I’ve planted grass in my backyard so I’m literally watching grass grow. I have lots of free time on my hands and couldn’t think of anything better to do than to share some of it forward. Here are some more of those Amazon free eBooks.
Grab them while they’re free! You can always read them later. I think the kids books are priceless. Thank you Amazon and all the authors for sharing.
ALL NEW KINDLE VERSION
Gold Award Winner/ MCA Best Picture Book
Cougar Cub Tales: I’m Just Like You is about a cougar cub brother and sister who, one day, encounter a creature very unlike themselves. They have ungrounded apprehension about whether or not the blind bobcat is “a REAL cougar cub”.
By the end of the tale, they realize that they really ARE the same, overlooking their physical differences as they embrace their new friend. It is a timeless story that deals with the everyday issue of intolerance, especially regarding physical difference and disability. It is written in a wonderful nonsensical rhyme, and the eighteen watercolors are an exquisite representation of this charming tale.
40 Pages/ Full Color Illustrations
~NEWLY EDITED VERSION~
Lost and Alone, is about two sibling cougar cubs who live alone after losing their mother. The cubs are at odds one day, as siblings will be, and they decide to go their separate ways. The adventure becomes lonely and the cubs discover that the single most important thing is to find one another. Unusual circumstances come into play as the cubs are wonderfully reunited, never again to be separated.
The story deals with the everyday childhood issues of friend or sibling rivalry and spats and conflict resolution. It communicates to a child in a wonderful, nonsensical rhyme, and the eighteen watercolors are an exquisite representation of this timeless story.
Free Story “Little Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood” from Newfangled Fairy Tales, by Bruce Lansky and Timothy Tocher
In this free short story Big Bad Wolf is running a successful scam on Little Red’s Grandma until Little Red catches him in the act.
If you like this sample story, look for The Newfangled Fairy Tales series. Each fairy tale in the series puts a delightful new spin on classic stories and themes. King Midas is a workaholic banker who would rather play with his money than attend his son’s Little League baseball games. The Three Bears invade Goldy’s house because their forest home is being stripped to build a super highway. A Prince refuses to marry any of the grumpy princesses who lost sleep because there were peas under their mattresses. A clever princess pays a dragon to lose a fight so she can marry the man she loves. The twenty short stories in this series are lots of fun.
“Here is a new generation of fairy tales to make children laugh, not hide under the covers.”
When Cows Fly, by Tom Watson
A fun story written in a rhyming, limerick style, “When Cows Fly” is aimed at the younger set. Illustrated with finely cut paper illustrations, the story revolves around a boy in the woods, his pet cows and a massive pile of garbage that is accumulating nearby. Jacob takes matters into his own hands. He attaches wings to his cows and they go to work. What happens next is both funny and (a little bit … ) gross. You can probably guess.
Burly and Grum and the Secret City (A Burly and Grum Tale), by Kate Tenbeth
Burlington Bear, Grum the groblin and Max are best friends. Burly and Grum show Max a secret city in the the middle of the forest but hunters are tracking them down. They knock out Burly, capture Max and want to turn the Secret City into a tourist attraction. Throw in some big cats, Grum’s mother and brothers, Mike the Angel, a deer and a few ducks and the day becomes very exciting!
Is It Nice? Manners For Kids, by Casey Chapman
Is It Nice? Manners For Kids was written to help young children behave in different situations. Its wonderful illustrations and easy to understand messages make it easy for readers to learn the nice thing to do in everyday life. What should you do after you burp? Is it nice to yell or whine when you want something? These questions and others are answered for a great learning experience.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, by Calee M Lee
The classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been retold with simple, rhythmic sentences for beginning readers.
Like all ebooks from Xist Publishing, GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS has has been formatted to take advantage of the Kindle, Kindle Fire and Kindle apps for phones, tablets and computers. GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS is suitable for young readers and also as a read-aloud book to babies and toddlers.
PRESIDENT JOCK, VICE PRESIDENT GEEK, by Scott William Carter
Take one geeky sixteen-year-old girl deathly afraid of speaking to any crowd larger than one, but who desperately needs something on her application other than perfect grades to get her into Stanford. Add in a star basketball player who’s Mr. Popular to everyone else, but who’s hiding more than a few startling secrets. Throw in a crisis of identity, a scheming girlfriend, and troubled family lives. Oh, and make sure everything that can go wrong does. Then count the votes.
The result is PRESIDENT JOCK, VICE PRESIDENT GEEK, the story of two mixed up teenagers struggling to find themselves and the craziest student election ever to hit the halls of Rexton High.
“Carter’s writing is on target.” – Publishers Weekly
SCOTT WILLIAM CARTER’s first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “touching and impressive debut” and won the prestigious Oregon Book Award. His most recent book, The Care and Feeding of Rubber Chickens, about one teenage boy’s thousand-mile quest to tell the girl of his dreams how he really feels about her, was published in the spring of 2012. His short stories have appeared in dozens of popular magazines and anthologies. He lives in Oregon with his wife, two children, and thousands of imaginary friends. Visit him online at scottwilliamcarter.com.
His highly anticipated fantasy from Simon and Schuster, WOODEN BONES, chronicling the untold story of Pinocchio, is due out in the summer of 2012.
The Tales of Big and Little: Doom of the Three Stones (Tell Me A Story Bedtime Stories for Kids), by Josh Kilen
Look for Other Titles in the Tell Me A Story Series:
Sean Ryanis & The Impossible Chase
The Superhero Chronicles: Birth of Moonlight
The Lost Princess in Winter’s Grip
OR Buy All Four First Stories for One Low Price!
About The Tales of Big and Little – Doom of the Three Stones…
Big and Little are two dogs who love cheese. They would never have imagined that this love would take them to another world, to do battle with the ferocious feline, Shirlee, and his army of animated Pizza Crusts! Follow Big and Little as they try to foil Shirlee’s plans to take over the worlds!
About “Tell Me A Story” Bedtime Stories…Deep down every kid loves bedtime stories, but sometimes at the end of the day you just don’t have the energy. That’s where the Tell Me A Story series of books can help. Each nightly episode takes 5-10 minutes to read out loud and ends in a gripping cliffhanger. Imagine your child hanging on your every word and captivating them every night with an easy to tell bedtime story.
These stories are not only exciting for them but they are fun for you to read as well.
For less time than it takes to watch the start of a sit-com, you can spend quality time with your kids and make memories they will never forget.
Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills, Book 1), by Kathleen Morgan
In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It’s a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.
While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne’s actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne’s safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor’s identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best.
Free Air, by Sinclair Lewis
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
The One You Love (suspense mystery), by Paul Pilkington
Emma Holden’s nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family are hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her fiancé alive again.
The One You Love is a fast-paced suspense mystery, full of twists and turns, following in the tradition of writers such as Nicci French and Sophie Hannah.
Since July 2011 it has been downloaded over 900,000 times, has spent a full month at number 1 in the UK Kindle free download chart (July-August 2011), and reached the top of the US Kindle free download chart.
This edition (24th December 2011) addresses the editing and proofing issues of the first release.
Paul’s latest suspense mystery, Someone to Save You, is also available on Kindle. Praise for Someone to Save You:
“An excellent read which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to all lovers of thrillers.” (four stars, Amazon.co.uk)
“…fast-paced and intricately plotted…the lead character Sam Becker is a likable, convincing protagonist.” (five stars, Amazon.co.uk)
“I loved this one! A super novel which kept me up at night! Did not want to put it down until I’d read the next chapter, so much sleep lost!” (five stars, Amazon.co.uk)
“Seriously, my co-workers were laughing at me as I came back from a break this morning because I was still staring at my phone (with Kindle app) as I walked down the hall back to my desk. I just could not stop reading. Very suspenseful, so much so, that I’m sorry I’ve finished it.” (five stars, Amazon.com)
HOSTILE WITNESS (legal thriller, thriller) (The Witness Series,#1), by Rebecca Forster
When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief ustice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.
“This story was inspired by a case my husband handled. As a superior court judge he had to sentence a minor to life in prison. It made me wonder how I felt about minors arrested for violent crimes. Are they most vulnerable among us – capable or horrible violence, perceived as adults and yet emotionally still children?” Rebecca Forster (rebeccaforster.com)
“An enthralling read, with colorful, well-developed characters and the unique atmosphere of the California beach communities.” Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
“Blending complex psychological character portraits with spot-on accurage courtroom drmaa, Forster’s riveting legal thriller keeps the plot twists coming until the last, satisfying page.” – Alafair Burke
In Their Blood, by Sharon Potts
Born into a life of privilege, Jeremy Stroeb loves freedom, loathes responsibility and drops out of college to start backpacking across Europe. But this free-spirited drifter crashes back to brutal reality when his parents, Rachel and Daniel Stroeb, are murdered in their home on Miami Beach.When he returns to Miami, Jeremy assumes guardianship of his teenage sister, Elise, who is traumatized and convinced the killer will be back for her.With steely, urgent resolve, Jeremy vows to find out what really happened to Rachel Stroeb, the respected CPA and Daniel Stroeb, the controversial professor.Determined to get on the inside of his parents’ lives, Jeremy takes a job at the accounting firm where his mother worked, and enrolls at the university where his father taught.But too many details don’t add up. With mounting certainty that his parents were anything but the people he thought they were, Jeremy must face the toughest questions of all. Who were Rachel and Daniel Stroeb? And when will the killer be back for the next of kin?
Frame-Up (Michael Knight), by John F Dobbyn
After graduating from Harvard Law with his closest friend John McKedrick, Michael Knight takes a job with his mentor, legendary trial attorney Lex Devlin, while John becomes sole associate of a notorious mob lawyer.Michael never lost hope that John McKedrick would escape to cleaner pastures -until John is murdered in a car bombing bearing the signature of his questionable clientele. How could two friends who were so close have taken such wildly divergent paths?In the wake of McKedrick’s murder, three men who took their own deviating paths will meet for the first time in forty years. Matt Ryan, a priest, Dominic Santangelo, a mafia don, and Lex Devlin put the past aside to focus on a present concern: Dominic’s son has been charged with John McKedrick’s murder.At Lex’s urging, Michael Knight reluctantly agrees to represent the alleged bomber. In building a defense, Michael is drawn into a high-stakes art fraud that leads him from the seediest parts of Boston to the sophisticated Amsterdam inner sanctum of international crime.
Spying in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries), by Gemma Halliday
L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears – along with $20 million in embezzled funds – and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD’s sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300 pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her…
Bluegrass State of Mind (Bluegrass Series), by Kathleen Brooks
McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?
This is the first book in the Bluegrass Series. The second book, Risky Shot, is due out by the end of the summer. The third book, Dead Heat is due out mid-Fall.
The “Cradle” Robber – Part 1: And So It Begins, by Jessica Reve
I looked away blushing he cupped my cheek turning my head to look at him. All I could do was look down at the carpet trying to decide on what I was going to do and then I raised my eyes and met his. He slid closer to me still with his hand cupping my face and that’s when I inhaled his scent of cologne closing my eyes and taking a deep breath in that’s when his lips met mine, “that’s what I thought” Caleb said quietly with a smile. I went weak placing my hand on his forearm catching myself from possibly falling. I gave in pressing my lips harder against his, breathing heavier as he took his other arm and wrapped it around my waist pulling me closer to him. He pulled my bun out letting my long hair flow about my face kissing me deeply making my body quiver with passion. He pulled away slowly staring at me with his ocean deep eyes, “how long have you felt like this?” he asked me while smiling at me with his perfect smile. I didn’t know whether I should be completely honest but decided that it’s too late now, “Since I met you really. Truthfully, this is the first time I have ever done anything like this with someone older” he smiled back at me leaning in to kiss on me some more.
I Called Him Dancer, by G. Edward Snipes
I Called Him Dancer is about a boy growing up
in a broken home. His fragile world is shattered when his mother leaves
him with a relative and walks out of his life. After seeing a man
dancing with grace and acrobatics, he decides to imitate the man and
discovers a natural talent for dance. His life’s passion becomes dance
and eventually the young man achieves his dream of Broadway. A drug
addiction and his inner demons destroy his life and he eventually
becomes homeless. His previous dance partner refuses to let go and
reaches out to him, but he rejects her. Bitter at God and the world, the
dancer embraces a solitary life on the streets. Though he lashes out at
God, the Lord has other plans for the fallen dancer.
First book in the popular Frank Pavlicek series.
One shot. One fatal error.
Thirteen years ago, Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances.
Now, the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry – and tries to live outside the shadow of his past.
Frank is hunting with his red-tailed hawk, Armistead, when he finds it. A teenage boy’s body – barely concealed behind a pile of brush in a part of the forest Frank recently visited with his daughter, Nicole. It’s a truly gruesome crime scene – one of the many things Frank doesn’t miss about working homicide in the big city.
But what Frank finds in the dead boy’s wallet is even more disturbing: Nicole’s phone number, scribbled in ink on the edge of a bill. He pockets the evidence and flees. Days later, his daughter is in jail. His past is coming back to haunt him. And his reputation – and life – are on the line…
Open Season (Joe Gunther Mysteries), by Archer Mayor
Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed—and others set-up—seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man. Signs suggest that a three year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it’s a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.
Open Season is the first of Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunther novels, a series of gripping police procedurals set in New England, where small-town charm, stoicism and civility sometimes conceal brutal truths.