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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
The Cause: A Deep Conspiracy Thriller (affiliate link)
Special Agent Frank Deal’s blood runs cold when he learns that the frightening power of anti-gravity technology has been stolen from Area 51. What he doesn’t know is that the technology now rests in the hands of The Cause – or that they plan to use it to tear the nation apart.
Deep inside the underground laboratories of Area 51, the quiet beep of a computer grabs Dr. Rick Donnelly’s attention. After years of intensive research, the supercomputer has just confirmed that the genius physicist has finally uncovered the secret which will allow the country’s new gravity wave powered aircraft to become fully operational. But Donnelly has no intention of giving his discovery to the United States government.
Instead, he will present the cutting-edge technology to his real employers – The Cause. Donnelly’s treason sets in motion a devastating plan that will plunge the entire country into chaos, or worse, a second civil war. The unimaginable power of gravity wave propulsion, unleashed in the form of an invulnerable aircraft, will allow The Cause to trigger its shocking gambit for ultimate power.
The Alpha Team: Volumes 1 – 3 (affiliate link)
OPERATION DUE DILIGENCE. At the heart of hard-hitting action and intrigue is the love story of CIA Agent Alejandro Cardenas and his soul mate, beautiful investment banker Julia Muller. Ten years after their romantic meeting in Paris, Alex, now retired from the CIA, assembles his Alpha Team to shut down a Miami-based conglomerate secretly owned by the Cuban government, which has used it for decades to launder the ill-gotten gains of a vast criminal empire involved in drug-smuggling, revolution for hire, and numerous other nefarious activities—including a massive assassination plot.
OPERATION BLACK SWAN. In post-9/11 United States, ex-op Alex Cardenas and his longtime love Julia have finally settled into domestic bliss—or so they think. While Alex runs a private security and intelligence agency from the comfort of the same Chicago skyscraper where his fiancé works at an investment banking firm, his undercover team—John “The Hulk” Powers and three of his best and brightest—are on the ground in Mexico City. They learn that three seemingly-disparate fringe groups—Islamic terrorists, a Cuban militant, and Chinese cyberterrorists—appear to be working in cahoots, orchestrating an elaborate operation of insider trading, border infiltration, and espionage.
Neighborhood Watch: After the EMP (affiliate link)
One second was all it took to erase Frank’s dreams.
New home. New car. New retirement.
Stolen by the EMP.
It gets worse. Frank’s neighbors failed to prepare at all, so it falls on him to keep them alive.
He starts easy: stockpile food, water, and guns. Disaster lessons he’d picked up reading books about the end of the world.
But after the EMP, keeping people safe gets complicated. He has to rally the neighborhood before the streets turn to chaos.
And they will. He’s read enough to know the power might come on tomorrow…
The Paper Trail Mystery: A Piano Teacher Mystery (affiliate link)
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Witch and Warlock Book 1) (affiliate link)
My life isn’t sooo bad.
True, I don’t have a love life to speak of, but I do have a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat, and a quirky best friend.
Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists I’m a witch and who just might turn my life upside down.
Rand hires me to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client, who also happens to be a ghost.
Along the way, I not only uncover the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, I actually bring the ghost back to life…
Now if I could only revive my love life, we might be getting somewhere…
Provence: Recipes from the French Mediterranean (affiliate link)
Provence is the fruit and vegetable garden of France, where much of its most beautiful produce is grown. These ingredients combined with Provence’s unique identity, position and history have resulted in a cuisine full of heart, balance and soul, a cuisine that showcases its peoples’ reverence for the produce, the changing seasons and the land.
Caroline Rimbert Craig’s maternal family hail from the southern foothills of Mont Ventoux, where the sun beats hard and dry, but aromatic herbs, vines and fruit trees prosper. This is her guide to cooking the Provençal way, for those who want to eat simply but well, who love to cook dishes that rhyme with the seasons, and who want to recreate the flavours of the Mediterranean at home, wherever that may be.
Welcome Home to Murder (Hometown Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
From author Rosalie Spielman comes a heartfelt cozy mystery that proves sometimes coming home again can be murder…
Tessa Treslow never wanted a small town life. As soon as she graduated high school, she happily escaped her tiny town to join the U.S. Army, leaving New Oslo, Idaho, population 852, firmly behind her. Twenty years later, the hometown hero is finally ready to come back—even if she has just a visit with loved ones in mind while her family is hoping to convince her to stay for good.
With her fawn boxer dog, Vince, in tow, Tessa falls into the unsettlingly familiar small town life, helping out in her family’s general store and her feisty Aunt Edna’s auto body shop. But her peaceful homecoming is suddenly shattered when the dead body of a crooked con man turns up in her aunt’s shop, and the police have some serious questions for the family. To make matters worse, the sheriff in charge just happens to be Tessa’s ex-boyfriend… and things did not end well between them all those years ago. When it comes out that the con man was trying to get his hands on the family business, Tessa knows they’re in trouble.
Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafes of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague (affiliate link)
Take a tour of the legendary cafés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague where a rich tradition of masterful desserts and coffee lives on. For centuries, artists and philosophers have gathered around coffeehouse tables to complement their lively conversations with exquisite desserts. Modern cafés of this region remain loyal to this pastry tradition; though the décor has changed, it is still strudel—not lemongrass sorbet—that is served on the menu.
In Kaffeehaus, Rick Rodgers celebrates 300 years of tradition with over 150 of the best classic Austro-Hungarian pastries. Using his celebrated skill as a teacher to present the recipes to bakers of all levels, Rodgers expertly shows how to create these glorious treats at home. Included are the explanations of the different kinds of batter, dough, and icing that form the foundation of this baking tradition, in addition to the many beverages—coffee or otherwise—that pair perfectly with the desserts.
This revised second edition features new charts for ingredient weights and measures in addition to updated content and resource lists. One of the few books on authentic Austro-Hungarian baking written in English with recipes for American kitchens and their ingredients. Kaffeehaus beautifully captures the taste and elegance of these cafés, commemorating their culture, history, and the delectable legacy of their desserts.
Fix Me a Plate: Traditional and New School Soul Food Recipes from Scotty Scott of Cook Drank Eat (affiliate link)
Take an Amazing Soul Food Journey With 60 Authentic, Unique and Indulgent Recipes
Get ready to shake up your home cooking with the most soul-satisfying dishes you’ve ever encountered. From hilarious and beloved chef Scotty Scott comes a deep dive into the delicious world of soul food, showcasing traditional recipes as well as awe-inspiring remixes on the classics. Learn the history behind how these iconic dishes came to be so embedded in soulful southern culture, and follow along as Scotty tells the heartwarming, sometimes side-splitting stories of how they were interwoven into his family history and childhood.
Start your morning off right with savory Southern Raised Biscuits with Spicy Sausage Cream Gravy or a big ol’ hearty plate of Catfish and Grits. Next, put some meat on your bones with staples like succulent Short Rib Grillades or Sea Island Red Peas and Carolina Gold Rice Hoppin’ John. Finally, dive into the Soul Remix with Scotty’s out-of-this-world elevations of classic recipes, like Fried Oyster Collard Green Salad, Duck Fat Shrimp Etouffee or Chicken and Brown Butter Sweet Potato Waffles with Maple Bourbon Sauce.
Encounters of Sherlock Holmes (affiliate link)
A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, including James Lovegrove, Justin Richards, Paul Magrs, Guy Adams and Mark Hodder. Edited by respected anthologist George Mann, and including a story by Mann himself.
Introduction by George Mann
The Loss of Chapter Twenty-One by Mark Hodder
Holmes and the Indelicate Widow by Mags L Halliday
The Demon Slasher of Seven Sisters by Cavan Scott
The Post-Modern Prometheus by Nick Kyme
Mrs Hudson at the Christmas Hotel by Paul Magrs
The Case of the Night Crawler by George Mann
The Adventure of the Locked Carriage by Stuart Douglas
The Tragic Affair of the Martian Ambassador by Eric Brown
The Adventure of the Swaddled Railwayman by Richard Dinnick
The Pennyroyal Society by Kelly Hale
The Persian Slipper by Steve Lockley
The Property of a Thief by Mark Wright
Woman’s Work by David Barnett
The Fallen Financier by James Lovegrove
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) (affiliate link)
David Small is the new rabbi in the small Massachusetts town of Barnard’s Crossing. Although he’d rather spend his days engaged in Torah study and theological debate, the daily chores of synagogue life are all-consuming—that is, until the day a nanny’s body is found on the rain-soaked asphalt of the temple’s parking lot.
When the young woman’s purse is discovered in Rabbi Small’s car, he will have to use his scholarly skills and Talmudic wisdom—and collaborate with the Irish-Catholic police chief—to exonerate himself and find the real killer.
Blending this unorthodox sleuth’s quick intellect with thrilling action, Friday the Rabbi Slept Late is the exciting first installment of the beloved bestselling mystery series that offers a Jewish twist on the clerical mystery, a delightful discovery for fans of Father Brown and Father Dowling or readers of Faye Kellerman’s suspense novels set in the Orthodox community.
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