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Escape Velocity (The Quantum War Book 1) (affiliate link)
A remote colony.
A mysterious threat.
One man is all that stands between destruction and salvation.
In 2271, space is anything but empty. Exoplanet settlements drive a constant demand for new colonists and unending trade. But the dangers of interstellar expansion are many.
With responsibility for everything from pirates to broken spacecraft, Lieutenant Wyatt Wills doesn’t understand his latest orders: perform a covert reconnaissance mission to Juliet, home to twenty million people and humanity’s largest presence beyond Earth. All contact has been lost from the other side of the quantum gate. And what few rumors make it through smack of government conspiracies and an uncontrolled pandemic. Some even mention an alien invasion.
It will be up to Wyatt and a hastily-assembled team of replacements to go to Juliet and uncover the truth.
Once there, they may not make it back alive.
30 Red Dresses (affiliate link)
While on a book tour in Cambodia, author James Moore unwittingly seeks refuge in a brothel to escape a devastating flash flood. He and his translator witness the atrocities of girls forced into prostitution, including a young child with a special gift.
Why do I hate Will Darcy? How much time do you have?
There was that day he basically insulted my acting. And then there’s the way he… exists. Plus, he’s infuriatingly arrogant, wholly unbearable, and drop-dead gorgeous.
I mean, the magazines think he’s gorgeous. Not me. Definitely not me. I hate his pretty face, his action hero arms, and his annoying kisses.
Oh. Did I forget to mention that? Don’t get too hot and bothered, it’s just for the stage. He’s cast as The Pirate King and I’m the unlucky maiden who he flings over his muscular shoulder.
It’s a tough job.
But even through Will hates my guts, his eyes tell another story. The way he looks at me sends a warm flutter down my belly. And since I swore to loathe him for all eternity, falling for him would be an extreme inconvenience.
What’s a girl to do?
Joseph Hunter Series: The Complete Box Set (affiliate link)
A wisecracking, drunk wizard sets out to track the monster that kidnapped his daughter.
Joseph retired from the magical world five years ago to protect his daughter from the evil that hunted him and killed his wife. Who killed her? Not even he could piece that mystery together.
But her killers haven’t finished torturing him. On the anniversary of his wife’s death, a Sorceress had her vampire goons kidnap his daughter.
Five years of retirement has made Joseph physically out of shape, magically rusty, emotionally grumpy, and entirely dependent on alcohol… but he’s back in the game and out for blood. He’ll stop at nothing to track down and save his daughter and kill anyone or anything involved with her disappearance.
Will he fail, once again, to protect someone he loves, or can he overcome his shortcomings to intervene before it’s too late?
Mansion & Murder: Mrs. Pomolo Investigates (affiliate link)
Iris Reeve’s young niece, Nanette, invites Iris and Geneva Pomolo to a birthday party at a lavish estate belonging to Leandra Bosworth. Leandra is a society lady renowned in the community for her charitable work, and she is also Nanette’s boss. Iris and Geneva—both of them amateur sleuths—are expecting a relaxing weekend getaway in rural Indiana. But the Bosworth household proves to be anything but relaxing. There’s the aggressive ex-boyfriend who is still hanging around… the daughter who is secretive, anxious, and high-strung… and the teenage granddaughter who seems entirely too invested in boys…
Iris and Geneva hope to quietly slip away after the party, but things take a dark turn when Leandra is found strangled in her office. Everyone at the party has a reason for wanting her dead, and all of them are suspects. As the two women attempt to unpeel the layers of the crime, they uncover mystery after mystery. What exactly has the security guard been doing in the family guest house? What secret is the granddaughter hiding? Who has been blackmailing various members of the Bosworth family?
Speak (affiliate link)
The first ten lies they tell you in high school.
“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.
Spells Trouble: Sisters of Salem (affiliate link)
Double double, twins spell trouble…
Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.
When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.
Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.
The Chess Queen Enigma: A Stoker & Holmes Novel (affiliate link)
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak.
In this third installment of the Stoker and Holmes series, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes have reluctantly agreed to act as social chaperones and undercover bodyguards for Princess Lurelia of Betrovia, who has arrived in London to deliver a letter that details the secret location of an ancient chess queen that’s been missing for centuries. But when the letter—which will heal a centuries-old rift between England and the Betrovians—is stolen out from under Evaline and Mina’s watchful eyes, the two girls are forced into a high-stakes race to ensure they find the chess queen before anyone else does.
Have You Seen Me? (affiliate link)
SOME SECRETS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE … FOREVER.
Lindsey Gillett is missing.
And she’s not the first girl at Waverly Prep to vanish without a trace.
To help cope with the tragedy, new history teacher Aubrey LaRoux organizes a small student investigation team. But when the members start turning up dead across campus, Aubrey suspects there’s more going on than anyone is willing to admit.
The murdered students all had something in common with Lindsey. They shared a secret. And what they uncovered could threaten the future of the historic school.
At Waverly Prep, someone wants to keep the past buried—along with anyone who gets in their way.
Ana on the Edge (affiliate link)
Twelve-year-old Ana-Marie Jin, the reigning US Juvenile figure skating champion, is not a frilly dress kind of kid. So, when Ana learns that next season’s program will be princess themed, doubt forms fast. Still, Ana tries to focus on training and putting together a stellar routine worthy of national success.
Once Ana meets Hayden, a transgender boy new to the rink, thoughts about the princess program and gender identity begin to take center stage. And when Hayden mistakes Ana for a boy, Ana doesn’t correct him and finds comfort in this boyish identity when he’s around. As their friendship develops, Ana realizes that it’s tricky juggling two different identities on one slippery sheet of ice. And with a major competition approaching, Ana must decide whether telling everyone the truth is worth risking years of hard work and sacrifice.
Now You See Her (affiliate link)
A talented painter in her early thirties, Paris Sweeney has achieved enviable success: her work sells at an exclusive New York City gallery, and her popularity is at an all-time high. Life is good, and Sweeney, as she prefers to be called, is content.
But lately, Sweeney’s dreams seem to echo a growing restlessness that has taken hold of her. Suddenly, impulsively, Sweeney falls into a night of intense passion with millionaire Richard Worth. Now, the true dangers of her all-consuming urges are about to be revealed where Sweeney least expects it: in her paintings.
After a creative frenzy she can barely recall, Sweeney discovers she has rendered a disturbing image—a graphic murder scene. Against her better instincts, she returns to the canvas time and again, filling out each chilling detail piece by piece. But when a shattering, real-life murder mirrors her creation, Sweeney falls under suspicion.
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