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Cecily Armstrong has done everything she could to erase her murky past. She’s become a celebrated pastry chef and could have her pick of any job on the market. When’s she’s called upon to come back home to look after her ailing grandmother, Cecily reluctantly returns to a town that ostracised her years ago.
She’s offered a position at the local hotel, Ashdown Estate. A renowned little resort by the sea that invites the rich to come and forget about their worries. Things start off rocky as the townspeople make it clear that her past sins aren’t forgiven.
Two cops. Twice the murder. Double the trouble on LA’s mean streets…
Los Angeles, 1990s. Hard-boiled homicide detective Dickie Jones and his cocky partner Matt “Pretty Boy Floyd” Tyler are no strangers to tragic deaths. But the L.A. Sheriff’s odd couple is shocked by the vicious slaying of a transsexual prostitute. And when the victim’s working-girl roommate turns up dead only hours later, they find themselves hunting a killer with a terrifying agenda.
With the clues leading them through LA’s sleaziest neighborhoods, Dickie and Floyd run headlong into a brutal, drug-dealing gang. But as they begin to unravel a disturbingly ugly scheme, they land in the crosshairs of a sinister sniper.
On Hal Spacejock’s home planet, efficient and highly intelligent robots have taken all the jobs.
Hal’s one of the lucky ones, because he works as a cargo loader at a third-rate spaceport.
Lucky perhaps, but not satisfied. Because instead of loading freighters, Hal wants to fly them, exploring the galaxy in his very own ship.
But how can he possibly save for a spaceship? Hal can barely make rent, and his boss will use any excuse to get rid of him.
Honeymoon Cottage (A Pajaro Bay Mystery Book 1) (paid link)
Camilla Stewart’s ex-fiance ripped her off and disappeared, leaving her to care for his eight-year-old son alone. But when she arrives in Pajaro Bay, she finds a village full of cute cottages, quirky characters… and a killer on the loose who is somehow linked to her, the young boy, and the darling little house known as the Honeymoon Cottage.
Welcome to Pajaro Bay, the little California beach town where the cottages are cute, the neighbors are nosy, and it’s always possible to find your personal Happily Ever After.
Circles is the most popular social network in the world: vast, ubiquitous, and constantly evolving. Days before expanding into China, Circles suffers a devastating cyberattack—and a key executive is brutally murdered.
As he fights to save the company he helped build, top engineer Sergio Mansour uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy that turns the power of Circles against its users. But as Sergio investigates, someone is watching his every move—someone ruthless enough to brand him a criminal and set a vicious hit man on his trail.
Desperate to clear his name, Sergio turns to Malina Olson, a beautiful and headstrong doctor who has an agenda of her own.
The Peyton Brooks’ Mysteries Box Set (paid link)
Get all eight of the popular Peyton Brooks’ Mysteries in a single box set, including the prequel, Murder in the Painted Lady. Over 1,000 pages of action and adventure from San Francisco’s top detective.
The Peyton Brooks’ Mystery series follows the career of San Francisco Homicide Detective Peyton Brooks and her partner Marco D’Angelo as they fight crime in the City by the Bay.
Books included in this compilation are: Murder in the Painted Lady, Murder on Potrero Hill, Murder in the Tenderloin, Murder on Russian Hill, Murder on Alcatraz, Murder in Chinatown, Murder in the Presidio and Murder on Treasure Island.
The Muse: A Novel (paid link)
Sky in the Deep (Sky and Sea Book 1) (paid link)
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
Lady in the Lake: A Novel (paid link)
In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.
Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: Cleo Sherwood, a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.
The Explosive Child: Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (paid link)
A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.
What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.
The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness (paid link)
Where can you find joy? Gain strength? How should we face our fears? Deal with the death of a loved one? And what about those reoccurring depressing thoughts?
While traditional schooling doesn’t address such questions, it’s exactly what ancient schools of philosophy were all about: They taught you how to live. Even though these schools don’t exist anymore, you and I and most people are in as much need of a philosophy that guides us through life as we ever were.
This compelling, highly actionable guide shows you how to deal more effectively with whatever life throws at you and live up to your best self.
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