Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The Eden Plague is the first novel in the Plague Wars Series. This book is free for the kindle. Elise Wallis was just another terminal cancer patient and then they found her. Daniel Markis was just a burned out special operator with PTSD and then they found him. What they didn't realize was that Elise and Daniel would ruin their plans. What if there was a virus that cured all diseases and also forced a conscience on everyone it infected? Could you use if for good or evil? Elise and Daniel are going to find out. This is a great story. Plenty of action and suspense, and a little romance. Very highly recommended.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Going Dark is the first novel in the Silo 49 series. This book is free for the kindle. I recommend reading Wool first, as the Silo 49 series takes place in the Wool universe. Graham Newton is the head of IT for Silo 49 and the only one who knows the truth. Silo 49 is failing, but that's not the whole truth. Graham knows why Silo 49 is failing, and just how desperate things are. Then he overhears a conversation in Silo One and things get even worse. You really should read Wool before this book, but it's free too. Both are great stories. Highly recommended.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Wild Born is the first novel in the Spirit Animals series. This book is free for the kindle. There are games and other media available with this story. In the world of Erdas, each child must drink the nectar at age eleven to see if they can call a spirit animal. Four children, one from each of the four lands of Erdas, call the four great beasts who died in the last war. The four fallen have been called for a reason. Erdas is in peril. The Devourer has also returned. This is a great story. The children who call the great beasts are all different, as are the beasts themselves. The challenges they face, and the evil that is rising are daunting, but the children are up to the task. There's a cliff hanger of sorts, but the story ends well. Highly recommended.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Gray and Guilty Sea is the first novel in the Garrison Gage series. This book is free for the kindle. Snap this one up while it's still free. Garrison Gage is a crippled has-been living in seclusion on the Oregon coast. His past is impressive, but his present is dismal. Then Garrison finds a body in the surf and his world turns upside down. Can Garrison keep from getting caught up in this mystery? If he decides he can't let it go, can he solve it? This is a great story. The characters are believable, the suspense is palpable, and the angst is handled with grace. Very highly recommended.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Crux is the first novel in the Southern Arcana series. This book is free for the kindle. Be warned there are explicit sex scenes in this book. Mackenzie Brooks was tending bar and teaching dance classes. Not exactly living her dream, but pointed in the right direction. Then the stalking started. Now Mackenzie has escaped to her fourth city and she's tired of running. Can her new boss help her? Can the private investigator her boss asked to follow and protect her help? What Mackenzie doesn't know is that supernatural is real and she's something other than human. This is an excellent story with suspense, danger, and great characters. Just be aware the sex is explicit. Highly recommended.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Saints Go Dying is the first novel in the Arthur Beautyman Mysteries series. This book is free for the kindle. Hacking is a useful skill. Arthur Beautyman is a senior detective with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. When shaved exsanguinated bodies begin to show up in the L.A. area, the sheriff's office has jurisdiction. After the second body and no progress, Arthur is assigned to lead the task force working the Babylon Case. To complicate matters, the police baiting Watchdog TV show is trying to crucify the sheriff's department, and Arthur in particular. Can Arthur and his team catch the Babylon killer before the next murder? Can Arthur keep his job? How can hacking skills help catch the killer? This is a great murder mystery with twists, turns, and truly evil villains. Very highly recommended.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Galdoni is the first novel in the Galdoni series. This book is free for the kindle. There's nothing quite like a young-adult flying gladiator love story. Kale is a Galdoni. His official designation is KL426. When they temporarily shut down the arena, Kale escaped like many others. Kale was found and protected by people who cared about his humanity more than the Galdoni reputation. People who might be able to help him set things right. Can Kale survive the changes required? Can a Galdoni feel love? Are people created in test tubes really people at all? This is a great story for young and old adults. Very highly recommended.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Xoe is the first novel in the Xoe Meyers Series. This book is free for the kindle. Xoe Meyers seemed to be a normal high school junior, if a little anti-social to most people. Xoe definitely has a unique sense of friends and fashion. The friends she has are loyal though, and they understand Xoe's attitude. Then a new kid in school takes an interest in Xoe and her friends Lucy and Allison. When his interest turns to violence and kidnapping, Xoe and her friends discover there is a whole lot more to the world than they realized. Xoe is even more unique than she thought, and Xoe's uniqueness may be all that can save her and her friends lives. This is a great supernatural adventure for young adults. Werewolves, vampires, and demons spice up the plot. Highly recommended.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Wool This novella is part one of the Wool series. This book is free for the kindle. Holston is done. He's not giving up. He's just hoping his wife was right. Holston is afraid she was wrong. This is a gripping tale of someone willing to take a leap of faith. The question is, what's he leaping into. This is a great story of a bleak dystopian future, but a future with some hope. Highly recommended.
Take the Monkeys and Run is the first novel in the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle. Barbara Marr is a suburban stay-at-home Mom with three beautiful daughters and a husband who "needs some space." Barbara suspects that the space is for another woman. Barbara is not handling her husband leaving well. While she's laying awake late into the night, the mystery house next door, the one Barbara labeled the House of Many Bones, has some unexpected visitors. How this leads to murder and mayhem are the fun parts of the story. There's plenty murder and mayhem, but equal parts humor and domestic dystopia in this amazing novel. Can Barbara solve the mystery of the monkeys and get her husband back? Can she keep her neighbors and herself from being killed? Read and find out. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Embrace is the third novel in the Fated Saga series. This book is 99 cents for the kindle, but it's part of the free three book Firemancer Collection, which contains the first three novels in the Fated Saga series. You should read these books in order, starting with Awaken and Shifting. After eleven months traveling with the Svoda Gypsies, Meghan and Colin Jacoby are still growing in their use of magic. Meghan is embracing her Firemancer abilities and Colin seems to have strong magic and endless energy. Now the twins are dealing with the rules in their latest destination, Eidolon's Valley. Everyone is forbidden to do magic while the gypsies are on the edge of Eidolon's Valley. This makes school impossible, so the children are all on break. The gypsies are also forbidden to set foot in the valley itself. Colin and Meghan will discover why firsthand. The question is, will they survive. More magical adventures for the Jacoby twins. Highly recommended.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Shifting is the second novel in the Fated Saga series. This book is 99 cents for the kindle, but it's part of the free three book Firemancer Collection, which contains the first three novels in the Fated Saga series. You should read these books in order, starting with Awaken. At the end of Awaken, Meghan and Colin Jacoby were battling Scratchers with their uncle. In Shifting the twins have been shifted, along with the Svoda Gypsies, into another dimension. There is no going back. Meghan and Colin will have to learn to survive in this new world where magic is normal. They both find they have talents and a past they weren't aware of. Another great young adult fantasy. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Stallions at Burnt Rock is the first novel in the West Texas Sunrise series. This book is free for the kindle. It's been ten years since the end of the civil war. There are a lot of bad men roaming the west. Lee Morgan owns the 600 acre Busted Thumb horse farm in West Texas, outside of the town of Burnt Rock. Lee is satisfied with her operation. She's trying to breed the perfect working ranch horse. Lee is a woman in a man's world, but she's making it work. Then Lee and her fellow horse breeder Jonas Dwyer decide a good way to showcase their horses would be a race at Burnt Rock's Harvest Days Festival. The race begins to attract some bad men, and no one could have predicted the trouble that comes. This is a great western adventure with plenty of riding, fighting, and shooting. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Empty Quarter is a book that almost refuses to be put down. If you like military adventure and thrills, this story will more than satisfy your needs. This novel is $4.99 for the kindle. It was free when I downloaded it. I can loan this book to someone with a kindle. If you're interested let me know. The men and women of the United States Air Force Pararescue are Combat Rescue Officers. They're part of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command. CROs are some of the best trained, toughest, and most sacrificing men and women in our armed forces. Their mission is to save lives, not take them. They're known as the Guardian Angels. This story follows a team of CROs on a mission into the Empty Quarter, the vast desert that spans Saudi Arabia and portions in Yemen. When the mission goes sideways, the CROs are forced to make some tough decisions. Lives will be lost and lives will be saved. Which lives is the question. This is a fantastic book. I fell asleep reading it and woke up to start again. Very highly recommended.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Rushed: Something Wicked is the third novel in the Rushed series. Now I have to wait for the next book to be published. It'll be worth the wait. Make sure you read Rushed and Rushed: The Unseen before reading this one. Eric Fortrell and his wife Karen are beginning to get amorous when they're interrupted by someone knocking on their door. It's a teenage boy telling Eric that he's needed to save the life of the kid's Mom and sisters. He claims the Magic Man has already killed his Grandpa and one sister and Eric is the only one who can save the rest of the family. Most people would shrug this off as a joke, but Eric has considerable experience with strange, for a high school English teacher, and this isn't even close to the strangest he's heard. Even though his anniversary is this weekend, Eric explains to Karen that he has to go. Eric is about to embark on a mission that will add a whole new level of strange to his experience. Karen is going to be mad. Another great adventure that I couldn't put down. I think I've found one of my new favorite authors. Very highly recommended.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Rushed: The Unseen is the second novel in the Rushed series. This book isn't free, but if you read the first story Rushed, you have to read this book. This time around, Eric Fortrell isn't having compelling dreams. Eric is coming out of the florist's shop and sees a former student sneak into an alley. What's unusual is that this student mysteriously disappeared six years ago without a trace. Eric decides to follow and begins another adventure into places where few others ever venture. Eric is going to places unseen. This is another great story by Harmon. Again, it's a blend of horror, humor, and fantasy that is hard to put down once you get started. The tale is full of interesting characters and scary creatures. And this book also has a great ending. Very highly recommended.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Releasing the Dragon is the first novel in the Myths and Legends series. This book is free for the kindle. Note that this book includes intense sexual situations. Serafina Leroux is a frustrated dancer. Because of a conflict with her dance director in college, Serafina abandoned dancing and took a job in an office. Then a mysterious package shows up on her desk and the next week she's trying out for job as a professional dancer at the Myths and Legends Casino Resort. Donovan Drake is the owner of Myths and Legends. He looks like a handsome athletic man. Donovan has been named the most eligible bachelor in America half a dozen times, but Myths and Legends isn't what it seems, and neither is Donovan. Myths and Legends is a sanctuary for supernaturals, and Donovan is the King of the Dragons. The creatures Donovan rules won a war with the evil vampires, but they've been under a curse ever since. It's been over 400 years since Donovan's clans have been able to mate. Not a single child has been born. Serafina may be the key to breaking the curse and freeing the supernaturals that Donovan rules. The amount of sex in this book is frustrating. The story is good and the characters are interesting. If you can deal with the sex I highly recommend this book.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Registry is the first novel in the Registry series. This book is $6.64, but it was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. Mia Morrissey is almost 18 and looking forward to being listed on the registry. All young girls should be. That's their place in American society. Then Mia's sister Corinna shows up at Mia's home after escaping from her husband. Mia can't understand why anyone would want to escape from their husband, but before she's taken away Corinna tells Mia to look in her closet. What Mia discovers changes her view of the world forever. Mia's now focused on one thing, escape from America and her enslavement by the registry. This book is yet another dystopian fantasy with an extremely pessimistic take on the future. Like some similar stories, this future America is completely unbelievable, but it does make for an interesting story. If this book was still free I'd recommend it. It's no longer free, so you might want to save your money.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Personal is the latest Jack Reacher novel. It's number 19 in the series. Lee Child does it again. Reacher can't help himself. When the opportunity presents itself, he has to check the personal ads in the Army Times. There it is. Reacher is being paged. Someone tried to kill the president of France. How could that possibly involve Reacher? He's going to find out, and this time it's personal. Another great adventure with the ultimate off-the-grid hero. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Red Seas Under Red Skies is the second novel in the Gentleman Bastards series. This book is $4.92 for the kindle, but at 786 pages it's a bargain. You have to read The Lies of Locke Lamora first. Trust me, it's worth it. Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen survived the debacle in Camorr to resurface in Tal Verrar. Their plans were a simple bit of thievery. A plan that was two years into it's execution, and about to pay off. Then they ran afoul of the Archon of Tal Verrar. Their plans changed. Thievery and piracy are close cousins. Now Locke and Jean must learn to sail. A less likely pair of land-huggers could hardly be found. This is another amazing story with the heroes of The Lies of Locke Lamora back at their larcenous best. There's plenty of adventure, danger, and some romance as well. And did I mention pirates! Very highly recommended.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
A Pedigree To Die For is the first novel in the Melanie Travis Mystery series. This book is $4.61, but it was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. If you like murder mysteries and dogs, this is the book for you. Melanie Travis is a school teacher with a four year old son Davey. Melanie is divorced and her summer job just fell through, so making ends meet this summer will be tough. Then Melanie's Uncle Max dies in his kennel and her Aunt Peg needs her help finding a missing dog. Solving a murder or two might be a useful unintended consequence. This is a light-hearted murder mystery with just a little romance to spice it up. And don't forget there are lots of dogs. Highly recommended.
Friday, August 29, 2014
The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree is the first novel in the Outlaw King series. This book is $3.99 for the kindle. It was free when I downloaded it. Keep looking for bargains. I got this book for free and it's great. Ross Brigham just got back from serving in Afghanistan. Ross finds out his wife has left him and his father, E. R. Brigham, has just died. E. R. Brigham was the author of the seven volume steam punk universe series The Fiddle and the Fire. Volume seven is not finished, and the fans of the series are pushing Ross to finish it. Then Ross discovers the key to his father's muse and his whole world turns upside down. This is a great story. It's a little slow to start, but once it gets going it's hard to put down. The ending is a huge cliff hanger, but the second book in the series is now available in the same download as the first book. Very highly recommended.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Doctor Wears A Stetson is the first novel in the Diamondback Ranch series. This book is free for the kindle. This story is a modern western romance, so expect some heat. Jessie Kincaid is a grease monkey. Jessie had been helping her father in his garage since she was old enough to hold a wrench. When Cameron McCade, the most popular senior in high school, pulled Jessie out from under a car to ask her to the prom, Jessie was just 15 years old. That prom was their one and only date, until Cameron came back to the little town of Salt Fork seventeen years later. Jessie owns the garage now and Cameron is a big city doctor. A lot has changed, but that spark is still there. This is a great story. No murders or ghosts or international intrigue. This is just a plain old romance. Highly recommended.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Taming Fire is the first novel in the Dragonprince's Legacy series. This book is free for the kindle. This is a great story with wizards, dragons, treachery, battles, and even a beautiful girl. Daven Carrickson is seventeen years old. He's an orphan and a simple shepherd. Daven enjoys practicing with his sword in the evenings, and he's encouraged other boys from the village to join in. Daven even has a simple magic he uses to keep them all safe and score their matches, but Daven isn't a wizard. That all changes when one of the king's guard shows up for Daven, and challenges him to a match. It doesn't go well for either contestant. Then a wizard shows up to take Daven away from his simple existence, off to the Academy of Wizardry. Daven's life is about to change. It's not clear if it's for the better or worse. Especially when there are dragons. This is a great story. The characters and predicaments are interesting, and the danger and suspense keep you from putting the book down. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Supreme Justice is $4.99 for the kindle, but it was free when I downloaded it. Keep looking for bargains. This is a great book and I got it for free. Joseph Reeder is the CEO of ABC Security. Joe is also an ex-secret service agent who took a bullet for the president. When a restaurant that Joe's company monitored was the scene of a robbery, Joe was called in. Especially since a Supreme Court Justice was killed in the robbery. What Joe uncovers is a conspiracy to change the whole balance of the Supreme Court. Can Joe stop the conspiracy? How many more justices will die? This is a great story. The characters are well crafted, and the suspense is compelling. The only problem is the author's over-the-top political rants. If you can stomach the liberal bullshit, this book is really great. Highly recommended.
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Dragon King and I is the first novel in the Fairest Of Them All series. This book is free for the kindle. This is one twisted fairy tale. Alexandria Greyson thinks she's cursed, but according to her friend Rachel, there's no such thing as a curse. Alex is pretty sure there are curses, right up until she meets her fairy godmother, then she's convinced. Well, actually it's the witch who's substituting for Alex's fairy godmother. It's complicated. That's just one word to describe this story, but it's complicated in a good way. It's also funny, suspenseful, and scary at times. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Witch Hunt is the first novel in the Preternatural Affairs series. This book is free for the kindle. Cèsar Hawke is an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs, Magical Violations Department. That's a mouthful that means Cèsar is a witch who hunts other witches who break the rules. When Cèsar wakes up with the worst hangover he can remember, and finds a dead body in his bathtub, he knows he's got trouble, but he can't imagine how much. When there's no help coming from his boss, Cèsar decides his best chance to clear up his troubles are to do it himself. Who's on Cèsar's side and who's not? Even Cèsar can't decide. Witches, demons, and crooked cops, all combine to make this a great story. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Gehenna is the first novel in the West of Hell series. This book is free for the kindle. This story is less than 200 pages long, but it packs a lot of action into those pages. This is another zombie western. Is no genre sacred? Gehenna is a small western town of about 2,000 souls. It's just a railroad way station for passengers continuing west. Gehenna is about to become much more. Mad Dog McCall used to be a law man. Now McCall is locked up in the Gehenna jail. Karen is a whore who works at the Ellis Saloon in Gahenna. Karen's not just a whore though. She may be the smartest person in town, and that's part of her problem. The trouble starts when a couple of strangers show up in town, with tomahawks and arrows sticking out of their bodies. These two strangers proceed to start gnawing on a lady right in front of the saloon. The strangers are captured, and taken to jail, but everyone they bite along the way is going to change, and not for the better. Soon McCall and Karen are going to have to join forces just to survive escaping from Gehenna. The questions is, will they really survive? This story has plenty of action, danger, and zombies galore. It does end with a wicked cliff hanger, but as zombie westerns go, I highly recommend it.
After the Storm is the first novel in the Storm Series. This book is free for the kindle. As incongruous as it sounds, this is a romantic murder mystery. Lexi Hanson is a photographer. She's not exactly running and not exactly hiding, but she's enjoying the privacy at her beach house near Ipswich, Massachusetts. Lexi only has one neighbor, and she's never met him, although she's friends with the couple who are his live-in caretakers. Lexi doesn't think it's possible she'll ever fall in love. The darkness in her past seems to eclipse that kind of happiness. Then Lexi meets her neighbor, and maybe the impossible is more likely. But Lexi's past is coming back to stalk her, and threaten any happiness she finds. Can she defeat evil again, or will it win this time? This is a great mystery story, with some humor, romance, and terrible danger. Highly recommended.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Winter Solstice is the first novel in the Alaric Trilogy. This book is $3.99 for the kindle. It's hard to describe this tale as belonging to a specific genre. Adventure, supernatural, religious, and even horror come to mind. You'll have to decide for yourself. It's 1898 in the town of Exeter England, and Christmas is coming. Four good friends have gathered together to complain about the holidays. Clark Edmondson is the scholar in the group, with his fellow scholar and house-mate Svetlana. Reverend Harold Avery is a man of the cloth, and is accompanied by his ward Jeremy. Peter Allen Daniels is an artist and has brought his muse Elinor. Finally, Major Volker VonWaltrin is a retired German army officer who brought is friend and confidant Samuel to the meeting. The group is engaged in a discussion that leads them to decide on a unique plan of action. They'll each spend some time doing research, and the following year, on the eve of a new century, they'll meet again to decide on an adventure. An adventure to confront evil directly. The group has no idea how well their plans will work. As I read this story I was reminded at times of Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, and even Charles Dickens. In most cases that was good. I've enjoyed all three authors. The thing to note about all of those authors is, they wrote close to 100 years ago. This book seems to have that older feel to it as well. This book was hard to put down at times, but frustrating at others. The villain and some of the other characters pontificated far too much for my taste. I prefer tales that move at a faster and more active pace. I found myself skimming whole sections of monologue at times. This novel has elements I like and elements I don't. There are some circumstances when an introduction to a work of fiction is necessary, but I prefer a story that speaks for itself. This introduction went well beyond setting the stage for the chapters to follow. I usually skip poems or quotes at the beginning of chapters. This book provides poems. I read some, but skimmed over most. The characters are very well done, and the plot is great, it's the extra words that got in the way at times. That said I enjoyed the story. The ending leaves the reader impatient for the rest of the trilogy. In spite of some problem I had, the story shines through. I highly recommended this book.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Hombre is the 23rd novel in the Jess Williams series, but you don't have to worry about reading out of sequence. This book is $2.99 for the kindle, but it was free when I downloaded it. This is a brutal uncompromising western. Jess Williams is a bounty hunter. Some would say the best there ever was. Now Jess has a partner, Alex Brand. The two bounty hunters are on the track of a vicious gang of outlaws, headed by the man known as Hombre. Hombre and his gang broke into United States Senator John Thibadough's mansion outside of Chicago, killed his entire household, and raped and murdered his beautiful wife. Now the gang is hiding out in Texas, and doing their best to avoid the law. Jess and Alex are determined to change their luck, and collect the $100,000 bounty on Hombre's head. This is a good western tale. The descriptions of crimes and even captures are vivid and brutal. In my opinion, unnecessarily brutal. Given that, I still recommend this book.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Death's Hand is the first novel in the Descent Series. This book is free for the kindle. Prepare for some long nights. Elise Kavanagh has a special talent. She kills demons. She can also perform an exorcism if the need arises. However, Elise is retired. She's now an accountant. When Elise's ex-partner, James Faulkner, asks her to check on a five year old girl, Elise does it as a favor. Jim, who's a witch, has a member of his coven who's daughter might be possessed. Elise should be able to tell, but this is no ordinary possession. Elise and James have tangled with this particular demon in the past and almost lost. Now one of them is going to die. The question is which one and for how long. This is a great book. It's very intense. The action never seems to stop and the bodies just keep piling up. Highly recommended.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Uncaged is the first novel in the Singular Menace series. If you like Sandford's other novels you'll want to read this. Shay and Odin Remby are a sister and brother pair caught in the foster system in Eugene Oregon. Seventeen-year-old Odin gets tangled up with some animal rights activists. While raiding a lab they stumble on something far bigger then animal experiments. Then Odin disappears. Sixteen-year-old Shay's last message from Odin says he's working with a group in Hollywood, so she grabs her stuff and heads south. Shay has to survive on the streets while trying to find her only living family. Meanwhile the big corporation, trying to recover their experiments, is doing the same. This is a thrill ride of a book. It has great characters, danger, suspense, and some seriously evil bad guys. The story comes to a satisfying conclusion, but there will be a second book and I can't wait for it. Very highly recommended.