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The Cannelloni Corpse (Romano’s Family Restaurant Book 1) (affiliate link)
At Romano’s Family Restaurant, the cannelloni special is good enough to die for…
Gina Romano has decided to relaunch her family restaurant in small town, Lake Basil, New York. With her chef boyfriend, Jacob, on the staff and the menu increased to include pasta dishes and a new family aesthetic, she’s convinced that the new launch will be the biggest news to hit the town in years.
Until one of her new customers dies in the bathroom of the restaurant on opening night.
It’s murder by cannelloni poisoning, and her boyfriend, Jacob, was the last person seen with the victim or the cannelloni in question.
Gina will stop at nothing to ensure Jacob is cleared of the crime. With the local detective breathing down her neck, and convinced that her boyfriend is the one whodunit, Gina has to work out of sight to solve the murder. If she doesn’t, she might lose her restaurant and the man she loves.
Postmark Christmas (affiliate link)
In a grand Victorian mansion, the spirit of the festive season seems dim for Harlow Hill. Usually a Christmas enthusiast, she finds her passion for the season waning at the idea of facing the holidays alone.
Meanwhile, Harris Porter is determined to bypass the yuletide cheer to seal a significant business deal. For Harris, Christmas signifies an unwelcome pause in his pursuit of success and a disruption to his profit-driven schedule rather than a time of joy and celebration.
But Santa has other plans. As the Man in Red works his timeless magic through a heartfelt letter, Harlow and Harris are rediscovering the holiday’s wonder–together.
Accident Among Vampires or What would Dracula Do? (affiliate link)
My name is Norma Mae Rollins. I’m fourteen and an illegal vampire. I miss my mom, but new ghoulish appetites force me to remain with my creator. Bill didn’t mean to transform me. At least, that’s what he claims. His frightening temper, relentless lies, and morbid scientific experiments makes it hard to know what to believe. However, someone snitched about Bill’s experiments to a nearby Coven. Now both of our corpses will burn. Bill won’t run. He is curious what happens to a vampire after final death. I don’t want to die again. It hurt so much the first time. Bill thinks his vampire boyfriend might shelter me. I must brave an eternal existence with elder vampires and other monsters who don’t think I ought to exist. Oh and figure out who I am allowed to eat. A vampire’s reality is nothing like the movies.
A Mistletoe Romance (New Haven Falls Book 1) (affiliate link)
She never meant to fall in love, but Wade Olsen is warmer than a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a frosty December night…
A trip to her idyllic Pennsylvania hometown for a holiday visit is wrought with more than a few challenges for Jocelyn Pritchett, since the only things she associates with Christmas anymore are the painful memories of her mother’s car accident five years ago.
But, until she can escape the memories and return to her new life in Florida, she’ll keep her chin up and make the most of the season with her family.
Yet, when a charming stranger enters the picture, soon, the sugar cookies are sweeter, the carols that used to make her weep are bearable, and the winter weather’s a treat rather than a hassle.
Little Museum of Hope (affiliate link)
Meet Vanessa. She’s newly divorced and starting again at fifty-five. Her ex’s affair was a nasty surprise that ended their thirty-year marriage.
But with a son who’s flown the nest and her husband gone, it’s time for Vanessa to find a new challenge.
Either that or choose to grow old and bitter alone . . .
Vanessa decides to make her dream of opening a teashop come true. It’s now or never.
But running a successful teashop is harder than it looks. With customers proving hard to come by, Vanessa’s on the verge of being left with nothing — again.
Then she comes across an article about the Museum of Broken Relationships, where the rejected and lovelorn flock to shed the symbols of their shattered dreams.
This gives Vanessa a brilliant idea. She opens up her shop to the broken-hearted and her little teashop soon becomes a haven for jilted lovers.
Owl of Death (Owl the Assassin Book 1) (affiliate link)
Code name: Owl.
Assassin for hire.
A Syrian conspiracy. America framed for a barbaric act. Russia on the warpath.
Syrian assassins are sent to America to protect the conspiracy.
The CIA wants to stop them. They want the conspiracy exposed. They hire Owl for the job.
He must act fast. War between America and Russia is imminent. The clock is ticking.
Bailey’s Cafe: A Novel (affiliate link)
In post–World War II Brooklyn, on a quiet backstreet, there’s a little place that draws people from all over—not for the food, and definitely not for the coffee. An in-between place that’s only there when you need it, Bailey’s Cafe is a crossroads where patrons stay for a while before making a choice: Move on or check out?
In this novel, National Book Award–winning author Gloria Naylor’s expertly crafted characters experience a journey full of beauty and heartbreak. Touching on gender, race, and the African American experience, Bailey’s Cafe is “a sublime achievement” about the resilience of the human spirit (People).
The Enneagram Spectrum of Personality Styles (affiliate link)
This is the best introductory book you will find on the Enneagram. Wagner’s guide is a clear and concise introduction to the Enneagram, useful for personal exploration and as a teaching ID for workshop presenters and counselors.
This comprehensive book with charts, exercises, and bullet descriptions, yields an experiential understanding of basic Enneagram principles such as:
•Authentic values and their personality substitutes
•Resourceful and non-resourceful cognitive, emotional, and behavioral schemas and how they shift under stressful and flow conditions
•The three centers of sorting and deciding
•The defense mechanisms, principles and paradigms, virtues, passions, and both healthy and maladaptive instincts of each of the nine Enneagram personality types.
A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales from Youth (affiliate link)
In Love Day, twenty-year-old Paul Whitehurst is a Marine lieutenant during World War II, waiting to land on Okinawa, wrestling with anxiety and memories of his boyhood in Virginia.
In Shadrach, ten-year-old Paul witnesses his neighbors as they welcome a guest: a ninety-nine-year-old former slave who has walked nine hundred miles from Alabama so that he may die on the land of his childhood owner.
And in A Tidewater Morning, Paul is thirteen and struggling to deal with his mother’s impending death from cancer.
Celebrity: A Novel (affiliate link)
They were the princes of their high school in Fort Worth, Texas. Valedictorian Kleber Cantrell became a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who befriended the famous and exposed the notorious. Mack Crawford, teenage Adonis and University of Texas football hero, used his good looks to jumpstart an acting career. And T.J. Luther, voted “most popular” by the senior class, fell into a lurid life of crime but found God in prison and reinvented himself as the nation’s leading right-wing televangelist, his message of faith masking an all-consuming desire for power and revenge.
The different routes Kleber, Mack, and T.J. took to celebrity share common signposts: personal upheavals, ruinous marriages, petty jealousies, and blind ambition. Now, on the eve of their twenty-fifth high school reunion, their separate paths will cross to devastating effect—because these three friends have something else in common.
Burger Night: Dinner Solutions for Every Day of the Week (affiliate link)
Raise this tried-and-true weeknight staple to a new level with recipes that showcase the burger’s endless variety of protein and flavor possibilities.
A burger is a classic dish, whether it’s for a Sunday supper or a backyard barbecue. Burger Night is the comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide to great burgers. There’s something to please every burger lover: from meaty to vegetarian, classic to creative and simple to elaborate.
More than 60 recipes will inspire you to up your bun game, including Gorgonzola-Stuffed Burgers with Grilled Nectarines, Breakfast Burgers, Spiced Lamb Sliders with Romesco Sauce, Crab Burgers with Smashed Avocado, Falafel Burgers with Tahini Cilantro Sauce, and Miso Tofu Burgers with Sauteed Chard & Asian Mayonnaise. Also included are delectable side dishes—from salads to fries—and burger essentials like ketchup, onions, and even vanilla milkshakes.