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Author: Stewart, Danielle
Contemporary Romance

Within the seemingly manageable life of Leslie Laudon lies an underlying ache—a quiet yearning for the baby she once left behind. Her smiles conceal pain, and her silence speaks volumes. Alongside her husband, Paul, Leslie has woven a life that may seem right, but is merely an attempt at penance for a heart-wrenching choice. Her devotion to her other children is unwavering, nurturing them through the years. But as her youngest embarks on her college journey, Leslie’s identity begins to unravel.

Gwen Fox is raised by her loving adopted parents, Noel and Millie. Their care is undeniable, yet Gwen harbors a persistent ache that defies explanation. The weight of unanswered questions propels both Gwen and Leslie into unanticipated upheavals. One seeks the truth about her origin, while the other embarks on a quest for self-discovery—a journey back to the woman she was before motherhood, before leaving a piece of her heart behind.

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Author: Johnson, Kimberly Rose
Mystery Romance

Two strong-willed sleuths team up to solve a mystery. Can they work together, or will their differences pull them apart?

Librarian Nancy Daley loves a good mystery and enjoys moonlighting as a consultant for the sheriff’s department. When license plates go missing in Tipton County, she’s on the case. This time things are different—she’s been partnered with the new deputy, and he’s not interested in her help. To make matters worse, she’s angered the wrong person and is now being threatened.

Sheriff Deputy Carter Malone expects Tipton, Oregon to be a sleepy small-town, but he miscalculated. He’d come to town for a fresh start with his nephew—one without the issues big cities deal with. Had he made a mistake? To complicate matters, he’s told he must consult with the sheriff’s daughter, who is not in law enforcement. When the minor case they are working morphs into something more, things quickly go from harmless to scary.

After the Rain (affiliate link)

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Author: Bruce, Brandy
Religious Romance

Debra Hart is moving on. Maybe. Hopefully. One day.

As a radio show host, Debra spends her mornings as Miss Lonely Heart on air, empathizing with all the broken hearts in the Denver metro area. She spends her evenings watching old musicals and trying not to think about the guy who broke up with her and subsequently fell in love with one of her best friends. Alone in a new city, Debra questions where she belongs and who she is now.

When she stumbles into the indie music scene, Debra meets singer Ben Price. Rock star appeal, with a day job as a worship pastor, Ben is everything Debra wants to avoid. But he’s determined to be her friend, and it so happens she could really use one. Because try as she might, nothing seems to erase the anger and betrayal she feels.

It’s time for a new dream. But how does she start over when the pieces of her broken past remain lodged in her heart?

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Author: White, Christopher, La Porta, Monica
Dystopian Science Fiction

She’s a misfit with no present. He’s a bad boy with no future. And they have 23 days to save the world.
A deadly plague divided humanity into three different species. An ongoing ecological crisis has plunged the world into chaos. What’s left of the once-powerful United States in 2081 is a scorched wasteland where day-to-day survival is a struggle.

Life in the pristine bubble of the Greater Los Angeles District isn’t as idyllic as the Central Protectorate wants its citizen to believe. Iris Flores and her friends are relegated to the edge of a society that has no use for them—until the day she is hunted down and forced to leave her home to spy on the enemy.

Xander Kendrick, wayward son of Cascadian political royalty, is once again in trouble after pummeling a man in front of dozens of witnesses. When given the choice to serve his sentence in the Defense Force instead of a maximum-security prison, he accepts.

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Author: Coatney, Kathy
Second Chance Romance

Life gave me everything, then took it away. I’ve got too much to lose to give up.
I came from a privileged upbringing and never wanted for anything, except love. Breaking ties with my family, I became an outdoor photographer, and a chance encounter while on assignment in Paradise Falls turned into love at first sight. Ethan and I had a fairytale romance, marriage, children, careers we loved, and our dream house—until two years ago when our fourteen-year-old daughter, Grace, died in a boating accident.

Ethan almost died trying to save Grace and our son, Ben. He was forced to make a choice no father should ever have to make. And while Ethan survived, I fear our marriage won’t. I used to snuggle with Ethan at night. Now I lay awake anxious and worried about our sons, Jack, and Ben, both struggling with their own grief.

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Author: Santos, Sophie
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Humor & Entertainment

From the self-proclaimed Queen of the Stunted Late Bloomers and one of the most exciting emerging voices in comedy comes an honestly funny memoir about the awkward, cringeworthy, hilarious, and longest possible journey of coming of age and into her own.

The only child of a perpetually transferring Filipino-Spanish US Army officer and a spitfire nurse, Sophie Santos spent her early years starting over again and again—and accumulating her fair share of anxieties. Growing up in 99.6 percent white communities, where girls had to learn to flash Vaseline-capped smiles before they’d be considered real women, Sophie adapted. Determined to fit in, she transformed from a tomboy misfit into a hormone-crazed beauty pageant contestant and a southern sorority girl, among other personalities. She nailed each role she took on, not shockingly, but nothing seemed to fit her true self.

Citizen in Space: Stories (affiliate link)

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Author: Sheckley, Robert
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Satire Fiction

Marvin Goodman thinks he has discovered an unknown paradise and buys “A Ticket to Tranai.” What starts as Utopia ends up becoming a death trap.

The eleven other stories included in this collection are “The Mountain Without a Name,” “The Accountant,” “Hunting Problem,” “A Thief in Time,” “The Luckiest Man in the World,” “Hands Off,” “Something for Nothing,” “The Battle,” “Skulking Permit,” “Citizen in Space,” and “Ask a Foolish Question.”

Frigate Commander (affiliate link)

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Author: Wareham, Tom
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Military Naval History

The naval historian presents the thrilling true story of a Royal Navy officer’s frigate command in the tumultuous late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Based on the private journals of Admiral Sir Graham Moore, Frigate Commander recounts his experiences as a Lieutenant and then Captain during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Moore’s journal gives a detailed account of life as a serving naval officer, revealing the unique problems of managing a frigate crew, maintaining discipline and turning his ship into an efficient man of war.

Moore was one of the Royal Navy’s star captains, serving continuously as a frigate commander between 1793 and 1804. His early career took him to Newfoundland before serving with Sir William Sidney Smith’s squadron on the north coast of France. Moore was present during the Naval Mutiny at Spithead in 1797, and helped to destroy the French fleet off Ireland in 1798.

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Author: Druse, Ken
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Gardening & Horticulture Landscape

There is a new generation of gardeners who are planting gardens not only for their visual beauty but also for their ability to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In The New Shade Garden, Ken Druse provides expert advice on creating a shade garden with an emphasis on the adjustments necessary for our changing climate.

Druse examines common problems facing today’s gardeners, from addressing the deer situation to watering plants without stressing limited resources. Detailing all aspects of the gardening process, The New Shade Garden covers basic topics such as designing your own garden, pruning trees, preparing soil for planting, and the vast array of flowers and greenery that grow best in the shade.

Perfect for new and seasoned gardeners alike, this encyclopedic manual provides all the information you need to start or improve upon your own shade garden.

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Author: Albert, Annabeth
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Gay Romance

Ex-military mountain man Griffin Barrett likes his solitude. It keeps him from falling back into old habits. Bad habits. He’s fought too hard for his sobriety to lose control now. However, his gig as a wildlife guide presents a new kind of temptation in superhot supermodel River Vale. Nothing the Alaskan wilderness has to offer has ever called to Griffin so badly. And that can only lead to trouble…

River has his own methods for coping. Chasing adventure means always moving forward. Nobody’s ever made him want to stand still—until Griffin. The rugged bush pilot is the very best kind of distraction, but the emotions he stirs up in River feel anything but casual, and he’s in no position to stay put.

With temptation lurking in close quarters, keeping even a shred of distance is a challenge neither’s willing to meet. And the closer Griffin gets to River, the easier it is to ignore every last reason he should run.

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Author: Santamaria, Abigail
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Biographies & Memoirs of Authors
If Joy Davidman is known at all, it’s as the wife of C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. On her own, she was a poet and radical, a contributor to the communist journal New Masses, and an active member of New York literary circles of the 1930s and ’40s. Growing up in a family of Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, she became an atheist, then a practitioner of Dianetics, and finally a Christian convert after experiencing a moment of transcendent grace. She was also a mother, a novelist, a screenwriter, and an intelligent, difficult, and determined woman. In 1952 she set off for England to pursue C. S. Lewis, the man she considered her spiritual guide and her intellectual mentor.
Out of a deep friendship grounded in faith, poetry, and a passion for writing grew a timeless love story, and an unforgettable marriage of equals—one that would be immortalized in the film Shadowlands and Lewis’s memoir, A Grief Observed.

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