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1 The Pursuit of Mary McBride [MultiFormat]
by Bruce Cooke
  Rebecca McBride hates her husband Michael. She hates him because he rapes her and beats her. She hates him because he married her, not for love, but because he needed someone to keep his house and warm his bed. Most of all she hates him because he sold her daughter in marriage to a brute of a man, taking her away from her home and the man she loves. Now Mary and her new husband have disappeared into the Australian Outback, and Rebecca has no idea where they are. The only thing she knows is that ... more info>> (Published: 2008)

Words: 81793 - Reading Time: 233-327 min.
Category: Historical Fiction
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2 An Errand for the Goddess [MultiFormat]
by Fritha Robinson
  Fire Sorceress Draedreia Ashes is the most powerful person in all of the Twelve Kingdoms, but even she must bow to the wishes of the gods. When the Goddess Brigid summons Drae to serve her on the Other Side, Drae reluctantly leaves her home in Yoshan to travel through the Kingdoms giving humanitarian aid to those who need it so she can prove her worthiness to serve the Blessed Brigid. On her journey, she meets the runaway Prince Nori. Together they follow a crazed king on his mission to Eresh... more info>> (Published: 2010)

Words: 77704 - Reading Time: 222-310 min.
Category: Fantasy
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3 Bear Goddess [MultiFormat]
by David Artuso
  In the beginning, the goddess and the god created the earth as a nursery for the coming birth of their twins, but the goddess died in childbirth. Many years later, she is resurrected only to find that her loved ones have killed each other. In her grief and rage, she blames the earth for her tragedy and is determined to destroy it. Awna, the sorceress, pits herself against the raging goddess to save creation from divine destruction. Can a heart hardened by anger and obsessed with revenge ever be ... more info>> (Published: 2008)

Words: 64715 - Reading Time: 184-258 min.
Category: Fantasy
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4 Blind Faith [MultiFormat]
by Colin Harvey
  Meet Frances Dedman, aka Faith DuQuayne, who works part-time, reading tarot cards on Brighton Pier. It's July 2005 and the eyes of the world are on London. Normally the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl in a nearby seaside town would be headline news, but the July 7th bombings have consigned Natalie Parrish's disappearance to the inside pages. When Natalie's father hires a private investigator, the police aren't happy about a blind girl and her ex-policeman uncle nosing around, but ... more info>> (Published: 2008)

Words: 84138 - Reading Time: 240-336 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
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5 Blood Red Sphere [MultiFormat]
by Lawrence Barker
  What is the Blood Red Sphere? Hamilton Helios, cactus juice addict, PTSD survivor and scavenger doesn't know, but everyone else on Mars seems to think he does. Why are Earth's central government, the break-away barons of the Oort Cloud, the native Martians, and more than a few sadistic criminals willing to kill for a nondescript sphere of red lacquer? Helios wishes he knew. Whatever the reason, secret agents, psychopathic religious fanatics, law enforcement officials, and wild Martians are all o... more info>> (Published: 2009)

Words: 77100 - Reading Time: 220-308 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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6 Chanukah Guilt [MultiFormat]
by Ilene Schneider
  Rabbi Aviva Cohen is a 50-something, twice-divorced rabbi living a rather uneventful life in South Jersey. True, she has a family that is rather unconventional. And her first ex-husband is moving to her town. But her life takes a truly interesting--and sinister--turn when she agrees to officiate at the funeral of an unpopular land developer. She doesn't expect to be told by two different people that he had been murdered. Nor does she expect that the first funeral will result in a suicide. Her se... more info>> (Published: 2007)

Words: 87733 - Reading Time: 250-350 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
8 Reader Ratings:
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7 Displacement [MultiFormat]
by Colin Harvey
  At the white, freckled, cauliflower-like skin, Chau took a hissing breath. "This is Officer Chau. Confirm that the body is a Lenden." When Raphael Chau pulls the body of a dead alien from the water, he has no idea what he's getting into. It's a decade since a fleet of refugees parked in low-Earth orbit begging for sanctuary, and Vancouver has become a powder-keg of resentment on both sides. Assigned to an investigation that's a minefield of politics and media intrusion, Chau finds himself torn b... more info>> (Published: 2009)

Words: 59597 - Reading Time: 170-238 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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8 Ditzy and Champion [MultiFormat]
by Jack Adler
  Welcome to the chat room A place to talk about relationships. A place to make connections. A place to ... meet your stalker? Faye joins the chat room to relax and make friends. She ends up getting more than she bargained for when one of her chat buddies steps off the computer screen and into her office. Ray thinks he might just be the man of Fay's dreams, but instead Faye and her husband find themselves in a nightmare. (Published: 2007)

Words: 40979 - Reading Time: 117-163 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
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9 EZ Lovin' [MultiFormat]
by Elaine Charton
  Ezechial Zachariah McAllister is a true Texan from the top of his Stetson to the tip of his leather boots. Known to his friends as EZ, he works for U.S. Customs out of Boston. Abigail Fairfax is a very proper Bostonian and the owner of the newest art gallery in the city. She agrees to let EZ use her townhouse for a stakeout to try to catch an art smuggler, but letting him masquerade as her lover proves to be more than she'd bargained for. How long can Abigail resist until she succumbs to EZ's Te... more info>> (Published: 2007)

Words: 63775 - Reading Time: 182-255 min.
Category: Romance
19 Reader Ratings:
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10 Future Bristol [MultiFormat]
by Colin Harvey
  This Is Future Bristol, where: A young engineer must try to avert a nightmare future--Activists and hackers take nanotech and recycling slightly too far--The city fights back against a tidal wave of crime--A new drug and riots spark an unexpected renewal--Present meets future as urban explorers encounter unforeseen hazards--Pirates and ruthless executives battle for supremacy above the sunken streets--Humanity's heirs cling onto survival in a world of toxic waste--The last living human must make... more info>> (Published: 2009)

Words: 45126 - Reading Time: 128-180 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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11 Killers [MultiFormat]
by Colin Harvey
  A lecturer, haunted by the ghost of his unborn brother--a man whose out-of-body experiences show him a terrifying secret behind closed doors--a nascent nine-year-old serial killer awaits the visit of her friends--an innocent-seeming woodland begins to bare its secrets... Eleven cross-genre thrillers; eleven short stories that show the killers that lurk in the strangest of places, from prize-winning authors Gary Fry, Jonathan Maberry, Paul Meloy, Lee Thomas, World Fantasy Award-winner Bruce Holla... more info>> (Published: 2008)

Words: 50010 - Reading Time: 142-200 min.
Category: Suspense/Thriller/Horror
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12 Love Under Suspicion [MultiFormat]
by Sondra Quinn
  She Thinks He's Married, He Thinks She's a Crook... Freight pilot Abby Tarleton's life has suddenly become very complicated. Her black sheep stepbrother is camped on a couch in her living room, her phone rings constantly with wrong numbers from strangers demanding that she cut or increase their orders of who knows what, and to top it all off, she can't keep her eyes off her ruggedly handsome, and very married, next door neighbor and tenant, Sloane Jameson. Sloane is encountering a few complicati... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 54305 - Reading Time: 155-217 min.
Category: Romance/Mystery/Crime
15 Reader Ratings:
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13 Love's Challenge [MultiFormat]
by Sondra Quinn
  A man would have to be crazy to want to take on a woman with five kids. At least that's what Adria Sinclair's fiancee tells her when her brother dies unexpectedly, leaving her custody of his five sons. Adria sells her Porsche, trades her apartment for a four-bedroom house, and decides that her days of romance are over. If only she could convince Bryce Hathaway of this. He insists on pursuing her even though she lets him know quite plainly that a romance between them is absolutely out of the ques... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 67749 - Reading Time: 193-270 min.
Category: Romance
64 Reader Ratings:
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14 Magic, Mensa and Mayhem [MultiFormat]
by Karina L. Fabian
  It should have been a cushy job: Vern, the dragon detective, and his partner, the mage Sister Grace, are given an all-expense paid trip to Florida to chaperone a group of Magicals at a Mensa convention. Then the pixies start pranking, the Valkyrie starts vamping and a dwarf goes to Billy Beaver's Fantasyland hoping to be "discovered." Environmentalists protest Vern's "disrupting the ecosystem," while clueless tourists think he's animatronic. When the elves get high on artificial flavorings and d... more info>> (Published: 2009)

Words: 73872 - Reading Time: 211-295 min.
Category: Fantasy
25 Reader Ratings:
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15 Merari [MultiFormat]
by Mari Atherton
  Marianthia ... A beautiful planet with an incredible, living technology. If traveling salesman Aviv Gerbo can just get this technology to the rest of the galaxy, he will be rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he is an alien and.... Aliens are not permitted on Marianthia. But Aviv is unable to leave. He is stranded on the planet when a giant, telepathic fungus eats his spaceship. Hunted by the brutish Secures, he is rescued by Merari, who was born into the Surrogate class. However, Merari does no... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 83875 - Reading Time: 239-335 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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16 Mother Feral's Love [MultiFormat]
by Lawrence Barker
  Four days ... That is all the time Evrandal the Feral has to save her child, Broglin, from slavery in the dreaded mines of Tuscum. Four days to rescue a daughter who does not even know Evrandal is her mother. Evrandal the Feral, a creature half-human and scorned by society, forbidden by Holy Law from entering the Shrine of the Four Mothers, must now journey through the wild deserts of Vrantum to distant cities to find out who killed a somewhat seedy alchemist. She must protect herself from the w... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 75268 - Reading Time: 215-301 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy
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17 Spectral Rewind: The Class of '81 [MultiFormat]
by Terry Lloyd Vinson
  As the atypical small southern town, Baymont, Alabama holds but one unique, albeit tragic distinction; that being the mysterious, grisly murders of two former high school standouts the night of the Class of '81's twenty-fifth reunion. Hoping to shed new light on the bizarre, quasi-supernatural circumstances surrounding the twin slayings, a documentary filmmaker and his crew descend upon the town amid a general indifference from the locals, the majority of which regard all media-related types as ... more info>> (Published: 2008)

Words: 95745 - Reading Time: 273-382 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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18 The Dead Detective [MultiFormat]
by Lorene Robbins
  C.J. Thomas wishes she had never heard of Budge Dirkwood. It's not the fact that she stumbled over his dead body when she went to meet him for the first time, and it's not the fact that the victim's obnoxious rich cousin seems intent on having her arrested for the murder. It's not even the fact that the victim was a somewhat flaky pawnbroker who dabbled in the I Ching and believed in all the paranormal phenomena that C.J.'s rational mind automatically rejects. No, the problem is that the ghost o... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 59243 - Reading Time: 169-236 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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19 The Dreamer's Way [MultiFormat]
by Mari Atherton
  Flita is alone in a hostile world. Abandoned by her mother, betrayed by her stepmother and her best friend, and sentenced to death, she is now trapped in the poisonous air outside the safe boundaries of the Protectorate. If the air doesn't kill her, the hideously deformed monsters that dwell Outside will. Her only hope is to find the Dreamer's Way that will lead her to the Golden City and safety. But the monsters have already attacked and wrapped their deadly tendrils around her. Even if she kne... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 44018 - Reading Time: 125-176 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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20 The Irish Retribution [MultiFormat]
by Bruce Cooke
  Tully Sanderson can report events around the globe with no problem. He can ferret out stories in the most secretive of places and emerge unscathed from the most dangerous of worlds. He can lure almost any woman to his bed and hold his liquor till everyone else is under the table. The one thing he doesn't seem to be able to do, however, is to overcome the estrangement between him and his daughter, Carrie. Maybe it's time he told her the truth about how her mother died, but he might just lose her ... more info>> (Published: 2008)

Words: 109953 - Reading Time: 314-439 min.
Category: Suspense/Thriller

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21 The Land of Heart's Delight [MultiFormat]
by Janis Susan May, Aletha May
  When she went to South Texas as a County Home Demonstration Agent in 1940, Aletha Barrett was in culture shock. Raised in the gently rolling green farmland of Northeast Texas, Aletha was unprepared for the vast sandy expanses and different societies she found there. From unearthing baby rattlesnakes to exploring the unknown spiciness of Mexican food, every day was a learning experience. Ever an adventurer, Aletha ventured deep into Mexico when it was largely unknown to North Americans. Over the ... more info>> (Published: 2007)

Words: 48145 - Reading Time: 137-192 min.
Category: General Nonfiction/People
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22 The Silk Palace [MultiFormat]
by Colin Harvey
  Imagine ... your name is given to you from the dying breath of a semi-sentient jewel--and that to change it is heresy ... a world where the gods walk among us ... where hot-air balloons and hang-gliders co-exist with magic ... a small city-state perched atop a giant albino rock, between two great empires ... a young woman whose foolish prank may cost her life at any moment. Imagine you are in The Silk Palace. (Published: 2007)

Words: 116890 - Reading Time: 333-467 min.
Category: Fantasy
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23 Vengeance [MultiFormat]
by Colin Harvey
  Jocasta Pantile needs a case to keep the bailiffs from the door. Stanislav Duff needs someone to find his prize spells. They make the ideal client and enquiry agent, especially with Jocasta's prize asset, the genetically-engineered Spellhound. The trouble is that when she finds them, Duff intends to kill the thief and his accomplices. Jocasta doesn't much like his plan, but knows that if she doesn't find them, Duff may kill her instead. If he doesn't kill her anyway; she knows too much about him... more info>> (Published: 2008)

Words: 88559 - Reading Time: 253-354 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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24 When Shadows Fall [MultiFormat]
by Kate Fellowes
  Gretchen Waller arrives at the remote estate, Mill Hollow, eager to begin her job as assistant to handsome author John David Honeycutt. Amid the snowbound wild of the haunting north woods she finds deception and danger as John's investigation into his family's history stirs up dark secrets--secrets which have already led to murder. Drawn to John, Gretchen soon takes up his quest to uncover the truth. Can they solve the crime before the killer strikes again or will Mill Hollow claim more victims ... more info>> (Published: 2007)

Words: 40359 - Reading Time: 115-161 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Romance
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25 Whoever Fights Monsters [MultiFormat]
by Iryna Bennett
  Forced to accept an early retirement from the FBI due to her questionable professional ethics, Aya Morell enters the world of private securities. Her new employer, Neuetech, a high profile pharmaceutical conglomerate with offices in Arizona, requires an extra hand solving a recent case of industrial espionage. But as Aya plunges into the investigation, she begins to suspect that the true reasons behind her hire are not at all what they appear to be. Finding a way to recover the stolen research d... more info>> (Published: 2007)

Words: 43370 - Reading Time: 123-173 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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