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 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.

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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.

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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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Blues for Beginners: Stories and Obsessions

by Judith Podell

Written in a distinctive voice, with the soul and rhythm of the blues, Judith
Podell's stories cover a range of obsessions that include the best of 20th
Century angst: cigarettes, psychoanalysis, sex, love, death, and cats.

Working in the same tradition of Woody Allen, Grace Paley and Nora
Ephron, Podell's observations about life, love and loss would be
heartbreaking if they weren't so funny.

The title story, “Blues for Beginners,” a riff on how to write the blues, struck such a familiar chord when it was originally published, it was instantly claimed by the world at large as something that belonged to all of us.

Throughout the other 9 stories, Podell continues to hit all the right notes -- bringing us characters we all might have known and situations we might have been in ourselves. If we’d been lucky enough to live in Greenwich Village in the 70s. Or Washington, DC in the 80s.

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A Black Deeper Than Death (Tenebrous Chronicles/ Miki Radicci Book 1)

by M.E. Purfield

In the first book of urban mystery fused with fantasy series, M.E. Purfield with hardcore prose introduces a young heroine that's naively above the law and searching for redemption in a concrete jungle built on greed and delusion.

Miki Radicci is not your average sixteen-year-old city girl. She's emancipated from her grifter parents, a flavor of the month in the art world, and a psychic.

Her life turns upside down when she witnesses a murder of a young college girl in one of her visions. Not only does she grab the attention of the police, but also the killer.

To save her own life as well as her family, Miki delves into the victim's past and follows a trail that leads her into a dark world of underground modeling and low-level criminals. A path that will lead her closer to the killer than she thought.

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Life's Rhythms

by Terry Atkinson

Romance of the sweet, old-fashioned kind woven into a story of loss and love and new life - and an ending that leaves you wondering.

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Concealed Kingdoms: Part One (Concealed Kingdoms: The Serial Book 1)

by Chris Northern

The Concealed Kingdoms is a serial to be published every two weeks, and will also be released as complete novels – The King's Ward and The Heir Reluctant are the first of these.

The Concealed Kingdoms are worlds created by the fey, a people apart from humanity, a people with paranormal mental powers. Some fey are so powerful that they can create small worlds of their own design that are connected to our world by hidden gateways.

Byron and Calista have never met, yet they have much in common. Abandoned by their fathers before birth, barely noticed by their own mothers, Byron and Calista have walked through their own lives like ghosts, as they search for answers. Why does no one notice me? Why does no one remember me?

When they meet, their lives are changed forever. Calista and Byron are rapidly drawn into another world, a world which will die if they cannot save it, a world where they are seen, known and remembered.

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Possible Flash Damage

by David Ulnar-Slew

The elusive short story madman haunting the alternative fiction scene makes his debut. Who is he? No one has been able to pin him down long enough to find out. He has allowed us to republish a few of his works to a wider audience here on KDP. He figures any way which he can spread the madness is a good thing. He has said, "Buy the book, don't buy the book, who cares we all are going to die when the Elder Gods come anyway!" While we do not exactly share David's perspective on the impending demise of humanity; we do feel he has created some work worth reading. We hope you do too. Please borrow this book freely if you have the Kindle Owners Library or if you subscribe to Kindle unlimited. We encourage you to read it free if you can!

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Clear As Glass

by Lynn Kellan

Poised to become her overbearing father's right-hand man, Jaye Davis is tired of being a faceless drone, writing software. She’d rather help real people—like her clients who own a struggling glassblowing factory. While she’s there, she might even discover who she really is.

Mitch Blake and his father keep butting heads about expanding Blake Glassware, and now Mitch has to deal with his father’s consultant, Jaye. She claims online marketing will boost sales, but Mitch insists broadening their product line will increase revenue. Arguing with this doe-eyed woman makes one thing perfectly clear: she has the power to shatter his safe but lonely life.

Jaye is caught between the father counting on her to run their business in the future, an ex-boyfriend who understands her past, and the solemn glassblower who wants her now, just as she is. Is she strong
enough to be honest about what she really wants?

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Unknown Touch: Werewolf Series, 1

by Gina Marie Long

Kara McBride has been abducted by a secret organization known as The Liaison. Their mission: intervene and neutralize dangerous supernatural situations.

FIRST BOOK IN THE UNKNOWN - WEREWOLF SERIES! Gina Marie Long introduces readers to her signature blend of paranormal thrillers, urban fantasy and light romance.

The Liaison accidentally discovered Kara's unique psychic ability to manipulate thoughts and emotions. Her powers could be the essential key in saving a pack of werewolves from self destruction. They persuade her to join their covert operation...

In the woods surrounding Hamlin, Kentucky, a few rogue werewolves have split off from the main pack and committed violent crimes, bringing unwanted attention to the area, and risking their hidden existence from society. Kara will attempt creating mental connections with the wolves to calm their aggression, thus modifying their behavior.

But, in the midst of chaos and danger, a love triangle develops. Kara must choose between a human... or a werewolf. Her decisions could be life-altering for her and others as she delves into the unknown.

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Worm

by Erica S. Watson

Bethany Andrews, a small town detective gets herself mixed up in a crime family dispute. With a hit out on her head, she’s put into undercover custody. Relocated and working with a new department, she’s after a killer who seems to choose his victims at random, leaving a call sign wiggling in their hands. Time seems to be running out for the detective when she starts receiving death threats and notes that she has been discovered for who she really is. Now she needs to catch the serial killer before her past catches up to her. She’s unaware though that her past is the reason he’s been killing from the start.

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Vachtor Goes to School (Guardian of the Heart Book 3)

by S.C. Hallen

Our friend Vachtor is ready for school!

He learns a lot about trading, being a good guardian, and what school is all about!

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Amethyst Chronicles: Winter's Kiss

by KG Stutts

Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans which is Earth’s greatest defensive weapon. Leading the team of super soldiers is Ember Wilson, a tough woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. The team gets
their name from the after effect of the Genesis Project which turned their eyes and even their blood purple.

For decades, Earth has been ravaged by unpredictable weather which began to cause crops to fail. Most of the planet’s food sources have deteriorated. Dr. Clayton Rudo has proclaimed he has the means to save the soil. He has created a weather machine to regulate and help replenish. But Ember knew the truth. He didn’t want to save the planet. He wanted to control it. Amethyst destroyed the machine, but was placed in stasis. Two years later, Rudo recreated the device and has frozen Washington, DC.

General Tom Blanchard brought Amethyst out of stasis to work with an elite Air Force team, led by Major Liam Ross. Tensions between Ember and Liam rise as they butt heads. Can they work together before Earth is completely under ice?

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Thane's Redemption (The Song)

by Nina Crespo

The one night she'll want to remember, she'll be forced to forget.

It's been almost a year since Celine's fiancé's death and she's still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…
 
Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane's Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?...

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2012: The Fifth World (A Simon Gray Thriller)

by Edward G. Talbot

Sometimes, the end of the world needs a little help.

By now, we all know the world didn't end in December 2012 as the ancient Maya predicted. What exactly could have happened? The answer to that is the tale of Simon Gray, a former soldier to whom the CIA makes an offer he can't refuse. And the tale of Guatemalan arms dealer Yum Cimil, a self proclaimed Mayan prince and Simon's former friend.

Simon knows all too well the damage Cimil is capable of. This time, it's stolen nukes and a presidential kidnapping. Decades earlier, it was more . . .personal. Now he'll get his chance for revenge, but stopping Cimil won't be enough. Homo sapiens isn't the only hominid with skin in this game, and Simon must prevent an attack that threatens the very existence of the human race.

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The Flow (book 2) (The Lady of the Pier trilogy)

by Effrosyni Moschoudi

She won't find peace until she finds redemption.
But it’ll take more than love; it’ll take two worlds, to merge into one.

BRIGHTON 1938
Laura and Christian enjoy a blissful summer, while Charles watches from a distance, waiting for the right time to intervene. This time, he’s prepared to do something truly vile as to leave nothing to chance. WWII breaks out, and Laura does her best to settle in a new life, having paid a terrible price. Will she find happiness at last, or will the past continue to haunt her?

CORFU 1988
Sofia arrives in Vassilaki brokenhearted over Danny. Just as a new boy comes into her life, the strange dreams start anew. Now in Brighton, she meets Danny again, but he blows hot and cold. When she sees a female apparition on the West Pier, she finds out the locals call her ‘The Lady of the Pier’. Is this the woman in her dreams and why is Sofia the only one who can see her?

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Of Introductions And Abductions: Monkey Queen Book One

by Robert Dahlen

"How would you like to help me save the world?"

That was not a phrase that Beth McGill, college student and geek girl, had ever expected to hear, even on a Friday. But when Michiko, the teenage hero called the Monkey Queen, rescues Beth from an ogre, her life gets turned upside down. And when a mutual friend is kidnapped, Michiko and Beth will have to deal with faeries, hobgoblins, a ravenous troll and a sarcastic guinea pig to find him...and the dark masterminds behind the abduction.

It'll be a weekend they'll never forget...if they survive to see Monday morning.

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Heart of Stone [love and romance sex]

by Denyse Bridger

Randall Stone is the stuff of heroes, a mercenary given a dishonorable discharge from the army he has served with his life. Refusal to obey orders in favor of saving a team member’s life put a premature end to Stone’s illustrious career. But, the government is still interested in using the skills they've taught Major Rand Stone, and he continues to work as a freelance trouble shooter with his hand-picked team.


A playboy who enjoys women and his freedom, Stone shocks everyone when he falls in love with an unlikely woman. When an old enemy surfaces from Stone’s past, taking the one thing Randall will not lose, a deadly hunt begins. Robin Bourne is declared dead, killed in a car crash while Stone was on a mission – but in his soul, he knows she’s alive, and the mission ahead of him now is intensely personal. Backed with his team, Stone relentlessly pursues the old friend who’s dared to go after him by taking the woman he loves.

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Pirates [vampire, witch, fantasy]

by Denyse Bridger

Three stories, one kind of hero, hot and sexy pirates anyone? Includes the short, erotic tales Angel-Fire, Storm-Singer, and The Phantom’s Lair… Historical adventure, and the darker mystery of an ageless vampire who keeps a witch at his side, his protector and his lover through eternity...

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Sisters Don't Tell

by Deena Lipomi

Sixteen-year-old Mel wishes she and her little sister could be close again, but when Annie spills that she’s knocked up, Mel loses any hope of that happening. There’s just no way Mel’s life full of girl friends and cooking can compare with Annie’s world full of boyfriends and sex. Still, Mel promises she’ll keep Annie’s secret, figuring it’s the only way to save their remaining bond.

Enter Devon, the first guy ever to make Mel feel like the special sister. But the closer she and Devon get the more Mel has to pepper their relationship with little lies to hide her sister’s pregnancy. When Annie drops another bomb, Mel’s afraid she’ll lose Devon if she keeps the secret, or lose her sister for good if she doesn’t. Her only other choice is to stay true to herself, something she hopes she can remember how to do on her own.

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