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Fat Vampire (affiliate link)

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Author: Truant, Johnny B.
Humorous Occult Fiction

When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn’t make fun of him, it’s his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a two thousand-year-old vampire.

And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it’s just Reginald’s further bad luck that he wakes to discover he’s become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever created … doomed to “heal” to his corpulent self for all of eternity.

But as Reginald struggles with the downsides of being a fat vampire (too slow to catch people to feed on, mocked by those he tries to glamour, assaulted by his intended prey and left for undead), he discovers rare powers in himself that few vampires have … and just in time, because the Vampire Council wants him destroyed as an inferior representative of their race.

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Author: Shawn, Melanie
Romantic Comedy

Laura Lopez knew exactly what she wanted in life. The American dream: a husband, two kids (at least), and a white picket fence. She handled the white picket fence on her own; the hubby and kiddos were proving to be more difficult. The problem was that the alpha-holes she attracted were not marriage material.

At thirty-five, the curvy beauty was done wasting her time with men who weren’t ready or willing to make a commitment. Nothing was going to distract her from building the life she wanted. Not even a six-foot-four, tattooed, retired Navy SEAL with dimples so deep she wanted to lick chocolate out of them.

Knox Savage knew exactly what he wanted in life. The freedom to live on his terms—no commitments, no responsibilities, no worries for the rest of his days. He was ready to live out his best Hakuna Matata life.

A Family of Strangers (affiliate link)

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Author: Lowe, Fiona
Small Town & Rural Fiction

How can you know so little about those you love?

With a coveted promotion dangling within reach, the last thing Addy Topic needs to do is waste precious time singing in Rookery Cove’s choir. But when she’s reminded how much music meant to her late mother, she can’t say no. The building pressure raises the ghosts that sent her running from Rookery Cove years earlier – memories she’s spent decades keeping hidden, silencing them with work, alcohol and sex.

For Stephanie Gallagher, Rookery Cove was meant to be a new beginning in the slow lane. A place where she and her husband can embrace community, parenthood and evenly share the load. But it’s changed everything. How much longer can they survive as a family?

Pink And More Pink (affiliate link)

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Author: Fitzgerald, Sara
Contemporary Romance

Nick wants no distractions, but throw in a beautiful woman, her little girl who thinks she’s a mermaid, and a zany dog, a mixture of romance, laughter, and a happy ever after.

Hailey Smith is a busy mom with an adorable eight-year-old daughter, Ella, who believes she is a mermaid and their crazy American Eskimo dog is a dolphin. Needless to say, Ella has an incredible imagination and loves the ocean even though they live in Utah, a freezing desert.

Nick Stevens loves the ocean and his beach house in sunny California, but due to a turbulent breakup, he needs to get as far away from his beloved home. His company promised him a quiet neighborhood free of kids, dogs, and distractions.

As soon as he sees Hailey and her crew, he realizes all that is out the window. But the more he’s around Hailey, her adorable daughter, and crazy dog, he finds his neighbors less and less annoying and more endearing. Leaving him to wonder if indeed he would trade his ocean for something even more beautiful.

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Author: Loring, Emilie
Romantic Comedy
A dazzling young star exits stage West. A hasty ceremony, a quick kiss and Jennifer Haydon and Dr. Bradley Maxwell were united for life. Jenny didn’t expect to live happily ever after with her new husband. After all, they didn’t love each other. And the Show Business world was stunned that the dazzling young star would give up her brilliant future for a new life in a sleepy desert town. Jenny herself almost regretted the marriage. But it wasn’t long before her flair for the dramatic started changing the small town of Desert Winds and the lives of everyone in it… including her own. Forsaking All Others is the story of a young couple’s attempt to turn a marriage without love into a joyous affair of the heart. Will they both find love and success ?Emilie Loring was an American romance author who started writing in 1914 and continued writing until her death in 1951. Following her death, her sons published some unfinished material they found at her estate. The ghost-writer was Elinore Denniston.
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Author: Frost, Sienna
Sword & Sorcery Fantasy

To end a centuries-long war between a nomadic race and an empire, Fate asks a freed man to shackle himself to a woman he cannot have, a young girl to choose an arranged marriage over freedom, and an ambitious conqueror to give up his empire for the one wife who wants him dead. As she puts them to the test and demands unimaginable sacrifices, all must decide what they want to set on fire: the lives of innocents or what they hold dearest to their hearts.

A tale of humanity’s deadliest weapon that drives us all to do the unthinkable, written in the blood of its heroes, the scorching sands of the desert, and the fires of war that never leave anyone without scars.

An award winning epic fantasy inspired by the nomadic cultures of Mongolia and the Middle East, the rich traditions of Asia and Africa, strung together by intense Thai flavors that will stay with you for life.

The Girl in the Letter (affiliate link)

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Author: Gunnis, Emily
Historical Fiction
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A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.

Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late.

Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever…

Read her letter. Remember her story…

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Author: Hallett, Janice
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Historical Murder Thriller

Everyone knows the story of the Alperton Angels: the cult who brainwashed a teenage girl into believing her baby was the anti-Christ. When the girl came to her senses and called the police, the Angels committed suicide and mother and baby disappeared.

Now, true crime author Amanda Bailey is looking to revive her career by writing a book on the case. The Alperton baby has turned eighteen; finding them will be the scoop of the year. But rival author Oliver Menzies is just as smart, better connected, and also on the baby’s trail.

As Amanda and Oliver are forced to collaborate, they realize that the truth about the Angels is much darker and stranger than they’d ever imagined, and in pursuit of the story they risk becoming part of it.

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Author: Kingswood, Mary
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Regency Historical Romance

One man with a secret. A family torn apart by the consequences.

Walter Atherton, Viscount Birtwell, has drifted through his charmed life without a care in the world. As the eldest son and heir to an earl, he has never had to make his way in the world. His days are filled with pleasure, and to set the seal on it, he will shortly be married to a vastly wealthy heiress. His future is set fair for happiness. But the brutal murder of the family chaplain reveals a dreadful secret, and Walter finds his whole future upended. What on earth is he to do now?

Miss Winifred Strong fell in love with Walter years ago – how could she resist his careless charm? But the daughter of a mere baronet is no fitting wife for a future earl. When the disaster strikes and Walter is suddenly cast down in society’s eyes, Winnie allows herself just a sliver of hope. Surely now her old friend will turn to her for comfort… and love? Or must she remain a spinster forever? But a trip to London brings her an unexpected way out of her dilemma — if she has the courage to take it.

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Author: Scott, Scarlett
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Gilded Age Historical Romance

Lady Tansy Francis has been a loyal lady-in-waiting for most of her life. In the eyes of the ton, she has come to London for the formal betrothal announcement of the princess who is like a sister to her. But secretly, Tansy has become caught up in the plans for a revolution in her homeland. She finds herself with no choice but to join forces with the last person she should ever trust, a coldhearted man who is feared by many: the king to whom the princess is about to announce her betrothal.

King Maximilian of Varros has a reputation that precedes him as a brutal, callous ruler who has stopped at nothing to claim his throne. After many long years of war, he has forged peace in his kingdom. But that peace is being threatened, and he’ll burn everything and everyone to the ground to save it. Only a few obstacles are standing in his path, and one of them happens to be a fearless lady-in-waiting he can’t stop wanting.

Tansy’s allegiance is to the princess, but King Maximilian has no qualms about seizing whatever he desires, consequences be damned. With the fires of revolution lit and chaos swirling around them, their passion is forbidden and yet impossible to resist. Trapped between old loyalties and new longings, Tansy has to make the most difficult choice of all—risk her heart for a dangerous rogue…or watch as he marries her best friend.

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Author: Strugatsky, Arkady, Strugatsky, Boris, Bormashenko, Olena
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Science Fiction
Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a “full empty,” something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he’ll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems. First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel’s publication in Russia.

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