Diamonds in the Ruff

Diamonds in the Ruff

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Assassin Marked (The DuFonte Chronicles Book 1)

by Michael C. Sahd


An interplanetary crime syndicate.
A debt, long overdue.
An assassin gone rogue.
Love. Revenge. Betrayal.


Although he knows it will mean the end of his relationship with both the Crime Syndicate and his long-time lover, Captain Victoria Maruska, Damian can’t let sleeping dogs lie. After overcoming his captain’s well-intended efforts to hold him back, Damian sets off to exact his revenge on the man who had once left him to die on the barren wastelands of Earth. . . .

Victoria may not know where to look, but she knows she has to find him. Following Damian’s disappearance and the not-so-mysterious murder of one of his superiors, the Syndicate has called Captain Maruska’s loyalty into question. As a result, she has been assigned the unenviable job of leading a task force to hunt him down. . . .

On the outs with his lover and on the run from trained killers, Damian DuFonte is . . .

An Assassin Marked.

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The Delight: (a small town detective story)

by Marjorie Laurence

 

....it's the final twist that leaves you breathless. Because at the end of your rope, is the end of your story....

....and it's all so deadly simple. One young female detective, plus two small town suicides, equals an unspeakable truth no-one in their right mind should ever dare find....


Unless that is, you’re Detective Abigail De Lyte, and she speaks for herself….

“Another young drug addict turns up dead. One more nail in my hometown coffin. Bury it and move on. But I’ve seen this once before, all of it, right down to that same unforgettable note on another young woman’s lips. A year ago they said it was just a suicide. Maybe they were right. But this time I’m investigating whether they like it or not….”

“So let the town’s underbelly rise. Let its vested interests and my own past rear up. I’ll still find out why two woman apart in life, share such an intolerable end. Why hidden tragedies and everyday catastrophes play out quietly, half hidden, on those we pass in the street. Why I’m hell-bent on coming face to face with an unbearable truth that simply crushes you….”

“For a town like mine is a town like your’s. Home, till it gets us. Where there are no serial killers hiding round every corner, no bodies buried in swirling fog, no moonlight glistening on these broken pavements. There’s just drunken kisses on ruined lives, helping hands at broken homes, big city smiles and small town suicides. We fall as we fail. Seeking what we’ve always sought....the delight.”

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After Sunset: Six Scary Short Stories

by Kelvin Teo

 

For fans of NoSleep and Creepypasta...



These six scary short stories will tingle your spine and keep you up at night.

A student goes on the dark web and stumbles upon a weird news site. A reluctant kid visits his grandmother's house and discovers an unlikely secret in her basement. A reverend believes that he is doing the work of God his whole life only to get a rude shock and more...

After Sunset: Six Scary Short Stories is Kelvin Teo's debut horror anthology. Lovers of NoSleep and Creepypasta will definitely want to indulge in these unsettling pages.

 

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Bad Bargain: A Space Rules Adventure Part 1

by Ian Cannon

THIRTY PLANETS. TWO SUNS. ONE WAR. DANGER EVERYWHERE.

Having deserted the endless combat of an interstellar war together, Tawny and Benjar Dash spend their lives navigating a war-torn galaxy as interplanetary cargo runners. Now, evading both the Imperium and the Underworld Cabal presents a constant set of challenges … especially once technical data on the war’s most lethal moon cannon falls into their hands.

Pursued by a host of hired bounty hunters, running headfirst into a trap seemed inevitable. So once Benjar is captured by a nefarious conspiracy group hell-bent on dominating the entire solar system, it’s up to Tawny to strike a bad bargain with one of their biggest enemies to get him back. And the galaxy? Yeah—it might just get its narsicles kicked.

Fans of fast-action sci-fi space opera who think Han shot first and Captain Mal definitely should've gotten with Inara will love A Space Rules Adventure series.

"What a thrill ride ... A fantastic space adventure indeed!" — Amazon Australia
"An absolute gem. A must read for all fans of this genre. If I could give it more than five stars I would." — Amazon UK
 

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Date with a Devil: A Hockey Romance (Dallas Devils Book 1)

by June Winters


Austen Marlowe learned all she needed to know about jocks back in high school: they might be tall, muscular, and hot as hell ... but you can never trust 'em. Valuable life experience for someone who dates hockey players for a living.

As the host of Date with a Devil, the young journalist is called into action when the captain of the Dallas Devils insults the team's few remaining fans. Austen's mission? To save the athlete's beleaguered reputation.

But Dane DeHardt doesn't give a damn about his reputation -- and his one-man war against the media is causing problems for them both. Worse, "The Big D" can't keep his eyes off of her. Doesn't he know these dates aren't real?

But DeHardt isn't the dimwit she's been led to believe. And when the sinfully sexy hockey star isn't trying to talk the rookie reporter out of her clothes, he's pushing her to get to the bottom of a scandal she's been ordered not to cover.

Is Austen willing to risk her job because it's the right thing to do? Will Dane make Austen forget why she swore off jocks in the first place? Or is she being played by The Big D?

Date with a Devil is a 75,000 word stand-alone hockey romance. Dual POV, no cheating. HEA always guaranteed, but the Dallas Devils drama continues in Book 2!

 

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Phoenix (Flames & Ashes Book 1)

by Carolyn Anthony


Valentina

When Jaxxon Reginhardt walks into my gym, my rigidly structured existence begins to crumble. He’s a beast of a man, the personification of power, and more beautiful than any man has a right to be. He’s everything I avoid. Everything I fear. Yet, the second I see him, something deep within me roars to life. He makes me want. He sets my body aflame with just a look, and makes me wish I wasn’t a damaged shell no one will ever love.

I don’t have time for men when my whole world is built around self-preservation. But Jaxxon breaks down all of my strategically constructed boundaries like no one ever has.

How can I give into these new cravings, when there is a half-remembered demon from my past waiting for me to fall asleep, preying on my vulnerability?

If he ever knew the truth, he would run, and it would destroy me ...

Jaxxon

The last thing I need in my complicated life is a snarky, frustrating, spitfire of a woman like Valentina Durare. As if that isn’t bad enough, there’s something haunted about her. My head says stay the hell away, but I can’t seem to get on board with that logic.

Something about me scares her. I can feel it. She’s a beautiful enigma I ache to understand.

The closer we get, the more she responds and draws me in. It can’t be me she fears. There must be something else ... Something tied to the scars she refuses to show me.

But I’m stubborn son-of-a-bitch. I want all of her—not half. Because when we touch, nothing less will do but her complete surrender.

I need her to trust me, before her fear destroys us.

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REBELLION: Book One of the Rebellion Trilogy

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Supercharged action and creativity you won't be able to put down.


Working for the rebel leader, Jergle, Seruke has acted as a spy, hit man, and messenger in the struggle for control over Durthia. As the rebels march to war he discovers crucial information that may doom the rebels.


He hastens to warn them, but finds himself face to face with the treacherous King Kuronas. In order to save himself he must decide to either save his family or the rebellion.


As he faces his decision, the king sends his fiercest warriors after Seruke.


Rebellion is the first book in the gripping Rebellion Trilogy.

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Tyson & Joey: Two Worlds Collide

by Tom Watts


This is the story of two very different young men, from two very different worlds. Tyson is from the rough streets of Trentan, a crime-ridden, drug-infested, inner-city neighbourhood. Joey is from the affluent northern suburbs, a community of privilege and opportunity. The worlds of these two young men collide through a chance encounter, and as a result, they begin to question their life situations – which are at critical points. This connection sparks a shared journey of self-development; one which brings about necessary changes for both men.

The story has a self-help thread throughout, which is inspired by the author’s personal experience of living with anxiety and depression. The text conveys the truths that enabled him to rise out of suffering, and to live a life of peace and fulfilment. The teachings are centred on the concept of “present moment awareness”, and how this can be applied to everyday life.

Finalist in the “Fiction: New Age” category of the 2017 International Book Awards.

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Nothing to Lose (The Blackbridge Series Book 4)

by Claire Boston

 

A murder brought them together. Will the killer rip them apart?

Kit’s blunt attitude keeps people at a distance. It’s the best way for the dairy farmer stave off the painful rejection she received from her parents and later her guardian Lincoln. But a shocking murder on her farm brings back the handsome man from her past in a big way…

Police Sgt. Lincoln Zanetti wishes he could’ve revealed his feelings for Kit years ago. Keeping their past secret, he uses his assignment to the case to protect the woman he loves. But even his pent-up affection can’t keep her from being a suspect or a target…

As their passion blooms anew, the ruthless murderer strikes the farm again. Can Lincoln and Kit put the killer away before their second chance at love turns deadly?

Nothing to Lose is the final standalone novel in The Blackbridge Series of romantic suspense. If you like tough women, stoic men, and small-town romance, you’ll love Claire Boston’s nail-biting tale.

Buy Nothing to Lose to rediscover romance today!

 

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Chasing the Blue Sky

by Will Lowrey

"This is one of the most beautiful books I have read." - Pamela King, author of For the Love of a Dingo

"It's a powerful, gripping, and emotional read, difficult to put down." - Rosepoint Publishing
 
"Most highly recommended" - Readers Favorite (5 Stars)
 
In the sweltering heat of a Clay County summer, a chained dog gives birth to a spirited, black puppy named Toby. Taken from his mother's side at just a few weeks old, Toby soon wins the love of an adoring family. But just as quickly, he finds himself struggling to survive in the unforgiving world of the county animal shelter.
 
But he's not alone - a motley cast of homeless dogs and a devoted pair of shelter workers will give anything to make sure Toby makes it out alive.
 
Chasing the Blue Sky is the compelling, emotional story of one dog's journey to find his place in the great big world.

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A Little Shiver: A Collection of Suspenseful & Surprising Short Stories

by Barbara Pengelly

 

A deck of cards delivering disaster, a killer’s karma, a secret sister, a miscalculated murder, a hungry ghost, and a vengeful victim—all of these are but a small sample of what awaits you in A LITTLE SHIVER.
 

Here are 30 short stories full of suspense, surprises and a small touch of the supernatural. They will send a little shiver down your spine and keep you reading long into the night. 
 

Those who love mysteries, the paranormal, and even a bit of science fiction, will love reading this book.

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Ummu Loves to Walk

by Chidaabha Vyas

Join Ummu and his companion for a walk that ends in bedtime. Little readers will enjoy the subtle rhythms and beautiful hand-painted illustrations.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Twelve Days of Christmas: An enthralling collection of festive mysteries

by Roger Riccard


Twelve festive mysteries for your Christmas wish list…

Roger Riccard, having published two previous Sherlock Holmes novels, The Case of the Poisoned Lilly and The Case of the Twain Papers, has again taken pen in hand to bring forth a series of twelve short stories from the Christmas seasons of Holmes’ career.

From a case endangering Queen Victoria to his old arch-nemesis Moriarty, follow Sherlock as he encounters the most unfathomable mysteries, all portrayed with Riccard’s trademark style and immersive historical detail. Just who did shoot Sir James Piersall at the stroke of midnight? And can Holmes and Watson prevent an assassination at Christmas Eve dinner - without knowing which of the royal guests is the intended target?

Brimming with wit, intrigue and mystery, Sherlock enthusiasts will be transfixed and delighted by this collection.
 

Praise for Roger Riccard:


"Roger Riccard is an extremely good pastiche writer. Personally, I think the best since the late Val Andrews passed over Reichenbach" - Joel Senter, publisher of the Sherlockian E-Times

Roger Riccard is an American author. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and History from California State University, his career spans teaching, journalism and business writing. Inspired by his British ancestry, he took an interest in the works of Arthur Conan Doyle from an early age, later writing Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Poisioned Lilly and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Twain Papers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Rosilyn.

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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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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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