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The Crowlands (affiliate link)
Sara’s on the run and she’s found the perfect place to hide…..
Sara Robinson – gambling addict, liar, thief – lived a hand-to-mouth existence in a dingy flat in London. Now she’s running for her life after the chance to make some easy money goes horribly wrong. She has three things which might save her – a passport in someone else’s name, a ticket to Australia and a suitcase full of cash.
Sara finds herself the custodian of a crumbling Victorian mansion known as Crowlands House, once a children’s home in the rural town of Ararat. At first, the airy property seems cool and welcoming in the harsh Australian sunlight. It’s a private haven where Sara can forget about what happened in London, and a place to escape the hostile local townsfolk.
The Viking’s Chosen (The Clan Hakon Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
The prophesy must be fulfilled.
His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride—one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that…a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he’s a Viking army general and she’s an English princess—and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.
Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.
Into Thin Air (Deborah Rogers Standalone Series) (affiliate link)
A web of lies. A sister’s worst nightmare.
When Julia’s estranged sister, Toni, goes missing in Turkey, Julia thinks it’s just another one of her sister’s irresponsible stunts. But when Toni’s backpack and passport wash up along the Istanbul seafront, Julia realizes the situation is far more serious than first thought.
Desperate for answers, Julia travels to Istanbul to find out what’s happened to Toni. As she delves deeper into her sister’s mysterious disappearance, everything points to Toni being abducted. But as a stranger in a strange land, who will believe Julia? And as she gets drawn into a web of lies and betrayal, could Julia be in danger herself?
Death Never Sleeps (Michael Nicholas Book 1) (affiliate link)
Michael and Alex Nicholas are brothers, but as different as night and day. Michael is CEO of a Fortune 500 company, living a comfortable life in suburban Connecticut. Alex, his older brother, heads up one of the leading loan shark and betting syndicates on the east coast. They don’t have a lot in common except a blood line, but that changes when Alex is gunned down at a restaurant in Queens.
At Alex’s funeral, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Michael receives a startling text. The text is from his dead brother Alex. Michael is now forced to question where his brother really is. And if Alex isn’t dead, who’s lying in the coffin?
The New Seattle Cookbook: Discover Delicious West Coast Meals from the Heart of Seattle (affiliate link)
September in Seattle Muffins
Hot Smokie Crescents
Pear Tart with Sugar Crumble Pie
Velveeta Tex Noodles
Sun Dried Pesto Sauce
Charred Bass with Jalapeno Salsa
Gonzaga Dorm Cookies
Rainier Vista Rollatini
Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce
How to Smoke a Turkey
Mixed Green Salad with Berry Dressing
Authentic Beef and Broccoli
Seattle Spice Rub
Bonnie’s Black Beans
Seattle Couscous Salad
Whipped Chocolate Pie
Madrona Chocolate Puffs
Spicy Tofu Pesto
Lake Washington Cookies
Much, much more!
The Big Gamble (Dev Haskell Private Investigator Book 28) (affiliate link)
Dev Haskell receives a phone call from an old friend. It’s feared Dev’s old high school flame, Maddie McGuire, has fallen through the ice along the Mississippi River and can’t be found. Dev hasn’t seen her since she married ne’er do well, Colton Ferral. After attending the memorial service and reconnecting with her sisters, he comes away with more questions than answers.
Local crime lord, Tubby Gustafson, has some questions for Dev, too. Amazingly, Colton Ferral’s name comes up. Of course, what better time to offer a spare bedroom on Airbnb, not to mention a surprise guest who arrives on the scene.
Curious Beginnings (Salvos, Volume 1) (affiliate link)
The Netherworld: it is a hellish landscape inhabited only by demons, creatures born from the dark abyss. It is also the only world Salvos knows.
Joining the ranks of newborn demons, Salvos is thrown into the violent, anarchy-ruled landscape of that world. To survive, she will have to learn, she will have to adapt, and she will have to evolve. She will gain experience to reach new Levels of power.
Her curiosity aids her but her pride could be her fall. It is the nature of the Netherworld to avoid or conquer any threats faced. After all, the law of evolution is survival of the fittest, and Salvos is a survivor. And perhaps, eventually, she will leave this world behind for a better place. But is that what she even wants?
How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide (affiliate link)
From politics and religion to workplace negotiations, ace the high-stakes conversations in your life with this indispensable guide from a persuasion expert.
In our current political climate, it seems impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone who has a different opinion. Whether you’re online, in a classroom, an office, a town hall—or just hoping to get through a family dinner with a stubborn relative—dialogue shuts down when perspectives clash. Heated debates often lead to insults and shaming, blocking any possibility of productive discourse. Everyone seems to be on a hair trigger.
In How to Have Impossible Conversations, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay guide you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation—whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control.
Crawlerz: Book 1: Red Sky in the Morning (affiliate link)
Are you ready for the end?
An ancient tomb is unearthed live on cable TV after months of hype. It’s billed as the archeological equivalent of Shark Week. The actual footage takes a turn no one ever expected. Those minutes of footage will be combed over by governments worldwide seeking to understand what horror came out of that tomb.
They watched the news for weeks as an infection spread quickly across the globe. The videos posted online of people ripping into each other like cannibals on PCP were unreal. The support from the authorities was a joke. No one had a plan in place for this. At least not a plan that involved saving everyone…
Bulletproof Damsel (Urban Fantasy Romance Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
One sassy female weapons master…who doesn’t get out much.
One alpha-hole who lays claim to her the moment he sets eyes on her.
She’s a weapon in the hands of her enemies, and Rhys intends to use her.
An ancient family feud between the legendary Van Helsing’s and Silversmith’s who once made their legendary weapons…
What can possibly go wrong?
When Remington comes face to face with Rhys Van Helsing, the world will never be the same again.
I Will Make You Pay (affiliate link)
Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.
It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.
Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.
Second Survivor (affiliate link)
Isabel Fontaine’s lavish lifestyle came to a crashing halt the night the General Chanzy sank. At 18, she had everything—fine luxuries, a prominent family, and an extravagant estate in Marseille. The one thing she didn’t have was her freedom. As the sole heir to the Fontaine fortune, her future was forged with a betrothal to a stranger from a foreign country, but when her family perishes at sea, Isabel sees this as a chance to hide her identity and change her fate.
Taken in by poor, elderly farmers on the Spanish island of Menorca, Isabel is torn between the growing affection for a neighbor and the guilt of living a lie. The simplicity and genuine goodness of this life take her on a journey she never believed was possible, yet, as time passes and the threat of her untruths face exposure, Isabel must make an agonizing choice.
From the visionary head of Google’s innovative People Operations comes a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work — and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring that they succeed.
“We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” So says Laszlo Bock, former head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge.
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