FREE BOOK BLOCK #2 – {08-15-2014}

By on August 15, 2014
The Mule Tamer by John C. Horst

The Mule Tamerby John C. Horst

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“A mighty fine, meandering Western” ~ Kirkus Reviews

Patrick Smithwick, Author of Flying Change: A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing and Racing My Father: Growing Up with a Riding Legend:

“Reading The Mule Tamer reminded me of the same adrenalin-pumping experience I had when watching the TV mini-series Lonesome Dove. Every night after dinner, I looked forward to the next episode of Larry McMurtry’s novel, and every night I did not want it to end. Indeed, I can see The Mule Tamer’s Arvel Walsh being played by Robert Duvall and Dick Welles being played by Tommy Lee Jones. On the other hand, many of the sharply, crisply written scenes – whether of shoot-outs, killings, drug-induced deliriums, or lust – brought back memories from Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy which began with All the Pretty Horses.

Being a painstakingly researched novel, some of its most graphically etched scenes taken right out of the pages of 1890′s newspapers, The Mule Tamer will interest readers of historical novels as well as of American history. Also, all of us who love classic Western movies will be drawn to the challenges facing Walsh and Welles.

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Farm Girl: Rural Life Humor from a Farmer's Daughter by Shanna Hatfield

Farm Girl: Rural Life Humor from a Farmer’s Daughterby Shanna Hatfield

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Do you love a good laugh?

Enjoy clean rural humor from a farmer’s daughter!

What happens when a farmer who’s been wishing for a boy ends up with a girlie-girl?

Come along on the humorous and sometimes agonizing adventures from a childhood spent on a farm in the Eastern Oregon desert where one family raised hay, wheat, cattle, and a farm girl.

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“Let’s see you whip Rocket into shape,” Hayes said, stepping back and nodding his head to Hank.

Hank pulled his hat down on his head, tugged on his gloves, and gave one last look around, like he hoped divine intervention would keep him from riding to his death.

Motioning for Marcy to keep the kids at a safe distance away, Hayes waited until Hank had his left foot in the stirrup and was swinging his right leg over the back of the horse before he gave Rocket a firm smack on the hindquarters.

The show the horse and rider put on for eager spectators could have packed a full house. Although completely unrehearsed and not choreographed in any way, the intricate steps and mind-blowing moves were previously unseen in our hemisphere and most likely won’t be again.

Rocket, who appeared to have every intention…

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The Witches of Merribay (The Seaforth Chronicles Book 1) by B.J. Smash

The Witches of Merribay (The Seaforth Chronicles Book 1)by B.J. Smash

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*** A twisted tale of earth, air, fire, and water ***

Living in Maine with her grandmother and eccentric aunts is not how sixteen-year-old Ivy Seaforth expected to spend her summer–but working for a peculiar wealthy man and running errands for a powerful witch who lives in a tree-house wasn’t in her plans, either. And her sister, Zinnia…something was different. Zinnia was making mysterious visits to the forest, and that was certainly forbidden. Ivy longed for the days when she and her sister were best friends. Those days now seemed so long ago.

Ivy soon discovers that, along with the witch, the forest is inhabited by a wondrous race of otherworldly and unearthly beautiful beings – the Fae, and a young man of an even fairer race. When her father disappears, Ivy, must help the old witch break an evil curse that is preventing her from finding him. As she discovers her own mysterious past for the first time, she must learn to accept that things are not always as they seem and that magic might just be real.

With this new knowledge and the help of her new friends, will she be able to find her father? Will…

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Joshua by John Wilson

Joshuaby John Wilson

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He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn’t leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

Excerpt: Man had quickly degenerated to the animal instincts of the species and numerous bloody examples could be seen anywhere one looked. For many there were no more limits in this new world as it had only been the law that kept them from robbing or killing or raping each other, and the law was now gone. Only anarchy remained. Rotting murdered corpses littered his street like so much uncollected garbage. The smell was something of nightmares. It was like some bad science fiction movie but all too real. If it had been a movie the man would have found it laughable and changed the channel.

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THE TRADE by Thomas Kirkwood

THE TRADEby Thomas Kirkwood

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Small candles nestled in a silver candelabrum are ceremoniously lit to announce the start of a medieval auction. Sadly, however, we are not in the middle ages but in the first decade of this century. The auction is a nightly event somewhere in Eastern Europe. On the block are naked teenage girls, the latest casualties of the global flesh market. These sex slaves are not fiction: “Natasha girls” already number over a million, an atrocity that has joined weapons smuggling and drug trafficking as one of the largest and most lucrative criminal activities on earth.

Kristýna Sondheim, at age 16, was among the first Natasha girls, but managed to break free of her captor and begin a new life in the States. That life turns ugly when she is sentenced to 25 years for the murders of her husband and young daughter – murders she did not commit. The novel opens with Kristýna’s breathtaking escape from Abbyville, a women’s prison built on land adjacent to Sing Sing. All we know at this point is that there is some link between the prologue and this remarkable woman; and that she knows her daughter, who witnessed Arthur Sondheim’s murder, is alive…

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