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!

North Of River Eve (The Rivers Book 1)

by Damola Fadayomi


In a world divided by Race, Class, and Allegiances, only Hate rules supreme.

The Big bomb devastated a Kingdom a long time ago and left its ugly scars in the form of River Eve. A river so toxic that one touch will melt the flesh off your hand. 

Karcey, a young tearaway, calls it home. When night comes, she and her cousins scavenge through the wreck of the city to escape starvation and cling to life.

Karcey has never felt that she belonged. Her dark skin makes her a target for abuse. Not least from her own family members.

One cold day, a man knocks on her door. 

He is Professor John Grantham. A brilliant academic and highly distinguished in society. He gives Karcey a choice: Stay and continue to struggle or follow him to a place where she can achieve glory for the first time in her short life. She decides on the latter. However, upon arriving there, it doesn’t take long for Karcey to discover that Professor Grantham has an ulterior motive.

The The kingdom is at war with its enemies and only Karcey can determine the outcome. She finds herself balancing on a knife-edge. One wrong move and she could lose everything she loves. Do it right, and hope will spring, but to fully bloom, Karcey must stay alive…

Dealing with issues such as racism, genetic engineering and politics, fans of the handmaid's tale and 1984 will find this explosive new Novel chronicling a dystopian England extremely gripping.

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Murder Most Annoying (A Carolyn Neville Mystery Book 1)

by John Duckworth


Carolyn Neville may not be the world’s greatest detective, but that’s fine. She’s a long-suffering Manhattan book editor, one of those dinosaurs in danger of being replaced by spell check and Netflix.

Carolyn is still trying to edit the world around her. But the world isn’t cooperating, her spiritual life is shaky, and her love life is nonexistent. Unfortunately, her job at a Manhattan publishing house keeps drawing her into more literal dangers, much to her understandable irritation.

Along with her sarcastic sidekick, Stephen Ames, they investigate shocking charges that one of their bestselling authors, Willow Hayly, is a fraud. When the Atlanta blogger who broke the story is murdered, they find themselves chief among the suspects…

For fans of Horace Rumpole, Monk and Stephanie Plum, the Carolyn Neville Mysteries are full of laugh-out-loud suspense.

 

 
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Declassified: The First Five Missions Of Jarvis Love—Spy

by David Foster


Filled with hair-raising action and wild chases, this collection presents five edge-of-your-seat adventures that hark back to the great spy novels of the sixties but infused with the high-octane punch of a modern thriller.

 

Jarvis Love is a freshly-minted operative for the Global Intelligence Network. He is young, inexperienced, and about to be thrust into the explosive world of Cold War espionage…but he is bulldog-ish in everything he undertakes and refuses to quit.

“This collection returns spy fiction to the cool vibe of the swinging sixties when martinis were served shaken not stirred.”

 

 
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The Crocketts: Western Saga One

by Robert Vaughan


SADDLE UP FOR A NON-STOP RIDE IN VOLUME ONE OF A NEW WESTERN SAGA – FROM THE MAN WHO BROUGHT YOU THE CHANEY BROTHERS WESTERN SERIES.

During the Civil War, they sought justice outside of the law, paying back every Yankee raid with one of their own. No man could stop them… no woman could resist them… and no Yankee stood a chance when Will and Gid Crockett rode into town.

After their parents are murdered by a band of marauding Yankees, Will and Gid Crockett join William Quantrill and his gang of bloodthirsty raiders to seek revenge on the attackers.

Someone’s about to mess with the Crocketts, and that means someone’s about to be messed with back. Will and Gid don’t like getting shot at, especially by varmints who don’t have skill enough to kill them.

The Crocketts: Western Saga 1 includes: Trail of Vengeance, Slaughter in Texas, Law of the Rope and The Town That Wouldn't Die.

 

 
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Will of Steel

by Lynn Landes


When the truth behind her husband’s death comes to light, Jordan will need strength as strong as steel to survive.

Jordan Regent finds herself a widow, running her husband’s steel business. One night while sorting through her husband’s things she discovers a secret that threatens her future. As her life unravels, Jordan must hold on to her faith and fight to survive.

Ryder Foster is a lawyer who offers to help with her husband's business as well as personal affairs. As they search for the truth behind her husband's death, their attraction to each other creates complications and the threat to Jordan increases. Will Ryder be able to help her face the threat and will Jordan be able to let go of the past?

 

 

 
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Skinwalker: A Gideon Thorn Western Horror Omnibus

by Michael Newton


MICHAEL NEWTON HAS WHIPPED UP A COLLECTION OF CHILLING TALES THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS.

Gideon Thorn, survivor at age two of the unknown 'animal' attack that massacred his family in Kansas Territory, roams the West in search of answers to his personal tragedy and other unsolved mysteries of seeming paranormal origin.

Gideon confronts his early fear—perhaps his very fate—on hallowed ground… he must now face an unworldly threat from one dispossessed of what was rightfully his…and there’s no greater foe, man, or beast.

Follow Gideon Thorn as he investigates the unknown that could lead him to the very mouth of Hell.

Skinwalker: A Gideon Thorn Western Horror Omnibus includes – Skinwalker, Leviathan Rising, Ghost Town, Mountain Devils, Soul Slayers, Hallowed Ground, Night Flyers and Empty Graves.

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Jack Ballas Classic Western Collection, Volume 3

by Jack Ballas



THE THIRD SPRAWLING WESTERN COLLECTION FROM JACK BALLAS – INDIAN PRIDE, OUTLAW RAGE, AND FRONTIER JUSTICE.

From Alabama to the Rockies; these difficult and deadly life contests are painted in the Old West by the life and death with man and nature. Ballas’ characters are entwined in these complex struggles with carpet baggers, gun-fighters, Comancheros, bandits, cattle rustlers and western spies.

This land of opportunity is full of those that will take advantage of weaker people, but also men that will not stand by to see citizens bullied.

The Jack Ballas Classic Western Collection, Volume 3 includes: The Rugged Trail, Trail Brothers, West of the River, Hanging Valley, Land Grab, The Homesteader, and A Town Afraid.

 

 
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A Taste of Heaven

by Lynn Landes

 

 A dream so sweet...

 

    Evangelena Thornton works hard at her father's bakery and selling her custom candy. She dreams of opening her own sweet shop and expanding the family business. With new orders, the demand for Thornton Candies is growing.

   
     Only one thing stands in her way, the banker, William Curry. When Evangelena rejects his romantic advances, he decides to take control of not only her family business but also her future. His advances grow more aggressive, and with every passing day, her dreams seem unattainable

   
     Wealthy businessman, Harlan Weber returns to Denver to be near his family. Years of traveling have taken its toll and he's ready to put some roots down. His first thought is to find local businesses to invest in, and after tasting Thornton Candies he sees a golden opportunity. Now Harlan has to convince the beautiful baker to trust him. 

   
     What happens when their dreams and plans evaporate? If they can learn to trust in God's hand in their lives, perhaps a dream so sweet will come true.

 

 
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Saved from the Cult

by Winter James


Dove dreams of the world outside the cult, but the big strong construction worker on the road scares her. Jake is an ex-convict with a hard life. He knows he cant have the pretty girl in the flowing white dress. The shy curiosity in her blue eyes drives him wild. But one touch could send him back to jail. Or worse.

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Fractured Refuge (The Refuge Trilogy, #2)

by Annabelle McInnes

 

They thought they'd found a refuge.

But the battle for freedom has just begun.

Surrounded by the destruction of humanity, Euan, Nick, and Kira share a haven and a home. Sheltered under layers of steel and cement, they should be safe.

But when their surveillance system detects intruders, Euan and Nick discover the truth - they are not safe at all.

Euan must make a heart-wrenching decision - stay and defend the family he loves or leave to keep the evil from ever reaching their door.

Both options end in his death. But Euan will not allow Nick and Kira's lives to be threatened. The only choice is to sacrifice himself. A price he's willing to pay.

But can he face the consequences of taking the decision away from the ones that trust him the most?

And does he have the strength, knowing that the wrong decision could destroy them all?

If you love tales of post-apocalyptic survival, dystopian adventure, and true heroes, then you should immerse yourself in Fractured Refuge.

A treat for lovers of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Margaret Atwood.

Buy your copy today.

 

 
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Spellbound

by Julia Goldhirsh

 

An enchanted Rose spellbound to a greenhouse prison. 

 

Cursed to live within the glass walls of a greenhouse for her entire life, sixteen-year old Rose has finally reached her breaking point. She had to escape before she lost her mind. But life outside the protective glass was filled with perils of its own.

When she met Gabriel, she thought she’d finally found a savior. But neither was aware of what lurked inside him. Someone was pulling the strings from the shadows. With darkness on the horizon and danger lurking around every corner, Rose must escape the greenhouse, but at what cost?

How hard could it be to break out of a glass cage?

 

If you like devious nymphs, bloodthirsty curses, and fairytales with a dark twist then check out “Spellbound,” the first in the Spellbound mini-series.

Trigger warning- The main character does deal with abuse in the book.

 

 
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Rumor Has It

by Leaona Luxx

Boone Hatcher.
He’s the very definition of ‘the bane of my existence’. He’s also the main attraction in all my dreams.
I’m the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. I’m not here to impress, so I don’t care what anyone thinks of me.

That’s before Boone. And Reed Thornton.
Rich, popular, and chiseled jaws make all the girls weak in the knees.
By the end of summer when they leave for college, I’m fully invested, or at least, that’s what my heart tells me.

That was ten years ago.

Now, they’re back, and with them comes whispers of tall tales and hard facts.
Will I know the truth when I hear it, or will I lose the man who's owned my heart forever?
Rumor has it, I’m about to find out.

 
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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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