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The Awakening [Illustrated]

Genre Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Kate Chopin, Seedbox Classics

The Awakening [Illustrated]

This Seedbox Classics edition of The Awakening includes an illustration gallery.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a novel set in New Orleans and the Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century. The story centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the South.


All the Blue-Eyed Angels (An Erin Solomon Mystery)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Jen Blood

All the Blue-Eyed Angels (An Erin Solomon Mystery)

The truth will set her free… But is freedom worth the price?

Investigative journalist Erin Solomon sets out to solve a mystery that’s haunted her since childhood: a fatal fire at the Payson Church of Tomorrow, the isolated fundamentalist community where Erin lived with her father for the first ten years of her life. When what was presumed to be cult suicide turns out to be anything but, Erin returns to her hometown to find the truth behind the tragedy. Now, isolated on the Maine coast with an old flame and a handsome newcomer with his own dark past, Erin will risk everything to uncover the secrets of Payson Isle – secrets someone will kill to keep buried.


The Haunted

Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
Author: Michaelbrent Collings

The Haunted

They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way.

But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home.

The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.

The haunted.


Fatal Exchange

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals
Author: Russell Blake

Fatal Exchange

Fatal Exchange chronicles the story of Tess Gideon, a female Manhattan bike messenger with an appetite for the wild side who becomes embroiled in a rogue nation’s Byzantine scheme to destabilize the U.S. financial system.

From the sweltering streets of Seoul to the sex-and-drugs-driven underbelly of Greenwich Village, attempts at silencing a leak in an international counterfeiting operation leave a trail of butchery that leads inevitably to Wall Street, pitting a counter-culture heroine against a ruthless state-sponsored assassination team that will stop at nothing to achieve its lethal ends.

As the body count climbs, Tess is assisted by a homicide detective tracking a brutal serial killer whose ritualistic cycle of murder and mutilation targeting bike messengers is escalating to fever pitch. Tess’s battle to survive propels her into a deadly underworld where she must become judge & executioner, challenging her core beliefs about morality, justice & love.


30 Delicious Dump Cake Recipes

Cooking, Food & Wine > Baking > Cakes
Author: Lori Burke, Lori Burke

30 Delicious Dump Cake Recipes

Dump Cakes are amazing cobbler desserts. In fact Dump Cakes combine the four qualities of the perfect dessert: Simple, Quick, Incredibly Delicious and Fun.

They are really simple to make and use fruit, spices, cake mix and butter. They are quick to make. The preparation time for a Dump Cake is 5 to 10 minutes. Baking is an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour. Delicious? A warm piece of Dump Cake cobbler with a scoop of ice cream melting over a buttery cake and mingling with vanilla and cinnamon and other spices is one of the most delicious desserts you can eat.

Finally making a Dump Cake is fun for both adults and kids. You dump fruit, spices, a layer of dry cake mix and pats of butter. Baking one of these wonderful cakes is a great project for the entire family.


The Killing League

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Dani Amore

The Killing League

In this tense, spellbinding thriller, a retired FBI profiler uncovers THE KILLING LEAGUE, a competition among active serial killers to prove who is the greatest killer, and learns that he and a woman whose life he saved are the grand prize.


Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers, Book 1)

Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Christie Anderson

Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers, Book 1)

California teen Sadie James thinks her life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she’s rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won’t even tell her his name. Each time the boy appears, Sadie’s unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her, but as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day…why does Sadie need one? As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn’t as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.

WANTED (A Transported Through Time book)

Romance > Historical
Author: Amber Scott

WANTED (A Transported Through Time book)

Time in a bottle…

Her inheritance amounted to a treasure map, a bottle of whiskey, and a wanted poster of the Old West gentleman outlaw she had resented her whole life.One sip of the amber liquid tumbles her back in time and into the arms of the very man she resents.But live and in person, his penetrating eyes and cocky swagger put her heart on the line. And his life…Wanted–Dead or Alive.


Much Ado About Marshals (Hearts of Owyhee)

Romance > Historical Romance
Author: Jacquie Rogers

Much Ado About Marshals (Hearts of Owyhee)

In the sleepy western town:
A wannabe woman sleuth is determined to marry the recently-hired town marshal
But the man sworn in is wanted for bank robbery!
Then there’s a real bank robber and the actual new marshal who both claim the job…
Alas, affairs of the heart mess up everything!


The Breeders (The Breeders Series)

Teens > Romance > Science Fiction
Author: Katie French

The Breeders (The Breeders Series)

“When the Breeders come for ya, there ain’t no escape. They strap ya to a bed and all ya hear is the thud of your heart and the cries of your friends as they wheel ya down to hell. Then the doctors come. You squeeze your eyes shut and pray you can forget. But ya never do.”

Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world’s last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches– moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders’ long reach. The Breeders control everything- the local war lords, the remaining factories, the fuel. They have unchecked power in this lawless society. And they’re hunting Riley.


A Texan’s Honor: The Heart of a Hero Book #2

Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > Historical
Author: Shelley Gray

A Texan's Honor: The Heart of a Hero Book #2

Texas, 1874. Years ago, Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his Captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now he’s waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang.

But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if his cover is blown. Even if they risk being killed by his gang or by the lawmen on their trail. Even if the woman he’s risking everything for will never love him back.



Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose

Health, Fitness & Dieting > Alternative Medicine
Author: Diane Kidman

Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose

Whether it’s cold and flu viruses, high blood pressure, or arthritis, herbs have offered reliable relief for centuries. Herbs Gone Wild! (Volume 1 of the Herbs Gone Wild! Series) shares practical remedies in an entertaining and easy-to-read format so you can be your family’s home herbalist. Learn what herbs to use for cold and flu symptoms, first aid, general aches and pains, and more. Medicinal teas and tinctures with proper dosages are laid out simply. You’ll even learn how to make your own tinctures and salves, saving money and improving your family’s health naturally. And with the help of the Herbal Medicine Chest guide at the end of the book, you’ll be able to quickly reference over 70 herbs for home use.


Simple Simon (An Art Jefferson Thriller)

Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue
Author: Ryne Douglas Pearson

Simple Simon (An Art Jefferson Thriller)

It took years to develop. Cost billions to perfect. A cryptographic system so advanced it safeguards the United States’ most vital secrets. It is secure. Impenetrable.

Until sixteen year old autistic savant Simon Lynch happens upon a forgotten snippet of code, his damaged brilliance breaking the cipher with ease and unwittingly marking him for death. Soon, elements of a pathological government security apparatus are hunting him, as is a beautiful, sadistic Japanese assassin working for enemies who will stop at nothing to learn the secret locked in Simon’s mind. Only FBI Agent Art Jefferson stands between the innocent young man and these corrupt forces, putting his career, his freedom, and his life on the line to save Simon.

Simple Simon was made into the Bruce Willis film ‘Mercury Rising‘.


Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1)

Teens > Literature & Fiction
Author: JL Bryan

Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1)

A rock & roll fairy tale.

Jason Becker plays guitar in a small-town garage band called the Assorted Zebras, along with a few other kids from his school. Unfortunately, they have no fans, no gigs, and they’re going nowhere. Then Jason catches a goblin robbing his house, and he chases the little green thief to creepy old Mrs. Dullahan’s overgrown back yard, where he discovers that the miniature doors in her trees lead deep into the fairy world.

Jason returns with fairy instruments that transform the band’s sound into powerful, enchanting music. Soon, the Zebras are drawing huge crowds, but they discover their new gear is brimming with destructive magic they can’t control.


Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines’ Life with Progeria by Hayley and Kerry Okines

Biographies & Memoirs > Professionals & Academics > Medical
Author: Alison Stokes, Hayley Okines, Kerry Okines

Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria by Hayley and Kerry Okines

Hayley Okines is like no other 13-year-old schoolgirl.In Old Before My Time, Hayley and her mum Kerry reflect on her unusual life. Share Hayley’s excitement as she travels the world meeting her pop heroes Kylie, Girls Aloud and Justin Bieber and her sadness as she loses her best friend to the disease at the age of 11.

Now as she passes the age of 13 – the average life expectancy for a child with progeria – Hayley talks frankly about her hopes for the future and her pioneering drug trials in America which could unlock the secrets of ageing for everyone…


Brain Health: Simple Steps to a Better Memory

Health, Fitness & Dieting
Author: Dr. M. Chris Wolf

Brain Health: Simple Steps to a Better Memory

Fear of memory loss and aging is now on the minds of millions who are in the boomer generation. Memory improvement and brain health are hot topics. We have looked a memory neuroscience to find some methods to help you today.

Many fear the development of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease even more than cancer or heart disease. The good news is that there is much that you can do to improve memory and your brain functioning. You can protect yourself against poor brain health.

Regardless of your reasons for wanting to improve your memory; you have arrived at the right place. This eBook has been designed to help you find the answers to your memory questions and guide you with memory improvement tips, games and memory nutrition facts. You can improve your memory and cognitive performance. It is easier than you may think.


The Gauntlet Assassin (An Action Thriller)

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: L.J. Sellers

The Gauntlet Assassin (An Action Thriller)

Just over a decade into our future, America is a stricken country where jobs are scarce, health care is a luxury for the wealthy, and hope rides on the annual Gauntlet games–a punishing physical and mental competition where the victor brings not only pride but an economic windfall back to his or her home state.

In the 2023 games, former police detective turned paramedic Lara Evans represents Oregon. But the contest’s notorious obstacles and cutthroat rivalry may be the
least of her challenges. After saving a government bureaucrat’s life–and literally dodging a bullet–she finds herself in the crosshairs of a relentless hit man. And when another Gauntlet contestant is murdered, a stroke of bad luck puts Lara on the wrong end of damning evidence.

Author’s note: This book was formerly titled The Arranger.


The Underwear Dare (Nerd vs. Bully!)

Children’s Books > Humor
Author: Nardini Sisters

The Underwear Dare (Nerd vs. Bully!)

Eddie’s the biggest, meanest bully in Ms. Waverly’s fifth grade class and Josh is his favorite victim. So when Josh’s dad marries Eddie’s mom, things go from bad to worse. Escaping the bully is no longer possible now that they share a bedroom.

When Josh’s dad announces that the attic will be turned into a bedroom, Josh is thrilled. But who will get the room? The decision is left up to the boys. The boys concoct a series of disgusting and embarrassing dares to decide the fate of the prized room.

Read only if you can handle being grossed-out by popping vomit, silent but deadly farts, vibrating burps and other dares not for the faint of heart!


Imaginary Friends

Women’s Fiction > Single Women
Author: Darren Pillsbury

Imaginary Friends

It was a normal Christmas Eve until Jeff Tanner’s son Davey snapped a turkey wishbone and made a crazy wish. Now Jeff is seeing strange things that no one else can – bug-eyed babies, walking teddy bears, and tiny freaks galore.

What’s worse, they don’t like him. Not one bit. Now Jeff has to figure out why they’re angry, and quick, before his life is ruined by a million, invisible…

IMAGINARY FRIENDS.

Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there.


Pirates of Savannah: The Hunt for Shamus’s Booty – Young Adult Action Adventure Historical Fiction

Children’s Books > Historical Fiction > United States
Author: Ruby N. Hilliard, Tarrin P. Lupo, Sandie Britt, Scott Motley

Pirates of Savannah: The Hunt for Shamus's Booty - Young Adult Action Adventure Historical Fiction

Join four mismatched teens as they hunt for lost pirate treasure in historic Savannah, Georgia. Follow the group as they race against corrupt artifact thieves to uncover Shamus’s booty. This adventure journeys through Savannah’s secret tunnels, forgotten islands and real historical locations. Can four young adults put their differences aside long enough to learn to work together so they can discover the pirate swag?

This book is a modern day spin off of “Pirates of Savannah: Birth of Freedom in the Lowcountry” and is appropriate for all ages.


Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love after 50

Relationships > Love & Romance
Author: Carol Denker

Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love after 50

This beautiful book contradicts the conventional wisdom, that once you have wrinkles and years of emotional baggage, then romance is off the table.

Lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed, Autumn Romance shows that late-life love is not only possible, but just might be the best one of all. We see how ordinary people, despite sorrows and disappointments, keep their hearts open–and how once they’ve learned some life lessons, embrace the love that comes their way. We see different ways they meet: those who knew each other when young, those who share work, those who connect online–and the outcomes, which range from funny to heart warming to inspiring.

There are those who discover great sex, those whose lifelong hurts get healed, those whose lives are turned around. The stories of twenty-nine couples, from very different cultures and backgrounds, hold a common thread: how late-life romance can be a soul gift of immense proportions. Many of these delightful tales contain plots that a Hollywood screenwriter would have envied. But they are all true–proving how amazing life can be!

The photographs embody the book’s groundbreaking essence: instead of looking away from age, as we have been taught, sixteen world-class photographers looked age in the face–and found all kinds of beauty. They captured the essence of each couple’s connection in gorgeous black and white images. These exquisite photos shout the truth, that true love is not about lack of wrinkles, but rather, how two spirits truly connect.


Intervention: Anything But My Own Skin

Recovery > Alcoholism
Author: Chad Hepler

Intervention: Anything But My Own Skin

“Intervention: Anything But My Own Skin” is a memoir of a young man’s addiction beginning with an intervention gone sour. When Chad’s final escape attempt from the intervention turns out unsuccessful, he gives in and gets on a plane to a wilderness treatment center in the middle of Montana.

Through out the story, Chad unveils the reasons he fell into the dark world of addiction by flashing back to old drug and alcohol stories. However, the treatment center is where the story truly begins and where the hard work takes place. Will Chad stay at the treatment center and face the demons of his addiction or will he flee Montana and stay on the path of self-destructive behaviors?


Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 2

Genre Fiction > Horror
Author: Sean Platt, David Wright

Yesterday's Gone: Episode 2

On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. everyone on Earth vanished. Well, almost everyone.
A scattered few woke alone in a world where there are no rules other than survival… at any cost.

Family Secrets (A Cop in the Family Book one of three, Romantic Suspense)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Jamie Hill

Family Secrets (A Cop in the Family Book one of three, Romantic Suspense)

As if stumbling over a dead body isn’t enough, Crystal Cartwright finds herself playing surrogate mother to two small boys when their father–her neighbor–doesn’t come home. The kids aren’t much trouble, but the thieves, drug dealers and kidnappers they’re about to encounter are.

Detective Jack Dunlevy, a cop down on his luck, draws the cases no one else wants. A simple investigation involving a dead homeless man quickly changes as Crystal enlists Jack’s help with the children. Drawn into a mystery that none of them could have anticipated, they’re faced with a situation that will change their lives forever.


Werewolf Love Story: Part Two (Entwined Series #2)

Romance > Fantasy & Futuristic
Author: H.T. Night

Werewolf Love Story: Part Two (Entwined Series #2)

In part two of WEREWOLF LOVE STORY, Tommy meets Maya, the woman of his dreams, and is able to make sense of his new reality. A young Josiah Reign befriends Tommy along the way, and Tommy has to inevitably face his true destiny of becoming a werewolf. Will Tommy choose his destiny, or become something no one had ever thought possible?


Eating for Weight Loss (How to Lose 100 Pounds)

Diets & Weight Loss > Diets
Author: P. Seymour

Eating for Weight Loss (How to Lose 100 Pounds)

Whether you are working to lose 100 lbs or that last 20 lbs, figuring out your strategy for what you will be eating is one of the bigger pieces to the weight loss puzzle.

This book is not a “how to” guide in terms of dieting or counting calories. It is a book about how the author manages to incorporate the foods she loves and not feel deprived and how you can do this too.

It’s about getting real with why we’ve failed on previous diets and finally creating a plan that can work for us long term and get the weight off in a way that is fun and realistic.



The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1

Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Ken Brosky, Isabella Fontaine, Chris Smith

The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally. Now the characters of the Grimms’ stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.


Invisible Armies

Thrillers > Technothrillers
Author: Jon Evans

Invisible Armies

In a world where security cameras prove what you have done and databases define who you are, the few who know how to manipulate the technology can play God. They can change the future; they can alter the past. They can make big money, they can save the world, and they can get away with murder over and over again.

Danielle Leaf grew up believing she was safe. Now she knows she was wrong.

Award-winning author Jon Evans returns with a compulsive, fast-paced story that examines issues of Third World exploitation and the extreme edge of anti-capitalist activism. Invisible Armies is Cold War suspense for the modern age, a thriller that looks behind the power of protests and the politics of big business.


Maria’s Trail (The Mule Tamer)

Genre Fiction > Westerns
Author: John Horst, Paulette Bethel

Maria's Trail (The Mule Tamer)

Prequel to The Mule Tamer trilogy, Maria’s Trail chronicles the first adventures of Senora Arvel Walsh. Chica, Artemis, the beautiful devil, she is the great tragic hero of The Mule Tamer saga. Follow this remarkable woman as she journeys through the first adventures of her life, suffering hardship and pain, loss and danger, betrayal and first love. Her exploits are legendary and it soon becomes evident why everyone who comes under her spell can only love her. Maria’s Trail is a long and tumultuous one, essential to make the glorious Maria the remarkable creature that we’ve come to know and love.


LOST ISLAND SMUGGLERS (The Sam Cooper Adventure Series)

Children’s eBooks > Action & Adventure
Author: Max Elliot Anderson, Chila Woychik, Holly Heisey

LOST ISLAND SMUGGLERS (The Sam Cooper Adventure Series)

Sam Cooper had just moved to Harper’s Inlet where he met Tony and Tyler. While Tony’s father was away on a buying trip, the boys took one of the rental sailboats out for a diving adventure. Everything went well until the biggest storm Tony had ever seen blew up from out of nowhere, and the boys found themselves stranded on Lost Island. But, if they thought the worst had happened, they were wrong. The boys discovered a secret hideout that was used by men in high powered speedboats. Sam and his friends knew the men were up to something, only they didn’t know what. They had to find a way to stop them, but how? And, even if they did, the boys could never tell anyone about it. Lost Island Smugglers is a story with danger, excitement, and heart-pounding action.


Shambhala

Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
Author: Brian E. Miller

Shambhala

What if you woke up in the middle of an Indian jungle wearing only your boxer shorts, to find that you had complete amnesia? This is exactly what happens to Paul, the free spirited traveler and student of yoga.

While on retreat from their hectic New York City lifestyles, Paul and his friend head into the jungles of India to escape the touristy streets and hike to a nearby waterfall. Deep in the jungle they stop for a swim. Afterward, Paul goes running off alone, finally hopping up on a felled tree to see how far he had gone. Suddenly he slips, smacking his head on a rock below lying unconscious in thick brush, rendering him invisible to any search attempts. The next morning he wakes up with a massive headache and complete amnesia. He is discovered by a couple of small tan monkeys, and realizes that although he doesn’t remember who he is or where he belongs in the world, he has the uncanny ability to speak to animals.


Prisoners of the Williwaw

Genre Fiction > Political
Author: Ed Griffin

Prisoners of the Williwaw

What would happen if three hundred hardened convicts petitioned the United States Government for an abandoned island where, accompanied by their families, they would be set free to earn their own way?
Overwhelmed by prison budgets and prison riots, the government agrees and sets the prisoners free on windswept, treeless Adak in the Aleutians, the site of a former ‘hard duty’ Navy station.
Prisoners Of The Williwaw is the story of the power struggle between the idealistic leader of this expedition, convict Frank Villa, and a smooth prison boss, James T. Gilmore. Frank Villa opens a school, arranges jobs for people in a small assembly factory and calls for free elections. ‘Boss’ Gilmore opens a house of prostitution, sells booze, drugs, and guns, and schemes to take over the island one way or another.

Character Building for Kids: Cartoon Guide to Good Manners with Family Discussions

Parenting & Relationships > Parenting
Author: Jean Tracy

Character Building for Kids: Cartoon Guide to Good Manners with Family Discussions

Character Building: Cartoon Guide to Good Manners is the easy way to teach manners and build character in children. Like gems, kids need polishing. This cartoon book is the polish for teaching your kids manners.
Good character means taking turns, sharing toys, saying “Thank you” and “Please,” helping with chores, listening well, speaking with honesty and respect, and caring about the feelings of others. If you teach these manners with our cartoon stories, you’ll be using a powerful tool for building character in your kids.You’ll feel a close family bond as you read and discuss how the cartoon characters misbehave. You’ll learn how your children think, feel proud of their solutions, and become more confident in your parenting skills.

 

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