Saturday, May 28, 2011

Free ebooks: Plan B, The Winds of Khalakovo, One True Love

    It's been a whole week since I've had time to sit down here. May is always one of the busiest months of the year, with all the 'end of school' activities, and this year has been no exception. I'm looking forward to some quiet time this summer to sit and read.

   The first freebie I have to tell you about today is really more a 'short story'. 'Plan B: A Nick Heller Story' by Joseph Finder, is the story of a private 'spy' on a mission to free a teenage girl who is being held against here will in Spain. The story gets mixed reviews at Goodreads, with much of the negative centering on the fact that the book is so short. It does sound interesting however, and may make a good read for when you don't have much time. You can read the reviews at Goodreads here, and here is a synopsis from Barnes and Noble.

An original short story by Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Buried Secrets and Vanished. "Plan B" finds private spy Nick Heller in Barcelona, Spain on a rescue mission. The target: a walled compound with state-of-the art-security. The object: a teenage girl, held against her will. The plan: get in and rescue the girl and then get out -- without tripping an alarm or alerting the army of guards. But even the best designed plans can go wrong. Which is why Nick Heller always has a Plan B.

   Next is 'The Winds of Khalakovo' by Bradley Beauliea. This is a fantasy; the first book in the 'Lays of Anuskaya' series. This book gets high reviews at Goodreads, but is not a light read. As one reviewer put it; "I have to say, this book has a really steep learning curve. That's something to expect anytime in epic fantasy, but in this book, the author really tosses you into the deep end. " Here is a synopsis from Barnes and Noble.
Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo's eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade. Now, Khalakovo is to play host to the Nine Dukes, a meeting which will weigh heavily upon Khalakovo's future. When an elemental spirit attacks an incoming windship, murdering the Grand Duke and his retinue, Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter of Khalakovo, is tasked with finding the child prodigy believed to be behind the summoning. However, Nikandr discovers that the boy is an autistic savant who may hold the key to lifting the blight that has been sweeping the islands. Can the Dukes, thirsty for revenge, be held at bay? Can Khalakovo be saved? The elusive answer drifts upon the Winds of Khalakovo...
   This book is currently offered as a freebie only at Barnes and Noble. You can pick up the Nook version here

   The last book is a much lighter read. 'One True Love' by Barbara Freethy is a contemporary romance. This author has been compared to Kristin Hannah, Luanne Rice, and LaVyrle Spencer. The story centers around Lisa Alvarez, who has spent the last 8 years rebuilding her life after losing her baby daughter and her marriage to SIDS. Just when she thinks she has moved on, her ex re-enters her life. You can read reviews here at Goodreads, and here is the review from Amazon.

Four weeks before she is to be married, a frantic call for help from her childhood best friend drags Lisa Alvarez out of her safe, well-ordered existence in Los Angeles and back into a life she thought she had left behind, with painful, romantic, and ultimately satisfying results. A pair of wary, emotionally fragile protagonists, a cast of exceptional secondary characters (including three engagingly realistic children), and a multilayered plot that deftly interweaves humor, passion, and the tragedy of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome result in a poignant, heartwrenching, yet heartwarming story that is laced with love and a gentle hint of fantasy. It may appeal to readers who enjoy the work of Debbie Macomber, LaVyrle Spencer, and Kristin Hannah. Freethy (Ask Mariah, Avon, 1997) won a Rita Award in 1997 and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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   You can pick up the Kindle version here or the Sony Reader version here.

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