Monday, April 11, 2011

Free ebooks: Shattered, The Homecoming, Paid in Blood and more!

   There are a lot of free ebooks available today, in multiple formats. Here are some of them.

   First up is 'Shattered: A Daughter's Regret' by Melody Carson. This is a brand new book, available for pre-order at Borders and Barnes and Noble, but available today at Amazon, and for free. This is a book about a teenage girl who sneaks out of the house and some secrets about her mother that she wishes she hadn't. Here is a synopsis from Amazon.

Everybody does it—sneaks out of the house now and then. It’s harmless enough, right? Cleo Neilson is the only one who knows why her mother was in a seedy part of town that one night, but she’s determined to keep the secret that’s breaking her heart. Walk through this teen fiction novel of grief, guilt, faith, and forgiveness. You won’t forget the journey.

You can pick up the Kindle edition here. If you don't have a Kindle, you can check some of the other stores later in the week. The publication date is April 15, so it's possible some of them will offer it as a freebie after that.

   Next is 'The Homecoming' by Dan Walsh. This book, shelved as both Christian fiction and historical fiction, is a sequel to 'The Unfinished Gift' by the same author, so you may want to read that one first. In this book, Shawn Collins returns from war to raise his son as a single father, left widowed when his wife dies in an accident. You can read reviews at Goodreads. Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble.

No sooner is Shawn Collins home from the fighting in Europe than he is called upon to serve his country in another way--as a speaker on the war bond tour. While other men might jump at the chance to travel around the country with attractive Hollywood starlets, Shawn just wants to stay home with his son Patrick and the aging father with whom he has finally reconciled. When Shawn taps Katherine Townsend to be Patrick's nanny while he's on the road, he has no idea that she will be the key to his future happiness and the mending of his heart.

This heartwarming story of tender love and fresh starts will capture readers.

   This one is available for free in most formats. Pick up the Kindle version here, the Nook version here, the Sony Reader version here, the Kobo version here, or the Borders version here.

   'Paid in Blood' by Mel Odom is also available in several formats. This will appeal to fans of 'CSI'. This  is Christian fiction that has mystery and suspense. After the murder of an NCSI, his fellow agents must investigate his death. You can read reviews at Goodreads, where the book earns 3.91 stars. Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble.

An NCIS agent is found murdered in North Carolina. A U.S. Marine with ties to the South Korean black market is assassinated in Chinhae. Colombian cocaine is discovered in Moscow. And old Soviet nuclear missiles have gone missing.
For NCIS agent Will Coburn, the evidence points to a single horrifying conclusion. The world’s worst nightmare has come true. An international terrorist has acquired stolen nuclear weapons, and now the fate of the world lies in his hands.
The stage is set for world destruction. Only Will Coburn and his team of dedicated NCIS agents can stop it. But time is running out.
This groundbreaking new novel from best-selling author Mel Odom moves from the Middle East to Japan, from the U.S. to South Korea, from a remote village in eastern Russia to the South China Sea. Will Coburn and his team must fight against a countdown to global decimation as they race to uncover the face of true evil.
No one is safe!

   Pick up the Kindle version herethe Nook version here, or the Sony Reader version here.

   For a more light-hearted, easy read pick up this paranormal romance. '50 Ways to Hex Your Lover' is the story of a limosine-driving witch who has been in love with a vampire cop for about 300 years. You can read reviews at Goodreads, where the book is given 3.56 stars. Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble.

When she isn't getting into trouble with her oddball companions-a vicious pair of bunny slippers and a frustrated ghost who haunts her sports car-hot-tempered witch Jazz Tremaine earns money lifting hexes and driving limos for Southern California's All Creatures Limo Service. When the vampire cop she's loved and hated for centuries, Nikolai Gregorivich, seeks her help in catching a serial vampire slayer, Jazz fends him off to focus on her own problems (the sleazeball limo service owner; a client who generates supernaturally disgusting odors). She can't resist her sexy vamp lover for long, though, especially as clues in the killings point to an evil figure from her past. With clever writing, a high sensuality factor and an unfettered imagination, Wisdom makes a sparkling entry into lite urban paranormals. (Mar.)
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   This one is available for free in most formats. Pick up the Kindle version herethe Nook version herethe Sony Reader version here, or the Borders version here.

   Now, how about some not-so-light reading. Also available today is 'Mobile DNA: Finding Treasure in Junk' by Haig H. Kazazian, a professor of molecular genetics. This is almost a text book and will not appeal to everyone, but I plan to pick it up and at least take a look. This is normally priced between $20 and $60, so if you have an interest, grab it while it's free! Here is a synopsis from Amazon.

Haig Kazazian reviews our current scientific understanding of mobile DNA and its role in the evolution and function of genomes and organisms, offering an in-depth portrait of the developing perspectives and research strategies pursued by the workers in his own laboratory. He presents an engaging history of the field, showing how advances have presented unexpected new questions, and how new tools and techniques have promoted further progress. Coverage includes: multiple types of mobile DNA; retrotransposition and other key concepts; important mobile DNA research advances in the human genome, mammals, and plants; mobile DNA’s role in increasing genome plasticity and diversity; and the roles of leading scientists in moving mobile DNA research forward. Kazazian concludes with informed reflections on the possible biological roles of mobile DNA, and his own current best guesses about how a number of the leading questions currently under active investigation will likely be answered.

   You can pick up either the Kindle version here or the Nook version here.

   As always, please check the price before you place these in your cart. Most books are offered as freebies for a limited time, so always check!

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