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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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First Chapter: Am I Going To Be Okay? by Debra Whittam

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Title: Am I Going To Be Okay? Weathering the Storms of Mental Illness, Addiction and Grief Author: Debra Whittam Publisher: Pages: 253 Genre: Memoir/Women’s Psychology/Applied Psychology Am I Going To Be Okay? is an American story with a universal message. Ms. Whittam traces her history in the form of stories about her all too human, and sometimes unhinged family; she throws a rope to the little girl living there, and in adulthood, is able to pull her out to safety, bit by bit. Her history is peopled with folks from a different time, a time before therapy was acceptable, 12 steps unimaginable and harsh words, backhands and even harsher
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First Chapter: The Bipolar Millionaire by John E. Wade

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Title: The Bipolar Millionaire Author: John E. Wade II Publisher: Sunbury Press Pages: 164 Genre: Memoir John E. Wade II, retired CPA, author, investor, television producer, and philanthropist, reveals in his memoir, The Bipolar Millionaire, his personal struggle with bipolar disorder and how he has succeeded in living a balanced and blessed life, despite his mental illness. Wade takes the reader through his family experiences, political aspirations and beliefs, spiritual journey, relationship trials and errors, all while battling mental illness. Through his religious beliefs, personal perseverance, and the help of friends, family, and his mental health professionals, Wade lives an active, creative, and successful life. His memoir doesn’t end
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First Chapter: The Carrington Prophecy by R. Lawson

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Title: The Carrington Prophecy (Book 5 of The CIA International Thriller Series) Author: R. Lawson Publisher: Independent Pages: 298 Genre:  Thriller/Espionage Biff Roberts, the CIA’s counterterrorism director, receives actionable intelligence that a rogue regime is planning a sneak attack with the goal of exploding a nuclear device above the United States, triggering an unnatural Carrington Event. The cosmic storm of the Carrington Event’s electromagnetic pulse waves released by the explosion would cripple all electronic systems and power grids in the U.S., leaving the homeland defenseless and vulnerable to conventional warfare. With North Korea looking to be the most likely suspect, Biff is tasked to intervene and prevent this attack
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First Chapter: Existential Threats by R. Lawson

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Title: Existential Threats (Book 4 of The CIA International Thriller Series) Author: R. Lawson Publisher: Independent Pages: 345 Genre:  Thriller/Espionage The CIA’s incoming Director of Counter Terrorism, Biff Roberts, is inheriting a multitude of challenges. For starters, there is the existential threat of a nuclear Iran. Added to that, the Middle East has become enmeshed in a surge of radical religious extremism ranging from fanatical Muslims of the Islamic State to the Taliban, groups who commit unspeakable atrocities using violence to pursue their atavistic goals. Syria’s civil war could result in Assad’s weapons of mass destruction getting into the hands of the splintered groups of Islamic Jihadists fighting there.
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First Chapter: From Ashes Into Light by Mouw Gudrun

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Title: From Ashes Into Light Author: Gudrun Mouw Pages: 240 Genre: Literary/Visionary Fiction Publisher: Raincloud Press From Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the haunting story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai. Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and an East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, young Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times
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First Chapter: Everything To Lose by JP Ratto

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Title: Everything To Lose Author: JP Ratto Publisher: Limitless Publishing Pages: 250 Genre: Mystery/Thriller Private investigator Lucas Holt is on a mission… Lucas Holt specializes in kidnap recovery. Ex-Delta Force and a former NYPD detective, he has spent the last fifteen years burying himself in case files to cope with the unsolved abduction of his daughter, Marnie. Janet Maxwell just can’t let go… After the death of Janet’s husband and son in a tragic car accident, she hopes Holt’s expertise can locate the daughter she gave up for adoption seventeen years ago. Janet knows her actions will have explosive repercussions for the girl’s father—presidential candidate, Todd Grayson. With no
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First Chapter: Linked by Judy Serrano

Title: LINKED Author: Judy Serrano Publisher: 6K Publishing Pages: 273 Genre: Paranormal Romance Daphne Foster is a substitute teacher stuck in an English class, waiting for that dreaded parent-teacher conference. With much preparation and anxiety, she encounters the unforgettable Charlie Cross. His charm and good looks, win her over but rumors of his involvement with organized crime make his continued disappearances disturbing. In walks Heathcliff Vanderpool, creating a love triangle of unusual sorts. Unknown to Daphne, Heathcliff and Charlie are old friends: Older than she could have imagined. With Charlie away on business, Daphne and Heathcliff discover a passion between them lying beneath the surface. As their souls link,
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First Chapter: The Last Dinner Party by Carly M. Duncan

Title: The Last Dinner Party Author: Carly M. Duncan Publisher: Createspace Pages: 390 Genre: Mystery When Jeanie D’Alisa is found murdered in her bedroom after hosting a dinner party in her home, detectives Anna Cole and Kristy Hicks are called to investigate the crime. Known within her community for her generous, yet unpredictable nature, Jeanie’s secrets unfold as family, friends and neighbors become suspects. Anna and Kristy discover stamped passport pages revealing travels unknown and a curious relationship between Jeanie and the charming salesman who frequents the apartment building. Meryl, Jeanie’s devoted and needy friend, further complicates the investigation when she phones Jeanie’s sister who is studying abroad and lies to her
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First Chapter Reveal: Mirror World by John Calicchia

Title: Mirror World Author: John Calicchia Publisher: Psychangel Books Pages: 404 Genre: YA Fantasy What would you do if you saw the future apocalypse of the world in a mirror? Would you try to save the world and those you love, or die trying? Welcome to my life, this is the vision of the future I’ve been cursed to see.    – Cailyssa Larkin When Cailyssa Larkin looks in a mirror she has an ominous feeling that someone is watching her. Stranger still, she has visions that foretell the future. While visiting her Uncle Spencer, Cailyssa gazes into a mirror and sees a dark future that only she can change.
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First Chapter: Sabotage by Bryan Koepke

Title: Sabotage Author: Bryan Koepke Publisher: Writers Cabin Press, Ltd. Pages: 316 Genre: Thriller Reece Culver and his friend Haisley Averton travel to Scotland with only one thing on their minds – fishing.  After witnessing an automobile accident involving a freelance journalist they quickly realize that something far greater than a crash caused his SUV to sink into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. With increasing curiosity, Reece inserts himself into the complicated life of Marie Rhodes who is in the middle of her own crises as she watches her 20-year marriage crumble. Realizing that they’ll never make it out fishing, Haisley uses his skills in computer forensics
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First Chapter: Latent Image by Joshua Graham

Title: Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller Author: Joshua Graham Publisher: Redhaven Books Pages: 437 Genre: Thriller For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, Brad Thor, and Nora Roberts. New York Times bestselling author Joshua Graham returns with a new thriller, Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller. At the height of President Jennifer Bradley’s inaugural parade, a bomb detonates, followed by shots from a sniper’s rifle. She survives despite the numerous casualties including the Chief White House photographer. The authorities apprehend the only surviving suspect, but before they can interrogate him, he dies mysteriously while recovering in the hospital. In an effort to hunt down those
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First Chapter: The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland

Title: THE MOREVA OF ASTORETH Author: Roxanne Bland Publisher: Blackrose Press Pages: 607 Genre: Science Fiction Moreva Tehi, scientist, healer, priestess of the Goddess of Love and three-quarters god, is a bigot. She hates the hakoi who are the Temple’s slaves. When she misses an important ritual because the enslaved hakoi are participants, her grandmother, the Goddess Astoreth, punishes her by exiling her for a year from her beloved southern desert home to the far north village of Mjor in the Syren Perritory, (where the hakoi are free) to steward Astoreth’s landing beacon. But Astoreth forbids her from taking with her scientific research on red fever, a devastating scourge
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First Chapter: Laguna Lights by Kaira Rouda

Title: Laguna Lights Author: Kaira Rouda Publisher: Real You Publishing Group Pages: 180 Genre: Contemporary Romance Laura Kinkaid’s glamorous Hollywood life is falling apart. After years of reality television stardom beginning in high school on Laguna Nights, her career and relationship with her long-term boyfriend Scott are fizzling out. Laura decides to go home to Laguna Beach for the weekend to attend a baby shower for her high school friend. That decision – and a car accident – will lead her to a new future, if she’s ready to take a chance at love. Paul Dorn’s former life in New York City is far behind him and he’s working
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First Chapter: Roped In by K.D. Hays

Title: Roped In Author: K.D. Hays Publisher: K.D. Hays Pages: 140 Genre: Cozy Mystery Life has settled into a more stable pattern for fledgling investigator Karen Maxwell of DS Investigations, but that stability is precarious. At work, she has an uneasy truce with Rodney, the “office maximizer” hired by her brother to do some of the administrative work she used to do. Her brother has not assigned her any real cases and she thinks it’s because he doesn’t trust her after she was fired from her last major assignment. But she soon gets her chance. The firm’s insurance agent calls in a favor and asks them to investigate whether
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First Chapter: Beautifully Shattered by Courtney Kristel

Title: Beautifully Shattered Author: Courtney Kristel Publisher: Amazon Pages: 412 Genre: Romantic Suspense What would you do if your world fell apart right before your eyes? If everything you held dear was stolen before you had a chance to say goodbye, would you give up or keep fighting? Adalynn Maxwell didn’t decide to give up. She was robbed of her choice. After years of therapy, Adalynn finally wants to move on and her brother’s sexy best friend Jax lures her further out of her shell. But she doesn’t understand his game and he changes the rules at every turn, making her fall into the waiting arms of the mysterious
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First Chapter: The Rockstar Remedy by Dr. Gabrielle Francis & Stacey Baker Masard

Title: The Rockstar Remedy Author: Dr. Gabrielle Francis with Stacy Baker Masand Publisher: HarperCollins Wave Pages: 330 Genre: Health and Wellness/Rock n Roll Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook Known as the “Rock n’ Roll Doctor” to some of the most famous bands in the world, Dr. Gabrielle Francis shares her unique holistic prescription to achieving health and balance—even when you don’t live like a saint! As a Holistic Doctor to the music industry’s elite, Dr. Francis has helped rock stars repair, recover, and refuel from the demanding schedules and occasional overindulgences that come along with the rock star lifestyle. Being overscheduled, sleep-deprived, overeating, drinking and managing physical and mental stressors aren’t lifestyle habits unique to
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First Chapter: ’89 Walls by Katie Pierson

Title: ’89 Walls Author: Katie Pierson Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing Pages: 240 Genre: Young Adult Format: Paperback College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity. Quinn’s finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her
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First Chapter: The Jack of Souls by Stephen C. Merlino

Title: The Jack of Souls Author: Stephen C. Merlino Publisher: Tortoise Rampant Books Pages: 352 Genre: YA Fantasy Format: Paperback/Hardcover/Kindle An outcast rogue named Harric must break a curse laid on his fate or die by his nineteenth birthday. As his dead-day approaches, nightmares from the spirit world stalk him and tear at his sanity; sorcery eats at his soul. To survive, he’ll need more than his usual tricks. He’ll need help—and a lot of it—but on the kingdom’s lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts. One of these outcasts is Caris, a mysterious, horse-whispering runaway, intent upon becoming the Queen’s first female knight. The other is Sir
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First Chapter: The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen

Title: The Ark Author: Laura Liddell Nolen Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 239 Genre: YA Scifi Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive. It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect earth’s survivors during the meteor strike that looks set to destroy the planet. Only a select few will be saved – like her mom, dad, and brother – all of whom have long since turned their backs on Char. If she
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First Chapter: A Dream Called Marilyn by Mercedes King

Title: A Dream Called Marilyn Author: Mercedes King Publisher: Triumph Productions Pages: 177 Genre: Historical / Modern Historical / Psychological Thriller Format: Kindle In the summer of 1962, nothing could prepare Dr. Charles Campbell for his first meeting with new client, Marilyn Monroe. A reputable L.A. psychiatrist, he’s been hired by a studio executive to treat and subdue the star, no matter what it takes. Although he’s been warned about Ms. Monroe’s unpredictability, she’s not what he expected. Gaining Marilyn’s trust means crossing doctor-patient boundaries, and trying to separate fact from Hollywood-fed-rumors proves destructive to both Charles’ career and his personal life. As Marilyn shares her secrets and threatens
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First Chapter: Genius de Milo by Russ Colchamiro

Title: Genius De Milo Author: Russ Colchamiro Publisher: Crazy 8 Press Pages: 320 Genre: SciFi/Comedy Format: Paperback/Kindle Best pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes barely survived a backpacking trip through Europe and New Zealand that — thanks to a jar of Cosmic Building Material they found — almost wiped out the galaxy. But just as they envision a future without any more cosmic lunacy: The Earth has started fluxing in and out of existence, Theo’s twin girls are teleporting, and Jason can’t tell which version of his life is real. All because of Milo, the Universe’s ultimate gremlin. Joined by the mysterious Jamie — a down-and-out hotel clerk from
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First Chapter: You’re Not From Around Here, Are You? Reminiscences by Helga Stipa Madland

Title: You’re Not From Around Here, Are You? Reminiscences Author: Helga Stipa Madland Publisher: Aventine Press Pages: 202 Genre: Memoir Format: Paperback/Kindle I start with when I was born, then there was a World War, and then I went to Norman.—Klodnitz, in Upper Silesia, now a part of Poland, was my birth place; when everything collapsed in 1945 at the end of WWII, my family and I became refugees. We trekked across Germany, to the west, and eventually settled in a small village and then another one. Next was Canada, then the United States, Missouri; eventually we settled in Idaho, where my Father, who was a forester, found a
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First Chapter: Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup by Elisabeth Amaral

Title: Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup Author: Elisabeth Amaral Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 324 Genre: Memoir Format: Paperback/Kindle The mid-1960s through the mid-1970s was a heady, turbulent time. There was a lot going on back then, and author Elisabeth Amaral was in the middle of it all: the fights for women’s rights, racial equality, a music revolution, be-ins, love-ins, riots in the streets, the rage against the Vietnam War, and sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was an amazing time to be young. In Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup, Amaral shares her recollections of those times. She and her husband gave up their jobs in
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First Chapter: Escape Through the Wilderness by Gary Rodriguez

Title: Escape Through the Wilderness Author: Gary Rodriguez Publisher: Tate Publishing Pages: 254 Genre: Teens/Children Format: Paperback/Kindle Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a gymnastics’ accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, but didn’t stop her from attending an adventure camp in Idaho. At Camp Arrowhead, she quickly befriends Jade Chang and Rico Cruz, but Conner Swift taunts Savi because of her injury. When the four are teamed together for an overnight white-water river rafting adventure, Savi refuses to get in the same raft with Conner. Unfortunately, the director will not reassign her. A fun expedition down the river turns into a nightmare when their raft
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