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My Forever Love (Winter Falls Book 1) (affiliate link)
I may be back in my hometown and down on my luck, but I know better than to fall for Lyric again. Been there. Done that. Have the heartbreak to show for it.
When my business and apartment burn down, there’s only one thing I can do – return to my hometown of Winter Falls with my tail tucked between my legs.
I won’t be here long, though. As soon as the insurance company decides I didn’t start the fire – one little accidental fire to get out of a math test does not make me an arsonist! – and cuts me a check for the damage, I’m out of here.
The people of Winter Falls feel differently. They’re determined I rekindle my romance with my first love, Lyric Alston, and stay forever. Not happening. The man destroyed my heart once, I’m not giving him another chance.
But when I call Lyric out for what he did, he has no clue what I’m talking about. Did I get it wrong? Did I not see what I thought I saw?
Odell’s Fall: Manhattan Murder Mystery (Unsolvable Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Risen from the inner city to the top of the legal profession, Odell Moore has made only one mistake-and it’s big enough to cost him everything.
He’s Manhattan’s leading attorney and most eligible bachelor, until he meets the woman of his dreams. After eloping with the daughter of a prominent Alabama senator, Odell’s nightmare begins. When Odell heads to LA to save a Hollywood studio from a hostile buyer, he is unaware of the scheme set in motion by his protégé that may have deadly results.
Can he see through the ruse? Can he trust his new wife with his best friend?
Love, jealousy, and deceit lead to one outcome: murder in Odell’s penthouse. But who did it? Two Manhattan detectives follow the clues….but be prepared for shocking revelations to the very last page. Nothing is as it seems.
Cherry Beats: A Rock Star Romance (Gods of Rock Book 1) (affiliate link)
My favourite men of music.
Only one of them within reach.
The night before Presley West was due to leave our small town of Hollings Hill, all of my high school fantasies came to life. He finally wanted me. Eight years I’d spent pining, and now I, bar-tending Tessa Lisbon, was going to make damn sure I made that night count before the music industry stole him.
Never screw your idols. That’s what they say, right? Well, I did, and I did it well. So well, I somehow managed to screw my own heart in the process.
He gave me one night to convince him to stay. In the end, I begged him to go.
But that’s the thing about rock stars: they do what they want, when they want, and forever didn’t end up being as long as I expected.
Murder for the Halibut (A Jordan McAllister Mystery Book 3) (affiliate link)
A sports writing job would have been the perfect catch for Jordan McAllister, but in Ranchero, Texas, all she could reel in was the food column. Though she may not know her way around a kitchen, she has no trouble finding herself in a kettle of fish…
Tempted by the offer of a free Caribbean cruise, Jordan accepts a spot as a judge in a week-long, big-time cooking competition aboard the Carnation Queen. She just better hope no one finds out that her famous palate is far from refined. But there are bigger fish to fry when arrogant chef Stefano Mancini falls face first into his signature halibut dish during the first event.
While evidence suggests that the handsome Italian chef’s death was an accident, Jordan thinks otherwise. But she’ll have to keep her wits about her—and the sea sickness pills handy—if she’s going to solve this one…
Out of the Soylent Planet (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) (Starship Grifters Universe Book 1) (affiliate link)
Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head.
Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation’s products. Well, maybe not so much terrible as mildly unnerving.
To escape, Rex and Sasha team up with a mis-programmed combat drone and an intelligent mutant plant to lead a rebellion against their merciless corporate overlords.
Out of the Soylent Planet is a novel-length prequel to Starship Grifters, the book NYT bestselling author Hugh Howey called “one of my favorite space romps of all time.” You can start your adventures in the Rex Nihilo universe here or with Starship Grifters; you’ll be equally confused either way.
High Spirits: Book #5 in the Grifter’s Daughter Series (affiliate link)
NEVER CHEAT AN HONEST MAN—IF
YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND ONE.
Notorious but lovable con artist Dani Silver is fresh off yet another successful, rollicking scam when she receives a curious email. Some tipster says he’s got a lead on a million-dollar bottle of whiskey—and would Dani mind teaming up to snag it?
Well, no—since her informant has no idea where it is, she’d rather do it herself.
It seems the museum quality hooch has been appropriated from the original collectors, who would pay a handsome ransom—if not full price—to get it back. At the cost of a mere $20,000, Dani hires the finest criminal artists money can buy, counterfeits the distinctive bottle, and fills it with supermarket booze, knowing it’ll never be opened.
But those collectors, who own a private museum, are “America’s Sweethearts” — one’s a picture-perfect film star, the other a nationally treasured children’s book author. And therein lies a grifter’s dilemma.
In a Sunburned Country (affiliate link)
Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. This time in Australia.
His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.
Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Take one amateur sleuth. Mix in some eccentric Minnesota locals. Add a generous dollop of crackling suspense, and you’ve got the recipe for this mystery series featuring Hannah Swensen, the red-haired, cookie-baking heroine whose gingersnaps are almost as tart as her comments and whose penchant for solving crime is definitely stirring things up.
While dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off, Hannah runs The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden’s most popular bakery. But after Ron LaSalle, the beloved deliveryman from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery—with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him—she’s determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, so she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.
One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer (affiliate link)
The New York Times bestseller that “provides a close-up and often harrowing look at Fick’s service both in Iraq and Afghanistan” (U.S. News & World Report).
If the Marines are “the few, the proud,” Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fick’s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacle—Recon— two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows to bring all his men home safely, and to do so he’ll need more than his top-flight education. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between military ideals and military practice, which can mock those ideals.
In this deeply thoughtful account of what it’s like to fight on today’s front lines, Fick reveals the crushing pressure on young leaders in combat. Split-second decisions might have national consequences or horrible immediate repercussions, but hesitation isn’t an option. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but ultimately it is an inspiring account of mastering the art of war.
Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot®, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More (affiliate link)
Skinnytaste One and Done is the perfect resource for busy home cooks looking for easy, good-for-you dinnertime solutions. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gina Homolka incorporates her healthy, flavor-forward recipes with everyone’s favorite way to cook—in one vessel, whether a sheet pan or multi-cooker, and everything in-between. No matter if you’d like to lose weight or just eat a little healthier, this book will make your weeknight dinner routine even simpler with satisfying, all-in-one recipes. Cooking in a single vessel means streamlined dinners with minimal fuss and cleanup—a huge plus after a long day.
The cookbook is organized by vessels that include everyday cooking equipment such as an Instant Pot®, a sheet pan, a Dutch oven, a skillet, a slow cooker, and an air fryer. As always, the recipes are big on flavor and light on calories, and now more convenient than ever. With 140 healthy, family-friendly recipes, 120 full-color photos, nutritional information for every recipe, and Gina’s signature cooking tips, Skinnytaste One and Done will be a weeknight game changer. Even if you don’t own all of the appliances, Gina gives alternative cooking directions using everyday cooking equipment where possible, so you won’t miss out.
Who Breaks First (Clearwater University Book 1) (affiliate link)
Once upon a time, I fell in love with three best friends.
This is the story of how they became my enemies.
Trent, Reese, and West.
Those three names are seared on my heart, imprinted on my soul. I gave a piece of myself to each of them before lies and betrayal drove us apart.
But when I’m offered a full-ride scholarship to the prestigious Clearwater University, I can’t say no… even if it means facing down the demons from my past.
Even if it means being drawn back into a world of obsession, vengeance, and desire.
Even if it means the Icons will do everything they can to break me.
But I’m not the same girl I once was, and if they think I’ll be an easy target for their wrath…
We’ll just see who breaks first.
Lee Child selects the twenty best mystery short stories of the year, including tales by Stephen King, Sara Paretsky, and many more.
Under the auspices of New York City’s legendary mystery fiction specialty bookstore, The Mysterious Bookshop, and aided by Edgar Award-winning anthologist Otto Penzler, international bestseller Lee Child has selected the twenty most suspenseful, most confounding, and most mysterious short stories from the past year, collected now in one entertaining volume.
Includes stories by: Alison Gaylin, David Morrell, James Lee Burke, Joyce Carol Oates, Martin Edwards, Sara Paretsky, Stephen King, Sue Grafton (with a new, posthumously-published work!), And many more!
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