Diamonds in the Ruff

Diamonds in the Ruff

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Definition of the "Diamonds in the Ruff Genre": Sometimes an ebook has a phenomenal story to tell, but an author was not able to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on an book cover.  Sometimes an ebook goes through a rut early in its life where it gets some bad reviews, but then starts to pull out of that.  Finally, sometimes authors can't control the price of their ebook, and so can't determine when it gets discounted.  At eBookHounds, we believe that these authors should get exposure to you, our tremendous reader too.  We want to give as many author as possible a chance to succeeed with their ebooks, and we know that is a feeling you share with us!

A Dozen Reasons: Romantic Military Suspense (D.E.V.I.N. Book 4)

by Katina Gavin


A secret assignment brought them together. Will a shared heartache make them a family?

Dominic is ready to put down roots. After years of dispatching explosives, the Navy SEAL takes on a top-secret assignment to watch over Devin, a genetically modified man with a dangerous intellect. As he settles into Devin's secluded ranch, he realizes the Old West-style town is the perfect place to raise a big family. And Dominic already knows who he'd like to be the mother…

When Olivia left her home of Ireland for the American West, she took comfort in the children she nannied. Now the children are gone and she longs for another kind of companionship. A local rugged veteran could be the one to provide it…

As Dominic and Olivia try to get on the same page about their dream of a big family, life takes an unexpected turn. Can their love survive a tragic twist and the opportunity of a lifetime?

A Dozen Reasons is the fourth book in the D.E.V.I.N. series of military romantic suspense novels. If you like explosive chemistry, complex characters who want more than just passion, and the power of family ties, then you'll love Katina Gavin's captivating series.

Buy A Dozen Reasons to join the family today!

 

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CHANCES ARE (CHANCE AT LOVE Book 1)

by DEBBY CONRAD


Curious about her birth mother, Jenna Caldwell leaves Chicago and sets off to find the woman who gave her up for adoption. But her life is turned upside down one fateful night. After surviving an automobile accident, which leaves one woman dead, Jenna realizes her life has been stripped away. She’s trapped in the body of another woman.

Jack Bolinger finds it hard to believe his wife doesn’t remember him, their daughter, or their rocky marriage. He finds it even harder to believe he’s falling in love with this woman. But something is different about her since the accident, which left her with amnesia, or so he thinks. In fact, he swears she isn’t the same person at all. However, when he suspects that prior to the accident she may have hired someone to kill him, he soon realizes the mistake he’s made by trusting her.

Jenna must try to stop a vicious killer from harming Jack. At the same time she must try to prove her love for her newfound husband, along with proving her innocence. Starting over with so many lies standing between them, and a killer on the loose, could be the biggest challenge of their lives. But these two people have no choice but to forget about their pasts and let love save them.

CHANCES ARE is the first book in the Chance At Love series.

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Forbidden Puck: A Hockey Romance

by June Winters


Waiting for the right guy.

Ella Couture didn't mean to save herself. But success runs in the family and Ella, a fiery and self-made interior decorator, never wanted to settle for anything less than a quality man.

But another disappointing breakup has Ella flirting with idea of a meaningless fling -- because this whole v-card business has gone on for way too long.

When Ella visits her brother Lance for the weekend, she finds herself all alone with his teammate, Ryan. The rugged hockey star is tall, chiseled and gorgeous -- and based on his past, he won't get attached.

It's a nice fantasy ... but Ella isn't the type of girl to sleep with her brother's best friend.

That's what she keeps telling herself, anyway ...


Live by the code, die by the code.

On the ice, tough guy Ryan Ryder enforces the code of the game with his fists. And he won't let anyone mess with the team's superstar center, Lance Couture.

Ryan might sleep around, but he knows to keep his distance when Lance's sister visits the two roommates at their Boston condo. The code has a rule about family members, after all: they're strictly off-limits.

Not that Ryan's worried about breaking that rule -- he's already heard an earful about how insane his best bud's younger sis is.

But Lance never said anything about Ella being a cute babe with an adorable laugh.

And he definitely never said anything about how she's finally ready to lose her v-card ...

But if Ryan can't keep his hands off Ella, not only will he stab his best friend in the back -- he'll ruin everything he's worked for.

So why can't he get that girl out of his mind?

Forbidden Puck is a 60,000 word, slow-burn hockey romance! This stand-alone novel is the first entry in the Boston Brawlers series. Narrated in alternating first person. No cheating, no cliffhanger, HEA guaranteed.

 

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Finding Annevra (The Annevra Series Book 1)

by Josephine C. Lieder

Lucy Divine was born with an enigmatic and unwanted psychic ability which has become her deepest secret.

When Grant Alexander resurfaces in her life, a boy whose family moved away from hers over a decade earlier, she feels obligated to help him when one of his family’s most valuable possessions goes missing.

Lucy is torn—in doing so, she must first reveal her ability, and open herself up to the possibility that Grant could turn away from her, disbelieve her, or even worse—regard her with scorn as the people in her past have.

But Grant harbors his own secrets—secrets that did not originate with him, but instead, with members of his family, including the insidious truth about why his and Lucy’s families broke contact years earlier.

The two stand to lose a lot if they reveal their secrets, especially as they grow closer to each other.

But it's not easy to keep the truth, especially one you feel is owed, from a person you care deeply about.

Will they decide it’s worth the risk?

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The Alpha's Oracle (IronMoon Book 1)

by Merry Ravenell

The award-winning serial in novel form for the first time!

Gianna is a Seer : blessed with visions and dreams from the Moon Goddess.

Alpha Gabel intends to be the first Alpha King in five hundred years, and his ruthless cruelty and ambition are without limit. Gianna and their Bond are his toy, nothing more.

Taken against her will, Marked without consent, and forced to play Gabel's cruel games, Gianna vows to be the one soul that Gabel never conquers.

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The Curse of Crescent Road (Midnight Witch Cozy Mystery Book 1)

by Jessica Lancaster

The FIRST book in a brand new cozy mystery series!

Retirement suits many people but Evanora Lavender isn't one of them.

When a dead body shows up in Maureen Witton's compost heap she informs the police, but when they arrive it is nowhere to be found. Branded a liar, the woman who cried wolf, Maureen calls on Evanora to help.

Out of retirement to solve one last mystery, Evanora might find herself sucked back into the paranormal investigation game after all.

Book 1 in the Midnight Witch Cozy Mystery series. A paranormal cozy mystery set in a small English town, featuring an amateur female sleuth and her talking barn owl. Written in British English.

Midnight Witch Cozy Mysteries
1. The Curse of Crescent Road
2. The Secret of Kingsway House
3. The Mystery on Mercy Avenue

4. The Death of Destiny Graves - COMING SOON

 

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Shadow Informant

by Edita A. Petrick


Murder and romance don’t really go together but in this case, it works!

What did I like? I totally fell in love with Carly, she is the sort of person that I wanted to be when I grew up. A Cop and well maybe not the single mom detail because I did get that part in my life also, but I sure wanted to be a COP! I loved the grit that Carly has and when she wakes up to the future, what a gal she becomes!

What will you like? A twist and turn storyline, action, murder, romance, and huge craters where buildings should be still standing. Being a homicide detective in the first place is a tough job and for sure it is thankless! Carly has that, and she has a jerk for an ex-husband. When you throw in a little romance that is so different than she had ever known, well then you have an amazing storyline. Can’t wait to get to book two. I received this from the author for an honest review with no other compensation.

A serial killer who leaves a road-map on his victims should be easy to track down…

When Carly is roused in the middle of the night to come to work she knows she’ll be heading for a murder scene. After all, she’s a homicide detective, it’s her job, and she’s prepared for everything. Until she arrives in a suburban commuter parking lot where a young lawyer is lying on the ground, a hole in his chest, his organs vaporized, and a topographic map of a metropolitan grid tattooed on his face. A week later victim number two—same first name, same fist-sized hole in his chest, his organs vaporized and wearing another topographic map on his face—points to something more sinister that could lead to a nearby army facility.

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There and Back There Again

by Andrew Alsup

Introduction

Welcome to my book, There and Back There Again by Andy Alsup ~ Village Savant.

My story has a few themes:
- technology

- music

- culture

- Seattle

- religion

- Aspergers

- schizophrenia

- psychic musings

I write a lot about my daily experience. It primarily revolves around my ongoing conversation with a variety of voices I hear in my head. I call this experience a couple of things. It is psychic. It is a network of identities. It is public. It is hilarious.

This is an introduction to give you an idea what I’m talking about with the conflict oriented stuff I write, and what I call chipmunk.

I hear voices. They are best described as auditory hallucinations. Sometimes they’re identifiable. Sometimes they’re words in my thoughts that don’t have sound, they don’t belong there, and they’re clearly someone else’s words.

I have called them a psychic phenomenon. I believe these are real people. They sometimes identify themselves. Sometimes I can hear who they are. Almost always they lie about their identity. They are always consistently wrong about people I know. They attempt to be identified as these people for a variety of reasons, but mostly to try to establish credibility because they have none and to attempt to manipulate.

I always tell the voices I will not accept them trying to do that.

I call the voices chipmunk because they sound squeaky, clown car because it’s one after another, and douchebag because they’re intrusive and self satisfied losers.

The reality is that the attempts to manipulate are trying to control me or lure me into doing something for reasons they are never honest about.

The voices are abusive, hostile, immature, and nonstop nonsense. They are factually wrong about everything. They lie about their motives, their information, their coordination with each other, and people that I know are not how the voices describe them.

The voices constantly attempt to indicate they are interfering in my life or are people I would want to have input from. They do this for a variety of reasons but it comes down to stupidity and probably people just wasting their time who have nothing better to do.

Sometimes they describe this as entertainment. They say they watch me either through their computer, or that they experience the same phenomenon I do in their head, and they see me remotely. I don’t know what that is like. I do sometimes see people doing things, and I can sometimes hear their thoughts.

I have the ability to give them words I make them say. I can also give them thoughts, or make them do things.

I sometimes smell or feel things that are also psychic.

The voices are real people behaving badly.

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sa·vant
saˈvän(t),säˈvän(t)
noun
a learned person, especially a distinguished scientist.
synonyms: intellectual, scholar, sage, philosopher, thinker, wise/learned person
~~
People have asked me about the choice of the word savant for my Facebook page.

I'll put it this way. Genius doesn't cover it. I'm beyond that.

Savant indicates epic level wisdom in an area that also accompanies a deficit.
My savant is people.

I can see your soul at a glance. I can write and speak words on every day topics that make you stand with applause. I can talk you under the table with logic. I can explain the universe in a few words. I can make science deliciously funny, 12 hours in the brisket lab with a pbr. I have done it all with technology, and I can take you into the future. I am fluent in music and film that people resonate with, but can't remember why. I think things that happen because I think them. I can change your words in your mouth. I know what to tell you to freak you out or calm you. I can describe you to yourself in ways you know but never knew.

I'll need your help to meet a girl.

~ Andy ~ Village Savant ~ The Smartest Guy On the Planet
https://www.facebook.com/villagesavant/

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Pointy Hats and Witchy Cats (The Rhinestone Witches Book 1)

by Addison Creek


Jade Rhinestone is not looking forward to her stepsister’s extravagant wedding. Her only consolation is that once the wedding was over, Bailey will be someone else’s problem.

The wedding itself promises to be incredibly dull. On the actual day, though, something incredible happens. An old woman disrupts the ceremony. Then she tells Jade that she’s her long lost grandmother and asks Jade to go away with her to an unspecified destination.

Now Jade has a choice to make.

As it turns out, there really isn’t much time for choosing, and off Jade goes to the magical town of Twinkleford, where witches mix with vampires and chameleons are as common as they are . . . anywhere.

But not everything is as it seems, and as Jade learns more about who she truly is, what that means, and who she has already lost, she realizes that keeping her newfound family might be far more difficult than she could possibly have imagined.

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Fever Season

by Kaley Jarstad

Cedar Hills is a small ski town. Aspen Caraway was a normal seventeen-year-old girl.

At a big, end of summer party, Aspen runs into Olivia Peterson outside, a classmate whom she’s shared a contentious relationship with in the past. A drunken argument turns physical and Aspen pushes the other girl down a hill. Intoxicated, Aspen assumes the other girl is fine and leaves.

Two days later, Olivia is found dead in the woods behind her house.
Did Aspen kill her?

Frightened of her potential guilt, Aspen seeks to confirm her innocence by finding the real killer. She enlists the help of Olivia’s best friend, Jessica, and Olivia’s boyfriend, Connor; the boy she’s been in love with for years.
Their search leads them through a web of crime scenes, illicit relationships, unclear motivations, and one bizarre childhood secret. But just as the final answer seems to reveal itself, Aspen’s grasp on reality slips.

The story culminates with a deadly confrontation, begging the question: If you can’t trust yourself, how do you find the truth?

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Thief: The Scarab Beetle Series: #1 (The Academy Scarab Beetle Series)

by C. L. Stone


Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.
 

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Spirit of Prophecy: Karmic Crime Mystery with a Paranormal and Sci-Fi Twist

by J.J. Hughes


What if your past came back to haunt you and stalked the present until it became your worst nightmare? What would you do if you discovered you’re engaged to a murderous psychopath about to go serial?


J.J. Hughes explores the lengths to which we will go, to keep the past from overshadowing the present and destroying the future. Spirit of Prophecy is a highly original, cutting edge, metaphysical crime mystery with a breathtaking paranormal twist.

Years ago, a terrible atrocity occurred in Apache Indian territory in New Mexico, and now the players take up their positions to execute a horrific revenge. If you liked A.G. Riddle’s The Atlantis Gene you’ll love this .

Evil awakens, and Rosetta Barrett, a psychic detective, must settle old scores and heal ancient wounds. She has the highest international security clearance with the Elite Paranormal Intelligence Services [EPIS], but she can’t tell her family or the courts what she really does. Divorce was hell. She lost custody of her children because of her paranormal beliefs and abilities, and now she’s fighting to get them back.

Prominent American event rider, Juliet Jermaine, loses her Olympic horse, Gothic, and his rider, Isabella, also dies in a horrific unprovoked road rage attack. Barrett is investigating Isabella’s murder. She has a suspect but gathering sufficient evidence to nail a conviction is proving elusive.

If Rosetta fails to convict the criminal and end the horrific cycle of revenge and retribution, the past is set to explode into the present with dire and explosive consequences.

Time is running out…

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A Single Journey: A moving story of love, loyalty and long-lost family

by Frankie McGowan


'The perfect epic holiday read'

- Lisa Hall, bestselling author of Between You and Me

Harriet has begun to despair of her life.

With a failed relationship behind her, a business on the rocks and a flat that’s falling apart around her ears, she could really use some luck.

Elena Banbury, née Guseva, an elderly but imposing Russian woman who is Harriet’s neighbour and landlady, frequently entertains the punters at Harriet’s jewellery stall with tales of the palaces of St. Petersburg and the treasures of Fabergé. But Harriet sometimes feels, guiltily, that she could do without the endless errands that seem to fall to her as Elena’s friend.

Then, unexpectedly, when Elena dies, she leaves all her worldly goods to a grateful Harriet. In time, however, it becomes clear that others are shocked by Harriet’s good luck, too. Shocked... and very, very unhappy.

Challenged in court by Elena’s family who live in Berlin, Harriet is forced to give up her inheritance and long-dreamed-of plans for a new business, and start her life again. But with her reputation in tatters and the memory of Elena tainted, Harriet knows a great injustice has been done.

Against the advice of her friends, family and lawyers, Harriet sets off on her own, very singular journey to Berlin.

In the weeks that follow she meets rich and poor, the glamorous and the criminal, the honest and the secretive, and begins to see that perhaps she has something to learn from them all. Something to learn about herself, and something to learn about her priorities.

She knows she has to fight for justice. But, when she meets the scholarly, perceptive Neil, who generously tries to help Harriet in her mission, but who is struggling with a complicated marriage, she must also decide if she’ll fight for love, too.

A Single Journey is a compelling and lively story, combining colourful characters with a page-turning plot and romantic highs and lows.

Fans of Jojo Moyes and Lucinda Riley will be hooked.

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Midnight in Dublin (Unusual Stories Book 1)

by M. C. Dulac

What was meant to be, will be

When Lizzy James flies to Dublin, Ireland, all she wants is to have a relaxing weekend. But the misty streets hold many memories from the carefree summer Lizzy spent as a student in the city, and she cannot shake off the feeling that something is unfinished. The past grows stronger when Lizzy receives a message from an old friend, Alice, who has gone from one dazzling success to another since college.

But perfect Alice has a guilty and unexpected secret. On their last night in Dublin seven years ago, Alice swapped destinies with Lizzy. The deal ends at midnight that very night.

With a handsome, mysterious Dubliner called Declan in hot pursuit, Lizzy has no choice but to join Alice as they race across the city. Their fates entwined, the girls have one night to put things right. Can the girls change the past and restore destiny to its proper path? As the hour draws near, anything can happen at midnight in Dublin.

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The Library of Broken Promises

by E.A. Owell


Eliza Reid is a 12-year-old girl from a small English town who is in love with books, a bit bored with school and, above all, craves for an adventure.
Surprisingly, she finds it in a very unlikely place for adventures - a bookshop!
An ordinary-looking old bookshop helps her discover the most mysterious place she has ever seen - the Library of Broken Promises. This incredible place reveals secrets about truth and lies, introduces Eliza to magically wonderful things and people, and becomes the starting point of her very first proper adventure!

Eliza has to solve the mystery of the broken promises kept in the Library, which threatens honesty and trust. She must act quickly before the whole town drowns in hate and hostility...

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Rise of the Sea Witch (Unfortunate Soul Chronicles Book 1)

by Stacey Rourke

Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege. Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people. When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point. Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips--Triton.

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Sped-Bot: DroidMesh Trilogy Book 1

by Billy DeCarlo

All work and no play makes an android a dull toy.

The remnants of human civilization create their own utopia on an alien planet. A brilliant robotic scientist breaks the rules in an attempt to make his impaired son whole. Meshing android and human minds is considered impossible, a societal taboo, and illegal.

Can the sorrow of a father, the challenge of a feat never accomplished, and the promise of normalcy for a son who has never known it motivate a man beyond his ethical boundaries?

What happens when it all goes wrong?

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Vigilante Angels Book I: The Priest

by Billy DeCarlo

If you were going to die, who would you kill?

Tommy is a retired cop and former Marine, with a lot of regret and little time left. In an effort to become a better person, he tries to purge himself of his prejudices while battling his late-stage cancer diagnosis.

He befriends Moses, a fellow patient also seeking redemption for past misdeeds. They share their distaste for those who perpetrate evil upon others, and decide to team up and do something about it.

Their target is a priest who's been accused of child abuse - but Tommy's fight against evil may come closer to home than he imagines.

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Tizzie

by P.D.R. Lindsay

There's no slavery in the Yorkshire Dales, not in 1887, not ever. But loving families use artful schemes to enslave the innocent. Twenty nine year-old Tizzie is such an innocent. She has worked herself down to skin and bones as a dairymaid on the farm of her dear brother, Jack, his gracious wife, Maggie, their three boys and one girl, Agnes. Expert at many things, though not in spotting conniving entrapment, Tizzie longs to see that young Agnes will not suffer her spinster fate. In trying to help Agnes find an education and avoid a life of drudgery in their male-dominated world, Tizzie begins to suspect and then uncover Jack and Maggie's treachery, and the family's plots to enslave and use up Agnes too. With only her wits to guide her, Tizzie tries to right years of wrongs and set Agnes free.

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Stoicism: A Detailed Guide to Stoic Wisdom and Philosophy (The Art of Happiness Book 1)

by Scott Vincent

Increased Happiness and Decreased Stress with the Stoic Philosophy

Imagine leading a life that is better, stress-free, and virtuous. Do you think this isn’t achievable? Well, think again. Or perhaps you think your life is OK as it is. Then answer the following questions:

  • Do you sometimes feel as if your work pressure is too much?

  • Do you want to build a successful business?

  • Do you want to be financially successful?

  • Do you want to try alternative parenting advice?

  • Do you want to lead a more virtuous life?

    If your answer is ‘yes’ to some of these questions, then this ebook is for you!

    While Stoicism is an ancient philosophy, it has tons of practical applications for our modern day lives. As you read through this detailed guidebook, you will learn:

  • How not to be a slave to money

  • How to stick to a financial plan

  • How to fight your ego

  • How to focus only on things within your control

  • How to focus on the present

  • How to reduce procrastinating at work and home

  • How to value peace of mind

  • How to prepare for business success and failure

  • How to invest in yourself

  • BONUS: How to manage your anger

  • BONUS: How to bring up your kids and deal with spoilt brats
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