October Reads

Hannah Jenkins

 

 

 

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 

As we get closer to the holiday season what better way is there than to spend the evenings curled up with a book? Here are 26 books that you should add to your reading list!

 

Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

Breaking Point: Women of Purgatory 3.5, by India Kells

 

When you are pushing your life, love, and mission to the breaking point…

Time flew for the Purgatory organization, and even if its founder, Beatrice Dante, is never far away, Gabrielle Thorne is now in charge of the teams. But such a position comes at a price for the former assassin.

Her strength is wearing thin, and her relationship with her husband Sullivan is on the rocks. Pushing every warning sign aside, Gabrielle calls out the team for a mysterious mission at Beatrice’s request. With Sully, Mac, Wes, Dee and Owen by her side, and, of course, Lance, they quickly realize that their mission is going south from the start, and that every step is not only leading them in the wrong direction, but a shadow is keeping an eye on them along the way.

And for Gabrielle, her next decisions may mean the end of her life as she knows it.

For the first time, the Purgatory reunites in a novella.

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Hidden: Part 1, by Linda Berry

Haunted by the violent deaths of his Marine brothers in Afghanistan, twenty-eight-year-old Sully returns home to Oregon wanting to piece his fragmented life back together.

His homecoming is tainted, however, by the long-buried secrets of his invalid father, which have torn the family apart. Their horse ranch has been neglected and is sliding into bankruptcy. Murdering horse thieves have stolen Sully’s champion stallion and killed a close friend.

Doggedly, Sully works to restore the family’s prosperity and care for his ill-tempered father. His friendship with Maggie, a gentle yet vulnerable therapist, is his only refuge.

Violence and murder continue to hound Sully, and until the elusive horse thieves are caught, no one in his family is safe.

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Missing Amanda, by Duane Lindsay

 

If you like Westlake or Hallinan – You’ll love Missing Amanda

Revenge is a dish best served quickly

Chicago in 1958 is a very dangerous place. When private eye Lou Fleener and his friend Dion Monkton are tricked into helping a Chicago mob boss in his takeover of Mayor Daley’s office, it makes the other mobs angry enough to kill.

Through guns and bombs and the unsteady affections of Cassidy Adams, a blonde with a heart for pure gold, the scary attentions of a hit man who prefers a scalpel to a .38 and a baseball fan who’ll kill them if the Cubs lose, Lou and Monk devise an amazing plan of vengeance against the mobs.

All of them. At the same time.

If it works, they’ll be rich. And who knows – maybe even alive.

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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?

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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A Bark in the Night (The Talking Dog Detective Agency Book 1), by M K Scott

Out of control preschoolers and their demanding parents has Nala turning private investigator over summer break.

The idea came from her ability to solve television mysteries before the sleuth did. Her agency motto is discreet inquiries, which means nothing to her wannabe action star father or her competitive mother who are determined to help.

A hunky veteran turned cop, a helpful neighbor, and a rescue dog that talks only makes things interesting. Nala might even start to enjoy the job if whoever is trying to kill her would just give it a break.

Nala might even start to enjoy the job if whoever is trying to kill her would just give it a break.

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The Long Road Home, by Carolyn M Bowen

After a lifetime of being protected and sheltered by her parents, Kate is thrown into a state of turmoil after their sudden death.

With nowhere else to turn, she finds herself living with her fiancé, a conniving businessman who is well on his way to becoming a corrupt super-lawyer. At the same time, Kate’s father’s law firm houses more secrets than a politician’s hard drive. Later, she receives a shocking surprise when a long-lost half-brother enters her life.

Can Kate rise to these challenges, discover the truth and re-emerge as a stronger, smarter version of herself?

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Self Help

When God Says Go: Turn Your Storms Into An Unshakable Relationship With God, Leaving It All Behind, by Velma Marie Trayham

If you’re in the market for life-changing advice for professional and personal growth based on concrete experience, When God Says God is for you!

This new guide will show you how to survive and thrive in business and forge a path toward success in every area of life.

Award-winning marketing leader and professional speaker Velma Trayham cites the grace of God as the catalyst for her current success, and she wants to share the secret of embracing your own “go” moment so that you can move toward the destiny God ordained for you.

She shares how she handled the accident that became her personal “go” moment.

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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! 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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Slick Move Guide Latest Edition, by Jodi Velazquez

 

The Slick Move Guide Latest Edition is an updated version of the original Slick Move Guide. This consumer written, easy to read, informative and very detailed moving guide that can save a mover hundreds of dollars is now loaded with even more helpful information.

Detailed content has been added primarily in the Determining a good prospect section to better assist readers with choosing a quality mover and protect them from moving fraud. A comparison of moving yourself and having a moving company relocate your household goods has been added as well as the benefits of moving in the winter months. The original SMG has been tested for competency and changes have been made in determined areas to help the reader understand the information more easily. A section has been added on transporting firearms and more helpful tips have been added about how to handle the emotional side of moving and staying in touch with family and friends.

Some editorial revisions have also been made to the new version. Just as the original this guide offers great packing advice, and will educate the mover on how to protect their household goods, choose a quality mover, and avoid those infamous mistakes and much more. With a spiral binding, it acts as a workbook and the stress reducing timeline in the end of the book is one of the best features providing blank lines for customizing your to do list. It is used by companies, home builders, real estate agents, schools, and sports teams and leagues in America.

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And Then I Met Margaret, by Rob White

From humble beginnings, Rob White went on to become very successful in the real estate and restaurant business. At the same time that he began enjoying material wealth, he experienced a deepening feeling of inner emptiness. So he sought out world-class gurus to help him understand better how to live a full, rich life.

However, he eventually discovered that the most helpful gurus aren’t necessarily bestselling self-help authors, world-famous keynote speakers, or famous workshop leaders — they’re unassuming gurus that everyone encounters on their journey through life. These “everyday” teachers awakened Rob to powerful insights and life lessons that are superb starting points for a new life.

This book recaps twenty one of Rob’s awakening moments in inspirational, warm, and entertaining stories. You’ll read about a grade school student who, with one simple question, helped Rob gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of life. You’ll meet a Maasai mother who demonstrated that we’re much more than we dare to imagine. And you’ll meet a former peanut vendor who turned medical wisdom on its head by simply deciding that he wasn’t going to die.

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Romance

 

I, SUBMISSIVE: (A DUET, BOOK 1), by Kari Nelson

Alexis Quinn was a dutiful wife for 10 years, when her cheating husband asked for a divorce.

Having submitted to one man for 15 years, Alexis found that escaping him had made her want more.

Her best friend, Phoebe had taken her to a ‘Lifestyle’ club, where Alexis fantasized about being with a Dom named Dmitri. He became her obsession, causing her entire life to spiral out of control with her overwhelming desire to be the submissive woman that he wanted.

Alexis stands to lose everything on a quest to have more, as it opens a door to a world that she had only dreamed was possible.

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Love Arrested, by Doris Vilk

 

Susan Chatham had it all: celebrity status, money and a super-hot Hollywood mogul husband.

While on set, her world came crashing down.

Susan was arrested and convicted for a crime she contended she did not commit.

 

Life in prison presented abuse beyond her level of comprehension.

Could she remain resilient and survive the demands made upon her and find true love in the depths of her despair?

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Heartaches: Bad Boy Vibes, by H.M. Irwing

Anna Simmons is a broken soul searching for meaning in her life.

Shattered by a number of people she trusted, she was almost on the brink of utter despair when her savior came from an unlikely source.

Rafe Brown, ex-army commando, returned to Australia from abroad with a soul fractured to splinters.

Moving through life in an aimless search to seek retribution, he meets Anna and she happens to be what he needed but never expected.

Love, lust and passion ignites but beneath it all, two soul unite forever.

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Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters: Volume 1 (Katherine of Aragon Story), by Wendy J Dunn

 

Doña Beatriz Galindo. Respected scholar. Tutor to royalty. Friend and advisor to Queen Isabel of Castile.

Beatriz is an uneasy witness to the Holy War of Queen Isabel and her husband, Ferdinand, King of Aragon. A Holy War seeing the Moors pushed out of territories ruled by them for centuries.

The road for women is a hard one. Beatriz must tutor the queen’s youngest child, Catalina, and equip her for a very different future life. She must teach her how to survive exile, an existence outside the protection of her mother. She must prepare Catalina to be England’s queen.

A tale of mothers and daughters, power, intrigue, death, love, and redemption. In the end, Falling Pomegranate Seeds sings a song of friendship and life.

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Crazy New Life by D.D. Hardin

After a year of being divorced, Katelyn Harper meets and falls for Anthony Piersson, big man around Charlotte. She thought it would be a while before meeting someone she would want to be with. Little does she know, she will not only experience a lot of firsts after ending her marriage of 25 years, but more adventure than she might ever want.

This strong man she is falling for has a lot of very angry people after him and she feels she has to protect him as much as he feels the need to protect her.

Anthony Piersson, owner of several businesses and entrepreneur in Charlotte has been divorced for a couple of years. He has not even thought of meeting and falling for anyone again until he runs into Katelyn Harper at a quaint bar in a town South of Charlotte with his friend Christian.

Never did he think he would fall in love with a hot red head or even enjoy a woman’s presence again. Now to keep this woman safe from those trying to destroy him is his top priority along with making sure she is his and his alone.

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Sci-Fi

 

Col’m, by D. Krauss

 

Twenty years after Tu’an, Collier Rashkil runs an intelligence network out of an underground church in the northern Shenandoah Valley.

A hundred miles or so south, Henry Price runs a smuggling ring. Neither is aware the other survived the horrific last stand of the Ghosts.

Life is hard: Collier is proscribed; Henry is one step ahead of arrest and execution, yet both have a measure of contentment. But then an old enemy confronts Collier as a new enemy attacks Henry, and a war already lost threatens to reignite and finish them, their families, and what’s left of the country.

 

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Refuse, by Jennifer N Roush

Psyche: it used to mean the seat of intellect, but now refers only to a tiny asteroid housing the solar system’s human garbage.

When Antoinette Foucault’s dream of motherhood circles the drain, an emotional outburst is expected, but not a revolution. Her official “Deviation” permits her to express otherwise-illegal discontent, but no one could predict it would be her key to an organization of misfits with designs on overthrowing the government.

Can she save the innocent before warring revolutions destroy them all? Only if she can do more, be more, than refuse.

 

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Historical Fiction

 

 

Civil Bloods, by Steve Nelson

Two young brothers attached by their bootstraps, decide to go and fight for the Confederate Army. En route to form up with the rest of their company, they are captured by the North. Sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois.

The brothers bribe their way out, and eventually end up in Wisconsin, to start new lives.

With help from their uncle, the boys open up a tavern/casino/cathouse in Dundee, Wisconsin.

Their lives begin to change in a big way, with help from some notorious outlaws.

 

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Reign of the Marionettes, by Sheena Macleod

Mass hysteria sweeps through the country with deadly consequences. Beneath the wit and laughter of Charles II’s Restoration Court, political and religious tensions mount, and Countess Elizabeth Herbert tries to keep her family safe.

When Titus Oates, a minister begging on the streets, claims to have uncovered a plot to kill the King and replace him with his Catholic heir, no one is safe from accusation. When suspicion falls on her husband, Elizabeth’s life is thrown into turmoil.

As a tangled web of lies and deceit unfolds, Elizabeth realises her husband is a pawn in a much larger game. Caught up in the mass hysteria sweeping the country she’s forced to fight back to stop his execution for high treason.

But, how can a woman take on the most powerful men in England?

Set at a time of religious and political turmoil, when the fate of English rule is at stake, and it’s impossible to know who to trust ‘Reign of the Marionettes’ brims with historical detail and intrigue.

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Humor

 

Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs, by Whitney Dineen

 

Join bestselling romantic comedy author, Whitney Dineen, as she discovers the three Es of parenting:

  • Exhilarating—when you first discover you’re pregnant.
  • Exhausting—when you realize you’ll most likely never sleep again–like EVER.
  • Explosive—OMG these kids spew from both ends!

And that’s just the beginning. Whitney shares the ridiculous highs and excruciating lows of her catapult into motherhood. Enjoy the ride as this new mom vows to give up profanity while falling in love with… you guessed it, Costco. Be careful, because if you’re anything like Whitney, you may just pee a little.

Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as Whitney plummets into postpartum depression, desperately tries to get her kids to stop yodeling in public restrooms, and comes to terms with the fact she’ll never quite be queen of her own kingdom. Get ready to laugh, cry, cheer, and pat yourself on the back for the sake of mommies everywhere. And while you’re at it, stop by Costco for a case of toilet paper and a Very Berry Sundae. You won’t regret it!

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Literary Fiction

 

To and Fro Upon the Earth: A Novel, by Markus McDowell

 

This literary novel is a new take on an old story of grief and the search for meaning in a world that seems not only uncaring, but vindictive.

To and Fro Upon the Earth is a captivating (and disturbing) story about a man who rejects the common answers to life, suffering, and injustice. In his life, in his dreams, and in painful flashbacks, Jay Adam faces the agony of grave injustice, experiences the cold hand of fate, and reluctantly embarks upon a questionable search for meaning and hope.

 

 

 

 

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California Bound by Frank Kelso and John O’Melveny Woods

 

Lawmen won’t … The Cavalry can’t … 2 Civil War veterans wade the Rio Bravo to find a stolen girl!
In a Union POW camp, Jeb & Zach dreamed of California Gold, but the road West leads Jeb to his sis’s home in Texas.  Jeb & Zach are God-fearing, hard-working, honest southern boys–if you don’t count stealing Gen. Sherman’s horse.
A border war raged on the Rio Bravo near Eagle Pass TX! Cattle rustled! Ranches burnt! Innocents killed or kidnapped! Confronting 2 Cortina men in a saloon turns ugly … Jeb is wounded … one Cortina man escapes to alert Cortina. A young widow tends Jeb in healing after the Doc sews him. Jeb and Zach take a shine to the bold and sassy lady.
“Aww, man. After all the time we been together, are we gonna fight over a woman”

Jeb & Zach trick Cortina to rescue Rebecca but Cortina cross the Rio Bravo to take Eagle Pass hostage! Either Jeb & Zach surrender to him or he burns the town!

Will they ever get to California?

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Fantasy

 

Shadows of Men, by M. Lee Holmes

 

When Rhada, High Protector of Kaena, is commanded by the King to travel north to investigate a suspicious disturbance, she is less than thrilled to spend over a month on the road. As her companion, she chooses Captain Mayvard Stoneward, the only person who can bear her company. The two of them set off on a journey that will forever change their lives- a journey where Rhada’s past seems to follow her everywhere she goes- a past that the people of the realm have not so easily forgotten.

Meanwhile, Lord Ivran Cassius has plans to overthrow the throne, and at his side is the entire realm, eager to rid themselves of the man who calls himself King. Rhada’s absence leaves King Firion vulnerable, and Lord Ivran only needs to find the right moment to strike.

But none of them are expecting the darkness that has gathered in the north- an ancient sorcerer, seemingly returned from the dead. He is a man who can raise the dead from their graves and control the minds of his prey- a man desperately seeking vengeance.

The realm of Kaena will have to come together to fight this new evil, and only one person can save them all.

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The Seventh Seal (The Chronicles of Daniel Stone Book 1), by A.J. Dobbs

Fifteen year old Daniel Stone’s world is turned upside down when he his kidnapped by the villainous Odling Smee. He learns that his late father was one of the seven Keepers of Thera charged with maintaining the balance of life on Earth and its alternate self Arthe and that this great responsibility has now fallen on him.

Smee is intent on overthrowing the Keepers and taking control of life itself and Daniel, as heir to the Seventh Seal, now stands in his way!

Daniel has to come to terms with the lies and deceit of his parents as well as the burden of his father’s inheritance as his life heads uncontrollably into a future he could never have imagined. His childhood now lost he has to face the heavyweight of adult responsibility.

The Seventh Seal is a fast paced page-turner that weaves effortlessly between the interconnected worlds of Earth, Arthe and Thera to keep you guessing and questioning as science fact is mixed with fantasy to create new worlds with amazing possibilities…

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Spiritual

  

The Book of Thomas The Doubter, by George Tyrell

The Gospel of Thomas revealed the secret teachings Jesus gave to his doubting disciple.

The ancient historian Eusebius spoke of Thomas’ travels into the mysteries of occult lands. The Acts of Thomas told of his mission among the Hindus and Buddhists of India (and there are commemorative sites and Thomas Christians in India to prove it).

What effects would Jesus’ most intimate teachings have on the disciple Thomas?

And how would this skeptical Jew have responded to the occult religions in strange lands?

Thomas’ secret teachings and mysterious travels are now brought vividly alive in the apocryphal story: The Book of Thomas the Doubter: Uncovering the Hidden Teachings

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The Other Side of the Story, by Daphine Priscilla Brown- Jack

 

On August 26, 2009, Daphine Priscilla Brown-Jack thought everything was fine. While driving home from work, she began to reflect on her day, grateful for all her blessings. But just as her gut instinct told her something was wrong, her phone rang. As her daughter relayed news of an allegation against her husband–the man who was always serving and loving God and his family–Daphine’s life plunged into turmoil. Suddenly, nothing was fine.

In the coming months as the situation in her home grew unbearable, Daphine knew she could no longer depend on anyone and turned to her only remaining hope and strength: God. As she relives the emotional experience of watching her life fall apart before her eyes, Daphine provides a compelling glimpse inside her personal journey as she separated fact from fiction, navigated through the criminal justice system, and learned to trust in God’s purpose and plan for her life.

The Other Side of the Story is the inspirational true story of one woman’s struggles within herself, her family, her faith, and the justice system after her husband is wrongfully accused of a crime.

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Memoir

 

Running Away to Europe: A Memoir, by Nicolette Johnston

In this soul-searching story, Nicolette explores England and France. But her adventure quickly turns into a comedy of errors, leaving her trip to resemble nothing like the dream vacation she envisioned. She leaves her passport on a bus in England, gets pickpocketed in Paris, has a fender bender on a narrow village road in the Loire Valley, and realizes she is truly alone when she can’t communicate in French.

Despite blogging her adventures to the world, she internally struggles with which direction in life to go next. Vowing to keep incoming communication to a minimum during her escape; she wanders thru parks, gardens, and the French country hoping to find inner peace. Yet, she knows her biggest struggle still lies ahead.

Does she return to John in Florida?

The kindest man she’s ever known despite his shortcomings, and why can’t she forget Jett? The man she told herself never to surrender her heart to. But first, she must remember why she ran away in the first place.

With her vacation…err, ‘run’ coming to an end, the thought of figuring out the next chapter is nearly paralyzing, but she knows she can’t avoid facing her future forever.

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Business

 

 

QuickBooks Made Fast and Simple, by Mike L Russell

 

Learn the easier cash method of accounting in just 4-6hours. Are you behind with your bookkeeping and need to catch up so you can file your taxes! Did you try to learn accrual accounting first and your finding it difficult?

You should always learn the easier cash basis method of bookkeeping first before learning the more difficult accrual method. Unique Author’s Warranty allows you to email questions to help you succeed!

Get your copy today and be ready for the next tax deadline! Contractors of all types express the following sentiments. You can’t believe it happened again! Last year, you swore it would be different.

You promised yourself that you would have everything ready so that this year’s tax preparation would be easy. Sure, you tried. You bought a couple of books. Tried to do the QuickBooks tutorials on their site. But you kept messing it up and having to start again. Accrual accounting is hard! 

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Why I Founded Story Merchant Books

Ken Atchity

My representation company, Story Merchant had reached a point, about four years ago, when I knew something was wrong. I’d founded Story Merchant, a literary management company, to find books I could set up as films or television. But the flow of movie properties was slowing drastically because we were selling fewer and fewer books to the traditional publishers.

 

Assessing the situation, we realized that traditional publishing had officially changed from the visionary entrepreneurial world it once was. Now nearly all major imprints were part of one or another of five big conglomerates. Hachette, CBS Viacom, Penguin Putnam Random House, Harper, and Holtzbrinck were all different, but they had one thing in common: the new international corporate owners cared primarily for the bottom line. They were allowing editors to take fewer and fewer chances on unknown new voices. It was breaking my heart to see outstanding books get kicked to the curb because they couldn’t prove they would sell, and because their authors didn’t have a national or international “platform”—that word that suddenly became as much a buzzword as “sustainable” is today.

Then I got an invitation from a friend at Amazon, to attend a meeting of select literary reps—agents and managers—in New York. I was introduced to the prospect of working closely with Amazon, to pass along worthy books for direct publishing. Worthy books meant well-written, well-edited, well-designed, and well-launched books.

I instantly decided to form my own imprint, Story Merchant Books, to have books I could hand across the breakfast, lunch, and dinner tables I frequented in my Hollywood producing world. And it worked. Since the imprint began we’ve assisted nearly 200 titles in being direct-published, and have set up nearly twenty of them already as feature films, television films, or series.

Every setback is an opportunity in the new frontier of the story marketplace.

 

 

Writer/editor/manager/producer Dr. Ken Atchity (PhD Yale) has managed nearly twenty New York Times bestsellers and produced over thirty films for theater and television including Amityville: The Evil Escapes, The Lost Valentine, Hysteria, and Angels in the Snow. His own books include The Messiah Matrix and Sell Your Story to Hollywood: Writer’s Pocket Guide to the Business of Show Business

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 Kaledinova

 

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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