Literary Gold 8/8/16

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Beauty: an Everland Ever After Tale
by Caroline Lee
PRICE: FREE
Historical Romance
A faded matron and a blinded musician... but which is the Beauty and which is the Beast?

Twice-widowed Arabella Mayor has made a place for herself and her son in Everland, selling and lending her beloved books to other bibliophiles in the sweet town. But she’s running out of money, and ten-year-old Eddie is giving her fits, and their future is uncertain. Re-marriage might have once been an option, but Arabella knows she’s past her prime, and isn’t the Beauty she used to be. And as her beauty faded, so did her worth. What does she have left?

World-renown violinist Vincenzo Bellini is at ease with his carefully cultivated reputation of a beastly recluse. After all, the fewer people looking at his hideous scars, the better. Ready to retire, he’s trying to hide in Everland, but doesn’t count on the townsfolk being so curious… especially a particular bookseller who reminds him of the life he abandoned long ago. Can he teach her that worth isn't tied to their appearances, or will he have to abandon his plans for a future here in Everland?



Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel
by Jenny Colgan
PRICE: $1.99
Women's Fiction
For fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Jojo Moyes, and Jane Green, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is an irresistible novel—moving and funny, soulful and sweet—about happiness, heartache, and hope. And recipes.
A thriving bakery. A lighthouse to call home. A handsome beekeeper. A pet puffin. These are the things that Polly Waterford can call her own. This is the beautiful life she leads on a tiny island off the southern coast of England.
But clouds are gathering on the horizon. A stranger threatens to ruin Polly’s business. Her beloved boyfriend seems to be leading a secret life. And the arrival of a newcomer—a bereft widow desperately searching for a fresh start—forces Polly to reconsider the choices she’s made, even as she tries to help her new friend through grief.
Unpredictable and unforgettable, this delightful novel will make you laugh, cry, and long for a lighthouse of your own.



Endangered
by Pamela Beason
PRICE: FREE
Crime Fiction
Summer "Sam" Westin's assignment to report on cougars in a Utah park goes horribly awry when a child vanishes from a campground and the TV news focuses on the local mountain lions as the likely culprits. Sam has good reason to suspect the shadowy man she spotted at the end of the path. Can she find the truth in time to save both the child and the big cats?

Readers have compared this series to Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon mysteries and to C.J. Box's early Joe Pickett series.








Omega
by Lizzy Ford
PRICE: $0.99
Teen & Young Adult
Before Beauty and the Beast, there was Alessandra and Adonis ...

In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods.

However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.

For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.

Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.

Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her.

One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.



The Mage and the Magpie
by Austin J Bailey
PRICE: FREE
Children's
An invisible girl. A missing mage. A world in need…

Brinley has spent most of her life lost in her own imagination, teaching bullfrogs to do gymnastics and pretending to be invisible. Now, when a magic bell from another world summons her across time and space on a journey to find her mother, she will discover real friendship, face true evil, and overcome her greatest fears in order to save the ones she loves.



Ruby: A Novel
by Francesca Lia Block
PRICE: $0.99
Science Fiction & Fantasy
From the beloved author of Necklace of Kisses comes a modern-day fairy tale of a willful and intuitive heroine and a world of shocking realism and transcendent magic.
Francesca Lia Block, this time with co-writer Carmen Staton, introduces readers to Ruby, a Midwestern girl named for the jewel that is believed to ward off evil spirits. Ruby's special gift is a sixth sense that makes her at one with nature and gives her the ability to know her own destiny.
After growing up in an abusive family, Ruby escapes to Los Angeles and learns of her soulmate -- Orion -- a British actor. She travels to England, where she works at a potions and herbs shop, and through a series of coincidental circumstances, ends up nursing Orion back to health without confessing that she has been on a quest to find him all along. But just when she thinks her dream is becoming a reality, Ruby is stopped in her tracks by the violent demons of her past. Only by facing the darkness together can she and Orion finally fulfill their destiny.
As with Necklace of Kisses, Block, here with Staton, breaks the mold. In Ruby, readers will find a story about the power of our minds to overcome the past and ultimately change the course of our lives.










Miss Landon and Aubranael
by Charlotte E English
PRICE: FREE
Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Romance
A historical Regency romance blended with fantasy and fairytale.

Tilby, Lincolnshire, 1811. Miss Sophia Landon is the daughter of an impoverished clergyman. Her father’s health is failing fast, but who wants to marry a woman without birth, beauty or wealth? Her prospects are limited indeed - until her friendship with the town’s fae denizens earns her passage to the otherworldly realm of Aylfenhame. Could her fate truly lie beyond the shores of England?

There she meets Aubranael, a young man with a warm heart and a ruined face. In Sophy he sees the answer to his loneliness, but how can a disfigured Ayliri hope to win her heart? When a mysterious witch offers him the temporary gift of beauty, he eagerly accepts: and so begins an adventure that could change his life, and Sophy’s, forever.



Auld Acquaintance
by Ruth Hay
PRICE: FREE
Women's Fiction
Auld Acquaintance is the story of a woman in her 60s who has lost her confidence through life events, including a divorce. Anna has a part-time job in a library, and a group of good friends, but her hopes for a brighter future are growing dim.

Unexpectedly, she receives a legal letter informing her that she has inherited a piece of property in Scotland. Her first instinct is to ignore this letter as she has no knowledge of the person named as the owner.

Anna's friends persuade her to travel to Scotland and stay until she can decide how to dispose of the farm house near Oban. So begins an adventure which opens up prospects for Anna and introduces her to a new environment and new people who help her.



Bridesmaid Lotto
by Rachel Astor
PRICE: FREE
Literature & Fiction
Book 1 in the USA Today Bestselling McMaster the Disaster series.

Josephine McMaster is pretty and smart, but very much a klutzy mess. Finally, at 26, she may have actually lost the dreaded ‘McMaster the Disaster’ nickname that has followed her around her whole life.

Josie’s quite content to be single, much to her mother’s disappointment. So when a bizarre contest is announced where a socialite is holding a lottery to pick her bridesmaids (and rake in a little extra cash), she can’t roll her eyes fast enough, even if it does mean meeting Jake Hall, her one and only movie star crush. Obviously, Josie doesn’t enter the bridesmaid lottery, so you can imagine her surprise when her picture pops up among the winners, thanks to Mom. With a little prodding -- okay bribing -- Josie agrees to participate.

The wedding turns into the event of the year, and Josie finds herself in the middle of a paparazzi feeding frenzy, which gets even crazier after Jake Hall takes a special interest in her.

Can Josie handle the pressure in the spotlight? Is it possible she might really have a chance with Jake Hall? And if she’s busy worrying about all that, how in the heck is she going to keep ‘McMaster the Disaster’ from showing up in front of the entire world?








A Blind Eye
by Jane Gorman
PRICE: FREE
Thrillers & Suspense
A Philadelphia police detective visiting Poland gets involved when murder is suspected, and the local police turn away. Adam Kaminski, with a delegation to Philadelphia's sister city, is meant to be a polite observer only. But a good man doesn't walk away when he sees wrong being done, and he's not about to start now.

Visiting his family's homeland, Adam's been warned by his superiors to be on his best behavior. In a country that has known centuries of wars and occupation, politics are complex and layered with old prejudices and loyalties impossible for foreigners to understand. But when Adam meets a Polish cousin in Warsaw who believes his daughter was murdered, Adam is troubled by the indifference of the police… and by the strange behavior of the delegation's Polish liaison.

Adam begins uncovering clues that point to the killer, clues that lead him inexorably into an investigation of the intricate web of Polish politics and the legacy of the Secret Police. But the past isn't always black and white, as Adam is forced to accept as he learns more about the killer and about his own family legacy. Will looking into the murder only beget more murder?



The Light of Asteria: Kailmeyra's Last Hope
by Elizabeth Isaacs
PRICE: FREE
Science Fiction & Fantasy
If Nora Johnson hadn’t been on campus that day she would have never known her true destiny. Helping her friends move into the dorm that she wanted to call home, Nora accidentally collides with mysterious stranger, Gavin Frey. His very first touch sends flames through her heart. The world seems different—something within her has changed.

She tries to resume her mundane life, but she is now consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed. She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin’s source, his strength.

Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be, and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical proportions. Negativity allows all things evil to flourish, the earth is under siege. The fate of creation hinges on the power within her heart. Will she be strong enough to survive?

A gripping tale of unbounded love and ancient power, The Light of Asteria will take you on an epic adventure filled with war, treachery, and demons, as well as unimaginable delights



Lords of Circumstance
by Mike Leach
PRICE: FREE
Thrillers & Suspense
Lords of Circumstance is a story of tragedy and redemption that spans two generations, extraordinarily connected by the whims of fate. It examines the shrinking proximity of unspeakable disaster that we all suppress for the sake of sanity.

Between the Korean War and the killing fields of Vietnam, the Cold War Era becomes a proving ground for increasingly complex, engineered viruses. While the world focuses on nuclear threats, our enemies are rapidly developing alternative methods of achieving world domination. One man has peeked inside Pandora’s Box and discovered a soulless aggressor.

On the opposite side of the world, the lives of best friends Matt Garrett and Bill Hunter follow widely divergent paths after high school, only to be reunited as adults in pursuit of a common goal. With the formation of the elite, U.S. government “LOC” team, the characters are swept up in a global search for the ultimate biological weapon, developed by a Russian scientist whose research was decades ahead of its time. Deadly secrets lead to incredible revelations, leaving us to question the tenuous fabric of our daily lives.





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On a Red Horse
by Monica Corwin
PRICE: $0.99
Paranormal Romance
Scarlet needs a new job, but Horseman of the Apocalypse doesn’t sound good on a resume. Three years ago she followed her companions to Earth in an effort to live human lives. But the moment she left her husband Tyr she knew life wouldn’t be worth living. Lonely and longing for her husband, Scarlet is on a path of destruction that could endanger all the riders.

Tyr, god of justice, hunts his wife across the realms. From Hell to the Golden Throne, he travels until he finds her working as a phone operator. Scarlet is no longer the woman he fell in love with, and he is determined to bring that woman back to him if it takes the rest of eternity.

Even though the Horsemen live on Earth, they are still responsible for guarding four seals that can unleash the Apocalypse. When a prophecy is awoken by a deity who only has her own interests at heart, they must go on the defensive to keep their homes on Earth and protect the seals. If even one seal opens, it will start a chain reaction that will force the Horsemen to take up their mantles and destroy the new lives they’ve worked so hard to build.



AQUA
by Tracy Korn
PRICE: FREE
Science Fiction & Fantasy
12 years to prepare for one chance to succeed...

Being afraid of failure is normal, but no one fears success except eighteen-year-old Jazwyn Ripley, who has worked her entire life for a chance to become more than the scant apprenticeships in the Seaboard North stacks can offer. It's all too clear that at the bottom, there's nowhere to go but down. Only the best can begin career training at Gaia Sur, the elite academy on the ocean floor, but when Jazz begins receiving cryptic messages from past Gaia cadets originating from within the earth's core, she and her friends discover that the road to everything they've ever wanted now leads somewhere they never intended to go.

The State estimates the atmosphere will only sustain a handful of generations before overcrowding, air quality, and economic hardship make it nearly impossible to survive, let alone thrive in an ever-shrinking topside world. Government buildings and the global elite have already relocated four miles underwater where Gaia Sur has led the way in biodesign, omnicoding, astronavigation, and diplomacy careers, just to name a few of the futures available to those who have what it takes to make a difference for themselves and their families. For everyone else, the Seaboarder working class, the Tinkerers, the Fishers, the Fringe, even the domed Skyboard mountain pseudo-elite, time is running out. Fifteen students will beat the odds only to find themselves in over their heads with one way out: going deeper.

Fast-paced, character driven, and full of plot twists you'll never see coming, take a deep breath and get ready to dive into AQUA, the first book in The Elements series.



Our Song: The Wilder Books #1
by Savannah Kade
PRICE: $0.99
Contemporary Romance
JD Hewlitt gave up the good life.

He quit his high-stress job, sold his high-rise condo, and left his high-maintenance girlfriend behind to start over in Nashville. Three years later, his band Wilder is still struggling for the recognition they deserve and his hopes aren’t what they used to be. Out of the blue he gets a call that an ex-girlfriend passed away – leaving him a child he didn’t know he had. To make matters worse, his six year old daughter, Andie, is a demon.

Kelsey Conklin never had the good life.

She’s always taken care of everyone and everything around her, including her entire family. But now it’s just her and her two kids. She’s packed up her past and moved them all to Nashville to start over. All she really wants is a quiet life and she’s pretty sure she knows how her story works.

But JD and Andie need her. And it turns out that she and her kids need them, too. Somewhere along the way, JD becomes something she can’t live without, and something she never thought she’d have.

With a little ingenuity, they can make this work. And maybe JD knows what she needs better than she ever did. . . .










Volonians: Mysteries of the Vondercrat
by Carlos Hardy & Christopher Edwards Jr
PRICE: FREE
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book #1 in the Best-Selling Young Adult- Teen Fantasy Series... Volonians

A golden planet made of stunning witches and warlocks
Two mischievous young teens
Supernatural powers
Sorcery and Secrets
Dark and forbidden Spells
Evil and Sadistic Villains
A mothers love and her fight to protect her children.

Varah stands fixed in the middle of the room. Her long, flowing hair begins to rise from her head, its golden streak glowing. Following the rise of her hair, her entire body ascends in a vertical lift, feet slowly leaving the floor, higher and higher as she recites the spell, "VAMBULA AMIRE VONNACIO VOUD. YOU WERE ONCE HIDDEN BUT NOW YOU HAVE BEEN FOUND! VASIAGO ADU ANADA ADER. ANCIENT BOOK OF VOLONIA PLEASE COME HERE!" Immediately, a fiery red and yellow portal begins to form, circling counter-clockwise and growing larger with each rotation. The ground begins to shake, books fall from shelves, walls crack and gust of winds blow through the windowless room, shuddering everything in the place... Varah is completely entranced a golden glow surrounds her. All of a sudden, she falls to the floor. Broc and Shenzara rush toward her, and begin to carefully but forcefully shake their mother trying desperately to awaken her...



Confession
by Nicholas Rhea
PRICE: $0.99
Mystery & Thriller
Detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton is the first on the scene as he witnesses a fatal car accident.

In the victim’s last living moments he makes a confession that sets Pemberton’s senses on full alert.

James Browning admits murdering a woman and despairs of his action with the words ‘she did not deserve it’.

When a prostitute’s corpse is discovered in the woods in Penthorne a few days later it seems impossible not to connect the two incidents.

As Pemberton realizes the body is mysteriously missing its shoes he remembers the chain of abusive murders performed by a killer nicknamed the ‘Sandal Strangler’.

Could he have accidentally stumbled upon the path of this mass murderer?

‘Confession’ is a gripping murder mystery from a master of the genre.





Melt With You (A Totally '80s Romance Book 1)
by Addison Moore
PRICE: FREE
Literature & Fiction
September 1984 Junior year is really shaping up to be something. After three years of trying, I finally made the cheer squad. And on the last day of summer practice the demigod of Glen Heights High, Joel Effing Miller, finally notices me—right after he runs me over and lands my leg in a cast. Yeah, junior year is really shaping up to be something. I swear I didn’t see her. But I’m making it up to her every way I can. I’m driving her to school, helping her to all of her classes. I’ve never met anyone so down to earth—a girl who actually likes the things I like.

Melissa Malinowski is a breath of fresh air. I can’t stop thinking about her. I swear I didn’t see her, but I should have. Melissa is too beautiful to miss. My name is Kelly Masterson, and nobody messes with me. I’m Joel Miller’s girlfriend. So Joel ran Mouse-akowski over with his truck. So what? He should’ve finished her off. And now he wants to break up? As if. Nobody breaks up with me. Joel is mine, and he’s going to stay that way. And after having a nice little chat with his mother, it’s become clear why he’s bending over backward to please that human speed bump. I’ll make sure Mouse-akowski understands this, too. That will be the end of Joel and his nerdy little plaything. My name is Kelly Masterson, and nobody messes with me. 1984 called and it wants to Melt With You.

Melt With You (A Totally '80s Romance) It’s like totally awesome.
***CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE***
Melt With You (A Totally '80s Romance 1)
From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore...Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison's books...easy, frothy fun!













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