Whispersync deal roundup for Thursday, March 3: Joe R. Lansdale, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Ferret Steinmetz, Annie Bellet, Charles E. Gannon, and more

Another day where there’s just too many deals to share them piecemeal, one Tweet at a time. Starting with the best deals from among the 10 Whispersync for Voice enabled titles from today’s Kindle Daily Deals and picking up a few other titles, here we go:

  

Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Hap and Leonard Series) by Joe R. Lansdale for $1.99+$3.99 — The first of Lansdale’s “Hap and Leonard” series, “A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money, and bloody mayhem. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn’t be more different. Hap is an east Texas white boy with a weakness for Texas women. Leonard is a black, gay Vietnam vet. Together, they stir up more commotion than a fire storm. But that’s just the way they like it. So when as ex-flame of Hap’s returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam, and that’s when things get interesting. Chock full of action and laughs, Savage Season is the masterpiece of dark suspense that introduced Hap and Leonard to the thriller scene. It hasn’t been the same since.” (And you know it’s gotta be good if this science fiction and fantasy heavy blog leads with a crime thriller, right? Right.)

First Activation (The Activation Series Book 1) and Second Activation (The Activation Series Book 2) by Darren and Marcus Weymouth, read by James Langton for $1.99+$1.99 each — “Brothers Harry and Jack leave Manchester for New York City for their annual weekend getaway. But upon arrival, they find a silent, deserted JFK, where the few ground crew they can spot have all been slaughtered. Harry and Jack are military veterans, but they’ve never encountered anything like this. As they witness the carnage and stumble across murderous madmen in a postapocalyptic New York City, it becomes clear that escape is the only option–that is if there is anywhere sane to which to escape….”

Teen: Infinity: Chronicles of Nick (Chronicles of Nick Book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, read by Holter Graham for $2.99+$5.99 — This one’s pretty pricy for a “Whispersync Deal” but it’s still under a credit cost for most of us, so: “At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends – until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity. Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead. But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh-eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu. Like starting high school isn’t hard enough! Now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?” The following books in the series are also on sale in e-book for $2.99 each, but the Whispersync upgrade price quickly and steadily increases, so just keep an eye on what you’re buying.

OK, that’s the “official” Kindle Daily Deal scan, here’s what I stumbled across via other means for today:

  

Flex (‘Mancer) by Ferrett Steinmetz, read by Peter Brooke for $2.99+$3.49 — “A desperate father embraces forbidden magic, drawing from his obsession with bureaucracy in order to save the life of his injured daughter. FLEX. Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams. FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t. PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, and track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form. But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain wipe. Ferrett Steinmetz is a graduate of both the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and Viable Paradise and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, for which he remains stoked. Ferrett has a moderately popular blog, The Watchtower of Destruction, wherein he talks about bad puns, relationships, politics, videogames, and more bad puns. He is a noted online personality whose letter to his daughter, ‘I Hope You Have Awesome Sex’, went viral.”

Dawnflight (The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles Book 1) by Kim Headlee (Author) and Dorothy Dickson (Narrator) for $0.99+$1.99 — “Gyanhumara Gyan nic Hymar is a Caledonian chieftainess by birth, a warrior and leader of warriors by training, and she is betrothed to Urien map Dumarec, a son of her clan’s deadliest enemy, by right of Arthur the Pendragon’s conquest of her people. For the sake of peace, Gyan is willing to sacrifice everything… perhaps even her very life, if her foreboding about Urien proves true. Arthur map Uther is the bastard son of two worlds, Roman by his father and Brytoni by his mother. Denied hereditary rulership by the elders of Chieftainess Ygraine’s clan, Arthur has followed Uther’s path to become Dux Britanniarum, the Pendragon: supreme commander of the northern Brytoni army. The Caledonians, Scots, Saxons, and Angles keep him too busy to dwell upon his loneliness… most of the time. When Gyan and Arthur meet, each recognize within the other their soul’s mate. The treaty has preserved Gyan’s ancient right to marry any man, providing he is a Brytoni nobleman – but Arthur does not qualify. And the ambitious Urien, Arthur’s greatest political rival, shall not be so easily denied. If Gyan and Arthur cannot prevent Urien from plunging the Caledonians and Brytons back into war, their love will be doomed to remain unfulfilled forever.

Teen: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Author), Georgia King (Narrator), Sandy Rustin (Narrator) for $1.21+$3.99 — “The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices–one still living and one dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old ballerina days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries: What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve–in this life or in another one?”

And finally a haul of #FreeKindle deals that are active as of this posting:

  

Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 1) by Annie Bellet, read by Folly Blaine for $0+$1.99 — Begins a throughly enjoyable gamer+urban fantasy series set in Idaho: “Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe. As long as she doesn’t use her magic. When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers. Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.” Murder of Crows (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 2) is $0.99+$1.99 each for a limited time as well, and Pack of Lies (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 3) is also on sale for $0.99 in e-book, however it does not appear to (yet?) be Whispersync for Voice enabled.

Graveyard Shift (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. Book 1) by Angela Roquet, read by Hollie Jackson for $0+$1.99 — “The inferno has evolved. Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.”

Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the Key (Ancient Guardian Series, Book 1) (Volume 1) (Ancient Guardians Supernatural Romance Series) by S. L. Morgan (Author), Natasha Soudek (Narrator) for $0+$1.99 — “What would you do if you were swept into an alternate dimension and faced with the truth: Life does exist outside of Earth? When Reece is almost violently kidnapped, her entire life begins to change. She soon learns about the man who saved her life in the park and instantly is filled with questions about who he is and why he seems so familiar. The answers she receives from Levi are something that Reece would never have imagined possible. There is life beyond Earth, and it exists because of her!”

  

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow Book 1) by Rachel Morgan, read by Jorjeana Marie (Narrator) and Zach Villa (Narrator) for Tantor for $0+$2.99 — “Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone – she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion. The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot – and it’ll take all her training to get out of it alive.

Nefertiti’s Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A. W. Exley (Author), Gemma Dawson (Narrator) for Audible for $0+$1.99 — “London, 1861: Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father – sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight-inch-long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.”

A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One by Elizabeth Hunter, read by Dina Pearlman for Audible for $0+$1.99 — “No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.”

  

A Quest of Heroes (Book #1 in the Sorcerer’s Ring) by Morgan Rice, read by Wayne Farrell for $0+$1.99 — “revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. An epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is a tale of honor and courage, of fate and destiny, of sorcery. It is a fantasy that brings us into a world we will never forget, and which will appeal to all ages and genders.”

The Last Survivors: A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World by Bobby Adair (Author), T.W. Piperbrook (Author), Sean Runnette (Narrator) for $0+$1.99 — “Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning… The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships. Among the townsfolk, political and the religious, dissension is spreading. Through it all, a mother must protect her son…

Undraland by Mary E. Twomey (Author), Mary Abraham (Narrator) for $0+$1.99 — “After her parents and twin brother died a year ago, Lucy Kincaid was determined to put together a normal life for herself. With her heart set on college life, Lucy’s dreams of medical school are dashed when a rabid bear attacks her in the middle of suburbia. When Jens, a handsome yet irritable stranger, saves her life, Lucy’s gratitude is cut short when he abducts her, taking her to a land filled with people and creatures she remembers from bedtime stories she assumed were just Scandinavian folklore. Jens takes Lucy to a world she never expected, and cannot escape. Undraland is teeming with oversized garden gnomes, warrior elves, Nøkken, Fossegrimens, and worst of all, Sirens. Lucy goes further and further down the rabbit hole until she signs up to join a band of thieves bent on taking down Pesta, the last Siren.”

 

Fire with Fire (Caine Riordan Book 1) by Charles E. Gannon, read by Kevin Pariseau for Audible for $0+$1.99 — This is the absolute tip of the Baen Free Library iceberg, but it’s one that’s handy to mind as the third book in this series has just been nominated for the Nebula Award, as was this book, which also won Gannon the Compton Crook Award. “2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth’s Moon – a history-making clandestine project – and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan’s mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient – enough so to have built a lost civilization.”

With the Lightnings (Lt. Leary Book 1) by David Drake, read by Victor Bevine for Audible for $0+$1.99 — Another title from the Baen Free Library on my mind, as the latest of Drake’s RCN/Lt. Leary series, Death’s Bright Day, is due out in June. Here’s where it all starts: “Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy. In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma. Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren’t much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet, but just possibly they’re enough. Men and women who hold courage cheap and honor more dear than life itself face impossible odds in a novel of color, intrigue, and slashing action. From the corridors of a treason-ridden palace through the perils of unknown seas and hellish jungles to a final blazlng climax in space, the heroes never bow and the action never flags. They have nothing on their side but each other – and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way!”

Enjoy!

 

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