My poor baby had to get a shot at the doctors office yesterday. I know it’s for his own good, but it breaks my heart every time. I remember the first time each of my boys got their shots. It was the same each time. I held them tightly while the nurse gave the shot. First they looked confused, then their eyes widened as the realization of pain (this being the first time they had ever felt real pain) hits them, then comes the worst part of all. They looked at me as if I had betrayed them, asking me how could I have let this happen? My heart broke. Time for ice cream!

Dark Bayou (The Dark Trilogy)
Nancy K. Duplechain
4.3 Stars (136 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy

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“The Spanish moss swayed eerily in the breeze that brought with it fat rain drops that plopped onto the water, rippling the reflection of the darkening sky. That was when we saw the cabin, far off in a corner on the west bank. It was as I had seen it in my dreams—rustic long-forgotten by the world, save for whatever occupied its malevolent little frame. And whatever it was, was nothing more than a black silhouette in a creaking rocking chair on the tiny porch. As I stared at the phantom rocker, it suddenly stopped in mid rock, picked up its head and turned to me, grinning, and started rocking away, never taking its yellow eyes off of me. And there, in the humid twilight of the swamp, a bitter chill washed over me, and my spine felt like ice.”

When Leigh Benoit returns home to Louisiana for the funeral of her brother and his wife, she becomes increasingly concerned about the welfare of her orphaned niece, Lyla. She is prompted by her grandmother, Clothilde, to move back to take care of her. Leigh has no desire to take on any responsibility, and being home again brings back painful memories. At the funeral, Leigh’s childhood friend, Detective Lucas Castille, tells her the mysterious details of the accident that killed her brother and his wife. Lucas’ young son has dreams of a Dark Man who wishes to harm Lyla. Leigh begins to have similar dreams. She struggles with her rational mind but vows to protect her niece. Soon, she finds out there is more to the story and more to her grandmother than she thought.

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Book 1: They Were The Best of Gnomes They Were The Worse of Gnomes (Tales From a Second Hand Wand Shop)
Robert P. Wills
4.5 Stars (10 Reviews)
Genre: Action & Adventure | Fantasy

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Tales from a Second Hand Wand Shoppe (Book 1): They were the Best of Gnomes, They were the Worse of Gnomes.

Two Gnomes – Grimbledung and Drimblerod- are just trying to get along in life when their worlds collide. Drimblerod runs a moderately reputable Second Hand Wand Shop that does pretty well at moving inventory. Grimbledung runs a disreputable Second Hand Wand Wagon that he moves regularly to avoid the authorities.

Everything changes when they combine their talents:

City ordinances are broken. Neighbors are annoyed. The Constable becomes involved. Even the Magician’s Guild sends over some Enforcers to deal with them. Things are looking up for the Gnomes!

From multi-headed travelers looking for a good time, to Half-Orcs just trying to obey their mates, everyone seems to come to the Second Hand Wand Shoppe to either buy or sell a wand. Along for the ride are a neurotic Jousting Dummy, an immortal (so far) Rat, a Trolless who runs the Tavern and Restaurant across the street, a Dwarf next door with (alleged) Mob ties, and the Head Mistress of the local School of Magic (with definite Mob ties).

Did we mention the Halfling Army that’s out for blood? They’ll have to deal with them as well!

Bask in this illustrated 96,000+ word adventure! You’ll laugh! You’ll cry. You’ll never be the same.

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Edible Delectables
Amy Wiseman
3.7 Stars (54 Reviews)
Genre: Romance

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If you had a second chance at true love, would you risk everything for it? As an adult Kara Baker is living her dream of owning a thriving bakery. Unlucky at love, but happy with her life, fate is about to deliver her into the hands of her long lost, but never forgotten, teenage crush. Will she take a chance and risk her heart?

Kara Baker owns her own bakery. Jason Dietrich is a resident in pediatrics. Their worlds collide when Kara ends up in the hospital for appendicitis.

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Sisypuss: Memoirs of a Vagabond Cat
Patricia Halloff
4.6 Stars (21 Reviews)
Genre: Literary Fiction

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If You Care About Animals, Don’t Pass This Five-Star Cat Memoir By.

“Ms. Halloff does for stray cats what Richard Adams did for rabbits. This book is more worth downloading than anything else I have seen on Amazon this year.” T. Ormiston-Smith, “T.C.”, Amazon Reviewer

“Patricia Halloff is an excellent writer. There is absolutely no doubt she knows and understands the nature of cats.” D. Blankenship, Amazon reviewer

“It is beautifully written and tells a painful truth about how humans treat animals.” Fierce Goose, Amazon Reviewer

Sisypuss, a feline optimist and true believer in luck (though most of his is rotten), reminisces about the homeless journey through truths and lies, danger and safety, love and enmity, made with his brother Bob and an odd assortment of characters, animal and human met along the way.

Three paws in the grave, Sisypuss interweaves memories and his current life as Booley’s cat companion with Booley’s seriocomic troubles with drugs (he enrolls in clinical trials as a work alternative), unfaithful women, and poetry editors.

Sisypuss tells how, among other things, he and his brother survive an animal shelter, a research lab which wrecks their health, the death of a loved guardian, a godforsaken wood where his try at love with a feral heartbreaker leaves him singing the castrato blues, and finally the overwhelming event leading him to Booley and safety.

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The Royal Dragoneers (Book One of the Dragoneers Saga)
M. R. Mathias
4.3 Stars (168 Reviews)
Genre: Children’s eBooks | Fantasy | World Literature

After struggling for more than two centuries to tame the inhospitable islands where they washed up, the descendants of the survivors of a lost passenger ship are now striving to tame a more substantial “Mainland” they have found.For as long as mankind has been stranded, dragons have been their sworn enemies.But no longer…Sixteen year-old Jenka De Swasso wants nothing more than to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a King’s Ranger. But when he one day finds himself surrounded by vicious trolls, a young pure-blood dragon comes to his rescue and they become bond-mates.Meanwhile, the goblins have a new king, Gravelbone, and have allied themselves with the tainted “mudged” dragons to drive mankind out of its lands. Setting his sights on a vast manmade wall, Gravelbone and his wicked hell-born Nightshade, seek to poison the entire human kingdom and enslave any survivors.Jenka and his companion, a druida warrior named Zah, soon realize that they and their bonded dragons are mankind’s only hope for survival. Forced to defy their arrogant king’s wishes, the pair set out on a desperate quest to stop Gravelbone’s forces and save mankind from its terrifying fate.With action so intense you’ll forget to breathe and intrigue around every corner, The Royal Dragoneers is one adventure you cannot miss.Hold on to your dragon… your journey is about to begin!

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Alice in Deadland Trilogy
Mainak Dhar
4.1 Stars (135 Reviews)
Genre: Horror | Science Fiction

Includes FREE EXCERPTs of the next two titles in the Alice in Deadland Series- Hunting The Snark and Deadland: Untold Stories of Alice in Deadland. Alice in Deadland was released in November 2011 and quickly became an bestseller, selling more than 50,000 copies in its first three months. It was followed by its sequel, ‘Through The Looking Glass’ and ‘Off With Their Heads’, the prequel to Alice in Deadland. Now, get all three novels in the Alice in Deadland Trilogy in one single omnibus edition and immerse yourself in this bestselling adventure.

Alice in Deadland

Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it’s legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived- hordes of undead Biters.

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.

Through The Looking Glass: Alice in Deadland Book II

More than two years have passed since Alice followed a Biter with bunny ears down a hole, triggering events that forever changed her life and that of everyone in the Deadland. The Red Guards have been fought to a standstill; Alice has restored some measure of peace between humans and Biters; and under Alice, humans have laid the foundations of the first large, organized community since The Rising- a city called Wonderland.

That peace is shattered in a series of vicious Biter attacks and Alice finds herself shunned by the very people she helped liberate. Now she must re-enter the Deadland to unravel this new conspiracy that threatens Wonderland. Doing so will mean coming face to face with her most deadly adversary ever- the Red Queen.

Off With Their Heads: The Prequel to Alice in Deadland

A few months before Alice was born and fifteen years before the dramatic events depicted in Alice in Deadland, there was The Rising. A few days that destroyed human civilization as we know it, reducing much of the world to a radioactive wasteland teeming with hordes of undead Biters and controlled by a shadowy Central Committee.

Off With Their Heads brings to life the final harrowing days of The Rising through four shorts, each depicting events through the eyes of one pivotal character in the Alice in Deadland series. See how Dr. Protima became the Queen of the Biters; feel the pain of a young man’s sacrifice as he becomes the bunny-eared Biter whom Alice later follows down a hole; follow the rise of Chen from a conflicted young Chinese Army officer to a General in the Red Guards; and finally share in the dramatic escape of Alice’s parents from a city overrun by Biters.

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