As an Amazon Associate we earn commissions from qualifying purchases.
Don’t Close Your Eyes (Stephanie Chalice Thrillers Book 1)
“Don’t Close Your Eyes” begins with a whimper and a bang–two seemingly unrelated deaths. The first is a teenage girl whose asthma suffocates her while sleeping. The second is a man shot on the tram that connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan. Lying next to the man is the real puzzle: a woman who might appear to have died of natural causes if not for the handwritten note stuffed in her mouth that simply reads “Look back.”
Murder mystery thrillers are often driven by tough, fast-talking, streetwise detectives with a sad story about their past and a penchant for nabbing perps. The cop on the case in “Don’t Close Your Eyes” is
all these things and more. Meet Stephanie Chalice. She’s a smart, beautiful, 28-year-old NYPD homicide detective whose acerbic repartee is like an arsenal of nuclear missiles–it convinces her male
colleagues that she means business.
A Reason to Live: A Marty Singer Mystery (Marty Singer series Book 1)
In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim’s daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There’s just one problem: Marty’s retired…and he’s retired because he’s battling cancer. But with a second shot at the killer – and a first chance at redemption – Marty’s just found…A Reason to Live.
Harry Iskinder knows the rules. Don’t touch the water, or it will pull you under. Conserve food, because there’s no arable land. Use Sundered slaves gently, or they die too quickly to be worthwhile.
The Sundered create food. The Sundered create shelter. They’re also dying out. In a world lost to deadly flood, Harry searches for the mythical cure, the Hope of Humanity – but the Hope isn’t what he thinks, and neither are the slavish Sundered Ones. When he claims the magnificent and powerful Sundered named Aakesh, Harry quickly finds himself in deep and dangerous water.
A Taste of Shine
He’s in love at first sight.
The new girl in town is nothing but trouble. And deep in trouble in every possible way.
Chicago’s reigning kingpin wants Charlotte back under his wing. Radcliff’s right-hand-man wants her in his bed. But small-town moonshiner, Matthew Emerson, just wants her right where she is—safe in his arms and hidden away from her sordid past.
If only he could get her to listen to reason.
The Missing Sapphire of Zangrabar: A Patricia Fisher Mystery (Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Book 1)
When housewife, Patricia, catches her husband in bed with her best friend, her reaction isn’t to rant and yell. Instead, she calmly empties the bank accounts and boards the first cruise ship in nearby Southampton.
There she meets the unfairly handsome captain and her appointed butler for the trip – that’s what you get when the only room available is a royal suite!
But with most of the money gone and sleeping off a gin-fuelled pity party for one, she wakes to find herself accused of murder; she was seen leaving the bar with the victim and her purse is in his cabin.
Certain that all she did last night was fall into bed, a race against time begins as she tries to work out what happened and clear her name. But the deputy captain, the man responsible for safety and security onboard, has confined her to her cabin and has no interest in her version of events.
You. Me. Bed. Now.
It’s my first day as the new reporter covering New Zealand’s famous rugby team. I’m an American who knows nothing about rugby, but after taking one step into the locker room after the game, I’m a huge fan.
These massive tough men are true alphas.
And there’s one who stands taller than the rest. Akea Saluni.
The Samoan god.
Covered in tribal tattoos, this chiseled man has muscles for days.
He puts the moan in Samoan.
He makes the Rock look like a pebble.
He brings me to my knees.
Stand to Horse
In Andre Norton’s action-filled story Stand to Horse, the tensions of men against men are balanced by the tensions of men against nature, often a cruel and unequal struggle. Throughout it all, the reader senses the nation’s growing unrest as events lead up to the Civil War. Many of the incidents and much of the colorful dialogue are based on actual journals and diaries kept by men who lived through these perilous times. Stand to Horse is fiction of high order that re-creates a dangerous and exciting period in our country’s history.
Secret Formula: The Inside Story of How Coca-Cola Became the Best-Known Brand in the World
A “highly entertaining history of global hustling, cola wars and the marketing savvy that carved a niche for Coke in the American social psyche
Secret Formula follows the colorful characters who turned a relic from the patent medicine era into a company worth $80 billion. Award-winning reporter Frederick Allen’s engaging account begins with Asa Candler, a nineteenth-century pharmacist in Atlanta who secured the rights to the original Coca-Cola formula and then struggled to get the cocaine out of the recipe. After many tweaks, he finally succeeded in turning a backroom belly-wash into a thriving enterprise.
Stitch ‘n Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics
In Stitch ’n Bitch Superstar Knitting Debbie Stoller teaches the full array of advanced knitting techniques and skills, such as double-knitting, knitting lace, complicated color work, beading, and more. With the same clear instruction and fierce attitude that got her dubbed a “knitting superstar” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Stoller explains how to “knit by the numbers”; get creative with stripes; embellish with crochet, beading, and I-cords; how to make cable patterns; and how to use color forms. She also includes a section on DIY—which gives a tutorial on creating your own knitting patterns.
Then you can test your skills with forty-one cool, funky, and fabulous patterns from Debbie and the Stitch ’n Bitch community: a fluttery “Rococo Shawl,” a cap sleeve lattice sweater, a Chanel-styled sequined jacket, a “Empire Strikes Back Dress,” the adorable “Button It!” children’s sweater with changeable animal patches—plus sexy stockings, stylish handbags, blankets, scarves, and more, all photographed in full-color.
Love, Christmas – Songs of the Heart (The Holiday Series Book 1)
Each of the 19 holiday-themed novellas inspired by a traditional Christmas carol – written by NY Times, USA Today, and national best-selling authors – will lift your spirits and bring on the magic of the Christmas season.
We Need a Little Christmas by Leanne Banks – Can a handsome cynic become a Christmas believer?
Frosty the Snowman by Mimi Barbour – Stranded in an Alaskan snowstorm, strangers Hali and Terry are forced to rely on each other for survival.
Last Christmas by Joan Reeves – Annabelle gave him her heart, but Rick threw it away. He wants redemption, she wants revenge.
Holly Jolly Christmas by Mona Risk – Pregnant at 18. Adoption would save the baby’s future but may cost her the man she loves.
Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel
Growing up with four extraordinary sisters—beautiful and confident Jane and Elizabeth, and flirtatious and lighthearted Lydia and Kitty—wasn’t easy for an awkward bookworm like Mary Bennet. But with nearly all of her sisters married and gone from the household, the unrefined Mary has transformed into an attractive and eligible young woman in her own right.
When another scandal involving Lydia and Wickham threatens the Bennet house, Mary and Kitty are packed off to visit Jane and her husband, Charles Bingley, where they meet the dashing Henry Walsh. Eager and naïve, Mary is confused by Henry’s attentions, even as she finds herself drawing closer to him. Could this really be love—or the notions of a foolish girl unschooled in the art of romance and flirtation?
Something in Common
The friendship starts with a letter…from aspiring writer Sarah to blunt but witty journalist Helen, complaining about Helen’s most recent book review. And there begins a correspondence that blossoms into a friendship which spans over two decades.
As the years pass, the women exchange details of loves lost and found, of family joys and upheavals. Sarah’s letters filled with thoughts on her outwardly perfect marriage and her aching desire for children, and Helen’s on the struggle of raising her young daughter alone.
But little do they realise that their story began long before Sarah penned that first letter – on one unforgettable afternoon where, during a distraught conversation on a bridge, Sarah changed the course of Helen’s life forever.
The Color of Hope
Stephanie London led a life of comfort and ease in St. Louis before feeling inexplicably drawn back to her father’s roots in the tiny Southern town of Hope Springs. Charlotte Willoughby has lived there all her life and longs to make a new life somewhere else. Stephanie doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing there—or how to occupy her time. And Charlotte doesn’t understand why, despite her overbearing family and reminders of her failed engagement, she’s suddenly led to stay.
Despite its small-town charm, Hope Springs itself is at a crossroads. After a failed reconciliation attempt by two well-meaning pastors, the town is split along racial and cultural lines, with little hope for redemption.
… See the rest of today ‘s Book Picks here on page 2Page 2