Banned Books Week!

Hannah Jenkins

 

Banned Books Week, is the annual celebration of the freedom to read and will be held the week of September 24th in 2017.

Did you know that the following famous books were banned at some point?

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain, Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today because of its frequent use of the word “nigger.”

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller – In 1972, a school board in refused to allow the book to be taught in high school English classrooms.

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, some have called it a degrading, profane and racist work that “promotes white supremacy.”

 

There are many others to add to the list, such as Gone With The Wind, The Catcher in the Rye, The Grapes of Wrath and more, but continue reading below to pick a new book that has yet to be challenged.


Thrillers

Gabrielle: An Erotic Thriller, by Randy T. Lane

Michael Wesson decides to drop out of college and head to New York to pursue show business. Sure, his parents are a little worried. His sister and best pal think he’s making a mistake. Still, Michael is ready to follow his dream of becoming an actor, even if he can barely afford rent and knows nothing about the city, including news of the Silk Stocking Killer. Turns out, Michael arrives in the Big Apple in the midst of the biggest manhunt in thirty years. A psychotic murderer is hunting the rich women of the Upper West Side. The victims are found bound by silk stockings with the name “Gabrielle” written in red across their chests. As the fresh-faced New York newbie struggles to find his way, the media can’t get enough of the horrors happening to the rich and beautiful. Why does the Silk Stocking Killer target such high-class women, and who is Gabrielle? Soon, Michael gets sucked into the investigation as he plays the role of his life, trying to stop a vicious psychopath before more women end up dead.

Still, Michael is ready to follow his dream of becoming an actor, even if he can barely afford rent and knows nothing about the city, including news of the Silk Stocking Killer. Turns out, Michael arrives in the Big Apple in the midst of the biggest manhunt in thirty years. A psychotic murderer is hunting the rich women of the Upper West Side. The victims are found bound by silk stockings with the name “Gabrielle” written in red across their chests. As the fresh-faced New York newbie struggles to find his way, the media can’t get enough of the horrors happening to the rich and beautiful. Why does the Silk Stocking Killer target such high-class women, and who is Gabrielle? Soon, Michael gets sucked into the investigation as he plays the role of his life, trying to stop a vicious psychopath before more women end up dead.

The victims are found bound by silk stockings with the name “Gabrielle” written in red across their chests. As the fresh-faced New York newbie struggles to find his way, the media can’t get enough of the horrors happening to the rich and beautiful. Why does the Silk Stocking Killer target such high-class women, and who is Gabrielle? Soon, Michael gets sucked into the investigation as he plays the role of his life, trying to stop a vicious psychopath before more women end up dead.

Why does the Silk Stocking Killer target such high-class women, and who is Gabrielle? Soon, Michael gets sucked into the investigation as he plays the role of his life, trying to stop a vicious psychopath before more women end up dead.

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Dangerous Journeys Vols. 1- 4, by Virginia Winters

Anne McPhail, a doctor and amateur genealogist, arrives in the small Vermont town of Culver’s Mills, searching for her roots. What she finds, in Murderous Roots, is a body in the town library. She investigates, using her genealogical knowledge, and helps bring an unlikely killer to justice. Along the way, she makes dear friends and meets Thomas Beauchamp, a man who may become something more than a friend to her.

On her return to Culver’s Mills, some months later, she stumbles across the body of a naked man who lies in a ditch behind her B&B. In The Facepainter Murders, her own life is threatened before she and investigator Adam Davidson solve the case and unearth a national treasure. Her relationship with Thomas Beauchamp deepens.

Anne travels to Bermuda to visit her sister in No Motive for Murder, witnesses a murder, and is suspected of the murder by a single-minded investigator. In trying to right an ancient wrong and save herself, she foils a plot that threatens the life of the Secretary of State of the United States, earning her the enmity of Colette, a woman who handles killers for an arms cartel. Her life is saved by a mysterious man. Anne also discovers that her new love, Thomas, is or was a CIA agent.

Shattered by her experiences in Bermuda and upset by Thomas’s admission, Anne flees to Spain in The Child on the Terrace, in search of peace and reflection, only to be recruited by the man who saved her life in Bermuda to rescue a kidnapped Israeli child. Thomas flies to her aid when she is again in Colette’s crosshairs, with two killers on her trail.

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Splintered Lives (The Lives Trilogy Book 3), by Joseph Lewis

It began on the Navajo Indian Reservation when a fourteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, witnessed and reported the murder of a Caucasian boy his own age. Kelliher and his team of FBI agents solved that crime, which led to the freedom of thirty boys who were abducted off safe suburban streets and held in captivity, some for more than two years. The FBI thought the boys were safe and so did their parents. After all, arrest warrants were served and members of the human trafficking ring were arrested. That is, except for three dangerous men with absolutely nothing to lose.

These three men arrange for a handsome reward if fourteen-year-old Brett, one of the boys who had been held captive, is killed. Brett has no idea that he, his younger brother, and his friend, another former captive, are targets. But more than anyone else, these three men vow revenge on George, whom they blame for forcing them to run and go into hiding. What was to be a fun-filled vacation with his newly adopted family, turns into a nightmare and ends where it started, back on the Navajo Indian Reservation high up on a mesa held sacred by George and his grandfather.

Outnumbered and outgunned, George is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, but can he protect his father and his brothers from these dangerous men before that happens? Can he save them without knowing who these men are or where they might be? Or when they might attack? Can George trust his friends whom he reaches out to for help? Is he prepared for a betrayal that leads to his heartbreak and possible death?

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Sci-Fi

Tribe of the Tiger, by Joe Dacy

The streets. The ghetto. The inner city. By whatever name one applies, the urban jungle has its own set of rules, rules that make suburban folk shiver.

But what if – over the course of one long, hot summer – those rules supplanted the laws of society? What if our overburdened legal system finally ground to a halt? What would replace “justice?” Would it be – as in this satirical work of fiction: the tribe of the tiger?

Told in a series of intricately woven vignettes, this dark comedy tracks the days of one summer in a large American city. It tells of the rise of Clarence William Tieg, aka, the Tiger, a street-wise gang leader who acquires power by guile… and by default. Through surreal “philosophy” and biting humor, the story entertains the reader by disturbing one of his deepest fears: the terror of uncertainty, of disorder, of chaos.

Given the choice, the novel asks, would you fall under the power of the Tiger if it meant security, survival?

A debt-ridden city mayor, an aging judge, an embattled police detective, a money-grubbing lawyer, a frightened shopkeeper, a disillusioned suburbanite, even a prehistoric cave-dweller, must all make that crucial decision.

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Horror

 

Presence, by Forrest Harper

Hidden in the dense woods of Wayne County are the remains of a once-booming logging town called Mystic.

A place rife with depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence….. And Deputy Vince Russo. A place, where a young man by the name of Micah, has no choice but to reluctantly return to a town he despises.

While an unsuspecting murder rocks the small town and the line between life and death narrows for everyone involved, it leaves Vince, with the help of his trusted ally Zeke, no choice but to persist with his quest to become Wayne County’s new Sheriff.

Frankie White doesn’t think she could ever be in a situation worse than the one Mystic has to offer. She’s wrong.

A stroke of luck sees D.E.A agent Michael Leonhart seemingly stumble upon the solution to a thorn in his side. But will he be able to see it through?

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Romance

Love Cuffs, by Ashlynn Chase

At thirty-eight, Faith Daniels is a New Jersey cop with superhuman hearing, a controlling mother, and she’s about to marry any sane woman’s last choice of a groom. Right before she walks down the aisle, she hears distant screams. Figuring someone should be rescued, she bolts from her mother’s vision of a royal wedding. But when she busts down the door of a BDSM club, who’ll wind up in handcuffs?

Right before she walks down the aisle, she hears distant screams.

Figuring someone should be rescued, she bolts from her mother’s vision of a royal wedding. But when she busts down the door of a BDSM club, who’ll wind up in handcuffs?

Dorian Markoff is intent on using a hypnotist to wipe the beautiful cop’s mind of his—and his club’s—existence. But the hypnotist is in Vegas so a mad romp ensues, involving lots of hot vanilla-ish sex that turns his BDSM lifestyle upside down.

Neither guesses what an adventure it will be to find the hypnotist, avoid one unintentionally snubbed Dominatrix, and explain it all to Faith’s mother. All while falling in love.

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Sex Happens

Dr. Alexandra Rose has everything a woman could want. She’s the wife of a renowned cardiologist, the mother of three adorable sons, and a successful chiropractor. But on their twentieth anniversary, her husband shocks her with his affair. Her life spins out of control, and she faces the other side of marriage where dreams implode and people are not who they seem.

Alexandra wants custody of her children, but so does her husband, and he’ll stop at nothing. Thrust into a nightmare spawned by chilling deception, a custody battle erupts that’s so poisonous it threatens to become murderous.

In this stay-up-all-night portrait of a contemporary family, Alexandra’s bittersweet journey of love, loss, and sexuality leads her to a miraculous discovery of self and power. Sex Happens explores the very essence of all we value as women—marriage, motherhood, sex—and what we’ll do for each.

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Short Stories

Insane-O-Tron, by Nick Alverson

Imagine getting a haircut so good that it comes to life! What if your favorite family drama, turned into a raunchy, R rated comedy? Imagine you’re a young earwig, about to spend an awesome summer day at the gutter. What if your daughter was dating a duck? Insane-O-Tron will take you on a wild ride through the absurd and surreal, with six of the craziest short stories you’ll ever read.

The title story, Insane-O-Tron, is about two best friends, one a man, the other his haircut, thrown into the middle of a plot to stop humans from ever existing. As they battle a lunatic scientist and his fast-food employees, they attempt to travel back in time seventy-two million years in order to save their future.

In The Family Family the former golden boy of TV comedy, Scott Scotterson, is tasked with reviving a failing TV show, by turning it’s family-themed plots, from wholesome and boring, into crude, over-the-top insanity.

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Memoirs

Unmitigated Gaul, by Suzanne White

This is Suzanne White’s outrageously funny, delightful, audacious autobiography. This is the first volume of her multi-book, autobiographical series. After university, she escapes from one-horse Buffalo, New York and moves to elegant, sexy Paris.Throughout, Suzanne White treats the reader to tales of her personal childhood sexuality, explores the intricacies of doomed love and skillfully shares the sudden freedoms of 1960s Paris. You will thrill to Suzanne’s wild escapades. She barrels through Ibiza’s hippie era then bounces back to swanky parties on the artsy Left Bank of Paris.

Throughout, Suzanne White treats the reader to tales of her personal childhood sexuality, explores the intricacies of doomed love and skillfully shares the sudden freedoms of 1960s Paris. You will thrill to Suzanne’s wild escapades. She barrels through Ibiza’s hippie era then bounces back to swanky parties on the artsy Left Bank of Paris.

This first volume follows Ms. White from age 4 till 26 through many rambunctious shenanigans, amorous capers, and inevitable disappointments.

It’s simple. Suzanne White’s jaunty new book offers her readers a generous slice of pure joy. Thank goodness volume 2 is coming soon. Pick up this brave book. You won’t be able to put it down – a true page-turner!

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Spiritual

Common Angels, Little Town: A Front Porch View of Heaven, by Dick Dedrick

Donald Brown Miller has a year to live. At least that’s what his guardian angel has told him. He’d like to shrug it off as a strange dream but he can’t, it seems much too real.

If he does have a guardian angel, why would she want him to know?

Couldn’t she do something about it?

There’ll be other angels. Old friends and acquaintances, even complete strangers. All have one thing in mind; they want him to die a happy man. They’re here to help.

This won’t be easy, he has issues. So do they.

 

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Self Help

Earthgame: Hints for Mastering the Greatest Game in the Universe, by Rochelle Bartholemew

Fellow members of the human race, have you forgotten how incredibly powerful and badass you are? To live IS an awfully big adventure, perhaps the biggest adventure in the entire universe. But this adventure, like all great adventures, is challenging, somewhat painful, and at times terrifying! Instead of running out to meet the challenge, many of us find ourselves stuck in a constant state of low-grade fear and anxiety. Great sages and teachers throughout time have had one message to humanity: “fear not.” You were built for this! Earthgame will show you why there is no need to feel afraid. It will uplift you and inspire you to live your days more carefree, childlike, open, and courageously. We’re going to talk fundamentals, theory, and technique. A straight-up ‘how-to’ section on meditation will get you started if you are a beginner and if you are more experienced, help you go deeper than ever thought possible.

We’re going to talk fundamentals, theory, and technique. A straight-up ‘how-to’ section on meditation will get you started if you are a beginner and if you are more experienced, help you go deeper than ever thought possible.

To everyone in the middle of living a life right now, Earthgame is the mid-game pep talk you may be needing!

Let’s go out there balls swinging, like the warriors we are and let come what may.

…I’ll see you on the field.

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life: 100+ Ways to Hack Your Look, Love, and Work By Doing (Almost) Nothing!, by Jennifer Byrne

This collection of humorous life hacks features 100 easy, low-commitment solutions to the everyday problems of the twenty-something woman.

Do you have a lot to do but can’t seem to bring yourself to do it? The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life can teach you how to get things done with as little effort as possible. Learn to simplify your beauty routine, keep up with your friendships, hack the dating game, and get by in the corporate world with these easy, low-commitment suggestions. You’ll find over 100 solutions to your most common problems, including:

-Smoothing out frosting on store-bought cupcakes so they look homemade
-Hiding dirty dishes in a soapy sink before company arrives
-Washing and styling bangs (only) to avoid the limp hair look
-Faking it as a food blogger to snag a dinner reservation
-Reading the plot summary online before a book club meeting

With lazy girl–approved hacks that range from humorous advice to quick fixes, you’ll be able to find a temporary solution to simplify your life in no time!

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Political

The Fog of Democracy: anti-war fiction in a post-truth world, by James Porteous

Battle-lines have been drawn.

The war is being fought in the rarified air of The Freedom Bunkers, with its deep-state propaganda, internet memes and endless supply of meals, ready-to-eat.

It is also being waged on the barren fields and plains, hidden from TV cameras, op-ed pages and the bluescreens that sometimes still glow in the dark.

The Fog of Democracy is a heartfelt homage to those struggling to survive this absurd world of internet trolls, fake news and climate breakdown.

The Fog of Democracy is anti-war fiction in a post-truth world.

Read it before it is banned. Or tossed in the bonfire.

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Fantasy

There Be Demons, by M.K. Theodoratus

After her father remarries, Britt Kelly’s life becomes a cesspit. She lives in her sister’s two-bedroom tenement apartment with her mother, two brothers, and two young nephews. She starts a new high school where she knows no one. And, even when Britt thinks she’s making friends, the church where she studies in is torn down.

And, even when Britt thinks she’s making friends, the church where she studies in is torn down.

Then, the field commanders of The Demon Wars draft her and her friends to aid the four Gargoyle Guardians who fight the demons invading the city of Trebridge. The fate of the city hangs on Britt’s ability to lead and learn enough self-control to manipulate the natural magic of Grace. Meanwhile, she also needs to decide what to do about Cahal, her chemistry lab partner who is as strong as her and may have interests more than just protecting Trebridge.

“There Be Demons” is a continuation of M. K. Theodoratus’ urban fantasy, “Night for the Gargoyles”. It tells the tale of Gillen and his team of Gargoyle Guardians as they defend Trebridge while teaching Britt and her friends – the untrained “reinforcements. Along the way, Gillen and Britt learn things about each other to make them stronger both together and alone.

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American Drama

A Consequence of Greed: 30th Anniversary–5th Edition (E Version), by Jack Eadon

When Marcus Ramsay is promoted to fix an ailing company division, he uncovers the details of a decade-old murder. Driven by the spirit of murdered James Post, he uncovers the plot and identifies the co-conspirators. In particular, the sculptress of James Post’s murder, Sheila Hickman, recalls orchestrating the crime in psychedelic dreams induced by shock treatments and drug abuse. She is the greediest of them all!

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HEAD TRIP: One case of super twins (The American Drama Series Book 1), by Jack Eadon

When two brothers were conceived a month apart –called Superfetation–then were born as twins eight months later, one of them was a full term baby and one of them was a preemie. That anomaly affected their whole lives as one twin struggled to succeed and the other struggled to keep up. Their journey would turn out to be a real head trip, both literally and figuratively, and challenge them to understand themselves and their “twin.” This is the first book—about ENVY—in Jack Eadon’s American Drama Series.

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September Book Lovers’ Weekend

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This weekend is Book Lovers’ Weekend. Have you picked a new book to curl up with? If not, we have some great books for you, with Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Romance and much more. Keep reading below to find your next book!

 

Thrillers

Banished Threads, by Kaylin McFarren

A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren’s action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.

While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter.

Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect.

With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?

 

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Dangerous Journeys Vols. 1- 4

Anne McPhail, a doctor and amateur genealogist, arrives in the small Vermont town of Culver’s Mills, searching for her roots. What she finds, in Murderous Roots, is a body in the town library. She investigates, using her genealogical knowledge, and helps bring an unlikely killer to justice. Along the way, she makes dear friends and meets Thomas Beauchamp, a man who may become something more than a friend to her.

On her return to Culver’s Mills, some months later, she stumbles across the body of a naked man who lies in a ditch behind her B&B. In The Facepainter Murders, her own life is threatened before she and investigator Adam Davidson solve the case and unearth a national treasure. Her relationship with Thomas Beauchamp deepens.

Anne travels to Bermuda to visit her sister in No Motive for Murder, witnesses a murder, and is suspected of the murder by a single-minded investigator. In trying to right an ancient wrong and save herself, she foils a plot that threatens the life of the Secretary of State of the United State, earning her the enmity of Colette, a woman who handles killers for an arms cartel. Her life is saved by a mysterious man. Anne also discovers that her new love, Thomas, is or was a CIA agent.

Shattered by her experiences in Spain and upset by Thomas’s admission, Anne flees to Spain in The Child on the Terrace, in search of peace and reflection, only to be recruited by the man who saved her life in Bermuda to rescue a kidnapped Israeli child. Thomas flies to her aid when she is again in Colette’s crosshairs, with two killers on her trail.

 

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If Nobody Listens, by Rikard Sommer

 

Seven years ago, he was dying. Now the Norwegian microbiologist Paul Bild and his firm Anybio are about to get their international breakthrough – a contract with millionaire Jeffrey Hughes. He’s offering Hughes a chance – just like the one he received mysteriously seven years ago – to save his sick daughter.

Paul has dedicated his life to the fight against multi-resistant bacteria, and Anybio Analytics is the best analysis software on the market. He does not have many customers, manufacturing antibiotics has not been profitable for ages. But as the threat of bacterial resistance increases, and governments are paying-out to find solutions, more and more companies are eyeing up their chance to make a killing.

Tom Avild, the programmer behind Anybio Analytics travels to the branch office in Ukraine to finalize the programme. But on arrival something is wrong, and Tom and his colleague Vasili Romanov are thrown into a world where powerful forces are fighting to win.

A fight where the end justifies the means. A fight to the death.

 

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I’m Not Dead: A Novel of Suspense, by William Thau

 

When Madison Faraday first saw Allison Hart, she took his breath away. Who was this beautiful but strangely terrified woman?

Six months after they married, she was dead. Murdered. Grief-stricken and desolate, Faraday accepted an invitation from a mysterious woman who says she has a message for him from Allison. When they meet, she hands him a note in his dead wife’s handwriting: I’m Not Dead.

Desperate for answers, Faraday soon finds himself wrapped up with violent Mexican drug cartels, caught in a downward spiral of vicious deceptions, deadly confrontations, and murder.

Did Allison Hart ever exist? Was there any truth to his marriage? And will he make it out of this nightmare alive?

 

 

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Gabrielle: An Erotic Thriller

 

Michael Wesson decides to drop out of college and head to New York to pursue show business. Sure, his parents are a little worried. His sister and best pal think he’s making a mistake. Still, Michael is ready to follow his dream of becoming an actor, even if he can barely afford rent and knows nothing about the city, including news of the Silk Stocking Killer. Turns out, Michael arrives in the Big Apple in the midst of the biggest manhunt in thirty years.

A psychotic murderer is hunting the rich women of the Upper West Side. The victims are found bound by silk stockings with the name “Gabrielle” written in red across their chests. As the fresh-faced New York newbie struggles to find his way, the media can’t get enough of the horrors happening to the rich and beautiful. Why does the Silk Stocking Killer target such high-class women, and who is Gabrielle? Soon, Michael gets sucked into the investigation as he plays the role of his life, trying to stop a vicious psychopath before more women end up dead.

 

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Breaking the Girl, by M.C. Webb

 

 

Breaking the Girl by M.C. Webb is a dark story of desire. Two souls collide, breaking open a long forgotten past, and a very tortured present. What drives the lovers closer, may be the very thing the tears them apart.

Axel Stone is a porn star, a highly successful porn star. Now semi-retired and frigidly cold, Axel stumbles through life the only way he knows how – lots of booze and women. With more than 1500 movies over his short career, Axel has slowly removed himself from filming, opting instead to “train” woman for the industry resulting in their near stardom as they emerge onto the adult film sets. Every director wants one of Axel’s girls because Axel’s girls, make money.

And Payton Knight needs money.

Homeless, survivor of a horrific ordeal has left Payton broke and desperate. A chance encounter to meet and be trained by Axel, with the possibility of making enough cash to right her wrongs, Payton jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt she is instantly attracted to the leading man. Neither get what they expect and as they both struggle with which reality is less damning, both Axel and Payton pay an ultimate price.

 

 

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High Alert, By Alex Lukeman

 

 

When an American missile submarine is sunk in the Sea of Japan, it’s the opening move in a madman’s plan to plunge the world into war. A day later the Chinese ambassador to Washington is assassinated. Meanwhile, the unstable leader of North Korea prepares to attack America with a terrible weapon.

The U.S. President calls in the Project, a deep black ops unit that goes places and does things others can’t or won’t do. They’ve had tough assignments before: but this time they’re up against an unknown enemy, a man bent on vengeance against all of humanity. He won’t rest until the world is turned into a radioactive hell… and when it comes to the Project, it’s personal.

Can the Project team find him before he unleashes nuclear Armageddon?

 

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The Eden Legacy, by Harold Gershowitz

 

June 4, 1967, was supposed to be a high point in Noah Greenspan’s year. It’s the night before the grand opening of Potomac Centre, the urban development project he spearheaded in the heart of Washington, DC. But the outbreak of the Six-Day War in the Middle East eclipses the event.

In the aftermath of the short, bloody war, Noah’s fiancée, Palestinian American journalist Alexandra Salaman is assigned to Israel to cover the political implications for Israelis and Palestinians alike. It’s a dangerous task, partly because Alexandra was, years earlier, instrumental in preventing a terrorist attack and partly because she’s a Christian Arab engaged to Noah, a Jew. Such a marriage is certain to arouse anger from either side of the Israeli-Palestinian divide.

As Noah deals with legal and financial challenges to Potomac Centre, he and Alexandra find their relationship challenged by her insistence on staying in Israel to do her job—and by reunions with old lovers.

Neither knows that a figure from Alexandra’s past, the terrorist Omar Samir, plans to strike deep in the heart of the American capital. His target? Potomac Centre.

 

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A Churchgoing Woman, by Roxana Nastase

 

Greed, envy, and ego in a small town in western Oklahoma.

She was mean and petty and wanted to control everyone. That signed her death warrant.

Discover life in a small town. Secrets, affairs, and shocking surprises.

If you love mysteries then you will adore this nail biting thriller.

 

 

 

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Scents and Shadows: McNamara, by Roxana Nastase

 

An improbable killer. A stubborn detective. Misleading evidence.

Nothing is what it seems to be. A beheaded victim leads to revealing a sordid story. Throw a new crime in the middle, and you may get lost in the evidence.

Follow McNamara and his team in his quest to find a bold murderer. Even though many might think the killer should be decorated, McNamara must follow the letter of the law.

A shy love story seasons the darkness of the crimes.

If you love a good traditional crime story, then this is the book to you. Buy it and spend a nice afternoon – or two with a compelling and riveting story.

 

 

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Memoirs

 

 

Getting Rid of Ian: A Memoir of Poison, Pills, and Mortal Sins, by Penelope James

 

 

From postwar England to 1950s Mexico City, an exuberant memoir about adult misconduct, craziness, and how two young girls turn the tables on their crazy stepfather.

Pennie, the knowing child. Dreams up schemes to do away with Ian using homemade poison, pills, witchcraft, and voodoo.

Anne, younger sister. Hates Ian, and will do whatever it takes to get rid of him.

Mummy, beautiful, desperate, plane crash survivor.

Daddy, retired Royal Navy Commander, turned inventor of “things.”

Ian, pill-popping stepfather, war hero, household tyrant, losing his marbles.

 

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First Love: Just Once in a Lifetime: A Memoir, by Violeta Barrett

 

 

By 1956 Violeta Barrett had been working for a Wall Street investment firm more than a decade. Recently separated from her husband and feeling overworked, Violeta decided to vacation in Mexico. After her plane landed in Mexico City, a stranger with a deep, accented voice introduced himself as her tour guide. Violeta and Jorge had no idea they were about to begin a four-year romance that would endure the test of time and distance.

In her compelling memoir, Violeta shares a nostalgic and emotional journey where principles, love, and obligations collide and force unexpected decisions. Energized by the Mexican culture and Jorge’s charm, Violeta is soon caught up in the joy of being loved. But before long she must return to her obligations, leaving Jorge behind. Through the more than seventy love letters she would receive from Jorge for the next few years, the two share a forbidden passion—until the forces of morality prevail.

Nearly fifty years ago, Violeta and Jorge fell in love, changing their lives forever. Their heartfelt story proves that true love is not affected by time. It is ageless. It is eternal.

 

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Womens Fiction

 

Sex Happens, by Carol Soloway

 

 

Dr. Alexandra Rose has everything a woman could want. She’s the wife of a renowned cardiologist, the mother of three adorable sons, and a successful chiropractor. But on their twentieth anniversary, her husband shocks her with his affair. Her life spins out of control, and she faces the other side of marriage where dreams implode and people are not who they seem.

Alexandra wants custody of her children, but so does her husband, and he’ll stop at nothing. Thrust into a nightmare spawned by chilling deception, a custody battle erupts that’s so poisonous it threatens to become murderous.

In this stay-up-all-night portrait of a contemporary family, Alexandra’s bittersweet journey of love, loss, and sexuality leads her to a miraculous discovery of self and power. Sex Happens explores the very essence of all we value as women–marriage, motherhood, sex–and what we’ll do for each.

 

 

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Sci-Fi

 

 

milijun: What would alien interaction really be like?, by Clayton Graham

 

 

The next phase of human evolution depends entirely on her…

Laura is willing to do whatever it takes for her son. When aliens kidnap her child, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s love to get him back. After infiltrating a military research base, Laura discovers a terrifying secret: there are plans to impregnate women with alien DNA…

Laura battles to save her son, the mothers-to-be, and herself. But she quickly realizes the aliens have their own mission for her too. She faces a choice: take a chance at an impossible escape or accept the aliens’ vision of a new humanity…

Milijun is the first installment of an action-packed sci-fi alien invasion story. If you like tales of first contact, secret military operations, and the people caught in the middle, then you’ll love Clayton Graham’s fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride.

Buy Milijun to discover the future of evolution today!

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Destroyer of Planets: Book 1 of the Neon Octopus Overlord Series, by L.A. Johnson

 

 

Enter a galaxy full of snarky comebacks, inappropriate use of tentacles, and a mythical warrior girl on the edge in this fast-paced, Douglas Adams style space romp.

A life of captivity is getting to Kirian, the self-styled Destroyer of Planets. She has never actually destroyed any planets, but getting to choose your own title is one of the few perks you get when you work against your will for an evil Octopus Overlord.

In an attempt to regain her freedom, Kirian defies her tentacled boss and secretly saves Ari, the human she is supposed to kill. Can the two of them and a band of misfits join forces to thwart the Octopus Overlord? And can a revolutionary rock song from an illegal grunge band save a planet?

 

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Historical Romance

 

Before The Darkness, by Annette Creswell

 

 

In pre-World War Two London, Penny works as a maternity nurse at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Happy in her work and with two really good friends and several doctor suitors, little does she realise how her life will be changed by a chance lunch-time encounter.

Who is the ruggedly handsome man who helps her? And how will their lives entwine as the war clouds gather?

 

 

 

 

 

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Historical Fiction

 

The Cedar, Carmen Butler

 

In the early 19th century, Elisabeth has lost her parents, her home, and nearly all of her possessions. Her carriage driver, maid servant, and old dog are her only companions as they travel north from Charleston to find distant relatives in Ohio. Due to an unseasonable storm in the South Carolina midlands, she is reluctantly forced to seek refuge at a plantation known as The Cedar. Elisabeth is determined to turn misfortune into opportunity and the saga of Vesper Bodes and young Elisabeth begins.

The events preceding her arrival at The Cedar are revealed as the story unfolds, ultimately spanning almost two centuries of history, triumphs, and struggle. The Bodes family story reaches back to the plight of immigrants, some by choice, others forced through the atrocities of slavery. Native American Indians are at times allies and at others enemies to the settlers of the American landscape. Family tragedy and scandal are abundant as the topics of interracial marriage, juvenile childbirth, and infidelity are broached during time periods less tolerant of perceived improprieties.

The Cedar is an adventurous tale of the trials and challenges of human endeavor, a broad spectrum of emotion, and a detailed journey with characters that are engrossing and scenes that are vivid. A must-read for fans of Civil War era historical fiction.

 

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Health

 

Stronger than Cancer: Take Action Today, Beat the Odds and Start Living Your Life Again, by Lyn Cikara

Don’t know how to re-boot your life now that you have been diagnosed with cancer? Feel stuck not knowing what to do next? Are you feeling stunned and afraid but know you have to find a way to move forward?

We all want to live the dreams we had for our life and the lives shared with your loved ones. But these are often shattered when told we have cancer. It is easy to feel immobilized and afraid, unable to start living fully again

The truth is that you can learn how to live fully again, with joy and meaning starting right now and without any major effort.

Anyone with cancer can live life fully using the right mix of decisions, approaches and support. That’s what you will learn in Stronger than Cancer.

 

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Honey The Nature’s Gold: Recipes for Health (Bees’ Products Series Book 1), by Mona Illingworth

Honey and Health – they go hand in hand.

The book brings in the foreground the multiple benefits of honey. The nature’s gold stands out because of its multiple therapeutic characteristics, in particular, the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial features. These properties play a significant role in preventing aging and averting and treating degenerative, as well as chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. By regular consumption, honey also boosts the immune system, so that it helps in preventing and treating infections. Overall, honey consumption reduces fatigue and is one of the most effective energizers in nature.

The book represents a guide with numerous recipes for many conditions, also briefly and simply depicted. The authors never tried to warn about the importance of precisely following the recipes, and kept advising that the treatment should be applied under medical supervision.

We hope you will appreciate the information presented and will take advantage of nature’s gold benefits shortly.

 

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Family

 

 

Mother at Seven, by Veronika Gasparyan

 

Mother at Seven is the shocking, inspirational true story of a little girl’s tragic childhood, and how she endured and overcame a decade of unspeakable abuse at the hands of her cruel and sadistic family.

Set in Sochi, Russia, near the banks of the majestic Black Sea, Mother at Seven tells of those critical moments in a child’s life when the only thing standing between the life and death itself was a pure and innocent belief that better days lie ahead.

It teaches that by fighting through hardship and pain, miracles can still happen, and that life can still be amazing as long as hope is never lost.    

 

 

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The Diary of a Canadian Nobody, by Paul James

 

 

It’s September 2001 and Arthur Lakelady is a man beset by worries.

It seems that his wife, Alys, is infatuated with the home renovator who is working on their new kitchen. His daughter, Gwen, is doing well at school, although with pass marks that often exceed 100%, he worries that her school doesn’t grasp the meaning of percentage. Meanwhile, his son, Lance, might never pass another exam ever again, if he doesn’t soon give up sports.

These worries are soon put into perspective when Arthur’s Canadian employer is taken over by Americans and they replace the local executives in an attempt to introduce their own initiatives.

As the world changes around him and he is expected to lead a team at work, Arthur hires a young temp, Lydia, to help him.

But Lydia only adds to his worry, with her desire to get as up close and personal with him as possible.

And when the madness of the world spills over and thousands are killed in the World Trade Center attack, Arthur looks at the state of the planet and sees that it needs someone who can clear the confusion, make the complex simple and package it into manageable pieces.

It needs a diarist. And right now, the nobody who is Arthur Lakelady, might one day become a somebody in the mold of Samuel Pepys.

 

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Fairy Tale

 

 

Stoc (A New Druids Series Book 3), by Donald D. Allan

 

The Draoi school has formed and Will and Nadine Arbor have begun to expose their powers to the realm of Belkin.

Lord Protector John Healy has made a deal with a foreign force to secure his base of power. Turgany will initiate a civil war that will drive Will to have to decide how his draoi can protect the harmony in the Realm.

Gaea, Erebus and the Church will come together in direct conflict, the result of which will determine the future for all. All life in Belkin teeters in the balance. Only Will and the draoi can hope to save the world.

Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land now in open rebellion against a tyrant and powers beyond understanding.

 

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Fantasy

Oak and Mistletoe: Volume 1, J.Z.N. McCauley

 

 

Book One of The Rituals Trilogy—A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…

Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studies. Though their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him.

Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance. Confused by the enigma that is Bowen, his mixed signals, and her own feelings, she is swept away with him on an unexpected journey surrounded by myth and long-forgotten knowledge. In order to stop the evil plans of Conall and his reunified army, Catherine must entwine her fate with peril. Her survival is trivial to her as long as Conall dies. She’ll do whatever it takes.

 

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RUMLA: The Circle, by Lisa G

 

What does she have to do with tales of myth and legend, of serpents and curses, of Royal lines, the armies of rulers past and of a trail of clues hiding secrets of a predestined prophecy?

Absolutely everything!

Though she does not know, there are people that do.

A sequence of exceptional events see her desires to escape the grind of Rumlalian life granted with the adventure of her dreams. Though her fear raises doubts, an insatiable appetite to know all propels her deeper into the mystery in search of the secret.

Before long, she comes to realise there had never been a choice for her and that Rumla, protected by an intricate series of connections, was far from ordinary.

 

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Military

 

 

Reflections of a Servant Leader: My Journey as the Longest Serving Airman in U. S. Air Force History, by Alfred K. Flowers

Growing up in a family of sharecroppers in the segregated South in the 1950s and ‘60s, Al Flowers never dreamed of becoming a history-maker. Lying in his bed late at night and looking up at the sky through the holes in the tin roof of his four-room home perched among the tobacco fields of eastern North Carolina, he just yearned to find some way out of poverty. At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Earning a pay of $94 per month at his first assignment as a warehouseman in North Dakota, he put aside $30 of his monthly check to save for his future and to someday buy a proper home for the grandmother who loved and raised him. He believed that if he worked hard, followed the rules and demonstrated the right attitude no matter where he was sent or what he was asked to do, he might eventually retire as a Chief Master Sergeant. He did not meet that goal—he soared much, much higher!

 

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Young Adult

 

 

Strange Happenings: A Collection of Short Stories, by Stacey Lynn Patterson

 

 

The unexplained can happen to the most ordinary people. In these six short stories, you’ll encounter people and events that start out appearing pretty run of the mill but end up on the strange side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spiritual

 

 

The Invitation, by Joyce Swann

 

Kevin Marshall is trapped in a miserable existence with a boss and a fiancé who despise him.

 

The Monday night before Thanksgiving, however, through an act of kindness to a stranger, Kevin receives an invitation to begin a new life and awakens the next morning to find himself living his dream.

 

Now Kevin must discover how to let go of his past and accept the invitation for himself before his new life ends as suddenly as it began.

 

You are invited…to experience the power of faith, the joy of love and the magic of Christmas in this holiday story of life choices and second chances.

 

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Labor Day Weekend!

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This Monday is Labor Day, a holiday that celebrates workers’ contribution to the American Economy. Are you relaxing this holiday weekend? Why not start a new book!

 

 

 

We have suggestions from a variety of genres below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

War

 

We Were Soldiers Too: The Unknown Battle to Defend the Demilitarized Zone Against North Korea During the Cold War, by Bob Kern

 

 

The soldiers were responsible for enforcing the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War. The North Koreans violated it almost daily sending spies, marauders, hit squads, and ambush patrols into the southern controlled portion of the DMZ in their never-ending effort to destabilize South Korea and cause its collapse. Their blatant violations of the agreement have left a bloody trail of dead bodies that includes many American soldiers. This book takes the reader on a journey through the history of the Cold War and the defense of the DMZ from the perspective of nine American veterans, and eleven tours, who served in different capacities in South Korea from 1962 through 1991.

 

 

 

 

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Thrillers

 

 

The Touch: A Supernatural Story, by Robert Flynn III

 

 

The old beast is up to something out of character here.

 

Gabriel appears autistic because he hears a voice. The voice is real, but it is a supernatural presence. This voice gives him a power that he can transfer by touch. Gabriel does not trust this presence, though he finds that the wonder of what he is experiencing is far too great for him to resist.

 

Gabriel’s “autism” is really a defense against the weight of the power that has engulfed his heart, mind and soul, from the very beginning. He has no memory of his parents and in actuality, the voice, which causes him so much distress, is the only reality he has ever known. Living in an orphanage in Austin, Texas, all of his life, the voice has shown him more attention and love than any other person.

 

He befriends one other special young person in that orphanage, Joshua Fellows. Joshua also has experienced little love in his short life. The bond between these two young boys is the beginning of an amazing journey.

 

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The Planck Factor, by Debbi Mack

 

 

On a dare, grad student Jessica Evans writes a thriller, creating a nightmare scenario based upon the theory that the speed of light is not a constant—one that has a dark application. Her protagonist (the fiancé of a scientist killed in a car crash) is pursued by those who want to use the theory to create the world’s most powerful weapon.

However, Jessica is soon running for her life when events mimic that of her protagonist. She’s threatened by terrorist conspirators who intend to use the knowledge to create an event that causes mass destruction—even threatens the global extinction of all life. As the clock ticks down, Jessica must outwit the enemies and avert an apocalypse.

Inspired by a true story about a scientific challenge to Einstein’s theory of relativity.

 

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Gabrielle: An Erotic Thriller, by Randy T. Lane

 

 

Michael Wesson decides to drop out of college and head to New York to pursue show business. Sure, his parents are a little worried. His sister and best pal think he’s making a mistake. Still, Michael is ready to follow his dream of becoming an actor, even if he can barely afford rent and knows nothing about the city, including news of the Silk Stocking Killer. Turns out, Michael arrives in the Big Apple in the midst of the biggest manhunt in thirty years. A psychotic murderer is hunting the rich women of the Upper West Side. The victims are found bound by silk stockings with the name “Gabrielle” written in red across their chests. As the fresh-faced New York newbie struggles to find his way, the media can’t get enough of the horrors happening to the rich and beautiful. Why does the Silk Stocking Killer target such high-class women, and who is Gabrielle? Soon, Michael gets sucked into the investigation as he plays the role of his life, trying to stop a vicious psychopath before more women end up dead.

 

 

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The Ice Racer, by Richard Cozicar

 

 

The 23rd century. The third planet from the sun is now a revolving, uninhabitable sphere of ice, void of sunlight. Volcanic ash clouds the skies and the air, toxic.

 

A small, isolated cluster of earth’s surviving population labours in caves deep beneath the expanding ice cap. Ice Racer, Mike Ryan, is among the brave few who dare venture to the frozen surface in search of supplies to sustain the city’s struggling inhabitants.

 

In a vast cavern, stories below the surface, exists the City of Adams Mountain, and a civilization long thought extinct. Stranded and alone, a chance discovery reveals a paradise unlike anything Ryan could have imagined.

 

The prophets ruling Adams Mountain are intent on keeping their shiny city and its existence hidden from the outside world. For Mike Ryan, the newly discovered paradise holds dire consequences for unsolicited visitors.

 

A rebellious young woman, a free thinker among a society of followers, aids the young hero on his quest to escape the clutches of the prophets and return to the ice caves of his home.

 

 

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Beach Kill, by Phyllis Smallman

 

Beach Kill is the second book in the Singer Brown series. The first book won a gold medal from the Independent Publishers book awards in 2014.

 

After her life on the streets Singer Brown figures only a dance with an orangutan could still shock her. The music is playing and the waltz begins when the body of a teenage girl is discovered out on Ghost Island. Singer identifies the remains, attacked first by man and then by nature, from a blue butterfly tattoo. Suspicion, toxic and dangerous, begins to poison the small community of Kilborn, corrupting relationships and leaving no one without fear or guilt.

 

 

 

 

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Mystery

 

 

Open Season, by Maryann Miller

 

 

The first book in the critically acclaimed Seasons Mystery Series introduces two women homicide detectives in Dallas. Amid racial tensions and the deadly force controversy sweeping the city, Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson are unlikely and unwilling partners. They both see the pairing as better PR than policy.

 

The Dallas Review Board wants Sarah’s badge because she shot a young black boy when an undercover drug operation went bad and her partner was killed. Angel is under pressure from her family to refuse to work with “this white, Honkey bitch.”

 

Their first case, dubbed the Mall Murders, begins with the death of a maintenance worker at one of the Metroplex shopping malls. A security guard is then killed at another mall. The final murder victim is a young window dresser whose body is left like a mannequin behind the glass of an exclusive boutique at the Galleria Mall.

 

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The Child on the Terrace, by Virginia Winters

 

 

Anne McPhail, retired pediatrician, shattered by her experience in Bermuda, rents a tiny house in Setenil, Spain, hoping to reconcile what she learned about herself and Thomas after the gunfire in that dark room on the island.

 

But she sees a child on the terrace of the local cafe who doesn’t seem to belong to her minders and then Ari, the Mossad agent who saved Anne’s life, seeks her out with a plan to rescue the child from kidnappers. Should she trust him? Three days later, she is on the run with Ari and the little girl, with killers Esti and Sergio on their trail. She glimpses a man she thinks is Thomas. Is he, too in Spain? And why?

How far will Anne go to save Naomi?

From Spain to France to Italy, this is Anne’s most dangerous journey.

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Spiritual

 

 

Spirituality 103, the Forgiveness Code: Finding the Light in Our Shadows, by Iván Figueroa-Otero

 

 

A battle between the light of your knowledge and the shadows of your ignorance is happening as you read this cover. Your warrior of light is receiving wounds that cause your life’s suffering.

 

Do you want to give your internal warrior the best weapons to reach victory?

 

In this book, the third in the School of Life trilogy, Dr. Figueroa-Otero helps us discover our mind’s magical mirror, where this epic battle determines where we are in the road to return to our light source. You will learn about your spiritual DNA, emotions, and where to find the healing code for our emotional scars—forgiveness.

 

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Romance

 

 

CeeCee: finding the perfect house for the perfect woman, by B.L. Wilson

 

 

CeeCee Willis has always used her wealth she earned from her craft to buy what she wants. She sculpts, creating wonderfully simple but elegant modernistic stone shapes.

 

Some things and some people aren’t for sale, like Maya Brooks, a realtor CeeCee hires to find the dream house for her and her twin sons. The two women bump heads about scheduling issues. Maya seeks revenge when CeeCee keeps wasting her time, turning up late for appointments or cancelling them at the last minute and leaving Maya with no sense of the style of house CeeCee desires.

 

Eventually, the two women have a romantic encounter, but fate intervenes. Will a potential tragedy squash the blossoming relationship, making it impossible for Maya to find the perfect house for the perfect woman?

 

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Shabby Chic at Heart, by Kirsten Fullmer

 

Tara has always been too engrossed in her work – refurbishing the historical homes in Smithville. She keeps a tight rein on her jobs and her emotions buried, but she’s losing control of both since that ridiculous city boy investor showed up.

 

New in town, Justin is confident that his ultra-modern resorts will bring Smithville into the twenty-first century. If only the local-yokels and their ringleader, the gorgeous and peculiar Tara, would stop interfering.

 

With her quirky and protective hometown behind her, will Tara confront Justin and the town’s long buried secrets to take on the financial and emotional risk of a lifetime?

 

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Sci-Fi

 

 

Adventure to Destiny: The Unity Objective Series, by Sandra Golden

 

 

Cousins J.R Black, and Helaina Unity are struggling. Helaina’s dreams, and visions are telling her things she doesn’t understand, and J.R’s drawings of a mysterious machine are driving them forward into the unknown as they seek answers. Answers to questions like: “Why are they developing unusual skills? Why can they have private conversation without even speaking one word? And what are the people of Hope Island hiding.” Helaina’s visions and J.R’s skills will take them to astonishing and unique places, as they battle dangerous enemies, from Earth, and beyond. Discovering that accepting what they are is much easier than accepting who they are. Which is “The One’s”.

 

 

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30th Century: Escape, by Mark Kingston Levin

 

 

Which side will you be on? The side of the Syndos, genetically-altered humans, or the side of the Naturals.

 

Captain Jennifer Hero is leading a task force from the thirtieth century on a one-way trip to the Diversion Point. Their goal is to plant a virus that will disrupt the genetic tendency toward sociopathy among the Syndos. After an intense attack on their remote South Pacific island base, Jennifer sends her colleagues back 300 years. But she does not go with them, opting instead to travel alone back to 2015 to grieve the loss of the love of her life, the time machine’s inventor, and to find herself.

 

After months spent alone on the radioactive atoll of Moruroa, Jennifer is rescued by an amphibious aircraft, piloted by a marine biologist and his crew. History sources she studied left out much about twenty-first century culture, causing culture shock and conflicts. She struggles to hide her superior intellect and nanotech-enhanced abilities.

 

Among these ordinary humans she is as alien as the Syndos are in her native century. Her attitude toward sex diverges totally from theirs, for a start. So much so, it raises a question mark over whether she can even survive in 2015.

 

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Liquid Gambit, by Bonnie Milani

 

 

Death is never more than an airlock away for the denizens of Hell, the last deck before the Void on the last station in human space.

 

It’s a place where justice is for sale and slavers hawk their human merchandise to the highest bidder. But to Rick, a scarred, bitter Lupan warrior, it’s home – or at least the one place in the known universe where he can ignore all the death warrants on him throughout the rest of the Commonwealth. It’s also the place where a few drops of the most precious liquid in all of human space can buy him a berth on the last ship back to his birth world. Until a mysterious, vaguely familiar woman walks into the dive Rick runs. And brings his deadly, ugly past in with her.

 

Somehow Rick must unlock the secrets she carries. Because if he fails, he will lose far more than just his life.

 

 

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Rise of the Altered Moon: Altered Moon Series: Book One (The Altered Moon Series 1), by AZ Kelvin

 

“Rise of the Altered Moon” Book one of the Altered Moon Series by author AZ Kelvin, merges science fiction with science fact in a space adventure of intrigue and espionage that takes a small group of privateer relic hunters to the very edge of the galaxy.

Set at the time of humankind’s first interactions with sentient alien beings, the crew of the Altered Moon finds itself caught up in an already-brewing alien war. Mutiny and betrayal leave the ship powerless and drifting toward trouble in forbidden territory.

Newly appointed and untested Captain CJ Evermore must figure out how to get his ship and crew back home before the ruthless Kang war machine descends upon an unsuspecting Human race.

 

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Fantasy

 

 

Apollo’s Raven, by Linnea Tanner

 

 

Can a Curse Control Ancient Britannia?

 

The world is in turmoil. Celtic kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that foretells Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him.

King Amren reveals to his daughter, Princess Catrin, the grim prophesy that his former queen pronounced at her execution for treason to him.

 

The gods demand the scales be balanced for the life you take. If you deny my soul’s journey to the Otherworld by beheading me, I curse you to do the same as mine. I prophesize your future queen will beget a daughter who will rise as a Raven and join your son, Blood Wolf, and a mighty empire to overtake your kingdom and to execute my curse.

 

Catrin is trained as a warrior and discovers she is the Raven and must find a way to block the curse of the evil former queen. Torn between her forbidden love for her father’s enemy—Marcellus, the great-grandson of Mark Antony—and her loyalty to her people, she must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that awaits her.

 

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Alyssa Mccarthy’s Magical Missions: Book 2: Wizardry Goes Wild, by Sunayna Prasad

 

After months of living a normal life, thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy faces magic again. Only this time, though, she is cursed with it, thanks to an old depressed skeleton named Errol. Alyssa’s time with her godfather, Alex, will never be the same again, as she can perform sorcery, but never control it.

From letting out enchantments at school to creating outdoor disasters, Alyssa is bound to face consequences. She can only get rid of her powers if she can boost her confidence levels and improve her bravery. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. She must measure those abilities with a special device called a skillometer. Will she be able to get rid of her unwanted wizardry?

 

 

 

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The Sun God’s Heir: Return Book One, by Elliott Baker

 

For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century France two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, determined to continue a brutal incarnation begun long ago.

 

In ancient Egypt, there were two brothers, disciples of the pharaoh, Akhenaten. When the pharaoh died, the physician took the knowledge given and went to Greece to begin the mystery school. The general made a deal with the priests and became pharaoh. One remembers, one does not.

 

The year is 1671. René Gilbert’s destiny glints from the blade of a slashing rapier. The only way he can protect those he loves is to regain the power and knowledge of an ancient lifetime. From Bordeaux to Spain to Morocco, René is tested and with each turn of fate he gathers enemies and allies, slowly reclaiming the knowledge and power earned centuries ago. For three thousand years a secret sect has waited in Morocco.

 

After ages in darkness, Horemheb screams, “I am.” Using every dark art, he manages to maintain the life of the body he has bartered for. Only one life force in the world is powerful enough to allow him to remain within embodiment, perhaps forever. Determined to continue a reign of terror that once made the Nile run red, he grows stronger with each life taken.

 

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Self Help

 

 

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life: 100+ Ways to Hack Your Look, Love, and Work By Doing (Almost) Nothing!, by Jennifer Byrne

This collection of humorous life hacks features 100 easy, low-commitment solutions to the everyday problems of the twenty-something woman.

 

Do you have a lot to do but can’t seem to bring yourself to do it? The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life can teach you how to get things done with as little effort as possible. Learn to simplify your beauty routine, keep up with your friendships, hack the dating game, and get by in the corporate world with these easy, low-commitment suggestions. You’ll find over 100 solutions to your most common problems, including:

 

-Smoothing out frosting on store-bought cupcakes so they look homemade

-Hiding dirty dishes in a soapy sink before company arrives

-Washing and styling bangs (only) to avoid the limp hair look

-Faking it as a food blogger to snag a dinner reservation

-Reading the plot summary online before a book club meeting

 

With lazy girl–approved hacks that range from humorous advice to quick fixes, you’ll be able to find a temporary solution to simplify your life in no time!

 

 

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Learn Russian to work with Russians: The Easy Way to Speak Russian, by Elena Kaldendnova

 

Learn Russian to work with Russians: The Easy Way to Speak Russian provides readers with:

  • Quick start guide to conversational Russian
  • Illustrated teaching material
  • Plenty of written as well as spoken exercises
  • Clear structure
  • Useful tips

 

Highlighted keywords

Basic business terminology for business communication.

 

This is a book for learning basic/intermediate Russian.

This book is a must buy for anyone looking to work with Russians, or gain a quick knowledge of how to communicate with Russian speakers.

 

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Social Issues

 

 

Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun, by Jamell Crouthers

 

 

This story deals with a police officer who has been on the police force for a few years. He feels he’s doing a great job of serving and protecting his community. Soon he realizes that he’s part of a police force where there are some police officers who dishonor the oath they all took to protect and serve their city and he knows what is going on around him is all wrong. He has a decision to make, whether to report it and risk his career and his badge or be part of the cover up. He chronicles all of these events where he talks about different cases and everything that occurred during that time period. This book addresses racial issues and whether good cops know who the bad ones are and what can be done about it.

 

 

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Women’s Fiction

 

 

Sly: Jagged Edge Series #4, by A.L. Long

 

Being under the control of one man, all Nikki Jennings wanted was to pay off her father’s debt and get as far away as possible from Carlos Giordano. When a tragic accident from her past surfaces, she finds that his hold on her will never be over.

As complicated as her life is, it was hers, that was until Alpha-male Sly Capelli entered it. She knew the closer she got to him, the greater the risk would be that he would find out about her past. A past that she wanted to forget.

Sylvester ‘Sly’ Capelli never thought a woman could be so suborn and irresistible at the same time until he met Nikki Jennings. There was something about her that he needed to know about, only every time he tried to get close, she would push him away.

Wanting to know the truth behind the woman he was falling for, Sly finds that her past is no different than his. Keeping her safe is the only thing he wanted to do, but when obstacles get in the way, he has no other choice but to call on his brothers at Jagged Edge Security to help him out.

Will Nikki finally be able to admit the love she has for Sly or will her destiny catch up with her before she can?

Will Sly be able to get to her in time before she is gone forever?

 

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Young Adult

 

 

Oric and the Alchemist’s Key (The Oric Trilogy Book 1), by Lesley Wilson

 

 

Oric returns from an early-morning foraging expedition to find his home, Dunburton Manor, sacked by a band of marauders. Alchemist Deveril, Oric’s mentor and friend, lies fatally wounded. The old man thrusts a key into Oric’s hand, saying that it will unlock the secret to great wealth. Deveril also warns of terrible danger should the key fall into wrong hands.

 

Esica Figg, moneylender and arch villain is determined to steal the key – even if he has to kill Oric to get it. Oric escapes the burning manor and wanders the countryside until he stumbles upon Bayersby Manor, the ancestral home of Sir Edred and Lady Myferny. Together with his new friends, Ichtheus the apothecary and kitchen maid, Dian, Oric experiences many adventures, some hilarious, some life threatening. The trio is helped, but more often hindered by Sir Edred’s comical wolfhound Parzifal, and a donkey named Braccus.

 

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Do’s and Don’ts in Book Cover Design

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Among many others, a book’s finest weapon to get the reader’s attention is their visual appearance – the book cover. If it’s beautiful and interesting, the reader will assume that the content is equally beautiful and interesting, so they will proceed to the next step: reading about the book and finding out whether this is the book for them. The hardest part is to get the reader to pick up the book into his hand or to click on the book title to find out more online. Getting a great book cover has to be at the top of one author’s key priorities.

This guide will give you an idea about do’s and don’ts in the book cover design world.

 

1. Size of the cover

Keep in mind the size of the cover people will be seeing online. It’s very small, so as you have little space to present your book to the reader, make them notice your book, and keep simple. The recommendation from Amazon for ebook covers is 600 x 800 px. Communicate with your readers through the book cover. Let them know which genre the book is. Don’t mix photos and illustration on your background. Pick one and stick with it.

2. Additional text

Do not add additional text except from your name and the book title, as it will be too small to notice and therefore unnecessary. If you are publishing a book series, it would be good to incorporate that into your book cover. Adding for example “Book 3” to the text on the book cover, could save a lot of time to your readers and will neatly let them know that you’ve written a book series. Be sure that the color of the text on the cover does not blend in with the background picture and that it is readable.

 

3.More about book series

If you are writing a book series, keep your design simple and use the same design for each series, but with slight alterations. For example, darker or lighter background, different font color or using the same font, size and text placing. Also, if you are using the same design you can emphasize the text which explains the number of the series. If you want to change the design or just the background image completely, be sure to be consistent with the first book and use a similar solution. You can see some great examples on this page.

 

3. Leave an impression

If you’re a self published author, it may be harder for you to get your book out there. You have to stand out. Consider paying  a professional to make a book cover for you and be sure that the cover best describes what the book is about. People do judge books by their covers and it is really important that your book gives a great first impression. Keep it simple and don’t have too much going. Simple, but not empty.

 

4. Typography

This is also one very important part of your book cover. The font that you are using can also say a lot about what your book is about, as well as the selection of your background image. Be sure to always use typography that is clear, readable and which best describes the mood of your book. Title should always be bigger than your name, unless you are well known and acclaimed author. Don’t use a lot of colors or typefaces on the book cover. Three top’s will work best for both typefaces and colors. Use typefaces according to your book genre. For example, for non fiction, it’s always best to use simple simple serif or sans-serif fonts.


 

5. And finally

Be original, but find inspiration everywhere. Browse through other author’s book covers online and see what you like and what you don’t like. Save the covers you like, so that your designer can have a better feeling of how the book cover is supposed to look, in what mood is it supposed to be and which font you think would best work for your book.

 

 

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Book Lovers Day

Hannah Jenkins

 

August 9 is Book Lovers Day, an unofficial holiday that encourages people to pick up a book, or five, and spend the day reading.

 

On this day, honor all the bookworms and book lovers in your life. If you are a book lover yourself, then treat yourself to some quality reading time.

 

We have suggestions from a variety of genres, from Romance to SciFi, so scroll down and find your next read.

 

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Romance

 

MC: Knight: Book One, by L. Ann Marie

 

Steve is the VP of the MC. He’s autistic, talks funny—especially when stressed, and swears like a sailor. His mind works like a machine, focusing singularly on potential problems and clearing them with precision and stealth.

Military trained as a SEAL, he was a satellite for his team, but rarely involved with them. Working alone is what he’s best at, doing it quietly is what he excels at, and eliminating a threat to his MC family is what he was born to do.

When he turns that focus on Jess she doesn’t stand a chance and her natural sub tendencies are a perfect fit.

Jess is content being single, but after three years of being asked out she finally says yes to Steve. Jess lives with a debilitating ailment and is determined to hide that from her new MC family. Using her finance degree, Jess helps the MC stay out of the drug trade and they offer protection from union bosses in return. Pres and Jess work together to make the businesses profitable enough to keep his MC going and growing.

Keeping drugs out of their newly attained, clean world is a challenge that Steve will not walk away from, especially when Jess becomes a target.

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Diary of a Hollywood Hottie …and Other Starlet Indignities, by Taylor Marsh

 

 

Olivia Stark is the highest paid starlet in Hollywood. She has just come through a harrowing event that could have been pulled straight from “Law & Order SVU.”

Olivia is to figure out how she can maximize her starlet power into a career that will give her the same clout as the men who get paid more simply because of their gender. Olivia wants real power in Hollywood, not just the easy attention that comes with youth, beauty, and starlet billing.

 

She wants longevity.

How does she get it?

Tap into the influence that the men in her industry wield, but how?

 

Diary of a Hollywood Hottie …and Other Starlet Indignities is a peek into what it’s like to be a 20-something hottie in Hollywood. It’s a psychological exercise by a woman who’s grappling with her own power, her desire to have a healthy relationship with a man, and the need to make her work and personal life fit together.  There’s a sensitive, fearless young woman behind the body, talent, and prowess that comes with being a starlet in Hollywood.

 

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Estate of the Heart, by Janet Franks Little

 

 

Cameron Coleman’s latest project is her largest and riskiest historic renovation to date. A new architect offers to help in exchange for preservation experience. Then Cam makes two major mistakes—she falls in love with him and The Harte Estate. When evidence of an arson points to her apprentice, she must trust her heart, or be burned by love again.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

 

 

A Deep Thing, by A.K. Smith

 

 

What was her husband hiding in the jungles of Mexico?

 

Rocked by her husband’s tragic death, Kendall Jackson strives to put her life back together. But Ryder, her nineteen-year-old stepson, is bitter and wants nothing to do with her. And she can’t keep the grief at bay. Sometimes, it’s so strong, she wonders if life is worth living.

 

A call from a cave diver in Mexico gives her hope of mending the relationship with her stepson. Before his death, her husband arranged a diving expedition as a birthday gift for his son. Kendall persuades Ryder to honor his father’s last wish.

 

From the campus of Western Maryland College to the woods of Camp David and the caves of the Yucatán, Kendall and Ryder take a journey to discover what her husband worked so hard to hide, and to protect his treasured secrets from falling into the wrong hands. The choices they make will decide their fate and the future of others. Will they risk everything for the truth?

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The Daughters of the Darkness, by Luke Phillips

 

1898, East Africa. The Tsavo man-eaters kill 130 people over the course of nine months. The unusually large, pale-coloured, and maneless male lions mark history in what became known as their reign of terror.

Now, history is repeating itself. A new pride of killers has arrived in Tsavo, staking out their own bloody legacy. One that includes the murdered wife of conservationist and former hunter Thomas Walker.

Torn between the newfound happiness he has discovered in the Highlands of Scotland with his new fiancée, and his loyalty to the man whose brother has been taken by the man-eaters, Thomas must face his past and creatures feared as myth by his friend and the people of Kenya.

Arriving in Africa, Thomas finds the situation worsening as a local arms dealer and war lord declares the ‘critters of the bush’ are under his command to drive those not loyal to him from the land. With all not as it seems, the odds are stacked against Thomas and the small band of friends trying to restore balance to the region and its wildlife.

 

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Mildred In Disguise: With Diamonds Paperback, by Toni Kief

 

Toni Kief, author of Old Baggage, is excited to introduce a new work of fiction – and another feisty older woman, Mildred Petrie. Mildred sat in the human resources department at the casino, painfully aware of her age compared to the other applicants. She had assumed after a long marriage that they would settle into a comfortable retirement, but when her husband died it all changed. Little did anyone realize the loss would lead her to a life of corruption, crime and disguise. Only Mildred can find the truth! A thrilling read in sensible shoes.

 

 

 

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Breathe In, by Michelle Bellon

 

 

Breathe in. Breathe out. This mantra gets Tessa Benson through the day.

 

The man she loves walks all over her, and she just wants to get by without her heart shattering to pieces. If she could find her voice, she’d scream.

 

Everything changes in one night, when she’s snatched from the streets and tied to a bed, a camera set up to capture her dying moment. And the person who paid to watch her die…is still out there somewhere.

 

Tessa prowls dark neighborhoods in a quest for justice, but she doesn’t find the killer. Not until they strike again…in the place Tessa is least expecting, and where it hurts worst.

 

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What Hides Beneath, by J.L. Canfield

 

Hidden beneath a lump of clay and dirt is a very rare art work crafted by a Japanese artist known as a warrior. Two museum curators, who specialize in Asian art say it is valuable but renowned appraiser, Annette Williams claims it is worthless and her words carry weight in the art world. So which is it?

 

Pete White, an insurance investigator disappears from the museum where he is researching the treasure. Did he uncover its true value or find it’s a fake?

 

Lieutenant Detective Philip Samyn wonders why he is assigned to investigate a low priority robbery from a museum. Is his boss trying to push him to retire? He never thought his last case would be a missing laptop. That’s not how he envisioned leaving the force.

 

His investigation proves we see never the complete picture. There is always something hidden beneath.

 

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The Vatican Protocol, by Brian Gallagher

 

Struggling writer and nearly bankrupt Sean O’Shea is searching for the blockbuster story from which he can create a best seller. The goal is to regain his financial independence and self-esteem. When he learns of a horrific 1936 UFO crash in Germany’s Black Forest, he chases the story to its origin. The discovery of insidious Nazi involvement piques his interest and when he unearths secret assassinations of previous investigators, he is hooked. As his probe continues, witnesses are murdered and he becomes the target of deadly agents sent by the most powerful man in the Vatican-The Black Pope. The cover-up is greater than he ever imagined. When he discovers that UFO’s, Nazis, Wewelsburg Castle and the Vatican are connected, he has the killer story he envisioned, though it just may kill him to get it published.

 

 

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Barbecue and Bad News, by Nancy Naigle

 

 

Savannah Dey politely agreed to attend her ex-husband’s wedding, but she’d be grateful for any reason to get out of it…which is why the speeding ticket from the handsome sheriff of Adams Grove is both a surprise and a reprieve. With one quick call to her editor, the aspiring columnist finds herself with a new assignment and the perfect excuse to get closer to the man who pulled her over. Now, all she needs is a way to deal with all the bad memories the small town dredges up…

 

Sheriff Scott Calvin can’t forget the woman who set off his radar, but he’s determined to send Savannah on her way. He’s done making bad choices, and this beautiful city gal is sure to leave Adams Grove once she finishes her story. By the time she’s stirred up a hornet’s nest, he’s already falling for her. Will trouble bind them together, or will her secrets tear them apart?

 

 

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The Merlon Murders: A Duncan Dewar Mystery, by Victoria Benchley

 

When hot shot investigator and math genius Duncan Dewar decides to head a life insurance inquiry, he has no idea what he’s soon to encounter. Hoping to learn more about his ancestry, Duncan is drawn to the village of Taye, Scotland, where his past and future are about to collide, altering the trajectory of his life forever. Was the laird of Castle Taye accidently crushed by a merlon from his own battlement, or are more sinister forces at work? Is the alluring widow and beneficiary of eleven million pounds to blame, or innocent? Is a ghost seeking vengeance against members of Clan MacNab for the slaughter of her loved one hundreds of years ago? Will Duncan be the next victim of the merlon murders? Follow Duncan on a culinary tour of breathtaking Scotland as he navigates through relationships with the villagers of Taye in his quest for answers. The Merlon Murders I is part one of a two part mystery.

 

 

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Prodigal, by L.R. Stahlberg

 

 

Marc Rinaldi thought he’d gotten out. He’d escaped a life of murder and extortion, devoting his skills to fight for his country. But his past wasn’t done with him yet.

 

When forced to come home, Marc is caught up in a conspiracy within the new criminal order of Chicago, where he must choose between becoming the monster he was and the man he is desperately trying to be.

 

PRODIGAL is a gritty, hard boiled crime thriller packed with mystery, drama, visceral fight scenes and fast-paced action.

 

 

 

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The Eden Legacy, by Harold Gershowitz

 

 

June 4, 1967, was supposed to be a high point in Noah Greenspan’s year. It’s the night before the grand opening of Potomac Centre, the urban development project he spearheaded in the heart of Washington, DC. But the outbreak of the Six-Day War in the Middle East eclipses the event.

 

In the aftermath of the short, bloody war, Noah’s fiancee, Palestinian American journalist Alexandra Salaman, is assigned to Israel to cover the political implications for Israelis and Palestinians alike. It’s a dangerous task, partly because Alexandra was, years earlier, instrumental in preventing a terrorist attack and partly because she’s a Christian Arab engaged to Noah, a Jew. Such a marriage is certain to arouse anger from either side of the Israeli-Palestinian divide.

 

As Noah deals with legal and financial challenges to Potomac Centre, he and Alexandra find their relationship challenged by her insistence on staying in Israel to do her job – and by reunions with old lovers.

 

Neither knows that a figure from Alexandra’s past, the terrorist Omar Samir, plans to strike deep in the heart of the American capital. His target? Potomac Centre.

 

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Raven’s Redemption: A Cybertech Thriller, by John D. Trudel

 

Raven’s ragtag team thwarted an EMP attack by terrorists with Iranian nukes, but paid a terrible price. Everyone on his team was badly injured. A peaceful neighborhood was left in flames. Raven doesn’t officially exist. People are demanding explanations, but what doesn’t exist can’t be explained or defended. Politically it is easier to deny covert agents than support them.

 

The few who know what happened dare not say how close America came to Armageddon. An EMP attack would have killed at least 70% in major cities. Publicizing the extent of our vulnerability would create panic.

Raven’s partner Josie, a gentle psychic with exceptional powers, is catatonic. Her mind shut down from the trauma of red, raw combat. She is gone along with their dreams of someday having normal lives. Raven swore to protect her. She trusted him, but he failed. They were outnumbered and outgunned in their own Homeland.

 

From the White House to the UN, our enemies have friends in high places. Instead of targeting civilian populations, terrorists will now directly attack America’s leaders and the thin black line of agents that protect America. Remove the protectors and the sheep will be helpless.

 

 

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Confession Of Sin: Not All Secrets Should Be Kept, by Victoria M.Patton

 


Five years as a homicide detective and after his last case, Damien thought he had seen the worst of humanity. Until now. Blood coats the steps at St. Florentine Cathedral in Chicago Illinois. Lieutenant Damien Kaine and his partner Detective Joe Hagan stand over the mutilated body of Father Mandahari. Who wanted Father Mandahari to die in such a heinous way, and why? A note left by the killer indicates the Catholic Church is hiding secrets, and those secrets are getting priests killed. Another priest is violently murdered, and now Damien and Joe must battle the Catholic Church to get information that will help them narrow in on a suspect. Not only does Damien have a ruthless killer on his hands, but he also has a secret admirer who wants his attention. When Damien receives a gift, it becomes apparent this is no school girl crush. As the stalker becomes more desperate to gain Damien’s love, Damien will stop at nothing to protect Dillon. It is that desperation that puts he and Joe in a situation with deadly consequences.

 

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The Long Road Home, by Carolyn M. Bowen

 

Kate’s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents. She’d always been protected and sheltered by them. Suddenly she finds herself with a conniving fiancé living under her roof, a powerful businessman with terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets than most American politicians. She was also unaware that a half brother she knew nothing of was about to enter her life. Her situation was getting precarious right at the moment she was least able to cope with it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Buried Secrets of the Scorned

 

 

This is a story of darkness and pain written from the mind of a tortured soul.

Lisa Brennan has spent her life battling her own internal demons that assault her in the form of dark nightmares and twisted visions that she cannot escape from. She uses the pages of her books to share her dark secrets and find momentary relief from the torment. She locks herself away from society and develops a cold, hostile exterior that thinly veils her otherness. When she moves to 4014 Cemetery Hill Lane, in a small town in Virginia, the chilling noises and strange events begin to pull at the shreds of her sanity. She starts on a journey to unlock the secrets that lay hidden in the dark and twisting halls of the house, which are inexplicably linked to her own inner suffering.

 

 

 

 

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Maybe God was an Irishman, by Bernie Donnelly

 

2016: Lee Thomas is a Pulitzer-winning reporter living in New York. He should have the world at his feet, but he’s struggling to come to terms with the trauma in his life. Soon he finds his faith drawing him towards events happening an ocean away in Ireland.

 

Thirty years earlier, Sean Robinson is born in a small rural village in the West of Ireland. As he grows up he shows himself to be exceptional in many ways, but only a few are aware someone truly special is in their midst. Inevitably the hierarchy in both the Catholic and Anglican churches realize that they must protect and learn from this exceptional young man, feeling his influence will extend far beyond his country of birth.

 

Nobody is prepared for what’s to come.

 

 

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Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died, by Bob Brink

 

The doorbell rings in the home of a prominent Palm Beach citizen, quickly followed by a shotgun blast that shatters a window, cracking the calm of a cool January night. Rodger Kriger falls to the floor, mortally wounded, leaving a wife and six children.

 

Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died is closely based on a sensational, real murder that happened in the posh ocean-side town in 1976. In the thin guise of fiction, the book contains shocking new information never before made public. Author Bob Brink, an award-winning journalist, was a newspaper reporter in the locale where the assassination occurred. It made media headlines for 15 years.

 

An ambitious prosecutor pins the deed on Mitt Hecher, a hoodlum and karate expert. At Hecher’s trial, fellow jail inmates testify that he confessed. He is convicted and sentenced to the brutal and anarchic state prison at Raiford, where a stabbing a day and a killing a week are the “mean” average.

 

 

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Scifi & Fantasy

 

 

Adventure to Destiny: The Unity Objective Series, by Sandra Golden

 

 

Cousins J.R Black, and Helaina Unity are struggling. Helaina’s dreams, and visions are telling her things she doesn’t understand, and J.R’s drawings of a mysterious machine are driving them forward into the unknown as they seek answers. Answers to questions like: “Why are they developing unusual skills? Why can they have private conversation without even speaking one word? And what are the people of Hope Island hiding.” Helaina’s visions and J.R’s skills will take them to astonishing and unique places, as they battle dangerous enemies, from Earth, and beyond. Discovering that accepting what they are is much easier than accepting who they are. Which is “The One’s”.

 

 

 

 

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Detours in Time, by Pamela Schloesser Canepa

 

 

On a whim, feisty Tabitha takes a trip to the future with her trusted friend Milt, an awkward Science professor. Wonders and curiosities abound. However, their amusing journey soon becomes a challenging maze of difficult decisions. When an unplanned detour occurs, the two set events into action that may save one life and yet destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action?

Amid the backdrop of a future that reveals great wonders and horrors, Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas and surprises that can either destroy the strongest friendship or bring two people closer.

 

 

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Super Gym, by Em Frappier

In a world where Trainers rule and every calorie counts, you need to get fit or die trying.

There’s only one goal in the city of Famecili, and that is to become the ideal. Toned, tanned, and beautiful. The SuperGym Trainers are going to get you there by any means necessary. Health guru, Benjamin Pratt, hand-picked them to make sure you get fit or die trying. Come train with the best of the best. It’s not like you really have a choice.

Maggie is not the ideal. She’s not toned, tan, or beautiful, and she never will be. But, she is special. She has a special power that makes her dangerous, and her body seems completely resistant to change. Mr. Pratt loves a challenge and becomes obsessed with Maggie. He is going to do everything he can to make her the ideal. Maggie is focused entirely on escaping Mr. Pratt and his SuperGyms. There is a wall outside the city, and she is determined to get over it. But, is freedom what waits for her on the other side?

 

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Prosperine: The Adventures of the Space Heroine Hickory Lace, by PJ McDermott

 

A Science Fiction Trilogy with a Supernatural Edge. Unlike Earth, the planet Prosperine has never experienced a mass extinction event. For hundreds of thousands of years, creatures akin to dinosaurs were the dominant species…and slowly they evolved into something else.

 

Modern day Perines are intelligent bipeds, who live in a medieval, warlike, society. But their children still hatch from eggs, and eating meat is deadly to them. So, it comes as a shock to the Alien Corps when one of them is seen to be performing miracles.

 

Commander Hickory Lace and her crew, space pilot Jess Parker and the young genius Gareth Blanquette, are sent to Prosperine to investigate.

 

What starts off as a routine mission soon develops into a life-threatening crisis. Interplanetary politics, a bloody revolution, alien mercenaries, a mystic known as “the Teacher,” and a sword with supernatural power are just a few of the challenges Hickory must deal with. Explosive and unexpected, the story moves at a furious pace to reach an astonishing conclusion.

 

 

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Earth to Centauri: The First Journey, by Kumar L

 

2095 – An alien signal has been received on Earth, but what does it mean? Who used the archaic code to send a message? More importantly, what do they want?

 

Spaceship Antariksh, led by Captain Anara, is on its way to the origin of the signal. Heading up the first interstellar journey from Earth to make contact with beings from another planet, Captain Anara thought she was prepared for anything…but someone is keeping secrets from her.

 

Finally nearing their destination, 4.2 lightyears away, Captain Anara and her crew discover things are not what they seem. Mysteries abound and the truth is stranger than they ever imagined!

 

Will the crew of the Antariksh overcome unsurmountable odds to uncover the truth or will interstellar travel bring only death and destruction?

 

 

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The Touch: A Supernatural Story, by Robert Flynn III

 

 

The old beast is up to something out of character here.

 

Gabriel appears autistic because he hears a voice. The voice is real, but it is a supernatural presence. This voice gives him a power that he can transfer by touch. Gabriel does not trust this presence, though he finds that the wonder of what he is experiencing is far too great for him to resist.

 

Gabriel’s “autism” is really a defense against the weight of the power that has engulfed his heart, mind and soul, from the very beginning. He has no memory of his parents and in actuality, the voice, which causes him so much distress, is the only reality he has ever known. Living in an orphanage in Austin, Texas, all of his life, the voice has shown him more attention and love than any other person.

 

He befriends one other special young person in that orphanage, Joshua Fellows. Joshua also has experienced little love in his short life. The bond between these two young boys is the beginning of an amazing journey

 

 

 

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Young Adult

 

I would, but my damn mind won’t let me! – a teen’s guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings, by Jacqui Letran

 

Do you believe that life is unfair or that change is impossible? Are you unhappy and frustrated with your life? If you answered yes, you’re not alone! Teen Confidence Expert, Jacqui Letran, is here to show you a quick and easy path to a happier, healthier life. You can learn to create permanent changes for the better!

 

Your past can cause you to believe that making positive improvements requires a miracle. In Letran’s award-winning book, I would, but my DAMN MIND won’t let me!, you will learn the simple steps to overcome your obstacles and struggles. Once you understand how your mind works, you will have the knowledge and power to take control of your thoughts and feelings. The power to challenge your old negative patterns and create the exact life you want is in your hands.

 

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The Dragon Orb, by Mike Shelton

 

 

The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards who couldn’t be more different.

Bakari is a brilliant scholar wizard who’s more at home in a library than a battlefield. Alli is a beautiful young battle wizard whose grace in battle is both enchanting and deadly. Roland is a counselor wizard with a seemingly limitless depth of untapped power — and the ego to match it.

As the magical barrier protecting the kingdom of Alaris from dangerous outsiders begins to fail, and a fomenting rebellion threatens to divide the country in a civil war, the three wizards are thrust into the middle of a power struggle.

When the barrier comes down, the truth comes out. Was everything they were taught about their kingdom based on a lie? Will they all choose to fight on the same side, or end up enemies in the battle over who should rule Alaris?

 

 

 

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Liquid Gambit, by Bonnie Milani

 

 

Death is never more than an airlock away for the denizens of Hell, the last deck before the Void on the last station in human space.

 

It’s a place where justice is for sale and slavers hawk their human merchandise to the highest bidder. But to Rick, a scarred, bitter Lupan warrior, it’s home – or at least the one place in the known universe where he can ignore all the death warrants on him throughout the rest of the Commonwealth. It’s also the place where a few drops of the most precious liquid in all of human space can buy him a berth on the last ship back to his birth world. Until a mysterious, vaguely familiar woman walks into the dive Rick runs. And brings his deadly, ugly past in with her.

 

 

 

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Women’s Fiction

 

 

La Vita: Chronicles of an Italian Immigrant Family in a Small New England Town, by Don Arsenault

 

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Assunta and her young daughters, Marietta and Maddalena, leave their mountain commune in the Gran Sasso of Italy and begin their journey to the promised better life in America where Camillo, her long-absent husband and father of the girls, waits for them. The story takes us from the confusion of their departure in Antwerp, the crossing of the Atlantic in steerage, their detainment on Ellis Island, to the mountains of northern New Hampshire where, after the birth of two more children, their better life is cut short by Camillo’s death. Left with four dependent children, Assunta, a non-citizen, must find ways to keep the family together through the Great Depression, the Bank Holiday that wiped out her substantial nest egg; Prohibition, World War 2 with its intensified anti-Italian prejudice, the threat of deportation, and the consequences of her mistaken marriage of convenience – all of which leave her with bittersweet memories of the life she lived on three continents with two husbands and six children.

 

 

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Self Help

 

 

 

Secrets to Shine Through the Noise, by Akasha Garnier

 

Author Akasha Lin Garnier presents Secrets to Shine through the Noise, A compelling journey from starving artist to mentorship, world travel, award-winning branding and a travel thriller series. In this cinematic guide, the author shares how to create an actionable plan and how to make a brand distinctive to rise above the noise.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Short Book on Attracting a Great Life, by John P. Durante

 

 

This is a personal development book written by an author who has used goal setting, the law of attraction, vision boards, meditation,self hypnosis, and mind movies to attract a great life. The author shares what he has learned from the experts in personal development, and offers suggestions of actions people can take to attract a great life. He is not claiming to be a self help expert like Tony Robbins, but rather as a person who has been practicing what the experts recommend for the last thirty years. The author shares stories from his life experiences, and examples of what has worked for him.

 

 

 

 

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Earthgame: Hints for Mastering the Greatest Game in the Universe, by Rochelle P. Bartholomew

 

Fellow members of the human race, have you forgotten how incredibly powerful and badass you are? To live IS an awfully big adventure, perhaps the biggest adventure in the entire universe. But this adventure, like all great adventures, is challenging, somewhat painful, and at times terrifying! Instead of running out to meet the challenge, many of us find ourselves stuck in a constant state of low-grade fear and anxiety. Great sages and teachers throughout time have had one message to humanity: “fear not.” You were built for this! Earthgame will show you why there is no need to feel afraid. It will uplift you and inspire you to live your days more carefree, childlike, open, and courageously. We’re going to talk fundamentals, theory, and technique. A straight up ‘how-to’ section on meditation will get you started if you are a beginner and if you are more experienced, help you go deeper than ever thought possible.

 

To everyone in the middle of living a life right now, Earthgame is the mid-game pep talk you may be needing!

 

 

 

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Spiritual

 

 

The Warrior, by Joyce Swann

 

James is sitting at a Ft. Worth intersection waiting for the light to change when he hears the roar of a truck speeding toward him. Before he can react, his motorcycle is crushed, and he is thrown fifty feet onto the median.

At that precise moment in Dallas, Elizabeth’s sleep is interrupted by a vivid dream in which she witnesses James’ accident. As she watches him begin to pass from life to death, she extends her hand and cries, “Don’t die if you don’t know Jesus!”

Although neither James nor Elizabeth is aware of the other’s existence, they begin a ten-year odyssey in which their lives are inexorably intertwined, changing their futures and the futures of those they love most.

“The Warrior” is a moving testimony to the power of prayer and God’s desire to redeem every life.

 

 

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Loving Bear: A BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance, by Amber Belmont

 

 Should you ever date your boss?

Jess Bevan doesn’t have time to worry if Mr Right will ever show up. She has enough to deal with studying, working, and helping her mom raise her kid brother. Love and romance was never really her thing anyway. She couldn’t cope with the inevitable heartache.

But when Nick Ford becomes her temporary manager, everything changes. He’s arrogant, annoying – and also the most attractive man Jess has ever met. He’s the one complication she can do without.

It’s hard to deny her feelings for him, but does Nick feel the same way? Is he looking for a good time or does he want something more, something Jess can’t give? And is it wise to get involved with her boss?

Loving Nick could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for. Is he really worth the risk?

 

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Succeeding in High School: A Handbook for Teens and Parents plus A College Admissions Primer

Joseph Adegboyega-Edun

Succeeding in High School captures the essence of what matters to high school teens. It teaches students coping skills, study skills, organization skills, test preparation skills and more

 

What happens when a high school student finds himself in another school district a thousand miles away from where he schooled last year? Expected and unexpected challenges develop. First of all, the student’s parents need to understand that they are not the only ones dealing with the stress due to relocation.

 

Their high school teenager is dealing with different types of stress, for example, the friends he no longer has around him, a different neighborhood and a seemingly alien school environment. What will this new school be like? Can he fit in? If he plays sports, will he get on the team?

 

If he doesn’t play sports, how does he gain new friends? If he experienced any bullying in his previous school, he would be concerned about bullying at this new school. His parents would want to know how the school handles bullying and related issues. To make friends, a new student can look for interest clubs on the school’s website to see which one suits him. He can write an email to the club sponsor for more information or to become a member. Joining an interest club opens an avenue for him to make new friends.

Parents of and students from international countries get step-by-step information on what they need to know and what such students need to do to adjust to an American High School. Students from international countries where the first language is not English need to be ready to take a placement test in English. Initially, they might or might not experience some difficulty in subject areas requiring extensive reading and writing. After that initial period of adjustment, they will find that the rest of their high school journey is much easier. It is always important to ask school personnel questions whenever parents suspect that their student is experiencing difficulties at school. It always helps to do this earlier than later.

 

The four years of high school are the foundation for what happens next. There are several options open to students after a successful completion of their high school education. Some take a gap year, others go to college while others may join the armed forces. A gap year may include travel abroad, work, or volunteer service prior to attending college. The college application process is competitive and requires student’s undivided attention because of its many components. It includes a college search, the application and financial aid research. Students interested in the armed forces may apply to  the military academies or seek to enlist in a branch of the armed forces of interest to them. Others may seek admission to a university with an ROTC on campus. A student who reads this book will find, as one of its reviewers has written, that it is a roadmap for college and for life.

 

 

 

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