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A horrific murder.
Pieces of ivy by Dean Covin available free for limited time on KindleA town with secrets. A forest with far worse. And nowhere to run.

After breaking free from her powerful father and a paralyzing childhood terror, Vicki Starr makes a hard-fought name for herself at the bureau. Only to step away from the most sensational serial-killer case of her career when a stolen glance at an incoming file unravels everything. The brutal slaying of a small-town schoolteacher draws Vicki in, coerces her to partner with the disgraced Special Agent Hank Dashel and traps her in an inescapable paranormal snare—ever more immersed in the young victim’s grisly fate as forces outside and inside New Brighton, California, threaten to destroy Vicki and the world she thought she knew.

Are some truths simply too hard to bear? Are some fates so terrible that death can’t come soon enough?

Dean Covin’s engaging paranormal thriller lures you to the line just past comfort and then gives you a hard shove from behind. His twists on this story of a cruel small-town murder are made ever more enticing by its bevy of distinctive characters. A little salting of humor lightens the sharp edge of the horrific turns lying in wait as Dean’s tight craft and quick pace keeps the pages turning. Pieces of Ivy’s immersive tension and shocking revelations promise to evoke sweat and snatch your breath.

 

Genre: crime thriller

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The Great Awakening by Chaise Allen Crosby available free for limited time on Nook and KindleCal, a scout in the Avian Guard, struggles to meet the expectations of his father, who happens to be his commanding officer. Assigned to protect the wise and respected emerging cicadas of The Great Southern Brood, they encounter a crisis of great magnitude that sends father and son on an unexpected journey. Along the way their eyes are opened by new friends to unsettling knowledge that prompts them to risk their lives in an effort to save an entire species.

Genre: childrens

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Alpha by Jasinda Wilder available free for limited time on Kindle and NookThe first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom’s hospital bills. My baby brother’s tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. And then, just when I thought all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of ten thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just “VRI Inc.,” and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing…except a single word, on the notes line: “You.” Just those three letters.

If you receive a mysterious check, for enough money to erase all your worries, would you cash it?

I did.

The next month, I received another check, again from VRI Incorporated. It too contained a single word: “belong.”

A third check, the next month. This time, two words. Four letters. “To me.”

The checks kept coming. The notes stopped. Ten thousand dollars, every month. A girl gets used to that, real quick. It let me pay the bills without going into debt. Let me keep my baby brother in school and Mom’s hospice care paid for. How do you turn down what seems like free money, when you’re desperate? You don’t. I didn’t.

And then, after a year, there was a knock on my door. A sleek black limousine sat on the curb in front of my house. A driver stood in front of me, and he spoke six words: “It’s time to pay your debt.”

Would you have gotten in?

I did.

It turns out $120,000 doesn’t come free.

Genre: mature suspense

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“Les Standiford’s account of the decades-long attempt to solve the murder of Adam Walsh is chilling, heartbreaking, hopeful, and as relentlessly suspenseful as anything I’ve ever read. A triumph in every way.”
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“The most significant missing child case since the Lindbergh’s….A taut, compelling and often touching book about a long march to justice.”
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The abduction that changed America forever, the 1981 kidnapping and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh—son of John Walsh, host of the Fox TV series America’s Most Wanted—in Hollywood, Florida, was a crime that went unsolved for a quarter of a century. Bringing Adam Home by author Les Standiford is a harrowing account of the terrible crime and its dramatic consequences, the emotional story of a father and mother’s efforts to seek justice and resolve the loss of their child, and a compelling portrait of Miami Beach Homicide Detective Joe Matthews, whose unwavering dedication brought the Adam Walsh case to its resolution.

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