Free Kindle books & bargains for Monday, November 30, 2015


 Note to readers: Amazon is running a huge special on Kindle books today, with up to 85% off the regular price on 800 popular titles. Since there are too many great bargains to list them all on today’s Kindle Buffet, I recommend that you visit the following link, where you can scroll down to browse by category:

Cyber Monday Deals

Secret Blend (Bourbon Springs Book 1)

 Romantic Comedy
Author: Jennifer Bramseth

Secret Blend (Bourbon Springs Book 1)

Sexy secrets have serious consequences in little Bourbon Springs, Kentucky—in the heart of the Land of Bourbon and Bluegrass…

When longtime friends and courtroom rivals Rachel Richards and Brady Craft get appointed to the bench in Bourbon Springs, Kentucky, tempers flare as they are forced to share chambers.

Working closely with the obstinate-yet-sexy Brady is not an attractive idea to Rachel—although she has to admit that Brady himself is pretty damned attractive.

Rachel doesn’t have to run for office to keep her judgeship, but Brady does. He draws a formidable opponent, Hannah Davenport, a wealthy co-owner of Old Garnet Distillery, where some of the finest Kentucky bourbon is crafted north of town along Old Crow Creek and near the historic springs which gave the town its unique name.

And Hannah just happens to be Rachel’s best friend.


 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime
Author: Diane M Dickson

THE GRAVE: An intense, gripping crime thriller

Tired of her aggressive boyfriend, Sylvie becomes fascinated by a strange man who lives alone in the woods. It is rumored he has piles of hidden money and a whole load of secrets.

Sylvie gets close to him but soon discovers that he is in real danger too. With his enemies closing in and as she learns of his dark past she asks herself, “Have I come too far to turn back?”

Jeff Madison and the Shimmers of Drakmere (Book 1)

 Fantasy > Coming of Age
Author: Bernice Fischer

Jeff Madison and the Shimmers of Drakmere (Book 1)

What if there existed a dark kingdom forged on a web of evil spells, with a conniving king plotting to infiltrate the dreams of children all over the world?

What if he and the wicked witch on his side could inject the sleep of every child with the most horrid of nightmares … And all they needed was one very particular boy?

When Jeff’s brother Matt is captured and spirited away to the kingdom of Drakmere, Jeff knows he must save him. But who are the mysterious, cloaked strangers on Matt’s trail? And what do they mean when they say Matt is a dream catcher?

Soon Jeff faces a choice: He can follow the strangers through the moonglow doorway into the perils of Drakmere or stay at home and risk the possibility of never seeing his brother alive again. And time is running out, because Jeff must make his choice before the last of the moonbeams passes and the doorway closes forever …

Coming Unclued (A Val Valentyn Humorous Mystery Book 1)

 Mystery > Cozy
Author: Judith Jackson

Coming Unclued (A Val Valentyn Humorous Mystery Book 1)

When Val Valentyn suggests that someone should put her nasty boss out of his misery, she is only joking. But when Val stumbles into her bedroom and finds Mr. Potter, his blood soaking into her brand new 400-thread-count sheets, it seems she has been taken literally.

Val knows that regardless of a couple minor, not even worth mentioning incidents, where she was a teensy bit violent after one too many drinks, there is no way she killed her cheap, petty, world-class halitosis suffering boss. May he rest in peace. The problem is, the police are convinced it was she who stabbed Mr. Potter.

Someone has to find the real killer and it looks like it will have to be Val. But she’s not alone. Her best friend Julie and her seventy-four year old neighbour Rose, are along for the ride. While their sleuthing skills may be negligible, Val is convinced that determination and a positive attitude will lead them to the killer.

Seaside Christmas (Seaside Hunters Book 5)

 Romance > Holidays
Author: Stacy Claflin

Seaside Christmas: A Sweet Romance (The Seaside Hunters Book 5)

He can’t stand her. She thinks he’s crazy. Will their feelings stay etched in permanent ink?

Cruz Hunter has always stuck out in his small hometown. Now that he’s covered in tattoos, the residents peg him as even more of an outcast. It seems like the whole world is against his dream of opening a local tattoo parlor.

When he finally finds the perfect place for his new business, Cruz discovers a pastor and his daughter have already bought it. The only thing more irritating than the change in his plan is Talia, a beautiful and feisty argument in a dress. Cruz would like nothing more than to have her out of his life and his mind, but for some reason, she’s the only thing he can think about.

If Cruz and Talia can stop arguing long enough, opposites may do much more than attract.

Crosswords and Puzzles (Millie Holland Book 1)

 Mystery > Cozy
Author: Nancy C. Davis

Crosswords and Puzzles (A Millie Holland Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)

Millie Holland spends her days writing advice columns, reading mystery novels, watching crime shows, and tending to her family of cats with diverse and quirky personalities. A sixty-ish divorcee, she keeps a precise schedule and a close watch on her early retirement complex in Ft. Lauderdale.

Little did she know her curiosity and penchant for solving puzzles would lead her to play amateur sleuth when her next door neighbor, Mr. Williams, turned up dead. The police are convinced there’s nothing to investigate, but Millie knows better and won’t rest until the people who stole Mr. Williams’ life from him pay with years of their own spent in prison.

In her bumbling way – and despite the distraction of five felines and lack of confidence of the overworked Officer Marx – Millie launches her own brand of investigative efforts, with nothing more than her wit, intelligence, and imitation of Prime Time law enforcement.

Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hidden

 Romance > Paranormal > Werewolves & Shifters
Author: Eva Gordon

Alpha Wolf's Pet, Hidden

Mia’s testimony against Russian mobsters forced her to enter the witness protection program. She is relocated to a quaint cottage in Wolf Woods, near Mt. Rainier, far from everyone and everything she loved and cared for. All is calm, until she meets Dominic, the gorgeous ruggedly handsome owner of the mysterious Wolfe Estate. He is all alpha male, domineering, and controlling. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a sexy control freak.

Alpha werewolf, Dominic Wolfe, is the packs’ enforcer. When an attractive young woman moves into a cottage near his territory; his senses are heightened to obsessive proportions. A human pet to meet his desires.

Dominic is determined to unveil Mia’s real identity while keeping his own securely hidden. Haunted by the howls and shrieks coming from Dominic’s estate, Mia wonders if she can really trust the enigmatic man she suspects of wanting a dominant-submissive relationship.

The Beach House

 Women’s Fiction > Literary
Author: Mary Alice Monroe

Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
The Beach House

Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters.

Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother—coming just as her own life is spinning out of control—has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life’s most precious lessons—true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.

The Christmas Cottage

 Romance > Holidays
Author: Samantha Chase

Regularly $4.99, Today $0.99
The Christmas Cottage

Lacey Quinn does not believe in happily-ever-after or the legend of the Christmas Cottage. But her best friend does, and she’s the one getting married. It’s Lacey’s job to make sure everything at the cottage is perfect for the newlyweds.

Instead, she finds herself snowed in with the best man, and she begins to wonder if fairy tales really can come true.

Us: A Novel

 Contemporary Fiction
Author: David Nicholls

Regularly $10.99, Today $1.99
Us: A Novel

David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popularNew York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together—and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart.

Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date . . . and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce.

The timing couldn’t be worse. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

 Cooking by Ingredient > Natural Foods
Author: Michelle Tam, Henry Fong

Regularly $12.99, Today $3.38
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

Crackling with humor and bursting with flavor, Nom Nom Paleo offers a fun, fresh approach to cooking with whole, unprocessed ingredients free of grains, legumes, and added sugar. Authors Michelle Tam and Henry Fong, creators of the acclaimed Nom Nom Paleo website, have cooked up a visual feast, with more than 100 fool- proof Paleo recipes and over 900 step-by-step photographs and cartoons. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a busy mom, a triathlete in training, or a lifelong foodie who’s curious about the “caveman” approach to eating.
The heart of this book is Michelle’s award-winning recipes, which The Kitchn has heralded as “often Asian-influenced, often California-inspired, and always popping with flavor.” Building blocks such as Paleo Sriracha, Magic Mushroom Powder, and Paleo Mayonnaise lay the flavor foundation for many of the dishes in the rest of the book, including Walnut Prawns, Eggplant “Ricotta” Stacks, and Devils on Horseback. You’ll find everything from down-home comforts like Yankee Pot Roast and Chicken Nuggets to the exotic flavors of Siu Yoke (Crispy Roast Pork Belly) and Mulligatawny Soup.

What She Left Behind

 Psychological Thrillers
Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman

Regularly $12.99, Today $2.99
What She Left Behind

In this stunning new novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty–and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most.

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care–and Clara is committed to the public asylum.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

 Christian Living > Marriage
Author: Gary D Chapman

Regularly $11.99, Today $1.25
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

Includes a His and Hers Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one

365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!

 Crafts & Hobbies > Mixed-Media
Author: Noah Scalin

Regularly $16.99, Today $2.99
365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!

The concept of Noah Scalin’s “365 method” is simple but inspired: Choose a theme or medium, then make something every day for a year. Noah made 365 skull-themed projects . . . now he invites you to choose your obsession and get creative!
The book offers 365 project prompts to kick start your creativity, plus plenty of room for journaling, sketching, and jotting down ideas. Learn how to choose your subject and document your work, and see examples from other artists and crafters who took the 365 challenge. In addition, master new techniques to incorporate into your projects, including quilling, clay-making, paper pop-up engineering, and more.
With 365: A Daily Creativity Journal you’ll get charged up, get messy, and get inspired, and you’ll see how making something every day can change your creative process—and change your life—forever!

The American Aircraft Factory in World War II:

 History > Military > World War II
Author: Bill Yenne

Regularly $23.00, Today $2.99
The American Aircraft Factory in World War II:

Few industrial phenomena have been as dramatic as the United States’ mid-20th-century shift from peacetime to wartime production. The American Aircraft Factory in World War II documents the production of legendary warbirds by companies like Boeing, North American, Curtiss, Consolidated, Douglas, Grumman, and Lockheed. It was a production unmatched by any other country and a crucial part of why the allies won the war.

Author Bill Yenne considers the prewar governmental acts that got the plants rolling, as well as the gender shift that occurred as women entered the work force like never before. He also describes the construction of megafactories like Willow Run, factory design considerations, and the postwar conversion back to peacetime production. Illustrated with 175 period photographs—including 50 rare color photos never before seen in print.


 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Andrew Xia Fukuda

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99

A loner in his all-white high school, Chinese-born Xing (pronounced “Shing”) is a wallflower longing for acceptance. His isolation is intensified by his increasingly awkward and undeniable crush on his only friend, the beautiful and brilliant Naomi Lee.
Xing’s quiet adolescent existence is rattled when a series of disappearances rock his high school and fear ripples through the blue collar community in which he lives.

Amidst the chaos surrounding him, only Xing, alone on the sidelines of life, takes notice of some peculiar sightings around town. He begins to investigate with the hope that if he can help put an end to the disappearances, he will finally win the acceptance for which he has longed. However, as Xing draws closer to unveiling the identity of the abductor, he senses a noose of suspicion tightening around his own neck.


 Historical Romance
Author: Susan Squires

Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99

It was the silver the Saxons would pay to keep Norse marauders from their shores.

It was the price for a half-Irish beauty to keep the murderer of her father and mother at bay, to keep the powerful magic of her forebears from overwhelming her, to keep her stirrings of womanhood in check.

It was all that one mighty Viking would give to remain a man, to be whole, to retain the respect of the jarls and the might of his sword arm.

It was…Danegeld.

And in England’s Dark Ages, it was sometimes all that stood between what a person was and what he should be. And it was the only thing in the way of true love.

All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Market Garden to Berlin

 History > Military > Aviation
Author: Phil Nordyke
Regularly $22.99, Today $2.99

All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Market Garden to Berlin

On Sunday, September 17, 1944, the 82nd Airborne Division jumped into history with the First Allied Airborne Army in a daring daylight parachute and glider-borne assault to capture key bridges at the start of Operation Market Garden. Following weeks of heavy combat in Holland, the All Americans (the name of the division in World War I when Sgt. Alvin York was one of its soldiers) were withdrawn from the frontlines for a well-deserved rest, which was almost immediately interrupted by the Battle of the Bulge, where they once again found themselves in the thick of the action, a position that remained familiar to them for the rest of the war. Following VE Day, the 82nd became part of the Allied forces occupying Berlin.

What’s Life Romantic ComedyWithout the Sprinkles?

 Romantic Comedy
Author: Misty Simon
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99

What's Life Without the Sprinkles?

Cake maker and single mom Claudia Bradley thinks she has life all figured out—until her best friend Nate starts looking like a mouth-watering dessert and her son’s father comes strolling back into the picture as if he’d never left ten years ago. Throw in a case of preteen angst and a family with lots of well-meant advice, and, well, she’s whipping up a recipe for chaos!

Nate West has always been there for Claudia, a basic ingredient in her life, but suddenly she is flirting outrageously with him when she’s never looked that way at him before—despite his dreams. With her ex-lover back in town, Nate isn’t about to renege on his years-old promise to always be the friend Claudia needs, but does she want more?

She’s as tempting as butter cream frosting with sprinkles, and he’s mighty tempted…

Let Me Tell You a Story: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood

 History > World > Jewish > Holocaust
Author: Renata Calverley

Regularly $17.99, Today $1.99
Let Me Tell You a Story: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood

The spellbinding true story of a little girl’s miraculous escape from the Nazis during the Second World War.

September, 1939. Przemysl, Poland. No one has explained to three-year-old Renatka what war is. She knows her Tatus, a doctor, is away with the Polish Army, that her beautiful Mamusia is no longer allowed to work at the university, and that their frequent visitors-among them Great Aunt Zuzia and Uncle Julek with their gifts of melon and clothes-have stopped appearing. One morning Mamusia comes home with little yellow six-pointed stars for them to wear. Renatka thinks they will keep her family safe.
In June of 1942, soldiers in gray-green uniforms take Renata, Mamusia, and grandmother Babcia to the Ghetto where they are crammed into one room with other frightened families. The adults are forced to work long hours at the factory and to survive on next to no food. One day Mamusia and Babcia do not return from their shifts.

Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War

 History > United States > Civil War
Author: Tim Rowland, J.W. Howard

Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War

Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War is an entertaining look at the Civil War stories that don’t get told, and the misadventures you haven’t read about in history books. Share in all the humorous and strange events that took place behind the scenes of some of the most famous Civil War moments. Picture a pedestal in a public park with no statue on top; Rowland’s book explains that when the members of the New York Monument Commission went to hire a sculptor to finish the statue, they were shocked to discover that there was no money left in the agency’s accounts to pay for the project. The money for the statue of Dan Sickles had been stolen—stolen by former monument committee chairman Dan Sickles!

Brig. Gen. Philip Kearny was the son of a New York tycoon who had helped found the New York Stock Exchange, and who groomed his boy to be a force on Wall Street. The younger Kearny decided his call was to be a force on the field of battle, so despite a law degree and an inheritance of better than $1 million, he joined the U.S. Army and studied cavalry tactics in France. His dashing figure in the saddle earned him the name of Kearny the Magnificent, probably because Kearny rode with a pistol in one hand and a sword in the other while holding the horse’s reins in his teeth.

Stone Maidens

 Thrillers & Suspense > Crime
Author: Lloyd Devereux Richards

Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
Stone Maidens

As the chief forensic anthropologist for the FBI’s Chicago field office, Christine Prusik has worked her fair share of bizarre cases. Yet this one trumps them all: a serial killer is strangling young women and dumping their bodies in the steep, forested ravines of southern Indiana. With each victim, the killer leaves a calling card: a stone figurine carved like the spirit stones found among the primitive tribes of Papua New Guinea—the same tribes from whom Prusik narrowly escaped a decade earlier while doing field research. The similarity is eerie and, frankly, terrifying; Prusik still carries the scars from the tribesmen’s attack. But is the connection real? Or have the dark details of Prusik’s nightmares finally wormed their way into her waking life? Displaying the expertise of a veteran writer, debut novelist Lloyd Devereux Richards skillfully builds layers of psychological suspense and terror into a compulsively readable whodunit.

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