Free and Bargain eBooks for Wednesday (7/3)

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★ BOOK OF THE DAY ★
Fire On The Hill: An Epic Novel From Ireland’s Past:

by Gretta Curran Browne

Although presented here as a novel, FIRE ON THE HILL is a true story based on recorded facts. Michael Dwyer was born, cradled and then grew from boy to man under the shade of the Wicklow Hills. He knows every inch of them, knows all their secrets: the river streams to quench a man’s thirst, the wild game to keep away hunger, the wood in excess to burn, and the sheltering caves. And then, in the historic year of 1798 he comes to know love.

When Michael Dwyer first dances with Mary Doyle on the night of the spring fair, many of the locals see their love story unfold before their eyes, a story so unique they will later tell it to their grandchildren.Destined to be a farmer like his father before him, Michael loves the land, and is content to work in the fields and live off the yield, but in that same year of 1798 the militia, hated pawns of the rulers in Dublin Castle, force him to leave the land and take to his beloved mountains, where he becomes what every Wicklow youth dreams of being: a man who owns no master, a man who refuses to bend a servile knee.And always, standing somewhere amidst the green glens and beautiful landscape of Wicklow, is Mary, waiting and watching, caring nothing for patriotism and heroism, only for her love for the rebel captain, but love on the run cannot last forever.

★ KINDLE DAILY DEAL ★
A Drink Before The War

by Dennis Lehane

As richly complex and brutal as the terrain it depicts, here is the mesmerizing, darkly original novel that heralded the arrival of Dennis Lehane, the master of the new noir — and introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his smart and tough private investigators weaned on the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.

A cabal of powerful Boston politicians is willing to pay Kenzie and Gennaro big money for a seemingly small job: to find the missing cleaning woman who stole some secret documents. As Kenzie and Gennaro learn, however, this crime is no ordinary theft. It’s about justice. About right and wrong. But in Boston, finding the truth isn’t just a dirty business … it’s deadly.

★ ROMANCE DAILY DEAL ★
Omega

by Susannah Sandlin

The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton’s humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance. Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father—and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm—and Randa’s guarded heart—finally give way to the warrior within. Fans of Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.

★ SCI-FI/FANTASY DAILY DEAL ★
Jack Of Hearts

by Ricardo Bare

Slave. Loner. Assassin.

Some boys throw their hearts away. Jack let a witch take his.

He surrendered it long ago to the Lady of Twilight so that he would never feel heartache—or anything else—again. But there was a price. The Lady transformed him into a callous hunter forced to do her bidding, and now she’s commanded him to chase down and kill a thieving wizard named Moribrand. Love, hope, and human connection are concepts he can no longer comprehend, painful weaknesses he chose to cast aside. But when Jack meets a beautiful girl trapped in a mirror, the impossible happens—he feels an echo of his distant heart, and the sensation staggers him.

Cassandra, a spellbound girl who can only communicate through her mirror image, awakens something in him more dangerous, more impossible, than he ever imagined: a memory of who he once was and how it felt to care about another human being. She challenges his loyalty to the Lady and shows him his heart might be worth saving. What will it take for Jack to take his heart back from a witch, who has no intention of giving it up?

★ TEENS DAILY DEAL ★
The Call Of Eirian

by C. Aubrey Hall

Faelin twins Diello and Cynthe, children of a Fae mother and human father, found their lives changed forever the day their parents were brutally murdered by a goblin horde. They discovered that their parents’ cautious ways hid a lifetime of secrets, including Eirian, a magical sword buried on their farm. Now their little sister has been taken by someone who wants that sword and the ultimate power that comes with it. The twins along with their friends, a goblin boy and a talking wolf pup will have to journey to Embarthi, the realm of the Fae, and seek the family they have never known to find their sister and the truth about their parents mysterious past.

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‘a’ For Argonaut

by Michael J. Stedman

Mack Maran, the most skilled op his nation ever had, stands outside the courthouse at Ft. Bragg, home of his “non-existent” unit. America’s unsung hero has been betrayed, ambushed, and disgraced in a mission to rescue young American idealists held by African terrorists.

His enemies, led by a major illegal arms dealer in league with Islamist terrorists, are cunning and treacherous. But they don’t count on Maran’s tenacity. He plans to hunt down the enemies who butchered his men, hobbled his health, and defiled his honor—and then kill them.

He sets up his own spy firm and finds he’s not a lone victim.

The strong and independent diamond courier, Amber Chu, leads Mack on a race to free her kidnapped son and destroy their common enemy. Together they plunge through a maze of danger and intrigue to unravel a massive diamond scam that takes them from the U.S. Diamond Board, to the gemstone cutting tables of Antwerp, to the Congo—and back to the nation’s capital.

Maran’s probe exposes the dark side of unbridled idealism at the highest levels, where the thirst for wealth and power meet.

Days Of Déjà Vu

by Jonathan Reid

Born land-locked six hundred miles from the nearest ocean, this is an autobiography of an ordinary man with an extraordinary dream of building a sea going yacht and sailing the world.

Opening on the threshold of wild transition in South Africa in the 1970s, the author and his American wife struggle to build a sailing vessel on the outskirts of Johannesburg, whose skyline soon erupts in black clouds of fire and revolution.

Through all the struggles of personal relationships, exodus, poverty, sorrow, and loss, the dream of the sail remains constant. As that dream becomes reality, the story tells of an inexperienced crew battling rough seas, mind numbing calms, near death experiences, solo sailing for thousands of miles, land adventures with distant south sea tribes, and through it all, a constant wonder and appreciation of the amazing world we live in.

65 Below

by Basil Sands

At sixty-five degrees below zero exposed human flesh freezes solid within three minutes.

Retired Marine Master Sergeant Marcus Johnson returned to his family homestead in rural Alaska after twenty years chasing bad men. Now he wants nothing but to hunt and fish and run his trapline in peace and quiet, and no more war.

Lurking deep in a long forgotten bunker in the remote arctic hills is a decades old secret that could not be destroyed, and was never meant to be rediscovered.

Forgotten Soul

by Sandra Edwards

Rio Laraquette thought the legend was nothing more than an enchanted tale about star-crossed lovers who left behind a fortune. That is, until she figures out that she–in a past life–was the culprit who stole a shipment of gold and silver and buried it somewhere in the hills of northern Nevada.

While searching for the treasure, Rio’s heart begins to ache for a man who’s been dead more than one hundred years. They say time heals all wounds, but what if it doesn’t…?

Shortfall

by Gary Cochran

Terrorism in aviation has long been considered a threat, but now, more than ever the reality of the problem has become front-page news. A terrifying act of madness and stark terror awaits Carson Jefferson and his sixteen-year old son as they depart on a clear April night from Salt Lake International Airport. Minutes after take-off the life of one of America’s most respected businessmen is changed forever, and the future of the United States hangs in the balance. Beginning with the crash of an Omega Airlines Boeing 767-300, Carson Jeffers is forced into a relentless race against time with the savage, but powerful terrorist, Esteban Moreno.

Together with Nichole Lewis, an Omega Airlines flight attendant, Carson faces impossible odds as they struggle to stay alive. Left with no other choice, they are forced to unravel a plot so sinister it rips apart their very existence. The theft of fifteen stinger surface-to-air missiles from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California catapults economic terrorism to a horrific new level.

Finding Rebecca: A Novel Of Love And The Holocaust

by Eoin Dempsey

How far would you go for the one you love?

Christopher would always be there for Rebecca no matter what it took, from the beaches of Jersey to the hell of the holocaust and Auschwitz.

The prisoners in Auschwitz called it Canada, the land of unimaginable riches, where the last possessions of those who perished in the gas chambers were gathered and counted. Christopher is the new head of Canada, the ‘Dollar King.’ He is the one who controls the river of dirty money flowing through the camp. But Christopher is on a different mission. He is not in Auschwitz to serve the Reich, but to find Rebecca, lost somewhere inside the sprawling system of concentration camps set up to murder the innocent victims of the holocaust.

They were six years old when they meet on the island of Jersey in 1924. Christopher, recently arrived from Germany with his sister, and grieving father, and Rebecca, born and raised on the island, the daughter of an abusive father and alcoholic mother. Their lives would never be the same. When Rebecca runs away as a teenager to England to escape her parents Christopher thinks he has lost her forever, but nothing can keep them apart, not her parents, or the fiancée she brings back with her from England, or even the war clouds gathering over Europe. When World War II comes to Jersey with the Nazi invaders, Christopher tries to hide Rebecca’s Jewish roots, but along with millions of other victims of the holocaust, Rebecca is swallowed up by the evils of the Nazi regime.

As Christopher searches for Rebecca he finds the noose around his own neck tightening, as he struggles to not only maintain his cover, but also the grip on his soul amongst the melee of death and corruption that is daily currency in the camp. Christopher knows that one misstep by him will mean not only the end of his own life but surely that of Rebecca’s also. But Christopher finds that his position in the camp as the man in charge of the money in the corrupt world of Auschwitz affords him opportunities, and that sometimes the mission, and the life that fate leads us to is not necessarily the one we had in mind.

Glimpse

by Steven Whibley

“Save them, Dean. Save them all….”

Dean Curse avoids attention the way his best friend Colin avoids common sense. Which is why he isn’t happy about being Abbotsford’s latest local hero – having saved the life of a stranger, he is now front page news. Dean’s reason for avoiding the limelight? Ever since his heroic act, he’s been having terrifying visions of people dying and they’re freaking him out so badly his psychologist father just might have him committed. Dean wants nothing more than to lay low and let life get back to normal.

But when Dean’s visions start to come true, and people really start dying, he has to race against the clock – literally – to figure out what’s happening. Is this power of premonition a curse? Or is Dean gifted with the ability to save people from horrible fates? The answer will be the difference between life and death.

What Women Don’t Want

by Francene Carroll

When six women from very different backgrounds are brought together in a market research focus group none of them expect to gain much from the experience.

There’s Ainsley, the beautiful focus group leader who has cruised through life on her looks, Neda, the Iranian refugee trying to come to terms with a new culture, Christine, the single mother raising three kids on her own, Olivia, the marketing graduate desperate for a job, Charlie the ‘bogan’ from a public housing estate, and Sarah, the well-heeled feminist academic with an unusual area of research.

Over the course of seven weeks each woman learns something important about herself as the group engage in lively debates about what women really do and don’t want.

A Thistle In The Mist

by Megan Denby

Meara isn’t thinking about death, that morning, when she kisses her mother good-bye, but hours later she is, as her fingers slide into the back of Mother’s shattered skull. Empty eyes – the empty eyes of her mother – stare right through her and Meara thinks her world has ended. She has no idea.

Ebullient and feisty, eighteen-year-old Meara MacDonald lives an idyllic life with her family, on the mist-enfolded Isle of Skye, dreaming of the day when she will wed her heart, the gallant Duncan MacLeod. But fate has other plans and when Aunt Deirdre and Uncle Sloan seep into their midst, Meara’s family is taken, one-by-one, for reasons she discovers are both personal and nefarious.

Mother is found dead, Da disappears, Duncan is taken by the Napoleonic Wars, Meara’s younger sister, Hannah – with child by Uncle Sloan – takes her own life and while Meara sleeps, her newborn son is snatched from her arms.

Unable to reign in her spirit or her tongue, Meara finds herself catapulted from Scotland to a household steeped in mystery in Nova Scotia where, guided by her strength of will, she will fight her way back to the remains of her family; her heart and soul.

The Life And Prayers Of Saint Luke

by Wyatt North

Nearly every detail about Luke the Evangelist’s life has been the subject of heated debate. The scholars of one era have provided explanations that entirely contradict the scholars of an earlier era.

It is not as simple as a matter of religious tradition versus modern scholarship; tradition contradicts tradition, scholarship contradicts scholarship, scholarship contradicts tradition, and sometimes tradition and scholarship go hand in hand.

Despite the debate, no singular conclusion seems to be available. It does not help that more of Saint Luke’s life is shrouded in darkness than is available to us, even when taking into account the most controversial suppositions about him.

That makes the quest for Saint Luke very difficult, but it is important that we try to find and to understand him nonetheless. He is, after all, a man whose work has influenced millions of people, and it is through him alone that we know several of the most popular parables of Jesus.

Bum Steer

by Tracy Heath

Tracy Heath recounts some of her most treasured and entertaining stories from her childhood in the Eastern Oregon desert. In this first book of her Country Misadventures series, you will be introduced to a pleasant wasteland where pheasants stroll through the neighborhood, and sagebrush and barbed wire fences are silhouetted in the vibrant, setting sun.

She tells about being bullied by a steer:
“Since he wasn’t a pet we promptly named him ‘Reddy.’ It had a nice ring to it and had next to nothing to do with the fact that his eyes glowed red.”

And find out what happens when a grade school child gets behind the wheel:
“Well, when all you need is one right foot that knows what it’s doing, it’s a sure shame to be stuck with a pair of lefties.”

You’ll even read about coping with psychotic chickens:
“So we placed an order with the local feed store for ‘assorted chicks.’….It wasn’t until quite a while later that we learned the true meaning of ‘assorted.’”

Shadow Of A Dead Star: Book One Of The Wonderland Cycle

by Michael Shean

Shadow of a Dead Star is the first installment of cyberpunk trilogy, The Wonderland Cycle, its high-tech setting shot through with much older, classic detective noir DNA to form something fiercely unique that has been exciting and surprising reviewers left, right and centre.

Two Kill Again

by Patricia Clark

Michael Thompson had no idea that his camping trip to Dark Hollow Falls would be his worst and last day on earth or that his teenage daughter, Sydney, would be gravely wounded and orphaned in the same savage attack. Sydney’s ultimate betrayal occurred at the one place she believed was her sanctuary. When that realization coalesced with the certainty her father was dead, Sydney’s only wish was to linger in her semi-conscious state until she could die.

Psychologist and FBI agent Shawn Cleary begins her investigation without knowing that the man who will become the Park Slasher is still a threat to the youngster. As she patiently works to establish a relationship with the wounded girl, more National Park attacks occur. Shawn pursues evidence and a confusing trail through the grandeur of the Smoky Mountains and the majesty of Yosemite.

Still hospitalized at D.C. General, Sydney’s slow recovery is hampered by a maniacal child psychologist and a custody fight that could cause the FBI agent to cross an ethical line. A second attempt to kill the beleaguered teenager further buries her memory of the events at Dark Hollow Falls. Shawn’s developing relationship with Sydney enables her to probe the girl’s mind leading the FBI to the San Francisco home of the misguided killer.

Agents sift through false clues until a startling discovery in California sends Shawn and her team to Glacier National Park with the knowledge that the attacks are more personal than the FBI could have believed. Amid blizzard conditions, Shawn leads her wary team to the treacherous, snow covered trails of Glacier for a stunning confrontation that will allow Shawn to either capture the Park Slasher and his cohorts or allow them to escape forever.

Grandpa’s Dog Can Talk

by Zoe Fox

What would you do if your grandpa’s dog opened his mouth and started talking to you?

Harry cannot believe his eyes.

He has just moved into his grandpa’s house with his parents and is being picked on by the school bully. Understandably upset, Harry is moping in his bedroom when Llewelyn starts up a conversation with him.

Llewelyn is no ordinary dog and has a few ideas on how to cheer Harry up.

Grandpa’s Dog Can Talk is a heartwarming tale that explores bullying, misunderstanding and friendship. Your children will love grandpa’s talking dog and take comfort in his wisdom.

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