Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Trashcan Opera Society CoverThe Trashcan Opera Society by Marc M. McVey
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction
Price: $3.99 USD
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The is the story of Jordan, a well educated homeless man who, by the result of a violent and unusual accident, meets an aging, exotic dancer named Hannah with whom he forms an extraordinary relationship.

Jordan has recently walked away from the practice of law and has slowly slipped away from his prior life. He now lives on the streets. He has learned to survive using a variety of schemes to make or steal money. He lives part of the time in a homeless shelter and other times with Hannah.

Jordan developed a love of opera during his time in law school. Despite his homelessness, he buys annual season tickets to the opera, much to the amusement of his friends.

Hannah reveals a great secret to Jordan and asks him for his promise to fulfill a wish. Together, Hannah and Jordan form a team to try to survive Los Angeles. This is their opera.

What they’re saying:

“The plot of this story was a pretty good one. I liked how the emotions rolled off the pages in massive amounts. I do wish the story was a bit longer, but I can tell the author didn’t want to ‘bog down’ the storyline with extra details, or fillers. After reading the book, the story of Jordan and Hannah really stuck with me, wondering where things would go from the end of the book. However, I think it ended quite nicely and to the point where I felt a sense of comfort after putting the book down. I hope to see more works from author Marc McVey, as I believe there is plenty of writing to do for him!”–Reviewed by

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B00FPYJ2IW21 Songs in 6 Days: Learn Ukulele the Easy Way by Rebecca Bogart & Jenny Peter
Type: Nonfiction
Genre: Music Education, Music Songbooks
Price: $3.99
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With 21 Songs in 6 Days:

  • Play and sing songs after the first lesson even if you’ve never touched an

    instrument before

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  • Become a

    learning machine with pages of helpful ‘how to practice’ tips

  • Absorb critical how-to info from

    detailed lesson videos of a pro helping a beginner

You’ll learn:

  • The 3 fundamental strums that are building blocks of all ukulele


  • 5 chords and how to read chord symbols
  • Crucial music theory

    concepts like transposition, key, and meter.


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anneAnne by Carmen Stevens
Genre: Historical fiction
Price: $2.99
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Fourteen-year old Anne Falkman is an arrogant, desperate orphan trying to live any way she can on the streets of London. Through her desolate, lonely years, a hope was born within her, the hope that fate would bless her and give her lasting happiness. Growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Anne has nurtured a fear of men. She also fears marrying and giving birth, which was the death of her mother and caused her father to go mad and violently hate his daughter. When a series of events gives Anne a chance for happiness, she takes it and achieves her dreams, but at what cost? Will she attain the life of happiness that she dreamed of? Which choices are the best ones to make?

What they’re saying:

“I wish I was as talented as Carmen Stevens. Her book is the type of book I wish I could write someday; gripping, fascinating, and captivating.”

A freshly dark tale, described in intimate, gritty detail. Told in the third person, Anne’s troubled life retains a personable level of honesty modern readers can attach themselves too in an obscure, relatable manner. Readers who love detail will absorb every word like a love song–attached and yearning for more.”

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wavesThe Waves by Jen Minkman
Type: Novella
Genre: YA,  Dystopian
Price: $1.99
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The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.

I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board.”

“Why don’t we sail to her ourselves?” I want to know.

“Because she promised she would come,” granddad replies. “And in that promise we trust. It’s only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess.”

Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco.
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor’s society… and the secrets of the temple.

What they’re saying about it: 

I absolutely loved the way Minkman was able to showcase the myriad of reactions people have when their faith is brought into question. This is a book about faith, loss, hope, growth, love, hatred, deception–but most of all it is a book about the human condition. I really enjoyed this, and I will definitely be picking up any additional novellas that Minkman decides to write in “The Island” series. I would recommend this to fans of dystopian fiction, particularly those with a religious focus like “The Forest of Hands and Teeth.”

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siren coverThe Scoundrel’s Secret Siren by Daphne du Bois
Genre:  Regency/Historical Romance
Price: 99 cents
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He could deny the truth no longer: the most valuable thing he’d ever won in a game of chance was the heart of Miss Lorelei Lindon. Was love not the greatest gamble of all?

When bored Miss Lorelei Lindon sneaks out in the middle of the night in search of ghosts, she finds rather more than she bargained for in the enigmatic Lord Winbourne. And when he does a dastardly thing and steals her treasured necklace as a memento of their midnight encounter, she must find a way to retrieve it without causing a scandal.

Lord Winbourne is certainly a mystery and he seems determined to make her whole world unravel. How can one man burn with such passion one moment, and assume such a frosty façade the next? Will Lorelei be able to retrieve her trinket without losing her heart and her virtue to the irresistible rake? Is she a complete wanton or is the passion between them so wrong that it must be right? And will he acknowledge the true depth of his own passion before it is too late?

Throw in a few well-meaning relatives, a niece stubbornly caught up in her own romantic dilemmas and duel to the death, and Lorelei’s life will surely never be boring again…

What they’re saying about it:

I would recommend The Scoundrel’s Secret Siren to anyone who enjoys a good romance taken place long ago, with a dark, mysterious man who will steal your heart. – Tanya

This is a charming Regency romance written in the style of traditional regency romance – but not without sexual tensions between the lead characters. – Mary C.

I love the way the romance grew between Lord Winbourne and Lorelei. And I loved their dialog through out the story. If you love the 19th century England, this is the book for you. The author did a great job. It is very well written and provides detail that makes the reader eager to turn the page. It makes you feel their emotions and the passion that keeps growing stronger and makes it impossible to deny what they really feel for each other. I loved the book! – Lilian Robers


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darlingsDarlings of Sci-Fi: Young Adult Anthology
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Price: FREE!
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Eight gripping young adult stories by eight best selling authors. A star-studded anthology of thrilling and action-packed books from eight different Sci-Fi series by your favorite women authors.

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selfpublishcover (2)How To Self-Publish: A Do It Yourself Approach by Leti Del Mar
Type: Novella, Nonfiction
Price: $0.99
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This book is for anyone who has ever considered publishing their own work but has either thought the process seemed too complicated or too expensive. My newest book will hold your hand as it guides your manuscript from your word processor to a formatted e-book and paperback. It will show you how to launch and market your book, get reviews, and use social media to establish an author platform. I promise to show you how this can all be accomplished for less than you would spend on a week’s worth of lattes!

My Do-It-Yourself Approach is full of useful advice and practical tips any author new to the world of self-publishing can easily implement.

The best news? I am not alone in this endeavor. I have teamed up with 6 other authors who represent a wide variety of writers including; Craig Hurren, Victoria Sawyer, Carmen Stefanescu, Clancy Tucker, Melissa Wray and Lee Zamloch. They have each contributed their insight on topics like the importance of research, coping with bad reviews, creating a brand, utilizing feedback and much more!

What they’re saying about it:



“Great guide for new indie authors and helpful tips and resources for experienced self-publishers. How to Self-Publish tackles a broad category and does an excellent job. The writing style is casual and friendly from an enthusiastic self-published author of a number of books who writes from her own experience.

It is best read as a working user’s guide. There is good information on writing, researching and editing. Extensive information on formatting that you will want to read while actually doing the task. There is also helpful information on book covers, distribution and marketing. Finally, there is a generous resource section that is worth checking out and saving for future use. 

This is definitely a do-it-yourself publishing book with brief information on enlisting the efforts of others. Most authors will not or should not do it all themselves. This book can sort out where you should spend your self-publishing dollars, help organize your efforts and avoid newbie mistakes.”

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Axe and Emerald_CreateSpace coverAxe and Emerald by Joshua Dyer
Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Western
Price: $0.99
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 Rhone McLean can only watch his entire world burn as his wife’s lifeless body disappears into the raging inferno. A mysterious cowboy in black emerges from the ashes of Rhone’s home with a message of hope. His words push McLean into a quest to free Clara, but how much of himself is he ready to sacrifice?
As the nation heals from the deep wounds of a bloody Civil War, McLean ventures into the underbelly of the Western frontier. Here Rhone must confront his worst fear if he is to lower the veil and cross the fog in to the macabre world where Clara is imprisoned.
The Forces of Creation and Destruction position their pieces as their eternal conflict nears its boiling point. With the help of the Pegasus, Bellerophon, Rhone attempts to liberate the seven Towers of Light from the Baron and his legions of the damned and restore balance to Everdark. He will soon learn that the path to Clara passes through the Stones of Power and the collapse of the Dark Territories. Rhone must endure more than Hell if he ever wants to see his wife again.

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51VvEEfPSvL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Memes of Loss and Devotion by Darren White
Type: Anthology
Genre: Sci Fi, Horror
Price: $3.21
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“Memes of Loss and Devotion” examines the human condition, our
possible futures, our challenges as a species and our failings as
sentient, supposedly intelligent beings.

Journey to a far future where all human minds are connected not only
to each other but also to benevolent Artificial Intelligences.
Technology may have changed, but the human condition has not, and
neither has the human heart.

A not so random encounter in a hotel bar triggers unforeseen
consequences, but just who is the hunter and who is the prey? If you
thought that romance in the early 21st century is a minefield, just
add advanced technology and see how much more dangerous it can get.

Can love survive death? What happens when devotion unexpectedly
returns from beyond the grave? A doomed love triangle is destined to
end in disaster in a haunting story of passion that can never be

What if men were obsolete? What if new technology meant that the human
race could continue without them? How far would you go to prevent

Finally, a gun-toting, resourceful hero will get the girl, kill the
baddies, and save the entire planet, probably…

In this collection, you will also witness a little girl arguing
colonization morals with an elderly alien, while another girl will be
‘fixed’ by time travelling angels. An astronaut will be rescued
(eventually) while another never will be. A deadly connection will be
made. A private investigator will lose important parts of his memory
on a distant moon. A future colonist never get his girl. A time
machine will be abused. An alien observer will be lost. A sister’s
sister will find her true home.

Just where might future technology take us if we are not mindful of
the unintentional consequences? What will we get? The future we want,
or the future we deserve?

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51Qf4DsFA4L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-52,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_THE RAVENHOE CAULDRON by Rebecca Yount
Genre: Crime
Price: $2.99
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The garotted corpse of Stanislaw Janus, a notorious antiquities thief and forger, is discovered in an excavation pit at an archeological site near Colchester,
on England’s east coast. A former curator of pre-Roman British artifacts at the British Museum, Janus had turned to crime and was fencing forgeries on
the international antiquities black market.


Despite being on parental leave to care for his four-month-old daughter, Detective Inspector Michael “Mick” Chandra is put in charge of the case, his family
leave suspended by New Scotland Yard’s commissioner. Mick calls upon the Yard’s Arts and Antiquities Unit for help in this complex case and as it turns
out, he will need all the help he can get, as the case becomes increasingly fraught with danger and risk.


Familiar faces from the two previous Mick Chandra books return as well: Jessica Beaumont, the American-born pianist who is now Mick’s wife; Mick’s
friend and chief informant, Jamie Geller; and Mick’s no-nonsense partner, Sergeant Elizabeth Chang.


And then there is the mysterious rust-encrusted key sent through Mick’s home mail slot bearing a note that reads: “The key to the Ravenhoe Cauldron.”


What they’re saying about it:




I am hooked on this series, and anxiously await book three to see what kind of mystery Mick needs to solve next. I recommend you get on board, as well,
especially if you love mysteries!”—Literary R&R

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