Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Discovery Day! (Friday Feb 8)

It's Book Discovery Day! Every Friday we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked.

Every great book was once a hidden gem. Browse through the books below and start your own discovery!

Book Discovery - newly-published and overlooked books!
My Lonely Heart (Twelve Months of Romance - February, by Margaret LakeMy Lonely Heart - A Short Story

It’s Valentine’s Day and Holly is alone again. Darren is away on business as usual and Holly doesn’t know how she’s going to get through the day. But with some sage advice from the rehab center’s favorite patient, 85 year-old Mary, Holly just might find a way to save her marriage....
Die Portal-Chroniken - Portal: Band 1 (German Edition), by Imogen RoseKomm und finde mich vor zwei Jahren…

Sechs Worte, die den Eishockey spielenden Wildfang Arizona in eine alternative Dimension geschleudert haben.

Plötzlich lebt sie das Leben einer umschwärmten Cheerleaderin. Sie wird aus dem glücklichen Leben mit ihrem Vater gerissen und in ein neues, fremdes Leben mit ihrer verhassten Mutter gestoßen.

Alle kennen sie als Arizona Darley, aber die ist sie nicht. Sie ist Arizona Stevens.

Während sie versucht, Ant...
Reprobate - A Katla Novel (Amsterdam Assassin Series), by Martyn V. HalmAssassin Katla breaks her own rules when confronted with an unusual witness...

Blessed with an almost non-existent conscience, Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, views assassination as an intricate and rewarding occupation. Hidden behind her male alter ego Loki, Katla receives anonymous assignments, negotiates the terms with clients through electronic means, all to protect her identity. Her solitary existence satisfies her until she meets a blind musician whose fail...
Thanksgiving, 1942 (The Coleman Family Saga), by Alan SimonTake a trip back in time to spend the first Thanksgiving of World War II with the Coleman family and the return home to Pittsburgh of the two older sons-Jonathan and Joseph-for a brief holiday furlough in the middle of their Army Air Forces training...and what all family members expect will be their last Thanksgiving at home for a long while. Charlene Coleman, now seventeen years old, has secret dreams of fame after being told by none other than the star of Broadway's Pal Joey-Pittsburgh ...
Euthanasia, by Mack MullunceyShe lies on the cold, metal table--clad in a loose, white paper dress--waiting, waiting, waiting, as her lover claims his next victim.

When Alex left the clinic that day, she thought she could move on from the rape that left her pregnant and the agonizing decision to have an abortion. That is, until the child she thought she left behind contacts her. Terrorized by mysterious phone calls and guilt, Alex feels her sanity slipping away as she becomes convinced that she must...
Phoning It In, by Nicole CiacchellaMelinda can summarize her life in a few words: dead-end job, nonexistent love life, and a contentious relationship with her older sister—not exactly the rosy picture she had of life at 25.

When Benoit enters the picture, she falls hard. Gorgeous, funny, and smart, he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man and more, but she can’t fathom that he could possibly want a plus-sized girl like her.

Tired of going through the motions, Melinda tries to find the courage to...
Mom Con, by K. MorrisMeet Anita Henry, a hard-working, single mom trying to launch her own business after losing her job. The only problem is a nasty lawsuit charging her with stealing secrets from her ex-employer.

Corporate espionage' Please. Her single greatest offense was a fashion felony. But when a shady court ruling forces Anita to cease and desist, she’s determined to set things right.

Her plan involves launching the hippest night spot in town, but can she work her scheme while juggl...
Theft at the Speed of Light, by Michael GallowayIn a matter of minutes, thousands of checking accounts across America go empty. Caught up in the theft is Alex Poole, a software engineer who works on house arrest and prisoner tracking systems. As a result, he switches his account to Aspirizon Bank--an institution well known for its friendly tellers, futuristic branches, and the ever-popular "Liberty Card".

But when he finds the bank is run by a notorious ex-coworker and strange visitors start arriving at his door, he realizes the ba...
From Earth to Mars and Beyond, by Ruth NestvoldFrom Earth to Mars and Beyond is a collection of eight previously published science fiction stories by award-winning author Ruth Nestvold. But reader be warned: The stories in this collection do not depict an ideal future world. Most of these stories do not end happily, and many of them are on the bleak side. Main characters die. If you only like happy endings, this is not the book for you.

On the positive side, "Mars: A Traveler's Guide," was nominated for a Nebula Award. "Troy and t...
The Village of Lost Souls, by Sam KatesJohn Andrews is five years old when he watches his brother fight the fearsome Mahoneys on a patch of wasteground in Newcastle in pre-war England. It is a battle that will reverberate down the years. He is nine when World War II arrives and tears his family apart. He is seventeen when his mother flees the North-east and her despair. He accompanies her to the other end of England, to Cornwall. To the village.

It is in the village that John meets his first love, but joy is overshadowed ...
Last Chance Jack - A Fantasy Short Story, by Cate Dean
A Fantasy Short Story - approximately 37 pages


Jack is a guardian angel. A guardian angel who has failed every single assignment. For the past hundred years. �

Now he has been given his final assignment, and he has one last chance. One chance to prove himself, one chance to change his fate.

But there is a catch: the assignment can't see him, unless he can find a way to break through, a way to touch her. Only then can he even begin to help her. <...
The Encounter (Boreal and John Grey), by Chrystalla ThomaThis is Episode One in the serial "Boreal and John Grey". It is novella-length - about 60 pages.
Episode Two "The Gate" out now.

Centuries ago, they tried to invade us and failed. Now the elves are back.

Paranormal Bureau Agent Ella Jones knows her job: fight the Shades living between worlds and keep everyone safe. But then her partner goes missing, a mysterious guy saves her life, and increasingly dangerous creatures slip into her city. After centuries of peace, the ...
Fierce Creatures (Away From Whipplethorn Book Two), by A.W. HartoinAnother day. Another disaster.
After surviving a kidnapping and battling with spriggans, Matilda Whipplethorn finds her life in a suburban human house pretty boring. She’s been excluded from school because of her fire-making abilities and her former friends are afraid of her. Salvation comes in the form of a life-threatening illness. Her tutor, Miss Penrose, needs a medication and there’s only one place to get it, the spriggans. Matilda heads back to the antique mall to save Miss Penros...
Petectives, by Robert J. SmithPETECTIVES
It's almost Halloween and freewheeling feline private eye Gatsby and his cerebral mentor Yoshi have decided to help a pretty young cat find her missing brother. What starts as a routine missing pet investigation soon pits them against both a gang of vicious criminal pit bulls as well as the neighborhood dog police, who are looking into rumors of dogfights. While Gatsby's up to his whiskers in danger and romance, Yoshi's putting together the pieces of a puzzle that could r...
The Walk: A Short Story, by Lee ReedyOne thousand and one. A phrase that meant someone had to take the walk. A phrase that hadn't been muttered in a generation. As far as Herbert Rainey was concerned, that was a blessing in more ways than one.

But the birth of his great-grandchild had people in the compound muttering one thousand and one. And that meant that it was time for Herbert to take the walk.

And no one returns from the walk....

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