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Dead North (Sam Williams Book 1) (affiliate link)
Two cops dead, and a witness who won’t talk…
Sam Williams has a knack for getting to the truth. So when two cops are shot dead on a deserted back road and the only witness won’t talk, an old friend calls in a favour.
Repaying it might cost Sam more than he bargained for…
Moonshire Bay Small Town Romance Box Set (Books 1-4) (affiliate link)
She heads to small-town Moonshire Bay and rents a summer cottage, hoping to have a relaxing few months and get back in touch with who she is as a single woman.
Then she meets Evan Harris, the bartender and owner of the local bar, and despite thinking she was done with love forever, she can’t help but be intrigued by this handsome man.
Evan came to Moonshire Bay ten years ago to escape his past. Resigned to living his life alone, meeting Rachel is making him rethink that decision.
Can they both get leave the past behind and learn to trust again?
Society for Paranormals: The Complete Series (affiliate link)
It’s Jane Austen meets Lara Croft in this delightful cozy mystery romp through Victorian Africa.
Armed with Victorian etiquette, a fully loaded walking stick, and a dead husband, Miss Beatrice Knight arrives in the small colonial town of Nairobi desperate for a pot of tea and a pinch of cinnamon.
This collection brings together for the first time, all 10 books in the Society for Paranormals cozy mystery series in which a paranormal detective refuses to let danger, death, and unsolicited suitors inconvenience her in colonial Kenya. Welcome to a cozy mystery series concerning Victorian etiquette, African mythology, and the search for a perfect spot of tea.
Deep Wood (affiliate link)
She’s mine to claim. Mine to protect. Mine to care for.
I swore I’d never go back to that mountain, not after my old buddy and I fell out years ago. So imagine my shock when I find out he’s passed and left me his hunting cabin.
On the way there, I find myself staring down the barrel of a pistol without a safety, in the form of smooth thighs, arresting green eyes, and curves that could charm a sapling into a mighty oak.
But my old buddy’s gone and thrown me another curveball: the nymph with the ass that won’t quit? That’s his eighteen-year-old little girl. She’s running from something, but I’m not about to let anyone lay a finger on this green-eyed angel.
I’ll put my life on the line to keep her safe, because only a man with a death wish would mess with this mountain daddy’s girl.
Missy the Werecat (affiliate link)
When puberty brings on her first Shift, Missy goes into the mountains for two years until finally learning to Change back. She can Change from fully human in one instant to a mountain lion in the next. Everyone assumes her two year disappearance was because she’d been kidnapped by a sexual predator that she managed to kill.
She keeps her werecat nature a secret. There is no pack, no pride of other werecats and no alpha. She’s a girl with fantastic abilities growing up and learning to do great things in today’s world, amongst humans. She only has her instincts to guide her and those drive her to train herself to extremes. She must control those instincts; dampening the wild predator is often necessary. Her raging hormones and enhanced senses require very strong controls; she explores what happens when those controls are relaxed.
The Player (affiliate link)
Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core.
And so has the most unlikely of women.
The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B – the one he never noticed – is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him. So Gray won’t let himself lay a hand on her…until the night he can no longer resist the woman she has become. That’s when he discovers a secret that leaves him gasping for breath – and wanting more.
The Kite Runner (affiliate link)
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America’s most treasured writers.
Dark Witch (The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1) (affiliate link)
With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.
Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.
Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives. When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.
A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters (affiliate link)
How well do you know the ground beneath your feet?
Odds are, where you’re standing was once cooking under a roiling sea of lava, crushed by a towering sheet of ice, rocked by a nearby meteor strike, or perhaps choked by poison gases, drowned beneath ocean, perched atop a mountain range, or roamed by fearsome monsters. Probably most or even all of the above.
The story of our home planet and the organisms spread across its surface is far more spectacular than any Hollywood blockbuster, filled with enough plot twists to rival a bestselling thriller. But only recently have we begun to piece together the whole mystery into a coherent narrative. Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, renowned geologist Andrew H. Knoll delivers a rigorous yet accessible biography of Earth, charting our home planet’s epic 4.6 billion-year story.
Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education (affiliate link)
After Michael Pollan bought an old Connecticut dairy farm, he planted a garden and attempted to follow Thoreau’s example: do not impose your will upon the wilderness, the woodchucks, or the weeds. That ethic did not, of course, work. But neither did pesticides or firebombing the woodchuck burrow. So Michael Pollan began to think about the troubled borders between nature and contemporary life.
The result is a funny, profound, and beautifully written book in the finest tradition of American nature writing. It inspires thoughts on the war of the roses; sex and class conflict in the garden; virtuous composting; the American lawn; seed catalogs, and the politics of planting a tree. A blend of meditation, autobiography, and social history, Second Nature, from the renowned author of The Botany of Desire, In Defense of Food, and other bestsellers, is “as delicious a meditation on one man’s relationship with the Earth as any you are likely to come upon” (The New York Times Book Review).
Illuminations: Essays and Reflections (affiliate link)
Essays and reflections from one of the twentieth century’s most original cultural critics, with an introduction by Hannah Arendt.
Walter Benjamin was an icon of criticism, renowned for his insight on art, literature, and philosophy. This volume includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt a close personal affinity; his studies on Baudelaire and Proust; and his essays on Leskov and Brecht’s epic theater. Illuminations also includes his penetrating study “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” an enlightening discussion of translation as a literary mode; and his theses on the philosophy of history.
Hannah Arendt selected the essays for this volume and introduces them with a classic essay about Benjamin’s life in a dark historical era. Leon Wieseltier’s preface explores Benjamin’s continued relevance for our times.
Good Housekeeping The Best-Ever Cookie Book: 175 Tested-’til-Perfect Recipes for Crispy, Chewy & Ooey-Gooey Treats (affiliate link)
A cookie for every craving: From classics like chocolate chips to decadent delights (hello, skillet cookie sundae), this collection will become your go-to baking book.
Everyone loves a cookie! Whether you go right to the chocolate or are more of a buttery shortbread fan, there’s a special cookie here just for you. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen presents their best-ever, tested-‘til-perfect recipes so you can find your soulmate in sweetness. Plus, a chapter devoted to holiday cookies will become your favorite for celebrations all year round.
Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or just for a sweet treat, you’ll find tons of inspiration from the gorgeous photographs, clever ideas from the Test Kitchen editors (including gifting tips to pack them like a pro!), and inventive variations that all come out perfectly every single time.
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