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!

Sometimes We Ran 3: Rescue

by Stephen Drivick

Five years have passed since the zombie apocalypse swept across the world. The remnants of humanity struggle to survive against Red-Eye, man-eating monsters that hide among the ruins of civilization.

The survivors of Cannon Fields live behind their high iron fences and sturdy gate growing food, raising their children, and try to keep out the horrors of the outside world - living and dead. They hope for a day when fences and gates aren't needed anymore and someone puts the world back together.

During a trade mission, John Linder and his best friend Claire, cross paths with a stranger on a noisy motorcycle. He proposes an exchange - vital medicine for help in getting his friends to safety. The trip will be risky. The stranger's friends are hiding with a zombie-infested city at their backs and groups of desperate survivors all around them.

John, and the leadership of Cannon Fields, must decide to risk the residents lives and resources to help some strangers back to their fenced-in home. They must make a decision quickly. Time is running out, and the Red-Eyes are circling.

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Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise

by Various

Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise. . . . Waves of New Romantic Releases From Your Favorite Authors onboard a Valentine’s single cruise.

Too Fast for Love by Lilly Christine- Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?

Just One look by Deb Julienne- On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game...date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.

Pirated Pixie by Shea McMaster- Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She's surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?

Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver- After a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield’s best friend books her on a singles cruise, where she meets Makai Grant, an airline pilot burnt out on love. Sailing the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but too soon, the ship returns to port. Was it a vacation fling, or the start of something more?

Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder- When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?

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Freedom's Light: Short Stories

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From the members and associates of the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance (CLFA) comes Freedom’s Light, a collection of short fiction that celebrates the human yearning for liberty. These stories will extol the value of human rights and the sacrifices of those who defend those rights. This collection features works from a wide variety of genres and a diverse set of authors, including Hugo Award nominee Brad R. Torgersen and 2016 Dragon Award winner Nick Cole. Freedom’s Light will entertain us and elevate the humanity we all share.

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Net proceeds from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on America’s college campuses. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of all of the contributing authors, nor of the organization(s) designated as the recipient(s) of the publication's proceeds.

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God's Centurion: The Savior and His Soldier

by Rich Hites

A Roman Centurion of the Italian Cohort, Marcus Cornelius, always believed his destiny would be to glorify Rome and its Emperor, Tiberius Caesar, on the field of battle. That is, until this destiny is suddenly interrupted by a new posting in the remote province of Judea and by a strange encounter with a rabbi that the locals call “the Nazarene.” Touched, then consumed by this Teacher, Centurion Marcus enters a completely new journey through one of the Nazarene’s Followers, a mystifying and enchanting woman named Joanna.
But what will become of his destiny as a soldier? Will Marcus’ fate be turned inside out if the Nazarene and his teaching end his life in the Legions of Rome? And will he survive the journey toward a whole new life that is as Marcus himself claims, “The man he was destined to become?” This is a soldier’s emotional and rapidly moving story told through his eyes: his letters, his losses, his loves and his sacrifices in the often violent events of the early New Testament and its world.

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The Grizzly's Tale (A Pantherian Story Book 3)

by Nara Malone

Special pre-order pricing. 60% off before January 13th, 2017.

Are they strong enough to be her men?

Cunning. Everyone uses the word to describe Katy. In Quarterz, the virtual reality world where men and women compete as hunter or prey, Katy has never been captured. At least, not until the bear clan arrived in the game. Powerful, smart, and straight out of her fantasies, Katy can't always outmaneuver the tests they create.

When the clan challenges her to take their team on in a real game of hunters and prey, she can’t resist the lure.

Is she strong enough to be their woman?

Grizz, Oso, and Kodie are Pantherian bear shifters, born into a culture where men have learned to share and protect their species’ most limited resource—females. They’ve accepted they will never have a Pantherian female as their shared mate. But can a human female handle a Pantherian, mating trio. If so, will she still want them when she knows what they are?

Are any of them strong enough to outsmart fate?

When the game puts hearts and lives on the line, taking a loss is the only way to win.

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On Hearing of My Mother's Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter's Memoir of Mental Illness

by Lori Schafer

It was the spring of 1989. I was sixteen years old, a junior in high school and an honors student. I had what every teenager wants: a stable family, a nice home in the suburbs, a great group of friends, big plans for my future, and no reason to believe that any of that would ever change.

Then came my mother's psychosis.

I experienced first-hand the terror of watching someone I loved transform into a monster, the terror of discovering that I was to be her primary victim. For years I’ve lived with the sadness of knowing that she, too, was a helpless victim – a victim of a terrible disease that consumed and destroyed the strong and caring woman I had once called Mom.

My mother's illness took everything. My family, my home, my friends, my future. A year and a half later I would be living alone on the street on the other side of the country, wondering whether I could even survive on my own.

But I did. That was how my mother - my real mother - raised me. To survive.

She, too, was a survivor. It wasn't until last year that I learned that she had died - in 2007. No one will ever know her side of the story now. But perhaps, at last, it’s time for me to tell mine.

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A Man's World

by Josie Malone

Defending her honor . . . and her life!
 
The untamed wilderness of 1887 Washington Territory is A Man’s World. The survivor of more than one deadly ambush, Trace Burdette knows this better than anyone. Masquerading as a man, she prides herself on being the ‘toughest hombre’ this side of the Cascades, packing the guns to prove it. 
 
Then, Zeb Prescott returns to Liberty Valley. The tenacious young woman dressed in masculine garb doesn’t fool him, even if she can almost outride and outshoot him. Determined to win Trace’s trust, he must confront the danger facing them. Before they can have a future together, they will have to deal with secrets of the past and the dangerous outlaw plotting to kill the woman Zeb loves.
 

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Godonism

by Theo Von Cezar

Ahma and Jovian, two eighteen-year-old boys, have been given the sack from Windmill Plant - an electricity generating company. They don’t have too many options left since the present economy (it is the year 159 of Nebula Era) can no longer sustain a population of fifty billions people. While roaming the streets of Nebula City, the boys are presented a choice by a guardian angel whom they meet in a building called ‘The Church of Nonbelievers.’ As long as they follow the instructions strictly and do not deviate from the plan, everything is going to be fine, the woman says, otherwise they will meet death or beggary. All they have to do is deliver tickets to Hereafter One and Hereafter Two. The sinners, when the time has come, will be granted eternal life in Hereafter.
The boys accept the offer and things go as planned for almost two years. Then a revolt of all beggars erupts in Nebula City. This coincides with the elections for the mayor of Nebula City, which turns out to be a fierce battle in which the chief off all beggars also competes.
By now the anarchy has spread throughout the entire city.

'Godonism,' a dystopian science fiction novel, takes the reader on a futuristic journey, in a world where the dominant rulers are mighty time and the earthly anarchy.

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The Fixer: The Killing Kind (The Fixer - Katerina Mills Book 2)

by Jill Amy Rosenblatt

Kat’s back and in over her head with cops, criminals... and killers.

Christmas is around the corner but professional “fixer” Katerina Mills isn't feeling the holiday spirit, juggling college classes, a lovesick cop, and demanding clients.

Obnoxious hedge fund manager Simon Marcus wants Kat to get his prized Porsche back from his vengeful wife—but Simon isn’t the only one after the car.

Rock star writer Paul Patel needs something “special” to finish his next bestseller—something that will sent Katerina straight to prison if she gets caught.

And what about mysterious Thomas Gallagher? His jobs are simple and easy. Is he just a bored billionaire, or is he watching Kat’s every move, making his own plans for her?

Katerina needs help. Enter handsome, elusive thief Alexander Winter. He’s back, tutoring Kat in all things criminal. But is that all he’s going to teach her?

Katerina Mills is still haunted by her first assignment...and her first assignment is about to come back to haunt her...a deadly enemy who’s closer than she thinks...

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Crematory for Phoenixes: Not a word for the dead (The burned chronicles Book 1)

by Nikola Yanchovichin

In a world where time travel is readily accessible, the rich landscapes that fostered the beginnings of human civilization become the battleground for a silent war that rages through the eons as time travelers each carve their own paths for history to follow.

Yet even time travelers are not immune to the ravages of time. For these manipulators of fate, aging is the least of the horrors that await. As their DNA becomes as unstable as the time line they’ve created, man himself becomes the monsters of classic myths and legends.

Several isolated groups of strangers and outcasts travel the sweeping deserts and raging seas, connected by their mission to destroy these monsters of man’s own creation. Their harrowing journey takes them through ancient lands to the grotesque monsters that lay within. At stake is the course of the human race and possibly its very existence.

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Ultimate Dealbreakers: What Would It Take to Make You Break Up?

by Sherman Isaacs

What's a "dealbreaker"? Some quirk, trait, habit, etc. in a potential mate that's so irksome that you just walk away from the relationship. For example, maybe:

She constantly talks about her ex.
He’s a major Trekkie.
She doesn’t shave her legs.
He kisses his mother on the lips.

Read these and other dealbreaker scenarios and decide where you would draw the line (although it's usually more fun to quiz your friends and see what would be a dealbreaker for them).

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Five Roads From Beltane

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*Re-edited 17 Oct 2016*
D'Ann Lindun, Margaret Tanner, Allison Merritt, RaeAnne Hadley and Susan Horsnell present Five Roads From Beltane, a new concept in reading.
One beginning, 5 different endings to choose from. Five books in one.
Western Genre.
Which path will you follow? Will it be:
Hannah and Roan by D'Ann
Jessica and Ethan's story by Margaret
Mr. Joseph Wade by Allison
Jacqueline Hamilton and Billy Williams by RaeAnne
The Bank Robbers story by Susan
The choice is yours. Once you have followed one path, at the click of a button, you are taken back to the beginning to choose another. In total you have five entirely different stories, five different characters to complete the beginning. The stories vary in length from 20,000 words to 30,000 words.
Five Roads From Beltane. Find out:
"How does a Bank Robbery affect the people who were present?"

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The Grotesques

by Tia Reed

Discredited journalist Ella Jerome isn’t thrilled about working at Adelaide’s fanciful tabloid the Informer. So when zoologist Adam Lowell seeks her help in finding his missing cousin, she’s cynical of his claim a monster lurks near the Church of the Resurrection. The trouble is, solving the gruesome case could be her best shot at restoring her reputation.

With her old instincts resurfacing, Ella combs the Port for clues. Experience tells her the only monsters are the human variety, and the bloodied stonemason certainly raises her suspicions. But when her investigation turns up everything from petrified remains to the headless carving of a dragon, the truth threatens to steal both her sanity and the man she’s falling for.

After all, gargoyles can’t be anything other than harmless stone. Or can they?

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A Curse upon the Saints

by J. Rutger Madison

A fantasy novel of muskets, magic, treachery, politics and holy war

For eight years war raged between the armies of King Traden of Garmundland, convert to the Church of the Holy Family, and those united with the Holy Church of Nasir, the one true god. Victory was in the Nasirians' grasp as they lay siege to the pagan city of Silverwic. The cannon were in place to begin the final assault. That’s when the Sarbarah, a race of slavers, entered the war. The "goat-men," who once enslaved the human race for thousands of years, threatened to reconquer the lands they had lost.

Now, a cynical soldier, his idealistic sister, and a devoted father must join forces to stop an alliance between an ambitious cardinal and the treacherous Sarbarah. must put aside past differences and confront this new threat to humanity. With characters that are easy to root for, it is a story of religious conflict, inter-species rivalry, intrigue, magic, and slavery. Most of all, it is a tale of good people - despite years of mistrust and hatred - uniting to defeat evil.

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Touched to the Depths

by Elsa Winckler

He was the photographer, she the model and on a sunny beach on Mahé, she stole his heart. But Darryn isn't ready for the powerful feelings Hannah elicits, so when another photographer implies he's also slept with Hannah, Darryn uses it as the perfect excuse to walk away.

But when they meet again, he can't ignore his instincts—Hannah is in danger. Lies and threats make targets of them both, and faced with a situation of pure terror, Darryn is forced to realize he'll do anything to protect her. And to keep her with him, always...

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Watching Them

by Fiona McShane

Vivienne is thirty-one, pregnant, and terrified. In order to come to terms with her fears, she must finally acknowledge a childhood she has tried to forget.

Watching Them follows Vivienne on a journey through memory. She recalls childhood, school days and sleepovers. She recalls first loves and romantic experiences. She recalls college years, nights out, good friends and bad. She recalls the beauty of Carina, and the greatest moments of Carina’s life.

But in each of Vivienne’s memories, a shadow is lurking.

Why must she pretend that Carina is her cousin?

Why must she never go into the bungalow across the lake?

And why does she constantly lie to Carina, when Vivienne knows that with just one word of honesty, she could end Carina’s horror forever?

Watching Them is a story of growing up in a family with dark secrets. It’s a story of lives lived under the shadow of abuse. It’s a story told through the eyes of Vivienne, a narrator who may never be ready to tell us the truth.

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Meant to Be: The Story of Kara and Naheed

by Vivian Kohlman

The young and privileged of Washington, DC have it all...until love—and life—gets in the way. When Kara met Naheed, it changed everything...and started her on a roller coaster of life.

Kara meets Naheed out at a club…and was shaken by his presence. Over the next few days she finds out why…they were meant to be together.
…or were they?...
Naheed and Kara can’t seem to leave each other alone…yet they can’t seem to be together either. So if they’re meant to be, why is it so hard?

They love each other from the minute they met, but life provides challenges for them. Perhaps these challenges are too much for their love to bare.

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Snow Blood: Season 3 (A Vampire Mystery Thriller)

by Carol McKibben

Return to the paranormal world of Brogio, the First Vampire….

Snow Blood, Kindred dog of Brogio, the first Vampire, has faced dangers and intrigues alongside his Master – defeating the threats that assault them time and time again.

Now, another evil looms, one more powerful and daunting than any they have known before. This time, the threat may separate him from all he loves… forever. While fighting for the existence he has grown to love, Snow Blood is challenged to prevent a plan to enslave his family and the entire vampire nation.

As Snow Blood’s pack struggles to uncover a mysterious disappearance, a hidden truth about Kane, Brogio’s eldest blood son, is revealed. Now only Kane is able to prevent their impending fate and reunite them all.

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A Heart's Desire

by Kris Michaels

Agent McKenzie is nobody’s ‘yes’ boy and has the letters of reprimand to prove it.

He smells the stink of political maneuvering in this case and he can see the handwriting on the wall. Hell, the words are three feet high and written in crayon. Someone in his own agency wants a target on Liam Mercier’s back but McKenzie would be damned if he’d put one there. The damaged man currently in his custody needs his protection, not manipulation. That’s why he’d agreed to use a safe house that was off the grid. Throwing away his rarely used FBI procedure book had nothing to do with the protective urges he felt around Liam. Nope, not a damn thing to do with heavy doses of desire, or spikes of lust. He was just doing his job, after all, he has a killer to catch and a victim to keep alive. Protecting his best bet of taking that sick bastard down was his civic duty.

Forced to face the nightmares of his past or lose his pension, Liam Mercier did the only thing he could do. He walked back into his personal hell. The man assigned to protect him is everything Liam wanted and needed—four years ago. Leaving the small island of sanity he’d been existing on could cost him everything. But being hunted by a genius, sadistic killer without the protection of the sexy, intense, agent was a guaranteed death sentence. Fate had dictated Liam’s course four years ago. The only thing he questioned was when his killer going to finish his work.

Warning: This is a M/M detective romance with same sex relationships that contains potential triggers to those sensitive to sexual assault.

 

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Choosing You (Thirsty Hearts Book 2)

by Kris Jayne

Confronted with the past, their love and loyalty are tested.

Taryn Lieber has a date set to marry a man beyond her dreams. Jeff McConnell and his feisty daughter, Olivia, transformed her life. She never thought she’d want a ready-made family. Now, she can’t wait.

The only good to come out of Jeff McConnell’s first marriage was his curly-haired daughter and the unfulfilled desire for a woman to stand with him as he conquered the world. When he met Taryn, he knew instantly she was the one.

Taryn and Jeff have plans for marriage, adoption, and a life together, but those plans fall apart when Jeff’s ex-wife shows up wanting to be part of Olivia’s life. What does the woman want? Taryn’s instincts tell her Shannon Nelson is an unreliable, scheming opportunist. Jeff’s compassion compels him to find a way for Olivia to reconnect with her biological mother.

Conflict, mistrust, and danger follow as Taryn and Jeff try to hang on to the love that brought them together and make it down the aisle.

 

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