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The Darkest Winter (Savage North Chronicles Book 1) (affiliate link)
The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began.
A group of orphaned misfits. The wildlands of the last frontier. Superhuman abilities, harrowing adventures, and heartbreaking secrets.
Haunting shadows are nothing new to Elle St. James, she’s been running from them all her life. But since the outbreak spread from the lower forty-eight, new monsters lurk in the darkness. After Elle wakes from the fever, capable of horrific deeds, she fears she’s one of them. When she stumbles upon four orphans, Elle’s forced to discover what happens when her greatest fear becomes her darkest secret and her only hope of surviving.
After the world goes mad and takes his family with it, Jackson Mitchell tosses aside his badge and decides a bottle of bourbon and the depths of despair are preferable to any semblance of living. All of that changes, however, when a group of young survivors are in dire need of his help and Jackson sacrifices his blissful oblivion in order to keep them safe.
My Own Best Enemy (Apple Valley Love Stories Book 2) (affiliate link)
This isn’t a wedding. This is war …
I get it. We were in elementary school. Just a couple of kids on the playground. But after Nash Hendrix called me Enemy instead of Emily, his stupid nickname haunted me for years.
Now our best friends are getting married, and they expect me to stand across the aisle from Nash the Ruiner without killing him?
Whatever. I can survive that.
It’s only for one weekend.
Until it’s not.
When I get roped into wedding planning at all the same places Nash is fundraising, I’m ready to blow up our truce.
But the more time we spend together, the more I feel like … not murdering him.
Is it possible Nash and I don’t hate each other?
No way. He’s still my enemy.
Lady Helena Investigates: Book One of the Scott-De Quincy Mysteries (affiliate link)
A reluctant lady sleuth finds she’s investigating her own family.
1881, Sussex. With a drowned husband—the second love lost—an overbearing family, no longed-for child, and the responsibility of a huge baroque mansion, it’s not surprising Lady Helena Whitcombe is overwhelmed. When attractive, mysterious, French physician Armand Fortier disturbs her first weeks of mourning with his theory of murder, Helena’s reluctant and ineffective attempts at investigation are hardly life-changing—until the resulting revival in her long-abandoned herbalist studies bring her into confrontation with her past and her family’s.
Can Lady Helena survive bereavement the second time around? Can she stand up to her six siblings’ assumption of the right to control her new life as a widow? And what role will Fortier—who, as a physician, is a most unsuitable companion for an earl’s daughter—play in her investigations?
In the Company of Men ( Lemon Sugar Book 1) (affiliate link)
A teacher missing without a trace, can Nash keep Etta safe?
Miss Etta Lynne is desperate. With the Great War finally over, it’s up to her to care for her sick mother and pregnant, widowed sister. She needs the high school teaching position in Oakland, Manitoba.
It doesn’t matter that the superintendent shows his contempt for her at every turn. Nor does it matter that the overprotective and entirely too attractive mayor disagrees with her more often than not. It doesn’t even matter that the previous teacher disappeared under mysterious (and potentially grim) circumstances. She will persevere.
However, Etta soon realizes she’ll have to learn to trust those around her if she has any hope of finding safety—and possibly love—in this new life. But what if trust is a luxury she simply can’t afford?
Why Do We Say That? 101 Idioms, Phrases, Sayings & Facts (affiliate link)
Why do you “call shotgun” when you want the front passenger seat? What does “letting the cat out of the bag” have to do with divulging secrets? Why do you ask people to “cut to the chase”? Why do you hear all those juicy rumors “through the grapevine”?
Like many people, you’ve probably used idioms or phrases like these without giving them a second thought. But if you were to take a moment to step back and learn about them you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover the mesmerizing and sometimes outright bizarre origins to these fun sayings!
Inside you will discover:
What the sanitary conditions of 17th century London have to do with its “raining cats and dogs” today.
What taking things “with a grain of salt” has to do with an ancient remedy for poison.
What Southeast Asian warrior traditions have to do with the term “to run amuck.”
Why “to break a leg” became something worth aspiring to in the Elizabethan theaters.
And many, many more!
The Other Half (Door Peninsula Passions Book 1) (affiliate link)
When a spoiled socialite is forced to live like the other half, will she also find her other half?
When I landed on the front page of the paper with a censored label over my lady bits, my grandpa gave me an ultimatum—prove I can live without my family name and riches or get cut off and relinquish my place in the family legacy.
To prove I was more than just a pretty face with a trust fund, I left my famous name behind and went where no socialite had gone before…
To get a job.
An Alaskan Secret (Home to Hearts Bay Book 1) (affiliate link)
Coming home as a single dad…
with a seven-year secret
Back home in Hearts Bay, Alaska, Asher Hale’s past has caught up with him. His son Cameron’s new reading tutor, Tess Madden, is actually Cameron’s mother—but she doesn’t know it. Their teenage romance is one neither has forgotten, but Asher’s secret lies between them. Now he will have to risk it all. Because telling the truth is the only path to a family reunion.
Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops (affiliate link)
It does take all kinds and through the misanthropic eyes of a very grumpy bookseller, we see them all. There’s the Expert (with subspecies from the Bore to the Helpful Person), the Young Family (ranging from the Exhausted to the Aspirational), Occultists (from Conspiracy Theorist to Craft Woman).
Then there’s the Loiterer (including the Erotica Browser and the Self-Published Author), the Bearded Pensioner (including the Lyrca Clad), the The Not-So-Silent Traveller (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hummer, Farter, and Tutter), and the Family Historian (generally Americans who come to Shaun’s shop in Wigtown, Scotland).Don’t forget the Person Who Doesn’t Know What They Want (But Thinks It Might Have a Blue Cover) and the harried Parents Secretly After Free Childcare. Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer—all add up to one of the funniest books about books you’ll ever find.
Shaun Bythell and his mordantly unique observational eye make this perfect for anyone who loves books and bookshops.
The Silent Tower (Windrose Chronicles series Book 1) (affiliate link)
In a world where wizards are relegated to ghettos, it is no surprise to see one murdered in the street. But for Stonne Caris, a young warrior monk who sees the killing and gives chase to the culprit, there is nothing ordinary about seeing a murderer disappear into a black, inky portal. The Archmage sends him in search of Antryg Windrose—a half-mad mage who understands the nature of these passages between dimensions.
On the other side of the Void is Joanna, a programmer as mild as Caris is deadly. She has spent her life in cubicles, staring into computer terminals, as far from heroism as she can get. But when the power that is crossing between dimensions draws her through the Void, she finds herself battling to save a world she never even knew existed.
Final Warning (Calvin Stewart Thrillers Book 1) (affiliate link)
A detective on his way out. A pathologist already out the door. And a killer up for the challenge.
Detective Superintendent Calvin Stewart is on his final warning after messing up a crime scene in Glasgow. He’s never been one for desk duty and he’s not going to start now.
Finbar O’Toole is a pathologist and is at the crime scene where Stewart disgraces himself. There’s no love lost between the two men.
A violent incident takes place and Finbar steps in to save Stewart, and then the two men get talking.
A bond is formed as they set about tracking down a killer who’s been amongst them all this time – and nobody is even aware.
Finding roadblocks at every turn, they put their own lives on the line as they search for the truth and hunt down a killer who won’t let anybody stand in their way. Not even them.
A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939–1940 (affiliate link)
The true story of the battle between Finland and Russia that erupted at the dawn of World War II.
On a November morning in 1939, Soviet bombers began attacking Helsinki, Finland. In the weeks that followed, the tiny Baltic republic would wage a war—the kind of war that spawns legends—against the mighty Soviet Union, which was desperate for a buffer against Nazi Germany.
With “a well-balanced blend of narrative and analysis,” historian William R. Trotter tells the story of guerrillas on skis; heroic, single-handed attacks on tanks; unfathomable endurance; and the charismatic leadership of one of the twentieth century’s true military geniuses (Library Journal). This little-known but dramatic battle would be decisive in Finland’s fight to maintain its independence—and A Frozen Hell brings it to fascinating life.
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