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Eagles: Up Ahead in the Distance (affiliate link)
Christmas at Sleigh Bell Farm (The Elliotts of Montana Book 1) (affiliate link)
Jim “Lucky” Elliott is the country boy next door – charismatic, handsome and charming. But when he has to drop out of vet school to try and rescue his grandparents’ Marietta-based sleigh ride business and family farm, Lucky faces his hardest struggle yet.
Podcaster Rachel O’Rourke is done with broken hearts, but she can still find joy in other people’s happily-ever-afters. When she holds a contest on her show for the best first kiss story, her bruised heart beats a little faster when she reads Lucky’s submission. He doesn’t have a story, but his grandparents do, and free advertising for the winner is just what he’s looking for.
As they start spending time on the farm, Rachel finds herself not only drawn to the sweet setting, but also to the man. But when a real estate developer sets his sights on the Elliott land, Lucky will have to decide if the money means security for his family, or if he’ll fight for Sleigh Bell with Rachel by his side.
Starting over never tasted so good
Holly Berry has it all; a good corporate career, a steady boyfriend, and enough savings that they will soon be able to buy a nice little house. But when she finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she decides to retreat to the Cotswolds and a place full of far sweeter memories.
However when Holly discovers the quaint village sweet shop that she worked in as a teenager is starting to crumble she decides that maybe the sensible life isn’t what she wants after all. Putting all her chocolate eggs in one basket, she says goodbye to the city, and sets her sights on Just One More.
After all, how hard can running a sweet shop be?
With charismatic Giles, ready to rescue her at every turn and the local bureaucrats breathing down her neck, it certainly isn’t the quiet life she expected. Can Holly really save the place from the the wicked developers, or will she be the reason Just One More closes its doors for good?
Memories and Matchsticks (The Sam and Bump Misadventures Book 1) (affiliate link)
There’s an arsonist on the loose in rural Wilton, Indiana — and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep from being found out. Even murder.
Out of work, accident prone, and dateless, Sam McNamee packs up her belongings and her daughter to move to the Florida Keys, where she can pen love stories as S.A. Mack to ease the lingering pain of her husband’s death. First, though, she has to help her dad sell his home of forty-plus years. It just might be the hardest job she’s ever tackled. He’s a hoarder; she’s a neat freak.
The night she returns to Wilton, Sam plows into a mangy mutt on a rain-slicked country road. Bump, the dog she rescues, has a history that drags Sam and her family into a web of danger, making her father a prime suspect.
Easy Muffin Cookbook: 50 Delicious Recipes (affiliate link)
Easy Almond Rhubarb Muffins
Flax Raisin and Vanilla Muffins
Thyme Mushroom and Feta Muffins
Ivy League Muffins
Hash Brown Breakfast Muffins
Beef Mushroom Muffins
Brown Sugar Biscuit Muffins
Caribbean Rolled Oats Muffins
Molasses and Allspice Muffins
September’s Pumpkin Muffins
Vegan Cornmeal Muffins
Buttermilk Bran Muffins
Oats and Cinnamon Muffins
Much, much more!
Smooch (The Camel Club Series) (affiliate link)
One night. No names. No rules. Just fun.
I considered it revenge against my ex-boyfriend and it was hands down
the most physical and best night of my life.
But when my one-night-stand shows up where I work, I panic.
I mean seriously, of all the people in Seattle, what are the odds? I’m not looking for love.
Our one-night of fun was my attempt to escape it, but Chett Hayes has other plans.
He makes me a deal my friends won’t let me refuse.
Four blind-dates – each one followed by a date with him.
Choose Chett in the end and win my happily ever after,
or don’t and continue my happy single life, never seeing Chett again.
Rules are set. Lines are drawn, but when those lines are crossed,
the playing field becomes blurry.
Chett is adamant this is a deal he can’t lose.
And I’m terrified he might win.
The Royal Correspondent: A Novel (affiliate link)
Breaking into the newspaper business in 1960s Sydney—a competitive world dominated by hard-edged men—isn’t easy for a woman. But Blaise Hill is far from ordinary. The only female in The Clarion’s newsroom, her long-held dream of being a reporter has come true. Blaise isn’t chasing stories just to make a name for herself; she’s helping support her family and her beloved sister Ivy, whose life has been transformed by polio.
But the ambitious young journalist’s confidence is shaken when she secretly witnesses the murder of a top crime boss—a death that rocks the Sydney underworld. One of the few people who knows what really happened—and what Blaise knows—is the handsome, enigmatic Adam Rule, who helps cover up the murder. When she gets a plum assignment—moving to England to cover the British royal family—Blaise hopes to put it all behind her.
Rocket to the Morgue (American Mystery Classics) (affiliate link)
In the Dark (The Dark Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
A trilogy spun from a web of secrets, deceit, and lies and wrapped in a bow of a soul-crushing, slow burn love story.
He was my best friend for as long as I could remember. Not anymore.
It’s been over two years, and I still have no clue why Rhys stopped talking to me.
Everything was great until he left for football camp. When he returned, he pretended I didn’t exist. He was cold, leaving the room every time I’d enter.
Truths became nothing but lies I’d been told. My life was a web of secrets spun by everyone I trusted, including him.
Until the night Rhys came clean.
Everybody Thought We Were Crazy: Dennis Hopper, Brooke Hayward, and 1960s Los Angeles (affiliate link)
Los Angeles in the 1960s: riots in Watts and on the Sunset Strip, wild weekends in Malibu, late nights at The Daisy discotheque, openings at the Ferus Gallery, and the convergence of pop art, rock and roll, and the New Hollywood. At the center of it all, one inspired, improbable, and highly combustible couple—Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward—lived out the emblematic love story of ’60s L.A.
The home these two glamorous young actors created for themselves and their family at 1712 North Crescent Heights Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills became the era’s unofficial living room, a kaleidoscopic realm—“furnished like an amusement park,” Andy Warhol said—that made an impact on anyone who ever stepped into it. Hopper and Hayward, vanguard collectors of contemporary art, packed the place with pop masterpieces by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Warhol, and welcomed a who’s who of visitors, from Jane Fonda to Jasper Johns, Joan Didion to Tina Turner, Hells Angels to Black Panthers.
Act of Will (affiliate link)
Orphaned at a young age and later working as a servant to a wealthy suffragette, Audra Kenton finds the love of a lifetime—only to have it ripped away in an unforeseeable tragedy. Now she lives for only one reason: to give her daughter Christina, a gifted artist, everything she needs to succeed in life. But headstrong, vibrant Christina refuses to follow the path her mother has set out for her. Stubbornly forging her own path, she builds a global fashion empire in the heart of Manhattan.
Soon a mother herself, Christina wants nothing so much as for her own daughter, Kyle, to lead the company when she’s gone. From humble beginnings to the heights of wealth and success, these three women face love, heartbreak, and betrayal—each to emerge triumphant in her own way.
The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer (affiliate link)
Singer-songwriter, actor, fashion icon, futurist, and worldwide superstar Janelle Monáe brings to the written page the Afrofuturistic world of one of her critically acclaimed albums, exploring how different threads of liberation—queerness, race, gender plurality, and love—become tangled with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscape…and what the costs might be when trying to unravel and weave them into freedoms.
Whoever controls our memories controls the future.
Janelle Monáe and an incredible array of talented collaborators have crafted a collection of tales comprising the bold vision and powerful themes that have made Monáe such a compelling and celebrated storyteller. Dirty Computer introduced a world in which thoughts—as a means of self-conception—could be controlled or erased by a select few. And whether you were human, AI, or other, your life and sentience were dictated by those who’d convinced themselves they had the right to decide your fate.
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