Focus Friday: Inquest by DelSheree Gladden


New INQUEST This week’s Friday Focus is an excerpt from the first book in the Destroyer trilogy.

 I never thought someone I loved would try to kill me. But when you know you’re going to do something worse, does that make it okay? Should you hope for that person to succeed?

 Not wanting to dwell on what Lance’s knife is meant to do, I turn my head and find myself staring at the perfectly even and symmetrical row of scarred flesh on his right wrist. The diktats look like scars, but scars would never be so perfect. And no one would survive having their wrist sliced vertically so many times. Without meaning to, my fingers stray to the diktats and gently brush across the seven marks. Two for his talents, Speed and Strength. Two for being given a Warrior name. And three for belonging to the Guardian class.

“I was just teasing about the pain. You know that, right?” Lance asks softly, his bright blue eyes filled with concern. He is intimately aware of my feelings on the subject. Friends since childhood,  Lance has seen almost every one of my dozen broken bones firsthand. He was even involved in a few of the unfortunate exploits.

The tender concern in his voice is endearing, but not in the least bit reassuring. Regardless, I still nod and try to smile. Lance isn’t convinced.

“Really, Libby, it’s not that bad. It stings more than anything. You’ll be fine.” He holds his right wrist next to mine and rubs his thumb across my skin. “Everything will be okay. You’ll forget the pain of your Inquest as soon as it’s over, and in a few hours we’ll match.”

That’s what he thinks. I tuck my left arm behind my back, not wanting to think about it.

“What did your mom give you for your sixteenth birthday, anyway?” Lance asks, changing the subject.

Taking my new keys out of my pocket, I dangle them with a scowl. “Not the one I wanted, of course.”

He laughs. “Did you really expect your mom to buy you a twenty-year-old Ford Bronco? She would never allow you to be seen driving something like that. Which one did she get you, the Audi or the Lexus?”

“The Audi.” The venom in my voice doesn’t keep Lance from grinning. He’d been hoping for the Audi. It is much faster than the Lexus. And Lance loves to go fast.

“Maybe we can take it out after your Inquest,” he suggests. The eager shine in his eyes is very nearly catching. The last word of his sentence sours any hope of my reciprocating his enthusiasm.

I offer him the best smile I can manage, which isn’t much, and say, “Yeah, maybe. Let’s go to lunch. I’ve got some homework to finish.”

Lance’s arm wraps around my waist and guides me down the hall. I try to focus on the feel of his touch, but all I can think of is how stupid it is that I’m worrying about my homework. My chances of not being murdered after my Inquest are pretty slim, which means this assignment is the last one I will ever turn in. At least there’s one upside to dying.

Inquest is Book One of The Destroyer series.

One of Best Selling Reads’ newest members, DelSheree Gladden’s works include Escaping Fate, the Twin Souls Saga, the Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. In 2014, she plans to release Wicked Power, the next book in the SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes Series; Intangible, book two in the Aerling Series, and Soul Stone, book two in the Escaping Fate Series.

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You Don’t Need A Kindle To Read E-Books: 7 Facts, by Rachel Thompson


Rachel Thompson

People’s eyes glaze over when I mention Amazon. But I have a Nook! But I don’t have an account with them! They are Skynet – I don’t support the man!

Regardless of your personal feelings about the largest online retailer in the world, Amazon and eBooks, here are a few statistics:

  • 180 digital books are sold for every 100 hardcovers
  • 143 digital books are sold for every 100 paperbacks.


With all due respect to people’s intelligence, I have one question that has dogged me since I published my first book (A Walk In The Snark) on Amazon’s digital (or eBook) platform: how do people still not know they can download an eBook without a Kindle?

Not all people of course. Millions of us have been reading eBooks on our smartphones, tablets, clouds, and computers for years and years with the Kindle free apps. But I probably deal with this question every day on one social media channel another: Can I buy your book in paperback? I don’t have a Kindle.


I didn’t have a Kindle for many years, but I knew I could download books to my sad little first generation iPhone even then. Is it because I’m smarter than you? NO. Is it because I’m kind of a tech geek? Probably. Or maybe it’s because I saw a good friend reading on her phone as we waited in line somewhere and she explained the concept to me…back in the day…ya know. Like, four years ago.

There are many questions readers have about technology regarding digital books. Let’s look at a few.

1)    If I own a Nook and not a Kindle, can I still read Amazon eBooks? Of course you can! You can read any eBook on most any kind of newer electronic device – with the exception of your electric shaver or as my friend Ben says, your toaster (though it wouldn’t surprise me if one day soon…). Click on the Amazon free apps page for specifics.

2)    Must I have an Amazon account to use the Kindle free app? Well, it would make sense for you to have one if you plan on downloading any books, right? But it’s free to set up and they have thousands of free books/low cost books daily. Plus, if you want to leave reviews, you must have an account.

3)    Do I need a Prime account? Nope. But if you DO have one, you can borrow one book per month, which is pretty cool. Any book, no matter the cost. And you’re helping authors as well, as we are paid on borrows. You can sign up yearly ($79) or now, monthly.

4)    Can I loan an eBook? Yep, it stays on someone’s Kindle or Kindle-enabled device) for two weeks. During that time, you will not have access to it, but it will come back. Breathe. Let it go. If it loves you…oh, sorry.

5)    Can I get signatures on from my favorite authors on the eBook version? Yes, you sure can. Go to the free site and search under BrokenPieces-FINAL2either author name or book(s).

6)    Isn’t the print too small? My dad, who has terrible eyesight, has now become a reader late in life, since he can adjust to a larger font. He and my mom both have their own (original) Kindles since neither wanted to share. Ah, parents are funny. 

7)    Shared Notes and Highlights: This is great! If people are reading your book on ANY Kindle-enabled device (remember, they have free apps), you can see which highlights ring true with other readers. Impossible to do that with a paperback or hardcover unless you’re part of a book club.

Here at Bestselling Reads, we’re happy to present wonderful promotions for you. In addition to free books from our over thirty all bestselling authors, our current promo is a contest for a brand new iPad Mini! You can download the free Kindle app (or Nook, or Kobo, or…whatever floats your boat), and off you go. BE SURE TO ENTER WHILE YOU’RE HERE TODAY! (click the link right here in this paragraph).

Share this information with your friends who probably don’t know they can read Kindle (or Nook) books without a Kindle. I love sharing this because it opens up a whole new world of reading to so many people!

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I’m a chick who writes stuff that makes you laugh. My book A Walk In The Snark hit #1 on the Kindle Motherhood list this past September (do you think they know I talk about sex? Shhh.). It’s since hit about oh, I’ve lost count. #woot! I’ve been nominated for Funniest Blog, Best Humor Writer & Redhead Who Makes A Killer Dirty Martini (okay, I made the last one up, but it’s true. Honest.).

I released The Mancode: Exposed right after Thanksgiving 2011 and by January, it placed in the Amazon Top 100 Paid!

Two books of snarky goodness, baby.

I’ve been told I write in the style of that Dickens guy. Kidding.

I’m a mom, a wife, and a recovering pharmaceuticals rep. It’s been a long process but I’m doing okay, thanks.

I also used to sell Trojan brand condoms. Yeah, it’s hilarious, I know. I did it for three years way back when, and I was their top salesperson in the Western Region, a dubious honor at best. My number-one customer was the Mustang Ranch. No, seriously. The Mustang Ranch. I couldn’t make stuff like that up.

The experience definitely gave me insights into the… er… ins and outs of men.

So it should come as no great surprise that I write about how men (The Mancode) and women (Chickspeak) approach most things differently. And since I did, in fact, grow past my Trojan days (in more ways than one or–insert your own joke here), I’ve thrown in a few tidbits about marriage, kids, being a mom, living in the OC (ya know-being a pale redhead living in a sea of blondes), coffee, and vodka. Not necessarily in that order, depending on the day.

Don’t read my books to find advice about how to be sweet or nice. I’m pretty much allergic to both of those words. Actually don’t read this book for advice on anything. (My lawyer made me put that in just in case you know, you thought I could save your marriage or something – not).

Or if you are looking for some light, heartfelt humor in everyday life (Erma Bombeck-style), well, I’m really not your girl, either. Nothin’ homespun about the Queen of Snark, baby. Mostly I just laugh at stuff and make up words (See “Refrigeratoritis and Manesia.”) Yet somehow it all seems to work.