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Author: Wild, Meredith, Payne, Angel
Paranormal Romance

An ancient grudge. A forbidden love.

The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari. As an undergraduate at Los Angeles’s Alameda University, Kara Valari can sometimes succeed at forgetting she’s both. Lost between the pages of the classics and tucked into the shadows of lecture halls, she can dodge the paparazzi’s lenses as well as her family’s publicized dramas—not to mention their private expectations. She has one more year to feed her true passions. Then she’ll be expected to fulfill a much darker destiny.

Cursed with inexplicable strength and godlike stature, literature professor Maximus Kane knows all about darkness. Every day he’s reminded of the missteps of his childhood and the devastating consequences they’ve had on those dearest to him.

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Author: Bohart, Lynn
Women Sleuths

Members of a certain book club are dying on Mercer Island. One woman drives off a cliff. Another drops dead in her peach cobbler at the St. Claire Inn.

When the inn’s owner, Julia Applegate, becomes the prime suspect, she recruits her “sixty-something” group of friends to launch their own investigation. Together with the inn’s resident ghosts, they go after the truth. Add a talking parrot who likes to quote old movies, a Harlequin Great Dane, two miniature Dachshunds, and a very handsome detective (or two), and get ready for a romp down mystery lane! Join Lynn Bohart’s thousands of satisfied readers with this popular cozy mystery.

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Author: Meyer, Evelyn
Sweet Christmas Romance
Two broken hearts plus one meddling grandmother equals a Christmas to remember.
Single mom Quinn is down on her luck.
It’s a few days before Christmas and despite her efforts to keep her life from crumbling, fate isn’t on her side. Just as she wrangling her five-year-old into her car, the wind picks up and her car door scratches the paint of the Jaguar next to her. The car that just happens to belong to Collin Stewart—the boy who broke her heart years ago.
Collin is back in his sleepy home town to spend the holidays with his sick grandmother. He didn’t think that he’d run into Quinn—the girl he’s never really been able to get out of his head. At the prompting of his grandmother, he calls Quinn to inquire about her plans for the holidays only to find out that there’s been fire at her house, leaving her homeless. The only plausible reaction is to ask Quinn to come stay with him.
She’s hesitant, but agrees.

More Than a Fling (affiliate link)

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Author: Wick, Christa, Wood, Tessa, Wick, C.M.
Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Laney: It all started with a blind date. For him, at least. Me? I didn’t even know I was on a date with the guy. Because I wasn’t. Long story. Right place, (suspiciously) wrong time, unsuspecting new PR client, meddlesome matchmaking friends. For the record, the local hunk they picked out for me? An intense, gritty grump with a hidden sweet side (buried under a grinchy, ridiculously yummy exterior) who does secret good deeds? Yep, this is one delicious disaster in the making…

Gary: Hell, of course the smart, sexy woman I thought was my blind date would turn out to be my new PR guru from NYC. Talk about an awkward meet-cute (apparently that’s a word). Did my buddies handpick a quirky, curvy sweetheart able to make me crack a smile? Admittedly, yeah. And sure, there’s a ton of chemistry. But she’s only here for the winter. Plus, let’s be real, the universe would have to be seriously drunk to pick my grouchy ass as the hero of some holiday romcom…

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Author: Atamanov, Michael
Science Fiction TV, Movie & Game Tie-In
A strange unyielding body that used to belong to Crown Prince George; a weird game you can’t quit until your contract expires; a world teeming with powerful and very real enemies. The game in which your reputation and faction relationship are the only things that matter.
Ruslan – a young ambitious gamer – agrees to these terms without hesitation. All that he knows is that he’s been contracted to command a space fleet in a brand new game he knows nothing about. Objective: to survive for six months. He can’t tell anyone about the swap. After having made some inevitable newb mistakes, Ruslan has to rethink his strategy, dropping traditional gaming conventions.
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Author: Garner, Deborah
Holiday Cooking

Delicious recipes from the Moonglow Christmas Series, including:

Glazed Cinnamon Nuts
Cherry Pecan Holiday Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Cranberry Drop Cookies
White Christmas Fudge
Molasses Sugar Cookies
Lemon Crinkles
Swedish Coconut Cookies
Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies
Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
Cocoa Kisses
Angel Crisp Cookies
Gingerbread Eggnog Trifle
Spiced Apple Cookies
Divinity Puffs
Mint Chocolate Macarons
Santa’s Whiskers Cookies
Pecan Pie Cobbler

… and many more …

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Author: Maas, Sarah J.
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Galactic Empire Science Fiction

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

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Author: St. Clair, Scarlett
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Fantasy Erotica

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring in title only. Since she was a little girl, flowers have only shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hoped to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist. All of that changes when she sits down in a forbidden nightclub to play a hand of cards with a hypnotic and mysterious stranger.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible. But nothing has ever intrigued him as much as the goddess offering him a bargain he can’t resist.

After her encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead, and his terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever. The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—a love that is both captivating and forbidden.

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Author: Clarke, Arthur C.
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Alien Invasion Science Fiction

An enormous cylindrical object has entered Earth’s solar system on a collision course with the sun. A team of astronauts are sent to explore the mysterious craft, which the denizens of the solar system name Rama. What they find is astonishing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours. They find an interior stretching over fifty kilometers; a forbidding cylindrical sea; mysterious and inaccessible buildings; and strange machine-animal hybrids, or “biots,” that inhabit the ship. But what they don’t find is an alien presence. So who—and where—are the Ramans?

Often listed as one of Clarke’s finest novels, Rendezvous with Rama won numerous awards, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the Jupiter, and the British Science Fiction Awards. A fast-paced and compelling story of an enigmatic encounter with alien technology, Rendezvous with Rama offers both answers and unsolved mysteries that will continue to fascinate readers for generations.

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Author: Cameron, Miles
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Military Science Fiction

Out in the darkness of space, something is targeting the Greatships.

With their vast cargo holds and a crew that could fill a city, the Greatships are the lifeblood of human occupied space, transporting an unimaginable volume – and value – of goods from City, the greatest human orbital, all the way to Tradepoint at the other, to trade for xenoglas with an unknowable alien species.

It has always been Marca Nbaro’s dream to achieve the near-impossible: escape her upbringing and venture into space.

All it took, to make her way onto the crew of the Greatship Athens was thousands of hours in simulators, dedication, and pawning or selling every scrap of her old life in order to forge a new one. But though she’s made her way onboard with faked papers, leaving her old life – and scandals – behind isn’t so easy.

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Author: Anderson, S.M.
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Post Viral-Apocalypse Fiction
When a viral apocalypse kills 97% percent of the people on the planet, the survivors’ humanity is hanging by a thread. Amid the leftovers of civilization, ex-Army Ranger Jason Larsen is reminded of the meaning of hope, family, and loyalty by a dog and a young boy who are as alone as he is. The survivors he seems to collect become family, and that is very bad news for those who think they run the apocalypse.
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Author: Butler, Octavia E.
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Alternate History Science Fiction
The complete Patternist series—the acclaimed science fiction epic of a world transformed by a secret race of telepaths and their devastating rise to power.
In the late seventeenth century, two immortals meet in an African forest. Anyanwu is a healer, a three-hundred-year-old woman who uses her wisdom to help those around her. The other is Doro, a malevolent despot who has mastered the power of stealing the bodies of others when his wears out. Together they will change the world. Over the next three centuries, Doro mounts a colossal selective breeding project, attempting to create a master race of telepaths. He succeeds beyond his wildest dreams, splitting the human race down the middle and establishing a new world order dominated by the most manipulative minds on Earth. In these four novels, award-winning author Octavia E. Butler tells the classic story that began her legendary career: a mythic tale of the transformation of civilization. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.
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Author: Butler, Octavia E.
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Genetic Engineering Science Fiction
The newest stage in human evolution begins in outer space. Survivors of a cataclysmic nuclear war awake to find themselves being studied by the Oankali, tentacle-covered galactic travelers whose benevolent appearance hides their surprising plan for the future of mankind. The Oankali arrive not just to save humanity, but to bond with it—crossbreeding to form a hybrid species that can survive in the place of its human forebears, who were so intent on self-destruction. Some people resist, forming pocket communities of purebred rebellion, but many realize they have no choice. The human species inevitably expands into something stranger, stronger, and undeniably alien. From Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Octavia Butler, Lilith’s Brood is both a thrilling, epic adventure of man’s struggle to survive after Earth’s destruction, and a provocative meditation on what it means to be human.

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