Thursday, November 1, 2012

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Nov 1)

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

The Wicked Wager ( A Regency Murder Mystery & Romance ), by Anya Wylde. (Still free?)

Here's a historical mystery described as a "delightful romp of a read!" Free today!

"Let me start this review by saying I'm a fan of Jane Austen. I'm also a huge fan of mysteries, so when I see stories that embody the two I jump over the moon. The Wicked Wager is a fabulous example of when the regency period and murder mysteries collide! I really enjoyed the main characters in this mystery: Richard and Emma. There is the feeling of intense romantic chemistry between them, and they set the scene perfectly. With many toe curling moments and lots of mystery this was a perfect read for me." -- Cozy Mystery book reviews


The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride - the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.
 

Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke's estate to think things over.

Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a simple matter of masquerading as the duke's gardener, compromising the lady, and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna Green.


Alas, he underestimates the duke's intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate; never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficult.


His endeavours lead to a comedy of errors, charades, and knotty love affairs. Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests, a flea bitten mattress, his lovesick best friend, and a blackmailer.
 

Just when things seem to be going well, someone is murdered (very inconvenient), and he happens to be one of the suspects (extremely inconvenient).

His simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes... a tad complicated.



233 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 5 reviews.



Long Time Coming, by Edie Claire. (Still free?)

Originally published in 2003, this paranormal romance was a Romantic Times Top Pick, and won the Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice award. Today it's yours for free!

"I have enjoyed all Edie Claire's books, and this one was no exception. The heroine has issues in her past she doesn't want to face (which is really the crux of the story), but is also independent, resourceful and easy to relate to. The book has just enough paranormal content to make it a really cosy read. It is positive and upbeat, and totally believable. " -- Isia, Amazon reviewer


Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her...

Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after--determined never to come back. But when her father's illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance have truly healed her troubled soul.

Plagued with nightmares of the accident and crippled by a vague fear whose source she can't identify, Joy realizes that in order to move on she must face the truth behind several disturbing gaps in her memory of that fateful spring. But the only person who can help her is a man she despises--Jenny's erstwhile boyfriend Jeff, now a respected doctor, whose carelessness as a teenager was the cause of Jenny's horrendous death--and Joy's own emotional destruction. Can she ever forgive? She may have no choice but to try. Because both the danger she sensed--and the childhood friendship she treasured--now suddenly seem very much alive...

"LONG TIME COMING is a remarkably well blended romance and mystery, with fascinating shades of the paranormal. The way each layer of Joy's discovery of her forgotten past is revealed is deftly done and exceptionally suspenseful. The relationship between Joy and her parents is heart warming. This one will have you hooked from the first page." - December 2003 Top Pick. Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine

"An abundance of charm... Joy's perky first-person narration carries readers along to a warm, gratifying conclusion." - Publisher's Weekly

"Emotionally gripping, suspenseful and superb! I was held in wonderment over much of this story and realized early on to expect the unexpected. This is a story of trust, love, friendship and healing. Ms. Claire is an author I hope to see more of in the future. If Long Time Coming is any indication of her writing talent, I will be first in line at the bookstores to get more of her work. This is a positively splendid tale from start to finish and is highly recommended." - Reviewer's Choice Award -- Road to Romance

"Intense, well-written and thought-provoking." -- Old Book Barn Gazette



451 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 9 reviews.



Shadow of The Conjurer, by Steve Gierhart. (Still free?)

This imaginative gothic horror, normally $2.99, is free today. It's set in the Appalachian foothills, where the antebellum south "intersects the present".

"Intrigue, romance, misunderstandings, treachery - this book has it all. The reader is whirled from modern-day Huntsville back to the antebellum South, where the characters - especially the plantation families - come to life in poignant and ultimately frightening scenes. I am eagerly looking forward to Gierhart's next book! " -- Bluebird, Amazon reviewer


The junction of the past and present is the homestead of Jacob and Melissa McNally, whose house is built upon what was once part of a large cotton plantation, and who are struggling to save their childless marriage. Although they do attempt a reconciliation, walking round their property, stopping to explore the old slave cemetery where Conner, their middle-aged Golden Retriever, digs up and is stabbed by a strange looking thorn.

Almost immediately, strange things begin to happen. When the couple discovers the 1830s journal of Jacob Thompson that describes his deep love for Nika--a young Mandingo girl captured by slave traders in Africa and sold to his father--the story explodes into a fantasy-laden, supernatural saga that includes uncontrollable desires, demonic possession, and excursions into ancient African spirit worlds. 


Gierhart's vivid imagination, based upon his research of Mandingo legends, is evident in uniquely pronounced and adjective-heavy descriptions of fierce battles fought not only between humans in both the 19th and 21st centuries but amongst ephemeral, immortal beings on other-worldly planes and dimensions.


389 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 5 reviews.



Nick the Lolt (Tales from Yod), by Anthony Briggs. (Still free?)

This Young Adult fantasy is available free today!

"The plot kept me guessing. The unpredictable twists and turns are captivating for any adult or child. The author has brilliantly managed to develop the Land of Yod while keeping the reader entertained with contemporary humor and valuable life lessons. At times I found myself laughing at Nick-a classic prankster. Other times I was enthralled by his daring personality, hoping that Nick would make the right decision. Like any great character, there were moments of triumph and defeat. " -- Natasha, Amazon reviewer


This tale is the beginning of the most controversial life. The story of a man who - by himself - caused regions to evacuate like the approach of a hurricane. Many would only whisper of him, the dreaded Marsh King...


But at sixteen he was just Nick, a boy who made paintbrushes that obeyed his commands. He could paint pictures that made passersby forget where they were going. In those days he wanted to earn forgiveness (and maybe a bit more) from an outgoing girl he'd known off and on since he was four. And to save his village, by winning the most elite speed-painting tournament of all time.

This village, however, wanted nothing more than for him to leave. Years of being a target of its scorn and bullies taught Nick a few tricks, though. And he and his few friends would need every last one of them. Because even as a teen he'd already made some dangerous enemies...



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



You Can't Always Get What You Want, by Darryl Robert Schoon. (Still free?)

A thriller, free today, that blends romance, suspense, and great food!

"If you have always wanted to know how the drug trade works, this eye-opening book takes us on a revealing romp through San Francisco, Marin County and Paris. The author's bio confirms that his life experiences are fodder for this intriguing novel. Meticiously plotted, this is a story of a man who is lured back into the trade by his infatuation for a beautiful woman. Darryl Robert Schoon's knowledge of food will entice any foodie to relish this appealing story. An added bonus--it keeps readers guessing--"How can this end?" " -- Phyllis C, Amazon reviewer


In this novel, noted economic speaker and author, Darryl Robert Schoon explores a completely different world. In "You Can't Always Get What You Want" the protagonist gives a beautiful woman a ride home where he finds she's a lesbian whose lover is his former lawyer. What he discovers plunges him to a world of danger and intrigue he had previously forsworn. But his desire for a beautiful woman is stronger than his fears and he discovers a destiny far different than he had ever imagined. This action-packed story will leave the reader breathless.



268 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.



Seducing Avery, by Barb Han. (Still free?)

Switching gears, here's a sensuous novella from Barb Han. Contemporary romance, free today!

"I enjoyed this book. Ryker is different than your average romance novel hero..... in a very good way! It's a nice falling-in-love story with some mystery and suspense, well plotted with fun dialogue, and easy to read. I'd like to read more from this author. " -- Donna Bennett, Amazon reviewer


Avery McAdams believes in order to truly be herself she needs to keep her head down, her guard up, and her focus on her career. Until she's hired by sexy, charismatic Ryker Li to pull off the event of the century, and he shows up personally to convince her to handle his next party. When she meets him face-to-face, she realizes a piece of her wants him to see her as attractive, which goes against everything she's convinced herself she believes.

Rich, powerful Ryker has made an art form of getting what he wants, when he wants it, and then moving on. But something about Avery makes him want to stick around.

When he finds everything he never dreamed to look for in a woman, can the billionaire playboy commit to the biggest deal of all? Or will a lifetime of mistrust and suspicion turn them forever into rivals?



105 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.



... and finally, a bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!

Shepherds, by J. Drew Brumbaugh. (Still $0.99?)

This unique Sci-Fi adventure can be had today for $0.99. Sample or download at the link!

"I really enjoyed this book. The setting is the near future on the high seas. The story is immediately engaging and the suspense builds with each chapter. The characters are really cool and the visual images created by the author give the story a fantasy-like feel, even though it is a suspenseful thriller. It also has some adult themes mixed in, so probably not one you want to pass on to your pre-teen kids. I really liked the fact that the storyline is relevant and totally believable. Great read, two thumbs up! " -- Bode K, Amazon reviewer


In a world where genetically altered humans herd commercial tuna on the open ocean, Olga, a third-generation bio-engineered "shepherd" and two shipmates live aboard the Factory raft, Homestead. 


Commercial tuna farming has all but wiped out the wild fishing industry, so when Toivo Nurminen, an independent trawler captain, discovers a shepherd raft's murdered crew, he suspects embittered fishermen. In radioing for help, he alerts the real killers, marking his ship for death. 

Injured and adrift, Toivo is rescued by the Homestead. When Homestead's crew investigates other raft attacks they uncover a deadly drug operation. 

Despite emotional conflict, Toivo and Olga unite, and with their shipmates and dolphins, ingeniously fight against overwhelming odds.
 

In an oceanic range war setting, Shepherds explores humanity's struggle with morality and science, organized crime, human rights and interspecies bonds. Bravery, love and loyalty cross all barriers in the battle against the age-old sins, greed, hate and betrayal to make this finely interwoven action adventure a bright dawning for our own future.


242 pages, with a 5-star rating from 1 reviews.



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