Handpicked Kindle Books for Apr 20 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Grab Bag Thursday

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, April 20. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!

The Accident at 13th and Jefferson by Brenda J. Carlton

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Josh Greenwood and his Mom and Dad are walking their neighbors to the corner of 13th and Jefferson after Josh’s 14th birthday party when a careening motorcycle kicks up a rock that kills Bonnie, the mother. But what if the rock killed Tom, the father, instead? Or the accident unfolded differently and Josh was killed? This uplifting tale of middle class family life in America offers all three stories… (more)

Thundersnow by Sheila Hollinghead

Genre(s): Historical, Romance, YA, Religious

On her family’s farm in the Deep South, fourteen-year-old Sarah Jane clashes with her mother. At every turn, Momma crushes her daughter’s dreams. Worst of all, Michael Hutchinson’s warm brown eyes witness her humiliation. Sarah Jane must find a way to survive the abuse, for her young brother’s sake as well as her own. When Michael offers her hope, will she have the strength to stand against Momma’s unreasonable demands? If Sarah Jane will only learn to lean, refuge is waiting… in the shadow of the cedar… (more)

Flipping Numbers by Ernest Morris

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

EJ is a normal guy living a normal life, that is until he meets Maria a woman that changes his life forever. Maria teaches him how to make fast money by just flipping a few numbers. EJ quickly goes from a regular joe to a man of power. But he’s forced to learn the hard way that with more money comes more problems and with more problem EJ is forced to keep flipping numbers. Step into EJ’s world where money rules and one bad flip can end your life… (more)

The Scavenger’s Daughters by Kay Bratt

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Having survived torture and imprisonment during China’s Cultural Revolution, Benfu escaped to find love with his compassionate and beautiful Calla Lily. Together they build a fulfilling life around the most menial of jobs–Benfu’s work collecting trash. As he sorts through the discards of others, he regularly discovers abandoned children. With unwavering determination, he and Calli spend decades creating a family of hand-picked daughters that help heal the sorrow and brighten their modest home. But all is not perfect and when crisis threatens to separate their family, Benfu–or possibly his band of headstrong daughters–must find a way… (more)

Trust: A Twisted Wolf Tale by Rene Folsom

Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal

Beau Shapiro has spent his whole life being called gorgeous, handsome, sexy– every word imaginable to describe his outer appearance. But despite his popularity, he never once lets it all go to his head. He’s holding out for that one girl that has it all–beauty and personality.While out searching for his father, Beau meets Karoline–a woman cursed to be a beast. Striking a deal with her to save his father’s life, Beau is taken to Karoline’s home deep in the mountainous woods to live with her. During his stay, he finds that there’s beauty within the beast… (more)

The Monster Within Idea: A Story Collection by R. Thomas Riley

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

The monsters lurk in everyone: monsters of greed, of guilt, of the pleasure found in pain, of the pain found when pleasure dies. Carefully disguised, the monsters can sit down beside you or take up residence within you at the slightest twist of fate. Will you try to stop them? Will you want to? This collection of 18 stories from R. Thomas Riley deftly explores the monsters born of the human mind. ”Attrition” offers a future prison system that frees only those who repent sincerely–but what can an inmate do if he finds that sincerity is not really the… (more)

Desired to Death by J. M. Maison

Genre(s): Mystery

The empty nest can be murder!Just ask stay-at-home mom Maggie True whose daughter has just left for college–leaving Maggie with a burning question for her husband Joe: ”Now what am I going to do with the rest of my life? ”Never in her wildest dreams does small-town Maggie imagine the answer will come in the form of a middle-of-the-night call for help from an estranged friend who has just been arrested for the lurid murder of a much-younger lover: A. J. Traverso, AKA Tattoo Boy–a sexy kickboxing instructor who had… (more)

Almost Kings by Max Doty

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

The original novel that inspired the award-winning film, Almost Kings is a gritty, powerful story of the choices that bring two brothers together and tear them apart.With their father lost in anger and self-loathing, James “Truck” Wheeler has raised his younger brother Ted as best as he could, considering he’s just a teenager himself. In return, Ted idolizes his brother.Now, during their one year of high school together, Ted will realize there are troubling aspects to Truck and his friends, The Kings. When the boys assign numbers to each girl at school and begin a dark… (more)

Dive and Fly by Warren Caterson

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Imagine– You were born with a rare condition. Synesthesia. You taste color. You feel sound. Now imagine how that would impact your job. Your love life. Your future.Billy Shakes is a successful writer whose synesthesia helped him create six killer novels. But he has hit a slump so his agent urges him to get out and take his ‘disease’ on the road. Take some risks. Get those creative juices flowing again. He does.Billy meets Maureen at a Florida film festival, and to Billy her shimmering bronze skin tastes of creme brulee. But the barely married Maureen tastes adventure… (more)

Fade Part 1: Looking Glass by Ann Elizabeth Kolbeck

Genre(s): YA, Paranormal, Historical, Sci-fi

Don’t go out after dark. Stay away from the old graveyards. Burn your dead.Seventeen year old Iris Doyen knew all the rules of her world–a world where Queen Victoria was presented with a caged vampire on her Golden Jubilee and magician-priests haunt the corridors of the Vatican. But when Iris discovers that her mother has been lying about her father’s death, she also learns that the world she thought she knew is only half of the story–and that all the rules are about to change.Now Iris must undertake a journey across the untamed Dakota Territories… (more)

Sudan by Ninie Hammon

Genre(s): Thriller, Contemporary Fiction

Sudan 2000… The largest nation in Africa has become a killing field–two million tribal people are dead, victims of a brutal civil war or of systematic genocide, massacred by their own government. But that’s not why human rights photojournalist Ron Wolfson is risking his life there. He’s chasing a different story–investigating whispered reports of human trafficking, rumors of women and children in chains, auctioned off to the highest bidder, speculation that thousands of them disappear every day into the shadow world of modern-day slavery and are never seen again.As Ron tracks the phantom story he knows… (more)

The Island of Ted by Jason Cunningham

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Ted is a mid-tier Hollywood movie producer on the verge of losing his job, and his mind. After a string of personal tragedies, Ted decides to leave it all behind and purchase his own island off the Philippine coast to escape from the evil and violence in the world around him. With technology as his only companion, will Ted find what he’s looking for, or will his past follow him to paradise… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #12, an urban fantasy:
Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel

Handpicked Kindle Books for Apr 13 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Grab Bag Thursday

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, April 13. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!

Tempted by the Jaguar: Transformation and Revelation by Cristina Rayne

Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance

Kylie Moore has a secret, one she and her adoptive father have carefully guarded for over a decade since the night her parents disappeared. However, when she is randomly attacked one night in her apartment complex’s parking lot, that one violent act sets in motion events that reveal not only her long-dormant shifter heritage in the worst possible way, but could also railroad her efforts of finding out what really happened to her parents.Suddenly finding herself the center of attention among Riverford’s shifter clans, Kylie’s only hope of navigating such a dangerous minefield of politics and perpetual battles… (more)

Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

Genre(s): YA, Sci-fi

Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fianc she’s almost certain she can learn to love.But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove… (more)

UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn

Genre(s): YA

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it’s next fairytale victim.To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until… (more)

Thief: The Scarab Beetle Series: #1 by C. L. Stone

Genre(s): Thriller, YA

Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered… (more)

How to Build A Skydeck by David L. Bradley

Genre(s): Sci-fi

Ever wonder if our species’ development is guided by a greater intelligence? Or if your goofy-looking neighbor is really an alien on an assignment of global scale? How much soul should one be willing to swap for a little comfort? Who wants to trade for a baloney sandwich? Stan Davis ponders this and more throughout his day as a white laborer on an all-black crew in the Deep South. Shoved from the nest at 19, the bright but indolent son of luxury struggles to make his way in a world of country clubs, convenience stores, topless bars and… (more)

Somewhere Over the Freaking Rainbow by L.L. Muir

Genre(s): Religious, Paranormal, Romance, YA

Jamison is crushing on the new girl next door. Bad news–the neighbors are Somerleds–Amish-type cult-members killing off their own. Worse news–she’s next in line for sacrifice. Jamison will have to rise above the coward he thinks he is to get to the bottom of it all.Something is terribly wrong with Skye. She’s experiencing emotions like the mortal teenager she’s pretending to be. When she finally asks the right questions, she finds answers that will rock the Somerled world…… and none of her options include Jamison, the boy who has stolen the heart she was… (more)

His Wicked Sins by Eve Silver

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Determined to help her impoverished family, Elizabeth Canham accepts a position at Burndale Academy, an isolated girl’s school filled with secrets and shadows. There she meets mysterious widower Griffin Fairfax, a man dogged by dark rumours, a man who both frightens and fascinates her. But Beth has secrets of her own, nightmares that haunt her and fears that follow her into the light of day when a woman is found dead in the nearby woods — the victim of a brutal murder… a murder that bears terrifying similarity to others. Then Beth discovers that all the victims were intimately connected to… (more)

Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

All her life, strange creatures have flickered at the edge of Lee Capren’s vision, disappearing when she takes a second glance. Though they inspire her artwork, she can’t shake the uneasiness they bring. When she’s spirited away by these capricious faeries, Lee is forced to serve them as a portrait artist.Enter Nasser: His magic has always been more of a curse than a gift, but he’s determined to use it to help others. After a chance encounter with Lee, he risks his safety to bargain for her freedom–and unleashes a danger he can’t yet imagine.What felt like… (more)

Here by Denise Grover Swank

Genre(s): YA, Sci-fi

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to… (more)

Where the Secret Lies by Malika Gandhi

Genre(s): Paranormal

Nineteen-year-old Arianna and her family travel from London to India for a lavish wedding. Excitement turns to bewilderment and then curiosity when strange things start happening within a castle’s walls. A sealed door opens and Arianna is given Anjali’s diary, which recounts a romantic adventure that began during the bloody turmoil of partition in 1948.So begins a paranormal experience that leaves Arianna stunned and demanding answers. Who is Anjali? Why did the door unseal for her? Is there something the spirit wants to show her? What could it possibly be… (more)

Thaw by Bryan Dunn

Genre(s): Horror, Thriller

Arctic bush pilot Harry McNills is minding his own business and dreaming of retiring to the Caribbean–when two scientists from Cryolabs Corporation charter his plane for a scientific expedition. The beautiful young biologist Amy Tyler and her boss, the avaricious Hayden Lockwood, want to explore for freeze-tolerant organisms. Harry gets more than he bargained for when he falls for Amy and discovers an ancient terror entombed in an iceberg. A Navy team is assembled to exhume the remarkable find. But before the job is completed, something goes horribly wrong… and Harry and Amy find themselves trapped in a… (more)

Takedown by Bret Wellman

Genre(s): YA, Mystery

At the beginning of his high school career, Kaiden Philips was one of the greats. He had a natural talent for sports and a personality that made everyone want to be close to him. That was four years ago. Everything changed the night Jessica died. He’s spent every day since alone, trapped in a shell of guilt and anxiety. To make things worse, he sees Jessica from time to time. She comes to watch him from a distance. He might have lived like this forever were it not for an accidental run in with a few members of the wrestling… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #11, the first Jim Knighthorse mystery:
The Mummy Case by JR Rain

Handpicked Kindle Books for Apr 6 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Grab Bag Thursday

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, April 6. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!


Genre(s): Paranormal

Werewolf Guardian, Damon Trahan lives by a Code: Protect the Pack with his life. Damon has experienced death and betrayal, now all he wants is the freedom of his Harley and the loyalty of the men he rides with, the only family he has left. Those are the things he knows and believes in. Love and the hurt that comes with it has no place in his world… Until he receives new orders: Rescue female werewolf, Ava Renfroe from a Pack of rogue wolves.Hell on Heels… Bartender Ava Renfroe is tired of Alpha males running her life. Being raised… (more)

Ashes of Iris by Stephanie Poscente

Genre(s): Historical

On the edge of a small town, in the heart of the Swiss landscape, rests the Isa Caecilia. Surrounded by lush forests and snow-peaked mountains, the castle appears ordinary as Sophie Iris arrives to celebrate her younger sister’s marriage.Despite the tension brought on by her strained family relationships and the unresolved grief of her uncle’s death, Sophie struggles to do her best while denying the growing apprehension that something strange is happening between the Isa’s ancient walls.Before long, a mysterious stranger beckons her and reveals a haunted past that threatens to unravel the final fraying thread of… (more)

The White Aura by Felicia Tatum

Genre(s): Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

How do you live with the gut clenching truth that the one you love will die if you meet them? Twenty year old sorcerer Scott Tabors is learning how. After seeing seventeen year old Olivia Whitehead outside of a coffee shop, his heart will never be the same. He longs for her, he wants her, and he knows she will be his. They are heart mates. –but due to a curse on his family, he can’t meet her. Not yet. So for now, he visits her in her dreams. Her dreams where he can tell her everything but his name… (more)

Happy Birthday to Me by Brian Rowe

Genre(s): YA

Seventeen-year-old Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he’s aging a whole year of his life with each passing day!High school is hard enough; imagine rapidly aging from seventeen to seventy in a matter of weeks, with no logical explanation, and with prom, graduation, and the state championship basketball game on the horizon. That’s what happens to Cameron, a popular pretty boy who’s never had to face a day looking anything but perfect.All Cameron wants to do is go back to normal, but no one, not even the best doctors, can diagnose his condition. When he finds… (more)

Gypsy Hunted: a psychic paranormal book with a touch of romance by Andrea Drew

Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery

Reluctant psychic Gypsy Shields (she prefers the term “intuition consultant”) finds herself in trouble when, on her way home from a blind date, she interrupts a kidnapping in progress. Her heroic attempt to intervene is repaid with a collision between the attacker’s van and a brick wall. She awakens in hospital, paralyzed on her left side and unable to speak. Unable to share vital information about the crime she witnessed. Fortunately, her telepathic connection with her niece helps her throw a line out, attracting the attention of a police detective: Connor Reardon, Gypsy’s date the night of the attack.Stepping… (more)

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson

Genre(s): Romance

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating — especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.Rough around the Edges Meets… (more)

Edge of Shadows by Cege Smith

Genre(s): Horror, Paranormal

Orphaned at eight years old, Ellie developed an ability to help her navigate the cold, indifferent world where she found herself. Armed with the knowledge of a person’s true intentions, she learned it was safer to be alone. Then Jake Coulter slipped through her defenses by offering the promise of a normal, happy life. After narrowly escaping a dark truth that Jake hid from her, Ellie retreated from the world in an act of self-preservation.Drawn out of her protective bubble when a friend insists on playing matchmaker, Ellie meets a handsome doctor. With some persistent coaxing, Ellie warms… (more)

Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

A love story spanning decades – deepened by tradition, heritage, loss, struggle, perseverance and loyalty. In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love… (more)

The Silent Gift by Cindy Kelley

Genre(s): Historical, Religious

The decade of the ‘thirties was a time of enormous uncertainty–for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of unyielding love and incredible sacrifices in the face of circumstances beyond belief.But then The Gift appears… where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who cannot communicate provide comfort and direction to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved son, Jack… Will it be… (more)

Through Smoke: Firefighter Heroes Trilogy by J.R. Tate

Genre(s): Mystery, Romance

Firefighter Michael McGinnis is no stranger to intense situations. Veteran of New York’s Ladder Twenty-One Company as a search and rescue man, he has seen his share of burning infernos, high-rise saves, and intense emergency situations. Despite McGinnis’ years on the job, nothing can prepare him for getting tangled in his brother’s mistakes as a drug addict and gambler, especially when a blood thirsty bookie gets involved. A romance sparks between him and fellow paramedic, Eva Crisante, catching him even more off guard. Morals are tested, lies are told, and relationships are built and then torn to ruins… (more)

Housewife with a Half-Life by Alison Wells

Genre(s): Paranormal

The housewife’s answer to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Susan Strong is a suburban housewife who is literally disintegrating. When Fairly Dave, a kilt-sporting spaceman arrives through the shower head to warn her, she knows things are serious. When she and her precocious four year old twins, Pluto and Rufus, get sucked through Chilled Foods into another universe it gets even messier. Where household appliances are more alive and dangerous than they seem, Geezers have Entropy Hoovers and the Spinner’s Cataclysmic convertor could rip reality apart, Susan Strong is all that’s holding the world together.Through this madcap, feel… (more)

Captive Seduction by Laurie Kellogg

Genre(s): Romance

If only the good die young, then New Jersey’s virtuous First Lady should be a cinch to kill.Unless… deep down she’s really quite naughty.Since her mother’s untimely death, crusader Josephine Callahan has served as New Jersey’s First Lady. Acting as her father’s official hostess in the governor’s mansion is tantamount to living in a fishbowl, which makes S-E-X extremely difficult. On the brink of a nervous breakdown, frustrated Josie loses her usual good sense along with her cool and lets her assemblyman boyfriend sweet-talk her into an impromptu romantic getaway — something she would never consider… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #11, the first Jim Knighthorse mystery:
The Mummy Case by JR Rain

Handpicked Kindle Books for Mar 30 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Grab Bag Thursday

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, March 30. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!

The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

In the lakeside resort town of Port Manitou, Michigan, dedicated teacher and running coach Neil Kazenzakis shoulders responsibilities that would break a lesser man: a tragic accident has left his wife seriously debilitated, he cares for his mother-in-law who suffers from dementia, and he’s raising his teenage son, Chris, on his own. On top of all that, he’s also secretly been seeing Lauren, his mother-in-law’s caregiver.When Neil breaks up a fight one day after school, he doesn’t give the altercation much thought. He’s got bigger issues on his mind, like the fact that Lauren is… (more)

Blue Straggler by Kathy Lynn Harris

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

A blue straggler is a star that has an anomalous blue color and appears to be disconnected from those stars that surround it. But this is not a story about astronomy.Bailey Miller is “disconnected” from the cluster of her rural south Texas family. She has never quite fit in and now in her early 30s, she finds herself struggling with inner turmoil and a series of bad choices in her life.Bailey’s drinking too much (even for a member of her family), has a penchant to eat spoonfuls of Cool Whip, works in a job that bores her beyond… (more)

Rae of Hope by WJ May

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past? Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family’s history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter? As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her… (more)

10 Ways To Kill A Cupid by Leigh Parker

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal

Three years after becoming a Cupid, the normally cheeky and cheerful Leigh has to question her work ethics when her next assignment happens to be the woman who killed her.Meet Natalie McIntyre, actually, no, you wouldn’t want to meet Natalie McIntyre, the foul mouthed, anti social Senior Manager at her father’s cardboard box factory who really isn’t in the mood to spend the next 7 days with a weird blonde haired girl who just will not go away.Over the course of a week Leigh has her work cut out when she learns that not only is Natalie hell… (more)

The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Secrets told in the church ladies’ room are supposed to stay in the ladies’ room. But that doesn’t mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude’s funeral won’t change the rest of her life.Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion, a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life, and a mother with Alzheimer’s residing in the local nursing home. She doesn’t really need a crumbling old house about to fall into nothing but a pile of memories and broken knickknacks.Billy Lee Tucker, resident oddball in Tishomingo… (more)

Into That Forest by Louis Nowra

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Two girls survive a terrible flood in the Tasmanian bush and are rescued by a pair of Tasmanian tigers who raise them in the wild. Their story of survival is remarkable, as they adapt to the life of the tiger, learning to hunt and to communicate without the use of human language. When they are discovered and returned to civilization, neither can adapt to being fully human after their extraordinary experience. Totally believable, their story will both shock and captivate readers as it explores the animal instincts that lie beneath our civilized veneer… (more)

Super Dark 1 by Tanith Morse

Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal

Haunted by her friend’s long-ago disappearance, 17-year-old Sam Harper finds her world unraveling when an alluring stranger reveals a horrifying secret… (more)

FALLING UNDER by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Mara Foster is a mess. A rollercoaster of a childhood made a survivor of her, but as an adult she is a mass of contradictions and unrealized potential. Talented, fierce and smart, but burdened by a host of anxieties, Mara finds it difficult to leave the house most days, much less imagine anything resembling normalcy.Then Mara meets Hugo, and the walls she has built around herself begin to crumble. As she fights for a breakthrough both in her art and in life, she must come to terms with her complicated past, in order to gain a second chance at… (more)

Flirting with Felicity by Gerri Russell

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Felicity Wright never expected to inherit the hotel where she works as head chef. But now, she’ll do anything to keep the Bancroft Hotel operating–even if that means mixing it up with the late owner’s handsome nephew, Blake Bancroft. He’s here to challenge her unexpected inheritance of the Bancroft Hotel, and there’s no way either of them are walking away without a fight.When his uncle wills away his family’s oldest property, Blake Bancroft cooks up a plan to get it back. To check out his competition, he’ll need to check in. Too bad his first encounter with Felicity… (more)

A Song for the Asking by Steve Gannon

Genre(s): YA, Contemporary Fiction

From the drama of the High Sierra to the beaches of Malibu and the streets of Los Angeles, A Song for the Asking tells the story of a family struck by tragedy… and of the courage each member must find to survive. Filled with candor, compassion, and humor, A Song for the Asking is a deeply moving novel that celebrates the enduring strength of the family spirit.”Rarely does a first novel come along that is both electrifying and unflinching in its portrayal of a family in turmoil. In an intense and poignant debut that brings to mind the powerful… (more)

Off Balance by Terez Mertes Rose

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Alice thinks she’s accepted the loss of her ballet career, injury having forced her to trade in pointe shoes onstage for spreadsheets upstairs. That is, until the day Alice’s boss asks her to befriend Lana, a pretty new company member he’s got his eye on. Lana represents all Alice has lost, not just as a ballet dancer, but as a motherless daughter. It’s pain she’s kept hidden, even from herself, as every good ballet dancer knows to do. Lana, lonely and unmoored, desperately needs some help, and her mother, back home, vows eternal support. But when Lana begins to profit… (more)

Bulk by Simon Fay

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

The most shocking thing about Barbara Dunne isn’t how big she’s gotten through the sport of bodybuilding. No, it’s how big she’s made her husband in twenty years of grossly overfeeding him. Desperate to have a child, Barbara intends to take drastic measures to maintain this odd coupling. In the winding estates of Santry, Dublin, she must banish her husband’s drinking buddy, an aging skirt chaser with more gut than charm. Battle the botox-stiffened blonde trying to steal his heart. And worst of all, Barbara Dunne will have to destroy her husband’s newfound desire to go on a diet… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #10, a mystery set in wine country:
A Taste for Death by Don Stevens

Handpicked Kindle Books for Mar 23 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Grab Bag Thursday

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, March 23. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!

Things We Set on Fire by Deborah Reed

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

A series of tragedies brings Vivvie’s young grandchildren into her custody, and her two estranged daughters back under one roof. Jackson, Vivvie’s husband, was shot and killed thirty years ago, and the ramifications have splintered the family into their own isolated remembrances and recriminations.Sisters Elin and Kate fought mercilessly in childhood and have avoided each other for years. Elin seems like the last person to watch her sister convalesce after an attempted suicide. But Elin has her own reasons for coming to Kate’s side and will soon discover Kate’s own staggering needs.This deeply personal, hauntingly melancholy look at… (more)

Here to Stay by Kristine Raymond

Genre(s): Western, Romance

Sam Mackenzie rode into the town of Hidden Springs looking for a place to belong. He takes a job at Ryan’s Ranch and is immediately attracted to the ranch’s pretty, female, owner.Kate Ryan is a woman determined to make it on her own. Chafing at the thought of having to hire help, she nonetheless falls for the handsome stranger who answers her ad.When they meet, sparks fly and they are drawn to each other. But life in 1867 Arizona Territory isn’t easy. When a secret from Kate’s past comes to light, they are each faced with the challenge… (more)

Evensong by Krista Walsh

Genre(s): Fantasy

Author Jeff Powell wakes up to find the impossible has happened. He is within his own novel–summoned into the fictional world of Feldall’s Keep by a spell he didn’t write. One the House enchantress hasn’t figured out how to reverse.When the villain he’s been struggling to write reveals himself, unleashing waves of terror and chaos, Jeff must use more than his imagination to save the characters he created–and the woman he loves.Trapped within a world of his own creation, he must step outside the bounds of his narrative to help his characters defeat an evil no… (more)

Reefer Moon by Roger Pinckney

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Yancey Yarboro is home from the war and growing tomatoes on his father’s ground. Susan Drake, married, beautiful and neglected, lives in a beach house not far away. They have never met, at least not yet. When real estate developers come looking for land to expand a golf course, Yancey wonders if he is about to lose everything. But Yancey has four hundred pounds of marijuana salvaged from a dope run gone awry. And he has Gator Brown, near-sighted hoodoo doctor, whose spiritual machinations sometimes fly wide of the mark.It’s the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The jasmine is… (more)

The Aunt Sally Team by Flick Merauld

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Romance

When Bill Green puts a notice in a post office window in Oxford, he hopes for a group of intellectually stimulating companions with whom to share long summer evenings playing Aunt Sally, a quaint, traditional English pub game. Instead he gets a zany assortment of characters, not one of whom lives up to his preconceptions.Diana craves excitement after ending a comfortable but unchallenging relationship. But is she heading for trouble when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Dante Blackthorn? He’s handsome, charismatic and a feckless alcoholic and compulsive gambler, though his devil-may-care attitude and hazy sense of… (more)

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Romance

When Jack has a heart attack on the train from Manhattan, Pam and Jack’s two lovers discover secrets and lies, and each other,in this contemporary romance with a touch of noir. In a tale of marriage and betrayal, Pam’s friendships and sisterly love are stretched to the limit. At what point does a relationship cross over from abuse to choice? And does forgiveness always come with exceptions… (more)

Down Aisle Ten by Daniel Friedland

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

DOWN AISLE TEN is a fictional history of Universal Simultaneous Anxiety Collapse Disorder, an incapacitating disease that arises from the abundant fears that surround us in the modern world. The first sufferer is Harold Greensmeyer, who contracts USAC while at the supermarket. He is soon confined to a mental hospital, where he encounters a cast of curious characters: the compulsive psychiatrist who tries to treat him, a woman convinced that she and Harold are fated to marry, and a befuddled cop who believes Harold is a mystic. When USAC spreads and the hospital is quarantined, they escape together in search… (more)

Curiosity Killed The Kat by Elizabeth Nelson

Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery

She thought she had the perfect marriage–He gave her everything … and more. Then he tried to kill her. Katherine’s marriage was fading. She could feel it. Her husband, Steven, was up to something. She knew it. Katherine would do anything for her husband. That is, until she discovers he’s the ring leader of a human trafficking organization.Caught in the cross hairs of her husband’s illegal business and on the run to save her life, as well as others, Katherine is on a race against time to figure out exactly how deep this rabbit hole of political intrigue, sex… (more)

Lost and Found by Sienna Hart

Genre(s): Romance

Gwendolyn Manasti is new in town, but she’s desperate to save the local orphanage from being auctioned off. She’ll do whatever it takes to keep that from happening, even catching the eye of Andrew Villanueva, one of the richest men in town. But Gwynn’s feelings for Andrew’s brother, John, are growing. And love could undo every one of her carefully laid plans… (more)

Play Dead by Leslie O’Kane

Genre(s): Mystery

Meet Allie Babcock – The Audacious Dog Therapist with a Flair for Sleuthing. At her brand new shop in Boulder, Allie’s very first client is a dejected collie whose previous owner allegedly took her own life. But with a natural nose for crime, Allie soon suspects murder — leaving her dejected canine client as possibly the sole witness to the crime. With the scent fresh, Allie is quickly on the case – but a second murder curtails her investigation. Before taking another step, Allie needs to count her enemies: several suspicious dog owners, a boyfriend with a temper (and a demand for vengeance… (more)

Playing with Fire: A Legal Thriller by James Taylor Adams

Genre(s): Thriller

Brooklyn crime boss Carmine Cimoli has been accused of burning down his over-insured warehouse, and District Attorney Rhonda Battle is out for blood. Thwarted by her office’s bad warrant for his arrest for other nefarious crimes, Ms. Battle is determined to put the crime boss behind bars, and this time she has what looks like an airtight case: witnesses have identified him entering and leaving the building right before the blaze began, and forensics has found evidence in his car.Claiming he has been framed, Carmine asks the blue blood, Harvard-educated attorney Harrison Fletcher, Jr. to help him… (more)

Dead in the Water by AJ Basinski

Genre(s): Thriller

This suspense/thriller is set on a Caribbean cruise ship and Miami’s Little Havana. Over 20 million people cruise each year. In recent years, over 150 people have disappeared from cruises. “Dead in the Water” traces the disappearance of one of those missing persons. A young bride on her honeymoon, she seems to disappear into thin air aboard the flagship of the Mariner cruise line, the Mardi Gras. The head of security aboard the Mardi Gras, Lieutenant Mario Morales, a former LAPD homicide detective investigates and unravels a mysterious plot involving drug smuggling by the Chinese and a lawyer more… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #9, an award-winning historical coming-of-age novel:
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton