FEATURED BOOK: No More Lonely Nights by Nicole McGehee

lonely-nights-kindleGenre: Post WWII romantic saga, women’s fiction

No More Lonely Nights takes the reader to the era of the popular television series Mad Men.

Heroine Dominique Avallon has been raised in the opulent French expatriate community of WWII Egypt. But revolution and a doomed love affair with a British officer drive her into an arranged marriage with an older man who promises her a new life in America. Chafing under the stern gaze of her aristocratic mother, she is ready to escape the danger and heartbreak of Egypt.

When Dominique discovers her husband is a fraud, she flees their home in San Francisco for New York. For the first time, she is alone and impoverished. Desperate, she puts her glamorous experience to use, and triumphs as the mastermind behind sparkling galas for the city’s most stylish department store.

Her good luck seems confirmed when a devilishly handsome New Orleans shipping heir sweeps her off her feet into marriage. But when her fairy tale becomes tarnished, her self-reliance is tested again, only now she has her mother and her daughter depending on her.

The homemakers of the 1950s and ’60s have become the career women of the ’70s and ’80s. Facing hard times once more, Dominique must hurry to catch up, fighting for her true identity and career. Yet even as her struggling career starts to succeed, Dominique is faced with her most difficult choice yet. Will she risk her hard-won independence for the possibility of another chance at love?

No More Lonely Nights is inspired by the true story of the author’s mother and grandmother, and their tales of the glamour they once knew.

This book is normally $3.99, but will be on sale for 99 cents from 2/10/16-2/17/16.

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Solemn, A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon


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Solemn Redvine is a precocious Mississippi girl who senses a nearby baby may be her half-sibling: the outcome of her father’s mistakes with a married woman who lives in their trailer park. After Solemn witnesses a man throw the baby down a community well, she struggles to understand the event, leaving her forever changed.

As Solemn finds refuge in fantasies of stardom as well as friendships with her brother’s wife and a nearby girl, the ill-fated baby’s doomed mother disappears without a trace. Solemn remains trapped by connections to the missing other woman and an honest cop who suspects more to the story than others on the small local police force want to see. When her father’s next mistake – a robbery – lands Solemn in a group home for troubled girls, she meets a Chicago delinquent who wants to escape. There, Solemn must face the truth of who she really is and what she is really made of.

Targeted Age Group:: 18+

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This novel sprouted from a contractual obligation made by a former agent for me to to write a novel based on a short story I had written, about a woman living in Chicago who had come from Mississippi. I was blocked for several years when that woman and those characters were not speaking to me in any way, and I wrote little to nothing during those years. But in the meantime, a little girl in Mississippi kept knocking at my door, but I paid little attention because she did not fit the short story about grown women living in Chicago.
It was early 2012 when I realized I had no interest in her adult story. I wanted to know who she was as a child, and how she morphed into an adult searching for friends and belonging in Chicago as the original story portrayed her to be. So my current agent and I worked from there until a final draft in 2015. It was particularly poignant for me to think of because much of my family is from Mississippi, and the elders had gotten older. It was a perfect way to explore that part of my life and past, and honor where I come from.

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Dusgadh: Essence Of Life(Book One of The Awakening Series) by Margaret A. Daly

DusgadhEssenceoflifeEmber Malloch has no idea her life is about to get turned upside down.

Besides the fact that she sees the dead on occasion, she lives an ordinary mundane life.

Her sister warned her not to provoke the spirits, but Ember has a mind of her own and she defies Becky at every turn. Now, her life as she knows it will be changed forever, as an unbridled strength is unleashed upon her.

She will have an awakening like no other as she learns her past, and discovers who she is…

Targeted Age Group:: 16-65

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My initial inspiration came from a friend. I had discovered that he had written a book and thought to myself, “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” Once I decided to sit down and do it, I found my inspiration in my past. I took some events from my past and flipped them into a fantasy.

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Forgotten Objects by Carlos Rubio

51cCQPbvAgL._SX331_BO1204203200Forgotten Objects traces the life of Anna d’Amio, daughter of opera singers Louis and Francesca d’Amio, from Mussolini’s Italy to the city of Pittsburgh during the mid sixties. The novel proper is made up of three parts: Italy, Cuba and United States. Married at seventeen and widowed at twenty, Anna leaves war-torn Italy to find her fortune in Cuba, she eventually meets Ramón Contreras, a wealthy tobacco grower who later becomes her second husband. The idyllic world that the couple had so laboriously built suddenly comes crashing down after the communist take over of the island and Ramón’s sudden and violent death. Now with two daughters under her care, Anna soon realizes that there is no future for them in Cuba, so she opts to send them to the United States through the Pedro Pan Program. Eventually she comes to the US herself, but by then the girls have been placed in foster homes. It is during this stage of her life, penniless and without influence, that she must make the greatest sacrifices to regain custody of her daughters. At the end of the novel, we find a series of letters, all dated 2005, that were exchanged by the sisters after their mother passed away. Anna left behind a box containing a collection of sundry items that she had collected throughout her life. Cognizant that these were significant for their mother, they attempt to piece together a sketch of her life through these forgotten objects.

Targeted Age Group:: Adult

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to portray how historical events force people to make radical changes in their lives and how they can overcome great odds.

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The Stolen Guardian by R. A. Meenan

TheStolenGuardianOn the southern tip of the Yelar Peninsula, towering over the beach cliffs of the Desi Sea, lies the Defender Academy, the highly advanced military complex of the country of Zedric.

Near the top of the ranks is Izzy Gildspine, Golden Guardian of the Zyearth Defenders. Izzy’s not sure she deserves her title. Her healing powers are strong, though they’re nothing compared to the elemental powers of her partner, Matt Azure. But she can’t let her doubts get in the way of her job. The Defenders hold up the Golden Guardians as legends and she has to make sure she lives up to that expectation.

However, Izzy’s fears come true after a routine flight spirals into an out-of-control crash on a contaminated island campground, crawling with invincible monsters. To make matters worse, she and Matt find a friend and fellow Defender in the woods, half mad after being hounded for days by a foreign invader controlling the strange creatures.

The horror becomes personal when Matt is enslaved by their foe, forcing Izzy to make a terrible choice. Should she follow her heart and save him, or perform her Golden Guardian duty and kill him? The fate of all Zyearth hangs in the balance and she must decide soon before the choice is made for her.

Targeted Age Group:: Young Adult to Adult

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This particularly book was originally a role play between me and a friend of mine. The characters were originally sent up in a fan world on Earth, but my friend insisted we do our role play on the planet my characters came from, Zyearth, and everything exploded from there. Ironically, my role play partner did the book cover for this book.

As time went on, the world surrounding this book blew up and the stories became so big that they no longer fit into the fan world they were originally created from. So I decided to start writing the books in its own world for original publication. This book is the first of many that I want to throw out into the world.

I originally started writing these books as a way to escape the problems I faced in the real world. I hope my book can do the same thing for others.

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Desprite Measures – a Caledonian Sprite novel by Deborah Jay

DespriteMeasuresOn the surface she’s a cute and feisty blonde; a slender pocket rocket fitness coach. But Cassiopeia Lake has a secret; she’s really a force of nature – an elemental.
Water sprite, Cassie, has lived undisturbed in her native Scottish loch for eons. Now, one encounter too many with modern plumbing has driven her to live in human guise along with her selkie boyfriend, Euan. It’s all going fine – until a nerdy magician captures Cassie to be an unwilling component in his crazy dangerous experiment.
Escape is only Cassie’s first challenge.
She’s smitten by her fellow prisoner, the scorching hot fire elemental, Gloria. But how do you love someone you can never touch?
And what do you do when your boyfriend starts to hero-worship your persecutor? Not to mention that tricky situation of being the prize in a power contest between two rival covens of witches.
So when Gloria’s temper erupts and she sets out to murder the magician, can Cassie keep her loved ones safe from the cross-fire, or will she be sucked into the maelstrom of deadly desires and sink without trace?

Targeted Age Group:: Adult

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’m an urban fantasy fan, but I’ve grown tired of the regular character types: vampires, werewolves etc., so I was looking for something different, and hit upon the idea of modifying a character I’d already created for one of my epic fantasy novels – a water elemental.
The setting resulted from my love of the Scottish Highlands, where I am lucky enough to own a home, and the theme of environmental and ecological issues, is one that I am passionate about.
Combining these three has proved to be a joy, which has made writing this series a great pleasure.

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Bedside Manners by Phoebe Fox

BEDSIDE-MANNERS-front-under-2mbBrook Ogden has never encountered a broken heart she couldn’t patch together as the Breakup Doctor—and her personal life, after some gruesome breakups of her own, is in recovery: Ben Garrett started out as a revenge date against an ex, but has turned into so much more.

But when sizzling-hot Chip Santana, an old client she once shared a rather unprofessional midnight roll in the sand with, comes back into her life asking for her help, Brook can’t say no. Yet while she’s busy stitching up his relationship troubles, Chip reveals much more than a therapeutic interest in her.

In the standoff between her heart and her hormones, Brook’s cool, collected Wise Therapist persona begins to crack like thrown wedding china. She’s yelling at recalcitrant cheating husbands. Offering crazy advice to radio callers. She’s even hugging her clients.

When the situation goes critical, Brook’s forced into a decision she isn’t ready to make—and the Breakup Doctor has to decide what kind of casualties she’s willing to accept.

Targeted Age Group:: 18-50

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I married my excellent husband relatively late, after a long search that yielded me a long and colorful dating life. In those dating years, it was my girlfriends who kept me sane, who provided perspective, who built up my courage and confidence and self-image whenever they started to flag as I—like many women—experienced nearly every relationship pitfall there is.

In 2005 I read Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo’s He’s Just Not That Into You—and it quite literally changed my life. The prototype of pretty much every guy I and my girlfriends had ever dated was in there—the one who never actually asks you out; the one who’d rather drink (or get high) when he’s with you; the one who cheats; the one who comes on strong, then disappears. The “This Is What It Should Look Like” sections opened up a new idea to me—the things my friends and I were accepting as part of normal relating between men and women didn’t have to be part of our equation if we didn’t want them to be. There were good men out there; it did look different when a guy was really into you—I mean really into you—and we deserved to have it.

My dating life changed almost overnight—I didn’t even bother anymore with anything less than someone who seemed to really like me, to want to get to know me, to give me his full attention when we were together, and not play games or hide behind “fear of commitment” or “having been burned.” In 2007 I met the man who is now my husband, and it really is as simple as Greg and Liz said—if a guy is into you, you know it. He shows you, all the time. Now that I am in a healthy and happy relationship, it’s kind of stunning to me that I and almost every woman I know, of every age, go through a period when we don’t realize this simple fact, and we explain away behavior on a man’s part that’s negligent at best, appalling at worst, with ridiculous excuses like “he’s just afraid” or “he’s been burned before.”

I still pass along He’s Just Not That Into You to every woman I know who’s dating, from my teenage niece to my mom when she went back into the dating pool, because we all deserve to know our worth and there’s no need to accept anything less than a guy who is really, really into us. That’s what the Breakup Doctor series grew out of. I wanted to share with every woman everywhere all the wisdom and kindness and common sense in that book, and I wanted to write stories. Most important, I hope that the series is as fun to read as it was for me to write. But it’s also my dear hope that women might read the books and see themselves, and begin to believe that there really is better out there than what they might have found, and that they deserve it one hundred percent.

I’m not usually much on book dedications, but I dedicate these wholeheartedly to Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt, the loving, protective older siblings that every woman should have. I dedicate them to my husband, who was so, so worth waiting—and wading—through every other relationship to find. And I dedicate it to women. Because you are beautiful, and strong, and smart, and worthy. And if you’re not quite ready to believe that yet, then until you are, along with Brook, I will believe it for you.

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For the Love of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance


“Golly, Miss Plumtartt, the Earth is getting pummeled with meteorites!”
“I say, if only these projectiles were organically based, Mr. Temperance, I would not be of such a troubled mind, but I fear that the flaming flotsam are revealing themselves to be warcraft from the planet Mars. Their weapons are uncanny and easily defeat the greatest of Terras resources. These invaders wish to strip our beloved planet of her native sovereignty!”
“Holy Red Planet Invaders, Miss Plumtartt, you’re right! I reckon it’s gonna be up to you, me, and this charming cast of characters to save the Earth in this War betwixt the Worlds.”

Targeted Age Group:: Teen and up.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book is a humorous homage to H.G. Wells, science fiction classic, ‘The War of the Worlds’. I have always enjoyed this story and all of its re-tellings; including Orson Wells notorious radio show. Normally, ‘War of the Worlds’ is a grim tale, but this version contains a whimsical, steampunk element.

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Gray Panthers: Dixie by David Guenther

graypanthersdixieThe army of senior warriors had repeatedly beaten back numerous attempted invasions of Earth. Planet Dixie has fallen to the Libra Alliance using Jacka mercenaries. Scotty Scholl, Earth’s Ambassador is on the run. The population has been infected by a pandemic rendering the victims helpless against their invaders and deadly against their allies. The Gray Panthers along with U.S. Army Special Forces are repulsed with heavy casualties attacking the dug in invaders. Only the raider Beater, with its deadly squadron of captured fighters deep in enemy space is kicking butt. Now it’s time for the Gray Panthers to use their years of experience and advanced technology to take the fight to the enemy.

Targeted Age Group:: 17 to having to be read to

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is the third book in the series. The first book was inspired from the many military retirees I know and the thought of what they could do if given a “do over.” The combination of their experience and patriotism as their driving factor. This is how I imagined it happening.

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Seidrmaidens (Book One of the Wyrdfolk) by Katja Aronsen

BookCover5.1-27MAR2014In Seidrmaidens (Book One of the Wyrdfolk), author Katja Aronsen introduces readers to the world of the wyrdfolk and their seidrmagick abilities. Four Seattle seidrmaiden teenagers join together to solve the mystery of the Fenrir Stones, struggle against a rival seidr group, and unknowingly assist an evil Norse legend. Fenrir, the son of Loki and bringer of Ragnarák, may break his bonds and run free to destroy the worlds of both the gods and humans. The seidrmaidens and their fylgjur-cats combine to try to solve the mystery and keep Fenrir bound.

Targeted Age Group:: Adult, Young Adult

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’m drawn to telling an old story, like those of the Norse myths. I wanted to tie in these myths and how they relate to modern life.

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The Wolf Queen by Kelley Heckart

TheWolfQueencoversmallA new twist on Beauty and the Beast and the Greek myth of Lycaon the werewolf. A Bronze Age fantasy, adventure, and romance set in Arcadia, the wild forests of the goddess Artemis… Game of Thrones meets The Iliad…

A tormented wolf man… A mysterious girl with a terrible secret…

Alara, a princess from a foreign land, is forced to wed the sorcerer-king Aramon, a power-hungry warlord, who discovers her dark secret and wants to use her to create an invincible army. When she meets Lycaon, she must decide if she should trust the cursed, tormented half-man half-wolf who might be her enemy or her true mate.

Lycaon, once a great king until he was cursed by Zeus to be a werewolf, is drawn to the mysterious princess. He is torn between helping Alara escape and using her to gain power over those who despise him.

Secrets abound and old enemies are reunited to battle Aramon before his terrible plan is unleashed. Time is running out as the dark moon approaches. Soon, Arcadia will be overrun with an unstoppable, vicious army unless Aramon can be defeated. To prevent his victory, the cost is high. As Lycaon’s affection for Alara grows, it becomes more difficult for him to decide which to save: Arcadia or her.

Targeted Age Group:: 18 on up.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Greek myth about Lycaon, the king cursed by Zeus and turned into a werewolf, inspired me to write this story. I finally found a way to incorporate werewolves into a book, something I’d wanted to do for a while. With Lycaon, I also had a tormented hero, another thing I’d been wanting to do, so there is a bit of Beauty and the Beast in this story as well.

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A World of InTemperance by Ichabod Temperance

WorldKindleRevised“I say, Mr. Temperance, you would do well, sir, to be more aware of the world around you. The clamour of war threatens to engulf the globe. Moreover, I confess a trepidation in my soul stemming from other quarters in this galloping age of invention. I feel certain that we are at risk from threats of a supernatural origin. Do you not agree, eh hem?”
“Yes, Ma’am, Miss Plumtartt, Ma’am. I have the same sense of nameless dread gripping my pumper in it’s icy grip. Why, it looks as if you and I have uncovered a conspiracy to plunge all the world’s countries into mayhem and disaster, leaving the spoils of a conquered planet to the tender mercies of heartless tyrants using means inhuman to rain their sway. I’m glad we have the companionship of a telepathic doggie, a tin-man, and all sorts of other entertaining folks to see us through this peril for I think we might be in for a lot of trouble!”

Targeted Age Group:: Teen and up.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I do not feel as if I did a good job giving life to my support characters in the first book. I was determined when I wrote this one, that I would make better use of my secondary characters. I enjoyed giving them more depth.

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