Free Books 08/05/2013 Fiction & Literature

In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her – but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries. Three hundred years later Maddy Harker will murder her bullying husband Vic. She will bury him in the field as she buried her abusive father years before that. The very same field where the revenant spirit of Thessaly Cross lies waiting. In three days Vic will rise again – a thing of dirt, bone and hatred. Men will call him the Tatterdemon. And hell – and Thessaly – will followFiction & Literature

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An ancient artifact is stolen . . . A long-lost document is found . . . A mysterious and dangerous journey unfolds . . . New York Times reporter Maggie Seline writes an explosive book that offers a controversial solution to the Middle East crisis. When she uncovers a radical energy scheme that threatens the oil industry, Maggie suddenly vanishes. Her disappearance sets in motion a worldwide women’s march toward Jerusalem that rattles the status quo and parallels a frantic race to possess ancient talismans. An upcoming peace conference hides the true motivation of Giovanni Mabus, outgoing president of the European Commission. In league with the clandestine pseudo-Masonic group, Propaganda Due, he devises a plan aimed at furthering political and military chaos in the Middle East. Fascinated by Hitler’s occult obsessions, Mabus is determined to procure an ancient artifact once used by the infamous leader, believing it will be a powerful tool in accomplishing his goal. Meanwhile, Maggie secretly teams up with Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Michael Sonada in a race to thwart the sinister plot — a race that takes them into the forbidden regions of Nepal to make an earth-shattering discovery. PURE VISION brings together ancient myths and contemporary challenges in a provocative and inspiring thrill ride. At every turn, Perri Birney’s intriguing scenario encourages a closer look at the spiritual forces that infuse the world’s political battles.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Plato’s metaphysical Atlantis mystery plays out on an archaeological dig on the island of Santorini. It was the chance of a lifetime. A dream job in the southern Aegean. Apprentice to the great archaeologist Marcus Huxley, lifting a golden civilisation from the dead… Yet trading rural England for the scarred volcanic island of Santorini, 22‐year old Nicholas Pedrosa is about to blunder into an ancient mystery that will threaten his liberty, his life, even his most fundamental concepts of reality. ‘Then chalk it up to experience, Mr Pedrosa. Trust no one. Believe no one. Question everything. Remember, there is nothing here you can take at face value… No — not even yourself.’ An island that blew apart with the force of 100,000 atomic bombs… A civilisation prised out of the ash, its exquisite frescoes bearing a haunting resemblance to Plato’s lost island paradise, Atlantis… An archaeologist on a collision course with a brutal police state… A death that may have been murder… And a string of inexplicable events entwining past and present with bewildering intensity… Can this ancient conundrum be understood before it engulfs them all? “This extraordinary novel, part murder mystery, part metaphysical thriller, kept me guessing until the very last page. The intellectual duel between the troubled hero and his ruthless mentor is mesmerising. William Azuski’s treatment of the Atlantis legend is completely original and I have rarely read a novel with such a strong sense of place. The bizarre landscapes of Santorini and the daily lives of its people, both ancient and modern, are vividly evoked. Anyone who enjoys the work of Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk or Carlos Ruiz Zafón should try this book.” — Geraldine Harris, author, Egyptologist, and a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.Fiction & Literature

 

 

PRE-ORDER NOW FOR ONLY $4.99. AFTER MAY 18TH THE PRICE WILL INCREASE TO $6.99! (Note – that’s $4.99 Canadian dollars. If you are a European customer that’s 3.80 Euro. If you are ordering from Australia that’s $4.83. If you are ordering from New Zealand that’s 6.07 New Zealand dollars. If you ordering from the UK it is 3.08 British Pounds. AND – if you are ordering from the US it is 5.02 in US dollars. The price varies depending on what part of the world you order from – BUT regardless of your location you WILL save substantially if you pre-order now rather than wait until the e-books release on May 18, 2013. I just want to show all of you early bird shoppers how much I appreciate your support.) All three volumes of the spine-chilling TATTERDEMON trilogy available in one single volume. In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her – but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries. Three hundred years later Maddy Harker will murder her bullying husband Vic. She will bury him in the field as she buried her abusive father years before that. The very same field where the revenant spirit of Thessaly Cross lies waiting. In three days Vic will rise again – a thing of dirt, bone and hatred. Men will call him the Tatterdemon. And hell – and Thessaly – will follow “The genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion.” –Edward Lee, author of FLESH GOTHIC and CITY INFERNALFiction & Literature

 

 

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. Beautiful, sensual, and merciless, she is a goddess renowned for her jealous rages for inflicting horrors on hapless victims. She’s the protector of women, virtue, family and marriage yet her husband, Zeus, has had countless affairs. She puts up with it. Why? Is she really malicious or a product or circumstance? For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods. Drake Dabbler, chat show host, sees his exclusive interview with Queen Hera as a sure road to a Daytime Emmy… He should have been more thorough in his research.Fiction & Literature

 

 

 

Think Sandra Bullock meets country hunk. Wacky fresh and funny characters are stranded together in a Smoky Mountain snowstorm three days before Christmas. Tina Cole has one goal: to take back control of her life. Falling in love isn’t part of the bargain. On the rebound from a fizzled relationship, she lands on writer Hank Gordon’s doorstep and finds that everything she thought she wanted out of life means nothing without love. Recently divorced and disillusioned by love, Hank Gordon has sworn off women. He isn’t in the mood to entertain a woman with an attitude who frustrates him more than any woman he’s ever met. Hank’s novel deadline is twenty-four hours away and he’s cut off from the world with no phone or email service, and a beautiful, aggravating crazy woman to distract him. If Hank thinks his life couldn’t get any worse, he’s wrong. Not only is he baby-sitting a sassy Southern princess who has no idea what a kitchen is for, but two escaped convicts turn up at the cabin, while Hank’s horse is about to foal. This rollicking story is filled with passion, humor and suspense. You will enjoy this zesty romantic adventure.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Every family has its secrets… Behind the clouds of dementia, Lillian holds memories of a life that her granddaughter Lisa could never imagine. From her childhood in 1920s and 30s Toronto, to a young World War II society bride, through scandal and unthinkable tragedies, Lillian kept her extraordinary life a secret, retreating into a lonely, bitter existence. Curious about her grandmother’s mysterious past, Lisa unearths a long-buried secret that may finally bring the truth to light.Fiction & Literature

Bargain Books 06/05/2013 Fiction & Literature

This book is a fabulous compilation of classical Japanese tales collected and narrated by Yei Theodora Ozaki, such as: My Lord Bag of Rice The Tongue-Cut Sparrow The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad The Farmer and the Badger The “Shinansha” or the South Pointing Carriage The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy The Story of Princess Hase The Story of the Man Who Did Not Wish to Die The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child The Mirror of Matsuyama The Goblin of Adachigahara The Sagacious Monkey and the Boar The Happy Hunter and the Skillful Fisher The Story of the Old Man Who Made Withered Trees to Flower The Jelly Fish and the Monkey The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab The White Hare and the Crocodiles The Story of Prince Yamato Take Momotaro, or the Story of the Son of a Peach The Ogre of Rashomon How an Old Man Lost His Wen The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa “Japanese Fairy Tales” may involve and entertain either adults or teenagers. The edition from “Animedia Company” contains illustrations by various Japanese artists from 19th century.Fiction & Literature

Aphrodite’s Curse is about a dynasty’s fall from grace, unrequited love and retribution. A powerful family is brought to ruin, the consequences unforeseen and irreparable. The trouble begins with King Minos who asks the gods for a bull to be sacrificed so that he may become ruler of Kretos and surrounding lands. Poseidon sends him a gift of a white bull and instead of sacrificing it, King Minos keeps it. Poseidon is angry by his supplicant’s actions and as punishment glamour’s the king’s wife, Pasiphae to lust after the bull. The story is told by Phaedra, Theseus’ wife, who witnesses first-hand, the rise and fall of her family. She grows up in a privileged environment, a princess and daughter of King Minos. From a very early age she knows the power her father wields, but is also aware his actions may have precipitated the misfortunes that followed. She reflects on the different and disturbing events from a detached perspective. Her tone can sometimes be one of a spoilt child, then at other times resigned and on occasion shows an uncanny insight. This retrospective musing comes from her sighting of Hippolytos, her husband’s son from a previous marriage. She falls in love with him and finds it difficult to contain this secret and eventually tells her nurse. Phaedra asks for Aphrodite’s help, even builds a temple, however Hippolytos spurns her advances. Shamed by her actions and by his revulsion, she poisons herself, leaving a letter to her husband writing that Hippolytos had raped her.Fiction & Literature

Helen of Troy! The most beautiful woman in the world. Her face launched a thousand ships. Betrayal, greed and power unfold in this compelling Greek tragedy. It was a war renowned throughout times gone by as the greatest and bloodiest of them all. It was a romance between two star-crossed lovers. Helen, Queen of Sparta, home-wrecker and whore, flees with her lover Paris, Prince of Troy… That’s the story known to history. But is this all true? History is told by the victors, and facts can be changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy? Could she be a scapegoat in a devious plan and organised by the power hungry Agamemnon? Perhaps. This is Helen’s story in her words, as told to a wandering historian.Fiction & Literature

A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife. While trying to help Karla, a talented but troubled child, Anna and Jonas develop feelings for each other that go beyond friendship. The budding romance, however, hits a snag when Anna discovers a sinister secret in Jonas’s past. While the two adults have come to an impasse, young Karla takes matters into her own hands. Together with a friend, she develops a plan to bring the two uncooperative adults back together. The plan, however, creates havoc and as it begins to unravel, Karla is forced to learn some difficult lessons. An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait, Book 1) is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.Fiction & Literature

Full Price Books 18/04/2013 Fiction & Literature

Lucy Tuttle is a workaholic financial planner whose biggest worry is how to line up the sticky notes on her desk just so, until her only relative dies in a car accident halfway across the world. Suddenly Lucy (apartment-dwelling, doesn’t-own-a-hammer Lucy) inherits a handyman’s delight on the other side of town. Her boyfriend, a laid back environmentalist with an affinity for organic lentils and sock thievery, convinces Lucy to move into her aunt’s brokendown house. The two of them embark on a quest to settle down, renovate her aunt’s home, and start a family-but as it turns out, living happily ever after in a house that’s about to be condemned isn’t so easy after all. The first chapter of The Sock Wars was published as a short story/novel excerpt titled Irish Drinking Socks, and became a Kobo bestselling short story. Reach Maia online at .Fiction & Literature

 

Attracted by the lure of wealth and the encouragement of Priest to populate the west for Christ, led many French Canadians to the west. Families were torn by the decisions made. Lust encouraged some to leave Quebec, even with the thought of murder in their hearts, while Eusebe and Alphonsine left because Eusebe wanted to become wealthy enough to build her the house of her dreams. Alphonsine had given up on the house, but Eusebe never did. They argued, they fought, they worked side by side, all the while Eusebe counted the money in hidden bank accounts, and schemed to raise crops in the good years off of ‘free’ unhomesteaded lands. Eusebe, at times, could be generous, which created tension in his relationship, but a friendship grew with a simple man, Jerome, who with time became his right hand man – until his untimely death during the most fruitful of harvests. His quest for riches never left him, and he postponed the construction of the dream home again and again, while he drove an expensive Pierce-Arrow about the country. Alphonsine was a tireless worker who at first despised Deirdre, Jerome’s wife, because she considered her a freeloader, came to appreciate the woman’s love for Jerome, and, he willingness to be so helpful. The relationships unravel with Alphonsine’s death, when Eusebe begins to realize the solution to the mystery of life. Based on the times in which it takes place, a fairly clear picture emerges along with the story of how the settlors managed in their assaults on themselves and the elements.Fiction & Literature

Full Price Books 02/04/2013 Fiction & Literature

As Egypt Fisher learns, there’s a power to be mined in keeping secrets, and lies quickly take on a life of their own. 1930. The boathouse community of Cootes Paradise is under siege. The squatters’ shacks that line the shores of Dundas Marsh stand in the way of an ambitious politician’s “City Beautiful” plans. When a handsome drifter settles there, Egypt Fisher and her mother both fall under his spell. No one expects Egypt’s gambling con-man father to return after a mysterious six-year absence. But he does and he’s furious. Unhinged by jealousy and a harrowing brush with the local mafia at a cockfight, he reveals a family secret that sets Egypt’s world off-kilter and poisons her relationship with her mother. When Egypt tries to turn the situation to her own advantage, her lies set in motion a series of events with devastating consequences. Based on the true story of a Hamilton, Ontario community doomed in the name of progress, Rachael Preston’s compelling third novel is about choices and consequences, and a family pushed to the edge. In striving to cope with the emotional fallout from decisions made in the past, as well as all that fate and circumstance level at them, the Fishers discover that hope and love can thrive and families can reinvent themselves.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Turmoil reigns in the O’Reilly household. With her two older children, Laura and Tonio, grown and getting ready to fly the coop, Karla finds out she is pregnant again. Instead of devoting her time and energy to her painting career, she is forced to raise another child. Andreas, her husband, is looking forward to being a father once more, but realizes soon that the little bundle of joy, Emilia, instead of enhancing the relationship to his wife of over twenty years, intensifies the tension that has been building between them. While the parents are fighting each other, Laura and Tonio are trying to keep the peace. But more challenges wait in the wings: Andreas catches his son kissing another man in a more than friendly way, and Arturo, Karla’s Peruvian father, has a heart attack. While Karla is in Peru taking care of Arturo, Andreas gets a little too cozy with a young woman by the name of Susanna. Only when he almost loses Emilia does he come to his senses and embarks on a journey to try to keep his family together. EMILIA, part three of the Family Portrait series, deals with the struggle of a family of artists, who try to keep the flame of love and creativity alive through difficult times. It takes place in Switzerland, France, and Peru.Fiction & Literature

Bargain Books 02/04/2013 Fiction & Literature

A Small Season of Magic is not a mystery, yet it contains mystery. It is about school friends and bullying and brokenness and yet it’s not. It’s about life and death and love. It’s exceedingly sad, and yet hopeful at the same time. And like its name suggests, it’s about magic.Fiction & Literature

 

 

Kennedy Blake is a tough lady, she has to be to run the Nevada ranch she inherited from parents with an dog and her horses. Now someone is killing the Wild Horses in the area and Garret Hamilton, the man who jilted her ten years earlier has come back not just to find the killers but to also right the wrong when he jilted the only woman that has ever haunted his dreams. Sparks fly when he inserts himself in her life and Kennedy finds she is not as tough as she thinks she is.Fiction & Literature

 

 

 

A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife. While trying to help Karla, a talented but troubled child, Anna and Jonas develop feelings for each other that go beyond friendship. The budding romance, however, hits a snag when Anna discovers a sinister secret in Jonas’s past. While the two adults have come to an impasse, young Karla takes matters into her own hands. Together with a friend, she develops a plan to bring the two uncooperative adults back together. The plan, however, creates havoc and as it begins to unravel, Karla is forced to learn some difficult lessons. An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait, Book 1) is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.Fiction & Literature

Free Books 14/03/2013 Fiction & Literature

THE IMAGINATION THIEF is about a web of secrets, triggered by the stealing and copying of people’s imaginations and memories. It’s about the magic that can be conjured up by images of people, in imagination or on film; the split between beauty and happiness in the world; and the allure of various kinds of power. It celebrates some of the most extreme possibilities of human imagination, personality and language, exploring the darkest and brightest flavours of beauty living in our mindsFiction & Literature

Full Price Books 20/02/2013 Fiction & Literature

A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife. While trying to help Karla, a talented but troubled child, Anna and Jonas develop feelings for each other that go beyond friendship. The budding romance, however, hits a snag when Anna discovers a sinister secret in Jonas’s past. While the two adults have come to an impasse, young Karla takes matters into her own hands. Together with a friend, she develops a plan to bring the two uncooperative adults back together. The plan, however, creates havoc and as it begins to unravel, Karla is forced to learn some difficult lessons. An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait, Book 1) is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.Fiction & Literature

 

 

The young painter, Karla Bocelli, is all too familiar with loss. When she was five years old, her mother died in a car crash in the south of Switzerland. Her Peruvian father lives at the other end of the world, and a year ago, her aunt and guardian passed away. Now, at age twenty-four, Karla almost gets hit by a speeding car. As if this wasn’t fateful enough, Andreas, the driver, turns out to be a sculptor and carver of tombstones. In spite of his profession, Andreas is anything but morbid. Quick-tempered and intense, he exudes a rough-and-tumble energy. After a tumultuous start of their relationship, Karla comes to see in Andreas the “rock in her life,” the perfect antidote to her fears of abandonment and bouts of depression. Andreas, however, wrestles with his own ghosts: an alcoholic father who abused him as a child and his own fits of anger. Together, the two artists must confront the demons that haunt them. Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait, Book 2) is a story about the struggle of two artists with their past, their family, their creativity, and their love for each other. Told from the point of view of Karla, it depicts the world through her painter’s sensibility. It takes the reader on a journey full of sights, smells, tastes, and sounds from the south of Switzerland to Italy and the Peruvian Andes.Fiction & Literature

Full Price Books 10/02/2013 Fiction & Literature

The Original Vampire is rekindled for the 21st Century… ‘Some stories should never end. Good stories leave the reader thirsty for more. The best stories can give us legends that leave a permanent imprint on the literary world. Count Dracula is just such a legend; spawned countless film adaptations, inspired the 20th century horror genre and, ultimately, planted the vampire firmly in popular culture. Yet in a world of civilized, sparkling vampires, Stoker’s story begs to be continued. With Dracula Rekindled, Xander Buchan takes the reigns from Bram Stoker with a fresh sequel that remains faithful to the Gothic horror classic, Dracula. Crafted in an epistolary style, and sharing the same DNA as Dracula, Xander also succeeds in making the read distinctly contemporary. This clever, suspenseful story builds steadily to draw the reader into a place of much mystery, intrigue, and horror. The ORIGINAL VAMPIRE has been rekindled and Buchan has created a believable Dracula for the 21st century. SYNOPSIS: ‘Not until he cannot lose will he make his move! His preparation will be slow and thorough. Never again will he meet defeat by the same ends…’ A young couple find their plans delayed by unforeseen events. A student’s PhD research digs up more than she bargained for, and a renowned Haematologist discovers his ancestor, Van Helsing, was master of more than just medicine. Amidst a series of strange events and horrific discoveries, lands are being bought up in Scotland; renovation work begins in a quaint coastal village to restore a medieval castle ruin. Does the prestigious restoration, and its new owner, hold any connection to the dark events unfolding? As a dark force rises, a secret history is uncovered – but could it even be believed? A desperate hunt for answers leads to the farthest reaches of darkest Europe; has an ancient foe returned to threaten mankind once more?Fiction & Literature

 

 

A sensually macabre retelling of two fairy tales by The Brothers Grimm, these dark fantasy short stories are about love, fear, and deception. In the title story, Song of the Mourning Dove, two young lovers have a romantic tryst in an ancient forest and encounter a horrifying evil that threatens to tear their love apart. In the bonus second story, The False Prince, a beautiful princess discovers that forbidden pleasure comes with a terrible price. These stories contain mature subject matter and are intended for an adult audience. This ebook contains the short story Song of the Mourning Dove. Also included is a bonus story The False Prince. Combined, these two original stories by Victoria Champion are 9800 words, and approximately 39 pages.Fiction & Literature

Free Books 03/02/2013 Fiction & Literature

China has executed Ambaghai, the Mongols’ khan, on a hurdle with donkey ears and tail from the theatre, in mockery of the horse peoples of the steppe. It cries for hachi. ‘Hachi means that which is owed, or felt due. It can mean an act of humanity. It can mean vengeance. It meant justice.’ The Mongols go to war for Ambaghai’s hachi, in a century when no steppe people is fit to tackle China. They believe battles are won by the just, and the size differential doesn’t bother them. They are wrong, but the Mongol God comforts them with an omen. Temujin, the baby of that battle day, has in his hand his people’s future victory. The Chinese have crossbows, but the Mongols have belief.Fiction & Literature