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What the Elf? (affiliate link)
Scrabble pieces. A can opener and an alien disguised as a squirrel. The fate of the universe has never been more precarious.
The best word to describe Tyler Ru’s life is mundane. The most exciting part of his day is refilling the office coffee pot. The only thing he wants out of life is for something remotely exciting to happen, or at least for his coworkers to remember his name.
Be careful for what you wish for as the saying goes. A drenched, half burnt, mystery package arrives on his front porch and he thinks it’s a good idea to open it. Now he sees visions of leprechauns, people literally on fire, and a thirty-pound tuna is living in his bathtub.
The only person that has any answers for him is a shapeshifting alien that probably ended all life on Mars and a woman who lives on a cloud.
Ghost Cave (The Alice MacDonald Greer Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Big-city lawyer Alice MacDonald Greer moves her office to the small town of Coffee Creek, in the heart of Texas Hill Country. As she is learning to enjoy the quirky residents, brusque, elderly rancher Ollie West walks into her office.
Ollie wants her to create a trust to protect prehistoric rock paintings on his ranch. Alice obliges, intrigued by the unexpected power of the ancient paintings.
When Ollie is murdered, Alice is determined to honor his wishes—in spite of his family. And what starts as a series of inept break-ins at Alice’s office and ranch escalates into violence by an unknown adversary. Climbing the cliffs of Cloud Ranch once more to seek inspiration from the rock art, Alice finds herself not only fighting to vindicate Ollie, but fighting for her life.
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Spinoza Book 1) (affiliate link)
HIS NAME IS SPINOZA…
AND HE FINDS THE MISSING.
Three years ago, high school student Veronica Fortune witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. Now armed and dangerous, she sets out to hunt down the very thing that destroyed her life.
That is, until she disappears.
Spinoza is a private investigator who specializes in finding the missing. He’s good at what he does. Damn good. But he’s also a recovering alcoholic and a royal mess. Hired to find Veronica, Spinoza won’t let his personal demons—or demons of any kind—get in the way of finding the truth about the missing girl.
Memoirs of a Monster Killer: Killing Forever Book 1 (affiliate link)
Killing monsters is easy. Living is hard.
Solomon Ivy is the world’s most dangerous monster hunter. Every threat he has faced is now buried six feet under..
But when he tracks down a cabin full of energy vampires and takes no prisoners, a new kind of mystery emerges from the ashes…
The location of his missing son.
Music City Murders: Harry James Denton Series Vol. 1-6 (affiliate link)
Sharp-tongued journalist Harry James Denton just got divorced…and fired. Oops. The witty, wry, hardboiled protagonist is nothing if not adaptable: he sets up shop as a part time car repossessor and private investigator. Since he’s new to both businesses, he’s barely scraping by– until an old flame knocks on his door.
Rachel Fletcher is Harry’s college sweetheart, the cause of sleepless nights and years of wistful longing. She’s reentering his life as a client, though– she’s married to a foolhardy doctor who loves to gamble. Apparently, the doctor’s risky addiction has plunged him deep into trouble with some shady characters who keep threatening his life.
Her Knight Wore Scrubs: Book One (Mercy, Inc. 1) (affiliate link)
Her surprise Knight in the ER
China Seabury needs a host for her latest charity event to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted teen driving — something that is very close to her heart.
It looks as though she’s going to have to grit her teeth and ask for help from the Mercy, Inc. Emergency Department’s infamous playboy, Eric Morell.
Eric is delighted when China asks for his help — now he has the chance to use his easy charm to persuade the one woman in the ER who hasn’t fallen at his feet to go out with him. Eric knows China is scared to let go of her heart, but he is determined to earn her trust — in fact he’s prepared to come to her rescue in more ways than she could ever have imagined!
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves (affiliate link)
Los Angeles, 1941. Violinist Maddie Kern’s life seemed destined to unfold with the predictable elegance of a Bach concerto. Then she fell in love with Lane Moritomo.
Her brother’s best friend, Lane is the handsome, ambitious son of Japanese immigrants. Maddie was prepared for disapproval from their families, but when Pearl Harbor is bombed the day after she and Lane elope, the full force of their decision becomes apparent. In the eyes of a fearful nation, Lane is no longer just an outsider, but an enemy.
Maddie follows when her husband is interned at a war relocation camp, sacrificing her Juilliard ambitions. Behind barbed wire, tension simmers and the line between patriot and traitor blurs. As Maddie strives for the hard-won acceptance of her new family, Lane risks everything to prove his allegiance to America.
Everything, Everything (affiliate link)
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Night of the Fox (The Dougal Munro and Jack Carter Novels Book 1) (affiliate link)
In May of 1944, shipwrecked American Colonel Hugh Kelso washes up on the shore of Nazi-occupied Jersey—with a valuable secret. As one of the few men with knowledge of the impending invasion of Normandy, Kelso must be rescued at all costs.
Enter Harry Martineau, a covert British operative charged with the dangerous mission of impersonating a Nazi officer to infiltrate Jersey and retrieve—or silence—Colonel Kelso. It is not only their lives that hang in the balance . . .
A riveting World War II thriller, Night of the Fox is “an exceptional tale” from the multimillion-selling author of the Liam Devlin and Sean Dillon series, a master of edge-of-your-seat espionage adventure (Library Journal). It was adapted into a TV film starring George Peppard, John Mills, and Michael York.
The New American Heart Association Cookbook (affiliate link)
Here is the ultimate resource for anyone looking to improve cardiac health and lose weight, offering 800 recipes—100 all new, 150 refreshed—that cut saturated fat and cholesterol.
The American Heart Association’s cornerstone cookbook has sold more than three million copies and it’s now fully updated and expanded to reflect the association’s latest guidelines as well as current tastes, with a fresh focus on quick and easy. This invaluable, one-stop-shopping resource—including updated heart-health information, strategies and tips for meal planning, shopping, and cooking healthfully—by the most recognized and respected name in heart health is certain to become a staple in American kitchens.
Comfort Food: Recipes for Classic Dishes & More (affiliate link)
Decadent recipes for crave-worthy dishes—from tuna melts to spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese to meatloaf, banana splits to brownies.
Inside these pages, celebrated cookbook author Rick Rodgers shares his cherished recipes for the very best of American-style comfort foods. This collection of over 100 tempting dishes—for lunch, starters, sides, dinner, and desserts—comes to life with personal tales and stunning photography, providing delicious inspiration for everyday cooking.
Recipes feature nurturing dishes guaranteed to improve your mood, including Cheesesteaks, Egg Salad Sandwiches, BLTAs, Chicken Noodle Soup, Creamy Grits, Green Bean Casserole, Baked Beans, Buttermilk Biscuits, Fish & Chips, Mom’s Home-Style Pot Roast, Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Texas Beef Chili, Smothered Pork Chops, Strawberry Shortcakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Pie, and more.
The Big Book of Bisquick (Betty Crocker Big Books) (affiliate link)
175 of the best, most delicious and easiest recipes from America’s favorite baking mix!
Bisquick can do so much more than make pancakes. Since 1930, home cooks have relied on it to make delicious, home-baked treats and meals in a snap. This new collection brings together 175 classic and contemporary recipes you’ll love, like Thai Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Overnight Blintz Bake, Triple Cheese Flatbread, and Banana S’mores.
Included are delicious appetizer, breakfast, bread, dinner, and dessert recipes, so there’s something for every occasion. Also featured are the much-loved Impossibly Easy Pies, which makes their own crust during baking; families will want to try Easy Barbeque Chicken Pie for a fun twist on dinner.
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