Friday, 23 November 2012

Black Friday Books - Best of 2012

Eaten too much turkey? Can't move off the sofa? Well why not curl up and digest a good book? This list has something for everyone, from romance in every heat level (gay and straight) to the scariest horrors, the most thrilling thrillers and even something for your dog. Enjoy!

Day Soldiers - Horror/Comedy/Adventure

For ten years now, humanity has been at war with the creatures of darkness. The war has changed the world. The day now belongs to humanity and the night belongs to things once thought to exist only in myths and legends... but there is hope. This new enemy has united humanity and an army has stepped forward to protect the light from the darkness. An army of heroes. 

Summer Angel (Angel Series) - Romance

Five years ago, Ben Conner was forced to kill in the line of duty, and an eleven-year-old boy was left with no one. Now, still unable to forgive himself, he returns home to Northstar, hoping his longtime friend June Montana will be able to help him find peace again. Instead, Ben will have to face his past and fight for his future. June’s adopted son is the very boy he orphaned, and Ben’s struggle with his guilt isn’t her only worry. Someone wants revenge against June’s son for comandeering her heart… and he’s willing to kill to get it.

Covert Dreams - Suspense Thriller

Imagine waking up remembering intimate details about a country in which you have never traveled and fluently speaking a language that you have never spoken. B.J. is living the ideal life. He has a great wife, a wonderful job. And yet he is experiencing life-like vivid dreams of Munich, a city he has never visited.

Blood (Ancestral Skin)  - Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Tate has heard about Skin Walkers, but never believed they were real. He respects his Grandfather and his Native American heritage, honoring his ancestral past. When the past reveals a role he must play in the future, Tate has a decision to make...

The Perfect Companion - Understanding, Training and Bonding with your Dog! - Non-fiction (pets)

A must have book for all pet dog owners!  Positive reinforcement training techniques are discussed and explained, and step by step instruction on how to teach basic behaviour are covered in detail. It also includes a comprehensive section on the importance and methods of increasing mental stimulation as well as problem solving. Some aspects of canine psychology, including the newest and most up to date concepts in the field with regard to pack rule theory are explored. The author explains that attempting to dominate our dogs is detrimental to the affinity of our relationship with them. By treating our pets with respect, consistency and compassion results in dogs that are well behaved, confident and happy, allowing us to build a strong and mutually enjoyable relationship with them.

The Senator's Secret (The Coulson Series) - Mystery Romance

More than one person had a motive to murder Senator Coulson, including Kim’s high school sweetheart, the boy who got her pregnant and broke her heart. Tragically, Kim's mother was killed as well. Was it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was her murder intentional? 

Gone (The Tangle Saga)  - Sci-fi Mystery

One woman, heir to a throne back on Earth, found life on a remote space station a comfortable way to avoid responsibilities waiting back on her home planet. But when her rebellious teenaged brother and sister disappear her responsibilities catch up with her. 

Go No Sen (Emily Kane Adventures) - YA Thriller

Emily Kane studies martial arts, but she never thought she'd have to use them... until her home is destroyed in a night time attack. Her family goes into hiding and wants her to assume a new identity on the run with them. But she refuses to become a fugitive and live a lie, as she puts it. She is determined to keep her name, to salvage the life she knows and above all to stay in school, even if she has to do it all on her own. But this may mean fighting off the people who attacked her home, and who may still be hunting for her. Along the way she learns she is not who she thinks she is, and her family is not who she thinks they are either. Who exactly is Emily Kane? Why is she so good at fighting? To solve the mystery of her identity she turns to her high school classmates. She makes new friends when she had always been a loner. But then she has to protect them from the danger swirling darkly around her. The only solution may be to draw her enemies out into the open and confront them face to face.

The Road To Cordia (A Cancordian Adventure) - Fantasy Adventure

The world seems to be falling apart. Every attempt to communicate with the rest of the country is met with silence. No one from the outside has visited them in a long time. Someone must find out what is going on; someone must bring back help. A crusty and bitter old sea captain is persuaded to take the job. The orphan girl, Ja'Nil, is reluctantly recruited as her assistant. In fact, Ja'Nil is so reluctant that she has to be kicked, prodded, pushed and finally tossed onto the ship. But Ja'Nil is resilient, and life at sea and on the road has its exciting, if deadly, moments.The further Ja'Nil travels and the more people she meets, from traveling players, to warlords, to deadly slavers, to lords and ladies with mysterious and powerful gifts, the more she realizes that it is not just her small Fisherfolk village that is in trouble, but the entire country of Cancordia. She realizes something else, too. As incredible as it sounds, she is the one who must save her world.

Constantine: The Emperor of Tolerance - Non-fiction (history)

Many historians in the past have seen Constantine as a secret pagan who used Christianity as a political device or a God-sent Emperor who converted a whole nation to Christianity. Since Constantine's personal beliefs allowed for both paganism and Christianity, he created an Empire of tolerance or a religiously neutral realm (as far as what you wanted to believe). The model set up by Constantine was successfully continued and utilized to keep the Empire together with the notable exceptions of Julian (who tried to move the Empire back to paganism) and Theodosius (who allowed Christians to harass pagans, outlawed many elements of paganism, and eventually had to fight the pagans on the field of battle).

Homecoming (A Finn McCoy Paranormal Thriller)  - Paranormal Thriller

 Finn McCoy is a paranormal handler. He handles things that ordinary paranormal investigators can't or won't, and he often ends up cleaning up behind them. For fifteen years, McCoy has turned his back on his hometown of Shallow Springs, Virginia, and the dark secrets the town harbors. But now an evil, unstoppable force has been unleashed on the unsuspecting residents of the town, and McCoy finds himself the only thing standing between the town and total destruction.

A Shot in the Bark (A Dog Park Mystery) - Mystery

Would you recognize a serial killer if you met one? Talked to one every day? Artist Lia Anderson doesn't, and neither does anyone else who frequents the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death brings Detective Peter Dourson into the close-knit group, and he is convinced someone is not who they seem. As the investigation uncovers secrets, Lia struggles to cope with warring emotions and a killer watches.

SODIUM:1 Harbinger - Sci-fi Thriller

 In 1957, a group of wilderness adventurers are confronted with the unexpected. They are forced to defend themselves against an unworldly enemy. Will man's first encounter with aliens force them to run or will they stand and fight? This is the first thriller in the SODIUM series. Follow along as the unwitting group determines their own fate.

Lost and Found - Contemporary Fiction

Sarah is barely making it as a divorced, single mom in Chicago when her parents offer her a chance to move back to her rural hometown of Baxter Springs, Kansas. She looks forward getting back to a simpler lifestyle but her eight year old son, Brian, thinks differently. Sarah wonders if she made the right decision when Brian goes missing. Should they have stayed in the city where she knew the dangers?

The Amazing Morse - Psychological Horror

 When Dave Morse was young, magic meant everything to him. But as he grew up, the magic seemed to slip away from his life. Until a chance encounter with a spiritualist changed all that. Then there was magic again, magic and mystery...and terror. Now Dave is just praying it will end.

Oahu in January - Non-fiction (travel)

In January 2012 I took a trip to Oahu, one of the Hawaiian Islands. My friend and I rented a motorcycle and spent four days touring. It is a beautiful island and we had a great time. This book is 95 pages of pictures from that trip. Enough to make you long to go back or go for the first time if you've never been.

Alien Nightmares: Screen Memories of UFO Alien Abductions - Non-fiction (UFOs)

Extraordinary true-life chronicles of a UFO alien abductee as revealed through vividly creepy dreams and screen memories. Walk the scary trails with me, haunted by creatures who followed me for decades with night terrors, monstrous visitors, bizarre visions, and fright nights that had me turning on all the lights afraid to go to sleep.

Betrayal of Magic (DOMA: Department of Magic Book 1) - YA Fantasy

Cadan Johnson lived a seemingly ordinary life. He was on the soccer and cross country teams and had a loving family. But one thing about the Johnsons made them very unordinary- they could perform magic. When a mysterious spell on his school counselor backfires, Cadan is faced with the realization that everything he thought he knew about his family has been a lie. He leaves his home to search out the identities of his real parents, but before he can discover the truth, he is tracked down by another group of magic-wielders, this time sent by the government.

What He Wants - Gay Romance

 Christo's life fell apart when his partner of eight years walked out on him. There wasn't even a reason for it: sometimes love just fades, as quickly and mysteriously as it appears in the first place. Enter Damien. Damien's the guy with a different man on his arm for every event, he's smooth and arrogant and always impeccably turned out. Christo hates him. But God, he's gorgeous. Damien could be exactly what Christo needs to get him over John.

Crumbling World (Book 1) - Horror

A deadly lab created virus is unleashed upon society, a virus that kills its host and returns them as raging zombies with only one purpose: to feed. Within days, everything begins to collapse as the virus races across the country. Desperate survivors struggle to stay alive in their crumbling world.

The Man Who Built the World - Supernatural Thriller
Matthew Cassidy is a man on the verge of self-destruction.  His career is in tatters and his marriage is hanging by a thread under the threat of a latent violence he is struggling to control.  His wife Rachel is on the verge of leaving him even before a phone call from his estranged father pulls him back into a world of violence and mystery that he left behind on a bloody winter's night sixteen years before. Matt must return to the quiet little country town of Tamerton, where he grew up in a world of questions but few answers.  The town has changed but the mysteries remain, and Matt must question everything he thought he knew about his past.  Why was his little sister mute?  What really happened to his mother?  And who are the two beautiful, ageless sisters who live in an isolated cottage out on the moor?

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