Handpicked Kindle Books for Aug 16 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Western/Historical Wednesday

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, August 16. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.

The Heartbeat Thief by AJ Krafton

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical

Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth–she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her. But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death–and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible–he’d be her perfect… (more)

The Bone Feud by Wynne McLaughlin

Genre(s): Western, Thriller

At the height of the American Wild West, two friends and scientific colleagues went to war. Each scrambled to out-wit and out-discover the other in a race to unearth the skeletal remains of dozens of previously undiscovered species of dinosaurs. What began with spying, bribery, and theft, quickly exploded into a bitter feud involving hired gunfighters, secret deals, and sticks of dynamite. Scientist-adventurers Edward Cope and O. C. Marsh inadvertently unleashed ”dinosaur fever” across the globe, and their amazing discoveries became the subject of bidding wars by universities, museums, and even the great showman P. T. Barnum… (more)

Tangled Trails: A Western Detective Story by William MacLeod Raine

Genre(s): Western

Chios Classics brings literature’s greatest works back to life for new generations. All our books contain a linked table of contents. William MacLeod Raine was a prolific American writer of western novels. One of Macleod’s best known works is Tangled Trails… (more)

The Mule Tamer III, Marta’s Quest by John Horst

Genre(s): Western

Nineteen-eleven is the year our two beauties, Rebecca Walsh and Marta del Toro leave the comfort and safety of their boarding school back East, under the watchful eye of their grandmother Abuelita and Madame Boutin, headmistress of Stonefields School for Young Ladies. They’re headed to Smith College in the fall, to continue on the path of the blueblood debutante. But something is rotten in their beloved Mexico. The Revolution has started; Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa are on the move. Adulio, their faithful servant and overseer of the Del Toro ranch has come to fetch them. They are needed… (more)

Ride With Me by Janith Hooper

Genre(s): Western, Romance, Religious

He is her dream come to life. She is invisible to him…Jessica Harper is a sweet and innocent woman, held back from a life of her own. Clint Wilkins is a cut above the rest, but he’s broken, and emotionally unavailable. When Clint’s vow to never marry and his attraction to Jessie square off, will he take her innocence… or her heart, and change both their lives forever.Jessica Harper only daydreams of escaping her demanding family. So when her Uncle Roy begs her to come to his large cattle ranch in Montana to help Mabel, his cantankerous cook… (more)

Voices Beckon, Pt. 1: The Voyage by Linda Lee Graham

Genre(s): Historical

A voyage across the Atlantic does far more than deliver young Elisabeth Hale to post-revolutionary Philadelphia; it lands her squarely in the path of steerage passengers David Graham and Liam Brock–the very rabble her father has warned against. Disparate characters all, the three form an unbreakable bond on an unforgettable journey… (more)

My Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

Colin Thorne finds his way out of a London workhouse but at the cost of losing his two younger brothers. With an uncertain future ahead of him, Colin makes seafaring his life until the inexorable pull of revenge draws him back to London. The debt owed to him by the Earl of Weybourne will be paid. Weybourne Park has been Mercedes Leydon’s home her entire life. Now serving as the estate’s manager and caretaker of her uncle’s two children, Mercedes knows the earl’s frequent absences are what make Weybourne Park a home. But the earl’s gaming has taken its toll… (more)

Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel by Ayse Kulin

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

International bestseller by one of Turkey’s most beloved authorsAs the daughter of one of Turkey’s last Ottoman pashas, Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. Yet the spirited young beauty only has eyes for Rafael Alfandari, the handsome Jewish son of an esteemed court physician. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life.But when the Nazis invade France, the exiled lovers will learn that nothing–not war, not politics, not even religion–can break the bonds of family. For after they learn that Selva is but one of… (more)

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

Genre(s): Historical

Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman’s Daughter–the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter, Oliver Potzsch–a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan… (more)

Capital Bride by Cynthia Woolf

Genre(s): Romance, Historical, Western

In this western historical romance, unexpectedly homeless, un-wed mother Sarah Johnson has few options. They could go live with her cousin William, but Sarah believes there’s something untoward about his offer and it leaves her feeling uncomfortable. She’s qualified to be a governess, but no one will have her because she wasn’t married when she had her precious MaryAnn. Matchmaker & Co could be her salvation as mail-order-bride to Mr. John Atwood… (more)

The Thunderbolt by James Duprie

Genre(s): Historical

Hannibal Barca has grown up in the pearl of the Mediterranean, Carthage. The sole power of the seas, and feared upon the land with their mighty war elephants and Numidian mercenaries. He has ever known the main threat to their power, the upstart empire of Rome. Now a chain of events will set him upon a path that will march him on into history. Will the desolation of Rome consume the fire that burns within him, and at what cost… (more)

Jake Masters, Bounty Hunter by W.R. Benton

Genre(s): Western

Ex-Confederate Colonel Jake Masters became a bounty hunter following four years of bloody conflict, because all he knew was how to kill. After an Arizona bank robbery turns bad and people die, the robbers turn south into Mexico, thinking they’ve made a clean getaway. Little do they know, Jake Masters, a bounty hunter who never fails to get a man he’s after, is on their trail and he’s determined to bring them in… dead or alive. In the Sonoran Desert, hot on the path of the outlaws, Jake meets a beautiful but injured woman, the lone survivor of a… (more)

Handpicked Kindle Books for Aug 9 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Western/Historical Wednesday

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, August 9. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.

The Seduction of Sophie Seacrest: An Unlikely Husband, Book 1 by Mary Campisi

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

When Holt Langford, the new Earl of Westover, returns to England after twelve years at sea, he resembles more pirate than nobleman, a far cry from the scrawny youth whose father shipped off to become a man. No one recognizes him, and he’ll use this anonymity to enter a game of subterfuge in order to expose the scoundrel who has vowed to destroy Holt’s family business.Unfortunately, that scoundrel has a devoted daughter, Sophie Seacrest. Sophie can’t deny her attraction to the unorthodox stranger who stirs her blood and makes her think things no proper lady should. Holt and Sophie… (more)

The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

A strange container is found on the London docks, and its contents point to murder The cask from Paris is bigger than the rest, its sides reinforced to hold the extraordinary weight within. As the longshoremen are bringing it onto the London docks, the cask slips, cracks, and spills some of its treasure: a wealth of gold sovereigns. As the workmen cram the spilled gold into their pockets, an official digs through the opened box, which is supposed to contain a statue. Beneath the gold he finds a woman’s hand — as cold as marble, but made of flesh. He reports… (more)

Duval and the Infernal Machine by Michele McGrath

Genre(s): Historical, Thriller, Romance

Invalided out of the French Army, Alain Duval joins the Ministry of Police in Paris, led by the infamous Joseph Fouche. Newly appointed and off duty, he is strolling through the city when he sees a crowd waiting for Napoleon, the First Consul, not yet Emperor. He is jostled by some men leaving the area in a hurry and shortly afterwards a bomb, the ‘Infernal Machine’ explodes. Duval joins the hunt for the bombers. Horse-shoes and barrel hoops send him searching all over Paris. Some of the bombers are captured but others escape. Napoleon puts an abrupt end to… (more)

The Tale of Nefret by M.L. Bullock

Genre(s): Historical

Explore the Legend of Nefertiti! Twin daughters of an ancient Bedouin king struggle under the weight of an ominous prophecy that threatens to divide them forever. Royal sibling rivalry explodes as the young women realize that they must fight for their future and for the love of Alexio, the man they both love. The Tale of Nefret chronicles their lives as they travel in two different directions. One sister becomes the leader of the Meshwesh while the other travels to Egypt as an unwilling gift to Pharaoh… (more)

Highland Soldiers 1: The Enemy by J.L. Jarvis

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

Highland soldier Callum MacDonell battled lowland Covenanters at the service of the King. Now charged with hunting an assassin, his journey would lead not to justice, but to a murderer’s passionate Covenanter sister, Mari McEwan.Betrayed and abandoned by the man she loved, Mari faced judgment by a tribunal of her people demanding she name the father of her unborn child, or be exiled from everything she knows.Only an enemy soldier could save her life–and her heart.Book 1 in the Highland Soldiers series, Scottish historical romances set during the turbulent Covenanter times of 17th century Scotland… (more)

Ride With Me by Janith Hooper

Genre(s): Western, Romance, Religious

He is her dream come to life. She is invisible to him…Jessica Harper is a sweet and innocent woman, held back from a life of her own. Clint Wilkins is a cut above the rest, but he’s broken, and emotionally unavailable. When Clint’s vow to never marry and his attraction to Jessie square off, will he take her innocence… or her heart, and change both their lives forever.Jessica Harper only daydreams of escaping her demanding family. So when her Uncle Roy begs her to come to his large cattle ranch in Montana to help Mabel, his cantankerous cook… (more)

Somewhere in Time: The Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy by Barbara Bretton

Genre(s): Historical, Romance, Fantasy

Historian Emilie Crosse dreamed of a love that would last forever… Who knew she’d have to sail across two centuries to find it? When her ex-husband Zane Grey Rutledge showed up at her door with a Revolutionary War uniform that was part of his grandmother’s estate, neither one suspected that their lives were about to change in ways they couldn’t possibly imagine. Swept back in time to 1776 where a nation is struggling to be born, Emilie finds herself torn between two men: Zane, her ex who still holds the key to her heart, and Andrew McVie, the Patriot… (more)

Shall We Not Revenge by D. M. Pirrone

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

In the harsh early winter months of 1872, while Chicago is still smoldering from the Great Fire, Irish Catholic detective Frank Hanley is assigned the case of a murdered Orthodox Jewish rabbi. His investigation proves difficult when the neighborhood’s Yiddish-speaking residents, wary of outsiders, are reluctant to talk. But when the rabbi’s headstrong daughter, Rivka, unexpectedly offers to help Hanley find her father’s killer, the detective receives much more than the break he was looking for.Their pursuit of the truth draws Rivka and Hanley closer together and leads them to a relief organization run by the city’s wealthy… (more)

The Marker by Meggan Connors

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

When her father loses her in a poker game, Lexie Markland is sent to work in the household of Nicholas Wetherby for one year to pay off the debt. Innocent, but not nave, she is savvy enough to know she must maintain her distance from this man, who frustrates her with his relentless teasing but whose kisses bring her to her knees. Because although she may be just another conquest to him, it’s not just her heart in jeopardy should she succumb to Nicholas’ considerable charms. Since his brother’s death almost a year before, nothing has held Nicholas’ attention for… (more)

To Love a Scoundrel by Kristina Cook

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

Frederick Stoneham is an unapologetic rake, thoroughly enjoying his position as one of London’s most disreputable rogues. When his father arranges for him to wed Lady Eleanor Ashton, a well-bred marquess’s daughter, he’s perfectly agreeable. After all, the girl he remembers is not the type to demand his attentions or insist he abandon his mistress. But when he becomes reacquainted with his betrothed, he realizes he’s made a terrible mistake–far more so than he ever imagined.Eleanor is devastated to learn that her father has arranged for her to marry Frederick Stoneham–the wild, hellion of a boy… (more)

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

Genre(s): Historical

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. After losing her family, her fiance, and her faith, the disappearance of her fortune is the last straw. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she’s determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London. Much to Mr. Hamilton Beckett’s chagrin, all the eyes of New York society–all the female ones, at least–are on him. Unfortunately for all the matchmaking mothers and eligible daughters, he has no plans to marry again, especially with his hands full keeping his… (more)

A Kingdom’s Cost: A Historical Novel of Scotland by J. R. Tomlin

Genre(s): Historical

Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch, helpless, as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. Even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, James’s blood-drenched homeland may still have one hope for freedom, the rightful king of the Scots, Robert the Bruce. James swears fealty to the man he believes can lead the fight against English tyranny.The Bruce is soon a fugitive, king in name and nothing more. Scotland is occupied, the Scottish resistance crushed. The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned. Yet James believes their cause is not lost… (more)

Handpicked Kindle Books for Aug 2 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Western/Historical Wednesday

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, August 2. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.

Push Not the River by James Conroyd Martin

Genre(s): Historical

A panoramic and epic novel in the grand romantic style, PUSH NOT THE RIVER is the rich story of Poland in the late 1700s–a time of heartache and turmoil as the country’s once peaceful people are being torn apart by neighboring countries and divided loyalties. It is then, at the young and vulnerable age of seventeen, when Lady Anna Maria Berezowska loses both of her parents and must leave the only home she has ever known.With Empress Catherine’s Russian armies streaming in to take their spoils, Anna is quickly thrust into a world of love and hate, loyalty… (more)

Almost a Bride, a western romance by Patricia McLinn

Genre(s): Western, Romance

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her. Matty’s up to something – Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he’ll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what’s best for Matty is second nature, and part of the cowboy code… (more)

Marblestone Mansion, Book 1 by Marti Talbott

Genre(s): Historical

A Duke by inheritance, Hannish MacGreagor soon learned the title came with very little wealth, so he bought a silver mine in Idaho, left his wife of two weeks in Scotland, and sailed to America. Two years later, he sold the mine and became one of the wealthiest men in Colorado. Convinced his wife would be happy there, he built Marblestone Mansion on a bluff overlooking Colorado Springs, where many a wealthy gold mine owner and their families lived. His hopes were high when he sent for his wife, yet there were signs that all was not well with his… (more)

Scoundrel for Hire by Adrienne deWolfe

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Raphael Jones is a Kentucky-born scoundrel, who has never played by the rules. When Colorado mining heiress, Silver Nichols, hires him to stop her precious daddy from marrying a golddigger, Rafe sets out to seduce Silver and win her fortune.But beneath Silver’s cool veneer, Rafe encounters a sweet vulnerability and an aching secret that threatens to send his whole world up in smoke.Now the wily scoundrel must choose: walk away or wager the one thing he can’t afford to lose–his heart… (more)

Shadows in the Sun by Christopher Nicole

Genre(s): Historical

Back in 1918, the arms dealer James Martingell received a knighthood for equipping and supplying the British Army during the war. Now it wants to close him down – with the coming of peace there can be no more gun-running.Poverty is a far from a welcome prospect, so Martingell resumes negotiations with his old friend and ally Sheikh Azam ud-Ranatullah, thereby branding himself a traitor to his country. Major Richard Elligan is dispatched to bring him down.But he complicates matters by falling in love with Martingell’s daughter, Lanne. Ignoring all obstacles, Martingell doggedly pursues the one last… (more)

Love’s Lasting Promise by Donna Oltrogge

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

When Krista Svenson’s parents are killed by Osage Indians and Krista is forced to flee for her life, she is rescued by wealthy trapper, Jack Frazier. Krista and Jack fall in love over the course of several weeks and are planning to be married when a run-in with a wounded bear throws Krista into the world of Storm Cloud, a Sauk Indian Chief. Krista struggles with her growing feelings for Storm Cloud while trying to regain her memory and will be forced to choose between the two men she has come to love… (more)

My Lady, The Spy by Barbara Devlin

Genre(s): Historical

L’araignee, The Spider, is England’s most notorious spy–and Lady Rebecca Wentworth’s alter ego. After her partner in espionage is killed in the line of duty, Rebecca returns to London, only to discover a traitor has compromised the war effort from the highest levels of the vaunted Counterintelligence Corps. To lure the villain into the open, Rebecca embarks on a new mission, acting as prey for a dangerous enemy. But it is the handsome former Navy captain tasked with her safety that presents the greatest threat, when she falls in love. Can Rebecca trade her cloak of office for an… (more)

A Dream Unfolding by Karen Baney

Genre(s): Religious, Historical, Romance

Arizona Territory: 1863. The promise of a new life and a chance to start over… Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband’s brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life. Now they are left with only one choice — to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life. Will the journey be worth the cost? Will Colter, after burying his father, is forced to leave the ranch he has called home for nearly thirty years. The… (more)

Forsaking All Others by Allison Pittman

Genre(s): Historical, Romance, Religious

Camilla Fox is alive. The last thing she remembers is being lost in the snow after leaving her home to escape the Mormon faith she no longer calls her own. She’s been taken in by the 5th Infantry Regiment of the US Army and given over to the personal care of Captain Charles Brandon. As she regains her strength, memories of her two children she had to leave behind come flooding back, threatening to break her heart. Camilla is determined to reunite with her daughters. But when news of her father’s grave illness reaches her, she knows she must return… (more)

Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella

Genre(s): Historical

Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war–a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers–violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war–thwart… (more)

The Unveiling: Book One by Tamara Leigh

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

12th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind–to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her… (more)

Far Horizons by Kate Hewitt

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

On the eve of his departure for the New World, Allan MacDougall asks his beloved Harriet to wait for his return, when he will be established and able to marry her. While Harriet gladly gives her promise, Allan’s father insists he is acting dishonourably and so he must free Harriet to marry another while he continues to keep the faith himself. Through years of hardship, heartache, tragedy, and betrayal, Allan and Harriet cling to the love that first brought them together–yet it is the treacherous doubts of their own hearts that could prove to be their undoing, and drive… (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 26 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Western/Historical Wednesday

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, July 26. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.

Highland Barbarian by Ruth Ryan Langan

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Meredith MacAlpin, Scottish noblewoman, is kidnapped at the altar by infamous Highland Barbarian, Brice Campbell, and spirited away to his fortress in the Highlands. It is rumored that he is the one who has killed her people in a series of raids.Brice Campbell is desperate to prove his innocence and bring peace to his people, but when he kills the wrong man, his enemy vows revenge.Can enemies become lovers? Is love strong enough to defy even death… (more)

My Honor Flight by Dan McCurrigan

Genre(s): Historical

This novel tells the story of a young soldier who accompanies his great-grandfather, Doug Mackinack, on an Honor Flight … a sponsored trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington D. C.During the flight, the old man shares stories from his platoon’s tour in Europe, many ending in dramatic (or occasionally, humorous) twists.The stories share not only suspenseful situations, but also the emotional impact of the platoon’s journey through a broad range of humanity: Fear. Courage. Compassion. Anger. Love. Death. Loyalty. Mercy. Retribution.In a final defining moment near the end of his tour, Mackinack is forced… (more)

Bane of the Innocent by Oliver Phipps

Genre(s): Historical

There’s no reason for them to shoot us; we ain’t anyone. – Sammy, Bane of the Innocent.Two young boys become unlikely companions during the fall of Atlanta. Sammy and Ben somehow find themselves, and each other, in the rapidly changing and chaotic environment of the war torn Georgia City.As the siege ends and the fall begins in late August and early September of 1864, the Confederate troops begin to move out and Union forces cautiously move into the city. Ben and Sammy simply struggle to survive, but in the process they develop a friendship that will prove more important… (more)

Borrowed Dreams by May McGoldrick

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Driven to undo the evil wrought by her dead husband, Millicent Wentworth must find a way to save her estate and free the innocent people he enslaves. Her only hope is a marriage–in name only–to the notorious widower the Earl of Aytoun.Devastated by the tragic accident that killed his wife and left him gravely wounded, Lyon Pennington, fourth Earl of Aytoun, is tormented by the accusations that blame him for the catastrophe. Filled with despair, he lets his mother lure him into a marriage of convenience–for the sake of a good-hearted woman on the verge… (more)

The Hunt by Oscar de Muriel

Genre(s): Mystery, Historical

Christmas, 1888. After a thoroughly trying time in Edinburgh, Inspector Ian Frey looks forward to a Christmas break at his family’s country estate back in England. But the welcome respite of home cooking, hunting trips and brandy by the fire is ruined by the arrival of an unwelcome guest… (more)

Tender the Storm: The Devereux Trilogy – Book One by Elizabeth Thornton

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

Zoe Deveraux is a fearless seventeen-year-old. Though disguised as a schoolgirl, when she is spirited out of France by Rolfe Brockford, Marquess of Rivard, her life changes forever. Posing as a Revolutionary, Rolfe is on a mission to rescue innocents from the bloody horrors of the guillotine.Once in London, Rolfe finds himself unwilling to abandon the waifish girl and shocks polite society by taking her as his bride–in name only. What began as a marriage of convenience quickly grows into something altogether different. But Rolfe and Zoe face countless challenges–from political intrigue to their own… (more)

A Whisper of Smoke by Angela Hoke

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

In 1960’s Kentucky, Susanna Braden is one of four children in a family that thrives on unpredictability, where painful secrets remain unspoken, allowing sins of the past to be repeated and threatening the security and innocence of another generation. As Susanna is faced with hard truths, her love for her best friend, as he deploys to Vietnam, gives her perspective that she doesn’t expect. Ultimately, Susanna must decide whether to accept her family, despite its faults, and whether redemption might be possible. A coming-of-age love story fhat is rich and deeply sensitive,”This book reminds us of… (more)

The Brand by John Reinhard Dizon

Genre(s): Historical

The Brand is a historical fiction novel centered on the War of Independence at the American Colonies of the 18th Century. This is an action-adventure saga focusing on Anglo-Irish, Native American and women’s issues set against a revolutionary backdrop. This revenge tragedy sets the major protagonists against an oppressive regime in Northern Ireland, resulting in their migration to the Colonies to seek vengeance against the forces of the Crown. The conflict finds resolution as the insurgents earn their victory and the Irishmen wreak their own vengeance at a terrible price… (more)

Champagne Haze: The ‘Lost Generation’ Trying to Find Themselves by David Shone

Genre(s): Historical

Paris is more than a destination… it is a state of mind. PRINCE SERGE KONSTANTIN, an idle aviator and exile living in Paris, sees the hypocrisy of the modern world of 1927. Cold and charming, this Russian is insulated by a bunch of brilliant lunatics and beautiful idiots who roam with him in the Left Bank’s seedier bars. Set during a rugby reunion, CHAMPAGNE HAZE is a story surrounding four friends, a war, and a woman who changes their lives forever… (more)

Into the Distance by Brenda MacKenzie

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

The year is 1900. A new century is dawning. Twenty one year old orphaned Leonie Grant sets sail for Australia on the SS Britannic with dreams of a new start and new career at heart. She and her recently bereaved aunt and guardian, Ruth Fox, are joining Ruth’s brother on his farm in the outback to escape their poverty in England. But can she truly escape her past? Ruth is keeping something from Leonie, and she begins to suspect that her aunt is hiding a dark secret. On board the Britannic, Leonie befriends the handsome, mischievous journalist, Adam Mallory, and… (more)

Crash Gordon and the Mysteries of Kingsburg by Derek Swannson

Genre(s): Mystery, Historical

EASTER SUNDAY, 1973: Just before dawn in Kingsburg, California, six-year-old Gordon Swannson, asthmatic boy genius, gets his ass kicked by a spectral Easter Bunny — an event that sends his already hyperactive imagination spiraling toward paranoia. Gordon becomes convinced that ghosts and other weird entities inhabit a daimonic reality that can interact with our everyday world. He starts seeing mystery and danger everywhere in his isolated farming community. He even thinks his best friend, Jimmy, might be possessed by demons… JUNE 7th, 1979: Reality catches up with Gordon’s worst imaginings on the day after his thirteenth birthday, when his… (more)

The Devil’s Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel by Matt Tomerlin

Genre(s): Historical, Thriller

From debut author Matt Tomerlin comes a brutal tale of revenge set during the Golden Age of Piracy. Katherine Lindsay, the pampered young wife of a wealthy ship captain, has left her leisurely life in London to accompany her husband to America. So far their journey has been uneventful, even boring. But when ruthless pirates suddenly storm the ship to plunder her husband’s riches, Katherine is one of the treasures they steal, sparking a bloody chain of events that will alter the course of piracy in the Caribbean forever. Whisked aboard a fearsome brigantine named “Harbinger”, she must contend with… (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