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Make it Right (paid link)
Donovan Montgomery is Chicago’s top forensic psychiatrist, an expert on behavioral deviance whose belief in law and order and convincing testimony has locked up the city’s worst criminals.
With her latest case, the stakes have never been higher. Violence and racial tensions are boiling over in the Windy City. A neo-Nazi is running for congress, while a white supremacist is being tried for a triple murder. It will be Donovan’s job to derail the candidate and convict the killer. But things are about to go horribly wrong with the city, the campaign, the trial, and with Donovan herself.
The Year We Had Murder, A Matt Kile Mystery (paid link)
She acts like she’s your new best friend, but is she really a deadly enemy?
When Isabel nearly runs over mysterious Alicia, she is filled with guilt. She helps Alicia get a job at the supermarket where she works and soon, Alicia is acting like her new best friend. Then fires break out all over town and she suspects Alicia knows more than she’s letting on, but it’s Isabel the police suspect. In order to survive, Isabel must question her own innocence, her sanity and the very fabric of her morality.
Dead Witch on a Bridge (Sonoma Witches Book 1) (paid link)
Is her magic strong enough to stop a killer?
On her first assignment as a demon-hunting witch, Alma was unable to kill. Now broke and unemployed at twenty-six, she lives in Silverpool, a remote town in a redwood forest north of San Francisco, where she sells magic-infused jewelry and tries to live a drama-free life.
When fairies draw her to the dead body of her ex-boyfriend, she must defend herself and the hidden power in Silverpool from an influx of supernatural trouble. The only way to make peace—and stay alive—is to find the killer.
Coming Home to the Loch (Loch Lannick Book 1) (paid link)
What happens when you meet the right person, at the right time, in the wrong place?
Twenty-two-year-old Leana Mackenzie is looking for adventure. Full of excitement, she leaves her home in a remote Scottish village and heads for the bright city lights.
In Edinburgh she meets Alasdair – a cute and charming singer/songwriter. As their relationship develops everything feels perfect.
But as the sparkle of her new life begins to fade, Leana finds herself longing for her cosy home on the Isle of Skye, and the close-knit family she left behind.
England 1806: SIR FREDERICK LANCASTER returns from the war with France a broken man, guilt-ridden over the loss of a friend who’s been like a brother to him all his life. Then tragedy strikes again, plunging Frederick into a darkness he fears he’ll never escape, and forces on him a life he never wanted.
As the new Marquess of Elmridge, he is duty-bound to find a wife and father an heir. However, once that task is completed, he’ll finally be free to return to the battlefield and end his miserable existence.
A sound plan if ever there was one.
At least, until his mother chooses spinster ELSBETH MUNFORD to be his bride.
Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.
Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, FDR dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon.
Archangel One (paid link)
Humanity has reached an uneasy truce with the Empire—but unless the allies bring the fight to the enemy, extinction is all but assured. In preparation for the inevitable next war, Commander Stephen Michaels is at the helm of the Archangel Squadron, and his orders are simple: go rogue.
Disguised as mercenaries, Commander Michaels and the Archangels seek valuable intelligence on their imposing foe. Their mission takes them deep into uncharted territory, where they make inroads with the Empire, fiercely guarding their true identities and purpose. Fighting for the enemy goes against everything they stand for, but these are desperate times.
The Oceans Between Us (paid link)
A woman is found wandering injured in London after an air raid. She remembers nothing of who she is. Only that she has lost something very precious.
As the little boy waits in the orphanage, he hopes his mother will return. But then he finds himself on board a ship bound for Australia, the promise of a golden life ahead, and wonders: how will she find him in a land across the oceans?
In Perth, a lonely wife takes in the orphaned child. But then she discovers the secret of his past. Should she keep quiet? Or tell the truth and risk losing the boy who has become her life?
Lily’s White Lace (paid link)
She resolves never to trust a man again. Not even Jesse, her best friend Marcy’s brother. Especially since Jesse knows just how to infuriate her, bait her, make her laugh and even bring the glitter back into her eyes. And he’s a farmer, the very type of man with whom she vowed she’d never fall in love with. As the daughter of a farmer she knows that she doesn’t want that kind of life.
Invincible. Untouchable. MONSTER.
Lavish Prep should have been a fresh start. A new school for my new life after my last one was so violently torn from me.
But I was barely here an hour before I was pinned down in the woods by a savage.
I should be glad I escaped, but I can’t stop thinking about the boy who thought he could lay his hands on me.
Worst of all, everyone in my new school sees the monster in the woods as a prince.
Well I’ve got news for you, Prince Briar. I’ve got nothing left to lose.
No reason to back down.
Beasts like you should be locked up, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure the world sees you for the brutal monster you are.
The Diviners (paid link)
Evangeline O’Neill has been exiled from her old hometown and sent off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.
When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened….
Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.
It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe — London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds — risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox.
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