Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Discovery! (Tuesday Sep 2)

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!
The Gardener of Baghdad, by Ahmad Ardalan
Adnan leads a weary existence as a bookshop owner in modern-day, war-torn Baghdad, where bombings, corruption and assault are everyday occurrences and the struggle to survive has suffocated the joy out of life for most. But when he begins to clean out his bookshop of forty years to leave his city in search of somewhere safer, he comes across the story of Ali, the Gardener of Baghdad, Adnan rediscovers through a memoir handwritten by the gardener decades ago that beauty, love and hope can still exist, even in the darkest corners of the world....
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The Jersey Devil: A Multidimensional Dark Fantasy (The Fool Book 0), by Andrew P. Mayer
New Jersey may be the Garden State, but at 23 Betsey Weisz' life is already a dump: her boyfriend is a loser who can't keep a job, her dreams of going to fashion school are fading away, and she's been trapped in a crappy job at the Free-Way Diner for what seems like an eternity.

Betsey's dead-end life takes an ironic turn into darkness bolt of lightning transforms one of her customers from a dirty old man into a demon with a craving for souls… hers in particular.

Lucky for Betsey a strange angel name Matt Zero has followed the demon to her diner. And with his arrival Betsey Weisz may have finally found the way to leave her demon behind, but she'll need to confront the darkest secret hidden in her soul first.
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The Story of my Escape: from the prisons of the Republic of Venice otherwise known as "The Leads", by Giacomo Casanova
Europe's greatest adventurer. Thrown into an escape-proof prison for a crime he probably committed. The question is, which crime?

In 1755, the infamous Giacomo Casanova was locked up without trial in Venice's notorious Leads prison. Over 15 months he battled disease, madness, boredom, grotesque gaolers, bad books and fellow prisoners, before attempting the most audacious and typically flamboyant escape in history.

This is Casanova's own account of the escape bid that made him a celebrity across Europe, full of his unique wit and philosophy, translated into English in full for the first time....
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Hidden Ability: Book One of the Crown Saga, by Aldus Baker
Old enemies.
New enemies.
And a boy with one too many secrets.

Jalan is safe on the Yen Estate, the youngest child in a loving family. The greatest tragedy in his young life is the death of his father, Lord Hallis Yen. The greatest challenge is the training in arms, horsemanship and tactics he receives under the watchful eyes of the house lancers. He does not question why he trains hard, harder even than the lancers. Captain Erida and Lieutenant Burk say he needs it. He needs to be ready. His mother tells him to work hard and honor the memory of his father. And he does. He works hard and holds his questions until the day the king’s messenger arrives. The day Jalan discovers answers he does not want and a skill he ...
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T. S. Livingston and the Mystery at Madame Molineaux's, by Violet Selborne
Twin sisters Maddie and Jo Livingston have spent their lives traveling the world with their famous archaeologist parents. But when the Livingstons’ work takes them on a mysterious year-long excavation in Siberia, much too dangerous for two twelve-year-old girls, Maddie and Jo are whisked off to a castle in Switzerland, where they find themselves piecing together a mystery of their own.

Madame Molineaux’s School for Girls is filled with interesting students and professors from all over Europe. But it doesn’t take long for the girls to figure out that this is no ordinary boarding school: bizarre animals, hidden tapestries, secret tunnels, and a long list of unanswered questions keep Maddie, Jo, and their new friends search...
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PARADISE, OH YEAH!, by H. David Williams
PARADISE, OH YEAH! is a love story of the south seas. Estranged lovers Sarah Langdon and Bruce Wales embark on a cruise to Tahiti that ends in disaster. Perilous events precede their rescue by a caretaker named Varlin and a mystery man living in a southern mansion on top of a flat mountain island. Sarah's curiosity to the closed off portion of the mansion one night leads to her discovery of a monumental secret: Elvis is alive! This chance meeting between an Alabama girl and a Tennessee icon, and the events that follow, are anything but normal due to a plot by Elvis's estranged girlfriend, Karla, to reveal Elvis's secret to the world....
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Webs, by Lily Stuart
When Lily Stuart's mum resorts to the web for her romance - the world-wide-web - Lily resorts to her own bit of web-weaving to fend off the two candidates for replacement daddy.

The trouble is neither are quite how they first appear to be. Meanwhile Jas is getting on Matt, Melissa is being an utter bitch, Dad and Mum still don't get it that they should be trying again and The Hitler Youth Brigade - aka school - are on Lily's case to choose what her future is going to be like. If she still has one that is...

It's enough to turn a girl to drink. Luckily it doesn't, but it does turn Lily detective in an attempt to solve all her problems and evade the Russian roulette murderer.
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Boxed Set: Matty Cruz Mysteries #1,2,3: Astray in Couper #1, Killer in Couper #2, Redhead in Couper #3, by R. Marquez
R.Marquez has packaged the first three books of the Matty Cruz Mystery series in a boxed set and priced it attractively for first-time readers. The interlocking novellas detail how an abandoned dog leads to Matty’s first brush with the dark side of Couper, Washington; the murder that draws her into a reluctant friendship with charming but questionable Sam Bester; and Matty’s solution to the mystery that haunts her new neighbor, Carol Karuso, a redhead from Texas with a tragic but sinister past.

"Astray in Couper," Book #1: Matty Cruz thought Couper, Washington was the ideal place to retire. Too bad she let the scenery fool her.

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