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We Used To Live Here (affiliate link)
Every house has secrets. But not all of them stay buried forever…
When the Burgess family move into their ‘forever’ home, it seems like they are set for many happy years together at their new address. Steph and Grant, along with their children, Charlie and Amelia, settle into their new surroundings quickly. But then they receive an unexpected visit from a couple who claim to have lived in the house before.
They wish to come in and have a look around for old time’s sake. Seeming pleasant and plausible, Steph invites them in. And that’s when things begin to change.It’s not long after the peculiar visit when the homeowners begin to find evidence of the past all around their new home as they redecorate. But it’s the discovery of a hidden wall containing several troubling messages that really sends Steph into a spin.
After digging into the history of the house a little more, she learns it is connected to a shocking crime from the past. A crime that still remains unsolved…
Outsmarting Time: A Twisty Time Travel Adventure (affiliate link)
Nothing is working out the way Edie Donne planned. She didn’t get into grad school, her parents are barely speaking to her, and her job is a dead end. But then she’s pulled fifty years into the future and is held captive by ChronoTech, a high-tech time travel research corporation led by a team of obsessed scientists. And there’s no way home.
Aided by two ChronoTech defectors, Edie escapes from the lab and convinces her new allies to help search for the truth about the past she lost. What they uncover launches Edie on a daring mission to change her family’s fate, stop a deadly accident, and—if she’s lucky—prevent her own murder.
But her plan hits a snag when she finds that she’s pitted herself against an adversary that might never be bested—Time itself.
Edie has one chance to set the past right. If she fails, she loses her family to a timeline that was never supposed to happen, but, if she succeeds… she may lose everything.
A Shot at Democracy: Kirsten Stewart #1 (affiliate link)
A whisper on the wind tells of murderous intent. An assassin prepares in the highlands. Can new operative Kirsten Stewart hunt down the killer before they strike at the heart of Scotland’s democracy.
Having left the Highlands murder team behind and joined the shadowy world of the secret services, former DC Kirsten Stewart overhears a plot that strikes to the very core of Scotland’s governance. As the stakes get higher and Kirsten becomes cut off from her superiors, can she stop the assassin before they eliminate their prime target.
In her first solo mission, Kirsten Stewart finds herself in deep shadow and in receipt of disturbing news. Only by remaining incommunicado can she find out the intentions of a killer and stop the murder of Scotland’s top politician. Will former boss DI Macleod’s faith in her be justified or will she watch the deadliest attack on Scotland’s democracy happen on her watch?
You and Me (affiliate link)
When it comes to men, I’d rather not.
In fact, I prefer paints.
Cleaning the Frolicking Moose at night, renting the loft out by day, and sinking into my oils and charcoal drawings are really all I want out of life right now.
Simplicity and space.
Then Hawk walks in on a snowy night.
And suddenly everything is different.
Being a Mercedy isn’t a blessing.
It’s a bloody curse.
To the tune of several billion dollars. Don’t get me wrong—I love my job. Sometimes, though, it might be nice to do something . . . different.
Enter Cora, for whom the word boring doesn’t exist.
The Vacuum of Space: A Funny Sci Fi Mystery (Space Janitor Book 1) (affiliate link)
It’s a dirty galaxy and someone has to clean it.
Avoiding the wealthy inhabitants on the upper levels of Station Kelly Kornienko is bot-programmer Triana’s number one rule. Well, number two, right after “eat all the chocolate.”
But when one of her cleaning bots finds a dead body, all the rules go out the airlock. A highly connected security agent interrupts her routine with stories of missing bodies, and Triana can’t ignore him; it’s cooperate or find a new job. A girl has to pay the rent, even on a crappy studio compartment.
Working with a shiny detective beats a shuttle dirt-side, so Triana lends her programming skills to Agent O’Neill’s investigation. Together, they find more victims and evidence of a major cover-up.
It will take all Triana’s technical talents, most of O’Neill’s connections, and some really excellent croissants to stop the murders, save her job, and ultimately, her life.
Cookies and Chaos (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 3) (affiliate link)
The clues crumble when Murder comes to town!
Using her bakery and expertise, Madeline Flynn helps the sheriff’s twin nephews with their cookie sales—until strange things happen at the community center where they sell them.
With a puzzling death, vandalism and a nasty scam, the danger on their doorstep can’t be ignored. Maddie is once again whisked up in an investigation that will take all her sleuthing skills.
Gran, a posse of girlfriends, plus Big Red, her faithful Maine coon, won’t let her do it alone. Along with the handsome sheriff, they’re wading through clues as thick as cookie dough, hoping that the timer won’t go off on another murder.
Have they taken on more than they can chew?
The Maple Lane Mysteries are light, cozy mysteries featuring a quirky cat-loving bakery owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth.
Georgia on My Mind (affiliate link)
The Sins of the Mother: A Thriller (Miller & Stevens Book 1) (affiliate link)
A killer is putting the mangled, lifeless bodies of prostitutes on display in sleepy Northeast Tennessee.
The murderous spree is accelerating.
Two detectives, Lukas Miller from Johnson City and Brooke Stevens from Kingsport, have been assigned to hunt the killer down and stop him. Miller and Stevens are considered the best in their respective departments, and although they’ve never met, their superiors order them to work together in a coordinated effort to put an end to the violence as quickly as possible. Their reputations, and perhaps their careers, are on the line. As the body count grows, Lukas and Brooke find themselves growing more and more desperate to catch a cunning psychopath who delights in painting their terrified towns red with blood. Will Lukas and Brooke finally end the nightmare? Or will the hunters become the hunted?
Bridezillas And Billionaires: A (Weddings in the City Book 1) (affiliate link)
You ever have one of those really terrible days at work?
You know, where the maid of honor accuses the bride of cheating on the groom with the best man AND the groom’s father?
Welcome to life as a wedding planner for the rich and entitled of Manhattan. I’ve seen it all—from the nastiest bridezilla to the most overindulged billionaire.
And Evan is the worst.
Tall, dark, and handsome, he has a ridiculously ripped body under his formal suit and runs a massive hedgefund that’s actively making the world a worse place.
I don’t even feel sorry for him when he walks away from the alter in a daze.
Well, maybe a little bit.
Home Field Advantage (affiliate link)
Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.
The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she’s only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.
Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can’t stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.
Fury: Book 1 – Live For Me (affiliate link)
Bavaria, 1933: Netanel Rosenberg’s family has lived in Germany for centuries. Their factory keeps a whole town employed. But when the Nazis take power, Netanel finds himself an outcast and an enemy in his own land.
His battle for survival takes him from the horrors of Auschwitz to the ancient alleyways of Jerusalem; from the holocaust to the Holy Land, where everything is sacred except life. Torn between impossible choices, Netanel must search his soul for the right path.
With the battle for Palestine raging around him, and his comrades divided, Netanel has a choice: forget the past and learn to live again or exact his own retribution – even if it costs him his life.
Fated Blades (affiliate link)
An uneasy alliance between warring families gets heated in this otherworldly novella from bestselling author Ilona Andrews.
At first glance, the planet Rada seems like a lush paradise. But the ruling families, all boasting genetically enhanced abilities, are in constant competition for power—and none more so than the Adlers and the Baenas. For generations, the powerful families have pushed and pulled each other in a dance for dominance.
Until a catastrophic betrayal from within changes everything.
Now, deadly, disciplined, and solitary leaders Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must put aside their enmity and work together in secret to prevent sinister forces from exploiting universe-altering technology. Expecting to suffer through their uneasy alliance, Ramona and Matias instead discover that they understand each other as no one in their families can—and that their combined skills may eclipse the risks of their forbidden alliance.
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