Amazon offer quite a few e-books that you can download to your Kindle at no charge for a limited time. But are they worth downloading?
The answer is yes, and no. I have downloaded several e-books from up and coming authors that turned out to be rather formulaic and in some cases, poorly written. However, I have also downloaded books from new authors that I am so glad that I discovered! Most of these books are available for several months or longer.
You will also find books from more established authors that are offered as a means of publicity. These are a great steal, but aren’t available for a very long period of time, so it’s important to check the free e-book list often.
Here are some of the gems I have discovered that are still available at Amazon. I have read each of these and highly recommend them!
Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson
Bella Rossi may be nearing thirty, but her life is just starting to get interesting. When her Italian-turned-Texan parents hand over the family wedding planning business, Bella is determined not to let them down. She quickly books a “Boot Scoot’n” wedding that would make any Texan proud. There’s only one catch–she’s a country music numbskull because her family only listens to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Where will she find a DJ on such short notice who knows his Alan Jackson from his Keith Urban?
When a misunderstanding leads her to the DJ (and man) of her dreams, things start falling into place. But with a family like hers, nothing is guaranteed. Can the perfect Texan wedding survive a pizza-making uncle with mob ties, an aunt who is a lawsuit waiting to happen, and a massive delivery of 80 cowboy boots? And will Bella ever get to plan her own wedding?
Book one in the Weddings by Bella series, Fools Rush In is fun, fresh, and full of surprises. Readers will love the flavorful combination of Italian and Tex-Mex, and the hilarity that ensues when cultures clash.
Love Me If You Mustby Nicole Young
A run-down Victorian to renovate, a past to leave behind–who has time for romance…or murder? Patricia Amble, Tish to her friends, has gotten her life together. She’s renovating an old, rambling Victorian house in a small town outside of Detroit, and the fixer-upper should net her a big profit when she resells. Romance is right next door, with two attractive neighbors vying for her affection. But even their persistent attentions can’t dispel the sense of unease Tish feels. Voices whisper out of nowhere . . . and something odd is going on in the basement. Soon, Tish begins to question her decision to buy the old house. When a dead body turns up her own dark secrets make her a prime suspect in the current chaos. And is either of her attractive neighbors really who he says he is? What is going on just under the surface of this sleepy small town? Find out in this engaging debut of the Patricia Amble Mystery series.
Making Waves : A Novel by Lorna Seilsad
Marguerite Westing is constantly pushing the boundaries of proper behavior in 1895 with her interest in astronomy, sailing, and other unfeminine pursuits. Her father indulges her, but her mother insists she marry Roger Gordon, a wealthy, socially prominent but boring and self-absorbed businessman. Marguerite’s besetting sins are her flippancy, her impulsiveness, and her tendency to lie in order to get her way, all of which continuously land her in trouble. At Lake Manawa, a popular Iowa summer resort near Council Bluffs, she meets Trip Andrews, a boatmaker who needs to win the regatta and really doesn’t like liars, and by lying she convinces him to teach her and her younger brother to sail. They fall in love, but Roger keeps turning up at the camp to badger her into accepting his suit, and Marguerite learns that unless she does, her entire family will suffer financially. Seilstad’s light Christian historical romance sets the stage for subsequent tales featuring Iowa’s elite at summer camp.