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Becca Meister Fitzpatrick―wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community―is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel―with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship―will react.

Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century-old history of Becca’s family―her parents’ beginnings and ascent into affluence, and her mother’s own secret struggles in the grand home her father named “Eden.”

  • : Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
  • : She Writes Press
  • : 05/02/2017
  • : 1631521888
  • : 978-1631521881
  • : B06XRWZLD5
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  • : 5th Street East

The Way of Beauty

Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectations by devoting herself to the suffrage movement. In Pearl, Vera finds an unexpected dear friend…and a stirring new cause of her own. But when Pearl’s selfless work pulls her farther from Angelo and their son, the life Vera craved is suddenly within her reach—if her conscience will allow her to take it.

Her choice will define not only her future but also that of her daughter, Alice.

Vera and Alice—a generation and a world apart—are bound by the same passionate drive to fulfill their dreams. As first mother and then daughter come of age in a city that is changing as rapidly as its skyline, they’ll each discover that love is the only constant.

  • : Camille Di Maio
  • : Lake Union Publishing
  • : 05/01/2018
  • : 1503950123
  • : B074H94421
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  • : Paul Remmert - Youvie

The Hunt for Komodo Cracker

A hacker called Komodo has infiltrated a Montreal pharmaceutical company. He steals nothing, and causes no damage. Instead, he plants encrypted files for the company’s network security professional, Thomas Faraday.

Halfway around the world, somewhere in the Zagros Mountains, a secret religious league with time travel technology has excavated an ancient Persian stela containing a coded message. When the league recruits Thomas for a mission back in time to the mighty Persian Empire of 473 BC, Thomas discovers the league is hiding a sinister plot.

Now, with time running out, trapped in an ancient nation at war, Thomas must decipher both the Komodo files and the Persian stela if he and his fellow time travelers ever hope to return to the twenty-first century. As if this is not challenging enough, their journey is hampered by betrayal.

Someone among them does not want Thomas Faraday to succeed.

2018-03-15T00:53:58+00:00 Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Pick|0 Comments

Dead Girl Running

I have three confessions to make:

1. I’ve got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.

2. I don’t remember an entire year of my life.

3. My name is Kellen Adams…and that’s half a lie.

Girl running…from a year she can’t remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There, amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman’s dead and mutilated body, she’s soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder…then another.

Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen’s driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she’s come to call home. Yet she wonders—with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past, could the killer be staring her in the face?

Sarah’s Shadow

If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?

  • : Nick Jones
  • : Full Media Ltd
  • : 12/06/2017
  • : 0993079490
  • : 9780993079498
  • : B078B5F5NC
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  • : Si Clark
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2018-06-12T07:30:55+00:00 Children's, Staff Pick|0 Comments

The international Madam

Nives Gadoni decided long ago that dreams are to be followed and nothing would hold her back. Her mind was set, plans were made, and she left Switzerland for the U.S. There she stood on the soil of America, the land of dreams and opportunities, which became her new home. In her mind her plan wasn’t elaborate or unobtainable, it was safe. She set out to become an actress.

Nives loved New York City, and she thought it loved her in return. Acting professionally soon became a fantasy as she realized being a struggling talent didn’t earn enough money, respect or a VIP ticket into where she wanted to be. Time was of the essence in this fast paced city, and her tiny frame needed to move faster to keep up. The pulse of the streets gave her momentum. With new friends and new aspirations propelling her forward, her dreams soon became a reality. Before she had time to add more designer shoes to her collection, she was blinded by the bright lights and sucked into the seedy underworld of “The City That Never Sleeps.”

Small feet didn’t mean small steps for Nives; she was moving fast. Before she could learn that stiletto heels and the New York City streets didn’t always mix, she found herself reaping the rewards from a thriving escort agency. In just a short time, she had amassed a fortune from seven states and four continents. But for Nives that wasn’t enough.

Her reputation for reliability was growing, as was her business. As her client base grew, her ability to get what she wanted, when she wanted became the driving force that motivated her. She lived by the principle, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” So whatever the client wanted, the client received. Nives became addicted to this new lifestyle, and she loved every goddamn second of it! She was built for it all, the ups, downs, drama and scheming.

Just like everyone else who gets caught up in the fast pumping valves of New York City’s heart, red flags were raised, but she failed to heed the warnings. The thrill began to cloud her judgment and reduce the visibility of where she was going.

Now she needed to fight to survive in a game that was more dangerous than she realized. Nives had to apply her street smart wit and survival skills in an environment few were lucky to escape. And as quickly as the Bellinis she once enjoyed at Cipriani’s flowed passed her lips, Nives’ dream come true turned into her nightmare.

Sitting in the headquarters of the DEA, charged with twelve counts of an A-1 Felony for possession of a controlled substance, she wondered how it all collapsed. The good fortune she once experienced, and steady achievements were now gone.

The International Madam is a story of character, strength, dreams and nightmares created by the choices made to obtain the American Dream.

Running from Color

Opening in the 1920s in Sugarlock, Tennessee, the scandal surrounding the birth of Wheat Grass destroys the marriage and family unit built by Paul and Mildred Grass. Wheat’s fair skin and green eyes cause a rift that leads to the death of her mother. Paul steps up and takes in his wife’s illegitimate child to raise with his daughter, Olive, in his hometown. But Wheat’s exotic look draws unnecessary attention that Paul cannot single handily fight off in the racist South which eventually leads to his demise. After the death of both of her parents, Olive blames her baby sister for ruining her life and she eventually finds herself running from color and settling in Chicago; leaving their grandmother, Deary, to raise Wheat alone. But when Wheat’s existence once more causes tension in the small community of Sugarlock, Wheat must run from color herself and the only place of safety she can find is in Chicago with her estranged sister. Once there, Wheat faces much opposition from her sister but Olive begrudgingly takes her in. In Chicago, Wheat learns that Olive hates her for circumstances she could never control and that Olive herself has succumbed to society’s color line while living in Chicago. Will these sisters put aside their physical differences to tackle the hurt caused by their past and the danger that lies ahead? Or will they run from color once more? Running from Color tells an unapologetic story about what it means to be on opposing shades of the chocolate rainbow; a story that belongs to many but has been silenced in the African American community for years.

  • : Morenike'
  • : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • : 01/15/2018
  • : 197371907X
  • : 978-1973719076
  • : B078WNSCJ2
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  • : Peggy Watts Production Company, LLC
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The Refuge Of Night

It’s so much easier to hate than it is to love. These are words that Dr. Lena Banks has learned to live by. But, love was something she could never give up on. Her family loved her too much to abandon her. Becoming a vampire was never her choice.

  • : Mike Cervello
  • : CVK Publishing
  • : 08/01/1996
  • : ISBN 0-9654364-0-3
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  • : Modern Day Myth Productions LLC
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2018-02-01T19:03:50+00:00 Horror, Staff Pick|0 Comments

The Gospel of Pilate

For two thousand years, the name of Pontius Pilate has been remembered with vile contempt. Cursed by countless generations for his one fateful decision, this otherwise obscure Roman bureaucrat has been forever damned in the eyes of history. Now, however, a subway construction project under the streets of modern Rome has inadvertently uncovered the archeological find of the millennium. Inside a long forgotten chamber beneath the ruins of Nero’s Golden House, a confidential report to Emperor Tiberius has been discovered that could turn all of history on its head.

In this fast-paced, action-packed, historical thriller, archeologist Dr. Thomas Lampton and his girlfriend, Victoria Alberghetti, will have their relationship tested, and their comfortable world turned upside down as a result of this astonishing find. After translating the ancient scrolls, Thomas uncovers the story — behind the story — of the most famous trial in history. A lifelong skeptic, reading the eyewitness account of the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, from Pontius Pilate’s perspective, throws everything he thought he once knew into chaos. It also puts he and Victoria’s lives in jeopardy.

Men will kill to acquire these priceless documents. Powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep their explosive secrets hidden. Because now, after centuries of silence, Pontius Pilate will finally have his say. His answer to the most important question ever asked, what is truth, will shake the world to its very foundations.

Escape to Clown Town

General Sharaya touched Duchess’ dark brown hair as she lay weak and dying on the cold stone floor of their jail cell. The dark star Epsilon Eridani finally succeeded in taking her star stone. Duchess has yet to learn that General Sharaya is her cousin and that she herself is Faree.

18 year old Duchess is a simple village girl that has no idea that she is at the center of the most epic war of the ages that is soon to come. Duchess tries desperately to escape her village upbringing and dreams of becoming a dancer in the famous Royal Clown Ballet. Duchess has not been told the truth about her royal fairy lineage and falls victim to a universal plot; conjured by the dark star Epsilon Eridani. The clowns easily ensnare Duchess by seducing her with the life she’s always dreamed of.

After Duchess escapes her kidnapper, she wakes up in the grandest room she has ever been in. When she gets up to look out of her window, she realizes that she is in the Grand Clown Plaza Hotel located in the center of Clown Town. King Clownington quickly learns of Duchess’ arrival to Clown Town and immediately plots with Epsilon on how to extract her star stone. Epsilon learned from killing many fairies that star stones must be freely given in order to retain their power and cannot be extracted under duress. King Clownington orders his son Jax to court Duchess and the entire clown family does all that they can to trick Duchess into sacrificing her stone.

Duchess falls in love with the king’s son but starts to grow suspicious when she tries to leave Clown Town and is not able to. General Sharaya sends Duchess a seemingly cryptic message about the clowns that Duchess fails to understand, until it’s too late. With the universe on the brink of a war that has the power to penetrate space and time, will Duchess become trapped by her hatred of the clowns or freed by her new found destiny?


Until now, the true story of Bathsheba has gone untold. She was simply judged as King David’s big mistake – a vulnerable and loose woman caught bathing naked on a rooftop across from the Royal Palace. The nation wouldn’t dare condemn a man for adultery, especially the King – everyone would rather believe he had a weak moment.

But on the contrary. The King’s greed for lust and power had an underlying obsession, and only a woman like Bathsheba could quell his forbidden desire. Besides, she was far from being vulnerable. She was an angel of darkness. A woman trained in mysticism, seduction and erotic sex by her legendary grandmother. And for one reason only: to steal the King’s soul and have his child.

But Bathsheba wanted it all – she saw the day coming when King David would pass, and a new king appointed. Of course, she demanded their son Solomon take the throne. The only missing piece would be her replacement as queen. That’s when Bathsheba’s hungry quest for control rises to new heights. She scours the nation to find a young virgin to be her equal; desiring to mentor her in the same mystical and seductive acts used to manipulate her way to the throne. As a result, the power struggle in the Palace becomes a saga like no other.

At the close of her life, Bathsheba writes her untold story using a collection of diaries; most of which, she cleverly stole from those within the Palace. In doing so, the world would discover the many unholy secrets royal families keep – mainly, that it was her who sat on the King’s throne, and cunningly ruled the nation. This was the real Queen; salacious and dominant – This was Bathsheba!

  • : L.J. Minx
  • : BookBaby
  • : 02/22/2018
  • : 1543922776
  • : 9781543922776
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  • : Nice-Snack Inc.

Unspeakable Things

Unspeakable Things is a chilling mystery about motherhood and madness. Sarah moves back into her abandoned childhood home, hoping to connect with what’s left of her family. She is thrilled to learn about her long-dead mother from Uncle John, who runs the Woodlands Clinic nearby. Then he tells her that her mother tried to kill her and died a mental patient at Woodlands. But is the truth even more shocking than that? Sarah’s desperate search for what really happened to her mother rocks her marriage, career and friendships. Can she discover the family’s bitter secret before her baby is born? Or will she go mad trying?

The Rebels of Cordovia

Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king. In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

2018-02-01T08:46:47+00:00 Romance, Staff Pick|0 Comments

The Dawn

​I am one of the few children born after the day of awakening. My name is Hannah, and I am being hunted…

The people that found me have become my new family, but that comes at a cost. They risk everything to keep me protected. The new world government calls us insurgents. They have left those living in this seemingly deserted metropolis few choices: Pledge or be eliminated, hide or be eliminated, fight or be eliminated.

Heaven has sanctioned our survival and has sent a warrior to combat the evil forces at work against us. A terrifying battle to save humanity will prompt a sequence of events that no one could imagine and define the greatest love that one can have for another.

The Dawn begins with a mysterious little girl found alone on a street in a ravaged Manhattan, the beings that are approaching her, and the superhuman woman that saves her. It’s an action packed story of faith, hope and courage within the realms of a dystopian society. At it’s heart is the true meaning of love and sacrifice, and the realization that we are not alone in our battles.

  • : Auri Blest
  • : 11/14/2017
  • : 1975604873
  • : 978-1975604875
  • : B07791C7S9
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  • : Laurie Best
2018-02-01T09:06:36+00:00 Staff Pick, Young Adult|0 Comments

Rose of Anzio Book 1 – Moonlight

A WWII epic love story taking you from pre-war Chicago to the Battle of Anzio in Italy and beyond

Arctic Pizza

The iron ore mine supporting the tiny town of Kirkenes in Northern Norway, went bankrupt in the autumn of 2015, sending more than a thousand people into unemployment just before Christmas. Many of them ended up in desperate situations, with mortgages impossible to maintain. And with houses difficult to sell due to the inevitable drop in the real estate market, they could not leave Kirkenes to find work elsewhere, either. The years leading up to the bankruptcy saw economic growth, high salaries and optimism, with correspondingly high levels of consumption. Many people signed expensive credit loans to finance high cost purchases which are impossible to sell now, and with down payments they cannot afford. With warmth and humor, the novel Arctic Pizza intends to tell the story of six of these people,

who find an unorthodox way of solving their financial problems.

2017-12-16T09:32:39+00:00 Fiction, Staff Pick|34 Comments


Akira Hamada, a beautiful Japanese geisha, failed at killing Kaito Mitsui two years ago – the same yakuza gang leader who destroyed her lover and forced her to become an assassin. Now, with his sister’s murderer traveling to the Caribbean on a cruise ship, Akira has ten days at sea to identify her target and complete her assignment as her penance, or face her own death.

This is the fourth installment in Kaylin McFarren’s Threads series, but it stands alone as an erotic, psychological thriller. Available on at

  • : Kaylin McFarren
  • : Creative Edge Publishing LLC
  • : 11/09/2017
  • : 1975921356
  • : 978-1975921354
  • : B0783PSMR1
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  • : Film 14
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2017-12-04T23:10:33+00:00 Staff Pick, Thriller|30 Comments


Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

2017-12-04T23:06:48+00:00 Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Pick|0 Comments