Sunday, March 20, 2011

Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alert, Sunday, March 20: Karen Kingsbury’s DIVINE, plus … a period piece mystery in The Storm Killer (Today’s Sponsor)

A brand new freebie from bestselling inspirational novelist Karen Kingsbury is today’s latest addition to our 200+ Free Book Alert listings…. 

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By Mike Jastrzebski
5.0 Stars  -  33 Reviews

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By Stephen Windwalker, Publisher of Planet iPad 
and Kindle National Daily

[I received an email that began "Stephen, I hope you will consider my book, The Storm Killer, for your Kindle Nation Shorts program." I was struck immediately by the humility of tone in the sender's email message.   

The next morning, after I had read most of the novel, I went back and read the email again and I was even more astonished by that humility, because I knew the book I was reading was the real thing, in a way that one expects to come upon only once or twice in a year of reading.  

If a novel could be an Olympic 10, I'd say this is a 10. It is a wonderfully ambitious historical novel, and the author, Mike Jastrzebski, delivers on its potential in every way, with every sense, and with an astonishing ability to create, or perhaps recreate, the times and places and characters in this work of fiction. 

Let me share a couple of reviews, and then I'll leave it up to you whether to click on the link to buy or sample this novel or to check out the generous excerpt in a  Free Kindle Nation Shorts excerpt.

"Time: 1935. Place: New York City. Crime beat reporter Jim Locke gets sucked into a quagmire of death, deceit, and danger when his actress sister is murdered - and he becomes the prime suspect. When he uncovers a pattern of similar murders, he is convinced that a serial killer is on the loose. But the police aren't buying it, and it's up to Jim to stop the madman. 

"The hunt takes him from the grimy streets and smoke-filled bars of Manhattan to deceptively laid-back Key West, just as a killer storm bears down on the island. THE STORM KILLER has it all: hard-boiled narrative, gripping suspense, period detail, an unlikely hero battling his inner demons, and a stunning conclusion that  you won't see coming. Highly recommended!"--Miriam Auerbach, author of Dirty Harriet Rides Again

"Mike Jastrzebski's stunning historical debut takes readers back into the hard-boiled world of Chandler and Hammett -- and brings Ernest Hemingway back to life in a book as big as the man himself. The Storm Killer, a top grade thriller with a heavy dose of noir, hurtles you from New York to Key West at a pace that will leave you breathless."-Christine Kling, author of Surface Tension, Cross Current, Bitter End, and Wrecker's Key

"Jastrzebski's hard-boiled thriller storms through New York's gritty streets down to Prohibition-era Key West with Ernest Hemingway providing the tailwind. A crisp, fast-paced detective story, which Humphrey Bogart would have loved to play the lead in."--Award-winning author Sharon Potts, In Their Blood

From the Author:

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Rough Draft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel.

We sailed the boat through the inland river system from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we will take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.

In the time we've lived on the boat I have completed three mystery novels. It was my intention to find an agent and a publisher. After careful consideration I have decided to publish these books as e-books. The Storm Killer is a historical thriller and Key Lime Blues is  a mystery set in current day Key West.  Dog River Blues will be available this year.

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