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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fifth Batch of Thursday Free Books 5-31-2012

 
The Winner of the May $50.00 Amazon.com Gift Card is Beth-Ann T.!  
If you didn't win this time, don't despair. We have another contest in June. :)
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CARROWAY BLUES by Tony Sullivan




Rating: 5.0 Stars with 4 votes
Category: Historical Romance

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In the 1950s Denis Ducane, halfway through his National Service, meets bookseller Martin Carroway and falls for his daughter Petra, a budding concert pianist. But Petra loves another. Demobbed, Denis attends university. He wants to bring middle-class culture to the working-class, but this is forgotten when he falls in love with academia and becomes involved in a ludicrous chase after a first-class degree. Some years later he meets the Carroways again. They are now eager to marry him to Petra, but the marriage is eventually spoiled by a revelation from her past. The couple separate but meet again some years later. However, their reunion is overshadowed by a tragic discovery.

Balancing the Carroway element is Denis’s closeness with his Liverpool family, especially with his younger sister Abigail. Another important theme is the cultural emancipation of the working class during twenty years, illustrated by Denis’s progress as an educator and that of his brother-in-law, a popular playwright and treacherous friend.

Slumber by Samantha Young




Rating: 4.5 Stars with 45 votes
Category: Young Adult Fantasy

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Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.

Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others.

Wolfe Stovia.

The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family.

At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy…

Mature YA fantasy romance (for older readers).

Jungle School Adventures by Gillian Rogerson




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Category: Children's

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These four short stories are perfect for reading to a child or for a newly confident reader to read alone. The main character is Zach Zebra. The stories are :
Fun At The Fair - Zach isn't having any luck on the funfair rides. Will he find the ride that is perfect for him?
Sports Day - Zach has never won a race on sports day. Will this year be different?
Tiny Terror - How can little Jimmy Gorilla cause such big problems for Zach?
Penguin Pal - Will Zach be able to help a special visitor enjoy their day at Jungle School?

Mars, The Bringer Of War by George P. Saunders




Rating: 4.1 Stars with 16 votes
Category: Science Fiction

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John Mars is the oldest astronaut in the fleet and the commander of Challenger II. His latest assignment from NASA is a top-secret shuttle mission to the moon to investigate a mysterious signal. What he finds is an alien robot that murders his crew and destroys the source of that signal - a deep-space probe. When John returns to Earth without his crew, the probe, or any evidence of what really happened on his mission, NASA forces him into retirement.

Humiliated and disgraced, John takes a job as a pilot for a commercial airline, unaware that his experience on the moon has marked him more than psychologically: in the battle to save his crew and himself, John Mars was injected with an alien tracking device.

One night, while flying his regular route, John and the occupants of his plane, including his fiancé Anna, are whisked aboard a gigantic ship and thrown into deep space toward the Andromeda Galaxy - home to an Alien species called "Sels". The Sels live for one thing only, colonization of all worlds in the known universe. And now they've got their sights set on Earth. But in order to decide if Earth is a worthy adversary, the Sels have something special planned for John - a kind of alien vetting program.

John, Anna and the rest of his group arrive on a Sel planet used for wargames, where alien life forms are pitted against one another - and the Sels - in death battles. One by one, John Mars' small group of survivors succumb to the Sels. But a larger problem looms for Mars - even if he can survive the Sel wargames, how could he ever get back home and warn Earth of impending invasion and assimilation into the Sel Empire?

Fourth Batch of Thursday Free Books 5-31-2012

The Winner of the May $50.00 Amazon.com Gift Card is Beth-Ann T.!  
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Weston by Gregory Attaway




Rating: 5.0 Stars with 2 votes
Category: Historical Saga

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Benjamin Camden lives a life of reckless abandon, paying little heed to the consequences of his actions. A powerful Hollywood trendsetter, he gives birth to some of the most shocking, controversial films of his day. Multiple marriages fail as he turns his back on his father and adopts his mother’s maiden name as his sole moniker. Rumors of drugs, alcohol, and infidelity follow him everywhere.

But everything changes with the birth of his daughter, Cara. No other woman – mother, sister, or wife – could make him change…but she can. He may never be able to escape the scandals of his past, but he resolves that Cara will never see him the way the rest of the world does.

A Husband for Margaret by Ruth Ann Nordin




Rating: 3.3 Stars with 31 votes
Category: Historical Romance

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When Margaret Williams posted an ad for a husband, she expected Paul Connealy to arrive, but instead, his older brother, Joseph, came...and he brought four children with him.

*Please note: This novella used to be in the book titled A Bride for Tom and A Husband for Margaret: 2 Novellas in 1 Book. So if you bought that book, you don't need to buy this novella.

Coming Home by Julie Sellers




Rating: 4.2 Stars with 18 votes
Category: Drama

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When Lillian's husband learns he's the cause of their infertility, he's gone before morning. Lillie does what any self-respecting woman would do, she turns to Ben and Jerry's and refuses to leave the house. Eventually, she has to venture out to replenish her supply of Phish Food, and runs into her mother-in-law, struggling with the care of her special needs niece.

Ashamed by her self-indulgent behavior, Lillie finds strength she didn't know she had to create the family she'd always wanted. Later when Jonathan returns, Lillie hopes to find the closure she lacked from his speedy departure. But instead, he needs a favor and Lillie's the only one who can help. She knows the best thing to do is to forget the past and put her crumbled marriage behind her...or is it?

Sometimes coming home, isn't to a place on the map...but a place in your heart.

Enemy in Blue by Derek Blass




Rating: 4.2 Stars with 90 votes
Category: Thriller/ Police

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The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge.

What if the good guys weren't good?

What if a cop went rogue and killed an innocent man?

What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to cover it up?

Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to nail down his enemy in blue.

Will justice be served?

Third Batch of Thursday Free Books

The Winner of the May $50.00 Amazon.com Gift Card is Beth-Ann T.!  
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Enchantment by Charlotte Abel




Rating: 4.4 Stars with 76 votes
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

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Channie Belks is trying to hide the fact she's a witch.

Sorta hard to do after her parents slap a chastity curse on her for flirting with "dirty-minded, non-magical, city-boys." She can't even walk by a hot guy without zapping him.

There's a way to break the curse; but one mistake could kill her. It's not worth the risk ... until she meets a certain BMX champion named Josh.

Suddenly, the threat of death isn't such a deal-breaker.


The Ghost in Me by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger




Rating: 4.6 Stars with 12 votes
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Humor

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WHO GETS THE GUY? The girl, or the ghost?

Myri Monaco has problems she doesn't know how to deal with: a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, a mother who's dating her science teacher, and a "punishment" for a science project that lands her in auditions for the school play (the last place she wants to be). But most girls don't have a ghost living at home who is willing to "trade places" whenever she's needed. Will ghostly possession be an easy solution when problems collide? Or, will Myri lose everything to a ghost wanting to fulfill her own desires?

MoonRush by Ben Hopkin




Rating: 4.3 Stars with 14 votes
Category: Techno-Thriller/ Men's Adventure

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It's 2049 and it's not gold the prospectors are looking for, it's "Star
Diamonds." And these precious gems aren't in California but up on the
moon!

Join Jarod and his team of treasure hunters, Rogues Incorporated, as
they dodge a nefarious competitor, crazed moon-panning prospectors, and
even their own government for the ultimate "motherlode."

Versim by Curtis Hox




Rating: 5.0 Stars with 4 votes
Category: Thriller/ Science Fiction

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Harken Cole is a highly trained Entertainment Specialist. He immerses into rendered worlds called Rend-Vs to play the hero, the villain--whatever his bosses want. To fulfill a promise to a dead friend, Hark illegally jumps into Collides, a twenty-first century Rend-V, and realizes something's not right. The host of Collides is in danger, and Hark must protect her. Hark soon learns that controversial director Miesha Preston plans to flip peaceful Collides into a horror Rend-V. If Hark can't protect the host, while still fulfilling his promise, everyone immersed will die.

Second Batch of Thursday Free Books 5-31-2012

The Winner of the May $50.00 Amazon.com Gift Card is Beth-Ann T.!  
If you didn't win this time, don't despair. We have another contest in June. :)

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Encrypted by Carolyn McCray




Rating: 4.4 Stars with 79 votes
Category: Techno-Thriller/ Men's Adventure
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A code written in unbreakable Angelic script.
The resurgence of the Black Death.
Can an FBI Agent and the Robin Hood Hacker save the world from another Dark Ages?

PASKAGANKEE by Allan Leverone




Rating: 4.9 Stars with 11 votes
Category: Horror
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An isolated village, remote and vulnerable.
A series of brutal murders.
And a vengeful spirit born of tragedy, reawakened after a centuries-old massacre.
Three distinctly different people must come together, racing against time and their own personal demons in a desperate attempt to stop an unstoppable killer and save their town.

Welcome to Paskagankee, Maine. You may not survive the visit.

Rock & Roll Rip-Off by RJ McDonnell




Rating: 4.7 Stars with 13 votes
Category: Mystery
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Jason Duffy thought he had accepted a routine burglary case when a career studio musician hired him to recover a memorabilia collection featuring unusual treasures from some of the top performers in the music industry. But Jason quickly finds himself at the top of a hit list that has nothing to do with The Top 40 and everything to do with a table for one at the San Diego Coroner’s Office.

While the facts of the case point to an emo band that the victim was helping at the time of the theft, the lethal force that Jason encounters in his investigation feels more like death metal. He finds himself imperiled by a hitman known as The Heartbreaker, due to his signature of shooting his victims through the heart at close range. With danger also threatening his staff and girlfriend, Jason must continue to mend fences with his retired police detective father, in spite of a recent riff that caused a major setback to their relationship.

Everyone thought The Tactile Tattoo was a “can’t miss” band. The pre-release buzz for their first CD was tremendous. But a bad review from a key industry critic, who didn’t care for their lyrics, left the album stillborn at record stores across the country.

The group soon learned that second chances in the current state of the music business are practically nonexistent. One band member discovered that money talks in an industry strapped for cash, and a bribe was entirely possible. However, funding that bribe meant getting involved with all of the wrong people.

In the midst of this action whodunit, the reader is treated to an insider’s view of the music industry that captures the new obstacles that today’s bands must overcome in order to succeed. Some musicians handle the pressures, opportunities, and disappointments more effectively than others. Some still succumb to the mesmerizing allure of sex and drugs and rock & roll.

Rock & Roll Rip-Off is the second novel in RJ McDonnell’s Rock & Roll Mystery Series. Like the critically acclaimed Rock & Roll Homicide, McDonnell once again mixes humor, music, and a cast of unique characters to unfold a memorable mystery that shows Jason and a loved one “knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door.”

Little Red Riding Hood by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger




Rating: 5.0 Stars with 7 votes
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2011 KART Kids Book List Award


When Little Red sets out to bring a cake to Grandmother's house, she promises the mirror on her wall that she won't talk to strangers. But as the shadows of the forest press around her, she finds that keeping that promise is hard to do. After all, safety is found in numbers, isn't it? That depends on what happens when Little Red meets the biggest shadow of all.

Thursday Free Books 5-31-2012

The Winner of the May $50.00 Amazon.com Gift Card is Beth-Ann T.!  
If you didn't win this time, don't despair. We have another contest in June. :)

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Two Days of a Dream by Kathryn Gilmore




Rating: 5.0 Stars with 2 votes
Category: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
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Kelly Goins’ life didn't match her four-point plan.

1. College at eighteen
2. Career at twenty-two
3. Marriage at twenty-four
4. Kids at twenty-six

Everything in its right order. Except, for Kelly, life didn’t follow the order after step two. After a hard day of corporate climbing in Lincoln, Nebraska, Kelly slips into a vintage nightgown and goes to sleep. The next thing she knows she’s in a dream ... maybe.

The frustrating, stone-cold Captain Duran maybe just what she’s not looking for, but what she needs. She knows it's only her subconscious creating the commanding and handsome man who orders his way into her heart so she dreads when her alarm clock will wrench her from her heart’s desire.

In Iraq, Duran had come to grips with the fact that he would be alone for the rest of his military career, but Kelly turns his orderly life upside down when she appears in his tent. The woman is more than interesting, but is also crazy. He doesn't want to like the hard-nosed woman that keeps popping up in his cot, but maybe he's crazy too.

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Got Your Number by Stephanie Bond




Rating: 4.2 Stars with 9 votes
Category: Humorous Romantic Mystery
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When two cousins hit the road (one woman is a reluctant witness to a crime, one woman was just jilted at the altar), they decide to tackle items on the Life Lists they created in college. Fun, sex, and murder ensue!

Sprig of Thyme by Jenna Dawlish




Rating: 5.0 Stars with 4 votes
Category: Historical Romance
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England, 1853. Jilted five years ago by a man masquerading as a tutor, Adella believes she has come to terms with her loss. She has moved on with her life, no longer a governess, she is happy in Bath helping her brother, a doctor.
That same man moves to Bath under his true identity; a rich landowner. Fate throws them together and she discovers the secret behind his betrayal. Can she live with the consequences it holds for both of them? Can she learn to forgive him?

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles




Rating: 4.6 Stars with 170 votes
Category: Mystery
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"The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass."--Violet Parker

Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet Parker's daughter could be next. She's desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. But if she's not careful, Violet just might end up as one of Deadwood's dearly departed.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fourth Batch of Wednesday Free Books 5-30-2012

The May Contest is almost over! Make sure you enter for your chance at $50.00!  
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On Little Wings by Regina Sirois




Rating: 4.6 Stars with 91 votes
Category: Young Adult Literary Fiction
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Jennifer's mother is not an only child.
Jennifer's aunt has thirty seven freckles.
And life just stopped making sense for this sixteen-year-old girl from Nebraska.
It will take one forbidden journey, an octogenarian movie star, three old pirates, and one scarred genius to put all the pieces back together.
If that is even possible.

When Jennifer finds a dog-eared photograph of a freckled girl, she never dreams the innocent picture will tear open a gaping wound to her mother's secret past.
Jennifer must leave her home, parents, and best friend in the wheat fields of Nebraska and travel to the rocky shores of Maine to find the aunt she never knew she had. Her search for the truth is distracted by the strange and hilarious characters in the tight-knit town of Smithport. From the 88 year old movie star who likes to show off her tattoo, to the fishermen who have a passion for rockets, to the aunt who recites poetry in the long, Maine nights, Jennifer is intrigued by the lives swirling around her.
In the midst of madness she meets Nathan, the tight-lipped, reluctant prodigy who is surrounded by women who need him to be brother, father, protector, provider, and now, first love. With a restrained, mature, and uncertain voice, Jennifer shares her tale of family, love, loss, truth and beauty.
As Jennifer seeks to piece together her mother's shattered story, she inadvertently writes one for herself.

The Brit by Matt Cairone




Rating: 4.6 Stars with 91 votes
Category: Literary Fiction
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Ordinary men make bad decisions every day. The Brit is no exception. One extraordinary, desperate act at a Las Vegas casino turns the life of the Englishman on its head. He is in dire straits in a foreign country, with no money, no friends, and no idea how to manage the situation.

The Brit collides with the other characters like the cue ball hits the other balls at the break on the billiards table. One never knows where the balls will come to rest.

The Brit is an existential work of literary fiction.

Third Batch of Wednesday Free Books 5-30-2012

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The Bullied Series Box Set by Christopher Smith




Rating: 4.5 Stars with 24 votes
Category: Horror
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STEPHEN KING ON CHRISTOPHER SMITH:

"Put me down as an enthusiastic Christopher Smith fan. ...Smith is a cultural genius." --STEPHEN KING


DESCRIPTION:
In Christopher Smith's international best-seller BULLIED, the relentlessly bullied 18-year-old Seth Moore is gifted an amulet that ignites within him a wealth of supernatural powers.

If Seth uses the amulet properly, it will protect him from those determined to crush him. But after so many years of being beaten down and humiliated, the question is whether Seth can resist creating a firestorm of horror when the bullies around him create one fatal, awful act that begs for revenge.

Soon, all hell breaks loose. And when it does, a war builds against Seth as others vie to take control of the amulet and use its powers for themselves. It's a war that could mean the death of Seth's friends--and even Seth himself.

From the best-selling author of FIFTH AVENUE and RUNNING OF THE BULLS, BULLIED is an intense thriller that moves at a break-neck pace.

In print, the set is about 350 pages long.

Irreparable Harm by Melissa F. Miller




Rating: 4.5 Stars with 106 votes
Category: Legal Thriller
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After eight long years, attorney Sasha McCandless is about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up.

When a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard, Sasha gears up to defend the inevitable civil lawsuits. She soon realizes the crash was no accident: a developer has created an application that can control a commercial plane's onboard computer from a smartphone.

Sasha joins forces with a federal air marshal, and they race to prevent another airline disaster. But when people close to the matter start turning up dead, Sasha must rely on both her legal skills and her Krav Maga training to stop the madman before he kills her.

The Dead Love Longer by Scott Nicholson




Rating: 4.5 Stars with 39 votes
Category: Paranormal Mystery
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Private investigator Richard Steele must solve his most difficult case ever—his own murder—while caught between women on both sides of the grave. His lover Lee is tangled up in the mess he left behind, and his dead ex-wife Diana has been waiting on the other side for her chance at revenge.

In a race against time as his spirit slips away, Richard confronts his many, many failings and faces a power beyond his understanding--love. His only weapon is faith, and he's running out of bullets.

It's going to be a hell of a final showdown.

DRM-free. About 22,000 words, equivalent of about 110 book pages. Includes the bonus ghost story "She Climbs a Winding Stair."

Mark of the Dragon Queen by Katie W. Stewart




Rating: 4.8 Stars with 11 votes
Category: Epic Fantasy
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Kira has led a sheltered life, brought up by her widowed father, whom she adores. When he is arrested and imprisoned for a murder he allegedly committed 18 years before, she is devastated. So when she overhears an ex-student of her father's planning to visit the prison, Kira decides to go, too. However, the student - Arun - is not who she thinks he is, and she soon learns that her father has not always been the man of integrity she has known for fifteen years.

Caught in a rebellion against the Lord High Councillor who would return the country to Wizard Rule, Kira finds that there is one more lesson she has to learn - about herself. Success depends on her, but is she willing to make the sacrifice it will require?

A book for Young Adults, but suitable for all ages.

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Hunting by S.M. Hineline




Rating: 4.4 Stars with 13 votes
Category: Young Adult Paranormal
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In the war between humans and vampires... a child will turn the tide.

Thousands of years ago a goddess cursed a family, every 500 years a child of their bloodline would be born a vampire. This child would mean the survival or destruction of the vampire race. And each would do anything to find the child first.

Jade knew nothing of the curse, but when a vampire princess calls, you answer. Now she must do her best to help find the child and save it from the humans who would see it dead. And if that weren't enough, the princess' cousin, in an effort to show her unworthy to lead their people, is doing everything in his power to stop them. Even if that means killing them all.

Just Like That by Les Edgerton




Rating: 4.7 Stars with 22 votes
Category: Literary/ Crime
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Les Edgerton’s buddy novel, JUST LIKE THAT, is based on an actual trip he took with an ex-prison cellmate under similar circumstances as protagonist Jake Mayes does in this narrative. The scenes in Pendleton are also based on true experiences he had while incarcerated. Approximately 85% of the novel is taken from real life.

Jake and his pal Bud’s journey begins six months after he is released on parole and is occasioned when his girlfriend Donna dumps him and aborts their child. After an aborted suicide attempt where the Norelco shaver cord he used to hang himself broke, on an impulse—the source of the title; everything in Jake’s life happens “just like that”—he calls up Bud, who lives by the same credo, and the two take off with no particular destination in mind. They’re just going “south”--somewhere where it’s warm. An hour before they leave, Jake on another impulse, holds up a convenience store to get some traveling money.

Ultimately, they end up in New Orleans and then Lake Charles, Louisiana and from there, back to Indiana.

Along the way are many “watercooler” moments, such as when an inmate sinks a meat cleaver into another inmate’s blue-clad stomach, a physical encounter with two rednecks in Kentucky where Bud shoots one of the men, the bullet bouncing harmlessly off the man’s thick skull, Jake’s ongoing romance with Donna, the funeral of Jake’s father which he attends with a whore, multiple burglaries, armed robberies, a brief affair with a black woman, and an adventure with a drunk Santa Claus. Near the end Jake takes another fall when he is caught burglarizing a bar back in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and gets shot in the leg and is returned to Pendleton where he kills the inmate he’d had a nasty encounter during his first stay in prison. In the process, Jake’s philosophy of life undergoes a sea change and he comes up with this:

Portions of JUST LIKE THAT have previously appeared as short stories in the literary magazines High Plains Literary Review, Murdaland, and Flatmancrooked. The story that appeared in High Plains was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was selected for inclusion in Houghton-Mifflin’s “Best American Mystery Stories, 2001.”

As a note of possible interest, Cathy Johns, the P.R. Director and Assistant Warden of The Farm (the infamous Louisiana state prison at Angola) read this novel and told Edgerton that he'd captured the true spirit of the criminal mind better than anything she'd ever read.

My Ex-Wife's Wedding by Elise Marion




Rating: 3.7 Stars with 3 votes
Category: Romance/ Chick Lit
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Jack's ex-wife is getting married in the morning. With only one night left to change her mind, can he convince her not to give up on 13 years of marriage?

Holly has always loved Jack, but her new fiance' is the safe, logical choice. Will she choose him, or risk all to give Jack another chance? When Jack comes flying into her wedding, putting it all on the line, which will she choose?

Echoes by Jason Brant




Rating: 4.9 Stars with 16 votes
Category: Paranormal Suspense
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What if the thoughts in your head were not your own?

When Lieutenant Asher Benson suffered a traumatic brain injury while stationed in Iraq, his doctors warned him that the symptoms would be life altering. They had no idea. As Ash recovered, a never ending barrage of voices began echoing in his mind, effectively crippling his life. Mistakenly treated for PTSD, Ash was honorably discharged and now lives in self-imposed, drunken isolation.

Five years later, Ash is still struggling to rejoin society. His desperate, lonely existence is maintained by a meager disability check and gallons of alcohol. As he's finally learning to control his burden, and making progress with the girl next door, Ash is thrust back into a life he thought he'd left behind. When unidentified intelligence agents abduct him from his apartment, he is plunged into a world of espionage and assassinations.

A unique terrorist is operating on U.S. soil, and the government needs Ash, and the malady that has plagued him for half a decade, to find him.

At roughly 30,000 words, Echoes is an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning thriller with the pacing of The Terminator and the quirky characters of Carl Hiaasen.

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Wednesday Free Books 5-30-2012

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Puzzlebook: 103 Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuk Family




Rating: 4.8 Stars with 44 votes
Category: Games
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*** #1 Top Rated Puzzles book is FREE for a limited time! (offer ends May 30) ***

This is Volume 4 of the Top Rated Puzzlebook: Puzzle Quizzes series. In this brand-new puzzle collection you will find 103 pictorial, hand-crafted puzzle quizzes in different themes: visual, spatial, counting, geometry, matchstick, coins, searching, and much more. Be sure to check Puzzlebook: 100 Puzzle Quizzes, Puzzlebook: 101 Puzzle Quizzes and Puzzlebook: 102 Puzzle Quizzes for more!

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The Perfect Blend by Anita Higman




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Category: Romance/ Chick Lit
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Bestselling romance and mystery writer Anita Higman, brings home friendship, romance and the smell of freshly brewed coffee. This Novella is a perfect read at the end of a long day.

Book Description:
The Café Rose is a place for great coffee and falling in love. Jacques, the owner and matchmaker of the Café Rose, seats his friend, Hamilton Wakefield, with loner Kasey Morland. Her business life is a mess, and since Hamilton is an entrepreneur, he lets Kasey know he's just the man to straighten her out. Sparks fly, coffee is poured, and romance is in the air. Will their clashing personalities turn into a bitter brew, or will Hamilton and Kasey discover they are instead, the perfect blend?

King of Swords by Russell Blake




Rating: 4.7 Stars with 23 votes
Category: Thriller
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King of Swords is an epic assassination thriller framed against a gritty backdrop of brutal drug cartel violence in modern Mexico.

The G-20 Financial Summit is planned for San Jose Del Cabo. The world's pre-eminent finance ministers will attend, along with the presidents of the U.S. and Mexico.

Captain Romero Cruz of the Mexican Federal Police uncovers an assassination plot against the attendees. In a roller-coaster race against the clock, Cruz must track and stop El Rey, the "King of Swords" – a faceless super-assassin responsible for a string of the world's most spectacular killings, before he turns the G-20 into a slaughterhouse.

King of Swords is an intelligent, rule-breaking rush that shatters convention to create a richly-drawn story that's sure to shock and delight even the most jaded intrigue/adventure thriller fans.

Nephilim Genesis of Evil by Renee Pawlish




Rating: 4.7 Stars with 43 votes
Category: Horror
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A dark power described in Genesis revisits a small mountain town.
A journalist who witnessed an evil presence searches for answers.
He finds a town succumbing to supernatural forces.
Now, an evil prophesy may be fulfilled by the Nephilim.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fifth Batch of Tuesday Free Books 5-29-2012

The May Contest is almost over! Make sure you enter for your chance at $50.00!   

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Renegade Passion by Lisa Renee Jones




Rating: 4.6 Stars with 8 votes
Category: Romantic Suspense
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Warning! Sexy alpha soldier out to protect his woman! There will be sparks that fly and plenty of sexy moments!
About the story:
Sonia' a gifted psychic who finds herself seeing visions of the many women who have started disappearing around Vegas. Visions that have now put her on the radar of Adam Rain, a soldier who was part of an experiment that made him a super solider, powerful and dangerous. Adam wants to control the city. He wants to control her.

Kel is also one of those super soldiers, a part of the unit called Renegades who fight to protect humanity. A soldier who once planned to call Sonia his wife until an Area 51 experiment changed his life, his future, Sonia's future. But now she is in danger, and nothing, and no one, is going to hurt her. She is his passion, his desire, his heart.

The man she believes is dead.

13,000 word novella
*** You meet Damion in this story and The Danger that is Damion is out now as a full sized novel!***

Lord Fool to the Rescue by L.L. Muir




Rating: 3.9 Stars with 21 votes
Category: Historical Romance
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She has an excellent escape planned...

Lady Tempest MacIntyre has been offered, by her stepfather, as an item up for auction! But she has an excellent escape planned...if she can keep from tripping over the good intentions of the Duke of Stromburg, sometimes referred to as Lord Fool.

Lord Fool to the Rescue has at least one hero, a heroine, and an assortment of characters who may or may not be villains. The fun is in the discovery.

Signs and Wonders by Alex Adena




Rating: 4.4 Stars with 25 votes
Category: Religious
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Annie Grace grew up as the daughter of a faith healing crusader who told her she could perform miracles. But 25 years later, after she has inherited her late father's ministry, Annie's only remaining conviction is that she is a fraud -- a fear she must face when the district attorney confronts her about the ministry's past. As a pesky television reporter hounds her and a U.S. senator subpoenas her to testify before Congress, Annie is forced to reveal the truth to herself and to the world. When she does, mysterious things begin to happen. What is the meaning of these signs and wonders?


Shasta Summer by Teresa Geering




Rating: 4.9 Stars with 17 votes
Category: Young Adult/ Fantasy/ Romance
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'Shasta Summer' is an entrancing addition to Teresa Geering's romance / fantasy series 'Erasmus, Shasta & Merlin' in which the cunning and resourceful Erasmus continues his devilish attempts to secure the beautiful and enchanting Shasta as his own, while she and Merlin renew their enduring love for each other, impeded by the unfortunate fact that a spell from a previous century has transformed Merlin into a cat.

Written in seductive and mesmerising prose which gives it the feel of an authentic time-honoured fable, 'Shasta Summer' continues the tradition of the much-acclaimed 'The Eye of Erasmus' which records another such attempt by Erasmus when he espies Shasta across the centuries in a vision.

The books in the series can be read and enjoyed in any order and by readers of any age from six to ninety-six.

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From Victim to Hero by Jim Laughter




Rating: 4.2 Stars with 5 votes
Category: Fictionalized Memoir
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From Victim to Hero compellingly shares the selfless heroic nightmare of Steven Stayner; educating parents on issues they must know and be aware of. Steven’s story inspires and exemplifies the goodness and strength within the human spirit. The trauma experienced by the family is shared, giving insight of the impact on the marriage, children, and friends. Whether in abuse or abduction, From Victim to Hero portrays the grooming, lying and strategies used by predators to convince and coerce their victims into compliance. This book reiterates the three principles victims must realize – 1. Nobody has the right to hurt you. 2. It’s not your fault. 3. You don’t have the right to hurt others. Buy this book. Share it with your children. Keep them safe.

Ed Smart (father of kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart)
President, Surviving Parents Coalition

In this book, From Victim to Hero, Jim Laughter expresses Steven’s heart and brings to light the extraordinary spirit of a young man that endangered himself because he believed rescuing Timmy White was the right thing to do.

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Honor Redeemed by Loree Lough




Rating: 3.5 Stars with 15 votes
Category: Romance
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Highly skilled Search and Rescue (SAR) team leader, Honor Mackenzie, works almost as hard at guarding the dark secrets of her past as she does when training SAR dogs. As for widowed Sun reporter Matt Phillips, not even his former SAR work is as important as protecting his ten-year-old twin boys.

When a jumbo jet crashes outside Baltimore one cold night, their respective jobs put them face-to-face at the grisly scene--and force Matt and Honor to reconsider the difficult decisions that resulted in their long-standing "single forever" status.

As Matt tries to come to terms with his feelings for Honor, he gets word that she hasn’t reported in since starting the search for a missing child. Reverting to his SAR training, Matt leads the search team as a vicious winter storm bears down on the area. Will he find her in time? And if he does, will they find their way back to each other or go back to living life alone?

"Honor Redeemed takes readers into the challenging--and often heartbreaking--world of emergency responders who enter disaster and find their lives and choices irrevocably changed by it. A timely novel about the power of love in all its aspects."
--Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog

The M-16 Agenda by James P. Wilcox




Rating: 4.0 Stars with 21 votes
Category: Mystery/ Thriller
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A man is not apt to forget the instant he becomes a killer; that one fateful instant when he takes another's life. It would not matter that Jack Granger has killed, all soldiers train to kill, except that he is the Democratic nominee in the presidential election of 2020. Having secured the nomination as Governor of Missouri and on the strength of his M-16 Agenda, his political platform developed in the killing sands of Iraq, Jack is days away from the White House when the situation in Iraq and in Washington D.C. changes everything. Now it is a race against time, and his own past, as he makes a last ditch effort to save his bid for the presidency, and possibly the world.

From the war torn battlegrounds of Iraq to the halls of power in Washington D.C., M-16 Agenda follows one man's rise to the heights of political power, as he struggles to live up to the promises he made to his fellow soldiers, his family, and himself.

CLOCKWISE by Elle Strauss




Rating: 4.3 Stars with 58 votes
Category: Young Adult/ Historical/ Romance
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Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this --she's accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just "brotherly" protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does.

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'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy by Leslie Langtry




Rating: 4.1 Stars with 22 votes
Category: Romantic Suspense/ Chick Lit
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From Publishers Weekly
For wisecracking single mother/professional assassin Gin Bombay, who comes from a line of career killers stretching back to ancient Greece, an invitation to the family reunion brings problems that go well beyond Aunt Jean's unappetizing potato salad. For starters, reunion business will include the mandatory blood initiation of Gin's five-year-old daughter, cementing her to the family business; on top of that, Gin's been assigned to eliminate a spy within the family, who may be her beloved younger brother. Things only get worse when she finds out that one of her marks is a client of her brand new boyfriend, a hunky Australian bodyguard. The beleaguered soccer mom/assassin concept is a winner, and Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details, like the Hello Kitty phone perched in our heroine's death lab. The book's chief flaw is in Gin's one-liners; unlike the gracefully underplayed wisecracks of Janet Evanovich's like-minded bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Gin's are one-joke affairs—all assassination, all the time—that quickly become grating. (Aug.)
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Natural Causes by James Oswald




Rating: 4.3 Stars with 6 votes
Category: Mystery/ Police Procedural
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The body of a young woman is found walled up in the basement of an old Edinburgh mansion. A prominent local figure is brutally murdered. An illegal immigrant cuts his throat in a city centre pub. As violence descends upon the city, Detective Inspector McLean must think the unthinkable. An ancient evil has been freed, and only if he accepts that it can exist will he be able to stop it.

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When Edinburgh police find the killer of a prominent city elder less than twenty-four hours after the crime, they are justifiably pleased. So the murderer has killed himself; that just saves the time and cost of a trial. But a second murder days later bears haunting similarities to the first, even though once more the murderer swiftly confesses and kills himself.

Detective Inspector Anthony McLean is investigating the discovery of a dead girl, walled up in the basement of an old Edinburgh mansion. She has been brutally murdered, her internal organs removed and placed around her in six preserving jars. The evidence suggests this all happened over sixty years ago, an attempt to re-enact an ancient ceremony that by trapping a demon in the dead girl’s body would supposedly confer immortality on the six men who took one of her organs each.

McLean’s grandmother – the woman who raised him after his parents were killed when he was a young boy – dies after months in a coma following a stroke. On top of this he has to investigate a series of unusual, violent suicides and a cat-burglar who targets the homes of the recently dead. But as another prominent Edinburgh businessman is killed, he begins to suspect that there may be a connection between the murders, the suicides and the ritual killing of the girl found in the basement. The same names keep cropping up. He just can’t find a rational explanation as to how that connection works.

As he digs deeper, and as the coincidences stack up, McLean is forced to consider an irrational explanation. Could there really be something evil stalking the city he has sworn to protect? And if so, how on earth can he hope to stop it?

Reported unsettling violence. Sensitive Readers beware.


A Time to Love by Barbara Cameron




Rating: 4.1 Stars with 53 votes
Category: Christian Romance
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War correspondent Jennie King thinks she’s just a temporary guest in her grandmother’s Amish community while she recuperates from the devastating injuries sustained in a car bomb attack that changed her world. But when she meets Matthew Bontrager, the man . . .

Always the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker




Rating: 3.5 Stars with 211 votes
Category: Romance
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From Booklist
When diabetic Emma Rae Travis wins the prestigious Passionate Palate Award for her innovative crème brûlée wedding cake, she is thrilled to be offered the position of pastry chef by the new proprietors of the Tanglewood Inn, an Atlanta institution being renovated into a five-star wedding-destination hotel. She is also attracted to its CEO. But Jackson Drake is still mourning his beloved wife’s untimely passing and is unable to reconcile his burgeoning feelings for Emma Rae with his loyalty to Desirée’s memory. Although both consider themselves blessed with supportive family and friends, Emma Rae and Jackson would rather be spared the well-meaning efforts at convincing them to return to their childhood faith. And when Emma Rae’s unappreciative former boss and her ex-boyfriend—the cad and his fiancée are about to become the Tanglewood’s first wedding clients—both suddenly want her back, Bricker’s contemporary inspirational romance really heats up! Topical recipes, menus, and how-to tips entice the reader with an insider’s perspective on the lucrative business surrounding all things bridal. --Lynne Welch

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