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5 Bone-Chilling Horror Novels to Read Before Halloween

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 20, 2020

‘Tis the season of spooky, creepy, bone-chilling shows or movies available every night leading up to Halloween. But if you want your fill of terror, without being glued to the television, we’ve rounded up five crowd favorites in the horror novel arena that our Hidden Gems readers got to read for free. As a fair reminder, just like the trigger warnings you’ll see on television sometimes, horror novels can be just as graphic and may contain subject matter that is upsetting to some. Whickering Place (Legacy of Darkness Book 2) by London Clarke Terror, paranormal activity, suspense, murder and even a touch of romance. Whickering Place has it all. Fans of vampires and ghosts will also be satisfied. A woman trapped by her own fears inherits a house haunted by a legacy of darkness and a history of ritual sacrifices. This chilling page-turner from London Clarke explores the risks of… Read More >

5 Cozy Mysteries for a Stormy Fall Evening

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 6, 2020

Fans of cozy mysteries love following an amateur sleuth as they seek justice through twists and turns with generous doses of humor throughout. If you’re looking for the perfect escape from reality you’ll love getting to the bottom of these books. Today, we’re going to highlight five cozy mysteries that have left Hidden Gems readers raving and begging for more. Murder at the Manor: A 1920s cozy mystery (A Tommy & Evelyn Christie Mystery Book 1) by Catherine Coles Downton Abbey crossed with Murder, She Wrote…set in a Yorkshire village! A boring weekend away turns out to be anything but dull when Tommy’s unsuspecting uncle is shockingly murdered. Evelyn must use her sleuthing knowledge to find out what really happened. If you enjoy the glamour of bygone eras like 1920s Downton Abbey and gentle, cozy mysteries set in the English countryside then you will love this series starter from Catherine… Read More >

5 Cookbooks to Help Level Up Your Cooking Game

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 22, 2020

Each and every week, subscribers to Hidden Gems are offered FREE books to download, read, and review – from any or all of over 15 different genres. Today we’re going to highlight five cookbooks that our readers enjoyed adding to their collection this year. Something about the changing of the seasons makes us want to evaluate our meal choices or maybe even has us craving comfort food, so check out these great cookbooks and don’t stress about what’s for dinner tonight. Keto Meal Prep Cookbook For Beginners: 600 Easy, Simple & Basic Ketogenic Diet Recipes by Kira Peterson If you’re wondering whether a keto diet is for you, this is definitely a book you want to add to your collection. With over 1200 Amazon reviews, Kira’s cookbook is packed with 600+ recipes, a 21-day meal plan and countless tips and tricks to guide you on your keto journey. Currently available… Read More >

5 Children’s Books to Kick Off the School Year

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 8, 2020

Each and every week, subscribers to Hidden Gems are offered FREE books to download, read, and review – from any or all of over 15 different genres. Today we’re going to highlight five children’s books that were a hit with our readers late this summer. Dive into these silly, action-packed reads as you kick off the new school year―whatever that may look like for your family. Each would make a great addition to your child’s classroom or home library. The Kung Pao Cow by C.T. Walsh Farmer Walsh has a big problem. His animals are sick of grass and hay and want some variety. Parents will love the highly relatable theme of picky eaters and “what’s for dinner” while children will laugh out loud at the silly reactions from their favorite farm animals. “A cute, funny read!” writes Becky in her 5-star review. “What do you feed farm animals when… Read More >

5 Great Fiction Books

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 18, 2020

There are over 15 different genres of books you can select from when you sign up to Hidden Gems, from romance and erotica to self-help and spirituality. One segment we’re especially excited about being able to offer is what booksellers call “general fiction” – which is a very non-descriptive way to describe any and all books that defy easy classification. It’s what they used to call ‘literature’ until the invention of self-publishing helped us realize that all genres of books can produce great works of literature. Today, we’re sharing five great fiction books – works of literature – that were offered for FREE to our ARC readers. These books were picked based on the feedback our readers gave them, making them stand out as the true Hidden Gems that they are – and we’re excited to share them with you.   Race to Marathon by Jay Greenwood In 490BC, the Persian… Read More >

The 5 Fiercest Fantasy Reads This Summer

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 11, 2020

The fantasy genre has evolved massively since the days of J.R.R. Tolkien – but one thing about it hasn’t: Popularity. Fantasy is still one of the fiercely performing genres in publishing, and the scale and scope of what ‘fantasy’ defines is now somewhat fantastical itself! In addition to keeping books flying off the digital bookshelves at Amazon, fantasy is also one of the strongest genres within the Hidden Gems program – and each month hundreds of subscribers eagerly await the opportunity to read and review the latest fantasy novels for FREE; sometimes before they’re even published! Over the course of the summer, we scoured the statistics and identified the five hottest recent fantasy reads – based on a combination of downloads, reviews, and ratings by our readers. Check them out below! The Story of Evil – Volume I: Heroes of the Siege by Tony Johnson  When I was a kid, the… Read More >

5 Fab Thriller Novels that Span the Globe

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on July 28, 2020

Every month, hundreds of new thriller novels get published – and some of the best of them are offered to Hidden Gems subscribers to read for FREE. We looked back over some of the recent action packed tales shared with our subscribers and cross-referenced their reviews, rankings, and popularity to pick five ‘hidden gems’ to highlight for you.  The stories here span the globe, with thrills from the heat of Texas, to the rains of London.  Never Look Back in Texas by Russ Hall  Russ Hall has brought us six vibrant adventures featuring retired Texas lawman Al Quinn – rich with detail, and filled with taut, terrifying action. In Book Six, Al is on the hunt for a school friend’s missing son – but that path places him in the sights of the vicious Mara Salvatrucha gang; and what should have been a manhunt now turns into a battle for… Read More >

5 Steamy Summer Romances

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on July 21, 2020

Even if where you live hasn’t opened up post-COVID-19, the weather is certainly announcing the arrival of summer – and so now is the perfect time to stock up on steamy summer reads for the beach, poolside, or backyard if you’re still in quarantine. Fans of romance get a ton of value by subscribing to Hidden Gems books – the following five books were offered for FREE to subscribers, in addition to dozens more from 15 other genres.  The SEAL’s Convenient Marriage by Katie Knight  It was supposed to be a marriage of convenience – so tough-as-nails SEAL Nate could help Emily provide care and treatment for his cancer-stricken little brother. However, when Emily discovers their doctor is embroiled in a conspiracy worth killing for, Nate has to fall back on his lethal training; and protect Emily at all costs. “This is the first book that I have read from this… Read More >

Fantasy Reads with STRONG Female Protagonists

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on July 7, 2020

Conan the Barbarian can stand aside – the fast-moving fantasy genre is dominated at the moment by feisty, female protagonists and it couldn’t come at a better time. We’ve scoured the rankings from the last month or so and identified the five highest-rated fantasy books shared with Hidden Gems subscribers in recent weeks; and a strong woman driving the action is one thing they all have in common. Take a look and you’ll be hooked! Fate Forged by B.P. Donigan All good fantasy stories begin with a tough, scrappy protagonist – and in Fate Forged, you’ll meet Maeve O’Neill – a once-homeless young woman who’d managed to pull herself up despite the odds stacked against her. All this progress is threatened, though, when nightmarish visions of torture and murder plague Maeve – and her attempts to get to the bottom of this mystery see her burdened with magical powers that immediately… Read More >

5 Mind-Bending Mystery Books to Unravel

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on June 23, 2020

Mystery books never go out of season, and to prove that we scoured the shelves of Hidden Gems subscribers to identify five of the best-performing mystery novels shared to them for FREE this springtime. From ice cold and chilling to cozy and perplexing, you’ll be sure to find one that suits your tastes; and leaves you pondering “whodunnit.” Pawsitively Poisonous by Melissa Erin Jackson The little town of Edgehill, Oregon has its own unique mysteries – like an uncommon captivation with cats – but perhaps the most mysterious of all is Amber Blackwood, owner of the curious Quirky Whisker store. For the most part, nobody cares – Keep Oregon Weird, right? – until Amber’s best friend turns up dead, and a bottle of her headache tonic is found in the corpse’s hands. Now, attention turns to Amber, and her identity as a witch threatens to condemn her for a crime she… Read More >