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Author: Brian Kindall
Series: The Epic of Didier Rain
Publisher: Diving Boy Books
Didier Rain has never been so destitute, forlorn, and in dire need of a bath. As he roams the rain-muddied streets of San Francisco, it appears the angels of good fortune have finally forsaken him. Hunted by factions that would seek to do him harm, and suffering an acute case of soul pain, the once dandy rogue sees little promise for sunnier days. In a twist of destiny, a seductive albino soothsayer launches Rain onto the next leg of his life’s stormy voyage, aboard a clipper ship headed for the South Seas where a new life and love await. Is this Lady Luck, or are the gods having fun with their favorite gullible scallawag? At turns ribald, horrifying, and hilarious, Fortuna and the Scapegrace follows Delivering Virtue as book two in Didier Rain’s unfolding epic adventure of foibles, hope, and quest for love and redemption. This is the second book in The Epic of Didier Rain series.
Author: Jeannie Palmer
Publisher: Eagle Spring Publishing
When Riley Jones’ husband, Jack, told her he was planning a blow up birthday surprise for her, Riley didn’t expect the surprise to come prettily wrapped as divorce papers. Now Riley is homeless, husbandless and penniless. As the debris of her life tumbles back to earth, Riley scrambles to pick up the pieces. Reinforced with determination and a dollar menu budget, Riley plunges back into single life and into the arms of an old flame, the irresistible firefighter, Deric. Will it be happily ever after, or will their relationship go up in smoke? Whether she’s hanging from a tree, hiding from the police, or making the evening news as a “person of interest” for criminal activities, Riley is unstoppable. Look out world, here comes Riley Jones. She’s somewhere she never intended to be...back out on her own. Except now, she’s divorced, dating and potentially dangerous! What could possibly go wrong?
Author: David Ross
Series: Disco Days
Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS
Early in the decade that taste forgot, Fat Franny Duncan is on top of the world. He is the undoubted King of the Ayrshire Mobile Disco scene, controlling and ruling the competition with an iron fist. But the future is uncertain. A new partnership is coming and is threatening to destroy the big man’s Empire ... Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller have been best mates since primary school. Joey is an idealist; Bobby just wants to get laid and avoid following his brother Gary to the Falklands. A partnership in their new mobile disco venture seems like the answer to everything. The Last Days of Disco is about family, music, small-time gangsters … and the fear of being sent to the Falklands by the biggest gangster of them all. Witty, energetic and entirely authentic, it’s also heartbreakingly honest, weaving together tragedy and comedy with an uncanny and unsettling elegance. A simply stunning debut.
Author: Kirsten Mortensen
Publisher: Concealed Beauties Publishing
Peter’s in love. He’s afraid to talk to her. He’d got a great idea to grow his company’s business. His boss won’t listen to him. But it’s the prostitution ring that nearly sends poor Peter over the edge . . . literally. BJs on the Roof.
For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career… In Love and Other Subjects Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things—to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal. Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is. The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the life she’s always wanted?
As Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow ‘bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined. Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of insects with some very peculiar obsessions.