Handpicked Kindle Books for Aug 17 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, August 17. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!

Becoming Us: College love never hurt so good. by Amy Daws

Genre(s): Romance

The dreaded friend-zone… The last place I ever want to be with college basketball God, Jake LaShae. I am losing my mind trying to figure out what this gorgeous and confident man wants from me. I need to break through his walls. What is it about me that makes him not go there? What am I lacking? When a mind-blowing betrayal knocks the wind out of me, and I think I can’t feel any lower… Brody stumbles into my path — barefoot no less, and sexy as hell. His direct and mouth-watering swagger is a breath of fresh… (more)

Rings On Her Fingers by ReGina Welling

Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance

Julie Hayward was not a believer in the paranormal. Newly engaged with a photography career just starting to take off, her life is almost comfortable. The only thing she lacks is enough money to repair the family home. But, when her best friend, Gustavia, drags her to a visit with a psychic thinking it will be a fun engagement gift, things get really crazy. A ghostly encounter provides a cryptic clue to the location of the lost family fortune and a warning that her fianc is not what he seems. Launched into a wild adventure, Julie must learn to listen… (more)

To Catch a Bouquet by Carolyn Brown

Genre(s): Romance

A straight-talking redhead, a tried-and-true cowboy, and a magical week on the high seas. Annie Grace Thomas would rather be hauling hay than spending a week on a cruise ship, no matter how spectacular it happens to be… at least until she meets Clint. Clint McCall wouldn’t be on that ship if it weren’t for his parents’ wedding anniversary and vow renewal — a family celebration he couldn’t possibly refuse to join. But when a bouquet unexpectedly comes sailing through the air at him — and he looks down at the cute little redhead who is holding the other… (more)

#Nerd by Cambria Hebert

Genre(s): Romance, YA

Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together… In more ways than one. She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship. But that’s about to change. It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge. Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple. Stick to your circle. And never fall in love with anyone on the outside… (more)

The Secret of the Elements by CHRISTOS TSOTSOS

Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-fi

A bipolar scientist tells the story of his best friend, an atheist avant-garde composer, who has to negotiate with the devil on his grandmother’s soul sale. The 99-year-old woman managed the unthinkable by tricking the devil when she sold him her soul. In order for the transaction to be completed, the devil has to negotiate with the keeper of that soul, her grandson Bartholomew (Barto) Marshal.By doing so the young composer gains access to the secret of the elements. His mind ages one million years and through music and mathematics he envisions the evolution of humanity… (more)

Whirlwind by Larissa Ladd

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal

Aira has always known that on her 23rd birthday her powers as an elemental would come into full bloom. But she didn’t know of her grandmother’s plans for an arranged marriage. The rationale? Marriage will protect Aira from those who want her dead or under their control. She’s even got two candidates lined up–Dylan and Aiden, two brothers who have “volunteered” to protect Aira as she comes into her full transformation. There’s no doubt the brothers are jump alive gorgeous, but how much danger, really, could she be in–unless she counted the handsome brothers and the danger they… (more)

A Beautiful Struggle by Lilliana Anderson

Genre(s): Romance

Katrina Mahoney lives in Western Sydney, Australia. She has a very full life attending university to study a law degree, training for triathlons and now she is working part time as well. She couldn’t possibly find time for a relationship, especially after her last one ended so catastrophically.Right now she is content focusing on work, study and training while hanging out with her best friend David Taylor, a womaniser with a heart of gold that would do anything for Katrina … except watch her get hurt again.That is, until the dashing Elliot Roberts, a junior solicitor from her work… (more)

When the City Sleeps by Marilyn Grey

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Romance

With a passion for hockey, but disdain for media attention, Sawyer Reed tries to rebuild his life after fame by reconnecting with his estranged brother in NYC. While there, he meets an odd girl who won’t take no for an answer.Nora Maddison is doing her best to maintain some level of normalcy while rising to fame quicker than she anticipated. As she disguises herself and meanders about the city, she finds a mysterious man who refuses to give her the time of day.Eventually, the two find solace in their late night conversations, but when their true identities are… (more)

I Have People by Taylor Dean

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right? That is, until HE enters her life again . . . she forgot about HIM… (more)

Marked by Sarah Fine

Genre(s): Romance, Sci-fi

In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know–including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis–is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful… (more)

The Solomon Twist by Dan Hammond

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

In the west Texas town of Solomon in 1965, Mazel doesn’t have many options being unwed, pregnant, and unemployed–due to being unwed and pregnant. When she finds herself in early labor with two men laying claim to the title of father, an unexpected situation arises. Mazel discovers she is having twins.Jump to 1991 when Mazel’s husband, known as Daddy Two, is found dead in their living room. Who shot Daddy Two? That question acts as a loose backdrop throughout the novel as suspects come to the forefront. But deeper questions of identity, reunion, and recovery gain traction, transforming… (more)

Henry and Tom: A Unique Rescue Novel by Michael Atkins

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Is it possible to develop a powerful bond between animal and human? Henry and Tom explores the world of animal emotions and the powerful bonds that can develop between animals and humans.In 1995 Tom, a spokesman at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was involved in rescuing a beached juvenile sperm whale near San Diego, California.Tom names the whale Henry and the two form a strong emotional bond during the rescue. Twenty years later, Tom’s sailboat sinks on a solo voyage from San Francisco to Hawaii, and he and Henry are reunited thousands of miles from land. Henry rescues Tom… (more)

Handpicked Kindle Books for Aug 10 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, August 10. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!

The Gaia Wars by Kenneth G. Bennett

Genre(s): YA, Sci-fi, Fantasy

Deadly secrets have been buried in the Cascade mountain wilderness for centuries. Hidden. Out of sight and out of mind.Until today…Warren Wilkes, age 13, doesn’t like what a greedy housing developer has done to his peaceful mountain community, so he vandalizes the developer’s property, flees into the wild, and stumbles upon an ancient human skeleton revealed by torrential rain. More than old bones have been exposed, however, and the curious artifact Warren finds makes him question his own identity, and his connection to an ancient terror. A terror destined to rise again and annihilate all that Warren loves… (more)

Everlasting by Candace Knoebel

Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal

What if your destiny lay on the other side of death? The annual Culling ceremony is a day every coming-of-age novice looks forward to within the Primeval Coven. It’s the start to being initiated into the Night Watchmen, humankind’s protectors, and it’s the long-awaited day when novices discover if they’re a Hunter or a Witch.But this day is not a happy one for Faye Middleton. Not when she’s known her whole life that she’s a Defect and is about to face banishment in front of her fellow novices. She’s forced to attend the Culling with little… (more)

The Stolen Girl by Renita D’Silva

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

For as long as thirteen-year-old Diya can remember, it’s always been just her and her mum, Vani. Despite never staying in one place long enough to call it home, with her mother by her side, Diya has never needed anything else.Then, in an instant, Diya’s fragile world is shattered. Her mother is arrested, accused of abducting Diya when she was a baby–Vani has spent a lifetime looking over her shoulder, determined to make the best possible life for her daughter. Now she must fight for her child, re-opening the door to her own childhood in… (more)

Five Minutes Late: A Romantic Comedy by Rich Amooi

Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary Fiction

Can an always-tardy garlic mogul and a punctual Silicon Valley librarian fall in love? The world needs garlic and somebody’s got to sell that garlic. Cedric Johnson is that man. But even though he’s got just about everything he can wish for, Cedric is still missing one thing in his life: someone special. Fate may be on his side, but he encounters a few distractions along the way–like almost being killed by a UPS truck. Oh, and a little case of blackmail.Ellie Fontaine is a walking Wikipedia with clear professional goals, but when it comes to landing… (more)

The Suicide Flowers by Pete Conrad

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

You see them every day, the suicide flowers. They bloom from the cracks and crevices of concrete sidewalks.From between asphalt creases and gaps. Yet these flowers blossom and prosper until the careless foot tramples. Others wither and fade, having survived, despite their strained and dubious foundations.Raeburn Messiah, the Messiah of Metal, sings for a living. Currently, he’s on the downward spiral that unfaithful fame loves so dearly. He feels that he’s got it bad, his life is over. That is, until he meets one of his most adoring fans, Gabriel, who has but months to live due to… (more)

If I Break by Portia Moore

Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary Fiction

This is not your typical happily ever after… Lauren Brooks wants to do three things: Escape the small town she grew up in, get accepted to her dream school in Chicago, and graduate without drowning in debt. Now she’s working her ass off to do just that.With a full course load and a waitressing job at one of the hottest night clubs in Chicago, she does not have time for distractions; namely ones who only want to get into her pants. She’s been burned before. Only a fool goes for a second round… With just two semesters left until… (more)

The Fourth Ceremony: The Sacrifice Trilogy by K.M. Ashling

Genre(s): YA, Sci-fi, Romance

Alessa is special. As The Sacrifice she is known, loved, and revered by all. And that is why Alessa must die. Camden is a nobody. He has no history, no family, and no past. But he has an assignment and his assignment must be accomplished at any cost. Alessa and Camden must navigate lies, secrets, and betrayal to discover themselves and each other in a world where their time is quickly running out. THE FOURTH CEREMONY is the first installment of THE SACRIFICE TRILOGY, a Young Adult Dystopian Romance… (more)

Harbored Secrets by Marie F Martin

Genre(s): Mystery, Contemporary Fiction

In May of 1935, Blinny Platt’s homestead shack burns to the ground forever leaving her family asunder, scattering them like the embers flew on the Montana wind. She was only eight-years-old, sent away and in charge of her little sister. She could handle that because Platts take care of Platts. However, it is the hidden secrets of her parents smoldering beneath the charred remains that haunts Blinny until 1982. She once again leaves the home place to build a house for herself. As the foundation is poured and the walls go up, each of the hurtful memories are… (more)

A Town Called Dust: The Territory 1 by Justin Woolley

Genre(s): Sci-fi, YA

Stranded in the desert, the last of mankind is kept safe by a large border fence… Until the fence falls. Squid is a young orphan living under the oppressive rule of his uncle in the outskirts of the Territory. Lynn is a headstrong girl with an influential father who has spent her entire life within the walled city of Alice. When the border fence is breached, the Territory is invaded by the largest horde of undead ghouls seen in two hundred years. Squid is soon conscripted into the Diggers — the armed forces of the Territory. And after Lynn finds herself… (more)

The Wolves of Paris by Michael Wallace

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical

It’s the winter of 1450 and Paris is in a panic. A pack of ravenous wolves is loose in the city, feasting on human flesh. Lorenzo Boccaccio is summoned by a Dominican inquisitor who claims that Lorenzo’s business agent is tied to the sorcery behind the wolf attacks. He demands that Lorenzo and his brother Marco help him root out the evil. Rivals in business and love, the brothers make for a reluctant partnership. Even so, they are confident the wolves are a natural phenomenon, not men or demons traveling in wolf form. But events soon prove that the monks… (more)

To Buy A Wife: A Dystopian Romance Novel by KC Klein

Genre(s): Sci-fi, Romance

On a harsh future Earth where corruption rules and women are few, cold realist Hudson Land must purchase a wife to comply with the Elders’ laws and save his farm. Instead of an auction, he witnesses the start of an execution. With his first look at a beautiful woman in years, Hudson knows he has to have her–no matter the cost. Lake, a chemist and a rebel fighter, is resigned to her death, but when some back-hill farmer rescues her from the chopping block she has no intention of simply becoming his wife. She’s pledged her life to… (more)

The Color of Water in July by Nora Carroll

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

It’s been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan. For all that time, she’s been haunted by loss — of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something more. So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summons her courage and returns to a place full of memories — and secrets. There, she stumbles upon old letters and photographs of a time not so much forgotten as buried. As she begins… (more)

Handpicked Kindle Books for Aug 3 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, August 3. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!

Sink: Old Man’s Tale by Perrin Briar

Genre(s): Fantasy, Thriller

A sinkhole is a natural phenomenon. It can happen anywhere, anytime. It drinks lakes dry, consumes jungles, and even demolishes entire mountains. You may have seen one in your street. But these things aren’t lost. They’ve simply been moved. Things are forgotten on the surface all the time. Beneath the crust, they’re always remembered.It’s just another day for unscrupulous developer Graham Turner when he breaks into an old man’s home to steal his property deeds. But when he’s sucked through a sinkhole into a forgotten world deep beneath the earth’s surface, Graham and the old man must rely on… (more)

Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson

Genre(s): YA, Paranormal

California teen Sadie James thinks her life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she’s rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won’t even tell her his name. Each time the boy appears, Sadie’s unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her, but as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every… (more)

The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family. New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors… (more)

A Dollar Short by Karin Gillespie

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

It isn’t every day a movie star steals your husband. When that day comes for Chiffon Butrell of Cayboo Creek South Carolina, she looks to the Bottom Dollar Girls to help her out of one fine mess.Husband Lonnie has run out to Hollywood and holes up with famous star Janie-Lynn Lauren. He’s left behind Chiffon, her three children and a very tiny bank account. Chiffon breaks her ankle and has to rely on her estranged sister Chenille to lend a hand.When the tabloid media gets wind of her husband’s torrid romance, sleepy Cayboo Creek lands on the… (more)

Red Clover by Florence Osmund

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Imagine feeling like an outsider. Now imagine feeling like an outsider in your own family.The troubled son of a callous father and socialite mother determines his own meaning of success after learning shocking family secrets that cause him to rethink who he is and where he’s going. In Lee Winekoop’s reinvention of himself he discovers that life’s bitter circumstances can actually give rise to meaningful consequences… (more)

Next Door Secrets by Karen Lenfestey

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

When Bethany meets Kaylee, the little girl who lives next door, it stirs up a longing she’s been trying to quell. At 35, Beth has a job she enjoys and a sweet boyfriend who cannot promise her tomorrow. She tells herself no one gets to “have it all,” but little Kaylee seems to need Beth just as much as Beth needs her.Beth’s boyfriend, Parker, loves her so much he’s decided to leave her. Bit by bit, he pulls back, figuring it’s better to break her heart now rather than later. If he were gone, he’s sure Beth would see… (more)


Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

When Maggie Hanlon’s father, Ken, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the family dynamics are forever changed. As Maggie and her sisters agonize over how best to care for their father, Maggie makes the ultimate sacrifice to remain at home and care for Daddy. Painful as it is, she breaks off her relationship with Gage Stewart to continue her role as the dutiful daughter. Just when she’s got everything figured out, a letter from her father changes everything… (more)

The View from Endless Street: Short Stories from the South of England by Rebecca Lloyd

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

With this collection of short stories set in the south of England and beyond, Rebecca Lloyd explores relationships and the brave or foolish things they can make people do. These stories about murder and ghosts, delusion and desperation, obsession and arson, show readers a sometimes sweet, sometimes macabre vision of humanity. Rebecca Lloyd channels Roald Dahl’s wit and flair for the unexpected in this collection that will appeal to the quirky side of the literary reader… (more)

I’m Still Here by Kathryn R. Biel

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

It started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary.Estranged from her family over her sister’s mental illness and death, Esther can’t help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future–one in which she is… (more)

Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

When Helen Francis was a child, her mother died and her father walked out, leaving her to be raised by her older sister. Now thirty-five, married, and trying to start a family of her own, Helen has moved on but never really healed from her traumatic childhood. She has always believed that a new baby would help fill the loss of what was taken from her at such a young age. After four years of trying to become pregnant, however, she is resigned to the fact that she will never be able to bear children. Halfheartedly accepting adoption as… (more)

The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey

Genre(s): Romance, Thriller

The ocean is dying. The sea is growing warmer and is gradually rising. Seashells have become so rare that collecting them is now a national obsession. Flawless specimens sell like priceless works of art. Families hunt the tideline in the dark of night with flashlights. Crowds gather on beaches at the lowest of tides, hoping to get lucky.Supreme among these collectors is Ness Wilde, CEO of Ocean Oil. Ness owns many of the best beaches, and he keeps them to himself. It’s his fault the world turned out this way. And I aim to destroy him.My name is… (more)

Blue Mercy by Orna Ross

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

Will you side with mother or daughter? When Mercy Mulcahy was 40 years old, she was accused of killing her elderly and tyrannical father. Now, at the end of her life, she has written a book about what really happened on that fateful night of Christmas Eve, 1989.The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to protecting Star, especially from the father whose behavior so blighted her own life. Yet Star vehemently resists reading her manuscript.Why? What is Mercy hiding? Was her father’s death, as many believe, an assisted suicide? Or something even more sinister… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the Top 20 books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #20, a thrilling urban fantasy:
Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Handpicked Kindle Books for Jul 27 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, July 27. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. Enjoy!

ANGEL by Mary E. Kingsley

Genre(s): Historical, Contemporary Fiction

Thirteen year old Angel Bishop is fed up with all the unanswered questions about her life, like why did her daddy run off when she was just a baby? And why has her Aunt Patsy, the only family member she feels she can talk to, been locked up in a place for crazy people all these years? It seems to Angel like her family fell apart right after she was born, which makes her wonder what her coming along had to do with it.Growing up with her mother, Ruth, who is often distant and preoccupied, and her bible thumping… (more)

All The Dead Things by Simon Paul Woodward

Genre(s): Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction

Stan Wisdom is cursed by the stifling influence of an overprotective mother and the ability to see monsters invisible to everybody but him. When a new found friendship is threatened, rage leads Stan to reveal himself to the monsters and the hunt is on. Pursued through an endlessly repeating day, Stan uncovers the dark secret fuelling his mothers fear and finds himself at the centre of a supernatural civil-war with the future of life and death at stake… (more)

Crispy Critters by Theo Cage

Genre(s): Mystery

Sometimes you have to do the hard things. A child molester has moved into their neighborhood and they’re not happy about it – two retired guys with too much time on their hands – and revenge etched across their sclerotic hearts… (more)

Swans Are Fat Too by Michelle Granas

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead. No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her granddaughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem. Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives. Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, and refuse to return. Hania’s situation is at first improved and then complicated when a neighbor–the very correct, very austere descendant of an old Polish family–asks her to proofread an amateur history project. Hania sets to work with a… (more)

Death on Alder: Lee Harding Mystery Book One by Beth Everett

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Take a trip that’s a little bit Nancy Drew, a dash Cheech and Chong and, and just enough Streets of San Francisco to make you want to hop on a cable car. Lee Harding can’t find happiness in the harsh east coast winters. A trip to her hometown of San Francisco is meant to lift her spirits. She stays with her sister Alice’s home at the Twenty Alder compound, a tiny courtyard with five separate apartments. The residents are scurrying to prepare for their landlord Martha’s birthday celebration. The courtyard is lit with strings of lights, the bar is ready… (more)

Clarity by Loretta Lost

Genre(s): Romance

Her world has always been dark, but he might be able to change everything…Fiercely independent Helen Winters was born completely blind, but she vowed never to let her disability keep her down. She did not expect a traumatic event to devastate her life and force her to drop out of college. Disillusioned by the cruelty of people, Helen retreated from society to live by herself as a reclusive writer in the woods–where no one could ever hurt her again.When a brilliant young doctor shows up on her doorstep, promising her that his new research can give her… (more)

Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Welcome to Too Much–where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common–superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for… (more)

Fifty Million Reasons by Heather Wardell

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Angela has typical lottery-player plans: help friends and family, give more to charity, and escape her rut. But when she wins big, she faces angry relatives, her own unexpected greed, and a lawsuit from the person who put her in that rut. Almost nobody treats her normally, and they’ve got fifty million reasons not to.She can buy anything she wants now, but can she buy the life she needs… (more)

Taking it With You by Daniel Prokop

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

The fictional story of a dying spiritually challenged woman, who vows to take everything with her when she dies. Unfortunately, cryonics leaves her cold but the thought of bequeathing her vast fortune to herself, to her reincarnation, becomes an obsession. She reasons that if the Tibetan Buddhists can find the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation 13 times then surely, for a very large sum of money they will agree to find hers once… This is an inspiring West tries to buy East story of hope, possibility and a prophecy that promises a Free Tibet. ‘Taking it With You’ is a rich, light… (more)

The First Supper: a tale of two hours by Karen Schiff

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Politics Make Strange Bedfellows — And Even Stranger Suppers! Take a family feud, add a heap of hot-button issues, toss in a healthy dose of farce, and what do you get? A hilarious new spin on the classic film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, reimagined to reflect some of the absurdities of today’s political times. One fine day, Amanda Worthington, daughter of wealth and privilege, returns home from college with shocking news. At her side is boyfriend Brian Grace, the son of strict social conservatives who, by the way, will be arriving any minute now. The Graces’ visit–and the… (more)

Webs of Power: A Novel by Darlene Quinn

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Webs of Power is a raw, unsentimental portrayal of greed, manipulation, and relationships set in the excessive, insatiable retail industry of the 1980s. When a hostile takeover of the retail giant Consolidated is announced, the lives of three determined women, each linked to the corporate upheaval, are unexpectedly thrown off course: Paige Toddman’s marriage to Consolidated’s West Coast Division CEO is threatened when she decides to step out of her fast-paced lifestyle to raise the unwanted child she is carrying, a choice driven by her secret past. The fabric of Ashleigh McDowell’s life begins to fray when her fiance… (more)

Death Turns A Trick by Julie Smith

Genre(s): Mystery, Romance

Rebecca Schwartz, nice Jewish lawyer with a few too many fantasies, is happily playing the piano in a whorehouse when she suddenly finds herself assigned to make sure a near-naked state senator escapes a police raid. That dirty job done, a lovely evening turns even more delightful when she’s picked up by the cops and spends the next two hours at the Hall of Justice. Could this day get any worse? Of course! Guess who arrives home to find a dead hooker on her living room floor? Handsome Parker Phillips, Rebecca’s new beau and the most attractive man she’s… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the Top 20 books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #20, a thrilling urban fantasy:
Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Handpicked Kindle Books for Jul 20 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

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

A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons

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

Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping… (more)

Last Train Home by Megan Nugen Isbell

Genre(s): YA, Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Seventeen-year-old Riley Regas has spent her entire life in Boston, so when she learns she’ll be picking up and moving to her mother’s childhood home of Carver, Kansas, she is less than thrilled. In fact, she is downright furious. Riley’s only visited Carver a handful of times. She barely knows her family that lives there and she has no desire to spend her senior year among the backwards residents of Carver.Reluctantly though, her views begin to change when she meets Alex Bettencourt. Alex is popular and gorgeous and Riley’s never seen brown eyes quite like his before… (more)

Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical

Skyships, saber duels, and royal intrigue…The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she’ll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince’s proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince’s proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.Third Daughter is the first book in the The Dharian Affairs Trilogy… (more)

Sleepers by Megg Jensen

Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Romance

An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she’s filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due… (more)

When Sparks Fly by Autumn Dawn

Genre(s): Romance, Mystery, Sci-fi

An enigmatic drifter protects a headstrong beauty who finds her family inn on Polaris not just a refuge for aliens and trainum miners, but a hotbed of criminal activity… (more)

BrotherHood by Allen Jarvis

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Death to the Coypu!People say Preston Hood should really have a word with himself; have several words, in fact. Aged 28, Preston has never entertained anything remotely risque or adventurous, anything fun. But this mild-mannered, middle-manager has worked hard to be the person he is; Preston’s a man with responsibilities, providing for his wife and young family, setting his son on the right path and tutoring his daughter. He knows his place in decent society.However, something sinister… someone thrilling is approaching from his past, a reunion that triggers a revolution in Preston… lost lunchtimes drinking with… (more)

Ghouls Rush In by H.P. Mallory

Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal

Do you believe in love after life? Looking for a fresh start, Peyton Clark becomes the proud owner of a piece of New Orleans history: an Antebellum-era two-story house in the Garden District. It’s going to take time and a fat wallet to restore the fixer-upper to its former glory, but after her recent divorce, Peyton could use the distraction.It’s not long before Peyton discovers she’s moved into the haunted home of a flirtatious paranormal prankster. She’s receiving kisses from unseen lips and caresses from a ghostly hand, and soon she begins to have vivid dreams… (more)

Thin Places: Santa Fe by Ben Coleman

Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

In this first of the “Thin Places” romantic suspense (with a touch of fantasy) series, Buck Cheyne learns that one of his companies is being investigated by the Feds. Under government contract and working out of the top secret Los Alamos facility, others want in on their discovery. It turns out the previously unknown 119th chemical element has powerful curative properties. Some deadly ones, also.Plagued by horrible nightmares and personally implicated, he stands to lose his wealth and freedom. Life is spiraling out of control and he retreats to Santa Fe in an attempt to regain perspective. There, he… (more)

The Guestbook by Andrea Hurst

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Fleeing her picture-perfect marriage among the privileged set of Brentwood and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins decides to move to the only place that still holds happy memories, her grandmother’s old farmhouse. The lush and majestic setting of the Pacific Northwest calls to her and offers a place of refuge and perhaps renewal. Her grandmother has passed away, leaving the Madrona Island Bed & Breakfast Inn to Lily.Left with only an old guestbook as her guide… a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history… Lily is determined to embrace her newfound… (more)

A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small caf and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and… (more)

The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire: A Novel by Sandra Hutchison

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Will they or won’t they? Should they or shouldn’t they? It’s the summer of 1977 in a small college town, and physics professor David Asken has just lost his young family in a plane crash he somehow survived. Sixteen-year-old neighbor Molly Carmichael used to be the babysitter, but now will be keeping house for him while he recuperates. David’s quietly planning to end his life just as soon as he can drive again. Molly’s trying to cope with being known as Tampon Girl, thanks to a sculpture by her notorious artist mother, but she will have to deal… (more)

The Mud Sisters by Edie Claire

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Once upon a hot, lazy summer at Indian Lake, Pennsylvania, two giggling twelve-year-old girls swore to stay best friends forever. But some promises are hard to keep…When hospital social worker Teagan Hansen is called to the bedside of a Jane Doe who has been beaten and left for dead with no ID and no memory, she expects to be dealing with a victim of domestic violence. The last thing she expects is to look into the eyes of the childhood friend who disappeared abruptly from her life fourteen years before.Concussed, broken, and hypothermic, Jamie can’t remember… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the Top 20 books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #19, a charming cozy mystery:
Mrs. Kaplan & the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger