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Author: Carmichael, C. J.
Crime Thrillers

Murder in a small town is always personal.

Dispatcher Zak Waller prefers working behind the scenes in the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana, but when a newcomer to the sparsely populated town is brutally murdered—and the Sheriff is quick to pin the death on an unknown outsider—Zak starts his own private sleuthing.

On the surface Lost Trail is a picture-perfect western town, offering a simple way of life revolving around the local ranches and ski hill. But almost everyone has a secret to protect, and no one knows that more than Zak. He’s part of a younger generation hoping to revitalize the town. But evil has dug in deeper than he knows.

Queenie Baby: On Assignment (affiliate link)

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Author: Burke, Christina A.
Romantic Comedy Mystery

Meeting your hot new boss in a bar while singing karaoke—bad. Being fixed up with your old high school boyfriend by your meddling sister—annoying. Making out in your sister’s minivan with said boyfriend—embarrassing. This week is shaping up to be a doozy for aspiring singer/songwriter Diana Hudson.

“On the wrong side of thirty” according to her mother and still living the bohemian lifestyle of a musician, Diana is having a double martini day. Although a sought after performer on the not-so-happening Annapolis, Maryland bar scene, Diana works as a temp at Greene’s Staffing to pay the bills. Her assignment this week: help the cape-wearing Mr. Vann Pyre find love online. Unfortunately for Diana, the only man in her life for months has been Max, her fluffy, white Shitzu-Poodle with a crooked overbite and a bad attitude.

To A Girl I Haven’t Met (affiliate link)

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Author: Grey, Zack
Poetry and Prose
In a beautiful debut from a fresh new voice, Zack Grey sheds light on what it is to experience heartbreak, to dream of something more, and what it takes to be a true romantic in a world of cynics.
To A Girl I Haven’t Met takes you on a journey through poetry and prose about all that it takes to believe in true love.
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Author: Evaline, Belinda J
Cozy Mystery
Murder is afoot…
How do you like them apples?
Selling apple cider at the farmer’s market in Green Prairie, Texas is a sweet tradition that has passed down, from generation to generation, in Heidi Miller’s family.
When she returns home, from her position as a Professor of Literature, in South Texas, for fall break, tragedy strikes at her family’s orchard. Her sweet, almost painfully introverted brother, Mike is immediately catapulted into being the object of a murder investigation.
Mike is a shy guy, and is the first person that the neighbors call, when one of their farm animals goes into labor or gets hurt. He just has a way with soothing the souls of distressed creatures.
Without intending to, Mike’s kind and helpful nature creates a rivalry that will make him a primary suspect.
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Author: Boundy, Anthony
Indian Cooking

Why is the Bengali region of India a source for such exotic dishes?

What makes their recipes so special?

The Bengali cuisine is as distinct and rich as the state herself. Their foods have been influenced deeply by Nawab rule, which teaches the use of fiery and subtle flavor combinations. European influences have added to the foods like cutlets and chops, which are prepared in many households in the Bengal region.

The western areas of Bengal are known for their rice and fish dishes. They are staples in almost all households. There are many rivers in the area, so fresh water fish, like koi and rohu, are quite popular. The oily ilish fish is well-known and often used, too.

Many local vegetables find their way into Bengali dishes. They include largely roots, tubers and gourds. In addition, beans, potatoes and plantains dominate Bengal’s menu.

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Author: Clark O’Neill, Lisa
Romantic Suspense
They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice…
After surviving a lightning strike that killed two members of her family and left both her body and mind irrevocably altered, Adeline Walker is well familiar with how quickly things can change. Thanks to her rewired brain, Adeline is gifted – or cursed – with a heightened sense of intuition, including the occasional ability to sense evil in others. Following the death of her father, she struggles to find a way forward by revisiting the past – her mother’s childhood home in Rabun County, Georgia.
But sometimes that place is a person…

Women of the Silk: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Tsukiyama, Gail
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Historical Asian Fiction

In Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in 1926, where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk.

Leading the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the strength of their ambition, dreams, and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own. Tsukiyama’s graceful prose weaves the details of “the silk work” and Chinese village life into a story of courage and strength.

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Author: Hong, Euny
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Asian American Studies

By now, everyone in the world knows the song “Gangnam Style” and Psy, an instantly recognizable star. But the song’s international popularity is no passing fad. “Gangnam Style” is only one tool in South Korea’s extraordinarily elaborate and effective strategy to become a major world superpower by first becoming the world’s number one pop culture exporter.

As a child, Euny Hong moved from America to the Gangnam neighbourhood in Seoul. She was a witness to the most accelerated part of South Korea’s economic development, during which time it leapfrogged from third-world military dictatorship to first-world liberal democracy on the cutting edge of global technology.

The Blood of Flowers: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Amirrezvani, Anita
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In 17th-century Iran, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant designer of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her talent flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage to a wealthy man, the young woman finds herself faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to create a new life.

Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy (affiliate link)

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Author: Beyer, Kirsten
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Star Trek Series

The greatest threat to the Federation was wiped out in one thought by the Caeliar. Starfleet needs to know if Caeliar are gone—so they send out the crew who can find answers in the Delta Quadrant-Voyager.

Freed with a thought, the greatest menace to humanity, the Borg, are gone, absorbed into the Caeliar gestalt. But are they? Can this deadly menace that has hovered over humanity for decades truly be gone? Might some shadow of the Caeliar remain? The Federation decides that they have to know, and Starfleet is ordered to find out.

The Starship Voyager leads a fleet into a region of space that has lived in fear of instant annihilation for generations: the Delta quadrant, home of the Borg. Afsarah Eden—the new captain of Voyager—is charged with getting answers, to reach out to possible allies and resolve old enmities in the Delta quadrant.

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Author: Manganiello, Joe
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Exercise & Fitness

With a build that men envy and women adore, Joe Manganiello is more than qualified to write the end-all guide to sculpting the perfect body. His fit physique catapulted him to the top of the list of Hollywood’s most desired male actors following his memorable performances in HBO’s hit show True Blood and in the Magic Mike films. In Evolution, Manganiello shares his lifetime of experience and research in terms of diet, cardio, and anatomy to bring you the only fitness book you’ll ever need in order to look and feel your best.

Featuring black-and-white photographs and Manganiello’s step-by-step workout routine that combines weights, intense cardio, and a high protein diet.

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Author: Kyle, Chris, McEwen, Scott, DeFelice, Jim
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Biographies of the Iraq War
From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris.
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Author: O’Brien, Anne
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Medieval Historical Fiction

Her actions could make history – but at what price?
1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family, The House of York.

Surrounded by power-hungry men, including her aggressively self-centred husband Thomas and ruthless siblings Edward and Richard, Constance places herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV. Will it be possible for this Plantagenet family to safeguard its own political power by restoring either King Richard II to the throne, or the precarious Mortimer claimant?

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