Handpicked Kindle Books for May 24 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, May 24. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.


The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood by Martin Turnbull







Genre(s): Historical

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday? Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains. But the real story of the Garden… (more)


Eve’s Diary by Mark Twain







Genre(s): Historical

Mark Twain’s comic short story is now available as an ebook, including an extended excerpt from Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen, a fictionalized imagining of the personal life of America’s most iconic writer, Mark Twain, and his close relationship with his personal secretary… (more)


Fires of Alexandria by Thomas K. Carpenter







Genre(s): Historical

The greatest mystery of the ancient world remains the identity of who set fire to the Great Library in Alexandria. One hundred years later, Heron of Alexandria — the city’s most renown inventor and creator of Temple miracles — receives coin from a mysterious patron to investigate the crime. Desperate to be free of the debts incurred by her twin brother, she accepts and sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the Roman Empire and change the course of history forever… (more)


The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker







Genre(s): Historical

Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, seductive, medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist seance in Naples. A reporter photographs the miracle, and wealthy, skeptical, Jewish psychiatrist Camillo Lombardi arrives in Naples to investigate. When she materializes the ghost of his dead mother, he risks his reputation and fortune to finance a tour of the Continent, challenging the scientific and academic elite of Europe to test Alessandra’s mysterious powers. She will help him rewrite Science. His fee will help her escape her sadistic husband Pigotti and start a new life in Rome. Newspapers across Europe trumpet her Cinderella story and… (more)


Sail Upon the Land by Josa Young







Genre(s): Historical

What happens when two fractured families collide in the dynamic social landscape of the last eighty years? An accidental inheritance changes everything for an insecure young man. The mysterious death of a new mother damages the precious continuity of family love. And a gap-year student’s misguided romance ends in life-changing disaster. Or does it… (more)


I, John Culpepper by Lori Crane







Genre(s): Historical

John Culpepper was born into a privileged childhood, surrounded by abundant wealth, vast land holdings, and stately English manors. As he grew, he was expected to follow family tradition — attend law school and serve in Parliament, following which he would retire to a quiet life as a country gentleman. John, however, had different desires. He longed to captain a mighty ship, to hear the snap of the sails, to taste the salty spray on his lips. To follow his dreams, John would have to risk being disinherited by his unyielding father. He would have to defy family convention. He would… (more)


Texas Lily by Patricia Rice







Genre(s): Historical, Western, Romance

Lily Porter is newly a widow with a child to raise and a cattle ranch to run in the Texas frontier aflame with violence, and where a woman is to be seen not heard. She needs a man to stand up for her land. His name is Cade. Part Apache brave and part Mexican grandee, Cade has a past and a secret. But he possesses the power and passion to command all in his path. Lily welcomes Cade into her struggle against treachery and terror — and discovers a love worth risking everything to keep… (more)


Laird of the Wind by Susan King







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

The beautiful Isobel of Aberlady is coveted by many men for the power of her prophetic visions. Isobel’s father has kept her isolated at Aberlady Castle for this very reason. But when he is taken prisoner in battle, Isobel must rely on her own resources to protect her besieged castle and its people.Just when all hope seems lost, James Lindsay, Scottish knight turned outlaw, scales the high castle walls to save her. Isobel obeys the counsel of her guards and escapes with James, certain he will deliver her safely to her betrothed, Sir Ralph Leslie.But James has other… (more)


The Girl on the Mountain by Carol Ervin







Genre(s): Historical

When her husband disappears, young May Rose is stranded in a rough town owned by a company logging the last of West Virginia’s virgin forest. It’s 1899, and a woman alone has few options. As she struggles to sustain herself, she discovers people are not what they seem–not the husband who wooed her with stories and songs, not the wild, dirty child, the sullen cook, nor the stiff boardinghouse proprietor, and certainly not the company manager, pillar of the town. But May Rose is also not the obedient woman she once was. She’s been scorned as the girl on… (more)


The Solitary Envoy by T. Davis Bunn







Genre(s): Historical, Religious

Erica Langston’s comfortable home and loving family living near Washington, D. C., carry no outward hint of the sorrows and fears faced by her Acadian forebears, but she will soon discover that similar determination and fortitude will be required of her. When the British once again invade the nation’s capital and leave death and destruction in their wake, Erica is left to deal with the creditors circling around the crumbling family business. It seems her only recourse is to travel to England to collect on outstanding debts held in British banks. Arriving in London at the home of the United… (more)


Violet by Lauren Royal







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

England, 1673: The Ashcroft family motto is “Question Convention,” and eldest sister Violet agrees with the sentiment completely. For one thing, she’s not planning to marry. Plain Violet is smart enough to realize any suitors would be after her large inheritance, or else interested in her beautiful younger sisters–and she’d much rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart…Having wasted six years wooing a lady who eloped with another man, Ford Chase, Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Ford would much rather spend his time pursuing the sciences and constructing the first watch… (more)


The Huntsman’s Tale by Ann Swinfen







Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

Oxford, Late Summer 1353. On hearing that his cousin is short-handed for the harvest, Nicholas Elyot takes a group of friends back to the family farm to help. When a deer hunt in Wychwood ends in tragedy, suspicion is directed toward the huntsman, a boyhood friend of Nicholas. Yet the victim has made many other enemies, any one of whom could have shot the fatal arrow. Can Nicholas uncover the real killer before it is too late… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #15, a contemporary romance by one of our favorite authors:
The Unraveling of Us by ML Gardner
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Handpicked Kindle Books for May 18 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Hello Shelfbuzzers. Yesterday we had a minor technical glitch and our normal Western/Historical Wednesday picks disappeared in a Black Hole somewhere in the far northwest corner of the Internet. So today we’ve added a few more historical picks to our usual Grab Bag Thursday. Enjoy!


My Temporary Life by Martin Crosbie







Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Malcolm Wilson learns that everything is always temporary. Growing up, he’s raised by a promiscuous mother who can’t stay out of trouble, his best friend is a thirteen-year-old alcoholic, and the masters at his tough Scottish school are always raising their canes in his direction. When he becomes an adult, he escapes, and chooses the safe route, watching the world from a distance. Everything changes the day he meets the beautiful, alluring, green-eyed Heather, and when he learns of Heather’s own abusive childhood and the horrific secret she’s been carrying, Malcolm decides to help her. And, this… (more)


Flowers in the Snow by Danielle Stewart







Genre(s): Historical

If you step across the threshold of Betty Grafton’s house, you can be sure of two things: she’ll feed you until you’re ready to bust and she’ll love you before you even realize you’re worthy of it. She’s spent her life building a family that finally feels complete.But as sad news forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life, she decides to share the story with those she loves. Revealing the hard truth about growing up in the South during the 1960’s is difficult but necessary. She tells the tale of how an unlikely friendship shaped… (more)


Sea Scoundrel by Annette Blair







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Lady Patience Kendall crossed the sea to marry, but her intended died before she arrived. Penniless and stranded, she found only one way to get home: Bring rich American Misses to England to find them titled husbands. At the ship, she realized their mothers expected each to wed the Marquess of Andover. She’dseek an introduction. On the journey, Captain Grant St. Benedict was anything but friendly. Just because her girls caused a few mishaps? Grant had never met a woman more irritating, or more desirable, than the Lady Patience Kendall. But however dangerous his interest, he couldn’t resist teaching the… (more)


The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner







Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

London, 1816Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey’s search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. He deals with his own disorientation transitioning from a soldier’s life to the civilian world at the same time, redefining his role with his former commanding officer making new friends–from the top of society to the street girls of… (more)


Sea of Secrets: A Novel of Victorian Romantic Suspense by Amanda DeWees







Genre(s): Historical, Thriller, Romance

Can she save him from the darkness in his soul–or will it destroy them both? After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, innocent young Oriel Pembroke finds herself alone in the world. Disowned by the cruel father who has always despised her, she has nowhere to turn until she is taken under the wing of a glamorous relative she never knew: the former Duchess of Ellsworth, who has scandalized society by remarrying soon after her first husband’s death. At the opulent seaside estate of Ellsmere, Oriel thinks she has found a safe haven–but the darkly handsome… (more)


Loving From Afar by Mona Ingram







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Allison Ransome loses everything; everything except her love for Cole Slater, the young man she planned to marry after graduation.Gutted by Allison’s perceived treachery, Cole moves on with his life. Ten years later, he returns home, telling himself he will avoid the woman who broke his heart.But nothing goes as planned. Can Allison and Cole forget the past and come to terms with the events that tore them apart… (more)


The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury







Genre(s): Historical, Romance, Mystery

Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales…The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride’s brother tasks his two best detectives–Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard–with bringing the killer to justice.And once blame for the murder falls on Gareth himself, Gwen must continue her search for the truth alone, finding unlikely allies in foreign lands… (more)


Winter’s Bite: A Clean Historical Mystery by Hannah Parry







Genre(s): Mystery, Historical

Fifteen year old Isabella Rockwell’s bones ache with homesickness. But home is eight thousand miles away in northern India, and Isabella is imprisoned in the bitter winter of nineteenth century London. Sent to England after her father goes missing in a violent battle, Isabella runs away from a life of drudgery and hardship. Rescued from death by a gang of street urchins, Isabella finds the shelter and love she so desperately craves. As an accomplished trickster, she starts to save for her passage home with the money she makes from swindling the rich. After a moment of heroism which surprises… (more)


Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde







Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his nineteen-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip–and the bonds that develop between them–would prove, driving… (more)


HUSBAND TRAINING SCHOOL by Ruth Harris







Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Tougher than Harvard, more demanding than MIT, Husband Training School is the last hope of desperate wives who love their husbands but… Will Trailer is a super-achiever on the baseball diamond but at home? Not so much, according to Jessie Lynn Wessell, his gorgeous movie star wife.Efficiency expert Howard Hopkins has just retired. Edna Hopkins married him for better and for worse — but not for 24-hours-a-day.Gordo Canholme would procrastinate breathing if he could, but will he ever get the new baby’s room ready? Not without Husband Training School, according to tech executive Sissie Canholme… (more)


A DANCE CALLED AFRICA by Isabella Bleszynski







Genre(s): Historical

1798. ZululandThreatened by a group of thugs, a 10-year old boy appeals to his ancestors for help. The response is immediate – and terrifying. Years later, after publicly defying the powerful father who forced his family into exile – again the heavens respond.Coincidence, natural phenomena… or something else? One person, however, shows no fear- either of the storm or its apparent instigator. Langani, the four-year old who likes to dance, meets the rebellious youth, Shaka ka Senzangakhona.During the trial of a notorious witch, they meet again. Shaka is now a powerful warrior king and creator of the… (more)


Flying Lessons: It’s never too late to change … by H. Lovelyn Bettison







Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Henry and his daughter, Chandra, are stuck. Haunted by the past, they sleepwalk through life until unexpected relationships shake up their perceptions of reality. Henry’s new friendship with a neighbor blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, and Chandra starts to see possibilities she’s never noticed before… (more)


Laced In Lies: A Shelby Nichols Adventure by Colleen Helme







Genre(s): Thriller, Contemporary Fiction

Meet Shelby Nichols, mind reader extraordinaire. A typical day in the life of Shelby Nichols involves cheating husbands, solving the hardest cases for the police, and working for a big time mob-boss, all because of her little secret that she can read minds. It can get complicated, especially considering she has a husband and two kids. Ramos, Uncle Joey’s hit-man, is reluctant to involve Shelby when an acquaintance from his past comes into town. Uncle Joey has a favor to ask Shelby which involves heading to New York City and meeting his estranged relatives. Then there’s Dimples, a… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #14, a standalone romance:
Silent Love by Casey Clipper
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Handpicked Kindle Books for May 10 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, May 10. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.


1929: Book One by M.L. Gardner







Genre(s): Historical

As Black Tuesday triggers financial despondency, three young couples in New York City must trade their lives of luxury for poverty, tragedy, and setbacks.When Jonathan Garrett’s brokerage firm collapses on the day of the Stock Market Crash, he unites with his closest friends (and former business partners), Aryl and Caleb, to relocate, track down a low-paying job, and cultivate a new life.As the three men toil in their laborious jobs, their wives, Ava, Arianna, and Claire, slowly adapt to life in a shabby, rundown apartment, learning to sew, cook, and clean. With the help of their former… (more)


A Love That Never Tires by Allyson Jeleyne







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Linley Talbot-Martin is a girl who likes to get her hands dirty. As the daughter of a famous archaeologist, she’s been everywhere and seen everything — except London. When the Talbot-Martin team travels there for her father’s investiture, Linley finally gets her wish. But when the time comes to trade her jodhpurs and work boots for silk gowns and kid gloves, she may be in over her head. Even though she can out-ride, out-shoot, and outsmart any girl in London society, Linley is destined to be the failure of the season. No one she meets cares about… (more)


August by Kit Morgan







Genre(s): Romance, Western, Historical

What happens when six English ladies are shipped off halfway across the world as mail order brides? EVERYTHING! Watch them go from a posh lifestyle in London to Clear Creek, a nothing of a town full of quirky characters, crazy livestock, and bumbling villains! Oh, and handsome grooms too!Duncan Cooke, aka The Duke of Stantham, had a problem. He had a huge estate in England to manage, one not far from London, and it came with all the headaches one would expect with an estate in disarray. Including six unwed cousins, women no man would touch for fear of… (more)


Mail Order Outlaw by Cynthia Woolf







Genre(s): Western, Romance

Ed Talbot isn’t husband material. He’s an outlaw, was forced into his father’s gang at the age of thirteen, and is wanted Dead or Alive in more than one territory. But now his father is dead, he hates the life, the blood, and his brother’s rages. When a stagecoach robbery goes awry, Ed ends up with a satchel full of charming letters from an enticing young miss. Unfortunately for Miss Lizzie Cobb, her betrothed is now dead, and Ed Talbot sees a way out. Impersonating a fine, upstanding young man shouldn’t be too difficult. Despite the risks, falling in love… (more)


The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Ashford







Genre(s): Historical

In the midst of the Second World War, Eva receives the devastating news that her husband is missing and presumed dead. Neither wife nor widow, she lives in a numb state of limbo until, in the heat of an English summer, she meets Bill, a black American GI. Despite their vastly different backgrounds, neither can deny the love that overcomes them in the frantic weeks that follow, when every day could be their last. After Eva discovers she’s pregnant, Bill is shipped off to join the D-day fight, leaving her alone in a bigoted world. As her mixed-race… (more)


Mattie by Judy Alter







Genre(s): Historical

Against the backdrop of sparsely settled western Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie tells the story of a pioneer woman physician. Through the years of her practice, Mattie’s life is filled with romance and disappointments, battles won and loved ones lost, challenges met and opportunities passed. Through it all she endures. And as the years pass, her life takes on a richness and quality she knows she coiuld not have found anywhere else or at any other time.Mattie offers a realistic and haunting portrait of life on the plains and of a most unforgettable woman… (more)


Thieving Forest by Martha Conway







Genre(s): Historical, Thriller

On a humid day in June 1806, on the edge of Ohio’s Great Black Swamp, seventeen-year-old Susanna Quiner watches from behind a maple tree as a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna makes the rash decision to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman’s quest to find her sisters, and the parallel story of her sisters’ new lives.One sister is left for dead and two others are traded to a band of Wyandots for… (more)


Tame A Wild Bride by Cynthia Woolf







Genre(s): Western, Romance

Rosie Stanton climbed on a west-bound train to answer his ad for a wife and mother, everything she wants to be. But Tom Harris lied. He doesn’t want a wife, merely a mother for his two abandoned children and a cook and cleaner for his ranch.Betrayed once, he’s vowed never to let another woman into his heart. Sexy Rosie upsets all his plans and threatens to invade his scarred heart. How will he maintain his vow to keep his hands off her as she charms his children, his cow hands, his life? A historical western mail order bride… (more)


Love’s Guardian by Dawn Ireland







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Declan Deveraux, the Earl of Worthington, is a man who knows one thing for certain – he will never marry for love. With that aim, he pursues only the most vain, and spoiled, women of the Ton. Fate has other plans for him, however, and he’s made guardian to Alex Kendrick, a female he likes – God forbid. Now Declan has to get her suitably married, before he succumbs to the temptation to make this fiery temptress his own.Alex, a rapier-wielding countess in her own right, doesn’t welcome a guardian and crosses swords with him at every opportunity. In spite… (more)


The Honorable Imposter by Gilbert Morris







Genre(s): Historical

The volume that launched the blockbuster House of Winslow series. Gilbert Winslow, forced by his family into the pulpit of the Church of England, becomes a spy among religious separatists. Who will he turn to when the forces of good and evil threaten to pull him apart… (more)


Welcome to Paradise: A Reality Show Western Romance by Rosalind James







Genre(s): Romance, Western

Mira Walker is hoping that competing on a “living history” reality show will give her what’s missing from her real life. Maybe she’ll get closer to her boyfriend, who hasn’t been all that nice to her lately. Get fired up about her job again. Who knows, she might even win a million dollars.Gabe Kincaid and his brother Alec are after that million too, though. Mira and Scott are no threat at all, not when everybody involved is going to want to kill Scott after the first day. And there’s no bond stronger than a twin’s. What could possibly go… (more)


Always True to Her by Maureen Driscoll







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Lord James Emerson has returned to England intent on regaining the land that was stolen from him in America. He has come, with his daughter in tow, to confront the family of the man who cheated him out of his life’s savings. But he did not expect to meet the woman who steals his heart.Miss Irene Wallace is certain her brother could not have acted so dishonorably. Yet it is hard to believe the man who loves his daughter so much is lying. She decides to work with Lord James to resolve the issue in the interest of justice… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #13, an inventive supernatural thriller:
Fear the Light by William Massa
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Handpicked Kindle Books for May 3 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Wednesday, May 3. Today we’re featuring books in the western, historical, and western/historical romance genres.


A Question of Honor by Jim Koehler







Genre(s): Historical

Retired Law professor and sometime amateur sleuth, Roger Trapp, receives a provocative email at his Denver apartment from Sir Reginald Smythe. The man is an old teaching colleague in England who is on a mission to restore to his family lineage, an RAF pilot who Sir Reginald feels was unfairly “drummed out of the family.” The man died over 50 years earlier in a U2 plane crash in the United States. Sir Reginald is now in need of someone in the U. S. to ascertain the pilot’s activities up until his death. He knows Roger has the integrity, intelligence and… (more)


Her Mule Hollow Cowboy: by Debra Clopton







Genre(s): Romance, Western

Five ranch-hands inherit a Texas ranch from their boss. These cowboys and cowgirl vow to honor their beloved boss by making the New Horizon Ranch the success he envisioned when he chose to leave his legacy in their care. Along the way they each find the love of a lifetime. You’ll fall in love with these fun, sweet, emotional love stories. Cowboy Cliff Masterson saw a woman in need and stepped in — because Maddie was too stubborn to ask… Cowgirl Maddie Rose has never belonged anywhere but she’s just inherited part of New Horizon Ranch — along with her partners… (more)


1964 by James Farner







Genre(s): Historical

Richard Warren, aged ten, is growing up in the North Yorkshire village of Ledder Bridge. Through verdant fields and meandering brooks, life is simple and easy, far from the turmoil of the Cold War world. When an adventure with his older brother Peter Warren goes wrong and Richard finds himself trapped in the dark depths of an abandoned quarry, it kick-starts a chain of events that brings him into contact with work, family conflict, and the dreaded English class system. Will Richard be able to persevere and become wise well beyond his tender years… (more)


Wilderness Trail of Love by Dorothy Wiley







Genre(s): Historical, Romance

Will Stephen’s dream cost him what he values most–Jane’s love? His courage is undaunted, her passion is deep, but the wilderness is full of terror. Two lives, one great love, torn apart by a frightening wilderness that challenges everything Stephen and Jane care about. A robust blend of adventure and action, heartache and humor, with romance and passion… (more)


Six Months in Montana by Pamela M. Kelley







Genre(s): Romance, Western

Molly Bishop loves living in Manhattan and managing a boutique luxury hotel. She’s about to be promoted to her dream job of General Manager, the role she’s been striving for her entire career.There’s only one thing standing in her way.The will of her childhood friend, Christian Ford’s grandfather. She hasn’t even seen Christian in over ten years, but a recent run-in with his grandfather during a rare visit home, resulted in a new condition to the will. Christian will only inherit the ranch he’s been running and the real estate development business that he has expanded, if… (more)


The Tea Plantation by Nicola Italia







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

In Victorian era London, educated beauty Alexandria Ellsworth hastily accepts a marriage proposal after a broken engagement leaves her reputation in question. She knows little of her intended husband Edmund Bainbridge but is assured that he will offer her a comfortable, secure life.When Edmund spots the green-eyed beauty at a posh London tea room he decides she and no other will be his wife and he whisks her away to his tea plantation in Ceylon. However once in Ceylon, Edmund loses interest in his new bride and becomes distant and cold neglecting her for long periods of time… (more)


Rescued by a Highlander: Alex and Maddie by Keira Montclair







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Madeline MacDonald has been a victim of her stepbrother’s cruelty ever since her parents’ death in a fire two years ago. Forced into a betrothal to a man she hates, her only way out is to escape to a convent. Laird Alexander Grant is honor bound to rescue Maddie after seeing the bruises on her face. What he doesn’t realize is that once he holds the beaten lass in his arms, his heart will never be the same. He vows revenge for the abuse she was forced to endure and yearns to make the sweet woman with an iron will… (more)


The Typewriter Girl by J.L. Jarvis







Genre(s): Historical, Romance

New York 1899. Emma Madding walks up to the door of a remote waterfront cliff house in upstate New York, and into the life of recluse Benjamin Stark. A typewriter girl, she is hired to transcribe his weathered journal and the memories his scarred hand can no longer write down. Stark is a rugged adventurer now back from the Klondike Gold Rush, where he found gold and tragedy, too.With the public hungry for gold rush stories and guidebooks, he agrees to chronicle his adventures. But for Emma and Benjamin, working together draws emotions that neither can allow. Benjamin tries… (more)


The Rejected Suitor: Book 1 by Teresa McCarthy







Genre(s): Romance, Historical

The only daughter of a duke, Lady Emily Clearbrook was seventeen when she fell in love with the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, three years later, the man mysteriously reappears and battles Emily’s four brawny brothers to woo her again. But the bigger battle seems to be with Emily… (more)


The Duchess War by Courtney Milan







Genre(s): Historical, Romance

Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly–so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don’t get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.But that is precisely what she gets.Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he’s up to, he realizes… (more)


Shards of Summer by Kelly Jameson







Genre(s): Historical, Thriller, Mystery

Shards of Summer takes you on a trip to the beach that you won’t soon forget. Flashing back to the mid-1940s–the perfect decade for a gritty noir–Shards immerses you in that era’s prevailing feeling of postwar disillusionment, a sense of female dominance, and a sultry atmosphere. Shards of Summer invokes the great pulp dramatists of the day, like James M. Cain, but Kelly Jameson brings a fresh perspective to a well-worn, male-dominated genre, going beyond character archetypes and revealing layer upon layer of female (and male) desires and fears. Sexy and smart, Shards of Summer… (more)


Waiting for Summer’s Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer







Genre(s): Historical

All alone on the Kansas prairie, Summer Steadman has few options. With her husband and children lost to illness, she has no desire to continue on farther west to where she and her husband planned to build their future. Instead, she seeks employment in a small Mennonite community in order to be near the graves of her family.Widower Peter Ollenburger, the local gristmill owner, needs someone to teach his young son. When he hears of a “learned woman” in town, he believes she is the answer to his prayers. He soon discovers, however, that helping this outsider may have… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #13, an inventive supernatural thriller:
Fear the Light by William Massa
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Handpicked Kindle Books for Apr 27 2017 Judged by Their Covers

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

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


What She Really Wants by Barbara Delinsky







Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary Fiction

Is it really the thought that counts? Sarah Markham loves her husband Tom. They’ve been married for eighteen happy years, but on some level, she worries that he doesn’t see her as she really is. And nowhere is this more evident than in his gift giving. It’s not for any lack of love–Tom adores Sarah and spends lavishly–but he never quite surprises her with the perfect something. Enough. This year, when their anniversary rolls around, Sarah tells him, “I want you to think and to look at me and to see who I really am and what I… (more)


The Shop on Main: Comfort Crossing Book One by Kay Correll







Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary Fiction

Sometimes, doing the right thing backfires–Bella Amaud is desperate when she learns her business and the home she lives in with her two boys is about to be whisked out from under her. As she scrambles to maintain her fragile financial security and independence, she fears she may lose more than just The Shop on Main and her home.Nothing is working out like Bella planned–she finds out the man she is falling for, Owen Campbell, is the businessman at the center of all her problems.Owen has secretly longed to belong–somewhere–anywhere–his whole life. When he decides to… (more)


Getting In the Spirit: a Sapphire Falls novella by Erin Nicholas







Genre(s): Romance

At least one good thing has come from Levi Spencer’s car accident– it seems to have knocked some sense into him. He’s ready to leave his wild Vegas playboy ways behind and become a new man. And he knows just the place to do it… his brother Joe’s new hometown. He’s never spent time in a place described as quaint or idyllic, and now he intends to revel in every charming, sweet thing he can find. Like the homegrown country girl his brother sets him up with for the Christmas formal. Kate Leggot wants just one great Christmas. After a… (more)


The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis







Genre(s): YA, Fantasy

His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect? An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past… All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone… (more)


The Second Bat Guano War: a Hardboiled Spy Thriller by J.M. Porup







Genre(s): Thriller

Rats ate his baby daughter while he partied in a disco. Now Horace ”Horse” Mann is a drugged-out expat teaching English to criminals in Lima, Peru. Oh, and doing the odd favor for the CIA.When his Agency contact, Pitt Watters, goes missing, Horse’s desperate efforts to find his only friend lead him to a Buddhist ashram on the shores of Lake Titicaca. There Horse uncovers his friend’s involvement with a group of Gaia-worshipping terrorists who want to kill off the human ”disease” infecting the earth.Can Horse find his friend in time? And when he does–will… (more)


Annie’s 1st Break by Willee Amsden







Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary Fiction

Look out New York City! Ms. Rayanne “Annie” McCauley from little old Mesa View, Texas has set her sights on being a high fashion model. Despite her humble beginnings in the Mesa View Mobile Home Park, hot tempered Annie thinks she can make it all the way to the cover of Women’s Wear Daily (as long as she follows her own rules).She may also snag the heart of sexy Tomi Di Ponti, the CEO of Di Ponti Cosmetics and Fashions, but not without a lot of trouble from her arch rival, Brittany Carstairs, another alumnus of the trailer park… (more)


Trapt: A Twisted Wolf Tale by Rene Folsom







Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal

Mardi Gras is coming, and no one is more excited than Jolie–The Big Easy’s resident good witch. Amidst the festivities, darkness creeps under the blissful veil of love she is entangled with. Her twin sister, the evil witch Melanie, is out to destroy Jolie before her powers can usurp her own, willing to stop at nothing to do so. Jolie, aided by Asher and his seven-man wolf pack, are set to keep New Orleans safe from Melanie’s sorcery, or die trying.Enjoy the story of Jolie and Asher, a modern-day retelling of the classic tale Snow White… (more)


Artful Dodger by Nageeba Davis







Genre(s): Mystery, Romance

Take one funny, wise-cracking artist, one gorgeous, sexy detective, throw in a grisly murder, a little amateur sleuthing, and you have the makings of a wild, romantic, misadventure.Art teacher and sculptor, Maggie Kean, thought she was having a rotten day–burning her toast, stubbing her toe, all before eight in the morning. Things just couldn’t get any worse. At least, not until she discovers her neighbor’s dead body in her front yard. And it didn’t stop there. Before she can claim her innocence, Maggie becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. Now all she has to do is… (more)


Darkness Awakened by Katie Reus







Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance

Years ago he ended things between them to protect her–As leader of one of the fiercest werewolf packs in the south, Finn Stavros is in full battle mode 24/7. He has no choice–he’s one of the few beings strong enough to fight the Akkadian demons, whose mysterious escape from hell threatens the entire world. With the battle turning bloodier by the second, Finn is ready for anything–until his vampire long lost love shows up on his doorstep in desperate need of his help, sending his heart into a tailspin. He agrees to help her, unaware that she… (more)


The Mine by John A. Heldt







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

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds… (more)


The Scarecrow: A Supernatural Thriller by Scott Nicholson







Genre(s): Horror

When Katy Logan moves her troubled teen daughter Jett to the Appalachian community of Solom, she envisions a peaceful rural lifestyle on her new husband’s farm.But there’s more to Solom than she ever imagined. Gordon Smith’s first wife Rebecca died under mysterious circumstances, and Katy believes her spirit is still in the house. Gordon’s great-grandfather was a horseback preacher who vanished while on a mission one wintry night, and local lore holds that he returns from time to time seeking vengeance. And Gordon teases Katy and Jett with a story about a wicked scarecrow that comes in from… (more)


Into the Darkness by Kira Adams







Genre(s): Horror, Romance

It was supposed to be a way to end the devastation in the Middle East, but instead a darkness is unleashed unlike anything the world has ever seen before.Ike Glass is well versed in chaos, but even he is unprepared for what the world will become after the outbreak. Ace Cullen has been loyal to his country ever since he was brought to the states as a young boy, but it’s difficult to stand by a country that can’t even take responsibility for their own actions. Phoenix Blue just wants a night of mindless sex– is that too much… (more)

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