Free Kindle books & bargains for Friday, June 15, 2018

Dead Smart: A prequel (Inspector John Marco Mysteries)

Mystery > Traditional Detectives
Author: Stephen Puleston
FREE

Dead Smart: A prequel novella (Inspector John Marco Mysteries)

Nobody can hide from the truth …

Eddie Westford is found dead outside the Cardiff City Football ground. His throat has been cut in a cold-blooded attack. Inspector Marco discovers photographs of Westford sitting in various luxury cars and Westford’s connections with the organised hooligan gangs of Cardiff points to a connection with hardened criminals.
Evidence suggesting Westford is a suspect in a drug related inquiry means that Marco faces having to transfer the investigation to another officer. But Marco’s gut instinct believes that Westford’s death may be connected to some powerful people in Cardiff and he resists the attempts from his senior officer to have the murder case allocated to another officer.

Marco embarks on a final last minute attempt to prove his theory with disastrous consequences before he finally identifies Westford’s killer.

Dangerous to the Touch (The Lindsey Smith Detective Series Book 1)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Melinda Craig, Laurie Boris
FREE

Dangerous to the Touch (The Lindsey Smith Detective Series Book 1)

She’s got a secret, but it’s her job to find out yours.

Lindsey’s past may haunt her dreams, but during the day she’s an unstoppable force. Besides, working a regular 9-5 just wasn’t going to pan out…and a girl’s gotta eat. Solving tough cases is her specialty. Not to mention, it’s an excellent distraction from the bum cards life dealt her. Still, getting the word out and finding new clients is tricky. Lindsey needs to fuel her coffee addiction somehow.

When Mr. Cade calls her out of the blue and offers a deal a little too good to be true, how could she say no? All she needs is one touch and she’s bound to solve this mystery. Of course, the downfall is the handsome detective that her new client insists she work with. Lindsey certainly doesn’t need any help and has no desire to share her commission. But, what the boss wants, the boss gets. She’s smart, resilient, and living on coffee. Now all she needs is her next check.

The Lanvin Murders (Vintage Clothing Mysteries Book 1)

Mystery > Cozy
Author: Angela M. Sanders
FREE

The Lanvin Murders (Vintage Clothing Mysteries Book 1)

All Portland vintage clothing store owner Joanna Hayworth wants to do is turn her back on the modern world and retreat into a carefully curated life of satin cocktail gowns, icy martinis, and old movies.

But when Joanna finds a key in a 1930s Lanvin coat cast off by an ex-showgirl, everything changes. The elderly woman turns up dead, and Joanna is pulled into a long-ago drama of back room deals, blackmail, and lost love. She must find a very real—and present day—killer before she becomes his next victim.

Mark for Blood (Mason Dixon Thrillers Book 1)

Thrillers > Conspiracies
Author: Nick Thacker
FREE

Mark for Blood (Mason Dixon Thrillers Book 1)

Mason Dixon just wants the quiet life.

He’s a bartender, and he wants to keep it that way.

But his past as an assassin has caught up with him.

Taking out the “marks” is something he doesn’t enjoy, but he finds it necessary: the ‘schmucks,’ the guys who shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets free.

His “other skills” help him pay the mortgage on his bar.

But Mason makes a mistake, and the wrong person is put into danger. He’s now forced to try to make things right, even if it costs him everything.

A gritty, edgy, crime thriller with hints of humor and noir, Mark for Blood is a story about a man hell-bent on revenge – and redemption.

Reckless Hearts

Romantic Comedy
Author: Heather Van Fleet
FREE

Reckless Hearts

Between boot camp and two TOD’s in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.

My girlfriend died. I couldn’t even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I’m sorry I wasn’t there like I should’ve been.

But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could’ve ever asked for. One I didn’t think I could handle…until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.

Now here I am, raising my baby girl-with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn’t be better. Until she walked into my life.

The Duke & The Elusive Miss Madden: Regency Romance

Romance > Historical
Author: Grace Fletcher
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The Duke & The Elusive Miss Madden: Regency Romance (Clean & Wholesome Regency Romance Book)

Virginia Marsden is in turmoil; she has lost everything. Her money and her reputation, all gone because of her father’s gambling. She takes things into her hands and runs, becoming governess to the Duke of Devonshire’s two nieces. She hopes to start afresh with a new name and no fear of people ostracizing her. If only she can stop staring at her handsome employer.

The Duke of Devonshire knew he was in for a difficult time with his young nieces. Hiring a governess was decidedly the best thing he has ever done. She educates them, keeps them in line and as an added benefit is lovely on the eye. She is very reserved beyond simple conversation, yet confident and Devonshire finds her captivating to say the least.

The Sandler Inquiry

Romance > Historical
Author: Noel Hynd, Patricia A. E. White, Juris Jurjevics
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The Sandler Inquiry

Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington’s agencies both public and secret. – Publishers Weekly

A deadly and elusive man. A young woman seeking justice and retribution. A thirty-year-old secret from World War Two. A latter day showdown among British, American, and Soviet intelligence services.

Who was Karl Sandler? Wartime patriot? Or a ruthless and amoral monster who put his vast financial machine behind the highest bidder? Leslie McAdam calls him by another name: her father.

Based on a shocking and shameful episode in history that threatened to alter the course of the world’s economic future, The Sandler Inquiry tells a gripping and unforgettable story of espionage and intrigue, loyalty and love, set in the sprawling ragged violence-prone New York City of the 1970’s.

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Social Sciences > Media Studies
Author: Sherry Turkle
Regularly $14.99, Today $1.99

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.

We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.

Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves.

Dead Lemons

International Mystery & Crime
Author: Finn Bell
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Dead Lemons

In the far south a young girl goes missing, lost without trace in the wilderness beyond her remote family cottage. A year later her father disappears in the same place. Then nothing. At all. Eventually the years grow over the grief. The decades wear away the questions, life flows past the forgotten tragedy.
Until Finn moves into the abandoned home, looking for a fresh start.
A place to heal himself far from his old problems. But rebuilding life is complicated by chance encounters and odd occurrences leaving Finn with the growing suspicion that the people here are harboring a terrible secret. Suspicion turns to obsession the deeper Finn digs while also facing steadily escalating dangers in the here-and-now. Soon Finn’s own journey of recovery becomes inextricably linked with his need to unravel the mystery.

Busman’s Honeymoon (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 13)

Mystery > Traditional Detective
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Regularly $8.99, Today $3.99

Busman's Honeymoon (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 13)

It took several near-death experiences for Lord Peter Wimsey to convince Harriet Vane to be his wife, but she has finally relented. When the dapper detective marries Britain’s most popular mystery author—just a few short years after rescuing her from the hangman’s noose—the press could not be more excited. But Lord Peter and his bride have no interest in spending their wedding night surrounded by reporters. They sneak out of their own reception to begin their honeymoon early, out of sight of the world. Unfortunately, for some couples, calamity is inescapable.

On their 1st morning together, the newlyweds discover the house’s caretaker bludgeoned to death in the manor’s basement. If they thought finding a few minutes alone was difficult, they’re up against even steeper odds. In a house full of suspects, identifying the killer won’t be easy.

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > European > French
Author: Elizabeth Bard
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Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes

In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman–and never went home again.
Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pavé au poivre, the steak’s pink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? Lunch in Paris is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs–one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine. Packing her bags for a new life in the world’s most romantic city, Elizabeth is plunged into a world of bustling open-air markets, hipster bistros, and size 2 femmes fatales. She learns to gut her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen), soothe pangs of homesickness (with the rise of a chocolate soufflé), and develops a crush on her local butcher (who bears a striking resemblance to Matt Dillon). Elizabeth finds that the deeper she immerses herself in the world of French cuisine, the more Paris itself begins to translate.

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

Counseling & Psychology > Human Sexuality
Author: Julia Serano
Regularly $5.99, Today $2.99

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

Serano’s well-honed arguments and reputation as a thought-leader stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity

Fantasy > Romantic
Author: A. Lee Martinez
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The Last Adventure of Constance Verity

Constance Verity has been saving the world since she was seven, and she’s sick of it. She sets off on one last adventure to reset her destiny and become the one thing she’s never been: ordinary.

Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become the world’s great adventurer. She is a master of martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artifacts. Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she’s figured a way out. The only problem is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job.

The Awakening Body:

Buddhism > Tibetan
Author: Reginald A. Ray
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The Awakening Body:

Many of us experience life through so many conceptual filters that we never recognize the freedom and joy that are inherent in us—and are in fact the essence of who we are. We can grow old not realizing that one of the most powerful tools to escape the painful knots we tie ourselves in is, literally, at our fingertips: our body.

Here, Reggie Ray cracks open the shell of the mind-body dichotomy and presents six fundamental body-based practices that connect us back to who we really are. These practices cut through the mental fabrications through which we experience our world and lead us directly to the richness of living a fully present, embodied human life.

Miracle on Voodoo Mountain: A Young Woman’s Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti

Ministry & Evangelism
Author: Megan Boudreaux
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Miracle on Voodoo Mountain: A Young Woman's Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti

Miracle on Voodoo Mountain is the inspirational memoir of an accomplished and driven 24-year old who quit her job, sold everything, and moved to Haiti, by herself—all without a clear plan of action. Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti on a few humanitarian trips but each trip multiplied the sense that someone needed to address the devastation—especially with the children, many of whom were kept as household slaves on the poverty-stricken and earthquake-devastated Caribbean island.

God guided her every step as she moved blindly to a foreign land without knowing the language, the people, or the future. From becoming the adoptive mother of former child slaves, to receiving the divine gift of the Haitian Creole language, to starting, building, and running a school for more than 500 children, “the amazingness of what God did after I made the choice to be obedient is incredible,” said Megan.

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