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They weren’t ready for the apocalypse but ready or not, it was coming…
Faced with the very real possibility of extinction of the human race, Cole Evans has only one chance to save his family and survive — a safe haven on an isolated, hard to reach island.
No one realizes there’s a deadly illness spreading like wildfire until it’s too late. With few symptoms, victims literally drop dead after a brief surge of energy. Within days, the virus tears through the population of the United States and the world.
Can Cole convince his brother that the danger is real and that there’s enough space for his family as well? And, can they all reach the island before the lights go out for them … forever?
Murder as Sticky as Jam (Cooking up Murder Book 1) (affiliate link)
Come for the cozy, stay for the thrill of it
In a jam…
Jam-making besties, Mona Reilly and Vicki Lawton are gearing up for the grand opening of Jammin’ Honey. But when Mona is lured away to taste some delectable pastries, their store burns down with a victim inside–and all fingers point to Mona as the prime suspect.
Now, with the help of the crazy Coupon Clippers clan, Mona must prove her innocence and redeem her lifelong dream. After all, she received her seed money from her crazy and unpredictable Aunt Cee–and she can’t possibly let her down. With several attempts on her life and Vicki’s shady new beau in the picture, things look bleak for the jam-making jailbird. Will Mona concoct a recipe to get herself out of this very sticky situation?
The Billionaire’s Big Game (The Miami Vices Book 1) (affiliate link)
A billionaire bachelor up for auction. A single mom trying to avoid him. The last thing he wants is a commitment… but that happens to be the only thing she wants.
Noah Vice: When my mom signs me up for another one of her ridiculous fundraisers, I don’t think much of it. Until, that is, the drop dead gorgeous girl who ghosted me six months ago is announced as my highest bidder. Now’s my chance to finally get to know Zoe…and figure out exactly what she’s hiding. But when I meet her adorable, four-year old secret, I know this isn’t a game I should play.
Zoe Taylor: The last thing on earth I need right now is a casual fling with a hot billionaire. With a four-year old daughter and classroom full of eighth graders, there’s only one kind of relationship I’m looking for…a lifelong partner. But now, because of my meddlesome grandmother, I’m stuck with Noah for five unforgettable dates. He’s not marriage material, but I can’t resist a little fun. The only problem is… I might not beat him at his own game.
American Sportswriter (The American Sportswriter Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
A series of debacles threatens James Hoak’s sportswriting career. A football star and mysterious beach bar owner might provide his only salvation.
It’s the month of May at Blue Ridge University, a bucolic campus nestled in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. As his friends prepare for their senior beach trip, quick-witted sports columnist James Hoak lands a coveted summer internship at a national weekly magazine, Sporting America—a guaranteed pipeline to a full-time job.
If he graduates next May.
But in a freak mishap involving a Sting-Ray bicycle, BRU’s Heisman Trophy winner, Marvelavious Hall, injures his knee.
The accident could wreck Hall’s career, costing him millions.
And Hoak—who loses his tuition money in the process—is responsible.
Starter Wife (The Jilted Wives Club Book 1) (affiliate link)
When life gives you lemons, make a Lemontini…
Divorced and jobless at forty-something, Whitney never thought she’d be starting over. But here she is. Single and (not so) ready to mingle – with anyone except him.
Luca leads a charmed life. He’s got the perfect job, the support of a big Italian family, and a bevy of women eager to grant his mother’s wish for grandchildren… except the woman he really wants.
Now that Whitney’s Starter Wife days are over, Luca is determined to convince her to give him a shot.
The Teacher’s Billionaire (The Sherbrookes of Newport Book 1) (affiliate link)
She never imagined a single letter would bring billionaire Dylan Talbot to her doorstep.
Callie Taylor’s life is turned upside down when she learns the truth about her birth following the death of her mother. Not only is her father alive, but he’s none other than presidential candidate Senator Warren Sherbrooke.
Billionaire and confirmed bachelor, Dylan Talbot, is devoted to his family. When his stepfather Warren Sherbrooke receives a letter from a past love telling him they have a daughter together, Dylan is instantly suspicious. In order to keep the media vultures away and protect Warren’s political aspirations, Dylan convinces Warren to let him handle the situation.
As Callie and Dylan spend time together, they can’t resist the feelings that blossom between them. However, when Callie learns the real reason he has been spending time with her their fledgling romance is put in jeopardy and only complete honesty can save it.
Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People: Over 325 Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases for Working with Challenging Personalities (affiliate link)
Forbidden Promises (Jackson Falls Book 1) (affiliate link)
What do you do when you want the one person you can never have?
Get in and get out. That was India Robidoux’s plan for this family visit. But when her brother needs her help with his high-profile political campaign, India has no choice but to stay and face the one man she’s been running from for years—Travis, her sister’s ex-husband. One hot summer night when Travis was still free, they celebrated her birthday with whiskey and an unforgettable kiss. The memory is as strong as ever—and so are the feelings she’s tried so hard to forget.
Travis Strickland owes everything to the Robidoux family. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for them—his divorce could never change that. Still, he has one regret. Impulsive and passionate, India always understood him better than anyone else. And the longer they work together on the campaign, the more torn he is. Coming between her and her sister is out of the question. But how can he let love pass him by a second time?
From Italy With Love (affiliate link)
Home-loving Laurie thinks she’s happy – she has a safe, reliable boyfriend and working in her local library is what she thought she always wanted. That is until she inherits a vintage Ferrari from her eccentric Uncle Miles and the conditions of the inheritance are far from simple. To keep the car Laurie will have to drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… and Cam’s motives for helping are not all that altruistic.
Cam isn’t particularly thrilled about escorting his late pal Miles’ dull mouse of a niece on this wild goose chase but all he has to do is get Laurie safely to Italy and he’s sure the Ferrari is his.
But Uncle Miles had a few tricks up his sleeve and the route he’s planned takes Cam and Laurie on a road trip they’ll never forget. From sampling the delights of the Loire Valley to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Garda, this is one journey that has more twists and turns than either of them could ever have imagined…
The Truth About Love and Dukes: Dear Lady Truelove (affiliate link)
Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.
For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .
Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge (affiliate link)
This follow-up devotional to the New York Times bestseller Keep It Shut takes a deeper look at the advice and commands of Scripture concerning the tongue, offering practical how-to’s that will inspire you to use your words to build, bless, encourage, and praise.
Each day we speak thousands of words in dozens of places. One thing is certain about the words we speak, type, and text: they are powerful, and they have consequences. They can impart love and life or deliver discouragement and defeat.
No wonder Scripture contains more than 3,500 verses about the power of the tongue. This devotional will take you on a journey over the next forty days to learn to choose and use your words wisely–saving you a boatload of regret and wounded relationships.
Each of the forty interactive entries includes a Scripture-verse focus for the day, a story or teaching point, and reflection questions. Each entry ends with both an action that will help you carry out the directive in the verse and a prayer prompt. The entries in Zip It build upon each other, equipping you with new tools for how–or how not–to use your words.
Canal House: Cook Something: Recipes to Rely On (affiliate link)
Learn to cook well with this Joy of Cooking for the Instagram generation from James Beard Award-winning cookbook studio Canal House, “the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue of the food world” (Bon Appetit), with 300 simple recipes to rely on for the rest of your life.
Canal House’s Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer are home cooks writing about home cooking for other home cooks. From a lifetime of making dinner every single night, they’ve edited their experience down to the essentials: 300 simple and genius recipes that reveal the building blocks of all good cooking, and are guaranteed to make you a better cook.
Each chapter of Cook Something helps you master a key ingredient or powerful technique, moving from simple (a perfect soft-boiled egg, and how to make it uncommonly delicious) to ambitious (a towering chocolate souffle).
Tidal Wave: From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay (affiliate link)
The United States Navy won such overwhelming victories in 1944 that, had the navy faced a different enemy, the war would have been over at the conclusion of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
However, in the moment of victory on 25 October 1944, the US Navy found itself confronting an enemy that had been inconceivable until it appeared. The kamikaze, ‘divine wind’ in Japanese, was something Americans were totally unprepared for; a violation of every belief held in the West. The attacks were terrifying: regardless of the damage inflicted on an attacking airplane, there was no certainty of safety aboard the ship until that airplane was completely destroyed.
Based on first-person accounts, Tidal Wave is the story of the naval campaigns in the Pacific from the victory at Leyte Gulf to the end of the war, in which the US Navy would fight harder for survival than ever before.
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