[Featured “Book of the Day”] I Only Wanted to Live: The Struggle of a Boy to Survive the Holocaust

A broad picture of the Holocaust from the point of view of a child

This book is a memoir of a child who is swept into the whirlwind of the Holocaust. The epic history is narrowed down to the struggle of a single boy nicknamed Leosz to survive the war. From age 7 to age 13, he endures all the horrors that the Holocaust brings upon the Jewish people. Life hangs on split-second timing, decision-making in impossibly cruel circumstances, incredible resourcefulness, luck and the help of others, even Germans.

In the Krakow Ghetto, Leosz is saved from three mass deportations to the death camps. He escapes the ghetto, survives for several weeks pretending to be a

Polish street child, and then goes into hiding. Although sentenced to die after being caught, he is instead miraculously reunited with his family in the Plaszow labor camp. A year later, father and son become slave laborers in the Gozen 2 camp in Austria, where his father perishes. Close to death himself, Leosz is finally liberated by the American army on May 5th, 1945.

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[FREE Book of the Day!] The Last Letter (The Letter Series Book 1)

"Gripping historical fiction—A tale of two women finding meaning behind all that went wrong in their lives. A timeless tale of redemption with the best plot-twist at the end I've seen in a long, long time. Can't wait for book two!" New York
Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster

Katherine wouldn't have believed it if she hadn't found the letter...

In the summer of 1905 Katherine Arthur's mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie's husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty--a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death. 



Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine's world apart. Now, seventeen years later, and far from the homestead, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it's too late?

**Independent Publisher Awards**
2011 Gold Medal, Best Regional Fiction-Midwest

**National Indie Excellence Book Awards**
2011 Finalist Award-Historical Fiction
2011 Finalist Award-Regional Fiction

**USA Best Books 2011 Awards**
Winner, Fiction--Western
Finalist, Fiction--Historical
Finalist, Best New Fiction

**International Book Awards**
2011 Finalist Award-Historical Fiction
2011 Finalist Award-Best New Fiction

[FREE Book of the Day!] The Old Boys’ Club: An escalating series of murders thrusts amateur detectives on a chase to solve the mystery

This complex murder-mystery novel weaves together a set of documents proving Hitler’s Jewish ancestry, a string of bizarre murders at an elite Pennsylvania college, the discovery of an esteemed American philanthropist’s shadowy past, ruthless doings at a Nazi concentration camp, a rocky love affair, and various underhanded manipulations by people seeking personal gain. Characters include a former concentration camp officer finding sanctuary in American academic circles, a most unusual college president, a baseball player turned historian, a state police detective, a female graduate student accused of misconduct, a sniper eliminating people on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a religious minister of doubtful integrity, several odd and pompous professors, and various personages, both fictional and real, who have significant roles in the Third Reich.

"The Old Boys’ Club" deals with a Nazi Prison camp guard named Walter Helfrick who comes into possession of explosive documents regarding Hitler’s birth. Worried that he will face prosecution for crimes against humanity with the approaching Allied victory, Helfrick uses the documents to blackmail Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler into arranging an escape route to America via submarine. Because the fanatic Himmler is obsessed with preserving the “purity” of Nazi ideology and will not tolerate blemishes involving Hitler’s image, he feels he has little choice but to accept Helfrick’s demands.

In America, Helfrick assumes a new identity and eventually takes a position at Ordway College, an elite institution located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. His success is secure until historical research by a history professor working in the mid-1970s reveals that one of Ordway’s principal benefactors was a Nazi sympathizer who secretly performed services for the Reich. Helfrick, who had been helped by the very same benefactor, senses immediate danger when the professor promises more specific revelations to follow. There are also others who plague Helfrick, notably an SS zealot assigned by Himmler to retrieve the documents, the son of an Austrian Jew who gave the documents to Helfrick as a bribe to escape death at Auschwitz, and a young professor and a female graduate student who smell something rotten at Ordway and want to find out what it is.

Gruesome murders occur as Helfrick tries to eliminate his tormentors. The work is replete with twists and turns, false leads as to Helfrick's identity, sexual scandal, the appearance of a turnpike sniper who complicates matters, Simon Wiesenthal’s effort to retrieve the documents about Hitler, and pretentious professors seeking advantage over one another through devious manipulations.

Jim Rodechko's first mystery novel draws on his experience as a college history professor and passion for detective stories to creative a thrilling and suspense-filled novel. His reviews average 4.5 stars out of five. Here's what people are saying:

- Fascinating and complex plot with well developed characters. Could not put the book down. Highly recommend to adult readers and can't wait for Jim Rodechko's next book.

- Held my interest throughout. Accurate depiction of academia. Beautifully written. Amazing surprise ending.

[Book of the Day!] Coven (Soulmark Series Book 1): Lycan & Vampire Soulmark Series

Stay out of the forest, Gran had said; it’s no place to be at night.

Especially, when it’s a full moon.

Zoelle Baudelaire should have listened. Now she must navigate a world she’d only ever read about in fairytales, full of formidable witches and domineering werewolves out for blood.

Yet no story could have prepared Zoelle for Aleksandr ‘Xander’ Adolphus—the volatile Alpha of the Adolphus Pack—or the seductive soulmark that bound their souls together. Trapped in a carnal game of cat and mouse, Zoelle must tread unfamiliar ground steeped in supernatural politics that could cost her her life.

Can Zoelle outrun a wolf bound and determined to mark her as his? Or will this new world swallow her whole?

Readers who enjoyed Juliette Cross' Nightwing Series, Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Series/True Blood Series, Elizabeth Kelly's Shifter Series, and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series will love Coven and the Soulmark Series!


Amazon Categories:

*Paranormal Romance

*Lycan/Werewolf Romance

*Domineering Alpha

*Magical Love Stories

[Book of the Day!] Forever Changed (The Forever Series Book 1)

[FREE Book of the Day!] THE BEDAZZLED BILLIONAIRE: 4-Book Boxed Set

Abraham Patterson, multi-billionaire, is one of the richest men alive. But with big money comes big problems. Patterson is forced to choose between the love of a beautiful actress and his hot-to-trot female associate. Complicating matters is an impending business deal with the mysterious Ragnarok Project that gets shadier by the minute. Before he can seal the deal, Patterson finds himself caught in a web of high tech weirdness and sexual manipulation.
“THE BEDAZZLED BILLIONAIRE” takes the reader on a wild ride. From the upper echelons of San Francisco’s financial elite, to the seedy underworld of its most nefarious denizens, this book explores every wicked nook and cranny. Will Abraham Patterson see through the power games and find true love? Or will he get sucked into a vortex of sleaze and mayhem? Regardless of where his destiny leads, readers should be prepared for a steamy romance laced with the taste of a high tech thriller.

[Book of the Day!] Living in Italy: the Real Deal – Hilarious Expat Adventure Stories

Would you dare to follow your dream and move or retire to Italy? Stef & Nico did, although their dog Sara had her doubts. Now from your comfortable armchair you can share in the hilarious & horrendous adventures they experienced when they moved to Italy to start a bed and breakfast.


For lovers of amusing travelogue memoirs who like a good laugh. And for those interested in practical advice on how to buy a house in Italy there is useful information along the way, pleasantly presented within the short stories.

Glossary of Italian words included! Learn the true meaning of Italian phrases and expressions like "non ci sono problemi", "di fiducia", "persone serie", "tutto a norma" and many more. Learn a bit of the foreign language before going to Italy.

Recognition:
  • Reader Views 2016/17 Literary Awards Winner
  • Readers Favorite 2017 Award Winner Travel category
  • Eric Hoffer Award Finalist
  • 2017 ELIT Award Winner Travel category
  • IAN Book of the Year Finalist Travel & Humor/Comedy/Satire categories
  • New York & Amsterdam Book Festival Honourable Mentions

Reviews:
  • "a comical, often downright hilarious account" Reader's Favorite Review ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
  • "Smulders' storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining" Blogcritics/Reader Views ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
  • "Stef Smulders ... does what a good writer does: He writes what he observes and leaves the judgement to you, the reader. No constant bellyaching from Mr. Smulders. I like that. I really like that." James Martin, Italy expert, wanderingitaly.com
  • "Fantastico! I am a tough critic and have nothing but kudos for this book. Buy this book!!" Elliana on Amazon
  • "There is more of the flavor of Italy in this book than in ... Frances Mayes' 'Under the Tuscan Sun'" Amazon review by Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100 
  • "now I can add Stef Smulders to the list of my favorite expat authors" N.N. Light

Summary:
In 2008 Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up their B&B Villa I Due Padroni. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. Now Stef shares his experiences in a collection of witty short stories. The book treats the trials and tribulations of an emigration.

The reader is introduced to a full range of Italian characters, from the trustworthy to the rogue, from the gentle to the shameless, flesh and blood Italians. Some are stereotype, others unexpectedly original. Yet they never fail to amuse and entertain. 

Lovers of books I loved like
  • Michelle Damiani's Il Bel Centro
  • Katherine Wilson's Only in Naples
  • Tim Parks' Italian Ways & Italian Neighbours
  • Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun & Bella Tuscany
  • Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy
  • Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There & The Road to Little Dribbling
will probably love this book as well.

Living in Italy is a nice companion to the Lonely Planet Italy Travel Guide!

Readers' reviews:
  • "I was hooked"
  • "Couldn't put the book down"
  • "What a fantastic read!" 
  • "Hilarious!" 
  • "Addicting!" 
  • "Recommended!"

[FREE Book of the Day!] Love on the Line

Romance on the job will ruin Andrea's credibility and she knows it, so why can't she ignore that cocky foreman the crew calls Rooster?

Andy may not have pipeline know-how, per se, but she’s got brains and every right to prove that she can do the job. Her estranged grandpa, Buck, believes she has what it takes to be his engineering assistant, and she’s not about to let him down.

Rooster isn’t a bad guy. He respects women, he was raised by one of the best. But that new girl is too small and… feminine. She’s a distraction, plain and simple, and she doesn’t belong on a pipeline. This job is his chance to impress Buck Brennan, a pipeline legend, and no girly greenhorn is going to ruin it for him.

Will Andy prove herself to her grandfather and forge a relationship with the old man, or will continuous disagreements and unexpected sexual tension between Andy and Rooster derail their hard work?

[FREE Book of the Day!] Prequel (Second Chances Series Book 1)

Sometimes love blossoms in the most unlikely places. Like many small towns, Chance California is losing businesses and residents at an alarming rate. Can five women who suffered recent heartbreak put their energies into stopping the town's decline? In this short prequel, get to know the women who join forces to bring new businesses, new residents and new life to their town. And who knows... they just might find that elusive love at the same time.

[Book of the Day!] Beneath the Shady Tree

Payton Montgomery wishes she could remember her early childhood; Joel McIntyre wishes he could forget. Payton is excited about restarting life in New Orleans, but she is plagued by sketchy nightmares and two child abductions that pervade the community and her inner psyche. As she tries to cobble her life together after a string of bad choices, she falls hard for Joel, a veterinarian struggling with his own memories. Could their shared early past reveal secrets that will set them free?

[FREE Book of the Day!] Shabby Chic Forever (Shabby Chic Trilogy Book 3)

Lizzie gave up her stressful job in Boston to embrace her love of all things country in Smithville PA. Her farm, a new job at the spa, and her pet alpacas are a dream come true, if only her meddling, matchmaking, socialite mother would back off.

Elliot, a successful architect from Washington, DC, designed the new spa, but he certainly hadn't envisioned the exotic bohemian style manager or her intriguing, demanding mother. Small town antics and his interest in Lizzie extend his visit to Smithville, but will the allure of country life draw him in for good?

Once again, Smithville’s folk interfere with plans at every turn, forcing Lizzie and Elliot to face their personal dilemmas and each other, head on.

The House on Persimmon Road

Need Help? Hire a Ghost. She Cooks. Lottie Roberts has been sitting on her bones since the Civil War, waiting for her ticket to heaven until Justine Hale moves into Lottie's two-hundred-year-old house with three generations of emotional baggage: Her mother, her ex mother-in-law and two pesky children. Lottie senses in Justine a kindred spirit, one filled with heartache and in reduced circumstances, which mirrors Lottie's situation exactly. Justine needs help. Lottie is of a mind to provide it, but before she can say squat, Tucker Highsmith arrives. His dark eyes, lazy grin, and sexy Alabama drawl coupled with the dern braggart's Mr. Fix-it talents just might be the answer to all of Justine's problems. Or maybe not...Because Lottie has her own agenda, one she has been waiting, hoping and praying for since she discovered her bones on a hidden staircase.