Staff Picks for Electronic Book Readers!

A selection of recent recommended reads from the staff.

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ISBN-13: 1230000232655
Published: Jim C. Hines, 04/15/2014

13 essays on the importance of representation in science fiction and fantasy, with an introduction by author Alex Dally MacFarlane. Proceeds from the sale of this collection go to support the Carl Brandon Society.

Full table of contents:

Introduction by Alex Dally MacFarlane.
“Parched” by Mark Oshiro.
“Boys’ Books” by Katharine Kerr.
“Clicking” by Susan Jane Bigelow.
“The Princess Problem” by Charlotte Ashley.
“Autism, Representation, Success” by Ada Hoffmann.
“Gender in Genre” by Kathryn Ryan.
“‘Crazy’ About Fiction” by Gabriel Cuellar.
“Evil Albino Trope is Evil” by Nalini Haynes.
“Options” by Joie Young.
“Non-binary and Not Represented” by Morgan Dambergs.
“Representation Without Understanding” by Derek Handley.
“Shards of Memory” by Ithiliana.
“I Don’t See Color” by Michi Trota.
“SFF Saved My Life” by Nonny Blackthorne.
Afterword by Jim C. Hines.


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ISBN-13: 9781630520014
Published: Stark Raving Group, 03/17/2014
A disgraced former home run king, whose rampant steroid use has left him as a testicle shrinking, soprano speaking, bra wearing recluse, is holding on to his single season home run record, asterisk be damned. When Roy learns his record may be broken, he won’t let it happen. He leaves a trail of destruction and bodies in his wake.

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ISBN-13: 9781453216897
Published: Open Road Media, 03/29/2011

A perennial favorite!!

 

After donning a cursed necklace for the cameras, a silent screen starlet and her entourage are terrorized by an ancient demon

It is 1923, and silent film reigns in Hollywood. Of all the starlets, none is more beloved than Chrysanda Flamande, a diva as brilliant as she is difficult to manage. Handling her falls to Norah, widow of Chrysanda’s dead brother. She has always done her job well, but she was never equipped to deal with murder.
When a violent killing shocks Chrysanda’s entourage, and other weird happenings swiftly follow, Norah begins to suspect that some strange power is stalking the star. In Chinatown she receives warning that a curse has been placed on the actress as vengeance for wearing a sacred amulet in one of her films—and this curse could mean death for all who surround her.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection. 


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ISBN-13: 9781476748955
Published: Pocket Star, 01/20/2014
This e-short story collection from New York Times bestselling suspense author Jan Burke features a brand new Irene Kelly short story, “Privileges,” plus three unforgettable stories from the print anthology Eighteen.

Before Frank Harriman and Irene Kelly got married, Frank was a rookie cop in Bakersfield, California. When he investigates one of the worst types of calls a policeman can get—a bad smell coming from a closed trailer on a hot day—Frank and his training officer are not surprised to find a dead body. But everyone is stunned when the corpse leads to the police chief’s downfall...

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ISBN-13: 9780316405010
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 12/17/2013
The #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series continues in this brand-new digital-exclusive story.

Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can't resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link. Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

Where's a Linkubus when you need him?

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ISBN-13: 9780062334466
Published: Witness Impulse, 11/12/2013
Poirot rediscovered!

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ISBN-13: 9780062319920
Published: Witness Impulse, 12/17/2013

Available again!

Andy Kendricks is back in the third sassy and irresistible installment in Susan McBride's Debutante Dropout series … and this time she's teaming up with her high-society mama to catch a killer who's targeting rich, lonely widows.

Wealthy Texas widows need loving too … which is why Bebe Kent joined a dating service for "discriminating" seniors soon after relocating to the swanky Belle Meade retirement community. Unfortunately, Bebe didn't even live long enough to meet "Mr. Right." And though doctors declared her death totally natural, extravagant blue-blooded Dallas socialite Cissy Blevins Kendricks believes her old friend's demise was hastened—and she's ready to check herself into Belle Meade incognito to prove it.

Cissy's rebellious, sometimes-sleuthing daughter, Andrea, wants no part of her mother's crazy schemes—yet she's anything but pleased that Cissy is going off on her own, playing a highbrow Miss Marple. So she has no choice but to join her mom in search of the truth—especially when more well-heeled widows start turning up dead …

 

Also: Night of the Living Deb  and The Good Girl's Guide to Murder


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ISBN-13: 9781301452767
Published: Smashwords Edition, 03/09/2014
22 cards…each an individual splinter of the human psyche.
22 writers…honing each splinter into a story of triumph and decay, arrogance and humility.
Stories of the brightest lights and the darkest corners of the weirdest minds.
22 cross-genre worlds.
22 portals into the Universal.
Only one way to get there.
Come with us. Cross the portals. The Universal awaits.

$4.99
ISBN-13: 9780979686207
Published: Alkemara Press, 06/10/2013

From Bram Stoker winner Douglas Clegg -- author of The Children's Hour and The Hour Before Dark -- comes a novel of heart-pounding suspense and supernatural horror. What secrets lie within the ancient place known as the Goat Dance? 

"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares...Goat Dance is a dark, mesmerizing delight." - Robert R. McCammon, author of Swang Song and The Providence Rider.
"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby."-- Dean Koontz.
In winter, in the mountains, a darkness envelopes a town...a house on the edge of a lake holds the key to its horrifying secret.
A Haunted Lake...
Seven-year-old Teddy Amory should have died that winter's day on Clear Lake, when she fell through the ice while skating with her older brother, Jake. But something got inside her that day . . . something terrifying...
"Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills..." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
A Town in Shadows... 
Nightmarish forces lurk in the mountains of Virginia, and darkness has begun to spread like a shroud over the living. 
Those long-dead return in nightmares. Does someone – or something -- control these horrifying visions from within the mysterious halls of the Marlowe-Houston House on the edge of Clear Lake?
Now a young man named Coffey returns to Pontefract, Virginia, to find the woman he lost – and a town must face its terrifying past as a possessed child threatens to unleash an unspeakable horror.
A terrifying chiller of a horror novel from a master of gothic thrillers.

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ISBN-13: 9780062109163
Published: Avon Impulse, 08/06/2013
Two Lonely Hearts . . . Kalindi MacNeil survived the devastating enemy airship attack that obliterated Liverpool, but even her engineering skills can't seem to repair her broken heart. Seeking to put her life back together, Kali retreats to a desolate, deserted island—only to discover she's not alone. Captain Fletcher Adams, an elite man/machine hybrid, a Man O' War, crashed his battle-damaged airship into the island after the destruction of Liverpool, never expecting to survive the wreck. But survive he did. One Desire . . . Believing he is nothing but a living weapon, Fletcher is wary of his newfound companion—a pretty, damaged, but determined young woman. Together they are stranded on the island, and it is only a matter of time until desire gets the best of them both. Soon Kali and Fletcher each find that they may be just what the other needed. But a danger from beyond the island puts them to the test. Will it rip them apart or bond their hearts forever?

$4.99
ISBN-13: 9781625670403
Published: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc., 09/30/2013

An early work by Toni Leigh Perry Kelner, author of our October Fantastic Firsts Cozy Mystery Series Pick A Skeleton in the Family...

 

In the first in bestselling author Toni L. P. Kelner’s smart, witty mystery series, amateur sleuth Laura Fleming finds her trip going South—in lethal ways…


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ISBN-13: 1230000192250
Published: Cholla Bear Press, 10/24/2013

If there’s lost treasure to be found, she’s the one to find it. Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer—at your service.

 

Originally published as Secret of the Three Treasures.


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ISBN-13: 9781622662142
Published: Entangled: Edge, 10/21/2013

Sasha’s future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she's on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin.

When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she'll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.

Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she's also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.

$6.99
ISBN-13: 1230000101765
Published: Third Edition, 01/23/2013

Sometime in the near future, maybe just tomorrow, there may come a totally new form of life on this planet. An artificial intelligence, or AI.

What will it want?

How will it perceive us?

One thing's for sure - the world will never be the same again.

This is the story of the city of Angels.

Written by the New York Times bestselling author, Todd McCaffrey


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ISBN-13: 1230000161886
Published: Mark Henry, 08/24/2013
Um....

Jeremy, an infamous foot fetishist doomed to the quirkiest 12-step group ever, falls off the wagon spectacularly when he meets Beverly. She is a "beneather", one of an alien species living alongside us after rising from the depths of the ocean. She is perfect for Jeremy. Smart. Beautiful. Great feet. But does Beverly's reciprocation smack of a sinister and slimy secret? Will Jeremy's probation officer revoke his freedom before he meets a bitter, sweaty end? And more importantly, did someone remember to bring donuts and coffee to the 12-step group?

In this short fanasy tale of aliens, foot fetishism and life choices gone horribly awry, Mark Henry returns to his roots, stirring up comedy and horror, muddling in a little sex and serving it up ice cold.

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9781301746255
Published: Smashwords Edition, 03/09/2014

“…one of the few writers whose work I'll read immediately, upon publication, in hardcover if necessary.” -– Elaine Cunningham, New York Times best-selling author of Dark Journey What do a broom-wielding wizard’s apprentice, a goddess with postpartum depression, a sentient electric chair, a Navy Chop on planetside rotation, and a boy with Downs Syndrome who is more than what he seems – at least some of the time – have in common? They’re all characters waiting for you on the other side of Bridges of Longing and Other Strange Passageways, a collection of twelve stories and fourteen poems from multiple-award nominee Marsheila Rockwell. Once you venture across that mist-shrouded bridge and step through the swirling portal, you’ll discover: •1994 Dell Award Honoree, “Auf Widdershins,” •2006 Rhysling Award Nominee, “Fairy Tale Ending,” •2008 Rhysling Award Nominees, “Brothers in Arms” and “Those Who Wait,” •2010 Rhysling Award Nominee, “Of Amaranth and Honey,” •2013 Rhysling Nominee "Enter Persephone," •…and many more, including brand new horror stories “Catechism” and “The Thing at the Foot of the Bed,” as well as an ode to a god too clever for his own good, “I, Alone.” So, come, cross the bridge, enter those strange passageways, and explore the magical worlds you find there – worlds you’ll never want to leave.

 

“Every time I re-read “The Short Bus” I wish I’d written it. One of the best, most moving short stories I’ve ever read, in a collection of amazing stories and poems, from one of my favorite, must-read authors? That’s an automatic must-buy!” -– Gini Koch, author of the Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series


$5.99
ISBN-13: 1230000039788
Published: WMG Publishing Incorporated, 12/19/2012

Five of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s most popular cat stories. They run the gamut from the award-winning “The Secret Lives of Cats” to the whimsical “The Poop Thief.” Other stories in the collection include reader favorite “What Fluffy Knew,” the short mystery “Scrawny Pete,” and the Fey prequel “Destiny.”

International bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has published dozens of novels, including seven books about the Fey. Published all over the world, the Fey novels have recently been rereleased in the United States as audio books by Audible.com. In addition to many awards in the science fiction and fantasy fields, she has been nominated for three Edgar Awards, two Shamus Awards, and an Anthony Award. She has won the Ellery Queen Reader’s Choice Award twice, once for “The Secret Lives of Cats.”

$2.99
ISBN-13: 9780985857769
Published: Smashwords Edition, 03/08/2014
The first novella in the Tales of Bladesend! In spite of Trelayne's victories in battle, the road home is longer than the young knight ever imagined, and it must begin with rejecting his peasant companion, Derik, and denying the memory of the half-orc companion who gave his life for them. Forced to admit that the battle has changed him, Trelayne tries to be the champion for the peasantry, only to make things worse—Derik imprisoned, his betrothed rejecting him, his war-wounds throbbing. Honor provokes him to claim a duel with the swordmaster in the hopes of earning Derik's freedom, but the veterans find that winning a battle is not the same as winning a war—and not all demons wear an ugly face.

$3.99
ISBN-13: 9781451687699
Published: Pocket Star, 03/27/2012
From the author of Breathers, Fated, and Lucky Bastard comes a collection of ten dark and humorous tales about extraterrestrial sex toys, a family of luck poachers, a group of professional guinea pigs, the immortal personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins, and a zombie gigolo. Just to name a few. “A Zombie’s Lament”—A newly reanimated corpse attends Undead Anonymous meetings with other zombies and comes to terms with the reality of his new existence. “Softland”—A family of luck poachers living in central California attempts to turn around its fortunes from a deal gone bad. “My Ego Is Bigger than Yours”—A new designer drug reinvents role-playing games by allowing its users to temporarily become dead celebrities and fictional characters. “Dream Girls”—A futuristic tale of sexual obsession, extraterrestrial intelligence, the death of Marilyn Monroe, and the assassination of JFK. “Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel”—A writer suffering from writer’s block becomes addicted to the words he purchases from a drug dealer. “Captivity” —A lonely and horrifying look at what it might be like if you were a bottle of shampoo. “The Sodom and Gomorrah Shore”—The Seven Deadly Sins star in the original reality television show, set back during the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. “Homer’s Reprise”—A modern day story of Odysseus that blends Greek mythology with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. “Dr. Lullaby”—A panhandler and professional guinea pig discovers that the pharmaceutical drugs he’s been testing have given him unusual side effects. “Zombie Gigolo”—A day in the life of a living corpse who provides a unique service for lonely and desperate female zombies.

$2.99
ISBN-13: 9781465886026
Published: Smashwords Edition, 03/07/2014
Creepy short works from Jeff's brain!

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9781937197148
Published: Mythic Island Press LLC, 03/10/2013

There Needs To Be A War Going On Somewhere:

Lieutenant James Shelley commands a high-tech squad of soldiers in a rural district within the African Sahel. They hunt insurgents each night on a harrowing patrol, guided by three simple goals: protect civilians, kill the enemy, and stay alive—because in a for-profit war manufactured by the defense industry there can be no cause worth dying for. To keep his soldiers safe, Shelley uses every high-tech asset available to him—but his best weapon is a flawless sense of imminent danger...as if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear.

Hazard Notice: contains military grade profanity.


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ISBN-13: 9781476751399
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 06/25/2013
A fanciful period piece horror novella.

$3.99
ISBN-13: 9781622664115
Published: Entangled: Covet, 12/30/2013
Hot paranormal suspense from local author Lisa!

$2.99
ISBN-13: 9780345548887
Published: Alibi, 11/18/2013
In a fast-paced, suspenseful debut novel for fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, detective Darla Cavannah goes Deep South in pursuit of a merciless killer.</