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Monday, February 11, 2013

Free books of the day! - 2/11/13

*Prices free as of 2/11/13, prices are subject to change at anytime.

Bloody Mary - J.A. Konrath, Jack Kilborn

Start with a tough but vulnerable Chicago cop. Add a hyperactive cat, an ailing mother, a jealous boyfriend, a high-maintenance ex-husband, and a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis.

Stir in a psychopath littering the city with body parts. Mix with equal parts humor and suspense, and enjoy Bloody Mary--the second novel in the funny, frightening world of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels.

Join Jack as she struggles to repair her train wreck of a personal life while tracking down and convicting one of the scariest serial killers in recent memory--a killer for whom getting caught is only the beginning...

Lucky Charm - Marie Astor

Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.

Shell-shocked by Jeremy's betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel's best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.

A few weeks later, during her trip to Paris, Annabel meets a handsome Parisian, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn't know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.

Cupid's Cupcake - Ivy Sinclair

What if something as simple as a cupcake could change a person's destiny?

That's the question that Belle Morgan is forced to ask herself when she receives an unexpected email from Brian Draper, the town's local investigative reporter. Brian wants to do a story on Belle and her infamous creation, Cupid's Cupcake.

Belle has been unlucky in love and unlucky in life. The only thing that she feels she's ever done right is perfect an old family recipe during one of the lowest points in her life. She doesn't buy into the myth that has grown around Cupid's Cupcake, but with Draper's offer she sees an opportunity to change her luck for the better. What she discovers is that Cupid may have plans for her after all.

This Valentine's Day tale is a delectable 11,000 words and is sure to tempt your sweet tooth.

Shaken - Susan Hatler

High school junior, Kylie Bates, can suddenly read minds. When she touches people’s hands, she’s able to see their deepest thoughts. As if that’s not freaky enough, her dad sends her to help hottie detective, Sam Williams, track down a missing girl. Way too much pressure, especially for a girl who can’t watch Scream without getting nightmares.

Then, finding the missing girl leads to much more than Kylie’s prepared for. Like discovering that her dad has been lying to her. That she has a family she never knew about. That the girls have powers similar to hers. Oh yeah, and that someone is out to get her.

When the detective’s teenage wanna-be-cop cousin, Trip Williams, approaches Kylie at school insisting she help him solve the case, she discovers Trip might be the only one she can trust, and the only one to help her unravel the secrets behind her mysterious gift.

Destiny Redeemed - Gabrielle Bisset

Sentenced to spend the rest of his three remaining lifetimes in Nil, Amon Kalins is freed with the help of his Sidhe servant, Gethen, but now he must accept his life is never to be his again as the Council won't rest until he's safely back imprisoned within Nil's cold walls. Broken and nearly dead from his time in prison, Amon is saved by an Aeveren healer named Althea Forester. As a healer, Thea has served her people for forty-five lifetimes, never having a destined one and always knowing each lifetime would ultimately end with her alone. But destiny hasn't forgotten her.

Drawn to the seductive Amon, Thea quickly becomes a pawn the Council uses to trap him. Taken prisoner by the sadistic leader of the rebel group, the Soren, Thea must survive the vicious world of the people hellbent on taking her destined one away forever, and Amon must risk everything dear to him to free her from those who would sacrifice her to claim the bigger prize and return him to Nil.

The Darkest of Shadows - Lisse Smith

Some secrets are better kept in the darkest recesses of our mind. Lilly's past is one big secret; one big terrifying reality that threatens to drag her into the blackest depths of insanity.

The only way for her to escape was to leave it all behind. A new path. A new country. A new job. A new life. But would it be enough? Especially when the rest of the world continued to encroach on her protected little bubble of existence.

It took Lawrence Monterey one chance meeting to know that there was something special about Lilly. Something worth the trouble, and the heartache, of fighting through her past to find out who she really was. He had the money, the power and the patience, to make sure that Lilly came through the darkness, and became his in every way.

Tragedy can break people, but love can bring them back from the brink, and just possibly build a stronger wall between life, and that dangerous darkness that threatens to end the pain of living. 

Would Lilly’s past break her? Or would Lawrence lead her out of the darkness and back into the light?

                                                                               Get "The Darkest of Shadows" here!

Addicted (Club Destiny) - Nicole Edwards

Samantha still vividly remembers those nights so long ago when Logan introduced her to the ecstasy of a ménage. Now that Logan’s brother has up and fallen in love, Sam wonders whether she’ll ever get the chance to do it all over again.

Logan knows his wife fantasizes about another threesome and he longs to give her everything she wants. Since his twin brother Luke is no longer a part of their relationship, Logan has to seek out the man who can complete Sam’s every desire. He’s found him and now he can only hope the fires that ignite between them don’t burn down the house.

Logan aims to satisfy Samantha in every way he can. This time he’s looking to Club Destiny to help fulfill those desires. The only thing left is to feed their addiction for one another.

Instruction In Seduction - Judy Jarvie

It’s Edinburgh, it’s New Year and Ailsa is on the verge of a new improved sex life! She’s unveiling a sassy resolution - a sex life makeover to turn her into a ‘va va voom vamp’. 

Nick is the Aussie Adonis she lusted over when he was her boss. Thanks to Nick, Ailsa’s about to achieve her ‘vamp’ aspirations. 

But Nick has to spoil the fun by developing deep feelings for Ailsa...

Once Upon a Midnight Sea - Ava Bradley

The heiress of Montague Shipping sets out across Chesapeake Bay to attend a party, but instead finds herself shanghaied by a vengeful thief intending to use her ship—and her jewels—to break a prisoner out of Devil’s Island! If you love the historical romances of Amanda Quick, Jo Beverly and Elizabeth Hoyt, you won’t want to miss this exciting debut by Ava Bradley. 

Jewel thief Christian De la Croix has spent his life plotting revenge against the double-crosser who left his father to die on French Guiana’s brutal Devil's Island prison twenty years earlier. But when a letter comes revealing his father is alive, Christian’s quest turns into a rescue mission. There is no one better to help him than the betrayer himself, shipbuilding magnate Edmund Montague. Christian plans to steal Edmund’s private luxury vessel to sail there, and the necklace his father paid for with his life to buy his freedom. Accidentally kidnapping the man’s spoiled daughter is just a lucky accident, and Christian enjoys the many opportunities he finds to annoy her. Unfortunately, she finds as many ways, if not more, to annoy him right back.

Adriana Montague prayed for a way to escape her impending marriage to an arrogant and conceited man she doesn’t love, but never expected it to come in the form of a vengeful thief who steals her ship and kidnaps her. Christian blames Adriana's father for his family’s misfortunes, and boldly claims he’s robbing her and sailing to South America! But Adriana has a few tricks up her sleeve, and though she’s glad to be granted a temporary reprieve from her wedding, she’s not about to let their voyage resemble a pleasure cruise.

Cursed (The Devil's Roses) - Tara Brown

One tragic event can change everything in a life.
It can change the way we see the world around us.
Sometimes it can change the worlds we see.
Worlds we didn’t know existed.

When she slips into the In-Between for a few seconds she sees him.
He's more beautiful than anything she has ever seen before.
She's drawn to him in a way she can't explain.

Between the popular girls being poisoned and love's first kiss,
she hardly has time to chase down a mystery man.

As the poison that sent her to the In-Between wreaks havoc on her body,
the man she met there is equally damaging on her heart.

Discover how it all started

How it all unfolded

The first time

My Savage Heart - Christine Dorsey

Raff MacQuaid is a man torn between two cultures. His mother, a Cherokee, kept the young Raff with her people until he was forced by his father, a wealthy planter on the frontier of South Carolina, to be schooled in the arts of gentlemanly conduct in England. After returning to his mother's people and finding her dead, Raff has nothing but contempt for his father and the way he treats the Cherokee. Still he returns to his father's house when summoned because he fears something has happened to his brother's pregnant wife. But his father, debilitated with a broken leg wants Raff to go to Charleston and escort his wife-to-be, Lady Caroline Simmons back to the frontier. Raff at first refuses, but as his father sings the praises of the refined Lady Caroline, comparing her to the savages he lives among, Raff sees the perfect opportunity to avenge his mother. He will seduce Lady Caroline.

After her father's death Lady Caroline Simmons discovers she and her beloved younger brother have nothing but debt. She is forced to have a factor make an arranged marriage for her with a wealthy planter in the colonies who agrees to pay her father's debts and continue paying for her brother's schooling. When she arrives in the New World, alone and penniless, Caroline is greeted by a man she assumes she is to wed, but soon discovers he is the son of the man she must marry.

Raff has come to Charleston for more reasons than escorting his father's bride. Knowing the power of the British and the tensions between them and the Indians, he continually tries to bring about a treaty between the Cherekee and that will be fair to his mother's people and that the British will honor. After meeting Caroline he feels some compassion for her and tries to get her to return to England. When she refuses his request he has no choice but to take her to his father. 

Seducing Caroline is easy. She is an innocent, and though Raff made no promises, he knows she thinks he will marry her. But despite the feeling he has for her, Raff leaves Caroline with his father, and returns to the Cherokee with the govenor's offer of peace.

Caroline is heart broken, but she quickly learns that life on the frontier is hard. She has a friend in Mary, Raff's sister-in-law, and the Cherokee women who come to help at the plantation. She finds her future husband contemptable, and those feelings spread to the son, Raff, who seduced her, then brought her here. 

Raff returns when the threat of war between the Cherokee and English intesifies. He wants to take Caroline and Mary to Charleston, out of harm's way. But by this time Mary is too pregnant to travel and Caroline has wed Raff's father, though in name only. Caroline knows she has to submit to her husband because she is pregnant. Both women refuse to leave when Raff heads to Charleston to take the Cherokee response to the English governor. While he is gone, renegade Cherikee warriors attack the plantation, kill Raff's father and capture Caroline. Raff goes after Caroline as the frontier ignites into warfare.

Breaking Point - Shane Brown

James Marsh is sixteen years old and in his final year of high school. He has been suffering from bullying for months at the hands of Jason Mitchell and his friends but, as they return to school after the Easter break, Jason takes his tormenting to a whole new level. As James struggles to cope, Andrew Mitchell, a teacher at the school, finds his hands tied when he tries to help him. 

"Breaking Point" is a novel about homophobia in our schools, and talks about the sides of bullying which are rarely talked about by the victims, the schools or the media. Recommended for 14 years and upwards due to some more adult themes.

The Right Wrong Number - Barbara Delinsky

Carly Kelly has just been presented with a life-changing business opportunity for tiny nursery and flower store, Plant People. But she only has four days to decide, which means she will most likely have to cancel her weekend trip away. She dials her friends to let them know, and excitedly launches into a speech about the opportunity. But when she pauses, a sexy, inquisitive stranger is on the other end, and he’s eager to hear about her store, her passions and her life. She’s dialed the wrong number--- and the man on the other end, with his deep voice, his charming jokes and his excellent advice, is a surprise she never expected…
Will this wrong number turn out to be right man for Carly?

Veined - Anyta Sunday

It could be worse for Sylva Lark. She could be dead. A coma was nothing to that. Or her family moving across country for the treatment, leaving her with a big blue mark on her back.
She can handle it. 
Except the mark glows and tingles, especially whenever transition helper Atticus Plot (Attic) is close by. She suspects he’s hiding something, and when she stumbles across a torn body bearing the same spiral marking as her own, that suspicion is confirmed. 
After a few shaves with death, the truth finally comes out and the battles begin. 
But not all her fights are external; her biggest one is the decision she has to make between doing the right thing for the world and giving up her beloved family for good.

Ravenous - Erica Stevens

The world didn’t end with a bang, didn’t go out in a ball of fire and fury. Nor did it end in ice, but in some strange way, ice was the end; or maybe it was the beginning of something more. 

Bethany is stunned and horrified when she finds herself suddenly alone in a world that was alive only moments before. Terrified, she flees into the streets of her town, looking for answers, and desperate to reach her family. Panicked, she is nearly captured by the monsters hunting her until Cade steps in to rescue her. Dark and distant, most people in school are wary of Cade, yet oddly fascinated by him. They had been close as children, but it has been years since Bethany has had any real contact with Cade. Inexplicably drawn to his dark presence, Bethany finds herself torn between her growing desire for Cade, and her boyfriend, Bret’s, unwavering love. As their situation becomes even more perilous Bethany struggles to come to terms with her past, her terrifying new reality, and her growing love for a boy that is powerful, mysterious, and deadly.

A Month with Werewolves - K. Matthew

A budding journalist trying to advance her career. A secluded werewolf reservation shrouded in mystery. A secret culture unexplored.

Taya Raveen has taken on the journalism assignment of a lifetime, the chance to spend a month in the infamous Blackfoot Werewolf Reservation, a government operated safe haven for werewolves that has never been seen by civilian eyes. Following a new detainee into the reservation, Taya will get a first-hand account of what it's like to be introduced to pack life. 

Shaken (Mind Reader) - Susan Hatler

High school junior, Kylie Bates, can suddenly read minds. When she touches people’s hands, she’s able to see their deepest thoughts. As if that’s not freaky enough, her dad sends her to help hottie detective, Sam Williams, track down a missing girl. Way too much pressure, especially for a girl who can’t watch Scream without getting nightmares.

Then, finding the missing girl leads to much more than Kylie’s prepared for. Like discovering that her dad has been lying to her. That she has a family she never knew about. That the girls have powers similar to hers. Oh yeah, and that someone is out to get her.

When the detective’s teenage wanna-be-cop cousin, Trip Williams, approaches Kylie at school insisting she help him solve the case, she discovers Trip might be the only one she can trust, and the only one to help her unravel the secrets behind her mysterious gift.

Spades - Kristy Evans

17-year-old Calise Thomas grieves her mother's death. As she trains with Chris and his friends at a cabin in the woods, she realizes why they live in the forest - to hide their identities and profession. With each of them wearing a spade tattoo, she tries to investigate the purpose behind the mysterious mark. At the same time, her attraction for Chris heats up and things get sidetracked when she feels like she's being watched. Something unseen and heavy is in their midst, but no one acknowledges the foul, unsettling presence that grips the air. Instead, they take on their secret profession, leaving Calise to figure out who she is and what she's capable of.

The Bullet List - Nikki Roman

Bailey Sykes a fifteen year old high school sophomore is the prettiest girl at her school, but she soon discovers that looks aren’t everything. Backed into a corner by a school of teachers, and students turned against her, she finds herself desperately looking for a way out. Miemah Valdez a popular and vicious bully at Surfside High, has tormented Bailey since elementary school, and will stop at nothing to destroy her. With no one to turn to but an abusive, alcoholic mother, Bailey is pushed to the edge. What will it take to pull Bailey out of the darkness she has spiraled into, and the torment she combats with at school and at home? 
Just when things appear bleak two people who will do anything to save her step into the picture, an old friend, and a new love interest. Both see something inside of Bailey that no one else can, a spirit that cries out to be saved from the dark abyss it has been trapped in, the only problem is, both love her but only one can have her heart.

                                                               Get "The Bullet List" here!

Everville: The First Pillar - Roy Huff

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.

With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

                                                               Get "Everville" here!

Open Minds - Susan Kaye Quinn

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

FALLEN Descendants Saga - James Somers

A heavenly war rages among the Fallen that threatens to tear Victorian era England asunder. As the Descendants of these angelic warriors take sides in the escalating conflict, Brody West arrives with his father from America, only to find that his role in this firestorm is far greater than he ever could have imagined!

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