Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bargain eBooks is moving

I have tested Blogger's scheduled posting feature today, and have come to realize that unless I am on this site at all times, scheduled posts no longer run when they're supposed to. Because it would be too difficult to continue running Bargain eBooks without this feature, as I can't be at my computer at 8PM every night to publish each post manually (or have my computer on all the time!) the blog is now moved over to Wordpress. This is to ensure that blog posts run automatically at 8PM EST each night and every submission has equal airtime.
 
 
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Bargain eBooks #530:

The Game Called Revolution by Scott Kinkade

Genre: Science Fiction, Alternative History

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble



Taking place during a French Revolution that is familiar yet very different, this steam-powered story depicts the adventures of the Ordre de la Tradition, a group of elite knights and other exceptionally talented individuals. led by the cool and confident Jeanne d'Fleur, who answer only to His Majesty, King Louis XVI.

On July 14, 1789 (Infini Calendar), the Ordre is called to the Bastille to investigate a mysterious message that has appeared in the cell which formerly belonged to the diabolical Marquis de Sade. While they are there, the prison suddenly comes under attack by an agry mob. They soon discover that this is not an isolated incident; the Palace at Versailles is also besieged around the same time.

Why is this happening? Will the Ordre be able to save the monarchy from assassination? How is the Jacobin Club involved in this? What strange powers does the Count of Saint-Germaine possess? What is the secret of Jeanne's right eye? Is that sadistic Austrian woman friend or foe? All is revealed within What they're saying about it: no reviews yet

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Bargain eBooks #529:

An Embarrassment of Riches by Gerald Hansen

Genre: Black Comedy/Contemporary Fiction/Women's Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Sony




When Ursula Barnett and her husband Jed win the Irish lottery, they think their troubles are over. But they are just beginning. Ursula coerces her Yank husband to retire in her hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland, hoping to atone for her youthful sins as a collaborator with the IRA in the 1970s. At the first sniff of Ursula s lotto win, however, her chronically greedy sister-in-law Fionnuala Flood rallies the family against Ursula.

Fionnuala's life is a misery. She is married to a boozing fish-packing plant worker and raising seven seedy hooligans, from a convict son to an eight-year-old devil-daughter who will resort to desperate measures to secure the perfect Holy Communion gown. Between two part-time jobs, Fionnuala still finds the energy to put into motion plans which pit husbands against wives, daughters against mothers, the lawless against the law and Fionnuala against anyone fool enough to cross her path.

Family saga and black comedy, love story and courtroom drama, An Embarrassment of Riches will take you on a journey to Northern Ireland and beyond, where Protestants and Catholics wage battle daily, and where crossing family with finance leads to heartache and hilarity, passion and tragedy.


What they're saying about it:

"A Masterpiece"--Colin Quinn

"As absorbing as it is hysterical"--Publishers Weekly

"Wickedly hilarious and a masterpiece of black comedy"--Expat Maddie



Hand In The Till by Gerald Hansen

Genre: Black Comedy/Contemporary Fiction/Women's Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Sony




With a family like this, who wouldn't need absinthe?

Fionnuala Flood, mother of seven unruly thugs, takes stock of her life as her 45th birthday approaches, and it couldn't be more of a misery. She's been fired from the corner shop for stealing, her two oldest sons are in prison, her husband's hands are fondling more than frozen fish at the packing plant, and her lesbian daughter has just published a book exposing the family's attempts to get their claws into Auntie Ursula Barnett's lottery winnings the year before. Daughter Dymphna, unwed mother, has just been kicked out of her boyfriend's house, adding two more mouths to feed.

Desperate to raise money to travel to Malta for the launch party and wreak havoc, Fionnuala puts into motion a get-rich-quick scheme that preys on the weaknesses of others and will hopefully add a bit of luxury to her empty coal bin of a life. The scam, however, unleashes dark secrets that bring Ursula back to town for a final showdown. Hand In The Till is a darkly comic look at revenge, retribution and, perhaps, reconciliation. With a shot of absinthe.


What they're saying about it:

"Comic Irish writing at its best" Colin Quinn

"A sequel that delivers" Mateo

"Are you kidding me? Brillince once again!" C Courtney

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bargain eBooks #528:

Run Like Hell by Elena Andrews

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Price: $1.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)





What if the perfect party plans didn’t work out so perfectly?

In this young adult thriller, seventeen-year-old Morgan Butler is finally alone. Her parent’s are out of town and she has a romantic night planned with her boyfriend after attending the party-of-the-year. And her aunt is conveniently working late and will stop by the following day to check on her.

All her plans are falling into place. But on the way to the party, her car runs out of gas.

Stranded on a dark, desolate road with no money, no gas and a dead cell phone, Morgan makes a decision with dangerous consequences.

Now she must fight, claw, scratch and scream…and then run like hell to survive.

But will she get away?


What they're saying about it:

""Run Like Hell" is a suspenseful, spellbinding story that kept me on the edge of my seat. Morgan is a young girl who meets a stranger when she runs out of gas on the way to a party. It's dark. Her cell phone is dead. She doesn't have a gas can. She has two dollars on her. A teenage nightmare comes true when a young man knocks on the car window. The man who offers help, but then he chases, stalks, threatens, and injures Morgan while her parents are out of town. Morgan's spunk and bravery lead her to the man's dysfunctional family and the tragedy that lies beyond. Morgan runs like hell, but will she get away?

Morgan's story will keep the reader's attention to the very last page. The characters: Morgan's stalker, his family, her classmates, and Aunt Rory are interesting and genuine. The story is dead on. This young adult fiction is fast-paced and a very enjoyable read for all ages."--Amazon Reviewer

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bargain eBooks #527:

Day of Night by Will Decker

Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Smashwords
Amazon (Kindle)




Book 3 in the HEALF Saga. Capt. 'Rod' Rodick's evil nemisis, Lord Balzar, is back! And he's building an army of sadistic soldiers to take back what he has lost. When Rod learns of his return, Rod feels it's his duty to bring an end to Lord Balzar's ambitions. But when Rod's allies are brutally murdered and Rod is captured, Lord Balzar's true intent becomes known. Lote's life hangs in the balance. 160,000 Words.



Regenerations by Will Decker

Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Smashwords
Amazon (Kindle)



Book 4 in the HEALF Saga. Way back in book 1, Rod and Lote were seperated from her aging parents when the behemoth they were strapped to became spooked and charged wildly through the jungle. This is their story as told through the eyes of Hig and Leeta. Follow along as they discover all the secrets and adventures that Healf holds in store for them. 150,000 Words.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bargain eBooks #526:

Mortality Revisited by Will Decker

Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $.99

Where to Get It:

Smashwords
Amazon (Kindle)



Book 1 in the Healf Saga. When Capt. 'Rod' Rodick crashes in the Eastern Fringe, he has no idea that his was the last viable craft left on the planet and that his crash signified the start of a terrible new era. On a planet with only one habitable side, the opposite facing the too near Sun with a six month rotation, constant westward progression is imperative to avoid the rising inferno! 165,000 Words.


What they're saying about it:

"I LIKED THE CHARACTERS AND THE PLOT DEVELOPMENT LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT INSTALLMENT"

"This was quite a page turner! I was a bit surprised by the amount of sexual content, but it did fit the story."




Clone Wars by Will Decker

Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $.99

Where to Get It:

Smashwords
Amazon (Kindle)




Book 2 in the Healf Saga. Capt. 'Rod' Rodick discovers there is an evil in the catacombs of Healf that transcends even his worst nighmares; Clones. Beings grown in the image of their sadistic, power hungry donor, but lacking a soul or moral compass. Rod must stop them before their terrible ambitions come to fruition and destroy the fragile hierarchy that he is struggling to build. 160,000 Words

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bargain eBooks #525:

Lil Glimmer by Angela Muse

Genre: Children's Poetry

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Lil Glimmer is a star who learns patience and sharing. He is frustrated when he doesn't get his way, but in the end he listens to his mother and realizes the importance of taking turns.


What they're saying about it:

"Lil Glimmer" is an adorable children's story with easy-to-read rhythmical words and vibrant illustrations. My children (ages 6 and 7, boy and girl, respectively) let me read it to them several times. It's a fun story about sharing with others, listening to your parent, and going to bed. The perfect target audience is birth through early elementary. I always love cute children's stories like this bedtime one. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Muse."

"I have 2 children under the age of 5 and they very much enjoyed this story. The illustrations are cute and I liked that I it had a good message about sharing. This is a great bedtime book for young children."

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bargain eBooks #524:

Flower from Castile Trilogy Book One: The Alhambra Decree by Lilian Gafni

Genre: Historical Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)





The Flower from Castile Trilogy opens in 1491 during the tumultuous unification of Spain under Catholicism. The battle for the conquest of Granada, which was held by the Islamic Moors for 700 years, empties Spain's coffers and decimates the ranks of her soldiers. Beautiful young Isabella Obrigon lives a life of privilege in Seville until she is caught between these two powerful nations. She is forced to uncover a secret about her birth and becomes trapped between two faiths and two peoples. She must decide whether to follow her heart and join her endangered brethren seeking exile from the brutal and infamous Inquisition, or stay and live a lie. When Isabella is held prisoner in the fabled Alhambra palace in Granada, an encounter with Miguel Costa seals her fate. Nearby, Christopher Columbus-who may have secrets of his own-waits impatiently for the war to be won. His dreams of exploration and fabulous wealth can only come true if he receives a summons from Queen Isabella.


What they’re saying about it:

“Are you looking for an adventure read? If you answered YES, then this is the book for you. Flower from Castile Book One: The Alhambra Decree”~The Phantom Paragrapher

“A riveting tale of Medieval Spain, Flower from Castile Book One: The Alhambra Decree is an excellent choice for fans of historical fiction.”~The Midwest Book Review

“Gafni’s understanding of the time period seems paramount, and her plot is solid. Isabella’s movement between different cultures allows readers to explore what it was like to be a Catholic, Jew or Moor during one of history’s darkest periods. A gripping plot for Flower from Castile Book One: The Alhambra Decree.”~Kirkus Reviews

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bargain eBooks #523:

Twin-Bred by Karen A. Wyle

Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?

Humans have lived on Tofarn, planet of creeks and rivers, for seventy years, but they still don't understand the Tofa. The Tofa are an enigma, from their featureless faces to the four arms that sometimes seem to be five. They take arbitrary umbrage at the simplest human activities, while annoying their human neighbors in seemingly pointless ways. The next infuriating, inexplicable incident may explode into war.

Scientist Mara Cadell's radical proposal: that host mothers carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species. Mara knows about the bond between twins: her own twin, Levi, died in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

Perhaps Mara should have expected the enigmatic Tofa to have their own reasons to support her project. Perhaps the ever-cynical Levi should have warned her that members of the human government might use her twins as weapons against the Tofa. Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?

Science fiction with a sociological and psychological focus, TWIN-BRED follows in the footsteps of Ursula K. LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness and Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow.


What they're saying about it:

“Now and then I read a really good book, and this is one of the best….I would love a sequel to this beautifully written, captivating novel.” - Ellen Ghyll, author

“Twin-Bred is one of the best science fiction novels I’ve read in decades. It is literary fiction as well as S-F…one of the most original stories I’ve ever read….beautifully written and riveting.” - R. Lee Holz, author

"[C]ompelling writing, complex and interesting characters, a plot heavy on intrigue and drama (heavy, that is, without being melodramatic) and a unique setting . . . catch my interest and my admiration. . . . Wyle’s story has it all . . . a truly unique trip into a novel, intriguing, and reader-friendly world that is populated by a mixture of good guys, bad guys, and aliens – and believe me, you will shake your head more than once along the way as you try to decide which characters fall within which categories . . . She also sets the ending up nicely for a sequel . . . . Don’t miss this one." Blog "All Things Jill-Elizabeth"

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bargain eBooks #522:

HYM and HUR by Phillip Frey.

Type: Short story (around 8,000 words)

Genre: Fantasy

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Apple
Barnes and Noble




In this fantasy-comedy Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century. They also possess an array of magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds. Enacting both at the same time is now what gets them into trouble, especially since it's the unruly character of Death they must deal with to bring their plans to fruition.

What they're saying about it:

"Anyone here old enough to remember the Twilight Zone? How about the early short stories of Isaac Asimov? If you are you'll get my meaning when I say reading Hym and Hur was like watching an episode of the Twilight Zone or reading one of Asimov's early stories. It has that "old time" feel to it which I find comforting and refreshing. Not many people write the way the "old masters" did and I think that's a shame.

Hym and Hur is a brief, but interesting concept that perhaps could be expanded on a bit, but still, it gets the story across in a fun way that made me feel as though I was sitting in front of the old black and white TV we had when I was a kid watching Rod Serling introduce this week's show.

Definitely worth reading."— Internet reviewer Jacob Drake of crescentsunspublishing.com


"This short story is whimsical, romantic and ethereal. Lovely read. Really put me in a good mood. I happened upon this because I read Mr. Frey's other book "Dangerous Times." He is truly adept at switching genres. I am looking forward to what he does next."— Reviewed by Miss Kilpy on Amazon

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bargain eBooks #521:

Omensent: Birth of a Dragon Lord by Barry A. Gibbons II

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Smashwords
Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Sony




In a wild untamed world, the entire race of dragons are enslaved by a sadistic sorcerer and trapped inside of a gemstone. Four centuries later, a boy is born with the blood of dragons flowing in his veins.Cursed by his bizarre appearance, yet blessed with amazing abilities,he sets off on a quest to investigate the rumors of a rampaging dragon, and to avenge his father's murder.

What they're saying about it:

"Refreshing Fantasy Novel Barry Gibbons creates a refreshing perspective on the typical fantasy story. He brings new light to a genre that has seen its days of darkness. He creates characters that are imperfect by nature, which grow and shine as they battle and conquer personal fears and flaws. An enjoyable read with an inherent knowledge base of arcane lore."--Didacts & Narpets

"This was a great book. It was funny, and easy to follow. I would recommend it to anyone who like fantasy/sci fi."

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bargain eBooks #520:

Chosen by Jolea M. Harrison

Genre: Action Adventure, Fantasy

Price: Free

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Chosen is a fantasy adventure - location; Hell, Purgatory, the Demon’s Lair, and Hell is everything it’s cracked up to be for sixteen-year-old Dynan Telaerin who finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, charged with saving the soul of his ancestor, desperate to avoid the monsters and minions who want to eat his soul.

The running starts, and doesn't stop to the end of this action packed adventure of a young man coming to terms with his life while he's barely a spirit, through horrors he thought existed only in dreams.

Chosen is the first book of the series, The Guardians of the Word.


What they're saying about it:

"Harrison is a fantastic writer. The world she has woven in "Chosen" is magical, dramatic, and sucks the reader right in."

"Chosen is a truly enjoyable read with an endearing hero..For fans of sci-fi fantasy, a must-read."

"The bad guys made me squirm and the description of their destruction of Purgatory with all the dead bodies was wonderfully awful!"




Myth by Jolea M. Harrison

Genre: Action Adventure, Fantasy

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (kindle)





Where truth and lies mingle among friends and enemies alike.

Behind the veil that separates the living from the dead, awaits the teeming horde. Evil bides its time, probing for weakness. It slithers across the divide, searching for the weak, the insane, the criminal mind, and even the average citizen of Cobalt, commanding them. The order is to kill. The target...

Seventeen-year-old Dynan Telaerin's biggest challenge is keeping the woman he loves and the brother he adores from being in the same room at the same time. Liselle Tremault and Dain Telaerin despise one another, forcing Dynan to choose between them, but a murder plot against him abruptly trumps other concerns. Visions of the destruction of civilization follow, turning shadowy dreams into the possibility of terrible reality. The lines blur between what is evil and what is good as one seeks to destroy him and the other seeks to delay his future. The methods each side employs to attain their goals are remarkably similar, leaving Dynan in a desperate race for his life.

MYTH, the second book of the Guardians of the Word fantasy series considers the complications of truth and intention, where one may not be conducive to the other and where some evil is necessary to negate others.

What they're saying about it:

"From page one, I was sucked back into the Dain and Dynan's world."

"There is love, death,hate,greed, conspiracies and political intrigue..."




Telepath by Jolea M. Harrison

Genre: Action Adventure, Fantasy

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (kindle)




A ruthless killer hunts them. He’ll stop at nothing to see his vision fulfilled and his hunger satiated. He has the ability to seek them out through the power of his mind, on the barest strand of thought. If he finds them, he will consume their souls.

Dynan and Dain Telaerin are forced into exile, unable to stay in one place for long. They set out on a journey of survival, barely staying a step ahead of their enemies while they must build an attack force large enough to defeat the massive Cobalt military and retake the throne of their father. They must find a way to increase their telepathic abilities to defeat the greatest evil the Kingdoms have ever known that follows an evil design and seeks to destroy the world.

But nothing is at it seems, and a single mistake could mean death where both must live.

Telepath is the third book in the Guardians of the Word series. The fourth book, Legend, is set to be released in April, 2012.


What they're saying about it:

"Just like CHOSEN and MYTH this book is extremely well written, the characters are rich and engaging, the worlds are spectacular..."

"The author has again written a fantastic book that will hook you and not let you go even after you've finished reading it."

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bargain eBooks #519:

ILL-GOTTEN GAMES by BV Lawson

TYPE: Novella

GENRE: Mystery, Suspense

PRICE: $1.50

WHERE TO GET IT:

Untreedreads
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords




The clock is ticking as crime consultant Scott Drayco and "the world's most diminutive defense attorney" Benny Baskin play games with a dangerous killer in order to save an innocent man from going to jail.

Why is the killer texting cryptic poems to Drayco on his cellphone about stolen Egyptian figurines, and what do the messages mean? Was the murder a crime of opportunity or was it planned all along for more sinister reasons?

Drayco races around Washington, D.C,. trying to find the answers and avoid becoming a puppet, as the killer pulls the strings.


What they're saying about it:

Scott Drayco, an investigator, must find evidence to help his boss, Lawyer Baskin in a case he does not want to lose. Drayco plays a game of cat and mouse with a murderer and comes out the winner. This was a well written, fast read, that held my attention.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bargain eBooks #517:

TO SEDUCE A ROGUE by Tracy Sumner

Genre: Historical Romance

Price: ***UPDATE*** Just went free!

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




In 1850s South Carolina, ladies with ambition and a penchant for wearing trousers are rare indeed. But that’s Charlotte Whitney all over. Not only does Charlie yearn to resurrect her late father’s newspaper, she wants to be its editor. That position, however, has been handed to Richmond newspaperman Adam Chase. Undeterred, Charlie convinces Adam to teach her the journalism trade. In doing so, she teaches him how to open his heart.

Adam Chase had one goal in mind: to return Edgemont’s newspaper to its former glory and then make tracks back to the big city. But he faces one very tempting obstacle in outspoken Charlie Whitney. The newsroom becomes the battleground for a war between the sexes—until Adam surrenders to Charlie’s sultry charms. Together, they discover that the power of the press doesn’t hold a candle to the power of love.

In this battle of wills, passion becomes front-page news.

He challenged her legacy.

She challenged him to love.


What they're saying about it:

“The battle of the sexes heats up the pages of this fun and fresh romance by talented new writer Tracy Sumner.” —New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

“Well-written, funny and very engaging.”—USA Today bestselling author Pamela Morsi

“Tracy Sumner has created endearing people and a story to match. Engaging, warm and wonderful.”—Romantic Times

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bargain eBooks #516:

When Spirits Break Free by Andy Evans & Vesna Kovac

Genre: Fiction, horror, thriller

Price: £1.03 / $1.63

Where to Get It:

Amazon Uk
Amazon (Kindle)




Reality joins the unexplained in this gripping novel. From coal mining backgrounds to the horrors of drug induced psychosis to the realities of what could be.

Billy Hall was as humble as the very beginnings from those he was born into. Coal had been king and ruled the landscape surrounding the small town of Castlefields for countless generations.

From an early age, it was obvious to Molly, that her son did not fit into the mould expected for the traditions of children following their forefathers, deep down into the depths to win out the coals for a grateful nation.

Although Billy had been surrounded by children of his own age, parading, and playing out their games of fantasy along the cobbled streets, he more often chose his own company away from the others.

The friends of imagination that crept silently from the darkened shadows, provided him the friendship, and consolation, that he sought more and more, as early childhood progressed.

Adolescence beckoned, and the shadows withdrew, leaving Billy to seek out his own amusement and friendship that the town offered.

Innocently, the key would be turned again, releasing those that had been lost, to once again emerge and make their presence felt.

With the door within his mind once again opened, Billy would be left to face his own ultimate destiny.


What they're saying about it:

A beautiful piece of work. The gritty backdrop of the Yorkshire mining town provides a great setting for this most skilled of writers to weave his magic. As a Yorkshireman myself, the history of coal mining is fascinating. But then you become drawn in to a thriller that is not what you expect at all. The unexpected in this case is thrilling! Billy's journey is both haunting and magical. When the spirits Break Free is highly recommended!

Christophe Deseaux
There is nothing I enjoy more than complex, imperfect, characters. A doctor, addicted to morphine, who is dying. What a fantastic platform from which to weave your tale. The input from coauthors habitating different sides of the Atlantic is a potent amalgam of perspectives that adds depth to the characters, places and events. Well done.

Alison Butler
This is EXCELLENT, and first class."I love you mam!" Breaks your heart and makes you smile...oh how wonderful this is!
The prose beautiful, gritty, realistic dialogue...heart warming.I've read two books with similar subject matter, one by Emile Zola and the other by Ken Follet and this is just as good as the both of them.
Cannot praise more.



Displaced by Andy Evans & Vesna Kovac

Genre: Memoir, Biography

Price: £1.03 / $1.40

Where to Get It:

Amazon UK
Amazon (Kindle)



West Yorkshire native re-discovers his roots in the former Yugoslavia.
Born into the coal-mining industry, Andy Evans spent his childhood dreaming of another place, one not blackened by industry, but green and pure, the land his grandfather, Maksim Culumovic, had once called home.

Maksim was a ‘Displaced Person’. Originally from the former Yugoslavia, he had left his country of birth during the bitter fighting of World War II, where, in 1941, he had survived a brutal attack on his village that had left his neighbours, friends and the majority of his family ruthlessly slaughtered. The once peaceful community he had fought so hard to protect was destroyed in one single despicable act.

Following the horror of that day, he had left what remained of his family, including his older brother, Ostoja, his friends and everything he had ever known and after time spent in resettlement camps in Germany and Italy, Featherstone became his new home.

Like most of West Yorkshire, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Halifax had become home to ‘alien’ communities, encouraged over by a western power that had suffered heavy casualties in the war and needed a new workforce to run the heavy industry at home.

For the next 40 years, Maksim worked hard and built himself a new life, far away from the one he had started with. The shadow of his past hung over him, but he remained silent on the subject.

When he died in 1988 aged 79, it was his grandson, Andy, who set out to find the past, so well hidden to both family and friends that it would take a twenty-year search to uncover the truth.

Displaced is a joint work between Andy, and his Bosnian cousin Vesna Kovac, granddaughter of Ostoja, bought together finally to show both sides of this emotional story. The hardships of the coalmine and a heartbroken grandchild are bought into sharp contrast with a young woman’s trials in a post-Yugoslav civil war that would once again scar the landscape of what is now Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia.

Their stories combine to create an enthralling text and finally answer the question that Andy, now 45, has spent the last twenty years trying to discover.
Who was Maksim?

What they're saying about it:

Wow - the historical account of this book is spot on! You have detailed thoroughly your experience and that of you Grandfathers. I absolutely love hearing about other nations, nationalities, and especially those nations whom have suffered the effects of war and injustice as Lebanon did.

I recall vividly the accounts on the news of Yugoslavia, I remember the horrors of the news reports and your book again took me there. You allowed the reader to become part of the book as you shared your joys, pains, hardships and sorrows. I was extremely touched by the emphasis you placed on legacy - the legacy of your grandfather - how you intended to carry that on. I loved that! Legacy to me is also of utmost importance.

In certain areas you pulled the reader in to almost feel as if they were searching for the truth with you. What a joy and an honour your grandfather would have felt if he had known, or maybe he did know in spirit, of the journey you took to step onto the land, the place, the life of his life as it were before the war.

This is great, but I knew I didn't have to worry about one of your books! There is a great mystery to it and it keeps the reader following along and guessing. I had to keep checking to make sure it was non-fiction, it didn't read like that to me. It's an amazing story and I think one that lots of people will be interested to read.

Feelings of angst and pain and disappointment; the rollercoaster hitting a brick wall; the silence and emptiness that follow are hard to describe -- and you do it very well.

It´s fascinating how the script flows naturally, as though you were thinking ... and builds, relentlessly, towards that awful fear of what might have been. This is good work

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bargain eBooks #515:

Standing In Death's Shadow by Ken Lang

Genre: True Crime

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble




In his second release of his homicide series, former homicide detective and award winning author, Ken Lang, unveils the inner workings of a chaotic homicide unit. Standing In Death’s Shadows: More True Stories from a Homicide Detective is a fascinating and revealing read that throws you right into the conflict between the victims, their killers, and the detectives who are tasked to solve their murders.

Ride along as the detectives are dispatched to the electric company retiree’s house for a suspicious death. Found draped over the edge of his bathtub, you’ll experience how the investigators struggle to determine the cause of death and put the pieces of the puzzle together. As you follow along with some astonishing revelations discovered during the autopsy, you’re sent on an excursion for evidence that will reveal untold truths and cost another their life.

A rare insider account of the exhilarating pace of a homicide detective’s life, Standing In Death’s Shadows: More True Stories from a Homicide Detective is a true crime adventure that thrusts you into the middle of the action and will leave you with wanting more.


What they're saying about it:

"Ken Lang is the real deal--a cop with chops."--Julia Spencer Fleming

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bargain eBooks #514:

The Main Line Is Murder by Donna Huston Murray

Genre: Mystery

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




When her husband becomes head of a school on Philadelphia’s tony Main Line, Ginger Barnes learns that small private schools need volunteers like the national debt needs taxes. She also learns that murder on the campus can kill the school’s reputation in a heartbeat. Gin’s Mop Squad job allows her to investigate without arousing suspicion, but can she expose the murderer in time to save the school–and her family’s new home–without exposing herself? If she succeeds, will her good deed go unpunished? The first of the Ginger Barnes Main Line mysteries.


What they're saying about it:

"A splendid series featuring a problem -solving sleuth with a Philadelphia Main Line twist. Definitely not your usual housewife detective." Deen Kogan, Director/Organizer of Mid-Atlantic Mystery Book Fair & Convention

I read a lot of domestic mystery's, have a lot of favorites, and [Donna Huston Murray’s] are at the top of the list." Ellen Ellis

“Finally, a cozy with a brain.” Ellie Miller, Independent Reviewer




Final Arrangements by Donna Huston Murray

Genre: Mystery

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Fierce competitor Iffy Bigelow gets herself strangled at the world-famous Philadelphia International Flower Show; and if she ever wants to hear the end of it, amateur-detective Ginger Barnes must unearth whoever killed her mother's dear old friend. Second in the Ginger Barnes Main Line mystery series


What they're saying about it:

“Not content with merely writing excellent, cozy mystery novels . . . Donna Murray seems to put extra thought and craftsmanship into the very last paragraphs of those chapters. . .So pick a less than usually busy week to start your reading. . . ." Lauren Bergold for Rivergate Books

“[Donna Huston Murray’s] voice is as familiar as a long-time girlfriend's yet provocative and wise as a favorite aunt's.” Earlene Fowler, Agatha winner and author of MARINER'S COMPASS and SEVEN SISTERS

"My only concern with these cozy type of mysteries is that often there just isn't enough there to be worthwhile, and they just aren't clever enough for me...not the case with your series....Very smart writing and a good enough plot to have kept me reading it pretty much in one sitting." Carolyn, "Alice" of Malice The Mystery Bookstore





School of Hard Knocks by Donna Huston Murray

Genre: Mystery

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble




Quiet Beech Tree Lane has suddenly become a lightning rod for crime. First, Ginger Barnes’s friend is murdered by a home intruder. Thefts and threats and smashed mailboxes follow; but it’s the mugging of elderly eccentric Letty MacNair that compels Gin to dust off her deerstalker. If an impoverished old woman qualifies as a target, who could be next? Third in the Ginger Barnes Main Line mystery series.


What they're saying about it:

“Barnes' irreverent attitude about her situation makes for a great character - almost as if Spenser was a housewife." The Drood Review of Mystery

"Murray writes a compelling tale-I read it in one sitting-with the family's problems as interesting as those of the neighborhood. . . . a smooth style, quiet humor, and a feeling for the texture of everyday life. Very highly recommended." Janet Overmyer, The Armchair Detective

"[Readers] will surely appreciate Murray's smart, often insightful first-person narrative and her coherent characters."- Publishers Weekly

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bargain eBooks is shut down today due to the holiday and will begin posting books again tomorrow (Monday) at 8PM EST.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bargain eBooks #513:

The Hart Compound (This Artists' Life, Vol2) by Dana Sitar

Genre: Memoir, Short Story Collection

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)





In August 2010, Madison comedian Nick Hart announced his intentions to run for Mayor of the city. At the same time, Dana Sitar was approaching divorce and trying to find her way as an aspiring writer. Their paths converged when the writer took the first of many leaps and reached out to the ambitious comedian, figuring he would have a good story to tell.

Split between the feature articles written for this bizarre political campaign and the short stories written behind the scenes, The Hart Compound introduces a unique cache of artists through the eye of an emerging Gonzo journalist.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bargain eBooks #512:

The Visitor by Mark Gillespie

Type: Short Story

Genre: Ghost story

Price: £1.02

Where to Get It:

Amazon UK




A short story about Aimee Hutton, a young woman who moves away from the city after the death of her ex-boyfriend, Max Downey. In an attempt to escape the past, Aimee flees to a small village in search of a new start. However, on the first night in her new home it is the past itself, in a most unexpected form that comes to visit Aimee and show her that life's unfinished business must always be settled, once and for all.

What they're saying about it:

"Great short story that depicts the overwhelming emotions felt through the heart and the affects these can have on the mind. Well written, lots of emotion and with little twists make this a great little night-time read. (I love the window scene!)" - S Noponen


"I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. The author creates atmosphere with ease and for me, it didn't take much effort to imagine the scenes unfold before me, always a good sign of a well written piece! The characters are well developed and I could relate to their emotions and thoughts without difficulty. I look forward to reading more from this author in the near future!" - Rose

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bargain eBooks #511:

Paskagankee by Allan Leverone

Genre: Horror/Supernatural Suspense

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




An isolated village, remote and vulnerable.

A series of brutal murders.

And a vengeful spirit born of tragedy, reawakened after a centuries-old massacre.
Three distinctly different people must come together, racing against time and their own personal demons in a desperate attempt to stop an unstoppable killer and save their town.

Welcome to Paskagankee, Maine. You may not survive the visit.


What they're saying about it:

“…a chillingly realistic suspense thriller that will have you holding on for the ride of your life.” – Life in Review

“…this story drew me in, grabbed my attention, and wouldn’t let go until the very surprising and climactic ending…one hell of a roller coaster ride.” – Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“…a compelling, engrossing, and impossible-to-put-down scream-ride from beginning to end.” – CafĂ© of Dreams Book Reviews

“…the suspense never stops…an intense thriller…” – Martha’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bargain eBooks #510:

Perpetual Emotions by Jamie Salisbury

Type: Novella

Genre: Historical, western romance

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)



Anne and Albert are now married. The newly weds are trying to adjust to their new life as husband and wife. Both being headstrong makes for an interesting if not humorous straddling for the position. The book is filled with twists and turns including Anne's kidnapping.

And of course there's Anne's devious father who returns, determined to have Anne's inheritance at any cost.


What they're saying about it:

"This is the second book of a series and like a sequel to a movie I'm always skeptical as to whether it can catch my attention or not. Perpetual Emotions does just that, and then some. If you like western romance this is great. Albert and Anne have a very real relationship. Anne is far from the demure, shy wife that other women of her era usually are. The gal's got spunk! Albert becomes real in showing his emotions - in more than one way. Shows us just what a mcp he can be.
Well written. If there is a third installment I'll certainly be reading it. A far more well written ebook than some other's I've read at a far steeper price."--Amazon Reviewer

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bargain eBooks #509:

World War ll London Blitz Diary Volume 1 (series of 4) by Ruby Side Thompson

Type: Diary

Genre: Non-Fiction History

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords




What they're saying about it:

"As war rages on all around you, it can be hard to cope with the pressures of warfare. "World War II: London Blitz Diary" is a diary of Ruby Side Thompson as she tells her story of living under the pressure that the Luftwaffe put on London during the countless bombings throughout the war, pushing England to the brink of destruction. A personal story of a mother trying to keep her life together along with simple survival, "World War II" is a choice pick, not to be overlooked."--Midwest Book Review

"I first became familiar with this book by reading the serial posts of the diary posted on a blog. As a genealogist, I was totally engrossed by the first-hand experiences described in the diary. Not only could you read about the war and it's impact on the diarist, but the war theme was intertwined with the personal relationships that were part of the diarist's life. I found myself sympathizing with the main character who was truly a woman before her time. She struggled with her "role" and was trapped in what seemed to be an unfulfilling marriage. Her's was the kind of story that as a descendant I would love to read because of its raw honesty. I would recommend this to anyone interested in how the war impacted every day citizens who despite the chaos continued to deal with the mundane tasks of every day living and loving."--Amazon Reviewer

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bargain eBooks #508:

A Child in Translation by Maria K.

Genre: Autobiography

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords




'A Child in Translation' is a deeply personal autobiographic narrative about growing up in Soviet Ukraine that delivers a vivid picture of life in a part of the world most outsiders have never thought about. Please meet Maria from the Ukraine. She came to the West as an alien, bringing with her a childhood yet to be defined by translation.

What they're saying about it:

"Thoroughly captivating. The story of a young girl's experience growing up in the Soviet Union. Maria illustrates (both literally and figuratively) the lifestyle of a Ukrainian child - herself - behind the Iron Curtain in the 80's and early 90's. In this book, we get a view into a world most of us never imagined. We see past the Cold War propaganda and into the lives of the people. We get to see the duality of the poverty and joys of a Soviet child. We share in the tribulations of scarcity, and get a first glimpse of the wonder Maria experiences when she immigrates to the US as a young woman."--Amazon Reviewer




The Ring of Nine by Vasily Petrovich Kuznetsov, translator - Maria K.

Genre: Historic Non-Fiction, Autobiography

Price: $1.50

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords



The Soviets. Allies during the war, enemies shortly after. One of them talks about one of the most harrowing chapters of human history in general and World War Two in particular - the Siege of Leningrad.

The Ring of Nine is a first-person account of the Leningrad Blockade during World War II, translated and edited by Maria K. This work started off as a series of journals written by Maria's late grandfather, Vasily Petrovich Kuznetsov, as he experienced these events.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bargain eBooks #507:

Tulagi Hotel by Heikki Hietala

Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Popular Culture

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Smashwords




World War II has given Jack McGuire the chance to escape the confines of the Midwest and the family farm. An ace U.S. Navy fighter pilot, he risks his life each day with his squadron in the South Pacific theatre. For him, there's calm and camaraderie up there in the cockpit. But when the war ends, Jack struggles to find his place in civilian society

Turning his back on his home, family and inheritance, he returns to the Solomon Islands. Here he builds a hotel on the same island paradise he flew over in his years of combat.

But when Kay Wheeler, the widow of his wartime best friend and wingman, comes to visit the island, Jack's orderly world is disrupted. He is forced to consider whether there's room enough for two in his reinvented life.


What they're saying about it:

"" Heikki Heitala has written such a fine novel that spans World War Two in
the South Pacific to the decade after the war when one of the fighter
pilots, Jack McGuire, buys a surplus float plane and returns to the Solomon
Islands to find a life for himself. [...]

There is no Hollywood glamour and action-for-action's sake in this fine
novel. These are real people with real lives and real feelings who live in a
real world filled with the pains of growing up as a shy kid on a Nebraska
farm, is a nice guy, becomes an ace fighter pilot, tries to find love and
fails at it, lives what most of us would think of as an idyllic life on an
island in the South Pacific, and like so many men in his position, finds his
closest friend and confidant in a bottle of alcohol. Utterly human and
likable in spite of themselves, this is a story that, once read, is not
forgotten.

Heikki Hietala is a fine writer. I look forward to seeing a next book from
him. This is an unqualified 5 star read."

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bargain eBooks #506:

The Darkness by Bill Kirton

Genre: Crime/Mystery

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Sony
Smashwords
Omnilit




Runner-up in the Mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards

For Andrew Davidson, tragedy marks a turning point...

Andrew Davidson is a conscientious, respected G.P. but when his brother is found with his throat cut, his thoughts turn to anger and revenge. Known villains, who have managed to evade justice thanks to the efforts of one of Cairnburgh's cleverest lawyers, begin to disappear.

For Rhona Kirk getting on with her life means taking control...

A victim of rape, Rhona starts a new life in Dundee but finds it difficult to shake off her past, and the men she's connected with also go missing. When the threats start, Rhona accepts help against her better judgment.

For DCI Jack Carston, putting the puzzle pieces together is a race against time...

Carston searches for the links between all these vanished persons, aware all the time of his own darker impulses and sensing the strong bond between himself and the vigilante. What he finds is beyond even his worst imaginings.

Will Justice remain blind when darkness invades the soul?


What they're saying about it:

"a wonderful, thrilling, dark, compassionate book" (Gillian Philip)

"clever, tightly constructed, immensely satisfying and peopled with a cast of completely believable characters, who don’t let you go until the final word" (Michael J. Malone)

"a dark, intense ride … a book that keeps you guessing right until the exciting conclusion." (P. S. Gifford)




Shadow Selves by Bill Kirton

Genre: Crime/Mystery

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Sony
Smashwords
Omnilit




Professor Hayne, of the University of Grampian, Scotland, is a sick man. But when he fails to recover after an operation, the discovery of mistakes in both surgical and anaesthetic procedures suggests that his death was far from accidental. His political manoeuvring had made him many enemies, all of whom would benefit from his death.

DCI Jack Carston is frustrated as hospital staff insist that the two ‘errors’ which killed him couldn’t have happened. As his investigations continue, two other stories unfold, both centred on Sandra Scott, a student in Hayne’s department. She’s being targeted by a stalker and sexually harassed by a member of the departmental staff.

Carston eventually unravels the mystery but even he is surprised by the story’s final twist.

A warts and all look inside academia and the world of medical maneuvering.


What they're saying about it:

University and hospital politics, a suspicious death, a stalker, a salacious lecturer, egotistical doctors, long-suffering nurses, an uptight administrator and a soupcon of sex … a thoroughly engrossing medical mystery with a surprise ending that was totally unexpected. (Chris Longmuir)

The author accurately depicts not only the academic and hospital settings, but the psychosocial motivations between its colorful characters. We also get a creepy look into the mind of the stalker as his offenses escalate.
As in all the best mysteries, the author created a multitude of plausible suspects that kept me guessing throughout, but then pulled off an uncontrived resolution to the `whodunnit' that managed to surprise me. (Melissa Conway)




Alternative Dimension by Bill Kirton writing as Jack Lefebre

Type: Novella

Genre: Satire, Fantasy

Price: $3.20

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK




Joe Lorimer is a genius. His finest achievement is the online role-playing game Alternative Dimension, but he sees it as more than a plaything. He’s fascinated by the freedoms offered by living in a virtual world and the more sophisticated he makes his creation, the more superior it seems to the alienating, faceless, ugly realities of daily life.

His visits reveal many secrets of the psychology of the real people who are creating the avatars he meets. There are lovers, killers, crazies, animals, elves, vampires – even Health and Safety inspectors. Their stories are mostly wry, funny observations on the lives we all live and the real societies they’re lived in.

But Joe’s fascinating attempts to bring the real and virtual together, to fuse the person and the avatar, lead eventually to an outcome which seems a far from ideal solution.

Depending on your perspective, the ending is either a triumph or a tragedy.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bargain eBooks #505:

The Sparrow Conundrum by Bill Kirton

Genre: Satirical Spoof Crime/, Mystery

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Sony
Smashwords
Omnilit



Winner of the Humor category in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards.

Chris Machin isn’t his name, not to the bottom feeders in Aberdeen squabbling over North Sea oil and gas contracts. Chris has a code name, and when his garden explodes The Sparrow takes flight, plunging the power struggle into chaos and violence.

A sociopathic cop and an interfering ex-girlfriend don’t exactly make for clarity of thinking, not when the one fancies a bit of violence to add spice to an arrest. The ex adds other, more interesting dimensions to Chris’ already complicated life.

The bodies pile up—some whole, some in fragments—and two wrestlers join the fray. A road trip seems just the solution, but then so do Inverness, a fishing trawler and a Russian factory ship as the players face … The Sparrow Conundrum.


What they're saying about it:

The demon love child of Spike Milligan and John Le Carre. I absolutely adore this one—hysterically funny, with this weirdly tender wickedness.” (Maria Bustillos)

… combines the elements of the Tall Blond Man with the One Black Shoe with the Biederbecke Affair and thrown in Happer from Local Hero for good measure. It is killingly funny, and for those who love farce—from Scapin to Noises Off—this is utterly brilliant, divine, and classic, and couldn't be bettered.” (M.M. Bennetts)

One of those rare spoofs that made me laugh out loud. think Reservoir Dogs, only better … a fantastically written farce that will entertain and keep you laughing until the very end. A must-have for your collection. (Richard B. Wood)




The Figurehead by Bill Kirton

Genre: Historical Mystery, Romance

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Sony
Smashwords
Omnilit




Steam challenges sail for mastery of the seas, new continents open and the world brims with opportunities for people to be as good—or as evil—as they choose. But in Aberdeen Scotland, tall ships rule and greed by any other name is still commerce.

When the body of a local shipwright is found on the beach, no one, least of all the customers he cheated and the women he abused, seems at all surprised. When the constabulary fail to exercise due diligence it falls to wood-carver, John Grant, to ferret out the secrets and half-truths of the mysterious death. As John scrutinizes the events surrounding the apparent ‘accident’, his wood-carving skills catch the attention of William Anderson, a rich merchant—and his daughter Helen.

His commission to carve a figurehead combining the features of two women results in his discovering startling and interconnected chains of events that confirm his worst suspicions. Intertwined with the evolving tale of blackmail, intrigue and death, John’s relentless pursuit of the truth tests his relationship with everyone he knows and cares about as, simultaneously, he struggles to resist the pangs of unexpected love.


What they're saying about it:

The characters are well-rounded and the dialogue is perfectly judged … How well Kirton writes female characters; this is one of the great strengths of his writing … A rippingly good story. (Ruth Howell)

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you are looking for a book that truly entertains you, one of those that you will not hesitate to recommend to friends, do yourself a favor, grab this book. You will not regret it. 5/5, a must read. (Soooz Burke)

A splendid romance of … exquisite tenderness, The Figurehead satisfies on every level, giving the reader authenticity, characters to care about, a mystery, and a romance. (Diane Nelson)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bargain eBooks #504:

Dragon Academy by Diane Nelson

Genre: Contemporary YA Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Omnilit
Smashwords





With high school finished for the summer, Nick looks forward to visiting his aunt and uncle in New Jersey. What awaits him is a heat wave like no other - and the last two Greywings on the planet. Nick has an innate ability to train horses but will he be able to translate his amazing skill to these teenage dragons?

The steaming soup of mid-summer heats up tempers and tests resolve as Nick vies with fellow trainers, Keith and Maxie, for mastery over their new charges. The dragons, Nikita and Michael, typical teenagers themselves, have other ideas.

Nick treads a torturous path through a minefield of competing demands: the expectations of his aunt and uncle, recalcitrant horses, the Academy’s female students and the overwhelming egos of Nikita and Michael. One small mistake erupts into a conflagration that hurls everyone into a race against time and the overwhelming forces of nature.



What they're saying about it:

“…the read is engrossing, funny, sometimes an edge of your seat thing that is ridiculously entertaining.”—Paul Neto

"As a teacher, I would definitely recommend my students read this book. It was fast paced and enjoyable. The dragons were quite the characters, In fact, all the characters were easy to know and easy to love. The hint of romance was just enough. I had a few laughs and a few moments of dread while reading this also.”—Laura DeWalt

“My kids loved this, so I read it, and saw why. Ms. Nelson easily creates an enchanting world, and Dragon Academy is a delight of a magical adventure.”—readin’ it, Amazon review

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bargain eBooks #503:

Next Time Lucky: Lessons of a Matchmaker by Siggy Buckley

Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

Price: $4.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




So you are thinking about online dating? Or want to compare notes?

Cherie, a professional matchmaker from Dublin, Ireland, faces the ultimate challenge when she tries to find a soul mate for herself. She surfs the risky waves of the Internet and flies around the world to adventures, disappointments and not a few surprises. Chat-rooms prove to be intoxicating, and Cherie feels like in a kid in a candystore. Among the Lotharios she encounters are recycled bachelors, breezy islands of ego, fly-by-nights, birds of paradise, commitment phobics, and the odd sex maniac. She learns the hard way that it's easy come, uneasy go at this smorgasboard of cyber-dreamboats.

Her story is an intriguing read, offering a revealing glimpse into the world of cyber romance for singles that are toying with the idea, for those who haven’t dared yet, or those who just want to compare notes. It also discloses practical advice for modern day’s mate selection through the eyes of a dating expert, both on the Internet and in the real world.

With insight and great humor, Siggy Buckley tells the sassy story of a modern woman's dilemma of being independent yet longing for coupledom.


What they're saying about it:

"What fun to read this witty, interesting and sensual book! Siggy Buckley is a superb writer and because of her background as a Matchmaker, she has wonderful insight into the dating world."



Book 2: Intrepid Home Swapping: Insider Secrets to Successful Home Swapping by Siggy Buckley

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)



If the idea of home swapping appeals to you but is also scary, read our experiences with two Home Swaps we made this summer (Germany/France). Our insider tips offer you the advice you need to make it an enjoyable adventure instead of a scary risk.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bargain eBooks #502:

The Royal Sheikh by Katheryn Lane

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Smashwords




Clare McKay is a dedicated architect with no time for womanising men. That is, until she accidentally meets Sheikh Rafiq Al Kahil, an Arabian prince, known in the international press as the Playboy Prince. Clare is intent on not falling for his seductive charm, but when he asks her to design a mansion, he presents her with an offer that she can’t refuse. Once she finds herself alone with him in the Arabian desert, how long will she be able to hold out against his advances? And will he be able to cast aside his womanising past for her, as well as a secret engagement to an Arabian Princess?

What they're saying about it:

"The Royal Sheikh is a page turner that I read in one evening. I love romance and this book will warm your heart. Clare is an architect in training and meets Rafiq one evening while out with her friend, Louise. Rafiq and Clare meet in the most unromantic way, although he quickly becomes entranced by her. They are both intrigued by each other and secretly hope to see each other again.

When they run into each other again, Rafiq asks her to come up with designs for his new house. As they spend more time together, they slowly fall for one another. Through misinformation, misunderstanding and disagreements, they encounter a few bumps in their relationship. Rafiq and Clare must learn to communicate to make their love work.

Every girl wants to be loved, spoiled (just a bit) and wanted. Rafiq certainly fits the mold as a great guy. He treats Clare with love and affection and he genuinely cares about her. When Clare discovers his secret, she reacts as I would have if I were in her shoes. She wants to put distance between and Rafiq and try to move on and start over.

The Royal Sheikh will keep you on edge wanting to get to the end. What will Clare do? What will Rafiq say? How will they overcome this? You will cry, your heart will melt, and you will want to root for Rafiq and Clare. Grab your tissues and some tea and settle in for this romance roller coaster!" - Beauty Brite, 5 Stars on Amazon

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bargain eBooks #501:

House of Silver Magic by John Booth

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Smashwords
Barnes and Noble
Sony





The death of a father is never easy to cope with.

The world isn't being kind to the Grange family, evicting them from their home and taking everything they own. But a strange bequest brings a new roof over their head, even if the house in question is haunted.

As Mandy, William and Jenny adjust to their new life they find they have also inherited a great task. Their father was a guardian of the power hidden in the house and they are expected to follow in his footsteps.

The enemy is already on their trail, seeking the power they know they must protect.

With no knowledge of the magic their father wielded and enemies who can use it all too well, how can they survive? The enemy has already killed their father and is about to knock on their door.


What they're saying about it:

"The family at the center of "House of Silver Magic" is well and truly up against the wall: attempting to recover in the wake of a tragedy, broke and lost with no place to go. When by a strange twist of fate they acquire an old house, their situation improves, but does not necessarily become any less complicated.

This is not your typical YA magic series. This is not your typical haunted house. This is not your typical set of good guys versus bad guys. This is, however, a typical John Booth - with all his attributes of masterful storytelling, surprise and getting his readers well and truly engaged."


"Life for the Grange family is forever altered. Not only are the suffering from the lost of their father, the children and their mother also face the loss of their house, since their father secretly sold it before his death. But, through a seeming twist of fate, the family finds the means and opportunity to buy a grand house, a house full of magic and secrets. It is the magic of the house that will save the Grange family from their enemies.

John Booth writes a type of fantasy fiction that is nothing short of beautiful. This book is full of wonder, and enchantment like few I have encountered before. From the first sentence, the reader is endeared to the Grange family, and wants to see them succeed in their new lives. I found the characters to be incredibly well developed, and especially loved that the house has a character, nee, characters, of its own. It is exciting to watch the children learn of their heritage and discover their powers.

Often, adult fans of young adult books are criticized for relishing in childish stories. I can assure you, while this book will clearly appeal to young adult readers, there is nothing childish about it, and any adult reader can be proud to be a fan. The story is unique, the writing is sublime, and the magic is, well, magical. I am so pleased to learn that this is the first in a new series, and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the Grange family."

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bargain eBooks #500:

The Stone Dragon by Tom Kepler

Genre: Fantasy

Price: $4.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords
Sony

Kobo






Dream magic is the most dangerous of magics because it is so difficult to control. Apprentice mage Glimmer—Not a Glimmer of Magic—realizes this when he discovers that his apparent lack of magical talent is because his magic manifests only when he is dreaming. His first attempt at dream magery conjures a dragon, and just before dying in dragonfire, Glimmer, in desperation, locks the dragon within the stones of his master’s house. How, though, do you live in a house that is also a dragon? And how can you even sleep—knowing that dream might slip to nightmare?

What they're saying about it:


"The author makes the point that magic is everywhere, in us, and around us, and at the core of everything . . . The dragons, of course, steal the show." --Pauline Ross, Goodreads review


". . . evocative images of a place that 'might have been, long ago and far away' where friendly gnomes and magic are real. But don't be fooled. This is no child's tale. It will challenge the reader to think about the power of thought and attitude and their effect on the place we forge for ourselves in our world." --Yvonne Hertzberger, Amazon review

The Stone Dragon is a fantasy book revolving around the protagonist, Glimmer. At first glance, it may seem like the average fantasy novel, solely about dragons: the fire-breathing monsters who live in caves of solitude and horde massive amounts of treasure. The dragons in this book are much more complex. They are more like divine beings than just physical creatures. Like primal forces of the Universe would be the best way for me to describe them. The elements of fantasy that do show up in The Stone Dragon are refreshingly original in the way they are told and crafted in the story. Gnomes, dragons, and magic would be my prime examples of individuality. --Sebastien Lacasse, Amazon review.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bargain eBooks #499:

Freya the Huntress by Joseph Lewis

Genre: Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK




This is Book Two in the Europa series, the direct sequel to the novella OMAR THE IMMORTAL. The Europa series is a dark fantasy set in the same world as the Halcyon Trilogy of swashbuckling steampunk adventures.

Last night, Freya's sister was bitten by a horrific beast in the snowy hills of Ysland. Now, Freya has only a few hours to find a cure for this strange plague before her sister becomes a ravening fox demon.

With her husband Erik and the young witch Wren at her side, Freya discovers that the blood-thirsty monsters have already ravaged her homeland as she explores deserted cities full of ghosts and meets a few lonely survivors on the edge of madness. She finally seeks answers in the ancient city of Rekavik where she must face the deadly witch queen Skadi and the vicious warrior Leif Blackmane.

But the only person who can cure the demon plague is the same person who created it, a stranger from a distant land who carried a sword full of captured souls, a man who was murdered five years ago... But not even death will stop Freya from saving the people she loves.


What they're saying about it:

"I've been waiting for Europa #2 for awhile. Having Omar stuck on Ysland I couldn't wait to find out more about the sun steel. Mr. Lewis has definitely created a mythology with this metal and you can't help but want to know more about it. What's even better, the stories are not about the sun steel but you get tidbits of it throughout this and all the Other Earth books.

I really enjoy the effort Mr. Lewis has put in to even using small language elements to immerse yourself in the environment more. The way the characters speak feel different on Ysland as opposed to the mainland. Given that the first book, Omar, were all characters from the mainland, this is the first time that the difference becomes apparent.

Love the new characters. Freya is now the second best bad-ass heroine next to Asha. Can't wait for the third book. We get a mythological werefox and based on the teaser for Book 3 something that sounds like frozen zombies."--Amazon Reviewer