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Monday, March 26, 2012

Free Book - The Long Fall (K/N)

The Long Fall, by Lynn Kostoff, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble. Kostoff's Late Rain was free last year; both are standalone novels.
Book Description
In sun-baked Phoenix, Arizona, this never-predictable tale tosses into its antic mix a dead father, his two sons--one a small-time ex-con with a consistent genius for sabotaging his own best interests, the other a straight, uptight solid citizen with a moneymaking chain of dry-cleaning stores and a restive ex-stewardess of a wife named Evelyn.

Recently released from prison for possession of a truckload of black-market saguaro cacti-and in deep debt to an unforgiving crank dealer, Jimmy Coates returns home only to discover that his brother has cut him out of his inheritance. A not-unjustifiable desire to settle old scores and new sends Jimmy on a robbery spree that wipes out four of his brother's dry-cleaning establishments. But when he finds himself tumbling for a mutinously sexy Evelyn, the impulse to vengeance reverses itself.

Unwittingly, however, Jimmy has already set in motion a series of dangerous consequences-adultery, blackmail, love, betrayal-that culminate in a blueprint for murder. And it could be Jimmy himself who is taking the long fall.
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Free Book - Beauty in the Desert (K/N/E)

Beauty in the Desert: Discover Deeper Intimacy with God Through the Model of the Tabernacle, by Eddie Broussard, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble and ChristianBook, courtesy of Christian publisher Navpress.
Book Description
Deserts can be harsh, but they also are home to rare beauty. Spiritual deserts are difficult, but in God’s hands they can become life transforming.

During spiritual deserts, we can find love in God’s dwelling place, the tabernacle, because it offers a mental blueprint for intimately meeting with Him.

Author Eddie Broussard guides readers through the tabernacle, clearly explaining its meaning in light of its New Covenant fulfillment in Christ. Understanding the tabernacle can lead you to have worship that empowers, wisdom that guides, and a knowledge of God that transforms.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
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Free Book - Solitary (K/N/E)

Update: 3/27/12 Now free in the Kindle store.
Update: 3/26/12 Now free from Kobo.

Solitary ($7.69 Kindle), the first in the Solitary Tales series by Travis Thrasher, is free from Barnes & Noble and ChristianBook, courtesy of Christian publisher David C. Cook. This was free last year on Amazon (only), but under a different ASIN, so you may already have it in your library.
Book Description
His Loneliness Will Soon Turn to Fear….

When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents’ divorce, a school full of nameless faces—and Jocelyn Evans. Jocelyn is beautiful and mysterious enough to leave Chris speechless. But the more Jocelyn resists him, the more the two are drawn together.

Chris soon learns that Jocelyn has secrets as deep as the town itself. Secrets more terrifying than the bullies he faces in the locker room or his mother’s unexplained nightmares. He slowly begins to understand the horrific answers. The question is whether he can save Jocelyn in time.

This first book in the Solitary Tales series will take you from the cold halls of high school to the dark rooms of an abandoned cabin—and remind you what it means to believe in what you cannot see.
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Free Book - Temptation (K)

Update: 3/27/12 Looks like it was a pricing error and has been corrected - no longer free.

Temptation, the third in the Solitary Tales series by Travis Thrasher, is free to pre-order in the Kindle store, courtesy of Christian publisher David C. Cook. I'd grab this one quick as it looks like a pricing error at this point.
Book Description
The third book in the Solitary Tales series for young adults, Temptation follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris Buckley’s journey as he heads deeper into a darkness that threatens all he loves best.

As a reluctant student at Harrington High’s summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from Chris’s past. Soon Chris no longer searches for the truth about the town of Solitary. He no longer tries to pierce its shadows. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s running the wrong way—and is very close to being beyond any choices at all.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Free Book - The Squire Quartet (K-AU)

The Squire Quartet, by Brian Aldiss, is free to pre-order for Australian customers in the Kindle store. Since the individual titles are also due to release on April 30, along with this one, and are all priced in the $7.50-$12 range, I strongly suspect this is a pricing error and the price will go up as soon as they figure out what they've done (if your receipt for the pre-order says $0.00, though, that's what you pay, no matter what the price is when the release date hits).
Book Description
For the first time ever, all four books in the Squire Quartet collected in one volume.

Set during the last years of the Cold War, and spanning the duration of Thatcher’s Britain, The Squire Quartet follows the political, professional and private adventures of a group of linked characters. It is a vivid fictional portrait of Britain’s recent history.

All four volumes - Life in the West, Forgotten Life, Remembrance Day and Somewhere East of Life - are collected here for the first time in one volume and for the first time in ebook form.

Free Maps for your eReader

eReaderMaps has an even dozen of their map titles free in the Kindle store. These titles are specifically designed to be used on a Kindle device (although they are optimized for larger screens).

The only catch?

The free maps are all for cities in Australia and New Zealand (and half of them are in German). Still, looks like they may be interesting for those planning on visiting either country or those who live there, that haven't memorized every street in a particular city. I'd think they would also be quite useful for any author who is planning on setting one of their works in one of the cities covered.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Today's Deals

Additional formats on free books:

The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning ($0.99), by Hallgrimur Helgason, is today's Kindle Deal of the Day. This book has been on my wishlist for a while and I was considering using my one-a-month lending privilege for it; now I won't have too! This is an AmazonCrossing translation, so it is exclusive to Kindle.
Book Description
With some 66 hits under his belt, Tomislav Bokšić, or Toxic, has a flawless record as hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. That is, until he kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee the States, leaving behind the life he knows and loves. Suddenly, he finds himself on a plane hurtling toward Reykjavik, Iceland, borrowing the identity of an American televangelist named Father Friendly. With no means of escape from this island devoid of gun shops and contract killing, tragicomic hilarity ensues as he is forced to come to terms with his bloody past and reevaluate his future.

One Moment One Morning ($1.57 / £0.99 UK), by Sarah Rayner, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $9.99).
Book Description
The Brighton to London line. The 07:44 train. Carriages packed with commuters. A woman applies her make-up. Another occupies her time observing the people around her. A husband and wife share an affectionate gesture. Further along, a woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man has a heart attack, and can't be resuscitated; the train is stopped, an ambulance called. For at least three passengers on the 07:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again. Lou witnesses the man's final moments. Anna and Lou share a cab when they realise the train is going nowhere fast. Anna is Karen's best friend. And Karen? Karen's husband is the man who dies. Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, about family and – above all – friendship. A stark reminder that, sometimes, one moment is all it takes, it also reminds us that somehow, and despite everything, life can and does go on.

Riot ($9.99 $2.99 Kindle, B&N), by Shashi Tharoor, is the Nook Daily Find, price matched on Kindle.
Book Description
Who killed twenty-four-year-old Priscilla Hart? And why would anyone want to murder this highly motivated, idealistic American student who had come to India to volunteer in women's health programs? Had her work make a killer out of an enraged husband? Or was her death the result of a xenophobic attack? Was she involved in an indiscriminate love affair that had spun out of control? Had a disgruntled, deeply jealous colleague been pushed to the edge? Or was she simply the innocent victim of a riot that had exploded in that fateful year of 1989 between Hindus and Muslims?In his long-awaited new novel, Shashi Tharoor, the acclaimed author of The Great Indian Noveland Show Business,whom the Independent(London) called "one of the finest novelists writing in English today," once again triumphs. Experimenting masterfully with narrative form, he chronicles the mystery of Priscilla Hart's death through the often contradictory accounts of a dozen or more characters, all of whom relate their own versions of the events surrounding her killing. Like his two previous novels, Riotprobes and reveals the richness of India, and is at once about love, hate, cultural collision, the ownership of history, religious fanaticism, and the impossibility of knowing the truth.In plot, style, and characterization, Shashi Tharoor's latest novel is a brilliant tour de force.

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track ($8.98 Hardcover, no Kindle edition; $1.99 B&N), by Joshua Prince, is the Nook Daily Find for Families. This edition requires either the NOOK Color or NOOK Tablet.
Book Description
The liveliest rhythm and rhyme, and really cool art, carry children off on a captivating journey along the railroad tracks with a hungry little ant and the gentle giant of a switchman who cares for him.

Well, I saw an ant on the railroad track.
The rail was bright.
The ant was black.
He was walking along, tickety tack.
(That's the sound of an ant on a railroad track.)

What an entertaining trip this is! Children will delight in the playful and musical language, endearing and uniquely styled illustrations, and wonderfully warm story that make this picture book so special. When switchman Jack, eating lunch by his shack, spies an ant walking along the railroad track, he immediately gets worried: it's an eastbound ant on the westbound track, and that means a train could run SMACK into the little guy. He knows he has to do something to help . . . .

Youngsters will feel gratified and reassured by Jack's affection for tthe tiny creature: after all, they-just like the ant-are very small in a big world. And they'll really love the way the adorable little bug has the smarts to save itself!

4 Free Books from Story Merchant Books (K)

Small publisher Story Merchant Books currently has four books free in the Kindle store. Be sure to check the price before one-clicking, as I'm posting this one pretty late in the evening.

Demoneater (Demonkeeper), by Royce Buckingham
Seattle’s demons are scared and wreaking havoc in the rainy city. They’ve burned their way through the Seattle underground, threatened to topple the Space Needle, and sent a twenty foot statue rampaging downtown.

It’s up to Nathaniel Grimlock, the teenage Demonkeeper, to control them, but when he discovers what’s stirring them up—a legendary monster known as the Demoneater—he finds that he’s in over his head yet again!

Realms of Gold, by Terry Stanfill
In 1953 archaeologists near Châtillon-sur-Seine, France discovered a massive bronze krater in the grave of a Celtic woman. Although the Krater was discovered in Burgundy, it was cast in Southern Italy circa 510 B.C. and made its way to Vix, a village at the foot Mont Lassois, once Latisco, an important Celtic trading citadel. Bianca Evans Caldwell, a writer for a New York art magazine, came upon the Krater accidentally and becomes obsessed with the great vessel and with the princess-priestess buried with it. Since then, Bianca has returned to the museum in Châtillon-sur-Seine six times to admire the Krater of Vix.

It is July, 2007, and Bianca finds herself in Venice for a family wedding, where she meets Giovanni de Serlo, an Italian archaeologist. Neither Bianca nor Giovanni wanted to attend the wedding but they both felt a family obligation to be there and soon become friends. After the weekend Bianca returns to New York City, Giovanni to Puglia, where he is working on an excavation.

When Bianca enters her apartment she finds it has been ransacked, although nothing seems to have been stolen. She finds a strange symbol written on a scrap of paper in her kitchen, and learns that it might be a Mafia warning. After more frightening and puzzling occurrences Bianca decides she must leave New York. She flees to Italy to visit Giovanni, who had promised to drive her to Calabria to see the site of the no longer existing Sybaris, in ancient times a city notorious for its wealth and luxurious living. At Sybaris, Giovanni shows her his secret find in an old farmhouse, a discovery which startles Bianca.

Giovanni and Bianca learn that they might now be in danger if they remain, and decide that they will make the journey from Sybaris to Burgundy, following the ancient route of the Krater.

As the story unfolds Bianca begins to write about the Krater, how, why and with whom it made its journey from the south of Italy to be buried in the earth of Vix.
When they arrive in Châtillon-sur-Seine they learn of yet another remarkable recent discovery atop Mont Lassois. Bianca's intuitive conclusion of what the Krater meant to the ancient Celts, and its connection and significance to Arthurian legend bonds the two together in a romance that could just be forever.

Rainbows for Hana, by Kenneth Atchity
When our beloved tabby flew out the window to her death, our devastation was transformed by a mysterious series of events that seemed to us like miracles.

As we landed in Los Angeles after a trip to Rome, two events occurred nearly simultaneously: my granddaughter Meggie spotted a unique and most glorious rainbow, and my wife Kayoko received a call on her cell phone from a man who found Hana on the ground, unmoving. From that moment of agony Hana reached out from across the rainbow to displace the grief in our hearts with joy. It's a story that anyone who's ever loved a pet will not forget.

Write Time: Guide to the Creative Process, from Vision through Revision-and Beyond, by Kenneth Atchity
In this foundational guide to the writer’s mind and productivity used by thousands of writers worldwide since its original publication, called by The New York Times “the best…book on writing,” Dr. Atchity shows how the detailed steps of the creative process interface with the writer’s greatest asset, time, to provide both creative success and peace of mind.

Free Book - Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You (K)

Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You: A good beer joint is hard to find and other facts of life, by Lewis Grizzard, is free in the Kindle store. This one is probably being self-published, but it's one I picked up in paperback years ago, so am glad to replace.

Be sure to check the price before one-clicking, as I'm posting this one pretty late in the evening.
Book Description
New York Times bestselling author and humorist Lewis Grizzard, self-proclaimed "true son of the red clay whose granddaddy once owned the egg-suckingest dog in Coweta County," leads us on a warm, sensitive, and very funny journey through the soul of his beloved South in his first published book, Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You.

This was Grizzard's first published book and returns to print in eBook format after being out of print for more than 25 years.

Free Book - Stop Smoking Effortlessly (K)

Stop Smoking Effortlessly, by Leo White, is free in the Kindle store, courtesy of micro-press Starlight Studio. Be sure to check the price before one-clicking, as I'm posting this one pretty late in the evening.
Book Description
A Dose of Truth with a Twist of Zen

A new book released on New Year's Eve 2012....have you found yourself unable to stop smoking using every method out there, including the use of your willpower?

Does stopping or quitting smoking seem like a huge, monumental and complicated ordeal? Has your willpower failed you when trying to stop smoking? Have you tried everything to stop without success? Let me guide you towards the effortless, simple, free way to stop smoking, without the use of drugs, other forms of nicotine, complicated techniques, or endless reading of anxiety-provoking "tips and tricks" which only complicate the process and make it more dreadful.

After reading Stop Smoking Effortlessly™ and trying my effortless, simple and straightforward way to stop smoking, you will realize that it is the "easier, softer" way; your joy and excitement will increase each day as you become smoke-free one day after another, and a new hope and brightness will begin to return to your life as each day progresses and you find yourself joyously free of the deadly slavery of nicotine addiction.

This is a new way out that you will find so effortless and easy, you will wonder how it could ever have seemed so difficult to stop. Yet everything you have done to try to stop has brought you to this point where you are now, and this is the perfect time for you to finally be released from this deadly addiction to nicotine. This book is for anyone who has a sincere and desperate desire to stop. The author was addicted to nicotine for 27 yrs and sober in AA for 10 yrs before stopping smoking. The book Stop Smoking Effortlessly™ is about how the author found the way out, and highlights for you this same path of freedom from nicotine addiction. Although not a twelve step book per se, this book was inspired by the twelve steps and will appeal to smokers familiar with the twelve steps of recovery or with an interest in spirituality, and will also be easily digestible to readers outside of this group who are desperate to stop smoking. It's more like a dose of truth with a twist of Zen.

Free Book - Voices of the Dead (K/N)

Voices of the Dead, by Peter Leonard, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble. Be sure to check the price before one-clicking, as I'm posting this one pretty late in the evening.
Book Description
Peter Leonard has already begun to establish himself as a distinctive, must-have voice in suspense fiction. Now he delivers his most compelling, most jaw-dropping novel yet, introducing us to a character you’re not likely to forget anytime soon.

The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges – he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter’s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him.

Brimming with action and dark humor, Voices of the Dead, firmly positions Peter Leonard as a writer ever suspense fan needs to read.

Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.

Free Book - Hystera (K/N/E)

Hystera, by Leora Skolkin-Smith, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble and Sony. Be sure to check the price before one-clicking, as I'm posting this one pretty late in the evening.
Book Description
Set in the turbulent 1970s when Patty Hearst became Tanya the Revolutionary, HYSTERA is a timeless story of madness, yearning, and identity. After a fatal accident takes her father away, Lillian Weill blames herself for the family tragedy. Tripping through failed love affairs with men and doomed friendships, all Lilly wants is to be sheltered from reality. She retreats from the outside world into a world of delusion and the private terrors of a New York City Psychiatric Hospital.

How do we know who we really are? How do we find our true selves under the heavy burden of family and our pasts? In an unpredictable portrait of mental illness, HYSTERA penetrates to the pulsing heart of the questions.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
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Free Book - Justice in June (K)

Justice in June, the second title in the Mary Magruder Katz series by Barbara Levenson, is free in the Kindle store (the first in the series was free earlier in the month). Be sure to check the price before one-clicking, as I'm posting this one pretty late in the evening.
Book Description
Miami in June: it’s raining, it’s pouring, but the life of criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz is anything but boring—especially when she gets caught up in a whirlwind of three different cases.

Judge Liz Maxwell’s job, sanity, and reputation are at stake, and she needs Mary to ferret out wrongdoing in Miami’s courts. Solving this case won’t just mean going out on a limb; it will mean risking life and limb.

Luis Corona, a family friend of Mary’s boyfriend, Carlos, needs help with a legal matter that, to Mary’s horror, turns out to be a terrorism charge. And this case will leave some catastrophic damage—and unwelcome notoriety—in its wake.

Just when Mary thought things couldn’t get worse, Carlos gets in his own nasty legal quandary—one that could cost him everything.

Three cases. One Mary. One torrential downpour of turmoil.

Can she weather the storm? Ride out the cold front that settles over her once-hot romance? Salvage what remains of her—and her clients’—reputations?

For Mary Magruder Katz, this month’s forecast calls for trouble.

Free Book - Fortuna (K)

Fortuna, by Michael Stevens, is free in the Kindle store. Be sure to check the price before one-clicking, as I'm posting this one pretty late in the evening.
Book Description
Longing for escape from his mundane existence as a Stanford computer science major, Jason Lind signs up to play Fortuna, an online role-playing game set in Renaissance Florence.

From the first, fateful mouse click, Jason tumbles into the vibrant, lush, and anonymous world of Fortuna. Swept up in this highly complex, highly addictive game of fame, fortune, and power, Jason quickly transitions from casual gamer to compulsive player.

Soon tangled up in a steamy virtual love triangle, Jason becomes obsessed with breaking Fortuna’s code of anonymity. But Fortuna is anything but fun and games, and when a sizeable debt incurred in the game spills over into reality, Jason is forced to leverage the legacy of his father, a high-tech legend killed in a car accident years before, to pay off the debt.

What started as a great escape may only leave Jason trapped, as the game that transported Jason deep into the past exposes a shocking, present-day reality.

In the world of Fortuna, it’s not how you play the game; it’s if you survive.

Free Book - Book of Nathan(K)

Book of Nathan, by Curt Weeden and Richard Marek, is free in the Kindle store. Be sure to check the price before one-clicking, as I'm posting this one pretty late in the evening.
Book Description
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and Rick Bullock is about to learn just how true that is....

Rick Bullock takes the road less traveled when he quits his job as an advertising executive to become director of a homeless shelter. Trading in a six-figure salary for paltry pay and even less respect? Costly. But helping one man get back on his feet? Priceless.

When Zeus, a mentally-challenged gentle giant and longtime shelter resident, is arrested for murdering evangelist Benjamin Kurios, Rick wants answers. Convinced Zeus is incapable of such a horrific act, Rick, along with a colorful cadre of characters, sets off on a journey to keep an innocent man off death row.

The trip takes a disturbing detour when the bizarre group stumbles upon a transcript of the Book of Nathan, a lost book of the Bible that finally ends the debate about when a human inherits a soul.

As this controversial discovery attracts the sinister attentions of a Jersey mobster, pro-life and pro-choice groups, and a devious billionaire used to getting his way, Rick scrambles to stay one step ahead on this dangerous road—and save Zeus before time runs out.

Rick Bullock knows how to save a life, but this time, his life may be the one at stake.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Free Book - On the Way Home (K)

On the Way Home, by Robert Bausch, is free in the Kindle store. This edition is self-published (despite the claim for the publisher on it; I wish Amazon would screen the publisher claims by those using their KDP system to self-publish), but was originally published in Hardcover by St. Martin's Press (1982).
Book Description
Imagine the elation of having your dead son brought back to life. That is what Michael Sumner's parents experience when, one year after he's reported killed in action in Vietnam, they are told their son is alive and has escaped from a cadre of Viet Cong. But reunited with his family in their new Florida home, Michael has become a stranger to them, and soon living with him becomes more difficult than having him dead. Attempting to break into his suffering and get him back, fearful he may turn to violence, his parents suspect the worst when a young woman who has befriended Michael abruptly disappears. This debut novel by award winning novelist Robert Bausch is, according to Maureen Ryan in "The Other Side of Grief" (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008), "perhaps the first to present the ruinous effects on his immediate family of the veteran's maladjustment," after the war. This novel deals with the emotional cost of post traumatic stress disorder in a time when that disorder had not yet been named. Michael Sumner has been held alone by a small band of Viet Cong, who torture him in ways that are psychologically devastating. He is lucky enough, and brave enough, to escape, but then he has to come home.

Free Book - Urbis Morpheos (K)

Urbis Morpheos, by Stephen Palmer, is free in the Kindle store, courtesy of small UK press PS Publishing.
Book Description
A million years in the future, two ecosystems stand opposed. The first, Nature, has faded, and exists only as isolated havens or, in the wider world, as biomes perverted by artifice into hideous forms. And against it stands the manufacturing ecosystem, which has evolved into a myriad lifelike shapes, yet offers only an antiseptic brutality. The land itself has changed. It is mutable. Maps remain accurate for little more than decades in Urbis Morpheos, the great manufactured environment that once was Earth . . .

In this bleak and hostile world live two women, Psolilai and psolilai, both of whom are on a mission. Psolilai (who dreams of psolilai) seeks wisdom following the funeral of her uncle and the discovery of a mysterious scriber. psolilai (who dreams of Psolilai) seeks 3Machines, the owl, the fount of wisdom of the great haven of Mahandriana, which is composed entirely of fungus. Both of these women have as their aide the peripatetic mycologist Gularvhen, who knows more than he says and who rides a three-eared horse
with six voices. For in Urbis Morpheos the artificial computing system is scarlet and deadly, while the natural knowledge system is soft and fungal, full of secrets.

What is the truth of the ancient artifacts The Constructor and The Transmuter? What is the connection between them, the shapeshifting malleads and the sentients of the manufacturing ecosystem, the agens? In a world so numinous with artificial mystery most people have forgotten their origins in nature, Psolilai and psolilai must follow their paths and find wisdom. But men and devices stand in their way. And the most powerful being in Urbis Morpheos perhaps has hidden plans

Free Book - Dead Politician Society (N/I)

Update: 3/24/12 Now free from iTunes.

Dead Politician Society: A Clare Vengel Undercover Novel ($5.98 paperback), by Robin Spano, is free from Barnes & Noble as their Free Friday book; no Kindle edition (due to the ongoing contract dispute).
Book Description
When the mayor keels over dead in the middle of a speech, a clandestine student society immediately takes credit for his demise. Their mission is to create a perfect political system by any means at their disposal. Clare Vengel, a rookie officer fresh from the police academy and beyond bored with her routine as a beat cop, volunteers to go undercover as a student to infiltrate the secretive organization. A streetwise amateur mechanic, Clare takes a dim view of book smarts—she is of the opinion that higher education is for people who can't handle the real world. In short order, she alienates a popular professor and begins to lose the respect of her police superiors. Soon, another politician is killed, and Clare steps up her clandestine involvement with the suspect students. When two more politicians die, the race begins to apprehend the culprits before her own duplicity can be revealed.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
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11 Free Books from New Word City (K)

New Word City has another batch of free books in the Kindle store (some new, some repeats), which are likely to only remain free for a day or so.
  1. George Washington: First In War And Peace, by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra
  2. Yalta: Witness To History, by Robert Wernick
  3. The Trail to an Iranian Jail, by Joshua Hammer
  4. How to Hire Great People
  5. Jack London, A Life
  6. Ronald Reagan: A Life
  7. Humphrey Bogart: A Life In Film, by Richard Schickel
  8. Clint Eastwood, A Life
  9. Michelle Obama: A Life
  10. Unconditional Surrender: The Policy That Prolonged World War II, by Thomas Fleming
  11. Andrew Carnegie: From Rags To Richest, by Nancy Nahra and Willard Sterne Randall

Today's Deals

This deal isn't as good as the KSO offer was, as it is limited to a total $20 discount, but you can get 20% off Grocery and Gourmet using coupon code MAR20OFF (up to a $100 order). On the other hand, anyone can take advantage of the discount, provided you have (and use) the Amazon Rewards Visa Card (if you don't have one, they are offering a $50 bonus if you sign up and are approved, making this a super-bargain of $70 off $100). It's also limited to a single order, so you will want to add several items to your cart and use the check out process. You can't use one-click buying, in any case, as you must enter the promo code and the discount can't be combined with Subscribe & Save discounts. There are a lot of items to choose from, including many gluten free items I normally buy, anyway, and the category even includes a number of dog treats and Easter candy.

Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults is today's Kindle Deal of the Day, with five novels priced at $1.99 apiece. Apparently the fastest growing age segment for Young Adult titles is now adults (for a variety of reasons, including better writing and more selection, I suspect) and I'll be helping that trend along today, as I'm probably going to get four of the five selections.

The Eleventh Plague ($1.99), by Jeff Hirsch. This one was originally promoted with one of the Sneak Peek editions designed to boost sales figures without actually giving you anything; I've held off until now, but at this price I'm grabbing it.
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing--and their lives--forever.
Ashes, Ashes ($1.99), by Jo Treggiari
A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
The Scorpio Races ($1.99), by Maggie Stiefvater, is an Amazon Best of 2011 Editors' Pick.
Some race to win. Others race to survive.

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.

Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.
Empty ($1.99), by Suzanne Weyn
A dystopic look at what happens to one American town when all the fossil fuels run out...

It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.

Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought.
Green Heart ($1.99), by Alice Hoffman, is an omnibus consisting of two previously published (short) novels: Green Angel and Green Witch. Purchased separately, these would cost over $14, which seems a bit outrageous for what are barely loner than novella length pieces (but, such is the children's/teen market). At the current discount of $1.99, though, it looks like it's worth a try, especially for teen/young women.
A two-fold tale of grief and hope loss and love told as only Alice Hoffman can.

When her family is lost in a terrible disaster 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings she also begins to destroy herself. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story.

As she heals Green lives every day with feelings of loss. Her family is gone the boy she loves is missing and the world she once knew has been transformed by tragedy. In order to rediscover the truth about love hope and magic she must venture away from her home collecting the stories of a group of women who have been branded witches for their mysterious powers. Only through their stories will Green find her own heart's desire.

The 15 Minute Rule ($1.57 / £0.99 UK), by Caroline Buchanan, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $8.39).
Book Description
The Fifteen Minute Rule sets out to help us tackle those things that we are always putting off: starting an exercise regime, looking for a new job, doing our tax returns or learning a new skill. Or perhaps doing something to improve the quality of life, by learning to fight depression or confront an annoying habit. Perhaps it's simply clearing the huge pile of clutter from your desk. Whatever it is, all you need is fifteen minutes and before you know it, some weeks later, you have accomplished a task you couldn't bring yourself to start.

The hardest thing to overcome when you're trying to start something daunting and new is to actually start. That mountain of paperwork in front of you that looks like it will take hours to go through and hours of mind-numbing sorting is hard to contemplate for most - but fifteen minutes isn't. Fifteen minutes is manageable and can bring minor and major results, each one providing satisfaction and a boost in self-esteem.

This book is for those people who need instant gratification and also those long-term players who recognise the benefits of consistency and dedication.

First among Equals ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), by Jeffrey Archer, is the Nook Daily Find, price matched on Kindle.
Book Description
Charles Seymour, second-born son, will never be the earl like his father, but he did inherit his mother's strength-and the will to realize his destiny...Simon Kerslake's father sacrificed everything to make sure his son's dreams come true. Now it is Simon's chance to rise as high as those dreams allow...Ray Gould was born to the back streets but raised with pride-a quality matched by a sharp intellect and the desire to attain the impossible...Andrew Fraser was raised by a soccer hero turned politician. Now it's his turn for heroics, whatever the cost.

From strangers to rivals, four men embark on a journey for the highest stakes of all-the keys to No. 10 Downing Street. Unfolding over three decades, their honor will be tested, their loyalties betrayed, and their love of family and country challenged. But in a game where there is a first among equals, only one can triumph.
BONUS MATERIAL INCLUDED: 1st chapter of Jeffrey Archer’s newest novel SINS OF THE FATHER, coming May 2012.

SINS OF THE FATHER: On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

On landing in America, however, Bradshaw quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting him in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

Inkheart ($7.91 Kindle, $1.99 B&N), the first title in the Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke, is the Nook Daily Find for Families. This was made into a movie (which reminds me, I never did get around to watching it) and should be a good book for teens and young adults (or adults, for that matter). I've reported the lower price to Amazon, but if it hasn't dropped by tonight, I'll probably grab it at B&N.
Book Description
From the author of the sensational New York Times bestseller The Thief Lord comes a thrilling new adventure about magic and self-discovery.

Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a bookbinder. But her father has a deep secret--he possesses an extraordinary magical power....

One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART-- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

This is INKHEART--a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.