Odyssey In A Teacup, by Paula Houseman. (Still 0.99?)

"Houseman uses childhood humor and emotions to connect with the readers making her characters come to life. She further uses the common doubts and questions that children maturing into adults have with relationships and one's own life. Houseman allows each of her characters time to grow and demonstrate their worth to one another. Houseman is a master storyteller that has a gift to be shared and enjoyed. This is one of those rare insightful books that allows the readers opportunity to reflect back on their childhood journey into adulthood with great appreciation." -- Amazon Reviewer

British Humor and Satire: Odyssey In A Teacup
A tut-tutting, big-breasted, modern-day gorgon; a humourless schoolmarm with an unfortunate name and freakishly long, yellow incisors (yeesh)-these are the kinds of people Ruth Roth regularly encounters. Add in daily dealings with an acerbic mother who squawks like a harpy, a father with a dodgy moral compass and a God complex, a bitchy mirror, and Ruth's existence feels like a Greek tragicomedy.
The idiocy of daily life makes sense to Ruth when she develops a fascination with ancient mythology. She learns that the deviant gods and spectacular monsters of bygone myths are alive and well in the backwoods of our psyche; that there's always one who escapes suppression and can have the whip hand in our lives. Ruth's is one of the most unwelcome societal presences-the goddess of obscenity. And talk about ugly!
Ruth can relate to this immortal. Not in looks; Ruth is quite comely. But she feels unwelcome in her own family (she gatecrashed her mother's womb only two months after her brother vacated it). Despite being labelled the 'black sheep', or maybe because of it, Ruth takes on her nemeses, bravely and brazenly (her dirty goddess doesn't give a rat's about social niceties). But our heroine is war-weary. And the yearning to fit in somewhere-anywhere-eventually undoes her. We must look on helplessly as Ruth loses her soul.
She wants it back, though!
Just as well the mad characters in her mind and experiences won't quit. Just as well Ruth never loses her wry wit. And where her nearest and dearest attempt to keep her shrunken into a wholesome package of conformity, Ruth's two closest girlfriends simply won't allow it. And then there's Ralph Brill.
Ruth's hot-looking, eccentric cousin and best friend, Ralph is her staunchest ally. Also a misfit in his family, he has his share of problems including a st-t-t-tuttering brutish father, and an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder-Ralph needs to do everything twice, twice.
Ruth relies on his repeated encouragement and the support of her girlfriends as she embarks on an odyssey. A good homoeopathic dose of ancient mythology helps her find her way back through the sludgy shame and irrational fears choking her spirit. Then just when all seems well, Ruth faces an apocalypse …

"Paula Houseman's keen understanding of the ancient, universal forces at work in the very roots of humanity, and magnificently bawdy humor make Odyssey in a Teacup an epically defiant, bold, painful, hilarious, soul-fortifying must-read for anyone who has ever dared (or hoped) to look at themselves in the mirror and ask the question, How in the hell have I survived?
-Stephanie L Harper, author

Tags: british, satire, humor satire, women's fiction, humorous fiction, humor satire, fiction satire, humorous fiction best sellers, humor

270 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 14 reviews.

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The Elvish Prophecy (The Paladin Chronicles Book 1), by Neil Port. (Still free?)

"What a delightful novel! This is my first book by Neil Port and I thoroughly enjoyed his informative and captivating writing style. He paints an unique picture by leaving enough for you to color with your own imagination as you travel through valleys and mountains with the well developed characters. The Elvish Prophesy is a captivating journey full of adventure filled with twists and turns for appreciating respect and friendships. Neil Port's writing style will have the book glued to your hands and keep you reading to the wee hours of the morning. I couldn't put it down." -- Amazon Reviewer

850 years ago the once mighty Western Elves were fatally weakened by the sacking of Elvish Troia and then almost totally destroyed by a cataclysmic invasion of barbarian hordes that came soon after. They now remain only in scattered settlements in the Black Sea region of Anatole. The Eastern Elves hold the last of the elf cities, the magnificent mountain fortress of Elgard to the east and to the north of Anatole, but the Elves themselves are fading. The have lost almost all their magic, and they are hardly greater than the Humans they once ruled.
The final destruction of the Elves has been foretold two thousand years before, and now the time is all but upon them. Only through an ancient prophecy can they be saved, but it will require every bit of love, sacrifice and courage that a group of extraordinary people have to give. An Elf Princess, an eleven year old gypsy orphan girl, and a mercenary tribesman are the first to be called. They must unite in a desperate search through Anatole for the key to the survival of the Elves, but first they have to stay alive!
An epic fantasy set in Greek Turkey on the cusp of an invasion by the unbeatable Makedóne army from the west and the appearance of a new and far more dangerous barbarian far to the East. (realistic content).

All proceeds from sales of this and subsequent books will be given to registered charities see http://www.neilport.com/ for details.

487 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 4 reviews.

Magic Mountain, by Shirley Martin. (Still 2.99?)

"A great read! A runaway princess seeking to discover gold to ransom her kidnapped brother finds herself in all kinds of hot water. Disguised as a young man, Olwen sets out to find a stash of mythical gold. Along the way she befriends a fellow traveler, who unbeknownst to her is seeking the same treasure. Many trials and tribulations have to be endured before the story roars to its satisfying end. A wonderful adventure full of intrigue and romance. If you enjoyed Magic Mountain take a moment to look up Ms. Martin's other books." -- Amazon Reviewer

Gold! Legend tells of a fortune in gold, hidden in a cave at Misty Mountain, in a land faraway.

Princess Olwen must find the treasure . The neighboring warlike country of Volanar has held her brother hostage for years and demands a fortune to free him. Olwen's country of Airenn Tir is too poor to pay the ransom. Her father doesn't believe the legend of hidden gold and refuses to send anyone to search for the treasure.

So she'll find the gold herself, Olwen determines. Disguised as a man and traveling alone, she leaves in the dead of night and travels to a distant land to find the treasure. Painful surprises await her, for she has no idea she'll encounter a land of magic . . . and danger.

In Volanar, the king sends his son, Prince Garth, on a mission to find the gold. The king must have more money to wage war against Airenn Tir. He knows something the king of Airenn Tir doesn't know, something his soldiers discovered while occupying part of that land. Greenstone lies beneath the earth, a precious gem believed to protect people against fatal illnesses.

By accident, Olwen and Garth meet at an inn, neither knowing they have the same goal. Agreeing to travel together, they each make up a story to mask the true reasons for their trip. When they both realize they seek the same treasure, trouble follows, and plenty of it.

When Garth discovers that Olwen is a woman, he fights his blossoming attraction for her. He must not fall in love with her, for they are enemies, each seeking the treasure for their countries.

Too soon, Olwen discovers that Garth is a prince, from the very country that is holding her brother hostage. She wants nothing more to do with him and travels on alone.

The evil sorceress, Gitta, vows to seize all the gold for herself and kill anyone who stands in her way.

Who reaches the treasure first becomes a matter of life or death.

133 pages, with a 5-star rating from 1 reviews.

Lies Told In Silence, by M.K. Tod. (Still 0.99?)

"A multi-generational story, Tod's chronicle of a French family during the chaos of WWI intrigued me. I enjoyed the contrast Tod created not only between the male and female characters, but among the different age groups represented within the narrative. Her books make wonderful war stories, but she is in her element writing of those caught on the tides of battle." -- Amazon Reviewer

In May 1914, Helene Noisette's father believes war is imminent. Convinced Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his wife, daughter, mother and younger son to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts two months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium, sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front. During the years that follow, with the rumbling of guns ever present in the distance, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, fear and the dreadful impacts of war.

In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier wounded in the battle of Vimy Ridge. But war has a way of separating lovers and families, of twisting promises and dashing hopes, and of turning the naïve and innocent into the jaded and war-weary. As the months pass, Helene is forced to reconcile dreams for the future with harsh reality.

Lies Told in Silence examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice, and the unexpected consequences of lies.

392 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 26 reviews.

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