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Surprise, Surprise! (Dev Haskell Private Investigator Book 31) (affiliate link)
Last Seen (Remy Fontaine Thrillers Book 1) (affiliate link)
State Trooper Remy Fontaine witnessed a man gun down her partner with a bullet meant for her. Now, the state police in Baton Rouge want to award her a medal for her so-called bravery. Instead, Remy attempts to outrun her grief and guilt by accepting a new position as an agent for the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation. However, the fallout from the shooting incident trails her, as does the looming trial.
Now, Remy must re-group if she hopes to gain ground on a new investigation with colleague, Agent Alex Chasse, as they hunt down a kidnapper in the sultry Louisiana summer. When the trail leads to multiple murders, she and Alex learn that the hunters are now the hunted. With only one option remaining, countless lives have already been lost and the clock is ticking. Remy must now slay the demons from her past in order to find the new ones who await.
Going Down and Man Candy (affiliate link)
Marion MacAlister wants to nail her audition, not get nailed. Truly. Honestly. All right…maybe she does want to get nailed, but that’s just because her hottie landlord and local diner owner Mack Ryan is confusing her. Can friends become lovers? Especially friends who might not even be friends in the first place?
Raine Harper is in love with Wade Gates. But Wade likes women who are model thin, and Raine is model thin plus a whole lot of pounds. Desperate to make him love her, she trains just a little too hard and passes out in the arms of superstar movie star Dirk Adams. Dirk thinks Raine’s junk in the trunk is perfect and proposes to make Wade jealous by becoming her pretend boyfriend. Pretend soon seems very real. Is Dirk a great actor, or is something really developing between Raine and the movie star?
Viking Private Investigation: Season One (Viking P.I. Book 1) (affiliate link)
After a failed career in writing crime, Norwegian author, Tommy, decides to try his hand at actually preventing crime as a private investigator. How hard can it be, right? The aptly named “Viking P.I.” soon discovers that he has a real talent… for failing!
Case after case, Viking P.I. realizes he has bitten off more than he can chew, but he’s too far in it now. Maybe he’ll actually get better at it if he just keeps trying… or maybe he won’t.
Whether it’s a missing dog, a haunted house, cheating spouses or hunting trolls, Viking P.I. is probably (not) the man for the job! But he’s going to try his best, and there may be a few surprises in store for him along the way.
Zombie Rules (affiliate link)
Zach Gunderson’s life sucked and then the zombie apocalypse began.
Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm. As the zombie plague rages, they face a terrifying fight for survival.
They soon learn however that the walking dead are not the only monsters.
Good Things: A Novel (affiliate link)
Deidre McIntosh became famous teaching women to live simply, and simply live … ironic for a woman who thrives on the chaos of a television career, and shares a home with her best friend, the one man she can count on-who happens to be gay.
But when her Seattle cooking-and-lifestyle show gets bumped off the air, and her best guy moves in with his boyfriend, she’s left trying to figure out the next segment. Seizing on a chance encounter with an attractive stranger, Deidre accepts his offer to use his country home. She hopes to get away for a while and learn to practice what she preaches. To appreciate life without voice mail. To gain the courage to start again, and take the first slow, cautious steps toward a new kind of success-and maybe even love.
The Vampire Wish: The Complete Series (affiliate link)
Magic. Romance. Adventure. And twists you’ll never see coming.
For Annika Pearce, winter break with her family was usually a boring affair. Not this year. Everything changes in an instant when vampires attack Annika’s family and abduct her to the hidden kingdom of the Vale.
In the Vale, her normal life is turned upside down. Her role? To give blood whenever vampires demand.
As Annika desperately searches for a way to escape, she meets a mysterious stranger named Jake who captures her heart and might be her only hope. But as Annika peels back the layers of the mystery surrounding her abduction, she learns that things aren’t as they seem. Everyone seems to be hiding a secret. Including Jake.
It turns out that his name isn’t even Jake.
The Orphan House (affiliate link)
As she looks at the baby wriggling in her father’s arms, a bolt of recognition goes through her and she takes a step back. And it’s in that moment that she begins to protect her father’s secrets.
1934, Weirfield-on-Thames. Connie Burroughs loves living in the orphanage that her father runs. Exploring its nooks and crannies with her sister, hearing the pounding of a hundred pairs of feet on the wooden stairs, having a father who is doing so much good. But everything changes the day she sees him carrying a newborn baby that he says he found near the broken front gate. A baby she recognises…
Present day. Arriving at her father’s beloved cottage beside the river, Sarah Jennings is hoping for peace and quiet, to escape her difficult divorce. But when she finds her father unwell and hunched over boxes of files on the orphanage where he was abandoned as a child, she decides to investigate it herself.
Two Truths and a Lie: A Novel (affiliate link)
Truth: Sherri Griffin and her daughter, Katie, recently moved to the idyllic beach town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. They’ve been welcomed by Rebecca Coleman, unofficial former leader of the Newburyport Mom Squad, and her teenage daughter Alexa, Katie’s new babysitter.
Truth: Alexa has time on her hands after a falling-out with her friends involving her popular YouTube channel. Katie can’t be left alone because of nightmares that don’t jibe with Sherri’s vague story about her past. Rebecca Coleman has been spending time with someone she doesn’t want people to know about just yet.
Lie: There’s no new man in Rebecca’s life, and it’s definitely not one connected to the Mom Squad. Alexa isn’t seeing anyone new herself and plans on shutting down her YouTube channel before leaving for college. Sherri Griffin’s real name is Sherri Griffin, and a bad divorce is all she’s running from.
The Light We Left Behind (affiliate link)
When psychologist Maddie Gresham is sent a mysterious message telling her to report to Trent Park mansion, she wonders how she will be helping the war effort from a stately home.
She soon finds captured Nazi generals are being detained at the house. Bugged with listening devices in every room, it’s up to Maddie to gain the Nazis’ trust and coax them into giving up information.
When Max Weitzler, a Jewish refugee, also arrives at Trent Park with the same mission, Maddie finds herself trapped in a dangerous game of chess.
The two met in Germany before the war, and Maddie’s heart was his from the moment they locked eyes.
But Maddie has finally gained the trust of the Nazi officers at the house, and her love for Max must remain a secret.
Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need (affiliate link)
Do you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Moth storytelling champion Margot Leitman will show you how in this bestselling, practical guide to storytelling.
Using a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, Margot Leitman breaks storytelling into concrete components. Whether you want to write a great wedding toast, deliver a compelling keynote speech, or simply entertain friends and family, comedian and Moth 5-time champion storyeller Margot Leitman provides a clear and engaging roadmap to telling your own personal stories in this approachable storytelling guide.
From content and structure to emotional impact and delivery, Leitman guides you through the entire storytelling process, providing personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises along the way.
The Wedding Debt: Dark Mafia Romance (Debts & Vengeance) (affiliate link)
The mafia prince wants her,
But she only wants his brother.
Some boys are popular.
Some boys are heartthrobs.
But Luca and Liam De Vos?
They have what no other boys in my school have…
They’re heirs to one of the biggest mafia empires in the Netherlands.
And now our parents are doing business together.
They’re dangerous boys that get everything they need with one snap of the finger.
But boys like them always want what they can’t have.
The younger brother, Luca, can’t stop teasing me.
And it makes me hate him.
So I fight back by going after his brother instead.
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