Archive for July 4th, 2018
Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales
by Deborah A. Bailey
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Speculative Fiction/Space Exploration/Space Fleet
2.99 at time of posting!
Seven short stories of the future: a robot is abandoned by his human buyer when she has second thoughts, a frustrated employee has a rude awakening when his computer starts managing his career, the caretaker of a lonely space station gets a shock when a couple of unexpected visitors show up, and more.
Lost and Found (The September Day Series Book 1)
by Amy Shojai
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Thriller & Suspense/Animals/Women Sleuths
FREE at time of posting!
The 1st installment of Shojai’s dark, female-driven domestic thriller series featuring pet-centric plots:
A young woman races a Texas blizzard to save her autistic nephew from a deadly secret others will kill to protect–and the service dog she’s trained finds his true purpose, when he disobeys.
AN AUNT searches for her lost nephew–and dooms her sister.
A MOM gambles a miracle will cure–and not kill–her child.
A DOG finds his true purpose–when he disobeys.
Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything–husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot–and returns home with her trained Maine Coon cat Macy to Texas to recover. She’s forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard.
When her sister trusts a maverick researcher’s promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect. As September races the clock, the body count swells. Shadow does his good-dog duty but can’t protect his boy. Finally September and Shadow forge a stormy partnership to rescue the missing and stop the nightmare cure. But can they also find the lost parts of themselves?
by Ruben Stelliswolfe
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Technothriller/Cyberpunk/Superhero
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Time is desperately running out for White Shadow—a vigilante group with superhuman abilities—in their quest to execute the newly elected President before he damages Athenia any further. The inauguration looms, as does a new era of chaos for the already corrupt nation.
Little do they know that Black Dawn have plans of their own for fixing the country: by controlling the President’s every move, doing whatever it takes—and sacrificing whoever necessary—to ensure he comes into power.
But both factions are being monitored by the Tianzu, an all-powerful clan who will stop at nothing to keep the peace, even if that means killing those who stand in their way.
All three have their own vision for a perfect world. But in an eternal war, there can be no victor …
A fast-paced action adventure book reminiscent of X-Men, Game of Thrones, and shounen manga, Eternity’s War is a gripping cyberpunk technothriller featuring vengeful assassins, dark corporations, relentless vigilantes, and government conspiracies. The first book in the series, it explores the human condition and questions our ideals.
Title: The Immortal Seeds: A Tribute to Golden Treasures
Author: Sambath Meas
Genre: Family Memoir
This is a story about a father’s dream of escaping a war-torn country in search of stability and freedom so that his children can live and thrive.
Sarin Meas, who was born and grew up in a remote village in Trangel, Kampong Chhnang, drifts from one place to another in search of a purpose, and a better life. In Pailin, a small town in western Cambodia known for its richness of gemstones, he meets a poor and uneducated girl whose daily life, from dusk until dawn, is strained by hard work: selling fruits and vegetables at the local market, along with cooking, doing laundry and cleaning up after strangers and relatives whom her aunt has taken in. If she doesn’t do her chores correctly and one of them tells on her, her aunt, a woman whose mood changes like a person suffering from a split personality, hurls foul language at her and beats her with any heavy object in sight. Sarin realizes that this young woman, whom everyone calls Thach, will die if she continues to live like this. So he marries her out of compassion. His compassion turns into love. Sarin and Thach form a family.
Tragically, after fifteen years of peaceful existence and independence from France, Cambodia gets sucked into the war of idealism between the world’s superpowers—America, China, and the Soviet Union—by way of the Vietnam War. Cambodian leaders and people take sides. The Khmer Republic (backed by the United States) and the Khmer Rouge (backed by China, the Soviet Union, and Vietnam) fight each other acrimoniously. After five years of battle, the relentless Khmer Rouge soldiers emerged victorious. Sarin has an opportunity to escape to Thailand with his family but chooses to remain behind out of fear of the unknown. Soon he realizes the victors don’t know how to manage the country. Fear, paranoia, and revenge turn them and their supporters into a killing machine. Sarin, through cleverness and luck, helps his family navigate the horror of communism. When a second opportunity arrives, like thousands of other surviving Cambodians, he takes the chance to venture into the unknown—to find freedom, opportunity, and a better life for his family.
The Immortal Seeds: A Tribute to Golden Treasures is not only about the continuing of a family’s life cycle; it is also about a father’s idea—a purpose—that gets passed on to his daughter. In turn, she hopes to pass it on to people not only within her community but also around the world.
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As she prepared to bend down and pick up one of the sacred mantra cloths, someone yelled out to her, “Unless you want to die, don’t pick up an abandoned yontr!”
With chubby Sros dangling on her right hip, she continued to move along with the frightened and confused crowds traveling by foot, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and other vehicles.
As the forests ended, many rice fields appeared in the distance. Just as they reached Phum Svay Sar, people were exposed to a disturbing scene—about ten slain bodies scattered not too far away from each other. In civilian or military clothes, some were lying face down, others face up.
The stench of rotting flesh suffocated the frightened passing crowds. Some vomited until their stomachs dried up. Instead of getting better, as Chea hoped it would, the scene became more and more horrifying. Darker time was on the horizon. People started to pick up speed and rushed out from there as fast as they could.
The faster they moved from one village to another, the more dead bodies they saw. They were everywhere. Some were close together and others were scattered all over the fields. Srey Touch quickly looked away and started to tremble with fright. If she had trembled any harder, she would have dropped her daughter. In her entire life, she had never seen dead bodies before—not those that had met such violent ends—and in such huge numbers. War entered her life through newspapers, radio, and other people who escaped it. She now bore witness to its consequences. What’s going to happen to us now? She wondered. She kept her gaze away from the side of the road and held onto Sros tightly as she tried to block out those disturbing images. Unfortunately, she couldn’t turn her nose away from the horrible stench of rotting human flesh. The smell of death was stronger than ever before.
“King Grandfather would like to wish that your memoir The Immortal Seeds will become successful.”
—Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia
“The Immortal Seeds is a story of war, love, and the unbreakable bonds of family. Touchingly told, Sambath pays homage to her family across the generations, and shares how they helped the Meases to survive the war and thrive in peace.”
—Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child
“The Immortal Seeds exhibits a memoir’s emphasis on highly personalized, if not fully contextualized, experiences.”
—The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s Newspaper
SAMBATH MEAS was born in Pailin, Cambodia at a time of civil war. Having survived the effects of the Vietnam War, the Khmer Civil War, and the Maoist-inspired Khmer Rouge regime, her parents decided not to stick around for another phase of mass killings. Her family, like thousands of other Khmers, fled to the Cambodian-Thai border in 1979. After being displaced in refugee camps for two years, Chicago became their new home in 1981. Meas graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a B.A. in political science and is taking writing classes at Northwestern University. She has worked in the legal industry for over 19 years and contributes to the richness that is Chicago literature. In her spare time, she helps novice writers to get started with their stories. Her current projects include self-help, science fiction, graphic novel, and young adult fantasy books. She writes fiction, focusing on murder mystery, fantasy, and science fiction; and nonfiction, focusing on memoir, biography, and self-improvement.
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The Immortal Lover: The UnHoly Pursuit Saga Prequel (Volume 1)
by A. White
Genre: Paranormal Romance
26.95 (Paperback) – 828 pp
Down through the ages of human history, his name has been heard and often feared. He’s known by many names; the king of hell, demon, destroyer, Draco, all which is wrong with the world. But many have known him in a different light. A tender light. He’s the legendary lover who served as the inspiration for erotica legends worldwide. Many believe he may have been Casanova himself. Some say he’s actually Eros others say he is Adonis. But a few have known for sure and lived to tell the story. His heavenly name is Azazael. His fallen name is Azazel. He has existed in every human culture and society as either an Emperor, Ruler, Chief, King, prince, warrior, Duke, Marquess, Earl, Count, Viscount, or Baron but most often as a god. He felt he if didn’t allow heaven to tell him what to do he most definitely was not going to take orders from creatures that were beneath him. The formerly heavenly prince, king, and generally has once been a Watcher over humanity. He grew weary of the tedious task and stepped out of the ethereal and into the corporeal world and has dwell among mankind since. Down through the ages, he has had many loves. But there was one he met before the creation of our world who has always been on his mind and have. He will not rest until he finds her again.
Oops-A-Navy (Navy SEAL Misadventures Book 1)
by Gregg Bell
Genre: Dark Comedy/Humor & Satire/Action Adventure
99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
She thought he was neurotic. He thought she was psychotic. The Navy thought they were the perfect pair.
Shelby Ryder is a loose cannon. A Kansas farm girl, she became a Navy SEAL to avenge her parents, who were killed on vacation when a Russian sub torpedoed their catamaran. Earl Bernstein, from Chicago, became a SEAL to get away from his over-protective parents. Earl’s the sensitive type. He writes poetry and worries about his teeth enamel eroding.
The Navy thought by pairing them together they would balance each other out. They were wrong.
After brushes with the law and staying just this side of sanity, Shelby and Earl are on the verge of being de-SEALed. Now they’ve been given one last chance to redeem themselves.
It’s a simple enough mission: they’re tasked with finding a United States senator who disappeared in Cuba while playing golf. But then one day the president tweets that the Russians are responsible, and things get perilous in a hurry. Soon it becomes clear—if Shelby and Earl don’t get the senator back, the situation will escalate into a nuclear war. So into the steamy Cuban jungles filled with snakes, spies and a German tuba band, the pair ventures, breaking every rule of civilized behavior known to man as they desperately try to find the senator before the missiles fly or Earl runs out of anti-cavity rinse.