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Tall Man in Ray-Bans (A John Tall Wolf Novel Book 1) (affiliate link)
Out for a day’s adventure exploring the dry bed of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, two young boys stumble upon a skeleton. It might be all that remains of a fugitive named Randy Bear Heart. Wanted for robbing three banks and killing three cops, Bear Heart was never brought to justice.
The FBI is called on to determine how the outlaw avoided arrest for twenty-five years and who put him in the lake wearing chains. The BIA — Bureau of Indian Affairs — gets the very same job. Special Agent John Tall Wolf is put on the case because one of the dead cops was a Native American who worked at the Mercy Ridge Reservation.
The FBI wants John to “coordinate all your efforts” through SAC Gilbert Melvin. John is having none of that, saying, “I’ll conduct my investigation as I see fit.” He doesn’t even get along with his own boss, Marlene Flower Moon, head of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services.
Hit&Run (PASS Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Returning home to Grand Junction would not have been Rosie Perkins’ first choice, but with her mother no longer able to take care of herself, it’s the only one she has. As is working the night shift at a local hotel to bring in a much-needed income.
Rosie juggles to keep all the pieces of her life together and has no room to add anything more. One morning after a long shift, when she witnesses a hotel guest crash into a dumpster, her careful control starts to unravel.
Security specialist, Jake Hutchinson, has his hands full protecting the arrogant lead actor of a movie being filmed in town. Since the production company and crew arrived at the hotel, the entitled star has been nothing but trouble.
The only thing that can improve his mood is the occasional nightly glimpse of the redheaded housekeeper.
Until he finds himself trapped between desire and duty.
Blind Thrust: A Mass Murder Mystery (A Joe Higheagle Novel Book 1) (affiliate link)
Colton (Special Forces Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Army Ranger Colton “Hawk” Hawkins has a new set of orders — Find a wife.
Fresh off a grueling tour overseas, I look forward to getting a little R&R — at least once I secure my promotion to Captain.
I’ll do just about anything to get it — another deployment, specialized training, overtime. Bring it on. What I don’t expect is my Colonel’s advice that I find a wife.
Marriage isn’t on my radar, but if that’s what it takes to get my boots on the next rung of the ladder, I’ll find a way.
After a late night snuggle session with a bottle of cab, I stumble across Colton Hawkin’s online ad and in my wine-induced haze, I realize he’s not only looking for a date — he’s looking for his last first date — so I volunteer!
He’s looking for a wife. I’m looking for an adventure.
What could go wrong?
Fate Bound (Fate Bound Saga Book 1) (affiliate link)
One girl will change the supernatural world forever.
When she’s fatally stabbed during a botched robbery, Ava’s life changes. She wakes to miraculously healed wounds, heightened senses, and a startling truth: She’s a werewolf.
But things are not as they seem. Soon, Ava’s strength wanes and the only thing that can revive her is the one thing she shouldn’t need: human blood. She is a hybrid, an abomination that shouldn’t exist.
When the supernatural community learns what Ava is, her alpha Jack will do anything he can to keep her safe. But is one life worth risking the human world Jack is sworn to protect?
Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor (affiliate link)
Baker’s Royale: 75 Twists on All Your Favorite Sweets (affiliate link)
Baker’s Royale turns basic desserts upside-down with addictive flavors and gorgeous presentations: the only sweets book you’ll need this year!
Baker’s Royale is a dessert cookbook that revisits-and revamps-classic recipes for the modern baker. Naomi Robinson thinks outside the cake mix box in her kitchen and on her site, BakersRoyale.com, mixing and matching for mash-ups that wow. Her exciting flavor combinations and eye for the easiest show-stoppers struck a chord, and readers clamored for more of her inventive sweets.
The book includes 75 classic recipes with a twist:
Burnt Caramel Custard Pie
French Silk Crunch Cake
Raspberry Almond Opera Cake
Apple Pie Marshmallows
The Wild Dyer: A Maker’s Guide to Natural Dyes with Beautiful Projects to create and stitch (affiliate link)
Joe (affiliate link)
The Secret Midwife: Life, Death and the Truth about Birth (affiliate link)
The Secret Midwife is a heart-breaking, engrossing and important read. At once joyful and profoundly shocking, this is the story of birth, straight from the delivery room.
Strongest supporter, best friend, expert, cheerleader and chief photographer . . . Before, during and after labour the role of a midwife is second to none. The Secret Midwife reveals the highs and lows on the frontline of the maternity unit, from the mother who tries to give herself a DIY caesarean to the baby born into witness protection, and from surprise infants that arrive down toilets to ones that turn up in the lift.
But there is a problem; the system which is supposed to support the midwives and the women they care for is starting to crumble. Short-staffed, over worked and underappreciated – these crippling conditions are taking their toll on the dedicated staff doing their utmost to uphold our National Health Service, and the consequences are very serious indeed.
Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results (affiliate link)
Josh Gondelman knows a thing or two about trying—and failing. The Emmy Award-winning stand-up comic—dubbed a “pathological sweetheart” by the New York Observer—is known throughout the industry as one of comedy’s true “nice guys.” Not surprisingly, he’s endured his share of last-place finishes. But he keeps on bouncing back.
In this collection of hilarious and poignant essays (including his acclaimed New York Times piece “What if I Bombed at My Own Wedding?”), Josh celebrates a life of good intentions—and mixed results. His true tales of romantic calamities, professional misfortunes, and eventual triumphs reinforce the notion: we get out of the world what we put into it. Whether he’s adopting a dog from a suspicious stranger, mitigating a disastrous road trip, or trying MDMA for the first (and only) time, Josh only wants the best for everyone—even as his attempts to do the right thing occasionally implode.
Domestic Violets: A Novel (affiliate link)
Tom Violet always thought that by the time he turned 35, he’d have everything going for him. Fame. Fortune. A beautiful wife. A satisfying career as a successful novelist. A happy dog to greet him at the end of the day.
The reality, though, is far different. He’s got a wife, but their problems are bigger than he can even imagine. And he’s written a novel, but the manuscript he’s slaved over for years is currently hidden in his desk drawer while his father, an actual famous writer, just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His career, such that it is, involves mind-numbing corporate buzzwords, his pretentious archnemesis Gregory, and a hopeless, completely inappropriate crush on his favorite coworker. Oh… and his dog, according to the vet, is suffering from acute anxiety.
A Craftsman’s Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning (affiliate link)
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