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When the truth is your greatest danger, and the enemy knows the truth, things can only go downhill when the enemy finally gets the proof. And that’s the proof the Hashashin get when they steal what the Vatican doesn’t even know it has. Now the infallible decrees of two Twelfth Century popes and three kings, stolen by the Hashashin, threaten to catapult the bigotry, bias, and religious blood baths of the Third Crusade straight into the Twenty-First Century.
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When Templars Sean Callahan and Marie Curtis are drawn into the mess, they face an ancient enemy that has already nearly won the battle, a newly elected Mexican pope being undermined by entrenched Vatican powers, world class scholars who will sell their prestige to the highest bidder, and terrorists lingering over lattes in sidewalk cafes. Moving from Rome to London, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia, Callahan and Curtis are desperate to find some way to stem the success the Hashashin are having enlisting the majority of moderate Muslims in their Jihad. Out maneuvered at each step by the Hashashin, only a last ditch roll of the dice has any chance of success. But it’s the only chance they have. (122,000 words – approximately 400 pages.)
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Tess Johnson has it all: her handsome photographer husband Beau, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.Tess struggles with the news of Beau’s death and tries to put her life back together. Alone and dealing with a pregnancy that only reminds her of what she has lost, Tess is adrift in a world of failed plans and fallen expectations. When a new client appears offering more than just a new project, Tess must confront the circumstances of her life head on.

Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing honor killings find Beau barely alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged by the crash. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.

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"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge Melissa Foster is the bestselling, award-winning author of three novels, Megan“Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal”–Author Jennie Shortridge
Melissa Foster is the bestselling, award-winning author of three novels, Megan’s Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, and anthology. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the WoMen’s Literary Cafe. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan’s Way. Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa is currently working on her next novel, and lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest or her personal website.
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Hello everyone! I grew up in Maryland with my mother, a slew of wonderful brothers, and friends. I am passionate about writing, reading, living healthy, and helping others do the same, and enjoy just about anything outdoors. I love to chat with readers and welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me. You can also catch me on The Women’s Nest, user name, “Thinkhappy”. Thanks for reading!

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Publetariat Dispatch: Will Children’s Book Self-Publishers Survive CPSIA?

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In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, The Book Designer, Joel Friedlander, examines the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act’s chilling effects on self-publishers.

Do you know about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008? No? Do you think you ought to?

It’s absolutely critical that you know about this law if you—or your clients—produce books or other products for children.

I found out about the implications of this law only today. Jacqueline Simonds, who I interviewed here last year about indie book distribution, sent an email to a group of people concerned with indie publishing explaining her experiences learning about this law. She’s posting about it on her blog.

When I realized the impact this law can have on self-publishers, I knew I had to get you this information right away, and Jacqueline was kind enough to take time out of her day to do an interview with me.

Here’s some background on this law:

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is a United States law signed on August 14, 2008 by President George W. Bush . . . The law . . . increases the budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), imposes new testing and documentation requirements, and sets new acceptable levels of several substances. It imposes new requirements on manufacturers of apparel, shoes, personal care products, accessories and jewelry, home furnishings, bedding, toys, electronics and video games, books, school supplies, educational materials and science kits. The Act also increases fines and specifies jail time for some violations . . . Because of the wide-sweeping nature of the law, many small resellers will be forced to discontinue the sale of children’s products.—Wikipedia


Just to reinforce the possible effects on indie children’s book publishing that this law could have, here’s a response to Jacqueline’s email from Dan Poynter, author of The Self-Publishing Manual and many other books on writing and publishing:

“The future of four-color children’s books is the iPad (and whatever comes next.) This is because of the cost of four-color printing, ship and truck transportation, carrying inventory, processing orders and Postal expenses. CPSIA will only accelerate the migration.”—Dan Poynter, ParaPub.com


You need to know about this. Here’s the interview with Jacqueline.

TheBookDesigner: What is CPSIA?

Jacqueline: The Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was developed to make sure testing was done on products intended for children under the age of 12. Specifically, it is aimed at toys and bedding that a child might put in their mouth. Books somehow got swept into it, possibly because of board books for toddlers.

How did you get involved with this subject?

I first heard about the CPSIA via the Self-Publishers Discussion Group. One of the members, who makes toys as well as books, picked up on it in the early stages. Since we are distributors, my first reaction was simply not to take on children’s books.

However, a new client approached me with one of the most extraordinary projects I’ve seen in a long time. I couldn’t turn it down. Well, yes I could.

The first thing I asked him is, “Is it CPSIA compliant?” Um, what? he replied. And that’s when he told me that the book files were in Southeast Asia about to print. I had him hold the print run until we could get certification lined up. It’s not inexpensive!

Can you tell us what a publisher has to do to comply with CPSIA?

A publisher must:

  • Place the name of the printer, their city and country and “batch number” (work order number) on the Copyright Page. 
  • You must have a lab report (or a statement from the printer in lieu of a lab report) stating that the book contains lead that is not in excess of 300 part per million. 
  • The printer or print broker must fill out a Certificate of Conformity (a sample is here: http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/elecertfaq.pdf). For Question #2, which asks under what sector of the CPSIA the printer/broker is certifying, the answer seems to be “Section 101” which covers lead content. 
  • You must submit the lab results and certification to your distributor (if you use one) or wholesaler when you enter a new children’s book into the book databases.

Wow, that sounds like a lot of complicated requirements. Are they for real?

It seems pretty ridiculous, doesn’t it? There’s a point at which well-intentioned laws go feral, and this is one of those moments. We all know that there have been several incidents of children’s toys imported from Asia that have been tainted. However, books are another matter.

When does all this take effect?

The law was supposed to go into effect August 2009 – and did for children’s toys. For books, the official date has been moved to December 2011.

So, no one is demanding this yet, right?

Unfortunately, the big wholesalers have taken this law very much to heart, and are demanding CPSIA certification NOW for new children’s book titles, even though the law doesn’t officially take effect until December. This makes some sense if you consider that a book being sold now will most likely still be in the system when the law goes into effect.

Is there any chance this will be overturned or delayed?

The Association of American Publishers has been riding herd on this since the beginning. They are hoping they can get Congress to modify the legislation so that it only covers books with toys or trinkets attached. The chances of this Congress doing anything in a timely fashion before the law takes effect in December is vanishingly small.

What do you think the response of the book manufacturers is going to be to this new requirement? Will they provide the materials and testing so individual publishers don’t have to do this all themselves?

I have discovered that American printers are taking on the responsibility of testing their inks, paper, glues and cardboard themselves, for all the materials they use in all books (that way they don’t have to do separate testing for individual books). For instance, Lightning Source International has testing on-file and has a standard letter of compliance. They also print their name, state and batch number on the back of the book.

However, foreign book printers don’t have any such program. I have a client who is being charged $600 to prove his book is in compliance.

I would recommend that people contact printers for their RFQ (request for quote) and require that the lab test be paid for by the printer. What will likely happen is that the price of your books will probably have a hidden testing fee attached.

Where can people find out more?

You can go to the main website http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html Pack a lunch. It takes a while to sift through all this.

Can I hire you as a CPSIA consultant?

Jacqueline Simonds Beagle Bay Books self-publishingYes. I’m available for consultation on this, as well as many other questions about publishing. You can e-mail me at jcsimonds@beaglebay.com or call me at 775.827.8654 (please take into account that I am on Pacific time). I’ll quote rates depending on how much work you need.

Jacqueline Simonds is a book shepherd/publishing consultant, publisher, author and book distributor. She is available for consultations and presentations on many aspects of publishing.



Jacqueline Church Simonds
Beagle Bay, Inc.
Books That Enlighten and Inform
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A deadly and elusive man. A young woman seeking justice and retribution. A thirty-year-old secret from World War Two. A latter day showdown among British, American, and Soviet intelligence services.  Who was Karl Sandler? Wartime patriot? Or a ruthless and amoral monster who put his vast financial machine behind the highest bidder? Leslie McAdam calls him by another name: her father.  Based on a shocking and shameful episode in history that threatened to alter the course of the world’s economic future, The Sandler Inquiry tells a gripping and unforgettable story of espionage and intrigue, loyalty and love, set in the sprawling ragged violence-prone New York City of the 1970’s.  Determined to claim her rightful inheritance — and to uncover the shrouded past of the man she knew as her father — Leslie has come to Thomas Daniels, a New York attorney haunted by his own bloodstained family history. Yet not even Daniels can imagine what lies beneath decades-old secrets when he launches an inquiry into his client’s murky past. As he moves through the twisting labyrinth of the world’s intelligence community, he uncovers a monstrous link between the man who called himself Karl Sandler and a conspiracy reaching to the highest levels of government…in three countries. From America to Europe to Soviet Russia, he pursues a cold trail that is suddenly red-hot, as the violence of the past lives again and Daniels is stalked by a deadly adversary who must keep the truth buried at all costs.  Now available in a brand-new Amazon Kindle edition, it is a classic novel of World War II and its chilling aftermath from Noel Hynd, the author of FLOWERS FROM BERLIN.
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Chapter 1Of all the enemies that his late father had made in the past, there remained one elaborate mystery: who still cared enough to want to burn him out? Destroy his records? His office? His livelihood? Maybe even kill him?

Thomas Daniels considered the hundreds of enemies his father must have made. He wondered whom he knew who liked to play with fire. Aside from the fire, which had been pretty hot, it was a cold winter evening in New York in 1977. Mid December. The ‘Son of Sam’ killer had been arrested that summer and the Yankees had just won their first World Series in fifteen years. But aside from that, Manhattan and all four other boroughs were gloriously coming apart at the seams, a little stitch almost every day, even when the city was all decked out for Christmas.


“Arson?” Thomas Daniels asked.


“You bet! This was a good professional torching,” said Matthew Corrigan, a lieuten­ant from the New York City Fire Department, examining one such ugly stitch. “High-intensity, quick-spreading fire. Would have taken the whole building if the custodian here hadn’t found it.” Corrigan pointed to the filing room. The air was gray with the vestiges of smoke, and the law offices were permeated with the sweet smell of ashes and water. Thomas Daniels’ eyes smarted. He was looking at the charred remnants of the old wooden files that he had inherited professionally from his father.


“No one was here when it started,” Corrigan continued. “That’s the usual. A good arsonist uses a fuse.”


“An electricity fuse?” asked Jacobus, the janitor, in heavily ac­cented English.


Corrigan shook his head to indicate, no. “A timing fuse. A candle, a wire, a clock, even a cigarette sometimes. Anything that will burn down slowly and not ignite whatever chemical, papers, or rags are being used until the torch man is gone.” He glanced around. It was a few minutes past four A.M. “If the fire had done the whole building we’d never have known where the flash point was. Here we know where the blaze started. So we’ll go through the debris in the filing room, inch by inch. We’ll find a fuse mechanism in there. Bank on it. Now I’ll show you something else.”


Corrigan led Jacobus and Daniels through the two adjoining rooms. He pointed to places and showed them how the flames ap­peared to have traveled in a path from the flash point.


“See?” he said. “Tracks. Tracks made by trailers that our firebug left. If we hadn’t broke in on the fire early, we wouldn’t have these, neither!”


The trailers, Corrigan explained, had been some highly flamma­ble substance -chemically treated rags, paper, or plastic – which had been left by the arsonist to be triggered by the fuse. When the fuse had burned down, the trailers had been sparked. And a rap­idly spreading blaze had shot in every direction. The intense flames consuming the trailers had left the tracks.


Thomas Daniels, though working up a dislike for Lieutenant Corrigan, knew he was listening to an expert. But the questions which kept recurring to Daniels were ones Corrigan could not answer. Who? And why? A premeditated fire made no sense.


“A pyroma­niac?” Thomas asked.


The lieutenant seemed amused. “No. Too neat a trick for a pyro. Pyros are sloppy. They leave so much evidence you’d think they was trying to get caught.” Corrigan shook his head. “Nope. This was set by somebody who wanted all the tracks covered but wanted the whole area destroyed. Usually that points to one thing.”


“What’s that?” asked Thomas Daniels.


“Something else was involved. Another crime. Sometimes you dig in the rubble of a fire like this and come up with a grilled cadaver. Get it? No stiff here, though. That means something else. Burglary, maybe. Anything of value kept in the office?”


Thomas shook his head.


“No art? Jewels? TVs, typewriters? Nothin’ like that?”




Corrigan shrugged and used a thick forearm to wipe grime and sweat from his forehead. “Then there’s something else that the detectives are going to suggest.”


“What’s that?”


“Insurance. A failed business somebody wanted torched to cash in on a policy.”


Thomas bristled.


Corrigan pursed his lips. “Not necessarily you. Maybe the guy upstairs. Or downstairs. The fire spreads and you all go up in the same puff, making it that much harder to figure who lit the fuse.”

Corrigan turned to the janitor. “By the way how’d you find the fire so fast? Doing your nighttime rounds?”


Jacobus considered it, thinking back over the events of the early morning. “I vas mopping,” he finally declared, trying to sound as American as possible, “and I smelled smoke.”




A few blocks away, NYPD detectives Patrick Hearn and Aram Shassad stepped from their unmarked car  and held their shields aloft to Officer Renfrow and a second uniformed patrolman. Renfrow recognized them anyway. The flash of red lights from the blue-and-white New York City police cars was reflected off the wet sidewalk and windows.


“Looks like he resisted,” Renfrow suggested.


The homicide detectives looked down. The body was covered by a police blanket.


“That’s a heavy finance charge for not coughing up a wallet,” Shassad said. He looked at the trail of blood on the sidewalk, lead­ing from the body and running along several yards of pavement to the doorway of number 246. The blood on East Seventy-third Street was already partially diluted by the rain.


“Want a look?” Renfrow asked.


“Why the hell not?”


Shassad reached down himself and pulled back the blanket. It was heavy and soggy from the rain. He gagged, though he’d seen hundreds of equally repulsive scenes.


The dead man’s face was chalk white. Below the neck, on the right side, was an obscene gaping wound, a huge bloody hole carved into the flesh just below the jawbone. A blade, perhaps of butcher-knife dimensions, had slashed upward into the victim’s throat, tearing and ripping everything in its path and cutting into the mouth. The front of the man’s suit, coat, and shirt was scarlet of varying shades.


Shassad mumbled, “Can’t a guy even step out of the house after dark?”


“No identification,” said Renfrow. “Just some change and keys.”

Hearn looked up as Shassad put the blanket back in place, af­fording the dead some privacy. “No wallet?” he asked.


“All gone,” said Renfrow. “The city’s a jungle after dark.”


They looked to the end of the block where an ambulance was turning the corner and approaching silently, its white headlights and red top lights glaring. The only sounds other than subdued voices were occasional raspy bursts from police radios.


Renfrow’s partner waited for it to pass and then crossed the street, coming toward them.


“You from Homicide?” he asked Shassad and Hearn collectively.


“Good guess, genius. We’re not from the garbagemen’s softball team.”


“It’s your lucky night.”




The young patrolman turned and pointed across the street to a small frightened woman standing in a doorway, wrapped in an old overcoat and clutching one hand in the other. “You got a witness,” he said.


“Hell,” muttered Shassad, “I was going to slip the Medical Examiner a few bucks and have him mark it ‘natural causes.'”





Author’s note to BookLending.com members:



The Sandler Inquiry was my second novel, originally published by The Dial Press in 1977. Thanks to the emergence of the Kindle and other electronic readers, I’ve re-edited the book, fixed some of the messier things I somehow got away with many years ago, added one character, streamlined the plot and polished it up for contemporary audiences.


Now here’s some back-story, how the book arrived in the first place.


I was living in Manhattan at the time and used to go out to run in Central Park every day from where I lived on 68th and Third. On Park and 71st I think it was, there stood an old mansion where a reclusive old heiress had lived for years. The old lady had passed away but the house was still standing, at the mercy of lawyers and distant relatives. Thinking about this as I ran past the building every day, I began to concoct a story around the house. Since I was writing international spy thrillers at the time, I needed Russians and Nazis. Easy enough. I invented a few, then used places I’d been in England and Switzerland to flesh out the story.


To also fill out the story, there was New York, which was a pretty ragged place at the time. As I re-read the book recently, I realized that Kojack-era New York had become a character in the book, and I hadn’t even realized it at the time.


I titled my novel, The Inheritor. But The Dial Press published Robert Ludlum at the time. We had the same editor, in fact. So I needed a title that was, well, Ludlumesque, to compete in the world of big time thrillers. The name I had given the family in my story was Sandler, no relation to Adam, a kid at the time.


Hence, Ludlumizing the title, the work became The Sandler Inquiry.


The book did nicely. Fine reviews, three hardcover printings, and a healthy mass market paperback run of a few hundred thousand copies via Dell Publishing, plus foreign sales in seven major markets. Hey, I was in my mid-twenties, in all the paperback racks and on top of the world.


I even got to see my name on a Best Seller List for the first time.


Sandler jumped onto the list of Newsday, the Long Island daily, for three weeks in March of 1978. The book rose to number two for one week, edging past Sidney Sheldon but unable to dislodge Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room for the ‘number uno’ spot along the Miracle Mile.


Oh, well.


It’s been fascinating to re-visit the book after so many years, recall the era in which I wrote it, which seems like a pretty nice time in my life. Equally, it’s nice to bring it back to new audiences. I hope it entertains you.


You can reach me at NH1212f@yahoo.com or on Facebook. I always like to hear from readers.

Really, I do.



Noel Hynd

Los Angeles

October 28, 2011

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Although I now live in Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of Africa, my childhood was played out in the Zimbabwean bush.

I talk too much. I get overexcited when something catches my interest. I Although I now live in Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of Africa, my childhood was played out in the Zimbabwean bush. I talk too much. I get overexcited when something catches my interest. I'm vegetarian because how can I eat animals? I may as well eat my cat! When time allows, I escape to the bush or the mountains to restore a sense of calm and timeless rhythm to my life. With the beat of Africa in my blood, my novels are set in this continent, which has deep passion as its heart. The driving motivation of my characters is the search for love in all its forms. I write because I believe that words have great power: they can bring comfort, joy and hope. They can reveal secrets and lies. And, while they may not change the world, they can - at their best - change people's lives, even if only for a moment.
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Devious Intentions is the first book in the Secrets and Guardians trilogy. A sweeping, fast paced, fantasy adventure packed with clever twists and turns. Epic story telling that fills the crossover between young adult and traditional fantasy fiction (Book 1 of 3).‘Some consider me a wise woman...
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NEW: Updated in October 2014I am very pleased to release this newly updated version of my best-selling book. I read all of the customer reviews on my books and appreciate everyone who takes the time to give their feedback; your comments have helped me to see where improvements and clarifications...
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A POWERFUL WOMAN A BRAVE WARRIOR A DARK SECRETIn a world where women are submissive and blood feuds abound, a child is born into the Royal House of Gnaeus. Though when a mysterious mark appears on her face, the child is banished to the wilderness—forever.'You will feel my vengeance, father.'Since...
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Praise for Thrall"Before you even start this review, put down anything you are doing and go read Thrall. It's AMAZING! BREATHTAKING! Engaging and smart, Thrall leaves you speechless!" - Savannah, Books With Bite"How do I even begin to put all the crazy, gushy, ramblings in my brain about this book...
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Come celebrate Halloween in ways both spooky and fun in this collection of sixteen short stories spun by talented new voices in science fiction and fantasy. Insecurity Complex, by Jade KerrionEmpty Glass, by P.L. BlairThe Red Card, by Sheenah FreitasChanceus, by L’Poni Baldwin My Soul To Take, by...
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Short Story Strands: Halloween 2012 Edition
By: Linell Jeppsen, Sharon L Reddy, Ch'kara SilverWolf, Edwin Stark, Lisa Williamson, Michael Youngblood, Sheenah Freitas, Jade Kerrion, P.L. Blair
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Nicole Jones is all work and no play. Between photo shoots, magazine layouts and calling clients, there’s hardly any time to breath let alone even think about dating, but when Nicole’s ex-boyfriend returns, she just may change her mind.Three years ago, the one man she truly loved broke her heart...
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World War IWorld War One was one of the bloodiest wars in modern history. At its end, it had claimed over seventeen million lives. It led to the collapse of nations, the abdication of monarchies and ended empires. Entire divisions of men perished in the pursuit of mere miles of uninhabitable...
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There's a corpse on his train - and a killer still on board...Rusty Macduff is a private eye with a niche: he only takes on the cases every other detective in the golden age of crime turns down. But this time he hasn't got a choice. The only other passenger in his railway compartment has just been...
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From author Erin Huss comes an "uproariously funny" (InD'Tale Magazine) new mystery...When Cambria Clyne—klutzy, twenty-something single mom—takes the job of an apartment manager at an LA complex, she hopes her run of bad luck is finally coming to an end. She's got a nice home for her daughter,...
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Challenging, edgy short stories that happen before, during and after 9/11. 'The Garden at the Inn' is set in Afghanistan and Pakistan and looks at the formation of Al-Qaeda. 'Tuesday' is Manhattan on September 11, 2001. The trilogy concludes with 'Nine Twelve', a vision of life the day after. These...
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KND Kindle Free Book Alert for Tuesday, November 1: KICK OFF A NEW MONTH WITH A DOZEN (12) BRAND NEW FREEBIES in the last 24 hours added to Our 1,190 FREE TITLES Sorted by Category, Date Added, Bestselling or Review Rating! plus … Judy Croome’s DANCING IN THE SHADOWS (Today’s Sponsor – $0.99)

Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert: P. A. Seasholtz’s TONGUE OF HAUDEN is our eBook of the Day at just 99 Cents, and Here’s a Free Sample!

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Unity without strength, harmony without power – Hauden still weeps with the blood of slaughtered innocents.

Laedian Fayersae’s long struggle to unite the Houses and the Nations has succeeded, but despite her efforts that have ended the bloodlust, the cruel Dasyu and the ghastly Plague Bringers now vie for dominion over all, threatening to destroy the Othar of Hauden before they can coalesce around the power of the ancient fires.

With their decision to fight, the Aktsi’a Othar plant the seeds of a new hope, a hope that the Khe’kenha Othar will discover their true role as servants of the land.

From the Author:

With great pleasure, I present the third book in the Harmony of the Othar Saga, Tongue of Hauden. I hope you have enjoyed our journey so far, and I am excited to continue the saga with this latest installment. The story has taken on a life of its own, and I would be lying if I said penning it has not become easier as the saga progresses. Again, I would like to thank everyone who has come along for the ride, and I hope book three brings as much enjoyment in the reading as it did in the writing.

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Living quietly in a Minneapolis suburb, I have been writing the Harmony of the Othar Saga in various incarnations for more years than I am willing to admit.

A story which began in college has, after many years, reached fruition with my first novel, Heart of Hauden. During the intervening years, I have helped raise my daughter, Katja, with my wife, Ann, worked in the information technology field, primarily as a database administrator, and received the support of friends and family to write as time permitted.

After many years of writing in fits and starts, I stepped away from a full-time job to concentrate on completing this story. Perhaps it was nothing more than a classic mid-life crisis, but the result has allowed me to begin something I’ve dreamed about for decades. My only hope in presenting book one in the Harmony of the Othar Saga is that you will find as much enjoyment reading it as I have found in creating it.


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Today’s Kindle Daily Deal – Tuesday Nov. 1 – Need a manual for what’s next but don’t want to spend too much? Save 79% on John Austin’s handbook for the newly undead! plus … don’t miss this chance to download Cidney Swanson’s RIPPLER, now just 99 cents on Kindle! (Today’s Sponsor)

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Rippler (The Ripple Series)

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Samantha Ruiz has a freak gene that makes her turn invisible, or ripple. She can’t control it, and it’s getting worse. Afraid of becoming a lab-rat, Sam keeps her ability secret, until fellow runner Will Baker sees her vanish into thin air. Will promises secrecy and help, and Sam begins to fall in love.Together, the two discover there are worse things than being a scientific curiosity. Someone’s been killing people who possess Sam’s gene. A mysterious man from France sends letters that offer hope for safety, but also reveal a sinister connection with Nazi experiments.The more time Sam spends with Will, the less she can imagine life without him. When Sam uncovers secrets from her past, she must choose between keeping Will in her life or keeping Will safe.

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What’s a zombie to do? Zombiologist John Austin details everything you need to know, as a newly undead soul, to hunt, fight, and feed on the living. As the first handbook written specifically for the undead, this book explains how you ended up in this predicament, the stages of zombification, and what you need to survive in this zombiphobic world.

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