Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-16-13

Build A Man

By Talli Roland / Genre: Humor / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (106 reviews)

Build A Man

Slave to the rich and the rude, cosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland longs for the day she’s a high-flying tabloid reporter. When she meets Jeremy Ritchie — the hang-dog man determined to be Britain’s Most Eligible Bachelor by making himself over from head to toe and everything in between — Serenity knows she’s got a story no editor could resist.

With London’s biggest tabloid on board and her very own column tracking Jeremy’s progress from dud to dude, Serenity is determined to be a success. But when Jeremy’s surgery goes drastically wrong and she’s ordered to cover all the car-crash goriness, Serenity must decide how far she really will go for her dream job.

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Arena One: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy)

By Morgan Rice / Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction / Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars (287 reviews)

Arena One: Slaverunners (PART ONE) (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy)

New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.

Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death.

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Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga)

By H. D. Gordon / Genre: Werewolves & Shifters, Paranormal, Romance / Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (94 reviews)

Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga)

When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.
The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa’s instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

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Saving Grace (Serve and Protect Series)

By Norah Wilson / Genre: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (96 reviews)

Saving Grace (Serve and Protect Series)

After wrecking her car and waking in hospital with amnesia, fledgling reporter Grace Morgan has no idea why she’d been in the process of leaving the husband she loves so dearly. Her husband, Police Detective Ray (Razor) Morgan tells her she was leaving him for another man, but that just can’t be so. Can it? She’s determined to remember, even if it kills her. And it just might. When bullets start to fly, Ray is forced to take the wife he believes faithless on the lam until they can figure out who is trying to kill them.

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Crossroads Serenade: A Novel

By Laurie Adair Grove / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (20 reviews)

Crossroads Serenade: A Novel

Meredith is managing okay since she left her hometown of Crossroads, Montana—she’s working, paying the rent and putting food on the table for herself and her child, anyway. No matter how much time passes,though, she can’t let go of Pete, the only man she’s ever loved. Or the fact that her best friend is dead. How can I move on, Meredith asks herself again and again, when my sweet child is such a painful reminder?

Her son is five when Meredith returns to Crossroads to claim The Serenade—a popular hotel, bar and restaurant—which she inherits from a dear friend who had treated her like family when her own family did not. She’s not sure if going home will really give her the fresh start she’s been looking for, or just reopen old wounds and resurrect old nightmares.

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Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-14-13

Alpha Girl (Book 1: The Wolfling Saga)

By Kate Bloomfield / Genre: Paranormal, Romance / Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (75 reviews)

Alpha Girl (Book 1: The Wolfling Saga)

Seventeen year old Rose Goldman is highly unpopular in the little town of Halfway. Ever since the ‘attack’ when she was a little girl, people and animals have been afraid of her. She gets bullied in school, and called ‘wet dog’ because of the way she smells, despite being extremely hygienic. However, life takes a turn when a new teacher starts at Halfway High. Mr. Stone, the quirky and charismatic English teacher is twice Rose’s age, but she feels an unexplainable pull towards him from day one. Despite her better judgement, Rose pursues a friendship with Mr. Stone, who seems unable to stay away from her. What is pulling this unlikely pair together?

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Not in the Heart

By Chris Fabry / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (64 reviews)

Not in the Heart

2013 Christy Award winner!
Truman Wiley used to report news stories from around the world, but now the most troubling headlines are his own. He’s out of work, out of touch with his family, out of his home. But nothing dogs him more than his son’s failing heart.

With mounting hospital bills and Truman’s penchant for gambling his savings, the situation seems hopeless . . . until his estranged wife throws him a lifeline—the chance to write the story of a death row inmate, a man convicted of murder who wants to donate his heart to Truman’s son.

As the execution clock ticks down, Truman uncovers disturbing evidence that points to a different killer. For his son to live, must an innocent man die? Truman’s investigation draws him down a path that will change his life, his family, and the destinies of two men forever.

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Shine On

By Allison J. Jewell / Genre: Coming of Age / Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (22 reviews)

Shine On

Emmie’s sole purpose in life was taking care of her moonshine loving step-father. When he is killed in a fiery crash on their farm, she is left alone and frustrated with a mountain of debt. Working as a seamstress for a crazy-old-coot shopkeeper is not the kind of life she had imagined for herself.

The curious events that surround her step-father’s death send Emmie on a quest for answers. Answers that lead to a dangerous secret tucked away on her property. Stumbling on a moonshine still was an unfortunate event for most folks in the hills of Kentucky. She was lucky not to have been shot on the spot. Emmie saw hope in the steam escaping the curved copper pipe of “Ole Maizy”. However, a series of mishaps put her front and center in a local moonshine war.

In the midst of chaos, Emmie is befriended by an attorney recently transported from Chicago. Silas McDowell is a man seeking some answers of his own. In an attempt to find a little roaring twenties glamour in the small town, he introduces Emmie to the underground world of Speakeasies and Blind Pigs. Loyalty, lies, and murder conspire to push Silas and Emmie together or rip them apart. Cloaked in secrets and unsure whom to trust, Emmie must decide to drown in darkness or find a way to Shine On.

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Confidential (A Suspense Novel)

By Jack Parker / Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars (45 reviews)

Confidential (A Suspense Novel)

Heidi Van Dauson had led a normal, quiet, spoiled life until she found herself as the only living witness able to make a case around three of the most wanted criminals in North America. After being forced into hiding until the trial, Heidi finds Camdon, someone who changes her :

Making her new life more than bearable, he makes it perfect.

Now she has to decide if it’s worth giving up the perfect life she has to testify, if it’s worth it to go back to the old life she had before, and if she can keep lying to the only person that she’s ever loved.

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Linnet and the Prince

By Alydia Rackham / Genre: Action & Adventure / Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (26 reviews)

Linnet and the Prince

Sixteen-year-old Linnet has been given a grave task. If she succeeds, it could end her life. If she fails, it could destroy her people.
She must kill a prince.
But first, she must marry him.
Prince Rajak of the Badi, son of the tyrannical desert king, has given Linnet’s Highland kingdom of Hilrigard an ultimatum: give him a princess for his bride, or be slaughtered. Linnet’s older sister is his first choice, but when she begs not to be sent, Linnet volunteers, to save her people.
Her mother, however, sees an opportunity. She secretly instructs Linnet to gain Rajak’s trust and then assassinate him, before he discovers the legendary chamber that will resurrect the Badi’s greatest king.
Linnet is united with Rajak and goes to his court determined to obey her mother’s command, though repulsed by the strange customs and bizarre foods. But the more she learns of the prince, the more she realizes that his brooding exterior conceals a good heart. And the more she learns of the chamber, the more she suspects that the legend is not what it seems.
But time runs short when Linnet’s mother sets the coup in motion, and Linnet is faced with a heart-rending choice—for the one sent to kill the prince is now the only one who can save him.

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Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-13-13

Parched (Parched Series, A Vampire Romance, #1)

By Z.L Arkadie / Genre: Romance / Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars (71 reviews)

Parched (Parched Series, A Vampire Romance, #1)

Advertising Executive, Clarity Parker thought she would never see Baron Ford again. Five years ago, she fell in love with him on their magical first date and then poof–he literally vanished into thin air. That’s why she’s stunned to hear his name again. After all, five years have passed since that night, and now, to add intrigue to insult, he’s requested that she be exclusively assigned to his multi-million dollar account.

Clarity makes every effort to avoid Baron Ford but when he finally catches up to her he issues a warning; things are not safe for her in the city anymore, especially since the strange fog has settled over Manhattan.

Before the foggy day is over Clarity’s entire world will come crashing down. Everything about her life that she thought was true is a lie! And there’s no time to question her soap opera star mother or business mogul father about it because Baron was right, her life is in danger, and so is his!

One thing’s for sure, from this point on, the world as Clarity Parker knows it will never be the same.

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Reservations for Two

By Anne Patrick / Genre: Romance, Religious Fiction / Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (86 reviews)

Reservations for Two

Widower’s Maggie O’Brien and Carson Jennings are both on a journey to rediscover who they are. Maggie, an adventurous former pastor’s wife of thirty-nine years, hopes to find closure in the place she and her husband spent their honeymoon. Carson, a retired judge, is living his lifelong dream of traveling across the U.S. in his RV. When their paths cross in the tranquil setting of Mason Springs, New Mexico, love is the last thing that either of them expects to find.

When this mix matched pair comes together they find themselves in some hilarious and even precarious situations. As the romance begins to blossom they face many obstacles that threaten to tear them apart, and what Maggie discovers about herself in New Mexico will redefine her future and alienate one of her children.

Will Carson and Maggie’s love for one another be strong enough to weather the storms or will their love for their children keep them apart?

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Murder Comes Unraveled: A Flock and Fiber Mystery

By Veryl Ann Grace / Genre: Women Sleuths, Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (49 reviews)

Murder Comes Unraveled: A Flock and Fiber Mystery

It’s a beautiful afternoon in May and set up for The Black Hills Fiber Gathering is in full swing. Martha Williamson, owner of The Spider’s Web—a shop specializing in spinning and weaving, is looking forward to four glorious days of selling and talking fiber and fiber tools as she organizes her booth and gets her alpaca settled in their stall. Then Falcor, her Great Pyrenees, finds a body, and she is pulled into the agony of a terrible accident. Or is it? As one person after another seems to have reason for wanting the victim dead, Martha is more and more certain there was no accident. However if it was murder, who did it and why? When there is another attack and Martha is threatened, it becomes obvious that she needs to find the answers. With her steadfast Great Pyrenees, Denali and Falcor, by her side, Martha begins to unravel the mystery, but will she be fast enough to forestall a killer’s hand?

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Love Letters

By Geraldine Solon / Genre: Contemporary, Romance / Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars (55 reviews)

Love Letters

Bridal shop manager Chloe Rogers will soon marry Richard Foster—so she thinks—until suddenly, she bumps into her childhood sweetheart, Josh Goldman, whom she hasn’t seen in thirteen years. The sparks between Chloe and Josh fly, but Richard provides safety, financial security. Should she follow her heart or her head? The answer comes in a surprise twist. While cleaning her attic, she stumbles upon love letters written to her estranged mother forty years ago from a man she loved. When Chloe secretly brings them together again and sees how much time they’ve lost, she is challenged not to make the same mistake her mother made. Will Chloe opt for security or will she risk her heart and marry her true love?

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Vengeful Games: A Novel (Bad Games Series, #2)

By Jeff Menapace / Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (36 reviews)

Vengeful Games: A Novel (A Dark Psychological Thriller) (Bad Games Series, #2)

In Autumn of 2008, the Lambert family headed to western Pennsylvania for a weekend getaway to the family cabin.

They visited hell instead…

The Fannelli brothers. Two psychopaths who believed themselves exceptional, put on this Earth for the soul purpose of tormenting others for their own amusement. To make people play their twisted games.

Except the Lamberts managed the impossible. They played the game and survived. Showed the Fannelli brothers that they’d messed with the wrong family.

However, the game is far from over. There are some new players in town. Players who appear to have close ties to the Fannelli brothers. Players who are taking things very personally…and promising results that are very deadly.

Vengeful Games is the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed thriller Bad Games. If you thought you’d glimpsed evil before, prepare to plummet headfirst into the abyss as author Jeff Menapace shows you a new level of fear and heart-stopping suspense.

Let the vengeful games begin…

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Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-11-13

Word and Breath (Wordless Chronicles)

By Susannah Noel / Genre: Paranormal & Urban, Fantasy / Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars (40 reviews)

Word and Breath (Wordless Chronicles)

Riana has learned how to stay out of trouble. She spends her days studying written texts in the government’s Office of Readers, and she spends her nights taking care of her sick sister. She always—always—follows the rules. Despite her low profile, she has mysteriously become a target. Someone has kidnapped her sister. Someone else is trying to kill her. And someone has sent a Soul-Breather to beguile her out of her secrets.

Her help comes from the mythic leader of an underground rebel movement. A man who used to be her friend. A man who has silently loved her for years. He disappeared from her life without a word, and now he expects her to trust him again.

Then there’s the Soul-Breather, a man who can taste her spirit with only a touch. He makes her feel things she’s never experienced before, but she doesn’t know if the feelings are real. Hired to deceive and betray her, he offers to help her instead.

Without both men, she can’t rescue her sister. And she can’t discover the world-changing knowledge—buried in her memory—that has made her a target in the first place.

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Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain)

By Kellie Sheridan / Genre: Teen & Young Adult / Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars (36 reviews)

Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain)

After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.

Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.

Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough.

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The Parent Pact (Book Three of The Return to Redemption Series)

By Laurie Kellogg / Genre: Family Life / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (145 reviews)

The Parent Pact (Book Three of The Return to Redemption Series)

Cinderella and Prince Charming never had to consider the welfare of their children

When widower Tyler Fitzpatrick meets Annie Barnes at his daughter’s school, his libido goes tilt. The sexy single mother is everything he and his grieving little girl need. Unfortunately, Annie flatly refuses his dinner invitation. She wants a husband and a father for her son—not just a boyfriend. And the last time she checked, wealthy, summa-cum-laude lawyers didn’t marry high-school-drop-out housekeepers.

Tyler concedes there’s a vast difference between their experiences and lifestyles. Still, he’s inexplicably drawn to the impoverished young woman—even though her little boy reminds Tyler of an underprivileged past he’d rather forget. While becoming better acquainted, he offers Annie a job caring for his daughter and home in Redemption, PA. He also proposes a Parent Pact—an agreement to become role models to each other’s child and to fill one another’s needs as single parents while they continue to search for true love.

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Strangeville

By Kenneth Tingle / Genre: Action & Adventure / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (171 reviews)

Strangeville

Includes all 3 parts of Strangeville in one e-book!

Need a good laugh? Strangeville is a different kind of story that draws the reader in and keeps them wondering what will happen next. The story is a dark comedy about a suicidal young man named John Campbell who, after a failed suicide attempt, heads to Virginia to visit an aunt he hasn’t seen in ten years. But his rental car runs out of gas deep in the mountains. When he decides to walk in the middle of the night, he winds up in a town that is isolated from the rest of the world—Strangeville. Unable to leave, he meets an assortment of loveable oddball characters—the beautiful Delilah, Klemm Johnson, Clarissa Puddworthy, Biff Flannigan, Jeboriah Varmint, Cleetus McChoparooski, and others.
So if you want a different kind of reading experience, and you’re tired of the same old cookie-cutter writing, check out Strangeville . Readers love it!

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Pushed Too Far (A Thriller)

By Ann Voss Peterson / Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (157 reviews)

Pushed Too Far (A Thriller)

A TOWN’S TERRIBLE SECRET

Two years ago a woman was brutally murdered, her body burned until only ash and shattered bone remained. Police Sergeant Valerie Ryker solved that case, putting psychopath Dixon Hess in prison for life, and becoming the first female police chief of her tiny Wisconsin town.

A COP’S UNFORGIVABLE MISTAKE

Then the original murder victim turns up in a frozen lake, all in one piece and only recently dead, and Val must enter a race against time. In only forty-eight hours, Hess will be set free, and he wants payback. And Val, her town, and everyone she loves are at the top of his list.

A KILLER’S NEXT VICTIM

But surviving Hess’s vengeance is only part of her dilemma. For there’s another killer in Lake Loyal. One who may be closer to Val than she knows…

Val will need all the help she can get, including a sexy firefighter, her dead sister’s daughter, and a tough Chicago cop named Jack Daniels. Everyone has a breaking point, and Val has just reached hers.

From bestselling romantic suspense author Ann Voss Peterson comes a page-turning thriller of police procedure, passion, and revenge. Make sure you’re holding your Kindle tightly with both hands.

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Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-10-13

9th Circle: 9 Circles, Infinite Ways to Die (Book 1 of the Darc Murders Series)

By Carolyn McCray / Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (168 reviews)

9th Circle: 9 Circles, Infinite Ways to Die (Book 1 of the Darc Murders Series)

A madman terrorizes Seattle, attempting to recreate the nine circles of hell by using the blood and bodies of the innocent.

Detective Robi Darcmel, a gifted yet troubled savant, is the only man standing in the path of this pathological killer.

As the fate of the Emerald City hangs in the balance, can Darcmel overcome his failings or will Seattle burn to ash?

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Barbie Girl (Baby Doll Series)

By Heidi Acosta / Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Teen & Young Adult / Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (39 reviews)

Barbie Girl (Baby Doll Series)

Barbie is the bad girl at school. She does not have any friends, names like, slut, druggie, skank don’t even faze her anymore. Sure they hurt, but she knows how to numb that pain. Besides she has big plans to take her little brother and run as soon as she graduates. That is until she is told that she is failing math and will not graduate if she does not pass. Her small hope at a normal life for her and her brother dwindling she will need to get a tutor and the best option is Dylan. The boy she has known since elementary school, but has not spoken to in years. Even if he agrees to tutor her she has no way to pay him. Any money she does get her mom manages to blow on drugs or booze.
So she makes a deal that Dylan cannot refuse. She will get Dylan the girl of his dreams in return for a passing grade. At first it’s just a deal that is made but suddenly both Barbie and Dylan are fighting off whirlwind feelings… and there is more to be exposed than just feelings.
Dylan has been in love with Katie from the moment he seen her. If only she knew that he existed. He could not pass up the opportunity to finally get her to notice him. Barbie’s unpredictable behaviors will ether destroy the little social life he has or boost him in to popularity. But is that what he really wants? Barbie has him questioning his feelings? But how can you fight something that you crave? Can Dylan see past what he believes Barbie to be? Can Barbie risk losing more than just her heart?
A heartwarming tale of romance, friendship and the meaning of true love.

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Edible Delectables

By Amy Wiseman / Genre: Contemporary, Romance / Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars (54 reviews)

Edible Delectables

If you had a second chance at true love, would you risk everything for it? As an adult Kara Baker is living her dream of owning a thriving bakery. Unlucky at love, but happy with her life, fate is about to deliver her into the hands of her long lost, but never forgotten, teenage crush. Will she take a chance and risk her heart?

Kara Baker owns her own bakery. Jason Dietrich is a resident in pediatrics. Their worlds collide when Kara ends up in the hospital for appendicitis.

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Country Girls

By Karina Gioertz / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (53 reviews)

Country Girls

It had been clear from the beginning, that Emma, Eli and Evey Wilson would be tied together by more than just a name and the blood that flowed through each of their veins. They would be bound for life by the secrets of their past and the lies that kept them hidden.

After a fire devoured their family home and left them orphaned at an early age, Emma, Eli and Evey found themselves being raised by their grandfather and learning the ropes of life on the ranch. A life that quite suited Emma and Eli, but left Evey desperate to seek out a way to escape and run off to the big city. An escape she soon found in Preston Mercer.

It wasn’t long after Evey rode out of town on Preston’s white horse that he revealed his true colors and what had been her dream come true became the stuff of nightmares. While Evey weathered the storm on her own at first, out of spite and sheer stubbornness, she finally broke her silence and called her sisters. They instantly rushed to her side, just as they had always done. Just as she had known they would.

As Pandora’s Box was opened for the second time in 25 years, the sisters prepared for what would be their greatest battle yet. Would Evey be able to escape Preston’s wrath? Would Emma be able to face the monsters of her past? Would Eli find a way to heal the scars that had not only bound her body but shackled her spirit? And, most importantly, would there be room amongst the skeletons to hide another body? Join them on their journey, as they fight the enemy, embrace the ally and find out if love really does conquer all.
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Pushups in the Prayer Room

By Norm Schriever / Genre: Adventurers & Explorers, Biographies & Memoirs / Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (52 reviews)

Pushups in the Prayer Room

In the spring of 1999, Norm Schriever leaves his old life behind and backpacks around the world for a year, not returning to the US until the spring of 2000. Throughout his journeys he touches down in more than 20 countries in 6 continents, spanning 70,000 miles total, or the equivalent of almost three times around the equator.

There is never a dull moment on this wild and irreverent adventure, whether Norm is evading armed carjackers in a high-speed chase in the barrios of Venezuela, exploring ancient wonders of the world like the pyramids, the Great Wall, and Machu Picchu, almost landing in a Bolivian jail for mistakenly being accused of cocaine trafficking, or witnessing the holiest sites on earth in Jerusalem. Along the way, Norm encounters a broad spectrum of human existence and experiences a blossoming of consciousness and spiritual growth that he never anticipated. What started out as a wild, raucous party trip evolves into a man’s quest for his life’s purpose in the world.

Pushups in the Prayer Room: Reflections from a Year Backpacking around the World is an honest, no-holds-barred account of that year-long odyssey around the globe. Norm’s writing, which is enlightening, gritty, filled with self-deprecating humor, yet always authentic, picks you up and carries you along on that crazy journey.

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