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Brooks/Lotello Thriller Collection: Books 1–3

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Author: Barak, Ronald S.
Legal Thrillers

“We Have Your Granddaughter. Here’s What You Need To Do.”

That’s the text message Supreme Court Justice Arnold Hirschfeld receives as hearings commence in the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the fate of the 28th Amendment, enacted to criminalize abuse of power on the part of our political representatives.

In court to defend the amendment, retired U.S. District Court Judge Cyrus Brooks observes his old friend and law school classmate Hirschfeld acting strangely and dispatches veteran D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello to find out why.

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Author: Jackson, John
Historical Mystery

Dublin, 1730

When young and beautiful Mary Molesworth is forced to marry Robert Rochford, widowed heir to the earldom of Belfield, she finds that her idea of love is not returned. Jealous, cruel and manipulative, Robert ignores her after she has provided him with a male heir, preferring to spend his nights with his mistress. Power-hungry, Robert builds up a reputation that sees him reach for the highest positions in Ireland.

Caught in an unhappy marriage, Mary begins to grow closer to Robert’s younger brother, Arthur. Acknowledging their love for each other, they will risk everything to be together. But Robert’s revenge threatens their lives and tears them apart.

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Author: Scott, Eryn
Cozy Animal Mystery

Pebble Cove is not the sleepy coastal town Rosemary remembers from her childhood. Ghosts are everywhere, and only she can see them.

When Rosemary Woodmere inherits her estranged grandmother’s Victorian teahouse, she doesn’t expect to also inherit a ghost named Asher from the 1920s.

Things get weirder for Rosemary.

Her grandma was supposedly murdered.
A body washes up on the beach, and the police suspect her of the man’s murder.
She’s trying to navigate her newfound ability to talk to ghosts.
And she doesn’t even know the first thing about tea.

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Author: Badal, Joseph
Espionage Thrillers

“Evil Deeds” begins on a sunny spring day in 1971 in a quiet Athenian suburb. Bob & Liz Danforth’s morning begins just like every other morning: Breakfast together, Bob roughhousing with Michael. Then Bob leaves for his U.S. Army unit and the nightmare begins, two-year-old Michael is kidnapped.

So begins a decades-long journey that takes the Danforth family from Michael’s kidnapping and Bob and Liz’s efforts to rescue him, to Bob’s forced separation from the Army because of his unauthorized entry into Bulgaria, to his recruitment by the CIA, to Michael’s commissioning in the Army, to Michael’s capture by a Serb SPETSNAZ team in Macedonia, and to Michael’s eventual marriage to the daughter of the man who kidnapped him as a child. It is the stops along the journey that weave an intricate series of heart-stopping events built around complex, often diabolical characters.

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Author: Wight, Will
Epic Fantasy

The Consultant’s Guild has served the Aurelian Empire for over a thousand years, working in the darkness to hunt dissension and eliminate traitors.

Now the Emperor is dead.

For Shera, an assassin in the employ of the Consultants, the Emperor’s death is the beginning of a nightmare. Powerful forces hunt the Heart of Nakothi, a cursed artifact that can raise a second Emperor…and corrupt him in the process.

But some desire power at any cost.

The Guild of Navigators, an infamous collection of swindlers and pirates, has been paid a fortune to secure the Heart. Their only lord is greed, their only loyalty to gold, and they would sell the Empire’s freedom for the promise of a quick coin.

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Author: Domning, Denise
Scottish Historical Romance

One broken urn, one fallen earl and a kiss for a wager. Add Scotland, an ace up a noble sleeve and a runaway card sharp and let the chase begin!

Desperate for funds to protect her sister, Cassandra Marston wagers a kiss in a card game with incorrigible rake Lucien Hollier, Lord Graceton. Her plan to use him costs her far more than a kiss. When she and the handsome lord play their second game, she wins every hand and flees into the night with Luciens’s money, regretting she will see him no more.

Lucien races after her, only to find her alone and injured in her family’s fallen coach. When she dares to feign amnesia, it’s one bluff he’s delighted to call. No matter what he must do, will prove she’s a cheat.

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Author: Kane, Remington
Pulp Thrillers

Cody and Romeo help Spenser fulfill a contract while in Tucson, Arizona in 1998.

Twenty years later, in New York City, Tanner believes he’s seen a man whom he and Romeo killed long ago.

YOUNG GUNS – Legends aren’t born, they’re made.

The Witch and the Gentleman (The Witches Series Book 1)

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Author: Rain, J.R.
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Witch & Wizard Mysteries

Allison Lopez is no ordinary Psychic Hotline operator. She’s a “remote viewer” whose abilities only seem to grow daily, thanks in part to her close association with an immortal friend. But when she meets a ghost named Millicent who reveals a startling secret, life is about to get a whole lot weirder for Allison.

Meanwhile, at the Psychic Hotline, she receives a phone call from a distraught father seeking answers to his daughter’s murder. It’s a call that shakes Allison to her core, and soon she finds herself in unfamiliar territory: on the trail of a cold-blooded killer. It will take all of Allison’s abilities, both old and new—and the help of friends at the LAPD and an immortal private investigator—to catch an animal who preys upon the innocent.

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Author: Kappes, Tonya
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Cozy Animal Mystery

It’s Labor Day weekend in Normal, and if you know anything about camping and RVing, you know it’s one of the busiest times of the year. Unfortunately, Daniel Boone National Park is in danger of being closed due to a drought and local businesses are scrambling for ideas to survive a possible shutdown.

Happy Trails Campground is at the center of a murder in which campers as well locals are suspects. It looks likely that a local resident is responsible for the dastardly deed since the victim is the one person who had the power to shut down the national park, which would be devastating to Normal’s small businesses.

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Author: Schneider, Maria E.
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Romantic Comedy

An Indiana Jones-style caper across the desert of New Mexico; high-tech gadgets, a mystery and a romance.

Alexia is trying to protect Haven’s most valuable asset. Going undercover and stealing the crystals to prove it can be done seemed like a great idea–until a real thief showed up. Bait and switch is suddenly a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Confessing her part in removing the crystals might aid Chris, the gutsy new security chief, but it would cost Alexia her job and her freedom. Of course, if she keeps standing in the way of the real thief, it will cost her a whole lot more.

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Author: Lukasik, Gail
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African American History

White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing is the story of Gail Lukasik’s mother’s “passing,” Gail’s struggle with the shame of her mother’s choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption.

In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother’s racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly out her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race and heritage.

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Author: Hellman, Paul
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Running Meetings & Presentations

You made a great point — but did anybody hear it?

Probably not, warns high-stakes communication expert Paul Hellman. The average attention span has dropped to 8 seconds.

So whether you’re presenting to a large audience, meeting one-on-one, talking on the phone, or even sending an email, you’ve got to engage others fast, before they tune you out , , , maybe forever.

Your challenge: to get heard, get remembered & get results.

Through fast, fun, actionable tips, You’ve Got 8 Seconds explains what works and what doesn’t, what’s forgettable and what sticks.

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