Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan – Featured Book of the Day

Posted by admin in Apr 27, 2013, under Current Trends, Featured Book of the Day

Amazon Top 100 (April 2012)
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A rise in stroke-like cases has CDC analyst Mike Shafer on alert. Patients in every demographic in the Great Plains area, from toddlers to healthy adults to the elderly, are succumbing to rapid deterioration – and death.

Veterinarian Donna Bailey, meanwhile, is dealing with an outbreak of her own. It looks like mad cow disease. But to be affecting so many species? Impossible.

Whatever it is, it’s spreading. Fast.

As state and federal agencies race to contain the growing threats, Mike and Donna’s searches for Patient Zero intersect at a big-game compound in a remote corner of North Dakota. There they find their answer buried in a secret thought extinct for 10,000 years. A secret entrepreneur Walt Thurman will kill to protect.

But even if Mike and Donna can escape the compound with the secret of Sector C, it may already be too late.

Because after today, extinct no longer means forever.
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Ripped from today’s research and tomorrow’s headlines, SECTOR C is a near-future medical thriller fans of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook are sure to enjoy.

About the Author:

Over the years, Phoenix Sullivan’s short stories have been published under her real name in various pro anthologies and magazines. Marion Zimmer Bradley was her first editor. In the corporate world, Phoenix was a professional writer and editor for 23 years. Before that, she was a registered veterinary technician, working with small animal clinics and wildlife rehab centers.

To be first to find out about upcoming new releases by Phoenix, sign up for the monthly Fresh Leaves newsletter at www.steelmagnoliapress.com.

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Deep Dixie by Annie Jones – Featured Book of the Day

Posted by admin in Apr 26, 2013, under Current Trends, Featured Book of the Day

*** From the author of The Christmas Sisters and The Last Belles ***
DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK, IT’S WONDERFUL. – Beth Harbison, NYT Bestselling author
If you enjoyed The Christmas Sisters or The Last Belles, you will fall in love with Dixie.
A small southern town, an old family secret, a man who has to change his life or risk losing his daughter and a woman who wants to help them all without losing her mind – little does she know she’s about to lose her heart. Dixie is in deep and it’s the best thing that ever happened to her.

What readers are saying:

Deep Dixie is chock-full of honest-to-goodness ‘characters.’ You know the kind…lively, sassy, spunky, vivacious and truly unforgettable! The manner in which author Annie Jones handles one particular ‘touchy’ subject is inspiring. Deep Dixie is a story that will teach you that family comes in all shapes and sizes…and colors (like cotton-candy-orange…ha!), that true forgiveness is a real blessing, and that if God sends help during times of trouble, you’d reach out and grab it…even if you think that help looks suspiciously like the king of the ‘great big Bubba-goobers.’ I loved this book.

About the Author:

Award winning author, Annie Jones specializes in character driven stories that make you laugh and warm your heart. She lives in Kentucky countryside with her husband, her children, three dogs and two cats… at least that was the last count but you never know when another kitty may show up.

THIS JUST IN – In progress, that is. The sequel to the Christmas Sisters is on hold for a few days as I edit a backlist book that wasn’t published – IOW the series was cancelled but the book was done. Am going to launch a new series with it and hope to have 2, Christmas and Summer.

Irish Eyes and Irish Rogue are up now! These are a pair of my favorite sweet romances. They were originally released in the Inspirational market but now are more traditional sweet romances… I confess, I wanted to put in more kisses and anticipation and I think it works!

Currently hard at work on the sequel to THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS – Are Nic and Sam married yet? And will the youngest Dorsey sister, Collier, find romance? I am so excited to go back to Persuasion and spend time with them again.

Looking for Great Romance Books:

Check out: Awesome Romance Novels

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Book Review – Ultimate Justice by M. A. Comley

Posted by admin in Apr 22, 2013, under Current Trends

I’ve always loved a good mystery or thriller, and when I find a series incorporating the same character or characters throughout, I’m basically in heaven. I’m often a page-skipper, as I love staying in the story and if a book becomes too technical or gets out of the main story for more than a page I find myself skipping until I’m back in the story. This is one of the things I’ve loved about the Justice series. I skipped no pages. I’ve followed DI Lorne Simpkins from Cruel Justice to Ultimate Justice, and it’s been a thrill ride all the way.

Starting with the Prologue I knew I had another mystery/thriller on my hands, but the first several chapters had me slightly confused at first. Lorne, now settled in with her new husband, Tony, and father Sam, were trying to build their private investigation business while saving dogs and finding homes for them. As a dog lover, this endeared Lorne even more to my heart, and I loved this small trip through her personal life. I feel as though I know her already, but seeing her in her home setting with family was in many ways a small treat. I did, however, wonder where that detective I’ve grown to love went.

Then it happened. A news story of a shipwreck, bodies on the beach. A young house maid with swollen eyes and a hidden secret and Lorne was back up and running with her former partner Katy, and a somewhat misguided and unfortunate reporter.

M. A. Comley takes us on another thrill ride, right into the dark side of human nature. Lorne, hot on the trail with Katy by her side discovers things that she can’t ignore. Which is one of the things I love about her. She rushes in to save the innocent, protect those who can’t protect themselves, even at her own peril.

Be prepared to  smile, to laugh, and finally to cry. A powerfully moving book from prologue to end.

I would rate this book R–for violence and sex. It deals with a subject matter that some find offensive, but is a reality we all must face as it does happen.  If you love a good thrill ride and a strong female character who also isn’t afraid to show her softer side and be a wife, mother, daughter and friend, I highly recommend the Justice series.  If you’re a former Justice fan, you’ll love seeing Pete again, if only for a moment. 

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War Brides by Helen Bryan – Featured Book of the Day!

Posted by admin in Apr 16, 2013, under Current Trends, Featured Book of the Day

The National Bestseller

With war threatening to spread from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. Nightly air raids become grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge an unlikely bond of friendship that will change their lives forever.

Alice Osbourne, the stolid daughter of the late vicar, is reeling from the news that Richard Fairfax broke their engagement to marry Evangeline Fontaine, an American girl from the Deep South. Evangeline’s arrival causes a stir in the village—but not the chaos that would ensue if they knew her motives for being there. Scrappy Elsie Pigeon is among the poor of London who see the evacuations as a chance to escape a life of destitution. Another new arrival is Tanni Zayman, a young Jewish girl who fled the horrors of Europe and now waits with her newborn son, certain that the rest of her family is safe and bound to show up any day. And then there’s Frances Falconleigh, a madcap, fearless debutante whose father is determined to keep her in the countryside and out of the papers.

As the war and its relentless hardships intensify around them, the same struggles that threaten to rip apart their lives also bring the five closer together. They draw strength from one another to defeat formidable enemies—hunger, falling bombs, the looming threat of a Nazi invasion, and a traitor in their midst—and find remarkable strength within themselves to help their friends. Theirs is a war-forged loyalty that will outlast the fiercest battle and endure years and distance.

When four of the women return to Crowmarsh Priors for a VE Day celebration fifty years later, television cameras focus on the heartwarming story of these old women as war brides of a bygone age, but miss the more newsworthy angle. The women’s mission is not to commemorate or remember—they’ve returned to settle a score and avenge one of their own.

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Five Superfoods to Keep in Your Pantry

Posted by admin in Apr 14, 2013, under Alternative Health and Beauty, Current Trends

5 Superfoods to Keep in Your Pantry

1. Spirulina -

Okay, let’s get the odd one out of the way right up front. Spirulina is an algae that contains phytonutrients, enzymes, and a wide array of minerals. Spirulina is 65% protein and packed with antioxidants, chlorophyll, and iron. The sulfur supplied by Spirulina supports both the immune system and the muscular system, improves flexibility and the complexion, aids in liver and pancreas functions, and speeds healing.

How to use: Add Spirulina to smoothies or salad dressing. Start with a small amount and increase over time.

2. Raw Honey –

Honey is delicious! Raw honey is rich in antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics. Using local raw honey helps environmental allergies. Used topically, honey can be used to treat cuts and scratches. A word of warning, honey is a form of sugar so consume in moderation.

How to use: Stir into hot tea or drizzle on oatmeal, cereal, or ice cream.

3. Goji Berries –

These little nutrient-packed berries are a complete source of protein that contains all 8 essential amino acids. Goji Berries contain 2 to 4 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Eat a handful of these beauties and you’re getting a load of trace minerals: zinc, copper, selenium, iron, calcium, and phosphorous. Benefits: protect the liver, improves eyesight, offers anti-aging properties, aids the blood, boosts the immune system.

How to use: enjoy them right out of the bag, sprinkle on salads, bake in muffins.

4. Coconut Oil –

Consisting of over 90% raw saturated fats, Coconut Oil supports the immune system, the nervous system, the thyroid gland, and the skin (the body’s largest organ). Coconut oil helps the body absorb calcium, magnesium, fat-soluble vitamins, and amino acids. Have digestive problems? Coconut Oil is for you. It also contains antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. Coconut has long been used topically as a skin moisturizer. This oil remains stable at high temperatures which means it does not turn rancid. 

How to use: Whip a tablespoon into smoothies, use in place of your regular cooking oil in baked goods or when frying. Smooth oil on body for moist, smooth skin.

5. Cacao –

Ranked the highest on the antioxidant food list, cacao is also known as raw chocolate. Is this great news for all chocolate addicts, or what? The raw form of chocolate is best as it has not been processed and has no added sugar. Cacao contains antioxidants, iron, chromium, and manganese. It lifts the mood, strengthens bones, improves cardiovascular health, and increases energy.

How to use: Add to smoothies, sprinkle on yogurt, granola, or ice cream.

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Foul Justice by M. A. Comley – Featured Book of the Day

Posted by admin in Apr 14, 2013, under Current Trends, Featured Book of the Day

Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins is back on the force. Before she can get comfortable with her new partner, newly-promoted DS Katy Foster, the two are assigned a tragic murder case that looks like a robbery gone wrong. However, when another wealthy footballer’s family meets the same deadly fate within twenty-four hours, it is clear the crimes involve something far more sinister.

Keeping her focus on unravelling the complex case isn’t easy for Lorne when she learns news that throws her personal life into a spin–her fiancé, M16 agent Tony Warner, is involved in a dangerous covert operation in Afghanistan. But innocent people are dying on her patch, and someone must catch the killers. Lorne can’t allow this Foul Justice to prevail.

Foul Justice is the fourth outing for Mel Comley’s vixen detective, Lorne Simpkins. Whereas the previous three have been 5-star nuggets, this is the mother lode – by far the best in the series and worthy of taking its place at the front rank of modern crime thrillers. – Joe McCoubrey

What readers are saying:

“I could not put this book down.”
“She’s my hero.”
“A great read from start to finish.”
“A page-turning read that will keep mystery lovers entertained all the way to the end.”

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Defending Jacob by William Landay – Featured Book of the Day

Posted by admin in Apr 13, 2013, under Current Trends, Featured Book of the Day

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Entertainment Weekly • The Boston Globe • Kansas City Star

“A legal thriller that’s comparable to classics such as Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent . . . Tragic and shocking, Defending Jacob is sure to generate buzz.”—Associated Press

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob.

Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.

How far would you go?

Praise for Defending Jacob

“Ingenious . . . Nothing is predictable. All bets are off.”—The New York Times

“Stunning . . . a novel that comes to you out of the blue and manages to keep you reading feverishly until the whole thing is completed.”—The Huffington Post

“Gripping, emotional murder saga . . . The shocking ending will have readers pulling up their bedcovers to ward off the haunting chill.”—People

“The hype is justified. . . . Exceptionally serious, suspenseful, engrossing.”—The Washington Post

“Even with unexpected twists and turns, the two narratives interlock like the teeth of a zipper, building to a tough and unflinching finale. This novel has major motion picture written all over it.”—The Boston Globe

“Yes, this book came out in January. No, we are not done talking about it.”—Entertainment Weekly

About the Author:

William Landay’s latest novel is the New York Times bestseller “Defending Jacob.” His previous novels are “Mission Flats,” which won the Dagger Award as best debut crime novel of 2003, and “The Strangler,” which was an L.A. Times favorite crime novel and was nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as best crime novel of 2007.

Visit the author at www.williamlanday.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/williamlanday

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – Featured book of the day!

Posted by admin in Apr 12, 2013, under Current Trends, Featured Book of the Day

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder – Featured Book of the Day

Posted by admin in Apr 07, 2013, under Current Trends, Featured Book of the Day

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.
Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

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Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.

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Excerpt from Falling Into You:

It was just a single sob at first, a quick, hysterical inhalation. Then a second. And then I couldn’t stop it. Tears, a flood of them. I felt the sand grow cold and muddy under my face, felt my body shuddering uncontrollably. He didn’t tell me it was okay. He didn’t try to pull me against him or onto his lap. He kept his hand on my shoulder and sat silent next to me.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop. I’d let go, and now the river would flow un-dammed.
No. No. I shook my head, clenched my teeth, lifted up and let myself fall down hard, sending a spear of pain spiderwebbing out from my arm. The pain was a drug, and I accepted it greedily. It was a dam, stemming the tide of tears….

Full length (80,000 word) New Adult Contemporary Romance:
**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language, and adult situations. HEA ending.

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.

You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.

www.jasindawilder.com


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Madness and Murder by Jenny Hilborne – Featured Book of the Day!

Posted by admin in Apr 03, 2013, under Current Trends, Featured Book of the Day

Homicide detective, Mac Jackson is on a collision path with a civilian in his hunt for a killer. A lack of evidence leaves him frustrated. With the body count rising, he questions his own ethics when he considers risking the life of an innocent woman to put the killer within reach. The stakes are high if his gamble fails.

Jessica Croft begins a new life in San Francisco, ninety miles from the sinister secrets and the madness that destroyed her family. She hopes to find tranquility, maybe even love, but her chance for happiness is threatened when she finds herself the target of a madman. Unwilling to live a life of fear, Jessica takes a bold risk to draw him out; unaware of the trap he has already set for her.

What Readers are Saying:

The first couple of paragraphs immediately engaged my attention and the rest of the book delivered as well. I loved how the characters and story developed, with plot twists that kept me guessing. I felt the ending wrapped everything up nicely, but also left me wanting to read more Mac Jackson stories in the future. Hard to believe this was a debut novel. I can’t wait to read this author’s next release.

About the Author:

I am a mystery/thriller writer and a native Brit, currently dividing my time between the UK and the US, researching and writing.

San Francisco is the setting for my first three mystery/thrillers: MADNESS AND MURDER, NO ALIBI, and HIDE AND SEEK.

MADNESS AND MURDER has entered the Amazon bestseller list for mysteries/thrillers on several occasions. HIDE AND SEEK has also been a #1 bestseller in the thriller category.

My background in real estate and finance provides inspiration for my stories, as does my love of travel and ex-pat status. I’ve practiced martial arts in the form of Shotokan Karate and hold six belts. I am currently working on my fourth thriller, Stone Cold, which is set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

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