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Rise of the Protector (The New World Chronicles Book 1) (affiliate link)
AT SEVENTEEN, Jinx is doing a below-average job of staying out of trouble. In her defense, being the first and only reject from the Virtual World she was born to enter was a bit of a bummer.
While every other denizen on her space station trains for their future life in the VR (a virtual reality designed for discovering higher wisdom and recording it), Jinx prepares for Galactic Release by shifting her trouble-making into overdrive. When she isn’t sneaking into restricted areas, she’s devising ways to check on, Laris — the only denizen she cares for.
But when the space station’s VR goes into lockdown, trapping Laris and thousands more, Jinx is pulled into a mystery.
Her race to uncover the truth reveals galactic thugs hunting her kind, an annoying zealot undermining her every move, and a hazardous virtual landscape to navigate.
So yeah, Jinx has got her hands full.
Shadow Dancer: A John Treehorn Mystery (Book 1) (affiliate link)
A VICTIM NEVER FORGETS.
When new evidence surfaces in a long forgotten federal crime, FBI Special Agent John Treehorn is the bureau’s first choice to lead the investigation at the Land of his People, the Navajo Nation. But, for this Special Agent, his nightmare; a murder, fifteen years earlier, brought this now decorated agent to his knees. A killing that was committed by the same Indian myth called, ‘Shadow Dancer’.
A prep school leader is missing, myths don’t commit murder, and the truth is buried on the reservation. Agent Treehorn and local FBI Agent Raven Shelley weave the clues together one strand at a time like an old Navajo rug, from the grave of a corpse intentionally hidden to the unspoken crimes targeted against members of a prestigious law firm. A stranger, who wove the motive, once walked amongst their People and left an indelible mark of a shattered dream that bled into its desert sands.
Nineteen Weeks: America, Britain, and the Fateful Summer of 1940 (affiliate link)
Nineteen Weeks is Norman Moss’s riveting account of the events in 1940 that changed Britain and America forever.
The weeks between May and September 1940 saw Hitler’s stunning conquest of France, Britain’s struggle against the threat of invasion, and a passionate debate in the United States over the proper response to these events.
Two battles raged in that summer, both vital to Britain’s survival: the battle for Europe and then for mastery of the skies over Britain, and in America the battle for public and political opinion, between those who believed that America had a stake in the defeat of Hitler and the isolationists.
Death in Paris (Màiri Maguire Book 1) (affiliate link)
Màiri Maguire teaches in top schools all over the world, but on days like today she wishes she had never left Glasgow!
8:10 a.m. on 15th August 1970. They’ve been in Paris only 12 hours. Lianna, Màiri’s closest friend, is locked up in jail, charged with murder. Màiri is being hunted by murderous criminals. She never dreamt that travelling outside Scotland would be so dangerous. Will Màiri ever again see her comfy home in Merrylea, her loving sisters Morag and Katriona, her schoolboy nephew Niall?
Major Ellis Peverel seldom leaves Màiri’s side. Respected by the Paris police, shrouded in secrets, who is this man? Is he a true friend to Màiri, or does he have an agenda of his own?
Who really killed the corrupt taxman for whose death Lianna has been framed? Màiri has only 6 days to find the murderer. Can she free Lianna in time? Or must she choose between her friend’s freedom and her own livelihood… if she’s still alive.
City of Vengeance (Cesare Aldo series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Florence. Winter, 1536. A prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home, a death with wide implications in a city powered by immense wealth.
Cesare Aldo, a former soldier and now an officer of the Renaissance city’s most feared criminal court, is given four days to solve the murder: catch the killer before the feast of Epiphany – or suffer the consequences.
During his investigations Aldo uncovers a plot to overthrow the volatile ruler of Florence, Alessandro de’ Medici. If the Duke falls, it will endanger the whole city. But a rival officer of the court is determined to expose details about Aldo’s private life that could lead to his ruin. Can Aldo stop the conspiracy before anyone else dies, or will his own secrets destroy him first?
Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life (affiliate link)
Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck shares his classic recipes made healthy along with easy exercise moves to help readers lose weight and feel energetic.
In Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy, Wolfgang Puck shares the food and fitness plan that helped him transform from being overweight and out of shape to fit and energetic. Now, he offers more than 100 health-conscious recipes, some modified classics from his earlier classics; others brand new. Readers will find flavorful food for every meal, including snacks and desserts, inspired by Mexican, Asian, Italian, Indian, and French cuisine.
Puck will never tell readers that they can’t enjoy a glass of wine or to cut out their favorite foods. Instead, he partnered with trainer Chad Waterbury and journalist Lou Schuler to outline an exercise solution. They’ve uncovered a plan for the fitness-phobic out there who want to be able to indulge a little: an adaptable 40 minute workout program focused on core stability, cardio fitness, and mobility that can be adapted to suit anyone’s daily life.
Hot British Boyfriend (affiliate link)
After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.
When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in: If he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.
But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems . . . and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.
Into A Canyon Deep: A Chris Black Adventure (affiliate link)
Not all secrets are buried deep . . . enough.
Chris Black has spent two decades searching for answers deep within the world’s oceans and is no stranger to the risks of undersea life. Alongside Mac Johnson, his childhood friend and former Navy SEAL, Chris has cheated death above and below the ocean’s surface more times than he can count. But nothing has prepared him for the violence he and his team encounter in their own backyard of Carmel-by-the-Sea, violence which will change the team forever.
When Black and Johnson, while studying a deep undersea canyon, discover barrels of toxic waste piled on the seafloor, they immediately grasp the danger to the environment. But they are slower to recognize the danger their discovery poses for their friends and families.
Broke Vegan: Over 100 plant-based recipes that don’t cost the earth (affiliate link)
We all want to help do our bit to save the planet by moving towards a plant-based diet, but let’s face it: eating vegan can be expensive.
With over 100 plant-based recipes using supermarket staples along with hints and tips for making your food go further, Broke Vegan will have you cooking meals time after time that save money and save the planet. From easy weeknight meals ready in 20 minutes to feeding a crowd on a budget or saving bags of time and money by batch cooking, Broke Vegan has got you covered.
Whether you’re taking part in Veganuary for the first time, making the move from veggie to vegan or just trying to make your money go further, Broke Vegan will bring variety and flavour to your meals without having to spend a fortune.
In Cultured Food for Health, Donna Schwenk opens your eyes to the amazing healing potential of cultured foods. Focusing on the notion that all disease begins in the gut—a claim made by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, more than 2000 years ago—she brings together cutting-edge research, firsthand accounts from her online community, and her personal healing story to highlight the links between an imbalanced microbiome and a host of ailments, including high blood pressure, allergies, depression, autism, IBS, and so many more.
Then she puts the power in your hands, teaching you how to bring three potent probiotic foods—kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables—into your diet. Following the advice in these pages, along with her 21-day program, you can easily (and deliciously!) flood your system with billions of good bacteria, which will balance your body and allow it to heal naturally.
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