Free Kindle books & bargains for Friday, April 17, 2015

Thaw

 Horror
Author: Bryan Dunn

FREE
Thaw

Arctic bush pilot Harry McNills is minding his own business and dreaming of retiring to the Caribbean–when two scientists from Cryolabs Corporation charter his plane for a scientific expedition. The beautiful young biologist Amy Tyler and her boss, the avaricious Hayden Lockwood, want to explore for freeze-tolerant organisms. Harry gets more than he bargained for when he falls for Amy and discovers an ancient terror entombed in an iceberg. A Navy team is assembled to exhume the remarkable find.

The Riddler’s Gift: First Tale of the Lifesong (The Tale of the Lifesong Book 1)

 Fantasy > Epic
Author: Greg Hamerton

FREE
The Riddler's Gift: First Tale of the Lifesong (The Tale of the Lifesong Book 1)

A shadow steals across Eyri. One by one, the Lightgifters are snuffed out. When darkness strikes her family, Tabitha receives a dangerous legacy. Soon the Riddler walks beside her, but is he on her side?

The more she searches for answers, the further into treachery she is led. The more she tries to flee, the harder she is hunted. And the more she sings the ancient Lifesong, the more the world begins to change.

STORY STORY: How I Found Ways to Make a Difference and Do Work I Love

 Self-Help > Success
Author: Kola Olaosebikan

FREE
STORY STORY: How I Found Ways to Make a Difference and Do Work I Love

One day, I had an idea. What if my entire life was centered on making a difference and doing work I love?

So rather than engage in occasional or random acts of kindness, my life was a life of service. And rather than drudge through eight hours of work every day, I could earn my living from doing work that I actually enjoyed.

This single idea sent me on a journey that has spanned 5 years, 12 countries, 86 YouTube videos, and countless boxes of Chinese food. STORY STORY is a funny, lighthearted, yet provocative book about finding passion, taking risks, having faith, and all the unexpected lessons learned along the way.

Until We Touch (Fool’s Gold series Book 15)

 Romance > Contemporary
Author: Susan Mallery

Regularly $6.99, Today $1.99
Until We Touch (Fool's Gold series Book 15)

After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length—a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold, California.

Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart wishes, Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa’s big secret is revealed…by her mother!

Harbor Nocturne

 Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: Joseph Wambaugh

Regularly $6.99, Today $1.99
Harbor Nocturne

Joseph Wambaugh, the former LAPD detective, multiple New York Times best-seller, and MWA Grand Master, is known as “the father of the modern police novel” and now, in Harbor Nocturne, he has produced one of the outstanding books of the year. Some LAPD characters from the acclaimed Hollywood Station series are here: the surfer cops known as “Flotsam and Jetsam”, aspiring actor “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, and young Britney Small, along with new members of the midwatch, all gamely coping with the wackiness of Hollywood.

Starship Blackbeard

 Science Fiction > Galactic Empire
Author: Michael Wallace

Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Starship Blackbeard

In the aftermath of an interstellar war with an alien race, Captain James Drake is unjustly court martialed and sentenced to hard labor. Now Drake is on the run from Lord Admiral Malthorne, while another pursuer, Drake’s old friend, believes the accusations are true, and promises to bring him to justice.

But Drake won’t go down without a fight. Rather than surrender, he’ll lead his loyal crew into the lawless frontier worlds, infested with pirates and smugglers, to repair and rearm his ship.

Alienated

 Young Adult > Romance > Science Fiction & Dystopian
Author: Melissa Landers

Regularly $16.99, Today $0.99
Alienated

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

 Business & Money > Management & Leadership
Author: Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U

Regularly $5.99, Today $1.99
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series)

Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office?

The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.

The Croning

 Horror
Author: Laird Barron

Regularly $24.99, Today $1.99
The Croning

Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us…

Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts.

Down and Out in Beverly Heels

 Romantic Comedy
Author: Kathryn Leigh Scott

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Down and Out in Beverly Heels

Former actress Meg Barnes used to have it all: tony Beverly Hills address, Amex Black card, Manolos for every day of the month. Not to mention a career as a popular TV detective that made her glittering life possible. But her lifestyle of the rich and famous has turned into a reality show for d-listed starlets. Lost in her Louboutins, she has one man to thank: her con man of a husband.

Handsome FBI agent Jack Mitchell knows a suspect when he sees one—even if she’s as beautiful and gutsy as Meg. Meg’s ex “made off” with half of Hollywood’s wealth in an epic real estate scam. And Jack thinks Meg may have been involved.

A Most Unsuitable Match

 Christian Fiction > Romance
Author: Stephanie Grace Whitson

Regularly $14.99, Today $1.99
A Most Unsuitable Match

An unlikely attraction occurs between two passengers on a steamboat journey up the Missouri River to Montana…

She is a self-centered young woman from a privileged family who fears the outdoors and avoids anything rustic. He is a preacher living under a sense of duty and obligation to love the unlovable people in the world. She isn’t letting anything deter her from solving a family mystery that surfaced after her mother’s death. He is on a mission to reach the rejects of society in the remote wilderness regions of Montana.

Crescent Moon

 Romance > Paranormal
Author: Delilah Devlin

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99

Crescent Moon

Khepri still isn’t used to being The God’s Wife. The daughter of a common farmer, she’s more comfortable being friends with servants than employing a whole team of them. Being the wife of Amun affords her luxuries she only dreamed of, but her dreams are not always a haven…they are also filled with demons. Lately she’s had doubts about the role she’s been thrust into. She’s had yearnings for another sort of life, one where she’s loved intimately, rather than only adored from afar.

When a powerful man lures her away from her temple, she’s thrilled at the chance for an adventure. Her adventure quickly becomes a nightmare when the handsome vizier mummifies her alive.

Scandal’s Mistress (Lord Hawkesbury’s Players Book 2)

 Historical Romance
Author: C.J. Archer

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Scandal's Mistress (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players Book 2)

In Shakespearean London, falling in love just became the greatest scandal of all…

Just when Leo, Baron Warhurst, thinks his family’s financial situation can’t get any worse, he discovers that his unwed sister is pregnant. The Warhurst estate is already crumbling thanks to Leo’s father, and unless Leo can make a match with a wealthy heiress, his family will be ruined. Such are the dire straits that bring the ambitious nobleman to the White Swan Inn, where he must suffer the indignity of asking a common seamstress for help spying on his sister’s lover.

Destined to Last (Providence Series)

 Romantic Comedy
Author: Alissa Johnson

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Destined to Last (Providence series)

Lady Kate Cole was a young woman of exceptional beauty, extraordinary talent, and notable charm. She was also a woman so remarkably prone to accidents that it was generally considered wise to keep as much distance from her as possible.

Yet Andrew Hunter simply couldn’t stay away. No other woman would do for his wife. He would give her adventure, fidelity, and a fortune so vast she’d need several lifetimes to go through half of it. What woman could ask for more?

All Kate asked for was a true love match. And Mr. Hunter clearly had no room in his heart for such a silly emotion.

A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing (Sisters of Colford Hall)

 Romance > Paranormal > Witches & Wizards
Author: Deborah MacGillivray

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing (The Sisters of Colford Hall)

Not even the ancient stone walls of her family’s English estate can protect the third Montgomerie sister from her magical destiny—or from the wolfish charms of Trevelyn Mershan, who has come to share it.

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The Devil’s in the Details

 Romantic Comedy
Author: Kimberly Raye

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
The Devil's in the Details

Jess Damon’s life is…complicated. Not only is she a man-eating succubus (albeit recently reformed), but she has the mother from hell—literally. Yep, Houston’s hottest wedding planner is the daughter of the devil. Though as far as her mother knows, Jess is only in the business to hook up with hunky groomsmen, not to find true love.

But when demon hunter Cutter Owens rolls into town, turning her back on her evil birthright proves harder than Jess thought. Cutter is out to take down the devil once and for all—and he wants Jess’s help to do it.

The Invasion of Falgannon Isle (Sisters of Colford Hall Book 1)

 Romance > Paranormal
Author: Deborah MacGillivray

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
The Invasion of Falgannon Isle (The Sisters of Colford Hall Book 1)

There was something about the Brigadoon-like Falgannon, something that kept most of its male inhabitants unwed. From Michael the Story to Callum the Bicycle–and we mustn’t forget The Cat Dudley, the slyest poker-playing moggie in the Outer Hebrides–every male of the Isle had happiness dependent upon that of its Lady. So things had been since Pictish times, and so they would be long after the present day.

Despite her machinations, to this point B.A. Montgomerie had been unable to make her men happy. Her first marriage had been against their advice; her husband had been an Irishman, true, but he had failed to meet other necessary requirements…and things had ended badly.

To Tempt the Devil (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury’s Players Book 3)

 Historical Romance
Author: C.J. Archer

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
To Tempt the Devil (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players Book 3)

He’s dark and dangerous…and she can’t stay away…

Seven years have passed since Rafe Fletcher fled London. Now he has returned to make amends, only to find his brother, James, bound for debtors’ prison. Unable to clear James’s debts, Rafe does the next best thing, promising to watch over his brother’s betrothed in his absence. There’s just one problem: the shy, sweet girl he once knew has grown into an alluring young woman—one who wants absolutely nothing to do with a man like him.

The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker

 Christian Living > Business & Professional Growth
Author: Brad Lomenick

Regularly $14.99, Today $1.99
The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker

We need great leaders.  More than ever we need authentic, collaborative, inspiring men and women of integrity at the helm of society- and too often our leaders fall short.  Some focus on personal success, alienating those they lead.  Others shift their principles when it is convenient.

There is a better way.  You can energize and inspire the people around you.  You can equip a team of principled collaborators to answer God’s calling.  You can be a catalyst leader.

Wind Warrior

 Romance > Westerns
Author: Constance O’Banyon

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Wind Warrior

The Vision
He’d been named Wind Warrior and called the savior of his Blackfoot people. But the mystical power that filled him awoke his brother’s hatred and envy. Dull Knife would do anything to take what was his.

The Woman
Slender and lovely, the white captive had long ago caught Wind Warrior’s eye. She was the kind of beauty who could make a man forget all else in the exquisite pleasures of the night. But when Dull Knife plotted to steal her away, the rivalry between the two brothers would come to a head, a prophecy would be fulfilled and with her daring rescue, a great passion would be born.

A Taste of Magic (Gypsy Magic)

 Romance > Paranormal
Author: Tracy Madison

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
A Taste of Magic (Gypsy Magic)

A young, divorced bakery owner discovers she’s inherited her gypsy ancestress’s fabulous magical powers, but learns that when seeking true love with her hunky new neighbor, a person has to be careful what she cooks up.

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Louisiana Bigshot (Talba Wallis #2)

 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Julie Smith

Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Louisiana Bigshot: A Humorous New Orleans Mystery; Talba Wallis #2 (The Talba Wallis PI Series)

Meet the hottest detective duo in New Orleans–she’s Queen Latifah. He’s Danny DeVito. Or they would be if this were a movie–in print, they’re Talba Wallis and Eddie Valentino. Talba’s got the beauty, the brains, the computer savvy, the poetic soul,the youth, the right demographic, and the sass. Eddie’s got the detective agency. Also a short fuse and yes, wisdom. Not only do they make it work, they’ve got chemistry.

And they need every skill and ounce of courage they can summon in this intricate tale of a decades-old conspiracy only now coming home to roost, with the murder of Talba’s friend Babalu Maya. Babalu is actually Clayton Robineau, daughter of the local banker in a small Louisiana town that bears her name, a town buried under the weight of its own malevolent past.

Her Secret Desire (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury’s Players Book 1)

 Historical Romance
Author: C.J. Archer

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Her Secret Desire (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players Book 1)

Comely, courageous Minerva “Min” Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is determined to make her mark. Ill-fated to live in Elizabethan England, when women—deemed the inferior sex—most assuredly did not write plays, Min will prevail. With her finished play in hand, she implores Roger Style, a local theatre manager in London, to read it. Though desperate in his own right—due to a string of commercial failures—all Style sees before him is a woman playwright, and refuses to even look at her work.

Emma’s Folly

 Historical Romance
Author: Carolyn Brown

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Emma's Folly

Emma Maureen Cummins is fleeing from an overbearing father and the prospect of a loveless marriage in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s intrigued by stories of the Oklahoma land rush the previous year, 1889, and buys a train ticket to Oklahoma. After all, that’s where the excitement is. Trouble arises the moment she steps inside the general store in Guthrie, coming face to face with the sheriff, who has received a telegram to be on the lookout for a tall blond from Georgia.Jed Thomas just came to town to buy supplies for his homestead.

Countess So Shameless (A Scandal in London Novel)

 Historical Romance
Author: Liana LeFey

Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Countess So Shameless (A Scandal in London Novel)

No one can compete for Lady Mélisande’s coveted affections like the Italian rogue she met five years prior during a visit to Versailles. Her encounter with Lord Alessandro Orsini awakened a passion so fierce that the mere memory of it still ignites her senses. So when the celebrated rake resurfaces in London, Mélisande succumbs to temptation and shamelessly proposes an affair for the Season.

The Other Guy’s Bride

 Historical Romance
Author: Connie Brockway

Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99
The Other Guy's Bride

Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to solve one of the world’s greatest mysteries–to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting the resolute young scholar across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Ginesse engages in a daring deception–she will switch places with Mildred Whimpelhall, who is traveling to meet her fiancé.

Cynical adventurer Jim Owen will do anything to escape the dark secrets of his troubled past. Betrayed by the woman he loved, scorned by proper society, he agrees to carry out a danger-fraught task: escort Mildred Whimpelhall across a lawless desert to her intended.

Happy Hour

 Romance > Contemporary
Author: Michele Scott

Regularly $5.99, Today $0.99
Happy Hour

Every woman has that group of friends in her life ~ her “go to girls” The friends that she can turn to who “get it.” The ones who are there for you no matter what. The ones who laugh with you and cry with you. The ones that will always be there. These are the women of Napa Valley.

Jamie is the editor-in-chief of Wine Lover’s Magazine, a single mother and caretaker to her senile mother-in-law ~ a woman who thinks her daily caregiver is Dean Martin. Jamie is still recovering, financially and emotionally from the death of her husband several years earlier.

Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

 Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Jennifer Becton

Regularly $4.99, Today $0.99
Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not matter one whit. To Charlotte, love in marriage was nothing more than a pleasant coincidence.

As the years of her marriage dragged by, Charlotte began to question her idea of love as she suffered continual embarrassment at her husband’s simpering and fawning manners. When Mr. Collins dies, finally relieving everyone of his tedious conversation, she must work feverishly to secure her income and home.

The Defiant: Grid Down

 Science Fiction > Post-Apocalyptic
Author: John W. Vance

Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
The Defiant: Grid Down

When Nicholas McNeil, a father and dedicated husband, turned out the lights in his suburban home Sunday night, they would never turn on again. During the early Monday morning hours, a spectacular and well coordinated attack destroys the grid and brings the United States to its knees.

Nicholas was a man who had heeded the warnings to a degree, but most did not. With a society unprepared and a government overwhelmed, panic turns to chaos and soon violence.

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