07.24.14 The Handfasting

Today’s Featured Kindle Book of the Day, The Handfasting, by David Burnett, is regularly $3.99 but has been discounted to just $2.99 today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 25 customer reviews.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Ten years had passed since they had joined hands in the ruins of the old abbey church. Standing before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married.

A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Stephen had reached out to caress one of the flowers.

“I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”

In those ten years, Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. In those ten years they had not seen each other, had not spoken, and had not written.

It was what they had agreed.

For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, praying.

Today ─ her birthday─ she finds a vase of yellow roses when she reaches home.

Stephen, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson has known her since they were in high school. He has long planned to wed her, and he finally decides to stake his claim.

Although the action occurs primarily in New York City, psychologically, the story is set in a small town in Virginia. Change came slowly to the rural South in the nineteen-seventies, and attitudes toward women were most resistant to change. Women were expected to be subservient to men, to have children, to keep house. A woman was to be above reproach, and any hint of scandal was met with censure, with ostracism, with shame. These attitudes threaten to destroy Katherine and the life of which she dreams.

The Handfasting is a story of love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, a struggle for healing. It is a story of love that survives.

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/handfasting into your web browser to pick up your copy of The Handfasting.

 

About the Author:

david burnett

David lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston. The Handfasting, his second book, was published in June.

He enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.

David has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael’s journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David spent years in school(!), and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two daughters.

You can visit David’s Amazon author page if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/burnett into your web browser.

 

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07.24.14 More Free & Discounted Kindle Book Offers

Here’s your next group of free and discounted Kindle book offers in a variety of genres for Thursday: for those books listed as being free or discounted in this post – while the pricing of the free and discounted status is valid at the time of this posting, please make sure you check the pricing carefully before you press the “buy” button as it could revert back to its normal status at any time!

Someone to Watch Over Me, by Taylor Michaels, is regularly $3.99 but has been discounted to just 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars based on 21 customer reviews.

Category: Romantic Suspense

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Book One of the Sonoran Security Agency Series – UPDATED AND REVISED.

Which is harder, trusting someone with your heart or your life?

Morgan Kennedy is a woman with responsibilities, a lot of them. Since her father’s heart attack she’s taken over the management of the family’s jewelry store and upcoming annual charitable fundraiser. Still feeling the sting from a recent breakup, she has buried herself in work and is unaware that someone has been following her. When an accidental encounter causes her stalker to emerge from the shadows, she needs a bodyguard.

Shawn Randall fled Los Angeles and a career providing protection for the rich and famous to start again in Phoenix. He’s seen it all and has one unbreakable rule; never get emotionally involved with a client. Learning that lesson almost cost him all he held dear. However, this assignment may deliver more than he’s bargained for. Protecting Morgan may be the easy part safe guarding his heart just may turn out to be the toughest assignment he’s ever had.

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/oiqo8o into your web browser to pick up your copy of Someone to Watch Over Me.

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A Favorite Son, by Uvi Poznansky, is regularly $4.99 but has been discounted to just 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 42 customer reviews.

Category: Historical Fiction

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

This story is a present-day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on the inheritance, and on the power in the family. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us.

Listening to Yankle telling his take on events, we understand the bitter rivalry between him and his brother. We become intimately engaged with every detail of the plot, and every shade of emotion in these flawed, yet fascinating characters. He yearns to become his father’s favorite son, seeing only one way open to him, to get that which he wants: deceit

“What if my father would touch me,” asks Yankle. In planning his deception, it is not love for his father, nor respect for his age that drives his hesitation—rather, it is the fear to be found out.

And so—covering his arm with the hide of a kid, pretending to be that which he is not—he is now ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father.

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/i7zr44 into your web browser to pick up your copy of A Favorite Son.

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Duplicity, by Vicki Hinze, is regularly $4.99 but has been discounted to just 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and this book has received an average user rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 20 customer reviews.

Category: Romantic Suspense

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Note: Duplicity was originally written and published for the general market in 1999 by St. Martin’s Press. In 2014, the author rewrote the book as a Clean Read novel. (No foul language, no excessive violence, and any bedroom doors are closed.)

Would you ruin your career for a man you know is guilty?

On the cusp of realizing her dream as a career military attorney, Captain Tracy Keener is ordered to defend Captain Adam Burke, a Special Operations officer accused of abandoning his team and leaving them to die. Everyone knows he’s guilty and defending him will cost Tracy her career, but she has no choice.

Captain Burke swears he was framed. Swears he’d acted under orders. Swears things that can’t possibly be true: breaches requiring corruption at the highest levels, the deliberate sacrifice of an entire military team. Impossible!

Until they’re proven fact. Under cease and desist orders and then threats to drop the case and let Burke go down, Tracy and Adam rebel, push for truth. . . and are targeted for assassination. To their horror, they discover others too are marked for death—millions of Americans Adam and she swore an oath to defend at any cost, including their own lives.

Yet to succeed, Tracy and Adam must risk more than their lives. They must risk their hearts. That proves far harder when trapped in an intricate web of Duplicity.

AWARDS:
• Top Pick Award, Romantic Times
• Golden Quill Award
• Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee, Best Suspense Novel of the Year, Romantic Times
• Daphne Du Maurier Award Finalist, Best Mainstream Suspense Novel of the Year

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/1mf57z into your web browser to pick up your copy of Duplicity.

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Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, a Matt Kile Mystery, by David Bishop, is regularly $3.99 but has been discounted to just 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 198 customer reviews.

Category: Mystery

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Matt Kile, ex-cop and ex-con, current smart-aleck, and a neighbor of Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge has built himself a comfortable career writing mysteries. Garson Talmadge sold weapons to Saddam Hussein, then moved out of France, came to America and married Clarice, a woman half his age. When Clarice is arrested for murdering her husband, Matt becomes the investigator for her defense attorney, and quickly learns there is a line of suspects stretching from the U.S. into Europe and the Middle East.

Not long after getting involved in the case Matt learns that Garson Talmadge’s weapons deals meant the FBI had an interest as well as the French Prefecture of Police. While Matt is simply trying to establish that Clarice is innocent, the FBI is trying to learn how Hussein got some of his weaponry, and powerful members of the French government and armaments industry wants to keep Matt from following the trail far enough to expose them.

Told in the first person, Matt shares his thoughts and wise remarks as he weaves his way through a mass of plot twists and turns to its conclusion, and learns Who Murdered Garson Talmadge.

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/vamj7d into your web browser to pick up your copy of Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, a Matt Kile Mystery.

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At God’s Mercy, by L.L. Fine, is free today in the Amazon Kindle store, and this book has received an average user rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 191 customer reviews.

Category: Historical Mystery

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Poland, World War II.

A desperate young Jewish woman sacrifices her life to save her baby twins. Decades later, in New York, Rabbi Jeremiah Neumann discovers the existence of his long lost twin. He rushes headlong to meet him – but is shocked to discover that his identical twin is a priest.

The two brothers travel to Poland to find out who they truly are. Page by page they uncover the terrible secret of their bloodcurdling heritage. A long-dormant evil is resurrected, and once again threatens to take the twins’ lives. Will they survive the new storm?

At God’s Mercy is a captivating book that is hard to put down. It will take you deep behind the frontiers of human atrocity, where cruelty meets courage, and faith meets fate. Its chilling storyline bites hard at religious establishment and raises hard questions regarding human nature, faith and existence.

Click here to pick up your copy of At God’s Mercy.

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Rae of Hope, by WJ May, is free today in the Amazon Kindle store, and this book has received an average user rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based 122 customer reviews.

Category: Fantasy

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?

Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family’s history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.

Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter?

As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her sixteenth birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It’s up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family’s past and have a ray of hope for her future.

Click here to pick up your copy of Rae of Hope.

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07.24.14 Free & Discounted Kindle Book Offers

Here’s your first group of free and discounted Kindle book offers in a variety of genres to kick off your Thursday: for those books listed as being free or discounted in this post – while the pricing of the free and discounted status is valid at the time of this posting, please make sure you check the pricing carefully before you press the “buy” button as it could revert back to its normal status at any time!

Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller, a new release by Scott Nicholson and Joshua Simcox, is regularly$2.99 but has been discounted to just 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 8 customer reviews.

Category: Science Fiction

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

A thriller set in the bestselling AFTER post-apocalyptic world.

ZAPHEADS #1: BONE AND CINDER

When Mackie Dailey survives a cataclysmic solar storm that wipes out civilization and mutates others into violent killers, he seeks out the one person he cares about most.

But when he returns to a college campus looking for Allie, he discovers she is a Zaphead—nearly unrecognizable as the human he once loved. Mackie becomes caught in a power struggle among a small group of survivors who turn the campus into a stronghold against the Zaphead threat. His old nemesis, Lucas Krider, has taken charge, but Krider’s vision of a new world is just as horrifying as the extinction they all face.

Will Mackie sacrifice himself so the group has a chance to survive, or will his demons turn out to be more dangerous than the strange, rampaging creatures that nature has unleashed?

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/2mmoxo into your web browser to pick up your copy of Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller.

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Muffin Man, by Brad Whittington, is regularly $5.99 but has been discounted to just 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars based on 73 customer reviews.

Category: Mystery

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

John Lawson, sheriff of the quiet Hill Country town of Bolero, Texas, attempts to quell a feud between the local megachurch and a construction contractor, but it escalates from picketing to vandalism to arson.

The case is derailed by the unwelcome return of John’s free-wheeling bipolar father, who arrives in the same red Mustang he drove away twenty-four years ago when he abandoned the family.

But ultimately it is the muffin that his overzealous deputy bags as evidence that threatens John’s ordered life, possibly beyond repair.

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/muffinman into your web browser to pick up your copy of Muffin Man.

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Reap the Whirlwind, by Robert Sells, is regularly $4.99 but has been discounted to just $2.99 today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 13 customer reviews.

Category: Thriller

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Whit Emerson had a beautiful girlfriend, great friends, the respect of his peers, and more than enough money. Until he discovered his bank account has been depleted. A day later he’s fired from his job. Friends die, disappear, or disown him. Everywhere he goes, he is watched by security cameras. Something is definitely wrong with his world, but Whit doesn’t know who or why. Then he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. That’s when his life got worse. Much worse.

Whit seeks help from a stuttering computer nerd, his attractive sister, a bank robber and a rogue detective all hiding from the government for different reasons. Together they search for a legendary computer expert known as Little Lion. Eleven years before Little Lion created a super computer for the military, a super computer which is now being used to take over the internet. Little Lion mysteriously disappeared but left strange clues behind to help Whit and his friends. When the clues are unraveled, an even worse threat faces the friends. They are determined to stop a nightmare scenario if they can live long enough.

Please be advised, the story is fictional, but the ‘nightmare scenario’ is inevitable, if it hasn’t already happened.

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/rg7lol into your web browser to pick up your copy of Reap the Whirlwind.

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The Dragon Hour, by Connie Flynn, is regularly $3.99 but has been discounted to just $1.99 today in the Amazon Kindle store, and this book has received an average user rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars based on 48 customer reviews.

Category: Fantasy

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

A Scottish paradise lost in time is invaded by 21st century thugs. It was a robbery gone terribly wrong ending in Luke Slade carrying his wounded cousin through a window of light, sweeping them back in time. Just before the window closes, the killers chase in behind them, trapping them all in 1672.

Caryn McLaughlin rules Lochlorraine and deals daily with a terrible threat. When Luke appears she knows her worries will soon be over. She’d seen his face all her life, on a tapestry now hanging in her bed chambers. He is Luke the Dragon Slayer, none other, and his duty is clear. What a pity he doesn’t see it that way.

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/dragonhour into your web browser to pick up your copy of The Dragon Hour.

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The Birr Elixir, by Jo Sparkes, is free today in the Amazon Kindle store, and this book has received an average user rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 24 customer reviews.

Category: Fantasy

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

When a young apprentice makes a mysterious elixir from a recipe in an old book, she’s suddenly the talisman for a daring Gamesman – and the weapon in the conspiracy against a prince.

Marra never heard of Birr Elixir. But when Drail sees the potion in her dead mistress’s book, she agrees to make it. Even lacking the right ingredient.

And after drinking it, Drail and his men defeat a Skullan team – something no one has ever done before. Marra is offered a place as his traveling potions mistress. Full of doubts of her own ability, she takes the chance to escape her slave-like existence.

Then her potions woke a man who was not supposed to wake.

Now every day draws more attention from the True Masters. And their motives – and morals – are not for the faint of heart.

If they discover the truth …

Click here to pick up your copy of The Birr Elixir.

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Warchild: Pawn, by Ernie Lindsey, is free today in the Amazon Kindle store, and this book has received an average user rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars based 26 customer reviews.

Category: Young Adult Dystopian
 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

The world ended long before Caroline Mathers was born, but that doesn’t mean life stops for the fourteen-year-old scout for the People’s Republic of Virginia. Abandoned by her parents, raised by her grandfather, she guards the forests surrounding their crumbling encampment, keeping a watchful eye on their devious and shadowy enemies from the north.

Drastic, terrifying change comes the day Caroline hears the sound that everyone dreads: distant drums echoing throughout their quiet valley, pounding to the beat of the war rhythm. With much-needed help from unlikely allies, Caroline leads her people in a breathtaking retreat, praying they’ll find salvation in their capitol city. Along the way, haunting dreams may reveal a look into her mystifying past.

The first book of the Warchild series is a powerful, gritty, dystopian thriller full of fast-paced action, hard choices, and the undeniable strength of the human bond.

Click here to pick up your copy of Warchild: Pawn.

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07.23.14 Stones: Data

Today’s Featured Kindle Book of the Day, Stones: Data, by Jacob Whaler, is regularly $5.99 but has been discounted to just $2.99 today in the Amazon Kindle store. This book has received an average user rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 89 customer reviews.

Genre: Thriller

 

 

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

#1 Amazon Thriller! A New Take on Good versus Evil!

A novel that will blow your mind and open your eyes!

Alexander the Great. Genghis Kahn. Julius Caesar. Attila the Hun. Mao. Stalin.

For thousands of years, the Stones have been hidden among us, giving a privileged few power to rule over masses, destroy empires and create new ones.

It’s near the end of the 21st century. When Matt Newmark was ten years old, his mother was killed in a vicious corporate assassination. For the last twelve years, he’s been living off grid under the over-protective care of his father, running from dark forces, trying to stay alive. Now Matt finally has a chance to break away and start a new life. On the eve of a trip to Japan, he finds a dark rock in the shape of a claw. Life is never the same again. With the help of a Shinto priest, Matt discovers it’s a Stone, a piece of ancient alien technology that gives him a sweeping view of history and control over time, matter and energy.

But Matt is not alone.

Mikal Ryzaard has a Stone of his own and a burning vision to eliminate suffering from the earth and bring back Paradise. With all the resources of a massive multinational corporation behind him, he tracks down Matt and makes him an offer.

Join me or die.

Click here or type in http://smarturl.it/stones into your web browser to pick up your copy of Stones: Data.

 

About the Author:

jacob whaler

I remember reading Ray Bradbury’s horror stories as a teenager into the dark hours of the night, afraid to move for fear that I’d stir up something evil. I consumed Alan Dean Foster’s Alien in one sitting, glued to the La-Z-Boy recliner in our family room, heart beating in unison with the characters on the page as they pursued, and were pursued by, the nightmare aboard their starship. I sat in a secret corner of our house with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I savored the end of The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down.

I have experienced the power of words in my own life, and my belief in that power to fire our imaginations and lift our minds to new heights pushes me to write.

My favorite places are near oceans or mountains. I love to spend time in Japan exploring its unique culture, history and language.

As a six-year-old on a fishing trip with my dad and grandpa, I found an obsidian rock half buried in the mud, blunt on one end and pointed on the other, about the size of an adult fist. My grandpa, a lifelong rock hound, tried in vain to get it away from me. He begged, threatened and offered me money. He told me what a perfect addition it would make to his collection. But I refused to let it part from my fingers.

For some reason, I felt an immediate bond to that rock.

I took it home, washed it off and put it on the window ledge above my bed. (There’s a photo of it on my website.)

Decades later, I still keep that rock close by and often pick it up to feel the way it naturally fits the curve of my palm. I like to stare into its glassy surface and daydream about where it came from and the secrets it might hold.

It was on such a day, as I looked into my Stone, the seed of an idea took shape in my mind. Little by little, that idea grew and sprouted tentacles until it got such a hold on my brain that I was left with no choice but to start writing it down.

The result was four long books that became the STONES series of novels.

In a way, I think of the STONES novels as keeping a promise to my six-year-old self, a promise to always keep room in my heart for child-like wonder. A promise to stay who I am.

In my professional life, I’ve used words to build meaning into arcane corporate documents that control the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars around the globe. But I’ve grown tired of using words to control something as mundane as money.

So I’ve become a writer of novels.

Back in high school, I learned to program computers. It’s a different kind of writing, a different kind of language, a different kind of control. But like any good writing, it’s a string of written instructions that has an effect on the real world.

I’d like to think that the words of my novels are like computer code for human brains.

I hope you will plug in and enjoy.

Jacob Whaler

You can visit Jacob’s Amazon author page if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/whaler into your web browser.

 

Organize your books on your Kindle Fire with the Collections and Categories App! Click Here or type in http://smarturl.it/firecollections into your web browser to get it now!

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Enter to win a new Kindle Fire! It’s free to enter, but hurry as the giveaway ends Monday! Just click here or type in http://smarturl.it/714kf into your web browser – and be sure to tell a friend or family member about the giveaway, also!

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07.23.14 Don’t Forget to Enter the Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Don’t forget to enter to win a brand new Kindle Fire!  It’s free to enter (and free to win), and your odds of winning are certainly a heck of a lot better than Powerball or Mega Millions: just point your web browser to http://smarturl.it/714kf

Good luck!

Michael

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