Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Apr 24)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Reflecting on Midnight: Four Novellas, by Bradley Convissar. (Still 0.99?)

Save almost $4 by getting all four of these Brad Convissar novellas for 99 cents! Includes the previously-released "Dogs of War," "King of the Merge," "Fotoshop of the Gods," and "I Never."

"Bradley Convissar's book Dogs of war is brilliant! The writing is breathtakingly precise and painful. A ghost story way up on the line with my personal favorite Stephen King books: Cujo and the Pet Sematary." - Goodreads review

"I really enjoy Bradley Convissar's writing. He writes simple, good horror. He doesn't get all pretentious and write choppy, weird stories and then sniff and say 'Well, if you didn't like it then you're too dumb to get it.' No, he's just out to entertain and put a shiver down your spine. And I love him for it." - Amazon review

"With an increasing sense of foreboding that our protagonist soon learns to discount, we discover the horror of unintended consequences in a sequence of events that would be funny if you didn't know how badly this was going to turn out. My only gripe was that it ended too soon." - Amazon review

"A fun story. One of Bradley Convissar's longer stories and I enjoyed it very much. Great characters and a well thought out plot. Another of his stories I would be happy to see continued someday." - Goodreads review

Reflecting on Midnight contains Brad Convissar's four previously-released novellas. Purchased separately, the four stories (which combine for 76,000 words) will cost you $4.96; purchased together in this collection, only $3.99 99 cents!. Now what does it include?

"Dogs of War"- After divorcing his wife of two years, Gary Lettner thinks he has found the perfect house for himself and Molly, his eight-year-old dachshund. But when the throats of the dead begin to cry out in a voice that only Molly can hear, and when evidence of past atrocities committed in his new home begin to surface, Gary finds himself an unlikely participant in a brutal quest for vengeance.
Some crimes are too horrible to go unpunished, no matter the cost.

"King of the Merge"- William Brookshire is just an average college student on the way to a midnight rendezvous with the girl who used to be the love of his life when a spur-of-the-moment street race turns his life upside down. He knows it isn't his fault when the driver of the Porsche runs a red light, knows it isn't his fault when the driver dies of the injuries he sustained during the horrible accident, but William just can't convince himself that he is completely free of responsibility. And when a vision of the driver starts appearing in his room, starts stalking him around campus, starts appearing in his car, it threatens to drive him mad.

"Fotoshop of the Gods"- Douglas McIntire is just your average college student, out buying replacement parts so he can fix his broken computer. But when he leaves the small computer store, he caries with him not just new parts, but a mysterious disk as well, one that contains a disturbing program. A program that allows Doug to bend and warp reality as he sees fit. Will he use it responsibly' Or will he allow the program's dark voice to drag him down a dark path' Could you resist the temptation if given the power to reshape your little corner of the world?

"I Never"- Welcome to The Tavern at the Edge of Forever. I hope you survive your experience.

Marco Conti and his three brothers, the children of Chicago-area crime boss Adolpho Conti, have been abducted from their homes in the dead of the night. Their destination is The Tavern at the Edge of Forever, an almost-mythical place where the most powerful criminal masterminds in the world gather to work out business deals and to work out their differences. A place where games are played and where the losers usually end up dead. Marco can't imagine what twist of fate has brought the four of them to The Tavern, but he is determined to make sure that they all make it out alive. Of course, survival is much harder when the deck is stacked against you by the Mistress of the Tavern herself.

214 pages, with a 4-star rating from 2 reviews.

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Grastik's Plastic Princess (a laugh out loud comedy), by David Jester. (Still 0.99?)

This short story is a bit out of the norm for us, but just might leave you in stitches. See description below and decide for yourself!

"From the book blurb on I was laughing. This was a hilarious book - and a brilliant idea well executed. Adam is a guy plagued with his failure with women and he relives his failure through his sex doll that he thinks will solve all his problems. That and his equally loser friends who give Adam time only because they make them feel superior make this a funny book about unlovable but likable characters." -- Amazon reviewer

Grastik’s Plastic Princess is a crude and twisted black comedy, set in a curious slice of suburbia.

Adam Grastik is a friendless, loveless, middle-aged loner. He’s the typical weirdo next door; never had much luck with women or the human race.

Then his dream girl, the love of his miserable life, arrives in the post: a plastic fantastic doll, the answer to all his problems. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that Bethany is not as perfect as he first thought. She’s reckless; leaves crumbs on the floor and refuses to do any housework. On top of that, she refuses to sleep with him -- to consummate their love -- because of a headache, tiredness or stress caused by the idiot stoners next door.

Grastik's Plastic Princess is novella length (approximately 15.000 words).

65 pages, with a 5-star rating from 6 reviews.

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The Story of THE RAG! (St. Mary's Today Newspaper), by Ken Rossignol. (Still 1.99?)

The story of a sensational small-town newspaper that made national news in a landmark First Amendment case.

"To call The Story of THE RAG just an other "underdog" tale is to do this superb book a great injustice. In addition to being utterly engrossing, Ken Rossignal has perfected the art of producing a cautionary tale on freedom of the press as well as dedication to the reported word." -- Amazon reviewer

In the short course of less than one year, a small-town newspaper which was run on a shoe-string was featured on the front page of two major newspapers and on network news, all due to covering the news with loud flashy headlines that 'shouted' the news rather than boring its readers to tears. In short, the news made news.
That was just the beginning, before long the newspaper would be the target of an organized effort by a county sheriff and his deputies and a candidate for states attorney to clean the paper off newsstands the night before an election and result in a landmark First Amendment case which is now the law of the land.

"The incident in this case may have taken place in America, but it belongs to a society much different and more oppressive than our own. If we were to sanction this conduct, we would point the way for other state officials to stifle public criticism of their policies and their performance. And we would leave particularly vulnerable this kind of paper in this kind of community.
Alternative weeklies such as St. Mary's Today may stir deep ire in the objects of their irreverence, but we can hardly say on that account that they play no useful part in the political dialogue. No doubt the public has formed over time its opinion of the paper's responsibility and reputation. If defendants believed its attacks to be scurrilous, their remedy was either to undertake their own response or to initiate a defamation action. It was not for law enforcement to summon the organized force of the sheriff's office to the cause of censorship and dispatch deputies on the errands of suppression in the dead of night."
---Fourth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals - Rossignol v. Voorhaar

310 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 11 reviews.

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Pierced (Book One of the Pierced Series), by J. C. Mells. (Still 2.99?)

With its quirky but endearing lead character, this highly-rated urban fantasy just might leave you hooked!

"Pierced was my first foray into the urban fantasy genre - passed on to me by a friend who insisted that I was missing out. I wasn't disappointed. Within the first few pages of the book, the reader realizes that the main character and narrator, Radha Pierce Singer, is 'different'. We're immediately drawn into her world and her way of thinking as her multiple quirks are gradually and humorously revealed and the author hints at a mysterious and troubled past. The pace of the story made it hard to put down (I finished it in a few hours) and I sucked in my breath more than a few times as I anxiously read ahead to find out what would happen next. This book has it all: great characters, drama, intrigue, action...and recipes!" -- Amazon reviewer

Pierce has been on the run for two years from the man who held her captive in a vampire compound for almost a decade. Life on the run would be a lot simpler if she didn't suffer from several social disorders and 'quirks,' have a ten-year-old brat in tow, as well as have two characters from a 1945 classic film living in her head and guiding her at every turn.

4.9-star rating from 10 reviews.

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