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Slice of Murder (A Pizza Parlor Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
One of the highest-ranking defectors from Scientology exposes the secret inner workings of the powerful organization in this remarkable memoir.
Mike Rinder’s parents began taking him to their local Scientology center when he was five years old. After high school, he signed a billion-year contract and was admitted into Scientology’s elite inner circle, the Sea Organization. Brought to founder L. Ron Hubbard’s yacht and promised training in Hubbard’s most advanced techniques, Mike was instead put to work swabbing the decks.
Still, Rinder bought into the doctrine that his personal comfort was secondary to the higher purpose of Hubbard’s world-saving mission, swiftly rising through the ranks. In the 1980s, Rinder became Scientology’s international spokesperson and the head of its powerful Office of Special Affairs. He helped negotiate Scientology’s pivotal tax exemption from the IRS and engaged with the organization’s prominent celebrity members, including Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley, and John Travolta.
Yet Rinder couldn’t shake a nagging feeling that something was amiss—Hubbard’s promises remained unfulfilled at his death, and his successor, David Miscavige, was a ruthless and vindictive man who did not hesitate to confine many top Scientologists, Mike among them, to a makeshift prison known as the Hole.
The Vintage Vendetta: A Thrift Shop Cozy Mystery (Secondhand Sleuth Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Thrift shop til someone drops…
When she receives a strange invitation to her aunt’s midnight funeral in the cozy Minnesota town of Pine Grove, Jessica Braun’s life is going nowhere. Her marriage is over, and her dead-end job has run out of road.
Now she’s inheriting an old log house full of collected treasures and memories, and learns Aunt Daphne’s death was no accident. To make matters worse, Jess is the hopeless deputy’s prime suspect. After a second old-timer is silenced and a third may be in danger, she dives into her own investigation and the town’s worn-out secrets.
With the help of her salvaged cat and mystery-obsessed teen neighbor, Jess is determined to catch the killer and turn her cluttered garage into the Pine Grove Thrift Store.
Love is a Lyric (Rockstars Anonymous) (affiliate link)
Ben Evans is famous. Not one-hit-wonder famous. His name falls off the lips of every girl with breath in her lungs. And none of that stops his heart from shattering when he finds his girlfriend/singing partner cheating on him with his best friend. He thought they were destined, fate, because the lyrics she poured her soul into fit the notes in his head.
But what if none of it was true?
Piper Hayes is a nobody. Not just a fade-into-the-background nobody. The only time anyone acknowledges her is when her sister needs a coffee or someone to blame for her mistakes. None of that stops her from seeing him. Ben. Every time he sings the lyrics her sister pretends to have written, she wants to end the lie.
As the tour comes to an end, Ben turns to Rockstars Anonymous, the support group his publicist forced him into. They’re ridiculous, annoying, and way too interested in his life, but they’re also right. Maybe he’s loved the wrong girl all along.
The Lavender Witch: The Psychic Sisters (affiliate link)
To Honor the Dead (Detective Chief Inspector Jack Harris Book 4) (affiliate link)
Are the defacing of a town’s war memorial and the death of a WWII veteran connected? DCI Jack Harris investigates.
The small town of Levton Bridge is beset by a spate of vandalism against its war memorials. Uniformed police believe it is just kids, but DCI Jack Harris is not so sure. And when a local WWII veteran is found brutally murdered, his suspicions are confirmed.
With anti-war activists causing trouble in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, top brass want the case wrapped up to avoid further bad publicity. But the obvious suspects have strong alibis and Harris’ instincts tell him there is something serious afoot. The wildlife-loving detective is increasingly exasperated. Preferring his beloved dogs to his colleagues and having little patience for humans in general, Harris becomes more aggressive and unforgiving as the murder investigation fails to progress.
Someone in the town knows something, but the clues point to outside the region. Will a return to Harris’ old stomping ground of Manchester help him finger the murderer? Or will the investigation draw a blank and Harris blow a fuse that will get him fired.
There’s a reason this system for time management, goal setting, and intentional living has been adopted by millions around the globe: it works. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll get the right things done. All you need is a pen, paper, and five spare minutes a day.
In The Bullet Journal Method, Ryder Carroll, the system’s founder, provides an essential guide to avoiding all-too-common beginner mistakes and building a core discipline from which you can personalize your practice. You’ll not only learn to organize your tasks, but to focus your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful to you by following three simple steps:
* Track the past. Create a clear and comprehensive record of your thoughts.
* Order the present. Find daily calm and clarity by tackling your to-do list in a more mindful, systematic, and productive way.
* Design the future. Transform your vague curiosities into meaningful goals, and then break those goals into manageable action steps that lead to big change.
No Mercy (A Jonathan Grave Thriller Book 1) (affiliate link)
When those inside the corridors of power need help outside the law, they know who to call. Jonathan Grave, covert rescue specialist, always gets results.No names. No feds. No trace evidence.
When an Indiana college student is abducted, Jonathan and his team of ace operatives unravel a deadly scheme the government wants ignored. Someone wants to control a devastating secret. Someone rich, powerful, and willing to kill anyone to get it. Even the people Jonathan loves most.
Medicare For Dummies (affiliate link)
Medicare brings valuable benefits to more than 58 million people and growing, but most of us don’t even know the basics of how Medicare can work best for us. That’s where Medicare For Dummies, 4th Edition comes in, explaining how this complex system functions and helping you confidently navigate your way through the maze to get the most out of your coverage.
This indispensable resource untangles Medicare in friendly, straightforward language. Step by step, you’ll learn when and how to enroll, ways to avoid costly mistakes, and how to find the plan that brings the most benefit to you and your family.
Reduce out-of-pocket expenses
Know your rights and protections
Choose the best policy for you
Using this reassuring and comprehensive guide, you’ll be able to get the answers to all your questions, find guidance on how to act—and then get on with getting the benefits you need.
Solutions and Other Problems (affiliate link)
For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh—beloved author and artist of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half—returns with a new collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays.
Solutions and Other Problems includes humorous stories from Allie Brosh’s childhood; the adventures of her very bad animals; merciless dissection of her own character flaws; incisive essays on grief, loneliness, and powerlessness; as well as reflections on the absurdity of modern life.
This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features all-new material with more than 1,600 pieces of art. Solutions and Other Problems marks the return of a beloved American humorist who has “the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian” (Bill Gates).
Emissary (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Book 1) (affiliate link)
Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story (affiliate link)
Laughing Boy is a model member of his tribe. Raised in old traditions, skilled in silver work, and known for his prowess in the wild horse races, he does the Navajos of T’o Tlakai proud. But times are changing. It is 1914, and the first car has just driven into their country. Then, Laughing Boy meets Slim Girl—and despite her “American” education and the warnings of his family, he gives in to desire and marries her.
As Laughing Boy and Slim Girl settle away from traditional villages—their different upbringings clashing within both their relationship and the ever-encroaching culture around them—each of their worlds are thrown into a heart-wrenching turmoil of love, honor, hope, and heritage.
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