The First Day After Life, Cristian YoungMiller {$2.99}

The First Day After Life is about a psychic who dies and then tours the afterlife looking for God so that God can explain to him why his life didn’t turn out the way that he expected. The story flips back and forth between his human life and the one after to show how the afterlife came into existence and to explain why bad things happen to good people.

The Story Synopsis:
Tian, a young psychic with overwhelming personal demons and a strong sense of purpose dies suddenly and arrives in the afterlife to an unexpected world outside of heaven. Irabell, his guide, shows Tian that the afterworld is a repository for more than just humans, and explains to him the mystery behind his psychic abilities.

Disturbed by what he learns, Tian escapes his guide and breaks into heaven. There Tian meets a 1500 year old, discontented heavenly resident who shares with him the secret of heaven and god.

Tian’s otherworldly journey is cut short when he is forced to make the most important decision of his life. He can choose to stay in the afterlife and reap the rewards he has sown during a difficult life, or he can return to his broken body and complete the journey he was truly meant to take.

What readers are saying:

“It is YoungMiller’s writing that is intoxicating… [his] style of writing finds almost no comparisons as far as novel writing is concerned… it is consistently entertaining, gripping, compelling and educational.” –Grady Harp, Top 10 Amazon Reviewer

The average Amazon Reader Review is currently 4 stars {2 reviews}.

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Savor the Danger, Lori Foster {$5.59}

She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can’t forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty—with no memory of what happened— he knows he’s been drugged…even if Alani doesn’t.After she was kidnapped, Alani vowed never to trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. As Jackson hunts down a mysterious intruder, he swears he’ll move heaven and earth to keep Alani safe. But what really happened that night? And will the truth bring them closer than they ever thought possible—or put Alani squarely in harm’s way again?
What readers are saying:

“Savor the Danger is packed with action and romance!”

“The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series has been packed with action, and smoking hot romances, but I felt Savor the Danger was the best so far. Savor the Danger can be read as a stand alone book, the background of each character is explained when they’re introduced in the book.”

The average Amazon Reader Review is currently 3.5 stars {9 reviews}.

Spiderwork (Apocalypto 2), LK Rigel {FREE!}

A fantasy romance. The sequel to Space Junque.
40,178 words, equivalent to approximately 160 pages in print.
Her fate was to hold the world together. His destiny was to tear it apart. 

As a child, Durga was chosen by the goddess to save humanity from sterility and extinction. When her eighteenth birthday approaches she must take her place among the chalices, women blessed by the goddess to provide more souls for the universe. Khai, the scion of Luxor, is unlike any man Durga has ever met. He falls hard for her and isn’t afraid to show it — but accepting his love could destroy everything she’s been commanded by the goddess to build.

Char Meadowlark, once touched by the goddess Asherah, has now been discarded. Her lover Jake Ardri now heads an emerging city-state and desperately wants Char to be his queen. When Jake’s enemies expose his one weakness, his very existence is threatened. To save Jake, Char must share him with a beautiful chalice — whose purpose is to take Jake to the heights of sexual ecstasy.

In flagrante apocalypto: When the veil drops between life and oblivion, only love can save them from the abyss.

What readers are saying:
“… Rigel’s In Flagrante Apocolyto series … I liked Space Junque … The characters were interesting, the plot was interesting, and the world was interesting. Well, I liked Spiderwork even more …”excellent”! ” –100 Stars Or Less 

“SPIDERWORK is a gritty novel of action and political intrique with a healthy serving of romance mixed in … a deftly written, bitter-sweet romance that will definitely whet the appetite for more.” –Arkali, The Romance Reviews

The average Amazon Reader Review is currently 4.5 stars {3 reviews}.

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THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: Taking Stock, CJ West {$2.99}

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Description:

Set in Boston’s Financial District and Back Bay, Taking Stock pits Erica Fletcher against an ego-maniacal boss and a scheming mastermind who steals millions from the customers of Boston’s premier investment firm.

Erica Fletcher has been pushing herself to exhaustion to ward off demons from her childhood. She’s wildly successful at work, financially secure and incredibly fit, but at 34 her romantic life has yet to begin. Erica chooses exactly the wrong time for a journey of self-discovery. Romance blossoms with a charming coworker who has been pursuing her for years, but she soon discovers she’s been framed for a massive theft. Erica must fight for her life and struggle to hold on to the new woman she has become.

 

Accolade:

“C.J. develops his characters brilliantly and makes them easily identifiable with and believable, unlike so many characters who seem to need a cape and cowl to do what they do in suspense novels.” –Frank Cinnella


Amazon Reader Reviews:

Taking Stock currently has an Amazon review rating of 4.5 stars. Read the reviews here.


An excerpt from Taking Stock:

Chapter One

A single monitor glowed among the racks of black cabinets abuzz with the stirring of three hundred tiny electric fans. The server farm was hard at work crunching the day’s results down into thousands of reports for the investment managers to digest the next morning. The people who attended these machines and the wealth they represented had long gone home. The constant drone of the two-ton compressor and the fans blowing cold air beneath the floor drowned out any sound beyond the glass walls and left him completely isolated in this narrow walkway between cabinets. His early fears had been replaced by a polished routine, a well-rehearsed alibi, and a knowledge that very few people stirred in the office this late at night.

The machine finished its work with spectacular results, but this was not the time for celebration. Calmly his fingers tapped on the keys and the machine went to work erasing every trace of his work here tonight. Seconds later, the CD ejected and he slipped it into his bag. He arranged the computer desktop the way he had found it, locked the glass cabinet door and slipped to the end of the row. There against the wall he watched for movements in the myriad reflections. He waited and listened nearly a minute before slipping down the ramp and out the door.

The cubicles beyond were silent, office lights switched off.

He eased down the hall ten feet to the security room door, slid the key into the lock and slipped in. Gladly out of sight again. He’d be done in another few minutes. Very few people had access to this room, and those who did rarely stepped inside. Another series of cabinets lined two walls. These were filled with wires rather than computers. The single PC monitored the comings and goings at every entrance the company controlled. A few doors, like the one to this room, operated with keys, but most required a plastic access card. When someone opened an electronic lock their identity was captured here. He scrolled down the list looking for the problem he’d found several times before.

Here it was again.

She couldn’t enter nineteen and then get up here to twenty-two ten minutes later. None of the exits downstairs had been opened in that time. A few clicks and the evidence of her visit to nineteen vanished. It would be impossible to know who passed out the doors when she eventually left; impossible for anyone to piece together what he’d done.

He turned to the VCR and ejected the tape. The one he replaced it with looked old enough to have been around a few months. It had, although everything on it had been erased, just as the one in his hands would be before he returned it to the stack.

The monitor on the wall showed an empty computer room then several dim hallways around the building. She was there somewhere and it would be just his luck for her to get her face recorded coming in rather than out. Damn workaholic. If he was lucky, he’d get out before she left nineteen. The last thing he needed was to bump into her as he left the room. If the bitchy do-gooder got suspicious, getting in and out would be a nightmare and the whole thing would come to a halt. He couldn’t afford that.

The computer didn’t record his exit from the security closet. The only evidence he’d been there was in his black leather bag and that would be short lived. He strode briskly for the lobby, far too intent for the hour. Alerted to his presence in the hall, the motion sensor unlocked the door with an audible click. The tiny electric device hummed as the latch was held open for him. The security computer logged an exit that could only belong to Erica Fletcher.

Down the elevator and into the Boston spring air he went.


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When the Devil Whistles, Rick Acker {FREE!}

“I didn’t have a choice. I didn’t.” That’s what Allie Whitman tells herself every night as she lies awake. Sometimes she even believes it. But mostly she knows deep down that her inability to make a hard choice has put millions of lives at risk, including her own. Now the only one who can help her is her lawyer, Connor Norman. Unfortunately, Allie’s actions have destroyed Connor’s trust in her—and may destroy much, much more.

What readers are saying:

“Entertaining and Intelligent Story”

The average Amazon Reader Review is currently 4 stars {33 reviews}.

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Jabberwocky, Daniel Coleman {FREE!}

“One, two! One, two! and through and through the vorpal blade went snicker-snack!” Blood pounded in Tjaden’s ears as he breathed in the acrid odor, and his sword didn’t falter. Not after the convoluted road that had led him to set out alone to find and slay the manxome Jabberwocky. But the secrets he’d learned about the Jabberwocky’s sorrowful past made it a sour victory.

How different would the situation be if the girl he loved wasn’t at risk? Why didn’t anyone tell him the dark secrets surrounding the Tumtum tree?

Jabberwocky, a short novel by Daniel Coleman, is the untold story inspired by Lewis Carroll’s epic poem. Meet the characters and creatures that inhabit the world long before Alice ever fell down the rabbit’s hole.

While staying true to every detail of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, Jabberwocky provides twists that will keep you turning pages. You might know how it ends, but you won’t believe how it happens.

What readers are saying:

“4.5 stars- a wonderfully crafted tale!”

The average Amazon Reader Review is currently 4.5 stars {13 reviews}.

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Frugal Freebie Wednesday! {6/29/11}

What could help push us through the middle of the week better than Frugal Freebies??

Check out these five bestselling Frugal Freebies from the Kindle Store {And grab them quick, they won’t be FREE for long}!


 

#1 ~ Living Rich by Spending Smart: How to Get More of What You Really Want, Gregory Karp ~ Free! {4.5 Stars, 29 Reviews}

#2 Dear Cupid, Julie Ortolon~ Free! {3.5 Stars, 7 Reviews}

#3The Message Promise Book, Eugene H. Peterson ~ Free! {4.5 Stars, 13 Reviews}

#4 ~ The Message: The Book of Proverbs, Eugene H. Peterson ~ Free! {4.5 Stars, 5 Reviews}

#5 ~ Impeding Justice (Lorne Simpkins the FEMALE Jack Bauer) (DI Lorne Simpkins thrillers), Mel Comley ~ Free! {4 Stars, 18 Reviews}

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THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: Hard Day’s Knight (Black Knight Chronicles), John G. Hartness {$0.99}

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Description:

Children are missing.

The police are stumped.

Halloween is coming, with an ancient evil on the horizon.

The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, NC. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to keep a young client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined.

Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil into the world, and enlist the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.

 

Accolade:

Vampires for the rest of us {Amazon Reader Review}

My first journey into the world of James Black was not one I had planned. I was simply sitting alone in an airport with a 2 hour layover a Kindle and not much to do. I came across a cheap book with pretty good reviews called “Hard Day’s Knight” and decided to give it a try.

Now I was originally very hesitant about reading this book at all simply because it had the word vampire in it, and if you are anything like me I still had that god aweful “Twighlight” taste in my mouth. But in just the first five pages I found that glittering bloodsuckers were the furtherest thing from my mind. I was intially blown away by the simple wit found in Mr.Hartness’s book causing you to be immediatly connected at a very real level with what I can only describe as the most average joe vampire that has ever been concocted.

This series has the potential to become he great and powerful force necessary to wrestle back the great story telling potenial of Vampires from the evil clutches of 15 year old teen age girls around the world. To put it simply this book is a treat from start to finish with stunning but not overwhelming detail and ever developing and very relatable characters across the board there is something for everybody to be found here. Thank you Mr.Hartness for giving me a new personal favorite.


Amazon Reader Reviews:

Hard Day’s Knight (Black Knight Chronicles) currently has a review rating of 4.5 stars. Read the reviews here.

 

An excerpt from Hard Day’s Knight (Black Knight Chronicles):

Chapter 1

 

I hate waking up in an unfamiliar place. I’ve slept in pretty much the same bed for the past fifteen years, so when I wake up someplace new, it really throws me off. When that someplace is tied to a metal folding chair in the center of an abandoned warehouse that reeks of stale cigarette smoke, diesel fuel and axle grease – well, that really started my night off on a sparkling note.

My mood deteriorated even further when I heard a voice behind me say “It’s about time you woke up, bloodsucker.” I mean, seriously, why do people have to be so rude? It’s a condition, like freckles. I’m a vampire. Deal with it. But we can do without the slurs, thank you very much.

“Go easy on the bloodsucker, pal. I haven’t had breakfast” was what I tried to say. But since my mouth was duct-taped shut, it came out more like “Mm mmmm mm mmm-mmmmmmm, mmm. Mm mmmmmm mmm mmmmm.” My repartee was gonna need an assist if I was going to talk my way out of this. Of course, if my mysterious captor had wanted me dead, he’d had all day to make that happen, but instead I woke up tied to a chair. I tested my bonds, but I was tied tight, and whatever he had bound me with burned, so it was either blessed, and he was devout, or it was silver. My money was on silver. The true believers are more the stake them in the coffins type than the kidnap them and tie them to chairs type.

“I think, bloodsucker, that since I’m the one with the stake, I get to call you whatever I want. And you, as the one tied to the chair with silver chains, get to sit there and do whatever I say.” My captor moved around in front where I could get a good look at him. I knew him, of course. It’s never the new guy in town who ties you to a chair; it’s always that creepy guy who you’ve seen lurking around the cemetery for a couple weeks. The one that you’re not sure if he was there to mourn, or for some other reason. And of course, it was always some other reason.

I’d seen this guy hanging around one of the big oak trees in my cemetery, near the freshest grave in the joint, for a couple of weeks. I never thought much of his wardrobe until now, but in retrospect he was wearing almost stereotypical vampire hunter garb. Black jeans, black boots, long black coat, wide-brimmed black hat. Christ, I bet he owned the Van Helsing Blu-Ray. I swore then that if I ever got the chance, I was eating Hugh Jackman’s liver. No, we don’t usually eat people, but liver’s liver, and I was pissed. I had been caught and trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey by a skinny twenty-something who watched too many bad vampire movies.

This kid was white, about twenty-three, with mousy brown hair and looked like he played too much Call of Duty instead of getting a job. His skin was paler than mine, for crying out loud, and I’m dead! His clothes hung loose on his scrawny frame, giving him a scarecrow look about him, and either had an asthma inhaler in his front pocket or was happy to see me. God, I hoped it was an inhaler.

“Mmmm mmmmm mm mmm mmmm mm mm mm?” I asked, which was supposed to be more of a what do you want me to do type of query, but my mouth was still taped shut. The kid reached forward and ripped the tape off, taking a layer or two of skin with it. “OWWW!” I yelled, straining against my bonds. “You little rat bastard, I swear to God I am going to drink you dry and leave your body on the lawn like…like an empty bag of flesh!”

I admit, my similes need some work.

“I don’t think so, bloodsucker. I think you’re going to do anything I tell you to, or I’ll just leave you tied up there to starve.” He had a point there. It’s not like there were very many people who would miss a vampire, and I hadn’t yet figured out how to get loose from whatever silver-lined bonds he’d created.

“Alright, what do you want?” I asked. Might as well find out right now if he wanted something simple or…

“I want you to turn me,” he replied. The look of hope on his face was a little pathetic, really, but there was a determination there that was disturbing. This was not going to be easy.

“No.” I wanted to get the short and simple part out of the way first, then we could move on to the lengthy explanations.

“Why not?” Wow, from zero to whiny little bitch in .4 seconds. If I’d ever had any thoughts of actually turning this scrawny little zit-farm into a vamp, they would have just evaporated.

“Because I don’t turn people. Because this life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Because you’d miss all those romantical sunsets you probably write maudlin poetry about. Because it’s not fair to the ecosystem to add another predator. Because we don’t really sparkle. All of the above. None of the above. Pick a reason, kid, any reason you like. I’m not turning you.” I started to look around for another way to get out of this mess, but it didn’t look good for our hero. Or at least my hero, and it’s my story.

For a skinny little gamer-geek, he’d done a good job tying me up. I guess that’s another thing we can thank the internet for – unlimited access to fetish porn has improved the knot-tying ability of men who can’t get dates. I couldn’t exactly see my hands, but by straining around, I could see that my ankles were tied to separate legs of the chair with those plastic zip-ties you get in the electrical aisle. I could see a silver necklace wound around each tie, and by the way my wrists felt, he’d done the same thing there. The chair was the standard metal folding type, the kind that gets sacrificed in countless professional wrestling matches. So I was pretty well neutralized. The silver sapped the strength from my arms just by the contact, and I couldn’t get enough leverage with my legs to do anything useful. I looked up to try and Jedi mind trick my kidnapper, when I noticed two things – one – he was wearing polarized sunglasses, which was a neat idea, although ultimately useless against my mental abilities, and two – he was crying.

“You have to turn me!” He wailed, tears streaming down his cheeks. “I’m running out of time and this was the only thing I could think of to fix it!”

I couldn’t believe it; I was actually starting to feel sorry for the guy. “Okay, kid. Why don’t you tell me what’s wrong and I’ll see if I can help?”

“No one can help, but if I were one of the Undead I could help myself.” I swear I could actually hear him capitalize undead.

“You know that’s kinda my job, right? Helping people that can’t help themselves. Kinda like the A-Team, without the Mohawk and the van. Reach into my shirt pocket and grab a business card. I promise not to bite you, and as you know we Undead cannot tell a lie.” Total bull, but I’ve often found with people dumb enough to romanticize the whole vampire thing that a little mendacity goes a long way. He reached into my pocket and took out a business card. It had my name, James Black, and cell phone number under a logo that said “Black Knight Detectives, shedding light on your darkest problems.” Neither the company name nor the stupid slogan was my idea. And I prefer Jimmy.

“You’re a detective?” I nodded. “And you think you can help me?”

“Well, I can’t really know that until you tell me what your problem is. So why don’t you untie me, and we can talk about this like a pair of reasonable people?” I put a little mojo into my eyes, and he started towards me with a pair of wire cutters in his hand. And that’s when things went to hell.


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The Tuesday Giveaway: Five Kindle Copies of Confessions of a Call Center Gal: a novel! {Updated with Winners!}

Happy Tuesday!

It’s time for a Frugal eReader Giveaway!

See below for how to win one of five gifted Kindle copies of Confessions of a Call Center Gal: a novel, sponsored by the author Lisa Lim… but first, a little about the novel:


A fun chick lit romance that will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. Bridget Jones meets The Office.

Madison Lee is a fresh college grad, ready to take on the world of print media. But she has zero luck landing a job. Unemployment is at ten percent and on the rise. Desperate and left with no other options, she accepts a position as a service rep at a call center in Pocatello, Idaho. At the Lightning Speed call center in Spudsville, Maddy plunges into the wild and dysfunctional world of customer service where Sales is prided over Service and an eight hour shift is equivalent to eight hours of callers bashing her over the phone. Oh sure, the calls are bad. But Maddy manages to find humor on the phone and off the phone. And with all the salacious drama behind the calls, there is never a dull moment at the Lightning Speed call center.

Lately . . . Maddy has been pining for her smolderingly gorgeous co-worker Mika Harket. Now things are heating up on the phone–and elsewhere. Don’t hang up on this novel. Working at a call center has never been this garish . . . or this delightful.

Confessions of a Call Center Gal: a novel is available for $2.99 at the Kindle Store

Now, for the giveaway:

Simply leave a comment on this post to be entered to win one of five gifted Kindle copies of Lisa Lim‘s Confessions of a Call Center Gal: a novel!

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The Advocate’s Betrayal (The Advocate Series), Teresa Burrell {$2.51}

Sabre Orin Brown is a legal advocate for children in the San Diego justice system. She witnesses her share of horror every day. Every now and then, that horror gets personal. When Sabre’s friend Betty calls one morning with the shocking news that her husband was murdered in his sleep, Sabre makes it her mission to find the killer. The cops suspect Betty, and Sabre has no leads. It would be easier if Betty wasn’t hiding something, but even after she gets thrown in jail, she refuses to say a word about her past and the mystery that chased the couple across the country and ultimately hunted her husband to his death. Sabre can’t put her own life on hold, either. She is still trying to protect the two children on her caseload whose parents have brainwashed them with a violent racial hatred. Even more, she’s also still recovering from the horrific events of the previous year, when a stalker burned her home to the ground. Life never gets easy, but at least Sabre is not alone. She has the comfort of her calm and stable boyfriend, Luke, and the help of good friends. But when a private detective, JP, follows the murder from Betty s empty trailer home to a small town in Texas and a nightclub in Chicago, it starts to seem like finding the answers may be more dangerous than ever. Only one thing becomes remarkably clear: When the people closest to you have so much to hide, you can’t trust anyone.

What readers are saying:

“Teresa Burrell’s gripping legal thriller is sure to excite mystery fans with its fast pace and surprise filled plot.” –Jeff Sherratt, author of the Jimmy O’Brien mystery series

“Teresa is very experienced in her field as an attorney and it really shines through in this novel. The Advocate’s Betrayal kept me in suspense, and when I finally had it all figured out…a twist to make it an “I gotcha” book.”

The average Amazon Reader Review is currently 4.5 stars {14 reviews}.

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