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Author: John, Rachel
Romantic Comedy

“Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen

After a stand-off over pizza, Elsie Bennet has decided Fitzwilliam “I-Throw-Fitz” Darcy is the worst customer she’s ever encountered. Also the best looking, but that’s not even worth mentioning. Someone like him won’t stay long in her tiny town.

Except, he does. He’s now her neighbor. Her new, grumpy, infuriating neighbor.

Will Darcy has all the money and time he could ask for, and yet life never seems to meet his expectations. When his best friend starts dating Jane Bennet, Will becomes their unhappy third-wheel. The solution? Bring along Jane’s sister, Elsie, a girl who challenges him, makes him laugh, plagues his thoughts, and unfortunately, hates his guts.

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Author: Mayer, Bob
First Contact Science Fiction
At the edge of the Solar System, beyond the Heliosphere, a massive warship comes out of Faster Than Light Transit. It is the Ancient Enemy spoken of in myths and legends. Do we deserve a Second Chance? Mike Turcotte, the Special Forces officer who led the fight against the Airlia, which ruled our planet from the shadows for over 10 millennia, has returned to Area 51. Earth has freed itself from the shackles of alien domination, but at high cost while winning World War III. He has learned what he believes is the truth about human origins. A truth so devastating he insists it cannot be made public. But the thing no one on Earth knows is that in winning the war they’ve initiated the seeds of their own doom. Something worse than World War III. Something worse than the Airlia. Something that means the end of all life in the Solar System. But there is one who might have a solution; except she’s not human.

Change of Heart (affiliate link)

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Author: Keim, Judith
Clean & Wholesome Romance
Emerson “Em” Jordan always wanted a Valentine’s Day wedding. But after being dumped by her boyfriend, she spends the holiday at Seashell Cottage on the Gulf Coast of Florida with Devin Gerard, a family friend who has no interest in her or any other woman and is instead concentrating on his pediatric medical practice and continuing medical missions in Costa Rica. Em, who’s always wanted a large family, doesn’t mind his disinterest. At thirty-two, she’s decided she doesn’t need a husband to have a child or to adopt one. First, she’s going to fulfill her dream of setting up her own landscape design business in upstate New York and has promised to continue to help run her grandmother’s flower shop. It isn’t until Em and Devin become friends that Em realizes she might want more than friendship from him.

A Lady’s Adventure for Love (affiliate link)

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Author: Colyer, Carol
Historical Western Romance
New York socialite Annalise Turner is shocked to discover that instead of inheriting a large family fortune, she has received nothing more than a mess. With no money and no prospects, she decides to join a marriage agency in the hopes of finding stability, adventure, and most of all, a husband. Annalise is determined to make the best of the situation, but when she meets her husband-to-be, Bert Phillips, her dreams for a peaceful life collapse. Her only glimmer of happiness in her everyday misery comes in the form of a kind man, Clay, that she initially thinks is her future husband. Will she choose to accept her fate or will she find the courage to show what lies deeper in her heart? Will she follow the yearning for adventure she’s always harbored in her heart?
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Author: Henwick, Mark
Paranormal Vampire Romance

What price would you pay?

Dr. Amanda Lloyd, a dying psychiatrist, is desperate to give the only testimony that will keep the criminal mastermind of a human trafficking network in jail. She can’t spare time for the handsome patient who claims to be a vampire. Unless what he offers her is exactly what she needs…

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Author: Ashe, Gregory
Gay Fiction

After Emery Hazard loses his job as a detective in Saint Louis, he heads back to his hometown–and to the local police force there. Home, though, brings no happy memories, and the ghosts of old pain are very much alive in Wahredua. Hazard’s new partner, John-Henry Somerset, had been one of the worst tormentors, and Hazard still wonders what Somerset’s role was in the death of Jeff Langham, Hazard’s first boyfriend.

When a severely burned body is discovered, Hazard finds himself drawn deeper into the case than he expects. Determining the identity of the dead man proves impossible, and solving the murder grows more and more unlikely. But as the city’s only gay police officer, Hazard is placed at the center of a growing battle between powerful political forces.

True North (affiliate link)

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Author: Harrison, Jim
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Coming of Age Fiction

An epic tale that pits a son against the legacy of his family’s desecration of the earth, and his own father’s more personal violations, Jim Harrison’s True North is a beautiful and moving novel that speaks to the territory in our hearts that calls us back to our roots.

The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at fourteen by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way. As David comes to adulthood—often guided and enlightened by the unforgettable, intractable, courageous women he loves—he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers’ rapacious destruction of the woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as well as the working people who made their wealth possible.

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Author: Ross, LJ
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Detective Fiction

There’s a killer inside all of us…

After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amidst a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed. Forensic psychologist Doctor Alexander Gregory has a reputation for being able to step inside the darkest minds to uncover whatever secrets lie hidden there and, soon enough, he finds himself drawn into the murky world of murder investigation.

In the beautiful hills of County Mayo, Ireland, a killer is on the loose. Panic has a stranglehold on its rural community and the Garda are running out of time. Gregory has sworn to follow a quiet life but, when the call comes, can he refuse to help their desperate search for justice?

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Irish landscape.

Dirty Deal (affiliate link)

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Author: Kaswell, Crystal
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Holiday Romance

He’ll dig her out of debt… if she agrees to his terms.

Kat Wilder is struggling. She waits tables to support her little sister, but the money never goes far enough. She needs help, fast, or she’s going to lose their home.

Enter Blake Sterling. The tech billionaire offers Kat a lifeline. A million dollars for her hand in marriage. A million dollars to don designer dresses, smile at paparazzi, stare into his eyes like she’s madly in love. As long as she keeps up the ruse, she secures her family’s future.

It’s a good deal. Even if Blake is arrogant, impossible to read, and insanely handsome. How can someone so cold leave her so hot? When she’s with him, she’s on fire. There’s something about his dirty demands… her body begs her to obey.

She can play his wife. But can she fall into his bed without falling in love with him?

I’d Kill For You (affiliate link)

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Author: Phelps, M. William
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Biographies & Memoirs of Criminals

After her mother’s untimely death, college student Clara Schwartz became distant and withdrawn. But the drama surrounding her family was far from over. In December of 2001, her father Robert—a nationally renowned DNA researcher—was fatally stabbed by what seemed to be a ninja-style sword. Police arrested eighteen-year-old Kyle Hulbert, a troubled teen . . . and aspiring vampire.

Kyle had not acted alone, however. He was a close friend of Clara’s, one of a circle obsessed with role-playing games. Drawing on exclusive interviews with the killer, bestselling author M. William Phelps reveals a frightening subculture, the tragic collision of two young people’s dark worlds, and its deadly consequences.

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Author: Owens, Delia, Owens, Mark
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South Africa Travel

Intelligent, majestic, and loyal, with lifespans matching our own, elephants are among the greatest of the wonders gracing the African wilds. Yet, in the 1970s and 1980s, about a thousand of these captivating creatures were slaughtered in Zambia each year, killed for their valuable ivory tusks. When biologists Mark and Delia Owens, residing in Africa to study lions, found themselves in the middle of a poaching fray, they took the only side they morally could: that of the elephants.

From the authors of Secrets of the Savanna, The Eye of the Elephant is “part adventure story, part wildlife tale,” recounting the Owens’s struggle to save these innocent animals from decimation, a journey not only to supply the natives with ways of supporting their villages, but also to cultivate support around the globe for the protection of elephants (The Boston Globe). Filled with daring exploits among disgruntled hunters, arduous labor on the African plains, and vivid depictions of various wildlife, this remarkable tale is at once an adventure story, a travelogue, a preservationist call to action, and a fascinating examination of both human and animal nature.

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