Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Apr 30)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

The Beholder, a Maddie Richards Mystery, by David Bishop. (Still 0.99?)

Maddie Richards, a top-notch detective, is put on the case of the 'Beholder,' a serial killer targeting beautiful women. This highly rated mystery comes from best-selling author, David Bishop, and is only $0.99 today!

"Maddie Richards is a gem. A strong woman working in an unwelcoming environment. The mystery story is also good. Will be watching for more from David Bishop." -- Amazon reviewer

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Maddie Richards is an efficient and resourceful detective with a secret wish that she could handle her messy personal life as well as she handles her work life. As a homicide sergeant for the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department, she has one of the highest solve rates in America. Her success leads her chief of police to assign her a serial killer case. Some sicko the press calls the Beholder is killing beautiful women. Her chief describes the case as “a career maker or breaker, get me'”
She has an ex-husband she still cares for, but who was bad for her and her ten-year-old son. Her widowed mother who lives with her is both a blessing and a trial. And, oh yes, her ex-husband has married an extremely wealthy and politically connected woman who cannot give birth. So, Maddie’s ex is filing a motion to obtain permanent custody of their son, citing the risks attendant to Maddie’s police work endanger the boy.
If that were not enough, the brother-in-law of the chief of police is using his position as an administrative assistant to sexually harass Maddie. She could file a formal complaint, but the good-old-boys network in the department is watching how she handles the situation.
Further complicating Maddie’s life is two love interests: Gary Packard, a hunk who recently moved in across the street, and Lincoln Rogers, a confirmed bachelor, who lives thousands of miles away and works for the FBI.
As the case develops Maddie learns that the victims all wore the same bra size. She must decide if this is merely a coincidence or a criterion the killer uses when selecting his victims. She also finds that each of the victims is somehow connected to the Phoenix police department. This realization isolates her further as she must pursue the killer without disclosing this theory to her department because, if her suspicion is correct, the Beholder would learn she is closing in.
As the story races toward its climax, Maddie is betrayed by those closest to her, and she begins to believe her own name may be on the killer’s list.

358 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 103 reviews.

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Here's a Kindle book available for free today!

Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact, by Andrew Vu. (Still free?)

This best-selling dystopian novel features animals who have equal intelligence of humans, and are starting to interbreed - making them 'Halfkinds'. This book is filled with moral 'what-if's', changing POV, and strong dystopian themes - and it's FREE today!

"If you like survival stories, then this book if for you. Halfkinds is an original story with hybrid human and animal characters that exhibit a range of emotion when backed into a wall. These halfkinds become personalities that you quickly become attached to or characters that you love to hate. This story not only has a great plot, but keeps the reader guessing the "what ifs." " -- Amazon reviewer

The Halfkinds Series
Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact - Available Now
Halfkinds Volume 2: Horus - Available Now


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In the twenty fourth century, a scientific experiment gave a few species the gift of intelligence, and after much struggle, they've carved out a place in society. By the thirtieth century, humans find themselves co-existing, negotiating, and residing on Earth with these animals as equals.

Maya Lawton is a lonely prostitute living in this world. She gives birth to the first halfkinds, creatures who are half animal-kind, and half mankind. Since interspecies breeding is illegal, she is forced into seclusion and raises them alone. Then one day, without warning, she dies, and her death leads to their discovery. Abandoned and lost, this family of halfkinds plan to escape to a terraformed moon. But the law is after them. The order is to kill, sent by the highest authority, the United Species Alliance.

What separates the Halfkinds series from the rest isn't only its unique premise, but also its structure. Chapters shift between the first person POV's of key characters and are presented in a non-linear fashion in order to create a mounting suspense that will keep the reader riveted until the end. Various plot twists occur within the story, and the different character viewpoints help alter the tone as you go along to give an unbiased presentation of their motives and actions. The setting allows a diverse cast of characters, some human, many not, to send a message that intelligence is a power that we take for granted, and when given to other species, the world becomes a dangerous place.

362 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 25 reviews.

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Love in Reality: A Contemporary Romance (The Blackjack Quartet), by Magdalen Braden. (Still 0.99?)

The line between fake and real blur in this contemporary romance about a reality TV producer and a set of twins. This book has a fun premise based around a reality TV show - get it today for $0.99!

"Braden creates a reality show from start to finish, with all its intricacies and pulls it off with aplomb. Marcy, the show's lunatic director, is worth the price of admission, but other characters round out the stellar cast." -- Amazon reviewer

Never has the Philadelphia legal community generated so much passion -- it has to be the fictional world of former lawyer Magdalen Braden, who introduces us to The Blackjack Quartet with the story of a law student who discovers Love in Reality ...

TV producer Rand Jennings isn't looking for love -- he's looking for a flirty female contestant for his reality show, The Fishbowl. Pretty bartender Lissa Pembroke is bright, outgoing, and the perfect "Fish" to play the part. Although sparks fly between them when Rand approaches her with the role, she wants nothing to do with him or his show ...

Law student Libby Pembroke is too busy with school and work to have time for love -- or reality TV. She's temporarily switched places with her identical twin sister Lissa, balancing Lissa's job with her own studies and preparing for a summer internship. So while the handsome and charming Fishbowl producer knocks Libby off her feet, there's no way she's going on national TV, and acting like, well, her sister.

The irresistible chemistry between Libby and Rand can't be ignored, however, and soon Libby discovers that pretending to be Lissa gives her a freedom she's never known before. She goes on the show to be close to Rand, even though Rand still thinks she's the "flirty" twin.

When Libby decides to reveal the truth, will Rand forgive her deceptions' Or will exposing her secrets -- and her heart -- ruin everything?

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

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The Hairy Dogmother, by Julia Dweck. (Still free?)

This free children's book features a fairy godmother - in the form of a beagle. With colorful illustrations, this rhyming tale will please any of the kids in your life! Get it free today!

"This book is an enjoyable read for children, it is warmhearted and entertaining. The illustrations are so bright and colorful they seem to jump right off the page." -- Amazon reviewer

Harry is a beagle with a secret. Everyone knows that dogs are man's best friend, but did you know that some dogs can grant wishes, too' Harry's a hairy fairy from his head to his knees, except that he scratches and has lots of fleas. Readers will be hooked on the fun and fast paced action of this comical rhyming tale. The Hairy Dogmother is for every little girl who has ever dreamed of being a princess.

27 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 30 reviews.

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Shark & The Wolf: Predators and Prey, by Daniel D. Shields. (Still 0.99?)

It's a world where animals have evolved with humans and can talk . . . and play pool. Las Vegas showman, Shaw, wants to capture a Great White Shark, but it turns out to be harder than he thought. Pick up this exciting alternate-reality adventure for only 99 cents today!

"Shields' debut allegorical tale takes place in an Orwellian alternate world in which animals talk and earn their livings and fall in love right alongside humans... Shields has a flair for adventure writing...The book is filled with exciting action sequences...An exciting...clever...animal adventure." -- Amazon reviewer

"A cross between Planet of the Apes, The Hunger Games and Indiana Jones..." J. Hungerford.


Pack your bags for the wild side and hang on tight! Stamp your passport for adventure and enter an exotic world where animals have evolved side by side with humans. Prepare to be transported into an Indiana Jones style adventure and taken on a globe-trotting trek from the vast open plains of Africa, to the breathtaking beaches of Key West and Fiji, to the mysterious jungles of South America, before finally landing inside the gates of Sin City itself - Las Vegas, Nevada. Suspend belief and lose yourself in this roller coaster of a sci-fi thriller that has been called a cross between Planet of the Apes, The Hunger Games and Indiana Jones.

In Las Vegas, Shaw, billionaire casino magnate and self proclaimed world's greatest showman, nears completion on the massive Serengeti Resort & Casino. Its amphitheater is being transformed into an authentic slice of African savanna for the show Predators and Prey which will savagely pit animal against animal in the bloodiest gladiatorial spectacle ever created for human entertainment. The only thing missing is the main attraction - which Shaw soon finds in Shark, the world's only Great White pool-playing shark to be exact.

Shaw envisions the show's tagline as "Come One - Come All To See - The Only Great White Shark In Captivity" but soon learns that capturing the world's top predator and delivering him to Vegas is easier said than done. This daunting task will require the cruel tactics of the evil animal slave trading hyena, Old Jack. The heartbreaking plans they devise and innocent pawns they use to try to coerce Shark's allegiance will force all to rely on primitive instincts to survive.

235 pages, with a 4-star rating from 27 reviews.

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The Art of Falling Apart, by Mark Dawson. (Still 2.99?)

Full of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, this thriller follows European band, Dystopia, as they debut in America. When a band member dies - emotions are put to the test. Download it for $2.99.

"It won't be for everyone - there is a lot of sex and drugs, as you would probably expect - but if you want an addictive novel that will be hard to put down, you should consider giving this a spin." -- Amazon reviewer

Already translated into multiple languages, Mark Dawson's previously best-selling tale of sex, drugs (and rock and roll) makes its Kindle debut.

A story of greed, duplicity and death in the flamboyant, super-ego world of rock and roll. Dystopia have rocketed up the charts in Europe, so now it's time to crack America. The opening concert in Las Vegas is a sell-out success -- but secret envy and open animosity have begun to tear the group apart.

The lead singer, Vid, is on a roller-coaster of self-indulgence and egomania...Jared, the lead guitarist, resents being shouldered out of the limelight...Spin, the warm-up DJ, just cannot resist dangerous extra-marital adventures...nor can their manager, Alex, resist the lure of personal gain that greed and duplicity could bring him.

Then one of them dies, in an apparent accident, and there begins to unravel a chilling saga of dark emotions, cynical manipulation, and murderously ruthless self-interest.

Whether you are a vinyl junkie or you watch the pop world in fascinated horror, you will find The Art of Falling Apart as bewitching as the world it depicts.

Praise for The Art of Falling Apart

'The spirit of our times captured in an engrossing new work ... This earthy, tragi-comic first novel marks him out as a talent to be watched.' Birmingham Post

'Mark Dawson takes us for a rollicking ride through the trashy backstreets of the rock and roll dream ... with a tasty sting in the tail to boot.' Classic Rock.

'Written in an innovative style, with plenty of intrigue and action, Dawson beautifully weaves the plot together ... a brilliant debt novel from a very talented writer.' Subject.

'Grips you like the Boston Strangler's handshake. Essential reading.' Later.

'An entertaining life at the low lives of high-rollers.' Jockey Slut.

'An impressive first novel. Edgy vibrancy.' Manchester Evening News.

'The style of writing fits the action perfectly. If you're gagging for band lunacy, check this out.' Metal Hammer.

'A classic tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll - and murder ... a fascinating read for anyone with even a passing interest in the treacherous machinations of the music industry.' RTE

'A soap opera of scandalous behaviour ... the time to read this is now.' The Big Issue



368 pages, with a 3.3-star rating from 20 reviews.

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