Repo Chick Blues (The Leah Ryan Thrillers Book 1)
Reformed car thief Leah Ryan is trouble. She is turning over a new leaf, but needs a job fast. She’s a natural at stealing cars. What better job for her than Repo Chick?
When Leah stumbles onto a sex ring during a routine repo job, her distrust of law enforcement and all things authority leads her to enlist the help of a few friends from her shady past.
A past she promised herself she’d never return to.
This is the second book in the Leah Ryan Series. Leah also appears in the short story Jacked Up, which also features Lieutenant Jack Daniels, written with in collaboration with J.A Konrath.
Dreaming of Forever (Gold Creek Romance Book 1)
Emily Phillips wasn’t looking for love when she moved to the scenic town of Gold Creek. It was a short stopover to save money for her move to Paris – until she unexpectedly inherited the local pottery painting studio. In two years she’s built the business into a soaring success. Unfortunately, her love life hasn’t achieved the same stellar results. So when a break-up with her two-timing boyfriend comes on the heels of an offer to buy her shop, Emily decides it’s finally time to make good on the move she’s only dreamed about.
From the first moment I saw Janny Moore’s sparkling eyes and luminous smile, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of getting to know her…
She’s everything I need in my life, now I just have to convince her.
She’s never set eyes on me, she has no idea I exist…
but she will.
A Kick in the Pants (a Riley O’Brien & Co. novella)
Jake Lilliard has always been a gambling man. So far, all the risks he’s taken — like moving to San Francisco and joining Riley O’Brien & Co. — have paid off. Now he’s ready to take the biggest risk of all: acting on his feelings for Kyla Andrews. As a trainee in his department, she’s off limits. But as soon as Kyla moves on to another job, he is going to make her his. He’s waited long enough…
When tragedy struck Kyla’s family years ago, she started playing it safe. She doesn’t take risks with her job or her heart, and she refuses to be a cliché – the foolish woman who falls for her sexy boss. Yet Jake is everything she has ever wanted, and it’s impossible to resist him and his enticing kisses.
Murder Mansion: A Cozy Mystery with Recipes (Painted Lady Inn Book 1)
Donna’s dream of running a Victorian Bed and Breakfast is almost a reality. Her lack of inn keeping expertise, a shabby house in need of dire renovation and lack of money has slowed her down a bit.
The murdered man in the upstairs parlor is her biggest obstacle. Less determined people might give up, but not Donna. No killer is going to stop her from serving apple crumb cake to high paying guests.
Her natural skill at the Clue board game, along with the grudging assistance of veteran detective, Mark Taber, an overweight Puggle, and a chatty octogenarian neighbor should help her sniff out the killer unless she’s snuffed out first.
Champagne Float (Champagne Mysteries Book 1)
Lora Godwin, professional hostess to the rich and feckless, makes her living being flattering, witty, and decorative. When she agrees to manage a yacht trip for a reclusive Russian oligarch and some potential business partners, she figures the worst problem she’ll face is keeping her professional distance from the sleazy yet seductive Greek playboy who seems keen to end her six-month, one-week, and three-day sexual dry spell.
But when she accidentally stumbles across a woman being held prisoner on the yacht, she finds her “to do” list suddenly includes dodging white slavers, escaping kidnappers, covering up homicides, and trying not to get pulped by the Russian mafia.
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life
The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly.
In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of “why I did stand-up and why I walked away.”
Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day.
The Americans: The Colonial Experience
The first book in a trilogy–and in many respects the best of the bunch–The Colonial Experience is an essential interpretation of how the habits of people who lived more than two centuries ago shaped the lives of modern Americans. Boorstin shows how an undiscovered continent shattered long-standing traditions and utopian fantasies with the hard demands of everyday life far from the sophisticated centers of European civilization: “Old categories were shaken up, and new situations revealed unsuspected uses for old knowledge,” writes Boorstin. He starts with a series of penetrating essays on the Puritans of Massachusetts, the Quakers of Pennsylvania, the philanthropists of Georgia, and the planters of Virginia, then tackles a set of diffuse topics that range from astronomy to language to medicine in fascinating vignettes.
Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen
Everything in generosity is the motto of Zoe Nathan, the big-hearted baker behind Santa Monica’s favorite neighborhood bakery and breakfast spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Café. This irresistible cookbook collects more than 115 recipes and more than 150 color photographs, including how-to sequences for mastering basics such as flaky dough and lining a cake pan. Huckleberry’s recipes span from sweet (rustic cakes, muffins, and scones) to savory (hot cereals, biscuits, and quiche). True to the healthful spirit of Los Angeles, these recipes feature whole-grain flours, sesame and flax seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, natural sugars, and gluten-free and vegan options—and they always lead with deliciousness.
Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking – Make Awesome Bread – Share the Loaves
This is the first true entry-level bread-baking cookbook, from Josey Baker (that’s his real name!), a former science teacher turned San Francisco baking sensation. Josey Baker Bread combines step-by-step lessons with more than 100 photographs, offering easy-to-follow guidance for aspiring bakers. Recipes start with the basic formula for making bread— requiring little more than flour, water, time, and a pan—and build in depth and detail as the user progresses to more complex loaves, including Josey’s cult favorite Dark Mountain Rye. With chapters dedicated to pizza, pocketbreads, and treats, Josey’s playful, encouraging tone makes for a fun read full of great advice for bakers of all levels.
Coming to Rosemont: The First Book in the Rosemont Series
Forensic accountant Maggie Martin survives the sudden death of her husband, the charismatic President of Windsor College, only to uncover the secrets of his carefully-concealed double life. Dealing with the financial and emotional wreckage left in Paul’s wake, she is stunned to learn he inherited an estate known as Rosemont in the seemingly serene Midwestern town of Westbury. Why had he never told her?
Maggie travels to Westbury for the stated purpose of listing Rosemont for immediate sale, but what she really seeks are answers to her all consuming questions about her sham of a marriage; her sham of a life. She never anticipated the seductive charm of Rosemont. Throwing her trademark caution to the wind, and over the objections of her opinionated grown children, she pulls up stakes and moves halfway across the country, determined to make a fresh start in Westbury.
The Thirteenth Princess
The true story of the twelve dancing princesses has now been recorded…
Thirteen sisters have grown up hidden away by their Uncle, who rules the kingdom by proxy. When the eldest sister marries, her husband will take the throne. But the king has no intention of giving up his crown.
Navigating an underground world, breaking an enchantment, and enduring the prospect of a forced marriage, these are the trials the thirteenth princess must endure to see her sisters and their kingdom free…
Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
- Conflicts actually get resolved
- Tough conversations turn out positive
- Forgiveness is granted and real love is expressed and shared
- Casual relationships mature into deep friendships
- Weaknesses are overlooked and strengths are applauded
- People are honest without being mean
The Knave of Hearts: Rhymes With Love
In the fifth novel of the captivating Rhymes With Love series from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle, a young woman’s hopes of a match encounter a wickedly handsome complication . . .
Lavinia Tempest has been eagerly anticipating a spectacular season. But one disastrous pile-up on the Almack’s dance floor derails all her plans. Add to that, the very stunning revelations about her mother’s scandalous past have become the ton’s latest on dits. Lavinia’s future has gone from shining bright to blackest night in one misstep.
Unlocking the Scriptures
This updated classic leads the reader through the inductive Bible study process, showing practically how to study the Bible for one’s self.
With this tool, Christians can learn to relevantly apply God’s Word to their lives as His Spirit leads them personally, rather than as some other leader might direct. Originally published in 1986, Finzel’s style remains very accessible—providing practical examples that walk the reader through the steps of unpacking Scripture, using actual passages to practice.
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