Belle of the Ball: Three Graces Trilogy, Book 1
Beauty, Charm, and Grace—something the nouveau-riche Sullivan sisters of Colorado Springs lack. But a wish at a magical rock formation is about to change all that, in a most a-MUSE-ing way. . . .
The three Sullivan sisters, named for the Three Graces of Greek legend who embody beauty, charm and grace, don’t live up to their names. Belle is no beauty. Charisma lacks charm. And Grace is somewhat less than graceful. But this doesn’t deter their ambitious mother from bribing three bachelors to escort them to Colorado Springs’ beautiful Garden of the Gods.
When the girls overhear their escorts mocking how little they resemble their names, each girl makes a wish at the magical Three Graces rock formation. Belle wishes aloud for beauty, but only so she can use it as a weapon to punish the cads who hurt her sisters. Her true wish is for revenge.
The Sands of Santa Rosa (A Cotton Chastain Novel Book 1)
An island beach with pristine white sands… a man with a supernatural gift… a precocious five-year-old girl… and a looming danger.
Mattie Sands goes to the beach almost every day, because her five-year-old daughter, Sara, loves the warm Gulf waters and white sand of Santa Rosa Island. And, it’s a safe place for the little girl to play…isn’t it?
An environmental group sabotages an oil platform, and the resulting explosion creates a spill. A scientist has genetically engineered an oil-eating bacteria, giving it a rapid rate of growth, and the CEO of the oil company releases the bacteria into the Gulf of Mexico in hopes it will clean up the spill before the public knows about it. But a well-intended action can have unintended consequences, and the bacteria creates a disaster no one could have foreseen.
Undeniably Yours (A Porter Family Novel Book 1)
When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.
Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who’s determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.
Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their relationship–and their belief that God can work through every circumstance–survive?
Loving Lieutenant Douglas: A Brethren of the Coast Novella
Take a trip back in time, to 1785, when Horatio Nelson was a new captain. It is the Age of Sail, England is on the brink of war with France, and Royal Navy First Lieutenant Mark Douglas is not looking for a wife. As is so often the case, fate has other plans, and Mark sets his sights on a fiery society miss with a spirit to match his own. But can he redeem himself after inadvertently insulting his prospective bride?
Lady Amanda Gascoigne-Lake is at first smitten with and then disappointed by the impeccable naval man. After all, is it not a woman’s prerogative to change her mind? When a soldier disparages her reputation, Mark defends her honor and wins his lady. What happens when her father rejects Mark’s suit, and an ancient brooch with mystical powers portends doom?
Death Shows Up (Julia Blake Cozy Mystery Book 7)
Julia Blake runs her own cleaning business. She has the unfortunate knack of getting herself involved in murder enquiries.
Julia provides moral support for her friend, Louisa, as they go to a slimming club meeting. They are shocked to discover that the slimming club venue has been taken over by the local amateur dramatics group.
The am-dram group are performing a play written by the enigmatic Brandon Briggs. Julia soon suspects that Louisa and Brandon have a secret past. At the next meeting, Julia soon finds Brandon’s murdered body hidden in a costume room.
Julia discovers that more than one person had the opportunity, and motive, to kill Brandon – including her friend, Louisa.
First Circle Club
When Virgil is betrayed and murdered, he thinks his days of catching fugitives as a U.S. Marshal are over. He is condemned to an eternity of filing paperwork in the First Circle of Hell. Then a demon lord gives Virgil an unprecedented assignment. He will return to Earth as part of a team: two souls from Heaven and two from Hell. They must stop another damned soul who escaped and is now murdering teenagers on Earth. The serial killer has supernatural skills and is part of a larger conspiracy which is well prepared for a fight. If he is not careful, Virgil could be murdered a second time.
Florence, 1943. Two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death; and with Italy trapped under the heel of a brutal Nazi occupation, bands of Partisans rise up.
Soon Isabella and Caterina will test their wits and deepest beliefs as never before. As the winter grinds on, they will be forced to make the most important decisions of their lives. Their choices will reverberate for decades.
In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, a senior policeman agrees to oversee a murder investigation, after it emerges the victim was once a Partisan hero. When the case begins to unravel, Pallioti finds himself working to uncover a crime lost in the twilight of war, the consequences of which are as deadly today as they were over sixty years ago.
Emeril 20-40-60 (Emeril’s)
Long day at the office? In a hurry to get the kids to soccer practice? Hungry for more than just a sandwich? With Emeril 20-40-60, even if you’re short on time, you don’t have to sacrifice getting a freshly prepared, satisfying meal on the table. Divided into three sections, this brand-new cookbook is Emeril’s first ever to organize mouthwatering home-cooked meals according to time. You’ll find recipes you can make in 20 minutes or less, 40 minutes or less, or around 60 minutes, so now you can make the meals you want in the time you have.
How about Orange, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Salad (19 minutes) or Spicy Pork Wraps with Creamy Coleslaw (26 minutes)? If you’re really in a hurry, you can whip up the Simple Italian Wedding Soup (11 minutes). If you have more time to spare, try the Shrimp and Zucchini Fritters (35 minutes) or splurge on the Pork Loin with Apples and Prunes (60 minutes).
The Dead Cat Bounce: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery
dead cat bounce n. Stock market jargon for a small, temporary rise in a stock’s trading price after a sharp drop.
Since she bought her rambling old fixer-upper of a house, Jacobia Tiptree has gotten used to finding things broken. But her latest problem isn’t so easily repaired. Along with the rotting floor joists and sagging support beams, there’s the little matter of the dead man in Jake’s storeroom, an ice pick firmly planted in his cranium.
Not much happens in her tiny Maine town, but that’s about to change. Jake’s unknown guest turns out to be a world-famous corporate raider, local boy turned billionaire Threnody McIlwaine. When Jake’s best friend, quiet and dependable Ellie White, readily confesses to the murder, cops and journalists swarm into snowbound Eastport.
Jake smells a cover-up, and begins poking into past history between McIlwaine and Ellie’s family. But someone doesn’t like nosy neighbors…and Jake’s rustic refuge may become her final resting place.
Take Back Tomorrow
Eddie Royce is an up-and-coming science fiction writer with a terrible secret: he cheats.
He knew he’d get caught, of course. Eventually. But not like this. When disaster finally strikes, it strikes big, and Eddie is confronted by the worst person imaginable: his idol, the SF master, Chester Blackwood.
To Eddie’s great surprise, however, Blackwood has secrets of his own, and instead of outing him, the master story-teller quickly embroils Eddie in a real-life mystery of time travel, beautiful women, and Hollywood gangsters. But then Blackwood disappears, so if Eddie wants to keep both the fame and the girl, he’s going to have to do the one thing he’s never been able to get right before: plot his way out of a crisis.
And the stakes if he fails? The very future of science fiction itself.
The Enneagram of Parenting
Elizabeth Wagele, coauthor of The Enneagram Made Easy and Are You My Type, Am I Yours?, offers the first practical guidebook for parents — packed with her delightful cartoons — on how the Enneagram can help to understand and work with children’s personality traits and behavioral patterns more effectively and creatively. Using her expertise in making the Enneagram accessible through simple text and zany, informative cartoons, Wagele shows parents how to be flexible and compassionate, willing and eager to recognize the unique potential of every child and to respond to and nurture each child appropriately.
All the Winters After
Alaska doesn’t forgive mistakes. That’s what Kachemak Winkel’s mother used to tell him. A lot of mistakes were made that awful day twenty years ago, when she died in a plane crash with Kache’s father and brother–and Kache still feels responsible. He fled Alaska for good, but now his aunt Snag insists on his return. She admits she couldn’t bring herself to check on his family’s house in the woods–not even once since he’s been gone.
Kache is sure the cabin has decayed into a pile of logs, but he finds smoke rising from the chimney and a mysterious Russian woman hiding from her own troubled past. Nadia has kept the house exactly the same–a haunting museum of life before the crash. And she’s stayed there, afraid and utterly isolated, for ten years.
A Conspiracy of Alchemists: Book One in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow
LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—the intrepid heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.
In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun.
When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr. Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.
Hitler’s War: The War That Came Early, Book One
Regularly $11.99, Today $2.99
A stroke of the pen and history is changed. In 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, determined to avoid war, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country, and England, after a fatal act of appeasement, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared. Now, in this thrilling alternate history, another scenario is played out: What if Chamberlain had not signed the accord?
In this action-packed chronicle of the war that might have been, Harry Turtledove uses dozens of points of view to tell the story: from American marines serving in Japanese-occupied China and ragtag volunteers fighting in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion in Spain to an American woman desperately trying to escape Nazi-occupied territory—and witnessing the war from within the belly of the beast.
Blood Slave (Dark Vampire Romance) (The Nightlife Series)
Hope’s telepathic ability keeps her a step ahead of ruin, but her unusual gift attracts the attention of a psychotic vampire bitch. Trapped in a Manhattan penthouse with the psycho, her survival lies in the hands of Vampire Enrique. He seems to respect her, perhaps even care. As a measure of protection, he makes her his personal blood slave. Helplessly addicted to his bite, Enrique rules her every moment. As always, Hope must adapt to survive.
She trades one master for another, enslaved in the decadent vampire nightlife of Manhattan’s elite. All she’s ever wanted was someone to love and a place to call home. Instead she shares a relationship of convenience with her new master, nothing more than a concubine desperate to satisfy his nightly demands for blood and sex.
… See the rest of today’s Book Picks here on page 2Page 2