Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bargain eBooks #158:

Dead of Winter by Kealan Patrick Burke

Type: Short Story Collection

Genre: Horror, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Ghost Stories

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Author Site


A troubled man goes to desperate lengths to reconnect with his estranged daughters on Christmas Eve in "Visitation Rights". On a cold moonlit night, a young boy comes to believe that there is something not quite right about the snowmen in his yard in "Snowmen". An old man in mourning joins his friend on a late night trek through an eerily deserted town in search of a missing woman in "They Know". In "Doomsday Father Christmas", Santa Claus ponders what the world has become, and his place in it...And a long-suffering son spends one last Christmas with his ailing father while a blizzard whips the world into a frenzy in "Black Static".

From Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, comes a quintet of stories designed to freeze the blood as you lose yourself in the horrors that await you...in the DEAD OF WINTER.


What they're saying about it:

"The settings here are quite stark (as suggested by the book's cover image), but these moving narratives will have you trembling from more than just the chill." --Macabre Republic

"DEAD OF WINTER is an engaging read, both individually and as a whole. United in theme and imagery, Burke’s collection is infused with enough dread to trigger an outbreak of seasonal effective disorder in even the most optimistic of readers. Available electronically, there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to some serious winter blues — just make sure you take a double dose of Vitamin D before you do." - The Blog Farm

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bargain eBooks #157:

Strange Little Band by Nancy Brauer and Vanessa Brooks

Genre: Sci-fi, Paranormal Romance

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Strange Little Band website (ePub, PDF, Kindle)




Addison and Shane, two self-centered psychics, work for the cut-throat Triptych Corporation. Their insular, comfortable lives are disrupted when, due to Triptych's machinations, they become unlikely parents. How can they raise a child when they can't trust each other?


What they're saying about it:

"I'm really not a big fan of romance. Thankfully Strange Little Band is not a sappy romance. It's a dark dysfunctional romance that doesn't pretend it's normal. ... It's a wonderfully strange [story] and I will keep going back for more." —Becka Sutton

"Strange Little Band is an engrossing love/hate story set in the heart of a cold-hearted megacorp. ... Shane, an alien half-breed, and Addison, a psychic, are themselves both the players and the played in the elaborate game the Triptych Corporation is playing. ... Neither Addison nor Shane are likeable people, and yet, living their lives vicariously through the story, they become sympathetic characters: they're well-written, believable, and engaging." —Lyn Thorne-Alder

"[Strange Little Band is] mainly a love story between two very bad people who use and manipulate others at will. It's an interesting point of view, like seeing how a master villain and his relationships play out on a day to day basis. ... Empathy may not be a good trait for a supervillain to cultivate, but it certainly makes for some darn hot and sexy conflict. " —M. Jones, author of 314 Crescent Manor and Black Wreath

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bargain eBooks #156:

Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba

Genre: Mystery

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)


How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? Personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained fame for starring on a hit reality show. Not only does she lose and have to walk the plank, but upon returning home, Cassidy discovers she is being stalked. As her former competitors get killed off, Cassidy refuses to play by the stalker’s bizarre rules. She’s also being shadowed by photographer Zach Gallagher, who has been assigned to capture her personal moments for the local newspaper. She wants to trust Zach, but fears he may not be as nice as he seems. When the stalker forces a showdown, Cassidy must walk the plank again – this time for her life.

What they're saying about it:

“Being on a hit reality show not once, but three times, made Sink or Swim really hit home for me… It was an easy read and extremely well written… I would love to see it come out as a movie one day!” Stephenie LaGrossa, owner of GiGi Restaurant & Lounge, Philadelphia PA, Television personality and fan favorite Survivor: Palau, Guatemala, Heroes vs. Villains

“After being on a reality show, Big Brother 10 on CBS and Showtime, reading Sink or Swim made me feel like I was Cassidy. People don’t ever know what happens behind the scenes. I thought it was a great read and kept me in suspense.” Michelle Costa, contestant Big Brother 10

“Once again author Stacy Juba has penned a novel that is definitely not going to sink, it will do more than just swim: It will rise to the top with no lifeboats needed. Read this outstanding second novel by the author of Twenty Five Years Ago Today to find out what happens to Cassidy. Walking the plank is dangerous and sinking to the bottom even more.” - Fran Lewis, Bookpleasures.com


Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba

Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense

Price: $0.99

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Kobo Books
Sony (for Sony Reader)



Should we dig for the truth when Pandora’s Box is a coffin of buried secrets? Kris Langley has always been obsessed with murder. She blames herself for the violent death of her cousin when they were kids and has let guilt invade every corner of her existence. Now an editorial assistant and obit writer, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling “25 Years Ago Today” items from the microfilm. Determined to solve the case and atone for the death of her cousin, Kris immerses herself in the mystery of what happened to Diana Ferguson, a talented artist who expressed herself through haunting paintings of Greek mythology. Not only does Kris face resistance from her family and her managing editor, she also clashes with Diana’s suspicious nephew, Eric Soares – until neither she nor Eric can deny the chemistry flaring between them. She soon learns that old news never leaves the morgue and that yesterday’s headline is tomorrow’s danger, for finding out the truth about that night twenty-five years ago may shatter Kris’s present, costing her love, her career, and ultimately, her life.

What they're saying about it:

"Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is an intriguing mystery that should not be overlooked.” The Midwest Book Review

“Stacy Juba has written a page-turner! This has to be one of my favorite mystery books that I’ve read this year." Book-Club-Queen

"I loved the characters that Ms. Juba has so clearly laid out for her readers. The subplots of the book were also quite fascinating. Kris Langley is a character that you will remember long after you have completed reading this book." Lynn Cunningham, Fresh Fiction

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bargain eBooks #155:

Wrecker by Dave Conifer

Genre: Thriller, Suspense


Price: $ 0.99


Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)



Jane Havelock is coping a day at a time in a bad marriage when her husband Steve hires simple-minded handyman Rob Manteo to work around the house. After overcoming her initial revulsion, Jane finds shelter in a growing friendship with Manteo, an enigma who seems to know more than he lets on. Struck by his unstable and morose nature, she digs into his past. But by the time she uncovers a horrible secret and realizes that it wasn't chance that brought Manteo into their world, it may be too late.


What they're saying about it:

"One of the Best Thrillers I've Read in a Long While.

In two breathless sittings, I raced through Dave Conifer's "Wrecker." I haven't burned through a book that quickly in quite some time, but Conifer's latest novel is a very gripping read from the get-go.

Steve Havelock thinks it's his lucky day when he finds a handyman willing to work for bottom dollar. His wife, Jane, is none too happy though, because there's something decidedly off about Rob Manteo. But despite Jane's misgivings, Steve hires Manteo anyway. After all, a bargain is a bargain! Never mind that they have a 4-year-old daughter in the house...

And that's the setup for this fast-paced thriller, which twists, turns, and goes around the bend many times over.

Dave Conifer is at the top of his game here, with his latest effort ranking right alongside the best of Joseph Finder, Harlan Coben, and indie standout Eric Christopherson. Featuring rich, detailed, layered characters that will keep you guessing and a plot that never hits the pause button, "Wrecker" kept me hooked all the way through. It almost "wrecked" my sleep schedule because I didn't want to put it down and go to bed. A highly absorbing read."--Amazon Reviewer

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bargain eBooks #154:

Knorrasky: The Deception by R.A. Knowlton

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Price: $2.99 - $4.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)


KnorraSky the Deception, is an exciting story of courage and heartbreak amidst a medieval setting. The opening pages describe a confident king, Noman, who leads his people without hesitation. Soon things changes when during an epic battle a Deception occurs and Noman is forced to confront his worst fears. KnorraSky the Deception covers 3000 miles and five years as King Noman tries desperately to regain what he has lost.

KnorraSky The Deception Special addition has more to offer. In this special edition published exclusively on Kindle you will also see character artwork by Author R.A. Knowlton.

What they're saying about it:

"This is an enjoyable story that has it all. Action, romance, humor, twists and turns and struggles between good and evil. Full of emotion, strong and well-developed characters and well researched details like sword and knife making. A great start to the series."--Amazon Reviewer

"I'm impressed. This book kept my attention! I put the book down, to sleep or work and found myself wondering what was going to happen next and how the current situations (several are going on throughout) could possibly work out. I can't wait for the next in this series. The new creations were a fantasy dream! Keep them coming! This is a 5 STAR, hands down!"--Amazon Reviewer




Circle of Seven by MF Burbaugh

Type: Novella

Genre: Science Fantasy

Price: $2.99 US

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)




After being kidnapped by pirates, a young earth girl, Myra, finds herself on a strange planet full of magic, hate, and ancient prophesies. Befriended by a Dwarf Princess, she struggles to understand her environment or die.

War looms on the horizon as Elves, Dwarfs, Dragons, and others face the reality of an ancient judgment to come.

This is the story of pirates, death, war, magic, and ancient prophesies.

Myra may hold the key to their planet's destiny in her tiny hands as she struggles to fulfill the ancient writings and stay alive.


What they're saying about it:

"Imagine Tolkien's characters in space and you have the basis for M.F Burbaugh's novella."--Amazon Reviewer


"I was privileged to read this before publication. This is truly a fun, fun, fun novel/novella. It has everything, and it has a unique take on the stereotype fantasy creatures we are all used to, and exposed frequently to.

It is a short novel - around 47k, but it moves fluidly and full of action, intrigue and wonder.

I heartily recommend this wonder to you."--Amazon Reviewer


SQ Magazine Edition 1 by various artists (IFWG Publishing)

Type: Magazine

Genre: Multiple genres

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK



Short stories including the winning story and finalists from the annual Story Quest contest.

SQ Magazine gathers together the work of new and established writers to the reading public. Through short fiction, essays, articles and illustration, we want to showcase writers from among IFWG Publishing's ranks of authors, visiting talent, and the winner and finalists in our Story Quest annual competition. While leaning toward speculative fiction, this edition is not confined by genre, or intended age-groups. Our objective is to delight the reader, and encourage growth for all authors. 54 print page equivalent of short stories and articles. In this issue. Story Quest Contest Winner and Finalists. An interview with Jack Eason Writing Spec/Fic Parts one and 2 And much more!

What they're saying about it:

"I read this a while back and I can say that all the stories in this magazine are of top quality. It has a large collection of speculative fiction (dystopian scifi - several, classic and non-classic fantasy, and even a great historical fantasy), but it also has a few left-fielders - including a very humorous story about a dog. All in all I would recommend this to readers, particularly specfic readers."--Amazon Reviewer

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bargain eBooks #153:

Dead Man's Eye by Shaun Jeffrey

Genre: Horror

Type: Novella

Price: $0.99

Where to Get it:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Kobo Books


A corneal transplant does more than correct Joanna Raines sight. It allows her to see something that doesn't want to be seen. Something evil. Something that threatens mankind. The only trouble is that no one believes her, and by the time they do, it might be too late ...

Seeing is believing. Now Joanna just has to convince everyone else.


What they're saying about it:

"I enjoyed this thriller/horror read. Joanna is at the terminal waiting on the train to arrive. Her vision is a bit off and when a man she was talking to ends up in front of the train things start to happen. She thinks she saw a dark shadow go across the man. She tell's her boyfriend who works at the hospital and thinks it is her new eye. Soon she sees her doctor again and there was an eyelash rubbing her new eye. She thinks she is in the clear but is she? What if there is some evil out there watching her through this new eye of hers? I read this in one day as I did not want to put this book down."--Amazon Reviewer

"I was pleasantly surprised by this book. From its description I anticipated this to follow along the lines of those horror stories where someone receives a possessed body part from a transplant and evil and violence ensue. That was not the case here.

Although similar in concept to the film "Jian Gui" and its American re-make "The Eye," the story progresses very differently. As I've read hundreds of horror stories, I didn't expect this one to wow me. And while the plot itself and its ending are not unexpected, it was the writing that stood out.

I did not anticipate an indie horror author to have such command of their words and the ability to craft such a well-written novella. I would typically never rate a short horror story a five (aside from Stephen King), but the writing in this one deserves it."--Amazon Reviewer

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bargain eBooks #152:

Justified Sins by Brian Drake

Genre: Thriller

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle Store)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)



A FAMILY SHATTERED BY VIOLENCE…

A WOMAN ON THE RUN…

ONE MAN DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO PROTECT THE ONE HE LOVES…

When his foster sister sends out a call for help, Pierce cannot turn away. Her husband, a safe cracker gone straight, has been murdered after taking one last job to better provide for his pregnant wife, but now the killers are after her too.

Pierce dives in with blazing guns to take on a crime syndicate intent on tying up loose ends, and cracks open a world where his moral code will be put to the test, where evil is made to look good, and everyone has an excuse.

JUSTIFIED SINS by Brian Drake.

FACED WITH RIGHT OR WRONG, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?


What they're saying about it:

"You are put right into the action guns and amazing characters. You will be hooked from the first paragraph. Since i purchased my Kindle I have fallen deep into the crime novels. With the likes of Ed McBain, and Raymond Chandler. So I thought i'd give Justified Sins a try and downloaded the sample and went instantly to hit the buy button. So glad to of heard of Brian Drake work and had the privilege to interview him about the book."--Amazon Reviewer

"Justified Sins brought me back. I love Raymond Chandler or a movie with Humphrey Bogart where the dialogue is clipped and telling, the characters are clear and interesting and the story is intriguing. You get it all in Justified Sins. The great thing, though, is that this is a thoroughly modern noir thriller. As a woman reader it's also nice to see a man who can really write women characters. I'd definitely recommend this book."--Amazon Reviewer

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bargain eBooks #151:

Bestsellerbound.com Sample Anthologies (Vol. 1 thru 3)

Various Authors/Genres

Price: Free!

Where to Get It (all 3 volumes):

TheTaleIsTheThing (blog post with links to various formats)








The First Annual BestsellerBound.com Sample Anthologies
A collection, in THREE inaugural volumes, of first chapters or short stories, in a variety of genres.

62 Indie Authors! Collected in a unique way
OFFERED FREE TO THE PUBLIC


Here's what a sample entry looks like:



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bargain eBooks #150:

The Salbine Sisters by Sarah Ettritch

Genre: Fantasy, LGBT

Price: $4.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Sony Store (for Sony Reader)

She gave up everything to become a Salbine Sister, member of a
religious order of powerful female mages. But when Maddy nearly dies while
trying to draw forth elemental fire, she learns that Salbine has withdrawn
from her the gifts every sister works to master. Feeling trapped in an order
to which she no longer has any right to belong and believing herself
unworthy of the love of Lillian, one of the most powerful mages in the
sisterhood, Maddy begs the abbess to let her travel to another monastery to
research her condition.

On her journey, Maddy's faith in both herself and Salbine are tested to
their limits. When she attempts to draw fire and fails horribly, frightened
townsfolk throw Maddy into prison. Fearing that the abbess will never learn
her fate and rescue her, Maddy resigns herself to a short and brutal life.

The only bright spot in Maddy's existence is Emmey, the pickpocket with whom
she shares a cell. Through her and the steadfast love of Lillian, Maddy
learns that Salbine's purpose is not always the same for everyone, and that
love and compassion are more valuable than magic.


What they're saying about it:

"Sarah Ettritch's new novel is one of those stories that sneaks up on you,
snuggles in close, and seduces you into reading just a few more pages before
you put it down. The words flow so easily and so sweetly on the page that
you're halfway through it before you realise the house is quiet, the news is
muted on TV, and everybody else has long since gone to bed." - Amazon
Reviewer

"I never wanted to put the book down until I finish the novel. Every time I
wanted to stop reading, the story seems to get me more hooked." - Review at
Clandestine Sanctuary

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bargain eBooks #149:

The Devil Came East by Geri Fitzsimmons & Andy Stephenson

Genre: Crime Thriller

Price: $4.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble


Had Dr. Neil Harris, a sincere, genuine psychiatrist and radio talk show host, not become concerned, the killing rampage of the devil might have gone unnoticed. Perhaps, the authorities would have never discovered the trail of bodies in his wake. The young women who died might have been destined to be no more than a statistic, one among a number of tragic deaths of girls who'd lost their will to live, among the masses of New York City.

The devil disguised his crimes well until Neil mentioned his concerns to his long time friend, Detective Sergeant Joseph Farley of the 61st precinct of the NYPD. From his conversation with Neil, Farley decides to delve into what turns out to be a string of killings by a serial killer, knowing neither remorse nor fear.

Joe Farley and his men strive to catch the devil before he strikes again or escapes to hunt victims in another locale, while they face personal problems and the politics of the city of New York.

The devil targets his next victim....

What they're saying about it:

"I enjoyed this. It's an excellent crime thriller with a chilling criminal and a well-drawn cast of characters that you want to follow. An intelligent drama and rich in details. I look forward to more from these two authors."--Amazon Reviewer

"I had the pleasure of reading Geri and Andy's novel before publication and I can honestly say, as a typical non-crime/mystery reader, that it was an excellent read. It is fast paced, gets into the psychology of a most intriguing serial killer, and has well crafted characters and subplots. A balanced job. This is their first novel and I can only see better things coming from them. Well done guys!"



Onet's Tale by Jack Eason

Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $4.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble



Onet's Tale is a classic tale of good versus evil, but it is interspersed with unexpected and challenging twists. It is an epic science fiction, spanning eons. It is mythic in scope and theme.

Onet is an ancient being whose sole purpose is to trap and remove the evil he awaits. He is the story teller.

Onet’s tale takes us across the cosmos as our heroes, transformed into magnificent berserker warriors, are caught up in an ancient intergalactic power struggle between the Alliance of Planets, led by a consortium of Human and Nephile nations, and their arch enemy, the Drana Empire, who use Onet's own kind - the Khaz - to carry out their spying, and expedite their evil intent across countless worlds.

Just when Onet finally believes he has captured his evil foe, the story changes yet again for the worse...

What they're saying about it:

"...bravo Jack Eason, for penning an ambitious and provocative science fiction epic." - Paul Goat Allen, reviewer-bloggist for Barnes and Noble.

"Imagine slaving in a mine on a distant planet, where each swing of your pick throws poisonous dust into the air that will kill you in a few months time from breathing it. This is where "Onet's Tale" opens, but it doesn't stay there long. This epic sci-fi tale from Jack Eason includes a large cast of characters from various planets, including the human/nephile Akhen and Khan, who is a Drana. Once enemies, the two band together to escape the mine and start a rebellion that eventually leads to a war that spans years and galaxies.

The story itself is narrated by Onet, who happens to be a Khaz. Think little gray alien guy that might land in Area 51. Except Onet is albino and has red eyes. He's watching all this unfold, waiting for his chance to stop the evil that his own kind started, which spread through a goddess-type being called Shu, and continued through her horrible creations of berserker warriors.

Murder, war, and mayhem reign throughout this book, while the main characters try very hard to live normal lives. Their efforts are always ripped out from under them, and I sympathized with the tortuous events they lived through. On the other hand, I kept wishing for more character depth. I'm really partial to character-driven novels, and this one seems mostly plot-driven. For me, I would have liked to have been inside the characters' heads more, really feeling what they feel.

If you like sci-fi packed with battles, futuristic weapons and modes of transport, you'll like "Onet's Tale"."--Amazon Reviewer

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bargain eBooks #148:

They Never Gave Up by Linda Penhall

Genre: Humor, Literary


Price: $4.00


Where to Get It:


IFWG Publishing
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)


Cathy and Pauline are leaving footprints—raised ones.

Cathy is gorgeous, smart and quick-witted—her life looks promising to say the least. And to round it all off she has a devoted husband who thinks the world of her. Everyone assumes she’s got it made. But has she?

Pauline is the life and soul of every party—firmly believing the world to be some kind of giant playpen. Underneath this rebellious guise is a woman who desperately wants someone to love her for who she truly is.

Set in an Irish backdrop, the story humorously explores the vibrant and multicolored lives of these two lifelong friends as they love, work and laugh in the midst of horses, rehab, aviation, a whiskey guzzling skinflint father and a deplorably meddlesome mother-in-law.

They Never Gave Up will strike a chord with all women especially those who have ever been let down to the point of betrayal.

What they're saying about it:

"I love the strong, realistic female characters in this one. It starts off with a woman who doesn't quite fit into the dreary life she is born. She is determined that her daughter will have the chances she never did. The story then moves onto her daughter, from childhood through to adulthood. This is a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a woman with a strong and independent spirit in our present day society, with the same needs and desires. Well developed characters throughout. The wit comes from the characters and the situations, and the motivations and deliberations are believable.

An excellent story. Well written and definitely worth the read."--Amazon Reviewer


"I had the good fortune of reading this book prior to publication and I can say, as a person who doesn't normally read this genre (although I challenge anyone who can cleanly label it), that I enjoyed it immensely. Aside from Linda's quality in the craft of writing, it has a powerful mix of humor and sober 'human stuff'. Above all, it lifts the human spirit, hence the aptness of the title.

I would recommend this book to a wide range of adult readers, not just those who like 'chick lit'. "--Amazon Reveiwer



Guardian of the Sky Realms by Gerry Huntman

Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Price: $5.00

Where to Get It:

IFWG Publishing
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble


Maree Webster is an 'almost-emo' from the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She hates school and only has a few friends. She has an infatuation with Angels and Fallen Angel stories. Life was boring until she one day decided to steal a famous painting of angels from a small art gallery.

Her life will never be boring again. She meets a stranger at the gallery who seems to know her. She stumbles into a world where cities float in the sky, and daemons roam the barren, magma-spewing crags of the land below.

But not all is well. Maree is turning into something she loves but at the same time, fears. Most fearful of all is the prospect of losing her identity, what makes her Maree, and more importantly, human. She has ties to the human world that she can't bear to sever.

Guardian of the Sky Realms takes the reader on a journey through exotic fantasy lands, but also across the globe, from Sydney to Paris, and the Himalayas to Manhattan.

It is about transformation.

What they're saying about it:

"I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Gerry Huntman's YA novel "Guardian of the Sky Realms" earlier this month. Gerry is not only my good friend but also my editor at IFWG Publishing. Despite the fact that fantasy is not normally my preferred reading, with the exception of J.R.R Tolkien's timeless tales, I loved reading this wonderfully crafted tale. Well done my friend and congratulations. Sky Realms has been a long time coming."--Amazon Reviewer


"This is an excellent story that starts out with a revelation and becomes an adventure. The action and turns never let up.

I enjoyed Maree's gradual discovery and acceptance of who she is. It was very well done and believable, despite the fantastic circumstances. I enjoyed the intermixing of the two worlds. It gave it a 'real' grounding that was important.
The world of the Sky Realms is rich and vividly drawn, and beautifully described. My favourite character was, surprisingly enough, Darius.

An enjoyable tale that was easy to read. Highly recommended."--Amazon Reviewer

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bargain eBooks #147

The Empire by Elizabeth Lang

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Psychological Thriller

Price: $4.00 - $5.00

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)


The galaxy is in chaos as alien invaders from the Andromedan galaxy try to destroy humanity. The only ones standing in the gap is a conglomeration of planets and alliances that calls itself, the Empire. But there is a problem in this Empire. It is becoming increasingly totalitarian as security becomes more important than the freedom of its citizens.

Within this dystopian world, a brilliant scientist tries to survive. Lt. Adrian Stannis, a man hiding from a troubled past and people who want to use him. He tries to distance himself from everyone, but a young woman breaks through his guard and is intent on helping him.

Will he be able to escape the attentions of those in power or will his past catch up with him?

What they're saying about it:

"Elizabeth weaves a clever mixture of love, deceit, ambition and brutality in a story about a human Empire largely devoid of any kind of feeling for its many subjects...I was totally consumed, wanting to know what would happen next."--Jack Eason, author of Onet's Tale

"Plenty of action, well developed and credible characters, plus deeper levels of thought than appear at first made for enthralled reading."--Amazon reviewer

"I have never felt so involved in a (book) as Elizabeth made me feel with the brilliant characterization of Adrian Stannis, Kali Mirren and the very awful Sester."--Biola Olatunde, author of Blood Contract

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bargain eBooks #146:

One Quick Kiss by Philip Duck

Type: Short Story Collection


Price:
$0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)

Smashwords (all eBook formats)


A collection of short stories about sex, love, and every emotion in between. From the light and whimsical, to the highly charged and erotic, this collection offers something for everyone who has ever been under the intoxicating spell of a relationship and desirous of…ONE QUICK KISS

On the eve of her wedding anniversary the wife in COTTON COMES TO NINA has but one wish for a present. She wishes the calendar would simply skip the date. But how does she explain this to her eager husband?

Boxing is known as the Sweet Science. A brutal sport that requires the extreme sacrifice and commitment of its combatants. Rule number one: no sex before a big fight. For the two lovers at the heart of G.O.A.T., getting beyond rule number one might be as difficult as the coming fight itself.

The wife is the last to know. Discovering that her husband has been unfaithful is surely a terrible shock for the devoted wife and mother of IN THE DARK. But an even greater shock than that is still to come.

I am my brother’s keeper. So many things come to mind with thoughts of brotherhood. Camaraderie, fellowship, looking out for the wellbeing of another. The brother in FLIMSY AND RAGGEDY wonders if lusting after his brother’s girlfriend can be added to the list.

This collection also includes an excerpt from the romantic suspense novella, EXCUSE ME MISS and its forthcoming follow-up, MODESTY.

What they're saying about it:


"The unusual premise, great characters, and intriguing plot made this a fun, highly enjoyable read. I really can't wait to find out what happens next."--The Romance Reviews

"This is a sexy suspense short fiction novella that has an interesting premise. Mr. Duck has created a strong, but vulnerable, woman who needs to face her past and get on with her future."--Eclectic Reviews

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bargain eBooks #145:

Barbary Point by Alan Nayes

Genre: Romance

Price: $3.49

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
XOXO Publishing



When Kelly English flies back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to close out her father's estate, the last thing on her mind is falling in love. Again. Kelly is twenty-eight and engaged to an older man who is quite wealthy. She's happy, and only desires to make the trip back brief, sell her deceased father's place, and return to her stable life in Los Angeles. However, while taking care of business in Oshkosh, Kelly meets a fishing guide, launching her on an emotional journey she never could have predicted or foreseen. Barbary Point is Kelly's story of what happened that one magical week in May on the shores of Lake Winnebago when the ducklings hatch and the walleye run.

What they're saying about it:

"Very well written. A lovely romance novel that I would recommend to anyone. Alan Nayes writes a wonderfully,romantic story that is very enjoyable to read. Once you meet the main character, Kelly English, you will not want to put it down. You find yourself wanting to know exactly what "Barbary Point" means to Kelly and how it changes her life forever. Thank you, Alan Nayes, for writing a romance novel that truly is romantic!"--Amazon Reviewer

"Barbary Point is an amazingly written romance that catches your attention as soon as you start reading. As you dive deeper into the main character's, Kelly English's, life you can't help but keep reading. Alan Nayes is a very talented writer and I recommend this book to anyone."--Amazon Reviewer

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bargain eBooks #144:

Black and White by Nicki Lynn Justice

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)


Thirty-four year old Jillian Kendall, Centurotech’s corporate attorney, certainly hopes that the strange events that have been turning her formerly peaceful life upside-down since she arrived in Calgary, Alberta, are a product of her over-active imagination. But as she implements the merger between Centurotech and Hunter Electronics, she is drawn into the web of deceit that has been spun around her. There is only one way out, and it involves asking Code Hunter, founder of Hunter Electronics and childhood friend, for help. The problem is that Jillian is not certain that he can be trusted. And he is just as wary of her!

What they're saying about it:

"I really enjoyed this book! The characters were real people, and I liked the way they interacted. It wasn't sappy and overdone.

Jillian, the heroine,is a get-it-done kind of woman, and has alot of funny things happen to her. I identified with her. Shedoes the same things that all of us do (ie she worries about her weight and likes to make lists). The action scenes worked well, and kept me turning the pages.

I will definitely buy the next book Nicki Lynn Justice writes."--Amazon Reviewer

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bargain eBooks #143:

The Summoner by Layton Green

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Price: $0.99 - $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)


A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe.

Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults, and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison.

What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target.

Himself.

The first work in a globe-hopping series whose protagonists investigate the world’s most bizarre and dangerous cults, The Summoner is a stylish, haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after the last page is turned.

What they're saying about it:

“Green writes like a dream. Dominic Grey is a fascinating protagonist, and his quest for justice in the heart of a troubled African city gripped me from start to finish. The Summoner also beautifully captures Zimbabwe's diverse and conflicting landscapes — both urban and rural, ancient and modern. The result is a fast-paced and searing narrative that offers a glimpse into a world of religion, politics, and culture few could imagine. The next installment of Green's suspenseful storytelling and Grey’s next journey can’t come soon enough!” — Melody Moezzi, Award-winning Author, War on Error

“Layton Green has written a tale with supernatural and political undertones that unravels with ever increasing suspense . . . The book is plain terrific.” — Richard Marek, former President and Publisher of E.P. Dutton

“I moved a little outside my comfort zone with The Summoner, and I am glad I did. A blend of action, history, anthropology, thrills, and chills, all delivered with a mature, polished voice. I am eager for more from this author.” — Scott Nicholson, Kindle Bestselling Author

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bargain eBooks #142:

The Raven's Revenge by Gina Black

Genre: Historical Romance

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)


When Katherine Welles saves the life of a highwayman, she realizes he may offer the only avenue of escape from a betrothal to her villainous neighbor. She doesn't expect to fall in love with this charming stranger whose offer of aid masks his motive of revenge.


What they're saying about it:

“A thief, a damsel in distress and plenty of conflict–what more could a reader want?…Black adds sensuality and humor to this intriguing historical…” —Faith V. Smith, Reviewer Romantic Times

". . . a delightfully satisfying and sexy Restoration romp!" --Lisa Valdez, NYT Bestselling Author

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bargain eBooks #141:

The Circle of Life - The Alcoholic Recovery Workbook by KJ Nivin

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help

Price: $4.95

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)


The Circle Of Life (The Alcoholic Recovery Workbook) is a guide for recovery from alcoholism. In our workbook we discuss and work through the 12 Step recovery process. Alcoholism is a disease of the body, mind, and spirit. This is the experience of many of us who are in recovery from alcoholism, our strength is the result of being sponsored through the 12 Steps, and our hope is in recovery from this addiction by emulating the success of those who have gone before us. Those seasoned in recovery.

The Circle Of Life was developed to help with the basics of recovery. A strong emphasis is placed on obtaining and utilizing a 12 Step program sponsor. We stress attendance of alcohol addiction support meetings and developing a support system. The intention of this workbook is to aid recovering alcoholics in working through the 12 Steps with a sponsor. This workbook does not address formal religion or dogma. This process of recovery, we believe through our own experience, is spiritual in nature and change through guidance of a Power greater than ourselves becomes the key to recovery.

The first three chapters give information on our addiction, seeking help for recovery from alcoholism, the feelings that are associated with coming into sobriety, and withdrawal from active drinking. Chapters four through twelve are dedicated to working the 12 Steps.

About the Author

KJ NIVIN (pseudonym) who wishes to remain anonymous has been in recovery for over 27 years. The Alcoholic Recovery Workbook is a standalone workbook for working through the process of the 12 Steps for Alcoholism with a sponsor and by attending recovery meetings for alcohol addiction. Nivin has worked various 12 step programs and has sponsored many recovering alcoholics through the 12 Step process and has worked in the recovery community with their families and friends. He has a vast experiential knowledge of recovery by working for organizations like Father Martin's Ashley Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program, worked with patients outside of the facilities assigned for treatment in the United States Army Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program, the Navy program, Jail meetings, and by staying sober himself. He is now retired military having traveled the world in recovery and was sober as a soldier in Desert Storm. He has been invited as a speaker to many recovery groups, TV news programs, Universities, and organizations interested in addiction. He began his recovery from alcoholism in August 1983. He worked the steps with a sponsor and then began sponsoring others through the 12 Steps and decided to help others on a greater scale by writing The Circle of Life workbook recovery series. He has adopted the idea: 'Don't let the good get in the way of the best and alcoholics need the best way to stay in recovery.' KJ feels that this is a way he can give back to his community and to mankind. He gives back what was so freely given to him.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bargain eBooks #140:

The Crimson-Eyed Dragon by Delyse Trink

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery


Price: $1.99


Where to Get It:


Amazon.com (Kindle)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)

What secrets will the majestic silver dragon with glowing red eyes reveal?

When Jared is compelled to buy the magnificent statue, he initiates a chain of events that propels him and his friends Griffin, Chase and Amber into an adventure solving the mystery of the dragon. Becoming amateur detectives is a great way to spend their summer vacation, but will such a quest lead them into inescapable danger?


What they're saying about it:


"When I started reading The Crimson Eyed Dragon, I frankly wasn't sure what to expect. However, from almost the beginning the story pulled me in and I could easily picture the capers of these teenagers. I feel that it is so well-written, that readers of almost any age will enjoy this story. The author did a great job of 'tying up' all lose ends and made the reader feel good with all the various twists and turns."--Amazon Reviewer

"My first read for 2011. I had the honor of hosting this book for Kindle Kisses a while back, so I thought I better go ahead and read it myself. So glad I did. This was a really fun book. It kind of reminded me of The Hardy Boys or Encyclopedia Brown, with a fun mystery, and a cast of curious young adults. The plot was well thought out and the whole book was entertaining. I think it would be a great book for all ages. I'm interested in seeing if Ms. Trink decides to turn this into a series. I think it would do really well."--Amazon Reviewer

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bargain eBooks #139

The Bad, The Good and Two Fly Fishing Women by Randy Kadish

Type: Novelette


Price: $1.99


Where to Get It:


Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)

When Amanda’s mother deserts her to be with a new man, Amanda is hurt and betrayed. She loses faith in the world, especially when her grandmother, the greatest angler she knows, is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Amanda struggles to find answers, and then on the banks of the Junction River, a grieving, alcoholic friend and an unexpected, terrifying event surprisingly help her come to terms.

What they're saying about it:

"I thought the author did a great job creating the characters in this short story. This is one story you wont be able to stop reading until your through with it. BUT I wasnt satisfied with the end. I wanted to know more about the characters. I felt like I just watched a movie promo. Now I want to know when the full story is coming out? What's next for this young woman? I have more questions but I don't want to give the end away."--Amazon Reviewer

"The author has a way of creating characters that seem to pop off the page. Even though this was a very quick read, I really felt that I knew Amanda as a friend."--Amazon Reviewer

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bargain eBooks #138:

One Deadly Sister by Rod Hoisington

Genre: Mystery (Female amateur sleuth)

Price: Free (Promotional)

Where to Get It:

Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Amazon.com (all eBook formats)
Amazon.com (Kindle)



When an almost-too-clever young law student in Philadelphia gets a life-or-death call from her estranged brother who just moved to Florida--she tells him to go to hell. She doesn't need this. She's holding an old grudge and resents having her life in Philadelphia interrupted.

The brother doesn't come looking for trouble, he simply wants to get past his Philadelphia divorce and start a new life in Florida, but woman-trouble comes looking for him. Unfortunately, he arrives in the small Florida ocean side town just as someone murders the local gubernatorial candidate. The brother doesn't have a clue about women and gets seduced and framed.

He hasn't bothered with his estranged sister up north for years but now, as a stranger in a hostile town, she's his only hope.

She reluctantly decides to at least check out his predicament. This small step leads the sister into an ever-increasing entanglement of deceit, double-cross, and danger, as she can't leave well-enough alone and goes after the real killer in this fast-paced mystery.

ONE DEADLY SISTER is the first book in the Sandy Reid series. The sequel, THE PRICE OF CANDY has just been released.

What they're saying about it:

"A very creative and enjoyable first novel...grabs hold of you early on and you can't get away from it...I will definitely be looking for another novel by Rod Hoisington!" --Betty Gelean for ReviewTheBook.com

"...(Stayed up) 'til the wee hours of the morn', coz I was busy reading a quite interesting novel entitled One Deadly Sister by Rod Hoisington." --DelGal's blog

"...I just opened the book and could not stop reading till I realized that I'd already spent 5 minutes of my working time getting engrossed in your book!" --Vikram Narayan, fReado.com

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bargain eBooks #137:

Stilettos No More by Diana Estill

Type: Essays

Genre: Humor

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Sony (for Sony Reader)



A fun look at fashion, fitness, and life after 50.

What they're saying about it:

"In this collection of essays, award-winning humorist Diana Estill shares her wacky views on the years between mini-skirts and "Mee-maw" panties, tells the truth about "shapewear," and offers advice on "how to talk so that your spouse will listen" and other mysteries. Lamenting she's "put up with this thong enough," Estill invokes her inner fashion critic as she tackles midlife with both eyes squinted."

Praise for for Diana Estill: "Utterly entertaining reading." -- Midwest Book Review on Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bargain eBooks #136:

Polly! by Stephen Goldin

Genre: Fiction, Humor

Price: $4.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)

Herodotus Shapiro has had an unbelievably bad week. His wife left him. The IRS is after him for thousands of dollars. His home/bookstore burned down. On his way to take refuge at his brother's place he got a speeding ticket. And now his car has broken down in the middle of the desert in front of a large mansion. What more can go wrong?

But now his world takes a turn for the weird. The mansion has a snowman on the front lawn--in the desert in July. The house, which is bigger on the inside than on the outside, is owned by Polly, the most preternaturally beautiful young woman he's ever met. Polly is an acrobat, a gourmet chef, a psychologist, an international financial consultant, a physicist and a woman of who-knows how many other incredible talents. She has an unbelievable library, an art collection of all the world's great masterpieces and a print of a previously unknown Marx Brothers film. Her toilet paper is actually silk.

And she seems to have some mysterious plans for him....

What they're saying about it:

"Stephen Goldin's Polly! is an engaging novel, drawing the reader into humorous philosophical discussions about the various demands that people make regarding their deities." -William Hampl, Editor, American Atheist magazine

"All hands on Decalogue! A protagonist readers will find it easy to identify and empathize with, a classic journey story told with wit, wisdom and deceptive ease, and the most interesting guest star ever--what's not to like, here? Perhaps writers who attempt a book like Polly! wanna crack or two across the face for their audacity (to parrot conventional wisdom)--but not if they can manage to pull it off this entertainingly." -- Spider Robinson, co-author of Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bargain eBooks #135:

Madness and Murder by Jenny Hilborne

Genre: Suspense

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:


Amazon.com (Kindle)
Omnilit
Author Site
Echelon Press



Frustrated by the rising body count and lack of evidence, veteran homicide detective, Mac Jackson, questions his own ethics when he risks the life of an innocent young woman to trap a cunning and sadistic serial killer. Known for his uncanny precision with a hunch, he is all too aware that, this time, the stakes are much higher if his gamble fails to pay off.

Jessica Croft, withdrawn, vulnerable and emotionally scarred, moves from Sacramento to begin a new life in San Francisco with her twin brother, Judd. Ninety miles from the sinister, shameful secrets of her past, and the madness that tore their family apart, she hopes to find tranquility, maybe even love. However, her chance for happiness is short-lived when she suddenly finds herself the target of a relentless madman with a deadly agenda. Loath to continue living a life of fear, Jessica tells no one when she takes a bold risk to draw him out; dangerously unaware of the trap he has already set for her. Now nothing may be able to save her except the accuracy of a hunch.

What they're saying about it:

"I didn't want the book to end! This book had well developed characters and a great story that kept you guessing. The book left me wanting to hear more about many of the characters in future, namely Alex and Mac. I hope there are many more books to come from this author."--Amazon Reviewer

"Great first book. I couldnt put it down I was hooked after the first chapter. This book has all of the never-ending series of twists and action and suspense of a James Patterson novel I forgot that I was reading a new author. If you dont give this new author a chance you will be missing out. I cannot wait until her next book comes out. My only regret is it is not availible in book form."--Amazon Reviewer

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bargain eBooks #134:

Jump by Jen Wylie

Type: Short Story

Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Young Adult

Price: 0.99

Where to Get It:

OmniLit (multiple formats including PDF & HTML)
Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes & Noble (Nook)


If you were told to jump off of a bridge would you?

Perhaps it would depend on who was doing the asking. Our heroine has spunk and a sense of humor, however suffers from an extreme case of inappropriate clothing. When things take a turn from dangerous to worse what will she do when fantasy becomes reality? Warning: May include hot leather clad men, singing and demons.

What they're saying about it:

"This is a fast and hot short by an awesome writer who knows how to keep us enthralled. From the very first sentence I was holding my breath, trying to figure out how this girl got herself in this particular situation."--Trisha Wolfe, short story author

"This is one of the best short stories I've read in a long time. It has drama, it has intrigue, it is absolutely hilarious. Jen Wylie has a great voice and a sense of humor she's not afraid to use. "--Review by Karen Syed, author, publisher

"A fun, cute, but also dangerous read."--Review by Daryl Sedore, author of Paranormal Precognitions

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bargain eBooks #133:

Blood Hunter by Sidney Williams

Genre: Horror/Suspense


Price: $2.99


Where to Get It:


Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
http://sidisalive.com

Legends abound about hideous creatures who live in the swamps near Aimsley, Louisiana. They’ve picked up the name Mormo, and they are said to be terrifying, but young reporter Jag Walker and Debra Blane discover the creatures are at the root of a larger conspiracy as they begin a search for her missing brother. As they unravel ancient secrets and modern evil, they find they must confront a nightmare in order to survive. Only a trip into the dark heart of swamp country and a look into the darkness of the human heart will bring the truth.


What they're saying about it:


"You could say the story here has been told a thousand times before. Monsters. People facing off against monsters. But here Williams has done something unusual...he's planted within this tale a mix of crime and cops and regional lore that blends effortlessly into a fabulously enjoyable feast of mystery and mild gore."--Ryne Douglas Pearson, Author of the screenplay "Knowing" and novels including Top Ten and The Donzerly Light

"A fun fast paced read of a reporter helping out a beautiful young lady look for the killer of her brother. Filled with blood and gore as they uncover the truth. If your a fan of Dexter and the X-Files you will love this book."--Kipp Poe Speicher

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bargain eBooks #132:

Secrets From the Dust by George Hamilton

Genre: Historical, Literary

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Kindleboards author page
Author Website
Amazon.com (for Kindle)
Amazon UK
Smashwords (all eBook formats



Set in Australia between the 1960s and early 1970s, this historical saga follows Margaret, an Aboriginal girl who is snatched from her family and brought up by white foster parents in the outback, under the government sponsored assimilation policies. She stubbornly tries to maintain her culture until she can escape or her real parents find her, but then she discovers that she is growing to like many of the customs and material possessions of her captors, producing a crisis of cultural identity. By the time she grows into a beautiful young woman and moves to Sydney to study nursing, she has already suffered the disappointments of unrequited love and the forbidden desire for her foster father. She tries to hide behind the identity of a Southern European, but the highly charged political environment of Sydney and her love for a political activist forces her to confront her true identity.


What they're saying about it:

‘I read the manuscript in one sitting and was completely gripped by the plot.’
Golgonooza

‘I liked the writing so much and I think you did an amazing job with Margaret.’
Soho Press

‘The narrative stuck in my head long after I had stopped reading.’
Golgonooza

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bargain eBooks #131:

Radium Halos, a Novel about the Radium Dial Painters by Shelley Stout

Genre: Historical Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
girlebooks.com
Smashwords (all eBook formats
BookGlutton



Two young girls are exposed to radiation. One survives, the other does not.


What they're saying about it:

"Shelley Stout debuts with a novel of characters as compelling as the true story it covers. Like a good reporter, she follows the facts. In this case she not only uncovers a story little known, but more importantly she reveals in her characters, the humanity of a tragic tale."--Batt Humphreys, former senior producer for CBS News and author of Dead Weight

"5 Stars......this was a novel to tug at the heart."--Red Adept (Kindle Book Review blog)



Celebrities for Breakfast by Shelley Stout

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:


Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Girlebooks.com
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
BookGlutton


What will it take to get rid of film star and part-time egomaniac, Ren Spencer?

What they're saying about it:

"It has been a very long time since I have read a book as delightful as "Celebrities for Breakfast." I live in Chicago, and I have travelled extensively throughout Illinos. The description of Illinois B&B that serves as the focal point of this book transported me back to my summer visits to the southern area of Illinois as a pre-teen. Stout's characters -- Ren, Judith and Shannon -- remind me so much of myself and my two classmates. The situations that these three find themselves in as it relates to romance. You will experience every emotion imaginable -- joy, hilarity, melancholy, but most of all, you will walk away from this book with a reminder the importance of sisterhood. I strongly recommend this book!"--Amazon Reviewer

"Reading this book really reminded me of those delightful 1960s Doris Day/Rock Hudson romantic comedies given a modern twist. We have the leads: the has-been Hollywood actor seeking solace in a bottle, the divorced mother wanting her daughter to have a normal life away from the harmful influences of Hollywood and the daughter suffering all the angst of teenage years. They may sound like typical stereotypes but Shelley Stout's writing technique makes them fascinating individuals."--CarolAnn from The Romance Reviews

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bargain eBooks #130:

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters by Barbara Silkstone

Genre: Comedy, Thriller

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Author Website



A murder by beheading sends Alice Harte, reluctant real estate broker for thugs, running into the arms of Nigel Channing, a charming British con man.

This urban fantasy is set in Miami and London. Fans of Stephanie Plum will cheer for Alice as she watches her back in attempting to keep her head, while being stalked by Nigel's daft ex-wife and inept, but dangerous mobsters. Alice's world is filled with memorable characters strangely reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. She's guided through her dangerous adventure by her own Cheshire Cat.

Nigel, a chubby John Cleese with serious dress-code problems, whisks Alice to England. Alice sees him as her White Rabbit rescuer. The plot trips along at a cracking pace with Alice flinging zingers like a drive-by shooter.

After Alice discovers a gangster's freshly beheaded body in his Miami mansion, she launches a desperate self-defense in a kangaroo court. The main witness against her is Algy Green, a bumbling cockney swindler who super-glues his bat wing ears to his head and commits perjury for theme park tickets. But in the middle of the trial a small piece of evidence opens her eyes.

What they're saying about it:

This is a book that catches you by surprise again, and again. At it's base, it's a plot about murder and some pretty vicious characters used to getting their way. But there are subtle romantic threads woven in and out of the story. We have Nigel, who morphs from John Cleese to a sort of rumpled buffoon, and then to other things as well. There are are crazy women of more than one stripe - some very loud, and some just involved in things over their heads.

Alice Harte only wants out of a bad job, and the chance to get away - preferably to England. Her employer is a sociopath who has no intention of releasing her from her employment contract. He has his evil cohorts and a lineup of judges, lawyers, crazy women and thugs arrayed against her, and that's not the best part.

The best part is that every time the book feels as if it's fallen down a rabbit hole and gone silly...it's only dropping down a roller-coaster hill to rush back up the other side.

The Alice in Wonderland references are woven in cleverly, bringing smiles when a heavier hand might have made them jarring. In short, this is a whimsical, funny, sometimes tense novel with a fast pace and a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended"--Amazon Reviewer


"Written very much in the style of Janet Evanovitch, but with a strong dash of the surreal, The Secret Diary is an entertaining jaunt through a mad world of Miami real estate, pill-popping neuroses, TC's "Phantom fish-flingers" and would-be English Lotharios. Alice, the heroine, is a very engaging character; a tough, sassy woman whose efforts to sort her life out go strangely wrong and yet who manages to sort herself out with none of the eyelash-fluttering, hanky-dropping ineptitude that is my main reason for avoiding romance.

She tries very hard to persuade herself that Nigel Channing is her Mr Right - and although it is very funny to read, she is written with enough humanity and truth that you might be laughing but it is with her rather than at her, and you don't think "Stupid woman!" so much as recognise the times you've done the same...

Of the other characters, Maris is entertainingly nuts; Leslie chews the furniture with great elan; Ron is pitched just nicely, supportive and low-key; and actually I rather liked the over-the-top rantings of Elizabeth, which might have been a bit too much in a different book but in the context of the whole "Alice-in-Wonderland" theme were fairly apt. The Lewis Carroll quotes were nicely placed and flavoured the text without giving too much away at the beginning of each chapter!"--Amazon UK reviewer

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bargain eBooks #129:

Before Her Eyes by Rebecca Forster

Genre: Thriller

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Backlist eBooks


In a remote mountain community, the execution of a grocer and the abduction of a world-renowned model leaves the local sheriff searching for a connection, two killers and a woman who is running for her life.

What they're saying about it:

"Before Her Eyes is one of her (Forster's) best! Rich characters, a fast-paced story and a tremendous ending that will have you rereading half the book to figure out why you missed all the clues."--Amazon Reviewer

"Nothing boring about this book. Starts of by grabbing the reader's attention and continues to hold it throughout."--Amazon Reviewer

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bargain eBooks #128:

Pandora’s Succession by Russell Brooks

Genre: Action, Thriller

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon.com (Kindle)
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
Author Site


CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancĂ©e’s killers—a weapons consortium called The Arms of Ares. When an informant leads him to an old bunker outside of Groznyy, Chechnya, Fox is captured, beaten, and left for dead. When the informant rescues him, Fox learns that his capture was no coincidence: someone had set him up—possibly another government agent. Fox barely escapes after learning that Ares has acquired a hyperdeadly microbe—called Pandora—that is believed to have wiped out ancient civilizations. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo where he discovers that people within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Japanese Intelligence want Pandora for themselves. The only person Fox can trust is a woman from his past who he nearly got killed.

What they're saying about it:

"Do you enjoy reading non-stop action? Then Pandora's Succession is definitely the book for you, as it was for me. Russell Brooks had me on the edge of my seat wondering how in the world the main character, Ridley Fox, was going to stop the bio-weapon, Pandora, from being spread and ending human existence, as we know it. This book was riddled with moles, spies, evil scientists, and ninjas, to keep you wondering just who the good guys were.

The plot was fantastically written. The interaction between characters allowed you to see that we were leading up to world destruction with little time to stop it. Detailed actions made me feel as if I were watching fight scenes play out before my eyes, even with little knowledge of combat assaults and weapons.

The characters themselves were well-developed, not too much detail, but just enough to feel as if you know them (I'm glad I don't know some of them!). I found myself rooting for Fox throughout the entire book. Others had their secrets revealed and took me for a 360 spin.

I'm going to admit it now, I love action movies, such as "Bourne Identity", but I've never really read one. This was my first and I was absolutely strapped in for the ride of my life! I look forward to more roller-coaster rides from Russell Brooks!"--Amazon Reviewer


"When it comes to choosing books to read and discuss, I find myself having to think of titles that will impress and engage both my male and female demographics. With PANDORA'S SUCCESSION by author Russell Brooks, that job has been made easy.

The book allows the reader to take a journey that is filled with both good and evil, and the importance of knowing you are on the right side. The characters are developed in such a way that you have just enough backstory to understand their relationship to each other as well as the ability to get to understand the choices they make.

PANDORA'S SUCCESSION is not one that women will have to wonder if men will read it...they just have to make sure they are able to download their own copy! A true literary success for everyone."--Amazon Reviewer