THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: CENTURY’S ENDINGS, Oliver Frances {$5.99}

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Description of CENTURY’S ENDINGS:

The stories in Century’s Endings narrate the social problems of man and his drama with life. Some are set in a political climate of regimes abolished at the end of the last century and others where the rulers are men of narrow thought.

In Century’s Endings, explore the worlds of:

“Faith”…A Soviet peasant finds that an unfortunate event changes his life…twice.

“Jeremy Smith”…Luis, the Peñon, is just a guy whose mind is pestered with images and stories of the lives of the celebrities and people who have succeeded in North America. Though his ambition is to make the American dream come true, he travels mistakenly to the old continent where he sets out his adventure and, eventually, spends his live.

“The Lord”…A young man, after completing post-graduate studies in a developed country, returns to his native land, where his countrymen don’t understand his vision.

“Cautious Man”… Elegábalo was a cautious man. He walked looking over his shoulder and never let his cautiousness slip away until he got what he always wished. Though Elegábalo was cautious man, he never thought of the unexpected, and this changed dramatically his fate and then fortune.

“The Forgotten Ones”…Sometimes promises made by the politicians during their campaign for votes are never carried out.

 

Accolades:

Oliver Frances’ inspirations must be the philosophical novelists of 19th-20th century Europe, and as a fan of such writing by Albert Camus and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, I’m grateful for that. Too much of today’s literary fiction involves navel gazing rather than examining humanity’s place in the universe and the moral decisions we should make. While “Cautious Man” is a mere short story compared to his novella “Through Existences,” the tale still will leave you thinking for a long time afterward. The lesson in “Cautious Man”? Don’t always obtain what you want, for doing so is a trap. If that sounds strange, remember that it’s a lesson learned by rock stars like John Lennon and politicians such as Richard Nixon. Frances teaches it by narrating the story of a peasant villager in a Third World country. “Cautious Man” is a strong story and serves as a good introduction to this young writer’s growing body of quality work.


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An excerpt from CENTURY’S ENDINGS:

The Forgotten Ones

Upon fissures of a barren soil, the peasants built up their shack on a God’s forsaken land.
As the sun dipped in the horizon, the old woman sipped black coffee.
“Take your brave face off! It won’t take so long.”
Brushing some black strands off his forehead, he looked at the worn body seated at the furrowed wooden board. “A year gone! And, we ain’t go any letter.”
“Be patient! You’ll get your doggone letter. He hasn’t sent it ’cause he ain’t warmed up his chair at the desk yet. The young believe that can do all in one day, but not even God made the world in a day,” told she, puckering her brow yet more.
Flowing through the holes, yellowish light soaked his bare dark torso. “Out of the horse’s mouth, I heard we’d get the property deed of our land.”
The mulatto’s hot air plagued her.
“Stubborn!” she said.
Hands up as if were taking both lapels, he paraphrased the governor-to-be candidate, “farming is our…”In his short jargon, he chewed the politician’s word, “priority.”
“So?” Asked she, nibbling crispy pastry.
“He lied through his teeth,” he said, in his usual tone.
“What if he didn’t?”
“Don’t let the sleeping dogs lie.”
The old woman hurled the pewter to one side and, then she said. “What is left to the poor is: believing.”
“I no longer hold myself back for his letter.”
“You’re so stubborn as an ass.”
“No… I am realistic! It’s taken one damn year.”
“Surely, he has us in mind,” told she.
And, he burst into a sarcastic laughter. “No matter what is on his mind now.”
“Why?”
“No one care about us, not even the major.”

 

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THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: Wakefield (The Mad World Saga Series), Troy H. Gardner & Erin Callahan {$5.95}

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Orphans Astrid Chalke and Max Fisher meet when they’re sent to live at Wakefield, a residential and educational facility for teens with psychiatric and behavioral problems. Astrid’s roommate cuts herself with anything sharp she can get her hands on and Max’s roommate threatens him upon introduction.

Just as Astrid and Max develop a strong bond and begin to adjust to the constant chaos surrounding them, a charming and mysterious resident of Wakefield named Teddy claims he has unexplainable abilities. Sometimes he can move things without touching them. Sometimes he can see people’s voices flowing out of their mouths. Teddy also thinks that some of the Wakefield staff are on to him.

At first, Astrid and Max think Teddy is paranoid, but Max’s strange recurring dreams and a series of unsettling events force them to reconsider Teddy’s claims. Are they a product of his supposedly disturbed mind or is the truth stranger than insanity?

 

Accolade:

“The ending of this book blew me away and I’d definitely be interested in reading the next book. It was a pleasantly surprising read with plenty of action and suspense! And a book I would definitely recommend.” – TotalTeenFiction

“Great story, anxious to read the next chapter. Encouraging all to buy and enjoy! Great setting, authentic, well written. Could be read by teens and adults.” – Amazon customer

“outstanding writing, strong characters and interesting plot make this book hard to put down. i look forward to the next book!” – Amazon customer

“Very fun story. The dual narration allowed for multiple perspectives on the storyline as well as great character development. It was fun getting to know the characters through different sets of eyes, including their own. Can’t wait for the second book to be released.” – Amazon customer

Amazon Reader Reviews:

Wakefield (The Mad World Saga Series) currently has an Amazon Reader Review rating of 3.9 stars, with 14 reviews. Read the reviews here.

 

An excerpt from Wakefield (The Mad World Saga Series):

I ran a hand lightly against the cold wall, imagining the force it would take to smash through it. The yellow lights above shone with a dull intensity that turned my stomach. The doors all matched, and I felt claustrophobic. The only thing that broke up the monotony was the random graffiti scribbled on the walls. Most of it had been scrubbed off, but I could make out faint lines here and there. They were like ghosts, just out of reach. Realizing I wouldn’t be able to leave these walls, I slunk down to the shiny, white floor and nearly cried.
“Hey,” a timid voice called out. It was the goth kid I’d noticed earlier. He was bone thin and had a long mop of straight hair that matched his black shirt and pants. He pushed the hair out of his face; the movement showed off his seven or eight bracelets.
I ignored him completely, so he approached very slowly and said, “You’ll get your regular clothes back tomorrow.”
“Yeah?”
“They give them back the next day.” He bobbed his head. He was younger than I was, but I couldn’t tell by how much. Dark hair covered half his face, which made him look younger, or he might have been little for his age.
“I look stupid,” I confided.
“Yeah, those suck,” he went on. “They made me feel like a tool when I got here. But you won’t have to wear them again. I haven’t.”
“That’s cool.”
“So, welcome to Newton,” he said with a half grin.
“Newton?”
“Yeah, this part of the building. We have to pretty much stay in our own area. There are three other units—Whitehall, Lancre, and McCarthy. We’re the best.”
“Clearly. I’m Max,” I introduced myself as he sat down against the opposite wall. He acted like I was a dangerous animal, moving slowly, like I might pounce at any minute. The woman at the staff desk looked up over her laptop for about twenty seconds before going back to whatever she was doing. I wondered if he thought he was fast enough to outrun me. I doubted he was. “So what do I call you?”
“Uh, I’m Azrael,” he told me shyly. He looked away, down the hall, in case I’d laugh at him.
“Your name is Azrael?” I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to scare him off, but it was a weird name.
“No,” he admitted and looked up at the ceiling. “It’s really Jon Applegarth, but I like Azrael better. It’s stupid, I guess.” He shrugged and let out a deep breath. I could tell he was not a fan of Wakefield.
“Did you get your name from the cat in The Smurfs?” I asked.
“No, I just like it. It sounds vampiric,” he said, brown eyes glistening with excitement.
“All right. Azrael it is then,” I reassured this kid.
He turned his face back to me and grinned. He had a tiny row of neat, little teeth.
“So, Simon’s your roommate, huh?” he asked, though he was fully aware of the answer.
“Yeah, I guess so.”
“I’m sorry,” he squinted at me, lowering his voice.
“He’s that bad?”
“Some guys like him. Couple of the girls do, too,” Azrael told me. “I stay away if I can.”
“Maybe he’ll be cool to me.” I shrugged.
“Yeah, maybe,” Azrael lied. “I gotta go.”
I doubted Azrael had any pressing business to take care of, but I didn’t say anything as he stood up and skittered away. This wasn’t the sort of place you tell people how you really feel. I’d have to start practicing biting my tongue and letting people do what they want. At least it was nice of Azrael to sit with me for a few minutes, even though he only worried me about Simon. If people liked me before I came here, then why wouldn’t they like me here at Wakefield?
A fat guy, older than me, left a room up ahead. He looked at me for a few seconds and then continued on to the bathroom. I hung my head low as I stood and walked down the hall to stare at my darkened reflection in the small window. It was gray outside, and I couldn’t see much, but I would have given anything to be on the other side of that glass. It showed me a face that looked at least two years older than the last time I’d seen myself. Maybe I could get into R rated movies now. If only they’d let me out to see movies. I went back to my room, where Simon sat at his desk.
“Hey, do they ever let us out to the movies?” I asked Simon.
He grunted, so I sat on the empty bed to wait for my stuff to come. I didn’t know how long it would take the state social worker to bring my things to Wakefield or the staff to pour through all my belongings. I’d later hear how they’d go through all the pockets and seams for anything cutters use. They’d also check my music and movies to make sure none of it was inappropriate.
My “new” dresser was a simple, beat up, wooden monstrosity shoved against the wall. At least it looked more inviting than the bed I sat on. It was a wooden box with eight holes on the sides for straps to pass through in case the staff needed to restrain anyone in their rooms. Small rails cradled the thin, uncomfortable mattress.
Then I noticed a small rectangular camera hanging from the ceiling.
“Um, do all the rooms have cameras? Is that thing on?” I asked Simon.
“Yeah, dumbass, it’s on. And no, not every room has one. But because of your newbie ass, I have to live with a camera until they decide to trust you. Thanks a lot.”
At least I knew why Simon was angry with me.

 

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MONDAY’S THREE Frugal Finds Under Nine!

It’s Monday ~ A brand new week is ahead of us. Let’s start it off with three Frugal Finds for our Kindles!

Under NineExecutive Privilege, Phillip Margolin {$7.99}

When private detective Dana Cutler is hired to follow college student Charlotte Walsh, she never imagines the trail will lead to the White House. But the morning after Walsh’s clandestine meeting with Christopher Farrington, President of the United States, the pretty young coed is dead—the latest victim, apparently, of a fiend dubbed “the D.C. Ripper.”

A junior associate in an Oregon law firm, Brad Miller is stunned by the death row revelations of convicted serial killer Clarence Little. Though Little accepts responsibility for a string of gruesome murders, he swears he was framed for one of them: the death of a teenaged babysitter who worked for then-governor Farrington.

Suddenly nowhere in America is safe for a small-time private eye and a fledgling lawyer who possess terrifying evidence that suggests the unthinkable: that someone at the very highest level of government, perhaps the president himself, is a cold and brutal killer.

The average customer review is currently 4.3 stars {83 reviews}.

 

Under FiveMystic River, Dennis Lehane {$2.99}

“There are threads in our lives. You pull one, and everything else gets affected.”

When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled tip to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened — something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever.

Twenty-five years later, Sean Devine is a homicide detective. Jimmy Marcus is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave Boyle is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay — demons that urge him to do terrible things.

When Jimmy Marcus’s daughter is found murdered, Sean Devine is assigned to the case. His personal life unraveling, he must go back into a world he thought he’d left behind to confront not only the violence, of the present but the nightmares of his past. His investigation brings him into conflict with Jimmy Marcus, who finds that his old criminal impulses tempt him to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave Boyle, who came home the night Jimmy’s daughter died covered with someone else’s blood.

While Sean Devine attempts to use the law to return peace and order to the neighborhood, Jimmy Marcus finds his need for vengeance pushing him ever closer to a moral abyss from which lie wont be able to return, and Dave’s wife, Celeste, sleeps at night with a man she fears may very well be a monster. a monster who fathered her child and hides his true nature from everyone, possibly even himself.

A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love and loyalty, faith and family, in which people irrevocably marked by the past find themselves on a collision course with the darkest truths of their own hidden selves.

The average customer review is currently {4.2 stars, 96 reviews}.

 

Under One: Tall, Dark, and Deadly 3 book box set, Lisa Renee Jones {$0.99} 

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The Walker Brothers…

Tall, dark, and deadly, these three brothers run Walker security. Each brother is unique in his methods and skills, but all share key similarities. They are passionate about those they love, relentless when fighting for a cause they believe in, and all believe that no case is too hard, no danger too dark. Dedication is what they deliver, results are their reward.

The average customer review is currently 4.4 stars {51 Reviews}.

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MONDAY’S THREE Frugal Finds Under Nine! {12/3/12}

It’s Monday ~ A brand new week is ahead of us. Let’s start it off with three Frugal Finds for our Kindles!

 

Under NineThe Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three), Rick Riordan {$8.00}

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven? The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . . With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

The average customer review is currently 4.7 stars {1055 reviews}.


Under FiveCome Home to Me, Peggy L Henderson {$3.99 or Borrow FREE w/Prime!}

Jake Owens is tired of life on his parents’ Montana ranch, catering to city folk who want a taste of old-fashioned country living. He enjoys life in the fast lane, with fast cars and even faster women. When he falls in with the wrong crowd and is accused of murder, a stranger’s bizarre offer at a second chance might be his only hope to clear his name.

Rachel Parker is highly devoted to her family. A tragedy prompts a daring move to the Oregon Territory for a fresh start in a new land. After meeting the wagon train’s scout, the meaning of a fresh start may be more than she ever imagined.

Jake can’t believe he’s been sent back in time to act as scout for a wagon train headed for Oregon, and given the added burden of keeping one emigrant woman safe during the journey. He and Rachel are confused by their attraction to each other. Jake’s ill-mannered, unconventional ways are overshadowed only by his notorious reputation. Rachel’s traditional values and quiet, responsible character are the complete opposite of what attracts Jake to a woman. When their forbidden attraction turns to love, what will happen at the end of the trail?

The average customer review is currently {4.8 stars, 18 reviews}.


Under One: The Loneliest, Stacey Cochran {$0.99 or Borrow FREE w/Prime!}

One year after the heartbreaking loss of his wife, novelist Jason Roberts discovers a cabin hidden far away from the world in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains. Jackie, his wife, was far too young to die.

Now Jason must come to terms with grief and loneliness.

Under pressure to deliver a new novel, Jason’s mind begins to shatter. He hears voices in the woods, begins seeing children playing in the forest, and starts to lose his hold on reality… as the characters from his latest novel begin appearing in the real world around him.

Jason slips into the delusion that he can materialize the very things he’s writing in his book.

But the cruelest trick of all comes when he writes Jackie into his story… and is visited by her beautiful, ghostly presence in a cavernous underground lake.

For Jason, he must make a decision to join her in the afterlife by taking his own life, or by holding on to the tattered remains of life without his one true love.

The average customer review is currently 3.8 stars {26 Reviews}.

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THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: The Love Killers, Jackie Collins {$5.99}

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THE JACKIE COLLINS CLASSIC IS BACK FOR FALL 2012.

Mob boss Enzio Bassalino doesn’t like anyone cutting into his profits. So when beautiful crusader Margaret Brown persuades too many hookers to leave the ranks, she’s blown away.

Three extraordinary women vow to bring down Bassalino—by destroying his three sons. Innocent-seeming, fragile Beth will go after Frank in New York; kinky underground film star Rio will seduce Angelo in London; slick, gorgeous jet-setter Lara will ensnare Nick in Los Angeles.

But it’s a dangerous game, heating up to a spellbinding blend of dazzling intrigue and murderous suspense, of raw eroticism, and sudden, forbidden passion, as three sensational women use the only weapon Bassalino’s sons can’t resist…

THE LOVE KILLERS

 

Accolade:

“A tight plot. Attention to detail. Characters that blaze off the page. Sexy dialogues…What else could you possibly hope for in a book?”

“A fun book set in the 70s women’s liberation. Fast-paced, hot, and downright nasty!” 

“This is my favorite of Jackie’s older novels.”

“This is a very intersting book to read and keeps one wondering about love and how dangerous it could be. Jackie Collin’s books are always filled with the details on the characters and the situations.An easy to read book and very entertaining.”


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An excerpt from The Love Killers:

Chapter One:

“I don’t care if you can’t do anything else. I don’t care if you lose your income, your home, your possessions. Fuck all of it, baby. Just gather up your self-respect and walk right out. To be a prostitute is to be nothing, a mere tool of man. Take no notice of your pimps, your bosses. We will help you. We will give you all the help we can. We will get you so together that your old life will seem like a bad dream.”

Margaret Lawrence Brown had been speaking for fifteen minutes, and she paused to sip from a glass of water handed to her on the makeshift podium. The crowd gathered to hear her talk was gratifyingly large. They occupied a vast area of Central Park, mostly women, a few men scattered among them. It was a warm August day in 1974, and her followers had turned out in force.

Margaret’s tone was strong and outright. Her voice didn’t falter. Her message came across loud and clear.

She was a tall woman in her early thirties. No makeup decorated her strong, radiant face. Her hair was long and black, and she wore denims, boots, and love beads.

Margaret Lawrence Brown was a cult figure in America. A ceaseless campaigner for women’s rights, she had won many a victory. She had written three books, appeared on television regularly, and made a great deal of money, all of which she used for her organization, F.W.N. — Free Women Now.

Everyone had laughed when she’d first taken up the cause of the prostitutes. But they weren’t laughing now, not after three months, not after thousands of women appeared to be giving up their chosen profession and following her.

“You’ve got to get it together now!” Margaret yelled, a determined thrust to her chin.

“Yeah!” the women yelled back.

“You’re going to live again. You’re going to come alive!”

“Yeah! Yeah!” The reaction from the crowd was gospel in its intensity.

“You’re going to be free!” she promised them.

“Yeah!”

Margaret slumped to the ground while the crowd continued to stamp and shout its approval. Blood spurted from a small, neat hole in the middle of her forehead.

It was minutes before the crowd realized what had happened, before hysteria and panic set in.

Margaret Lawrence Brown had been shot.

The house in Miami could only be approached by passing through electric gates, and then undergoing the scrutiny of two uniformed guards with pistols stuck casually in their belts.

Alio Marcusi passed this scrutiny easily. He was a fat old man, with liquid booze-filled eyes and the walk of a pregnant cat.

As he approached the big house he began humming softly to himself, uncomfortable in his too-tight gray-check suit, sweating from the heat of a cloudless day.

A maid answered his ring at the door. A surly, big-limbed Italian girl, she spoke little English, but she nodded at Alio and told him that Padrone Bassalino was out by the pool.

He patted her on the ass, making his way through the house to the patio that led out to a kidney-shaped swimming pool.

Mary Ann August greeted him. Mary Ann was an exceptionally pretty young woman, with old-fashioned, teased blond hair, and a curvaceous body exhibited in a skimpy polka-dot bikini.

“Hi, there, Alio,” she said with a giggle, rising from her lounge. “I was just gonna make myself a little drinkie. Want one?” Posing provocatively in front of him, she toyed with a gold chain hanging between her generous breasts.

Alio contemplated the young vision, licking his lips in anticipation of the day-not far off, surely-when Enzio would grow tired of Mary Ann and pass her on, like all the others.

“Yeah, I’ll have a Bacardi, plenty of ice. And some potato chips, mixed nuts, an’ a few black olives.” He rubbed his extended stomach sorrowfully. “I had no time for lunch. Such a busy day. Where’s Enzio?”

Mary Ann gestured out toward the never-ending gardens. “He’s around somewhere — pruning his roses, I think,” she said sweetly.

“Ah, yes, his roses.” Instinctively Alio glanced back at the house, and sure enough, there she was, Rose Bassalino herself, peering out through a narrow chink in her curtains.

Rose, Enzio’s wife. She hadn’t left her room for years, and the only people she would talk to were her three sons. Rose kept an endless vigil at her window just waiting and watching. It gave Alio the creeps. He didn’t know how Enzio stood it.

Mary Ann swayed over to the bar and began preparing drinks. She was nineteen years old and had lived with Enzio Bassalino for almost six months — something of a record, for Enzio never kept them around long.

Settling into a chair, Alio slowly closed his eyes. Such a very busy day…

“Hey, ciao, Alio, my friend, my boy. How you feeling?”

Alio awoke with a start and guiltily jumped up.

Enzio loomed over him. Sixty-nine years old, but with the hard, bronzed body of a man half his age, all his own teeth, a craggy, lined face, topped by a mass of thick steel-gray hair.

“I feel good, Enzio, I feel fine,” Allo said quickly. They clasped hands, patted each other on the back. They were cousins; Alio owed everything he had to Enzio.

“Can I fix you a drinkie, sweetie-pie?” Mary Ann asked, gazing at Enzio adoringly.

“No.” He dismissed her with a look. “Go in the house. I’ll ring if I need you.”

Mary Ann didn’t argue; she obeyed him at once. Perhaps that was why she had lasted longer than the others.

As soon as she was gone Enzio turned to his cousin. “Well?” he asked impatiently.

“It is done,” Alio replied in a low voice. “I saw it myself. A masterful job. One of Tony’s boys. He vanished before anyone knew what happened. I flew straight here.”

Enzio nodded thoughtfully. “There is no greater satisfaction than a perfect hit. This Tony’s boy, pay him an extra thousand an’ watch him. A man like that could get himself promoted. A public execution is never easy.”

“No, it’s not,” Alio agreed, sucking on a black olive.

“She must be thirty,” the woman hissed spitefully.

“Or older,” her friend agreed.

Lined, and overly made up, the two middle-aged women watched Lara Crichton climb out of the Mabbella Club pool.

Lara was a perfectly beautiful woman of twenty-six. Slim, suntanned, with rounded, sensual breasts, a mane of sun-streaked hair, and wide, crystal-clear green eyes.

She dropped down on the mat next to Prince Alfredo Masserini and sighed loudly. “I’m getting bored with this place,” she said restlessly. “Can’t we go somewhere else?”

Prince AIfredo sat up. “Why are you bored?” he demanded. “Am I boring you? Why should you be bored when you are with me?”

Lara sighed again. Yes, the truth of the matter was the prince could be very boring indeed.

But who else was there? She’d made it a rule never to let go of anyone until there was someone else firmly ensconced in his place. She had been through most of the available princes and counts, a few movie stars, and a lord or two. It really was tiresome she had set herself such high standards.

“I don’t understand you,” Prince Alfredo complained. “No woman has ever told me she was bored with me. I am not a boring man. I am vibrant, lively. I am — how you say — the life and brains of the party.”

Lara noticed with an even heavier sigh that as he spoke he was getting an erection in his nifty Cerruti shorts.

“Oh, God, do shut up,” she muttered under her breath. Sex was becoming the biggest bore of all. So predictable, worked out, and mechanical.

Prince Alfredo did not hear her. “Come, my darling.” Aware of his erection, and proud, he pulled her to her feet. “First we take a rest.” He winked slyly. “And then we drive the Ferrari into the mountains. What do you think, my lovely?”

“Whatever you say.” Reluctantly she allowed herself to be led inside. All eyes followed them as they left. They certainly made a beautiful and exciting couple.

They had separate suites, but by unspoken agreement all sexual activity took place in Lara’s. She stopped him from entering at the door.

“What’s the matter?” he asked indignantly. “I have a good hard-on — a very good one.”

“Save it for later,” she said firmly, closing the door on his protests. “I’ll call you when I wake up.”

Lara felt restless and hemmed in. A feeling she had often felt when married to Jamie P. Crichton. A divorce had solved the feeling then, but what now?

The phone rang and she picked it up, ready to tell Alfredo no — definitely no. But it was not the prince. The operator informed her it was an urgent call from New York.

“Yes?” She cradled the receiver, wondering who knew she was in Spain.

“Lara? Lara, is that you? Oh, God! This is such a terrible connection.” It was a woman’s voice, her tone bordering on hysterical.

“Who is this?” Lara asked sharply. “God! Can’t you hear me? Goddamn it — this is Cass.” A pause, then, “Lara, something terrible has happened. Margaret’s been shot. They’ve shot Margaret.”

 

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THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: From Blood, Edward Wright {$5.99}

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It’s about the right time to spend quality time with an Edward Wright book. If you’re a fan of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly or Dan Fesperman, FROM BLOOD, just released for eReaders will turn any night into one of chills and thrills.

FROM BLOOD, named one of the best mystery novels of the year by The Financial Times. Wright, winner of the Shamus Award and two prestigious crime fiction awards, introduces readers to Shannon Fairchild, a brilliant but troubled woman who has abandoned her Ph.D. studies to settle into an unambitious life cleaning the homes of the wealthy in a California seaside community. When her academic parents are brutally murdered, Shannon discovers that they were part of the radical anti-war movement of the 60s and begins to suspect that their killer’s motive may lie in their past…

She soon finds that they were friends of Diana Burke and John Paul West, two of America’s most wanted fugitives, anti-war militants who went underground after a fatal bombing in 1968 and never resurfaced. Propelled by her mother’s dying words – “Find them and warn them” – Shannon sets out on a mission to locate the couple and tell them that someone is after them – someone much more dangerous than the FBI. Her search, which begins in California and ranges through much of western America, takes her into unexplored territory as she discovers an unexpected personal connection to Burke and West. As she unearths long-buried secrets while trying to stay one step ahead of a shadowy killer, she feels the passions of the tumultuous Sixties being reborn, and she now knows that nothing is more dangerous than someone willing to die for a cause…

Wright has brilliantly penned a thriller that satisfies the deeper thinker with its political and historical overtones. He explores the radicalism of the 60’s and sets the reader up to question the power and commitment one has to a belief system.

 

Accolades:

“An engaging mystery with nonstop action.”

“What a great story! There is familial love, many surprises, murders left and right and, through it all; Shannon doing things in her own, stubborn, sometimes misguided way but trying to make it all right. This is a must read!”

“From Blood is an intense story laced with mystery, rebellion, and hard truth. With a plot that keeps you guessing, you can’t help but be carried along with Shannon and her crew as she flies from city to city, state to state, in an attempt to find them and warn them, whomever they might be. What – and who – she finds takes her quite by surprise. And could quite possibly destroy everything she’s ever known or loved.”

“In a story with as many surprises as murders, Edward Wright shows us that unexpected tragedies can end up being totally unexpected happiness.”

 

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An excerpt from From Blood:

PROLOGUE – 1968

In the darkest part of the night, there is a special quiet to the grassy and tree-shrouded areas of a large university campus.

With no sign at its entrance, the building stands half-obscured by greenery on the edge of the sprawling grounds. Three stories tall, it has an anonymous institutional red-brick look, and those who ask its function are sometimes told that it houses administrative offices of the university, which it once did. That well-rehearsed fiction has kept its actual role hidden for two years.

Tonight the building’s rooms and hallways are silent, emptied of their usual complement of analysts, linguists, and retired military officers. The only lighted room is the reception area on the first floor, where Danny Kerner, the night watchman and a graduate student in philosophy, is on duty. Danny sits, feet up on his desk, paging through an essay by Nietzsche.

He has long hair, like most of the male students at LaValle, but he prides himself on not fitting others’ preconceptions. As an undergraduate, while his friends were partying or demonstrating for the liberal cause du jour, he was working nights to pay his tuition. Now, at twenty-three and just starting a family, he relies on the extra income from this job to get him through graduate school while avoiding more handouts from his wife’s parents. He tries not to show too much curiosity about what goes on during the daytime in this somewhat mysterious location. Still, the secrecy of the building’s staff – extending even to requiring him to sign a pledge not to disclose anything he sees there – has intrigued him.

He turns the page and reads the next passage: At bottom, every human being knows that he is in this world just once. Many die too late, and a few die too early. . . . Die at the right time – thus teaches Zarathustra.

Somber material, but Danny reads it with equanimity. He’s feeling almost serene, the result of a decision he reached only hours ago, before he left the apartment to begin his night shift. In the coming days he will apply to divinity school, the first step in training for the ministry. For weeks he has wrestled with the question, and Peggy has wrestled with it too.

I know I can teach philosophy, he told her in one moment of doubt. I don’t know that I’ve got it in me to –

Stop right there, she interrupted, her voice intense. You don’t know yourself as well as I do. You’re a good person, a brilliant student, and you’d make a wonderful minister. She held up the baby and jiggled her gently in front of him. Tell Daddy he’ll look very sexy in a clerical collar.

Refilling his cup with barely warm coffee from a flask, he pauses in his reading and recalls one night when his curiosity about the building was boosted an extra notch. On his rounds, he found an unlocked door – a rarity in a place where all the doors throughout the building are normally double-locked. He entered to make sure there were no intruders and saw a medium-size room with locked filing cabinets ranging alongside all the walls, a large table in the center, and detailed topographic maps pinned up on cork boards. One map, he noted, bore the title Dien Bien Province. Another, showing what looked like a city and the surrounding countryside, was labeled Ha Noi.

He backed out of the room quickly, double-locking the door with his set of keys.

Ha Noi, he thought. Hanoi. Vietnam.

I don’t know what they do here, but it sounds closer to the military than the university. Some kind of research place, maybe, squirreled away here in a quiet corner of LaValle. Some of the campus firebrands, he knew, would love to know about this place. They’d probably burn it to the ground.

Danny had strong feelings about his government’s involvement in that small Southeast Asian country, where 30,000 Americans and untold numbers of Vietnamese had died, with no sign of a letup. Students had heard rumors of undercover connections between the Pentagon and certain universities – Michigan State was one of those mentioned – but LaValle’s name had never cropped up. If the Pentagon was running or funding a secret Vietnam War think tank on this university’s campus, he thought, someone should know about it.

He told Peggy about his discovery. Her response was immediate. Holding the baby in her arms, she cried out, Don’t, Danny. Please don’t. You’ll get fired, and maybe worse. You need this job. We need the money.

Feeling torn between family and conscience, he kept quiet.

Having made his hourly rounds tonight, Danny returns to his station and leans down to inspect the small, carefully wrapped bundle he has placed under the desk to shade it from his reading light. All quiet, he mutters. He sips at his coffee; it’s now cold. The clock on the wall reads a quarter past two, which means another forty-five minutes until his next inspection trip. He retrieves his book but is distracted by thoughts of Peggy. Two days ago, a full-blown case of the flu put her into the campus infirmary. She resisted going because of the baby, but Danny assured her that Tina would be fine.

A muffled, ambiguous noise from somewhere makes him look up. What was that? In the blackness outside the window, a late November wind has kicked up, and tree branches are scraping against the bricks of the outer wall. He settles back down.

Were he not so drowsy, he would know that the sound came from elsewhere – the rear of the building, where three black-clad figures wearing ski masks have worked their way up an old and rusted fire escape to the second floor and forced open a window. Now, carrying flashlights, burglar tools, and a heavy canvas bag, they prowl the corridor until they come to a large office in the heart of the building. Jimmying the lock with minimal noise, they open the door. While two of the figures peel off as sentinels, the third enters the office and begins to work.

Twenty minutes pass.

At his station, Danny drains the last of his cup and checks his watch. In a little over five hours, he’ll be able to visit Peggy. Can’t take Tina, though. Don’t want to expose her to Mommy’s flu. He wonders if Peggy’s fever allowed her any sleep tonight.

Picking up the Nietzsche, he looks for the quote from Zarathustra but is reluctant to resume reading. He’s simply too happy – with thoughts of Peggy and Tina, with his recent life-changing decision – to read about death, no matter how abstract the argument.

Tina-Marina, he says silently, using his favorite nickname for her, you may be the only one getting a good night’s sleep. You don’t know how lucky –

It is his last thought.

A deafening blast tears through the quiet night, audible at the farthest reaches of the campus and even in the town itself. As the building’s guts are torn apart, a white fireball blooms in its center, a thing of beauty, rendering the area around it as bright as day for a few seconds. Bricks and mortar fly like shrapnel, shredding the trees. The fireball fades to the color of molten lava, and the upper two floors, almost in slow motion, collapse onto the ground level. The night watchman’s station, like everything else on the first floor, is crushed beneath tons of weight.

The doomsday noise gradually dies away. Minutes pass, and flames begin to lick at the wreckage.

Police, firefighters, and campus security swarm over the site. One of the bombers, apparently injured in the explosion, is found nearby. Eventually the fire is put down, and the digging begins. At first light, Danny Kerner’s mangled body is removed from the rubble. At the same time, claims of responsibility are being telephoned to news organizations.

This is the Red Fist, the female caller declares. We strike at the heart of the war machine.

But the horror is not finished. A young woman appears at the disaster scene. She has just bolted from the campus infirmary and is still racked with fever. Her words are laced with hysteria, and it takes a while for rescue workers to understand.

I was sick, she sobs. I couldn’t take care of her. He didn’t want to bring her here with him, but. . . . Oh, God.

The police commander on the scene is summoned. He huddles with the young woman, then steps back, his face frozen by her words. He summons the senior firefighter, who listens intently, then begins bellowing orders to his men. They swarm over the still-smoldering site, hacking and digging at the charred remnants of what will soon become known to the world as the Crowe Institute.

An hour goes by. Finally one fireman, his voice cracked with strain, yells that he has found something. He lifts a tiny bundle, wrapped in a singed blanket, from the wreckage, his face twisted in grief.

Reporters and camera crews press in, but police hold them back. “No pictures of this!” the fire captain screams. “I’ll break the first camera. . . ”

Peggy Kerner sinks to her knees, wailing, and all the others stand silent as the soot-streaked fireman carries what remains of her baby to the ambulance.

* * *

In all the attacks, the riots, and the bombings that plagued America in the tumultuous 1960s and ’70s, the Crowe Institute bombing of 1968 had a special notoriety. It stirred up calls for vengeance, transformed the thinking of the radical left, and sent one militant to prison and others deeper underground. Over the years, most of them either were captured or resurfaced and surrendered.

All but two. . . .

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MONDAY’S THREE Frugal Finds Under Nine {11/19/12}

It’s Monday ~ A brand new week is ahead of us. Let’s start it off with three Frugal Finds for our Kindles!

Under NineThe Last Policeman: A Novel, Ben H. Winters {$8.52}

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?

Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.

The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.

The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?

The average customer review is currently 4.1 stars {106 reviews}.


Under FiveCaught on Camera, Kim Law {$3.99 or Borrow FREE w/Prime!}

Beautiful Vega Zaragoza was poised to become fashion’s next “it girl” when she learned the hard way that sex and politics don’t mix. Now the former model spends her days behind the camera, working as a videographer to hide from public scrutiny. Her life is on autopilot until a promising new job sparks her ambition. There’s just one catch: she must land an exclusive interview with JP Davenport, the golden boy of American politics and first in line for Georgia’s open senatorial seat.

Charming and gorgeous, JP is also fiercely private, a charismatic enigma with his fair share of secrets—not to mention a string of romantic conquests a mile long. He could make Vega’s career, or destroy what credibility she has left—because JP has made it very clear that his interest in Vega is anything but professional. Vega should know better than to trust a man like him. But kiss by heated kiss, she discovers this man may be worth the risk.

The average customer review is currently {3.9 stars, 24 reviews}.


Under One: A Memoir of Grief [Continued] (Kindle Single), Jennifer Weiner {$0.99}

A haunting, original eStory from Jennifer Weiner.When Eleanor Goode meets Gerald King, she’s a senior at Wellesley who’s won all the writing prizes. He’s just published his first novel, Dirty Blond, and is well on his way to becoming one of the literary lions of his day. Gerry seduces Ellie, spinning her a fantasy of working with him, two writers, side by side. How could she have known that, in their years together, it would be one typewriter, not two; his words, not hers? How she would become the fetcher of coffee, the holder of trinkets fans would press into his hands after readings, the keeper of his legacy. 

A Memoir of Grief (Continued) begins with Gerald’s death. Ellie, who hasn’t written more than a grocery list in decades of marriage, had no intention of writing a memoir. It’s not until she realizes how broke he left her that she decides to write a whitewashed account of her life with the Great Man of Letters. Widow’s Walk spends over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. Critics hail Ellie’s talent, the revelatory way she writes about grief, and how to live through it.

Ellie enjoys the attention, but happily thinks that’ll be the end of her literary career—until her agent starts asking about another book…

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MONDAY’S THREE Frugal Finds Under Nine {11/12/12}

It’s Monday ~ A brand new week is ahead of us. Let’s start it off with three Frugal Finds for our Kindles!

Under NineThe Big Exit, David Carnoy {$7.99}

By the acclaimed author of the remarkable debut novel, Knife MusicThe Big Exit is a suspenseful crime novel that keeps the surprises coming right up to the end.

Richie Forman is freshly out of prison. By night, he makes a living impersonating Frank Sinatra in San Francisco’s lounges and corporate parties. But then his ex-best friend—the man who stole his fiancée while he was in prison—is found hacked to death in his garage, and Richie is the prime suspect. In a murder mystery with the twists and turns of a microchip, Carnoy weaves his characters like a master. He has written an authentic, unputdownable thriller that is sure to chill and delight.

The average customer review is currently 4.5 stars {19 reviews}.

 

Under FiveAdulation, Elisa Lorello {$3.99 or Borrow FREE w/Prime!}

Celebrity screenwriter Danny Masters has the world at his feet. He’s dating a movie-star bombshell and his latest screenplay is a shoe-in for an Oscar. But he’s empty.

With few accomplishments to her credit, longtime bookstore employee Sunny Smith celebrates her fortieth birthday by setting forty goals for herself. Sleeping with her writing idol, Danny Masters, makes the list.

At the premiere of Danny’s new film, the two have a brief but enchanting exchange outside the theater. And after Danny insults the audience during the post-screening Q&A session, he’s thrilled to see Sunny in his autograph line. But as he gently takes her hand, Sunny spits Danny’s insults back at him.

The next day, to her horror, Sunny discovers a video of her tirade has gone viral. Instead of being angry, Danny is more determined than ever to find Sunny—and apologize. And once their lives intersect again, there’ll be no turning back.

The average customer review is currently {3.7 stars, 7 reviews}.

 

Under One: The Reborn (The Day Eight Series Part 1), Ray Mazza {$0.99 or Borrow FREE w/Prime!}

Present day: Secret technology. Genius millionaires. A simulated human. Hidden chambers. And in the middle of it all: Trevor Leighton.

When Trevor Leighton stumbles upon a distress note written by the daughter of multi-millionaire Damon Winters, he attempts to do the right thing: turn it in. But the note isn’t what it seems, and it leads Trevor on a dangerous path to uncover the most incredible technology the world has ever known: a super intelligent human being simulating inside a computer program. Not only did Trevor unwittingly have a hand in creating the simulated human, but his new work to alter it will push his life – and the world – one step closer to a catastrophic event.

Part I of the Day Eight series is just the beginning of Trevor’s thrilling adventure to prevent a disaster far worse than any ever conceived by humanity.
 

The average customer review is currently 4.7 stars {32 Reviews}.

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MONDAY’S THREE! {10/22/12}

It’s Monday ~ A brand new week is ahead of us. Let’s start it off with three Frugal Finds for our Kindles!

Under NineThe Marriage Bargain, Jennifer Probst {$6.99}

The sizzling first book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy by “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA TODAY) Jennifer Probst.A marriage in name only… 

To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart. Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his uncle’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right? Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans….

The average customer review is currently 4 stars {565 reviews}.

Under FiveThe Fire Inside (Sidekicks), Raymond M. Rose {$3.99}

Jack King seems like a normal guy. He works at a bookstore, has a beautiful girlfriend, and loves photography.

But he isn’t normal. Not by a long stretch.

Jack could blow up half this city in the blink of an eye.

When Jack’s best friend is murdered, Jack has no choice but to find his friend’s killer. But with enemies new and old (including his ex-girlfriend) bent on stopping him, Jack leaps head-first back into a world he ran away from – a world more complicated and dangerous than he ever knewhe family has left.

The average customer review is currently {4.5 stars, 14 reviews}.

 

Under One: In This Hospitable Land, Jr. Lynmar Brock {$0.89}

Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Historical category of the 2012 International Book Awards
When the Germans invade Belgium in 1940, chemistry professor André Severin fears the worst. His colleagues believe their social and political positions will protect them during the occupation, but André knows better. He has watched Hitler’s rise to power and knows the Nazis will do anything to destroy their enemies. For the Severins are Jews, non-practicing, yes, but that won’t matter to the Germans—or to the Belgians desperate to protect themselves by informing on their neighbors. And so André and his brother Alin take their parents, wives, and children and flee south. But when France falls to the Nazis, the refugees are caught in a rural farming community where their only hope for survival is to blend in with the locals. Fortunately, the Severins have come to Huguenot country, settled by victims of religious persecution who risk their own lives to protect the Jewish refugees and defy the pro-Nazi government. And as the displaced family grows to love their new neighbors, André and Alin join forces with the French Resistance to help protect them. Based on one family’s harrowing true story of survival, In This Hospitable Land is an inspirational novel about courage and the search for home in the midst of chaos. 

The average customer review is currently 4 stars {41 Reviews}.

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MONDAY’S THREE! {10/15/12}

It’s Monday ~ A brand new week is ahead of us. Let’s start it off with three Frugal Finds for our Kindles!

Under NinePartners, Nora Roberts {$6.99}

Available digitally for the first time.

Rivals turn to lovers in this classic novel of passion and suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.

Laurel Armand is a Southern belle on a mission—to be the best reporter in New Orleans. Matthew Bates is determined to beat her at her own game, while flirting his way into her bed. With their dangerous attraction simmering just below the surface, both Laurel and Matthew feed off their rivalry—until they’re forced to work together on a case of murder and madness. Caught up in their jobs and each other, resistance doesn’t stand a chance. They’re about to go all out in seeking the truth, finding justice, and firing up the passion between them…

The average customer review is currently 4 stars {4 reviews}.

Under FiveKeeping Faith, Jodi Picoult {$2.99}

One of America’s most powerful and thought-provoking novelists, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult brilliantly examines belief, miracles, and the complex core of family.

When the marriage of Mariah White and her cheating husband, Colin, turns ugly and disintegrates, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, is there to witness it all. In the aftermath of a rapid divorce, Mariah falls into a deep depression — and suddenly Faith, a child with no religious background whatsoever, hears divine voices, starts reciting biblical passages, and develops stigmata. And when the miraculous healings begin, mother and daughter are thrust into the volatile center of controversy and into the heat of a custody battle — trapped in a mad media circus that threatens what little stability the family has left.

 

The average customer review is currently {4 stars, 247 reviews}

Under One: Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1), Tara Sivec {$0.99}

Claire is a twenty-something, single mom that grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he’s asleep) toddler a better life.
When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time.
With Carter’s undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire’s panic that her stretch marks and slim to none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.
Warning: contains explicit sex, profanity and enough sarcasm to choke a horse.

The average customer review is currently 4.5 stars {375 Reviews}.

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