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USS Hamilton: Miasma Burn (affiliate link)

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Author: McGinnis, Mark Wayne
Metaphysical Science Fiction
Captain Galvin Quintos had returned home to Earth soon after liberating Ironhold Station from a ruthless band of Pylorian pirates. But the Grish had been waiting for his transport ship—an attack he barely survived. Now, three months later, he’s still recuperating within the walls of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Just today, Quintos has learned of a new intergalactic adversary—a highly advanced alien force, the Varapin – who are currently en route from the Andromeda Galaxy. Intel has it, these ghoulish-looking aliens are now aligned with the Grish, and together, they’re hell-bent on annihilating all humanity. Quintos, certain his crew has already moved on to other posts, and his ship, the USS Hamilton, surely is still in space dock with battle damage. He must figure out how to get back into the fight, and do so fast.
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Author: Gaulden, Michael
Politics & Social Sciences

His life was barely worth a dollar. He slept outside, on park benches, in stairwells, under bushes. Michael Gaulden lived in shelter after shelter across the United States. With his father incarcerated and mother disabled, he stayed homeless for ten years.

From the age of seven to seventeen, Michael, with his mother and sister, journeyed along his own underground railroad, desperately searching for a way to free his family from the sewers of society.

Michael learned death was a big part of youth homelessness. Education was not. To survive, he had to become something more. Caught in between two worlds– his dreams vs. his reality– violence, gangsters, hunger, poverty, and sorrow marked his daily life.

The Vines We Planted (affiliate link)

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Author: Serra, Joanell
Literature & Fiction

In the heart of the California wine country, secrets seem to grow on the vines that Uriel Macon’s family have tended for generations.

Uriel, the winery’s young widower, steers clear of complicated relationships. He prefers the lonely comfort of his vineyard and his horses, until he is reminded of his love affair with Amanda Scanlon; a relationship that ended when she abruptly left the country years ago under a cloud of mystery.

When Amanda returns to Sonoma because of a family crisis, she tries to mend the broken relationships she left behind. In addition, she seeks the truth about her parents’ complicated history and her own parentage.

But Amanda’s unveiling of the past has devastating consequences. In the midst of California’s beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Scanlon family struggles to overcome harsh realities with dignity and grace.

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Author: Tomlin, J. R.
Biographical Fiction

Young James Stewart, the heir to the throne of Scotland, is in mortal danger…

His father, King Robert III, is dying, and the king’s half-brother is plotting to seize power. James is forced to flee Scotland and his murderous uncle…. Captured and imprisoned by the English, he grows to be a man of contradictions: a poet yet a knight, a dreamer yet fiercely driven. Hardened by his years in the Tower of London, James is determined to regain his freedom and end his uncle’s misrule. But to do so he must outsmart and outlast King Henry IV of England…

The Names of the Stars (affiliate link)

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Author: Tatlock, Ann
Christian Historical Fiction

A gifted child singer discovers the ultimate power of dreams. . .and fears.

Annalise Rycroft has spent her whole life afraid she’ll be lost to obscurity. She wants nothing more than to be viewed as someone important.

Anna grew up traveling with her family on the Vaudeville circuit with dreams of becoming a shining star. She has talent. Unfortunately, as a young girl, she also has fears that she will have to overcome if she is going to be successful.

With a powerful voice able to mesmerize audiences, Anna is paralyzed by stage fright. But that’s not her only fear. Her deepest fear is that she’ll be lost to obscurity, becoming part of the “surplus population” spoken of by Ebenezer Scrooge in her favorite book A Christmas Carol. During the 1918 flu epidemic, Anna has a strange experience where characters from her favorite book unlock a hidden part of her past—a past that involves an absent father and missing younger brother. Dismissed as a fever dream, Anna pushes aside not only the dream but her fears as she pursues the stage.

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Author: Sahin, Brittney
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Action & Adventure Romance
She’s crashed the biggest party of her life, and she’s about to pay the price. As the leader of an off-the-books black ops SEAL team, Luke Scott can’t afford for anyone to discover the truth about who he is or what he does. But when a critical mission gets botched by a member of an iconic Hollywood family, he’ll have to fight to protect his team’s identity, as well as keep himself from falling for the woman who’s turned his life upside down. Eva Sharp’s the writer and co-producer for the hit TV series SEAL Security. While on break from filming, the last thing she expects is to end up in the middle of a real-life action scene–one that puts her life on the line. At first, she’s not sure if she can trust this stranger in the mountains, even if he has military written all over him. But the more time she spends with him, the harder it is to fight the pull of attraction, without also jeopardizing his op. They’ll soon realize not everything is as it seems, and Luke will be forced to discover how far he’s willing to go to find his mark.
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Author: Banner, Blake
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Military Thrillers

It should have been a simple drive, from San Francisco International Airport, to Boulder, Wyoming, despite the snow.

Was it because Lacklan was tired? Was it because he was thinking about the woman he loved, or the international crisis he had recently caused? Or was it the crazy blizzard that came out of nowhere and blinded him? Whatever it was, it made him turn the wrong way, it made him turn onto Bloody Creek Road, to the ghost town of Independence, population twenty-five.

He should have stayed the night and moved on; he should have ignored the fact that fifteen year-old Peggy, found dead by the side of the road, had been murdered, not just run down, like the locals said. He should have left when Joe Vasco, the farm manager, and the good folk of Independence, told him to. But Lacklan was never real good at doing what he was told.

Stolen Moments (affiliate link)

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Author: Maura, Catharina
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Sports Romance

A single kiss changes everything for two lifelong rivals in this best friend’s brother romance.

It was hate at first sight for Emilia and Carter. Neither remembers how their feud started — yet every day, their war intensifies.

Until one night. One unexpected kiss blurs the lines between love and hate, and their lives are forever changed.

The stakes have never been higher. Carter is Emilia’s best friend’s brother, after all.

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Author: Rogers, Rick
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Hiking & Outdoors

Can a comically straightforward American man learn patience and understanding in the wilderness? Laugh out loud, latte-out-your-nose funny,with themost heart-touching, curveball characters since Bill Bryson’s A Walk In the Woods.

The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,600-mile footpath from Mexico to Canada through the mountains of the west, and Rick sets out with all the perseverance and determination he thought he’d need for the six-month trek. But once on the Trail, he learns that what’s brought to a challenge is less important than what’s found while doing it.

His 10 year-old son joins him for two hundred of those miles, and what they learn about each other in the wilderness is unforgettably hilarious. Written by a former climbing instructor and guide, Walking Home celebrates the people and their adventures on the Trail with comic insight, rather than the usual Man vs Wilderness narrative.

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Cozy Culinary Mysteries


In quiet Tarnfield, local rivalries and parish feuds simmer under the genteel surface. It’s the sort of place where everyone knows each other’s business. And a new vicar wants to shake things up in the community.

Then Phyllis the church flower arranger is found dead before the big Easter service.


With fingers pointing and tensions rising, the village is in turmoil.

Chaotic mum-of-two, Suzy Spencer, has just arrived in Tarnfield. She needs a fresh start after her husband betrayed her. Now she finds herself entangled in the mystery along with quiet widower, Robert Clark.

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Author: Bouchard, Roxanne
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Domestic Thrillers

Truth lingers in murky waters…

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin MoralÈs, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation.

On Quebec’s outlying GaspÉ Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS MoralÈs reach straight for a large whisky…

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