Shelfbuzz Undiscovered Gems for the Week of Sunday, February 23, 2020

Hidden Scars by Amanda Sue King

Genre(s): Religious, Romance

Sometimes, the worst scars are those you cannot see. For most of her seventeen years, Morgan Selby dreams of a better life. One without beatings and contemptuous words. College scholarships provide an opportunity. But her parents, who reluctantly allow her to leave, refuse to relinquish their hold. Phone calls, threats, and surprise visits fuel her with paralyzing fear. When Chuck Mathews, her forbidden love, proposes and wants to marry right away, Morgan’s hope fades with memories of her mother’s cruel, unfounded accusation, “we know you’ve had sex”, and her dad waving a gun with a promise, “I’ll kill him”. Besides…(more)

Bound by Kate Sparkes

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

Welcome to Darmid, where magic is a sin, fairy tales are contraband, and the people live in fear of the Sorcerers on the other side of the mountains.Rowan Greenwood has everything shes supposed to want from life–a good family, a bright future, and a proposal from a handsome and wealthy magic hunter. She knows she should be content with what she has. If only she could banish the idea that theres more to life than marriage and children, or let go of the fascination with magic shes been forced to suppress since childhood.When Rowan unknowingly saves the…(more)

Yellow Death by Alex Lettau

Genre(s): Thriller

Because the war on drugs is not going well, the DEA initiates a secret project mixing a lethal Venezuelan hepatitis virus into heroin, rationalizing that a few deaths from a new type of hepatitis will deter drug abuse in many. When Dr. Kris Jensen, a medical detective with the CDC’s Hepatitis Division, arrives in Mississippi to investigate rapidly fatal hepatitis in two drug users, she doesn’t expect to become a victim. Two days after an accidental needlestick, she realizes that she is now infected with this unknown lethal virus and has only five days left to find answers to its…(more)

Desired Too: Loving An Alpha Male by S.K. Lessly

Genre(s): Romance

Angel and Raquel possess two very strong personalities separately. They are alphas to the core. The problem comes when these two fire-filled individuals come together. One needs to be in control while the other refuses to be controlled. Angel Leonetti, the complete Alpha Male “Let me first address this ‘using you’ shit that you mentioned. To be clear, I asked you to be on the team for no other reason but that I trust you. You were actually the only one I trusted in that meeting, besides my father. I don’t know what’s up with Victor. I haven’t a…(more)

The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

Genre(s): Historical

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family. The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are…(more)

WAR GOD: Nights of the Witch by Graham Hancock

Genre(s): Historical

This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong. Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Corts. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting. Yet, in the midst of…(more)

Spirits, Stilettos, and a Silver Bustier by Deanna Chase

Genre(s): Mystery, Paranormal

All Pyper Rayne — medium and coffee shop owner — wanted was the perfect vintage dress. What she got was a dead shop owner and a sexy ghost who’s suddenly everywhere — at her shop, in her car, and even lounging in her bedroom. But he’s not just any ghost. He’s a witch and able to appear in solid form… sometimes. If only he’d stop disappearing on her. And Pyper needs his help. When she becomes target numero uno and the prime suspect in the shop owner’s death, it appears her ghost holds the key to solving the murder. In between stolen kisses…(more)

Freaky Days by Amanda M. Lee

Genre(s): Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal

The show must go on… even when monsters are afoot. Poet Parker is Romani by birth and a fortune teller by choice. As a member of Mystic Caravan Circus, she’s spent the past ten years using her psychic talents to tell people what their future holds by day and hunting paranormal monsters by night. You see, Mystic Caravan is more than just a circus – it’s also a force of good in a world that needs help fighting evil. Poet is set in her ways – and happy with her life – until Kade Denton shows up and upends the entire operation. He’s…(more)

Haunted House – A Novel of Terror by Jack Kilborn

Genre(s): Horror

BEYOND AFRAID…It was an experiment in fear.Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience. Survivors. They dont scare easily. They know how to fight back.BEYOND TRAPPED…Each is paid a million dollars to spend one night in a house. The old Butler House, where those grisly murders occurred so many years ago. A house that is supposedly haunted.BEYOND ENDURANCE…They can take whatever they want with them. Religious items. Survival gear. Weapons. All they need to do is last the night.But there is something evil in this house. Something very evil, and…(more)

Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell

Genre(s): Mystery, Free

Film lover Barbara Marr is a typical suburban mom living the typical suburban life in her sleepy little town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. Typical, that is until she sets out to find the missing link between a bizarre monkey sighting in her yard and the bone chilling middle-of-the-night fright fest at the strangely vacant house next door. When Barb talks her two friends into some seemingly innocent Charlies Angels-like sleuthing, they stumble upon way more than they bargained for and uncover a piece of neighborhood history that certain people would kill to keep on the cutting…(more)