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!

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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Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear!: An Indian story books for kids

by Subhash Kommuru

Shastriji is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for "How...." until comes the vile crow Kaalia, who is up to no good. Shastriji's ideas to deal with Kaalia backfires one after the other. Is Kalia‛s tyranny going to end? What if the right question is not "How" but "Why?" A funny and action packed story, glorifying motherhood. A Mother‛s love takes center stage to fight against all odds and propels Ganga to do something that dazzles everyone in Anand Nagar. Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear! is a positive message about bullying, teamwork and the power of a mother's love. The funny, action-packed story becomes a tribute to motherhood when a mother's love overcomes all odds and propels Ganga to do something that dazzles everyone in Anand Nagar. As in the very best of children's literature, the gentle humor appeals to a younger audience while adults appreciate more subtle touches. Action and suspense cut through the age gap without obscuring the important moral lesson of the story. Mesmerizing illustrations, rendered with love by Sujata Kommuru, capture every nuance of the tale in great detail and every character has been very carefully portrayed and designed.

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Foxworth Terminus

by J Drew Brumbaugh

Reggie Foxworth, brilliant bio-chemist, has spent the last fifteen years working on a top secret project to enhance paranormal brain function. With success in sight, the project is being cancelled. Knowing his career and future are about to be terminated and with nothing to lose, Reggie takes the mind expanding drug himself before they can destroy it.
Initially, the physical consequences are not evident but as time passes Reggie finds out just how powerful the mind can be. More like magic than science, Reggie discovers that he can do impossible things. These strange powers don’t go unnoticed and soon every government on Earth is out to steal the secret and eliminate Reggie as a threat, including his own. They send assassins, turn his friends against him, alienate his girlfriend, try anything to stop Reggie. How can he escape, end the attacks and find a way to win back the love of his life?

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A Memory Away (A Harmony Valley Novel)

by Melinda Curtis

For better or worse, she's family now 

Duffy Dufraine just found out he's going to be an uncle. Jessica Aguirre came to Harmony Valley in search of the father of her unborn child, which is by no means him. An accident may have damaged the expectant mom's memory, but he knows his twin is the man she's looking for. But Greg's gone, which leaves Duffy the only family Jess has. And he has to make things right. Offering her a temporary place to stay seems an ideal short-term solution. Until she stirs desires that make the embattled vineyard manager rethink his own long-term game plan. Is he ready to offer Jess and her baby a home to call their own—with him?

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The Girl Who Read Hemingway: A Short Fiction Collection

by Craig A. Hart

THE GIRL WHO READ HEMINGWAY is a collection of ten short fiction pieces. In THE DINER, it is a dark, rainy night in the 1940s and a strange man lingers at a cafe. ROUTE 9 introduces us to an aging writer with one last shot at success, while MOTEL relates the tale of a couple hiding in an abandoned motel. A PARAGRAPH ON LOVE relates the desperate thoughts of a lonely man reflects on his obsession with a woman, and two lifelong friends go fishing in THE LAKE for the last time. These and other stories explore the bleaker side of humanity and take an unflinching look at the darkness hiding inside of us all.

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Benji's Portal (The Travelers Book 1)

by D.J. Mitchell

Space travel, mystery, and a family feud....

Benji Haight comes from a gifted family. His parents intuitively know things, and his sister Lisa can sometimes read minds. Benji doesn’t seem to have a gift. But when he discovers an ancient well near their new home, he finds it is a portal to the universe that only he can access. As Benji and Lisa begin to explore, they make friends across the galaxy. They also uncover a family mystery: Are they related to a boy that used the portal a century earlier? Was the boy’s death an accident, or the result of a family feud as old as the town they live in? As the centuries-old feud threatens tragedy once again, Benji and Lisa turn to their parents for help, and exploration becomes a family adventure.

 

 

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The Wicked Awakened

by Samantha Jacobey

The Wicked Awakened - a Halloween novel, a five hundred year old witch wants to turn SARAH MATTHEWS' body into her new home... A twisted tale involving a coven hell bent on seeing that she succeeds. Who will come out on top in this epic battle of wills?

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Average Joe

by Kai Joo

Nothing to see here, folks... just the story of an Average Joe fighting to get to work one morning in New York City, only to be given overtime later that night--thrusting him into an apocalyptic nightmare only the gun-wielding and cannibalistic demons of hell [and his readers] can bear witness to...

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Extreme Measurements

by Robert Stupack

It took the genius of Sir Francis Drake and an army of men to bury the contents of a Spanish Treasure Galleon. It was hidden somewhere in a land Drake named, Nova Albion and the only evidence of he left behind was a small metal plaque that claimed the land for England.

It only took one man to unravel the 400-year-old mystery surrounding the treasure's location and contents and he found it in his own backyard.

“Uncovering the Treasure of Sir Francis Drake and the Theft of His Plate of Brass,” follows the true adventure of Robert Stupack, who buys a house on Greenbrae Ridge in one of America's wealthiest areas, Marin County and is told by a neighbor that Sir Francis Drake’s famous “Plate of Brass” was discovered on his street.

While walking along an undeveloped hillside between his property San Francisco Bay, Stupack finds a weather-worn stone-carving of an Aztec warrior. When an antiquities dealer positively identifies the alabaster piece as dating to the early 1500s, Stupack instinctively knows that the fabled treasure is buried somewhere on his property. After reading about Drake's life, Stupack uses a copy of the Hondius Broadside Map of 1595 to align the images on the “treasure map” to key features in his yard. Carefully calculated test excavations with a shovel and a jackhammer transform Stupack’s once magnificently landscaped yard into a disaster area. When his ex-wife and family learn of his activities they are convinced that he has lost his mind and call the police, who drag Stupack out of his house and take him to a psych ward where he is placed into a straight-jacket and told that he is there on a 72 hour hold.

This incident did not dissuade him from continuing his quest!

His early excavations provide important clues to where the treasure is hidden. Stupack begins to dig a series of tunnels and is guided by Drake’s clever use of highly toxic colored clay that sicken him with acute boron and arsenic poisoning. Now, wearing layers of protective clothing, the tunnels zig-zag downward until his is 36 feet below the ground. Along the way he finds, a cache of Brazilian Diamonds, a “missing” Inca artifact, “The Emerald Goddess, a stone covered in gold and an incredible array of precious and semi-precious stones. He narrowly escapes potentially fatal booby-traps that employ quicksand, collapsing rooms and flooding tunnels designed to prevent anyone but Drake from recovering the treasure.

Two years into the project and exactly 423 years after the date of the inscription on the Plate of Brass, Stupack discovers the set of missing tools used to create Drake’s much maligned artifact. He meets with the Acting Director of the Bancroft Library to inform them that he’s found something that can change the “worthless fake” back into a “priceless artifact.” Stupack suspects that something is wrong when Bancroft no longer responds to calls or emails after metallurgical tests are conducted on the tools. Internet sleuthing reveals that in the 1970s, the controversy surrounding the authenticity of the Plate came about when the man who is now the Acting Director holds a press conference and misquotes the opinion of the examination’s lead scientist.

Twenty-five years later, the Acting Director has become a key player in the development of “monitoring software.” Stupack realizes that the software program designed to fight terrorism after 9/11 is being deployed against him and that all of his communications are being monitored. The tools are a “smoking gun” in a crime committed by a group of powerful men (including the Acting Director) who stole Drake’s Plate of Brass and replaced it with a replica because it was purported to contain a secret code that could reveal the location of the treasure. The Acting Director's goal is to prevent Stupack's discovery from reaching the public's attention. The other man who knew about this crime may have died from arsenic poisoning and there is no Statute of Limitatio

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Make Your Mind A Spa

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Have you been curious about Meditation/Mindfulness/Yoga? Learn how to get started today! Be on your way to inner peace with practical exercises and information right now. Learn how to make your mind feel like a spa while enjoying some of my silly stories going from beginner to certified. Demystify meditation and experience how it can easily be a part of your everyday life.


This is a brief look into what Meditation is, what it does and how to do it. It’s a quick read that’s very worthwhile because it teaches you to take action and see results from meditation immediately. If you’re a seasoned pro, you might still pick up a few new things or find a great way to teach something!

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