I’m Trying Here by Taylor Church

This is a memoir about being in your twenties, and all the foibles, misadventures, and heartbreak that accompany those years. Looking back on a time period that is hauntingly near to him, Taylor delves into relationships he’s had that have left him bruised, broken and oft times calloused and caustic, whilst exploring the trials of being broke, rudderless and confused with adulthood. Everyone has seen or read a love story; this is not a love story. This is a story of quasi love, of unrequited feelings and spurned advances. Despite the afflictions and sorrow, the story is told in a humorous and often optimistic tone. Though the author talks about many girls, the bulk of the text is about or returns its focus to one girl, the one that got away. Will Taylor find his way back to this dame, or will he be doomed to an impecunious life of lust and loneliness?

Author: Taylor Church

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
49 reviews

The Teacup Novellas – The Collection by Diane Moody

Lucy Alexander has a hopeless case of writer’s block. But all that changes when her handsome UPS guy delivers a box of vintage teacups from the estate of her namesake and beloved Aunt Lucille. Happy memories of tea parties they shared when Lucy was young flood her mind. And with them, the forgotten stories her aunt loved to tell over tea and Scottish shortbread. Colorful tales of fascinating characters woven together with the undeniable power of love. Some were true, most weren’t, but it was her aunt’s extraordinary gift of storytelling that first ignited Lucy’s passion to write. Though still grieving the recent loss of her aunt, Lucy unwraps the fragile cups and saucers, and with them, a flood of memories and story ideas.The Teacup Novellas – The Collection includes all five stand-alone stories plus the on-going saga of Lucy’s own budding romance with that UPS guy who keeps knocking at the door of her heart.The Collection includes:Book One – Tea with EmmaBook Two – Strike the MatchBook Three – Home to Walnut RidgeBook Four – At Legend’s EndBook Five – A Christmas Peril

Author: Diane Moody

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
50 reviews

Love & Consequences (G Street Chronicles Presents) by Sabrina A. Eubanks

Lucas Cain, a highly decorated detective with the NYPD is dedicated to his job and his playa lifestyle. When he meets news reporter Justine Greer by chance encounter, he discovers there is a such thing as love at first sight, as she turns his head hard enough to make him want to discard his promiscuous ways. They embark on a whirlwind romance at breakneck speed but every rose has its thorn. Lucas soon finds himself in a serious struggle with his own fidelity when Justine’s gorgeous and covetous friend, Simone, decides she wants a taste of what he has to offer and wages a vicious and tawdry campaign to destroy their happiness.

Author: Sabrina A. Eubanks

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
70 reviews

Cold A Long Time: An Alpine Mystery by John Leake

Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Award (Bronze Medal, True Crime)”One of the biggest cover-up cases I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen it all.” -Margaret McLean, author, former Boston prosecutor and Boston College Law Professor.In August of 1989, Duncan MacPherson–a pro hockey player from Saskatoon, Canada–vanished without a trace in Europe. With no help from the police, his parents, Lynda and Bob, drove all over the Alps looking for him, and finally found his car at the Stubai Glacier, a popular ski resort near Innsbruck, Austria. Thus began their twenty-year struggle to discover why their son had disappeared after snowboarding on a beginner slope. Had he, as the local police suggested, wandered off the beaten track and died in a remote area, or had he been the victim of something sinister?In the course of their search, the MacPhersons encountered an extraordinary cast of characters, including a 5,000-year-old ice mummy, an amnesiac initially thought to be Duncan, a renowned psychic with a startling vision, a charismatic ski resort developer, and a deceptively friendly forensic doctor. In 2009 they asked author John Leake to help them with their ongoing search for answers, and after a two-year investigation, he discovered the shocking reality of what happened to Duncan. Cold a Long Time: An Alpine Mystery recounts the strange and agonizing odyssey of the MacPherson family. It is a story about tremendous love, perseverance, and the irrepressible desire to know the truth, literally at all costs. It is also the story of a twisted cover-up, committed by the ski resort, the local police, and high-ranking officials in Innsbruck. Leake’s findings are the subject of the television documentary “A Cold Case,” produced by the fifth estate–Canada’s premier investigative news program.”Leake skillfully and exhaustively takes a complex story and makes it eminently readable.”-The Regina Leader-Post

Author: John Leake

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
125 reviews

Two Rivers (The Peacemaker Series Book 1) by Zoe Saadia

You can also enjoy ACROSS THE GREAT SPARKLING WATER, the 2nd book in the THE PEACEMAKER series, for only 99 cents. Having survived the failed raid on the enemy lands, Tekeni had no illusions. He was nothing but an enemy cub, adopted into one of the clans, but not accepted, never for real. To fit in was difficult, to run away – impossible. To get into trouble, more often than not, was the only available option. They did not expect anything else from him, anyway.However, when a meaningless row during a ballgame grew out of proportion, resulting in a fight, Tekeni has found himself in a truly grave trouble. Neither he nor anyone else could have foreseen the chain of events the consequences of this fight would release, when the highly esteemed but controversial Two Rivers decided to help Tekeni out.Two Rivers was a strange person with unacceptable notions and ideas. He maintained that to war on and on was a mistake of disastrous consequences. He went as far as suggesting a negotiation of peace with some of the neighboring nations. Even Tekeni, the despised enemy, thought such ideas to be far-fetched and wild. And yet…With their trouble mounting and the revengefulness of some people around them growing, both Tekeni and Two Rivers find themselves pushed beyond limits.

Author: Zoe Saadia

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
153 reviews

Maternal Harbor by Marie F Martin

                                               Maternal Harbor now has over 100,000 kindle downloads.”Not just one, not just two, nor just three but four babies born to friends.  The drama doesn’t stop there.  Murder, kidnapping, fugitives.  This story has it all.”  Debra Bahr, 5-Star Reviewer.Teagan O’Riley was pregnant and alone when she met three single mothers at an OB clinic. A few weeks later, two of them are dead and the third is close on Teagan’s heels, intent on a campaign of twisted murder and insanity. Teagan cannot risk entrusting the three infants to the police with her finger prints all over one crime scene and her foot print smeared into blood at another. She flees with the babies to a wilderness cabin belonging to her lost love’s grandmother, but is even this remote location safe?”The title caught my eye, but the first couple of pages drew me in, and by the end of the first chapter, I knew I was in for an all-nighter.  Carol Valma, 4-Star Reviewer.”Felt like a fly on the wall in the story.  Couldn’t put it down.”  Shannon Marshall, 4-Star Reviewer.”A fast-paced, edge of your seat book.”  Melinda Breen, 5-Star Reviewer.

Author: Marie F Martin

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
380 reviews

The Elmo Jenkins Trilogy by McMillian Moody

Follow the antics of Elmo Jenkins, the quintessential, earnest young church intern as he learns the ropes in a large metropolitan church. Simultaneously hilarious and thought-provoking, this trilogy canonizes the ongoing adventures of the staff at First Church. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be inspired. The readers say it best – “Not since Mitford has the day-to-day life of a minister been so much fun.”The Elmo Jenkins Trilogy includes all three full length Elmo Jenkins novels. Ordained IrreverenceSome Things Never ChangeThe Old Man and the Tea You get 675 pages of hilarious anecdotes, touching stories, and spiritual insights all woven into the day-to-day life of young minister, Elmo Jenkins. Here’s what readers are saying:”The Elmo Jenkins books are some of the most entertaining books I have ever read. I can’t put them down.” “I have read…no-devoured both books 1 & 2. They are every bit as much fun as the previously unmatched Mitford series. I hope to read more of this series very soon.””McMillian Moody has an absolutely witty and humorous way of putting words down on paper.” “This book [Ordained Irreverence] was a joy to read. It was full of humor and heart. The characters came to life between the pages and reminded me of all the diverse people you find within the walls of the church. It made me smile as we see through the characters the creativity of God.”  You’re sure to enjoy Elmo’s adventure from beginning to end. OBT Bookz

Author: McMillian Moody

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
200 reviews

The Runaway Pastor’s Wife by Diane Moody

A Top 100 Amazon Kindle Bestseller with over 500 “Five Star” reviews!What could possibly drive a pastor’s wife to run away from home? After years of frustration from life in a church fishbowl, Annie McGregor walks away from it all and boards a plane for Colorado. She has no way of knowing her college sweetheart is headed to the same cabin in the Rockies, terrified and gravely wounded. Their unexpected reunion couldn’t have come at a worse time. Or could it? Bewildered that God would allow Michael Dean to walk back into her life, Annie pleads with Him to keep her heart true to her husband and her family. God answers her prayer, but in a way she would never expect. Written by a former pastor’s wife, Annie’s story provides a rare look inside the family life of those in the ministry, particularly the unique pressures on those who marry men of God.

Author: Diane Moody

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
993 reviews

The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint

When asked to choose his “very best” stories, Charles de Lint went directly to his fans, who helped him select this collection of timeless, magical tales. From his beloved Newford to the streets of modern Ottawa, these stories take you effortlessly to a place where mystery and myth are right next door. To quote his readers: “His stories are good for the heart and soul…he reminds you of hope and strength and Beauty and Grace that you may have forgotten.”
“Just as Charles de Lint’s pen drips magic and enchantment, he is also never afraid to write about the darker and painful side of life, and he writes it in a way that moves you. Give this wonderful book a chance; I promise you it won’t disappoint you. Even more, I can assure you, you won’t be the same person when you are done with it: de Lint will have changed you with his magic.”

Reviews:

Contemporary fantasist de Lint built this winning compilation with help from his readers, who voted on their favorite stories. The result is an outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales. The delightfully light-hearted “Pixel Pixies” adds magic and mischief to innocent online interactions. (“If you’re lucky, [the pixies are] still on the Internet and didn’t follow you home.”) “Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood” investigates the nature and meaning of memories. The heart-wrenching “In the House of My Enemy,” later developed into the novel The Onion Girl, narrates the decisions made by a pregnant girl with an abusive past. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint’s graceful, poetic language and characters like “an old man who wore the shape of a red-haired boy with crackernut eyes that seemed as bright as salmon tails glinting up the water.”
—Publishers Weekly

When it comes to urban waifs and strays, Ottawa fantasy writer Charles de Lint has his own unusual take, creating in his fiction a fantastic world populated by artists, musicians, booksellers, scholars, runaways and, well, magic. With The Very Best of Charles de Lint, the author, who is also a musician, has created a greatest-hits set with a twist. To determine which stories to include (from a body of work spanning 25 years), he asked his fans for their favourites via Facebook and Twitter. The resulting volume is more than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades, characterized by de Lint’s deep and passionate humanism.
—Robert Wiersema, National Post

There are a number of stories here—quite an impressive number of them—that are simply perfect. By that, I mean that they hit the mark they’ve aimed at. (And de Lint never aims low.) They’ve achieved the intended effect. An artistic balance has been achieved between lyricism and clarity of language, consistent and well-developed characterisation that propel the plot at a good pace, and the elements of myth dosed out carefully enough that they retain the elements of mystery. And it’s easy to miss that exquisite feat of craft in sheer enjoyment of the story, and the set of feelings the author has evoked. And that, my friends, is storytelling at its best.
—Green Man Review

Author: Charles de Lint

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
20 reviews

Showdown (Aspen Eyes Book 3) by Amy Elizabeth

* This is the third and final book in the Aspen Eyes Series. It’s recommended to read the books in sequence (Cut and Run, Indian Summer, and Showdown) to best understand the characters and story line. *

Alec’s life is at a stand-still. In the wake of his father’s death, he has withdrawn from everything and everyone around him. It’s all he can do to get out of bed each morning, let alone focus his energy on his wife, his business, or his best friend’s upcoming wedding. But his grief isn’t the only thing keeping him down. He’s also struggling to make a weighty decision…undoubtedly the most difficult decision he’s ever faced.

Rebecca thought she was doing the right thing by giving Alec his space. She’d hoped that once he worked through the pain of his loss, their marriage would be stronger than ever. But the more she tries to reestablish their connection, the more he seems to pull away from her. When he finally reveals what’s on his mind–a vision of their future that couldn’t be more different than hers–Rebecca realizes that she has her own choice to make.

The only thing that’s certain is that everything on the Flying W is about to change. Especially since the greatest test of their relationship is still to come, from a source neither of them would have ever imagined…

Author: Amy Elizabeth

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
23 reviews