Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Discovery Day! (Friday July 29)

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!
Hearts of Ashes, by Bienvenido Jr Buten
Armed with instruments, Harmonist can create colored water to make ashes of those who wish tyranny over their hearts. Marked at birth, Silver, Arlis, Tardilumi, and Ayusteri must survive under a different set of laws; insidious and vile to the purity in their hearts. Survival is the only option.

Silver: My name is Silver Songheart, and with my violin I can create water that boils at sub-critical levels. A tool of the ancient here in a new age to protect those of my clan.

Arlis: I go by Young Master Arlis, and with my lute I can create songs that allows me to control cyan water, but no one with my title has made it past the age of eighteen.

Tardilumi: Tardilumi is the name, and my lyre’s song only se...
                     
Allies and Enemies: Fallen, Book 1 (Allies and Enemies Series), by Amy J. Murphy
Allies and Enemies: Fallen is the first book in this space opera series.

Purpose-bred soldier of the vast and far-reaching Regime, Commander Sela Tyron is as subtle as a hammer. To hammers, any problem can look like a nail, but the solutions aren't always that easy. When Sela encounters a son she is forbidden to know, falls in love with a man who is clearly off-limits, and is abandoned with her team on a planet full of insurrectionists, things get complicated...

Fans of galactic space opera and Firefly will delight in this "Indiana Jonesesque experience through space" and the introduction of a new kick-ass heroine in Sela Tyron.
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Similar categories: space opera, military scifi, galactic empire, scien...
                     
If I Could Change My Race: Real Essays by Real People, by Guensie Grecy
Twenty people from all around the world answer the following question: If you could change your race/nationality, what would you choose and why? In this book, you get to read the honest reflections of people from different countries, races, ages, and demographics. The answers to this question are not what most would expect. Read perspectives on race and nationality from people who live in the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Guyana, just to name a few. This book sparks an important conversation about assimilation, racism, and cultural rejection on a global perspective. You will learn a lot about the way people view their own race, such as whether it is a gift or a curse....
                     
Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? (Singles Classic), by John le Carré
At the height of the Cold War, the grocer Herr Dieter Koorp is living comfortably, even complacently, in the West German town of Lübeck. Then he receives a call from his estranged sister in East Germany, informing him of their father’s untimely death. His father’s last wish? To be buried in Lübeck. To carry out his father’s request, Dieter will have to drive the corpse back across the border, with risks he discovers only when he arrives in the East. A haunting story from the world’s most famous spy writer, John le Carré.

Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? was originally published in The Saturday Evening Post, January 28, 1967.

Cover design by Adil Dara.

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Blueberry Truffle Murder (A Maple Hills Cozy Mystery Book 3), by Wendy Meadows
Maple Hill Cozy Mysteries can be read in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick read.
Nikki Bates’s time in picturesque Maple Hills, Vermont has been far from the postcard scene she first imagined. While her chocolate shop is doing well, her personal life has hit a few snags… and bodies… along the way. Between exposing corrupt officials, unmasking the Mafia and solving more than a few murders, Nikki has made some friends and earned many enemies.

Now, an old vendetta from her days in Atlanta has reared its head and followed her north, finding her nestled amongst the trees and chocolate, surrounded by gossip, intrigue and people that want ...
                     
Sorceress Found: A Gargoyle and Sorceress Prequel Story, by Lisa Blackwood
When Gregory, a gargoyle and Avatar to the gods, wakes to a new life, he finds the female half of his soul is missing. He soon learns she has been captured by their oldest enemy—the Lady of Battles. And that ancient rival has forced his soulmate to be reborn as a vulnerable child. To save her, Gregory will risk everything even if he must pay the ultimate price for his loyalty.

This series is not YA; it is Urban Fantasy.

Author's Note: Sorceress Found is a prequel short story and contains sample chapters for Sorceress Awakening. It was previously published under the title Beginnings and it is part of an Urban Fantasy series with a strong romantic subplot.

Sorceress Found takes place twelve years befor...
                     
Alien Romance: MINE: The Alien's Prize: Scifi Alien Abduction Invasion Romance, by Eva Boaz
When Mia finds herself in the wrong place, at the wrong time, the bold and daring scientist has a hard time understanding what these savage aliens want from her.

Not the kind of male who thought like others, Maxton was not able to understand his troops’ need for baser pleasures. But, he wasn’t going to deny them that pleasure after everything
they had been through over the past few years. It was just unfortunate that it was what they had chosen to do on the first night back.

But, then a single glimpse of this exotic creature changed it all…

The fearless, strong alien warrior swallowed hard as his eyes drank in this entirely strange creature in front of him. He wanted her for his own m...
                     
The Moon Master's Ball, by Clara Diane Thompson
A Magical Retelling of a Beloved Fairy Tale!

After her terrifying experience there several years ago, the one place young housemaid Tilly longs to avoid is Bromley's Circus. But when kindly Lord Hollingberry begs her to deliver a message to the mysterious Moon Master hidden away among the circus dwellers, Tilly can't refuse . . . and finds herself ensnared in a web of enchantment cast by the loathsome Mrs. Carlisle and her beautiful goddaughter....