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Hard Shell Word Factory

Hard Shell Word Factory publishes book-length works by new and established authors, for sale in electronic formats and trade paperback. Genres include many bestselling, award-winning books in non-fiction and fiction--Romance (all categories), Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Western, Historical, Mainstream, Young Adult and Children's books.

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1 A Caduceus is for Killing [MultiFormat]
by Diana Kirk
  When Dr. Andrea Pearson, an AIDS researcher, finds Dr. Milton Grafton mutilated and brutally murdered, she begins a descent into the bizarre that threatens her academic appointment and ultimately, her life. Homicide detective, Gary Krastowitcz, isn't prejudiced. He suspects everyone equally. The social implications of Grafton's murder lead the detective to a list of implausible suspects until he learns that things are not always what they seem. And so it begins... [#1 Best Author on the Internet... more info>> (Published: 1996) EPIC eBook Award Winner

Words: 66167 - Reading Time: 189-264 min.
Category: Suspense/Thriller/Mystery/Crime
16 Reader Ratings:
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2 Beverly Hills Voodoo [MultiFormat]
by L. F. Crawford
  Beverly Hills detective Art Murry has seen it all--or so he thinks. Then he's handed the grisly decapitation of Julia Garoute--his big ticket to regaining his reputation as a hot shot homicide detective. But can he and his rookie partner, Billy "the Kid," solve the crime before another detective steals the case and the glory--specifically the cop who broke up Murry's marriage? If a new partner and the threat of losing the case aren't enough, Julia's headless corpse leads Murry into the murky wor... more info>> (Published: 2005) Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award Nominee, EPIC eBook Award Finalist

Words: 75403 - Reading Time: 215-301 min.
Category: Suspense/Thriller
4 Reader Ratings:
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3 Highlander [MultiFormat]
by Celia Dunbar
  Luke MacRae has every reason to hate Lindsay and the dreaded English of Longshanks army. Haunted by the grueling death of his twin brother, Luke seeks revenge against those responsible. He gains the opportunity when a group of Lindsays are spotted near his keep. Among the captives is a haunting woman named Skye. Bearing the scar of an English blade across her face, Skye has her own reasons to detest the Lindsays. Widowed and barren, she was returning to her home when her group encountered Luke. ... more info>> (Published: 1999)

Words: 78729 - Reading Time: 224-314 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
30 Reader Ratings:
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4 Love Thy Enemy [MultiFormat]
by Judith Lynn
  He holds her father captive and threatens his life. She must lie with him until she bears him a son. She hates him; he scorns her. She will do what she must. He will make her do more--much more. Inextricably joined with her father's enemy, Tora Oddvarsdatter feels like a traitor when pulsing desire and sensual pleasure rock her each time Jarl Magnus takes her into his masculine embrace. Magnus won't allow Tora to lie stiffly beneath him as if she were a suffering martyr. In the blanketing darkne... more info>> (Published: 2001)

Words: 93697 - Reading Time: 267-374 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
128 Reader Ratings:
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5 Sound the Ram's Horn [MultiFormat]
by S. Joan Popek
  Sometime in the near future, a baby is born that defies all the known medical laws. Genetically, his doctors say he is "all wrong," because they have no medical terms for his condition. They maintain that he should not live, yet he does. He and a few others like him are born with DNA patterns that, according to medical knowledge, should not exist. Yet, they do exist and their unique powers seem super human--but are they? Joshua and the Golden Children begin an adventure into the realm of human c... more info>> (Published: 2002) Frankfurt eBook Award Nominee

Words: 45800 - Reading Time: 130-183 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Spiritual/Religion
17 Reader Ratings:
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6 1853 Los Angeles Gangs [MultiFormat]
by Steven W. Knight
  Novelized history of lawless L.A. gangs of 1853 and the Rangers who battled them. Rebel Mexican leader with twice the troops as the LAPD decides to overthrow California's Government. Problem. He underestimates ONE police volunteer. In Horace Bell's viewpoint, L.A. beckoned with love and police work. Also, he could study for the Bar. Violence brought his rapid retribution. For Paulette Bovierre, with a lost love in France, Horace Bell had a promising future. She was pure strength in adversity. In... more info>> (Published: 2002)

Words: 70300 - Reading Time: 200-281 min.
Category: Historical Fiction/Mystery/Crime

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7 A Bid for Independence [MultiFormat]
by Karla Hocker
  Cherry Sinclair had to come to London, not to enter the whirl of the social Season, but to fulfill her dream of becoming a successful concert pianist. Though she eschewed the ton, Cherry found herself embroiled in social difficulties from the moment she reached town...but how was she to know that her very first audition would take place in a house of ill-repute? And why was the mistress of the dashing Duke of Belcourt, the beautiful Lady Aberlaine, doing her best to sully Cherry's name? And most... more info>> (Published: 2000) RITA Award Finalist

Words: 83916 - Reading Time: 239-335 min.
Category: Romance
30 Reader Ratings:
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8 A Dazzling Spring [Cranky Otter Series Book 3] [MultiFormat]
by C. J. Winters
  It's the 1963 holiday season in New York, and talented actress Danica Britt is newly engaged to Tyler Newton, star of their television sitcom. History professor-novelist Zane McCaul visits the studio and encounters Dannie, who is being considered for the starring role in the tv production of his best-seller. Although Zane is fourteen years her senior and burdened by a polio-limp, his subtle charisma and ironic expression reveal an inner star quality that soon draws Dannie's professional and pers... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 52417 - Reading Time: 149-209 min.
Category: Historical Fiction
3 Reader Ratings:
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9 A Kind of Justice [MultiFormat]
by Judith R. Parker
  A KIND OF JUSTICE is an anthology of mystery, suspense and horror that takes the reader from Southern California to the Caribbean, from Tennessee to Mexico and points in between. Justice can have many faces. (Published: 2000) EPIC eBook Award Finalist

Words: 23756 - Reading Time: 67-95 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Horror
7 Reader Ratings:
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10 A Madcap Scheme [MultiFormat]
by Karla Hocker
  It was a most outrageous scheme--but necessary if Olivia Fenshawe was to save her brother's reputation. Cutting her hair and donning his clothes, she daringly assumed his post as secretary to the dashing Earl of Worth--but, of course, it could not last. Unmasked, and with her brother still missing, Olivia is compelled to give in to the infuriating Earl's demand that she exchange one masquerade for another: that of his betrothed. Truly, a situation that could only be described as a madcap scheme. (Published: 2000)

Words: 98000 - Reading Time: 280-392 min.
Category: Romance
33 Reader Ratings:
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11 A Portrait in Time [MultiFormat]
by Barbara Donlon Bradley
  Trey Dalton is having a very bad day. Someone is trying to destroy his plantation, his mettlesome aunt has come to visit, and some strange woman has appeared on his doorstep spouting some nonsense about coming from the future. Alexandra Tibideaux's day isn't any better. After racing from California to New Orleans because of an urgent message from her grandmother, Alex learns that all Grams wanted was to tour an old plantation, where Alex finds an exact likeness of herself. When curiosity causes ... more info>> (Published: 2001) World Romance Writers Crystal Globe Award 3rd Place Winner

Words: 84637 - Reading Time: 241-338 min.
Category: Romance
59 Reader Ratings:
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12 A Quest for Love [MultiFormat]
by Barbara Donlon Bradley
  Saving a planet is a daunting job, yet that is what Arian must do. Beat the bad guy. Now, add a shapeshifting protector that makes her think of heated kises and not bad guys, her own mage abilities going haywire, and a bad guy who is far too serious about his job. [Cover by Dirk A. Wolf] (Published: 2004) Dream Realm Award Finalist: Best Cover Art

Words: 75519 - Reading Time: 215-302 min.
Category: Romance/Science Fiction
64 Reader Ratings:
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13 A Rare Passion [MultiFormat]
by Lucille Bellucci
  Linden Bradley, an American biologist, is invited down to Brazil to help rescue animals dislodged by flood when the biggest hydroelectric project in the world goes online. She meets Cole Dominguez, a rancher who dreams of beating Argentina's monopoly on the export of beef. Linden has a one-year sabbatical from her research facility in New York State. She and Cole fall deeply in love, but both have a lot of old wounds to work through before their love has a chance. Cole has been cynical about mar... more info>> (Published: 2000)

Words: 69130 - Reading Time: 197-276 min.
Category: Romance
2 Reader Ratings:
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14 A Star in the Earth [Sequel to Moon Night] [MultiFormat]
by C. J. Winters
  It's 1907. Alerted by her time-traveled parents (MOON NIGHT) that Jake Livingston, 39, plans to wed Marguerite Desmond, willful Emilee Schuyier, 19, charges home to Boulder, Colorado to set him straight. The problem is, how do you seduce the man who's loved you like a big brother from the day you were born? Emilee tackles the problem obliquely. She and Jake are privy to knowledge of important coming events through the 'future history' remembered by her parents, now touring in Europe. Announcing ... more info>> (Published: 2004)

Words: 60564 - Reading Time: 173-242 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
4 Reader Ratings:
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15 A Tender Magic [MultiFormat]
by Linda Madl
  The Heiress...Out of necessity Leandra of Lyonesse knows more about archery than the fine art of pleasing a man. She paces the castle's battlements with an archer's bow clutched in her delicate hands. Constantly threatened by brigands, she has accepted the proposal of a powerful, older earl who can protect her homeland. But, she is woefully ignorant of the ways of men and women. Fearing this marriage might fail without help, she does the only thing she knows to do... she secretly seeks the help ... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 89669 - Reading Time: 256-358 min.
Category: Romance/Historical Fiction
12 Reader Ratings:
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16 A Wizard Scorned [MultiFormat]
by Patricia White
  Jane Murdock doesn't believe in magic, wizards, or any other matters arcane, but that doesn't stop her from running afoul of a wizard and feeling the full brunt of the old adage: Hell hath no fury like a wizard scorned. Will, an untried wizard, is only trying to take wizard-order brides back to his home world when he, too, finds trouble can wear a beautiful face. The trouble can be very bad, for him and the brides, especially when the pretty face belongs to the evil, love-struck wizard Cordelia,... more info>> (Published: 1998) Preditors and Editors Reader's Poll Best Fiction, EPIC eBook Award Finalist, Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll: Best Up and Coming Author, Sapphire Award Winner

Words: 89100 - Reading Time: 254-356 min.
Category: Fantasy/Romance
48 Reader Ratings:
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17 Academy of the Dead [A Matt Rider Detective Thriller] [MultiFormat]
by Christopher Wright
  Matt Rider is made an offer that seems too good to miss. Go to Prague, find some priceless music manuscripts--and share in a fortune. Unfortunately, even for a confident backstreet PI, the clues are rather thin on the ground. All Matt knows is that a young Jewish girl called Hana Eisler had the manuscripts in Prague in 1942. Using old records from the Helios Music Academy in England, Matt tracks Hana's movements to a Nazi concentration camp in the Czech Republic. And there the trail seems to end... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 74449 - Reading Time: 212-297 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
3 Reader Ratings:
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18 Adventures of the Teen Furies [MultiFormat]
by MaryJanice Davidson
  Andrea Grouper, chronic wise-ass and Air Force brat, has plenty to keep her busy. When she isn't battling her chauvinist father for freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, she's keeping a wary eye on her best friend (who is under psychiatric care), avoiding her best friend's creepily manic boyfriend, fending off the poetic attentions of her own boyfriend, and hiding her crush on his best friend. Add an uncaring school and a loving but clueless family to the mix, and you've got Andrea's life in ... more info>> (Published: 1999)

Words: 64500 - Reading Time: 184-258 min.
Category: Young Adult
26 Reader Ratings:
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19 Aliens and Satanic Creatures Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply [MultiFormat]
by Tony Ruggiero
  Do you think its easy being an alien, a satanic creature or anything else not considered part of the Homo sapiens only club? They have tough days just like humans do and their frustration is growing. Don't believe it? Well, what about Lucifer, the prince of darkness, who runs a car dealership--what about his feelings when he is faced with that impossible sale and he can't get that signature on form 666, the standard soul contract? Or maybe you wondered about how an extremely vain alien copes wit... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 113137 - Reading Time: 323-452 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Dark Fantasy
29 Reader Ratings:
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20 America's Crisis: The Direct Democracy and Direct Education Solution [MultiFormat]
by Daniel B. Jeffs
  Frustrated by the Presidential Elections, Media, Politics and Government? Read America's Crisis to Find Out What You Can Do About It. America is steeped in uncertainty. Through the last half of this century our society has been assaulted by selfish interests and battered by the failures of good intentions. We have been subjected to political terrorism, social aggression, legal anarchy and media-driven chaos. Our public schools have become factories of ignorance and warehouses of violence. Yet th... more info>> (Published: 1999)

Words: 122862 - Reading Time: 351-491 min.
Category: Politics/Government/Education

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21 Any Port in a Storm [MultiFormat]
by Shannon Carol
  Liandra Kendric is a woman afraid to love again. Scarred in an accident and rejected by her fianc´┐Ż, she has gathered her pride around her like armor and returned to the peace and solitude of her beautiful hometown in the Canadian Rockies. The peace is shattered by widower Stave Rostad and his five-year-old daughter Clara. Like Liandra, Stave has sworn never to love again. But when diagnosed with a serious illness, he decides Clara needs a mother. Clara has learned to trust the tall, dark-haire... more info>> (Published: 2000)

Words: 50457 - Reading Time: 144-201 min.
Category: Suspense/Thriller/Romance
11 Reader Ratings:
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22 At Your Command [MultiFormat]
by Christine W. Murphy
  Is Maggie Yates suffering from a complete nervous breakdown or is a naked jinn offering to grant her three wishes? The only alternative she's willing to consider is she has a nut in her bedroom. In either case, it's time to panic! Tom has had more names than he can remember and several masters he'd like to forget. The only thing he hates more than granting wishes is returning to the obis to wait for another fool to call him. When he meets his latest master, however, he discovers wishes have thei... more info>> (Published: 2001)

Words: 59086 - Reading Time: 168-236 min.
Category: Romance/Fantasy
70 Reader Ratings:
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23 Autumn in Cranky Otter, Book 4, Autumn in Cranky Otter Series [MultiFormat]
by C. J. Winters
  In a single October morning in the Ozarks, Autumn reopens her mother's faded antique shop and meets two attractive men who find her irresistible. A young widow's dream come true? Or must her new talent for psychometry show her the past in order to lead her into the future? (Published: 2006)

Words: 73946 - Reading Time: 211-295 min.
Category: Romance
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24 Backyardia [MultiFormat]
by Stephen Almekinder
  When two brothers argue and come to blows in their own backyard, they are magically transported to a strange world known as Backyardia. Once there they are confronted by a great, white bear and a man made of both flesh and metal. The bear is called Polos and is the force for good in Backyardia. The part man, part machine is called the Warlock of the Wraith and represents evil. His eyes glow with a blue light, a characteristic of all of his creatures, known as robogres. Each brother is aided by a... more info>> (Published: 2003) Dream Realm Award Winner

Words: 92571 - Reading Time: 264-370 min.
Category: Young Adult/Fantasy
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25 Bad Medicine [Wild Wyoming Series Book 2] [MultiFormat]
by Diana Hart
  Newly graduated from the Montana School of Mines, Sloan Stafford has finally realized her dream of being a ranger in Yellowstone National Park. But her worst fears are realized when angry FTO, Reno Blackwolf, thinks of women as nothing more than a nuisance, poisoning his park. After the fires of '88 left Yellowstone in ruin, Blackwolf, a full-blooded Shoshoni, had turned his back on the "old ways." When strange happenings end in murder, Reno is forced to confront his past and place his trust in ... more info>> (Published: 1999) Preditors and Editors Reader's Poll Top 10 Finalist: Best Cover Art

Words: 58748 - Reading Time: 167-234 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Romance
30 Reader Ratings:
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