Young Adult

Two Wonderful Young Adult Freebies Today

by Alana on February 25, 2013

Song for a Gypsy  (The Eye of the Crystal Ball –The Wolfboy Chronicles)Song for a Gypsy (The Eye of the Crystal Ball –The Wolfboy Chronicles)
Willow Rose

A riveting new fantasy, perfect for adults or teens.

Sara's life is drastically changed the moment a convoy of horse-drawn caravans enters the quiet Reidenburgerstrasse in Germany, where she lives with the people she thinks are her parents. 

Sara doesn't know that her parents found her in a basket on their doorstep thirteen years earlier. Neither does she know that she is a gypsy or that she is going to be the greatest sorceress who has ever lived.

Soon Sara will discover a magical world she never knew existed and go on a journey that she knows will cost her dearly.

What people are saying about Song for a Gypsy:

‘If you are a fan of YA fantasy adventure books or would like an easy, fun, enjoyable read, adult or child, go ahead and pick this one up. You will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read this to two of my step-daughters (who are 8 and 11)because I know they would love this story.’ - readitreviewit.

‘It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland and how once she left some sort of creature/obstacle behind, there was always something else even more strange ahead of them.’ - readingwithstyle

‘I never had a dull moment reading the book. It was fun and full of exciting happenings and fast-paced just the way I like it! I recommend it to young readers, but adults can still enjoy the story’. - coffeebooksandme

The Trestle: A Shakertown Suspense Adventure (A Shakertown Adventure)The Trestle: A Shakertown Suspense Adventure (A Shakertown Adventure)
Ben Woodard
The world's highest railroad trestle. Two teen boys. Terror.
Tom craves danger—to forget. He persuades his older cousin to walk across High Bridge, a single track railroad bridge without railings. Danger follows them onto the track, and Tom has to make a deadly choice.
A heart-pounding YA short story filled with suspense and adventure.


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Never Too FarNever Too Far
Thomas Christopher
A harrowing story of love and survival by award-winning author Thomas Christopher.

In a future of scarce resources, where the possession of gas and diesel is punishable by death, a teenage boy and a pregnant girl must save their impoverished family. They must risk their lives on a terrifying journey to sell stolen fuel on the black market.

The Black Mile (Soho Noir Thrillers, #1)The Black Mile (Soho Noir Thrillers, #1)
Mark Dawson
#1 AMAZON KINDLE BESTSELLER IN "MYSTERIES & THRILLERS"

Best-selling author Mark Dawson makes his stunning Kindle debut with a thriller that has earned multiple "5-star" rave reviews from readers in the UK and US.

London, 1940: the Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for fifty-seven nights. Houses, shops and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: the Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and sets to his grisly work.

Henry Irving is a disgraced reporter on a Fleet Street scandal rag. Genius detective sergeant Charlie Murphy is a fresh face in the Metropolitan police, hunting corrupt colleagues but blinkered by ambition and jealousy. His brother, detective inspector Frank Murphy, searches frantically for his runaway daughter, terrified that she will be the killer’s next victim.

As the Ripper stalks the terrified streets, the three men discover that his handiwork is not quite what it seems. Conspirators are afoot, taking advantage of the chaos to settle old scores. The murders invade the lives of the victims and victimizers on both sides of the law, as everyone is sucked deeper and deeper into Soho’s black heart.

Based on a little known true story, The Black Mile is a rollercoaster ride of a novel that was previously the most downloaded novel on the Kindle Store.

If you enjoy the thrillers of James Elroy, Peter James and Dennis Lehane, you'll love THE BLACK MILE.

PRAISE FOR MARK DAWSON

‘A brilliant debut novel from a very promising writer.’ Subject

‘Ultra-addictive, super-stylish – a viciously good novel.’ Toby Litt.

‘A talent to be watched.’ Birmingham Post

'This is far and above the best small/independently published novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading.' The Kindle Book Review

'Dawson has shown himself to be a true master of suspense'. Siobian Minish

'A first class historical mystery.' Luke Walker

'This book is worth it for the arcane London slang alone. Fascinating. If want to get a feel for what it was like during the early part of WWII this will knock you out. If you like character development you'll love it. If you like peeking in on the lives of people in a long gone world -- you really love it.' David E Johnson

The Color of Greed (Raja Williams Mystery Thriller Series Book 1)The Color of Greed (Raja Williams Mystery Thriller Series Book 1)
Jack Thompson
A private detective with a nose for trouble and an eye for the ladies.
A high tech hacker with brains and beauty.
A deadly former Mossad ghost.


What do a private investigator, a hacker and an assassin have in common?
A desire to help when justice needs a hand.

"I really couldn't put this one down, and read it straight through from start to finish. I see a film in the future." -Sweet Mystery Books

"I've always enjoyed mysteries, but this novel has something special, a certain joie de vivre." -The Haunted Reading Room

"This book had me from chapter one and I couldn't put it down. It's fast-paced, full of action, and dripping with mystery." -The Reading Diaries


Gifted PI Raja Williams and his partner Vinny Moore are called to Los Angeles when the young husband of a wealthy California heiress is found dead on his yacht. The trail leads to the ruthless Chinese mafia, a depraved human trafficking ring and a cover-up that may go as high as the governor's mansion.

Murder is never simple.

As more bodies pile up, Raja and Vinny find themselves targeted by a powerful enemy with much to hide, and must race to uncover the truth before everyone involved, including the two of them, ends up dead.

A colorful cast of characters, great dialogue and a suspenseful, twisting plot make The Color of Greed an entertaining read. It is the first book in the Raja Williams mystery thriller series.

Interview with the Author

Q: What makes the Raja Williams series special?

A: If you like an entertaining mix of mystery, sleuthing, and action thrills with rich characters and real dialogue in every story, you will like the Raja Williams series. You will find stories filled with current events and adult topics, but written without the perverse, graphic violence or explicit sex overdone in too much contemporary fiction. I call it good, clean fun.

Q: What inspired you to write the Raja Williams series?

A: I've always been a fan of mystery thrillers and detective stories, and wanted to try my hand at creating a unique and enjoyable crime-fighting duo. I especially enjoy the banter between two lead characters. I'm reminded of the Lethal Weapon series where the character interaction sets the tone. I also love James Patterson's skill in driving a suspenseful plot forward without meandering. Keeps me on the edge of my seat. And, of course, when it comes to creating unique characters and immersing the reader into a setting and story, no one is better than Elmore Leonard.

Q: What can you tell us about the main characters?

A: Raja Williams is neither the down-and-out, tragic anti-hero nor a James Bond super spy. When Raja's parents died in a plane crash, he found himself with more money than he could spend and decided he would be an active force for justice using his resources to help others in need.

His main investigative partner is Vinny Moore, a strong female character whose top-level hacker skills help Raja crack his cases. The button-down, Oxford-educated Raja and the hipster, wild-child hacker Vinny are an odd couple who, despite their differences, work hand-in-glove doing whatever it takes to bring justice to those who have nowhere else to turn.

Then there's Claus.

Q: Why should readers give these books a try?

A: Because the Raja Williams series is a fun, fast-paced thrill ride that grabs you and won't let go. Read some of the reviews. You'll see a common theme of being unputdownable. I think you'll agree. Enjoy.

Blindsided (JM Mystery-thriller series Book 7)Blindsided (JM Mystery-thriller series Book 7)
John Matthews
None can see like the Blind…


Ryan Lorimar and Jessica Werner have a special gift: they can see ‘fallen angel’ apparitions within other people. But as the fallen angels in turn know that they’ve been ‘viewed’, it’s a gift that will get him killed. They need protection. They need to enter ‘Blind School’.

Their only hope is Ellis Kendell and his team of agents. Day in, day out, Kendell’s team trawl through street-cam images from across the nation to pick up that tell-tale eye light-refraction of ‘viewers’. Can Kendell’s team get to the viewers before the fallen angels and get them to safety in ‘Blind School’? But there’s also an added agenda: Kendell’s department want the ‘viewers’ help in tracking down more ‘fallen angels’.

Yet is Kendell deluding himself? Setting this small group of teens against a legion fifty-times their number of the most cunning and vicious murderers and criminal masterminds the nation has to offer – is he simply throwing them to the wolves? Fated to watch them one-by-one die. The odds are against them.

............


Blindsided reviews:
'An adrenalin-rush, one day read. If you’ve ever wondered what might make mass-murderers and megalomaniacs tick, now you know. Never has the ongoing fight between good and evil been so much fun, or so frighteningly real.’
- Wendy Mellor, Simply Scripts.

‘Harry Potter with attitude. Plumbs into the teen readership that has made Harry Potter and Twilight so popular, but with a wry slant that would also make it appeal to adults. Has ‘kidult’ written all over it.’
- Tom McIntyre, Xanadu Productions.


John Matthews reviews:
‘Matthews maintains the suspense... an engrossing odyssey into the seamy side of a world that is so near, yet sometimes seems so far. Compulsive reading.'
- The Times

'One of the most compelling novels I've read... an ambitious and big novel which will keep you enthralled to its last page.'
- Cork Examiner

'A classy, well-written and unusual thriller.'
- Yorkshire Post

'Matthews delivers one of the best debut thrillers in years, brave, ambitious and remorselessly entertaining. Past Imperfect is a stormer.'
- Dublin Evening Herald


'Move over Grisham, your reign is over! Reminiscent of vintage Grisham, but Matthews has his own distinctive style. Strong, believable characters and a plot that grips from page one and won't let go, twisting and turning its way towards a nail-biting climax - they don't come much better than this. One of the best and most memorable thrillers I've read in years. A winner all the way.'
- Bob Burke. Mystery Readers International.

Distinctively written… all the forceful energy of the best thrillers.
- Kirkus UK.

‘A clever premise for an epic page-turner written with wit, compassion (and) highly evolved characters.
- Daily Telegraph.

‘… A chilling and thrilling novel, one in which real people start to wonder if they are insane, and have to come to terms with a terrifying reality that threatens their own life. Mesmerising.
- Books Monthly

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Author's note:

This is a fairly new excursion for me: a YA/urban fantasy adventure that started life as a film script. I was in the middle of a film adaptation for Past Imperfect at the time when a Hollywood Producer showed interest in the concept - so that was the form it first saw life in. So, yes, expect it to see life on the big screen some time 'soon' (see Douglas Adams' ref about 'baking cakes in Hollywood' for that one).

It also might only see limited life as a kindle direct book as it will soon start doing the rounds of publishers through my agent. So look upon this as mainly an ARC opportunity before it gets snapped up as the next Harry Potter or Twilight! :) Then it will disappear for a year before being seen again.

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AN UNQUIET AMERICANAN UNQUIET AMERICAN
AFN CLARKE
Bestselling author AFN Clarke wrote AN UNQUIET AMERICAN in 2007-2008. The explosive revelations released by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in December 2014 concerning CIA Black Sites and extreme torture during the Bush Administration, makes this powerful, provocative and eerily prophetic novel an even more incredible “must read” of our times.

Rufus Reed, ex-British Special Forces, is drugged, kidnapped, falsely accused of terrorism and “disappeared” to a secret CIA “Black Site” in Northern Europe. He’s to be broken “by any means possible”. But nothing is quite what it seems, and Reed is no ordinary prisoner. He was trained in counterterrorism and psychological warfare, and as he engages with his captors they develop a growing respect for his intelligence, level headedness and humanity. As doubts about his guilt grow, so does the horrifying possibility that they’re all just pawns in a larger, more insidious game being played out by right wing extremists at the highest levels of the US government, conspiring to ensure “their man” wins the Presidency of the United States. A game that makes not just Reed, but all of them expendable!

But could “their own” really betray them? As they grapple with the unthinkable, the moves and countermoves of competing forces explode onto the world stage. From a small Irish village to the Port of Al-Aqabah, the White House to the Israeli Knesset, the CIA Black Site to top echelons of the Vatican, events escalate at an unnerving pace until a mind-bending twist propels the action to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion.

Drawing on the author’s own experiences in the military and as the son of a British MI6 operative living in different countries, cultures and political systems around the world, this “controversial”, “politically provocative”, “can't put the book down” literary thriller tackles highly controversial issues and disturbing decisions in history from 1948 to the present, the far reaching consequences of which, we are still dealing with today.

About The Author
AFN Clarke, is the bestselling author of Contact as well as The Orange Moon Affair and The Jonas Trust Deception (Thomas Gunn thriller series); Dry Tortugas; Dreams from the Death Age and Armageddon (The Book of Baker Satire Series) and Collisions. Visit afnclarke.com for more information and leave us your email for future updates. Deep appreciation for any reviews.

“An Unquiet American” Book Categories
•Contemporary American Literature
•Political Thrillers
•International Political Thrillers
•International Espionage Fiction
•International Conspiracy
•Bestselling Authors
•CIA Conspiracy

The Shoulders of Giants: (A Jake Abraham Mystery)The Shoulders of Giants: (A Jake Abraham Mystery)
Jim Cliff

A missing girl. A ruthless killer. A rookie P.I.



P.I. Jake Abraham just got his first client - a disgraced former police captain whose daughter has disappeared.

When the girl shows up dead, Jake is drawn into a dangerous world of organised crime, police corruption, infidelity and serial murder.

With a terrified city in the grip of a brutal killer who's always one step ahead of the police, Jake will have to risk everything to bring the perpetrator to justice.

The Shoulders of Giants is the first book in a series of fast paced detective thrillers in the mold of Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker. If you like plot twists, witty dialogue and wall-to-wall action, you'll love Jake Abraham!

Buy The Shoulders of Giants today to find out why one reviewer said "Oh, how I love this book! I wish it would go off and have babies right now so I can read more of it."



Praise for The Shoulders of Giants:



"Plenty of intrigue with a heart stopping finale - it kept me guessing til the end"

"Jake is a truly engaging character with just the right amounts of nerd, geek and intelligence to make you care."

"The book has wit, suspense and is very well written - it was hard to put down and I was very sleepy today at the office!"

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A Mythological Fantasy for Young Adults

by Alana on December 2, 2012

The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus Book 1)The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus Book 1)
H.B. Bolton
Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.

Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous flying fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

For readers of middle grade fantasy stories.

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The Rise of Planet Rubicon - Part OneThe Rise of Planet Rubicon - Part One
Dasrim Hasik M.Sc.

Sizzling Hot Reviews


"What a great new sci-fi twist. I loved it. A little bit of Stargate, a little bit of Harry Potter, I can't wait to read the next part and see what happens. Very well written, nice introduction to the series and I definitely want to read more." By Lise Galipeau

"The story's concept was reminiscent of Planet of the Dreamers, a 1950s sci-fi classic that I read years ago as a teenager. With "The Rise of Planet Rubicon - Part One," The Rubicon series is off to a very promising start." By J. Chambers

"I love sci-fi, and I love philosophy. I found that "Rise of Planet Rubicon" to be a nice blend between both worlds -- and even surprising." By K.J Kayles

Story Description


The story is about Jack, a teenager who lives in a dysfunctional Missouri family. Jack loves chemistry and astronomy. His is fascinated looking at photos of planets, stars and galaxies. He wants to major in Aerospace Engineering and even work for NASA in some capacity. Yet, the environment he lives in is not encouraging at all.

His parents constantly fight. A father who gets out of control after a few drinks, a mother who just feels obligated to deal with her son, and a sister who, when not being cruel, just tolerates him, describe the place Jack is growing. While he has good grades at school, his family situation attracts jokes, stares, and feelings of pity from his peers.

Often, he gets bullied. Feeling that he is neither accepted nor loved, he often visits his imaginary world--planet Rubicon--a place where things are as he would like them to be. In this world people focus on their passions, never get bullied or laughed upon, and everyone's opinion is valued.

This imaginary world has the potential to manifest itself into Jack's life. Whether this world becomes a reality or not depends on Jack's:

* Absolute clarity of purpose.

* Belief in the attainment of his desire.

* Decision to take the necessary action.

Planet Rubicon and its city "Reversia" is a place where each of us builds a world of dreams and desires. Manifesting this world is not an easy task. Yet, it's attainable. Using the author words: Reversia is a city that needs plenty of work." Everyone's dream place needs a lot of work. It is the type of work that takes place in your mind.

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