Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bargain eBooks #623:

The Legend of Witch Bane by Kevis Hendrickson
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Price: $4.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)    Barnes and Noble    Sony  
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High Queen Rhiannon Eldess has placed the kingdom of Kaldan under a terrible curse. Only Kòdobos, Anyr, and Laris can save their people from a dark fate. Danger awaits the children as they face the queen’s evil minions in their desperate quest to save their kingdom. To gain final victory the children must find Witch Bane, the magic sword which will give them the power to defeat Rhiannon once and for all! But a prophecy foretelling of the return of an ancient evil threatens to doom them all. It will take all their courage to survive the malevolent forces of evil gathered against them. Will they fail or will they succeed? Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!
What they’re saying about it:
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An absolute page turner!—The Write Stuff Review
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“A finely tuned, explosive page-turning fantasy story that will hold any reader’s interest to the last page.”–Crystal Reviews
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“If you loved Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, Grimms Tales, even far older tales lost in time then this tale has it all and will have you glued to its pages through every twist and turn.”—R.N. Hadley Book Reviews

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Bargain eBooks #625:

Times of Trouble by Cliff Ball
Genre: Christian Fiction
Price $3.99
Where to get it:
US Kindle  UK Kindle    Apple iTunes    Barnes and Noble
Smashwords    Sony     Kobo
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Told in first  person point of view from Brian Atwood, our main character, works for  the FBI. His work involves potential cases of terrorism. Recruited to  become personal bodyguard for the President. His faith as a Christian is tested daily working for the President. We follow Brian as the U.S.  slowly disintegrates around him and his family.
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What people are saying:
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“Times of Trouble novel’s backdrop is on the End Times and all the other events leading to it. It is like a true story as most of the character sketches, circumstances, and plots are familiar and possible to happen in real life.”  — Christian Book Review
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“Great end-time story. Fast paced and prophetic” – LaTawnia Kintz, Book reviewer
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Times of Trial by Cliff Ball
Genre: Christian Fiction
Price: $3.99
Where to get it:
Amazon    Amazon UK   Barnes and Noble    Smashwords
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In this novel that can be read as a stand-alone novel, the government sends people  to re-education camps, Iran tries to start a war, and the President of  the United States declares a dictatorship as the End Times approach.

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Bargain eBooks #622:

Accomplished In Murder by Dara England
Type: Novelette
Genre: Historical Mystery
Price: $0.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)
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Murder was never so refined…

When her holiday on the coast of Cornwall takes a deadly turn, it is up to Drucilla Winterbourne to uncover the dangerous secrets the inhabitants of Blackridge House will do anything to conceal. But can a proper young lady from London society comprehend the dark motives of a killer?

Accomplished In Murder is the first in a series of historical mystery novelettes featuring intrepid Victorian heroines up to their bustles in crime. These works are only loosely connected and can be read in any order.

What they’re saying about it:

“If you’re looking for a quick, entertaining mystery with lots of historical flare, this is the story for you! Great world building makes you believe you’re in the wilds of Victorian Cornwall, while deftly done characterization brings the heroine and her companions to life. Nor is the mystery lacking! Ms. England keeps you guessing as to the villain’s identity right up to the final revelation.”

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Bargain eBooks #621:

LETHAL REFUGE by Vonnie Hughes
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Price: $4.99
Where to Buy it:
Wild Rose Press    Amazon (Kindle)
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Who can you trust if you can’t trust your own mother? Through the clammy fog, Celie Francis hears the chilling message. “I know who you are, Celie. I know where you live.” And in the terrifying aftermath she reconnects with her dysfunctional family in ways she had never imagined.
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MR. MONFORT’S MARRIAGE by Vonnie Hughes
Type: Novel
Genre: Regency Historical
Price: $3.99
Where to Buy it:
Amazon (Kindle)    Musa Publishing      Bookstrand
 
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An earl’s unwanted daughter and a man of business struggle in a marriage of convenience to reconcile their disparate backgrounds as they investigate an attempted murder.
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Matthew Monfort has two excellent reasons for loathing members of the ton, but thanks to his father’s machinations he finds himself inveigled into offering for Lady Verity Tristan. Anyway it’s time he married and she’s…well, she’s different; in fact she’s quite delightful…and intelligent…and sweet…but she needn’t think she’s going to win him over. Got a lot to learn, hasn’t he?
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THE SECOND SON by Vonnie Hughes
Type: Novel
Genre: Traditional Regency
Price: $4.99
Where to Buy it:
Amazon (Kindle)
Musa Publishing   Bookstrand
 
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The Second Son is the prequel to Vonnie Hughes’ wonderful historical romance, Coming Home. It is the achingly sensitive story of the plight of “spare siblings” in the 19th century when the first son automatically inherited all properties, titles and rights and any other sons were left to find their own way. John Trewbridge comes home from the wars to find his brother affianced to the woman he had asked to be his wife. It seems his lack of a title was her premise for refusing. While he struggles with deciding his future, an annoying young woman with a limp continually crosses his path. When a shocking accident changes his destiny, he must deal with the guilt that his gain is his family’s loss.
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What they’re saying:
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This story is beautifully written with characters who pull at your heartstrings and whose imperfections add to their credibility. Hughes skillfully draws you back to the 19th century where you walk alongside the characters, share their adventures and feel their emotions. I love her writing style and am looking forward to reading more of her work.

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Bargain eBooks #620:

The Followers – A Short Tale of the Civil War Undead by William Van Winkle
Type: Novelette
Genre: Horror, Historical
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)    Smashwords
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In July 1863, Confederate General James Longstreet may hold the key to turning General Lee’s potentially catastrophic strategy at Gettysburg into war-deciding victory. One man’s horrible tragedy can place ranks of the undead at Longstreet’s disposal and turn the fate of the Confederate cause…if he dares. This dark novelette will hold you mesmerized until the wrenching end.
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What they’re saying about it:
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“A nice little read that skillfully intertwines the supernatural horror of zombies with the all-too-real horror of the Civil War.”
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“Honestly, this story is worthy of being converted to a short film or even a full feature, and I hope that happens.”
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“Incoporating zombies with a time-piece setting was cleverly done. The ending threw me for a loop and was executed perfectly.”

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Bargain eBooks #619:

How to Write Fan Fiction by Daphne Dangerlove
Type: Nonfiction book
Genre: Nonfiction, Writing Skills
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)  
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This is absolute proof that Fan Fiction is the best place to start your writing career.
Writing fiction isn’t simply about being the best, it’s about creating characters and stories that connect with readers. Fan Fiction teaches you precisely how to do this. Being a writer is like being a lion tamer–it requires practice and skill to get your wild ideas on the page in an artful manner. The best way to learn to write is to write, write, and then write some more. How to Write Fan Fiction will give you a quick and easy course on the basics of writing engaging stories that people want to read, and then you get to take over the reins and start practicing with stories of your own.

This Writing Guide Will Teach You:

  • the common pitfalls of writing Fanfiction stories & how to avoid them
  • why you get writer’s block & how to kick it to the curb permanently
  • how to write realistic dialogue that sounds like your characters
  • the how-to on writing adult (lemon) fanfic scenes
  • how to find and work successfully with a beta reader
  • a complete glossary of Fanfiction lingo
  • and a resources section filled with all of the links referenced in the book, plus additional tools for writing

What they’re saying about it:

“Lots of good info in this book–I’ve been writing fanfic for a while, but this kicked me up to the next level. It changed my thinking about how I approach my writing–I’m more organized now and I feel like I know what I am doing.

This little guide has some handy information in it, covering all the things I didn’t know I needed to know without having to slog through a lot of boring information. There are several helpful step by step sections that helped me sort out my plotting. Also, if you are having trouble finishing a story, you need this book. I printed out a few of the worksheets from the workbook and having been using them as well. All in all, a quick, helpful book.”

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Bargain eBooks #618:

No One Knows You’re Here by Rachel Howzell
Genre: Mystery
Price: $3.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)    Barnes & Noble    Smashwords
iTunes    Kobo
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Fans of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club will love Rachel Howzell’s newest title.Three weeks out of cancer surgery, crime reporter Syeeda McKay is in the pursuit of Los Angeless most active serial killer. Over the last twenty years, the Phantom Slayer has hunted African-American prostitutes working in one of the worst parts of South Los Angeles, killing eight victims in the alleys off Western Avenue, and then disappearing into the shadows. But Syeeda doesnt know that the killer has turned his sights on her. Detective Adam Sherwood, a hotshot investigator with the Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD, has been handed the Phantom Slayer cases, and together, he and Syeeda must figure out who is doing the killing . . . before Syeeda becomes his next victim
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What they’re saying about it:
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[Rachel] Howzell is the Sue Grafton of her generation, with a bit more social conscience and street cred. Like Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone, Syeeda is determined to be her own woman, solving crimes and facing down danger, and protecting her own body — and heart — as ferociously as she hunts down bad guys. — Nina Sankovitch, Read All Day and the Huffington Post
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No One Knows You’re Here is obviously an adult book, but Howzell has written it with so much taste that none of the scenes, be them sex, autopsy or murder scenes, are overdone for the sake of giving too much detail. The characters were interesting, complicated and diverse. And the theme is definitely controversial. — PaulaSHx: Book Reviews

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Bargain eBooks #617:

Blood Duty by J. R. Tomlin & C. R. Daems
Genre: Fantasy
Price: $0.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle) 
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Tamra Dervon, Captain of the Guard of Wayfare Keep, thinks her biggest problem is her love affair with Jessup. The scout is holding things back from her, and she doesn’t know what. But when a seemingly unbeatable army of demons invades, Tamra’s personal problems look very small. Tamra and Jessup find themselves leading a last-ditch defense. Their army is defeated. Jessup disappears in the retreat. As Tamra continues the struggle to defend her homeland, she discovers that another duty lies ahead — to face a demon horde alone.
 
What they’re saying about it:
 
“This book covers an interesting twist on medieval war, perfect for any one interested in an action/romance taking place in a time similar to the Dark Ages. Tamara starts off the book as a one personality character; she’s tough, self reliant, and doesn’t care about what others think. As the story develops you discover various idiosyncrasies that individualize Tamara and make her a fuller and rounder character including her relationship with Jessup, her friendship with Cedrian, and her mess up family life. Over all this is a great book, especially if you like books that medieval with a twist of magic.”
 
“Rousing fantasy romance novel. Good story, excellent characters and the battles scenes are entirely believable. Nota bad way spend a day in in thy sun.”
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Talon of the Unnamed Goddess by J. R. Tomlin & C. R. Daems
Genre: Fantasy
Price: $3.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)
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Aisha is the newest Talon of the Raptor Clan, mercenaries prized by rulers, nobles, and the wealthy as elite bodyguards. Her skill with a blade and her magical rune have won her a prized place as a Talon, but she wins her fights through wits as much as her skill. Guarding a spoiled young princess is Aisha’s first assignment for the clan. Surrounded by dangerous plots, keeping the girl alive takes all of Aisha’s guile and so does dealing with the warrior prince who seems to be falling in love with her. When assassination turns the princess into a queen on the run, Aisha needs every tool she possesses to protect her young charge, help her find the strength to grow up and reclaim her throne.
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“I bought this book with a little trepidation as I had never read these authors before, but that’s what I love about the Kindle Sample feature. A chapter or two into this and I was thoroughly hooked. Martial arts, magic, assassins and an assortment of other characters in a realm of pre-industrial lords and ladies and assorted other royalty.”
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“Alisha has relied on her wits and the ability to out think her opponents. This is what has made her one of the best Talon of the Raptor Clan. They have been her family since her real family was murdered or imprisoned.

Along with her gift from the Unnamed Goddess she will fight for her Friends and Clan.”

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Bargain eBooks #616:

Inside Evil by Geoffrey Wakeling
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)   Amazon.co.uk    Smashwords
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Ever wondered why the British woods are so wild? Why it’s dangerous to be out at night? Why, even on beautiful moonlit nights, it’s safer to be nestled up beside a crackling fire? Roberta Arlington and the residents of Ridgewood are about to find out.
 
Roberta Arlington lives in Ridgewood, a small and sleepy town on the Scottish border, where she is completely content with her life. That is, until she stumbles upon a corpse at the local boarding school and finds that her world starts to unravel into chaos.
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As questions begin to emerge as to just how the victim died, Roberta discovers herself caught in a world which she never knew existed. Like a shadow hanging behind Roberta’s own life, another world hovers in the background, waiting silently until trying to break through. Roberta soon discovers that she’ll have to find all the strength she has to survive the path laid before her.
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Inside Evil is a paranormal mystery that will only leave you wanting more.
 
What they’re saying about it:
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I found myself unable to put this book down. The fantasy and slightly supernatural happenings throughout the book also add even more intrigue. A brilliant book! I can’t wait for the next one in the series to be released. – Amazon Reader
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What a brilliant book, just couldn’t put it down. Very well written, with believable characters and great descriptions of the forest where the culmination of the story occurs. – Amazon Reader

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Bargain eBooks #615:

Rest For The Wicked - The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1 by Cate Dean
Genre: Paranormal, Suspense
Price: $3.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)    Barnes & Noble     Smashwords
 
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Claire Wiche is an ordinary woman, running her Wicca shop, The Wiche’s Broom, in an ordinary California beach town.
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But Claire wasn’t always ordinary, and she isn’t quite human. She hides a secret, and a past she thought she had put behind her.
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A past that is about to explode into her present.
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When it does, and everyone she loves is in danger, Claire must face up to her past – and become what she left behind in order to save them.
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NOTE: This is a short novel, at just over 40,000 words (150 pages), and has some graphic scenes not suitable for the under 17 readers. As one reviewer stated: “This ain’t no Harry Potter.”

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“I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Rest For The Wicked – The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1′ by Cate Dean… could’t put it down until I finished in the wee hours of the morning. Warning! This book contains a female witch, a male genie (Jinn), and demons, oh my! What’s not to like? :D Grab this one and gobble it up!”
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“This was a great story with wonderful characters that you care about. It was fast paced and well developed. The descriptions made it seem as if a movie was playing in your mind. While Claire’s story is left hanging, it does have an ending. One I could live with. However, thankfully I won’t have to as this is only book 1 of Claire’s story. Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.”
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When Walls Can Talk – A YA Fantasy Novella by Cate Dean
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)
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A Fantasy Novella – approximately 65 pages

A missing prince. A haunted castle. A dangerous man bent on ruling the kingdom – whatever the cost.

When Rosamond and her friend Dan head out on her birthday to explore an abandoned and haunted castle, they expect to find only a ghost or two. Instead they discover the missing prince, and stumble into the middle of a violent, desperate bid for the throne.

In order to save the injured Prince Jaren, and themselves, Rosamond must reach beyond her own violent past to find her courage, and Dan must find the way to his true self.

Their only help is a children’s story come to life: an ancient sorcerer whose soul has been trapped in the walls of the castle for centuries.

Can they keep the prince alive long enough to bring him home safe?

Can they defeat the man who would be king?
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“A missing beloved prince, a sorcerer’s spirit trapped within a castle’s walls, a gifted young man destined to one day become a great healer, and a strong, intelligent heroine who fights for those she loves…it has everything a great story needs and more.
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I hope this book is the start of a series because I want to know what happens next. Cate Dean has written an enchanting tale and I cannot wait to read more!”
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“Don’t let the YA Fantasy `label’ fool or deter you from this wonderful novella! Author Cate Dean does an amazing job of putting the reader right in the castle with Rose, Dan and Jaren as they traverse their harrowing ordeal. The characters are well-drawn, the plot believable for the genre, and the writing will not let you stop reading until you’ve reached the end. I also enjoyed the excerpt for Dean’s next book and will buy a copy as soon as it’s available. I highly recommend you pick up a copy and enjoy this one for yourself.”

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