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Kingston Raine and the Grim Reaper

by Jackson Lear


For fans of Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and Douglas Adams.

Even the Grim Reaper can have a bad day. When one of Hell's inept devils scares the wrong man to death, the Grim Reaper and Satan are forced to cover it up so that none of Limbo's lawyers can discover the truth. But this simple mishap sets off a chain of events that brings Death face to face with someone who has the power to strip him of all his authority: a bureaucratic angel desperate to up-end the afterlife and rule with an iron fist.

If Death has any hope of saving mankind he must put his faith in the one man more troublesome than Satan himself: Kingston Raine.

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If I Loved You (Hollywood Hearts, Bk 1)

by Jean Joachim

Unimpressed by superstars, financial advisor, Meg, is shocked when she’s tapped to launch a celebrity division in her investment firm. The biggest surprise: her first client.

Magnetic movie star, Chaz Duncan, wary of women who wanted to sell his secrets, valued privacy. Would Megan Davis, his new financial advisor, charm the truth out of him? Or would he remain aloof to keep his secret safe? Jealousy, deceit, and scandal threaten two careers and the quest for true love and trust in this emotional roller-coaster-ride contemporary romance.
Other books in the series:
Red Carpet Romance
Memories of Love
Movie Lovers
Love's Last Chance
Lovers & Liars

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When You Got A Good Thing (The Misfit Inn Book 1)

by Kait Nolan


Charming, poignant, and sexy, When You Got a Good Thing pulled me in with its sweet charm and deft storytelling, and didn't let go until the very last page. It has everything I love in a small-town romance! ~USA Today Best-Selling Author Tawna Fenske

She thought she could never go home again. Kennedy Reynolds has spent the past decade traveling the world as a free spirit. She never looks back at the past, the place, or the love she left behind—until her adopted mother’s unexpected death forces her home to Eden’s Ridge, Tennessee.

Deputy Xander Kincaid has never forgotten his first love. He’s spent ten long years waiting for the chance to make up for one bone-headed mistake that sent her running. Now that she’s finally home, he wants to give her so much more than just an apology.

Kennedy finds an unexpected ally in Xander, as she struggles to mend fences with her sisters and to care for the foster child her mother left behind. Falling back into his arms is beyond tempting, but accepting his support is dangerous. He can never know the truth about why she really left. Will Kennedy be able to bury the past and carve out her place in the Ridge, or will her secret destroy her second chance?

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Q: What makes the Misfit Inn series special?


The Misfit Inn is a quartet of southern romance novels focused on the family saga of the Reynolds sisters and the loves they find along the way, as they come back together as a family after the death of their mother, proving that the family you make is stronger than the one you're born into. Just like my Wishful series, The Misfit Inn quartet is intended to highlight everything that I love about living in the small town South--all the quirks, foibles, and dreams that provide a fabulous backdrop to contemporary romances about stubborn, independent women and the men who love them.

Q: Who would dig these books?

The Misfit Inn is a southern romance series written for anyone looking for family saga romance, where you get to follow the loves of each member of a generation. This quartet explores the relationships between sisters and what the bonds of family truly mean. Many of my readers also enjoy the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kristan Higgins, Melanie Shawn, Ava Miles, and Jill Shalvis.

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Time Enough to Love

by Jenna Jaxon


When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, he is no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton, her betrothed’s best friend.

From the first, Sir Geoffrey finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse, and, despite her infatuation with his friend, vows to win her love. When Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, he is delighted to find her succumbing to his seduction. But when cruel circumstances separate them, Geoffrey must watch helplessly as Thomas steps in to protect Alyse—and falls in love with her himself.

As the three courtiers accompany Princess Joanna to her wedding in Spain, they run headlong into the Black Plague. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both the men she loves. But which love will survive?

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Losing Your Head (The Charlie Davies Mysteries Book 1)

by Clare Kauter

 

Charlie Davies has never solved a murder before - or committed one, although it might have crossed her mind. Especially when it comes to James McKenzie.

When rich boy James is accused of killing his billionaire uncle, he bets Charlie twenty grand that she can't find the real culprit, and she simply can't resist. The money, that is - she has no trouble resisting him, no matter how symmetrical his stupid face is.

What James doesn't know is that Charlie has an advantage: she's just begun working at a private investigation company. OK, so she's the receptionist, but it's a start, right?

What Charlie doesn't know is, well, a lot. But she'd better learn fast, or James will win the bet. As Charlie investigates, things get more and more dangerous. She needs to find the murderer soon, or it won't just be her money and reputation on the line...

She might lose her head.

A hilarious sleuthing series for anyone who loves to laugh out loud on their crime-solving adventures. If you enjoy chick-lit murder mysteries with a snarky heroine, give Charlie Davies a try!

Contains some swearing.

 

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Saving Grace: A Victorian Mystery

by Hannah Howe


Based on a true story and written by Hannah Howe, author of the Amazon #1 Sam Smith Mystery Series, Saving Grace, "the courtroom drama of the year."

The Western Mail

2 August 1876

Sensation in the Charles Petrie Case!

Readers may recall that a young banker, by name Mr Charles Petrie, with every opportunity of succeeding in his profession, and commanding a not illiberal income, returned home after riding his horse to dine with his wife, Grace, and her companion, Mrs Quinn. During and after dinner he had nothing to excite him save the receipt of a letter which somewhat annoyed him, and that his wife consumed rather more wine than he considered to be good for her health. Immediately after retiring to his room he was seized with symptoms of irritant poisoning, and despite every effort made on his behalf, he succumbed to its effects. An inquest was held, which vexed the minds of the Coroner’s jury to a degree without precedent in Coroners’ Inquest Law, and an open verdict was returned. However, the matter will not rest there, for after questions in Parliament, a second inquest has been called under suspicion that Mr Charles Petrie was murdered.

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Who poisoned Charles Petrie? Dr James Collymore, a man familiar with poisons, a man harbouring a dark secret that, if exposed, would ruin his career; Florrie, the maid who supplied Charles with his bedtime drink; Bert Kemp, a disgruntled groom, who used poisons in his work, who four months previously had predicted Charles’ dying day; Mrs Jennet Quinn, a lady’s companion with a deep knowledge of poisons, and a deep fear of dismissal; or Grace Petrie, Charles’ wife of four months, a woman with a scandalous past, a woman shunned by polite society.

With crowds flocking to the courtroom and the shadow of suspicion falling upon Grace in the shape of the hangman’s noose, could dashing young advocate, Daniel Morgan, save her?

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The Elvish Prophecy (The Paladin Chronicles Book 1)

by Neil Port


Get the prequel for free (copy and paste paladinchronicles.com  into your browser).

Book one of the Epic Sword and Sorcery Fantasy set in Middle East on the cusp of an invasion by the unbeatable Makedóne army from the west and the appearance of a new and far more dangerous barbarian far to the East.

The final destruction of the Elves has been foretold two thousand years before,and now the time is all but upon them. Only through an ancient prophecy can they be saved, but it will require every bit of love, sacrifice and courage that a group of extraordinary people have to give.

An Elf Princess, an eleven year old gypsy orphan girl, and a mercenary tribesman are the first to be called. They must unite in a desperate search through Anatole for the key to the survival of the Elves, but first they have to stay alive!
 (some adult content).

All proceeds from sales of this and subsequent books will be given to registered charities see neilport.com/ for details.

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Forbidden Birth: A Chris Ravello Medical Thriller

by William Rubin


Doctor Christopher Ravello is driven by an unquenchable desire to avenge his mother's senseless murder. He forsakes a lucrative career in medicine, and plunges headlong into the brutal, unforgiving world of a New York City homicide detective. Head of the new Division of Medical Crimes, Ravello's first case pits him against a brilliant, sadistic serial killer. Known only as The Giver, he is hell bent on subjecting young women and their unborn babies to his illicit experiments. As the body count rises, New York City is engulfed in fear. Fighting an illness which threatens his job, immersed in turmoil at home due to his radical career change, Ravello struggles to understand who The Giver is and where he will strike next. Just as he discovers the killer's identity the unspeakable happens, and Ravello is confronted with an agonizing choice: will he play it safe or make the ultimate sacrifice to save his loved ones and the city he is sworn to protect and serve?

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Heaven to Betsy (What Doesn't Kill You, #5): An Emily Romantic Mystery

by Pamela Fagan Hutchins


2015 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Cross Genre Fiction

A heartfelt and hilarious mystery from this bestselling and award-winning author of the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series.

When a dead body swan-dives from a balcony into the pool at a wedding, gossip comes to a halt about disgraced paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily—whose husband left her for a woman who turns out to be a man. Enter Jack, a secretive attorney and sexy mix of cowboy and Indian. She refuses to work for him, until she learns about the disappearance of the six-year old daughter of his notorious client Sofia, the wedding shooter, who is also an illegal immigrant. Emily feels a strange affinity with the girl and launches a desperate search for her. Bodies pile up in her wake across Texas and New Mexico as the walls around her own secrets begin to crumble, and the authorities question whether the child is anything but a figment of her imagination.

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Shade

by Marilyn Peake


Finalist Award in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction Category.

Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town.

This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero.

Although this novel deals with a number of serious issues—drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and disturbing world events—it's primarily a novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she's capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.

SHADE is a YA Paranormal Mystery novel.

From Aditi Saha, Goodreads Reviewer: "All-in-all, [SHADE]'s a very entertaining book, not a single dull moment. Hats off to the author for writing such an amazingly cool teenage mystery novel with a paranormal twist."

From Lucinda Fountain, Goodreads Reviewer: "As beautiful as the eye-catching cover 'Shade' is a sensational, awesome story of unforgettable premise and remarkable depth of mind-blowing epicness! Fans of YA fiction will be dazzled by this debut."

From Rachel Dove, Amazon Author and Reviewer: "This book is enthralling, very easy to read and relate to, and discusses issues without patronising the reader. Brilliant, another gem in Marilyn's crown."

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Androcide (Intel 1 Book 5)

by Erec Stebbins


ALL MEN MUST DIE. "Integrating police procedural, Holmesian puzzle-solving, bio-thriller, and political commentary, Androcide's style and substance will prove irresistible for readers." -The BookLife Prize

Detectives link gruesome murders to the Eunuch Maker, a serial killer targeting men. The stakes soon escalate to global proportions."An unusual combination of international espionage and murder mystery...powerful, high-octane, engrossingly unpredictable...very highly recommended" -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Riveting, relentlessly paced" -Internet Review of Books
"Chilling addition to his INTEL 1 series, fascinating and magnetic" -Tome Tender
"Diverse, well-developed characters and an intricate, engaging story" -RT Reviews

 

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Heart of the Nebula

by Joe Vasicek


They lost the war, but the peace is still within their grasp.

Five years have passed since the Hameji conquered James McCoy's homeworld, all but enslaving his people. Now, the occupation threatens to destroy them.

Deep in the heart of the Good Hope Nebula, there is a place where they can start over. But it will take a strong leader to get them there, and the temptation to trade freedom for security has never been greater. Even if they manage to escape from the Hameji, the greatest threat to their future may come from within.

James once gave everything to save the ones he loved. This time, his sacrifice could make him a legend.

This book is rated T! according to the AO3 content rating system.

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All the Tomorrows

by Nillu Nasser

 

Sometimes we can’t escape the webs we are born into. Sometimes we are the architects of our own fall.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Summer 2018 - Best Women's Fiction

Midwest Book Reviews says, "Replete with hard lessons, determined dreams, and illusions and realities surrounding love and relationships, All the Tomorrows is a gripping saga set under the sweltering heat of not just India, but hearts on fire."

Akash Choudry wants a love for all time, not an arranged marriage. Still, under the weight of parental hopes, he agrees to one. He and Jaya marry in a cloud of colour and spice in Bombay. Their marriage has barely begun when Akash embarks on an affair.

Jaya can’t contemplate sharing her husband with another woman, or looking past his indiscretions as her mother suggests. Cornered by sexual politics, she takes her fate into her own hands in the form of a lit match.

Nothing endures fire. As shards of their past threaten their future, will Jaya ever bloom into the woman she can be, and will redemption be within Akash’s reach?

Romuald Dzemo, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews (5 Stars), says, "All the Tomorrows by Nillu Nasser is a gripping tale of love and betrayal... The story is compelling and original, and it immediately transports the reader into the heart of a culture, a setting that reflects the thrills and perils of Bombay, capturing powerful images of the place in vivid clarity, from the dust of the overcrowded streets to the morality of Bombay. The characters are memorable, well-developed, and deeply explored. The conflict is strong and the reader is captivated as it escalates into a crisis point. All the Tomorrows is a wonderful read and the humanity that is injected into the writing will greatly appeal to readers. Nillu Nasser is a gifted and a great entertainer. This novel is balanced and utterly engrossing."

Evolved Publishing presents a raw glimpse inside one couple's struggles to deal with cultural traditions, and to reconcile those expectations with their own desires. [DRM-Free]

More Great Literary and Women's Fiction from Evolved Publishing:

  • Yours to Keep or Throw Aside by E.D. Martin
  • White Chalk by P.K. Tyler
  • Cassia by Lanette Kauten
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack
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Ravaged: A Billionaire Auction Romance (His For A Week Book 2)

by Em Brown


Ben:

Should she be scared of what I'm about to do to her? 

YES.

I've been patient with her. Now it's my turn to take the pleasure I paid for when I bought her. 

I'm not going to just use her. I'm going to ravage her.

Billionaire Benjamin Lee is getting closer to the true reason undercover journalist Kimani Taylor participated in the Scarlet Auction. How much longer can she continue her charade before his wicked seduction gets the better of her?

For a sizzling hot romance with a smart, defiant heroine and a billionaire who can dominate her in all the right ways, download HIS FOR A WEEK: RAVAGED to fire up your darkest fantasies today!

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The Celebration House Trilogy

by Annette Drake


All three volumes of The Celebration House Trilogy now available!

Building Celebration House: Carrie Hansen is determined to realize her dream of restoring an antebellum mansion and opening it to the public as an event venue - a place for people to celebrate the best days of their lives. Now if only she can convince the ghosts who inhabit the house to stop scaring away her paying guests.

Stay at Celebration House: Beth Kozera promised her best friend she would stay and manage Celebration House, a restored antebellum mansion in rural Missouri, in Carrie's absence. But can every promise be kept?

The trilogy concludes with Return to Celebration House: Melanie Hansen loved her baby sister, Carrie. After her death, Melanie agrees to return to the antebellum mansion that Carrie so lovingly restored and find a buyer for the house. Just two small problems: a cranky albeit handsome historian, and the place is haunted.

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Royal Blood: (Royal Blood 1)

by Amity Cross


"There was no black and white in my world. It was black or blacker. And I was the blackest of them all."

Xavier "X" Blood only remembers the last few years of his life.
Trained as an emotionless and deadly assassin, he goes through each day crossing out names on a never-ending list, not once asking why they deserve what he delivers. Death.
Then one day, his programming starts to unravel and it's all because of her.

Mercy Reid has a secret. A big one. The kind that will get her killed if it gets out.
Looking to get lost, she runs from one hopeless situation and falls into the clutches of a monster. A monster that was programmed by the worst of the worst to kill without remorse. A man who is looking for her.

When X is given his latest target, things become muddy. He knows his mark is right in front of his eyes, but he doesn't want to acknowledge it. He's literally losing his mind after all.
Will he defy his programming and save the woman who has made him feel again?
Or will he pull the trigger?

From International Bestselling author, Amity Cross, comes Royal Blood, the first full length novel in the thrilling Romantic Suspense series of the same name.

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The Kimberley Secret

by Gabriel Farago

When celebrated war correspondent Jack Rogan receives a phone call during a bloody battle in Afghanistan, he knows something is wrong; his father is dying. With his last breath, Rogan’s father makes a disturbing revelation that rocks his son to the core and leaves him pondering who he really is, and where he came from.  With his world turned upside down, Rogan soon finds himself irresistibly drawn into a desperate search to find his true identity, and turns to an old friend for help.

On a dangerous journey of discovery that takes him around the globe and the remote wilderness of outback Australia, Rogan follows clues hidden in unexpected places to uncover the truth. Will Rogan succeed? Will the truth – if and when he finally finds it – crush him, or will lifting the curtain of uncertainty and doubt be liberating, and finally bring peace by showing him who he really is?

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Ribbons of Death (Peacetaker Series Book 1)

by Edita A. Petrick


A career soldier who survived a deadly riot in Cairo, and a reclusive mythology expert from Montana, race against time to find the product of legends that’s cutting a bloody path across the continent.

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One snowy evening, a stranger with a horribly scarred face stomps on the porch of Stella Hunter’s house, holding her latest book of myths and legends. He points to the bloody fingerprints of the book’s now deceased owner, marking a passage of the Peacetaker myth. When she asks how he came by the book, he tells her he took the controversial book from the lifeless hand of a traffic fatality in Cairo. And suddenly, Stella could swear that somewhere a clock started ticking down to doomsday. After all, the fate of humanity depends on whether she was right or wrong when she wrote her infamous book.

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Wanderlost: Shots of Literary Tequila for the Restless Soul

by Simon Williams

When in Rome do as the Romans do... nah, bugger that for a joke.

From being trapped in a plane with broken landing gear high above the Grand Canyon, to facing arrest in Hong Kong for holding up traffic in a bathrobe, to being accosted by three aggressive locals entering a men's washroom in New Delhi Airport, what else can go wrong on a trip?

These are one man's enthralling stories of wandering our planet that the Travel Channel doesn't want you to know. Simon explains exactly what not to do when you find yourself in a hairy situation.

Nobody travels like this anymore. Maybe for good reason. Simon Williams doesn't go looking for trouble in life, but when he finds it he never keeps his sarcastic mouth shut.

Travelling - it leaves you speechless then turns you into story tellers. Ibn Battuta

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Servant of the Crown (Heir to the Crown Book 1)

by Paul J Bennett


An old warrior, too stubborn to die.

A royal heir, hidden at birth.

Can they save a realm on the brink of war? 



Tragedy tears Gerald's world apart and only his unwavering loyalty to the Baron of Bodden saves him. After serving as a soldier for years, a single act of self-sacrifice thrusts his future into the world of politics. Cut off from all he knows, he becomes no more than a pawn to those in command. 

Banished with little more than the clothes on his back, he seeks a new purpose, for what is a warrior who has nothing left to fight for?

A fateful meeting with another lost soul unmasks a shocking secret, compelling him to take up the mantle of guardian. Bandits, the Black Hand, and even the king, he battles them all for the future of the realm.

Memories of the past, secrets that shape the future; his adventure is only the beginning.

Servant of the Crown is the first book in the epic Heir to the Crown fantasy series. If you like gripping fight scenes, compelling characters, and a captivating story then you will love Paul J Bennett's tale of a warrior who refuses to retreat.

Pick up your copy of Servant of the Crown, and discover the realm of Merceria today!


Other books in the series:
Sword of the Crown
Mercerian Tales: Stories of the Past
Heart of the Crown

Coming soon:
Shadow of the Crown (Winter 2018)
Fate of the Crown (Summer 2019)
Burden of the Crown (Autumn 2019)
Bearer of the Crown (Winter 2019)

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