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A Ghost of a Chance (A Viola Valentine Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
They say there are blessings from disasters. One is starting over.
The hurricane gave Viola Valentine the chance she needed to leave her dead-end job and loveless marriage. But the storm also blew open a psychic door, one that Viola had worked hard to keep close.
Her first day in her new job as travel writer and ghosts who have died by water are demanding attention, asking her to solve their mysteries.
On top of it all, her goofy ex-husband isn’t about to let her go.
Can she insist on a clean slate while juggling communicating with those on the Other Side? And will her new talent allow her to reach her daughter who died of leukemia years before?
The Accidental Impostor (Heather Bay Romance Book 1) (affiliate link)
Emerald Taylor might not have intended to live a double-life, but, then again, she didn’t intend to lose her job and her boyfriend on the same day, either. These things just tend to happen to her, so it’s lucky for her that when she heads back to the Highlands without a penny to her name, her childhood best friend, Frankie, is there to bail her out with a job in her cleaning firm.
While cleaning her first house, though, Emerald is surprised to find the hot-but-aloof new Laird standing on the doorstep. He’s there to take the owner of the house on a blind date — and he thinks Emerald is her.
Well, what would you have done?
Emerald has always had accidents: big ones, small ones, really quite awkward ones. It’s kind of her thing.
Jack Buchanan, however, might just be her biggest “accident” yet…
Comfort Food: Favorite Recipes From Around the World (affiliate link)
BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH
Spotted Dog from Ireland
Chilaquiles from Mexico
Pyttipanna from Sweeden
Tortilla Espanola from Spain
Biksemad from Denmark
CHICKEN AND OTHER POULTRY
Chicken Paprikash from Hungary
Lou Ran Fan from Taiwan
Jerk Chicken from Jamaica
Chicken Pad Thai from Thailand
Lemington Cakes from Australia
Malva Pudding from South Africa
Nanaimo Bars from Canada
Pateis de Nata from Portugal
… and much more…
Push Not the River (The Poland Trilogy Book 1) (affiliate link)
Anna turns to love and comfort in Jan, a brave patriot and architect of democracy, unaware that her beautiful and enigmatic cousin Zofia has already set her sights on the handsome young fighter. Thus Anna walks unwittingly into Zofia’s jealous wrath and darkly sinister intentions. Surviving several tragic events, some orchestrated by the crafty Zofia, a strengthened Anna learns to place herself in the way of destiny–for love and for country. Heeding the proud spirit of her father, Anna becomes a major player in the fight against the countries who come to partition her beloved Poland.
SUPERPOWERS ARE WASTED ON THE YOUNG.
If you like cozy animal mysteries with midlife-female heroines who fight against injustice (no matter how small), you’ll love HOT FLUSH because Euphemia Sage never backs down from a challenge.
When her first HOT FLUSH triggers superpowers passed down from eldest daughter to eldest daughter, Euphemia realizes the family stories were true. Now the villains are after her, it would help considerably if she could find out what powers she does have and even better … how to use them without anyone finding out.
Hide the Elephant (affiliate link)
In the sourdough world, where recipes and methods can get really complicated really fast, Elaine Boddy keeps it simple. This all-in-one handbook shares her best tips, tricks and troubleshooting tools for showstopping sourdough success. With practical solutions to every obstacle—whether it’s a busy schedule, slow-to-grow starter or overproofed dough—Elaine proves that everyone can bake beautiful, delicious sourdough with confidence.
Once you’ve got a handle on all things starter, dough and timing, dive into baking with 40 delicious recipes. Learn to use your starter in dozens of different ways, from buttery jam-filled rolls to crusty seed-studded loaves. Try foolproof formulas for ciabatta, baguettes and pizza, and enjoy flavorful creations like Turmeric and Onion Seed Sandwich Loaf or Apricot and Almond Babka Loaf.
The Upside of Falling Down (affiliate link)
For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.
They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.
With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.
Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?
The Storyteller’s Secret: A Novel (affiliate link)
Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.
Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.
The Phone Call (affiliate link)
A single phone call can destroy your life.
Joey Clarke was just fifteen when his dad died, leaving him to raise his much younger siblings as his mum dealt with the trauma of bereavement and her failing health. Ten years on, Joey’s only pleasure is spending time with his friend Becca, the love of his life. It’s the one escape from his dead-end job, his ever-increasing debts and the fear that enforcement agents will knock on his front door any day.
So when a phone call brings Joey the chance to ease the burdens of his life, he grabs the opportunity, even though he knows things are not entirely as they should be. He justifies it to himself as a way to get back on his feet. But when he finds himself party to a crime linked to Becca, he panics.
As catastrophic events unfold, Joey becomes further embroiled in a web of secrets, lies and deceit. He is now faced with the impossible. Should he confess to the police? Tell Becca? Or should he keep quiet and say nothing?
And when the next job comes in, Joey wants out.
Micro: A Novel (affiliate link)
In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting, feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up, Nanigen MicroTechnologies, which dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii. But once in the rainforest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power
The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion (Riveting Haunted House Book 1) (affiliate link)
A paranormal phenomenon, a mysterious curse, and an unsolved murder forty years in the making.
A young couple move into their dream home only to find a dark presence lurking from within. For Curtis and Mary, the small town of Redwood, Indiana seems too good to be true. Everything is perfect, including the Victorian mansion they purchased at a great price. But they soon experience terrifying supernatural encounters tied to the deadly secrets of an unsolved mass murder. Can they solve the mystery in time? Or will they face the same doomed fate as the tenants who came before them?
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