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Author: McColl, Charity
Romance Short Reads

Lord Wesley Stanhope, the Duke of Hanningshire hasn’t celebrated Christmas for ten years. Each year when the season comes around, he sends his servants away and spends it in solitude. The pain of losing his parents and elder brother to a fire ten years before is too much for him to bear.

Felicity Cowen is the new scullery maid at the Stanhope Manor. She loves her job because the terms of employment are pleasant. When she finds out that the manor has to be locked up for ten days, she’s in despair for she has nowhere else to go. Sneaking back into the manor after everyone has left is the only option and she finds a great surprise when she does so.

Christmas will never be the same again for the two of them.

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Author: De Maria, Lawrence
Noir Crime
An ultra-secret unit of the Central Intelligence Agency forms an unholy alliance with vengeful mob bosses. In return for loads of cash, the unit’s agents bump off mob turncoats. The C.I.A. unit, feared even by other agency operatives, insists on two caveats. The doomed turncoats must be deserving of the death penalty. And the mob bosses must provide anti-terrorist information when and where they can. A win-win situation, right. The C.I.A. gets information, and a slush fund it can hide from Congress. And some real slimebuckets get taken off the board. What could go wrong? Well, plenty, when the agency’s apex assassin kills the wrong man. If you like government intrigue, colorful characters and crackerjack dialogue, SUDDEN KILL is right up your alley. And it’s just a click away!

Rough Edge: (The Edge #1) (affiliate link)

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Author: Reiss, CD
Romantic Suspense
He’s her husband, but he’s not the man she married.
Caden and Greyson come home from deployment to build a life together. Everything is perfect, until Caden starts changing into a different man—one with a savage edge that’s as dangerous as it is sexy.
Who is her husband?
What has he become?
And why?
Caden’s roughness hits new heights, and so does Greyson’s pleasure.
She’s falling in love with a man she never married—a man whose very existence is a mystery, and one she’s hell-bent on destroying.
With time running out and forces bigger than their marriage working against them, Greyson needs to put together the pieces before Caden takes it all too far…
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Author: McGinnis, Mark Wayne
First Contact Science Fiction
A wicked snowstorm had blown in from the north and the roads were a mess. Recently split from his one-time girlfriend, there was now nothing holding Cameron Decker here in the little backwater mountain town of Larksburg Stand. Time to get back to college, back to Stanford. Seeing a guy knee-deep in slush at the side of the road, he pulled to the curb and waved him over. The guy smacked his head getting in—knocked his watch cap askew. Only then did Cameron notice—noticed that the individual couldn’t possibly be human. Cameron decided to help his stranded passenger—a decision he’d soon come to regret. Along with his rust-bucket of a pickup truck, he was soon heading deep into space aboard an interstellar spacecraft. After the vessel crash-landed onto an alien world, he would now have to contend with a murderous droid and a slew of strange alien life forms. But it is the forty-five-foot tall killer beast—a Minal Loth—that will impact his life the most. Marooned, Cameron must keep his wits to survive long enough to find a way to return home—back to that little mountain town, and that girl, who he should never have left in the first place.

Easy Banana Cookbook (affiliate link)

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Author: Press, BookSumo
Cooking Fruit
Here is a preview of the diverse meals you can create with Bananas as an ingredient:
Strawberry & Banana Spring Rolls
Raspberries Banana Pudding
Banana Fritters
Bed and Breakfast Pancakes
Rolled Oats and Banana
Marshmallows and Bananas with Chocolate
Quinoa and Banana
Banana Jam Topping
Caribbean Rice
Cream Cheese Sweet Bars

Elvis in the Morning (affiliate link)

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Author: F. Buckley Jr, William
Coming of Age Fiction

Life in the shadow of the King of Rock and Roll…

Orson is a young boy whose mother works at a U.S. Army base in Germany in the 1950s.

There, he becomes a fan of a G.I. stationed at the same base, one Elvis Presley, whose music is played over and over on the radio.

When Orson is caught stealing recordings of Elvis’s tunes from the PX, the publicity catches the star’s attention and thus begins a lifelong friendship.

As Elvis’s career rockets ever higher, Orson and Elvis share many adventures. Elvis becomes the idol of the nation, while Orson drifts away from mainstream life searching for something to believe in.

Each man is an emblem of his time, as social conventions crumble, barriers fall, and the cultural landscape of America changes forever.

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Author: Bush, Nancy
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Psychological Thrillers
The whispers may scare you . . .
In River Glen, Oregon, rumors are spreading about the Babysitter Stalker. One victim was fatally stabbed. A second fell—or was pushed—from a rooftop deck. High school sophomore Jamie Whelan, scheduled to watch the Ryerson twins tonight, isn’t worried. She’s more interested in the party she’ll go to later, as soon as her sister Emma arrives to take over babysitting duties. But nothing goes according to plan . . .But the truth . . .
Twenty years after that night’s vicious attack, Emma remains scarred in body and mind. Jamie, back in River Glen after their mother’s death, still feels guilty over trading places that fateful evening. Then suddenly another young babysitter is attacked. Jamie, with a teenage daughter of her own, fears something much more twisted than coincidence.

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Author: Rozelle, Scott, Hell, Natalie
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Economic Policy & Development

A study of how China’s changing economy may leave its rural communities in the dust and launch a political and economic disaster.

As the glittering skyline in Shanghai seemingly attests, China has quickly transformed itself from a place of stark poverty into a modern, urban, technologically savvy economic powerhouse. But as Scott Rozelle and Natalie Hell show in Invisible China, the truth is much more complicated and might be a serious cause for concern.

China’s growth has relied heavily on unskilled labor. Most of the workers who have fueled the country’s rise come from rural villages and have never been to high school. While this national growth strategy has been effective for three decades, the unskilled wage rate is finally rising, inducing companies inside China to automate at an unprecedented rate and triggering an exodus of companies seeking cheaper labor in other countries. Ten years ago, almost every product for sale in an American Walmart was made in China. Today, that is no longer the case. With the changing demand for labor, China seems to have no good back-up plan.

Turbulence (affiliate link)

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Author: Nance, John J.
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In a desperate attempt to cut costs, Meridian Airlines has given up on any pretense of customer service. The passengers on Meridian Flight Six from Boston to Cape Town are fed up with hours-long delays, uncomfortable cabin conditions, and rude airline personnel. But Brian Logan is more than a disgruntled passenger: He believes Meridian killed his wife and he’s about to take revenge by lighting the fuse of disaster.

When Capt. Phil Knight makes a forced landing in a hotbed of insurgents in Nigeria, he’s facing more than a rebel firefight. Violence erupts inside the cabin as Logan leads the passengers in a revolt. But with the loss of radio contact, the civilians don’t realize that NATO and the CIA believe their plane has been hijacked by terrorists and must be taken down.

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Author: Hill, Reginald
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Traditional Detective Mysteries

Reginald Hill “raised the classical British mystery to new heights” when he introduced pugnacious Yorkshire Det. Inspector Andrew Dalziel and his partner, the callow Sgt. Peter Pascoe (The New York Times Book Review). Their chafing differences in education, manners, technique, and temperament made them “the most remarkable duo in the annals of crime fiction” (Toronto Star). Adapted into a long-running hit show for the BBC, the Gold Dagger Award–winning series is now available as ebooks.

Mary Connon froze out her husband, Sam, long ago. She likes the attention of other men—like the fellow members of Sam’s rugby club. Naturally, when she’s found dead in her sitting room with a hole in her head, Sam is a suspect. If only he hadn’t suffered a dizzying scrum injury that’s left everything a blur. He isn’t sure that he didn’t kill her. But Det. Inspector Andrew Dalziel and his partner, Peter Pascoe, are looking outside the unhappy home. Because it seems everyone within spitting distance of the suburban femme fatale—from prying neighbors to spurned lovers to jealous wives—wanted Mary dead. As the field of play expands, so do the motives . . .

The Devil of Nanking (affiliate link)

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Author: Hayder, Mo
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International Mystery & Crime

With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder’s The Devil of Nanking takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century’s most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.

A young Englishwoman obsessed with an indecipherable past, Grey comes to Tokyo seeking a lost piece of film footage of the notorious 1937 Nanking Massacre, footage some say never existed. Only one man can help Grey. A survivor of the massacre, he is now a visiting professor at a university in Tokyo. But he will have nothing to do with her.

So Grey accepts a job in an upmarket nightspot, where a certain gangster may be the key to gaining the professor’s trust. An old man in a wheelchair surrounded by a terrifying entourage, the gangster is rumored to rely on a mysterious elixir for his continued health.

Meet Cute (affiliate link)

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Author: Hunting, Helena
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Romantic Comedy
Kailyn Flowers was always calm, rational, and controlled–until she ended up sprawled all over Daxton Hughes, the former actor she totally crushed on as a teenager. Then she did the unthinkable: She became a mortifying fangirl in five seconds flat, which may or may not have included professing her undying love. And oddly, he didn’t run away. In fact, their meet cute led to a friendship she never saw coming. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming, either…
Now Dax needs her help. As guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister, he’s in way over his head. And though Kailyn hasn’t forgiven Dax, she isn’t heartless enough to make him fend for himself, either. Soon their friendly meetings turn into flirty dinner dates, and Kailyn can feel their chemistry is as explosive as ever. But how can she possibly let down her guard again to a guy who has heartbreak written all over him?

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