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Author: Ortega, Esa
Epic Sci-Fi Spy Thriller

Kassini Grigorivitch has a new assignment she could’ve done without. With her Empire military background and a headful of faulty tech, she’s been reluctantly redeployed as a sleeper agent. Her mission? Work her way onto the Anomaly and influence its vengeful commander and his crew, while the Empire desperately finds a way to close the jaws of its trap and take its stolen stealth ship back.

Meanwhile, the galaxy is darkening as humanity’s rival empires are closing their networks and rattling their sabres. As Commander Krieger sends the Anomaly into ever-riskier territory, the crew’s loyalty is tested to breaking point…

Fighting side-by-side with a thrillseeking AI, a renegade alien pilot, a moody battle droid and a shapeshifting diplomat, will Kassini maintain her cover – or die trying?

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Author: Wallace, Michael
Space Opera Science Fiction

Lieutenant Capp is integrating Royal Navy tech onto a battered ship from the Old Earth fleet when she gets orders to cross the so-called Roach Frontier and investigate a potentially hostile alien race. The insectoids have survived a genocidal war, and are expanding aggressively toward human territory.

She arrives to find a navy warship already lurking in the system, with Captain McGowan of HMS Peerless preparing a preemptive strike against an insectoid mining colony. Capp sees hints that the aliens hope to avoid conflict, but McGowan ignores her misgivings and attaches her to a force of marines tasked with snuffing the aliens before they can spread.

The insectoids may not have initiated the fight, but they mount a vicious response to the mechanized troops landing in their midst. The deeper Capp penetrates their territory, the more she realizes this is a fight the marines may not be able to win, as she discovers a secret brewing deep within the insectoid colony.

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Author: Wilson, C.B.
Mystery Anthologies
It’s a perfect job for the right person in the wrong place: she’s a cat lady and her name’s even Cat, yet here she is, working for cable station KDOG in a place called Barkview, the dog-friendliest town in America, and also home to deadly rivalries – political, culinary, treasure-hunting, and, as always and everywhere, romantic.
Cavaliered to Death
Feline-lover Cat can almost handle dogs, but she finds the delicate balance disrupted when dog show week turns the quaint seaside town dog-eat-dog. Two opposing Cavalier King Charles Spaniels disappear and the mayor’s wife is murdered. Then things get really ruff when the Cavaliers are found in her aunt’s kennel.
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Author: Smith, Hazel
Cozy Murder Mystery

A posh hotel, guests with secrets to hide and a mysterious dead body.

Ivy Stone is excited to begin her first day as a maid at London’s Hotel LaFontaine, but from the moment she arrives, nothing goes as planned. She insults a guest, is snubbed by the other maids, and finds a dead body, all before lunch.

With help from new friends on staff, Ivy’s amateur sleuthing uncovers clues to a thickening plot of revenge among the glamorous guests.

While preparing for a prestigious fashion show, sampling gourmet dishes and falling deeper in love with Monty the pup, Ivy suspects the killer is among them and will strike again.

In a race against time, Ivy must unmask the true culprit and save her friends before it’s too late.

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Author: Mayer, Bob
Military Thrillers
How do you solve the problem of scarce resources and over-population with one devastating act?

Assigned to escort SNN’s ace reporter Conner Young, who’s accompanying a US Army Special Forces A-team as part of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Angola, former Green Beret Dave Riley finds himself undertaking his most dangerous and thrilling mission yet.

In the war-torn jungles of Africa, the team becomes infected with a terrible disease known as ‘Z’, which kills within days and is now on the verge of an uncontrollable outbreak.

The shocking truth about the virus points to a mysterious diamond cartel based on the Namibian coast. In a desperate race against time, Riley and the assault team must secure the only antidote before it is destroyed.

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Author: Davis, Mark
Communication Skills
Do you watch movies? Do you read novels? Both of these use stories in all their variations. We tell stories to our friends, to our families, to our prospects and our clients. We even tell them to strangers on the plane.
If we learn to share our stories well, people pay attention. They may even tell our story to friends and family. They buy what we have to sell. The best stories are passed on by word of mouth because they are easy to share.
Only storytelling guarantees we’ll hook the attention of the audience then they’ll be engaged in what we have to say.
Learn about the 7 strategies for telling stories people love and every time you talk, you’ll be confident you’ll be making a great impression.

The Girl from the Island (affiliate link)

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Author: Cook, Lorna
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World War II Historical Fiction

A world at war. One woman will risk everything. Another will uncover her story.

1940: When the island of Guernsey is invaded by the Nazis, two sisters are determined to rebel in any way they can. But when forced to take in a German soldier, they are shocked to find a familiar face on their doorstep – a childhood friend who has now become their enemy.

2016: Two generations later, Lucy returns to Guernsey after the death of a distant cousin. As she prepares the old family house for sale, Lucy discovers a box of handwritten notes, one word standing out: resistance. Lucy’s search for the author will uncover the story of a forgotten sister who vanished from the island one night, never to be seen again.

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Author: Eden, Cynthia
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Mystery Romance

She thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…

Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…

Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead.

November Road: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Berney, Lou
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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.

Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out.

A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects he’s next: he was in Dallas on an errand for the boss less than two weeks before the president was shot. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associate—a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish.

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Author: Ladd, Sarah E.
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Christian Historical Fiction

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. But she knows she can’t do it alone and finds herself in the surprising position of asking Graham, the child’s father—a man she’s never met before—to marry her.

When the baby vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

The Secrets of Married Women (affiliate link)

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Author: Mason, Carol
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Family Life Fiction

When Jill’s husband discovers he can never have children, it tears a hole in their marriage that Jill doesn’t know how to repair. Frustrated, she seeks comfort in her friends: fierce Leigh, with her high-powered career and doting family, and sweet, uncomplicated Wendy, who has a rock-solid marriage any woman would envy.

Leigh and Wendy’s lives seem perfect. But beneath the surface are secrets that could tear their friendship apart.

Leigh has grown tired of her stay-at-home husband and is looking for excitement—outside of the marriage bed. And after seventeen years of marriage, Wendy can’t shake the sense that there is something missing in her life.

As Jill is drawn deeper into her friends’ relationships, she is confronted by a temptation of her own: an intriguing stranger whose good looks and charm spark an instant connection.

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Author: Currie, Evan
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Space Opera Science Fiction

The world of the bestselling Odyssey One series grows in this new stand-alone adventure, as Earth’s survivors face devastating new challenges in the wake of an alien conflict. Battered and mourning tremendous losses, the once fractious peoples of enemy nations must work together to rebuild their shattered world—and prevent the possibility of their attackers’ return. What they don’t know is that a new, deadlier enemy unlike anything they’ve ever faced will usher in the dawn of another war.

Captain Morgan Passer commands the Rogue Class destroyer Autolycus, charged with an interstellar recon mission to detect traces of the repelled enemy while gathering information for the fortification of Earth’s defenses. What the expedition finds instead is a deeply disturbing mystery: a discovery that redefines everything they thought they knew about Earth’s place in the galaxy…and reveals deadly new horrors. Former enemies unite for their own survival, and Passer and his intrepid crew seek answers to help them save their people. Instead, they find that the invasion may be over, but the danger is just beginning.

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