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The Perfect Nanny (affiliate link)
The perfect surrogate. A troubled child. An amazing nanny with an instant connection. A terrible truth hidden beneath the surface…
When Michael and Cynthia Thompson hire Olive to carry their second child, it seems like the perfect it.
Olive, the widow and mother of two, is thrilled to be able to help them, and successfully gives birth to their son Grant.
Yet things with Grant are not well.
He’s plagued by childhood schizophrenia, and Cynthia is overwhelmed caring for their special needs son and their daughter Anna.
They hire Helena, who is a godsend.
The nanny demonstrates an unusual ability to cope with Grant’s problems and instantly bonds with him.
But this seemingly perfect arrangement hides sinister intents.
The First Harm: A Medical Thriller (affiliate link)
A first-year medical student determined to do everything right . . . discovers something very wrong. Now somebody wants her dead.
Tanna Christensen spent countless hours planning for her first gross anatomy dissection, but nothing could have prepared her for what she’s found. Beneath her scalpel lies a cadaver riddled with disturbing genetic abnormalities—evidence pointing to an unthinkable crime.
Tanna believes her discovery is the tip of a terrifying secret that goes far deeper than a single corpse. But when her investigation leads to a brutal murder, a lethal cover-up threatens to destroy the future she once dreamed of.
And now she’s the next target.
Afraid and on the run, Tanna must expose the truth before more lives are lost—including her own. Or is it already too late?
So Much Bull: A Penny Post Myth Agent Novel (affiliate link)
Mythology won’t be the same now that Penny Post is on the job.
Growing up as a Greek-American kid in Salem, Oregon, Penny Post is used to being yanked in all directions. Her life of not being quite good enough has left her recently divorced and on the hook for cat support; but there’s still oodles of sass and can-do attitude left to drag herself home for cake after her hairstyling gig ends in a blazing bonfire. (She did warn her client that hairspray and cigarettes don’t mix; she even jabbed her brush at the No Smoking sign.)
Good news: Her Greek grandmother has a lead on a new job.
Bad news: She’ll be rubbing elbows with her first love, Luke Remis, the man who vanished for six months before reentering her life with a wicked tan, a snake tattoo, and an excessive amount of audacity.
More good news: The money means her mommy’s boy ex won’t be calling her a loser for late cat support payments.
Weird news: Her new boss is a nameless disembodied voice; an alarming number of business owners in Salem aren’t fully human; Greek mythology is real; a complex treaty keeps the worlds separate; and there’s a minotaur rampaging around the city, scoffing people like chips.
Rotters (affiliate link)
When a deadly new virus emerges in the Congo river basin of central Africa, Dr. Peter Barry must lead an elite military recon team deep into the heart of the rain forest in a desperate race against time to discover the source of the virus. Each step closer to their goal brings new revelations about the virus, themselves, and the unimaginable fact that the fate of the world is in their hands.
Rotters is a action packed mix of biology, forensic science, military adventure and graphic zombie horror.
Someone Knows Something (affiliate link)
You can’t escape guilt. It lives in your bones and pulses in your blood, waiting for just the right moment to expose your sins.
J.R. Hudson was the golden boy of Timber Falls. Born into privilege as the mayor’s son, he was the envied quarterback on the high school football team with big dreams and aspirations. Along with his teammates and best friends, Ethan Young and Caleb Weston, the trio ruled senior year at Timber Falls High and the small Washington town they lived in.
And then one day they vanished.
Now the town is in a desperate attempt to solve the mysterious disappearance of these strong, dynamic young men. Searching for answers dredges up dark secrets and haunting revelations, revealing the grim truth—that maybe these boys weren’t as perfect as they seemed.
What happens when you’re pulled into an alternate version of your life?
Cassidy Marchand is abandoned, on the run, and out of money. She’s just gotten arrested for stealing, but that’s the least of her worries. When she wakes up, everything seems normal—at first. She soon discovers she has entered an alternate reality where she encounters devoted and loyal friends she’s never met, meets the golden-boy doctor she’s engaged to, and finds out the father who deserted her in her own world actually stuck around to raise her alternate self. The biggest hitch? Alternate-reality Cassidy is not only dead, she’s been murdered.
Dealing with the complicated mess of her own emotions and the grief of those around her is nightmarish enough, but there’s still a killer on the loose. Will Cassidy become a victim for a second time? When someone else gets taken by the killer, Cassidy can’t justify her desire to run away from the heartache and the danger, and finds herself running headlong into an alternate end she hadn’t bargained for.
Giovanni’s Ring: My Life Inside the Real Sopranos (affiliate link)
The story of a former FBI undercover task force officer who spent years penetrating New Jersey’s DeCavalcante crime family, the criminal organization known to law enforcement as “the real Sopranos”
Giovanni’s Ring is the story of “Giovanni Rocco,” a New Jersey police officer, known undercover as “Giovanni Gatto,” who was the mysterious agent at the epicenter of Operation Charlie Horse, a federal undercover operation that ultimately brought down ten members and associates of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante Mafia family, the criminal organization known as “the real Sopranos.”
Giovanni spent nearly three years working his way into the DeCavalcante hierarchy. That lethal assignment brought the undercover operation to an end in March 2015, and the resulting string of high-profile arrests eviscerated the criminal organization.
Pie Town: A Novel (affiliate link)
Post Office: A Novel (affiliate link)
Spock’s World (Star Trek: The Original Series) (affiliate link)
As Commander Spock, his father Sarek, and Captain James T. Kirk struggle to preserve Vulcan’s future, the planet’s innermost secrets are laid before us, from its beginnings millions of years ago to its savage prehistory, from merciless tribal warfare to medieval court intrigue, from the exploration of space to the the development of o’thia — the ruling ethic of logic. And Spock — torn between his duty to Starfleet and the unbreakable ties that bind him to Vulcan — must find a way to reconcile both his own inner conflict and the external dilemma his planet faces…lest the Federation itself be ripped asunder.
The Son (affiliate link)
Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries.
Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive. Despite their torture and cruelty, Eli–against all odds–adapts to life with the Comanche, learning their ways, their language, taking on a new name, finding a place as the adopted son of the chief of the band, and fighting their wars against not only other Indians, but white men, too-complicating his sense of loyalty, his promised vengeance, and his very understanding of self. But when disease, starvation, and westward expansion finally decimate the Comanche, Eli is left alone in a world in which he belongs nowhere, neither white nor Indian, civilized or fully wild.
The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Two: 100 Perfectly Portioned Recipes for Healthy Eating (affiliate link)
With crisp veggies, succulent seafood, hearty grains, and healthy oils, the Mediterranean diet makes nutritious eating a pleasure. This cookbook brings its bright flavors and bountiful health benefits to your table with recipes designed for two people. Relax and savor a delicious breezy seaside breakfast or a simple rustic dinner, all without leaving home. Together, discover how a Mediterranean lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart disease, aid in weight loss, and more. Change your life with healthy eating by cooking up meals that feature quick prep times and seasonal, accessible ingredients like the below:
CITRUS FENNEL SALAD: Bursting with fresh oranges, creamy goat cheese, and toasted pecans, this bright and aromatic salad is like a plateful of sunshine.
POACHED SALMON WITH MUSTARD-HERB SAUCE: Poaching rich salmon in a tangy mustard-yogurt sauce keeps the fish moist and flaky, with an added pop of flavor from dried tarragon.
GREEK-INSPIRED BEEF KEBABS: Perfect for grilling on a summer night, these colorful beef and vegetable kebabs are marinated in tangy balsamic vinegar and fragrant rosemary.
CHOCOLATE TURTLE HUMMUS: Discover the unexpected magic of chocolate with chickpeas in a sweet twist on a Mediterranean classic.
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