The Best in Indie Book Gifts
Horns of the Devil by Marc Rainer
The second book in the Jeff Trask crime/legal thriller series, a series hailed for its realism by those in the law enforcement career field, Horns of the Devil is the story of the havoc wreaked upon the nation's capital city by a drug gang turf war. As one career prosecutor wrote, "As a long-time prosecutor, I continue to be astounded by Rainer's perfect pitch for police/prosecutor dialogue. Outstanding Read! Rainer is way ahead of his contemporaries in this genre."
Price: $2.99 (Kindle) $9.45 (Paperback) via Amazon
For: Thriller Fans
Palmetto Review Take: Nonstop legal and procedural crime novel that’s rich with detail and suspense.
Blogger Take: Horns of the Devil sounds like the perfect book for me. As the wife of a former prosecutor, the field of law enforcement has always fascinated me and so do legal thrillers. I have a feeling this one would keep me intrigued from beginning to end.
Too Quiet In Brooklyn: A Fina Fitzgibbons Mystery by Susan Russo Anderson
Twenty-two-year-old Fina Fitzgibbons stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina.
Price: $.99 (Pre-order) $3.99 (After 12/20/2013) via Smashwords
For: New Adult
Palmetto Review Take: Crime, passion, and New York City - count us in!
Blogger Take: I really enjoy reading books that keep me guessing about what is going on and what will happen. Plus, I love New York City!
Tug of War by Ross Collier
An action packed, tension filled espionage thriller set in Melbourne, Australia during WW2, based on actual events between the US forces and the Australians.
For: Fans of Thrillers and Espionage
Palmetto Review Take: A fresh plot line to enjoy as you follow the political intrigue down under in this historical look at the relations between two seemingly cozy nations as friction emerges.
Blogger Take: When taking world history in college, I was very interested in WW2 and even continued to major in German Language and culture. As this story is based on actual events, this really seems like a great page-turner and something that would keep me up at night until I finish.
Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus
For fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz -- Enjoy a creepy supernatural thriller with over 100 Five Star Amazon Reviews.
Price: $2.99 (Kindle) $12.78 (Paperback) via Amazon and Audible (12/20/2013)
For: Adult Supernatural Thriller and Horror Fans
Palmetto Review Take: One of the most highly rated books we’ve reviewed, read at your own risk of being frightened half to death.
Blogger Take: I am constantly reading horror books and watching scary movies, most of which are supernatural thrillers. I love being on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what will possibly happen next. King and Koontz are two of my favorites, so I am positive Night Chill will be just up my alley.
The Jack Templar Monster Hunter Series - Books 1-3 by Jeff Gunhus
A new series for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.
For: Middle Grade and YA
Palmetto Review Take: Ignite your imagination with this trio of supernatural books focused on monsters, mystery, and mythical adventure.
Blogger Take: My son is just old enough to get into Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I have to admit I have read all of the books, too. Once reading those, you have to wonder what to read next? What can possibly compete with those? My son and I enjoy mythical adventure books.
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Vengeance Out of the Shadows by David Peretz
In the third thriller to feature Ross Cortese, NYPD, the detective contends with both a killer targeting landlords and a Russian assassin out for retribution. Kirkus Review described it as "a seamless blending of stories and first-rate characterizations."
For: Suspense, Romance, and Thriller Fans
Palmetto Review Take: Indie Must-Read Book of Summer Winner as voted on by everyday readers.
Blogger Take: This book sounds perfectly suspenseful and perfect for the days I am off of work during the holidays. Thriller books are always a plus and this one sounds very entertaining.
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Lunch with Lucille by Annarose Ingarra-Milch
Readers can expect to be inspired and entertained as “Lunch with Lucille” whips up a delightful dish of hope and optimism, served by a fun-loving, sassy, female character who shares a message all women need to hear – you are your best asset, at any age. Voted overwhelming the Buzzworthy Book of Summer, “LwL” overflows with nourishing wisdom and humor as you are treated to simple, practical solutions to some prickly issues such as aging, confidence, self image, and achievement. This fast-paced novella is thought provoking and leaves you hungry for the next course.
Palmetto Review Take: A perfect gift for any woman in need of Inspiration.
Blogger Take: Every woman needs to feel good about themselves and, of course, sometimes you just need a good laugh. As I grow older, I constantly have to remind myself of these two things, which is why this inspirational book sounds perfect for me. I can also read it on my Kindle while traveling in the car.
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Tall, Dark, and Handsome and Other Devotionals by Christopher Hall
A collection of Christian devotionals based on one man’s life experiences. “This book makes you think! It is funny, uplifting and a down to earth view of Christianity. We all have those bad days at work that make you wonder if it is it all worth it. Chris Hall takes a bad day and redirects it to a lesson in Christ... I highly recommend this book to all my friends.” Karen Brooks-Rochelle
Price: $5.99 (Kindle) $11.57 (Paperback) via Amazon
For: Anyone interested in uplifting stories related to Christian Living
Palmetto Review Take: Deepen your walk in faith, or take your first step to finding it with this inspirational book rooted in the real world, and written for you to discover the next.
Blogger Take: Sometimes we all need some uplifting and, as the review above says, this is just the book for that.
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At The Gates of Walhalla By Justen Forge
Suspense, intrigue, and action. A page turner that makes you feel like you're in the scenes. This novel sets itself apart with its vivid writing and top notch storytelling. Perfectly priced so you can give this to all the readers on your Christmas shopping list.
For: Thriller & Mystery Fans
Palmetto Review Take: After a horrific series of events a hero emerges to set wrongs right in spellbinding detail.
Blogger Take: The description of the book immediately intrigues me to find out more about this book and so does the price. Action books like this always keep me interested, so I could definitely see myself reading this.
Liberty's Torch (Dystopia Trilogy Book 3) by Janet McNulty
Expect excitement action, and to learn the meaning of true sacrifice. All it takes is one spark to ignite Liberty's Torch.
Price: $2.99 (Kindle) via Amazon
For: YA, Teens, Dystopian Genre Fans, Those Who Like Strong Female Characters
Palmetto Review Take: Like Hunger Games and Divergent, this dystopian drama is both entertaining and plausible.
Blogger Take: This book was compared to Hunger Games, a book that I absolutely loved and read in a day, so this really sparks my interest.
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