author took what could have been a trite and silly fairy tale type unbelievable romance and turned it into something more...something a little more real. Moreover, it is a lot better than the usual conventional themes. The characters, while not 100% believable, are likeable. The humor in the story is dry and well written and the emotional aspects are fairly believable. It was a short novel so things are not as developed as I would have liked. Nevertheless, for a quick, light, fun read I think that this will make for a good one." -- Diane, Amazon Top 500 reviewer

Her first thought: "Who are you?"

It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?

"I don't want a divorce."

If you loved WAKING UP MARRIED, be sure to catch four fun, flirty and sensual Harlequin KISS titles available every month starting February 2013!

164 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 752 reviews.



Blood Orchids (The Lei Crime Series), by Toby Neal. (Still free?)

100 five-star reviews for this mystery in the Lei Crime series! Free today.

"Action-packed whodunnit! This book reaches out and grabs you from page one. Lei is a smart, spunky, and complicated crime-solver who is in the midst of a homicide investigation on the island of Hawaii. Packed with information about what it is like to really live in the islands, as contrasted to the tourist experience, this book leaves you wanting more!" -- Bonnie, Amazon reviewer

Fast-paced crime mystery with a touch of romance, readers call Blood Orchids "un-putdownable"!

"Sometimes in crime fiction you stumble across a character who lives on beyond the book's end by virtue of their psychological complexity, and the richness with which the author has drawn them. Will Graham, Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, and now they have a worthy female counterpart in Lei Teixera. Blood Orchids is that rarity among debut novels, in that it satisfies on every level. A powerful new talent is on the scene, whole-heartedly recommended."-Drew Cross, former police officer and author of BiteMarks

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl’s harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed—even as the killer is drawn to Lei's intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.

Despite her obsession with the case and fear that she's being stalked, Lei finds herself falling in love for the first time. Steaming volcanoes, black sand beaches and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei's quest for answers—and the stalker is closer than she can imagine, as threads of the past tangle in her future. Lei is determined to find the killer—but he knows where to find her first.

314 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 163 reviews.



Predation, by SJ Parkinson. (Still free?)

This Sci-Fi adventure is free today! It's the winner of the "Outstanding in Genre" award from Red Adept Select.

"A mesmerizing streak through a galactic war that had me with the action at every step of the way. Proud soldiers and excellent aliens. Haven't enjoyed tech sf so much in a long time and Predation is definitely on my recommended reading list." -- L. Stimeling, Amazon reviewer

Two hundred years in the future, human beings have traveled to the stars, settled colonies on fifty worlds, and finally discovered intelligent life: the Drakk'Har—large, cold-blooded reptilian creatures who see human beings not as equals, but as food. War was unavoidable. Ill-prepared for the sudden and vicious conflict, humanity finds itself on the losing side.

After three years of retreating from the onslaught to gain time, humanity has dug in its heels, built up their forces, and begun to fight back. When intelligence identifies the distant Mindon star system as a source of Drakk’Har warships, a major engagement begins. Star Command Fleet Nine strikes the first blow in a new offensive campaign.

During combat operations on Mindon-2, the plan goes horribly wrong. Casualties mount on both sides. The men and women on the raid find themselves in a merciless crucible that threatens to change them forever. The Drakk'Har know victory can only come by overwhelming the humans with savage brutality.

476 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 25 reviews.



Lime, by Melda Beaty. (Still free?)

Melda Beaty's debut novel is hailed as America's Next Top Model meets Burning Bed. It explores notions of beauty against the horrors of domestic violence. Experience this, with a free download today.

"Lime disrupts existing narratives about women, power, and activism with all the sass of Saturday at the hair salon. Through humor, irony, and wisdom, Lime changes your consciousness while you turn its pages." -- Simone, Amazon reviewer

Fashion Week, cover of Vogue, haute couture fashion, international appearances, and product endorsements propel Lime Prince into Supermodel icon and temporarily away from the realities of her past. Her Ethiopian and Jamaican genes, accented with piercing lime green eyes and a runner's physique, are the object of every man's desire and take the New York fashion world by storm. But when the fantasies of beauty collide with the realities of domestic violence, will her sordid past shame her out of the glitz and glamour of the modeling world?

268 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 9 reviews.



Perfect for You (A Laurel Heights Novel), by Kate Perry. (Still free?)

From prolific romance author Kate Perry comes this sizzling romance. It's the first book in the popular Laurel Heights series - and free today!

"Loved this story from beginning to end. It had everything a great romance needs... Hot guy, strong independent girl, chemistry, steamy scenes, humor and yes even the sometimes annoying side characters. Looking forward to reading more from Kate Perry. " -- TaraD, Amazon reviewer


A Laurel Heights Novel, Book 1


Freya Godwin's muse has gone MIA.

With Freya just hired to redesign the top adult website company in the country, her muse couldn't have chosen a worse time to disappear. Determined to get her sexy back, Freya puts an ad online, hoping to find the right man to inspire her.

Unfortunately, all roads point back to her upstairs neighbor Greg Cavanaugh. He's everything she doesn't want: a playboy and scumbag lawyer. Except if he's so wrong for her, why does his touch feel like magic? And why does being with him make her believe anything is possible?


The rest of Kate Perry's fun, sexy Laurel Heights series is available now:
Book 1: PERFECT FOR YOU
Book 2: CLOSE TO YOU
Book 3: RETURN TO YOU
Book 4: LOOKING FOR YOU
Book 5: DREAM OF YOU
Book 6: SWEET ON YOU

"Kate Perry is on my auto buy list." -Night Owl Romance

"A winning and entertaining combination of humor and pathos." -Booklist

366 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 58 reviews.



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  1. This is wonderful! Great to have more reading access.

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