Here’s a nice way to start your week: A brand new menu of fresh Kindle freebies! I’ve never seen a stronger lineup of books on the buffet, thanks to several entries from Abington Press today. Each book listed here has gone FREE within the past 24 hours (except for the “Kindle Daily Deal” at the bottom). Books qualify for “Editor’s Picks” if they have outstanding customer reviews. Warning: Kindle book promotions can end without notice, so before downloading click the link “See Kindle price at Amazon” to verify that the book is still free. (Prices and availability may differ outside USA.)

Bouquet Toss (Love of My Life Series Book 1)

Bouquet Toss (Love of My Life Series Book 1)

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"Right from the start, I was mesmerized by the story line and the characters. Not wanting to put this book down because I so desperately needed to know what was going to happen next. This story is anything but predictable as just when I thought I had it figured out, I was completely taken by surprise. Bouquet Toss is beautifully written and, the characters are so amazing that I felt as though I knew them. The story is, at times, funny and romantic and at other times the most raw, gut wrenchingly beautiful love story I have ever read. I cannot remember the last time I read a novel that moved me to the point of sobbing. If you are looking for a truly amazing book that you will never forget, you must read Bouquet Toss. My new number one favorite read!!"--Nicola Farrell of The Flirty and Dirty Book Blog

Ever since Daphne Harper graduated from college, all of her friends have fallen in love, become engaged and walked down the aisle. Be it a blessing or a curse, Daphne (a hopeless romantic and perpetual single girl) catches the bouquet at every single wedding she attends.

Daphne’s love life is a mess. Her first love, Mayson, haunts her heart and keeps her from pursuing happiness with any man who comes along. As she struggles to move on from the one who got away, Daphne wonders if she will ever break her curse and find her happily ever after.

Admiral Who? (A Spineward Sectors Novel Book 1)

Admiral Who? (A Spineward Sectors Novel Book 1)

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Book One in the Spineward Sectors Series: Admiral Who?

When the man handed him the keys and took off, no one expected Prince-Cadet Jason Montagne to act like a real admiral, least of all himself. Terrified of what might happen if he failed, he was determined to do anything (even impersonate a Confederate admiral) to succeed.

Bugs, battleships and blaster-fire will turn out to be the least of his worries. Ship-wide mechanical failures, assassination attempts, and every young man's greatest fear are just a few of the landmines the paranoid young college student must navigate if he hopes to avoid disaster.

But with the galaxy's oldest junior lieutenant in charge of Engineering, a conniving young Intelligence Officer as his second-in-command, and barely half the crew needed to man the ship (the untrained, undisciplined half), the biggest threats may prove to be those closest to him.

Then again, just how much trouble could he get into in a week?



Before long, the question everyone will be asking is: Admiral Who?

Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home (Focus on the Family Books)

Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home (Focus on the Family Books)

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Abandoned by his parents when he was just three years old, Rob Mitchell began his journey as one of the last “lifers” in an American orphanage. As Rob’s loneliness and rage grew, his hope shrank. Would he ever find a real family or a place to call home?

Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and ultimately triumphant, this true story shows how, with faith, every person can leave the past behind and forge healthier, happier relationships.

Now, Rob’s story has been turned into a compelling audiobook narrated by Paul Rothery. Listeners will be encouraged to find hope in every situation as they follow Rob through his life journey.

Robin's Blue

Robin's Blue

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Robin's Blue is an epic story set against the disco 70’s through the Reagan-era 80’s, when divorce was the norm and casual sex and recreational drugs were ubiquitous. Robin Daniels, a runaway from a violent and emotionally desolate upper middle-class home, repeatedly navigates her world without guidance. After a failed marriage, she discounts love as an option and moves through a series of jobs and men. A futile attempt to live as a kept woman compels her to become a high-class call girl. She searches unsuccessfully through the resulting transient experiences and escalating drug use for the one lesson that will resolve her omnipresent question of purpose.

Before AIDS and addiction became household words, Robin’s Blue speaks to a generation that basically raised itself. Robin’s journey takes her from suburban Philadelphia to Miami to the South of France and ultimately to New York City where she is obliged to make peace with the girl inside she left dormant at sixteen.

Cedardale Court (The How Many Roads Series Book 1)

Cedardale Court (The How Many Roads Series Book 1)

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Full of daring fools, haunting old flames, and brimming with panicked villainy, the Oregon countryside was supposed to solve Canner Connelly’s problems, not make them worse. But, after their well-intentioned move, the safety and peace of mind he’s longed for since the passing of his wife, for him and his daughter, Chloe, might be out of sight forever.

*A neo-gothic fabulation, bordered on the lines of hysterical realism, wrapped up in a quirky little murder mystery*

Dominant Species Volume One -- Natural Selection

Dominant Species Volume One -- Natural Selection

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Spanning a millennium, the Dominant Species Series is a panoramic story of human and alien species locked in mortal conflict. Against this backdrop of deadly biological rivalry, humankind will fight an inner battle whose outcome is as final—and as brutal—as natural selection itself.

Volume One – Natural Selection

It started as a peaceful visit to his weekend getaway in the Sierra foothills. Hours later teacher Phil Lynch finds himself living a nightmare. Paralyzed and taken prisoner, his body is used as an unwilling host in a bizarre and grisly series of parasitic infections. As the terrible truth about the alien visitation unfolds, a small group of captives must first understand – then fight for escape from the terror that holds them prisoner. Their struggle will stretch razor-thin the human will to survive.
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Now You're Thinking!: Change Your Thinking...Transform Your Life

Now You're Thinking!: Change Your Thinking...Transform Your Life

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If you can change the way you think, you can change the world.  That’s the theme of Now You’re Thinking! as it tells the story of how a 2-year old Iraqi girl’s life was saved through determination, courage, and critical thinking.  The book begins with the heroic story of how a Marine battalion beat the odds to save this little girl, and ends with a model of critical thinking that will help you STOP and THINK to recognize your emotions, evaluate arguments, and draw conclusions to make better life decisions.  This book also provides the opportunity for you to take the My Thinking Styles assessment for free to learn your natural thinking preferences, strengths, and biases. This short read will give you a real-life example of great thinking plus tons of resources to guide your further interest in effective thinking.


The Merchant and the Menace (The Seraphinium Book 1)

The Merchant and the Menace (The Seraphinium Book 1)

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The Seraphim. Beings of power, created to guide the world in times of trouble. They live their lives of near immortality in servitude to a lesser creature, man.

One rebelled. Amird, the Hand of the Creator, bridled at the sovereignty of his lord. In defiance he murdered a brother and was cast into the Mists of Chaos.

Millennia passed as the Deceiver plotted his return. Backed by the might of a seemingly unstoppable army of Ulrog Stone Men and their fire-eyed Malveel Lords, Amird plans to wrest control of the world from the Creator and rain violence on the humans he once served.

All that stands between Amird and his triumphant return are the remnants of battered human armies and the hope that Seraphim, loyal to the Creator, still roam this world.

Kael knows little of this struggle. His quiet village lies deep in the Southlands, unchanged and unchallenged by the wars raging in the frozen North. In fact, the boy longs for a bit of adventure and freedom from the boring routine at his father’s inn.

Freedom comes at a cost. Kael’s first journey outside his secluded village results in a tragedy so deep it destroys the boy’s sheltered world and immerses him in the struggle.

Revelations surface. Kael uncovers a past linking him to legends, grapples with a present that resembles nothing he knows, and confronts a future that demands he tap long dormant power and stake a claim in the defense of the human races.

Kael’s first step toward that future lies through the darkness of the Nagur Wood, and rumor has it something prowls the Nagur!

This is the 4th edition of "The Merchant and the Menace." Formatting has been updated to enhance the visuals on newer Kindle platforms and eliminate text glitches from earlier editions.

REVIEWS FOR "THE MERCHANT AND THE MENACE"

5.0 out of 5 stars The Old and the New in the Next Great Fantasy Series

If you like David Eddings and Terry Brooks, then this is the book for you. Like Eddings, McHugh loves to play around with old philosophical and religious ideas, dressing them up in new clothes for a night on the town in the 21st century. Like Brooks, McHugh is enchanted by the same tropes all fantasy lovers are enchanted by: elves, a young hero shepherded by a mysterious but wizard-like guide, and big battles with swords and magic. But McHugh is no Tolkien-lite. He has provided his readers with some fresh creations that fill the imagination with vivid pictures and scenes, reminding the reader why fantasy is such a beloved genre. Well worth the $3.

Another great Fantasy series

I've read them all... Robert Jordan, David Eddings, George R.R. Martin, Isaac Asimov, Terry Goodkind, etc, etc....and of course the master, Tolkien. I love a good long story with complex characters, a different world that becomes alive to me, good vs. evil, and everyday people who are confronted with a choice to make a difference. Dan McHugh is now added to my list of authors who can deliver! Can't wait for the next books!

5.0 out of 5 stars This author is a ringer,

Books 1 through 3 of the Seraphinium series ended much too soon. The characters are interesting and consistent. The plot twists are legion. A writing style reminiscent of Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings.
As a former editor I was elated to find the books seem to be professionally edited with hardly any sentences I would question or change.
I've asked to be on Daniel McHugh's mailing list so I can keep reading.

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Fun,

The characters are vivid and the world they live in feels real. But the best part of this book is that McHugh can really tell a story. Outside of a little necessary downtime to provide background material, the book moves like gangbusters. Great entertainment.

One Last Great Wickedness

One Last Great Wickedness

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A middle-aged Englishman, whose father committed suicide when the man was thirteen years old, comes across some letters his father had sent from the trenches of World War One. Certain words and phrases in these letters reveal a side of his father he had never suspected when he was growing up. This sends him on a quest to find out more about his father’s life.

As he digs deeper and deeper into his family’s past, he uncovers a world he realizes he had never understood, could never even have imagined. Just beneath the surface of the apparently quiet, civilized, well-bred world of the family he had known as a child, there was a completely different reality, a parallel universe of suppressed loves and hates, sexual deviations and appallingly violent actions, involving not only his parents and grandparents and the rest of his family, but also himself.

The Fallen: A Derek Stillwater Thriller

The Fallen: A Derek Stillwater Thriller

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Twenty world leaders meet for the G8 Summit at the beautiful Cheyenne Resort in Colorado Springs. But an ugly plot lurks beneath the surface: a terrorist group, The Fallen Angels, plans to wreak havoc on the Summit.With the Secret Service, the FBI, Homeland Security, the military, and security from twenty different governments on-hand, shouldn't the resort be the safest place in the world?It seems impossible that a terrorist group could infiltrate the Summit. And yet they do. Within minutes, twenty world leaders are taken hostage, and Richard Coffee, the group's leader, makes his first demand: release twenty detainees from Guantanamo Bay, or he'll execute one leader each hour until his demands are met.Only one man can disrupt this plot. Derek Stillwater is that man.Working undercover as a maintenance man at the resort, Stillwater will wage war on the world's deadliest, most sophisticated terrorist organization, picking off the terrorists one by one-until he comes face-to-face with an evil force from his past, Richard Coffee, The Fallen Angel himself.

Changing My Wardrobe

Changing My Wardrobe

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Lindsey's first day of high school is her big chance to start over. With the help of her best friend Teeny, she begins her transformation by changing her wardrobe. But her longtime nemesis Avery likes things just the way they are and sabotages Lindsey at every turn. As the school year progresses, lines are drawn, sides are picked, and war ensues. The escalating drama eventually leads to a tragic event that will alter the teens' lives forever...especially Lindsey's.

Changing My Wardrobe is a tragic high school drama about starting over, fitting in, and discovering the truth about what really matters. It's a story about friendship, first love, and soul-crushing loss. It's a story about a person's choices, good and bad, and the unexpected, far-reaching consequences of those choices.

How to Argue: Powerfully, Persuasively, Positively

How to Argue: Powerfully, Persuasively, Positively

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The ability to persuade, influence and convince is a vital skill for success in work and life. However, most of us have little idea how to argue well. Indeed, arguing is still seen by many as something to be avoided at all costs, and mostly it's done poorly, or not at all. Yet it's possibly the most powerful and yet most neglected asset you could have. Discover the art of arguing powerfully, persuasively and positively and you'll have a head start every time you want to:
  • Get your point across effectively
  • Persuade other people to your way of thinking
  • Keep your cool in a heated situation
  • Win people over
  • Get what you want
  • Tackle a difficult person or topic
  • Be convincing and articulate
  • Have great confidence when you speak
In How to Argue, leading lawyer Jonathan Herring reveals the secrets and subtleties of making your case and winning hearts and minds. At home or at work, you'll be well equipped to make everything you say have the desired effect, every time.

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The ability to persuade, influence and convince is a vital skill for success in work and life. However, most of us have little idea how to argue well. Indeed, arguing is still seen by many as something to be avoided at all costs, and mostly it's done poorly, or not at all. Yet it's possibly the most powerful and yet most neglected asset you could have. Discover the art of arguing powerfully, persuasively and positively and you'll have a head start every time you want to:
  • Get your point across effectively
  • Persuade other people to your way of thinking
  • Keep your cool in a heated situation
  • Win people over
  • Get what you want
  • Tackle a difficult person or topic
  • Be convincing and articulate
  • Have great confidence when you speak
In How to Argue, leading lawyer Jonathan Herring reveals the secrets and subtleties of making your case and winning hearts and minds. At home or at work, you'll be well equipped to make everything you say have the desired effect, every time.

In Good Faith (Joe Dillard Series Book 2)

In Good Faith (Joe Dillard Series Book 2)

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An Amazon Top 25 bestseller.

***Each Joe Dillard novel can be read as a standalone.***


A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee.

Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain.

Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused.

It's up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it. Natasha is walking around free because the two boys who have been arrested are too terrified to implicate her. Now Joe must risk everything -- including his family's safety and his own life -- to bring an evil murderer to justice.

"Pratt's richly developed characters are vivid and believable, especially the strong Southern women who fight their male-dominated culture from behind a facade of vulnerability." -- Publisher's Weekly

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An Amazon Top 25 bestseller.

***Each Joe Dillard novel can be read as a standalone.***


A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee.

Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain.

Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused.

It's up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it. Natasha is walking around free because the two boys who have been arrested are too terrified to implicate her. Now Joe must risk everything -- including his family's safety and his own life -- to bring an evil murderer to justice.

"Pratt's richly developed characters are vivid and believable, especially the strong Southern women who fight their male-dominated culture from behind a facade of vulnerability." -- Publisher's Weekly

... then just stay fat.

... then just stay fat.

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For a couple of years, Shannon Sorrels has wanted to put out a book about fitness and weight management, a book that’s entertaining, motivating and a tad bit pointed, sort of a Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck meets Dr. Oz and Bob Greene -- definitely not your traditional this-is-how-to-lose-weight manual.


A multi-degreed certified personal trainer and owner of an award-winning fitness training and nutrition studio in Phoenix, Sorrels has heard every excuse for not exercising and committing to a weight-management program:

I’m too busy
I’ve been out of town
TV was good last night
I had to go out to dinner a lot this week
I’ve been sick
The conference lunch had bad food choices
My job is stressful
I’m PMSing
I’ve been busy
I’m backed up (and I don’t mean scheduling)
They made me a cake
I’m too busy
I need wine
I’m genetically fat
My family is sick
I’m allergic to South African bee pollen
My car is at the shop
My dog is sick
These are new shoes
My metabolism thinks I’m starving
My child failed a test
Dunkin' Donuts had a sale
I usually weigh-in in the morning
The soft serve yogurt with Oreo toppings was for calcium
I’m too busy
My cat is sick
Beer helps me relax
My tree fell over
I forgot to wash my workout clothes
I’m tired
These are different clothes
My pinky nail fell off
My fridge died; I had to eat it all
The moon is out of phase with Jupiter
I’m too busy


And to the people who made those excuses, she has wanted to say, “…then just stay fat.”

Sorrels knows of what she speaks. The word “diet” has been part of her vocabulary since she was 9 years old. She spent many years upset, depressed, frustrated and confused. She lost weight and then gained it back. She read books, listened to tapes and joined programs. She fumbled around until she figured it out, and when she did she changed careers and started Physix.

She also found a way to share her thoughts and frustrations: writing.

This book isn’t a step-by-step weight-loss or fitness plan. There already are plenty of those, and Sorrels doesn’t agree with most of them anyway.

Instead, it is intended to motivate and entertain, spur some heated debates – and maybe even put an end to all of the excuses.

Capture

Capture

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Devastated by the death of his toddler daughter, a tech guru befriends a sinister rent-a-cop and ends up fighting for his sanity and his life.

"A harrowing psychological page-turner." The Times

"An explosive, diabolical thriller." Paris-Match

"Violent, chilling and as black as sin. Smith is a master of suspense." The Witness

As four-year-old Sunny Exley drowns in the icy waters off a luxury beach house, her father, Nick, smokes weed on the shore and her mother, Caroline, is lost in the arms of a lover. Hidden on nearby boulders, rent-a-cop Vernon Saul watches the child die and chooses to act only when it is too late.

In the days following Sunny's death, gutted by grief and guilt, Nick falls under the spell of Vernon who presents himself as a friend in time of need. When the sinister Vernon's true motives are revealed, Nick is drawn into a spiral of manipulation and murder that leaves him fighting for his sanity and his life.

Praise for Capture

"A harrowing psychological page-turner. Gripping." The Times

"A stark reflection on the insidious nature of guilt and grief. One of the most deeply satisfying books I've read this year." Florida Times-Union

"The plot is operatic in its violence and tragedy and the characters are heartbreakingly real and immensely flawed. Smith's impeccable prose hits you on a physical level." Spinetingler Magazine

"Violent, chilling and as black as sin. Smith is a master of suspense." The Witness

"One of the most powerful reads you will find this year. Unmissable." Crimesquad

"A chilling read written with great power." Shotsmag

"An explosive, diabolical thriller." Paris-Match (France)

"Plunges us into a sea of  suffering and brutality. Terrifying." Le Figaro (France)

"Venomous and haunting." Liberation (France)

"A wild ride. Fasten your seat belts." Marianne Magazine (France)

"Excellent. Nobody can peel back the layers of damaged people and, indeed, a broken society, so poetically." crimefictionlover.com Top 5 Crime Novels of 2012

"Painfully realistic. Read it if you dare." The Big Issue

"Terrifying." Business Day

"Sends chills down your spine." The Citizen

"A brutal, bloody portrait of a broken society." Die Welt (Germany)

"A novel of existential force. Smith's best book to date." Title Magazine

"Roger Smith writes like the bastard child of Patricia Highsmith." Krimicouch(Germany)

"Murder, drugs, blood and horror are described in a style reminiscent of Joseph Conrad's    Heart of Darkness." Göttinger Tageblatt (Germany)

"A masterful thriller." Sonntagszeitung (Switzerland)

"A tough,captivating thriller. Not for the fainthearted." DRS3 (Swiss Radio)

"Magnificently written. High voltage!" Oön (Austria)

"The Best Crime Novel  of 2012." Dead End Follies

"The best thriller I've read this year." The Gamblers Blog Top 5 Books of 2012

Praise for Roger Smith

"Smith writes with brutal beauty." The Washington Post

"The master of the coolly-described nightmare." Der Spiegel

"Smith's writing is astonishing." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A master of suspense." The Sunday Times

"The shooting star of the crime scene." Radio Europe

"Smith has a unique ability to grab readers and plunge them headlong into his nightmare visions." The Times

"The crime genre's greatest tragedian." Spinetingler Magazine

"Smith captures a world where nothing is certain, least of all the rules of coexistence." Arte

"A leader in dark, relentless fiction." Marianne Magazine

"Smith writes coolly and with grace about unspeakable horror." The Argus

"He portrays a world that has lost all hope of redemption." Le Monde

"Nobody can peel back the layers of damaged people and a broken society so poetically." crimefictionlover.com

Roger Smith's novels are published in nine languages and two are in development as movies in the U.S. He has won the German Crime Fiction Award and been nominated for France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He also writes espionage as James Rayburn and horror as Max Wilde. rogersmithbooks.com

Age Smart: Discovering the Fountain of Youth at Midlife and Beyond

Age Smart: Discovering the Fountain of Youth at Midlife and Beyond

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Americans are embracing an entirely new way of aging: one that's based on staying productive, staying active, and staying young in body and mind. Jeffrey A. Rosensweig and Betty Liu share strategies for bringing together all the elements of a long, happy, fulfilling, connected life. Starting today, you'll learn how to take advantage of the latest sciences of health and longevity... leverage today's most powerful techniques for protecting your financial security... find or keep the work you love... pursue a path to deepen your own personal spirituality, whatever form it may take. No Pink Pants is packed with easy-to-use tips and guidelines for everything from your portfolio to your medical insurance. The heart of the book: intimate interviews with individuals celebrated for what they've learned about getting better with age:  powerful role models ranging from Jimmy Carter to Helen Gurley Brown, Robert Mondavi to C. Everett Koop. Learn from their experiences; then use this book's easy worksheets to take control of your own future!

 



A Deal with a Stranger - A Romantic Mystery Novel set in Sardinia

A Deal with a Stranger - A Romantic Mystery Novel set in Sardinia

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Clara is happy with her life in Sardinia. She has a wonderful family, great friends, and most of all, Paolo, the boyfriend she adores. Summer is approaching, with its bright promises, and she knows Paolo will propose soon.

But on her birthday, Paolo doesn’t ask her to marry him – he dumps her! Clara’s world is shattered, until she is approached by Lucilla, a mysterious girl who offers to help. She can win Paolo back for her, but in return, Clara has to fulfil a bizarre request. Nothing makes sense to Clara from this point onwards, but she's prepared to fight to get Paolo back.

But everything comes at a price. How can Clara keep her double life hidden from her family and friends? And who is Lucilla, really? Can Clara even trust her? Desperate to make Paolo fall in love with her again, Clara embarks on the journey of a lifetime – but will the reward justify the sacrifices she has to make?

Watch the booktrailer on youtube, by searching for "Romance in Sardinia".

The Little Duck and The Great Big Pond (Fun Rhyming Children's Books)

The Little Duck and The Great Big Pond (Fun Rhyming Children's Books)

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If your child enjoys stories by Maurice Sendak, Mem Fox, Dr Seuss or P D Eastman then you will love this beautiful rhyming duck tale told by Lily Lexington in this children’s story for kids both big and small.

The little girl ducky is scared of water, even the tiniest drop of water! She stays by the shore at the great big pond while her brothers splash about merrily. This heart warming tale follows her journey as she tries to overcome her fears and learns to swim.

The story ends with a great lesson about perseverance all parents will love.
- Beautiful, vibrant, color illustrations that will captivate your young child.
- Rhyming lines help engage your child and sustain interest.
- Your child will be enchanted with this endearing tale and ask them to read this story over and over with you.

Your younger children will enjoy the illustrations and sing-song tone of the story whilst your older children will particularly like the rhyming story format.

Pick up your copy today!

Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy Called "Don't Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A" (Leading at a Higher Level)

Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy Called "Don't Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A" (Leading at a Higher Level)

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Ken Blanchard’s Leading at a Higher Level techniques are inspiring thousands of leaders to build high-performing organizations that make life better for everyone. Now, in Helping People Win at Work, Blanchard and WD-40 Company leader Garry Ridge reveal how WD-40 has used Blanchard’s techniques of Partnering for Performance with every employee--achieving levels of engagement and commitment that have fortified the bottom line.

 

Ridge introduces WD-40 Company’s year-round performance review system, explaining its goals, features, and the cultural changes it requires. Next, he shares his leadership point of view: what he expects of people, what they can expect of him, and where his beliefs about leadership and motivation come from. Finally, Blanchard explains why WD-40 Company’s Partnering for Performance system works so well--and how to leverage its high-value techniques in your organization. In this book, you’ll learn how to:

 

·         Stop building failure into your mentoring of employees

·         Set goals using the SMART approach: specific, motivational, attainable, relevant and trackable

·         Help people move through all four stages of mastery

·         Create a culture that shares knowledge and encourages nonstop learning

 

 “I’m thrilled that the first book in our Leading at a Higher Level series is with Garry Ridge, president of WD-40 Company. For years I’ve been concerned about how people’s performance is evaluated. People are often forced into a normal distribution curve, or even worse, rank ordered. Not only does this not build trust, it also does not hold managers responsible for coaching people and helping them win. The manager’s responsibility is focused on sorting people out.

 

When I was a college professor, I always gave my students the final exam at the beginning of the course and spent the rest of the semester helping them answer the questions so that they could get an A. Life is all about getting As, not some stupid normal distribution curve. Garry Ridge got this, and wow! What a difference it has made in WD-40
Company’s performance.”

--Ken Blanchard

 

“When I first heard Ken talk about giving his final exam at the beginning of the course and then teaching students the answers so they could get an A, it blew me away. Why don’t we do that in business? So that’s exactly what I did at WD-40 Company when we set up our ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A’ performance management system. Has it made a difference? You’d better believe it. Ever since we began the system, our company’s annual sales have more than tripled, from $100 million to more than $339 million. And we’ve accomplished this feat while making the company a great place to work.”

--Garry Ridge

 

 


The Folly

The Folly

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On a cold, December morning in 1815, the body of nineteen year-old Lady Elizabeth Flynn and her stepson, Captain Jeremy Flynn, are found floating in a lake on the Flynn estate. Sir Henry is devastated by the loss of his young wife and heir to the estate, especially since there is no evidence, no witnesses, and no apparent motive. But nothing is what it seems, and the gruesome find is only one link in a chain of events that started long before.

Forbidden love, family secrets, and betrayal have led to this moment, ending months of speculation and gossip and bringing it to a shocking conclusion.

30 Delicious No-Bake Icebox Cookie Recipes

30 Delicious No-Bake Icebox Cookie Recipes

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Make tasty, mouth-watering icebox cookies that you can either bake right away or store in your freezer for your next cookie craving. Best-selling author Lori Burke brings you 30 icebox cookie recipes that are fun to make and delicious to eat. If you love yummy, home-baked cookies then this is the book for you.

Here's a sampling of just a few of the recipes in this book:



•Almond Delight Icebox Cookies

•Brown Shugah Icebox Cookies

•Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

•Cherry Pistachio Icebox Cookies

•Chocolate Chip Macadamia Icebox Cookies

•Chocolate Chip Pecan Icebox Cookies

•Cinnamon Sugar Icebox Cookies

•Coconut Macadamia Icebox Cookies

•Cousin Connie’s Cranberry Icebox Cookies

•Granny’s Stryk’s Icebox Cookies

•Lemon Coconut Icebox Cookies

•Lemon Cranberry Icebox Cookies

•Lemon Pecan Icebox Cookies

•Oatmeal Coconut Icebox Cookies

•Oatmeal Crispies Icebox Cookies

•Peanut Butter Icebox Cookies

•Rum Chocolate Icebox Cookies

•Tootie Fruity Icebox Cookies

Shadow People: how meth-driven crime is eating at the heart of rural America

Shadow People: how meth-driven crime is eating at the heart of rural America

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Literary Nonfiction. Sleepless and paranoid methamphetamine addicts often see "shadow people" in the darkest hours of the night. Yet it is the addicts themselves that cast a shadow over the most peaceful corners of America, driven in large numbers to commit fraud, identity theft, burglary, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, assault and murder.

In 2010, award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson began to explore the link between crime and methamphetamine, spending sixteen months as an embedded reporter with rural county law enforcement agencies and traveling to dozens of small towns battling the epidemic across the United States. The result is SHADOW PEOPLE, an unflinching look at the havoc and heartache meth spawns in the open countryside—a window to how the drug is threatening America's wide open country spaces, fueling crimes against citizens, breaking families apart, devastating innocent children and tearing away at the psyche of each community through which it spreads.

"A compelling and up-close look at one of the most corrosive issues that our communities face...this book is full of the kind of front-line reporting and gritty detail needed to illuminate the meth scourge."—Greg Miller, National Security Report, The Washington Post

The Memory Eater

The Memory Eater

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The Memory Eater is an anthology consisting of 27 uniquely illustrated stories based on a device with the ability to locate and destroy any memory in the human mind.

Follow the story of a conflicted man who tries to become the fantasy inside his head by deleting reality. Or the story of a devastated couple who lost their child and turn to a shady Memory Eater doctor to erase their problems. Discover the truth behind the urban legend regarding where the Memory Eater really came from, and how it was used during World War II in the fight against Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Drop in for a tale of love, and how one man never gives up hope to find his childhood sweetheart after the Memory Eater tore them apart. Witness how a teenage prank involving the machine and a chore goes hilariously wrong. Or how, with the introduction of this new technology, mass paranoia begins to spread, prompting people to tirelessly investigate their own pasts.

See how the Memory Eater will shape the future into the perfect utopia. How it evolves into much more than deleting memories. Memories will become transferable and sold in back alleys. They’ll become viral. But ultimately, nothing will be safe, not even the sacred depths of the mind.

Owning Treasure

Owning Treasure

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Owning Treasure is the story of Antonio Pagano, a man who lives amidst the unrelenting suspicion of a petty theft he insists he did not commit, but which nevertheless defines his life. On the day of the crime a disaster of epic proportion occurred in Northeastern Pennsylvania as the Susquehanna River plunged through the ceiling of the Knox Coal Mine, leading to the collapse of the region’s only major industry. Young Antonio flees his hometown before he learns of the disaster. While away he builds a new life for himself and gains a family in the process. When once again the river upends the lives of those living along its banks, it also calls Antonio back home to his people, only now as a respected and generous business owner. In serving his community, he seeks to restore the broken relationships of his past but finds only awkwardness and absurd conflict because he refuses to confess to the crime which drove him away.

Like the flow of water, the events surrounding the generations of Antonio’s family are at once under their control and in control of them. The course of Antonio's life may have been altered by a crime, but Antonio alone must navigate through the consequences of that event. Ultimately, he will be responsible for what he becomes. In the days following Antonio's death, his true legacy is revealed as his wife, his son, and his very clever grandchildren Tony and Olivia discover long forgotten secrets of what happened fifty years earlier on the day of the mine disaster. They will come to understand the difference between possessing treasure and owning it.

The Lemon Dot Tree (The Lemon Dots Rule Book 1)

The Lemon Dot Tree (The Lemon Dots Rule Book 1)

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Sambino and his friends stand up to the bully who attempts to turn their whole world upside down. The Lemon Dot Tree is the first in the children's book series, Lemon Dots Rule. Written in verse, these simple rhyming stories will inspire kids for a brighter tomorrow by reaching for the stars, following your heart, being a friend and going green. The lovable characters of Lemon Dot Town will inspire the best in all of us.

The Rose and the Pyramid (The Books of Gem 1: Prequel or Parallel to the Morning & Moon books)

The Rose and the Pyramid (The Books of Gem 1: Prequel or Parallel to the Morning & Moon books)

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Below is the FLAP COPY [written by editor Jon Rappoport] from the collectible 1897 AUTHORS UNLIMITED trade paperback edition of this novel:

THE ROSE AND THE PYRAMID is a novel of great mystery and enchantment, which occurs on several levels at once. Mya, the heroin [sic], who comes from the planet Kashmir, which bears little resemblance to Earth, decides to pursue Ben, her lover, to our denser world of travail, where the age-old paradigm seems to be suffering, a suffering in part based on a misunderstanding of karma and density.

From her purer world of energy and color, she descends, but not merely as a visitor. Mya must take up a life here, a new person, she must surround herself with harsher and more puzzling realities, as a citizen of our world.

But why is she really here? What is the wider meaning of her attraction for Ben? And what of her deep friendship with Rotar, her mentor on Kashmir? Through undulations of great beauty, the novel expands to include Mya's destiny: the transformation of this planet and its inhabitants.

The ultimate establishment of a new paradigm for consciousness on earth involves a stunning confrontation with that being whom some have called The Devil - its surprises provide startling proof that life on earth has been stunted by a deeply ingrained and flawed conception of reality.

From this moment on, the story speeds to an irrevocable climax, in which the nature of Earth's reality and the quality of Mya's love are transformed forever.
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Linda Shelnutt notes about the above perceptive flap copy by Joh Rappoport:

It is clear that Mr. Rappoport read and comprehended this novel. After reading this publisher assigned flap copy, I burst into uncontrolled sobs! I was deeply moved that someone with such a long established literary and guru status understood this novel so well and wrote such a beautifully accurate synopsis of it.

At that time I was riding in my husband' Toms 1980 Ford pickup truck. He turned to me with a look of terror, asking what was WRONG. I smiled through sobs, barely able to communicate that joy, not pain had brought forth the eye flood.
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The original trade paperback [out of print] of The ROSE and the PYRAMID has become a collector's item continuing to sell used copies through various vendors in several countries in addition to the US. The typo [heroin typed without the "e" in heroine] in the flap copy of the original trade paperback was ironically missed by the editors, publisher, and author. That oversight can't be corrected now, but will likely cause used copy sales of that original paperback to increase in collector value [of course authors, editors, and publishers are not paid for sales of used copies].

This 2015 eleventh Kindle edition includes an alternate beginning for the novel, a bonus of poems to accompany each chapter, and some minor editing of text, removing a few typos, enhancing some of the syntax and enriching some of the concepts.

Another series linked to themes in the Books of Gem has debuted a sequel in 27 chapter installments, MYRTLE'S PENULTIMATE WALKABOUT. MPW is now available in a pair of full length books, one providing the story-line and the other compiling the end-notes. Hyperlinks to the MPW pair are included in this Kindle edition of The Rose and the Pyramid.

Children's Book: The Goodnight Book (A bedtime rhyming book for toddlers and children)

Children's Book: The Goodnight Book (A bedtime rhyming book for toddlers and children)

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Puppies, kittens, lambs, bunnies, baby birds, chicks and children are all going to sleep in this rhyming bedtime book. Photo illustrations of sleeping animals along with simple rhyming text will have your little reader ready for a good night's sleep. 

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Wonder Boys by Michael ChabonKindle Daily Deal: Wonder Boys

A successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and years later he still hasn’t grown up despite his professorship, estranged wife, and pregnant girlfriend. This satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative class is mordant, humane, and features characters as loveably flawed as any in American fiction.

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One Love by Cedella Marley and Vanessa NewtonKindle Kids Daily Deal: One Love

This heartwarming picture book takes one of Bob Marley’s most beloved songs, “One Love,” and brings it joyfully to life. Cedella Marley has beautifully adapted her father’s song, and Vanessa Newton compliments it with gorgeous illustrations. (Available on Kindle Fire, Kindle Cloud Reader, Kindle for iPad, and Kindle for Android).

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