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Ink: A Novel (Love Stories on 7th and Main Book 1) (affiliate link)
It’s everything but business as usual
Emmie Elliot hadn’t expected to come back to Metlin, California. She definitely didn’t expect to stay. She returned to her childhood home with a mission: sell the building that housed her grandmother’s bookstore and move on with her life.
But life doesn’t always go according to plan.
To reopen her grandmother’s bookshop, Emmie will need a hook. She’ll need a strategy. She’ll need an… Ox?
Miles Oxford doesn’t have much interest in quiet bookstore owners. He’s a tattoo artist without a space to work, and the last thing he wants is to get involved with anyone after his last disaster of a relationship. Work and pleasure don’t mix for Ox, but since he doesn’t have any interest in the cute girl with the bold business proposal, he should be safe from any awkward complications, right?
Vegetarian Curry Cookbook: 50 Delicious Vegetarian Curry Recipes That Everyone Can Enjoy (2nd Edition) (affiliate link)
Vegetarian Curry Japanese Style
South East Asian All Ingredient Curry
Punjabi Greens Curry
Easy Veggie Curry Soup from Vietnam
Vegetarian Curry Sri Lankan Style
Peanut Thai Curry
Traditional North Indian Beans Curry
Veggie Curry Burgers
Potato Curry for Winter
Elegant Thai Tofu Curry
Western Moroccan Curry
Squash, Eggplant, and Tomato Curry from Brazil
Aromatic Kenyan Curry
Cauliflower, Pumpkin, and Lentil Curry
Peas, Zucchini, and Cabbage Curry
Microwave Carrot Curry
Odia Veggie Curry
Caribbean Country Curry
Much, much more!
Final Chapter (Megan Montaigne Mysteries) (affiliate link)
Meet Megan Montaigne, your new favorite small-town amateur sleuth!
For Megan Montaigne, library director, living in the top floor of the mansion-turned-library is a dream come true. At least it was, before the murders started.
Megan Montaigne has always secretly wanted to be a forensics investigator. The small-town library director has just begun rebuilding her life after tragedy tore it apart less than a year ago, and is happily settling into her new apartment on the top floor of the library by the river. But when a local celebrity turns up dead, the time has come to put her sleuthing fantasies into action. Has she unwittingly invited the murderer into her own home? And will she be able to prove her innocence before she becomes a victim herself?
Bankers Hours (Hotshot Book 3) (affiliate link)
Anthony DiMento, more commonly known as Beau, has a problem.
A $250,000 problem!
Seems in an effort to keep the DiMento bar open he borrowed money from the owner of Cheater’s strip club, Declan Osborne.
Now the payment is due and Beau doesn’t have the money.
But Beau does have a plan . . . kind of, maybe, sort of.
A plan that at least seemed logical at the time.
Just rob a bank.* But that was before Beau fell for gorgeous bank teller, Cindy.
* Before the Ditschler brothers, Mendel, Lucerne and Elvis, decided to rob the same bank.
* Before Milton, Declan Osborne’s thug, took an intense dislike to Beau.
* Before Otto O’Malley, self proclaimed protector of bank teller Cindy, inserted himself.
Little Girl Taken Boxset: A Riveting Kidnapping Mystery (affiliate link)
One year after a terrible tragedy, the coastal town of West Seven is still recovering from its collective trauma.
Deputy Lux Bern is a young rookie police officer with a mysterious past. When an opportunity arises to work with a seasoned detective, Lux jumps at the chance. A girl has gone missing, and Lux is personally invested in the teenager’s recovery.
Little Girl Lost
When the seventeen-year-old star of the high school softball team vanishes from a small town, the victim’s estranged older sister, Bridget Dubois, returns home in order to find her. The only problem is that Bridget has a reputation, and the locals aren’t pleased by her reappearance. Without anyone to help her, Bridget must find a way to reconnect with her younger sister before time runs out.
Some secrets kill. Lena Hayes is in the middle of the biggest fight of her political career.
A Ghost of a Chance (The Nightwatch Book 1) (affiliate link)
I’m a Nightwatch agent, a nightblood charged with enforcing the supernatural laws. Humans can’t know the shit that goes bump in the night is real. It’s sweaty, tough work, with crappy pay, but I love it.
Things would be perfect if not for my secret.
Pureblood Nightbloods can’t see or hear the dead. The fact that I can exposes my mixed breeding. I’m not meant to exist, and if the council find out about my secret it’s the executioners block for me.
Keeping a lid on my ghost whisperer ability is a must.
So, when my gramps orders me to head to the arse end of nowhere, a nowhere that just happens to be the most haunted place on the bloody map, I’m a little confused.
This transfer doesn’t jive with trying to keep the ghost chat to a minimum.
But with my golem partner and gargoyle companion in tow, I’m sure I can figure out why I’ve been sent to this weird coastal town. I mean, they even have a ghost bar.
You’d think the local souls would be eager to chew my ear off, right? Wrong.
For the first time in forever, the dead aren’t talking.
Now I need to know why…
Beholden (Carmel Cove Book 1) (affiliate link)
Laurel Ocean never planned on coming back home.
But when she unexpectedly inherits the shambles of her family’s coffee shop, she doesn’t have much choice.
So, Laurel makes a plan: fix up the business, sell it, and get out of town. And it would’ve been perfect… if the building hadn’t come with a condition: a stubborn, broody, and distractingly sexy contractor.
Eli Downing made a promise to look after Laurel, and offering to repair the coffeeshop is just the start. He’s not going anywhere whether she likes it or not. And for as many walls as she pays him to fix, he’s determined to tear down the same from around her hardened heart.
The longer she stays, the more Laurel finds herself beholden. To her family’s legacy. To her loyal hometown. And to the man healing her heart.
Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love (affiliate link)
Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo’s daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called “the father of modern physics- indeed of modern science altogether.” Galileo’s Daughter also presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, described by her father as “a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me.”
Galileo’s Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion. Moving between Galileo’s grand public life and Maria Celeste’s sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanity’s perception of its place in the cosmos was about to be overturned. In that same time, while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years’ War tipped fortunes across Europe, one man sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope.
Unbreak Me: A first love, coming out story (affiliate link)
Well, here I am.
On a farm in South Africa.
A place that could otherwise be known as The Middle of Nowhere.
My family sent me here thinking it would help lift my mood. When I think about it now, I realise I didn’t give nearly enough thought to what it would be like, or what I’d be doing on a farm. If anything, I had a vague, nebulous notion that it would be like some sort of retreat.
Boy, was I wrong.
Far from relaxing, I now find myself tending to actual sheep. If you knew me at all, you’d know how preposterous that is. When I’m not covered in dust from participating in manual labour, I spend my time confined in small spaces with the farmer, Jonathan Rosseau.
The Deep Range (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (affiliate link)
A man discovers the planet’s destiny in the ocean’s depths in this near-future novel by one of the twentieth century’s greatest science fiction authors.
In the very near future, humanity has fully harnessed the sea’s immense potential, employing advanced sonar technology to control and harvest untold resources for human consumption. It is a world where gigantic whale herds are tended by submariners and vast plankton farms stave off the threat of hunger.
Former space engineer Walter Franklin has been assigned to a submarine patrol. Initially indifferent to his new station, if not bored by his daily routines, Walter soon becomes fascinated by the sea’s mysteries. The more his explorations deepen, the more he comes to understand man’s true place in nature—and the unique role he will soon play in humanity’s future.
Just Might Work: A Fake Dating Romance (affiliate link)
Dane Marner’s aunt is obsessed with soul mates.
As a self-proclaimed ‘cosmically guided matchmaker,’ she’s played every card in the deck trying to set Dane up with the perfect match she’s found.
The problem? The ‘perfect’ match is Evangeline Hudson.
Dane and Evangeline rent rooms in Dane’s eccentric aunt’s house, but that’s where their similarities end. Dane is a drifter who freewheels from one odd job to the next, and Evangeline is an overachieving undergrad with a ten year plan so detailed it reads like an autobiography.
The two can’t even agree on a laundry schedule without feuding, but when Dane’s aunt reveals new tenants ready to take over the lease, they realize they’ll need to play some cards of their own to keep the beautiful old house they both love.
Their plan is simple: fake falling for each other long enough to get some soul mate sympathy—and a lease renewal.
When We Were Young & Brave: A Novel (affiliate link)
Their motto was to be prepared, but nothing could prepare them for war.
China, December 1941. Having left an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China, Elspeth Kent is now anxious to return home to help the war effort. But as she prepares to leave China, a terrible twist of fate determines a different path for Elspeth, and those in her charge.
Ten-year-old Nancy Plummer has always felt safe at Chefoo School, protected by her British status. But when Japan declares war on Britain and America, Japanese forces take control of the school and the security and comforts Nancy and her friends are used to are replaced by privation, uncertainty and fear. Now the enemy, and separated from their parents, the children look to their teachers – to Miss Kent and her new Girl Guide patrol especially – to provide a sense of unity and safety.
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