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(FREE on 7/3) Star Brigade: Resurgent by C.C. Ekeke -
Star Brigade: Resurgent

by C.C. Ekeke

A potent blend of traditional science fiction, military drama, action/adventure and space opera that will keep you riveted from start to finish.

In the year 2403, Earth’s former citizens are now a leading species in the Galactic Union of Planetary Republics, a star-spanning bastion of peace and diversity.

If faced with terrorist threats of extraordinary origins, one of the Galactic Union’s primary military weapons is Star Brigade– a special operations unit dedicated to terminating such threats quickly and quietly.

But an old enemy returns on the eve of the largest trade merger in interstellar history, with a deadly vendetta that could bring the Union to its knees. And with Star Brigade’s reputation tarnished after a past mission gone tragically wrong, the cost of failure has never been higher.

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(FREE on 7/3) Yellow Crocus: A Novel by Laila Ibrahim -
Yellow Crocus: A Novel

by Laila Ibrahim

In 1837, Lisbeth Wainwright is born to the white mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation. Seconds later, she is delivered into the arms of her black wet nurse, Mattie. For a field hand like Mattie, her transfer to the big house is supposed to be considered an honor—except that the move tears Mattie away from her beloved grandfather and her infant son, Samuel. But Mattie is a slave, with no say in the matter, and so she devotes herself to her master’s daughter, though she longs to be raising her own child. Growing up under Mattie’s tender care, little Lisbeth adopts the woman’s deep-seated faith in God, her love of music and black-eyed peas, and the tradition of hunting for yellow crocuses in the early days of spring.

As the years pass, Lisbeth is drawn slowly back into her white parents’ world and begins to learn the ins and outs of life for a high-born young lady. Still she retains her connection to Mattie, befriending Samuel and drifting comfortably between the two worlds. She accepts her parents’ assertion that their slaves depend upon them for guidance and protection, yet that notion becomes more and more difficult to believe as she gains awareness of the inequality of life in the big house versus the slave quarters. When, on the threshold of her society wedding to debonair Edward Cunningham, Lisbeth bears witness to a shockingly brutal act, the final vestiges of her naiveté crumble around her. Just twenty-one years old, she is forced to choose between what is socially acceptable and what is right, a decision that will change her life forever.

(FREE on 7/3) Clan by Realm Lovejoy -

by Realm Lovejoy

Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet.

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.

A secret that could destroy him.

(FREE on 7/3) Justification For Murder by Elin Barnes -
Justification For Murder

by Elin Barnes

How far would you go to get something you desperately need?

Detective Darcy Lynch licks his wounds as a desk jockey after an undercover case gone bad. He’s handed a hit-and-run that quickly reveals itself as a brazen attempted murder—exactly the kind of case he was trying to avoid. Why would anyone want Saffron Meadows dead? An unexpected desire to protect her forces Lynch to stick with the case.

Meanwhile, seasoned Detective Erik Sorensen and his intern work a string of bizarre suicides with too much in common to be a mere coincidence. What could drive these people to carve their own flesh out?

As mysterious murders and suspicious suicides stack up in Silicon Valley, Lynch and his colleagues must connect the dots between the cases before more people die and panic spreads. Could all this be part of a cover-up? Is this just a hit man crossing names off of a list, or has one Valley startup gone too far?

Could there ever be a justification for murder?

(FREE on 7/3) Red Card by Liz Crowe -
Red Card

by Liz Crowe

Free will makes us human.

Choice makes us individuals.

Love makes us unique.

Metin Sevim has it all. At the pinnacle of international soccer playing success, he has managed to craft a perfect world for himself along the way.

When fate strips him of free will and the ability to choose his own path, he retreats from everyone and everything, destroying his hard-won career in the process.

Dragged back from the brink by his desperate family, Metin reluctantly agrees to coach the Black Jack Gentlemen Detroit soccer team but remains debilitated by memories and loss. When a surprising friendship emerges, it renews his passion for life, providing much needed solace… and extreme complications.

(FREE on 7/3) The Good Sister by Leanne Davis -
The Good Sister

by Leanne Davis

Lindsey Bains Johanson has spent her entire life practicing the art of denial. She was always the obedient, perfect daughter of General Travis Bains, until she learned of the atrocities he committed against her own sister. Now, free of her father, she has become the perfect wife. A lifetime of training has enabled her to keep quiet about anything and everything, including the monster her husband becomes behind closed doors.

Circumstances allow her to take an unprecedented vacation, which she uses to visit her sister in Washington State, clear across the country from her home in Arlington, Virginia. Free of her husband’s presence, she starts to step out of the confines he keeps her shackled in. With the help of veterinarian, Noah Clark, she learns that she doesn’t have to be so good or obedient. But she also knows that the woman she is becoming is someone her husband will never allow her to be.

When her husband eventually comes for her, she goes home, without telling anyone the secret she has kept at the expense of her mind and body. But this time… things go too far; and only then does Noah discover what she has hidden for years. But Lindsey knows that nothing will stop her husband from destroying her, no matter how long it takes.

(FREE on 7/3) The Last Days Of America by Van Holt -
The Last Days Of America

by Van Holt

Card didn’t need the invasion of troublemakers from other countries. There would have been more than enough trouble without them. Example:

They were on the bed and the tough young cop with the shiny shaved head was on top of her. His hands were around her neck and she was looking up at him, her face tense and congested. Her right hand brought the butcher knife out from under the pillow and pushed the blade into his left side. He gave a loud grunt and a final, powerful squeeze with his hands.

Card knew the meanest, most crooked cop in town would be regarded as a hero if somebody killed him. But they would have a hard time explaining how that one had ended up on top of a dead girl, with his big hands around her skinny neck.

Card guessed they would try to blame him for it, even though he had only watched from the doorway, refusing to interfere with a cop in the performance of his duty.

The dead girl had got what she deserved. She had killed a beautiful girl because the crooked cop wanted her to. Then he had come to silence her.

(FREE on 7/3) The Chocolate Rose by Laura Florand -
The Chocolate Rose

by Laura Florand

Hot-tempered Gabriel isn’t above blackmail to get what he wants, but what he wants might very well be Jolie herself. Because in the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls and fountains play in ancient stone villages, even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart . . .

(FREE on 7/3) Foul Player by Sue Parker -
Foul Player

by Sue Parker

Murder is the last thing on OBGYN Dr. Jillian Sanders’ mind, but it’s the first thing she must consider when her brother’s ex fiancee turns up dead.

Up all night delivering babies, Dr. Sanders is summoned to the ER to see a young pregnant woman possibly in premature labor. Within minutes, the back doors of the emergency room burst open and paramedics rush in a late twenties Jane Doe, clinging to life after being run down while jogging.

A side-long glance is all it takes for Dr. Sanders to recognize the victim as her brother’s former fiancee and long time family friend. Of course, it could be Kara’s twin sister Sara, but based on a recent conversation with Kara-a conversation Dr. Sanders promised to keep secret against her better judgment- the chances of that are slim.

When resuscitation fails and the police write the incident up as an accidental hit-and-run, Dr. Sanders must tell all. And when her old flame, Detective Mike Daniels, the detective assigned to the case, appears to have other priorities, Dr. Sanders decides to investigate Kara’s death on her own.

Throughout the novel, Dr. Sanders attempts to keep some semblance of her life prior to Kara’s death. She continues to see patients, deliver babies and and perform surgery. She also resolves a relationship with her ex husband and learns to love again, all the while somehow managing to maintain her sense of humor.

But as Dr. Sanders will soon discover, there is nothing funny about Kara’s case and there is much to lose by getting involved. Not the least of which…is her life.

(FREE on 7/3) Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris -
Pushing Up Daisies

by Rosemary Harris

Meet Paula Holliday, a transplanted media exec who trades her stilettos for garden clogs when she makes the move from the big city to the suburbs to start a gardening business. Paula can handle deer, slugs and the occasional human pest – but she’s not prepared for the mummified body she finds while restoring the gardens at Halcyon, a local landmark.

Casual snooping turns serious when a body is impaled on a garden tool and one of Paula’s friends is arrested for the crime.

Aided by the still-hot aging rocker who owns the neighborhood greasy spoon, a wise-cracking former colleague, and a sexy Mexican laborer with a few secrets of his own, Paula digs for the truth and unearths more dirty business the town has kept buried for years.

(FREE on 7/3) Mercy's Fall by Kristina Ludwig -
Mercy’s Fall

by Kristina Ludwig

Sixteen year-old Mercy is the flirtiest Amish girl in Pennsylvania, attracting Englischers and Amish boys alike. Guys from all around flock to Stoltzfus Bakery, where Mercy works, to sample her delicious apple fritters and snickerdoodle cookies. Mercy never has a shortage of dates, and she likes it that way. After all, there are too many boys out there to settle for just one.

Then Chase, a mysterious, handsome college student, walks into the bakery, catching Mercy’s eye and capturing her heart. He’s every bit as charming and flirtatious as she is, and she thinks she may have finally met her match.

But then there’s Samuel, the smart, sensitive Amish boy Mercy has known for years. Mercy thinks he just might be the guy for her…if only she could get him to forget about her twin sister, Rebekah, whom he has a massive crush on!

Suddenly, the girl who never planned to settle down finds herself in love with two guys at once. It’s an autumn for Mercy to fall, and fall hard. But who is the right guy for her, Chase or Samuel? And how can she keep the guys secret from each other in her small community?

(FREE on 7/3) Prince Charming Must Die! by Isabella Fontaine -
Prince Charming Must Die!

by Isabella Fontaine

On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.


With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their fairy tale characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose’s spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller’s boy found true love.

Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.

Only a hero can save the day.

(FREE on 7/3) Crash Gordon And The Revelations From Big Sur by Derek Swannson -
Crash Gordon And The Revelations From Big Sur

by Derek Swannson

An amnesiac convalescing in Big Sur encounters an oddly sinister envoy from the Freemasons’ Scottish Rite Psychophrenic Research Program…. A stoned surfer trespassing on Hearst Castle property gets hauled up into the sky by a massive flying black triangle…. A notorious starlet attending the wrap party for her first major Hollywood movie assassinates a Moscow journalist with a bottle of radioactive nasal spray…

(FREE on 7/3) Chance In Hell by Michael Seaver -
Chance In Hell

by Michael Seaver

Ten years ago, Noah Chance lost everything: his son, his wife, his career. Since then, he has been sinking deeper into alcoholism and self-destructive behavior, picking fights he cannot win. Just when he’s down and almost out, the phone rings….

Ann Walsh lies dead on her dining room floor and all fingers point to her estranged husband, Lt. Owen Walsh, LAPD. Brought in to establish a credible alibi for Walsh, Chance promises only one thing: to chase down all leads until he discovers the truth. What he finds will place his life in danger, test both his tenacity and his integrity, and give Chance a chance, at last, to escape his private hell.

(FREE on 7/3) One Step At A Time by Suzy  Liebermann -
One Step At A Time

by Suzy Liebermann

Hugo is a little starfish with a big sense of adventure. One day he finds an empty candy wrapper with a picture of a huge chocolate mountain. Usually when Hugo finds trash in the ocean it upsets him but this time what he found made him curious. Hugo discovers that his chocolate mountain is in fact a real mountain, which is called the Matterhorn and is located in Switzerland. He decides to set off on a journey to find this mountain – a huge challenge for a little starfish! Hugo learns to take one step at a time and to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Join Hugo as he finds the secret of perseverance when the road gets difficult.

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