Thursday, 5 May 2016

FREE : The Privateersman by Andrew Wareham

    



Escaping the hangman’s noose in England, commoner Tom Andrews finds himself aboard a privateering ship before fleeing to New York at the time of the Revolutionary War. It is a corrupt place where opportunities abound for the unscrupulous. Betrayal forces a hurried return to England where he and business partner Joseph Star, a half Carib freed slave, ruthlessly chase riches in the early industrial boom, investing in iron, mines and cotton. But will Tom’s phenomenal luck desert him as he seeks social standing and lasting affection? 



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99 CENTS: Murder at Green Meadows by Jessica Woodridge





BOOK DESCRIPTION
Angie Walker is a few days from fulfilling a life-long dream of being her own boss. Soon, she and her best friend will open a treasure/antique business on the Florida east coast.

But as a reporter for the Tequesta Sun, she has one last assignment – interview former boss Frederick Canterly about his five-decade career as publisher of the Madera Beach Tribune. 


The interview should be a piece of cake but her former boss very inconveniently drops dead.


Police believe he’s been poisoned and detectives find an incriminating vial in Angie’s purse. Now instead of opening the door to her business dream, she may open the door to a prison nightmare.

With the help of long-time friend and reporter Harry Landon, she begins a desperate search for the shrewd killer who framed her.


Canterly made enemies during his time in Madera Beach. Many people hated him, with good reason. Even Landon had an opportunity and a very good motive to kill the Madera Beach Publisher.

While keeping her eye on her good friend Harry, Angie will have to shift through the evidence and find the ruthless murderer.


In doing so, she will also become a target. Unless she is careful,intelligent and ruthless, Canterly will not be the only murder victim in this small tightly-knit community.


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FREE: Two Heads, Two Spikes by Jason Paul Rice



Treachery and deceit run rampant in the Kingdom of Donegal.

 A high stakes game of life and death erupts in a land of murder and manipulation. A triggering event in northern Donegal sets off a series of events with consequences to be faced around the world. Some seek a throne but most hunt the elusive Pearl of Wisdom for its magical powers and ability to summon dragons.

 The story is told by multiple points of view that sweep you around a realm and beyond. The King’s son, a Queen, a Princess, members of rival families, several knights and a rogue warrior tell the tales of a lost kingdom, omitted from history. Good versus evil can appear transparent or blurred as motivations of revenge and soul inspired redemption entangle in a forgotten world of deception and drama.


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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

99 CENTS: Bad Karma (A Jack McCoul Caper) by Dwight Holing



It's Pure Unadulterated Fun When a Con Man Turns  PI

“Filled with dishy one liners. A detective story that keeps the plot turning.” – Kirkus Reviews

Jack McCoul tries to go legit but when his past comes roaring back he has to turn the tables if he's to solve a murder and save his own skin. He rounds up a gang of characters as quirky as San Francisco itself and it’s game on.

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INTERVIEW: Dwight Holing

Flurries Unlimited (FU) sat down for a one on one chat with award-winning non-fiction and fiction writer, Dwight Holing.  This is what we talked about:

FU:  You've written an amazing number of non-fiction books centered on nature. How did you get started in that?

DH:
I grew up in a California beach town with the ocean as my front yard so nature was all around—in the waves I surfed and the kelp forests I snorkeled. I witnessed what happens to fragile ecosystems when rapacious development and unchecked oil drilling are allowed to run amok. This inspired me to take up a career as an environmental journalist. Reporting on natural areas, wildlife, and ecological issues provided a ticket to world adventure and discovery of exotic and endangered places, animals, and indigenous cultures struggling to survive.

FU:  What was the inspiration behind the transition from non-fiction to fiction? Why mysteries?

DH: It’s a surprisingly straight path from nonfiction to fiction. Characters, conflicts, and even humor inhabited the nonfiction subjects I wrote about and I find the natural world a source and inspiration for fiction; it helps keep dialogue and settings real. Place, time, weather—all play an integral role in a narrative’s arc and protagonist’s journey, providing action, motivation, and revelation. Since I’ve always been drawn to stories where the defenseless are at the mercy of the powerful and corrupt, writing a mystery series featuring a con artist who takes on the bad guys provides a creative vehicle that can carry my readers on a fast and rollicking ride.

FU: You've written so many books and stories as well as received many awards. of all of these, which is your favourite and why?


DH: My favorite piece of writing is always what I’m working on right now but there is a short story that provides the strongest memory. It’s called “Gallopers” and is included in my collection, “California Works: Stories.” It won the Arts & Letters Prize for short fiction. The awards ceremony was held at Flannery O’Connor’s home in Georgia, Andalusia Farm, where her spirit is still palpable. Reading my story out loud to an audience there? Priceless.

FU:  They say that every character has some of the author in him/her. Which of your fictional characters is most like you? In what way?

DH:  In my case, the old line of “writing is easy, just open a vein and bleed” is more along the lines of spilling DNA. I hope there is a piece of me in every character I write—heroes and villains, men and women, children and adults—all of their flaws and qualities alike.

FU: So what is on the horizon? What are your new projects? When is your next new release?

DH:  I still juggle multiple projects, no doubt a legacy from my freelance journalist days; I find it keeps me fresh and the creative juices bubbling. Top of the list is my latest installment in the Jack McCoul Caper series, “Baby Blue.” Readers will find Jack, Katie, and Hark up to their necks in a water swindle. A summer release is planned. I’m also working on a new collection of short fiction; some of the pieces are already finding their way into literary journals and online publications. And, finally, I remain active in the nonfiction world, the most recent resulting in the publication of a coffee-table book of photographs and essays on marine protected areas entitled “Our Ocean’s Edge.” Writing, like life, really is full circle.

FU:  Excellent point.  Thank you for chatting with us. :-)

99 CENTS: What Dreams May Come by Beth M. Honeycutt


He knows her darkest secrets, sees into her dreams. Math class will never be the same.

Reality is overrated. Or so Ellie Cross believes. She greatly prefers the dreams she shares with her imaginary friend and lifelong BFF, Gabe, to the nightmare of her real life. And okay, so yeah, lately Ellie’s noticed that Gabe’s kinda hot. Make that incredibly hot. But that doesn’t mean she’s crazy or anything. So what if she happens to have an itsy-bitsy crush on her reality-challenged friend? Who’s it hurting, really?

But when the hot new guy at school walks into her math class, Ellie finds herself staring into eyes remarkably like the ones she’s been dreaming of all her life. To make matters worse, the new guy seems to know things about Ellie that he shouldn’t have any way of knowing. Has Ellie finally lost it, started confusing dreams with reality? Or is there something else going on, something she never could’ve imagined, even in her wildest dreams?


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The House by P.M. Prior




It was meant to be a place of safety. Their home. Her sanctuary.

When Prue Bridgewater first glimpses the abandoned old house, it's love at first sight. Her husband Ray is not so sure.

The property has been neglected for decades, and Ray can’t help wondering why. But with Prue on the brink of a nervous breakdown, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her sane, even if it means he has to live there.

Once ensconced in their new home, Prue begins fixing up the place while Ray is away at work. And then a series of disturbing discoveries makes her fear she's losing her mind.

She hears things and sees people who couldn’t possibly be there, and she can’t shake the feeling she’s being watched.

As Prue’s hold on reality begins to disintegrate, along with her marriage, she struggles to tell truth from delusion. But things go from bad to worse, and soon not just her sanity, but her survival hinges upon the long-buried secrets of THE HOUSE.

This is a novella of approximately 27,287 words


 
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99 CENTS: Superhero by M.R. Mathias



This is a Short Story about the realities of modern heroism. There is a lot of ironic comedy and a deep message about the state of man here.

With a name like the Valiant Defender and a huge logo that says V.D. across his chest, you can imagine how Marvin Smithers is recieved when he foils a crime and becomes a national media hero.



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99 CENTS : Vessel by Andrew J. Morgan




Excitement is high when the crew of the International Space Station discovers a mysterious object in orbit around Earth. But something goes wrong, and contact with the station is lost. When journalist Sean Jacob finds out that NASA is trying to cover up this catastrophe, he embarks on a journey to uncover the truth, winding his way into the biggest conspiracy to ever face mankind.





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FREE: Before The Clock Strikes by E.G. Michaels





A quiet neighborhood is torn from its peaceful sleep by a shocking and brutal late night drive-by shooting. An innocent teenage sleepover takes a tragic turn as a hail of bullets rip into the front of a house.

Philadelphia Detective Kyle Simmons is assigned one task: Catch the killer before someone else takes matters into their own hands.


Then something strange happens: A long forgotten contact of the detective has been killed. The evidence is crystal clear that this was a cold and calculated hit.
But as Simmons works both cases, a disturbing thought keeps popping up in his head: What if the two cases are somehow connected?


Detective Simmons races against the clock to quickly find the proof to solve both cases before all hell breaks loose. E.G. Michaels delivers a debut action-packed thriller with white-knuckle twists, unexpected humor, and leaves you wanting even more.



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99 CENTS: Echo from Mount Royal by Dave Riese






1950s Montreal. A young woman from a working class, Catholic-Jewish family blindly falls in love with a handsome, wealthy, Jewish orthodox man. The courtship is a romantic dream, but class, religion and family secrets test their love, leading to a shocking, life-changing revelation.

"A bittersweet story of love and loss set in one of the most colorful cities on the planet in its film-noirish heyday." - Peter Behrens, author of Law of Dreams and The O'Briens


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FREE: Carnifex by D.P. Prior





For more than a thousand years, the dwarves have hidden away from the world in their ravine city of Arx Gravis.


Governed by an inflexible council whose sole aim is to avoid the errors of the past, the defining virtue of their society is that nothing should ever change.

But when the Scriptorium is broken into, and Ravine Guard Carnifex Thane sees a homunculus fleeing the scene of the crime, events are set in motion that will ensure nothing will ever be the same again.

Deception and death are coming to Arx Gravis.

The riddles that preceded Carnifex’s birth crystalize into a horrifying fate that inexorably closes in.

But it is in blood that legends are born, and redemption is sometimes seeded in the gravest of sins.


For Carnifex is destined to become the Ravine Butcher, before even that grim appellation is forever lost, along with everything that once defined him.


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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

99 CENTS: Heartbreak's Reward by Mary J. McCoy-Dressel




Book Two~ Standalone Full-length Contemporary Romance.

Rancher Jase Carlson doesn't understand the ache in the hollow of his chest, since his ex-wife ripped his heart out. She doesn't follow the court rules where his children are concerned, making him even more pissed off. Harboring a bad attitude, he wishes he wasn't a gentleman when he comes to the aid of a quick-tempered, sexy blonde. He can't allow her tight jeans and sweet smile to sway him, even after he's coerced into spending time alone with her. But he can't resist holding her in his arms. Fighting the torturous battle going on within his own mind and body, he can either deal with it--or succumb to the woman who appears to be everything he didn't know he needed.

In an attempt to save her rebellious teen sister from herself--as her guardian, Brenna Page leaves everything behind and moves to Canyon Junction, Arizona. When she unexpectedly meets a hot-headed cowboy with intense blue eyes and muscles to die for, the first thing she wants to do is get away. Since she can't seem to shake him, Brenna wonders if that same grudge-filled cowboy with an attitude is something worth taking on. But still dealing with painful memories, and a sister who wants nothing to do with Arizona, the last thing she needs right now is a horse ranching cowboy interfering.

One wrong turn. Two broken families. Brought together by chance...and need.

This book can be enjoyed on its own and out of series order.


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99 CENTS: The Eschaton Tales by Kieran Marcus


 



In the great cosmic lottery of extinction level events, Earth is about to hit a double jackpot. Join the adventure as the only home humankind has ever known is hurtling towards disaster.

The Eschaton Tales is a series of interconnected science fiction novelettes and short stories that can each be enjoyed individually and out of context but collectively reveal a bigger picture. Vol.1 contains the following stories:

1.1 The Burst
The Conways are a happy little family like millions of others; maybe even a little happier than most. Life presents its challenges as it always does, but by and large, things are good—until on a calm spring night in 2079 it turns out the fault is quite literally in their stars.

1.2 Dixon Can Do
With disaster looming in the dark and a bunch of clueless advisors at hand, maybe it takes a mad scientist to encourage the leader of the free world to boldly go wherever humanity’s future lies.

1.3 Meitner²
Huxley is only twenty-two years old when he stumbles upon two of the most important discoveries he’ll ever make. One will change his life. The other will change the world.

Coming soon:
The Eschaton Tales: Vol.2 (November 2014)
The Eschaton Tales: Vol.3 (2015)



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99 CENTS: Mantis (Fogarty-Tanaka Series) by Richard La Plante





In recent weeks, three young women have been brutally assaulted and murdered in the city of Philadelphia. Lt. William Fogarty, a time-toughened cop, hardened by personal tragedy, is shocked by the brutality of the crimes. His only lead comes from medical examiner Josef Tanaka. Half Japanese and half American, Tanaka, a skilled practitioner of the martial arts, claims to recognize the method used in the attacks: a karate strike known as nukite, or spear hand. Fogarty has nowhere else to turn.

An unlikely combination, Fogarty and Tanaka, forced together by circumstance and neither completely trusting the other, they conduct a desperate hunt, trawling the city streets of Philadelphia and into the dangerous underbelly of the killing arts. 

Pursuing the Mantis, a creature who uses the flesh of his victims in a sadistic, macabre ritual of self-purification, while Fogarty and Tanaka endanger the lives of those closest to them as they inch perilously close to the precipice of their own worst fears and weaknesses.


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99 CENTS: A Lullaby of Virtues by Bienvenido Jr Buten


Syringa: My name is Syringa Vidanoche. With my violin Nochi, I can create Silver fire that belches poisonous smoke. Thanks to his song, I managed to survive the last war. Earn my title as Reaper of Songs. But in Virtuesprings, freedom is impossible without power. Just ask all the children who didn’t survive the war….

Yarrow: I go by Yarrow Virtuesong. My nameless violin allows me to create healing fire. Thanks to my ancestors lust for power, the world thinks I plot, but I just have reapers on me. In Virtuesprings, without power, song parchments to buy some, or a phoenix to burn all who oppose me, I am hopeless. Death bound.

As general of kin Vidanoche, sixteen-year-old Syringa struggles to gain respect from a lineage ruled by men. As one of the last surviving member of kin Virtuesong, Yarrow struggles to connect with Symphonist around him.

A dual pov short story filled with phoenixes, survival, and a touch of romance.

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FREE: Vampire Miami by Phil Tucker




Free for a limited time to promote the completion of the series.
The year is 2027, and the Vampire War is over. As part of the truce, Miami has been walled off and given over to the monsters to rule as they see fit. No-one who enters ever returns, but when her father disappears seventeen-year-old Selah Brown sacrifices everything to follow his trail into the rotten heart of Miami.

As terrified as she is determined, Selah thought she understood the stakes - but when the vampires discover that her blood possesses a unique and dangerous power, she becomes the focus of their depraved desires and realizes that there are fates worse than death.

Desperate and with no where to run, she finds an ally in the handsome and enigmatic young leader of the underground resistance. Yet the twisted secret they uncover within Miami's darkest depths may start the Vampire War anew - and this time, there may be no hope for humanity...



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