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My what big… teeth you have.
To grandmother’s house I go, though I want nothing to do with magic or my former life. Especially not after being kicked out of the Fairy Fine Arts Academy.
But when I find a dangerous, heavily scarred wolf shifter in my grandma’s bedroom, the fragile human lifestyle I’ve built from scratch is suddenly at stake.
Magic, chaos, and my past is charging at me like a raging ogre on pixie sticks.
My grandma is nowhere to be found, and I’m being hunted.
The big bad wolf is the only one I can trust to protect me until my grandmother resurfaces.
Will Harper Florida Thrillers: Vol. 1-4 (Will Harper Mystery Series) (affiliate link)
“START THE BOAT!
WE’VE GOTTA GET RID OF THIS BODY”
This enticing Florida mystery series opens with a bang—and never stops—thanks to protagonist Will Harper, a semi-retired reporter and burgeoning sleuth who spends most of his time aboard his live-in yacht in the Florida Keys—when he’s not solving hard-boiled murder mysteries. Nice work if you can get it. And if you can avoid making the kind of enemies—mobsters, local officials, politicians, and industry good ole’ boys among them—who would gladly contribute to your untimely demise.
A Fall from Grace (Clavering Chronicles Book 1) (affiliate link)
She needs a champion. He needs one less person to worry about.
Selena Lockhart comes with neither dowry nor connections, and she knows better than to expect Society to give her a welcome—especially after her father gambled away his fortune, precipitating the family’s sudden fall from grace and Selena’s betrothed to break off their engagement. It therefore comes as no surprise that her new neighbor, Sir Lucius, treats her with disdain. Why should he look beyond appearances when her own promises so little?
Sir Lucius Clavering is not married, but he may as well be, considering he is expected to escort his widowed mother to watering holes, round out the numbers at his married sister’s dinners, and come to the aid of his scapegrace younger siblings. It doesn’t help that single women and matchmaking mamas jostle each other to claim his face, fortune, and title so that he’s left without a moment’s peace.
Come to Me: A Second-Chance Bodyguard Romance (Hawkeye Book 1) (affiliate link)
Protecting people, safeguarding secrets… For the men of Hawkeye, the line of duty between bodyguard and client isn’t meant to be crossed.
Wolf Stone is their commander, and three hearts are on the line. Things are going to get…complicated.
When Nate Davidson learns there’s a bounty on commander Wolf Stone’s head, he buries his feelings of rejection and volunteers to serve as protector for the man he admires…and still craves. Trouble is, their well-respected leader doesn’t want any help, in the streets or the sheets.
Their first angry kiss reignites a passion that time has not diminished, and the past refuses to stay buried as they give in to temptation and up the stakes with the stunning addition of the beautifully submissive Kayla Fagan. The dynamic shifts and the rules bend, in ways neither man could have imagined.
Every Secret Thing (affiliate link)
The Girl Who Sees Angels (Sophie Ramos Book 1) (affiliate link)
Lights in the darkness, shadows in daylight, she has seen them all her life, and feared them. Can she break free now? Does she really want to?
Sophie Ramos has always thought she was cursed and maybe crazy. Even her mother doubted her when she was a child. Priests and psychiatrists doubted her too. But psychics tried to recruit Sophie to enrich and empower themselves.
Now she’s thirty-two, living on her own, keeping her secret from everyone except her mother and a few close friends. But a threatening specter begins to visit her at night, and more than her sleep is at stake.
She follows a friend’s recommendation to visit Detta Washington, a church lady who believes in the spirit realm. Detta becomes convinced that Sophie sees angels and demons. Even if Sophie is skeptical about Detta’s labels for what she sees, she comes to respect the older woman.
The Child Who Never Grew: A Memoir (affiliate link)
It was my child who taught me to understand so clearly that all people are equal in their humanity and that all have the same human rights.
Pearl S. Buck is known today for earning a Nobel Prize in Literature and for such New York Times–bestselling novels as The Good Earth. What many do not know is that she wrote that great work of art with the motivation of paying for a special school for her oldest daughter, Carol, who had a rare developmental disorder.
What was called “mental retardation” at the time—though some used crueler terms—was a disability that could cause great suffering and break a parent’s heart. There was little awareness of how to deal with such children, and as a result some were simply hidden away, considered a source of shame and stigma, while others were taken advantage of because of their innocence.
Material Girl (The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters Book 1) (affiliate link)
Robin Lear’s extravagant lifestyle is the envy of every socialite in Texas—until a personal tragedy changes everything. Her father, shipping tycoon Aaron Lear, announces he has just months to live. Determined to teach his spoiled daughter one final life lesson, Aaron demotes her from her cushy job in the family business and sends her to work for an insufferable manager. Now, for the first time in her life, Robin will have to earn her place in the world—and the sexy new contractor renovating her house may be just the man to show her how.
Jake Manning never had it easy, and after years of hard work, he’s finally ready to settle down and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Yet one look at gorgeous Robin Lear is all it takes to turn his carefully laid plans upside down.
Shadow Magic: A Lyra Novel (The Lyra Novels Book 1) (affiliate link)
Writers and Their Notebooks (affiliate link)
Personal reflections on the vital role of the notebook in creative writing, from Dorianne Laux, Sue Grafton, John Dufresne, Kyoko Mori, and more.
This collection of essays by established professional writers explores how their notebooks serve as their studios and workshops—places to collect, to play, and to make new discoveries with language, passions, and curiosities. For these diverse writers, the journal also serves as an ideal forum to develop their writing voice, whether crafting fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Some include sample journal entries that have since developed into published pieces. Through their individual approaches to keeping a notebook, the contributors offer valuable advice, personal recollections, and a hearty endorsement of the value of using notebooks to document, develop, and nurture a writer’s creative spark.
Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (affiliate link)
This groundbreaking historical study reveals the shocking infiltration of Soviet spies in America—and the top-secret cryptography program that caught them.
Only in 1995 did the United States government officially reveal the existence of the super-secret Venona Project. For nearly fifty years American intelligence agents had been decoding thousands of Soviet messages, uncovering an enormous range of espionage activities carried out against the United States during World War II by its own allies. This extraordinary book is the first to examine the Venona messages—documents of unparalleled importance for our understanding of the history and politics of the Stalin era and the early Cold War years.
BFF (affiliate link)
I’m about to do something huge, and it could change… everything.
I met Matt in second grade, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We went to the same schools, studied at the same college. When we both got jobs in the same town, we shared an apartment. And when my life took an unexpected turn, Matt was there for me. Every milestone in my life, he was there to share it. And what’s really amazing? After all these years, we’re still the best of friends.
Which brings me to this fragile, heart-stopping moment: I want to tell him I love him, really love him, but I’m scared to death of what he’ll say. If I’ve got this all wrong, I’ll lose him—forever.