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Survival (World of Anthrax Book 1) (affiliate link)
Like most college students, all Callie Norton has worried about for weeks was passing this semester’s finals. After a night out celebrating, she and her friends wake up, sick with way more than the hangover of the century. All too soon, Callie realizes that this is not just a common cold she’s suffering from—and when she wakes up from a coma in a quarantine tent as the sole survivor, lack of food and water aren’t her only problems.
Things aren’t looking good for her to survive the next hour, let alone escape a city where most of the inhabitants have turned into crazed cannibals… and this is just the beginning.
Time of the Rose (Twisted Rose Saga Book 1) (affiliate link)
An antiques buff who longs to experience the olden days. A cowboy who’s fallen into the wrong era. Can they change history with their passion?
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 2014. Madison Calloway has become too well acquainted with despair. Still reeling from a nasty divorce, the heartbroken travel agent is nevertheless determined to embrace an intriguing work trip to a Wild West tourist town. And when a magnetically masculine gunslinger shows up at the shooting exhibition, he captures her imagination with his skillful display…and outlandish claims of being from 1878.
Colton Chase is too busy pursuing a murderer to pause for love. Yet after a mysterious flower hurtles him over one hundred years into the future, he’s willing to explore his unexpected connection with a beautiful and feisty stranger.
Dirty Rich Cinderella Story: Lori & Cole (affiliate link)
With only nine months left at Stanford, and despite being top of her law school class, Lori Havens takes leave to care for her sick mother. That means she juggles three jobs, the best of which is researcher for novelist, and syndicated columnist of “Cat Does Crime,” Cat Summer.
One evening after finishing up her work at Cat’s apartment building, Lori has an encounter with a sexy stranger, and does something out of character. She goes home with him. The night is perfect, he’s perfect, wealthy, powerful and from out of town. Morning comes, and despite their connection, Lori leaves before he finds out she’s far from the equal he believes her to be. She’s not a charity case and she’s not after his money. She will make her own. In other words, she leaves before her prince charming finds out she’s no princess.
A Witch Called Wanda (An iWitch Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
A beautiful Los Angeles songwriter is left heartbroken by her fiance…
…so she packs her bags for a fresh start in the country.
But once there, she discovers that nothing is what it seems – not even herself.
Maeve arrives in Wisteria Pines, a small town away from the Hollywood rat race. In a short time she makes new friends, is adopted by a lovable mutt, and finds the perfect locale to open a little music cafe. When she makes the owner an offer it seems she’s too late, and all she can do is close her eyes and wish.
The next day Maeve learns the building could be hers – but only because her competition was killed overnight…and now the handsome local detective thinks she’s behind the murder. Can she clear her name and prove she’s innocent, or has she fallen into a carefully laid trap that will put her behind bars for good?
Seriously, Murder?: a Don and Alice mystery (affiliate link)
Alice Humphries is a small-town Jersey lawyer, and she knows what she’s doing. Kind of. And hell—even if she doesn’t, she and her best friend Don can normally figure it out. They are recent law school grads who’ve opened up their own practice, and they’ll take just about any case they can get to keep the electricity on and buy donuts on Fridays. But when they’re assigned to a high-profile murder through the Public Defender’s Office, they find themselves in over their heads.
The victim: a well-known divorce attorney found shot to death in his office. Their client: his blond, botoxed, and bitchy wife. Alice and Don have to get her out of jail, keep her out of jail, and figure out what the hell they’re doing in the process. And meanwhile, they still have two other clients to contend with: a 23 year-old hot-blooded drama queen who pelts her on-again-off-again older lover with snowballs and erects giant snow penises on the hood of his car, and a brash-mouthed Texas pageant mom who assaults a fellow contestant with a giant cupcake and stuffs her four-year old’s bra for the win.
Steal Away (Adam Dutton & Beverly Laborde Book 1) (affiliate link)
A bitter con woman and a jaded detective reluctantly join forces to stop a killer…
When Beverly Laborde becomes a con artist extraordinaire to extract vengeance on the man who shut down her grandmother’s antiques business and sent her to an early grave, she comes face to face with the handsome but haunted Vermont police detective, Adam Dutton, who doesn’t know whether to arrest her or ask her out on a date.
But Beverly and Adam soon face an even worse problem than their inconvenient growing attraction toward each other: they have both incurred the wrath of the wealthy and formidable Reginald Forsyth. Forsyth’s criminal tendrils seem to reach into all areas of Vermont politics and the Northeastern Antiquities League, and he’ll do anything to keep his dark secrets safe.
Christmas In Ghost Gum Springs (affiliate link)
She’s a long way from home, and definitely not in the Christmas spirit…
Diana Jenkins’ dream vacation has turned into a nightmare. First, her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Australia. Then she’s rescued by a tall, blonde Aussie who won’t take her back to Sydney, only to the blink–and–you’ll–miss–it town of Ghost Gum Springs. Finally, the rental car company won’t be able to deliver her a new car until after the holidays. So now she’s hot, jet–lagged, and stuck in a small town just like the one she’s trying to escape. Australian small towns won’t be any different from Montana small towns, and Diana wants out.
Boy, 9, Missing (affiliate link)
This shocking psychological thriller explores the aftermath of one terrible night in the lives of two families, when Francis Scroll begins to suspect that the long-ago death of his brother is connected to the murder of another child.
On the evening of a small dinner party, nine-year-old Lucas Scroll was found floating face-down in his parents’ bathtub. Lucas’s friend Sam was the only person who could reveal the truth, but he was unable—or unwilling—to speak. Lucas’s death was ruled a tragic accident, and Francis Scroll became an only child.
Twenty-three years later, Francis is forced to confront the past he buried long ago when Sam’s own nine-year-old son goes missing, and Francis’s vengeful father emerges as the prime suspect. In order to save the life of a young boy, Francis must unearth the complicated truth about what happened the night his brother died.
Stripped Down: How Burlesque Led Me Home (affiliate link)
Stripped Down is about one woman’s journey into deeper levels of acceptance and love of herself through the powerful art form of burlesque. When she was young, she “felt adrift…like I was water, taking the shape of whatever container I was currently poured into.” Like many, she felt anxious around her appearance, struggling with an eating disorder and toxic beauty standards. When Anna discovers a vibrant form of self-expression in the most unlikely of places, the rest of her life begins.
She explores her growth and development through the book, but even more: in sharing her story, she can teach every reader the same things she learned.
Shabby Chic: The Gift of Giving (affiliate link)
Love Yoga (affiliate link)
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