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Death by Diamond (The Emma Goldsmith Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Emma Goldsmith has landed her dream job as gemologist to a major importer, complete with an assistant, JT, who is hotter than a blow torch. She should have known it was too good to be true.
Her sister Jane, an internationally successful model, loses some diamonds borrowed from Emma’s boss, leaving Emma on the hot seat. When Jane is killed, Emma has to deal with a dead body, a cop who wants to pin the murder on her, and a very angry boss who wants to know what happened to his diamonds.
Only a few days ago, Emma’s life was as flawless as the Koh-i-Noor. Now it’s more like a cracked cubic zirconia. She’s up to her ears in diamonds at work, but this mess is no gem. If she doesn’t get some clarity on who the killer is, and find those diamonds, she might be the next one to lose her sparkle.
Shockwave (Ashes of Eternity Book 1) (affiliate link)
The mighty militaries of Earth have finally joined forces, pushing aside their petty disputes, and finding unity.
But only to destroy everything that was left.
The discovery of an ancient alien tomb sets off events whose echoes reverberate through time for six thousand years; sparking a civil war between humans that is barely understood–between devote believers of a new faith, and those who choose freedom.
Fleeing Earth, a group of scientists and soldiers race across the galaxy with stolen faster-than-light technology, taming and settling a harsh new world, with the goal of being left alone in peace for eternity.
Max Abaddon and The Dark Carnival: A Max Abaddon Urban Fantasy Novel (affiliate link)
After losing two close companions, Max has finally come to terms with his heritage. As his job at the Atheneum continues to fade slowly into the past, his position on the Council is once again tested.
This time The Dark Carnival is coming to town, and with it, an odd collection of Ethereals and Mages. With Planes Drifter headlining the first co-regular/Mage music festival, things of course don’t go as planned. At least not for Max and the team.
Max and the rest of the crew are quickly thrown into the middle of a string of vicious unconnected murders. With all the deaths appearing to be at the hands of various magical creatures and beings, it seems to be a clear open and shut case. Or is it…?
Will the team figure out what is going on before the regular government intervenes? Again most importantly, will Max and Kim find time for a drink or two at their favorite bar, the Fallen Angel?
Half A Brain: Confessions of a Special Needs Mom (affiliate link)
Can a desperate mother save her daughter? Radical brain surgery is the only hope.
At nine months pregnant, Jenni Basch learns that her unborn baby experienced a catastrophic brain injury and may not survive. Against insurmountable odds, her daughter survives and Jenni is faced with raising a child with complex medical issues.
When her daughter is diagnosed with a devastating form of epilepsy, Jenni and her husband must make the ultimate decision on behalf of their daughter. In order to save her, they must consent to a radical surgery, the removal of half the brain.
With candor and wit, Jenni introduces us to a world usually unseen and misunderstood. Half A Brain provides an extraordinary account of a mom raising a child with special needs.
Through each terrifying diagnosis and crisis, Jenni must face and confront her own insecurities, fears, judgments, and inexperience. But even when all hope seems lost, she finds a strength she never imagined possible.
Darkness Falls (Nature’s Fury Book 1) (affiliate link)
Our family trip to the beach ended before it even began. Mother Nature made sure of that.
Our parents…gone. In an instant. It’s just me and my sister.
100 miles from home. No car. No phones. No money. Down to our last crumbs of food.
But just when we figure out what to do, she vanishes.
I am utterly alone and NEED to find my sister. But how? Where do I even start?
Join Quinn as she’s forced to face the dark side of humanity and outrun nature’s fury. Her journey begins in Darkness Falls…click Buy Now or Read for Free!
Spring It On Me (affiliate link)
I’m not an easy guy to get along with. Or so I’ve been told.
Something about over-domineering, alpha-hole, and rich rubs people the wrong way.
All good in the neighborhood. I’m not interested in relationships anyway.
But unfortunately, thanks to my success, I need a new secretary.
Or rather, I’m being forced to take on a new admin, and the conditions are clear—I’m not allowed to fire her for a year.
Nothing like having rules sprung on you in your own company.
So I hire a single mom with a pretty smile. Everyone likes her.
Everyone but me. She’s got more fire than I expected.
And no matter how abrasive or aloof I am, she presses harder against me.
I’m falling for her stubborn nature and finding myself wanting to bend my rules of relationships to please her in any way I can.
And then… she leaves. Quits without warning.
The Kent Family Chronicles Volumes One Through Three: The Bastard, The Rebels, and The Seekers (affiliate link)
This multigenerational saga follows the Kent family and their pursuit of a foothold and future in the expanding United States. From the family’s initial journey traveling to America’s shore to their voyage to the Western frontier, their fate is intertwined with the course of American history in these first three volumes of the series.
The Bastard: Denied his birthright as the illegitimate son of the Duke of Kentland, Philippe Charboneau seeks a new life in London, where he meets Benjamin Franklin and reads the works of patriot firebrand Sam Adams. Inspired by such brave new ideas, he travels to the American colonies at the brink of the Revolution. There he will choose his own name—Philip Kent—and finally decide his own fate.
The Rebels: Philip Kent fights as a Continental soldier at the Battle of Bunker Hill. In a bold move, he has taken up arms for the future of his new family. Spirited and unwavering in his dedication to his adopted homeland, Philip fights in the most violent battles in America’s early history. But far from the front lines, another battle rages that will sweep his wife, Anne, on her own perilous journey that may destroy all Philip has fought for.
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at a famous New York chocolate company. But just when she’s up for a major promotion, she gets word that her grandfather Jebidiah’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she first learned about delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.
Unfortunately, Baily’s grandparents are suffering from more than just heart trouble. A local Englisch land developer is trying to take over their shop. And when the man is found dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebidiah’s chocolate knife buried in his chest—the sheriff suspects Bailey. Now, with the sweet help of a handsome deputy, Bailey is out to clear her name. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, she may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .
Bono: The Amazing Story of a Rescue Cat Who Inspired a Community (affiliate link)
When Helen Brown arrived in New York for a much-anticipated visit, a fellow animal lover talked her into fostering a shelter cat. Helen visualized a sweet-natured cuddler who blinked and dozed a lot. What she got at Manhattan’s Bideawee shelter was a wide-eyed and unpredictable Persian with a punked-out haircut and a feisty attitude.
Bono had become homeless during Hurricane Sandy, had survived a serious infection, and needed daily medications. As a “special needs” cat, he was an unlikely candidate for adoption. But as affection between them grew, Helen resolved to see that Bono found his forever home. She didn’t know that he would change her life in ways she never dreamed possible and teach her lessons she would cherish ever after. Just as this sweet, beleaguered, and hopeful guy deserved a fresh start, Helen too was ready for new beginnings. And so began a heartwarming, uplifting, lasting kind of love . . .
Big Green Egg Cookbook: Celebrating the Ultimate Cooking Experience (affiliate link)
The Big Green Egg Cookbook is the first cookbook specifically celebrating this versatile ceramic cooker. Available in five sizes, Big Green Egg ceramic cookers can sear, grill, smoke, roast, and bake. Here is the birthday gift EGGheads have been waiting for, offering a variety of cooking and baking recipes encompassing the cooker’s capabilities as a grill, a smoker, and an oven.
The book’s introduction explains the ancient history of ceramic cookers and the loyal devotion of self-proclaimed EGGheads to these dynamic, original American-designed cookers. Complete with more than 160 recipes, 100 color photographs, and as many clever cooking tips, the Big Green Egg Cookbook is a must for the more than 1 million EGG owners in the United States and a great introduction for anyone wanting to crack the shell of EGGhead culture.
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival (affiliate link)
Velma Wallis’s award-winning, bestselling novel about two elderly Native American women who must fend for themselves during a harsh Alaskan winter
Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.
Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness “speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom” (Ursula K. Le Guin).
Survival of the Fritters (A Deputy Donut Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
If Emily has learned anything from her past as a 911 operator, it’s to stay calm during stressful situations. But that’s a tall order when one of her regulars, Georgia Treetor, goes missing. Georgia never skips morning cappuccinos with her knitting circle. Her pals fear the worst—especially Lois, a close friend who recently moved to town. As evening creeps in, Emily and the ladies search for Georgia at home. And they find her—murdered among a scattering of stale donuts . . .
Disturbingly, Georgia’s demise coincides with the five-year anniversary of her son’s murder, a case Emily’s late detective husband failed to solve before his own sudden death. With Lois hiding secrets and an innocent man’s life at stake, Emily’s forced to revisit painful memories on her quest for answers. Though someone’s alibi is full of holes, only a sprinkling of clues have been left behind. And if Emily can’t trace them back to a killer in time, her donut shop will end up permanently closed for business . . .
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