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I Wolf by Bob Jones
.99 cents
In the distant future a small hand picked team of men penetrate deep into enemy territory in order to save mankind from our worst enemy. In 2522, Captain Roger Langston of the Amalgamated Confederacy is ordered to train, equip and deploy a Special Forces Team in support of Operation Tango Slam. Striking deep into enemy territory, Captain Langston and his ‘Wolf Pack’ must locate and secure their target while facing overwhelming enemy forces. During their long march behind enemy lines they must face those whom they hate above all else. There is a traitor in the Confederacy who tries to destroy the team from the inside. Along the way, the men must face their inner demons as they come to grips with a fight for their very souls. A story of war and warriors, betrayal and intrigue, hatred, and understanding. A man must look inside his own heart and discover that which drives him. If he looks for honest answers, he may not always like what he finds. But in an honest query of his soul, a man may find enlightenment. Only then can he truly change.

In My Wildest Dreams by Paul R. Meredith

Joshua Whitley was a man working on his career goals when he met Julia Cusack in a lunch room one day. Julia was a beautiful young lady with career goals much like his. Yes, it was truly love at first sight for Josh, the name most people called him. Over time Josh and Julia became romantically involved and eventually married. They purchased the home of their dreams and started their family. However, their plan for life was soon to be derailed with an issue that was beyond their ability to solve. Life changed dramatically for Josh as his dreams for happiness spun out of control. Then an unexpected set of events in a family already marred with tragedy caused a change none in the family could have known would happen. Life for Josh went from being lonely, dull and boring, to a life filled with new hope and happiness for the future. In his wildest dreams Josh could never have planned what was about to happen to him, but it did happen. He met a new love in a place he never dreamed, in the same family as his previous wife Julia, and the rest as they say, is history. Was it fate that threw Josh and Dianne together at the most critical time of their lives? Nobody could know for sure, but it was a match that had to be made in heaven. From the time they were first together as a couple, it was almost magic how success came to the two of them, both in love and in their separate business ventures. Obstacles that would have stopped others from getting together were simply viewed as challenges to be overcome by Josh and Dianne. This is an epic story of how love can overcome almost any obstacle if the passion is present. Don’t think everything went smooth as silk for them though, because that would be a huge mistake. There is tragedy throughout this remarkable story, the loss of spouses, of parents, and even the horrible death of Dianne’s mother, all of which sent shock waves through this strong young couple as they struggled for success in life. Dianne made a totally unexpected career change when she realized she had seen in a vision where the body of a missing elderly woman was located, a woman she had never met or knew personally. When Dianne was questioned about how she knew of the location of the dead woman, her responses gave the local authorities cause to see a need to solicit her help in other unsolved murder cases. The story takes so many unpredictable turns it is difficult to write a synopsis that includes all the major parts of the story, but let it suffice to say the reader will be astonished by the unfolding of the story. It is a story that includes most of the elements one could possibly expect in a really great love story.

The Temporal by C J Martin
ETERNITY: Existence outside time… ??? Sam was ordinary. Then came the Echoes of Eternity, a mysterious Japanese woman, and the realization that he alone can stop a terrorist plot. After his wife leaves him for a former friend, Sam Williams moves to Japan to start his life over. But a quiet life for Sam was not to be. A devastating earthquake in central Japan sends eternity crashing into time, enabling Sam to hear echoes of the past and even the future. Through these Echoes of Eternity, Sam and a mysterious woman he had dreamt about since childhood learn of a terrorist plot that could plunge the world into turmoil and position a murderer as the leader of the free world. They alone have the knowledge and ability to stop the plot. But even with eternity on their side, can they stop it in time?

Starke Naked Dead by Conda V. Douglas
The gossiping women of the Widows Brigade in Starke, Idaho love a good scandal—this time its murder, and a stark naked corpse! Jeweler Dora Starke believes creating her own jewelry line with no money and no time is her biggest problem. She’s mistaken. When her estranged recluse dad shows up and thrusts a stolen, cursed necklace worth millions into her face and demands she sell it or he’s dead, she knows this must be her biggest problem. She’s wrong. When she pursues her father to his mountain cabin and instead of dear old dad, discovers a stark naked corpse, she’s certain she’s found her biggest problem. Nope. Dora’s problems are just beginning…

Extreme Couponer: Insider secrets to getting groceries for free by Marcia Layton Turner
Have you ever wondered how certain coupon users—the extreme couponers—are able to buy hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars of groceries for only a few bucks? They fill their shopping carts full of everything from soup to apples to pasta, fish, beer, dish detergent, yogurt and milk, and then pay next to nothing for it. People routinely save 30%, 40%, 50% or more on their grocery shopping each week, sometimes as much as 90% or 95%. And you can, too.The key is in gathering and strategically using the billions of dollars of coupons currently in circulation. And that’s exactly what you’ll learn in Extreme Couponer.

God, Glory and Gold: Journey to the Conquest of the Incas, The Beginning by Paul M. Kochis
Book One opens our saga in early 15th century Hispania. The Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon had yet to bootstrap themselves into a coherent power on the Iberian Peninsula. Isabella of Trastamara, third in line for the crown of Castile, is embraced by a few disgruntled nobles who improbably install her successfully as Queen. Through the tireless, clever, visionary intrigues, alliances, and wars of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, an impoverished, ungovernable patchwork of old fiefdoms was painfully corralled to face off against common enemies instead of themselves, the Muslins in Granada. When she succeeds in expelling the Muslims in 1492, she takes a gamble on a fellow visionary, Christopher Columbus, and authorizes his first three voyages that secures a vast New World of territory for the Crown. The discovery spawns a generation of militant entrepreneurs, later called conquistadors, who set out to make the New World theirs. Many were born poor soldiers or peasant farmers from Extramadura. They were adventurers who saw an opportunity to leave the endless wars of 16th century Europe, particularly after Hernan Cortes toppled the Aztec empire of Montezuma. They did not know exactly what they would find in the unexplored New World to the south of Mexico, Hispaniola and Panama, but they were willing to gamble their lives for what they knew they would never have if they remained on the Iberian Peninsula. Many had seen the fragmented kingdoms of modern day Italy in the Italian Wars – and a life far better there than their homeland, which was still recovering from the decades of struggle against Muslin occupiers. They had fought, but were still poor. Intuitively, the leaders, such as young Francisco Pizarro, believed the unknown lands to the south of Panama would give them the chance to be something, with 2,000 miles of distance from the rules and reach of the Crown and the Church. For the crown of Castile, the New World presented the chance to secure gold and silver treasure that could fund a renaissance for the people – and the nobility. Queen Isabella’s treasury was nearly empty and King Ferdinand needed funding for his Kingdom of Aragon’s interminable challenges from France for his Kingdom of Naples. Thus began a two century long dependency of the Crown on the flow of vast treasures from the conquistadors
Ensconced in their isolated, insulated world, Book One also recounts the Inca nation driving to its zenith as 1500 dawned. Over the course of five generations, the leadership had adapted the best elements of earlier civilizations of the Chavin, Tiuanuoco, Huari, Wari, Chimu, Moche, Nazca and the Amayra into an administrative masterpiece of government built on an astutely conceived ideology centered on a God King, the Sapa Inca. Stretching down two thousand five hundred miles of coastline and with at least six million people during the peak of this culture, the Inca leadership had crafted a practical, holistic style of communal living, which allowed people to survive passably well in harsh, multifaceted climates. The Inca “empire” was certainly reliant on military force at various times of it’s spectacular growth, but, this theocracy was also a delicate web of feigned or genuine alliances, secured through improving the productivity of the land, diplomacy and building infrastructure which arguably surpassed the Roman Empire in its scope. The “empire” flourished for a century because there was more food, water and security than in the past. Three dynamic and tenacious men achieved this feat. Pachecutec, Topa Inca Yupanque and Huayna Capac, supported by a host of dedicated lieutenants, deftly applied their leadership skills while navigating the intrigues of rival family groups. The arrival of the “bearded men”, the Castilians, on their shores presented a challenge never encountered before.

Gold, Glory and Gold: Journey to the Conquest of the Inca- The Quest by Paul M. Kochis
The long, improbable journey to the Conquest of the Incas is an incredible, modern story. While the Inca Empire was expanding along the Pacific coast of South America, the backward Kingdom of Castile and Leon was mired in political intrigue. This is a story of courage, luck, colossal misjudgments and soaring ambition by entrepreneurs who would lead a culture clash ending in the fall of the Inca Empire and the rise of the Spanish Empire that lasted two hundred years due to Inca treasure. All the players sought the same things: independence, security, honor, wealth and glory. Few achieved their goals in any lasting sense but many displayed the indomitable spirit of motivated visionaries. This is their story.

Squinting Over Water – Stories by (author did not provide her name)
There are no perfect people here. The characters in Squinting Over Water are you and me trying
to make sense of things- good and bad – coming up with a Plan B when life gets messy.One early reader said she would walk across continents to get to this book.
These whimsical stories transformed her, made her believe once again in the true beauty and playfulness of life. Mary doesn’t sugarcoat things. This is one talented writer – Kurt Vonnegut, Author, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions

MAD ABOUT UNDEAD YOU: A Zombie Apocalypse Love Story by Carl Plumer
$2.99, but free on Kindle on Valentines Day 🙂

Imagine you are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Imagine fighting for your life, running for your life. Because, one day, you will be. Just like Cathren and Donovan. Cathren Whitney is half-human, half-zombie. She can’t be harmed or killed by zombies, no matter how many zombies attack her. Yet she can rip the undead to shreds as if tearing paper. With her lover Donovan Codell at her side, Cathren seeks to put the world right again. But zombies are the least of her problems! She must avoid a sinister corporation called ATELIC bent on her destruction, as well as the cryogenically-frozen “heads from hell” that ATELIC has let loose on Earth. Can San Francisco be saved? Can love conquer the undead? Will Cathren and Donovan find freedom, safety, and true love?

Discover for yourself. Enjoy Mad About Undead You: A Zombie Apocalypse Love Story—today! If you read only one zombie novel before you die, make it Mad About Undead You.

The Monkey King’s Daughter -Book 1 Meilin by T.A. DeBonis
This story isn’t about Sun Wukong, the Monkey King—it’s about his daughter, Meilin. Only, she doesn’t know she’s the Monkey King’s daughter. In fact, she doesn’t know she’s half demon at all. As far as Meilin knows, she’s an ordinary 14 year-old high school freshman from Midland Hills, California, facing all the problems that bright young girls face at that age—flakey girlfriends, zits, too much homework, bad hair days, obnoxious boys…But all of that changes when her ancient past catches up with her…Ages 8 -12 & up

The Monkey King’s Daughter -Book 2 Red Boy


As Meilin continues to struggle with her new powers and identity, an act of betrayal in her ancient past, compounded with the distraction of a new boy in school, forces Meilin to question her very purpose in life. Events come to a head when an evil foe comes forward in Time to seek revenge, forcing Meilin to choose which Path she should follow. Hanging in the balance—the survival of the entire Demon Monkey Kingdom. Ages 8 -12 & up ISBN: 978-0-9678094-2-7

The Monkey King’s Daughter -Book 3 The Spider Demon
What do you do when your heart tells you one thing and your mother tells you “NO!”? Fourteen-year-old Meilin chooses to defy her mother and her uncle Zhu Bajie, and travels back in Time to the era of her father, the Monkey King, in an attempt to save someone’s life—a life she’s told cannot be saved. By taking matters into her own hands, Meilin faces a deadly encounter with magical forces and a Spider Demon that threatens to end her life and the lives of others. Ages 8 -12 & up

The Monkey King’s Daughter -Book 4 The Jade Rabbit
In a race against time to save her beloved Uncle Zhu’s life, Meilin is forced to question her every choice —Who to believe? Who to trust? Who to follow?
The order of the Jade Rabbit Tong, a deadly secret society of Shadow Demons, is bent on world destruction—and Meilin has to team up with her old frenemy to defeat them and retrieve Zhu’s ch’i. Sadly, she’ll learn firsthand that you can never trust a Huli-Jing!Ages 8 -12 & up

Gateway: Pioche by Jeff Dawson

June 2016—Stanford, Ca. GRADAUTION for Muki, Abdul, Larry and Judith. Six years of cramming for finals and pursuing double masters degrees has finally paid off. It’s time for them enjoy the fruits of their labor. A trip to Las Vegas and the blackjack tables before entering the word of commerce and research. Their good fortune at the tables doesn’t go unnoticed by the local mob boss, Nathan Rizzo, who decides, What money comes to Vegas, stays in Vegas. Instead of enjoying their winnings, the graduates find themselves in a hair-raising, life-threatening pursuit through the sleepy town of Pioche, Nevada. They find themselves northeast of the town at an abandoned military complex. Not wanting to tempt fate, they decide to stay put for a day and explore the complex.What and who they find could unravel truths surrounding the most debated conspiracies of the past—who shot John Fitzgerald Kennedy, what happened to Judas Iscariot and did America really land on the moon in 1969. And of more consequence, would Judith get a chance to cleanse the ties her family has to the Third Reich? Great-grandfather must die! Prepare for the most riveting tale of time travel!

The Woman at the Well by Ann Chamberlin
In the early years of Islam, three lives braid together. Khalid ibn al-Walid never lost a battle, either fighting against the Prophet Muhammad or for him. “Women no longer give birth to the likes of Khalid,” the Prophet said. In old age, the general dictates his memoirs to a eunuch scribe, with a new perspective to all the blood he shed. In the desert oasis of Tadmor, twelve-year-old Rayah comes of age, accepting her new religion and her own power. And on the third floor of the house in Tadmor, a woman with blue eyes hides her past in the safety of a harem—which cannot remain secluded forever. For she and her mothers led the tribes of the desert on sacred camels—and with the help of beings of fire and smoke, the jinn.

THE FLYBALL 5: The adventures of 5 abandoned puppies – by K. J. Mansfield
In a lay-by beside a dual carriageway fifty miles north of London on a freezing cold night just before Christmas, a heavily built man drags a bulging black bin bag out of the back of a battered old transit van and throws the bag down a steep incline towards a large moonlit pond.
Just before the bag is about to plunge into the pond, it splits asunder and out cascade five dazed puppies. When the bin bag, weighed down by two house bricks, sinks below the surface of the pond, without its intended live cargo, the man curses before jumping back into his van and driving off into the night leaving the puppies to face their fate.The Flyball 5 follows the adventures of the five puppies as they struggle to survive the ordeal of being dumped. Gradually the puppies become separated during that first terrifying night and their adventures and the people they encounter after they are parted are radically different. However, more than a year after they were abandoned the five dogs are reunited due to the fact each of them has an exceptional talent for the hugely popular sport of Flyball and that’s when their story takes an unexpected and dramatic twist. Set in present times, The Flyball 5 is not a cartoon style story with talking animals. The characters in the book and the dogs’ adventures are perfectly possible. The Flyball 5 is exciting and entertaining and can be read and enjoyed by everyone.

Mystical Circles
“Hi, you in crowded, stressed old London from me in the peaceful, perfect Cotswolds…massive change of plan…I’m in love…Craig is gorgeous, sexy, intelligent…paradise here…staying forever…” Juliet, concerned that her younger sister has fallen for the charismatic Craig, leader of the Wheel of Love, sets off for the Cotswold hills to investigate.She arrives at Craig’s community hoping to rescue Zoe. But intrigues, liaisons and relationships flare and flourish or fizzle out quickly within this close circle and, despite her reservations, Juliet is drawn into the Wheel of Love… with completely unforeseen consequences.

Too Dark to Sleep
$5.99 ebook
Maggie Quinn was the top homicide detective in Chicago’s Area One before she suffered a devastating loss. Now struggling to face each day, Quinn becomes obsessed with solving her last case for the department that now bars her from wearing a badge. But is she targeting the right person or is Quinn’s tormented mind pushing her to ruin the life of an innocent man? Avid readers of crime fiction, noir or psychological thrillers will find Too Dark to Sleep a fresh take on their favorite genre. This is the first book in a gripping new series and not to be missed.

Button, Button
Family traditions come about in all kinds of ways. Sometimes it is as simple as…finding a button. Come share the creation of a new tradition in Isabel’s family.

Perki Cati by Robin Petty
Perki Cati is a very special cat,
and colorful as a rainbow…
Red, Yellow an Blue.
Come see all the wonderful things
Perki can do!

Kangaroo Tales-The Long Black Paddock by Robin Petty
Kevin Kangaroo wants his mates to go with him on an adventure to the other side of the hill. The elder animals of the billabong warn Kevin of the vrooms who live at the long black paddock. Will Kevin talk his friends into going? Will he encounter a vroom? Come along on Kevin’s adventures to find out and learn more about the land that is Australia. Each book in the series includes a short section at the end with pictures and information about the real animals depicted in the book and definitions of Australian words or phrases used.

The Celibate Mouse by Diana Hockley

Shell-shocked from a tragedy at work and an acrimonious domestic upheaval, Detective Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott flees town to recuperate, but fate has other ideas. Her plan to house-sit for relatives in a rural community is shattered when Susan witnesses a very public murder within an hour of her arrival. Things turn sinister after an encounter with an elderly lady; a hint of a long ago murder is not a secret with which Susan wants to be entrusted. Enter Detective Inspector David Maguire whom she has not seen for thirteen years and who is assigned to the case, which sends her into a further tailspin. Against her better judgment, Susan is drawn inexorably into the investigation, surrounded by menacing strangers whose private agendas threaten her safety and soon, her life.

Frost The Lost Ones by Marilyn Clarke
We’re back in Matson County with Violet, Logan and Jackson, along with many others previously met in “Frost Love Lost Love Found” and some new characters to get to know.Darrell Payne is still sheriff and still has his “girl”, Violet as a deputy even though he hasn’t changed his mind about a woman working for him. She has a little more experience under her duty belt and is still out to get the bad guys.There is a continuing problem with drugs in Matson County and now they have added a serial killer to their case load, but when children start coming up missing, young girls who disappear and are not heard from again, it is time for our heroes to step up and take on the situation by bringing out the motorcycles to infiltrate an outlaw motorcycle gang. It’s all in a days work for Violet and the crew.

A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket By Dana Sitar
A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket’ is an inspirational and educational ebook for budding writers. The book is a launching point for all of the possibilities of being a writer, a kick-in-the-butt for those who don’t know what to do next, and a simple guide to help writers forge their own unique career and life paths.

Maile and the Spinner Dolphin by Michael A. Herr
Maile is just beginning her first year of middle school on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. But it looks to be the worst school year of her life. Her lifelong friend, her bfff, Lani has just moved to the island of Maui — an eternity away from Maile. Things are so bad for Maile that she runs away from school and goes swimming in the ocean to soothe herself. But there’s a Tiger Shark in the water today, and it’s after Maile. Will a friendly Spinner Dolphin be able to help Maile?

Heartland by Warren Bull Photographs by Michael Patterson
HEARTLAND was a one of five finalists out of nearly a thousand entries in the 2010 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest sponsored by the Gotham Writers Workshop. Sixteen-year-old TOM ALLEN’s life is imploding. His father banished Tom from his life; Tom’s stepfather is entirely too interested in commenting on Tom’s behavior. What makes it worse is that his stepfather’s comments are usually right on target. Then Tom’s beloved grandma suffers a stroke, which leaves his mother emotionally distant. Meanwhile his older sister is too sophisticated to worry about his concerns. When Tom reads an old family memoir from his grandma’s cedar chest he becomes intrigued by his ancestors’ accounts of their struggle to form one unified family from two shattered families. They face man-made and natural dangers while they battle to survive smoldering conflicts in “Bleeding Kansas” that will soon erupt into the bloodiest war in American history — the Civil War. With the help of family and friends, past and present, Tom gradually comes to terms with the pain and possibilities of his own family.

In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories by Susan Scott
This collection of essays is comprised of powerful and compelling stories in which the author deftly shows how the seemingly mundane contains the sacred within.In this perceptive and illuminating work, the author relates five personal stories which have universal appeal as well as two further essays which provide a fascinating insight into Dreams and the ancient creation myth

Struglend Tales by Jan Jacob Mekes
$ 2.99
Struglend Tales is the first book in The Struglend Saga, a series of comedy fantasy books written by Jan Jacob Mekes. The book follows Edward, the ugliest and probably most haphazard king Struglend has ever had, and his herald Fred, as they go on a quest to restore order to the universe. Well, maybe not the universe, but at least the little piece of land they call home – Struglend. In their journey to remove the evil knight who has invaded the kingdom, they meet several hilarious characters and often find themselves in tight situations to manoeuver out of. Will they succeed in driving out the evil that so brutally violated their land? Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. What’s certain is that you’ll have many a laugh while you read and find out.

Dragon Shaman Book One: Taming the Blowing Wind by Teresa Garcia
Every girl yearns for adventure, romance and magic in their lives. BlowingWind had all of these and lost them, just as she was starting on what she thought would be the greatest adventure of her life. Now, she is being called out by the forces of life and undertaking the journey into adulthood alone. However, journeys always seem to entail healing, and a quest to find her lost love turns into something even greater.Take Ryu is a boisterous magma ryugami trapped for five years beneath Mt. Fuji for the crime of becoming too engrossed in human affairs. Upon the end of his imprisonment he emerges to find a strange and undefended shaman woman within his territory. Falling prey once more to his kind heart he too is swept up in the threads of a destiny that neither human nor dragon could have ever believed.

Immortal Relations, Love and War (subject matter is explicit)  by Guy Ogan
The enemy vampires have been eradicated, so it appears our guardian vampires may look forward to a peaceful existence. Eviana is planning on having more children, she has had a son, now she wants a daughter. Magdalena, believing she is incapable of having children, still would like to be married. However, much as in human life, peace and family are placed in harms’ way by unforseen events. Immortal Relations, Love & War amps up the action of the first book to a fever pitch. The greedy leaders of Communist China plan to capture the oil, gold and mineral rish fields of Siberia by decapitationg the Russian Federations’ Government as a prelude to invasion. Minions of rich OPEC Sheiks seek to stem the flow of Russian Oild so OPEC can raise prices to destroy the economies of the West. The plan to use a “dirty bomb” to destroy the main pumping station and have the radiation make the oil fields unusable. The radiation containment cap at Chernobyl is failing; the release of poisonous radiation could happen at any time. Worse, some scientists predict the damaged nuclear reactor at Fukushima, Japan could collapse and cause a potential Extinction Level Event! Who, or what, can be called upon to save civilization and mankind and what impact will the vampire covents experience? Could potentially catastrophic events turn out to offer unforseen opportunities?

ORACLE by J.C. Martin
With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway. Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability. Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims. One of whom could be his own daughter. Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

DEMON by Bernard Lee DeLeo
Mike Rawlins stops to help some older teens get their car started. Roped into a Halloween antic at a haunted house he had a bad experience at once, Mike only agrees to go if they get salt and holy water as a precaution. The night ends with a ghastly apparition penning the teens into Rawlins’ protective circle. Running out of time and options, the group owes their rescue to a mangy looking cur that dives into the haunted house and easily drives away the poltergeist. Mike names the dog Demon, and insists on walking him back home to keep him. One of the teen girls, Laura, joins him as the others leave them with beer and sandwiches for the happy Demon.Demon’s instincts, perceptive behavior, and continuing surprises make him into an indispensible part of the Rawlins’ family. He loves watching Brian on ‘Family Guy’, eats ghosts like Rice Krispies, and is a holy terror when his friends are in danger.

The Mercenary’s Marriage by Rachel Rossano
Trained as a mercenary soldier, Darius was a man of decisive action. He was also a man of compassion. Seeing a young slave woman about to become the spoils of war, he claimed her for his own. Marrying her before God and king, he made her a free and respectable soldier’s wife. Brice was born a slave. Abused and beaten, she learned quickly to avoid being noticed and to stay away from men. When her master’s walls fell to enemy forces, she ran, but not fast enough. In Darius’ offer she found deliverance, but experience had taught her to fear power such as his. Could she trust in his protection, or had she traded one form of slavery for another?

The Fields of Hope by Grant McDuling
This is the story of an Irish migrant family and their struggle to buy their own stud farm in Australia towards the end of the 19th Century. Kieran O’Reilly, the 14 year old son of a horse breeder and trainer, is delighted when his father, Dermot, secures a deal to rent a run-down stud farm on the Darling Downs from Old Man Purcell, a wealthy and unscrupulous Englishman who is shedding his farms to buy into a local brewery.The rent is high and much needs to be done on the farm. And to make matters worse, Purcell has laid down stringent conditions to the deal, the most crucial of which is a payment deadline. Time is running out. What the O’Reillys need is a winner. Follow Kieran’s exploits and why he lands up fighting in a war far away from home. Find out too how his fortunes change as he strives to do what he has to.

Life’s Penance by Keith Shovlin
Lincoln Burke is at a crossroads in his life. He isn’t ready to take the next step with his longtime girlfriend Lise Phillips, and his job is nothing but a dead end. After his friend Rick Bestest ends up in the hospital, hais married friends separate, and a family emergency dares to call him back north, he must make a decision of a lifetime. Life’s Penance follows Lincoln, Lise and Rick as they deal with the trials of life and death and search for the meaning behind it all. This first novella of the MILLENNIAL ROW series begins with the end, and how we must move forward.

Snitch by Kat Kirst
Andy has a good life. He’s a starter on the freshman basketball team, is known for the fantastic pranks he and his best friend pull and might even be in a serious relationship with a beautiful girl. But when everyone’s phone begins to ring with rumors, and everyone’s pages begin to load with hate, Andy is caught in the middle of it, because he knows the truth. And once some things are done, they can never be changed. When do you stand up for what is right? When is enough, enough? When do you tell?

Discovering Ren by Jennifer Eifrig
Is the next Isis worthy of her legacy of magic? Isadora Ambrosine is a research archaeologist at a small-town museum. She’s also the new Isis, the Lady of Ten Thousand Names. When she accepts a bundle of amulets in a Cairo marketplace, her new calling will threaten her life, destroy her family, maroon her husband in the underworld, and force her to choose between revenge and sacrificial love.

Evil Town by J. David Bethel
The wife of popular Florida Congressman (and prospective Senatorial candidate) Clegg Caffery is murdered. FBI Special Agent Matt Thurston begins an investigation that leads him from the Pentagon to the small town of Clewiston, Florida in search of a photographer responsible for the photo found in the murdered woman’s hand. He arrives too late. The man has committed suicide. Although Thurston uncovers a strange and suspicious story about the dead photographer that he believes is worthy of continued investigation, he is abruptly steered away from the case by his superiors. Angered by this turn of events, Thurston enlists the assistance of two reporters. With their involvement, he begins to peel away layers of lies and deceit hiding the truth about the murder. Along the way, Thurston slowly unravels a complex weave of story lines that includes a sex for hire plot involving the President’s wife; an attempt by computer magnate Norman Bremen to subvert the workings of Congress to ensure the survival of his sugar interests in Florida; and the revelation of a cover-up of a war crime in Vietnam that threatens the Presidency.Although Evil Town is a work of fiction, it is based on historical and current events. The Vietnam element of the plot delves into the massacre of Vietnamese villagers at Co Luy. This occurred on the same day as the My Lai killings and happened as described in the novel. The military and political cover-up of the incident detailed in Evil Town is an interpretation of actual events that relegated Co Luy to the back pages of history. The description of the political maneuvering related to the restoration of the Everglades, and to the “sugar wars” in Florida, is a dramatization of the intrigue currently being played out by power brokers, the media and Congress on this issue.
While it should come as no surprise that the drug war can be managed and waged for political purposes – a subplot in Evil Town – it is the subtleties of international politics that often allow this to happen. The novel provides insight on how this is possible.Through it all, Matt Thurston and his allies match wits with the most powerful in Washington putting themselves in harm’s way. Truth, honor and justice are slippery concepts in this story of politics and fragile human relationships.

Storm Warning – A Kelli Storm Novel by Kenneth Hoss
When her new partner is shot during a botched robbery, Detective Kelli Storm never expected that the trail of the shooter would lead her to Colombian drug lord Miguel Garcia; the man who’s cousin she had killed months earlier, and had made numerous attempts on her life. A man she had believed to be dead. Detectives Kelli Storm and Eric Ryder follow the bloody trail of a notorious drug kingpin from the streets of Washington Heights, New York and south to Medellin, Colombia. When the suspect in her partner’s shooting is killed while in custody, the man makes a startling deathbed confession. With this revelation, Kelli finds herself unwillingly thrown back into the world of the drug cartels. With the aid of DEA Special Agent Gregory Larsen and Narcotics Detective Javier Vasquez, Kelli works to stop the Cartel’s operations in the city, and bring down the notorious drug lord.

Snitch by Kat Kirst
Andy has a good life. He’s a starter on the freshman basketball team, is known for the fantastic pranks he and his best friend pull and might even be in a serious relationship with a beautiful girl. But when everyone’s phone begins to ring with rumors, and everyone’s pages begin to load with hate, Andy is caught in the middle of it, because he knows the truth. And once some things are done, they can never be changed. When do you stand up for what is right? When is enough, enough? When do you tell?

Engelinkyn: The Winged Hemisphere (Part 1 of a trilogy) by Shirley Ouw
When a stranger arrives in the Village of Goldfall, not only does he bring merchandise to the delight of the villagers but he brings with him a purpose to claim a boy named Erlvar and to take him away to see the world beyond the pastoral farm fields of the Falling Plains. For Erlvar, an exciting adventure at first becomes soon enough a perilous journey of discovery through the lands of the planet Sudarka, and ultimately a quest to trace his true origins and above all to probe the mysteries of the Jewels of Huemancy.

1 Law 4 All by Billy Angel
1 Law 4 All enters the realm of politics from stage left. The fictional characters, places and events are imaginably true. The book’s drama could easily be a real-life account because of the distressing nature of politics.
1 Law 4 All portrays simple-minded politics in a fictional manner. The human nature of the characters is far from fictional. Greed, arrogance and pride are pitted against the desire for safety, fairness and generosity. Revenge catalyzes the character’s actions and the ensuing drama. 1 Law 4 All displays man’s multi-faceted human nature. The storyline skillfully merges daily drama with life’s little pleasures. As the existence of good and evil becomes evident, the artfully contrived personal exchanges draw the reader into the book’s reality. A Senator, mob boss and multi-national corporation conspire against an innocent Samoan girl. Kitiona’s adventure begins in American Samoa, continues to San Francisco and reaches into the halls of the U.S. Congress.

Trophy by Paul M. Schofield
Imagine an Earth restored to perfection under the care of ten women Guardians, who answer only to a governing computer. Imagine a peaceful, colonized Solar System. This is what the New Victorian Empire has accomplished in the 475 years of its existence. Now mankind faces extinction because of a genetic mutation caused by the catastrophic collapse of Earth’s environment in 2065 A.D., the year the Empire began. The Keyhole anomaly, a wormhole in space, offers a solution: time-travel to transport genetically sound humans from the past. Renegade nuclear engineer Louis Franelli has developed the technology of that time-travel, which his employer, criminal and rebel Galen Bestmarke, is using to go back to 1975 A.D. to collect hunting trophies and establish a slave-trade through time. The Empire is desperate to recover Franelli and his technology so that they can use it to save mankind. The Planetary Control Corps (PCC) under the direction of the Guardians, Star-Commander Abigail VanDevere, and the dynamic young team of Lieutenant Janet Rogerton and Pilot Kolanna face the daunting task of stopping Bestmarke and capturing Franelli. Can the determined officers of the PCC succeed? Can they do so in time? Trophy is the first book of the Trophy Saga, a future look at a pivotal time in mankind’s history. It tells the story of the continuing struggle to prevent the extinction of the human race. At the end of the book is a handy glossary that fills in many details about the setting.

Why I Am Not Enlightened by Eliezer Sobel
Enlightenment is not for the faint of heart, or as Eliezer Sobel makes clear, for those without a sense of humor. Why I Am Not Enlightened is a penetrating, insightful, and –above all – genuinely funny meditation on the quest for gnosis and its discontents. Where does the spiritual path take us? What does “enlightenment” mean, really? In this concise recounting of his personal journey along the highways and byways of the spiritual search, Eliezer pursues these questions while calling on 30 years of study with a remarkable array of teachers, gurus, shamans, healers, channelers, yogis, and more. “I personally met Satchidananda, Krishnananda, Kriyananda, Muktananda, the whole Ananda family,” he writes. “I sat in reverence before Sai Baba, Baba Muktananda, Adi Da Samraj the Ruchira Avatar, the Dalai Lama, Adyashanti, Poonjaji, Ammachi, Master Nome (pronounced “No-Me,” get it?) Siddhi Ma, Guru Mayi, and Harold Klemp the Eck master of Eckankar…. So don’t ever accuse me of not making an effort.” The wisdom that Eliezer has gleaned from these encounters shines through in this thoroughly enjoyable reflection on the wonders and ironies of the spiritual life. You might even find it enlightening.

The Song of the Tree by Lotis Key
Despite promises of eternal joy given by the Tree of Life, a privileged young woman loses everything in a brutal war. Her husband disappears; her family is murdered; her home is burned to the ground. Desperate, starving, and burdened with an unwanted child, she now despises and rejects the Tree she once worshiped. Ripped from her land and people, forced into survival immigration, she becomes a lowly refugee, a servant in the homes of the rich. Her unusually gifted child thrives, but is an ever present reminder of ultimate loss and betrayal. Two women: one broken, the other rooted in bitterness, continue to be drawn towards the song of a Tree that will not let them go. Along roads of degrading poverty and equally destructive wealth, each much wrestle with the siren call of perfect love, and its altar sacrifice of perfect trust.The Song of the Tree is an intense, contemporary allegory that moves the God-seeker from fist shaking stance, down to knees before the throne.

The Iceman by Robert G. DeMers
This is a story with a labyrinth of intrigue, misdirection, hard-boiled action, and unrelenting adventure. Joe Farnum’s Investigations Agency, while known its for integrity and ethics is also known by law enforcement to be a loose cannon in the industry. The agency was hired to find the killer of retired military Colonel, William Knoels. Deadly in its purposes, a “ghost agency” as it is referred to by those who believe in its existence is embedded in the government, and is out to stop them.

Double Entry by Quan Williams
Dana is a single mother and hotshot accountant hired by Melvin, her ex-boyfriend, to work at a company he owns in a desperate ploy to win her and their son Roy back. She has not forgiven Melvin for walking out on her and Roy twelve years prior, and now has an opportunity to make him pay for what he did to them.
Melvin is afraid of being rejected by his son, so he introduces himself to Roy as merely a friend and mentor while he figures out the proper time to tell Roy the truth. However, Roy’s bitterness and anger at being abandoned by his father discourages Melvin from doing the right thing.Can Melvin and Dana somehow reunite their broken family before an embezzlement scheme destroys everything they have worked for?

Prince in Hiding: Making of a Mage-King by Anna L. Walls
What would happen to you if you lost your parents at 17? And then… what if they weren’t your parents at all? When Sean loses his parents within a year of each other he can’t see past the tragedy… until he finds out his father isn’t really his father… and Sean isn’t who he thinks he is. Follow Sean through his journey to a magical world where he is royalty and his powers are only beginning to bloom… and family is a relative concept – evil uncles and all. Prince in Hiding by Anna Walls is the first in the Making of a Mage King series that follows young Sean from boy to Mage King!

King by Right of Blood and Might by Anna L. Walls

A young prince must learn how to run a country from sources other than his father. His father, the king, had been a paranoid recluse ever since his own father died, and he ran his family accordingly. While the king kept his wife and son safely within the confines of the palace walls, the infrastructure of the country collapsed and many of its citizens were whisked away. In a moment of uncharacteristic bravery, King Aidyn sent his son to foster with the neighboring king to the south. Prince Harris learned many things from King Carrol, but a prophetic dream made him realize that he had to assemble an army before he could return home. The unique friendships he developed afforded him an unprecedented opportunity to do that. All that remained to be seen is if he can hold it all together long enough to achieve his goals. During this time, we watch his mother descend into insanity and his love for his betrothed grow. We also learn more about how things in the country reached this state and more about his family.

The Concrete Kiss by David Grace
Homicide Detective Ned Danes discovers that an ambitious Deputy D.A. has concealed evidence of an accused murderer’s innocence in order to secure a headline-grabbing conviction. Danes is warned that a smart guy would keep his mouth shut. More interested in being a good guy than a smart one, Danes torpedoes the corrupt Deputy D.A.’s case, and for his honesty, Danes is exiled to the tiny basement office of the Cold Case Squad. Working in his forgotten outpost Danes becomes obsessed with finding the real killer who the Deputy D.A.’s scheme has allowed to run free. But just as he seems to be closing in Danes receives a plea for help from an old friend. FBI agent Phillip Abbott has been put on leave for his last sixty days before his forced retirement. He has that long to catch a drug-cartel hit man whose specialty is murdering entire families. Completely alone, Abbott needs a courageous cop like Ned Danes to back him up. While Danes knows that Abbott has a seventeen-year-old adopted daughter named Jessica, it is only after Danes agrees to help catch the killer that he discovers that the hit man murdered Jessica’s entire family. When he adopted Jessica Abbott promised her that he would get the monster who killed her family no matter what it took and Danes soon learns that Abbott is willing to do anything, including break the law and possibly go to prison, to keep that promise.

Zinovy’s Journey by Ginny Jaques
Zinovy Kozlov has spent 23 years climbing the ladder of Russian military success one rung at a time. FSB vet, and now a cosmonaut on the Global Regime’s International Space Station, he should be at the peak of his career. But Zinovy has enemies whose political power extends into space, and they are determined to kill him. Then the earth is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust and everything changes.”

The Fortunes of Magic by Anna L. Walls
Join Liam as he tries to lead a normal life while those around him try to take, control, or regulate the magic that is as much a part of him as the very air he breathes.

Stalking Carlos Castaneda by Joan Wulfsohn
Encompassing three continents and parallel worlds, “Stalking Carlos Castaneda ” is the transformative journey of a female Candide, starring stunning transvestites and music hall dancers; street children, teen porn stars and aging sorcerers; four abducted children and three Lost Boys; healing modalities, alternate realities, a charismatic magus, a brain damaged Boy, and the ultimate encounter with the center of the self.

Redemption by Victoria Logue
Stalking the fog-shrouded hills of San Francisco is the silent hunter, Wolfdietrich
Nachttier. Driven by his blood lust, he roams the city searching for his next victim. A reluctant vampire, Wolf is jolted out of a centuries-long ennui when he sees Ginny Hunter, a woman who reminds him of his long lost love.Trapped as a creature of the night for more than four centuries, Wolf rediscovers the humanity he had forgotten and a desire he thought impossible. But, there is one obstacle blocking the way. The vampire who created him, Vlad Drakulya, still walks the earth as one of the undead. Even though killing Vlad will destroy Wolf, Ginny joins him in the search for his maker. She understands that the man she loves needs to remove the dark stain on his own soul no matter the cost. Redemption tells the entwined stories of the notorious Vlad III and the vampire he created. The book sweeps through centuries of history and from California to Berlin, Rome, Turkey and the Carpathian Mountains of Romania in tracing the journey of evil back to its source. Wolf has found love, but can a vampire find redemption?

One Two Buckle My Shoe by Elizabeth (author’s last name was not listed)
£1.28 / $2.07
In books, detectives nearly always work alone, although some don’t mind an admiring sidekick as they deftly and efficiently go about their business. In real life, murder isn’t always straightforward and clues can be much more elusive. In this particular case, just finding out who exactly got murdered was the first challenge. The residents at Grasshopper Lawns were closely interested, because the murderer could be among them, but hadn’t any intention of interfering in the solving of the case. Piecing together scraps of information was intriguing, though. And they did keep coming across facts that no-one had given to the police – This is the first in the quite light-hearted murder series based in the rather unusual retirement village, Grasshopper Lawns. Which doesn’t really have any grasshoppers. Certainly no purple ones.

The Mists of Adriana by Roger M. Woodbury
This mystery/thriller is set on the coast of Maine. The principal character/narrator is a man in his middle year. An army officer in Vietnam, upon returning from his first tour he learned his wife had died unexpectedly. His response was to go back to Vietnam where he tried to get dead the next two years. Finally he was sent home by a commanding officer who felt he was worth more alive than dying a mourning death. His principal enjoyment comes from early morning drives around Mt. Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. It is on one of these early morning drives that he stops to help a fellow motorist stranded with car trouble. It is then he meets the semi-mysterious Adriana Barrows.An early summer/early autumn relationship begins to develop as he learns more and more about Adriana’s past. And soon he learns again one of the lessons he learned in combat in Vietnam: when things seem too good to be true, they often are. To be sure, Adriana is a strong and independent woman; a linquist who has a background in the war on drugs. And something more: a fascination for him that he finds he must explore in “The Mists of Adriana.”

Meander Scar by Lisa Lickel
Love can heal even the deepest scars …After seven years with no clue as to the whereabouts of Ann Ballard’s missing husband, nearly everyone presumes him dead. Now forty-something, Ann is ready for her stagnant life to flow again. Then one day, a dark-haired younger man from her past shows up on her doorstep offering a river of hope in place of tears. Former neighbor Mark Roth has secretly loved Ann for years. A respected attorney, he’s returned home to help Ann face down disapproving family members and the legal maneuvering of her likely deceased husband’s family—while quietly winning her heart. When the hidden truth of Ann’s situation turns their lives on end and another tragedy strikes, the two must come to terms with family, faith and the depths to which true love can run.

Terror on the Beach by Peggy Holloway
A psychopath who calls himself Twoon is terrorizing the beach. The press has named him The Beachfront Stabber. Sarah lives on the beach and has an upscale beachwear boutique on the beach. Her boyfriend is the sheriff and wants to close the beach down until they catch the killer. Sarah has told no one but she keeps missing time. She will be somewhere and then end up somewhere else. Someone who smokes has driven her car. She finds bloody clothes in the back of her closet and thinks someone is trying to frame her for the murders.
Anticipation of the Penitent by Nancy LaRonda Johnson
After Alezea is trapped by the Devil, she bears him a son and knows her life will never be her own. She is the mother of Thomas, a man reared by Satan to be a killer of life’s most innocent – little girls. Alezea lives detached from the horrors committed by her son and from her domination by the entity who uses her as he pleases. Until she meets Martha who shows her a way out. Now Alezea will risk her very soul to free Thomas from his father. The fight to save her son will either redeem Alezea or destroy her forever. Rachel knows Thomas’ history, yet she believes her presence can transform him. Her belief in Thomas might send her fully into the Devil’s realm or provide an opening for God’s miracles in both of their lives. In a scheme to continue his father’s line, Thomas may ruin his alliance with Rachel or rend himself from the dominion he was born to hold. The impulse to contrive his future takes Thomas to new heights in his lifework as a killer, pushes him toward maturity, and forces him to encounter the astonishing truth of his heritage. Anticipation of the Penitent depicts the battle between good and evil in one family until it is rendered to its destined completion. Only then will it be known whether Alezea succeeds in her struggle to be free from Satan’s control.

The Devil’s Fan Club by Mark Kirkbride
Want to join The Devil’s Fan Club? Sure, there’s just one catch. You have to commit a crime, tailored to you.So enigmatic Nick tempts twisted twins James and Louise when they meet him at a nightclub. He’s been questioned by police in the hunt for the serial killer terrorising West London and they suspect it is him. But he appeals to their rebellious natures and they are ripe for corruption. So even when he assigns them the worst crime of all, they are enthralled. Half-believing they’ve met him, they go over to the Devil’s camp. And rather than trying to catch a killer, they cover for one. Yet while they yearn to join Nick’s club, the task is too dreadful to complete. The killer gets closer. And James fears Louise will be next.
But sometimes the most fertile breeding ground for evil is innocence…Uncompromising, dark, irreverent, psychological thriller The Devil’s Fan Club taps into the midbrain, and stays there.

The Cobb Legacy by J. Conrad Guest

Cagney Nowak is writing a novel around the 1905 shooting death of baseball legend Ty Cobb’s father, William, by his mother a week before Ty was called up by the Detroit Tigers. Although she was acquitted by an all-male jury on the grounds that the incident was accidental, the townspeople of Royston, Georgia, thought otherwise. Gossip had it that Amanda Cobb, at age thirty-three — and twenty years her husband’s junior — was having an affair and that William, having told her he was going out of town on business, returned to catch her with her lover. At her trial, the questions were never raised as to why she had locked her second story window on a hot August night, or why she’d shot twice — surely she knew, after firing the first barrel of her shotgun, at whom she was shooting? A boyhood friend of Ty’s was first on the scene that night, claiming years later that he knew that Amanda had had a lover with her that night, and that he even knew who it was…When Cagney begins to relive the night of the shooting in his dreams, more than a century later and in the guise of Amanda Cobb, he is led to discover his father’s deepest secret. More than a mystery, The Cobb Legacy is the story of a man’s efforts to connect with his dying father, a World War II veteran suffering from what today is known as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and to come to terms with his obsession over the Cobb legacy as well as his own adulterous affair and impending divorce, while doubting that love with an old friend can be his.

How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton
Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career. Nola rejects all rational explanation on what might be causing her lost looks and decides she has to find a way to get uncursed. This imaginative quest takes her from the Caribbean to Glasgow’s own City of the Dead. Along the way, she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right…? How Do You Voodoo? is a novella of approximately 20,000 words.

Queen’s Gold by Melissa Bowersock
Hal Thompson is a pretty ordinary guy. A widower who owns his own small business, he’s doing his best to raise his two nearly adult children alone. When they convince him to undergo a hypnotic past-life regression, he is unimpressed that his “memories” reveal the hiding place of ancient Aztec gold. Other people, however, take it very seriously and when his family is threatened, he is forced to plunge into the jungles of Mexico, battling treacherous terrain, lethal wildlife and the haunting feeling of a love that spans centuries. Can he find the gold before it claims more lives? Or will he lose the love of his life … again?

One More Miracle by Carol M. Barrett

Kobo $3.49
Readers have said of One More Miracle — “Intriguing.More than just a love story.Very engaging plot and characters.Couldn’t put it down.” Anna always had faith in miracles, but that was before her husband’s disappearance and her daughter’s horrific accident. Not that her life had been perfect before that, far from it. But she always knew she was resilient enough to go on.This time, though, she was all alone when she watched her life crash and burn, and Anna wondered if she could rise from the ashes. Then the handsome Steve came into her life offering the strong and loving friendship she needed. She was glad to accept what he offered, but would his friendship be enough for Anna?

The Gift by Dave Donovan
Earth’s future is in the hands of one of two men. Sam Steele, a broken father and husband, or Eric Web, a career officer who believes the U.S. government is always right.
Visitors from an exterminated alien race have arrived on earth, and they are nothing like previously imagined. They are an interconnected collection of manufactured constructs, each designed to help a single intelligent life form. They call themselves gifts and they bring terrifying news. There is a battle going on among the stars and lifeforms like humans are losing. The gifts offer assistance, but it comes with a price. In order to receive their help, humanity must agree to help them.
What must humankind become to save itself?

American Zen by Robert Crawford

$4.99 on Kindle

What is redemption worth and what are you willing to risk for it? Five friends, three decades, one band and a set list of rock and roll songs that had defined their unique dynamic and generation, American Zen is an alternately tragic and hilarious week in the lives of four friends in search of the fifth who broke up their band. Hunting for their ex-front man Dave, their odyssey becomes a wider and deeper search for salvation and meaning. During their road trip throughout the eastern seaboard, their amities are put to the test while realizing how much they can and can’t afford to risk. What unfolds is a story of undying friendship driving home the point that even salvation and redemption can come at a high price. Rob the conflicted Zen master, Billy the suicidal ex-SEAL, the ailing Jo Jo, his husband Jeremy and Mike Flannigan our narrator learn how cruel the last three decades have been to them. As they reluctantly seek the truth behind their breakup, the reunion garners for them more infamy and notoriety than they’d ever had as a group. Yet on their road to redemption, they give the best and most soul-defining performances of their lives even in the midst of scandal, gang violence and sudden death. American Zen offers a snapshot of a nation in painful transition. As Barack Obama is about to take the reins as President, Mike is virtually the only political journalist currently not writing about the incoming administration. As America looks forward to change, Mike struggles with that in his and his friends’ lives, realizing that, while the game too changes, the rules remain the same. This is American life and death. This is American rock and roll. This… is American Zen.

Forbidden Love and Other Stories by Gilly Fraser


Four very different stories of love and loss.Forbidden Love: Rock Star Jake Lee is drawn back to his roots and the girl who first inspired him. But is it too late? Slippery When Wet: When the man of her fantasy suddenly appears is it a dream come true or a nightmare for Maxine? The Great Pretender: A tale of love and retribution played out through the ages. Melissa and the Cowboy: Lust can happen along at the most inappropriate moment…

Adjacent Fields by Charles Barouch


Mainstream science fiction is about tomorrow’s technology showing up in today’s world. Imagine if someone invented a teleportation device and their first thought had to be: How do I market this? What if you couldn’t use a teleporter because governments are still trying to figure out how to regulate it? Rama and Walter are standing at the cusp of changing the world – if they can just get the funding.

Chipset By Lior Samson


“What could be dangerous about the idyllic, picturesque island of Madeira? Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic, would seem to be a perfect destination for technology journalist Karl Lustig and his wife, Shira Markham. But, Karl, on his way to lecture at the University of Madeira, is carrying military microchips for his colleagues at the Madeira Intelligent Robotics Institute. Karl’s talent for trouble leads him into uncovering a puzzle in the chipset he is delivering, one he designed with Israel Tactical Systems for advanced avionics applications. His digital detective work will put him in danger and demand decisive action from Shira. Chipset—a Homeland Connection thriller that also stands on its own—is a fast-paced chronicle of a vacation that becomes a history lesson about homeward journeys and personal discoveries. The adventure will challenge Karl and Shira’s notions of commitment to country and principles and will change the direction of their lives.”

The Third Awakening by Mark Cress


The Third Awakening is a grim, erotic, eco-friendly, sci-fi fantasy
satire about corporate culture and the superior beings who have come to
save Earth from itself and human beings from their darker side. As Sam
helps the Joracians in their daunting enterprise, he wins their favor
and is initiated into the secret circles of Joracian power. But…all he
really wants is—to get with Sylvia!

Be the News: A Guide to Going Viral With Your Human Interest Story by Lori Getz

List Price: 2.99

Have you ever dreamed of going viral? Not just on YouTube, but like wildfire across all media, including radio, television and the world’s most important newspapers and magazines? This groundbreaking book offers a fresh approach to promoting your human interest story so it becomes a national discussion. Beyond standard public relations strategies, seasoned marketing veteran and CEO of Freakin’ Genius Marketing, Lori Gertz, offers practical solutions and tactics to create a precedent-setting national debate in the media, including:

  • Creating a mission for your messaging
  • Pitching your story
  • Developing and delivering viral sound bites
  • Aligning with topics of interest that are already in the news
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of tabloid journalism

and more. New, 2nd edition features a lengthy resource section with hands-on support press releases, media lists, and more! Experience your dreams of becoming a viral story becoming a reality after reading Be the News.

Trucking in English By Carolyn Steele


Almost Ice Road Truckers, except for the tulip bulbs… “So here’s the plan. I’m going to train to drive a truck and go long-haul. I can get paid and maybe write a book at the same time. What do you reckon?” “Go for it Mum, how bad can it be?” This is the tale of what happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to actually drive 18-wheelers across North America instead of just dreaming about it. From early training (when it becomes apparent that negotiating 18 wheels and 13 gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in) this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker. She learns how to hit a moose correctly and how to be hijacked. She is almost arrested in Baltimore Docks and survives a terrifying winter tour of The Rockies. Nothing goes well, but that’s why there’s a book. Trucking in English began as a blog from the cab and became a popular podcast before taking book form. It is part of Carolyn’s ‘Armchair Emigration’ series.

Wake of the Raven by Graham Worthington


Wake of the Raven is a story of the world’s corruption, of forbidden desire and its awful consequences. In 1951 Stuart seeks to repair his broken marriage, and heads back to England in pursuit of his faithless wife. He must first cross the South China Sea to Singapore, a minor step in a long journey. But when an accident burdens him with the care of a precocious girl, the journey becomes a nightmarish odessey through storm, desire and death. The mere hundred miles or so of sea is now an impassable barrier, confining him and his bitter thoughts to a narrow strip of sand and jungle, and he is reduced to an animal struggle for survival, with nothing but the girl and thoughts of the dead as companions. Evil wars in Stuart with good, and desire with conscience. But when the girl’s greater problems arouse his sympathy, it seems that good will triumph, for he unselfishly promises his help. The result is a disgrace that strides towards him fully armed, with disgrace, murder and suicide clenched in its fists.

Continuity by C. Allen Brown


Most people are dull and void of any substance. They trudge through life like scenery for the people who actually live it. But that’s not just how they seem; that’s truly what they are—soulless Meat Suits, made by Guardians, with no idea that they’re less. Since the beginning of time, there have always been only 3,137 everlasting human souls in the universe; never one more and never one less. Until now. Mason Fiske was a simple Suit, playing a role in the backdrop of an Authentic human. Now he’s more. With his newfound ability to heal, he’s being called the new messiah. Throngs gather for his touch, but Mason doesn’t know that every time he heals a Suit, he gives it a soul by ripping away a little part of the Guardian who created it. He’s killing Guardians. If he can’t be stopped, the Guardians will die and the physical world that they maintain for Authentics will be shattered, forcing mankind to ascend from its earthly existence long before it’s ready. This is exactly what the Others want. C. Allen Brown’s unique debut novella is a rocket-paced glimpse into obsession and desire. Love may heal, but love corrupted leads to very dark deeds.

Buffalo Soldier: Peacekeepers by (author did not list name)


Book four in the ‘Buffalo Soldier’ series, has Ben Carter and his detachment involved in helping local authorities keep the peace in a New Mexico town.

Dead Men Don’t Answer by (author did not list name)


Another Al Pennyback mystery. Al is asked by a young woman to find out why her fiance, supposedly dead for six months, answered his phone. As he investigates, a ghost from his past – a military operation gone terribly wrong – comes back looking for revenge. To make matters worse, he discovers that the dead man might actually be alive, and a murderer. The clock is ticking for our intrepid DC private detectivce, known as the Brown Knight.

Elysian Dreams by BJ Neblett


Professor Collin Crowly is a popular college history teacher, carefree man-about-town, and confirmed bachelor. He seems to have it all: good friends, a great career, a stunning large, old mansion, and the Crowly family name and fortune. The day beautiful Angelina walked into his classroom, it all changed. Soon trapped within the very pages of the history he loves and teaches, Collin Crowly finds himself with one too many girlfriends, one too many enemies . . . and one too many lives. Pretty, demure student Angelina would love to have the professor’s problems. The alluring, restless blonde is dissatisfied with her life. Seeking out the elusive pieces of her incomplete, imperfect past, she dreams of one day escaping her mundane existence. A happier, more carefree and exciting life beckons to Angelina from beyond time itself. Answering its call, what she discovers is to be very careful about what she wishes for—as it just may come true. Highly intelligent and slightly nerdy high school student Marsha lives an idyllic, peaceful life with her mom, Angela. Like most teens, Marsha struggles with her own feelings of being a misplaced soul, trapped in a life she neither understands nor feels comfortable in. Lost between her dreams and a perplexing reality, she searches the heavens for answers. Longing to find her place she discovers the key to her future may lie hidden in the past. As the trio desperately seeks answers, their lives unexpectedly and repeatedly cross. Only the ageless and enigmatic Lachesis seems to understand the powers which inexplicably draw them together. But, it is Collin Crowly’s family legacy and his mysterious mansion, Casa di Tempo containing a hidden portal to the past that sets the stage for a romantic adventure across both space and time. Elysian Dreams transports the reader from the grimy, violent streets of the prohibition era Philadelphia to a peaceful Amish community—and from the visions of a young girl to the beckoning midnight skies and beyond. It is an exhilarating search for answers . . . to be found only in another world.

The Lighthouse of Asaph by Roberto Ornan Roche


The Unforgettable Christian Reflections

The Secrets of Heavenly


Olivia’s marriage to an African-American man was unacceptable to her mother Emma, Southern-bred ancestor of prominent South Carolina slaveholders. Olivia assumed that bigotry was the product of her mother’s loyalty to long-dead relatives, an allegiance to maintain the family’s white blood line. After Emma’s death though, Olivia finds a letter and an old journal among her belongings. Soon she discovers the secret that prompted Emma to irrationally blame an entire race — a secret that had nothing to do with family history, although it strongly paralleled another tragic event from the past. 1846, Marianne Witherell’s journal: It was a time just before the American Civil War, when slavery is at its peak in the South. Marianne recalls meeting a young slave girl named Willa who suddenly arrived at Heavenly Plantation with her mother Heddie. Although Willa was destined to serve the wealthy plantation family as a house slave, Marianne and her younger brother Seth form a special bond with her, in spite of their older brother Foster’s warnings about the evils of mixing with “darkies.”
In the antebellum South though, friendships between the races have a definite shelf life as relationships are tested, tempted, and nearly severed. This dramatic historical novel weaves tumultuous threads through the lives of its colorful characters, and ties them all to a web of generational secrets recounted through Marianne’s journal and third person narration. Themes of forbidden romance, lust, murder, kidnapping, betrayal, loss of innocence, and inhumanity threaten to rip through the backdrop of unquestionable love, incredible family strength, unmovable friendship, and undying loyalty in the Deep South.

Cutting Corners: Incorporating Exercise into Your Everyday Life by Jason Raffensperger


“Cutting Corners” is a revolutionary exercise program that helps burn calories and lose weight while toning your body…without the use of weights, machines or trainers! These simple, but innovative techniques consist of high repetition, low-resistance movements that you can literally do anywhere, anytime, throughout your day! Never again will exercise take time away from your family, friends or hobbies as “Cutting Corners” teaches you the quickest, easiest techniques for toning, building muscle and burning fat! From exercises as simple as jumping jacks, to more advanced techniques, “Cutting Corners” proves that getting into shape is not as difficult or time-consuming as you thought. Learn to exercise at your convenience throughout the day, and keep it new and exciting with limitless combinations. Master essential warm up / stretching techniques in conjunction with a myriad simple yet effective, full-body toning and strengthening exercises. Learn tips and techniques for replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones as you exercise during commercial breaks, at the doctor’s waiting room, while on the phone…or anywhere you see fit! It’s that simple! Each exercise takes less than a minute and after the first 30 days, they will become second nature. With “Cutting Corners” you’ll discover that you can have your cake and eat it too!

 Red Gold by Ian Miller
In 2075, David Gill, an engineer, arrives in Los Angeles to sell food to Moonbeam Enterprises. He finds Moonbeam reeling from a fraudulent stock sale and he is made an offer he cannot refuse: join the first expedition to settle on Mars as part of a Moonbeam team and set up major food production facilities for a giant corporation that is temporarily banned from going to Mars, and which cannot then be associated with Martian settlement. As the venture proceeds, David becomes increasingly suspicious of the motives of Moonbeam’s leader, Robbie Newall. More than once he is shot at, but perhaps his biggest problem involves a mercurial Jacqui Tennant, a Space Corps pilot who desperately wants to keep the large corporations off Mars. When on Mars, David’s troubled marriage disintegrates when his wife takes up with Robbie, encounters with Jacqui become increasingly unpredictable, then David becomes aware that Robbie’s objective is to create a Mars bubble through stock floats on Earth, and the absence of anything real to float is no problem. Then, when David makes a totally unexpected discovery that guarantees the settlement will be successful, he also learns that Moonbeam is floating his discovery. David, and a few members of the Space Corps, feel they must stop this fraud, but there is a problem: Newall has smuggled guns to Mars and men to use them.
The story is full of action in unusual environments, but it also shows the anatomy of a particular type of fraud, and shows some of the signs of what to look for. Also, the “unexpected discovery” involves an alternative theory of planetary formation, which delayed this publication as it was developed. An appendix outlines this alternative in simple language for those interested.

January 2013 

Contest closed 01/24/13.  Winner is The Gentle Man by Michelle Mogil. On Amazon

The books that ran (Note: I am not selling these books. The links are to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo. The blurbs come straight from the authors.):

1 Villains in the Mirror   $0.99   Buy
When an average American man has grown tired of the normal way of life, unleashes his secret hobbies. Experience the suspenseful events through the eyes of a killer, Kristofor Slevchek. Follow his every move and thought as he takes his murderous hands and creates a following that will shock the nation!

2 Adjacent Fields   $7.99   Buy
Mainstream science fiction is about tomorrow`s technology showing up in today`s world. Imagine if someone invented a teleportation device and their first thought had to be: How do I market this? What if you couldn`t use a teleporter because governments are still trying to figure out how to regulate it? Rama and Walter are standing at the cusp of changing the world – if they can just get the funding.

3 V&A Shipping   $4.99   Buy
Vic and Argmon just want to make a simple delivery, albeit while being chased by the local police. They pick up an unexpected stowaway on their planet to planet run.Joey, the unwitting stowaway, is thrust into space and must deal with not only being far away from home, but with the alien creatures aboard the SS Acid Rat.Once the delivery is complete, Vic, Argmon, June and their new crew-mate Joey, are offered a double-or-nothing gamble to pick up a second delivery for a celebration party. They must return to Planchar in twenty-four standard hours with a shipment of beer. With the police still on their tail, it`s a chance Vic is willing to take.If only it were so simple.

4 The Gentle Man   $4.99   Buy
Ana drinks too much… liquor, that is. She’s trying to numb the pain of too many life-changing events at once: lay-off status, a neglectful husband, and the onset of middle-age and her own mortality. A chance meeting with an odd little man one night at the pub where she works will change all that…