Monday, February 3, 2014

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The Loyal Servant: A Very British Political Thriller (The Women Sleuths Series), by Eva Hudson. (Still free?)

"British politics is difficult for an American to understand, but this author weaves a tale of political corruption that is believable and frightening in any country. Caroline is an ordinary working woman copes with discovering the "suicide" of a dear friend, the problems of raising three children, a husband who drinks too much, and a mother bent on protesting against projects her department handles. When a phony suicide note appears in the news and the new office administrators starts purging the office of anything related to her friend, she gets sucked into a one-woman investigation. As everything spirals out of control, Caroline uncovers ugly secrets in the government and in her own family that threaten her ordinary life. She must make difficult choices. This novel makes the reader think while rooting for the heroine to come out on top. It won an award for writing in England, and I recommend it highly to American readers." -- Amazon reviewer

Winner of the Lucy Cavendish Prize for fiction, The Loyal Servant is a page-turning mystery thriller.

Caroline Barber is a civil servant, doing her best to hang on to her job while keeping her demanding family happy. Her world is shattered when she discovers her boss - a senior politician - dead at his desk.

Unable to accept the official suicide verdict, Caroline sets out to uncover the real reason the minister had to die and discovers a web of secrets and lies spun by some very powerful men. 


Enlisting the help of a ruthless newspaper reporter, Caroline carries on digging, taking greater and greater risks until she unearths a 30-year-old conspiracy shocking enough to topple the government.

Way out of her depth and putting the safety of her family in jeopardy, Caroline is running out of time. She must expose the scandal before her enemies silence her for good.

Everything that happens to Caroline Barber could happen to any one of us. Once you start reading you may never look at your colleagues in the same way again.

352 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 60 reviews.

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Drowning Mermaids, by Nadia Scrieva. (Still free?)

"Sure there is the fantasy setting about mermaids and undersea kingdoms and the war... but that was just the setting for a cleverly written, deeply emotional and complex tale that hits many layers with nuance and finesse." -- Amazon reviewer


She is an elegant princess displaced from her home. He is a rough sea captain with a heart of gold...

To escape the war in her underwater kingdom, the noble daughter of a murdered king must flee to Alaska. Doing all she can to keep her younger sisters safe, Aazuria tries to assimilate and work among the Americans, with her feisty red-haired bodyguard at her side. This refuge holds pleasant surprises, for the princess meets a somber gentleman in a dark corner who promises to show her his world.
Trevain Murphy is a successful crab fisherman who has spent his life building an empire above the sea, but knows nothing of the greater empire beneath the surface. When a graceful dancer captures his attention, he becomes fascinated with her old-fashioned speech and unique mannerisms. Learning that her father has recently died, he cannot resist extending his kindness in offering to guide and protect her.
As it becomes clear that the dark-haired woman is much more than she seems, Trevain is unprepared to uncover the staggering secrets behind her innocent facade. Neither the captain nor the princess can imagine that their lives will become forcibly entwined as a common enemy threatens both of their worlds...

Praise for Drowning Mermaids:

"...A hot romance between two unlikely characters, a war raging unseen to human eyes, and the unexpected adventure of a man who thought the best part of his life was behind him, only to find out it has just begun...I don't know what I was more impressed with, the superb writing of the author, or her creative genius. Either way this novel gets my hearty recommendation for those who enjoy any type of fantasy." - J.T. Thomas, Goodreads reviewer


"Scrieva's ability to infuse a slight sense of irony into even the most somber passage was a sheer joy to read. The occasional use of sarcasm at the expense of the characters made the reader feel party to a private joke, and created a comfortable intimacy. For this reason, more than any other, I'll be picking up the sequel Fathoms of Forgiveness (Sacred Breath, #2)." - Sadie Forsythe, Author of The Weeping Empress

More reader comments:

"I found this book to be engaging, intelligent and well crafted. The author Nadia Scrieva has a BA in Anthropology and English. It shows. Plot, pacing and editing are all well done. Interesting anthropological tidbits are sprinkled in." - Wren Doloro

"Ms. Scrieva uses a Darwinian approach to the lore that is refreshing and scientific... I'm not saying this will be the new Harry Potter, but only because it is not meant for children's eyes." - Thomas M. Bernal

316 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 161 reviews.

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The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries), by George Wier. (Still free?)

"George Wier's "The Last Call" is the first book in a great new series. Bill Travis is an investment counselor; the go to guy when you have a little extra money that you need to invest but invest in a way that is legal but hidden from Uncle Sam's extended hands. On a Monday morning he meets his newest client Julie. She needs his help to retrieve some money from a very bad man. Bill agrees to help this damsel in distress and by agreeing, he finds himself on one thrilling but deadly ride of the week. Who would have thought managing money could be so exciting?" -- Amazon reviewer

THE LAST CALL starts with a protagonist on the edge of an impending midlife crisis. Add a blond and an old friend with a fetish for high explosives, and you have the kickoff of a first rate crime novel. George Wier writes with wit, verve, and a gut-bucket
knowledge of Texas and those who people its quirky underside. This book does not disappoint.

—Milton T. Burton, author of Nights of the Red Moon and The Rogue’s Game.

George Wier's THE LAST CALL has it all: a great setting, characters you care about, a little Texas history, and a twisty plot that's built Texas tough. Get it before last call!

—Bill Crider, author of Murder In the Air.

Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor baron named Archie Carpin--the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's--for a ride and cleaned him out of a neat two million bucks. And thus begins the adventure of Bill’s life.

Ensues a chase north across Texas to recover the money and shake the pursuit of a couple of rednecks with a penchant for rifles and rigged explosives. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of yet another mystery—an 80-year old missing person’s case—begins to unravel.

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About the Author:

This action/adventure mystery novel is the first of six completed novels in The Bill Travis Mysteries. With a total of twenty-one books planned for the series, including three prequels, Bill Travis, Austin, Texas’ newest hero, is here to stay.

230 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 654 reviews.

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Self-Publishing on a Shoestring: Insanely Helpful Links For Indie Authors, by Christiana Miller. (Still 0.99?)

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"The Angie's List of Self-Publishing! I have never seen anybody more dedicated to helping others. She is the gur-ette of self-publishing and now is sharing all she's learned with a compilation of links to the sites, suppliers, anything you need to do it yourself. All I have to worry about is writing the book. Off of her list I found an artist to do the cover art for my new e-book "Automatic Pilot" soon to come out. Who needs a middle man when you have CHRISTIANA'S LIST to help you do it yourself. I honestly don't know how she finds the time to write her own books. Thanks Christiana. You are a treasure." -- Amazon reviewer

This book is an indispensable 411-directory to all the services you'll need on your journey as an indie author.

Whether you're new or you've been at this for awhile, whether you're looking for items for yourself or referring services to others, you'll find yourself referring to this resource time and again.

The best way to show you what this book is and why you should buy it, is to show you the Table of Contents:

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword

PRODUCING YOUR BOOK
Distribution Links
E-Books
Paper Books
Amazon-Owned Sites
AudioBook Links
Writing & Book Creation Links
Self-Editing Software & Sites
Conversion Software
To Buy ISBN's
Formatters
Editors & Proofreaders
Cover Designers
Illustrators
Finding Cheap Freelancers
Stock Art
Multi-Service Providers
Scanning Services
Copyrights
Making Apps and Turning Books Into Apps
Articles on Making Apps & Books Into Apps
Foreign Language Translations
Author Admin Assistant Services

PUBLICITY BLOGS TO NOTIFY FOR PROMOTIONS
Free Promotions Only
Day Of Free Notifications
Free or Bargain Promotions U.S.
Free or Bargain Promotions Overseas
Bargain Promotions Only
Promotions for New Releases
General Ads & Promotions
Promotion Multi-Site Aggregators
Promo Blog Lists on Other Sites
Promotions for Traditionally Published Books
Promo Blogs Currently Closed For Submissions
FaceBook Pages

ADDITIONAL MARKETING FOR YOUR BOOK
Social Media Sites
Twitter Hashtags
Press Releases
Publicists
Newsletter Services
E-Book Autographs
Book Reviews
Blog Tours
Create a Website or Blog
Swag/Merchandising
Online Raffles & Sweepstakes

BOOK TRAILERS
Book Trailers: DIY, Pre-Mades & Online Editing Sites
Book Trailer Software
Video, Sound & Music Clips
Book Trailer Producers
Book Trailer Education

THE WRITING COMMUNITY
Author Education
Author Education FB Pages
Blogs on Writing & Publishing
Writing Forums

OTHER RESOURCES
National Guilds & Organizations
Industry News Blogs
Book Rank Trackers

FREE HOW-TO GUIDES
Writing
E-Publishing
E-Book Formatting
Audiobooks
Marketing
Miscellaneous

I hope you get as much use out of it as I have.

Happy Publishing!



143 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 22 reviews.

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