Free Kindle books & bargains for Thursday, May 25, 2017

Come Away With Me (The Andrades)

 Romance > Contemporary
Author: Ruth Cardello
FREE

Come Away With Me (The Andrades)

Gio Andrade:
Rich, powerful, sexy. A man who thinks he has everything . . . until he meets Julia.

Julia Bennett:
Sweet, spontaneous, and desperate to sell her jewelry line in New York City. She takes a job as a night security guard to pay the rent.

Sparks fly when she mistakes her boss for an intruder.

He can’t get her out of his head. She can’t find the strength to deny him.

Will lies bring them together or tear them apart forever?

FAST: A Military Thriller (The F.A.S.T. Series Book 1)

 Thrillers > Military
Author: Shane M Brown
FREE

FAST: A Military Thriller (The F.A.S.T. Series Book 1)

WARNING: This book is not recommended for people with heart conditions, those taking anti-anxiety medications, or people easily repulsed by ghastly levels of (purely necessary) violence and mayhem. Read at your own risk. The author takes no responsibility for nightmares, mental anxieties or phobias resulting from this book.

For everyone else, buckle-up because:

THOUSANDS are dying inside.

HIDDEN under the burning Arizona desert is the grandest ‘Science-City’ ever created, and all hell is breaking loose. Using stolen genetic research, terrorists are unleashing a devastating attack on the civilian scientists, on their families, on their children. No one is spared.

A Human Element (The Element Trilogy Book 1)

 Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Donna Galanti
FREE

A Human Element (The Element Trilogy Book 1)

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.

But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.

AFFAIRYTALE: A Memoir

Romance > Biographical
Author: C.J. English
FREE

AFFAIRYTALE: A Memoir

I had an affair. The most forbidden and seductive affair, and fell in love.

He was a rare gentleman, intelligent and gorgeous; a man every woman desired. Every cell in my body was telling me that he was my happily ever after.

I was stuck in a marriage of mediocrity, I ached for red silk romance and carry me away passion, but not with my husband. I craved Him. Living without him was cruel and unusual punishment, even for my wandering heart.

AFFAIRYTALE is a tantalizing memoir of sultry encounters, hidden grottos and secret hillside cabins.

Seaside Surprises: A Sweet Romance (The Hunters Book 1)

 Contemporary Fiction
Author: Stacy Claflin
FREE

Seaside Surprises: A Sweet Romance (The Hunters Book 1)

Work hard. Play often. Love unconditionally.

Tiffany Saunders is on the run. When she winds up stranded in a seaside town, she wants nothing more than to forget her horrific past and kept moving. But a chance meeting with a handsome local changes everything.

Jake Hunter has some deep emotional scars and is trying to cope with running the family business. The last thing he wants is a relationship—until a mysterious brunette walks into his store and complicates it all.

Tiffany prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong—in her rear view mirror. But dark secrets cannot stay hidden forever. Just as the walls around Tiffany’s heart start to come down, the past catches up with her. Will true love be able to conquer all?

The Red House Mystery

  Mystery > Cozy
Author: A. A. Milne
FREE

The Red House Mystery

The story is set in the English manor house belonging to Mark Ablett, who has been throwing a party consisting of a widow and her marriageable daughter, a retired major, a willful actress, and Bill Beverley, a young man about town. Mark’s long-lost brother Robert, the black sheep of the family, arrives from Australia and shortly thereafter is found dead, shot through the head. Tony Gillingham, a stranger who has just arrived to call on his friend Bill, decides to investigate. His investigation progresses almost playfully through the novel while the clues mount up and the theories abound. Author A. A. Milne lets his readers inside the head of his amateur detective, disregarding the clichéd romance or violence of other detective novels, as the mystery becomes a puzzling sort of parlor game for the novel’s characters and readers alike.

A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 1)

 Mystery > Amateur Sleuths
Author: Ellis Peters
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.13

A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 1)

A Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in western England, Brother Cadfael spends much of his time tending the herbs and vegetables in the garden—but now there’s a more pressing matter. Cadfael is to serve as translator for a group of monks heading to the town of Gwytherin in Wales. The team’s goal is to collect the holy remains of Saint Winifred, which Prior Robert hopes will boost the abbey’s reputation, as well as his own. But when the monks arrive in Gwytherin, the town is divided over the request.

When the leading opponent to disturbing the grave is found shot dead with a mysterious arrow, some believe Saint Winifred herself delivered the deadly blow. Brother Cadfael knows an earthly hand did the deed, but his plan to root out a murderer may dig up more than he can handle.

The Ultimate Gift Series

 Management & Leadership > Motivational
Author: Jim Stovall
Regularly $44.99, Today $1.99

The Ultimate Gift Series

What would you do to inherit a million dollars? Would you be willing to change your life? Jason Stevens is about to find out in Jim Stovall’s The Ultimate Gift.

Red Stevens has died, and the older members of his family receive their millions with greedy anticipation. But a different fate awaits young Jason, whom Stevens, his great-uncle, believes may be the last vestige of hope in the family.

“Although to date your life seems to be a sorry excuse for anything I would call promising, there does seem to be a spark of something in you that I hope we can fan into a flame. For that reason, I am not making you an instant millionaire.”

What Stevens does give Jason leads to The Ultimate Gift. Young and old will take this timeless tale to heart.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

 Biographies & Memoirs
Author: James Herriot
Regularly $15.99, Today $1.70

All Things Bright and Beautiful

The sequel to All Creatures Great and Small continues the adventures of veterinarian James Herriot in a small town in Yorkshire, England.

After his first day on the job, James Herriot’s mentor warns him that the life of a country veterinarian is full of small triumphs and big disasters, but that he’d never be bored. From night visits to drafty barns during freezing northern England winters, to the beautiful vitality of rural life in the summertime, to the colorful menagerie of animals—and their owners—that pass through his office, Herriot experiences new challenges and joys every day. In these pages, Herriot trains under his eccentric boss Siegfried Farnon in a rustic English village, courts the woman that becomes his wife, and meets the people he would come to write about for a lifetime.

Charming the Shrew (The Legacy of MacLeod Book 1)

 Historical Romance > Scottish
Author: Laurin Wittig
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99

Charming the Shrew (The Legacy of MacLeod Book 1)

Returning home to the Scottish Highlands after battling the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome—and a shocking ultimatum. In order to take his place as heir to the chiefdom of Culrain, he must choose a wife within the month or have one chosen for him. Angered by his family’s decree, Tayg delays the inevitable by volunteering for a mission for the king that takes him deep into the Highlands. Preoccupied by his marital obligation, the brooding warrior sets out with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him…

Catriona MacLeod is known throughout the Highlands as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she’s told that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a man she has good reason to hate, she flees into the Scottish wilderness, determined to seek the king’s intervention in her plight.

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells: A Magic Baking Cozy Mystery (Mystic Cafe Series Book 1)

 Mystery > Cozy > Culinary
Author: Rose Pressey
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells: A Magic Baking Cozy Mystery (Mystic Cafe Series Book 1)

Elly Blair welcomes the chance to escape her ex-fiance and job from hell when Grandma Imelda, ready to retire to sunny Florida, calls for her to take over her little southern cafe.

Elly has no idea her grandmother has baked up magic for the unsuspecting townsfolk for thirty years-and now Grandma Imelda insists that Elly use her own hitherto unsuspected magical powers to carry on the family tradition.

But Elly’s new at this stuff. Her dishes don’t turn out as full of smidgens of enchantment and dashes of wishes come true as she’d hoped. When handsome customer Rory Covington takes a bite of the wrong burger, he ends up capturing the attention of every woman in town. Elly doesn’t know if her feelings for Rory are true or based on her magic gone awry.

After the Fog

 Literary Fiction > Historical
Author: Kathleen Shoop
Regularly $3.99, Today $0.99

After the Fog

Historic, environmental drama wrapped in a love story…

It’s 1948 in the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous “killing smog.” Public health nurse, Rose Pavlesic, has risen above her orphaned upbringing and created a life that reflects everything she missed as a child. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her doting husband, loving children, and large extended family.

When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog.

Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs

  Business & Money > Business Culture
Author: John Bowe, Marisa Bowe, Sabin Streeter
Regularly $13.99, Today $1.99

Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs

This wide-ranging survey of the American economy at the turn of the millennium is stunning, surprising, and always entertaining. It gives us an unflinching view of the fabric of this country from the point of view of the people who keep it all moving. The more than 120 roughly textured monologues that make up Gig beautifully capture the voices of our fast-paced and diverse economy. The selections demonstrate how much our world has changed–and stayed the same–in the three decades prior to the turn of the millennium. If you think things have speeded up, become more complicated and more technological, you’re right.

But people’s attitudes about their jobs, their hopes and goals and disappointments, endure. Gig’s soul isn’t sociological–it’s emotional. The wholehearted diligence that people bring to their work is deeply, inexplicably moving. People speak in these pages of the constant and complex stresses nearly all of them confront on the job, but, nearly universally, they throw themselves without reservation into coping with them.

Fateful (Book #1 in the Fateful Vampire Series)

 Fantasy > Fairy Tales
Author: Cheri Schmidt
Regularly $3.99, Today $0.99

Fateful (Book #1 in the Fateful Series): The Fateful Vampire Series

For Danielle Darcey when the sun sets in London the magic begins, but just as that magic begins her fairy tale romance ends…

A huge fan of Jane Austen, Danielle hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy when she leaves Colorado to attend art school in London. Of course she knows it’s silly to wish for that, naive even. But she’s met enough males who lacked respect for women, a growing trend it seemed. And at nineteen…well… However, on only her second night there she gets lost and is threatened by a stalker who proves to be immune to her martial arts training. Before she is completely overpowered, she is then saved by Ethan Deveroux.

While Danielle does find the romance she seeks in Ethan, he’s no Mr. Darcy. Her hero is held by a spell which fractures their chance at a happy ending.

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young: Ia Drang—The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

 History > Military > Vietnam War
Author: Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway
Regularly $14.99, Today $1.99

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young: Ia Drang—The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

In November 1965, some 450 men of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Harold Moore, were dropped into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was brutally slaughtered. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. They were the first major engagements between the US Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam.
How these Americans persevered—sacrificing themselves for their comrades and never giving up—creates a vivid portrait of war at its most devastating and inspiring. Lt. Gen. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway—the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting—interviewed hundreds of men who fought in the battle, including the North Vietnamese commanders.

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