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Obsidian Detective (Opus X Book 1)

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Author: Anderle, Michael
Humorous Science Fiction

On the fringes of human space, a murder will light a fuse and send two rebels on a planetary scale collision course.

She lives on Earth, where peace is a given. He is on society’s frontier where authority depends on how much firepower you wield. She is from the powerful, the elite. He is with the military.

Both want the truth – but is revealing it good for humanity?

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Author: Holmes, Catherine
Graphic Design Pencil Drawing

Shading is one of the easiest ways of adding depth, contrast, character, and movement to your drawings. By controlling pencil pressure and stroke, understanding light and having knowledge of blending techniques, an artist can enhance their work and offer the “wow” factor needed to produce realistic artworks. Drawing Dimension – A Shading Guide for Teachers and Students offers a series of shading tutorials that are easy to understand and simple to follow. It goes beyond the standard “step by step” instruction to offer readers an in-depth look at a variety of shading techniques and their applications.

Inside this book is a series of lessons designed to teach you how to add dimension to your own drawings, how to analyze real life objects and shade, create highlights, blend tones, and produce realistic drawings with ease.

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Author: Knox, Paul
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads

Rookie Reece Cannon is driving down an old town road, wishing for some action on another uneventful patrol. You know what they say about being careful what you wish for.

Suddenly, the rookie is forced to save a woman from her fiancé.

Reece races to find the truth and bring the liars to justice. Caught in a web of deceit, she has to stay one step ahead of the double agents, the abductors, and the man who will stop at nothing to shut her down.

There’s every reason to fail.

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Author: Amit, S.J.
Metaphysical Fiction

At the height of his success, Julian discovers he has been left without a job. The unrelenting pangs in his chest appear at an increasing frequency.

Despite his attempts at recovering, the excruciating pain paralyzes him, and without knowing how and why, he crosses over to the Land of the Mosaic – which has no beginning or end, where all its components are intertwined and are of equal value and importance – in a journey towards the pinecone apothecary who will prepare the remedy that can cure his pain.

Julian finds himself in a wooden hut with two people he doesn’t know. Despite his fear, he agrees to go on a journey through the Land of the Mosaic alongside Kelemance, a man who promises to accompany Julian and guide him to the pinecone apothecary.

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Author: Thorleifson, Roddy
Historical Mysteries

It was the second year of the American Revolution. Tim Euston was willing to risk his life for his nation’s independence and his opportunity came when a murder led him into a dangerous involvement with smugglers and spies.

It was 1777, the end of the second year of the American War for Independence, and the town of Yonkers was at the south end of the Neutral Ground – the thirty-mile-wide no man’s land that separated the British on Manhattan Island from the Americans to the north.
On a cold January night, Tim Euston was thrown in jail – accused of robbery by the man who had his hands on Tim’s fourteen-year-old sister, Sadie. Two days later the only adult who could testify to Tim’s innocence was found dead from a blow to the head. The testimonies of Tim’s friends were enough to get him out of jail but the father of one of the boys was not so lucky. He was wrongly convicted for the death of Tim’s one adult witness.

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Author: McCarthy, Cormac
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Family Saga Fiction

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

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Author: Perelman, Deb
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Gourmet Cooking

Deb Perelman loves to cook. It’s as simple as that. She isn’t a chef or a restaurant owner—she’s never even waitressed. Cooking in her tiny Manhattan kitchen was, at least at first, for special occasions—and, too often, an unnecessarily daunting venture. Deb found herself overwhelmed by the number of recipes available to her. Have you ever searched for the perfect birthday cake on Google? You’ll get more than three million results. How do you choose? Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that’s downright bad?

Deb is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. She has dedicated herself to finding the best of the best and adapting them for the everyday cook—the ones with little time to spare, little money to burn on unpronounceable ingredients, and little help in the kitchen.

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Author: Welsh, Irvine
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Dark Humor Friendship Fiction
The story of four boys growing up in the Edinburgh projects, Glue is about the loyalties, the experiences, and the secrets that hold friends together through three decades. The boys become men: Juice Terry, the work-shy fanny-merchant, with corkscrew curls and sticky fingers; Billy the boxer, driven, controlled, playing to his strengths; Carl, the Milky Bar Kid, drifting along to his own soundtrack; and the doomed Gally, exceedingly thin-skinned and vulnerable to catastrophe at every turn. We follow their lives from the seventies into the new century—from punk to techno, from speed to E. Their mutual loyalty is fused in street morality: Back up your mates, don’t hit women, and, most important, never snitch—on anyone.
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Author: Heehler, Tom
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Words & Language Reference
The Ultimate Guide to Powerful Language
If you’ve ever fumbled while trying to use a big word* to impress a crowd, you know what it’s like to* be poorly spoken. The fear of mispronouncing or misusing complex words is real and leaves many of us consigned to the lower levels* of the English Language.
The secret to eloquence, however, lies in simplicity—the ability to use ordinary words in extraordinary ways.
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, replacing the ordinary with the extraordinary. While a common thesaurus provides only synonyms as mere word-for-word equivalents, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is filled with* dynamic reinventions of standard words and phrases.
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Author: Aukes, Rachel
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Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction

The #1 bestselling trilogy is now available as a boxed set, with two bonus short stories. Over 1,000 pages of zombie apocalypse fun!

This boxed set contains the complete Deadland Saga contains all three books in the trilogy plus two bonus short stories.

100 Days in Deadland (Part 1 of the Deadland Saga)
The world ended on a Thursday. In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living.

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Author: Spring, Justin
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Gay Studies

Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid (and often very funny) detail.

After leaving the world of academe to become Phil Sparrow, a tattoo artist on Chicago’s notorious South State Street, Steward worked closely with Alfred Kinsey on his landmark sex research.

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Author: Bechdel, Alison
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Lesbian Studies

For twenty-five years Bechdel’s path-breaking Dykes to Watch Out For strip has been collected in award-winning volumes (with a quarter of a million copies in print), syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers, and translated into many languages. Now, at last, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For gathers a “rich, funny, deep and impossible to put down” (Publishers Weekly) selection from all eleven Dykes volumes. Here too are sixty of the newest strips, never before published in book form.

Settle in to this wittily illustrated soap opera (Bechdel calls it “half op-ed column and half endless serialized Victorian novel”) of the lives, loves, and politics of a cast of characters, most of them lesbian, living in a midsize American city that may or may not be Minneapolis.

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