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Cedar Bay Cozy Mysteries #1 (affiliate link)
Her goddaughter was the envy of the small town. Smart and talented, she was looking forward to her high school graduation and then attending a prestigious college back East. Her life seemed perfect. It wasn’t.
The residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen, her goddaughter.
The local townspeople can’t believe what’s happened in their sleepy little Oregon seaside town. Kelly identifies five prime suspects, but which one did it?
Follow Kelly, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her boyfriend, Sheriff Mike, as they hunt for the killer in a murder that’s shocked the small town of Cedar Bay.
Summer’s steamy haze coats North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, but feisty Agnes Marie Hopper discovers the heat isn’t the only thing causing her blood to boil. After a kitchen fire destroys her home, Agnes moves in with her daughter, Betty Jo. Three months later they come to an understanding: neither can tolerate living with the other. So on a sultry August morning, Betty Jo drives Agnes and her few belongings to Sweetbrier Manor, a local retirement home and former house of ill repute.
With no intention of staying, Agnes devises a scheme to sneak out of the Manor and find another place to live. Before she can make her exit, though, she runs into her best friend from high school, along with some other quirky characters.
Chow Down (Hotshot Book 4) (affiliate link)
*Former cop Dickie Mullins owns the Emporium of Dance. A sleazy pick-up bar with lousy food and about to go broke.
*Rae Nell, Dickie’s ex-wife, is having an affair with NFL washout Terry Taggert.
*Terry is starting a steak business. Delicious, unique steaks.
*Rae Nell thinks it would be a good idea if Dickie improved his menu.
*Meanwhile, Terry’s principal investor, ‘Dr.’ Craig Cullen wants out, NOW!
*Terry has just the plan for the ‘Dr.’ Cullen.
Things quickly go downhill from there…
P.S. I Love You (Twickenham Manor Book 1) (affiliate link)
He’s a duke in need of a wife. She was thrown back in time until the next full moon. Will his secret push her away?
Cora Rey wanted a fresh start, but being thrown back in time to 1850 isn’t how she expected to do that. She discovers that Victorian England isn’t the pleasant social whirl Jane Austen led her to believe, but when in Rome—or in this case Twickenham … She’s determined to have the vacation of a lifetime, especially in the company of a certain duke.
Simon Tuttle never expected to become the duke of Hertfordshire, never wanted it, but now he is, and eligible women seeking a title consider him the next trophy to be taken in the marriage mart. A union of convenience is the most he hopes for due to the shame-filled secret he bears—until he meets Cora. Now, he imagines that a love match could be possible after all. Hiding his secret from society has been easy—hiding it from Cora proves impossible. Can Cora love a man like him despite learning the truth?
Pretty Broken Girl (affiliate link)
A divorced couple battles for control in the boardroom but things heat up when their competition reaches the bedroom.
Ten years ago, Dakota divorced the love of her life for all the wrong reasons. She has no idea he’ll walk through her office door ten years later as her new boss, more handsome than ever, determined to make her pay for her sins. Her knees go weak every time she looks at him. Too bad he hates her. He’s determined to make her life hell. The only thing she knows for sure? They can still heat up the sheets. He thinks he can break her, but she’s got other plans.
From the bedroom to the boardroom, Sam and Dakota are locked in a battle of wits and desire. One of them will break. One of them will pay. Both of them want to win. Neither of them expects to fall in love—again.
How did a small, isolated city—with a population that never exceeded 100,000, even in its heyday—come to transform western civilization? Acclaimed anthropologist Meredith Small, the author of the groundbreaking Our Babies, Ourselves examines the the unique Venetian social structure that was key to their explosion of creativity and invention that ranged from the material to social.
Whether it was boats or money, medicine or face cream, opera, semicolons, tiramisu or child-labor laws, these all originated in Venice and have shaped contemporary notions of institutions and conventions ever since. The foundation of how we now think about community, health care, money, consumerism, and globalization all sprung forth from the Laguna Veneta.
A Pitying of Doves: A Birder Murder Mystery (affiliate link)
Why would a killer ignore expensive jewellery and take a pair of turtledoves as the only bounty?
This is only one of the questions that piques Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune’s interest after a senior attaché with the Mexican Consulate is found murdered alongside the director of a local bird sanctuary. The fact that the director’s death has opened up a full-time research position studying birds hasn’t eluded Jejeune either. Could this be the escape from policing that the celebrated detective has been seeking? Even if it is, Jejeune knows he owes it to the victims to solve the case first. But a trail that weaves from embittered aviary owners to suspicious bird sculptors only seems to be leading him farther from the truth. Meanwhile, Jejeune is discovering that diplomatic co-operation and diplomatic pressure go hand in hand.
Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents (affiliate link)
Right after “Is it a boy or a girl?” and “What’s his/her name?,” the next question people invariably ask new parents is “Are you getting any sleep?” Unfortunately, the answer is usually “Not much.” In fact, studies show that approximately 25% of young children experience some type of sleep problem and, as any bleary-eyed parent will attest, it is one of the most difficult challenges of parenting.
Drawing on her ten years of experience in the assessment and treatment of common sleep problems in children, Dr. Jodi A. Mindell now provides tips and techniques, the answers to commonly asked questions, and case studies and quotes from parents who have successfully solved their children’s sleep problems.
Lessons from a Sheep Dog: A True Story for Tranforming Love (affiliate link)
What you see is not always what you get – and this true story of a man and his dog is no exception.
With more than 200 thousand in print, this modern-day parable about a man and his transforming love for his dog, Lass, paints a vivid picture of God’s love for the unlovable.
Woven just under the surface of this simple parable, Keller presents profound spiritual truth. It is the story of Lass, a worthless animal thought to be untrainable, who becomes a magnificent and valuable sheepdog – not terribly unlike how God’s love can transform our worst characteristics into blessings that serve to further His Kingdom. Allow yourself to see Biblical truth of what can happen when you yield to the Master in this classic tale by bestselling author Phillip Keller.
Bobby Womack My Story 1944-2014: Midnight Mover (affiliate link)
Three Apples Fell from the Sky: The International Bestseller (affiliate link)
In the tiny village of Maran nestled high in the Armenian mountains, a place where dreams, curses and miracles are taken very seriously, a close-knit community bickers, gossips and laughs, untouched by the passage of time. A lifelong resident, Anatolia is happily set in her ways. Until, that is, she wakes up one day utterly convinced that she is dying. She lies down on her bed and prepares to meet her maker, but just when she thinks everything is ready, she is interrupted by a surprise visit from a neighbour with an unexpected proposal.
So begins a tale of unforeseen twists and unlikely romance that will turn Maran on its head and breathe a new lease of life into a forgotten village. Narine Abgaryan’s enchanting fable is a heart-warming tale of community, courage, and the irresistible joy of everyday friendship.
The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen Book 1) (affiliate link)
Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never get close to thehaunted.
Never, ever tempt fate.
My name is Amelia Gray. I’m a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protectmyself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I’ve always held fast to these rules passeddown from my father…until now.
Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts whoshadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I’ve vowed tokeep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstonesymbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world fromthe next.
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