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!

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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The Dark Ones (Black Werewolves Book 1)

by Gaja J. Kos

In a world ruled by lethal Slavic immortals, Rose and her pack of Black werewolves are drawn into the beginning of a war as they try to uncover the being behind the mass murder of White werewolves.

Because the nature of the killings obstructs the normal passage of souls, Veles, the sultry lord of the underworld, offers Rose his assistance; the were is left facing not only the new knowledge of the pack's hidden lineage but also her growing fondness for the arrogant god...

To win the war, the pack must ascend to The Dark Ones. But to do so, they must be willing to risk being on the receiving end of the immortal community's wrath.

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Rainbow Dreams (Petri Dish Chronicles Book 1)

by Mistral Dawn

Have you ever had a terrible secret you didn't want anyone to know? Petri does and it may get her killed. Life is hard on Upworld, especially for the residents of Under City, and it's even harder for those who don't fit in. Petri has alway been different and now those differences may cost her life. Her one hope is to leave the only home she's ever known while evading the mob that's calling for her blood. But Petri has never been outside of her sector of Under City, never mind off the planet. And the laws of Upworld forbid people like her from leaving. Will Petri overcome the odds and make good her escape? Maybe...with a little help from her friends.


**Trigger Warning: please note that this story contains depictions of violence and sexual assault. If these types of situations cause you distress, this may not be the story for you.

**Please note that this story contains explicit sexual scenes including BDSM. If this type of material offends you, this is probably not the story for you.

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The Bossman

by Renee Rose

From USA TODAY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE...

The Don's brother. 
The girl who swore off all mafia ties. 
Sophie steered clear of the mafia after her father's involvement ended with his murder. Fifteen years later, Joey La Torre, the Don's brother himself, shows up unannounced at her massage studio and wheedles his way into a date. She has no interest in aggressive, macho men like Joey, or so she tries to tell herself, but her body just doesn't get the message. When Joey takes her in hand with a firm bare-bottomed spanking, she ought to be furious, instead, she's aroused. As she explores her physical desires to be dominated, she tries to keep Joey at arm's length emotionally.

Joey knows he wants Sophie for keeps from the moment he walks into her life. She is hot, classy and full of fire, even though submission turns her on. But his involvement in the mafia is a hard limit for her, bringing to conflict his own dedication to the Family, the code of silence and his relationship with his older brother. Can he reconcile his duty to the organization and his growing need for Sophie to remain in his life permanently?
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What Do You Think? Volume 1: Conversation Starters and Icebreakers

by Kobrinica Press

You think you know a person until you hear their answers to these questions.
Without a doubt, What Do You Think? is the best collection of 100 fun, unique, and offbeat questions to start interesting and memorable conversations. Unlike most question books that ask questions designed for you to talk about yourself, these questions ask what you think about ethical, offbeat, and awkward predicaments in a way that make people eager to join the conversation and offer their opinion. So if you're looking for a great way to put the fun back into family game night, make an office party unforgettable, or keep a road trip interesting, the questions in What Do You Think? are sure to invite lively, entertaining, and spirited discussions on a variety of topics.

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A Man of Influence (A Harmony Valley Novel)

by Melinda Curtis

She isn't giving up—on her town or herself  

An accident cost Tracy Jackson not only her high-profile job but also her ability to easily communicate. Back in her California hometown, she's working at the bakery and painstakingly relearning how to speak. Now she has a new mission: to protect her community from Chad Healy. 

The travel writer is in Harmony Valley to cover the Harvest Festival. And—big surprise—he's helping Tracy make her dreams happen. But his lampooning style could hurt her town's longtime traditions. Filled with conflicting emotions, can Tracy find the words to let Chad know how she feels before he's gone for good?

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Getting Riley (Romance with favor and flavorTM)

by Charmaine Davis

A HUNGRY WIFE IS A DANGEROUS WIFE

Riley Nolan is hot—smoking hot. So hot, Janna has to take cold showers to douse the flames of his torment.

And when it comes to sex appeal, Janna is no wallflower. Men find her desirable, so why doesn't Riley?

After all, he is her husband.

EXCERPT:
He laced up with quick and deft fingers. Fingers that could be exploring me right now. Instead, we have to have the same old arguments. She shook the thought away. This called for diplomacy not desperation.
“Don’t you miss it?”
“Miss what?”
Stop playing dumb. “Sex.”
The word hung between them like the proverbial unwashed laundry—filthy, unfit for virtuous eyes. The word sounded dirty even to her own ears. Why did I have to say it?

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Touched to the Core

by Elsa Winckler

He gave her his heart, but can he give her the truth?

Schoolteacher Dana Roux doesn't need sexy hotel tycoon David Cavallo to add to her troubles. They have absolutely nothing in common—she's a simple schoolteacher in a small coastal town, and he has more money than he knows what to do with. Besides, as a former journalist, he'd remember the news stories about her dad's alleged involvement in a dirty, Ponzi-like scheme, and his subsequent suicide. The last thing she wants is for the dark shadow of that scandal—and tragedy—to fall upon her once again. Especially since she knows her dad was innocent.

For David, flirting with a beautiful woman comes as naturally as breathing. So when he winds up kissing his sister-in-law's best friend, he realizes Dana isn't just another pretty pair of lips. But things between them get complicated quickly when he discovers who her father was, and that it was David's own news story that blew the case wide open and sent her father to jail—and to his death. David's not sure what to believe, but he knows he can't let Dana blame him forever. Especially since she insists her father was an innocent man. But when Dana's life is threatened, he realizes that he might not have uncovered the whole story. And that now, older and wiser, he just might be the only one who can uncover the truth.

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Life, Love and Death: Short Stories

by Cat Nicolaou

Love hurts like a thorn when red lips give a last kiss on a rainy day on the island of bliss.

Life, Love and Death is a collection of short stories of Romance, Crime, Horror and Comedy.

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Kaffka, the Holy Grail, and a Woman Who Reads: The Quests of Sir Kay

by Rusty Rhoad

Peace has finally been achieved—and it sucks. At least for Sir Kay.

I mean, nobody really likes the cold and the fear of war, but compared with now? That delicious, dark-roasted heady beverage Merlin brought back from the Middle East, kaffa, is long gone. Arthur expects Kay to run castle and kingdom, just because he’s the only person in 6th century Britain who can do algebra (if a knight rides forth from Camelot at three leagues per hour . . .). Guinevere treats him as her personal gofer. Middle age is fast upon Kay, and the only quest available is to rescue Miffy, a fair-but-empty-headed lady’s imprisoned dog.

Ah, but who knows what adventures lie out there, away from the comforts of Camelot? The Holy Grail, if one were interested in such a bauble? Magic, in the form of an ageless beauty with a treacherous reputation, Morgan le Fay?

Perhaps the ultimate prize, a woman who reads.

Or maybe just a night under the stars with no liveried page, face and fingernails scrubbed clean of any trace of dirt, uttering those detested words, “Sire, the Queen requests your presence.”

Kaffka, the Holy Grail, and a Woman Who Reads: The Quests of Sir Kay is a warm, humorous glimpse of Arthurian times through the eyes of a Knight of the Round Table who also happens to be a little . . . shall we say, geeky? Sir Kay is a keen observer—witty, introspective, and sarcastic at times—driven by a sharp intellect and a deep longing for something more.

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Confused (at the conference): Chasing Cameron 1

by Hanna Dare

Cameron Prior knows himself pretty well – he’s quiet, unassuming… and straight. Just an ordinary guy. Chase Griffith is none of those things. At first Chase uses his good looks and arrogant smirk to show Cameron up at a work conference. Then he sets his sights on Cameron himself. Now Cameron is looking to prove something to himself and to Chase – but it may be that Cameron doesn’t know himself as well he thought.

With a hotel room, an expensive bottle of Scotch, and two great-looking men, anything could happen.

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To Guns

by Matt Ingwalson

Nicki's moving her family back from Europe. She doesn't know the mob's brought in a mysterious Italian mercenary to track her down.
Sindy's convinced Sin to go on a road trip. She doesn't realize where Sin goes, bullets follow.
The third book in the Sin and Nicki series is a neo-Western shootout that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. It's also a haunting tale about two broken people who create a twister of violence, love and regret everywhere they go.

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