Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 2017 Book Haul #2

More books gotten in April! All Kindle books. All free (thanks to both bookbub and a goodreads group i'm in that sometimes posts temporarily free Ebooks. It's a horror group so they are all horror-related for those ones). Also I don't always necessarily have anything to say about them other than "It was free, and i'm weak" lol. When I do have something to add I will. :)

Bed, Breakfast & Bones by Carolyn L. Dean

"Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who’s buried in her garden! What should’ve been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie.

Sure, she could pack her bags and travel back to LA…or should she dig in, heal from her failed romance, and find a whole new set of friends and adventures in Ravenwood Cove?

And how could a quiet little coastal village have so many secrets?

Includes the free recipe for Amanda’s (and the author’s) favorite cinnamon rolls. First novel in the Ravenwood Cove ebook series. Paperback and audiobook (with Whispersync) versions coming soon. Mild PG rating (because hey, there's a dead guy in it)."

In Mind of the Vampire by John Vance

"When Dr. Julian Hemmings agrees to apply the controversial techniques of his mentor Sigmund Freud to the deeply troubled Lucy Westenra, he begins a descent into a world of gothic horror that prompts his own self-analysis and a confrontation with long-suppressed passions that have affected his life since adolescence.

Set in London during the fall of 1897, In Mind of the Vampire draws context from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and features two of the main characters—Lucy Westenra and Mina Murray. But this novel is not a mere retelling of Stoker’s tale. Carefully researched and with the full flavor of late Victorian London, In Mind of the Vampire is a haunting tale of mystery, beauty, horror, and agonizing self-realization. Here one is transported to a beguiling and enthralling world where intellectual sophistication clashes with primal instincts and needs—leading to consequences that testify to the enduring and unalterable power of the imagination."

Out of Time Series Box Set (Books 1-3) by Monique Martin

"This box set contains three complete novels: Books 1-3 of the Out of Time Series.

Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery (Book #1)
Mystery, romance and adventure...

Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he's been looking for, and the romance that he hasn't.

Simon and Elizabeth's developing relationship is tested by demons real and imagined. In 1920s Manhattan, there are more than mobsters vying for power in the city's speakeasies. When the local kingpin with a dark secret sets his sights on Elizabeth, day to day struggles become a fight for their very lives.

When the Walls Fell (Book #2)
Professor Simon Cross and his assistant Elizabeth West have returned from their accidental journey into the past and are adjusting to their new life together as a couple. But an unwanted visit from the Council for Temporal Studies could change everything.

A murder in the past is changing the future, and if the killing isn't stopped, Simon Cross might never be born.

When they arrive in 1906 San Francisco, Elizabeth and Simon have no idea who wants Victor Graham dead or how it will happen. With the earthquake that leveled most of the city just days away, the race to save Graham thrusts them into a complex mystery of jealousy and revenge where murder might be the least of their worries.

Fragments (Book #3)
Simon & Elizabeth are back in book #3 of the Out of Time Series! Professor Simon Cross and his assistant, Elizabeth West, thought their time traveling days were over. That's before they stumble across a World War II photograph -- with missing time traveler, Evan Eldridge, injured and in desperate need of help.

They find Evan in 1942 London, ill and not quite sure what's happened. He remembers only one thing with crystal clarity -- the whereabouts of an artifact Hitler believes can win the war. That's information every Nazi spy in the country would kill to know.

As if saving Evan and surviving war-torn England weren't enough, the outcome of the war hinges on Simon and Elizabeth finding Evan's artifact before the Nazis do. But time is running out: for them, for London, for the world."

Bad Games by Jeff Menapace


The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games...

The Fannelli brothers are heading to Crescent Lake too. Some stalking, some kidnapping, some murder, definitely some games...though not necessarily the type of games the Lamberts had in mind.

But it doesn't matter. The Lamberts are going to play whether they like it or not.

An intense psychological thriller, Bad Games has the dark, mind-bending chills of The Bad Seed combined with the fish-out-of-water dread and suspense of Deliverance.

So let Jeff Menapace's highly anticipated novel keep you up all night as it delves into the mystery of nature versus nurture when comprehending the evil in man, along with the will and determination an innocent family must summon to fight back against horrific odds."

Pray Lied Eve 2: Further Tales of the Untoward by Lydia Peever

"Short tales of confusion, fear, and hopelessness.

Horror, weird tales, quiet stories of the supernatural... call them what you will, these six stories serve as a following to the first three dark offerings of Pray Lied Eve. This second installment is longer and delves more deeply into realms perhaps best left undisturbed. Sadness, thoughts of revenge, scenes of torture; many people find themselves exploring these things alone so Pray Lied Eve will offer to be your guide.

Have your mirror image ruined, and all sense of safety in your home with The Ringer. Explore the madness of the carnival after dark with Jack and the Box. Halloween Hopscotch sounds fun, but when everyone knows what you've done... or simply ignore the atrocities of the past and visit Midway Park. Witness nightmares come alive during the Widow’s Wake, and then leave it all As Is, Where Is."

The Candle Star by Michelle Isenhoff

"When Emily was a little girl, her father had taken her outside in each season and pointed out the pictures in the stars, explaining the ancient lore behind them. She wondered if he was looking up at the same stars right now.

"They're beautiful, aren't they?"

Emily started. She hadn't heard Malachi approach.

"Looks like you can just reach up and pluck one down, maybe set it in a ring," he said. "It'd be the most beautiful piece of jewelry you ever laid eyes on."

He pointed to the Big Dipper. "See the last two stars in the bowl of the spoon? They line up just right and point the way to the North Star."

Emily had learned that when she was six.

"When I was little, I remember Mama setting a candle in the window on the nights Daddy would get in late. I slept sound on those nights, confident that beacon was guiding my daddy home."

He paused as he contemplated the night sky. "The North Star is kind of like a candle God hung up special to guide His lost children home. Lot of black folks looking up at it right now, directing themselves home to freedom." Ages 10+"

The Room Went Dark: A Collection of Short Stories by Nancy Morgan

"The Room Went Dark is a collection of short stories that all begin with the same line but veer off in all different, strange directions. The author hopes you will be surprised at the endings. If you are afraid of the dark ...... these stories won't make you less so."

The Corpse Garden: A Collection Of Short Horror Stories by S.H. Cooper

"A collection of fourteen short horror stories that chronicle obsession, loss, and why you should be afraid of things that go bump in the night. From a young boy with with an unhealthy fixation on what could go wrong to a man who can't accept that his wife wants to leave him, traipsing through The Corpse Garden certainly isn't for the faint of heart.

Author S.H. Cooper presents a combination of works popularized on Reddit's NoSleep and four, previously unreleased stories for brand new thrills and chills that are best read with the lights on."

Triple Threat by Troy McCombs

"Three short horror stories for a dollar!

A confused and desperate man is being stalked by a headless stranger whose real intentions may be very surprising to both him and you, the reader.

Feeding Time:
Some people think Bigfoot is tame... but is that really true? Or does it sometimes come out to eat men in order to retain its supernatural powers?

Henry has been afraid of the dark ever since childhood. Now he's a grown man who believes that darkness is a direct link back to a previous world, a previous incarnation, where earthly fears actually have substance."

Aetheric Elements: The Rise of a Steampunk Reality by Travis I. Sivart

"Automatons and airships, bustles and beasts, corsets and curses, dandies and dastardly deeds, all await you as you explore the cultures which evolved into a Steampunk industrial civilization. Learn about the people who made history and created the events that molded a world into a near utopia, only to be torn asunder as the society was about to achieve the pinnacle of its existence. Enjoy a savory sampler of Steampunk society and sinister scenarios to whet your appetite for the author's upcoming full length novel.

This anthology of nineteen tales of terror, mystery, and adventure takes you into Travis Sivart's weird and wonderful world."

After the End by Matthew Blake

"A group of friends and family head into the wilderness for a long weekend of partying and camping, but soon find themselves trapped by a mysterious event outside their control. As the group adapts to their vacation becoming their new life and deal with human threats, they find themselves confronted by something lurking deep in the wilderness. Something evil and ancient.

And hungry."

Vampire Punk by KuroKoneko Kamen

"A villainous vampire with a broken heart…

When twilight falls vampire Slaine Morvyn prowls the city of San Francisco hunting bloodthirsty vampires…for fun. Slaine is no hero. And he’s definitely no saint. Ever since his unrequited love Rebecca Thorn married his rival Druid Vampire Hunter, Derek Dearg, he’s been drowning his sorrows in promiscuous sex, drugs and alcohol.

An angel’s forbidden love to mend it…

Rogue Archangel Uriel is a little different from most angels. When she goes against the rules and saves a vampire that was fated to die - she gets assigned to be his guardian angel. Now, she must try and help him to find true love so that he can be redeemed. She risks losing her wings when she falls for him instead.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…

When Slaine rejects a vampire witch named Iona she angrily places a cursed tattoo on his neck that resembles a black, thorny vine. The curse will bring his greatest fear to life as it slowly kills him in a matter of weeks. Once his fear has consumed him completely the tattoo will decapitate him. The only way to break the curse is for Slaine to kill Iona. Will Slaine find the key to reawaken his dormant Druidic powers before it’s too late?"

After Dark by Mikey Campling

"When another body is discovered - a young woman washed up by the tide - it seems that someone stalks the streets of the nearby town of Whitby, after dark. Someone who preys on young women, and kills them in a very singular manner. And as crowds of Goths arrive to celebrate an annual festival, the scene is set for a gothic tale with a contemporary twist.
After Dark is a horror story set in modern day Whitby, the town where, according to Stoker, a certain Count came ashore.

In recent years, Whitby has held an annual Goth festival, and this surreal event sets the stage for a deliciously dark tale."

Fallen Angel: Dawn of Reckoning by J. L. Myers

"Darkly romantic. A dangerous new paranormal thriller for fans of all things supernatural.

Centuries ago a war between heaven and earth battled on… Lucifer was struck from heaven and banished to Earth to live as a mortal…but he'll never be fully human, and he'll never let go of his rage against the one who shunned him. God will regret turning his back on him, and his precious humans will pay with their humanity.

Despite the horrendous crimes Lucifer commits, archangel Gabriel refuses to lose faith in him and the man she knows he truly is. Now others want to use her against him…but will she be his downfall or his savior?"

Nature of the Beast by Aimee Brissay

"After sorceress Alexandra tries to kill her insane father, her fae uncle expels her from the Otherworld in an attempt to keep her safe. Living among humans, she keeps her connection with the supernatural by working for vampires and werewolves.

When she stumbles upon a hurt werewolf pup her efforts to heal him inadvertently break the bonds tying the young lycan to the pack, making her his new alpha.

This is the least of Alexandra’s worries though, for back in the Otherworld her father has not forgotten her. He dispatches an assassin to kill her. But just who is this mysterious foe, and what will their arrival mean not only to Alexandra but to the delicate balance of the world?"

I got this because I saw that it's in the LGBT+ section on Amazon, so while I don't know *how* it's LGBT+ i'm expecting it to be somehow.

Fractal Flames by John Pirillo

"Fresh, eye catching, savory examples of digital images that launch our imaginations into new worlds of light and color to explore, to enjoy, to dance and revel in.

Over a hundred exploding, hypnotic, meditative images to soothe and calm the mind and bring peace to the soul."

The Darkest Thread by Jen Blood

"For fans of John Connolly, Nevada Barr, and dogs of all shape and size, the first novel in the new Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries, from the author of the bestselling Erin Solomon Mysteries! When teenage sisters go missing in the mysterious "Bennington Triangle" of Vermont, an area renowned for its disappearances and strange occurrences over the past hundred years, FBI agent Jack Juarez brings K-9 handler Jamie Flint and her dog Phantom in to assist with the search. When Jack realizes the case shares haunting similarities with the murders of the missing girls' aunts ten years before, it becomes clear that he and Jamie are dealing with much more than two girls who simply wandered off the beaten path."

Edwina by Willow Rose

"A terrifying nail-biting horror story from the Queen of Scream Novels!

Marie-Therese is about to take in another child in foster care. But Edwina is no ordinary girl as Marie-Therese is about to discover. Stories of death and destruction follow her trail and soon events in the small Danish town will take a decidedly macabre turn on one horrifying and endless night.

EDWINA is a spinoff from the third book in Willow Rose's Rebekka Franck Series Five, Six...Grab Your Crucifix, but can be read separately.

˃˃˃ WARNING: Very scary and not for the faint of heart!"

Haunted Fields by Dan Moore

"Haunted Fields follows teenager Freddie Forster as he navigates the unexpected events in a very different summer break. Having planned to spend the holidays partying, Freddie is disappointed when his step-mum refuses to fund his lifestyle and he finds himself banished from the family home. He travels north, and comes across a farm on the outskirts of a secret rural community. Freddie soon learns that fear and rumours surround the village, and that there have been sightings of a ghost.

Freddie’s involvement in helping to save the struggling farm, as well as uncovering the truth about the haunted fields, gains him both friends and enemies. As he discovers more secrets about his own family as well as the village, Freddie has to fight to rise above the paranoia and lies.

Dan Moore has crafted a brilliant tale of a seventeen-year-old boy forced from his comfort zone into a community haunted by the secrets of its past. Haunted Fields is an examination of its characters’ fears: of teenage angst, family secrets, hysteria. It also explores what happens when someone is confronted with the terrifying reality of seeing something, which they know can't possibly be real, with their own eyes.

Dan is a young writer from Lincolnshire who, having decided he should do something with his vivid imagination, began writing whilst studying at the University of Lincoln, aged nineteen. Dan would love to pursue a career in writing, and is in the process of planning his next project."

The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger

"What if Beauty was the Beast?

Lise’s father is dead, and the life of plenty and freedom that she has known as the daughter of the King’s Huntsman is gone. She must now live a life of duty to her mother and sisters, helping them to cope in their altered circumstances. But where her mother would have her wed a childhood friend to secure their future, Lise knows that is not what she longs for.

When she meets a mysterious woman in the forest, Lise feels the stirrings of emotions she cannot give voice to, but with this woman, she doesn’t have to say anything—Senna knows.

Cursed, hunted, and feared, Senna has been forced to wander from place to place for more years than she cares to remember. She gave up hope long ago that there could ever be an end to her isolation.

Odd sightings in the forest—monsters of legend come to life, old enemies back from the past, fearsome beasts on the prowl—begin to frighten the people of Lise’s village. Somehow, all of these things are connected to Senna. As the villagers’ fear grows, so does their hatred.

Senna prepares to flee, accepting what has become her fate, but Lise isn’t ready to give up her one chance for happiness. Soon, only Lise stands between the villagers and the woman she has grown to love."

I don't even care about Beauty and the Beast but I saw F/F Beauty and the Beast retelling and was like "Yes please!"

The King Series Box Set by Tawdra Kandle

Tasmyn Vaughn didn't expect much when her dad's job moved them to a small town in Florida; it was just another new school. But there is more to King than meets the eye, and soon Tasmyn's ability to hear others' thoughts is the least of her worries. Entangled in a web of first love, quirky and secretive townsfolk, magic and blood rituals, she discovers the town's secrets aren't just bizarre, they're deadly.

Tasmyn Vaughn is not having the senior year she expected. Her boyfriend Michael leaves for college, she's being stalked by a suspicious preacher, pursued by the hot new boy at school and blackmailed by her chemistry teacher--who just might be a witch. Tas needs all of her many talents--and a little help from unexpected sources--just to keep her head above water. . .literally.

When she agrees to allow Ms. Lacusta to help develop her powers, Tasmyn has no idea how deep and dark the journey will become. Trapped between fascination and fear, she moves farther away from friends and family, even her boyfriend Michael. Leading a double life forces Tas into decisions that will threaten her sanity and her future and the very lives of those she loves.

After the tumult of her high school senior year, all is right in Tasmyn Vaughan’s world. She’s attending college with her boyfriend, and she’s learning to control her powers. Everything is finally perfect, until it isn’t.

When her new part-time job leads to more than she bargained for, Tasmyn is thrown into a deadly fight against forces of evil that she didn’t even know existed. Mastering her extraordinary gifts along with the strength of an endless love may be the only weapon that can guarantee her a happily ever after."

I actually saw I already had the first book (also from a freebie one day) and then, bam, why not the entire series for free? I don't even know if i'll like it but if I do, I got the entire series. That's if I ever get around to reading it.

Liquid Cool: The Cyberpunk Detective Series by Austin Dragon

"Liquid Cool is the debut cyberpunk detective series!
It’s cyberpunk re-imagined—science fiction meets the detective thriller in an ever-rainy world of colossal skyscrapers. Hover-cars fly above in the dark, bustling skies and gray people walk below on the grimy, flashy streets of this “neon jungle.” Metropolis isn’t a bad place, but it isn’t a good one either. Uber-governments and mega-corporations fight for control of the super-city, but so does crime.

We were introduced to Liquid Cool, by the free prequel short, These Mean Streets, Darkly. We met an average woman, Carol—hardworking and decent in every way—only to have her daughter kidnapped by the psycho cyborg Red Rabbit. Can Police Central find the girl in time—alive? And is it really another senseless act of random violence in the fifty-million-plus super-city?

This story continues…and there are so many more. For the first time, we meet our private eye (and unlikely hero), Cruz in a super-city where there are a million victims and perpetrators. Welcome to the high-tech, low-life world of Liquid Cool.

But watch out for tech-tricksters, analog hustlers, and digital gangsters—psychos, samurais, and cyborgs aplenty—they may want your money, or your life, more than you do.

Get Your Copy of LIQUID COOL Right Now and Prepare to be Thrilled with Mystery, Action, and Laughs! And don’t get shot by a laser-pistol-packing cyber-punk on your way to the digital store."

Cinderella & the Colonel by K.M. Shea

"Scratching out a living in a land recovering from war and a hostile takeover, Cinderella—an orphaned, destitute duchess—is desperate to save her lands and servants in spite of the terrible taxes placed upon her by the Erlauf queen, even if it means she must don servants’ clothes and work like a commoner.

Her sacrifices aren’t enough, and when a mountain of debt is levied against her, she is given one season to produce the funds. Cinderella realizes it is only a matter of time before she loses everything she has struggled to protect, and it seems that all is lost until she is befriended by the debonair Colonel Friedrich—a member of the Erlauf military and a citizen of the oppressing country that rules her homeland.

From helping her break into the royal library to saving her from a rogue mage, Friedrich draws her closer and challenges her mindset of the queen and the war.

Cinderella knows Friedrich is not all he appears to be, but can she trust him with her country and her heart?

CINDERELLA AND THE COLONEL is fairy tale retelling of love, sacrifice, adventure, and magic. It is filled with humor, deception, and clean romance, and it belongs to the top selling series, TIMELESS FAIRY TALES. The books in this series take place in the same world and can be read all together, or as individual, stand-alone books."

I don't normally care for Cinderella either but I do like fairy tale retellings and if I like this i'll be interested in checking out at least some others in the series.

Hers to Take by Talia Ellison

"The last thing Octavia expects when she finds herself with Aaron Viteri’s gun pressed to the back of her head is that he won’t pull the trigger. After all, she’s a Ferrara, and her family and the Viteris have been enemies for decades. Not to mention she has snuck into his apartment to steal the files her family desperately needs.

But Aaron offers her a deal. He’ll spare her life if she pretends to be his sex slave and helps him take over his father’s business. Octavia knows she can’t trust the cold, arrogant, controlling, and devilishly handsome Aaron, but her only choice is to accept his offer.

The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes he isn’t who everyone thinks he is. And the way he looks at her makes her want to tie him to the bed and put his perfect mouth to better use. But if Octavia wants to stop a looming war before it’s too late, she can’t let her growing feelings for her enemy get in the way.

This is the first installment in the three-book Loving Your Enemy series. It contains potentially triggering situations, violence, strong language, sexual content, and a cliffhanger."

Normally I wouldn't bother but it sounded interesting when I saw "makes her want to tie him to the bed and put his perfect mouth to better use", well, that's different. Sort of. Lol it has good ratings, sounds potentially interesting and was free. Free = why not. I might have a problem...with free books...and i'm really trying to get better T.T BUT...THERE...ARE...SO...MANY.

The Time Hunters by Carl Ashmore

"Becky is a typical thirteen year old girl. She likes Facebook, gossiping and plenty of sleep. So when she and her brother, Joe, are invited to stay with their 'loony' Uncle Percy at his stately home, she thinks it’ll be the worst summer ever. What she doesn't realise is that Bowen Hall is also home to a baby Triceratops, two Sabre-tooth tigers and the mythic hero, Will Scarlet...

'The Time Hunters' is a thrilling adventure that takes Becky, Joe, Uncle Percy and Will on a quest through time to find the legendary Golden Fleece.

The Clock is ticking.... "

Free Me by Laurelin Paige

"Her story started long before she started working at The Sky Launch...

Screw fairytales. The only reward Gwen Anders got from her rough childhood was a thick skin and hard heart. She’s content with her daily grind managing a top NYC nightclub—Eighty-Eighth Floor. So hers isn’t a happily ever after. She doesn’t believe in those anyway.

Then she meets J.C.

The rich, smooth talking playboy is the sexiest thing that Gwen has ever encountered, but she’s not interested in a night-in-shining latex. But when a family tragedy pushes her to the brink, it’s J.C. who’s there to teach her a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires. His no-strings-attached lessons require her to abandon her constant need for control. Her carefully built walls are obliterated.

Gwen discovers there’s a beautiful world outside her prison. Freedom is exhilarating—and terrifying. When she starts to feel something for J.C., she fears for her heart. Especially as she realizes that he has secrets of his own. Secrets that don't want to set him free.

This series can be read alone or with the Fixed Trilogy."

I couldn't find the actual cover I got but anyway, normally I wouldn't have bothered but a goodreads friend of mine really liked it and it sounded interesting and it was free (today April 30th) so...yeah. Nothing against romance books they just aren't normally my cuppa tea but I guess it depends. Will see...probably...eventually.

Twice Dead: Contagion by Suchitra Chatterjee

"What do you do when your world ends, Zombies are eating your friends and family, and you just happen to live in Thorncroft, a residential home for people with disabilities?

You fight back in the only you know how, by using the skills of those around you.

There's a cricket bat/sword wielding Paralympian, a girl with a heightened sense of smell, a computer hacker with scarily accurate conspiracy theories, not to mention a former racing driver, now in a wheelchair who likes to tinker with speed, a girl with oodles of sex appeal, a volatile young man with the strength of Hercules, a dying boy with space travel on his mind and a young woman with a deadly family secret.

And then there are the American soldiers, are they friend or foe? Only time will tell.

Kicking Zombie booty though is the least of everyones problems, but where there is a will there are the Thorncroft residents and their allies.

Just don't call them inspirational... "

I forgot to put this on originally! I'm so sorry! For some reason it wasn't in my "have to haul" Ebook collection! This is an Own Voices story about people with disabilities fighting zombies. Yes Please! I mentioned it more Here.

How are there so many books?! Have you read any of these? Any peak your interest? What have you gotten in April?

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