Literary Gold 7/21/16

Today's Literary Gold Book Deals:
Please keep in mind that prices are subject to change at any time, and may vary depending upon your location.






Seeker's Call
by Cassandra Boyson
PRICE: FREE
Teen & Young Adult
Kierelia, a kingdom on the planet Kaern, is a forested land of kings, castles, and dragon-slayers... as well as the home of Iviana, an orphan and Healer who has just lost her mentor, the only family she ever knew.

Alone and searching for a place to call home, Iviana stumbles upon Tragor, the Great Dragon of the Ages, and Flynn, a strange young man determined to slay the dragon and steal its heart. Captivated by its beauty, Iviana intervenes on behalf of the beast.

Having earned the friendship of the dragon, Tragor flies Iviana to his home-world, the Greater Archipelagos, a planet set in another universe. Populated by a people who are born with what they call the Great Gifts, the islanders prove to possess supernatural powers bestowed by their god, the Great One. It is there she must press beyond the rejection of the people to make discoveries not only about her own lineage, but of her destiny: a call that could save the Greater Archipelagos from its demise.

With sword in hand, Iviana uncovers more about her gift as a Healer and finds purpose in the battles against the dark powers that seek to destroy her and those she loves.

Seeker’s Call is a thrilling ride filled with fascinating adventure, endearing characters and truth that will reach through the pages into your own world.



The Whistle Walk: A Civil War Novel
by Stephenia H McGee
PRICE: $0.99
Historical Romance
A Mississippi Plantation: Civil War pits countrymen against one another and tears a nation asunder. Life and death are held in the balance where everyone is a slave to something.

One is born free, yet lives as a soul in bondage…
Lydia Harper never intended to purchase a slave. But when she witnesses a woman being beaten in the street, all her pretenses begin to unravel. A bride to a man she barely knows and bound by her secrets, Lydia will risk everything to save a stranger. Amid the War Between the States, the mistress of Ironwood faces the battles in her own heart and discovers strength in a way she never imagined.

The other is born to serve, yet holds the spirit of freedom…
Ruth, standing on the threshold of desperation, has lost everything she holds dear. After being pulled from the dirt, she is no longer a field hand but the personal maid to the lady of Ironwood. Ruth soon realizes adversity pays no mind to the color of skin. When propriety slips, she discovers they have more in common than she dreamed possible. In a time when fear brings the South to its knees, two women will forge a friendship in the fires of redemption and thrust Ironwood into a new future – where the battle for freedom has merely begun.



Five Kingdoms
by TA Miles
PRICE: FREE
Science Fiction & Fantasy
With the Celestial Swords and their bearers united, Xu Liang heads for his homeland. Having lost his spiritual connection with the Empress, he is unprepared for the severity of Chaos' grip on the land and its people. Fear is spreading throughout Sheng Fan. War is in the air. There is dissension in the ranks of the Empire and Xu Liang's favor with the Empress seems to be in question, his once influential position now tenuous.
 
The coming together of the Blades seems for naught while enemies from within threaten to tear apart his allegiance with the outsiders he dared to bring into Sheng Fan by spreading dangerous rumors. It seems that Xu Liang can do little more than watch as the Dragon continues to rise, every hour clawing its way deeper into the heart of the Empire, which slowly rends itself apart with the governors of the Five Kingdoms taking up arms against each other, as well as against the Song Dynasty.
 
Those allied by the Swords must put Chaos to rest--be it an actual dragon, or war itself--but first they must find peace within themselves and amongst each other.









GUTS 'N GUNSHIPS: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam
by Mark Garrison
PRICE: $0.99
Action & Adventure
In the summer of 1967, Mark Garrison had dropped out of college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, just before entering his third year. He had run out of money and had to work for a while. These were the days before the lottery and the draft soon came calling. In order to somewhat control his own future, he enlisted in the U.S. Army’s helicopter flight school program. Little did he know that this adventure would be the most profound experience of his life.

Garrison flew hundreds of missions for the 119th AHC, stationed in the Central Highlands at Camp Holloway in Pleiku, Vietnam. He was awarded twenty-five Air Medals, four campaign Bronze Stars, and The Distinguished Flying Cross among numerous other awards. His narrative takes you through the whole process, from basic training, flight school, flying combat in Vietnam, and his return to the United States. His description includes many incidents in combat flight, including being hit by rocket propelled grenades and being on fire in the air, over hundreds if not thousands of enemy troops. But this is not all. He elaborates on the daily lives, emotions, and nuances of the pilots and what they considered their mission to be.



Last Writes
by Sheila Lowe
PRICE: FREE
Crime Fiction
Claudia’s friend Kelly learns that she’s an aunt when her estranged half-sister, Erin, shows up at her home in desperate need of help. Erin and her husband have been living quiet lives as members of the Temple of Brighter Light in an isolated compound. But now her husband and young child have disappeared, leaving behind a cryptic note with a terrifying message.

Seizing an opportunity to use her special skills as a forensic handwriting expert, Claudia becomes one of the few outsiders ever to be invited inside the temple’s compound. She has only a few days to uncover the truth about Kelly’s missing niece before the prophecy of a secret ancient parchment can be fulfilled and a child’s life is written off for good…



Dean and Me: (A Love Story)
by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan
PRICE: $1.99
Biographies & Memoirs
They were the unlikeliest of pairs—a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J.. Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage. But the moment they got together, something clicked—something miraculous—and audiences saw it at once.

Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution. The millions (and the women) flowed in, seemingly without end—and then, on July 24, 1956, ten years from the day when the two men joined forces, it all ended.

After that traumatic day, the two wouldn’t speak again for twenty years. And while both went on to forge triumphant individual careers—Martin as a movie and television star, recording artist, and nightclub luminary (and charter member of the Rat Pack); Lewis as the groundbreaking writer, producer, director, and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies—their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as in each man’s heart.

In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a fifty-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and Fifty-fourth Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

In Dean & Me, Jerry Lewis makes a convincing case for Dean Martin as one of the great—and most underrated—comic talents of our era. But what comes across most powerfully in this definitive memoir is the depth of love Lewis felt, and still feels, for his partner, and which his partner felt for him: truly a love to last for all time.










Love Him Not: A Dating Adventure with 60 Mostly Unhappy Endings
by Tara K Reed
PRICE: FREE
Humor & Satire
Are you an expert at the game of love? Find out in Love Him Not, an interactive unromantic comedy where YOU become the protagonist. As Elle Masters, you'll navigate hundreds of familiar dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments inspired by popular advice books and modern romance. Each choice is more complicated than the last, and the stakes are raised with each turn of the page, but you’ll have backup from Elle’s best friends, Rachel and Valerie, who put the “antics” in “romantics.”

With 60 endings ranging from "I don't know what happened!" to “I do,” don't be surprised if art imitates life and you throw this book across the room… only to pick it up and try again. One more time. Because, unlike real life, when you don't like the outcome, you can go back to a pivotal moment and explore the path not taken, or even start over at the beginning.



Double Dare
by Rhonda Nelson
PRICE: FREE
Literature & Fiction
Runaway bride Louisa Honeycut is looking for a quick escape when she passes the Double Dare, Inc sign and the slogan "Are you ready for the time of your life?" seems like divine intervention. Sheltered by her overbearing father, Louisa has years of catching up to do and can think of no better person than gorgeous Sam Rawlins to show her. Is she ready for the time of her life? Hell, yes.

Ordinarily unflappable adventure guide Sam Rawlins makes his living showing the wealthy how to have fun, but nothing in his experience could have prepared him for the "adventure" Louisa Honeycut asks for. He might be showing Louisa the time of her life, but the quirky little snack-cake heiress is soon turning Sam's own life upside down...and perversely, he likes the new vantage point.



Finding Montana
by James Morgan
PRICE: FREE
Literature & Fiction
Jack Mason is fast approaching his fortieth birthday.
His wife is having an affair and he is at a crossroads with his career. He still has a hangover from his childhood, where his father was a dictatorial and sometimes violent character. The one positive thing that Jack’s father did do, was to take him to see the rocket launches at the Cape, and this sparked a fire inside Jack.
Jack also has a secret.
For as long as he can remember he wanted to fly in a rocket. So much so that he has bought an old German A4 brought to the US after World War II from an auction, and has spent all his spare time working out how he can convert it into a credible option for a working rocket, to get as near as possible to space.
Jack stumbles across his wife’s affair by chance and this is the catalyst for him to take a dead end job for the government, researching weather patterns in Montana, the reason? It will be a perfect cover for turning his dream into a reality.
Along the way Jack has to turn to others for help in the most unlikely of places and learns about not being afraid to turn dreams into reality and never giving up.
It isn’t long before the Authorities and the Press, realise something is happening and the launch turns into a media circus, with everyone trying to get in on the action. The Space Agency become worried and send up Christian Shaw, Jack’s arch rival, who holds they key to whether Jack will get the green light to fly.








Size Eight In a Size Zero World
by Meredith Cagen
PRICE: FREE
Contemporary Fiction
Meet Lindsay Chandler--a 32 year-old New York City working wife and mother with old-fashioned values who thinks she's living a fairy tale life (she's not). She's too busy navigating between her job, husband, home, children, friends and other obligations to acknowledge her loneliness. Then an unexpected friendship with her upstairs neighbor (he is smart, successful, sophisticated and sexy-- she's not) unleashes her passion and re-ignites her sparkle.

This liaison causes her to realize what she is missing. Yearning for a storybook ending, she decides to make changes in her life, embarking on a quest for self re-invention in this hilarious, witty, heart felt story.In the tradition of Sex and the City, Size Eight in a Size Zero World, is a modern-day story of a good girl trying to do the right thing and the wrong thing simultaneously, while remaining true toherself, whoever that is.

With the help of a believable cast of characters, Lindsay embarks on a plan to better herself and plight. This novel is a wickedly funny social commentary on the lives of average women in New
York City's posh Upper East Side.

What happens when the road to happily ever after takes an unexpected detour?



Purling Road - The Complete Second Season: Episodes 1-10
by ML Gardner
PRICE: FREE
Historical Fiction
In Season Two of Purling Road, the financial hardships are temporarily eased as Jonathan and Aryl find success with a new business venture. Even with this small reprieve, everyone is faced with a long, hot summer. Relationships are brutally tested. Some are broken, never to be the same again and even Maura finds it difficult to help her friends.
The fuse is lit when boredom and frustration lead Claire, Ava, and Arianna to a girl’s night that reincarnates Arianna to her former glory. After suffering a loss, she reaches her breaking point and Caleb is left to deal with the aftermath of her destructive decisions.
Ruth moves to town with her son and finds the women welcoming her friendship and advice.
Tempers rise faster than the tide when Claire makes a decision that Aryl can’t live with. Ava and Jonathan welcome a new member of the family, and soon after, she is forced to reveal a carefully guarded secret, but not before Jonathan assumes the worst.
With her paper on more solid ground, Muzzy is forced to take drastic action to save her reputation, taking Rockport by surprise.
As everyone focuses on their own crises, it becomes increasingly hard to come together—the only thing that has saved them in the past. Season Two is nothing short of explosive as everyone must look within themselves for answers.



Reaper's Run
by David VanDyke with Ryan King
PRICE: FREE
Science Fiction & Fantasy
When US Marine Sergeant Jill Repeth's blown-off legs begin to regenerate, she thinks it's a medical miracle. But the breakthrough that heals her war injuries is exactly what the government desperately wants to quash - by any means necessary. Hunted, she must cross an America wracked by strife to try to find a family who may already be dead, searching for the inhuman secret of what started it all.

Reaper's Run is an origins story and apocalyptic novel, the beginning of one warrior's journey from tactical cop to freedom fighter and beyond. It leads the reader into the acclaimed Plague Wars science fiction series.








Beside Still Waters
by Tricia Goyer
PRICE: $0.99
Religious & Inspirational Fiction
Raised among the Amish of Indiana, 18-year-old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known. But when her older brother chooses the world’s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna’s parents move the family to Montana.

Although she is also in her rumschpringe years and not obligated to move, Marianna makes the journey to dutifully help her mother who is expecting another child. Surprisingly, from strangers on the cross-country train ride to the less rigid stance of the new Montana community, many Englisch influences awaken within Marianna—and even her father—the desire to pursue a deeper kind of joy and love for God.

After an accident, Marianna tells her friend Ben a defining story about the Sommer family, and his response further illumines the active relationship God seeks with His followers. In due time, she learns the move from Indiana was not about losing anything, but finding out who God really is. Despite all the shake-ups, Marianna feels a sweet peace, like still waters, in her soul.

Books 2 and 3 of this series are also available for only $0.99



The Black Dragon
by Salvador Mercer
PRICE: FREE
Teen & Young Adult
A thousand years ago, on the world of Claire-Agon, a war raged between men and dragons.

When an expedition of elite warriors goes missing in the fetid Kero Swamp, Olivia Moross, Priestess of Astor and daughter of the regional prefect, is caught in the conflict between her divine holy order, the sinister Kesh wizards, and the nobles of the ruling class of Ulatha.

Seeking the fate of the lost expedition, and struggling to learn what might exist in the desolate Kero Swamp, Olivia finds herself battling human, beastly and supernatural forces. With the help of her father's nobles, and an unexpected Ranger of the Arnen, she must not only save her town, but also remain true to her beliefs in the pursuit of the truth.

Olivia soon discovers that in the world of Claire-Agon, when dealing with a Black Dragon, sometimes dead is better.



Tiny Pretty Things
by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
PRICE: $1.99
Teen & Young Adult
Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet-star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever.
When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.








Will of Fate: Dual Court Kiss I
by Samantha Britt
PRICE: FREE
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Twenty three year old Gwen Longe has her life all planned out. She’s overcome obstacles most people cannot even fathom, let alone conquer and find themselves successfully completing their first year of medical school. Home to visit her foster brother and best friends for the summer, Gwen is eager for what she views as a stress-free vacation from her wonderful, but hectic, life.

All notions of relaxation are swept away when a handsome stranger walks into her life and reveals a world she never knew existed. Kalan exposes certain truths about herself and brings Gwen to a world so magical she could not have created it in her wildest dreams.

Prince Kalan of Winter Court agreed to a trip in the Human Realm with his friend in order to escape the never ending parade of potential lifemates his mother throws his way. The prince did not expect to encounter Gwen, a Winter Fae of incomparable beauty. He certainly did not expect the fascination he develops for her once he learns her story, and he is not likely to let it go anytime soon.

A story of love and tragedy through two generations, intertwined with Fate, Will of Fate is a fantasy romance sure to cause elation and despair, hope and disappointment; all the while revealing a magical world where the Fate of many rest on the shoulders of Two.  




Charisse
by Fay Lamb
PRICE: $0.99
Contemporary Romance
Charisse Wellman’s husband has been gone a year, and she’s about to lose the only home her son, V.J., has ever known. She’s quit law school but the money just isn’t there. Her only option is to work as a law clerk for her ex-friend, Gideon Tabor. The only problem: Gideon is the judge who let her husband’s killer go free, and Gideon doesn’t know the connection.

Gideon Tabor can’t believe that the woman interviewing for the job is the girl he loved in high school. Charisse is hesitant about accepting his job offer, and when she does, Gideon makes every attempt to apologize for his relationship-ending blunder in high school. Charisse accepts his apology, but she keeps him at a distance. When Gideon learns that Charisse’s anger actually stems from his release of the man who ran down her husband, he tries to explain, but Charisse doesn’t want Gideon’s excuses or the love he has to offer. She wants her husband’s killer to pay.



Running Wide Open
by Lisa Nowak
PRICE: FREE
Teen & Young Adult
Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the inside of a combustion chamber, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night?

What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust.














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