Diamonds in the Ruff

Diamonds in the Ruff

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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.


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.




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?


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...


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


Make Your Mind A Spa


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!


Division Clock

by Ivan Samokish


"A young man battling with severe depression, loss of memory and gradual onset of madness races to find a stolen magical clock and reset time to save humanity from an evil power. Trapped in his own crazed visions, the line between reality and dreams is gradually blurred, leaving him struggling to overcome an adverse battle for identity, perception and restoration of sanity."

Division Clock is a surreal insight into the workings of the mind of a protagonist who has lost all hope. If you are looking for something deep, dark and imaginative, then this story is for you. If you prefer to read something that questions all your assumptions of how and where you expect a story to lead you, this is for you. The writing aims to reflect the kaleidoscopic stream of thoughts of a person lost in their own melancholia, bordering on downright insanity.



Warning from the author: If you are looking for a book that aims to only entertain, this might not be a book for you. If you are looking for a critical insight into the mind of a person suffering from depression, then this is for you. There is no standard plot formula and no predictability, there is only a surreal and ink-like mental representation of the memories, feelings and beliefs that drive a person’s suffering and hold back their acceptance of their life, self-image and search for love. I can only offer a glimpse into the darkness of a person’s profound melancholia. What you make of it is entirely up to you. Here there is no hope, there is no logic, there is only a deep, dark abyss.




The Dark Expanse (Astral Clash Series Book 1)

by Jack Hammond

Hidden in a dream world, children become manifestations of their own imagination, battling each other upon the astral sands of the colosseum. The shadowy organisation known only as the ‘Associates’, choose the children who clash within the arena to aid their own agenda in the real world.

Wesley Finton is chosen! Not by the Associates, but the sinister darkness that lurks at the edges of our sleep. Fighting within the colosseum, Wesley discovers a power dwelling deep inside him and a plot to exploit the children by this faceless organisation.

Wesley needs to find the truth, before the Associates find him….


Wanted: Single Rose

by Mav Skye

"Violent visions in our souls. You and I are brother and sister of the axe, husband and wife to the dark. The crow caws at midnight.”

It’s Halloween night. Timothy Sun stands in a garden of graves beneath the branches of the Tim Burton tree, his eyes deadlocked with the gorgeous creature in the raven costume. She beckons to him with one hand, while holding an axe in the other.

One month ago, he was a lonely shop owner hiding from a dark past. Then he met her. He met his violent violet and Timothy knew he’d never be alone again… if only murder wasn’t the only way to keep Velva Jones's affection. Either Timothy plays her game of secrets and murder or damns himself to an early grave. The game has begun, but how will it end?


Bonded: The Billionaire's Baby (A BWWM Pregnancy Romance)

by Sparkle Watson

Michelle Montgomery runs a successful public relations firm and has a reputation for getting her clients what they want. Securing her newest client will clench her status in an ultra-competitive industry.

As CEO of a billion-dollar restaurant group, Andrew Wheeler is charismatic and strikingly handsome with sex appeal to match. When he meets curvaceous and mouthy Michelle, all bets are off. Andrew's drawn to her like a moth to a flame.

But when one night of passion alters both their lives forever, will they make room for each other?

If you love strong, ambitious heroines and handsome billionaires then this is the romance book for you!


Gourmands on the Run!: A gourmet travel journey from Paris to Monaco.

by Dame DJ

Dame DJ is English and together with her partner 'S', a New Yorker, who loved great food, and wanted to sample the best that France had to offer, now tells us their story from the notes she kept.

He thought France was quite small, the best hotels & restaurants from Paris to Monaco would be waiting for them, while she thought she could eat, drink and relax and the trip would be a breeze. They were both wrong!
They hired a car to drive from Paris to Monaco, through the Loire Valley visiting Chateaux Amboise, Chambord, Chenonceaux, Montrichard and other beautiful towns, down through Provence and onto the Cote d'Azur. staying at Relais Chateaux along the way.

Gourmet dinning at some of the worlds most famous places, Maison Troisgros,Chateau de Codigant Colombe d'Or and the wonderful Bernard Loiseau etc, was to make it the trip of a lifetime, but reality took over.
It open up a whole new world of sensations, discoveries, joys, hardships, illness, intensity, beauty, talents, and artistry, all unique to France, and so they became 'Gourmands on the Run!'

Illustrated with delicate watercolours, done by Dame DJ along the journey, which survived against the odds.

Arriving hot, tiered and hungry, with, and without, reservations, ordering from oversized menus, paying some heavy prices, they were welcomed and looked after like long lost family one night at a time, then went back on the road.

They drove, they ran, they ate, they packed, then unpacked again, and again..and on every page we are right there with them, along for this amazing ride.


Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Band My own Bariatric Sleeve Journey: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

by Kim Browne

Bariatric Surgery: Are you considering a Gastric Band like I have done. If you are contemplating this life changing operation, then why not follow me through my own real and personal Bariatric surgery journey, no frills, just the real deal.
Are you considering the Risks involved in this type of surgery
Are you considering what the preparation should be for this operation
Are you considering what happens after the operation
Included also My own Protein Filled Recipes
If you are contemplating this life changing operation, then why not follow me through my own real and personal Bariatric surgery journey, no frills, just the real deal.


American Steam

by J.A. Friedland

A groundbreaking work of hysterical realism set at a university and depicting how advanced consumer capitalism is twisting human nature into a Frankenstein creation of narcissistic self-interest, thereby undermining the foundations of every social institution, from the university to the workplace to the family. We laugh and gasp as we discover just how low colleges are stooping as their mission is reshaped by market forces. The story is loosely autobiographical, inspired by a wealth of hair-raising experiences the author has amassed over two decades teaching at American universities. 
The story follows Professor Jules Stern as he comes to the realization that his world is being overtaken by a zombie-like epidemic of narcissism. It's a place where pampered students blackmail compromised faculty in a madcap mix of raging hormones, political correctness, and consumer entitlement. Jules valiantly beats back the disease in his interactions with students, colleagues, and romantic interests. But when his walls start to crumble, he struggles to distinguish sanity from insanity and his fight becomes a battle to save himself.
Written in the first person present tense, it reads like a zen memoir, interweaving biting irony with moments of beauty and grace where Jules manages to feel at one with the world and free of the thought contagion sweeping his society and threatening to engulf his own mind. Ultimately, we are left with a glimmer of hope as Jules stumbles upon the start of a recipe for cultural transformation.



Touched to the Soul

by Elsa Winckler

A passion that runs soul deep...

Zoe Sutherland can't stand the pushy, arrogant architect David Cavallo. He was just too damn sure of himself, too handsome, too…everything. Maneuvered into working as the interior decorator on his latest project, a glamorous new hotel, Zoe can't keep her mind on the job. And worse, the strange man won't give her access to the hotel's floor plans. How is she supposed to finish the design when she doesn't have the plans? And when the obnoxious man distracts her with every smoldering look, every touch...

David has one goal: get rid of the pesky interior designer. Since he's been forced into close proximity with the beautiful Zoe, everything's gone downhill. And to make matters worse, she's only out to further her own career—and he's not about to give her the hotel's plans so she can steal his ideas. He needs to get her out of his system, and sleeping with her seems like the best way to do that. When it comes to women, he's found the best way to handle them is to love 'em and leave 'em. But something strange is happening...because after a night of loving Zoe, he's finding it harder than ever to leave…


MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY 1969; Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, Viet Nam, Civil Rights, and Football

by Jeff Rasley

From 1892 until the 1930s the legendary Monsters of the Midway dominated college football. However, in 1939 the University of Chicago dropped out of the Big Ten and killed off its varsity football program.

But now, it's 1969 and football is back. The resurrection of Chicago football hasn't brought the Monsters fully back to life. The team plays more like the lab mice of the Midway. The new Maroons are called "the worst team in college ball" by People Magazine. Players refuse to attend mandatory practices and flout NCAA rules. They lose game after game. Yet, guys who have IQ scores greater than their weight eventually commit to the goal to win one game for their old coach, Wally Hass. Coach Hass is the rare coach that truly believes student-athletes should be scholars first and athletes for fun. Wally just wants his players to experience wining one game before he retires.

Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, the Draft Lottery, the Anti-War Movement, and student rebellion on college campuses in 1969 -- the University of Chicago is swimming against the cultural tide by resurrecting its football program. Jack Blair is a small town Hoosier kid who just wanted to go to the best college in the Midwest. In Chicago Jack encounters characters as disparate as Muhammad Ali, Milton Friedman, and George Halas. And, he falls in love.

Alice hates football, but she is attracted to Jack. She wears a beret. He wears a helmet. She is a radical feminist from Chicago. He is a Hoosier farm boy.

Jack comes of age in a bewildering cultural milieu of frats, jocks, hippies, and Marxist radicals. But his greatest challenge is whether he can learn to love and make an authentic commitment to his team, his girl friend, or anyone. His coach, his philosophy professor, and Alice offer to show him the way.

The book is inspired by the author's experience of playing on the resurrected University of Chicago Maroons a/k/a the Monsters of the Midway. 



by Gautam Roy

This new book is on exclusive money making secrets through internet. When you will complete this book, you will say that this book is like a hidden treasure of Internet the ideas and web links given in this book, you wont find in any website, blog forum or any other book. I just wrote down and published the 1st part of this book, which is now in your hand. Now my work is going on part 2 and 3 of this book. I hope you will like this part and will also download part 2 & 3 in near future when I will publish those parts. Online Money Making Secrets Unlocked is based on the hidden money making Ideas for Internet savvy people.
This book is dedicated to my mother & father. In this book you will find 70 new Ideas how to make money online with fewer efforts, which are divided in three parts. The 1st part is on your hand and hopefully the other part I will publish in few days.
Many people think how other people make money online.
Is it real or fake? Do you know many tricks given online forums and blogs about online money making are fake, but its true that you can make money by Internet?
You can make money but you have to choose genuine ways to make money.
In this book, I gave 70 unique ideas to make money online which are researched from many years by me.
Some years ago I also think that how can I earn some passive Income from internet, I joined many sites which charged me registration fees but I had no Idea they were scam.
So I lost much money in those scams. But then I realized that there are some websites and companies who can genuinely pay for your online work.
I decided to choose one of them. Because I like writing jobs so I decided to write e-books and sell them through genuine websites and you know, after some time there was little money deposited in my bank account! I searched from where it came. And I was happy this website paid me for my e-books they sold on their website.
90% websites who offer online jobs or online money making schemes are scam and only 10% are genuine but you cant know who are genuine and who are scams, before you try them. So in this book I also shared genuine website links that really pay for your online work.
Finally I decided to write an e-book on 70 online money making Ideas. I researched and wrote this book.
Result is on your hand.
This book is equally useful for all kind of job seekers, entrepreneurs, small scale companies etc.
Read this book and make some decent income from today guys.
And thank you again for purchasing my e-book.
Best of luck guys


Sergei and Hans

by Dennis Santaniello

Set in 1914 on the Eastern Front, "Sergei and Hans" is about two men who try to salvage goodness and meaning through the horrors of war.

Sergei, the Russian prisoner, writes a journal about his hellish experience of war and loss. Hans, the German guard, discovers the journal, reads it, and knows that he has met this man somewhere before.

The two eventually meet again on Christmas Eve in the prison where they share a meal, recount the events which got them there, and render a deal of what will happen the next morning. A deal that will change them forever.


The Child: Alien in the Delta

by Thankful Strother

The Child is the first book in the three book Alien in the Delta Series. It highlights the life of a boy from the age of six until he graduates from high school at age seventeen. During that time he discovers music, girls, sex, learns to dance, and becomes self-aware.

The Soldier is the second book in the series. Thankful Strother spent four years in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Germany where he learned to speak German, met his future wife and traveled throughout Europe.

The Adult is the third book in the series. Thankful returns home from Germany. He settles in Detroit, gets married, starts a family and buys their first house. He goes to work in the automotive industry, learns to program computers, enters the corporate world and becomes a successful real estate investor.

excerpt from The Child

I consider myself very fortunate to have had my grandparents living near by while I was growing up. My grandfather (Papa) was a great storyteller. It did not take much persuasion to get him started on a story. He used to tell us that he was one of the first people in the town to own a Model T Ford. Sometimes, when he was drinking liquor, he would try to drive his Model T home and would forget that he was driving a car. In his drunken state, he would think he was in a horse-driven wagon, and would yell out, “Whoa” to get the car to stop. Most of the time, the car ran off the road or into something. Luckily, Papa was never hurt.

Papa went to prison for two years and seven months, and he served most of that time as a prisoner who was in charge of guarding fellow prisoners. Papa would not only tell this story, he would stand up and show everyone exactly how it happened. Papa was inside his house when this man came to the front gate and called him to come outside. Papa must have expected trouble because he went to his front porch with a Colt .45 in his hand, and he asked the man to leave and not to come on his property. But the man wouldn’t leave. In fact, he told Papa that he was going to come inside the yard and beat-up my grandfather. Papa warned him that if he opened that gate, he would shoot him. The man ignored Papa and opened the gate, and Papa proceeded to empty his gun into him.

Papa would then stand up and pretend he had a gun in his hand to show how he shot the man. That’s when my grandma would say. “John, why are you telling that child about that man you killed?” My grandmother had lost her hearing, so she didn’t know what papa was talking about until he stood up and pretended he had a gun in his hand. Papa never told us who the man was or why wanted to harm our family.

Papa had what he described as horrible nightmares. When Papa was a young man, he killed a man and before being captured went on the run for seven years. The dead man’s ghost would come for Papa nightly. He must have relived that shooting hundreds of times in his dreams. Grandma would have to awaken him to stop his screaming.


Forgotten (In The Shadows Book 1)

by Catherine Gardiner

Sycamore Heights, where everyone keeps a deadly secret.

On the surface Katrina Harvey is like any other 17-year-old about to start their senior year but not everything is quite as it seems. After being violently attacked she loses her memory and now has no idea who is friend, foe, or - most importantly - that she happens to be a 235-year-old vampire.

Now Katrina is being stalked by someone, or something, who doesn't want her to remember her past and will do anything to keep it that way.

Sixteen-year-old Suzanne Harvey was left distraught when her older sister, Katrina, disappeared two centuries ago. Suzanne was turned into a werewolf soon afterwards and ever since that day she has been focused on finding her sister, with a twist of fate leading her to Sycamore Heights, the same town that Katrina now lives. Now, as Suzanne gets closer to revealing secrets from the past, someone from the present doesn't like what she could unearth, even if that means they drive her to the brink of insanity to keep the secrets forgotten.


Her Heart's Desire (Sunflower Series Book 1)

by Linda Joyce

Artist Amelia Britton battles her older brother for the right to remain on the family farm—their inheritance after their parents’ tragic deaths—she faces a looming mortgage, weather threatens to destroy her crops, and the man she secretly loves only sees her as Craig’s little sister.

After serving his country in Afghanistan, Lucas Dwyer expected to return home to his family’s farm, but the bank foreclosed. Undeterred, he begins combining-for-hire to support his younger sister in college. His best friend convinces him to discourage local guys from dating Amelia. Craig wants her back in the city, farming is too hard for a woman alone. Only one problem—Lucas has fallen in love with Amelia.

With family, the bank, and the weather conspiring against them, can Amelia and Lucas ever hope to grow the love blooming between them?



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