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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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http://authorCharmaineGordon.com

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

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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

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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

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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.

Website:

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.

Website:

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.

Website:

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.

Website:

http://www.jennifershirk.com/

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New Beginnings

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true love, family, contemporary romance

Description

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.

Website:

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.

Website:

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.

Website:

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

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The Forever

Tags Requested

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.

Website:

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.

Website:

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

Description

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.

Website:

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.

Website:

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

Description

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!

Website:

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.

Website:

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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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