Another batch of Kindle freebies to kick off your weekend. Yes, 39 more great Kindle freebies, each book listed here has gone FREE within the past 24 hours.

You’ll notice that the first item listed here is actually an app, “103 Puzzle Quizes” by the Grabarchuk Family. It’s a fun, entertaining and educational game that will clear out the cobwebs upstairs. I’m not sure if it’s usable on the old Kindles but it works like a charm on my Kindle Fire. But even if you haven’t gotten a Fire yet, I’d recommend downloading it now so you’ll have it in your Media Library for access later.

Books qualify for “Editor’s Picks” if they have outstanding customer reviews. Warning: Kindle book promotions can end without notice, so before downloading click the link “See Kindle price at Amazon” to verify that the book is still free.

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Hammerhead

Hammerhead

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Hammerhead supports injured U.S. veterans. To learn more, please visit www.JasonAndrewBond.com/veterans.

Jeffrey Holt tears apart decommissioned ships that have been crash-landed in the Nevada desert. He’s a shipbreaker, no one of consequence—just as he wants it. However, decades after his role in the world mattered, someone is trying to kill him. Searching for a reason, he tears into the bridge of a derelict Kappa-Class freighter and finds corpses. As he stands on the bridge considering how to stay alive, a hand grips his leg…

Only the Truth

Only the Truth

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Harkening back to the writing styles and small town settings of earlier American authors – John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, and Carson McCullers - "Only the Truth" is a psychological mystery with as many twists as the country road leading to the humble home of Billy Ray Hutchins, a lonely uneducated man living in the hills of Arkansas. Life changes little for him from day to day until he brings home a young drifter he meets at the railroad tracks, the mysterious Charlene, whose last name he never asks. He becomes her Sweet Billy Ray and his love for Charlene is steady and uncomplicated until the sheriff shows up to take her away in handcuffs. With the only woman he has ever loved behind bars for the coldblooded murder of the old man across the road, a confused and devastated Billy Ray sets out on a quest to find the truth, only the truth, whether it leads him to be able to save his Charlene from a death sentence or it frees him from her spell.


PRAISE for ONLY THE TRUTH!

Brown does a masterful job engaging the reader while weaving the psychological tapestry of love, loss, brutality and shame that challenges us to think. – Blink on Crime

Intriguing, disturbing, beautiful – Chelsea Hoffman

This well-written novella has it all: interest, suspense, great characters, and a surprising conclusion. - Fifty is the New Forty

Billy Ray Hutchins, Police Chief Williams, Mrs. Covey – positive African-American characters– in a heartwarming book that has nothing to do with race. – Books of Worth

Only the Truth is such a special treat and ‘Sweet Billy Ray’ is so endearing, an innocent heart, venturing down life’s rocky road. I already miss him and it’s like missing a good ole’ friend. – Kathleen McLaughlin, Business End of the Pen

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown takes the reader on a psychological ride as the main character Billy Ray Hutchins wrestles with the fact that he lived with and loved a murderer. Billy Ray is best described as a country bumpkin, his world is turned upside down, and he is forced to go into the mind of a killer. Only the Truth is a real page turner that is sure to keep readers interested from start to finish! - Levi Page, The Levi Page Show


About the Author

Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler and television commentator. She is the CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and president of The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. Having made over two thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and worldwide, Pat Brown is well known for her crime commentary and for her profiling and forensic analysis. She can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, NBC, and CBS, and is a frequent guest of Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Inside Edition, and The Today Show, Pat Brown was the host and profiler for the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, "The Suspicious Death of Cleopatra" and the 2010 Discovery Channel "Mystery Files" in which she revealed a new Jack the Ripper suspect. Pat Brown is also the author of "Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers" (Phoenix Books 2008), "The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths" (Hyperion Voice 2010), and the upcoming "How to Save Your Daughter's Life" (HCI Sept 2012), and "The Murder of Cleopatra (Prometheus Feb 2013).

Breathless (Blue Fire Saga Book 1)

Breathless (Blue Fire Saga Book 1)

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"A RIVETING TALE of passion, danger & forbidden love. Breathless BREATHES NEW LIFE into the vampire genre." Rene Fountain, BookFetish
College freshman Leesa Nyland has been fascinated by vampires since she was 3 years old. That's when her mom started acting weird, insisting sunlight hurt her skin because she'd been bitten by a one-fanged vampire. Fascinated doesn't mean Leesa believes, though. Any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, or kisses that can kill. But when her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to confront all these and more. She also has to figure out what to do about her mysterious new boyfriend. She knows Rave likes her a lot--so why won't he kiss her? 
As Leesa draws closer to finding her brother, she faces some gut-wrenching decisions. Should she risk her mom's life trying to "cure" her? Should she continue seeing Rave, after he reveals his dangerous secret? And most terrifying of all, should she make the ultimate sacrifice--give up her humanity--to save her brother? 

VampireRomanceBooks called Breathless "fabulous" and "captivating." 

Bite This! Vampre Book Blog said Breathless is "a book you will fall in love with and want to read over and over again."



Always the Last to Know (Always the Bridesmaid Book 1)

Always the Last to Know (Always the Bridesmaid Book 1)

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Wearing a Maid of Honor dress that very well makes the South want to rise again, Jess Reynolds is prepared to walk down the aisle at her best friend's wedding. It's just that things keep getting in the way, like a sex-crazed coworker, an annoying brother-of-the-bride, and a handsome and horribly charming friend posing as the Best Man. As it turns out, Jess might just be the last one to know everything, including the workings of her own heart

Cover Photo Credits: Fashion portrait face pretty sweet young woman with red lips making air kiss with lollipop heart wearing black hat leather jacket
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When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

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Retired cop Mack Durgin used to bust perpetrators in Massachusetts, but now he’s widowed and living in Arizona. When a FedEx driver drops off an urn filled with his friend’s ashes at his front door, Mack reluctantly knows he must fulfill George Ashe’s final wish: to have his remains spread over the Grand Canyon. But Mack has no clue what lies hidden within the urn besides his friend’s ashes. On his journey through the desert, Mack meets the entrancing Calliope Vrattos, a former waitress in a bar that holds Elvis impersonation contests. Diet Cola is an ex-con who loves greasy food, but more than anything else, he desperately wants what he hid in the urn. Cola hooks up with a pair of loony housebreakers, a bald Elvis impersonator, and a dopehead with an outline of his brain tattooed on his skull. With a bit of luck and a lot of junk food, they trace Mack to the little town of Pincushion, Arizona. George Ashe may not be alive, but his remains are having the adventure of a lifetime. As Mack encounters one crazed character after another in his quest to fulfill his friend’s last wish, he realizes that life is a gamble and that pigs really do fly.

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Retired cop Mack Durgin used to bust perpetrators in Massachusetts, but now he’s widowed and living in Arizona. When a FedEx driver drops off an urn filled with his friend’s ashes at his front door, Mack reluctantly knows he must fulfill George Ashe’s final wish: to have his remains spread over the Grand Canyon. But Mack has no clue what lies hidden within the urn besides his friend’s ashes. On his journey through the desert, Mack meets the entrancing Calliope Vrattos, a former waitress in a bar that holds Elvis impersonation contests. Diet Cola is an ex-con who loves greasy food, but more than anything else, he desperately wants what he hid in the urn. Cola hooks up with a pair of loony housebreakers, a bald Elvis impersonator, and a dopehead with an outline of his brain tattooed on his skull. With a bit of luck and a lot of junk food, they trace Mack to the little town of Pincushion, Arizona. George Ashe may not be alive, but his remains are having the adventure of a lifetime. As Mack encounters one crazed character after another in his quest to fulfill his friend’s last wish, he realizes that life is a gamble and that pigs really do fly.

Elsie - Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916

Elsie - Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916

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In 1912, the first year of Arizona's statehood, rural Verde Valley was home to enterprising ranchers and farmers who raised cattle, crops ─ and children. These children needed a school. So just as they mail-ordered supplies from the Sears catalog, the community mail-ordered a teacher. Elsie Hayes, a college graduate, came from a world of concerts and literary clubs. The teacher's tiny shack in Cornvillle was a far cry from her family's lovely home in Long Beach, California. This cultured young woman drank water from an irrigation ditch, bathed in Oak Creek, and taught in a one-room schoolhouse to children first considered "common," but with whom she soon developed a mutual love. Though she had come to Arizona feeling a bit superior to these "backwoods" folks, her emotions transformed into admiration and respect, and the untamed wilderness became "breathtaking and glorious." IN THIS TRUE STORY, Elsie's 100-year-old journals, photographs and detailed letters home paint a picture of a time and place that has since faded, and give insight into the early history of Cornville and Williams, Arizona. Even more than this, they are a vivid portrayal of colorful adventure, tragedy, and a heartbreaking story of lost love.


Hunter Moon (Lupine Moon Book 1)

Hunter Moon (Lupine Moon Book 1)

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Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires. While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing heart and everything she ever loved.

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Cedardale Court (The How Many Roads Series Book 1)

Cedardale Court (The How Many Roads Series Book 1)

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Full of daring fools, haunting old flames, and brimming with panicked villainy, the Oregon countryside was supposed to solve Canner Connelly’s problems, not make them worse. But, after their well-intentioned move, the safety and peace of mind he’s longed for since the passing of his wife, for him and his daughter, Chloe, might be out of sight forever.

*A neo-gothic fabulation, bordered on the lines of hysterical realism, wrapped up in a quirky little murder mystery*

Tainted Morals

Tainted Morals

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When Laura Broderick’s world was destroyed, she retreated to the woods to rebuild her life. An anonymous existence and nearly absolute solitude has gone a long way toward healing the scars. But four years later, Laura has discovered she will never truly escape the madman that is after her. Even the FBI couldn’t help her before and now she finds herself trying to trust the small town sheriff with her life.

Sheriff Trevor Holbrook has never given a second thought to the beautiful mysterious woman that lives in the woods outside of New Jackson. She made it clear to the entire town she wanted to be left alone. But when a horrifying turn of events drops a killer in the middle of the small town he is sworn to protect, he has no choice but to figure out the mystery that is Laura Broderick. Her dauntless courage awakens passionate feelings Trevor never could have anticipated. The deeper he delves into Laura’s past, the more terror seems to be unleashed on his town.

Can one small town sheriff help her stop a psychopath the FBI hasn’t been able to touch?

Just Evil (The Evil Secrets Trilogy Book 1)

Just Evil (The Evil Secrets Trilogy Book 1)

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The Evil Secrets Trilogy

Three best friends grow up among the Hollywood glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills. But their childhood was far from ideal. Haunted by the dark clouds of abuse, they stand together to survive no matter what. But when a stranger shows up bent on revenge, he threatens to expose a double murder forty years in the past. The evil they've lived with for so long comes back full circle, bringing old fears and nightmares to the surface, threatening everything they hold dear.

Just Evil

A survivor of an abusive childhood, Kit Griffin cherishes her new life of freedom. But when her tyrannical mother is found brutally murdered on Mother's Day, the horrors of her past threaten to destroy her. When she becomes the prime suspect, when the body count continues to rise, Kit must convince the police there's a cold-blooded killer on the loose, a killer working his way down a mysterious list of victims all connected to her mother's evil--a killer who has Kit Griffin squarely in his sights.


Hot on Her Trail: Hell Yeah!

Hot on Her Trail: Hell Yeah!

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Jacob McCoy wishes for a wife and a family. Tis the Season for miracles when a young woman shows up on his doorstep: homeless, in danger and expecting a child - Jacob's child.

Their relationship is complicated by the fact that, A - they've never met before and B - she's a virgin. Jessie is determined not to be a burden to the McCoy family. As far as she's concerned, she is just passing through. Jacob has a different opinion - he wants Jessie in his life, in his bed and in his heart. A sweet and spicy romance with another McCoy brother!

Wounded Earth: An Environmental Thriller

Wounded Earth: An Environmental Thriller

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Environmental scientist Larabeth McLeod is being stalked by a madman who calls himself Babykiller. As he terrorizes her with stories of her darkest days in Vietnam that no one else could possibly know, Larabeth feels compelled to fight back...until he exposes her most tender secret of all by threatening the daughter she has never met. If Babykiller has a weakness, it lies in underestimating the power of a mother's love for her child.

She turns to private detective J.D. Hatten for help, breaking five years of separation and silence between quarreling friends. And then Babykiller shows his true capabilities. If she goes to the police for protection, people will die. Lots and lots of people will die. And one of them will be her daughter.

Larabeth and J.D. are just a normal man and woman, up against a babykiller. But then, Babykiller doesn't know who he's dealing with. Maybe he should have picked someone else to play his twisted games.

Buck Fever (Blanco County Mysteries Book 1)

Buck Fever (Blanco County Mysteries Book 1)

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"Thanks to Ben Rehder, Texas now has its own Hiaasen. Don't miss it."
—Tim Dorsey, author of the Serge Storms mysteries.

Buck Fever: It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday as you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy. Marlin's seen a lot in his years, but this is wilder than he could have imagined: the man in the deer suit is a good friend, and the whacked-out whitetail isn't exactly a stranger either. It's the beginning of a mad, frantic weekend in Blanco County, one that will see a few more men shot, an invasion by Colombians with more than hunting on their minds, and damn near the end of Marlin's life. Ben Rehder serves it all up with a huge helping of humor in this debut comic mystery that will firmly establish him as the funniest crime writer in Texas.

REVIEWS FOR BUCK FEVER:

“This debut novel is a complete success, tearing out of Texas chock-full of characters so nutty and events so strange it seems as if they must be real. The writing here is confident and vigorous; the tone is quintessentially Texan and relentlessly wry. There’s sure to be a long career for this happy, wacky series.”
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“This is a wild and crazy first novel, crowded with weird people, unusual relationships (both animal and human), and frequent humor that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, and other comic mystery writers. Strongly recommended for most collections.”
—Library Journal (Starred Review)

“It’s been our pleasure to be among the first reviewers to take notice of several writers who eventually became best sellers, including Nevada Barr, Lee Child and Randy Wayne White. Ben Rehder has what it takes to join that group. Imagine Carl Hiaasen with a Texas accent…”
—Denver Post

“Briskly paced, amusing, spiced with deftly drawn good-old-boy portraits: an altogether promising debut.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“…side-splitting…akin to the Tom Robbins style of humor writing.”
—ESPN Outdoors

“Austinite Ben Rehder’s debut novel is the summer’s best find. With a nod and a wink to Carl Hiaasen, Rehder comes out swinging with a sardonic Tex-centric look at trophy deer hunters, beer-guzzling poachers, and Game Warden John Marlin—the man charged with keeping them all in line. Buck Fever is too fun to be legal.”
—Texas Monthly

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"Thanks to Ben Rehder, Texas now has its own Hiaasen. Don't miss it."
—Tim Dorsey, author of the Serge Storms mysteries.

Buck Fever: It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday as you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy. Marlin's seen a lot in his years, but this is wilder than he could have imagined: the man in the deer suit is a good friend, and the whacked-out whitetail isn't exactly a stranger either. It's the beginning of a mad, frantic weekend in Blanco County, one that will see a few more men shot, an invasion by Colombians with more than hunting on their minds, and damn near the end of Marlin's life. Ben Rehder serves it all up with a huge helping of humor in this debut comic mystery that will firmly establish him as the funniest crime writer in Texas.

REVIEWS FOR BUCK FEVER:

“This debut novel is a complete success, tearing out of Texas chock-full of characters so nutty and events so strange it seems as if they must be real. The writing here is confident and vigorous; the tone is quintessentially Texan and relentlessly wry. There’s sure to be a long career for this happy, wacky series.”
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“This is a wild and crazy first novel, crowded with weird people, unusual relationships (both animal and human), and frequent humor that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, and other comic mystery writers. Strongly recommended for most collections.”
—Library Journal (Starred Review)

“It’s been our pleasure to be among the first reviewers to take notice of several writers who eventually became best sellers, including Nevada Barr, Lee Child and Randy Wayne White. Ben Rehder has what it takes to join that group. Imagine Carl Hiaasen with a Texas accent…”
—Denver Post

“Briskly paced, amusing, spiced with deftly drawn good-old-boy portraits: an altogether promising debut.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“…side-splitting…akin to the Tom Robbins style of humor writing.”
—ESPN Outdoors

“Austinite Ben Rehder’s debut novel is the summer’s best find. With a nod and a wink to Carl Hiaasen, Rehder comes out swinging with a sardonic Tex-centric look at trophy deer hunters, beer-guzzling poachers, and Game Warden John Marlin—the man charged with keeping them all in line. Buck Fever is too fun to be legal.”
—Texas Monthly


Of Moths and Butterflies: Book one in the Metamorphoses series

Of Moths and Butterflies: Book one in the Metamorphoses series

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Archer Hamilton is a collector of rare and beautiful insects. Gina Shaw is a servant in his uncle’s house. Clearly out of place in the position in which she has been discovered, she becomes a source of fascination . . . and curiosity.

A girl with a blighted past and a fortune she deems a curse, Gina has lowered herself in order to find escape from her family and their scheming designs. But when she is found, the stakes suddenly become dire.

All Gina wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money that comes with her. But there is more than one way to trap an insect. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one.

Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it? Can a woman captured and acquired learn to love the man who has bought her?

Jesters' Dance

Jesters' Dance

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Call it intrigue. Call it black comedy. Think Tom Wolfe meets John Grisham with the same du monde noir as TV's Mad Men. Advertising Manager Allan Corbett wants to fire his agency. On the eve of the most important product introduction in the history of pharmaceutical giant Carlton & Paxton -- the launch of a miraculous new anti-obesity drug -- he's decided for a variety of personal and professional reasons to put the billion-dollar assignment up for grabs. However, once he's asked the clowns to dance, his impulsive decision yields disastrous results. The story unfolds over twenty-eight days, propelled forward by the ridiculously tight timetable that the deeply troubled client has imposed on the process. Exploiting the experience of his twenty-five years in the industry, R. Bruce Walker treats his readers to a riveting insider's view as the colorful characters that inhabit the three competing agencies pull out all stops in pursuit of the coveted prize. As the novel's indelible characters and numerous cross currents surge together, the plot takes a series of unanticipated twists and turns -- all of which conspire to derail the promise of the amazing wonder drug and reshape the fates of everyone involved. Humorous, sexy and ghoulishly dark, JESTERS' DANCE is a playful study of the strong personalities, greedy impulses and cynical self-interest that drive the ad world. The themes explored are taken directly from headlines surrounding current problems with obesity in America and the perils of our society's obsession with weight control, dieting and body image.

Changes (The Randall Lee Mysteries #1)

Changes  (The Randall Lee Mysteries #1)

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When a young woman is found murdered in a seedy massage parlor near his neighborhood, the police recruit Randall Lee - an American acupuncturist and Tai Chi master -- as a translator and expert in Chinese culture, to assist in the investigation. Lee discovers that the murderer is an expert in a forbidden Chinese martial art - the dark mirror to his own healing practices - and joins in the hunt for the killer to escape his own inner demons and save the woman he loves.

World-Mart

World-Mart

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George Irwin remembers a time before the Big Climate Change, back when the airlines were still in business, back when people still drove their own cars and the bulk of humanity had not yet been driven underground. Back when all people were still people despite their eye color or which class they were born into. . . .

The world has changed much over his lifetime, but George still believes in the American Dream. However, when an alleged terrorist act lands his wife in the hospital, George stumbles upon a secret that could mean the end of all civilization.

World-Mart takes place in a not-too-distant future, one in which the collective and all-powerful entity known as "Corporate" owns and controls every aspect of society. One held in place by complacency and mediocrity.

One that could very easily come to pass . . . very soon.

What does your future look like?

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The Third Coincidence (Jack McCall Mystery Book 1)

The Third Coincidence (Jack McCall Mystery Book 1)

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Headlines scream across the nation as a country in near panic pleads for the capture of the killers. With little progress, U.S. President Samuel Schroeder asks Jack McCall, a veteran of the CIA and Defense Intelligence, to head up a special multi-agency task force to find the killers. A frustrated and unhappy FBI designates, as its representative, Rachel Johnstone, an agent with whom Jack has had some personal history. The Third Coincidence unfolds amidst continued assassinations, accusations that the president is attempting to form his own secret police, and confirmation hearings for reluctant nominees to fill the vacant positions while the Supreme Court struggles to sustain a quorum. Will a terrorist group or a mad assassin succeed in destroying these revered intuitions? In the spirit of The Day of the Jackal and The Manchurian Candidate, this story is juxta-posed through the eyes of both the hunter and the hunted as the devious plot to change America hurdles forward.

Shift (ChronoShift Trilogy Book 1)

Shift (ChronoShift Trilogy Book 1)

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What is the worst thing that could happen to you?
For Mark Carpen, it is the death of his children at the hands of a drunk driver. In the tragic aftermath, he also loses his wife, his job, and everything else of value. Grief-stricken, Mark turns his back on society for a life wandering through the North Georgia woods.
That is, until he finds a strange watch in the middle of those woods. A very special watch. One that gives its wearer the power to travel through time at will, rectifying past wrongs and stopping tragedies before they happen.
Mark is determined to use the watch to save his kids, yet certain mysterious forces are poised to stand in his way — and a shadowy group of assassins has decided that Mark Carpen must die.

This Side of Eden: A Love Story

This Side of Eden: A Love Story

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A small plane crashes in the icy waters of a lake set in the heart of Alaska.

A father and his two-year-old daughter are stranded alone in the wilderness with no food, no supplies, and no hope of rescue.

This is their story...

PRAISE FOR THIS SIDE OF EDEN

“Superb”
—@ Lolo

“A vivid picture of suffering and desolation, with a beautiful love story and colored with hope…”
—@aquarius1

“Clever, Captivating, Brilliance… full of genuine, powerful emotion which resonates…”
—@N. Wallace

“An Instant Classic!”
—@Benjamin J. Markland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Derrick Hibbard is the author of the best selling Fast Track Series and The Double Stroller Hand Grenade. His next book, Impish, is due to be released mid-October.

Song of the Fairy Queen

Song of the Fairy Queen

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It's said of Fairy that if you're in dire need and you call their name they'll come. With his castle under siege and his young son in his arms, High King Oryan couldn't be in any more dire need if he's going to survive to regain his throne.

7 Simple Choices for a Better Tomorrow

7 Simple Choices for a Better Tomorrow

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Life is hard--for everyone. No matter how gifted or fortunate, everyone will experience some level of disappointment in life: difficult classes, jobs, relationships, and losses. But by following basic disciplines anyone can experience accomplishment, freedom, and ease in navigating through life's daily challenges.

In this positive, insightful book, Bob Merritt describes a set of universal principles that work for everyone in every stage of life, showing that what we do today determines who we become tomorrow. Anyone who has experienced pain or confusion from lost opportunities, broken relationships, or a nagging sense of emptiness will treasure this book that shows them that the best of life has not passed them by.

No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mysteries Book 1)

No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mysteries Book 1)

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A .38, a nip of gin and sensational legs get Depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan out of most scrapes – until a stranger threatens to bust her nose, she’s hauled in on suspicion of his murder and she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a crime boss with connections at City Hall.

Moving through streets where people line up at soup kitchens, Maggie draws information from sources others overlook: The waitress at the dime store lunch counter where she has breakfast; a ragged newsboy; the other career girls at her rooming house.

Her digging gets her chloroformed and left in a ditch behind the wheel of her DeSoto. She makes her way to an upscale bordello and gets tea – and information – from the madam herself.

A gunman puts a bullet through Maggie’s hat. Her shutterbug pal on the evening paper warns her off. A new cop whose presence unsettles her thinks she’s crooked. Before she finds all the answers she needs, she faces a half-crazed man with a gun, and a far more lethal point-blank killer.

If you like Robert B. Parker's hard boiled Spencer series and strong women sleuths, don't miss this one-of-a-kind Ohio detective from a time in United States history when dames wore hats -- but seldom a Smith & Wesson.

Boyfriend From Hell (Falling Angels Saga Book 1)

Boyfriend From Hell (Falling Angels Saga Book 1)

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Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.

“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…”

The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago.

Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships. But neither of the handsome pair is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.

"Boyfriend From Hell" is the first book in the Falling Angels Saga from the author of the gruesomely hilarious, "Never Slow Dance With A Zombie."

Amongst My Enemies: A Cold War Spy vs Spy Action Thriller

Amongst My Enemies: A Cold War Spy vs Spy Action Thriller

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Inside a rusting German U-Boat are millions in gold bars, stolen art, and a secret that could tear NATO apart.
The KGB, the CIA, Nazi SS hitmen, even the Israeli Mossad – everyone is willing to kill for it, but only former US Airman Mike Randall knows the truth in this Cold War spy versus spy thriller.

After his B-17 crashes in East Prussia in the winter of 1945, Randall finds himself in a Nazi forced labor battalion in Konigsberg on the frozen Baltic coast, surrounded by the Red Army. Also in the old port is Kapitan Eric Bruckner, one of Germany’s last surviving U-Boats, and SS Major Heinz Kruger, Martin Bormann’s sinister hatchet man.

Unaware that the U-Boat has been tapped for a top-secret mission, Randall manages to stow away. After a British bomber sends the U-boat to the bottom, he is the lone survivor and the only one who knows what is really inside.

Seven years later, when Randall finally speaks up, he puts a target on his own forehead, one that the Russians, the West Germans, the U-boat’s former Nazi owners, the US government, and even the Israeli Mossad quickly take aim at.

Some want the gold, some want Randall dead, and some want proof that there is a high-ranking spy inside NATO itself.

What Mike Randall wants is much simpler. Caught between the Kremlin’s spies, the CIA, the Mossad, and a new, deadly, 4th Reich, all he wants is to pay an old debt with a steel-jacketed bullet.

Looking for a good beach book or something to curl up wit in front of the fire, this fast-moving conspiracy thriller i/s from the author of Burke’s Gamble, Burke’s War, The Undertaker, Amongst My Enemies, Thursday at Noon, and Aim True, My Brothers, with over 500 Kindle 5-Star Reviews. Enjoy!

Shifters (prequel 3 to HUNTED): Shifter Evolutions: Book 4

Shifters (prequel 3 to HUNTED): Shifter Evolutions: Book 4

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New Adult Alien Invasion, 5 book series

If you enjoyed New York Deep, Not Alone, Contact, Arrival, and LUX, you may enjoy this series.

Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal.

"We are taken into a dark time reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, where the authorities can do whatever they want. Five Stars!" -Imogen Rose, Best Selling author of PORTAL*

"Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. " -Bitten By Paranormal Romance*

"This is a fast-paced, compelling story that deals with some big themes - the themes and questions posed by the book arise naturally from the situations the characters find themselves in." -Helen@ Goodreads

"Blackwelder’s aliens were remarkable. They were fascinating and quickly grabbed your attention and horror to their hardships and persecution by the human population. " -Lisa Richards@ Goodreads

NIGHT OWL REVIEWS- 3 1/2 stars
Ms. Blackwelder crafts a story of survival from the people who are purist and full of hatred of beings who are different, hence the use of the militia. Shifter will captivate the minds and desires of teen readers and others who enjoy the YA genre. They will enjoy the book and may see some similarities with the books written in the Hunger Games theme.

This story is offered for free on my website and for signing up to my mailing list.

She Speaks to Angels (YA Manhattan Urban Angel Suspense) (Hush Hush meets Twilight) (AngelFire Chronicles Book 1)

She Speaks to Angels (YA Manhattan Urban Angel Suspense) (Hush Hush meets Twilight) (AngelFire Chronicles Book 1)

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One came to love her, the other to kill her...YA Manhattan Urban Angel Suspense

If you enjoyed Wicked Lovely, Twilight, Hush Hush, Unearthly, you will enjoy this.

*A Night Owl Review Top Pick! 4.5/5 stars!*
What I found was a beautiful novel that, although it is quite dark in many spots, tells the story of a young girl who is torn between the powers of good and evil and trying to protect her heart and those she cares about. I am quite eager to read Falling Angels.

Ali Maney is a typical high school teenager. Nothing special ever happens to her. As a student at Millennium High in Manhattan, sure, a few weird things have happened, a few suicides over the years, but nothing really bizarre. Until one day, in English class, when a hugely popular football player, Tyler, suddenly pitches himself off the roof to his death. Ali and her two best friends, Molly and Jen, are positive that Tyler’s death was not intentional. As they investigate, the bad boy in town starts to notice Ali. Daemon is gorgeous! Ali is shocked, but amazed. What could he want with her? As she ponders this, three new students arrive. Kian, Krysta, and Nathaniel all seem to have something…..different about them. Ali is floored when Kian appears more than interested in her too. What is she to do with two gorgeous guys after her? But not everything is as it seems. As Ali gets closer to each Daemon and Kian, the forces of the supernatural will come closer as well. One has been sent to protect, one has been sent to kill. Can Ali be saved? Or is she in way over her pretty little head? Enjoy this first book in the YA Manhattan Urban Angel Suspense.

BITTEN BY BOOKS Review- 4 stars
She Speaks to Angels starts out slowly, but suddenly picks up in a flurry of action. This book is very well-written, and the high school parts of the book are simply perfect. The author captures those moments exactly like the days when we were in high school (though we did not have angels or demons). She captures the “cliques” that are at every school with such finesse, and talent. I am looking forward to her next book to see where she takes the characters.

Other Books in this Angelfire Chronicles series:
She Speaks to Angels
Dumah's Demons
Falling Angels
Angel Codes

A Season of Secrets: A Feel-Good Holiday Story

A Season of Secrets: A Feel-Good Holiday Story

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PREGNANT VIRGIN WALKS INTO A TOWN...THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

"Expect the unexpected! ... A story with an intriguing premise, an author with a great witty voice, and characters that are well developed..." – Storm Goddess Book Reviews


A literary twist on the traditional Christmas story, A SEASON OF SECRETS is the perfect winter read for fans of Barbara Kingsolver, LOVE, ACTUALLY, and THE FAMILY STONE.

There's Something About Mary—something noticeable—that baby bump she’s sporting. And something no one could ever guess—her prenatal exam shows she’s never had sex. Which really puts tiny Bellingham, Indiana on the map! And thereon hangs the real tale—a funny, warm, surprising one.

Mary’s got her own secrets—lots of them. But so does everyone else in Bellingham. Violet the waitress wants something badly! Dr. Bob has big plans. Joe the Postman has regrets. Cammy has a secret love. And Ted may not be quite as godly as he’d like people to think.

The varied ways the townsfolk welcome this waif from nowhere, enfolding her into their hearts and lives despite the air of mystery and strangeness surrounding her (not to mention the TV cameras and paparazzi), is one part heartwarming, one part laugh-out-loud funny.

WHO WILL LIKE IT: Sophisticated readers who like their Christmas goodies a little bit tart and a little sweet--like lemon bars or cranberry shortbread; who prefer LOVE, ACTUALLY to A CHRISTMAS CAROL; who'd like to leave the true meaning of Christmas a little bit mysterious--and possibly open to miracles.

WHO WILL BE OFFENDED: No one! It isn't anti-religious or anti-Christian or anti-Christmas. But it isn't religious either. Whether you're Baptist, or Pagan or Jewish or atheist, it's guaranteed not to offend your sensibilities! Because it's not about religion any more than BAD SANTA is. Although it may poke gentle fun at some of our more materialistic traditions, it's a good-hearted tale that's all about hope. It might even make you feel festive!

“I found a lot of humor in this book, and kept thinking what a genius Campbell was for this plot concept.” – Chick Lit Plus

An entertaining and refreshingly thought-provoking read that will make you ponder about the mysteries of miracles.” – Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“At first, I was unsure about whether or not I was going to like this book. I didn't know if it was going to be over-the-top religious or the complete opposite, over-the-top anti-religion. Thankfully, A Season of Secrets is neither.” – Every Free Chance Book Reviews

Excerpt:
Violet walked back into the living room only to find that Mary had fallen asleep, curled on her side with a pillow between her legs. Violet placed a hand on the girl's shoulder. No reaction. She said her name. Nothing. Was she okay? Her breathing was deep and slow. The girl clearly needed sleep, but she would not be able to go without her. Violet sat down and wondered what to do. Her eye fell on her phone lying n the coffee table and she noticed a whole series of messages, as well as a tweet from Manny.

@ManRose. Is There Room At The Inn For A Contemporary Mary? Read all about it in tomorrow’s Bellingham Tribune (Include link). Please RT

Maybe it would be all right to go without her. She could use a little break. Dance and schmooze and do her yearly job as hostess of the gift exchange. She penned a note, explaining how she could be called on her cell phone from the landline. Mary wouldn’t have to speak, just dial, and Violet would come running home. She deposited the note and a dish of persimmon pudding on the coffee table in case the girl woke up.






The Tales of Tanglewood: The Lon Dubh Whistle

The Tales of Tanglewood: The Lon Dubh Whistle

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Within the pages of the book, readers will discover Colin, a child who is fully aware of the hidden world of myth and wonder hiding within the woods just beyond his home, long kept secret by old magic. Only the fey magic which runs through his veins has enabled Colin to find what others cannot; the Tanglewood, the 'wood within the woods.

Full of odd characters and fey beings, the Tanglewood is a world of magnificent folklore come to life. As Colin begins to explore the Tanglewood, he will find friendship with the ferrish Ailfrid, the elfin girl Deidre, and Doc Muffingrow, a wise druid.

Colin will also find that there is much magic in himself, as well as dangerous enemies who will not let him find solace in the wood so easily. Ailil, King of the Sprites and ruler of The Below, has laid claim to his spirit, and Colin will need the help of his friends and quite a bit of magic to save himself.

The Tanglewood is a place like no other, and Colin is a boy like no other. Throughout his adventures, he will uncover the secret of the fey blood within him, and help dispel the poisonous corruption and hidden dangers that threaten the inhabitants of the wood and the Tanglewood itself.

Tales of Tanglewood: The Lon Dubh Whistle melds together influences of Celtic and Irish mythology with modern-day folklore, and is a fantasy novel to be enjoyed and cherished by all ages. It proudly stands apart from the mass of copycat fantasy fiction and mundane adventure stories currently flooding the market.

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CLAWS

CLAWS

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Dr. Angie Rippard is an Arizona wildlife biologist who is drawn into a police investigation when two teenagers are found dead on a golf course that borders protected National Forest Land. Rippard suspects the teens were attacked by a large mountain lion.

Rippard believes that the resort was developed too close to wilderness lands, but her plan to relocate cougars in the area provokes the wrath of the resort's owner-Charlie Rutledge-who believes the animals should be exterminated.

Deep inside the Tonto National Forest, Rippard and her grad students realize that Charlie Rutledge is hunting them. In a thrilling climax, Rippard must make a choice to kill the cougar that is certain to kill Charlie Rutledge, or kill Rutledge who is certain to kill her. Now we are the endangered species.

The Golden Queen - Book 1 of the Golden Queen Series

The Golden Queen - Book 1 of the Golden Queen Series

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"[David Farland] can dispense the flash and dazzle of space opera while at the same time providing tough, real, sympathetic characters. . . . I enjoyed the Golden Queen with a very special pleasure."-- Hugo and Nebula Winner Roger Zelazny.

When Gallen O’Day is hired as a bodyguard to escort a young woman through the woods to the forbidden ruins at Geata Na Chruinn, it seems like an ordinary job—but all too soon, he finds himself fleeing for his life from creatures that seem like escapees from a nightmare—the alien dronon, led by their golden queen. With his best friend, a genetically engineered talking bear named Orick, and his girlfriend Maggie, Gallen soon finds himself tangled in an interstellar war that he never knew existed, racing across a host of worlds, confronted by a future unlike any that he had ever imagined.

Originally published under the name of Dave Wolverton.

Ode to Icky: (KART Kids Book List Awards Winner)

Ode to Icky: (KART Kids Book List Awards Winner)

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For ages 4-10.. . What do you do when your cat is so disgusting and stinky that you can't stand to be within 15 feet of him? If you are like Icky's owner, Candy, you find a way to make it work for you! But as Candy soon finds out, sometimes our best ideas can also be our worst!

*2013 KART Kids Book List Awards Winner
*A Readers' Favorite 5 Star Pick!

Aerenden: The Child Returns (Ærenden Book 1)

Aerenden: The Child Returns (Ærenden Book 1)

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Murder. Monsters. Magic. To Meaghan, these words belong in newspaper articles and children's stories, not her carefully planned life. Until the day she and her friend Nick witness her parents' brutal demise at the hands of red-eyed creatures. They flee into the wilderness where Nick tells her the creatures, known as Mardróch, came from another world to kill her. He gives her a choice--face the Mardróch alone or escape through a portal into a distant kingdom.

It isn't much of a choice. 

Ærenden is a land more beautiful and sinister than Meaghan could have ever imagined. Vines attack. Monkeys freeze their victims with a glare. Soldiers create bombs from the air. Even Meaghan's newly discovered empath power turns into a danger she cannot control. 

But control becomes the least of her worries when she learns the truth behind the kingdom's fifteen-year civil war--a long-buried secret that could cost Meaghan her life.

B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
2014 Best Kindle Book Awards Finalist
ABNA Quarterfinalist

Book 1 of the Ærenden Series


Death Troupe

Death Troupe

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The Jerome Barron Players have a problem. Their writer, Ryan Betancourt, has killed himself under mysterious circumstances and they need a replacement right away. The Players, unofficially known as Death Troupe, come together once a year to perform a high-end murder mystery play written specifically for that season’s host town. Their writer has to possess special talents, as there’s a wager involved: If the townspeople can correctly identify the murderer before the show’s final act, they don’t have to pay for the engagement. So far, no town has ever won the bet.

Enter Jack Glynn, original writer for the Barron Players. He and Ryan wrote two Death Troupe engagements before Ryan stole Jack’s girlfriend, lead actress Allison Green. Although Jack found fame in Hollywood after quitting the troupe, eccentric director Jerome Barron convinces him to return for one show: The upcoming engagement in the Adirondack town of Schuyler Mills.

It is only then that the troupe’s advance man, private investigator Wade Parker, tells Jack of the strange events which surrounded the group’s previous engagement in Red Bend, California. A local retiree killed himself a few days after the performance—an act Wade suspects was prompted by the storyline of Ryan’s final play. He also reveals that Ryan was greatly unnerved by anonymous third parties who had interfered with the group’s marquee clue distribution.

This is one of the unique features of Death Troupe: As the performance approaches, clues are sprinkled through the town in a variety of ways, from fake headstones bearing characters’ names to real players acting out their assigned roles. In Red Bend, a stranger pretending to be a troupe member had dropped clues that were surprisingly accurate, and Ryan had reacted badly to this—perhaps badly enough to kill himself.

Events take a sinister turn shortly after Jack arrives in the small, snow-covered village of Schuyler Mills. Someone leaves a bizarre arrangement of black roses and plastic skulls in his hotel room. Ryan’s missing notebook from the Red Bend engagement turns up, and it contains an alarming tale of psychological harassment. The people of Schuyler Mills are enthusiastic about Jack’s presence, but he knows that many of them, from the local community theater group to the town mayor, could have ulterior motives.

As the weeks go by, someone begins distributing clues that Jack doesn’t recognize, from a plastic head stuck in an ice-fishing hole to confidential information scrawled on a billboard. Reading Ryan’s notebook, Jack begins to fear that the same web that snared his old writing partner in Red Bend is being spun around him in Schuyler Mills.

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