Bargain and Free Books for 12-15-16

by Ron on December 15, 2016

Check out this set of highly rated reads – 9 bargain books and 4 free books.

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Bargain Books

The Same Sky – Amazon
by Amanda Eyre Ward
Rating: 4.2
Genre: Literary Fiction
Price: $1.99 Save $10.00
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The Same Sky – Nook
The Same Sky – iBooks
The Same Sky – Google Play

“This one’s going to haunt me for a long time—and it’s going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of socially conscious fiction.” -Jodi Picoult, author

Award Winning Author

Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach.

Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands—and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.

In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strength—no matter what dangers await—to find the place where you belong.


Christmas Angel – Amazon
by Jo Beverley
Rating: 4.4
Genre: Historical Romance
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Christmas Angel – Nook
Christmas Angel – Google Play

“…beautifully complex love story… The Company of Rogues is well on its way to becoming one of the most cherished series ever in romantic fiction.” -Romantic Times

NY Times, USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

Leander, Lord Charrington has a problem. Raised to be a charming diplomat, women fall in love with him.

He, however, seeks a marriage of convenience with a sensible woman with whom he can live on honest terms.

The impoverished widow, Judith Rossiter, Angel Bride of poet Sebastian Rossiter, seems ideal. Still dressing in black, she remains devoted to her dead husband, and she has children to provide for.

Judith Rossiter thanks heaven for the earl’s offered escape from disaster. Though her story is not what the earl believes, the terms of his agreement—to not fall in love with him—seem simple enough. Or so she believes on her wedding day….


Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel – Amazon
by Nick Pengelley
Rating: 4.4
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
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Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel – Nook
Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel – iBooks
Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel – Google Play

“An exciting thriller with characters that you can’t help but like . . . a thrill-a-minute story . . . well worth reading . . . Pengelley has a hit with the character of Ayesha Ryder.” -Fresh Fiction

As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare to make a joint announcement at the Tower of London, an influential scholar is tortured and murdered in his well-appointed home in St. John’s Wood. Academic researcher Ayesha Ryder believes the killing is no coincidence. Sir Evelyn Montagu had unearthed shocking revelations about T. E. Lawrence—the famed Lawrence of Arabia. Could Montagu have been targeted because of his discoveries?

Ryder’s search for answers takes her back to her old life in the Middle East and into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she draws the attention of agents from both sides of the conflict, including detectives from Scotland Yard and MI5, Ryder stumbles deeper into Lawrence’s secrets, an astounding case of royal blackmail, even the search for the Bible’s lost Ark of the Covenant.

Every step of the way, the endgame grows more terrifying. But when an attack rocks London, the real players show their hand—and Ayesha Ryder is left holding the final piece of the puzzle.


Cauldron Bubble – Amazon
by Wendy Knight
Rating: 4.8
Genre: Paranormal
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“Cauldron Bubble was a true delight.” -jewels

Top 100 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

Destiny doesn’t think she’s anything special. The daughter of an outcast witch. Her twin, Fate, is her best friend, so that’s awesome. They’re experts in love potions and selling them to crazy high school kids.

So they can buy more shoes.

But that all changes when their school is attacked by warlocks—warlocks who want her power for their own. The attack launches her onto the path the stars have chosen for Destiny, Fate, and their long-lost father.

Oh, and Quin.

Quin, who’s the son of a witch, only tolerating Destiny’s presence because she can save his mother. Except along the way, that all changes, and he realizes Destiny is everything he never knew he wanted. The only problem is she thinks if love can be made from a potion, it can’t be a real thing.

If they survive this, he’s going to prove her wrong.


Alexis – Amazon
by Dianne Harman
Rating: 4.6
Genre: Womens Fiction
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“A great story, beautifully told, a definite winner…Would recommend this for yourself and as gifts. ” -Ellen

Award-Winning Author and Amazon 7-Time All-Star

When her boss gives Alexis weight loss surgery as an early Christmas bonus, it sets in motion a string of events no one could have foreseen. With the surgery comes the realization that anything is possible from losing weight, working out, a complete makeover, a new wardrobe, to men in her life for the first time. Each step is terrifying as time after time she’s forced to get out of her comfort zone because of all the changes taking place.

As the Alexis package becomes more appealing it brings with it an exotic sports car, a glamorous face and body, and a chance at love. But when the ex-wife of the man she falls in love with wants to reconcile with him, Alexis’ hard fought midlife victory becomes a nightmare, and she resorts to returning to what used to work for her when she didn’t want to deal with her feelings – food. Is she doomed to live a life of unhappiness or is there a happy ever after for her?

You can’t read about Alexis’ trials and tribulations without rooting for her every step of the way. Although her midlife journey forces her to come to terms with a lifetime of being overweight, her struggle of dealing with changes in midlife is one every woman will face in one form or another. This is Alexis’ midlife journey.


Ultra Deep – Amazon
by William H. Lovejoy
Rating: 4.0
Genre: Action and Adventure
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“Lovejoy has proven himself a master storyteller.” -Clive Cussler

For the new post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States, it was supposed to be a historic event and moment of great celebration.

But when the launch of the new A2e rocket goes terribly wrong, panic grips the entire world – because this rocket has a nuclear reactor on board. From the moment the A2e crashes, that nuclear reactor is on a countdown to meltdown. It will reach a supercritical state within a matter of days. And so, even as the A2e plummets to the very depths of the ocean, the desperate race to retrieve it begins. Failure will result in catastrophic damage to Earth and all life upon it. Yet the rocket has plunged so deep into the ocean that it seems almost impossible to find, let alone salvage.

Enter Dane Brande, maverick but world-leading oceanographer who, with his highly-skilled, international team of experts and cutting edge equipment, may be the world’s best, possibly only, hope of salvation. But will Brande take on the job and if he does, will he survive it?

Against a background of riots and international rage, interested parties converge on the sea above the crash site. A rogue environmentalist, whose ambitions are unclear even to himself, threatens to derail the operation. Newspaper reporters circle and protesters gather as the world looks on.

Soon after the end of the Soviet era, the Russians and the Americans are once more racing each other to an achievement – that of raising the rocket – but in this new world order and time of threat, do they actually need to co-operate? To what extent are they willing and able to do that?

Meanwhile, Brande must keep his own demons at bay and hold his nerve long enough to find and retrieve the rocket. If he succeeds he will save the world from catastrophe and secure the future of his ground-breaking research and diving salvage company… But will Brande succeed or will he, like others, lose his life in the search for the lost rocket and its terrifying cargo?


Sweet Texas Secrets Boxed Set – Amazon
by Nicole Flockton and Robyn Neely and Monica Tillery
Rating: 4.7
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Sweet Texas Secrets Boxed Set – Nook
Sweet Texas Secrets Boxed Set – iBooks
Sweet Texas Secrets Boxed Set – Google Play
Sweet Texas Secrets Boxed Set – Kobo

“Just finished and how thrilling for the three of you to create such a wonderful setting and great characters. Loved each and everyone of them.” -Shirley G.

Small town. Big secrets. Welcome to Sweet Ridge.

The Cooper brothers receive the shock of their lives when their deceased father, owner of the lucrative Guac Ole company, wills away their inheritances to three random women, leaving them each only a mysterious object and a riddle to solve. You don’t want to miss a sexy minute of their search for answers – and love.

Sweet Texas Kiss: Gavin Cooper can’t wrap his mind around why country music superstar Macy Young would end up inheriting his family home. Seeing his childhood memories handed over to his high school rival – the first woman to break his heart – stings, especially when Gavin is left only a pair of old reading glasses. Luckily, Macy can’t sell the house for one year – plenty of time for him to find a way to get it back. Can a country star and a country veterinarian find a way to bury their animosity and rediscover their first love in the process?

Sweet Texas Fire: Gage Cooper has always wanted the family cabin. Instead, his business nemesis, environmental analyst Charlotte Wilkinson, inherits this valuable property with its oil-rich land and its secrets, and Gage pockets a useless key. He’ll do anything to reverse this fortune, including eloping to Vegas for a sham marriage. But as they discover common ground and a surprising chemistry together, suddenly Gage must decide what’s worth more: the land he’s always coveted or a future with Charlotte.

Sweet Texas Charm: Becca Nash has no idea why kind, old Jack Cooper left her half of his company since she never had more than a few polite conversations with the guy. Neither does Grayson Cooper, Guac Olé’s CEO, who is seething over the strawberry-shaped charm his dad willed him. He goes undercover boss to find out how he can steal back those shares, but surprisingly loses his heart to Becca instead. What he does discover is a secret that could blow apart not only Becca’s world but his whole family. Now Grayson must determine whether it’s better to follow his head or his heart.


Linear Shift – Amazon
by Paul B. Kohler
Rating: 4.6
Genre: Science Fiction
Price: $0.99 Save $4.00
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Linear Shift – Nook
Linear Shift – iBooks
Linear Shift – Kobo

“The writing pulled me into the story quickly and once there I just could not stop reading.” -L. Jenkins, Vine Voice

The penetrating briskness of the thin night air chilled Peter to the bone. His eyes had adjusted to the darkness of a moonless sky.

With life crumbling all around, Peter Cooper, a widowed father of two is at his wit’s end—until a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general launches him on a risky mission: to go back to 1942 and change a moment in time. The outcome will almost certainly alter the conclusion of World War II. But will the ripple effects stop there? With unknown consequences abound, what sort of life will Peter return to? A successful mission may not have the outcome that he had intended for.


Love, Lies, and Fireflies – Amazon
by Jan Elder
Rating: 4.8
Genre: Christian Fiction
Price: $0.99 Save $3.00
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Love, Lies, and Fireflies – Nook

“The realistic characters, plausible plot, and heightened tension kept this reviewer flipping pages and missing sleep.” -Cass W.

Award-Winning Author

Didi O’Brien is engaged—at least she was an hour ago. Now she’s not so sure. Her fiancé, the suave Kevin Cabot, has just revealed that he’s been unfaithful, and he’s not the least bit sorry. Reeling from the betrayal, with her plans for a happily-ever-after life in doubt, she prays for direction. The answer comes as a complete surprise. God has someone better in mind.

Middle school teacher, Jake Montgomery, is struggling with some issues of his own. Sadly, a year previously his fiancée had been killed in a car crash. Battling anger and despair, in a mountain-top experience, Jake wrestles with the Almighty, and is ready to live again. In his youth, he’d felt an unmistakable call to the ministry but, like the prophet Jonah, since then, he’s been running hard in the wrong direction.

Through a crisis of faith, and glimpses of mercy, Didi and Jake find each other. But can they find the strength to resolve the many obstacles that conspire to keep them apart?

Free Books

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Lily’s Sister – Amazon
by Karen J. Hasley
Rating: 4.6
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: $0.00 Save $2.99
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Read the book – and meet the woman – that started Karen J. Hasley’s acclaimed Laramie Series.

Louisa Caldecott, a progressive woman and independent business owner in 1880 Kansas, is principled, strong-willed, passionate, and generous to a fault. Satisfied with her comfortable life, she’s happy to live in her sister Lily’s shadow. Until Lou meets John Rock Davis, Civil War veteran and man with a past. Until everything she loves is put at risk. Until she is forced to take a stand that threatens her safety, her happiness, and her future. Then all hell – but heaven, too – breaks loose, and self-sufficient Lou finally understands the cost of courage and the power of love.


Infinite Time – Amazon
by H.J. Lawson
Rating: 4.0
Genre: Young Adult
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Save the girl.

Save the day.

Save yourself.

The mission sounds easy enough, but it is anything but easy for Parker Jenkins. Yesterday, ordinary, poverty-stricken Parker was an ordinary high school kid, getting bullied relentlessly and trying to get by. Today, he’s a time traveler with gifted powers expected to carry out the extraordinary. Teaming up with another time traveler, Scarlet, they must save an innocent girl on the run before the villains kill them all. If they don’t, their present-day selves will die. But can the ordinary perform the extraordinary?


Bound – Amazon
by Melody Anne
Rating: 4.2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Bound – iBooks

NY Times, USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

Relinquish Control has just opened its doors in Seattle, and already we are not shy for customers. Relinquish Control is an exclusive escort service catering to the most distinguished customers, from business magnates to foreign royalty. This proven and well-established international business offers an elite selection of women who are ready and willing to attend to your every need with no questions asked. Confidentiality is our special obligation.

Jewell Weston is homeless and desperate at age twenty-four. Two years ago, she quit her job to care for her ailing mother and her young brother; the medical bills incurred because of the cancer that killed her mother two months ago took everything the family had, and the state then took away her brother, now age ten. The only way for her to get the boy back is by finding a job and securing a home.

When she’s approached by a woman in cashmere and pearls who tells her she can change her life, and is handed a card with the business name Relinquish Control on it, she thinks she has nothing to lose by calling the phone number. Maybe this will be the answer to her prayers, a way to save her little brother from the nightmarish foster home he’s been placed in.

Blake Knight, known to the world as cold and without a heart, is given an exclusive membership to Relinquish Control by his devilish younger brother, who thinks it would be amusing to make his staid brother squirm. Little does this brother realize that Blake does indeed have unusual desires that Relinquish Control can cater to perfectly. What started as a joke turns out to be just what Blake needs. Though the world sees this man as deliberate and emotionless, it’s nothing but a façade. What lies underneath would shock all those who know him.

When he and his two brothers were six, eight and ten, they were tied up and forced to watch while their parents were murdered. The image has been burned into their minds, though they’ve tried to forget, leaving each of them guarded and unwilling to give their trust to anyone other than each other. No one is allowed to have their hearts. The brothers would never think of letting down their guard with anyone else, certainly not with a woman.

Follow Blake and Jewell’s journey and see if they can find a happily ever after…


Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex – Amazon
by Various Authors
Rating: 4.2
Genre: Non-Fiction
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In one of the most spellbinding accounts of men who go down to the sea in ships, the modern reader is given a seat in the whale boat of Owen Chase as he and his fellow crew and their Captain make way in three boats after the wreckage of the Whaleship Essex.

The account of how the Essex was wrecked inspired the infamous book Moby Dick and countless movies, including the newest, In the Heart of the Sea.

The perils of sea, storms, nefarious intent of evil men and fate combined to bring an end to a long whaling voyage – typically hard and grueling enough without suffering an attack by a furious and vengeful sperm whale.

The story, told in a first-person narrative by Owen Chase, the first mate of the Essex, was first published in 1821 and served to inspire Herman Melville to write his fictional book of the attack by the whale.

The perseverance and determination of the crew, mate, and captain to use each and every tool and morsel available to them in salvage from the wrecked Essex to outfit their flimsy whaleboats for a voyage of more than 2,500 miles back to the South American coast is remarkable in many ways.

Every ounce of energy and civility rapidly evaporated after two months at sea. The story not told by Melville may be the best part though the attack by the whale is still impressive if one imagines being on the small ship as the leviathan repeatedly bashes in the hull.

In addition to the stirring account by Owen Chase are parts of the account by cabin boy Thomas Nickerson.

Nickerson returned to the seas on whale ships following the Essex shipwreck, one of just a few known to have been sunk by a whale. After he retired to running a boarding house in Nantucket was when Nickerson finally wrote his account of the Essex and the plight of the crew. Nickerson only put pen to paper when challenged by a visiting author.

When the writer, Leon Lewis, escaping from his creditors, became acquainted with Nickerson, he encouraged him to write down his tale of the incredible Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex. Nickerson did so and entrusted the manuscript to the erstwhile writer who promised to get it published and then fled to England.

Over one hundred years later the Nickerson account The Loss of the Ship “Essex” Sunk by a Whale and the Ordeal of the Crew in Open Boats; was discovered in an old trunk and authenticated by the Nantucket Historical Association and published in 1984, a century after Nickerson wrote it.

Nickerson’s story told of the incredible attack on the Essex while two of the whaleboats were in the hunt to harpoon their prey. The first attack crashed the vessel and rocked it hard. Then, Nickerson wrote that the monster whale turned and rammed the Essex again, causing it to heave, break apart and sink.

The crew began their search for land and eventually found a small island that was rather poor in resources. The sailors, with the exception of three men who decided to stay on the island, left in search of a better island, the mainland or perhaps a ship.

Chase described how during the 90-day journey to the coast of Chile, the men were forced to eat one of their fellow sailors who had died. Nickerson was less than specific about the act of cannibalism and was on the same whaling boat with Chase. The other boat commanded by Capt. Pollard had, but four men left alive and too weak to continue. Finally, they decided to draw lots to determine who would have to be shot so that the others could live. The young cousin of the captain was the loser in that drawing and was killed. Only eight of the crew of twenty survived.

It was later revealed that the three men who stayed behind on the island were rescued, and two of the boats made it to Chile. The tale that they told, mainly through Chase’s account, laid the basis for one of the greatest sea stories ever in print or the movies – Moby Dick.

This account by Chase includes actual news coverage of whale attacks and cannibals.

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