Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Freebie: From the Dead, Pompeii: City of Fire, First There is a River

   It's Friday! Here is another freebie for your Nook! Today's freebie is 'First, There is a River' by Kathy Steffan. This is historical fiction, set on a riverboat in the early 20th century. The book is rated 4.12 stars at Goodreads. Here is the Goodreads synopsis.
A family conceals a cruel secret.
Emma Perkins' life appears idyllic. Her husband, Jared, is a hardworking farmer and a dependable neighbor. But Emma knows intimately the brutality prowling beneath her husband's façade. When he sends their children away, Emma's life unravels.
A woman seeks her spirit.
Deep in despair, Emma seeks refuge aboard her uncle's riverboat, the Spirit of the River. She travels through a new world filled with colorful characters: captains, mates, the rich, the working class, moonshiners, prostitutes, and Gage, the Spirit's reclusive engineer. Scarred for life from a riverboat explosion, Gage's insight into heartache draws him to Emma, and as they heal together, they form a deep and unbreakable bond. Emma learns to trust that anything is possible, including reclaiming her children and facing her husband.
A man seeks revenge.
Jared Perkins makes a journey of his own. Determined to bring his wife home and teach her the lesson of her life, Jared secretly follows the Spirit. His rage burns cold as he plans his revenge for everyone on board.
Against the immense power of the river, the journey of the Spirit will change the course of their lives forever.

You can pick it as a freebie only for the Nook at this time.
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   There are other freebies available today, too! First is 'From the Dead' by John Herrick. This is a story of forgiveness and redemption, and could be shelved as Christian. Some have compared it to a retelling of the prodigal son. The book is rated 4.08 stars at Goodreads. Here is a synopsis from Goodreads.

A preacher's son, a father in hiding, a guilty heart filled with secrets: When Jesse Barlow escaped to Hollywood, he hungered for fame--but eleven years of failure result in a drug-induced suicide attempt. Revived at death's doorstep, Jesse returns to his Ohio hometown to make amends with his preacher father, a former love, and Jesse's own secret son. But Jesse's renewed commitment becomes a baptism by fire when his son's advanced illness calls for a sacrifice--one that could cost Jesse the very life he regained. A story of mercy, hope, and second chances, From The Dead captures the human spirit with tragedy and joy.

You can pick it up in any of these formats.
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Kindle          Nook          Sony Reader          Kobo

   Also available it 'Pompeii: City on Fire' by T. L. Higley. This is biblical historical fiction set around the times after the fall of Jerusalum. The book is rated 4.02 stars at Goodreads. Here is a synopsis from Goodreads.

Pompeii, a city that's many things to many people. For Cato, it's the perfect escape from a failed political career in Rome. A place to start again, become a winemaker. But when a corrupt politician wrongfully jails Cato's sister, he must oust the man from power to save her. 
For Ariella, Pompeii is a means to an end. As a young Jew, she escaped the fall of Jerusalem only to endure slavery to a cruel Roman general. She ends up in Pompeii, disguised as a young man and sold into a gladiator troupe. Her anger fuels her to fight well, hoping to win the arena crowds and reveal her gender at the perfect time. Perhaps then she will win true freedom. 
But evil creeps through the streets of Pompeii. Political corruption, religious persecution, and family peril threaten to destroy Ariella and Cato, who are thrown together in the battle to survive. As Vesuvius churns with deadly intent, the two must bridge their differences to save the lives of those they love, before the fiery ash buries Pompeii, leaving the city lost to the world.

You can pick it as a freebie only for the Kindle at this time.
(Be sure to check that it is still a freebie before adding it to your cart!)

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