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Author: Coughlin, William J.
Hard-Boiled Mysteries

Charley Sloan thought it was all behind him — his career, his wives, his drink problem.

The colourful life he had once lived seemed a vague memory; he was now a regular at local AA meetings and was scraping by with work, using an office in a quiet and uneventful probate firm.

There were no glamorous women, no exotic holidays and no flash cars.

There was just Charley, sobriety, a rented studio and an old Ford Escort.

Life was lonely without booze, but it was stable. That is, until the arrival of an expensive looking client in his shabby lawyer’s office…

Mooseletoe (paid link)

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Author: Helmer, Tiffinie
Holiday Romance

Alaska’s matchmaking moose, Bullwinkle, has his sights set on a most unlikely pair. Holly Noelle Snow loves Christmas so much she could be one of Santa’s elves, and Reese Sutton might as well be Scrooge. But there is no way BW will allow these two to ruin his perfect track record. Even if he has to bind them together with Christmas lights.

Police Chief Reese Sutton is haunted by his Christmas past, and he’s determined not to fall for Holly, the sexy shop owner of Mooseletoe, who promises to be as naughty as she is nice. While Sutton’s kisses burn Holly up, his bah humbug attitude leaves her cold, resurrecting her abandonment issues that she believed had been laid to rest.

It will take a Christmas miracle for these two opposites to risk their hearts again…or one very persistent moose.

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Author: Preston, Diana, Preston, Michael
History Short Reads

The 30,000 ton, four funnel, 785-foot-long Cunard liner RMS Lusitania was the largest, most luxurious vessel on the transatlantic passenger run.

Newspapermen hailed her as ‘more beautiful than Solomon’s temple and big enough to hold all his wives’; ‘a skyscraper adrift and gorgeous in apartments; a marvel of speed and luxury’ and ‘as unsinkable as a ship can be’.

But on 7 May 1915, the German submarine U-20 torpedoed her, and she sank in just eighteen minutes.

Of the 1,959 passengers on board, 1,198 lost their lives, including 128 citizens of the then neutral United States.

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Author: Crosby, David
Hard-Boiled Mysteries


This irresistible Florida mystery opens with a bang and never stops: “Start the boat! We’ve got to get rid of this body.”

That’s Will Harper speaking, ex-journalist, budding detective, and very very good friend, thinking fast when he discovers his girl friend’s the victim of a frame-up. He sees instantly why they can’t go to the cops—the mayor, the city manager, and for all Will knows, every official in town could be in on it.

It’s the latest offensive in a case of municipal bullying that’s busted many a bank account and broken many a heart—something that sounds so boring you could doze off just reading the words: Eminent Domain.

The Perfect Stranger (paid link)

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Author: Byrd, Charlotte
Saga Fiction

Who is he?

What does he want?

He takes a step closer to me and I realize that I know him.

I haven’t seen him in years but I’ve never stopped thinking about him.

He is dark, rich and powerful and he has a secret.

Anger rushes through me.

Who does he think he is coming here?

But when I open my mouth to yell at him, our lips touch and I can’t pull away…

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Author: Harvey, Nicholas
Sea Adventures Fiction
Beneath the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, a mysterious WWII wreck protects a precious secret.
Determined to find the lost submarine, Cayman Islands divemaster AJ Bailey is armed with nothing more than an adventurous spirit, and an old war story passed down from her veteran grandfather. But will that be enough when she’s plunged into a frantic duel with a wealthy Argentinian treasure hunter to find a piece of history lost to the sea for over seventy years?

Last Chance Christmas (paid link)

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Author: Ramsay, Hope
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Small Town Holiday Fiction

Dear Reader,

I’ve been wishing for a miracle for my oldest boy, Stone, and this Christmas my prayers might just be answered!

Her name is Lark, and she’s here in Last Chance, looking into her father’s past-and stirring up a whole mess of trouble without meaning to. As the chief of police, Stone sure has his hands full trying to keep up with her. Ever since his wife died, Stone’s put everything into raising his daughters and dodging the Christ Church Ladies’ Auxiliary matchmakers. And it’s clear Lark has been through some trouble and could use a place to finally call home. I only hope Stone can let go of the past soon enough to keep her . . .

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Author: Unger, Lisa
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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

What if your family was a lie? What if your name was a lie? What if your whole life was just a pack of Beautiful Lies?

If Ridley Jones had slept ten minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the lie she used to call her perfect life. Instead, she’s in the wrong place at the right time to unleash a chain of events that begins with a mysterious package on her doorstep. A package that informs her that her entire world is just an illusion. Forced to question everything she knows about herself, Ridley wanders into dark territory, where everyone is hiding something.

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Author: DeVall, Richard
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Humorous Dark Comedy
In this dark, quirky and humorous romantic comedy, 21- year- old Toby, recently released from prison, having served 18 months for running moonshine, finds a job as a dishwasher in a diner. He’s soon emotionally and physically caught in between two waitresses, Britney and Ashley.
While Toby lives with Britney, he’s seduced by Ashley.
Ashley blackmails Toby into fulfilling her fantasy of humiliation. Sometime after this strange act, Ashley uses her seductive powers on Britney. Read what happens when this beautiful seductress finally meets her match, Crazy Andy, the man with the gun.
In the tradition of romance novels everywhere, this zany and unique book moves from tragedy to triumph and ends on a high note.

Insidious Intent (paid link)

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Author: McDermid, Val
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Hard-Boiled Mystery
In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away—only to leave the victims’ bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan are called upon to investigate—but this may be the toughest case they’ve ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward.
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Author: Sorensen, Jessica
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Coming of Age Fiction

A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she’s worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella’s skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn’t realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha’s heart with her. Now he’s determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.

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Author: Initiates, Three, Horowitz, Mitch
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Spiritual Growth Self-Help

In this tour de force of occult philosophy, historian and scholar of esotericism Mitch Horowitz takes you deeper than ever into the truths and personal uses of the timeless principles of The Kybalion.

In his comprehensive introduction, Mitch traces out the authentic Hermetic roots of the 1908 classic, demonstrating the true affinities between the seven principles of The Kybalion and classical Egyptian thought.

In his after-chapter commentaries on the full text of The Kybalion, Mitch highlights, clarifies, and applies many of the book’s lessons so that you can immediately begin experimenting with them in fuller and more impactful ways.

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Author: Schlomer, Rudiger
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Learn to knit a variety of typefaces modeled on digital designs by well-known type foundries including Emigre, Lineto, and Typotheque, and emblazon your hats, scarves, and sweaters with smartly designed monograms, letters, or words. Beginning with knitting basics, tips, and resources, and progressing through more advanced techniques, Typographic Knitting provides a systematic introduction on how to construct a variety of letter designs using different knitting techniques. This book bridges the gap between craft and design in a new way, and will delight typography connoisseurs, avid knitters, and makers looking for a novel medium.

West: A Novel (paid link)

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Author: Davies, Carys
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Native American Literature

When widowed mule breeder Cy Bellman reads in the newspaper that colossal ancient bones have been discovered in the salty Kentucky mud, he sets out from his small Pennsylvania farm to see for himself if the rumors are true: that the giant monsters are still alive and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River. Promising to write and to return in two years, he leaves behind his only daughter, Bess, to the tender mercies of his taciturn sister and heads west.

With only a barnyard full of miserable animals and her dead mother’s gold ring to call her own, Bess, unprotected and approaching womanhood, fills lonely days tracing her father’s route on maps at the subscription library and waiting for his letters to arrive.

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