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Just A Quicky – But It Is A Goldmine For UF and YA Lovers!

Roz Marshall, AuthorThere are a ton of free or low cost Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, and YA books on Roz’s site if you are looking for something to read this weekend! It’s my b-day today, so I intend to indulge myself this weekend!


Authentic Scotland. Realistic heroes. Gripping stories. 

Sometime ski instructor, horse groom and musician, I see no reason to depart from the tried and trusted “write what you know”.

As a part-time writer, progress can be frustratingly slow (I have to earn a living as well!) but I’m also finding it really rewarding.

Way back when I was about twelve, I wanted to to write pony books (those may yet come!); however, reality and achievability set in and that dream was shelved. But with the advent of eBooks and the ease of independent publishing online, the dream has been dusted-off and I find I’m daring to call myself an author!

My first series is “Secrets in the Snow”, episodic novellas about a Scottish ski school:

After being a prizewinner in a competition run by Hugh Howey and Booktrack, I’ve also been writing some science fiction:

To keep up-to-date with my writings, find me on social media:

Free Set From Carina Wilder Today and Tomorrow

Pick up your “Freebie Friday” today to enjoy in the sun with a tall glass of ice tea this coming weekend! What a way to start a Monday – Free books!

Free books for my new subscribers!


Free Box Set: Wolf Rock Shifters

About The Author:

An image posted by the author.Carina Wilder is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Wolf Rock Shifter series, Sought by the Alphas Serial and the Billionaires and Curves Trilogy.

Ms. Wilder enjoys writing about strong, real (though admittedly occasionally able to shift, work magic and seduce men with nothing more than their eyes and a blowtorch) women. Her heroines have attitude, flaws, insecurities and bodies that aren’t manufactured in laboratories. She also loves traveling, which continues to influence her writing and story lines.

To sign up for Carina’s mailing list and participate in contests, read excerpts and get her infrequent but very appreciative newsletters, head here:

Review: Five Minutes Late by Rich Amooi

You can never have enough garlic. With enough garlic, you can eat The New York Times. – Morley Safer

“Fear paralyzes you. You can’t dream or even make small changes with fear in the way. Fear will kill your heart and your mind. – Grandpa Frank – Five Minutes Late


22924329Since the last romance I read was a Debbie Downer, I thought I would pull out something that sounded like fun. Bookbasset to the rescue again! Five Minutes Late by Rich Amooi sounded like just the thing. Yes, I have literally hundreds (if not more) books to read, but any time I run across something that sounds good, especially something Free, I download it (yes, that is the sound of pennies screaming as I pinch them) and check it out. I have found several authors that I rabidly follow from this little habit of mine, so sometimes those giveaways are really great for authors – AND their readers!

Anyway, Five Minutes Late is marketed as a romantic comedy, and it is that, without a doubt. I laughed – a lot – while reading the book. Cedric and Ellie are a hoot, and brought a ton of smiles along with their story. But the good thing about it is that is has a lot of “body” to it as well. Yes, there are laughs and giggles, and a really sweet West Highland White Terrier named Tofu. And then there is Ellie’s grandpa Frank, who is wise, kind and generous, and Cedric’s best friend and marketing manager Tony, who is, well, raunchy . . . but has a good and generous heart. And I suppose, as Cyril Connolly said, “vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life. Well, I have never really been a Connolly fan, but in this case, Tony may be raunchy, but he did make me laugh.

But all is not perfect in Gilroy, the Garlic Capital of the World – or in San Jose were Cedric and Ellie live and meet one another. Well, where Ellie stopped Cedric from stepping off a curb and becoming UPS truck sushi!

Ellie and Cedric have both been desperately hurt before. The deaths of family members on both sides haunt them, making it hard for them to get close. And it doesn’t help that Ellie’s ex-boyfriend is a psycho stalker cop (those are the worst believe me – been there, done that, got the broken bones to show for it!) So it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but Amooi blends everything into a wonderful story of love, loss and redemption that really left me feeling, well, uplifted actually. That people can go through so much in their lives and not only find one another but allow themselves to love again. So Cool. Especially when 75-year-old grandpa finds his own main squeeze! Double Cool! (Do people even say “cool” anymore? Hum….)

There are several funny scenes as we watch Ellie have a series of blind dates off the internet (yes, before she and Cedric work things through) that had me in stitches. Wait till you read about Dick the Date who thinks taking her to Hooter’s for their date is a good idea… A Riot!

So. FREE, kids – and well worth reading if you like romantic comedy with a bit of ‘bite’ to it. Not everything is all fun and games, but I found everything to be worth reading. There is a lot of funny name dropping (wait till you get to the whole Samuel L. Jackson and the golf ball thing) and a great story of garlic – and I DO love garlic!


Maggie Is Free! Maggie For Hire by Kate Danley


Sweet Free (I love their emails!)

Maggie for Hire
by Kate Danley

When monsters appear in Los Angeles, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except her dad, who disappeared in the middle of an assignment. Now an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie’s uncle teamed up with the forces of darkness to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, serving bottomless refills on humans.

Original Price: $0.99

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A Look Back At The Classics

With all the talk about all the modern books out there, sometimes it is hard to remember that there are authors that came before the days of electronic books and instant delivery that are well worth enjoying again.

My email came in this afternoon, with a book I remember with great fondness. The Valley of Fear is free on Amazon, and I picked up a copy. Then I thought, what about some of the other books that I loved as a child? Well, here are some ideas for a bit of “Renaissance reading.”


The great Agatha Christie, need I say more? This was one of my favorites as a child. A train journey from Turkey to France is delayed by thick snow. So when a passenger on the train is found murdered in his bed, it is the perfect opportunity for Agatha Christie’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot, to prove his ability and solve the crime using the power of his brain.
I hid under the covers as the call of the Hound wafted across the moors….. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England’s West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson investigate the case. This was the first appearance of Holmes since his intended death in “The Final Problem”, and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character’s eventual revival.
Horror was my familiar. Published the same year as her first novel, Adam Bede, this overlooked work displays the gifts for which George Eliot would become famous—gritty realism, psychological insight, and idealistic moralizing. It is unique from all her other writing, however, in that it represents the only time she ever used a first-person narrator, and it is the only time she wrote about the supernatural.
The original Oxford Worlds’s Classics with 1818 text. Frankenstein enjoyed immediate popularity upon its publication, and has inspired many imitations and versions, including many film versions in the 20th century. She wrote it when her husband’s friend and associate, George, Lord Byron, suggested that each of the three (Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley and Byron) each write a ghost story. She wrote several more novels and some short stories, with historical, Gothic or science fiction themes. She also edited an edition of Percy Shelley’s poems, 1830. She was left to struggle financially when Shelley died, though she was able, with support from Shelley’s family, to travel with her son after 1840. Her biography of her husband was unfinished at her death.
The History of the Standard Oil Company is a book written by journalist Ida Tarbell in 1904. It was an exposé of the Standard Oil Company, run at that time by oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller the richest figure in America’s history. Originally serialized in 19 parts in McClure’s magazine, the book was a seminal example of muckraking, and inspired many other journalists to write about trusts, large businesses that (in the absence of strong antitrust law in the 19th century) attempted to gain monopolies in various industries. The History of the Standard Oil Company was credited with hastening the breakup of Standard Oil, which came about in 1911.
The book notice from that got me to thinking about books I loved as a child. A sawed-off shotgun blast to the face leaves one man dead – and reveals a secret that has pursued another across an ocean and set the world’s most ruthless criminal on his trail. The man needs the help of a great detective…but could even Sherlock Holmes save him now?

Ilona Andrews and Clean Sweep

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE Ilona Andrews fan. So, since September of 2012, the team has been writing a series called “Clean Sweep” that is only posted on their website.

Being who I am, I held off on reading it until they finished it. Well, as of today, apparently it is done!

It is posted at

Enjoy!!!! And thank you, you two, for posting this wonderful freebie!

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