Monday, April 4, 2011

Planet iPad Daily Free and Bargain Book Alert, Monday, April 4: 200+ Free Contemporary Titles + Celebrate GLOBAL MONOPOLY DAY early with FIVE MAGICAL MARKDOWNS plus …a thriller from Simon Wood in which a serial kidnapper known as The Piper returns with a vengeance in Paying The Piper (Today’s Sponsor)

April 4, 2011--You knew that GLOBAL MONOPOLY DAY was coming on Thursday, but what did you do to prepare? Absolutely nothing? Not to worry! For Kindle owners, Amazon and Electronic Arts have their back with today’s magical markdowns.  The rest of us get to deal out the colorful paper play money the old fashioned way after checking out today's latest additions to our 240+ Free Book Alert listings…..

But first, a word from ... Today's Sponsor
Simon Wood's stories have appeared in Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler, and been nominated for an award by the Crime Writers Association.  He has 16 thrillers and mysteries in the Kindle Store, including this gripping novel about the return of a serial kidnapper bent on revenge.

By Simon Wood
5.0 Stars  -  19 Reviews

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Praise for Paying the Piper:

“Wood keeps the pages flying, even as his plot gets more and more complex, accelerating nicely toward an elegant climax.” — Publishers Weekly 

"Revenge fuels Wood's fast-paced thriller and the good guys deliver a winning finale.” — Oakland Tribune

Simon Wood "is the real deal, already knocking on the door of the A-list. He's that good....a ferocious raw artist." — Ken Bruen, author of Jack Taylor series

"Tense, fast-paced, and near impossible to put down." — Sean Chercover, author of Trigger City

"Simon Wood might not be a household name right now, but if his books continue at this pace he might soon be.” — Reviewing The Evidence 

“An action-packed thriller that never slows down.” — Midwest Book Review

Here's the set-up for Paying The Piper:

The Piper is the Bay Area’s infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to report on his latest child kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing. Scott had been duped by a wannabe. 

By the time the FBI exposed the hoaxer, time had run out, leaving the real Piper only one course of action—to kill the child. With a murder added to his résumé, the Piper vanished leaving Scott to take blame from the public and the investigating FBI agent, Tom Sheils. 

But now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s young children. Scott can have his children back as long as he can pay the ransom. The hard part is that ransom isn’t measured in dollars, but in blood.

About the Author:

Simon Wood is an ex-racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. A longhaired dachshund and five cats dominate their lives. He's had over 150 stories and articles published. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines anthologies, such as Seattle Noir, Thriller 2 and Woman's World.

 He's a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest. He's the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper and We All Fall Down. As Simon Janus, he's the author of The Scrubs and Road Rash. His latest thriller, Terminated, is out in mass paperback with a new short story collection, Asking for Trouble, out later in the year. Curious people can learn more at

Simon is a transplant from England, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Simon is a proud member of both the Mystery Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. 

Click here to download Paying The Piper  (or a free sample) to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Android-compatible, PC or Mac and start reading within 60 seconds!

UK Kindle customers: Click here to buy or sample Paying The Piper

Five Magical Markdowns in the Kindle Store
Each of these popular Kindle titles has just been marked down by nearly 70% to the rock-bottom price of 99 cents on Kindle!
MONOPOLY (For Kindles Only)

Electronic Arts Inc.
$0.99 – Was $4.99
Ruth Harris
$0.99 – Was $2.99
Dead And Gone
Harry Shannon
$0.99 – Was $2.99
Luminous and Ominous 
Noah K. Mullette-Gillman
$0.99 – Was $2.99
Ryan's Return 
Barbara Freethy
$0.99 – Was $2.99

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