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The Winner Maker (affiliate link)
Bob Fiske — the 74-year-old dinosaur who’s taught Honors English and coached varsity football for five decades — is missing.
To his Winners, class favorites Fiske designated over the years for their potential to “Live Big,” it’s heartbreaking. Fiske did more than inspire with soaring oratory; he supported their ambitions into adulthood. Four of his brightest former stars reunite to find him, putting high-octane careers on hold, slipping police barricades, racing into the wilds of Northern Michigan for clues about the fate of their legendary mentor.
Others don’t see a legend. They see an elitist whose time has passed.
As the search unfolds, churning up feints and betrayal and explosive secrets from the Winners’ own pasts, each must decide how far they’ll go for Fiske. Will the truth affirm him? Or has this cult of hyper-achievement spawned a thing so vile none of their lives will survive intact?
The Hogarth Quartet: Four Classic DI Hogarth Novels In One (affiliate link)
DETECTIVE JOE HOGARTH IS CALLED TO A MURDER AT A SEASIDE NIGHTCLUB. HE SOON UNCOVERS A SINISTER SECRET… BUT HOGARTH HAS A SECRET OF HIS OWN – AND THE PRESSURE IS STARTING TO SHOW…
No one saw the killer strike, but a young man was seen leaving the club moments before the attack. The young man has no clear motive but Hogarth can’t let go of his suspicions. He decides to track down the youth… and discovers the motive for murder is far older, and far darker than he imagined.
A dead man reappears as the darkest lies of two generations are exposed. One cop takes justice into her hands but another may pay the ultimate price.
How Is This My Life: Confessions of a Sane Single Woman (affiliate link)
Girl meets Boy. Boy wants to release LIVE crickets in her house to entertain her cat.
Girl meets another Boy. Boy’s rancid breath eats through the car’s interior and causes Girl sinus damage.
Girl meets another Boy. Boy wants to date her AND his current wife – because they’re “just friends.”
Girl becomes slowly convinced that someone has poured acid in the dating pool and that every man she meets should be studied by scientists.
Men are so quick to tell us that if a woman reaches a certain age and isn’t married, that she is the problem, never them. I am here to heavily debate that theory. This is not your typical “boy meets girl and sweeps her off her feet” love story; it’s more of a “bad romance” in which that broom is used to sweep (more like shove) me off of a very high ledge!
Still Glides the Stream (affiliate link)
When Will Hastie finally decides to retire from the military and return home to Scotland, he intends to settle down on his family estate and learn to become a farmer.
But back home, the death of his best friend and neighbour, Rae, during World War Two is still strongly felt. In particular, Rae’s sister, Patty, has been brooding for the past 10 years over Rae’s final latter home from France. When she decides to share the letter with Will, it sends him off to France to discover for himself the circumstances of Rae’s death.
And his discovery there changes the lives of all those left behind…
Displaced: A Sci-Fi Novel (affiliate link)
When Kevin Murdock, martial artist and outdoorsman extraordinaire, is revived from suspended animation aboard a transport pod, he and his nine fellow occupants have no idea what to expect.
Murdock argues for caution after seeing something strange: animals also inhabit their new environment, all of them larger than their Earthly counterparts. Conflict soon erupts between Murdock and James Whittier – a politician with a lust for power and control.
But soon, they all realize that there’s something even more dangerous onboard… something that might cost them all their lives.
Between Fire and Pines (The Code Book 1) (affiliate link)
Fifteen-year-old Natalia Artison knows something she shouldn’t — a secret her mother was murdered for – The Code. Natalia’s father claims the Code is the only thing left to protect her before abandoning her on the side of the road. With nowhere left to turn, Natalia is taken in by the shadowy organization that employed her parents and becomes the ward of reluctant agent Steven Delarno. For his part, Steven would rather be exploring the bottom of a bottle than babysitting a snarky teenager, but the promise of redemption for past sins is too great to ignore.
Natalia and Steven can’t waste time sparring however. The same man who butchered Natalia’s mother is closing in, and is determined to massacre every person standing between him and the Code.
But Natalia is not content to play the victim.
After all, she is her parents’ daughter.
When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel (affiliate link)
Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…
Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.
After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.
Winter’s Mourn (Winter Black FBI Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
A killer is watching…
Thirteen years ago, Winter Black came home early from a sleepover to find her parents brutally murdered and her little brother gone—taken by a serial killer called The Preacher.
Now a rookie FBI agent assigned to her first murder case, Winter has returned to the small Virginia town where she grew up. But when bones found by a hunter lead to the discovery of a secret burial ground containing the remains of children, the investigation suddenly hits close to home as the past and future collide with each new shocking discovery. Will they find her brother’s bones in the makeshift graveyard next?
Only The Preacher knows, and he’ll do anything to keep the past—and its secrets—buried until he’s ready to make his final move.
Come Back for Me: A Small Town Second Chance Romance (The Arrowood Brothers Book 1) (affiliate link)
Just two broken people, desperate to quiet their pain and grief.
In the morning, she was gone and had taken my solace with her. I left for the military that day, vowing never to return to this small town in Pennsylvania.
When my father dies, I’m forced to go home to bury him. At least I’ll finally be rid of his farm, which is grown over and tangled with memories I’ve fought to forget.
And that’s when I find her. She’s even more beautiful than I remember and has the most adorable kid I’ve ever seen.
Years have passed, but my feelings are the same, and this time I refuse to let her go. They say you can’t bury the past, and they’re right. Because when long-ago secrets are exposed, rocking us both to the core, I have no choice but to watch her walk away again . . .
Sunset on Whisling Island (affiliate link)
You have the power within you to overcome anything. In her heart, Bess knows this is true. But when her husband of over twenty years admits to an affair, she isn’t sure she can find her way back to breathing, much less thriving. But Bess does find the strength to kick Jon out, even when he falls to his knees and begs for another chance. He claims he is willing to do anything to make up for his past wrongs, to restore their marriage. But when Bess awakes from her shock a few weeks later, after the initial pain has begun to subside, she realizes the truth. She has the whole world before her—what does she want to do with it?
Behind her beautiful face, Olivia is hiding a secret, one she has kept for her entire marriage. As she shows a smiling face to the world, her husband is carrying on with any woman he wants. He cares little about Olivia and she is too worn down to do anything but take the abuse.
The Comedians (affiliate link)
John (affiliate link)
Cynthia is candid about the cruel and the loving sides of John. She tells of the end of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than ever before, and reveals the many difficulties estrangement from John – and then his death – brought for herself and Julian. Cynthia is a remarkable survivor and this is her extraordinary story and unique insight into a man loved and idolised all over the world.
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