Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Discovery! (Friday July 12th)

It's Book Discovery Day! Twice a week 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!
Star Dust First Contact (Book 1 Shimuran Legacy), by Ann O'BannonEarth’s first deep space mission seems doomed from the start when Captain David Alexander wakes up after seven years in cryogenic stasis with no hope of surviving the trip home. Then he spots a UFO in the vicinity of the Titan moon and believes he’s got a chance after all, until the alien shoots his ship and forces him to crash land.

After a devastating entry into the Milky Way, Shimuran Commander Zara Darien is only trying to keep David’s strange vessel at bay by firing a warning shot. But saving his life doesn’t win her any favours. Even so, Zara and David must overcome their mutual animosity, join forces and alter Earth's future. In so doing, they unknowingly take the first step to fulfilling a thousand-year-old prophe...
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QUEENIE BABY: On Assignment, by Christina A. BurkeWhat if STEPHANIE PLUM carried a GUITAR instead of a GUN and chased FAME instead of BAD GUYS?

INTRODUCING Diana Hudson - Temp by Day and Rock Star by Night
From debut author C.A. Burke comes the first installment of a wacky, romantic comedy series about the misadventures of wannabe rock star, Diana Hudson.

Meeting your hot new boss in a bar while singing karaoke—bad. Being fixed up with your old high school boyfriend by your meddling sister—annoying. Making out in your sister's minivan with said boyfriend—embarrassing. This week is shaping up to be a doozy for aspiring singer/songwriter Diana Hudson.

‘On the wrong side of thirty’ according to her mother and still living the bohe...
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House of Mirrors, by Lisa M. LoganHOUSE OF MIRRORS is a paranormal thriller about a woman who buys antique mirrors from an eccentric antique dealer; only to discover she has brought entities into the house attached to the mirrors. The uninvited guests cause a bit of a stir for the distraught woman who is mourning the loss of her little girl to a recent drowning. Her husband hires a psychiatrist and family friend to exorcise Eleanor’s personal demons, but Dr. Kelso discovers that the mysterious mirrors hold more secrets—a few that he isn’t comfortable having aired.

“House of Mirrors” taps into the universal hope and desire we all have of contacting loved ones who have died, but sometimes it’s better to leave the dead at rest....
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The Washington Sanction, by Mark ArundelThree things cannot long remain hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.

Was there a spy in the JFK White House?

Rafferty is an unusual person.
As a combat soldier, he fought the enemy. As an intelligence officer, the enemy are harder to see.
In his world, happiness comes as fleeting gifts like capsules of oxygen to a suffocating man.
His world has spies, war and assassinations.
It is a world in which people entwine falsehoods and hidden truths with the art of ancient craftsmen.
These people have determined wills that fight constraints of iron.
Their honesty and vengeance collide in battles of passion and fear.
Rafferty cannot win he can only survive.
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See No Evil (A Shingle Beach Psychological Thriller, Book One) (Shingle Beach Psychological Thriller Series), by Cat ByrdA serial killer is terrorizing the coast of South Carolina, leaving behind victims brutally murdered in an unspeakable manner. What will it take to stop him?

His father once called him Lucifer, son of the devil...

He’s a friend, a father, and a lover... with an alter ego.

Can he overcome an alter ego that grows stronger by the day? Can he save his friends and family from the mad man who lives within him? This seems like an impossible task because he has no clue that the mad man even exists.

See No Evil, is a psychological thriller, with a fast-paced-keep-turning-the-page edge. This work of fiction explores dissociative identity disorder, also known as split personality, and OCD (obsessive compul...
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The Preacher's Paramour (The Roses of Ridgeway), by Kianna AlexanderPrudence Emerson doesn't have time for romantic entanglements. She's taken a job at the mercantile, and is saving money to attend school at Oberlin. That is, until the Reverend Derrick Chase rides into town to start a new church. She can't deny her attraction to him, and the handsome mulatto preacher obviously returns the feelings. Should she change her plans to explore a relationship with him? Or will being the preacher's paramour lead to nothing but pain?
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Kelee Meditation: Free your Mind, by Ron W. Rathbun
This book teaches Kelee meditation. This meditation takes 5 minutes to do. The hallmark of Kelee meditation is that, things that used to bother you, no longer do.

A study at UCSD Medical Center shows Kelee meditation decreases stress, anxiety and depression.

When you learn the fundamental difference between brain and mind, you can learn how to stop repetitive thinking and start observing from a calm, still, state of mind. This calm state of mind will begin to diminish the three biggest problems that everyone faces-- stress, anxiety and depression. You can begin to change these conditions before your very eyes, when you start doing Kelee meditation.

Start today ...
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Drone Wars: The Beginning, by Mike WhitworthThis is a story of a monstrous conspiracy by a government and its supporters to use drones to murder citizens who disagree with their viewpoint and actions, and what happens when some of those citizens survive and take action against that government. The story is set a few years from now and the science described is mostly available now, or will be soon.

John is one of those citizens who criticized the government in a comment he made in reply to a blog.  John is working in his garden when he is attacked by a drone armed with a .40 caliber gun.

John escapes and goes on the run. He finds out it was the government that tried to kill him, just as they have been secretly assassinati...
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The Scientist (The Protectors), by Carolyn WrenA charismatic covert operative known for his love of danger…

Simon Winters has a reputation for undertaking adrenalin filled assignments. But even thrill seekers need some down time. After an arduous desert mission he asks for a more enjoyable assignment. Preferably involving a beautiful woman in peril and a fast car.

Dr. Elizabeth Barrett’s life is quiet and orderly until someone tries to burn down her research laboratory with her inside. Now she has to contend with a handsome flirtatious agent living in her home. With his designer clothing and cheeky attitude, he has an annoying habit of putting her in more perilous situations than he keeps her out of.

Simon is captivated and intrigued by his beauti...
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Sam's Story: Book One (Skylar Trilogy), by Amy D. Crusan-KramerIn this captivating saga, Samantha Skylar experiences undying passion and endures one horrific act of brutality that sweeps her into the arms of the second most powerful man in the country. Samantha’s journey takes her from the poverty and close-minded attitudes of a tiny, coal-mining town in West Virginia, to the estate of one of Atlanta’s oldest and wealthiest families. This epic trilogy follows Samantha from the age of 14 to 40.

Book One opens in 1978. Sam is fourteen and living in Boone County, West Virginia, a place that isn't accepting of Roe v. Wade or the Equal Rights Amendment. Sam is different; she knows it and her doting grandmother knows it. Neither of them is content with the idea of her ending up the way her ...
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What a Piece of Work is Man, by David F. ClarkBy joining the grafters, Joaquin has become an outcast, part of a group distrusted and hated by the people of Laurim, the last vestige of humankind after the Days of Desolation. But the cybernetically-enhanced grafters have long been a necessary evil that bring stability to the fragile colony. Laurim is thrown into turmoil when news leaks that the recently-landed alien, the only other known life in the galaxy, has died under the care of the grafters. When Joaquin uncovers a conspiracy that would destroy the delicate balance of power, he must make a choice: Will he sacrifice his new identity among the non-grafters for the good of Laurim or will he remain silent? The stakes grow higher when a distress signal from Earth breaks over a century o...
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Thorns In Dark Places (A Supernatural Thriller), by Lake LopezWHAT READERS SAY:
“Intriguing and suspenseful from the first sentence.” Cara, Reader

“Lake Lopez may soon be your favorite author. I know he is one of mine.” Dorothy, Amazon Reviewer

ABOUT THORNS IN DARK PLACES:
Evil attends the Bain Ridge School for Boys.

Luke Merrill is twelve years old when tragedy strikes and he’s sent to Bain Ridge, a crumbling boarding school surrounded by savage wilderness. The grief stricken boy soon finds himself in the middle of a tragic mystery and learns that something’s very wrong at this exclusive school. Then a frozen body is found and a hideous secret is exposed, but it’s not what anyone would expect – or believe.

The horrific monstro...
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Silver Vengeance (Gabrielle Gayle, #1), by Kasey ShoemakerWere-witches. These hybrid creatures stalk the earth with the raw, primal power of the werewolf and the cunning, dark magic of the witch. They’re deadly hunters with the capability for both bloodthirsty vengeance and an unwavering loyalty to their own.

Gabrielle Gayle is an ambitious chef in one of New Haven’s trendiest restaurants. Her concerns consist of getting ahead in her career, dodging barbed insults from her sharp-tongued mother, and dealing with the nagging certainty that she has always had powers. However, when the Clan of were-witches seeks revenge for her mother murdering one of their own, she and her sister are brutally attacked. With nowhere else to go, she turns to Nick, a Hunter of witches, werewolves, demons...
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Nightmare Ballad, by Benjamin Kane EthridgeOne day, while instructing a swim class, Luke Rhodes hears a strange ballad in his head that twists reality. After a series of terrifying events, he escapes through a black curtain and leaves a living nightmare behind.

The ballad hasn't left him though. Pieces remain. And when the song surfaces… the nightmare returns. Joined by Luke’s two wives and his miscreant friend Johnny Cruz, they resolve to discover the source of these “Lifemares,” and, more importantly, how to escape them.

But time is against them. Innocent people are dying and these freakish disturbances are devastating the world they know.

Will Luke and his family find the singer of the Ballad before it’s too late? Or will horrifying nigh...
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Spy Thriller THREE WAY STREET, by Ben GilbertTHREE WAY STREET

Synopsis: The baseline of this story is set in the early part of the 1960’s.

After the finish of World War ll in Europe in 1945, France, Poland and other occupied countries were liberated by two sibling rivals, America and Russia. Two allied nations, who had killed their despised relative, Germany, grabbing their hard fought legacy, East Germany for the Russians, and the West for America.

Now post May ‘45, rebuilding the massive aftermath of a second World War by two former Allies was too much of a tall order, and on 13th August 1961, the Berlin Wall finally went up. Meantime, the long extended peacetime between the two decades created an unprecedented effect on covert services on both s...
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