Archive for the ‘First Chapters’ Category:

First Chapter: A Wanted Man by Robert Parker

Title: A WANTED MAN Author: Robert Parker Publisher: Endeavour Press Pages: 307 Genre: Crime Thriller It’s down to fathers and fatherhood. Ben Bracken, ex-soldier, has just got out of Strangeways. Not by the front door. With him, he has his ‘insurance policy’ – a bag of evidence that will guarantee his freedom, provided he can keep it safe – and he has money, carefully looked after by a friend, Jack Brooker. Rejected by the army, disowned by his father, and any hopes of parenthood long since shattered, Ben has no anchors in his life. No one to keep him steady. No one to stop his cause… The plan: to
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First Chapter: The Mentor by Lee Matthew Goldberg

Title: THE MENTOR Author: Lee Matthew Goldberg Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Mystery Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house. When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He would love to read the opus his mentor has toiled over. Until the novel turns out to be
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First Chapter Feature: Night in Jerusalem by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy

Title: NIGHT IN JERUSALEM Author: Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy Publisher: PKZ Inc. Pages: 246 Genre: Historical Romance A bewitching love story that is also an extraordinary portrait of Jerusalem, its faith, spirituality, identity, and kaleidoscope of clashing beliefs, Night in Jerusalem is a novel of mystery, beauty, historical insight, and sexual passion. David Bennett is invited to Jerusalem in 1967 by his cousin who, to the alarm of his aristocratic British family, has embraced Judaism. He introduces David to his mentor, Reb Eli, a revered sage in the orthodox community. Despite his resistance to religious teaching, David becomes enthralled by the rabbi’s wisdom and compassionate presence. When David discloses a
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First Chapter & Tour Kick-Off: Tell On You by Freda Hansburg

Title: TELL ON YOU Author: Freda Hansburg Publisher: Micro Publishing Media Pages: 248 Genre: Thriller Tell on You is a psychological suspense novel that best fits within the Gone Girl-inspired niche genre of “grip lit.”   Jeremy Barrett’s obsessive love equals that of Jay Gatsby for Daisy Buchanan, as life imitates art in his private school English class. But his angst-driven infatuation brings dire consequences as he is drawn into the machinations of his disturbed 16-year-old student Nikki Jordan, whose bad intentions rival those of her teacher.  A fast-paced, drama-filled tale, Tell on You reminds readers about the wildness and trauma of adolescence—and the self-defeating behaviors to which adults resort
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📚 First Chapter: Surgeon’s Story by Mark Oristano

Title: SURGEON’S STORY Author: Mark Oristano Publisher: Authority Publishing Pages: 190 Genre: Nonfiction Medical What is it like to hold the beating heart of a two-day old child in your hand?  What is it like to counsel distraught parents as they make some of the most difficult decisions of their lives? Noted pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Kristine Guleserian has opened up her OR, and her career, to author Mark Oristano to create Surgeon’s Story – Inside OR-6 With a top Pediatric Heart Surgeon.  Dr. Guleserian’s life, training and work are discussed in detail, framed around the incredibly dramatic story of a heart transplant operation for a two-year old girl
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First Chapter: Chasing Hindy by Darin Gibby

Title: Chasing Hindy Author: Darin Gabby Publisher: Koehler Books Pages: 284 Genre: Thriller ADDY’S DREAM AS a patent attorney is to help bring a ground breaking energy technology to the world. Addy’s hopes soar when she is wooed by Quinn, an entrepreneur, to join his company that has purportedly invented a car that can run on water using an innovative catalyst. After resigning her partnership to join Quinn, Addy discovers things aren’t as they seem. The patent office suppresses the company’s patent applications and her life is threatened by unknown assailants if she doesn’t resign. When she is arrested for stealing US technology from the patent office she realizes
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First Chapter: The Feet Say Run by Daniel A. Blum

Title: THE FEET SAY RUN Author: Daniel A. Blum Publisher: Gabriel’s Horn Press Pages: 349 Genre: Literary Fiction At the age of eighty-five, Hans Jaeger finds himself a castaway among a group of survivors on a deserted island.  What is my particular crime?  he asks.   Why have I been chosen  for this fate?  And so he begns his extraordinary chronicle. It would be an understatement to say he has lived a full life.  He has grown up in Nazi Germany and falls in love with Jewish girl.  He fights for the Germans on two continents, watches the Reich collapse spectacularly into occupation and starvation, and marries his former governess.  After the war he
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First Chapter: Alan 2 by Bruce Forciea

Title: ALAN 2 Author: Bruce Forciea Publisher: Open Books Pages: 278 Genre: Cyber-Thriller A brilliant artificial intelligence (AI) scientist, Dr. Alan Boyd, develops a new program that integrates part of his brain with a computer’s operating system. The program, Alan 2, can anticipate a user’s needs and automatically perform many tasks. A large software company, International Microsystems (IM) desperately wants the program and tempts Dr. Boyd with huge sums of money, but when Dr. Boyd refuses their offer, IM sabotages his job, leaving him in a difficult financial situation. Dr. Boyd turns to Alan 2 for an answer to his financial problems, and Alan 2 develops plan Alpha, which
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First Chapter: Dominion by Doug Hewitt

Title: DOMINION: FIRE AND ICE Author: D.A. Hewitt Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks Pages: 372 Genre: Science Fiction It’s the year 2075. Lunar mining and processing facilities have prospered near the lunar south pole, where the Moon’s largest city, Valhalla, rests on the rim of the Shackleton Crater. Dominion Off-Earth Resources has beaten the competition into space and is ready to establish its monopoly with the opening of the orbiting space resort Dominion. But Pettit Space Industries has a secret plan to emerge as a major contender in the commercialization of space. The upstart company is training the first space rescue squad at a secluded off-grid site in Barrow, Alaska.
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First Chapter: The Heatstroke Line by Edward L. Rubin

Title: THE HEATSTROKE LINE Author: Edward L. Rubin Publisher: Sunbury Press Pages: 223 Genre: Scifi/Cli-Fi (Climate Change Science Fiction) Nothing has been done to prevent climate change, and the United States has spun into decline.   Storm surges have made coastal cities uninhabitable, blistering heat waves afflict the interior and, in the South (below the Heatstroke Line), life is barely possible.  Under the stress of these events and an ensuing civil war, the nation has broken up into three smaller successor states and tens of tiny principalities.  When the flesh-eating bugs that inhabit the South show up in one of the successor states, Daniel Danten is assigned to venture below
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First Chapter: Sealed Up by Steve Dunn Hanson

Title: Sealed Up Author: Steve Dunn Hanson Publisher: Independent Pages: 402 Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core! UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification. Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they
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First Chapter: Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter by Rani St. Pucchi

Title: Your Body, Your Style Author: Rani St. Pucchi Publisher: Koehler Books Pages: 150 Genre: Nonfiction Rani St. Pucchi, a trend-setting designer whose designs have been recognized in Entertainment Tonight, Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Town and Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot, can help define the style that flatters you most — no matter what age or stage of life you are in or what your body type is. Women from all over the world have clamored to have a private consultation with Rani so they may benefit from her expertise and regain their self-confidence and shine. In Your Body, Your Style, Rani shares with you
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First Chapter: Beethoven in Love: Opus 139 by Howard J. Smith

Title: BEETHOVEN IN LOVE; OPUS 139 Author: Howard Jay Smith Publisher: SYQ Pages: 385 Genre: Literary Fiction/Biographical Fiction At the moment of his death, Ludwig van Beethoven pleads with Providence to grant him a final wish—one day, just a single day of pure joy. But first he must confront the many failings in his life, so the great composer and exceedingly complex man begins an odyssey into the netherworld of his past life led by a spirit guide who certainly seems to be Napoleon, who died six years before. This ghost of the former emperor, whom the historical Beethoven both revered and despised, struggles to compel the composer to confront the
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First Chapter: I, Angus by Mike Hartner

Title: I, Angus Author: Mike Hartner Publisher: Eternity 4 Popsicle Publishing Pages: 260 Genre: Historical Fiction During a time of civil strife and purging the North has lost more men to Wars then it ever did to Nature. Angus has grown up learning that his life is better off with only him and a family. But is that really in the Grand Plan. The North needs someone to build community. But first, Angus needs to be forged… beaten, shaped, bolded and trained. Watch as Angus hits both lows and highs across the lands of England, Scotland and France, before meeting a challenge of new land. For More Information I,
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First Chapter: Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove

Title: Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson Author: William Hazelgrove Publisher: Regnery Pages: 352 Genre: Narrative Nonfiction After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson dedicated herself to managing the office of the President, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband. Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at
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First Chapter: Ghost Hampton by Ken McGorry

Title: GHOST HAMPTON Author: Ken McGorry Publisher: Independent Pages: 450 Genre: Paranormal Thriller Lyle Hall is a new man since his car accident and spinal injury. The notoriously insensitive Bridgehampton lawyer is now afflicted with an odd sensitivity to other people’s pain. Especially that of a mysterious young girl he encounters outside a long-abandoned Victorian house late one October night. “Jewel” looks about 12. But Lyle knows she’s been dead a hundred years. Jewel wants his help, but it’s unclear how. As if in return, she shows him an appalling vision—his own daughter’s tombstone. If it’s to be believed, Georgie’s last day is four days away. Despite Lyle’s strained
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First Chapter: On Top of the World (Until the Bell Chimes) by David Lamb

Title: ON TOP OF THE WORLD (UNTIL THE BELL CHIMES) Author: David Lamb Publisher: Woolly Mammoth Books Pages: 240 Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Multicultural/Humor/Satire 2016 BEST FICTION-Pacific Book Awards. FROM THE FUNNY AND NATURALLY BRILLIANT DAVID LAMB, award-winning playwright of the New York Times celebrated play, Platanos Y Collard Greens, comes a modern spin on Dickens’ classic tale that perfectly combines humor and romance in a story re-imagined for our digital, consumerist age.  This version of Scrooge and Belle is familiar, yet unlike any you’ve come across before. Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is music’s biggest superstar, with one hundred million albums sold, fifteen million devoted YouTube subscribers, two and a half million Facebook
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First Chapter: One-Way Ticket Home by K.C. Hardy

Title: One-Way Ticket Home Author: K.C. Hardy Publisher: Casbury Lane Press Pages: 262 Genre: Christian Inspirational Fiction Days before boarding the plane to Italy for her daughter’s wedding, Julie Whitaker receives an unexpected phone call from her past. The memory of Mark Jennings, a handsome and charming Top Gun pilot, had haunted her for decades. Their fairy tale wedding was everything she’d ever dreamed of, but it quickly turned into her worst nightmare. Starting a new a life without Mark proved to be much harder than Julie had imagined. But in her darkest hour, God revealed Himself in a miraculous way, giving her the strength she needed not only
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First Chapter: Girl Within Girl by S.P. Aruna

Title: Girl Within Girl: An Erotic Thriller (Book 1: Unraveling) Author: S.P. Aruna Publisher: BookBaby Pages: 170 Genre: Erotic Thriller Katrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet unknown, all sharing her body and mind as she goes about her work in a psychiatric hospital. But she is starting to unravel, and her sole hope is the handsome Dr. Sean Paisley, the only one who can make her whole again. Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of mind
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First Chapter: Friend of the Devil by Mark Spivak

Title: Friend of the Devil Author: Mark Spivak Publisher: Black Opal Books Pages: 325 Genre: Culinary Thriller In 1990 some critics believe that America’s most celebrated chef, Joseph Soderini di Avenzano, sold his soul to the Devil to achieve culinary greatness. Whether he is actually Bocuse or Beelzebub, Avenzano is approaching the 25th anniversary of his glittering Palm Beach restaurant, Chateau de la Mer, patterned after the Michelin-starred palaces of Europe. Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano.
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First Chapter Spotlight: Storm of Arranon by R.E. Sheahan & Book Giveaway!

About the Book:   Title: Storm of Arranon Author: R. E. Sheahan Publisher: Rule of Three Press Pages: 300 Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy  A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins. A brutal alien society invades Korin and Arranon, intent on destroying the two worlds that make up Cadet Erynn Yager’s home. Forced to expose her strange abilities and reveal her forbidden birth, a guarded web of secrets unravels. Stranded on an unfamiliar planet of eternal winter and predatory wildlife, the mysterious living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, leading Erynn on a mystical journey. Aware of Erynn’s potential, the alien enemy pursues her. She struggles
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First Chapter: 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. by Robert J. Dornan

Title: 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. Author: Robert J. Dornan Publisher: Independent Pages: 550 Genre: Historical Fiction In the early morning of her sister’s wedding day, Mila Kharmalov stared in stunned silence at the coloured sparks streaming from Reactor Four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.  At that very moment, her life and the lives of everyone she knew changed forever. Years later and on another continent, Adam Byrd was writing biographies for everyday people looking to leave their legacy in book form. When the woman he loved phoned from Kiev offering him the chance to write the story of a lifetime, he jumped at the opportunity not realizing that
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First Chapter Reveal & Tour Kickoff: Save the Last Dance by Eric Joseph & Eva Ungar Grudin

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Title: Save The Last Dance Author: Eric Johnson & Eva Ungar Grudin Publisher: Hargrove Press Pages: 360 Genre: Literary Fiction A tale of the power and peril of first love rediscovered. Adam Wolf and Sarah Ross were teenage sweethearts who grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in the late 50’s and early 60’s. They set a wedding date when they turned fifteen. The day came and went. For most of their lives the two were out of contact. With their 50th high school reunion approaching, Adam and Sarah reconnect. Email exchanges – after the first tentative “hi”, then a deluge- five, ten- by the end of the week twenty emails
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First Chapter Reveal & Tour Kick Off: Killer Pursuit by USA Today Bestselling Author Jeff Gunhus

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Title: KILLER PURSUIT Author: Jeff Gunhus Publisher: Seven Guns Press Pages: 352 Genre: Thriller When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end. Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find
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First Chapter: Scar Tissue by MC Domovitch

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Title: Scar Tissue Author: MC Domovitch Publisher: Lansen Publishing Pages: 396 Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Paranormal When successful model Ciara Cain wakes up in hospital, remembering nothing of the weeks she has been missing, her only clues are the ugly words carved into her skin. According to the police she was a victim of the Cutter, a serial killer who has already murdered three women. For her protection the police and her doctors give a press conference, announcing that because her amnesia is organically caused, her memory loss is permanent. But, whether her memory returns or not is anybody’s guess. Overnight, Ciara’s glamorous life is gone. Her scars have killed both
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First Chapter: The Jungle Within by Charles M.

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Title: The Jungle Within Author: Charles M. Publisher: Createspace Pages: 308 Genre: Drama/Suspense When Evan and Katie said “I do”, they expected to navigate life together side-by-side. But when a car accident and a tawdry affair disrupt life as they know it, Evan and Katie are forced to venture on alternate paths, alone. In the darkest depths of an unforgiving coma, Evan fights to survive the treacherous jungle of his mind. He embarks on a spiritual journey to understand the meaning of life and the beauty of death…forcing him to face his deepest fear. Meanwhile, Katie ventures through her own guilt. On a strenuous moral journey, she juggles the
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First Chapter: Floor 21 by Jason Luthor

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Title: Floor 21 Author: Jason Luthor Publisher: Scout Press Pages: 355 Genre: Sci-fi/Dystopian The last of humanity is trapped at the top of an isolated apartment tower with no memory of how they got there or why. All travel beneath Floor 21 is forbidden, and nobody can ever recall seeing the ground floor. Beneath Floor 21, a sickness known as the Creep infests that halls of the Tower. A biological mass that grows stronger in reaction to people’s fear and anger, the Creep prey’s on people by causing them to hallucinate until they’re in a state of panicking, before finally growing strong enough to lash out and consume them.
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First Chapter: The Wolf at Britannia by Jess Steven Hughes

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Title: The Wolf of Brittania, Part 1 Author: Jess Steven Hughes Publisher: Sunbury Press Pages: 321 Genre: Historical Fiction First Century AD Britain is a fragmented land of warring Celtic tribes, ripe for invasion by the juggernaut of imperial Rome. Knowing this, a young warrior, soon-to-be-legendary, Prince Caratacus, must unite the southern tribes if they are to survive. This is an enemy more cunning and powerful then either he or Britain has ever faced. Standing by him is his wife, Rhian, a warrior princess who takes no prisoners. She is the first woman he has truly loved. With her support and that of other allies, Caratacus must outsmart a
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First Chapter: Scorpio’s Kiss by MC Domovitch

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Title: SCORPIO’S KISS Author: Monique Domovitch Publisher: Lansen Publishing Pages: 588 Genre: Romance Scorpio’s Kiss is a spell-binding tale of love, ambition and greed that will keep the reader turning the pages until its surprise ending. Set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio’s Kiss takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1960s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes.   There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless
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First Chapter: The Hidden Reality by Stephen Martino

Title: The Hidden Reality Author: Stephen Martino Publisher: Light Messages Pages: 318 Genre: Science Fiction/Political Thriller In the year 2084, the brilliant inventor, Alex Pella, finds himself at a precarious crossroad between the pursuit of justice and preservation of his own sanity. While attempting to undermine an international New World Order government created by the financial juggernaut known as The New Reality, he must also face the hidden truths about his own genetic heritage that are slowly destroying him. After receiving an ambiguous message sent from a former New Reality executive who died 2 years prior, Alex learns that the only possible means to confront this New World Order
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