4/29/16

Bargain Books

Looking for your new next read? Here are some bargain priced book for Kindle offered on Amazon. This might be a temporary reduction only, so don't wait!

Science Fiction:



Snowfall on Mars

$0.99

Twenty years ago, life on Earth was annihilated. Now, the few remaining colonists on Mars scratch out their living in the worn husk of New Houston, a once vibrant settlement. Outside its walls, a perpetual storm rages - acidic snow and rain - the result of a failed attempt to terraform the planet decades earlier. The human race, once numbering in the billions, has dwindled to five hundred or so souls.

David Adler has survived in these circumstances by keeping a low profile and minding his own business. But when he gets a knock on the door from his old flame, Oksana Levi, everything changes.

Mars’ lead engineer and Oksana’s current boyfriend, Carl Epstein, has been brutally murdered in his workshop, and Oksana pleads for Adler’s help. Adler soon finds himself pulling at the threads of a conspiracy by a millenarian cult and its bloodthirsty father figure to do away with life on the red planet once and for all.


Mystery, Thriller, Suspense:



A Death in Sweden

$1.99

Dan Hendricks is a man in need of a lifeline. A former CIA operative, he is now an agent for hire by foreign powers on the hunt for dangerous fugitives. It’s a lethal world at the best of times, and Dan knows his number is almost up. His next job could be his last—and his next job is his biggest yet.
The target sounds trackable enough: Jacques Fillon, who gave up his life trying to save a fellow passenger following a bus crash in northern Sweden. But the man was something of an enigma in this rural community, and his death exposes his greatest secret: Jacques Fillon never existed at all.
Dan is tasked with uncovering Fillon’s true identity—but can he do so before his own past catches up with him?


Romance:



$1.99

There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide… What if your beloved fiancĂ©, he of the crinkly smile and irresistible British accent, had kept a life-changing secret from you? And what if, just a week before your dream wedding, you discovered it?

Georgia Ford, bride-to-be, hops in her car and drives through the night, from Los Angeles to Sonoma, to her safe haven: her family, and the acclaimed family winery. Georgia craves the company of those who know her best, and whom she truly
knows. Better yet, it’s the eve of the last harvest—the best time of the growing season, and Georgia knows she’ll find solace—and distraction—in the familiar rituals. But when Georgia arrives home, nothing is at all familiar. Her parents, her brothers, the family business, are all unrecognizable. It seems her fiancĂ© isn’t the only one who’s been keeping secrets…


Teen & Young Adult:



$2.99

Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too. 

When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow basketball player. Suspense builds like a slow drumbeat as readers start to smell a rat in Ryan Hartwell, a charismatic basketball coach and sexual predator. When Levi reluctantly tells Jonas that Hartwell abused him, Jonas has to decide whether he should risk his future career to report the coach. Pitch-perfect basketball plays, well-developed characters, and fine storytelling make this psychological sports novel a slam dunk.

Literary Fiction:

$1.99

Every summer for generations, three families intertwined by history, marriage, and career have spent “the season” at their beach cottage compounds on an island in Puget Sound. Today, Martha “Pete” Petersen, married to Tyler Strong, is the lynchpin of the “summer people.” In childhood, she was the tomboy every girl wanted to emulate and is now the mother everyone admires.

Colin Ryan, family friend and the island’s veterinarian, met Pete first in London, years earlier, when she visited his roommate, Tyler. He’s loved her, privately, ever since. Born in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, son of a bar owner, he’s always been dazzled by what he sees of the sun-kissed lives of the summer people.

But this summer, currents strong as the tides roil: jealousies grow, tempers flare, passions clash. Then, on the last day of the season, a series of betrayals alters the combined histories of these families forever.

4/27/16

The Shining Girls - by Lauren Beukes

My Rating: 4 Stars

It is hard to find a good time travel book these days. So many just use time travel to get from point A to point B and that is it. I want a good paradox, I want there to be consequences of time travel. I want a good plot and story. I think The shining Girls is that, a really good time travel story.

This book is told from the 3rd person point of view of Harper and Kirby. Harper is a killer and he stumbles upon a house that has the ability to take him through time. He uses the house to travel back and forth to find his victims, the shining girls. One girl, Kirby lives and is determined to find her killer.

There is violence and descriptions of the killings. The violence is not glorified or gratuitous but this might make some people uncomfortable.  The story does jump back and forth from POV and time periods (it is a time travel book) but it easy to follow and there is some mystery concerning events.

Overall this is a smart time travel book full of suspense and tense moments that will keep you turning the pages.







Book Description:

The Girl Who Wouldn't Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn't ExistThe future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the
Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . . The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.



About the Author:

Lauren Beukes writes books, comics for DC Vertigo, movie scripts, TV shows and occasionally journalism.

She won the Arthur C Clarke Award and The Kitschies Red Tentacle for Zoo City, a gritty phantasmagorical noir about magical animals, pop music, refugees, murder and redemption in the slums of inner city Johannesburg. She is currently adapting the novel as a screenplay for Oscar-nominated producer Helena Spring.

Her debut novel, Moxyland is about a neo-corporate apartheid state, bio-engineered art, nano-branding, cell phones used for social control and terrorism.

The Shining Girls, out May/June 2013 is about a time-travelling serial killer.

She recently made her comics debut in the Fables universe with a Fairest mini-series called The Hidden Kingdom with art by Inaki Miranda. The six issue arc follows Rapunzel travelling to Tokyo to confront a dark secret from her past.

She also writes for kids TV shows including Florrie's Dragons and Mouk and co-created South Africa's first half hour animated show: The Adventures of Pax Afrika.

She's a recovering journalist, who has covered everything from wannabe teenage vampires to township vigilantes and directed a documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands about South Africa's biggest female impersonation beauty pageant, which won Best LGBT at the Atlanta Black Film Festival.

She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and daughter.



4/20/16

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ - by Guila Enders

My Rating: 3 Stars

This books is not a diet book. It is an informational book on how our gut works from pooping (and techniques for pooping) to the flora that resides in our gut. It is written in a simplified format with very little medical jargon. There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of analogies and metaphors used to explain how things work. This is a good book for people who just want a basic book to get a good understanding of how the stomach and intestines work. If you are looking for something more complicated and peppered with medical terms and medical pictures, then you will be disappointed.

I thought the book was interesting and I did learn some new things. The analogies and metaphors can make it easy to understand the concepts but overall I thought it was a little to simplified and bordering on being cutesy. Some of the information is useful and a lot was just ok. I was hoping to get some good and useful information about the bacteria in our guts and the role in plays but there just wasn't anything useful. By the time I got to this part of the book, I was getting bored. Too many analogies at this point and not enough meat.  Yet she gives an inordinate amount of information on how pooping works and techniques for pooping (with pictures). Speaking of pictures, the illustrations in the book are all drawn by her older sister but they don't add to the book. Most are juvenile. They do not add to the book.

Overall, if you like to learn about the body and simple books without a lot of medical jargon and a little humor, you might like this book.





Book Description:

Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain and yet we know very little about how it works. Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author’s wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit. Along the way, the author provides practical advice such as the best ways to sit on the toilet to have a comfortable bowel movement, how clean your kitchen should be for optimum gut health, and how different laxatives work. She tells stories of gut bacteria that can lead to obesity, autoimmune diseases, or even suicide, and she discusses the benefits of dietary supplements such as probiotics. This book is a fascinating primer for anyone interested in how our ideas about the gut are changing in the light of cutting-edge scientific research. In the words of the author, “We live in an era in which we are just beginning to understand just how complex the connections are between us, our food, our pets and the microscopic world in, on, and around us. We are gradually decoding processes that we used to believe were part of our inescapable destiny.”

About the Author:

Giulia Enders is a two-time scholarship winner of the Heraeus Foundation, and is doing research for her medical doctorate at the Institute for Microbiology in Frankfurt. In 2012, her presentation of Gut won her first prize at the Science Slam in Berlin, and went viral on YouTube.





4/12/16

A Painful Truth - by B.A. Spangler

My Rating: 4 Stars

A Painful Truth is the second book in a three book series - An Affair with Murder, by B.A. Spangler. The first book in the series is Killing Katie.

Amy is a wife and a mother. She could be your next door neighbor, your sister, your wife,  or your best friend. But Amy has a secret. She is a killer. Most little girls play dress up but Amy plans how to kill her best friend.

A Painful Truth picks up a few months after Killing Katie left off. Both books are told from Amy's point of view. It is a really good second book and does not have that book in the middle feel to it. I was on the edge of my seat reading this and cringing with my heart racing at the decisions Amy makes. I didn't want to see anything bad happen to Amy. Don't get me wrong, she is a killer but she is someone you could see your self being friends with. I was really surprised by the ending, which is unusual for me. It wasn't what I expected. I am looking forward to seeing how Amy's journey ends in book 3.

Book 2 could probably be read as a stand alone book but I don't think the reader would enjoy it as much. There is some background information from book 1 that is important to the story so I highly recommend reading Killing Katie first.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.




Description:


About the Author:

B.A. Spangler

A husband, father and a quiet engineer; at least that's what he thought he was. Turns out there's a writer trapped within that engineer's brain! Slowly but surely, B.A. Spangler has dug his inner writer out--one genre at a time. He's a bestselling author of Contemporary Fiction, and dabbles in Crime Thrillers, and even wrote a few Supernatural Suspense... a very interesting mix of genres, with more yet to come.

Originally born in Philadelphia--as one-half of a set of twins--he now resides in Virginia with his wife and two children (also twins!). And adding to the family are three cats, a parrot, lizard, mouse, chinchilla and the occasional random scary creatures who visit late at night, as wild, scary animals are apt to do.