Through These Veins by Anne Marie Ruff

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Through These Veins by Anne Marie Ruff

The Indie Book of the Day for 17th of July 2012!

Genre: Thriller, Medical

In the coffee-growing highlands of Ethiopia, an Italian scientist on a plant collecting expedition discovers a local medicine man dispensing an apparent cure for AIDS. As the medicine man’s teenage daughter reveals the plants behind the cure, their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Through These Veins weaves together the dramatically different worlds of traditional healing, U.S. government funded AIDS research, and the pharmaceutical industry in an intensely personal, fast-paced tale of scientific intrigue and love, with both devastating and hopeful effect.

View HIV/AIDS from an unexpected perspective, and help conserve the possibility of a cure in the process.

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  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983249806
  • Publisher: Anne Marie Ruff; 1 edition (March 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7EXD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

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Anne Marie Ruff has reported on AIDS research, drug development, biodiversity conservation, and agriculture from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa. Her work has been broadcast by National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and PBS TV. Her articles have appeared in Time, Christian Science Monitor, and Saveur among other publications. A Minnesota native, Ms. Ruff lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons. Through These Veins is her first novel.

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Operation Neurosurgeon by Barbara Ebel MD

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Operation Neurosurgeon by Barbara Ebel MDGenre: Mystery, Medical Fiction

Who says a rising neurosurgeon can’t fall from his pinnacle? From the skullduggery taking place deep in the Tennessee woods to the silent tension in the OR, Doctor Danny Tilson’s life takes an abrupt turn after performing surgery alongside a scrub nurse with aqua eyes and a velvet voice.

Can Danny’s situation get any worse after the alluring lady disappears, he inherits her roguish retriever, and his Albert Einstein historical book turns up missing? A pack of Tennessee attorneys pursue Danny while he develops a scheme with his paramedic best friend to payback the mysterious woman who left in a hurry.

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IBD Verdict

Author Barbara Ebel creatively uses medical facts by deeply embedding them into the storyline and at the same time keeping the readers hooked. Operation Neurosurgeon stars a character whose single mistake can cost him a career but everything is not over yet, or is it? Barbara Ebel has managed to keep the suspense & mystery alive, till the very end. An enjoyable read & recommended for those who prefer detailed descriptions with logical plot progression.

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  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1441481370
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZUY5QW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

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Barbara Ebel, a physician-turned-author, was born and raised in Queens, NY. She has lived up and down the east coast and her career paths have ranged from business and science, to teaching and medicine. After years of being an Anesthesiologist, she brings medical insight into the background of her storylines, especially those involving the operating room. However, her primary focus is still her novels’ plots and characters.

“Doctor Barbara” has a trained therapy dog, Chester, and works him in middle Tennessee. Because of the dog’s growing popularity, she was encouraged to write a children’s book about the dog. She used Chester as the template to inspire good behavior in children such as sharing and learning rules. She is both the writer and illustrator of the three Chester the Chesapeake books; she uses real pictures and the stories are from Chester’s point of view.

She lives with her husband and pets in a Tennessee protected wildlife corridor. “A writer’s paradise,” she says.

Her adult fiction books are: Outcome, A Novel: There’s more than a hurricane coming…, and Operation Neurosurgeon: You never know…who’s in the OR. Her nonfiction, self-help is Younger Next Decade: After Fifty, the Transitional Decade, and What You Need to Know.

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Cure by Belinda Frisch

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Cure by Belinda Frisch

“Dark, disturbing, and deliciously addictive” R.A. Evans, author of Asylum Lake

Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, refuge for the indigent sick and playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose cancer research has him dabbling in the undead. His human-zombie breeding program is falling apart and only Miranda Penton can save it.

Miranda gave up her budding military career to marry a fellow soldier but when their first child is stillborn, it’s more tragedy than their new marriage can handle. One year later, following her painful divorce, Miranda accepts an unexpected job offer to join Nixon’s security team. Her recruitment is part of Nixon’s dark plan and she quickly becomes one of his captives.

Nixon impregnates Miranda with a zombie fetus, but her imprisonment at the center is short-lived. A rescue team led by Scott, her estranged ex-husband, releases her and the infected on the unsuspecting hospital population.

The virus is spreading and must be contained. The center is going into lock-down. The group’s escape is threatened by a homicidal security guard and a raging storm. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must escape because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.

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IBD Verdict

Dr. Howard Nixon, the evil mastermind behind the Nixon Healing & Research Center will remind you of Dr. Frankenstein, while the divorced protagonist Miranda is no less than Alice from the Resident Evil Movies. The plot of Cure is medically inspired while the characters are diverse and realistic in nature. Cure has all the elements present for a thrilling, zombie apocalyptic horror novel. A must read for all zombie fans out there!

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  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088QHDCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled

Belinda Frisch’s fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War. She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer’s Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition and the author of DEAD SPELL, CRISIS HOSPITAL, TALES FROM THE WORLD, THE WARD, AND THE BEDSIDE and CURE, the first in the Strandville Zombie Series.

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Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan

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Sector C by Phoenix SullivanAmazon Top 100 in April 2012 #2 Medical Thriller on Amazon throughout most of January 2012

A rise in stroke-like cases has CDC analyst Mike Shafer on alert. Patients in every demographic in the Great Plains area, from toddlers to healthy adults to the elderly, are succumbing to rapid deterioration – and death.

Veterinarian Donna Bailey, meanwhile, is dealing with an outbreak of her own. It looks like mad cow disease. But to be affecting so many species? Impossible.

Whatever it is, it’s spreading. Fast.

As state and federal agencies race to contain the growing threats, Mike and Donna’s searches for Patient Zero intersect at a big-game compound in a remote corner of North Dakota. There they find their answer buried in a secret thought extinct for 10,000 years. A secret entrepreneur Walt Thurman will kill to protect.

But even if Mike and Donna can escape the compound with the secret of Sector C, it may already be too late.

Because after today, extinct no longer means forever.

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Ripped from today’s research and tomorrow’s headlines, SECTOR C is a near-future medical thriller fans of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook are sure to enjoy.

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“Settle in for a satisfying mystery that plays out through clues dropped into story lines you know must somehow be connected but you’re not sure how – at first. Halfway through, you and the two main characters learn what the answer to the mystery is, then the MCs are off running for their lives, only to maybe be saved by – oh, now that would be telling!”

“Solid mystery in the beginning, fun thrills at the end.”

“With such a wild hypothesis at its core, the action in this book could have been ramped up right out of the realm of believability. A restrained hand makes the crisis not only plausible, you’ll be watching the news certain that it’s inevitable.”

“Don’t expect a pulse-pounding adventure beginning to end. But brain-pounding? If there was an ‘intelligent thriller’ category, SECTOR C would be in the top 10. It’s one ah-ha moment after another.”

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A mix of science with mystery, sprinkled with an apocalyptic plot and authentic characters. Phoenix Sullivan has created an epic medical thriller that cannot be missed.

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  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K4W0QS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled

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Over the years, Phoenix Sullivan’s short stories have been published under her real name in various pro anthologies and magazines. Marion Zimmer Bradley was her first editor. In the corporate world, Phoenix was a professional writer and editor for 23 years. Before that, she was a registered veterinary technician, working with small animal clinics and wildlife rehab centers.

Retired now – and still in her early 50s – Phoenix blogs about writing-related matters at http://phoenixsullivan.blogspot.com.

Her “Confessions of an Animal Junkie” blog features heartwarming stories about running a farm, being a vet tech and learning to engage with the animals around us. She invites you to stop by and share YOUR stories and pictures too. http://animaljunkie.blogspot.com

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My older brother introduced me to science fiction when I was nine, shortly after the first lunar landing, which, doing the math, means I was born long before most of you.* Luckily, I was a precocious child, so when he threw me into the deep end with 2001: A Space Odyssey, what could have ended very badly turned into a life-altering experience. I didn’t immediately give up my treasured Black Stallion or Jack London books, but in a couple of years I went from embracing heartwarming stories about boys and their dogs to reading “A Boy and His Dog.”

I was a hard science kind of gal in my teens. None of that fantasy stuff for me. At least not until the day a friend placed a copy of The Lord of the Rings in my hands.

Soon, I realized I, too, could create stories. My college didn’t offer a literary MFA, but I was able to cop a creative thesis: a collection of short stories. It certainly helped when Marion Zimmer Bradley chose one of the stories for her fifth Sword & Sorceress anthology. It was a humorous take on shape shifters and dragon hunters and grabbed the coveted tail spot Marion reserved in the “leave ‘em laughing” tradition.

Marion placed another fantasy story in anthologies that sold across Europe. And she published a third in her pro Fantasy Magazine. That story won a reader’s award, plus its sale meant I could join SFWA. Then, tragically, the venerable Ms. Bradley passed away. I believe I hold the distinction of being the last person she ever rejected. In fact, I have a letter dated the day before she died. I picture her struggling out of her coma with single-minded determination, vowing to reject my work if it was the last thing she ever did. Sadly, it was.

Somehow, organizers of SF cons found me and invited me as a guest panelist. I made the Texas circuit for a handful of years, sitting elbow-to-elbow at signing tables with some of the greats. Lines stretched forever to either side of me, with only the occasional kind attendee wandering my way, asking for a signature scribbled in the margin of their program.

Soon, real life caught up, leaving little time for pursuing The Dream. Oh, I dabbled: the high- and historical-fantasy novels, the odd piece of fanfic, even a script and a comic book series — some gained industry attention only to have publishers fold shortly after expressing interest. I started to feel like the proverbial “kiss of death.”

I didn’t stray far from the writing process, though, accepting writing and editing positions for a series of high-tech firms to the tune of some 23 years. Recently, I picked up the creative writing gauntlet again. I’ve edited a wonderful multi-author anthology, EXTINCT DOESN’T MEAN FOREVER, and authored a women’s historical novel with romantic elements, SPOIL OF WAR, set in Arthurian times, as well as the medical mystery/ecothriller SECTOR C. You can also follow my Vet Tech Tales series every Friday on my other blog, Confessions of an Animal Junkie.

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