Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Discovery Day! (Fri Jun 28)

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!
Fireworks (Twelve Months of Romance - July), by Margaret Lake(sequel to April Showers and May Flowers)

Every year, Connie takes two weeks off from work, hoping to find adventure or at least something she’s good at. She’s tried skiing, she’s tried sailboarding, she’s even tried white-water rafting and all she’s succeeded in doing was making a fool of herself. Now she hopes she’ll find what she’s been looking for at the dude ranch. But when she gets off the plane, she finds the man who’s been stalking her at home is headed for the same ranch.

Barry was just as shocked to see Connie as she was to see him. In fact, he was hoping this trip would help him forget that the woman he loved couldn’t stand the sight of him. Now she was here, at the ranch he’d called his ...
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CHRONICLES OF JONGLEUR, THE STORYTELLER, by Sandra GallimoreChronicles of Jongleur, The Storyteller is an historical fiction novel of the middle ages. It is a time of persecution of the Cathar's, a sect who would one day be called Protestants. The fact is between 1200 and 1300 thousands of Cathar's fell prey to the Roman Church and its inquisitors, tortured, and burned at the stake . This epic tale is of four generations of one fictional family trying to survive in those dangerous times. They are not just any family, but the descendants of Mary Magdalene, the historical woman of the Bible,which legends in France tell us fled there in the first century. What if those pre-Christian beliefs were the strict laws of the Cathars? How would her descendants have survived? Meet matriarch Grandmere,who has kn...
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The Tattered Banner (Society of the Sword Volume 1), by Duncan M. HamiltonUnique talent always attracts attention…

In a world where magic is outlawed, ability with a sword is prized above all else. For Soren this means the chance to live out his dreams.

Plucked from a life of privation, he is given a coveted place at Ostenheim’s Academy of Swordsmanship, an opportunity beyond belief.

Opportunity is not always what it seems however, and gifts rarely come without conditions. Soren becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him not just his dreams, but also his life....
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The Hunter's Sister (A Dogon-Hunters Series Novel), by Jacqueline Turner BanksFrom almost the beginning he knows they're meant to be together, but he knows their union will destroy them and he can't let that happen.

Fox is one of the oldest beings on Earth; he's as beautiful as he is deadly. He knows what her lavender scent means, but he chooses to ignore it. She's his student, his obsession, and she holds the key to unlocking his tormented soul. They know their love isn't allowed, but they can't let go. This "stand alone" novel will answer some of your questions about the mysterious Ogo (Fox), but the answers are complicated....
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Hearts Unfold (Miracle at Valley Rise--Book One), by Karen WelchRevised Edition Published September 24, 2012 Print Length 376 pages.

A secret Christmas homecoming, a blinding snowstorm, and in the course of one night two shattered lives will be changed forever.

Nineteen-year-old Emily Haynes had lost almost everything she loved. Relying on what seems to be guidance from her invalid father, she returns to her past in hopes of discovering some sign toward the future. What begins as a joyous homecoming quickly becomes a nightmare when a badly injured stranger stumbles on the scene, his brief presence threatening to alter everything Emily believes about herself and the plan for her life. A less determined girl might have been shaken by such an experience, but not Emily. She is cer...
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Rouge (New Adult Suspense), by Leigh Talbert Moore
QUARTER FINALIST---Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, 2013
"A steamy page-turner with a love triangle, with sequins and feathers--oh, and deceit, blood, and poison." --5-Star Goodreads review
Romance, velvet, sequins, and murder...
Hale Ferrer is the rising star of the hottest cabaret in New Orleans. And her one goal is escape. Escape from the lies, from the crime, and from her growing fear that one day she'll have to earn her living in the secret back rooms, where the dancers do more than dance.
But she w...
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The Demon Isle Witches Book Bundle, Vol. 1 and 2, Bloodsucker Bay & Wicked Werewolves, by Rachel Humphrey - D'aigleA vampire mentors three sibling witches as they struggle to balance life, with duty, as protectors of The Demon Isle.

Volume One: Bloodsucker Bay
Volume Two: Wicked Werewolves

Off the coast of New England is the Demon Isle, a place notorious for its weird stories, ghostly encounters and mythical creature sightings. It is New England’s hot spot for tourists; especially tourists interested in the Supernatural and paranormal.

What these tourists do not know… and what the long time locals do know… is that all the stories and rumors about The Demon Isle are true!

But no magical hot spot can go unprotected! And neither does The Demon Isle, which has been under the watchful care of t...
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The Scrubs, by Simon JanusJames Jeter, the notorious serial killer with a sixth sense, holds court inside London's Wormwood Scrubs Prison. He's the focus of the "North Wing Project." Under the influence of a hallucinogen, Jeter can create an alternative world known as "The Rift" containing the souls of his victims. Pardons are on offer to inmates who'll enter The Rift. Michael Keeler has nothing to lose and little to live for. He's sent into The Rift to learn the identity of Jeter's last victim.

It's a mission where the guilty can be redeemed, but at a price...

Simon Janus is the horror identity for the award winning thriller writer, Simon Wood. The Scrubs was first published in hardback and paperback in 2008.

“The Scrubs is ...
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The Honey Witch (Dark Fantasy & Supernatural Suspense), by Thayer Berlyn"The secluded backwoods of beautiful Tennessee is the perfect setting for this mesmerizing contemporary Gothic tale. There is a chilling sense of foreboding that permeates the sheer essence of this story." - Night Owl Paranormal

There are two prospects for a man who becomes too curious about a Lagori woman...death or madness.

Ethan Broughton might just discover a third destination.

In 1935, Dr. Leland Broughton was rescued from a morbid snake bite in East Tennessee by the appearance of a ghostly woman possessed of a powerful antivenom. In 1996, Leland’s grandson, Dr. Ethan Broughton, agreed to investigate a potent medicinal plant and a rumor of curative miracles on Porringer Hill in East Tennessee. What...
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Running Against Traffic, by Gaelen VanDenberghPaige Scott is done in. Done for. Done with it. Having spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding within the walls of her relationships with men, she is prepared to live out her empty days in her crumbling marriage to David Davenport. David has other plans, however, and flings her into a remote, impoverished world, in stark contrast to the wealthy cosmopolitan one that was all she knew. Here she is forced to face the betrayals of her past and learn, for the first time, how to care for herself, and for others.

Hilarity and tragedy, addictions, unexpected friendships, and Paige's discovery of running and the relief it brings propel her on her journey toward the mending of a broken spir...
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Psalm of the Killer Whales, by Anne-Marie NeilTo an echo of an attempt to save endangered Chinese River Dolphins, an Oxford professor forms an unexpected alliance with a Scottish widow, in a bid to protect a pod of Killer Whales resident in the coastal waters of her Shetland isle home....
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Violation (A Sgt Major Crane crime thriller), by Wendy CartmellYoung women are being raped and murdered
A young soldier is raped on Aldershot Garrison
Are the two connected?

Sgt Major Crane, a Branch detective in the Royal Military Police is unwillingly dragged into an Aldershot Police investigation after a young girl is raped and murdered, because witnesses describe the killer as a young soldier. He is also dealing with his own case, the repeated rape and bullying of a soldier on Aldershot Garrison. Can Crane find the murderer before he strikes again? Will Crane bring the rapist to justice?

"Crane is a charismatic leading man who clearly has the legs to support a whole franchise. Crane is one of the more interesting new genre protagonists I've encountered in quite a w...
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Died On The Vine, by Joyce HarmonTech writer Cissy Rayburn and her retired bureaucrat husband Jack own a winery in rural Virginia. One day, notorious MIA chaser Obadiah Winslow shows up and tells Cissy that he believes that her first husband Jimmy, shot down and reported killed in Viet Nam, survived the crash and is still alive in a Vietnamese prison. Cissy mistrusts Winslow, who has a reputation as a crackpot; she doesn't believe him, but finds his visit disturbing.

Three days later, Cissy finds Winslow dead in the vineyard, stabbed with Jack's pruning shears. To the local sheriff, Jack has a good motive to eliminate Winslow. Can Cissy find the real killer before the sheriff arrests Jack?
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Rubies and Other Gems, by Joyce DeBaccoRubies and Other Gems

Lily's life isn't going well. Her husband is clueless and her children are rudderless. It's little wonder she seeks comfort in her dreams, unaware that her grandmother's rubies have transported her back through time to a safer, saner existence.

When she realizes her dream lover is a real man who lived and died years before she was born, her problems mount. Despite her fears that her marriage may not survive her unintentional infidelity, she's entranced by the simpler nature of times gone by and can't resist going back, but only after imposing strict rules of conduct on herself.

Then a miscalculation keeps her away longer than planned. Upon her return she's confr...
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Rock Radio, by Lisa WainlandMiami DJ Dana Drew sounds like she has it all...cool career, sultry voice and lots of attitude. When the guy she thought was "the one" moves out, Dana's life goes into a tailspin. Her friend, married DJ Jonny Rock, has always been there for her, but lately his penchant for interns is pushing Dana away and threatening his career. Then Dana meets Cody Blue Smith, the sexy lead singer of a hot rock band. Their connection is electric, but Cody harbors a dark secret that has kept him from ever having a meaningful relationship. Dana is caught off guard by her feelings and tries to find a place in his crazy rock n roll life. Problem is, she's not alone. Dana is being watched, stalked by a listener who plans to m...
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