Friday, February 28, 2014

Book Discovery Day! (Friday Feb 28)

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!
Any Meat In That Soup? (a Sam Darling mystery), by Jerilyn Dufresne
When a man falls down at Samantha Darling’s feet, she thinks it’s pretty funny. But she stops joking when he turns up dead. 

Social worker and would-be crime-solver Sam is busy trying to unravel the mystery as the death toll keeps mounting. She’s thrilled to be hired by the handsome local PI to work in the ER and investigate.

“I’m being paid to snoop! I’ve died and gone to heaven.” Her elation quickly evaporates when she finds out that her sister Jen is being investigated for the murders.

A trio of other suspects, a poisoning scare for her best bud and canine companion Clancy, and the back-and-forth pull of Sam’s attraction to the dreamy Michael and the loyal George...
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Not in a Tuscan Villa, by John Petralia
What happens if you decide to make a dream come true? Newly retired and looking for more than a vacation, John and Nancy Petralia intrepidly pack a few suitcases and head to the "perfect" Italian city. Within days their dream becomes a nightmare. After residing in two Italian cities, negotiating the roads and healthcare, discovering art, friends, food, and customs, the Petralias learn more than they anticipate--about Italy, themselves, what it means to be American, and what's important in life. Part memoir, part commentary, quirky and sincere, Not in a Tuscan Villa is about having the courage to step out of your comfort zone and do something challenging in later life. The adventure recaptures the Petralia's youth, rekindles their romance--a...
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Fairies and Fireflies: Bedtime Stories, by Becca Price
In the Wide, Wild Field, friendship is bigger than fear, and can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

A butterfly fairy gets a kitten, raids a beehive, and makes friends with a firefly. Urisk the brownie gets a new home, and finds help overcoming his fear of the dark. Fireflies learn that friends come in all shapes and sizes, and let you be who you really are.

This collection includes the bonus story, Sunflower, which was also published in Dragons and Dreams.

These bedtime stories will enchant children ages 3-7....
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Untethered (YA paranormal), by Katie Hayoz
Looking for something new and unique in paranormal YA? Untethered is it! 
A young adult novel about jealousy, obsession, and astral projection.
Sixteen-year-old Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she’s sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it -- her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.
Junior year is off to a less than stellar start for Sylvie: Her parents are splitting up, her little brother is sitting at her lunch table, and she’s the target of the school bully. Plus, she accidentally astral projects, slipping out of her body again and again at all...
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Murder Park, by Sean Cregan
There's a kidnapped five-year-old somewhere in the toxic ruins of northern Manila, stolen from the US and hidden away in the 'Concrete Sea', a failed district long fenced away by the local military.

To 19-year-old Ghost, former gangland abductee turned killer, framed for murder, little Sam is her ticket home. To Cole, professional thief whose last job went spectacularly wrong and cost the life of the woman he loved, he's his path to redemption. To teenage Filipino gang member Eddie, grieving for his own little brother, he's a way of getting revenge.

But Sam's no ordinary kid, and they're not the only ones looking for him. He's the heir to a gangland empire like no other on Earth, hidden away by a member of an undergrou...
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Cold Energy.: An Alex Cave Adventure. Episode 2. (Alex Cave series.), by James M. Corkill
SCIENCE FICTION IS SOMETHING THAT COULD HAPPEN - BUT USUALLY YOU WOULD NOT WANT IT TO.

When the Polar Ice Sheet mysteriously expands by thousands of square miles, the sudden freezing temperature begins to alter the weather patterns on a global scale. At the same instant, an earthquake destroys the City of Victoria Canada, and awakens the sleeping Mount Baker volcano north of Seattle.
Alex joins the owner and scientists on the research ship, Mystic, who had accidently activate a mysterious device deep in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Washington. Soon they discover that another strange device has been activated in the Arctic Ocean, and is causing the increasing size of the Polar Ice sheet. If it continues, the world wi...
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Dangerous Illusions: A Novel of Murder, Theft & Betrayal, by Joseph J. Gabriele
NOT SINCE DASHIELL HAMMETT'S MALTESE FALCON HAS AN OBJECT OF DESIRE CAUSED SO MUCH TROUBLE! 

This literary crime novel will appeal to readers of classic crime fiction by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Patricia Highsmith, as well as contemporary bestselling crime fiction by Stieg Larsson, Dan Brown, and Gillian Flynn.

In a beguiling tale of deception and murder, desire and theft, seduction and betrayal—where nothing is what it appears to be—a man is murdered and an iconic musical instrument is stolen during a gathering at Eliot Sexton’s Park Avenue apartment. The stolen item—an object of desire worshipped by millions—is the key to solving the crime, or so the detective brought in to investig...
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The Z Contingency, by W.I. Eganson
What if one of the world's top virologists predicts that a deadly virus will mutate into a highly contagious form causing people to turn into zombies? What if he creates the virus with intentions of making a cure, only to have it stolen before he can finish his work? Enter an agent working for a secret government agency whose mission is to protect U.S. interests. But when terrorists threaten his family, will revenge cause him to stray from his primary mission? Will the fate of the U.S. lie in the hands of a network of Zombie Apocalypse preparedness groups whose loyalties are not always clear?

Gary Ecks, a world-renowned scientist with an uncanny knack for predicting outbreaks of viral hemorrhagic fevers has a terrifying realiza...
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