Friday, May 17, 2013

Book Discovery! (Friday May 17)

It's Book Discovery Day! Every Friday we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked.

Every great book was once a hidden gem. Browse through the books below and start your own discovery!

Book Discovery - newly-published and overlooked books!
Hunted and the Damned, by R. J. DillonA British spy’s disappearance in Berlin at the height of the Cold War has never been fully explained. When a retired British Secret Intelligence Service officer is brutally murdered in Berlin, the two events are dismissed as unconnected, simply a coincidence.

Following the dead officer’s trail from London to Berlin, Nick Torr – the SIS Director of Covert Operations – uncovers an obsessive quest for a missing convoy of Nazi gold seeped in myth and legend. In the shadowland of a city still divided by memories of the Wall, he discovers that the gold is only one piece in a complex puzzle of treachery, deceit and betrayal. In Berlin, he uncovers a number of traitors linking past and present together, secrets that Soviet Milit...
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One Page Love Story: Fall, by Rich WallsFind love, every day, with One Page Love Story, the hit blog created by author Rich Walls on behalf of those who sometimes feel the need to take their love on the go. Featuring the first sixty-five stories from his year long project, One Page Love Story: Fall explores the never ending possibilities of love, told one page at a time. Leaving you with time to write that most important love story of all--your love story....
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Rough Magic (GnomeSaga #1), by Kenny SowardNiksabella the gnome has tinkered in the shadows for years, developing an invention that might change the world, even if she doesn’t know it yet. She has few friends and even fewer allies in the city of Hightower, where social and academic status is quite important.

Her brother, Nikselpik, is a cantankerous wizard who drinks too much, sings dirty songs, and makes rude passes at gnomestresses. A dark addiction consumes him, a habit called bugging, which gives him increased power and feelings of euphoria while pushing him closer to death.

Dark creatures from the ultraworlds have come calling. Niksabella must fight to protect her life and her invention, while Nikselpik engages the enemy as an unlikely guest of Hightower...
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Caarina the Cooking Fairy (KiteReaders Fairy Series), by Julia DweckCaarina lives among the cooks that write the recipes in books. They’re master chefs who work all night. To mix and simmer’s their delight. Today, the Fairy Queen decrees, and all the fairies there agree, a special feast will soon be served--a rich reward that all deserve. Who should cook this special feast prepared with flour, oil, and yeast? Who can roll and brown a bun? Caarina is the chosen one! Join Caarina, the cooking fairy, in this humorous, rhyming adventure. Caarina is all set to create a delicious feast for the Fairy Queen; however, a pesky gremlin attempts to foil Caarina's plan. Can Caarina "beat" him? Who will be "whipped," gremlin or fairy? Young readers will enjoy this clever fantasy adventure, sprinkled with wo...
Blood Cell (Farewell Reality), by Shaun Tennant
A Brutal Prison
Josh Farewell is a three-time escapee who boasts that no prison can hold him. Once he's locked inside C-Pod at Pittman Penitentiary, surrounded by murderers and gangs, he soon realizes that his skills will be put to the test.

An Ancient Evil
After the inmates take over the pod in a brutal riot, they realize too late that they are not alone in C-Pod. Something is hunting the inmates. Something hungry.

One Chance to Survive
Surrounded by dangerous and untrustworthy felons, Josh must find a way to escape before the thing in the darkness kills them all. And the night is only beginning.

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The Cat Connection, by Lawrence MatthewsA memoir with surprising twists and turns, this book is the true story of a man with multiple careers and discoveries. Weaving his tale among experiences with a lifetime of cats, he takes us places such as the pilot’s seat of his airplane as he fights to get home in terrible weather, and deep in a cave under a Virginia mountain where he discovers a section never explored by man and uncovers a mystery still unsolved. Realizing that cat DNA is more than 99% the same as human, he makes an amazing discovery about how the two species can communicate. This is a remarkable journey and one you will not soon forget....
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Blood in the Hills, by Van HoltOn Sale! Now $2.99, Regularly $7.99!


The Circle 8 bunch were really just outlaws and rustlers. Their leader, Mort Dudley had a devious plan to get rid of a couple of his newly hired hands before the bunch cashed in the large herd of cattle that had fallen into their hands when they murdered the old man who owned the herd.
Their trouble began when they tried to frame a quiet stranger for the old man’s murder. They didn’t know his real name or that he was a deadly gunfighter and the son of the old man they had buried in an unmarked grave.
The quiet stranger drops out of sight to hide from the law and soon becomes the bane of the Circle 8 bunch; harassing them on all sides, hunti...
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An Alien's Guide to the Human Species, by Deb McEwanAre humans really the supreme species on Earth?

Earth 1950s. The popular BBC Radio Sitcom 'I Say Old Chap!' was being listened to in kitchens and front rooms all over the UK. But it wasn’t just human beings who were listening to the broadcast.

Fast forward 25 years and the Terries are ready to send spies to film activity on Earth..

Caroline and Phil Gibson are going about their daily lives, trying to raise healthy, fulfilled children and have a few laughs along the way. What they don’t know is that their every move is being analysed and recorded for the enlightenment of the Terries on the planet Largo.

So what will happen when the Terries find out about human mating rituals, leprechauns, var...
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The Folks at Fifty-Eight, by Michael Patrick ClarkGerald Hammond is the exception to the rule; an honourable spy, whose lofty principles have brought him nothing but loneliness and isolation. Catherine Schmidt is the stunning young daughter of an assassinated spymaster, whose murderous quest for vengeance has left her at the mercy of the infamous Head of Soviet State Security.
On a covert operation, in Soviet-occupied Germany, Hammond has no knowledge of the unseen forces that sponsor and oppose his mission. He only knows that he must somehow save her to save himself, but, as ever-more disturbing revelations come to light, begins to wonder which poses the greater threat; the enemy he runs from, or the friend he runs to?
Set against a factual background of government conspiracy, ...
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Dangerous Evolution, by Gregg VannA renowned scientist disappears from her private moon, far out on the fringes of human space—pushing mankind to the brink of war with the only other intelligent species in the galaxy.

A war they will lose.

Light years away, a madman becomes convinced that nature’s blueprint for life is flawed; setting into motion a misguided plan that will kill billions.

An investigator sent to find the missing scientist ties these two events together, cutting through an elaborate web of subterfuge and deception, until finally, the truth is revealed.

A horrible truth, that blurs the line between friend and enemy, and threatens the extinction of all sentient life in the galaxy....
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Jane The Reckless (The Jane Episodes), by Karen KiessLet’s hear it for Jane!

“Fresh humor grounded in home town Minnesota, with a gently satirical eye on the very colorful local characters.”

“Minnesota Nice peeled back to its cross-eyed core…”

“Warm storytelling with a generous helping of screwball comedy a la Janet Evanovich or Stephanie Bond.”

Stoic, rumpled Jane Wolf often feels she’s a magnet for craziness in the extreme. From a dippy next-door neighbor who’s been concealing the conniving demon within, to conniving newbies at work, to the scornful twerp at the dog park going to stupefying lengths in snatching a disputed water dish, our Jane can only reel in dismay and scratch her head. Socially stunted after some ha...
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The Last Stoic, by Morgan Wade"Morgan has written a book that is highly original and beautifully executed. The balance between the Roman world and the modern world is maintained with skill and adroitness, and the narrative is deftly woven through both of these time periods, never faltering or losing momentum.

The Last Stoic is a fascinating, parallel look at two societies who are not, as it turns out, as different or distinct as one might think."

- Helen Humphreys

** Long-listed for the 2012 ReLit Award for Fiction.**

The Last Stoic is a story of appetite and fear, both modern and ancient. Half of the story's narrative occurs in the time and place of the ancient Roman Empire; the other half occurs in the present-day United Sta...
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Radar Love (Ultimate Hustle), by Jason Z. ChristieWhen part-time construction worker and full-time hustler Chris Turner meets the girl of his dreams in a Dairy Queen drive-through, he induces her to climb out of the window and run away with him. She is Janique, and she's everything he's ever wanted. So begins a love affair that defies reason. Submission, piercings, and mock kidnappings are just foreplay for what's to come.

The two hard-loving antiheroes are so in love, they'd rather rob stores and banks than spend their days apart. It's all fun and games until they end up in connected prisons. Then it's up to Chris to get them out again, using only brutality, heroin, and a book by Tom Robbins...

An epic love story, first in the Ultimate Hustle series. Definitely conta...
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Chasing Sunlight, by Bart Hopkins Jr.Burke Dennison is a contemporary Quixote, tilting against personal demons and searching for truth in his own way. He is a man who does not always see things the way that others do, and that is both his curse and his story....
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Jocale (The Alliance Series), by Brenda RothertCora Horton was born to serve Eden. She’s one of hundreds of women created for just that purpose. And after four years of grueling training as one of the elite Jocale soldiers, she intends to serve Eden well when she joins the military of the parent community of Meridian. But a new assignment near the end of her training changes everything for Cora. She shifts from a warrior gifted with empathic abilities to the promised wife of a Meridian general overnight, robbing her of all she has worked for.

Silas Abernathy is the Commissioner of the Alliance Community of Spero, and the leader of the hunting party that rescues Cora after she makes a daring escape from Meridian. He is strong, commanding and committed to his responsibilitie...
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Night Hawk, by J.E. TaylorSelling your soul has never been so charming and Mark throws in a little something to sweeten the pot, his girlfriend Naomi.

Sentenced to death at the hands of a demon, Naomi Hawk has a firsthand lesson in despair and betrayal in Mark’s deal for fame with all the trimmings. Deep in the clutches of the underground brotherhood, Naomi's light is coveted for the Master's gain.

When she slips and falls eighty stories from a precarious ledge, Naomi resigns herself to the inevitable impact and death by shattered bones. Before she can escape her demons in eternal slumber, something sinister plucks her from the plummet, stealing her out of the night to sacrifice her forever to the shadows.

Imprisoned in bottomless ...
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