Handpicked Kindle Books for Jan 24 2018 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – January 24, 2018

Happy Wednesday, Shelfbuzzers. We hope you are enjoying our new format. Remember, you can always visit our revamped website and choose whatever genres you’re interested in. All books are priced at $5 or less (at time of posting) and the free books are marked as such. We also have a new feature called the Shelfbuzz Score which is our rating (1-10) based on quality, propularity, and professionalism. Happy reading!

 


The Color of Destiny by Julianne MacLean 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 9.2 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Eighteen years ago a teenage pregnancy changed Kate Worthington’s life forever. Faced with many difficult decisions, she chose to follow her heart and embrace an uncertain future with the father of her baby and her devoted first love.At the same time, in another part of the world, sixteen-year-old Ryan Hamilton makes his own share of mistakes, but learns important lessons along the way. Twenty years later, Kate’s and Ryan’s paths cross in a way they could never expect, which makes them question the possibility of destiny. Even when all seems hopeless, could it be that everything happens… (more)

 

 


One Clown Short by Linda C Wright 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 4.1 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

Mandy Maloney needs a job. She’s had a successful run of flipping burgers at a popular fast food establishment, but the call to higher aspirations and a disapproving mother have finally forced her to flee to the classifieds. Soon she finds herself accepting an unlikely dream job: sales training at a circus supply company with great pay and great benefits, marred only by an aloof, sexist boss and a series of strange, surreal events. After befriending her sane coworkers, Gary and Violet, Mandy begins to find that things are even stranger, and more sinister, than they seem… (more)

 

 


Frost by Kate Avery Ellison 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 6.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead–and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone.After monsters kill her parents, Lia must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest–a young stranger named Gabe–Lia… (more)

 

 


To Kill For by A.J. Carella 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 6.5 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Mystery

Families are murder… do you trust yours? Money and a handsome fiance from a good family. What more could a girl want? Jamie McKay appears to have the perfect life but things suddenly start to go horribly wrong. A sudden death and a run in with a would-be killer leave her alone, afraid and a long way from home. Kat McKay, long estranged from her family, returns to the small town she hasn’t been back to since she walked away as a teenager. Determined to find out what happened to her niece she must face the demons from her… (more)

 

 


The Lake House Secret, A Romantic Mystery Novel by Debra Burroughs 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 8 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Mystery, Romance

With her life going from bad to worse, reporter Jenessa Jones is drawn back to her small hometown by a death in her family. When human remains are discovered not far from town, Jenessa is assigned the story, throwing her into the thick of town drama. Caught between her old boyfriend, with whom she shares a sordid past, and her new love interest, who offers her something she has desperately been wanting, Jenessa is embroiled in a homicide investigation that ends up pointing the finger at someone she loves. Can she uncover the truth of this murder before it destroys… (more)

 

 


Controlling Her Pleasure by Lili Valente 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 8.2 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance, Free

Blake Roberts has everything he’s ever wanted–fame, money, and ownership of the hottest chain of tattoo parlors in the country. But he’s haunted by his first love, his former foster sister, Erin. The matching tattoo they share is a constant reminder of who he was before he learned how to control his emotions, his desire, and a woman’s pleasure.He needs to purge her from his heart, and he’ll do whatever it takes to be free.Erin Perry’s been burned by love and she’s not ready to put her body under a man’s control, let alone her heart. But… (more)

 

 


Getting Out of Hand: Sapphire Falls book one by Erin Nicholas 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 7.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance, Free

Genius scientist Mason Riley can cure world hunger, impress the media and piss off the Vice President of the United States all before breakfast. But he’s not sure he can get through his high school class reunion.Then he meets the new girl in town.Adrianne Scott loves Sapphire Falls. The sleepy little town has been the perfect place to escape her fast-paced, high stress lifestyle. Her only plans now include opening her candy shop and living a quiet, drama-free life.Until Mason Riley bids four hundred dollars just to dance with her.Mason sure doesn’t look–or… (more)

 

 


Swarm by Jon Evans 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 6.1 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Thriller

James Kowalski is having a bad week. His genius girlfriend Sophie is hiding something important from him. His best friend Jesse might be involved with drug cartels. And when a research trip goes violently wrong, James finds himself stranded deep in the Colombian jungle, on the run from brutal thugs.But things don’t get truly desperate until he stumbles upon what’s really going on. Because that just might be the end of the world as we know it… (more)

 

 


The Seventh Angel by Jeff Edwards 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 8.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Thriller

A military revolt in southeastern Russia puts a former hard-line Soviet leader in command of a ballistic missile submarine and its arsenal of nuclear weapons. His goal: re-ignite the communist revolution, and recapture the might and glory of the fallen Soviet Union. Without warning, Russia, Japan, and the United States become hostages in a scheme of international nuclear blackmail. When the warheads start falling and people begin dying, no one can pretend that it’s a bluff.As the earth rushes toward extinction, a lone U. S. Navy warship must penetrate the Siberian ice pack to destroy the submarine… (more)

 

 


The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 7.5 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Thriller, Paranormal

Daniel Byrne is an investigator for the Vatican’s secretive Office of the Devil’s Advocate–the department that scrutinizes miracle claims. Over ten years and 721 cases, not one miracle he tested has proved true. But case #722 is different; Daniel’s estranged uncle, a crooked TV evangelist, has started speaking in tongues–and accurately predicting the future. Daniel knows Reverend Tim Trinity is a con man. Could Trinity also be something more? The evangelist himself is baffled by his newfound power–and the violent reaction it provokes. After years of scams, he suddenly has the ability to predict everything from natural… (more)

 

 


Nine Line by Zachary J. Kitchen 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 7.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Thriller, Romance

A nine line is the standard radio format to evacuate casualties from the battlefield. It is a call for help.When Nick Patterson signed up for the Navy reserves, he just wanted some money for medical school. He never imagined he’d someday find himself fighting for life and limb in the sands of Iraq. Frustrated by a military bureaucracy he cannot begin to understand and an increasingly pointless war, he doubts why he is there and what he is doing.When the plucky and idealistic MEDIVAC pilot, Samantha Brown, crashes into his life, he sees another side to the war… (more)

 

 


A Dream Fufilled – Settlers of South Park – Book 1 by r. William Rogers 

 

Shelfbuzz Score: 6.2 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Western, Religious

Life on the eastern Kansas plains in the 1850s was tenuous at best. Add to that, marauding bands of thieving Comanches, and a fella would start having notions of moving his clan the heck out of there. With the biggest part of his cattle having been taken by the thieving redskins, Jacob Clarkson and his family load as much of of their household belongings as they can into a couple of prairie schooners and set out on a journey in hopes of relocating the once prosperous cattle ranching endeavor to the high mountain grasslands of present day Colorado. The journey… (more)

 

 


Handpicked Kindle Books for Jan 23 2018 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – January 23, 2018

Happy Tuesday, Shelfbuzzers. We’ve got a new approach for 2018 with multiple genres in your daily email. But you can always visit our revamped website and choose whatever genres you’re interested in. All books are priced at $5 or less (at time of posting) and the free books are marked as such. We also have a new feature called the Shelfbuzz Score which is our rating (1-10) based on quality, propularity, and professionalism. Enjoy!



Historical Fiction (see more)



The Dirty Parts of the Bible — A Novel by Sam Torode

Shelfbuzz Score: 8 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Historical

The Dirty Parts of the Bible is a humorous adventure across America during the Great Depression—a rollicking tale of love and liquor, preachers and prostitutes, trains and treasure, sure to appeal to fans of Water for Elephants, O Brother Where Art Thou? , Mark Twain, and Johnny Cash.Publishers Weekly says: “While the title suggests a raunchy read, this rich and soulful novel is actually a rather well-done coming-of-age story steeped in wanderlust and whimsy that at times recalls The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and at others a tamer On the Road. The story begins in 1936… (more)


Code Name Nanette: Behind Enemy Lines by M. E. Dawson

Shelfbuzz Score: 7.1 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Historical

Joe Parker’s search for his grandfather leads him to a former spy who worked with his grandmother in France during World War II. She still chain smokes, drinks her whisky straight, and loves telling steamy stories. He’ll never see women, young or old, the same way again.Inspired by real women who helped save the world. “Code Name Nanette” is a quirky, erotic, character-driven love story that honors the British and American female resistance fighters in France during World War II, who loved and fought behind enemy lines as intensely as their male counterparts, but whose names and achievements… (more)


Willow Pond by Carol Tibaldi

Shelfbuzz Score: 5.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

As the Roaring Twenties crumble into the Great Depression, Virginia Kingsley, owner of New York’s swankiest and most popular speakeasy, Bacchanal, learns her baby nephew has been kidnapped. Is she somehow involved? His movie star father and her niece must set aside their differences to work with Virginia and her shady contacts to find the stolen child. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who befriends the mother may hold a key to the mystery… (more)

Mystery/Thriller (see more Mystery or Thriller)



Changes by Charles Colyott

Shelfbuzz Score: 7.2 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Mystery

When a young woman is found murdered in a seedy massage parlor near his neighborhood, the police recruit Randall Lee – an American acupuncturist and Tai Chi master — as a translator and expert in Chinese culture, to assist in the investigation. Lee discovers that the murderer is an expert in a forbidden Chinese martial art – the dark mirror to his own healing practices – and joins in the hunt for the killer to escape his own inner demons and save the woman he loves… (more)


Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand

Shelfbuzz Score: 9 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Mystery

Det. Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out. But when he’s the only one at a crime scene to find evidence of a missing female victim, he’s given one last chance to prove himself. Before he can crack the case, he’s transferred to a new one that has grabbed the spotlight–the disappearance of a famous Houston evangelist’s teen daughter.With the help of a youth pastor with a guilty conscience who navigates the world of church and faith, March is determined to find the missing girls while proving he’s still one of Houston’s best detectives… (more)


The Innocent by Sean Black

Shelfbuzz Score: 7.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Thriller

When college basketball coach Malik Shaw goes missing after a family tragedy, it looks like just another retired athlete gone off the rails. But Malik’s childhood friend, private security specialist Ty Johnson, quickly begins to suspect that there is more to it.Chasing the truth, Ty, along with his business partner, Ryan Lock, begin to uncover a sinister conspiracy of silence in a sleepy Minnesota college town… (more)

Romance (see more)



Sleeping Beauty by Elle Lothlorien

Shelfbuzz Score: 6.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance

Sure, Claire Beau thought about sleeping with her doctor. With his moss green eyes and sexy petulance, neurologist Brendan Charmant is definitely worth fantasizing about. But she didn’t actually do it… did she? Claire knows she should be able to answer this simple question, but she has no idea. What she’s sure of: She met Dr. Charmant for an appointment one day and woke up at home six weeks later to find that they are in the middle of a whirlwind love affair, a claim bolstered by her brother, their friends, and the weeks of steamy emails and text messages… (more)


What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York

Shelfbuzz Score: 6.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance, Free

He was her first love…… and she’s always owned a piece of his heart.Heading home always stirs up mixed emotions for Laney Calhoun. Twelve years ago she left for graduate school, broken-hearted. She’s found professional success, but positive personal relationships have proved elusive. Running into her ex-boyfriend fans flames she thought long extinguished, renews her interest in love. Not with Kyle, of course. Never again. But as sparks fly and items of clothing disappear, she scrambles to lock down her heart.Something scratched at the door as Laney reached for the kettle. She jumped and whirled around… (more)


Another Shot At Love by Niecey Roy

Shelfbuzz Score: 7.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance, Free

Imogen Gorecki needs a date to her sister’s engagement party — especially since her cheating ex-boyfriend is on the guest list. But finding Mr. Perfect in a time crunch is proving impossible. Just when she’s about to give up, she face-plants into the crotch of the sexiest guy she’s ever met. Matt Sesnick is everything Imogen wants in a man, but he’s not looking for a relationship so soon after his recent divorce. Will Gen’s pregnant and hormonal older sister, her bridezilla twin, and all of her past Mr. Wrongs get in the way of their happily-ever-after… (more)


Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie

Shelfbuzz Score: 7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance

She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze… the only way out is rock bottom. No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own. Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families… (more)

Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror (see more Sci-fi or Fantasy or Horror)



Dracula Rising: A Paranormal Thriller by Jackson Stein

Shelfbuzz Score: 8.2 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Horror

Four hundred years before Bram Stoker put his pen to paper…Bad things were happening in Transylvania… deadly things. The king of Wallachia joined a secret society with his intentions unknown. That is, until his son, Prince Vlad the third, begins to unravel the ancient mystery. Are these the deeds of a powerful king or something more sinister? Only Vlad can uncover the truth, one that leads to long buried secrets, unexpected journeys, and a future that pits father against son and loyalty against honor. With the fate of humanity in the balance, Vlad finds himself the centerpiece in a… (more)


Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller by Bobby Adair

Shelfbuzz Score: 9.5 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Horror, Sci-fi

Ebola, Terrorism, and HopeIn 1989 the Ebola virus mutated to into an airborne strain that infected humans for the first time on American soil in Reston, Virginia. Through belated containment efforts and luck, nobody died.Now, in the remote East African village of Kapchorwa, the Ebola virus has mutated into another airborne strain without losing any of its deadly potency.In this thriller, terrorists stumble across this new, fully lethal strain and while the world fearfully watches the growing epidemic in West Africa as Sierra Leone goes into country-wide lockdown, only a few Americans are aware of Ebola… (more)


Storm of Arranon Fire and Ice by R E Sheahan

Shelfbuzz Score: 7.6 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Sci-fi, Fantasy

A dark evil rises. A world on the threshold of destruction. A crossing into a mysterious realm. The journey begins. Newly commissioned Interceptor fighter pilot, Erynn Yager, knows sacrifice. Her battle against a brutal alien enemy intent on destroying her two worlds set her on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, all while struggling to gain control of her secret abilities. With the alien threat crushed, Erynn believes the worst is behind her. She settles in to experience first love and a changed life on a hidden military base deep inside a glacier covered mountain on Arranon. Her peaceful… (more)


Nine Lives of Adam Blake by Ryan Gladney

Shelfbuzz Score: 8.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Sci-fi

Adam Blake knows what fate awaits him after death. He has died before, and will die again, and always it’s the same. For Adam, there is no heaven, no hell, no reincarnation, or cold, final sleep. When he dies, his life flashes before his eyes; it rushes backward–nothing skipped or overlooked–until it stops, suddenly, at age twelve, one week after he had mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind his childhood home. Then, he wakes up.Adam is cursed–or blessed–to relive the same life again and again, from this moment onward, regardless of how he lives, who… (more)


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