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Buck Fever (Blanco County Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Think of James Patterson’s Alex Cross series or John Sanford’s Virgil Flowers series and toss in a lot of laughs.
Do you know Dev Haskell? He’s a Private Investigator with a foot on both sides of the law. A back slapping, fun loving, ladies man, but best not to cross him. He’s not always right. He’s not going to save the world from terrorists, or protect the stock market from international manipulators. Dev Haskell deals in day to day problems and situations that result from people making bad decisions. But then, bad decisions can make for interesting tales . . .
At the end of the day Dev get’s the job done and there’s usually a gorgeous woman who says, “Please, don’t ever call me again. Ever!”
Dev Haskell, you’re about to be thoroughly entertained.
Practically Angels (Angel Bay Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Coming of age in Heaven, what an exciting time! Especially since it’s every young angel’s dream to earn her wings by serving a tour in the Bureau of Angels. For everyone except Emmy Morrissey it seems. It turns out, she and a couple of others are not quite like the rest.
But Heaven has a plan for everyone—even misfits. After a bit of brief training, Emmy and her fellow oddballs are given a secret mission to run a beachside gift shop in scenic little Angel Bay. And maybe act as guardian angels for the town.
They may even find time for their first forays into mortal romance, instead of just reading about it in steamy fiction. The hapless young angels soon find themselves up to their necks in supernatural mischief when they discover Angel Bay is ground zero for the paranormal.
Dutch Oven Cooking: More Easy Dutch Oven One-Pot Meal Recipes (Dutch Oven Cookbook) (affiliate link)
•A short history of the Dutch oven
•Advice on buying, cooking with and maintaining your Dutch oven
•Delicious breakfast recipes such as the Buttery Berry Breakfast Treat and the Blueberry Dutch Fiesta
•Nutritious beef recipes such as the Rosemary Veggie Beef Roast and the Mushroom Beef Stew
•Wholesome pork and lamb recipes like the Pork Paprika Roast and the Braised Dutch Oven Lamb with Olives
•Satisfying chicken and poultry recipes such as the Chicken and Rice Casserole and the Zucchini, Corn, and Turkey Stew
•Delightful fish and seafood recipes like the Dutch Oven Chorizo Mussels and the Spicy Shrimp Meal with Fresh Herbs
•Tasty vegetarian and side recipes like the Dutch Oven-Baked Lentils and the Quick and Easy Cheesy-Ravioli-Veggie Casserole
100 Easy Recipes In Jars (100 More Easy Recipes in Jars) (affiliate link)
The most innovative way to give gifts from your kitchen! 100 Easy Recipes In Jars is a delightful collection of easy to make, delicious jar recipes that are wonderful for any gift-giving occasion. Photos of jar decorating ideas are throughout the book.
The recipes use simple ingredients to create a homemade meal or snack that’s as easy to use as a store-bought mix. You do the hard part, while the recipient sits back and enjoys.
As an added bonus, readers have access to more than 2000 online labels and recipe cards to decorate and personalize their handcrafted gift. (Labels updated for 2023) These clever, professionally designed templates can be used to add a personal touch and create a one of a kind gift that will be the highlight of any occasion.
Coffee, Tea, Cocoa
Nuts & Snacks
They Will Be Coming for Us (The Jovian Universe Book 1) (affiliate link)
In this gripping sci-fi thriller, Svetlana Peterman has met her soul mate in Andrew Jovian, a young astronomer who works for Starbright International, the aerospace company his wealthy parents own. Once married, they make a home in Kirksberg, Pennsylvania, a small town famous for a UFO sighting that occurred in the 1960s. Svetlana is, for once, truly happy, except that Andrew’s family is strange, and not in a normal-strange kind of way.
Preoccupied with only two things—the night sky and carrying on their family lineage—the Jovians lack social skills and often pry into Svetlana’s personal life. Her intimidating mother-in-law demands she get busy fulfilling her reproductive duty to the family, and Andrew’s eccentric uncle seems to be able to read her mind.
Feeling bullied and wanting a career before motherhood, Svetlana takes precautions but ends up pregnant anyway. But that’s the least of her worries when she discovers the Jovians have a monumental secret that will change her fate (and that of her child’s) forever—a secret so powerful, it could alter the course of mankind.
Buy They Will Be Coming for Us today and experience this mind-bending tale of love, loss, and the mysteries of the night sky.
The Story of Us (affiliate link)
A bookstore owner…
her former high school sweetheart…
And a box of old love letters
that could change everything.
Jamie always adored True Love Bookstore and Café, and now she’s the owner. But businesses are struggling in her small town, and her beloved store is threatened by a new retail development scheme.
Sawyer, Jamie’s former high school sweetheart, startles her when he comes to town for the first time in fifteen years. She soon learns he’s the architect of the proposed development and he’s there to sell local business owners on his plan.
Sawyer had no idea that Jamie had bought the bookstore and poured everything she had into it. If he takes it over, he’ll break her heart a second time.
Jamie’s discovery of a box of old love letters and valentines might hold the key to saving her shop. And after all this time, could love be in the cards for Jamie and Sawyer, too?
Murder by Page One (Peach Coast Library Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Marvey, a librarian, has moved from Brooklyn to a quirky small town in Georgia. When she’s not at the library organizing events for readers, she’s handcrafting book-themed jewelry and looking after her cranky cat. At times, her new life in the South still feels strange…and that’s before the discovery of the dead body in the bookstore.
After one of her friends becomes a suspect, Marvey sets out to solve the murder mystery. She even convinces Spence, the wealthy and charming newspaper owner, to help. With his ties to the community, her talents for research, and her fellow librarians’ knowledge, Marvey pursues the truth. But as she gets closer to it, could she be facing a deadly plot twist?
This first in series cozy mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Classic Peach Cobbler.
Gotham Writers’ Fiction Workshop: The Practical Guide From New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School (affiliate link)
Here you’ll find: – The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely – Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction – The complete text of “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book – Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing
Written by Gotham Writers’ Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim.
Once you’ve read-and written-your way through this book, you’ll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels.
You will be a writer.
My Gallant Enemy (affiliate link)
The Start of Something (affiliate link)
Two lonely people.
One note in the window.
And what happens when they reach out…
Lachlan Wallace is stuck at home after a car accident stalled his army career. With months of physiotherapy still to endure and only his rescue dog and cat for company, he’s taken to gazing out of the window, watching the world spin on without him. And then he notices a vase of flowers on the windowsill of the apartment opposite his. Drawn to their hope and colour, he decides to reach out and sticks a message in his window…
Bethan Gwynne is a stranger in a new town. Bringing up her son Noah by herself, she is slowly rebuilding her life, but loneliness is one obstacle she has yet to overcome. She’s intrigued by a glimpse of her neighbour in the apartment across from hers – and then, one evening, she sees a message in his window just for her:
WHAT ARE THOSE FLOWERS CALLED?
And so begins a love story of two people reaching out, daring to trust a stranger…
SOLO: What running across mountains taught me about life (affiliate link)
Jenny Tough is an endurance athlete who’s best known for running and cycling in some of world’s most challenging events – achieving accolades that are an inspiration to outdoor adventurers everywhere. But SOLO tells the story of a much more personal project: Jenny’s quest to come to terms with feelings and emotions that were holding her back. Like runners at any level, she knew already that running made her feel better, and like so many of us, she knew that completing goals independently was empowering, too. So she set herself an audacious objective: to run – solo, unsupported, on her own – across mountain ranges on six continents, starting with one of the most remote locations on Earth in Kyrgystan.
SOLO chronicles Jenny’s journey every step of the way across the Tien Shan (Asia), the High Atlas (Africa), the Bolivian Andes (South America), the Southern Alps (Oceania), the Canadian Rockies (North America) and the Transylvanian Alps (Europe), as she learns lessons in self-esteem, resilience, bravery and so much more. What Jenny’s story tells us most of all is that setting out to do things solo – whether the ambitious or the everyday – can be invigorating, encouraging and joyful. And her call to action to find strength, confidence and self-belief in everything we do will inspire and motivate.
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