Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

The Emperor's Edge, by Lindsay Buroker. (Still free?)

Check out the many reviews and high rating of this fantasy, described as fun and lively! See what SFBook describes as "a believable and lively world filled with even more lively, engaging characters."

"The story and characters were well written. -- Lori

"I read the first Emperor's Edge book in one night and went online and bought all of Buroker's books." -- Janet Lynn Zuk

"Highly recommended for fans of fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal mysteries." -- L. Gerling

Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.

Worse, Sicarius, the empire's most notorious assassin, is in town. He's tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills... or someone wants her dead.

The Emperor's Edge is approximately 105,000 words.

324 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 226 reviews.

Never Buried (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series), by Edie Claire. (Still free?)

Author Edie Claire is the author of this engaging series of Leigh Koslow mysteries, originally published by Penguin Putnam. Get this book free today!

"A funny, fast-paced, clever, and unusual mystery that will have readers clamoring for more. Sheer delight." -- Carolyn Hart

"A thoroughly delightful debut. Bright, breezy, and witty. I couldn't put it down." -- Tamar Myers

The truth about what happened in 1949 went to Paul Fischer's grave... Too bad his body didn't!

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn't pack heat--just a few extra pounds. And she doesn't go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara's refurbished Victorian house, she wasn't planning on discovering a corpse--certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin's house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house--someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn't know Leigh's impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

200 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 116 reviews.

CONNECTED, by Simon Denman. (Still free?)

"Sit back and enjoy the ride" with this highly-rated mystery / thriller - free today!

"Connected was the best combination of science, adventure, cliffhangers and lust all tied up into a well constructed story that made it very difficult to put down. The characters were so well developed that I felt like I have either worked with or run into a few of them on occasion. This is a fabulous bit of reading that will leave you thinking long after you close the page and put it on the shelf." -- Nicole Sharratt, Amazon reviewer

CONNECTED is a mystery thriller with a touch of speculative science and philosophy, which reached No.1 in Amazon UK's Bestseller lists for both Thrillers and Science Fiction within 5 days of release.

Beginning with the funeral of a renowned classical violinist in a sleepy rural hamlet in the lake district, a former theoretical physicist tries to make sense of his brother's suicide. Across the country, a university student, enjoying the unexpected attentions of an enigmatic seductress, is disturbed when his best friend falls to his death from the thirteenth floor of a neighbouring campus tower block.

As each tries to unravel the mystery behind the apparent suicides, they are drawn into an obsessive search for a computer-generated video sequence, with startling effects on human consciousness, and which might just pave the way for discovery of the ultimate Theory of Everything.

However, they are not the only ones to have seen the potential of this mind-altering video, and soon find themselves in a desperate race against time with gangsters from the shadowy worlds of sex, drugs, cyber-crime, and on-line gaming.

211 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 22 reviews.

The God King (Heirs of the Fallen), by James A. West. (Still free?)

An epic fantasy, 347 pages, for your free download today!

"From the first chapter the villain of this piece get's almost as much ink as the hero does, and the book is much the better for it! His quest for power and his descent into madness and godhood is chilling and all too believable for comfort. If this book were from the Lord of the Rings series, it would be about Sauron's rise to power as he overcame the opposition around him. The author does a wonderful job of conveying the horror and wonder of a world crashing and burning under the weight of one man's avarice for power. Well worth the price of admission." -- Gary Miller, Amazon reviewer

Heroes are not born, they are forged in the fires of apocalypse...

For gold enough to buy a throne, mercenary Kian Valara agrees to guard Prince Varis Kilvar during a dull excursion across the realm. He should have known better than to trust a highborn.

Driven by a lust for supremacy, Varis sunders the lost Well of Creation, the veil between his world and the dominion of the dead. He steals powers never meant for mortal hands, at once transforming himself into a living god and unleashing a cataclysm that will change humanity and the face of the world forever.

In the heavens the three moons collide, fire scorches the firmament, and the seas rage as the face of the world trembles. Chaos reigns from the king's city of Ammathor to the forbidding walls of the Black Keep, as a demonic host released from the bowels of the Thousand Hells seeks to possess the flesh of the living.

Bound to Varis by powers he neither wants nor understands, Kian is forced onto a path of defending a world that has ever turned its back on him. As Kian hunts after Varis, his love grows for a Sister of Najihar, who knows in her heart that she is preparing him for a battle no man can win.

347 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 12 reviews.

Escape (The Prisoner and the Sun #1), by Brad Magnarella. (Still free?)

This spiritual fairy tale is free today!

"One of the best books I've read this year. I suppose it falls in the fantasy genre with some magic, trolls, and talking stags. But these are not what anchor the story. It is Iliff and his journey to find what life really is - not the prison he was confined to. Will he reach the sun and what significance is it? If he returns to his prison and tries to convince others of the outside world, will they look upon him as they did with the old man? All these questions and more were eating at me as I devoured the pages wanting to know the answers." -- Todd Fonseca, Amazon reviewer

Fantasy adventure. Inspirational allegory. The journey of a lifetime.

Young Iliff believes his prison world to be all there is. But when a stranger tells him the incredible story of a long-ago escapee, Iliff resolves to learn the truth. Thus begins his journey to find the Sun, a magnificent power from which all things are said to originate -- including him. But first he must venture beyond the very walls he is charged with upholding and into realms deep and dark, where fearsome creatures lurk.

So begins The Prisoner and the Sun, the fantasy-based trilogy that asks: What lies beyond our walls?

Escape is followed by Lights and Shadows and Final Passage.

Appropriate for ages 10 and older

165 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 6 reviews.

Look For Me (A Rachel Scott prequel) (Rachel Scott Adventures), by Traci Hohenstein. (Still free?)

Try this prequel, free today, to the popular Rachel Scott mystery series! The series includes the bestselling Aslyum House and Burn Out, and will be joined by a third installment soon.

Bestselling Suspense Author, Traci Hohenstein, brings readers an exciting prequel to the popular Rachel Scott series.

Three-year-old Mallory Scott has disappeared from her front yard in the exclusive Bal Harbour neighborhood of North Miami. With no eye witnesses and very few clues, Rick and Rachel Scott have experienced every parent's worst nightmare.

After weeks of looking for Mallory, Rachel's hopelessness and desperation has grown out of control at the lack of leads in her daughter's case. When another toddler vanishes without a trace in a nearby city, Rachel leaves her high profile real estate career to help find him.

In her search for the missing boy, Rachel finds a sense of purpose - and hope that she may find her own daughter one day. This leads her to a life-changing event that may destroy her marriage and transform her life forever.

Look for Me is a must read for any fan of the Rachel Scott series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.

*This is a 22K word novella that also includes a sneak peek at Cut and Run, the third installment in the Rachel Scott series that debuts on April 2, 2013.

... and finally, a bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!
Dollhouse (The Dollhouse Trilogy), by Anya Allyn. (Still $0.99?)

This paranormal / light horror novel has been screaming up the Amazon charts! This book is the first in a series, but works as a standalone novel. Get this today!

"Dollhouse is an incredible story, unlike anything I have ever read before. It moves very fast, and the characters and their interactions flow seamlessly together, creating a terrifying scene one will be unable to look away from." --

"This is the first of Aussie author Anya Allyn's Doll House trilogy, and I can't wait to read the next! I couldn't put it down, the intensity is terrifying, and the mixture of characters extremely diverse and scary! Highly recommended!"-- Brenda, Goodreads librarian

For fifteen year old Cassie Claiborne, there's only one good thing about moving from steamy Miami to the wild inland forests of Australia--the even wilder Ethan McAllister. But Ethan already has a girlfriend--Aisha Damaj--the girl with a hundred different moods a minute.

When Aisha goes missing on a hiking trip in the local mountains--presumed dead--the whole town points a finger at Ethan. Cassie defends Ethan fiercely. She's just about the only friend he has left.

Is Cassie letting her feelings for Ethan cloud her judgment? Or does something dark lurk out there in the forests?

There's only one way to find out--go back to the forests.

A paranormal mystery/light horror

373 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 20 reviews.

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