Free Books 21/07/2013 Romance


After being hounded by her estranged father just as her boutique shoe business is taking off, Atlanta’s Angelita Barros heads for the mountains of North Carolina where she couldn’t be a bigger fish out of water. The cabin she rents is perfect, but one look at the owner’s son and Angelita’s in lust big time. She finds resisting the charming Jesse Bloodworth as difficult as maneuvering small town life in her custom made stilettos. Jesse has spent years rebuilding his relationship with his teenaged son and ex-wife after running out on them eleven years ago. But his dad’s not so quick to forgive and forget. The water under the bridge becomes mighty choppy when beautiful Angelita walks into their lives. Jesse’s ex, Kerri Ann, is a far cry from where she thought she’d be in life. Even before she got pregnant with Ty, things between her and Jesse had faltered, and there was only one person to blame: Bryce Jenson. Kerri Ann never expected her long-ago crush to settle back into Sequoyah Falls to practice law. Hell, no one did. Bryce had his reasons for returning home and Kerri Ann was at the very top. They seem destined to remain just friends, until Angelita comes to town and stirs everything up. As Angelita and Jesse embark on a relationship, her father’s demands become threats and she’s forced back to Atlanta. Jesse’s attempt to save her uncovers more of her past than he bargained for. Will Angelita’s prince charming come to her rescue or does Jesse’s love come with Shoe Strings attached?Romance

 

 

Everyone should have at least one wild fling on their resumé. Mia volunteers to dogsit for two weeks, giving her a chance to figure out the next step in her life, and career. She discovers it’s not easy chasing after a puppy with a shoe fetish, but there’s a reward for all her troubles: the hunky guy next door. Luke is a workaholic forced to take two weeks’ vacation, and at first he’s sure the downtime might kill him. But then he gets to know his temporary neighbor. She’s sexy and fun, and all of a sudden, two weeks isn’t nearly enough time.Romance

 

 

Two men. One woman. Half-a-million dollars. Keegan and Erik want one night with the beautiful Julianne, but both men have scars, physical and emotionally. Neither can believe Julianne will agree to take their money to spend one night with them. But they can hope… Julianne has a mountain of debt and five-hundred-thousand dollars would go a long way toward clearing it and setting her up in a new life. All she has to do is sleep with a stranger. Make that two…Romance

 

 

Fans of Sophie Kinsella’s I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER and Emily Giffin’s SOMETHING BORROWED will enjoy this contemporary romantic comedy (book 1 in the Talisman Turner series): Talisman Turner has just been dumped. It’s not her. It’s not the guy. It’s the Red Sox. Tali’s ex-boyfriend believes that sacrificing their relationship will reverse the curse plaguing his beloved baseball team. Tali’s determined to reverse a curse too–the one haunting her sorry love life. And she’s betting on the psychological theories on love and attraction, which she studied in college, to do it. But falling in love is not a science. Has Tali taken on more than she can handle? Or will she triumph? Book 1: THE TRIUMPHS AND TRAVAILS OF TALISMAN TURNER (approx. 90,000 words) Book 2: TALISMAN TURNER MINDS THE GAP (approx. 95,000 words)Romance

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gressman sneaks away on Christmas Eve, hoping to find the angel who saved her life a few weeks earlier. Instead, she takes an unexpected trip back in time, and finds herself in the midst of a murderous street gang. Now it’s up to Taylor to ensure that she and a newfound friend don’t become the gang’s next victims, and in the process, learn that giving is the best gift of all.Romance

 

 

If you love Regencies with humor, wit, and fun, Downton Abbey and Jane Austen you’ll love The Five Kisses! This is the first book in the Sweet Deception Regency series and there’s lots more to come. The question in The Five Kisses is: can the daughter of a professor with a very small estate interest the heir to an Earl in not just love but marriage? When 13 year old Chad stands up to a bully and rescues a kitten, Gillian saves him from a beating. A thank you kiss surprises them both. If she was older than 9, she might have fallen in love with him right there. But then…” The journey from friendship to love in this traditional Regency will warm the heart of any reader.Romance

 

 

The stress of opening her own specialty bakery has kept Brooke tied up in knots, just not the kind she would prefer. When she spies the hunk of a Dom across the crowded bar, she’s intrigued, but his wristband indicates he’s off limits. That doesn’t stop her from doing the most daring thing she’s ever done to snag a man’s attention, but when things escalate beyond even her wildest imaginings, she can’t get out of there fast enough. His contract with the Mustangs is set to expire at the end of the season, and third baseman, Todd Stevens is holding out for a longer, more lucrative deal as a free agent. Convinced more money and a new city will cure what ails him, he isn’t looking for a long-term relationship, much less a one-time hookup with a sub who doesn’t know her place. Unfortunately, the little minx eyeing him from across the room might just be the one to make him change his mind.Romance

 

 

Christmas recipe for love—combine a matchmaking Santa, lots of mistletoe, one iron-clad rule, fated hearts; mix and stir. The Riley siblings don’t stand a chance. Mistletoe Mischief Christmas in July at the zoo is the last place single parents Eric Riley and Marissa Wilder expect to find love. Thanks to some mistletoe mischief in the form of their two young daughters and Santa, they discover mistletoe rules were not made to be broken.Romance

 

 

Kane is healing on his little slice of heaven in Puffin Cove, Newfoundland. But one look at a beautiful redhead in a quiet pub, and the life he has so carefully rebuilt tilts on its axis. Laura knows there must be something better out there. When she runs away from home she certainly doesn’t expect to fall instantly in love with a small east coast town, and a crusty, sexy Irishman.Romance

 

 

I noticed him through a window during the job interview. The way my mind raced and my heart fluttered, it was obvious how much I wanted him. It was by sheer luck that I managed to land the job, because I certainly wasn’t in any condition to respond sensibly to the questions that came my way. But it’s not easy talking to someone, who seemingly wants to be nowhere near where they are. To someone who would rather disappear every lunch hour than spend it getting to know their new trainee. John was exactly my type, even if that’s hard to believe. I don’t go for the stereotypical Calvin Klein underwear model type, you see. I may be petite, but I like my men with a bit – OK, a lot – of meat on them. It may have been just another day at the office for the rest of our colleagues, but for me, it was the start of hopefully something amazing. A love story that could leave me broken, but preferably one that might make John and me into one of those smug, in love couples which everyone just hates to be around.Romance

Bargain Books 21/07/2013 Romance


Working in a cathouse always was interesting but then he walked through the door and everything changed. I’m Cate. Two years ago I was a student at UNLV. Today, I’m a hooker. Cat Haus is my story.Romance

 

 

Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones. When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriend’s best work trousers, it’s time for her to move on. His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse. Helen’s life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe’s brother, Kalem. How will Kalem and Helen get together when she’s too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalem’s Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out? Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days? Editorial Reviews “This story was impossible for me to put down” — Coffee Time Romance & More “A hilarious romance! The storyline was entertaining and funny; the characters were unique, colorful,and relatable. I had a hard time putting this one down because I never knew what funny catastrophe or line would come next.” –The Cajun Book Lady (added by author) “A very good read.” “Very enjoyable and fresh.” — TRISHA ASHLEYRomance

 

 

“Calling all Fifty Shades of Grey and Crossfire Series fans! If you’ve been looking for your next fix, this is the series for you! Talk about some serious YUM!” – Read-Love-Blog Who is Sebastian Lock? The bar Sophia Pearce is in doesn’t look like much. The wine is bad and the decor worse. But when a sudden attack of curiosity leads her to sneak past security and into the back room, she discovers something unimaginable. The most lavish party she’s ever laid eyes on, in the most unlikely of places. But that’s nothing compared to what comes next, to the man she meets back there. Sebastian Lock. Gorgeous, commanding, and radiating charm, he is exactly the sort of silver-tongued rake Sophia has sworn to avoid. Unfortunately, he doesn’t care much for her promises. Every instinct tells her to run, but the chemistry between them is as inescapable as gravity. Soon, he’s opening her eyes to a whole new world of pleasures, pleasures she never thought she’d enjoy. There’s just one problem. Sebastian is more than he seems. Between the famous company he keeps and the almost paranoid secrecy of his employers, he’s a puzzle Sophia can’t quite solve, and his insistence on keeping things casual forces her to confront the demons of her past. Can she learn to trust again? Or will Sebastian’s privacy tear them apart? Note: This is not a standalone story.This book is the first part of a trilogy that is designed to be read one after the other, much like The Blackstone Affair. Sebastian and Sophia will get their happily ever after, but not until the last book. This is a 35,000 word novella, or about 120 pages. It contains light BDSM and erotic content, and is intended for readers aged 18 and over. Lockout: The Alpha Group Book Two – Out Now! Unlocked: The Alpha Group Book Three – Due August 2013Romance

 

 

Bestselling author Sophia Knightly delivers two fun, sexy and heartwarming romances of her Tropical Heat Series in one bundled volume. In Wild for You (Book One), Detective Clay Blackthorne has his hands full when he promises to safeguard an old college pal’s sister without letting her know what he’s up to. He never imagines that lively Marisol Calderon will knock his socks off and put a ring on his finger–and all at his suggestion! Their marriage of convenience is meant to protect her and Clay doesn’t plan on being hitched for long to the tempting beauty. But the honeymoon sure feels real to him… Sassy Marisol is used to doing whatever she wants–and right now her plan is to shake up the hot detective’s hard-edged demeanor. But the fun turns to danger when a mystery stalker bent on marrying her marks her as his prey. Temporarily becoming Clay’s wife seems like a practical way to thwart the stalker. But as passion ignites and Marisol falls for the tender heart buried beneath the tough detective’s chest, Clay’s true identity is revealed and she begins to wonder who–if anyone–she can trust… In Sold on You, (Book Two) Confirmed bachelor Dr. Marcos Calderon is in hot water. He needs to come up with a fake fiancée fast or he’ll disappoint his beloved grandma who’s arriving on the next flight to meet her. Proper social worker Gabriela Morales should fit the bill–but tonight, in that sexy, slit-to-there red evening gown, she looks anything but proper. Gabriela only volunteered for the hospital’s charity bachelorette auction to benefit a cause dear to her heart. Now she’s reeling from the hot doctor’s bid of fifteen thousand dollars for a weekend date with her! She’s not sure what Dr. Handsome has in mind, but the smoldering look in his eyes is unmistakable…Romance

 

 

Stories of the different kinds of love between artificial beings and humans Unrequited / Obsessive / Bad timing / self-sacrifice Warning: Some stories may contain sexual content, and others might not have an happily ever after. Artificial Love AL is an artificial lover. His sole purpose is to bring pleasure to women. Like other sex-bots, he is designed with the end user in mind. Precise and accurate sensors make him sensitive to a woman’s state of arousal, which allows his processors to program and adapt the perfect routine to ensure complete customer satisfaction. Unlike other sex-bots, AL has fallen in love. Her Beautiful Interface A Commanding Officer always goes down on his ship… er… o.O And that CO is Major Jake Corwin, who has volunteered to test a revolutionary new spaceship. The catch is the neural interface implanted in his brain, which allows him and the spaceship, Divinity, intimate access to each other. But Jake is not the only one with his eye on Divinity, which begs the question. Who gets the girl? Surge Protector A near future short fiction about two officers of the law who partner up to tackle crime. Will this keep them from falling in love while on duty? Blue House of Death Technology—a blessing or a big pain in the rear? This is a near future story about Kevin, an unemployed bum, who inherits his Uncle’s smart house. A tale involving pizza, poultry and technological obsession.Romance

 

 

 

**LIMITED TIME SPECIAL PRICING ** 99 cents for approximately 365,000 words Seven authors bring you the hottest alpha bad boys and the women who love them. Billionaires, athletes, rockers, Doms, and cowboys, all in one collection, because why should you have to choose? *7 COMPLETE STORIES* THEIR VIRGIN CAPTIVE Masters of Ménage, Book 1 Shayla Black and Lexi Blake Brothers Gavin, Slade, and Dex, fall hard for Gavin’s new secretary, beautiful Hannah Craig. The oil executives know they must give her time to get to know them before she can choose one…who will seduce the virgin and keep her for his own. TRY ME One Night with Sole Regret, Book 1 Olivia Cunning Melanie has no desire to meet the members of the rock band, Sole Regret, but her groupie of a best friend gets them both backstage and then rushes off with the band’s lead singer. Will Melanie and the band’s drummer, Gabe, only share a single night of passion? TEMPT ME One Night with Sole Regret, Book 2 Olivia Cunning Madison will take one more hot-and-heavy night with Sole Regret’s sexy lead guitarist Adam before she cuts all ties with him for good. She has no problem tempting Adam into her bed, but can she tempt his heart into taking a chance on love? ONE NIGHT FOREVER The Cinderella Chronicles, Book 1 Lisa Renee Jones She’s a struggling good girl taking care of a sick mother. He’s the hot one night stand that she dared indulge in a year before…and now he’s her sexy, rich new boss. Fate has thrown Lauren into the arms of a man who takes her to the absolute edge of passion, but will he destroy her career in the process? ASK FOR IT Selena Blake Trevor Wyatt has lusted for journalist JJ Fairchild since before he retired from the NFL. Now she’s back in his life and he’s not going to miss the opportunity to show her just how good they could be together. TUCKER’S FALL Purgatory Masters, Book 1 Eliza Gayle Scandalized professor Maggie Cisco returns to her hometown to lick her wounds and reconsider her future when a snowstorm puts her in the path of stunningly handsome, insanely rich and equally intense, Tucker Lewis. EDUCATING ANSLEY Cat Johnson Society girl Ansley Craig is banished to a ranch in Colorado, just for having a little too much fun at a graduation party. She expects to find cows and boredom. What she doesn’t count on are the Kane brothers.Romance

Full Price Books 17/07/2013 Fiction & Literature

Trauma nurse and part-time death-investigator Molly Burke is having a pretty normal night at her St. Louis Emergency Department. Then a well-connected lawyer is wheeled in, victim of a suspected suicide. One suicide is bad. But when one grows to four in a matter of days, and all the victims are lawyers, the trend stops being an oddity and becomes a real problem. Were these really suicides? Why would successful, hot young lawyers want to kill themselves? Then Molly unearths secrets that powerful people dont want exposed and the puzzle suddenly becomes a threat. Now she must find killer, or become the next victim. AWARDS: 4 1/2 Stars, Gold Metal Romantic Times REVIEWS: “With her own unique blend of dark humor, complex motivations and riveting suspense, Eileen Dreyer is a very tough act to beat. A nerve-shattering suspense.” ~RT Magazine OTHER SUSPENSE/THRILLERS by Eileen Dreyer: Nothing Personal Brain Dead A Man to Die For If Looks Could KillFiction & Literature

 

 

Sam finds herself the heir of an estate she had no idea existed. As she explores the property she discovers hidden treasures, family secrets and one of the most beautiful conservatories she has ever seen (which has some secrets of its own). As she uncovers the past, she discovers a new outlook on her future – an outlook she never had before.Fiction & Literature

 

 

“As long as Denmark looks backward, there will be bloodshed.” It is December of 1601. Soren Andersmann, the Danish royal astrologer, has smuggled a trunk full of poisons, daggers, and a venomous snake into the royal castle at Elsinore. Though Soren knows nothing of the assassin’s trade, he has sworn to be the instrument of justice. King Christian IV has murdered Soren’s mentor and spiritual father, Tycho Brahe, the most famous astronomer the world has seen. Soren will have his revenge. The Astrologer takes us into the world of Europe on the edge of the Renaissance. It is a world ruled by the sword, where civilization is held in place by violence and blind loyalty. The birth of science is still overshadowed by medieval religion, but men are learning to think for themselves. In 1601, a man who thinks for himself is a dangerous man. Soren Andersmann, the astrologer, is becoming a dangerous man.Fiction & Literature

 

 

What happened after Cinderella married her prince? How did the evil sorceress in Sleeping Beauty turn evil in the first place? Discover these stories and a world filled with magic, forbidden love, elves, sprites, dragons, and the most powerful creatures of all— the fairies —in Bonded, a collection of three fairy tale inspired novellas. CINDERS: A Cinderella sequel. Money can’t buy love, but magic isn’t a sure bet either. Cinderella, now officially a princess, finds royal life is not what she once dreamed. When a mysterious elf from her past stirs up long-suppressed passion, Cinderella begins to wonder if there really is love beneath the spell that captured her husband’s heart. But undoing magic can be harder than casting the initial spell, and the results are even less predictable. THIRDS: A retelling of the Grimm’s fairy tale, One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes. Issina is surrounded by magic, yet none of it belongs to her. Despised and abused by her mother and sisters, she finds comfort when she meets the beautiful elves living in the nearby woods. The elves want to help her discover her own magic, but it’s not the kind of power she hoped for, and she learns there is more to magic than getting what you want. SCALES: A Sleeping Beauty prequel. The sun never sets in the realm of the fairies. When the young fairy Serina looks into her sister’s eyes, she sees darkness for the first time. After her mother is murdered, Serina defies fairy law to follow her sister to the human realm. There she discovers the strength of a bond, the weight of a promise, and the darkness in her own heart.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Red Gone Bad A collection of twisted fairy tales in which Little Red Riding Hood is finally taking her life into a direction which suits her, but not so much her friends, nor the wolf. The miller’s daughter tries to strike a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, but forgets one detail. Snow White is as black as night. And Cinderella cleans house in a most definite way. If you like to read stories in which the twists keep you on the edge of your seat and heroines get what they deserve, you might just like this anthology.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Awakening Colors will take you on a magical adventure! Read this fascinating story that weaves together current times with ancient mythologies. Set in modern day Toronto, this book is an exciting story of adventures that evolve across material worlds into illusions and beyond. Using his powers to reach into the world of illusions, Arche Lasarre is able to change destinies. The power of his manipulations threatens all three worlds: the material, the illusionary and the timeless. Visions of constantly changing destinies and futures depicted in vibrant colors – this is what Pari sees. Mystified and confused, Pari initially hides her visions from others. She dismisses them as hallucinations. Guided by scrolls left to her by the spiritual master Chanakya, Pari needs to discover her powers and define her own destiny. Will she be seduced by the lure of Arche’s power of illusions? Will she choose her own path? What will Pari do? Find out now!Fiction & Literature

 

 

AN AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD SEMIFINALIST Sex, Sin, and Scandal in a Small New England Town… Interweaving the humor and mystery of Desperate Housewives with the drama and romance of Days of Our Lives throughout the novel, Matthew W. Grant breathes new life into the genre of small town potboilers. From heiress Nancy Harrison fighting the manipulations and objections of her powerful family as she pursues a romance with mechanic Roy Trembley to Melinda Rollins, the minister’s daughter who is cheating on her millionaire fiance… From the crazy old lady harboring a deadly grudge, to the young girl who finds herself pregnant, single, and stuck with a playboy boyfriend afraid of commitment… You’re invited into the hearts, souls, and bedrooms of the residents of Slaters Falls where families of varying wealth and stature find their lives intertwined by sex, sin, scandal, and secrets. Among the ensemble cast of spiteful busybodies, ambitious social climbers, sleazy hunks, conniving bitches, dirty cops, and scheming murderers, several achieve meaningful change. Secrets Of Slaters Falls is classic soap opera that tackles controversial topics such as abortion, racism, and drug abuse. Not since best-selling classic Peyton Place has a novel so thoroughly exposed the secrets and lies that fester beneath the picture-perfect surface of every small town.Fiction & Literature

 

 

In Nell Lillington’s small Midwestern town of the 1870s, marriage is the obvious fate of a young woman of some social standing. Yet Nell is determined to elude the duties and restrictions of matrimony. So when she finds herself pregnant at the age of 17, she refuses to divulge the name of the father and even her childhood friend Martin is kept in the dark. Nell’s stepfather Hiram sends Nell to live at the Poor Farm of which he is a governor, to await the day when her baby can be discreetly adopted. Nell is ready to go along with Hiram’s plans until an unused padded cell is opened and two small bodies fall out. Nell is the only resident of the Poor Farm who is convinced that the unwed mother and her baby were murdered, and the incident prompts her to rethink her decision to abandon her own child to her fate. But the revelations to which her questions lead make her realize that even if she manages to escape the Poor Farm with her baby, she may have no safe place to run to.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Linda Dowling’s husband traded her in for a younger model, and she clung to the only life and home her kids knew. Easiest thing by far when her heart was broken and her small town was filled with folks who commonly mistook their neighbor’s concerns for their own. But even in Cross Springs, NC, time moves on and starts to heal the most grievous of wounds. Linda shakes things up, goes back to college and—gasp!—starts dating a younger man.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Godfrey is young, wealthy and able-bodied. He has all the women you can imagine, and unbelievably deep pockets. But Godfrey wants more. His Great Greatness wants to rid the world of a menacing scourge, and restore what is truly superior to an elevated position. Why would anyone stop him? Who could possibly stop him? Chucky arrives as the new assistant, and tries to perform every duty that is handed to him. What challenges for a dull servant! Look at him muddling through! With passports of exclusive privilege, the two adventurers make a splash in tropical Langkawi, where the water is blue and the girls are brown. Then they rendezvous with the locals in Singapore, where pleasures are plentiful and multicolored. Food and money are found in piles. Life in a global city should be, possibly, one of uninterrupted leisure…shouldn’t it? Desire is a seductively red piece of jade, which resides even in our dreams. “I am a healthy, strong and sexy male with a life, most of it sex life.” – Godfrey Mann “I did not know how to reply, since the words were difficult to speak.” – ChuckyFiction & Literature

 

 

Once the doyenne of Long Beach and now a sick old man, Frank’s dying wishes lay in the hands of an overbearing carer. Mike refuses to embrace modern fads like gay marriage, preferring the past when gay men really had something to fight about. John secretly places an ad in The Farmers Journal looking for a companion as his father organises local farmers in political protest. In a Belfast hospital, Conor confesses to his dying father that he intends to marry his flatmate. Ciarán responds to John’s ad in The Farmers Journal but finds his search for love overshadowed by the search for a neighbour’s missing child. The demolition of Ballymun flats forces Scott into making some life decisions, including embarking on an affair that threatens to destroy him. Teenage Traveller Ritchie discovers a glorious world of online dating is just a click away. From the wind-scrubbed West of Ireland to the manicured lawns of the East, gay men are searching for their place in a modern Ireland. These gritty and confessional stories fuse their characters’ voices into forceful narratives, connecting them by a few degrees of separation, an improved road or a new broadband connection. In Pursuit is a progressive journey built around the universal emotions of love, friendship and the pursuit of happiness and how this can shift over time for us all.Fiction & Literature

 

 

In this prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventually events that lead to government tyranny in the United States with the sole purpose of destroying Christianity and its influence in the United States. The novel also follows the Atwood family, starting with the Great-Grandfather of Brian, Charles, as he fights in World War Two and ends up helping liberate Buchenwald shortly near the end of the war. Charles returns to the States and gets married to the love of his life, Betty. Eventually, the family ends up in Delaney, Nebraska, where we watch Aaron, the father of Brian, join the Army to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11. Later on, we get to see how Brian and Lynda finally get together and get married.Fiction & Literature

 

 

First in the series ‘The Strongs of Summerleas Farm’. The tale of a marriage…and the search for fulfilment. Hampshire, England, 1829. When seventeen-year old Mary Springer marries George Strong and arrives with him at Summerleas Farm, she has no way of knowing that he is still obsessed with his former lover, Annie, the woman now married to his brother. Nor does she know that resentful of George’s marriage and unhappy in her own, Annie is scheming to rekindle her relationship with him. Isolated and lonely in her new surroundings, Mary struggles to cope with her husband’s cold and evermore distant behaviour, while for his part, George laments choosing such a young and innocent wife. So when Annie is widowed by the unexplained death of her brutal husband and a young farm-hand offers Mary the chance to discover what is missing from her life, will their marriage survive? Against a backdrop of the uprisings sweeping Hampshire in the 1830s, the story of George and Mary’s ill-matched union is a tale of their search for love and fulfilment, of adultery and betrayal and of the lengths to which some people will go in the name of love. What reviewers had to say: “From the very beginning, the scene is set well for the remainder of the book and is well written, engaging the reader immediately with its colourful characters throughout this enjoyable read.” – Historical Novel Society “Great twists and turns with intrigue to keep you thinking. Sandra-Jane Goddard has written a good read in The Worst of Lies…” – Historical Novel Society A note from the author: When I talk to people about my books, their first question is often ‘Would I like them?’ and of course that’s really difficult to answer. So over time, my response has become to ask them what sort of books and characters they like to read about. And then, if in particular they mention the nineteenth-century, family sagas, romance, emotional conflict, tangled relationships and earthy, rural settings, then I tell them that they might. But if, more than that, they tell me that they want to be drawn in by flawed characters and broken relationships; that they want to immerse themselves in a book to be savoured slowly and that will linger with them once finished; that they aren’t squeamish about sex and adultery and prefer grit and realism over fairy-tales, then I tell them that they’re probably in for a treat. And if they’re still undecided, then I suggest that they might like to visit one of my blogs or my website, where they can read the first chapters…and decide for themselves whether they want to buy the book and keep reading… Sandra-Jane Goddard, Author, The Strongs of Summerleas Farm Series.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Book two in the series ‘The Strongs of Summerleas Farm’ and sequel to ‘The Worst of Lies’. A story of second chances… In the mid-nineteenth century, marriage meant ’till death us do part’, exactly as promised before God; no chance of divorce, no way out. Hampshire, England, 1842. When Mary Strong reluctantly gave up the chance to escape her empty marriage and run away with Francis, the man she loved, she never expected that she would see him again. So when, ten years later, he returns to the village, Mary’s feelings are thrown into turmoil. But when Francis tells her that her husband, George, is being unfaithful with his sister-in-law, Annie, she sees a chance to finally get what she wants. This time, though, she cannot simply run away but must find another means to be free from her loveless marriage. And that means joining forces with Annie, the woman who has only ever despised her. But in her quest for happiness, has Mary underestimated how deeply her unorthodox plan will divide the family and is she prepared for what she will subsequently find out about the beautiful and mysterious Frenchwoman, Geneviève, with whom Francis has spent the last ten years? And when she is finally forced to make a choice, will she find the courage to grasp her second chance? A note from the author: When I talk to people about my books, their first question is often ‘Would I like them?’ and of course that’s really difficult to answer. So over time, my response has become to ask them what sort of books and characters they like to read about. And then, if in particular they mention the nineteenth-century, family sagas, romance, emotional conflict, tangled relationships and earthy, rural settings, then I tell them that they might. But if, more than that, they tell me that they want to be drawn in by flawed characters and broken relationships; that they want to immerse themselves in a book to be savoured slowly and that will linger with them once finished; that they aren’t squeamish about sex and adultery and prefer grit and realism over fairy-tales, then I tell them that they’re probably in for a treat. But then, of course, if you’ve already read The Worst of Lies – the first book in the series – then you will know what sort of read to expect… Sandra-Jane Goddard, Author, The Strongs of Summerleas Farm Series.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Jo Joe is a mystery of the heart about Judith Ormand who learned hate and bigotry early in life. As a child, she was the only Black — and the only Jew — in a small insular Pennsylvania mountain village where she was raised by her white Christian grandparents. Now, she must reluctantly break her vow to never return to the town she learned to hate. During her one week visit, she buries and mourns her beloved grandmother, is forced to deal with the white boy who cruelly broke her heart, and is menaced by an old enemy. But with her traumatic discovery of a long buried secret, Judith finds more questions than answers about the prejudice that scarred her childhood. “Brilliant!… Skillfully woven.” – Peter Simpson “Thought provoking and inspiring.” – Margo Crispino Azzarelli “A riveting read. Astute, psychologically believable and moving.” – Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum “I read it through in a single sitting…. masterfully developed.” – Professor Claire Herschfeld “Storytelling at its Best! This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time.” – Dottie ResnickFiction & Literature

Free Books 17/07/2013 Fiction & Literature

Sugar Crash By: Elena Aitken Sugar Crash By: Elena Aitken 1 2 3 4 5 Rate this book! ( 102 customer ratings) Average rating includes Ink Blot Communications, April 2012 #3861 in Fiction – Young Adult #12 in Health & Well Being > Medical > Ailments & Diseases > Diseases #76 in Family & Relationships > Family RelationshipsFamily Relationships Synopsis Darci Thompson has spent the last six years since her husband’s death trying to hold everything together. A busy single mom, she’s managed to raise 12-year-old Taylor while holding down a good job all on her own. She doesn’t need or want any help because that would mean letting someone close enough that she could get hurt again. No, it’s safer to be alone. But when Taylor ends up in the hospital, her diagnosis of Type I Diabetes sends their carefully constructed life into a tailspin. For the sake of her daughter, Darci must face a whole new set of circumstances and push past her self imposed walls to prove that Diabetes won’t define them. With the help of new friends and Cam, a man who believes in her, Darci finds the strength to challenge the stereotypes and make a difference for her daughter. But letting Cam get close also means being vulnerable. Is Darci willing to face her own demons and take that risk once again? A story about the strength of one woman and the power of her relationship with her daughter as they overcome life’s obstacles.Fiction & Literature

 

 

You read Orwell’s 1984. Now read The United States of Air. The National Sewer Agency is spying on people’s toilets, looking for food terrorists… Food Enforcement Agent Jason Frolick believes in America. He believes in eating air. He struggles to get the food monkey off his back. As part of the Global War on Fat, his job is to put food terrorists in Fat Camp. When a pizza dealer gets whacked in the park across the street from the Thin House, the Prophet Jones himself asks Frolick to investigate. For the first time ever, Frolick solves a murder—but what he finds out shakes his faith. Will he ever be able to eat air again?Fiction & Literature

 

 

When high-powered attorney Helen Thompson discovers that her fifteen-year old daughter has been sexually assaulted, she takes drastic measures. Finding herself in trouble, Helen must relinquish control and put her faith in a process she knows to be flawed. As a team of lawyers, therapists and women from a safe house help Helen and Phoebe find hope and healing, a sociopath lurks, waiting for his moment to strike. A lyrical, dark fairytale that will resonate with fans of women’s literature and psychological thrillers, RIPPLE delves into the nature of evil, without seeking to provide final answers to the issue of what makes a human commit evil acts. And while the author takes readers to scary places, she ultimately shines a light on the human condition and celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the face of great tribulation.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Emily Keane has her life all planned out. She’s played by the rules and never stepped outside her box, and now she will finally be rewarded with everything she always dreamed of: a job promotion, a fiance, and a future she can count on. But when her perfectly planned world falls apart, Emily is plunged into the wildest year of her life. From the beaches of California to Jamaica, New York, and Europe, Emily finds herself on a madcap race against time, running from an unscrupulous organ broker who wants her dead, all the while checking items off her unusual bucket list. On top of it all, she’s falling in love with the most unlikely person, a man who can never return her feelings . . . but will his friendship be enough? Confronting one hilarious misadventure after another, Emily finally learns who she really is and how to seize the day . . . Note: Carpe DiEmily is a raunchy, fearless comedy in the same vein as the movie Bridesmaids, to which it has been favorably compared. Both female and male readers will enjoy this zany comedic adventure.Fiction & Literature

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Jeremy Roberts is suddenly a stranger in his own body with no memory of his life. When he discovers he’s entangled in an unsolved tragedy, he must mount a high-stakes investigation to rescue someone he can’t remember. — Jeremy Roberts’ life is reset one morning in Boston’s Quincy Market when an inexplicable event leaves him a stranger in his own body. He quickly relearns his name and his place in the world, but can’t explain the heavy feeling of grief that pervades every moment of his day. Hiding his complete lack of memory about his life, he sets to work finding the source of his emotional anguish. Uncovering files from his own computer, he learns that a terrible tragedy has befallen his family and its mystery remains unsolved. Calling on a crack private investigator and a computer security expert, Jeremy delves deep into the case. After piecing together a startling theory, he plunges into a daring plan to rescue a woman he can’t remember… before it is too late. JUMP is an edge-of-your seat thriller that will have you hooked until the very last page.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly-addictive and sexually-charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago. When a grisly decapitated corpse pops up on a Chicago Street, drained of blood, the highly-trained, government-funded special police force assigned two of their best detectives to the case. S.U.I.T. Detectives Warren Davis and Matthew Eric delve deep into their investigation to discover just who or what is leaving mutilated bodies in public places. They soon realize that the killer or killers is one step ahead of them and if they are going to stop the menace before another innocent human is viciously attack, they are going to need help. Natasha Hemingway liked her life just the way it was… normal and supernatural-free. The vampires and shape-shifters were just where she wanted them to be–far away from her. All was going well until an unfortunate accident landed her in the hospital. It was then that she discovered she had an ability that could help her save countless lives. All of a sudden, she finds herself thrust into the dangerous and alluring world of the supernatural and into the arms of two very sexy and deadly vampires. Original, gritty and sprinkled with just the right amount of humor and wit, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won’t forget. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing series!Fiction & Literature

 

 

Set ten years later, Stephen Spear rides again in the outrageous sequel to ‘Vanity Fierce’. Stephen and Blake have been together for more than three years. Blake is sweet, trusting and passive – both in the bedroom and out of it – which suits Stephen perfectly. He loves calling the shots and getting his own way. Though lately, Blake has been different – less obliging, less enamoured, and increasingly suspicious that Stephen is cheating on him! When Rick, a legendary Sydney hunk, moves in next door, Stephen is absolutely entranced. He quickly hits on the perfect plan to impress and ultimately seduce his new neighbour. But has Stephen learnt nothing in ten years? Is he still hopelessly blinded by vanity? This is a witty, sexy satire on gay Sydney life. Praise for ‘The Indignities Book One’: ‘A must read.’ (Sydney Star Observer) ‘Aitken’s wit is wicked in every sense of that word, while his ability to address confronting issues in a deceptively sunny manner is admirable.’ (Australian Book Review) ‘The gay world has turned since ‘Vanity Fierce’, with the internet making its mark on social and sexual behaviour. Aitken has a keen sense of that, opening a window onto the lively confusions of gay culture.’ (The Age, Melbourne)Fiction & Literature

 

 

Kirkus Independent Book Review of Home Grown – Terror Strikes From Within BOOK REVIEW Terrorists planning a New Year’s Eve attack against the U.S. are working with people on American soil in Turney’s debut thriller. In the post-9/11 world, federal agents pay meticulous attention to seemingly harmless behavior. But what appears to be a routine check on a monitored website in Arizona leads from an Arkansas redneck looking to mix a poisonous concoction for personal reasons to an Islamic extremist in Vegas who has already piqued the FBI’s curiosity. Mixed martial artist Taseen “Taz” Hamshan, with ties to the extremist, is recruited by agent Kyle Morel to go undercover and make nice with a suspected terrorist. But how are the terrorists staying ahead of the FBI? At first glance, readers might suspect that Turney’s 600-plus-page novel would hit lulls. Nope. He allows no off-the-cuff introduction to any character or subplot, providing rich back stories and, surprisingly, never dropping any of the minor plots. Even agents sent to handle mundane surveillance are established in detail—which makes it startling when anyone dies. It’s epic, almost excessively so, but the author does keep the numerous characters from overwhelming the book with subtle reintroductions, such as a soft reminder that Russian intelligence operative Kondrashov is watching the Iranian and Venezuelan presidents. Despite the multiple storylines, there’s cohesion. However, the novel might have benefited from giving stories and characters some breathing room. And the U.S. isn’t the squeaky-clean hero among indignant foreign countries—American citizens must contend with an unpopular president, while Russian agents, despite their country’s neutrality, debate warning the U.S. of a possible jihadist attack. The author laces the story together with striking transitions—evidence being blown up shifts to people watching pyrotechnics at the Treasure Island casino. As the New Year’s celebration approaches, Turney maintains intensity with a natural countdown and an abundance of people in peril. And don’t forget: One of the characters is a jihadist mole. Like a 12-episode TV series condensed into a single book—categorically engagingFiction & Literature

 

 

Eight short, sharp, insightful, poignant, surprising, entertaining, unpredictable, distressing, extraordinary and moving slices of a mid 20th century life.Fiction & Literature

 

 

All hell is let loose when a Triskele oath is broken… Fusing Welsh mythology with the modern day, this novel tells the gripping story of love, betrayal, rivalry and murder. The story begins when the three branches of the Triskele – The Bwy Hir, an ancient race of giants, referred to in the bible as Nephilim, the Druids and the Chosen are gathered at a sacred meeting place for the Harvest of Blood Ceremony at Winter Solstice. But the Triskele is in grave danger of unravelling as treachery and misdeeds flow through its ranks. A Chosen family, the Morgans of Ty Mawr Farm find themselves floundering in the dangerous undercurrents as a young couple’s indiscretions come to light and shake the foundations of an ancient triskele formed to protect the lands of Cymru, to keep the old ways alive and serve the Bwy Hir, the ancient deities who claim the verdant mountains and valleys as their own.Fiction & Literature

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Tabitha Mahony has always been that polite, smart, heavy girl who flies under everyone’s radar, until one day an unfortunate low-rise jeans incident brings her the kind of publicity no one is looking for. Rather than taking the challenge in stride, Tabitha begins to question the personality she has developed over the past sixteen years. What has she really gained from being who she is? She only has one crazy loudmouth friend, she has zero prospects in the guy department, her mom is too busy and her brother is too stoned to notice her … mostly she just feels miserable all the time. She wonders if she could instantly become someone new if she decided to. Could you? What would you do differently? Would you ask out that crush? Confront that pretty little sour-faced girl in the tennis skirt? Get drunk? Chase that dream? Yeah, so would she. Follow the crazy train exploits of Tabitha Mahony as she tests the limits of her new personality and stumbles her way into romance, all the while learning more about who she really is.Fiction – YA

 

 

She was created for a purpose so revolutionary, someone was willing to kill for it. Seventeen-year-old Lexi Matthews keeps two secrets from her elite boarding school classmates—she’s the daughter of a famous and controversial geneticist, and she can influence people’s thoughts. But after new student Jack DeWeese heals her broken arm with an anything-but-simple touch, he forces Lexi to face a new reality—her abilities reach much further than speaking to the minds of others. After Lexi’s father goes missing and she receives threatening emails, she can’t decide whether to fall into Jack’s arms or run and hide. As Lexi seeks answers to what she and Jack are, she discovers a truth more unsettling than anything her science books can teach. And letting Jack into her life of secrets is not only a threat to her very existence, but it just might break her heart wide open.Fiction – YA

 

 

When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca assumes it’s the usual drama. Wrong. Heather’s parents have been arrested as dissidents – and Becca’s mother, the dystopian regime’s most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state. To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents’ innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn’t expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents… and about her mother. When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn’t the only one with secrets – and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it’s no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime’s crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice. It’s easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? THE TORTURER’S DAUGHTER is a story about ordinary teenage life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime… and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what’s right in a world gone wrong.Fiction – YA

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted. Blessed—or cursed—with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul. Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake.Fiction – YA

 

 

Lincoln Thomas thought he was a perfectly normal twelve-year-old … until the night he slowed time to save his mom from a super-powered assassin. He learns he and his parents are part of a secret society known as the Guardians, real-life superheroes sworn to protect the world’s most important people. As the newest Guardian in the family, Lincoln is sent to the Atlas Academy to learn how to control his new powers. Between making new friends, battling bullies and mythical creatures, and trying to survive the academy’s combat training program, Lincoln discovers someone is plotting against the Guardians—and whoever it is, they’re getting help from the inside. It’s up to Lincoln and his friends to unmask the traitor, but before they can, an army of rogue Guardians attacks the academy. Not all Guardians are good, and Lincoln is about to find out just how bad they can be.Fiction – YA

 

 

Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one. When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious. Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.Fiction – YA

 

 

Vampires? Check. Werewolves? Check. Death prophecy to hang over your head? Double check. Seventeen year old Emma Hutchinson struggles to find her place in the world she has been born to as she tries to decide whether she should be with Michael, the boy she has been dreaming about since she was three or if she belongs with Dominic, her betrothed.Fiction – YA

 

 

With the Frontline looming, Scarlet, Henri, Jennie, and Tony must find a way to escape the Network. Their only refuge could be siding with the enemy they have been trained to despise. What will happen when these trained teenagers must learn to exist with their most dreaded foes? The biggest threat to their lives will ultimately change them forever.Fiction – YA

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Reviews for this highly recommended Kobo e-book “I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary with some mystery.” – Holly, FMB Blog Tours “This short novella reads a lot like a prime-time sitcom and definitely leaves you wanting more.” – Cassie McCown, Gathering Leaves Reviews “Ferguson is an excellent storyteller and a good writer. Her writing is taught and bright.” – Maureen Mullis, Plotting It Out “The book is light and a fast read. People who are fans of TV series waiting for the next story will find this book in their liking.” – Haresh Daswani, Evolution of Insanity Ingredients for this contemporary fiction novella: Realism, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Humor. Description: In the realm of observational humor, drama, and suspense, Fergyville delivers! This peek into the lives of suburban families in Fergyville is everything but dull. Through the struggles of fidelity, to the unspoken competition between families, there is a thin bond holding the people of Fergyville together — but will it last?

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Boyfriends make excuses like “Marriage is just a piece of paper,” and “Living together is just as good as being married.” Many women who value the commitment of marriage and/or the stability it affords for raising children have a hard time getting him to marry us in this environment. This book is written for the woman in this predicament. Her boyfriend has proposed not marriage, but living together. You don’t have to interview 50 married women to find out how they managed to get that ring on their finger. The author has done that for you. All 50 were married after 1990, so this is modern information for our changing times. Read and find out how you can get him to marry you and not just live together! Sandy’s boyfriend Jack wouldn’t even bring up the ‘m’ word. She started leaving her things in his apartment, including some tampons in his bathroom. It worked! Too off guard to make excuses like “Living together is just as good as being married,” Jack said, “People will start to think you’re my wife!” “Well, how about it?” Sandy asked Jack. Crystal got Paul to skip just living together by refusing to move across the country until she had a marriage license, signed and dated. Read these full stories plus 48 more, ranging from the heartwarming to the hilarious!

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The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose! Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won’t forget!

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Sin previo aviso, tu pareja, tu príncipe azul, te dice que necesita tiempo, que no sabe lo que quiere, que incluso no sabe si te ama. El golpe es brutal. Todo parecía ir bien, no había problemas, eran la pareja perfecto. ¿Qué ocurre? Si tu pareja, tiene entre 35 y 45 años, es muy probable que lo que esté pasando sea una Crisis de la Mitad de la Vida. Los síntomas, las causas, y sobre todo, como sobrellevarlo lo mejor posible para que tu matrimonio no sea una víctima colateral de esta crisis, es lo que encontrarás en este libro. Un libro escrito para mujeres, desde la perspectiva de una mujer, pero no del lado de una mujer. Para que una pareja sufra un riesgo importante durante esta etapa, ambos han cometido errores. Aunque tú tengas muchas quejas de su comportamiento actual, ten presente que no te está hacieno esto a tí, sino que el también está sufriendo. Previamente ha habido señales de alarma que no has detectado. Una mayor irritabilidad, más críticas hacia ti, necesidad de “escapar” de la casa y de las obligaciones de los niños, menor contacto físico casual, menor contacto sexual. Si tu esposo está en esa franja de edad, y notas cierta distancia entre los dos, no esperes a que la bomba te explote en las manos. Desactívala antes, aprende a reconocer los primeros síntomas y a enfocarte en resolver las principales causas de esta crisis, que es la causante de millones de divorcios cada año. Si no quieres pasar a engordar las estadísticas: No esperes Más!

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Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he’s out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie-in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

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When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it.

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Whitney Monroe’s not ashamed of the way her mother can work a brass pole, not really. It’s just that some things are better left unsaid; especially when your mother’s a stripper and you’re trying to get a job at a prestigious private school that definitely won’t appreciate her talents. Raised by her grandma, Whitney’s always managed to keep her two worlds separate, even if it meant lying to everyone. And when Reid Phillips—a charming, sexy songwriter—becomes her not-entirely-welcome roommate, Whitney has no intention of telling him the truth either. But she wasn’t excepting Reid to see right through her and challenge her compartmentalized life. With Grams seriously ill, her mother’s life in turmoil and her dream job on the line, it’s more important than ever for Whitney to keep everything together. But that will mean being honest with everyone, starting with herself.

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It’s a relationship book even a man will read. Keeping Score provides a relationship evaluation quiz followed by a common sense guide for relationship improvement, all with a humorous twist. You can determine if your relationship has the qualities it takes for a successful marriage and lasting love affair. If you’re single- read this book to see how well your potential life partner measures up. If you’re married- read this book to reduce conflict and increase your happiness. Take control and rate your mate in order to create a relationship that will stand the trials of life and go the distance.

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Free Books 15/07/2013 Sci Fi & Fantasy


Seven blue wards have imprisoned the Black Lord in the Underworld for aeons. Now he has stolen a human child and made him a mortal god. After eighteen years of torturous training, Bane sets forth to break the wards with aid of a dark army. The Demon Lord will release Arkonen and destroy the Overworld unless an innocent young girl can turn him from his savage path…Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

When Queen Tassin is forced to flee her kingdom on the backwater planet of Omega V, she has no idea that the strange warrior who helps her is a cyborg; the deadliest hi-tech killing machine ever created. Her world has forgotten the technology that almost destroyed it, but then a freak accident damages the micro-supercomputer that controls Sabre, and he is free to take charge of his destiny…Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Alien hunters invade a dying Earth in search of a saviour, and an ancient prophecy predicts a golden child who will save a galactic empire. A mysterious black ship is Rayne’s guide and a masked outlaw known as the Shrike her guardian. Others want to slay her and prevent the prophecy from coming true. In the midst of two great empires’ strife, the Shrike holds the power to save or destroy her.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Mujar do not use their powers for good or evil, they simply exist, immortal and apparently purposeless. The mounted warriors are known as the Black Riders, but no one knows where they come from or why they seem bent on exterminating every man, woman and child. Talsy uses her father’s knowledge to trap the Mujar with gold, which has an odd effect on them. Her father intends to throw him in a Pit, from which he will be unable to escape. Talsy does not believe the Mujar deserves such a fate, so she frees him and begs him to take her with him on his journey. He agrees, and they set off across Shamarese, continuing his quest to find an old hermit’s lost son. There is far more at stake than Talsy realises, however, and she has innocently stumbled upon the last free Mujar, who has the power to decide the fate of her race…Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

A doomed kingdom, a young queen’s sacrifice and a killer who will bring an empire to its knees… In a world where men share kindred with beasts, an ageless seer predicts a child who will end the Endless War. One man is the instrument who will change fate. He will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name… the time of the Queen’s Blade.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Sora Fallcrest was born into nobility. She has it all: money, maids, a fancy estate. But she never expected to be kidnapped. Dumped into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore, she finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go — not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life. But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power — or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Satina is a goodmother who uses her magic to grant wishes. Marten is a Skinner, a magical trickster who challenges everything she thinks she knows about their kind.When a magic-hungry gang moves into town, Satina and Marten must become unlikely allies. It will take all the power they can summon to keep Westwood’s secrets from falling into the wrong hands, to keep one wide-eyed girl from following the wrong man, and to keep Satina herself from falling in love with the only person in the world who knows how much of a fraud she really is.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

The Kinshield Legacy (book 1) A mysterious stone tablet with five magical gems has sat abandoned in a cave for two hundred years. The kingdom is in ruins, with only warrant knights to keep the peace. But then, the gems in the tablet, one by one, disappear. Warrant knight Gavin Kinshield is a man of many secrets. He’s the one deciphering the runes in the tablet. Unless he can find a suitable replacement, he’ll be Thendylath’s next king. All he really wants is the letter written by his ancestor Ronor Kinshield, champion to King Arek, confessing the truth of how the king perished… a letter he must earn by tracking down a common thief. But when Gavin saves a woman’s life, what should have been a simple task draws him face-to-face with his nightmarish past… and the truth of King Arek’s demise.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

St. Matthews, Arizona The infection starts with Frank, one of the locals at the town bar. In just a few hours, it has consumed the entire town. Dan Lowery, one of only four police officers in St. Matthews, soon realizes he is no match for the impending destruction. Violence and bloodshed litter the streets, and the infected roam freely. No one is safe here–not even his family. Somewhere, someone knows what is happening, and about the horrors to come…but is it too late? SERIES PREQUEL. 92 PAGES. FULL SERIES BOOKS 1, 2, & 3 AVAILABLE NOW!Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Heavens Gate a story about a woman on a deserted road where she encounters a man who sends her to hell. Is it real or all in her mind? Is he the devil and she an angel, or are they just people? Writer’s Magic is a story about two writing witches. Sisters seeking the man they want, but the men might not be who they took them for. Will they get what they are after, or will they fall prey to forces bigger than the writing magic they possess?Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

The old gods are returning, or have they always been here? Odin wakes to the call of a dying warrior, crying out to be taken to Valhalla. Roused from his centuries of slumber, he wanders the Earth until he finds gods old and new. Do they have the answers he seeks? How does an ancient god of war find his place in the modern world? A musing on the nature of religion and spirituality. We may no longer need a patriarch, but do we need to rediscover our divinities? James L. Wilber is a writer, game designer, and ceremonial magician. Find out about more of his works at jameslwilber.com. My Babylon, his serial novel about the occult and dark desire is coming to Kobo July 30th.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

The fortunes of William Kidd, former secret servant to King Henry VIII, continue to worsen. His latest mission goes gravely wrong and he is left with badly crippled hands. Furthermore, he is blamed for destroying property of the Pope. The Church demands he make amends or be marked for death. The price of absolution is the recovery of a mythical artefact – The Tears of Christ. However, every country has agents seeking this ancient prize, as The Tears hold a secret that will change the balance of power in Europe forever. Unlocking the mystery of The Tears becomes a perilous race against time where there can be only one victor.Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

 

The Phelestra Contract – a novelette. Frankie is a shady but likeable “Fixer” who accepts highly dangerous contracts. In the Phelestra Contract he is hired undercover by the Phelestran government to prevent a dangerous criminal from destroying the planet’s dubious economy. When Frankie arrives on Phelestra he gets a few surprises, but he has a few up his sleeve himself!Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

Hearts will ache and heads will roll… Stealing damning evidence from a certain covert ops section of Space Corps makes Jasmine a target. So what does she do? What any good undercover investigative journalist would do, she runs. Hops the first civilian transport ship out of there, of course the bad guys still find her. Luckily for her the dark and brooding half-human man she shares a bunk with, is a deft hand with a sword. Unluckily for him, helping her could be hazardous to his life!Sci Fi & Fantasy

 

 

“And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.” – Leviticus 26:29 When two cannibalistic, gravely wounded men stagger into the town of Gehenna, all Hell breaks loose. Infamous outlaw Mad Dog McCall, stuck in the city jail, must fight for his life to escape. The lonly, intelligent, and snarky Karen must make horrific sacrifices to survive the night against the growing army of the dead. Together they set upon a journey of biblical proportions, fighting against the living and the infected, hoping against hope to find a safe haven in the middle of Hell. The Old West can’t fathom the zombie hoard that is about to consume it.Sci Fi & Fantasy

Free Books 15/07/2013 Mystery & Suspense

Vivian Bowles has never been the same since losing her daughter to a hit-and-run accident. Her marriage died, her business crumbled, and she tumbled into a deep well of sorrow and despair. She sustained herself by channeling her grief into a singular mission: finding and punishing the person responsible for her daughter’s death. Her quest for answers has taken her from Cape Coral to Denver, where she plans to teach Sheldon and Terri James a hard lesson in personal loss. Things are about to get very cold in Colorado… Frozen, a 20,000-word novella, is a gripping examination of endurance and obsession in the face of harrowing personal tragedy.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

…exciting, highly paid position for person with specialized training… Recently unemployed after quitting a boring office job, Alexis Stanton finds a mysterious ad in the help wanted section that might prove to be the answer to her desire for excitement and adventure. After an intense application process, including actually fighting with her competition, she gets the job of her dreams. But is it going to kill her?Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Serena Wilcox and her family have destroyed their old home and faked their deaths to go off the grid under new identities, after obtaining insider information about a threat to the United States. The threat results in a geographically divided America, with two governing presidents: John Williams and Japanese-American Ann Kinji. Conspiracy, greed and a lust for power are at the root of this plot-twisting thriller about corrupt American government; when the future of the nation depends on former private detective Serena Wilcox and her unlikely crew. Revolting and oddball characters, quirky humor, shocking dialog and events: “Spellbinding!” Book #1 in the Dystopian Thriller Trilogy [The Serena Wilcox Mysteries] is inspirational, humorous, and clean (no graphic violence or language). The series is cross-genre: hard-boiled mystery, suspense, futuristic, speculative fiction, political and religious thriller genre.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Finalist for the 2012 Creative Loafing Short Fiction Contest, “Editor’s Choice” and “Reader’s Choice” awards. “As I read this story the voices in my head were interchanging between Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca), Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry), Elliot Ness (The Untouchables) & Dick Tracy (As Himself). This is a great little read, PI Frank Geddy has a new fan.” Detective Frank “Giddy” Geddy usually gets his man, and sometimes the girl, too. This isn’t one of those times. Ybor City is where the cool people of Tampa go to cut loose and have fun. Getting in to the party is never the problem. Getting out of it sometimes is. In Ybor, you never know what or who you will run into. Between the seedy clubs and bars, in shady back alleys, and at the cigar and tattoo shops–something is for sale on every corner, and there is always trouble within stumbling distance. Where you end up is never where you started . . . “Ybor Noir” is John David’s first release from his new line of short detective fiction, brought to you by “Noir De Jure.” Find out more about the Noir series at the author’s website, johndavidauthor.com. Be sure to read the next Frank Geddy story, “Bayshore Noir.” “Ybor Noir” is about 3000 words, approximately 14 ebook pages at font size 2. It is the perfect break or lunchtime read.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Jack Barnett has had it with the private eye business. They took his license away in LA, and fearing criminal prosecution, he split town in the middle of the night for Las Vegas, where anyone can become anonymous. He swears off the business, but his money runs low and when a man offers him $5000 to find his missing daughter, he agrees. He soon wishes he hadn’t when the haunting memory of a woman from his past gets in the way. TEMPTATION TOWN is a hardboiled novelette, the first of the Jack Barnett / Las Vegas Series from Mike Dennis. Set in the steaming underbelly of Las Vegas, these tales of a reluctant ex-private investigator drag the reader down the darkest streets of Sin City, USA. The book also comes with an exclusive preview of the second Jack Barnett installment, a novelette called HARD CASH. The third entry in the series, a full novel called THE DOWNTOWN DEAL, is currently available.Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Key West, 1991. Don Roy Doyle is back in town. Tough and quick-witted, he’s fresh out of prison, where he served three years for a diamond swindle. Now he’s back to collect his share of the proceeds, but the money has vanished. A local family dynasty which has controlled the island’s politics for generations, a cop with a grudge, the FBI, and the Russian mob all have a stake in the action. They’re convinced Cuba is on the verge of “opening up”, and they all want Doyle gone. In this tightly-knit town, who can be trusted? And how long can Doyle stay alive? SETUP ON FRONT STREET is the first in Mike Dennis’ Key West Nocturnes series, novels which take you inside the world of Key West noir, a world tucked way back in the shadows, where the tourists never go. The book comes with a preview of the second book in the series, THE GHOSTS OF HAVANA, also available on Kobo.Mystery & Suspense

Bargain Books 15/07/2013 Romance

On Sale! Only $0.99! Raylen and Jett Stark love a good party, but their social circle has become more about diapers and potty training, and less about exotic adventures and dancing the nights away. A chance encounter introduces them to a new type of party, one fueled by sexual desires. Joining the ultra-exclusive Lifestyle club, Castle O, Raylen and Jett experience the most erotic night of their lives. But fantasies become nightmares when boundaries are pushed too far and the secrets of the night are revealed in the day. Their love has been passionate and unshakeable for over ten years, but will a night of sexual abandon at Castle O add fire to their romance or destroy their desires? A hot and steamy read, this story is for adult audiences only, it contains mature themes and explicit scenes.Romance

 

When Sara Blakemore’s great aunt is injured in a fall, Sara’s called away to the northern California coast to care for the elderly woman. At Turtledove Hill, Aunt Amelia’s mansion and vineyard, Sara finds the journal of its former owner who disappeared over sixty years ago. Reading the journal stirs up repressed feelings and memories and makes Sara reevaluate her troubled relationship with her husband. Joss Montague can’t remember his life or how long he’s been wandering in the cold mist. When a young woman begins to read his journal, the mist clears and more of his past comes back to him as she reads each page. Sara’s husband Bram shows up at Turtledove Hill and says he wants to save their marriage. She’s inspired by the journal to try, but has a passionate and romantic ghost already captured her heart?Romance

“Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser.” –Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception Three bad things I learned this year: -People you trust lie, even parents. -That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one. -Things are not always how they appear. Three good things I learned this year: -Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away. -That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one. -Oh, and things are not always how they appear. Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy. Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced… Until he mysteriously withdrew. Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father. A secret that could permanently change all their lives.Romance

Pub owner Patrick O’Dwyer disappears right before his pub’s locally-famous Saint Paddy’s Day 5K race. His staff suspects foul play and engages Durham’s surliest private eye to find him. Dana Slade is a former police detective who got canned after a botched research study warped her DNA. She’s a Mutant-American, and none too pleased about it. Her special gifts, unique as they are, hardly make up for her nearly losing her life to an untested drug. If anything, they remind her to never trust a sweet-talking man ever again. It was her ex who signed her up for the study. She takes the case. Within three hours, she locates Mr. O’Dwyer in a Great Smoky Mountains cabin. He’s not only hiding. He’s keeping a secret. Patrick is enamored of the straight-shooting Dana, and knows not to bother trying to tame the shrew. In fact, he likes her attitude almost as much as he likes her curves. For the first time in three years, Dana thinks she might be able to let her guard down, but that changes when Patrick drags himself home beat up and covered in mud. Apparently, there’s a feud raging in the mountains and he’s right in the middle of it. As good as he makes her feel, the charming bartender could make her life even more complicated than it already is. Just her luck that the Irishman would come with a heap of baggage instead of a pot of gold.Romance

After a violent incident with a patient leaves scars on both her mind and body, psychiatrist Dr. Maggie Levine craves isolation. A radio talk show host seems to be the perfect profession, a job where she can help people from a distance while staying safe. When a strange caller begins stalking her on the air and murdering people to get her attention, Maggie realizes she can no longer close herself off from the outside world. A personal security expert, former Secret Service Agent Ethan Townsend is no stranger to tracking down the most violent monsters of society and bringing them to justice. Still, it will take all of Ethan’s skills to protect his new assignment, the irresistible Maggie, from a man intent on teaching her the ultimate lesson in fear…. 86,000 wordsRomance

Desperate to find her sister, Erin goes to the only man in Houston who can help her–Ivan Markovic. The intimidating, tattooed Russian operates one of the most elite mixed-martial arts training centers in the world but it’s his shadowy past and reputed connections with Houston’s underworld that interest her most. To find her sister, she’ll need the help of her big, scary Russian protector—but asking for help from a man like Ivan carries a steep price, one that might just include her heart.Romance

The last woman Thomas, Lord Avondale, expected to fall in love with was the wife he betrayed and abandoned six years ago. When Rose doesn’t accept his apology, however, he loses all hope of a happy future together. Yet he’s thankful she has agreed to come to his bed to beget an heir. Known as the Ice Maiden at Queen Elizabeth I’s court, Rose has been trying to forget the man she once loved—a love she thought destroyed after he spent their wedding night with his mistress. Withstanding Thomas’s charms, however, is proving more difficult than she expected. Can she forgive the ultimate betrayal? Can he ever atone for what he did? Note: Courting His Countess is a novella of approximately 20,000 words, about one-quarter the size of a full-length novel. I’ve priced it as low as I am able. A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR COURTING HIS COUNTESS may be shorter than most of my other books, but it was one of the most difficult stories I’ve ever written. What Thomas did to his wife is despicable and when I began to write, I didn’t think I could make you, the reader, believe he was hero material. Yet the characters and their tale wouldn’t leave my head, nor would the opening lines, so I wrote the story anyway. As I progressed, and especially when I switched to Thomas’s viewpoint, I realized how very male he was being, and part of me started to feel sorry for him. Being a nobleman of his time, he just didn’t get it. Not until he finally saw how his actions had affected a wonderful, strong woman. COURTING HIS COUNTESS breaks one of the “rules” of the romance genre, and I know some of you will find Thomas’s actions unforgiveable. I certainly don’t blame you for that! But I’ve never been very good at sticking to the rules, and I hope you don’t blame ME for listening to the voices in my head.Romance

 

Sassy Shorts! Fun, Quick Reads. Deceiving Derek, Story 1 in Love & Other Calamities. Deceiving Derek is previously published. This is a 2012 Revised and Updated Author’s Edition and contains Bonus Material. Lingerie designer Lacey DeMarco livens up her life by finagling an unsuspecting police detective into attending a funky bridal shower. She needs one last item to complete a scavenger hunt list, and handsome cop Derek McAllister is it. But a little trickery is at work. Both Lacey and Derek are being hoodwinked…in the name of love. Deceiving Derek is a romantic comedy short story of 5200 words, or approximately 12 typical book pages. Deceiving Derek is the first of five connected short stories, each featuring a heroine introduced in Lacey’s story. Follow Lacey and her girlfriends as they prepare for a wedding and find true love along the way. Story 2, Catching Claire, available October 2012. Look for Before Brady, Just Janie, and Trusting Trey in 2013. Deceiving Derek Bonus Material! Sneak Peek at Catching Claire, Story 2 in Love & Other Calamities Sneak Peek at Head Over Heels, contemporary romantic comedy novel available now!Romance

A miracle is going to happen… Becky Diedrich is the cheesemaker’s daughter. The minister’s wife. The good sister. What she’s not is her own woman. What she can’t be is a mother. And then she catches her husband with another woman. And she moves in with her sister. And she starts to see sparkles. And this is just the beginning…Romance

Sassy Shorts! Fun, Quick Reads. Catching Claire, Story 2 in Love & Other Calamities. An ebook original. Includes a Sneak Peek at Deceiving Derek. When Claire Merriweather hires hunky future doctor Ridge Pederson to strip at a friend’s bachelorette party, she never imagines she’ll wake up in his bed. Well, she imagines it—but now it’s happened. Big problem: Claire’s memory is fuzzy. Did they do the bouncy? Or did Ridge reject her? Either way…oh-oh, her heart’s in trouble! Catching Claire is a romantic comedy short story of 10,000 words, or approximately 22 typical book pages. Follow Claire and her girlfriends as they prepare for a wedding and find true love along the way.Romance

A thousand years ago, a jealous mage cursed a young lord into dragon form to keep him from his soulmate, a peasant girl coveted by the mage. They have three lifetimes to break the curse. Twice they have failed. Alexa Ranger doesn’t remember the lord’s son who was her soulmate three lifetimes ago, nor does she recall their previous attempts to break the curse—each one ending in her death. But she does remember Cyrgyn, the golden dragon who has haunted her dreams since childhood and has appeared to her now to begin their final attempt. A highly trained spy, Alexa has been preparing for this mission her entire life. But her skills are no match for the desperate mage who has lost none of his command of magic—and none of his twisted, possessive need for her. She is determined to save the dragon she has come to love, but there is more than the curse standing in their way…Romance