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Bud the Crud and the Vampire-Werewolf Wars
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,730. Language: American English. Published: August 15, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(5.00)
Vampires and werewolves and ... puberty? It’s all here. My name is Buddy, and this story is all about me and my sister. There’s vampires and werewolves and bullies and even love, if you’re into that kind of thing. No one curses in this book – not even the werewolves. Looking back, some of it was pretty scary, but it all ends happily. No one dies, and everything goes back to normal – sort of.
The Newfoundland Vampire - Book II: Killer on the Road
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Series: The Newfoundland Vampire, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,020. Language: American English. Published: August 31, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
New vampire Joseph O'Reily and his creator Cassandra Snow just vanquished her abusive vampire husband John, and now the Vampire Council has ordered them to bring down John's youngling, Donald Rathmore, who is rampantly killing without concern for secrecy. Joseph is just beginning to trust Cassandra, but his feelings for her will be tested to the limit. Will their love for each other survive?
Lily Steps Out
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,960. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Empty nest and retired husband - after 30 years of cooking and cleaning, Lily Gold wants more out of life, something of her own - a job. Just when she's about to open her own antique center, husband Leon decides he's had enough of her 'hobby' and closes their joint account. HIS needs - what about HERS? How far will she go to assert her independence? She's about to find out...
The Newfoundland Vampire
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Series: The Newfoundland Vampire, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,940. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00)
Joseph O'Reily secretly wants to be a superhero. When he goes to a local pub and meets a beautiful redhead, she makes him feel like one. Then strange things start happening, and he realizes she's done something to change him. Forever. Now instead of worrying about a vegetarian diet, he's craving blood and running from a 200-year-old vamp trying to kill him. Some fantasies should never come true.
Common Descent - Darwin's Children Book 3
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Series: Darwin's Children, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,220. Language: American English. Published: September 16, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Jaycie’s telekinesis isn't working, and her telepathy is out of control. The Dey-Vah announce they will soon reveal the supernatural world to the human race. Then, a mysterious new enemy emerges, and people start dropping dead all over northern Alabama. The master vampire slayer and a psychotic assassin come to the Core's aid, but the Alliance and betrayals from the past threaten to undo them all.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 1: Feeling Lucky
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,080. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2009 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
(5.00)
Satirical science-fiction military space opera, #1 of series. Compulsive gambler Joey Czerinski must escape Old Earth fast to elude the bad-ass loan shark gunning for him. Desperate, he borrows funds from a shady Foreign Legion ATM, then gets shipped across space to fight a spider-like alien species. But one lucky roll of the dice could put him back in the game - if he can manage to stay alive!
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 7: Enemies
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,460. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Even the paranoid have enemies - as Colonel Joey R. Czerinski well knows, being paranoid and having many enemies, some of whom he actually calls friends. Snipers on rooftops and scorpions from space - all have to be dealt with. And Czerinski deals with everything in his usual way - by cheating and lying and alienating everyone around him - as the laughs continue.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 13: Salesman From Mars
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 13. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,660. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Born salesman Donald Crisp stars in this edition of the screwy military space saga. Crisp accepts a loan from the USGF recruitment ATM and is enlisted in the Foreign Legion. Oranges for scorpions, semi-sentient penguins, biting Blue Lizards, and ghosts from the past make life interesting as Crisp chills at the South Pole then makes a splash in Caldera Lake while watching out for the Grim Reaper!
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 9: Scorpions
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,280. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The sneaky Scorpion Queen has yummy plans for the Mantidae on planet New Colorado, but Colonel Joey Czerinski and his miscreant legionnaires are out to stop her - with or without the insidious ATM's assistance. A mysterious green rash makes the rounds wherever the Queen goes, and Czerinski falls victim. The laughs continue as Major Lopez is suddenly put in charge - just how screwed up is that?
Death Spiral Book 3: Debt of Honor
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Series: Death Spiral, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,010. Language: American English. Published: August 15, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Ex-Navy SEAL Robert O'Leary is happily living in Thailand with his wife Mina and kids and extended family until friend and ex-CIA operative Bruce draws him into a plan to declare war on Muslim extremists. After the last bloodbath, Robert promised Mina the killing beast would not come out again. But then Bruce gets in serious trouble, and Robert must pay a debt of honor and damn the consequences.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 15: Lieutenant Columbus
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 15. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,720. Language: American English. Published: May 17, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
#15 - In the future, Major Lopez travels back in time to recruit Christopher Columbus into the Legion, but in the current timeline when Columbus shows up, he has no memory of him and assumes he's a crackpot who thinks he's a famous historical figure. Colonel Czerinski bungles the search for gold in the legendary lost mine of old Bob Woodard, pissing off the spiders across the DMZ, laughs continue.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 11: Cemetery City
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,390. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Colonel Lopez returns to New Colorado, intent on mining rare metals used in USGF communications and weapons technology. Problem is, the ore vein is located across the border in Arthropodan territory. Lopez's plan to get around that involves Major Czerinski's chain of cemeteries. The spiders take offense at the Legion's claim-jumping, and Lopez gets caught in the middle as the laughs continue.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 8: Allies
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,960. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A treaty makes the humans and spiders allies. Before anyone can enjoy peace, the scorpions reappear with a vengeance. Col. Czerinski and his legionnaires help the spiders battle the scorpions. The Legion’s serendipitous screw-up convinces the scorpions to surrender. A new alien species makes an appearance, and a feared nemesis returns, putting everyone on alert as the laughs continue.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 18: First Contact
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 18. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,150. Language: American English. Published: August 2, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A probe sent from across the galaxy lands on New Colorado, looking for a sentient race. After becoming involved with a gang and blowing up a Burger King to win favor with powerful McDonald's Corporation, the rover, is entered in an all-terrain race. On the run, the rover runs smack-dab into Colonel Joey R. Czerinski, who wants its compact laser technology, and the silliness continues!
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 14: Embassy Wars
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 14. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,240. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Czerinski is assigned to Arthropoda to protect the USGF Embassy while spying for General Lopez and the CIA. Riots break out, and an old foe wrecks his office. When war with the scorpion embassy ensues over turkey dinner, trouble follows Czerinski and crew back to a tropical isle on New Colorado to guard a volcano, where they go off the reservation in a zany new adventure.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 10: Peacekeepers
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,950. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Czerinski and his ragtag band of legionnaires are now sporting blue as peacekeepers between the spiders and scorpions, but that's like wearing a target painted on their backs. It's SNAFU - situation normal, all f****d up. But everything will be OK as long as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut keep their doors open. The laughs continue in this 10th installment of the seriously silly space opera.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 12: The Ark
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,580. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
General Lopez sends Czerinki's platoon to steal technology from a huge alien spaceship buried deep below the desert oasis of croc-infested Caldera Lake. The spiders believe the ship is an ancient mythological ark, and the race is on to reach it first. Where the Legion goes, progress follows. Soon a Walmart, Starbucks, Taco Bell, and two casinos pop up as tourists pour in and the laughs abound.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 6: Culture War
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,320. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2010 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Arthropoda’s Emperor declares war on human culture and orders US goods at New Colorado's DMZ confiscated. Spider citizens have already adopted American cultural icons including the Nike Swoosh and skateboarding. Even the spider commander is addicted to Starbucks. Hostilities escalate. Czerinski overreacts, alienating allies. But the revolution is stronger than anyone suspects. Laughs continue.
Darwin's Children
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Series: Darwin's Children, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,440. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(3.75)
Life's too complicated for 17-year-old Jaycie Lerner. A telepath with super telekinetic power, she just wants a normal life with a cute boyfriend, but nature has other plans for her as she approaches a telekinetic surge that could destroy everything and everyone around her. Good thing she's got her super-powered family and new best friend - and a special guardian angel to help her through it all.
Heart of Steele
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110,650. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2010 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
A successful Chicago corporate lawyer returns to his small hometown with one objective - to crash his half-brother's wedding. But when he meets the bride-to-be and realizes she's being railroaded by his mother into marrying his slob of a brother, he has a different goal in mind. The wedding will go on as planned, but he'll replace his brother as the groom!
Status Quo
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,570. Language: American English. Published: April 19, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Alex and an astronomer are to traverse a wormhole but the government stops the project. 7 years later Alex is part of shuttle Status Quo's untrained crew. The astronomer’s daughter is in a mental hospital, the teen pilot plays on a simulator, his mother is 'psychic.' An incompetent doctor, troubled teen, convicted murderer, and cat are aboard too. The director wants them all dead. Are they doomed?
The McKenzie Files
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Series: The McKenzie Files, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,320. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Military SciFi, Book 1 ... Humanity's at war with a reptilian race called the Brelac, but a secret weapon - human Reploid clones programmed to serve the Brelac - have infiltrated the Protectorate. In a bid to turn the Brelac secret weapons against their alien masters, the Protectorate reprograms three captured Reploids who may be the only thing standing between humanity and total destruction.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 4: Demilitarized Zone
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,670. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Decorated Legion war hero Captain Joey Czerinski and his platoon go to planet New Colorado’s New Gobi Desert to guard the demilitarized zone dividing human-occupied territory from areas claimed by the Arthropodan Empire. With a new alien spider commander, a human boy rising to lead a militia, and McDonald's, Walmart, and Chupacabra added to the mix, the funny bone gets smacked hard.
The Protectorate: Patriarch
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 111,930. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2009 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
A vampire sworn to protect the secret existence of his people risks everything to save a human child — and love a mortal woman.
Zombie Missouri
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,520. Language: American English. Published: July 24, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The zombies are everywhere, and wouldn't you know ... teenage loser Lenny Dreckle has eyes only for the lovely flesh-eating Andrea. But somebody's gotta fix the apocalypse, and it looks like Lenny's elected. (Also includes Jamie Wasserman's first installment of the Vampire Guppy Hunter series!)
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 2: Reenlistment
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,260. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2010 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
The satirical science-fiction military space saga continues. Decorated war hero, or war criminal guilty of atrocities? Depends on who’s judging ex-legionnaire Joey Czerinski. This lucky gambler turned soldier turned casino boss finds his businesses destroyed by continued alien insurgency. Desperate, he turns to his old friend the Galactic Foreign Legion ATM for a loan - and ends up reenlisted!
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 5: Insurgency
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,550. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2010 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Colonel Joey R. Czerinski and his band of legionnaires try to quell a citizen uprising in planet New Colorado’s New Gobi Desert and foil an insurgency plot to kill the spider Arthropodan Emperor and his lovely wife, Queen Rainbow. Suspicion and mistrust threaten the stability of Legion command, while Czerinski deals with troubles arising from a tryst with a long-gone marine.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 19: ATM
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 19. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,900. Language: American English. Published: August 29, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Galactic Foreign Legion recruitment ATM gets a makeover when the CIA uses its AI in an android body developed for troop build-up. Major Lopez walks a fine line between treason and time paradox, and Colonel Joey R. Czerinski doesn't have a clue. Private Atm tries to 'blend with the crowd,' but the Arthropodan commander tries to steal the android technology. As usual, the silliness continues!
America's Galactic Foreign Legion Book 17, Randal Telk and the 396 Steps to Sexual Bliss
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 17. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,070. Language: American English. Published: January 13, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Private Randal Telk falls deeper into his delusions as the Legion searches planet New Colorado's New Gobi Desert for his bride Elena, captured by the rebel group Fist & Claw. Telk dreams of super-hot Yolanda and his various applications of the 396 Steps to Sexual Bliss - while things look ever more dire for Elena. But an old Legion foe lends advice to help Telk stay on task.
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 3: Silent Invasion
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,610. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2010 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Captain Joey Czerinski of the United States Galactic Foreign Legion faces double-crossing friends and adversaries on both sides as the situation deteriorates for human occupation of planet New Colorado, and the Arthropodan Empire plans to take control. The wolves are literally at the door, and maybe all Czerinski can do is take a dive and throw the fight - literally - to save the day!
Unforgettable
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,730. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2009 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Jilted by a con man and stranded in a rain storm, penniless Maddie Price is rescued by famous playright Robert Kendall. Robert's life is complicated by a drunken Chinese housekeeper and an actor best friend cross-dressing to get the lead in his new play. When he meets Maddie, he knows they are meant for each other, but can he overcome her mistrust to convince her they belong together?
America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 16: Galactic Disney
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Series: America's Galactic Foreign Legion, Book 16. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,810. Language: American English. Published: May 17, 2013 by Penumbra Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Construction of the new Galactic Disney theme park nears completion in New Colorado’s New Gobi Desert. Suspicion escalates between humans and spiders. On opening day, the Legion employs more than fairy dust and magical mice to provide security, mounting missiles and machine guns as backup in the ‘Escape from Spider Mountain’ ride - and humans and spiders collide as the laughs continue.


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  • The Devil's Game by S.L. Pierce and Maren Kaye on Oct. 13, 2011

    THE DEVIL’S GAME By S.L. Pierce & Maren Kaye Psychological Thriller Ebook provided by the author as a contest prize Review by Willa Kaye Danes, author at Penumbra Publishing This story about a girl and her stalker – and her stalker’s stalker intent on ending things badly – was highly suspenseful and kept me guessing to the end regarding the real culprit. A well written psychological thriller with great characterization and pacing, The Devil’s Game switches scenes from an ambition-driven psychiatrist and her patient (Patient X), obsessed with following stalkers, to the rather hapless but likeable victim, Rachel, alone in the big city, and not sure who she can trust to turn to for help when mysterious gifts begin appearing inside her apartment. Later, the gifts are accompanied by threatening messages, but poor Rachel is at a loss to figure out how the culprit is gaining access to her apartment. There are plenty of suspects to choose from, and some deliberate misdirection that makes it continually impossible to figure out who the real stalker is. It is intense reading, and the characters are all very believable and well drawn. The dialog is crisp and realistic, and I found myself instantly drawn into Rachel’s world of worry and woe. On a technical side, there were a few instances of point-of-view mixing I felt should not have been there, but they were unobtrusive enough not to mar the reading of the story. Another issue is that the authors give us snippets of almost everyone’s point of view, but conveniently leave out clues I felt should have been dealt with a little more fairly in the story. That is the main reason it was so hard to figure out who the stalker and the stalker-stalker were, because things were kept from the reader in such a way that it didn’t seem quite logical, given that we are seeing everyone’s thoughts. Overlooking this, one can still become quickly absorbed in the story and empathize with Rachel throughout the whole ordeal. The ending wraps up nicely, and overall the story is very entertaining and riveting. I would rate it 5/5 but for the bit about the holding back of clues when in the POV of the ‘guilty parties.’ With that, it earns a 4.5. out of 5.0. Well done, and recommended.