Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Book Discovery Day! (Tuesday, May 10)

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!
Allies and Enemies: Rogues, by Amy J. Murphy
The adventure continues with the highly anticipated second book in this action-packed space opera series, Allies and Enemies.

For renegade soldier Sela Tyron and her former captain, Jon Veradin, the Reaches were a chance at a fresh start and freedom from the Regime. But what should be easy is never easy. In this savage, hardscrabble region, ruled by the ruthless Guilds, the pair quickly find themselves in the crosshairs of scheming gangsters and their muscle-bound henchmen.

Meanwhile, Jon’s sister Erelah Veradin was supposed to be dead. That was her plan, anyway, when she sought to destroy the relentless Tristic. Miraculously alive, she’s now a captive of Zenti pirates led by the enigmatic Asher Korbyn—a man ...
                     
Super: Arca Book 1, by Karen Diem
Adrenaline junkie and almost-respectable accountant Zita Garcia wouldn't know a superhero from some dude in his pajamas. As a result, the second-to-last thing she expected was to wake from a spontaneous coma, quarantined, and with super powers she has to hide from everyone, including her family. Now Zita must master her new abilities while dodging kidnappers, evading government inquiries, and finding her missing brother.

The only thing weirder would have been if the blind date had gone well.

Super is the first in the Arca superhero urban fantasy series, and as a movie, would be rated "R" for immoderate language, lame sexual innuendo, and comic book violence....
                     
Redway Acres: Book 1 - Helena, by Trish Butler
Mrs. Helena Andrews is the widow of Captain Andrews who died in battle. Leaving all she knows behind her in Norfolk, she travels to Lincolnshire to live with her Grandfather, and Redway Acres stable owner, George Stockton. There she will raise her daughter.
After the death of her Grandfather, she is left to run Redway by herself. She makes friends with an old widower in a ramshackle cottage, the family of a grand estate and their friend, a colonel and second son of the Earl of Aysthill, Nathaniel Ackley.
She is an opinionated woman in a man’s world, who loves horses and her daughter, and will stand up for those who are in need of help.
Her story is one of horses, strength of will, music, friendship, love and loyalty....
                     
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All, by Jonas Jonasson
From the author of the international bestseller The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, a brilliant satirical novel set in modern Sweden—a story of idealism and fanaticism, gangsters and entrepreneurs, sensationalism and spirituality, that explores the values that matter in contemporary life.
In a former brothel turned low-rent hotel, the lives of three unusual strangers—a former female priest, recently fired from her church; the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire working as a receptionist; and Killer-Anders, a murderer newly released from prison—accidently collide with darkly hilarious results.
Seeing a lucrative opportunity in Killer-Anders, the unlikely trio form an unusual new bus...
                     
How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature, by George Monbiot
Leading political and environmental commentator on where we have gone wrong, and what to do about it
“Without countervailing voices, naming and challenging power, political freedom withers and dies. Without countervailing voices, a better world can never materialise. Without countervailing voices, wells will still be dug and bridges will still be built, but only for the few. Food will still be grown, but it will not reach the mouths of the poor. New medicines will be developed, but they will be inaccessible to many of those in need.”

George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. How Did We Get into this Mess?, based on his powerful journalism, assess...
                     
Backpacking: A Nerd's hack to Novice Backpacking, by Sacha Hanks
Use your outdoor time efficiently. Preparation is the key!

STOP BACKING OUT OF REAL-LIFE ADVENTURES

Use this guide from my own difficult experiences as a fellow nerd who recently got into Backpacking, to get off the couch and have real-life quests and meet real characters.

Here is what I will many focus and talk about:
1. The Backpack
2. The Essentials
3. The Ultra-Light Travel
4. The Shoes
5. The Travel
6. The Clothing
7. What if you got lost?
8. Safety...
                     
No Quarter (Bounty Book 1), by Christine d'Abo
When bounty hunter Gar Stitt is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, after all, and Captain Faolan Wolf isn’t hard to find. He’s the most notorious pirate in the galaxy, and when he shows up planetside to take his pleasures, he’s far from subtle.

Faolan never expected a hot but tightly wound hunter to walk into his private party and try to apprehend him single-handedly. And when an unexpected betrayal forces them to work together, Faolan’s even more surprised to find himself drawn to Gar personally — especially since neither of them do personal.

Gar had intended to put Faolan in prison. Instead he finds his solitary exist...
                     
Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture: 20 Step-by-Step Projects Anyone Can Build, by Katie Jackson
With a few basic tools and a weekend, anyone can build a beautiful project out of wood for their outdoor space!

Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture covers the basics of woodworking--how to measure, where and how to shop, and how to screw, sand, and paint. The twenty step-by-step projects are fully illustrated with hundreds of clear and easy-to-follow photographs, and the required materials and tools can be found at local hardware and lumber stores. Finished pieces include simple items include a trellis, a flower box, and a plant stand and more complicated projects include a chaise lounge, a sectional with built-in storage, and a slat bench. Katie Jackson's projects are simple, clean, and timeless and work well with...
                     

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