Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Discovery Day! (Tuesday Oct 1)

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!
Kingmaker, by Eric Zawadzki
In the desert land of Turuna, every child possesses powerful magic, and only an ancient treaty prevents the clans from recruiting them as soldiers. Now, rumors swirl that an artifact has appeared that grants childlike magic to an adult, and some clans will stop at nothing to seize its power.

In the tiny Ahjea clan, Butu has had no time to listen to rumors. His childhood sweetheart has caught the eye of the most powerful man in Turuna. Even worse, his magic has suddenly become unreliable, failing him at the most embarrassing moments. The only good news he's had all day is he's being allowed to join his clan's army despite his youth.

When his squad of young recruits is sent on a mission they can't complete without magic,...
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Like Mind, by James T Wood
As little as possible.

That's how often Corey likes to work. But when real life gets in the way, he tries to earn a little rent money... by volunteering as a medical experiment subject.

Naturally, the test goes wrong -- and Corey begins to discover abilities he can't explain.

When he spots the first tail, he dismisses it. But then more join in, and suddenly Corey is being chased through Portland, Oregon, by threatening characters in suits. He's not even surprised when he discovers that Anka, the "nurse" who ran the medical experiment, works for the NSA.

And boy, he'd like to ask her out.

As exciting as it is to explore his newfound powers and dodge the evil empire that ruthlessly pur...
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The Paris Lawyer, by Sylvie Granotier
“A beautifully written and elegantly structured novel of a woman's attempt to solve the central mystery of her life, along with several other mysteries along the way. It captures the reader from the first page, and never lets go.”
— Thomas H. Cook, winner of the Martin Beck Award, Barry Award for Best Novel, Edgar Award for Best Novel

Winner of the Grand Prix Sang d’Encre crime fiction award in 2011, for the first time in English.

As a child, Catherine Monsigny was the only witness to a heinous crime. Now, she is an ambitious rookie attorney in sophisticated modern-day Paris. On the side, she does pro bono work and hits the jackpot: a major felony case that could boost her career. A black woman is accused ...
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Sonny Preyer - A Fairy Tale of a Different Kind Vol. 1, by Bridgette Hayden
Sonny Preyer doesn't want to remember who he is, or the promise he made before his birth. He will die before he admits to being the source that ended all wars, all starvation, and all strife. In the guise of a troubled teenage boy, convincing to himself and the world around him, he has run from this truth for eighteen years. But his body is a constant reminder, his aversion to intimacy a persistent defense, and everyone in his life a conspirator to the lie that keeps him safe. But all of that fails when he is found by the only two forces that can make him keep his promise. One human, the other not. Both will fight to possess what he is. One will win.

Sonny is an Illumenae; a person whose DNA is encoded with the ability to renew a...
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Six-Gun Serenade, by Van Holt
Pre-release pricing! Regularly $7.99.

SIX-GUN SERENADE

Jed Baker and Bill Hicken rode with Quantrill in the early days of the Civil War. After the massacre at Lawrence, Kansas, Bill Hicken switched sides and became a Union spy. During that time he probably met a beautiful young southern girl who later changed her name. By the early 1870s, Bill Hicken was a legendary gunfighter. Jed Baker didn’t expect to run into him in the Apache-haunted desert wasteland of the Southwest, near the scene of too many murders and attempted murders. If Hicken wasn’t the killer, who was?

More action-packed gunfighting westerns by Van Holt:

Blood in the Hills

Curly Bil...
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The Trouble With Pixies (An Edinburgh Elementals Short), by Gayle Ramage
A short, urban fantasy tale set in Edinburgh, Scotland. An introduction to the Edinburgh Elemental series.
Michael has just moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to make a fresh start with his three children. While they're out exploring the city, he's relaxing with a glass of wine.

That is until a knock on the front door leads to a bizarre revelation from a strange, red-haired woman, and an encounter in the attic with some unexpected guests.

About The Series...Giants, pixies, mermaids - all creatures confined within fairytales. But what if these being were as real as you...
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Waterborn (The Emerald Series), by Kimberly James
Charms fade... "You don't have to choose. You can be both. The girl with the charm, the girl without. They both suit you."

Caris Harper lives a charmed life. Literally.

When her dad offers to take her to the Emerald coast of Florida for summer vacation, Caris jumps at the chance. The chance to get answers to questions she's always been too afraid to ask. The chance to be normal. Isn't that what her dreams have been telling her, that here in the place of her birth she can be normal? But from the first moment the wind caresses her face and the sun touches her skin, the charm begins to fade, revealing a girl Caris never knew existed, one that is anything but normal. The long-buried Song that awakens is only the beg...
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Partholon, by D. Krauss
The Twin Towers are still smoldering when those odd little anthrax letters kill a few people in Florida and DC and New York. Some nutcase, everyone thinks, but they’re not – they’re a setup, a precursor to a massive biological attack that leaves the Northeast a quarantined wasteland.

Campus policeman John Rashkil, trapped inside the Zone, chooses to keep doing his job, adding judge and executioner to his resume. He builds a jury-rigged life from what he can salvage and tries to help his teenage son out of the bear-trap that is the new Byzantine America.

But a growing sense of futility shatters his confidence, and he is unprepared when a rabble army seeks to break quarantine and pour into the uninfected lands.
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