Monday, March 21, 2011

Bargain eBooks #148:

They Never Gave Up by Linda Penhall

Genre: Humor, Literary

Price: $4.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)

Cathy and Pauline are leaving footprints—raised ones.

Cathy is gorgeous, smart and quick-witted—her life looks promising to say the least. And to round it all off she has a devoted husband who thinks the world of her. Everyone assumes she’s got it made. But has she?

Pauline is the life and soul of every party—firmly believing the world to be some kind of giant playpen. Underneath this rebellious guise is a woman who desperately wants someone to love her for who she truly is.

Set in an Irish backdrop, the story humorously explores the vibrant and multicolored lives of these two lifelong friends as they love, work and laugh in the midst of horses, rehab, aviation, a whiskey guzzling skinflint father and a deplorably meddlesome mother-in-law.

They Never Gave Up will strike a chord with all women especially those who have ever been let down to the point of betrayal.

What they're saying about it:

"I love the strong, realistic female characters in this one. It starts off with a woman who doesn't quite fit into the dreary life she is born. She is determined that her daughter will have the chances she never did. The story then moves onto her daughter, from childhood through to adulthood. This is a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a woman with a strong and independent spirit in our present day society, with the same needs and desires. Well developed characters throughout. The wit comes from the characters and the situations, and the motivations and deliberations are believable.

An excellent story. Well written and definitely worth the read."--Amazon Reviewer

"I had the good fortune of reading this book prior to publication and I can say, as a person who doesn't normally read this genre (although I challenge anyone who can cleanly label it), that I enjoyed it immensely. Aside from Linda's quality in the craft of writing, it has a powerful mix of humor and sober 'human stuff'. Above all, it lifts the human spirit, hence the aptness of the title.

I would recommend this book to a wide range of adult readers, not just those who like 'chick lit'. "--Amazon Reveiwer

Guardian of the Sky Realms by Gerry Huntman

Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Price: $5.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble

Maree Webster is an 'almost-emo' from the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She hates school and only has a few friends. She has an infatuation with Angels and Fallen Angel stories. Life was boring until she one day decided to steal a famous painting of angels from a small art gallery.

Her life will never be boring again. She meets a stranger at the gallery who seems to know her. She stumbles into a world where cities float in the sky, and daemons roam the barren, magma-spewing crags of the land below.

But not all is well. Maree is turning into something she loves but at the same time, fears. Most fearful of all is the prospect of losing her identity, what makes her Maree, and more importantly, human. She has ties to the human world that she can't bear to sever.

Guardian of the Sky Realms takes the reader on a journey through exotic fantasy lands, but also across the globe, from Sydney to Paris, and the Himalayas to Manhattan.

It is about transformation.

What they're saying about it:

"I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Gerry Huntman's YA novel "Guardian of the Sky Realms" earlier this month. Gerry is not only my good friend but also my editor at IFWG Publishing. Despite the fact that fantasy is not normally my preferred reading, with the exception of J.R.R Tolkien's timeless tales, I loved reading this wonderfully crafted tale. Well done my friend and congratulations. Sky Realms has been a long time coming."--Amazon Reviewer

"This is an excellent story that starts out with a revelation and becomes an adventure. The action and turns never let up.

I enjoyed Maree's gradual discovery and acceptance of who she is. It was very well done and believable, despite the fantastic circumstances. I enjoyed the intermixing of the two worlds. It gave it a 'real' grounding that was important.
The world of the Sky Realms is rich and vividly drawn, and beautifully described. My favourite character was, surprisingly enough, Darius.

An enjoyable tale that was easy to read. Highly recommended."--Amazon Reviewer

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