When John Moretz takes a job as a reporter in the Appalachian town of Sycamore Shade, a crime wave erupts that boosts circulation and leaves people uneasy. Then a murder victim is discovered, and Moretz is first on the scene.
As more bodies turn up, Moretz comes under police suspicion, but the newspaper’s sales are booming due to his coverage of sensational crime. His editor is torn between calling off his newshound and cashing in on the attention, plus the editor is romancing the big-city reporter assigned to cover the suspected serial killer.
And Moretz seems to be one step ahead of the other reporters, the police, and even the killer himself.
Guardian (Hidden: Soulhunter Book 1)
Eunomia. Right hand of the Angel. The last of her kind, is now Death’s hunter. For thousands of years, the Guardians collected the souls of the dead, bringing them before the God of Death for their final judgment.
It all ended when Eunomia’s sisters, the other twelve Guardians, betrayed the God of Death and his daughter. In the blink of an eye, Eunomia’s reason for existing ceased to be. Now, she has no idea what to do with the rest of eternity.
But all of that changes the day her best friend, the new Goddess of Death, comes to her with a problem only Eunomia, last of the Guardians, can solve.
But what at first appears to be nothing more than a simple soul collecting job turns into an around-the-world journey that challenges Eunomia at every turn.
Haunted Hearts – #1: A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery
A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series – Novella 1
Will Lana Malloy solve the twenty-year-old double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé by Memorial Day? If she can, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts for another year.
Facebook Stalker, Episode 1. (A Novella Series)
When bestselling romance novelist Scott Howard, meets a fan on Facebook, a playful online relationship develops.
The fan, twenty-five year old Lori Dalton, eventually, after chatting with the well-known author for six months, decides to leave her hometown in Seattle, to drive to Virginia Beach to be with her favorite writer. Lori shows up at Scott Howard’s doorstep, unannounced, excited to meet him, finally, in person.
At first, author and fan hit it off, but soon, when Scott starts having a resurgence of feelings for his ex girlfriend Trixie, jealousy arises. And the deadly stalking begins.
Terror has left Skye Martindale muted and stunted for most of her seventeen years. Terrified of the dark Other that lives within her. The Other that must be suppressed and controlled. At all costs. Then one night an act of random violence unleashes a savagery so ferocious that she is forced to face who–and what–she really is.
Fear and grief have ravaged Deputy Sheriff Gene Martindale, leaving him cold and remote, haunted by the lies he has told the world–and himself–about his foundling sister. But now the lying is over and he has to protect his young son from Skye. Even if that means killing her.
For five long years Junior Cotton–the twisted sadist who slaughtered Gene’s wife and unborn child–has been a caged animal. Now he’s broken loose and he’s coming after Gene and his sister.
Pirates or Patriots (The Bradford Chronicles Book 1)
In the spring of 1814 young Ephraim Bradford lands in America hoping to begin a new life, free from the horrors of the Napoleonic war. But his plans are altered when he when he is drawn into a new war along with the pirate, Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson, not to mention the girl who steals his heart. Pirates or Patriots tells the story of how a young Englishman from Shropshire falls in love with a Maryland farm girl only to risk his life and his love at the Battle of New Orleans.
Pink (The Pink Trilogy Book 1)
Like most sixteen-year-old girls, Cassie O’Connell wonders what it’s like to be in love. For Cassie, that question is even more daunting as ten years ago a virus wiped out every male on the planet.
Well, almost every male.
Cassie discovers a teenage boy, Jamie, who has been locked away in a secret isolation chamber at the lab where Amanda, Cassie’s mother, works. Amanda searches for the cure to the virus—for the last ten years, she has kept Jamie hidden, to save his life and to use his blood to find a cure for the menace that still picks off male babies like a sniper.
Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
The true, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez’s daring rescue of American hostages from Iran that inspired the critically-acclaimed film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there is a little-known drama connected to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected.
Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called Argo.
Sideways: A Novel
Sideways is the story of two friends-Miles and Jack-going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country. For Jack, the tasting tour is Seven Days to D-Day, his final stretch of freedom. For Miles–who has divorced his wife, is facing an uncertain career and has lost his passion for living-the trip is a weeklong opportunity to evaluate his past, his future and himself.
A raucous and surprising novel filled with wonderful details about wine, Sideways is also a thought-provoking and funny book about men, women, and human relationships.
For all her offended sniffs and humphs, Mary Poppins is likely the most exciting nanny England–and the world–has ever seen. Young Jane and Michael Banks have no idea what’s in store for them when Mary Poppins blows in on the east wind one autumn evening. Soon, though, the children are having tea on the ceiling, flying around the world in a minute (visiting polar bears and hyacinth macaws on the way), and secretly watching as their unusual nanny pastes gold paper stars to the sky. Mary’s stern and haughty exterior belies the delightful nonsense she harbors; her charges, as well as her literary fans, respect and adore her.Grownups who have forgotten Mary Poppins’s true charms will be tickled pink to rediscover this uniquely unsentimental fantasy. Younger readers will walk into Mary’s world without batting an eye–ofcourse the animals in the zoo exchange places with people on the night of the full moon.
“The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face.”
It seems everyone in young Lori Jean’s life has a secret, but only one secret will cost her everything.
A surprising tribute to our ability to heal and love in the most difficult circumstances. Roseflower Creekwill stay with you long past its final page.
Jake (The Seven Brothers of Elko: Book One)
Christopher Davis Reardon’s wife died young, leaving him with two small boys to raise on his own. Jake and Davis were typical boys, but good kids. Mr. Reardon lived to see them both grow into the kind of men any father would be proud to call his sons. Respect for others, right from wrong, honesty, and the value of family were among the many things he taught his boys. And teaching them about women was right at the top of the list, especially the right woman. He had a mantra that was repeated to both boys from the age of thirteen until they were grown men themselves. They still know it by heart.
“Son, you always treat a woman with respect, no matter who they are, what they do, or what they say. All men have lust in their hearts, so bed ’em if you have to, but treat ’em with respect. And when you think you’re in love, you’re not. Because when you are in love, you’ll know it.
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Penguin Books is proud to now be the sole publisher of Oil!, the classic 1927 novel by Upton Sinclair. After writing The Jungle, his scathing indictment of the meatpacking industry, Sinclair turned his sights on the early days of the California oil industry in a highly entertaining story featuring a cavalcade of characters including senators, oil magnets, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.
This lively and panoramic book, which was recently cited by David Denby in the New Yorker as being Sinclair’s “most readable” novel, is now the inspiration for the Paramount Vantage major motion picture,There Will Be Blood.
Cold Rock River
Even the best-kept secrets must be revealed…
Seventeen-year-old Adie Jenkins is newly married and newly pregnant, though not necessarily in that order. Unready for fatherhood, her skirt-chasing husband isn’t much help. But in this stunning tale that redefines intimacy, love, and family, Adie discovers hope where she least expects it: from her sweet neighbor Murphy, from the world-wise midwife Willa Mae, and in the worn pages of the diary of a slave girl-a girl who is much closer to Adie than she thinks.
Descended of a legendary line of strength and beauty, Saphyre Snow had once known happiness as princess of the Kingdom of Graces. Once a valiant king had ruled in wisdom—once a loving mother had spoken soft words of truth to her daughter. Yet, a strange madness had poisoned great minds—a strange fever inviting Lord Death to linger. Soon it was even Lord Death sought to claim Saphyre Snow for his own—and all Saphyre loved seemed lost.
Thus, Saphyre fled—forced to leave all familiars for necessity of preserving her life. Alone, and without provision, Saphyre knew Lord Death might yet claim her—for how could a princess hope to best the Reaper himself?
Midnight at the Well of Souls (Well World Saga: Volume 1)
Welcome to the Well World: a construct of an ancient defunct race known as the Markovians. The Well World acts both as the controller of and the gateway to 1560 worlds created by the Markovians at the end of their time.
Nathan Brazil is a starship captain carrying passengers and cargo from planet to planet. Answering a distress call, he (with others) is suddenly transported to the Well World by a hidden gate.
There Nathan Brazil must stop mysterious forces from taking control of the Well World, and through the Well World, the universe. But to do so, he must deal with bizarre transformations which have changed people into centaurs, mermaids and giant insects.
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