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Five ebooks that you should download now; GIVE THESE FIVE GEMS BY LOCAL WRITERS A WHIRL ON YOUR NEW EREADER, SAYS LAURA DAVIS.

GOT a Kindle or other ereader for Christmas and wondering what to download? Here's some great suggestions to start you off - and they're all written by Scousers. Liverpool has a lot of fantastic authors to boast about and this list is just the tip of the iceberg.

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas |Jumper, by Debbie Johnson With Maggie's daughter and dad away for Christmas, the single mum isn't feeling the festive spirit. Then, while walking the snowy streets of Oxford, she quite literally bumps into the man of her dreams. Former ECHO journalist Debbie Johnson is an incredibly prolific writer, so if you love this one there are plenty more to discover. Part of Amazon's 12 Days of Kindle, priced 99p.

The Darkest Hour, by Tony Schumacher | It took the former Liverpool cabbie 46 years to write this, his first, novel - but it hasn't taken him long to follow it up.

In The Darkest Hour, he imagines an alternate reality in which the Nazis won WWII and are occupying London. Decorated war hero Henry Rossett has been reassigned to rounding up Jewish people for deportation. When he finds a young Jewish boy hiding in an abandoned building, he knows he must help at all costs. The Kindle edition costs PS4.99.

The Finding of Martha Lost, by Caroline |Wallace You may already know this author as Caroline Smailes (In Search of Adam). Her latest novel is set in Lime Street Station, where Martha was abandoned in a suitcase as a baby.

Sixteen years on, she's looking for the truth. The Kindle price is PS7.99.

The Venom of the Scorpion, by Jon |Mayhew Don't let anyone tell you Jon Mayhew's books are only for kids. Inspired by Jules Verne's adventure novels, these stories are exciting enough for all ages.

In the latest instalment of his Monster Odyssey, Dakkar (a young Captain Nemo) must defeat a clan of evil brothers intent on ruling the world. Released on January 14, 2016, priced PS5.69 on Kindle.

Bloodstream, by Luca Veste | If you haven't tried any of the Liverpoolborn crime writer's books yet, then now is the time as they are currently ridiculously cheap on Kindle.

In his debut, Dead Gone (currently PS1.99), a serial killer stalks the streets of Liverpool, while in his most recent book, Bloodstream (also currently PS1.99), a pair of social media stars are murdered, causing a media scrum to descend on the city.

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