Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Orangeberry FreeMe #68

Wednesday, 29th August 2012

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Secret of the Scroll (Greg McKenzie Mysteries) by Chester D. Campbell
Genre - Thriller
Rating - PG-13
5.0 (12 reviews)
FREE until 31st August 2012
Retired Air Force OSI agent Greg McKenzie thinks his troubles with the Metro Nashville Police are a problem. Then he brings a "souvenir" Dead Sea Scroll home from the Holy Land and things go from bad to worse. A Palestinian terrorist group invades his home, fails to find the scroll, and takes his wife, Jill, hostage. Greg finds himself with an ancient Hebrew scroll worth millions, wanted by both the Palestinians and a radical far-right Israeli organization. When he tries to exchange it for Jill's freedom, everything goes wrong. Then the police target him as a suspect in his wife's disappearance, and he sets out alone on a perilous chase to save her life.

Birth of the Nyxian (The Immortal Choice Series) by Amanda R. Browning
Genre - Adult paranormal romance
Rating - R (18+)
4.9 (13 reviews)
FREE until 29th August 2012

Harlow is a twenty six year old woman left alone in the world after her family perishes in a tragic accident. A chance meeting brings Aiden into her life. Aiden is smart, unbelievably sexy, and chivalrous. There's only one problem, he's also an 820 year old vampire.

Vampires have split into two factions. Those turned by choice are full evil, without a shred of humanity left and they live to kill and terrify. Those turned by force, like Aiden, are able to retain some of their humanity and do not need to kill to survive.

Despite the danger he brings to her life, Harlow finds everything she's ever wanted from life with Aiden. Is one lifetime enough for them, or will Harlow be forced to make The Immortal Choice?

No Good Deed: Book One of the Mark Taylor series by M.P. McDonald
Genre - Thriller
Rating - PG-13
4.4 (145 reviews)
FREE until 30th August 2012
Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the future, he can change it. Then the unthinkable happened and everyone ignored his frantic warnings. Thousands die. Suddenly, the Feds are pounding on his door and the name they have for Taylor isn't urban hero. It's enemy combatant. And, it means they can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.

Enemy in Blue, A Thriller by Derek Blass
Genre - Thriller
Rating - R
4.2 (105 reviews)
FREE until 30th August 2012


The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge.

What if the good guys weren't good?

What if a cop went rogue and killed an innocent man?

What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to cover it up?

Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to nail down his enemy in blue.

Will justice be served?

Arboregal, The Lorn Tree by D.G. Sandru 

Genre - YA Fantasy
Rating - G
4.9 (11 reviews)
FREE until 30th August 2012

An experiment causes four young Americans, Nathan, Perry, Melissa, and Michelle to appear in a strange and desolate world. Trees as large as mountains, scattered across the land like oases, support all life, safe from the monsters that patrol the night fog on the ground. Races of people living in medieval societies populate the giant trees. Known as the Lorns in this particular tree, they welcome the four kids into their world—until Hellferata, the evil spirit descendent of Medusa, intrudes upon their beloved tree.

As the kids search for a way home, Hellferata searches for the prophesized mortal superhero she must battle to the death. Suspecting Michelle for this golden-haired superhero, Hellferata sends her son, Dracu Mort, into the Lorn Tree to kill her. Fearful of the evil spirit the Lorns move to expel the four Americans from their tree. Thinking quickly, the youngsters devise a plan to avoid the monsters roaming the land and travel to the next tree, where it is rumored there may be a path back home. Will their ingenuity, cunning, and courage help them make it to the Cascade Tree and find a way home, or will Hellferata and Dracu Mort mete out their wrath before they can escape?

A dramatic and heroic escape into a world full of excitement and danger, Sandru brings to life a beautiful landscape dramatically different than our own yet living from the same heartbeat. Arboregal: The Lorn Tree is a spiritual quest of hope and friendship that exposes the inherent power we all share.

Azuri Fae (Caledonia Fae, Book 2)
Azuri Fae (Caledonia Fae, Book 2) by India Drummond 
Genre - Fantasy
Rating - PG
4.5 (19 reviews)
FREE until 30th August 2012

Book 2 in the Caledonia Fae urban fantasy series.

A faerie prince disappears in the borderlands, and his father enlists the help of outcast Eilidh and her bonded druid, Quinton Munro. Tantalised with hints of a lost and ancient magic, they learn that time is working against them every step of the way. Is the prince’s disappearance related to the vanishing of an entire Scottish village?

Faced with deception, assassination attempts, and a mad queen who would sacrifice her own child to keep a dreaded secret, Eilidh struggles with an impossible situation. Her people demand she commit treason and betray the man she loves. Will she do what duty requires, or throw away the chance to reunite the kingdom in exchange for the life she hadn't dared hope for?

Caledonia Fae:

Book 1: Blood Faerie
Book 2: Azuri Fae
Book 3: Enemy of the Fae
Book 4: Druid Lords (Coming Dec 2012)

Corinne (Book One of The Red Diamond Saga) by Jennifer Janne 
Genre - Mystery/Action/Adventure
Rating - PG-13
5.0 (6 reviews)
FREE until 30th August 2012

Corinne Sanders is a young woman with plenty of ambition and her whole life ahead of her. She’s naturally inquisitive, independent and career-minded. Yet somehow, Corinne can’t escape the unresolved issues of her past.

As a court reporter and criminal justice major, Corinne’s uncanny intuition has held her back from truly experiencing the life she was always meant to live. She’s always had a knack for solving mysteries and she’s about to head into a whirlwind of her own.

As a foster child, found on the doorstep of a hospital, with only her name embroidered on a blanket of mystery wrapped around her tiny form. She bounced around from home to home and witnessed abuse after abuse. Even now, Corinne can’t shake the feelings of abandonment and mistrust that haunt her daily. She puts forth a brave face to the world, but hides the wounds of an insecure child behind her mask.

Perhaps Corinne has good reason to be completely incapable of trust. Everyone around her seems to be leading a double life these days. Just when her fiancé Daniel urges her to trust him, she finds out he’s keeping secrets from her. Also, her life-long friend Sam turns out to have a hidden dark side. So who can she trust?

That’s the moment Corinne’s long-lost family returns from the shadows. Her entire world is thrown into a complete tailspin. Yet are these new, familiar faces worthy of her trust? They belong to an enigmatic and powerful organization with an amazing influence of control and manipulation.

Yet, she feels an uncanny kinship toward her newfound relatives. As Corinne begins to unlock mysteries of the past, tremendous abilities are unlocking inside her as well. What everyone jokingly called her “wacky sense” was becoming a powerful sixth sense, threatening to consume Corinne’s very existence. Does her secretive father hold the secrets that could save her life?

She soon has a wedding to plan with her fiancé Daniel. She finds her twin brother Aaron and a surrogate sister named Lisa. Together, Corinne tries to stitch together some semblance of a normal family life. Yet, what is normal for a family of genetically engineered super beings.

Lisa has the power to absorb injuries and heal wounds. Aaron has super strength but lacks the social graces of a normal young man. Corinne’s powers seem to be the strongest, ranging from telepath to out-of-body projection. She can read minds and control them. By working together, the three siblings not only predict a whirlwind of catastrophes but they have the talents to help prevent them.

While Corinne is out saving the world, she realizes that her personal life is also suffering. Once, Corinne worried that her fiancé Daniel was leading a double life, but now the tables have turned. It’s Corinne who tries to keep her super powers a secret from the love her life. That’s pretty difficult when Corinne and her super siblings are making the six o’clock news with their feats of heroism. Their anonymity is constantly threatened but so is their safety.

Although Corinne freed Aaron and Lisa from Conner, even this dog has his masters, and they want Corinne and the entire project eliminated. Now, Conner is back to doing what he does best: pulling Corinne’s strings like a master puppeteer. He may not be able to use his own telepathic powers against her, but he most certainly can hurt the ones she loves most.

Just as Corinne finally gets to experience a sense of belonging, and come closer to finding out the answers to her past, an explosive situation once again threatens to shatter her world to pieces. The ghosts of the past finally show their faces and even greater villains emerge in Corinne’s turbulent life.

Julia's Room by Michael Murray 
Genre - Literary
Rating - Adult
5.0 (3 reviews)
FREE until 2nd September 2012

It's another difficult Monday for Alan, a young reporter working in London's Fleet Street. He thinks he has three great ideas for the weekly story conference but then, in the editor's absence, Ray Dressler is put in charge.

In the course of the day Alan is humiliated by a colleague and shocked by the revelations of a stranger in a pub. By the day's end he will never feel the same about his fellow journalists or Julia again.

Island of Fog (Book 1) by Keith Robinson
Genre - Middle-grade fantasy
Rating - G
4.9 (16 reviews)
FREE until 30th August 2012

A lonely, foggy island is home to eight families. Twelve-year-old Hal and his friends have always wondered what happened all those years ago on the mainland, that unseen place Out There beyond the fog, and after an astonishing discovery in the woods the children are more determined than ever to find out what their parents are hiding. But their lives are turned upside down when Abigail reveals her closely guarded secret. According to her, the children are slowly changing into monsters! Are they freaks of nature, or subjects of a sinister experiment?

Each child reacts differently to his or her unique monstrous transformation; after all, one may feel proud to be a dragon, faerie, or centaur, but who in their right mind wants to be a sadistic manticore or cowardly harpy?

ISLAND OF FOG is a story of intrigue and conspiracy. The reader follows Hal Franklin as he struggles to accept that he and his friends are something more than ordinary children, and that their parents have been covering up the truth the whole time. With their trust shaken and the unexpected arrival of a strange woman from Out There, the children hide their frightening shapeshifting abilities and pretend nothing is wrong.

Angels Mark (The Serena Wilcox Mysteries) by Natalie Buske Thomas
Genre - Thriller/Mystery
Rating - PG-13
4.8 (10 reviews)
FREE until 31st August 2012

The book every American should read: a disturbing thriller about American government, a female president, and the future of the nation. ANGELS MARK is a suspense novel ripped from today's headlines! Readers who are weary of a bipartisan American government, poor economic news, political posturing and bickering and a deadlocked two-party system will find ANGELS MARK to be a satisfying read: the perfect anecdote to watching the news.

Serena Wilcox and her family have destroyed their old home and faked their deaths to go off the grid under new identities, after obtaining insider information about a threat to the United States. The attack does indeed happen, and after the resulting war (not the focus of this book), America is geographically divided between two governing presidents: John Williams is conservative and Japanese-American Ann Kinji is liberal. While the new government structure is still in its infancy Serena uncovers a conspiracy (the main plot) that could get her killed. Futuristic America is in the hands of former private detective Serena Wilcox, a scary prospect for sure!

Conservatives, liberals and independents will all find themselves in this book. The controversial scene "a private meeting of the two presidents" is alone worth the read. By the end of the book, all ideologies will see who the real winners and losers are.

The Serena Wilcox Mysteries are hard to classify into a single genre, and are a genre all their own: crimes that have never happened (yet) either because the technology doesn't exist, or because no one has thought to do it. Other features of the series are its offbeat plots (plots-within-plots with many twists and endings readers can't guess) and no graphic violence or sexual content, yet edgy (hardboiled) and contemporary, even futuristic, when read the same year as the publishing date; the books written in 2000 or earlier have lost most of that edge.

The series has been labeled Christian or religious due to the author's mention of praying or faith, yet readers who don't share her views have commented that the series is not "preachy" and religious bias was slight and not offensive. Readers have commented that they appreciate a clean fun read, regardless of religious views.

The Serena Wilcox Mysteries books 1-3; GENE PLAY, 1998, VIRTUAL MEMORIES, 1999, and CAMP CONVICTION, 2000 are light page-turners with creative plots. The writing, especially in GENE PLAY, is simplistic. The books are nonetheless fun to read if readers want insight into the "grown up" version of the series. Readers who want to read the earlier titles in the Serena Wilcox mystery series can find the first three books in the series, plus commentary, in a 3-book set titled: "The Serena Wilcox Mysteries: Books 1, 2 & 3". Reading the earlier titles is not necessary to enjoy ANGELS MARK.
ANGELS MARK is book #4 of the Serena Wilcox Mysteries. It is written in a different style from books 1-3 and stands-alone nicely. However, it is the prequel for COVERT COFFEE, book #5, and should be read before reading COVERT COFFEE, September 2012. The series has a dramatic change in writing style from book #3 to book #4. Books #4-6 should be read in order.

The Serena Wilcox mystery series is categorized as humorous, while also being hard-boiled. More than one reader has said about Serena Wilcox, "(if she were a real person) I'd like to have (her) as a friend".

ANGELS MARK is a fast-paced novel of suspense, justice, mystery, and humor. Read ANGELS MARK before moving on to COVERT COFFEE (September 2012).


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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

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