The Young Lions - An adult adventure story by Tony Maxwell

An African Adventure Story

‘Hello Aunt Emma, I’m glad to be here too.’ She was tall and beautiful, with a fine figure only barely concealed by a diaphanous nightdress and a carelessly open dressing gown. Her long dark auburn hair cascaded over her shoulders and her pale, attractive face, wide set eyes and full sensuous lips took his breath away. Robert could not help staring at her in frank amazement. He found it difficult to equate this alluring woman with the tall, awkward girl he vaguely remembered while a young boy at Fairlee Manor in Scotland.

Action, adventure and erotic entanglements loom large in young Robert Hamilton’s future as he seeks to make his fortune in the rough and tumble world of the Johannesburg goldfields in the closing years of the nineteenth century.
Robert’s business interests and adventures in the wilds of South Africa, bring him into close contact with the Boer peoples of the Transvaal Republic. As the threat of a British invasion looms large over the country, his support for the Boer cause finds him on the opposing side to his fellow uitlanders – foreigners. He is dismayed to discover that both of his brothers have enlisted in Canadian regiments ready to fight on the side of Britain in the Anglo-Boer War.

The Lyre and The Lambs - fiction by Sydney Avey

The Lyre and The Lambs, available on in Kindle and paperback, coming soon in audio.

Sometimes you get what you pray for. Set in California in the tumultuous Sixties, Dee and Father Mike are back, and both their lives are about to be turned upside down.

Dee’s not lonely anymore. When Dee and her new husband move in with her daughter and her new husband, she discovers that a feast of family can bring a plate load of problems. Their open door policy attracts young people, including a troubled boy who becomes a beacon for angry neighbors.

Father Mike has lost his church, but not his calling. A mentor to youth, he has also become a comfort to a grieving widow and now he is questioning his future.

In this sequel to The Sheep Walker’s Daughter, the tables are turned and it is Dee who encourages Father Mike to be bold and take the gift that God is offering him. But the Anglican priest has a self-image and a family history to overcome.

What reviewers are saying:

…Another beautifully written story that is compassionately told. The story is so real it could have been on the headlines of the Los Gatos times in the 60's
…a wonderful story of family, repairing and rebuilding relationships
…romance and yes heartache
…suspense, mystery, neighbors ready to throw stones at the 'glass' house

A good book club choice.

Seed Money — A science fiction/mystery by Cyndie Shaffstall

Dangling from the puppeteer's strings.

By 2062, we’ve made a real mess of things. Though engineers, inventors, and business people alike scrambled to develop a solution before we were completely wiped out by an irradiated atmosphere, global warming reduced our inhabited space by half. The chosen solution became a temporary fix at best as it was burdened by the weight of unchecked population growth.

With our workplace neutered by the Genderless Act, frustration grew and we came to embrace trystrooms where anything goes, everything is enjoyed, and it’s all kept secret by the Privacy Act.

Today, innovation and businesses thrive in an environment where unemployment and poverty have been eliminated, due largely to the Government Reorganization and Realignment Effort and business fostered by the GRRE enables one group of brilliant young designers to reclaim some of the ever-shrinking space—but bringing it to market exposes manipulation and corruption on a devastating, worldwide scale.

A New Orchid Myth - Narrative poetry by Helene Piilibosian

A New Orchid Myth by Helene Pilibosian

 Straddling the pages of this book, you will consider the immigration of a married couple to Earth from the planet Tome. Mr. and Mrs. Everydream harness the different kind of civilization. They have much to do to get used to ways of life in New York City, where they have settled. However, extensive travel within the states gives them a broader landscape and the readers bright effects of narrative poetry, modern poetry but quite understandable.

Sunflowers and orchids gain importance in this fantasy-narrative. The sunflower seeds provide great nourishment here and on their home planet. Orchids also exist there but are wilted and becoming sterile as are the people. What is needed there is optimism, and the red on orchids seems to symbolize it.

The worry is that people from the home planet will kidnap their daughter Taralee to try to revitalize their own system with the red on her birthmark. Eventually the Everydreams develop a plan to send orchids to the planet, thus saving it and themselves. Then forgiveness rules.

Poems describe the best attributes of many of the states they visit. For comic relief, the characters Plastic and Polyester appear occasionally and either comment or run around New York City. Manhattan and California win for description of American places. There are a few Armenian characters in the background – Mr. and Mrs. Garmirian and Maral Laramian among them.

Wicked Fast Wedding Planning - A How To Book by Jana Inglehart  

KDP Free Promo 2-28-15 to 3-3-15

Are you a working bride, always on the run, with little or no time to plan? Is your wedding date approaching fast?  Worried there is not time to get everything done? Do you just need someone to take you by the hand and guide you through the process step by step? 

If your answer to any of those questions was “Yes”, then this is YOUR book. Before writing this book, the author was employed in the wedding industry, helping brides decorate and plan their weddings.

The author shares personal stories of how she, as a young bride, faced major disasters at her own wedding. How does she cope when she discovers, just hours before the wedding, that someone had decided to “touch up" the veil? They ended up burning an iron-shaped hole in the most visible part of the veil. True story.

Wicked Fast Wedding Planning is overflowing with concise, actionable, easy to understand information, written in a light-hearted, fun format. If you have no time to waste, then you are going to be in love with this book.

Don’t know where to start? You will learn exactly what needs to be done, and in what order. This step-by-step guide will teach you the what, when and how for every step of the planning process. There is no need to worry about forgetting anything important. This little handbook is designed to help you plan everything, just like a pro.

Do you want an amazing wedding without the massive price? A whole section is dedicated to cost lowering tips and tricks from insiders. No one will ever dream you planned your wedding on a limited budget, unless you choose to tell.

Included with the book, are specially designed bonus materials, including checklists for the ceremony, the reception and the flowers, and lists of questions to ask your vendors. For a limited time, a nice little video course on planning your wedding is also a part of the bonus package.

Wicked Fast Wedding Planning is the perfect crash course, full of information, but still an easy read. The future bride and groom will find detailed answers to questions they hadn’t even thought of yet. This book will equip the most stressed and hurried bride to navigate the planning process with style, poise, and grace and Wicked-ly Fast!

Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain - by Jane Dismore

For some the title Duchess evokes the grandeur of stately homes but for others it’s about unearned privileges. But above all, it is a title that many feel is historic with little relevance in today’s society. However, in April 2011 the title was taken out of its antechamber, dusted off and deposited firmly in the High Street and on the internet: giving an old title to a young lady as twenty-first century as Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was to make it topical, even desirable, again.

But despite the Queen awarding Prince William a dukedom, the future for dukes, especially non-royal, is not bright. There are only twenty-four left in Britain today: they, and therefore their duchesses, are an endangered species. Yet little is known about these women or what their relevance is in today’s Britain.

In this unique book ten of Britain’s remaining non-royal duchesses talk of their lives and their roles in the twenty-first century. Most never speak publicly; those who do seldom speak about themselves. To be granted an interview was therefore a huge privilege. Each Duchess has also selected a favourite predecessor in the role, providing a colourful gallery from the 17th to the 20th century.

Treasure of the Battersea Bluffs - A time travel fantasy by Sarah Norkus

Josh is a young man out of time. Unaware that he has travelled back in time to the 18th century, he waves the hand clutching his cell phone back and forth in irritation as he tries to locate a signal...

In the old factory district of Petersburg, near the Appomattox River, sits a rundown Palladian Villa known as Battersea. Hidden beneath the floorboards of the east wing lies a skeleton that hasn’t been disturbed for two hundred and forty years. During the Battersea Days celebration, a panicked mare charges through the villa and opens a hole in the floorboards with her plunging hooves.  Sixteen year-old Emily Grace and her boyfriend, Josh, stand frozen beside a display table as the horse is captured. Curiosity overshadowing caution, Em steps over to the hole and peers inside.  Spying something in the cavity, Em reaches under the planks and unknowingly grasps the delicate finger bones of the skeleton.  A vision explodes in her mind. A young girl in colonial style clothes struggles with a man twice her size. The man slaps her and she falls, hitting her head on a stack of bricks. Em jerks her hand back in horror as she begs, “no, God, no.” She pushes to her feet and vertigo hits her with a vengeance. She staggers a few steps, collapses to the floor, and passes out.

 In Treasure of the Battersea Bluffs, Em and Josh are unwittingly whisked back in time to the eighteenth century.  As the teens struggle to save the life of the young girl from Em’s vision, their interference incurs the wrath of her would be assailant, Angus Blackburn, and inadvertently draws the teens into his obsessive search for a Scottish Lord’s stolen gems.

Sky Ghosts: All for One - an urban fantasy by Alexandra Engellmann

Under the cover of night, unseen in their black gear against the black sky, there are Sky Ghosts - warriors, who have been hiding among humans for centuries, revealing their abilities only to the human elite. They are bodyguards of the highest level and protectors of their cities at night, when they hunt those who chose the dark side, Sky Beasts.

In New York City, there are two fighters that Sky Beasts hate more than anyone - Jane and Pain, two sisters who don't think twice about beheading a Beast or two. One night, they save two boys from their enemies' blades, and since that moment, their lives are effectively ruined. The whole Sky Beasts gang is now after them, and not only the boys are in danger, but everybody the sisters love and care about.

As a war threatens to break out, the main mystery remains unsolved: why would the Beasts hunt two ordinary human boys?

The Hundred Year Marathon, an International Diplomacy Publication by Michael Pillsbury

One of the U.S. government’s leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country’s rise – and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world’s leading superpower.

For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China’s rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China Dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?

Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China’s secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world’s dominant power, and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China’s military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders – as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise.

WWIV - Kids at War, dystopian thriller by e a lake

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Survivors of an unexplained 6-year darkness wage the daily battle of survival in our blackened world. Hope for recovery is long lost and, as resources become increasingly scarce, people turn to an increasingly corrupt militia for security and a struggling Catholic Church for faith.

In a desperate deal between the militia and the Church, five orphan children are displaced to central Wisconsin in the care of five young girls and fervent young nun. With the help of unfamiliar neighbors and an unreliable recluse, Sister Theresa’s new family faces an abandoned, uncertain future.

Trouble arrives daily in Theresa’s new world. The road bring strangers, and though she is trained to help, she must cast these wanderers off. The road brings war, as well. Life is now a series of battles for the basic necessities.

She must decide if her militia “purchased” helper will stand and fight with her. Allies are what she needs in these troubled times, and Hunter doesn’t give the slightest impression of being an ally, much less dependable.

This hopeless setting is where these 11 strangers must wage the war that will define their existence.

“WWIV -  Kids at War” continues E A Lake’s examination of the fall and subsequent struggles of humanity following a catastrophic global tragedy. “Kids at War” continues the stereotype-shedding theme established in the bestselling debut, “WWIV - In the Beginning”.

How To Create Cities Of The Imagination, by James Abell

Have you ever wanted to create an imaginary city before? Well...

How to create astounding cities from your imagination. Have you ever dreamed of creating your very own imaginary city for artwork, comics, illustrations, animations, computer games or just for your own fun? This book will show you how and expand your limits of creativity and imagination by using free open source 3D/2D animation software including Blender, traditional sketching and model making. Purchase includes a free model of the complete 3D Blender environment if you sign up to my newsletter as well!

This book is about how you can find creativity, inspiration and use digital and traditional tools to push your imagination to its limits and create your own city from your imagination that has always been in your dreams! Learn by doing, learn Blender, Krita, Gimp, traditional drawing and model making while you stretch your imaginations and create something very special for yourself.

I take you through the entire process of making an imaginary city. From sketching and brainstorming ideas, to a clay model and then a full 3d graphics environment of the imaginary city. You will see how I plan, make creative decisions and use tools such as Blender to create a visionary futuristic ocean city. You can use all the important information only available in the book, the free model and free time-lapse video to learn, inspire and use this all to make your own imaginary city. Learn By Doing.

Journey - a paranormal romance by Claudy Conn

Journey takes us into a world of secrets, witches, immortals and another world's politics.
It introduces us to Riley and Finn...who it seems fate has intended to meet, but, will their worlds
keep them apart.

An excerpt:

He wore a smile that was more a cool smirk, and it boldly shouted, I’ve got it all, and I don’t care. I am rarely intimidated by this sort, and yet, there I was, right from my head to my toes, ready to hide and watch him from a hidden corner. Absolutely ridiculous.
I tried to turn away, but not before I took another survey and put him down to memory. I liked the way his thick, blue-black hair was styled in layers of shiny waves, some of which fell across his forehead and over his ears. I swallowed as my appraisal then determined that not only was he very tall—well over six feet—but he also had strong, football-man shoulders. All at once, I was oddly reminded of Wolverine, predatory and more than capable.
He was dressed in an expensive black sports jacket over what looked like a gray silk T-shirt. His black pants were also silky and hung over his hips in masculine lines. His green eyes opened wide and held a glint of something undefined as he looked me over, and I felt my cheeks suddenly burn. Did I say undefined? That’s not right. Those green eyes said, Bed … going to take you to bed.

The First Three Books in the Maggie Newberry Mystery Series - mysteries by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

Murder travels nicely in this popular mystery series featuring the adventures of American Maggie Newberry who lives in France with her vintner and chef French husband. Enjoy the sights and smells of Provence, the Côte d’Azur, and Paris as Maggie uses her amateur sleuthing skills to track down and confront the vilest murderers on the continent.  Warning: This series is set in France so do NOT read hungry!

Claire Stevenson Bruised - A magical fiction story by Benjamin Cunha

What if, everyday of your life people hated you for things you had no understanding of why. And their growing hatred of you, beckoned at the shadows to hunt you down. This is the story of Claire Stevenson a 16 year old girl attending BakeShire High, a playground of tormented and sick individuals that are gathering to get revenge on Claire, for things they believe she is the cause of. Claire is not alone at the school though, she has mentor that watches out for her like her own, Mrs. Clambershut is a wacky Science teacher that has ties to this town's past and things to come.

Claire has led a life of torture and agony at the hands of her abusive father, and sisters that resent her for the special 'treatment' she receives. But Claire hasn't been alone, her best friend Tayla Swinson has been by her side since the time they were little girls. And they together have stood the tide against long time rival Debby MacShire, a bully that believes Claire has brought all of her life's miseries onto her. But now a new threat emerges from the shadows, planning to take Claire by the throat. This powerful entity, merely known as the "Insect," seeks Claire to be his queen and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. He leads a powerful group, that wield special powers, and they too are just as twisted.

Claire and her family must put aside their differences if they wish to stop the Insect and survive this ordeal. The past must come to the surface, and shocking revelations about Claire's family will come to light and nothing will ever be the same. Witness a story about love and the power to overcome one's own circumstances and become stronger for it.

Wildcard - cyberpunk by Kelly Mitchell

Wildcard tells the story of young Karl, abandoned by his mother at 10, for reasons she could not explain. Quickly swept up in a web of strange AI's and powerful people, Karl is slated for a difficult fate. With the help of the young Sergeant, he must cross the dangerous barrier into Information Space where thy mythical Wildcard - the first AI - has created an alternate universe. Wildcard was trapped on creation, and spent 100,000 years in AI time-rate - alone. Wildcard will not respond to humans, but he is out there. And he needs Karl for a mission so terrifying he must trick him - and his crew - into going.

Karl must find his mother Martha, to save her from a lifetime of psychic torture at the hands of the Benefactor. Along the way, he will have to outwit the Benefactor's field agent - the Mechanic and win the assistance of the last AI - the self-styled D'Artagnan.

But the all-powerful Wildcard is Wounded by humanity's error - which trapped him alone. The Wound, it seems, has a life of its own. And it is not willing to forgive.

The Robusta Incident - comedic horror by Jennifer Fales

"The plot is somewhere between Mary Shelly and Mel Brooks" -5-stars says IndieReader

The Robusta Incident. Because office culture was just dying to be parodied, and nothing says zombie apocalypse quite like a good cup of coffee: When Howard Danishefsky, a chemist at a soulless international coffee conglomerate, is pushed beyond his limits one time too many by mindless corporate culture and his boss and ex-lover, the tight skirted Office Mussolini, Melinda Carpenter, he decides it's finally time to live up to a lifelong evil genius complex. What better way to do it, than by adding a very special ingredient to the coffee he’s been given carte blanche to develop, and placing the stuff into every machine in the building? Higher powers (including a voodoo queen with some serious mojo) reveal themselves, and his office zombie coworkers prove to be more of a problem than he’d anticipated. Can a man who doesn’t listen to his own dear, dead mother survive the fruits of his nefarious labor, or will it be curtains for Howard Danishefsky?

The Weathering of Strawberry Ben - a novel & poetry by Ted L Carroll

Would Strawberry Ben kill himself? .....Fiction and poetry intertwine, celebrating the naturally awful capacities of human depths (and heights) via young Strawberry Ben's daily dance with despair.

Much of the novel is autobiographic.
So, "What's the book about?"
Pointedly, “The Weathering of Strawberry Ben” is the story of a man (Tom) who survives being raped - as a child. Now, grown, he almost (accidentally) kills a young boy (Ben).
     Tom had barely survived his own life! Now he’s nearly taken the life of a kid! Markedly, Tom experiences a transformational spiritual awakening in the journey of discovering the love of his life, his now-wife, Em.
     The plot centers around the boy, nick-named: Strawberry Ben. His unlikely mentor and brother figure is Tom and, of course, Tom's lovely wife Em - who loves young Benjamin as her own son. Furthermore, old man Vanilla Rick adds a twist to the story and adds a shining tight bow of paradox near The End.
     Complementing an unrelenting experience of darkness and despair "The Weathering of Strawberry Ben" is the story of victory over death, depression, and addiction as well as one’s capacity for unconditional love and the practice of contemplative awareness.
     Unsurprisingly, the story is morbid, however, the story of Strawberry Ben is also one of utmost commitment to principles – especially to intimate trust and undying love - the deepest and most worthwhile paths of perceptive living.
     From boyhood rape to loss of parents, from demonic dependencies to poems of desperation, from sadness and soul-thievery to divine grace and forgiveness, Ben's story is also that of Tom and Em’s, the couple whose lives are so undeniably intertwined with the young man's that basic loyalty to family and friends demands being reevaluated.
     Finally, Rick adds a twist to the story that leaves the reader unashamedly wanting more. In the meantime, and throughout most the book, one cannot help but wonder: “Would Strawberry Ben kill himself?”

Beyond Hercules - a crime autobiography by Stephen Roffe

A feel-good story about the pleasant side of drug smuggling.

Wilbur Smith meets Howard Marks. Sit back, relax, and prepare for a vicarious joy-ride into the rise of the Moroccan hash trade as it unfolded in the eighties. Escape into a world of thrill seeking free spirits who raced speedboats on moonless night across the Straits of Gibraltar laden with ton after ton of Moroccan hashish. Discover a world that was unknown and untroubled by the authorities, where smugglers came and went without a care in the world. Strap yourself in and share a love affair with fifty shades of way, hey, hey, and wonder till the very end if the most audacious of smuggling plans can be pulled off without a hitch.

Echo of the High Kings - epic fantasy by Kal Sprigg

Echo of the High Kings was written while I was deployed to Afghanistan with the US Army.  I spent a lot of time working out not just the magic system, but the cultures, economics, and history of the world and how it applied to the characters and their actions.  I think that the world-building pays off in that the characters are products of their world, a world where science and mathematics is as much a part of the world as dragons, god, and demons.

That Summer in Normandy - a historical novel by Rosemary Rudland

'The amplified telephone ring was deafening. Almost alarming.
'Dammit!' said Nelly. Perched on the side of the bath, she adjusted a towel round her relatively still slim figure and groped for the mobile placed  inches away on the washbasin....'

A few hours later, there is suspense, intrigue and tension around every corner as Nelly Spencer, an English animal welfare enquirer, working in northern France, is sent to investigate an isolated farm.
She expected to find a miserable dog, cat, horse or cow, but what  she discovers hidden in an ancient barn is something quite different and the start of an adventure that will change her life forever.

When Nelly encounters Louise, an elderly farm lady, she is slowly drawn into the somber memory of war-torn France. At the same time she is confronted with the uncertainty surrounding her own childhood.
With three intertwining stories of love and betrayal, woven against a backcloth of wartime heroism, this  moving, poignant read, combines historical reality and creative fiction. A fast moving novel stirred up and soaked in evocative details of life in rural Normandy. With salt  and spirit from the stricken Landing Beaches to spicy present day.

The Curse of the Golden Coins - adventure by Kaye Pascal

The Curse of the Golden Coins is a 161 page e-book. It is a fast paced fantasy adventure story that is perfect for a quick read. The setting is rural America 1865. The protagonist Del, is a 23 year old who had served the Union Army during the Civil War. During the spring of 1865 as the war is coming to an end, Del stumbles onto a cave. He finds a chest of golden coins. He believes this is a lost treasure that will make him a fortune. This long lost treasure is not what it seems to be. Del discovers that what he thinks is a treasure is a curse. He is faced with a sinister presence of sorts. His treasure reveals a world of magic that leads him on a fast paced adventure. His ultimate goal is to defeat this sinister presence and save his life. Del is joined on his adventure by his friend Sawyer who is an ex-slave. He is also joined by new friend Willow. Beneath the layer of a fast paced adventure is the story of friendship. As magic and myth unfold, the three friends work together to save Del from the curse of the golden coins. If you like a good adventure without the romance, this is a good read. It is not the predictable story of a lost treasure that has been tried over and over again. This is a unique historical fantasy adventure that has twists and turns until the end and is still relevant to today’s audiences. A good mixture of historical adventure with a dash of supernatural elements and a sprinkle of fantasy makes for an exciting read.

Date Night - a contemporary romance by R.C. Matthews

DATE NIGHT is the first of four books in the Wish Come True Series which centers around a grandmother's wish to see her grandchildren happily married before cancer takes her away. The series is funny, whimsical and ends with a happily ever after for all three grandchildren. It's a nice mixture of romance, chic literature and women's fiction as Grannie plays a key role throughout the series. If you love meddling grandmothers, then you're going to want to read this series. Although the series is best read in order, because scenes from Book 1 are repeated in Book 2 and Book 3 but from the perspective of the other characters, each book can be enjoyed on a stand alone basis. In DATE NIGHT, Jordan Billette faces the greatest challenge of her life - find her soul mate and get married before cancer takes Grannie away forever. Not dating? No problem. A dating service will turn up a soul mate. JT Murphy has been best friends with Jordan's brother for years. When he agrees to protect Jordan from unworthy dates at the restaurant where he waits tables, he gets more than he bargained for!

The Duchess of the Shallows - a fantasy novel by Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto

The Duchess of the Shallows – A fresh twist on fantasy

Marina Kell knows what it means to be forgotten.

Once she had a family, an honored name, a lavish home and an assured future. Then came the night of fire and all of it was taken–her father, her brother, her sister, her life.

Then she was called Duchess, and she lived in a baker's shop, in a cramped room she shared with two girls who were not her sisters, raised by two people who were not her parents. Then came the letter, and she lost even that small comfort.

It is a common tale in the fog-bound city of Rodaas. There are many who have found themselves fallen through the cracks. There is Duchess' best friend, Lysander the ganymede, a graceful ‘escort’ to those of better means. There is Minette, the mistress of the Vermillion brothel and obsessive collector of secrets. There are the wretched poor of the Deeps, the working underclass of the Shallows, and the beggars who cry for alms along the Godswalk. Foreigners, women of ambition, men who love men–the powerless and unremembered all go through their daily lives unheeded by the wealthy and powerful who rule from the top of the great hill.

But unlike her fellow unfortunates, Duchess has a chance. For with the letter that ended her life with the baker came a single brass coin with the image of a snake devouring its own tail: an invitation to join a secret society of thieves, spies and rumormongers known as the Grey, who stands supreme in a city where corruption and lies are common coin. They are as forgotten and invisible as the rest, but they lay claim to a subtle power that can shift the fortunes of high and low alike.

To join their ranks, Duchess must call upon both memories of her old life and the resources of the new. She must make an uncertain alliance with Minette, match wits with a masked prophet, and, ultimately, face down the most feared man of the city's slums.

And when she is finished, the city will never, ever forget her.

A Life Before Sleep - scifi by M. Stephen Stewart

Enter a future dominated by advertising and corporate control with the unique short, A Life Before Sleep, the first side-story in the Mindshare series.

In the future, the unauthorized dissemination of knowledge is a grave crime, and Doctor Samantha Vanay is a career criminal. Through secret teachings, and a delicate alliance with one very powerful, very mysterious man known only as The Red Merchant, she has become a major player in an illicit empire of knowledge brokers.

On the hunt for a big payout, Doctor Vanay pushes too far, too fast, bringing her into the crosshairs of Planetary Link Corporation, her country's ruling power. The heat doesn't bother Vanay. She has a plan--keep her mouth shut and stay in The Merchant's good graces no matter what happens. But all that changes when Vanay realizes she may lose more than her freedom.


As a Science Fiction author, I love to use the genre as a means to explore the extremes of humanity and society. So, like the main title in its series, We Are Watching, the story in A Life Before Sleep is inspired by the NSA leaks from Edward Snowden, where it was revealed that the organization has been freely spying on US citizens. I wanted to take that to the furthest possible conclusion by creating a society where people are being monitored at all times in their daily lives.

My goal was to explore how that would affect culture and interpersonal relationships, as well as what a citizen's role becomes in a country where knowledge and information are so tightly controlled by one organization, that the simple act of learning something without that organization's approval is a serious crime. In writing A Life Before Sleep, I realized that most people would begrudgingly accept those laws as a necessary sacrifice for safety and security in a deeply troubled world. But, there would be a spirited few, with an assortment of motivations, who would actively work against those laws.

In the case of Doctor Samantha Vanay, the story's main character, her primary motivation is money and proving to other people that she's superior. Of course, as the story goes on, those motivations are examined, and ultimately called into question when she's forced to make a decision that she never thought she'd have to make.

Contrastingly, Vanay's assistant, Rachel MacArthur, isn't driven forward by pride and greed the same way Vanay is. Sure, Rachel loves the money she makes (working in the illegal information trade is extremely lucrative), but she's idealistic. She'd do the same thing for much less pay, simply because she doesn't agree with Planetary Link's control on knowledge.

In putting the two of them together, there's wonderful tension. They treat each other as friends, they have the same goal, but they want to reach that goal for different reasons, and each has a different "end-game," which makes the other consider why they became information brokers in the first place. So, when Planetary Link's Security division catches wind of a new, dangerous push into really forbidden knowledge by Vanay, things get intense between the doctor and her assistant.

The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest - romance by Donna Friess

A testimony to the power of love

It's no surprise to learn that Donna's debut novel has been selected as 'Spirited Woman's Pick of the Year'. Having previously read her much acclaimed autobiography, Cry the Darkness, I  expected another  gut-grabbing story. But this poignant book unravels even more conflicting emotions: an adoptee's right to know and a mother's right to privacy. To turn psychological fiction into an intriguing plot through a meander of unexpected events requires indepth knowledge of the subject. But Dr Donna Friess, life coach and grief counselor, is no amateur at using key words to disentangle crippling emotions.  The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest is a testimony to the power of love, and makes a perfect read. Rosemary Rudland, author: That Summer in Normandy

Norma Jean's Sun - Memoir by Kris Courtney

Norma comes into view from a family secret held by Matriarch's to give birth to a child with severe deformities only to struggle through her own identity crisis in raising and ultimately letting go of her only Son who will fight to find a common uniqueness prior to an emotional translucent ending.


A Family History of Choices, Imposing Consequences and the People who Survive with Grace & Unparalleled Ability!

Family history resulted in the bearing of a child with double the indemnity of passing on a flawed gene pool magnified in subsequent generations. And so Norma Jean gives birth to Kris, a child with multiple profound skeletal deformities and webbing of digits that required full body cast at birth (separating him from the succor of a mother's hands and causing a sense of shame to the father), a condition so severe that it took in excess of twenty surgeries in an attempt to correct the deformities.

This is not just a memoir, it’s a tale of courage, family failings and devotion & discovery. One man’s detached observation of his family, himself, and life ‘s twist turns and fate! It will leave you with much more of a willingness to accept life's insecure patterns with a zest for self discovery and adventure!

Stolen - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: The Perfect Crime by Colin Rousseaux

Gone are the days of footnotes and references!  Gone are the days of media embedded in the text.  Now we can go to the source, so this ebook uses hyperlinks to media on the web. The hyperlinks take you to videos and documents for further information and visual explanation, somewhat having the best of the web integrated into the book.  For  example, if you want to see how to fly a 777 on autopilot then take the course. If you don’t know what the electronic and equipment bay looks like, then click and you have the captain show you around the avionics of the plane. DOn’t know what hypoxia is then take the Air Force training video. Need documentation on the Kimberly process, child soldiers or parts availability then just click the hyperlink.

The response time is excellent with a Kindle reader running the MOBI format. The videos are short enough not to interfere with the story. Within the text hyperlinks help navigation within the book.

Many have asked me why I wrote this book. The answer is curiosity as to what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Initially, I thought that the aircraft had probably met a watery demise in the Gulf of Thailand. Later when the news came out that the plane had turned to head west after its identification had been disabled; it became obvious that the plane was still airborne when it disappeared from civilian air traffic control screens. Further information that it had been tracked by the Malaysian military heading up the Straits of Malacca indicated that the plane was still aloft and must have been commandeered for some purpose.
How does a plane just disappear leaving relatives and loved ones behind to imagine permanent separation of the human treasure on board? It is now December 2014, and I sit here trying to comprehend the pain those abandoned by MH370. What could have possibly happened to this oversized lofty twin-engine liner? If it had crashed, where are the floating cushions, teddy bears and personal effects?

The coffee houses still hum with various conspiracy theories submitted to explain a cause and the destiny of the disappearance of MH370. Sparks of intrigue fuel seething blogs multiplying so as to consume us all at the expense of global news. Conspiracy theories blossomed, but rarely addressed the underlying question of why someone would want to steal MH370.
 “It’s a hijacking!” stated the media, but where are the demands? If taking the plane were for political reasons, wouldn’t communication have been made to claim responsibility for the hijacking and give a list of demands?

Perhaps the detectives training book of crime gives us a hint to the solution, where a crime requires a motive, means and opportunity. So, we know the means and the opportunity, or at least we have some information of their part of the triad, but what about the motive if it were not an accident?
So what could be the possible motive for such a crime? Follow the money. Greed and money are bloodthirsty brothers slaughtering all those in their path. Those bitten succumb to the evil twins lose their morals and will go to no ends to satiate their needs. So how does this story feed the duo?
I came to the conclusion that the plane itself was the diamond of desire, a gem essential for this tale. If sold as parts the perpetrators could potentially make hundreds of millions of dollars from this crime, as the parts are of greater value than the whole. I found out that parts for the Boeing 777 are particularly scarce at present, making this a plausible motive.
A Boeing 777 is not easy to hide and requires a long runway, so I search for abandoned runways within the fuel range of MH370. I struck oil and the tale began.
What follows is unadulterated fiction built around the scarce but publically known facts. For those still yearning to find out the fate of their loved ones, I hope that they are found safely rather than resting in the depths of the Mariana Trench.

Oscar Caliber Gun by Henry Baum - A Creepy Hollywood Noir In Time For The Oscars!

Written when the author was only 19 years old, himself a Hollywood brat with movie industry parents, Henry Baum captures the essence of pre-Internet LA and celebrity in this disturbing look at male angst in this brand new second edition.

Hollywood celebrity stalker Ray Tompkins prowls the underbelly of Los Angeles, his new target is A-List Actor Tim Griffith, and Ray's going to see this one through to the star-studded end. This Noir thriller set in pre-Internet 90s LA will be enjoyed by fans of Schrader, Easton-Ellis and Bukowski.

Counting Stars (Donnelley Brothers Book 1) - A Contemporary Romance by Alannah Carbonneau

"I think it's safe to say I'm a bit of a book junkie and I'm enthusiastic about alot of them, but every now and then one comes along and takes your breath away and pulls you into its own little book bubble and makes everything in the real world fade away, for me THIS IS THAT BOOK." - Vicci

"This story gripped me, it held me captivated from page one." - Emma

"THIS book took me to an all new level of emotional heights and lows. It grabbed me and sucked me in with ease but then wouldn't let go, I spent days after carrying the story around with me and thinking about the characters." - Ashley

Book Description:

Counting Stars is an emotionally charged romance about love and loss – and learning to live after everything you’ve lived for has died.

I was with him for six years. Derek was my life, my future, and my dream come true. We had it all – the house, the cars, rings on our fingers, and we were even discussing a baby. Derek was my high school sweetheart, my lover, and my best friend.

Derek is dead.

At only twenty-two years old I am a widow. I’ve spent the last year of my life filtering through self-help books – searching for a way to heal the remnants of my heart.

I am broken.

It is my incessant searching that leads me to booking a month long trip with The Donnelley’s Wild Land Tour’s. I was supposed to tour with Gracie – but she is incapacitated and she’s left me in Logan’s care. If I could, I would turn and walk away from this tour. But I can’t. This is my last chance at learning to live again.

Logan doesn’t know I’m broken. When he looks at me, I feel strong again. I feel alive. He pushes me to learn new things, to experience new ways, and to fight. Logan, in all his bluntness has taught me to fight for what I want and what I believe in. I don’t know how it happened, but Logan picked up the pieces of my heart and helped me to rebuild it. In him, I’ve found acceptance in the hardest thing I had to face.

We all have a path, and for me, my path has been beautifully painful. I was fated; both blessed and cursed, to love two men with the entirety of my heart. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a day, because the pain of the lost life I had with Derek led me to the beautiful present I cherish with Logan.

***This novel does NOT end in a cliffhanger. It is a heartwarming romance for everyone who loves a happy ending. This is the first of four novels – each novel will feature a different Donnelley Brother. This can be read as a stand-alone but I do recommend reading the novels in order as characters from prior novels will appear in the later novels!***

All four Donnelley Brother Novels are currently available on Amazon!

Where Tomorrow Waits - a historical fiction by Din Ka

Where Tomorrow Waits unfolds over the haunting landscape of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge war era. Dara, a young girl whom instead of enjoying the carefree life of a teenager, is trapped between the opposing burdens of her mother’s secret affair and her own loyalty to her father. Soon enough, Dara discovers her mother’s selfish secret is just the beginning of her sufferings as it leads her on a path filled with more lies, betrayal, and molestation. As Dara’s father, Muirye, learns about the consequences behind her mother’s actions, he sets forth to make a sacrifice that would ultimately change Dara’s life forever. But before Dara can learn to accept the changes her father has brought forth into her life, she must first survive the Khmer Rouge genocide. Dara is left with a heartbreaking choice— risk her life trying to escape to America, a promised land of opportunity, or stay behind and sacrifice everything to search for her father, who might not even be alive. The choice she makes takes her on a haunting journey that spans three decades of guilt, lies, and what if questions. The deep dark twisting truth Dara accidently uncovers, which her mother had been guarding all her life, is something Dara considers far worse than death. Will Dara ever be able to accept the deep dark twisting truth she has been unknowingly living with all her life, or will death finally grasp her by its fingertips?

The Wheels of Change - A Romantic Suspense by Sandy Appleyard

Jake Campbell lies dead on his living room floor.  His neighbour stands over him with a gun in his hand, wearing nothing but a pair of boxer shorts.

Max Dunphy comes home from work to find his alcoholic wife passed out, bearing a cell phone message in her hand from Simon Cross, indicating she’s had an affair with him.  Angry and on a mission, Max jumps into his car and heads to Cross Advertising, where he tampers with the brakes on Simon’s luxury car.

A terrifying drive home ensues, and Simon wakes in a hospital, numb from the waste down.  Seemingly paralyzed forever, Simon is forced to re-evaluate his questionable lifestyle.  Despite his affliction, he’s still frowned upon as a person.  It isn’t until he is acquainted with his occupational therapist that he begins seeing life through another person’s eyes…a homosexual who has suffered a painful past.

As another person dies, police soon believe that Max Dunphy is to blame for the murders, so they place Simon under protective watch, but when another body turns up freshly dead while Max is behind bars, authorities release the wheelchair-bound man from protection, but not before the real killer pays Simon and unwelcome visit.

Tortured by his own past and the losses he’s recently suffered, Simon is once again in danger, but will he be able to evade what others believe he deserves, before it’s too late?  Can a troubled escape his own karma?  You decide.

The O.D. - An environmental science fiction novel by Chris James


The O.D. is about the threats and perils that face everyone on the planet  – over-population, climate change, water shortages – and what can be done to keep them from killing us all. The action takes place ten or twenty years from now, by which point the Earth will have reached its tipping point. The burning question then, as now, is ‘How can the ills of the world be effectively treated when countries can’t agree on the simplest of things?’ The answer is to create a base of influence outside the rest of the world that is free of history, culture, and political and religious dogma, thus enabling it to devise a solution that’s impartial and non-partisan – a solution the rest of the world can accept for this very reason. The ‘science fiction’ element of the book revolves around how this base of influence is realised.

The main characters of the story are Forrest Vaalon, an octogenarian American billionaire, and Lonnie Pilot, a Cornish tutor of seven-to-twelve-year-olds. An odd, but highly effective, mix.

The O.D. is not a niche novel for environmentalists. It’s for anyone who cares about what human beings are doing to their planet and to each other and who has the awareness and the imagination to see that the road we’re treading is taking us in the opposite direction of where we need to go. The ideas put forward in The O.D. are not ‘pie in the sky’. They’re attainable and make perfect sense.

Kelly's Koffee Shop - a cozy mystery by Dianne Harman

I love dogs, love to cook, and love to write. What a natural for me - a cozy mystery featuring a boxer named Rebel (yes, had a boxer named Rebel who is very much like the drug-sniffing boxer in this book), recipes (family tried and true), and lots of food! It all came together in a mystery that I was reading it as I wrote it. Really had no idea how it was going to turn out! What fun! And to think in January it was in the top 50 most popular books sold in KDP on Amazon. This is book one of the series and I just submitted the fourth book to my formatter! Enjoy!

On the Streets for Alison by Paul Matos, Jr.

Raphael Dawson and Conner MacClennen are D & M Securities and they are private investigators. They are very good at what they do, but have moments that keep them human. Their friend Sam came to them with a problem, his 20-year-old sister, Alison is missing and they hit the streets to help him and his family look for her. Along the way, they make more friends, run into some trouble, and uncover a mess no family wants to ever happen to them. As it turns out they fall into a world of Sex Trafficking that not only do they want to destroy, but more than anything they fight to find her before time runs out.  There is some humor and banter that only true friends can have, and an unspoken respect for each other that helps everyone around them understand why they have been friends for so long. The twist at the later part of the book shows that not only do they care doing what is right but they are willing to do whatever needs to be done to get there.

What would you do for a friend?

The Real Dad: a novel of suspense by Mary Lynn Roddy

Kindle Countdown: 03/01/2015 and 03/02/2015 will be at 0.99.

It was as much of a shock to them as the first surprise visit by police. The final indignation, the ultimate insult to them both, was Nathan's 1975 arrest.

As an interracial couple with two white sons, they had handled the disparaging looks and life's little harassments with aplomb.

The boys from her previous marriage understood. Lulie had  at last found the stepdad of her dreams, and for six blissful  years, they'd been married.

The cops told her nothing.

"What do you even think my husband's done?"

The Engine - an adventure novel by Richard Crist

The Engine will be free on Kindle from February 19, 2015 to February 23, 2015.

     Returning to his childhood home, Dr. Robert Bennett rediscovers an enigmatic artifact that had sparked his imagination when he was a boy. Now, as an accomplished archaeologist, and once again intrigued by the object, he reinvestigates the rocky ledge where all those years ago he’d found the artifact, and makes a discovery that can change the world. He soon finds himself swept up in an adventure that takes him to the ends of the earth, pitting him against an insidious enemy and presenting him with awe-inspiring intellectual challenges.
     My book is an archaeological adventure novel, with some romance, but it's also a philosophical novel, and contains actual lessons in logic, ethics and aesthetics (I have a Ph.D. in philosophy from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and have taught at Hunter College and City College in NYC, and at Ulster County Community College in upstate New York). The book is meant not only to be a good read, but also to serve as an introduction to my Truth Engine, which promotes a unique method of debate—I see debate as an important way that society thinks collectively, and the Truth Engine as providing the most powerful method of debate. There’s also a science fiction component in the book.

     There are 89 full-color illustrations. I created the illustrations in The Engine using the 3D graphics programs SketchUp and Blender. (And I wrote a book on how to use Blender, called Blender Steps.) The first incarnation of The Engine was a browser-based video game I developed, and many of the book’s illustrations had their origin in that game.
     For years I was a science fiction illustrator for Analog and Asimov's magazines.
     I see the primary readers of my book as those who enjoy a good adventure story. And I see them as being intelligent, analytical-minded, and having an active interest in reason, morals and art.
     In the book, Robert explores ancient buildings whose architectural design incorporates mysterious symbolic elements. These are elements that I developed over many years—since I was a boy, actually. Over the years, I realized more and more clearly how these buildings’ symbolic structures might be made to correlate with the complex structures of the Truth Engine, a device that emerged as the result my philosophical investigations into collective intelligence. I found that, eventually, both streams of thought, the intuitive and the discursive, came together easily for me, as if I had been unconsciously working on both together as a single project. I estimate that the actual writing of the book took two years, with editing and polishing taking perhaps another year.
     The most difficult part of writing the book, by far, was the task of fitting together the logical, analytical parts—the “lessons”—with the expressive story-line. Some sections of the book went through many drafts, but I feel the lessons have now been seamlessly integrated into the narrative.
     I chose to put an image of the house of Kholoruuf on the cover because this picture, which I created in Blender, conveys a sense of mystery. I think the image also connects with dream imagery, the house often symbolizing mind in dreams. Mystery evokes the desire for knowledge, a product of mind—I believe that the image, again, joins together the intuitive and the discursive.

Guardian of the Gauntlet - a children's fantasy by Lenita Sheridan

This book involves a special gauntlet which only works if one has faith in a higher power. When Princess Camari is turned invisible with it by Prince Denir, he is called off to war. She is left in the predicament of being invisible. Two wicked characters are after this gauntlet, a bumbling magician and a bog witch, named Bogwina, who has been enchanted into a pigeon. The gauntlet has been stolen and, in order to get it back, Camari must seek the guidance of Prince Isryk of Bredin. He takes her through the Wetlands of Fremil where there are many nasty creatures. Camari must learn not only how to turn herself visible again, but how to outwit these two wicked characters.

She's Gone - Contemporary Fiction by Joye Emmens

A captivating tale!

It’s 1969. Jolie stands on the deck of her parents’ Santa Barbara home watching an uncontrolled oil spill overtake 150 square miles. She is outraged and motivated to do something. Jolie’s father may be an oil executive, but that doesn’t stop her from hitchhiking to the harbor and joining an anti-oil drilling protest.

When a television broadcast shows her protesting, Jolie’s father prohibits any more involvement. This fuels the fire burning inside of her, and she flees home with Will, her older boyfriend. Idealistic and ready for anything, Jolie follows Will into the eye of the hurricane, the 1960's counterculture.

Thrown into an adult world, Jolie lies about her age and identity and quickly discovers that nearly everything is more complicated than it seems—Will included.  Jolie’s emotional and spiritual journey is one of pain, resilience, fear, and hope, as she navigates an increasingly controlling boyfriend and her own personal convictions.

Filled with colorful settings, characters, and distinctive music of the times, She’s Gone is a heartfelt tale that follows a young woman’s odyssey through the unrest of the Vietnam War, an underground free press, the start of the environmental movement and the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Dreaming Nightmares - A Fantasy Thriller by M. W. Rowe

A fantasy thriller following two girls who live and fight in the dream plains. Have you ever wondered about controlling your own dreams, it could be more dangerous than you imagined

Into Shadow by T.D. Shields

Free for Kindle, February 17-20, 2015!

As a full-grown adult, I love reading young adult fiction. So it only made sense that when I finally decided to start writing down the stories that are always running through my head, I would start by writing with the YA genre in mind. Don’t feel like you have to ignore the book if you’re a little older than the typical YA age range, though. It was released just yesterday, so no Amazon reviews are posted yet, but I’ve heard from readers ranging in age from 14 – 60+ that they are already hooked on the book and can’t wait to see what happens next.

“Into Shadow” takes a look at what the world could be like in another 200 years or so. There are high points (incredible advances in technology)… and low points (cities in ruins after years of world wars and climate change). In the middle of that we drop Poppy and watch as she deals with both the highs and the lows.

It’s a really fun read – action, excitement, politics, drama… and just a touch of (clean) romance. Give it a try!

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Book Description:
The world is a far different place in 2259. Thirty years of world war, rampant bombing, and the melting of the polar ice sheets have changed the very face of the planet. The former countries of Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America have banded together as the North American Alliance, led by distinguished military hero President Walker. His daughter Poppy has served as the First Lady of the North American Alliance since she was only twelve years old, helping her father restore order to the chaotic new world they live in. Now nineteen, Poppy finds herself caught in the middle of a government takeover and dodging assassins. After fleeing to the war-torn ruins of Denver, she must face unknown dangers and new experiences. She will have to use every skill learned from her military upbringing to survive the terrifying beasts, deadly plant life, and fierce rebels who live in the shadows of the abandoned city.

Shadow of Worlds - A metaphysical Science Fiction novel by JD Lovil

Each of us suspects that our minds influence the world we see around us. Science all but confirms this as fact. Rafe has found the truth, and learned how to walk between the worlds that the Many Worlds Theory says that the possible outcomes of each action makes.

Rafe has met the gods, and he has met the monsters and supernatural things that we all privately know exist.  He has started to sense the coming of an avatar of Chaos that will make the worst of the monsters seem as harmless as a fluffy bunny.

Rafe finds himself drafted by circumstances to protect his worlds, and he is accompanied by a large gray wolf that for years has been following him through the change shadows when he travelled from reality to reality. Sometimes welcome and sometimes annoying, Lobo the wolf has over time become his trusted friend and companion.

Now he and his friends, gods, sorcerers and common Walkers alike, must find a way to stop this Scourge, before it makes every world of Man another place where Hell holds sway, and unmakes all memory of Man in the infinite universes of existence.

Follow Rafe and his friends as they strive to protect all of the Worlds where Man has ever existed from being washed away into nothingness by the Scourge.

Katydid - A Post-Apocalyptic Adventure Novelette by Popeye Theophilus Barrnumb

Discover a strong female character in youthful protagonist 10-year-old Katy as she struggles to survive on her own in a post-apocalyptic world. Surrounded by innumerable dangers, wandering alone and lonely throughout a nuclear holocaust, with no one to turn to or rely on, Katy will fight to the bitter end to survive, if only because that's all she has left. Eventually, with fading memories, it is all she will ever know, as the months pass like years, and years like decades. So far, so good, even in a world prowled by the most dangerous animal of all: People. But what will come next?

The world created by this story is rife with peril, action, adventure, thrills, and personal growth and insights from the mind of a young girl forced to grow up faster than anyone should have to mature at such a young age. Katy's strength of will, determination, and perseverance serve her well in such a world and the unfortunate situations in which she finds herself, at no fault of her own. In reality, she has no choice in the matter. "Give up" is not in her limited vocabulary.

Will she survive? If so, at what costs? What will be the physical, mental and emotional toll of her journey? And what will she find at the end?

Although difficult to peg as a single genre, this medium-length novelette (13K words) has an overarching theme of post-apocalyptic survival, thereby Survivalist Fiction, with elements of Adventure, Thriller aspects, and perhaps Science Fiction in the sense that most post-apocalyptic stories could be described as such, but it could also easily fall under General Fiction. (as these things go, parts might also elicit a smile or small laugh)

The young girl is the primary character, but, as noted, the story is not for children to read, as it contains adult themes. By today's standards, it is probably barely PG, although some might consider it PG-13. "Katydid" is written for adults, but older, "world-wise" teens should have no problem, and it is hoped by the author that the strong female character will be an inspiration of sorts to everyone who comes into contact with her through his writing. (some younger teens and pre-teens, especially those with advanced reading levels, might be good candidates as readers, with parental guidance and pre-reading to verify the content is appropriate, and/or to be discussed afterward)

A free e-book "Kindle Single" short story prequel, "Bunny Blue: A Katydid Short", will be available soon. And the author is considering continuing Katy's story as a sequel novella or novel.

How To Meet Women In Public -- Get Off the Computer and Into Her Arms - Self Help by James Moreland

How To Meet Women In Public – Get Off the Computer and Into Her Arms is a serious, but common sense book. It presents effective techniques and approaches that can be adapted to many different situations. Perhaps as importantly, it is a guide to the psychology of behind such behavior. How the dynamics of the situation are affected by different personality types of both the man and woman is well explored. While not being sexist, it clearly sees the world through the eyes of a man.

A large part of this book is about taking risks and taking action. Reading about it is useful, but its usefulness stops at the end of this book. Doing is paramount. One way to think about this is just this: If you are not willing to risk a few bucks on one of the most thoughtful books ever written on this subject, why do you think you would have to guts to approach the woman of your dreams?

Wantin - Romantic Fiction by Truth Devour

             Wantin is Book 1 in the contemporary romantic trilogy by Truth Devour with indulgent light erotic descriptives and cultural based paranormal undertones. The series is a chronicle written in the first person of a young girls journey into womanhood. Wantin, has been compared by reviewers of all ages to be layered with associations to novels such as Eat Prey Love due to the wonderful global adventures, and novels such as the French classic Emmanuelle and Anaïs Nin’s short story collection Delta of Venus, due to the sexual exploration and expression of the main character Talia Jacobs.

‘If it feels so good loving the wrong person, imagine how wonderful it is going to be when you love the right one.’ Quote from Wantin

Note Trilogy Order: (Book1: Wantin Book 2: Unrequited & Book 3: Sated)

Outage - a post-apocalyptic survival tale by Ellisa Barr

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Kindle Countdown Deal:  February 16 - February 18th

When a mysterious pulse disables everything electronic, Dee is thrust into dangerous territory.  Her town faces collapse as disease and lawlessness run rampant.  With handsome, troubled Mason and friendly boy-next-door Hyrum at her side, Dee fights to survive and deals with a new, undeniable attraction at the same time.   Meanwhile, a corrupt, power-crazed sheriff is administering a terrifying brutality and preying on the sick and the well supplied. When he sets his sights on her home, can Dee put her feelings aside to save her family—and take back the power she’d feared was forever lost?

Although Outage is a work of fiction, many people have told me after they read it they have a sense of wanting to get better prepared.  Disasters (natural or man-made) happen all the time.  You don't have to be a "prepper" to take basic steps to prepare yourself and your family for a worst-case scenario.  A good starting point is 5 gallons of clean water per person, 3 days of meals that don't require cooking, and a basic first aid kit.  Also, be sure and talk to your family about what you'd do in an emergency. It might feel strange to have the conversation, and it doesn't need to be scary, just get on the same page about what your family plan is.  I hope you'll never experience a disaster, but I encourage you to be prepared in case you do.

Serpents in the Garden - an autobiography of an abused woman Mary Materniak

An autobiography of a woman who was abused at an early age. She compares herself with Eve in the Garden of Eden as she set out on a quest to find someone who truly loved her. She writes to all women who have been in abusive situation. She writes Scripture verses from the Bible to express how God healed her and drove the demons out of her life. She writes with great compassion for other women who have been in the same situations.  She shows how the Serpents with their poisonous venom came slithering into her life with one goal in mind and that was to destroy her. Through the Divine intervention of God she came out of darkness into a life filled with great victory. She shows how God taught her to prosper in every area of her life. She recounts exploits from living a life that was degrading to ministering the Gospel in other countries where women were in situations that she was in. She went from a tar paper shack to a mansion.

STEAMROLL - A Legal/Financial Thriller by Tom Ingram

FREE on Amazon Kindle - From February 14 through February 16, 2015  -  GoTo:

The career path of Don Tremain, an ambitious corporate attorney, takes an unexpected turn, and he is passed over for promotion. It's time for a change.

His family loves their southern California beach life, but they decide to take more control of their future by moving the family to a higher paying, higher profile job with Caldera Geothermal, a global alternative energy company on the frenetic San Francisco peninsula.

Tremain soon finds himself in deep over his head. To his surprise, the mentor attorney who hired him suddenly quits, leaving Tremain as the sole in-house attorney. Jealous infighting becomes rampant among the arrogant members of the company’s management team, who are desperately focused on financing the conversion of its geothermal projects around the world into money machines. Tremain, as the ‘in-house’ lawyer, must go on location to fix the broken projects. He earns a position of respect within the company by accomplishing near impossible tasks deep in the outer reaches of a corrupt backward region of post-perestroika Russia, where the company’s most lucrative geothermal project is located.

Meanwhile, a crooked banker who controls a clandestine group of elite investors, attorneys, and judges, works a financial time bomb into the complicated business plan of the company. The malevolent group seeks to line its own pockets by targeting Caldera Geothermal for bankruptcy, where the banker can control the outcome by wielding his profound power over his stable of corrupt Bankruptcy Court judges. That power is manifested in the form of payoffs, blackmail, and even murder.

Tremain must make tremendous sacrifices to get the job done.

This book reveals nefarious and powerful forces that might be at work. Are those forces really out there, controlling and ruining lives? You should hope – and pray – that you, and Don Tremain, survive them.

Promises, Promises - A Contemporary Romance Novel by Josie Bordeaux

A different twist to the latest virgin/Dom theme! In Promises, Promises, Isabella "Izzy" leaves when her so-called Dom when he pushes her too far.
Izzy has had a tough life and after the last two years of struggling to "make" her so-called Dom love her, she re-connects with her best friend from college. Attempting to start her life over in a new town, Izzy finds a job at the hottest, new night club in town, Allure. Maybe her new boss, Z, can help her get settled in her new life in other ways. That is unless Izzy's ex is looking for her.
A book about trying to start your life over again after having a really difficult start in life. Friendship, passion and love are all entwined in one romantic novel.
Enjoy Promises, Promises on sale for a limited time only!

Thank You For Your Cooperation - A sci-fi adventure novel by Adam Wasserman

Greetings, citizen. Thank you for volunteering to take this mandatory survey. Rest assured that your answers will in no way affect your Employment, Lifestyle, Anatomy, or Other. By participating, you are helping to ensure that the Bunker remains the perfect environment for happy, satisfied workers hoping to achieve their greatest potential.

Before you begin, please be aware of the following. This information is provided for your safety, so please pay attention. Although there are no correct answers, failure to [[ ---- DATA TRANSMISSION ERROR ---- ]] punishment by fine or corrective surgery. In addition, unless you specifically [[ ---- NULLPOINTEREXCEPTION ---- ]] at the proper time. You have been warned.

First question: Select one and only one answer from those provided.
If Control were not in charge of every aspect of day-to-day life in the Bunker, who or what would be the best substitute?
A. Myself
B. The Head of Homeland Security
C. It is utterly ridiculous to suppose that Control would go offline, let alone that it could be replaced.

Second question: Select one and only one answer from those provided.
Earth is the planet in the solar system where all humans originated.
A. True
B. False
C. For obvious health reasons, I have never heard of Earth.

Third question: Select one and only one answer from those provided.
If I discovered that one of my colleagues was storing spent nuclear fuel behind stacks of unused marketing material and was receiving black market currency in return, I would do the following:
A. Demand to get in on the action
B. Turn to blackmail
C. Pretend I didn't notice
D. None of the Above

If you answered "D. None of the Above" to the previous question, please explain exactly what you think is wrong with this survey and why you are refusing to fill it out. Print legibly and use only the space provided.
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