Monthly Archives: November 2010

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

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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

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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

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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.

Website:

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

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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.

Website:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Website:

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.

Website:

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

Description

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…

Website:

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

Description

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

Description

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

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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.”

Website:

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.”

Website:

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

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“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

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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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Description

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

Description

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

Description

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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