Wednesday, December 29, 2010

January Sampler from Muse It Up

January 2011 Releases

Murder is a Family Business
Book One of The Alvarez Family Murder Mystery series
Author: Heather Haven
Genre: Mystery
ISBN: 978-0-9865875-9-7
Price: $5.95
Pages: 183



Blurb:  Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez doesn't think so. But the 34-year old ½ Latina, ½ WASP and 100% detective has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve. Set in the present, Murder is a Family Business is the first in a series of humorous mysteries revolving around Lee Alvarez, a combination of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovitch’ Stephanie Plum, and rest of the Alvarez Family, detectives all. Seemingly light and frothy on the surface, the novel nevertheless explores familial love, the good, the bad and the annoying.
Completing the family is Lee’s Never-Had-A-Bad-Hair-Day aristocratic mother, Lila; computer genius brother, Richard; beloved uncle “Tio;” and her energetic orange and white cat, Tugger. When this group is not solving murders, they run Discretionary Inquiries, a successful Silicon Valley agency that normally deals with the theft of computer software. The love, humor and camaraderie shared within this family are what set this series apart from others.



Resurrection Garden
Book One in the Decade Mystery series
Author: Frank Scully
Genre: Mystery
ISBN: 978-1-926931-04-3
Price: $5.95
Pages: 252



Blurb:
Jake Turner, a scarred veteran of the charge up San Juan Hill, has been a lone drifter through much of the settling of the west. Opportunity was growing out of the newly turned sod of the North Dakota prairie in 1904 when he stopped to take a part time job as a Deputy Sheriff, expecting to move on again when the dark parts of his past catch up to him.
An investigation into a murder of a man hated by everyone has threads that lead to his best friend, Isaac. Jake is ambushed and almost killed, but is nursed back to health by Isaac. While Jake follows the clues into a labyrinth of hatred, sordid crimes and missing money he becomes attached to an eight year old orphaned boy named Andy and falls in love with Isaac’s sister, Alice. After being alone for so long with no hope or care for what tomorrow might bring, Jake finds it difficult to accept these new emotional attachments.
Jake believes in Justice, but before he had only his own life on the line. When Andy is kidnapped and almost killed, Jake knows the killers will do anything to stop him. In order to protect Alice and Andy, he must break their hearts and leave them and North Dakota behind.
Jake knows he’ll be back. So do the killers. Trap and counter trap are laid. Jake knows there will be graves. He just doesn’t know who will be in them.



Kellan's Dragons
Book One in the Dragon Wars series
Author: Antonia Tiranth
ISBN: 978-0-9865875-3-5
Price: $3.50
Pages: 77




Blurb:
Kellan Teague, an orphan, is whisked away from the boarding school for psions by Dr. Olivia Hutchins to take part in a military organization called The Program. She awakes to find that she has been Linked, psychically bonded to a dragon named Jericho. Jericho doesn't seem very happy to be Linked and does everything he can to push Kellan away.
One of the few people to show her kindness is a guard known to her only as Drake.
Kellan soon finds out that both Jericho and Drake have secrets, secrets that hold the key to her past.



Winter's Soul
Author: Patricia Harrington
Genre: Gothic Mystery
ISBN: 978-1-926931-05-0
Price: $2.50
Pages: 31




Blurb:
All of her life, Elizabeth Sidham, 20, has dreamed of one day marrying into one of
Britain’s elite families. It had been Elizabeth’s mother’s wish, too, even to her dying day.
When George Arbuthnot invites Elizabeth to a dinner dance at his family’s manor house, she believes that finally, her dream might come true—for he “belongs.” He is “one of them”, a member of the British Peerage.
George courts Elizabeth, encouraged and guided by his domineering mother, Catherine Arbuthnot. She is determined that he produce an heir—albeit that he has a predilection, one such that he might never marry. But that is a subject, neither mother nor her only son talk about. At his Mother’s coaching and insistence, George woos Elizabeth and the two are married.
After their honeymoon, the couple move into Heathwood Manor, the ancestral home. George’s best friend, William, who is always in the background and often present, promises to “always be a support.” And he is, to both George and Elizabeth.
But so, too, is Catherine, who still controls George’s life. She is eager for him and his new bride, to produce an heir. And dutifully, within the year, the couple have a baby, Young Will.
The birth is difficult, and Catherine, soon takes control, insisting her young, daughter-inlaw keep to her bed. Catherine busily begins making plans for her grandson, the schools he will attend, the life he must live. It matters not what the couple want.
Catherine knows best.
George and Elizabeth feel helpless at the domineering mother and mother-in-law’s
plans. But George’s friend and secret lover, William, knows he can’t stand by and let his surrogate family suffer. He has promised himself he will be there for them.... always. And he makes plans to fulfil this promise.



A Wing and a Prayer
Author: Ginger Simpson
Genre: Romance Suspense
Pages: 19
ISBN: 978-1-926931-14-2
E-book price: $0.99





Blurb:
First Impressions aren’t always what they seem. Just ask Callie Corwin.
On a 747, Callie Corwin, buckles up for her first day as a flight attendant. The full jet carries two passengers who stand out from the others, but for totally different reasons.
The handsome cowboy promises to be a pleasant distraction from her performance
anxiety, but the dark-skinned gentleman a few rows back sends her up her hackles.
She’s been trained on how to recognize a terrorist, and he fits the very description. Will she see jolly old England or the bottom of the sea?



Flying Kite, Crashing Ship
Author: Krista D. Ball
Genre: Sci-fi
Pages: 24
ISBN: 978-1-926931-30-2
E-book price: $2.50




Blurb:
Crashing Time Ship.
The Space Commission hot on her trail.
French spies and flying kites.
For Dr. Sally Pescan, this can’t be good.



The Oak King's Daughter
Author: Emily Pikkasso
Genre: Fantasy Erotica
ISBN:978-1-926931-01-2
Price: $1.99
Pages: 19
Warning: Naughty but Nice--Erotica- contains moderate
graphic sexual content. M-F


Blurb:
The Oak King's Daughter is a Romance Fantasy. Dara, the Oak King's daughter, is in love with someone who her father deems unsuitable for her. Tinne, the court mage, is not worthy of his daughter in the eyes of the Oak King. Secrets swirl around the mysterious mage. Is he master of the events set in motion or merely a pawn?
Dara decides to risk everything, including her father’s wrath, to run away with her lover,they succeed and Dara surrenders herself to Tinne, only to discover that the mage is more than what he seems.



The Lighthouse
Author: Kat Holmes
Genre: Paranormal Mystery Romance Erotica
Pages: 123
ISBN: 978-1-926931-18-0
Price: $5.50




Blurb:
When Rachel Westmont inherits a lighthouse from an aunt she didn’t even know she
had, she’s overjoyed. The news couldn’t have come at a better time. Newly divorced from a self-serving doctor, the change of scenery is just what she needs. So she packs up and leaves California for a little island off the coast of Maine.
Rachel falls in love with both Star Island and the beautiful lighthouse and cottage she’s inherited. But, odd things begin to happen right from the first day. Cold chills permeate the cottage and books fly off the shelves. And someone seems to be playing pranks on her.
But when the ante gets upped and someone tries to kill her, Rachel must turn to hunky local sheriff Craig Lewis for protection. Now bodies are turning up, people are getting
hurt, and Rachel is starting to suspect her aunt didn’t die a natural death. Can Craig stop a killer from claiming Rachel as their next victim? A little help from a ghost may be in order.



Ghostly Passions
Author: Delilah K. Stephans
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Naughty but Nice!
Pages: 22
ISBN: 978-1-926931-25-8
E-book price: $1.99




Blurb:
Devlin Ruark has been trapped in the same house for 230 years. He's faced a British hangman, numerous paranormal researchers, but he doesn't know what to do with the newest researcher.
Determined to prove that ghost do exist, Druscilla Hutchinson has returned to the house where she saw her first ghost. With the Electromagnetic Particle Scanner she developed she hopes to give a ghost a more substantial form.
When the EMP Scanner produces an unusual side effect, Devlin and Druscilla have to decide whether to talk or take advantage of the situation.



Big Girls Don't Cry Wolf
Author: Kay Dee Royal
Genre: Paranormal Erotica Romance
Pages: 64
ISBN: 978-1-926931-15-9
E-book price: $3.50

Blurb:
After the tragic loss of her twin sister, Brea works hard to prove herself worthy of her adoptive parent’s extra attention. She focuses on the success of the rustic resort her parents deeded to her.
Priorities change when sexy twin wolves in human form walk into Brea’s life.
A dangerous rogue abducts her, but whom, if anyone comes to her rescue?

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