Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Discovery Day! (Tuesday Aug 20)

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!
Stone and Silt, by Harvey Chute
A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love.
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Black Monastery, by William Stacey
The Viking north clashes with the supernatural east in an epic historical fantasy tale of heroism and redemption in the face of unimaginable horror.

In 799 A.D. Viking warband leader Asgrim Wood-Nose sails his prized longship Sea Eel south along the coast of Frankia to raid the island of Noirmoutier—the Black Monastery.

Banned from his homeland following a night of rage-filled murder, Asgrim has been declared outlaw. Unless he can raise a princely blood debt, he will never see Denmark again. When a Saracen merchant brags of a great treasure hidden deep within the monastery, Asgrim realizes fate is offering him a chance to go home again. But Asgrim has led his men into a trap: somehow, the monks of the Black Monast...
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First (Live Once), by Chanda Stafford
Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, along with all of the other descendants of the defeated rebels. Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.

When Socrates, a powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential. Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined.

With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, to the boy who wants her to live, or to the man who wants her dead.
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Killing Freedom (Jared Colwright, #1), by Ryan Casey
Jared is good at making friends. He's even better at killing them.

When career assassin Jared Colwright is tasked with intercepting and killing a family, he doesn't think much of it. To him, it's just another job.

But Jared's life is thrown into turmoil when he begins to form an emotional bond with the family. As he grows closer to them and starts to dream of freedom, which path will he choose?

KILLING FREEDOM is a violent, edge of your seat suspense thriller that also poses serious questions: can an unforgivable individual ever start again? Can a killer ever truly be free? Find out in this dark novel set in a corrupt city, featuring contract assassins, intense action and adventure, and a...
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Warden (Book 1: Wendigo Fever), by Kevin Hardman
Part lawman, part tracker and part magician, the Wardens are monster-hunters - tasked with protecting the people from the various, nightmarish creatures that have invaded the world of men. However, despite being descended from a long line of Wardens, 16-year-old Errol Magnus believes it to be the absolute worst job on the planet: How could a single occupation simultaneously be the most boring, abominably stupid and extraordinarily dangerous profession imaginable?

But when his older brother Tom - the current Warden for their region - goes missing, Errol has no choice but to enter the Badlands, where monsters abide in mind-boggling numbers, to find him. During his search, Errol crosses paths with - and finds himself stalked ...
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Sweetened With a Kiss (Self Made Men...Southern Style), by Lexxi Callahan
Jen Taylor has loved Stefan Sellers all her life. When he surprised her with an engagement ring, she thought all her dreams were coming true. But when she discovers Stefan has an agenda that she never even suspected, she breaks off the engagement and goes to pastry school in Paris. Now she's back in New Orleans, and she has no intention of marrying him for all the wrong reasons. She just has to convince him that marriage is a bad idea. If only she wasn't having so much trouble convincing herself.

Stefan Sellers has waited years to make Jen his wife so when she wanted to go to pastry school, he decided a few more months wouldn't matter. But six months later, the girl he picks up from the airport shows very little resemblance to th...
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Merkle's Redemption, by Roland Drake
On September 23rd, 1908, Fred Merkle committed the most famous error in the history of baseball. What would happen if he had the opportunity to go back in time and fix his mistake?

After committing a careless baserunning error during his rookie year with the New York Giants, Fred Merkle was blamed for causing the Giants to lose the National League pennant to the Chicago Cubs. He was known as a Bonehead for the rest of his life, and could never escape the constant ridicule and humiliation.

"Merkle's Redemption" tells the story of second chances, the true measure of fame, and the joys of playing baseball in the early days of the game....
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Talent Storm, by Brian Terenna
Hundreds of years after the Great World War, America is a distant memory. In the ashes, new civilizations have risen up from the Wilds. Locke’s Coalition and Liberty Kingdom, bitter enemies, have been at peace for seven years. War is never far from politicians’ minds, though, especially when one is the tyrant Archduke Goldwater. For all of human kinds’ positive traits, the character flaws of corruption, greed, anger, and revenge are etched into our DNA.
In the new world, little technology remains and advanced weapons are in short supply, but today’s soldiers fight with innate power. They fight with Talent… the psionic powers that develop in a random few.
A young Coalition citizen, Jaden Stone, dreams of graduating, ha...
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Lonely Moon, by Andrew Saxsma
Earth lies in ruins, destroyed by an unknown enemy. Humanity flees their burning homeworld, seeking a safe place to hide before they can be hunted down and eradicated.

Alliance Captain Michael Hane watches helplessly while his wife and unborn child fall victim to the random slaughter of Earth. With time running out, he is burdened by the last bits of humanity to find a way to stop this menace before it wipes the galaxy clean of every last human being....
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The Art of Forgetting, by Peter Palmieri
A smart, sexy, stirring piece of medical suspense.

A brilliant author trapped by his crippling amnesia. The only one who can free him, a doctor plagued by his past. When dark forces threaten to quash Dr. Lloyd Copeland's controversial cure, his career and his life, falling in love is the ultimate complication.

Dr. Lloyd Copeland is a young neurologist who is tormented by the conviction that he has inherited the severe, early-onset dementia that has plagued his family for generations – the very disease which spurred his father to take his own life when Lloyd was just a child. Withdrawn to a life of emotional detachment, he looks for solace in hollow sexual trysts as a way to escape his throbbing loneliness. Still, ...
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Charona the Dragon, by A.R. Miller
When a cranky dragon burns up her party decorations, Princess Sarah is angry. But when that dragon flies off with Prince Alex, her best friend, Sarah is a Princess on a mission. Will she be able to find the dragon and rescue Prince Alex before he becomes a charbroiled dragon snack?
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Love and Other Distractions (Short Story Anthology by 14 Hollywood Writers), by Christiana Miller
Although these stories are written for adults, 100% of the proceeds for this anthology will go to benefit the charity Kids Need to Read. This anthology is all about that crazy little thing called love...and all the odd, impulsive, bizarre and sometimes illegal things people do in its name! With 20 stories, written by 14 Hollywood writers, spanning 7 different genres, it's a literary treasure trove that has something for everyone!

FOREWORD by Hugh Howey

Contemporary Fantasy / Horror:

FULL MOON FEVER by Doug Molitor: A couple will let nothing keep them from their romantic Valentine's dinner, not even death.
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Time Will Tell (Timeless Series), by Sandy Loyd
Romance and adventure...and a trip to where an American tradition began…

Libby Edwards, a gifted horsewoman, unwittingly wishes herself back in time to Louisville, Kentucky just before Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby become a reality. During Libby’s journey in the past, she stumbles upon her destiny. Unfortunately, he’s in the wrong century. In 1874, there’s no electricity, no internet, no modern medicine, no antibiotics—no Starbucks! And even worse than that, women have no rights. Libby has no desire to stay.

Widower, Colin Thorpe, a renaissance man of his time, has big dreams. He is a horse breeder who names his thoroughbreds after Mythological Gods because he has a reverence for past cultures and ...
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Blood and Justice (A Private Investigator series of Crime Thrillers), by Rayven T. Hill
When sixteen-year-old Jenny James goes missing, and the local police are unable to find her, the girl's frantic mother hires private investigators Jake and Annie Lincoln to search for her daughter. When the body of Jenny's boyfriend is discovered, the mystery of her disappearance deepens. Shaken out of their comfort zone of Internet searches and poring over public records, the couple soon find themselves facing the frightening possibility they are looking for the latest victim of a serial killer. As more bodies pile up, the town is gripped with fear. It seems no one is safe, and the Lincolns race to solve an impossible puzzle before they become the kille...
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Tigress (Night Hawk Series), by J.E. Taylor
Naomi's immortality is nullified, making her vulnerable to the ones who consider her their conquest. If she wasn't already walking over the hot coals of misfortune she would be obsessed with the next ambush. The shadow vaccine is hell in a syringe, the antidote turning Naomi’s blood into a lethal elixir, rendering her toxic to all vampires, including Damian.

Archangel Michael reveals a long buried secret of her heritage and cautions Naomi against personally triggering the apocalypse. If Lucifer discovers just how unique she is, death at his hands will become her most appealing escape....
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Maddie Mckenszie and the BAD Birthday Party Manners, by Ronald Hennessy
Can Maddie Master her Manners?

5-year old Maddie desires having a fancy tea party for her birthday more than anything else. Her manners however need a lot of work as last year's birthday was an absolute disaster, involving temper tantrums and muddy messes. Maddie's family reluctantly agree with the tea party on ONE condition: her manners MUST improve. Maddie's Friends and family all help out to get her manners into shape before the big day…often with hilarious results. Will Maddie mind her manners and become a sophisticated young lady or will she fall into temptation' Find out in the sequel to "Maddie Mckenszie: The Most ANNOYING Little Sister Ever!"

Learn more about Maddie at www.maddiemckenszie.com!...
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