The Inverted Cavern – Book 2 in the Aaron and Jake Time Travel Series is now Available!!

WHEN TRAVELING THROUGH TIME, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!!

Aaron and Jake received a message from the Amish boy they had returned a hundred years back in time, proving their experiment had been a success. When they discover the diary containing entries of their own adventures, it gives them the confidence to explore the past and future for themselves. They made careful preparations—thought of every possibility—and took every precaution.

So how could everything go so incredibly wrong?

It is finally here! Book two is now available on Kindle.

Thanks to all those who have supported Book One – The Time Cavern.  Please check it out and tweet, blog, and get the word out if you are a fan of the series!

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End of “Tag My Book on Amazon”…

Almost three years ago in June 2008, my first novel – The Time Cavern – was published.  I quickly learned after the writing and editing, it didn’t matter how good my book was if no one knew about it.  I read books and blog posts and spent time on Goodreads and other social forums to try to understand the keys to book marketing.  That same month, I stumbled upon Amazon’s tagging feature and the “customer communities” that go along with it.  Once I saw that books were ranked on those pages based solely on their tag count, I emailed a friend and he emailed a friend and we mutually tagged each other and saw our books rise immediately – the idea for this blog was born!

Who knew that three years later, there would be over 170,000 views of this site, over 1800 books tagged, and that I’d write over 90 book reviews of authors participating here!

This blog has been a great example of how folks could unite to help one another.  I’ve “met” a number of you through email and other correspondence and as result created lasting friendships which has been the most rewarding part of this experience.  I’ve also been exposed to books and genres I know I would not have otherwise read had it not been for all of you.  I’ve come to learn that there are many many excellent books out there and have found the indie experience to be refreshing compared to mainstream predictable reads.  So most of all I want to say thank you.

Thank you for the help.

Thank you for the experience.

Thank you for sharing your work with me.

And thank you for your friendship.

However,after many emails with friends and recent communication from Amazon regarding tagging, I’ve decided to end “Tag My Book on Amazon”.  The intent behind this site was to leverage the tools Amazon provided to bring visibility to our books.  If you read the requirements I placed on tagging, I only allowed those tags which one could easily see corresponded with the description of the product.  I would not allow “great book” or other subjective terms because one would not know this unless one read the work.  So this was never meant to be a “shill” site for fake reviews or fake takes, but rather one where folks used tags to appropriately categorize a book based on its description.  This is why I required that book posts include a description of the work.  I believed this was consistent with the intent of tagging as described on Amazon while using the feature to help raise a book’s visibility.  Ultimately, sales and a book’s reception would still depend on the quality of the book itself.

However, Amazon has recently confirmed that it is their interpretation that use of tagging communities such as this are not following the terms of use of the tagging feature.  As a result, I do not wish anyone to be inadvertently penalized by participating in something I created.   I do not know what type of action Amazon could take, but I would hate to see anyone suffer any negative consequence from my actions.

If you would like to continue tagging, there are other boards that have this feature, such as this one:

http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/topic,22473.0.html

Finally, I will continue to write reviews for folks who contact me and as time permits.  I’ve started a “Review My Book on Amazon” blog but know it won’t create the same sense of community we’ve all built here.

Once again Thank You all!

Sincerely,

Todd A Fonseca

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Book Review – Unprotected Love

Unprotected Love – Murder on the docks of Manhattan

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: John F. Rooney
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Late night on the docks of Manhattan, they find him, carefully laid out, hands crossed, peaceful, and very dead.  A close examination of the body finds something usual hidden in his mouth – a condom.  Unfortunately, this is not the first victim to be found this way.  All are male hustlers and all have the same condom calling card.  A serial killer has been born.  NYPD special ops is called in and Denny Delany, one of the city’s best is put in charge of the case.  He reaches out to sex crimes but intra-department politics start to hamper Denny’s progress.  As he battles his own alcoholic demons, the bodies pile up and Denny wonders if his lack of progress is by design.  Could the perpetrators be within and if so, how can protect his career as well as his life?

Unprotected Love was my first read of Rooney’s Delany series.  Rooney has a knack for storytelling.  His characterization, settings and plot all work together to create strong hooks keeping the reader engaged.  His style and voice are a little different than the average read which took me a chapter or two to tune my ear to.  As with most mysteries, the fun is taking the clues provided and trying to jump ahead and solve who the murderer is.  Rooney does a good job at throwing a couple of red herrings in the mix hear and there and had me guessing then second guessing most of the way.

I also found the details of how the relationship between “John’s” and “Hustlers” interesting from a psychological perspective.  This detail and the backstory of Denny and Molly gave the work a real and edgy feel.  More mystery then thriller, Unprotected Love is an entertaining read.

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Book Review – The Road to Grafenwohr

The Road to Grafenwohr – One of my favorite Patterson Novels

Rating: 5 of 5 stars, TMBOA Recommended!

Author: Edward C. Patterson
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Traveling to his unit in post war Germany, Quincy Summerson finds the locals, their heritage, language, architecture, and culture fascinating.  They too, find him of great interest given the unique birthmark displayed prominently on his cheek which legend portends it to be a harbinger for both great evil and good.  Quincy’s journey takes him further and further into heart of Bavaria as visions begin to plague him.  As they increase in frequency and violence Quincy learns he has been called not just to serve the United States but an even higher purpose.

Readers may be initially turned off by the title of Patterson’s latest work.  But I must say, this was one of my favorites from him.  Patterson takes his expert prose and characterization skills and infuses them into an intriguing setting of a young man stationed in Germany during the height of the cold war with an eclectic group of roommates where everyone prays to avoid reassignment to Vietnam—except for one man.  Sprinkle in some fantasy elements and Patterson has created a genre I’ve not previously experienced but very much enjoyed.

The plot is very tight and the storyline moves.  If you already are a Patterson fan, I think you will definitely enjoy The Road to Grafenwohr.  If you’ve never read him and you are looking for something different, give this one a try – you won’t be disappointed.

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TMBOA – March 2011 Additions

March 2011 Additions

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Bending the Boyne

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historical fiction Ireland, ancient Ireland, megaliths

Description

2200 BCE: Changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the peaceful native starwatchers. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle are the legends of Ireland’s beginnings in a totally new light.

Larger than myth, this tale echoes with medieval texts, and cult heroes modern and ancient. By the final temporal twist, factual prehistory is bending into images of leprechauns who guard Eire’s gold for eternity. As ever, the victors will spin the myths.

This story appeals to fans of solid historical fiction, myth and fantasy, archaeo-astronomy, and Bronze Age Europe.

BENDING THE BOYNE draws on 21st century archaeology to show the lasting impact when early metal mining and trade take hold along north Atlantic coasts. Carved megaliths and stunning gold artifacts, from the Pyrenees up to the Boyne, come to life in this researched historical fiction.

…A useful fleshing of the bones
of an interesting archaeological story.
William O=Brien, PhD, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

…Bang-on with the latest archaeological debates.
Peter Clark, PhD, Director, The Canterbury Archaeological Trust,
Canterbury, Kent, UK.

Website

jsdunnbooks.com

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The Warning

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Thriller, Suspense, J. Saul

Description

Sarah has gotten much better at interpreting her sister’s messages from the Other Side. Sarah’s sister shows her a new path that Sarah believes will lead to the murderer.
The murderer has been watching Sarah and knows she’s coming for him.
The warning comes, but will Sarah heed it? She’s so close that she can’t give up. She refuses to lose him again. But, will she be able to save herself from the same fate as her sister?
The question is, does the warning come too late?

Website

darylsedore.wordpress.com

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Scam Proof in 3 Easy Steps

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fraud,scam,internet fraud

Description

Have you ever invested in something with hopes of big returns only to find out that it was all smoke and mirrors? It seems like we are constantly faced with people trying to cheat us out of our money. This book is both fun to read, and very informative, and will make you aware of some of the scams used by criminals to steal your money as well as ways to protect yourself from these would be thieves.

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Farr Point

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General Fiction, Coming-of-age, Young Adult, Mystery

Description

The smell of oil is in the air, and so is murder, when eighteen-year-old Eddie Tipton arrives in a small Texas town with his widowed mother in 1950. Eddie and his mother take rooms in the home of Texas oil widow, Faye Ruth Collier. Eddie spends time with handyman Ned Cotton and soon learns that Mrs. Collier’s late husband, Lawrence Collier, was murdered a few years earlier. Ned Cotton warns Eddie to stay away from Faye Ruth and to ignore Lawrence Collier’s death. Eddie, of course, cannot resist.
Making his way in a new school, dodging the stigma of being the schoolteacher’s son, and succumbing to the lure of his middle-aged landlady, Eddie is embroiled in dangerous adventures on all fronts. But then a devastating loss causes him to ratchet up his investigation, leading to a near-fatal showdown.

Website

http://farrpoint.posterous.com/

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Just a Minute

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encouragement, inspiring, challenging

Description

It contains 96 devotionals from verses all over the Bible, written to encourage and challenge believers in practical Christian living.

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Chicana

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memoir, oprah book club, based on a true story

Description

Chicana is the true story of loss and pain, and ultimately triumph. Fleeing the Spanish flu and running for their lives, they were forced to make the difficult decision to cross the border one night into the U.S. This is the gripping story of a family’s struggle to make it to America and survive the harsh conditions of illegal immigration. Spanning five generations, beginning in Mexico in 1918, this book takes you on a journey from not just surviving but overcoming poverty, abuse and prejudice to present day sucess in America. A book every American should read, truly the other side of the immigration issue.

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A Dangerous Remedy

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Crime, suspense

Description

The owner of a multinational pharmaceutical company fears that the arrival on the market of a scientifically tested herbal medicine, shown to halt the onset of a common disease, will seriously damage his profits. He is so opposed to the new product that he sets out ruthlessly to destroy his competitor with extreme violence.

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Reality Weight Loss

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Conditioning, weightloss, fitness

Description

Weight loss does not have to be complicated, boring or excruciatingly painful. Weight loss should be simple and enjoyable. The best weight loss program will fit your own personal needs,abilities, life and lifestyle. By creating a personalized weight loss program that fits you, you will increase your chance of success, make weight loss efforts easier and even have fun. The best way is your way! Reality Weight Loss will show you how to realisticly design a program specificaly tailored to your needs, likes and desires. Stop following someone elses path and start following your own.

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Yaakov the Pirate Hunter

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science fiction, treasure hunt

Description

Los Angeles, 2025. Yaakov and Yosef Peretz discover a treasure map hidden in their family’s robot; soon, their family embarks on an adventure that takes them halfway around the world to save a valuable and revered religious artifact. In the Mojave Desert, the Peretz family unearths a mysterious treasure chest stolen from a Santa Barbara billionaire named Aharon Sapir. Yaakov and family manage to return the treasure and to outwit the pirates who stole it, but soon learn of a greater danger to the Sapir family fortune. On the Tunisian island of Djerba rests the Sapirs’ most sacred heirloom: the world’s oldest Torah scroll, an artifact worth a fortune. Another pirate is after the ancient scroll, and the Peretzes’ trusted robot dealer may be involved. Yaakov and family journey to the other side of the globe to track down a ruthless pirate and to thwart his wicked plan. To succeed, Yaakov must decide between saving his prized robot, built with his very hands, and protecting a greater good.

Website

http://wyckoffwonders.blogspot.com

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The Woodcutter

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fairy tale retellings, fantasy, brothers grimm

Description

Winner of the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year and 1st Place Fantasy Book in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards

Cinderella is dead and one of Odin’s hellhounds has gone rogue. The Woodcutter, protector of peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of Faerie, is charged with finding the beast and returning him to the Wild Hunt. Unfortunately, it seems the forces of evil have other plans. It is a race against time as the Woodcutter travels east of the sun and west of the moon, up beanstalks and down to the bowels of the earth to unravel a mystery that can only be described as Grimm.

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Bum’s Rush

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Crime, Romance, Family relationships

Description

On his way home from work, Jack Troy is shot by an assassin. His only hope of survival rest on the shoulders of a reluctant, sixteen-year old, homeless boy, Skip Reynolds and a Bible verse from Skip’s deceased mother, “Some have entertained Angels, unawares.” Maybe, Skip thinks, as he stops the bleeding, but this angle has a wicket enemy. When the cops show up, Skip runs away.

Recovered, Jack finds the boy and takes him to live with him and his fifteen-year old brother, Ancel. Unbeknownst to Skip, he is the heir of a fortune, a fortune coveted by two uncles he doesn’t know exist. Uncles who kill Skip’s father, or so they think, and attempt to kill Skip. Now Jack and Ancel are between Skip and the uncles.

Website

http://eamckenziebumsrush.blogspot.com/

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Water Hazard

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water, suspense,thriller,florida,action,Warwick

Description

Steve Warwick owns a CD store in the small beachside community of Flagler Beach, Florida. On a day that starts like any other, Steve buys a Collection of used CDs from 16-year-old Justin and his buddy Russell. When the boys disappear, Justin’s distraught mother Margie visits Steve, claiming he is the only link to the whereabouts of her missing son.

Before he can figure out how he could be involved with a missing teenager, an attempt is made on Steve’s life. Suddenly caught in whirlpool of murder, greed, political corruption and ecological sabotage he enlists the help of his best friend Ike, a former Navy SEAL with a penchant for bending the rules.

Together they have to help Margie find her son, bring a crooked land developer and his corrupt political crony to justice and avoid a watery grave.

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Godonism

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Atheism, Dystopian, Religion

Description

The dystopian novel Godonism is set in the year 159, Nebula Era – a future of most volatile times – a time when people have to pawn their minds in order to survive; and, at the peak of decadence, the falling of the everlasting gold unexpectedly comes…

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A Simple Guide To Gmail

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email, gmail, android

Description

A Simpler Guide to Gmail is a straightforward no-nonsense approach to a how-to guide for setting up your Gmail account. From opening the account, sending email to the more advanced features including Buzz, Chat and Labs.

The Chapters included are:

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Getting Started
Chapter Three: Sending and Receiving Emails
Chapter Four: Address Book (Google Contacts)
Chapter Five: Sorting Emails – No more folders
Chapter Six: Searching for Emails
Chapter Seven: Changing the look and feel
Chapter Eight: Google Accounts and your profile
Chapter Nine: Buzz
Chapter Ten: Chat
Chapter Eleven: Tasks
Chapter Twelve: Netiquette
Chapter Thirteen: Gmail on your Android Phone
Chapter Fourteen: Advanced Features – Google Labs

Website

http://www.cericlark.com

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Tigress by the Tail

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Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifter, Wizard

Description

Lance is a Wizard. He’s not a great wizard, but he’s all right. Descended from a long line of wizards, his brothers taunt him for being slow to learn. And as the youngest, it’s his due course to accept such teasing. Life is good, and normal. For a wizard that is.

Cassie is a Shifter. A tigress to be exact. Raised by her father after her mother’s death she’s as well adjusted as any shifter can be, and still live in the human world, hiding who and what she is.

Bliss comes to a screeching halt the night Satanist kidnap Cassie and her best friend to use as sacrifices to bring forth their Dark Lord. When Cassie literally collides into Lance, she begs him to help them escape their captors, despite the dangers. The couple work together to save the life of Cassie’s friend, only to discover a shocking passion driving them closer together at a time when both should be devastated. But when Lance overhears Cassie’s father threaten his life, he heads for the hills. Cassie follows, determined to clear up the confusion. But evil is still afoot and Cassie is taken by a secret government organization dedicated to the eradication of all things magick. Is Lance willing to put his life on the line for a woman he believes is out to kill him? Especially when he realizes the organization that’s taken her, is the one he works for?

Website

teresdamario.com

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Labyrinth

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gay erotica, gay fantasy, action /adventure

Description

“All of life for those of us with royal blood is risk—a labyrinth—Nyke,” the Second Queen of Phitio tells her precious son who is marked for sacrifice the minute the crown prince accedes to the throne of Phitio. “We are thrust in the maze by our birth and status, and we spend our lives twisting and turning, seeking the magic center. But even there, the labyrinth becomes a living thing—scheming and fighting against us and changing its avenues, its walls closing in on us. All we can do is continue to seek out the center and to survive for as long as possible.”
And from that moment forward the young Nyke is caught up in a complex web of scheming and double-dealing as, using his wits and his beautiful, lithe, young body and his ability to inflame the lusts of men of power, he works his way through the convoluted posturing and maneuvering of the warring nation states of Phitio, Brixia, Morini, and Cenopolis in an effort to gain the center of the labyrinth—both real and figurative—and to survive to return to Phitio in victory.

Website

barbarianspy.com

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The Book of Lost Souls

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young adult

Description

When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Ivy has heard it all before – that her father, who left when she was seven – was involved with the darkest of magic.

Making the rumors worse, someone uses an evil spell book to bring back two of history’s most nefarious killers. Ivy’s got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits that want her and her friends dead: the school’s resident bad boy and hotter-than-brimstone demon, Nick Marcelli. Nick’s offering Ivy more than his help with recovering the missing book – he’s offering her a way to ditch her scaly reputation as a lizard-lover. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and as Ivy soon discovers, it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to survive long enough to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end.

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The Beginning (Blood Hunter)

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Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Vampire Romance

Description

For thirty years, Raven Prince has lived just fine with no mate and no hassles. The carefree vampire, happy to be the odd-girl-out in a small, close-knit coven, lusts for one thing and one thing only—human blood. The more handsome the snack, the happier she is.
Thorne Abbott, on the other hand, only has a taste for the blood of the vampire that savagely murdered his father eleven years before. The determined human won’t rest until that craving is satisfied, even if it means getting himself killed in the process.
A sexy game of pool in a small town bar throws a wrench in both of their plans and ignites a flame so hot, neither could have extinguished even if they wanted to.
The hunter and the hunted battle with themselves and each other as passion, love and a quest for truth sends them on a deadly mission that’s sure to either destroy them…or set them free.
Can lovers from different worlds manage to see past their differences, or are there good reasons why the two species should never unite?
Will it be friend or foe that goes bump in the night?

Website

http://www.robinbadillo.com

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Journey of the Damned: Forbidden

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Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Vampire Romance

Description

Sometimes love’s journey begins with a glance, sometimes with a kiss, but some journeys begin with a bite.
Sydney Chance has found her eternal destiny in the arms of her lover, vampire Demetri Bastian.
Their rocky beginning gives way to an adventure fitting the lifestyle of the undead.
They’ve conquered an enemy who threatened their love and discovered powers and gifts contingent on their immortal bond.
Everything is finally just as it should be until they set out for a romantic adventure in the Australian Outback. Upon their arrival, they’re met with an unexpected problem, when Connor Ryan, the determined son of a human friend, sets his sights on Sydney and tempts her with more than the taste of his blood.
And, after an unexpected attack by rogue vampires on a murderous rampage, their coven must unite to help Connor’s family and a local Aboriginal tribe, eradicate the lethal enemy.
Can Sydney fight the temptation of forbidden fruit or will bloodlust force her to betray the oath she’s made to Demetri?
Will an unstable lover from Demetri’s past destroy more than cattle, or will her twisted agenda rip Demetri from Sydney’s arms forever?
The journey may have started with a bite, but it just may end with a bang.

Website

http://www.robinbadillo.com

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Journey of the Damned: Scorned

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Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Vampire Romance

Description

Some journeys take you to distant lands, some to the end of the line, but some journeys take you straight into forever.
Sydney Chance found her immortal destiny in the arms of her creator, vampire Demetri Bastian. But life as a vampire has dealt them a shocking hand.
Separated by a sinister foe, Sydney must circle the globe, desperately in search of the man she loves.
Oceans and continents lie between them and danger lurks at every turn.
A female vampire alone for too long incites the natural attraction from every male within her proximity. Even a determined Sydney finds herself vulnerable to nature’s call and when her own feelings of doubt weaken her resolve, temptation becomes her enemy.
Can she fight the battle within or will it destroy her before her nemesis ever has a chance?
Is it possible for a woman to love more than one man at a time or will fate make the decision for her?
Love has a way of leading a heart to its destiny, but nobody said it was going to be easy.

Website

http://www.robinbadillo.com

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He Loves Me He Loves Me Not!

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African-American Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Relationships

Description

Be a good girl, don’t get pregnant, do well in school, and get into a respectable college. Khadejah Johnson grew up believing this was the formula for a perfect life; the way to her Prince on a white horse ready to take her to paradise. That’s how it went for her sister Asia, who met and married her dream guy, so Khadejah had no reason to believe her ending would be any different. Her mother never told her that the fairy tale doesn’t happen for everyone She didn’t prepare her baby girl for the reality that Prince Charming may not come to whisk her away. And not every man is perfect like her father.
When Khadejah learns her high school love, an All-American basketball standout, has gotten another girl pregnant, she feels her fairy tale ending slowly slipping from her reach. In retribution for his betrayal she runs to the arms of Justice who is ten years her senior and has a shady past that stretches the distance of their years apart. Six years later and as many broken dreams and promises, Khadejah is raising their two children alone and learning that the world of dating can be a cruel place for a single woman with children.

In He Loves Me He Loves Me Not! we journey with Khadejah on her search for true love. Along the way we meet Aaron Baxter, a young upwardly mobile brother trying to find his place in Corporate America and life in suburbia; then there’s Mylan Gaines, fun-seeking, talented, but not yet ready to settle down; J. Jordan Edwards, an up and coming Corporate Attorney who has been bitten by Jungle Fever, and then there’s Terrance Newsome, NBA standout who will do anything to reclaim the love of his high school sweetheart.

Experience the joys of friendship, the value of family, and the determination of a young woman destined to one day have the love she has always dreamed of despite the many obstacles she must overcome. You’ll laugh, cry, scream and rejoice along the way. There will be highs, lows, twists, and turns. With realistic portrayals that easily transports readers into Khadejah’s life; you’ll see your girlfriend, sister, mother, co-worker, and even yourself in the characters that make this debut novel one to remember.

Website

http://www.TracyLDarity.com

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The Blighted Troth: A Novel of New France

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Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Historical adventure

Description

In 1702, Emilie Basseaux lives with her widowed mother in New France. On the eve of her wedding to Robert Lanzille, she catches the eye of the settlement’s unscrupulous overlord, Seigneur Richard Tonnacour who threatens to kill the parish priest if he performs their marriage. This sets off a catastrophic chain of events that turns her life, and that of her betrothed, into a desperate flight for their lives, separating them, and sending them straight into the arms of peril. Emilie and Robert’s plight sweeps them into the convents and taverns, the riots and small-pox epidemics of New France where they each face death and discover the true meaning of love and forgiveness. It is a compelling story of love and treachery, faith and loss, forgiveness and triumph. The Blighted Troth is a retelling of the classic novel, The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi) by Alessandro Manzoni. Inspired by this epic Italian classic novel, the author weaves an entirely new and unqiue captivating tale in a new setting, a new century, and with new plot twists.

Website

http://historyandwomen.com

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Artic Winds

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Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Romance

Description

Nothing will stop a wolf once he’s found his mate…
After her skulk abandoned her four years ago, Samantha knew she would never truly be wanted. When she accidentally stumbles into a wolf town and is asked by their premier to stay, she believes it’s the novelty of an arctic fox motivating him. She knows she’ll be on her own again once he tires of her.

Jason finds himself pulled to Samantha from the moment she faints in his arms. His wolf is calling to him, telling him he’s found their mate and the heat he feels for Samantha is impossible to resist. But his little fox is loaded down with emotional baggage and doesn’t believe she’s worthy of love. Can he overcome her fears? Or will pack jealousies and the local faxes convince her she doesn’t belong with him before he has a chance?

Website

http://sondraebennett.blogspot.com

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Weight Loss Success

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weight loss diet pills, top weight loss pills, lose weight quickly

Description

The Chinese pills are taking the nation by storm. There is a tiny line between myth and reality. Get on board and grab all the facts that people are reluctant to give away. You can love them or you can hate them, but you can never stay indifferent to them.
Are they the saint grail of reducing weight?
How they make lose the extra weight
What are they made of
How much weight can anyone expect to lose
How can you make a difference between fakes and originals
What is the rebound effect and how to avoid it
Why has the FDA banned them
Safest tips to get your extra weight off, for good
Many more facts in this interesting ebook, with the most frequent questions that you may think of.

Website

http://www.mztspot.com/ebooks

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Degenerates

Tags

Thriller, Suspense, New release

Description

An alcoholic writer, a self-destructive teen, a burnt-out waitress, an abused young wife, a good-natured cook, a tormented serial killer, and the cop unwittingly assigned to stop him. Marred with addictions, poverty, and personal loss, each degenerate overcomes incredible obstacles and finds his or her own salvation working in a restaurant named City Café. They form new friendships and relationships, and in a short time turn their lives around — until Tommy Fielding is hired. Seeming innocent at first, Tommy is a schizophrenic who believes murder will ensure for him an existence of perfect happiness. What happens next places the group in grave danger and leads them into a horror that will change everything about their lives.

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Frostproof

Tags

thriller, suspense, new release

Description

On a winter night in 2009, Niles Goodman risked his life to try and save a woman and her newborn infant from a terrible car accident, seriously burning his hands in the attempt. The injuries left him unable to work and the financial strain is taking a heavy toll on his marriage. Enter Cody Larson and the promise of 1.5 million dollars if Niles chauffeurs him to Seattle to retrieve a dead drug dealer’s buried cash and narcotics. What entails is a weeklong trip into madness as Cody kills indiscriminately, and then after each murder explains his philosophy behind the slaughter. He calls it the frostproof. He believes he is the antichrist and will soon rule the world; until their hellish journey takes an unexpected turn.

Website

http://www.Neilostroff.com

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Pulp

Tags

suspense/thriller, new release, fiction

Description

Struggling thriller writer Kevin Turner just received a panicked call from his ex-girlfriend Tina, a self-proclaimed clairvoyant prostitute. One of her clients, the mayor’s married son, died in her bed and she needs Kevin’s help to dispose of the body. As if Kevin doesn’t have enough problems. His current girlfriend is the spouse of the gay woman who signs his meager paycheck, his sixth credit card has hit its limit, he received word that his eight-month wait for his second advance check was being withheld by Gotham Publishing until he made the absurd changes in his manuscript that they wanted, and he just discovered his recently deceased father, who Tina claims she’s in contact with, owes ten grand from an internet gambling debt, which Kevin would now have to figure a way to pay. When Kevin discovers Tina’s psychotic brother has chopped up the body, and the police are finding the pieces spread across the suburbs, it sets off a chain of events more bizarre and horrifying than the plot of one of Kevin’s own novels.

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http://www.Neilostroff.com

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Discovering Your Passion: The Thing That Makes Your Heart Sing

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career change, goal setting, job search

Description

Through using this workbook, a journey toward uncovering the joy and excitement of utilizing innate skills and talents begins. Realize the joy of doing “The Thing That Makes Your Heart Sing”.

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http://www.discoveringyourpassion.com

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From Idea to Author

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book marketing, self-publishing, article publishing

Description

There’s no reason for your hard work to not be seen in print. Getting published has never been easier than it is today. Get a low cost quality printed book, learn how to market it for profit and start making sales. Buy From Idea to Author and Become Successfully Published.

Website

http://www.ideatoauthor.com

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Worst Impressions

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Young Adult Romantic Comedy, young adult fiction, Pride and Prejudice

Description

Sharp-witted basketball phenom Liz Bennett just wants finish high school under the radar…and without constantly defending herself against false rumors about her sexuality. With two trouble magnet kid sisters and a mother obsessed with protecting her virginity, she’s already dealing with more drama than an Emmy-winning daytime soap opera. But when two popular new guys enter her life, she’s forced from the shadows and onto center stage.

Trent Whitman, Liz’s hot new admirer, pursues and woos her with his silver tongue and hazel eyes. He turns on the charm, and Liz turns off all common sense. Darcell Williams, on the other hand, is a star football player, who sticks his cleats in his mouth from day one. As far as Liz is concerned, Trent is a dream and Darcell is a devil reincarnate.

During the Back-to-School dance, Darcell spews an oh-no-he-didn’t insult that cements Liz’s contempt for His Evilness. Oh yes, their feud is on and popping! Driven by spite and embarrassment, Liz instigates a series of misunderstandings that propel her into an inevitable confrontation with Darcell. But when a Bennett family crisis reveals Darcell’s and Trent’s true colors, will Liz’s pride prevent her from accepting each for who he really is?

WORST IMPRESSIONS is a humorous and uplifting coming-of-age tale about a girl who discovers that misjudgments are a two-way street best left untraveled. Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this novel brings a timeless story to contemporary multicultural teens.

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Ring of Lies

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Romantic Suspense, southern fiction, Savannah

Description

A café owner and an ex-cop must unravel the mystery surrounding a hot blue diamond in order to stop a cold blooded killer.
After a childhood lived on the road with a free-spirited aunt, all café owner Ivy Michaels wants is a normal and uneventful life, but when her aunt is found floating in the Savannah River, Ivy inherits an heirloom blue diamond and a killer bent on keeping the past buried.
Dom Riordan is an ex-cop obsessed with finding his mother’s killer. A chance meeting, and a glimpse of evidence he’s been seeking, convinces him that Ivy Michaels is the key to solving the crime. Dom devises a plan to date Ivy and ferret out the truth but he didn’t count on losing his heart. As a ruthless killer closes in on Ivy, Dom will risk everything to keep her safe.

Website

http://www.rachellynneauthor.com/

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The Judas Syndrome

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Post-apocalyptic, Apocalypse, Dystopian

Description

In a world devastated by an apocalyptic event,
the bonds of friendship are tested in the haze of
unrelenting depression, and paranoia.
Will you know who your friends are

Website

http://www.the-judas-syndrome.com

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Rebirth – Book 2 of The Judas Syndrome series

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Post-apocalyptic, Angels, Armageddon

Description

A year into a Post-Apocalyptic existence, where
friendships are tested and new enemies emerge; talk
of destiny fulfilled through a child offers salvation.
Could you believe?

Website

http://www.the-judas-syndrome.com

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A Cure for Chaos, Book #2 of the Mother-Earth Series

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Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult

Description

Things are rarely what they seem …
Especially when you’re a shapeshifter.

Jenni Kershaw just wanted a chance at a normal life. Well, maybe something a little better than normal. But perfect physical features weren’t translating into happiness for Jenni as a freshman in high school. Something was still missing.

Jenni never would have guessed that something might be her old nemesis from junior high, Alisha, who shows up out of the blue, bearing a flag of truce.

Say goodbye to normal.

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Summer Secrets

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Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Kindle .99

Description

A powerful contemporary novel — the story of three unique sisters … the secrets that bind them for life … and the summer that will set them free.

Eight years ago, the three McKenna sisters — Kate, Ashley, and Caroline — had their fifteen minutes of fame. Driven by their ambitious father, they won an around-the-world sailing race as teenagers. But something happened out on the turbulent sea during a fierce storm they could never forget …

Now Tyler Jamison has come to Castleton, a picturesque island off the coast of Washington State, asking questions about the famous McKennas. But even as the sisters close ranks against the tenacious repoter, the past threatens to drown them in its wake. It will take Caroline’s willingness to right a wrong, Ashley’s struggle to face her greatest fears, and Kate’s attempt to embrace life — and love — again to finally calm the winds and stop the rain.

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Daniel’s Gift

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Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Kindle Bargain Books

Description

Fans of Debbie Macomber, Kristin Hannah, and Susan Wiggs will enjoy this emotionally compelling story of love, family and a little bit of magic. A page-turning blend of romance and women’s fiction, Daniel’s Gift is the perfect book to take on vacation or on a long plane trip – it will sweep you away.

From the back cover:

Reckless Youth …

In her impetuous summer of love, Jenny St. Claire found Luke Sheridan — her dashing knight in intern’s scrubs. But a fast-track future and rigid, ambitious parents drove passion out of Luke’s life. And the summer ended, leaving Jenny with a broken heart… and a beautiful son, Danny, to help mend it.

Love Reclaimed …

Years later it is tragedy that reunites them — the father whom a son longs to know, and the mother who has tried desperately to forget. And as Luke and Jenny struggle to ignore the pain and desire reborn in a look and a touch, only the remarkable courage of a young boy — and the help of a rather unorthodox guardian angel — can offer them the most precious gift of all: a second chance at the love of a lifetime.

WINNER – RITA – Best Contemporary Romance
Romance Writer’s of America

Reviews…

“A warm, moving story of the power of love.” Debbie Macomber

“Wonderful story, wonderful cast — this is a do-not-miss reading experience.” Rendezvous Magazine

“Barbara Freethy brings a tender poignancy to mainstream romantic fiction.” Romantic Times

“The depth is incredible, the minds of the characters (and there are quite a few) delightful. Clearly a hit!” Heartland Critiques

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Life

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Romance, Teen, Young Adult

Description

Have you ever been asked what you want to do with the rest of your life when you are only in high school? It’s one thing to think about college, but it’s something completely different to think about what job you would want to do until you are old enough to retire. Who has time for that when you are only seventeen and have more pressing issues like trying to figure out members of the opposite sex?

When he was a senior in high school, Jack was asked to write his autobiography. The purpose of the assignment was to examine his past to see how he came to be the person he is today. Once he discovered this, he would know what he wanted to do with his life. What he discovered was that he did not define his life; his life was defined by his relationship with Christine, the girl next door that he has always been in love with.

“Life” is the story of Jack and Christine as they are trying to go from being just friends to being more than friends while trying to not destroy the best friendship they have ever had.

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Tim Madison, Galactic Warrior

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Science fiction, action, adventure, middle grade

Description

Thirteen-year-old Tim Madison is the only person who knows about and can stop the ruthless creatures who are working deep inside our planet constructing a massive extermination army. Tim’s ordinary life turns upside down when a strange visitor takes him aboard a magnificent spaceship to train for a future alien war. Returned home with new skills and this terrible knowledge, Tim confides in his two best friends about his experience. Now, they’re in a race against time to prevent an all-out attack on Earth.

The authorities would never believe their story of course, because they’re just kids. Bearing humiliation at school and ramifications at home, they hop a bus and journey to the Grand Canyon where they locate an alien army many thousands of times greater than what Tim had expected. Caught up in escalating danger, Tim and his buds must make a choice. Try to climb back out of the canyon without being seen or take the aliens head on. If only Tim could acquire a weapon and steal one of the alien’s fighter ships he might have a chance at victory.

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Beyond Nostalgia

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Love, Romance, Literary Fiction

Description

After becoming one of five bestsellers for the month of July, my newly released novel, Beyond Nostalgia, is in contention for Random House’s “youwriteon” website for writers “2011 Book of the Year”.

Born with blue in his collar, not in his veins, Dean Cassidy chronicles his soul-scarring rise from New York’s darkest alleys to a place somewhere nearer the top of his world. A human accomplishment as difficult as it is unlikely, his struggle is intensified by haunting memories of Theresa Wayman, his long-estranged teenage soul-mate. Theresa!Theresa!Theresa! She just won’t go away. For five years after losing contact with her, Dean anesthetizes his pain with the same things that caused it – boozy nights and faceless women. Then he gets lucky again. He meets, and soon marries, Maddy Frances Ronan, a woman so giving (and forgiving) she deserves to be canonized. Despite Dean’s many hang-ups and blunders, Maddy’s love for him never wavers. For two decades she endures all the jumped jobs, the time he goes postal, his frequent depressions and his ongoing anguish over the hostile corporate takeover of his and other American families. Even after she finds Dean unconscious, clutching a faded photograph of Theresa Wayman, she sticks by him.
But their problems don’t end there. There’s a green cloud, known as money, that forever casts shadows on their happiness. Even when Maddy and Dean’s two boys enter school and she takes on a job, there’s never enough. That is until the eleventh hour when things are looking their bleakest ………

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Butter in the Well
Subtitle: A Scandinavian Woman’s Tale of Life on the Prairie, 1868-1888

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historical fiction, pioneer women, women’s diary

Description

Read the fictionalized account of Kajsa Svensson Runeberg, an emigrant wife who recounts, through her diary, how she and her family built up a farm on the unsettled Kansas prairie from 1868 to 1888.

This historical fiction is based on the actual Swedish woman who homesteaded the author’s childhood home and is the first of the four book Butter in the Well series.

“Go back to a time when there are no streets, roads or cars. Imagine there are no buildings, homes, hospitals or grocery stores around the corner. All of our family’s belongings fit in a small wooden wagon. The year is 1868. There is nothing but tall, green waving grass as far as the eye can see. The scent of warm spring air after a morning rain surrounds you. Spring blows gently in your face. The snort of the horse and an occasional meadowlark, whistling its call, are the only sounds. You are along on the virgin land of the vast prairie.”- opening paragraph of Butter in the Well.
“…could well be the most endearing ‘first settler’ account ever told. Once a reader starts the book, they are compelled to keep reading to see what will happen next on the isolated prairie homestead. Not to be missed!- Capper’s Family Bookstore
“Hubalek has skillfully blended fiction and historic fact to recreate the life of Swedish homesteader, Kajsa Svensson Runeberg. A story of emigrant dreams and pioneer struggles, it is an altogether rewarding story and one that deserves to be told.”- Bobbie Pray

Website

http://www.lindahubalek.com/

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Prarieblomman

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historical fiction, pioneer women, women’s diary

Description

Popular Kansas author Linda K. Hubalek continues the story of a Swedish immigrant family in Prärieblomman, the second book in the Butter in the Well series.
Homesteading the Kansas prairie in 1869, Präirblomman features the diary of young Alma Swenson, as she grows up on the Kansas prairie that her parents homesteaded. Hubalek grew up in this same house, researching the land and family that lived on the farm before her.
Even though born on the same farm in two different centuries, Prärieblomman’s main character, Alma Swenson Runneberg, and the author shared uncanny similarities while growing up in the Smoky Valley region of central Kansas. Both the third child of their families, they lived in the same house, played in the same yard and worked the same acres until each married and moved off the farm.
This tender, touching diary continues the saga of Kajsa’s family through her daughter, Alma, as she blossoms into a young woman.
“Prärieblomman is a tender and touching diary…Hubalek has succeeded in blowing life into both Alma and the fascinating times she lived through. Hubalek’s books give Swedish-Americans a perspective on the past…” – Anders Neumueller, Swedish Press, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
“…new understanding of the link between our history and the people who, just like us, brought laughter and tears to the Kansas prairie. In Prärieblomman, we find a piece of our heritage.” -Larry Hatteberg, Broadcast Journalist, KAKE-TV, Wichita KS

Website

http://www.lindahubalek.com/

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Egg Gravy

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historical fiction, pioneer women, women’s diary

Description

Fades recipes- we’ve all come across them from time to time in our lives- either handwritten by ourselves or by another person in our family, or as old yellowed newspaper clippings stuck in a cookbook of sorts.
While doing the research from the Butter in the Well series, author Linda Hubalek found old recipes and home remedies along with the family and community histories. The recipes had been handwritten in old ledger books, on scraps of paper, in margins of old cookbooks, and forever etched in the memories of the pioneer’s children Hubalek interviewed.
As a result, Egg Gravy is a collection of recipes the pioneer women used during their homesteading days. Most of the recipes can be traced back to the original women that homesteaded the real-life setting of Butter in the Well.
Everyone who’s ever treasured a family recipe or marveled at the special touches Mother added to her cooking will enjoy this collection of recipes and wisdom from the homestead family.
From Green Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Ice Cream, and Smoked Pig Paunch to Christine’s Fruit Cake, Apple Sauce Cake, and Rhubarb Marmalade, these are culinary samplings of a yesteryear that would grace any menu today. — Midwest Book Review

Website

http://www.lindahubalek.com/

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Looking Back

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historical fiction, pioneer women, women’s diary

Description

The inevitable happens-time moves on and we grow older. Instead of our own little children surrounding us, grandchildren take their place. Each new generation lives in a new age of technology, not realizing the changes the generations before theirs has seen-and improved for them.
The cycle of life has change the prairie also. Endless waves of tall native prairie grass has been reduced to uniform rows of grain crops. The curves of the river have shifted over the decades, eroded by both man and nature. The majestic prairie has been tamed over time.
In this fourth book of the Butter in the Well series, Kajsa Svensson Runeberg, now age 75, looks back at the changes she has experienced on the farm she homesteaded 51 years ago. She reminisces about the past, resolves the present situation, and looks toward their future off the farm.
Don’t miss this heart-rending touching finale!

Website

http://www.lindahubalek.com/

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Flowerbed of State

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cozy mystery, gardening, female sleuth

Description

Casey’s passion for organic gardening and eye for detail have carried her into the most important patch of land in America–the President’s Park, on which sits the most important home in America: the White House.

But while she’s readying the final touches on an innovative cultivation program for the First Lady to inspect, she’s attacked from behind by an unknown assailant who then disappears. When she comes to, she notices some damaged foliage that leads her and the Secret Service to a dead woman in a trash can.

With the biggest opportunity of her life ready to bloom, and all the President’s men plowing up her perfect plans, Casey has to dig in and root out a killer before she ends up planted herself…

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Gentlemen Bank Robber: The Tue Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals

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Biography, True Crime, Criminals

Description

What do you think of when you hear about someone on the FBI’s Most Wanted List? Hardened criminals, without morals or any sense of right and wrong, ready to solve a dispute with a gun, right? But what if things weren’t that cut and dried? What if the nice guy you hired to hook up your cable was Number Seven on the FBI’s list? Les Rogge looks and acts just like your next–door neighbor. Yet in twenty years he robbed more than 30 banks without firing a shot. Caught and put in jail twice, he escaped—and went sailing around the Caribbean with his wife and dog! In Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals, Les details his adventures from Alaska to Antigua, the Chesapeake to Cancun. But it all came to a halt when a fourteen-year-old in Guatemala forced him to turn himself in. Few felons have been as forthcoming about their successes, failures, robbery techniques, passion for sailing vessels… and love for his wife.

Website

http://www.lesrogge.com

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I EAT BUTTERFLIES: Tales of Vampires, Mages & Mutants

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horror, urban fantasy, science fiction

Description

A trio of sinister and sexy, dark & dangerous, paranormal horror / urban fantasy / sci-fi stories from the creator of THE WORLD OF SYNNIBARR and CRYPT: THE PHARAOH’S CURSE.

THE BRIDES:
The clouds were quickly swallowed by the night sky, and the radiance of the moon bathed the tower as Dracula rose up on the altar. Looming over the sisters, he raised his arms and roared like the birth of a legend. In unison, his Brides fell into his embrace.

(The Brides of Dracula have always been secretly calling the shots by making Draculii as fall guys. But what happens when you create the wrong dark prince…?)

MERLIN’S KNOT:
The cool darkness of the hidden cave was a treasure in itself, the scents of the earth and loam, the freshness that promised life and eternal spring. Alan used his flashlight in a sweeping arc, the beam slicing away the centuries.

(Upon discovering the secret code interlaced within the Celtic knots, a group of college students learn how to use real magic, and the knowledge propels them into a world of intrigue and adventure. Will they be able to solve the whole code before they end up dead?)

VELOCITY SYNDROME:
It was raining, and the world drowned. Mother earth was sorry for killing off the human race; she cried about it constantly.

(An Orwellian take on the near future set in Seattle, where there are groups of low-powered mutants, humans have chips in their brains, the world is drowning and the answer to one murder may save the world or lead to total destruction…)

Website

http://ravencsmccracken.com

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Written in Stone

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Erotic romance, relationships, kindle

Description

Cassandra Hall decides not to waste the honeymoon. She sets off to London. What was supposed to be her dream week turns into a nightmare time of introspect, self-doubt. Then she meets James, literally falling at his feet in an attempt to save his Afghan hound from colliding head on with the traffic.

James is witty, charming, too good-looking and also–not available. Despite this, Cassie is captivated by him. What follows is a week of fun, companionship and a bonding that Cassie has never experienced.
James, sensing Cassie’s unhappiness, goes out of his way to make up for her jerk of a fiancé’s rejection. He is drawn to her vulnerability–something he finds disturbing, threatening to shatter all he thought he knew about himself. Cassie, he senses, is falling in love with him. He ought to back away but cannot. Cassie bravely makes her true feelings known and when he rejects her, he knows he has broken her heart. He is left confused, guilty because….James has a secret.

Website

http://corfu-author.tripod.com/

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Cook Like A Top Chinese Chef!

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culinary arts, cook book, gourmet

Description

EAT WELL LIVE WELL is a worthy goal for everyone – how do you do it with limited budgets? It’s easy once you know how! This new book showcased 70 new and popular dishes prepared by top chefs at trendy Asian restaurants, it will help meet you goal!

Introduction

This book contains a wide selection of authentic traditional recipes as well as newly developed ones. It is a visual feast with vivid photos depicting each delicious dish. Although mainly Chinese in origin, Korean, Japanese and Thai cuisine or ingredients are also represented for their unique features. In addition, Fusion or East-West style dishes are introduced for their refreshing flavors.

Chinese cuisine consists of many distinctive regional cuisine which differ significantly in tastes, ingredients and cooking methods. This book covers major culinary schools ranging from Canton in the South, Beijing in the North, Sichuan and Hunan in the Southwest, Shanghai and surrounding areas in the East and Shandong in the Northeast. Classic recipes and famous dishes have undergone a lot of improvements lately and they are better than ever before. The eye-catching new dishes which only begin to appear a couple of years ago are particularly interesting to see as creativity and innovation never fail to impress. Whether you like it tender or crispy, delicate or spicy, sweet or sour, there is something suitable for everyone here.

A brief description of each dish and cook’s tips in this book provide helpful information about the origins of the recipes, the flavors, textures, ingredients and cooking techniques involved. Accurate and clear directions offer step by step instructions in detail to guide you through the cooking process. Learning the right way to cook is crucial in the making of a successful dish.

Dishes in this book utilized a number of cooking methods individually or in combination to produce the ideal results, i.e. stir-frying and deep-frying, stewing and braising, steaming and poaching, BBQ’ing and broiling, etc. Special cookware such as sizzler hot plate and clay pot are used to help make a perfectly delicious meal.

For those who are health conscious, Tofu and vegetable dishes are carefully selected and presented in this book, as they are good sources of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Tofu can be made into a full-flavored supper dish and you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. Fresh vegetables and exotic ingredients – various Asian mushrooms like shiitake, enoki, tea tree and oyster mushrooms, lotus root and seaweed are widely used in Asian cooking and are considered to be rich in antioxidants; some of them are key ingredients in medicinal diets.

Essential spices and sauces are explained in terms of ingredients, usage and portions, i.e. Sichuan broad bean paste, star anise, Sichuan peppercorn, rice wine, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, XO sauce, light and dark soy sauce, Korean chili sauce, Teriyaki and wasabi sauce, turmeric, cumin, curry and cinnamon cassia.

Once you know how, it is in fact very simple to make a quick and easy homemade meal appealing to everyone, including the kids. The last section of this book has some mouthwatering dessert recipes to make everybody happy, i.e. Fried Milk, Forbidden City Pea Cake, to name a few.

Website

http://www.amazon.com/Tiffany-Wang/e/B004HJQ3T2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Self Esteem Secrets – 12 Steps to Success

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self esteem, self-esteem, self confidence

Description

Can You Imagine How Your Life Would Change If You Had Sky-High Confidence and Self-Esteem? ..if you were confident enough to walk up to people and express yourself without feeling out of their league? *Discover the right techniques to improve your self-esteem. Not just any techniques, the ones which actually work, *Stop listening to Psycho-Babble and start solving the real issues. Discover simple, easy to remember tactics to skyrocket your self-esteem. Discover how focusing on yourself for just a few minutes a day will change your whole outlook. Feel empowered to conquer your fear of new challenges. Discover how to improve your own confidence and also the self-esteem of those closest to you in the process. Make friends more easily, and keep them. Discover your strengths while redefining your weaknesses. Get more satisfaction from your job, no matter what it is. Make ambition work for you, not against you.

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Marvellous Hairy

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humorous science fiction,comic fiction,humorous fiction

Description

So, hair is sprouting in unspeakable places and you can no longer carry a tune, but if you’re a surrealistic artiste with an addiction to Freudian mythology and guilt-free sex, turning into a monkey has its upsides. Nick Motbot may be evolving as a novelist, but his friends aren’t too sure about his DNA. At least, not since Gargantuan Enterprises started experimenting with it. Once they figure out what’s happening to him, they decide to set things right. Marvellous Hairy is a satirical novel about a group of friends sticking it to the man the only way they know how, with equal parts grain alcohol and applied Chaos Theory.

Website

http://markarayner.com

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One Touch from the Maker

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Christianity, true short stories, inspirational

Description

“Tragedy stalks mankind, but the Lord said, ‘I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people.’ He demonstrates His Godhood in these fifty-one true stories of healing, provision, salvation and, in those moments when His answer is “no,” supernatural courage in His followers.
*Only a church on its knees stood between young Pastor Beams and an early departure from this life.
*Linda watched as the stream of fire flowed toward her dad. Then it exploded.
*When Larry’s golf swing landed him on his back, the beautiful day turned dark. Would the ex-Marine face life as a paraplegic?
*Bone weary, Virginia came face to face with Jesus.
*Steven overdosed after a night of heroin. Dead for three minutes, he didn’t like his out-of-body experience ‘Was it a waiting room for judgement?’”

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Darkness on the Edge of Town

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crime thriller, police procedural, internet predator

Description

Kids used to play outdoors until dinnertime, but now social media’s the new game in town. These days, they play on their smartphones. But with more freedom comes greater danger. Mobile devices are a conduit into a child’s life–not just for friends but for those who intend harm. This is the message of J. Carson Black’s Daphne du Maurier Award-nominated thriller, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.

Laura Cardinal, a detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, troubleshoots homicide investigations in small towns where resources are scarce. When Laura investigates the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl found in a town’s park bandshell, she knows immediately what she’s up against: a cunning sexual predator. But why is she plagued by the abduction of a schoolmate eighteen years earlier?

In a runaway case that propels Laura from a lavish Tucson estate to the secretive heart of a north Florida town, she must confront the ghosts of her own past. Then another child goes missing–and Laura must race the clock to find her.

“A superb debut…Welcome to a strong new voice in American Crime Fiction”
–T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar-award-winning author of The Border Lords

“A complex, multi-layered, nail-biting Superthriller”
–Michael Prescott, author of Dangerous Games

Website

http://jcarsonblack.com/

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Chip Hitler and His Pissy Fit

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Description

TNT was a superhero with a selfless agenda: helping humanity.
When certain members of the human race evolved into super beings, TNT embraced his god-like powers and tried hard to be one of the good guys.
Unfortunately, his change also altered his appearance, making him look and sound exactly like Adolph Hitler, except taller!
The tabloids renamed him Chip Hitler (as in chip off the ol’block). Chip perseveres until he is framed by the “hero” Moses who sends him into an inter-dimensional prison.
But Chip Hitler has escaped, and he wants vengeance on a world that has forced him into evil madness.
Now, a team of metas formed from the dregs of the hero community have banded together as The Alpha Dogs of Righteousness! Consisting of the deer-enabled Deerstryke, the mentally challenged intelligence drainer Mindnumb, the ultra-sexy MILF, and the shrinking dwarf Electron, the Alpha Dogs are led by the enigmatic Powerchair to save the world from Chip Hitler’s rampage!

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The Last Killiney

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Time Travel, Time Travel Romance, Historical Romance

Description

The Last Killiney is the story of a Pacific Northwest woman who remembers her past life as an Irish viscount’s lover. When she is swept back in time to relive this affair (along with the Irishman’s very unwilling modern counterpart), she learns hard truths about destiny, family, love and death in the 1790s.

The Last Killiney is about how Paul and Ravenna, flirting and arguing every step of the way, attempt to get back to their own time. Their struggles take them from London’s coal-darkened skies to British Columbia’s desolate, uncharted coasts where each must try to avoid their fate. History has foretold Paul will be killed by the First Nations people of Canada, while Ravenna will wed her own rakish, infatuated cousin. The fight against these two events is at the heart of the story.

This is a time-travel romance, but more in the vein of Diana’s Gabaldon’s Outlander than Meg Chittenden’s This Time Forever. Less a book about one man and one woman, The Last Killiney is Ravenna’s personal journey to womanhood in the company of three very different men. It encompasses not just the loss of her innocence, but her discovery and understanding of love in all its forms—good, bad, and unrequited.

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Fifty Reasons to Elop: Tips from a Bridezilla

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Wedding, Engagement, Bride

Description

While planning the wedding to launch a thousand ships, Sheila Connolly attempts to balance the pressures of being the perfect bride-to-be, her mother’s unwelcome new man friend and her enormous, embarrassing Irish Catholic family.

Sheila’s dream has finally come true. She is getting married. In the throes of planning, stressing and delegating, join Sheila as she transforms from a woman of sound mind into every bridesmaid’s worst nightmare. A Bridezilla.

Set in Massachusetts, this hilarious, fictional guide is full of tips and quips will ring true with most women who have ever planned a wedding or who have known a bridezilla.

Can Sheila cope with her mother dating, deal with her obnoxious relatives, neglectful friends and plan her ideal wedding?

Obvi. Sheila Connolly can handle anything. As long as there is wine involved.

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Trail of Thread

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historical fiction, pioneer women, civil war fiction

Description

Taste the dust of the road and feel the wind in your face as you travel with a Kentucky family by wagon trail to the new territory of Kansas in 1854.
Find out what it was like for the thousands of families who made the cross-country journey into the unknown.
In this first book of the Trail of Thread series in the form of letters she wrote on the journey, Deborah Pieratt describes the scenery, the everyday events on the trail, and the task of taking care of her family.
Stories of humor and despair, along with her ongoing remarks about camping, cooking, and quilting, make you feel as if you pulled up stakes and are traveling with the Pieratts, too.
But hints of the brewing trouble ahead plagued them along the way as people questions their motive for settling in the new territory. Why didn’t a Southern family have slaves with them? Would the Pieratts vote for or against legal slavery in the new state? Though Deborah didn’t realize it, her letters show how this trip affected her family for generations to come.
This series is based on author Linda K. Hubalek’s ancestors that traveled from Kentucky to Kansas in 1854. Besides the history of the times, Hubalek weaves quilting facts and quilt pattern sketches in her book series.

Website

http://www.lindahubalek.com

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Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

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Self-Help, Family, Rare Disease

Description

Anya Michaels is having the time of her life. She has the man of her dreams by her side. She has graduated at the top of her class. She has the job that so many others were lining up for. Between late night drinks at her favourite bar, fancy dinners at some of the most expensive restaurants, she has a string of friends who adore her. And then everything changes when she hears the dreaded words, “You are sick.” Diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, her world starts to fall apart, one piece at a time. At the very same time, she gets dumped. Her four year relationship is now nothing but a memory filled with pictures, thoughts and a very broken heart. Her job becomes an even further challenge as she tries to hide her condition from them. Her friends suddenly have more important things to do, what is a party without a party girl? Perfect could not crumble any faster. Soon, caught between situations, people and pieces of life that she is never dreamed of planning for herself, Anya begins to wonder if her brain condition is all that bad. As she absorbs the changes in her life and realisation sets in, she begins to wonder if she is the only one saying – Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out or are there others with the similar issues?

Website

http://www.pandorapoikilos.com

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Headwind

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Action adventure, road trip, thriller

Description

If you’re on vacation, fly commercial. If you’re on business, hire a charter. If you’re on a mission, fly with Mickey.

Tony Boccaccio is after a bag of cash that he believes is his. Max Burke thinks otherwise and has hired two couriers to take the money to California. Mickey Soto is a commercial pilot hauling freight and instructing students from a small, Florida airport. Tony hires Mickey and his airplane to go after the couriers. Mickey thought his days of flying illegal cargo were behind him, but the lure of easy money and his policy of ‘don’t ask/don’t tell’ cause him to add to his history of poor decisions. Tony’s cousin, Gina, jumps in to help, and the three of the end up in a desperate cross-crountry race that leads to a West Coast pier and a fateful decision by Tony that impacts their lives in ways that none of them could have foreseen.

Website

http://www.northerncrossonline.com

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Arms of an Angel

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Contemporary Romance, Hope

Description

Being wealthy and beautiful doesn’t promise an automatic ticket for happiness. Sometimes you need the angelic touch of someone who needs you as much as you need him… Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one set of wings ends and the other begins.

Claire is alluring, sensual – called an angel by some, though the woman she’s become is anything but celestial. Her heart is filled with pain so deeply embedded she doesn’t want to live any longer…until fate puts her into the hands of the most virtuous man she’s ever met; a man who needs someone like Claire to help him piece together the shattered bits of his own life.

Website

http://www.lindaboulanger.com/

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Cross Roads

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greed, fly fishing, murder

Description

Benjamin Cross is forced into a journey from an old to new life when he loses his prestigious job. He goes into hiding at his favorite town in Wind River, Idaho, and plans to spend a few months fishing before looking for his next job. But upon his arrival, he finds his longtime friends have fallen vulnerable to the foreclosure of their bar. He vows to help them fight a powerful and unethical newcomer, Mr. Templeton, not realizing that their struggles must overcome murder, cheating, and figuring out who they can trust.
Trust even amongst themselves.
Ben is forced down a road through seemingly unrelated events of fate, natural and supernatural happenings, all of which result in a composite of the man of confidence and skill, and his new found ability to love. This change that overpowers him begins when he lands in Wind River.

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The Vivatera

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Fantasy, Magic, Youthful Adventure

Description

Naomi Bucklingdown has no idea of the importance of her survival; her only clue is a mark on her neck – an interweaving star. She has lived her life in obscurity and knows very little of her origins and how she acquired the strange birthmark. But in a flashing moment Naomi’s discovers a young woman with the same unusual mark on her neck, but before she can reach her she is kidnapped; spirited away by a mysterious stranger, Reynolds Fairborne. Reynolds alone knows the secret of Naomi’s identity. Only he knows the danger she would face if she were ever discovered, for the Kingdom of Parbraven is poisoned by magic and the only hope for survival lies in a secret only Naomi has.

This is where her journey of discovery begins and her true identity is about to be revealed.

The Vivatera is a fresh look at fantasy; filled with youthful dialogue, gripping adventure, humor, a hint of romance, and a unique emotional connection to a tangible magic that is sweet and makes you feel it through the pages.

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Madeline Mann

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humorous mystery, female sleuth, quirky heroine

Description

Madeline Mann is a small town reporter whom nobody takes seriously until her old high school friend disappears; when Maddy begins her search for Logan Lanford, everyone takes notice.

This might be because just about everyone is a suspect in Logan’s disappearance, from his neglected wife to the shady mayor to Logan’s jealous brother. Even Madeline’s boyfriend seems to harbor some resentment toward the AWOL Logan and his reputation as a philanderer.

In searching for her old friend, Madeline is also searching for vindication of her career choice and a chance to be independent from a family that threatens to drive her crazy.

THE LIBRARY JOURNAL says that “Madeline’s zany family and humorous narrative make this series debut a pleasurable cozy read,” adding that “Julia Buckley is a writer to watch!”

Website

http://www.juliabuckley.com

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The Trouble With Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1)

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paranormal romance, young adult, series

Description

Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant from a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school’s handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance’s checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

Website

http://www.ofwitchesandwarlocks.com

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Breakthrough

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sci-fi action, paranormal, assassination

Description

“A scientific breakthrough of such magnitude it could radically alter the future of humanity—for better or worse—is in the wrong hands.”

A group of graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has stolen a breakthrough in opening and stabilizing Einstein-Rosen Bridges, commonly known as wormholes, that allows them to instantly transport people from one location to another. Their goal is to assassinate any powerful politician and executive controlling the world’s banking system that would use this technology for their own greedy gain rather than the advancement of mankind.

In south Orange County, California, young Chase Manhattan, part of a new breed of modern-day discovery seekers, seeks to leave behind his life of danger and adventure and settle down as an associate professor of physics at University of California-Irvine. He also desires to build a lasting relationship with a beautiful woman he has not seen since high school.

His idyllic plan is postponed when he soon uncovers the diabolical scheme on the other side of the country. He realizes he is the one person who can prevent more murders from happening and either control or destroy the technology. Once the M.I.T. group understands Chase and his friends have the ability and motivation to not only take the technology from them, but also thwart more killings, Chase finds himself in their crosshairs, the top-of-the-list target on their assassination agenda.

As the death toll mounts, Chase and his friends must battle this group of misled zealots from M.I.T. on both coasts and in cyberspace in a thrilling, desperate race to determine the outcome of this monumental, once in a millenium discovery that will drastically change life as we know it—for better or worse

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Get Funding For Your Book – KickStarter!!

I recently came across a very interesting website called – Kickstarter.

What is Kickstarter – well, here’s what they have to say:

“Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

Each and every project is the independent creation of someone like you. Projects are big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional and experimental. They’re inspiring, entertaining and unbelievably diverse. We hope you agree… Welcome to Kickstarter!”

Honestly, this is very very interesting to me.

Award winning popular podcast author Mur Lafferty wanted to bring her stories to ebook format and asked for a little help doing so.  And if you pledge enough, not only do you help out but you also get copies of all her books.  She has raised $17,000 – that’s correct seventeen thousand dollars.  Holy Smokes!

I also happen to know a young author looking to write his third book who is looking for a little help.  Check out his video and see if you’d like to help him out here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dawsonvosburg/transport-the-world-to-a-magical-island?ref=live

Or try your own project.

Good luck!

 

 

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TMBOA – February 2011 Additions


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February 2011 Additions

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Coast to Coast

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female detective, murder mystery, blackmail

Description

Retired FBI senior investigator Charlotte Diamond finds herself jetting from murder on one coast of the United States to kidnapping on another in attempts to save both her lover and her former husband. Charlotte follows her new-found companion, the leading movie actress, Brenda Brandon, to Hollywood. Brenda had abruptly abandoned Hollywood and the movies and returned to her hometown of Hopewell on the Choptank, on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. But a cameo movie role she cannot turn down returns her to the scene of an old murder, for which she now is the leading suspect. Barely having dealt with that mystery on the West Coast, Charlotte is called back to Ocean City, Maryland, where her former husband and his new gambling casino have been targeted by the mob, and his new wife kidnapped.
Torn from West Coast to East Coast and thrown into the sphere of an even older and brighter flame than her former husband just when she had thought that her life was settling down, Charlotte is finding out that retirement looks a whole lot similar to when she was working on all cylinders at the FBI.

Website

cyberworldpublishing.com

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Canine Connections

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Dogs, gay anthology, inspirational

Description

Canine Connections provides a compendium of five explorations of the bonding of a gay man and a canine sidekick. Four of these novelettes have been previously published; a fifth is a never-before-published bonus. My Dog Jack is the journey of a young man who wants nothing to do with a dog but learns that Jack becomes everything to him and helps make him into a better, more-giving person. In Dire Conditions, a young man searches against all obstacles to be reunited with his dog. Saving Cleo is about a man at the dimming end of his life, struggling to make sure that his faithful canine companion lives on in well-earned comfort after her master has faded away. In Tank ’n Bull, a semipro football player who has possibly been knocked in the head one too many times finds understanding and acceptance—and another being to care about beyond himself—in a dog he whimsically purloins and takes on a journey of futility. The bonus story, Amos’s Andy, is another journey story of a young man who is drawn into danger by his inability to let go of his attachment to the dog he has lost and his mistaken belief that life holds nothing worthwhile for him.
In various ways, all of these stories are of a man’s struggling journey for self-worth, self-assurance, and understanding—with his canine companion his side.

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Surprise Encounters

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Gay anthology, gay erotica, gay relationships

Description

I am not sure what to say to introduce this collection of twenty-four erotic short stories to you. None involves a motor mechanic, but one involves miners, and there is a barbarian in there. They all involve surprises, but some are surprises that occur in relationships and some are surprise sexual encounters with strangers. Some are wild and involve several men and some only two. Most are meant to be nothing but entertaining, yet a couple are very serious. Some were first written to entertain “him,” the man I most want to entertain and who inspires me as no one else does, and a few were not.

I think the best thing to say about this varied collection of stories is “may you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed them when I wrote them.”

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Bad Girl Gone Mom

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Non-fiction, Memoir, Inspirational

Description

While K.C. struggled with sexual development dysfunction, hearing loss, and depression that impacts her young adult years, she battles with her family, her belief in God, and society as a whole, regarding what is normal for a woman. Traumatic events affect her deeply and the emotional pain leads to drug, alcohol, food, and sex addictions.
K.C. gets sober in her junior year of high school, but sobriety alone is not enough. When she finds out that she is miraculously pregnant, it is a wake-up call. She goes through a period of self-awareness and eventually turns her bad girl actions into experiences she can use to become a good mother. K.C. recognizes that she could have killed herself or given up hope, but she did not. Instead, she persevered, sought help and united with others who battled similar demons. She celebrates her success and challenges readers of all ages to liberate their secrets

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World’s Greatest Appetizers

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appetizers, cooking, recipes

Description

Get the party started and keep it rockin’ with Chef Antonio’s Amazing Appetizers! With recipes like Neurotic Nachos, Ass-Kickin’ Artichoke Dip, Crazy Crab Cakes and Nuclear Meltdown Hot Wings, you will be the hit-host! Guaranteed!

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A Terrace on the Tower of Babel

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Christian, Catholic, Jewish

Description

Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, with related scenes in New York, London, Washington D.C., Riyadh, and Ibiza, A TERRACE ON THE TOWER OF BABEL is a fast-moving, fascinating and boldly rollicking tale of epic proportions full of romance, intrigue, philosophy, history, science, humor, thrills, triumph and defeat. It is stark in its reality – frightening at times, comforting at others, rife with controversy yet mortared with sympathetic accord. Delve deep into its provocative and compelling depths or float along at the surface and enjoy it in either case – this is a story you’ll never forget!

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Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale

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young adult, paranormal romance, mystery

Description

Like most girls at Rosemound High School, seventeen-year-old Lily Crane is acutely aware of Ryder Kingscott. Hands down the cutest guy in school, Ryder is cool, mysterious, and utterly untouchable…especially for Lily. For when she touches someone, Lily instantly learns all about their lives. And while such a skill might seem nifty, in truth it is wrecking Lily’s life. So she is shocked when Ryder asks her out — and even more shocked to discover he has a rival. Lucian Bell is the gorgeous new kid who can’t take his eyes off of Lily. Being pursued by two hotties should make a girl happy, but Lily is skeptical. The boys act as if they’ve met before, hating each other with a passion that could only be rooted in a dark, dangerous past. A past full of terrible secrets. The kind of secrets that could get a girl killed.

Website

ramonawray.com

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Fallen Snow

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Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Suspense, Werewolves

Description

A collection of four romantic stories for fans of the paranormal genre. Tales of werewolves and ghosts, of giant spiders and toys who may or may not be alive. Delve into these tales with an open mind and expected the unexpected.

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Semisweet

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mystery, humor, interracial

Description

Maggie Swift, wife, mother, and private eye in training wants to do her first solo case, unfortunately, that is news to her irascible boss, P.I. Frank McAvoy. He wants her to stick to filing and answering the phones. Maggie has other plans. With help from her best friend, dessert chef and sometimes reluctant sidekick, Odessa Wilkes, she takes on a case and her first client. The mother of a bride wants Maggie to find out the truth about her future son-in-law, who may be marrying his blushing bride for more than love. As always, Odessa has problems of her own. Her boyfriend wants a deeper commitment, maybe even marriage. She has trouble running her cake making business let alone walk down the aisle, even though she’s found the perfect wedding dress. She also has bigger problems, a psycho bug exterminator wants to kill her, and she does not know why.

Website

jillbrock.net

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Wind in the Grasses Standing

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Historical, Romance, Native American

Description

When the United States Government issues an ultimatum to all non-treaty Indians to surrender to the reservations no later than January 31, 1876, Wind in the Grasses Dancing defies the mandate and joins Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in one of the largest defensive stands in the history of the Lakota. As the threat of war becomes imminent and the Lakota’s world is thrown into chaos, Wind in the Grasses Dancing is faced with the most difficult decision of his life when he is torn between his love for Amber, the daughter of a local rancher, and his beloved people.

Amber Maxell, at the age of eighteen, leaves behind a life of luxury and comfort to accompany her brother Daniel to the western frontier. When Wind in the Grasses Dancing steals his way to the ranch and counts coup on their father’s prized stallion, Amber throws caution to the wolves and pursues him.

Wind in the Grasses Dancing is intrigued by her courage and boldness. In the months that follow they secretly meet and Amber discovers a unique people and embraces a passion that threatens the very fabric of her family and all that she had once held dear.

WIND IN THE GRASSES DANCING is a novel for anyone that has ever wondered about the forging of the western wilderness. Though the characters are fictional, this story is richly intertwined with the historical account of the real lives of the Lakota and their struggle to hold onto their traditions, culture, and religious beliefs against the brutality of prejudice that would eliminate them.

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Dark Visions

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Thriller, Suspense, Saul

Description

What if you could change future events? Stop an accident or save a life after one? Step in and stop a kidnapping before it happens?
These are the questions that face Sarah.
She is an automatic writer. When she blacks out, premonitions of a future tragic event are given to her. But on the next kidnapping things go wrong. Horribly wrong.
People die, accidents happen and a world of unknowing and uncertainty are her future.
If she has one…

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The Last Giant

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young adult, indie author, fantasy

Description

“In morning light, my heart’s delight, is slinking in and inking skin.” Firefly, one of the river people, lives by this ancient song. She yearns to be an inker and tattoo giants, just like her mother. But one morning a rogue giant kidnaps her mother and takes her up to the plateau, a dangerous place for all river people. Firefly attempts to rescue her mother, putting her own life in peril. To add to her problems, the dam that keeps her world safe begins to crumble and the giants must scramble to repair it, putting Firefly in even greater peril. Then she learns her mother harbors a secret that calls into question everything Firefly ever believed about her people, her family, and herself. From stampeding giants to flooding waters and burning mountains, Firefly copes with adventure and danger as her home and everything she knows and loves collapses. She must find the courage to survive in a new world built on the destruction of the old.

Website

http://mariowrites.com/

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No Rest for the Wicca

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paranormal romance, urban fantasy, vampires, witches, voodoo, mystery

Description

Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad – until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone’s killing pureblood witches- and the SFA’s convinced Morgan’s heritage (her father was a voodoo priest) could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John – an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing – the two of them fight their attraction for each other as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world.

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Unlawful Intrusion

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Suspense, Action

Description

“Overseas, I was going along with my countries orders. Now, my acts have brought me against their very commands.”

Set against the booming futuristic ecological developing city of Seattle, Washington, Noah Cason, bears his surroundings with his teeth gritted tightly, hiding his home life and his wife from anyone’s eyes. With regulations governing his every move, he seems unsure if his paranoia has the best of him or if there really are mass amounts of scanning devices continuously recording him, especially the artificial creations he’d like to crack open.

In a land most people would rather not be dwelling in, times have called for drastic measures. Measures that contradict many’s comfortable levels of living.

On his journey to recapture what he values most, Noah uncovers hidden passageways, underground societies, and a multi-level organizational cover-up.

Website

http://unlawfulintrusion.blogspot.com/

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Empire of Salt

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horror, zombies, zombie apocalypse

Description

The Olivers have a chance to make a new home at Salton Sea. Looking forward to California fun, sun and adventure they are unprepared for the ecological devastation they find. The sea is rotting, the town of Bombay Beach is dying and the citizens are like bait, waiting to be plucked from their homes by what comes from the sea. Beware the coming of the green, they say. Beware the coming of the night.

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Buttermilk Moon

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Texas, world war ii, Southern fiction

Description

In 1944, a fifteen-year-old Texas boy fakes his identity and runs away to Europe, seeking his father who is lost in the world war.

At the height of the Second World War, George Cooper’s father is captured by the Wehrmacht. After a devastating storm, George leaves behind a mother, grandmother and girlfriend on their Texas farm and joins the Army to search for his missing father in Europe. With no training and borrowed dog tags, he finds himself in a place both foreign and frightening. George finds his way to Germany with help from a Belgian boy and a secret German book, wrecking a plane and freeing a trainload of Jewish prisoners along the way.

Back home his mother struggles to hold the family together. An eccentric aunt and boozing uncle test her patience. A grandmother grieving her dead husband comforts Sarabelle, George’s girlfriend, who has come to live with the Coopers after the storm and the loss of her family.

Set during the greatest struggle of the twentieth century, Buttermilk Moon is a distillation of what it means to be an American—a mythical connection to the land and family and mystic communion with past generations. George’s quest evokes the human will to survive, the human capacity for suffering and the perseverance—at any cost—to be near those we love.

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From Vegas With Blood

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Las Vegas, mystery, vampire

Description

They say that a new light shines in Las Vegas for every person who visits. But unlike the countless millions who visited Sin City this year, today you decided to be part of the ‘what happens’ that ‘stays’. After exploring the lights, you find a job as a salesperson at a kiosk on the Strip. It’s your first night and Daniela is your trainer. She seems friendly providing you with the secrets on living and working in Sin City, but she possesses a quality that you can’t place. After quickly learning the job, Daniela gives you a special book containing eleven stories of love, mystery, and suspense-this book. As you read these stories, you begin to realize this book, Daniela, and the lights of Las Vegas are not what you imagined! Will your Vegas light shine Blood Red?

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The Device

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Science Fiction, suspense, dystopian future

Description

A mysterious device.

A physicist with advanced medical knowledge.

A man’s quest to uncover the secrets of his past and save the woman he loves.

When John Timmons finds an unusual metal object behind his cabin in Colorado, he suspects it belongs to his new neighbor, Jacob Mowat–a retired nuclear engineer who claims to have been employed by the government. As their friendship progresses, John discovers that his neighbor is guarding a terrible secret. His search for answers leads to a startling truth about his own troubled past as an orphan and the fate of humanity.

THE DEVICE is a character-driven mystery that explores loss and redemption, corruption and miracles. Fans of speculative fiction–George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World—will enjoy the frightening climax.

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Mangroves and Monsters

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Description

Charlie Cooper, reluctant teacher by day and broken-hearted wanderer by night, is a man desperately in love with a dead woman. But is Angeline St. Cyr really dead? The supermodel fell victim to an auto-pedestrian accident in New Orleans. Police reports and medical records substantiate the severity of her injuries. Cosmetics mogul Mathieu Fournier, her former boss, orchestrated a cremation and memorial service. The paparazzi swarmed celebrity attendees. Fans mourned. Call it gut instinct, call it what you will, but Cooper is convinced Angeline’s death was an elaborate scheme Fournier sold to the world. He isn’t buying it, nor is his heart. A tenuous lead draws him to the Caribbean island of Jacqueme Dominique. Only Cooper isn’t alone in his quest. By chasing his dream of rekindled love, he becomes embroiled in murder, treachery and abduction at the hands of his old nemesis Willem Voorhees — a merciless killer. For five long years Cooper’s love survived while he searched for Angeline. Will finding her cost him his life?

Website

http://sharonpenningtonwrites.webs.com/

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Zaftan Entrepreneurs

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First Contact, Satire, aliens

Description

Tired of reading scifi and fantasy stories that take themselves too seriously? Zaftan Entrepreneurs is a unique First Contact story; it is part adventure and part corporate and political satire spiced with comic relief.
Here, you’ll find nasty, snarly aliens, fantasy creatures, humans, romance, magic, and–just like the real world–incompetent politicians and feuding bureaucracies. What more could a fantasy/scifi reader ask for?
Aliens, fantasy creatures and humans in one story? They don’t mix very well. Neither do untrustworthy aliens and deceitful government bureaucrats.

Website

http://hankquense.com

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.38 Caliber Cover-Up

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Romantic Suspense, Texas, Fast-paced

Description

AN UNDERCOVER AGENT, A BEAUTIFUL COP…AND THE BULLET THAT BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER
Undercover DEA agent Erren Rhodes was used to working alone. So the very idea of teaming up with Officer Darby O’Malley to ferret out a killer wasn’t exactly how he thought this critical mission would go. But thanks to information only the beautiful cop possessed, finding whoever was responsible for shooting Erren’s friend made Darby a valuable—and irresistible—partner. Digging into the case, though, revealed a far-reaching conspiracy…and angered all the wrong people. Now, trying to bring a killer to justice while keeping Darby safe was making Erren remember why he was better off on his own. Especially when Darby made him long to hole up together in the safe house and never let her out of his sight.

Website

AngiMorgan.com

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Hill Country Holdup

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Description

SHE’D DO ANYTHING TO RESCUE HER KIDNAPPED SON…EVEN IF THAT MEANT TURNING TO THE FBI AGENT WHO DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS A FATHER

Dr. Jane Palmer had every intention of telling FBI agent Steve Woods he was a father. But the rehearsed lines and practiced responses were forgotten the moment her little boy was kidnapped. Now, heart breaking and on the verge of falling apart, Jane needed Steve more than ever.…

After every attempt at putting old feelings to rest, Steve Woods never expected Jane back in his life. Especially not for this reason. Racing against a ticking clock, desperate to earn Jane’s trust, Steve still sensed Jane wasn’t telling him everything. Which made him wonder why she’d come to Texas in the first place. And what it had to do with the child he’d do anything to rescue.

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An Apple For Zoe

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occult detective, witchcraft, murder

Description

The City of San Francisco is locked in a grip of fear. A series of occult murders has led, Inspector Thomas James, to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent film stars indulged in the most wicked of sins.

A place where no one questions the black smoke the rises from the hotel’s incinerators in the middle of the night.

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Invisible Tears

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Child abuse, trafficking, memoir

Description

This is the story of Abbie’s struggle to survive, the grim details of child abuse of the worst kind all told from the perspective of a little girl. As a teenager Abbie is uncontrollable. A Modette during the 80′s revival, she finds a love of scooters, rebellion and gang life on the wild side. Dulling her pain with alcohol, drugs and promiscuity at a very young age she loses control and becomes well known to the local police.

Her family eventually disowns her realizing they are unable to help. Abbie finds herself in the care of the Court until she is abandoned by children’s homes and Social Services too. Alone, penniless and pregnant at the age of 16, she is haunted by the secrets of her unspeakable past. Will anyone ever see her invisible tears?

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The Alchemical Horseman

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Fantasy, Spiritual, Tarot

Description

Stripped of his purpose in life and of belief in himself, the thirty-four-year-old Xavier Perdue has his world inverted by a shadowy knight, an elemental blue horse and the knight’s companion, Epsibar Sophia.
Metaphorically pitched upon the same path, the three lead him to a realisation of his own value in an upside-down world, releasing within him the entheogen of change. Battling outer odds, fighting inner demons, he turns the base of himself into pure gold.

The 22 chapters are named after the 22 cards of the Major Arcana of The Tarot: the journey from Fool to The World. The unfolding events reveal the power of the individual spirit when pitted against the impossible, how personal transformation can shape the world. The small is like the great. The great is like the small. It is an aspirational tale, set in both future and past, lifted by the poetry of its telling.

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My Lord Raven

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contemporary romance, romance, kindle

Description

….I speak of a love that happens betwixt a man and a woman but once in a lifetime…

More than two centuries had passed since the great Earl of Ravensmoor had whispered the phrase on his deathbed. The heirs of Ravensmoor, intent on honoring a dying man’s request, endure a lifelong quest to seek the soul of the love lost of their ancestor. The tale of ill-fated love taunted every one of his ancestors, and Dante Burroughs was the last of the great line. If he didn’t succeed in bringing the heart and soul of Kaitlyn home, the Ravensmoors would vanish into obscurity, lost in time.
He was unaware of the hidden promises whispered in the ancient deathbed phrase, or of the dreams that would torment him when he came of age.
The images of a woman and a life he did not know haunted him. She taunted him, drawing him into a gossamer web that left him unfulfilled and lost in a corrupt and modern world. He knew he had to find her, the woman capable of redeeming his cursed soul and granting him the love he sought.
Across an ocean, Kathleen Bennett knew the torment. Restless and responsible, her dreams are filled with the image of blue-eyed man that whispers seductive promises to her willing heart.

A time would come, when the souls of the past would collide….

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The Great Collapse

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Futuristic Thriller, Apocalyptic, Christian Fiction

Description

Imagine waking up one morning to find that all of the modern technology we depend upon is gone. How would we survive?

While scientists prepare for a massive solar flare heading towards the earth, a hostile foreign government steals a top-secret, experimental weapon. When they use the EMP weapon to attack America however, the result is the immediate and catastrophic loss of modern technology all over the planet. The president calls upon Dr. James White to lead a group of scientists and theologians in an effort to develop a plan that will offer humanity a second chance at civilization. When societies begin to unravel, refugees flee the anarchy in the cities as people learn how to survive in a world without technology, a world for which they are not prepared. Will humanity survive this catastrophic event? Join author Jeff Horton for a journey into the chaotic and perilous new world of The Great Collapse.

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http://www.hortonlibrary.com

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Suicide Notes

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Thriller, Suspense, Saul

Description

A girl loses her mother to suicide causing her to be obsessed with suicide notes while dreaming of writing her own. She finds her mother’s suicide note 2 years after the fact. This causes her to ask questions that put her in the path of an evil which has inhabited her town for more than 150 years.

The hatred oozing from the bowels of the condemned house made anyone passing by feel wary. For Walter it was just another house to demolish. He couldn’t be more wrong.

A man finds a garbage bag full of money. He thinks all his worries are over. The thieves will stop at nothing to get their loot back and he’s the only one standing in the way of their Blood Money.

These and other stories will chill your blood.

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One Day at a Time: Daily Affirmations and Encouragement for Breastfeeding Mothers

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Breast feeding, baby shower gift, attachment parenting

Description
Breastfeeding is not always easy. Many new mothers struggle to make it just one day.

This book is designed to hold your hand and take you day by day – one day at a time – through the first month of nursing. Each day you will be applauded, comforted, and enlightened about the many benefits of breastfeeding and show you how to stay the course in your breastfeeding journey.

Breastfeeding is a rewarding experience, and you can do it if you take One Day at a Time.

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Dead Locked

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mystery, adventure

Description

When a shipwreck exploration turns into a modern day life or death treasure hunt, it’s up to Imogen Bell to decipher the clues and crack open a centuries-old mystery.

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http://www.amysnovels.com

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What Every Dream Means

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dream interpretation, dreaming, dream meanings

Description

What Every Dream Means is written to inspire confidence in the reader that every dream can personally be understood and properly interpreted. Each chapter includes helpful examples and truth for those who dream and are searching to understand a higher and more satisfying meaning of their dreams and unique symbolism. Learn also about the dynamic dream interpretive process by absorbing reliable principles and insights that effectively unlock these profound dream mysteries and vital messages of the night. Dreams have been viewed from various perspectives historically that are intriguing, but at best incomplete. What Every Dream Means offers a fresh examination of dreams, which nearly every ancient culture to the present have been fascinated by.

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Tarantula Woman

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mexico, travel adventure, romance

Description

Located across the U.S.-Mexican border in Ciudad Juarez, Mariscal Street (otherwise known as the Boulevard of Broken Dreams) harbors Donald O’Donovan’s quintessential character, Jerzy Mulvaney, as he unsuccessfully courts the Tarantula Woman—a prostitute named Ysela with a tattoo of a tarantula on her left shoulder blade. She is just one of many women in one man’s unapologetic and aimless existence in Mexico where each day brings another round of whorehouses, drunken stupors, odd jobs, eruptions of violence and encounters with equally directionless individuals.

Not since Charles Bukowski’s Factotum has a transgressive autobiographical novel touched upon with such rawness the everyday realities of a modern-day American desperado. Yet somewhere in the midst of all the strident nihilism, O’Donovan’s alter ego, Jerzy Mulvaney, manages to stumble upon an ambition of sorts: to become a real Mexican. “I wanted to destroy whatever remained of my identity, my American identity; to melt down into a primal being, because the greatest thing is to be unknown, anonymous, and truly free.”

Rather than a work of fiction, Tarantula Woman is a refreshingly honest document that subtly addresses such essential subjects as life, love, death and the challenge of simply being.

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El Acontecimiento

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espanol, suspense, misterio

Description

A Scientific research team has conducted one of the most ambitious experiments in history. But something goes wrong and there is an unusual event, which threatens to destroy society as we know it.
A journalist discovers the dark political intrigue surrounding the experiment, and faces a government agency and a terrorist group who are trying to hide discovery.

En unas instalaciones científicas de Jerusalén, un equipo de investigación ha llevado a cabo uno de los experimentos más ambiciosos de la historia. Pero en el transcurso del mismo se produce un acontecimiento insólito, que amenaza con remover los cimientos de la sociedad tal y como la conocemos.

Un periodista de investigación descubre la oscura trama política que rodea al experimento, al tiempo que se enfrenta a una agencia gubernamental y a un grupo terrorista, que por diferentes motivos pretenden enterrar el descubrimiento.

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The Fix-it Man

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Romance, Suspense

Description

John Faron, a natural-born tinkerer, can apparently fix anything. But when he’s forced by the actions of a madman to make an unthinkable choice, John soon finds that the one thing he can’t mend, is his own broken heart.

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The Memory of a Face

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Hong Kong, Love, Asian

Description

What is love? Is it the craving to be with him or is it the realization that you should let him go? Is it about telling him how he makes you feel or is it about suffering in silence? Is love a compromise? Can it be faked? Can love change over time? Can it last? Can it be forgotten?

Diano lives in the past, hanging on to the memories of his lost love. Oliver is struggling to keep his turbulent relationship going. Andy has never loved anybody except his longtime boyfriend. Summer is waiting for her Prince Charming. Cute is looking for a boyfriend to support his education. Sky is not brave enough to stand up for his love. Thus begins their story.

Set in Hong Kong and China, where the ultra-modern live in a traditional society and struggle to find love, the story shall resonate with anyone who has loved, lost somebody or had to let go.

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http://anshdas.com

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Reality Weight Loss

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Weight loss, fitness, conditioning

Description

Reality Weight Loss will show you how to personalize and customize weight loss to make it easy and even enjoyable. Fitness should last a lifetime not a few weeks like fad diets. take charge and create a fitness program that fits you and your lifestyle.

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The Last Radiant Heart

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science fiction, time/dimension travel, brain power

Description

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http://www.daniellancewright.com

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Where are you, Anne Bonny?

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action adventure, lady pirate, Anne Bonny

Description

In a steamy Jamaican prison with confederates Calico Jack Rackham and Mary Read, infamous Anne Bonny awaits the hangman’s noose for piracy in October, 1720. Anne and Mary plead “their bellies” to escape the gallows temporarily but only Mary is pregnant. Anne must get away or be found out.
Escape begins a two year adventure of disguises, a trek across hostile Indian lands and a return to piracy. On the run, she loses friends; some killed simply for standing at her side. This gives birth to a growing psychosis that shapes her future as she fights to survive.

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Six Years Worth

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homelessness, inspirational, Texas farm

Description

Without home or hope, suicide seems the only way for Pop to achieve elusive peace of mind. It’s a dangerously comforting thought. With little reason, aside from escaping another harsh northern winter, Pop heads south on a freight train and gets off in the small farming community of Green Meadow, Texas. The suicide alternative looms large as a downtown diner refuses to serve him. But, then, a six-year-old boy holding out a cup of coffee to him changes everything. Pop’s education on relearning to live begins. Colt Bradshaw offers up Six Years’ Worth of needed wisdom.

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Restricted: A novel of half-truths

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eating disorders, recovery, anorexia

Description

“Restricted” takes readers into the mind of a nineteen year old girl named Erin. Brought on by the obsession over weight and calories, and fueled by low self-esteem, she falls victim to an eating disorder. The journey told starts during the height of the sickness and follows Erin through the many challenges and lessons of treatment. Based on the author’s own experiences, Erin’s story is not unique. There are millions around the world who are living her story, still struggling to find their way.

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http://www.facebook.com/restrictedbook

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1699: A Vampire Novel

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Vampire, interracial, romance

Description

Vampire, Seth Bjorn, meets the beautiful Nia one night while he is on the hunt for a victim. They are immediately attracted to each other and begin an adventure together that neither ever anticipated.

Their initial meeting turns into an explosively sensual love. A love, which is tested over and over again through the course of several dangerous and life changing ordeals.

Will their love survive the horrors of the life they now live? Will their very existence survive all of the unexpected and frightening events?

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Love in the Outback

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lesbian fiction, female protagonist, erotica

Description

Tara and Grace’s relationship is still new when they move from the protective environments of the city of San Francisco to the wilds of Australia.

Both women will be tested as an ex-lover and the near death of one of them will make them question their commitment and love.

Will Tara and Grace walk away from their love or dig deep within their hearts to unearth the real love they both have for each other?

This struggle will involve family and friends as the two women learn what it takes to be a couple while becoming comfortable with their new life in Australia.

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One Day at a Time

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Breast feeding, parenting, baby

Description

Breastfeeding is not always easy. Many new mothers struggle to make it just one day. This book is designed to hold your hand and take you day by day – one day at a time – through the first month of nursing. Each day you will be applauded, comforted, and enlightened about the many benefits of breastfeeding and show you how to stay the course in your breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding is a rewarding experience, and you can do it if you take One Day at a Time.

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Easy Classical Guitar Solos

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classical guitar, classical guitar solos, classical guitar tablature

Description

This collection features a selection of classical pieces by the world’s most renowned composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Johannes Pachelbel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Edward Elgar.
For the beginnner or intermediate classical guitar player, in both standard notation and tablature.
Includes: Air on G String Canon in D Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Ode to Joy Lullaby and more.

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Shadows of Destiny

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paranormal, young adult, remote view

Description

ON THE BANKS OF A SLEEPY BAYOU… a lost soul is nestled in the piney woods of East Texas, waiting and watching in the darkness of the shadows. He is feverishly seeking the past but is inevitably snared in the present and will stop at nothing to find his destiny.
ALARMED BY THIS LOST SOUL who stalks her while she sleeps, Analise Michaels struggles to find meaning within her dreams.
ANALISE ISN’T LIKE OTHER TEENAGERS…She travels in her sleep. She talks to angels. Spirits are drawn to her pureness of heart. She can see and hear what others cannot, or perhaps that which they simply refuse to acknowledge.
AS ANALISE NAVIGATES THE TANGLED WEB of drama and hysterics during her senior year of high school, she finds an unlikely friend and makes several enemies along the way. Her life becomes inescapably intertwined with an enigmatic stranger she must depend upon to help her unravel the mystery behind her haunted dreams and finally release the Shadows of Destiny.

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http://www.galeminchew.com

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How to deal with a workaholic boss

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self-help, business

Description

N/A

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Icarus Rising

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fantasy,adventure, Lord of the rings

Description

In Nostraterra, the wars between the allied races of Elves, Men and Dwarves have ended; the Dark Lord Magnar has been overthrown. The Great Peace is suddenly shattered when Alfrahil, Crown Prince of Eldora is nearly assassinated. The King suspects his younger son Daerahil’s lust for the throne has taken a dark and deadly turn, ignoring all evidence to the contrary. Is Daerahil the architect of this terrible plot or is he an unwitting pawn on someone else’s chessboard?
In the forests of the Elves, it is whispered that Elven Prince Ferox plans to seize the lands of Nostraterra for himself. Aiding Daerahil and his allies, Ferox hopes to fuel a conflagration which will consume Eldora, leaving the lands of Nostraterra his for the taking.
Meanwhile, the Dwarves are wracked by deep divisions as the Flame Priests vie for supremacy, desiring to usurp all Dwarven power into their religion of segregation and hatred for other races. Secular Dwarf lords fight against the growing powers of the priests, trying to hold their kingdoms intact; preventing war from breaking out anew.
In their distant refuge of Platonia, several pacifist Gracies are called from their pastoral home, embarking upon a great journey to aid the Magi, Oracle to the races. Transporting the last survivors of an ancient sentient race to the Magi’s Emerald Vale, the Gracies are waylaid by craven foes who seek the magic of these last ephemeral beings. Will they succeed, or will the magic of life itself be forever lost?
Who wants to tear the world asunder, feasting upon the ruins of the kingdom of Men? Will the world descend into chaos, or will it be saved from the ambitious and craven who threaten all? The answers lie within which begins your journey through the magical lands of Nostraterra.

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http://www.davidpauly.com

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No Way Out: A Suspense Novel

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suspense, contemporary, suspenseful

Description

Abby Breuner fears the worst. Pregnant with her third child, and having problems at work, Abby is alarmed when her husband, Eric, vanishes without any warning. The police seem unable – or unwilling – to help. And what appeared to be a close-enough-to-perfect life gets permanently turned upside down when she finds an ominous book and a large amount of cash stowed in a forgotten corner of her closet.

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Suspicions: a novel of suspense

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suspense, contemporary, suspenseful

Description

When a neighbor boy is kidnapped for ransom, Stacey Hunter is stunned to discover that circumstantial evidence points to her husband. Not able to believe he could be involved in such a horrifying crime, she sets out to discover who is really behind the kidnapping.

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Miya Black, Pirate Princess I: Adventure Dawns

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adventure, pirates

Description

For Princess Miya Black, ‘home’ is Clover Island, a tiny dot of a place not even named on most maps. Founded fifteen years ago by her parents, ex-pirate Tomas “Boots” Black and ex-princess Lilith “Lily” Brightburn, it’s a place for second chances and new beginnings. It’s there that Miya was born, there she grew up, and there she now lives, spending her days riding with her best friend, practicing swordsmanship with her fake uncle, sailing with her father, and avoiding book lessons with her mother. To Miya it’s the best place in the entire world, and she knows how lucky she is to have it.

So when her home is threatened Miya doesn’t just sit around around sulking. She’s the princess of Clover Island, with the blood of pirate legends running through her veins, and she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her kingdom.

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Clover Island Publishing

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Children of Elementi

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young adult fantasy, books for boys, powers

Description

The powerful Elementi Empire spanned over a thousand years, its kings and queens loved and revered by their people and their elemental powers feared by their enemies. One fateful night almost a century ago, the Empire was destroyed by treachery and Magi illusion. All five heirs were thought to be lost… until now.

On present day Earth, Jake has an ordinary life, school, bullies, parties… until he stumbles on an ancient crystal and discovers his adoption and a royal past.

As Jake touches the pendant, the Magi Emperor in Eleria is alerted that not all the Elementi were killed all those years ago. The Emperor summons an evil fire demon and sends him across the dimensional barrier to hunt and kill the last of the Elementi.

Can Jake learn to control his growing elemental powers and reunite the other lost children in time?

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http://www.cericlark.com

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The Company of Fellows

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psychological thriller, psychological mystery, mysteries and thrillers

Description

Imagine the Inspector Morse novels had been written by Thomas Harris. The Company of Fellows is a psychological thriller set in Oxford University.

Tommy West. A brilliant Oxford academic, until a breakdown 12 years ago. He has reinvented himself as a successful interior designer. His new life is comfortable, in every way, and safe. But he misses the challenge of academia.

Charles Shaw. Outspoken professor of theology. Sensualist. Unpopular with all his colleagues. Loathed by his ex-wife. And, as of five minutes ago, dead.

As a student, Shaw was Tommy’s mentor. Now Tommy must draw on the professor for inspiration one more time in order to find his killer. But all he has to go on are a handful of papers for the controversial research the professor was working on when he died. And the Professor’s 18 year-old daughter Becky, for whom Tommy is the last hope to get some closure on the troubled relationship with her father. And a police investigation convinced the Professor’s death was a suicide. An investigation led by Tommy’s ex.

The further Tommy gets inside the twisted lives of Shaw and his colleagues, and the closer he gets to the dark secrets that hide the truth, the further he gets from the safety he has so carefully built for himself, placing not just his life, but his sanity, at risk.

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The Accidental Spy

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American historical fiction, American Revolution, spies,Pennsylvania historical

Description

Dandy Dan McCracken is a rogue wandering around eastern Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. Wounded and on the run from the law, he’s rescued and nursed to health by the lovely ward of Benedict Arnold’s procurement officer. When the girl’s husband returns from the front, McCracken falls in with British spies. He switches sides again as a result of love and becomes a hero, not through choice but circumstance.

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Being Someone Else

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J. R. Lindermuth, Sticks Hetrick, mystery series, pennsylvania

Description

Some believe violence foreign to our nature. Dan ‘Sticks’ Hetrick, retired chief and now consultant to the Swatara Creek police department, knows better. We put a lid on our natural tendency to violence when we started living in groups, devising moral codes to hold it in check and allow us to live in harmony with others. But, deep down in the id-the site of instinct-there’s always that tendency to violence. When an out-of-state reporter is found murdered at a disreputable bar the tendency to violence spirals in the rural Pennsylvania community, and the investigative trail keeps bringing Hetrick and his team back to the family of a wealthy doctor who has come home to retire. Hetrick and his protégé Officer Flora Vastine are joined by an old friend from his State Police days as they unravel old secrets and mysteries in a tale with as many shocking twists as a country road.

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Book Review – In The Shadow Of Swords

In the Shadow of Swords – Arabian Fantasy

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: Val Gunn
Format: Hardcover

Pursued by an assassin, Hiril Altair races to stay alive long enough to reach sanctuary and deliver the evidence – evidence that will prove the world and their Sultan are not what they had believed.  Steps from success he encounters the half-jinn kingslayer Ciris Sarn whose blade quickly ends Altair’s life as well as any chance for the truth to be known.

Val Gunn’s In the Shadow of Swords starts fast immediately grabbing the readers’ attention.  The Arabian setting is engaging, the mystery involving their world unsettling and the motivations of a cursed assassin drive the plot forward.  The mysticism, exotic local, and fast paced passages are the strengths of this novel.

Gunn’s chapters are quick snippets of action and jump from one character to the next.  At times, it feels a bit like changing television channels after only getting a short piece of the story.  During the first half of the book, it was a little difficult to follow what was happening and with each chapter and character I found myself wondering who I should be cheering for as they all seemed like bad guys hunting one another for a purpose that was not clear.  Fortunately, at the half way point in the novel, these motivations and independent threads start to come together and the action builds to its ultimate climax and resolution.

Gunn builds and interesting and complex world and while this story in itself is complete, its ending leaves the door open for future adventures.

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Book Review – The Device

The Device – Captivating!

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: Patrick Skelton
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Tormented by guilt after the death of fiancé, John Timmons lives life in a fog retreating to his mountain cabin after work comforted only by his dog Spencer.  While out hiking, a reflection catches his eye and he spots a small object sitting on a log in a nearby river.  After a torturous journey down a ravine, he retrieves the object.  It is mostly unremarkable but is engraved with the strange phrase “Project Daf Yasfhat”.  From this moment forward, John’s life and those around him are never the same.

Patrick Skelton’s “The Device” is a gripping tale that captivates readers with very subtle science fiction elements.  Like all good directors or story tellers, it is what Skelton doesn’t tell you in the narrative that keeps the reader guessing where it is all leading.  Who is the mysterious man that appears throughout all of John’s life like a guardian angel?  What really happened to John’s biological parents?  What is the unnatural affliction to sound John has?  Most of all, what is the device?

“The Device” takes place in the near future and Skelton extrapolates from today’s government actions what might be the resulting healthcare and environmental regulations and their impact on our lives and personal freedoms.  The results are written so matter of fact that this makes them even more chilling.  This a fast moving and entertaining read especially given the kindle price.  I look forward to more from this author.

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Book Review – Bad Spirits

Bad Spirits (1-5) – Nonstop Action!

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: DV Berkom
Format: Kindle

Waking to find herself on the dirt floor of a corrugated steel building, Kate Jones grabs her backpack full of money intent on finding her way back to the United States.  Unfortunately, a Mexican drug lord named Salazar is just as intent on finding her, retrieving his stolen money, and making her pay for ever having left him.   Is there anyone she can trust?

DV Berkom’s Bad Spirits is a fast paced action packed novella which reads like a nonstop high octane movie.  Each chapter moves at breakneck speed.  The heroine, Kate, barely has time to take a breather before finding herself in another impossible situation and back on the run.

While there was the occasional deus ex machina moment, I didn’t care.  I finished it in one sitting and felt exhausted when I did!  This was a fun read and I look forward to more from Berkom.

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TMBOA – January 2011 Additions

The Losing Role

Tags Requested

thriller, espionage, WWII

Description

In the last winter of WWII 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 espionage thriller, part expatriate noir and the first in a series, The Losing Role is based on an actual 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.

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http://www.stephenfanderson.com

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Take No more

Tags Requested

Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Description

‘Take No More’ plays out in London and in Florence and is a thriller set against corruption in the art world.

Julia Blake is a conservator, working with classic art. Her expertise includes imaging beneath the surface of paintings to discover what lies beneath. She is sure that a number of those valuable paintings described as ‘missing, believed lost or destroyed’ have in fact been overpainted as a means of hiding them. She has tracked down a collection of pictures in Florence that looks promising and has gone there to try to discover a hidden masterpiece and make her reputation.

‘Take No More’ begins when James Blake, Julia’s husband, returns to their home in London to find that she has been shot and killed. What had brought her back to London unannounced? Why has someone killed her?

Blake determines to find her killers. He has little to go on – just her last message to him sent from her mobile phone: ‘help me’ with an attachment showing Michelangelo’s painting ‘Leda and the Swan’. There is no help from the police as he is impeded by the unsympathetic Inspector Hendricks who suspects him of the murder.

His search takes him into a world of lies and deceit beneath the sophistication of the art world in Florence, a world that he has to overcome to find the truth.

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The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace With the World

Tags Requested

fly fishing, fly casting, spirituality

Description

None provided.

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Least Wanted

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mystery, suspense, Kindle

Description

Maryland lawyer Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae has two tough cases that quickly turn worse, when both clients—a poor black girl and a white, middle-class man—are accused of murder. Sam’s inquiries into the cases lead her to Washington, DC’s suburban ghettos where she discovers an odd link between them: the seamy world of girl gangs and computer pornography. The stakes rise considerably as more people die at the hands of a maniacal killer who’ll do anything to keep Sam from learning the truth. Sam races to clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.

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http://www.debbimack.com/leastwanted.html

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Friends at the Table

Tags Requested

dinner party, entertaining, cooking

Description

A supper club in the 1930s and 1940s was a gathering place for people to meet and enjoy an evening of fine dining, drinks, and usually live musical entertainment. The setting was semiformal, which may have required a tie. The menu often included surf and turf, mashed potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding. These supper clubs launched many musical careers and introduced the doggie bag. Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman are some of the well-known musicians who performed in supper clubs around the country during the swing/big band era. The nostalgic appeal of these early supper clubs is attributed, at least in part, to the longing to recapture a period when people made time for each other. In today’s world where we eat many meals on the run, an intimate dinner with friends is a great luxury.
Friends at the Table shows how to take the elements of supper clubs gone by and re-create them in an evening of fine dining at home, without the expense of a restaurant. Included are ready-made grocery lists and plan-ahead tips to ease the stress of entertaining, as well as full menus with a variety of themes to help execute a gorgeous meal, making the experience as enjoyable for the hostess as it is for the guest. The planning has already been done, from shopping lists to easy-to-follow recipes and from selecting music to creating a beautiful “tablescape,”

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Now What

Tags Requested

part memoir, paranormal, romance

Description

It was 2:30 a.m. when the phone rang. I fumbled for it, my heart racing toward bad news. Our doctor’s voice urged me to hurry. I crammed into clothes as if I expected this call.
“It’s only a fever that won’t go down, isn’t it?”
Our doctor shook his head. “We did everything to save him. Carly, I’m so sorry.”
Settling in beside my Bob, I held his cooling hand and asked the two words spoken many times during our years together. “Now what?” This time there was no response. When my fingers touched his wedding ring, I slipped it off and held it in my fist. The gold band was warm. I clung to him. “Come back to me, dearest.”
Sometimes what you wish for is more than you can live with.

Website:

http://authorCharmaineGordon.com

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Lights, Camera… Nude!: A Guide to Lighting the Female Nude for Photography

Tags Requested

nude photography books, beginners guide, Lighting

Description

This guide shows you how to use light to photograph nude female models and create various moods and effects. From the plainspoken to the artistic, each lighting configuration is diagramed in painstaking detail. Learn the art and skill of using light and controlling shadows from the author of True Confessions of Nude Photography. If the lighting section in the first book left you wanting more, this follow-up book concentrates purely on lighting with updated images, text and diagrams. From indoor to outdoor, studio to location, you’ll learn what can be achieved and how to make it work for you. From just one light in a small room, to elaborate creative setups, everything is described.

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http://www.nudephotoguides.com

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Pilgrennon’s Beacon

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science fiction, autism, young adult

Description

Caught in a feud between the two greatest minds of her time, Dana must reach the distant beacon to uncover the dark secrets of her past.

Dana Provine is a girl with mild autism and a secret ability to mentally control computers, who runs away from bullies at her school in Coventry after a hospital scan reveals an object lodged in her brain. A compelling signal leads her north to the Outer Hebrides and an abandoned military facility on the remote and supposedly haunted Flannan Isles, where she hopes to untangle the mystery shrouding her birth and her missing parents. But as the lies of the past unfold, Dana unwittingly finds herself under the scrutiny of a government supercomputer with the power to destroy everything she knows…

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http://tangentrine.com

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Appalachian Justice

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historical fiction, lesbian fiction, and suspense

Description

“Billy May Platte is a half Irish, half Cherokee Appalachian woman who learned the hard way that 1940s West Virginia was no place to be gay. As Billy May explains, ‘We was sheltered in them hills. We didn’t know much of nothin’ about life outside of them mountains. I did not know the word lesbian; to us, gay meant havin’ fun and queer meant somethin’ strange.’

In 1945, when Billy May was fourteen years old and orphaned, three local boys witnessed an incident in which Billy May’s sexuality was called into question. Determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget, they orchestrated a brutal attack that changed the dynamics of the tiny coal mining village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia forever.”

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The Intolerant Christ

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Jesus of Nazareth, Mere Christianity, The Passion of the Christ

Description

The New Testament church was founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles. The New Testament was finally completed and the last apostle died just before the end of the first century. It is in their writings that God has delivered to the human race the surest, most reliable and accurate words regarding salvation. Yet, somehow through time, the original demands of Jesus and His apostles have been degraded and dismissed as meaningless mandates, senseless stipulations and irrelevant rhetoric. This book is a full-frontal assault on the partial truths, blatant lies and trite traditions that have not only besieged modern Christianity but have actually infiltrated it. This book is a decree to discard the “cunningly devised fables of men”. And it is a commission to reencounter the soul-purifying truths of the faith that was delivered first. (Revised 2008).

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The Bum Magnet

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chick lit, romantic comedy, laugh out loud funny

Description

She’s a savvy, successful real estate agent with a quick wit, a low tolerance for BS, a gorgeous plus-size body, and a thirst for top shelf vodka. Despite her dream house, luxury car, and appetite for life’s best–like fine dining and hot men–she seems to have her own special talent for attracting players. Why do all of her ex-lovers belong in the Losers Hall of Fame?

There was Lamar, the hazel-eyed Adonis who sowed more wild oats than Quaker . . . Sean, an expert at juggling relationships . . . Marcus, whose lips wandered as often as his eyes . . . and others, too. But just as Rissey swears off sex and vows to dump her emotional baggage, she meets house-hunting client Dwayne Gibson. There’s no way she can resist his seductive smile and rock-hard body. . .

Will Dwayne turn out to be the biggest bum of them all? Or will this time be different?

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http://www.authorklbrady.com

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Doing Good Works

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Inspiration, Positive thinking, self help

Description

Have you ever sat and thought, “I want to help out, maybe make a difference, but I don’t know how!” ? Doing Good Works will give you a different outlook and bring you back to the basics on helping others. This book is a basic guide to changing the world through one small act at a time, acts that ANYONE can do, no matter who you are or what you have. Money is not a problem. Time is not a problem. This book shows you how to help create a better world, no matter how little time or money you can afford to spend. If you have the intention, it will show you the way.

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Motivational Quotes for Writers

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writing, writers, quotes

Description

If you are a writer you know that one of the most important things to a productive working life is inspiration. I have always been inspired to write through different means. The muse is awoken in a long walk, warm beverages, long conversations, and bottles of poignant red wine. But what I have always found to arouse my desire to compose consistently are quotes by those who have gone before and have walked the arduous path of authorship.

Inspirational Quotes for Authors has over 200 quotes by writers from ancient times to the present. They are enlightening, encouraging, moving, funny, and sometimes irreverent.

Buying the Kindle edition of these quotes will allow you to have the resource nearly anywhere. Highlight your favorite quotes, make notations, and share them on Twitter and Facebook.

There are over 200 quotes to keep you creating, including quotes from: Stephen King, Mark Twain, Sylvia Plath, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Douglas Adams, Ernest Hemingway, and many, many more.

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Rudy and Cirrus of Karma

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childrens adventure, family relationships, stories in rhyme

Description

A mischievous boy named Rudy breaks his mom’s treasured vase and blames his little brother and sister. His mom sends him on an errand and he trips into a hole where he finds a vase similar to the one he broke. He picks it up and out comes a cloud that becomes a creature that offers him three wishes. He discovers a world where no one is home, his brother and sister are monsters, and his only hope is a cloud-like creature named Cirrus. Will unforeseen events help Rudy learn the error of his ways? Ages 6-9.

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Claws

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suspense, horror, thriller

Description

In picturesque Athens, Alabama, a pet food company is working with an experimental cat food laced with hormones and appetite enhancers. The feed causes cats to add muscle, gain weight, and exhibit extremely aggressive behavior. When Patricia Reese, head of the research project, threatens to expose the pet food as a threat to public safety, she finds herself out of work, her home ransacked, and all her carefully gathered proof missing.

The cats involved in the testing are scheduled to be euthanized by the company, but well-meaning animal rights activists release the animals. These enhanced, hyper-aggressive felines begin to prey on small game in the area, and then the ravenous animals turn their attention to people.

An unemployed scientist, a small special ops team, and a homeless veteran join forces to protect the inhabitants of Athens. Racing against time, they try to prevent the looming catastrophe.

But when someone steals the secret formula that created the menace and sells it to eight foreign enemies of the United States, the most deadly biological weapon ever created has been unleashed. The genie is out of the bottle and the world may never be the same.

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The Trouble with Mattie

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cozy mystery, humorous fiction, chick lit

Description

Set in the hills of western North Carolina, it is a chick-oriented, cozy humorous mystery about the youthful, dynamic, comical (and recently widowed) Mattalie Morgan, a woman whose conniving stepdaughter places her in a crooked housing set-up for “needy” adults, and turns her world upside down. But, the housing owners are a bunch of sharks, who don’t care. Soon, the non-conventional Mattie rocks the place with covert kick-the-can games and protest parties, while battling the ranks and her stepdaughter, who flew the coop with Mattie’s estate money. Filled with comic antics, romance, quirky characters, and even crooks, The Trouble with Mattie will press every emotional button you possess.

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Something Like Summer

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gay romance, gay fiction, coming of age

Description

Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim’s heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.

Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

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The Trouble with Change

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Crime Thriller, Urban Drama, Inspirational

Description

Sondra’s only dream in life is to complete college and make her family proud. But when she moves into an apartment she can bearely afford near the University of Southern California, her dreams start changing.

After paying for school with an academic scholarship and barely surviving with very tittle money, her suspicious and somewhat creepy neighbor Vick shows an interest in her. But Sondra still has her mind set on the goal of completing college. After Vick’s many attempts to force his attentions on her, she gives in and starts a relationship with him, a relationship filled with domestic and sexual violence. Sondra thinks that if only she could change Vick, their relationship would work and she could finish her education.

Will Sondra be able to change Vick’s violent behaviors and settle back down into the life she’s always wanted for herself, or will Vick end up changing her forever?

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http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/TheTroubleWithChange.html

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Checkered Fences

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Interracial Relationship, Historical Fiction, Family Relationships

Description

It’s the late 1970′s in California; a time of racial turbulence, but change is in the air and Diane Jones, an African-American 18-year old honors student will come face to face with those changes. Diane takes a job as a nanny to a prestigious white family, Jerry and Ann Shaw, before entering college. She quickly becomes a respected friend and member of their blended family, paying speacial attention to their eight-year old son, Chad, Ann’s son from a previous marriage. Their eldest son, David returns home for the summer and an immediate attraction sparks between Diane and David. They began an secretive love affair.

Can Diane’s proud, traditional family accept a white man as Diane’s love interest and will the Shaw’s value her as their son’s potential partner? As their love affair blossoms, they decide to make their relationship public.

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http://www.eloquentbooks.com/CheckeredFences.html

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The Errant Survivor

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science fiction, aliens, abduction

Description

It’s about two college students, Brad and Jill. They are taken by aliens, held prisoner and transported thousands of light years from Earth. Unable to communicate due to language barriers and not knowing who they can trust, they must fight to escape their captors and find a way home. All the while, Jill becomes a central figure in an all out war between two rival species who are threatened with extinction.

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At all cost

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Family fiction, criminals, rescue

Description

The novel is about two kids, Chris and Laura who were caught by criminals in the trailer they hid accidentally while escaping from their father with the aim of going to their mother they longed to see in six years. Not knowing what to do with the kids; the criminals decided to sell the kids to one of their compatriot to cover up for the execution that took place in Nara desert. Chris and Laura fought for their survival until an unexpected lady who also had answers to their problems came to their rescue, but the criminals wanted them all dead with their rescuer.

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Johnny Oops

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Fantasy, Dreams, Reality

Description

Join Johnny Oops as he charges across the country acting as if he were a prophet, sinning like a charlatan, and in his own way attempting to spread the word of God by touching other people. Travel with him as he survives a plane crash in Venezuela, drowning in France, and a stabbing at his home in California. Enjoy yourself with Johnny as he discovers his inner self—a one-foot tall albino with pink eyes dressed in a Boy Scout uniform. Suffer with him as his scandalous affairs are revealed. Have fun trying to predict what Johnny will do and say next in his self appointed role as a guru. Question with Johnny whether everything that is happening is real.

Johnny Oops, available for only $0.99 on Kindle and in print on Amazon.com at $14.95

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Third Site

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demon, possession, undead

Description

In the town of Leechester, England what starts out as the demise of a Jack Russel puppy and his elderly owner, turns the world as Adrian Winters knows it upside down.
Events around Adrian start making him doubt his sanity. Why is he losing time? Why is no one seeing what he is seeing? Are Demons, Zombies and other realms real or is he dreaming it all?
As Adrians’ world spirals out of control, he must face the fact he hasn’t lost his mind,but face his fears and save the people he loves.

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The Other Side of Life

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Urban Fantasy, Elves, Cyberpunk

Description

A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation.

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http://www.jesscscott.com

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Spectre Nightmares

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Description

Many things scare us. But the most fearful things are those that infect our nightmares and visitations. Monsters from the closet or from another planet. Ghosts that haunt more than houses. Werewolves are not the only shapeshifters to beware of. Children can be taken from more than the human kind of monsters. Even normal things can be the start of a heart-pounding terror. Prepare to step beyond the pages into Spectre Nightmares and Visitations.

Just tell yourself that they’re only stories.

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The Pearl Heartstone

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Paranormal romance, Shifters, Romance

Description

Allyson Grey is a take no prisoners type of cop. After a strange encounter with a woman at a flea market, followed by an encounter with a tiger shifter, Ally will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent.

Prince and tiger shifter, Jorel isn’t there for the innocents. He’s there for her. Ally is the one woman that possesses his heartstone and Jorel must take her back, willingly or not, to his world. Has Jorel bitten off more than he can chew?

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Runes

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ménage, erotic, paranormal romance

Description

When immortals Will and Evangeline are thrown together by a phenomenon known as The Calling, they share their blood and bodies, entwining their minds and souls. But Evangeline has been yanked from the arms of her mortal love, Sean, and the echo of his touch never leaves her. Will and Sean make a pact to share the woman they love and find new desires arising in the arms of each other.

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http://www.empetrova.com

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Windswept Shores

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Bahamas, sex on the beach, a survivors tale

Description

The sole survivor of a plane crash, Megan is alone on a deserted island in the Bahamas until she finds a nearly-drowned man washed up on shore. Another survivor, this time from a boat wreck. With only meager survival skills between them, will they survive and can they find love?

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Where the Rain is Made

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paranormal, romance, time travel,

Description

After a decadent-looking savage captures her and her brother, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for Marsh. She never counted on the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme in the camp of the brutal Cheyenne dog soldiers.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . most of the time, but when he travels through time to help his beloved People he’s Meko, the leader of the most revered and feared tribes of the plains.

Although their worlds are decades apart Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnaps during a raid. He has many battles to fight, but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever.

From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator, their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.

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Dragon Witch

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Science fiction romance, dragonshifter, erotic romance

Description

Biologist and witch, Jaida Chel combines nature magick with herbal science to protect Kai, the last shapeshifting dragon on her world of Somerled. But when Captain Brayden Stokes reenters her life, not only is Kai’s life at stake, but so is Jaida’s secured position in the colony. Brayden and Jaida can’t resist the sexual heat between them, even though she knows a relationship would be doomed. Fleet pilots don’t stay planetside for long.Jaida is torn between Brayden and her dragon and companion, Kai. When Kai morphs into a human twice a year, his sex drive is ravenous. He must mate for twenty-four hours or die. Unrestrained passion between Kai and Jaida temps Brayden into a forbidden encounter. With Jaida’s sassy, wicked ways, the three cross boundaries, exploring eroticism beyond their imagination. When secrets and betrayals are revealed, Brayden must risk everything for one last chance at love.

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http://www.kathykulig.com

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What not to do in Bed

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erotic romance, contemporary romance, sexy read

Description

Columnist Victory Lennox hasn’t had sex for ages, so it’s a good thing when she discovers her best friend’s younger brother, Cooper Fairclough, running naked down a country lane. It takes little convincing to charm Cooper into becoming her new friend with benefits.

Publicity-shy Cooper wants Victory for more than a few rolls in the hay, but Victory wants nothing more than to achieve public acclaim. But when she uses her escapades with Cooper as examples of what not to do in bed in her sex column, she realizes what a mistake she’s made…

Cooper ‘s all man now, and having his sexual skill publically discussed enrages him. Victory’s fallen in love with the man he’s become, only her error in judgment could cost her the one thing more priceless than the fame she seeks: Cooper. Will he be able to forgive Victory so they can live the life of love and passion they both desperately want?

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http://www.elleamery.com

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Cloud Crash

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Thriller, Thrillers, Action

Description

They protect our data. But who protects them?

Recovering from a hangover in his San Francisco loft, journalist Cal Stevens gets a call: data centers across the country are being detonated. These data centers- which hold everything from Facebook accounts to YouTube videos- serve hundreds of millions of users. Their information comprises “the cloud”- and the cloud is crashing.

Cal must protect his employer’s data from attack. Led by a cocky boy-CEO, the company runs hospitals, indexes genetic information, and holds the identities of thousands of people. Cal is partnered with the beautiful- and cryptic- Brianna Cowell, a PR professional with her own secrets. Together, they must stop the psychopathic attacker before he hits them first.

In a story that travels from San Francisco to New York, with stops in Napa and Area 51 in between, Cal and Brianna battle a driven and violent opponent who is always one step ahead. Unless Cal and Brianna can decode the puzzle and find the killer’s next destination, thousands will die and the world’s technological infrastructure will be crippled before they can uncover the surprising source of the attacks.

CLOUD CRASH is a fast paced romp that touches on the biggest issues of our time: privacy, government secrets, and how to recover from a hangover when you’re busy saving the world.

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http://philedwardsinc.com

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The Ocean Between

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Contemporary Romance, Arab Prince, Adoption

Description

Victoria Ballard, a New York financial executive, is one woman who considers men to be an unnecessary bother and annoyance. With her career on track, she focuses on the adoption of four beautiful orphans, a crowning completion of her well-designed life-plan. But, life is a nasty trickster, and it’s about to spring one on her. Unknown to Victoria, PRINCE RASHID DAVAR has just completed a marriage contract with her father. However, what the Prince does not realize is that it is easier to marry a woman than it is to control one. She may be his wife, but it will take a kidnapping, a battle of wills, and some desert heat of his own before he can claim her love.

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http://betweenthelinesandmore.blogspot.com/

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The World’s Greatest Riddles and Brain Teasers

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brain teasers, riddles, logic

Description

Sharpen your mind and test your wits with the World’s Greatest Riddles and Brain Teasers! Hours of mind-boggling enjoyment guaranteed!

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The H.G. Wells Time Machine Retold: The Broke, overtaxed American versus The Evil Capitol Hill Bureaucrats

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political satire, science fiction, time travel

Description

Experience the retelling of H.G.Wells’ masterpiece!
Featuring the overtaxed American as “the time traveler” and the Capitol Hill bureaucrats as “the Morlocks”

A story of one man’s quest to find a future without Republicans, Democrats and taxes.
A genius, gut-busting read. Highly recommended!- Steve Grimes, The Lockton Tribune

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25 Lessons I’ve Learned about (Photography) Life!

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artist biography, photography, inspirational

Description

In his best-selling book, Lorenzo describes how the deceptively simple rules of photography can also be applied to the art of living. Inspirational and poetic, this book will not only spark readers’ creative energies, but also reawaken your passion for life.

In 2005, as a husband, father, and corporate employee – Lorenzo’s life revolved around home, work, and his daily commute from the suburbs to the city.

Then, one day, he found himself staying at the Little Church in midtown Manhattan in the wake of a marital separation. Living in virtual isolation for three months, he had a rare chance to re-examine his life.

Quite unexpectedly, he found himself wandering around the city to take photographs, a passion he had let slide in the years of pursuing a career and starting a family. During his nightly sojourns through the streets of New York City, he was reminded of some important life lessons-lessons too easily forgotten in the blur of everyday existence.

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http://www.25Lessons.com

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The Montezuma Secret

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Thriller, romantic suspense, treasure hunt

Description

Murder and passion meet head-on in the steamy jungles of Belize.
Hunky Trey Zacco, gritty survivalist and host of the Miami-based Holiday Channel’s hit “Wildman” series and glitz and glamour girl, Erica Kingsley, host of the channel’s “Lap of Luxury” show, are thrown together in the steamy jungles of Belize as a publicity stunt and to search for Montezuma’s lost gold. But when Erica’s father’s plane goes down in the jungle on his way to film the opening of the show, Trey and Erica launch a desperate search to find him. And when, one by one, members of the camera crew are killed and the equipment sabotaged, they find themselves stranded in the middle of the jungle with Morgana Montez, Trey’s ex-lover, where no rescue crew can reach them.

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http://www.alisonchambersromance.com

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Sylvianna

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wizards, true love, paranormal fantasy

Description

Sarah Metz just got to Sylvianna College. She went in search of a biology degree. She found a group of wizards on the run from their past. They remember her. She doesn’t remember them. Over the next year, she’ll help them fight off the creatures trying to kill them, fall back into love with the man who used to be her husband, break the heart of her best friend while doing it, and maybe, if they’re very, very lucky, not remember who she used to be.

Sylvianna is a modern day fantasy with a scorching hot romance and a deeply layered plot. Angels, demons, magic, sword fights, free will, destiny, and true love all weave into a complex tale of the search for redemption.

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The View from Here

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Women’s Fiction, Women’s Literary Fiction, Relationships

Description

In the mid 1970s, aged twenty-two, Frances is drifting through Mexico when she meets a glamorous group of wealthy Americans and is invited to stay with them in their mansion on a private beach. She is soon drawn into their hedonistic lifestyle and an affair with her married host.

Two decades later the sudden unraveling of her contented existence in rural England prompts her to recall this period of her life, and the tragedy and betrayal that marked its ending.

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Strategic Marketing Made Easy for Writers

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book marketing, book promotion, book publicity

Description

Get in-depth instruction to easily identify your audience, brand yourself, increase visibility, and launch effective marketing campaigns—both online & offline. Checklists, step-by-step guides, and a Website Scorecard so you can objectively evaluate and optimize your website or blog. Discover new proven strategies that will save you time & money.

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http://www.plussignproductions.org/2009/09/products.html.

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Bad Spirits

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action/adventure, suspense, Mexican drug cartel

Description

It’s dangerous to be a woman on the run in Mexico. It’s just plain suicide if she’s running from a drug dealer-with his money.
Kate has to live by her wits, using every last ounce of energy to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, and needs a huge dose of luck if she wants to get out alive.

Website

http://www.dvberkom.com

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In Memory of Greed

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Thriller, Suspence, Adventure

Description

Young, ex-Navy SEAL, Murhkin Mocado is framed for a crime by a corrupt power broker who has but one objective;to use Mocado as a pawn to achieve his nefarious goals.
Joelle Barstow, an operative versed in industial espionage inadvertently crosses paths with the wrongly accused Mocado.
Ensnared by circumstances beyond their control, both individuals careen wildly across three continents while Mocado fights to clear his name. Time becomes a determining factor in his ultimate struggle; to escape the manipulative power broker’s clutches after unwittingly launching one of the worst ecological disasters that greed has ever spawned.

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Book Review – Darlin’ Druid

Darlin’ Druid Title aside – this is a great book!!

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author: Lyn Horner
Format: Kindle

After surviving the great Chicago fire, Jessie Delvin is haunted by visions of her future—a future she is compelled to find forcing her to leave home and join her brother’s journey west to find her destiny.  But the Wild West turns out to be just that and Jessie’s sharp tongue and fine feminine figure attract the attention of far too many brutish men.  Fortunately, Captain David Taylor, a Texan cattle rancher turned soldier saves Jessie from the clutches of a particularly unsavory character.  Immediately Jessie and David are passionately attracted to one another, but neither is what they other really wants—or so they think…

I’ll admit I was completely thrown by the title of this book.  If for some reason you are as well, “fuhgeddaboudit”!  This is an engaging, page turning, can’t put it down, don’t know where the time went, read.  In fact, when I received Horner’s book I had already started Steig Larsson’s “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”; having finished the first two books in Larsson’s series I was anxious to complete the third.  But I picked up Horner’s book and frankly the pace was so much faster and the book more engaging that I put best selling Hornet aside in favor of finishing Horner’s book.

The characters, love triangle and compelling plot line compete with the best in this genre.  This is a full force romance novel with some unique twists that readers are sure to enjoy.  I encourage readers to give it a try.  You won’t be disappointed!

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TMBOA – December 2010 Additions


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December 2010 Additions

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Islands of Secrets

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Time Travel Romance, Gothic Romance, Historical Romance

Description

Former Georgia Author of the Year Nominee, Tammie Clarke Gibbs has crafted a sweeping new time travel with the old-fashioned appeal of your favorite Gothic Novel. It will keep you guessing. This is one roller-coaster ride you won’t want to miss.

Shane
SHANE ALEXANDER has realized he should never have allowed his ex-girlfriend to spend her honeymoon on his island, but he never dreamed she’d run to the tabloids and blab about seeing ghosts. With the future of Leigh Island in danger, he devises a plan to dispel her claims and unknowingly sets in motion events that bring him face to face with a past that not only threatens his future but his life.

Lila
After breaking off her engagement, LILA FITZPATRICK wants a new beginning, but when she agrees to help her roommate by pretending to be a reporter, the last thing she expects to find is the man of her dreams. The question is what will he do when he finds out who she really is?

On An Island of Secrets
One woman, two men and a love that transcends time get a second chance to prevent history from repeating itself. But will love be enough to win the battle against time and stop the force that’s kept them apart for centuries?

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The Battle

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Christian fantasy, Christian fiction, adventure, medieval fantasy

Description

Two kingdoms on the verge of war. A blacksmith, a nobleman, and a boy called to stop it. Only one of them has faith.

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Sudoku Junkie: Enormous Edition

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Sudoku, Puzzles, Number Puzzles

Description

“Sudoku Junkie: Enormous Edition” contains one of the largest Sudoku collections on the market, featuring 750 unique puzzles which increase in difficulty with every page. This edition offers over 400 pages of pure Sudoku. Enjoy!

Thanks for all of your help everyone!

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The Venom of Vipers

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science fiction, technothrillers, scifi

Description

A supervirus threatens to wipe out the human population.

The only hope for the future is a cure hidden inside Ryder Stone. Created in a lab and brutalized, betrayed and hated by humans, Ryder yearns for freedom. On the outside, a group of human genetic purists want him dead.

When Katie Marsh, a brilliant young geneticist, discovers his secret, she must fight to protect Ryder, gain his trust…and convince him to save humanity before the purists destroy them both.

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Come to Me

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Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Inspirational Fiction

Description

Step back in time and experience the life of Christ through the eyes of His mother. Come to Me offers the reader an intimate glimpse into the lives of Jesus and his family in a way that brings them to life. The themes of trusting God and surrendering to Him are evident throughout this remarkable story.

From the cradle to the cross, Come to Me, speaks to the hearts of those who are seeking, and deepens the faith of long-time believers. It is a moving tale of the life of Christ from the mother who raised Him to become the Saviour of the world.

Website:

http://www.laurajdavis.com

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The Role of a Lifetime

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romantic comedy, romance

Description

There’s more to life than playing make believe.
Sandra Moyer has a good reason to distrust actors. She was once married to one who left her and her child. However, she’s desperate for publicity to help her struggling preschool. Hollywood playboy Ben Capshaw’s request to access her classes to prepare for a role is an offer she can’t refuse.
Sandra second guesses herself on that decision until she sees Ben in action with the children. Her apprehension turns to wonder, and then to feelings she’d thought were closed off forever. Yet how can she trust that what she’s seeing is real?
As a boy, Ben learned that acting was the answer to everything. The role he’s up for now will enhance his career and, he’s sure, secure his happiness. But spending time with Sandra and her daughter stirs up emotions that—for once—aren’t pretend.
Ben’s ready for a lifetime role as husband and father—if he can convince Sandra not to typecast him.

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http://www.jennifershirk.com/

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New Beginnings

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true love, family, contemporary romance

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John Stanton has lost the love of his life to cancer.  Even though he has tried to move on with his life and has remarried, he still longs for his first wife, Jenny. His marriage to Darlene lacks true love, and John longs for contentment in his life.  A chance meeting with a stunning waitress named Wendy Burke changes his outlook. He is instantly drawn to her, and this attraction leads to a chain of events that transforms his life.

John’s naive daughter, Maggie is curious about love.  When she sees Wendy’s handsome devil-may-care cousin Michael for the first time, she instantly falls in love with him.  She is determined to have him.  Michael has had many women in his past, but has resisted true love at every turn.  He knows that he should resist Maggie, and tries to forget about her.  But forgetting the beautiful Maggie Stanton would turn out to be the hardest thing he had ever done.

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Run into the Wind

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Historical romance, Western romance

Description

Determined to take charge of her own life after her family was slaughtered before her eyes; Sabrina Lovett heads west and hops off a train to start anew. Hiding from her affluent brother she takes on the guise of a boy. Everything was going well until the exasperating new Sherriff came to town.
Brock Stafford was used to being in control. He was irritated to no end by the stable boy “Will” who challenged him at every turn. Aggravated by his own reaction to the boy he tries to ignore him completely until tragedy brings them together.
Sabrina trusts Brock with her life; but can she trust him with her secret?

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Desperado: A Western Romance

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cowboy romance, historical romance, western romance

Description

Beautiful Elizabeth Cooper struggled to raise her siblings by herself after her mother’s death. Abandoned by her reckless father years earlier she is distraught when he shows up unexpectedly. Shattering her world completely, he drags her from saloon to saloon until his luck runs out.
James Reese watched in disgust as the gambler offered to use his daughter as collateral for a poker game. Beth’s blue eyes met his and he made a silent vow to protect her. Left with few choices, Beth puts her faith in a man as desperate and alone as she. On the run they find comfort and solace in each other’s arms.

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The 82nd: Part One of the Interdimensional Chronicles

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science fiction, science fantasy

Description

Unemployed construction worker gets pulled into a parallel dimension and helps them find redemption.

An ancient device mysteriously appears along with the earthman.

Three convicts escape prison by sliding into a higher dimension with the help of an uninitiated who joins them.

Strange technical malfunctions occur within the Master’s palace.

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Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy

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humor, absurdist fiction, short stories

Description

Bizarro humorist Bradley Sands returns with one of the strangest, most hilarious collections of the year.

In Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy, the pope gets sued, a headless man falls in love with a bowl of rice, and architects dismantle the earth. A war breaks out over greeting cards. A suicidal amputee tries to kill himself. William S. Burroughs becomes an amateur archaeologist and Tao Lin drinks an ape-flavored smoothie.

Between a breakfast of clocks, a lunch date with Adolf Hitler, and breakdancing in outer space, anything is possible in the work of Bradley Sands. Just never wear a bear costume to an orgy.

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http://www.bradleysands.com

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The Man Beneath Lake Union

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clive cussler, thriller, action

Description

When a rash of ecoterrorism strikes the Seattle waterfront, Owen Ruger and his trusted friend Rafael Sernansa are hired to investigate the crimes and protect the assets of a large fishing company. But during the rescue of a beautiful woman they see what can only be described as a merman swimming away from the scene; soon they find themselves in the middle of a strange and unusual mystery. Driven by what they saw, Owen and Sernansa race to solve the mystery and stop the destruction before fear grips the city, but they soon learn that everything isn?t what it seems and the mystery swimmer may be just another victim.

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Anti Aging for Baby Boomers and Everyone Else

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Description

The special report “Anti-Aging for Baby Boomers and Everyone Else” is finally completed after years of research and months of writing.

Here’s a small taste of what’s inside:

Improve Mood page 11
Grow New Brain Cells p. 11
Reverse Memory Loss p. 20
Boost Immune System p.22
This so-called Health Food Robs You of Nutrition p.24
Most People will Consume this Everyday – – – not Knowing that it Makes Them Dumb p. 25
Want Energy and Heart Health? P.35
Increase Brain Functions and Intelligence p.36
Reduce Stress and Anxiety p. 44-51
Slow Aging p.48

These gems of information are at your finger tips now. Soon you will have the knowledge to improve your life and happiness.

Improve your memory and alertness
Feel younger
Live longer

Take control of your health starting today. Promote a healthy future with these lifestyle changes.

This no-nonsense, down to earth book will gently guide you to greater health and fullfilment as you discover what really works. You will definately question some of the so called “Expert Advice” that is bombarding our world these days.

Unearth your ability to know what is really wholesome you your mind and body and what is just feeding the hungry profiteers at all of our expense. With this knew knowledge you will have the power to choose for yourself and incorporate a healthy fun-filled life for you and your family.

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http://www.lambertklein.com/

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I Need to Find Me

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romance, classic, love

Description

This book is dedicated to all abused women. Who are trapped in relationships? Where circumstances tend to overcrowd their judgments?

Trapped in an emotional and physically abused marriage, Abella has a brief love affair that devastates her further. With the fear of growing old, and the quest to find herself, she faces challenges, until her prominent grandfather’s sickness leads her to Spain, a country, which she hurriedly left, twenty- five years ago. She finds herself in love with her bodyguard Miguel Castillo. The death of her grandfather, Armando Delgado makes her an heir, which leads to more pain and suffering, when secrets unfold. What caused her mother to leave in such a hurry? Will the pain and suffering that seems to follow Abella, evade her or will she find herself?

Read! The twist of events that manipulates the lives of innocent people, causing them lifelong sorrow, death and heartache dealt by the hand of a powerful and treacherous man.

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http://www.authorhouse.com/bookstore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=67820

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The Forever

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diaries, world war ii, gay romance

Description

Wanting “forever,” Allen leaves New York and follows his Australian lover back to Sydney. But when he arrives and reunites with Daren, he discovers that their relationship is not what he had thought. Instead he finds that a word chalked on the sidewalks of Sydney is what tugs at him, urging him to stay.

On the streets of Sydney, young Corey has found what he didn’t even know he was looking for and has his “forever,” a strange one for a young gay man, but one that satisfies him anyway.

The life and writing of a long-dead famous Australian poet brings these two men together in a most unexpected way, but it is the power of “forever” that also keeps them apart.

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Paranormal Precognitions

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Paranormal Thriller, Paranormal Suspense, Thriller/Suspense

Description

Sarah Roberts has been thwarting kidnappings and saving lives against her will. She’d rather be a normal eighteen year old, but messages of death and crime are foretold to her. When a warning comes that she will be next, Sarah misinterprets it, not realizing until it’s too late that she is the victim.

During her kidnapping, one of Sarah’s captors is killed. Witnesses place Sarah at the scene. The police have her notebook which reveals all of her precognitions. They’re curious how Sarah could know so much about “accidents” and “crimes”. The kind of information only the perpetrators would be privy to. The police are looking for Sarah for all the wrong reasons as she struggles to get their attention and escape with her life.

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http://www.darylsedore.com

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A Snake in Paradise

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romantic suspense, italy, humorous romance

Description

With a tragic slip of a knife, a vendetta is born that can only end in murder.

Aja Rain was raised in privilege. She has a family that loves her and protects her despite her struggle to make it on her own. After an accident where she nearly castrates her ex-boyfriend, Aja flees to Italy for peace and quiet.

She couldn’t know that he would follow her to Europe; that he would stop at nothing to get his revenge. Aja thought she would be safe and protected with her new friends in Italy.

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

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http://brendasedore.com

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Shades of Green

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Post-Apocalyptic, Monsters, Horror

Description

Holburn was just like any other northern English town, at least on the surface. Buried below the local woodland, something had begun to tunnel up…

Within hours, Holburn suffers a drastic transformation as invasive, bizarre plant-life infest the town, the population and wildlife transform into rampaging, blood-thirsty beasts.

A handful of survivor’s battle to stay alive and search for answers

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Zen Anti-Diet: Mindful Eating for Health, Vitality and Weight Loss

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anti diet, mindful eating, weight loss

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Zen Anti-Diet is a response to the needs of a population that is falling prey, at an alarming rate, to weight issues, disease, mental disorders and stress. Too many of us are constantly on the go, never seeming to have any free time to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Most of us live a frantic, fast-paced lifestyle. We devote our precious energy to keeping life on track and navigating our career, while our family’s busy schedules keep us in a perpetual mode of doing more.

This book is a daring approach to getting us back on track. It is a book about eating and losing weight, except that it is not a diet book. Instead, it is an application in the context of Zen about healthy food and eating habits that should be part of everyone’s life. It provides anyone the framework for achieving their ideal weight.

The Zen Anti-Diet starts with the basic proposition that most of the diets we are bombarded with daily on television, in books and other media just don’t work! And the dieters who appear to benefit generally gain all the lost weight right back. The Zen Anti-Diet is a practice of learning to be mindful of what you are putting into your body and allowing your body to reach a natural state of peace and contentment. Fundamental point of this book is about Zen and becoming attuned to the present moment. Practicing the Zen Anti-Diet is a recipe for happiness, health and long life.

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Palm Beach Confidential

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mystery, palm beach, roberts rules

Description

Palm Beach Confidential weaves a complex, twisted plot that plays out in a thrilling roller coaster climax. Mr Mykle has deftly slid Maxie Roberts as a hip and sightly subversive art dealer with a libido in overdrive into the Palm Beach sleuth niche vacated by Lawrence Sander’s private detective, Archy McNally Mr Mykle, who wrote the non-fiction book Killer ‘cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928, is obvious no stranger to the ritzy and wealthy domain of Palm Beach as well as its guarded secrets and back allies.

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http://www.RobertMykle.com

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A Christmas Carol

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a christmas carol, charles dickens, classic literature

Description

Dickens’ classic is now carefully and beautifully formated specifically for the Kindle. This edition includes a Table of Contents among many other features that are missing in other Kindle Editions, and it has been revised to prevent errors, such as page numbers and others that carried over from print versions, that plague other Kindle versions of this story.

This original unabridged version is optimized to give the readers a simple yet worry-free reading experience.

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Totally Scared

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haunted houses, ghost hunters, paranormal

Description

All you ever wanted to know about haunted houses directly from folks who live in them andghost hunters who investigate them, how and where to get help with a haunting, dealing with the emotion issues, haunted house movies and how they relate to real life hauntings, a compendium of famous and not-s0-famous haunted houses worldwide, ghost hunting groups around the world and much more!

This book is a must-have for both the amateur and professional ghost hunter.

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A Guide to Responsible Undersea Exploration

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scuba diving, shipwrecks, educational

Description

A Guide to Responsible Undersea Exploration was written to help educate divers who may happen upon what they believe to be undiscovered treasure or artifacts. It is not just university-trained archeologists that make discoveries; it is everyday people like you that may happen across wondrous events that were hitherto lost in time.

The proper documentation of your find gives it meaning and historical context. This book tells you how.

The author arms you with the tools and knowledge to proceed into areas of the unknown where true explorers may find themselves.

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Consumer Fraud & Financial Scams Exposed

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scams, personal finance, fraud

Description

With financial hardship facing people everywhere these days, consumer fraud and identity theft are on the rise. Scammers are relentless. They call you on the phone. They email you. They have their own websites and TV commercials…

These ruthless fraudsters have no conscience and no remorse. They know that the more desperate you are, the more likely you will fall for their deception. So they prey on you when you’re in financial distress, with scams about work-at-home jobs, credit repair, loans, home foreclosures, and cheap medical insurance…

The book provides examples of fraudulent ads and the critical information they intentionally omit. The authors provide tips on how anyone can sniff out scams and avoid them. The reader will learn to critically analyze any proposition or form of promotion to determine whether it should be believed…

In this book, you will discover the following:
* The truth about work-from-home job ads, and why most of them are bogus
* The 9 signs that a “charity” is probably a fake
* The different types of money wiring scams (including some you probably haven’t seen before)
* Directions on how to dispute your credit report, including a sample letter you can send, and who to send it to
* A new law prohibiting debt relief companies from collecting advance fees
* The 7 steps to becoming a savvier consumer
* And a whole lot more

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The Soccer Ball Quest

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soccer, childrens book, adventure

Description

When you enter the Doorway the only limits of the adventure are in the imagination of Hannah and Ryan. Every time they go through a Doorway they let their imagination run wild with whatever the find in the room. From posters on the wall, toys on the shelf, or weather through the window, everything is there for them to use. Joining them in their adventurers are their imaginary friends Peter, Ariel and Gino. They’re along side Hannah and Ryan in each adventure, their personalities inhabiting a different toy in each Doorway giving each one new faces and abilities each time to help them along the way. And don’t forget Hannah Bunny who is always in the background helping them out.

Where will the Doorway take you?

In The Soccer Ball Quest, Hannah is reintroduced to Ryan’s friends Peter, Ariel, and Gino. But they’re reunion is cut short when Zero appears and steals their soccer ball. The kids set out on a quest to retrieve their ball but have to deal with the dangers of their journey and find out what surprises Zero has in store for them.

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http://doorwaybooks.blogspot.com/

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The Naked Truth

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Celebrities, Kindle Blog, Amazon Kindle

Description

THE NAKED TRUTH brings you all the most outrageous News, Articles and Information from around the world. Why pay for 10 different blogs, when you can get it all delivered right to your Kindle Reader with just one subscription! TRY US OUT TODAY FOR FREE!

Kindle blogs are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so you can read them even when you’re not wirelessly connected. And unlike RSS readers which often only provide headlines, blogs on Kindle give you full text content and images, and are updated wirelessly throughout the day.

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Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming A Life of Joy and Ease

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self-help, motivational, achieving dreams

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Take a moment to remember daydreaming as a child. Recall the joy, freedom, and sense of possibility you felt. Imagine being able to experience that every day!
You can with Dream BIGGER, Julie Wise’s heartfelt and inspiring guide to realizing your deepest desires. Using her experience as a life and relationship coach, Wise provides personal anecdotes and numerous client examples to create a living, breathing roadmap for those seeking insight and wisdom on their daily path.
The workbook format deftly illustrates Wise’s motivational message, giving you the chance to work through past doubts, disappointments and fears using simple yet effective techniques. She shows you how to stay focused and achieve your dreams by creating a workable action plan. Divided into easy-to-read chapters, Wise offers inspiring stories from those successfully living their dreams and covers topics such as revealing the dream, befriending the gremlins, reawakening your potential, seeing the signs, and much, much more!
Your dream is within reach. Let Dream BIGGER show you how to make it a reality!

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http://www.wise1coaching.wordpress.com

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Dayling

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Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Description

Turning eighteen is an exciting time for most girls. It means finally being considered a legal adult, having more freedom and preparing for college. For Haven Vigano, it means no longer being able to move around in the daytime, immortality and a craving for human blood. Haven is a Dayling, but in three weeks she will ‘Cross Over’ into the world of Nightlings.

Most Daylings live their lives as humans for as long as they can, which means they attend school, make normal friends and indulge in all the pleasures of being mortal… most Daylings except for Haven. She’s as antisocial as they come, even in the Dayling world. Haven cruises through life with cynicism and smart-alecky comments. She would rather stay at home and read a book then hang out with the locals, which is why she had to be dragged to a teenage party with her cousins. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, Haven escapes the party.

On the way home, Haven comes across a teenage boy being beaten by four other guys. Haven saves the boy, Philip, and takes him to the hospital. This single event changes Haven’s life and her perspective of the human world forever. This event also creates a new problem for her: she’s waited too long to live in the human world, and dating a mortal so close to Crossing Over would be a big no-no for the head of her Nightling family… her father.

To make matters worst, a friend from her past, another Dayling named Sébastien, arrives in Tallahassee with the news that an ancient group of Nightling hunters called The Holy Sect of Mântuitors are hunting down and killing her kind. Haven’s father fears a Nightling is helping the Mântuitors in their quest to rid the world of immortals.

Now Haven must deal with her growing attraction to Philip, plus understand Sébastien’s jealousy towards her human crush, and oh yeah, help deal with the threat of the Mântuitors. Times were a lot simpler for Haven when she felt indifferent towards everything and everyone.

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http://www.gabrielmadison.com

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The Bad,The Good and Two Fly Fishing Women

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Fly Fishing, women’s fiction, recovery

Description

When Amanda’s mother deserts her to be with a new man, Amanda is hurt and betrayed. She loses faith in the world, especially when her grandmother, the greatest angler she knows, is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Amanda struggles to find answers, and then on the banks of the Junction River, a grieving, alcoholic friend and an unexpected, terrifying event surprisingly help her come to terms.

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Mr. Ex’s Recipes for Singles

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Cooking, Recipes, Singles

Description

Mr. Ex is just is just your average, ordinary guy who knows what it’s like to cook for one person. He has spent years inventing and preparing good meals for the single, active person who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.

* Includes: Recipes for Diabetics, Health Conscious, Recipes for Kids, Funny Food Stories, Celebrity Favorites and much, much more…

Kindle blogs are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so you can read them even when you’re not wirelessly connected. And unlike RSS readers which often only provide headlines, blogs on Kindle give you full text content and images, and are updated wirelessly throughout the day.

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Food allergies and Me

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Food allergies children, food allergy, food intolerance

Description

Food Allergies and Me is a children’s book that provides an engaging and relatable experience for children who are beginning to learn about and cope with food allergies. Explore the life of a food allergic child as you follow Jack through a day of school, an allergist appointment, and the playground. Young children will begin to understand the importance of identifying allergens, asking for help when unsure, and alerting an adult immediately should they experience symptoms of an allergic reaction. Jack’s confidence demonstrates to the reader that having a food allergy is not a stigma or shame. Rather, it is a safety issue made simple with the ability to self advocate. Whether a child has allergies or has a friend who does, they will benefit from social lessons such as not sharing food, washing hands, and embracing one another’s differences. This book equips children with social and safety knowledge, as well as the tools needed to confidently navigate life with food allergies.

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Origins (Spinward Fringe)

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Space Opera, Complete Trilogy, Space Carrier

Description

It is the distant future and one man, Jonas Valent, is letting his life slip by. He is employed by Freeground station as a port traffic controller, a job that was rewarded to him for a short stint in the military. His only real joy in life is his participation in true-to-life military simulations with a cadre of friends who come together regularly to defeat challenges made to test the brightest. Many of his friends don’t have the clearance to participate, but that doesn’t stop them.

When someone betrays their identities to the Freeground Fleet Admiralty, Jonas and his friends are faced with a challenge: to venture out into the more populated regions of the galaxy to acquire technology and knowledge of the people who have been apart from them for so long.

This is the entire first trilogy that spawned the best selling Spinward Fringe series. This is where it all began, when one man was challenged to aspire for more than an idle life.

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http://www.randolphlalonde.com

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Outcast: Where Angels Dwell

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fallen angels, horror thriller, werewolf fiction

Description

“Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

An angel has fallen. Stripped of his station and imprisoned inside the vessel, never to be heard from again.

The vessel is not a box. It is not a building. The vessel…is a man. Friend. Brother. War hero. Werewolf. Nathaniel.

Nathaniel drifted through life, never finding a place he felt welcome. That was until he met her and his life changed. It didn’t matter to him that she belonged to a pack of werewolves. He would spend the rest of his life with her, either as a man or a beast. Then, as fast as it started, it came to a brutal end. She was murdered. Slashed to ribbons by a rogue werewolf, Stephen Taxton. Angry, grief stricken and ashamed that he couldn’t save her, Nathaniel left the pack in search of the murdering beast.

Unbeknownst to Nathaniel, Taxton wasn’t after the girl. He was after Nathaniel. Sent there on a secret mission to bring the vessel back to his employer, the maniacal sorcerer, Adrian Vandenberg.

Two years later, Nathaniel’s search has brought him to Hudson,
NY, where he learns the truth about his beloved’s death, about the fallen angel locked inside him and the warlock determined to rip the power of the heavens from his cold dead body.

Where Angels Dwell reprints the first action packed installment of the Outcast Trilogy started in the No Vacancies Adventure series.

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http://www.lucienblackbooks.com

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Free books for Kindle: The secrets of how to get the world’s greatest books for a radical price

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free Kindle books, free books for kindle, free audio books

Description

Everyone loves a freebie. And Kindle readers, like me and you, are no different. The great news is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of free books for your Kindle out there. Unfortunately the ebook revolution has spawned an avalanche of sites and other resources. Worse yet – some of the best of them are often beyond the reach of even the most seasoned Google searcher.

In my quest for the best Kindle free books – I’ve literally checked through hundreds of sites so that I could bring the best of them to you.

So save your brain some strain, save time and cash with my handy guide to free books for your Kindle: Great books at a radical price!

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The Hawk And His Boy

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Epic Fantasy, Wizard, Fantasy

Description

The Hawk And His Boy is the first book of the Tormay trilogy. It begins with a young thief named Jute. There’s nothing particularly special about him, other than a knack for being quiet and having quick hands. One night, his master in the Thieves Guild instructs him to break into a wizard’s house and steal an old wooden box. They have a client for the job who is eager to pay a great deal of gold for the box. It should’ve been an easy job. Climb down the chimney, find the box, and get out fast. His master tells him, on pain of death, do not open the box. Of course, being a boy, Jute opens the box and sets off a chain of events that soon has him on the run from the wizard, the entire Thieves Guild, and their client, who happens to be the Lord of Darkness himself. On his odyssey of escape, Jute is aided by an odd assortment of friends, including a guilt-ridden assassin, an overly-talkative ghost, and a hawk who just might be able to teach him how to fly. But the Darkness will do anything to find Jute, even if it means plunging the whole land of Tormay into war.

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The Trophy Hunter

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thriller, women sleuths, psychopath

Description

When attorney Diana Martin takes on a new client as a favor to her best friend, PI Jessica Edwards, she has no clue that she and Jess will soon become targets for a psychopathic hunter set on collecting beautiful women of diverse ethnicities. And he’s obsessed with keeping them beautiful forever.

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Pool of Lies

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mystery, psychological suspense, women sleuths

Description

When heiress Deidre Lassiter dies in her hot tub of a drug overdose, ripples from the pool of lies that shaped her life spread to the lives of those she leaves behind.

Rae Esposito, widowed forensic accountant, sets out to help Deidre’s husband settle his wife’s estate and discovers that Deidre was murdered. Bent on getting justice for Deidre, Rae enlists the help of her dead husband’s former partner, Detective Veronica Sanchez, but a dirty cop and a drug dealing snitch muddy the waters.
As Rae unravels the lies that bind those connected with Deidre’s case, she faces truths that set asunder everything she thought she knew about her marriage and her husband’s death. When the final deception surfaces, it could cost Rae her life.

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The Angel and the Brown-Eyed Boy

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magical realism, paranormal fantasy, science fiction fantasy

Description

A FUTURE WORLD ONLY HEARTBEATS FROM OUR OWN

By the late 22nd century, the Great Recession of the early 2000s has lead to a worldwide police state. A ruined United States barely functions. Government control masks chaos, dissenters are sent to camps, and technology is outlawed. War rages while the authorities proclaim the Great Peace.

IT’S NEW YORK CITY ON THE EVE OF NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON.

Tomorrow morning at 7:35 AM, a nuclear holocaust will destroy the planet. Two people carry the keys to survival: Jeremy Edgarton, a 16 year old, tech genius and revolutionary; and Eliana, the angelic, off-world traveler sent to Earth on a mission to prevent her planet’s death.

Join Eliana and Jeremy as they begin a quest to save two doomed planets … and find each other.

Tales from Earth’s End 1

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Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could

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horses, animal stories, heartwarming

Description

The little horse’s chances were not good. Born prematurely on a freezing night, the buckskin colt had to fight for his life. When he was still a baby, Tecolote lost his mother. Would he be able to find a horse to help him grow up and teach him the ways of the herd? Would he ever know a friend who would love and protect him?

Be with Tecolote as he masters the challenges that young horses–and young people–face as they grow up and become all they’re meant to be. Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could will inspire children and adults alike.

Join Sandy Nathan as she tells a true tale of a young horse growing up straight and tall, a youngster who will remind you of the child in us all.

The illustrations in this book are snapshots taken while Tecolote’s story was unfolding. In using snapshots, the author wanted to bring you as close to the action as possible and introduce you to the real Tecolote, Shambho, Rosie, and all the other horses of Rancho Vilasa. This truly is Tecolote’s scrapbook–welcome to his world.

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The Ant-man of Malfen

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fantasy, sword and sorcery, and dwarves

Description

A dwarf with no name and a past as black as hell

Having butchered his way to control of the ravine city, Arx Gravis, with a cursed axe from pre-history, the Nameless Dwarf barely survives the onslaught of his former friends.

With the geas lifted and all but his name restored, he can no longer live with what he’s done to his own people.

Discovering that the dwarves who survived his tyranny have fled into the wastes of Qlippoth, Nameless goes after them, fearing the last of his race will fall prey to the denizens of the nightmare realm.

He follows their trail to the only way into Qlippoth: a pass through the mountains on the far side of the border town of Malfen.

Only Malfen is a den of brigands, and there are legends of a creature who exacts a heavy toll on each and every passerby—a monster part human, part insect; an aberration known as the Ant-Man.

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Santa’s Sleeping Beauty

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erotic romance, quickie, christmas romance

Description

When Jordan takes a break from her last-minute Christmas shopping to have a cup of coffee, she meets a handsome Santa with a twinkle in his eye and a sinful smile. He offers her a special Christmas treat that Jordan is more than happy to accept.
Naughty never felt sooo right as together they share an outrageous night of love that is supposed to end with the coming of dawn.
Or so they thought…

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http://www.lisafoxromance.com

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The Reluctant Bride

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romantic comedy, christian fiction, romance

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Gail Hardy has been in so many weddings she refuses to be in another one until she is the bride.

Then a friend at work talks her into being a replacement bridesmaid for a couple Gail doesn’t even know.

Gail reluctantly agrees to be in the wedding and looks forward to spending a long weekend at a nice hotel on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Soon, Gail discovers that the handsome groom, Mario Lewis, is an old college flame.

What was just a summer fling for Gail is renewed and she gets caught up in a sizzling affair with Mario. After the affair begins, Gail embarks on a spiritual journey that causes her to confront her whirlwind relationship with Mario head on.

Will Gail be swayed by Mario’s persuasive tactics or will she follow the leading of the Lord and discover a real relationship?

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Groomzilla

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romance, romantic comedy, wedding

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Groomzilla is a story not just about wedding planning, but the relationship of an engaged couple from proposal to vows, all told from a groom’s perspective. It’s 14 months of flower arrangements and guest list bloopers, and a humorous commentary that anyone who’s ever been a part of the wedding process can relate to. A couple in limbo for more than a year, a family adjusting to new members, friends watching their relationships change as a wedding nears. Getting down on one knee is merely the beginning.

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One Insular Tahiti

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reincarnation, paranormal, contemporary fiction

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Luke MacIsaac is dead, but not restfully so. In his watery afterlife he takes notice of an infant girl struggling to survive her birth. He feels a peculiar attachment to this girl and revisits her birth over and over again knowing she can survive if she is given a purpose. He wills her to be his mother in his next incarnation.

But is the cost too great for Astrid? And what is the connection between her and Luke’s own past life that has him battling against memories of a younger brother–memories that lead him to regret saving her, even if it is too late.

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Dead of Winter

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Horror, Ghosts, Supernatural Fiction

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A troubled man goes to desperate lengths to reconnect with his estranged daughters on Christmas Eve in “Visitation Rights”.

On a cold moonlit night, a young boy comes to believe that there is something not quite right about the snowmen in his yard in “Snowmen”.

An old man in mourning joins his friend on a late night trek through an eerily deserted town in search of a missing woman in “They Know”.

In “Doomsday Father Christmas”, Santa Claus ponders what the world has become, and his place in it…

And a long-suffering son spends one last Christmas with his ailing father while a blizzard whips the world into a frenzy in “Black Static”.

From Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY, THE HIDES, VESSELS, and CURRENCY OF SOULS, comes a quintet of stories designed to freeze the blood as you lose yourself in the horrors that await you…in the DEAD OF WINTER.

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http://www.kealanpatrickburke.com

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Anomaly

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Literary fiction, transgender, kindle book

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This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, everyday kind of troubled GenXer. He’s a recovering addict who is more concerned about his encroaching gender relapse than his meth addiction. That is, until his best friend comes to visit and gives him worse things to worry about.

Anamoly is a litfic tale of self-acceptance. Discover how one week can change a man for a lifetime.

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http://theaatkinson.wordpress.com/

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Sugar and Spice

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crime, thriller, serial killer

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When you’ve got two young children, and you think the unthinkable, where do you turn?

Sugar & Spice is a ground-breaking new crime-thriller set against the background of Britain’s fragmented criminal justice system, with the key protagonists the mother and partner of a murdered child.

Inspired by a news story of a man who begged a Judge to give him a longer sentence, because he knew he would harm another child if released without treatment, Sugar & Spice is meticulously researched, asking the questions society prefers not to have answered. At once disquieting and challenging, Sugar & Spice is car-crash reading.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: A child fails to return home. As hours turn to days, all they can do is hope. Some children never come back…

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http>//www.saffinadesforges.com

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Darlin Druid

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paranormal romance, historical romance, cross-genre

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Darlin’ Druid offers fiery romance, non-stop action and a dash of Irish magic. Penned by Texas author Lyn Horner, it introduces her Texas Druids trilogy.

Jessie Devlin is clairvoyant, a talent inherited from Irish Druid ancestors. A survivor of the Great Chicago Fire, she dreams again and again of a stranger who save her from a fiery death. Convinced by a prophetic vision that the man is real and they are destined to love, she journeys west on a quest to find him – despite knowing a demonic villain may also wait beyond the horizon.

Captain David Taylor is a Texan cut off from his roots by the Civil War. Now serving on the Indian frontier, he longs for home and a family, but a sharp-tongued colleen with a firecracker temper isn’t the ideal wife he’s looking for. However, his views of life and love are drastically challenged when he crosses paths with Jessie. Their passionate struggle leads them across half a continent, through deadly dangers and emotional upheaval, culminating in a ferocious battle between good and evil on the Texas plains.

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Special Dream

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dream, dreams, life after death, luellen hoffman, special dream

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Exploring the world of special dreams—clear, unforgettably vivid encounters with loved ones who have died—this unique collection shares the personal stories of those who have experienced them, including the author herself, and reveals the distinct qualities surrounding this phenomenon. After an introduction that examines whether or not the contact is real and a questionnaire to determine if readers have had any themselves, more than 80 poignant stories offer comfort to mourners, detailing the special bonds between the dreamers and grandparents, parents, siblings, in-laws, children, spouses, and friends.

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Bear Trap

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romance, romantic suspense, Minnesota author, mystery,
St. Croix River Valley, Edna Curry, author

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They walked down to the riverbank and along it. The earthy smell of soil and river water surrounded her. In the distance, a dog barked, breaking the eerie silence of the countryside.
Mel took her arm. “Watch your step, the ground’s uneven here. Do you remember anything before you got here?”
She shook her head and couldn’t stop the tears. Without thinking, she turned to him, hiding her face against his broad chest. His heat and manly scent surrounded her, making her feel warm and safe.
Mel put his arms around her and held her, dropping a kiss onto her hair. “It’s okay,” he murmured. “Go ahead and cry. You’ll feel better.”
After a minute of crying with her forehead against his shirt, she straightened and looked up at him. He pulled out a handkerchief and wiped away her tears. Their eyes met and he bent his head.
She knew he was going to kiss her. She wanted him to kiss her. His lips brushed hers, lightly at first and then they firmly settled on hers. He felt warm and delightful, yet unfamiliar and scary.
Jane wrapped her arms around him, responding to him immediately. She opened her lips to his probing tongue and melted against him, enjoying the shivers of awareness that hummed between them. She snuggled closer, deepening the kiss, wanting him to never let her go.
But somewhere in the back of her mind, she knew she shouldn’t be doing this. She might be involved with another man, or she might even be married–married to an abuser who’d tried to kill her. Oh, God, and what if he tried again? She realized he might try again if he learned he hadn’t succeeded. If only she could remember him so she’d know who to look out for.
She had no right to be attracted to Mel now, however much her body wanted to be with him.
She reluctantly dropped her arms and pulled away from him. She stepped back, the tears starting again. She drew a long, shuddering breath to regain control.
Embarrassed now at the way she’d reacted, she said, “I’m sorry, I’m not usually such a crybaby. But I feel so helpless and frustrated, not being able to remember who I am or where I belong.”
He sighed, handed her his handkerchief and eyed her thoughtfully, “You know you usually aren’t a crybaby?”
“Yes,” she said, defiantly, blowing her nose. “I also know other stupid stuff, like what brand and color of makeup I wear. I even recognized some brands of clothes that aren’t cut the way I like when Marion and I went shopping today. And I know how to count money and approximately what the prices of various items should be. So why can’t I remember the important stuff like my own name? Even kindergartners can memorize their address and phone number, for goodness’ sake!”
Lifting a shoulder, Mel said, “Who knows? Our bodies and minds are mysterious things. No one understands everything about them yet. Maybe they never will.”

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Secret of the Sands, 200 ReadersFavortie.com “Fiction-Myetery’ Silver Medalist, SECOND EDITION

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For 12,000 years a dark and deadly secret has been hidden deep below the Great Sphinx of Giza. In present day Egypt, a frightening, yet awe-inspiring story unravels as archaeologists race against time to decipher an ancient truth…

A Prophecy was Told…

An ancient prophecy, thousands of years old, told of the coming of the Chosen one, but she will be both loved and feared, and some will stop at nothing to defy everything she represents

A Secret Long Buried…

A secret power that once proved too deadly, was hidden away deep beneath the sands of Egypt, only to be revealed by its sworn guardians when the time came that the knowledge would be safe

A Deadly Riddle is Unlocked…

Two young archaeologists fatefully unearth unusual artifacts dating over 12,000 years old. The exhilarating find however, is wrong – very wrong. The artifacts shouldn’t be there…they shouldn’t even exist at all

A Power Unleashed…

Now after remaining dormant for 12,000 years, the secret has been uncovered, and its true purpose suspected. What will be the greatest discovery in human history will either change us forever or destroy us for trying…

Secret of the Sands is a unique cross-genre novel with a double-storyline. The genres it encompasses are mystery, suspense, archaeology adventure, & historical fiction, combined with an element of speculative sci-fi. The story revolves around Great Sphinx of Giza & alternate theories about its age & origins. The novel weaves a new (fictional) chapter to ancient Egyptian history with an explanation for the true origin & purpose of the mysterious & enigmatic Great Sphinx.

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Book Review – The West

The West – Short Stories of Western Ireland

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author: Eddie Stack
Format: Kindle, Paperback

In “The West” Eddie Stack takes the reader on a journey through the life, times, peoples, emotions, and culture of western Ireland.  The prose jumps off the page enveloping the reader in its richness.  Unique characters and situations are portrayed in full color as the narrative pulses with life.  Stack evokes wonderful imagery and the reader cannot help but be transported into his stories.

These seven shorts are sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but all our thought provoking and wonderfully entertaining.  My favorite is “For the Record”, a touching tale of hope and familial love with a wonderfully ironic comedic twist.

Stack is a masterful story teller and readers will find a wonderful experience in “The West”.

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TMBOA – November 2010 Additions

November 2010 Additions

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Blood Opal

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crime fiction, murder, mystery, Cornwall, Goodreads author

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Those who harm it – die, goes the legend of the rare and beautiful Blood Opal. But Pug Germaine believes her husband’s brutal murder has more to do with the slaughtered woman in his arms than the curse of any stone. When, one of the robbers double-crosses the others, they all lose their prize. The villains suspect Pug knows the opal’s whereabouts. Pug leaves death and bankruptcy behind, takes her dog, and sails away in her only remaining possession, her boat. But she sails straight into trouble as she becomes aware of more than one stalker watching her every move. With the body count growing, can DI Ed Buchanan and Sergeant Kathryn Sinclair nail the real villains before Pug becomes the Blood Opal’s next victim?

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Cobbs Field

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murder, thriller, supernatural

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Richard Wood receives a frantic call for help from a long time friend Walter Austin, who along with his wife Joan and friend Tony Roberts have gotten involved in a situation they fear they have no control over and are scared to death that they may lose their lives and their very souls. Madalynn Ross is a sorceress who’s ancestors once performed their evil rituals on the Cobbs Field land, but had been kept off of it through the magic of the Cromwell family, who purchased it. Richard and his two associates leave N.Y. City and travel to Maine to try and help his friend. Upon arriving in Maine at the train station, Richard is attacked by one of Madalynn’s familiars that she sent to stop him. A black Raven that tries to tear out Richard’s eyes, but thanks to Tom Whitcomb’s quick action the Raven is captured and held prisoner. To complicate matters, Robert Bovier a C.P.A. has been hypnotized by Madalynn Ross and turned into a psychopathic killer to be used as a pawn in her evil scheme. He now thinks he is a vampire and is going around the countryside killing people. When Richard Wood meets two homicide detectives by accident that are working on the murder cases, one from Waterville and the other from Skowhegan, they ask for his help in finding this psychopathic killer. He declines their offer and informs them that he is all ready working on a case, later on; Richard is surprised to find that the two cases are actually one and the same when he becomes involved with both. Only in the last chapter does it all come together when everyone meets at the Cromwell House in Cobbs Field.

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Evil Unltd: The Root of All Evil

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Sci-Fi, Comedy, Douglas Adams

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Evil UnLtd: on a mission of indefinite duration, to seek out new evil schemes and boldly go to depths and extremes where no super-villain has gone before.

Sinister supreme genius and super-villain, Dexter Snide, has floated Evil on the stock market and has gathered together a band of fellow villains, whose key challenge now is to ensure that Evil shows a consistent profit.

But Evil has its (some would say unfair) share of enemies: Heroes in all sorts of nauseating shapes and sizes, up to and including muscle-headed action man, Rolph Stengun; and, because Evil is a highly competitive field, rivals, such as the mysterious figure who has his Visigoyle minions shadowing their every move.

What begins as a heist to steal the greatest prize in the galaxy, draws Evil UnLtd into a devious plot to crash their enterprise before it’s reached a fraction of its warped potential.

There is one thing of which their enemy may be certain: when anyone draws Dexter Snide into their sinister web, there will be serious disagreement over who gets to be chief spider…

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http://www.simonforward.co.uk

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The Cries Of Vampira

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Vampire, Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

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Robertson Clan Donnachaidh, sometimes known as Clan Robertson, is a Scottish clan. William Forbes Skene (1809-92), Historiographer Royal of Scotland, wrote in 1837 that: “the Robertsons of Struan are unquestionably the oldest family in Scotland, being the sole remaining branch of that Royal House of Atholl which occupied the throne of Scotland during the 11th and 12th centuries.” http://www.scotweb.co.uk/info/robertson/ This is the fictional story of the Robertson’s secret royal Vampire homeland, Vampira, Scotland, and their struggle to live in peace amongst their sworn enemies, the Grey Wolves, who were Scotland’s secret Werewolves horde and the deadliest creatures on Earth. The author, Sean H. Robertson, was the victim of molestation from the ages of 7-12. He never told his parents, siblings or virtually anyone. Sean was deeply depressed and emotionally distraught throughout his teens, twenties and early thirties, until he decided to truly live for others and not himself. He hopes to help tens of thousands of hurting & depressed souls understand that there is a joyful life waiting after any crisis. He chose to donate ten percent of his author royalties for the entire “Cries of Vampira” book saga to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, because as their slogan says, “With Help Comes Hope.” Follow the Cries of Vampira on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/CriesOfVampira and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/800273TALK

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From Girl to Goddess

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feminism, folklore, heroine

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The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend

Many are familiar with Joseph Campbell’s theory of the hero’s journey, the idea that every man from Moses to Hercules grows to adulthood while battling his alter-ego. This book explores the universal heroine’s journey as she quests through world myth. Numerous stories from cultures as varied as Chile and Vietnam reveal heroines who battle for safety and identity, thereby upsetting popular notions of the passive, gentle heroine. Only after she has defeated her dark side and reintegrated can the heroine become the bestower of wisdom, the protecting queen and arch-crone.

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http://www.vefrankel.com

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Kindred Spirits

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Historical Fiction, romance, mystery

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An historical novel based in Colonial Virginia where William Neal struggles to establish himself in a society moving toward its destiny as a new nation. Losing his wife in childbirth, he faces life alone and begins trading with the Indian tribes across the mountains in the Ohio Valley. Will is befriended by a chieftain of the Fox tribe and falls in love with a talented, intelligent and beautiful native woman.
Violence erupts between the tribes and the Virginians. Governor Gooch enlists William’s help and assigns him the task of convincing the tribal governments to send delegates to a peace conference in Williamsburg. William and his partners explore uncharted methods of diplomacy in an unknown and magnificient wilderness.
Finding himself the unwilling owner of seven black African slaves from among the Indians, and torn between the values of conflicting societies, William longs for love and a return to his simple and peaceful life as a farmer. A gripping tale of romance, adventure, greed and intrigue.

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http://www.freewebs.com/trinityinc/

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Last Bus Out

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kindle, nonfiction, young adult

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LAST BUS OUT is the TRUE STORY of Courtney Miles’ dramatic rescue of over 300 people in the storm’s aftermath. While government officials posed for cameras, a boy from the projects with no driver’s license stepped up and showed what “drive” is all about.
LAST BUS OUT tells how Courtney Miles charged past a police roadblock and argued with a National Guardsman who threatened to lock him in the makeshift jail at the Greyhound Bus Station. Sick with worry about his missing grandmother, he drove his passengers to safety, then went back into the city at midnight to help others. His adventure would ultimately lead to starting his life over on the opposite end of the country, far away from the three women he loves – the mother who abused him, the grandmother who taught him how to survive, and the girlfriend who would betray him.

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Chasing Tyranny

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science fiction, military science fiction, science fiction romance

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A NEW TECHNOLOGY. AN EVIL TYRANT. AN UNEXPECTED MOVE.

How much is one expected to sacrifice in the service of his or her country? That’s an elusive question for the Centauries, our intrepid but haggard band of explorers. Terrae Solaris lays ravaged by conflict, and the instability of the Outer Rim threatens the very future of humanity.

An opportunity for survival emerges: a dangerous undertaking calling for the Centauries’ unique skills. But the thrown-together mission is fraught with peril—and politically motivated. Worse, the Centauries must work with the Coverts, a renegade special forces team whose leader seems to have his own agenda for the mission.

Can our explorers carry out their mission? Can they even work together anymore? What secrets from both the Centauries and Coverts’ pasts threaten the mission’s success—and their lives? And what lurks in Europa’s dark history that may undo everything?

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Endo

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Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

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A valuable discovery could spell fame and fortune. Or it could spell death.
Kevin is about to launch a new career and is already feeling pangs of separation from his friends and from the only life he has known for years. Then a chance discovery changes everything. Endo. A simple way to produce clean, renewable energy out of thin air. It is a Holy Grail, a game changer with endless commercial applications. But when Kevin and his team start to develop the technology, they make a second discovery: someone else wants Endo, and will do anything to get it.
Now the race is on to make Endo theirs before someone gets hurt. Pushed far beyond his roots, Kevin must learn leadership, business, and more if he is to succeed.
But first he must survive.

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What’s the Trouble in the Forest of Kerfubble

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children’s books, picture books, juvenile fiction

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“What’s the Trouble in the Forest of Kerfubble?” It is a story in rhyme, about a family of hares that panic when they hear a strange noise, the falling of a nearby tree. As they run away from the imagined danger they run into several other forest creatures. With each telling of the news, the imagined level of danger increases. Eventually a stampede of animals are running away from what they fear is an army of hungry monsters.

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God’s Gift to Women

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literary fiction, romance, new york city

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God’s Gift to Women is the story of Scott, an egocentric New Yorker, and his attempt to complete the New York City marathon. As he runs the streets during the coldest race day ever, his mind travels a path of its own, revisiting the dozen lovers who have passed through his life. Some he cannot outrun, others have left him behind, one might be his new wife, one is lost forever.

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http://www.stanfordfriedman.com

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The West: Stories from Ireland

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Irish fiction, short stories

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Seven short stories set in the West of Ireland. From the opening tale, “Time Passes,” to the final story “Derramore,” these pieces reveal the soul of a community, its hopes, dreams and schemes. In The West, fatalism and possibility run side by side, the Otherworld is as near as the Church. The double focus of the Irish.

With storyteller intimacy, Eddie Stack evokes life in a series of almost cinematic prose portraits of people, places and situations. The stories are smooth, each one remarkably different, but the click together to form a pattern. With its wit, originality and sensitivity, The West belongs in the best tradition of Irish writing.

Several stories from this collection have been republished in newspapers, magazines and anthologies in the United States and Europe. “Rooted in the soil and soul of the west of Ireland, Eddie Stack’s first collection of stories reflects the rough beauty of his homeland…He chronicles life in the west in a vivid, compassionate, authentic voice, thereby securing a place in the celebrated tradition of his country’s storytelling.”
New York Times Book Review

“There’s a genuinely wild and fugitive comic sence in these tales that puts one in mind of Myles na Gopaleen as much as the salt spume dam, George Makay Brown…The fantastical and the everyday combine with wit, sharpness and brio.”
The Observer

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http://www.eddiestack.com

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The Shocking Truth About Female Hair Loss: Secrets You Need to Know About Losing Hair So You Can Stop From Going Bald

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female hair loss, women hair loss, James Dobovin

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James Dobovin started losing his hair when he was 45 years old. He was a father with young children and was embarrassed when
his children asked about his lack of hair.

Like most folks with this problem he accepted his hair loss. He felt there was nothing he could do to help the problem. However, he did extensive research on hair loss and the result is this series
of four (4) hair loss books.

James found there are ways to slow down hair loss and he wanted to share with other people in the same situation.

These books explain in great detail what causes hair loss and different methods to slow down that loss and maybe even stop it from progressing.

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Quest for Light – Adventure of the Magi

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Christmas, Christian fiction, holidays

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Quest for Light – Adventure of the Magi brings the Magi to life as we join in their harrowing adventure across Persia in search of the one, true God. Appealing to the Magi through His star, God called upon these warrior priests to be among the first people to learn of the Messiah’s birth. Our journey takes us along The Silk Road, the first century’s information super-highway, where we meet the soldiers, merchants, and other travelers whose lives intersect with the Magi and their companions.
By sharing the Magi’s experience, we come to understand why they deserted their families and risked their lives to undertake a long journey in search of a foreign king. Just as we face many obstacles today in coming to know God, we will also learn how the Magi’s faith and determination enabled them to overcome fierce storms, bandit attacks, and encounters with evil spirits. Faithful followers of Zoroaster, the Magi undergo intense soul searching and spiritual turmoil when God intervenes in their lives.
Based on Scripture and historical accounts of the era, Quest for Light provides a fresh and unique perspective on the events and circumstances surrounding Christ’s birth. The significance of God’s star and the role of the Magi are highlighted in the Christmas miracle of God coming to live among men, as baby born to a virgin.

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http://magiadventure.com/

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Grady the Gray Cat

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cats, children’s book, adoption

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Award-winning Louisville, KY Christian author, Lori A. Moore, has written her first children’s book for ages 2-6.

Grady the Gray Cat.

Grady is a little gray cat;
Grady’s fur is gray, that’s why his mommy named him that;
He isn’t too skinny and he isn’t too fat;
And he lives in a home with two other cats.

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CITIZEN SOMERVILLE: GROWING UP WITH THE WINTER HILL GANG

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Winter Hill Gang, True Crime, Memoir

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In the early 1960’s a bloody civil war broke out between the two powerful Irish Mob families in the Somerville Massachusetts neighborhood known as Winter Hill. Over sixty men were murdered, including the leader of the Winter Hill Gang, James “Buddy” McLean. The leadership of one of the most influential non-Italian crime organizations in the United States was inherited by his childhood friend, Howard T. “Howie” Winter. In CITIZEN SOMERVILLE the events during his tenure offer a true picture of an era in Boston’s pre-Whitey Bulger history when the streets were protected by a close-knit group of Irish-Italian “businessmen.”

The son of one of Winter’s closest friends, BOBBY MARTINI has laid his own history bare to depict a life of survival in the rough streets of Somerville, stopping just short of entering the Mob life. The death of Martini’s two brothers as well as the murders and suicides of scores of others reveal the darker personal side of a small New England town.

CITIZEN SOMERVILLE slices a layer deeper than a crime memoir by allowing a usually ostracized faction to speak – the women. After decades of silence, three strong and very different females lift the Mob veil and voice their own struggle to survive in Somerville’s criminal circle.

Often painfully poignant and yet frequently hilarious, CITIZEN SOMERVILLE is a microscopic view of a generation struggling to walk the moral tightrope between societal decency and the loyalty of criminality.

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NOW – Being & Becoming

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A man wraps his car around a lamppost. The next instant he’s looking down on his body lying in a ditch. He wonders why he doesn’t feel any pain What follows are “300 spellbinding pages!” “As usual, this reader was awed by the author’s cosmic range of thought, global vocabulary, the boldness of his ideas, the potpourri of philosophical sources, and his charming self-revelatory candor.” (Kate Jones, Pasadena, USA)

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Runaway Mom

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romance, Minnesota author, reunion story, family problems

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Widowed Lisa Bickford is overwhelmed by the demands of her deteriorating mansion and spoiled adult children who returned to the nest. A recurring nightmare and a quarrel with her children push her over the edge. She seeks refuge in her hometown where she meets high school sweetheart, Tracer Marsley, and they quickly renew their former romance.

But divorced Trace has problems too. He’s dealing with his spoiled daughter in college, his demanding ex-wife, and her doting but controlling parents. Their outrageous emphasis on opulence fuels Trace’s disdain for luxury and he goes to extremes of recycling and unnecessary economy

Then Lisa succeeds in selling the mansion and forcing her kids to stand on their own two feet. He can’t understand her pushing her kids away when he’s trying so hard to build a relationship with his daughter.

Can their fragile new love survive these stresses and flourish?

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The Perils of Praline

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gay comedy, gay erotica, m/m romance

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When he falls in love with a contestant on a reality TV show, Peter “Praline” Palmetier decides to leave his home in rural Georgia and, failing to realize this might be considered stalking, travels to Hollywood to find his soul mate, Dave G. Once in Tinseltown he meets a collection of startling, and often horny, characters in his quest. They include a studly steward, a conservative talk show host, the Godfather of the Gay Mafia, and casting assistant Jason Friedman, who always manages to be there in time to save Praline from total disaster. Will Praline find love with the illusive Dave G., or will he recognize the charms of appealing but untelegenic Jason?

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http://marshallthornton.wordpress.com/

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Headless World – The Vatican Incident (sequel to The Avatar Syndrome)

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Join Anne (heroine of The Avatar Syndrome); her husband, Peter; Sir Ian, the affable maestro; Gabriel, the mystical butler; and their new friend, Gio, the quirky but powerful Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church as they unravel the most sinister bid for power the world has ever seen. THE HEADLESS WORLD pits the traditions and beauty of the Vatican against the cold mechanical might of the American War Machine. The whole world is the playing field.
The Pentagon’s most diabolical plot for world domination. (B. Symonds)

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Dissertation Hacks: An Insider’s Tool for Writing

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Dissertation, PhD, writing

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Dissertation Hacks is written by a current PhD candidate that has been in the trenches of the ABD (all but dissertation) for several years. After too long of juggling family, work, and writing, Martel set out to develop a series of tricks and tips to facilitate the dissertation process. The hacks in this little book revolutionized his work process, leading to more productive time writing and guilt-free time away from the process.

Dissertation Hacks is not a magic bullet that will solve all your writing woes. It will not write your project for you. Instead it is a toolbox filled with simple and helpful tips that will aid in research, organization, and motivation.

Although Dissertation Hacks is written with the PhD candidate in mind nearly all of the tools can be utilized in the toil of nearly any writer. Whether you are working on the next great American novel, a screenplay, a series of blog posts, or a sizable thesis, dissertation hacks will provide a set of fun and beneficial tips to get you moving through the writing process.

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The Gate—Things my Mother told Me

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A moving story of the final years of a Polish émigrée’s life, the Gate draws you in with subtlety, wit, compassion and faith. An intriguing and captivating look at the last sixty years of western culture that holds you even though we all know how her story is going to end.

It will be of particular interest to people who experienced Alzheimer’s or Dementia in their immediate family

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Rhone (The Marsii Saga)

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Fantasy, Epic, Sword and Sorcery

Description

Mars has a hero that will defy both god and man …

Rhone is an ex-soldier of mixed blood, more man than demon but with reserves of hellish power. He has led a peaceful life as a fisherman since his soldiering days and is raising a daughter, Enna. Returning home one day he finds Enna murdered — or so he believes.

And so begins Rhone’s manipulation by Ducain, a demigod hell-bent on ruling the heavens. After avenging his daughter’s death, Rhone grieves and isolates himself in the mountains. Ducain tells him his daughter’s soul is locked in purgatory but can be retrieved … and if Rhone also frees the titan who once defied the king of gods, Enna will live again.

From the Publisher
Gods and Mortals clash on Mars.
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Book Review – The People’s Treasure

The People’s Treasure – Ushering in World’s End

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: Edward C. Patterson
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Having believed Nick Battle to be lost forever in The Dragon’s Pool, the china hands from Italy, China, New York and San Francisco find themselves inextricably brought together after experiencing separate supernatural events.  Is it possible to repair Nick’s fractured chi and bring him back to the mortal world or will their actions instead usher in the end of the world?  Conflicting warrants and logic versus loyalty battle it out in this fourth installment in Edward Patterson’s epic Jade Owl series.

In The People’s Treasure Patterson’s engaging style and unique voice once more entertains readers with this fantasy series.  Weaving together important questions of the human condition – learning to live with loss, doing what feels right versus what might seem logical, putting family first, following a higher calling –  along with an epic fantasy involving supernatural relics, this tome moves along quickly holding the readers interest.

Parallel stories between Rowden Gray’s American team and the Chen family’s fall from grace in China eventually converge.  The concluding battle for the future of the world and Nick’s soul sets up the final installment in the series Under Her Hem.  Fans of the Jade Owl Legacy will find this a must read.

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Book Review – The Angel and the Brown-Eyed Boy

The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy – Hope at World’s End

Author: Sandy Nathan
Format: Paperback
A good book elicits an emotional response while being read; Nathan’s book haunts the reader long after the final page is turned.  In Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy two dying worlds fight for survival, their futures dependent on a revolutionary and an angelic otherworldly dancer.  Nathan shows us a future Earth whose indifferent citizens and uneducated politicians have allowed their fears to rule them believing everything they are told even in the face of the reality around them.  It is world not that many heartbeats away from our own, making the premise chilling.
Hope lies in the few who stand and fight for their beliefs, but they must do so in secrecy.  Clandestine operatives in the government are ever watchful of the citizenry, quashing dissension immediately; people literally disappear in the middle of the night never to be heard from again.
Angel explores a number of themes crossing political and cultural boundaries.  Should one put their faith solely in their leadership?  What about following orders—are there lines that should never be crossed even in support of one’s country?  When does one stop trying to change the system from within and instead become a revolutionary?  And what of family—what does one do when one’s own family members believe in something diametrically opposed to one’s own beliefs?  How far does a person go to save themselves, their friends, their family, and their world?
This future world is dark and disturbing a pre apocalyptic malaise covering the Earth similar to the movie Children of Men.  Is there hope?  Yes, Jeremy and Eliana are the key.  But to what end?  Future volumes of the tale will tell.

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TMBOA – October 2010 Additions

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October 2010 Additions

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E-Commerce Guide to SEO, Copywriting, and Social Media

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e-commerce, ecommerce, seo

Description

In the first edition of this e-commerce primer, accomplished Web Developer, Dan Cannon, covers a number of topics that will allow both the beginner and expert to learn something new. If you ever wanted to start your own e-commerce site, or improve sales on your existing site, this book is for you.

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Spirit of Christmas

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Spiritual growth, Christian living, Christmas

Description

The Christmas season reawakens the desires and encouragement to give of oneself and to help others in need. This anthology includes fifteen inspirational and contemplative stories, written over the past couple of decades to follow themes of the Christmas cards the author crafted herself to send to friends and relatives. They provide an opportunity for those conflicted in various ways or swept up in the hustle and bustle of holiday routine to pause, contemplate, grasp, and be heartened and set in motion by the true spirit of the season. These stories share an element of unexpected gifts or struggling to “catch on” to what the season is all about and are great mood lifters for those who feel overwhelmed or marginalized by the commercialism and consumptiveness of Christmas.

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The Art Of War – Plain English Edition

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The Art Of War, Art Of War, Sun Tzu

Description

The Art Of War is one of the greatest strategy books of all times which has been used by both military and business leaders for hundreds of years. It is now available in an easy to read “Plain English” edition which is a must have for any business leaders collection. Enjoy!

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A Witch Among Friends

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Mystery, Mystery Series, Kindle Mystery

Description

A boiling witch’s brew of sex, murder, infidelitey, and deceit, with Carl Jacobs caught in the undertow, and the safety and well being of a little girl at stake–a burning stake.

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Friends on Fire

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Mystery, Mystery Series, Kindle Mystery

Description

Start with one Private Investigator who is afraid of fire, add a beautiful psychopath who gets her kicks watching people burn, toss in a former CIA agent accused of treason and top off the mix with a couple of successful but corrupt businessmen who got their start by smuggling opium out of Vietnam, and you’ve cooked up a deadly smorgasbord of violence and revenge enough to satisfy the most ravenous hunger for action.

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Blood Spring

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horror, suspense, occult

Description

Henry just wants his garage back. Well, he wants his wife back, too. He lost both six months ago when Claire helped an injured deer on the side of the road. In went the deer and out went the BMW. Their marriage went on hold to save what some would consider a damn good meal.

But the day has come to return everything back to normal. The deer is healthy and Henry and Claire spend a quiet spring morning releasing it in the woods. Serenity soon turns to terror as they realize they are lost in the labyrinth of the forest with no food and hardly any water.

Food and water are the least of their worries. In these woods a long forgotten god is worshiped. Its followers believe in sacrifice, and Henry and Claire have stumbled into their dark world.

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http://www.erikwilliams.blogspot.com

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The Tower Apartments

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apartment fiction, co-op fiction, south beach fiction

Description

The Tower” had a schizophrenic personality made up of artists, hippies, cops, painters, models, doctors, retirees, drug addicts, alcoholics, and twelve different nationalities. South Florida was not a melting pot of creamy pea soup. It was a chunky concoction of flavorful stew. The Tower Apartments was a slice of South Beach with Mystery!
Mike Murphy was one of the new owners in South Beach in 1980. He was a retired New York City beat cop who lived the motto ‘serve and protect.’ He did everything from cleaning garbage chutes to retrieving jewelry from sink traps. He served on “The Tower” Board of Directors for almost thirty years. Mike Murphy was The Tower Apartments. One day he went too far for his own good. Mike saw things he shouldn’t have seen. He knew too much. Find out what Mike knew. See and experience The Tower Apartments through his eyes.

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The Honey Bee Girl

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Love Story, South Texas, Tragedy

Description

A story of first love in a small Texas town and the adventures of a teenager roaming the woods in search of nature and solitude, while the world changes around him, altering his path and his love.

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Van Gogh, Encore

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Vincent van Gogh, fiction, family

Description

Imagine Vincent van Gogh in our modern world.

Suppose, during the last year and a half of his life, when he severs part of his ear and commits himself to the insane asylum, he stumbles into the very circumstance he has longed for his entire adult life — a family. Would his life change for the better, or would his self-destructive tendencies again prevail?

Van Gogh, Encore is a speculative novel based upon the last year and a half of Vincent van Gogh’s life.

Set in the United States, the tale presents an alternative dimension to the complex and fascinating artist who died impoverished and unappreciated … while the images he created went on to have global impact, and can be found on everything from vodka bottles to vehicle dashboard covers, television commercials to t-shirts, and whose original works now sell for millions of dollars.

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http://johnakarr.com/

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Flashing My Shorts

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Flash fiction, short-short stories, variety

Description

Salvatore Buttaci masters the short form in his new collection Flashing My Shorts.  The stories here are spare but powerful, and each is injected with Buttaci’s quick wit, sharp insight, and the sort of emotional depth that causes a reader to pause, for just a moment, before reading on, wanting more.
– Jen Knox, Author of Musical Chairs

Writing stories under 1,000 words is certainly challenging. Called flash fiction, micro-fiction, sudden fiction, and postcard fiction, these quick writes have become quite popular today. They succeed in accommodating readers on the go who lack the luxury of sitting down for long periods of reading. Like patrons at a smorgasbord, they can taste a little of this fine dish and a little of that. They can leave the table without fear of being still hungry.

“With dry humor and a deep sense of irony, Salvatore Buttaci has delivered a book of sparkling gems. These quick stories make us laugh, think, and at times cry. They take us to the core of reality and at other times to the wonders of fantasy.”
-Kenneth Weene author of Widow’s Walk

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http://salvatorebuttaci.wordpress.com

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Shadow of the Moon

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moon colonization, adventure, high tech, Science Fiction, Space Colonization, Lunar Fiction

Description

April 1, 2060 is the Republic of Luna’s Independence Day. Thirty-two years later, the Earth’s ancient religious and political quagmires threaten to pull apart everything that man has built. In a society with nothing more militant than a police force, the Republic must defend itself from the forces of ruthless domination. Shadow on the Moon is a mirror of today’s problems transplanted to an airless world where all life is sacred and every resource precious. A world created by pioneers whose only religion is the humane treatment of one another in their common struggle to survive the ultimate hostile environment, space. The heroes that conquered the moon must now defend it. Thankfully, they have a few tricks up their sleeve. Shadow on the Moon covers a critical time in early November 2092 in the Republic of Luna history

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Casca 34: Devil’s Horseman

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action adventure, military fiction, Casca

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The Mongols are on the move the again and Russia is the target. Casca rejoins the Horde after an absence of nearly 20 years and finds the unity that Genghis Khan brought them is beginning to fracture. Rival factions vie to promote their candidate to succeed the ailing Khan and Casca is dragged into the murky world of Mongols politics when he’s given the coronation Stone to guard. Even as the Horde plunder their way through Russia, slaughtering as they go, Casca has to watch his back as one faction or the other send agents to take the Stone.

It is only when his woman is kidnapped by an unknown faction of Casca decide to take matters into his own hands and make his choice as to who should succeed the throne. But first a war must be won and on the plains of Hungary the final confrontation takes place as a campaign reaches its bloody climax.

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casca.net

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Secret of the Sands (new edition!)

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ancient Egypt, adventure, mystery

Description

A Prophecy was Told…

An ancient prophecy, thousands of years old, told of the coming of the Chosen one, but she will be both loved and feared, and some will stop at nothing to defy everything she represents.

A Secret Long Buried…

A secret power that once proved too deadly, was hidden away deep beneath the sands of Egypt, only to be revealed by its sworn guardians when the time came that the knowledge would be safe.

A Deadly Riddle is Unlocked…

Two young archaeologists fatefully unearth unusual artifacts dating over 12,000 years old. The exhilarating find however, is wrong – very wrong. The artifacts shouldn’t be there…they shouldn’t even exist at all

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My Sparkling Misfortune

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childrens books , fantasy, adventure

Description

Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a sparkling instead a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains plans. Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of best interests is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind. –This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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http://www.dreambooksllc.com/ourbooks/sparkling.html

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Taking 1960

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Mystery, Intrigue, Suspense

Description

An envelope addressed to Katherine Maslin stood out amongst the pile of bills. It is a notice from an attorney… the rights to her grandparents’ farmhouse and adjacent property. She believes that a change will rid her of the strange dreams she’s been having, wherein an oddly familiar woman visits her, begging for her help. But when Kat realizes that the woman in her dream is her dead grandmother, she begins to have doubts about moving to the farm. Rumors and nightmarish tales fill her mind, stories of the five men who lost their lives in the late 1950s to a heartless murderer. A man had been convicted, but was he the one the police had been looking for, or had he been framed? Kat is thrown backwards through time on a journey to discover a terrible truth. The ghost of her grandmother is always one step ahead of her, leading the way. But will she find the real killer before he finds her?

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http://www.rosewrites.webs.com/

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V2036: 21st Century Politics in a Militaristic Venezuela

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VENEZUELA, HUGO CHAVEZ, BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION

Description

v2036 brings entertainment and cohesion to an otherwise depressing and incomprehensible subject: Venezuelan politics. Through the lives of three resolute men that represent the country’s warring factions, the story boldly illustrates that leading the people of a volatile South American nation is anything but an easy task.

A military ruler, an opposition activist and an expatriated citizen will play the famous (and infamous) roles that will lead the once proud nation to a brighter future . . . or to its final demise.

Taking historical events as a starting point, v2036 pushes the boundaries of fiction with delightful characters in pivotal roles that will alter not just the way that these events enfolded, but the influence they had in the current socio-political climate of the controversial Bolivarian Republic. As the timeline advances, the story flows through the Venezuela that was to the one that is, and to the one that it might become in the not so distant future, always highlighting the rivalry that divides the most influential sectors of today’s Venezuelan society.

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http://www.aaalvarez.com

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By A Thread

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Political thriller, spy thriller, espionage

Description

The streets of Vienna: A handsome Kuwaiti walks up and introduces himself to Mormon missionary Kevin “Red” Davis. A week later the U.S. President is dead, the Vice President in a coma. Chaos reigns as the Supreme Court overturns the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, and a power struggle ensues. Is a conspiracy afoot? The Kuwaiti holds the key to the mystery, and everybody wants him. When the missionary gets him, the real trouble begins. Everything hangs… By A Thread!

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http://www.byathread-thebook.com

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Flashes From The Other World

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magic realism, paranormal short story collection, flash fiction

Description

Magic without the hocus pocus, these
stories explore the ethereal blur between
reality and not, between dream and sleep,
between love and other than love. They
present relationships with a tender
wackiness. Tossed into the mix are
mischievous ghosts, who give the talking
plants and even the seductive and vocal
grains of sand a run for their money.
Quirky and offbeat, these stories will
touch your heart, although they may tug at
your funny bone first.

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Counterpoint

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gay fantasy, gay romance, erotic romance

Description

It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a dark race, the human kingdoms and their ancient alliance stand on the brink of extinction. The outlands are soaked with the blood of the fallen. The midlands are rotting with decadence and despair.

Elfkind, estranged by past crimes, watches and waits for nature to run its course.

And then the two collide.

Ayden’s life has long been guided by two emotions: love for his sister, and hatred of all things human. When he’s captured in battle, he must for his sister’s sake swallow his pride and endure slavery in the service of a human prince. To his dismay, this close-up view of his enemy is nothing like he expected. Now curiosity and contempt make a battlefield of his soul, even as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his shattered worldview.

Freyrik Farr, Crown Prince of Farr Province, finds his new elven prisoner puzzling. He’s always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Can his life of service to his people leave room for this attraction? Dancing on a dagger’s edge between duty and high treason, Freyrik discovers that some choices can change a life, and some an entire world.

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S.E.A.L. Team Omega: Treachouse Alliances

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Navy Seals, action adventure, contemporary fiction

Description

When the daughter of a U.S. Senator is found murdered in her hotel room along with an apparently drunk and unconscious Commander Ethan Tremayne holding the murder weapon it appears an air-tight case against.

Jailed for a crime he can’t remember, Tremayne finds himself struggling to recall much more than just the night in question. He also must recall who he is as it soon becomes clear that he has no memories…just a blank space.

Cassidy Marshall and the men of S.E.A.L. Team Omega must find a way to save not only Tremayne’s career in the Navy but also his very life as attempts are made on it. Upon learning of the involvement of Chinese Tong, more questions come up because it is soon clear to all that the murder of Liz Decauter is tied into the involvement of the Tong and a renegade Chinese General with a score to settle.

Rejoin the First Platoon of S.E.AL. Team Omega as they seek to save their commander from either death or prison in Treacherous Alliances !

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Blood is Pretty: A Fixxer Adventure

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hollywood, comic thriller, pulp fiction

Description

Meet the Fixxer – with wit and aplomb he works the fruitful fields of Hollywood fixing the sins and correcting the stupidities of the denizens therein. In Blood is Pretty he comes to the rescue of “the most beautiful woman I have ever seen” to extricate her from the grip of the soul-sucking sexual desires of a producer born in slime, and takes on the task of buying off with money and muscle a film geek who won’t cooperate with a director of minuscule talent who simply wants to claim “V” — the geek’s “Holy Grail” of a film treatment — as his own.

When the film geek is discovered dismembered, the Fixxer is compelled to know why and finds worlds of evil, both real and virtual, centering around a computer program called Veritas, which has the potential of making its owner the richest and most powerful human on Earth.

With the aid of Roee, his friend, companion and cook who can kill quickly and silently in several different ways; the Captain, officially with the Los Angeles Police Department, unofficially with the Fixxer; Petey, extraordinarily brilliant and comically strange; and “the most beautiful woman I have ever seen,” the Fixxer goes forth to do battle.

Praise for Steven Paul Levia & Blood is Pretty
“Steve Leiva not only promises but delivers. This is a fine first novel. Bravo!” — Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles

“Blood is Pretty is a wonderful read, a highly entertaining and impressive debut novel.” — Richard D. Zanuck, Academy Award-winning Producer of Jaws, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, and Tim Burton’s Alice in wonderland

“Steven Paul Leiva takes a dash of James Bond, the ghost of noir, a splash of Hollywood and stirs it into Blood is Pretty, an adventurous, fast-paced first novel.” —Melodie Johnson Howe, Edgar-nominated author of The Mother Shadow

“Blood is Pretty is a light, breezy page turner that actually had me laughing out loud. The Fixxer is an engaging character and so are the supporting characters around him. After reading Blood is Pretty I wanted to devour more of the adventures of the Fixxer.” — Peter Anthony Holder, Host, Holder Overnight, CJAD, Montreal

Editorial Reviews

The Fixxer has the mystery of the Shadow, the sophistication of James Bond and the street smarts of Sam Spade.” — Stuart Nulman, Book Banter/CJAD, Montreal

Fixxer is a fascinating character. Intrugue; murder; mayhem in a fast paced action filled adventure. A truly great first novel. — E. V. Le Roux, Silver Moon Magazine

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The Rewritten Word: How to Sculpt Literary Art No Matter The Genre

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Authorship, Study Guides

Description

The only how-to-write book that has nothing to do with writing. It’s all about rewriting. The very brevity and clarity of this pocket book exemplifies the lessons it teaches.

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http://www.promotionalacarte.com

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Be Yourself, Get the Girl – Dating Tips, Lessons and Advice

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dating advice, dating tips, dating guide

Description

Everyone has no doubt heard that confidence is sexy, but how can you possibly be confident when you’re trying to be someone you’re not!?

This book will show you how to approach women, get more dates, and be more confident – all while being yourself.

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David’s Angel

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erotic romance, BDSM, erotica

Description

When kink and reality collide, compromise and love keep everyone satisfied. Living a BDSM lifestyle, Polly is devastated when her husband and dom of ten years dies. Although she is capable of supporting her daughters and maintaining her home, she aches for the companionship of a partner and the dominance of a sexual master. A decade has passed since David lost Polly to his best friend. She was the one who got away, though his desire to be with her never faded. With the death of Polly’s husband bringing them back together, their attraction is instantly rekindled. Settling into the role of surrogate father and dominating partner, David knows the family needs time to heal. But will the questions people ask about their lifestyle and betrayal within their BDSM group be challenges too great to overcome?

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http://www.stephaniebeck.net

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Problems on Eldora Prime

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science fiction, dragons, young adult fantasy

Description

When 17-year-old pilot Khiry Okerson crashes on Eldora Prime, alarms still ring in her ears. She might have solved one problem, but she courts more danger than she realizes when she liberates some unexpected hostages on a foreign planet. Will the dragons she releases become her allies? It’s more likely they’ll join the inhabitants of this unforgiving world to hunt terraformers and the Instigator’s dwindling crew.

Khiry must find a way off this rock and into the United Society for Peace and Strength’s good graces. She’s got a capable marksman on her team in the handsome and renown Kor, but Khiry still wonders how her people can escape with a captain’s treason on her hands and a political leader’s sister in her care–care she can’t guarantee.

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http://www.authorsandylender.com/books

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A Yuletide Wish, Poems and Stories for the Extended Holiday Season from Night Wolf Publications

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anthology, christmas gift, childrens stories

Description

What looks like the typical disappointing stiff turns into a charming “Santa’s helper” for a single mom in Chicago. A concert violinist from the South experiences a modern-day Christmas Carol, complete with the ghost of Robert E. Lee. You’d never expect a hungry hummingbird to visit a stronghold for Christmas, but that’s just what happens when Leah can’t find food outside.

These characters and more have graced established authors’ imaginations with holiday ideas from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and they’re sure to bring a smile to the young and the young-at-heart all year ’round. Are you ready for a calm evening with a cup of hot cocoa and an easy, good-news, happy-ending set of stories and poems? A Yuletide Wish fits the bill with an uplifting offering that holds something for everyone in the family.

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http://www.nightwolfpublications.com

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Love in the Time of Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs, Dinosaur, Bizarre

Description

Three days after his partner is bitten in half by a brachiosaur, a nameless monk meets the love of his life. Her name is Petunia. She is a dinosaur.

But a twenty-year war between their species is about to come to a head, and only one will survive. To be together, the monk and the dinosaur must fight their way through hordes of pterodactyl samurai, anti-aircraft stegosaurs, gigantic kamikaze moths, and machine gun-wielding tyrannosaurs.

Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is a surreal war tale of forbidden love, betrayal, and magic kung-fu. Forget Jurassic Park, this is the greatest dinosaur story ever told.

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http://www.pterodactylsamurai.wordpress.com

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Behind Closed Doors

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Erotic Romance, Erotic Fiction, Explicit Erotica

Description

A collection of seven short erotic stories.

Last Night – Two lovers create memories that last a lifetime during their last night spent together.

Double Date – What started as a normal double date, turned into hours of fun for two very lucky couples.

Afternoon Shower – After she runs into an old boyfriend, she decides to distract herself with a long, hot shower alone.

Confessions of a Middle Aged Cowboy – A man breaks free from his guilt and loneliness after receiving a surprise visit.

Loving Wife – A married couple enjoy each other’s company only as two people completely in love can.

New Beginnings – As a successful business woman, she has everything. There is however, one thing her personal life is lacking, and the decision is made to change this.

The Ring – After cleaning her attic, a married woman finds memories of her younger self she hasn’t had in many years.

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One Stone

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Suspense, Thriller, Abuse

Description

Breanna Reynolds had dealt with enough hardships. An emotionally abusive ex-husband and a messy divorce convinced her she would never be happy again. Now, her ex is taking his anger at her out on the children, and she must decide what to do to save her children. Zack Vincent is used to getting what he wants, immediately, and with no questions. When Breanna divorces him, he can’t believe that she actually doesn’t love him. The web of deceit he spins to win her back traps him into a life of poverty and discontent. When he is taken to court for custody, Zack decides that he must do something. He needs to kill two birds with One Stone

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caseyoliver.weebly.com

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Just Shoot Me!

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Kindle Blogs, Blogs, Entertainment

Description

Just Shoot Me! is the #1 place to read about the craziest, zaniest and most absurd people in the world and the things that make them deserve a bullet in the head! It is constantly updated to bring you the latest breaking stories in today’s spiraling society.

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The Everyday Housewife: Murder, Drugs, and Ironing

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dark humor, humorous fiction

Description

When thirty-eight-year-old housewife Katharine Beaumont learns that her husband Frank has had an affair, she snaps. Leaving behind her two ungrateful teenagers and her cheating husband, Katharine boards a Greyhound bus from Oklahoma City headed for New York City, where she plans to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a best-selling novelist. Once off the bus and wandering through the streets of Manhattan, Katharine feels completely lost and vulnerable in her strange, new world- much like her slightly younger and sexier alter ego, Kitty Everhart, who works for British Intelligence in her novel and is suddenly shipwrecked on a deserted island with seven other castaways. Katharine quickly adapts to her new environment and is determined to survive. She meets a quirky cast of characters- from a murder-for-hire bartender to a mob boss and a drug dealer. She and her new friend, Bree, become involved in an adventure made for one of Katharine’s novels. The Everyday Housewife presents a darkly humorous look at what happens when a career housewife learns to navigate in a new and unfamiliar world.

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http://www.theeverydayhousewife.com

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The Truth About Dating

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dating, chick lit, women’s fiction

Description

Lifelong introvert Quinn Malone was sick of spending her evenings at home, doing crossword puzzles and watching Jersey Shore. Successful, smart, and funny, 38-year old Quinn embarks on a quest to find a man, using blind dates, speed, and internet dating to get things moving.
Quinn overcomes her shyness to suffer through dates that are so bad, they’re funny (see the chapter on hunchbacks). With the help of good friends, she successfully transitions through the seven stages of dating: excitement (I’ve still got it!); infatuation (he makes me feel beautiful); disappointment (he looks nothing like his online photo); anger (why is he online if he’s married?); fatigue (I can’t bear the thought of another date); depression (I’m going to grow old and die alone); and acceptance (dating: it is what it is). Through the triumphs and heartbreaks of dating, and of life in general, Quinn uncovers the resilient, dynamic person she’s always been. The question is, has Mr. Right been waiting in the wings all along?

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Silent Partner

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Thriller, Serial Killer, Police Procedural

Description

One Cop, One Serial Killer, One Witness
Who Will Survive?

Northern California’s elite Police K9 Units arrive at an abandoned warehouse after a high-speed chase and apprehend two killers after they have fled a grisly murder scene. This barely scratches the surface of a bloody trail from a prolific serial killer that leads to unlocking the insidious secrets of one family’s history, while tearing a police department apart.

Jack Davis, a top K9 cop with an unprecedented integrity, finds himself falling for a beautiful murder suspect and struggling with departmental codes.

Megan O’Connell, suffering from agoraphobia, is the prime murder suspect in her sister’s brutal murder.

Darrell Brooks, a psychopath who loves to kill, is on a quest to drive Megan insane for profit.

Everyone is a suspect. Everyone has a secret. Someone else must die to keep the truth buried forever. Silent Partner is a suspense ride along that will keep you guessing until the bitter end.

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http://authorjenniferchase.blogspot.com/

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Rightfully Mine: God’s Equal Rights Amendmento

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biblical fiction, historical fiction, historical romance

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Why should the name of my father be wiped from Israel like footprints in a sandstorm because he bore only daughters?” The promised land—God’s precious gift to the Israelites. Precious indeed, but for Rizpah and her sisters the promise seemed empty. Only a male could claim a family’s inheritance of land, and since Rizpah and her sisters had no brothers or husband…

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http://www.aggiev.org/rightfullymine

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Book Review – Blood Opal!

Blood Opal – The Curse of the Blood Opal!

Rating: 5 of 5

Author: Carole Sutton
Format: Paperback
Tags: crime fiction, murder, mystery, Cornwall, Goodreads author
After a long day at work, Pug Germaine returns home only to find it in complete disarray.  Convinced her husband has tossed it during one of his more and more frequent foul moods, she cautiously searches for his whereabouts only to find him in the arms of another woman both of them covered in blood—murdered!  Horrified she contacts the police and soon learns not only has he been cheating but he has leveraged all of their assets on bad investments.  In a heartbeat, she’s lost everything—her husband, home, and business.  Determined to start anew, she sails off.  But Pug’s troubles are only beginning.  Her husband’s killers haven’t found what they are looking for and they are convinced Pug has it.

In Blood Opal, Carole Sutton once again demonstrates her prowess in creating rich characters, describing beautiful settings, and formulating an engrossing and complex plot.  So drawn was I to her unlikely heroine Pug, that I easily felt her fears and frustrations and wondered as she did who to trust.  The legend of the Blood Opal and its curse and back story were fascinating and with the prodding from Celeste—Pug’s friend and confidant—one can not help but wonder if there is some truth to the curse as death  follows in its wake.

Sutton’s knack for storytelling quickly engrosses the reader in this well crafted murder mystery and doesn’t let go until the final page is turned.  Fans of this genre should quickly add this to their shelves.

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TMBOA: September 2010 Additions

Deadly Departed

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Mystery, Action Adventure, Urban Fantasy

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Constable Philo has a new murder case on his hands, one that bears a striking resemblance to the only other murder he has ever investigated, an unsolved homicide that occurred 50 years ago. Despite the passage of time, it appears that the territory’s only practicing serial killer has struck once more on Philo’s watch. What complicates both cases for the veteran constable, however, is not that the murders were committed a half century apart, but rather that both victims were already dead; then again, so is Philo.

Welcome to Rue, an extraordinary next world inhabited by ordinary people who have kicked the bucket before their appointed time, people like Constable Philo and the pair of dead-again victims for whom he seeks justice. When the unseen killer fixates on some newcomers to Rue, Philo exploits that fixation in an attempt to lure the fiend out into the open. And while the constable makes every effort to safeguard those newcomers, his quest to ferret out the DEADLY DEPARTED unearths a toxic mystery that is rooted in Rue’s enigmatic past. As a direct result, Philo’s new murder case burgeons into an über whodunit, one that, if left unsolved, imperils every being in Rue, a place where no one ever dies—normally.

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Button Hollow Chronicles #1: The Leaf Peeper Murders

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Mystery, Suspense, Humor

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Life in idyllic Button Hollow, New Hampshire, is beginning to unravel for Sheriff Jeff Ramsey. A series of suspicious deaths has the elderly members of the volunteer Citizens’ Brigade up in arms, and their zealousness is complicating the Sheriff’s already intricate investigation. His personal life is also threatened when his wife receives a tempting job offer in Boston. As Jeff attempts to solve Button Hollow’s mysterious crime wave and protect the Citizens’ Brigade members from themselves, he learns that beautiful fall foliage cannot hide the corruption that lies close to home, and protecting his beloved town’s citizens may prove easier than saving his marriage.

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http://thewordmistresses.com

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The Unexpected Obsession

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Humorous Romance, Celebrity, Gossip

Description

At thirty-five, Ava Scott has settled nicely into her quiet life. Successful author, college professor, what does it matter if she doesn’t get out much? Passion really is overrated, isn’t it? Everything in her life is running smoothly until Cameron walks into her classroom.
Twenty-five and the hottest movie star to hit the big screen in years, Cameron Sloane has it all; Looks, fame, women, money. So why does his life feel like just another role he’s playing? Can a chance encounter with a shy bookworm awaken his sleeping heart?
Can Cameron break down the carefully constructed walls Ava has built? Can Ava survive Cameron’s overwhelming fame and having her life exposed in the tabloids? Will he find the life he never realized was all he really wanted? Will she discover a dream she has been too afraid to wish for?
Sex, love, betrayal: It all begins with an unexpected obsession.
Get hooked! Download the sample chapters today!

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The Cemetery Vote

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Politics, Thriller

Description

Jace Kingman, a drug dealer, is recruited to round up Latino day laborers and take them to the polls on Election Day. Dan Vienna, a fired police officer trying to become an internet porn producer, tries to extort a million dollars from a losing candidate for U.S. Senate by claiming he can prove the election was stolen. Jace and Dan will cross paths as both schemes go awry. Can they save themselves? Or will they destroy each other?

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http://stores.lulu.com/silkin

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The Force is Middling in this One (And Other Ruminations from the Outskirts of the Empire)

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funny, satire, humor

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What happens to a kid who isn’t quite good enough with the force to be a Jedi? What is it like to live in the worst city in the United States? If we aren’t allowed to test shampoo on monkeys, how will we ever know if our monkeys are clean?

The answers to these and other questions can be found in The Force is Middling in this One, a raucous romp through the mind of author, software developer and gopher exterminator Robert Kroese.

“So funny it hurts.” – Justin Gaines, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

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robertkroese.com

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Sammie Ever After

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romance, chick lit, travel

Description

Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Girl moves across the world to be with boy. Boy dumps her at the airport…via email.

Sammi’s fixation with fairytales and Prince Charming has gotten her in trouble again. And now she’s in London, all her belongings in a suitcase, sleeping on a friend’s couch and no “Happily ever after” in sight.

From Bali to Brisbane, London to Greece, Sammi’s journey to find her very own fairytale ending may take her to a place she never expected…

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http://www.facebook.com/SammiEverAfter

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Killing the Giants

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political thriller, secret societies, conspiracy theories

Description

“Killing the Giants is a fast paced thriller that winds you through the dark halls of a secret society and the powers that are behind two major oil catastrophes that ATF agent, Sarah Perkins has to resolve – her life depends on it.
Killing the Giants is based on real quotations by American politicians and will change the way you look at government forever.”

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jeffbennington.com

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Confessions of a Liberal Lover

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chick-lit, humor, womens fiction

Description

Confessions of a Liberal Lover, is a hilarious modern day fairy tale about Maud, a woman who believes that the secret to happiness lies in finding a virile, incredibly handsome man just like the ones in romance novels. Complicating her search for the man of her dreams are her decidedly liberal political views, less than perfect relationship with her Dad, nearly perfect older sister and the fact that she gets advice about her love life from a magical talking statue of a gargoyle. Maud’s sexual encounters not only add spice, but help define the personalities of each of her lovers and the terms of her relationship with them.

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http://EMMuller.com

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The Rumblin

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Suspense, short story, scary story

Description

“The Rumblin is a short story. It’s a suspense thriller about a guy named Phil Knite who takes his family camping in the Appalachian Mountains and finds out that nature isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When a terrible storm erupts, Phil and his family take refuge with the other campers and learn the dark secret of the Rumblin. Its short, but very intense!”

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jeffbennington.com

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On Falcon’s Wings

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historical, medieval, 1066

Description

Love united them. Destiny drove them apart. When Avicia, a Norman noblewoman, makes a careless but costly mistake with a prized falcon, the brutal punishment nearly claims her life. Her Saxon lover, Edric of Newington, witnesses her ordeal but cannot share her fate. Another destiny awaits him in England, and the prospect of a loveless marriage. Swept away in the arms of another, Avicia enters the treacherous court of Duke William of Normandy. Through the years, Edric and Avicia reunite in a timeless, forbidden love, but a bitter rivalry for the English throne divides them. In a world forever altered in the aftermath of Hastings, hope rises and the chance to love again.

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http://www.lisayarde.com

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Lafitte’s Black Box

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Young Adult, adventure, pirates

Description

When he can no longer control what is real and what is imagined, Deveraux Parker realizes that his dream has become reality. Discovering a box that has been buried for two centuries, he finds himself on a quest for Lafitte’s treasure through modern day New Orleans. Since moving to the Big Easy, Parker has had a hard time fitting in and finding friends, but as events unravel, he makes some unsavory pals and begins an unexpected adventure taking him to the oldest and most mysterious places in old New Orleans. The past and present collide as he tries to escape from his dream before he becomes part of the past.

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http://lafittesblackbox.blogspot.com/

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Beneath a Buried House

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mystery, suspense, pagan

Description

Things aren’t always what they seem. Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot’s quest to uncover the truth behind the death of a transient makes him a target – from whom or what he isn’t sure. When he brushes the dirt from the surface of an apparent John Doe overdose case, he finds a labyrinth of misdirection and deception beneath, and a trail, which leads him to an encounter with an aberration in human nature, the likes of which he’s not prepared to deal with.

Drawing on his strength of character, and sense of right and wrong, he wrestles with deep personal feelings to solve the case.

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bobavey.com

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The Telescope Builder

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Memoir, Kindle, Literary

Description

I had just moved to a new neighborhood freshly carved out of a hillside on the western edge of the San Fernando Valley. My junior high was named after George Ellery Hale, the man who built the telescope that unveiled the secrets of the universe. I’ve thought about Hale over the years, the man, his telescope, the school named after him and the students and teachers I knew there. It was in those days that a body was dumped up the street from my house. Then there was the kid who went home from school one day and shot himself in the head. And then there was the classmate I admired who later got addicted to crack and died of exposure sleeping on a downtown street. I’ve thought about it all a lot. It must mean something. It must.

Jonathan Penton, editor of Unlikely Stories, says: “He sets up his characters, reveals the situation and then tears through your consciousness like a bullet. His stories tell tales of lessons learned in the most agonizing possible ways, traumas that leave scars on the flesh and minds of their victims … Chilling and direct.”

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stores.lulu.com/silkin

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Hot Tea

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Amateur sleuth, humorous mystery, cozy mystery

Description

If you were within arm’s reach of 30, had a few dollars in the bank, and were just a little bored, what would you do? Cara O’Flynn decided to quit her job, find herself an entrepreneurial endeavor, and with the help of her sister Teagan, become wildly successful. A little cliché perhaps, but sometimes it’s best to take a breath and trust the plan.

The problem – Cara didn’t plan for three careers in as many days, nor did she anticipate the new guys that dropped in her lap. Worse things could happen. So, of course, they did.

When you’re Irish, all things, good and bad, come in threes. It’s inevitable. She should have remembered not to forget that part.

Cara and Teagan bring laughter, intelligence, and family tradition to every experience they encounter. Hot Tea is the first novel in this series.

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Sweet Tea

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Amateur sleuth, humorous mystery, cozy mystery

Description

Things haven’t gone quite as planned for Cara and her sister Teagan. The plan was simple – Cara decided to quit her boring job and find something a little more exciting. Being Irish, she knows that you need to be careful what you wish for, all superstitions aside, granted wishes don’t always resemble the outcome you’d envisioned. Knowing that, Cara wished for excitement anyway. The details are in Hot Tea, the first in this series.

In Sweet Tea, Cara and Teagan are dealing with wishes come true. The good news is that each of them has found the man of her dreams. The not so good news is that they have to break that news to their mother; and as we all know, old fashioned slightly over involved mothers can be a challenge to deal with. They have also fallen into the middle of a serial murder investigation and worse, Cara may have come to the attention of the murderer. Not good. And then there’s the whole thing with the weird cop, and the secret room…

With their lives spinning slightly out of control, some of it good, some of it not, Cara and Teagan depend on each other, humor, their family, and their not so common sense, to keep them going. Who knew things would get so complicated?

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6001 Things You Won’t Miss When You’re Dead

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humor, funny, Halloween

Description

“6001 Things You Won’t Miss When You’re Dead” is a humorous catalog of life’s miseries, irritants, and mystifying b.s. you won’t miss when you go. From abstinence to zoot suits, Dick Cheney to Rupaul, the war in Afghanistan to family feuds, this book will make you laugh out loud, nod with understanding, and smile with the satisfaction that when you depart this world it will no doubt come with a silver lining.

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Goal Fever

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soccer, football

Description

A player who won’t let his dream die. A mysterious old man with a heartbreaking secret. And soccer, the game they love. Soccer the way it should be played and lived — with blood, sweat, and tears.
“Goal Fever” is a must-read for anyone who loves soccer.
The Midwest Book Review says “Goal Fever is not a story to be missed, very highly recommended reading.”
Fiction. Ages 9 and up.

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JosephKehoe.com

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Onyx and Eggshell

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multicultural, sorority, african-american

Description

Five young ladies from very different backgrounds choose to pledge historically black sorority Gamma Beta Alpha at Freedom College. As the five strive to get closer to the sorority, they are forced to become closer to each other or not make it through.

Sabina, Akia, Tammy, Luci and Chilli struggle to get to know each other and put their differences aside for the greater goal of becoming sorors. The journey isn’t easy, but they face it together.

The pledge process isn’t all that they have to endure. The young ladies have lots of secrets that slowly reveal themselves. Some are subtle and some are a bit more extreme, but all threaten to tear the line apart.

All must come together in the bond or risk not being a part of the sorority at all. Their journey through the process is a life changing experience for them all, as they become closer than anyone could have ever expected.

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http://www.wyattbryson.com

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The Original Five Little Monkeys

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five little monkeys, 5 little monkeys, bedtime story

Description

The beloved children’s book about five little monkeys jumping on their bed comes to life in this illustrated adaptation of the original classic!

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DJCBooks.com

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The A Word: Autism is not a curse

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Autism, Autistic, motherhood

Description

There are many books being written today that deal with the
subject of autism. For the most part, each can be categorized as belonging to one of three distinct types. First, there are the medical and psychiatric texts, professionally written works that outline the scientific parameters of the condition, clarify guidelines for official diagnoses, discuss alternative theories on neurological, genetic or environmental causes, and so forth. Next there are the support books: these are generally filled with strategies on how best to cope with the challenge autism can bring, and are targeted most often to parents who are raising autistic children, although occasionally they are targeted to autistics themselves. Finally,there are the cure and treatment books: here a level of hope is being offered in the form of special diets, new drugs, behavioral therapies and other interventive tech-
niques—all put forth as solutions, or at least as substantial alleviations, to what is assumed to be an otherwise tragic disorder.

This book too deals with the subject of autism, but does not fit neatly into one of the three categories just mentioned.

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FRIENDS, AND OTHER PERISHABLES

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mystery, detective, series

Description

“… follows the tradition of Spencer and Marlow and other PIs of the genre – the hard-baked
detective with a heart.”

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The Lost Village

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Horror, Vampire, Supernatural Thriller

Description

Sarah Jameson Landry and her five year old daughter, Annabelle, haunted by the same insistent voice, embark on a reluctant journey to find their ancestral home. What they discover is a strange little village that has somehow gone adrift from the rest of the world. They uncover a horrifying legacy of missing children that dates back hundreds of years, and in the process learn the terrible secrets of their own ancestral past.
Michael Bannon, haunted by his own demons has come to James Village in search of anonymity. What he finds instead is that no distance can erase the terrible mistakes of the past. He discovers also that he is, in some inconceivable way, connected to Sarah and the child Annabelle. They form an alliance with a small group of friends, villagers, who like themselves, are tired of being afraid, and resign themselves to the task of seeking the truth regardless of its consequences. Together they embark on a terrifying quest to destroy the evil that lies at the center of all their lives.
The Lost Village is an epic journey into the unknown that leaves none of its participants unchanged by the experience, encompassing dramas of seduction and death, episodes of tenderness and miraculous healing.
It is also an allegory about the deeds that men do and the secrets that they keep, a parable of innocence against the corruption of the soul, of sanity against madness, of triumph against all odds. And it gives us a rare glimpse into the dark superstition and aching loneliness that lies deep inside the core of all humankind.

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markedwardhall.com

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Scavenger Guides Chicago

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chicago, travel guide, family travel

Description

Kids love an adventure, and there’s no better place to have one than Chicago! Scavenger Guides Chicago will send your family on a fun, fact-filled scavenger hunt around the Windy City. Discover Chicago while having fun following clues, completing tasks, and collecting awards – certificates included! Each guide also includes a daily travel journal and tips for taking great photos to help your child preserve their vacation memories.

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http://www.scavengerguides.com

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Marakellus Marakellum

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fantasy, magic, adventure

Description

GolGanth, a wizard from the past, decides to bring help to a threatened galaxy. He leads Rodger Rodgers on a trail of deceit and misdirection, while gradually accomplishing his goals. His subterfuge is aided by the ego of his forced accomplice, Rodgers. Steadily solving problems using both magic and double meaning information, GolGanth works toward his target in secrecy. While seeming to fix one thing, he successfully misleads our hero in the proper direction. Several humorous setbacks are encountered, generated by misunderstanding. Despite numerous obvious clues, the (would-be) savior goes through the story in a haze of oblivion, as he misinterprets nearly everything. This is credited to his sarcastic, flippant attitude, which he uses as a tool to lighten the seriousness of the situation.

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Four Folded Corners: A Collection of Poems

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poetry, contemporary poetry, life poetry

Description

Four Folded Corners is a collection of 40+ poems, which reflects on over 27 years of the poet’s life, and explores a multitude of themes in an engaging, down-to-earth style.

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A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul

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love and loss, poetry book, poetry writing

Description

This collection of poetry contains the work of nineteen poems. Each poem expresses emotions of love, happiness, sadness and hope. There are poems in this collection that are sure to appeal to everyone’s emotions.

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http://anthonyfrando.com

http://poetrybookauthor.wordpress.com/

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Had Eve Come First and Jonah Been a Woman

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women’s spirituality, Bible fiction, feminist theology

Description

In Hebrew scripture men always get the exiting roles: leader, prophet, war hero. Convinced that women, too, need powerful stories that can inform them about who they are in relation to God, Nancy Werking Poling has imagined biblical men as women. A female Samson tells of the elders trying to take away her power; Nochat (Noah), who is trying to raise God-honoring children in violent times, rebukes God for destroying creation: Mosiah leads abused sisters to freedom; a female Jacob struggles with her capacity for deceit and destruction. Readers are sure to find inspiration in a creative approach to scripture that incorporates women’s wisdom, suffering, and courage.

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Out of the Pumpkin Shell

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domestic violence, menopause, women’s fiction

Description

Elise hates her mother, Rose—until she and best friend Hat journey to the small Indiana town where Rose grew up. There, inspired by the discovery of family secrets, they embark on their boldest escapade ever. Female friendship, aging angst, and domestic violence come together in this humorous yet heart-warming and empowering novel.

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SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

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Christian fiction, End Times, End Times Prophecy

Description

ARE YOU READY?
CATACLYSMIC NATURAL DISASTERS
GLOBAL ECONOMIC CHAOS
POLITICAL TURBULENCE
MASS DECEPTION

THE APOCALYPSE HAS JUST BEGUN….

Sixteen-year-old Rebekah Silver is your average teenager living in Southern California. She worries only about learning her cheerleading routines and passing her math test. But as world dictators rise to power and devastating disasters claim millions of lives she is inspired to search for answers. Becky soon discovers her world is quickly coming to an end, just as it was prophesied. Now she must decide whether to risk her life to follow the laws of God or surrender her soul to the law of man in this action-packed thriller.

Will Becky survive?

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http://www.thespringharvest.com

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Sacrifice, Mortal Path Book 2

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urban fantasy, supernatural thriller, demons

Description

A demon’s enslaved executioner—a ravager of lives and souls—Maliha Crayne has been reborn, willing to sacrifice her immortality for a chance at freedom . . . and salvation. Now she has an opportunity to prevent the death of thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—to make up for the countless lives she has obliterated over the centuries. To do so, she must locate and destroy an evil cabal of madmen in possession of a weapon of unspeakable power—and survive the immortal assassins who are now after her blood. But it means reverting to the old ways and surrendering once more to the darkness. And if Maliha dies before the mission is accomplished, the hell she once knew will seem like a picnic compared to the eternal torments awaiting her.

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Secret Daddy

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romance, Minnesota author, Minnesota setting, secret, daddy, baby

Description

There is a closeness that twins share and they will do almost anything to help each other out, so when Don comes to his brother Dave for help how can he refuse. Don wants him to donate sperm so he and his wife Jenny can start a family. No one would know. Identical twins would have the same DNA. Dave finds himself in a legal quandary and is not sure how to get out of it. When his brother is killed in a car accident and his wife critically injured, she asks her sister to adopt her baby and raise him. How can Dave prove that he is the baby’s father and not his uncle? He did not count on falling in love with Jenny’s sister. When he talks Cathy into moving to Minnesota she agrees but cannot understand his motives. Is he trying to get the baby away from her? What are his intentions? When she finally learns the truth, what will she do? Will she bolt and run back to California or will she stay and fight for the right to her adopted son? Will she learn to trust the family and get along with Dave? Can the two become a family?

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Best Friends

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romance, tornado, Minnesota author, romance novel, reunion, high school sweethearts

Description

Pushing aside the large checkbook and pile of bills, he sat at his desk, turned on his computer monitor and opened the program she needed. He set it up for her, then held out his hand for her data disk.
Raising an eyebrow, she took it from her purse. “I can do it. You don’t have to take the time if you’re busy.”
“It won’t take long. Nobody else uses my computer.”
“Proprietary, aren’t you?”
“No, just cautious. I can’t afford to replace it or redo all the data I have on it.”
Shrugging, she handed the disk to him and stood watching as he opened the program, loaded sheets of labels into the printer and clicked print.
While the printer hummed, Tami said, “Sally said to tell you to plan on staying for supper tonight if you can.”
“Sure,” he said cautiously. Although visiting with her and Sam was a painful reminder of what he’d lost, supper at Sally’s house was always a treat. But now he sensed this invitation had strings attached.

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Down the Drain

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horror, suspense, monster

Description

When Bruce comes home to an emptier-than-usual house after a hard day of work, he doesn’t have the energy to do much more than drop into the tub.

What he doesn’t realize is that even when you think you’re completely, totally alone…you’re not.

“Pyle’s tight little monster tale packs a nasty wallop.”
—Michael Louis Calvillo, author of I Will Rise and As Fate Would Have It

“Horror should be fun. Scary, of course…but above all, it should be fun. Too many people seem to have forgotten that. Well, Daniel Pyle has not forgotten. With his novella, Down the Drain, Pyle has crafted a tale that evokes all the eye-popping strangeness and excitement that got me into horror in the first place. I loved it, and I can guarantee you’ll never look at your bathtub the same again.”
—Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead

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danielpyle.com

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Code Name: Silence

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sci-fi, superheroes, young adult

Description

Imagine what it would be like to walk through walls. Kathy Allen doesn’t have to. She already can. She and her friends aren’t normal. They’re stronger, faster and have amazing abilities that no normal human could ever have…but they aren’t superheroes. Yet.

Right now, all Kathy’s powers are good for is getting her to school on time. She knows she could do much more, but the professionals are handling all the normal crimes. Until now.

A masked thief emerges that no one can stop. He leaves no clues. Security systems are no challenge for him, but Kathy thinks she and her friends are. The chance to prove themselves has arrived. And when you’re a superhero, what can possibly go wrong?

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http://www.codenamesilence.com

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Twilight of the Gods, Book Two of the Immortyl Revolution

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Urban Fantasy, Vampire, Paranormal Romance

Description

Narrowly escaping the implosion of Genpath laboratories, vampires Mia Disantini and Kurt Eisen are on the run from Gaius Lupus, their rival in the Forbidden Science. When Kurt is captured by their enemy and rescued with the aid of feral vampire kids known as sewer rats, Mia witnesses first hand the charismatic spell her lover casts over these would-be revolutionaries. Setting up base in Manhattan, Kurt builds his forces to face off with Gaius, while independent-minded Mia navigates the minefield of sewer rat politics, which she finds very much a man’s world. The lovers’ deep bond is put to the test by both the beautiful Arturo and Kurt’s followers, who see Mia as standing between them and their beloved “Loki.” Matters are further complicated when the chief elder, Kalidasa, arrives from India to investigate rumors of heresy and revolution. With the threat of war with Gaius drawing ever closer, Mia ands Kurt prepare to meet the biggest challenge of their lives.

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http://www.deniseverricowriter.webs.com

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The Ghost Hunter

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Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fallen Angels

Description

When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing.

As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, for Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance.

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Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: A Memoir of Exile and Excess in Japan

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memoir, japan

Description

“Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs: A Memoir of Exile and Excess in Japan,” provides a gritty, explicit rendering of a life ravaged by sexual addiction in a land little known for such wanton exploits. Born in the Caribbean, Stefhen F.D. Bryan describes in frank detail an abusive childhood from which he emerged with an obsessive lust that would plague him for nearly 40 years.

Bryan immigrated to Japan solely to indulge his extreme fixation on East and Southeast Asian women. But rather than merely penning a series of sexual conquests, he interweaves his story with extensive research on the sociology and psychology of women in modern-day Japan, exploring the societal norms that made them easy prey to the sexual deviance he could not control.

The memoir describes Bryan’s carnal adventures through a cultural lens that touches on interracial relationships, promiscuity, patriarchy and abortion. Included is sex research that one reviewer asserts “would make Kinsey proud.”

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http://www.blackpassenger.com

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Johnny Oops

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Johnny is always testing life’s borders. Join him and discover how far you are willing to press your own vision of reality. Is God really a Game Master? Are we all bit players in a giant virtual reality game?

Oops, Johnny has messed up again. He can’t help that he’s a thirteen-year-old who’s into self-gratification and quickly matures into a womanizer and sex maniac who doesn’t know if he’s a charlatan, a guru, or a prophet. He’s not even sure he’s real, but he’s convinced he has the word of God to deliver to his flock. As he charges from one reality to another, his aggressive genius genes take over spawning a seven foot tall giant of a son, two precocious telepathic twin daughters, a second son who is his link to immortality, and a one-foot tall albino with pink eyes by the name of Inney.

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The REAL Poop! A Cassandra Matthews Adventure

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children’s fiction, animal welfare, humor

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The REAL Poop! A Cassandra Matthews Adventure

When Cassie’s science project about backyard birds wins first place (a guest spot on her favorite TV show), she is thrilled…until she discovers the prize will go to the runner up if she’s unable to continue with her work until the show comes to town in the spring.

The runner up is none other than Stephanie Bartwelle, Cassie’s nemesis since Kindergarten.

Stephanie vows to steal Cassie’s spot on the TV show.

Cassie isn’t worried; after all, how can Stephanie prevent her from taking photos of the birds in her back yard?

Well, Stephanie finds a way.

There is a town bylaw against feeding pigeons, and Stephanie knows it.

When Cassie is forced to take down all of the big bird feeders, she knows she has to find a way to fight the bylaw to save her spot on the show, and more importantly, to save the birds from starving over the long Canadian winter.

This 188 page contemporary novel for children ages 8-12 highlights friendship, family, rivalry, animal welfare, and fighting for one’s beliefs, in a way that will have children and adults alike laughing out loud.

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black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity

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african-american, memoir, identity

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After accepting her Dutch boyfriend’s invitation to move from sultry New Orleans, Carolyn finds herself in the land of windmills, wooden shoes and endless gray skies. As she moves away from the remnants of her tragic childhood and America’s obsession with race, she is plunged into the depths of homesickness, depression and a declaration of war on her own hair.

She travels through motherhood and a career change, and her determination is put to the test. On the way to self-discovery, she ends up finding love, soul sisters and the secret to avoiding bad hair days.

In this mid-life memoir, Carolyn writes candidly about how getting the runaround in Spain, being mistaken for a prostitute and losing her passport in Cuba, and dealing with Dutch people on their bikes (among other quirky adventures) have changed her ideas about being a black woman in the world.

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