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Kindle Nation Daily Romance Readers Alert! Terri Wolffe’s DESPERATE DESIRES (A Sweet and Spicy Novella) – 4.6 Stars and just $3.50 on Kindle – Here’s a Free Sample

The smart, wildly unconventional Lady Lucinda Davenport meets the dangerous Lucien Brandford, fourth Duke of Carlsborough, and their sensual dance culminates in a seismic eruption both psychological and sensual. As tempers flare and sparks fly, an intense and erotic interlude of passion ensues. Terri Wolffe’s Desperate Desires (A Sweet and Spicy Novella) – 4.6 Stars and just $3.50 on Kindle!



Here’s the set-up:

The cunningly audacious Lady Lucinda Davenport is by no means a conventional woman. Smart and fiercely determined, she’s more comfortable adding numbers than she’ll ever be socializing with highfalutin’ members of the ton. When desperate straits force her into action to save her home and lands, she finds herself faced with only one option. Summoning every ounce of her courage, she sets in motion a wild and raunchy scheme that would set the ton on fire if they ever caught wind of her actions.Lucien Brandford, fourth Duke of Carlsborough, is a dangerous man. Wealthy beyond imagination and handsome to a fault, the Duke is sought after by nearly every woman of the ton. Single, widowed, or married, ladies vie for his attention with cutthroat precision. But the Duke has no tolerance for the machinations of fortune-hungry peers. He seeks his pleasure from women who require no commitment.

That attitude ensnares the Duke in Lady Lucinda’s plan. Caught unawares, Lucien finds himself at the mercy of a bold and luscious woman whom he cannot decide if he wants to strangle or bed.

Sensually spiced with a heavy dose of passion, this romantic bestseller comes complete with a memorable cast of characters. You won’t want to put this one down!
(54K words)


From the reviewers:


Desperate Desires is a great mix of romance and psychological thriller. It transports the reader from their couch to 17th century London, England, with all of its splendor, beauty and hardships.–Pacific Book ReviewI would recommend this if you are looking for a hot and satisfying read. Its quick and sensual and well worth the price given to it on the Kindle.

A heartwarming and erotic tease

This book is about discovering who you are deep down inside where you keep your thoughts private and your desires to yourself. When Lucien and Lucinda get together they realize that there are not enough nights to quench their need for one another. Their story while not conventional is extremely enjoyable.

A DECADENT FEAST FOR THE SENSES!!,

4.6 out of 5 stars Turn Up the AC Before Reading!,


Dear Readers,

In late 2010, I was challenged by the question: “What is it that you’ve always wanted to do, but never allowed yourself to do because of fear?”

The resounding answer for me was: “I’ve always wanted to write an historical romance novel!”

Pouncing on that flash of inspiration, I set out to try my hand at writing my very first historical, erotic romance. Admittedly, I had to ignore the little people in my head who cried out rather loudly, “What will people think? What will people say? What if you fail and fall flat on your face?”

Three months later, Desperate Desires was born. However, I’ll be the first to admit that the only reason I was able to complete it was because the storyline had been in the back of my head for close to 20 years.–Terri Wolffe



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KND Bargain Book Alert: THE EGYPTIAN is our Kindle eBook of the Day – Just 99 Cents with 5.0 Stars from 7 Reviewers, and Here’s a Free Sample!

Here’s the set-up for Layton Green’s The Egyptian, just 99 cents on Kindle:

On Sale for $.99 Through Release Weekend Only (Through August 28)!

At a mausoleum in Cairo’s most notorious cemetery, a mercenary receives a package containing a silver test tube suspended in hydraulic stasis.

An investigative reporter tracking rogue biomedical companies is terrified by the appearance of a mummified man outside her Manhattan apartment.

A Bulgarian scientist who dabbles in the occult makes a startling discovery in his underground laboratory.

These seemingly separate events collide when Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, are hired by the CEO of an Egyptian biomedical firm to locate stolen research integral to the company’s new life extension product. However, after witnessing the slaughter of a team of scientists by the remnants of a dangerous cult thought long abandoned, Grey and Viktor turn from pursuers to pursued.

From the gleaming corridors of visionary laboratories to the cobblestone alleys of Eastern Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, Grey and Viktor must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth behind the Egyptian and his sinister biotech – before that truth kills them.

For fans of Douglas Preston, Steve Berry, Dan Brown and the X-Files.

Praise for the Works of Layton Green

“Green’s debut The Summoner was such a great read, I was hoping that he’d duplicate his literary excellence. In his second book, The Egyptian, Green did not disappoint me, he exceeded my expectations.”

BookPleasures.com

The Summoner is one of those books that make you want to turn on all the lights in your house and lock the doors . . . The settings are authentic and you can feel and smell the countryside . . . This is a wonderful read for those who enjoy both suspense and action stories.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Mystical, complicated, completely believable and terrifying . . . [w]ith an ending that will catapult you out of your reading chair. Riveting.”

The Review Broads

“Favorite book of the year so far.”

A Novel Source

“I moved a little outside my comfort zone with The Summoner, and I am glad I did. A blend of action, history, anthropology, thrills, and chills, all delivered with a mature, polished voice. I am eager for more from this author.”

Scott Nicholson, Bestselling Author

“Layton Green has written a tale with supernatural and political undertones that unravels with ever increasing suspense . . . The book is plain terrific.”

Richard Marek, former President and Publisher of E.P. Dutton

“Layton Green is a gifted writer.”

Readers Favorite

“Green writes like a dream, and Dominic Grey is a fascinating protagonist . . . . The next installment of Green’s suspenseful storytelling and Grey’s next journey can’t come soon enough!”

Melody Moezzi, Award-winning Author, War on Error

“[T]his book is above and beyond in its narrative, its cohesiveness, the depth of its characters and the quality of the writing. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read for Odyssey Reviews.”

Odyssey Reviews

“Yes, I did put TWO Five Stars up there . . . giving Green’s The Summoner Five stars and Five stars alone downplays how I felt about this book . . . BUY THIS BOOK.”

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“[C]alls to mind such series as Jason Bourne and Indiana Jones, with supernatural/religious overtones thrown in.”

Bookhound’s Den

“An awesome read . . . The writing is polished and evocative, the subject matter fascinating, the characters intriguing, and the pace non-stop. Spooky and occasionally metaphysical, The Summoner harkens back to The Serpent and the Rainbow in its ability to convincingly portray seemingly paranormal events in a realistic (and therefore even creepier) manner.”

Blood Writes, Mystery Pick of the Week

“Wow. This book, it packs a walloping punch . . . What a truly original story this was.”

Tiffany Harkleroad, Book Blogger and Amazon Vine Voice

“This is truly a captivating novel. The excitement travels from page to page and this is one story that will stay with you way after you turn that last page.”

Socrates’ Book Review

From the reviewers:

A Fascinating Storyline, With Intriguing Characters And Non-Stop Action.  –  Yvonne (Fiction Books)

A brilliant sequel, can’t wait for the next one.  The Summoner, Layton Green’s debut novel, was all anyone could want from a thriller, with its lush description of an exotic locale, its fast pacing, its dark subject matter, and its believable, yet conflicted, central character. It was a mature novel, something complete, thoroughly researched, and written by an author who has clearly found his voice.   But The Egyptian is even better.   –  Russell E. Dalferes

Another MUST READ from Layton Green.  — Chuck OG

The Egyptian will not disappoint!.  –  D.J.

I have been looking forward to Layton Green’s follow up to his suprisingly good and refreshing book, the Summoner, and I was not disappointed. The Egyptianis a great sophomore showing by Green. –  John R.

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Layton is a mystery/suspense writer and the author of the Kindle best-selling and award-winning novel The Summoner. In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer, and the list goes downhill from there.
He has traveled to more than fifty countries, lived in a number of them, and has a burning desire to see every country, city, beach, moor, castle, cemetery, twisted street and far flung dot on the map. Religion and cults, as well as all things spiritual and supernatural, have also been a lifelong interest. Combine the travel and the religion with fifteen years of Japanese Jujitsu training, and the Dominic Grey series was born.

Layton lives with his wife and son in Miami. Please stop by his website at www.laytongreen.com.

Kindle Daily Deal: Food, Inc.

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Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert! From 1120 to 1307, the Knights Templar answered to nobody, had the strongest military, crossed borders at will, and financed monarchies. What if they returned now to challenge Al Qaeda without worrying about media, Congressional hearings, or the next election cycle? Terrence O’Brien’s THE TEMPLAR CONCORDAT is our Kindle eBook of the Day: 4.9 Stars on 10 Straight Rave Reviews, Just $2.99 on Kindle, and Here’s a Free Sample!

If you loved the ideas behind Da Vinci and The Lost Symbol, but you weren’t so crazy about all the arty esoterica, THE TEMPLAR CONCORDAT could hit your sweet spot.

Here’s the set-up for Terrence O’Brien’s The Templar Concordat, 4.9 stars from 9 reviewers and just $2.99 On Kindle:

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.

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.

From the Author

The idea for the book began to grow a few years ago as news reports revealed more and more about Al Qaeda. What struck me was the fact that it had no national allegiance. It operated outside the established nation state system. Al Qaeda didn’t care what the government of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, or Iran thought. It did whatever it wanted, and claimed to be doing it to further world-wide Islam. 

So, I wondered what things would be like if there was an organization in the West that was also free from the governments of the West. How would they combat Al Qaeda? What kind of scene would play out across the world if that kind of group challenged Al Qaeda without worrying about media, Congressional hearings, appeals courts, public opinion, or the next election cycle?

Then I remembered there once was such a Western organization when the Knights Templars were active from 1120 to 1307. They answered to nobody, had the strongest military of the day, crossed borders at will, amassed a huge fortune, engaged in trade and commerce, and financed many of the monarchies.

So, why not bring the Templars forward in time, and let some escape the ambush by the King of France and the pope that destroyed them in 1307? And since the Templars were a creation of the Crusades and the Church, let those players come into the present day, too. And the Hashashin, a secretive branch of Islaimi Shiite Islam that excelled in covert operations? Let them escape their destruction by the Mongols in 1275, and come forward to the present day.

I also noticed news stories about the discovery of the Chinon Parchment from 1308 dealing with the Templar trials. The document had been misfiled in 1628 and was lost to history until an Italian researcher found it buried in the stacks of the Vatican Library in 2001. So the notion that things could get lost for hundreds of years in a library was definitely reasonable.

The result is The Templar Concordat. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Terrence O’Brien

After leaving the Marine Corps I began a career in mine and oil field development. So, I have followed the oil fields spanning Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia, and now live with my wife in Kansas City where I became a floor trader at the Kansas City Board of Trade. I’m currently working on Avram’s Cross, the second book in the series.

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Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert! SHOCKING, FUNNY, SAD AND RAUNCHY! Think “Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove, with a hilarious dash of Catch-22 thrown in” and you’ll have our Kindle eBook of the Day, Michael Harris’ THE ATOMIC TIMES – 4.6 Stars on 10 out of 11 5-Star Reviews, just $2.99 on Kindle!

Here’s the set-up for Michael Harris’ The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground, 4.6 stars on 10 out of 11 rave reviews, just $2.99 on Kindle:

A real-life Catch-22 — with radiation

The searing and subversively funny memoir of a young Army draftee’s experiences during the H-bomb tests of the 1950s —
In late 1955, twenty-two-year old army private Michael Harris “earned” an assignment to Eniwetok Atoll, ground zero of U.S. Joint Task Force Seven’s Pacific Proving Ground.  There, on a desolate stretch of the South Pacific, Harris was part of a grand experiment called Operation Redwing.

The biggest and baddest of America’s atmospheric nuclear weapons test regimes, Redwing was one of those strange Cold War phenomena that mixed saber rattling with mad science, while overlooking the cataclysmic human, geopolitical and ecological effects.  But mostly, it just messed with guys’ heads.

With The Atomic Times, Michael Harris welcomes readers into the U.S. Army’s version of the nuclear family — the young men stationed in the Pacific during the 17 tests of Operation Redwing, where the local F-words were fallout and fireball.  As Harris tells it, daily life at ground zero could have been scripted by a committee comprising Franz Kafka, Sergeant Bilko, Hubert Selby, and Joseph Heller — all working within the constraints of the peacetime army’s unofficial modus operandi, “Hurry up and wait.”

When not playing radioactive guinea pig, Harris’ jobs included editing the base’s newspaper, cheekily named The Atomic Times, whose logo was a mushroom cloud and whose motto was “All the News That Fits, We Print.”  Harris, in a distinctive narrative voice, describes his H-Bomb year with unforgettable imagery and insight into how isolation and isotopes change men for better and for worse.

MICHAEL HARRIS began writing The Atomic Times in 1955 when he was an army draftee stationed on Eniwetok and finished fifty years later. In between, he married novelist Ruth Harris and spent years as a public relations executive at CBS Television, eleven of them on The Ed Sullivan Show — he was the first person to welcome the Beatles to America on their initial trip to the United States. Mr. Harris is also the author of the national bestseller, Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed’s Other Guests
Praise for Michael Harris’ The Atomic Times:

“THE ATOMIC TIMES is a gripping memoir of the first H-bomb tests by one of the small groups of servicemen stationed at Ground Zero on Eniwetok Atoll.  Leavened by humor, loyalty and pride of accomplishment, this book is also a tribute to the resilience, courage and patriotism of the American soldier.”
— Dr. Henry Kissinger

“Brilliantly conceived, elegantly rendered and persuasively authentic.”
— Robert B. Parker, bestselling author of the Spenser and Jesse Stone series

“One of the best books I’ve ever read, combining elements of Catch 22 and Dr. Strangelove in a memoir that is both hilarious and tragic.  A ‘must’ read, destined to become a classic.”
— John G. Stoessinger, Ph.D. (Harvard), winner of the Bancroft Prize for Inernational Affairs, member of the Council on Foreign Relations

“Harris has seamlessly presented a colorful cast of characters, and a shockingly honest depiction of his experience in the isolated Pacific islands during the 1956 H-Bomb tests.  The effect is at once deeply personal and politically profound.”
— Senator Charles Schumer

“The Atomic Times was a heavily censored military newspaper to which Harris contributed during his hellacious tour of duty on the island of Eniwetok, the Atomic Energy Commission’s Pacific Proving Ground.  Drafted in 1955, Harris didn’t think anything could be worse than his miserable, motherless childhood, but life was by turns absurd and terrfiying on Eniwetok as he and his stressed out comrades witnessed the testing of monstrous hydrogen bombs without protective gear.  Not only did the military cut down every tree and plant and pave paradise, the massive tests poisoned the air and the beautiful turquoise ocean.  The physical health of the men was threatened, and so was their sanity.  Bored, frightened, angry, and sexually frustrated, the men turn cruel, violent and suicidal.  Harris’ frank and disturbing descriptions of the criminally irresponsible proceedings on Eniwetok and the physical and mental pain he and others endured constitute shocking additions to atomic history.  Amazingly enough, given his ordeal, Harris, author of a popular biography of Ed Sullivan, with whom he worked at CBS, remains healthy.”
— Booklist

“Life on Eniwetok Atoll in the 1950s was a case of the doldrums punctuated by massive blasts, a pattern that mirrors Harris’ memoir of his time as a drafted soldier stationed far out in the Pacific during a series of hydrogen bomb tests, twelve of which Harris witnessed sans protective goggles. (The money initially earmarked for enlisted men’s goggles was diverted to buy new furniture for the colonel’s house. “Goggles are important,” Harris is told. “But the colonel’s furniture is important, too.”) Harris, also the author of the Ed Sullivan biography Always on Sunday, uses a chatty, dead-pan voice that highlights the horrifying absurdity of life on the island: the use of Geiger counters to monitor scrambled eggs’ radiation level, three-eyed fish swimming in the lagoon, corroded, permanently open windows that fail to keep out the radioactive fall-out and enlisted men whose toenails glow in the dark..  An entertaining read in the bloodline of Catch-22, Harris achieves the oddest of victories: a funny, optimistic story about the H-bomb.”
— Publisher’s Weekly

“Harris’s memoir is a chilling reminder that human beings are capable of great destruction as well as great teamwork and achievement.”
— Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager

“An important book about Harris’s fascinating experiences. A grim warning of what can happen in our own country if we do not find a way to end the nuclear threat.”
— Christie Brinkley, author, supermodel and anti-nuclear activist

Comments from other Atomic Veterans of Operation Redwing

“Michael Harris captures the feeling of isolation that all of us had on the remote Pacific island of Eniwetok and he shows the horrors of living with mushroom clouds.  THE ATOMIC TIMES   is impossible to put down.  It grabs you in a very compelling way.”
— Leon Nelms
Corinth, Mississippi

“Brought back memories of serving on Eniwetok during Operation Redwing.  I relived the excitement, the awe and the fear of wathcing atomic and hydrogen bombs being detonated, as well as the mind-numbing emptiness of an island which made you count the days until you could leave.”
— Chuck Morgan
Arlington Heights, Illinois

“WOW!  I too watched it sitting on the beach facing West across the lagoon through slits in the fingers covering my eyes (no goggles!).  It was truly awesome! The horrific rumble!  Goose bumps all over my body.  The flash.  The rising stem of the mushroom cloud.  And, the eerie time lag between the sight and the sound of the deep rumble we all felt that morning on the beach!  I can even feel the unimaginable power of the explosion these many years later…..Thanks for helping me remember.”
— Robert Cherouny
Round Hill, Virginia

 

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Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert! Think “Minority Report and Equilibrium meet 1984” in Newcity, where everyone is “content” … or else. Terry Persun’s CATHEDRAL OF DREAMS is a compelling tale of a dystopian future and personal heroism – 5 stars and just $2.99 on Kindle!

Here’s the set-up for Terry Persun’s The Cathedral of Dreams, just $2.99 on Kindle:

In Newcity, everyone is content. Bad feelings are not allowed, because your monitoring chip will alert the police to bring you in for treatment. Getting better is mandatory. Unchecked emotions made the world outside Newcity dangerous, unruly, and violent. At least that’s the official story in Newcity.

Keith knows something is wrong. Strange visions lead him to become one of the few who escapes Newcity. He fi nds freedom and companionship outside, but pressure building to revolt against the city’s insidious regime of social control. Leadership is thrust upon him, with only his visions for guidance, only a small band of friends for support—and the fates of both Newcity and the outside world at stake.

Cathedral of Dreams is a compelling tale of a dystopian future and personal heroism.

From the reviewers:

If you have ever seen the movie Equilibrium, you will understand the type of society vividly depicted by Persun. It is one where emotions are seen as dangerous and harmful, and where people are trying to figure out a way to remove emotions from humanity. – Miss Allegre

I loved this book. It’s exciting from the first page and it keeps you guessing the entire time. Navigating his life in Newcity as well as outside, Keith is led by two strange visions that help him on his quest. With just a twinge of 1984 mixed with lots of action, I thought this book was great! – Phil’s List

In the tradition of other utopian/dystopian novels, Persun takes the reader on a wild ride from the limited but adequate existence inside Newcity to the outside world, and then back to Newcity. – Kim Wiebusch

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“Happiness comes with doing what you love.”

I live on a small farm with horses, chickens, and cats. My family and I enjoy the outdoors and spend time exploring nature and its creatures. Fresh air and exercise helps to keep us on track with our lives.

I’m a firm believer that you have to do things you enjoy as often as possible. That’s why I spend my first few hours of each day working on novels or poems. The rest of the day, I work my day job of helping companies with their marketing strategies. I am also the co-founder of www.EntertainmentEngineering.com, an online magazine written for design engineers.

Learning new things is an important part of my life, as well. At the moment, I’m exploring Conscious Dreaming. I’m also a certified Epona Apprentice and occasionally put on corporate team building seminars using the horses here at the farm.

I’m glad you stopped by my site, and hope that you’ll take a few minutes to poke around. Give me a call if you have any questions.

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Dick Francis lives again in our Kindle eBook of the Day: Sasscer Hill’s FULL MORTALITY – 4.8 Stars on 5 Straight Rave Reviews!

It has only been a few months since Dick Francis left our midst, but perhaps it’s not too early to suggest a worthy successor….

Here’s the set-up for Sasscer Hill’s Full Mortality, 5 Straight Rave Reviews and just $5.38 on Kindle:

Jockey Nikki Latrelle gets the chance of a lifetime — to ride the favorite in a stakes race — only to have her dream destroyed when a mysterious intruder kills her mount the night before the race. Evil people are working at Maryland’s Laurel Park race track, and when Nikki stumbles over the body of a gunshot victim, she quickly becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Framed and facing a possible murder rap, Nikki is ruled-off the track.

Even deprived of job and income, she cannot abandon a mistreated, ill-tempered racehorse doomed to the slaughter house. Nikki and the filly wind up at a seedy stable with a motley group of felons, drunks, and drug-addicts. With unexpected help from a fashion-conscious wholesale meat-seller, a recovering addict, and an ancient groom, Nicky follows a crooked trail of insurance scam and betting fraud. But with the odds against her, can she clear her name — and put the real criminals behind bars?

Hill lives on a Maryland farm and has bred racehorses for many years. A winner of amateur steeplechase events, she has galloped her horses on the farm and trained them into the winner’s circle. Author of several mysteries appearing in the “Chesapeake Crimes” Anthology, her articles have appeared in numerous magazines.

“Full Mortality,” her first novel, has been nominated for both Macavity and Agatha Best First Mystery Awards.

BUT WHO IS SHE REALLY, THIS SASSCER HILL?

I was born with horses in my veins and started galloping about the family farm on a stick horse when I was four years old. By the time I was seven or eight, I was sneaking rides on the Belgian plow horses. I did this because my father didn’t like horses and considered ponies dangerous. So instead, I drummed my heels on the sides of a 2,000 pound draft mare, while grasping whatever string or rope I managed to tie to her halter.

This year, with my first book being published, I’ve looked to that past and dedicated my horse racing mystery to the two people who recognized and nurtured the horses that raced in my veins – Rhoda Christmas Bowling and Alfred H. Smith, Sr.

Rhoda is probably America’s first female sports writer. She wrote a racing column for the Washington Times Herald in the nineteen forties. She bred Maryland racehorses, and held a trainer’s license, too. She had a fiery temper, often cursed like a sailor, and threw society parties that could turn Mary Lou Whitney green with envy. — Sasscer Hill

Editor’s note: For more details on Bowling, Smith and Hill’s successful quest to get her first pony, despite her father’s objections, visit the author’s Amazon page for the details, beautifully told.

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Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert! Romi Moondi’s THE BOOK OF AWFUL is our eBook of the Day – 4 stars on 20 reviews and just 99 cents on Kindle for the key to happiness?


[LIMITED TIME SUMMER SALE: ONLY 99 CENTS!]

 
Here’s the set-up for Romi Mooni’s The Book of Awful, just 99 Cents on Amazon:

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all held hands and pooped rainbows?

Sure, but until our world becomes a technicolor paradise, what’s the REAL way for people to get happy?

Avoiding catastrophe.

This parody of “The Book of Awesome” outlines one awful(ly
ridiculous) scenario after the next, to demonstrate how much worse life
could really be. Whether it’s a world where you finally meet your evil
twin, the cancellation of Facebook, or the discovery of unicorns that
forever alters society, you’ll feel relieved you’re only READING about
it.

For ease of comprehension, the author lends her humble experiences to
several topics, and leaves no stone of embarrassment unturned (not even
the one where she had head lice as a grown adult).

To cover off a vast array of concerns, the book is sectioned off into highly relevant topics for mankind:

1. Self-Image
2. World Issues
3. Life Skills
4. Food and Drink
5. Society and You
6. Alternative Lifestyles
7. Stalking, Dating and Romance

You can read it all at once or jump in when you’re feeling blue. Not
that you’ll feel “awesome” by the time you’re finished…but
overwhelming relief?

Highly probable.

And relief isn’t far from happiness, is it? (Let’s not split hairs)


From the reviewers:

Great new voice.  I’ve never seen a better combination of racy wit,
sarcasm, pop culture awareness and (yet) humility. More importantly, I
laughed my you-know-what off too many times to count. Moondi has a
spectacular voice that’s on display on every page. Hopefully she can put
a few more books out before big media snatches her up and takes her
away. — Dave Conifer

I love cupcakes, the smell of bread baking, birds chirping and all
that malarky; but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of having
dodged a bullet. This book is a dense volume of bullet-dodging scenarios
that will not only leave you with that satisfying feeling of “glad I’m
that not that guy”, but also a thoroughly busted gut!  –  Danielle L.

Sarcastic, Cynical, Hilarious.  The minute I read the book blurb I
knew I needed this book. It was worth every penny. It’s so stinkin’
funny! Basically, if you want a fun read with cynical humor that will
make you laugh and feel just a little more grateful for what you have,
well this book’s for you. – Pamela

Romi Moondi writes a humor blog. In it she talks about her body, her
desire for sex/a mate/a boyfriend, her urban life, and pretty much
anything else she finds funny/ironic/sad.  There are a handful of laugh
out loud moments (maybe more if you are a single, urban, Indian-American
woman); certainly enough to justify the cost. Buy this e-book and read
it. – G. Jones

Do you really care what university I went to, whether or not I have
a fuzzy cat named Snowball (his name is actually Sammy), and how many
years I’ve been writing for?

I will assume you’re cooler than that, so the answer of course is no. What’s left then?

Okay I got it:

-I did not shy away from wearing denim-top-to-bottom in high school
(there is a direct inverse relationship between how much denim I wore
and how few tongues were launched down my throat at school dances…or
anywhere in high school at all).
-I’m continually baffled by that Malaysian baby whose father let him
smoke two packs of cigarettes a day. That baby had so many fat rolls,
and I thought cigarettes were supposed to be slimming.
-I always hated those insufferable couples who would cuddle and make
out on the subway…until I became half of one. But now I’m back to
being none of one so I hate them again.
I hope that will suffice for now, dear stranger. If not, feel free to follow my “over-share” account on twitter :-).

Regards, Romi

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