The Pen Name

 Suspense > Occult
Author: David Jacob Knight
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The Pen Name

BEN MADE A BAD DEAL

Ben Little is broke, jobless, and failing at his one true passion in life: writing. He can’t even afford medical treatments for his ailing son.

When bestselling novelist Jack Fleischer takes an interest in him as a co-author, Ben thinks he has found his big break. But he quickly learns that working with Fleischer is no dream job. The bestseller is demanding, angry, and cruel.

The Dead Room Trilogy

 Technothrillers
Author: Stephanie Erickson
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The Dead Room Trilogy

What secrets lie deep inside the island, buried within The Dead Room?

322 years after the apocalypse, the world has changed, but her people have not. Secrets, lies, and manipulations endure among a small group of survivors taking refuge on an island in the Northern Pacific.

No one knows what claimed so many lives over three centuries ago, and no one asks, except Ashley Wortham. She can feel the secrets all around her, begging to be uncovered.

But the nine elders who govern the island guard their secrets jealously. They believe the islanders know what they need to, and they hide their secrets behind a ruse of peace.

Blood Hound (Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden Book 1)

 Thrillers & Suspense > Crime
Author: James Osiris Baldwin
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Blood Hound: An Alexi Sokolsky Supernatural Thriller (Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden Book 1)

Alexi Sokolsky is a hunter. A mage and a hitman for the Russian Mafiya, he is a ruthless, fearless savant killer. He is also a chaste mystic who knows, deep down, that the world of organized crime is sick… and that he is sick for being a part of it.

Little does he know just how literal that sickness is. Because even a hunter has predators, and Alexi is about to meet them.

While hunting a kidnapped mobster, the key to New York City’s lucrative cocaine trade, Alexi uncovers a deadly conspiracy to hold the world hostage with an ancient being of incredible magical power.

Scornfully Yours (Torn Series Book 1)

 Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Pamela Ann
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Scornfully Yours (Torn Series Book 1)

When Emma realized that she fell in love with the notorious womanizer, Carter Mason-the badass Soccer athlete–she bailed and jumped ship, knowing quite well how this will turn out if Carter ever finds out about how she felt about him. Newly single, Emma parties in Hollywood amongst her friends–determined to enjoy her new status. Enter Hollywood’s sexy heartthrob and sought out actor, Bass Cole. Bass was clearly smitten when his eyes captured the raving beauty that is Emma Anderson. Without ado, he pursues her. Being with Bass opened a lot of doors for Emma.

The Institute (The Institute Series Book 1)

 Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: Kayla Howarth
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The Institute (The Institute Series Book 1)

Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute.

Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. To Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. Protecting Shilah from that fate is their number one priority.

Agent High Pockets: A Woman’s Fight Against the Japanese in the Philippines

 Biographies & Memoirs > Women
Author: Claire Phillips, Myron Goldsmith
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Agent High Pockets: A Woman's Fight Against the Japanese in the Philippines

Agent High Pockets is the autobiography of Claire “High Pockets” Phillips, an American entertainer living in Manila in 1941 who becomes an angel of the underground when her husband is killed by the invading Japanese. Using her popular Tsubuki Nightclub as a headquarters, High Pockets and her staff serve spiked drinks to Japanese officers and seduce military information out of them. During the day, Claire smuggles contraband in her bra (‘high pockets’) past bribed Japanese guards paid to look the other way, into imprisoned American POWs – money, food and clothes – saving countless lives.

The Will (The Magdalene Series Book 1)

 Romance > Contemporary
Author: Kristen Ashley
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The Will (The Magdalene Series Book 1)

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.

While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.

Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Novel

 Fiction > Family Life
Author: Wally Lamb
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Wishin' and Hopin': A Novel

Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She’s Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin’ and Hopin’—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story and David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries, Lamb’s Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello—a distant cousin of the iconic Annette!

The Big Book of Serial Killers: 150 Serial Killer Files of the World’s Worst Murderers

 Biographies & Memoirs > True Crime
Author: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
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The Big Book of Serial Killers: 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers (An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers)

There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us.

These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader’s, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community.

This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference book. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos and Martha Rendell.

House Rules: A Novel

 Thrillers > Psychological
Author: Jodi Picoult
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House Rules: A Novel

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right.

But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family.

Bad Boys After Dark: Carson (Bad Billionaires After Dark Book 3)

 Romantic Comedy
Author: Melissa Foster
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Bad Boys After Dark: Carson (Bad Billionaires After Dark Book 3)

As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life–in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.

Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved–the one she ran away from all those years ago.

Beneath the Surface

 Thrillers & Suspense > Crime
Author: Sibel Hodge
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Beneath the Surface

When the teenage son of Holly Gold’s school friend brutally murders his parents before killing himself, her sleepy home town is rocked by the sudden tragedy.

Appalled, Holly investigates. What could have caused the happy-go-lucky boy she remembers to commit such a heinous crime? When another teen commits suicide, she uncovers a horrifying link between the recent deaths and a dark conspiracy to hide the truth.

But someone doesn’t want Holly asking questions and, as she hunts for evidence to prove her theory, she’s dragged into a nightmare that threatens her life and her sanity.

Demon Ember (Resurrection Chronicles Book 1)

 Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: M.J. Haag, Becca Vincenza, Melissa Haag
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Demon Ember (Resurrection Chronicles Book 1)

Mya’s world is falling apart. After a series of earthquakes, deadly animals with glowing red eyes begin attacking people and start the spread of a zombie-like plague. Safety is just a memory as she tries to make her way home. When a different creature attacks the people helping her reach Oklahoma City, Mya is sure she’ll never see the light of another day.

Despite his eerie yellow eyes and very sharp teeth, the grey-skinned creature is more intelligent and humanlike than he first appears. He’s determined to keep Mya by his side and protect her from the new world’s dangers.

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