Bargain and Free Books for 6/17/17

by Ron on June 17, 2017

Looking for a couple of great books to read this weekend? Look no further – here’s a highly rated set of 8 bargain books and 4 free books.

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Bargain Books

Ape House – Amazon
by Sara Gruen
Rating: 3.8
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Price: $1.99 Save $12.00
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“A tale that’s full of heart, hope, and compelling questions about who we really are.” -Redbook

New York Times Bestseller

Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships—but unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.

Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.

When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and “liberating” the apes, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he’ll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest—and unlikeliest—phenomenon in the history of modern media. Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come get them. Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John, a green-haired vegan, and a retired porn star with her own agenda.


Lone Pine Bride – Amazon
by Sylvia Damsell
Rating: 4.7
Genre: Christian Fiction
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“What a wonderful start to what is sure to be an amazing series!” -A.C.

Hannah isn’t exactly sure what to expect when she becomes Seth’s mail order bride, but it certainly isn’t an earthquake as soon as she steps off the stagecoach.

In the confusion and desperation she finds herself drawn into the rescue effort, working alongside a man also named Seth, and as they spend time together she becomes increasingly attracted to him.

The trouble is, this Seth isn’t her Seth and she hasn’t even yet met the man she’s come to marry. When she does meet him how will she feel after being with this Seth?


Take a Piece of My Heart – Amazon
by Diane Rose Duffy
Rating: 4.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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“Diane Rose Duffy’s writing style is engaging and articulate. At times, you will find yourself giggling out loud at Kara’s thoughts and actions, and in the very next minute, your heart will ache for her.” -Readers’ Favorite

Amazon Bestselling Author

Kara’s quest to find her voice, freedom from her past and her own identity leads her down a path full of surprises. Some are good, and others not so much. Though her bad choices bring her face-to-face with the dark side of human nature, Kara’s heartfelt desire to find a pure and everlasting love give her the courage to take chances. She’s a strong spirited female with a snarky attitude and an often-colorful viewpoint on life. Kara’s no Barbie doll (either in build or temperament) and thus, her tale will relate to many female readers.

Kara shares her journey of friendships, romance, lust and loss in Take a Piece of My Heart. She learns slowly that mistrust, love, and hatred for some people may require a second chance.


The Forever Man – Amazon
by Pierre Ouellette
Rating: 3.9
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
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“Pierre Ouellette has written a tough-guy detective thriller set in a realistic near future with a fascinating and believable twist. If you like nonstop action and intelligent plotting, The Forever Man is the book for you.” —Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author

Portland, Oregon, was once a beacon of promise and prosperity. Now it’s the epicenter of a world gone wrong, its streets overrun by victims and hustlers, drifters and gangsters. Lowly contract cop Lane Anslow struggles to keep afloat—and to watch out for his brilliant but bipolar brother, Johnny, a medical researcher. Lane soon discovers that Johnny is part of an experiment veiled in extraordinary secrecy. But he has no idea who’s behind it, how astronomical the stakes are, or how many lives might be destroyed to make it a reality.

Now Johnny’s gone missing. To find him, Lane follows a twisting trail into a billionaire’s hilltop urban fortress, a politician’s inner circle, a prison set in an aircraft graveyard, and a highly guarded community where people appear to be half their biological age. Hunted by dueling enemies, Lane meets a beautiful and enigmatic woman at the center of a vast web of political and criminal intrigue. And behind it all is a sinister, desperate race to claim the biggest scientific prize of all: eternal life.


Early Woods and the Guest House Murder – Amazon
by Olga Kay Reef
Rating: 4.8
Genre: Young Adult
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“Great book! The main character has a sardonic voice gently reminiscent of hard boiled detectives, while maintaining a more modern flair. The story moves quickly and clearly.” -Ben S.

Meet Early Woods, your typical community college student.

She’s always broke, always day-dreaming, and just happens to work as an overnight phone psychic.

Her life is looking up. Early has fallen head-over-heels for Jack, the perfect man.

It seems too good to be true, and probably is. Early suspects Jack of infidelity and when she acts on her suspicions and follows Jack one evening, she sees him dragging what appears to be a dead body out of his house.

Unable to believe her perfect man is a murderer, Early begins her own investigation and stumbles into a world far from her boring existence.

Join Early as daily routine shifts from the classroom to the squadroom, via the local weed dispensary, in an effort to clear her man and validate her decisions.


The Florentine Cypher – Amazon
by Carrie Bedford
Rating: 4.8
Genre: Mystery
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“An intense, edge of your seat mystery, with just the right amount of paranormal twist I’m always looking for.” -M.P. McDonald, author

London architect Kate Benedict’s weekend begins with “Follow that cab!” and takes us off and running on an international adventure, ticking off picturesque locales from London to a Venetian palace and the Tuscan countryside, pausing just long enough for a quick tour of Florence’s Duomo, with danger dogging every step.

What began as a quiet Friday night dinner date with an old childhood friend turns into a manhunt when Kate arrives at the rendezvous just in time to find her friend Ethan leaving in a taxi. Kate is alarmed to see the distinctive swirling pattern above his head that only she can see, and that she has come to recognize as a portent of imminent and mortal danger. When Ethan’s disappearance is followed by a series of cryptic text messages, Kate goes looking for him at his sister’s house in Florence, Italy, but it’s immediately clear that whatever danger threatened Ethan in London has followed Kate to Italy–his sister Claire has a matching aura! Soon Kate and Claire are on the run, constantly watched and followed, repeatedly threatened and attacked … never knowing who they can trust. Apparently not even the carabinieri, who are now following them also!

An ancient book that was given to Claire and Ethan’s grandfather after the close of World War II holds the key to Ethan’s disappearance and the source of the danger indicated by Claire’s ever-present aura. Until all the pieces come together – the book, a hidden key, a diagram, and a cypher that Kate will need help decoding – Kate and her friends are safe; but then their tormentors – whoever they are – will have no reason to keep them alive.


Forty Years a Fur Trader: On the Upper Missouri – Amazon
by Charles Larpenteur
Rating: 4.0
Genre: Memoirs and Biographies
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“The life-record kept by Charles Larpenteur is one of our most important sources of information concerning the fur trade of the Upper Missouri in the nineteenth century.” -Milo Milton Quaife

Born in France in 1807, Larpenteur’s family left his native country after the Bourbon restoration and settled in Baltimore, Maryland.

Following an insatiable appetite to explore the uncivilized West, Larpenteur joined the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1833 and traveled west to the mouth of the Yellowstone River.

An important part of fur-trade history, chronicling the business in the American West in the nineteenth century, Forty Years a Fur Trader is also an insightful source of Native American history.

Larpenteur had daily dealings with the Native American tribes of Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota and his journals reveal that he and many of the other trappers showed great respect to the native people, learning to live among them without attempting to eradicate established Native American life.

Forty Years a Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri is the preeminent source for the history of the fur trade in the American West. Drawing upon daily journals recorded by Charles Larpenteur it provides fascinating insight into the history of the Midwest in the nineteenth century.

Charles Larpenteur was an American fur trader, whose memoir and diary frequently have been used as a source to fur trade history. He diligently kept a daily diary during his time in the trade and used it to write this book at the end of his life. He died in 1872.


How To Keep A Knight – Amazon
by Eleanor Meyers
Rating: 4.7
Genre: Historical Romance
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“How to Keep a Knight by Eleanor Meyers is another brilliant masterpiece. I cannot fathom how she does it, but each of her books is superb.” -Danielle U.

Laws were always meant to be broken…

Want to know the truth about Lady Matilda St. Clair?

Well, there are two things she is not:

She is not a lady.

She is not Matilda St. Clair.

So, who is she?

She is Eudora ‘Dorie’ Gore, the daughter of London’s most legendary criminal, Captain James Gore, and she’s on the run from herself. For the last few years, she’s lived under the guise of Lady St. Claire, but everything begins to unravel when she meets her match.

…Hearts were made to be mended… Together.

Sir John Abrams is known by the public as Sir Blackheart, the notorious knight-turned-thief who stole right from under the king’s nose. He was sentenced to Australia because of a lie created by Captain Gore, but escaped to the Continent.

Now … he’s back to clear his name. For himself and for a little niece he’d never known was counting on him.

And he’ll need help.

But when help comes in the form of a woman who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious, John finds himself adding something to his list.

Find out who the real Lady St. Clair is… and steal her heart.

Will their adventure end in triumph? Can John and Dorie find a way to leave their past behind to forge a new future together?

Free Books

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Chasing Justice – Amazon
by Danielle Stewart
Rating: 4.3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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USA Today, #1 Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo Bestselling Author

Piper Anderson has been given a fresh start in the picturesque town of Edenville, North Carolina. But her plans of settling into a normal life are derailed when she witnesses a prominent judge in her community committing a violent assault. Running from her own past and fueled by a passion to make the judge answer for his crimes, Piper is forced to decide if she’ll play by the rules or achieve justice in her own way.

Complicating things further, Piper finds herself fighting a powerful attraction to rookie cop, Bobby Wright. Although she’s increasingly enamored with Bobby, his staunch belief in the justice system is in stark contrast to her own. She may not share his opinions about the effectiveness of the law, but she certainly can’t deny how safe she feels when she’s in his arms or how every kiss leaves her desperate for more.

For Piper, the idea of finally living an ordinary life with a man to love is tempting. However, fate keeps placing the judge, quite literally, in her path. Will she decide the only way to win is to be as wicked as the judge, but with righteous intentions? And more importantly, will Bobby choose to let her go, or follow her as she crosses the line and takes justice into her own hands?


Ezicash – Amazon
by Ian Thompson
Rating: 4.2
Genre: Humor
Price: $0.00 Save $2.99
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Was it all some elaborate plan of Pope’s, or just a farce?

Me? Looking back now, I think it was the caper to end all capers, and if it I’m right, what he did was nothing short of genius.

What you’re about to bear witness to is possibly the greatest swindle of all time, one that brought an institution to its knees and made me a rich man in the process… Or it could be just a bunch of crude jokes about a pub’s name.

Some say it should be a focus of reading groups, should be studied, analysed to try and rinse the truth from the clues that lay scattered in Pope’s wake. But I’m telling you it better be done quickly, because time isn’t hanging around. Rumour has it there’s more on the horizon.

You haven’t heard the last of this.



Violca’s Dragon – Amazon
by Leilani Love
Rating: 4.2
Genre: Paranormal/Romance
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USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

Violca Grey knows life can change instantly. Two years after her parents’ sudden death, Violca is left raising her four younger sisters. She doesn’t realize that their lives are all in danger from something that may not be human.

Chase Reed knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King.

Together, Chase and Violca not only have to protect their families—they also have to fight against their rising feelings for each other. But what Violca doesn’t know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.


Educated in Murder – Amazon
by Helen Gray
Rating: 4.8
Genre: Mystery
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Amazon Bestselling Author

Toni Donovan teaches science in a small high school in the Missouri heartland. As a devoted wife and mother of two young sons, she leads a quiet and orderly existence—until she discovers the district’s missing superintendent, a woman she hated, in the body farm kept by her forensics class. The victim was a tyrant and manipulator, and Toni senses there are secrets in the halls of academia that no one suspects.

When, with the instincts of a scientist, Toni delves deeper into the murder investigation, she finds herself facing more problems than just preparing for classes and dealing with unruly students. When her younger son, whose dream prompted her to the location of the body, is threatened, Toni learns that danger and terror do happen in a small town, and that she must not allow hate to overtake her life. Determined to stop a killer, her quest leads her into a series of discoveries that could cost Toni her own life.

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