Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Judi Coltman's "In the Name of the Father" - a mystery / thriller

This is a fun, page-turning mystery with characters you'll be thinking about long after you finish the book. Written with straight-forward prose and charming descriptions, I read the entire book in two sittings. Great romp you'll want to take to the beach - although, maybe not near Virginia Beach where the book takes place! -- Kiki, Amazon reviewer

In The Name Of The Father by Judi Coltman

Price reduced to $2.99, for this finalist in the 2012 First Chapter Contest!

Time doesn't quell a killer's instinct and there is no place to find solace. . . not even in His house.

Liz's best friend rode off on the back of a motorcycle when she was 16 years old. Her body parts washed up on the shores of a Virginia beach community days later, prompting Liz's parents to sequester her away to Richmond, far away from the vicious murder.

Now on her own, Liz returns to take back that part of her life and make peace with the events of her 16th summer.

John Williams's heart broke when, after being questioned in the grisly murder, Liz's parents spirited her away for good, leaving him grieving for his forsaken love. With the guidance of his father, the community preacher, John moves on with a clear understanding of his life's mission.

When another body turns up, safety becomes elusive, even in the small community church where the answers are hidden. Liz and John have to face the truth that the killer is still out there. Waiting. Watching them.

WARNING:  There is one chapter that involves veiled sex, drug use and some language.

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Meet the Author

Raised in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Judi Coltman grew up in a female heavy household with an urban sense of "normal." Coltman attended Michigan State University, majoring in Journalism until a professor requested she switch majors - "Apparently making a story better with added features isn't acceptable in the news world," Coltman laments. With a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, Coltman has written for local, regional and national publications. Most recently, Coltman has been focusing on her true passion, delving into the realm or fiction. In The Name Of The Father is Coltman's first novel, a suspense/thriller. Currently working on her next novel, Coltman is still writing a blog called, "My Life in a Nutshell," from where her humorous book material was born. Often compared to Erma Bombeck, Coltman sees the humor in the absurdity of everyday life and then tells anyone who will listen. Judi Coltman and her husband split their time between northern Illinois and the California desert. Sometimes they even pass each other at the airport.

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Kindle Daily Deal: All Cry Chaos, $1.99 today only!

Today's KDD: All Cry Chaos (Henri Poincare), by Leonard Rosen. Normally $11.99, now $1.99!

83% off, today only!

I'm a math geek, so the premise here intrigues me. There was a delay in posting this because of an error in the pricing on Amazon's part, but that's straightened out now!

Amazon reviewer B. Smith says "Look, I'm 87 years old and my kids worry. They're the caring kind and keep checking me out, looking for signs that I'm "losing it." So when they asked me if I'd like to try reading a mystery, I accepted the challenge, even though I prefer the good old easy reading pros like John McPhee, AJ Leibling, E B White. They gave me "All Cry Chaos" and I started it off one evening. Sleep got to me at midnight. Next day I started early and finished it off. It's a brainy read and I had trouble with some of the technical stuff, like the fractals. But the writing is so good, the plot so ingenious, I had to race to the finish. If I hit 88 and Rosen writes another, I'll buy"

All Cry Chaos, a debut thriller by the immensely gifted Leonard Rosen, is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens.

The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster's Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincare on a high- stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.

Together with his chain-smoking, bon vivant colleague Serge Laurent, Poincare pursues a long list of suspects: the Peruvian leader of the Indigenous Liberation Front, Rapture-crazed militants, a hedge fund director, Fenster's elusive ex-fiancé, and a graduate student in mathematics. Poincare begins to make progress in America, but there is a prodigious hatred trained on him--some unfinished business from a terrifying former genocide case--and he is called back to Europe to face the unfathomable. Stripped down and in despair, tested like Job, he realizes the two cases might be connected--and he might be the link.

This first installment in the Henri Poincare series marries a sharp, smart mystery to deep religious themes that will keep both agnostics and believers turning pages until the shattering, revelatory end. Anyone who enjoys the work of John Le Carre, Scott Turow, Dan Brown, and Stieg Larsson will relish Rosen's story telling and his resourceful, haunted protagonist. Others will appreciate his dazzling prose. Still others, the way he bends the thriller form in unconventional ways toward a higher cause, in the vein of Henning Mankell in The Man From Beijing. In short, All Cry Chaos promises to become a critical success that garners a broad readership throughout the nation and across the globe.

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Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Oct 31)

Happy Hallowe'en! Here's today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

Murder Spins a Tale: A Flock and Fiber Mystery, by Veryl Ann Grace. (Still free?)

Denied justice weaves a web of revenge and death in this cozy mystery. Highly-reviewed, and free today!

"This mystery isn't only for those that spin their own yarn, knit their own sweaters or raise their own fiber flock, but for all those that love a good, simple mystery." -- Alicia R. Santiago

"I found the characters to be very likable, and thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I learned a little too!" -- CatLady5

A beautiful winter morning gives no hint of the danger that will engulf Martha Williamson, owner of The Spider's Web - a shop specializing in spinning and weaving. Living with her two Great Pyrenees dogs, Falcor and Denali, on a small farm near Black Hills, Washington, Martha has come to cherish the quiet life she created after the violent death of her husband in a car accident. 

However, the news spreads fast when Martha discovers a burglary of the town's beauty salon; and her friends fear another robbery. Gossip becomes reality; burglary becomes murder; and Martha's business card is found at the scene. When Falcor discovers the murder weapon and Martha is threatened, she is driven to find the killer. Taking the reader into her world of fiber arts, Martha, with Denali and Falcor at her side, spins her way through a tangle of clues, deception and danger.

About the Author

Although Veryl Ann Grace learned to knit and crochet at her grandmother's knee, her real passion for fiber arts began when she realized she could create yarn from all the hair her beloved Great Pyrenees shed. That was twenty-five years ago and she can still be found spinning, knitting and weaving fiber of all kinds including livestock guardian dog hair. A long time resident of Washington state, she currently lives in Hawaii with her husband, a Maremma, and two poi dogs.

274 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 31 reviews.

Stealing Mercy, by Kristy Tate. (Still free?)

This historical romance recently hit the Top 50 Free in Amazon. Get it while it's free!

"New author Kristy Tate brings a wicked sense of humor and a fast-paced storyline to her tale of a feisty 1880s piemaker who flees an enemy in New York and finds happiness--along with danger--in Seattle. You can't help rooting for Mercy Faye, who flaunts convention and flings herself into peril, determined to save young women forced to work in a brothel. Her secrets form a barrier between her and the appealing Trent Michaels, but love has a way of breaching the gap. A charming debut!" -- Jacqueline Diamond, Amazon reviewer

A girl disguised as a boy.
A villain with a brothel to fill.
A hero wondering why he's in love with a lad in breeches.
Serving murder, mayhem and pies, Stealing Mercy is a romantic adventure set in 1889 - on the eve of the Great Seattle Fire, when more than a city is set on fire.

After a night of terror, Mercy Faye flees New York. Disguised as a boy, she sets sail for a new life in Seattle, but her nightmare, Mr. Steele, follows close behind. Armed with only her chocolates, laced tarts and wits, Mercy sets out to destroy Mr. Steele and his Lucky Island brothel.

Trent Michaels is searching for his missing cousin. He can't afford complications - or romance - yet, at every turn he finds Mercy Faye. The night before the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, flames spark between Mercy and Trent leaving the life they know and the city they love in ashes.

Their story reaches forward through time to Bette Michaels, a genealogist, struggling with grief after the sudden death of her husband. Although generations apart, as Bette unravels Mercy's story, she learns that a life can be rebuilt - even after everything is lost.

Through Mercy, Bette discovers that sometimes the only way to find happiness is to steal it.

195 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 13 reviews.

Magia Rising, by Monique O'Connor James. (Still free?)

Here's an occult horror available for free today.

"This book took me on a thrill ride through New Orleans. Ghosts Cemetaries, witches, and the French Quarter, the author writes with such detail, you're there, seeing what the characters see and feeling what they feel. The unexpected part was that the story was so clean of violence and sex it's suitable for a mid to late teen. The only thing is I am drooling for the next book, because the story can't end this way. Hope the next one comes out soon." -- Rbitrager, Amazon reviewer

New Orleans is teeming with warring witch clans. Their world goes unnoticed by the people of the city,unseen by the masses. Nixon was one of those people, oblivious to the battles brewing around him. That is, until his eighteenth birthday.

Abandoned and on his own after the deaths of his parents...he'd grown used to being alone. Now he's discovering strange powers, learning secrets about his ancestors, and falling for the wrong girl--or is she the right one? In this new world he can trust no one...even the dead tell lies. Friends are enemies,
and enemies hide the truth. Who can he trust? What's real and what's illusion?

170 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.

The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady (The King Henry Tapes), by Richard Raley. (Still free?)

If you missed this horror fantasy last month, it's available for free again today!

"I was impressed with the way Raley incorporated legends and fantasies into his world, making things dark and realistic, not just sparkly wish fulfillment for teenage girls. A good magic system can really draw me into a book. A nice plus that comes from setting the story in our world is that you can reference so many things we're familiar with. The book is full of references to games, movies, TV shows, culture and more, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once." -- Uriel, Amazon reviewer


King Henry Price is fourteen and he loves everything he's not supposed to--stealing, cursing, and fighting to name a few. One day after his usual hour of detention he comes home to find an enigmatic woman named Ceinwyn Dale sitting in his kitchen, telling his parents lies about a special reform school. What she tells King Henry is different, she tells him he's a mancer, a Geomancer to be exact, that he's special, one in million maybe. She sure ain't a fairy giant and King Henry sure as hell ain't Harry Potter, but why not? Has to be better than the life he's already got.

King Henry Price is twenty-two, a recent graduate of the Asylum as an Artificer. With the special ability to create lasting items of the Mancy, he's spurned the Artificer's Guild and struck out on his own to found an Artificer workshop looking to do things his way. One night, a vampire baroness claiming she's named Anne Boleyn walks into his shop, telling King Henry he's going to help her, and she's not taking 'no' for an answer. King Henry is pretty sure the whole name thing is just a joke, but only pretty sure...

Book 1 - "The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady" (released)
Book 2 - "The Foul Mouth and the Cat Killing Coyotes" (released)
Book 3 - Forthcoming

271 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 20 reviews.

Barcode: Legend of Apollo, by Kashif Ross. (Still free?)

Here's a well-reviewed work of high-tech Science Fiction. Check it out for free today!

"Kashif did a fantastic job building strong characters that you can relate to. I find that each of the characters change and grow throughout the course of the book quite smoothly. This book is filled with a whole lot imagination mixing in mythology of the Gods into reality of war and it even brings in a little ancient Egyptian beliefs. I like the good mix of everything in this book because it creates a well rounded story. Anyone who like anime would love this book. Even if you are, like me, not an anime fan don't be deceived by the cover because the book is fantastic." -- Heather Rose, Amazon reviewer

Spencer Colt must return to his last year of Colt Academy--the academic institute for gladiators. The school and arena are run by his father, a wealthy businessman too occupied to remember his son's 19th birthday. Spencer could care less. He's a sarcastic jerk that wants to finish his final year without another person mentioning his destiny, to reunite America.

On his first day back, his family's helicopter plunges nose first into the battlefield. As bloodied and limp bodies are dragged across the stadium, a mysterious boy named Kode emerges.

Spencer hardly has time to show concern for his recovering family members when he and his beautiful nemesis, Michelle Miyamoto, are attacked by a naked and manic Kode. Michelle promises to train with Spencer after they discover the lunatic's intentions, but she has trouble of her own. She must keep the practice a secret for her friendship to survive.

In this world, humans are born with tattoos known as barcodes. The data contains mythological powers that make arena fights very entertaining. Yet, Spencer's codes are different. They seem to draw him into a comforting darkness. It's in this hell that he learns the truth about his corrupt family and how he murdered his mother.

239 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 13 reviews.

Bitnapped (The Bytewise Trio), by J.T. Carroll. (Still free?)

Get this thriller described by readers as "clever, quirky, endearing, and fun"! Free today.

"Tongue-in-cheek humor from the start. A likeable heroine. Endearing characters. A clever plot, with unexpected solutions. I like a book that holds my interest with imaginable action and well-put descriptions so that the read is a lot like watching a good movie; also, a book from which I get new ideas. A book that takes me places. And a predicament worth solving. A little suggested romance? For me, this book contained all of these things. " -- Moonfuschia, Amazon reviewer

"J.T. Carroll is definitely an author to keep an eye on." - Leslie
Ramey, co-owner of Grub Street Reads,

"I loved how we got tossed right into the action, and how we learned about the status quo through Kelly's thoughts. I also loved that she was a total MacGyver and used her background knowledge to get herself and Rupert out of the warehouse. Great job on making Nonno a three-dimensional character... We could trust him but would never dream of crossing him."

137 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 4 reviews.

... and finally, a bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!

Fire & Ice (Icefire Trilogy), by Patty Jansen. (Still $0.99?)

Today's bargain book is the first in a 3-book epic fantasy series.

"The story was very original and smart as well as the characters who I loved, the good and bad ones. Overall the novel was fast paced and filled with adventures that were very exciting. The book ended with a cliffhanger that left me wanting for more, and I really want to read the next book for that reason.. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read as it has great adventure and even young romance. " -- Diana Sakioti, Amazon reviewer

Deep under the City of Glass in the frozen southern land, an age-old machine called the Heart of the City radiates a power which locals call icefire. Most citizens are immune to it, but a few, always born with physical disabilities, can bend it to their will. For fifty years, the ruling Eagle Knights, who fly on the back of giant birds, have killed these Imperfects, fearing the return of the old royal family, who used icefire to cut out people's hearts, turning them into ghostly servitors.

The old king's grandson Tandor only sees the good things icefire brought: power and technology now forgotten while the people of the south live in dire poverty. He's had enough of seeing his fellow kinsfolk slaughtered by ignorant Knights, of Imperfect babies being abandoned on the ice floes to be eaten by wild animals. His grandfather's diary tells him how to increase the beat of the Heart the first step to making the land glorious once more. Arrogant as he is, he sets the machine in motion. All he needs is an army of Imperfect servitors to control the resulting power.

Isandor is Imperfect, an ex-Knight apprentice, betrayed by his best friend and running for his life.

The queen Jevaithi is Imperfect, living like a prisoner amidst leering Knights, surviving only because the common people would rebel if their beloved queen were harmed.

Both are young and desperate and should be grateful that Tandor wants to rescue them from their hopeless situations. Or so he thinks. The youngsters, however, have no inclination to become heartless ghosts, but while they defy Tandor, the Heart beats, and he alone cannot control its power.

264 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 11 reviews.

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Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Today's Free App of the Day is sure to please! It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Originally $3.99

Well reviewed, with 14 of 14 reviews at this point are four stars and above.  Who doesn't love some Charlie Brown?

This app works for at least the original Fire.  To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

Author profile: L.K. Rigel

Next up in our Author Profile series, we're pleased to introduce you to L.K. Rigel, author of  "post-apocapunk dystopia!"

When L.K. Rigel was five years old, her parents divorced. Within two years she was living the life of a shared-custody child, the school year with one set of parents and summers with the other. Both families moved often for work, and almost every switch back was to a new house in a new city.

But every new place had a library, and the first thing L.K. did after the move was to get a library card. Books were her stability - familiar authors and familiar worlds no matter where she lived.

A devourer of books, L.K. became a storyteller herself, writing songs, poems, short stories and novels. USA Today best-selling author Anne Frasier (Theresa Weir) has said that one of L.K. many strength's is world-building. L.K. credits the instability of her childhood - where world-building was a survival skill.

Whether writing about post-apocapunk dystopia, the wyrd and fae of an alternative Cornwall, a traditional historical family saga, or a contemporary romantic ghost story, L.K. creates worlds you can escape to and live in for a while with characters you cheer for - and against.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gaslight: A Golden Light Anthology

A Golden Light Anthology

Gaslight: A Golden Light Anthology weaves together tales of love and peril, of fantasy and reality, of courage and redemption. These short stories journey back in time to ancient days and historical settings, to gas lit streets of bygone times.

Authors J.S Dunn, Sergio Palumbo, Marcella Spencer, Emily Ann Ward, Susan Sundwall, Edward Fraser, Tim Knopp, Anne Van, C. Marlin Teat, Tucker Cummings, and Stuart Condie spin tales of old - some with a touch of fantasy, some with a touch of reality, all with touch of history.

Step into the past and take up your light with Gaslight: A Golden Light Anthology.


Look for more books in the series -

Lamplight : A Golden Light Anthology
Christian and Inspirational Short Stories and Poems

Gaslight : A Golden Light Anthology
Historical Short Stories

Nightlight : A Golden Light Anthology
Children's Short Stories and Poems

Limelight : A Golden Light Anthology
Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories

Spotlight : A Golden Light Anthology
Young Adult Short Stories

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Meet the Publisher

Committed to excellence in book publishing Chamberton Publishing believes the pillars of a society are founded on great literature and that each book leaves an indelible stepping stone for the future. We hope you enjoy our selection of great fiction in a broad range of anthologies. We're pleased to present our newest release featuring many talented authors. 

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The bewitching hour approaches... get your witchy reads now!

Help! A coven of witches has descended upon our Kindle forums! And they're offering up a bubbly concoction of wonderful witchy stories...

What's more: bargain-hunting readers will find that a spell has been cast, magically lowering prices on all of these books!

On top of some freakishly good book deals, don't forget to check the giveaway page for your chance to win some Wicked-good prizes. (Hint: click on the Giveaways tab!)

Get in the Hallowe'en spirit with these spooky reads!

Witchy Books Sale
Oct 30, 31 and Nov 1st
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