Crash Course by Nicky McBride

A trans-Atlantic tale of murder and mayhem...told through the endearing dorkiness of the most eccentric detective since Monk.

UK driving instructor Shelf Barker has had his share of lousy jobs, from yoga instructor to university professor. He's had his share of lousy wives, too, one of whom he calls The Cobra. His current wife? Well, there's potential there, because at least she can cook a little. Indeed, the mild-mannered Brit has become quite fond of his wife's Italian-American specialties, from luganica to cannoli.

He's a bit less fond of her American family, who have an unfortunate habit of appearing on his Norfolk, England, doorstep at precisely the wrong moment, window-tinted Mafia staff car and all. And guns. In England? Well...yes.

The combination of British eccentricity and reserve with Italian-American brashness and bonhomie amounts to a prescription for humor, all the while masking the evil deeds discovered in the trunk of a learner car checked out to--of course--Shelf Barker.

The Intelligent Young Man's Guide to Life and Love - kindle book by The Smart Old Guy

 In 70 short chapters, the author (a/k/a The Smart Old Guy) teaches young men the lost art of being a superior person in trashy times.
Good advice for young men (as well as their parents and the women who want to understand them) presented without preaching, but rather with a lot of wit and style.

This one-of-a-kind book dares tell why it good to be a snob, how to deal with irresistibly reckless women, what weird books to read and bizarre films to see, and what four words will magically open any door----and must never be said!  It tells myths and stories you need to know: such as what to say when you meet a goddess and wise words from an ancient Greek on how to live by being ready to die. It has a lot to say about living in reality and not the fantasy world of our media culture. And, as they say, much, much more.

Destiny Revealed (the Destiny Trilogy) by Cris Pasqueralle

Destiny Revealed (The Destiny Trilogy) a kindle ebook by Cris Pasqueralle

 "The world we all live in is divided into different realms of existence; the non-magical realm, the dream realm, the realm of thought, and the magical realm, where every magical creature you've ever heard of truly exists..."  So explains Benny to thirteen year old twins Jack and Maddie Austin when he tells them they are wizards from the magical realm and that all existence is being threatened by the wizard Tardon who wishes to rule over all the realms, but he doesn't understand that mixing of the realms will upset the world's balance and ultimately cause its destruction.
     With Jack and Maddie's parents being held hostage by Tardon, Benny, along with one of his students, Connie, leads them into Tardon's territory, teaching them to use their magic along the way.  During their rescue mission, the twins will have their destiny revealed.

The Story of Thaddeus Black, Part One - erotic thriller by Damien Dsoul

The third episode in the SOLD series.

In 'The Story of Caya', Catherine Morgan, a college lass and her parents, travel to Nigeria for summer holidays but find themselves kidnapped by a militant army known as the Black Path and converted into sex slaves.

In 'The Story of Michael', the saga continues with Catherine's college boyfriend back home in upstate New York, Michael Paymer, enlisted the help of a private investigator, Thaddeus Black, and then traveling to Nigeria in search of finding his lost love and what happened to her folks. He too falls into the same trap and gets himself converted into a submissive white slave.

And now, the first episode of 'The Story of Thaddeus Black' begins when the New York City private investigator gets hired by Michael Paymer's parents to travel down to Nigeria and search for their missing son. Thaddeus Black is soon involved in a dangerous conspiracy as he arrives in Nigeria, and is soon fighting for not just his life, but that of his lover, Constance, who'd accompanied him on this journey. First finding myself brainwashed, he now has to find a means of escape, knowing that dark forces are after his skin.

Grizwall - kindle ebook by Randy Dingwall

   Is this book worth reading? You’re not the only one asking that question. So am I to tell you the truth..... My stories have amused and entertained my friends over the years so I believe these stories can be entertaining ...but the question is.... Can someone who considered English his worst subject in school write a book that people could understand let alone find amusing or entertaining?....I am hoping that it is possible, I made a effort believe it or not lol.

  There is nothing deep or earth shattering in these stories they are written because I loved Grizwall, he was a dog everyone remembered and respected, that may sound like a funny thing to say but Hey, he was the Griz. These events took place in British Columbia Canada from Vancouver Island to the far North Region/Terrace/Nass and beyond. These stories are true except that Grizwall didn’t talk……much :)

  If you enjoy the outdoors and animals you should enjoy these glimpses into a lifestyle not all get to experience. My hope is that my stories are entertaining and worth the read.

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell - Kindle ebook by William Klaber

One day in 1855 Lucy Lobdell cut her hair, changed clothes, and went off to live her life as a man. By the time it was over, she was notorious. The New York Times thought her worthy of a lengthy obituary that began “Death of a Modern Diana . . . Dressed in Man’s Clothing She Win’s a Girl’s Love.” The obit detailed what the Times knew of Lucy’s life, from her backwoods upbringing to the dance school she ran disguised as a man, “where she won the love of a young lady scholar.” But that was just the start of the trouble; the Times did not know about Lucy’s arrest and trial for the crime of wearing men’s clothes or her jailbreak engineered by her wife, Marie Perry, to whom she had been married by an unsuspecting judge.

Lucy lived at a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women. Lucy did these things in a personal quest—to work and be paid, to wear what she wanted, and to love whomever she cared to. But to gain those freedoms she had to endure public scorn and wrestle with a sexual identity whose vocabulary had yet to be invented. Lucy promised to write a book about it all, and over the decades, people have searched for that account. Author William Klaber searched also until he decided that the finding would have to be by way of echoes and dreams. This book is Lucy’s story, told in her words as heard and recorded by an upstream neighbor.

Obitchuary - a funny mystery by Stephanie Hayes

What if you killed someone? Accidentally, of course, because you're basically a good person. But what if you killed someone, then made a lot of really, really bad decisions about how to handle it? And then, what if you realized the man you killed had a lot of secrets, and they were all about to come pouring out?

You'd be Penny Perkins.

Penny -- journalist, upstanding citizen, dutiful bridesmaid -- just killed her date. Smashed him on the head with a bottle of Misty Mangoberry Merlot.

She is tipsy and panicked. She is wearing a heinous pink bridesmaid dress that makes her irrational. Penny knows she should call the cops and explain her date's grabby hands, his crazy eyes. She should cry self-defense. She should do a lot of things she doesn't do.

Things are about to get real complicated for Penny, as her dead date's life unravels into a mystery the deeper she investigates. Death just happens to be her job.

She's the newspaper's obituary writer.

CLAIMING THE REBEL'S HEART - a Kindle ebook by Alison Stuart

A woman... a man... a castle...a siege.

The first time they met, she tried to kill him... and things are destined to go downhill from there.

The English Civil War, a country torn apart by adherents to King or Parliament, the cavaliers and the roundheads. Former neighbours and friends became enemies, families are rent apart and in a quiet corner of Herefordshire, one little castle holds firm for the cause of Parliament – Kinton Lacey.

When Captain Luke Collyer is ordered by Sir John Felton to garrison and defend his castle of Kinton Lacey and defend it against the local royalist force, he knows he will be up against a formidable force. He had not reckoned on that force being Sir John’s eldest daughter, Deliverance.

Deliverance has a fierce loyalty to her family and her home and believes that she alone can keep them all safe, despite the superior royalist army at her front door. It will take all Luke Collyer’s experience and cunning to defeat the besiegers and to do that they must learn to trust each other.

As betrayal surfaces and threatens all that Deliverance holds dear to her heart, how are they to uncover the spy and deadly force within their midst before it's too late?

Tech Wolves - a kindle ebook horror novella by William Wilde

A Techno-Horror novella.

A pack of high tech creatures menace a city and two cops try to stop them.

A radical high tech security system meant to protect the city has gone horribly wrong. Innocent citizens are being killed. City leaders are trying to cover it up. They think the malfunctions can be fixed. They're wrong.

Police detectives John Grayson and Liz Picone must find a way to stop the attacks by themselves. But the Tech Wolves are already stalking them too.

Devlin's Dare A Steamy Romance - Kindle ebook by Sabrina York

The Fifth Book in Sabrina York’s Scorching Tryst Island Series Releases!
Fans of the Tryst Island Books have been eagerly awaiting the next installment. Not only is it here, it is premiering at a special introductory price as a thank you to loyal readers. The scorching follow up to bestselling Rebound, Dragonfly Kisses, Smoking Holt and Heart of Ash, Devlin’s Dare will release at a special price of 99¢ for two weeks, before going to its regular price of $2.99 on February 15th.

If you’re new to the series, check out the Tryst Island Trailer: or download Sabrina’s free teaser book at to read blurbs and excerpts for this popular series. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story.

DEVLIN’S DARE—Book 5 in the Tryst Island Series: A No-Strings fling becomes something for which he will risk all

The Rabbit's Man - a thriller by Damien Dsoul

Kingsley Azobi, a Nigerian real-estate businessman, is facing bankruptcy and has only two choices to make to get himself out of his predicament. Neither of the choices are great.

He can either watch his life and livelihood crumble before his eyes, or he could go back to his former lifestyle of selling weapons to the left-wing militant army known as the Niger-Delta Brigade.

Lionel Parrish is a British spy with a mission of his own. Suave, sophisticated, and dangerous, he ensnares Kingsley into working for him. Becoming his eyes and ears in the militant's upcoming destructive mission. Things start taking a dark twist when the militants begin to come after him and his family. Now Kingsley is caught between trying to be one step ahead of the game, fighting against the dark tide of his past that seeks to destroy his future.

By Their Rules - Kindle ebook by Roger A. Price

Are you sick of the really bad guys, always seeming to thwart justice? The British Prime Minister sure is. After the collapse of yet another high profile trial the Congolese warlord Shonbo Cabilla is released back onto the streets and as the cops move in again, eight are cruelly gunned down.

Cabilla is free again to continue his monstrous crime empire in London and Manchester, England where he intents to vastly increase his people trafficking operation.

The Brit Prime Minister sets up the Special Projects Unit, and hires retired Detective Sergeant John Burrows to work with ex-MI5 Operative Jane Lee: to go after those who are above the law; by operating outside the law.

Their first target is Cabilla and his organised crime group, their instructions clear; eliminate them, permanently.

What happens next will surprise you as this fast paced crime thriller unfolds. With twists and turns involving corrupt policemen, and wayward undercover cops to contend with, the story races to a conclusion that is far from certain.

Written by Roger A. Price, a retired detective inspector and covert policing and undercover expert, the realism stands out.

Beneath a Highland Moon - a Scottish Historical Romance by Gwyn Brodie

If you enjoy reading about handsome Highlanders and the ladies they love, then you'll enjoy "Beneath a Highland Moon," a story of forgotten love, romance and betrayal in the Scottish Highlands.

When Lady Jillian's castle falls under siege, she escapes, along with her four year old brother, from the wicked man who intends to marry her. She runs to Kade MacLachlan, the handsome Laird of Ravenskull for help. Once she sees him again, she realizes she still loves him. But does he feel the same way about her?

Kade is shocked when Jillian offers herself in exchange for his protection. And to help her regain control of her castle, where her brother is laird. He let the flaxen-haired beauty slip through her fingers once, he's determined not let it happen again, even if doing so puts his life in more danger than he could ever have imagined.

Will their love survive the danger that greets them at every turn?

The Slow Train To Rishikesh - crime/detective novel by Sharan kumar Aruanchalam


I am the son of some wealthy businessman but dropped out of college before getting my degree. Then I found out how hard the world can be without the proper qualifications. I was down to considering a position at Burger King, Mumbai.

Are you feeling sorry for me yet? No??

Well, in this crazy, mixed up world, I decided to follow my passions instead and wrote a book. It’s called The Slow Train To Rishikesh. If you buy it, you will spare me from flipping burgers, or worse still, from receiving forty lashes from my rich father, who begins to think I’m a derelict.

Thank you.

Synopsis - The Slow Train To Rishikesh :

With hints of Kipling and ancient Hindustan as a backdrop, The Slow Train to Rishikesh is a riveting tale of love and greed, set against the corruption of modern day India. When Hiresh, a thirty-something investigator for the Central Bureau of Investigation is ordered to abandon his vacation in Rishikesh and go investigate a minor poisoning incident in the city of Indore, he soon finds this minor incident has blown up into a full scale catastrophe, with shoddily run factories, hundreds of people dead from pesticide poisoning and corporate malfeasance everywhere he turns. As Hiresh has seen hundreds of times before, unchecked capitalism and systematic payoffs have combined with greed and negligence to place profits above the well-being of everyday citizens. Worse still, Hiresh’s investigation quickly leads him to a shocking conclusion. This poisoning incident appears to have been the result of a deliberate act. But why? And by whom? Hinted at but never fully revealed until later in the story, Hiresh has a dark secret in his past, a history that inexorably leads him back to just this sort of industrial accident.

It is on the journey from Rishikesh to New Delhi, and from New Delhi to Indore that Hiresh finds himself in the company of an idealistic young Brit named Chelsea, who works for Human Rights Watch and has been assigned by them to report on the same incident. Initially butting heads, these two disparate personalities from differing cultures are soon allies in an effort to thwart a cover up which leads to the very highest positions of power in India.

Along the way, we meet Uday, the suave, ever smiling but duplicitous government Minister who swears his only interest is in helping Hiresh to uncover the truth, and Muktananda, a charlatan religious leader who is forever championing the interests of the downtrodden, when in fact he has made a fortune by investing in the very companies by which the downtrodden are oppressed. A host of other bureaucrats join in, bickering and stumbling over themselves in an effort to catch Hiresh and Chelsea before the secrets they have learned see the light of day.

The Slow Train to Rishikesh is a spellbinding journey through the underbelly of Indian society, where deals are struck to save reputations, the public is deluded by a false sense of justice and the next industrial disaster is always waiting around the next corner. But this story is really about Hiresh and Chelsea, two young idealists who vow to go on fighting the good fight, even if the entrenched powers are forever trying to stack the deck against them.

Smelling Herself - kindle ebook by Terris McMahan Grimes

In the 1964 West Oakland, California kids didn’t get spankings—they got whuppins. Bernadine, the precocious eleven-year-old protagonist explains, “Whuppins were like kid taxes we paid with our behinds.”

Bernadine will do anything to avoid a whuppin. But she is willing to suffer a whuppin and more to help a little neighborhood girl escape who is being abused by her mother’s boyfriend.
West Oakland streets are mean. Bad kids lay in wait just inching to beat up kids like Bernadine. Vicious attack dogs roam the neighborhood. And nasty old men try to entice young girls into cars. But courageous Bernadine takes on the night to save another child in this very adult coming of age novel.
You may know Terris McMahan Grimes from her Theresa Galloway mystery series. Smelling Herself is written with the wit, insight into human nature, and poetic voice that readers of the series have come to expect.

The Little Ant Village by Christle Roberts

The author is C. Roberts.  She and her two children illustrated this survival story.  It is a story the family and others will be able to relate to.  In this children's story, Carl helps the ant village grow strong against large threats.  The ants are courageous and rebuild their community learning to look to the future.  
The link to the Kindle e-book is:

Christ's Love Letters - Christian Inspirational Daily Devotional by Christine Williams

Christ’s Love Letters is a written collection of Christ’s own thoughts and words to His Beloved Children.  These daily letters voice Jesus’ love toward each individual Child and His Body membership as a whole.  As a collection, the letters paint a Spiritually visual image of Christ’s nature and everlasting love; and bear witness to Jesus’ promise of friendship, gentle correction, and continuous revelation.  As you read them daily, allow Him to embrace your heart, hold you, and change you within.  No matter what your Christian denomination or theology, these beautiful Love Letters were written for you.

The Pearl A spiritual story By JF Anstead

Two young girls experience the synchronicity of having the same dream. They are helped by an angel in the guise of a pilot. But what dread portent lies in the pearl.

Even for a religious person such as myself (or perhaps, especially for a religious person such as myself), it can be hard to get a handle on God, who is by definition unknowable. While I typically turn to the Bible for insight, it can be nice to read another perspective or try a different metaphor to supplement my scriptural reading.
The Pearl, by JF Anstead, is basically an extended metaphor. In this short story, two sisters share a dream at night involving a mysterious pearl, a man who wishes to steal it, and an adventure that must be undertaken to get it back. Other characters that populate the book are presented as those who wish to help the girls regain the pearl that has been lost. Through the story, the symbolism of the pearl is revealed, and the girls, still sleeping, learn important lessons about life’s path and choices.
The writing in this book is straightforward and the characters are not highly developed, but this may have been intentional to keep the focus on the book’s message. My favorite parts of the book were the descriptions of the “river of light” that flows in and around the story. It was easy for me to visualize this river flowing with tiny illuminated boats, each holding a gleaming pearl. I felt that the ending of the story was a bit rushed, and could have been better used in service of the overall metaphor. It was not entirely clear to be what religious tradition the author was drawing from, but perhaps that was intentional as well.
The Pearl is a quick read with a lot to consider, and would be a good book for a small group discussion around issues of faith, sin, and salvation. It definitely left a lasting impression on me.

Lisa Runge (The Kindle Book Review)
The reviewer received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, independent review. She is not affiliated with the author or Amazon.

Parallel Attraction - kindle ebook by Deidre Knight

What would you give to travel back in time and undo a mistake?

My book PARALLEL ATTRACTION follows Jared Bennett, an exiled alien king, as he hides out in the mountains of Wyoming. He’s fighting a deadly and destructive war against a dangerous enemy—but he has one important advantage: the ability to alter time.

This is what I feel drives the entire series. Our so-called mistakes, or choices we would rethink—it all plays out here. Jared’s cousin Thea is supposed to be his betrothed, but Jared quickly falls in love with the human geologist Kelsey Wells, leaving Thea heartbroken and vengeful. Their royal protector Marco’s own feelings for the new queen, Kelsey, cause a breach in his trustworthiness as well. It is here the fabric of time begins wrinkling, and when those who are supposed to be loyal to Jared use the time weapon in the future, their world comes barreling into the present.

Thea’s revenge, Marco’s regret, and Jared’s war all join together into the ultimate question of our actions. We ponder what drives our choices, how we deal with the repercussions, and what would happen were we given the power to change everything.

Inside/Outside: One Woman's Recovery from Abuse and a Religious Cult by Jenny Hayworth

Amazon KDP Select Giveaway listed for FREE ebook on 1 and 2 February 2014 
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Jenny Hayworth grew up within the construct of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which she describes as a fundamentalist, cult-like religion.  She devoted her life to it for over thirty years.  Then she left it.  The church "unfellowshipped" her- rendered her dead to those family and friends still committed to the church. 

Hayworth is a sexual abuse survivor. The trauma changed her self-perception, emotional development, trust, and every interaction with the world.  Inside/Outside is her exploration of sexual abuse, religious fundamentalism, and recovery. 

Her childhood circumstances and tragedies forced her to live "inside".  This memoir chronicles her journey from experiencing comfort and emotional satisfaction only within her own fantasy world to developing the ability to feel and express real life emotion on the outside. 

It is a story that begins with tragic multigenerational abuse, within an oppressive society, and ends with hope and rebirth into a life where she experiences real connections and satisfaction with the outside world. 

Those who have ever felt trapped by trauma or circumstances will find Inside/Outside a dramatic reassurance that they are not alone in the world, and they have the ability to have a fulfilling life, both inside and out.

I'm Not Resting, I'm Creating: The Power of POSITIVE Procrastination - Kindle ebook by John Rayburn

It has been widely considered that Leonardo da Vinci could possibly be the most diversely talented individual who has ever lived. He died nearly 500 years ago but one of his observations still rings true. “Every now and then, go away, take a little relaxation, because when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer. To remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. Go some distance away, because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.
That ties in directly with the basic premise of this book, which also recognizes the slogan of the National Procrastinator’s club: “Don't wait. Procrastinate NOW!” as one means of handling time to your benefit and personal satisfaction.
The author interviewed clinical psychologists, governmental leaders and successful business people to arrive at ways and means of making the clock work more favorably for you. There are wise observations from such as da Vinci, Churchill, Einstein, Ovid, Sandburg and others. Join the "putter-offers" for success and happiness.
Since the 1700s we've been plagued by Lord Chesterfield's admonition, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." This text refutes that with ways to manage time without letting it manage you.

No Mad - kindle book by Sam Moffie

I was shoveling a lot (I mean A LOT) of snow this weekend and it reminded me of a funny scene from my third novel No Mad. So why not advertise it for people who haven't had the opportunity to see why it just sold 507 Kindles In January 2014 and won numerous indie book awards in 2009?  After all, I have a sixth novel coming out this fall -- Requiem for a Casanova, and it is time to climb back on the high horse of self-promotion and GOODKINDLES seems like a great start.   If you want more on me and my other works, please visit me at  When I'm not writing, re-writing and looking for a sympathetic editor I can be found in front of a roaring fire with my wife/muse Juliette sipping a glass of wine after a long walk with our dogs.

Jolted: A Short Fiction - kindle ebook by R Shaw


Detective Hank Larson a veteran of the James Creek Police Department is stuck on the late shift trying to finalize his workload of cold case files before the year ends. While going through his files, he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be in danger. Larson ultimately discovers that the person on the other line is a reported missing person from one of his files. After she tells him her story, he embarks on a solo mission to find her in the dead cold. But all isn't what it seems to be. This short story is filled with suspense and thought rattling descriptions that captures your attention in a movie-like manner, making you a part of the adventure alongside the main character. 

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The Lost Prince - kindle ebook by C. T. Hill

Join Kareth and Selene as their tale of legend and mysticism unfolds from the southern deserts of Panthos to the northern mountains of the Vint.

Panthos fell amidst the chaos of deceit and betrayal. The war lasted less than a week, the genocide that followed stretched across three decades.

The world changed the night King Maras, the ruler of the Vint, took the hand of Queen Somara, the ruler of Panthos. They were married. They were bedded. And, while the city of Lilanth slept off the celebration, the Vintish King opened the city’s gates and brought forth his knights, stealing the life from thousands of Panthosi as they slumbered.

The Queen escaped. Kareth was born.

The Prince of Panthos went by many names. He was the Moon Prince, the Whispering Prince, the Dreamslayer. He was the Night Terror, the Prince of Blades, the Shadowdancer. By his birth he was Kareth Maneiron, son, and mortal enemy, of King Maras Maneiron, Ruler of the Vint.

The Lost Prince is reminiscent of Game of Thrones, Name of the Wind, and Assassins Creed, if you could lump them all together and come out with something that fits the mold of a high fantasy novel, but reads much differently. Get lost in Kareth's story, and revel in the epic lore and history of the Fae people, the Children of the Shadows, and the demonic Vorai as you dig deeper into The Lost Prince.

The Kindle version of The Lost Prince will be on sale for $2.99 during the week of Christmas, so act now before it returns to the original price!

Survivors of the Dead: From the Ashes, an ebook by Tony Baker

Survivors of the Dead:From the Ashes is a brand new series featuring a unique and exciting twist to a zombie apocalypse.

Follow Harold Lancaster, a retired San Francisco police officer, as he witnesses the devastation of humanity after a worldwide viral terrorist attack that will change the course of history forever!

Harry learns that he and his family, as well as a portion of what remains of the population, is immune to the mutated virus that has been unleashed. During forced relocation, his young nephew is separated from his parents and left in a world now ruled by anarchy and filled with horrors beyond comprehension. Harry's unshakable resolve, his only reason to exist, is to reach his nephew and reunite with the rest of his family. Along with a small band of friends who refuse to leave his side, and after assisting in establishing a safe haven on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay, Harry embarks on an arduous twenty-three hundred mile trek across a ravaged country.

Although Harry faces the infected and unspeakable horrors, he also discovers incredible acts of courage and resolve by those who remain among the Survivors of the Dead!

FROM THE ASHES begins Harry's journey with at least two more books in the series forthcoming. Book Two, THE ROAD UNKNOWN, coming fall of 2014!

The time merchant cafe - kindle ebook by Ronald G Mindzak

I enjoy reading books; getting immersed in a story is my favorite past time.  On occasion I do not have the hour or two I would like to spend getting involved in a book and so I look for something shorter.  Magazines can usually fill that slot, but short stories are my favorite quick reads.  With that in mind, I decided to create short stories that sounded interesting and could be read during a lunch break.  “The Time Merchant Café” is six short stories, each being independent except for the common thread of the waiter at the cafe.  These stories have a touch of mystical intervention, just enough to make them interesting without being overwhelming.  One of the reviewers called these stories “Twilight Zone Light” and I think that fits.  The stories do not unfold in the café but rather set the stage to change the course of the lives of the people that enter.  The café is only open for that particular person and once that person leaves, the café no longer exists at that location.  The waiter offers the patron a view into his or her future with the caveat that once they see their future, it is no longer fixed.  That premise sounds pretty simple and harmless, so why not take that look?  Everyone wants to know their future, will I be rich, famous, married, live a long life, and on and on.  Only good can come of knowing the future, right?  Once you read these stories would you accept the opportunity to get a glimpse of your future or would you simply enjoy the coffee, which is billed as the best coffee of any time?

The waiter at the café is sophisticated, convincing, and disconcerting.  He literally makes his living by the outcome in the change in life span of those that take that peek.  If in seeing their future, they manage to shorten their lives, the waiter extends his life by the number of years the patron has shortened his or her life.  If the patron extends his or her life, the waiter then subtracts that number of years from his accumulated total.  Currently the waiter has a nice backlog of years and will keep operating the café for many years to come or as long as readers find these stories enjoyable.

Phubbing All Over The World: The Words Of 2013 - Kindle eBook by Hugh Westbrook

Have you spent this year Phubbing, taking Selfies, Twerking or doing the Harlem Shake? Perhaps you've been investing in Bitcoins as you search for an Olinguito or munch on a TomTato. 
If you have, then you have been using some of the best new words of 2013. 

Phubbing All Over The World looks back at the year in words and paints a unique picture of what has mattered to people in 2013 by seeing which words have come to prominence over the last 12 months. The range of subjects is huge, with politics, sport, technology, the environment and the food industry all included. The Pope even makes an appearance.

So find out how this year's latest words came to be, whether their popularity will last, and just how much the English language has changed.

Matt Draper: From Riverboat Gambler to Frontier Banker -Kindle ebook by John Rayburn

           The lead character is a former riverboat gambler turned banker, using a start-up fund of winnings and discovery of an abandoned Confederate gold cache at the end of the Civil War. As the war neared the end, the gold was intended to bolster the beleaguered southern forces. The funds could have prolonged the embittered battles in the “war between the states,” a term not much used at the time. Instead, northern forces called it the “War of Rebellion,” while southern counterparts termed it the “War for Southern Independence.” Foreign references labeled the conflict “War of Secession.” 

Clashes with drunken cowboys aboard a train, staving off a stagecoach hold-up, a shootout with villainous holdovers from the bloodthirsty Quantrill’s Raiders, saving a child from drowning, thwarting a bank robbery and working in a cattle drive threatened by a coalition of farmers are some of the ingredients that were a part of settling the west as trains and telegraph began replacing stagecoaches and Pony Express counterparts. The ingredients are descriptive of the many problems that faced the country’s pioneers in the rugged “winning of the west.” Once again, the author relies on actual places and things to enhance the overall fictional saga. As the years pass, the story culminates with the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Curvy Girls Love It Hot by Marisa Michaels

Free Kindle Promo Dates 2-7-2014 to 2-9-2014

My best friend since elementary school, Trevor Larrson, is a handsome professional football player who was just traded to our local team in our hometown. Trevor always dated skinny girls who looked like models, not girls like me. When he moved back and sparks started to fly between us, it was a dream come true. I had lusted after Trevor for a long time. I didn't think a curvy girl like me would fit into Trevor's world, but the way he looked at me said that wasn't true at all.

I felt feelings I had never felt before in my life when I was with him. He made me feel special and beautiful. It was because of him that I was able to become the person I am today. When I started to see myself through his eyes stunning transformations started to take place. When we crossed the line from platonic friends to lovers, our relationship took a turn that scared me as I had never felt these types of feelings for anyone. When circumstances and misunderstandings arose, I did the only thing I knew how to do - I ran. That one split second decision was instrumental in changing my and Trevor's lives forever.

Bug Stuff...and Other Stories - Kindle ebook by Vicki Batman

I've written a lot of short stories and am always, always asked, "Where do you get your ideas?"

Sometimes, it's in the smallest things. Sometimes, it's in what someone says. Sometimes, it's taken from a real event and fictionalized. I've put together a short story collection and each one began in a different way.

In "Bug Stuff," I walked into the kitchen one evening and Handsome remarked there was a big bug in the sink, scurrying around. I said, "Kill it." He said, "I can't. Bug guts everywhere." My head could not let go of the "Bug guts everywhere," especially from my big strong man who likes to shoot guns and played rugby in college. The phrase had to go in a story.

From "Just Desserts," Handsome dragged me to a political dinner. We met a lot of people we didn't know and probably would never see again. As we moved from the salad course to the entrée, a woman across from us left our table, not to return. The man to her right snagged her plate and ate her food as well as his own.

I was astonished. I had never, ever seen anyone do this in public before. I looked at Handsome and his face had the same look as mine. And the man continued on! He took the dessert from the man to his right after he left the event, too. This bothered me so much, I had to fictionalize it, too. The results are too funny.

Sometimes, Handsome takes me to his college alumni events. We had just returned from an out of town trip and had one night at home before leaving the next day. With an early departure time, I had to pack quickly. Once at our destination and in the hotel, I unpacked and discovered I'd forgotten my little black dress!! I had to go shopping in a college town for something to wear because not going was not an option. The result is "With This Ring."

Bug Stuff…and other stories: Three short and sweet romantic comedies ~ "Just Desserts": a political dinner gone disastrous brings together a reluctant attendee and her handsome seat-mate. "Bug Stuff": A cute accountant unites with his co-worker to fight a pesky adversary. "With This Ring": When a wife forgets her little black dress, all turns into something utterly romantic and unforgettable in the end.

He Lives to take away My Shame - A biography by Shelia Washington

Have you ever had a secret that you were shame of?  A secret that you hold onto for the rest of your life, conciously and subconciously? some secrets we have held onto since childhood, and as adults they have been buried so deep that we feel its forgotten either because of choice or time. As we go on with our lives, we believe that GOD has also forgotten or doesn't care, we become so calloused that we don't hurt anymore, and we build a wall to protect ourselves and we don't even know it! because our secret tells us that it's okay, its only part of our past, thus we stay in darkness! Well I am here to tell you that "He Lives To Take Away My Shame" and "HE can take away your shame too! I am sharing my story to inspire and invite you into my world of INNOCENCE, PAIN, HUMOR, SUFFERING, LOVE, DRUGS, TRIUMPH and most of all FAITH!

Ultimately, this is a motivating story of religious redemption, love, and one woman’s brave approach to life.

Francette and the Mystery of the Deaf Soldier - kindle ebook by Karine Brégeon
A children's mystery about the D-Day and World War II.

Francette is on her way to Normandy to spend a fun-filled summer at her grandparents' farmhouse. When she arrives, she discovers a mystery surrounds the peaceful village of Sainte-Mere. The church bell keeps the villagers awake at night and rumors about a WWII American paratrooper are spreading fast.
Francette and her childhood friend, Anatole, decide to investigate.
Could it be true? And what could his motive be?
It is up to Francette and Anatole to solve the mystery!

Silent City - kindle ebook by Alex Segura

SILENT CITY is a gritty debut novel by Alex Segura in the tradition of George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane, Vicki Hendricks and Reed Farrel Coleman, and explores the dark corners of Miami - digging deeper than the neon signs, palm trees and sunshine to give readers a haunting noir mystery and the debut of a compelling new protagonist in washed-up journalist Pete Fernandez.

Pete's a drunken mess after the sudden death of his father. He's about to get fired, his future wife is now his ex and he's got nothing to look forward to at his dead end job. When a coworker asks him to find his missing daughter, Pete is yanked into the pit of the Miami underworld and finds himself on the wrong side of one of the city's deadliest - and mysterious - killers.

Einstein's War - kindle ebook by Michelle Grand

Einstein's War takes place on the precipice of World War Four. 
This story explores a murder mystery, while unveiling a far more vast conspiracy, through the perspectives of a government agent, a family member in protective custody, a wanted criminal on the run, a virtual prostitute, and a vice president of a corrupt company. 
Donovan Wiley is a murder suspect for killing a woman while operating as a hologram. The footage goes viral, terrifying the general public that someone could cause physical harm while using the hologram technology they all depend on to live their lives.

This society operates under three different caste systems: elites, technicians, and manuals. The wanted murderer, Donovan, discovers a secret about the manuals that the executives of his company, Katharos, have been keeping from all the other elites. How far up the secrets go, where the vastness of the destruction leads, and who holds the answers that the world has been waiting for, are all truths for Donovan to discover, along with his sister, the government agent hunting him for arrest, the virtual prostitute he befriends, and the executive who has looked the other way for far too long.

Leaving The Trees - kindle ebook by Richard Earl Broome

Leaving The Trees is a fictional account of the meltdown of the global financial markets, our world economies, and ultimately society, as we know it. It has at its root cause a malevolent cyber attack by China that finally causes everything to spin out of control.

It is initially set in Washington D.C. with political leaders who do not deal honestly with this calamity. As things begin to unravel, and society loses the ability to cope with the loss of our financial systems, the novel transitions to the aftermath of this global meltdown, and how a small community in Montana must pick up the pieces and learn how to survive.

A suspense novel about trust, deception, betrayal and revenge filled with many twists, and turns. Great reviews!

About the Author
Richard Earl Broome has lived an extraordinary life rising from an Army private to serving on the White House staff for two Presidents of the United States as a member of their National Security Council staff, to having a successful business career. Now living in a small community in Montana, he has brought all of these experiences together in this intense suspense novel about trust, deception, betrayal and revenge.

Tight Spiral - Kindle ebook by Michael J Gill

Harry Smith has everything. The first British born Quarterback in College football, until a collision with fate causes it all to unravel. Life gives him a second chance and a star future. Four lives converge and a legend is born.

Tight Spiral is a fast paced novel, full of suspense, romance and American Football.

Please find the my first review which was posted on Amazon Canada, Jan 04, 2014

Great story and an interesting read, especially if you love American Football. I must admit I know little about the sport, however, the story of Amy & Harry held me captivated right up to the end. As a new author, Michael seems to speak from his heart and you can see traces of his roots by the way he writes. Looking forward to any new books and hoping to see the characters again.

by Debra Elliott

Shadows of Damascus - A contemporary fiction by Lilas Taha

Shadows of Damascus is a character-driven fictional novel with an unusual plot unfolding in the Middle East and America’s dairy land. The story is derived from current events sweeping Syria, and speaks of a softly developing relationship between a man and a woman, worlds apart.
Back home in Wisconsin, reclusive Iraq war veteran Adam Wegener receives a mysterious letter asking for payment of a debt. He figures the letter came from the Syrian interpreter, Fadi Jabir, who saved his life while they were on patrol in Iraq five years earlier. Fadi is one of the opposition leaders protesting against his government in Syria. Because of a brutal crackdown, Fadi is desperate to get his sister, Yasmeen to safety. How can Adam help? And what does he have to do to honor his commitment to the man who saved his life?
To escape persecution, Yasmeen is forced to make a difficult decision that lands her in America with Adam, hoping to return home once it is safe. Yasmeen quickly learns she staked her future and security on a man who is plagued by his own demons, suppressing a violent upbringing by an abusive father, and suffering from PTSD nightmares. Can Yasmeen survive life with this traumatized stranger? And will she find a way to move forward given the atrocities she had witnessed in her homeland?

A Life Singular by Lorraine Pestell

"A Life Singular" is a six-part serial by Lorraine Pestell, a British Australian currently living in Melbourne, Victoria. She is a longstanding sufferer of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with all its associated symptoms, and is hoping that her books will broaden the understanding of mental illness through the universal appeal of a love story set in the sparkling world of celebrity.

Part One, released in June 2013, tells the story of a successful showbusiness star and philanthropist who has risen above childhood abuse and his own mental scars to enjoy great fame and fortune. When the love of his life is murdered by a rogue gunman, he decides to write his autobiography.  Part One starts the journey back through his spectacular life.

Lorraine seeks to attract readers from all age-groups and walks of life. Her goals for the serial are: first, to inspire fellow sufferers of mental illness to triumph over their symptoms; and second, to encourage non-sufferers to tolerate, support and even love us in our efforts to life a 'normal' life.

A recent review illustrates this perfectly:  “There is a so much happening in what is a beautiful story about life and love. Even more appealing than your typical love story is how the author has embedded into the storyline some of the more difficult social questions that we often avoid, making it more intellectual than your typical love story.”

The original story running through all six "A Life Singular" books has been under development for over 35 years, with most of the hard graft in the last 5 years. Part Two was released in December 2013, with the aim of producing the remaining parts at six-monthly intervals. By releasing the final part at the end of 2015, the story will end in contemporary times.

Each part is inspired by a classic European novel, Part One's being "La Rabouilleuse" ("The Black Sheep") by Honoré de Balzac.  Growing up in London, with the diversity of Europe on her doorstep, Lorraine brings her love of languages and cultures into her writing, and hence when titling the serial, opted to put the adjective after the noun, as in most Latin-based languages.  The books are about a life. Everyone has a life. It's the type of life which makes it significant. A Life Singular:  one, unique, extraordinary.

Many of the author’s own experiences served to shape this novel, having struggled to persevere through depression and suicidal tendencies.  One of her greatest pleasures while writing was to set particular scenes in some of the places she has lived, especially showcasing Melbourne, Australia, for its diverse population and multitude of arts, music and sporting communities.

The whole serial spans a period of almost fifty years, which has resulted in an interesting exercise  in retrospection in terms of technology, particularly for Lorraine, who is an IT professional by day.  “A Life Singular - Part One” is set in 1996, when mobile telephones were becoming popular, text messaging was in its infancy and DVDs were in the process of replacing video cassettes.  The phenomenon of cameras in ‘phones was only just beginning to impact celebrities, who up until that point had been able to limit their exposure to the paparazzi.

Lorraine continues to derive considerable energy from the process of writing this serial.  Along with her 14-year-old dog and volunteering her time for non-profit organisations, she credits the ability to finally publish this story with keeping her alive.  It is her sincere hope that these books will help others in her position to make a success of their lives and help us all to exist more harmoniously with different kinds of people.”

The Ebonite and Her Earthling, kindle ebook by Sunshine Somerville

"The Ebonite and Her Earthling" is Book 2 in The Kota Series.  This sequel continues the story of the Kota Warriors as they find themselves in a new world and learn to cope on a planet fighting for colonization against the native Kynajabi beasts.  Told mostly from the perspective of Cliqani, a native Ebonite, we see the Warriors in a whole new light as they are reintroduced to new eyes.  

Part suspense, part action, part mystery, this story takes on a new tone from Book 1 and lays the course for the rest of the series.  The deeper significance of the power within the Kota Warriors is revealed, and we begin to see how everything ties together in a way that directs their overall mission. 
Not exactly anti-war, but there is a hint of commentary about the treatment of veterans, soldiers, and natives subject to colonization. 
Great for fans of "Alien", "Dune", "Speaker for the Dead", and "Space: Above and Beyond."
Recommended for ages 15 and up, for violence and mild language.

At the Window - Kindle eBook by Joseph Forte

At the Window by Joseph Forte, a children's picture book about peace, love and hope will be available on Wednesday January 22nd, 2014 for a free download. Please head over to Amazon and download your copy!

At the Window is a self healing book that teaches individuals that peace, love and hope surround each and every one of us daily, even at the most difficult of times. We often search for these comforting components and find them in the most unusual spots, hidden at the greatest lengths of the Earth, buried deep within our souls or simply, at our windows. 

This is a quiet, sensitive story that invites readers to consider the undeniable nature of love. Henry and his little sister, Emily, are orphans who live under the care of Ms. Agnes at St. Peter's Orphanage. One wintry night, Henry notices a bright, shining light tear through the sky­-but he is the only one who notices. The following week, he sees the light again and Henry now begins to think this is more than a coincidence. The burning light sets a spark inside of Henry's own heart and he begins to search for answers. Patience and an open spirit ultimately lead him to the truth, where the warmth and light fully embraces him.

Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War - kindle ebook by Sidney Stone

KDP Countdown promotion begins January 27th and runs until February 2nd

Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War is a contemporary tale that is a gripping, fast-paced fantasy/horror novel grounded in the modern world but starting at the beginning of time. The book deftly tackles issues of greed, humanity's neglect for its weakest members, the race for power among individuals and nations, and the ability of love and courage to transcend personal weaknesses. The characters are extremely likable and engaging, and I successfully incorporate a great deal of humor into the book, despite its often grim and macabre themes.

The book details the struggle between humanity and demons who have forsaken the Underworld to live among men while plotting to use our own technology to destroy us. The demons are fallen angels who have been in existence since the beginning of time worshiping and admiring God and his creations but were then cast out as they continually destroyed nascent worlds out of petty jealousy. They are mortal now but blessed with supernatural powers and extraordinary long life. They can also give this life to others who due to lust of power and greed work with the demons to undermine our civilization.

Jennifer Ainsley is the adopted daughter of billionaire Jonathon Tait. Jonathon has visions that Jennifer may be the only person who can wield the one weapon that can redeem us.

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword"

- Matthew 10:34

As Jonathon Tait states: "Some people misinterpret that as allegory. Some people reject his message and react violently. He was really saying that he indeed brought a motherfucking sword—the Sword of Jesus."

Jennifer is trained unknowingly with the skills to be a warrior until one horrifying night her destiny is thrust upon her. The novel then becomes a thrilling chase until the end as Mankind races to save itself while the demons implement their plan to kill us all.

This story's themes are love, loss, sacrifice and redemption. It was inspired by my love of the early works of Stephen King and Dean Koontz and was written over the course of almost two years. Copy edited by professionals with an expert cover design by Pencilbox Studios, this engrossing story will captivate readers from the mid-teens on up. The plot clips along at a fast pace and is highly original; the action scenes are especially well written and engaging. This is a book destined to find a wider audience.

An Amazing World of Horses, Kindle ebook by Samantha Covington

Free on Kindle on these dates, 01-20-2014  To  01-24-2014

Need a great gift for a horse crazy kid (or grown up)? Then check out this all new coloring book by Samantha Covington.
An Amazing World of Horses Volume #1
An all new coloring book. 30 realistic images waiting to be colored.
Proud stallions, beautiful mares, funny foals and a few riders in
all the poses you could want- running, rearing, jumping, performing and more!
 I created this coloring book for my horse crazy daughters who ask me every day
to draw them a horse picture to color.
So I decided to put together a coloring book for all the horse crazy people around the world.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

If you know a few horse crazy people please pass this along :)
And check out my page on facebook for up and coming volumes:!/samanthacovingtonart

Rejected for a Purpose - kindle ebook by O. J. Toks

What do Nelson Mandela, Sidney Poitier, Mary Kay Ash, Hilary Swank, Rosa Parks and Joseph of the Bible have in common? They all encountered an experience which helped them fulfill their destinies. This experience is rejection. This is what Rejected for a Purpose: How God Uses Rejection to Help You Find and Fulfill Your Destiny, is all about. 

Using real-life and biblical examples this work informs you that rejection is not a wall that blocks your path.  It's an arrow that directs it. The book helps you understand that being rejected is not the end of your life; rather, it’s a means to an end for your life. And that end is your destiny. If you have been disallowed from doing something, going somewhere, or being with someone, this book reveals that God employs those hindrances to redirect you to do something else, go somewhere else, or be with someone else.

If you have been passed a vote of no confidence, treated like an outcast, described as incompetent, dismissed by family, friends, coworkers, clergy or a significant other, Rejected for a Purpose will help you realize that they did you the biggest favor of your life. Whether you're dealing with rejection in your family, relationships, church, profession or for your convictions, this book will enlighten, empower and encourage you.

Taovan: Awaken - A Sci-fi/Fantasy Epic Kindle ebook by S.J. Saunders

The Southlands have been nearly forgotten in the long war, but something now stirs there that could turn the tide of battle.  For, while tyrant and rebel have fought, the key to victory has lain dormant in the most unlikely of places, waiting to be unleashed.  And its time has come.

In the race to claim their prize, however, both sides must remember that this wellspring of power has a host; a young man named Nadon-Kesh, who wants no part in their war.  Who will persuade Nadon to choose a side and bring the fight to its deafening crescendo?  Only the unfolding of seasons will tell.