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Author: Score, Lucy
Contemporary Romance

I only wanted to protect you…

Luke Garrison is a hometown hero, a member of the National Guard ready to deploy again. He’s strong, sexy, broody. The last thing he’s looking for is a woman to ruin his solitude. When the wildly beautiful Harper stumbles into his life, though, he realizes that she’s the perfect decoy. A fake girlfriend to keep his family off his back until he’s deployed.

So what if kissing her sends his mind to wicked places? He can control himself. Can’t he?

Harper was on her way to starting a new life… again. But something about Luke makes her want to settle down in this small town and make his house a home. When she’s in his arms, she finally knows what it’s like to feel safe. Protected.

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Author: Mofina, Rick
Crime Fiction

Little by little, stop after stop, three-year-old Danny Becker wanders further from his inattentive, overworked dad on a San Francisco subway car. In the rush of people stepping onto and off the train Danny is bumped to the platform when the doors close behind him. Strange, strong hands carry him away.

As the train leaves the station, Danny’s frantic father searches the moving car in vain.

Danny Becker’s abduction evokes the unsolved murder of a toddler, Tanita Donner, the previous year, resurrecting the city’s anguish.

Tom Reed, a disgraced reporter with The San Francisco Star, pursues the new abduction. But he is tormented by the fear that he may have caused the suicide of an innocent man suspected of murdering Tanita Donner a year ago. His editor wants him fired. His wife has left him to wrestle with his demons. His life coming apart, the Danny Becker story is Reed’s last chance at redemption.

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Author: Callaghan, Hope
Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery

Millie Sanders’ happily ever after is suddenly destroyed when her husband of 35 years comes home one day and informs her that he is leaving her for another woman. To make matters worse, the other woman happens to be her “friend” and hairdresser, Delilah Osborne!

After months of mourning and moping around the house, she stumbles upon a help wanted ad in the newspaper for the perfect job as an assistant cruise ship director. Before Millie can talk herself out of it, she fills out the application and mails it in. Much to her surprise, not only does the company contact her, they hire her!

Determined to start a new life and new career, Millie boards the ship, ready for a new adventure. She isn’t on board the massive floating city – her new home – more than 10 minutes when a dead body is discovered near the atrium bar.

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Author: Larsen, Patti
Cozy Mystery

Do you have any idea how hard it is to focus on spell casting with Jingle Bells running in your head?

Hard. Trust me on that.

Still, this was my favorite part, despite the subject and content, the endless chatter around me trying to pull my focus, scent of pumpkin spice and pine dominating the air thanks to the real, live Christmas tree someone donated to the police department. Maybe that meant something about me, how enjoying the process of uncovering things people thought hidden through the power inside brought me joy and peace, far more than carols or the holiday season or eggnog lattes.

And maybe it just meant I was good at what I did.

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Author: Rose, Willow
Hard-Boiled Mysteries

Am I pretty?

Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer?

While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a disturbing phone call from her father. Her brother was arrested, charged with murder.

Mary decides to go back to her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, which she left twenty years back and has never visited since.

Working with her old friends in from High School, she tracks down the most disturbing and surprising killer this town has ever faced before a shocking conclusion turns everything upside down for them.

Determined to solve the murder and to have her brother acquitted, Mary is forced to face demons from her past she never thought she would have to again.

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Author: Legg, Brandt
Adventure Fiction

They know what you like, who your friends are.
They know where you go, what you think.
They know the risk you pose . . .
And you know nothing.

A fugitive billionaire and a former spy stumble onto an ominous program where everything about our modern lives is dissected, processed, and packaged, not to sell us things, but to sell us ideas, to control us, to make sure we don’t shatter the illusion. Chase and Wen face the worst dangers of their lives when the most malicious organizations in the world see them as a critical risk.

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Author: Divya, S.B., Lafferty, Mur, Jemisin, N.K., Doctorow, Cory, Liu, Ken
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Science Fiction Anthologies

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of cutting-edge science fiction from the hit podcast, Escape Pod. Escape Pod has been bringing the finest short fiction to millions of ears all over the world, at the forefront of a new fiction revolution.

This anthology gathers together fifteen stories, including new and exclusive work from writers such as from Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal, T. Kingfisher and more. From editors Mur Laffterty and S.B. Divya comes the science fiction collection of the year, bringing together bestselling authors in celebration of the publishing phenomenon that is, Escape Pod.

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Author: Junger, Alejandro
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Healthy Cooking

From Dr. Alejandro Junger, author of the New York Times bestsellers Clean and Clean Gut, comes Clean Eats, a cookbook featuring over 200 delicious, easy-to-prepare, healthy recipes all aimed at helping you restore your natural ability to heal yourself.

In Clean, New York City cardiologist Dr. Alejandro Junger provided a life-changing program to aid common ailments resulting from toxins in the standard American diet and chemical-filled environments. Now Dr. Junger’s in-demand recipes are available in Clean Eats, a cookbook that takes the program straight to the kitchen and allows readers to start eating Clean today.

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Author: Louv, Richard
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Nature & Ecology

For many of us, thinking about the future conjures up images of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: a post-apocalyptic dystopia stripped of nature. Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into a larger movement that will touch every part of society.

This New Nature Movement taps into the restorative powers of the natural world to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds.

Country Girl: A Memoir (affiliate link)

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Author: O’Brien, Edna
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iographies & Memoirs of Authors

When Edna O’Brien’s first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O’Briens’ local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O’Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation.

Starting with O’Brien’s birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, her story moves through convent school to elopement, divorce, single-motherhood, the wild parties of the ’60s in London, and encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars, and literary titans. There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton.

Chicken 20 Ways (affiliate link)

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Author: America’s Test Kitchen
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Cooking Poultry
This collection is packed with 20 easy-to-make recipes that rely on little more than chicken and pantry staples. You’ll learn how a few flavor-packed ingredients can transform humble chicken into the star of the dinner table. Take our spice-cabinet chicken recipes, which will simplify your grocery shopping—just raid your spice cabinet for three delicious takes on roast whole chicken. Or how about Southern-Style Stewed Chicken and Rice, a comforting one-pot meal that features rice plumped with flavored stock and tossed with tender pieces of shredded chicken? Chicken Mole Poblano surprisingly depends on pantry essentials such as dried chiles, nuts, a handful of common dried herbs and spices, and a bit of chocolate for its deeply complex flavor.

Bad Girls Don’t Die (Book 1) (affiliate link)

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Author: Alender, Katie
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Fantasy & Supernatural Mystery
Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage. Or her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey. Or even like her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green, sometimes she uses old-fashioned language, and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves. Water boils on the unlit stove, and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
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Author: Mercola, Joseph
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Low Carb Cooking

Hippocrates himself wrote that food is medicine. Today, natural-health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola and top Australian chef Pete Evans share the firm belief that food can be a tool to reshape our health. Now they’ve joined forces to put this tool in readers’ hands in an illustrated guide to eating the ketogenic way.

Drawing on Dr. Mercola’s expertise and visionary work in natural medicine, and Evans’s experience as an award-winning restaurateur, cookbook author, and TV chef, this book offers:

• a “Health 101” course that covers metabolism, digestion, gut health, diabetes, and more
• guidance for a healthy lifestyle, from fitness, sleep, and stress relief to stocking a ketogenic kitchen
• 100 delicious recipes aligned with both ketogenic and Paleo principles

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