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Small Business Saturday & Indies First in San Diego!

Event date: 
Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Spend $10.00 at Mysterious Galaxy with your registered American Express card and get a $10.00 credit on your next billing statement. It’s free books on Small Business Saturday! Some of our local authors (see bellow) will be in the store as honorary booksellers for the day. They will be available to make suggestions on your next great read and help you pick that special gift, which we will gift wrap for you. We hope that free candy canes and extended hours will help to put you in the Holiday spirit! 


For more information about Small Business Saturday, please check the website!  




 Author Bookseller Kristen Elise
   Author Bookseller Terry Ambrose
   Author Bookseller Matt Coyle

Continue the theme by shopping for recommended independent press titles! Suggestions below, and on our dedicated recommendations page.



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The Vesuvius Isotope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780989381901
Availability: Special Order
Published: Murder Lab Press - June 26th, 2013

When her Nobel laureate
husband is murdered, biologist Katrina Stone can no longer ignore the
secrecy that increasingly pervaded his behavior in recent weeks. Her
search for answers leads to a two-thousand-year-old medical mystery and
the esoteric life of one of history’s most enigmatic women. Following
the trail forged by her late husband, Katrina must separate truth from
legend as she chases medicine from ancient Italy and Egypt to a
clandestine modern-day war. Her quest will reveal a legacy of greed and
murder and resurrect an ancient plague, introducing it into the
twenty-first century.

About the Author

Kristen Elise, Ph.D. was born a scientist and decided at an early age to earn a living as one. A professional drug discovery biologist and life-long travel addict, Kris takes the inspiration for her novels from discoveries made both in and out of the laboratory. Kris' work as a cancer drug hunter converged with a research trip through Italy to spark her debut novel. Once ignited, The Vesuvius Isotope erupted like the volcano itself, sending readers on a global quest to investigate several non-fictional mysteries that have endured for more than two thousand years. 

Kristen lives in San Diego, California with her husband, stepson, and three canine children. When not investigating historical mysteries, she continues to hunt for drugs and the stories they tell. 

Kauai Temptations: A McKenna Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780985954031
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Published: Terrance Ambrose - October 15th, 2013

Wilson McKenna has never written a bad check in his life. So how did he
end up with $4,000 in returned checks from an island he’s never been to?
Now, the bank wants their money and he’s determined to track down the
crook who’s ruining his life. Before you can say “aloha,” he’s nearly
arrested for impersonating himself, the woman who trashed his credit is
dead, and he feels like he’s up to his ‘umi’umi in hot lava. McKenna had
better watch out—some temptations can get you killed.

About the Author

Terry Ambrose’s first jobs involved skip
tracing and repossessing cars. He
later managed customer service
and marketing departments for
two public utilities. Those early
days of dealing with people who
couldn’t, or wouldn’t, pay their
bills provided him with insight
into what makes people lie and
fertile ground for his fiction

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Yesterday's Echo: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608090761
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Oceanview Publishing - May 7th, 2013

Rick Cahill was never convicted of his wife's murder, but he was never
exonerated either. Not by the police. Not by the media. Not even by
himself. Eight years later, police suspicion and his own guilt remain
over his responsibility in his wife's death. When he meets Melody
Malana, a beautiful yet secretive TV reporter, he sees a chance to love
again. When she is arrested for murder and asks Rick for help, the
former cop says no, but the rest of him says yes and he grasps at a
chance for redemption. But Rick's attempt to help turns terribly wrong,
and he becomes a suspect in the murder and the target of a police
manhunt. On the run, Rick encounters desperate people who'll kill to
keep their pasts buried. Before Rick can save himself and bring down a
murderer, he must confront the truth about his own past and untangle his
feeling for a woman he can never fully trust.

About the Author, by the Author 

I grew up in
the tract home section of La Jolla, California, battling my
Irish/Portuguese brother and sisters for respect and the best spot on
the couch in front of the TV. I was a sports addict as a kid, but
realized early on that I'd never be good enough to turn pro. Or even

That didn't matter because I knew I wanted to be a writer at the age of twelve when my father gave me The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler.

Somehow, I smuggled a degree in English out of the University of
California, Santa Barbara and decided to write the great American novel.
That lasted two months until I realized I needed to eat and I got a job
at a restaurant back in La Jolla. After managing the restaurant for
years, I sold golf clubs for a decade and then went to work in the
sports collectible business.

Thirty years after beginning the great American novel I finished it as a thriller, instead. Yesterday's Echo
is the first in the series of Rick Cahill crime novels. I'm currently
working on book two in San Diego, where I'm lucky enough to live with my
wife, Deborah, and our Yellow Lab, Angus.


Slice of Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597099714
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Published: Red Hen Press - October 1st, 2013

Slice of Moon, the second collection by Kim Dower, retains the
whimsical, accessible style of her debut, Air Kissing on Mars, while
reaching deeper, with greater lyrical intensity, irony, and poignancy.
Recommended by Maryelizabeth.

Tell My Sorrows to the Stones Cover Image
By Christopher Golden, Cherie Priest (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781771481533
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Chizine Publications - August 27th, 2013

A circus clown willing to give anything to be funny. A spectral gunslinger who must teach a young boy to defend the ones he loves. A lonely widower making a farewell tour of the places that meant the world to his late wife. A faded Hollywood actress out to deprive her ex-husband of his prize possession. A grieving mother who will wait by the railroad tracks for a ghostly train that always has room for one more. A young West Virginia miner whose only hope of survival is a bedtime story. These are just some of the characters to be found in Tell My Sorrows to the Stones, the new short story collection by Christopher Golden.
Christopher Golden is a New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author whose works include Saints and Shadows, The Myth Hunters, and The Boys Are Back in Town. He has also co-written three novels with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, including Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire.

Clockwork Angels Cover Image
By Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart (Concept by), Neil Peart (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781770411210
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Published: ECW Press - September 1st, 2012

A remarkable collaboration that is unprecedented in its scope and realization, this exquisitely wrought novel represents an artistic project between the bestselling science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson and the multiplatinum rock band Rush. The newest album by Rush, "Clockwork Angels," sets forth a story in Neil Peart's lyrics that has been expanded by him and Anderson into this epic novel. In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The mind-bending story is complemented with rich paintings by the five-time Juno Award winner for Best Album Design, Hugh Syme.

The Devil's Bait Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936573059
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Published: Malevolent Books - April 20th, 2012

Jessie Dawn Cutler is a relationship banker in Manhattan, a woman climbing the rungs of the high-finance ladder on her way to the top. Morgan Byrd is an aging mercenary soldier, suffering a crisis of conscience as profound as his bank account is low. When Jessie learns that her biggest client is a criminal and a killer--protected from inside and outside the bank--she becomes his next target. It'll take all every resource she has, and the most unlikely of allies, if she hopes to survive. About the Author Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the award-winning author of more than forty-five novels, including the border horror trilogy Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, The Slab, the Dark Vengeance teen horror quartet, and others. He also writes comic books, including the long-running horror/Western comic book series Desperadoes. He’s a co-owner of specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in Southern California, and lives on the Flying M Ranch in Arizona’s historic Sulphur Springs Valley.