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Author: North, K. J.
Dark Thrillers

Tragedy enters the quaint coastal town of New Haven, Oregon when the recently released convict, Ross Conrad, vows to make good on a ten-year-old threat. Private Investigators, Troy and Eva Winters take on the case when they realize their good friend, Jasmine, is the object of his delusional obsession.

When the threat becomes deadly and Jasmine turns up missing, Troy and Eva go on the hunt for Ross and his captive. The chase leads them from the Oregon coast to the dense forest of Puget Sound, Washington. Following clues and evidence of bodies left behind, Troy and Eva must find Jasmine before her time runs out.

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Author: Benning, Patti
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads

Sometimes life suddenly takes a spin…
And sometimes it unravels.
Josephina Thompson, Jo to her friends, enjoys a peaceful life in the quaint, cozy town of Flatstone, Michigan. Her days are spent caring for her herd of alpacas, managing her yarn shop, and keeping up-to-date on the latest news of the local social scene with her crocheting club. The serenity of her wonderfully bucolic lifestyle is dramatically interrupted, however, when her neighbor is accused of murder.

Jo just can’t believe that the sweet elderly woman she has known her whole life would hurt so much as a fly, let alone a human being, so she decides to do some digging. Will she get tangled up in the investigation like a wayward ball of alpaca yarn?

The Simpleton (affiliate link)

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Author: McGinnis, Mark Wayne
Space Opera Science Fiction
First Contact: Assess humans with the flawed, rudimentary, mind … Unbeknownst to simpleton Cuddy Perkins, his dependable, uneventful, life was about to be turned completely upside down. It’s a moonless summer night when a severely damaged intergalactic spacecraft enters Earth’s upper orbit. The alien pilot is desperate. Needs to hold up long enough to make repairs—before his pursuers find him. Cuddy Perkins lives a simple life with his mother, his dog Rufus, and a scattering of farm animals that still inhabit their old, dilapidated, Woodbury Tennessee ranch. He was used to the insults; retard … simpleton … village idiot. Momma says to just ignore them … people can be heartless. But Cuddy already knew he had been different, ever since the accident back when he was seven. He didn’t know how long ago that was, exactly, but he did know he was pretty big now—taller than his older brother, Kyle … who was in prison, and the Woodbury Sherriff—the man who put him there.

Alpha Kat (affiliate link)

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Author: Lovejoy, William H.

Hidden in a remote northern province of Burma, heavily fortified and protected by state-of-the-art-Mirage fighters, the headquarters of drug lord Lon Pot’s multi-billion-dollar heroin empire is immune from attack by the outside world.

Covert action has failed against his massive forces-and millions of Americans die from the poison he sells.

The White House orders CIA Deputy Director Ben Wilcox to shut down Pot’s operation, but times are tough and there’s no budget for the special equipment he needs.

Until Alpha Kat.

The brainchild of ex-Air Force pilot Bryce Kimball, it’s the sleekest high-tech stealth air fighter ever designed for surgical strike missions.

Kimball needs a showcase for Alpha Kat. Wilcox gives him the target. The rest is history …

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Author: Tracy, Matt
Personal Transformation

Scott is in trouble at work and may be arrested, his girlfriend just moved to another city to follow her career, and he has no idea of what he should do next when he stumbles on a coffee shop in an alley. On the wall of the coffee shop are three questions:

Am I moving toward who I’m meant to be?
If I died today, what would I regret?
Am I being kind?

These three questions, and the the help of people he meets in the coffee shop, help him to gain clarity and to find direction in his life.

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Author: Johnson, Shanae
Western Romances

Sgt. Dylan Banks lost more than just his leg in the war. His fiancée and family turned their backs on him as well. Now, he’s determined to create a safe place where wounded warriors like himself can heal. But a hidden zoning law requires all residents of the Purple Heart Ranch to be married. To save his dream, Dylan and his men will have to tie the knot—but can a man with such deep scars inside and out believe in love again?

Maggie Shaw lost both her job as a veterinary technician and her apartment on the same day. Who knew her unreasonable landlord would kick her out for being four dogs over the one pet limit? Now, she and her gang of special-needs dogs are in trouble. Fate puts her in Dylan’s path with a proposal that seems too good to be true—but can her heart bear a loveless marriage of convenience?

I Know You (affiliate link)

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Author: McGowan, Claire
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Psychological Thrillers

Rachel lives a quiet life in the peaceful countryside, content with her perfect man and her lovely dog. But when she stumbles upon a body in the woods one day, all that shatters. She knows what she has to do: run. Don’t get accused of murder. But when this victim is identified as her boyfriend’s estranged wife, Rachel realises she’s already the prime suspect.

With mounting evidence against her, Rachel’s only hope is to keep her past well hidden. Because before she was Rachel, she was Casey, a young nanny trying to make it as an actress in Los Angeles—and when the family she worked for were brutally murdered, she narrowly escaped the death penalty. Now, she’ll do anything to save the life she’s spent years piecing back together.

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Author: Blumberg, Chandra
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Women’s Fiction

Alisha Blake works her magic in the kitchen, creating delectable desserts for her grandfather’s restaurant in rural Illinois. Though Alisha relishes the close relationship she has with her family, she can’t help but dream about opening a cookie shop in Chicago. She may be a small-town baker, but Alisha has big ambitions.

Then a dinosaur bone turns up in her grandparents’ backyard. When paleontologist Quentin Harris arrives to see the discovery for himself, he’s hoping that the fossil will distract him from a recent painful breakup. Instead, he finds Alisha—and sparks fly. The big-city academic and the hometown baker seem destined for a happily ever after.

But Alisha is scared to fall in love. And Quentin’s trying to make a name for himself in a competitive field, which gets even more complicated when the press shows up at the dig site. For love to prevail, the two may have to put old bones aside—and focus on the future.

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Author: White MS RD AT, Dana Angelo
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Heart Healthy Cooking

Lower your high blood pressure with a DASH of this diet!

Your doctor says your blood pressure is a little high. They suggest the usual remedies: more exercise and a better diet. But you need specifics. Where do you turn?
You turn to the table of contents in DASH Diet Meal Prep for Beginners. With the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, getting more potassium, magnesium, protein, fiber, and other nutrients and minerals for controlling blood pressure into your healthy eating regimen is essential. Studies have shown that these are all vital for strengthening your heart health. If there’s ever a diet that proves the way to your heart is through your stomach, the DASH diet is that diet–and DASH Diet Meal Prep for Beginners is the book for you.

My Cousin Rachel (affiliate link)

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Author: du Maurier, Daphne
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Psychological Thrillers

Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, and Philip grows to love Ambrose’s grand estate as much as he does. But the cozy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries a mysterious distant cousin named Rachel — and there he dies suddenly.

Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambrose’s letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin’s widow with hatred in his heart. But when she arrives at the estate, Rachel seems to be a different woman from the one described in Ambrose’s letters. Beautiful, sophisticated, and magnetic, Philip cannot help but feel drawn to Rachel.

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Author: Stone, Victoria Helen
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Domestic Thrillers

After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.

Jane’s deeply troubled sixteen-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.

Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her—by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.

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