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Guns of the Waste Land: Departure: Volumes 1-2

Fantasy > Historical
Author: Leverett Butts

Guns of the Waste Land: Departure: Volumes 1-2

Guns of the Waste Land is an epic retelling of Arthurian Legend in an American Western setting.

In late 1800s just outside the Texas town of Bretton, four men wander the American desert.

Percy Murratt seeks Sheriff Ardiss Drake to learn the fate of his late father. Meanwhile, Ardiss’ deputies, Gary Wayne Orkney and Boris Bennick, are in the pursuit of the outlaw Lancaster O’Loch flees, who has seduced and stolen Ardiss’ wife, Guernica.

Featuring a host of familiar characters reminiscent of Gawain, the Green Knight, Lancelot, Merlin and, of course, King Arthur, Guns of the Waste Land is a timeless adventure of chivalry, revenge and honour.

Now, in Book Two: Diversion, follow Percy and co. on their epic quest as they traverse the frontier of the American Waste Land, in pursuit of their own Holy Grail…

Everlasting Light – A Civil War Romance Novella

Christian Fiction > Romance > Historical
Author: Andrea Boeshaar

Everlasting Light - A Civil War Romance Novella

The American Civil War has ended, but Alaina McKenna still awaits news about her husband, Braeden. Did he die in a Yankee prison? Was he buried in a shallow grave on a Virginia battlefield? Or has he turned his back on the specter of death and loss around him and sought solitude west of the Mississippi River, never to return home, again?

As Christmas nears, Alaina deflects the advances of a suitor in the neighboring county, choosing to cling instead to hope and her belief that Braeden will return. As winter’s chill settles upon her farm, Alaina cries out to God in one final Christmas Prayer.

Wanted (Wanted Series Book 1)

Young Adult > Romance > Contemporary
Author: Amanda Lance

Wanted (Wanted Series Book 1)

Considering she’s a girl who calculates everything, Addie Battes knew the statistical probability of being abducted in her lifetime—too bad she never analyzed the odds of falling in love with her captor.

While stopping at a crowded rest area one summer night, seventeen-year-old Addie accidentally catches a truck hijacking in progress. Desperate to rid the crime of its only witness, one of the thieves kidnaps Addie. Yet surprisingly, when a renegade thief attempts to silence her for good, Addie is saved by the very man who abducted her. Now, forced on board a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean, Addie finds herself surrounded by international smugglers who want nothing more than to throw her overboard.

All except the artistic and intriguing Charlie Hays, whose strange protectiveness convinces Addie to trust him, even when common sense tells her otherwise.

A Distant Murder: a sparrow falls mystery #1

Mystery > Cozy
Author: Donna McLean

A Distant Murder: a sparrow falls mystery #1

“Perhaps you came here to find the story of the woman your grandmother did not have an opportunity to become, or to finish the story of the one who interrupted her life so suddenly.” These intriguing words send freelance journalist Addie McRae on a quest to uncover the truth behind a decades-old unsolved murder and find a killer who is still living, and killing, in Sparrow Falls, North Carolina. She is befriended by spunky southern lady Tilda MacArdan and the mysterious and angelic Morwenna Goss, known as the “story keeper” of the old Scots burying ground.

A list of suspects grows as Addie meets the delightfully eccentric townsfolk, descendants of Highland Scots who settled the town centuries before. Does a gossiping trio of elderly women remember the first murder accurately, or are they merely keeping ugly rumors alive?

GRAY WOLF SECURITY: The Complete 5 Books Series

Romance > Anthologies
Author: Glenna Sinclair

GRAY WOLF SECURITY: The Complete 5 Books Series

He killed my brother. He didn’t wield the rock that destroyed a promising life, the life of a future doctor, but he killed him just the same. He should have been there that night, should have protected Joshua from the wrath of bullies that he’d pulled down on us all. But he wasn’t. And Joshua died.

Now my dad expects me to sit back and let this man protect me? Was he insane? I don’t care how wonderful Gray Wolf Security is. I wasn’t about to give up my freedom, my privacy, and allow Donovan Pritchard to follow me around for the unforeseeable future. I don’t care how determined the criminal who is after me is. I can’t even remember what happened the night Joe died.

Besides, I’d rather take my chances than spend even a minute with Donovan.


Whole 30: 30-Day Whole Food Diet Challenge Recipe Cookbook for Weight Loss

Special Diet > Whole Foods
Author: Simon Donovan

Whole 30: 30-Day Whole Food Diet Challenge Recipe Cookbook for Weight Loss Eat healthy, Lose Weight! (Whole Foods, Whole Diet, Whole Cookbook, Whole Recipes, Whole 30 Diet Plan 1)

Nature gifted us her most valuable resources and we should value them as they are, without trying to transform them. For many years, humans lived on the natural nutrients that nature provides us with, but unfortunately, only in the last century food experiments were conducted and implemented to produce crazy amounts of food.

Today, it’s increasingly harder to find an ingredient that has naturally grown under the sun. Instead, the food industry giants are continually looking for cheaper ways of producing more and more food for larger profits thus introducing many artificial ingredients into our food.

What does this mean for us?

The sad thing is that, as our schedules become tighter and tighter, most of us are opting for empty-calorie, ready-to-eat foods from these food giants that only require to be popped in the microwave for 3 minutes and voila! Dinner is ready!

Burr: A Novel (Vintage International)

Historical Fiction > Biographical
Author: Gore Vidal

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Burr: A Novel (Vintage International)

For readers who can’t get enough of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Gore Vidal’s stunning novel about Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel—and who served as a successful, if often feared, statesman of our fledgling nation.
Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated—and misunderstood—figures among the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. But he is determined to tell his own story, and he chooses to confide in a young New York City journalist named Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler. Together, they explore both Burr’s past—and the continuing civic drama of their young nation.

Courageous: A Novel

Contemporary Fiction > Christian
Author: Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick

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Courageous: A Novel
From the creators of Fireproof comes an inspiring new story about everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.


Biographies & Memoirs > Women
Author: Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer

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The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn’s heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband’s psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy.

The Birth of Venus: A Novel (Reader’s Circle)

Historical Fiction > British
Author: Sarah Dunant

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The Birth of Venus: A Novel (Reader's Circle)

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter’s abilities.

But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra’s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola’s reactionary followers.

The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father . . . and Finding the Zodiac Killer

True Crime > Serial Killers
Author: Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa

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The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father . . . and Finding the Zodiac Killer

Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

For decades, the Zodiac Killer has captivated America’s imagination. His ability to evade capture while taunting authorities made him infamous.


The One That Got Away: A Novel

Romantic Comedy
Author: Bethany Chase

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The One That Got Away: A Novel
Sarina Mahler thinks she has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend, Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer—and former flame—Eamon Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s life takes an unexpected turn. Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices—and Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling. With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she truly wants in life—and in love.

The Christie Curse (A Book Collector Mystery 1)

Mystery > Cozy
Author: Victoria Abbott

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The Christie Curse (A Book Collector Mystery 1)

In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?

Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans.

Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst—the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.

The Bright Forever: A Novel

Literary Fiction
Author: Lee Martin

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The Bright Forever: A Novel

On an evening like any other, nine-year-old Katie Mackey, daughter of the most affluent family in a small town on the plains of Indiana, sets out on her bicycle to return some library books.

This simple act is at the heart of The Bright Forever, a suspenseful, deeply affecting novel about the choices people make that change their lives forever. Keeping fact, speculation, and contradiction playing off one another as the details unfold, author Lee Martin creates a fast-paced story that is as gripping as it is richly human. His beautiful, clear-eyed prose builds to an extremely nuanced portrayal of the complicated give and take among people struggling to maintain their humanity in the shadow of a loss.

Reminiscent of books such as The Little Friend and The Lovely Bones, but most memorable for its own perceptions and power, The Bright Forever is a compelling and emotional tale about the human need to know even the hardest truth.

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