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Angel Dance (Danny Logan Mystery #1) (affiliate link)
More Than Friends (Love In The City Book 1) (affiliate link)
Two friends, one fake marriage, and a pinky swear that their relationship will stay exactly the same…
Nomi Hannon is down but not out, determined to put her life back together after a career-ending mishap. Running for city council is a step in the right direction. Too bad she just accidentally starred in a compromising photo that her squeaky-clean opponent is all too willing to use against her. Marrying the guy in the photo—her best friend, the only stable force in her life—will solve the problem. Right?
Malone DuMar’s not looking for a wife, not after his ex-fiancée stole his company. But Nomi is the one person he can count on. There’s no way he’s going to turn his back on her when she needs him most.
It’s a simple plan. Only pretend. That’s the deal…until the kiss that changes everything…
In the Orbit of Sirens (The Song of Kamaria Book 1) (affiliate link)
My Wicked Prince (affiliate link)
The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School (affiliate link)
Mother and daughter American expats Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini always dreamed of living in France. With a lot of hard work and a dash of fate, they realized this dream and cofounded The Cook’s Atelier, a celebrated French cooking school in the storybook town of Beaune, located in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Combining their professional backgrounds in food and wine, they attract visitors from near and far with their approachable, convivial style of cooking.
Featuring more than 100 market-inspired recipes and 300 exceptional photographs, this comprehensive reference is an extension of their cooking school, providing a refreshingly simple take on French techniques and recipes that every cook should know—basic butchery, essential stocks and sauces, pastry, dessert creams and sauces, and preserving, to name a few. Seasonal menus build on this foundation, collecting recipes that showcase their fresh, vegetable-focused versions of timeless French dishes, such as:
Green Garlic Soufflé
Watermelon and Vineyard Peach Salad
Little Croques Madames
Sole Meunière with Beurre Blanc and Parsleyed Potatoes
Seared Duck Breast with Celery Root Puree and Chanterelles
Plum Tarte Tatin
Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable Book 1) (affiliate link)
“Just please, remember what I told you. Run. Don’t stop running for anything.”
Tina never worries about being ‘ordinary’–she doesn’t have to, since she’s known practically forever that she’s not just Tina Mains, average teenager and beloved daughter. She’s also the keeper of an interplanetary rescue beacon, and one day soon, it’s going to activate, and then her dreams of saving all the worlds and adventuring among the stars will finally be possible. Tina’s legacy, after all, is intergalactic–she is the hidden clone of a famed alien hero, left on Earth disguised as a human to give the universe another chance to defeat a terrible evil.
But when the beacon activates, it turns out that Tina’s destiny isn’t quite what she expected. Things are far more dangerous than she ever assumed–and everyone in the galaxy is expecting her to actually be the brilliant tactician and legendary savior Captain Thaoh Argentian, but Tina….is just Tina. And the Royal Fleet is losing the war, badly–the starship that found her is on the run and they barely manage to escape Earth with the planet still intact.
Luckily, Tina is surrounded by a crew she can trust, and her best friend Rachel, and she is still determined to save all the worlds. But first she’ll have to save herself.
Never Say You Can’t Survive (affiliate link)
The world is on fire.
So tell your story.
Things are scary right now. We’re all being swept along by a tidal wave of history, and it’s easy to feel helpless. But we’re not helpless: we have minds, and imaginations, and the ability to visualize other worlds and valiant struggles. And writing can be an act of resistance that reminds us that other futures and other ways of living are possible.
Full of memoir, personal anecdote, and insight about how to flourish during the present emergency, Never Say You Can’t Survive is the perfect manual for creativity in unprecedented times.
River Wild (affiliate link)
A new town. A new identity. Pregnant and alone.
And far away from a past that can never find me.
Moody. Sullen. Jerk.
And my new neighbor.
I have no interest in befriending River. And he definitely doesn’t want to be befriended by me.
Then, he helps me rescue an abandoned dog. And, that day, I see something in his eyes that reflects back in my own. Sadness. Pain. Loneliness.
I know all of those things well.
An unwanted and unexpected friendship that somehow works. Then, without warning, it turns into something more.
River and I both have our secrets, and that’s okay. Because I understand him. And he understands me.
Byzantium (affiliate link)
Born to rule
Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan’s quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the farthest eastern reaches of the known world, to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present a beautiful and costly hand-illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom.
Thus begins an expedition by sea and over land, as Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium’s fabled Golden Court. And finally this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial that can confront any man in any age: commanding his own Destiny.
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