Saturday, April 9, 2011

Free ebooks: Wings, Amersham Rubies, A World I Never Made

   The weather has been nice so I haven't been on the computer. But now I need to catch us and tell you about some ebook freebies.

   I told you about this first one a couple of weeks ago before I split the blog. At the time, 'Wings' by Aprilynne Pike, was given away as a pre-release freebie by Amazon only.  The book has now been released and both the Kindle and the Nook edition is free.  Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever. 

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

   The next book is 'A World I Never Made' by James LePore. This is a thriller-mystery. A father, Pat Nolan, has not heard from his daughter for some time when he is summoned to Paris to claim her body as the result of her suicide. When he arrives, he realizes it is not her and sets out to learn what has happened. Here is the synopsis from Amazon.

Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help.This sends Pat on an odyssey that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists. Joining Pat on his search is Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but tormented Paris detective who sees in Pat something she never thought she'd find--genuine passion and desperate need. As they look for Megan, they come closer to each other's souls and discover love when both had long given up on it.Juxtaposed against this story is Megan's story. A freelance journalist, Megan is in Morocco to do research when she meets Abdel Lahani, a Saudi businessman. They begin a torrid affair, a game Megan has played often and well in her adult life. But what she discovers about Lahani puts her in the center of a different kind of game, one with rules she can barely comprehend. Because of her relationship with Lahani, Megan has made some considerable enemies. And she has put the lives of many--maybe even millions--at risk.A World I Never Made is an atmospheric novel of suspense with brilliantly drawn characters and back-stories as compelling as the plot itself. It is the kind of novel that resonates deeply and leaves its traces long after you turn the final page.

   You can read more reviews here at Goodreads. Pick up the Kindle version here or the Sony Reader version here.

   The last book I have to tell you about today is 'The Amersham Rubies' by Rhys Bowen. This is a mystery and another pre-release freebie from Amazon. It is only available at Amazon right now, but expect it to make an appearance at other bookstore in a few weeks. The anticipated publication date is May 10th. Here's the synopsis from Amazon.

Before Molly Murphy crossed the Atlantic or even had an inkling that she might someday become a much sought after private investigator in New York City, young Molly lived in Ireland in a small cottage with her father, brothers and little else.
While keeping herself and her home together, Molly receives a request from Lady Hartley—the lady of the country estate where Molly lives, and the family that employs Molly’s father and brothers. The Hartleys are hosting a ball at their manor house, and there will be so many fine gentlemen and ladies in attendance that Lady Hartley needs Molly to help some of her guests prepare for the ball.
Beautiful debutantes, dresses of the finest fabrics, and sparkling chandeliers are all on display, as are heirloom jewels like the Amersham rubies—a stunning and priceless ruby necklace that has been in the Amersham family for generations. When the rubies go inexplicably missing from Lady Amersham’s neck in the middle of the party, the high-spirited Molly must rely on her wits to solve her first case in Rhys Bowen’s charming prequel to her beloved Anthony and Agatha Award–winning historical mystery series.

   You can pick up the Kindle version here.

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