Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Discovery Day! (Friday July 5th)

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!
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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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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Murder in Ballyhasset, by Noreen MayerMurder in Ballyhasset is the first novel in an ongoing mystery series set in rural Ireland of the 1970's.

Libby Hargrove lives in the sleepy town of Ballyhasset in West Cork. She has only recently become a private investigator and this is her first big case.

The whole town of Ballyhasset is shocked by the killing of a young doctor, Kathleen Lynch, she was killed while on duty in the local hospital. The victim's husband, a rich planning officer, hires Libby to investigate.
Libby's assistant is Dawn O'Grady. Together the two female private detectives unravel the mystery of Dr Lynch's death. They get to know the doctor's colleagues and find out the victim had her dark side...
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Xander Caine and the Alien Prophecy, by Alexander ScruggsXander, the only son of world-renowned scientists Inara and Malcolm Caine, has lived a life full of wealth and privilege. And, as one might expect, everything he's ever desired has been handed to him on a silver platter. However, behind closed doors he yearns for something more - a greater purpose to his existence.

Little does he know, the life he's come to call normal is about to be turned upside-down. There's something strange going on in Aveh and Xander is determined to find out who's behind it. He soon discovers secrets that forever alter his perception of the world. But, more importantly, he learns that his destiny is far bigger than he ever could've dreamed.

Join Xander Caine as he relives the whirlwind adventure ...
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In Your Dreams, by Amy MartinSixteen-year-old Zara "Zip" McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone's known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip's life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.

Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip's heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret--he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams.

But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding rela...
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Planet Explorers Walt Disney World 2013: A Travel Guide for Kids, by Laura SchaeferCOMPLETELY UPDATED FOR 2013 WITH PHOTOS OF THE NEW FANTASYLAND AND ART OF ANIMATION RESORT!

Check out the all new companion game to this book, DISNEY WORLD DETAILS!

Explore the planet with this Walt Disney World guidebook written just for kids. This fun and informative ebook includes everything an 8-12 year-old needs to know about Walt Disney World, including information about attractions in all four of the parks, food options near favorite rides, shows and Disney resorts.

Children are what Walt Disney World is all about. Why not buy an affordable guidebook written just for them? Let older children plan out your days in the park and give them a useful tool to do it. They'll love...
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When Dark Paths Meet, by Donnie W. JacksonRose grew up suffering sexual abuse by the very men she should normally be able to trust and was powerless to fight against them. Meanwhile, in a town not too far away, little Jason watched as men physically and verbally abused his older sisters, knowing he was too young, too small and too frail to do anything about it. Later as their paths meet, an older and vindictive Rose discovers a sinister way to manipulate and ruin the lives of certain men through seduction, dark magic and mind control. She entices young Jason into joining her and the two begin their descent into spiritual darkness.
“When Dark Paths Meet” is the riveting true story of two people on different courses of life brought together by circumstance, and then will...
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The Bushwhackers, by Van HoltOn Sale Now! Limited time only. Normally $7.99.

Heck Martin's motto was simple. If they left him alone, he would leave them alone.
Heck Martin was not pro-Union, like his father and brother. He had joined up with Quantrill to harass the bluebellies and other Union feds that thought they could tell others what they should be doing. But after the massacre at Lawrence, Kansas, he wanted nothing to do with Quantrill and his gang.
Thirteen other hard-bitten veterans had followed him, had joined with him, but soon grew to hate him even more than they hated Quantrill.
Then suddenly, the war is over, and Heck knows that most of his "men" would be out to kill him. But they all feared him....
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Reflection, by Kim Cresswell
Whitney Steel found her big story...
Now it may kill her!

Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the "Big" story.
She finally found it, and now it may kill her.
After receiving a lead pointing to the world's first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.
When she's nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective--at least not right away.
Caught ...
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The Succubus in a Red Dress, by Daniel GarciaDelilah is only a nerdy coffee clerk in New York City whose biggest problem is trying to find a job that will cover more than her rent, until the day one of her customers collapses after touching her.

Now she has demon hunters and witches chasing after her, and is being tailed by a crazy blonde in a Ferrari who says she wants to be her mentor. Oh, and she just might be a succubus.

Whatever you do, don't say it can't get any worse.

Paranormal romance novella/novel of approximately 46,000 words....
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Burial Instructions and Other Stories, by Elissa Ambrose
An impossible choice between tragedy and murder, the consequences of an upside-down corpse, eyes too young to see a crime so vile, an altercation with a refrigerator door--death has many stories. This collection features 8 tales of the bitter end. One of them could be yours.

"It was then you made your first bargain with God: You get to keep the one thing you want and he gets all the rest. But then you realized
that God doesn't bargain and you wondered who it was with whom you'd made the deal." ~ Georgia Hill Road...
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The Sock Wars, by Maia Sepp
"A delightful and fresh read." --Cryssa, Goodreads reviewer.

Lucy Tuttle is a workaholic financial planner whose biggest worry is how to line up the sticky notes on her desk just so, until her only relative dies a car accident halfway across the world. Suddenly Lucy (apartment-dwelling, doesn't-own-a-hammer Lucy) inherits a handyman's delight on the other side of town. Her boyfriend, a laid back environmentalist with an affinity for organic lentils and sock thievery, convinces Lucy to move into her aunt's brokendown house. The two of them embark on a quest to settle down, renovate her aunt's home, and start a family, but as it turns out, living happily ever after in a house that's about to be condemned isn't so easy after all.
The Sock Wars -- a humorous look at love, loss, and what gets left behind.
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Sam's Top Secret Journal: We Spy (Book 1, Middle Grade Mystery), by Sean AdelmanSam's Top Secret Journal - Book 1: Sam Spies by Sean Adelman. Join Sam as she embarks on her first big adventure in this middle-grade mystery full of fun, suspense...and just the right amount of spying! Sam is a middle school girl living a normal life-except when she is occasionally bullied for the differences kids perceive in her. Sam has Down syndrome. See how she and her brother John work together to find some stolen money, help a new friend and escape real danger in this exciting adventure!...
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Legend of the Raven (The Union Series), by Shawn ReillyWhen Elle Ison finally flees from a five-year abusive relationship, she finds that freedom is still just beyond her grasp. She has no place to run, no money and no options.
That is until a band of mysterious, good-looking heroes come to her rescue, sweeping Elle up into the world of ani-shifts, humans with the ability to shift into animal form. Elle becomes mesmerized by the magic of their world—one she believed only existed in her imagination—and the mystery surrounding the Lake family. Especially the intimidating Asher Lake who is charged with leading the secret organization of shifters known as the Union, and the protégés left in his care.
Elle is lost and lonely—and wants nothing more than to be part of a real family,...
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