Inknbeans Press

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InknBeans Press is all about the ultimate reading experience. We believe books are the greatest treasures of mankind. In them are held all the history, fantasy, hope and horror of humanity. We can experience the past, dream of the future, understand how everything works from an atomic clock to the human heart. We can explore our souls, fight epic battles, swoon in love. We can fly, we can run, we can cross mighty oceans and endless universes. We can invite ancient cultures into our living room, and walk on the moon. And if we can do it with a decent cup of coffee beside us...well, what more can we ask, right?

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Like Shards of Glass
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Pre-release—available August 21, 2014. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,340. Language: English. Published by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Beauty, pain, drugs, sex: repeat. Monroe Song, who considers herself nothing more than the wife of a terrorist, is struggling, failing, and drowning, trying to find her place in a world that has left her at the brink of insanity: Her husband, Carter, has opened fire at a mental health facility, before turning the ruthless gun on his sons, then himself.
The Swamp Fairy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: American English. Published: July 3, 2014 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
There’s a new fairy in the land of Once upon a time... Once upon a time there were three little girls who didn’t want to keep their room tidy. Once upon a time there was a fairy who felt toys should only belong to children who would take care of them. Once upon a time, they all met in the swamp.
Murder of an Oil Heiress
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 60,820. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Murder of an Oil Heiress The oil business can be dirty. And deadly! The Texas sun isn’t the only thing that is scorching hot. Mallory Dillingham is beautiful, successful and primed to take over the family oil business when her father is ready to retire. However, that isn’t soon enough for the billionaire heiress. She wants it all. And, she wants it now. Mallory will stop at nothing to get it.
Pray and Bring Chocolate
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 46,200. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
By her mid-30s, Dawn had her all-American life: a husband, a home, one boy and one girl and one more baby on the way. And cancer. This is the true story of coping with an overcoming breast cancer with friends, family and faith. Words to Live by: Life is hard. God is good. Don't get the two confused. Bruce NcMichol
Undone
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,550. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Undone is a collection of short stories, essays, monologues and excerpts from novels, both released and soon-to-be released. This book was written to establish a connection between those who are oblivious, those who are numb, those who are searching desperately for a reason to come away from that lonely ledge.
Without My Boswell
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,360. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
5 Sherlock Holmes adventures from the days before Dr. Watson came to Baker Street.
Shadows of Bataan
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,540. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
Benjamin F. Stakes was captured in Manila when the Japanese overran the Philippines. He spent the next three years in captivity, in the harshest conditions, struggling to survive starvation, disease and human cruelty. This is his story, based on his journals.
The Travis Tales
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Travis the cat isn't like most cats. He isn't like his mother, Lady Grey, who is a prize-winning show cat. He isn't like his sisters, Jackie and Jenny, who will grow up to be prize-winning show cats, too. Travis is different because he has big feet. So big he has an extra toe on each foot. Travis doesn't like being different, because it means he cannot stay with his mother and sisters.
My Special Christmas Child
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A young boy teaches a community about true holiday spirit. Based on an award winning poem by Donna Dillon.
Just Beneath the Surface II: Landon's Story
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 84,710. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Landon seems like the perfect man, handsome, charming, generous, with the right words for every occasion .. like a robot. And like a robot, he has learned to control everything from his memories, to his smile, to the tone of his voice. But what happens when the horrors of the past bring Landon full circle?
A Thin Wisp of Smoke
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,240. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Henry, a retired racehorse, knows something is amiss when he takes his usual canter through the countryside, near the farm where he lives. A mine, long closed, seems to be active again. Henry decides to investigate, and finds himself entangled in a ring of bad men, with very bad plans for a lot of local animals, including Henry’s good friend, Shadow, the sheepdog.
A Fallow Season
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 55,010. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
In the highly anticipated sequel to Forsaking the Garden, Irene Rutledge has returned to the world away from the outside her father and his wives had created in the mountains of Utah. With her family gone, Irene has to grow up quickly and learn to make a life for herself that does not depend on others.
Reasonable Malice
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,800. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(4.00)
A little life lesson involving drug dealers, stolen video equipment, revenge, kidnapping and a pair of Nikes. Kids, don't try this at home. Includes sneak peek of How To Survive When the Bottom Drops Out.
Redemption
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Price: Free! Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00)
Lyrah and Caleb have a condition in common. There is a dangerous and expensive treatment. Caleb wants to pursue it, Lyrah wants to accept her fate. It's not as if it's the end of the world...yet. A very short look at the other side of immortality.
Tripping Prince Charming - A Romance of S[h]orts
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 69,770. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
As featured in USAToday's Happily Ever After Column Three strong, independent women with no time for romance or girlish notions of knights in shining armor meet their match in three lovestruck men determined to make them believe in Prince Charming and happily ever after.
Sherlock Ferret and the Missing Necklace
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Sherlock Ferret and his friend Watson Mouse, MD (Doctor of Mouseology) search for a missing necklace which might have been stolen by the nefarious Moriarty Magpie. Sherlock and Watson are ably assisted by their friend Lestrade, a rhinoceros (but not a very big one) and the Bakery Irregulars. Beautifully illustrated.
Hallowe'en With Tori-Jean
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Series: Tori-Jean, No!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Tori-Jean’s back with a howlin’ good time. Funny rhymes and spooky pictures to fill your Hallowe’en with nothing but treats!
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,480. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When a young woman he met on a train to Toronto disappears, a man with a shadowy past takes on the local law enforcement and a crime lord with his grip on drug trafficking and providing girls to men with deadly desires.
Further Notes From the Dispatch Box of John H Watson, MD
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Series: The Dispatch Box of John H Watson MD, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,290. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The second box ("the dispatch-box") to be discovered in the vaults of Cox & Co. of Charing Cross has been the source of even more discoveries concerning the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. This collection includes a Foreword from consulting Sherlockian Dr. Philip C. Eyster.
The Reigate Poisoning Case: Concluded Second Edition
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Series: The Dispatch Box of John H Watson MD, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,650. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(4.00)
Sherlock Holmes proved a woman innocent of murdering her step-daughter, but when additional facts come to light, he has to reconsider the case and come to another conclusion. Included is a sneak peak at the upcoming Further Notes From the Dispatch Box of John H Watson MD
Get Real
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,520. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Get Real, a warm, genuine look at love among people of a certain age. When retired health care workers Torie Watson and Isabelle Thompkins meet Jake Sutton in the parking lot of a Calusa, Florida Mall, Torie gets more than a witness to the accident which damaged her car. She gets a recommendation for a great mechanic, a job for her friend
At the Sharpe End
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,770. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Kenneth Sharpe is a British expatriate consultant living in Tokyo. A mysterious stranger, who claims to be hunted by the American security services, presses a box into his hand shortly before being discovered dead under the wheels of a train at Tokyo's busy Shinjuku station.
Tori-Jean's Clever Ideas
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Series: Tori-Jean, No!. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Tori-Jean is back and as helpful as ever, as she tries to help her Daddy grow money, and decorate her room and make a special garden for Mummy in book two of the Tori-Jean, No! Stories.
The Chair
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,110. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
On his way home from audition, Paul encounters a car bent on a deadly race. Did he cheat death? Is he in a coma? Is he haunted? And where is that pub, The Chair, where he spent the night?
Desert Choir
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,840. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A sampler from the pen of Susan Wells Bennett. A mixture of short stories and poetry, Susan introduces you to, and makes you care about, the characters that most authors miss, or leave in the background. These characters are not rich, thin, clever or beautiful, but they are human and fragile, and brave and weak. And occasionally zombies.
How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 26,600. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(5.00)
One of the hardest lessons you'll ever have to learn is how to remain standing when the world is crumbling at your feet. Jt Sather got his doctorate in economic survival at one of the toughest theaters of higher learning - Life. This book is not for feminists, fundamentalists or the easily offended. It's frank, it's personal and righteously raw.
The Importance of Being Shine
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,540. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Mamma named me Shine not just because of my sunshine colored fur, but because the day she came to get me I was shining with excitement. There I lived all my days: just me and Mamma, a dog named Luna, 59 cats, a one winged pigeon and an infamous rodent. This is my story...
Just One Note
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,420. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
What if, on a particular day in the future, you could send an email that would change your past? What would you change? How many lifetimes would it take for your life to be perfect?
You'll Wake Up One Morning
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,300. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When journalist Gere Mackie disappeared reporting about civil unrest in a country half way across the world, he became a part of the story, and left his sister and her best friend, Amanda, living in a nightmare, beset by fear, government agencies and the press. When he returned, he brought home new nightmares: an unscrupulous friend, uncontrollable rages and unexpected passion about every
The Open Pillow
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
(5.00)
Everyone is a perfect size for something. Pillow wanted to have a purpose. He wanted to be useful to someone but he seemed to be too small -- just big enough for an ant’s head, and ants do not use pillows. So pillow watched others and learned to wait and grow until the day came when he was big enough to serve a very important purpose.
Notes From the Dispatch Box of John H Watson, MD
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Series: The Dispatch Box of John H Watson MD, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,100. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Another discovery from the vaults of Cox and Co., the old London bank which had forwarded the Deed Box of John H Watson to the author last year. The Dispatch Box contains all manner of illuminating documents about Mssrs. Holmes and Watson.
Digweed, the Cat A Bridge Too Far
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Series: The Digweed Series, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Once upon a time there was a black cat called Digweed. Born in a hedgerow to a mother who had once been a housecat, Digweed dreamed of living a life of luxury in the home of human beings. Though still just a very young kitten, he said goodbye to his five brothers and sisters and set out to search for his dream.
Digweed the Cat Friends and High Places
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Series: The Digweed Series, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,960. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Once upon a time there was a black cat called Digweed. Born in a hedgerow to a mother who had once been a housecat, Digweed dreamed of living a life of luxury in the home of human beings. Though still just a very young kitten, he said goodbye to his five brothers and sisters and set out to search for his dream.
Digweed, the Cat Smudge
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Series: The Digweed Series, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Digweed, the cat sets out on a journey to find a real home, and human friends who will care for him, just as his own mother had when she was a kitten. He encountered friends and enemies, comfort and danger, and usually came out on top - you know how lucky black cats are! Home, Sweet Home is the first in his series of Little Adventures, the almost entirely true stories about a real cat.
The Dutch Doctor
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,160. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
1960, Indonesia. The tropical paradise is facing depression and dictatorship. Nursing student Heidi West is so determined not to be offered up on a marital auction block by her mother that she accepts a post that no other student has been willing to take: a post as a surgeon's assistant off the coast of Java.
Digweed, the Cat The Traveller
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Series: The Digweed Series, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Once upon a time there was a black cat called Digweed. Born in a hedgerow to a mother who had once been a housecat, Digweed dreamed of living a life of luxury in the home of human beings. In Book 1, Home, Sweet Home, Digweed found his dream home with Eric and Penny, but
Digweed, the Cat Home, Sweet Home
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Series: The Digweed Series, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,160. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Born in a hedgerow to a mother who had once been a housecat, Digweed dreamed of living a life of luxury in the home of human beings. Though still just a very young kitten, he said goodbye to his five brothers and sisters and set out to search for his dream.
Night Life book 3 in the Brass Monkey series
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Series: The Brass Monkey Series, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,540. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary criticism
Things are changing down at the local watering hole… Former actress Sondra is contemplating marriage to a younger man. Former cop Sax finds himself back on the job. Milo, lonely and bored, begins bartending at the Brass Monkey, but Claire may be making the biggest change of all…
Wheezer and the Shy Coyote
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Series: Mysteries From the Trail of Tears, Book 2. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 97,730. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
(4.86)
As the People settled into Indian Territory, having survived the forced march, the disease ridden supplies and stolen food, a new and insidious enemy threatened them - an enemy in a jug. Into this intrigue comes Coyote, half Lakota and half Blackfoot, forced to live on the fringe of society among his mother's people. And what about Wheezer's new friend, a wild coyote Sasa calls Yellow Eyes?
Reprisal
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Series: The Nick West Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,940. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00)
The CIA taught them the worlds’ greatest government secrets, then told them to hide, to disappear forever. Years later as those secrets begin to leak, they became hunted and executed by their own country for all of the wrong reasons. Betrayed at the highest level, one woman seeks the truth, along the way dispensing her own justice to those responsible.
New Life
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Series: The Brass Monkey Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,090. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
45 and pregnant, Claire is playing a high stakes game of hide and seek with her baby's father, Milo, who has a blind spot when it comes to figuring out why Claire is avoiding him. Meanwhile, Sax is relishing his new profession, even as it drags him into the disturbing world of the Goth scene. Sondra is attempting to calculate her way out of marriage to a younger man and into a cash settlement.
The Darlington Substitution
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Series: Deed Box of John H Watson, MD, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,200. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Mentioned in passing by Dr. Watson in his account of A Scandal in Bohemia, The Darlington Substitution is a tale of deceit, treachery, and murder most foul, set in the wild Border country of northern England. Holmes and Watson encounter a centuries-old legend which tells of the future extinction of an ancient noble family, and set themselves against one of the most ingenious and fiendish villains
Secrets From the Deed Box of John H Watson, MD
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Series: Deed Box of John H Watson, MD, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,350. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00)
The deed box of Dr Watson, presented to me some time ago by a friend who rescued it from the archives of a London bank, continues to produce treasures. The stories in this collection, which I have entitled Secrets from the Deed Box of John H Watson MD, all represent some aspect of Holmes and his adventures that has previously been undiscovered. Now includes The Bradfield Push.
Tales Of Old Japanese
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,760. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Japanese
Tales of Old Japanese is a collection of five short stories of the older generation living in contemporary Japan. The author has spent over 20 years living in the country, working as a writer and journalist. Some of his impressions of Japan and of the people who live there have been recorded therein.
More From the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD
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Series: Deed Box of John H Watson, MD, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,650. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00)
Hugh Ashton has been digging deeper in the deed box that originally belonged to Dr Watson, the friend and colleague of the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. He has unearthed three more tales referred to in the original books, but never before released to the public: Colonel Warburton's Madness; the Paradol Chamber; and the Giant Rat of Sumatra.
Just Beneath the Surface I
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,040. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » General
(4.90)
When Kendall Berkely takes a look in the mirror, she not only desperately wants to run away from the stranger staring back at her, she also knows that her days are numbered. She can feel it in her bones, and has the bruises to prove it. To make matters worse, Kendall will soon discover that her seventeen year old daughter, Diamond is on a path nearly just as dangerous.
Tales From the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD
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Series: Deed Box of John H Watson, MD, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,210. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(4.80)
Three previously unknown accounts in the case files of Sherlock Holmes, discovered and transcribed by Hugh Ashton: The Odessa Business, the Case of the Missing Matchbox and The Case of the Cormorant.
The Wreck of the Sidonie Stone
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,570. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Canada
In 1936 the world was in turmoil; depression swept over the land stealing jobs and hope, and from Europe came rumblings of another war. Women had few choices: they could teach, nurse or marry, and none of these options brought a guarantee of a better life. Chances for success and for happiness were still in the iron grip of men…
Read With Me Pops Omnibus
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals
Jim Burkett, author, photographer and grandfather, put his considerable talents together to create these wonderful Read With Me, Pops books.
Cats: Instructions For Use
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 190. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
(5.00)
Someone once said : This is my cat's house, she just allows me to pay the mortgage. If you share space with a feline or two, or know someone who does, this book belongs on your shelf. Full of practical advice, anecdotes and personal photographs, this survival guide was written by a true expert in surviving life with cats. Annarita has been allowed to live with more than 100 over the years.
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  • A Peculiar Collection on April 29, 2010

    I read this collection because I wanted to encourage another writer. Tales of the dark, the supernatural, the unexplained are generally not my cuppa'. However, one must give credit where it is due, and it is due in this case. Ms. Hinsley has created a page turner, with chills, and surprises, and real, human reaction. If you like a book that has you looking over your shoulder, get this one. Well done, Ms. Hinsley.
  • Sudden Death (endorsed by James Patterson & Clive Cussler) on Sep. 17, 2010

    This review was written by BG Pupps of Inknbeans Press: I just took a Master's course in golf - pun intended. Sudden Death is about a top PGA golfer who is trying to win that green jacket while in the cross hairs of someone who really doesn't like him. The trouble is, there are a lot of people who don't like him so it's difficult to figure out who is sending the threats. Reid's not a very sympathetic protagonist. He's very good at golf, and very bad at interpersonal relations. He has a temper. He throws things. Other golfers hate him. Reporters hate him. Ex girlfriends hate him. Sometimes, even his agent hates him. The story is quick paced, and even if you know nothing about golf when you pick up the book, after reading it you're going to be ready to understand the game the next time it's on television. As the danger grows, as the threats seem to get closer and more personal, Reid does a strange thing - he starts to mature. At the end of the book, you believe that, while he'll always be quick tempered and unbendable about the etiquette of the game, he's more appreciative of the people around him and more willing to give of himself rather than demand of others. If you like golf, if you want to know more about golf, if you want to understand why others like golf, this is a good textbook...which just happens to have a mystery tangled up in the rough.
  • Dead Ball (the sequel to Sudden Death - Endorsed by John Lescroart) on Sep. 24, 2010

    This review was written by Ms. BG Pupps of Inknbeans Press. My fourth and final review for the month is Michael Balkind's second book, Dead Ball. If you read Sudden Death, then you know most of the characters. Even the bad guys from Sudden Death make a cameo appearance. Reid Clark, the main character in Sudden Death takes a step back so the light can shine on his organization, Allsport, and his unstoppable security team, led by Jay Scott. This time it's his best friend and CFO of Allsport, Bob Thomas, who is the target, and he isn't as lucky as Reid was. The story starts with The President of the United States and a dead body and ends with a firefight in an airport. Along the way, money, gunrunning, gangs, wiseguys and revenge muddy the trail Jay and his men must follow to find the trigger finger and the person who paid for it. Michael Balkind loves sports, the descriptions of the various games are almost romantic in their detail. He loves food and cars as well. If you would enjoy a testosterone laden dash through sports, cigars, fast cars, beautiful women, rich food, richer men and murder, this is the book you should read.
  • Kiwi's Christmas Tail on April 22, 2013

    This is a belated review. The author gave this book to me as a gift because I had enjoyed all her previous books in the series. If you've read any of the five previous books in the Kiwi Series (Kiwi in Cat City, Kiwi and the Missing Magic, Kiwi and the Living Nightmare, Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle and Kiwi and the Realm of Ra) then you know wherever Amy and James' little black cat appears, magical things will follow. This is a story full of holiday magic, fun and adventure, where a new star on top of Amy and James' Christmas tree turns out to be a real star, stolen from Father Christmas. The chase is on to rescue the star's friend, a Christmas Fairy, and make sure Father Christmas can find them Christmas Eve to take them home. The only problem is the witch who lives in the holiday fun house; she chases them all the way back to Cat City - where there is no Christmas Eve! Will Kiwi, Ames and Jimster get their new friends back home in time? Will the catizens of Cat City discover Christmas? It's a quick story suitable for most ages and a great addition to every child's holiday reading list.