Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Walker Goldsmiths and the Hobart Diamond


I've had several brilliant careers in my threescore years and ten plus. One of those careers was owner of a bakery. It was a wholesale bakery where the kids and I made pies for about 21 restaurants in two counties as well as carrot cake and cinnamon rolls for convenience stores.

My sweet husband, Derrill, built the little shack next to our old farmhouse into a commercial kitchen for me. He'd haunt restaurant supply auctions, and in the course of the bakery's existence (15 sleep-deprived years), he got miraculous deals on a commercial 6-burner range, 2 commercial convection ovens, a walk-in refrigerator, a sheeting machine for rolling pie crusts and cinnamon roll dough, and...(drum roll, please)...a 30 quart Hobart mixer that was probably older than I was at the time. I guess it's still older than I am, and that's a bit scary, because it's still in use.

One day, my delivery person wasn't able to take pies around, so I did both the baking and delivery. I stopped at the Dairy Queen for a coke to help keep me awake, since I'd been up baking since two a.m. Sitting in the drive-up window, I was fidgeting with my rings, and I suddenly became aware that they felt different. I looked down, and there, where the diamond usually sat in my engagement ring, was a diamond-size ball of pie dough. The stone had disappeared.

I was devastated. I finished the deliveries and went and cleaned the bakery better than I ever had when I was anticipating the food inspector. No diamond. I waited, hoping I'd be sued by someone who had bit into an apple pie and broken a tooth. That would have brought a host of other problems, but at least I'd have the diamond my husband gave me at the Vista Point above Glen Canyon Dam one Sunday in April, 1961.

It never showed up.

A year or so after I lost my diamond, my mother-in-law came to live with us, and I was her caregiver. I was able to do  that and continue with the carrot cake and cinnamon rolls, but soon her Alzheimer's progressed to the point that I couldn't do both, and so I closed the bakery.

About that time, my daughter Terry and her then-husband Matt were building a house. She wanted to put a licensed commercial kitchen in the house, and she offered to trade the double convection oven and the Hobart mixer for a diamond her husband had purchased years before as an investment. We made the trade, and I again was able to wear my engagement ring. We called it the Hobart diamond.

Luckily, we were friends with goldsmiths Owen and Janet Walker. He replaced the diamond and made sure the prongs were way strong. I've had him check them as the years have passed, not wanting to lose this diamond, but he did such a good job in the beginning that the prongs have stayed strong.

If any of you have read my first Spider Latham Mystery, you've met Owen and Janet, as I wrote them in as silversmiths in The Lodger.  They're marvelous artists, and I have several pairs of earrings created by them.


The lapis lazuli earrings on the left were my first pair of Walker Goldsmith earrings. Derrill gave them to me for Christmas probably twenty years ago. My mother brought the lapis from Afghanistan when she returned from there in 1970.

The amethyst earrings on the right are wonderful, because the setting has a hole in the back so that light shines through.

Several times, when I've been wearing one or the other of these two pairs, I've had strangers stop me and tell me how beautiful my earrings are. It's happened multiple times, and though I wear earrings every day of my life, it's only happened with these two pairs.

Janet and Owen Walker have earned well-deserved recognition for their artistry in gold and silver. Click here to to go their web site and see some of the beautiful custom jewelry they've created. 

But none of their work has been more appreciated than the work they did on the Hobart Diamond.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Buckskin Trail by JoAnn Arnold, a review




I'm proud to be on JoAnn Arnold's blog tour team for her new Young Adult book, The Buckskin Trail.

The book is about Cherokee-Irish Kelzi Tsali, who saw her parents murdered when she was a girl.

The back cover blurb reads: A miracle saved Kelzi's life when she was younger. Now it's her turn to save others. Discovering the truth about her parents' deaths places Kelzi on a dangerous path, one where she must avenge those who have died and protect the land of her Cherokee people--at all costs. Old traditions battle against modern values in this thrilling mystery!

Kelzi survives the trauma of her childhood because of her support system. She's taken to the reservation to live with her grandmother. There, with her extended family and the lore that her grandmother teaches her, continuing the education begun by her Cherokee father, she stays grounded, focused, and prepared for the tasks that are ahead of her.

Arnold's newest book has elements of fantasy in it as well as mystery. Or, if you prefer, spirituality, for one of the main secondary characters is a ghost, though Kelzi calls him her guardian angel. His name is Shannon.

Shannon is my favorite character in the book. A Scotsman when he was alive in the 1700s, he is colorful (can you have a colorful ghost?), inventive, and wise. And good with a needle.


 "It seems ye jumped right into the well like a slung-stane,” Shannon tells Kelzi when she meets a handsome, all-grown-up friend from her childhood who obviously thinks Kelzi turned out pretty well, too. “Me thinks ye’ve caught his attention.”

Shannon has lots of pithy words of wisdom:
      "Thar’ll be those ‘oo know of ye, but’ll nae know yer face.” Shannon’s voice broke through her thoughts…. Thar’ll be those ‘oo know nothin’ at all. But they’ll be glancin’ at ye as ye walk by, fer the lovely face they’ll be ssin’, an’ yer ta smile kindly as ta nae be thought unfriendly.”
     “I think what you’re trying to tell me is that by smiling, I’ll come across as a tall woman with a pretty face, a friendly smile, and soon forgotten. To show no emotion, I’ll be seen as an unfriendly woman with an attitude.”
     “Couldn’t have said it better meself.” Shannon gave her one of his angelic smiles.


The Buckskin Trail starts a little slow as you learn about Kelzi's childhood, adolescence and education, but it ratchets up when she receives a centuries-old parchment deed wrapped in buckskin for safekeeping. This is what her parents were killed for, and the people who murdered her parents are now coming after her.

With Shannon calling the intricate shots, justice is served, and there are several happy endings. It doesn't get any more satisfying than that.








Thursday, February 18, 2016

Liz and the Raising Kane Quilt Retreat


Every February I accompany nineteen quilters to a beautiful house near Zion National Park for a quilt retreat. I'm not a quilter. I go to write. And cook.

The house is a beautiful three story house with seven bedrooms, lots of bathrooms, and a wonderful, well-stocked kitchen. It also has a large room downstairs with tables available so that each of the ladies can set up her sewing machine, cutting apparatus, and pressing equipment. If you're interested in this particular rental, perhaps for a family reunion or a retreat, click here to see it. 

While there, I worked on chapter six of my new Spider Latham Novel, to be titled Death on the Red Rocks.  I was able to rescue Spider after he had been knocked out and tossed into Peekaboo Canyon during a rainstorm.

The ladies I accompanied were busy during that time, too. One of the things they did was to make a quilt top for me. Ilene Ott was in charge, and she had each lady bring some white and some printed fabric. She had each make a pinwheel block, and Alana Robinson put them together. What precision! All the points are perfect, and where they're joined, the block edges are precise. Pamela France made a binding that came with the top in a sweet little gift bag


There were three rows of double tables downstairs, and each quilter had not only her sewing machine, but cutting tools and a pressing board and iron set up.





 This is the middle row of quilters. Muriel is showing her star center she finished. I can't remember who's behind the airplane quilt below.





 Peggy was working with paper piecing making this clever cat block. On the right, Micky shows the Hunter's Star she put together.









Judy (left) and Alana (Right) are working on the same pattern. I can't remember the name, but again, the points are so precise!







Nannell makes exquisite quilts.  At left, she sits with some of the felt applique pieces she's assembling. At right is a 'farm quilt' she made. Below is a close up of the chicken block that's in this quilt.  


  Keela is making a graduation quilt for her diesel mechanic grandson. She pieced a strip quilt and will applique the felt trucks on them. On the right, Ilene is holding up a sampler quilt she made.

Here's a 'You've Got Mail' quilt made by Pamela.


You can see why I'd enjoy spending three days with these ladies. What a creative bunch! There were lots more quilts a-building and people that I didn't have a chance to highlight here. Next year I'll do a better job of chronicling all the quilts.





Saturday, January 9, 2016

BARBARA and PHOENIX - A review of two movies


As I said in my previous post, my mother always said, “Start out the way you mean to go on.”

I watched the film Barbara on New Year’s Day. I watched Phoenix the day after. It would be wonderful indeed if I could continue my movie watching year with films as visually beautiful and as moral compass-ish as these two. Even if my husband, Derrill, did say, “What?! Subtitles?”

Both movies are directed by Christian Petzold and both star Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld. Both have gorgeous photography, but each has a different plot and a different feel to it. Both are beyond excellent.

First, Barbara. This movie is set in East Germany in the 1980s. For those of us who lived through the cold war, our news consciousness was shot through with tales of people who had risked everything to escape the iron curtain countries. I remember one family who built a hot air balloon and successfully flew over the Berlin wall. I had a math instructor in college who had come through in a wagonful of cabbages. We forgave him his intense manner and sarcasm because of that.

What I’m trying to say is that I brought something to this film that young moviegoers might not bring, for the pivot point of this film is that Barbara, an East German doctor, is desperate to get out. Her punishment for even filling out an official request to leave is exile to a provincial hospital on the Baltic Sea.

Nina Hoss as Barbara is all angles, competent, and brittle. Ronald Zehrfeld  as fellow doctor André Reiser  is—cuddly isn’t the word I want. Safe? Maybe not safe, but watching him gives you the feeling of a safe harbor on the Baltic Sea.  

One of the beauties of Barbara, and there are many, is that it trusts the intelligence of its audience.  We are able to read Barbara’s character and that of her fellow doctor, André Reiser, through their nuanced conversations and body language. 

The English subtitles are sometimes hard to make out when they’re set against a light backdrop. I would say it might be a good idea to read through the plot outline on Wikipedia before you begin. It won’t destroy the movie for you, for the way Christian Petzold gets from Barbara’s arrival at the hospital to the scene on the beach when she makes her sacrifice is masterful. Knowing the plot will leave you free to concentrate on the wonderful dialog (even in translation) and the photography.

I must say that that last scene has stayed with me. You don’t need to speak German to understand what Hoss and Zehrfeld say with their eyes.

Now to Phoenix. Ah! What a splendid film. I watched it twice in as many days. It was better the second time, because I was able to watch Ronald Zehrfeld, as Johnny,  miss all the important clues because of his tunnel vision, his hell-bent desire for his late wife’s money.

The film is set just after World War II. Nelly returns from the camps wounded in the face and is brought to a hospital by her friend Lene for reconstructive surgery. Nelly is anxious to find her husband, Johnny. Before the war she was a cabaret singer and he was her accompanist. As she goes looking for him, she finds him bussing tables at The Phoenix, a spot frequented by American soldiers.

Though the surgeons tried to recreate how she had looked before, Johnny doesn’t recognize Nelly. However, the surgeons have done well enough that he asks her to impersonate his wife. There is enough of a resemblance that he feels he can train her to pass as Nelly.

Lene warns Nelly that Johnny betrayed her, a Jewess, to the police, and it is because of him that she was arrested and sent to the camps. Nelly refuses to believe it. However, she doesn’t reveal her identity to Johnny but instead goes along with his scheme to present her as his wife so he can get her inheritance, since she alone of her family ‘survived.’


Neither Nina Hoss nor Ronald Zehrfeld  in Phoenix resemble the characters they play in Barbara. Nelly certainly isn’t competent and brittle. She’s broken and desperate. Johnny is desperate, too. He’s not broken, but he’s psychologically and spiritually maimed, perhaps haunted. No safe harbor there.


Both of these are great movies, must see movies. They’re movies you should see with friends and then discuss. They’re grown-up movies. Not because of language or sexual content, but because they deal with serious subjects and themes. But both are absolutely must-see films.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Be Kind to Your Tenor Section


I've been a church choir director for several decades now. My success lies in the fact that I don't get overly anxious when people don't come to choir practice.  Maybe someday I'll blog on the tried and true Liz Adair Method of Choir Directing.

But right now I want to talk about the choir I had in Sedro Woolley, Washington. It was a great choir, and some of them even came to practice. I had several children and grandchildren in the congregation, and I leaned on all of them to attend, but there wasn't a tenor among 'em.

Enter Keiffer (Keith) Marino. He was a nice looking young fellow. Gorgeous tenor voice. Came to practice. Boy, we were really cooking when Keiffer was there.

Sadly, he transferred out to better things (he was in the navy). That must have been five years ago. I've gone on to different climes and different choirs, but I heard his voice again yesterday.

My son-in-law sent me a Youtube video of Keiffer singing the national anthem at this year's Holiday Bowl. Take a listen. The caption was, "The way our National Anthem should be sung."

Yea Verily. 





Monday, November 30, 2015

Cold River is FREE as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, itunes

 
I'm offering my book COLD RIVER as a free ebook for a period of time.  You can get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble (Nook), itunes and Smashwords.

Here are the links:
Click here to find it on Amazon.

Click here for a Nook ebook.

Click here for an itunes ebook.

Click here for a copy on Smashwords. 

Enjoy!

And tell a friend.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tons of ebooks seriously discounted for 5 days.



A couple of groups of authors have banded together to offer a huge list of ebooks marking down prices to a range from FREE to $1.99, with the majority of them marked  FREE or $0.99.

I'll list my books first  and then I'll give you a link to Bookmarked Bargains where one list is. After that is a list of 23 more seriously discounted books..

Now for my books:


First the FREE one. This one is set in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.

COLD RIVER:


Mandy Steenburg thinks her doctorate in education has prepared her to run any school district—until she tangles with the residents of a backwoods district in the Pacific Northwest. When Mandy lands in the middle of an old feud and someone keeps trying to kill her, instinct tells her to run. With the river rising, will she find a reason to stay and chance the odds?

Click here for a purchase link. Remember the price for Cold River is FREE.


These next ebooks are each $0.99. They're both set in the red rock country of Southern Utah.


TROUBLE AT THE RED PUEBLO

Who’s Spider Latham? Think John Wayne meets Miss Marple. Spider is called in to untangle the web of lies and deceit that threatens to ruin the Red Pueblo Museum. And when a handsome playboy is killed with the museum’s Anasazi axe, things really get dicey.

Click here for a purchase link. The Price for Trouble at the Red Pueblo is $0.99.



THE McCARRAN COLLECTION

Bridget Olasfson, a beautiful archivist with a painful secret, comes to Utah's brilliant red rock country to catalog the McCarran Collection. She finds herself caught up in a dangerous intrigue involving a lost boy, a drug cartel, and possibly murder. What will she do when the only way to save the boy is to give up the man she loves?

Click here for a purchase link. The price for The McCarran Collection is $0.99.



Here's a link to the Bookmarked Bargain Page. These books will be on sale from Oct. 12th to the 16th.  Before you move over to that site, read through the list below to find 23 other books priced from FREE to $1.99.

Check out these books listed below before you travel to the Bookmarked Bargains Page. 

This sale lasts from Oct. 12th through the 17th.


It's time for another HUGE multi-author promotion! We've gathered a robust collection of books for you to choose from, all of which are rated PG13 and below. There's something here for everyone--we even have some non-fiction! Listed alphabetically by the author's first name. Enjoy!

Discern


Andrea Pearson

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: PG - PG13 for fantasy violence
Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Available on Kindle, iTunes, Kobo, Nook

As an FYI: Praxis, Perceive, and Observe, books two-four of this series, are available for $0.99 for the week of this promotion only (down from $4.99).

Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

This doesn’t stop her from competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

Nicole turns to her best friend, Lizzie, for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.

Dissension


Adrienne Monson

Original Price: $8.99
Sale Price: $1.99
Movie Rating: PG13 for violence, two swear words, and sexual innuendo
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Available on KindleNook

Leisha used to be a loving mother with a perfect family, but that was more than 2,000 years ago. Though she holds the memory of that time dear to her heart, she must now focus on trying to escape the eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy her people. Leisha soon finds herself captured by the government, only to be saved by a young and mysterious human girl. What follows is the beginning of a long and tortuous journey as Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can bring an end to the conflict—the prophecy child.

Blood Crown

Ali Cross

Original Price: $4.99
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG13 for violence and sensuality
Genre: Science Fiction

Available on Kindle, iTunes, Nook

Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them. But it wasn't always so. Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorem was to be humanity's crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space. But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead. Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight. When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes--but Sera's Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence. Their only hope is the Blood Crown--but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind.

What If It's Love?

Alix Nichols

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: PG13 for sensuality
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Available on Kindle, Kindle UK

What If It's Love? is Book One in the Bistro La Bohème series. Book Two, Falling for Emma, is on sale on Kindle for $0.99 (regularly priced $3.99) October 14-20.

When the hottest man in Paris - Rob Dumont - shows interest in geeky, introverted heiress Lena, she suspects something fishy.

And so she should.








A New Beginning


Amelia C. Adams

Original Price: $2.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: PG for light kissing and mild violence
Genre: Western Romance

Available on Kindle, iTunes

Handsome young heir Adam Brody sees nothing but possibilities in the sprawling old building he's just purchased. With a little hard work, he will transform it into a hotel to meet the needs of those traveling by railroad. Aunt Caroline believes he's lost his mind, but she agrees to help him give it a try.

Left a widow with a small daughter, Elizabeth Caldwell must find work. When she sees an advertisement in the newspaper inquiring about cheerful young women to work in a hotel, she decides to apply. However, the hotel owner specifically requested single ladies, so she must hide her former marital status, and her child, if she wishes to get the job.

With cloudy pasts to overcome, both Adam and Elizabeth want to believe in a bright future. Will they find the strength they need in each other, or will their differences keep them apart?

Return to Moon Lake


Amy Gamet

Original Price: $2.99
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG13 for behind closed doors sex
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Available on Kindle, Nook

Lisa Addario is struggling to make peace with her family and her own bad decisions, while ex-soldier Greg Mora is desperate to carve a new life for himself after war. Can two broken people heal the wounds from their past, or will their demons destroy their chance at happiness forever?

Books in the Love on the Lake series (each can be read as a stand-alone story):

Treasure on Moon Lake (Tori and Jed)
Fortune on Moon Lake (Melanie and Rafael)
Return to Moon Lake (Lisa and Greg)

The Superstitious Romance


Anastasia Alexander

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG
Genre: Sweet Romance

Available on Kindle, Nook

Friday the 13th has always been unlucky for history professor Camille Britain, and this one doesn't seem any different. In an effort to escape her failed marriage, Camille is renting a cabin in beautiful Island Park, Idaho, where she meets wildlife photographer Jackson Armstrong, who scoffs at her superstitious ways and infuriates her with his offers of help.

Camille doesn't need another man—not even one as compelling and attractive as Jackson. Especially when he seems hung up on another woman. And yet Camille can’t deny the passion between them or the way Jackson makes her feel.

This Friday the 13th upsets both their worlds by forcing Camille and Jackson to see things about themselves, their families, and each other that might—with a little help—change them forever. Maybe this time superstition is on their side.

The Superstitious Romance is a "sweet romance" about a strong woman who feels weak, a man who doubts himself, and a powerful love that changes everything.

Exodus


Andreas Christensen

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: PG13 for mild profanity and violence. No sex
Genre: Science Fiction

Available on Kindle, iTunes, Kobo, Nook

When mankind faces extinction, how can anyone survive?

In 2072, Earth faces the ultimate extinction event. In an America turned authoritarian, a race against time begins. To send a starship to a distant planet, where the remains of humanity can survive. Only a small number will be chosen for this final endeavor to save mankind from extinction, and among the contenders only the most resourceful will have a chance.

But while the government wants to choose loyal subjects in order to create another version of the society they have engineered, there are those who secretly conspire to let the starfarers choose their own destiny, free from the bonds of their mother world.

As mankind on Earth faces its final blow, the selected few set course for Aurora, more than 40 light years away!

Follow Tina Hammer, scramjet pilot and officer, Kenneth Taylor, Harvard professor and alienated by the nation he once held so dear, Maria Solis, daughter to one of the richest men in the world, a girl who would never have been chosen, except for her dad's money, on their various paths toward the greatest adventure in human history.

The Captain of Her Heart, Vol I of the Buchanan Saga


Anita Stansfield

Original Price: $6.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: PG13 for mature content, mild language, and mild sexual implications
Genre: Historical Romance

Available on KindleNook

The year is 1777. As the brooding mists of war settle over a stark American battlefield, Captain Ritcherd Buchanan yearns for his native England—and for Kyrah Payne, the woman he loves. Wounded and disheartened, he eventually returns home, only to have Kyrah torn cruelly away from him and deported for a crime she didn’t commit. Desperate to bring her home, he joins a band of privateers and finds himself embracing the American patriot cause—a cause he’d once sworn to defeat.

All alone in a country at war, Kyrah becomes a victim of the breach between her own impoverished circumstances and the aristocratic upbringing of the man she loves. They had been best friends and confidants for more than half her life, but now she wonders if Ritcherd will ever be able to find her—or if he’ll even try. And she fears that the chasm between their worlds can never be bridged.

A powerful and deeply moving saga, its intricate plot expertly woven and guaranteed to keep any reader turning its pages. The only disappointment is that the book ends!

Moonlight

Ann Hunter

Original Price: $2.99
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG13 for mild violence and romance
Genre: YA Fantasy

Available on Kindle

"My most beloved brothers, and father,
I feel as though I have failed you. With Mother's death and the threat of Ciatlllait's dark powers looming, I am not sure I am strong enough to save you. But I will try.
War is coming. I am just one girl. I feel so small, but I will draw strength from Mother's final words: You are never alone."
--Aowyn

One vow. One curse. One thousand moons.

While Princess Aowyn's six brothers are favored by their father, Aowyn is the jewel in her mother's crown. When the Queen dies, Aowyn takes a vow to protect her brothers and father from the hungry eyes of the queen's handmaiden, Ciatlllait - who is more than she seems.

In order to save her family, Aowyn risks a dangerous deal with the dark creature Sylas Mortas. But magic comes with a price: and Aowyn soon realizes the one she has paid is too steep.

Only true love can reverse the spell...but it will take one thousand moons. Can she keep to her word with war and romance on the horizon?

Set in a Celtic world, "Moonlight" is the story of faith and true love woven through a breathtaking coming of age retelling of the classic fairy tale "The Swan Princess"

Dead Running

Cami Checketts

Original Price: $4.49
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG for mild violence
Genre: Clean Romantic Suspense

Available on Kindle

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them?

A light-hearted and clean romantic suspense, by #1 Bestselling Christian author, Cami Checketts, Dead Running will have you lacing up your running shoes and racing for the sequel, Dying to Run.

ConQuest


Dhayaa Anbajagane

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: G
Genre: Science Fiction

Available on Kindle

An ordinary man would fear the realm of the unknown.
An extraordinary boy would conquer it.
Enemies can come from a different country, different continent or even a different planet, but what if they came from a different Universe? When a freak space phenomenon threatens to tear open the ancient seals of the Universe, teenage rookie Q and his crew are told to head out and gather vital data on the situation.
What they weren't told is they wouldn't be coming back.
Thrilling, adventurous and action-packed, ConQuest promises to be a page turning read that'll always keep you guessing.

New World Orders


Edward G. Talbot

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG13 for action violence and some profanity
Genre: Political (Action) Thriller

Available on Kindle

Killing Kennedy was only the beginning. . .

In the nineteen-sixties, a group of wealthy men concludes that it's already too late to stop global warming from destroying the planet. But they have a plan to save themselves.

Twenty years later, Jack Crowley and Jim Patterson stumble onto the conspiracy, and every answer they find is accompanied by more questions - and more deaths.

Jack is a former idealist, turned cynical by his years working as a New York tabloid editor. But his enthusiasm returns as he looks into the work of a NASA scientist who tells Jack about cover-ups at the space agency. Jim is a detective with little patience for conspiracy nuts. But he hates loose ends, and is unable to let go of the inconsistencies in another suspicious NASA death. Soon, his investigation leads him to Jack, and they join forces.

As Jack and Jim dig deeper, they are targeted by the type of killers that don't usually miss. From Washington to Las Vegas to the Middle East, they manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers in a race to expose the truth, and maybe, just maybe, save the world.

With No Regrets

Julie N. Ford

Original Price: $4.99
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG13 for mature themes, mild innuendo, farmer swearing, and a couple of passionate kisses
Genre: Women's Fiction/Romance

Available on Kindle, iTunesNook

Living With No Regrets Is Harder Than It Seems

Finley isn’t exactly sure when her life began to feel unfamiliar. She suspects the transformation started long before she caught her husband and fellow garden club member doing the white-trash-two-step on her new Bernhardt sofa. Now free from the shackles of a loveless marriage, and with her children off to college, she’s finally able to go searching for the missing pieces of her heart.

Finley’s best friend, Cathyanne, is already working hard to ensure that Finley finds true love this time around. But when Finley is unwittingly tossed into the arms of two men—their sexy trainer and her neighbor, a popular country star—Cathyanne fears finding the right guy will be more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

For Finley, building a new life feels as impossible as flying a paper airplane to the moon. But maybe, just maybe, with the right help, she will find her whole heart—even if it’s in the very last place she thinks to look.

To Swallow the Earth


Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox

Original Price: $3.75
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: PG for violence
Genre: Western Suspense

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108 years in the making! What if you came home after a journey and your family was no longer there? What if someone else was living in your house, running what you used to manage—and trying to kill you?
Wade Forester must stay in the shadows because, it seems, everyone has reason to shoot him. His father has disappeared, and his sister won’t speak a word to anyone. Beautiful Patricia Laughlin is searching for her family as well. Few people gain her trust or approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun just might be the man to do it.
After a clash throws them to opposite sides, Wade must decide if risking his life to help Patricia is worth the trouble. Bridger must win Patricia’s heart, and Patricia must learn which killer to trust with her life.
Set in Nevada’s historic silver rush, and reminiscent of Crichton, Grey, and L’Amour, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the era and area. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength—and that of his animals—for survival, just as these characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail and care for the terrain and its creatures into a mystery that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the “rarefied air” of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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Cold River


Liz Adair

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Movie Rating: PG for some mild adult themes
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Mandy Steenburg thinks her doctorate in education has prepared her to run any school district - until she tangles with the moonshine-making, coon-dog-owning denizens of a tiny district in Pacific Northwest timber country. She's determined to make a difference, but the local populace still looks to the former superintendent for leadership. When Mandy lands in the middle of an old feud and someone keeps trying to kill her, instinct tells her to run. And though she has to literally swim through perilous waters, she finds a reason to stay and chance the odds.

Finding Success in Failure


Lucas Carlson

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Genre: Non-fiction Business Advice

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Want to make millions (or even billions) as an entrepreneur in just 18 months? 

So did I. And I used to read anything that promised it. 

It was a constant disappointment. Time after time I would read these books feeling like I couldn't apply or reproduce their efforts. 

But after 10 years of struggling, something finally clicked. I signed up over 100,000 users for what started out as just a side project, raised almost $10 million, and ended up having my company acquired. 

So what did I do differently? 

The real question you should be asking is what I DIDN'T do to find success in failure.

In every field, from chess to gymnastics, we can make bigger gains by reducing mistakes than by making winning moves. This is especially true in business. We study the greats, trying to extract valuable lessons, when avoiding a few key blunders would be more valuable. 

Fortunately, advice on what not to do is universally applicable. The ways to fall down the mountain are shared by all climbers, no matter which path they've chosen. 

This book is here to teach you how NOT to fall down the mountain. 

How can you be an entrepreneur that beats the odds? How do you build a successful business that not only changes the world for the better, but creates generational wealth for you and your family? You simply need to avoid mistakes -- and this book will show you how.

You Belong with Me


Melissa Storm

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Would you let your dog choose your boyfriend?

Maybe Charlie Rockwell should have thought a little harder before adopting the large, out-of-control rescue dog she saw featured on the local news—but, then again, her life has always been best with no waiting, no attachments, nobody to hold her back.

Will Porter lives a life of order and routine, so, of course, he's miffed when a savage Rottweiler picks a fight with his golden retriever at the dog park. His anger quickly vanishes when he looks into the tearful eyes of the dog's owner—eyes that look strikingly similar to his ex's. Even though he'd like nothing more than to run in the other direction, he's unable to ignore the beautiful stranger's request for help in taming her new dog.

Can Will get past her resemblance to his ex and finally learn to love—and trust—again? And can Charlie find the fun in a simpler existence? Who knows, maybe opposites really do attract.

Paladin: Pawn

Michael Young

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Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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When nerdy eighth-grader Rich Witz unwittingly becomes a paladin, a white knight in training, he is thrust into a world where flunking a test can change the course of history, and a mysterious bully is playing for keeps with his life.

Rich’s grandmother leaves him one thing before disappearing for good—a white chess pawn with his initials engraved on it. The pawn marks him as the next in an ancient line of white knights. He must prove himself in a life-or-death contest against his nemesis, a dark knight in training. With the ghost of an ancestor for his guide, he has seven days to complete four tasks of valor before his nemesis does, or join his guide in the realm of the dead. 

Paradise Lot

R.E. Vance

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Movie Rating: PG13
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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The gods are gone. All of them.

Their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps.

Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on earth. Trouble is, after eons of living forever, they're not very good at being mortal.

Caught in the middle is Jean-Luc, a struggling hotelier who (reluctantly) promised to help these wayward 'Others' live in this new GoneGod world. But taking care of his guests, keeping his hotel afloat and dealing with the constant drama of the Others' lives is figuratively killing him. And now that an unusually strange Other is in town, his figurative demise might soon become more literal.

Paradise Lot is a new urban fantasy series by R.E. Vance that chronicles the adventures of the humans and 'Others' alike, as they struggle to navigate this strange, new post apocalyptic godless world.

The January Cove Series: Books 1-5


Rachel Hanna

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The first 5 books of the January Cove series!

Welcome to January Cove, a quaint beach town on the coast of Georgia where true love always wins and happy endings are the catch of the day.

In the first 5 books of the January Cove series, you'll meet the Parker family. There are 4 brothers (Kyle, Aaron, Jackson and Brad) and one sister (Addison). Books 1-5 follow each of the siblings through the trials of falling in love, and you'll also meet their mother, Adele, who raised her five children alone after becoming a widow at a young age.

These books will make you swoon and leave you wanting more. Don't start reading them before bed or you may not get a wink of sleep!

The January Cove series books are the perfect beach reads. If you love small town romance set in a beach town with rich characters and amazing love stories, this series will be a new favorite!

Numbers Game


Rebecca Rode

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Genre: Dystopian (Science Fiction)

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Treena isn't sure she wants to be Rated anymore. Sure, she's prepared for Rating Day her entire life. Sure, she's one of the top contenders in Level Three school. But this number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. And then there's the the issue of being within 100 points of her top-rated boyfriend if they'll attend the academy together.

But Rating Day comes and her number is announced--and it shocks everyone.

To get her life and boyfriend back, Treena must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and gorgeous brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

The Change


Teyla Branton

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Death, Life, or Love—Unbounded Always Play for Keeps

There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities.

Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, the Emporium and the Renegades, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene.

As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin’s undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps.

Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make The Change an exciting addition to the world of romantic urban fantasy.