Handpicked Kindle Books for Jan 25 2018 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – January 25, 2018

Happy Thursday, 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. Happy reading!


Beneath a Dakota Cross by Stephen Bly


Shelfbuzz Score: 8.9 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Western

IN SEARCH OF A NEW LIFE OUT WEST, BRAZOS FORTUNE FINDS HIS FAMILY ENDANGERED BY THE VERY QUEST HE HOPED WOULD SAVE THEM. With these simple words, Brazos Fortune sets out on his journey in the first of Stephen Blys new Fortunes of the Black Hills series. When locals threaten the lives and property of his family. Brazos abandons his Texas homestead for a new ranch in the West he has seen in a dream. Its a war against corrupt lawmen, wild outlaws, and bitter winter weather as Brazos wrestles with his newfound hunger for gold and the burning desire… (more)



The Dress Thief: A gripping novel of fashion, secrets and intrigue in 1930’s Paris by Natalie Meg Evans


Shelfbuzz Score: 8.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Historical

Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Herms is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York. Then Alix is given her big break – a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses – but at the price of… (more)



1000 Yards – A John Milton Short Story by Mark Dawson


Shelfbuzz Score: 8.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Thriller, Free

MEET JOHN MILTONHe considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder.Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn’t pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn’t want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he’s had enough – there’s blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from.In this dip into his case files, Milton is sent into North Korea. With nothing but a sniper rifle, bad intentions… (more)



Clifton Manor – Episode One by Victoria Spencer


Shelfbuzz Score: 6.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery, Free

The year is 1912, and Clifton Manor is one of the most prestigious homes in the Yorkshire countryside. But as Anna Holden is about to discover, it is a house not only steeped in history, but in secrets as well…Upon her arrival as the new assistant cook, Anna discovers that a thousand mysteries await her. What lies beyond the heavily padlocked door the other servants do their best to avoid? Who has Lady Clifton been speaking to in such hushed, surreptitious tones? What is the cause of the misfortune running rampant amongst the staff? And why does George Winston… (more)



Dying for a Date by Cindy Sample


Shelfbuzz Score: 7.2 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Mystery

Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes.Despite her now being a person of interest to the police, Laurel bravely ventures… (more)



Lessons in Love by Della Galton


Shelfbuzz Score: 6.5 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance

Daily Della is a selection of short stories, ideal for your daily coffee break. In our very first issue we bring you a touch of romance.In Lessons in Love, Kate discovers that Martin, her new client, is not quite the dating beginner he’d like her to think. The Colour of Love explores what happens when you hear voices in colour and see people as different tastes on your tongue. A Right Time for Everything is a story about healing and renewal and House Rule Number Three is a light hearted tale about the dangers of falling for your lodger… (more)



South Beach Cinderella by Sharon Potts


Shelfbuzz Score: 5.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance

Somewhere over the rainbow… is a giant dumpster. At least, that’s how things appear to Frankie Wunder when she discovers her husband’s been cheating on her and there are no fairy tale endings on her horizon. But Frankie, a successful South Beach realtor, isn’t prepared to leave her future up to the wave of anyone’s wand. Determined to find a man who meets her criteria for the perfect husband and father of the child she desperately wants, Frankie goes on a diet, assembles a list of prospective candidates, and immerses herself in the South Beach dating scene. But is a… (more)



Sticks and Stones by Susie Tate


Shelfbuzz Score: 7.7 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Romance

For Lou it was always Dylan. She loved him from the moment they first met across a cadaver in the dissection room at medical school. The most gorgeous man she’d ever laid eyes on, with more Welsh charm than you could shake a stick at; she was a goner. But Lou, despite her beauty, was just too extrovert to interest Dylan, who was convinced that a quiet, shy girl, like Lou’s best friend Frankie, was much more his style. ‘Have at it mate but I’ve got two words for you: high maintenance.’ ‘Don’t think I’d mind putting in the hard… (more)



The Last Survivors: A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World by Bobby Adair


Shelfbuzz Score: 8.5 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Horror, Sci-fi

Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning…The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships. Among the townsfolk, political and the religious, dissension is spreading.Through it all, a mother must protect her son… (more)



The Broken Sky: A Paranormal Dark Fantasy Adventure by Andrew P. Mayer


Shelfbuzz Score: 7.6 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Paranormal, Thriller

Betsey’s life was pure disappointment until an angel tumbled out from a crack in the sky.Betsey Weisz dreamed of being a fashion designer in New York, but instead she’s a failure: the cashier at a run-down diner off the Jersey Turnpike. When she hoped for a different and better life, she never dreamed that things would take a dramatic and permanent turn for the weird. First came the explosion of cosmic lightning over the parking lot. Before she knew it, the blast transformed a geriatric gangster into a spider-monster with a taste for souls – especially Betsey’s. Lucky… (more)



Legacy Code: by Autumn Kalquist


Shelfbuzz Score: 7.2 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Sci-fi

A brutal conspiracy threatens humanity’s survival. Three hundred years ago, the Earth died, and the last humans fled. Beaten. Broken in more ways than one. But there was something they couldn’t leave behind: The Legacy Code — mangled genes that force them to abort half their unborn children. When Era and Dritan Corinth get placements on the safest ship in the fleet and win a chance to have a child, they feel lucky. Until the day Era’s supposed to find out if her baby has the Defect, and the ship suffers a hull breach. An investigation uncovers new threats: Dangerous secrets… (more)



The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search: A Slaver Wars Novel by Raymond L. Weil


Shelfbuzz Score: 7.2 (out of 10)

Genre(s): Sci-fi

The battle at the galactic center had been a great victory for the Federation and the Alliance. But it had tremendous costs. The Battleship Avenger and her fleets had vanished being drawn into a great white vortex at the moment of victory. For over four years, the mystery of what had happened to the Avenger had haunted the Federation. The last two survivors of the Special Five have built a powerful exploration cruiser to go off in search of the lost fleets. They are convinced that the fleets have survived and are trapped in another galaxy. What they find in… (more)