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Initial post: 18 Feb 2012 08:15:27 GMT
Gecko129 says:
Author's add to the list please...

Curl up for the weekend with a really good read. 
Today's first bargain book at just 77p  is Shadowland

 Shadowland is a story of historical fantasy set in Dark Ages Britain.

`I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.'

On the night of midwinter's eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.

Shadowland

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 09:54:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2012 10:07:41 GMT
M Stanley says:
Hi there,

You could try and curl up with the Stanton brothers for the weekend but they aren't really the cuddly sort and you might regret it. However, if all you're after is a snappy, fast-paced read then these two cantankerous villains will be right up your street.

The Hunters (The Stanton brothers series) takes you to a gritty world that you wouldn't want to live in, but makes an entertaining place to visit from the comfort of your sofa.

Martin

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 10:22:05 GMT
Martin Sandforth's debut novel, his psychological crime thriller:

THE REVERSE DEAL available as a Kindle eBook from
Amazon USA http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NAAONE
Amazon UK The Reverse Deal

Happy reading.

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 13:40:00 GMT
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 77p

It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.--The Bookbag

1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader

"1923" is uplifting and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

1923: A Memoir is a protest against social injustice, corruption, war, famine, poverty, and societies blinded by greed. More importantly, it is the story of hope and the notion that anything can be overcome if desired. --The Publishing Guru
Smith stays true to himself and his inner voice as he recounts the events of his early life.-Feeding My Book Addiction
Product Description
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family's early history-their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith's story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 16:05:37 GMT
Sheila says:
The characters in The Tea Series are people you'd like to know and part of a family that welcomes you with open arms. More than 80,000 copies of the books in this series have been sold. You will find that each book in the series is a fast and fun read. Each installment of the series is a hybrid of the traditional novel and the serial novel (each is a full-length novel and leads directly into the next installment.)

Hot Tea (First book in The Tea Series)
More of a serial novel than a series, please meet Cara and Teagan O'Flynn.

Sweet Tea (Second book in The Tea Series)
Three careers, a new guy, and things are only getting more complicated...

Iced Tea (Third Book in the Tea Series)
More questions than answers, but the pieces are finally coming together, maybe.

Green Tea (Fourth Book in the Tea Series)
Things rarely happen the way you expected, but for Cara, that might be best.

Peppermint Tea (Fifth Book in the Tea Series)
They didn't count on things changing so much while they were gone. One bad guy out of jail, another unaccounted for and just what did their mother do with their boyfriends?

Tea to Go (Sixth Book in the Tea Series)
One of Cara's greatest fears seems to be coming true - Teagan has decided to move away and Cara has no idea how she is going to deal with it.

The First Four - The Tea Series
And... all four at a discounted price

Consequences (Lessons, The Series) - on sale (save 40%)
Nora McCarthy joyfully lost herself in two things -her kids and her husband; she has done all the right things for all the right reasons and it might just cost her everything.

Sheila

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 16:38:17 GMT
Was Carla hard hearted? Dead right she was, and fiesty with it. She wanted to be rich and wear nice clothes and her way to these things was playing high stakes poker, using Fat Yang as her mentor. Trouble is, Fat Yang couldn't be trusted and had something else in mind for her. But she discovered his intentions, and that's when things started to happen.
All In

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2012 16:39:59 GMT
All Inhighly recommended!

I gotta get round to reading them tea books!

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 19:38:38 GMT
Jed Fisher says:
Armor Academy Space Cadet
This story takes place about two thousand years in the future at a private military academy, on a planet named Ostriech, halfway across the galaxy from Earth. The story line begins right before lunch on one day and ends just after noon the next day. The story's main focus is developing the central character. It also gives vivid detail about the setting and events, as viewed by the main character.
The story does have the main elements needed for a fulfilling story. That is, a beginning, a middle and an end. Because it is a novella, the conflicts and the resolutions are not profound as one might encounter in a novel. But profound none the less, for the central character, a young man coming out of his shell. A young man setting off to seek his fortune and take on the world, or the universe really. He makes one final choice at the end of the story that defines his character.
The novella establishes the setting of the following three novels of the War for Profit trilogy, laying a firm foundation for that series. But still, Armor Academy Space Cadet is a self-contained story, an 8,100 word long novella that fully develops a character in an interesting and entertaining way.
Armor Academy Space Cadet (War for Profit)
Enjoy!

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 21:58:23 GMT
Mary Bale says:
The Scottish Inspector Campbell works in East Anglia.
Smoke Shadows (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
Water Weal (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
Twisting Tide (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
and short story collection including a short Campbell Mystery:
A Short Journey to St Abbs

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2012 22:10:49 GMT
Thanks Sue, you are a doll.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2012 22:18:35 GMT
mountainmama says:
Thanks for the thread, Gecko!

Good morning. Hope everyone will get to enjoy a three-day weekend! If you need a good read, check out M.O.D. by J C Allen, a political intrigue technothriller. Watch the YouTube video trailer for a small taste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It9YGWR8W54

Happy reading!

Posted on 19 Feb 2012 15:28:50 GMT
Ignite says:
The weekend is nearly over but you still have time to read A Goodreads Gallimaufrey, a collection of short stories, non-fiction, a few poems and a smattering of recipes. It's a good evening's read in length and features work from indie authors and readers alike (even me!)

Posted on 19 Feb 2012 15:54:49 GMT
N S Cooke says:
Bandwidth: The Story of Devlin Mallard - Revenge of a Torbay Ghost

In the 21st Century West Country spirits have moved on from Ouija boards and séances, the dead now travel by broadband, hidden in the Bandwidth. They inhabit the chat rooms, plying their trade online, ever hungry for contact with the living.

Inspired to rediscover his roots and family history, computer programmer, Michael, soon learns that the past is sometimes best left undisturbed: for lurking in the history of his bloodline, is a twisted killer, Devlin Mallard. A man dispatched from this earth in 1929 at the end of a hangman's noose.

Fighting for his life, and that of his family, he joins forces with murder investigator, Detective Sergeant Woods, and rides a roller-coaster of global killings to the final confrontation. He must face his demon and return Devlin Mallard to the darkness.

Posted on 19 Feb 2012 17:00:04 GMT
Written in the first person, Escape Company. begins with two men bound together by the same experience. With both of their wives in prison, they are fired with the same idea-how to get their ladies out. The Escape Company

The idea becomes an obsession, with meticulous planning involving prison routines, deadlocks, and security cameras, not to mention razor wire and some very unfriendly dogs.

Our two heroes spring their wives successfully and the idea occurs to them to form a limited company-limited to certain prisoners who merit release. So Escape Company. is born, a dedicated team of lawbreakers whose services are provided to inmates with large amounts of cash.

There are rules of course. Terrorists, sex offenders, and psychos can stay where they are, but anybody else? Well, each case is decided on its own merits.

Could such a scenario possibly work? Of course not...oh, but there was that breakout from Parkhurst not so long ago.

Wasn't there some incident at Barlinnie? Then, if you remember, there was all that hoohah at the Scrubs.... No, it couldn't possibly work. Escape Company is pure fiction...isn't it?

http://amzn.to/wHovxj

Posted on 19 Feb 2012 20:37:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Feb 2012 20:40:00 GMT
Craig says:
Bound to Sarah is a number 1 best seller about convicts being transported Australia in the early part of the 19th Century and this is what the reviewers say:-
'must read,' 'heart-wrenching,' 'harrowing,' 'fascinating,' 'captivating,' 'poignant,' 'a real tear jerker,' 'gruesome.'
So if you like Historical fiction and want to read an exciting page turner, give it a try.

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 10:35:19 GMT
Gecko129 says:
Shadowland

Shadowland is a fantastic YA story set in Dark Ages Britain.

Witness the birth of a Legend!

On the night of midwinter's eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

`I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.'

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.

Shadowland

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 10:45:31 GMT
John Barlow says:
A dead girl, a stack of fake banknotes, a race horse, fine wine, and a second-hand car dealer...

HOPE ROAD is set in Leeds and takes place over a frenetic weekend in which John Ray, son of a career criminal, tries to get to the bottom of who has set him and his best friend up for murder.

From prize-winning author John Barlow, this book will keep you guessing to the last page.

HOPE ROAD

5-star reviews on amazon.co.uk:

That Barlow's had several books traditionally published before going indie on this one is very evident in the quality of both the writing and the copy-editing... The pace is exactly right for the genre; never slow yet never frenetic. The tension mounts towards a satisfying ending.

Brilliantly done. Tthrilling to the end with some great twists in the tail, I highly enjoyed it and would definitely recomend that you try it.

Gritty gripping murder mystery. John Barlow writes really well, and the punchy dialogue and short chapters take the reader swiftly into a gritty inner-city world in which nothing and no-one is quite as it first appears.

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 13:38:47 GMT
The Barley Hole Chronicles: From Hell to Hamburg 77p to celebrate my 89th birthday this February

A true story about life live on the razor's edge of history

The platform was deserted while I waited for my train to take me to Padgate for induction. It was cold, damp, and grey; sweet smoke from the McIntosh candy plant fell like drizzle across the station. I reached into my overcoat and found a near-empty packet of cigarettes.

I placed one in my mouth and furiously struck a match, quickly inhaling the harsh tobacco. In the distance, I heard the whistle of the train. I smelled the coal burning off its engine. I breathed in the coal that had been dug from the pits of Barnsley, Elsecar, and Barley Hole. I tasted it in my mouth, around my teeth, and on my tongue. It was the soot of my father, my grandfather, and all my ancestors who laboured beneath the ground.

As the train drew its way into the belly of the station, another passenger approached the platform. He was a man in his fifties, long past the time for war, and he was whistling the tune, `Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run..."

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 14:09:35 GMT
If you fancy something light, with moments of darkness, and some laughs along way, check out the first novel in the Farrow and Flint series Out of the Limelight.

Its about 100K words, but you can probably finish it in a weekend - providing you don't eat or watch Dancing on Ice! Let me know what you think, I'd love to get a review, good or bad!

Posted on 25 Feb 2012 01:46:32 GMT
Frank Mundo says:
Don't have enough time to read a novel? Try some short stories. My 77p-collection called Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories is only 35,000 words -- 12 short stories, all previously published in literary journals and magazines over the last ten years) and the first chapter of The Brubury Tales as bonus material. There are currently 22 very descriptive 5-star reviews for these books from US and UK readers if you'd like to learn more. Thank you for your time. Happy reading!

Posted on 25 Feb 2012 06:18:23 GMT
The United Kingdom of Islam. - not for the faint-hearted, but one of the best Indie writers around.....

Posted on 25 Feb 2012 06:58:10 GMT
Copper's Bluff--A Quade Randal Suspense--thriller/suspense--a quick read. Be my guest and check it out.

Posted on 25 Feb 2012 13:27:10 GMT
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Posted on 25 Feb 2012 15:25:38 GMT
The Barley Hole Chronicles: From Hell to Hamburg 77p to celebrate my 89th birthday this month

Barley Hole was for my great grandfather Canaan, the land of milk and honey. For my father, it was paradise lost and for my mother, Barley Hole was a curse. It was a place that haunted her spirit and her soul throughout her life. To me, Barley Hole is a name forever etched on the map of my family's heart; it is where betrayal and injustice nearly thrust us into oblivion. The Barley Hole Chronicles are an odyssey of the human spirit that stretch across time and geography to incorporate, diverse personalities, personal hardships, World Wars and the struggle for peace and love, in a society fallen from grace. These Chronicles document one Yorkshire family's decent into the wilderness of poverty and hunger. It is a personal record of one young man's struggle to survive the great depression, the Second World War and the hazards and wonders of life in post war Germany. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a summation of two memoirs by Harry Leslie Smith 1923 and Hamburg 1947. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a true account of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real. It is also a social history of the 20th century at its bloodiest and deadliest time.

Posted on 25 Feb 2012 15:51:47 GMT
The millionaire falls hard. No. 19 in Free Kindle store - proving to be a popular download!
This is on FREE download until midnight tonight. If you enjoy a STEAMY ROMANCE, please take advantage of FREE download. Best enjoyed with a comfy chair and a glass of your favorite tipple. Bliss!
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