Monday, April 8, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Apr 8)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

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Highland Song (The Highland Brides), by Tanya Anne Crosby. (Still free?)

In this historical romance novella in the Highland Brides series, Gavin Mac Brodie encounters the mystical Catriona - who comes from the mountains and just might be something more than human.

"Tanya Anne Crosby weaves a hauntingly beautiful spell with the stroke of a master's pen... -RT Book Reviews Tanya Anne Crosby writes stories that light the darkest corners of history with the warm, glowing beacon of love. - Nationally Bestselling Author Pamela Morsi Tanya Anne Crosby pens a tale that touches your soul and lives forever in your heart. - Sherrilyn Kenyon #1 NYT Bestselling Author" --

Gavin Mac Brodie fears the thought of becoming the man his father was. Driven into solitude by visions of what he would not be and could not have, he vows never to wed. But this last of the available Brodie men is about to encounter a wee bit of Highland magic...

Catrìona is no stranger to solitude. Driven deep into the Highland mountains, her kinsmen have become little more than legend. But no one knows better than Cat that you cannot hide from fate. Naked and painted in the woad of her ancestors, she appears to Gavin Mac Brodie ...

But is she flesh and blood--a chance for a future--or just a faerie creature who will vanish if Gavin dares to open his heart?

This original novella is book 5 of the Highland Brides series. Highland Song: 96 pages, 26,361 words; plus two full chapters of The MacKinnon's Bride, additional 3,119 words.

102 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 15 reviews.

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That Friday (That Weekend), by Karl Jones. (Still 2.99?)

In this tastefully-written steamy romance, it's day one of a passionate weekend away for Charlie and Tess.

"I thought this was a sweet romance of two people finally making their romance come to life. I liked both the characters, they have a realism about them, I could relate to the vulnerability and struggles of both of them. As for the 'steamy' parts, they were very tastefully done. I really enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to more installments." -- Amazon reviewer

Take a voyeuristic look into Charlie and Tess' dirty, romantic weekend away.

Love long thought lost is rekindled in this; the first day of a weekend of passion and romance. 

Will everything be the way Charlie and Tess have dreamed it? Will their love, never previously expressed, be as strong in person as it is when they're apart?

A steamy novella, day one of 'That Weekend'.

$1 from every purchase goes to support the 'Lette's Chat is moving on up' appeal.

4.6-star rating from 7 reviews.

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Duck Blood Soup (The Caldarium War), by The Brothers Hofer. (Still 3.99?)

Untrained female wizard Jeunelux leaves her tomato fields to embark on a quest to save her father and prevent a devastating war.

"Characters are very well developed and the author has managed to make the various races unique rather than the usual run of vampires, giants and fey. The 'villain' of the series seems rather one-sided but the other characters are very well developed. Good plotline, well written action and a reasonable conclusion though obviously more story to come with lots of reasons to want to go on to the next volume without resorting to a cliffhanger." -- Amazon reviewer

When Eizenfeng's leading wizards combine science with magic, the world changes dramatically. Technological advancements, coupled with racial and economic tensions propel the country toward war with a longtime ally. Jeunelux is oblivious to the building turmoil; scorching days harvesting tomatoes and her annoying older brother are more pressing concerns.

Suddenly, strange dreams that haunt her nights become reality. Jeunelux, along with two other untrained and unlicensed wizards embark on a quest to save the girl's father, rescue a giant, and prevent a war. The three friends must quickly hone their magical skills and take on responsibilities beyond their years to save innocent lives.

336 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 7 reviews.

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High Witch (High Witch Book 1), by Mona Hanna. (Still 0.99?)

Ariel learns that she is one of three High Witches, and must flee with her new love from an evil warlock.

"The magical world of "High Witch," is the best part of this book. Dealing with the supernatural is one of the hardest things for an author to do well. There are hundreds and hundreds of stories, different take son legends and different interpretations of lore. Mona Hanna has come up with an interesting take on witchcraft. I was absorbed by the world the author created. I found myself legitimately surprised at the first mention of magic and witchcraft. It's so simply done and immediately caught my attention. I enjoyed learning about Ariel's magic and discovering the many ways that a High Witch's power can manifest. Still, I wish this book were longer. There just isn't enough time to fully develop or grow attached to the characters. I wanted a lot more information and a lot more time with the world of "High Witch."" -- Amazon reviewer

Ariel is a High Witch, one of the most powerful witches in the world. There are only three like her in existence. She finally learns who she is, but immediately has to flee from a malicious warlock, out to claim her for his own. With Brayden, her new love by her side, she attempts to outwit the warlock, and the High Witch who protects him. But what will she do if she has to go through 'The Test''

This is a NOVELLA of approximately 25,000 words.

98 pages, with a 4-star rating from 8 reviews.

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Emily's Trial (Akasha Chronicles), by Natalie Wright. (Still 2.99?)

In this YA fantasy, Celtic Priestess Emily faces faerie magic, struggling friendships, ancient secrets, and the temptations to use her magic to find love.

"Another great read in the growing series by Natalie. Well written with lots of suspense that kept me on the edge. The characters are becoming so real with wonderful descriptive action. Can't wait until the next in the series. This is another gripping fantasy adventure with Emily and her 2 friends, Fanny and Jake, away in Netherworld. The journey begins with a high school prank and ends with the death of a new friend. Emily must make some hard choices in order to stop the Apocalypse she started, while the Goddess Brighid is imprisoned and helpless. A well-written and captivating story. Highly recommended." -- Amazon reviewer

Emily's journey began two years ago when she became a modern Celtic Priestess. She was armed with a magic dagger and the powerful golden torc, forged by faerie hands, was wound around her arm, fused to her soul. Emily was entrusted with sacred magic and ancient wisdom.

But even a Priestess can know desire, feel temptation, and yearn for love. Will passion entice Emily to use the sacred magic in a forbidden way' Can new love take root in a world of nightmares? And will her friendships survive Emily’s Trial?


The Journey Continues . . .

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

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Chesapeake 1850 (Steamboats & Oyster Wars: The News Reader), by Ken Rossignol. (Still 0.99?)

United States history comes to life in this vivid tale of 10-year-old cabin boy Ethan Douglas, who working on his grandfather's Chesapeake Bay steamship, and his rise to become a wealthy ship owner in his own right. Hangings, hurricanes, love, and the lucrative oyster business all come to life in this well-written narrative.

"Rossignol does it again! Readers will be transported back to the 1850's and his winning characters will escort you through the Civil War and beyond! You'll be a passenger on a steamboat and experience every facet of that mode of yesterday's travel. You'll experience the oyster wars and really see what it was like in the galley's of these vessels. The trials and tribulations for ships to survive during the Civil War is brought out. Most of all you'll have a wonderful nostalgic visit to the United States of yesterday!" -- Amazon reviewer

The life of Ethan Aaron Douglas is chronicled as the ten-year-old joins his grandfather for a life on the Chesapeake Bay. With his grandfather as captain of a steamboat traveling between Norfolk, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the boy learns quickly about life on the water. From hurricanes to blue crabs life on the Bay changes quickly. Learning Shakespeare and witnessing a hanging are just part of the life along the river. Ethan Douglas' life brushes past major events in the United States from slavery to the underground railroad and the days leading up to the civil war. How did those who lived along the Potomac deal with active warfare during the War Between the States' Life was always a war on the water with pirates shooting at each other as well as Maryland and Virginia oyster police. Ethan's younger brothers and sisters soon join him as they grow older and become entrepreneurs as the nation's capital city grows and changes.
From buyboats to newspapers the lives of the Douglas family become part of the history of the young nation. Oysters were the "white gold" of the east while railroads and shipping competed for freight. This book is the first in the series that will tell the story of life in tidewater Chesapeake Bay region from 1850 to 1950.

125 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 4 reviews.

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The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard (A Romantic Comedy), by Robert Bryndza. (Still 2.99?)

Emails on an iPhone tell the hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel good Romantic Comedy.

"The story takes place mainly in England, with short stints in Brataslava, Slovakia, and Los Angeles. Coco Pinchard is an author who, shortly after a stressful holiday, has her life turned upside down. From ill-timed remarks and a philandering husband to gardening an allotment and staging a musical, Coco's emails to her two best friends (Chris and Marika) and her son (Rosencrantz) help keep her from completely drowning in the insanity of her life. An interesting twist to the writing is that Bryndza gives only Coco's perspective. It is Coco's emails and responses that appear in the book. However, the reader can glean a lot from this one side of many conversations. Watching Coco deal with trauma, family, mis-steps, and successes reminds us that we all go though ups and downs and, with any luck, we find out we are much stronger than we thought. In The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard, the reader joins Coco for a roller coaster ride through nine months of her life. At the end, Coco seems more like a friend than another character." -- Zen Dixie


Coco Pinchard was never a single thirty-something. She married young, had a son, and put her dream to be a writer on hold. Now her first novel is published. Husband Daniel has greyed nicely into a silver fox, and son Rosencrantz is grown up. It should be time to enjoy life.


That is until the annual family Christmas when her hideous mother-in-law Ethel comes to stay, and Coco opens her gift from Daniel. It's not the jewellery she chose, but an iPhone. This marks the start of Daniel's mid-life crisis and she catches him in bed with a younger woman.


The iPhone becomes a confessional of sorts, through emails to her friends Chris, an ageing trustafarian and Marika a slightly alcoholic schoolteacher. Coco documents her seemingly endless (and often entertaining!) run of bad luck.


Then she meets the hunky Adam and she's back in the world of dating as a single forty-something...



354 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 39 reviews.

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WIDE AWAKE, by Shelly Crane. (Still 0.99?)

Over fifty 5-star reviews for this YA romance!

"Mason is the only person allowing Emma to discover who she wants to be on her own. He just happens to be her physical therapist, so will anything come of the feelings she is beginning to have for him, or is it strictly professional? And why is he so different from everyone else when it comes to her memory? Maybe attending to her recovery is all she should be focusing on.....or maybe there is more to his story too. I completely enjoyed this book. Shelly Crane is an A+ author. I highly recommend this purchase." -- Amazon reviewer

*This is a YA story about a girl who has her life turned upside down. This is not NA or Erotica or Adult.* A girl.
 

A coma.
 

A life she can't remember.
 

When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.
 

Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

193 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 76 reviews.

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