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Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, Book 1)

by P.B. Ryan

Book #1 of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt. Long thought to have died during the Civil War, Will is arrested for murder, and it’s up to Nell to prove his innocence. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.

“A beautiful combination of entertaining characters, minute historical research, and a powerful evocation of time and place. I’m very glad there will be more to come.” New York Times bestselling author Barbara Hambly

“P.B. Ryan makes a stunning debut with Still Life With Murder…I can’t wait for the next installment.” Bestselling author Victoria Thompson

“If you like fast moving, accurately drawn, historical mysteries, you won’t go wrong by trying Still Life With Murder.” Reviewing the Evidence

“Still Life With Murder is sheer perfection… gripping… powerful… unforgettable…You’ll know you’ve read one hell of a story after you turn the last page!” Reader to Reader Reviews

“This is the first book in the acclaimed Gilded Age Mysteries series, and has many things to recommend it… a tidy package of well-drawn characters, lively story and historical verisimilitude.” MyShelf.com

“…a highly entertaining book with a well-drawn pair of characters who have both sparkling chemistry and conversation. I’m looking forward to more Nell Sweeney mysteries.” All About Romance

“With its rich sense of place and time and a crisp, intelligent plot, readers will speed through this tale and be clamoring for more.” Bestselling author Earlene Fowler

“Utterly absorbing. Vividly alive characters in a setting so clearly portrayed that one could step right into it. A very clever plot in which each clue is clearly offered and yet the identity of the murderer is a complete surprise.” Roberta Gellis

“This debut mystery is a winner, with a feisty heroine, a colorful historical backdrop and a strong mystery rife with complexities. An ideal blend of history and mystery.” Romantic Times BookReviews

About the Author: Patricia Ryan has written more than two dozen novels, which have garnered rave reviews and been published in over twenty countries. A RITA winner (for Silken Threads) and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for the second book of her bestselling historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney, which she wrote under the name P.B. Ryan. Pat’s Evil Twin, Pamela Burford, is also a published romance novelist.



Sex Lies Betrayal (The Facade)

by Kharisma Kashmere

“You love meâ?¦you love me? Love wouldn’t have me standing here with a black eye and hand prints on my neck from choking me. Love wouldn’t allow you to put yo hands on me period, no matter how mad you get! You love the convenience I provide. Here it is you can fuck me, her, and whoever the hell else you fucking. Then come home to a clean house and cooked mealâ?¦well guess what, NO MORE!”

“I doubted my marriage from the moment we said I do. The past four years have been hell trying to make us work. I started stepping out of my marriage and I won’t lie, it felt amazing. I felt free to do whatever I wanted and that’s exactly what I did. Then somewhere down the line things started getting beyond my control. What started off as the best one night stand of my life quickly exploded into something I could categorize. I stopped caring which was something I never thought would happen. Things got so out of hand we were fist fighting on a constant every day basis leaving no more room for words. Then one night changed everything.”



Wind Warrior (World Aflame)

by Jon Messenger

**From Award Winning and Best Selling Author Jon Messenger**

THE EARTH GIVES WAY TO THE SEA,
THE SEA BOWS BEFORE THE WIND,
THE WIND FEEDS THE FLAME,
THE FLAME BURNS THE WORLD OF MAN DOWN TO THE EARTH.

The sleepy town of White Halls harbors a dangerous secret. On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather normal. Sure, their twenty-year-old son, Xander, still lives at home, but he’s going to college and dating the leader of the schools top sorority. It’s all very… normal. However, when a man is miraculously saved from being hit by a bus, Xander’s life turns in to the living embodiment of the tornadoes he can suddenly create with a flick of his wrist. Whether he wants this gift or not, Xander must learn to use his new ‘super power’ quickly if he wants to survive. For his kind is a dying race, and when this sleepy town has a sudden influx of new, blonde, fire wielders, no one is safe, especially Xander. It doesn’t help that one of these blondes happens to be the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Xander can’t deny the instant connection he feels to her so, when she tries to kill him, it certainly makes things complicated.



The Dixie Virgin Chronicles: Belinda (Book 1)

by Peggy Webb

While Carrie Bradshaw was looking for Sex in the City, the Dixie Virgins were looking for love, marriage and a baby carriage. But can they keep Rule Four long enough to lead Mr. Right to the altar?

Seven of the sassiest women South of the Mason Dixon line, who met at a summer camp for girls when they were in pigtails, are now grown-up and breaking all the rules – except the impossible Rule Four! Belinda, an old-fashioned girl who skipped college in favor of a job, gets hired as a nanny and falls in love with her boss. But will he fall into the love trap laid by Belinda and the Dixie Virgins?

Widower Reeve Lawrence expects the nanny to take care of his two children while he t akes care of business. What he didn’t excpect was a woman who outraged him at every turn. Can he turn her into a lady before she turns the tables and teachs him thing or two about love?



The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen: A Dix Dodd Mystery (Dix Dodd Mysteries)

by Norah Wilson

Tired of getting no respect at the big P.I. firm where she’s worked for years, Dix Dodd has hung out her own shingle at the ripe age of 40. There are plenty of cheating husbands to go around, and Dix has a knack for busting them. Problem is, it doesn’t always pay so well. Conscious that the guys back at the old firm are laying bets about how soon she’ll come crawling back, she figures she’s got six months to make a go of it. The going gets even tougher when she hires Dylan Foreman. But when he told her about getting fired from his law firm and disbarred for putting common decency before the firm’s interests, she hired him on the spot. In addition to being smart, he’s gorgeous enough to remind her she’s a woman. And at 28, young enough to make her feel like a total cougar. Things start looking up when Dix gets hired by millionaire businessman Ned Weatherby’s wife Jennifer Weatherby, to tail Ned 24/7 for a week, for a cool ten grand. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong! The job lands Dix in the middle of a murder investigation – with her as the prime suspect and her arch-enemy Detective Richard Head (a.k.a., Dickhead, one of the cheating husbands she’d nailed) gunning for her. Dix will need all her ingenuity, as well as the help of Dylan and her oddball cast of supporters to extricate herself from this one.

EXCERPT:
    Dylan stood, grabbed his jacket and headed for the door. He never dawdled, but the speed with which he wanted to attack this particular assignment moved me. I knew he was worried about me. I stood, tossed the plastic breakfast trays and utensils in the trash and grabbed my own jacket from the coat tree in the corner.
    “Where are you off to?” Dylan shrugged into his leather jacket.
    “The Underhill Motel.”
    He hesitated but knew better than to question me, or try to stop me. The Underhill was in a rough part of town, but we both knew I could handle myself.
    We locked the office, and headed our respective ways. Whereas I always parked at the far end of the lot, Dylan parked his bike as close to the building as he could get it. He gave me a mock salute before starting the bike and roaring off.
    I reminded myself to get him a set of motorcycle chaps for Christmas. Surely that would be an acceptable employer-employee gift? Not too formal. Not too personal. Not too expensive. Not too cheap. And I could just picture them on him — protecting his legs should he fall on the pavement. Keeping him warm when he drove at night. Perfectly framing his denim-covered….
    Gawd, I’d better knit him a sweater. Something loose fitting and long-sleeved.
    I just hoped I wouldn’t be sending it to him from a federal prison.



A Song for Julia (Thompson Sisters)

by Charles Sheehan-Miles

 From the bestselling author of Just Remember to Breathe

Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job.

The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father’s career and dominating her family’s life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she’s haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

The Thompson Sisters
A Song for Julia is part of a series of novels centering around the Thompson sisters. Though the books center on the same family, they are standalone novels and can be read in any order. 



Hidden Away (The Hidden Series)

by Nicole Colville

After Jamie and Scot’s wedding, and the first few months of finding their feet as a married couple, Jamie sweeps Scot off for a romantic break at their lodge high in the mountains of Switzerland, and away from everyone else. Jamie plans to try out his new romantic ideas on his beloved husband.

This will be their first Christmas together as husband and husband and Jamie intends that his months of meticulous planning will go through without a hitch. It will be a beautiful, peaceful, non-eventful week with just the two of them. Spending time which they both need, alone and separated from their hectic lives back in the real world.

Well, that’s the plan. But when does anything in their life go that simple?

Two additional house guests arrive unexpectedly on their doorstep only two days into their idyllic break, ladened down with gifts and gossip, plenty of Christmas cheer and strong Italian wine. Oh, and their most recent relationship problems.



Brimstone (Earth Air Fire and Water)

by Alan Skinner

Jenny Swift doesn’t feel special.
But she is.
Which is why, not long before her 15th birthday, she finds herself taken from her home by a great alchemist.
To become his apprentice. A young girl. An outsider.
A nobody.
Who may one day become a very great somebody. If she survives the murder, deceit and and betrayal in her new home.
Brimstone, the first book in the Earth, Air, Fire and Water series, is a thrilling adventure for lovers of classic literature.

Kirkus Indie Review

A young girl’s life changes dramatically when she becomes the apprentice to one of the most famed alchemists of her time.
Jenny Swift, only 14 years old, is taken from her parents and her sheltered upbringing in lush Queerwood to become apprentice to the famed alchemist Richard Antrobus. But when her newfound master is attacked as they embark upon their journey into nearby Vale, Jenny soon realizes that this isn’t just another apprenticeship. Upon her arrival in Vale, the young apprentice is thrust into a world unlike any she’s ever knownâ??a mysterious stranger gives her an antique brass astrolabe, and she is attacked by a vicious stranger and subsequently saved by Rayker, who works for Duke Emeric. She then meets her roommate, the flighty, well-off, yet well-meaning Emily. Jenny, who is already an accomplished healer, soon learns the basics of alchemy in Antrobus’ study nestled deep within the castle. Her first real test comes when she must defend herself against violent outlaws who will stop at nothing to gain the secrets hidden deep within Antrobus’ study. When her master is kidnapped, it is up to Jenny to save him and protect the secrets he’s worked his entire life to collect. What results is a story of deceit, murder and the quest to decipher the secrets of an ancient manuscript that contains the deepest secrets of alchemy.
Skinner handles the characters and ensuing plot twists with gusto, yet at times there are so many characters that the reader has to stop for a moment to place them. As the first installment in Skinner’s Earth, Air, Fire and Water series … the author approaches the genre in an original way, focusing on the principles of early science and historically accurateâ??yet fictionalâ??settings, characters and plots.
A worthy read, perfect for the young adult, fantasy loving set; true devotees will anxiously await the next installment in this original series.

NZ Herald on Sunday
“Perfect!”

Bookiemonster
‘All this makes for a lot of fun. There’s action, there’s humour, there’s a little romance, there’s even a little gore. FUN!’



Namaste

by Sean Platt

Namaste: The Whole Story

Peace Comes From Within. Death Comes From Without.

Amit is a member of the order of shadow monks, his every waking moment is spent training his body and mind to the peak of human ability – and beyond. But the order is pacifist, a repository for deadly weapons with their safeties permanently set to “on.” Until everything is taken from him, and Amit decides that turning the other cheek is no longer an option. Now, every ounce of his training will be put to the test. His epic quest for revenge will see wrongs righted – or see Amit forgotten in an unmarked grave.

Namaste includes Prelude, as well as the rest of the adventure. Join Amit as he chases Nisha’s killer from boss to boss, all the way to the last place he ever expected. He will fight, and die if he must. What will be, will be. It’s a Zen thing.

Ë?Ë?Ë? Readers Love Realm & Sands. Here’s What They’re Saying About Namaste

“Having read just about everything that these guys have written (separately and together), I absolutely loved it! Suspense, mystery, mysticism, monks, murder, love, fear, blood, revenge…just about anything you could imagine (all crammed into this one episode!). I’m still trying to wrap my brain around Amit. Do I love him? Do I hate him? Is he justified in his actions or a man gone over the edge? Knowing Sean and Johnny, no matter what I decide, they’ll blow it out of the water! Can’t wait to read more. Well done guys!”

“Screw these guys. I have things to do but I decided to load this just to check out a serial on kindle and now I’m hooked. My dogs need to be fed, I need to change the oil in my car and I’m not sure where my infant son is. But I know where I’ll be for the foreseeable future: sitting on my ass reading the sequels.”

“Sean Platt, Johnny Truant, and David Wright are masters of their craft. They excel at taking all that is good and fun from episodic t.v. and monthly comics and crafting well written stories. Namaste is no exception. A tale of love, loss, and vengeance with their special skewed vision. Like the Punisher main character Amit is almost instantly likable and even before you learn his reasoning you know that he is justified in his pursuit. Like all of the authors books I look forward to the continuing adventures of Amit.”

“In Namaste, Platt and Truant deftly sketch out the background, setting, and characters of their latest serial with minimal description and brief snatches of dialog, keeping the action at a fever pitch in a high-intensity Hong Kong cinema style thriller. Punctuated by scenes of graphic violence, the experiment in non-linear storytelling is effective for this short action-oriented installment. Over the course of a longer story, the back-and-forth narrative flow might grow tedious or confusing, but here the approach lends a filmic flair to the introduction of “a pacifist monk on a rampage.” Fans of Chow Yun Fat or John Woo films looking for a literary equivalent should appreciate this latest Platt & Truant effort.”

Ë?Ë?Ë? WARNING: Namaste is the most violent thing Realm & Sands has so far written.

An Unlikely Tale of Vengeance Like Nothing You’ve Read!



Choices

by Tatiana Nicole

Follow 3 friends on a journey of life, love, & choices! Buckle up! It’s one hell of a ride!!



An Avalon Christmas

by Darien Gee

For fans of Friendship Bread and The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society comes a delightful collection of stories that will put a smile on your face this holiday season.

The holidays have finally arrived in Avalon, Illinois and everyone is filled with festive cheer. Well, maybe not everyone …

The husbands of Avalon have started a Bah Humbug Club. A neighborhood cookie exchange wreaks havoc on Erin Meeks’ carefully planned life. Melvin O’Malley’s daughter has abandoned him for the holidays in a senior facility, and shop owner Margot West is intent on creating the best holiday shopping experience for her customers when a stranger threatens to ruin it.

But a few surprises await them as well–an anonymous donor is giving away free turkeys at the Pick and Save, and there’s an air of mystery surrounding a generous raffle prize for the upcoming Christmas Bazaar. And when it looks like Santa might be a no show, someone unexpected steps into his boots.

Celebrate the season with 12 heartwarming stories of hope and cheer that continue the spirit of Gee’s first two novels, Friendship Bread and The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society. Includes recipes.



Four Short Stories by Artistikem

by Astrid ‘Artistikem’ Cruz

Four very different short stories. It starts with a man reading on a park bench while being watched by a woman behind a tree, then we meet a young woman that tries to murder her boyfriend by stabbing him, after that we enter a party full of underlying mischief, and finish with a man that opens his eyes to find he can’t remember who he is.



Eitan: Legacy of Light

by Lura Russell

At some point, all teenagers find themselves at the intersection of reality and fantasy. Ethan Williams is just about to turn fifteen and is lost in that very intersection. His nightly dreams are taking over his everyday life as relentless voices beckon to him and bizarre ghostlike beings stalk him. While defending his best friend Tucker from bullies and daydreaming about the girl next door are the two main activities that have occupied the last few years of life, Ethan is about to embark on a journey that will leave him anything but ordinary.

After Tucker mysteriously vanishes, Ethan finds himself being swept away into different worlds. He holds the fate of several worlds, including the only one he has ever known, in his hands. Ethan is the fulfillment to a long awaited prophecy in a place that is charged with protecting the balance of good and evil in all worlds. As a child, he was taken and hidden until the time was right. With cruelty and wickedness, evil has begun to penetrate and destroy everything. Ethan must learn to trust the voices of truth and allow his heart to guide him through the dark places. He has been given a gift, a Legacy of Light, and it is this very gift sets him apart and seeks to fulfill his extraordinary dreams.



Executive Air

by Robert Roughton

EXECUTIVE AIR is a fast-paced story, involving cockpit power-plays, engine failures, near misses, and innovative marketing tactics.

When Tom foils an attempt on the life of one of his new customers, recovering his crippled plane from a seemingly unrecoverable loss of control, he becomes the target of the would-be assassin.

With relationships forming and falling apart, aggressive, even violent customers, obnoxious Homeland Security, and well-meaning but interfering FBI agents, suspense is maintained to the last page.



Based On A True Story

by S. Nacole

Beyonce` Davis, who prefers to be called B doesn’t consider herself blessed when it comes to her outer appearance. She has been made fun of most of her life because of her dark skin and coarse hair. Her younger sisters are the complete opposite with light complexions, good hair, and bodies to die for. Her crack addicted mother makes life harder for B as she leaves for days at a time and sells their food stamps for money to buy drugs with. She drops out of school and gets a job to support her family. It isn’t long before B realizes that she still can’t make ends meet. She meets a beautiful woman and receives a proposition of a lifetime. Will B accept the offer or turn it down? Will B and her sisters be able to handle the consequences surrounding her decision? One-click it and find out!



The Stories of J.Z. Pinder: Captivating Tales of Romance, Horror, Adventure and Fantasy – 7 long stories

by J.Z. Pinder

THE STORIES OF J.Z. PINDER

DARLINE’S ENCOUNTER WITH A CRAZED KILLER

One day while shopping in the small supermarket near her apartment, Darline meets a handsome man named Buddy. Later, Buddy seems to keep turning up in Darline’s life. You will be thrilled by the thrilling and unusual ending to this lengthy story.

DARLINE’S SEXUAL HARASSMENT: A woman fights a workplace predator

Darline Flowers, a pretty blonde in her late twenties takes a position as executive secretary to Earl Brumbach who has a notorious reputation of harassing female employees. You will thoroughly enjoy this story and her solution to the problems with her horny boss.

THE PASSIONATE ROMANCE OF LANCE AND REGINA

Lance Pisano lives an uneventful life with his wife and young daughter. His world is turned upside down when he meets a beautiful widow, Regina Henley. The unique, shocking finale to this story puts it in a class all by itself.

THE ICE CREAM ADDICTION: A mysterious herb takes over a country town

Lorna “Ma” Carney, a middle-aged widow, owns a small family dairy farm called Good Acres. She decides to open an ice cream shop in Colton Hollow, her home town. The tale that unravels around the shop will keep you in suspense until the last page.

BEVERLY’S LOVE AFFAIR: A frustrated woman’s search for romance

A bored and neglected married woman, Beverly Rollins, is considering having an affair with Christopher, a man she chats with online. She finally decides to meet him in person. The unexpected and passionate climax to this story makes it a very memorable one.

LOVE AND DANGER IN HAVANA: Adventure during the Cuban revolution

This adventurous action story is set in the aftermath of the Cuban revolution of 1959. While visiting a famous Havana bar, tourists Annette and Larry invite a handful of Cuban soldiers to a party at the hotel the next evening. The exciting events that follow make this story a must read.

TOMMY’S TOYLAND NIGHTMARE

Young Tommy is Christmas shopping within his mother. What follows is a night of horror in Baumgartner’s famed department store toyland that he will never forget. This pulse-pounding story builds to a thrilling and unforeseen finale.



Bosnian Serb Boy

by Milan Djurasovic

Bosnian Serb Boy is about a child who has no particular ambitions except to make it from one day to the next without too much pain. It is about a boy who loses his childhood playground to ethnic and religious divide, war violence and displacement, then becoming a refugee in the very country that bombed his own people. It’s also a story of a child trying to find his identity without a single convincing male role model. He is a sickly boy who is overprotected, even smothered, by his mother and her love for him. But, at the same time, or this is how the boy sees it, his mother is willing to sacrifice him for what she takes to be the love and protection of grown-up men. The strength of the boy’s character is his honesty. He shows his weaknesses to the reader, there is no genius to compensate for his suffering, no vanity, no drama, and he does not claim to know more than he does.



The Latecomers Fan Club

by Diane V. Mulligan

What is it about guys with guitars in their hands that makes them so irresistible, even when they are obviously self-centered jerks? If Abby and Maggie could answer that question, maybe they could finally get over Nathaniel. There’s just something about him when he picks up his guitar and gets behind the microphone, something that makes sensible women act like teenyboppers instead of rational, self-respecting adults.

Abby was first sucked in by Nathaniel’s rock ‘n roll swagger four years ago when a drunken fling turned into a series of drunken hook-ups that became something like a relationship. Now, as New Year’s Eve promises a fresh start, she wants to believe he’s finally going to grow up and take their relationship seriously.

What does Nathaniel hope the New Year will bring? An escape from the disappointing realities of his life. He’s thirty-four years old and he’s barely making ends meet as an adjunct philosophy professor, which was always only a backup plan anyway. Nathaniel’s real goal was always to make his living as a musician, but his band, The Latecomers, broke up a couple of years ago, and he hasn’t picked up his guitar in months. When he decides to spend the holiday with some high school friends instead of hanging out at the bar where Abby works, he gets the happy surprise of reuniting with his long-lost friend Maggie. Newly divorced, Maggie has just moved back to her mother’s house to regroup.

Nathaniel and Maggie were supposed to be the ones who left Worcester forever to conquer the world. He was going to be a rock star. She was going to take the world of art by storm. He’s never gotten farther than Boston, and her best efforts only left her broke and heartbroken. As they ring in the New Year together, Nathaniel decides it’s time to take control of his life and to start making his dreams come true. He thinks the first step will be easy. All he needs to do is break up with Abby and finally admit his feelings for Maggie. But the New Year has more surprises in store, and nothing is ever as simple as it seems.



Baby Juice (A Harmon Brown Yarn)

by Brian Panowich

It’s been two years since Harmon Brown went into the blizzards of Montana to hunt and kill the beast that took his family. Two years Harmon has been carrying the curse that stole his humanity. So far, he’s been able to control it, but the beast needs to feed, and Harmon has made a choice.

It’s time to fight monster with monster.

Dodge City, Kansas circa 1880 provides the backdrop for this tale of weird western adventure. Baby Juice is the first in a series of short stories that chronicle the legend of Harmon Brown.



For The Love Of God

by MG Sweeney

How difficult is it to earn your place in Heaven? If you’re not abiding by God’s Law, then it’s all but impossible. No one knows this better than 12-year-old Catholic schoolboy, Brian Scanlon. He’s on a quest, not only to save his own soul, but that of his younger brother Michael. However, there is just one thing that lies between them and eternal salvation – their evil, older brother, Patrick.

It’s 1985 in small town Catholic Ireland where religion is deeply rooted into the psyche of the people. Confession is a weekly event, statues of the Virgin Mary are moving or crying up and down the country and Dallas is almost as popular as Sunday Mass. For The Love of God follows the darkly humourous twists and turns in the life of the three brothers. In the end, as the age-old question goes – can good really overcome evil?



The Government’s Top Salesman Tells All…

by John Problem

It’s financial crunch-time for Great Britain. The galactic interest charges on the National Debt must be paid. The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister are desperate to sell assets to raise cash.

Only one man can save the nation. Jason Bryggs. He’ll sell anything to maximise his bonus….



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