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Initial post: May 18, 2010 9:01:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2010 10:37:07 AM PDT
ebooklover says:
Great Beach Reads in the Kindle Store...

LEAVE ME GASPING features female sleuth Del Jakes in a crisp fast-paced mystery. A childhood friend is missing and Del travels home to coastal Florida. In a whirlwind of clues and revelations, the gutsy sleuth and her cohorts move from a grungy marina grill to a luxurious waterfront enclave; Soundside towns to Gulfside mangrove thickets; suspicion to trust; despair to hope - and grief to love. ($2.99)

Leave Me Gasping (A Del Jakes Mystery)

ESCAPING CELIA is the story of Carly O'Shea, whose long-awaited solo vacation is derailed when her mother, aunt, and wacky cousin Celia invade her Jersey Shore cottage. Stir in a snarly runaway teen, a hot guitar player, a cool Southern boy, a gun-toting socialite, and a wise boardwalk barista - and you've got the kind of family stew that gives everybody heartburn! ($2.99)

Escaping Celia

www.Great-Beach-Reads.com

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Posted on May 20, 2010 10:05:43 PM PDT
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Posted on May 30, 2010 11:43:56 AM PDT
The Spanish Guru

My wife and I enjoyed this book while on vacation in Cuba. The story is very good, full of adventure and funny observations that will make you laugh. It's exactly the kind of book that sets your imagination wild in the shade of a palapa. We couldn't put it down.

Posted on May 30, 2010 1:23:06 PM PDT
witchylady says:
Can I put forward my debut novel, The Summer of Skinny Dipping (which comes out on Monday, June 1)?
Kirkus called it "a realistic and satisfying chick lit novel," Romance Times RT Reviews gave it 4 out of 5 stars and School Library Journal said "With a lyrical yet straightforward voice and a layered plot, this novel will live on for more than a summer." The book is juicy--family secrets, moonlight skinny dips amid the tony enclave of the Hamptons. But at the same time it's got an old-school classic romance at the heart of it, and isn't sleazy or shallow (if I do say so myself! :) Targeted to teens and women looking for a beach read with substance.

Posted on May 30, 2010 4:43:48 PM PDT
~DJ Faz~ says:
If you own a Kindle, here's a great beach read at a great price:

The Merry-Go-Round $1.99

Seven 5-star reviews! Check it out for those lazy, hazy days of summer!

~Donna~

Posted on May 30, 2010 5:00:45 PM PDT
Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Time to indulge in a new tradition: Try an ebook by an indie author.
After all, it's the American way. Plus we indie authors tend to be cheap (in a good way, that is).

How about a quirky, seriocomic novel about climate changing times or...
a sensual, whimsical fairy tale for adults.

New Coastal Times begins as Hurricane Walter, the worst hurricane ever recorded (at least so far) starts swallowing Florida. Mia Fine, a self-deprecating newspaper reporter whose beat was the environment, finds herself trapped in the crumbling New Coastal Times building as the publisher (an aging soprano) sings Broadway show tunes. More cataclysmic disasters follow. And everything changes-- not for the better. But Mia eventually discovers that the worst of times can also be the best of times-- at least for some-- as she and an eclectic band of fellow survivors traverse a not-so-brave new world in the New Coastal Times Preforming Arts Center van.

The Haircut, a New Year's Tale begins shortly after Christmas, 1948, in city that could be New York. Tasha, a former princess from a tiny Eastern European country that no longer exists, is desperate to free herself from an obsessed millionaire who has something of a hair fetish. But she doesn't count on what happens after she convinces Mike-- a handsome, grieving young widower-- to cut off all her long, glorious hair.

Both novels have received great reader reviews.
Both are priced at 99 cents for a limited time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 5:29:55 PM PDT
Cyndi says:
Will this be on Kindle?

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:40:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2010 6:45:09 PM PDT
Here's a Kindle book, on sale for .99 until August:

The Wife of Freedom takes place in a fictional world called New Acton - a world something like America in 1776. Mary Alwyn is the upstanding wife of a local revolutionary. She was once a wild orphan, who loved to run barefoot and jump in the mud, but she's been raised to be a good and proper wife. Everyone thought that the irrepressible Jackie Alwyn would be a good match for her, but he's married to the revolution. When Mary meets Henry, a charming nobleman, he's like a big mud-puddle, and she just can't help but jump in bed with him.

But when she betrays her lover's trust for the revolution, Jackie holds her up as a hero and calls her the "Whore of Freedom" in public - and in print. This becomes Mary's scarlet letter. If she's ever going to live down the first part of that name, she's going to have to live up to the second. So she sets out to be a real spy, as brazen and bold as the reputation that precedes her, while learning anew what it is to be a real friend to those you love. But she'll never really be free until she returns to face her past.

(Note: the subject matter of this novel is mature, and while the style is not explicit, it does contain some intense scenes and material not suited for children.)

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 1:48:53 PM PDT
Sheila says:
I appreciate the opportunity to introduce my novel - Hot Tea.

If you were within arm's reach of 30, had a few dollars in the bank, and were just a little bored, what would you do? Cara O'Flynn decided to quit her job, find herself an entrepreneurial endeavor, and with the help of her sister Teagan, become wildly successful. A little cliché perhaps, but sometimes it's best to take a breath and trust the plan.

The problem - Cara didn't plan for three careers in as many days, nor did she anticipate the new guys that dropped in her lap. Worse things could happen. So, of course, they did.

When you're Irish, all things, good and bad, come in threes. It's inevitable. She should have remembered not to forget that part.

Cara and Teagan bring laughter, intelligence, and family tradition to every experience they encounter. Hot Tea is the first novel in this series.

The next novel in the series will be published on Kindle within two weeks. The second in the series is - Sweet Tea.

Please take a few moments and read the available sample. Hot Tea

Thank you,

Sheila

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 9:12:12 AM PDT
Did you know...
Reading books set in winter can bring relief from sizzling summer heat.

The Haircut, a New Year's Tale promises to warm your heart while cooling your tootsies. (It's received lots of great reader reviews and is priced at just 99 cents until the end of the month.)

Two days after Christmas, 1948, in a city that could be New York, a young barber argues with the strange, beautiful girl sitting in his chair. She wants him to cut off all her glorious, long hair. He refuses. Unbeknownst to him, she's a princess in peril. And before the night is over something much more than a haircut happens between them in this sensual, whimsical fairy tale for adults.

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 1:52:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2010 10:38:01 AM PDT
ebooklover says:
Escape to the Shore with Carly!

ESCAPING CELIA is the story of Carly O'Shea, whose long-awaited solo vacation is derailed when her mother, aunt, and wacky cousin Celia invade her Jersey Shore cottage. Stir in a snarly runaway teen, a hot guitar player, a cool Southern boy, a gun-toting socialite, and a wise boardwalk barista - and you've got the kind of summer stew that gives everybody heartburn! ($2.99)

Escaping Celia

www.Great-Beach-Reads.com

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 10:51:14 AM PDT
YIKES! Hurricane Walter is swallowing Florida. And that's just the beginning.

But New Coastal Times is no downer. Sure, it's the worst of times after Hurricane Walter devastates the Sunshine State, and things aren't too swell elsewhere--what with global warming spurring a whole series of worst-ever natural and unnatural disasters. But love, friendship, humor and hope prevail in this tale of post-apocalyptic survival. Narrated by Mia Fine, a former so-so newspaper reporter, the story follows an intrepid band travelers as they traverse a not-so-brave new world in the New Coastal Times Performing Arts Center van.

So far, this quirky yet thought-provoking and poignant novel has garnered 12 great reader reviews, averaging Five Stars. And for a limited time only (hey, we've all only got a limited time only) it's just 99 cents.

Hope you'll give it a try.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 3:49:13 AM PDT
~DJ Faz~ says:
The Merry-Go-Round has received 12 five star reviews. At $1.99, it's a great deal and a great beach read! Here's the latest review:

"It's been awhile since I read a Romance Novel so it was fun to sit down to Donna Fasano's The Merry Go Round. Her heroine is a modern woman, a lawyer, who it totally relateable even down to the way society has taught our generation of women to think. I chuckled at the flashback that Lauren has of her college years sitting around a pool with her friends, with Lauren being the only one ogling the carpenter working on the house while they sunbathe. Lauren's friends are dreaming of men in three-piece suits driving BMW's leaving only Lauren to appreciate a man who can actually fix things. Considering today's climate, I don't think young women will be looking at bankers in quite the same way these days.

Anyway, back the novel, it's a romance novel so you have a man and woman at odds with each other, or in this case, a woman more in conflict with herself then she is with her drop-dead sexy soon-to-be ex-husband. And what a man Greg Flynn is! As far as I am concerned, this man is perfect. He's gallant, noble, tall-dark-and-handsome and as a bonus, knows how to wear a tool belt.

What's really important in a romance novel are the scenes that lead up to the bedroom, and Fasano does a marvelous job of creating sexual tension. This novel is a long slow burn that never lets up until the end. The characters are fully created and with the main character growing throughout the novel. Or growing up if you will.

This is exactly the kind of book I want to be reading on a plane ride or on a beach. It's as relaxing and pleasureable as sitting with friends enjoying a bucket of margaritas. Sure you could be reading War & Peace, but sometimes you just need a book that doesn't tell you about how terrible the world is, a book where love conquers all, that assures you that there are plenty of romantic men out there just waiting to be found."

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 9:33:27 AM PDT
Get your heart warmed and tootsies cooled with The Haircut, a New Year's Tale

Why buy a novel with a New Year's theme in June?

Nine out of 10 doctors agree that reading a book set in winter can cool you off in summer better than air conditioning.
Plus, 11 out of 11 amazon reviewers agree, this novel is guaranteed to warm your heart.

Set just before Christmas, 1948, in a city that could be New York, The Haircut, a New Year's Tale is a sensual, whimsical fairy tale for adults about love, loss, perceptions of beauty and the magic of new beginnings.

Priced at 99 cents for a limited time.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 10:48:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2010 10:39:00 AM PDT
ebooklover says:
Fun Florida Mystery!

LEAVE ME GASPING features female sleuth Del Jakes in a crisp fast-paced mystery. A childhood friend is missing and Del travels home to coastal Florida. In a whirlwind of clues and revelations, the gutsy sleuth and her cohorts move from a grungy marina grill to a luxurious waterfront enclave; Soundside towns to Gulfside mangrove thickets; suspicion to trust; despair to hope - and grief to love. ($2.99)

Leave Me Gasping (A Del Jakes Mystery)

www.Great-Beach-Reads.com

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 1:27:24 PM PDT
Someone just told me that my writing would be a perfect beach read. (She also told me she stayed up till 1 AM finishing it! That pretty much made my day. ^_^)

(And no, haha, she wasn't related to me. I only just "met" her online a day or two ago.)

Twenty-Somewhere

3 best friends navigate life after college. Bold and alluring Sophie Lin, goody-goody writer Claudia Bradford, & boy-crazy nerd MJ Alexander are ready to take on the Real World -- or so they think. As relationships sour, careers sputter, & ethical dilemmas arise, the girls turn to the one thing they can always count on: their friendship with each other. But even that will be put to the test...

Twenty-Somewhere is a women's fiction novel told in 40 "episodes." Think Sex and the City meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 3:54:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2010 3:54:55 PM PDT
I have recently released my novel, A Whisper to a Scream.

It is the story of two women: one is a stay-at-home mom, the other, a PR executive with fertility issues. When they meet through a Classics Book Club, each thinks the other ones' life is so much better than her own. But, ultimately, they learn otherwise.

Available for $2.99 in the Kindle store.

Thanks.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 6:51:53 PM PDT
"State of Disgrace" and "Fat Camp" comic women's fiction
or
"Mother" two women bond over the death's of their mothers.
Linda Ann Rentschler
www.larentschler.com

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 3:23:59 PM PDT
Helen Smith says:
A new review in LitFest Magazine calls Alison Wonderland 'a great book to take to the beach'. It's a light, fun read about a woman who joins an all-female detective agency in London. It's also available for the kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2010 10:21:20 AM PDT
D.M. Trink says:
What would you do? Would you drop everything and take a chance? Life presents to Kristy a fabulous once in a lifetime opportunity to work in the Bahamas. If she decides to go for it, will it meet, exceed, or fall short of her expectations?

Sexy, handsome Dave is wary and jaded about women. He likes his life in the beautiful Bahamas where his romantic encounters are fast and fleeting. Gorgeous Kristy catches his eye but refuses to play by those rules. In fact she has studiously avoided men like him! David is intrigued by her resistance and so relentless in his pursuit, that much to her astonishment, Kristy finds herself agreeing to go out with him.

They end up having a sensational first date, but then it all turns to shambles. Could it be that David isn't everything he appears to be? Could it be that Kristy isn't everything David assumes her to be? Read Wrapped in a Rainbow to find out!

Brimming with luscious descriptions of Nassau and Paradise Island Wrapped in a Rainbow (Published by Club Lighthouse Publishing) is only $3.19 in Amazon's Kindle store and is also available in paperback!

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY CONTEST:

Delyse will be giving away three (3) copies in e-book format of her novel Wrapped in a Rainbow. The winners will be randomly selected from all entries.

The contest is open for one week (June 29th, to July 6th, 2010)

To enter you must send an email to booksbydelyse@hotmail.com
and answer the following question:

What is the name of the female friend that Kristy goes to the Bahamas with? Hint-Check the search inside feature.
Wrapped In A Rainbow

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 5:50:35 PM PDT
Beth O says:
Here's a great beach read (Kindle or paperback, but the Kindle version is only $2.99)

Romantically Challenged

Think your love life is rotten? Meet Julie Burns, an L.A. entertainment lawyer who after being dumped and disgraced by her ex-boyfriend is now re-entering dating hell. All because she wants to find that one elusive commodity: a decent guy...who steals her heart, of course.

When Julie becomes convinced that finding The One is "just a numbers game," she sets out to increase her numbers by any means necessary. From chance meetings and blind dates to dating services and the wonderful world of the internet, Julie Burns will try anything to meet her man. And in the process, she discovers a secret or two about the single life: Sometimes love sneaks up on you when you least expect it-and even the worst first impressions can lead to surprising results...

The American Library Association says "Orsoff's screwball comedy about modern dating Hollywood-style is a sure fire winner."

Author Karen Kendall says "An entertaining series of disastrous dates, an autographed water bra, and a Tickle Me Elmo--how can you resist? If you're romantically challenged, this book is for you!"

Happy reading!

Beth
www.bethorsoff.com

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 9:32:27 AM PST
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d2jb says:
Before its was published, my book club read What We leave Behind by a new author, Rochelle B. Weinstein. We all loved it. It is about first love and just went on Amazon:

"In the summer of 1984, sixteen-year-old Jessica Parker remains lost and empty following the death of her father years earlier. She meets Jonas Levy, a twenty-two-year-old medical student, and the two begin an intense courtship that leaves Jessica breathless and wanting for more. But Jonas can't give her any more and his departure is abrupt and hurtful.

Jessica buries the pain of her youth and moves forward, finding professional success and love in a good, solid marriage. Unfortunately, that love is put to the test when a phone call from New York turns her life upside down. What shocking secret from her past could possibly threaten to destroy all she thought she knew and believed? At once heartwarming and heartbreaking, What We Leave Behind is the tale of every woman who has struggled with her past, loved for all the wrong reasons, and wondered what could have been."

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 3:31:28 PM PST
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