Bargain and Free Books for 5-24-17

by Ron on May 24, 2017

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Heyday – Amazon
by Kurt Andersen
Rating: 3.5
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: $1.99 Save $10.00
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“Heyday is fueled by manic energy, fanatical research, and a wicked sense of humor…. It’s a joyful, wild gallop through a joyful, wild time to be an American.” -Vanity Fair

NY Times Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

Heyday is a brilliantly imagined, wildly entertaining tale of America’s boisterous coming of age–a sweeping panorama of madcap rebellion and overnight fortunes, palaces and brothels, murder and revenge–as well as the story of a handful of unforgettable characters discovering the nature of freedom, loyalty, friendship, and true love.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, modern life is being born: the mind-boggling marvels of photography, the telegraph, and railroads; a flood of show business spectacles and newspapers; rampant sex and drugs and drink (and moral crusades against all three); Wall Street awash with money; and giddy utopian visions everywhere. Then, during a single amazing month at the beginning of 1848, history lurches: America wins its war of manifest destiny against Mexico, gold is discovered in northern California, and revolutions sweep across Europe–sending one eager English gentleman off on an epic transatlantic adventure. . . .

Amid the tumult, aristocratic Benjamin Knowles impulsively abandons the Old World to reinvent himself in New York, where he finds himself embraced by three restless young Americans: Timothy Skaggs, muckraking journalist, daguerreotypist, pleasure-seeker, stargazer; the fireman Duff Lucking, a sweet but dangerously damaged veteran of the Mexican War; and Duff’s dazzling sister Polly Lucking, a strong-minded, free thinking actress (and discreet part-time prostitute) with whom Ben falls hopelessly in love.

Beckoned by the frontier, new beginnings, and the prospects of the California Gold Rush, all four set out on a transcontinental race west–relentlessly tracked, unbeknownst to them, by a cold-blooded killer bent on revenge.

A fresh, impeccable portrait of an era startlingly reminiscent of our own times, Heyday is by turns tragic and funny and sublime, filled with bona fide heroes and lost souls, visionaries (Walt Whitman, Charles Darwin, Alexis de Tocqueville) and monsters, expanding horizons and narrow escapes. It is also an affecting story of four people passionately chasing their American dreams at a time when America herself was still being dreamed up–an enthralling, old-fashioned yarn interwoven with a bracingly modern novel of ideas.

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Bliss Bound: Bliss Series Boxed Set – Amazon
by Michelle Jo Quinn
Rating: 4.9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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“Sweet and funny all wrapped into these romance books. This bundle will definitely give you that happy feeling. It’s entertaining and very enjoyable.” -Cindy

USA Today Bestselling Author

BLISS BOUND includes:

CONFESSIONS OF A WEDDING PLANNER

He may be the best man, But he’s the worst man for her…

Wedding planner, Veronica Soto-Stewart believes everyone deserves a fairy tale wedding–even her ex-boyfriend and his new fiancée. Unable to refuse his request, she finds herself creating the most magical event for the perfect couple.

But nothing is ever perfect… Especially when Levi Laurent, the best man, is doing everything to get into her pants. Veronica wants nothing to do with the rich, sexy, irresistible playboy.

Can Levi convince Veronica that her own fairy tale is closer than she thinks and not all happily ever afters can be planned?

THE BACHELOR’S PERFECT PROPOSAL

All he wants is a perfect proposal. But all she wants is the truth…

The sexy and former playboy, Levi Laurent is ready to marry sweet, romantic wedding planner, Veronica Soto-Stewart. After a crazy and rocky start, Levi knows they can withstand anything–as long as he keeps his past buried deep… But when Levi and Veronica travel overseas to meet his ailing grandmother, Levi’s past comes barreling forth, nearly suffocating both of them.

Now, it’s time for Levi to open up to the one woman he can’t bear to lose. But will Veronica agree to “for better or worse” once the Laurent secrets are revealed?

PLUS BONUS:

A MOMENT OF BLISS

SANTA BEBé – Holiday Special

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Resurrected – Amazon
by S.M. Schmitz
Rating: 4.0
Genre: Science Fiction
Price: $0.99 Save $2.00
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“I normally like to stretch out a new book. Couldn’t put it down. Love the twist and turns and intrigue that Dietrich and Lottie faced. Hungry for more.” -Mary

USA Today Bestselling Author

Awakened from death. Herself but no longer alone in her own body. Two lives merged into one.

A mistake. An aberration. A miracle.

And a company that wants her dead because she exists.

When Dietrich’s fiancée, Lottie, is killed in a car accident, he descends into his own personal Hell until he runs into her in a café two years later. Claiming she isn’t really Lottie but only possesses some of her memories, the young woman offers him an unbelievable story then disappears.

Using his position as a CIA agent to track her down, Dietrich quickly discovers Lottie remembers far more about her past life than she’d originally let on. But his attempt to learn more about the planet she comes from or the woman she is now is disrupted by a group of men from the company that transports people from their home planet to Earth when they find out about her resurrection and attempt to murder her.

Because for Lottie, something went wrong, and her existence threatens their entire business on Earth. And Dietrich’s ultimate second chance with the only woman he’s ever loved will be threatened as well.

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No One’s Bride – Amazon
by Nerys Leigh
Rating: 4.5
Genre: Christian Fiction
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“I really did love this book. It was long enough that it never felt rushed. There was genuine conflict and suspense. The whole cast of characters were wonderfully and vividly drawn.” -Rose A.

A mail order bride with no intention of marrying, a young postmaster determined to change her mind.

The last thing Amy wants is a husband but, trapped in a dangerous situation, her only hope of escape is to answer an advertisement for a mail order bride.

When her desperate plan to trick Adam Emerson into paying her way across the country goes awry, her guilty conscience compels her to stay in the small Californian town of Green Hill Creek to find a way to repay him the cost of the train fare before she moves on. The trouble is, she’s completely unprepared for the effect of his kindness, charm, wit, and ridiculously blue eyes.

As her dream of a new life in San Francisco begins to falter and her past catches up with her, can Amy hold onto the one thing she never thought she’d want but now can’t bear to lose?

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Labor Pains – Amazon
by C.A. Huggins
Rating: 4.0
Genre: Humor
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“This book is chuck-full of ‘that’s so wrong’ kind of humor, the kind you’ll want to read aloud to your spouse and get them to laugh with you.” -Portland Book Review

Attaining the American Dream One Lie at a Time.

Kevin Taylor is a woefully mediocre man who finds himself at a crossroads in his mid-30’s. Everyday his alarm clock wakes him up for the cold realization that he has to go to a job that he downright loathes. His cubicle is his own private cell for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

All of his efforts to get a promotion or get another job over the past 10 years have been thwarted by his indifference towards hard work and overall incompetence.

He feels destined to be stuck in the glut of the lower middle-class, living from check to check, never having the ability to do the things he wants to do, and going to a passionless job he hates in order to maintain his mediocre fate until he decides to eliminate his competition using a strategy of office terrorism leads him into a string of hysterical occurrences as he quests to get what he thinks he rightfully deserves.

Labor Pains is a wry and absurdly comical look at the modern employee caught in the endless cycle of consumerism where it is impossible to differentiate your wants versus your needs.

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Full Dark House – Amazon
by Christopher Fowler
Rating: 4.0
Genre: Mystery
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“Deadpan, sly, and always unexpectedly inventive.” -Entertainment Weekly

Multi Award-Winning Author

Edgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department’s Peculiar Crimes Unit. In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both their first and last case—and how along the way the unlikely pair of crime fighters changed the face of detection.

A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of eighty-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half-a-century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues to the killer’s identity, May finds his old friend’s notes of their very first case and becomes convinced that the past has returned…with a killing vengeance.

It begins when a dancer in a risque new production of Orpheus in Hell is found without her feet. Suddenly, the young detectives are plunged in a bizarre gothic mystery that will push them to their limits—and beyond. For in a city shaken by war, a faceless killer is stalking London’s theaters, creating his own kind of sinister drama. And it will take Arthur Bryant’s unorthodox techniques and John May’s dogged police work to catch a criminal whose ability to escape detection seems almost supernatural–a murderer who even decades later seems to have claimed the life of one of them…and is ready to claim the other.

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The Hazards of War – Amazon
by Jonathan Paul Isaacs
Rating: 4.3
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
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“An exciting war novel blended with elements of detective fiction.” -Manhattan Book Review

A remote winery. A dead German. A lethal secret.

The year is 1942. Hitler’s war machine has decimated the Allies and thrown the British back across the Channel. With their prospects of freedom dwindling by the day, the people of Europe are learning the terror of living under the Third Reich.

For Gabrielle Conti, a young French girl working at her family’s winery, it all seemed so distant and surreal. Surely such events couldn’t impact her simple life in the French countryside?

That was before the body of an SS officer was found in the basement.

When her family becomes the subject of a brutal murder investigation, Gabrielle must match wits with SS Captain Hans Tiedemann, a veteran of the Russian Front who is hell-bent on singling out the killer. Gabrielle hopes if she can fool Tiedemann into thinking he is making progress, she might just buy enough time for her family to escape.

But that will be no easy task. For as the Germans gather their clues, Gabrielle starts to learn more about her family’s true involvement in the war–and saving them could spell the end of the French Resistance.

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Marked by Dragon’s Blood – Amazon
by N.M. Howell
Rating: 4.5
Genre: Young Adult
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“A fantastic introduction to a new series…The plot of the book is well thought out and executed perfectly.” -Lidia C.

Descended from dragons. Condemned to death. Driven underground.

Andie Rogers is no stranger to secrecy. After watching her dragonborn mother get taken away at a young age, she has had to learn to use her sorcery inherited from her father to disguise all trace of her own dragon’s blood magic. Now, no longer a child, Andie must attend the University, center of all magic and government in Arvall City, to learn to wield her magic and become a fully-fledged sorcerer.

But Andie has another goal in mind.

Dreams of her tormented ancestors calling out to her have haunted her since she was a child, and Andie knows she must answer their call and discover the truth. But she must do so in the magical capital in the world, surrounded by powerful sorcerers determined to uphold the lie at all cost. If they discover that she carries the blood of the dragonborn, death with be swift and her people will never get a chance at redemption.

Will Andie risk everything to shatter the lies that the world has been fed for so many years? Will she set her people free?

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The Wedding Audition – Amazon
by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock
Rating: 4.1
Genre: Romance
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USA Today Bestselling and RITA Award-Winning Author

The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta’s favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she’s never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There’s no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who can’t even know his real name. He’s in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case— even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arm’s length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is to keep her very, very close.

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The Carlswick Affair – Amazon
by SL Beaumont
Rating: 4.5
Genre: Mystery
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#1 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

Who can she trust?

When 18 year old student Stephanie Cooper investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding her great aunt’s death, she discovers a painting thought stolen by the Nazis and destroyed during WWII, hanging in the home of the intriguing James Knox, guitarist with indie band, The Fury.
Now, as Stephanie gathers proof to unmask a thief and possible killer, she discovers that someone does not want her to uncover the secrets of her family’s past and that someone may kill to stop her.

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King’s Warrior – Amazon
by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
Rating: 4.4
Genre: Fantasy
Price: $0.00 Save $3.99
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Award-Winning Author

When Dark Warriors invade her country, it is up to Princess Kamarie to seek out the legendary king’s warrior and request his aid. The feisty princess has spent her life dreaming of adventure and is thrilled to be tasked with such a quest. There’s only one thing that can dampen the princess’s excitement: Oraeyn. The squire views his task of protecting the princess on her journey as an inglorious assignment and makes no attempt to hide his disappointment.

Despite a rocky start to their journey – in which Oraeyn throws the obnoxious princess in a river just to get her to call him by name – the travelers soon learn that they must depend upon one another if they are to locate the man they have been sent to find.

The adventure merely begins when they meet Brant: a warrior with a mysterious past. He joins their cause readily, his heart smoldering with a vendetta Kamarie cannot completely understand. But whether she trusts him or not, the hope of their world rests on the steel he wears at his side….

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