The Golden Apple - Kindle ebook by Michelle Diener

Available for the special price of 99c: 1 October - 30 October 2014

Power and who has it is always interesting. And quite often in fairy tales, the heroine has less power than the hero. But in the Norwegian fairy tale The Princess on the Glass Hill, there is a slight-of-hand power switch near the end of the tale, where the princess seems to realize that in fact she has a lot of power--the power to choose--and uses it.

That's how The Golden Apple starts, with the princess grabbing the power she realizes she has, and the consequences of that. It takes her and the hero into the dark forest, that magical place in fairy tales and our subconscious where we grapple with issues of self and inner strength. There they have to face not only the dangers that lie in wait, but each other, as well.

The Silver Pear, the sequel to The Golden Apple, has just been released, and to celebrate, The Golden Apple is available for a special price for a limited time.

About The Golden Apple:

Kayla’s world has been turned upside-down . . .

Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.

Rane’s honor is torn in two…

In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to–including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.

Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together . . .

Kayla and Rane are bound to one another but the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.

Splash In The Loch by Temba Magorimbo

The Christmas chill and season is gripping Edinburgh. Hubert is a mechanical engineer who drives a team with a good reputation. He likes his work though others call him a workaholic. He is a marvel when he sets his eyes on a task yet he forgets his dates with Muriel. She is not happy when Hubert forgets their Christmas engagement. She takes off in a huff away from the city. Hubert follows her, one turn too many makes him get lost. He winds up off course with his Brabus Mercedes at the bottom of a lake. He is rescued by a systems engineer at British Telecom whose father's tractor had packed up on a corner near the lake. She has a dating problem that Christmas. She is a cool temperate lady who accepts that he is dating Muriel. Muriel is hot tempered and a schemer of things. She is not amused. Who will be the cherry for the picking?

Measuring Customer Satisfaction - kindle ebook by Tim Glowa

Measuring Customer Satisfaction: Exploring Customer Satisfaction’s Relationship with Purchase Behavior

Customer satisfaction is an important strategic issue for every company wishing to increase the value of customer assets and create better business performance. To increase the value of these customer assets, customer satisfaction should be measured and managed, its return on investment calculated and understood. Like other broad corporate strategies, customer satisfaction should be planned and thought out rather than just reported. Too often, it seems, the results of the monthly or quarterly study are reported and compared only to the previous month, and while viewing trends over time is helpful, especially if the cause of a change can be isolated and its impact understood. But this trending information is mostly descriptive, and not prescriptive. Understanding historical data doesn’t tell you how you can improve, or what the expected outcome might be.

Consider for a moment which is more strategic: the firm that cuts costs across the board during an economic downturn, not knowing the impact on customer satisfaction; or the company that confidently spends whatever it takes to keep satisfaction scores high, without an understanding of how satisfaction influences future behavior?

Neither. What firms must do is understand and selectively invest in the particular elements of service that drive customers’ repurchase behavior, carefully monitoring how competitors are satisfying their customers, while simultaneously optimizing its own customers’ satisfaction. The objective should be to link customer satisfaction with sustained profit growth, suggesting the “optimal” level of satisfaction may not be a “ten” or “excellent” in every performance measure.

Simon Knox and the Prophecy of Asragur - a fantasy novel by Jens Hoffmann

Simon Knox and the Prophecy of Asragur by Jens Hoffmann will be $0.99 from October 04.-11.

Buy it and join Simon and his friends on their trip through a country beyond all your imaginations.

Summer holidays have begun and the eleven year old Simon is looking forward to spending a few weeks of rest and relaxation at his Aunt Abygale's place near the sea.

A magical shimmering platelet, blinking in the morning sun under Simon's window, catches his immediate attention.

Had he only been dreaming, or had somebody really been at his window last night staring at him with fierce green eyes?

Together with his best friend Richie, he tries to learn the secret behind his mysterious find.

Little could either of them know, that they were holding the key to an incredible adventure.

Things come thick and fast when the inscrutable dragon Grewels arrives in Aunt Aby's garden by night. Incredulous, the two boys listen to the tale of Asragur's prophecy and the legacy of the old dragon king.

Should Simon and Richie really believe the incredible story told to them by their scaly guest? And what exactly is Simon chosen for?

Curiosity gets the better of them and the two friends follow the dragon, embarking on a perilous journey into a foreign world.

An adventurous race against time starts and a final fight to the death determines the future of a magic empire.

But do Simon and Richie really find their way back home into their own world?

This book is a must read for anyone who:

still is as curious as a child and wants to be part of a great adventure.

I hope my readers have as much fun with Simon Knox and the Prophecy of Asragur as I had while creating this magic adventure.

I am Cancer Free by Brenda Mohammed

My story may be similar to many others.
I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nine years ago.
So what's new?
What is so different about my story?
The fact that I am alive today, and I am Cancer Free after nine years says a lot.
Doesn't it?
I am alive today… thanks to my faith in God, the loving support of my husband, my siblings, relatives, and friends. I definitely cannot forget the skilled hands of renowned surgeons abroad and last but not least insurance.
If it were not for Insurance how would I have paid those exorbitant bills abroad?
This is how it all happened.
I was going about my business normally early in the year 2005 when I fell slightly ill.
I thought it was nothing to panic about, but I visited the doctor anyway.
She seemed concerned. I was not.
She sent me for numerous tests which all proved to be inconclusive.
She insisted that I do a hysterectomy.
I felt it was all a waste of time.
The rest is history.
I live in Trinidad in the Caribbean and had to go abroad for treatment
I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and it was a very complicated situation.

Every hair on my body fell off except those on my eyebrows.
I know that some of you may be trying to picture that right now.

I thought that I looked horrible but my children, sisters and husband soon changed my mind.
I bought five wigs in different styles and colours.
Read the entire story in my Book which is available in Kindle Edition and Paperback on Amazon.

To date the book has obtained many five star reviews.

Always - A Sequel to Second Chances - kindle ebook by Rachael R. Vaughn

Always picks up several months from where Second Chances left off, with
the ramifications of the secrets that were revealed in Second Chances
intermingled with the mystery of the small town's first shocking murder.
Like the first book, this book has also been described as very
suspenseful, mixed with action and romance, and as having twists and turns
the reader does not expect.

Because a black teen from a poor neighborhood is accused of murdering a
white teen from an upscale neighborhood, racial issues and socioeconomic
prejudices heighten the legal drama in the once peaceful town of Mason,
Arkansas.  These issues also end up pitting family members against one
another and driving a wedge between Trey Ross and his girlfriend, Sarah
Williams, who happen to be an interracial couple.

Always contains minor characters with big personalities, such as Judge Joe
Hughes, Officer Stephen Ware, and the police detective, who help round out
the plot and provide a glimpse into some of the attitudes of people who
often work in the justice systems of small towns.

Second Chances - kindle ebook by Rachael R. Vaughn

Second Chances is a southern legal drama based in a small town in Central Arkansas.  It has been described as a suspenseful page turner.  In chapter one, the reader soon discovers that Kate Strickland Ross, an attorney seeking a local judicial position, has a dark secret that she is deeply ashamed of, a secret that could ruin her life and alienate her from her son and close friends.  But Kate is not the only person holding on to devastating secrets, as the reader will learn near the end of the book.

The reader also discovers immediately that Kate's son is accused of armed robbery and attempted murder in a neighboring town, although the young man has no recollection of the crimes, and in fact, begins to wonder if he was drugged the previous weekend by his college roommate.

Throughout Kate's wrestling with her son's legal problems and her own dark past, a sinister, sick young man, Andy Ford, is seeking revenge against Kate for misdeeds he believes Kate committed against his own, deceased
mother.  The reader will soon discover that the juvenile system did in fact fail Andy as a boy, likely contributing to his monstrous behavior now as an adult.

There are a few minor characters the reader will meet along the way, who are indicative of some of the more colorful characters who exist in real life in the Arkansas judicial system.  Judge Annabelle Thompson and the county deputy are quite entertaining!

A Life: Phase One and 28 Short Stories by Martin Green

What does a young man in the 1950's want in life?  This young man returns from the Army (Korea) to New York City with the goals of getting a job, getting a girl and having his own place to live.   Sounds simple, but that's not the way it turns out to be.  Follow the (mis)adventures of Danny Stein as he strives to find his place in life, first in the Big Apple and then, in a transcontinental jump, San Francisco.

Hallowed Ground - kindle ebook by Brian M Sorn

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods, a new slasher emerges!

Six friends, Ryan, Katt, Ron, Hope, Derrick, and Ashley, hit the road to take a weeklong trip to visit newlyweds Amber and Justin at their brand new lake house in the old town of Whispering Springs. The mostly abandoned town is gorgeous and picturesque with the large sparkling blue lake and deep lush forest all around them. The friends arrive at the lake house to unpack and settle in for their vacation, but nothing is as it should be. It is very strange that such a naturally lovely and inviting place could be so void of people. Why would anyone ever want to leave? What could have happened here? After meeting a few of the remaining inhabitants, a story starts to unfold to reveal just what horrible events took Whispering Springs from a bustling town to the deserted area that it currently is. All of the friends find themselves trapped in their own worst nightmare as they come face to face with a killing machine like no other. Will any of the friends be able to survive the monster that is William Vasher? 

The Beaten Zone - A Kindle book by Tom Mykytiuk

Cole Samson runs a marine salvage business, but the ex-Special Forces soldier has a taste for adventure. Rena Moore has made a vow to her dying grandfather, retired British secret agent, Captain Simon Moore, to find a priceless artifact looted by the Nazis during their occupation of Yugoslavia. Rena enlists the aid of Cole and his team in her search. A copy of the old spy's operational journal leads them to the small Bosnian town of Drvar, site of a  desperate bid by German paratroops to capture the partisan General Josef Tito during WWII. They uncover a deadly mix of political intrigue and organized crime as powerful men fight for dominance in the new "peace" ending the violent civil war that fractured Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The town's deadly past resurfaces when Willie Moltke, a young German paratrooper during the attack on Drvar, now an aged successful businessman, returns to Bosnia seeking answers to a mystery that has haunted him for half a century.

Ghost Writer - YA paranormal by Vala Kaye

Tech-savvy teen Malden Montgomery leaves New York City anticipating nothing but boredom when her artist-mother brings her along on a two-week vacation to a family inn in rural Virginia.

What Malden doesn't expect is the owner's 17-year-old son, Jackson, who is totally to-die-for cute. But does she dare believe him when he tells her that her room at the inn may be haunted by a young woman named Emily, who died there more than 150 years ago?

Then Emily begins to communicate with Malden and she and Jackson realize they have to find a way to help Emily's ghost come back home or risk a spirit's wrath if they choose to leave her lost in the darkness forever.

What Readers are saying about Ghost Writer:

"Clever, believable and a totally fun read."

"This is a fast paced YA romance with a dash of science fiction and a seasoning of paranormal. My favorite kind of read.The voices are real and I loved it."

"Overall this is a quick, fun novella, combining today’s sensibilities with an old-fashioned ghost story."

"A fun, light read, with nice hints at deeper issues...Kaye is an author to watch."

"I want to call this a ghost story, but it's the sort that gives you pause. If ghosts could exist..." - Long and Short YA Reviews

The Way - Kindle Ebook By Mary E. Twomey

The Way by Mary E. Twomey
Are you a person, or a weapon?
Find out where you fit in a world not separated by race, creed or color, but by blood type. Follow Blue Anders as she learns to fight and survive alongside her violent, sociopath brother, Baird. Blue must fight with society to keep her life, but she also has to battle her brother to keep herself. When the first man to turn her head happens to be of the dominating class, Blue must fight with herself to go after what she truly wants.
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