Bargain and Free Books for 3-30-17

by Ron on March 30, 2017

Indulge in a good book or two from this assortment of 9 bargain books and 4 free books.

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Bargain Books

Hausfrau – Amazon
by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Rating: 3.1
Genre: Literary Fiction
Price: $1.99 Save $8.00
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“In Hausfrau, Anna Karenina goes Fifty Shades with a side of Madame Bovary.” —Time

New York Times Bestseller

Anna was a good wife, mostly. For readers of The Girl on the Train and The Woman Upstairs comes a striking debut novel of marriage, fidelity, sex, and morality, featuring a fascinating heroine who struggles to live a life with meaning.

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno—a banker—and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her.

But Anna can’t easily extract herself from these affairs. When she wants to end them, she finds it’s difficult. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back.

Intimate, intense, and written with the precision of a Swiss Army knife, Jill Alexander Essbaum’s debut novel is an unforgettable story of marriage, fidelity, sex, morality, and most especially self. Navigating the lines between lust and love, guilt and shame, excuses and reasons, Anna Benz is an electrifying heroine whose passions and choices readers will debate with recognition and fury. Her story reveals, with honesty and great beauty, how we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves and the sometimes disastrous choices we make to find ourselves.


The Bucket List Dare – Amazon
by Various Authors
Rating: 4.8
Genre: Christian Fiction
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“Pick up this collection of four novellas and get ready for adventure and romance as four women take on their bucket-list dares. You’ll find yourself rooting for them as they face their crazy adventures and find love in the process.” -Vickie P.

Four best friends—Texas A and M grads—challenge each other to revisit the bucket list they made in college and tackle one daring item before they turn thirty. Living in different parts of the country and with birthdays on the horizon, the Aggie girls choose their adventure and work toward making it happen…But do they dare to love? The young professionals, facing unknown dangers and risks, call on their strong faith and Aggie spirit. Will they dare to love?

In Her Impossible Dream by Angela Breidenbach, Arabel Milligan, recently unemployed and with a new genealogical certification to her name, takes off for Scotland to discover the answer to a mysterious missing branch in her ancestral tree.

In Save the Groom by Jessica Ferguson, Annie Flowers, a wedding photographer whose reputation is her pride and her job is her life, crashes the most extravagant wedding in the country.

In What Lies Ahead by Pamela S. Meyers, Kat Brownlee, an army veteran and amputee, has always dreamed of climbing the most challenging mountain she could find. Now that her life and body have been drastically altered—does she dare?

Jojo Merritt, in Skydiving to Love by Linda W. Yezak, is a country veterinarian who has never jumped out of anything higher than a hayloft much less an airplane. How did that get on her bucket list?


White Lead – Amazon
by Susan Daitch
Rating: 3.4
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
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“A novelist who manages to surprise on nearly every page.” —Matt Bell, author

Award-Winning Author

Late one night, while restoring a seventeenth-century painting by Diego Velázquez, Stella Da Silvera hears screams from the office of Claiborne’s curator Jack Ashby. She goes to investigate, but when the noise fades away she heads back to her studio—where she finds a dead body dressed like a figure in the painting and a man with a tattooed face who isn’t happy to have company. After eluding the unsavory character, Stella returns with the police, only to find the corpse—and the Velázquez—gone.

With no murder in evidence, the detectives turn their attention to the missing canvas. They figure Stella had access and opportunity, making her a prime suspect. Adding insult to injury, Claiborne’s cans her for negligence. To save her reputation, Stella has no choice but to find the painting. But she’s not the only one looking, and someone else is looking for her.


Claiming the Enemy – Amazon
by Lauren Hawkeye
Rating: 4.3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Claiming the Enemy – Nook
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“Holy HOTNESS! I think I just found my new book boyfriend, and it comes in the form of Dr. Ace Lennox!” – Rhonda B., Goodreads

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Piper Dawson has spent a lifetime living by other people’s rules.

She’s worked hard to get what she wants—a residency at her first choice hospital—and no one will ever tie her down again, not even her severe yet incredibly sexy supervisor, Dr. Alexander “Ace” Lennox.

Ace is done with love. He’s had his heart shattered, and he never wants to go there again. But when he’s inexplicably enticed by the sexy, tattooed woman with blue streaks in her hair and a perpetual smile on her lips, he figures that maybe he can keep it to just sex.

The problem? He thrives on control, and Piper dances just around the edges of it.

But when they’re together, control is the first thing to go…


The Unquiet Daughter – Amazon
by Danielle Flood
Rating: 5.0
Genre: Memoirs and Biographies
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“Powerful…compelling…heartbreaking…a gripping story of self-doubt and self-discovery.” -Publishers Weekly.

Journalist and first-time author Flood’s powerful memoir of her life with a dysfunctional mother and her decades-long search for her biological father is a gripping story of self-doubt and self-discovery.

Flood’s parents may seem familiar to readers- a Vietnamese woman, pregnant with a British officer’s baby, who marries an American foreign officer – since their lives were the basis for the main characters in Graham Greene’s novel “The Quiet American.” For Flood, this book is the sequel Greene never wrote, and her story has some compelling moments of its own. After the family moves to America, Flood’s stepfather mysteriously leaves her with her mother, who thrives on mental fireworks, begins a career as a burlesque dancer, has numerous affairs, and often leaves the young Flood to fend for herself in a variety of schools in New York City. Flood finds peace of mind while searching for answers about what her mother “did and did not do and what she did and did not tell me.”


Green Bearets: Garrin – Amazon
by Amelia Jade
Rating: 4.8
Genre: Paranormal
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“It was funny, exciting, sexy and fun to read.” -Martine E.

As a high-ranking officer in the Green Bearets, Garrin Richter rarely gets out from behind his desk. So when he is able to arrange a trip to nearby Cloud Lake to meet with some of his subordinates, the bear shifter is ecstatic. With the war raging on between his homeland of Cadia and their arch rivals Fenris, he’s never felt more helpless sitting safely behind the action. But when the high command’s meeting is interrupted, Garrin isn’t sure what’s the bigger bombshell: the woman who just walked in, or what she has to say.

Mia Jameson was nobody special. It didn’t make sense. She had a good life, and enjoyed it, and was proud of her accomplishments, but she was just a normal human being. Under threat of duress, she’s done things she regrets. No more though. Having finally worked up her courage, she’s going to march right up to the shifter in charge and tell him the truth. The only thing is, she didn’t expect him to be so damn hot.

From the moment she walked in, Garrin couldn’t tear his eyes off of her. Even after her secret is revealed, he’s the only one who doesn’t care. He vows to help her, no matter the cost, but his peers from the other shifter races disagree. Without their help, he’s not sure he can do what’s necessary. Can he prove to Mia that when he gives his word, he’s good for it?


The Shiloh Series – Amazon
by Phillip Bryant
Rating: 3.9
Genre: Historical Fiction
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“Solid historical analysis, well-written, gives a good feel for the sacrifice on both sides.” -David

Three for the price of two, the first three novels of the Shiloh Series from bestselling author Phillip Bryant. Get the stories from the war in the western theater, 1862, in one convenient package!

They Met at Shiloh is the catalyst moment for tens of thousands of soldiers as their first horrific encounter with the reality of what the war truly is. On Shiloh’s fields a disgraced Methodist minister, a Mississippi youth, a rough Texan, and a Missourian Unionist contend not only with their own demons but also with the clash of arms that swirls around them, altering courses and lives forever.

A Certain Death is what the survivors of Shiloh know is coming as the Federal army at Pittsburg Landing prepares to march on Corinth, MS. The Confederate siege lines are long and well prepared and a direct assault will leave many more comrades dead upon the fields. For Confederates captured at Shiloh, their journey takes them to Ohio and a miserable existence behind ten foot high log fencing. A trip home for one to accept a commission and a plan to break out of prison for a handful of Confederates bring foes together in unlikely accord.

Iuka to Corinth will complete a plan by Confederates to wrest control of Northern Mississippi from Union control and trap an army between two superior forces. An escaped Confederate and the slave that got away come face to face on a river boat and the Confederate has a dilemma: finish escaping or finish what he’d started before the war. A recruiting trip from Ohio to deliver new volunteers down the Cumberland River to Nashville is diverted to the Tennessee River and to a familiar place: Pittsburg Landing. The boat the Confederates are on is diverted to the same location. The Union crises in Mississippi could wreck freedom for the runaway slave, threaten life and limb for his captor, and bring untimely death to a newly minted chaplain and his brother.

Like civil war historical fiction? This box set and other titles can be found right here by searching The Shiloh Series or author Phillip Bryant for civil war mysteries and historical fiction. Learn about the war between the states in this civil war box set of novels.


When Least Expected – Amazon
by Sheryl Fawcett
Rating: 4.3
Genre: Womens Fiction
Price: $0.99 Save $3.00
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When Least Expected – Nook

“Great book, beautifully written! Very touching story, hard to put down!” -Sheila B.

The FBI serves simultaneous search warrants on Suzanne’s residence and her husband’s office. Indiscretion makes sexual escapades impossible for Glenda to ignore. A midnight ambulance ride leaves Carrie a shocked widow. The three women are alone after decades of marriage, devastated by their losses and wondering if it’s possible to be happy again, not to mention love again.

Their bond of friendship is the only glue keeping them from falling apart. Together, they determine to set out on the road to a new future but find it paved with haunting memories along the first leg of the journey.


God of the Sun – Amazon
by Kimberly Loth
Rating: 4.7
Genre: Young Adult
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“Every book Kimberly has come out with has blown me away. This is another book to add to the growing list.” -Brianna

Crown Princess Zwaantie of Sol harbors a dangerous secret. One she has managed to hide even from the ever present sun. She’s doesn’t want to be queen.

Desperately trying to avoid responsibility she does the unthinkable. She falls in love with a slave.

When Zwaantie’s mother decides it’s time for her to get married, she frantically tries to form a plan to escape the crown. After three attempts on her life, Zwaantie fears that the sun has recognized her plans and is now trying to kill her for being disobedient..

When a high prince from Stella, the barbaric country across the mist, arrives seeking her hand, Zwaantie sees an opportunity to escape her death.

As those around her discover her plans, they unravel and she fears not only for her own life, but the survival of her kingdom.

Free Books

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The Will – Amazon
by Benjamin Laskin
Rating: 4.7
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Price: $0.00 Save $3.99
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Putting the will in willpower.

Josh McCain has two years to reinvent himself. Stripped of everything that made life a swanky, booze and babe-filled breeze, Josh embarks on a grueling and often hilarious two-year regimen of self-discipline that targets his mind, body, and spirit.

Along the way, skeptics mock him; his own past taunts him; and saboteurs resolve to stop him. But Josh is determined to complete his “bucket list from hell,” and prove that who he was is not as important as who he can become.

Operating in unfamiliar territory, Josh turns to a cast of quirky characters to aid him on his secret journey; persons he’d have previously shunned. Upbeat and inspiring, The Will is an enthralling story of goofs and grit, of the regenerative power of friendship–and if Josh doesn’t blow it–real love.


Ticket to Paradise – Amazon
by Cherie Claire
Rating: 3.7
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Award-Winning Author

Lizzy Guidry is having the worst day of her life, thanks to newspaperman Martin Taylor, whose editorial has raised the ire of Lizzy’s boss, the mayor of Santa Helena, California. Martin is on the verge of losing his newspaper, which is why he’s buying yet another lottery ticket the night he runs into Lizzy. Still fuming, Lizzy beats him to it, nabbing the last ticket before the machines close. Topping off Martin’s worst day, Lizzy’s ticket wins. Only she doesn’t know it.

As Martin attempts to romance his way to five million dollars, will he lose his heart in the process? Will they both realize that love, more than money, is the ticket to paradise?

The Cajun Embassy series follows three Columbia journalism coeds homesick for Louisiana who find comfort at school in a bowl of Cajun gumbo. Each book — Ticket to Paradise, Damn Yankees and Gone Pecan — follows these dedicated friends as they make their way into the world. Because love — and a good gumbo — cures everything.


Town Secrets – Amazon
by Scott Gelowitz
Rating: 4.3
Genre: Children and Middle Grade
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Mythical, historical and scientific secrets are hidden in a small prairie town, and a group of boys may be the only ones able to protect the biggest secret of all.

A centuries-old organization within the tiny town of Grayson protects many secrets – from unknown scientific discoveries to the truth about the mythical island of Atlantis, along with information that ties it to historical events from around the world.

Thirteen-year-old Adam McTaggart and his wise-cracking friends have always assumed that Grayson is just another boring small town on the prairie, but the destruction of a nearby town and disappearance of all of its residents forces them to believe they might also be in danger.

After listening to theories from one of the many unique townspeople, Adam and his friends begin a quest to uncover Grayson’s mysterious past. During their investigation they unlock a strange network of underground tunnels and find objects that seem straight out of science fiction magazines. When they discover the existence of the secret organization controlling everything in Grayson, the group soon understands that their boring small town is much more exciting than they had always believed it to be.

But someone is coming, looking for an ancient power protected by the secret organization, and they are destroying towns as they draw near.

Can Adam and his friends learn everything they need to know in time to protect their town, its people, and the biggest secret of all?


Sullivan’s Secret – Amazon
by Robin Murphy
Rating: 4.2
Genre: Mystery
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#1 Amazon Bestselling Author

Dr. Marie Bartek enjoys a simple life as the veterinarian of Sullivan’s Island — until her psychic abilities suddenly return after eighteen years.

Shaken by the spirits that now haunt her every moment, Marie confides in her best friend. Together, they organize a paranormal investigation team called Sullivan’s Island Paranormal Society: SIPS.

As new and unlikely friendships are formed, Marie learns to channel her powers. When they find out that the spirits are trying to warn her of an evil presence on the island, Marie and her friends set out to bring a vicious serial killer to justice.

But even with the help of the SIPS team, can Marie find the killer and stop him before more lives are lost?

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