Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Too Little, Too Late," by Marta Tandori

This suspenseful thriller is highly praised by its readers, has a 4.7-star rating, and is a good deal today at $2.99.

"From 1945 Poland and the horrors of the war, through 2011 Too Little, Too Late follows young Katarina Holberg through her life as she tries to put the pieces back together after the war. She discovers truths about her family that completely change how she sees herself as a human being, a daughter and a sister. This dark secret about her family, and especially her father, haunts her throughout her childhood, scars her in young adulthood and very nearly kills her, her daughter and granddaughter. I am very happy, as an avid reader of mysteries to have found this author!" -- Amazon reviewer

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, by Marta Tandori

A young runaway takes refuge in a makeshift shack under the Hollywood Freeway, forcing the autistic woman in it to find milk for her sickly newborn – a search that ultimately ends in tragedy when the woman is run down by a hit-and-run driver after a violent confrontation with several teenagers. When one of those teenagers, seventeen-year-old Karen Devane, is implicated in the woman’s homicide, the tabloids are quick to exploit the tragedy, thanks to Karen’s recent antics as a spoiled Tinseltown “celebrat” riding on the coattails of her famous grandmother, the legendary Kate Stanton. Complicating matters is the dead woman’s daughter, who’s determined that Karen be held accountable for her mother’s death, even after the charges against Karen are dropped. With tensions between Karen and her family near breaking point and the paparazzi relentlessly hounding her every move, Karen makes a startling discovery which finally puts her on the road to redemption – and links the dead woman to her beloved grandmother.

Karen’s discovery raises a host of troubling questions for Kate, forcing her to revisit the horrors of her past in search of answers. But Kate soon realizes that some questions are better left unasked after a seemingly random shooting leaves her granddaughter fighting for her life and Kate scrambling to stay one step ahead of a killer who’s determined to end her life in order to save his own.

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Meet the Author

Marta Tandori was born in the former Yugoslavia, but moved to Canada at a young age. By the time she reached fifth grade, she was an avid reader and writer with a stack of short stories collecting dust in a box under her bed but it wasn't until she began studying acting in her early twenties at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York that Marta realized acting wasn't really her passion - writing fiction was.

At some point after getting married, having two children and working in a busy, downtown Toronto law firm, Marta found the time to take several writing workshops as well as correspondence courses through the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. She credits the award winning author, Troon Harrison, as the instructor who helped her find her literary voice. Marta's first work of juvenile fiction, BEING SAM, NO MATTER WHAT was published in 2005, followed by EVERY WHICH WAY BUT KUKU! in 2006. With her more recent endeavors, Marta has shifted her writing focus to "women's suspense", a genre she fondly describes as stories having "strong female protagonists with lots of skeletons hidden in their closets and the odd murder or two to complicate their already complicated lives".

Marta lives in a suburb of Toronto, Canada with her husband, one grown child and a menagerie of faithful family pets where she is currently at work on a new book.

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Origin, by J.A. Konrath. (Still free?)

Let's start today off with a bang: an exciting technothriller from best-selling author J.A. Konrath. Over 170 five-star reviews, and free today!

"Intriguing idea, plus action! A monster that looks like the devil is found in 1906 and awakens now. The scientists in a bunker try to communicate with it, and quickly find that it out-thinks them as it tries to escape. I'm no fan of horror, but I thought that was only a small part here. Really, a fun techno-thriller. I've ordered some others of his, which I am anxious to try. Good fun." -- Amazon reviewer

Thriller writer J.A. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jack Daniels series, digs into the vaults and unearths a technohorror tale from the depths of hell...

1906 - Something is discovered by workers digging the Panama Canal. Something dormant. Sinister. Very much alive.

2009 - Project Samhain. A secret underground government installation begun 103 years ago in New Mexico. The best minds in the world have been recruited to study the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind. But the century of peaceful research is about to end.

Because it just woke up.

Book Description

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert , he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.

He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.

But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth...

ORIGIN by J.A. Konrath
All hell is about to break loose. For real.

ORIGIN is approximately 76,000 words long, and is specifically formatted for Kindle, with an active table of contents.

About the Author

JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronological order to be enjoyed, but for those who want to know it is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred.

Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories, and the novellas Floaters and Burners.

Last Call, the ninth Jack Daniels novel, will be available in spring of 2013.

Other novels include Disturb, The List, Shot of Tequila, and Serial Killers Uncut.

Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn, including the bestsellers Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance.

He has sold over a million ebooks.

306 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 352 reviews.

Gone For a Soldier (Gone For Soldiers - Volume 1), by Jeffry S. Hepple. (Still free?)

I have enjoyed reading Jeffry Hepple's works of historical fiction, so am excited to see this well-reviewed and absorbing work available free today! Hepple excels at taking great historical moments in our country, and depicting them in a personal way through the eyes of the participants.

"Think you know about the Founding Fathers? Wait until you read the real stories of the political intrigues and personality clashes surrounding the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence! Patriots, Loyalists, British and French officers, women of easy virtue, and spies of all persuasions figure in this story of the turbulent events surrounding the difficult birth of the United States of America. The research that went into this novel must have been mind boggling- a labor of love. This is a story well worth reading and the characters will stay with you long after you turn the final page." -- Amazon reviewer

Divided by loyalty to the King of England and the idea of democracy, the Van Buskirk family struggles from the Boston Tea Party to the Battle of Yorktown to preserve a way of life or forge a new nation.

This novel includes descriptions of major battles, transcriptions of letters from George Washington, John Adams, Benedict Arnold and many other prominent figures of the American Revolution as well as important documents such as the Declaration of Independence and articles by Thomas Paine.

804 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 30 reviews.

My Temporary Life (My Temporary Life Trilogy), by Martin Crosbie. (Still free?)

This romantic suspense has been downloaded over 100,000 times. With over 120 five-star reviews, this book is yours free today!

"There were moments of magic, scenes filled with foreboding, passages that were poetic and ruminative, others that were breathtaking. The masterful handling of Malcolm's mother, especially in "the car wash scene," was brilliant. There were many scenes, especially toward the end, that were fast-paced and made the book impossible to put down. It is a book you will not want to miss." -- Amazon reviewer

Book One in the MY TEMPORARY LIFE Trilogy

"It has everything, simply everything-a coming of age, a romance, and a thriller all rolled into one delightful read."

Malcolm Wilson learned that everything is always temporary. Growing up, he's raised by a promiscuous mother who can't stay out of trouble, his best friend is a thirteen-year-old alcoholic, and the masters at his tough Scottish school are always raising their canes in his direction. When he becomes an adult, he escapes, and chooses the safe route, watching the rest of the world from a distance. Everything changes the day he meets the beautiful, alluring, green-haired Heather, and when he learns of Heather's own abusive childhood and the horrific secret she's been carrying, Malcolm makes a decision-this time he's not backing down, whatever the cost.
The first book of the MY TEMPORARY LIFE Trilogy deals with friendship, love, and what it means to be a hero. A top-ten Amazon bestseller in all categories, the self-publishing journey the author undertook to publish this work has been documented in Publisher's Weekly, Forbes Online, Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper, as well as Amazon press releases.

333 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 177 reviews.

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Creepy 1: A Collection of Scary Stories (Creepy Collection Series), by Jeff Bennington. (Still $0.99?)

A spine-tingling collection of short stories - bargain-priced today at 99 cents!

"Creepy by Jeff Bennington is a collection of five spooky stories that are sure to leave shivers trailing down your spine. Three of these stories are Jeff's witness accounts of actual supernatural events and the other two stories are fictional works that are detailed and brilliant. After reading Creepy I find myself checking over my shoulder, looking into the corners and wondering what is lurking around me!" -- Amazon reviewer

The Creepy series is a one of a kind combination of true supernatural occurances, mixed with a variety of supernatural short stories. Creepy contains The Rumblin' and Murdoch's Eyes. Best of all, Creepy includes some of the author's real life supernatural experiences... absolutely true ghost stories.

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"I was around ten years old when I had my first supernatural experience. Thirty years later, my ghosts have returned and they are creepier than ever. I've seen full-bodied apparations, felt a dark presence practically breathing down my neck, and everyday I work with a ghost who seems more curious than anything." ~ Jeff Bennington

The Rumblin'
The Shadow Man
Murdoch's Eyes
The Ghost Named Earl
Someone in the Basement
These ghostly experiences have influenced my writing and allowed me to truly capture the essence of fear and suspense that you'll discover in my fiction. If you enjoy creepy tales from Stephen King, you'll love my heart pounding, short stories too.

"With the author using horror as a psychological special effect, Murdoch's Eyes packs a fearsome punch. A killer of a short story thriller!" - Michele Tater, The Couch Tater Review

"Murdoch's Eyes is a wicked, twisted little tale. A thrilling paranormal both well written and with some truly freaky characters. I don't think I'll ever look at anyone with green eyes the same again." - Jen Wylie, Author of Sweet Light

"Reading the reviews of this book, I wondered if it was all it was hyped up to be. Reading it - I discovered it really was. The violence is beautifully executed, the plot is perfect in its speed and intensity and the characters are wonderfully written. Jeff Bennington has written a stunning story here. Ten out of ten." - Michael Wilson

72 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 58 reviews.

Forsaken - A Novel of Art, Evil, and Insanity, by Andrew Van Wey. (Still free?)

This intelligent blend of ghost story, supernatural thriller, and mystery is enthusiastically praised by readers... and is free today!

"Intricate, disturbing, unexpected, and scary! I can honestly say that I haven't read something like this in a long time. I would highly recommend this book for all lovers of the paranormal and horror genres." --Autumn @ Open Book Society

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"The story itself is amazing. I was completely drawn in almost immediately. There is believability to these characters that I really liked; they could easily be that family that lives down the street. So many super creepy parts that I did not want to read this book before I went to bed." -- Jenn @ Completely Booksessed


A beautiful house, a loving wife. Two kids, a dog, and a professorship teaching art restoration at the local university. Your name is Dan Rineheart. You've got it all.


On the cusp of autumn a mysterious painting arrives. No name. No date. No signature or frame. Only a note that reads: Here in art, denial. It's a disturbing work of grotesque perfection; two children with cruel eyes, a window onto an endless field, and a dying tree on top of a hill. A work of art... that changes with each viewing.


...Where wretched children crawl from a canvas prison to stalk the quiet halls of this happy home.

...Where painted clocks tick-tock away in the dark hours before dawn, and a missing dog whimpers from between the walls.

...Where all answers lead to a dark artist and an impossible creation, a cursed canvas with a twisted past...


FORSAKEN is an intelligent blend of ghost story, suburban supernatural thriller, haunted house, and mystery. Perfectly written for fans of early Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Peter Straub, it's a terrifying tale of secrets and lies, of nightmares made flesh; where the scariest stories are the ones that coldly whisper into your ear until madness and death are a welcome gift.
Lock your door.
Turn on the lights.
Do NOT read FORSAKEN late at night.

459 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 68 reviews.

Frame-Up, by Eric Christopherson. (Still free?)

This legal thriller has non-stop action - check out the enthusiastic praise from some of Amazon's top reviewers! Free today.

"Frame-Up is every bit the equal of "Crack-Up" for ratcheting up the tension as the reader wonders if Will Pruett will really be executed for a murder for which he framed himself. Will Pruett is cool as a cucumber as he goes through the arrest process, but he never bargained on the dangers waiting for him at the jail on Rykers Island. Samantha Ortiz is a spicy enchilada of a detective who's going to prosecute Pruett all the way to the death chamber, and it appears that she's succeeding." -- Amazon reviewer

Book of the Year Award winner,

"An original premise and a well-told crime novel with strong, compelling themes. Clearly
there is quite a bit of talent here." -- John Schoenfelder, Senior Editor, Mulholland Books

Will Pruett is a young magazine journalist with a father who sits on death row, claiming innocence. While his father's execution date looms, capital punishment is under consideration for abolishment by the state government of New York. Will seeks to influence the debate and to speed the abolishment along by framing himself for a murder he had nothing to do with--demonstrating how a simple coincidence or two can cost an innocent man his neck. With assistance from his publisher and a defense attorney, Will succeeds in getting himself arrested for the murder before realizing the actual murderer has arranged for him to take the fall for real . . .

NYPD Homicide detective Samantha "Sam" Ortiz conducts an investigation complicated by a city on edge due to racial tensions inflamed by the murder, by a district attorney anxious to capitalize on the case in time for his reelection, by a thirst for revenge within her own police department, and by the man she'd put behind bars who belatedly insists he'd incriminated himself on purpose.

Sam must not only determine whether Will is telling the truth but also follow unexpected investigative leads involving Nazi-stolen artwork missing since WW II and illicit high-tech genetic engineering. Will she crack the case? Or will there be a family reunion on death row?

357 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 24 reviews.

The Magic In The Receiver, by Paul Dillon. (Still free?)

This work of literary fiction has earned warm reviews for its lyrical writing. Free today!

"The story has two main timelines - one is the "earthquake" timeline and the other one is set in the present day as Elena comes to Kefalonia with her father to commemorate the events of the past. The backdrop for the novel is gorgeous, as it should be, being a Mediterranean island during the warm season. This is a literary-style novel with elaborate writing and beautiful turns of phrase. Recommended." -- Amazon reviewer

Set on the enchanting Greek island of Kefalonia, THE MAGIC IN THE RECEIVER is both a moving family saga and modern romance exploring the timeless enigma of love.

"If you liked Captain Corelli's Mandolin, you'll surely enjoy THE MAGIC IN THE RECEIVER ..."
-Maria Karamitsos, The Greek Star - Summer Book Review 2012

Kefalonia Island, Greece: 1953
Tragedy strikes the Katros family following the Great Ionian Earthquake and nine-year-old Ioannis joins thousands in a mass-evacuation of the Greek island.

Sixty years later, accompanied by his American daughter Elena, Ioannis returns to attend a mysterious mountain festival and lay his ghosts to rest. Embracing her Kefalonian roots, Elena extends her stay on the island, despite the protests of her jealous fiancé. A chance encounter leads to a night of passion with the wealthy and enigmatic Ben, who soon sees lust turn to love - or is it a dangerous obsession...

"The Magic in the Receiver is a paradise retreat for the senses..."

"...a love story with poetic obsession."

229 pages, with a 4-star rating from 13 reviews.

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Are you a person stuck in a "pain rut"? Are you dealing with pain every single day of your life, wondering when it will go away? Do you live your life day-to-day taking pain meds that are loosing their effectiveness, or causing you other symptoms? Or are you experiencing pain from a recent injury and are looking for ways to heal faster and stronger?
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48 pages, with a 5-star rating from 1 reviews.

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Someone has been watching D.A. Rachel Knight--someone who's Rachel's equal in brains, but with more malicious intentions. It began when a near-impossible case fell into Rachel's lap, the suspectless homicide of a homeless man. In the face of courthouse backbiting and a gauzy web of clues, Rachel is determined to deliver justice. She's got back-up: tough-as-nails Detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey stir things up, they're shocked to uncover a connection with the vicious murder of an LAPD cop a year earlier. Something tells Rachel someone knows the truth, someone who'd kill to keep it secret.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kindle Fire Free App of the DayP Project Downforce

Today's Free App of the Day is Project Downforce
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This is a Grand Prix racing game. I downloaded it and haven't tried it yet. The one review at this point, a three-star, mentions the controls not working well. If any of you has an alternate app recommendation, let us know!

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These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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"Chameleon," by Cidney Swanson

This highly-praised follow-up to "Rippler" has over 40 five-star reviews... and is free today!

"This sequel to Rippler was just as strong as the first in the series. This trilogy is full of realistic and lovable characters, beautiful settings, and a TON of awesome history. Everything in the book is presented in a way that makes the outlandish seems believable, and that's a sign of a great writer. I love that this is a young adult book with fantastical aspects that doesn't exactly edge over into the paranormal world of things that go bump in the night-- it's a really refreshing change and I haven't read any other books in this age group that tackle such an interesting topic." -- Amazon reviewer

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Sixteen-year-old Samantha Ruiz has a lot on her mind. The crush who kissed her but changed his mind. The BFF who thinks Sam is in an abusive relationship. The Nazi-geneticist who wanted Sam dead but now wants her ALIVE. All this, and she's still dealing with a tendency to disappear into thin air. When Sam learns of her nemesis Helmann's Nazi-like plan to re-establish a Thousand-Year Reign, she's determined to fight him. Along with Will and Mickie, Sam flees to France to meet Sir Walter--their best hope for stopping Helmann's brave new world. Unfortunately, Sam isn't any safer in France. Someone invisible is following her, and now Sam must figure out how to hide from an enemy she can't even see.

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Hi Everyone! My name is Cidney and I'm a full time writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy novels. (That is, when I can persuade my cat to move off the keyboard.) I'm easily distracted by shiny things such as new book covers, direct sunlight, and Mars set against an inky night sky. My year so far has included learning to milk goats, baking thirteen pies for friends who wanted Wedding Pie instead of cake, and trying to tan my pasty-white Oregon skin. (That last isn't going too well.) If you'd like to visit, I hang out at where I natter on about this and that, assuming I haven't been distracted by something shiny. I live in Oregon's Willamette Valley with my husband, three kids, a dog, and two cats and entirely too much rain.

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"Paying the Piper," by Simon Wood

This novel is one of the top thrillers in the Kindle Store. Over 50 five-star reviews and just $2.99 today!

"Wood, in his sophomore effort (following Accidents Waiting to Happen), keeps the pages flying even as his plot gets more and more complex, accelerating nicely toward an elegant climax." -- Publisher's Weekly

Paying The Piper, by Simon Wood

For years, the serial kidnapper known as the Piper got rich by abducting children from San Francisco’s wealthiest families.
When crime reporter Scott Fleetwood gets a call from a man identifying himself as the Piper and offers an exclusive interview, Fleetwood jumps at the chance. But the caller turns out to be a fake, and the rash decision costs the life of the real Piper’s latest victim.

For eight long years, Fleetwood has lived with unbearable guilt—and the enduring disdain of the entire Bay area. Now he hears from the real Piper—and it’s not for an interview. The kidnapper has the reporter’s son. But he doesn’t want money…he wants blood. And he’s going to use Fleetwood to get it.

In the tradition of Harlan Coben and Gregg Hurwitz, Simon Wood weaves a plot thick with suspense and heavy with action. Paying the Piper grabs hold from page one and doesn’t let go until new debts are paid and old scores settled.

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Meet the Author

Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional PI.

He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and four cats.

He's the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Asking For Trouble and We All Fall Down. His latest thrillers are The Fall Guy and Did Not Finish. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus.

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Free and bargain Kindle books! (Wednesday Feb 27)

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

Lethal Circuit: Explosive Spy Action for Mystery Thriller Fans (#1), by Lars Guignard. (Still free?)

This Top 100 techno-thriller is a full-length, action-packed spy novel as backpacker Michael Chase gets pulled into a dangerous race for his life after he goes to China in search of his missing father. Free today!

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WARNING: "You will not be able to let it go until you read to the very last page."

From Bestselling Amazon Author, Lars Guignard, comes the #1 turbo-charged, Action Spy Thriller, Lethal Circuit.

A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth. 

It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. 

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Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he'll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he'll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn't, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems.

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If you live long enough... love (and danger) will find you.

Seventeen-year-old Charity regularly changes her town and her name, with hopes to begin a new life. But it's impossible to fly under the radar in tiny Telluride, Colorado. When fellow newcomer Link enters her life, her plan to start over with a clean slate unravels. Charity soon realizes that you can never truly leave your past behind, while Link discovers that mortals are not the only beings to walk this earth.

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After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't and nobody will listen to him.

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Imagine an ex-combat soldier; Medal of Honor winner. A self-made millionaire up from the streets of Brooklyn. Never married and the only two women he loves are his widowed sister and the niece he raised as his own child. But tonight, Jack Centaur stands over his beloved niece's corpse--the victim of a serial killer. A camera flashes and he knows his niece's body is destined to sprawl across the front page of the New York Journal. The same as the three previous victims. All aspiring fashion models. All murdered and posed for a cover shoot. Jack Centaur's instincts he thought long buried surface with only one craving: someone will pay!

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Albert Shipway is an ordinary guy, an insurance negotiator who likes booze and women and never having to say he’s sorry.

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WHEN TEENAGE GIRLS VANISH in what was once considered a safe Louisiana bayou town, the lives of four desperate young locals take unexpected turns, begging the question: Do you ever truly know those closest to you?

When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes from rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, best friend HALEY LANDRY's relationship with her boyfriend becomes increasingly strained. To make matters worse, her impressionable younger sister BECKY has begun idolizing an impetuous, seductive 15-year- old who's encouraging her to do dangerous things.

Meanwhile, ERICA DUVALL, a reclusive 19-year-old aspiring writer, befriends Haley. Ten years earlier, Erica’s mother abandoned her, leaving her with the womanizing used car salesman father she loathes. She’s decided to write a novel based on Tiffany’s disappearance; a novel that she hopes will lead to a reunion with her estranged novelist mother.

RACHEL ANDERSON, a 36-year-old mother of two, is having trouble coming to terms with her husband's affair with the missing girl—a relationship that supposedly ended shortly before Tiffany’s disappearance. What’s more, she comes to the realization that someone is watching her family through the large back windows of her house.

A DISTURBED MAN also lives in the area. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been raising his insolent teenage sister, ALLIE, who sleeps with truck drivers for money. He considers women to be dangerous—and his world revolves around his fear and hatred for them. He’s terrified of his sister, knowing she’s intent on pushing him over the edge.

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There was only one rule: NEVER LEAVE THE DOME.

Inside the dome, 117 tube-born kids lived free of contamination. Trained since birth, they were almost ready to launch their ships and leave the dying planet behind. They were humanity's final hope to avoid extinction. Their mission would be to explore the farthest reaches of the galaxy seeking out a habitable world free of the C-1 virus.

They tried not to think of conditions outside the dome where the virus had driven the last of the uninfected into the ground, into dark bunkers where they waited to be rooted out by cannibalistic hordes. Streets had become boneyards. Weeds grew inside long-forgotten government buildings.

Fifteen-year-old Genevieve Fifthborn knew all this, she was fully aware that the world was coming to an end, but on the island of The Eden Project she had much bigger problems, boy problems. Only her first love might risk far more than a broken heart, it just might bring about the end of our species.

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