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Helga_ Out of Hedgelands - Rick JohnsonHelga: Out of Hedgelands by Rick Johnson
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Price: $.99
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Twelve-year-old Helga has more danger in her life than most beasts her age. Wrackshee slavers after her, a vicious attack by bandits that nearly kills her, a race against dragons pursuing her, and leading a daring rebellion to save her life, and rescue friends and family, from the insidious WooZan. And that is just the beginning. But what do you expect when you are a young beast who just can’t see the stupid rules of the world making any sense? Helga can’t accept things as they are and ends up taking on not just one, but two all-powerful, supreme tyrants in two different realms.

Helga never intended to lead a revolution. It just sort of happened because she wouldn’t go along with the “rules of normal” that keep tyrants in power and entire societies enslaved. Beginning on a dangerous quest to solve some mysteries in her own past, Helga leads her quirky comrades on a journey that will not only forever change them, but upset ancient civilizations.

Time and again, the unconventional heroine and her eccentric comrades overcome ominous tyrants and black-hearted slavers, not by battling to the last beast standing, but by being the first beast to think differently.

Helga: Out of Hedgelands is divided into three books which introduce the epic saga of the Wood Cow clan and their role in overturning centuries of slavery and tyranny. This story will continue in additional volumes of the Wood Cow Chronicles now in development. Over the series of current and future volumes, the entire history of the Wood Cow clan, the fall of Maev Astuté, and the coming of Lord Farseeker to the Outer Rings, will be told.

What they’re saying about it:

“Since completing the Lord of the Rings trilogy in college, I’ve looked forward to a fantasy series that exhibited the potential to keep me up reading well past my bed time. Helga, Out of Hedgelands, did just that. Mr Johnson has created a fascinating world full of vivid landscapes and characters wise and courageous enough to inhabit them. Helga is a tale for young and old alike. Pour yourself a hot cup of Peskee tea and gather round your children or grandchildren. You’re in for a treat. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.”–Steve Kaufman

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cookibngCooking with Addie Appleton by Barry Busby
Type: Children‘s book
Genre: Story Cookbook
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
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Join Addie Appleton and friends as she takes to the kitchen with kid-friendly recipes that are just as fun to make as they are to eat! In this step-by-step story cookbook, you can follow along and make delicious treats with Addie that are sure to leave everyone wanting more! A fun way to integrate basic kitchen awareness and keep your child entertained.

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eyesdieThe Eyes Die Last by Teri Riggs
Type: Novella
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Price: 2.99
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The Las Vegas Mayoral race is heating up, and the incumbent doesn’t have a prayer. Wealthy real estate speculator Nick Campenelli, who wants to  legalize prostitution in Clark County, and former pastor Louis St.  Louis, running on a ‘clean-up-Vegas-by-getting-rid-of-the-whores’  platform, are the front runners.
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They’re also front runners on  the suspect list for a string of murders. Kennedy O’Brien, four-year  detective with cop blood running in her veins, and her partner Wilder “Wild Thing” James, a veteran, are determined to find the man who’s  murdering prostitutes who work the wrong side of the street, and they  don’t care how important or politically active he is.
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The killer  is a man with a mission. He stalks the women before he kills them,  leaving a “BEFORE” photo on their bodies, and sending an “AFTER” shot to the local news hound. Ed Hershey, an aging newscaster with just the  right amount of grey in his hair, is determined to turn this story into a network gig, and his interference, along with the LVTVS legal team, are making Kennedy and Wilder look bad. Campenelli’s good looks and charm,  and St. Louis’ vitriolic hatred of prostitutes are muddying the waters  too, and now the killer seems to have taken a liking to Kennedy.
So the big question remains. Can she get him before he gets her?

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thereluctantweddingplanner-200 (2)The Reluctant Wedding Planner by Eva Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $3.99
Where to Get It:
Musa Publishing       Amazon

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Dr Camden James is a rural vet, not a wedding planner, so he quickly feels out of his depth when, in a fit of generosity, he offers to glam up his sister’s budget wedding in a secret move designed to surprise her. With only six weeks to make this the wedding of his sister’s dreams he needs to move fast.

Stumbling around in the largely female world of weddings he gets a lead on the go-to girl for wedding flowers – Georgiana Mac Intyre. Georgi, reeling from a very public breakup, is not interested in men in anyway shape or form. Not even super-cute vets – even when they are clearly interested in her.

Cam shamelessly uses his story to get her to help. It has all the elements; romance against the odds, true love, orphans (you can’t have good story without an orphan or two), and a bride.

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Elhunter-cover400Elfhunter, A Tale of Alterra, the World that Is by C.S. Marks
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure
Price: $2.99
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This is the tale of Gorgon Elfhunter, a monstrous, mysterious creature who has sworn to destroy all the Elves of Alterra—until none remain. It is the story of Wood-elven heroine Gaelen Taldin, who has sworn to rid her world of the Elfhunter even as she is hunted by him. The conflict between them creates a tangled web that blurs the line between Light and Darkness, love and obsession, free will and fate. Filled with moments both tender and terrifying, thrilling yet thought-provoking, it is a timeless epic fantasy suitable for readers of all ages. Join the Company of Elves, dwarves, mortal men, and delightfully intelligent horses. Come to Alterra—the “World that Is”.

Newly remastered by Parthian Press, with illustrations by the incomparable Hope Hoover, this second edition will intrigue and delight fans of the series as well as those who have yet to discover it.

What they’re saying about it:

“Best villain since Darth Vader!”

“Truly captivating! The eloquence with which C.S. Marks writes is extraordinary.”

“Breathtaking. Brutal. Brilliant.”

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TICDFINALThe Ice Captain’s Daughter by S.G. Rogers
Type: Novella
Genre: Historical Romance
Price: $0.99
Where to Get It: 
Amazon
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The daughter of a wealthy ice merchant, Miss Jillian Roring intends to marry for love. En route to her first Season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends her into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiancée has other plans. Can Logan convince Jillian that his love for her is real or will the cruel gossip and sharp tongues of London society tear their budding relationship apart?
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5-Stars: “…the story is plotted magnificently and I just love Jillian!” – Sanna (on Goodreads)
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5- Stars: “Jillian is beautiful and feminine, but she doesn’t wilt in the face of danger. Logan is every bit the hero, protecting Jillian at every turn.” – Jan (on Goodreads)

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StandInStar_finalStand-In Star by Rachael Johns
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $3.99 – $4.49
Where to Get It:
Amazon      Carina Press      Barnes and Noble

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As an anthropologist, Holly McCartney is more comfortable in a museum than shopping on Rodeo Drive. She isn’t prepared for the media frenzy on her arrival in L.A. to accept a posthumous acting award for her late sister…or for her sister’s gorgeous friend Nate Devlin to come to her rescue. Though he resents her for some reason, she can’t fight their irresistible chemistry—especially when the paparazzi force her to stay at his mansion.

Photographer Nate only agrees to help Holly survive Hollywood for her sister’s sake, but she soon gets under his skin in a way no other woman has. The more time he spends with her, the more his attraction grows and he finds himself opening up to her in ways he never expected. But will ghosts of the past stand in the way of their perfect Hollywood ending?

What they’re saying about it:

“Stand-In Star by Rachel Johns is a fun and exciting look at the Hollywood “star” scene from an industry outsider.” Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews.

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treeTREE CHANGE by Téa Cooper
Genre: Contemporary Australian Romance
Price: $3.99
Where to Get It:
iTunes    Breathless Press   Amazon    Amazon UK    B & N
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Blurb: Despite her success in the Sydney art world, Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she falls, like an addict, straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly. Not only has he taken up with his brother’s wife, but it seems they have a child.
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Truth is, Jake’s living a lie, sworn to secrecy, and hamstrung by the debt he owes his estranged family. But one glimpse of Cassia and he knows he cannot live without her. Her fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart. Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?

What they’re saying about it:

A Must Read Tale of Love and Loss

“From the first chapter of Tree Change, I cared. I cared about the characters and what had happened and what would happen to them. A riveting mix of romance and drama this debut novel by Tea Cooper is set in Sydney and the north coast. The settings are depicted with vibrancy and colour, as are the characters. Tea’s grasp of characterization, descriptive language, plot and themes of love, loss and preservation have an originality that shines through and embraces the reader until the final page.”–LorryH Amazon Five Stars

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Taste The Sea
“I could taste the salt on the sea breeze as I lost myself in this delightful story about Cassia and Jake. My heart bled for Cassia when she returned to the home they had both shared to find she had been replaced by another woman. I can’t reveal more in case I spoil it for other readers but not is all as it seems. A fabulous tale of love lost and found with a decent dash of mystery to keep the heart pounding.”–Ann B Harrison Amazon Five Stars

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thumbnailAction Man Meets Miss Adventure by Claire Baxter
Type: Short story collection
Genre: Contemporary romance
Price: $0.99
Where to Get It:
Barnes and Noble      Kobobooks       Amazon

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A collection of five romantic short stories previously published in women’s magazines in three countries.

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vierwA View to Die For by Richard Houston
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Price: 99 cents
Where to Get It:
Amazon        Smashwords
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If you’re in the mood for a gripping mystery/ suspense book, then  Richard Houston’s debut novel, “A View to Die For”, is the right choice  for you. The author proves his talent by offering the readers an  engaging plot, likeable characters and an intricate puzzle that will  keep them on edge, because nothing is what it seems and discovering the  real criminal is not an easy task.

Jacob Martin is an  unemployed software engineer who lives with Fred, his beloved Golden  Retriever, and dreams of becoming a novelist. When his mother calls to  tell him that his sister, Megan, has been arrested for killing her  fourth husband, Jake knows that he needs to take Fred and go to his  sister’s rescue. For the local DA and sheriff everything is clear  because Megan is known for collecting her husbands’ life insurance  policies and the last one is worth a million dollars. Their mother  insists Mike committed suicide, but this supposition might be very far  from the truth. Jake is determined to take matters into his own hands  and find the criminal before his family has even more to suffer. From  illegal entry to computer hacking and surveillance camera sabotage, Jake is willing to do anything to prove Megan’s innocence.
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“A View  to Die For” is that kind of mystery novel that puts ordinary people in  extraordinary situations, which makes you truly relate to the  characters. My favorite was Jacob Martin, and not only because he is a  dog person. Jake is witty, generous, loyal, he loves his family and is  smarter than any detective. You can count on him to solve this case and  clear his sister’s reputation. He makes a great team with Fred and is  always concerned about the dog’s well-being, which is incredibly sweet.  There’s no doubt you’ll love Jake from the very first pages.”
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“Richard Houston knows how to build up suspense, so you will find this book  impossible to put down. The good thing is that you’ll forget about  everything for a couple of hours. The bad thing is that you’ll have to  be patient until the author publishes the next novel in the Jacob Martin series. When you enjoy the first book so much, this never happens fast  enough.”

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