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Not Like Us (Ilse Beck Book 1) (affiliate link)
Ilse Beck escaped her own traumatic childhood in Germany and moved to the U.S. to become a renowned psychologist and the world’s leading expert in the trauma of serial-killer survivors. Ilse has a unique and unparalleled expertise in the psychology of serial killers.
Yet nothing can prepare Ilse for her new patient, a survivor from a near murder by a serial killer. The patient believes she is still being watched by the killer. Is she paranoid?
When the killer claims a new victim, the FBI needs Ilse’s help to solve it. This case and this killer, though, strike too close to home for Ilse’s comfort.
When she wonders if she herself is being targeted, the trauma of her own past comes full circle.
Can Ilse use her brilliant instincts to enter the mind of this killer and stop him before he strikes again?
Underground: Traitors and Spies in the Civil War (Women Spies) (affiliate link)
Some consider them heroes, others say they’re traitors.
Can four women—a slave, a seductress, a soldier, and a spy— change the course of the Civil War?
Hattie Lewis, one of Allan Pinkerton’s first female detectives, is tired of playing a minor role in a man’s world. When she is asked to accompany the top male operative on a mission behind enemy lines, she readily accepts. But the mission threatens to have dire consequences for them both.
Mary Jane Richards was born a slave without options but when her mistress, Elizabeth Van Lew, loans her to the Jefferson Davis household, she becomes privy to the innermost operations of the Confederate government. As a secret from her past finally comes to light, Mary Jane wonders if she will ever be able to free herself from Miss Lizzie’s grasp.
Despite her name, Belle Boyd is no typical Southern woman. After realizing she isn’t cut out for nursing, Belle resorts to using her coquettish charms to do her part for the cause by ferreting information from occupying Yankees. Threatened with the noose, will Belle finally realize her actions have consequences?
Matchmaking a Billionaire (Highland Hills) (affiliate link)
He’s everyone’s dream man but hers.
I used to believe in what we do at Mayberry Matchmakers, but now? Love is just another four-letter word.
Too bad my grandmother hasn’t gotten the memo. When tech billionaire Rory Byrne approaches us, wanting to develop the matchmaking app my sister and I dreamed up (and Nana shot down), she jumps at the chance. My grandmother is nothing if not opportunistic.
Of course, there’s a catch. She’ll only do it if Rory lets us matchmake him the old-fashioned way.
He’s going to say no.
Please God, let him say no.
The last thing I want to do is matchmake an entitled rich jerk…especially one who looks like sin and talks a good game.
Cookies With A Side Of Murder (Daley Buzz Treasure Cove CBook 5) (affiliate link)
Eleven years ago, Sabrina Daley’s sister Jessica went missing without a trace.
Despite all of Sabrina’s searching, she has had no luck in uncovering any clues about what happened to Jessica.
All that is about to change.
After an agonizing wait, Sabrina finally gets the answers she has been looking for.
But will discovering the truth come at the expense of her own life?
Charity and Garrett have been drawn to each other since they met in elementary school, but life keeps tearing them apart. They are each nursing a severely broken heart caused by the other. Will they have the strength to try one more time?
Charity Strong was crushed that her long-time boyfriend, Garrett, broke up with her when she had to change high schools.
Despite trying to move on, Garrett Flynn was never able to get lovely, sweet Charity out of his mind or heart.
When their second chance rolled around in college, poor timing meant they ended up hurting each other again. This time, life-altering decisions were made that placed a permanent wedge between them.
Last Time She Died (affiliate link)
A rainy night. A slick road. A car crash.
‘A puff of yellow dust blew from the vent, and the car filled with a strong sulfur smell. Laughter whispered through the speakers, then blared at full volume.’
Everything changes for Alexia Harper the night she leaves late from her waitressing job. When voices threaten her through the radio, she wonders if she’s gone crazy. Then lightning explodes close by, and Alexia crashes.
Following the accident, every day is the same. Every night the same nightmare stalks her. It’s like her life is on repeat, but she can’t shake the fearful warning her subconscious is screaming at her.
When Leland starts working at the diner, Alexia is drawn to him. He’s kind, funny and handsome, and he’s…familiar. It’s like they’ve spent the past eight lifetimes getting to know each other.
Marbled, Swirled, and Layered: 150 Recipes and Variations for Artful Bars, Cookies, Pies, Cakes, and More (affiliate link)
Incredible desserts with layers and swirls of flavor that are beautiful and delicious—inside and out When you marble, layer, and swirl doughs, batters, toppings, or frostings, good looks and good taste come together in one total package. Irvin Lin, creator of the popular blog Eat the Love, shows how these techniques open the door to inventive flavor combinations that look as fantastic as they taste.
Bakers of all levels will enjoy recipes ranging from easy brownies and bars to brunch-worthy muffins and morning buns to show-stopping cakes and tarts: cinnamon spiral icebox cookies, pistachio-swirl brownies, triple-chocolate pie, multicolored “Neapolitan” layer cake, and more. Lin offers variations to suit any taste (more than 150 recipes total) plus baking and decorating tips throughout on topics like making your own all-natural food coloring, rolling up jelly roll–style cakes, and discovering the magic of browned butter. Readers (and eaters) are sure to ooh and ahh over every dazzling dessert at first glance—and then again at first bite.
So You Had To Build A Time Machine (affiliate link)
Skid doesn’t believe in ghosts or time travel or any of that nonsense.
A circus runaway-turned-bouncer, she believes in hard work, self-defense, and good strong coffee. Then one day an annoying theoretical physicist named Dave pops into the seat next to her at her least favorite Kansas City bar and disappears into thin air when she punches him (he totally deserved it).
Now, street names are changing, Skid’s favorite muffins are swapping frosting flavors, Dave keeps reappearing in odd places like the old Sanderson murder house—and that’s only the start of her problems.
Something has gone wrong. Terribly wrong. Absolutely &#*$&ed up.
Someone has the nastiest versions of every conceivable reality at their fingertips, and they’re not afraid to smash them together. With the help of a smooth-talking haunted house owner and a linebacker-sized Dungeons and Dragons-loving baker, Skid and Dave set out to save the world from whatever scientific experiment has sent them all dimension-hopping against their will.
The Gravity of Love (affiliate link)
Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but dreams too of the sea’s elemental wildness. Now, riven by terrible secrets, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her identity – and to discover why the sea pulls at her heart.
Lewis Bell, a young graphic designer, is aiming for the big time – if only he can keep his creative spark. But, as his talented girlfriend Marnie adds her own pressures, sixties Soho fast shows its darker side.
Drawn together, Joy and Lewis fly across the Atlantic to the Irish coast. She’s in search of a lost mother; he’s looking for a lost love. They need to make peace with the past, themselves and others. But the truths they encounter will transform everyone’s lives forever.
The Dumbest Guy at the Table (affiliate link)
Never Somewhere Else (DSI William Lorimer Book 1) (affiliate link)
When three young women are discovered strangled and mutilated in a Glasgow park, it is up to DCI Lorimer to find their killer. Frustrated by a lack of progress in the investigation, Lorimer is forced to enlist the services of Dr Solomon Brightman, psychologist and criminal profiler. Together they form an uneasy alliance.
But when a homeless man is brought in for questioning the investigation takes a bizarre turn. Soon Lorimer has to scratch the surface of the polished Glasgow art world and reveal the dark layers hidden beneath…
Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton (affiliate link)
Dolly’s is a rags-to-riches tale like no other. A dirt-poor Smoky Mountain childhood paved the way for the buxom blonde butterfly’s metamorphosis from singer-songwriter to international music superstar. The undisputed “Queen of Country Music,” Dolly has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has conquered just about every facet of the entertainment industry: music, film, television, publishing, theater, and even theme parks. It has been more than fifty years since Dolly Parton arrived in Nashville with just her guitar and a dream. Her story has been told many times and in many ways, but never like this.
Dolly on Dolly is a collection of interviews spanning five decades of her career and featuring material gathered from celebrated publications including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Also included are interviews which have not been previously available in print. Dolly’s feisty and irresistible brand of humor, combined with her playful, pull-up-a-chair-and-stay-awhile delivery, makes for a fascinating and inviting experience in down-home philosophy and storytelling. Much like her patchwork “Coat of Many Colors,” this book harkens back to the legendary entertainer’s roots and traces her evolution, stitching it all together one piece at a time.
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