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The King’s League Box Set: Regency Romance (paid link)
Lady Esther has high hopes for the London Season. Accompanied by her aunt, Lady Ware, and her father, the Earl of Leighton, she dreams of balls and soirees and of making a decent match. However, when her father suddenly disappears without explanation, everything changes. Determined to find him, Esther begins to walk a dangerous path, where secrets and betrayals surround her.
Charles, the Earl of Westbrook, has belonged to ‘The King’s League’ for some years. Determined to root out spies within England, he is horrified to learn that an important cipher has gone missing. Thrown together with Lady Esther, he is forced to protect her from these hidden dangers whilst slowly beginning to realize that, despite everything, his heart is slowly beginning to change towards her.
Heirs of Power (The Constellation Saga Book 1) (paid link)
Those gifted with power don’t get to choose a normal life.
Kitty Fairlow’s hunting skills come from more than years of protecting her secluded village. She inherited an ancient spirit, a secret long kept, even from her. Until now.
Grey-skinned creatures out of portals to a barren land rip Kitty away from her idyllic life. Her quest is to gather a group of heroes capable of defending their world against a race that devours life energy. Though she hasn’t prepared for this duty, she was born for it. She is a Constellation.
And she’s not the only one.
When third-generation Texas oil tycoon Sam DeLuca reluctantly goes on America’s favorite TV dating show, he doesn’t expect to be kicked off on the first night. Embarrassing? Hell, yeah. Then something even worse happens. The Twittersphere erupts with outrage, and single women everywhere suddenly want to date him. Maybe being hounded by hotties is a dream for most guys, but the attention has Sam fleeing his overzealous fans.
Annie Esposito thinks love at first sight only happens in the movies. She’s been humiliated in love before, thanks to the Unfortunate Incident, as everyone in her small town still calls it. Even so, when her book club friends cancel their meeting in favor of watching a reality TV dating show, Annie can’t help but be drawn to the self-deprecating and charmingly witty Sam.
State of Genesis: A Mystery Thriller Novel (Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller Series Book 7) (paid link)
Pete Long has it made. As a star high-school basketball player, he’s just received a full athletic scholarship from Purdue University, and is already being scouted by the pro’s. But when Pete meets up with a group of street players, something terrible happens, and Pete’s life is changed forever…
Virgil’s wife, Sandy, the lieutenant governor of the State of Indiana is working with the governor and Senator Michael Wright to pass legislation that has the potential to change the voting system, not only in their state, but all across the country. But not everyone wants the vote to pass. In fact, there are people who will do anything to ensure that it doesn’t…
Confessions of a Call Centre Worker (paid link)
Imagine speaking to members of the public fifty or more times every day, always having to be courteous and professional no matter what they say to you.
Could you keep your cool while talking to all levels of stupid?
Would you be able to wear a headset all day without wanting to throw it out of the window?
All calls are recorded, analysed and timed to the second. Average handling time (AHT) is discussed as if it’s the very meaning of life and managers are always coming up with new ways to shave milliseconds from each call.
Workers often have just eight minutes a day for visits to the toilet or coffee machine.
Hanging up on someone who is screaming abuse down the line at you is strictly not allowed.
Welcome to the Call Centre!
She Came to Stay (paid link)
In a city of strangers, who can you trust?
London, 1952. Dina Demetriou has travelled from Cyprus for a better life. She”s certain that excitement, adventure and opportunity are out there, waiting – if only she knew where to look.
Her passion for clothes and flair for sewing land her a job repairing the glittering costumes at the notorious Pelican Revue. It”s here that she befriends the mysterious and beautiful Bebba.
With her bleached-blonde hair and an appetite for mischief, Bebba is like no Greek Dina has ever met before. She guides Dina around the fashionable shops, bars and clubs of Soho, and Dina finally feels life has begun.
Smart on Crime (paid link)
Certain American States: Stories (paid link)
Instructions for a Funeral: Stories (paid link)
Motherest: A Novel (paid link)
Marrying the sharp insights of Jenny Offill with the dark humor of Maria Semple, Motherest is an inventive and moving coming-of-age novel that captures the pain of fractured family life, the heat of new love, and the particular magic of the female friendship — all through the lens of a fraying daughter-mother bond.
It’s the early 1990s, and Agnes is running out of people she can count on. A new college student, she is caught between the broken home she leaves behind and the wilderness of campus life. What she needs most is her mother, who has seemingly disappeared, and her brother, who left the family tragically a few years prior.
It All Comes Down to This (paid link)
Blackberries, Blackberries (paid link)
“I grew up on a farm in Indian Creek, Kentucky during the seventies. I swam in creeks and roamed the knobs and hills. We had an outhouse and no inside running water. Our house was heated by coal and wood-burning stoves and we lived so far back in the woods that we could get only one television station. But it was a place of beauty – trees, green grass and blue sky as far as you could see.”
The Love Note (paid link)
In their townhouse in Richmond, Blue and her family are as happy and as close as can be – well, on the surface at least.
But with the arrival of a young, destitute woman hoping to escape her abusive husband, they must finally confront the rifts that keep them apart. When they welcome Delphine into their home – and their hearts – they think it”s for her benefit only. But what they don”t realise is that she will bring them together in ways they never thought possible.
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