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Moonsault! (affiliate link)

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Author: Caldwell, Gideon
Humorous Science Fiction

Seth Atlas has a lot more going on than just his day job wrestling as Seth the Destroyer. He’s also a superpowered alien living on Earth, and part of a clandestine intergalactic bounty hunting operation – and so is everyone else he works with.

The Moonsault Professional Wrestling league fronts a group of superpowered bounty hunters that secretly work for the Intergalactic Federation and have a damn good time while doing it.

Their goals?
1. Protect the galaxy from planet-hopping criminals.
2. Entertain intergalactic wrestling fans all across the galaxy.
3. ???
4. Profit!

When a bounty takes a turn for the worse, the repercussions aren’t immediately clear. But they’re coming.

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Author: Baca, Samantha
Humorous Holiday Fiction

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year, but when my Grinch of a landlord decides to raise the rent on my bakery and a new candy shop opens directly across from me, I’m anything but jolly.

The problem is that it’s not just ANY candy shop— it’s an over-the-top fancy chocolaterie owned by none other than Ryder Jones— former best friend and the boy who unknowingly stole my heart in high school.

He may have come back from Nashville with a big city mindset, but my small town heart knows how to win over the locals. I just need to stay focused on my business and not let his charming personality squeeze its way into my life. The magic of the holidays have a way of making things look sweeter than they are.

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Author: Wilson, Wendy M.
Historical Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
A farm cut off from the world by a flood, a pregnant wife, and a body with a knife in its throat. Sergeant Frank Hardy has his hands full. Marooned amidst rising floodwaters on their horse farm, Hardy and his pregnant wife Mette shelter two other families. But when Frank finds his own carving knife in someone else’s throat, and can’t seek help from the police, he must isolate the killer while protecting his family. With suspects including a drug addict, a ticket-of-leave convict, and a Good Templar, and with a farm loaded with real and potential weapons, Frank won’t sleep until he solves the case.
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Author: Anderle, Michael
Private Investigator Mysteries

It is a dog-eat-dog world of millionaires and billionaires. The rest of society beneath them live in ignorance.

Those at the top have money, tools, people, assassins and murderers.

One such assassin was a rumor, a myth, a ghost in the night.

The Red Countess, the lady Valentina Winters.

A player amongst the elite has something Valentina wants, and she is willing to do most anything to get it. Including his jobs.

Theft of secrets, acquisition of passwords, perhaps a death or two if need be.

That’s power others in the hierarchy fear, and where there is fear, there are opportunities.

Magicide (affiliate link)

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Author: Hamilton, C.V.
Murder Mystery

Maxwell Beacham-Jones, the world’s most famous magician, has reached the zenith of his success. Now he’s planned the most daring, outrageous trick of his career.

But when Maxwell dies in a Las Vegas roller coaster escape stunt before a national television audience, it’s no accident. He was hated by his contemporaries, and all of the suspects are magicians—with plenty of secret motives for murder.

MAGICIDE introduces Las Vegas Metro Police detective and single mom, Cheri Raymer, and her vegetarian partner, Tony Pizzarelli. Together they follow a trail through the world of magic and show business that leads to intrigue and shocking revelations.

Die Again to Save the World (affiliate link)

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Author: Vance, Ramy, Anderle, Michael
Time Travel Science Fiction

Groundhog Day meets the worst super-spy, ever.

Every time Rueben Peet dies, he ‘returns’ to his body with the memories of what’s to come. It seems that he gets to ‘repeat’ his mistakes again and again.

Good thing, too…Rueben is the worst super-spy ever.

When New York City comes under threat of nuclear destruction, Rueben is the only one who can save the city. But even an infinite number of re-dos is not enough, for lurking in the background is a nefarious force threatening, not only NYC, but also the world.

Rueben and his trusted friends must find a way to stop this evil from consuming everything and everyone. And the only way to do it is by dying again to save the world.

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Author: de Blasi, Marlena
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Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it’s fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she quits her job, sells her house in St. Louis, kisses her two grown sons goodbye, and moves to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando.

This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing.

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Author: Becker, Joshua
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Hoarding Addiction & Recovery

A popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less shows you how to methodically turn your home into a place of peace, contentment, and purposeful living.

One of today’s most influential minimalist advocates takes us on a decluttering tour of our own houses and apartments, showing us how to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. He both offers practical guidelines for simplifying our lifestyle at home and addresses underlying issues that contribute to over-accumulation in the first place. The purpose is not just to create a more inviting living space. It’s also to turn our life’s HQ—our home—into a launching pad for a more fulfilling and productive life in the world.

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Author: Shaw, Irwin
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Psychological Fiction
The Strands are a happy family, save for the occasional financial struggle. Allen, the father, has a decent job as a schoolteacher, a lovely wife, and smart, ambitious, and compassionate children. When Allen’s daughter witnesses a mugging, she takes the victim back to the Strand home for help and a warm meal. The Strands have no clue that the man they are helping is Russell Hazen, a powerful and wealthy Wall Street lawyer. In his gratitude, Hazen offers gifts, vacations, networking opportunities—even plastic surgery. But with each reward comes baggage, and soon the Strands begin to lose sight of what matters most in life. Bread Upon the Waters is a masterful story about the way lives interconnect, and how every good deed, no matter how selfless, comes with a price.

Against a Dark Background (affiliate link)

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Author: Banks, Iain M.
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Hard Science Fiction

Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilization based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith’s apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her.

Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself.

The Orphan of Salt Winds (affiliate link)

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Author: Brooks, Elizabeth
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Psychological Literary Fiction
England, 1939. Ten-year-old Virginia Wrathmell arrives at Salt Winds, a secluded house on the edge of a marsh, to meet her adoptive parents—practical, dependable Clem and glamorous, mercurial Lorna. The marsh, with its deceptive tides, is a beautiful but threatening place. Virginia’s new parents’ marriage is full of secrets and tensions she doesn’t quite understand, and their wealthy neighbor, Max Deering, drops by too often, taking an unwholesome interest in the family’s affairs. Only Clem offers a true sense of home. War feels far away among the birds and shifting sands—until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh, and Clem ventures out to rescue the airman. What happens next sets into motion a crime so devastating it will haunt Virginia for the rest of her life. Seventy-five years later, she finds herself drawn back to the marsh, and to a teenage girl who appears there, nearly frozen and burdened by her own secrets. In her, Virginia might have a chance at retribution and a way to right a grave mistake she made as a child.
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Author: Deveraux, Jude
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Paranormal Ghost Romance

Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming nineteenth-century Nantucket house. The elderly woman’s relationship to the Madsen family is a mystery to the spirited Alix—fresh from a romantic breakup—but for reasons of her own Alix accepts the quirky bequest, in part because it gives her time to plan her best friend’s storybook wedding.

But unseen forces move behind the scenes, creaking Kingsley House’s ancient floorboards. It seems that Adelaide Kingsley had a rather specific task for Alix: to solve the strange disappearance of one of the Kingsley women, Valentina, more than two hundred years ago. If that wasn’t troubling enough, Alix must deal with the arrogant (and extremely good-looking) architect Jared Montgomery, who is living in the property’s guesthouse.

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Author: Lopez, Barry H.
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Zoology of Mammals
When John Fowles reviewed Of Wolves and Men, he called it “A remarkable book, both biologically absorbing and humanly rich, and one that should be read by every concerned American.” In this National Book Award–shortlisted work, literary master Barry Lopez guides us through the world of the wolf and our often-mistaken perceptions of another species’ place on our shared planet. Throughout the centuries, the wolf has been a figure of fascination and mystery, and a major motif in literature and myth. Inspiring fear and respect, the creature has long exerted a powerful influence on the human imagination. Of Wolves and Men takes the reader into the world of the Canis lupus and its relationship to humankind through the ages. Lopez draws on science, history, mythology, and his own field research to present a compelling portrait of wolves both real and imagined, dispelling our fear of them while celebrating their place in our history, legends, and hearts.

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