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Always Be My Baby (affiliate link)

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Author: Ting, Mary
Fiction Anthologies
Cammy is so furious when she catches her boyfriend kissing another girl at a frat party that she storms out of her own apartment. Letting go of your first love is not an easy thing to do, and he makes it harder by swearing he’s innocent and trying to win her back. But when Cammy meets Grayson Parker, he shows her how different some guys can be. Can Cammy trust her boyfriend and give him another chance? Or will she allow Grayson to heal her wounds and erase the scars?
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Author: Allen, Gretchen
Cozy Crafts & Hobbies Mystery

When an unexpected inheritance turns deadly…

Billie Halifax is not only new to Sea Glass Island, Florida, but also to the food truck business. After her late grandmother left her a non-functional fleet, Billie packed up and headed out on a new adventure, ready for anything. Or so she thought…

Her first task is to find a manager for the initial truck, so she narrows it down to three potential candidates from a local culinary school. They’ll show off their skills and she’ll pick the best of the best for her first truck, Taco the Town.

Billie’s off to a bit of a rocky start, having to deal with a cranky business partner she didn’t even know she had. Things go from bad to worse when one of the contestants competing for the manager position is found dead and the other two are at the top of the suspect list.

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Author: Cambert, Thea
Women Sleuths
Sometimes thinking small…
Can lead to big things. Like murder.
Esme Gardner isn’t a trend setter—or a trend follower, for that matter. She likes her comfortably messy apartment, insists on a reliable internet connection at all times, and has never baked a loaf of sourdough bread or knit a pair of mittens in her life. Esme is a potato chip loving artist who appreciates a good walk-in closet.
When her new friend, Ethan MacKinnon, proposes that she join him to spend Christmas in a tiny house in the middle of nowhere so that they can make money blogging about their ‘tiny house experience,’ Esme is not the least bit interested. Unfortunately, she needs money, and the job pays well, so with a little push from her friend Charlotte, Esme heads out to the tiny house on Big Wolf Lake with Ethan—a man she barely knows.
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Author: Jameson, C.C.
Police Procedural

A woman in a man’s world.
An enemy she never saw coming.
Police officer Kate Murphy thought she’d left her tumultuous past behind when she married Matt, but nothing could be further from the truth.

As problems and deceptions pile up both at home and at work, a disturbingly high number of animal deaths begin to spread in and around Boston. Kate will have to unravel a web of lies and connect the dots to solve the case and regain control over her life.

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Author: Benning, Patti
Cozy Crafts & Hobbies Mystery
A candy by any other name…
Might just be murder.
Candy shop owner, Candice Rothberg, formerly Candice Darling, is excited for Christmas. It’s hard not to be, in a town as festive as Lake Marion, Michigan. When Candice learns that a local bakery is hosting a gingerbread house building contest, she eagerly dives right in. With her background in candy and all things delicious, she plans to rock the contest, whether she wins it or not.
What starts out to be a fun and delicious contest, ends up being a holiday horror, when one of the competitors dies, under suspicious circumstances, leaving behind a mysterious candy wrapper and more questions than answers. When the killer targets a second victim, Candice realizes all of the mystery and intrigue, oddly, has something to do with her.
Will she figure out who the culprit is, before it’s too late?
Or will this be a season of suffering for Lake Marion?
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Author: Bebris, Carrie
Traditional Detective Mysteries
Mr. & Mrs. Darcy, the joyous newlyweds from Pride and Prejudice, have not even left for their honeymoon when they find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests.
The lovely Caroline Bingley is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately, this windswept courtship is marred by many strange events: nocturnal wanderings, spooked horses, carriage accidents, and even an apparent suicide attempt. Soon the whole Bingley family seems the target of a mysterious plot.
Only the Darcys recognize the danger as the Austen genre of Regency romances mixes with the unearthly gothic threats of Ann Radcliffe and the Brontës. Dark forces are afoot and the Darcys must get to the bottom of the plot before the blushing bride descends into madness or worse.
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Author: Benning, Patti
Cozy Animal Mystery
Sometimes even our best preparations…
Get derailed by murder.
Professional Chef, and future amateur sleuth, Hannah Cooper, has had enough of her fast-paced, high-stress life and decides to quit her job at a five-star restaurant, to pursue her lifelong dream.
Hannah’s best friend, Caroline Price, gets on board as her business partner for opening the restaurant she’s always dreamed of, and for the first time in her life, everything seems to be going perfectly.
The move from a large city, to the small town of Shale, West Virginia, takes some getting used to, but Hannah is nearly too busy to notice. On the day of her restaurant’s grand opening, when everything that she’s worked so hard to achieve, is about to come to fruition, Hannah receives a death threat.
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Author: Nelson, Ed
Coming of Age Fiction
Bank robbery, bull riding in the rodeo, a western movie, rustlers, among other events, occur as young Rick is on a cross-country trip, hitchhiking from a small Ohio town to California. This alternate history is of what should have been rather than what has been.
With wit and humor and no teenage angst, we follow a young man’s coming of age in the late 1950s. Starting in the summer before his freshman year, it follows him through his high school life, where he learns golf is his game. He finds fame and fortune as an inventor and wealth in Hollywood as he searches for a girlfriend. Wealth and fame prove far easier than girls.
The songs, movies, and books of the 1950s and 60s are nostalgic to some. The action and adventure thrill others. All readers enjoy the realistic flow of life, give or take a lie or two.

The Fortunate Ones (affiliate link)

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Author: Grey, R.S.
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Romantic Comedy

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

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Author: Monroe, Holli Jo
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Regency Historical Romance

She should be reconciling herself to spinsterhood, not falling for the baronet next door…

Miss Elaine Brooke has always spent more time daydreaming than actually living. With no fortune and no suitors, she is back from school and determined to face the reality of a quiet, lonely life. But an encounter with Daniel Ashburn, her childhood best friend and lifelong infatuation, sets her dreaming again. Soon she is imagining a very different life as Mrs. Ashburn.

Sir Phillip Ashburn has an estate to manage and a troublesome brother to marry off. He won’t let a penniless neighbor ruin everything by turning Daniel’s head. Intent on keeping Miss Brooke away from his brother, Phillip sets out to monopolize her time. Despite their disagreements, Phillip soon begins to wonder if she is more than a problem to be solved.

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Author: Britton, Sally
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Clean & Wholesome Romance

Phoebe Kimball grew up believing in love, but after failing to find a gentleman capable of capturing her heart, she has turned more practical than romantic. She is determined to find a husband in London this Season. If only the annoying Mr. Fenwick would stop appearing every time she sets her cap at someone! When an anonymous letter arrives warning her that her current target is unsuitable marital material, Phoebe begins a relationship with the letter writer that promises something more than a practical alliance.

Griffin Fenwick does not usually care for women on the hunt for a husband, but Miss Kimball’s quick wit and refusal to admit she enjoys his company intrigues him. When he realizes the gentlemen on her list of eligible bachelors is full with scoundrels, he warns her the only way he can – through a letter. As he comes to know Phoebe better, he soon realizes he wishes to put his own name on her list. If only she liked Griffin as much as she liked her anonymous correspondent.

The Art of Fielding: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Harbach, Chad
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Literary Fiction
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry’s gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners’ team captain and Henry’s best friend, realizes he has guided Henry’s career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert’s daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.
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Author: Andrews, Wendy May
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Proper Regency Romance Adventure

She’s a wallflower debutante—and his best friend’s sister.
But one dance could change everything.

Lady Amelia Courtenay’s debut has been less than successful—despite her generous dowry and pretty features. If only she could learn how to navigate society from one of her treasured textbooks. In the midst of her embarrassment, Amelia completely loses her senses and lies about a promised dance. Lucian is her brother’s friend. Surely, he will take pity on her, even if he has never looked twice.

As the heir to the Earl of Everleigh, Lucian, Viscount Adelaide, cannot enlist as a soldier as he’d truly like to do. Instead, he secretly serves as an agent for the Home Office. To hide his true intentions, he must masquerade as a lazy gadabout. Discouraging the debutantes is another side benefit of the lie.

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Author: Smoak, Ivy
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Romantic Suspense

From international bestselling author Ivy Smoak comes a heart-stopping thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end…

I’m not supposed to leave the house. But what my husband doesn’t know won’t kill him. I break his rules every morning on my runs. It’s always been best when I have a routine. So every day I wake up, run, clean the house, wish for a better life, repeat. And every day is exactly the same.

Except for Thursdays. I live and breathe for Thursdays. It’s when he comes. I watch him from a distance. I can’t help myself. But I was never supposed to talk to him.

I know what you’re thinking. But you don’t know my story. You don’t know the kind of monster my husband is. And trust me, you have no idea who I am.

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