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Review – The Month of Zephram Mondays!

The Month of Zephram Mondays – A Great Story with a Great Message to Young People!

Rating: 4.5 of 5

Author: Leslie A Susskind
Format: Paperback

Being the sons and daughters of the King of Zephram would seem to have its privileges – that is unless your different.  Life for Tom, Lizzie, Ned and Nell – the young princes and princesses of the kingdom – was a daily challenge because of their difference.  You see they are the only citizens in the thousand year history of their kingdom to not have any magical ability at all – nothing – they couldn’t even learn to levitate a piece of paper!  Their friends made fun of them and their father would not accept their affliction forcing multiple magical tutors on them in an attempt to train them out of their condition.  But what no one realized is that because they could not do magic, they had to learn other ways to manage life – learning to cook and be independent was something they had to do to survive without special gifts.  And while it set them apart from the rest of their people, it also might be the one thing that saves them all!

Leslie Susskind’s debut novel The Month of Zephram Mondays is an entertaining book which teaches kids tolerance, acceptance, and that one need not be special or a superhero to in fact be a hero.  These lessons are taught in a kid friendly fashion and in subtle ways through the fun and exciting adventures and experiences that the foursome encounter.  What I really enjoyed about the book is how the children came to understand for themselves that saving their family and kingdom was something they could do all on their own.  They didn’t need an army of helpless and hapless soldiers, they had the skills and the smarts all their own to save the day.

It is rare these days to read an engaging and enduring story for young people that involves the everyday hero and can make kids both escape into a fantasy world yet be able to relate with characters that are very much like themselves – not wizards, vampires, shape shifters, spies, spider people, Olympians, or super geniuses.  Just good everyday kids doing what is right.  This book is a great addition to the juvenile reader’s (9-12 year olds) library.  They will enjoy the fun story, and look forward to the future adventures of these very non-magical but special none-the-less royal quadruplets.

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March 2010 Additions

Miracles from God

Tags Requested:

Inspiration, Christianity, True Story

Description

A true Story. This is the heart warming story of Barbara and the miracles God provided for her. Her hopes, dreams, and ambitions came true as she set little goals to maintain her purpose in life from God.
The spirit of God was within her. This is a story of Love, Warmth, determination persistence and courage. The doctors called her their miracle patient. In families where love abounds, in the minds and heart of health care professionals, and in situations where family members are ill, this book will be a welcomed source of guidance and inspiration.

Website:

http://www.publishedauthors.net/rbblackmer

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Read to me Neny

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Africa, Childrens books, multicultural

Description

Neny means mother, Malagasy (mal-uh-gas-ee) is the nationality of the Madagascar people as well as the name of their language. English, French, and Malagasy are the official languages of Africa. Most African countries have more than one official language; South Africa for example has 11 official languages. Infants and young children are able to hear and discern the sounds of the worlds countless dialects and languages. Their still forming brains are in fact prepared to learn more than one language. For babies, learning should be fun; bright colors along with bold contrasting patterns really attract a baby’s attention enjoyment for learning begins at birth. The words featured in this book are of Madagascar’s standard dialect. Read to me Neny was created for parents to go beyond baby talk and teach simple African words to our 21st century child. With over twenty easy Malagasy words learning will be fun for newborns to adults. Take multicultural learning beyond your boarders and into Africa with “Read to me Neny”

Website:

http://epicurean.africanfoodie.com/

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Clouded Rainbow

Tags Requested:

thriller, romance, love

Description

Roger Belkin, an educated businessman and devoted husband, takes the love of his life, Lois, out for a night of intimacy in the sprawling city. On their return home, a mysterious rainstorm devours their vehicle and inflames a horrific multi-car accident, which tears the couple apart. Alone, destitute, and disoriented, Roger battles the city’s shadows, the trigger-happy police, and his own tragic flaws to find his lost wife.

Website:

http://www.sturak.com

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Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story

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true crime, scandal, sex

Description

Vicki Morgan, mistress to department store heir and Ronald Reagan confidante, Alfred Bloomingdale, lived beyond her years and died before her time—the victim of a brutal murder. Seething with power, intrigue, sex and obsession, it’s a ringside seat into the darker habits of the world’s rich and powerful.

Website:

http://www.gordonbasichis.com
or
http://www.minstrelsalley.com


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Humanimal

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Animal rights, Quotation, Vegan

Description

A collection of 1001 thoughts, remarks and quotations of great thinkers, Nobel prize winners, celebrities,anonymous and ordinary people, about the ideal and actual relationship between human race and other animals, from veganism to hunt, from vivisection to farming.

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The Message Board.com

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book, daycare, child care, parents

Description

Who is watching your kids? What do they really think about their jobs? First time author and daycare provider Marilyn J Corliss answers all you questions in her new book, “The Message Board.com”. This book is as revealing as it is funny! Nevermind “real” housewives. Get the inside scoop from “real” daycare providers from across the country! In the footsteps of the great author,Erma Bombeck, this book is laugh out loud funny and sometimes far too honest. It is filled with stories we can all relate to. Whether you are a daycare provider or a parent of a child attending daycare, you will learn a lot from this book. This is not the same old book about daycare. This is a fresh new view into the secret world of daycare. How we deal with parents, inspections, children, and all the stress and joy that comes our way.How do we feel about this new social experiment called daycare? What do we think is better, a family daycare or a center? How do we feel about preschool’s stealing our kids away at 2.9 years of age! Not all the providers in this book agree with each other, and that’s what makes it interesting to read. Please order your copy today at Xlibris Publishers.

Website:

http://www.themessageboard.info/book.html

http://www.mothers2others.com/

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Your Name Here Guide to Life

Tags Requested:

Self Help, Personal Growth, Funny

Description

Life Lessons from People Like You

Cops and psychologists, bureaucrats and salesmen, lion tamers and morticians… everybody’s got a story to tell and a life lesson we can take to heart. In the Your Name Here Guide to Life, you’ll meet all kinds of accidental teachers, from balloon boy to Mother Theresa and Mr. Totally Secure.

It’s all here, along with a few insights about how to be truly happy.

This is the book you’d write about your life and your wisdom, if we hadn’t done all the work for you. Author Michael Rosenbaum has been recording the insights of everyday people for decades, capturing our essential truths and documenting our follies. This collection of life lessons delivers an instructive and humorous tour of the human condition.

Warning: Intended solely for people with open minds and common sense. Contains no preaching, lecturing, threats or magic formulas. Do not read this book while operating heavy machinery or performing brain surgery.

Website:

http://www.barosum.com

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Love’s Thrilling Dimensions

Tags Requested:

love poetry, spirituality, self-development

Description

Perhaps poetry is the highest written form of love. In Love’s Thrilling Dimensions, Joyce Akesson proves this point. With care and tenderness, this Swedish writer doles out a collection of poetry that is thoughtful and thought provoking, with a voice that is full of spirit and pleasant rhythm.

At a fundamental level, the collection explores the many dimensions of love and what it is to be human. Akesson travels through hopes and fears in the face of love, yet she also delves into existential questions that many readers will appreciate. She easily flows between asking, “Are we playing at something/or are we doing it for real?” and more figurative concepts like that of Chaos who “sometimes glares at the world/while smoking his cigar.” There are many moments like these that grant depth to her work beyond the surface features of love.

Speaking from personal experience, although I imagine many will agree, poetry about love definitely has its ideal moments to be consumed. After a break up I will probably reach for a dose of Rumi, or during a loving relationship I will feel motivated to pen a love poem for a partner. In the meantime, even though I am not one to necessarily gravitate to a collection about love, this book still has a relevant place on my current shelf. Despite being in a life phase in search of love, my romantic and tormented soul still appreciates stanzas like “Who would have known/that a kiss could quench my thirst/like this?” or

You are at the mercy of this consuming love, this heartless thief named passion, who with a joyless eye, unlocks your heart, penetrates your mind and devours your soul from the inside out. Ultimately Love’s Thrilling Dimensions is an enjoyable float through well-crafted phrases, appealing cadence, and expressive emotion. Akesson shares truths about life and love in a way that reflects modern life and is embraceable by modern audiences.

Website:

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Able Danger

Tags Requested:

thriller, action, suspense

Description

Agent Harrison Court-006 a black ops-spy discovers China’s secret attack planned for the U. S. taking him on a new mission across Asia and Europe against time to stop a rogue ex-CIA agent DaSage. Court uncovers China’s deadly super weapon from a known terrorist leader hiding in the caves of Tora Bora. OO6 must find out what American cities the silent gravity weapon will destroy and defeat the phantom of reverse gravity before history is altered forever.

Website:

http://www.Able-Danger.net

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In All His Glory

Tags Requested:

ancient Egypt, biblical fiction, historical fiction

Description

Based on the Bible’s Third Book of Kings, this novel details the adventures of the exiled Jeroboam (later king of Israel) in Ancient Egypt.

Website:


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The Wealthy Contractor: Powerful Internet Marketing Strategies for Local Contractor Businesses

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contractor marketing, electrician marketing, small business marketing

Description

The internet may appear as a worldwide information hub, which it certainly is. Many folks believe that if they advertise on the internet, they may be wasting money since they really only need to target their hometown or city. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that, given the way people search for contractors and the unique, locally focused tools available online, the internet is the perfect place to promote your business. The key is to learn the simple tools and techniques for creating an online marketing plan that is easy to start, manage, and stop if necessary. Cut through all the noise and complication of the internet and focus like a laser only on what matters and what works. You just need some to be provided with specific step-by-step guidance. That is what this book will do for you, the local contractor.

Website:

http://thewealthycontractor.com

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Knight of Glory

Tags Requested:

fantasy romance, romance, fantasy

Description

Sir Geoffrey, along with some companions, has been sent away from Arnhem, entrusted by Queen Aislinn for a special mission, and has to leave behind the mysterious lady Celestia. On his journey, he uncovers seeds of a sinister plot, learns a horrible secret, and makes a new friend in exile Jenanna.

Their mission completed, Geoffrey and his companions rush to two different kingdoms to ask for aid. Danger and betrayal lurks around every corner, and even allies have secrets that could prove deadly. Geoffrey’s feelings for Celestia grow and wane. After learning some of Celestia’s secrets, he begins to have second thoughts about his love for her and is even drawn to Jenanna.

Rumors abound that the Speicans have enlisted a mage of their own, to work unspeakable, forbidden magic. The war between Speica and Arnhem has just begun. Will Geoffrey survive the battle to live another day and discover which woman he truly loves?

Website:

http://www.NicoleZoltack.com

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Getting Your Ex Back – the Making Up Magic

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making up, relationship, love

Description

It is not going to be easy. You will figure out why you want to get your ex back. This book guides you through the process from why you broke up, to make a change in the relationship and to secure the re-established one. Your relationship can be better than it was the first time around.

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The Secret Manual of Money

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internet marketing, cash flow, making money on the internet

Description

A gold rush is a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of gold. Major gold rushes took place in the 19th century in Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, and the United States, while smaller gold rushes took place elsewhere.

Gold rushes were typically marked by a general buoyant feeling of a “free for all” in income mobility, in which any single individual might become abundantly wealthy almost instantly.

The world of internet marketing is very similar to the gold rush. Very few dig on the right spot and find the gold mines. Many are making very little money, if any, in their believed gold fields.

During the gold rushes, a group of merchants were receiving handsome and constant flow of money. They were selling shovels and tools to those miners. As long as those miners believed there were gold in the mine, the money flew to the merchants continued.

Today, while everybody is rushing for gold in the internet, you can sell cyber shovels to them. You don’t need to compete with those internet gold miners in the congested internet market. You do not need to create the cyber shovels, either.

This manual reveals the buried secrets of marketing and selling. You just need to follow and push the existing market. You do not need to create anything new. Yet, your profit can easily outperform those leading the market.

Website:

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The Wave of the Future

Tags Requested:

CIA, War on Terror, Thrillers

Description

When a group of bloodthirsty radical Islamic terrorists target a nuclear waste processing facility in northwestern England and a Washington, D.C. airport for their next acts of violence, it’s up to CIA counterterrorist case officer Mitch Vasari to stop them. But Vasari’s work is complicated by terrorist mastermind Dr. Abdul-Karim bin Ahmad, a Pakistani physician working at a hospital in Scotland. Caught in the middle is Patrick Cahill, an Irish national and Dr. bin Ahmad’s accomplice, who also happens to be deep undercover for Vasari and the Agency. The players circle in a deadly dance of violence and deception as the clock ticks steadily toward a cataclysmic devastation.

“Succeeding in the war on terrorism is an enormously difficult task that is fraught with danger,” De Mello says. “With terrorists throwing down a gauntlet of unending prospects for acts of devastation and the loss of lives, only the most skillful and professional counterterrorist operations will serve to bring them to justice.”

When the terrorist group succeeds against their first target, in England, Varsari picks up the pieces of the operation and follows the cell to their next attack, this time in the U.S. With disillusionment growing, he questions his commitment to the Agency and what his future prospects are for continuing his oath of loyalty, dedication and secrecy.

Website:

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Daddy Bent Legs

Tags Requested:

disability, disabilities, cerebral palsy

Description

Neil Matheson is a first-time writer from western Canada, currently residing in Surrey, British Columbia, (near the outskirts of Vancouver). Born on March 25, 1968, he entered the world with a physical disability called Cerebral Palsy. From that day forward, Neil experienced life on a pair of crutches, walked through life on a pair of bent legs. Despite his physical handicap, Neil grew up like any regular kid. While not raised in a Christian home per se, Neil did manage to reach adulthood with at least some understanding of who God is. Now, at forty-one years of age, the author reflects back on his life story. A journey on crutches, including struggle, triumph, acceptance, love, and salvation… all re-told within the pages of this book.

Website:

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Carnageland

Tags Requested:

bizarro, aliens, fairy tales

Description

Alien invaders. They want your planet, they want your money, and they won’t stop until they have it all. Invader 898 is about to embark on his first assignment, but when he is sent to a backwoods planet on the far side of the universe, he’s stranded with millions of fairy tale whores, pornographic fables, and magical hermaphrodites. Armed only with his Doomshooter and the strange singing trumpet betwixt his legs, 898 must complete his mission while resisting the temptations of the fantasy creatures. For an invader, victory means promotion and failure means the pink slip of death. Carnageland is a perverted odyssey of sci-fi and fantasy, shaken and stirred so that only one may emerge alive.

Website:

davidwbarbee.wordpress.com

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Shadows of Myth and Legend

Tags Requested:

dark fantasy, paranormal romance, folklore and mythology

Description

A collection of dark faerie tales, inspired by folklore, myth and legend, told in the haunting lyrical style of dark poet E.J. Stevens.

Website:

http://www.FromTheShadows.info

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Self Publisher Coach

Tags Requested:

Book Marketing, Self-Publishing, Print On Demand

Description

This is the very first book on the market that takes an action-oriented view on how to sell more books on Amazon than you ever have before. Rather than taking a look at every single possible way that you can market your book, the Hagopian Institute has come up with a 30-day game plan on exactly what actions you should take to sell more books. While the ideas in this book are simple, the deep dive analysis on exactly how to execute them will lead you to selling more books than any other book you have read in this genre. It will be virtually impossible to not see an increase in your book’s sales if you follow this game plan all the way through the 30 days. Good Luck! Now Go Out And Sell Some Books!

Website:


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Life and Times of a Minion

Tags Requested:

Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure

Description

Bethany has never felt as alone as she feels in Linwood—until she dreams up Chime, a woman on the run because of a magic crime she didn’t commit. The dreams get more and more urgent, so Bethany tries to banish them by writing them down, only to discover she’s stumbled into the role of unwitting controller of Chime’s world.

Chime is real here, and so is the possessed queen, minion army, mysterious professor, Vault Five, wind chimes with a secret code, child’s rhyme that can kill, the naked painting, and other things Chime’s story leads her to.
She has to fix the story without erasing Chime and her world, because if she erases Chime, she will die as well.

Website:

http://www.stephanievoid.com


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My Love Eternal

Tags Requested:

paranormal romance, vampire romance, urban fantasy

Description

Blood, sex and eternal life… What more could a girl ask for? Tall, dark, and sexy, as well as fabulously wealthy, Giovanni is everything a girl could ask for in a lover. There’s only one catch. He’s been undead for more than three hundred years. When Rachel is drawn into Giovanni’s world, she learns that the rules of human existence mean nothing in the world of vampires. This, however, is a fair price to pay for a love that will last forever. Hunted by the Desmarais family, who carry a centuries-old vendetta, Rachel and Giovanni travel to the ends of the earth in order to stay one step ahead. Can their love survive, or will their eternity together end? Content Warning: Violence, sexual encounters with the undead.

Website:

lizstrange.com

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Seers of Light

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paranormal, romance, New Age, Spiritual

Description

Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that he instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things–disappearing strangers, tangible dreams and visits from malevolent creatures–cannot be ignored. Before it’s too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth of who she is, of the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.

Jennifer DeLucy has created a unique, enchanting tale of destiny and the ageless power of love in her debut novel, Seers of Light. DeLucy’s novel charms readers with quirky characters while sketching a haunting portrait of one woman’s journey on the path of the supernaturally gifted. But be prepared. One you’ve entered the world of Seers, you will never be the same.

Website:

jenniferdelucy.com/

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Sudoku-zilla

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sudoku, puzzle, logic

Description

Huge Sudoku puzzle with over 4,000 empty squares for you to fill in. Master this 100×100 puzzle. Sudoku puzzle challenge for those who like BIG challenges.

Website:

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Flaherty’s Crossing

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relationships, inspirational, page turner

Description

From Pacific Northwest’s award-winning author Kaylin McFarren comes a powerful novel about love, loss, and the power of forgiveness… Flaherty’s Crossing.

Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother’s death. While racing home, Kate’s car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance. When her night takes an unexpected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.

Website:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PTLd-dTGiQ

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The Rupture

Tags Requested:

atheist, humor, science fiction

Description

George Carlin meets Richard Dawkins in this satire of The Rapture.

Since the 9/11 attacks, the Earth has been watched closely by a technologically advanced race living on the planet Rehtom in the Alpha Centauri system. In 2017, Revillug, a brilliant young troubleshooter, is dispatched to Earth to forestall a global religious war that is brewing. If he fails, the subsequent planetary holocaust will endanger a large sector of the Milky Way Galaxy.

He seeks refuge with Benjamin Starr, 70, and his granddaughter, Mary, 21, who live in Sarasota, Florida. Because of his faith in life beyond the Earth, Ben has been chosen to engage in time travel. He can return to any moment in his life, no strings attached, and relive the past, changing it if he wishes. The only thing Revillug, now posing as Jason Christopher, fails to tell Ben is that his performance will be evaluated, and the fate of the entire human race may rest on the choices he makes. As time is running out, will Jason simply destroy humanity and save the galaxy, or perform stand-up comedy in the hope of inciting a revolt against religion? Not only that, there’s something about Mary.

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The Young Balboas

Tags Requested:

Military families, Panama, fifties

Description

Can love withstand a separation of forty years? This compelling account of innocence lost provides a moving answer. In a brief prologue, the reader learns that Jim Wade’s thirty-year marriage has dissolved because his wife blames him for being emotionally distant. He knows that she’s right; his heart belongs to a girl in a fairy tale. When a mysterious letter invites him to return to that magical environment, the memories come flooding back. The novel itself is a flashback to the Panama Canal Zone of the 1950’s, a jungle paradise for a twelve-year-old boy, but there’s more than one serpent lurking in the grass. Jimmy’s best friend is Bobbi Bartlett, a tomboy who’s never had any romantic interest in boys until now. In their adventures, the buddies cross paths with Randy, a sailor with an abiding hatred of women; Chaplain and Mrs. Martin, Christians concealing profane secrets; Lieutenant Douglas, a black policeman who encounters prejudice at every turn; Esperanza, a maid both beautiful and street-smart; and the powerful Ávila family, whose social standing belies their estranged relations. The interweaving stories of these characters converge in a harrowing climax. Can Jim Wade find the girl who stopped his heart so long ago? Can paradise lost become paradise regained?

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Remove-A-Pair Solitaire vol. 1

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kindle, games, cards

Description

“Remove-A-Pair Solitaire” is a variation of a solitaire game that you can play on your Kindle!
The rules of the game are loosely based on the card game that was popular in mid-19th century Russia.

No browser or wireless connection is needed! Even if your Kindle doesn’t have a browser, you can still enjoy this game! You can play anywhere: subway, airplane, tunnels, mountains… Use Kindle’s joystick to select matching pairs and remove the cards.

This volume includes six puzzles.

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Three Daves

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Fiction, Romance, Humor

Description

Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that’s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing the nasty and having fun doing it. How long was she going to have to wait? Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. She didn’t want to become a campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience.

Website:

http://www.nickielson.com

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Dating Rocks! The 21 Smartest Moves Women Make For Love

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dating, relationships, love

Description

Today’s single woman has the majority of her dating frustrations and disappointments explained to her with the trendy phrase: He’s just not that into you. But with a more proactive and positive perspective, Dating Rocks! shows women how to take charge of their own love destiny and not have to settle for whatever man or situation that comes their way. In an easy-to-understand format, you will discover how to effectively handle the 21 most critical moves a woman can make in her love life including: love yourself first & foremost, find your dating blind spots, become an irresistible woman, avoid losing love candidates, stay clear of low percentage love situations, and gauge your love connection more accurately.

Website:

http://www.SteveNakamoto.com

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Alison Wonderland

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literary fiction, humor, contemporary fiction

Description

When she discovers her husband is cheating on her, Alison dumps him and joins Mrs Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation in Brixton as a private detective. Her new job takes her on a series of loosely linked adventures involving an abandoned baby, a transgenic animal, and secret tunnels under The Thames. Somewhere along the line she has to choose between her new best friend Taron, a girl with a hundred candle smile, and her neighbour, Jeff, a sweet-natured inventor who writes her poetry and looks after her garden when she’s away. Only occasionally does a piece of fiction leap out and demand immediate cult status. Alison Wonderland is one…Smith is at the very least a minor phenomenon. THE TIMES
Made me sigh and throw it to the floor in a fit of envious pique. JULIE BURCHILL, GUARDIAN
This is a story that can be devoured whole or nibbled in small bites, but is guaranteed to brighten your day. MORNING STAR
A fantastical Thelma and Louise meets Agatha Christie adventure story. The dialogue is smart and the deadpan humour is perfectly judged.

Website:

http://helensmithblogspot.com

http://emperorsclothes.co.uk

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Noah’s Wife

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Historical Fiction, Women, Religion

Description

T.K. Thorne gives the Biblical story of Noah a unique, nontraditional twist in her debut novel, Noah’s Wife, telling the tale as it has never been told–from the perspective of a young girl with Asperger Syndrome in a setting based on evidence of a culture that existed during a great flood in the Black Sea region 7,000 years ago.

Noah’s wife is Na’amah, a beautiful young girl who wishes only to be a shepherdess on her beloved hills in ancient Turkey–a desire shattered by the hatred of her powerful brother, the love of two men, and a looming disaster that threatens humanity’s survival. Na’amah tells her story and sees her world through the unique lens of what is known today as a high-functioning form of autism. Her savant abilities and penchant to speak truth forces her to walk a dangerous path in an age of change–a time of challenge to the goddess’ ancient ways, when cultures clash and the earth itself is unstable.

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Able Danger

Tags Requested:

thriller, action, suspense, adventure

Description

Agent Harrison Court-006 a black ops-spy discovers China’s secret attack planned for the U. S. taking him on a new mission across Asia and Europe against time to stop a rogue ex-CIA agent DaSage. Court uncovers China’s deadly super weapon from a known terrorist leader hiding in the caves of Tora Bora. OO6 must find out what American cities the silent gravity weapon will destroy and defeat the phantom of reverse gravity before history is altered forever.

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Sixty in Sarasota

Tags Requested:

florida, mystery, women sleuths

Description

A mysterious figure sneaks into the sculpture garden of Sarasota’s Ringling Museum. Wielding a mallet and chisel, the man commits an unspeakable, but darkly comic crime before escaping with a bizarre trophy. Recently divorced, thirty-something Kathy King is hired by the museum to investigate the crime. Although her previous experience has involved insurance fraud, she jumps at the chance to establish herself in her new surroundings. She interrogates a series of outlandish suspects, including a “cracker” teenager, a movie-obsessed homeless man, an evangelical minister, and a gay basher. Romantic interest also comes her way in the form of her employers’ shy representative and a more aggressive local policeman.
Kathy’s parents live in Sarasota as well, recent retirees who are adjusting to Florida living. They struggle to contend with the exotic flora and fauna, the extremes in climate, the influx of snowbirds, the conservative politics, the dangerous mix of drivers, and the conflict between cultured Sarasota and blue-collar Bradenton. Two of their neighbors pull them unwillingly into a rapidly escalating turf war that parallels the initial stages of the war with Iraq.
Both plots intertwine in unpredictable ways, leading to laugh-out-loud confrontations and a surprise ending. It’s not just another day in paradise!

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Evolutions Child

Tags Requested:

Science Fiction, Space Colonization, Action Adventure

Description

A mysterious figure sneaks into the sculpture garden of Sarasota’s Ringling Museum. Wielding a mallet and chisel, the man commits an unspeakable, but darkly comic crime before escaping with a bizarre trophy. Recently divorced, thirty-something Kathy King is hired by the museum to investigate the crime. Although her previous experience has involved insurance fraud, she jumps at the chance to establish herself in her new surroundings. She interrogates a series of outlandish suspects, including a “cracker” teenager, a movie-obsessed homeless man, an evangelical minister, and a gay basher. Romantic interest also comes her way in the form of her employers’ shy representative and a more aggressive local policeman.
Kathy’s parents live in Sarasota as well, recent retirees who are adjusting to Florida living. They struggle to contend with the exotic flora and fauna, the extremes in climate, the influx of snowbirds, the conservative politics, the dangerous mix of drivers, and the conflict between cultured Sarasota and blue-collar Bradenton. Two of their neighbors pull them unwillingly into a rapidly escalating turf war that parallels the initial stages of the war with Iraq.
Both plots intertwine in unpredictable ways, leading to laugh-out-loud confrontations and a surprise ending. It’s not just another day in paradise!

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David Martin’s ABC: Z is for Zebra

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abc books for kids, abc book, alphabet books

Description

Z is for Zebra contains all the letters of the alphabet beautifully illustrated from A to Z! Kids will love learning the alphabet with David Martin’s new ABC book for toddlers. A great educational tool for any parent or teacher, kids will be asking for this book again and again. Before you know it your kids will know all the letters from A to Z. David Martin’s ABC book is visually stimulating for even the youngest child and a wonderful starter book for youngsters of all ages!

Website:

DJCPublishing.com

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Whole World Blind

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Psychological thriller, suspense, serial killer

Description

When Dr. Jack Carson falls asleep at the wheel and loses his son in a tragic car accident, his life crumbles around him. Struggling to put the broken pieces back together, Carson faces death again three years later when he finds a body at the mental hospital where he serves as a psychiatrist. A note on the body says the killing will only end with Carson’s murder. Alex Tanner, the beautiful and intelligent detective assigned to his case, gives Carson reason for optimism. However, the killer, who blames Carson for his mother’s suicide, is watching and waiting, whispering despair from the shadows. A childhood spent with a sadistic father has left the murderer with a calculated and awful purpose. He doesn’t just want to kill Carson; he wants to create an existence so miserable the psychiatrist will understand the true meaning of evil. Can Carson swim through a river of darkness and come out clean on the other side, or will the darkness prove indelible?

Website:

wholeworldblind.com

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Sexy in Sarasota

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florida, mystery, women sleuths

Description

A team of con artists descends on Sarasota to defraud wealthy widows and widowers out of millions of dollars by promising romance to the grieving spouses. P.I. Kathy King investigates and enlists the services of a homeless man with an explosive past. A chameleon, he poses as a butler in the home of a widow in jeopardy. Kathy’s parents are once again involved as their new neighbor, who is caring for his demented mother, turns out to be one of the widowers targeted for trickery. As the attempted seductions sprint hilariously toward a climax, the investigators engage in a race against time. Can they prevent money from changing hands and discover the identity of the brains behind the fraudulent operation, or will they be too late? It’s another imperfect day in paradise!

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American Beauty

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Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Comedy

Description

Kirsty Engle is in shock when Bradley Miller, resplendent in a ball gown, feather boa, and tons of eye shadow, wants to rent her spare room. She can’t understand why this obviously unavailable man makes her heart sing and her blood boil more than any other.

Undercover police officer Lt. Brad Mueller curses his captain and the car thieves that are responsible for him being in such a totally ludicrous predicament. It’s bad enough he has to dress like a babe, but he’s received strict orders not to touch one for the duration of his secret mission, under threat of being fired from the force. This ladies’ man doesn’t know if he can stand his worse-than-death sentence – particularly after he falls for his sweet and very voluptuous landlady. As if all of that isn’t bad enough, everything gets really crazy when Kirsty and her gay boss make a bet to see who can win his heart.

A sizzling, hilarious romantic comedy.

Website:

http://www.ashleyladd.com
http://www.ashleyladd.blogspot.com
http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-4652-99-american-beauty.aspx

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Where’s My Cheese

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children’s book, mouse, kindergarten

Description

“Where’s My Cheese, Please?” is the story of a little grey mouse searching for his most beloved possession…his cheese! It’s no ordinary cheese though…

Website:

DJCPublishing.com

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Crucifying Angel

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Crime thriller, science fiction, Las Vegas

Description

In the desolate remains of Las Vegas, Detective Payce Halligan and her new partner Gavin McAllister must stop a serial killer who may be hiding an even greater evil.

Website:

thewordmistresses.com

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Cherished Witness

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romantic suspense, crime fiction, melanie atkins

Description

Kelly Watson, aka Teresa Pastral, threw the Fifth Amendment out the window when she testified against her mob boss husband at his murder trial. Now divorced, she has begun a new life in the Witness Security Program. Only–the mob finds her, thanks to handsome lawman J.T. Romano, who uses her as bait to lure the man who murdered his wife and unborn child to town. To ensure her safety, she is forced to trust J.T., the man who has betrayed her to the mob. But can she also protect her heart?

Website:

melanieatkins.com

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Fiona’s Wings

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Fantasy, fairy tale, magic

Description

Fiona, a mischievous faery child whose curiosity about the future guides her to seek out a crystal ball. Disobeying her guardian Fiona learns the consequences of wondering off. A tale in a mystical world of faeries, warrior brownies and a wicked old crone teach the importance of following the rules.

About the Author
R.M. Putnam is the author of the Destiny’s Warriors series. Her study into mythology and folklore guided her on a path to write an epic series for adults to enjoy. However, having been an early educator for, four and five year olds she was inspired to create a children’s series, Fiona’s Wings.

Website:

destinyswarriors.com

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Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer

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Breast cancer, BRCA, genetics, ovarian cancer, women’s health

Description

This unique and important guidebook is a single, comprehensive source of information and advice to help women (and some men) at high risk for breast and for ovarian cancer because of family history and genetic profile. One part memoir, three parts ‘how to’ manual, this book explains in a clear and steady manner the myths and realities of ‘the breast cancer genes’. It lays out all the options in easy-to-follow, compassionate language. It will help women and men to decide if they want to pursue genetic testing, guide them in interpreting their test results, and give them a sound basis for making the life-saving decisions required to manage their risks. Authors Joi Morris and Dr Ora Karp Gordon cover all of the latest medical options, including genetic testing for breast cancer risk, breast cancer surveillance, assessing risk, mastectomy and breast reconstruction ovarian cancer surveillance, surgery, managing menopause, and cancer risks in men who carry mutations on BRCA genes. Along the way, Joi tells her personal story and that of other women and men who have made the gut-wrenching decisions required to survive in this world of astronomical risk. At the age of forty-two, Joi learned that she has a genetic mutation on a gene known as BRCA2. The test results meant that her risk of getting breast cancer could be as high as 84 percent by age seventy, and that her risk for ovarian cancer was also high. Compounding her risk was the fact that her mother had developed breast cancer in her forties. After much research and consultation, the result of which is this book, Joi made the difficult decision of undergoing prophylactic mastectomies. This straight-forward and practical approach combined with the poignant personal experience of a woman at risk facing these challenging decisions will provide readers with the feeling that they have had the benefit of a long conversation with both a trusted physician and a friend who has just gone through the same uncertainties they are facing.

Website:

PositiveResultsTheBook.com

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Nobody’s Hero

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Rap, romantic comedy, interracial romance

Description

When Rick Ranière, an underground white rapper with misogynistic tendencies—and the songs to prove it—runs into Carolyn Coffman, the best-selling biracial author of Fighting the Pheromone Factor, he knows she’s like no woman he’s ever met. Carolyn knows she really needs to stay upwind.

But the canyons of Manhattan keep shifting the breeze—and Rick’s policy of never trusting a woman. In the end, Rick’s only female fan who refuses to sleep with him might just have the answer to his writer’s block, and the man who sounds all wrong might just be everything Carolyn ever wanted.

When an unexpected burst of publicity lands Rick on the iTunes’ charts and brands Carolyn a hypocrite to her readers, she can either save her career or this relationship. When you got a choice, Rick had told her, you really ought to make the right goddamn one.

Or you could lose everything you ever wanted.

Website:

melanieharvey.com

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101 Ways to Surprise & Delight Your Wife

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Romance, Love, Marriage

Description

101 Ways to Surprise & Delight Your Wife is the perfect way to show your wife or girlfriend that she’s still the one! It’s a great ‘idea handbook,’ offering the collective wisdom of more than 300 men and women, all telling you what would REALLY surprise & delight her. It was written to help you find all new ways of creating surprising, delightful and romantic moments and ideas for your wife, girlfriend, partner, or even husband or boyfriend. We started by asking more than 300 men and women to consider and vote on hundreds of different romantic, surprising and delightful ideas for their partner. The top one hundred (and one!) ideas made it into the book, so now you can enjoy the ‘cream of the crop’ – the very best ideas that are proven, simple, effective, and fun. Every idea is detailed with “user rankings” showing which ideas were found to be the best, most romantic, surprising and delightful ideas. It also features helpful, at-a-glance Icons, showing you immediately if an idea is Inexpensive, or Requires Planning, or Includes The Kids, and more. You can flip straight through to the ideas that suit your time and budget. Anyone can surprise and delight anyone, anytime with this book full of surprising, delightful and romantic ideas for her, for him, for everyone. Find out more at http://www.surprisingbooks.com

Website:

http://www.surprisingbooks.com

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A Queen of the West

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Epic, fantasy, magic

Description

The Eastern Horde has crushed all before it. Jarro stands alone, the last free nation.
Ruthless slavers under the orders of Dreadlord Ultor have kidnapped Princess Megan.
The Pathfinders are the nation’s finest warriors. Major Antillus Brok leads the rescue team.
But before the journey starts, Brok causes consternation by requesting the inclusion of the one man that might make all the difference, the Pathfinders finest warrior, a man simply known as, Panther.
Languishing in prison, sentenced to life, for the brutal murder of the Kings cousin. Panther is a man bent on self-destruction, a man in deep emotional pain. Brok must find a way to control the uncontrollable, and rescue the Princess. Adding to his woe’s the eccentric Wizard Balzimar causes further problems when he inadvertently awakens Panthers ability to use magic, but is thereafter unable to help him control it.
Experience the significant battles of the war as seen through the eyes of the soldiers involved. Captain Preem is at the heart of all the action, follow his story and the stories of the men under his command as Jarro is slowly beaten back by an implacable foe
A Queen of the West is a fast-paced action packed fantasy feast guaranteed to leave you hungry for more. If you like traditional quest fantasy then look no further, you have found it.

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The Little Girl in My Room

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horror, murder, dark

Description

A Little Girl in my Room is a collection of dark and morbid horror stories. Each short story deals with a different theme that is certainly not for the faint of heart. If you enjoy stories that leave you worrying, then this collection is for you.

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The Path of Innocence

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Contemporary romance, Romance, Women’s fiction

Description

‘The Path of Innocence’ is a contemporary romance which explores the challenges faced by Fiona and Roger, two young innocents from opposing backgrounds, as they journey towards adulthood along a turbulent path of self discovery, love and sexual awakening. We follow their struggles and witness the pain they suffer as a result of showing too much trust in those they perceive as friends, only to be betrayed.

Fiona is strong-willed and idealistic, a firm believer in true love and family values, but her naivety leads her into compromising situations which test the strength of her resolve, making it difficult for her to live up to her own standards

Roger, on the other hand, is emotionally scarred by an unhappy childhood and, more recently, the untimely loss of his mother. His encounters gouge ever deeper wounds which leave him disillusioned and erode his trust in others. It takes a huge leap of faith for him to let Fiona into his affections.

When they eventually meet and fall in love, it seems that they have finally found the happiness that has, so far, eluded them both. Yet, they are unaware of the powerful struggle Debbie, Fiona’s mother, has with her own conflicting desires and which threatens to bring their happiness crashing down.

Debbie’s journey is an important theme and the book explores her inner turmoil, wrestling with her contradictory emotions as she cares for her invalid husband whilst also nurturing a burning sexual desire.

The dramatic consequence of Fiona and Roger discovering her dark secret threatens to shatter their beliefs in everything, including their future together, and the question of whether their love can survive a cruel twist of fate hangs in the balance until the last page.

Website:

megan-johns.com

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Tears of the Heart

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poem, romance,love, book of poems

Description

Tears of the Heart came about because the author felt there were poems in Emotions of You that needed answers, they are all lovely in the book, but she felt Tears of the Heart could continue telling the story…In the case of “Rose story “and “Always” these were poems she felt needed to be continued. The outcome to these stories is a beautiful read in the pages of “Tears of the Heart.”

Website:

http://www.emotionsofyou.com

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A Study of the Assimilation and Substitution in Arabic

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foreign language, arabic language, arabic

Description

This work is a comprehensive study of two well-known phonological changes in Arabic: the assimilation and the substitution. The assimilation involves the incorporation of a certain segment into an adjacent one in such a manner that they both form a doubled segment. The segments can either be identical or different. This phenomenon occurs usually in the doubled verbs and their forms and in some cases of perfects of Form V, VI and VIII. It also occurs in some other more unusual cases as in two words following each other. The substitution involves the replacement of a segment for another different one. It occurs if there is in the word a combination of two segments which is deemed as heavy, or if both these segments’ points of articulation are close to each other or if they are akin in character. Other more unusual reasons relate to the peculiarity of a dialectal variant, to a verse’s metrical exigency or to the exigency of the pause. This book explores in detail many various cases in which these changes are possible, necessary or forbidden. The phonological elements, the theoretical discussions and the coverage of the different works from the 8th century until our days, offer a thorough and accessible study for both the students and researchers of Arabic.

Website:

joyceakesson.com

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Lucky is Lost

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Kindle thriller, 99 cents, suspense thriller

Description

When divorced dad Richard Gibbings gets a call from his little girl telling him that Lucky, the family dog is missing, he immediately rushes over to look for her. Unable to find the dog, he posts flyers around the neighborhood hoping someone might call. Unexpectedly, he receives a ransom note. Someone has taken Lucky. Who would do such a terrible thing? The creepy babysitter? His troubled teenage son? His ex-wife’s new boyfriend? As Richard struggles to learn the truth, his world is turned upside down when he discovers a terrible family secret.

Website:

marshallthornton.wordpress.com

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The Desert In The Dining Room

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Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Adventure

Description

Come north of the Himalaya to the Taklamakhan desert where the Jinn have been released. Can Hassan and his friends save us from them?

Captain Burnaby, a soldier serving in the British Army in Afghanistan in 1848 sacrifices himself to save two small children but finds that his life is anything but over. In a strange afterlife he finds himself on the front line of a very different war where, alongside other heroes, he strives to protect slumbering children the world over from evil spirits.

Somewhere in 19th Century Tajikistan, a young boy follows a caravan of soldiers into the desert but can’t remember how he got there or where he came from.

In present day England three children find themselves dreaming vivid dreams of a place in the desert where there is a great whirlwind of sand, countless Jinn and an ambitious warlord called Yakub Beg.

And In 1865, to the north of the Himalaya, in a place called Kashgar, lives the real Yakub Beg: a man who will stop at nothing to achieve his worldly ambitions of riches and power – even if that involves doing a deal with the Jinn.

All paths lead to the Taklamakan Desert, a place shrouded in choking storms of dust and sand, where an unspeakable evil awaits them all…

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The Final Dragonkeeper: Quest for the Relic

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Fantasy, Dragons, Adventure

Description

WELCOME TO THE MAGICAL STORY OF A BROTHER, HIS SISTER, AND THEIR DESTINY…
The reign of the Dragonkeepers is coming to an end. The signs foretelling the arrival of the Final Dragonkeeper are coming true.
A boy called Drake must fulfill his destiny along with his sister, Madison, to save the Realm of Faerie from a former traitorous Dragonkeeper – the evil Hifearnan – who wants nothing less than to rule the whole Realm of Faerie for all time.
Drake and Madison, with aid of a grand advisor, will enlist help from others as they go on a quest for the one thing that can help them defeat Hifearnan – the mythical Dragon’s Eye.
There is great danger along the quest and Hifearnan will do anything to crush them in his path to absolute rule. But an ancient horror awaits the Final Dragonkeeper, poised to destroy him and end the quest before it even begins.

Website:

http://sites.google.com/site/josejamadorsite/

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Prince Dwayne and His Remarkable Quest

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fairy tale, humor, young adult

Description

When Prince Dwayne decides to leave home in search of “yonder,” he embarks on a quest that will change his life forever. As is usual for quests, this one contains peril for our young prince. Along the way, Dwayne encounters Scary Beings, a Dark Empress, and a killer robot that doesn’t kill
anyone (please, this story is meant for children). While peril is not unusual for a quest, one detail is unusual. Prince Dwayne has no brain. Thus he must rely on those around him, including a snake that doesn’t talk, a not-so-heroic knight and a mysterious young maiden. Together they will
try and save Dwayne from the clutches of the Dark Empress. Will their efforts prove successful? Will Dwayne’s utter lack of intelligence prove to be his downfall? Will Dwayne ever find yonder? You are invited to read this well-narrated story
and find out for yourself.

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The Second Coming

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fantasy, post-apocalyptic, atheist, dark fantasy

Description

Five hundred years have passed since the Earth shifted on its axis – a catastrophic event that wiped out civilization and released the powers of the dead back to Earth. With technology long abandoned, a dark age has shrouded our world once more. Travel to a future of blood sacrifice, demons, witchcraft, and an immoral God that has returned to reclaim his former dominion.

Website:

http://davidhburton.com

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Night Terrors

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children’s, fantasy, magic

Description

Jaynie Rooney is a 12 year old girl with an 8 year old problem – her brother, Jimmy. His recurring nightmare about a monster underneath his bed keeps waking the whole house, & what’s worse; he’s absolutely certain that it’s not a dream. When his friends begin to disappear in the night – friends who were having the same nightmare – Jaynie starts to think that Jimmy may be right. Is there a monster terrorizing Meadowbrook? Or, is the culprit of the human variety?

Jaynie, her best friend, Ophelia, & their brothers, Aaron & Jimmy, believe there may be a supernatural beast abducting 8 year old boys in the town of Meadowbrook. Jaynie is determined to protect her brother, but is she up to the task? She’s so average she’s in a class by herself, the guy she has a crush on is crazy about her gorgeous friend & she’s beginning to wonder if putting up with ’stuck-up’ Marla is worth a spot in the ‘in’ crowd. Can the seventh grade anti-heroine stop the creature before Jimmy becomes its next victim?

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Sankofa

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african-american fiction, multicultural fiction, race relations

Description

The mythological African sankofa bird represents the concept that you cannot successfully move into the future if you do not pay attention to the past. This novel begins and ends in an airport to approximate the concept of moving into the future. Within this future frame, we move back and forth through time to see what brought the characters in the airport to this point in time.
Charles Ofay is introduced as a young college student who is more concerned with partying than maturing. He wouldn’t consider himself prejudiced or racist, but he isn’t trying to do anything to dispel the white middle class institutionally-racist values that he was raised with. As the consequence of a one night stand with a black woman from the college across town, it comes to his attention that he has a daughter he didn’t know existed. Compounding this realization is the fact that the baby’s mother dies shortly after childbirth.
After much soul searching, Charlie decides to step up and do the right thing. His daughter, aptly named Sankofa by her mother, is the catalyst for Charlie’s education on the dark side of racism and the bright side of racial pride. Through trips back and forth through time, he learns the lesson of the sankofa bird as well as things about his town, his housemates and himself that he would have otherwise never known. In the end Charlie’s bond to his daughter and new cultural awareness deepen to the point of changing his world. With the lessons of the past complete, he is able to move comfortable into the future.

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Twenty Stories

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literary short fiction, new orleans, flappers

Description

A new collection of literary short stories and flash fiction, many set in New Orleans, with four previously unpublished stories, including The Depreciation of The Darbonnes.

Website:

http://www.fouquet.cc/kristin/Khome/PurchaseTwentyStories.htm

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Housework Blues – A Survival Guide

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housework, womens issues, inspirational books

Description

This fun and easy read highlights the real value of taking care of your home, but more importantly, it inspires, motivates and keeps you sane you along the way.
If you lack the domestic gene where housework comes naturally, or your feminist tendencies make you want to run screaming from mop and bucket, then this book is for you.
Containing over 75 insights, tips, games and ideas, Housework Blues is tailor-made to bring calm and comfort to any woman with a home to keep. It’s a virtual pick-&-mix goodie bag of housework-survival tactics.
These simple suggestions could save you years of anguish and frustration, liberating you to enjoy a beautiful home with both your sanity and relationships intact. Your feelings about housework can affect your relationships, your health, even your wealth. There are some truly outstanding benefits in learning to cope with the mental and emotional challenge of keeping a home.
Now, finally, there’s a book to help you do just that.

Website:

http://www.houseworkblues.com

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The Losing Role

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thriller, WWII, historical fiction

Description

Late in 1944 a failed German actor, Max Kaspar, is forced to join an absurdly desperate secret mission in which he must impersonate an enemy American officer. So Max cooks up his own fanatical plan — he’ll use his false identity to escape tyranny and war and flee to the America he’d once abandoned.

Max the performer is hardly a soldier let alone a double-crossing commando, yet in the deadly Battle of the Bulge he has to fool battle-shocked American GIs as well as dodge discovery by his reckless German comrades. Belgium’s Ardennes forest becomes a snowbound hell and the magical America he’d loved is lost to him, replaced by a somber invading juggernaut. In the end, Max’s gambles will lead him to a grim but honest payoff.

Part WWII espionage thriller, part expatriate noir, The Losing Role is based on an actual German false flag operation that’s been made infamous in legend but in reality was a doomed farce. In all the tragic details and with some dark humor, this is the story of an aspiring talent who got in over his head and tried to break free.

Website:

http://www.stephenfanderson.com

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Intimate Encounters

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Sensual Massage, Sensual, women’s fiction

Description

Cali is a graduate student paying her way through school giving sensual massages to strange men at an apartment with several other girls, where she leads a double life and internally struggles with the job she has chosen, the friendships she has made, and the lies she must tell.

At the university Cali is a star student trying to finish her master’s thesis on California archaeology. What the other students and professors must not know is that by night she makes money giving massages with a happy ending to strangers. At first, she truly enjoys working at the apartment, since it brings out the sensual side she lacks as a student. She forms a close friendship with two of the girls and a few of her regular customers, but struggles with the fact that she is doing something illegal, dangerous, and looked down upon in American society.

Intimate Encounters (by Sierra Michaels) is a humorous and occasionally serious account of the inner workings of the sensual massage business and the unique and sometimes pathological characters that work at and visit the apartment, as well as Cali’s life and struggles as a graduate student in doubt about her chosen field and her future.

Website:

http://www.sierramichaels.com

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Celtic Evil: A Fitzgerald Brothers Novel: Ian

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Paranormal, paranormal romance, romantic suspense

Description

Ian Fitzgerald’s entire life is a lie. At eighteen, he’s attending University, has a loving foster family and dreams of becoming an actor. This fantastically normal life comes to a sudden halt when he learns the truth of his life.

From the day he was born he was a part of a prophecy made long ago, a prediction that had other plans for his seemingly normal life. He was to join with his four brothers in overcoming a deeply set malice that threatens to kill the Fitzgerald Five.

Held captive by the evil that tore his outwardly normal life apart, Ian discovers that those closest to him weren’t there by coincidence, but part of a larger plan to destroy the predictions made long before his birth.

Having witnessed his older brother Roarke’s completion of one portion of the prophecy and learning the truth behind the murder of his biological mother and father by the doings of the evil and deadly Sebastian, Ian realizes his fate and becomes active in achieving his destiny, fighting to protect not only his own life, but also the lives of his best friend and love interest.

Website:

http://www.sierra-rose-books.webs.com/

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Past Due

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Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampire

Description

Francis ‘Frankie’ Wright thought she was an old hat at dealing with the supernatural, until she’s reassigned to Edinburgh, the most haunted city in the world.

As a psychic working for MI5, her job is to make sure that what goes bump in the night stays firmly in the imaginations of the British public but after relocating to Edinburgh, her first case soon takes a deadly turn.

Young women are being slain in satanic rituals and it’s up to Frankie to find the murderer before he kills again. Frankie must juggle, vampires, shapeshifters, witches and zombies, all while trying to keep the truth from her sceptical ex boyfriend, Will Campbell, who just happens to be heading up the police investigation.

The clock is ticking and she soon finds herself forced to team up with the vampires and shapeshifters in order to stop the killer before he can literally unleash hell on earth.

Website:

http://www.cswinchester.net

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Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island

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Detective, Mystery, Suspense

Description

The first of a series of mystery thrillers featuring Sergeant Merryll “Merry” Manning of the Miami Police Dept., the action is centered on an otherwise deserted island in the Florida Keys, where a number of guests assemble in an old priory for a “mystery weekend”.

Website:

http://www.cswinchester.net

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Preacher’s Kids – Wicked and Wise

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African american fiction, urban fiction, young adult

Description

Dear B, Where do I begin? Would you rather hear about my almost a boyfriend but can’t be sure cuz he is too cute for me situation, or that my sister has an eating disorder? Being a preacher’s kid is never a dull moment. Mia Griffin’s roller coaster ride life will reach new heights in the 10th grade when she develops a crush on the cutest boy in school. No one expects it when he becomes obsessive and controlling. She will also hit new lows when her sister scares the family with a battle against anorexia. With no one else to turn to for help, Mia befriends the weirdest girl in school to get rid of her stalker. How far will Mia go and can she hold on to her faith?

Website:

preacherskids-thebook.com

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The Morning the Mechanism Broke

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Poetry, Spoken Word, Biography

Description

At a specific point in time dresser drawers burst open; moving boxes begin to spit paper about the room. Words explode on coffee tables. journals burn, and ink stained napkins flutter from jacket pockets. A man digging in the refuge relives his life. He laughs, vomits, sings, and screams. The words get stuffed back in the boxes, but stealthily they reappear among camping equipment, tax returns, and money order receipts. He continues to face himself in the reflection of alphabetic operations.

One day he finds himself living on a tiny, mastless sailboat in Santa Cruz, California. The boxes begin to undulate with the tides. The excuses dissolve in salt water, and the time arrives to let the words go.

The Morning the Mechanism broke is a high speed collision of emotion and memory. Every word is a love poem. Every word is a suicide note. Every word is a declaration of resistance.

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A Gringo’s Guide to Online Hispanic Marketing

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Business, Internet Marketing, Hispanic

Description

A Gringo’s Guide to Online Hispanic Marketing is the first book of its kind and is a “must read” for anybody that wants to learn how to do business online the right way and also capitalize on one of the most rapidly growing population groups in America that also spans the world. The Hispanic market represents a buying power of over 1 Trillion dollars in America alone and is over 12% of the American population or about 54 Million and growing at 50% per year.

In this book you not only learn all of the necessary components to build or grow an online business presence, you also learn how to do it in a new,growing, and unsaturated market with real opportunity – even during a recession. This market includes those of Spanish or Hispanic origin and they are referred to as Generation Equis. It is a group very similar to that represented by the term Generation X (born between 1960 and 1980) – with a different twist. Generation Equis refers to those of Spanish or Hispanic origin born after 1960. Because of their common Spanish language background, the X is replaced with Equis, which is the Spanish pronunciation of the letter X.

After reading this book you will fully understand the opportunity. This is an all in one guide on how to sell and market online and to Generation Equis – the right way – leaving your competition in the dust. Topics covered with an emphasis on targeting Generation Equis include:

- Creating the ultimate Spanish or Generation Equis Friendly website.
- Website analytics to monitor and achieve your online success.
- Optimizing your website to achieve #1 search engine placement.
- Online email and newsletter messaging strategies.
- Internet marketing techniques that work.
- Social networking opportunities.

Don’t miss your chance to capitalize on this rapidly growing market opportunity.

Will you & your business be prepared or left behind?

Website:

GeneraitonEquisMedia.com

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Reunion

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chick lit, romance, women

Description

Jessica Stratford is a thirty-seven year old budget analyst living in the suburbs of Maryland. She has an established career, the love of her husband Kyle, and the friendship of five fascinating women she calls best friends. She has it all … then she joins Facebook. It seems innocent enough, but what happens when she finds her old high school crush online after twenty years? When an innocent internet correspondence turns into a face-to-face reunion, lines of fidelity begin to blur. Fortunately, Jessica has the advice and experiences of her closest friends to help her navigate her conflicting emotions. Will Jessica remain faithful to her steadfast husband, or will she succumb to nostalgic desire for the one that got away?

Website:

http://www.jlpenn.com

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The Cinderella Curse

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chick lit, comedy, fantasy fiction

Description

From the acclaimed author of Reunion comes the hilarious tale of a girl who whacks a witch, gets cursed, and becomes a pumpkin at midnight. Sound strange? She thinks so.

Cindy had a fairy tale life – well, not literally – but she was pretty and popular. Then one fateful autumn day, while picking apples, she encountered a real-life witch. After accidentally clocking the witch on the head with her basket of apples, the angry witch put a spell on her. As Cindy would soon find out, she was destined to live out her nights turning into a pumpkin at midnight. Talk about a crimp in your social life!

There is only one antidote for Cindy’s terrible curse – if only she knew what it was. Hilarity ensues as Cindy attempts to lead a normal life as a part-time pumpkin.

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http://www.jlpenn.com

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The Ultimate in Women’s Self-Defense

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study guide, testing, sexual abuse

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Even if you never do a single exercise in this book, the information contained within its pages could save your life.

The author is a master in the arts of Wing Chun Kung Fu and Chinese Ninja. He studied martial arts from 1980 to the early 1990s under the private instruction of Grandmaster Tony Ragasa Fong.

In the mid 1980s, the author decided to teach a women’s rape prevention seminar. As he delved into research to utilize during the course of that seminar, the author discovered the true scope of the problem women faced. He decided it was time for him to take a more active role in helping women avoid becoming a victim. But when one of his students related to him the details of her own abduction and rape, it took on a more personal aspect for him.

The author, already committed to helping women, dedicated a significant portion of his life toward that goal.

During an intensive private training course with his Grandmaster, the author learned the secret techniques that the masters teach their own families. With the blessings and assistance of his master, the author developed a comprehensive training course for his students.

This book reveals the secrets that Grandmaster Tony Ragasa taught Master Sides. These are the secrets that martial arts masters have taught their own families. The author believes that it is time to share these secrets. To that end, he undertook the challenge to write a book, which would be

The Ultimate in Women’s Self-Defense.

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http://www.sonofartherk.com

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Book Review – The Nan Tu

The Nan Tu – Explore 12th Century China in this Historical Fantasy Fiction Novel!

Rating: 4 of 5

Author: Edward C. Patterson
Format: Paperback, Kindle

12th Century China – Once the forgotten and spoiled youngest son in the royal family, prince Kao suddenly finds himself an unlikely emperor after his father and siblings are captured by the Jurchen.  Now Li K’ai-men having been the grand tutor to this young prince, is now the emperor’s most trusted advisor.  Not only must he protect the warrants given him by his master Han Lin but he must also find a way to maintain a Chinese royal dynasty.  Through the great Nan Tu – or Southern Migration – the dynasty’s seat of power moves across the country and eventually out to sea staying one step ahead of the advancing northern invaders.

In this Book 2 of the Southern Swallow Series, Edward C Patterson takes the reader once again to ancient China and the historical events which split a great country into two dynasties.  By infusing the fictional elements first introduced in The Jade Owl, Patterson weaves together the fantasy plotline of the Chi’ Tang legend, the warrants of ancient relics, and one of China’s most interesting historical events.  Li must advise his young and frequently self doubting son of heaven through a mine field of political unrest, familial betrayal and power plays, invasions, mutiny, and conspiracies.  But Li occasionally finds that more than just advice is needed; sometimes the power of the Chi’ Tang is required to preserve the empire.  Yielding such power without usurping the emperor and his people proves to be a delicate balancing act.

In and of themselves, the cascade of historical events or the fantasy story of the Jade Owl legacy are engaging reads.  But Patterson’s trademark character study and development further shine in this offering.  Certainly the struggles faced by an at times unwilling emperor as well as the challenges Li’ K’ai-men faces to advice his leader while maintaining his warrants and being apart from his family and true love are wonderful journeys into the human condition.  My favorite character, however, once is K’u Ko-ling.  Ko-ling is Li’s servant and “son of a cowcumber farmer from Gui-lin”.  Similar to The Academician, Patterson uses this character to introduce and close each chapter.  He is disrespectful, dour, self-deprecating, but cunning, clever, invaluable, hysterically funny, and loyal to his master and in what he believes.  In many ways Ko-ling is an unlikely hero, somewhat like the character played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1992 movie of the same name.

Those who enjoyed The Academician will enjoy this chapter of the tale as well.  The Southern Swallow Series provides the back story of the relics that are front in center in the Jade Owl series.  The key difference between the two series is The Jade Owl relies much more on the fantasy elements to drive the story, while The Southern Swallow Series is steeped in 12th century Chinese history.  Overall, The Nan Tu is an engaging and educational addition to Patterson’s vast collection of works.

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