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Old 01-07-2012, 05:30 AM   #1
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Exclamation Free (Kindle DRM-free) Blood Games by Lee Killough [Vamp Cop Procedural Mystery] +KDP

For the Lee Killough fans in the audience, today's KDP Select exclusive-or-else slushpile trawl yields one of Killough's fantasy/mystery crossover tales about her vampire cop.

Also a few more sf/fantasy and romance and thrillers repubs and self-pubs by established traditionally printed authors.

Blood Games, which appears to be 3rd in the Garreth Mikaelian Mystery series by Lee Killough, is a straightforward police procedural distinguished by having a vampire sleuth.

Apparently, this may not be one of the better books in the series, and you may wish to start with one of her other previous KDP-freebies first if you picked them up earlier.

Free without DRM for who knows how long over @ Amazon main UK DE ES FR IT.

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Vampire Garreth Mikaelian thought he had his existence all arranged. He is comfortably settled in a town where, his nature unknown to those around him, he works the night shift as a police officer. His blood comes in bottles. He has a routine and friends. But that peace is shattered when his fellow officer and sometime lover Maggie Lebekov is killed by a lethal trio playing ever escalating blood games.

Garreth finds himself racing to locate the suspects before other law enforcement officers do, to be sure they are captured alive. Because if they are not yet vampires, and the leader may already be a very old and powerful vampire, they have drunk vampire blood and if killed will rise again even more deadly.


Vaughan Heppner, a winner of the L. Ron Hubbard memorial Writers of the Future contest (don't laugh too hard, despite Xenu's efforts, apparently this is a semi-respectable venture which occasionally highlights decent authors who go on to do well) offers a novel-length work: Star Soldier.

Joan Hall Hovey, one of our fellow MR member backlist authors, has the thriller: The Abduction of Mary Rose.

John Matthews offers a previously Penguin-published thriller: Ascension Day.

Jeremy Robinson, who has been print-published by St. Martin's Press, offers some kind of apocalyptic thriller: Antarktos Rising.

Kent Harrington, also previously St. Martin's-published, offers two political/adventure thrillers released by some smaller press, one starring a doctor: The Good Physician and Red Jungle.

Anthony Neil Smith and Victor Gischler, both featured yesterday, offer a jointly-written PI novella which they say was originally published in 2001: To the Devil, My Regards.

Berkley-published cozy writer Michele Scott, under her pen name A.K. Alexander, offers the thriller: Covert Reich.

Another Berkley-published cozy writer, Annette Blair, offers a Regency romance: Undeniable Rogue.

Formerly Zebra/Kensington-published Doreen Owens Malek offers another Roman historical romance: The Raven and the Rose. Yesterday's Roman Britain one, The Lion and the Lark, is still free in case you missed it and it's part of some series.

AmazonEncore self-publishing success Karen McQuestion offers a YA short story: Turning a Corner.

A couple of borderline newbie-ish maybe self-pubs that looked kind of interesting and hopefully should be decent:

Mark Edward Hall, who had a hardcover chapbook version of this small-press published in 2003, offers his period Egyptian archaeological thriller novella: The Breath of Life.

Pearson Moore, who writes a bunch of unofficial TV show tie-in guides and apparently has some sort of internet following and is a fellow Canadian besides, offers a Canadian historical novel: Cartier's Ring. Also his Game of Thrones: Season One Essays, which may interest G.R.R. Martin fans.

Pamela Beason, whose blurb says she's a Daphne Du Maurier award winner (which is quite possible, since the RWA Mystery writers site says that unpublished works are eligible for nomination, though I didn't feel like trawling through their PDF files to see if she really won or not) and says she's got a book upcoming from Berkley, offers a romantic suspense which seems to have hilariously gotten the cover from her animal protection thriller: Shaken. She also offers a household tips book: SAVE Your Money, Your Sanity, and Our Planet; 5 Lessons and 125 Tips for a Thrifty Lifestyle.

Well, that's just about everyone whose names I recognized, or who had a semi-interesting book and some decent-looking credentials on the author page.

Happy reading, if you find anything you like.

ETA: Lise McClendon, a small press-published Backlist Ebooks consortium author with Publisher's Weekly and Booklist reviews on her works offers two cozy-looking WWII-set historical mysteries in her Dorie Lennox series: One O'Clock Jump and Sweet And Lowdown.

And fellow Canadian Donna Carrick, who seemed a bit self-pub but had a Kirkus review on her mystery novel, offers a set of Canadian-set mystery shorts: SEPT-ILES and other places (Toboggan Mysteries series)

Bill Marantz, a former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation freelancer/movie reviewer offers his small-press published debut mystery novel: Christmas Eve Can Kill You.

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Old 01-07-2012, 06:56 AM   #2
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The Jeremy Robinson book has gotten some horrible, horrible reviews!



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Wrong link for "Cartier's Ring."

Here's the correct link:

http://www.amazon.com/Cartiers-Ring-...5939075&sr=1-1




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Thanks for pointing out the McClendon books. I enjoyed One O'Clock Jump a lot and am glad that I can get the sequel for free!
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The Jeremy Robinson book has gotten some horrible, horrible reviews!
Just as well he's offering for free, then. The morbidly curious can evaluate his writing without having to shell out any money (though they still may lose out on time and broken brain cells).

Mind you, judging from the blurb alone, the author has no understanding whatsover of basic non-pseudo-science (i.e. plate tectonics and the timescale in which geological processes operate) and is just making it up as he goes along.

Or maybe copying the crackpots, because generally when you're cribbing from a distinguished panel of self-proclaimed "experts" including Velikovsky, it's a really bad sign.

That sort of thing usually has consequences from the less gullible and better educated readers.

Though I suspect the fights between the creationists and less-fundamentally-inclined in the review comments will indeed make for better reading than the actual story.

Fixed the Cartier's Ring link; thanks for pointing that out.
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