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Free (Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Owning Violet [Family Business Heiress Seduction Romance]

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:18:40 GMT

*Owning Violet* by Monica Murphy (Fantastic Fiction (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/monica-murphy/)) is the 1st novel in her Fowler Sisters series of f/m contemporary romance, starring the dutiful daughter devoted to running the family business, who has the obligatory fling with the mysteriously seductive bad boy who may have a nefarious ulterior motive in approaching her, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline's Headline imprint. Currently free @ Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Owning-Violet-Fowler-Sisters-1-ebook/dp/B00OPZ0IM6/), iTunes UK (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/owning-violet-the-fowler-sisters-1/id931838699?mt=11), Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Monica_Murphy_Owning_Violet_The_Fowler_Sisters_1?id=a7HsBAAAQBAJ), Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/owning-violet-the-fowler-sisters-1/) (available to the UK, EU, South America & Japan when I spot-checked assorted regional stores, YMMV) Unlikely to cross the pond, since these are out from Bantam in North America. *Description* Monica Murphy, the New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend, begins a sexy contemporary romance series - perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase - that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves. One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and she's hooked. Violet Fowler has moved through life doing what's expected of her. The dutiful middle daughter, she's devoted herself to her family's business empire, Fleur Cosmetics, and the ambitious man who would one day run it with her. That is until the offer of a promotion exposes his disloyalty - and leaves her alone. But another man is waiting for Violet. Wanting Violet. He has an overwhelming thirst for success. He's ruthless. And mysterious. Violet knows nothing about Ryder McKay except the fact that he makes her feel things she's never experienced before. And soon she's willing to risk all to be with him - her heart, her soul...her everything. For more of the fabulous Fowler Sisters look for Stealing Rose and Taming Lily. Don't miss Monica's emotionally powerful One Week Girlfriend series: One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises, Drew + Fable Forever and Four Years Later and her breathtaking Reverie Series.



Free (Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Vicious Cycle [Schoolteacher/Motorcycle Club Biker Romance]

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:13:40 GMT

*Vicious Cycle* by Katie Ashley (Fantastic Fiction (https://www.ffadultsonly.com/a/katie-ashley/)) is the 1st novel in her Vicious Cycle series of f/m contemporary biker romance starring a tough motorcycle club member who apparently finds out he has a secret daughter, and the schoolteacher who is apparently not the secret mother, to whom they both form an attachment, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline's Eternal imprint. Currently free @ Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vicious-Cycle-1-ebook/dp/B00S53JF9G/), iTunes UK (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/vicious-cycle-vicious-cycle-1/id957354965?mt=11), Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Katie_Ashley_Vicious_Cycle_Vicious_Cycle_1?id=vygnBgAAQBAJ), Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/vicious-cycle-vicious-cycle-1) (available to the UK, EU, South America & Japan when I spot-checked assorted regional stores, YMMV) Unlikely to cross the pond, since these are out from Penguin's Berkley imprint in North America. *Description* For fans of Sons of Anarchy, Kristen Ashley, Madeline Sheehan and Joanna Wylde. New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley revs up the danger and sexual tension in her Vicious Cycle biker romance series. Deacon Malloy's life is dedicated to the Hell's Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps. Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students - but there's always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There's an aura of sadness about her, a girl in need of all the love Alexandra can give. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra's search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers...and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight. The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, he has to have her in his bed - and he's never met a woman yet who couldn't be persuaded. No matter how attracted she is to Deacon, Alexandra refuses to be just another conquest. But it's Deacon himself who could be seduced - into a brighter future for himself, his daughter, and the woman he's falling for against all odds. Want more sexy, gritty biker romance? Return to the dangerous and seductive world of the Hells Raiders motorcycle club in Redemption Road and Last Mile.



Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Be Holy (Leviticus) [Xtian Bible Commentary Advice]

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:05:22 GMT

*Be Holy (Leviticus): Becoming “Set Apart” For God* by Warren W. Wiersbe is another installment in his BE series of bible commentary cum derived life lessons, this one focusing on the titular Old Testament volume, free for a limited time courtesy of Christian publisher David C. Cook. Currently free, probably just for the next couple of days @ B&N (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/be-holy-warren-w-wiersbe/1112017016?ean=9781434702654) & Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Be-Holy-Leviticus-Becoming-Commentary-ebook/dp/B005S9KMIS/) (not available to Canadians) & Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/ebook/be-holy-leviticus-becoming-set-apart-for-god) & iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/be-holy-leviticus/id505306033?mt=11) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Warren_W_Wiersbe_Be_Holy_Leviticus?id=Ab1KQKXsyRYC) (all available to Canadians), ChristianBook (https://www.christianbook.com/holy-becoming-apart-for-god-ebook/warren-wiersbe/9781434702654/pd/21467EB) (DRM-free ePub hypothetically available to selected countries if they ever get around to allowing downloads of the freebies again), and possibly also other venues listed on the publisher's catalogue page (http://www.dccebooks.com/products/be-holy-leviticus) null *Description* Discover what matters most to God. We serve a holy God. And as His children, God longs for us to pursue a life that is pleasing to Him. But what does this look like? The book of Leviticus provides the answer. Originally written for the ancient Israelites, Leviticus continues to offer timeless principles for living that remain relevant to believers today. This study examines those principles, and explores how we can cultivate holiness in our daily lives. Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s best-selling “BE” commentary series, BE Holy has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe shares that personal purity matters a great deal to God. You’ll find a fresh appreciation for the holiness of God, and be challenged to continually grow into the likeness of our Savior.



Free (DRM-free) Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas [Victorian Society Roles Romance]

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:15:42 GMT

*Mine Till Midnight* by Lisa Kleypas (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Kleypas)) is the 1st novel in her Hathaways series of f/m Victorian historical romance centred around the members of a family suddenly elevated to the aristocracy, this installment starring the responsible eldest daughter struggling to adjust to their change in status and the increased social expectations thereof, and the unconventional man she turns to for help in adapting to high society, who begins to desire something more than the friendship originally intended, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan's St. Martin's Press imprint. This is Macmillan's Heroes and Heartbreakers community's featured eBook Club of the Month selection for September. Apparently this follows up on a character from a novel in a previous series, The Wallflowers #3, Devil in Winter, and the editorial reviews say that the author deals with the hero's part-Roma heritage and the ways it makes him a misfit in society with relative sensitivity (although the customer reviews seem to mention other apparently frustrating issues with the romantic relationship, so YMMV). Currently free through 11:59 PM Eastern Time September 4th @ the community's promo page (http://ebookclub.heroesandheartbreakers.com/) (DRM-free ePub & Mobi officially available to Canada & the US only, due to publisher geo-restrictions; requires newsletter signup with valid email address) and you can follow along with the book club discussion via their dedicated blog tag here (http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/features/series/romance-book-club). *Description* When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan. Wealthy beyond most men's dreams, Cam has tired of society's petty restrictions and longs to return to his "uncivilized" Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter….in Lisa Kleypas's Mine Till Midnight.



Free (Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) The Summer Guest [Irish Expat Visitor Family Saga Literary]

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:57:26 GMT

*The Summer Guest* by Irish author Emma Hannigan (Fantastic Fiction (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/h/emma-hannigan/)) is her standalone contemporary literary/women's fiction novel which is a heartwarming cross-generational family saga set in Ireland, exploring the growing bonds between strangers as a couple who have been restoring an old house receive a visit from a recently-bereaved elderly widow returning from America to see her childhood home, and forge an unexpected friendship, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline's Review imprint. Currently free @ Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Guest-Emma-Hannigan-ebook/dp/B00EKHO5R8/), iTunes UK (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-summer-guest/id688778097?mt=11), Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Emma_Hannigan_The_Summer_Guest?id=YP2iAgAAQBAJ), Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-summer-guest-2/) (available to the UK, EU, South America & Japan when I spot-checked assorted regional stores, YMMV) *Description* Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy, a lovely, warm, Irish family saga of three generations of women coming together one magical summer in the small seaside town of Caracove Bay. A little magic is about to come to sleepy Caracove Bay... Lexie and her husband Sam have spent years lovingly restoring No. 3 Cashel Square to its former glory. So imagine Lexie's delight when a stranger knocks on the door, asking to see the house she was born in over sixty years ago. Kathleen is visiting from America, longing to see her childhood home... and longing for distraction from the grief of losing her husband. And as Lexie and Sam battle over whether or not to have a baby and Kathleen struggles with her loss, the two women realise their unexpected friendship will touch them in ways neither could have imagined. In Caracove, there's more than a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.



Free (nook/Kindle/ePub) Sacred Mundane [Xtian Lifestyle Improvement Faith Advice]

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:48:09 GMT

*Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy* by Kari Patterson is her inspirational lifestyle-changing motivational self-help book geared especially towards women, but probably with some advice applicable to all, apparently focusing on a practical everyday approach, free for a limited time courtesy of Christian publisher Kregel. Currently free, probably just for one day @ B&N (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sacred-mundane-kari-patterson/1125623327?ean=9780825487347) & Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Mundane-Kari-Patterson-ebook/dp/B0728JG5L9/) (available to Canadians & in the UK) & Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kari_Patterson_Sacred_Mundane?id=hfwnDwAAQBAJ) (available to Canadians) *Description* What if the key to changing your life--and yourself--is already in your hand? So many women struggle with what to do with their daily lives. They feel trapped in everyday drudgery and disappointment, in dull domestic duties, and in mundane jobs they despise. Where is the abundant, purposeful life they were promised? Kari Patterson shows readers the truth: in each unremarkable life lies an opportunity to see, know, love, and be utterly transformed by a God who meets everyone right where they are. Instead of stepping away from real life to find God, Patterson equips women with a six-step practice to move further in and meet Him in the humdrum moments of everyday existence. And when a woman's inner being is truly changed by the sacred, everything in her world changes too--right down to tackling the dirty dishes. Through entertaining narrative, candid real-life stories, Bible study, and practical instruction, Sacred Mundane guides individuals or small groups to discover the beautiful sacredness in the lives they already lead. Women who long to grow in God and make a real difference in the world--no matter how small--will reach eagerly for this book and the radical transformation it offers.



Free (Kindle) Racing Through Paradise by William F. Buckley [Sailing Travel Memoir]

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:20:57 GMT

*Racing Through Paradise: A Pacific Passage* by the late author William F. Buckley, Jr. (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_F._Buckley_Jr.)), an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his ocean-going sailing travelogue memoir, this time taking him and his son and friends on journeys to various places in the Pacific, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press. This was originally published in 1987 by Random House. We've previously received his 1st ocean-sailing travelogue memoir as a freebie as well: Airborne: A Sentimental Journey (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=289368) Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Racing-Through-Paradise-William-Buckley-ebook/dp/B074KDBRKF/) (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* Racing Through Paradise is the third entry in Bill Buckley’s now classic sailing trilogy. In the best-selling Airborne, he introduced us to his special style of seagoing: episodes of high adventure and high spirits, occasional hardships, companionship, and such luxuries as a sailing craft can hope to have. In Atlantic High, another critically acclaimed best seller, he furthered the form. Now, Buckley takes his son, his friends, and his reader to another ocean, on a four thousand mile run across the Pacific. Each Buckley voyage is distinctive, yet each is an enhancement of earlier journeys. And a journey with Buckley is inevitably an expedition into oddly assorted experiences and comedy, into observation and illumination — into wit and reflection, and into friendships that overcome friction. Here the irrepressible, eloquent, enjoyable Buckley guides us through his beloved Azores, and through the Galapagos (“the Bronx Zoo at the Equator”), about which he inclines more to Melville’s view than to Darwin’s, and through places such as Johnston Atoll, where mysteries and hostile ties await. On a hilarious side adventure, we have a memorable encounter with “The Angel of Craig’s Point.” Some of these episodes were previewed in Life and The New Yorker.



Free (Kindle) Caesar is Dead by Jack Lindsay [Roman Republic Historical Drama Novel]

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:17:23 GMT

*Caesar is Dead* by the late Australian expat UK-resident author Jack Lindsay (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Lindsay)), a prolific author and activist with an early specialty in the Greek and Roman classics, is his vintage historical political drama novel set during the last days of the Republic of ancient Rome, taking place just after the assassination of Julius Caesar, exploring the reactions of the city in mourning and the scheming of competing allies and foes in the ensuing power vacuum, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press. This was originally published in 1934 by The Edinburgh Press. Apparently the author had a rather interesting life and made a lot of contributions to political activism, which in turn apparently influenced his portrayal of various situations in his historical novels. If you are interested, you can read more about them at this write-up of his life (http://www.grahamstevenson.me.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=351:jack-lindsay-&catid=12:l&Itemid=113) or this essay about his historical works (http://www.academia.edu/31219649/Jack_Lindsays_Historical_Writings). Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Caesar-Dead-Jack-Lindsay-ebook/dp/B00WHXZUEY/) (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 Ides of March, 44 BC. Julius Caesar has brought stability to Rome and now must die. According to the conspirators, his closest friends, he has corrupted the political system and is ruling the city as a tyrant. But who or what will fill the power vacuum after he is gone? As different factions of the Roman aristocracy scheme to take control, while the lower classes rage against the loss of their savior figure, Rome is careering towards another civil war. Marcus Brutus is deeply conflicted about his part in the assassination. But the mob is unwilling to forgive such an underhanded betrayal of their hero, even if it was performed with the noblest of intentions. Marcus Antonius, fiercely loyal to Caesar and a consummate soldier, is out of his depth in the shadowy world of political intrigue. His ambitious and manipulative wife Fulvia, however, is pushing him to take control. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and Caesar’s lover, finds her position in Rome very precarious without his protection. Moreover her son by Caesar has not been legally acknowledged and she needs Marcus Antonius on her side ... ‘Caesar is Dead’ masterfully blends fact and fiction, providing a sweeping and imaginative view of the fallout of Caesar’s murder across a cross-section of Roman society.



Free (Kindle) Hell Hath No Fury by Sydney J. Bounds [Murder Framing Mystery Thriller]

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:10:06 GMT

*Hell Hath No Fury* by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1729), Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_James_Bounds), SFE (http://sf-encyclopedia.com/Entry/bounds_sydney_j)) is his vintage mystery/crime thriller starring a San Franciso PI, who is hired to find a woman's missing daughter, who has gotten involved with an unsavoury type who frames her for the murder of an unknown man, in return for which she seeks not justice, but revenge even as the investigator tries to figure out why both “killer” and victim were targeted, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press. This was originally published in 1951 by John Spencer using the pseudonym Rex Marlowe. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Hell-Hath-Fury-Sydney-Bounds-ebook/dp/B074KGPVZ8/) (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* San Francisco has enough crime, but not enough to keep Private Investigator, Sam Spain, busy. With no investigations, Spain is concerned about paying his rent … until Mrs Kline pops in. Spain receives a visit from this little old lady who wants him to find her twenty-two-year-old daughter, Irene, who has been missing for a month … Spain takes the case, knowing it won’t pay his rent. But the investigation takes him on a journey where his rent is the least of his concerns. Staying alive becomes a priority. Spain starts his investigation at Irene’s place of work, the 400 Club. It’s not the kind of place he would expect to find a nice young girl, but San Francisco is a big city, and people change. His encounter at the 400 Club leaves Spain concerned. Ambrose Muir, the manager, is notorious for making trouble. But there’s something strange about Muir and Cabot’s reaction to the knowledge Irene is missing … Spain knows they know more than they claim to. Spain’s investigation takes him to a property where he hopes to find Irene with Hugo Dare. Dare was known to the authorities – he’s as crooked as they can make them. Spain knows Dare is behind several high-profile crimes, but with Dare looking to go into politics, he’s careful to keep his own hands clean. Irene Kline has fallen for Dare. Innocent, she believes Dare when he says he works for the Secret Service and needs her help. But when a man is found murdered in her apartment, Spain recognises Dare’s plans. He just needs to convince the susceptible Irene. But when Irene discovers the truth, all innocence disappears. She wants revenge. Hugo Dare will not get away with what he did to her. Who is the murdered man? And why is Dare so eager to pin the blame on Irene? With the investigation taking a turn for the worse, Irene and Spain fight for their lives … while Dare fights to keep his name clean. A deadly battle ensues …



Free (Kindle) Villa Mimosa by Jerrard Tickell [WWII Literary Rescue Heist Thriller]

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:04:04 GMT

*Villa Mimosa* by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerrard_Tickell)), whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his standalone historical literary fiction heist thriller set during WWII in occupied France, centred around a daring plan to mount a rescue operation for stranded British civilians from an area which had supposedly been safely evacuated, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press. This was originally published in 1960 by Hodder & Stoughton, and has previously been offered free in 2016. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Villa-Mimosa-Jerrard-Tickell-ebook/dp/B01DMB47W0/) (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* When Major Charles Addison — alias Charles Bertin, watch-maker — rode his bicycle along a poplar-lined road in occupied France in 1944, he saw like signal flags a string of feminine undergarments on a clothes line. The area, by order of Field-Marshal Rommel, was one from which all civilians had in theory been evacuated. The house which flew these revealing pennants was the Villa Mimosa, an establishment whose existence was to arouse the greatest interest among the Chiefs of Staff in London. A daring and impudent plan was devised and given the appropriate name of ‘Operation Sabine’. In his true identity, Major Addison returned dangerously to the Villa to snatch away the ladies and their regular visitors and convey them to England. The contribution made to final victory by Lucille, Elsa, Magda, Monique and Golden Mouse was greater than any of them knew. For, under the discreet roof of the Villa Mimosa, deadly political conspiracy had long been combined with wine, women and song. Villa Mimosa is a breath-taking piece of literary fiction set during the epic struggle that was World War Two.



Free (Kindle) Private Spies: Secret World of Industrial Espionage [Vintage History]

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:22:13 GMT

*Private Spies: The Secret World of Industrial Espionage* by the late British author Ronald Payne (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Payne), obituary @ The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/jun/13/ronnie-payne-obituary), obituary @ The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/ronald-payne-acclaimed-foreign-correspondent-8661024.html)), a journalist who was a long-term foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and considered a world authority on espionage and terrorism topics, is his vintage history and then-current affairs topical analysis of industrial spying, apparently concentrated mainly on contemporary (circa the 1960s) case examples, but also referring back to its roots among the attempts to uncover trade secrets of old silk and pottery industries, with some speculation about motivating rationale, prevention, and deterrence, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press. This was originally published in 1967 by Arthur Barker. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Private-Spies-Secret-Industrial-Espionage-ebook/dp/B074JBGL57/) (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* Spying can be a profitable and disruptive business… Espionage isn’t just limited to the fictional world of James Bond, or even the more real worlds of MI5 or the Pentagon. Ronald Payne details the world of Private Spies – men and women who sell and buy company secrets. Just as real and as serious as their more romanticised Government counterparts, Payne details their history, motivations and even resources. From looking at the earliest known stories of private spying, in the silk and pottery industries of old. To the stories of individual spies in modern industries, such as arms and even pharmaceutical companies. Payne shows that far from morally bankrupt, the reasons many private spies “enter” the business, are often more complicated, human and tangible. Even if of course, their actions are downright unethical, immoral or of course, illegal. And the consequences they wreak are often just as harmful as any leaked state secrets. Sometimes, they even overlap on an international scale. But how do you stop such spies who rarely answer to any higher authority? How can you prevent spies stealing patents and ideas, without enacting Orwellian levels of security? And what of the private spies that get away? How can measures be improved to curb and indict these spies? Through his stories, Payne debates these points and more as he unveils a world murkier than any kind of James Bond story could imagine. Though written in the sixties, Payne’s assessment of the world of private spying is still relevant today. And in some cases, rather prophetic…



Free (Kindle) Outlaw With a Badge by Stephen Wilson [Ex-Criminal Blackmail Western]

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:14:58 GMT

*Outlaw With a Badge* by Stephen Wilson is the 3rd novel in his Frank Palmer series of western historical action adventure novels following an orphaned boy as he grows up into and out of a life of crime, this adventure finding him living under an alias to make a fresh start as a rancher cum sheriff's deputy, when a blackmailer threatens to expose his notorious outlaw past unless helped with a new string of robberies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint. This is one of their original publications by a newer author. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Outlaw-Badge-Frank-Palmer-Book-ebook/dp/B01NCDW4NO/) (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 past always comes back to haunt you… Frank Palmer, a former outlaw now going by the alias Mark Cross, is striving to transform his reputation. Once part of the infamous Colter gang, he’s trying to put his life on the run behind him for both himself and his son, Chance. The town of Redemption offered Palmer the chance to rebuild his reputation. With a little ranch of his own and some land, Palmer is content and Chance is safe. Yet Palmer’s past reputation isn’t entirely unknown. The aging sheriff of Redemption, Sheriff Townsend, recognises Palmer from his outlaw days but promises to stay silent if Palmer puts his gun at the service of the law. But it would seem that someone besides Sheriff Townsend knows of Palmer’s past. A string of robberies mimicking the Colter gang’s modus operandi, rekindles Palmer’s past. But if the Colter gang are not responsible, they who is trying to frame them and why? Things take a turn for the worse when a letter arrives, written on the back of Palmer’s old wanted poster, threatening to expose the former outlaw unless he rides to Sacramento. With his son in jeopardy, Palmer has no choice but to follow the instructions. But carrying the Redemption town’s deputy badge gives him no jurisdiction in Sacramento and he soon finds himself in mortal danger. Can he use some of his old tricks to survive? Time is fast running out. Everything could go up in flames at any minute… Outlaw With A Badge is the latest instalment in Stephen Wilson’s thrilling Frank Palmer series, carrying on from Redemption and The Hunt for Frank Palmer.



Free (Kindle) At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by Jerrard Tickell [WWII Literary Thriller]

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:09:35 GMT

*At Dusk All Cats Are Grey* by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerrard_Tickell)), whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage literary fiction espionage thriller novel with tragicomic satirical elements taking place on the then-contemporary eve of WWII, starring a young British woman whose talent for languages gets her in over her head, as the eccentric characters at the advertising agency where she works take on a more sinister cast as they recruit her to inform upon the issues of a group of Austrian refugees, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press's Odyssey imprint. This was originally published in 1940 by Chapman & Hall Ltd and has previously been offered free earlier this year. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Dusk-All-Cats-are-Grey-ebook/dp/B06XWYC5JV/) (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’s not only the cats slinking through the dark… Twenty-two-year-old Joanna Shirley is the only daughter and child of Lady and Sir Robert Shirley and has a great affinity for languages and accents. In fact, while skiing once in Austria, her German was so good that she was arrested by the Gestapo on suspicion of being a spy... But what once seemed a funny story, is now made very much more alarming with rumours that Hitler is edging his way to the Polish border and, feeling that now she must earn her own keep, Joanna moves to London. She soon gets a job at an advertisement firm, which, like London as a whole, is full of strange characters. Joanna soon makes a particular impression on a certain Colonel Seymour – especially with her proficiency in French and German. The colonel wants to know if she’s interested in something a little more profitable and discreet than a receptionist. All she has to do is report back about a group of Austrian refugees… But a sinister darkness is creeping over Europe, and Joanna finds herself unable to recognise the world she once knew so well… A moving and thrilling tale,At Dusk, All Cats Are Grey offers a comic and pathos-filled glimpse into a world readying itself for the Second Great War.



Free (Kindle) Death in Oak Ridge by Chuck Mason [Sheriff vs Serial Killer Western]

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:16:34 GMT

*Death in Oak Ridge* by Chuck Mason, a pseudonym for prolific multi-genre 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 western historical action adventure novel with strong mystery/crime investigation elements, this one apparently the Wild West version of a serial killer thriller as the beleaguered sheriff tries to gather evidence to solve the case of several vicious murders, becoming the obligatory race against time when he learns that his own wife is the next intended victim, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint. This was originally published in 1976 by Robert Hale. Incidentally, by my count we are now at no fewer than 27 freebies across 2 genres from Rowland under various pseudonyms, which is really quite generous of Endeavour in providing a thorough introduction to his vintage and more recent work, which I hope Gentle Readers have been enjoying. :thanks: Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Death-Oak-Ridge-Chuck-Mason-ebook/dp/B01N4WZL01/) (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 killer is on the loose… Lon Renney is the town marshal of Oak Ridge, Kansas, where six townsfolk have been murdered by a vicious killer who leaves no clues to their identity. Even the county sheriff and his tough deputies are unable to uncover evidence, and a shroud of fear and distrust lays thick over the county. Renney soon becomes so frustrated in his vain attempts to catch the killer that he considers turning in his badge in the hope that someone more capable will take over. That is until they discover that the next intended victim is Renney’s future wife, Barbie, who also happens to be the Judge’s daughter… Renney soon finds his own life in danger when he makes contact with the killer on two deadly occasions, each time coming off second best and making a laughing stock of the country law enforcement. But the stakes reach new heights when Barbie goes missing and Renney soon finds himself in a race against time to solve the case before it is too late… Full of dramatic shoot-outs and plenty of action, Death in Oak Ridge is a classic western adventure – a perfect read for fans of Zane Grey.



Free (Kindle) Hideout at Mender's Crossing by John Glasby [Robbery Thwarting Western]

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:07:59 GMT

*Hideout at Mender's Crossing* by the late British author John Glasby (ISFDB (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?6996), Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glasby), obituary at The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/8766379/John-Glasby.html)) is his standalone western historical action adventure novel, this one set in a town taken over outlaws who've grown bold enough to ruthlessly rob a gold train guarded by soldiers, and the Army's special operator sent undercover to infiltrate the town and stop them before they can ambush another, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint. This was originally published in 2010 by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line. Currently free @ Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Hideout-Menders-Crossing-John-Glasby-ebook/dp/B071W8RCHB/) (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* Mender’s Crossing is a ghost town. So it’s no surprise that a gang of outlaws think they can do as they please with nobody to answer to. With the townsfolk too terrified to do anything other than turn a blind eye, crime and corruption runs rife. It’s no secret who really runs the town – and it’s not the sheriff. But when a group of soldiers is ruthlessly slaughtered defending a gold train, enough is enough. The army calls upon special operator Steve Landers to put an end to the violence before any more innocents are murdered. But no newcomer in Mender’s Crossing goes unnoticed. Steve is being watched very closely. Some of the residents are simply too scared to provide Steve with the information he needs to crack this case, and others are soon silenced. Another train carrying a large shipment of gold is due to arrive on Friday afternoon, and there is no doubt in Steve’s mind that the outlaws are planning an ambush. With time running out, this mountainous task seems almost impossible. Can Steve figure out who to trust before it’s too late? Hideout at Mender’s Crossing is a thrilling western adventure packed with action and gunfire.