Start with a tough but vulnerable Chicago cop. Add a hyperactive cat, an ailing mother, a jealous boyfriend, a high-maintenance ex-husband, and a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis.
Stir in a psychopath littering the city with body parts. Mix with equal parts humor and suspense, and enjoy Bloody Mary–the second novel in the funny, frightening world of Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels.
Join Jack as she struggles to repair her train wreck of a personal life while tracking down and convicting one of the scariest serial killers in recent memory–a killer for whom getting caught is only the beginning…
Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the moment he laid eyes on her, but she was the one girl who didn’t beg for his attention. He wanted her.
Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because love can destroy you, but then she met Carter Jennings. She wanted him.
Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship, neither confessed their desires. Losing touch after college, a chance meeting reconnects them.
They want each other. But love in the city is never quite that easy.
Yann Martel’s imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting “religions the way a dog attracts fleas.”
Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker (“His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth”).
It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don’t burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat’s sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination.
William Goldman’s modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that’s thrilling and timeless.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you’ll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”
The logic of capitalism, boom and bust, is unremitting and unforgiving. But what happens to human feeling in a completely commodified world? In The Post-Office Girl, Stefan Zweig, a deep analyst of the human passions, lays bare the private life of capitalism.Christine toils in a provincial post office in post–World War I Austria, a country gripped by unemployment. Out of the blue, a telegram arrives from Christine’s rich American aunt inviting her to a resort in the Swiss Alps. Christine is immediately swept up into a world of inconceivable wealth and unleashed desire. She feels herself utterly transformed: nothing is impossible. But then, abruptly, her aunt cuts her loose. Christine returns to the post office, where yes, nothing will ever be the same.
Christine meets Ferdinand, a bitter war veteran and disappointed architect, who works construction jobs when he can get them. They are drawn to each other, even as they are crushed by a sense of deprivation, of anger and shame. Work, politics, love, sex: everything is impossible for them. Life is meaningless, unless, through one desperate and decisive act, they can secretly remake their world from within.
A sexy witch who writes romances and a police detective who sees more than mortal man team up to battle an ancient Aztec god!
Dallas Police Detective Mark Valdez isn’t just any cop, he’s a psychic who knows that the cattle mutilations and torture murders he’s been investigating are somehow tied together. He also knows that his meager psychic abilities aren’t enough to identify the killers, much less stop them.
Luckily, Mark has an ace up his sleeve: an attractive young romance novelist who happens to be a practicing witch. And not just any witch, either-Diana Tregarde is a Guardian, charged with protecting the Earth and all its creatures.
Using modern science and ancient magics, Diana and Mark discover that they are tailing no ordinary serial killer but the awakened avatar of an Aztec god. Tezcatlipoca and his four beautiful handmaidens are preparing for a great sacrifice that will transform North America into a new Aztec realm.
With this powerful story, Barbara Delinsky, the bestselling and acclaimed author ofCoast Road and Three Wishes, has written her richest and most exciting novel yet. At its center is Lily Blake, a talented singer who shuns the limelight and cherishes her privacy. Tricked by a devious reporter into unwittingly giving an interview about her friendship with a distinguished churchman — a newly appointed Cardinal — she finds herself accused of having had an affair with him.
Shocked and dismayed, Lily becomes a pariah and suffers the brutal, ultimate violation of her privacy as headlines all across the country proclaim her guilt. Hounded by the press, fired from her job, deprived of all public freedom, Lily has no choice but to flee. She returns in secret to her hometown of Lake Henry, in a remote, beautiful part of New Hampshire.
A phone call. A common enough event, sometimes welcome, sometimes annoying, but seldom life changing. Or so we assume. But assumptions are dangerous things, and the reality is we all live one phone call away from disaster. One cheerful ring away from news of a tragic accident. One muted buzz from learning a lifetime of memories have disappeared in a raging house fire.
And so it is for Tom Dugan, rolling though the London night, the woman he loves in the taxi beside him. Life is good by any measure — until his phone rings, alerting him to the arrival of two old Russian friends with a very big problem.
Dugan’s attempts to help his friends rescue an innocent girl from the Russian mob plunge him into a world he’d scarcely imagined, endangering him and everyone he holds dear. A world of modern day slavery and unspeakable cruelty, from which no one will escape, unless Dugan can weather a Deadly Crossing.
Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Brooklyn Ann
Dr. John Polidori’s tale “The Vampyre” burst upon the Regency scene along with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein after that notorious weekend spent writing ghost stories with Lord Byron.
A vampire craze broke out instantly in the haut ton.
Now Ian Ashton, the Lord Vampire of London, has to attend tedious balls, linger in front of mirrors, and eat lots of garlic in an attempt to quell the gossip.
If that weren’t annoying enough, his neighbor, Angelica Winthrop, has literary aspirations of her own and is sneaking into his house at night just to see what she can find.
Hungry, tired, and fed up, Ian is in no mood to humor his beautiful intruder…
Science Fiction > Space Opera
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa. Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax. End of story. Case closed.
Except that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the U.S. government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting in. And four more agents who were sent in also disappeared. So the head of the agency and his two top agents went in and managed to get out with their discovery: an invasion is underway by slug-like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his or her mind. What the humans know, they know. What the slugs want, no matter what, the human will do. And most of Iowa is already under their control.
Sam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth. Unfortunately, that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders, with no will of his own. And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens. Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service, which safeguards the President of the United States, control of the entire nation is near at hand . . .
Historical Fiction > British
Author: Janice Graham
As the daughter of a prosperous tailor in 1860’s London, Veda Grenfell has grown up accustomed to elegance and style. When a fever leaves her deaf at the age of sixteen, she turns for solace to the familiar world of her father’s workshop. Veda has inherited her father’s extraordinary talent, and she is not content to hide demurely in the back room whipping stitches. Defying Victorian notions of propriety, she establishes herself as a tailor to the young, fashionable sporting set of English nobility. Yet, beneath her impeccable dress and irreproachable manners beats a heart longing for the love of a man and a family of her own.
When an ambitious Italian tailor extends an offer of marriage, Veda’s keen intuition leads her to reject him, with disastrous consequences. Her situation is even more complicated by her growing attachment to Harry Breadalbane, a young viscount with a fascination for all things modern and a restless need to exert his energy on more than horse-racing and women.
Christian Fiction > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse, Kayla Woodhouse
Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It’s news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna’s husband (Andi’s dad) in a car accident.
But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who doesn’t want to save them, but to kill them.
Christian Fiction > Historical
Author: Julie Klassen
Lillian Haswell, brilliant daughter of the local apothecary, yearns for more adventure and experience than life in her father’s shop and their small village provides. She also longs to know the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, which villagers whisper about but her father refuses to discuss. Opportunity comes when a distant aunt offers to educate her as a lady in London. Exposed to fashionable society and romance–as well as clues about her mother–Lilly is torn when she is summoned back to her ailing father’s bedside. Women are forbidden to work as apothecaries, so to save the family legacy, Lilly will have to make it appear as if her father is still making all the diagnoses and decisions. But the suspicious eyes of a scholarly physician and a competing apothecary are upon her. As they vie for village prominence, three men also vie for Lilly’s heart.
Romance > New Adult
Author: Nicole Snow
The worst night of my life just got worse. Nobody explained why I’ve been dumped in this run down house, or who this hulk with the filthy mouth is. All I know is he wants me, he says I’m his, and I’m ignoring my instinct to run like hell.
When he pulls me into his embrace, I want to push closer to his warmth, his strength, his vicious tattoos.
Can I trust him? Can I trust myself? Or will obeying his wicked words confirm all my worst suspicions?
Horror > Ghosts
Author: Alexie Aaron
Little Mia Cooper’s ability to see the dead made her an outcast in her hometown. Several years later, she has finally managed to blend in, but her hard-won peace is threatened by the arrival of a bumbling team of paranormal investigators. Mia is drawn in reluctantly as an advisor on what, at first, seems to be a fairly straightforward case, only to discover that the Hollow has much more in store for her. An ancient evil is rising in Cold Creek Hollow. What begins as a ghost hunt will become a fight for survival.
Romance > Mystery & Suspense
Author: Christina Ross
In ANNIHILATE ME 2, love is tested. Lives are claimed. Nothing is certain. In a flash, one can just lose it all.
But what happens to those who are left behind?
Jennifer Wenn and her husband, Alex, must face just that when a crisis first takes hold of Wenn Enterprises—and then when a second, wholly unexpected crisis throws everything into turmoil.
Fear is real. Fear is a beast that bellows into the night. And its threats demand to be heard.
As this harrowing love story and adventure unfolds, Jennifer, Alex, Blackwell, Tank, Lisa, and Blackwell’s two daughters must come to understand one truth—only when the phoenix burns can it fully re-emerge.
Self-Help > Memory Improvement
Author: Kevin Horsley
Do you ever feel like you’re too busy, too stressed or just too distracted to concentrate and get work done? In Unlimited Memory, you’ll learn how the world’s best memory masters get themselves to concentrate at will, anytime they want. When you can easily focus and concentrate on the task at hand, and store and recall useful information, you can easily double your productivity and eliminate wasted time, stress and mistakes at work.
In this book, you’ll find all the tools, strategies and techniques you need to improve your memory.
Author: Rosemary Hines
After the loss of her beloved husband Phil, Joan Walker struggles to stay afloat in a sea of grief. Then she happens upon a discovery that will impact her entire family and challenge her future.
Will Phil’s legacy be able to restore joy to her broken heart?
Join your Sandy Cove friends in a tale of love and unexpected gifts in this Christmas story ~ From the Heart.
Entrepreneurship > Happiness
Author: Barrie Davenport
Ready to leave boredom, frustration, and unhappiness behind? Want to connect with your dreams for a life of purpose that ignites your enthusiasm? Right now you might be in a job you hate, a career you know is wrong for you, or you simply feel your life is stale and passionless. You long to wake up in the morning, eager to start your day, excited about your work, a project, or a side-gig that lights your fire. You know there has to be more for you. You know you aren’t living or working to your fullest potential, using the skills, creativity, and interests that feel natural and engaging. You’re ready to make a change — the only problem is you don’t know how to go about it. You have no idea what your passion might be or how to start looking for it. Or if you do have an inking about your passion, it seems impossible to fit it in to your life right now.
Author: Clodagh Murphy
In the past year, Romy Fitzgerald learned three valuable lessons.
One: Never have sex at a party with a stranger dressed as Darth Vader.
Two: Don’t tell him things you’ve never told anyone else.
Three: Find out the stranger’s name because you never know when you might need it …
Like nine months later when the baby arrives.
While Romy is happy to raise Luke on her own, one day he’ll need to know the truth about his father, and Darth deserves to know that he has a son.
Will Romy find her dark knight or will she be left to raise Luke (Han) solo?
Historical Romance > Scottish
Author: Tarah Scott
A man torn between two worlds. Both need him… neither wants him.
Groomed for a life amongst the English aristocracy, Lord Erroll Rushton is unexpectedly thrust back into his father’s Scottish world when the Englishwoman he compromises refuses to marry him.
No gentleman breaks into a lady’s bedchamber…but then, no lady sleeps with a pistol under her pillow.
Miss Eve Crenshaw will marry for love or won’t marry at all. When London’s most notorious rakehell breaks into Eve’s bedroom in the dead of night and compromises her beyond repair, she plans a daring elopement that shocks even the earl.
Science Fiction > Post-Apocalyptic
Author: Ricky Sides
The zombie apocalypse has begun and Corporal Herb Bennett and Private Randy Lions of the Alabama National Guard are mobilized along with the rest of their unit. Their mission is to contain a zombie outbreak in Decatur. With the lives of millions of people in the balance the guardsmen struggle against an army of walking dead, an army that feels no pain and have only one purpose.
To consume the living.
Women’s Fiction > New Adult
Author: David Burnett
Katherine had joined hands with Steven in the ruins of the old abbey church. Standing before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married. Katherine was going to college, going to med school. Steven was studying art in Italy for the next year. She could not marry Steven, then. A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Steven had reached out to caress one of the flowers.
“I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”
Historical Romance > Regency
Author: Elaine Owen
What happens when England’s most thoughtless girl, Lydia Bennet, marries the man most determined to reform her? Follow our headstrong anti-heroine to her marriage and her new life in Newcastle. This is a Pride and Prejudice alternate story, based on the events in Mr. Darcy’s Persistent Pursuit.
Romance > Vampires
Author: J.R. Rain
Mother, wife, private investigator…vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Sam discovers Kingsley isn’t exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.
Occult > Unexplained Mysteries
Author: Ryan Skinner, D.L. Wallace
There is a piece of property in Utah that borders the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation in the north-east extent of the state that many believe to be a vortex of inter-dimensional and paranormal activity. Due to the untold number and frequency of unexplainable encounters this location has earned itself the name of Skinwalker Ranch. But the Skinwalker—a legendary creature feared back before the time of the Native Americans indigenous to the Great Basin—is only a small part of a phenomena that includes some of the most intense UFO sightings ever witnessed and recorded, inter-dimensional portals, intelligent orbs of energy, physical entities beyond identification and other real-life manifestations.
Women’s Fiction > Psychological
Author: Melissa Hill
Leonie was in love and engaged. But now she has fled her beloved Dublin to start again – somewhere no one knows her or the secret she’s running from.
Settling in to her new home in one of San Francisco’s famous Victorian houses, she happens upon a bundle of love letters, all written by a man called Nathan to an unknown woman, and all intriguingly ending with the same three words ‘Please forgive me’.
Moved by Nathan’s heartfelt words, Leonie sets out to uncover the mystery behind the couple and what went wrong between them. If she reunites the letters with their rightful owner, might the love of Nathan’s life find it in her heart to forgive him?
Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Jake Bible
Hundreds of years after the zombie apocalypse decimates the world, human civilization has put itself back together again. Their secret weapon against the zombie hordes: the Mechs. Massive robotic battle machines. But what happens when a mech pilot dies in his mech and becomes a zombie? Hell on earth is unleashed… Prepare for a high action, fast paced, hell ride through a futuristic wasteland as Mech Base Commander James Capreze and his crew of mech pilots battle zombies, cannibals, religious cults and worst of all, the Dead Mechs, all to try and save the human race one last time. Jake Bible’s Dead Mech: The future may not be completely dead, but it’s on its way…
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