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Author: Casie, Ruth A.
Regency Historical Romance

Her mind kept telling her to stop loving him, but her heart couldn’t let him go.

Welcome to book 1 in the fabulous new series, The Ladies of Sommer by the Sea from USA Today Bestselling author Ruth A. Casie!

Renowned author Lady Alicia Hartley has lost her muse after a bad review. She blames it all on the author JC Melrose. A chance encounter with a handsome, witty Justin Caulfield has her heart racing, and her muse seemingly back. Is he her savior or her worst nightmare?

He didn’t see the turbulent ocean. He was too busy dealing with a different tempest.

The recently retired Captain Justin Caulfield is facing his own demons. As gifted author JC Melrose, his stories honor men who died at the hand of one man. His only focus is to avenge their deaths, that is, until he meets and falls in love with Lady Alicia.

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Author: Taylor, Valerie
Romantic Comedy

Sea breezes and fireworks fill the air in cozy Chatham Crossing, the peaceful and historic whaling town situated between Providence and Cape Cod.

Venus Bixby, owner of the forever popular music store Oldies & Goodies, is counting on the festivities over the Fourth of July weekend to propel her to a position on the prestigious Town Committee.

After years of living in the shadow of her late husband, Venus will finally be the center of attention this holiday weekend: starting with her fiftieth birthday celebration and ending as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

Faster than a cookie crumbles, her dream collapses on the morning of her party when she trips over orange platform shoes in the gardens of the Sofia Silva Whaling Museum and breaks her thumb. When it’s discovered the shoes are attached to the body of the manager of the museum’s gift shop, Venus becomes both a suspect and a sleuth in Chatham Crossing’s first murder in decades.

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Author: Swinfen, Ann
Historical Crime Thriller

The death of a scholar, the birth of a detective…
Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of William Farringdon floating in the River Cherwell, all the signs point to suicide.

Soon, however, Nicholas discovers evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his close friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William’s death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot.

When their investigations begin to involve town, university, and abbey, Nicholas takes a risky gamble – and puts his family in terrible danger in order to uncover the truth.

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Author: Ford, Hope
Romance Short Reads

She’s the preacher’s daughter and she’s off limits.
I’m an over-the-top, obsessed cowboy.
I can lasso wild horses, loose cows and the orneriest of bulls…
but I can’t seem to catch the curvy Janie Bradshaw.

She’s too young and she’s way too good for the likes of this ol’ cowboy, but I can’t stop thinking about her. She has more curves than some men would know what to do with. But not me. No, I dream of those curves… having my hands on them, my lips on them and holding onto them while I…

I’m obsessed with her… but I shouldn’t be. I thought we could try and be friends, but that made her think she could dance with another man.

It’s time to take matters into my own hands. I may not be worthy of the curvy, beautiful Janie, but I’ll do whatever it takes to make her mine.

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Author: Kazmiercza, Pamela
Dessert Baking

Some Examples of the recipes include:

Glazed Apple Cookies
Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Apple Cranberry Cookies
Soft Apple Cookies
Apple Caramel Cookies
Apple Pie Cookies
Apple Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
Apple Chocolate Chip Cookies
Apple Banana Cookies
Apple Gingerbread Cookie Bars
Apple Pecan Drop Cookies
Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Apple Cinnamon Chip Cookies
Apple Cinnamon Granola Cookies
Carrot Apple Spice Cookies
Apple Caramel Bars
Apple Cheesecake Bars
Apple Blueberry Bars
Apple Vanilla Pecan Bars
Apple Chocolate Chip Bars
Applesauce Blondies
Apple Oatmeal Bars
Apple Butterscotch Bars
No-Bake Apple Bars

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Author: Bell, James Scott
Hard-Boiled Mysteries

Hollywood, 1945. The war is over and the boys are coming home. But in Tinseltown it’s crime as usual.
Bill Armbrewster is the troubleshooter for National-Consolidated Pictures. That means getting leading men out of the drunk tank … or a murder rap. It means keeping wolves away from starlets and dancers away from temptation. Once it even means helping Bette Davis out of a jam.

His beat is trouble and his fists are ready. And when he isn’t solving studio problems he’s pounding a typewriter, writing crime stories for the fabled Black Mask pulp magazine.

From City Hall to the Sunset Strip—and all points in between—William “Wild Bill” Armbrewster, a Marine who fought in France in the first World War, gets between the studio talent and a raft of swindlers and hooligans, killers and thieves.

Fair warning: Don’t get on his bad side.

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Author: Stewart, Glynn
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Space Opera Science Fiction

A ship that cannot leave
A Mage that will not stay
A meeting of desperations

In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Mages, Damien Montgomery graduates into their numbers—only to discover that without connections, he can’t find a ship and is stuck in the Sherwood system.

Pirates attacked David Rice’s jump freighter, leaving him with a dead Mage and a damaged ship—stuck in Sherwood, where a grieving father has blacklisted him from hiring a replacement Jump Mage.

When their desperate needs meet, Damien Montgomery is drawn into a conflict with the most powerful criminal organization in the galaxy—and to the attention of the Mage-King of Mars himself!

Charming the Recluse (affiliate link)

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Author: Strunk, Mindy Burbidge
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Historical Mysteries

When is a shell more than a shell? When it’s offered out of love.

Arawn Beavin was never fond of Society. But after the tragic death of his sister, he withdrew from all Society becoming a virtual recluse, vowing to stay cooped up in his family’s castle for the rest of his life. If only his mother were so accommodating. As their mourning period comes to an end, his mother invites her dearest friend to the castle without his knowledge or permission. Little does Arawn know the upheaval that will come along in the form of the friend’s daughter. She is irreverent and completely disrespectful of his societal norms.

Even though Marjorie Fitzroy descends from nobility, it doesn’t mean she has enjoyed the benefits. And their return to society changed things very little. But then an invitation comes to visit a friend of her mother’s and it seems as though their situation might be changing. But her hopes and excitement are quickly dispelled. The castle is nothing like those she read about in her favorite gothic novels. Except, perhaps for the grumpy marquess that resides within. He does nothing but brood and scowl at everything she says and does. Indeed, she finds little to like about him, but plenty of difficulty in avoiding him.

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Author: Vernal, Michelle
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Women’s Romance Fiction

Heartbroken after a break-up, thirty-two-year-old Imogen Kelly flees Dublin city and escapes back home to the sleepy village of Emerald Bay. Hopefully her new job renovating grand Benmore House, surrounded by lush gardens and with views of the colourful village, will help her move on… And although gossip flies around Emerald Bay as often as the soft Irish rain falls on the fields, nobody has to know about Imogen’s own secret visits to Benmore House years ago.

But arriving on the sweeping drive there’s a surprise in store. The builder working with Imogen on the renovation project is none other than Ryan O’Malley – the class prankster who was forever pinging her bra strap at school.

Within seconds it’s clear he’s still a cheeky charmer, even if he’s transformed into a gorgeous guy who unexpectedly sets her pulse racing. Forced into close proximity with relentlessly cheerful Ryan, who’s forever (badly) singing rock ballads at the top of his voice, Imogen at first finds him an annoying distraction.

Last First Date (affiliate link)

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Author: Parker, Weston
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Workplace Romance

Taking over the family business is my destiny.

I just never expected to have to do it in a small town surrounded by nobodies.

I’m a big fish in a small pond in New York.

This town?

I might as well be in purgatory.

There’s one silver lining.

My assistant.

She’s curvy, too sweet for her own good, and easy to push around.

Until she isn’t.

She’s fire one minute and ice the next.

I can’t get enough.

I can’t focus, either.

Everywhere I turn, she’s there.

I suppose that’s the whole point of her job.

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Author: O’Roark, Elizabeth
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Sports Romance
A track star with nothing to lose. A college coach who may lose everything to save her.
Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia Finnegan, a beautiful but troubled new transfer student. Olivia is her own worst enemy, with a smart mouth and a past she can’t seem to escape, and the last person she wants help from is a cocky track coach she can never seem to please. Refusing to be pushed away, Will is determined to save her…and determined to resist an attraction that could destroy them both.
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Author: Ricci, CE
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LGBTQ+ Romance
I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge. Rather than shy away, I grit my teeth and use it as an opportunity to prove myself. Not just in football, but also in life. Even when I was thrown through a loop in discovering I was bisexual, I embraced it. Owning it so no one can use it as ammunition against me. But when Ciaráin Grady comes barreling into my life with his venomous tongue and amber eyes brimming with disdain, I realize every test of my character and strength could never have prepared me for the trial he holds. One that toes the line of love and hate. It’s all-consuming and toxic. Yet under the layers of revulsion he masks his face with, I see it. A glimmer of lust from deep within his secretive, broken soul. And when we’re thrown together under heinous circumstances, the distinction between enemy and lover begins to blur. So…what is Ciaráin Grady to me? I’m only certain that he is the greatest challenge of my life.

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