Friday, December 31, 2010

Bargain eBooks #69: Books from Maria Savva, Cont.

Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales) by Maria Savva

Genre: Short Story Collection

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It: (For Kindle)

Love and Loyalty (and other tales), is Maria Savva's second collection of short stories. This is a diverse collection of stories, written over a period of ten years. Many of the stories were short-listed in various short story competitions. These are thought-provoking, memorable tales of life and love, luck and loss, deceit and lies, the unexpected and the true to life.

What they're saying about it:

"A fabulous collection of stories that unearth the many facets of the human condition. They made me laugh, cry and certainly surprised me. Each story has a great hook and pulls you in until the end and have an easy to read style. The characters are believable and some are extremely 'funny to watch', not least due to the clever 'one-liners'. All of us can relate in one way or another." --Review by Julie Elizabeth Powell, author of 'Gone'

Second Chances by Maria Savva

Type: Novel

Price: $0.99

Where to Get it: (for Kindle)

Set in London, in the noughties, sometime after the smoking ban, and before the great 21st century recession... James has always believed in happy ever after, and he plans to get there one day. He is doing okay. At the age of thirty-three, he has a top job, dream house, two healthy children, and a wife who always stands by him. These things, James can rely on, until one day, when everything changes, and he realises that he has spent so long looking towards the future, that he has neglected the present. Feeling unloved, his wife, Pamela, has left him, leaving nothing but a brief note. She has taken their two children. How far will James go to save his marriage? What can Pamela do to stop the past haunting her life? Will it be enough?

What they're saying about it:

"Had your fill of romantic fiction/chocolate shop stories and city life for country life stories?Then 'Second Chances' by Maria Savva could be just the ticket!

Dealing with modern relationships, so real (spooky at times). No doubt it will strike a cord with quite a few readers. At times I wanted to cry... At others so so funny... Maria has written in a way that you feel as though you know the characters, not just as characters in a book, but as friends, as Maria portrays her characters with such emotion and feelings...everyone deserves a read of 'Second Chances'.Review by Top 100 reviewer Alessi Lover C.A.D.--

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bargain eBooks #68: 2 From Maria Savva

A Time to Tell by Maria Savva

Type: Novel

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

Set between the 1950s and the late 1990s, "A Time to Tell" is the poignant story of Cara, from her dramatic attempted suicide to her roles as a smitten eighteen-year-old, unmarried mother, wife, widow and grandmother, and her final, passionate reunion with the man she has always loved. It is also the parallel tale of Cara's prodigal son Benjamin and his daughter Penelope, whose unhappy relationship with her father has led her into marriage with a man whose own dysfunctional family have turned him into a person who at first seems strangely attractive, but turns out to have a dark and terrifying side...Rich in colourful characters and pertinent social themes, "A Time to Tell" is an eventful and often disturbing tale of the pain and pleasures of family relationships.

What they're saying about it:

" emotionally charged page turner ... Maria Savva is an exceptional storyteller, bringing the many colorful characters to life as they face some of the darker issues, which trouble today's society. Abusive relationships, secrets, betrayal and ultimately forgiveness is wrapped up this wondrous tale of family life."--Stuart Ross McCallum, author of Beyond My Control

Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva

Type: Short Story Collection

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

'Pieces of a Rainbow' is a collection of seven short stories, each one based on a different colour of the rainbow. You will find a full spectrum of emotions within the stories. Some are sad, some uplifting. There are not always happy endings, but the tales reflect the real world, and the forces of nature at work in our lives; sometimes beyond our control. The stories are diverse in style, and the characters, although fictional, are true-to-life. There is something for everyone in this inspired collection. Excerpt from 'Forever Blue': '...Some people are lucky; they just carry on going, keeping up with the current, riding the waves. Others find a ship they can sail in forever; but some are left to drift alone, battling against the waves, and hoping they can get to the shore in one piece.

What they're saying about it:

"It's hard to write a really good short story. In 'Pieces of a Rainbow', Savva's first collection of short stories, the British author has demonstrated that she's not only a first-rate novelist, but a master of the shorter form as well. "One day I will find the right words," Wrote Jack Kerouac, "And they will be simple." Maria Savva has found the right words. And they are wonderful."--Quentin R. Bufogle, author of Horse Latitudes

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bargain eBooks #67: Eight Cuts Press's First Two Releases

The Dead Beat by Cody James

Genre: General, Urban Fiction, Literary

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Smashwords (all eBook formats)

It’s 1997, and the comet of the century is due some time about now, on its 3000 year roundtrip. For want of anything better to do, Adam and his meth addict friends end up in San Francisco, wondering where their place in the addict hierarchy might be, why no one has written a good book in over a decade, and just what the comet might mean, when nothing on earth means anything. And in a zip of light and a snort of meth the comet is gone, taking with it this last snapshot of earth for 3000 years, leaving Adam to wonder if it meant anything at all, or whether it was maybe just a bit cool that the sky looked different. Just for once. For the last time in his life.

What they're saying about it:

“The Dead Beat is pitch-perfect in its portrayal of the frenetic aimlessness of restless minds for whom the most pressing issues are getting the laundry done and fretting over ‘trying to decide what to do…gives a voice to the dead-beat generation and, in juxtaposing abhorrent lifestyles with poignant introspection, evokes sympathy for the human tragedy that lies within its blackest heart.” (read the full review on Bookrambler)

“The Dead Beat is darkly beautiful. Buy it. Read it. Read it again.” (read the full review on Decoding Static)

Charcoal by Oli Johns

Genre: General Fiction, Urban Fiction, Literary

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Smashwords (all eBook formats)

You can also read a sample

“Apparently there are three popular ways to kill yourself in Hong Kong.

Throw yourself off a building.
Hang yourself.
Burn charcoal in a sealed room.”

Oli can’t stop reading Deleuze, only it doesn’t seem to make any sense. And he can’t stop thinking about suicide. And Camus. And that sort of makes sense. But only sort of. And then he meets a seventeen year-old girl on the internet and they meet regularly for mindless sex. Only it’s not enough to stop the anxiety. And the obsession with suicide, although he knows he’ll never kill himself. And then there was that Korean model, the one who killed herself in Paris. Was there anything he could have done to stop her? Is there STILL something he could do? If only he understood Deleuze.

What they're saying about it:

“The most exciting, naive, honest, compassionate, self-indulgent writer writing today.”--Marc Horne

“This is glorious writing – Camus with added warmth and humanity and a dash of uncertainty…Johns is an incredibly talented writer – gifted not only with the required depth of insight and self-awareness that is vital for any artist but also with enough humility to be an excellent communicator.”--Write Enough

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bargain eBooks #66: Other Sides

Other Sides

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Type: Anthology (from Ergofiction Magazine)

Authors: Zoe E. Whitten, G.L. Drummond, MeiLin Miranda, MCM, Lyn Thorne-Alder & Chris Childs, Isa K., M. Jones, Erica Bercegeay & Charissa Cotrill, T.L. Whiteman, M.C.A. Hogarth, Nancy Brauer, and A.M. Harte, with an introduction by Jan Oda.

Price: Free and/or $0.99 from some venues

Where to Get It:

The advent of digital publishing has seen the rise of a new breed of writers: independent, experimental and unfettered by convention. This brand new anthology features a small sampling of these very writers, in a speculative fiction collection that will capture the imagination and dazzle the senses. The storytelling genius in this collection is most evidenced by its memorable characters: a young woman haunted by her ex-boyfriend’s sweater, time travelers with a suspicious interest in babies, a gender-changing alien desperate to heal a loved one… In these stories, fourteen independent authors display the imagination, insight and wonderful originality that characterizes the unique world of online fiction.

What they're saying about it:

““Webfiction is, hands down, fantastic. [...] Other Sides is an extremely engrossing read . . . the authors chosen for this anthology are some of the best out there.”
— Jessica Torres on A Fanatic’s Book Blog

“Incredibly sophisticated and entertaining . . . professional and engaging and the voices are very polished . . . The stories were more than just good reads, in fact, I found them impressive, fascinating and enchanting.”
— Frances Pauli on Speculative Fiction

“I found a lot to enjoy in this sampler . . . an interesting read to expose you to what sorts of stories you can find on the web.”
— Lyda Morehouse on Day in the Life of an Idiot

Monday, December 27, 2010

Bargain eBooks #65: Impeding Justice by Melanie Comley

Impeding Justice by Melanie Comley

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon UK (for Kindle)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)

A gritty crime novel set in London.

After The Unicorn kills her partner, DI Lorne Simpkins knows if she doesn't bring the underworld criminal to justice soon, that she will be his next target.

It's a race against time, she has a 24 hour deadline to meet before her kidnapped daughter is used as a human bomb by the Unicorn.

Can Lorne track the criminal down before it's too late...

What they're saying about it:

"This novel, full of surprises and tension that grips from the first page. This could be a huge hit. I am a friend of the writer, I want to make that clear, but I did read the book before we became friends and genuinely feel it is great thriller writing that is engaging and accessible. I loved it."--Amazon Reviewer

"This is a great read from the very first page. A great gap in the market for a new female Brit cop and Lorne is a great character."--Amazon Reviewer

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bargain eBooks #64: The Guns of Mars by Martin T. Ingham

The Guns of Mars by Martin T. Ingham

Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $3.89

Where to Get It:

As science-worshipping totalitatians seek to overtake Mars, a defiant patriot stands alone against a corrupt system in THE GUNS OF MARS.

Morgan Asher never wanted to be part of the Martian colonization effort, but agrees to leave Earth for Mars to fulfill his wife's lifelong dream. After arriving on the Red Planet, Morgan discovers a sinister plot: Scientific Fundamentalists (Scifes) have infiltrated all levels of colonial society, and they hold a deadly weapon in their arsenal—one capable of rewriting a person's thoughts and desires.

Out of time and out of luck, Morgan must find a way to expose the enemies of liberty before their conquest of Mars is complete.

What they're saying about it:

"The Guns of Mars shows us a different side to space colonization. It follows a young couple going to Mars who get caught up in a power struggle they had no idea existed. They end up having to do some pretty amazing things just to survive.

Maybe I'm reading things into this, but it seems a lot like a political thriller as much as science fiction. You have science worshippers who want to control everyone's lives through government and technology. The United States is portrayed in a very positive and optimistic light, while Europe is shown to be a strictly controlled regime ruled by a coalition government called "The Consensorate" (interesting name). I don't know if the author intended it, but it seems like Glenn Beck listeners would enjoy this book a lot.

Besides the political stuff, the author adds in a lot of futuristic technology along with enough real science to make you believe this could really happen. There are some good action scenes to spice things up, and the characters are well written so you know what they're all about. It is very compelling!

This is definitely one of the better novels I've read recently, and I highly recommend it."--Amazon Reviewer

"The richness of this concept and the atmosphere of the desolate Martian landscape make this story stand out, and keep it from becoming "mere plot" even as the pace starts to rush toward the end. Highly recommended for fans of thrilling and thoughtful science fiction."--Amazon Reviewer

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bargain eBooks is off for a few days...

Bargain eBooks will be taking a vacation from Dec. 23rd at 8PM EST and will resume on Dec. 26 at 8PM EST due to the holiday.

Enjoy your holiday!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bargain eBooks #63: Beneath the Shining Mountains by Linda Acaster

Beneath the Shining Mountains by Linda Acaster

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Price: $2.99 / £2.42

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Amazon UK
Smashwords (all other eBook formats)

Set in the 1830s among the Apsaroke people of the northern plains of America, Moon Hawk yearns for Winter Man to notice her, but why would a man with so many lovers want to take a wife? Her wry challenge to his virility captures Winter Man's attention but starts an escalating game of one-upmanship that threatens to lead Moon Hawk and her family to ridicule and shame. Bt when a buffalo hunt goes wrong and Winter Man's life is saved by Moon Hawk's father, it seems the price to pay is marriage to save the family's reputation. Not all her brothers agree.

A story of honour between men and rival warrior societies, and one woman's determination to wed the man of her dreams.

What they're saying about it:

"...should be listed with the Classics. The story mesmerized me, with its rich detail and strong emotions--from both the heroine, and the hero and his friends."--Amazon reviewer

"'BeneathThe Shining Mountains' takes the reader into the world of the Apsaroke. I loved learning about their customs and rich culture, and seeing the land through their eyes. It is an epic, heroic world, where wealth is measured in horses and warriors win pride and honour by the dangerous sport of stealing horses from rival peoples"--Amazon Reviewer

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bargain eBooks #62: Double Feature Today!

Unmentionables by David Greene

Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Gay/Lesbian

Price: $2.99 to $3.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (for Nook)
Kobo (Borders)
Smashwords (all other Readers)
Book website

Unmentionables, a novel by David Greene, is the epic story of two pairs of lovers in the Civil War south. One couple is straight, white and wealthy. The other couple is gay, black and enslaved.

Jimmy, a field hand, meets Cato, a house servant from a nearby plantation. At first, Jimmy, who despises whites, mistakes Cato for a white man, but soon discovers that Cato is both a slave and the illegitimate son of the plantation owner Augustus Askew. Over time, Jimmy's fascination with Cato grows into romantic love.

Unmentionables is also the story of Dorothy Holland, whose parents own Jimmy and his sister Ella. Dorothy doesn’t want any man to control her life, or to prevent her from granting freedom to Ella, her lifelong friend. When Dorothy falls in love with Cato's white half-brother, William Askew, she must persuade him to agree to her terms--and betray his role as a Confederate army officer.

What they're saying about it:

“Surpasses the majority of Civil War novels by bringing together two enthralling love stories. Superb historical fiction with a contemporary angle; an enlightening look at the hidden elements of our past.”--ForeWord Clarion Review

“The best new novel I have read in at least a decade. Scenes of erotic beauty are matched by others of moral challenge. The prose is straightforward, lavish, elegant.”--David Melnick, retired editor San Francisco Chronicle

Musical Chairs by Jen Knox

Genre: Memoir

Price: Discounted to $3.19 until Christmas

Where to Get It:

Amazon (for Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble(Nook)

Musical Chairs by Jen Knox is a memoir that explores one family's
history of mental health diagnoses and searches to define the cusp
between a '90s working-class childhood and the trouble of adapting to a comfortable life in the suburbs. In order to understand her restlessness, Jen reflects on years of strip-dancing, alcoholism, and estrangement. Inspired by the least likely source, the family she left behind, Jen struggles towards reconciliation. This story is about identity, class, family ties, and the elusive nature of mental illness.

What they're saying about it:

"Jen Knox has accomplished what so many memoirists do not - she told
her story in a clear, unsentimental voice with lovely prose that read
like a well-crafted novel. The grit and honesty of her troubled youth
shares the stage with humor and hope. From her brief stint as a
stripper, to her alcohol abuse, to her fears of mental illness, the
author is open and entirely unafraid to expose the soft underbelly of
herself and her family. One of the most remarkable things about this
memoir is that the author never so much as hints at self-pity or
solicits sympathy from her readers. Instead, she tells the sometimes
simple, sometimes complex, and oftentimes raw story of how she
maneuvered through her troubled youth and emerged to be the woman she
is today." –Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

"Jen Knox is an exceptionally gifted storyteller, who can take the
events of the past and craft them invariably into engaging and
compelling narratives." -Phillip Lopate, author of Notes on Sontag

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bargain eBooks #61: The Last Summer by Tania Tirraoro

The Last Summer by Tania Tirraoro

Genre: Women's Fiction, Contemporary

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Amazon UK (all eBook formats)

It's not easy keeping a work romance secret in a newsroom full of the treacherous and lecherous and TV reporter Maddie Chamber's life is about to get even more complicated. While filming she stumbles on a family bombshell- her long lost mother, whose reappearance is set to wreak havoc on her father and autistic brother. Then an even more shocking discovery - her mother doesn't have long to live.

What they're saying about it:

"An extremely sensitive piece of writing. A joy to read. You have portayed beautifully, the complex emotions we humans are made up of."--Authonomy Reviewer

"I love it when I stumble on a book that grabs me by the throat. So okay I'm a masochist, but not this time.. Stunning pace keeps the reader moving at a speed that guarantees a long page turning read. Yet the details are woven in such a clever way that we are learning to see the characters clearly without even realizing it. I am thrilled to have found your work, and comforted by the lure of all this enjoyable reading waiting for me."--Authonomy Reviewer

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bargain eBooks #60: Not Just For Breakfast Anymore by P.V. Lundqvist

Not Just For Breakfast Anymore by P.V. Lundqvist

Genre: Middle Grade

Price: $1.99 to $2.99, depending on retailer

Where to Get It:
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)

Benny wants a pet-a dog or a cat. You know, the kind of pet every else has. But other kids don't have his mom. She likes to do things differently. So Benny doesn't know what to expect when he first opens the pet carrier. Certainly not that his neighbors will want to kick his family out of town-he just got here! And he was just about to make the baseball team, too. Will he fight for his pet or back down?

What they're saying about it:

Suite 101: Book Reviews says, “[it’s] a classic book for modern kids.”

Jandy, of, wrote, “PV Lundqvist has written a wonderful book.”

Not Just For Breakfast Anymore, “Would be a huge hit among fourth to seventh graders,” according to Literary Sojourn.

Don Blankenship, Top Amazon Reviewer, wrote “Strong plot, good and believable characters, crisp prose and a story line that moves; what more could you want in a book?”

"[T]he plot is unique and keeps the reader’s interest in unique ways," writes

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bargain eBooks #59: More from Michael C. Greer

Carmella Jackson: Vampire Brethren by Michael C. Greer

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

Type: Novel

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

Carmella Jackson: Vampire Brethren continues the story started in Manifest Vampire. Carmella, a young teen in Saint Augustine Florida, is now going to college. There, she meets with a group of other vampires who introduce her to a whole new world, where forces in play could kill her.

She must learn to defend herself as well as learn where her loyalties are. Is it love that drives her, or the desire to learn more about what the thing that infects her. This is a test to see just how long she can hold on to the very things that make her human.

Carmella Jackson: Vampire Brethren continues in the same action style that keeps you turning page after page that made the first novel so popular. It's a perfect read for the beach or to keep you up late at night. Check out the reviews at

What they're saying about it:

"Michael C. Greer has a very good thing going with the Carmella Jackson/Vampire Brethren series - the writing style is definitely engaging. In this 2nd installment, Greer successfully blends two completely different worlds - the intensity of a secret vampire life with the casual every day human responsibilities our main character must juggle. She(Carmella Jackson) is an ideal protagonist; conflicted, well-intentioned and totally relatable. She tries to do the right thing while balancing a safe former life with a strange and frightening new one. Each character has a history and a purpose - either leading them towards pure or malicious intentions. This book has all the right ingredients; drama, romance, secrets, the paranormal, love & war. I'd recommend it for all ages, as the horror element is not too heavy. Fans of the vampire genre should also be very pleased. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the film studios got their hands on this trilogy."--Amazon Reviewer

Bill Murdoch, Sumerian by Michael C. Greer

Genre: Sci Fi, Fantasy

Type: Novella

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

Travel back in time with Bill Murdoch, an unwitting scientist who drops 5,000 years into the dim past of humanity to find himself fighting for his survival! Time travel, swords, monsters, and of course a beautiful lady fill out this sci fi adventure novel.

Written for the adventurer in us all, download it today you won't be disappointed!

What I Found in the Sample:

The sample was very well-written, so much that I didn't even notice that the point of view was in first person present until near the end. I also loved that the action started right in the beginning, which promises an entertaining read to me.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bargain eBooks #58: Carmella Jackson Novels by Michael C. Greer

Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire by Michael C. Greer

Genre: Paranormal, YA

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

Meet Carmella Jackson, a young woman in St. Augustine Florida, who is attacked and is tranformed into a creature of the night. She has to deal with her friends and family while she learns about the other world that inhabits this lush and historic beachside town.

Written for everyone to enjoy, this is a new twist on the vampire mythology.

What they're saying about it:

"This book is not a dark complicated thriller peopled with unpleasant characters. If you are tired of explicit sex and violence that does nothing to move the plot along, and wading through a confusing mess of extraneous characters that have nothing to do with the story, you may enjoy "Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire" by Michael C. Greer,I did!

I suspect it is written more for teens and I am pushing 70, but I found it a light refreshingly well written story composed of fantasy, light romance, and mystery."--Amazon Reviewer

Carmella Jackson: Charlie's Dilemma by Michael C. Greer

Type: Short Story

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

Carmella Jackson's boyfriend, Charlie, is just a normal guy in the last summer after high school spending his days at the beach in Saint Augustine in Florida. While everything else is going great in his life, his girlfriend is beginning to act strange. This is the story of his discovery of the strange and terrifying transformation of the love of his life.

This is a companion short story to the vampire novel "Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire." If you're looking for something new to read, get this today and then get the full story in "Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire." Don't worry, reading this will not spoil the surprises in the full novel!

What they're saying about it:

"In a world that's been overrun with the typical teen vampire story I was pleased to read this one by Michael C. Greer after reading a forum post by the author. It is not your typical teen vampire story or at least not like ones I've seen recently.

This one spins off from his original novel and comes from the POV of Carmella's boyfriend who learns his girlfriend is a vampire. Not something that's usual for a teenager looking for a future. It doesn't spoil the original story for readers who haven't read that and it gives a clue into the mind of a boy who must learn to cope with some pretty weird things.

I found it interesting, a quick and easy read and fun. For those who have read Mr. Greer's original story about Carmella, they'd enjoy seeing how Charlie reacts."--Amazon Reviewer

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bargain eBooks #57: Trevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried

Trevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried

Genre: Fiction, Rock n Roll Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (all eBook formats)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Sony (for Sony reader)
Diesel (.epub)

Fame and Fortune have destroyed many a rock star, but Trevor Wolff has a bigger problem when his best friend Mitchell Voss commits an act of monogamy with sexy artist Kerri Broadhurst.

ShapeShifter band dynamics will never be the same with this new woman on the scene, and the distractions of two girlfriends and a world tour aren’t enough to keep Trevor from feeling like his carefully constructed world is crumbling around him. The pesky little illness he’s been hiding from his band mates isn’t help, either.

Trevor is determined to drive Kerri away so life can run properly. He’ll do whatever it takes, or die trying, and not just because if he doesn’t get well soon, time might be up for old Trevor. The last person he expects help or sympathy from is Kerri herself, but he may have to make common cause with his enemy if he’s to survive the fallout from the secrets he’s been hiding.

What they're saying about it:

"Oh, heck yeah! What a just plain fun read. It will take you back to the early 80s-90s. And for those of you sitting there shaking your head, you know you got your Poison on back in the day! Susan takes us for a wild ride through the world of Shapeshifter, making us laugh so hard we cry and learning things about Trevor and his band mates along the way. It's a wild ride, so you want to hang on tight!"--Smashwords Reviewer

"I LOVE Trevor! Excellent read. I didn't want it to end."--Smashwords Reviewer

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bargain eBooks #56: Rubies and Other Gems by Joyce DeBacco

Rubies and Other Gems, The Novel by Joyce DeBacco

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle) (all eBook formats)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)

A one-night stand in her dreams isn’t the worst thing that can happen to Lily’s shaky marriage. Unless it involves a real man who lived and died years before she was born.

Transported through time by her grandmother’s ruby jewelry, Lily is appalled when she discovers Daniel, her dream lover, isn’t a dream after all. But she’s entranced by the simpler nature of times gone by and can’t resist going back again. But only after imposing strict rules on herself.

When a miscalculation keeps her away longer than planned, she’s confronted by her enraged husband on her return. Aware she can’t make amends and steer her children in the right direction unless she stays in the here and now, Lily vows to leave the past to the past.

But in her attempt to take away the jewelry’s power, she inadvertently sends herself back without her return ticket, the rubies. Despite the kindness of an older, grayer—and married Daniel, she fears she’ll grow old and die before her loved ones are born. A far greater fear is that her children won’t ever see the light of day if she’s not there to give birth to them.

What they're saying about it:

The Book Binge says, "I would recommend this novel as one of those books that moves the reader through the days, months, and years of living, that open the reader's awareness to circumstances that, in this case, may be just a bit unique . . . So be sure to read this novel--it will be well-worth your time.”

"I recently finished reading Rubies and Other Gems by Joyce DeBacco and am pleased to say that I really enjoyed reading this fine work of fiction. The story revolves around Lily Manning, who is trying to keep from drowning in the normal day-to-day struggles of being a wife and mother. Like most women, Lily is just searching for that moment of clarity, a place she can go to escape the burdens and stresses of life. Trying to think of easier times, Lily gets out some jewelry pieces that belonged to her grandmother, and what she didn't know at the time, soon became apparent as her life was turned upside down and would be forever changed. Rubies and Other Gems is a wonderful treat for all women, especially those who know the stresses of married life. The characters are well written and the emotions will certainly tug at your heart-strings. If you are looking for a book that is an easy read, that will help take you away from the daily stresses, then grab your favorite drink, curl up in your favorite reading chair, and let your worries slip away as you share all of Lily's ups and downs on her road to self discovery."--Barnes and Noble Reviewer

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bargain eBooks #55: The Chamber of Truth: Quest For the Jewel by John Burchfield

The Chamber of Truth: Quest For the Jewel by John Burchfield

Genre: Action, Adventure

Price: $4.98

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

After the king’s best friend Joseph is viciously attacked and left for dead, it becomes evident that someone is conspiring against King Saul Oman and his very legitimacy to the throne. Legends, ancient societies, and corrupted loyalties obscure the path to the truth. Amidst a swirl of danger and intrigue in the Holy City, will Joseph ever come to know his own lineage? Who is the rightful heir to the throne?

The answer to this question is contained in ancient scrolls—documents the king’s enemies will kill to get their hands on. Where is the jewel and who has the scrolls? Will Joseph willingly accept his place in life or vow to serve the king? How are the Freemasons involved?

The Chamber of Truth is a thrill ride of suspense and subterfuge through the heart of Jerusalem.

What they're saying about it:

"In his first novel, John Burchfield has skillfully woven a beautiful adult adventure story of love, friendship, and psychological intrigue. Set in the Middle East, the brilliant and contemporary characters takes the reader on a thrill ride as they prevail the good and the personal demons in all of us. While the book has been written to reveal the precepts of the masonic fraternity, one does not have to be a member of the fraternity to enjoy the characters' dilemmas presented in the novel. I highly recommend this for a enjoyable read. I intend to buy extra copies for holiday and birthday gifts."--Amazon Reviewer

"I do not normally have my literary expectations met, or for that matter exceeded, by most of what poses as today's great literature. However, Mr. Burchfield has far exceeded my expectations with his original work of fiction, The Chamber of Truth - Quest for the Jewel. The story takes place in modern day Jerusalem as well as gives his readers a good overview of Freemasonry. The characters in the story portray all the facets of humanity - from loyalty to betrayal, from love to hate, from wrongdoing to redemption - all the while leading the reader on an action packed mystical journey that assuredly will not disappoint! It is for these reasons that I highly recommend reading this book!"--Amazon Reviewer

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bargain eBooks #54: Land of a Thousand Dances by Evelyn Applegate

Land of a Thousand Dances by Evelyn Applegate

Genre: Paranormal, Erotic, Romance

Type: Short Story (approx 6000-7000 words)

Price: $1.99 (though discounted on Amazon)

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Publisher Website

Shy librarian Robbie has no time for romance and even less time for
her pushy flatmate Adam who constantly tries to get into her pants.
Everything changes when she meets Finna, a mysterious young woman with
a dark secret. The two women strike up a conversation. What starts out
as a night of girly chat and bad movies turns into something more
intimate, dangerous and far stranger than Robbie could have imagined.

You can read a free sample of Land of a Thousand Dances HERE!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bargain eBooks #53: The Powerless Series by Jason Letts

Powerless: The Synthesis (Book One) by Jason Letts

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)

Also available at

Mira Ipswich couldn't have ever known the startling difference that separates her from the rest of humanity. But when she discovers a strange anomaly in the midst of her seclusion, her parents are forced to reveal she exists in a world where everyone is imbued with a wondrous natural gift. Everyone except herself that is. Accompany Mira as her attempts to fit in among peers and understand her inconceivable condition embroil her with the dangerous forces threatening her homeland. Protected by nothing more than her imagination and ingenuity, you'll never find a superhero more like you.

The first book in the Powerless series is the tale of Mira’s turbulent and perilous entry into the world around her. And once she’s a part of it, nothing will ever be the same again.

Edited by Chuck Wightman, the story is already raking in the awards. It's won the Webb Weaver 2010 Writer's Competition, the judges proclaiming they were "entranced by the writer's ability to bring together this unlikely group of kids," and that the book could "be a hit in the YA book world." The story is a roller-coaster ride filled with lots to discover in an ever-expanding world, a set of diverse characters, and their deepest hopes and aspirations. If you like stories with plenty of dramatic twists and spirited intensity, it'll have you falling in love with a brand new series and begging for more!

What they're saying about it:

"Take your typical fantasy novel -- where the hero discovers she has mystical powers and must save the world -- and turn it on its head.

With "Powerless" the author has created compelling characters and a fascinating setting with a twist: the main character is the only person without a special power! In a world where every person has an extra ability of some sort, Mira is exceptional in that she has none.

I could not stop reading this book. The story pulled me in and kept me riveted right through to the end. Jason Letts does a fantastic job of introducing new mysteries and challenges while keeping the characters and their interactions believable. I particularly enjoyed how the story began with Mira's entire world limited to her parents' house and the surrounding yard. Then throughout the story the camera pulls back to reveal more and more of the world and its intricacies.

I'm waiting impatiently for book two! If you're looking for something different, or if you're just looking for a great story with interesting characters I highly recommend this book."

Powerless: The Shadowing (Book Two) by Jason Letts

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)

If you were sent out into the world to learn of its evil, what would you expect to find?

In book two of the Powerless series, Mira and her friends must endure a period of apprenticeship, known as The Shadowing. This is their last chance to prepare themselves before they are thrust into the mysterious war, which no one seems to know anything about. While Vern, Aoi, Will, and Roselyn seek out pre-arranged mentors to help them develop their unique magical abilities, Mira—the only one without a power—sets off in search of the brilliant author of her science manuals, Flip Widget, who she learns was the doctor at her birth. For all they have to fear that waits for them in the future, they will find that the troubles they prepare for are much closer at hand than they think.

What they're saying about it:

"Just as before, the author leaves us hanging a bit at the end, just enough to make us shout "When is the next one coming out?" This is definitely a series to watch!
I give this 4.5 /5 stars (rounded up to 5)" --Amazon Reviewer

Powerless: The Stasis (Book Three) by Jason Letts

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)

In book three of the Powerless series, The Stasis, Mira and her friends are assimilated into their nation’s military. As they endeavor to defend their homeland from a ruthless tyrant and his ravenous followers, Mira hopes to find what she has sacrificed so much to reclaim. Their mission becomes that much more difficult when they encounter their military leader, a man obsessed with the power of his position who proves just as life-threatening as their enemies to Mira and her friends.

Danger surrounding them on all sides, this small group of teens is forced to depend upon themselves for survival. They’ve known each other their entire lives, but under these harsh and desperate circumstances their bonds will be tested as never before. Whether struggling to cope with trauma or turning affections into fledgling romances, they will all learn something different about living in the world when every breath could be their last.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bargain eBooks #52: Excuse Me, Miss by Philip Duck

Excuse Me, Miss by Philip Duck

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Price: $1.79

Where to Get It: (for Kindle) (all eBook formats)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Borders Books

Temptation plus opportunity equals trouble…

How well do you trust your partner?

“Fidelity anthropologist”, sexy decoy to most, Victoria Frost will discover the answers you seek…

The night it all begins to change for Victoria Frost is no different than usual. She spends it seducing another woman’s husband. Handsome, charming, intelligent, any woman would be attracted to Benjamin Kingston. Victoria eases up beside him and lingers there like too much perfume. And that quickly, for him, his wife is forgotten. The ensuing conversation is an erotically-charged game of cat and mouse. Where will it lead? In EXCUSE ME, MISS hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a sexy story of betrayal, the desire for loyalty, and the consequences of unfaithfulness. One woman’s determination to uncover the truth for badly broken wives instead unleashes a host of personal dilemmas, and in the end the truths she discovers are mostly about herself.

What they're saying about it:

"I loved the premise for this novel. A sex decoy, testing the fidelity of married men. Excuse Me, Miss was a well-written and quickly engaging novel that deals with loyalty (or not) in relationships and its ultimate results. Highly recommended."--Amazon Reveiwer

"Great characters and an interesting story about having a job being someone you are not. I really enjoyed the pace of the book and the attention to details and fashion. A great value of entertainment."--Amazon Reviewer

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bargain eBooks #51: 2 Novels By Gordon Ryan

State of Rebellion: A Pug Connor Novel (Book One) by Gordon Ryan

Genre: Political Thriller

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle) (all eBook formats)

A runaway federal government . . .
Western states in revolt . . .
California ready to secede . . .
Martial law in Sacramento . . .
America in a . . .

State of Rebellion!!!

Daniel Rawlings is a twelfth generation American whose ancestors fought in the Civil War and aided in the settlement of California, Padraig "Pug" Connor is a Marine Corps colonel who is assigned by the president to investigate the secessionist movement in California. With a growing economy exceeding that of many third world nations, an independent Republic of California could become a major economic and political player on the world stage. When the Western Patriot Movement becomes involved, insurrection is at hand and America is not the land our Founding Fathers intended.

What they're saying about it:

"One of the most releastic pictures of the issues that trouble westerners that I've seen." Jenny Hansen, Meridian Magazine

". . . may be his best yet." Jeff Needle, AML Book Review

Uncivil Liberties: A Pug Connor Novel (Book Two) by Gordon Ryan

Genre: Political Thriller

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle) (all eBook formats)

A new president . . .
A hijacked civilian airliner . . .
Follow the plane . . . or shoot it down . . .
Domestic terrorism brings America . . .
to a state of . . . Uncivil Liberties!!!

On inauguration day, 2013, President Clay Cumberland assumes office and is immediately advised that a hijacked commercial airliner is headed for Washington D.C. He has only two choices: allow the plane to choose its target and potentially kill thousands of people on the ground, or authorize the Air Force to shoot down a civilian airliner and kill 350 innocent people. Either answer could end his presidency.

At the direction of the president, Marine Corps General Pug Connor's task force, code named 'Trojan,' faces domestic terrorism on a scale unimagined . . . and some of the terrorists are Americans. Congress panics, passing the expanded Domestic Tranquility Act, approving unprecedented authority to law enforcement and private security corporations. Everyday Americans learn the cost of freedom versus security. And when a nuclear disaster dwarfs the events of 9/11, America runs rampant with Uncivil Liberties!

What they're saying about it:

"With this second book in the Pug Connor series, novelist Gordon Ryan continues to deliver a tightly written story with believable plot, likable characters, and page-turning suspense that will keep you reading far into the night."--Amazon Reviewer

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bargain eBooks #50: Get Off the Couch With Joan by Joan Young

Get Off the Couch With Joan by Joan Young

Genre: Nonfiction, Essays

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (all eBook formats)

Barnes and Noble (Nook)

Get Off the Couch with Joan is a compilation of ten essays- most were previously published as newspaper columns, chronicling two years of hikes on the North Country National Scenic Trail by the author, Joan H. Young, who has now become the first woman to hike the entire 4395 miles of the NCT.

What they're saying about it:

"I've read and thoroughly enjoyed Joan's humorous but beautiful narratives...
even though I rarely hike any trail except the well-worn carpet path to the
bathroom. It won't take long to read, but it will live inside you forever."
-- a reader

"I can confidently say I would buy this book in a bookstore, even though I rarely hike any trail except the well-worn carpet path to the bathroom. This collection of 10 newspaper outdoors/trail hiking essays are nothing less than a pleasure to read."--Smashwords Reviewer

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bargain eBooks #49: Pernicious by James Henderson

Pernicious by James Henderson

Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Suspense

Price: Currently $0.99, regular price $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)

Two strong-willed African American women, Tasha Montgomery, a southern homicide detective, and Perry Davis, a gorgeous femme fatale who has killed three husbands for insurance money, engage in a dramatic battle of wits, fisticuffs and verbal assaults that culminates in a life-or-death duel when Perry targets Tasha's ex-husband.

What they're saying about it:

READ IT IN ONE DAY. SIX STARS!!!"--Amazon Reviewer

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bargain eBooks #48: The Alexis Stanton Chronicles by J.C. Phelps

Bargain eBooks #48: The Alexis Stanton Chronicles by J.C. Phelps

Series, 3 Books

Genre: Cross-Genre, but have been called Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, and Action-Adventure by readers

Price: $2.99 all 3 Books

Where to Get Them: (for Kindle) (all eBook formats)

Book One: Color Me Grey

Meet Alexis Stanton, a 5' 4" petite young woman with a yen for adventure. She grew up as a tomboy wishing she could have all the adventures boys could have. She has since decided that being a boy instead of a girl has its advantages, but being a woman is much better. Raised in a family with money, she was able to pick and choose her education. She has been schooled in everything from being a lady to courses with Special Forces instructors. Her desire for adventure and her boredom with her current employment and a strange 'HELP WANTED' ad causes her to quit. She finds that job she could "just die for"... and it looks like she just might!

Shades of Grey (Book Two of The Alexis Stanton Chronicles)

Alex is a partner in a company she knows nothing about. Along with her job she has a new name and a whole new set of rules to live by. Now known as Ms. Grey, she realizes she even prefers that to Alex. One thing leads to another when she takes on a routine case. A legendary sniper known only as Penumbra, becomes her main focus. Can she unravel Penumbra's true identity and should she?

Reflections of Grey (Book Three of The Alexis Stanton Chronicles)

Alexis Stanton returns as Ms. Grey, to take on her first undercover job. Working with White and Associates is everything she dreamed it would be and more. Adventure, training and excitement abound. But what it ultimately leads to might not be what she expects. Follow along as she learns the truth about the people around her as well as her own past and future.

What they're saying about this series:

"Color Me Grey was a fun and exciting book. J.C. Phelps keeps the action and suspense high and manages to hint at romance just enough to make the characters exceptionally intriguing. I loved Alexis Stanton as the heroine - she's tough but also smart and sensitive; larger than life but still easy to relate to. The book was well written with a perfect pace, and as all my favorite series entries do, it tells a succinct story while still keeping readers eager for its sequels. There's nothing Grey about whether or not Phelps knows how to write - clear as black and white, she is a wonderful storyteller and an awesome author to check out!"--Amazon Reviewer

"I have always loved books where female leads are thrust into, what is stereotypically, a man's position, and this little ditty is no exception. J.C. Phelps did a wonderful job of weaving suspense, intrigue, and lust, resulting in what was a very pleasurable, and solid read. Each character had their own unique qualities and the use of "code names" while developing each was an engaging way to keep the reader guessing as to who they "really" were. The plot, however, is where Phelps' writing really shined. As a reader the push and pull of a story is what keeps you reading. "Where is this going?" "I know something big is about to happen... but what is it?" This more than anything is what made "Color Me Grey" so exciting, you could always feels something bubbling just under the surface... even in the most sedated moments of monologue."--Missy Baker of KindleObsessed

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bargain eBooks #47: Flaming Dove by Daniel Arenson

Flaming Dove by Daniel Arenson

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Author Website

The battle of Armageddon was finally fought... and ended with no clear victor. Upon the mountain, the armies of Hell and Heaven beat each other into a bloody, uneasy standstill, leaving the Earth in ruins. Armageddon should have ended with Heaven winning, ushering in an era of peace. That's what the prophecies said. Instead, the two armies--one of angels, one of demons--hunker down in the scorched planet, lick their wounds, and gear up for a prolonged war with no end in sight.

In this chaos of warring armies and ruined landscapes, Laila doesn't want to take sides. Her mother was an angel, her father a demon; she is outcast from both camps. And yet both armies need her, for with her mixed blood, Laila can become the ultimate spy... or ultimate soldier. As the armies of Heaven and Hell pursue her, Laila's only war is within her heart--a struggle
between her demonic and heavenly blood.

What they're saying about it:

"Really, really fun... pure pleasure to read." -- Geek Speak Magazine

"A delightful read... hard to put it down." -- MotherLode Book Reviews

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bargain eBooks #46: Two Novels by Geoffrey Thorne

Winter of the Wild Hunt by Geoffrey Thorne

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Price: 2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)

An aimless young man with a broken heart… four former child prodigies with a earthshaking idea... an amateur musician who is considerably more than she seems and an unearthly force capable of ripping people right out of this world come together in the swirl of magic and science that is WINTER OF THE WILD HUNT.

Sharing a home with four super geniuses isn’t easy, especially if you’re worried the machine they’re building in the attic might just destroy the planet.

When a beautiful singer with a voice that’s literally out of this world smashes into your life like a freight train all hope of normalcy goes right out the window. Suddenly you’re changing for her. Not only your mind but your body is changing into something new, something alien, something inhuman. You find yourself at the center of a centuries’ old conflict between all of mankind and mystical forces too powerful and malevolent to contemplate.

When you realize the fate of two worlds rests on which side of the conflict you choose you know whatever you decide could spell oblivion for billions including your best friends and the woman you’ve come to love.

WINTER OF THE WILD HUNT is a tale of magic, science, friendship and a love so terrible it just might break the world.

What they're saying about it:

"The opening notes of "Winter of the Wild Hunt" present a hint of "Weird Science", but the accompaniment layers mystic folklore and Worlds of Old. The duet of a young man's heart and a restless,searching soul of possibilities drive the story's song until the crescendo of science, magic and choices collide. With mysterious flourishes, the storyteller leads you down the path of The Winding Road, while the music of the tale hauntingly dances in the air, spinning past and present together. This is a score that, when the last note is played and hangs in the air, its resonance will leave you pondering the vastness of it all. As the pen of the storyteller comes to rest, like the conductor lowering his baton, you will be compelled to rise from your seat and call out an admired, "Bravo!"."--Amazon Reviewer

The Price of Salt (The Grim Arcana #1) by Geoffrey Thorne

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Horror

Price: 0.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)

What if, when your parents told you there was nothing in the dark that could hurt you, they were wrong? What if there's something there that can hurt you, kill you, chew you up and swallow your soul? What if that something has an address, a house where it sits in the shadows, waiting for someone, anyone, to stumble inside? What if that someone is you?

It's hard enough being a tough guy in a city like Arcana where magic is a real as a bullet to the forehead. When you have to be tough enough to walk into a house that eats souls the way kids eat hard candy, well, there's tough and then there's tough.

Hardboiled fantasy and horror from the author of THE COST OF OPENING.

What they're saying about it:

"The Price of Salt is an interesting and creative novella in the dark fantasy/horror genre. The narrator definitely sounds like a hardboiled detective, but this guy is more interesting than an every day detective. This guy has to fight evil magic. I liked that although this is a horror story and there were some scary elements, there wasn't a lot of gore. I preferred to be scared or captivated by a story rather than grossed out by it. Of course, I'm not every reader so this is just an FYI.

I also really liked how the story got its title. It came full circle at the end and I liked that."--Amazon Reviewer

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bargain eBooks #45: Hitler the Cat Goes West by Robert G. Pielke

Hitler the Cat Goes West by Robert G. Pielke

Genre: Alternate History/Political-Social Satire

Type: Novella

Price: $5.00

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

It’s 2090 A.D. The United States of America ceased to exist twenty years earlier, after the Supreme Court declared all who participate in an abortion subject to the death penalty. The six fragmentary nation-states that emerged out of the violence following from the Great Dissolution, are just now being forced to contemplate a reunification. All of the so-called heads of state are being systematically assassinated, and a militant religious group, the True Way, seems to be responsible. They have never concealed their desire to forge one theocratic union extending across the entire North American continent. In order to avoid the chaos that threatens to break out again as a result of the assassinations, most of the new nations are submitting to a reunion.

Hired to perform one of the remaining assassinations is one “Hitler the Cat,” who has motives of his own to dispatch the reigning Bishop of the Republic of Southern California. However, things do not go as planned. Instead, a revised scheme brings together an unlikely band of conspirators who manage temporarily to convince the masses throughout the world that they are witnessing the Second Coming of Christ. But it’s not the Christ they expected. Rather, this particular Christ is a drug-addicted midget of Japanese ancestry, and his life expectancy is not overly long.

What they're saying about it:

"I wasn't so sure how I felt about the book in the very beginning. I actually found myself to be confused at times because of all the characters and all the conspiracies, etc. But I quickly made sense of everything and greatly enjoyed the book. I thought the schemes were brilliant, and the writer did a great job. The entire storyline was well thought out and creative. Loved it."--Goodreads Reviewer

"Received from Goodreads. It was a weird, fun read - just what I was in the mood for."--Goodreads Reveiwer

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bargain eBooks #44: The Trophy Hunter by J.M. Zambrano

The Trophy Hunter by J.M. Zambrano

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Price: $0.89 to $0.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle) (all eBook formats)

When attorney Diana Martin takes on a case referred by her best friend, PI Jess Edwards, the case unexpectedly dredges up memories of childhood abuse that fuel Diana's resolve to protect the children involved.

As the case unfolds, Diana and Jess, a flamboyant African-American beauty, cross paths with a group of hunters that includes the new client, his estranged son-in-law and three other buddies who have more in common than hunting: their women are disappearing.

A psychopath hides in plain sight within the band of hunters. For him, the thrill of big game has lost its savor. Now he collects ethnically diverse women who please his esthetic senses. And he's learned how to keep them beautiful forever.

As Diana struggles with her self-image after a failed marriage and the stillbirth of her first child, she's tempted by the advances of her client's son-in-law whose wife is one of the missing women. Ever practical and outspoken, Jess warns her of potential trouble. But neither woman is aware that more than a broken heart is at stake for Diana. In fact, both Diana and Jess have recently made the psychopath's acquisitions list.

What they're saying about it:

"The Trophy Hunter is a better written novel than many of the thrillers on the market today. It keeps moving forward at a great pace, compelling the reader to hold on and ride along. Tension increases ever more quickly as the two heroines approach the final dramatic conclusion. What a great ride! Try it."--Amazon Reviewer

"Great read will keep you awake till you finish the book. Fast paced action with good plot twists. I read the entire book in one sitting. Better written then a James Patterson novel!! Highly recommend it."--Amazon Reviewer

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bargain eBooks #43: Edge of Escape by Debra Chapoton

Edge of Escape by Debra Chapoton

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle)

Edge of Escape by Debra Chapoton, reveals the fractured heart of Eddie, an emotionally impaired 18-year-old who has spent most of his school years in special education classes. Placed there by an over protective mother who also blames her son for his unintentional part in his father’s death, Eddie is kept separated from normal student interactions. Eddie’s guilt and his place among the unaccepted serve to keep him invisible to the rest of the students, especially the popular ones . . . like Rebecca. His obsession for her compels him to devise a plan to win her over. What should have been appropriate advances become, for Rebecca, the terror of stalking and abduction. He drugs her, abducts her and locks her away. She escapes, but that is part of his plan as he pretends to be her knight in shining armor. Throughout her ordeal there are flashbacks into both Rebecca’s and Eddie’s lives and how those lives have been intersecting all through their school years. If she falls for the fragile spirit who stalks her, does love erase evil intent? If she fails to see the innocent infatuation for what it is, will she be responsible for the inevitable tragedy that foreshadows their tangled fate?

What they're saying about it:

"This novel is a twisting turning adventure full of angst, love, curiosity, and suspense. Each and every page pulls the reader deeper and deeper into the minds and worlds of Debra Chapoton's characters. Having read both editions, the paperback and the Kindle edition, I was very pleased with the differences. The Kindle edition is the original story, the manuscript, and the paperback is the final revised edition. Both versions were equally enjoyable yet strikingly different. I would recommend this book to any person, older child and young adult alike who simply likes to read for the sake of reading. I am very happy with my purchase and cannot wait to see what else is created from the mind of this talented author."--Amazon Reviewer

"Edge of Escape will keep you on the edge of your seat. You won't be able to decide whether to boo Edward, or root for him. As the mother of teen daughters myself, I so wanted to see Rebecca escape; at the same time I had so much compassion for Edward that I almost wanted him to win her over. Debra Chapoton has done a fantastic job in getting into the mindset of this disturbed young man, and taking the reader along for the ride."--Amazon Reviewer

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bargain eBooks #42: Swallow by Tonya Plank

Swallow by Tonya Plank

Genre: Fiction, Women's Fiction

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It: (for Kindle) (all eBook formats)
Barnes & Noble (for Nook)

Sophie Hegel is a shy New York lawyer from small-town Florence Arizona, known not for the Renaissance but for housing a large prison. She's just graduated from Yale Law School and landed her first job when, one evening she feels a fist-like ball form at the base of her throat. Diagnosed with the psychological condition Globus Sensate, this "fist-ball" wreaks havoc on her life, causing difficulty eating, speaking, and eventually breathing. With a cast of characters that includes a pornographer father, a sister with a knack for getting knocked up by denizens of the town pen, a tough-talking fashion maven, a painter of male nudes, an eccentric Sing Sing-residing client and a bevy of privileged Manhattan attorneys and judges, Swallow is a dark comedy about the distance that can separate fathers and daughters, and about a young woman's struggle to survive in a world of pedigreed professionals for which she has no preparation.

What they're saying about it:

"Swallow, which I've just started reading, hooks you from the opening
pages with its breathless urgency and captures what it's like to live
in NY now, with money worries and ambition and myriad obligations
breathing down your neck, and none of it written in cutesy
chick-lit'ry. So give it a try." --Vanity Fair Online, James Wolcott,
January 15, 2010

"This is not just regional, women's fiction - it transcends any
genre... Ms. Plank's first novel is a brilliant show of even greater
things to come. She is an author to watch and follow." --The Review

"Plank has a knack for combining philosophical opinions, hard-luck
family stories, discount shopping triumphs, and gently slapstick humor
into a book that makes readers laugh, think, and swallow hard in
sympathy." --ForeWord Reviews

GOLD MEDAL WINNER, Best Regional Fiction, Northeast Region, 2010 IPPY Awards
GOLD MEDAL WINNER, Women's Fiction, 2010 Living Now Book Awards,
FINALIST, General Fiction, 2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards,
FINALIST, Best Regional Fiction, 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards