Book of The Day! Napa: A Vacation Novella, Book 1 (A MacAllester Family Adventure)

She never expected a single trip to change her life forever...

Jennifer "JJ" Jones has always played it safe. When she loses her boring wine researcher job for dating a co-worker, she makes two solemn vows: take more risks and stop mixing business and pleasure.

Creating a bucket list, she follows her lifelong dream of making wine and signs a three-month contract in Napa Valley as an assistant winemaker for the world-renowned MacAllester wine family. After spending her first day in the vineyards with her new boss' intriguing son William, JJ wonders if she can resist his sensual pull and more importantly why would she even want to?

As the sun-drenched days and heated nights stretch out before them, JJ and William's
romance ripens along with the grapes. But there are storm clouds on the horizon. JJ fears her feelings not only endanger her heart and her job, but William's vineyards as well, putting the first harvest of his new vineyard at risk.
Can JJ create a new wine, a new life, and a new love for herself without losing it all?

Napa: A Vacation Novella is the first installment in Dawn DeSousa's Destination Love Stories series, a collection of novellas that encourage women to create a bucket list and follow their dreams wherever they may lead. If you like scenic settings, charming characters, and sensual romance, then you'll love the wine and the chemistry of DeSousa's novella.

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Spider Woman’s Daughter (Navajo Mysteries Book 19)

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Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of bestselling author Tony Hillerman, continues his popular Leaphorn and Chee series with Spider Woman’s Daughter, a Navajo Country mystery, filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich Southwestern atmosphere.

Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter.

Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth...and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course.

Amazon.com Review

Anne Hillerman: Why I Decided to Continue Tony Hillerman's Chee/Leaphorn Series

Anne Hillerman

When Dad died in 2008, he left big shoes to fill. I loved to sit in his home office, surrounded by the books and maps he used as part of his research, and listen as he read just-finished passages he was especially proud of. (Despite living in New Mexico for more than fifty years, Dad never lost his Oklahoma twang.) Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn seemed like my uncles, part of our family. With millions of others of Dad’s fans, I would wait restlessly for the latest installment of their adventures. When Dad received a box of first editions of the newest book from HarperCollins, he never forgot to autograph one for me. I have these in my living room, my most treasured possessions.

Dad and I and my husband Don Strel worked together for several years on a non-fiction book, Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn. As part of my research, I had the pleasure of re-reading each Leaphorn Chee book and of talking to Dad about how he developed the plot, themes and settings. The research gave me precious insights into my dad as an author and admirer of the Navajo people and their sacred landscape.

As part of our conversations, Dad and I discusssed Bernadette Manuelito, the Navajo police officer whom he used in several books. In his final novel, The Shape Shifter, she has progressed from Chee’s girlfriend to his wife and is doing research for Leaphorn. I suggested that Dad might have fun creating a story in which Bernie actually got to solve the crime instead of working as sidekick. “That’s an interesting idea,” I remember him saying.”If I were energetic enough to write a few more of these, I might do it.”

Dad died in October 27, 2008. The book we worked on together came out the following year. As Don and I toured the country talking about Tony Hillerman’s Landscape, the question people asked me most often was “Did Tony have another novel to continue the series?” The answer was “no.” Nothing squirreled away in a file cabinet or saved on his computer. His fans didn’t like that response. Neither did I, but it was the undeniable truth.

When I emerged from the worst of my grief after Dad’s death, I realized that I was also mourning the end of his mystery series. I missed those detectives, and I especially regretted that Bernadette Manuelito would never get a book that put her in the spotlight. And then I thought: I could try writing Bernie’s book myself. If I didn’t like it, I could hit the delete key. In addition to Hillerman’s Landscape, I had written several other books, so I knew part of the challenge that faced me. I jotted down some ideas as a rough outline and got to work.

Because Dad’s books were fresh in my mind, I decided to use some of his favorite settings for what became Spider Woman’s Daughter. These included Gallup, N.M., Window Rock, Az., the imaginary Navajo Inn, and the very real and mysterious Chaco Canyon. Because I live in Santa Fe, I thought it would be fun to devise a reason to bring Dad’s famous detectives to my home town. I developed the plot by trial and error, frequently asking myself how Dad would handle things. I missed him fiercely as I wrote but sometimes felt as if he was looking over my shoulder.

After I’d written enough to hope that my ideas might be of interest to someone other than me, I spoke to my mother, my father’s first and best editor for every book he wrote. She brainstormed with me, sharing her vast knowledge of Dad’s work and her sterling memory of characters and settings. With her blessing, I contacted Dad’s editor, Carolyn Marino at HarperCollins, to make sure there weren’t any copyright issues or other hurdles. Marino not only reassured me, she offered to take a look at whatever I came up with when I felt ready.

I worked on Spider Woman’s Daughter for three years with encouragement from my writer friends and help from law enforcement experts, Navajos, archaeologists and more. I think my Dad, who firmly believed in Heaven, sent along some inspiration.

One of Dad’s skills was the ability to start his books with a scene that whetted the reader’s appetite for more. I knew that getting off on the right foot would be crucial for my book. Here’s a brief excerpt from my opening scene. Bernadette Manuelito has just left a meeting at the Navajo Inn to take a phone call from her husband, fellow officer Jim Chee. Joe Leaphorn heads out too, planning to drive home.

Through the lobby window, Bernie saw someone climb out of the blue sedan backed in next to Leaphorn’s white truck. She watched Leaphorn walk toward the truck, extract the keys from his pants pocket.

“You still grumpy?” Chee asked. “I got off to a bad start this morning.”

The person extended an arm toward the lieutenant. Bernie saw a gun. Heard the unmistakable crack of the shot. Saw Leaphorn stagger back, falling against his picku0. Crumple to the asphalt.

She dropped her phone as if it were on fire, Chee still talking, and ran. Pushing the restaurant’s heavy glass doors open, she raced toward Leaphorn, reaching for her gun. She watched the shooter scramble into the car and heard the sedan’s tires on the asphalt as it sped away, keeping the car in her peripheral vision as she reached the lieutenant. Squatting down, Bernie pressed her fingers beneath his jaw, feeling for the thread of a pulse against her fingertips.

I think Dad would have liked Spider Woman’s Daughter. I’m pleased with it and I hope that his readers will be too.

Product Description

Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of bestselling author Tony Hillerman, continues his popular Leaphorn and Chee series with Spider Woman’s Daughter, a Navajo Country mystery, filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich Southwestern atmosphere.

Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter.

Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth...and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course.

A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream

USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton shares forty easy-to-prepare recipes that range from Almost Perfect Pad Thai to Atlantic City Zuppa, from Lake Tung Ting Shrimp to Cape May Clam Chowder with humorous and heartwarming takes on the writer's life peppered throughout.

REVISED November 2011.

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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References)

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The English Standard Version (ESV) Bible is an essentially literal Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning.

The ESV Bible is equipped with an enhanced navigation feature. Kindle's index feature can be used to navigate directly to any verse. This feature is not supported on the Kindle 1 or any Kindle applications.



This edition includes cross-references within the text.

Product Description

The English Standard Version (ESV) Bible is an essentially literal Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning.

The ESV Bible is equipped with an enhanced navigation feature. Kindle's index feature can be used to navigate directly to any verse. This feature is not supported on the Kindle 1 or any Kindle applications.



This edition includes cross-references within the text.

Thicker than Blood (Thicker than Blood series Book 1)

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Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build her career as a buyer for a large used bookstore. So far she’s been able to keep her drinking problem at bay, but everything changes when she lands a DUI on her thirty-third birthday.

When she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit at work, she has nowhere to turn. She yearns for her estranged family, especially her younger sister May whom she hasn’t seen for fifteen years. Now the owner of a failing cattle ranch in Elk Valley, Colorado, May couldn’t possibly want a relationship with the big sister who didn’t even say good-bye all those years ago, could she?

Soon Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her abusive ex-boyfriend, and God. Could the Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for, or will May’s new-found faith give her even more reason to reject Christy?

Thicker than Blood is Book #1 in the Thicker than Blood series. All books stand alone entirely and can be read independently of each other, but for the best reading experience, we suggest reading them in order:

Book #1: Thicker than Blood
Book #2: Bound by Guilt
Book #3: Ties that Bind
Book #4: Running on Empty

Product Description
Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build her career as a buyer for a large used bookstore. So far she’s been able to keep her drinking problem at bay, but everything changes when she lands a DUI on her thirty-third birthday.

When she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit at work, she has nowhere to turn. She yearns for her estranged family, especially her younger sister May whom she hasn’t seen for fifteen years. Now the owner of a failing cattle ranch in Elk Valley, Colorado, May couldn’t possibly want a relationship with the big sister who didn’t even say good-bye all those years ago, could she?

Soon Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her abusive ex-boyfriend, and God. Could the Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for, or will May’s new-found faith give her even more reason to reject Christy?

Thicker than Blood is Book #1 in the Thicker than Blood series. All books stand alone entirely and can be read independently of each other, but for the best reading experience, we suggest reading them in order:

Book #1: Thicker than Blood
Book #2: Bound by Guilt
Book #3: Ties that Bind
Book #4: Running on Empty

The Fallen Star

For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life.

But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.

BookWhisperer's review
5 out of 5 stars
"This is definitely a book to be recommended."

Katina Hernandez’s (Tigris Eden) review
5 out 5 stars
“There are so many twists and turns in the story and the ending will leave you wanting more. Sorensen wrote a dark and intriguing book.”

Book Passion for Life’s review
“Overall, this is a fantastic debut novel. Jessica has done a great job and I’m dying to get my hands on the next book.”

Newly edited version released. If you purchased a version that contains incorrect grammar or missing words, please call 1-866-216-1072 to request the updated version free of charge. Or for the UK call 1-206-266-2992.

Books of the Fallen Star Series
Book 1: The Fallen Star
Book 2: Th Underworld (now available)
Book 3: The Vision (now available)
Book 4: The Promise (available March 24, 2012)

Damaged and the Beast

Contemporary Romance

Heir to the local motorcycle club and crime syndicate, Cooper Johansson is accustomed to taking what he wants. His newest conquest is college freshman Farah Smith.

When the tattooed bad boy reminds her of a rough childhood she desperately wishes to forget, Farah keeps him at arm's length. Yet, Cooper refuses to give up. He pushes her buttons, tears through her walls, and forces her to admit her feelings for him. What begins as lust soon builds into something more powerful than either expects.

Can a beast like Cooper heal the damage inside the girl of his dreams?

***Warning: This novel contains scenes of a sexual nature, violent themes, and coarse language. It is intended for mature readers.

Borderlands

FINALLY IN DIGITAL - Edited by Thomas Monteleone - the breakthrough anthology BORDERLANDS is ready to entertain, thrill, and challenge a new generation of readers. Complete with the original introductions to each story by editor Thomas Monteleone.

The cancer that whistles...
The man who peels souls...A High-tech corporation's fearsome "Pounding Room"...
The hottest sex this side of Hell...

Prepare to cross over the cutting edge into a hitherto unexplored region--where imagination soars on leather wings, feeding its most loathsome desires...driven by its deepest, most hideous needs. Few writers have had the talent to map this uncharted terrain--fewer still, the raw, cold nerve even to seek it out. But now Karl Edward Wagner, T.E.D.Klein, and many other stunningly innovative masters of the grotesque are ready to lead you beyond terror's farthest frontiers...to confront the unspeakable nightmares that lurk in the darkest hidden corners of the mind. Welcome to the BORDERLANDS.

CONTENTS OF THE DIGITAL EDITION:

The Calling–David B. Silva
Glass Eyes–Nancy Holder
The Grass of Remembrance–John DeChancie
On the Nightmare Express–Francis J. Matozzo
The Pounding Room–Bentley Little
Peeling it Off–Darrel Schweitzer
The Raw and the Cooked –Michael Green
His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood–Poppy Z. Brite
Oh, What a Swell Guy Am I–Jeffrey Osier
Delia and the Dinner Party–John Shirley
Suicide Note–Lee Moler
Stillborn–Nina Kriki Hoffman
Ladder–T.E.D. Klein
Muscae Volitantes–Chet Williamson
The Man in the Long Black Sedan–Ed Gorman
His Frozen Heart–Jack Hunter Daves, Jr.
Evelyn Grace–Thomas Tessier
By the Light of the Silvery Moon–Les Daniels
A Younger Woman–David B. Silva
But You'll Never Follow Me–Karl Edward Wagner
Stephen–Elizabeth Massie
Alexandra–Charles L. Grant
The Good Book–G. Wayne Miller
By Bizarre Hands–Joe R. Lansdale

Where Darkness Dwells

"Every new book by Glen Krisch is a reason to celebrate. Seeming to come from out of nowhere, he writes with the kind of assured, lyrical style that makes other writers salivate. Count me as one of them. He knows what makes a story tick. He knows the value of character. And he knows how to scare you. And he does it all like someone who has been writing since before King was King. Mark my words: The future for Krisch is going to be a bright one, and I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone who so completely deserves it." -- Kealan Patrick Burke, author of The Turtle Boy and Kin.


Summer, 1934. Two boys, searching for a local legend, stumble upon the Underground, a network of uncharted caverns. Time holds no sway there; people no longer age and their wounds heal as if by magic.

By morning, one boy is murdered, while the other never returns. Below a town ravaged by the Great Depression, an immortal society thrives, built on the backs of slavery and pervasive immorality.

Charnel House

Perched on the plateau atop a hill named for the hickory trees dotting its slopes, the abandoned house broods over the tiny Alabama town called Belleville like a rattler guarding a clutch of eggs. From the rear windows of the second story one can glimpse the dark waters of the Tennessee River to the southwest when the leaves have dropped, a tarry path slicing through red clay fields laid bare for the winter. Few of the townspeople know this, because they no longer think about the house above them; it has faded in the town’s collective memory the way colors in an old photograph do.

Sometimes, when the sun has dropped low in the western sky, a glint of light reflecting off one of the unbroken windows will catch the eye of someone below, reminding them that the house lingers on. They will remember the stories they grew up hearing and repeating as they cowered in their beds with the covers pulled up over their heads, giddy with that special kind of terror only a child knows. As often as not, the person will look away from that glint of light quickly, perhaps genuflecting unconsciously or offering a whispered prayer. That night they may dream about it, black visions filled with screams and blood and almost-seen faces leering out of the darkness at them.

The lines of the house are skewed now, and its supports grown weak. Where it once stood straight and true it has sagged and bowed. But still it stands, ageless and timeless, looming over the town like a watchful sentinel.

And sometimes, it feeds.


Approximate word count: 108,000.
Contains mature subject matter, adult language, and graphic depictions of violence.

Teepees & Trailer Parks: A Cozy Mysteries Women Sleuths Series (Sweet Southern Sleuths Short Stories Book 1)

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SHORT STORY (APPROX. 1 HOUR). If you prefer longer cozy mysteries, be sure to check out Garden Girls and Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Series of books.



"Teepees & Trailer Parks" - Episode 1 in the Sweet Southern Sleuths Short Stories: A Cozy Mysteries Women Sleuths Series.



Loretta Sweet and her identical twin sister, Lacy, have recently inherited a home in Misery, Mississippi, from their distant relative, (Aunt) Tess McCoy. Their aunt's attorney insists that the girls meet him at the property to discuss the specifics of the will.



When the sisters arrive for the meeting, they discover that there is more...much more to the will than just inheriting a home.



As the attorney prepares to go over the details of the will, one of the "stipulations" makes a dramatic appearance, along with a body that is found in the bathtub.



Will the Sweet sisters turn tail and run or will they stick around to help solve the murder?