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When Helsing XII, the latest in the long and illustrious line of brave demon-hunters dies in combat, no-one would have expected his ring of power to be handed down to an idiot.
Least of all said idiot; Brian Trelawney, the most hapless car salesman in the whole of Cornwall.
With no redeeming features bar his towering height, Brian finds himself thrust into a strange and often terrifying world of vampires, banshees and all other Things That Go Bump In The Night. Trained, after a fashion, by the eccentric Masters, and equipped with strange weapons, Brian is sent into battle as the unwitting savior of mankind.
Accompanied by his friend Neil, a man oddly enough far more appropriate for the role of Helsing, Brian must bumble his way through his first mission; placating a terrifying banshee whose keening wailing is keeping the residents of Bodmin from their beauty sleep.
Tea for Three: A heartwarming story about life, love, and true friendship (A Mulberry Lane Novel Book 1) (affiliate link)
Three women. Three cups of tea. Three new beginnings.
Sarah Gardner’s husband went to sleep one night in November and never woke up. At forty-years-old, the new widow is left to care for their three children, all of whom are under the age of five.
Twenty-five-year-old Filipina, Kate Morgan, thought she had met the man of her dreams during what was a perfect summer vacation. Now married to the handsome American who had swept her off her feet, and over 8000 miles away from home, Kate soon realizes that her mother was right: vacations end and people change.
Louise Delaney couldn’t ask for anything more. At fifty-nine, she had enjoyed almost four decades of blissful marriage to Warren–may his soul rest in peace. But Louise’s seemingly perfect world is upended when she gets a visit from a sixteen-year-old who says she is Warren’s daughter.
A Pie To Vie For (Olivia Faulkner Mysteries) (affiliate link)
The (Not So) Perfect Day (Falling in Friar Hollow Book 1) (affiliate link)
Ellie’s planned the perfect wedding, just…with the wrong groom.
Bride-to-be Ellie Thatcher is in the final stages of preparing for her wedding day, and it’s supposed to be perfect, right? But it isn’t. It can’t be. Not without her best friend Ian by her side. Her perfect day would be ruined if he’s not there to share it with her. The invitations all went out weeks ago, and the clock is ticking. So where is he already? And more importantly, why are all her thoughts about Ian when she’s on the verge of marrying another man?
It’s too late to RSVP when photojournalist Ian Ferris receives the invitation to his best friend’s wedding. Still, it’s not too late to pop in on an old friend and check out the fiancé—for Ellie’s sake. Ian tries to put a nice face on it, to be there and show his support for Ellie and her choice. But the truth is, he’s going crazy because he can’t imagine Ellie with anyone but himself. Will Ian allow Ellie to take her journey down the aisle on the arm of another man and make the biggest mistake of her life? Or will he tell her the truth about his feelings, and help her see that he’s more than just her best man…he might just be the love of her life.
Ditched: Some people have needed to be rescued their whole lives… (affiliate link)
Finding themselves deep within the pages of their safety manuals, Julie and her crew draw on the drills and procedures that they never dreamed they would need, evacuating everyone into rafts and setting up camp on the shore as they wait to be rescued… but will they be found before tragedy strikes?
On this most bizarre of layovers a new family is forming, and even a reluctant Julie cannot avoid ‘caring,’ that one emotion she has worked so hard to eliminate from her life. Without ‘caring,’ loneliness was a comfortable place, a place where the voices were quiet; but now they are back and standing firmly in the way of her happiness, which for once, she might dare to dream she can see on the horizon…
Hiding in Park City (The Searchers Book 1) (affiliate link)
As an on-the-run single mother out to protect her little girls, Lisa Connors needs two things: money, and to keep her identity secret. But it is just her luck that the possibility of the former threatens the latter: as the caretaker of the hunk-next-door with two broken legs, her ability to keep her distance is shaky. When she found out said hunk’s profession—FBI agent—it was downright demolished….
Gage McKinnon spent most of his life trying to keep away from all things familial, so the last thing he needs is to have two adorable little girls take root next door. But it’s their mother who poses his greatest threat. For with Lisa he felt that door in his heart—the one that slammed shut twenty-five years ago—start to open, just a crack.
The Star-Touched Queen (affiliate link)
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
Wanted by a Queen.
Hunted by an assassin.
Stolen by a Dark Prince.
Yesterday, I was just a normal girl trying to survive college. Except that normal girls don’t walk through mirrors and meet the man sent to kill them. Now I’m being dragged kicking and screaming into a world where nothing makes sense.
Sebastian, my dark and mysterious captor, promises to protect me. But how can I trust someone who can sneak into my dreams?
Someone who hungers for the untouched parts of me.
Sebastian claims I could be the next Dark Queen of the Fae. He says I have powers, that I’m immortal… and that he’s the only one I can trust.
He’s arrogant and bossy, but I might have to trust him in a world where shadows are gateways to other worlds. Where every gift has a price, and where the man in black might turn out the hero.
In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to travel to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though hesitant because of the daunting and dangerous task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, believed this was God’s plan for them.
What followed was a string of threats and attacks, but also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian. As their work with refugees from Syria, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion, Andrew and Norine acknowledged the threat but accepted the risk, determining to stay unless God told them to leave.
Special Forces Savior (Omega Sector: Critical Response Book 1) (affiliate link)
Omega Sector agent Derek Waterman is hunting the architects of a lethal terrorist bombing. After weeks of chasing cold leads, he has finally found the evidence that could expose the perpetrators. But in order to take them down, he needs help from Dr. Molly Humphries, Omega’s lead forensic scientist.
Shy Molly works to retrieve the data-and overcome her debilitating crush on the sexy agent. Derek carefully suppresses his mutual smoldering attraction, sure that his dark past will drive Molly away if she knows. But when Molly’s kidnapped, he will stop at nothing to save her. Even if a lethal enemy will do everything to keep him from doing so.
The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World (affiliate link)
Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger’s car, or a walking into a stranger’s home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it’s as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we travel.
In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, another generation of entrepreneurs is using technology to upend convention and disrupt entire industries. These are the upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Led by such visionaries as Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb, they are rewriting the rules of business and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.
After the Rain: A Novel (affiliate link)
When eighteen-year-old Avelina Belo meets a charismatic cowboy the summer before her senior year of high school, she doesn’t know that accepting his invitation to dinner will lead to a whirlwind marriage three months later and an exciting new life on a Montana ranch. She also doesn’t know that, in a few short years, fate will send everything crashing down around her.
A thousand miles away and fresh out of medical school, Nate Meyers is poised to become UCLA’s next superstar heart surgeon. His laser focus is the key to his success, but it’s also his greatest liability. When a routine surgery ends in disaster, derailing his career, he’s confronted with the hard truth: there’s no one waiting for him at home, no one to help him pick up the pieces.
Regrouping on his uncle’s Montana ranch, Nate meets Avelina, a beautiful but mysterious young woman who keeps to herself and barely speaks a word.
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