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Breaking News: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Rader, J. D., Gudgell, Michael
Despite ABS News producer Bill Ramey’s distaste for seamy news stories, he pursues evidence that links Senator Gerald Smith to the disappearance of a beautiful blond coed. Nothing is as it appears and soon Bill uncovers dark secrets that someone would kill to protect. As the news story unfolds Bill Ramey and Senator Smith are swept into the funnel of a media tornado that neither of them can control. Though Bill tries to hang on to his integrity, he becomes one of the players in a dangerous game of media manipulation.
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Author: Christopher, Ann
Billionaire Romance

She wants a husband and kids. A billionaire international player? Absolutely not…

Samira Palmer isn’t dating anymore. Not after last time. And especially not bad boys. Her career is the only relationship she wants to be in these days, and they’re damn good together. Even if she can’t bring her job to the costume ball as a date. She didn’t expect fate to literally run into her in the form of a handsome, green-eyed Frenchman.

Jean-Baptiste is not just handsome–he’s a sex god. And not just rich–he’s a billionaire. So of course he isn’t just a bad boy. He’s also an emotionally unavailable player.

Opposites always attract… and the sparks flying between them could set the whole town aflame. But how can they hope for a happy ending when neither is ready to let the other in?

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Author: Elliott, Anna, Veley, Charles
Classic British & Irish Fiction

A long-awaited wedding. A ring of dangerous diamond thieves. And a murderer with an all-too-familiar modus operandi . . .

London, 1897–Love is in the air! Lucy James, daughter of famed detective Sherlock Holmes, is finally poised to marry her sweetheart, Jack. But Lucy isn’t the only one who’s starry-eyed–Dr. Watson’s attention has been captivated by a beautiful and alluring woman . . . who may not be at all what she seems.

It’s not all romance and roses, however. In the midst of wedding-planning, Lucy, Holmes, and Watson must take on a nefarious diamond-smuggling ring. And, just as they are making headway, a familiar evil puts all of London on edge.

A young woman is found dead, and her murder is reminiscent of those committed by Jack the Ripper. Has the infamous killer resurfaced? Or is some other sinister plan afoot? The intrepid detective trio is determined to find out.

Time Tunnel: The Twin Towers (affiliate link)

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Author: Todd, Richard
Time Travel Science Fiction

September 10, 2001. Special Forces Major Kyle Mason is honeymooning at New York’s SoHo Grand Hotel with his bride, Padma Mahajan. The couple’s hotel is only a few hundred yards away from Padma’s place of work on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

When Padma steps out for coffee and a cigarette, a mysterious visitor enters the honeymoon suite, warning Kyle of an incomprehensible catastrophe that will result in the total destruction of the World Trade Center towers, killing his wife. The stranger enlists Kyle’s help to avert a disaster that will occur the following morning – on 9/11.

Defective (affiliate link)

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Author: Sofayov, Susan
Psychological Fiction

Her mood swings drove away her would-be husband. Can she slow life down before she’s left behind?

Maggie Hovis battles herself daily. Scrambling to pick up the pieces after something possesses her to pelt a shoe at her fiancé, the law student quickly takes up the suggestion to see a therapist. But she’s crushed when she receives a stigmatizing Bipolar II diagnosis and fears her shot at normal just died.

Now saddled with a label and terrified she’ll end up like her institutionalized great aunt, Maggie delves into her family’s storied history of mental illness. And with tensions at a breaking point and her emotions on a hair trigger, she worries what others say is true: she’s permanently broken.

Can she learn to fully accept herself and decide her own future?

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Author: James, Joshua
Space Exploration Science Fiction

Ambushed behind enemy lines and left for dead along with a handful of privates so green they actually respect his authority, Lance Cpl. Lucky Lee Savage has to master his inner demons, manage the ambitions of his foul-mouthed AI, and figure out what is tearing a hole in the fabric of space-time before everything goes tits up.

Lucky wouldn’t bet on the universe. One thing he will bet on: Somewhere, somehow, somebody is going to pay for all this. And he’s going to be right there to pull the trigger.

Includes all 9 books in the Lucky’s Marines series:
Lucky Universe
Lucky Legacy
Lucky Empire
Lucky Forever
Lucky Invasion
Lucky Revenge
Lucky Justice
Lucky Bastard
Lucky At Last

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Author: Norton, Andre
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Historical Fantasy

Science fiction meets sword and sorcery in these five novels by the legendary New York Times–bestselling author.

On a planet in a parallel universe where magic is a reality, these five high fantasy novels of the Witch World set on the western continent of High Hallack once again illustrate why prolific author Andre Norton was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

The Jargoon Pard: When a strange traveler gifts young heir to the throne Kethan a belt of leopard skin embossed with a stone—a jargoon—carved in the shape of a predatory snow cat, he becomes possessed with its magical powers.

Zarsthor’s Bane: A once highborn Lady and her loyal feline join forces with a demented lord and his devoted squire to find the powerful and magical Zarsthor’s Bane—an object as wreathed in mystery and ancient lore as it is cloaked in peril.

Jubilee (affiliate link)

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Author: Walker, Margaret
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Historical Fiction

Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the antebellum South in both its opulence and its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction.

Weaving her own family’s oral history with thirty years of research, Margaret Walker brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light in a novel that churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

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Author: Bradley, Melissa
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Learn to crochet forty charming stuffed dolls that will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.

Hook up a rainbow kawaii goodness with this super-cute collection of forty amigurumi patterns from modern crochet designer Yarn Blossom Boutique. From three adorable peas in a pod, to a winking fortune cookie, these forty fun and easy amigurumi makes will bring the Japanese culture of cuteness into your hands and your heart.

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Author: Moody, Diane
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Historical Romance

The rumblings of war in distant countries mattered little to Danny McClain. Growing up in Chicago, his world revolved around after-school jobs, a rescued beagle, his pen pal in Holland, and the Cubs’ chance to go to the World Series. Then, in December of 1941, during his first year at Northwestern University, news of the attack on Pearl Harbor hit much too close to home. After a series of unexpected events over the next couple of years, Danny found himself in the co-pilot seat of a B-17, stationed with the 390th Bomb Group in Framlingham, England.

Anya Versteeg had been just a teenager when Hitler’s troops invaded her homeland of Holland in May of 1940. Forced to grow up much too fast, the feisty preacher’s daughter eagerly immersed herself in the Dutch Resistance and its many efforts to thwart the enemy. Certain that God had turned His back on Holland, she closed her heart and did whatever she had to do to save her country before it was too late.

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Author: Clarke, Stephen
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International Relations

Things have been just a little awkward between Britain and France ever since the Norman invasion in 1066. Fortunately—after years of humorously chronicling the vast cultural gap between the two countries—author Stephen Clarke is perfectly positioned to investigate the historical origins of their occasionally hostile and perpetually entertaining pas de deux.

Clarke sets the record straight, documenting how French braggarts and cheats have stolen credit rightfully due their neighbors across the Channel while blaming their own numerous gaffes and failures on those same innocent Brits for the past thousand years. Deeply researched and written with the same sly wit that made A Year in the Merde a comic hit, this lighthearted trip through the past millennium debunks the notion that the Battle of Hastings was a French victory (William the Conqueror was really a Norman who hated the French) and pooh-poohs French outrage over Britain’s murder of Joan of Arc (it was the French who executed her for wearing trousers). He also takes the air out of overblown Gallic claims, challenging the provenance of everything from champagne to the guillotine to prove that the French would be nowhere without British ingenuity.

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Author: Dick, Philip K.
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Science Fiction Anthologies
Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than one hundred short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams collects ten of the best. In “Autofac,” Dick shows us one of the earliest examples (and warnings) in science fiction of self-replicating machines. “Exhibit Piece” and “The Commuter” feature Dick exploring one of his favorite themes: the shifting nature of reality and whether it is even possible to perceive the world as it truly exists. And “The Hanging Stranger” provides a thrilling, dark political allegory as relevant today as it was when Dick wrote it at the height of the Cold War. Strange, funny, and powerful, the stories in this collection highlight a master at work, encapsulating his boundless imagination and deep understanding of the human condition.

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