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Find Out What Might Have Happened off Cape Cod on a Stormy February Night in 1952, in Our Kindle Nation eBook Of The Day, John M. Urban’s A Single Deadly Truth

The waters off the Outer Cape have been taking seamen’s lives for centuries. Now, in a very contemporary sea yarn by John M. Urban, they give back A Single Deadly Truth:

Here’s the set-up:

On the stormy February night in 1952, the 500-foot oil tanker Pendleton snapped in half in 60-foot seas off Cape Cod. The ensuing rescue of the Pendleton ranks as one of the most heroic stories in the history of the US Coast Guard. That much is true. John M. Urban’s novel A Single Deadly Truth explores another story that might have begun that same stormy night – Just $2.99 in the Kindle Store!

In a work of fiction, A Single Deadly Truth tells that another ship sank that same night, just a few miles from where the Pendleton went down. The ship’s sole survivor remained committed to taking the story, and the ship’s location, to his grave. Until now.

A Single Deadly Truth features a thirty-five year old college professor and part-time harbormaster named Steve Decatur. He spends summers living aboard an old wooden sailboat in the town of Harbor Point, Massachusetts. When Decatur’s friend, a lobsterman and diver named Chris Blanchard, is found dead off Cape Cod, Decatur is called on to retrieve the man’s boat. Along the way, there’s growing evidence that Blanchard’s death was a murder, not an accident.

To the end, Decatur remains persistent in uncovering the truth. In doing so he uncovers a much larger crime.

About the Author:

Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water. His short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall.

The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound.

Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur.

Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban’s debut novel. A second Steve Decatur mystery is due out in 2011. For more information: http://www.johnmurban.com/

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Desperate Housewives is a toddlers’ tea party next to our Kindle Nation eBook o’ the Day, Cathryn Grant’s suburban noir novel Demise of the Soccer Moms! Here’s a free sample

Behind the veneer of manicured yards, designer furniture and vacations, fast-paced careers and super-children lurks envy, greed and materialism. Beneath that? Fear.
Suburban Noir – where the mundane is menacing.
Here’s the set-up for Cathryn Grant’s Demise of the Soccer Moms:

A seemingly quiet suburban neighborhood is upended when a provocative single mother saunters onto the school playground for the first time. Her Doc Marten boots, tight T-shirts, and in-your-face attitude stir up buried fears and sexual anxiety.

In the dark corners of her home, a woman battles crippling memories that threaten to destroy the family she wants so desperately to protect. A suspicious death forces her best friend to make a hard choice between marriage and friendship.

Paranoia, jealousy, and maternal instinct collide, leading to the demise of the soccer moms.

Suburban Noir – where the mundane is menacing.

About the Author:

Cathryn Grant’s short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines. Her short story, “I Was Young Once” received an honorable mention from Joyce Carol Oates in the 2007 Zoetrope All-story Short Fiction contest.

Her second novel, BURIED BY DEBT, will be released in November 2011.

From Grant’s SuburbanNoir.com site:

Here you’ll find a fictional world populated by individuals who are obsessed, paranoid, desperate to find happiness and clinging to their sense of security. Sometimes, they find redemption.

In its heyday, Noir Fiction illustrated a subterranean stream of discontent, a sense that the so-called “good life” wasn’t really that good — that it was actually quite toxic, because it was based on envy, greed and materialism.

Suburban Noir can be thought of as a sub-genre of psychological suspense. The characters are wounded and flawed, yearning for something they can’t define. A few of them are more than a bit off balance, driven to crime by mental and emotional forces they’re unable to control.

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There will be suffering before it all goes dark. Mark LaFlamme’s Box of Lies is today’s Kindle Nation eBook of the Day, and here’s a free sample.

Are you ready for something completely different?
Real-life crime reporter Mark LaFlamme has received a clean sweep of eight straight 5-star reader reviews for Box of Lies, his collection of over two dozen stories terrifying enough to raise the hairs on the back of our necks, yet familiar enough that they could have come from our own dream lives….
Here’s the set-up:

Peek inside and thrill to discover:

  • Men and women forced to march for their daily bread.
  • A crazy lady who frets over pennies on the sidewalk.
  • A professor learns we all may be works of fiction. Cannibals hang out over pitchers of beer. And one man knows the answers to the grandest mysteries of them all.

From award-winning Maine author Mark LaFlamme, 27 stories that have been keeping readers up at night.

“LaFlamme writes a well-paced, descriptive, riveting narrative you will not want to put down,” writes reviewer Tracee Gleichner.

A man falls in love with a machine. A mind-reader wishes the human soul had a mute button. And a visiting extraterrestrial finds human nature detestable until he is hopelessly charmed by a simple game.

Mesmerizing tales from a masterful storyteller.

“Like Dean Koontz, John Saul and Stephen King combined,” says author Betty Dravis. “Yes, LaFlamme is THAT good!”

Book of LIes includes 27 disturbing tales that question the world around us, each more unsettling than the last:

A professor discovers that we all may be works of fiction.
A freak storm leaves half the population speaking gibberish.
And the grandest secrets of them all may await in the grave.

From a Vine Voice Reviewer:

LaFlamme is like a graffiti artist sliding around a corner in the dark with his collar turned up, a few bold strokes and he’s moved on–but the territory of your mind has been tagged with his distinctive images. —
Linda Bulger, a top Amazon Vine Voice reviewer.– Linda Bulger, 2010

About the Author

Mark LaFlamme is a crime reporter and columnist at the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine.

His weekly column Street Talk has been named both Best in Maine and Best in New England. In 2006, LaFlamme was named Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association.

He is the author of the novels The Pink Room, Vegetation, Asterisk: Red Sox 2086, and Dirt: An American Campaign, as well as the short story collection “Box of Lies.”

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If you had three days’ warning of the end of civilization and a safe place to hide, who would you leave behind? Here’s a free sample of Luminous and Ominous, our Kindle Nation eBook of the Day

If you had three days’ warning of the end of civilization and a safe place to hide:
What would you take with you?
Who would you save?
And who would you leave behind?
Here’s the set-up for Noah K. Mullett-Gillman’s Luminous and Ominous:

Henry Willingham and his friends have three days to make the most terrifying decisions of their lives. The world has been infected by an inescapable living nightmare of alien vegetation that will replace all life on Earth.

They must get everyone they love safely underground into a fallout shelter. There’s not enough time. There’s not enough room for everyone. Who will they save? Who will they leave behind?

How will they live with the consequences?

After hiding underground for a year, the last three survivors must brave the otherworldly infestation and travel through what used to be upstate New York struggling for their lives and their humanity.

About the Author

Noah Mullette-Gillman was born in Montclair, New Jersey. He spent his childhood there, as well as in the town of Manly, Australia, and the woods of upstate New York. He earned a multidisciplinary degree in Philosophy and Creative Writing at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He currently alternates his time between walking in the woods and hiding underground.
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LOL over Love, Lust, and Lawncare with Diana Estill’s Driving On The Wrong Side Of The Road, our Kindle Nation eBook of the Day!

If Diana Estill were a stand-up comic, one of the things we would say about her is that she has a “clean act.” But that doesn’t mean you won’t laugh out loud on every page of her Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road: Humorous Views On Love, Lust, & Lawncare.
If you’ve already sampled her work in Stilettos No More and Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life, you won’t want to miss this one. If you are just discovering her, now’s the perfect time to guarantee yourself of laughter by grabbing all three for just $1.99 to $2.99 each!
Here’s the set-up for Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road:
Hilarious explanations for “why men grill”, “women want denim”, “your bedmate won’t stop snoring”, and other socially intriguing questions from the award-winning author of Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life.

“Personal slices of life served in the spirit of Erma Bombeck,” says ForeWord Clarion Reviews.

The tales in Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road will make you want to keep your partner, claim your kin, and hug your dog.

Clean humor suitable for anyone who likes (or needs) to laugh at life’s frustrations.

Most reviewers agree with the crew at
Armchair Interviews, who said:

Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road by Diana Estill is a sparkling collection of humorous vignettes that range from the anecdotal to the philosophical–and almost everything in between.

Drawing mainly from her own experiences, from youth right through to Grandma-hood, and with her tongue lodged firmly in her cheek, Diana Estill provides guidance and advice on such wide-ranging topics as wedding anniversary gifts, handling jalapeno peppers, and football terminology for dummies. Interspersed with such ruminations are hilarious anecdotes such as the Christmas Monopoly game that did not become a ‘family tradition,’ and the testosterone-fuelled Texas Chain Saw Adventure.

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Soon everyone you know will be devouring the mysteries in Debbi Mack’s edgy “Sam” McRae series, but you can be the first on your block with this free sample of Kindle Nation eBook o’ the Day Least Wanted!

Kindle readers have already made Maryland lawyer Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae one of the hottest hard-boiled women in the Kindle Store by sending Debbie Mack’s debut novel Identity Crisis — just 99 cents today! — soaring up the bestseller lists. Now Mack is back, and so is “Sam” McRae, in this free sample of the sequel Least Wanted, our Kindle Nation eBook of the Day.

Here’s the set-up:

Maryland lawyer Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae has two tough cases that quickly turn worse, when both clients—a poor black girl and a white, middle-class man—are accused of murder.

Sam’s inquiries into the cases lead her to Washington, DC’s suburban ghettos where she discovers an odd link between them: the seamy world of girl gangs and computer pornography.

The stakes rise considerably as more people die at the hands of a maniacal killer who’ll do anything to keep Sam from learning the truth. Sam races to clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.

Reviews and recommendations:

“LEAST WANTED is a brave, heartbreaking, and thrilling book with a complex plot that takes attorney Sam McRae on a dizzying tour of several circles of urban hell, against a backdrop of white-collar crime. I loved it, and I admire Mack for writing it without flinching or suggesting easy answers. It’s a sequel that outdoes IDENTITY CRISIS and holds the promise of a great series.” — Timothy Hallinan, author of THE QUEEN OF PATPONG and CRASHED

“In LEAST WANTED, Debbi Mack serves up a solid mystery plot wired together with high octane suspense. — Austin S. Camacho, author of the Hannibal Jones mystery series

“Sam McRae is back and as brash as ever, with a colorful cast, a relentless plot, and enough twists to leave you breathless. Debbi Mack has carved her own niche in the mystery pantheon.” — Scott Nicholson, author of DISINTEGRATION

“LEAST WANTED hooks you from the start and never lets go. A fascinating and absorbing mystery.” — Simon Wood, author of LOWLIFES

“Fast-paced and brimming with dark, twisting plot turns, LEAST WANTED will keep crime and mystery buffs off balance and guessing until the very end.” — J.T. Cummins, author of COBBLESTONES

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She made a mistake … He disappeared on a diving expedition … The agony and ecstasy of marriage … Sample our Kindle Nation eBook of the Day, The View From Here by Rachel Howzell, right in your browser!

She has issues. Abandonment issues. Marital issues. Conception issues. And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted….

Here’s the set-up for Rachel Howzell’s The View from Here:

The View from Here focuses on the beauties and hardships of marriage; the betrayals and promises made between husbands and wives; and the grief of one woman haunted by secrets.

Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life, but that control is slipping away.
She has issues. Abandonment issues. Marital issues. Conception issues. And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted.
It doesn’t help that her husband Truman spelunks and climbs, making her worry more with each adventure he takes. As the two grow apart, Nicole makes decisions that may ultimately shatter her fragile marriage.

Her life changes on the afternoon she receives a phone call from the harbor. During a scuba dive, Truman disappears. No one — not his diving instructor, not the Coast Guard — can find him.

Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believe the impossible?