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Wind Chime Cafe (A Wind Chime Novel Book 1) (affiliate link)
If you listen to the sound of the wind, it will always lead you home…
When single mother Annie Malone purchases a café on Heron Island, she thinks she’s finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro. But Annie’s life is about to get a lot more complicated.
Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years, Navy SEAL Will Dozier has no intention of selling his grandparents’ property to a developer. As he works on renovating the house and trying to find another buyer, he’s forced to face a painful reality–that he’s secretly struggling with PTSD. Determined to hide his troubles from the rest of the islanders, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him “get his head straight.”
Burnt Toast and Bent Noses (affiliate link)
Julian Renard desperately needs a new job, and hopefully one he will get paid for, with real money! When he suddenly finds himself being interviewed for a position he hasn’t even applied for, he assumes his luck has changed. Or has it?
This darkly humorous tale Follows our unfortunate job seeker as he finds himself with little choice but to accept a new career, working for some very dubious people, resulting in some very surprising twists.
Ed Halliday’s books are for lovers of dark humour. His reviewers have likened his work to Douglas Adams of Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy fame as well as Elmore Leonard and a touch of the humour of the great Terry Pratchett.
The Acadia Enigma (Special Projects Group Book 1) (affiliate link)
A rash of killings threatens “The Way Life Should be” in Downeast Maine
The Downeast region of the Maine coast is known for its independent, hard-working people, its picturesque settings — and its seafood. But behind the thousand islands, the countless miles of coastline, and the postcard scenery, bad things are happening in Acadia National Park.
Kendra Hale, fresh off a dangerous assignment in Miami, is brought in by the FBI’s Special Projects Group to assist area law enforcement in their investigation. Though she’s drawn in by the friendly people, good food, and beauty of the area, her investigation places her in the crosshairs of a serial killer.
Anything but Easy: An Opposites Attract Romantic Comedy (affiliate link)
Kira Murphy is a liability: always has been. She might be small but her personality and heart are not: a sexual health doctor with a foul mouth, pink streaks in her hair, a bizarre world view, a reputation for being ‘pathologically social’, and a huge crush on the current Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth . . . she’s weird and lovable in equal measure.
The last thing Barclay Lucas needs is a liability. He’s made it into the cabinet with single-minded determination, sheer grit, and serious conservatism. But then a crazy, pink-haired, tiny dynamo turns his life upside-down and serious for Barclay is a thing of the past.
But he’s never liked feeling out of control – something he experiences with Kira on a daily basis. So he pushes her away when she needs him the most, and unfortunately for him she retreats at head-spinning speed.
The Pawn (The Endgame Trilogy Book 1) (affiliate link)
The price of survival…
Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.
There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.
A forbidden auction…
Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.
Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart.
Europa: A Cyberpunk Chronicle (affiliate link)
The future of a dangerous new technology hangs in the balance and betrayal lurks where Luka least expects it…
In 2070, NASA plans to launch its first manned expedition to Europa, but when chief engineer Luka Janovic is attacked by an antimatter weapon – one that shouldn’t exist – the future of the mission is thrown into jeopardy. Luka’s closest friends and fellow crew members begin to disappear and it seems a clandestine enemy is hunting him.
To stop them, Luka must form new alliances in the ruthless underworld of Low City, but with trillions of dollars and the future of the government on the line, peril lies at every turn.
What would you do if the man you love was arrested for murder?
Bad things never happen to Charlotte.
But her fiancé Dan has been hiding a secret, and the pressure is pushing him over the edge.
When he’s arrested for killing a nightclub owner, Charlotte’s future is shattered.
Then she opens her door to Keisha, an angry and frustrated stranger with a story to tell.
Convinced of Dan’s innocence, Charlotte must fight for him – even if it means destroying her perfect life. But what Keisha knows will threaten everyone she loves, and put Charlotte’s own life in danger…
The Lonely Life: An Autobiography (affiliate link)
Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children. It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. And it’s definitely not just about the kids.
Drawing on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal?
Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential–and Endangered (affiliate link)
From birth, when babies’ fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection, a bond made possible by empathy—the ability to love and to share the feelings of others.
In this provocative book, psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry and award-winning science journalist Maia Szalavitz interweave research and stories from Perry’s practice with cutting-edge scientific studies and historical examples to explain how empathy develops, why it is essential for our development into healthy adults, and how to raise kids with empathy while navigating threats from technological change and other forces in the modern world.
The Scribe of Siena: A Novel (affiliate link)
Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.
After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.
Catch of the Day (Gideon’s Cove Book 1) (affiliate link)
Finding a good man in a small town has never been so difficult!
Perpetually single Maggie Beaumont almost believes that her perfect man is out there waiting for her. With her infamous romantic past—including a failed long-term relationship with her high school sweetheart and a dead-end crush on the new priest, Father Tim O’HalloranÂ—it’s becoming more and more difficult to picture anyone rolling into the small town of Gideon’s Cove, Maine, just to sweep Maggie off her feet. So when Father Tim offers to set Maggie up on a series of blind dates, she decides she has nothing to lose and lets him play matchmaker.
Inspiring readers all over the globe to reimagine their future, this revised and updated edition of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 features new material to complement the classic text.
Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us if we make the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge.
As head of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig’s job is to guide her students as they make the difficult transition from the academic environment to the professional world—providing tangible skills and insights that will last a lifetime.