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Author: Swartz, Leslie
Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
Wyatt is a typical schizophrenic firefighter with daddy issues when his life falls into shambles. His wife leaves him, he loses his job and the voices in his head are getting louder. Just when he thinks he’s finally made a breakthrough, a woman interrupts his therapy session, setting his life on a course more unbelievable than his hallucinations.
Gabriel is the Messenger of God and she loves humans. Like, all of them. Beautiful men, gorgeous women…and sometimes both at the same sexy time. But, when she’s called to save the world from a long-forgotten enemy, she drops everything and gets to work. Four angels, born human, must join with Lucifer and the vampire queen to stop the sadistic Lilith from destroying the Gate between Heaven and Earth, enslaving humanity, and slaughtering millions.
Seraphim tells a disturbing, yet hilarious story of complex familial and romantic relationships on a backdrop of the Apocalypse. Set in present-day NYC during God’s rest.
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Author: Maycock, B. R
Romantic Comedy
Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow… Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?
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Author: Murphy, Derek
Fiction Writing Reference

Everybody wants to write a book, but most authors fall short.
If only there was a clear, systematic, structured approach to crafting bestsellers that would…

help you organize your creative ideas
unravel the messy writing process
save months of editing and revision
increase engagement and get more book reviews
keep readers glued to each page with dramatic tension
impress your mom (and everyone else) with your genius
When I started out as an author, I read every book on craft, plotting and writing techniques I could find – but they left me more confused than ever. I ended up quitting, and spent a decade as a developmental editor while earning my PhD in literature.

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Author: Reid, Scarlett
Coming of Age Fantasy

“All my life I wanted to be a respected dragon rider. That is, until I met my phoenix.”

Ana de Navalles has almost nothing, aside from her friends. Having always been a child of the slums, her fortunes change when she’s admitted to Galfour’s Point, the prestigious and almost-mythical academy, and the only place in the world where you can train to become a dragon rider.

Just before she is set to leave, her friend Cien is murdered before her by a mob-affiliated criminal with surprising strength. But Ana does not cower. With dark magic seemingly on the rise, her hunger to make something of herself – and thirst for revenge – is revived.

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Author: Vick, Erik Henry
Humorous Dark Comedy

Leery Oriscoe is just a conflicted New York cop who got hit by the Hassidic bus—only the bus was driven by a werewolf. There’s bound to be a little crazy under his black hat.

His life just got ten times more complicated. His new half-vampire and half-succubus partner is smart, sexy as Hell, and keeping a big secret from everyone.

Oh, and their lieutenant? She’s the ghost of a Van Helsing.

Their case? Tracking down the entity responsible for leaving the drained body of a young man in Riverside Park.

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Author: Moore, Steven
Historical Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

A betrayed criminal. A kidnapped child. A deadly race against time.

On Bali, the Island of the Gods, world-famous expedition leader Hiram Kane is on holiday.
But when Kane’s good friend betrays Bali’s most notorious gangster, a violent raid leaves a community shell-shocked after its leader’s six-year-old daughter is kidnapped.
Hiram Kane simply cannot stand back and do nothing, especially when a child is involved.

What follows is a whirlwind race across the paradise island to rescue the girl before ‘The Rooster’ takes his sadistic revenge. With a volcano about to erupt, threatening to destroy them all, Kane must risk everything to prevent the death of an innocent child.
He’s seen it happen before. He will not let it happen again!

Unexpected Stories (affiliate link)

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Author: Butler, Octavia E.
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Black & African American Fantasy Fiction

The novella “A Necessary Being” showcases Octavia E. Butler’s ability to create alien yet fully believable “others.” Tahneh’s father was a Hao, one of a dwindling race whose leadership abilities render them so valuable that their members are captured and forced to govern. When her father dies, Tahneh steps into his place, both chief and prisoner, and for twenty years has ruled without ever meeting another of her kind. She bears her loneliness privately until the day that a Hao youth is spotted wandering into her territory. As her warriors sharpen their weapons, Tahneh must choose between imprisoning the newcomer—and living the rest of her life alone.

The second story in this volume, “Childfinder,” was commissioned by Harlan Ellison for his legendary (and never-published) anthology The Last Dangerous Visions™. A disaffected telepath connects with a young girl in a desperate attempt to help her harness her growing powers. But in the richly evocative fiction of Octavia E. Butler, mentorship is a rocky path, and every lesson comes at a price.

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Author: Robinson, Michelle
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A comprehensive guide to all the basic Tunisian stitches and techniques from the designer behind the crochet blog Poppy & Bliss.

Tunisian Crochet Workshop will help you on your way with step-by-step instructions for techniques, including colorwork, shaping, and working in the round.

Once you’ve tried your hand at the workshops, there are also twelve beautiful, contemporary designs to create. With projects ranging from fashion accessories to decorative homewares, there is something for everyone!

The Blue Cliff Record (affiliate link)

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Author: Thomas Cleary
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Zen Buddhism

A classic of Zen Buddhist literature, this compilation of twelfth-century Zen koans includes commentary and verses from the great Chinese Zen masters

The Blue Cliff Record is a translation of the Pi Yen Lu, a collection of one hundred famous Zen koans accompanied by commentaries and verses from the teachings of Chinese Zen masters. Compiled in the twelfth century, it is considered one of the great treasures of Zen literature and an essential study manual for students of Zen.

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Author: Pollard, Matthew
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Communication Skills

Finally – A Networking Book for Introverts!

The sequel to Pollard’s international bestseller The Introvert’s Edge: How the Quiet and Shy Can Outsell Anyone, selected by BookAuthority as the #2 “Best Introvert Book of All Time” and listed by HubSpot as one of the “Most Highly-Rated Sales Books of All Time.”

Introverts across the world have been sold a lie: One of the biggest myths that plagues the business world today is that our ability to network depends on having the “gift-of-gab.” This is nonsense. You don’t have to be outgoing to be successful at networking. You don’t have to become a relentless self-promoter. In fact, you don’t have to act like an extrovert at all.

The truth is, introverts make the best networkers . . . when armed with a plan that lets them be their authentic selves.

The Wisdom of Crowds (affiliate link)

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Author: Surowiecki, James
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Organizational Behavior
In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.
This seemingly counterintuitive notion has endless and major ramifications for how businesses operate, how knowledge is advanced, how economies are (or should be) organized, and how we live our daily lives. With seemingly boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, economic behaviorism, artificial intelligence, military history, and political theory to show just how this principle operates in the real world.
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Author: Kawabata, Yasunari
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Classic Literary Fiction
At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She gives herself to him fully and without remorse, despite knowing that their passion cannot last and that the affair can have only one outcome. In chronicling the course of this doomed romance, Kawabata has created a story for the ages — a stunning novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness.
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Author: Lloyd, Catherine
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Amateur Sleuth Mysteries

As Miss Lucy Harrington, daughter of the village rector, and Major Sir Robert Kurland plan their nuptials, the major is beginning to wonder if he’ll ever hear wedding bells. He’s seen complex military campaigns that involved less strategy, and he’s finding Lucy’s meddling family maddening.

When the body of Ezekiel Thurrock, the church verger, is discovered crushed by a gargoyle that has fallen from the bell tower, the wedding is delayed. But the evidence suggests this was no accident, and Lucy wonders if bad blood at the village fair had anything to do with the man’s mysterious demise, since there was much bitterness over Ezekiel’s prizewinning vegetables.

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