Literary Gold 7/12/16

Today's Literary Gold Book Deals:
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Just Add Salt
by Jinx Schwartz
Mystery & Thriller
Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she's not afraid to use it!

A globe-trotting engineer with attitude, a penchant for trouble, and a yacht, Hetta is back, and this time she's steering us into hot Mexican waters.
Miffed that vacation plans with her chronically absent boyfriend, Jenks Jenkins, have gone awry, she accepts a job in Baja.

So what, if she and her friend Jan are spectacularly unqualified to take her yacht on a thousand-mile cruise in the eastern Pacific Ocean during hurricane season?

Hiring a handsome, if somewhat fishy captain for the trip might keep them off the rocks, but probably won't do the same for her future with Jenks. Meanwhile, a little eye candy on board can't be all bad.

Hetta's fierce independence impels her to tackle a very profitable (if environmentally and politically incorrect) project south of the border. True to form, her irreverent nature and disregard for danger soon swamps her in a sea of mayhem, illegal aliens, a pesky whale, and a menacing Mexican machinator.

Set sail for Baja Mexico's Magdalena Bay as Hetta Coffey leads us once more into a morass of intrigue that will keep you laughing, breathless, and wanting more.

Deal Master
by Adam Gittlin
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Thrillers & Suspense
Power Broker Jonah Gray is home. But does that mean Amsterdam, or New York City? Will he be Ivan Janse or Jonah Gray?

One thing is certain—Jonah, as always, is steeled to get where he needs to go.
This time around, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Someone from Jonah’s past is back in a big way. Jonah has been strong-armed into using his knowledge of the business of skyscrapers to assist in a nefarious, global scheme—and failure, as has been made clear, is simply not an option. There are monstrous deals and piles of cash to be made. There are reputations—even lives—to be lost.

Facing the horrors of the past, Jonah’s own demons start to encroach as Perry, the woman he loves, seems to sink deeper and deeper into drugs—or insanity.  Jonah could be cracking under stress just as he needs maximum focus. He has always been able to call up his resolute strength of character and it’s never been needed more than now.  Jonah is in for the fight of his life. Not just for himself—not just for Perry—for an entire industry.

My Boyfriend Merlin
by Priya Ardis
Teen & Young Adult / Science Fiction & Fantasy
17 year-old Boston high-schooler Arriane (Ryan) DuLac just found out the guy she's been crushing on, hot biker Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. In fact, he is really Merlin--the Merlin, King Arthur's Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Frozen in a cave for over fifteen hundred years, he's woken for a purpose. But Ryan's not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she'd rather kick his legendary behind.
Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a deadly new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?
Get the complete trilogy! Explore myth and modern day and find out who wins the sword in this teen action/adventure romance.

Poison Study
by Maria V Snyder
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Teen & Young Adult / Science Fiction & Fantasy
Murder, mayhem and magic…

Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.

But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.

Courtlight Series Boxed Set (Books 1, 2, 3)
by Terah Edun
Teen & Young Adult / Science Fiction & Fantasy
The fantasy series that every fan of Throne of Glass and the Selection series needs to read!

This three-novel boxed set follows the adventures of Ciardis Weathervane, a girl with no future, and Sebastian Algardis, the prince heir she loves.Ciardis and Sebastian were never meant to break the chains binding his powers or upend the imperial courts, now they're ready to shatter an empire.

This boxed set contains the first three books in the Courtlight series.

Sworn To Raise 17-year-old Ciardis had grown up in poverty. Now chosen for a position at court,she travels across the empire to begin a new life.  To survive, she'll need to master intrigue, befriend a crown prince, and learn to control magical abilities she never knew existed.

Sworn To Transfer Just when Ciardis becomes a companion trainee and saved the prince heir's tenuous claim to the throne, humans begin to die in gruesome deaths.With enemies closing in ranks, Ciardis can't afford to have her loyalty to court and crown called into question.  

Sworn To Conflict After fighting for the living dead and winning, Ciardis discovers that taking on amass murderer was the least of her problems. Now she not only is facing a war in the North, but she needs to decide where she stands in the midst of competing sides: family or empire.

By Ox Team to California: Crossing the Plains in 1860
by Lavinia Honeyman Porter
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Historical Fiction
Like so many others Lavinia Honeyman Porter and her husband decided to make the treacherous journey across the continent of America to find a better life.

This is their story.

Although very young, as they were both in their twenties, their decision had been made and there was no turning back.

Through barren plains, treacherous mountain passes, dangerous foreign lands, they led their young oxen onwards.

As they continued their emigration westwards they met a variety of people, from Native Americans to Mormons, assisting where they could and being assisted in turn.

Porter and her husband travelled through varied lands of the Midwest and West, stopping at camps and trading posts where they could get some rest.

Porter’s By Ox Team to California is a moving piece of social history which documents the struggles and hopes of ordinary Americans in the mid-nineteenth century.

After arriving in California after six months Porter set down her story in this book. She would go on to enjoy a further fifty years in California before passing away in 1910.

Diary of the Gone
by Ivan Amberlake
Teen & Young Adult
Without a girlfriend, bullied by the Principal’s son, and haunted by the dead, Callum Blackwell thinks his life can’t get any worse. But he’s wrong.

Callum writes in a diary to stop the dead haunting him. He has seen them since he hit 9.

When The Blackwells move to the town of Olden Cross, Callum hopes to leave all the dead haunting him behind. But after the disappearance of a boy and his diary, his existence turns into hell.

Only Forty More Years
by Carter Matthew
Humor & Satire
This intellectually funny, and easy to relate to, fictional work with dramatic undertones is a first-person story that centers around the humorously skeptical recent college graduate, Sean Bronson, as he lands his first “real” job and learns to navigate the treacherous waters of corporate America - beginning to realize that incompetence and underhandedness abound in every corner and that office life can often be anything but professional. The story is set in the headquarters of a multi-billion dollar home furnishing company located in the modern day suburban landscape of Long Island, New York.

The story begins as the sarcastically precocious, yet introspective, Sean is waiting his last table at a depressing, dream-graveyard type of a restaurant and decides that he needs to move out of his parent’s house and in order to do that he needs to search for a career. We follow him as he engages himself in his first career oriented interview with the profit-hungry home retail giant known as “Cool Collectibles.” We meet a wide cast of characters in the workplace that show Sean that people who have a profession are not always behaviorally professional. We also encounter Karen and Bessie, two love interests of Sean’s who each represent, in different ways, the hardships of establishing that highly coveted ideal of a work-life balance. The tone of the book starts off as being humorous but then transitions into a more grave matters such as workplace romances (and failures) as well as employee resignations and tumultuous performance reviews. His dream of moving into a place of his own is also stymied when he quickly realizes that “rookie-pay” does not go very far in New York.

This book artfully infuses comedy and interpersonal drama into the highly relatable “chore” of embarking on a new career.

A must-read for anyone who works in an office, or is planning to, as it will make you feel much better about your life.

Space On My Hands
by Fredric Brown
Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Zans had descended upon Earth in. their spaceship mountain, sending out vibratory waves that had destroyed everything instantly. Now, Walter Phelan, the only man to survive, sat alone in a room … and someone was trying to get in …

Stories of the sudden, revealing and unforgettable flash of imagination — a choice collection of outrageous characters who inhabit Fredric Brown’s futuristic world, including:

The man who lost thirty years but would settle for something — anything — green. Will McGarry and Dorothy ever return home?

The man who learned how to beat the lie detector — once and for all. The Chicago underworld appears transformed, but there is no accounting for the new crime rate. Cops, judges and juries have a lot of catching up to do…

Roger Jerome Phlutter — a young man has been working tirelessly to fulfil his dream of becoming an astronaut, but a sudden disturbance sends the world of astrology into overdrive. Are the stars trying to send an urgent message?

George Vine visits the asylum — an apparent diagnosis of amnesia and a strange affinity with Napoleon, forces Vine into revealing a dangerous secret. How mad must patients really be to die in the asylum?

Space on My Hands is a gripping collection of science fiction stories from master of the genre, Fredric Brown.

The Girl From San Vito
by Ronald Giardina
Contemporary Fiction
A classic novel of good and evil, The Girl From San Vito is the story of a beautiful Sicilian girl Angelica. When a mafia boss demands her hand in marriage, her family sends her to America on the S.S. Pannonia, steerage class. Not yet seventeen, she dares to think about the future. She vows to marry a good man, raise a family, and buy land in America.

Angelica goes to Los Angeles to live with dear friends of her family. She falls in love with a handsome older man, Johnny, but her dream of marriage, family, and land, is shattered by the secrets of his past, a murder, and the bloody struggle for control of the rackets in Los Angeles.

Inside The Bubble
by Noga Niv
Contemporary Women's Fiction
A dramatic encounter between five women set against the backdrop of the hi-tech industry in Silicon Valley and it’s grand economic collapse.

Daniela is a psychologist in her forties , leading a grey life within the social enclave of Israeli émigré in the Silicon Valley. When she meets four woman friends from her home country, she is faced with disturbing suspicions and doubts that will leave their mark on her personal and professional life.

A nuanced contemporary drama of adultery, envy rivalry and greed.

Relocated to California on account of their husbands - chief high-tech executives in the Silicon Valley, Daniela, Gaby, Mika, Ghila and Anita move back and forth between the worlds of past and present, California and Israel, adulthood and childhood.

Five women in parallel moments speak in clear, distinct and often contrasting voices about their secrets, their desires and their life decisions.

Secrets are half-spoken and future plans formed as they discuss men and women, Americans and Israelis and life far away from home. As their personal stories unfold, the dramas of their marriage, family and personal life is revealed.

Inside Outlaw
by Douglas Eagen
Literature & Fiction
Jimmy star Two Fingers lives on the fringes of society. .Running marijuana up and down the American Southwest has become a way ofl life. Along the way he has made friends, he;s made enemy's. he's even picked up a dog named Snoop along the way. But Jimmy Star Two Fingers is just like anybody else. He has hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

The Inside Outlaw is a tale of the everyday life of a modern day Outlaw. Jimmy can handle himself in a fight or in a deal gone bad. But he is getting older now. The game has changed and he's worried life is leaving him behind .

Growing up an Army brat and losing his mother at a young age did little for Jimmy's self esteem. He was never anywhere long enough to make any real friends. And when he did, it didn't last.

In and out of the brig, and jail, Jimmy's troubled youth led him to the mean streets of Omaha, and St. Louis. It is here that he meets Nathan who takes him under his wing and teaches him the ins and outs of what he liked to call 'Moving Contraband.'

A timely vehicle breakdown brings him in Demry, Arizona, an old mining town long past it's prime. Here he meets Claudette Burns, a life long outspoken resident of Demry. He accompanies her to the town picnic. It's here that bikers, miners, bake sales, senior citizens, children, lost love, and new friends collide with Jimmy's past, present, and future in a tale that will leave you begging for more

Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw Book 1)
by Eliza Watson
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Women's Fiction
Why run from your troubles when you can fly instead?

When Caity Shaw is fired from her first job that doesn't require an elf uniform, her older sister, Rachel, an event planner, hires her to work a meeting in Dublin. Caity jumps at the opportunity to travel abroad and escape her pathetic life. However, even four thousand miles from home, there's no avoiding debt collectors, an overbearing mother, and haunting memories of a controlling ex.

While in Dublin, Caity suffers a series of humiliating mishaps, causing her to lose even more faith in herself. Caity struggles to earn Rachel's respect--and to keep Declan, her hot Irish coworker, at arm's length. Declan repeatedly saves Caity's butt and helps boost her self-confidence, making it difficult to keep her distance from the charming womanizer. When Declan helps her research her Irish grandmother, Caity discovers the mysterious past of the courageous woman she barely knew might hold the answers to her future.

The Girl in Seat 24B
by Jennifer Peel
Religious & Inspirational Fiction
One red eye flight and ten years of marriage later, Carly Bishop had what she considered a practically perfect life. Her journalist husband and her two adorable children were everything to her. But soon she would find out that her dream life didn't fall in line with her husband's expectations.

Left alone to sort out the pieces of her crumbling life, Carly finds strength in her children and her growing relationship with her in-laws. Most importantly, she finds her greatest strength as she builds a friendship with herself.

Determined to move forward and be happy, Carly does her best to make the most of her difficult situation. But will it be enough to save her marriage and the man she loves, or will his selfishness destroy everything they've worked for, including his own happiness?

All-American Girl
by Meg Cabot
PRICE: $0.99
Teen & Young Adult / Humor
Top ten reasons Samantha Madison is in deep trouble
10. Her big sister is the most popular girl in school
9. Her little sister is a certified genius
8. She's in love with her big sister's boyfriend
7. She got caught selling celebrity portraits in school
6. And now she's being forced to take art classes
5. She's just saved the president of the United States from an assassination attempt
4. So the whole world thinks she is a hero
3. Even though Sam knows she is far, far from being a hero
2. And now she's been appointed teen ambassador to the UN
And the number-one reason Sam's life is over?
1.The president's son just might be in love with her

by Joan Vassar
Historical Romance
In August 1831, Nat Turner leads a group of escaped slaves in a rebellion that rocks the South. The revolt comes to a quick and violent end. In November, Nat is publicly hanged, and as his body swings, a false sense of peace washes over Jerusalem, Virginia.

Unbeknownst to the world, on the day Nat Turner dies, his son, Nat Hope Turner, is born. Reared by Big Mama on the Turner plantation, young Nat's identity is kept secret to keep him safe. As Nat grows to manhood, he leads his own uprising against slavery and is forever after known as Black.

Fate-by way of Big Mama-leads Black to rescue a young female slave, Sunday, before the plantation owner can sell her. Black has lived for liberty until the day he comes face to face with the alluring Sunday. As the two embark on a sexually charged ride toward love and freedom, they set off a chain of events that forces Black to risk his own liberty for hers.

Black shares the appealing tale of a passionate love between a man and a woman bound together to change their destiny.

Walking with Shadows
by Luke Romyn
PRICE: $0.99
Action & Adventure
From USA Today and Amazon #1 bestselling author, Luke Romyn, comes a compelling tale of survival and companionship.

A plane crashes in the midst of the Amazon rainforest, leaving only two survivors: Jonas Drake, a wealthy award-winning author, and a terrified young boy named Jeremy.

Jonas must find the strength to lead Jeremy through an army hunting them for ransom, predatory beasts, and all manner of perils not found in the concrete jungle he usually calls home. To keep Jeremy calm, Jonas shares extraordinary stories involving magical characters, tales from his early days as an author. Unfortunately, neither of them know what to do when these creations start to come alive in the jungle surrounding them.

Filled with profound characters, this stunning adventure journeys into the heart of a man turned cold by a world he barely recognizes, who slowly thaws while learning to care for someone other than himself.

by Ryan Slattery
Science Fiction & Fantasy
The secret he discovered could kill them all.

Fourteen-year-old Gage Ward is a Delver, an adventurer tasked to unearth the advanced technologies of an earlier eon, now manifested to the world after massive earthquakes changed the face of the earth.

He discovers that an ancient creature lives in the earth, that all life is born from its dreaming, and all world-wide extinctions are caused by its waking.

And worst of’s waking up!

Now it’s up to him to turn the tables on the bullies who get in his way and save the world from the upcoming upheaval - all before he gets sent home the next day.

If you like imaginative plots, fast-paced storytelling, and quirky adventures, you’ll love Ryan J Slattery’s sci-fi tale of awesomeness.

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