Happy Wednesday, fellow reading addicts!

It’s hard to believe it’s Wednesday again. The last week has sped past me, but I blame it on the two new adorable kittens gracing my household – not to mention the billion accidental scratches on my legs and everywhere else.

It’s incredibly cute to see them learning, growing, and changing. And how affectionate both of them are. I know they may grow out of it, but they’re being socialized well and I hope they stay as cuddly as they are now when they are older. I also think they’ve realized this is their forever home and they aren’t going anywhere.

Just means I now have to teach them to enjoy sitting in my lap while reading, especially with all the new books we’re sharing with you this week.

After you check out the books below, be sure to read to the end of the email where we have information on a special contest you might enjoy entering.

Enjoy and happy reading!

This Week’s Special Deals

The Braintrust Omnibus

A Presidency under siege. A worldwide pandemic, followed by a global economic collapse. Is a happy ending even possible?

Does real life emulate fiction? Or does fiction emulate real life?

All five books of the BrainTrust examine topics ripped from today’s headlines: Pandemic, Global Economic Meltdown, Deportation. How closely will the world follow the BrainTrust script?

Warning: Political satire included in this near-future hard sf techno-thriller. Please remember the Golden Question: How do you tell if a politician is lying? His lips are moving!

Long ago, the President for Life expelled all foreign engineers from Silicon Valley. They moved to…

The BrainTrust:

A fleet of immense cruise liners jammed with teams seeking the next great breakthrough

A locus freed of bureaucracy and autocracy, a thorn in the side of every dirtside power.

A home for creativity where no problem is unsolvable, but no crisis is as simple as it seems.

A clean, well-lighted place for …  ferocious commando assaults, and desperate copter combat.

The Heroines:

Dash: the plucky mad scientist.

Ping: the bouncy itty bitty ninja with the Real Big Gun.

Jam: the quiet, resilient commando with the grace of a dancer.

The Frightening Fact: A little too much of it is coming true.

If you can’t laugh about your favorite politician, journey elsewhere.

Otherwise, Come Aboard the BrainTrust.

Every book a Prometheus Award nominee.

If you like Robert Heinlein, Michael Crichton, Charles Stross, or Ayn Rand, buy your ticket and come aboard.


Gifted. Orphaned. Hunted.

I was just another girl waiting for my sixteenth birthday, until my paranormal powers awakened.

I had the ability to see the mysterious, ethereal Faders, invisible to most. They look like humans but vanish into mist, and there’s nothing human about the things they do. I’ll never know why my father hid this world from me, because one of those monsters killed him.

But the Faders have an enemy; my new friends at Hilltop Academy. They took me in to protect me, train me and study me. Like all the students, I have the Sight and can see the Faders. But I have an extra ability. I can shoot lightning from my hands. It’s impressive, I just can’t control it.

Right now I’m only a threat to nearby appliances, but as soon as I learn to direct it, I’m going to dump 50,000 volts into any Faders I can find.

Read FADE now if you like determined heroines, paranormal powers and jaw-dropping twists. E. G. Bateman’s exciting coming-of-age adventure, The Faders, is a completed YA urban fantasy trilogy.

The Flawed Legacy

Lexi is a magic-wielding former assassin who broke away from the shadowy organization that trained her. 

Working as a private investigator, her latest case takes her and her partner to Palm Springs, where a shifter is being harassed by a local businessman. But with pack politics and rivalries, this is far more than a property deal gone bad.

Far worse, for Lexi, is that her local contact is her long-time nemesis, the gay vampire detective Dick. If the case doesn’t kill her, working with him again might!

Scroll UP and click Read Now or Read for Free to Join Lexi, Dick, and an unforgettable cast of characters in the first book of this addictive new series.


The weight of the world would be enough but what if the world is on fire?

Well, then you fight fire with fire, and maybe a few of the undead for good measure, if you are Milo Volkohne that is.

But Milo’s cracking as the War grinds on.

Armies move and monsters scheme from the shadows as the fate of an entire nation hangs in the balance.

So no one’s got time for a broken wizard, even if he’s the only one.

Doomsday plots wait for no witch so with few new allies and too many new enemies, Milo’s going to have his work cut out for him.

At least it’s not the end of the world, right?

Sentenced to War

***2021 Dragon Award Nominee for Best Military Science Fiction***

Sit in prison or join the military. The choice is yours.

Convicted of a minor traffic violation, Rev Pelletier is conscripted into the Perseus Union Marine Corps… for up to a thirty-year term of service. Anxious to get back to his civilian life and job, he opts for a shorter term as a Marine Raider, taking the fight to the enemy.
But with extremely high mortality rates, can he and his friends survive until their term of service is over?

Download Sentenced to War now to follow Rev through perilous battles as he fights to hold back the alien invasion. If you’re a fan of Old Man’s War, Starship Troopers, or Armor, you’ll love this military scifi thrill ride.

Elements of Mind

A gripping tale of mesmerists, elemental spirits, and the ghosts of history. 

When James Esdaile, a Scottish doctor, travels to India in the early 19th century in service to the British East India Company, he employs mesmerism—an “alternate science” that allows the practitioner to control a subject’s mind and body—as a palliative anesthetic. His ability is enhanced by the use of a curious artifact: a small statue from a pre-Hindu culture.

In his correspondence with Rev. William Davey, the head of a secret society of English mesmerists, Esdaile offers to bring the artifact back at the end of his time abroad. When Esdaile abruptly changes his mind, however, he becomes an enemy of the secret society, and must accept a devil’s bargain to protect himself. He arranges for a young woman to be inhabited by a chthonios, an elemental spirit of the earth, and he marries her just before leaving India. In order to free himself from the spirit, he commits suicide in the exact center of the Crystal Palace—where neither mesmeric power nor the wrath of the chthonios can affect him.

But that is just the beginning.

Reverend Davey, following the story told by Esdaile’s widow, now freed from the possession of the earth-spirit, travels in search of the elusive artifact, following its trail all the way to India and back again.

Davey is drawn into the interplay of forces—mesmerists, elemental spirits, and the ghosts of history—in his quest to obtain the artifact, while the spirits search for a way to open the Glass Door that separates them from the world of men, who exiled them so long ago.


Everything you know is about to change.

Victoria Brie is getting her life together. She may be just a cashier, but she has big dreams and high hopes for what comes next. In the meantime, she has everything that matters: her family and her best friend.

If only life were that simple.

When she comes home to find her parents murdered by an elf — yeah, an elf — she’s thrust into a world of magic, mystery, and a madman who wants her dead. The question is… why? Merged with a powerful artifact created by an evil mastermind, Victoria is hunted, stabbed, burned, shot, and attacked in the street… but she’s a survivor, damn it, and no one’s taking her out. She falls in love with the magical underground city of Fairhaven, and when the elf who assassinated her parents comes after her new home, she not taking any prisoners.

This series is an enchanting urban fantasy saga with sarcastic ogres, wise-cracking wizards, and a brutally addictive full-contact sport called Berserk. Your only regret will be not starting it sooner.

WARNING! This story contains cursing because these eighteen-year-olds are honorable rebels. If cursing offends you, you might not like this book.

The China Alamo

Whether he is fighting American western outlaws, suicidal Filipino warriors or crazed Boxer Rebellion Chinese, former Texas lawman, Johann Gunther is your man.

It’s 1900 – three young doctors celebrate their graduation from medical school with a dinner on the San Francisco docks…until they’re kidnapped and Shanghaied to China. The doctors’ families are rich, and they entice Vice President Teddy Roosevelt into organizing a secret, rescue mission. Teddy dispatches his former Cuban War veteran officer, Major Gunther from the Philippines to run the top-secret mission, but not without first destroying the rotten shanghai operation on the bay.

Once in China with the doctors rescued, the full-blown Boxer Rebellion erupts and Gunther’s ragtag team must flee for their lives, run the gauntlet into Peking and into the surrounded, besieged embassy fortress, caught in a last stand Alamo of life and death.

Shell Scott PI Mystery Series, Volume One

(Not Discounted but available in KU)

Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award winner, Richard S. Prather brings Shell Scott to life. Known for their arched humor, punchy dialogue, and sunny Southern California locale, the Shell Scott PI series is detective fiction at its finest.

Shell Scott – he’s a guy with a pistol in his pocket and murder on his mind. The crime world’s public enemy number one, this Casanova is a sucker for a damsel in distress. When a pair of lovely legs saunters into his office, he can’t help but take the job, even when the case is a killer. It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.

“Shell Scott should be in the Top Ten of any readers list of favorite private eyes.” – Robert J. Randisi

Shell Scott PI Mystery Series, Volume One includes: The Case of the Vanishing Beauty, Bodies In Bedlam, Everybody Had a Gun, Find This Woman, Dagger of Flesh, Darling It’s Death and Way of a Wanton.

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