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      • 60. NOBODY GETS LUCKY by Giselle Renarde

        Nobody Gets Lucky  by Giselle Renarde

         

        When Justine brings Lucky home for Christmas, the family isn’t shy in expressing their dislike of the quirky, single mother. Even Grandma’s taking pot shots at Lucky all through dinner! Sure, Lucky’s tattoos and tight clothes make her an easy target in Mother’s prim and proper dining room, but there’s so much the family doesn’t understand about the woman Justine loves. When they do find out more about Lucky’s past, will they be willing to accept her at all, or will they be able to embrace Justine's new love?

        A short story from our Nibs literary line.

        • 61. Christmas Baby by Johnny Miles

          Christmas Baby  by Johnny Miles

           

          It’s Christmas Eve morning, 1957, and John wakes up to find his parents are missing. When he realizes they never came home from a holiday party they attended the night before, John calls his estranged uncle, a man he barely remembers and hasn’t seen in nearly 14 years. Together, they face a life-changing tragedy and John discovers a family secret that’s been tucked away like the Christmas presents hidden in his parent’s coat closet.

           

          A short work of fiction from our Nibs literary line.

          • 62. Home for Christmas by Victor J. Banis

            Home for Christmas  by Victor J. Banis

             

            Their mother dead early, their father uninterested, the Wallace twins had grown up in the care of an ever-changing succession of housekeepers, with no one close but one another. Fortunately, they had always been content with that company and had almost never been apart.

             

            Now, Adam has met someone and, without preamble, married her. Robert is bereft, and the stage is set for a Christmas nobody is likely to forget.

             

            A short story from our Nibs literary line.

            • 63. Outlaw Pizza by Steve Bartholomew

              Outlaw Pizza  by Steve Bartholomew

               

              Ever since they outlawed giving presents, only outlaws give presents.


              What would happen if gift-giving and Christmas were outlawed? Some guys would do stuff just because they were told they couldn’t. For a couple of young desperadoes, looking to make reputations, laws were meant to be broken … especially when they’re hungry for pizza.

               

              A short work of alternate history from our Orbits line.

              • 64. Tangled by Kathleen Gerard

                Tangled  by Kathleen Gerard

                 

                After twenty-seven years of marriage – and twenty-seven years spent with an artificial Christmas tree – Edward and Annie finally purchase a fresh pine. When they bring the tree home, however, the presence of the ample Scotch pine suddenly stirs a range of emotions in this long-married couple.

                 

                Tangled is a powerfully moving, compact short story from our Nibs line that captures the deeper essence of the Christmas spirit.

                 

                About Author Kathleen Gerard:


                Kathleen Gerard’s fiction has been awarded The Perillo Prize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and was nominated for Best New American Voices, all national prizes in literature. Her prose and poetry have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR).  She lives in New Jersey. Kathleen previously published with Untreed Reads in the Thanksgiving anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry with her short story “Last Licks.” To learn more visit http://www.kathleengerard.blogspot.com.

                • 65. Blood Money by K.J. Janssen

                  Blood Money  by K.J. Janssen

                   

                  The National Rare Blood Association is suspected of laundering money to terrorist groups. When Private Investigator Mark Matthews and FBI Agent Susan Harrington collect evidence against the NRBA, they become willing combatants in the “War on Terror.”

                   

                  John Portman, Director of Security for the NRBA is equally intent on avoiding detection. When he traces Mark’s and Susan’s probe into the NRBA’s computer, Agent Harrington soon finds herself the victim of a savage abduction. Mark is called in for his highly developed techniques for locating missing persons in the hopes of finding her.

                   

                  Recovery of Susan only fuels the romance building between the two law enforcers. However, unknown to both, Portman’s assistant Mel Tarkington is hell bent on revenge against the pair, waiting for the right opportunity to penetrate the shield of protection the FBI erects around them.

                  • 66. Great reads for 99 cents -- great gifts, too!

                    Here's a thought for the holidays, either to read yourself or give as a gift.  It's 99 cents through the rest of the year....

                     

                    Waterbury  

                    What readers are saying so far on the BN site:

                    Great read

                    This author writes a great mystery. Moves right along. Have read all her books and have love them all

                    Great read

                    Really great short read for a cold wintery night

                    Suspenseful to the max

                    Very good mystery, I love the writing style of this author. She brings depth to the characters and develops a very realistic storyline that kept me on edge. Loved it.

                    Loved this!

                    Great psychological suspense...couldn't put this down.

                    Great book, especially for the holidays!

                    This really suspenseful thriller revolves around a family at the holidays. The plot builds to a boil in this exciting book.

                    • 67. THE GESTALT MAN - A Psychological Thriller

                       

                      The Gestalt Man  

                       

                      A Psychological Thriller

                      By

                      Anthony E. Cardenas

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      SYNOPSIS:

                      Michael Jeck suffers from severe dissociative identity disorder as a result of a series of traumatic incidents in his childhood. He has five separate and individual personalities—Kara, a brainy, intellectual woman trained as a medical examiner; Nick, an aggressive hit first ask questions later guy; Alex, the suave, sophisticated, educated man; Telly, a brainy teenager who is an expert with computers and technology; and Sara, a mute eight year old girl who creates mature, beautiful works of art to express herself.

                       

                      Thanks to years of experimental psychotherapy, Jeck has managed to gain control over his five other personalities, not by suppressing them, but by living with them. He then uses their specific skills and talents to form a kind of think tank, capable of effectively solving complex and difficult crimes. In this way, he and his five personalities function as a unified whole, rather than individual parts—a truly gestalt personality.

                       

                      Michael Jeck is now a special agent with the FBI and has garnered a reputation as an eccentric genius that can solve any case. Recently, however, he has been unable to crack a strange series of murders that appear to be completely different but also thinly connected to each other. Concerned that his top agent may be psychologically unfit, the Assistant Director of the FBI decides to assign Jeck a partner for the very first time.

                       

                      Enter Grayson O’Neal, an FBI agent from the behavioral sciences division, whose mysterious past and strange eagerness to work with Agent Jeck causes a newfound tension amongst the normal “group” dynamic.

                       

                      Together, Jeck and Grayson work together to solve the mystery of the serial killings, at the same time trying to come to terms with their respective pasts, and their uncertain futures.

                       

                      If the story is of interest to you, then by all means check it out. If not, then maybe tell some of your friends or family who might enjoy something along these lines.

                       

                      Warning: This material is intended for adult audiences and contains graphic violence, sex, and disturbing themes.

                       

                      Thanks!

                       

                      Anthony E. Cardenas

                      http://anthonycardenas.blogspot.com/

                      http://www.facebook.com/aecardenas

                      • 68. Vengeful Bounty by Jillian Kidd

                        Vengeful Bounty  by Jillian Kidd

                         

                        In the year 2053, Dallas bounty hunter Mina Maxwell’s goal is to reach Global status, and she is only three catches away from the needed 25. During one of her hunts, she lets criminal Roberto Franco go in order to capture his higher-ranking boss. It is a mistake that will come back to haunt her.

                         

                        As she continues on toward her goal, she battles with the demons of her past, among them being Damon Wolfe, her Global bounty hunter lover who left her without explanation. Attempting to heal the damage is Mina’s good friend, musician Jackson Kincade, who has been hinting at taking their friendship to the next level if she will let him.

                         

                        All hope for the future shatters when Roberto returns, hunts her down and kidnaps her. His plan: weaken her body and crush her spirit so he can sell her to the highest bidder.

                        • 69. Free Short Ghost Story for the Nook!

                          Here is my latest Free short story:

                           

                           

                          Denning Swamp - A Ghost Story  

                          Strange sounds emanating from the swamp startled Jack during the night. Alone in the house, he wondered what was outside. Would he determine what was tormenting him before it was too late?

                          A short story with about 2300 words.

                           

                          Thank you, 

                          John

                          • 70. Re: NOOK AUTHORS: What's your book blurb? Post it here!


                            HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE

                            Tomorrow is my birthday so I'm doing my final holiday pitch today for WATERBURY: a holiday crime novel.  What do you think of the brand new cover design?

                            Hope you mystery lovers download your copy today, or give one as a gift.  It's only 99 cents!

                             

                            Waterbury  

                             

                            What Nook readers are saying so far:
                            Great read

                            This author writes a great mystery. Moves right along. Have read all her books and have love them all
                            Great read
                            Really great short read for a cold wintery night
                            Suspenseful to the max
                            Very good mystery, I love the writing style of this author. [/b][/color]She brings depth to the characters and develops a very realistic storyline that kept me on edge. Loved it.
                            Loved this!
                            Great psychological suspense...couldn't put this down
                            Great book, especially for the holidays!
                            This really suspenseful thriller revolves around a family at the holidays. The plot builds to a boil in this exciting book.

                             

                            • 71. Re: NOOK AUTHORS: What's your book blurb? Post it here!

                              Certified Tales of a Madcap Mailman

                                   Who comes to your house everyday and yet you don't really know them? Why it's your mail carrier of course. In the book, Certified Tales of the Madcap Mailman, Author Harvey Poling takes you on a neighborhood romp to meet an odd assortment of zany customers, curious co-workers and yes, even to get inside the mind of the madcap mailman himself.

                                   Over thirty years of experience was used to draw upon to create this collection of interesting stories. Delightful color (hardware dependent) illustrations bring these characters to life and their antics are well described in a dry, tongue in cheek manner.

                                    -You'll meet the old lady with a pork phobia.


                                    -Attack dog for encouraging conversation.


                                    -The greatest envelope artists in the world.


                                    -Ornery word-challenged bosses


                                    -Postal romances cancelled


                                    -I ain't no resident, I live here

                               

                                    -The Frozen Carrier


                                    -and Much More!

                                  You will understand the pitfalls, pratfalls and pleasures of serving the public that your local carrier must endure daily. Plus you'll celebrate with the Author the personality differences that make us all uniquely human.
                              Now with expanded material and even more Illustrations!        

                               

                              See a Video Promo here:     http://youtu.be/_2m8kjf7lUU?hd=1  

                              • 72. Bakerloo Line Train by Tim Reed

                                Bakerloo Line Train  by Tim Reed

                                 

                                John wants to turn his life around, and that starts with a marriage proposal to his girlfriend. All that’s standing between him and this act is a simple journey on the London Underground. Except that this journey will be anything but simple.

                                 

                                Strange old ladies, apathetic passengers, a nervous Asian man and a deepening sense of unease are all obstacles to overcome, but will John gain redemption and an easy passage? Or, will this train ride lead to somewhere darker, dimmer and altogether horrifying?

                                 

                                A short work of horror from our Spectres line.

                                • 73. The Porridge Incident by Herschel Cozine

                                  The Porridge Incident  by Herschel Cozine

                                   

                                  Is Goldilocks really a trespasser who broke furniture and slept in strange beds, or is she the victim of mistaken identity? Our intrepid Detective Nathaniel P. Osgood III (fresh off his success in the short story The Birds) uses all his skills and tricks of the trade to investigate and comes to this startling conclusion: Goldy is innocent! The identity of the real miscreant is a revelation that may startle you and change the way you look at fairy tale characters forever.

                                  A short work of humorous crime from our Fingerprints line.

                                  • 74. New Frontier by Cliff Ball

                                    New Frontier (speculative fiction, alt history)  

                                     

                                    In this speculative fiction novel, what-if Ronald Reagan became President in 1976 instead? He continues with the moon landings, and declares that a moon base would be established by 1979, followed by a Mars Base by 1989. The Soviets decide to up the ante by building an interstellar starship, and send it on its way as the US establishes a permanent presence on the Moon. The US builds a space station, followed by a base on Mars, that will eventually be turned into a colony.

                                    The rest of Earth follows the original timeline, so terrorism rears its ugly head, which will forever change American politics. Iran and its attempt at taking hostages is taken care of in 1979, but a new threat emerges because of it. The new POTUS has to pursue these enemies of the US to secure America's future. We follow America's progress from Moon to Mars, along with the Teacher in Space Program, to an eventual starship mission out of the solar system, which will continue in book two.

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