North Pole Anthology 1: Books 1-3 (North Pole, Alaska)
Lots of Kids write letters to Santa, but those delivered to the North Pole are answered by a group of dedicated volunteers who call themselves The Elves.
Blame It On Mistletoe – Abby Baxter has spent the year since her husband’s death trying to hold on. When she discovers her son is missing, her entire world trembles— until her husband’s best friend appears at her door. Secretly in love with Abby for years, Frank Machado is determined to see JD back in his mother’s arms. Sparks fly, hearts warm, love—and Christmas—are in the air. Should they Blame it on Mistletoe?
A Limited Justice (The Craig Crime Series Book 1)
The discovery of a body in a petrol station gives D.C.I. Marc Craig’s murder squad a challenging mystery to solve. Another death in Ireland’s North West looks unrelated, but the forensic evidence is not what it initially appears.
Links begin to emerge between the two deaths, and set Craig on a pursuit unlike any he has faced before. Then an attack on someone close gives him a difficult question to answer: Is justice always what it seems?
A Limited Justice. The First in The Craig Crime Series.
The walls have secrets. Secrets that are beyond Marco Salazar’s wildest, most unfathomable, deadliest dreams.
Those walls belong to a 1941 Victorian in a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Boston. Uncovering the secrets threatens to unravel a whole new world that has its own set of rules, and the players who loom in the shadows are ruthless, with its net stretching even wider than Marco could have ever imagined. But with his father’s life at stake after a false imprisonment, Marco is out of options.
But Marco has no idea what he’s in for. Someone is watching. And as he learns, some secrets are better left undiscovered. He’ll need all the help he can get if he’s to uncover the truth, help his father, and stay alive himself.
Second Skyn: A Sci-Fi Action Thriller (Lost Time Book 1)
They say you never forget the first time you die.
Finsbury Gage remembers, he can’t forget—his death is stuck on repeat in his digitized mind. He and his wife, smeared across the highway by a malfunctioning bit-head driving a stolen urban assault vehicle. Fin hung together long enough for the Second Skyn recovery team to arrive and rescue his fading thoughts from his ruined body. His wife wasn’t so lucky.
Now, with his salvaged mind uploaded to a custom bioSkyn replacement body, Fin’s thrust into a dangerous underworld of plastic minds and enhanced bodies, driven by the split-second memory of his killer’s face. He’ll do whatever it takes to find the man who stole his future, but when vengeance lives forever, just how far will he let himself go to avenge the memory of the woman he loves?
The City of Dreams: A Vale of Stars Novella
She’s destined to protect the world.
But what if destiny got it wrong?
When Ariella, reluctant heir and failed witch, is banished to the bustling city of Pyscoria, she dreads being pulled into the power games of the Blood. She knows it’s only a matter of time until someone discovers the secret of her missing magic.
Even worse, she’ll have to mingle.
When help comes from an unexpected quarter, Ariella discovers the first real family she’s ever known. And when her friendship with Prell blossoms into something more, Ariella begins to discover the keys to unlocking the magic she was destined to possess.
Plagued: The Midamerica Zombie Half-Breed Experiment (Plagued States of America Book 1)
Book 1 of the Plagued States of America series.
When Tom, the son of a powerful Senator, becomes stranded in the Plagued States while searching for his lost sister, his only hope of survival rests in the hands of a few grizzled veteran zombie hunters and a mysterious half-breed zombie woman he thinks may know where to find his sister…
In the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, the humans won by creating a moat surrounding the Plagued States of America. Now zombies roam freely and only the most fearless of hunters venture in, but they don’t hunt to kill. Zombie labor is too valuable a commodity. That’s why Tom has come to one of only three sanctioned outposts along the Moaning Coast, to check their sales records in the hopes of finding his lost sister. What he finds instead is a mysterious half-breed zombie woman who may know where she is.
Crime Scene – CSI Reilly Steel Prequel: Like Scarpetta? You’ll LOVE Steel
It’s the world budding forensic investigator Reilly Steel was born for.
During her first student semester at the Academy, a fatal accident occurs at a student party off-campus, and a fellow recruit is under suspicion. But by the behavior of the other students and the forensic evidence at the crime scene, Reilly guesses that there is more to the story than meets the eye.
Will her instincts, and everything she’s learnt at Quantico so far help Reilly uncover the truth behind the victim’s death?
The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation (Dukes of War Book 1)
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!
When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel… and tumbling head over heels in love.
Hellbent: An Orphan X Novel
Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.
But this time, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program.
I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People
Jenny Mollen is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She is also a wife, married to a famous guy (which is annoying only because he gets free shit and she doesn’t). She doesn’t want much from life. Just to be loved—by everybody: her parents, her dogs, her ex-boyfriends, her ex-boyfriends’ dogs, her husband, her husband’s ex-girlfriends, her husband’s ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriends, etc. Some people might call that impulse crazy, but isn’t “crazy” really just a word boring people use to describe fun people? (And Jenny is really, really fun, you guys!)
In these pages, you’ll find stories of Jenny at her most genuine, whether it’s stalking her therapist (because he knows everything about her so shouldn’t she get to know everything about him?); throwing a bachelorette party so bad that one of the guests is suspected dead; or answering the eternal question, Would your best friend blow your husband on a car ride to dinner if she didn’t know you were hiding in the backseat?
Close Your Eyes: A Novel (Kendra Michaels Book 1)
The FBI doesn’t usually consult with music therapists to solve their cases. But Kendra Michael’s astonishing powers of observation and analysis have made her a favorite of law enforcement agencies all across the country. Blind for the first twenty years of her life, she cares little for investigative work but can’t deny her unique skill, or the results she’s been able to facilitate. Kendra learned at an early age to become hyper-aware of her surroundings, perfecting the art of picking up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her. Like a secret weapon, she is in high demand.
Former FBI agent Adam Lynch, known as The Puppetmaster, has weapons of his own. He’s a notorious master manipulator, skillfully handling criminals and colleagues alike to get the results he wants. Now he needs Kendra’s special brand of help, but she’s not interested until Lynch reveals that Agent Jeff Stedler—Kendra’s ex—is missing and may have run directly into the path of a serial killer.
Confessions of a Domestic Failure: A Humorous Book About a not so Perfect Mom
There are good moms and bad moms—and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.
When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?
With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley’s story reminds moms that there’s no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.
The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency Book 1)
Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.
Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.
The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
Perfect Peace: A Novel
When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, “You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy. It’ll be a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it, and this’ll be over after while.” From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.
In this memoir, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime. On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Elizabeth was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.
With My Story, Elizabeth tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving.
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