Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bargain eBooks #506:

The Darkness by Bill Kirton

Genre: Crime/Mystery

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
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Omnilit




Runner-up in the Mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards

For Andrew Davidson, tragedy marks a turning point...

Andrew Davidson is a conscientious, respected G.P. but when his brother is found with his throat cut, his thoughts turn to anger and revenge. Known villains, who have managed to evade justice thanks to the efforts of one of Cairnburgh's cleverest lawyers, begin to disappear.

For Rhona Kirk getting on with her life means taking control...

A victim of rape, Rhona starts a new life in Dundee but finds it difficult to shake off her past, and the men she's connected with also go missing. When the threats start, Rhona accepts help against her better judgment.

For DCI Jack Carston, putting the puzzle pieces together is a race against time...

Carston searches for the links between all these vanished persons, aware all the time of his own darker impulses and sensing the strong bond between himself and the vigilante. What he finds is beyond even his worst imaginings.

Will Justice remain blind when darkness invades the soul?


What they're saying about it:

"a wonderful, thrilling, dark, compassionate book" (Gillian Philip)

"clever, tightly constructed, immensely satisfying and peopled with a cast of completely believable characters, who don’t let you go until the final word" (Michael J. Malone)

"a dark, intense ride … a book that keeps you guessing right until the exciting conclusion." (P. S. Gifford)




Shadow Selves by Bill Kirton

Genre: Crime/Mystery

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

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Professor Hayne, of the University of Grampian, Scotland, is a sick man. But when he fails to recover after an operation, the discovery of mistakes in both surgical and anaesthetic procedures suggests that his death was far from accidental. His political manoeuvring had made him many enemies, all of whom would benefit from his death.

DCI Jack Carston is frustrated as hospital staff insist that the two ‘errors’ which killed him couldn’t have happened. As his investigations continue, two other stories unfold, both centred on Sandra Scott, a student in Hayne’s department. She’s being targeted by a stalker and sexually harassed by a member of the departmental staff.

Carston eventually unravels the mystery but even he is surprised by the story’s final twist.

A warts and all look inside academia and the world of medical maneuvering.


What they're saying about it:

University and hospital politics, a suspicious death, a stalker, a salacious lecturer, egotistical doctors, long-suffering nurses, an uptight administrator and a soupcon of sex … a thoroughly engrossing medical mystery with a surprise ending that was totally unexpected. (Chris Longmuir)

The author accurately depicts not only the academic and hospital settings, but the psychosocial motivations between its colorful characters. We also get a creepy look into the mind of the stalker as his offenses escalate.
As in all the best mysteries, the author created a multitude of plausible suspects that kept me guessing throughout, but then pulled off an uncontrived resolution to the `whodunnit' that managed to surprise me. (Melissa Conway)




Alternative Dimension by Bill Kirton writing as Jack Lefebre

Type: Novella

Genre: Satire, Fantasy

Price: $3.20

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK




Joe Lorimer is a genius. His finest achievement is the online role-playing game Alternative Dimension, but he sees it as more than a plaything. He’s fascinated by the freedoms offered by living in a virtual world and the more sophisticated he makes his creation, the more superior it seems to the alienating, faceless, ugly realities of daily life.

His visits reveal many secrets of the psychology of the real people who are creating the avatars he meets. There are lovers, killers, crazies, animals, elves, vampires – even Health and Safety inspectors. Their stories are mostly wry, funny observations on the lives we all live and the real societies they’re lived in.

But Joe’s fascinating attempts to bring the real and virtual together, to fuse the person and the avatar, lead eventually to an outcome which seems a far from ideal solution.

Depending on your perspective, the ending is either a triumph or a tragedy.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bargain eBooks #505:

The Sparrow Conundrum by Bill Kirton

Genre: Satirical Spoof Crime/, Mystery

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

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Winner of the Humor category in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards.

Chris Machin isn’t his name, not to the bottom feeders in Aberdeen squabbling over North Sea oil and gas contracts. Chris has a code name, and when his garden explodes The Sparrow takes flight, plunging the power struggle into chaos and violence.

A sociopathic cop and an interfering ex-girlfriend don’t exactly make for clarity of thinking, not when the one fancies a bit of violence to add spice to an arrest. The ex adds other, more interesting dimensions to Chris’ already complicated life.

The bodies pile up—some whole, some in fragments—and two wrestlers join the fray. A road trip seems just the solution, but then so do Inverness, a fishing trawler and a Russian factory ship as the players face … The Sparrow Conundrum.


What they're saying about it:

The demon love child of Spike Milligan and John Le Carre. I absolutely adore this one—hysterically funny, with this weirdly tender wickedness.” (Maria Bustillos)

… combines the elements of the Tall Blond Man with the One Black Shoe with the Biederbecke Affair and thrown in Happer from Local Hero for good measure. It is killingly funny, and for those who love farce—from Scapin to Noises Off—this is utterly brilliant, divine, and classic, and couldn't be bettered.” (M.M. Bennetts)

One of those rare spoofs that made me laugh out loud. think Reservoir Dogs, only better … a fantastically written farce that will entertain and keep you laughing until the very end. A must-have for your collection. (Richard B. Wood)




The Figurehead by Bill Kirton

Genre: Historical Mystery, Romance

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
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Steam challenges sail for mastery of the seas, new continents open and the world brims with opportunities for people to be as good—or as evil—as they choose. But in Aberdeen Scotland, tall ships rule and greed by any other name is still commerce.

When the body of a local shipwright is found on the beach, no one, least of all the customers he cheated and the women he abused, seems at all surprised. When the constabulary fail to exercise due diligence it falls to wood-carver, John Grant, to ferret out the secrets and half-truths of the mysterious death. As John scrutinizes the events surrounding the apparent ‘accident’, his wood-carving skills catch the attention of William Anderson, a rich merchant—and his daughter Helen.

His commission to carve a figurehead combining the features of two women results in his discovering startling and interconnected chains of events that confirm his worst suspicions. Intertwined with the evolving tale of blackmail, intrigue and death, John’s relentless pursuit of the truth tests his relationship with everyone he knows and cares about as, simultaneously, he struggles to resist the pangs of unexpected love.


What they're saying about it:

The characters are well-rounded and the dialogue is perfectly judged … How well Kirton writes female characters; this is one of the great strengths of his writing … A rippingly good story. (Ruth Howell)

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you are looking for a book that truly entertains you, one of those that you will not hesitate to recommend to friends, do yourself a favor, grab this book. You will not regret it. 5/5, a must read. (Soooz Burke)

A splendid romance of … exquisite tenderness, The Figurehead satisfies on every level, giving the reader authenticity, characters to care about, a mystery, and a romance. (Diane Nelson)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bargain eBooks #504:

Dragon Academy by Diane Nelson

Genre: Contemporary YA Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
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With high school finished for the summer, Nick looks forward to visiting his aunt and uncle in New Jersey. What awaits him is a heat wave like no other - and the last two Greywings on the planet. Nick has an innate ability to train horses but will he be able to translate his amazing skill to these teenage dragons?

The steaming soup of mid-summer heats up tempers and tests resolve as Nick vies with fellow trainers, Keith and Maxie, for mastery over their new charges. The dragons, Nikita and Michael, typical teenagers themselves, have other ideas.

Nick treads a torturous path through a minefield of competing demands: the expectations of his aunt and uncle, recalcitrant horses, the Academy’s female students and the overwhelming egos of Nikita and Michael. One small mistake erupts into a conflagration that hurls everyone into a race against time and the overwhelming forces of nature.



What they're saying about it:

“…the read is engrossing, funny, sometimes an edge of your seat thing that is ridiculously entertaining.”—Paul Neto

"As a teacher, I would definitely recommend my students read this book. It was fast paced and enjoyable. The dragons were quite the characters, In fact, all the characters were easy to know and easy to love. The hint of romance was just enough. I had a few laughs and a few moments of dread while reading this also.”—Laura DeWalt

“My kids loved this, so I read it, and saw why. Ms. Nelson easily creates an enchanting world, and Dragon Academy is a delight of a magical adventure.”—readin’ it, Amazon review

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bargain eBooks #503:

Next Time Lucky: Lessons of a Matchmaker by Siggy Buckley

Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

Price: $4.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




So you are thinking about online dating? Or want to compare notes?

Cherie, a professional matchmaker from Dublin, Ireland, faces the ultimate challenge when she tries to find a soul mate for herself. She surfs the risky waves of the Internet and flies around the world to adventures, disappointments and not a few surprises. Chat-rooms prove to be intoxicating, and Cherie feels like in a kid in a candystore. Among the Lotharios she encounters are recycled bachelors, breezy islands of ego, fly-by-nights, birds of paradise, commitment phobics, and the odd sex maniac. She learns the hard way that it's easy come, uneasy go at this smorgasboard of cyber-dreamboats.

Her story is an intriguing read, offering a revealing glimpse into the world of cyber romance for singles that are toying with the idea, for those who haven’t dared yet, or those who just want to compare notes. It also discloses practical advice for modern day’s mate selection through the eyes of a dating expert, both on the Internet and in the real world.

With insight and great humor, Siggy Buckley tells the sassy story of a modern woman's dilemma of being independent yet longing for coupledom.


What they're saying about it:

"What fun to read this witty, interesting and sensual book! Siggy Buckley is a superb writer and because of her background as a Matchmaker, she has wonderful insight into the dating world."



Book 2: Intrepid Home Swapping: Insider Secrets to Successful Home Swapping by Siggy Buckley

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)



If the idea of home swapping appeals to you but is also scary, read our experiences with two Home Swaps we made this summer (Germany/France). Our insider tips offer you the advice you need to make it an enjoyable adventure instead of a scary risk.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bargain eBooks #502:

The Royal Sheikh by Katheryn Lane

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
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Smashwords




Clare McKay is a dedicated architect with no time for womanising men. That is, until she accidentally meets Sheikh Rafiq Al Kahil, an Arabian prince, known in the international press as the Playboy Prince. Clare is intent on not falling for his seductive charm, but when he asks her to design a mansion, he presents her with an offer that she can’t refuse. Once she finds herself alone with him in the Arabian desert, how long will she be able to hold out against his advances? And will he be able to cast aside his womanising past for her, as well as a secret engagement to an Arabian Princess?

What they're saying about it:

"The Royal Sheikh is a page turner that I read in one evening. I love romance and this book will warm your heart. Clare is an architect in training and meets Rafiq one evening while out with her friend, Louise. Rafiq and Clare meet in the most unromantic way, although he quickly becomes entranced by her. They are both intrigued by each other and secretly hope to see each other again.

When they run into each other again, Rafiq asks her to come up with designs for his new house. As they spend more time together, they slowly fall for one another. Through misinformation, misunderstanding and disagreements, they encounter a few bumps in their relationship. Rafiq and Clare must learn to communicate to make their love work.

Every girl wants to be loved, spoiled (just a bit) and wanted. Rafiq certainly fits the mold as a great guy. He treats Clare with love and affection and he genuinely cares about her. When Clare discovers his secret, she reacts as I would have if I were in her shoes. She wants to put distance between and Rafiq and try to move on and start over.

The Royal Sheikh will keep you on edge wanting to get to the end. What will Clare do? What will Rafiq say? How will they overcome this? You will cry, your heart will melt, and you will want to root for Rafiq and Clare. Grab your tissues and some tea and settle in for this romance roller coaster!" - Beauty Brite, 5 Stars on Amazon

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bargain eBooks #501:

House of Silver Magic by John Booth

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
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The death of a father is never easy to cope with.

The world isn't being kind to the Grange family, evicting them from their home and taking everything they own. But a strange bequest brings a new roof over their head, even if the house in question is haunted.

As Mandy, William and Jenny adjust to their new life they find they have also inherited a great task. Their father was a guardian of the power hidden in the house and they are expected to follow in his footsteps.

The enemy is already on their trail, seeking the power they know they must protect.

With no knowledge of the magic their father wielded and enemies who can use it all too well, how can they survive? The enemy has already killed their father and is about to knock on their door.


What they're saying about it:

"The family at the center of "House of Silver Magic" is well and truly up against the wall: attempting to recover in the wake of a tragedy, broke and lost with no place to go. When by a strange twist of fate they acquire an old house, their situation improves, but does not necessarily become any less complicated.

This is not your typical YA magic series. This is not your typical haunted house. This is not your typical set of good guys versus bad guys. This is, however, a typical John Booth - with all his attributes of masterful storytelling, surprise and getting his readers well and truly engaged."


"Life for the Grange family is forever altered. Not only are the suffering from the lost of their father, the children and their mother also face the loss of their house, since their father secretly sold it before his death. But, through a seeming twist of fate, the family finds the means and opportunity to buy a grand house, a house full of magic and secrets. It is the magic of the house that will save the Grange family from their enemies.

John Booth writes a type of fantasy fiction that is nothing short of beautiful. This book is full of wonder, and enchantment like few I have encountered before. From the first sentence, the reader is endeared to the Grange family, and wants to see them succeed in their new lives. I found the characters to be incredibly well developed, and especially loved that the house has a character, nee, characters, of its own. It is exciting to watch the children learn of their heritage and discover their powers.

Often, adult fans of young adult books are criticized for relishing in childish stories. I can assure you, while this book will clearly appeal to young adult readers, there is nothing childish about it, and any adult reader can be proud to be a fan. The story is unique, the writing is sublime, and the magic is, well, magical. I am so pleased to learn that this is the first in a new series, and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the Grange family."

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bargain eBooks #500:

The Stone Dragon by Tom Kepler

Genre: Fantasy

Price: $4.99

Where to Get It:

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Dream magic is the most dangerous of magics because it is so difficult to control. Apprentice mage Glimmer—Not a Glimmer of Magic—realizes this when he discovers that his apparent lack of magical talent is because his magic manifests only when he is dreaming. His first attempt at dream magery conjures a dragon, and just before dying in dragonfire, Glimmer, in desperation, locks the dragon within the stones of his master’s house. How, though, do you live in a house that is also a dragon? And how can you even sleep—knowing that dream might slip to nightmare?

What they're saying about it:


"The author makes the point that magic is everywhere, in us, and around us, and at the core of everything . . . The dragons, of course, steal the show." --Pauline Ross, Goodreads review


". . . evocative images of a place that 'might have been, long ago and far away' where friendly gnomes and magic are real. But don't be fooled. This is no child's tale. It will challenge the reader to think about the power of thought and attitude and their effect on the place we forge for ourselves in our world." --Yvonne Hertzberger, Amazon review

The Stone Dragon is a fantasy book revolving around the protagonist, Glimmer. At first glance, it may seem like the average fantasy novel, solely about dragons: the fire-breathing monsters who live in caves of solitude and horde massive amounts of treasure. The dragons in this book are much more complex. They are more like divine beings than just physical creatures. Like primal forces of the Universe would be the best way for me to describe them. The elements of fantasy that do show up in The Stone Dragon are refreshingly original in the way they are told and crafted in the story. Gnomes, dragons, and magic would be my prime examples of individuality. --Sebastien Lacasse, Amazon review.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bargain eBooks #499:

Freya the Huntress by Joseph Lewis

Genre: Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK




This is Book Two in the Europa series, the direct sequel to the novella OMAR THE IMMORTAL. The Europa series is a dark fantasy set in the same world as the Halcyon Trilogy of swashbuckling steampunk adventures.

Last night, Freya's sister was bitten by a horrific beast in the snowy hills of Ysland. Now, Freya has only a few hours to find a cure for this strange plague before her sister becomes a ravening fox demon.

With her husband Erik and the young witch Wren at her side, Freya discovers that the blood-thirsty monsters have already ravaged her homeland as she explores deserted cities full of ghosts and meets a few lonely survivors on the edge of madness. She finally seeks answers in the ancient city of Rekavik where she must face the deadly witch queen Skadi and the vicious warrior Leif Blackmane.

But the only person who can cure the demon plague is the same person who created it, a stranger from a distant land who carried a sword full of captured souls, a man who was murdered five years ago... But not even death will stop Freya from saving the people she loves.


What they're saying about it:

"I've been waiting for Europa #2 for awhile. Having Omar stuck on Ysland I couldn't wait to find out more about the sun steel. Mr. Lewis has definitely created a mythology with this metal and you can't help but want to know more about it. What's even better, the stories are not about the sun steel but you get tidbits of it throughout this and all the Other Earth books.

I really enjoy the effort Mr. Lewis has put in to even using small language elements to immerse yourself in the environment more. The way the characters speak feel different on Ysland as opposed to the mainland. Given that the first book, Omar, were all characters from the mainland, this is the first time that the difference becomes apparent.

Love the new characters. Freya is now the second best bad-ass heroine next to Asha. Can't wait for the third book. We get a mythological werefox and based on the teaser for Book 3 something that sounds like frozen zombies."--Amazon Reviewer

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bargain eBooks #498:

Valentine Surprise by Jennifer Conner

Type: Short Story

Genre: Romance

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




For Cecilia, Valentine’s Day stands as a glaring remind of what she is-alone and in love with her best friend’s brother, Lee.

When Lee asks Cecilia for computer help with signing up for an on-line dating service, will this be her chance to get him out of her head and her heart for good?

But, does Cupid have his own Valentine surprise in store for this couple?


What they're saying about it:

"This story can't help but put a smile on your face! Cecilia and Lee are a cute couple, always together and yet unaware they are perfect for each other until Cecilia helps Lee sign up for an online dating service. Perfect read for Valentine's day, Ms. Conner pens a well-written sweet short story with warm characters and an adorable storyline."--Amazon Reviewer



Christmas Chaos by Jennifer Conner

Type: Short Story

Genre: Romance

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)





Christmas chaos hits Josiane. All she want to do is get to her families Christmas Eve dinner for once on time. Instead, she gets stuck in her office's elevator with a tall, stranger in the dark.

When she meets Carsten, will Josiane find that holiday romance may come in the strangest places?


What they're saying about it:

"Christmas Chaos is a "just once" story. Just once in the 1000 plus elevator rides we take wouldn't it be nice to step in and discover a gorgeous guy. Ms. Conner delivers not only a hunky guy in Carsten, but a single one who luckily for Josianne doesn't have plans on Christmas Eve.

This is a charmer of a short story, warm and cute. Ms. Conner has a knack for giving readers something to smile about over the holidays. Christmas Chaos is her latest "bring a smile to your lips" tale."--Amazon Reviewer

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bargain eBooks #497:

Gabriel's Redemption by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Type: Novella

Genre: Paranormal

Price: $4.09

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




When Ryannon shows up on Gabriel’s doorstep claiming that he is an archangel with the power to trigger the Apocalypse and that he’s in danger from an End of Days cult, he thinks she’s crazy -- crazy hot -- but still crazy. Despite being a trumpet player named Gabriel, the life he’s led has been anything but angelic. But with the cult already in hot pursuit, he has no choice but to accept it for now. He and Ryannon must go on the run to save themselves and dozens of others from the cult leader’s diabolical schemes.

Even the desperate circumstances are not enough to dampen the fiery lust that pulls them together. Gabriel knows that Ryannon is the one for him, but he’s a player and always has been, and Ryannon has no intention of being just another woman in his bed. Will they survive long enough to develop trust, find love, and somehow avoid inadvertently setting off the Apocalypse?


What they're saying about it:

"Usually, I don't read books with a paranormal setting. But I like this author, so I will buy just about anything she writes. It did not disappoint as a good read. It had enough good sex. It was well written with no obvious typos. The storyline was easy to follow without any disjointed paragraphs or poorly written sentences. So overall a good read."--Amazon Reviewer




Let's Do It Again by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Type: Novella

Genre: Contemporary

Price: $4.09

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Series Note: Although part of the Off Like a Prom Dress series. this title can be read on its own.

Can you get a do-over in love?

Teenaged lovers Jack and Dyanne had to get married when an unplanned pregnancy spoiled their fun. After enduring seventeen years in a hollow marriage Dyanne divorced Jack and struck out on her own. Now, five years after their divorce, Dyanne realizes that she still wants him — at least for sex — so she propositions him for a post-marital affair.

Jack's willing to do anything to get Dyanne back. Even though she insists there are no feelings left between them, he knows better. He’s been waiting all this time for an opportunity to show her how good they can be. Together they explore the limits of their sexual desires in a way that was never possible when they were married.

Dyanne's surprised to discover that they're having a great time. Jack doesn't want it to end there. Fun and games are all well and good, but can they really overcome the disaster that was their marriage and try one more time?


What they're saying about it:

"Wonderful characters, Wonderful storyline, and wonderful book. I find myself always reading the title with a smile on my face because the story was so good, I wanted to do it again and again. This is definitely one that I click on and read my favorite parts. I had to review this book so that anyone who is wondering about getting this book could wonder no more....buy it and you won't regret it."--Amazon Reviewer

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bargain eBooks #496:

Dark Star by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Genre: Romance

Price: $4.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Tonya Stephens is a woman who has it all. Not only is her career as the author of a very popular mystery series smoking hot, she also has a thriving business and a robust love life. Then on the night of her greatest triumph a ghost from her past appears; Nate Randolph, the man who left her long ago with nothing but a web of lies as a memento. His reappearance is particularly devastating as he comes bearing tales even more preposterous than the ones he told before. Before she can say Raymond Chandler Tonya finds herself on a South Pacific island knee-deep in a Byzantine intrigue too bizarre to be fiction. As a pawn in a chess match of murder for fun and profit she has to put her trust in a man who subjected her to the worst betrayal. This time there’s far more at risk than a broken heart. Will she survive this high stakes game, or will he let her down again, costing her life?

What they're saying about it:

"I was hooked from the first sentence. This book has it all: well written, great sex, drama, chase scenes, stalking, murder, mayhem, romance and a very good storyline. A good sequel to Rock Star. Oh and did I mention great sex scenes? For anyone who is looking for a really good book, I highly recommend that you buy this one. You won't be disappointed."--Amazon Reviewer




Buttercream by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Type: Novella

Genre: Romance

Price: $4.09

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Like the sinfully decadent treats she whips up in her bakery, Poppy Blakemore is irresistible, even to a battle scarred warrior like Matthew McAlister. Unfortunately, except for a love for delicious pastry and a passion so hot it leaves them scorched in its wake, the two of them have nothing in common. He is a straight-as-an arrow helicopter pilot who has been traumatized by combat, while she struggles to reconcile her capitalist tendencies with her counter-culture background.

The passion between them is undeniable, but Poppy knows that anything more than a sexual relationship is out of the question. Matthew wants so much more. Are sex and buttercream going to be enough to hold them together, or is their love doomed like an overcooked madeleine?


What they're saying about it:

"I've read all of Roslyn's books and each one seems to be always better than the last. Her writing is such that I wanted the recipe for the cupcakes. The attraction of Matthew and Poppy was evident from the first scene. I liked that the two adults did not deny their attraction. This is a book that is written for grown-ups- hot, sweet and spice."--Amazon Reviewer

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bargain eBooks #495:

Stay Tuned by Lauren Clark

Genre: Chick Lit, Women's Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Behind the Scenes in the TV News Biz: Deadlines, Divas, & Danger

For TV producer Melissa Moore, crisis management comes with the job. From employee meltdowns to her high-maintenance boss, there’s not much she hasn’t seen or can’t handle. But no one—including Melissa—expects a fistfight during the ten o’clock news. When sexy-but-crazy Alyssa Andrews lands a punch on her co-anchor’s face, Melissa jumps on set to help. She’s determined that WSGA’s reputation won’t be destroyed on her watch.

Both anchors are fired and Melissa agrees to fill in—but not before polishing her look from haircut to heels. While the new Melissa wows WSGA viewers, her personal life begins fraying at the edges. Melissa’s husband is away more than he’s home, leaving cryptic Post-it notes in his wake. Her mother’s antics spiral out of control at the nursing home, a friend’s daughter disappears, and a stalker makes Melissa her next target.

What happens next? Stay Tuned…


What they're saying about it:

“Stay Tuned is as faced-paced as a real-life newsroom. The drama on the air and behind the scenes will keep you racing toward the last page!-Devon Walsh, News Anchor, WKRG-TV

"Loved it and you will too. Lauren accurately portrays life in a television newsroom...the personalities, the pressures, the pace. Stay Tuned captures the drama that TV viewers seldom see. The book will draw you in and leave you wanting more."-Anne Richter, News Anchor, WWNY-TV

"Stay Tuned is a great read! The story of a career woman juggling life and love and finding herself along the way. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see if my suspicions were right about Chris. Author Lauren Clark writes so well you can feel what the characters feel. And it's a very true representation of the TV news industry!"-Lauren Davis, News Anchor, WVLT-TV

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bargain eBooks #494:

Hemingway Man by Jim Maher

Type: Novella

Genre: Young Adult

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Espressobooks
Amazon (Kindle)




Sixteen-year-old Will has just lost his father. With no one else to guide him towards manhood, he follows the teachings of Ernest Hemingway:

1. Plant a tree.
2. Write a book.
3. Fight a bull
4. Have a son.

Good luck with that.

***

Hemingway Man is a fast-paced 50,000 word coming-of-age novella with plenty of laughs and a gripping larger-than-life narrative. Will is an instantly likeable narrator as he embarks upon his "man quest". But even Task 1 proves more hazardous than he'd expected:

***

I had the Douglas Fir cone in my pocket and took it out very carefully. It was a little squashed from when I had to run away from the bear, but looked every bit as manly a cone as I could have hoped for. I bent down into the hole and made a cone-sized pit with my fingers. This was it, the moment of truth. My first step down the path to manhood was about to be completed.

I heard a rustle.

There was something in the forest.


What they're saying about it:

“This was a truthful and soulful look at a boy turning into a man and how he navigates loss. Really funny yet raw and sometimes painful, I can imagine this being a great read for all kinds of folks.”

“Hemingway Man is a charming coming-of-age story about teenage Will who has recently lost his father and believes it is now up to him to become the man of the house. A true character-driven story, the tale is both relatable and engaging and presents a very real picture of a normal family going through a challenging time.

The author shows a true facility with words and writes with a fresh and entertaining style. He evokes images and memories with ease and makes you laugh through your tears. It is a great read for anyone who faced real trials as a teenager and worked hard to come through those challenges, however misguided the efforts might be. What starts out as a sad story of loss actually becomes a story of hope and love - the
angst and zeal of youth all wrapped up in one lovely novella.”

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bargain eBooks #493:

A Detailed Man by David Swinson

Genre: Crime Fiction

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)





Half of DC Police Detective Ezra Simeon’s face is immobilized from a persistent case of Bell’s Palsy—he must drink through a straw and eat carefully to avoid chewing through his own cheek. He has been detailed from robbery to the cold case department while he heals.

“How odd to dream with one eye open, like having one foot in reality,” Sim muses in the dark, bluesy vein that is typical of his Chandler-esque narration. “That’s what makes dreaming dangerous and why I moved my gun farther from the bed.”

Detective Simeon’s half-frozen world begins to heat up when a friend from his Academy days drops dead of a heart attack, and Sim is tapped to replace him, detailed now to homicide, where he inherits the high-profile case of a murdered escort he alone thinks may be the victim of a serial killer.


What they're saying about it:

"A relentless tour of DCs most crime-ridden streets, with many beautifully written surprises, and darker than the deepest noir."~Madison Smartt Bell

"Swinson writes with the soul of a poet more than a policeman mining memories.
His style is fluid and sharp, his protagonist, Detective Ezra Simeon, is, in the
Nordic style, complicated, brooding and introspective."--Tim Grobaty, Long Beach Press Telegram

"From corner boys to call girls, Swinson sketches his characters with the authority
of a seasoned detective who knows every alley in town."--David Jamison, award-winning journalist & author of Mint Condition

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bargain eBooks #492:

Dark Steps by Martin Pond

Type: Short Stories

Genre: Psychological Horror

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon UK
Amazon.com
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iTunes
Kobo
Smashwords
Sony





A collection of short stories, a series of twist endings, and one author's dark steps back into writing...

A teenage boy waits to take a sinister test he may or may not pass; a new father hears a strange voice on his daughter's baby monitor; a poisoner's best-laid plans go terribly astray; an enigmatic man gets as close to death as he can; a young boy wonders why Christmas just doesn't feel right this year; after the year from hell, a man is driven to extreme measures; a dying man reveals a black secret to his son; and, after four years in limbo, a man's life starts to unravel...

These dark tales of the unexpected are for fans of the short fiction of Stephen King, David Morrell and Dean Koontz. Step outside of the every day and take dark steps into a shadowy place...


What they're saying about it:

"An excellent collection of short fiction. The author takes you skillfully but entertainingly to where he wants you to be. A twist in every tale, some spottable but a few suprises. All adeptly written. An excellent effort all round didn't want to put it down. My only complaint, not enough of it.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Days of Vengeance by Tim Kizer

Genre: Horror

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)





With the last six years of his life wiped out of his memory, Frank begins to suspect he may have murdered his wife Kelly, who went missing three days before the car crash that caused his amnesia. While struggling to remember his wife and the events surrounding her disappearance, Frank is shocked to find out that Kelly's family has the same suspicions as he does.

As his memories trickle back to him, Frank is still unable to figure out why he has slaughtered his wife. Things take a darker turn when the in-laws give him to understand that they will stop at nothing to make him remember what he has done to their beloved sister.

Frank's search for answers becomes a fight for survival after he rediscovers that his wife's relatives are a clique of serial kidnappers serving a mysterious one-legged man.

However, the question still remains: Why are these people so hell-bent on getting hold of Kelly's dead body?

His options are limited: he either finds his wife--dead or alive--or dies. In his race against time Frank has all the clues to the puzzle, he just has to remember them before itÆs too late.

What they're saying about it:

"I loved this book. A friend recommended it to me and I read it in one day since the story immediately sucked me in and I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. The novel is well written, has plenty of twists and keeps a fast pace. There are a lot of exciting moments in "Days of Vengeance" that grab your attention.
The book focuses on a thirty-something man named Frank, whose wife went missing under suspicious circumstances. Unfortunately, Frank lost his memory a few days after his wife's disappearance and now is unsure whether he murdered her. A few shocking twists await the reader in the very beginning of the novel. For example, we find out that Frank's wife's relatives are psychopathic killers. But I must say that this is not a book about serial killers; this novel is much more complex and intricate than that. There are many more secrets ahead, each more stunning than the previous one. The ending of the novel left me absolutely speechless.

In conclusion, I would like to say that I enjoyed "Days of Vengeance" a lot and am glad I bought it. It's definitely worth your time."--Amazon Reviewer

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Exit Strategy - Katerina Carter Suspense Series Book #1 by Colleen Cross

Type: Novel

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
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Smashwords





Katerina Carter's fraud investigation uncovers a massive blood diamond laundering scheme at Liberty Diamond Mines, just as two key Liberty insiders are murdered. Kat could be next-unless she allows the real criminals to walk free. Kat is framed for the murders just as she uncovers a link to organized crime. She must solve the case-her career and Liberty's survival depend on it. So does her life.

“Exit Strategy is a fantastic first in a thriller series by debut author, Colleen Cross. I had an immediate affinity for protagonist, Katerina “Kat” Carter, who is a forensic accountant ironically down her to last few pennies. When she takes on a questionable case because she desperately needs the money, she learns the hard way that when something smells, it’s probably rotten to the core. We’re talking blood diamonds, arms trading and more. Kat is a tough cookie, but she isn’t exactly Arnold Schwarzenegger – is she in over her head? Cross draws the reader into this smart financial thriller with skilled expertise, providing just the right amount of action and surprising twists to keep the pages turning.”
-- Karen Cantwell, author of the Barbara Marr Murder Mysteries – Take the Monkeys and Run, Citizen Insane, Silenced by the Yams

“An international tale of diamonds, danger and disappearance, Exit Strategy gripped me from page one and kept me flipping pages long after I wanted to be asleep. Kat is a cool heroine - quirky, compassionate, and killer smart when she gets down to business. I love this combination of fast-paced adventure and human frailty.”
--Robin Spano, author of the Clare Vengel Undercover Novels – Dead Politician Society, Death Plays Poker

What they're saying about it:

"I really enjoyed this book. I liked that Katerina Carter was a strong character and smart too. Learned a lot about the illegal diamond trade. Hope Colleen Cross continues with more stories like this one."

"I'd recommend Colleen Cross's Exit Strategy especially to readers looking for a page-turning thriller with lots of action and memorable characters. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the Kat Carter series!"

"I saw a tweet about Exit Strategy by Colleen Cross and decided to pick it up. The characters are great in the story you really feel like you know them by the end of the book. The pace and suspense were genuine and I couldn't put the book down. I ended up reading it in a single day. That rarely happens for me. If you like character driven stories with suspense, you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend Exit Strategy and can't wait for more books in the Katerina Carter suspense series"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bargain eBooks #489:

Le Cirque De Magie by Marsha A. Moore

Type: Short story

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Price: FREE

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
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Smashwords





The circus is a blur of commotion with last minute preparations for the spring tour. Ravi, the high-wire heart throb, becomes jittery when he meets the company’s newly-hired female dwarf. Hours before departure, his magical perceptions are on fire as he witnesses her involvement in a gory bump off.

The circus manager can’t be found. Ravi is desperate to protect his sweetheart and performing partner, Alice. The train creaks away, beginning the long journey with danger stowed on board. Nicknamed the Great Birdman, Ravi steps forward and exposes his true identity—a real risk during edgy, vigilante times of prohibition. A brave move—but will his Suparna abilities be enough to snuff out this fierce demon?


What they're saying about it:

"Moore throws us into an intriguing and vivid word where divine beings scrape by as performers in a depression-era-style circus. The plot is minimal: defeat the villain, get the girl. But the fantasy world is wonderful and I can only hope there might be longer stories to come, in this same setting?" ~Emily Veinglory, POD People

“Le Cirque De Magie offers a classic story line with a supernatural twist. The rich imagery instantly transports you to a circus of the 1920's. A fun read!” ~Lauren,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bargain eBooks #488:

Loving Or Nothing by Cara Marsi

Type: Novella

Genre: Romance

Price: $2.99 on Amazon.

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




No stranger to loss, Tami Morrelle is holding on with one satiny thread to the only thing she has left that ties her to her loved ones - the family bridal shop.

Local bad boy Daniel Ramsey is back in town and on a mission - to turn Tami's world upside down - any way he can.

Daniel needs Tami's beachfront home and business to complete his crowning achievement as a successful developer. His latest proposal hinges on buying former high school classmate Tami's land to make it happen. More importantly, it will show those in Loving who were convinced he'd amount to less than nothing they were dead wrong about him.

For Daniel, it's Loving or nothing. For Tami, selling out to Daniel will leave her with nothing. But when the ruthless developer and sentimental bridal shop owner clash, sparks fly.

A secret crush. Two wounded hearts. Will Daniel and Tami be willing to give up what they think they need and open their hearts to what really matters in Loving?

(Includes bonus short story, "Accidental Love.")


What they're saying about it:

4 Cups from CBLS Reviews: "Daniel and Tami are lovely characters and their plight with their pasts are believable and it is a nice pleasant journey they go on together to find love. Neither trust their new found feelings in the beginning and it's only as time progresses do, they work through and accept the changes within themselves....

"Overall, Loving or Nothing is a sweet and tender romance mixed with some intense love scenes."

Monday, March 12, 2012

Interview with a Jewish Vampire by Erica Manfred

Genre: Jewish Humor, Paranormal

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords




Blurb: The last thing zaftig middle-aged journalist, Rhoda Ginsburg, expected when she signed up for JDate was to fall in love with a vampire. But when she meets drop-dead gorgeous Sheldon, a Hasidic vampire, she falls hard. She rationalizes that he may not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish.

She learns that back in the nineteenth century Sheldon was a rabbi who was turned into a vampire by Count Dracula, an anti-Semite who got his kicks from turning Orthodox Jews into vampires because then they’d have to drink blood, which isn’t kosher.

Soon after she meets Sheldon, she discovers her beloved mother, Fanny, is terminally ill, so she comes up with the crackpot idea of getting Sheldon to turn Fanny and her friends, known as “the goils,” into vampires. Once she becomes a vampire, Fanny tires of her boring life in Century Village, Florida, and, seeking thrills, she goes clubbing and disappears into the nightlife of South Beach in Miami. When Fanny and her goil posse “go rogue” and start preying on the young, Rhoda and Sheldon must track them down to keep them from killing again.

Interview with a Jewish Vampire turns vampire lore on its head, proving that not all vampires are young and beautiful and it IS possible to be undead and kosher.


What they're saying about it:

Erica Manfred's wry humor is the perfect match for the sexy-vampire genre in this novel about the emotional intricacies of dating a hot Jewish guy who is a card-carrying member of the undead. Delicious!"--Nancy Peske, coauthor of the bestselling Cinematherapy series, Meditations for Men Who Do Next to Nothing (And Would Like to Do Even Less) and How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time on $5 a Day.

"Bloodaholics! Only Erica could think of this! And PETA! Clever, clever, -clever."--Avigayil Lansmann, Torah scholar, artist, author and contributor to The Meta Arts Magazine.

"With wild irreverent humor, Erica Manfred's Interview With a Jewish Vampire turns upside down and sideways all the vampire cliches and stock images. Jewish vampires keeping kosher, old lady vampires on the prowl--this book is above all fun!"--Rachel Pollack, author of Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction Award winner Unquenchable Fire, and World Fantasy Award winner Godmother Night

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bargain eBooks #486:

The Padre Puzzle by David Harry

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
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When the body of a Texas Ranger working undercover in Mexico as a member of a drug cartel is found dead on the beach, Jimmy Redstone, an injured Ranger spending time on South Padre to rehab his shoulder, is pressured into unofficially investigating.

The local Coast Guard Chief, and son of Redstone's former partner, lands in the hospital in a coma after trying to give Redstone information he uncovered pertaining to the murder, leading Redstone to suspect that more is going on than simple drug smuggling. Angella Martinez, an attractive rookie, draws the assignment of staying close to Redstone.

Between fighting his unprofessional feelings for Martinez, keeping the rookie cop out of trouble and continuing their investigation, Jimmy’s plate is pretty full. As they continue to probe, it becomes clear that activities far more dangerous than drugs are involved, activities that could undermine the very essence of American life if Jimmy and Angella can’t stop them in time.


What they're saying about it:

"The Padre Puzzle was an awesome read. Gripping from page / screen 1!"

"I do not hand out five stars very often but felt David Harry's "The Padre Puzzle" deserved it. I could not put the book down. Great mystery!!! I am definitly buying the next book in the series,"The Padre Predator."

"I would highly recommend this book for an entertaining read!"

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bargain eBooks #485:

Wallace in Underland by Charles Ray

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Barnes and Noble




Wallace Johnson is a lonely little boy with few friends and a father who has little time for him. Then one day he meets a talking rat and his whole life changes forever.

What they're saying about it:

Virginia Phiri, author of “Highway Queen”: “Wallace in Underland is a book that appeals to all age groups. The user friendly language makes the book unique. Dialogue and illustrations add value to this work. It is a fact that we do not have to reinvent the wheel . . . This book which highlights the ills of bullying and abuse must be read. Every library, learning institution and home should make an effort acquire it."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Bargain eBooks #484:

The Disaster Relief Club. An O Line Mystery by M. Saylor Billings

Genre: Mystery

Price: $1.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)

Barnes and Noble



It is going to take more than disaster recovery skills for Lorna to survive what shook loose on Ohlone Island after this latest earthquake!

Lorna stood frozen in frustration in the newly sloping kitchen. How could she have slept through a 4.7 earthquake? Instead of standing there like a melting popsicle, Lorna drags her best friend, Annie, to join the island’s Disaster Relief Club, where Lorna promptly falls on top of a dead body. That doesn’t worry Annie, “Lorna’s like a yo-yo, she gets to the end of her rope and pops back up.” But when the dead body disappears and Lorna is arrested for assault, possibly framing Lorna for murder, Annie realizes someone in the club has a lot more at stake than just preparing for an emergency.

The second book of the O Line Mystery series, The Disaster Relief Club reveals the hidden agendas and escalating tensions in the island’s public and private sectors.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bargain eBooks #483:

Amongst My Enemies by William F. Brown

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble




Inside an old German U-Boat rusting on the bottom of the Baltic are millions in gold bars, stolen art and jewels, and a secret that could tear NATO apart. The only one who knows the truth is Mike Randall, a battle-scarred American who survived four months in the frozen Hell of northern Germany at the end of the war. When he does speak up, he puts a target on his own forehead, one which the Russians, the West Germans, the U-boat’s former owners, the Israeli Mossad, and even his own government quickly take aim at. Some want the gold, some want him dead, and some want proof about a high-ranking spy inside NATO itself. Randall’s wants are much simpler. Caught between the Kremlin and a new, deadly, 4th Reich, he wants revenge and to satisfy some old debts with a steel-jacketed bullet.

What they're saying about it:

“Great Cold War Thriller! This was a very suspenseful, edge-of-your seat thriller about the closing days of World War II. The story was exciting and engaging and really reminded me of some of the books written by Alistair MacLean that I read years ago. There was also a strong Tom Clancy feel in the machinations of the various spies (but without Clancy's techno-jargon). If you are looking for a Cold War thriller, this one was very engaging."--Kathy Martin

“A Must Read for Historical Fiction and Suspense Fans! I really enjoyed this story of Mike Randall and the U-Boat from Nazi Germany. The story had a very realistic feel to it. It made me want to go out and research some of the people listed in it . . . The descriptions of the Nazi SS guys had me cringing . . . Overall, this would be a great pick for history and suspense buffs. It felt real, like the author stole the idea from a headline news story!"--The Alaska Bookie

“Redemption in the Good, Bad and Ugly Remnants of WWII! No, this is not just another war story! William Brown takes the reader to the heights and dregs of the human condition, giving glimpses to the motives and relationships that are ruled by head and heart. This is a story that speeds along like a Ken Follett or Eric Ludlum novel of old. For those who love adventure, thrills, and mystery with a tinge of romance, this novel will leave you breathless and wanting more from this skillful writer. Splendidly written!"--Crystal Book Reviews

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bargain eBooks #482:

Search for the Good Doctor by D. Andrews Bishop

Genre: Science Fiction

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)





Time is running out for Planet Earth. It’s do or die for Jerome Pax, slacker extraordinaire. Journeying through the most treacherous corners of the Dispersion, Pax is recruited to track down the elusive Good Doctor, brilliant geoengineer, whose mysterious invention, the Shade, may be the last best hope to rescue a world on the brink of annihilation. This, the first heart pounding installment of the Shade Chronicles trilogy, "Search for The Good Doctor" takes the reader on a sci-fi roller coaster ride into the dark recesses of a world gone mad by greed and violence.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bargain eBooks #481:

Tides of Love by Tracy Sumner

Genre: Historical Romance

Price: $3.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




He left all he loved behind...Will he be able to return and win her heart?

Elle Beaumont has learned life's lessons the hard way--by foolishly exposing her youthful heart to love, only to have it broken when her true love fled Pilot Island, North Carolina. Now Noah Garrett is back, rekindling dreams she'd given up for lost, and turning her world upside down. Elle's girlish yearning for him has become something more powerful than she'd ever imagined.

AN HONORABLE MAN

A man dedicated to science and rational judgment, Noah rejects all notions of romance...until the girl who used to cling to him like a shadow begins haunting his every thought. But even as he struggles to resist Elle's sensuous beauty and the wildfire attraction erupting between them, Noah cannot deny that their passion is as irresistible and endless as the tides of love.


What they're saying about it:

“I picked up Tides of Love…just to give the book a quick peak. That quick peak turned into four hours of reading that didn’t stop until I finished the book!”—The Romance Reader

“A powerful relationship novel that explores the heartache and triumph of love.”—Romantic Times

“A beautifully written romance! Sizzling love scenes.”—Reviewer Carol Carter

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bargain eBooks #480:

Helens-of-Troy by Janine McCaw

Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural/Fantasy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords




“The Gilmore Girls meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Fifteen year old Goth-chic Ellie has a lot of explaining to do. She’s just moved to the small town of Troy, fought with her uptight mother Helen, met the boy of her dreams and found a dead body on her sexy “new-age” grandmother Helena’s porch. All on the first night!

But Ellie’s not alone. Helen is hiding something. Helen knows all about the kind of eerie dreams her daughter is having — the dreams that show the whereabouts of the missing children of Troy — because she’s had them herself. But she’ll never admit it. Not while Ellie’s sex-crazed friend Ryan is safely behind bars for the murders. Helen knows what it’s like to be attracted to dangerous men.

Then there’s the little matter between Helena and Gaspar Bonvillaine, the teenaged vampire who is learning to feed on young prey. Now that he’s caught Ellie, he doesn’t know whether he wants to kill her or turn her to the dark side and keep her forever. Helena should have finished him off when she had the chance.

To survive the vampire feeding frenzy surrounding them, mom Helen needs to come to terms with her own insecurities and deal with the gifts she has. Helena must learn to ground herself for the good of mankind and more importantly her own family. And Ellie has the toughest choice of all. Ellie must decide whether its time to let her own childhood go and become the woman she is destined to be, one of the ageless and timeless “Helens of Troy”.

What they're saying about it:

"Janine McCaw's newest novel, Helens-of-Troy, is populated by a wonderfully alive group of characters that you meet and come to care about within the first two pages. You'll meet a mother, her daughter and teen age granddaughter, all with the name Helen ( And, coincidentally, they live in a town called Troy.) I won't give away details of the plot, but the action is non-stop. The three women deal with their all-to-human inter-family struggles; and their story is beautifully interwoven with a much more esoteric one. You'll experience the angst of teenage relationships, meet some lost children and some very bad vampires. McCaw gives us witty, clever dialog on nearly every page and some good laughs when you least expect them. The many clues you're given throughout the book come together in a fast and furious climax.
I highly recommend The Helens to anyone who enjoys vampire sagas, the paranormal, or just a good story."--Amazon Reviewer

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Bargain eBooks #479:

How I Won Lotto, Moved To L.A. & Married A Really Huge TV Star! by Lady Jewels Diva®

Genre: Comedy

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Smashwords
iTunes
Barnes and Noble
Diesel
Sony




Have you ever dreamed of winning lotto? Dreaming about all the things you will do with those amazing, wonderful millions.

Tahlia Cameron does. Every day! Poring over her gratitude folder full of the things she wants to buy,and do,and have.It possesses all of her waking thoughts.So does a certain suave TV actor. And so her comedic adventures begin after her life altering lotto win.

Which TV star is she referring to? Michael Anthony! Star of the sexily suave TV naval drama she watches every week. Tahlia is convinced she will win millions in lotto, and when she does, she will move to L.A. and marry him. Then comes the day she receives a call. The call. The call that's about to change her life. For the rest of her life.

She has won lotto. The woman from the lottery commission said so, and Tahlia's journey starts. Having the money to do herself up and make herself presentable for meeting the man that she loves. The man she desires. The man she will have! She is determined. But she wants other things in life too, things that stir her passions besides Michael. If that's even possible?

She moves to L.A., sets up a fashion and jewellery business, buys the factory to make the clothes and designs the jewellery herself. She also has serious run-ins with seriously bitchy celebs, one being the bitch (not the bane) of her existence, is stalked by a hot Italian stud from a hot TV crime drama, and saves a big wig TV network C.E.O., then his wife. And it all happens before she meets Michael. Good grief!

When she does meet him, she knows it's love, and is determined to make him hers. She did buy the house next door to him to do so after all. And it happens. But tragedy strikes at a huge network function, where she has to save Michael, and every actor, actress and C.E.O. from the network all while she's bleeding to death!!! And then open her company for business the following week!

Tahlia's life is now way too complicated as she battles her own anguished demons, life altering wounds and seriously depleted karma from the fallout. Everyone's calling her a hero. She sees herself as a killer. And the pain that follows is hell to deal with. But with the love of the man she finally snagged, she knows she can get through anything and gain her good karma back. Especially with Michael and his son by her side. And then she receives a call. Another call. A call that's about to change her life. Again.

"Hello…Tahlia. This is Oprah Winfrey."

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bargain eBooks #478:

Simplify by Joshua Becker

Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble




Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. Written by Joshua Becker, who inspires hundreds of thousands of people on his personal blog, this is a book that calls for the end of living lives seeking and accumulating more and more possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less.

Three years ago, his typical, suburban family of four made the decision to minimize their possessions, declutter their home, and simplify their lives. In so doing, they discovered countless real-life benefits of living with less. And now, to help others experience the same freedom, they offer the most important lessons they’ve learned through the process. Simplify is full of personal stories, practical tips, and powerful inspiration.

It is based on a rational approach to minimalism. It will forever change the way you look at physical possessions. And most importantly, its approach will free you from the burden of clutter and provide you with the extra motivation to realign your life around your heart’s greatest passions… however you choose to define them.


What they're saying about it:

• “A must-read.” - Leo Babauta, Zen Habits, TIME Magazine Blog of the Year

• “If you’re looking for specific advice on how to live well with less, this book is worth a look.” - Naomi Seldin, The Times Union, Albany, NY

• “It is a simple, straightforward guide to simplifying your life and brings new light to the term minimalist.” - Tanna Clark, Professional Organizer

Friday, March 2, 2012

Bargain eBooks #477:

Behind Your Eyes by Susannah Woods

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Price: $1.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




Obedient daughter Anne does everything her mother asks of her. No matter how ridiculous the request. When her mother arranges a marriage for her with a mysterious Earl, she reluctantly agrees. With so much of her life planned for her, she wonders if she will ever be free.

Alexander Montgomery has just inherited a title he never expected. With his brother's untimely death, he has just become the Earl of Redbridge. London is the last place he ever wanted to be; his brother's murder the last thing he ever wanted to investigate. Adding to his complicated life is the courtship of his best friend's cousin.

Their adventure begins with just one look.


What they're saying about it:

"I found this story very romantic and very exciting, it had me guessing at times which is also a plus. My only complaints are that at times it was a little lengthy and also I am hoping there is a follow up story for Chris."

"I don't normally read romance books but I know the author is someone local, and I believe this to be her first published book so I decided to buy it. It is well written,historically correct, and kept me reading until the end. Looking forward to her next book!"

"Loved this book - tropical breezes, lusty love scenes, murder, and mystery - this book has it all. Anne and Alex really come alive on the pages as we follow them on their journey to love. Story did not drag and kept my attention with a good mix of love and intrigue. Would like to know more about Alex's friends. Did Chris fall in love with Anne's sister? Hope there is a sequel."

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bargain eBooks #476:

Reluctant Protector by Nana Malone

Type: Novella

Genre: Romance, Superhero

Price: $0.99

Where to Get It:

Amazon (Kindle)




For five years, Cassie Reeser has been her brother’s personal lab rat. Peter’s experiments have made her a stronger, faster, better human. And she’s not the only one – he’s been experimenting on others as well. For five years, escape has eluded her. Until now. When she finds out he plans to sell her as a human weapon she knows it’s now or never. To make her escape she’ll sacrifice family bonds and leave behind the one person who’s ever helped her. Cassie’s learned to shrink from kindness and to never trust anyone. She knows the day Peter finally captures her will be the day she dies. To elude her brother and save the others, she’ll have to risk her body and her heart. What she doesn't expect is a chance at a normal life.

Seth Adams is used to sifting through lies to find the truth. As a former war correspondent he knows what evils lurk in the world. When he finds Cassie hiding out in his car trunk, her story sounds like a fantastical dream. But, before long, he witnesses firsthand what she’s talking about when they’re attacked by a group of Peter’s soldiers. As a result, he goes through his own transformation into a super human and realizes the extent of what Cassie is running from. Cassie might not think she needs his protection, but he’ll die before he lets her brother have her back.

What they're saying about it:

"I read this story twice and hope there will be more Cassie and Seth to come in future books. They're a fantastic couple even without their super powers.

Cassie is a biological freak and social misfit thanks to her brother's experiements to turn her into a human weapon. But she isn't one to boohoo about her situtation. Even though previous attempts at running away from GenLife lab and Peter have failed, she's giving it another shot. Not just to save herself, but all the other kids Peter is holding captive and experimenting on.

Seth, a reporter back from Afghanistan, happens to be Cassie's unexpected way out, and after some initial hesitation, he steps up to the plate and helps her layout a plan to stop Peter and save the others. Their relationship is funny, sad and emotional as the two discover themselves as well as each other.

Ms. Malone knows her way around romance and this new novella is a fantastic read. I couldn't put it down either time I read it and I'm jonesing for more in the Protector series."--Amazon Reviewer