Saturday, August 17, 2013

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An Unexpected Widow (The Colorado Brides Series), by Carré White. (Still free?)

"This story about the first of four sisters to make her way to Denver City is an original attempt to capture the atmosphere of an era of settlement, while examining relationships forged during that era. The hazards of frontier life, the changing times, and the flux of events and their effects on frontier men and women are treated with plausible situations, characters and dialogue. In addition to action scenes, there is realistic detail and common sense lessons that emerge from the actions and dialogue of the characters. Denver City has it all: a saloon, a parlor house and a church. The problems of alcoholism, prostitution and isolation are handled with a light, non-sermonizing touch, and the resolution of the new widow's crisis is a testament to the frontier community mentality and the strong and flexible frontier woman. I look forward to reading Ms. White's Unexpected series and expect that she will expand on this innovative and original depiction of the settling of Denver City." -- Amazon reviewer

Hannah Hoffman Clark is the spirited young wife of Denver City's only preacher, Frank Clark. After arriving by wagon to the howling wilderness of the unexplored west, they settled on land, built a home, and began what they thought would be a long and prosperous life together. After an accident leaves Frank without feeling in his legs, the dream of self-sufficiency suddenly slips away, but even more tragedy is on the horizon for Hannah.

Once widowed, she struggles to cope with her loss, relying on those her husband had hired, especially Nathan Weaver, a no good gambler and drunkard. While the tenuous hold she has on her sanity crumbles, her connection with Nathan becomes something far greater than she could have ever imagined, but her family would be scandalized if she married such a man.

One should never judge a book by its cover, and Nathan, although rough around the edges and crude, has his heart in the right place, and it belongs to Hannah...if only she could see it.

This is a sweet, chaste romance.

This is the first book in The Colorado Brides Series, chronicling the lives of the Hoffman sisters and their adventures in finding love out west.

Look for:
An Unexpected Widow
An Unexpected Bride
An Unexpected Annulment
An Unexpected Mother

And the first book of The Arizona Brides Series, An Audacious Spitfire, is now available.

211 pages, with a 4-star rating from 5 reviews.

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The Book of the Forsaken (book 1 "The Game"), by Yannis Karatsioris. (Still 2.99?)

"I first came across The Book of the Forsaken on a critiquing website and it made a strong impression on me then. That you've been able to convince a reader who knows and cares so little about the fantasy genre that the last (and probably only) fantasy novel I read was Lord of the Rings is a testament to your accomplishment as a writer. Slick and sophisticated, witty and highly imaginative." -- Amazon reviewer

A sarcastic storyteller traps three characters in his web in order to get hold of a special book. Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are three unique individuals, considered outcasts for different reasons. They are about to meet and stick together, as coincidences and forced situations lead them to a journey all around Europe. As everyone is after the Book of the Forsaken, the coming Game is about to take place on the dark side of the moon. But there is a cost to that knowledge. Let alone to the wish to partake.

"The writing is of a very high standard, the text is engaging and the story is highly original. By introducing chapters/sections with quotations from ‘The Emerald Tablet’, the guiding principles of the alternate universe the author creates are ever present, hinting at the greater significance of events and making us want to read on to find out more."
-HarperCollins UK

193 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 24 reviews.

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The Gilded Mirror: Constantinople (Volume 3), by Jocelyn Murray. (Still 0.99?)

"History comes alive in this novel, in which 15-year-old Anna once again steps through the mirror and goes back in time. This time she is transported to the last days of Constantinople in 1453. She becomes a part of the group saving the precious gifts of the Hagia Sophia. The description of the characters,their agony and their final days are painted vividly. This novel is a character-driven, historically based story with the actions and atrocities of war and the pain it causes. People are important to Anna, more than possessions, and her love for the people tug at the heartstrings throughout the story. At the end of the book, the author has included several beautiful pictures of the Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has an interest in historical fiction." -- Amazon reviewer

Age Range: 12 and up Genre: Teen/Young Adult - Historical Fiction

Constantinople AD 1453...

Fifteen-year-old Anna Moore has stepped back in time through the forces of a mysterious mirror to the fifteenth century during the fall of Constantinople. It is a city under siege, surrounded by an army intent on breaching its walls, taking its treasures, and killing or enslaving its people. Caught in the turmoil of the action, Anna tries to help people flee to safety from the impending doom.

Inspired by true events that marked the end of the Byzantine Empire, The Gilded Mirror: Constantinople, is a bold and haunting tale of the last days of Byzantine Constantinople before the rise of the Ottomans.

204 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 5 reviews.

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Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century, by Sean Patrick. (Still free?)

Reader reviews: 

"This was a very entertaining and informative read. Full of facts that I wasn't aware of and inspiring deeds. A great book for anyone interested in science and discovery."

"Very informing and thought provoking. The author did an excellent job inspiring the inventor that lives within us all."

"This book was a well written brief biography of Tesla as well as a reminder that things aren't always what the history books in schools teach you. A quick read full of interesting details of the battles between JP Morgan, Edison, Westinghouse & Tesla."

If you want to learn about one of history's most fascinating minds and uncover some of his secrets of imagination--secrets that enabled him to invent machines light years ahead of his time and literally bring light to the world--then you want to read this book.

Imagination amplifies and colors every other element of genius, and unlocks our potential for understanding and ability.

It's no coincidence that geniuses not only dare to dream of the impossible for their work, but do the same for their lives. They're audacious enough to think that they're not just ordinary players.

Few stories better illustrate this better than the life of the father of the modern world, a man of legendary imaginative power and wonder: Nikola Tesla.

In this book, you'll be taken on a whirlwind journey through Tesla's life and work, and not only learn about the successes and mistakes of one of history's greatest inventors, but also how to look at the world in a different, more imaginative way.

Read this book now and learn lessons from Nikola Tesla on why imagination is so vital to awakening your inner genius, and insights into the real "secret" to creativity, as explained by people like Jobs, Picasso, Dali, and Twain.

42 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 638 reviews.

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