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Author: DuMond, Pamela, DuMond, Pamela Sue
Cozy Mystery

My mom signs me up to be a judge at Wisconsin’s Inaugural Hometown Guy Contest. I picture traveling home for the 4th of July weekend for some fun in the sun.

I didn’t picture some idiot murdering Frank Plank, our local ‘Hometown Guy’ as well as the boy I used to babysit. Didn’t plan on being up to my twitchy eyeballs investigating pageant suspects. Didn’t realize the local detective’s been crushing on me for years.

But then Frank’s ghost wants me to find his murderer and I can’t say no. But Frank’s not the only person the killer has in his sights. How dicey can this trip home get?

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Author: Troy, Alyn
Witch Cozy Mystery

A town of wonky magic. A fencer stabbed by her own blade. Can Twizzie untangle the twisted mystery?
Twizzle Twist isn’t your normal real estate pixie. Nor is St. Maurice your normal Southern California town. The magic in the valley belches at the worst time. Twizzle’s mismatched wings and bum leg are the least of her worries.

With a cute new vampire in town, their house-hunting lunges off-target when her client’s favorite house comes with more than they bargained for. The owner is dead, stabbed in the back with her own sword.

In addition to murder, Twizzle has more to worry about. Her town has one of the few remaining amusement piers on the west coast. And someone is twisting the town council to tear it down. If that happens, it will be the end of Twizzle’s home above the carousel.

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Author: Swan, Maria Grazia
Cozy Mystery

Can’t resist lighthearted comedy dressed with a little mystery that never takes you down a dark road?

Good, because that’s what you get when you put two hot Italian imports together.

Meet the hot pink Fiat 500 and its owner, real estate agent Monica Baker.

Now stir in a dead body, a caterer about to lose her license, a real estate office coming off the rails, a goofy Great Dane, and a lively heroine who can’t help falling for the brooding bad boy.

No Strings Attached (affiliate link)

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Author: Ward Cosio, Lara
Steamy Stand-Alone Romance

I don’t normally stare at random guys in my local coffee shop. I mean, I’m a single working mom, completely devoted to my four-year-old daughter. This so isn’t me. It’s just that his backside is … phenomenal.

Turns out his name is Tanner and he’s been watching me right back. Not at the coffee shop, but from his construction site across the street from my apartment.

After a couple of flirty encounters, our mutual attraction leads to a no-strings-attached agreement based purely on convenience and pleasure. This arrangement is totally uncharacteristic for me, but it’s also perfect.

Or so I tell myself. Before long, we’re spending time with each other that has nothing to do with our plan and things between us start to feel all too real.

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Author: Andiz, Leliz
Psychological Thriller

Stella Marigold traded her suburban life to live on the road for a reason.

But getting offered an innocent-sounding job as a motherly figure to a young girl seems like a rewarding role that’s hard to pass up. And the paycheck will allow Stella to pay for repairs and get back to van life.

Jhor Farrow—the girl’s uncle and the one who hired Stella—keeps a watchful eye on them. But as time drags on and Stella’s van needs longer to repair, unsettling events take place.

While the money is helpful and the child might need a mentor, Stella begins to be afraid for their safety. Jhor isn’t what he seems, and the more Stella uncovers the truth, the more fearful she becomes as she realizes he’ll stop at nothing to protect his dark secrets.

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Author: Black, Blake
Romantic Suspense

My life has never been perfect.

In fact, it’s anything but.

When my parents passed away in a car accident, I had to take care of my little sister. I supported us both as I tried to finish college and work two jobs. It’s hard to focus on my life when I have to keep myself together for someone else.

But just as I felt everything was falling apart, I landed my dream internship at the NYPD Crime Analysis Unit. Although I am guarded, my new boss is determined to befriend me, and so is her cop brother and his two best friends. As hard as it is to keep my walls around them up, they’re starting to crumble.

With my new connections in place—searching deeper into the truth of my parents’ accident—it causes unwanted attention from powerful people.

Though the truth may be harder to swallow.

What if the truth will change the course of everything I’ve ever known?

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How to Embroider Almost Every Cute Thing includes 550 supercute, sweet, and little embroidery motifs for just about everything you could ever want to depict with needle and thread.

From cheeseburgers and chihuahuas to earmuffs and exercise equipment, among the many charming motifs are flowers, food, animals, clothing, vehicles, sports and hobbies, letters, numbers, and decorative designs from Japan’s leading embroidery artists. Use the motifs to embellish t-shirts, socks, bags, table linens, and more!

What you’ll find inside:

Finished stitched examples, stitch guides, and templates for all the motifs
Essential step-by-step tutorials for key stitches and techniques

Bursting with fun little embroidery motifs, this book will give you the itch to stitch!

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Author: Hua, Stephanie, Carroll, Coreen
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Herbs, Spices & Condiments

Bring a new herb into your kitchen with this tasty unique collection of recipes for bite-sized, low-dose sweet and savory cannabis edibles. This cookbook ventures boldly beyond pot brownies with delicious and unique baked confections as well as innovative savory treats. Designed for bakers and cooks of all skill levels, Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen includes simple recipes like spiced superfood truffles and roasted beet hummus, alongside more advanced recipes like artisanal marshmallows and Gruyére & green garlic gougéres—all brought to life with vibrant photography.

Complete with instructions for creating master ingredients such as canna butters, oils, honey, and maple syrup, as well as information on dosage and portions and the science of cannabis, this cookbook slash baking book gives cannabis newbies and connoisseurs alike the info they need to create an easy, safe, and delicious edibles experience.

• A DIY recipe book for beginner and advanced cannabis bakers
• Contains detailed information on correct dosage and portions
• Provides tips, tricks and tools of the trade

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Author: Weatherholt, Jill
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Contemporary Christian Romance

In this second chance inspirational romance, a divorced mom inherits a children’s camp and a business partner with whom she was once secretly in love.

To give her daughter a brighter future, a single mother must leave the past behind.

Inheriting a house, money and a camp is the fresh start Janie Edmiston has been praying for. But the will stipulates Janie must work with her childhood friend—and crush—Drew Brenner, to get the camp running . . . or lose it all. The newly divorced mother and the widower aren’t looking for love, but sometimes it takes a child to show two broken hearts the way forward . . . together.

Dreaming In French (affiliate link)

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Author: McCausland, Vanessa
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Friendship Fiction

A remote French island. A crumbling villa. A reclusive film star. And an inheritance Saskia never expected. The stunning new novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Beautiful Words.

Saskia Wyle spent one sultry European summer on Île de Re when she was nineteen. The bright salt flats and sun-soaked beaches are now a distant memory, and one she made herself forget after an unspeakable tragedy.

But the French heiress she befriended over twenty years ago has left half of her magnificent home to Saskia and the other half to Felix Allard, the now-reclusive film star living on the island. How did Simone Durant die? Was it the family curse that haunted her? And why has she included Saskia in her will after all this time?

Saskia returns to the place of dry-stone walls and ancient olive trees to find that Simone has left her another unexpected gift – a manuscript written in French. Like the lyrical language embedded somewhere in Saskia’s subconscious, she must find a way to understand what Simone is telling her. As Saskia once again falls under the island’s spell, she must reckon with her past to save what is most precious to her.

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Author: Hunter, Evan
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Coming of Age Fiction

After serving his country in World War II, Richard Dadier decides to become an English teacher—and for the sin of wanting to make a difference, he’s hired at North Manual Trades High School. A tough vocational school in the East Bronx, Manual Trades is home to angry, unruly teenagers exiled from New York City’s regular public schools. On his first day, Dadier endures relentless mockery and ridicule and makes an enemy of the student body by rescuing a female colleague from a vicious attack.

His fellow educators are bitter, disillusioned, and too afraid of their pupils to risk turning their backs on them in the classroom. But Dadier refuses to give up without a fight. Over the course of the semester, he tries again and again to break through the wall of hatred and scorn and win his students’ respect. The more he learns about their difficult circumstances, the more convinced he becomes that a good teacher can make a difference in their lives. His idealism will be put to the ultimate test, however, when a long-simmering power struggle with his most intimidating student explodes into a violent schoolroom showdown.

Made in Sicily (affiliate link)

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Author: Locatelli, Giorgio
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Italian Cooking

The legendary chef and acclaimed author of Made in Italy shares recipes and stories that capture the varied and vibrant flavors of Sicily.

Michelin star chef Giorgio Locatelli set a new standard for Italian cookbooks with his instant classic, Made in Italy. Now, he focuses the same level of passion and expertise on one of Italy’s most romantic, dramatic regions. This gorgeously illustrated volume combines recipes with stories and history, bringing to life the island’s amber wheat fields, lush citrus and olive groves, and rolling vineyards.

Mapping a culinary landscape marked by the influences of Arab, Spanish, and Greek colonists, the recipes in Made in Sicily showcase its diverse culinary heritage and embody the Sicilian ethos of valuing quality ingredients over pretentiousness or fuss in which “what grows together goes together.”

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