Free and bargain books March 17, 2020

A good day this is. Two more authors new-to-me showing up this morning.

One is a FREE suggestion through 1531 Entertainment.

Kate’s Innocence (Kate’s Case Files Book 1)

Kate's Innocence

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Kate watched as her campus was torn apart by bombs and now is being accused of perpetrating the crime. As the evidence quickly stacks up against her, she begins to lose hope that the truth will come to light. Even though the handsome FBI Agent, Patrick, has taken up her cause, will they be able to prove her innocence?

Browsing through her book collection, I see Sarah Holman write’s in several genres, not just mystery.


While browsing, another interesting suggestion showed up as FREE. A cozy mystery this time.

Red Rover, Red Rover (The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott Book 1) 

Red Rover

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He makes terrible coffee, but he sure is good in a car chase!

Emily Abbott is working hard as a coffee barista in downtown Phoenix, keeping one eye on her tiny college fund and the other on the mysterious new guy with his profound lack of coffee-making skills. Just when she thinks they might be getting the hang of working together, she’s abruptly thrust into his world of espionage and danger.

Brent Peterson, aka Agent Nighthawk, needs her help protecting a defecting enemy spy and keeping the information he carries out of the wrong hands. But she’s just a barista—what can she do?
Much more than she thinks.

Perry Elizabeth Kirkpatrick enjoys publishing short stories, judging by her book collection on Amazon. Awesome covers. I’m tempted but short stories are just not long enough.


I’m currently reading Outbreak. It’s holding my attention, and I’m grateful.

Listening to all the rhetoric surrounding COVID-19, anxious feelings seem to be unavoidable even though the truth is – my lifestyle is already self-isolating and I’ve worked remotely for years. I feel relaxed about the whole situation and yet there is a low level of discomfort rippling just below the surface, making it difficult to settle down to any of my normal activities. I’m grateful for any distraction able to hold my attention.

The irony is… this story is about viral pandemics. Funnily enough, it’s not adding to my stress level. In fact, it’s doing quite the opposite. Probably because there is a scary human element involved, the protagonist is reluctantly drawn into someone else’s struggle and now his life is in danger.


This is still a bargain, check it out if you dare.

Happy Reading, when it’s needed more than ever before. Stay safe!


Free and bargain books March 16, 2020

The pickings are slim today. It’s not like there’s a shortage of books to choose from, there’s just a shortage of something to catch my interest. In my mind though, one or two is better than none so it’s still a good day.

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us, a story with depth – something that always catches my interest. It appears I have downloaded a story from this author once before but haven’t read the book. Today is a good reminder I must do that.

Broken: Macy’s Story

Broken Macy's Story

Amazon quote:

Macy’s past won’t let her forget.

Macy Elmsworth has found herself in a mess. The 18 year old pastor’s daughter got in trouble with the law, nearly died, and in the process, damaged her relationship with her family. She now needs to fulfill community service hours. As a last resort, she moves in with her grandparents, where they need a housekeeper at the small motel they own.


I’m currently reading Outbreak by Davis Bunn. I’ve tried starting several other books but found it difficult to stick with any of them. I’m not having that problem with this thriller. It’s still a bargain at $1.99 if you’ve not already downloaded it.


The waters off the West African coast are a menacing red, full of algae thick enough to stand on in places. In nearby villages, mysterious deaths start to occur–and the panic mounts. But before an alarm can be sounded, the sea currents shift, the algae vanishes, and the deaths stop. Everyone is relieved when things return to normal, and local government officials are happy to sweep the publicity nightmare under a rug.


Today seems to be an off day for finding interesting books so I’m giving up the search. Tomorrow is new day. Maybe 24 hours will make the difference and the hunt will prove more successful. Although, if you’re like me, it’s not like we really need more books at the moment anyway.

In the meantime, Happy Reading!






Free and bargain books Davis Bunn

More to share on this quiet Sunday.

Best selling author, Davis Bunn, has a specially priced book suggestion for us (at $1.99). I’ve lost track of how many decades I’ve been reading and loving his books, or even how  many I’ve read. Not nearly enough, I can tell you that. His first book was published in 1990, according to Wikipedia, and there is a very long list of titles to his name (seventy-two if I counted correctly.) He also writes as Thomas Locke and that’s another eighteen novels .

Outbreak is on special right now and I’ve not read it, yet.


Amazon quote:

The waters off the West African coast are a menacing red, full of algae thick enough to stand on in places. In nearby villages, mysterious deaths start to occur–and the panic mounts. But before an alarm can be sounded, the sea currents shift, the algae vanishes, and the deaths stop. Everyone is relieved when things return to normal, and local government officials are happy to sweep the publicity nightmare under a rug.

An American biological researcher, Avery Madison, is dispatched by his employer to piece together exactly what happened, having long feared an ecological disaster just like this could occur. He’s had little evidence to go on before now, and what he finds in West Africa is rapidly disappearing. But Avery knows the danger hasn’t disappeared–it has just moved on.

When parts of the Caribbean start turning a familiar red right before hurricane season kicks into high gear, the implications are clear. If Avery and his colleagues can’t convince the world of what’s about to happen, toxic destruction could be loosed on American soil. Will their efforts prove too late?


If you are interested in trying one of his Thomas Locke stories there is a FREE title to be had today. I’ve read and enjoyed this one, back in 2016.

Double Edge (Fault Lines): A Fault Lines Story

Double Edge

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Reese Clawson’s work is mind-bending–literally. Her company specializes in global data analysis for an elite group of industry executives, and now a lucrative government contract is moving her into the realm of cutting-edge intelligence gathering. She is determined to crack the limits of consciousness–and in doing so, the boundaries of secrets and lies. But her experiment crashes as test subjects slide into a coma-like state. Reese is left scrambling to maintain control, drawing three disparate people into the search for answers–an adrenaline-amped thrill junkie with altered brain chemistry, an Italian scientist working on remote-viewing technology, and a math prodigy whose algorithms subvert computer encryption.


Also FREE is an excerpt to introduce us to the Legends of the Realm series. I’ve downloaded this book in 2016. Previously, in 2015, I downloaded and read the first book in the series, Emissary, and I recall loving it. The introductory book, The Captive, is 400 pages so it is not short and I’m a little confused as to what exactly it does contain.  I’ve not read it but guess I should if I want to understand. It’s back on my TBR list.

The Captive (Ebook Shorts) (Legends of the Realm): A Legends of the Realm Story


Amazon quote:

The only remnant of Joelle’s former life is her name.
The only hint of her future is a foreboding vision of darkness.
And her only hope is a man she has yet to meet.

One of the last of a disappearing race, Joelle spends her days as a prisoner of the Long Hall, sweeping corridors and dusting scrolls while young wizards learn to ply their trade. In the dark of night, she practices the magical arts that are forbidden to one of her kind, hoping to soon break the spell that holds her captive.

But an evil is growing beyond the enchanted stone walls. Joelle will need much more than her own skills to escape it. Someone is coming for her. And when he arrives, he will change everything.

This short ebook excerpted from Emissary gives you a magical glimpse into the Realm–and the heroes who will stop at nothing to save it.


Emissary (Legends of the Realm Book #1) is not a bargain but you can see what it looks like. Maybe you will want to read it anyway.


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Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam’s extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light–and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease? When Hyam dares to seek out the Mistress of the Sorceries, her revelation tears his world asunder.

He has no choice but to set out on the foreboding path–which beckons him to either his destiny or his doom. An encounter with an enchanting stranger reminds him that he is part hero and part captive. As Hyam struggles to interpret the omens and symbols, he is swept up by a great current of possibilities–and dangers.

I am a fan of fantasy and this was a favorite when I read it five years ago.


If you’ve not met Davis Bunn yet I think you will enjoy him, just like so many others do.

Happy Reading!

Free and bargain books March 15, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion today. Another new (to me) author. I love to cross paths for the first time with some of the great writers popping up everywhere.

A Time for Every Matter: A Christian Romantic Suspense Novel (An Offer of Grace Book 2)

A Time for Every Matter

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Seven years ago, Madeline Pine went mad. At least it seemed that way. She traded in her fast-paced New York City lifestyle for a quiet small town existence. On the upside, she now has faith and a sense of purpose.

Yet her tranquil world is upended when her nephew witnesses a murder, and she is faced with the challenge of keeping him safe. Compelling and enigmatic business mogul, Hiram MacArthur offers to assist her, but their growing attraction makes him more distracting than helpful.


Chloe Flanagan also has a new book releasing soon, it’s available for $1.33 on pre-order. It is book seven in the Potter’s House Series, a series written with multiple authors and I’ve  ordered this one too. Just to see what these books are all about.

Changed Somehow: (Potter’s House (Two) Book 7) (The Potter’s House Books Series 2)

Changed Somehow

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New York City actress, Natalie Rivers is a taker. She found out years ago that she has to look out for herself because no one else will. But when she loses a coveted role and her home in the same day, she is forced to take a painful look at her life and attitude. She struggles through her crisis alone, until her path collides with an eccentric pair of friends who show her the unexpected beauty of caring for others.

In the midst of finding love and a sense of purpose, Natalie’s perspective is changing. But when the heartbreak and mistakes of her past catch up with her, she will have to answer an important question: is new life possible or is she simply playing a part?


Both of these are looking irresistible.

Happy Reading!

Free and bargain books March 14, 2020

Two I’m excited about, two I’m not sure about, and one was a favorite read.

BookBub has a bargain suggestion for us at $0.99. I’ve not read this book but have downloaded several other books from this author. I’ve read one of them but can’t remember what I thought of it.

Short-Straw Bride (The Archer Brothers Book #1)

Shortstraw Bride

Amazon quote:

Lighthearted Historical Romance From a Rising Star

No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.

Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can’t bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.


Another $0.99 bargain book showed up while on my search. I’ve read three books by this author and the first chapter of this book has me wanting to read more.

The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts Book #2)

The Reluctant Warrior

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Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He’s come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.


I see Code of Ethics is still a $0.99 bargain. It is high on my list of favorite reads accomplished this week.

Code of Ethics


BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us. I’ve not read this author but want to. The first few pages have me wanting more.

A Twisted Strand: A Story of Faith and Second Chances

A Twisted Strand

Amazon quote:

After dragging her heart through a divorce, Rachel Davis is ready to settle down on their South Texas country home, raise her kids, and find some peace. Can she find the secret to making her heart whole again?

William Davis, MD, would do anything to take back his horrible mistake, but infidelity is more than his wife can forgive. He goes home to an empty house in Austin every night, trying his best to be a good dad to his kids from afar.

When Rachel discovers their Jersey heifer dead from a hemorrhagic fever, she quickly realizes that the danger may spread to humans. Working for an epidemiologist, she joins the investigation. Is it natural? Or terrorism?

The family vet sickens, and Will enters the fray. Could this become an epidemic? Why was their family targeted?


I’m currently reading When You Come Home but I’m not sure If I’ll get through much of it. It’s time for a change of pace, I think. Maybe laundry and a few dishes will be helpful.

When You Come Home

Things always look better after a good nights sleep. Tomorrow is another day and books will be calling my name again, I’m pretty sure.

In any event, there will be lots of reading time in the days and weeks ahead. The coronavirus has finally showed up in Manitoba and we are all being encouraged to stay home, avoiding close contact with other people. I’m glad this scare is taken seriously and these measures are being encouraged to prevent the virus spreading far and wide.

I didn’t join the current panic and storm the grocery store to load up on food and toilet paper though. I’m so glad I didn’t. Not that I need much anyway, and my TP supply is already robust. I hear it was crazy out there. I figure I’ll wait til Monday when the next freight trucks are scheduled, to renew my supply of milk and apples.  By then the rush should be over  and maybe I’ll have the store all to myself. Unless a few others have the same bright idea.

Oh, and I mustn’t forget, I need a replacement bag of chocolate chips and some furnace filters. It may even be a good time to get the oil change and tire rotation the dealership keeps reminding me about. A quiet day in the hood.

In the meantime, stay safe and….

Happy Reading!



Bargain books March 13, 2020

BookBub has a couple of suggestions for us. This first one is a bargain at $0.99. I read and enjoyed this back in the spring of 2018.

The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor Book #1)

The Lost Heiress

Amazon quote:

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.


Marrying Mandy (Brides of Clearwater Book 1) is also a bargain at $0.99. I’ve not read this one so can’t offer an opinion but I have read and enjoyed other books by this author.

Marrying Mandy

Amazon quote:

Mandy Hudson swore she’d never marry. Abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents, she has a hard time trusting that real love will last. When her grandmother dies, Mandy’s shocked to discover a stipulation in the will. Considering marriage to her best friend may be the only way to keep her family’s beloved bed-and-breakfast.

The loss of his job threatens Preston Yarrow’s shaky financial stability. Besides, he can’t watch his best friend give up the only real home she’s ever known. Frustrated by Mandy’s stubborn refusal to let him help, he’s certain they are stronger together than they are apart. 


I’m between books and plan to read this one next. There are so many choices at the moment but Lynette Eason is always a good read and an easy decision to make. It’s still a bargain at $0.99 too, a very good deal.

Code of Ethics (The Cost of Betrayal Collection)

Code of Ethics

Amazon quote:

When Detective Isaac Martinez lands in the ER with a gunshot wound, he pulls through thanks to trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John. But as the witness to a crime and possible corruption, Martinez is at risk from someone intent on silencing him–and those around him–forever. When he barely survives another attack while recovering, both he and Ruthie must flee, trying to outrun deadly killers as they search for the evidence they need to end the danger.

Happy Reading on this mostly sunny day.

Another Read & Enjoyed installment

There is a mixed bag of emotions in regard to this list of books. For the most part they held my interest and the reading went quickly. There was a need for speed reading in a few places and a little skipping of pages now and again, but not nearly as often as it has been known to happen in truly bad situations.

There is only one book in this group standing out as disappointing. Mainly because the opening had me all excited – it was so good – but then the momentum didn’t last. A strong beginning makes a slightly weak story seem even less than it might have otherwise.

Overall though, it has been a pleasing reading week.

The Marine's Marriage

The Gentile Patriot

Nurse's Date with a Billionaire


Traces of Guilt

Love & Family

Falling for you Wade

the Amish Widow

Not a Word

Happy Reading, y’all!




Free and bargain books March 12, 2020

BookBub has a bargain suggestion for us today. A four book collection for $0.99. I’ve read books 1 and 4 in this series but it’s been four years and I don’t remember enough to express an opinion or make a recommendation. We’ll discover them together.

Southern Hearts Series: Books 1 – 4

Southern Hearts Series

Unintended Target is a FREE suggestion. It turns out this book was added to my collection last summer but it’s not yet been read. It’s also the only book downloaded for this author so I can’t offer an opinion on what this reading experience would be like.

Unintended Target

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion, from another author new to me, how exciting is that!

Where We Are

Where We Are

There is also a new bargain book showing up for Lynette Eason, I’m always excited to find one of her’s in the mix. $0.99 

Code of Ethics (The Cost of Betrayal Collection)

Code of Ethics

Another great find… and here I was going to quit looking. I have read Lisa Harris and it’s special to find one of her mysteries too. A bargain at $0.99.

A Secret to Die For

A Secret to Die For

and last but not least… a bargain book left over from last night’s search. $0.99. This selection is all new to me as well. It’s a historical novel that looks different and intriguing.

The Silver Suitcase

The Silver Suitcase

Yesterday’s selections were mostly books already in my collection, today is a better day with many new books and authors to explore.

I hope you are finding some treasures in this lineup too.

Happy Reading!

Free books March 11, 2020

LPCBooks has some FREE suggestions for us. This special deal ends on the 13th so we need to move quickly to take advantage of it. Most of them are repeat suggestions but they are worth pursuing if you’ve not seen them yet. Two are new to me: When You Come Home and Faith House . The two Young Adult fiction I’ve not read yet but they look like they could be interesting.

Practically MarriedSeeking Mr Perfect 2

When You Come HomeHidden Things

Romance Box Set: Finding Love in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Hearts in North Carolina Romance

Romance Box set

Who is Harrison SawyerDeception

The Zenia WoodDead Man's Hand

Faith House: A Journey of Faith

Faith House

Happy Reading!

Free and bargain books March 7, 2020

Author Cami Checketts, a regular here, has a FREE book us this morning.

The Gentle Patriot: Georgia Patriots Romance (Quinn Family Romance Book 3)

The Gentile Patriot

Amazon quote:

It was love at first glance for Mack Quinn, but Sariah Udy has scars that not even this gentle giant can heal.
Sariah Udy has been staring at, and falling in love with, Mack Quinn every game of the Patriots’ winning season, but she knows she could never date someone perfect like him. Sariah has deformities and heartache that she covers with her long hair and lots of humor. When Mack pursues her across the country, can she trust him with her heart, and her sad past?
Mack Quinn knows Sariah Udy is the woman for him. When his efforts to connect with her fail, he has to decide how far he’s willing to go to pursue a woman who won’t allow him into her life.


BookBub has an interesting bargain suggestion for us. This author is new to me and I find that attractive. Also, her book sounds different and intriguing, another good reason to check it out. A bargain at $0.99

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

The Secret of Pembrook Park

Amazon quote:

Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play…

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor’s past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail’s attention. Hoping to restore her family’s finances–and her dowry–Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn’t the only one secretly searching the house.

Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past.


Browsing, I came across an interesting FREE romance

The Marine’s Marriage: (Fuller Family in Brush Creek Romance Book 1)

The Marine's Marriage

Amazon quote:

Tate Benson can’t believe he’s come to Nowhere, Utah, to fix up a house that hasn’t been inhabited in years. But he has. Because he’s retired from the Marines and looking to start a life as a police officer in small-town Brush Creek.

Wren Fuller has her hands full most days running her family’s company. When Tate calls and demands a maid for that morning, she decides to have the calls forwarded to her cell and go help him out. She didn’t know he was moving in next door, and she’s completely unprepared for his handsomeness, his kind heart, and his wounded soul.


Happy Reading