Editor’s Picks Santa Claus edition: More great Kindle freebies




Sure, it’s a holiday, but the freebies keep right on coming! Santa brought 110 great new Kindle freebies today, an all-time record. At the top of the buffet is #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy with Ryan’s Return, a 1996 gem that’s been revived for the Kindle. Each book listed here has gone FREE within the past 24 hours. Books qualify for “Editor’s Picks” if they have outstanding customer reviews. Warning: Kindle book promotions can end without notice, so before downloading click the link “See Kindle price at Amazon” to verify that the book is still free. (Prices and availability may differ outside USA.)

Ryan’s Return

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Barbara Freethy

Ryan's Return

Kara has struggled back from a disastrous marriage to build a new life for herself and her little girl — a peaceful existence now jeopardized by vicious, small town politics, by her daughter’s fanciful ghost stories…and by Ryan’s return. Now nature’s impending fury threatens to expose long-buried secrets. And Kara must join with the enigmatic, misunderstood Ryan — to discover the truth that will save their families…. and to explore a dangerous, irresistible love as mighty and enduring as the onrushing river.

Ep.#1 – “Aurora: CV-01″ (The Frontiers Saga)

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Ryk Brown

Ep.#1 - "Aurora: CV-01" (The Frontiers Saga)

Episode 1

A world recovering from a devastating plague…
A brutal enemy threatening invasion…
A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father…
A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates…
A top-secret experimental propulsion system…
A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman…

What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora, is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning…

The Eden Diet

Christian Living > Diets & Weight Loss

Author: Rita Hancock MD

The Eden Diet

The Eden Diet Christian weight loss program was created by Dr. Rita Hancock, a medical doctor with ivy league training in nutrition and the psychology of obesity as well as personal experience overcoming childhood-onset morbid obesity (and keeping the weight off for over 25 years).

The plan is about rejecting the diet mentality and re-learning how to eat the way God originally intended: with joy rather than guilt. You get to eat not only the healthy food that your body craves for nourishment, but also delicious treats such as cheeseburgers, pizza, and rich, delicious desserts. The key is to eat your treats in smaller portions than the world would have you believe is normal and only when you’re physically rather than emotionally hungry. When you’re emotionally hungry, Dr. Rita gives you specific tools for how to employ your faith to find willpower against unnecessary eating.

Every Bush Is Burning

Religion & Spirituality > Christian Fiction
Author: Brandon Clements

Every Bush Is Burning

A gritty, emotionally gripping story about forgiveness, family, and the sometimes tragically painful sins of the church.

Jack Bennett has a wife, two kids, the perfect job–and the perfect affair. When he is caught and it all comes crashing down, Jack is left with no one to turn to. No friends. No family, except his recovering drug addict of a sister.

On a Sunday morning drive, he sees a homeless man locked out of a church service, banging on the door. He stops and offers the guy a cup of coffee. He asks the man his name, and the guy says Yeshua. As in, Jesus.

Jack’s not stupid. This isn’t the real Jesus. But with nowhere else to turn, Jack forms an unlikely friendship with this eccentric homeless man–one that will test his idea of truth, faith, love, and forgiveness.

Where Did We Go Wrong?

Performing Arts > Theater
Author: Monica Mathis-Stowe

Where Did We Go Wrong?

Best friends Gabby, Maxine and Joy protect each other at all costs, even if it means keeping secrets that turn their lives upside down. Gabby has no boundaries when it comes to getting what she wants. She pulls out every trick in the book to keep her daughter’s married father out of their lives but keep his money in her bank account, while Maxine lives for her family but when her husband’s excessive spending lands them in more debt than they can handle, the stress takes a toll on their perfect marriage.

Arson (Book One in The Arson Trilogy)

Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Estevan Vega

Arson (Book One in The Arson Trilogy)

He both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl–who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin–moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he’s never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

How To Build Muscle On A Raw Food Diet: The Best Foods, Exercises and Supplements To Build Muscle Quickly!

Health, Fitness & Dieting
Author: Peter Ragnar

How To Build Muscle On A Raw Food Diet: The Best Foods, Exercises and Supplements To Build Muscle Quickly!

The ultimate guide for both the raw food experts and those just looking into a better diet. This book will surprise you. You’ll discover:
• Why you need to change your workout program
• The reason you may not be a hard gainer
• The truth about protein
• The most effective muscle building raw foods
• How the old time strongmen got so strong


JET (JET #1)

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: Russell Blake

 

JET (JET #1)

Code name: Jet

Twenty-eight-year-old Jet was once the Mossad’s most lethal operative before faking her own death and burying that identity forever.

But the past doesn’t give up on its secrets easily.

When her new life on a tranquil island is shattered by a brutal attack, Jet must return to a clandestine existence of savagery and deception to save herself and those she loves. A gritty, unflinching roller-coaster of high-stakes twists and shocking turns, JET features a new breed of protagonist that breaks the mold.

THOROUGHBREDS AND TRAILER TRASH – Contemporary Romance

Women’s Fiction > Single Women >Humor
Author: Bev Pettersen

THOROUGHBREDS AND TRAILER TRASH - Contemporary Romance

Jenna Murphy, a dedicated horse masseuse, relies on her job and street smarts to support what’s most important…her younger sister. But when the Thoroughbred Wellness Center experiences a hostile takeover headed by a charming but ruthless corporate shark, both her heart and career are in jeopardy.

The Low Carb Revolution: Why the Secret to Losing Weight is to Fall Back in Love With Yourself!

Personal Health > Healthy Living
Author: John McLean

The Low Carb Revolution: Why the Secret to Losing Weight is to Fall Back in Love With Yourself!

It’s time to start a Revolution together–to draw a line in the sand and shout to the world, “I am worth loving…and my Body is worth fighting for!” In Part One of the Low Carb Revolution you will learn how just a few crucial changes in what you eat and what you don’t eat can help you finally lose your belly fat. In Part Two you’ll discover a revolutionary new model of change that will teach you how to easily and permanently get rid of any negative habit.

The Choosing (Blood and Brotherhood Saga Book One)

Fantasy > Epic
Author: Jeremy Laszlo, Stephanie Dagg

The Choosing (Blood and Brotherhood Saga Book One)

Seth is a young man torn by fear and indecision. His life no longer in his hands, he fears an uncertain future where the only certainty is a life of servitude to the kingdom. Fortunately for Seth, he is not alone. His brother Garret too attends the choosing ceremony where their fates will be decided. Together the twins make their way to the castle city of Valdadore for the choosing ceremony but along the way Seth notices a strange new trend in his life. Time after time strange circumstances befall him in what others might call a coincidence, but Seth knows something else is amiss and begins mentally cataloging each new and strange event.

FORTY YEARS LATER

Mystery & Thrillers
Author: Steven Jay Griffel

FORTY YEARS LATER

Successful middle-aged publishing executive David Grossman risks everything to fulfill a promise to a woman he has not seen in forty years. When teen sweethearts and now aging Baby Boomers David and Jill reunite after four decades, sparks fly fast and furious, despite his long marriage to Allison and Jill’s reputation as a famous, former lesbian.

Jill Black, a “one hit wonder” Hollywood screenwriter, is consumed with a last chance to write and direct her own film. Success will reinvigorate her career. Failure will end it. When a pompous studio “suit” begins to undermine her authority and threatens to kill her project, the pressure forces her to spin from rage to murderous madness as she ensnares David in her plans.

Pyxis: The Discovery (Pyxis Series Book 1)

Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: K.C. Neal

Pyxis: The Discovery (Pyxis Series Book 1)

 

Corinne lives an average teenage life working at her dad’s cafe, hanging out with her best friend, and trying to forget a falling-out with her almost-boyfriend Mason. Then she discovers she and Mason are haunted by the same dreams of a dark force that consumes everything in its path. Pursued by shadowy figures and a dangerous woman with secrets from the past, Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family’s history, she learns she is destined to protect this world–and the dark world of her dreams. She races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.

Faint Echoes of Laughter

Family Relationships > Child Abuse
Author: Stacey Danson

Faint Echoes of Laughter

…. the shocking and spirited sequel to the much-praised ‘Empty Chairs’.

Life on the streets of Sydney was preferable to the nightmare Stacey Danson had survived in the hell that was home.

She hit the streets running at the age of eleven, and armed with a flick-knife and a fierce determination to live a different life, she began the journey from the 1960s to today.

For those that came to know ‘Sassy girl’ in ‘Empty Chairs’, and for those caring people that asked how her life worked out from there, ‘Faint Echoes of Laughter’ continues the story.

Dark Corners (The Ella Reynolds Series)

Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
Author: Liz Schulte

Dark Corners (The Ella Reynolds Series)

Ella Reynolds knew from the first moment she walked into the old house someone or something was watching her. Waiting. Her husband’s violent murder sent her spiraling into a world of grief and isolation, but Ella isn’t alone. Who or what is responsible for her husband’s death is still with her. Darkness has engulfed the past year of Ella’s life. Everyday reality slips a little more between her fingers as she struggles to break free from her memories. She must look deeper into her past as well as the present to discover truth of her husband’s homicide.

Children of Dreams

Parenting & Relationships > Adoption
Author: Lorilyn Roberts

Children of Dreams

Despair transformed into heavenly joy and evil overcome by God’s redemptive love will inspire even the most skeptical to believe in miracles.

In September 2010, Manisha’s medical mystery, as told in “Children of Dreams” was featured on Animal Planet’s “Monsters Inside Me.”

“Children of Dreams” is borne out of Lorilyn Roberts’ shattered dreams. The inspiring story of turning sorrow into life-giving hope will bring tears to the reader. The timeless theme of God’s faithfulness will make this a favorite adoption story for years to come.

Alchemy

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Mike Wood

Alchemy



When a migrating manatee makes a prolonged stop off the coast of Cape Cod, his unexpected arrival (and the beautiful daughter of the marine biologist who is following him) sets into motion a charming chain of events that will result in 15-year old Al learning the truth about his missing father, the joy and pain of first love, and ultimately even the fate of Hugh Manatee!

A Proper Pursuit

Genre Fiction > Historical
Author: Lynn Austin

A Proper Pursuit

It seems a perfect backdrop for what Violet Hayes longs to experience: a little mystery, a little romance.

To be honest, it is more than a little mystery. She schemed her way to Chicago to discover the mother she barely remembered. As for romance well, with the help of her grandmother and three great aunts, that is coming along nicely as well perhaps too well. Each of her relatives including her saintly grandmother seems to have a separate agenda for her.

How to Succeed in Evil

Literature & Fiction > Humor
Author: Patrick E. McLean

How to Succeed in Evil

How to Succeed in Evil is the story of Edwin Windsor, Evil Efficiency Consultant. He tries to help supervillains be more villainous. Or at least more profitable and sensible about the business side of Evil.

Along with his very proper and English secretary Agnes and his hench-lawyer Topper, he struggles to make the world of superpowered people make sense. But this is very difficult because, while Edwin’s advice is excellent, all of his clients are too egomaniacal to listen. There is, it must be said, a bit of comedy in this work.

Edwin struggles with a cast of characters including, Dr. Loeb, a trust fund child who desperately wants to be an Evil Genius, but has none of the talent. Dr. Loeb’s hideous mother, Iphagenia – who’s evil scheme is to foment a second Southern Rebellion, beginning with Lower Alabama.

Drummer Boy: A Supernatural Thriller

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Scott Nicholson

Drummer Boy: A Supernatural Thriller

On an Appalachian Mountain ridge, young Vernon Ray Davis hears the rattling of a snare drum deep inside a cave known as “The Jangling Hole,” and the wind carries a whispered name. According to legend, the Hole is home to a group of Civil War soldiers buried by a long-ago avalanche. Everyone, especially Vernon Ray’s dad, laughs at him…because he’s different.

On the eve of an annual Civil War re-enactment, the town of Titusville prepares for a mock battle. But inside the Hole, disturbed spirits are rising from their dark slumber, and one of them is heading home.

And Vernon Ray stands between the battle lines of the living and the dead, caught between a world where he doesn’t a belong and world from which he can never return…

The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense

 Self-Help > Personal Transformation
Author: Kevin W. McCarthy

The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense

Is Your Life Filled, Yet Unfulfilled? Do you feel pulled in a thousand different directions? Are your days so busy you hardly have time to think? Are you living up to other people’s expectations while your own plans and dreams go unmet?

In The On-Purpose Person you’ll learn how to discover who you are, where you are headed, what you should do, and what’s most important to you! That’s being on-purpose!

Simon Said (The Professor Simon Shaw Murder Mysteries)

Mystery > Historical > Archaeology
Author: Sarah Shaber

Simon Said (The Professor Simon Shaw Murder Mysteries)

Forensic historian Simon Shaw likes his murders old and cold, and his first case fits the bill. An archeologist friend has found a skeleton with a bullet hole in its skull under historic Bloodworth House, and Simon investigates with his usual doggedness until he discovers that the corpse is Anne Bloodworth, an heiress who disappeared in 1926. Shaw feels compelled to find out who killed her. But this turns out to be more than an academic exercise when someone who wants to hide past secrets tries to murder him!

The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: R.W. Ridley

The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles

The first volume in The Oz Chronicles recalls both Stephen King’s The Stand and L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. When 13-year-old Osmond “Oz” Griffith wakes from an illness on the floor of his closet, he discovers the world overrun by man-eating monsters, the Takers, and it’s largely his fault. In an effort to make things right, he gathers a band of survivors (a baby, an aged mechanic and a talking gorilla, among others), and sets off down his version of the yellow brick road, leading to the Atlanta Zoo. Along the way, he learns that his destiny was written by Steve, a boy from his past. Afflicted with Down Syndrome, Steve created new worlds, replete with battles between good and evil, in the comic books that served as his sole refuge from the teasing of Oz and his friends. Steve’s untimely suicide leaves only the comic books as clues to vanquishing the Takers.

Bound To You

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Vanessa Holland

Bound To You

A night of passion has forever bound Jenna Morgan to a man she thought she would spend her future with. Instead, he dumped her with barely a word of explanation and left the state. Three years later, she’s a single mom struggling to provide for her son and young sister, and harassed by an obsessed stalker.

Skeeter: A Cat Tale

Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women
Author: Anne L. Watson

Skeeter: A Cat Tale

When a stray kitten romps into Lynne’s life, she has no idea what she’s getting into. As Lynne describes in letters to her friend Angie, Skeeter is all cat — high-spirited, contrary, and inventive. He’s so goofy that he reminds Lynne of her own nuttiest escapades; so irrepressible that even Lynne’s neighbor, Mark, gets wound around his paw. And when Angie visits to see Skeeter for herself . . . . Well, no one who meets Skeeter will ever be quite the same again.

Pacific Avenue

Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women
Author: Anne L. Watson

Pacific Avenue

Where do you go from the end of the line? This is the question facing Kathy Woodbridge as she steps off the bus in the port city of San Pedro, California. Nineteen years old, from Louisiana, she is running away from her past. There’s a lot to run away from.
What do you do when there’s no one to do for? That’s what Lacey Greer wants to know, with her only child off at college. When Kathy gets a job at the office where Lacey works, she can tell that Kathy’s in trouble. Lacey’s husband advises her to stay out of it — but what’s she supposed to do, buy a rocking chair?

Rumors of Savages

Humor & Entertainment > Thrillers
Author: Carrie Regan

Rumors of Savages

It seemed the perfect stunt to save the ailing Adventure Channel. When a famed anthropologist disappears in the middle of a formidable African jungle while searching for a legendary–and reportedly bloodthirsty–”lost tribe,” fading star Max Carrington and his bumbling television crew swiftly set off to find him. Their goal: bring him back, alive or dead, documenting every moment along the way for a blockbuster television event. Back home, their dramatic live video dispatches from the middle of the jungle swiftly become the media sensation of the moment. But when members of the crew start disappearing as well, they realize too late that much more than the network’s fortunes are at risk…

Pushed Too Far (A Thriller)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals
Author: Ann Voss Peterson, Blake Crouch

Pushed Too Far (A Thriller)

Two years ago a woman was brutally murdered, her body burned until only ash and shattered bone remained. Police Sergeant Valerie Ryker solved that case, putting an undisputed monster Dixon Hess in prison for life, and becoming
the first female police chief of her tiny Wisconsin town.

Then the original murder victim turns up in a frozen lake, all in one piece and only recently dead, and Val must enter a race against time.

LETTING GO

Teens > Love & Romance
Author: DOMINO

LETTING GO

Pregnant at 17 with no family or support, Shawna’s life has been turned upside down. She now has a big decision to make, for her and the well being of her unborn child.

Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me?

Romance > Historical Romance
Author: Carrie Nyman

Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me?

A young couple, Camille “Honey” Shaughnessy and Don Shepard fall in love on the eve of World War II. As America enters the war, and Don is pressured into the service by his father, the two newlyweds struggle to maintain contact. Don becomes a hero, saving the lives of his comrades, but will he make it home alive?

Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles #1)

Genre Fiction > Horror > Dark Fantasy
Author: Rob Cornell

Darker Things (The Lockman Chronicles #1)

Craig Lockman–no one had called him that in fifteen years.

Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares.

Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she’s his daughter.

Sword of the Raven

Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Author: Diana Duncan

Sword of the Raven

When destiny calls, you don’t hit ignore…

Delaney Morgan’s ho-hum life begins to fray around the edges when her cop brother is framed and imprisoned. Determined to exonerate him, she starts poking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Things go from extra-ordinary to extraordinary with her discovery of Mr. Tall, Dark, and Naked washed up on a deserted Oregon beach.

Rowan MacLachlan’s no ordinary man. He’s a semi-Immortal Highlander. A Water Mage, a Supernatural Enforcer…and since the slaughter of his entire family, Chieftain of his Clan.



Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One (A Dystopian Vampire Novel)

Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Horror
Author: Robert S. Wilson

Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One (A Dystopian Vampire Novel)

Set in a dystopian, religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait patiently for the Empire’s weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals full of fresh blood.

Hank Evans is one of those Penitents and he would gladly let the vampires take every drop of his blood if it weren’t for one detail: Toby. Toby is Hank’s only son. Now, Hank must do whatever it takes to escape the city of the dead and save his son from an Empire as bloodthirsty as the vampires it uses to keep its people in line.

Missing (The Matt Spears Mysteries)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Barry Crowther

Missing (The Matt Spears Mysteries)

Revised Second Edition:

Debt collector Matt Spears isn’t having a good day. He’s being framed by the cops over an alleged assault and has inexplicably found himself indebted to the blind, but ruthless gangster, Vincent Barbour. When Barbour’s supposedly dead niece, Emma, surfaces in a graphic sexual video on a porn site, he asks Matt to find her in exchange for wiping the slate clean. Within a matter of hours, Matt is plunged into a world of sex, blackmail and murder. Trying to unravel the mysteries of a troubled young girl’s disappearance, he discovers the dark side of the porn industry, complicated family secrets, government  corruption, sadistic gangsters, and narcissistic celebrities who all come together to find a girl who is simply … missing.

The Truth About Butterflies: A Memoir

Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief
Author: Nancy Stephan

The Truth About Butterflies: A Memoir

They belong to each other, Nancy and Nicole–mother and daughter. They’re two halves of a whole, two facets of the same breath–until the day Nicole exhales. . . and never inhales again.

After the death of her daughter, and quickly losing her own battle with grief, Nancy decides to move from the house she can no longer bear to live in. While packing, she comes across a box in the attic. Inside this box, Nancy uncovers treasures she didn’t know existed and evidence that her and her daughter’s lives had been more divinely entwined than she could’ve imagined.




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Communion of Dreams

Science Fiction > High Tech
Author: James Downey

Communion of Dreams

The year is 2052, and the human race is still struggling to recover from a massive pandemic flu some 40 years previously. When an independent prospector on Saturn’s moon Titan discovers an alien artifact, assumptions that we are alone in the universe are called into question. Knowing that news of such a discovery could prompt chaos on Earth, a small team is sent to investigate and hopefully manage the situation. What they find is that there’s more to human history, and human abilities, than any of them ever imagined. And that they will need all those insights, and all those abilities, to face the greatest threat yet to human survival.

… See the rest of today’s Editor’s Picks and the Kindle Daily Deal here on page 2

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