Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Book Discovery Day! (Tuesday Aug 27)

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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Shadows in the Sand (a fantasy novel) (Empyria), by Michael Diack
The deathly Sanghouls have escaped from the Empty Province and, from within their golden dunes, they seek to wipe out all life in Empyria. Unaware of this, the last surviving humans continue going about their daily routine in the city of Nimar. But when the city’s water pool stops refilling, the Nimerians are forced to move into lands of myth and legend.

Only when Prince Viro, an elf of the southern lands, arrives in Nimar do the humans truly understand the threat to their existence. The two races must unite and reclaim the lost seven stones of light – the only weapon that can defeat the demonic shadow enclosing them.

As four of the city’s most talented young men and women, Athmane, Faria, Bayoud and Mary will ...
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Lantamyra: A Tapestry of Fantasy, by Susan Waterwyk
For the chance to journey to another world, Tylya Lansing is willing to give up everything on Earth, including her lover, Josh Hamilton. All she has to do is find her grandmother’s crystal scepter, lost for decades in a rugged Sierra Nevada canyon. Since she was a child, she has heard stories of Lantamyra, a world where magic is created with myra crystals, where mind expansion is granted crystal powers, where keepers and wards respect and protect life. Once the scepter is found, she journeys to this earth-like world that is recovering from an ice age. Areas of the planet have been terra-formed by the mysterious Keepers of Akosh to provide sanctuary for the endangered species of two other worlds—humans from Earth and dragons from Lanluon...
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Dying to Dream, by Kathryn Long
When Jack Robesaux is found lying dead on a Louisiana beach, psychic Marin Seurat must use her gift to prove it is murder and not suicide. Though Marin knows her dreams with their messages from the dead could help, she struggles with the idea of returning home and facing a troubled past--but a phone call informing her of Jack's murder and the return of the family curse gives Marin that final push. In a surprising turn of events, Marin discovers a mystery from long ago that somehow connects to recent deaths. With the help of cryptic messages delivered by spirits, Marin races to solve the mystery of Saint Toulere.

Chapter1: Summer, 2011...

"The sweltering Louisiana hea...
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Sparks Fly, by Cheryl Cooke Harrington
What happens when a thoroughly modern woman, longing to return to her roots, meets an old-fashioned hero on her first day home? Sparks Fly. And it doesn't take a forest fire, smoldering in the distance, to turn up the heat between high school science teacher Logan Paris and bush pilot Mitchell Walker.

Logan's dream of a bright future for her grandfather's lodge at remote Thembi Lake hits an unexpected snag when Gramps introduces the handsome pilot as his new partner. It seems that Mitch has plans of his own for Casey Lodge, and Logan is certain they don't include a partnership with a "city girl." Determined to prove herself and protect her heritage, Logan sets out to unravel the many mysteries of Mitch Walker. Where d...
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Firebrand, by P. K. Eden
When the Garden fell at the beginning of time, the First One divided what was left into three: Humans -descendants of Adam, the Fae - those who came from the Angel of the Garden and Trolls - those that evolved from the snake that tempted
Each was given a sword to protect and hope in the form of a Prophecy that said one would come from all bloodlines and restore the Garden. But the Tribred's birth starts the countdown to Armageddon and not everyone wants the clock to stop....
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Learn About Elk, by Roland Cheek
In the beginning there was heaven and earth; and the earth was without form and void and little tow-headed boys wandered around barefoot with hands in their pockets because there was nothing upon the land to catch their imagination. And God looked upon His work and it was not yet good that no thing existed to challenge those boys. And so an autumn came to pass when eerie whistlings drifted into the valleys from distant mountainsides and the by-then lanky teenage boys threw away their toys and accepted the wapiti challenge that would make them men! And God and girls saw that it was good.
If you've heard a different version of this story, that's your problem. I heard it but once—this way. And so I became an elk hunter. Then I became i...
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A Haunting In Oregon, by Michael Richan
“It looks haunted.”

This is Steven’s first impression of Mason Manor, tucked away in the forests of Oregon. The historical estate, built in 1850, is now a bed and breakfast run by Pete and Sarah. Guests were drawn to the building’s beauty, location, and its reputation for ghosts. However, when guests begin to mysteriously die at the hotel, business dries up and Pete turns to his old friend Roy. He hopes Roy’s experience with ghosts will save his business. Roy and his son, Steven, agree to help.

Roy and Steven jump into the mystery and find things are much worse than they appear. They endure horrific encounters with the ghosts of the manor and discover a sinister force at work. Roy and Steven will need to use ...
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Duality, by ER Pierce
My name is Cordelia Kelly and I'm an empath. I know what you're thinking. In fact, I know what you're feeling, too. I could use your emotions against you or free you from their constraints. My choice, really, and depends on my mood. You see, I filter both light and dark emotions from humans, but which I chose depends on which side of me is in charge.

I'm not normal. I am the line walker and restorer of balance. A Royal. Think black sheep with red hair - not the blonde bombshell princess. I'm an aberration and unique. Not fully light, nor fully dark. Not accepted by anyone, but wanted by everyone. Mostly for their own amusements or nefarious purposes.

Except for Sol Winterborn. He sees the real me. When fate throws us t...
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Angel Fire (The Sedona Trilogy), by Christine Pope
As winter closes in on Kirsten Swenson's hometown of Sedona, Arizona, and the world moves toward the solstice, strange forces begin to converge on the quiet desert city, seeking to bring about the destruction of everything she knows and loves.

Desperate to save her family and friends, Kirsten accepts the assistance of a mysterious Man in Black. He helps to awaken the powers that have lain dormant within her…and also compels her to expose the shocking secrets buried in her past. But Kirsten soon learns that giving her heart might not be enough, and that the confrontation with the alien forces may demand her to make the ultimate sacrifice. (Book 3 of the Sedona Trilogy)...
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Fear the Beast Within (The Fear Series), by L R Barrett-Durham
Teenagers Saxton Lyall and Licah Daciana are tossed into a web of nightmaric proportions when a simple glance across a coffee shop turns their world upside down.

When the mark of an ancient curse burns into their skin, Licah's superstitious Romanian mother ships her off to Virginia without an explanation.

Now, it's nineteen years later and Licah has returned to Parker's Ridge for a little rest and relaxation to help cure her writer's block. Little does she know that Saxton is near and things are about to get horrifically interesting.

Two People. One Curse. But this time, no one is running.

This novel is the first of The Fear Series by L R Barrett-Durham and E G Glover.

L R and E G can ...
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The Road to Astroworld, by Charles Harvey
No one could have known the consequences when Promise disobeyed her mother on the day of her brother's funeral and ran off to the amusement park with her friends for the day. When she crosses paths with a serial rapist turned murderer on the way to Astroworld, her life is forever changed.

Years later, stuck in a mental institution after committing an unspeakable atrocity, Promise recalls her fateful journey to Astroworld in letters to her childhood friend. The park remains a symbol of innocence and hope for her despite the darkness consuming her. Can she ever escape the hospital and reach Astroworld in order to make herself whole again? Or are the horrors of the past too much to overcome?

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Jon Ryan: An End Times Short Story (The End Times Saga #4), by Cliff Ball
The fourth book in the End Times Saga

In this short story from Times of Trouble, Jon Ryan dreamed of becoming a doctor his entire life. Before he graduates from medical school, the government takes over healthcare, making him wary about the profession he's going to school for, but not enough to quit chasing his dream. He practices medicine as medical plagues and disasters occur, all the while the government says they're on top of things. Eventually, government oppression forces him to make changes to his practice that will affect his life as the End Times approach.

Six chapters, 8300 words, 27 pages.

Have you read the rest of the End Times Saga?

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Greegs & Ladders: A Science Fiction, Adventure, Time Travel, Satire, Comedy, Free Kindle Ebook Thing, by Zack Mitchell
Greegs & Ladders is a wildly exciting tale of three oddball characters romping around space and time. Equal parts social satire and fun loving adventure, Greegs promises laughs, a few mildly intelligent and/or interesting observations, & several run-on sentences. You'll also get to find out what the hell Greegs are, and how life on Earth came to be, and the meaning of it all (at no extra charge.) From the rubbish heaps of Garbotron to the bottommost, subterranean layers of Lincra, find out why Grant T. Ecklesmere called it "The best damned book about Greegs and/or Ladders I've read in a fortnight."...
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The Ultimate Self-Esteem Guide (for puffins). A hilarious picture book for all ages!, by Paula McBride
The Ultimate Self-Esteem Guide. (for puffins)

Percy thought he looked like a nerd!

Yes, here was a puffin, who was a shy, under-confident bird,
with huge self-esteem issues.

The reason?

His looks!

With his enormous quiff of feathery hair, Percy felt so different from all the other puffins that he thought he's never fit in.

That is, until an even dorkier puffin arrived...

This thoroughly modern, rhyming picture book is suitable for all ages, and the loveable characters have been brought to life with delightful illustrations. The story is clever, quirky, and although has a more serious message, is told with such fun, you will be readin...
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Mercenary Blues, by Erik Dewey
As one of the world's best mercenaries, hiring Emma Chapel to prevent a coup in Santa Castillo made perfect sense. President Vega’s choice in stiffing her on her payment, however, could prove to be a mistake.

Now Emma, along with her business partner Chloe, need to make the leader of the small Central American country pay, literally. They are two women alone in a hostile country, with no support, few supplies, spotty Wi-Fi, and an entire army hunting them down.

The odds are against them, but there’s no way Emma’s leaving without a suitcase full of cash....
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