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Friday, June 1, 2012

Weekend Reads from @365FreeEbooks

I relish Fridays, because I know I'll get to do a bunch of reading over the weekend.
Here are my freebie picks. Even though I know I won't be able to read them all I can't help downloading each and every one of them.
There were about a katrillion of free romances today so I carefully picked through them to choose the best ones.
I totally judge a book by it's cover, so only the ones that catch my eye make it on the list. Kudos to you authors and your jacket cover designers.
Then I look at the descriptions. For me, it has to read like the back of a book I'd pick up at any ole brick and mortar. I hate it when the blurbs are arsty and vague. These books on the list today all tell me what the story is actually about (and it sounds frickin' interesting)
Finally I look at reviews. Now there are a few in here that caught my attention but have no reviews, but I'm still gonna read them. Somebody has to be the first to put up a review. Why not you or me?
Some of these are indie self-pubs, some are from established traditional publishers. See if you can figure out which is which.

Click on the book covers to link to amazon for the download.
Be sure to check the price before downloading as many promos only last a few days.
If you download any of these, drop me a comment. I can even send out some reader/author love via twitter. Or tweet it out yourself. If I could find a twitter name I've posted it with the author's name.

Paranormal Romance

Immortal Coil (A Dragon Spirit Novel, Book 1)
Immortal Coil by CI Black
Two souls. One Body. Sharing is not an option...

Terrible news has turned Anaea Salis's life upside down. There's nothing she can do to make it right and the stranger who stops to talk to her can't help. But when that stranger, Hunter, an ancient dragon spirit, is viciously attacked and forced to transfer his spirit into her body, Anaea's life takes a new terrifying twist. 

Hunter should have known by now not to get involved with human affairs, but there was something about the woman that drew him to her and he just couldn't help himself. Trapped in her body all he wants is to get out, except whoever is trying to kill him is now after her. 

Their only hope of survival... plunge into the deadly world of dragons. 

Sea SirenSea Siren by Consuelo Vazquez
Tino Suarez never believed in mermaids—that is, until he found himself up close and personal with one of those temptingly sexy, fish-tailed ladies of the sea. Even more amazing is that this fateful meeting has taken place on dry land, right there in the little Long Island fishing village the brooding sea captain calls home.

But if she truly is a mermaid, then this beautiful and saucy Latin siren is posing as a flesh-and-blood woman. Kiki Figueroa, co-owner of the new Puerto Rican restaurant in town, still believes in love, though she’s gone through a painful marriage that ended in divorce. She also believes there’s a passionate fire inside that seagoing Spaniard and that he’s the catch of a lifetime for any woman, human or mythical. The problem? Captain Suarez has also been deeply disappointed by love. So it’s going to take a legend as old as the sea to make him believe once again in this old-fashioned and sensuous romantic tale.

Originally published in 2000 by Kensington Publishing. 

Contemporary Romance
Hypnotic Seduction (The Seduction Series)
Hypnotic Seduction by LL Kellogg @Laurie_Kellogg
Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist

A red-hot ugly-duckling love story
She has a problem relaxing with men 
Frumpy wallflower Hannah Oliver is nearly thirty and has a serious self-image problem. Growing up in her centerfold mother's shadow and being raised by her pious grandparents has left her so self-conscious about her matronly, D-cup figure she gets tongue-tied around good-looking guys. So when Hannah discovers her fiancé/employer boinking her roommate, she's not only devastated--she's unemployed.

He's got a problem fending off women
Pharmaceutical CEO Jordan Calder has a huge image problem too--his professional image. Most guys would kill to be publicly proclaimed a world-class lover, but other men don't share his dark, shameful past. The only thing women have ever wanted Jordan for is what he can give them in and out of bed. So when his grandfather drags dowdy Hannah into his office as an executive assistant candidate, Jordan hires the mousey woman on the spot.

Could hypnosis be a solution?After miraculously landing her plum new position, sexually frustrated Hannah resorts to hypnosis to boost her self-confidence with men, hoping to attract another mate. Unfortunately, a post-hypnotic suggestion compels her to kiss her sexy playboy boss, who she then stupidly falls for in and out of bed. Despair induces her to use similar hypnotic principles on him--in the form of subliminal messages--to convince the man she loves that he wants a happy ever-after with her. But as everyone knows, desperate measures usually spell disaster. 


Betting Hearts: A Rancho Del Cielo Romance
Betting Hearts by Dee Tenorio @DeeTenorio 
He’s never lost a bet in his life but she’s playing for keeps!
A Rancho Del Cielo Romance
Cassandra Bishop’s boyfriend is back. Only problem is…she doesn’t want anything to do with him. Or his new fiancée. What the confirmed tomboy would like is to wring his neck. She might have done it, too, if he hadn’t filled her in on the embarrassing truth that he’d left her at the altar because she wasn’t woman enough to satisfy him. Her pride nearly settled for punching him in the nose…until she thought of something better—proving him wrong.
High on Burke Hallifax’s list of cataclysmic nightmares is having to look at his best friend as a real female. But when her ex-fiancé makes his wedding a personal vendetta against Cass, Burke has no choice but to bet everything on her ability to out hot-girl the competition. Unfortunately, the entire town is betting as well—on whether Burke and Cass can pull off the makeover of the century…without losing their hearts in the process. 

Erotic Romance
Scored
Scored by Lily Harlem @lily_harlem 
Okay, so I eat, sleep and breathe football and reporting the beautiful game is my dream career. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have time for a major crush on the England captain, Lewis Tate. The bloke is sex on legs, hot with a capital H. Add in his awe-inspiring talent, his brooding good looks and what’s not to lust after?

So my excitement is sky-high as I set off with the official press team to cover England’s battle for the European Cup. But when a series of unfortunate, or as it turns out fortunate events, attracts Tate’s attention my way, who am I to say no?

Add in a misogynistic manager, an over-zealous colleague, two blue silk ties and some incredible ball-handling skills and it becomes clear the road to victory, for me, will be an intensely erotic journey. Determined to savor every moment, I hang onto my sanity as best I can while living the fantasy and wondering if it can ever become reality. Because once Lewis Tate has taken me to heaven and back, its clear no one else will ever compare. 

Christian Romance
From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 1)
From a Distance by Tamera Alexander @tameraalexander 
What happens when the realization of a dream isn't what you imagined... and the secret you've spent a lifetime guarding is finally laid bare?
Determined to become one of the country's premier newspaper photographers, Elizabeth Westbrook travels to the Colorado Territory to capture the grandeur of the mountains surrounding the remote town of Timber Ridge. She hopes, too, that the cool, dry air of Colorado, and its renowned hot springs, will cure the mysterious illness that threatens her career, and her life.
Daniel Ranslett, a former Confederate sharpshooter, is a man shackled by his past, and he'll do anything to protect his land, and his solitude. When an outspoken Yankee photographer captures an image that appears key to solving a murder, putting herself in danger, Daniel is called upon to repay a debt. He's a man of his word, but repaying that debt could bring secrets from his past to light.
Forced on a perilous journey together, Daniel and Elizabeth's lives intertwine in ways neither could have imagined when first they met . . . from a distance. 

Making Waves: A Novel (Lake Manawa Summers)


Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad @LornaSeilstad 
When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's gambling problems threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's name and fortune? Or will she follow her heart--even if it means abandoning the family she loves? 


Historical Romance
Through a Glass Darkly
Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen @karleenkoen 
From Library JournalLondon caught up in the feverish excitement of the South Sea Bubble and Paris under the licentious influence of the Duc D'Orleans make a glittering background for Koen's first novel. Much of the plot young noblewoman in love with and married to charismatic older man enters society and is disillusionedand many of the characterswillful, innocent heroine; adored, autocratic grandmother; and loveable, reckless brotherare standard fare. Historic detail, though abundant and accurate, is often marred by didactic presentation. Still, there is action and intrigue enough to win a following who will demand this and further volumes in what is sure to become another sweeping saga. Cynthia Johnson Whealler, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


A Lost Touch of Bliss: Book One in the Lost Touch Series
The Lost Tough of Bliss by Amy Tolnitch
Five years ago, Cain Veuxfort, Earl of Hawksdown, followed duty and broke Amice de Monceaux's heart. But now he needs her. Desperately. For Amice has a very special talent. She is a Spirit Goddess, able to help restless souls move on. And Cain has a very restless ghost he wishes fervently would leave his castle. Anxious to regain order in his chaotic life, Cain offers Amice the one thing he's sure she can't resist; an Italian villa on the sea in exchange for her unique services. Although Amice's wound is deep, and as fresh and painful as ever, she agrees to help her former lover. Life on the Italian coast will be the start of a new life for her. Perhaps then she will finally be able to put the past behind her as well as an importunate Highland lord who wants nothing less that her hand in marriage. But there is more going on at Castle Falcon's Craig than a simple haunting, and more than one tragic tale of unrequited love. Yet to set things right, for both the living and the dead, Cain must find the courage to shed his mask of indifference, Amice must move beyond her pain to forgive, and long dead, star-crossed lovers must lead them all on the path to a lost touch of bliss.


Romantic Suspense
The Watcher (The Bigler County Romantic Thriller Series)
The Watcher by Jo Robertson @jorobertson29 
Forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working with a single-minded tenacity, she sets out to prove it.

Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate's arrival in his county knocks his world on its axis. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with the kind of pathology she proposes is too bizarre.

Together they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. A Janus-like killer, more monster than man, he fixates on Kate. The killer wants nothing more than to kill the "purple-eyed girl again."


Cancun Romance
Cancun Romance by Jeri Greene
Ami Parrish's parents have been in Cancun for a week, celebrating a romantic 25th wedding anniversity. Ami, her younger brother, and Ami's best girlfriend arrive in Cancun at the start of the second week to join their celebration and to celebrate Ami's college graduation.Ami spoke to her parents the night before flying to Cancun and everything is fine. Her parents are having a ball.

Upon arriving at their hotel Ami is horrified to find her parents have gone missing. She visits the American Consulate in Cancun to seek help and meets Celeb Carlin, a hot looking 29 year old Foreign Service Officer. As Ami searches for her parents she is torn by her totally unexpected budding Cancun romance with Celeb, the fate of her parents, and a new awareness of her own sexuality. 


Young Adult
Stirring Up Trouble

Stirring up Trouble by Juli Alexander @Juli_Alexander 
Zoe Miller is a 15-year-old witch with a talent for potions. She's working hard to find a substitute for toad slime. Since fat-free margarine has been found to be a substitute for dead man's toe, she's hopeful that she'll find one.
 

Then there's all the so-called normal stuff. Like high school, her annoyingly selfish "friend" Anya, and her crush on Anya's ex-boyfriend Jake.

Now, Zoe's dad is dating Jake's mom, and things are getting more and more complicated. If only Zoe could brew a potion or two and set everything straight. Zoe can't. If she brews a self-serving potion, bad things will happen to her appearance. Like a crooked nose, giant wart, green skin, rotting teeth--the whole ugly witch stereotype. 

Zoe's tired of fate interfering so cruelly in her life. Can you really blame her for putting her potions to not-so-good use and stirring up trouble?


Enjoy

3 comments:

  1. Thanks! I grabbed Immortal Coil. :D

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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  2. I'm going to try the dragon book, Immortal Coil. Thanks for sharing!

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