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Agent Of Influence: A Thriller

by Russell Hamilton

The Novel Before The News Cycle

Unrest in Cairo, The Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, A Mysterious Potus, and a CIA Agent With Knowledge of His Deadly Secret

Before there was a debate over a birth certificate there was Agent of Influence, the first novel from Russell Hamilton. Originally published in 2009 after working on it for eight years, it is now available as a paperback or 3.99 on kindle. For more information on Russell and the novel check out

Cairo, Egypt, 1953 – A secret sect calling itself the Brotherhood of the Caliphate splinters off from the Muslim Brotherhood as the storm clouds of revolution gather.

Louisville, KY, 1973 – Political power broker and multi-millionaire Aman Kazim’s Derby contending thoroughbred is slaughtered just hours before the race.

Las Vegas, Nevada, 2004 – An unusual joint FBI/CIA operation goes horribly wrong as CIA agent Anna Starks vanishes in the glittering lights of sin city while attempting to track down a potential threat to the country.

Washington DC, 2005 – Zachariah Hardin, a politician with a mysterious past has reached the zenith of his power as the first foreign-born president.

From the back alleys of ancient Cairo, to the glitzy nightlife of Vegas, to the corridors of power in DC, Agent of Influence is the thriller ahead of the news cycle.

Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

The story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

“Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece.” —Richard Russo

“A ridiculously talented writer.” —New York Times

Prodigal Son

by Susan Mallery


Jack Hanson knew what he wanted, and it wasn’t a media empire. After his father died suddenly, Jack was forced to leave his law practice and take over his father’s company. And, oh, yeah, pull it back from the brink of catastrophe. The one bright spot in the whole mess was his new hire—an old business-school friend, Samantha Edwards. Samantha was just as smart, fun and vibrant as she’d been in school, but now…she was a hell of a lot sexier.

Samantha Edwards knew what she wanted, and it wasn’t love. She’d already made a mess out of her life once. She wasn’t about to jeopardize the best job she’d ever had by breaking the cardinal rule of business—falling for the boss. And yet, Jack needed her. And she needed him…because if he could put the company back together, perhaps he could heal her, too.

Seal Team 13

by Evan Currie

It’s been ten years since a mysterious incident in the South China Sea annihilated a US Navy destroyer and its Navy SEAL team. Only one man survived this horrific tragedy. Now, as more of these strange, supernatural events are happening around the world—with deadly consequences—the US Navy calls on sole survivor Harold “Hawk” Masters to put a stop to the evil forces behind these crimes.

Masters reluctantly returns, dispatched to lead an elite team of soldiers like him—all survivors of the terrifying, evil deeds of “the other side.” As these frightening events escalate at an alarming rate, SEAL Team 13 is put to the test, battling malevolent undead creatures that threaten the security of the nation—and the world.

But not everyone supports the government’s new interest in facing off against the unnatural forces that threaten the welfare of its citizens. Could Hawk Masters’ secret military force also be forced to fight shadowy opponents from within?

Torrent: A Novel

by Lisa T. Bergren

When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in Torrent, the third and final book in the River of Time series. Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times. But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.

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The Leopard Tree

by Tim Merriman

Three orphans from Kenya stow away on an airplane to embark on a desperate quest to meet the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York City and deliver a message they hope will help millions of homeless and hurting children in Africa. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz becomes their guidebook as they journey alone across the United States. The trio–one with HIV, one blind amputee, and one who hasn’t spoken for years after watching her family slaughtered–find themselves embroiled in a situation beyond their imaginations as they get close to meeting their goal.

Stuck In The Middle

by Virginia Smith

Joan Sanderson’s life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is living at home with Mom and looking after her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement. That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door. Suddenly Joan has a goal–to get a date. But it won’t be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly with him and Joan is sure that she can’t compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, maybe Joan can find her way out of this rut.

The War Of The Black Tower: Part One Of A Dark Epic Fantasy Trilogy

by Jack Conner

When a dark power rises, only a doomed prince can stand against it.

Baleron is the youngest son of the king of Havensrike, a land eternally at war with the dark empire of Oslog to the south. Ruled by Gilgaroth, the legions of Oslog have continually striven to tear down the works of man and sweep the world in darkness. For eons the dark masses have awaited their lord’s Chosen One, he who will be appointed by Gilgaroth to usher in the next age of shadow.

That time is now. Baleron, though a womanizer and rogue, the black sheep of the royal family one step from being kicked out of the castle, is loyal to the kingdoms of the north and wants only to redeem himself in his father’s eyes. But as Baleron leads his sister Rolenya’s wedding party through the treacherous Aragst Mountains, they’re set upon by the dark powers, and the thralls of Gilgaroth call out to Baleron in worship, calling him the Chosen One.

Judith’s Place

by Diane Craver

Judith Hershberger wonders what her life would have been like had she been born into an English family instead of an Amish one. Would she be happier with the freedom to obtain more schooling as an English young woman instead of being limited to only an eighth grade Amish education?

Judith Hershberger yearns to learn more despite the educational restriction imposed on her because of her Amish upbringing. Wanting more than an eighth grade education, she puts off joining the Amish faith. During her rumspringa, she’ll be able to obtain her high school diploma without being shunned. Her father is afraid Judith will leave their Amish community if she passes the GED test. He knows she’s unhappy that Amish women are expected to follow a certain path in life.

When a non-Amish college student, Eliza Dunbar, observes Judith in her classroom, a friendship between the two young women develops. Eliza gives Judith the nudge she needs to study for her GED test. Eliza wonders what it would be like to switch places with Judith to live a simple life without electricity and other modern conveniences. Judith envies Eliza because she is free to attend college.

Jacob Weaver finally gets the courage to ask Judith to go with him to a Sunday singing. Like Judith, he wants to do something that isn’t allowed in their Plain community. Jacob wants to get his driver’s license so he can drive a truck to make the deliveries for the lumberyard. He needs to earn enough money to buy his own small farm. But even though it sounds plausible, Jacob feels stress with trying to learn to drive a truck instead of a buggy. Once he accomplishes this, Jacob plans to become baptized and join the Amish church.

Will Judith decide to stay in her Amish community or will she decide to leave in order to attend college? Will Judith’s friendship with Jacob influence her as she finds her place?


by Kinnison Ross

Oscar returns to his childhood home to see his father. Naiman is hit with an unbelievable crisis and doesn’t know if he or his family can survive. And Ennis just drifts through the city, never alone among the criminals, the gangs, and the teenagers.

Three people grappling with hidden secrets.

Each of them face insurmountable challenges. Oscar is forced to join forces with Zendia, his father’s pharmaceutical company. Naiman is caught between his daughter and an unsympathetic hospital. Ennis avoids his court-ordered therapist during the day but still goes crusading at night, with or without a mission. Can any one person persevere? Can any of them survive?

The Afterlife Series Box Set

by Willow Rose

Death is only the beginning …Meghan is 16 when she dies.

She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle.

On the boat she meets Mick who has been dead for more than a hundred years but still looks like a teenager. He helps her past the difficult beginning at the new school in a new world filled with magic.

One day some of Meghan’s roommates find a mirror in the cellar of the school and they persuade her to go through it with them – well knowing it is strictly against the rules of the school. Meghan ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan knows something important. Something that is a matter of life and death. Soon she is forced to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now and the one she left.

Falling For Your Madness

by Katharine Grubb

Eccentric literature professor David approaches Laura for an unconventional, intentional, rule-filled courtship filled with poetry, flowers and bottom-less cups of tea. Laura is smitten by his humor and charm but his British accent turns out to be fake. Dating David is challenging and sometimes frustrating — but Laura has never felt more respected and beautiful. There is a reason why David is bound by the laws of chivalry, both body and soul and when Laura discovers what it is, she must decide. Is David worth it? Or is he completely mad? Falling For Your Madness is a romantic comedy about ladies, gentlemen, and the power of words.

The Specials -the Complete Collection-

by BC Chrestians

Do you want to help me save the world?

“I see futures, plural. Most are horrible, but one is less so. You can call me The Guide. Take my hand, and I’ll show you.”

TOM “The Guide” WEAVER can see the future–or rather, the many possible futures–of anyone he shakes hands with. When he shakes the hand of CHRIS MATAN, he sees a desolate and devastated world where Chris lurks in shadows, desperately trying to avoid extermination. Chris is a SPECIAL, a human being who is born with a single super-human trait, and war is about to be launched on the SPECIALS. Every one of them will be eliminated unless Chris can discover his own special ability and join with others of his kind to generate the synergistic power needed to defeat the evil DESTROYER, whose actions now threaten to annihilate not just the Specials but all of humanity.

Plain Living: The Diary Part One

by Rachel Bauer

Nineteen-year-old Sadie Zook works in her father’s furniture store in their home town of Ephrata, PA. Witty, devout, and supremely competent, Sadie is keeping a secret. Sadie occupies the little spare time she can find with her secret passion — writing and illustrating her simple and insightful stories about her life in pastoral Lancaster County. While Sadie’s writing is mostly thoughtful and even devotional, Sadie’s wit shows in some of her tales from her father’s store — sharp delineations of “Englisher” customers whose ignorance of those who choose to live plain lives reveals Sadie’s keen talent for description, dialogue, and character development.

When twenty-one-year-old Abram Byler discovers Sadie’s secret stash of writing, he conceals it, reads it, and is initially horrified and chastises Sadie. As he continues to read, though, he discovers that beneath the clever wit, there is a sweet, nurturing soul revealed in the tender depictions of Sadie’s youngest sisters learning to churn butter. As Abram and Sadie become closer, Abram realizes that sometimes humility means using the talents God bestows.

The Wolf’s Curse

by Kevin Parrett

Humans know very little about Leprechauns. Very few know the truths behind their gold, their laws, or their magic. Even fewer know that they have been cursed for centuries. This curse has brought upon an enemy that will stop at nothing to taste sweet Leprechaun blood.

Through an unlikely sequence of events, a young boy saves a Leprechaun from a wolf. A friendship is instantly formed, but with dangerous consequences. Join Franky on his journey from being the kid who is bullied by everyone to a kid brave enough to confront a wolf.

Unlucky 13

by Kristina Ludwig

Jordyn’s Quote of the Month: Never try to make a play for the guy of your dreams on Friday the Thirteenth…

Meet Jordyn, a smart, fun-loving, and ever-so-slightly klutzy girl who’s in for the ride of her life! Jordyn turns thirteen with one goal: to go out with the cutest boy in school, Aussie heartbreaker Andrew.

But it won’t be easy. To score a date with her dream guy, Jordyn must hone her flirting skills, battle mean girls, compete with a gorgeous French foreign exchange student, and elude Adam, the class clown, who has a massive crush on her.

Jordyn follows the advice of her boy-magnet older sister Karilyn, but most of her “foolproof” plans backfire, making Jordyn believe that her thirteenth year of life is exceptionally unlucky.

As the embarrassing moments pile up, Jordyn wonders if she might be creating her own bad luck – by not being true to herself. Can she turn her luck around? Will she win Andrew’s heart?

Old World

by Oliver Kennedy

Great Britain, 2014. Civilisation as we know it has been torn apart by war. This once peaceful nation has been transformed into a melting pot of chaos and desolation.

Death stalks the land. The towns and cities are home to the dead who have learned to walk again, driven by a single desire to consume the flesh of the living. The countryside is the abode of marauders, lawless men driven by starvation, fear and evil.

There is talk of worse to come, dark fiends inhabiting the irradiated lands of the south, beings who have risen up from the radioactive ashes of war.

Here and there dwell pockets of innocence, good men and women whose daily mission is living to see another dawn. But the dark tide has not receded, and the dawns are certainly numbered. Welcome to the Green and Pleasant Land.

Queen-a-bella Finds A Best Friend

by Lisl Fair

Meet Queen-a-Bella, the fluffy rabbit in her favorite red tutu and follow her on her quest to find a best friend.

Storyline contains a great educational lesson about the value of true friendship. You can use this story to teach your child how to make friends and appreciate differences between people.

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