The Dungeoneers by Jeffery Russell

After five years as a city guard, Durham’s horizontal career trajectory adds a corkscrew when a misdelivered order assigns him to caravan duty for an eclectic group of Dwarves who hire themselves out as professional dungeoneers.
No ruler wants to leave a powerful magical weapon lying about in a dungeon where just any prophesied upstart can stumble across it and use it to overthrow the kingdom. That’s where The Dungeoneers come in. Dungeons sacked, artifacts recovered, no job too big or too small. They’re not adventurers; they’re professionals.
With the discovery that Durham may have arrived with a destiny attached to him the Dungeoneers find themselves in the midst of some history about to happen. Will experience and Dwarven know-how be enough to carry the day?

Author: Jeffery Russell

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
288 reviews

Please Excuse the Mess: a Memoir by Heather Portenier

In 2007, a near-fatal car accident on a Colorado highway left the Porteniers’ eight-year-old son with a severe traumatic brain injury that changed the course of their lives forever. It was the first in a series of tragedies over the following six years, testing their familial bond and marriage.”Please Excuse the Mess” is an inspirational story of courage, forgiveness, faith, strength and the power of love.

Author: Heather Portenier

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
11 reviews

I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool by Marc Allie

Being geeky isn’t really geeky these days. But back in the 80s, being a geek was a death sentence for a kid’s social life. Nobody knew that better than me.

I was the stereotypical nerd: I was smart, wore glasses, was terrible at sports, and had my nose stuck in a book most of the time. I was different, and that meant I was made fun of. To cope with all the teasing, I would lose myself in other worlds, those with spaceships and lasers, or longswords and dragons. I devoured TV, movies, and comic books with a fervent passion. None of these obsessions made me any more popular.

Inside this book are my most vivid memories of being a weird, nerdy kid. Some of these stories detail the different crazes I threw myself into, ranging from comic book heroes and form-shifting robots to Dungeons & Dragons and pop music. Some of these tales are about trying hard to fit in and be “normal”. A healthy dollop of nostalgia flavors all these anecdotes of what it was like growing up geeky in the 80s.

Author: Marc Allie

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
18 reviews

Pittsburgh to Cadiz – What’s the Difference? (Part One Book 1) by Mitchell Phillips McCrady

The first book of a series, the adventure begins near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While painting for the summer, Mitch Phillips and his coworker Kevin make plans for Europe. Long days mean nothing when there’s a reason. Fall comes and they catch a ride to NYC. Buying one-way tickets from a cheap airfare voucher company, they wait a couple days for an available flight at Kevin’s buddy’s flat. After landing in Luxembourg, they get lost in Amsterdam and then wait for the final leg in Manchester, England.A hard, cold place. A dark humor, with stark personalities, they are greeted with mumbling accents, black hash, and wild mushrooms. Drugs and searching minds. Losing time. Anything is better than there or here or wait …Up the road a bit, after a brief yet dramatic stop in Bolton, on Mitch’s twenty-seventh birthday they are finally driven to the Highlands of Scotland for real purpose. Contracted to harvest Christmas trees, of all things, Mitch battles with his traveling partner, the weather, and his penchant for drugs and alcohol. He’s searching for the difference in life and the real meaning of art. He has a guitar, a camera, and a snowboard—nothing out of the ordinary. Everyone does this, right?

Author: Mitchell Phillips McCrady

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
45 reviews

Speak Swahili, Dammit!: A laugh-out-loud, chaotic, and tragic African childhood by James Penhaligon

The inspiring true story of a young boy’s chaotic life in a remote, wild, corner of East Africa.

James’s childhood is spent on an isolated gold-mine near Lake Victoria, Tanganyika, with just his sister and mother; his father tragically dying through injuries sustained from World War II. His upbringing is mainly left to a tribal ayah called Amina and an elderly Swahili man, and he learns to speak Swahili before English.

In this unusual setting he soon discovers some stark facts about life through tragedy and danger, but it is the local watu, imbued with kindness and irrepressible humour, that save him from despair, and with whom he learns to fish with home-made lines, eat insects and famously abuse the European hierarchy in real Swahili!

Known as ‘Jimu’ to his friends, he marks out his own country with a Sukuma boy named Lutoli, falls deeply in love with the beautiful, but older, German girl Gretchen and throws himself out of the back of a bus to avoid being sent away to school.
Once at school, in Arusha, James tends to mix with other non-conformers and presents a dilemma to teachers – he is a white boy with a ‘black spirit’. His gang gets up to nefarious enterprises, bringing them into a state of permanent conflict with the system.

James is fascinated with the history of Tanganyika back to the time when it was a German Colony until 1918. The unparalleled courage of the German leader Paul von Lettow Vorbeck against the British is a beacon to the young boy of what can be accomplished against adversity

Above all James discovers the world, and life, a little by education, a lot by accident, but overwhelmingly by fate and happenstance, in circumstances few people in the developed world have experienced.

Author: James Penhaligon

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
183 reviews

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers Book 1) by Penny Reid

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Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Wraiths.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Series Description
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief.

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

Author: Penny Reid

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
999 reviews

Heaven Has No Regrets by Tessa Shaffer

The Award Winning true story of Faith and Makenzie, who weren’t just cousins, they were best friends. And no matter what life threw at them, no matter what they lost, they would always have each other . . . until sickness set in, and time became its own disease. Hear each girl’s struggle and survival from their own point of view as flashbacks alternate chapters to tell their own story of life, love, and letting go. Walk with the Narrator as she moves through an unwanted end, to a new beginning and meet characters such as “the boy with the motorcycle,” “the girl with the dimples,” “the boy with the mohawk,” and “the girl with the cross around her neck,” in the Narrator’s heartbreaking five-day storyline as well as in the flashback scenes of Faith and Makenzie’s own stories. Prepare for a collision Faith, Makenzie, and the Narrator’s stories all converge to reveal hope, healing, and why Heaven has no regrets.For more info on the book and extras visit TessaShaffer.com

Author: Tessa Shaffer

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
27 reviews

Lost in Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor by Eldonna Edwards

One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home.
When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn’t want a savior. Does this stop Ellie from her quest to “be the change” one seeks in the world? Not a chance.

Told with humor and self-reflection, this inspirational memoir of courage and compassion is interwoven with anecdotal stories that help the reader identify what kind of person commits the selfless act of organ donation. Ellie,a self-described devout agnostic, is kind but often irreverent. She is generous, but she is no saint. Ultimately, becoming a kidney donor has given her a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment. Lost in Transplantation asserts that we are all capable of altering a human being’s life for the better, including our own.

Author: Eldonna Edwards

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
155 reviews

Every Day Is a Holiday by George Mahood

“…laugh out loud moments on nearly every page…”
”…had me laughing from beginning to end…”
“…loved the book – funny and engaging…”
“…read it, love it, recommend it…”

George Mahood had a nice, easy, comfortable life. He had a job, a house, a wife and kids. But something was missing. He was stuck in a routine of working, changing nappies and cleaning up cat sick. He felt like he was missing out on a lot of what the world had to offer.

He then discovered that it was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. The day after that was National Curmudgeon Day, and the day after that was Inane Answering Machine Message Day. In fact, the calendar is FULL of these quirky, weird and wonderful events. He realised that somebody somewhere had created these holidays, believing that they were important enough to warrant their own official day. Surely he should therefore be more appreciative of their existence? So he decided to try and celebrate them all. As you do. He hoped that at the end of the challenge he would be transformed into a happier, more intelligent and more content person.

Follow George on his hilarious, life changing adventure as he tries to balance his normal life with a wealth of new experiences, people, facts and ridiculous situations. It’s a rip-roaring, life-affirming, roller-coaster of a ride, where every day is a holiday.

Author: George Mahood

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
449 reviews

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

A Hollywood Superstar. A Small Town Girl. Opposites shouldn’t always attract.Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town.Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me.Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.

Author: Alessandra Torre

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
1379 reviews