Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Apr 23)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Promise Me Darkness, by Paige Weaver. (Still 0.99?)

Over 70 five-star reviews for this New Adult romance with a twist!

"Definitely not what I expected. The storyline had a doomsday element, and I have never read anything like that before. The USA is under attack from terrorists and it becomes every man for himself in a struggle to survive. In the midst of this is the love story of Maddie and Ryder. Maddie is twenty-one and in her last year of nursing school. She is a good girl, she rarely drinks and is saving her virginity for someone she loves. Ryder is three years older, and her best friend since childhood. But they couldn't be more opposite. He's a bad boy with tattoos and an attitude. He drinks, fights, and sleeps around, a lot. The chemistry between them was great, and Ryder is definitely swoon-worthy." -- Amazon reviewer

"He was my darkness and I was his light. We couldn't exist without each other."

For me, life was simple. I went to school and studied. I spent time with my friends and stayed out of trouble. I didn't drink or swear and I only dated gentlemen. I was the typical good girl with a bright future. My world seemed perfect.

But that was about to change.

Ryder Delaney was the one imperfection in my life. He was the bad boy, the black sheep, the one your mother always warned you about. He had only one hard-and-fast rule - Don't fall in love.

But some rules were meant to be broken.

We were best friends, inseparable since childhood despite our differences. I knew the real man hiding behind the tattoos and bad attitude. He knew all my secrets and dreams. But he didn't know there was one thing I wanted and couldn't have...him.

But sometimes Fate has a way of intervening. Soon our world collapsed. War erupted. Darkness prevailed. Alone and on the run, our only goal was to survive and to ignore the feelings we had for each other. But love is powerful...

and so is the darkness.

4.6-star rating from 106 reviews.

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A Higher Court, by John L. Betcher. (Still 0.99?)

The existence of God is debated in a courtroom setting. 99 cents today.

"Thought-provoking, magnificent! After reading this book, these are the two adjectives which immediately popped into my head. The author has woven a brilliant story centering on the eternal question: Does God exist? The court room setting is the perfect vehicle to deliver arguments for and against the existence of God. Arguments which have been debated for a millennia. I found myself pondering the passages long after I had put the book down." -- Amazon reviewer

NO. 1 BEST SELLER IN LITERARY FICTION.

NO. 1 BEST SELLER IN RELIGIOUS FICTION.

NO. 1 BEST SELLER IN SPIRITUALITY.

"BEST BOOK OF 2010" - Readers Choice Book Reviews.

"GOLD AWARD FOR RELIGIOUS FICTION" - 2010 eLit Awards.

SILVER MEDALIST - 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards.
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My name is William Kensey. I have a wife and two great kids. Until very recently, I was a well-respected and financially successful trial attorney.

I was also a man who was comfortable with his religion. I preferred it served at arm's length from the pulpit on Sunday morning. And would rather not discuss it the rest of the week.

The circumstances that led me to write A HIGHER COURT changed all that. The entire experience was both bizarre and unavoidable. You see, I was summoned to serve as a juror in an improbable trial -- a trial to determine whether God exists.

I know.

You think that sounds ludicrous. I did, too . . . until the trial began.

Witnesses buried me under mountains of scientific evidence. My own eyes forced me to confront the reality of extreme human suffering. God seemed less and less relevant -- even absent -- as the trial progressed.

At the close of the trial, I had to render my verdict -- "God" or "No God." Affirm a new and deeper faith in a Creator, or confess the triumph of science.

A HIGHER COURT is the story of how I discovered my ultimate truth. If your mind is open, you can join me in this journey of self-discovery. Come along. You won't be sorry.

235 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 121 reviews.

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Julio Bunny and the Foreign Lion (Julio Bunny Series), by Nicoletta Costa. (Still 3.99?)

This delightfully-illustrated children's book is designed for Kindle Fire and Fire HD. From award-winning author Nicoletta Costa.

"A very sweet story with colourful pictures and simple text. Young children will love the variety of animals and creatively drawn settings. Parents will love the message of working together to problem solve and the ability to apply the message of embracing differences to their child's own life. My own child loved seeing Harriet Hare on the back of a white horse in a beautifully drawn circus setting. Julio Bunny and the Foreign Lion is a great read for young children or preschools." -- Amazon reviewer

★★★ This picture ebook title features vivid, full-color layouts with Kindle Text Pop-Up★★★

There's a new character in town! Meet Lenny the Lion! Join Julio Bunny and his friends as they graciously welcome Lenny to their town and learn about their new, foreign friend. This heart warming tale demonstrates the power of hospitality and kindness, and shows that even though you may not speak the same language, you can always make a new friend!

NICOLETTA COSTA was born in Trieste (Italy) in 1953, where she was brought up and still lives today. After graduating in Architecture in 1978 at the University of Venice (Italy), she dedicated herself exclusively to her great passion: illustrating and writing books for children. Her most famous character is Julio Bunny an overly timid rabbit, but good natured,
with long fuzzy ears and a great passion for carrots.

NICOLETTA COSTA has been awarded various international prizes:

1986 Catalonia d'IllustraciĆ²n Award (Barcelona)
1988 Golden Pen Award (Belgrade)
1989 Christian Andersen
1994 Christian Andersen
2002 Grinzane Junior Award

28 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 7 reviews.



Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS' Wildfire Days, by Nancy Bevilaqua. (Still 0.99?)

Save $3 today on this compelling, beautifully-written memoir.

"Definitely a page turner! While it does cover the life of a man who died of HIV and how he spent the end of his life, what had more impact for me was how a mere 8 months in the late 80s left the author in a world of filled with grief for the next 16 years. There are probably two things from the book that will stay with me - the first is how honest she is throughout it. It felt like she has been drowning in this sadness and is finally - and thankfully - coming up for air. You can't help but wish her well and hope this is the beginning of a new chapter for her. And the second is that while I'm sure there are hundreds of books about the impact of HIV/AIDS on patients and their families and friends, the point she makes about dissociative grief for those on the outskirts is an interesting and important one. Makes you wonder if there's anyone around you who is struggling with the loss of something that they're not "allowed" to grieve." -- Amazon reviewer

In 1988, recently out of a graduate Creative Writing program in New York City, Nancy Bevilaqua was an aspiring poet in need of a job. She answered a newspaper ad seeking caseworkers for people with AIDS, and, much to her surprise, got the job. She shouldn’t have been surprised; in 1988 AIDS was an epidemic completely out of anyone’s control beyond some toxic and ineffective treatments, and fear and misunderstanding of the disease were rampant. Very few people wanted to be in contact with people who’d been infected with HIV.

A year later, a 41-year-old heroin addict named David was assigned to her as a client. Something about him drew her to him, and in very little time the boundary between “client” and “caseworker” dissolved, and she fell in love with him. For the next eight months she lived with him in his Lower East Side apartment, caring for him and waiting with him for the inevitable end.

Before succumbing to the disease, David asked Nancy to write a book about him. Twenty-two years later, after going through an unexpected and very painful period of something she learned was called “disenfranchised grief”, she finally published Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days, which is a loving account of her eight months with David, and the grief she’d had to hide for so long.

Please also visit the Holding Breath blog at:
http://holdingbreathmemoir.wordpress.com/

Inquiries about Holding Breath can be sent to holdingbreathmemoir (at) gmail (dot) com.

232 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 17 reviews.

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The Leadership Crisis : How America Lost the Middle East to Islamic Extremists - A novel inspired by true events from 1973 to 1981, by A. Patrick and W.B. King. (Still 4.99?)

A social, political thriller that blends historical events with a fictional storyline.

"This book has it all. It is captivating, exciting and has romance. It has a political and historical theme that presents history and events most of us can remember and relate to. A great account of history from 1973 to 1981. It also has an underlying love story of two highly driven people who have opposing politcal views. Their love transcends most obstacles. The use of fictional characters to tell the story of true events through their eyes and voices, really works. A must read." -- Amazon reviewer

The Leadership Crisis is a social, political thriller incorporating in-depth research, accurate historical events and portrayals of President Jimmy Carter, the Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, among countless other world leaders. Fictional characters weave intricate story lines that bring to life the sociopolitical culture of the 1970s while also illuminating the roots of Islamic extremists, terrorism and the economic and political consequences of America’s handling of the Middle East.

Diane Babel, an upstart, progressive news reporter, gets a break as a foreign correspondent with an international news agency. She is introduced to a secret global society of informers through a mysterious former CIA operative, Richard Harden. Diane’s on-again-of-again love interest is Jack Quaid. They graduated from George Washington University together and maintained an adversarial but romantically charged relationship. Jack, a Republican, ultimately switches teams when offered the job of assistant press secretary for the Carter Administration.

Diane continually secures classified information from Harden earning international recognition for her intrepid news reports. Instructed by the Carter Administration, Jack spies on Diane in attempts to obtain secret information, which causes a rift in their relationship. From Tehran to the Oval Office to Camp David and other exotic locations in between, Diane uncovers the roots of Middle Eastern terrorism, deception, corruption and flawed American foreign policies. Her reporting eventually brings her too close to the truth. She is among the hostages taken during the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

257 pages, with a 5-star rating from 4 reviews.

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