Monday, December 31, 2012

Dare to Believe - Dana Marie Bell

Dare to Believe is the first book in the Gray Court series. The book was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. It's now $2.99.

Leo Dunne has finally found his mate. Ruby Halloway isn't aware of Leo's need, because Ruby is mortal and Leo is not. They have to explore each others needs and wants to complete their bond. They do way more exploring than I was comfortable with. There is a good story in this book, but it's tangled up with some heavy breathing, wet and wild, kinky bondage sex. Not my cup of tea. Too bad the rest of the story was splashed with the porn. You decide.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Pearl Savage - Tamara Rose Blodgett

The Pearl Savage is book one in the Savage Series. This book is free for the kindle. This story describes an interesting alternate future, where a divided humanity is starting to come back together after a disastrous meteor strike.

Clara Williamson is the princess of the Kingdom of Ohio. 140 years ago a catastrophe drove parts of humanity into the spheres, a controlled environment where they've flourished since. Clara just turned 17, and she wants to escape to the outside world from the persecution of her mother and her betrothed. Since she's seen a savage from her window, she hopes it's possible.

Bracus Goodman is the captain of the Band of the Ohio Clan. The Band are the protectors of the clan. The clans survived outside of the spheres, and want to reunite with the sphere-dwellers. Bracus is the savage that Clara saw from her window. Their futures are entwined if Clara can survive her cruel mother and the evil prince her mother had chosen for her to marry.

This is science fiction with a big dose of steampunk and post-apocalypse. The dialog drags from time-to-time, but the story is good. It kept me turning pages late into the night. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Extreme Malice - R E Swirsky, Ray Swirsky

Extreme Malice is a free book. It's about how to commit the perfect murder. The book is far from perfect though.

Jack and Donna Gardner seem to have the perfect marriage. Then Jack's wife Donna is murdered while he's on a business trip. He has to cope with the loss, but is that all he's coping with? The premise of the book is good. The execution, not so much. I read to the last page to find out how it ends, but not because I was excited to do so. I've learned to skip past of the editing problems with self-published books. This story didn't keep my interest enough to ignore the missing words, extra words, and misspellings. Not recommended.

Sweet Shadows - Childs, Tera Lynn

Sweet Shadows is the sequel to Sweet Venom. I paid $7.99, but it was worth it. Now I just have to wait for the next book to come out!

Gretchen, Grace, and Greer are united now in their efforts to live up to their destiny. Breaking the seal and restoring the balance. There are a whole lot of people who want to stop them though, humans and monsters. They'll find some unlikely allies and enemies, but in the end it's up to them. First they have to rescue the people who have the knowledge they need. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sweet Venom - Childs, Tera Lynn

Sweet Venom was free the day I got it. Barnes & Noble had it as a Free Friday nook book, and Amazon made it free for that day too. Can you say good marketing? Now this book is $9.49 for the kindle and nook. It's worth it though.

Grace Whitfield is 16. Her family just moved to San Francisco so she can attend a new school on full scholarship. Grace wants to try and change her life at the same time she changes her address. She's going to get way more than she bargained for.

Gretchen Sharpe is 16 as well. She's a huntress. That means she kills monsters. She's been doing it since she was 12. Now Gretchen's mentor has gone missing and the monster killing business is picking up. She's going to need help.

Greer Morgenthal is also 16. She's the most popular girl in her exclusive all-girls school, and her parents are at the top of the San Francisco social circle. Greer is happy with her life and wants to keep it that way. Too bad for Greer.

This book is great. The pace keeps you turning pages. The main characters are engaging and interesting. The action is top notch. I've been reading free books all year, with the exception of a few that were a couple bucks. I paid full price for the sequel to this book as soon as I finished this one. Some things are worth paying for. Very highly recommended.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ring of Destiny - Knowles, Eric Quinn

Ring of Destiny is book one in the Reynald Tale series. It feels like it should be book two or later. It is free though. There are just too many things that are unexplained in the beginning. Things that become a little clearer as the book progresses.

Jared Wasson is new in town. He and his father just moved to Reynald, and Jared is having trouble fitting in. Things start to pick up when he gets the courage to ask Sarah out, but that's before he found out she's a vampire. This is a disjointed tale at first, but as it rolls along it begins to make sense. Reynald is an interesting place to live. That is if you can survive. Recommended.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jane Carver of Waar - Long, Nathan

Jane Carver of Waar is about as much fun as a book can get. Long borrows liberally from Edgar Rice Burroughs, but this is a whole new adventure that will keep you turning pages way into the night. It was a Free Friday nook book when I got it. It's now $8.09 for the nook and $7.99 for the kindle.

Jane Carver is an ex-airborne ranger turned biker chick, and as bad-ass as they come. Jane finds herself running from the police after "accidentally" killing a guy who groped her one too many times. She ends up hiding in a cave that transports her to a whole new world. Jane has to deal with aliens, animals, and court intrigue. She mixes it up with sky pirates, gladiators, and tribes of six legged savages. There's enough fighting, running, and laughing for two or three books. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Inherited Danger - Rathbone, Brian

Inherited Danger is book two in the Godsland Series. It's also free. I'd like to continue the series, but you have to start paying after book two.

Catrin Volker makes it to Greatland and begins her search for knowledge on the power she wields. The Zjhon are still after her and that make her presence a danger to all who offer her shelter. Catrin travels through the lands of her Mother, on a journey to destroy a weapon of great power that threatens the whole world. She finds that she's inherited responsibility in addition to her Mother's looks. A really frustrating cliff hanger waits at the end of the book. Still, highly recommended.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pets in a Pickle - Welshman, Malcolm D.

Pets in a Pickle was a Free Friday nook book. It's now $7.69 for the kindle and $8.19 for the nook. If you like animals this is the book for you. It takes a while to get used to the British colloquialisms, but the book is worth the effort.

Paul Mitchell is right out of vet school and looking for a job. He interviews at the Prospect House veterinary hospital in Westcott-on-Sea and falls in love. This is a humorous telling of Paul's adventures with interesting animals and their equally interesting owners as he settles into being an English veterinarian. Highly recommended.

Empire - Hicks, Michael R.

Empire is part of the In Her Name group of books, and book one in the Redemption series. If that's confusing, you're not the lone ranger. Check out Hicks' website for more. This story is some awesome science fiction, so take advantage of this free book.

This book follows the life of Reza Gard. Reza was a young boy living on the plant of New Constantinople when the Kreelans destroy his planet and killed his parents. His first encounter with the Kreelan priestess Tesh-Dar became a turning point in his young life. Reza's fate is entwined with the Kreelan in a way no other human's has ever been. This is an amazing story of Reza's coming of age. I had a hard time putting my kindle down. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Fatal Affair - Force, Marie

Fatal Affair is book one of the Fatal Series. It's free, and there's no onerous cliff hanger. Just a nice murder mystery with more good parts than I prefer. When I was younger I looked forward to the good parts. Now I just skip through them :)

Nick Cappuano is the chief of staff to senator John O'Connor. When Nick finds the senator dead, with a knife through his neck, he calls the police and Sam Holland is the detective assigned to the case. That's Samantha Holland. Sam and Nick had a fling six years ago that neither have ever gotten over. Sam and Nick juggle finding the senator's killer, a budding romance, and someone who's trying to kill them, in a story that is non-stop. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Call of the Herald - Rathbone, Brian

Call of the Herald is book one in the Godsland Series. This book will leave you wanting to read the whole series. Books one and two free, but the rest are $2.99.

Catrin is a young woman who helps her father around the farm while she's still in school. She doesn't realize her destiny is about to change her whole world. The Zjhon empire is about to come hunting for her while laying siege to her homeland, and Catrin will have to defeat them if she can. A great adventure with plenty of action and magic. The ending begs you to keep reading. There are four more books to keep you happy. Highly recommended.

Never Buried - Claire, Edie

Never Buried is the first book in the Leigh Koslow Mystery Series, but a nice stand-alone with nothing left dangling. This book is free and a bargain at 10 times that price.

Leigh Koslow is an advertising copywriter who has just lost her job. She's staying with her cousin Cara because moving home at her age is unthinkable. Her cousin can use the help since she very pregnant. When Leigh finds a body in the back yard the police investigate, but that's just the beginning of mystery that spans decades and could put Leigh and Cara's lives in danger. Lots of twists and turns. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Fourth World - Moroney, Laurence

The Fourth World is the first book in the Legend of the Locust series. It's free. This book is definitely for young adults. Unfortunately it's almost preachy in a PC way. I almost gave up on it a couple of times when I got disgusted with the political direction it was going. This story had so much potential too.

Fintan Reilly is an Iris boy who's school days are spent trying to avoid bullies. Then he's recruited to a special school. The school is top secret and located beneath the Area 51 secret American military installation in Nevada. Fintan is joined at school by an American boy Zach Adams, a Japanese girl Ayako Katsuragi, and a Navajo girl Nizhoni Benally. The four make a team that works to solve the mysteries of their school. The story is interesting but overshadowed at times by the political leanings of the author. The writing is also clearly targeted at kids rather than adults. At least I hope so. I won't be reading any more in this series, even though there is a major cliff hanger at the end. Not recommended.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Cloud Roads - Wells, Martha

The Cloud Roads is the first novel in the Books of the Raksura series. It's a stand-alone tale with no frustrating cliff hangers. I gladly paid $1.99 for this book. I look forward to reading more in the series.

Moon is an orphan. He doesn't know what he is, except that he's a shape shifter. Moon looks normal for a groundling in one phase, or as normal as anyone in the Three Worlds, but Moon can fly in his other phase, and he has to hide that shape in order to fit in. He'll be killed if he's mistaken for a Fell.

Moon is rescued by another shape shifter and discovers he's a Raksura. Can Moon fit in with his true people, and can he save his new colony from destruction by the Fell? An amazing story with a myriad of characters on a world full of surprises. Absolutely recommended.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Heller - JD Nixon

Heller is free. It's the first in the Heller series, but it's a great stand-alone novel. This author is going on my must read list.

Tilly Chalmers (please don't call her Matilda) is a down and out actor. She got canned from her last gig as a slice of watermelon. Now she's got a new job with a security firm and it's all she hoped and a lot more. It's more complicated, more dangerous, and more fun.

Heller (first name unknown) is Tilly's new boss. He's tall, blonde, gorgeous, and scary. Heller and his family of misfits do their best to make Tilly fit in, but she's the first woman Heller has ever hired and there's some serious adjusting to do.

This isn't a murder mystery, although there's a murder, or two. This isn't a romance, although the sexual tension is palpable. This isn't a mystery, unless you count Heller himself. It's a fun romp through tricky and sometimes dangerous assignments with a cast of characters that's a pleasure to know. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

80AD Books 3-5 - Aiki Flinthart

80AD - The Tekhen of Anuket is book three in the 80AD series. I'm also including book four, 80AD - The Sudarshana, and book five, 80AD - The Yu Dragon, in this review. All the books in this series are free. They're a real bargain. I didn't want to stop reading to write a review until I was done with them all.

In book three Phoenix, Jade, Marcus, and Brynn fight their way through Egypt on a quest to free the goddess Anuket and restore balance to the region. Without Anuket the Nile River can't flood and Egypt is in the grip of a devastating famine. Warriors who die and come back to life are just one of the challenges they face.

In book four the four heroes are in India trying to restore balance. In order to do so they must return the Sudarshana given to Jade to the statue of Vishnu. The four find themselves in a full scale war with a snake goddess on the other side. Another gamer is introduced into the mix. The question is whether he's an ally or an enemy.

In book five Jade, Phoenix, Marcus, and Brynn find themselves in China to directly confront the evil Feng Zhudai. He must be defeated to bring balance to the world of the game and the real world from which Jade and Phoenix were pulled in. Feng Zhudai's power is their biggest obstacle. Will they defeat him and make it back to their world, or be stuck in the game forever? A great fantasy series. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Secrets - Schulte, Liz

Secrets is the first book in the Guardian Trilogy. It's free. I'll warn you though, it's got a major cliff hanger. You'll be itching to read the next book in the trilogy.

Olivia Martin is a photographer. She's something of a loner, except for her best friend Juliet. Juliet is the outgoing vivacious one. Olivia is the reserved quiet one of the pair. Olivia starts to notice, and be noticed by, mysterious men. At least they seem like men. When one man in particular, Holden, begins to invade her dreams, she realizes her whole life is changing. Not necessarily for the better. The cliff hanger is like hitting a wall. Excellent book though. Highly recommended.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Heartless - Stengl, Anne Elisabeth

Heartless is book one in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. It's a completely stand-alone book though. There are no cliff hangers to leave you wanting. And the book is free. It's a great fantasy read.

Princess Una of Parumvir just turned 18. Una wonders where all the suitors are who should be asking for her hand in marriage. She wants romance and flowers and moonlight serenades. She finds that giving her heart is more than she bargained for. Her life and her father's kingdom may be part of the bargain. What would a dragon want with her heart? A marvelous story. Very highly recommended.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Draykon - English, Charlotte E.

Draykon is the first book in the Draykon series and it's free. Fantasy at it's best.

Llandry Sanfaer is a shy Glinnish girl. The Glinnish have wings and their realm is in perpetual daylight. Llandry makes jewelry, and when she discovers a cave with some beautiful gems, she uses them in her work. But what are those gems really, and what is their power?

Lady Evastany Glostrum is from Glour. The realm of Glour is perpetually dark and the inhabitants are not winged. Eva is the High Summoner. When her best friend is murdered for the jewelry she purchased from Llandry, Eva is compelled to help the investigation using her powers.

This is one series I will pursue, even if I have to pay for the rest of the books. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

80AD - The Hammer of Thor - Flinthart, Aiki

80AD - The Hammer of Thor is book two in the 80AD series. It's free.

Phoenix and Jade continue their adventures in the 80AD computer game. The object of this level in the game is to obtain the hammer of Thor. How many times they die and what monsters they have to defeat is the question. Again, a good fantasy adventure. Highly recommended.

Monday, November 5, 2012

80AD - The Jewel of Asgard - Flinthart, Aiki

80AD - The Jewel of Asgard is the first of five books in the 80AD series. All five books are free. This series is based on the five levels of a fictional computer game called 80AD.

Phoenix is 13. He's trying to adjust to a new step-father and having a hard time. One way he escapes is through computer games. His Mom just got him the new game 80AD and he can't wait to play it.

Jade is 13. She's the seventh of seven sisters and feels like an outcast. When she gets stranded at home alone, she's excited that her Dad gave her permission to play a new computer game called 80AD.

Phoenix and Jade are linked in ways they don't even understand, but when they encounter each other in the game 80AD they find themselves transported to the real first century Britain. In this real life adventure they're fighting for their lives against monsters, magic, and the Roman empire. If they don't win the game, their lives and the world they grew up in will be lost forever. This book is a good fantasy adventure with some interesting characters. The best part is the whole series is free. Highly recommended.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

First Contact - Hicks, Michael R.

First Contact is hard core alien battle fleet science fiction. This book is the first in The Last War series. It's book five in the larger In Her Name series, but the author recommends reading 4-6 first and then 1-3. Star Wars it reminds me of, and in more ways than one. This book is free for the kindle and an astounding bargain.

Midshipman Ichiro Sato is the youngest member of the crew, and is only on the survey ship Aurora as part of his Terran Naval Academy advanced training. Little does he know he's about to become one of the most famous humans in history. When the Aurora comes out of hyperspace she's jumped into a system with not one, but two planets that are in the habitable zone. The problem is they're both already inhabited, and the inhabitants are nothing the human race has ever imagined. I haven't enjoyed a hard science fiction this much in years. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Read Free!

I've read over 90 books so far this year, but I've only paid for about a handful. The rest were free. There were some stinkers in there, but most were great books, and did I mention they were free?

You don't have to have a dedicated ereader to read free books. You can read books for the kindle or nook on your PC, your laptop, your phone, or your tablet. The apps to read these books are free too. You may have to open an account with the ebook store, but if the books you want are free you don't have to pay anything.

There are other sources for free books. A lot of public libraries can lend ebooks now, and you don't have to drive to the library to borrow them. Check with your local library to see if they have ebooks available.

Project Gutenberg has over 40,000 free ebooks. The Open Library boasts over 1 million free ebooks. has more than 29,000 titles available for free. Google gets into the game with Google Play Books. Google has lots of free books, but some are just samples so look before you download.

I wrote a post about this back in January, but I just wanted to remind people that reading is so much easier these days, and free. I can start a book on my tablet or one of my PCs, switch to my kindle or nook, and continue to read on my phone if I want to endure the small screen.

I know there are purists who still want their books made of trees, but I prefer the electronic kind. The paper kind are are only free from the library, and I live 20 miles from the library. Did I mention I like free?

The New Deputy in Town - Daniels, B.J.

The New Deputy in Town is a murder mystery romance. This book is free for the kindle.

Laney Cavanaugh and her sister Laci come back to Whitehorse Montana every year to visit their grandparents. This year their cousin Maddie is engaged to be married, but Laney senses some problems. Nick Rogers is the new deputy sheriff in town. When people start to get beaten up on Saturday nights, and someone is murdered at Maddie's engagement party, Nick and Laney square off. It turns out Nick has an even bigger problem than the troubles in Whitehorse, and it could catch up with both he and Laney. This book has lots of twists and turns, and plenty of characters. It's good solid entertainment. Recommended.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stewards of the Flame - Engdahl, Sylvia

Stewards of the Flame is science fiction and it's free. This would be a great book if the author didn't suffer from logorrhea. This is a fairly long book. I suspect the Reader's Digest condensed version would be the length of a short story. The book contains too much useless dialog and introspection, and is preachy to extremes on the perils of modern medicine. Lack of a good editor is one of the dangers of self-publishing.

Jesse Sanders was the captain of the star ship Eureka. Then Jesse had the misfortune to get drunk on the colony planet Undine. The government of Undine was the planet's medical establishment. Alcoholism was a disease and the Meds couldn't let it go untreated. Jesse was arrested and missed his ship's departure window. Now he's been stranded on Undine, but a group called the Stewards of the Flame recruit him in a bid to defeat the control of the Meds. The potential exists for this to be a great book. It's not achieved. I read the whole thing to see how it developed, and even the ending left a lot to be desired. Not recommended.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Island Parts 2-5 - Stark, Michael

The Island Parts 2-5 make up the rest of The Island. Parts 1-3 are free and parts 4 and 5 are 99 cents. I read through the last four books like I was starving for words. Now I just have to wait for the next collection of books in the series.

William Hill has made it to the island. He and the other people there are stranded now, because the country has imposed martial law to try and stop the spread of the fever. The problem is, martial law does nothing to stop the spread of the strange creatures that accompany the fever. They're monsters from legend who feed on people's bodies and minds. William has a special connection to these monsters that he'll eventually understand. That is if he can believe the word of a talking nightmare. Plenty of action and plenty of scary. An amazing book. Very highly recommended.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Island - Stark, Michael

The Island promises to be an amazing post-apocalypse story. This is the first of five books in the Fallen Earth series. The first three are free. The last two are 99 cents. I'm reading book two now.

The Fever is spreading fast. As it spreads to every continent and gains momentum William Hill decides he wants to die somewhere of his choosing. He heads to the island, the island his father took him to years ago. He's got a boat and provisions. What he doesn't realize is he's going to have company. This is a beautiful book. It has great characters and just enough scary to give it an edge. Highly recommended.

Dark Halo - Kokoski, Christopher

Dark Halo is free to Amazon Prime members and $2.99 for others. This is a book I can't get excited about. I had to finish to find out how it ended, but it was a book with more words than substance. A good editor who wasn't afraid to cut the crap would have been helpful.

Landon Paddock threw away his wife and child after his parents were killed in an auto accident. He's the central figure in this book and not likable. He ends up fighting for his daughter and wife, and the rest of the town's people, when the town is invaded by demons. The religious aspects are secondary to the story. If the story line had been done by King or Koontz this could have been a winner. Not recommended.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Promise - Sorensen, Jessica

The Promise is book four in the Fallen Star series. It's still 99 cents. This is the last book. No cliff hanger!

Gemma changed the future, but chaos was the result. Witches, vampires, foreseers, and fey are all being given the mark of Malefiscus, and running wild. Gemma and her friends have to solve this while still trying to find that one loop hole that will allow Gemma and Alex to survive stopping the end of the world. Ignore some editing errors that are cropping up. Highly recommended.

The Vision - Sorensen, Jessica

The Vision is book three in the Fallen Star series. It's only 99 cents. You can't stop this series once you start.

Gemma is discovering new powers and new problems. Loop holes could be her salvation, but can she find the right ones. I'm doing my best to avoid spoilers. Book three is highly recommended too.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Underworld - Sorensen, Jessica

The Underworld is book two in the Fallen Star series. It's only 99 cents. I'm reading these in order. Book two is another cliff hanger. If you're old enough to remember the TV show Lost in Space (1965-1968), you'll know what I mean by cliff hanger.

Gemma needs to rescue her mother from the underworld. She's getting better with her foreseer abilities, so she should be able to get into the underworld, but will she be able to get out? Another page turner. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Fallen Star - Sorensen, Jessica

The Fallen Star is the first book in the Fallen Star series. It's still free for the kindle. The other books in the series are only 99 cents. Just a warning, there is a major cliff hanger at the end of this book. You will want to read the second one if you enjoyed the first. I did.

Gemma Lucas is a high school student in the little town of Afton Wyoming. What makes Gemma unique is that until recently she had no feelings at all. She described herself as an emotionless zombie. Then her emotions started to wake up. Gemma is in for some big surprises. She's about to discover that her emotions weren't the only things waiting to wake up. There is lots of action in this book and more than a fair share of teenage angst. The ending is abrupt and leaves the reader aching to find out what happens next. Young adult, but a good read overall. Highly recommended.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Right Ascension - Derrico, David

Right Ascension is hard science fiction. Space ships and aliens abound. This book is still free so get it while you can.

The year is 3040. Humans are dominant in the galaxy and expect to stay that way. Admiral Daniel Atgard commands the Apocalypse, a new breed of ship with some interesting state-of-the-art gadgets. When humans are attacked by an unknown alien species it's up to Atgard to save his ship, his crew, and the entire human race. This story was hard to put down. Highly recommended.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Deadly Offerings - Grace, Alexa

Deadly Offerings is a murder mystery that's still free for the Kindle. Not the best book I've read, but for free it's not bad. In some ways it's more of a bodice ripper than a murder mystery, but you can skip over those parts when you're my age :)

Anne Mason is going through a messy divorce. She sells her share in a software company and her house to get out of her marriage. Michael Brandt is her husband's attorney. He regretted taking the case before he even saw Anne. Once he did the sparks started to fly. Anne is kidnapped and Michael is there when she escapes. The trouble is her kidnapper keeps coming, and he's leaving Anne some presents that she doesn't want. Except for all the sex scenes the book is pretty good, but the ending is not very satisfying. Recommended with those caveats.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Hidden Fire - Hunter, Elizabeth

A Hidden Fire is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries series. This book is still free. Grab it at that price while you can. This book reminds me of Anne Rice in a way. It introduces an interesting new twist on vampires.

Dr. Giovanni Vecchio is a book dealer specializing in very old books. He has a cat named Doyle and a butler named Caspar. He's also a vampire. Beatrice De Novo is a senior who works in the Special Collections reading room at the Houston University library. Beatrice and Giovanni become friends when their paths cross in the reading room. Little do they know the twists of fate that will draw them together and change both of their lives. This is an amazing story. I couldn't put it down. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Teleport This - Daniels, Christopher M.

Teleport This is fun science fiction. This book is still free for the kindle. Think of a cross between Stainless Steel Rat and Hitchhiker's Guide, only the earth isn't destroyed.

Simon Jensen and Gilbert Wilson are theoretical physicists. They stumble onto a secret of the universe — energy signals going faster than light connecting to points all over our galaxy and to others. Once Simon decoded the signals, he and Gilbert discovered that the ICC (Initial Contact Center) had provided them with the instructions for a teleportation portal. Being the curious sort, as most scientists are, they built it. The rest is a wild ride through the universe. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Murder on The Mind - Bartlett, L.L.

Murder on The Mind is a murder mystery with a twist. This book is still free in Kindle format from Amazon.

Jeff Resnick is an out-of-work insurance investigator. He's just getting ready to start a new job when he's mugged and suffers some serious brain damage. His half-brother Dr. Richard Alpert comes to the rescue, even though Jeff and Richard have little in common and not much history. Richard brings Jeff back to Buffalo to live and the brothers get embroiled in a local murder. The twist is that Jeff's brain damage seems to have made him psychic. I liked this novel. The author does a good job of keeping the reader guessing. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Peace Warrior - Hawk, Steven L.

Peace Warrior is the first novel in the Peace Warrior trilogy. This book is still free. Download it while you can. It's nice to read some science fiction for a change. That's about all I read in the 70's. This novel will stand on it's own, but I already put the other books in the series on my wish list.

Grant Justice is a sergeant first class when he's killed in the middle of the 21st century. When he's revived 600 years later he's expected to save the world from an alien invasion. That's because while he was dead the human race forgot how to fight. Now Grant is supposed to remind them. There's plenty of action, a little romance, and the Minith are an alien race you love to hate. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Cutthroat Business - Bennett, Jenna

A Cutthroat Business is a Savannah Martin mystery. This book is still free and well worth reading. It's a nice murder mystery with some memorable characters. I really enjoyed it. Turns out real estate is a cut throat business.

Savannah Martin is a southern belle who's trying to break into real estate. Rafe Collier is a southern bad boy who's interested in a house. Savannah takes a call from Rafe, when the realtor who was supposed to show him a house doesn't show up. Anxious for her first sale, Savannah agrees to show the house. When Savannah gets there she and Rafe find the original realtor's body in the house with her throat cut. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book, and it has enough sexual tension for two or three novels. There's nothing that teens couldn't read though. It's very well done. Highly recommended.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mew is for Murder - Simon, Clea

Mew is for Murder is a Theda Krakow Mystery. It's still free. If you like cats, murder mysteries, or both get it now.

Theda Krakow is a free lance writer trying to focus on the music scene in Boston, but she'll write about anything that pays the bills. She's just starting out, after quitting a staff writing job, and has hit a rough patch. Her boyfriend moved away and her cat had to be put to sleep. When she runs across what she suspects may be a cat hoarder, her writer's instincts kick in. What she doesn't realize is she's about to be embroiled in a murder mystery with cats galore. Cats, music, and murder. Highly recommended.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Last Romanov - Mossanen, Dora Levy

Last Romanov is a historical novel. It's fiction, but a fascinating look at how Russia started down the road to socialism. It was free when I downloaded it. It's $7.39 now for the Kindle and Nook.

Darya Borodino was orphaned as a young girl. She's taken in by the Romanov family and becomes the central figure in this book. This novel is slow at times, but you have to keep reading. Even though history is fixed in our universe, you have to follow this narrative to the end. Love, magic, betrayal, and death in large doses. Highly recommended.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Old Buzzard Had It Coming - Casey, Donis

The Old Buzzard Had It Coming is a book that takes place in 1912. It's a murder mystery that keeps you guessing right to the end. It's still free and book you don't want to miss.

Alafair Tucker is an Oklahoma farm wife with nine kids and a loving husband. Her neighbor isn't so lucky. When the neighbor's husband is found in a melting snow drift Alafair is there to help. When Alafair finds out her daughter Phoebe and the neighbor's son John Lee are sweet on each other, and John Lee is the suspected murderer, it gets real complicated. Alafair is bound and determined to find the real killer. This is a great story. Great for kids and adults. Very highly recommended.

P.S. There are some recipes at the end of the book that you can gain weight just reading :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Final Vector - Leverone , Allan

Final Vector is a murder mystery with a terrorist twist. It was free when I downloaded it. The book is now $2.99 for the kindle.

Nick Jensen is an air traffic controller managing flights into Boston's Logan airport. Terrorists are plotting to shoot down the president's plane and Nick will make sacrifices he never imagined to try and stop them. I could not put this one down. Very highly recommended.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dead Politician Society - Spano, Robin

Dead Politician Society is a Clare Vengel novel. I thought the title was particularly appropriate, given almost everyone is tired of politicians right now. This book was a Free Friday nook book. It's now $8.10. I can lend it to someone if they let me know. You don't need a nook. Just the nook app on your device.

Clare Vengel is a rookie cop. When they need an undercover officer to play a college student Clare is tagged. She's hoping this assignment will get her out of uniform, but she's going to have to catch the murderer to prove her worth. How many bodies will pile up before she can find the killer? Highly recommended.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble - Mallory, H.P.

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is the story of a reluctant witch. This book is the first in the Jolie Wilkins series. It was free when I downloaded it and it's still free. It's a bargain.

Jolie Wilkins runs a little shop where she sells candles and crystals, and does tarot readings. When a ghost drops in on Jolie, it's a sign her life is going to change in a big way. Jolie has talents she didn't know existed. She's about to become the pivotal figure in a supernatural war. I really enjoyed this book. Suspense and humor in equal measures. Highly recommended.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Apostle: The Life of Paul - Pollock, John

The Apostle: The Life of Paul is a biography. A lot of research went into this book. It's interesting to see Paul from a more human perspective. This book was free when I downloaded it. It's $2.51 as I'm typing this.

I liked the parts of this book that dealt with Paul's life and travels. There are maps in the book, but the kindle doesn't lend itself to maps. I recommend using the maps from the LDS website. They're very clear, and were a real help visualizing the routes taken on Paul's journeys and the general area in which he lived.

I thought there were more quotes than needed in the book. There were times that the quotes overshadowed the events taking place. Other than that I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Red-Headed Stepchild - Wells, Jaye

Red-Headed Stepchild was 99 cents when I downloaded it, and it still is. That's a great deal. If you like this genre, this is a good book. It's the first in a series. A good start.

Sabina Kane is an assassin. She's a half vampire/half mage, who's parents died while she was a baby. Sabina has to deal with her vampire grandmother's iron rule and the stigma that comes of being a half-breed. Trouble is brewing and Sabina is going to be right in the middle of it. Will it be a full out war and will she survive? Plenty of action and a good dose of humor. Highly recommended.