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Author Interview #272: Desert Mojito by Nazli Ghassemi

April 16, 2014
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Our interview today is with Nazli Ghassemi author of “Desert Mojito” with 4.9 stars  on 32 reviews on Amazon. Ms. Ghassemi’s debut novel which is set in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has been described as “Engaging Women’s fiction with an international twist” by Kirkus  Reviews. Before we get to the interview here is a brief description on the novel.

Maya, a freelance photographer and a five-year Dubai resident, along with her friends—globe-trotting Arkansan Janet , Lebanese seductress, Michelle, and gay Pakistani-British, Asif take us on their adventures through this modern Middle Eastern city. As they stumble into social, sexual and romantic challenges posed by religion, tradition, and politics we are given a glimpse of life in this mysterious city of “sand, glass, glitter, and fake grass—an oasis, a mirage,” as described by the protagonist, Maya.

1. What inspired you to write this novel?

Multiculturalism and the visible clash of cultures in Dubai was the main inspiration behind my novel. Traveling and living in different cultures, I have come to believe that stories are important in helping understand another human being. Desert Mojito is just one story. But stories in general make us realize how despite our cultural, sexual, political and religious differences we all share the basic human needs and emotions. We all laugh when happy, cry when sad, we all know what it means to love, to lose, to win, to fight and so on.  Writing is my joy and my way of contributing to the world I live in.

2. You paint a vivid picture of Dubai. Tell us about the expat life in relation to the challenges your characters face in your novel.

The biggest challenge Maya, Janet and Michelle face is not really specific to Dubai. They are all in search of love like their counterparts in other parts of the world.  But in Dubai they find the clash of Islamic values and modernity confusing. The Read more »

Weekly Featured Great Reads for 4-16-2014

April 16, 2014
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New Book Releases for April

April 16, 2014
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We are highlighting two exciting New Book Releases for April 2014 from our New Book Releases List (click to see all the new releases). If you are looking for something new to read this is a great place to start.

One Hundred Miles from Manhattan

One Hundred Miles from Manhattan is a novel about an upscale rural community—Wellington, NY—where the hills and the seemingly quaint village conceal lives of love, lust, adultery, tragedy and small wars.

Unlike other novels in the pastoral tradition, which tell the story of a place and a time through the eyes of a single character, this modern novel uses 10 narrators, a different one per chapter, to shed light on this exclusive community.

In Wellington, a trophy wife undergoes a shocking transformation. A medical doctor attracts his own destruction. A local bachelor steals a dog and has an epiphany. A town Casanova goes on a personal odyssey to make amends. And a Manhattan book editor reveals what it’s like to be a first-time visitor to this rarefied world of wealth, horses and equestriennes.

To this exquisitely written novel, Chris Orcutt brings his meticulous craft and his talent for writing in multifarious voices and styles—all while exposing a world of massive estates, rolling green hills, hilltoppers, townies, celebrities, hopes, dreams, sex, and the fleeting promises of love. . .  Read more on Amazon.

The Dreamer and the Deceiver

Emil is a wanderer, a fugitive from an unjust law, and being alive is his only crime. Emil is an Abnormal – a seemingly normal human being gifted with superhuman abilities.

From the second Emil first channeled the light energy his body produced, his life was no longer his own. Abnormals like him are forced to join the king’s covert division named Legion to enforce his tyranny, or be put down like beasts. For years Emil has been able to evade the hand of the king and his capture by Legion, until on a seemingly normal night Emil’s village is ambushed, and he is forced to helplessly watch as a fire-manipulating Abnormal sent by the king leads a massacre that destroys everything he loves.

Enraged and sick of running, Emil swears a path of revenge. For the ones he loves he picks up the sword to single-handedly bring justice to a dying world and serve as the last light in a world covered in darkness. Read more on Amazon.

Natural Health 101

Hidden Treasures of Alternative Medicine

This is the most informative natural medicine book on amazon for its price!

Dont pay tons of money to get the same information that this book has for far less, instead Pick up Natural Health 101 and unlock the Hidden Treasures of Alternative Medicine. This book goes over various Natropathic therapies such as Holism, Massage, Yoga, Acupressure, Acupuncture and it even has an A – Z list of common Herbal remedies. I know once you get this book you wont be able to put it down.

Learn about what Mother Nature has already provided for us in the form of Alternative Medicines. We have options outside of the American Medical Association and this book will discuss your options so you can have more power over your own health! Pick up your copy today! Read more on Amazon.

30+ Free eBooks for Kindle for Wednesday

April 16, 2014
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We have a great list of Free eBooks for Kindle that are ready to be download for $0.00. These are proven winners based upon user reviews. Listed below are selected free eBooks from our Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books listEnjoy the best free books for Kindle to read with 30+ new Wednesday freebies.

Foreseen (The Rothston Series)

4.4 stars on 22 reviews. Fantasy.

Free 4/16-4/120.

Kinzie Nicolosi wants to make a difference in this troubled world of ours. And now, she has the chance.

The Rothston Institute can secretly manipulate the decisions of anyone in the world – from ordinary friends to government leaders. Possessing special mental skills used to accomplish its goals, college student Kinzie Nicolosi is training to protect humankind from self-destruction. A student missing an exam? A construction worker fired for an industrial accident? A Congressman ruined in scandal? Necessary consequences of honing her skills for the greater good.

But Kinzie brings more than her remarkable talent to Rothston. She bears an unexpected power that rivals Rothston’s own … and the clash may be something none of them can control.

Cookbook: 101 healthy Vegan Burgers Recipes

Quick & Easy Grilled, Fried, Baked Vegan Recipes Books

4.4 stars on 38 reviews. 

Free on 4/16 only!

The first & complete bible of healthy vegan burger recipes!!

This unique book presents the perfect combination of the most popular food in the United States and the healthiest diet and way of living in the world!

101 original, tasty and juicy healthy vegan recipes from all over the world

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The End Came With A Kiss (Beautiful Dead)

4.9 stars on 38 reviews. Romance. 

Free 4/16-4/17.

My friends and I used to laugh about the zombie apocalypse, the absurdity of it. But when it came, it was nothing like the movies had portrayed. We couldn’t have had it more wrong. There was no gore. There was no blood or tearing of flesh. It was the most beautiful thing the world had ever seen, and that was what took us by surprise. We were not prepared to have our destruction lure us in like a harlot.

You see, the end did not come with a scratch or a bite. It came with a kiss.

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Random Acts of Fantasy (Random Series #3, Invitation to Eden) 

New Adult and Contemporary Romance.  $2.99.

You ever really think that you’ll win the lottery? Meet Mr. Right? How about two Mr. Rights?

Somehow the universe is handing me everything I want (except for that lottery part…), and I don’t like it. Not one little bit. Because just when you get all your dreams handed to you on a silver platter, that’s when an airplane dumps its sewage on your house. Or your mama’s diabetes takes a bad turn. Or your mobile phone gets stuck in your hoohaw.

(What? It happens…)

Random Acts of Fantasy series.  Book #1 - Random Acts of Crazy, Book #2 - Random Acts of Trust.

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A Tale by the Telling

Literary fiction. Science Fiction. 

An Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal!

Regular price $2.99. On sale for $0.99.

To: You Know Who You Are

Re: Your Presence is Requested

I know you’re out there. When I was a kid, I used to climb onto the roof of our house, lay out on my sleeping bag, and amidst the chirping crickets and the gently wiling summer night, I would stare at the stars. And wonder about your home.

Perhaps it was this belief in your existence — not doubt, but belief — which led me to discover the Sunderkind method. Do you know of it? No? Then I will tell you. I’ve coded this message into what I call the Morphian frequency. It is the frequency at which certain atomic bonds resonate. When I send this coded frequency toward a small star, do you know what the star will do? That’s right. It will explode. And not just in any way. For you see, the particles of that explosion will contain the matter of this message. When this, in turn, reaches another star, that star too will explode. In this manner will my message, borne as it were by the stars.

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FOCUS – A Memoir

4.5 stars on 152 reviews. 

An Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal!

Regular price $4.99. On sale for $0.99!

What would you focus on if you were going blind?

At the age of 37, Ingrid Ricks walked into an eye doctor’s office for the first time in her life expecting to walk outt with a cute pair of red cat-eye frames. Instead, she learned she suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa, an incurable eye disease that was stealing her eyesight and would eventually leave her blind. Gripped with the terrifying fear that she wouldn’t see her two young daughters grow up, would become a burden to her husband, and would lose the career and independence that defines her, Ingrid embarks on a quest to fix her eyes that ends up fixing her life.

Through an eight-year journey marked by a trip to South Africa to write about AIDS orphans, a four-day visit with a doctor who focuses on whole-body health, a relationship-changing confrontation with her husband and a life-changing lesson from her daughters, she learns to embrace the moment and see what counts in life–something no amount of vision loss can take from her.

30+ Free Books for Kindle for Tuesday

April 15, 2014
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We have a great list of Free Books for Kindle. These are proven winners based upon user reviews. Listed below are selected free Books from our Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books listEnjoy the best free books for Kindle to read with 30+ new Tuesday freebies.

Shattering Halos 

4.8 stars on 58 reviews. 

New Adult Paranormal.

Free 4/15-4/19.

The Best of the Best Free Books for Tuesday

  • Hungry For More 4.2 stars on 66 reviews. Contemporary fiction.
  • Just Evil (The Evil Secrets Trilogy) 4.4 stars on 268 reviews. Mystery. Suspense.
  • High Seas Deception (Adventure Cruise Lines) 4.2 stars on 48 reviews. Romantic suspense.
  • Out of Time (Time Series, Book #1)  4.2 stars on 422 reviews. Romance.
  • Call Me Cat 4.8 stars on 43 reviews. Romance.
  • ABEL: It Can’t Be You 4.3 stars on 44 reviews. Romance.
  • Maui Widow Waltz (Islands of Aloha Mystery Series #1) 4.1 stars on 221 reviews.
  • The Nexus (Book 1 of The Nexus) 4.1 stars on 62 reviews. Inspirational fiction.
  • Just One Reason 4.4 stars on 28 reviews. Contemporary romance.
  • Vampire in Denial (Family Blood Ties) 4.4 stars on 54 reviews. Teen and Young Adult.
  • Kissing In Cars (Kiss & Make Up) 4.8 stars on 32 reviews. Romance.
  • The Priest (The Ginecean Chronicles) 4.4 stars on 34 reviews. Science fiction.

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A Risk Worth Taking

Contemporary new adult.

4.4 stars on 34 reviews.

Currently priced at $2.99.

**New Adult title. Due to content, this title is not suitable for young readers.**

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.

Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person.

Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy. When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.

New Book Releases for April

April 14, 2014
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We are highlighting two exciting New Book Releases for April 2014 from our New Book Releases List (click to see all the new releases). If you are looking for something new to read this is a great place to start.

Venetian Mask

MURDER AT CARNIVAL IN THE FLOATING CITY

The surreal splendor of Venice glitters and mesmerizes as six so-called friends who, it turns out, barely know each other meet at Carnival to play a malignant game that quickly turns murderous. Sally, the “Tallahassee lassie” spurned by the rest as a virtual hayseed, is swept up by a mysterious count, attending masked balls, operas, and Carnival revels even as she mourns her marriage and dodges a deadly pursuer. “Things should happen at Carnival,” says her unlikely protector, who resembles Harlequin in more than his costume. “If they go on just the same, there’s no reason for Carnival at all.” There’s absolutely no chance of that in this psychological tour de force of surging identities wrestling to emerge in people forced by violence to confront their inner Harlequins and Medusas.

The characters change costumes, alter egos, sex partners (and preferences), and most of all, their stories while Carnival swirls around them, each more desperate by the hour to solve the murder, commit another, save a career, escape a past…whatever it is that Carnival, as much a character as the humans, seems to command them to do. The guignol grows ever grander, the danger more heightened as the clock ticks toward midnight on Fat Tuesday and Sally finds she has more enemies than she thought. Read more on Amazon.

Touch of Lightning

A Mystic Waters Novel, Book Two

Three identical sisters…
Three individual mystical gifts…
And three thousand years of warnings to never fall in love…

Millennia of tempestuous ancestral history forewarn Haven Cavanaugh to hide her ability to heal others with the heat from her hot little hands.

But…when she loses her gift, then it comes back in a darker, scarier form once Haven moves to Mystic Waters, West Virginia, she finds herself afraid to touch a man whose pull she can’t deny.

Every time she dares…he ends up getting scorched! Read more on Amazon.

Still untitled Sydney Rye #5

Text to be added.

Read more on Amazon.

An Excellent List Of Highly Reviewed Free Kindle Books For Monday

April 14, 2014
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For Monday we have an excellent list of highly reviewed free Kindle books. A great chance to grab a book or two for your reading enjoyment. All of our books listed today are free ($0.00) on The Best Free Kindle Books List.

The Suicide Princess 

4.6 stars on 221 reviews. 

Romance, Thriller.

Free 4/14-4/18. 

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Soul and Shadow

Historical Romance. 

4.5 stars on 53 reviews. 

Regular price $2.99. On sale for $0.99.

In ancient Egypt, a young priestess of the goddess Hathor is laid to rest in a beautiful tomb with everything she needs for her journey into the afterlife…

Three thousand years later, archaeologist Ursula Allingham discovers the mummy of Amisihathor and is confronted by a mystery. Is the man buried with the priestess really her husband? Or was she actually in love with a scribe called Kamenwati and separated from him in life as well as death?

To answer these questions, Dame Ursula turns to Egyptology student and artist Lily Evans, who reluctantly agrees to help. Lily learns that she is psychically linked to Amisihathor and experiences a strange, unsettling phenomenon—the memories and emotions of the Egyptian woman. Luckily, Lily has her beloved pet Cleocatra and her irrepressible friend Katy to keep her grounded in reality. Or so she hopes. Dealing with the challenges of falling in love with Ursula’s grandson Kent, the reappearance of her ex-fiance Stephen and the demands of her mother and her boss Professor Briggs, Lily soon realizes she has taken on much more than she bargained for.

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Top 100 Reasons to Love

12 Book Boxed Set of the Most Popular Best Selling Shifter, Billionaire, Rock Star & Bad Boy Romances.

4.9 stars on 17 reviews.  Only $0.99!

  • Her First Billionaire & Her Second Billionaire by Julia Kent
  • Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose
  • The Billionaire’s Ultimatum: His Absolute Need by Cerys du Lys
  • Taming the Alpha by Adriana Hunter
  • Two’s a Couple, Three’s the Law by Eve Langlais
  • Remember Our Song by Emma South
  • Laid Bear by Marina Maddix
  • Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy
  • First Moon by Michelle Fox
  • The Rockstar I’ve Loved for So Long by Marian Tee
  • Skin Deep by Dez Burke
  • Champagne Kisses by Krista Lakes

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Seduced by The Game

4.7 stars on 20 reviews. 

Priced at $4.99.

It’s time to drop the gloves and fight! Support the Fight against cancer that is.

This anthology of 8 brand new novellas is hot enough to melt the ice these players skate on. Featuring stories from popular New York Times & USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors, including Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr, Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, and Nikki Worrell.

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Steamy Romance Novels

April 13, 2014
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Our highlighted books come from our “Steamy Romance” page. These featured romance books are from several sub-genres, but they all contain a little extra “steam and sizzle” in their romantic scenes.

The Best Free Books For Sunday

April 13, 2014
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For this Sunday we have 25+ of the best free books. A great chance to grab a book or two for the weekend. All of our books listed today are free ($0.00) on The Best Free Kindle Books List. Remember that many of the free kindle books are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours).

The Jesus Cure

Religious & Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

4.9 stars on 21 reviews. Free 4/13.

Tony was once a successful graphic designer, but since his wife left him, accusing him of emotional emptiness, he can’t seem to stay out of the local pub. Finally his secretary calls a halt, handing him a ticket to the Holy Land to meet with the controversial psychiatrist Dr Robin Doll ”” a man dedicated to analyzing the tormented soul of Jesus from Nazareth.

The two men begin a ‘psychotherapeutic journey’, following the milestones of Jesus’ life ”” joined by Miri, guide and expert on ancient times.

Gradually, Tony realizes the depth of his pain, while at the same time facing the possibility of Christ’s mental instability. Gaining valuable insights from the icon’s life story, Tony slowly reunites his soul, piece by piece. But is it enough to cure him? Can his individual path convince his therapist? And will he manage to win the heart of the lovely Miri?

The Best of The Best Free Kindle Books For Sunday.

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First Moon

BBW Werewolf Romance

4.4 stars on 114 reviews.

Currently priced at $2.99.

Audrey Levine thinks being bitten by a wolf is just another day on the job. She couldn’t be more wrong.

A wildlife rehabilitation specialist, Audrey usually does all the rescuing, but now she’s the one who needs help. In ten days, she’ll be covered in fur and howling at the moon while the wolf who bit her is out there, waiting to claim her as his own…whether she wants to be his or not. The biggest problem? The curvy beauty doesn’t know any of this.

Werewolf Tao Black is the strong, silent type, which is an asset in his role as pack enforcer. Hot on the trail of a wolf gone bad, he runs into trouble and is saved by Audrey. Realizing her situation, he vows to protect Audrey from the wolf who bit her, no matter what it takes. But that means going against his alpha’s orders…which might get them both killed

A standalone, full length novel with NO cliffhanger.

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Bailey and the Professor: Power Play

Romance. New Adult.

Regular price $2.99. On sale for $0.99.

From TOP 15 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Selena Kitt – OVER A MILLION BOOKS SOLD!

Selena Kitt’s *Power Play*–where those uber-hot alpha authority figures take full advantage of their status to strike up all sorts of sexy naughtiness with their subordinates!

Bailey’s graduate science classes are much harder than she expected them to be, and strict, young Professor Jacobs, in particular, seems out to get her, finding minute mistakes in her work, making her re-do assignments she’s already meticulously completed. When he forces her to start staying late in the lab, Bailey complains to her roommate that she’s about ready to quit school altogether, but what she doesn’t know is that her stern professor has a carnal lesson he’s waiting to teach her. Bailey is about to discover that she and Professor Jacobs share a great deal of “chemistry” together!

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My Home Sweet Rome

Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City

4.4 stars on 40 reviews. Memoir.

A Kindle Countdown Deal!

Regular price $6.99. On sale for $3.99!

It’s a wonderful place to visit, but would you want to live there? Sari Gilbert, who has lived for close to 40 years in what many have called the Eternal City, answers with a resounding “yes….. but”. A native New Yorker who moved to Rome after finishing graduate school and then became a journalist, Gilbert’s book “My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City” describes what life is really like in the Italian capital: to sum it up, “fascinating, and delightful, but not at all easy”.

Many foreigners have moved to Italy, but relatively few have decided to stay on for the rest of their lives, unless they are married and have put down family roots. Gilbert uses her own particular status – as an attractive and single woman, as a journalist for major U.S. and Italian news organs, and as an American – as a magnifying lens to examine the various aspects of Italian and Roman life. She gives us an unveiled view of the country’s politics, its stifling bureaucracy, its contradictory social customs, everyday concerns and gastronomical habits.

Gilbert also takes us through the less pleasant phases of recent Italian history: Mafia, terrorism, the assassination attempt on the life of the first (but not the last) non-Italian Pope, the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi. In the process, we learn what it is like to work in Italy as both a foreign correspondent and a local reporter for Italian newspapers. Even more intriguing perhaps, Gilbert sheds light on what love and sex are really like with Italian men, be they average Giuseppes or high-placed movers and shakers.

*** Epic Fantasy *** “A Great Read”

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