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0985545208_frontcoverAwake in the Mad World by Damon Ferrell Marbut
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Coming of Age
Price: .99
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Pete Rattigan is a frustrated young newspaper journalist caught up in uncertainty of the post-graduate “real world”. One night, one seemingly minor encounter sparks a philosophical journey which leads him to discover that in the most beautiful or even cruel moments of life, the power of friendship explains the power of the universe. And that perhaps there is no such thing as chance. With force, humor and sensitivity Damon Ferrell Marbut presents his debut, Awake in the Mad World, which frees its audience to believe again in the wildness of the young American heart, how it beats just to prove that it will always survive and succeed on its own terms.
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“The book is rich with the complexities of the human experience.”
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“Marbut’s novel is a beautiful, thoughtful read.”
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“It’s not often that a book touches me as much as ‘Awake in the Mad World’ has.”

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goodGood Guys Love Dogs by Inglath Cooper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: 99 cents
Where to Get It:

Amazon    Kobo     iTunes 

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Desperate father Ian McKinley moves his delinquent teenage son to the small Virginia town of Keeling Creek, a place very unlike the New York City life he has been leading. Love takes him by surprise when he falls for Colby Williams, a woman unlike anyone he has ever been drawn to, a small town vet with a heart for animals and a fierce love for a teenage daughter she is also struggling to raise.

But Colby has a secret in her past, a secret she’s not sure her daughter will ever forgive her for. And as for Ian McKinley, he seems too good to be true. If she had learned anything from the one time she had thrown her heart fully into love, it was that it didn’t last.

What they’re saying about it:

“Sweet love story filled with adorable dogs and a lucky calf. ” – Amazon.com Reviewer L. Walker
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“It’s a great story to read on a lazy Sunday morning or while relaxing at any time. ” – Amazon.com Reviewer Same

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When Summer ComesWHEN SUMMER COMES by Brenda Novak

Type: Book 3 in Whiskey Creek Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $1.99 Limited Time Beginning April 1st
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One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news…

She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren’t good.

Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents’ farm. She’s always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn’t been worked in years and she begins to fear she can’t manage it, that she’ll have to return to town.

One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…

He’s an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for a few nights’ shelter. Callie figures she doesn’t have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she doeshave something to lose—her heart. And, although he doesn’t yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.

What they’re saying about it:

The characters’ “heartwarming romance develops slowly and sweetly. The sex is fantastic, but the best part is how Simon and Gail tease and laugh as they grow closer.” -Publishers Weekly on When Lightning Strikes

“Novak delivers a lively, sparkling series debut…romantic gold by a superior novelist. The love story blossoms naturally, which is rare nowadays…. Additionally, by populating Whiskey Creek with realistic characters-instead of ‘quirky’ caricatures-Novak ensures that readers will eagerly await their next visit.” -RT Book Reviews on When Lightning Strikes

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karensunday4Karen’s Best  Friend by Laura Jane  Leigh
Genre:  contemporary romance
Price: 99 cents
Where to Get It:

Amazon 

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Karen is a young widow, still mourning her husband ten months after his death.  Financial difficulties force her to work long hours at a job she hates. The one  bright spot in her life is her little daughter, Cindi.

One morning, Karen  decides to pick herself up and start again. The first step is to go back to  college. If she finishes her degree, she can have the career she wants, as a  teacher of French. The problem is: she can’t afford to take time off, unless she  finds a cheaper place to live. A solution arrives in the form of her old friend,  Jim. He’s on a tight budget, too, and he needs someone to share his apartment.  Karen foresees difficulties, if she moves in with a man. Jim, though, reassures  her. There’s no chemistry, no spark. It should be easy to live together as “just  friends.”

Thinking matters over, Karen agrees. After all, Jim is the kind of  man she calls a “Mr Nice Guy”—good-natured and funny, but not physically  attractive.

Soon she and her daughter have settled in. Life is pleasant, but  dull, until the employment agency calls with an ideal assignment: six days at a  legal conference in Venice. In that dream-like city, she meets Mark Lebrun, a  man she sees as a fairy-tale prince. Handsome and rich, he makes life easy for  Karen. Unfortunately, her friend, Manon, dislikes him. And Karen herself begins  to notice flaws in his character. But she confronts Mark and he promises to  change.

In the meantime, Jim has been dating Manon. She encourages him to  lose weight and work out at the gym. Soon women begin to notice him. And Karen  is one of them.

As problems worsen with Mark, she wonders: has she been  looking for love in the wrong place? And when she decides what she really wants,  will it be too late?

What they’re saying about it:

“Karen’s Best Friend was a  wonderful story of how the love between friends developed into a deep love  between a man and a woman.

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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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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
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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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“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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wahtloveWhat love Sounds Like by Alissa Callen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: 99 cents (promo)
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Outback speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, believes her morning from hell is over. Then suited-up, city-boy Kade Reid strides into her office and announces he and his wide-eyed niece are the clients that she will be living with for the fortnight. Kade Reid adheres to a single edict — money is as important as breathing. But when he becomes an instant father to four-year-old Tilly, he escapes to the only place he was allowed to be a child…the family property of Berrilea. As Mia and Kade work together to help Tilly overcome her speech delay, can they face their fears in order to give Tilly the family she so desperately needs?

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WholeLatteLifeCoverWhole Latte Life by  Joanne DeMaio
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Price: $2.99
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Would you leave everything behind to know who you are?
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Sara Beth  Riley never dreamt she’d walk straight out of her life. Actually she’d  never dreamt a lot of things that had happened this year … From being  kidnapped by her own best friend, to throwing her wedding rings into the Hudson River, to calling an old love in France, to getting inked with  said best friend, painting the passionate constellation of these choices into permanence. But mostly, she could never have dreamt what started  it all. How could it be that her mother’s unexpected death, and the  grief which lingered painfully long, turned her into the woman she was  finally meant to become?
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Sara Beth’s escape begins a summer of  change – of herself, of marriage, of the lives of those around her. In a story that moves from Manhattan to the sea to a quaint New England  town, WHOLE LATTE LIFE looks at friends we never forget, at decisions we linger with, at our attempts to live the lives we love.
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-Awarded First Place in Fiction in the 2012 Discovery Awards. -Chosen as a Critics’ Pick by Kirkus Reviews.
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“A thoughtful story that surprises with its insight and emotional impact.” -Kirkus Reviews, Critics’ Pick
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“A heartfelt portrait of two friends at the crossroads of their lives.” -USA Today, IndieReader

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