First, we have our Day before Christmas round-up of free kindle books. Please note that the prices change constantly – PLEASE check the price BEFORE buying.
- The full list of new free kindle books at Amazon.
- Run by Blake Crouch. Price: $0. Genre: Horror, A Thrill Ride. Rated 4.5 stars on 156 reviews. 284 pages.
- Napoleon’s Pyramids by William Dietrich. Price: $0. Genre: Superb Historical Thriller, Action & Adventure, A Likable Hero. Rated 4 stars on 58 reviews. Published by Harper Collins. Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. 416 pages.
- The Year She Fell by Alicia Rasley. Price: $0. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Family Secrets, Twists & Turns. Rated 4 stars on 135 reviews. 318 pages. Published by Bell Bridge books.
- Past Imperfect by John Matthews. Price: $0. Genre: Crime Thriller, Unusual, Beautifully Written, British Author, Haunting, Relentless & Sexy French Detective. Rated 5 stars on 4 reviews. Might be an indie superstar in the making (judging from the reviews). 829 kb in size.
- The Fall of Ossard (The Ossard Trilogy) by Colin Taber. Price: $0. Genre: Epic Fantasy. Rated 4 stars on 17 reviews. 370 pages.
- Flee – A Thriller (Chandler Series – #1) by Jack Kilborn, Ann Voss Peterson, J. A. Konrath. Price: $0. Genre: Hard-Boiled, An Elite Spy, Assassins, A Murderous Psychopath, Nuclear Annihilation, Jack Daniels. Rated 4.5 stars on 61 reviews. 256 pages.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Price: $0. Genre: Classic, Literary Fiction. Rated 4.5 stars on 466 reviews. 222 pages.
- Secrets of Spiritual Happiness by Sharon Janies. Price: $0. Genre: Don’t Wait to be Happy, Spiritual Secrets. 216 pages.
- The God in the Clear Rock (The Ancients of Earth) by Lucian Randolph. Price: $0. Genre: Science Fiction, High Tech, Adventure, History & Science. Rated 4.5 stars on 8 reviews. 240 pages. Sounds very interesting – The Sun is about to have a ton of solar storms that will kill life on Earth.
- If any indie author wants to know why J. A. Konrath is worth listening to, just look at how he’s timed his ‘free book offering’. The List being Top 5 in Free Kindle Books on the 24th means he can choose between staying on that list and getting hundreds of thousands of new readers on Christmas, or switching to the Paid Bestsellers List and getting tens of thousands of sales.
- Dwelling in His Presence / 30 Days of Intimacy with God: A Devotional for Today’s Woman by Cynthia Heald. Price: $0. Genre: Devotional. Rated 4.5 stars on 11 reviews. 186 pages.
- Happy Birthday to Me Again (Birthday Trilogy, Book 2) by Brian Rowe. Price: $0. Genre: Romance, Humor, Fun Read. Rated 4 stars on 9 reviews. 314 pages.
- Beyond the Misty Shore by Vicki Hinze. Price: $0. Genre: Contemporary Romance. Rated 4.5 stars on 2 reviews. 266 pages. Another Bell Bridge Book.
- White as Snow: A Christmas Story by Donna Westover Gallup. Price: $0. Genre: Christmas Story, Christian, Heartwarming. Rated 4.5 stars on 6 reviews. 299 kb in size.
- Through the Storm (Rain Series – Book 5) by Vanessa Miller. Price: $0. Genre: A reformed Drug Lord, The Power of Prayer. Rated 5 stars on 20 reviews. 292 pages.
- The Briton and the Dane (The Special Edition) by Mary Ann Bernal. Price: $0. Genre: Historical Fiction, Action & Adventure, late Ninth Century. Rated 5 stars on 11 reviews. 528 kb in size.
- Jacyln’s Ghost by Dorlana Vann. Price: $0. Genre: Ghost Story, Mystery, A Touch of Romance. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews. 153 pages.
- Loose Ends – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery (Book 1) by Terri Reid. Price: $0. Genre: Paranormal Mystery perhaps. Rated 4.5 stars on 72 reviews. 165 pages.
- The NIV Gospel of John: With Devotional Notes by Zondervan. Price: $0. Genre: Gospel. Rated 4.5 stars on 3 reviews.
- Ashes for the Elephant God by Vijaya Schartz. Price: $0. Genre: Historical Romance, A Frenchwoman and an American Engineer in India, Lovers from a Past Life, the Murdered who killed them once before. Rated 4 stars on 8 reviews.
- Diva Las Vegas (Book 1 in the Raven McShane Series) by Caroline Dries and Steve Dries. Price: $0. Genre: An Ex-Stripper PI, A Hunky Mormon, A Horny Bouncer, Oh … also a murder, Reminiscent of Sue Grafton & Janet Evanovich. Rated 5 stars on 27 reviews. 348 kb in size.
- Healing Lily: a novel of hope by D. Stephenson Bond. Price: $0. Genre: A 9/11 Widow who can’t let go, A shy Beacon Hill psychoanalyst with issues, A journey of self-discovery. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews. 223 pages.
- Eleven Twenty-Three by Jason S. Hornsby. Price: $0. Genre: Occult Horror, Science Fiction. Rated 4 stars on 11 reviews. 320 pages.
- The Phantom of Valletta by Vicki Hopkins. Price: $0. Genre: Phantom of the Opera Continued, Gothic, Music and Madness in Malta, Mystery & Danger. Rated 4.5 stars on 10 reviews. 368 kb in size.
- Mindbenders by Ted Krever. Price: $0. Genre: Thriller, Use Your Mind or Someone Else Will, Science Fiction meets Fact, Survivor from a Soviet Mind Control Genetic Experiment. 234 pages. Rated 5 stars on 16 reviews.
Secondly, today’s Kindle Daily Deal:
- The Immortalists by Kyle Mills. Price: $0.99. Genre: Technothriller, Immortality for his Dying Daughter, Mystery, Medical Thriller, Crisp Writing. Rated 4 stars on 27 reviews. 33 pages.
Thirdly, thank you very much for giving Productivity Helper a chance. It’s currently at #49 in the Kindle Fire Store and #1 amongst Productivity Apps. My team and I really appreciate your giving us a chance – let us know what else you’d like in Productivity Helper and we’ll add the things that are possible. Other Kindle Fire app suggestions are welcome too.
Fourthly, we have the next installment of ‘Not Ideal’. This was written on the 14th.
- Part 1: Not Ideal. At the end of the link.
- Parts 2 and 3: The Girl and Perfect. At the end of the link.
- Part 4: Sorrow. At the end of the link.
Happenstance (After Sorrow)
The man hugged his daughter and his wife. Then he told them he’d be back soon and headed off to the store. As he walked back from the store he saw the Mustang. He had seen the reconditioned Mustang in the neighborhood often and had always wondered who owned it. Amongst a sea of flashy and empty cars it was a thing of beauty and character – a ’65 Shelby. He stopped as he saw a giant of a man step out of the car. There was a moment where they looked each other eye to eye and both felt the sudden shock of seeing something they should not have. The Giant was the first to flinch – hastily stepping back into the Mustang and then pulling out and speeding away. The man spent the rest of the walk back wondering why the sight of the Mustang man had bothered him so much. He couldn’t sleep that night.
At the school the next morning the man hugged his daughter and looked into those beautiful pale blue eyes and kissed her goodbye. Even after a year of school she hated the goodbyes. Not as much as he did. His wife held on to his arm as they looked at their daughter going up the stairs. Then it hit him. The Giant had the exact same eyes.
The man spent the next three weeks in torment. Then he hired a PI and found out that there were just 7 people in the city with a ’65 Mustang. After that, it wasn’t hard to find the Giant. As he stood at the door of the tiny apartment in the run down building and knocked, he felt something he couldn’t distil into words. The Giant opened the door slowly. They just stood and looked at each other for minutes. Then the Giant spoke and the infinite longing in the Giant’s heart was all that the man could hear.
The Giant didn’t want anything. The man couldn’t help thinking of the contrast between the father and the mother. The mother had asked twice more for money, which the man had calmly sent over. The Giant wanted nothing. The man agreed with the Giant that it was best for the girl to have a father and a mother and stability. He thanked the Giant and slowly walked to the door – his relief making it difficult for him to think. At the threshold, as he was about to step out of the apartment, he realized that he couldn’t let the Giant suffer like this. He, of all people, knew what a daughter meant – he couldn’t do this to the Giant.
They didn’t say anything as they drove. The man didn’t know how he and his wife would live without the girl. He had promised the Giant a good job and enough money to buy a house good enough for the girl. He had promised him no more trouble from the law and the best lawyers, in case something were to happen. The man didn’t know what he would say to his wife. He didn’t want to think about what she would have to go through. The Giant was having doubts of his own – The man was a good man. A man much more suited for raising a kid. And there was the man’s wife to consider. She loved his daughter – perhaps in a way the Giant never could.
They stood by the car and argued. The Giant argued for what was best for the girl. He argued even though he wanted to hold her more than anything in the world. They were interrupted by the man’s wife and the girl. They had seen the car from the window and had come down after getting tired of waiting. The Giant turned to go but the man held him by his arm. It was almost dusk. The girl looked at the Giant’s face more closely and she started crying. She hugged and kissed him and slowly ran her tiny hands over the scars on his face. She told him that she had always believed he would return for her - even after her mother had told her he was never coming back. The man and his wife looked on and wondered how they would live without the girl.
With the simplicity that only children can muster up, the girl said that she wanted all of them to live together. The man and the Giant looked at each other – and suddenly the obviousness of the solution hit them. The girl needed a family, and all of them needed the girl.