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CAPTIVE COWBOY (Captured Hearts Series Book 2), by Lindsey Brookes. (Still free?)

"Do you believe in love at first sight? The characters in this book do not they are about to find out anything is possible when you least expect it. Brandon is a hard nut to crack with his gruff was he never even cracks a smile. When Megan see that smile for the first time she is determine to make it happen again, when she hears him laugh she makes up her mind to do everything in her power to make sure it happens again. These two have so much in common but still so opposite but opposite do attacked and the sparks flying off these two just goes to show you how true that statement is." -- Amazon Reviewer

All work and no play just like his father had done leaves Brandon Barnes, the 'Ogre of Lone Tree', on the outside looking in when it comes to those around him. A man whose trust has been broken, leaving his heart guarded.

Megan McKinney, determined to put her painful past behind her, ends up stranded in Lone Tree, Montana. Love is the last things she's looking for, but she soon finds herself falling for the gruff, unsmiling cowboy who rescued her. Now it's her turn to rescue Brandon - from himself. So she sets out to teach him that life is meant to be enjoyed, not just lived. And that sometimes true happiness is only a smile away.

(If you missed Book 1 in the Captured Hearts Series, check out Kidnapped Cowboy for Dalton's story. Books can be stand-alone reads)

386 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 57 reviews.

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Death of the Body (Crossing Death Book 1), by Rick Chiantaretto. (Still free?)

"Characters are very believable for me all well described as well as the scenery. The author paints a grand picture in both sight and sound for me. When the fire followed him back through the tree I could imagine the sight and smell of it all. There is a great attention to detail. The whole elemental thing was great I always love that! I love Xia and Alexander! " -- Amazon Reviewer

I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own-the betrayer of my kind. But I didn't stay dead.

I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father's ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must learn who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.

400 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 58 reviews.

We Were Soldiers Too: A Historical Look at Germany During the Cold War From the US Soldiers Who Served There, by Bob Kern. (Still 0.99?)

"At long last an author has written about the Cold War experience facing the Soviet forces. Those soldiers were volunteers who could have been killed if the Soviets had decided to launch an invasion of Western Europe. The amount of training it took to keep our forces in peak condition hasn't been told until now. This book should be on the Army chief of staff reading list." -- Amazon Reviewer

Ground zero for a nuclear war was just over an hour northeast of Frankfurt, Germany. The small town of Fulda is nestled at the base of a natural gap in the hilly wooded terrain of West Germany and was a corridor between East and West Germany. Referred to as the Fulda Gap, this corridor was very likely the path the Warsaw forces and the Soviet Union would have taken to invade Europe.

This was the most logical and practical path for an invasion. History has shown other great military leaders had come to the same conclusion. Napoleon used this very corridor to withdraw westward during the Battle of Nations and General George S. Patton used it to push the Nazis eastward during World War II. It was the best location, by all accounts, for the Soviets to send their mechanized units through quickly to conquer Frankfurt, the capital and financial center of West Germany and Europe beyond.

European leaders were shocked at how quickly Hitler had been able to conquer Europe during World War II. To calm these fears and assure them that the United States would not abandon them at the conclusion of the war, the U.S. maintained a significant military force in West Germany for the duration of the Cold War.

The forces on the east and west sides of the Fulda Gap were the largest numbers of military soldiers and equipment gathered in one area in the history of the world. Behind each side was an arsenal of medium range nuclear missiles aimed at each other and at the Fulda Gap area. The brave men and women who served in West Germany were the first line of defense against the enemy horde that would come through the gap if hostilities ever began. Their mission was to hold that advancing horde for forty-eight hours until reinforcements arrived. None of them were expected to survive an invasion and they all knew it. This was what they had enlisted for, it was their job, and they did it proudly.

The following is a historical look at the Cold War in Germany through the careers of seventeen veterans who served there. These are their stories as they prepared to defend the Fulda Gap and ground zero…

174 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 36 reviews.

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Snatched (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 2), by Alison Golden. (Still free?)

"Diana has an eagle eye when it comes to details. Nothing gets by her! In this mystery she finds a dead body while she's on her morning run. Was it natural causes, or something else for devilish? Who would want to do such a thing? This book will keep you turning the pages to find out the who, what, why, and how. Fast paced and draws you into it." -- Amazon Reviewer

What would you do if you discovered a dead body? Would you investigate? Try to solve the case before the police arrive?

Would you prattle on about theories regarding the murder, realizing you know almost too much about it? Would you put the handsome detective off balance so that he then accuses you of being the murderer? All before 9AM? No… surely no one would do that?

Clearly, you haven't met Diana Hunter.

When embarking on an early morning run, Diana notices a man sitting on the ground reading a book. When she returns, she finds he hasn't moved a muscle since she left her house. She checks him over and discovers that he is stone cold. Once the emergency services arrive, all equipped with a very good-looking, but pompous detective, Peter Hopkinson, she has to continually prove to the detective why she is not the killer while trying to solve the murder herself.

Will Diana find the murderer before the detective does, or will they both discover that something a lot more sinister is going on at Royal Bay Beach?

Interview with the Author of the Series

Q - So, what makes the Diana Hunter series special?

A - When I set out to write these books, I wanted to create something that mirrored exactly the kind of books I like to read. My top picks are always mystery novels, especially featuring female protagonists with attitude. Diana is badass and I can't tell you how many readers tell me she reminds them of themselves. She makes you feel you can do anything!

The Diana Hunter books are a great mix of genres. There is nothing graphic or gratuitous in these books. Your Aunt Martha could definitely read them. But they are not "roses around the cottage door" -type mysteries. They are more hard-boiled with some romantic tension, suspense and thriller action to keep things interesting!

Overall, the Diana Hunter series is designed to keep you turning the pages - and I've made sure there's never a dull moment.

Q - In what order should I read the books?

A - The Diana Hunter mysteries can be read and enjoyed in any order, however, Hunted is a prequel to the other books in the series. Unlike the other books, it is not a complete mystery. It relates the events that create the backdrop to the series and fills in some of Diana's personality and motivations. You don't have to have read the prequel to make sense of the later books but it helps.

I've made sure not to include any spoilers for those who are new to the characters and any existing fans of Diana's adventures will still find plenty of fresh action and mystery as well as perhaps a few answers. All in all, there is something for everyone. The events in this prequel take place a few years before Snatched, the first book in the Diana Hunter series of mysteries.

If you do want to read them in order, I'd suggest the following sequence:

- Hunted (prequel)
- Snatched
- Stolen
- Chopped

Q - So, why should readers give these books a try?

A - Because the Diana Hunter series is a fast, fun, thrill-ride that takes no prisoners! Our heroine is kicks butt but has a soft center. We want her to win out even when she's making poor decisions and alienating those who can, and want, to help her. I think most women will see a little, or a lot, of themselves in Diana Hunter.

Ultimately, readers who enjoy lightning-fast pacing with a plot that twists and turns all the way to the end will get a kick out of this series.

Thanks for reading!

Diana Hunter Book Categories:

- Mystery Series
- Crime Thrillers
- Cozy Mysteries
- Women Sleuths
- Hard-Boiled Mysteries
- International Mystery and Crime

132 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 23 reviews.

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