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Very Bad Things ( Briarwood Academy Book 1)

Fiction > Coming of Age
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Very Bad Things ( Briarwood Academy Book 1)

“He’s my Romeo, but I’m not his Juliet.”

Everyone thinks Nora Blakely is perfect. And why wouldn’t they? Valedictorian of her class and a Texas beauty queen, she’s on her way to Princeton after graduation.

Until the day she cracks wide open in front of the entire school.

Leo Tate is a tattooed bad boy who’s sworn to never fall in love, especially with a high school girl.

But she keeps showing up at his gym, wearing short skirts and tempting him with her list of bad things.

He wants to resist her, but with one touch of her lips, forbidden love has never tasted so sweet.

Welcome to Briarwood Academy . . . where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

And The Rain Came Down (Jeb Shaw Book 1)

Crime Fiction > Noir
Author: S.A. Bailey

And The Rain Came Down (Jeb Shaw Book 1)

A roughneck, redneck, and a brawler, Jeb Shaw had a wild streak wide as a country mile, and he left home happy to have a war to fight. Now, battle scarred and weary, he’s returned to the girl of his dreams, and the small East Texas town he grew up. Anxious to start the real life he’d promised himself in the desert, the new demands of being a college student, husband, and provider, prove a heavy burden. Making ends meet as muscle for bondsmen, a handout of a job from an old friend, he’s frayed and running on empty. Swarming in debt, consumed by his failures, staring his own demons in the face, and drowning in the ever widening gulf he’s created between him and the woman he loves so dearly, he knows he’s going to lose it all. And then someone with too much money throws him a life preserver. In exchange for a simple task, one of the few he’s qualified for, he can be back on his feet. He takes it without question, knowing full well it can’t be that simple. Because in East Texas, a land on the rugged edge of the Old South, where Gothic mysticism collides violently with the rugged individualism of the Old West, nothing is ever quite what it seems, nothing is ever easy, and when it rains, it pours.

Sweet Home

Suspense > Horror
Author: Joseph Zuko, Josh McCullough

Sweet Home

From the author that brought you The Infected series. Sweet Home, is the next evolution in horror for the growing Joseph Zuko catalog.

The town of Sweet Home gets four unwanted visitors this New Year’s Eve when a prison bus crash allows four homicidal and terminally ill convicts to escape. They decide to spend their last days on Earth wiping out a small snowy mountain town.

Their plan is simple and easy to remember.

First, take out communications and power.
Second, take down the Sheriff’s department.
Third, move house to house and leave no survivors.

Will anyone survive the night and live to see the new year?

How to Grow Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant

Gardening & Horticulture > Techniques
Author: R.J. Ruppenthal

How to Grow Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant: Planting and Growing Organic Heirloom Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, and Gourmet Eggplant

Valuable guide to growing tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant in the home garden…even on your patio, balcony, deck, rooftop, or doorstep!

Homegrown tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants provide the true taste of summer. These three plants, which are closely related, thrive in warm summer weather and are simple to grow in most home gardens. Whether you have acres of land, just enough space for a few plants in the yard, or simply a container or two on your patio, balcony, deck, rooftop, or doorstep, then you can grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.

Grow Your Own Organic Food

This short book will show you how to grow organic tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. We will cover all the important things you need to know: how to prepare your garden space, plant your vegetables from seed or seedling, take good care of the plants (including proper feeding and watering), and harvest them for fresh use or storage. If you consider yourself a lazy gardener, then this is the perfect book for you, because I like to keep it simple. You will learn some simple techniques to cut down on your watering and weeding.

Keto Diet Guidе for Bеginnеrѕ: Your Essential Guidе to Living thе Keto Lifеѕtуlе

Health, Fitness & Dieting
Author: Susan Johnson

Keto Diet Guidе for Bеginnеrѕ: Your Essential Guidе to Living thе Keto Lifеѕtуlе

A ketogenic diеt is basically a diet whiсh соnvеrtѕ your body frоm burning sugar to burning fat. Arоund 99% оf the wоld’ѕ рорulаtiоn hаvе a diеt which саuѕе their bоdу to burn sugar.

Aѕ a result, саrbоhуdrаtеѕ are thеir рrimаrу fuel source uѕеd аftеr digеѕting carbs. This рrосеѕѕ mаkеѕ реорlе gаin wеight, hоwеvеr a diet of fаt аnd ketones will саuѕе wеight lоѕѕ. Aѕ you аѕk whаt can you еаt оn a kеtоgеniс diet, first оf all еаt uр tо 30 to 50 grаmѕ оf саrbѕ реr dау. Nеxt, lеt uѕ discover mоrе аbоut what you can hаvе on your рlаtе аnd how the kеtоgеniс diet affects уоur health.

Tо lеаrn mоrе, kеер reading this book. Here in,уоu will discover thе following:

Whаt iѕ kеtо diеt?

Hоw will you knоw you аrеоnketo?

Health bеnеfitѕ

Kеtо diet Rесiреѕ

And mаnуmоrе…

The Watchers of Eden (The Watchers Series Book 1)

Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: T.C. Edge

The Watchers of Eden: The Watchers Trilogy (The Watchers Series Book 1)

In the hot and harsh farming region of Agricola, 16 year old Cyra prepares to be tested to discover what duty she’ll hold for life. All school leavers across the regions are in the same position, and few expect anything more than to follow in their parents’ footsteps and stay in the region they live in.

For Cyra, there was never a choice. With her father dead and brother and sister assigned elsewhere, she’s desperate to stay close to her sick mother so she can take care of her.

On the day of the Duty Call, however, Cyra’s world turns upside down in one stroke. She’s to be assigned to Eden, the largest and most powerful sea city and central hub of control. Only the most important live there, and no one from Cyra’s town has ever been assigned there in her lifetime.

So, she sets off on a journey away from everything she knows, without knowing what her duty will be. Soon, she discovers that she, along with a small number of school leavers from across the regions, has a special power; a gift that will pit her as a secret protector of the nation.

The Poisoned Rose (The Gin Palace Trilogy Book 1)

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Daniel Judson
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99

The Poisoned Rose (The Gin Palace Trilogy Book 1)

To a corrupt chief of police intent on maintaining his power at all costs, part-time PI Declan “Mac” MacManus is a problem that must finally be addressed. Cursed with an unwavering sense of right and wrong, and a fierce loyalty to his few friends, Mac has become known as someone the working class of Southampton can turn to in times of desperate need. On a rain-swept night in October, Mac witnesses a brutal homicide, but he has learned that nothing on the East End is ever what it seems. Determined to hunt down an elusive hired killer before he can strike again, Mac is reunited with what is left of a prominent family he once knew well. But something more—something darker than Mac could have possibly foreseen—is at play here, and as a long-hidden secret threatens to emerge, Mac once again becomes the only hope for justice in a town that all too clearly belongs to the rich and powerful.

The Poisoned Rose was a stunning and wondrous debut, and The Bone Orchard only confirmed Daniel Judson’s artistry and unique style, but those two dark gems do not prepare the reader for the huge leap forward that is The Gin Palace. The final outing of Declan “Mac” MacManus, one of our most compelling PIs, shows an author at the very height of his dizzying power. Fresh, vibrant, startling, and beautifully rendered, Judson’s The Gin Palace Trilogy breathes a whole new energy into the genre. — Ken Bruen, Author of Headstone

The Double: A Novel

Fantasy > Magical Realism
Author: José Saramago, Margaret Costa
Regularly $14.99, Today $2.99

The Double: A Novel

As this novel by the author of Blindness and All the Names begins, Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher. To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed. But during the night, when he is awakened by noise, he finds the VCR replaying the video and watches in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him—or, more specifically, exactly like he did five years earlier, mustachioed and fuller in the face—appears on the screen.

Against his own better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. As he roots out the man’s identity, what begins as a whimsical chase becomes a probing investigation into what makes us human. Can we be reduced to our outward appearance, rather than the sum of our experiences?

The inspiration for the film Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve, The Double is a timeless novel from a writer John Updike described in The New Yorker as “like Faulkner, so confident of his resources and ultimate destination that he can bring any impossibility to life by hurling words at it.”

Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day: Write Faster, Write Smarter

Publishing & Books > Authorship
Author: Chris Fox
Regularly $4.99, Today $0.99

Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day: Write Faster, Write Smarter

Are you tired of writing intermittently? Would you like to install a lifelong writing habit, one that gets your butt in the chair every single day? Then this is the book for you. Lifelong Writing Habit draws on well tested neuroscience to help you install a daily writing habit that will endure for life.

It contains a simple to understand system, with actionable steps at the end of every chapter. You’ll learn:

– How to install a permanent writing habit
– How to get organized
– How to set and achieve writing goals
– How to harness discipline and motivation

It’s time to make a permanent shift in your writing. Let’s get moving!

Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

Basic Science > Neuroscience
Author: James Doty MD
Regularly $8.99, Today $1.99

Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.

Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results—power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old, riding his orange Sting-Ray bike. But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.

Small Talk: How to Develop Your Child’s Language Skills from Birth to Age Four

Early Childhood Education
Author: Nicola Lathey, Tracey Blake
Regularly $3.99, Today $1.99

Small Talk: How to Develop Your Child's Language Skills from Birth to Age Four

Give your child the gift of conversation with Small Talk!

You are your child’s most valuable resource when it comes to learning to talk. In Small Talk, speech and language therapist Nicola Lathey and parenting journalist Tracey Blake demystify the six stages of language learning, from “Pre-Babble” to “Complete Sentences,” so you can tune in to what your child is saying—or trying to say! You’ll also learn:

• Why the babbling stage is so important
• How to encourage your baby’s first words
• Communication techniques to calm your toddler’s tantrums
• The truth about pacifiers, baby signing,and the impact of TV on language development
• Causes for concern and where to turn for help.

A Walk for Sunshine

Specialty Travel > Hikes & Walks
Author: Jeff Alt
Regularly $4.99, Today $1.99

A Walk for Sunshine

Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bed mates, and hilarious food cravings. As Alt walked through freezing temperatures, driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt’s adventure inspired an annual fundraiser which has raised over $400,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives. As you walk along with Alt, you experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them. Alt shares his life lessons from the trail with a focus on family, stewardship of the earth, and good health.

Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird

Outdoors & Nature > Birdwatching
Author: Andrew D. Blechman
Regularly $15.99, Today $1.99

Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird

Domesticated since the dawn of man, pigeons have been used as crucial communicators in war by every major historical superpower from ancient Egypt to the United States and are credited with saving thousands of lives. They have been worshipped as fertility goddesses and revered as symbols of peace. Charles Darwin relied heavily on pigeons to help formulate and support his theory of evolution. Yet today they are reviled as “rats with wings.”

To research this lively history of the humble pigeon, the author traveled across the United States and Europe to meet with pigeon fanciers and pigeon haters in a quest to find out how we came to misunderstand one of mankind’s most helpful and steadfast companions. Pigeons captures a Brooklyn man’s quest to win the Main Event (the pigeon world’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby), as well as a convention dedicated to breeding the perfect bird. The author participates in a live pigeon shoot where entrants pay $150; he tracks down Mike Tyson, the nation’s most famous pigeon lover; he spends time with Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Pigeon Handler; and he sheds light on a radical “pro-pigeon underground” in New York City. In Pigeons, Andrew Blechman reveals for the first time the remarkable story behind this seemingly unremarkable bird.

Daughters of the Witching Hill

Fiction > Family Life
Author: Mary Sharratt
Regularly $5.99, Today $2.99

Daughters of the Witching Hill

Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow living in Pendle Forest, is haunted by visions and gains a reputation as a cunning woman. Drawing on the Catholic folk magic of her youth, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future. As she ages, she instructs her granddaughter, Alizon, in her craft, as well as her best friend, who ultimately turns to dark magic.

When a peddler suffers a stroke after exchanging harsh words with Alizon, a local magistrate, eager to make his name as a witch finder, plays neighbors and family members against one another until suspicion and paranoia reach frenzied heights.

Sharratt interweaves well-researched historical details of the 1612 Pendle witch-hunt with a beautifully imagined story of strong women, family, and betrayal. Daughters of the Witching Hill is a powerful novel of intrigue and revelation.

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

Crafts & Hobbies > Knitting
Author: Joelle Hoverson, Anna Williams
Regularly $24.99, Today $2.99

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

“Lovely gifts in luscious yarns . . . that will never go out of style” that can be completed in about 10 hours or—way—less (Planet Purl).

Today’s knitters are chic, smart-and busy. Although they love to knit and enjoy making gifts for family and friends, they’re constantly faced with the challenge of finding enough time to actually finish what they’ve started. Last-Minute Knitted Gifts solves this problem. Joelle Hoverson, owner of Purl, the hip knitting supply store in downtown Manhattan, has designed more than 30 fun, fresh, beautiful patterns, most of which can be made in less than ten hours—some in as little as two!

Known for her keen sense of color, Hoverson includes instructions for classic gifts like baby booties and bonnets, sweaters, and scarves, plus imaginative options like a cashmere tea cozy, a felted yoga mat bag, floor cushions, and a poncho—surely something for everyone on the gift list. And to make each present extra-special, Hoverson offers easy tips on how to incorporate knitting and other yarn embellishments into the gift wrap.

Remind Me Again What Happened

Women’s Fiction > Psychological
Author: Joanna Luloff
Regularly $2.99, Today $1.80

Remind Me Again What Happened

Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why. The loss of so many memories is paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and by combing through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of all these fragments of her past, a feeling that something is not complete. Is Charlie still her husband? Is Rachel still her friend?

Told from alternating points of view that pull the reader into the minds of the three characters, the story unfolds as the smudge that covers Claire’s memory is gradually, steadily wiped away, until finally she can understand the why and the how of her life. And then maybe she and Charlie and Rachel can move forward, but with their lives forever changed.

In Remind Me Again What Happened, debut novelist Joanna Luloff has written a moving and beautifully nuanced story of transience, the ebb and flow of time, and how relationships shift and are reconfigured by each day, hour, and minute.


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