Free E-Books: 18.12.21

This is a weekly post that I am going to post a bit about the books I have sourced for free. Quite a few finds again this week 😊

I usually find out about these E-Books through social media, through emails I receive from Hello Books and authors newsletters.

In this weekly post, I would like to mention the books I have found and downloaded, so that others may have a chance to be introduced to new authors and the books are promoted before I get a around to reading them.

Hello Books – Amazon:

These books were sourced through emails I received by Hello Books and were purchased for free on Amazon. There are a number of genres to choose through this email service, and I pick the ones which sound like the type of books I would like to read. Please note these were free at the time of this posting on 18.12.21 and in the UK region.

Lawless – Tarah Benner

Genre: Dystopian

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the author of The Fringe comes an addictive new dystopian saga.

When Lark was sentenced to twenty-five years behind bars, she thought San Judas was her lucky break. The primitive 16,000-acre community in rural New Mexico isn’t like any other prison. There are no cells, there is no warden, and Mother Mercy is the law.

She didn’t realize she’d be fighting for survival on a daily basis — battling hunger, violent inmates, and Mother Mercy’s iron fist. Lark’s only friend is Bernie — an off-the-rails environmental activist doing time for arson — and a mysterious stranger who’s been sending her illicit messages from the men’s colony.

Lark never thought escaping San Judas was possible until a message in a bottle changes everything: The guards outside the walls are disappearing, and the world as they know it is coming to an end.

Goodreads Rating: 3.94

Kiss of Salt – Smita Bhattacharya

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

♥ For lovers of slow-burn atmospheric mysteries that are almost literary fiction. With armchair travel and intriguing characters. Think Nordic noir meets Nancy Drew. ♥

*Heliconia Lane was a spot of heaven until you discover the secrets that lay behind its closed doors.*

It was crazy really, for Darya to think she could have some peace and quiet at Heliconia Lane. Yes, it was located in a beautiful corner of South Goa—by the beach, no less—but after her Aunt Farideh disappeared twenty years ago—from this very place—nothing has been the same again. And now her uncle was dead under bizarre circumstances as were two of the neighbours on his street.

What was happening? Was there a murderer on the loose? Why were people dying? Was it connected to her aunt’s disappearance in some way?

And most importantly, was Darya going to be next?

A cozy, Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, Kiss of Salt introduces Darya Nandkarni, an amateur, and accidental detective, who is clever, spirited, resourceful, yet troubled and vulnerable. Her adventures will make you laugh, cry, gape, and marvel, and you won’t be able to put down the book until you’ve solved the mystery along with her in the beautiful side-streets of Goa.

Goodreads Rating: 4.16

Social Media finds:

When scrolling through Facebook & Twitter sometimes I find out about free E-books available. Sometimes these are through Amazon other times they are through newsletter sign ups. Please note again these were available free at the time I obtained them, they may not be free now.

Gingersnap Snatcher – Vicky Weber

(Currently £2.23 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Source: Book Cave Email – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Children’s Picture Book (Ages 3-7)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Abuela made cookies to eat after school.

The gingersnap kind, just the thought made us drool!

We rushed home excited. We opened the door…

…The cookies were missing-just crumbs on the floor!

Can you help the kids crack the case of the Gingersnap Snatcher

Goodreads Rating: 4.75

Read Between the Spines – Karen Sue Walker

Source: Author Email Newsletter – Bookfunnel download

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Bookfunnel:

An old man and his dusty books may be the clue to solving a murder…

And preventing another!

April May discovers a charming bookstore in her new hometown, but the cranky old man who runs it doesn’t seem to want her business. He does insist that she read stories by Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which turn out to hold clues to a cold case.

When April realizes she needs his help to prevent another murder, the reluctant bookseller is nowhere to be found.

Will she be able to put the clues together in time?

Goodreads Rating: N/A

The Artisan – M.K. Farrar

(Currently £2.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Source: Author Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

He considers himself an artist…
His medium is murder.

Someone is killing young women, strangling them in their beds, and arranging their bodies in a certain way after death.

The police have no witnesses and the killer has left no clues. When a second victim is discovered, DI Erica Swift finds herself on the hunt for another serial killer…

Lara Maher is living with a man who controls her every move. He treats her like a precious possession, and their shared past ties her to him. But now something has changed, and his increasingly volatile moods terrify her…

As the rate of the murders increases, Erica needs to work fast to prevent him from killing again.

One thing she does know is that he likes young, professional, blonde women.

Women just like Erica….

Will she risk her own life to stop him when she’s already lost so much, or is there another woman out there who can help?

Goodreads Rating: 4.47

The Christmas Kiss – Nicola Lowe

(Currently £0.77 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Source: Author Twitter Post – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Christmas/Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Imagine that this is a different time, a different place, a simple what might have been for our lovely Luke & Lily.

A beautiful excuse for me to write a steamy, romantic Christmas tale & share it with you.

Goodreads Rating: 4.55

Mirror Image – Michele Pariza Wacek

Source: Book Cave Email Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

There is a serial killer out there.

A serial killer targeting young men.

A serial killer who appears to be Linda’s sister Elizabeth.

Linda’s dead sister Elizabeth.

But it can’t be Elizabeth. She’s dead.


Could she still be alive? Or somehow back from the grave?

Or, maybe something even darker is happening … something that threatens Linda’s life, as well.

Something that has been buried for years in the secrets and lies of her twisted family history.

Can she discover the truth before it’s too late?

Goodreads Rating: 3.89

Snowday – B.R. Maycock

Source: Twitter Post – Amazon Purchase

Genre: Christmas

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow…

Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?

Goodreads Rating: 3.90

Paper Roses – Karen Ann Hopkins

Source: Author Facebook Post – Amazon Purchase

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Amish

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Some Amish communities aren’t so cozy.

Paper Roses is the electrifying new addition to the Serenity’s Plain Secrets’ mystery/crime thriller series.

While an archeological team digs up Blood Rock’s sinister past, a forbidden romance begins, and Serenity races to stop a serial killer before he strikes again.

When the mutilated corpse of a young Amish woman is discovered in Blood Rock, Sheriff Serenity Adams embarks on her most terrifying case yet, facing a killer unlike anything she’s seen before. Law enforcement and the Amish join forces to unravel the truth and find the person terrorizing the community, and just when Serenity thinks she’s solved the case, she finds out that the nightmare is far from over.

Goodreads Rating: 4.36

Kind of Book – Amazon

I have found another new notification site for free e-books, which you then purchase through Amazon. The site is Kind of Book, the link is for the UK site but they also have a site for the US and DE too which you can access from this link. Once again these were free when I purchased but they may not be now. I receive daily emails with deals, this is what I have found so far that has taken my interest:

The Worst Book Ever – Beth Bacon

(Currently £5.33 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Children’s Picture Book (Ages 5-8)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Most bad books look forward to hanging out at rummage sales. Not this bad book. Its goal is to be featured in the library’s Banned Books List. Problem is, no one seems to notice… until the book teams up with its boisterous readers. Together, the book and its readers shout, wiggle, and sing to get the attention of a local librarian. Will this book see its cover on the library wall… or will it end up in the recycling bin? Full of bold, colorful graphics and laugh-out-loud humor, The Worst Book Ever is another colorful, graphical, high-lo book for reluctant readers by Beth Bacon. The meta-storytelling and interactive prompts get reluctant readers laughing, dancing, shouting—and reading. Ideal for read-alouds and story time, as well as independent reading for beginning to intermediate readers. Like Beth Bacon’s other books, I Hate Reading, The Book No One Wants To Read, and Blank Space, this book helps make reading fun.

Goodreads Rating: 4.41

Kick – John L. Monk

(Currently £3.00 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Synopsis from Goodreads:

They say suicides are damned for eternity. But if coming back to life in the bodies of violent criminals is Hell, then Dan Jenkins will take it. And he does, every time a portal arrives to whisk him from his ghostly exile in limbo.

Dan rides the living like a supernatural jockey, pushing out their consciousness and taking over. They’re bad guys, right? Killers and brutes of every sort, which makes it okay. He doesn’t know where their minds go while he’s in charge, and for the most part doesn’t care. For three weeks at a time, it’s a chance to relax and watch movies, read fantasy novels, and have random conversations with perfect strangers.

Normally, before the villain returns to kick him out, Dan dishes out a final serving of justice and leaves the world a safer place. It’s one of the rules if he wants more rides, and he’s happy to oblige. For a part-time dead guy, it’s a pretty good gig … until someone changes the rules.

Goodreads Rating: 3.97

Killed – James Kipling

(Currently £2.49 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

He wrote the book on murder, now his son is dead and all clues lead back to him.

When a young man is murdered, Detective Davis and Sergeant Wood are called upon to solve the case, but solving it will be no easy feat. Someone has deliberately staged the scene to point to an innocent man. Now the seasoned detectives must unravel the disturbing details and connect the dots. What they discover along the way will prove to be even more diabolical than initially thought.

The deceased left behind clues, but will his clues lead the detectives down the wrong path or will they inadvertently expose corruption and greed the likes of which their community has never seen and how many lives will be caught in the crosshairs?

Goodreads Rating: 4.48

The Christmas Cabin – J.L. Jarvis

Genre: Christmas/Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Two snowbound strangers who think they know what they want will find out what they need — at The Christmas Cabin.

Lawyer Abbie Harper rents a cabin for her own perfect Christmas. On Christmas Eve, she leaves the stress of her New York job and drives to the mountains, settling in for seven glorious days of peace on earth and good will toward men–so long as they steer clear of her.

Forest Ranger Jack Whelan is no good at relationships. He manages just fine by holding fast to one rule: Don’t let anyone get close. Then Abbie Harper rents his cabin. As a light snow falls, the furnace breaks down, and Jack is called in for repairs. When the storm picks up, they’re stranded together, turning their ordered lives upside down like a snow globe.

Goodreads Rating: 3.98

I Can’t Sleep – JE Rowney

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“I can’t sleep.
Not since June 16th, 2018.
Not since what happened…”

Traumatised by the events of her past, exhausted by insomnia, Becky Braithwaite believes that a new start will help her to recover.

She leaves home to fulfil her brother’s dreams, and honour the life he never had…
but she soon finds that escaping from the past is not as easy as she imagined.

Is her fatigued mind playing tricks on her, or is danger really lurking in the shadows?

Goodreads Rating: 3.63

Sunrise over Sapphire Bay – Holly Martin

Genre: Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Fall in love with the beautiful Jewel Island this summer, where the sapphire sea sparkles, the golden sun warms your skin and the islanders melt your heart. From the bestselling author of The Little Village of Happiness comes Holly Martin’s most romantic novel yet.

Aria Philips has lived on Jewel Island all of her life. Even when her sisters Clover and Skye left its stunning shores for bigger and better things, Aria stayed to help her father run their family hotel.

A year after her father’s death Aria’s done everything she can to keep things afloat but the hotel has long been struggling to make a profit. With so few guests Aria risks losing the only home she’s ever had.

Noah Campbell earned his fortune from making hotels a success, and he also just happens to be staying on Jewel Island this summer. Could he be the answer to Aria’s problems? If only he hadn’t kissed her under the willow tree the year before and never called her again. It had been the most incredible kiss of her life, but clearly business and pleasure should never be mixed.

As gorgeous and charming as Noah may be, Aria vows to keep things professional while she seeks his help. But for the past year Noah has been keeping a secret and his return to Jewel Island is about to change Aria’s life forever…

Goodreads Rating: 4.22

Ladies Lunch Club Murders – David Bishop

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Someone is murdering the retired ladies of the lunch club. Jack McCall, ably assisted by Nora Burke and Max Logan, is hired by the governor—the brother of one of the victims. At the start it seems a cushy job: Nice weather, good pay, and an attractive Florida State cop is assigned to assist Jack. But, in typical Jack McCall fashion, this murder case quickly turns screwy.

Goodreads Rating: 3.99

I hope you find something that takes your fancy 😊

I only download books that I like the look of the synopsis, and once I have cleared down some of the NetGalley books I am going to be adding 1 or 2 of my E-Books to my TBR each month.

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