Nobody’s Slave by Tim Vicary

Publication Date: February 25, 2013

 

TV_Nobodys_SlaveMadu is a young African warrior-in-training who craves the approval of his stepfather. Tom is a young English boy on a slave ship that has gone hunting for their next human cargo. Two tribes are at war, as the tribe opposing Madu’s makes a deal with the English to give their prisoners into the slave trade. Madu is confused and frightened when he is taken as a prisoner to the slave ship. When the tables are turned will Tom and Madu be able to form a friendship which will have them survive?

 

 

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Zombies of Byzantium by Sean Munger

Publication Date: February 4, 2013

 

SM_Zombies_of_ByzantiumIt’s the 8th Century AD and Brother Stephen Diabetenos is a religious iconographer who is sent to Constantinople with the elderly Brother Theophilus as he companion. When they come upon a village that seems to have suffered a great attack, they find a human able to pursue them for miles though lit like a torch. What is this horrible plague that God has sent upon them? They soon meet up with young and fierce Michael Camytzes, the son of a military leader and a leader in his own right. Together they head to Constantinople to warn the Emperor. Can they convince him in time? And with the Saracen Army descending, what twists will this story take?

 

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Death In Bagheria (A Serafina Florio Mystery Book 3) by Susan Russo Anderson

Publication Date: December 6, 2012

 

Death In Bagheria by Susan Russo AndersonIn Death In Bagheria by Susan Russo Anderson, it’s 1870 and Serafina is a Sicilian midwife who is well known for solving crimes. Dismissive aristocrat, Sister Genoveffa, believes her mother has been murdered and hires Serafina to look into the case. Serafina travels to Sicily’s Gold Coast to investigate but will she be able to stay alive long enough to unmask the killer? Death In Bagheria (A Serafina Florio Mystery) is the third novel in the Serafina Florio series.

 

 

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Queen Sacrifice by Tony Riches

Publication Date: January 6, 2012

 

Queen Sacrifice by Tony RichesQueen Sacrifice by Tony Riches is a story of a Welsh Civil War taking place in the tenth century. The latter part of the novel follows every move of the “Game of the Century” between Donald Byrne and 13-year-old Bobby Fischer in New York City on October 17th, 1956.

 

 

 

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The Mogadishu Diaries: 1992-1993 Bloodlines by Eddie Thompkins III

Publication Date: May 3, 2012

 

The Mogadishu Diaries: 1992-1993 Bloodlines by Eddie Thompkins IIIThe Mogadishu Diaries: 1992-1993 Bloodlines by Eddie Thompkins III is a fictional account detailing the real events surrounding Operation Restore Hope, a military relief mission to Somalia. The story follows the footsteps of Gunnery Sergeant Thompson from volunteering for the mission to his final days in Somalia.

 

 

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The Highlander by Zoe Saadia

Publication Date: September 16, 2012

 

ZS_The_HighlanderCoytl and Kuini are 10-year-old boys when they meet. One is the oldest son of a minor wife of the Emperor (and on the cusp of becoming the primary heir), and the other is a presumed enemy of the city—a savage Highlander. The boys build a strong friendship, and 5 years later they’re still meeting. When Coytl suggests that Kuini come with him into the city to get a closer look at the treasures he’d only viewed from afar, the excursion seems dangerous but manageable. Little does Kuini know the true scope of what he’ll experience visiting the lowland city—or even how long he’ll be able to survive.[easyazon-link asin=”B009CCBCU4″ locale=”us”]The Highlander (The Rise of The Aztecs Series, book 1)[/easyazon-link] is the first book in the Rise of the Aztecs series.

 

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Secrets of Ghosts by Mardi Orlando

Publication Date: June 19, 2012

 

Secrets of Ghosts by Mardi OrlandoIn Secrets of Ghosts by Mardi Orlando, seven children with extraordinary gifts who are living on the outside of society are brought to a school for gifted children. Their mission, they discover, is to try to save ghosted children trapped in the church and dead for more than a century. The church protects them from an ominous shadow but they know that time is running out. Led by Daffodil, the children will have to work together and face their own pasts to save the forgotten children.

 

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The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode

Publication Date: August 13, 2012

 

The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam TorodeIn The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode, it’s 1939 and Tobias is a sheltered 19-year-old from Remus, Michigan when his father, a fire and brimstone Baptist preacher, wraps his car around a tree drunk driver and is blinded. In the preacher’s younger days, he was very accomplished and successful musician, but after being kicked in the head by a cow, he found God and buried the money as he could not live with the idea that it had come from evil work. Now disgraced and on the verge of homelessness, Tobias’s father sends him on a mission to travel from Michigan to Texas to find the money he buried. Along the way, Tobias meets up with the reality of living in the 30s from which he’s long been sheltered.

 

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ER Smackdown on Novellas!

This weekend my husband had an unfortunate allergic reaction which landed us in the ER for a few hours. In the time that we were there, I read five novellas.

Let me set the scene for you–cushy reclining chairs (our ER has really come up in the world), a Sharon Stone/Robert DeNiro movie playing on the big screen featuring multiple baseball bat inflicted deaths, 3- and 5-year-old blond boys sitting with their parents and a woman who is trying to propel her lungs out of her mouth in coughing fits. Could I lose myself in a good book? Let’s find out.

 

Book1: [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZSC2BU” locale=”us”]Physical Attraction (Romance Short Story)[/easyazon-link] by Leighann Dobbs.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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Olivia is a single mom who hasn’t had a date in a while. She’s hesitant when Jordon, a hot new trainer at the gym, approaches her for a date but can’t resist accepting.

Despite the title, this novella was a straight-up, sweet romance. Jordon also turns out to be a single dad, and SURPRISE, they have kids the same age. There’s a little sub-plot of jealousy but mostly it’s kind of a true-to-life rendering of a romance. Would I have bought this novella? No. If you like romance novels and you see it free, it’s a quick read and fun. I’d take the time.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B007P6JKPS” locale=”us”]Hurricane-A Short Story[/easyazon-link] by R. Narvaez

Publication Date: March 26, 2012

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Papo is in Puerto Rico for his cousins wedding. He’s asked, after the wedding, to take one of the guests back to San Juan with him and she turns out to not be so honest.

Papo is a criminal jerk, but he’s one for whom the reader can feel because he gets more than his fair share of the bad. There is deep symbolism in this book that never comes off as pretentious, and I enjoyed the flow and the way the characters stayed true to who they were. There were no redeeming moments in this read, and that’s what makes it great.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B0089P6XZE” locale=”us”]In Waiting[/easyazon-link] by Kathryn Jones

Publication Date: June 6, 2012

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Tabitha has just left a long-term relationship and doesn’t think she’s ready for anything new, but one of her customers at the coffee shop knows better, and suddenly someone she never looked at in that way is looking pretty good.

 

If I said that I didn’t like this story, that wouldn’t be honest. I did think it was cute, but there were a lot of “huh” moments that kind of stopped this reader in her tracks. The ex showing up was a little self-serving and Meg’s motivation for bringing him back. I hear in the storyline that she married her high school sweetheart and thinks that everyone should be married but really, is someone going to make that rationalization about a cheating partner? Is this perhaps another stereotype that we see a lot of places where perhaps women who are committed think you should stick through anything? I don’t buy it. I did like the relationship between the main character and the new man and the date they went on…very unconventional.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B005SUMEX8″ locale=”us”]The Golden Ketch[/easyazon-link] by Michael C. Lee and William Hesselbacher

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

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This is the story of John Weldon, his wife Mia and the Japanese Commander looking to do them harm. More importantly, this is the story of the Golden Ketch.

This novella is set during WWII and is so raw and violent. The Japanese Commander is killing everyone he sees and raping every girl he comes across. He enslaves people to find gold that had been dumped at the bottom of a harbor and then lines his boat with it. He intends to leave all of his slaves dead but the American, John, lashes out, nearly killing him. The Commander finds himself in the hospital being treated by John’s wife Mia, and threatens to kill her family if she doesn’t have sex with him. She sends her family away from the city and endures the commander’s repeated rapes until John finally finds her, and they flee the city. The Commander wants his gold and he wants John’s life so he chases them in his boat committing atrocities everywhere he steps. This was brutal, and I could not look away. I cheered for John and Mia, and I hoped that the commander would be killed. This was a great read and so well written. I highly recommend it if you’re not squeamish about violence.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B007MNYMAM” locale=”us”]The Darkness Inside[/easyazon-link] by CR Myers.

Publication Date: March 19, 2012

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Two young children, caught trying to kill their grandfather, accuse their parents of terrible crimes.

This was the winner. This novella kept me entranced the entire time I read it. An officer taking the statements of the young children, brings the parents in for questioning and the next day they’re found dead. What really happened? This is such a short story, so I don’t want to give too much away. The tension and horror of theplotline is just stunningly vivid. This was rough subject matter, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read and suggest that it’s well worth the 99 cents; so pick it up if you like noir! When I closed my Kindle, my heart was racing, and I was filled with the sense that this novella was just one really good read.

 

I wouldn’t want to go to the ER too often but it’s sure good for getting some reading done!

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Publication Date: March 2, 2010

 

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-SmithAbraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is biography based on Abraham Lincoln’s private diary that has been kept hidden for years. From his mother’s death as a result of vampires, we follow Lincoln on his private quest to battle the worst evils, those known to man as well as those kept secrets.

 

 

 

 

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