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Texas State Historical Association -- all ebooks free!!

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:09:36 GMT

*Every TSHA-curated eBook now available to download for FREE* I'll have to use the *A* word here. This is really awesome. I have a number of the books aready, but I'm jumping in as we speak to grab more. You don't have to be a member, best I can tell, but you have to enter your name and email, and in return get an email with the PDF you picked. ---Quote--- Dear Texas History Lover, TSHA has launched our NEW! online eBook catalog. Featuring every eBook TSHA currently offers, the catalog will be updated with all future releases. The best part? You can download every eBook for FREE. TSHA eBooks are curated by Handbook Staff and draw from our acclaimed historical publications, such as the Handbook of Texas and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Each eBook provides an account of important people, places, and events in Texas history, on topics ranging from battles of the Texas Revolution to the evolution of the state's musical legacy. I invite you to browse our full list of eBooks, as well as read and write reviews on all of the selections you make. Each eBook will be delivered directly to your email inbox to download at your convenience. Choose from one of our three featured eBooks below or peruse the entire catalog today. ---End Quote--- eBooks (https://www.tshaonline.org/ebooks/?utm_campaign=ebook_menu&utm_medium=email&utm_source=non_mem_5_23_17)



Free (Kindle) John Russell Fearn Omnibus [Vintage Golden Age Sci-Fi Collection]

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:01:18 GMT

*John Russell Fearn Omnibus* by the late British author John Russell Fearn (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?465), Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Russell_Fearn), SFE (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/fearn_john_russell)), edited by British author Philip Harbottle (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?25318), SFE (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/harbottle_philip)), is an omnibus edition of his vintage science fiction tales, comprising 2 short story collections + 4 novellas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint. This contains Volumes 1 & 2 of The Best of John Russell Fearn short story collections (both originally published in 2001 by Wildside Press' Cosmos imprint, with introductory essays by Philip Harbottle), and the novellas Waters of Eternity, War of the Scientists, Secret of the Buried City, The Multillionth Chance, which were printed in assorted venues between the 1930s & 1960s. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/John-Russell-Fearn-Omnibus-ebook/dp/B06XXN897H/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* A collection of six major works by science-fiction pioneer John Russell Fearn are now available in this special omnibus edition. The Best of John Russell Fearn Volume 1 Seven classic stories written by John Russell Fearn from science fiction’s golden age, selected from Amazing Stories, Astounding Stories, Science Fiction, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and Weird Tales. The Best of John Russell Fearn Volume 2 Fascinated by the scientific theories of James Jeans, and hugely influenced by the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Fearn explores cosmogony, human relationships, and the dangers of meddling with science through this collection of short stories. Waters of Eternity Life on Mars takes a terrifying turn as Rad and his partner Invia realise that the resources of the planet have grown scarce. Forced into action, they turn to the only option they have left – a complex water compound of immense power and great danger… War of the Scientists When a newly-colonized Mars decides to rise up against its Earth-based predecessors, all hell breaks loose. And things go from bad to worse when they launch an atmosphere-compromising particle beam that could lead to a galactic war… Secret of the Buried City When Rodney Marlow purchases a new plot of land, he thinks he has struck gold. A perfect idyll, out in the countryside. But all that is about to change… As he ventures further into the cavern, Rodney uncovers something that he would never have expected: a secret city under the Earth... The Multillionth Chance When a freak accident during an experiment causes a mysterious girl to appear, scientists are left wondering where she came from and why they cannot understand her. She turns out to be from an ancient, astral civilisation and her materialisation is down to the magic of entropy - the multillionth chance.



Free (Kindle) Scotland Yard Casebook by Joan Lock [19th-20th C UK Police History]

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:00:26 GMT

*Scotland Yard Casebook* by British author Joan Lock (SYKM (http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/L_Authors/Lock_Joan.html), Fantastic Fiction (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/l/joan-lock/)), herself a former policewoman, is her accessibly-written history of early policing in the UK, focusing especially on the creation of the Criminal Investigation Department which replaced the scandal-ridden Detective Branch, and its early cases as well as the decades following, during which various crime-solving technologies and innovations were adopted, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press. This was originally published in 1993 by Robert Hale under the title Scotland Yard Casebook: The Making of the CID, 1865-1935. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Scotland-Yard-Casebook-Joan-Lock-ebook/dp/B00V3HRPMK/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* In 1878 the Criminal Investigation Department replaced Scotland Yard's corrupt and discredited Detective Branch. In this classic story of the early days of detection, Joan Lock tells the fascinating story of the creation of the CID, the scandal which preceded it, and the successes and failures of the new organization, including early cases such as the four murders by Ernest Southey, the ferocious outbreak of dockland killings in 1869 and the more familiar Bravo, Neill Cream and Jack the Ripper crimes. She describes Scotland Yard's gradual, if sometimes tardy, acceptance of identification and communication aids such as photography, the telegraph, telephone, Bertillon's anthropometric measurements and the fingerprint system. First World War spy and Dear John jealousy murders were followed by Roaring Twenties' swindles and the arrival of motor car bandits — which in turn led to the formation of the Flying Squad and the adoption of mobile wireless telegraphy. The introduction of women detectives is also discussed and the difficulties they experienced in establishing their place in a male dominated force. Joan Lock closes the gap between the academic police historian and the writer of popular true crime, making this book a fascinating read for crime experts and the general reader alike.



Free (Kindle) Nicor! by Peter Tremayne [Oil Rig Crew vs Sea Monster Horror Thriller]

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:50:51 GMT

*Nicor!* by British author Peter Tremayne (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1519), Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Berresford_Ellis)), perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma mystery series, is his standalone monster horror thriller, this one pitting the crew of an oil rig in the Caribbean against a deep sea creature that may or may not also be a demon, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint. This was originally published in 1987 by Sphere. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Nicor-Peter-Tremayne-ebook/dp/B06XP2BGX9/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Nicor the mythical water demon… The monsters straddled the bay, giant black rowers, spurring flame far into the tropical night. From the belly of each a long, sharp proboscis stabbed down into the sea bed… Oil rigs. Slashing, whirling teeth biting greedily into the ocean floor, sucking deeply of its secrets. Secrets that should have remained forever buried in those peaceful waters. Oscar Blumen, a drilling superintendent is working aboard one such oil rig - ES 127. A semi-submersible anchored in the Caribbean Sea. His job, and the job of his fellow employees aboard the oil rig, is to drill a new hole… For in those Caribbean depths lurked something beyond the feeble powers of man, an abomination that the oilmen's relentless probing would provoke into a violent frenzy of retribution and surging… Amid murders, disappearances, police investigations and mysterious attacks on the oil rig itself, the crew must fight for their lives against a seemingly unreal and unbelievable monster…



Free (Kindle) Thalia by Frances Faviell [Vintage Literary 1930s Expat Coming of Age]

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:39:44 GMT

*Thalia* by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late British author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical literary coming of age/journey of self-discovery drama novel set during the 1930s, starring a young London art student who travels to France to act as the paid companion to a woman whose husband is stationed in India, and befriends the troubled teenaged daughter of the family as they both experience the pains of growing up in various ways, as well as assorted excursions in France, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press. This has previously been offered free in 2016. This was originally published in 1957 by Cassell, and this reprint edition contains a bonus newspaper story originally published in the London Evening Standard in 1957 and teased as a “guess if it's fact or fiction” piece, The Unininvited Guest, set in India, which the author visited during her travels in the 1930s.. You can also read more about the history of the late author and this particular novel in this tribute post (http://furrowedmiddlebrow.blogspot.ca/2016/07/frances-faviell-house-on-rhine-1956.html) over at the publisher's sub-imprint blog. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Thalia-Frances-Faviell-ebook/dp/B01LY5KCYP/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Recovering from an illness, Rachel, an 18-year-old art student at the Slade in London, is advised to spend a year in a warm climate. She agrees to go to France to act as companion to Cynthia, a delicate, temperamental woman whose husband is in India, and her two children, troubled 15-year-old Thalia and spoiled young Claude. Thalia quickly becomes devoted to Rachel, but their friendship is strained by Rachel’s romance with the son of a well-to-do Breton family. Though it’s the awkward, emotional Thalia who lends the novel its title, it’s Rachel on whom the novel centers, poignantly telling the tale of her sad first love, her dawning awareness of the vagaries and dishonesties of social life, and the tragedy she is powerless to prevent. Set in Brittany in the mid-1930s, with an excursion to the cafés and artists’ studios of Montparnasse, Thalia is a dramatic and poignant tale by the author of A Chelsea Concerto. It includes an afterword by the author’s son, John Parker, and other supplementary material.



Free (Kindle) The Fledgeling by Frances Faviell [Vintage Literary Desertion Drama]

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:36:24 GMT

*The Fledgeling* by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late British author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas is her vintage standalone literary personal drama novel starring a habitual attempted military deserter from the British National Service, this one tracing the aftermath of just one day following his third desertion, which he intends to make permanent, and all the people he seeks out and the various impacts of his decision upon himself and the people around him in the wake of it, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press. This has previously been offered free in 2016. This was originally published in 1958 by Cassell, and includes a bonus facsimile image of a review slip included in the first edition hardcover copies sent out by the original publisher. You can also read more about the history of the late author and this particular novel in this tribute post (http://furrowedmiddlebrow.blogspot.ca/2016/07/frances-faviell-house-on-rhine-1956.html) over at the publisher's sub-imprint blog. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Fledgeling-Frances-Faviell-ebook/dp/B01LZ5FZLU/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Neil Collins is going AWOL from his National Service – for the third time. Twice he has served time for previous desertions and been sent back, despite being hopelessly unsuited to military life. This time, terrorized by a bullying fellow soldier determined to escape himself, Neil intends to make his escape a permanent one. He heads to London, to the dreary, claustrophobic rooms where his twin sister, Nonie, and their dying grandmother live, periodically invaded by prying neighbours, a little girl who has befriended Mrs Collins, a curious social worker, and other uninvited visitors. The Fledgeling (1958) traces the single day following Neil’s desertion, and its impacts on Neil, Nonie, the tough-as-nails Mrs Collins, and others. Each of the characters comes vividly alive in Faviell’s sensitive and observant prose. At times containing all the tension of a thriller, at others a profound drama of familial turmoil, Faviell’s third and final novel is dramatic, compelling, and emotionally wrenching. This new edition features an afterword by Frances Faviell’s son, John Parker, and additional supplementary material.



Free (nook/Kindle/iTunes) Call of Madness by Julie Dean Smith [Magic Restore Fantasy]

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:27:25 GMT

*Call of Madness* by Julie Dean Smith (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1579), SFE (http://sf-encyclopedia.uk/fe.php?nm=smith_julie_dean)) is the 1st novel in her A Caithan Crusade quartet of epic fantasy set in a land where use of magic is supposed to cause madness in those born to it left untrained, and is in conflict with the local religion as well as being banned, this one starring a princess discovering her dangerous inherent talent which must she must learn to master, as well as the divided loyalties between her duty to the kingdom—where persons born with magic are traditionally executed upon discovery—and those who wish her to champion and lead them out of their long persecution and restore wizardry to the realm, free for a limited time courtesy of the Jabberwocky Literary Agency, an backlist author/agent consortium who incidentally have one of my favourite sfnal backlist catalogues from the works of their many enjoyable clients. This was originally published in 1990 by Ballantine's Del Rey imprint. Currently free @ B&N (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/call-of-madness-julie-dean-smith/1102237466?ean=9781625670205), Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Call-Madness-Caithan-Crusade-Book-ebook/dp/B017WO5A7E/) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Julie_Dean_Smith_Call_of_Madness?id=YOdsBwAAQBAJ) & iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/call-of-madness/id1058961558?mt=11) (all available to Canadians, and pretty much every place was free worldwide when I spot-checked assorted iTunes regional stores which had it in their catalogue). Price-drop-check linkage for Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/call-of-madness-1), which will probably get this like it did the previous Jabberwocky offering. :fingersx: *Description* Great power commands a great price... Magic has been forbidden in Caithe for 200 years and those born with magic—the Lorngeld—are considered the devil’s children. The Lorngeld are ruthlessly executed by the Caithan Church before they can be corrupted by mind-plague—the volatile madness that afflicts untrained wizards. Only King Kelwyn, artificially gifted with borrowed magic, is exempt from punishment. His daughter may not be so lucky. Impertinent and rebellious, Princess Athaya prefers to spend her time gambling and drinking rather than courting would-be suitors. Discovering that she is a natural-born wizard is an unwelcome surprise. But there are those who believe it is a gift, and that an adept of Athaya’s inherent ability may be an opportunity to finally lead the Lorngeld out of persecution. Torn between loyalty to her kingdom, her duty to the Lorngeld, and her own impulsive heart, Athaya must harness her burgeoning magic before it drives her mad, and learn to wield its power before those who fear it—and those who envy it—can destroy her.



Free (Kindle) Fast-Draw Law by Chuck Mason [Wanted Gunslinger Second Chance Western]

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:20:51 GMT

*Fast-Draw Law* by Chuck Mason, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?116971), SFE (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/rowland_donald_s)), is his vintage standalone historical western action adventure novel, this one another second chance outlaw tale (sometimes I start to think they group their offerings thematically :chinscratch:), starring a lethal gunman of relative decency who took out baddies but never resorted to murder, attempting to right the wrongs in a local area by helping out a troubled girl who reminds him of his own tragic past, with the law after him for his earlier deeds, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint. This was originally published in 1974 by Northumberland Press. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Fast-Draw-Law-Chuck-Mason-ebook/dp/B06XCDKH69/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* The law will always catch up with you… Lobo Johnson was a gunman with a price on his head. He was a killer, but he drew the line at murder. His victims were violent men, murderers and renegades. He had been set upon his present path by the tragic circumstances that engulfed his youth, and he carved a lonely trail through the West. But with a history like his, the law wanted Lobo as much as they wanted the men he slew. Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, everything changes when he rides into Deer Creek in Kansas. As soon as he meets Beth Anders, he forgets his golden rule in a desperate attempt to save a girl in trouble. But Beth’s troubles are all too reminiscent of Lobo’s own tragic past and it’s not long before things hit a bit too close to home. Can Lobo put right the wrongs in Deer Creek, without putting himself in the hands of the hangman? Or will his first attempt to do the right thing ultimately backfire and do more harm than good? Will Lobo remain true to the Fast-Draw Law, or will he meet a tragic end?



Free (Kindle) Guilty Colts by Denis Hughes [Post-Robbery Troubles Outlaw Western]

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:19:21 GMT

*Guilty Colts* by the late British author Denis Hughes (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?6962), SFE (http://sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/hughes_denis)) is his vintage standalone historical western action adventure novel, this one a second chance outlaw tale starring a man who scored big from a robbery, only to experience troubles afterward, which he tries to sort out and start a new life, if he can, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint. This was originally published in 1953 by Herbert Jenkins. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Guilty-Colts-Denis-Hughes-ebook/dp/B01JB8QQZE/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* It will be a wipe-out or nothing... Those were Quinn Benson's words when he planned the biggest hold-up of his career. And so it proved; but not quite in the way that Benson intended. He got the gold alright, but with it came a whole heap of trouble. A heist of this scale will always attract unwanted attention and gold-lust, and it’s not long before Benson is unsure who he can trust. But with a man who has a score to settle and a girl to whom love meant more than vengeance waiting in the wings, will Benson be able to pull it off after all? Alamo Day is a remorseless, gun-sure cowboy with a grudge. Despite being hardened by the torture of losing someone at the hand of the wicked Scayne, Alamo's cold facade is gradually broken down by the vibrant and fearless Lindy. With hope of a new future, will Alamo be able to finally settle the score, put old grudges, and old enemies to bed and start a new life? Or will the villainy of the badlands crush any hope of vindication and maybe even...love? Guilty Colts is a ruthless tale of the hardships of the life of outlaws and survival in the badlands, perfect for fans of Zane Grey.



Free (Kindle) The Sheriff of Elk Ridge by Mason Macrae [Town Water Shortage Western]

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:38:19 GMT

*The Sheriff of Elk Ridge* by Mason Macrae, a pseudonym for the late James L. Rubel, is his vintage standalone historical western action adventure novel, this one the tale of a newly-appointed deputy sheriff struggling with the desire to uphold the law, which is rather laxly applied locally, even as his friends and enemies seem bent on breaking it, and just to make things more interesting, the town has a water crisis which needs to be solved, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint. This was originally published in 1936 by Sovereign, and happens to be the 4th one we've gotten thus far which has an ominous water shortage going on as a key part of the blurbed plot :dry: (to be fair, most of them were written over a period of decades). Although this one doesn't seem to have some nefarious landowner secretly causing it… or does it? :chinscratch: Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Sheriff-Elk-Ridge-Macrae-Mason-ebook/dp/B01LZAMT4W/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* The town of Elk Ridge needs saving from itself…. There’s not enough water being provided by the local dam, Sheriff Laatsch is letting outlaws go free and the town’s banker is crooked. Flip Nickerson is college educated and has a promising future. But his best friend Red Kyle is being branded an outlaw and in the Old West, when you’re called an outlaw, it doesn’t take long before you’re forced to live up to your name. When Flip is offered the chance to become deputy sheriff he can’t pass up the opportunity. He swears an oath to uphold the law – but what does this mean for the future of his friendship with the now outlaw Red? And it’s not long before Flip realises that as an authority in the town, you quickly have more enemies than you have friends. To make things worse, the love of his life Grace has a brother hell-bent on breaking the law. And when Flip gets elected The Sheriff of Elk Ridge – rather than just deputy – he has a choice to make – does he go easy on his friends, or does he live by the oath that he swore? The town’s water crisis needs solving, and outlaws need catching. One thing is for sure, lives will be lost. But will Flip Nickerson be able to save Elk Ridge, keep his friends, and get the girl? The Sheriff of Elk Ridge is a classic tale of the Old West, where trouble is never too far away…



Free (Kindle) Ôrinstar by Peter Helton [Diacritically Epic Artifact Quest Fantasy]

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:31:59 GMT

*Ôrinstar* (apparently officially *The Ôrinstar of Angâron* on the inside credits of the book) by German expat UK resident author Peter Helton (SYKM (http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/H_Authors/Helton_Peter.html), Fantastic Fiction (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/h/peter-helton/)), who seems to be the actual mystery author branching out into exploring strange new genres and seeking out new tales and new audiences (and not just a coincidental namesake), is the 1st novel in his Dark Hunger series of epic fantasy set in the traditional realm with the quest for the magical doohickey to free the peons from the dominion of the dark lord, this one forming a party containing a dwarf, a witch, a conjurer, the apparent Chosen One, and his best buddy, all of whom appear to have what I hope are functional diacritics in their names (insert obligatory Monty Python joke about being bitten by å møøse), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint. This is one of Venture's original publications by newer (or at least new-to-the-genre, and it's always nice to see people with some degree of skill, or at least a string of previously officially published works—which have presumably been enjoyed by the Gentle Readers who keep buying them—trying their hand at sfnal stuff, and hopefully this one is decent even if it does look like it went and tried every branch on the standard fantasy trope tree*) authors. I like how the blurb describes their quest as “hopeless” even though they'll probably triumph in the end. That bit is different, at least. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Orinstar-Peter-Helton-ebook/dp/B06W5XCF5S/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* In a world wrought with darkness and swarming with the evil forces of the dark lord, Únghôr, the realm of Angâron is the last bastion of free peoples, not yet under Únghôr’s dominion. A dwarf by the name of Dáblik, escaping a losing battle on the continent of Táres, is sent by the wizard Vîndhar through a World Gate to Angâron in search of Ándra who, unbeknown to himself, holds the key to saving Angâron from destruction. Dáblik finds Ándra lingering in the debtor’s jail of the local baron. The dwarf enlists the help of Sórin, Ándra’s closest friend, to break him out and their hopeless quest begins. With the help of the mysterious and enchanting witch, Élhima, and the down-at-heel conjuror, Rôkin, they manage to escape from the baron’s prison and flee into the vast Latwood. Yet it is not only the baron’s men who hunt them; the real danger stalking them is a nárôgh, a terrifying dark mage, sent by Únghôr to devour Angâron’s last hope. Hard on their heels too are other servants of the enemy, and not all are easily recognised (or as ugly) as woodgoblins and tunnel ogres. To his dismay Ándra finds that his fate is closely bound up with that of the witch Élhima and the desperate fight to defend Angâron. Together they must uncover a repository of power called the Ôrinstar, their only hope to defeat the forces now being mustered against Angâron. But what is the Ôrinstar? And how can they hope to find in time a thing they know so little about? As the world darkens around them and they are pressed hard by the agents of the enemy, they must learn to rely on each other’s strengths and talents, make strange alliances and learn to tread dangerous paths. * Probably located in the Latwood, which what with being the only unaccented name of the lot, is clearly either a utopian sanctuary or a place of great and terrible evil; I can't even begin to guess which.



Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Jeremiah: Taking a Stand [Xtian Bible Study]

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:29:20 GMT

*Jeremiah: Taking a Stand for the Truth* by Warren W. Wiersbe is another installment in his Wiersbe Bible Study series of study guides cum derived life lessons accompanying his BE series of bible commentary, this one covering the titular book of the Old Testament, free for a limited time courtesy of Christian publisher David C. Cook. Currently free, probably just for the rest of the day @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Wiersbe-Bible-Study-Jeremiah-Taking-ebook/dp/B0070W2UH2/) (available to Canadians & in the UK), Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/ebook/the-wiersbe-bible-study-series-jeremiah-taking-a-stand-for-the-truth) & iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/the-wiersbe-bible-study-series-jeremiah/id499628436?mt=11) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Warren_W_Wiersbe_The_Wiersbe_Bible_Study_Series_Je?id=Nwsc4WOMHNgC) (all available to Canadians), ChristianBook (https://www.christianbook.com/wiersbe-series-jeremiah-taking-truth-ebook/warren-wiersbe/9780781408196/pd/24438EB?event=eBooks|1000449) (DRM-free ePub hypothetically available to selected countries if they ever get around to allowing downloads of the freebies again) and possibly other venues listed on the publisher's catalogue page (http://www.dccebooks.com/products/the-wiersbe-bible-study-series-jeremiah) *Description* Hundreds of years before Christ's birth, the people of Judah were in full rebellion. Influenced by the pagan culture surrounding them, the Israelites began to worship idols instead of the one true God. As their depravity grew and destruction loomed, a lone prophet was given an enormous task: call God's people back to Him. The Wiersbe Bible Study Series explores timeless wisdom found in God's Word. Based on Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's popular "BE" series of commentaries, each study provides topical, relevant insights from selected books of the Bible. Designed for small groups or individuals, this eight-week study examines events that led to the fall of Isreal, while exploring the heart and mission of a prophet who made a decision to stand for the Lord no matter what.



Free (Kindle) Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic [20th C Literary Author Biography]

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:28:37 GMT

*Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic* by Carl Rollyson (Macmillan author profile (https://us.macmillan.com/author/carlrollyson)), a professor of journalism at the City University of New York, is his biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning literary author (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Mailer)), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Odyssey imprint. This was originally published in 1991 by Paragon House under the title The Lives of Norman Mailer: A Biography, and and later reprinted in 2008 by the author himself via self-publishing service iUniverse, in an updated version with extra material covering Mailer's later prehumous work. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Norman-Mailer-Romantic-Carl-Rollyson-ebook/dp/B071CW19QV/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic gets at the sources of Mailer’s obsession with violence, whilst also portraying a major literary figure in the making. From his fabulous debut war novel,The Naked and the Dead to his final bid for literary fame,The Castle in the Forest, a brooding foray into 20th century evil, Rollyson reveals all. Born to Isaac ‘Barney’ Mailer, a Lithuanian-Jewish immigrant from South Africa, and his wife Fanny on 31st January, 1923, Mailer was already showing signs of greatness at the tender age of six. Impressing his teachers, his mother soon realised that Mailer had great prospects; only helped by the fact that he was a good-looking boy with a personality that drew people to him. From an early age, Mailer was comfortable talking about all manner of topics and his underlying obsession with violence and sex merged into his personal life. Married many times, Mailer was unable to keep his desires at bay and had a total of nine children from all his marriages, though his relationships with women were not limited to his wives… Norman Mailer: The Last Romanticshows the great Norman Mailer in an entirely new and focused light, revealing all the trials and tribulations of his life and the successes of his many works.



Free (Kindle) The Parasite by Ramsey Campbell [Award-Win Paranormal Horror Fantasy]

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:26:12 GMT

*The Parasite* by British author Ramsey Campbell (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?141), Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsey_Campbell)), a frequent recipient of the British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, is his vintage standalone paranormal fantasy horror thriller which the quoted blurb praise from Stephen King describes as Lovecraftian, starring a seemingly ordinary woman whose psychic powers are sparked after a brush with the occult at a party, which she begins to explore, even as they take on a disturbing turn as they grow, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint. This was originally published in 1980 by Millington under the title To Wake the Dead, and was later reprinted by Macmillan under its current title. This is one of his BFA wins, for the 1981 August Derleth Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Parasite-Ramsey-Campbell-ebook/dp/B06XKFRC5Z/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Rose Tierney and her husband Bill are successful writers, picking apart films and enlightening the masses. They are invited to New York to talk business and get invited to a party where one of the guests, a quiet Diana, is interested in the occult. Bill has a tarot card reading and dismisses it out of hand, but when it’s Rose’s turn, it sparks something in her. That night, she has an odd out-of-body experience and is attacked by an unknown force. Diana, through a premonition, found Rose and helped her back to her apartment to recover. The assault seems to waken her dormant psychic powers, and Diana excitedly encourages Rose to pursue them, to learn how to master them. Rose quickly begins experiencing premonitions and discovers that her self can leave her body, later discovering all the intricacies of astral projection. At first frightened by her newfound powers, she soon begins to explore, both her own abilities and the world that they belong to. She soon discovers that her sinister feeling greenhouse, Hitler and the Nazis, and her quiet hometown all seem to have something in common. As her powers grow, her relationships with those around her grow increasingly turbulent. Rose Tierney is no longer alone in her own body, and her newfound powers belong not to her, but to that Other. The evil seed that was planted in Rose twenty years ago is about to flower.



Free (Kindle) The Lost Planet by Angus MacVicar [Vintage YA Sci-Fi Space Adventure]

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:14:49 GMT

*The Lost Planet* by the late Scottish author Angus MacVicar (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?111388), Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_MacVicar), SFE (http://sf-encyclopedia.com/Entry/macvicar_angus)), perhaps best known for his crime thrillers, is the 1st novel in his Jeremy Grant series of vintage juvenile science fiction adventures starring a suddenly-orphaned teen who goes to live the obligatory eccentric uncle who turns out to be a secret spaceship-inventing scientist, this installment giving the story on all that as they embark on their first spacefaring mission, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Venture imprint. This was originally published in 1953 by Burke, and apparently these were extremely popular and adapted to TV and radio serials, back in the day. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Planet-Angus-MacVicar-ebook/dp/B0158VH1OI/) (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program) *Description* Sixteen year old Jeremy Grant, born in Australia, comes to live with his uncle Dr. Lachlan McKinnon in Inverard, Scotland, following the sudden death of his parents. On his arrival, Janet Campbell, his uncle’s pretty secretary, also a science student, meets him at the train station and Jeremy takes an instant liking to her. On their journey to Jeremy’s uncle’s house, Janet gives him an overview of the inhabitants. Jeremy is fascinated to learn that there is a deep secret guarded beyond the electric fence at his uncle’s residence. Jeremy spends his first night in silence. With his uncle too busy to pay much attention to him, he has his evening meal alone, with just the friendly cook, Miss Smith, as intermittent company. The silence is shattered by something that sounds like the wail of a banshee … a long-drawn, piercing wail … Over the next few days, Jeremy learns his uncle has built a spaceship, one of a kind, rivalled only by a European called Hermanoff. McKinnon is aware that Hermanoff may have planted a spy within his team of workmen and, with only a few days to go until launch, he becomes aware of potential sabotage attempts. With Jeremy’s help, McKinnon must strive to keep his work secret and safe. McKinnon soon realises his nephew is no longer a young boy and extends his invitation of travelling to new frontiers to Jeremy. Beyond excited at the prospect of a new discovery, Jeremy does all he can to ensure he is knowledgeable about spaceflight. Shadowing Janet, he soon becomes familiar with the mechanics of the spaceship. With the launch imminent, a certain fear amongst the travellers takes over the household. Will they reach their destination? The mythic planet Hesikos… What will they find there? … Can they survive? … Will they ever come home? The Lost Planet is a thrilling science fiction adventure tale, filled with trials and tribulations, wonder and calamity, as Jeremy, McKinnon and company endeavour to make their voyage into the great unknown.