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October 2014 batch: Requests must be in by Monday, October 27th at 6pm EST.

Descent by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books)

Description: Descent, the story of a family undone by the disappearance of a daughter who went out for a morning run and didn’t come back, marks the adult fiction debut of a remarkable young writer. Stunning in its emotional impact, Descent is a compulsively readable page-turner with a strong literary sensibility.

The girl’s vanishing–on a sunny, late-summer vacation morning–all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning of the family’s harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths, until all that continues to bind them to one another are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point does a girl stop fighting for her life?

In the weeks and months that follow, hope leads to disillusionment, and each of them–father, mother, son–withdraws into emotional isolation, individually assessing the blame and each assuming the responsibility for their collective loss. Haunting and unforgettable, Descent is a novel that will grab the reader’s heart and mind, and will linger there long after the last page is turned.

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Get in Trouble by Kelly Link (Random House)

Description: The first new collection in almost a decade from a bewitchingly original writer hailed by Michael Chabon as "the most darkly playful voice in American fiction."

One of today's most celebrated short story writers, Kelly Link creates brilliantly detailed, layered fictional worlds pulsing with their own energy and life. The situations are at first glance fantastical, but the emotional insights are piercing and the characters vividly real. In "The Summer People," a young girl in rural Florida serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In "I Can See Right Through You," a one-time teen idol movie vampire takes a disturbing trip to the set where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a bizarre new reality show; in "The New Boyfriend," a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present, a new animated doll. Funny, uncanny, always deeply moving, these stories demonstrate a writer of wondrous gifts operating at the height of her powers.

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Siberiak by Jenny Jaeckel (Raincloud Press)

Description: Siberiak is a graphic memoir featuring a 19 year-old on a youth peace mission to the USSR in 1988. In her beautifully illustrated travel log, Jenny Jaeckel reminds us of the freshness of a first trip without parents.

The journey is seen through the eyes of a Jewish Californian raised in a hippie environment, whose background clashes with other Americans on the mission. Ultimately, the protagonist must find her way through this fish-out-of-water experience. Siberiak also invokes that feeling of uncertainty so strong during the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear war was very real.

Jaeckel is an award-winning illustrator living and working in Victoria, British Columbia. She has two other graphic memoirs that are forthcoming, as well as a collection of short stories.

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A Simple Charity by Rosalind Lauer (Ballantine Books)

Description: For fans of Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall, Rosalind Lauer’s moving Lancaster Crossroads novel A Simple Charity reminds us that the greatest gifts come from the heart—and that everyday miracles make love possible.

OF ALL THE GIFTS THAT LAST,
THE GREATEST IS CHARITY.

Although she is still in her twenties, Fanny Lapp has known a lifetime of love and heartache. Twice widowed, she has a home to maintain, a renovation in the works, and a family to raise—all without a husband. Fortunately, in the Amish community, help is never far away. To ease Fanny’s burdens, the bishop sends Zed Miller to the Lapp house. Fanny is drawn to kind, handsome Zed, who suffers from sins of the past. But to everything there is a season, and Fanny cannot act on her feelings while mourning her husband.

Newly returned to his Amish roots after many years in the outside world, Zed knows he must prove himself to earn acceptance from his community. Without a second thought, he picks up a hammer and sets to work helping Fanny fulfill her dream of turning an old carriage house into a women’s childbirth center. Soon Zed finds himself a part of Fanny’s daily chores, sharing her laughter and sorrow. Knowing that time flows like a river, running slow and steady, Zed plans to wait on his love. But when their secret is discovered, how deep will the disapproval of their community run?

A reminder that the greatest gifts come from the heart, A Simple Charity shines like the sun with the blessings of everyday miracles.

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A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison (Random House)

Description: A riveting debut novel that fixes an unflinching eye on the power of desire and the danger of obsession as it unfolds the story of one woman's reckoning with a youthful mistake.

At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in her washed-out hometown for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Some two decades later, in San Francisco, she is a successful lighting designer married to a good man, and the mother of three children. Then, one June morning, a photograph arrives in her mailbox, igniting an old longing and setting off a chain of events that threaten to overturn her family's hard-won happiness. When Annie returns to London seeking answers, her indiscretions come to light, and she must piece together the mystery of her past—the fateful collision of liberation and sexual desire that drew an invisible map of her future.

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A Touch Of Nerves by Dennis Hampton (Westchester Publishing)

Description: Captain Ben Hawkins is finishing up a routine Army inspection at the Tupelo Chemical Research Facility when he discovers that several pounds of the nerve toxin VX-212 slated for destruction can’t be accounted for.
Soon an FBI team is on the trail of Mahmoud, who can’t forget his father’s fate in the Iraq-Iran war, and Saman, whose parents were on Iran Flight 655, shot down by the American cruiser, the USS Vincennes. Their hatred of the country they blame for their losses leads them to the United States for revenge.
Colonel Kashani, a senior Iranian intelligence officer, stumbles upon the plan and he understands the dangers of enraging the American dragon. His challenge is to stop a terrorist plot without being ensnared by the FBI. And when the FBI investigation reaches a dead end, Hawkins must decide whether to risk his career—and possible arrest—to stop the attack, even if it means working with a foreign agent.

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Die Again by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine Books)

Description: Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are back—and they’re going into the wild to find a killer. Die Again is the latest heart-pounding thriller in Tess Gerritsen’s New York Times bestselling series, the inspiration behind TNT’s hit show Rizzoli & Isles.

When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?

Maura fears that this isn’t the killer’s first slaughter, and that it won’t be the last. After linking the crime to a series of unsolved homicides in wilderness areas across the country, she wonders if the answers might actually be found in a remote corner of Africa.

Six years earlier, a group of tourists on safari fell prey to a killer in their midst. Marooned deep in the bush of Botswana, with no means of communication and nothing but a rifle-toting guide for protection, the terrified tourists desperately hoped for rescue before their worst instincts—or the wild animals prowling in the shadows—could tear them apart. But the deadliest predator was already among them, and within a week, he walked away with the blood of all but one of them on his hands.

Now this killer has chosen Boston as his new hunting ground, and Rizzoli and Isles must find a way to lure him out of the shadows and into a cage. Even if it means dangling the bait no hunter can resist: the one victim who got away.

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Rita Mae Brown (Bantam Dell)

Description: The chase is on in New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown’s gripping new foxhunting mystery, featuring the irrepressible “Sister” Jane Arnold and the wily antics of her four-legged friends. In Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, a century-old crime reawakens bad will—and stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone.

Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to ride with the members of the Woodford Hounds—in the teeth of foul weather. Sister knows better than anyone that an ill wind blows no good.

After the hunt, Sister Jane and her boyfriend, Gray Lorillard, head to a sumptuous party on a nearby estate, also home to a historic equine graveyard. The revelry is interrupted by jarring news: The discovery of grisly remains in the cemetery that are decidedly not equine.

Now Sister and her hounds are on the case, digging up clues to an old murder that links three well-connected Southern families. When mayhem follows the Jefferson Hunt back to Virginia, the deadly doings become all too real: A dear friend of Sister’s is found murdered. Sister and her animal friends must work fast to find a clever killer determined to keep deep-rooted secrets buried.

A rollicking, riveting mystery, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie is a masterly novel full of colorful characters, gorgeous country landscapes, and the breathtaking thrill of the hunt.

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Little Jimmy Says, “Same Is Lame” by Jimmy Vee (Atlas Press)

Description: "IT IS YOUR UNIQUENESS THAT'S REALLY THE SEED. EMBRACE IT! EXPLOIT IT! AND YOU WILL SUCCEED."

Little Jimmy is a small guy with a BIG mission... help people realize how special they really are. Why is everyone trying so hard to fit in when there is so much uniqueness to celebrate?
Jump in and follow the miniature ringmaster through his circus-inspired world of weird, where normal is ordinary, and ordinary is boring. In these fun-filled pages you'll discover what makes you unique and why being different is actually cool.
So hurry, hurry! Come one, come all! Step right up. Kids of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and special in Little Jimmy's wondrous and wacky world. Read this book and prepare to be amazed at what you see in the mirror the next time you take a look!

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Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper (Chronicle Books)

Description: Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop! ¡Ay chihuahua! What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe? Striking, unparalleled art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles, while the story is sketched with Spanish, inked with science facts, and colored with true friendship. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book will educate and entertain in equal measure. NOTE: This giveaway is an ARC/Advance Reader's Copy

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One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis (William Morrow)

Description: The #1 international bestseller reminiscent of After I’m Gone, Sister, Before I Go to Sleep, and The Silent Wife—an intricately plotted, thoroughly addictive thriller that introduces a major new voice in suspense fiction—a mesmerizing and powerful novel that will keep you guessing to the very end.

No one has ever guessed Emily’s secret.

Will you?

A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life—to start again as someone new?

Now, Emily has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can't bury the past—or her own memories.

And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she's done—a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far. . . .

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Starry Night by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine Books)

Description: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Don’t miss Debbie Macomber’s short story “Lost and Found in Cedar Cove” and a sneak peak of her new novel Mr. Miracle, among other special features, in the back of the book.

’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.

Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a megabestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.

Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.

Filled with all the comforts and joys of Christmastime, Starry Night is a delightful novel of finding happiness in the most surprising places.

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The Bones of Paris by Laurie King (Bantam Dell)

Description: NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SACRAMENTO BEE

New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, beloved for her acclaimed Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, consistently writes richly detailed and thoroughly suspenseful novels that bring a distant time and place to brilliant life. Now, in this thrilling new book, King leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age—and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizens.

Paris, France: September 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private investigator’s dream—he’s getting paid to prowl the cafés and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman. The American agent has a healthy appreciation for la vie de bohème, despite having worked for years at the U.S. Bureau of Investigation. The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a twenty-two year old from Boston who has been living in Paris, modeling and acting. Her family became alarmed when she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to track her down. He wholly expects to find her in the arms of some up-and-coming artist, perhaps experimenting with the decadent lifestyle that is suddenly available on every rue and boulevard.

As Stuyvesant follows Philippa’s trail through the expatriate community of artists and writers, he finds that she is known to many of its famous—and infamous—inhabitants, from Shakespeare and Company’s Sylvia Beach to Ernest Hemingway to the Surrealist photographer Man Ray. But when the evidence leads Stuyvesant to the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, his investigation takes a sharp, disturbing turn. At the Grand-Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect: depravity as art, savage human nature on stage.

Soon it becomes clear that one missing girl is a drop in the bucket. Here, amid the glittering lights of the cabarets, hides a monster whose artistic coup de grâce is to be rendered in blood. And Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer . . . sifting through The Bones of Paris.

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The Day of Atonement by David Liss (Random House)

Description: A compelling and richly evocative tale of revenge, set during the Portuguese Inquisition, from the critically acclaimed author of historical suspense.

Lisbon, 1755: A distinguished-looking gentleman emerges from the bowels of a ship freshly arrived from London, and sets into the city with a singular purpose. This is Sebastian Foxx, born Sebastião Raposa. When he was just thirteen years old, his parents were abducted by the Inquisition and Sebastian was pulled away from the home, family, and girl (on the verge of a first kiss) that he held dear. Now trained in the arts of coercion by bounty hunter Benjamin Weaver—whom readers will recognize from several of Liss's other novels—Sebastian has returned to the city to repay old debts . . . and to find the man who killed his father. He'll need money. He'll need power. But most importantly, he'll need to find his allies and identify his enemies among the Inquisition's spies. Soon, however, Sebastian and his newfound, motley crew are drawn up by historical forces beyond their control, drawing them ever deeper into the heart of the Inquisition—and ever closer to a horrific event looming on the horizon. David Liss's latest novel is a thrilling story of obsession, loss, and redemption set against a powerful historical backdrop.

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The Oath of Nimrod by David S. Brody (Eyes That See Publishing)

Description: A mysterious race of North American giants.

An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound.

A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons.

Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution. The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.

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The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd (Bantam Dell)

Description: The shadow of Bram Stoker’s Dracula looms large over the darkest mystery yet faced by Victorian detective Charles Maddox—as the acclaimed author of The Solitary House and A Fatal Likeness once again pays homage to a literary classic, in a chilling tale of superstition, dangerous science, and shocking secrets.

When an Austrian nobleman offers a substantial donation to the University of Oxford, Charles Maddox is called on to investigate the generous benefactor. It is a decidedly mundane task for the increasingly renowned criminal investigator, but Maddox welcomes the chance to trade London’s teeming streets for the comforts of a castle in the Viennese countryside. Comfort, however, is in short supply once Maddox steps onto foreign soil—and into the company of the mysterious Baron Von Reisenberg.

A man of impeccable breeding, the Baron is nonetheless the subject of frightened whispers and macabre legends. Though Maddox isn’t one to entertain supernatural beliefs, the dank halls and foreboding shadows of the castle begin to haunt his sleep with nightmares. But in the light of day the veteran detective can find no evidence of the sinister—until a series of disturbing incidents prove him gravely mistaken and thrust him into a harrowing quest to expose whatever evil lurks behind the locked doors of the Baron’s secretive domain. After a terrifying encounter nearly costs him his sanity, Maddox is forced to return home defeated—and still pursued by the horror he’s unearthed.

Owing to a string of gruesome murders committed by an elusive predator branded the Vampire, London is on the verge of widespread panic. But there’s little doubt in Maddox’s mind who is responsible. And whether his enemy proves merely mortal—or something more—Maddox must finally end the monstrous affair . . . before more innocent blood is spilled.

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The Valhalla Prophecy by Andy McDermott (Bantam Dell)

Description: For fans of James Rollins and Matthew Reilly comes the new heart-stopping, globe-spanning adventure in Andy McDermott’s explosive series featuring American archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase.

MYSTERIOUS RUNESTONES.
AN ANCIENT VIKING MYTH.
AND A PROPHECY OF LIFE OR DEATH.

In a Stockholm museum, thieves steal an enormous Norse runestone, but not before killing a security guard. When Nina Wilde, head of the International Heritage Agency (IHA), and her husband, ex-mercenary Eddie Chase, arrive to investigate, they are told a chilling story: A scholar has discovered that the stone may be one of two keys to finding the mythological site of Valhalla, where the Vikings predicted the world’s final battle would begin. The second stone lies at the bottom of a Norwegian lake. But when Nina and Eddie race to the scene, they’re hit with a shocking surprise.

Covert agents from around the world, including a ruthless mole in the IHA, are drawn into a lethal game, . Then a disturbing secret surfaces from Eddie’s past, involving a mission in Vietnam and a woman he tried to save. Suddenly suspicious of her own husband, Nina cannot afford to stop the perilous search for the artifact. For somewhere in a remote wilderness, two forces are about to converge: one that could save the world . . . and one that could destroy it.

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Ambition and Desire by Kate Williams (Ballantine Books)

Description: From CNN’s official royal historian, a highly praised young author with a doctorate from Oxford University, comes the extraordinary rags-to-riches story of the woman who conquered Napoleon’s heart—and with it, an empire.

Their love was legendary, their ambition flagrant and unashamed. Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Josephine, came to power during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of France. The story of the Corsican soldier’s incredible rise has been well documented. Now, in this spellbinding, luminous account, Kate Williams draws back the curtain on the woman who beguiled him: her humble origins, her exorbitant appetites, and the tragic turn of events that led to her undoing.

Born Marie-Josèphe-Rose de Tascher de La Pagerie on the Caribbean island of Martinique, the woman Napoleon would later call Josephine was the ultimate survivor. She endured a loveless marriage to a French aristocrat—executed during the Reign of Terror—then barely escaped the guillotine blade herself. Her near-death experience only fueled Josephine’s ambition and heightened her determination to find a man who could finance and sustain her. Though no classic beauty, she quickly developed a reputation as one of the most desirable women on the continent.

In 1795, she met Napoleon. The attraction was mutual, immediate, and intense. Theirs was an often-tumultuous union, roiled by their pursuit of other lovers but intensely focused on power and success. Josephine was Napoleon’s perfect consort and the object of national fascination. Together they conquered Europe. Their extravagance was unprecedented, even by the standards of Versailles. But she could not produce an heir. Sexual obsession brought them together, but cold biological truth tore them apart.

Gripping in its immediacy, captivating in its detail, Ambition and Desire is a true tale of desire, heartbreak, and revolutionary turmoil, engagingly written by one of England’s most praised young historians. Kate Williams’s searing portrait of this alluring and complex woman will finally elevate Josephine Bonaparte to the historical prominence she deserves.

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Detroit Speed's How to Build a Pro Touring Car by Tommy Lee Byrd (CarTech Books)

Description: Trends in automotive modification come and go, some outlandish, some practical. Currently, the trend called "Pro Touring," while expensive, definitely leans toward the practical. Originally a term coined for GM cars, the term Pro Touring has come to mean a style for all cars and many eras. Pro Touring is essentially the art of adding modern technology to aged designs, creating cars that stop, start, handle, drive, and behave just as modern performance cars do. You can do this in many ways and choose from many suppliers. Detroit Speed is at the forefront of the Pro Touring movement. Both a parts manufacturer and car builder, the company is in a unique position to not only design and manufacture parts, but also to build cars and test the parts for their effectiveness on the street and track. Kyle and Stacy Tucker have put their considerable skill in engineering and marketing savvy to create a unique company to lead the Pro Touring movement. You learn about the history of the company and how they design their performance parts. Install sections cover front sub-frame assemblies, rear suspension assemblies, wheel tubs, fuel system upgrades, brake upgrades, driveline upgrades including an LS swap, cooling system upgrades, and more. The featured cars are customer builds as well as DSE test cars that include a host of different Chevrolet products, a 1966 Mustang, and a 1969 Charger. Detroit Speed's How to Build a Pro Touring Car is a vital edition to every performance enthusiast’s library.

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Ghettoside by Jill Leovy (Spiegel & Grau)

Description: From an award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter, this is a masterful work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America.

On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in LA every year. His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes. But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shifted. Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential American murder—one young black man slaying another—and a determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at all costs for its forgotten victims. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of murder in America—why it happens and how the plague of killings might yet be stopped.

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Muncie 4-Speed Transmissions: How to Rebuild & Modify by Paul Cangialosi (CarTech Books)

Description: The Muncie 4-speeds (M20, M21, and M22) are some of the most popular manual transmissions ever made and continue to be incredibly popular. The Muncie was the top high-performance manual transmission GM offered in its muscle cars of the 1960s and early 1970s. It was installed in the Camaro, Chevelle, Buick GS, Pontiac GTO, Olds Cutlass, and many other classic cars. Many owners want to retain the original transmission in their classic cars to maintain their value. Transmission expert and veteran author Paul Cangialosi has created an indispensible reference to Muncie 4-speeds that guides you through each crucial stage of the rebuild process. Comprehensive ID information is provided, so you can positively identify the cases, shafts, and related parts. It discusses available models, parts options, and gearbox cases. Most important, it shows how to completely disassemble the gearbox, identify wear and damage, select the best parts, and complete the rebuild. It also explains how to choose the ideal gear ratio for a particular application. Various high-performance and racing setups are also shown, including essential modifications, gun drilling the shafts, cutting down the gears to remove weight, and achieving race-specific clearances. Muncie 4-speeds need rebuilding after many miles of service and extreme use. In addition, when a muscle car owner builds a high-performance engine that far exceeds stock horsepower, a stronger high-performance transmission must be built to accommodate this torque and horsepower increase. No other book goes into this much detail on the identification of the Muncie 4-speed, available parts, selection of gear ratios, and the rebuild process.

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The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams by Phyllis Lee Levin (Palgrave Macmillan)

Description: A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams’s destiny was foreordained. He was not only “The Greatest Traveler of His Age,” but his country’s most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy’s world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father’s adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America’s own luminaries Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. But though he was determined to make his own career he was soon embarked, at Washington’s appointment, on his phenomenal work aboard, as well as on a deeply troubled though loving and enduring marriage. But through all the emotional turmoil, he dedicated his life to serving his country. At 50, he returned to America to serve as Secretary of State to President Monroe. He was inaugurated President in 1824, after which he served as a stirring defender of the slaves of the Amistad rebellion and as a member of the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in 1848. Deeply researched and beautifully written, this is the definitive biography of one of the most fascinating and towering early Americans.

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Plus One by Christopher Noxon (Prospect Park Books)

Description: A Tale of a Modern Man in a Modern Marriage

“This fresh male take on modern relationships is too smart, focused, and funny to pass up.” —Library Journal

“A page-turning peek into the world of TV and families and money, this is Hollywood L.A. as seen from a newcomer’s ambivalent perspective. . . . Fun and fascinating.” —AIMEE BENDER, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

“Well observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Plus One deftly tells a story from the inside of show business about being on the outside.” —MATTHEW WEINER, creator of Mad Men

Plus One is a smart and funny novel about Hollywood, but where it truly shines is in Noxon’s stunning and painfully accurate depiction of the complex rhythms and growing pains of a marriage.” —JONATHAN TROPPER, author of This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go

Alex Sherman-Zicklin, former punk ’zine pioneer, is a mid-level marketing executive in Los Angeles whose wife Figgy’s fourteenth TV pilot attempt becomes a huge Emmy-winning hit. Overnight, she’s sucked into the mad show-business vortex, while Alex—who has quit his job to become the family’s domestic first responder—falls in with a posse of “plus ones,” a group of men uniquely able school him in his new role.

In this wickedly honest debut novel, Christopher Noxon taps into his own experience being married to an acclaimed Hollywood TV writer and producer, to deliver a story about fatherhood, fame, and a modern family in the fast lane.

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The Alien Effect by Cary Neeper (Penscript Publishing House)

Description: Raised on the Jovian moon Varok, the young woman Shawne longs to return to Earth and help her devastated home planet build a new civilization—one that can thrive for millennia. When she and her “mini alien invasion” set up a school in California, they face unexpected lessons in love and humanity, unaware of the long-term consequences of their collision with life on Earth.
The third novel in Cary Neeper's Archives of Varok series, The Alien Effect joins the characters from Nautilus silver medalist The Webs of Varok as they explore an alternate 21st Century Earth. With two more titles coming in 2015, the five-volume Archives of Varok travels from Earth to the Oort Cloud, with several stops in-between.
An avid proponent of sustainability and steady-state economics since the 1970s, Cary Neeper studied zoology, chemistry and religion at Pomona College and medical microbiology at the U. Wisconsin - Madison. Cary paints landscapes in acrylics, including the cover art for The Archives of Varok series.

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The Martian by Andy Weir (Crown Publishing)

Description: *New York Times Bestseller*
*Now Available in Paperback*

A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man's struggle to survive.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, Mark won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength—he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. As he confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive. But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

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The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter (Crown Publishing)

Description: In the tradition of A. S. Byatt's Possession, a spellbinding, hauntingly poignant novel about the remarkable ties that bring our pasts to the present

Deep in the woods of northern England, somewhere between a dilapidated estate and an abandoned Victorian asylum, fifteen-year-old Jane Standen lived through a nightmare. She was babysitting a sweet young girl named Lily, and in one fleeting moment during their outdoor adventure, she lost her. The little girl was never found, leaving her family and Jane devastated.

Twenty years later, Jane is an archivist at a small London museum that is about to close for lack of funding. As a final research project—an endeavor inspired in part by her painful past—Jane surveys the archives for information related to another missing person: a woman who disappeared some 125 years ago in the same woods where Lily was lost. As Jane pieces moments in history together, a compelling portrait of a fascinating group of people starts to unfurl. Inexplicably tied to the mysterious disappearance of long ago, Jane finds tender details of their lives at the country estate and in the asylum that are linked to her own presently heartbroken world, and their story from all those years ago may now help Jane find a way to move on.

In riveting, beautiful prose, The World Before Us explores the powerful notion that history is a closely connected part of us—kept alive by the resonance of our daily choices—reminding us of the possibility that we are less alone today than we might think.

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Composite Materials: Step-by-Step Projects by John Wanberg (CarTech Books)

Description: In his three previously-published books, Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbooks, Volumes 1-3 Author and Professor John Wanberg, took pains to explain the why and how of building with composite materials. Each page was allocated equally between photos and text. In this new book of step-by-step projects, John takes a different approach. Instead of explaining the theory and what each component is made of, John cuts to the chase. Nearly every page is allocated to photos. The pictures lead the reader through a detailed how-to sequence. From making the mold, to cutting the fabric, and finishing the part, all the information is here. Projects include everything from fabricating speaker enclosures to hood scoops and cell-phone cases. Some require only simple molds, while others rely on more sophisticated vacuum bagging methods. Each chapter starts with copy, just enough to explain the project and the goals. Next comes the material panel: a list of all the tools and materials needed to duplicate the project seen in that particular chapter. Finally, the vast majority of each chapter is filled with the how-to photos. Photos that literally show each step along the way, from the initial sketch to the finished part.

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Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow (Crown Publishing)

Description: From expert witness Dr. Stanton Samenow, a brilliant, no-nonsense profile of the criminal mind, updated to include new influences and effective methods for dealing with hardened criminals.

In 1984, this groundbreaking book offered readers an illuminating window into the workings of the criminal mind and a revolutionary approach to criminal "habilitation." In 2004, armed with two decades of additional knowledge and insight, Samenow explored the subject anew, using his vast expertise to explain the thought patterns of those who commit the crimes we were most concerned with in the new millennium, such as domestic violence, internet victimization, and terrorism.

The fields of illicit activity have broadened, demanding another updated version, which includes an exploration of computers as a vehicle for criminal conduct; new drugs and pharmaceutical influences; exposure to the rawest forms of violence in video games, films, and television broadcasts; social media as an arena for criminal behavior; and updated genetic and biological research into whether some people are "wired" to become criminals.

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Sheet Metal Fab for Car Builders: Make Panels for Cobra, Lotus, Hot Rods & More by William H. Longyard (CarTech Books)

Description: Thousands of Cobra and Lotus Super 7 replica owners dream of one day turning their fiberglass tribute cars into genuine metal machines, like the originals, but don't know where to begin. Many more car guys would love to customize their hot rod or restore their classic without paying the stiff fees charged by custom panel shops. Now, for the first time, they have a guide that goes into great detail on how to build complete metal bodies, not just patch panels, for any car project without the need for expensive tools, years of training, or paying for professional help. Some of the world's greatest panel crafters share their tips, techniques, and experience to get the home builder up to speed quickly. This book goes well beyond introductory metal shaping and through step-by-step instructions, and hundreds of photographs, shows how to form complex, perfectly formed panels in the home shop. Customized dreams become an affordable reality in this book by noted builder, designer, and craftsman William H. Longyard.

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The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby--and You by Janet Krone, PhD Kennedy (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A refreshingly straightforward method for training infants to become great sleepers for life, inspired by clinical psychologist Janet Kennedy's popular psychotherapy practice, NYC Sleep Doctor

Cry it out or co-sleep? Bassinet or swing? White noise machine or Bach? How many hours anyway? For something so important, there's too much conflicting information about how best to get your baby to sleep through the night and nap successfully during the day. This book is a straightforward, no-nonsense answer to one of the biggest challenges new parents face when they welcome a brand new baby home. This book is written for exhausted parents, giving them immediate access to the information they need. Reassuring and easy to understand, Dr. Kennedy addresses head-on the fears and misinformation about the long-term effects of crying and takes a bold stand on controversial issues such as co-sleeping and attachment parenting. With polarizing figures and techniques dominating the marketplace—and spawning misinformation across the internet—Dr. Kennedy’s methods and practices create an extensively researched and parent-tested approach to sleep training that takes both babies' and parents’ needs into account to deliver good nights and days of sleep, and no small dose of peace of mind.

The Good Sleeper is a practical, empowering—and even entertaining—guide to help parents understand infant sleep. This research-based book will teach parents the basics of sleep science, determine how and when to intervene, and provide tools to solve even the most seemingly impossible sleep problems.

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Pasha: A Kydd Sea Adventure by Julian Stockwin (McBooks Press)

Description: Will Kydd lay siege to the great city of Constantinople?

Thomas Kydd and the crew of L’Aurore bid farewell to the balmy waters of the Caribbean. Once home, Kydd finds his exploits are the talk of London and he and his best friend and confidential secretary, Nicholas Renzi, must part ways for good.

When British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Charles Arbuthnot, reports that the French (in an attempt to secure a vital passage to India) have been whipping up anti-English sentiment and actively wooing the Turks; Kydd is sent to the Dardanelles.

Braving treacherous currents, unreliable winds, and giant bombards, Kydd rescues the ambassador. But as the fleet waits for a response to their ultimatum, the French help strengthen Turkish defenses and an attempted coup lands Renzi in prison!
Book 1 5—the Kydd Sea Adventures
Praise for the Series—
“High-seas adventure, ocean battles, bloody melees, and general ­villainy . . . With the last two books, Stockwin’s series is approaching the level of C.S. Forester’s Hornblower books.”—Publishers Weekly

“Balances historical perspective with the excitement of a full broadside assault. Comparable to C.C. Humphreys’s Jack Absolute series and the naval tales of the great Patrick O’Brian, Stockwin’s engaging novel reveals the author’s acumen for the history and spirit of the time.”—Library Journal

“Historians will forget they’re reading fiction while story-lovers won’t mind that they’re learning history.”­—Jason R. Musteen, Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy

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A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor (William Morrow)

Description: In 1912, twenty-year-old Tilly Harper leaves her sheltered home in the Lake District for a position as assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls in Victorian London. Orphaned and crippled girls wander the twisted streets with clutches of violets and cress to sell to the passing ladies and gentleman, and the Flower Homes are a place for them to give up their lives of hardship.

When Tilly arrives at Mr. Shaw’s safe haven, she discovers a diary that tells the story of Florrie, a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after being separated from her sister Rosie. Tilly makes it her mission to find out what happened to young Rosie, and in the process learns about the workings of her own heart.

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After the War is Over by Jennifer Robinson (William Morrow)

Description: After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house.

Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One, from a radical young newspaper editor, offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget.

Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte’s dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland-and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers?

As Britain seethes with unrest and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.

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All I Have In This World by Michael Parker (Algonquin Books)

Description: Two strangers meet on a windswept car lot in West Texas. Marcus is fleeing the disastrous fallout of chasing a lifelong dream; Maria is returning to the hometown she fled years ago, to make amends. They begin to argue over the car that they both desperately want—a low-slung sky-blue twenty-year-old Buick Electra.

The car, too, has seen its share of mistakes and failures. Every dent and seam has witnessed pivotal moments in the lives of others, from the boy who assembled it at the Cleveland factory to all the owners who were to follow: a God-fearing man who sells it when he sees a sexy girl sprawled across it; a doctor who can’t dissociate it from his son’s fate; and a rancher’s wife who’d much rather live without it for all the history it carries.

Marcus and Maria, after knowing each other for less than an hour, decide to buy the old car together. And as this surprising novel follows the rocky paths of the Electra and its owners—both past and present—these two lost souls form an unexpected alliance.

All I Have in This World is a tender novel about our desire to reconcile past mistakes, and the ways we must learn to forgive others, and perhaps even ourselves, if we are ever to move on.

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An Armadillo in Paris by Julie Kraulis (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 5 to 9.

A winsome armadillo from Brazil takes a trip to Paris in this delightful new picture book from Julie Kraulis. Arlo is an armadillo who is always up for adventure. His grandfather, Augustin, loved adventure too. When Arlo was born, Augustin wrote travel journals about his favorite places for Arlo to use when he was hold enough to go exploring on his own. When Arlo reads about Paris and the one the French call La Dame de Fer, or Iron Lady, he decides it's time to strike out on his first adventure. He travels to France and, guided by Augustin's journal, discovers the joys of Paris: eating a flakey croissant at a café, visiting the Louvre, walking along the Seine and, of course, meeting the Iron Lady.... But who is she? Each spread has a clue about her identity, and kids will see hints of her scattered throughout the book. This book is like a gorgeous stroll through Paris with an adorable new friend—a stroll you'll want to take again and again.

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Arkadium Rising by Glen Krisch (JournalStone)

Description: The Arkadium's time has come. A religious cult intent on setting history back ten thousand years, destroying modern man's domination of the planet.

Growing up, the Grant brothers were close, but as they reached adolescence they drifted apart, taking opposite paths into adulthood. Straight-laced Jason works for a small town newspaper. Marcus is into drugs, violence, and self-destruction.

Marcus finds salvation and sobriety when he joins the Arkadium and reaches out to his brother, wanting him by his side to record the new prehistoric era, Arkadium’s era. Jason faces a choice, join his brother in the destruction of humanity, or die like one of the millions of innocents who will fall in the Arkadium's ascent.

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Belfast Noir by Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville (Akashic Books)

Description: Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Reflecting a city still divided, Belfast Noir serves as a record of a city transitioning to normalcy, or perhaps as a warning that underneath the fragile peace darker forces still lurk.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Glenn Patterson, Eoin McNamee, Garbhan Downey, Lee Child, Alex Barclay, Brian McGilloway, Ian McDonald, Arlene Hunt, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Claire McGowan, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Caldwell, Sam Millar, and Gerard Brennan.

From the introduction by Adrian McKinty & Stuart Neville:

"Few European cities have had as disturbed and violent a history as Belfast over the last half-century. For much of that time the Troubles (1968–1998) dominated life in Ireland's second-biggest population centre, and during the darkest days of the conflict—in the 1970s and 1980s—riots, bombings, and indiscriminate shootings were tragically commonplace. The British army patrolled the streets in armoured vehicles and civilians were searched for guns and explosives before they were allowed entry into the shopping district of the city centre...Belfast is still a city divided...

You can see Belfast's bloodstains up close and personal. This is the city that gave the world its worst ever maritime disaster, and turned it into a tourist attraction; similarly, we are perversely proud of our thousands of murders, our wounds constantly on display. You want noir? How about a painting the size of a house, a portrait of a man known to have murdered at least a dozen human beings in cold blood? Or a similar house-sized gable painting of a zombie marching across a postapocalyptic wasteland with an AK-47 over the legend UVF: Prepared for Peace—Ready for War. As Lee Child has said, Belfast is still 'the most noir place on earth.'"

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Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow)

Description: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel about the choices we make, how they shape our lives, and how they can change them forever.

Four people, two marriages, one lifelong friendship: Everything is about to change.

It was dark. It was raining. It was just an accident. On the drive home from a rare evening out, Alison collides with another car running a stop sign, and—just like that—her life turns upside down.

When she calls her husband from the police station, his accusatory tone reveals cracks in their relationship she’d never noticed were there. Now she notices everything. And she begins to realize that the life she carefully constructed for herself is as tenuous as a house of cards. Exquisitely written, powerful, and thrilling, Bird in Hand is a novel about love and friendship and betrayal, and about the secrets we tell ourselves and each other.

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Christmas at Tiffany's by Karen Swan (William Morrow)

Description: In the wake of a heartbreaking betrayal, a young woman leaves the Scottish countryside to find her destiny in three of the most exciting cities in the world—New York, Paris, and London—in this funny and triumphant tale of fulfillment, friendship, and love.

Ten years ago, a young and naïve Cassie married her first serious boyfriend, believing he would be with her forever. Now, her marriage is in tatters and Cassie has no career or home of her own. Though she feels betrayed and confused, Cassie isn’t giving up. She’s going to take control of her life. But first she has to find out where she belongs . . . and who she wants to be.

Over the course of one year, Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with her best friends living in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris, and London. Exchanging comfort food and mousy hair for a low-carb diet and a gorgeous new look, Cassie tries each city on for size as she searches for the life she’s meant to have . . . and the man she’s meant to love.

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DarkNet by John R. Little (JournalStone)

Description: Cindy McKay is Seattle’s beloved radio personality. She has fifty thousand friends she talks to every day, but the one secret she can never share is the horror of her personal life.

There seems to be no escape, until she finds the hidden wonders on the dark side of the Internet. Maybe there is freedom from the daily suffering she faithfully endures.

But, when everything is anonymous, who can Cindy really trust? She quickly finds that nothing is what it seems, and the solution she had hoped for makes her current problems seem like passing dreams.

Cindy has opened the door to DarkNet, and in doing so has unleashed a true nightmare.

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Disappearing Act: A Leena O'Neil Mystery by Dayle Campbell Gaetz (Raven Reads)

Description: At age twenty, Leena O’Neil walked away from her old life. Anything to avoid becoming a lawyer like her mother and older sister, Georgia. Three years later, Georgia contacts her, convinced that her husband is trying to kill her rather than divorce her. Reluctantly, Leena agrees to help. But the stakes go up when Georgia’s husband, Mark, is murdered. Now she wonders if the person who killed Mark is out to get Georgia as well. Armed with several online courses in criminology and investigative strategies, Leena considers herself “almost a private investigator,” and she sets out to uncover the truth.
Disappearing Act is the first in a series of mysteries featuring rookie private investigator Leena O’Neil.

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Edie's Ensembles by Ashley Spires (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

Edie is known for her great outfits and stylish flair. She and her best friend Andrew spend a lot of time playing dress-up. The school hall is their runway. Edie loves the compliments and whispers of admiration, so much so that she begins dressing in increasingly outrageous outfits to get even more attention. No outfit is too bizarre, no costume too flamboyant for Edie. She's so busy coming up with her newest eye-catching ensemble that she doesn't even have time for Andrew anymore ... until one day Edie creates an outfit so weird and so big and bulky that she gets stuck in the doorway. Will anyone notice that this budding fashionista is in trouble?

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Every Breath by Ellie Marney (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 14 and up.

When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft's numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft's passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn't right—and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he's busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den—literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again...

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Four Before Their Time by Timothy Spillane (SkitterBird, LLC)

Description: Anne had it all. She was a physician, an Army officer, and a great wife. She'd be a great mom, too. But the joy of pregnancy is short-lived after an ultrasound reveals that Anne isn't just pregnant, she's really pregnant—with quadruplets!
Now her dad, Tim Spillane, is a grandfather four times over, and much too soon. Just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Anne delivered, and not one of Tim's grandkids weighs more than half a mug of coffee. So underdeveloped that even calling them babies feels wrong, the odds of just one of them surviving—let alone all four—are heartbreakingly low. And even if the children pull through, they face the likelihood of disabilities so severe that they’d have no real quality of life. It all seems hopeless until Tim’s wife observes that just seeing the quads is like "being allowed a glimpse into the miracle that grows in a mother’s womb."
Four Before Their Time is the true story of four babies surviving on a razor’s edge, one mom's overwhelming and guilt-ridden entrance into parenthood, and an entire family's experiences with extreme premature birth. It will take all the faith, hope, and resilience the Spillane family can muster – along with more than a few miracles – just to get the quadruplets home.

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Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer (William Morrow)

Description: Anna Wyatt is a driven ad executive used to being the only woman in a Mad Men world. She is close to attaining her lifetime goal of making partner at her firm when she’s sent to the last place she ever expected to find herself: a romance novel conference. Her task: to secure the “Cover Model of the Year” winner as the new product spokesman for the agency’s next national campaign.

As the competition between the seven gorgeous male cover models heats up, Anna meets Lincoln Mallory, a dapper financial consultant from New York who is staying at the same hotel. An unexpected and passionate encounter in the hotel elevator sparks an affair that threatens her entire philosophy on romance, success, and the life she imagined for herself. But when the conference comes to an end, Anna and Lincoln must decide if their immediate and intense connection is strong enough to survive life outside the romantic fantasy they’ve created.

As her ad campaign with the winning model goes viral, Anna is faced with the terrifying yet exhilarating prospect of success on her own terms... and finally discovers how to become the heroine of her own life.

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Helsinki Noir by James Thompson (Akashic Books)

Description: Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Leena Lehtolainen, Johanna Holmström, James Thompson, Antti Tuomainen, Jesse Itkonen, Joe L. Murr, Jukka Petäjä, Tapani Bagge, Pekka Hiltunen, Teemu Käskinen, Tuomas Lius, Riikka Ala-Harja, Karo Hämäläinen, and Jarkko Sipila.

From the introduction by James Thompson:

"Finland, the myths and truths. Internationally, it has a reputation as perhaps the best place in the world to live. A great economy. A low crime rate. Good and nearly cost-free health care. The needy are provided for by the state and live in reasonable comfort. Finns: peaceful and quiet people, living in the perfect example of a social democracy functioning as it should. A tourist, or even a person who has lived here for a length of time, might well view Finland as such. There is some truth to this, but like every country, Finland has many truths...

Finland is, like the theme so often explored in Star Trek, a parallel universe in which, on the surface, all seems normal, but under that shell lie vast differences...As this book demonstrates, Finland is a noir nation [and] this anthology is, I believe, the best representation of Finnish noir ever offered to the international community. Every word rings true. It holds Finland up in a way that not only exposes this wonderful and fascinating country to the world, but acts as a mirror that reflects its people and culture in a way every Finn will recognize, vocalizing those truths that are so seldom spoken here amongst ourselves."

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If You Follow Me by Pam Rhodes (Lion Fiction)

Description: In the parish of Dunbridge, the news is out—Claire and Neil are engaged! And yet, almost before the celebrations have begun, Ben, the father of Claire's son, appears back on the scene—keen to pick up where he and Claire left off.

As Neil reels in the face of Claire's confusion, Wendy always seems to be there to provide support and comfort. Little does he know of Wendy's involvement in Ben's reappearance . . .

However, Neil has little chance to ponder his love life as the whole weight of running the church and parish descends upon his inexperienced shoulders. His mother, Iris, who has never hesitated to share her opinions, has just moved to be near him and Neil's time as a curate in Dunbridge is coming swiftly to an end. Where should he go next, and just who will go with him?

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Letting Go by Molly McAdams (William Morrow)

Description: When Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen, they believed they’d be together forever. They never dreamed that three days before their wedding, twenty-year-old Ben would suddenly die from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. Grey would have spent the next two years simply going through the motions if it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger. He’s the only one who understands her pain ... the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered.

While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, Jagger is the only one who sees her strength, and vows to always be there for her-even if it’s only as her best friend. As much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. But when Grey finds out that Jagger has loved her since before he even knew what love was, it might prove to be too much for her to handle.

Grey soon realizes their chemistry is undeniable, and they learn that admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

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Love and Ordinary Creatures by Gwyn Hyman Rubio (Ashland Creek Press)

Description: New York Times bestselling author Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s highly anticipated new novel.

Love and Ordinary Creatures is told through the eyes of a cockatoo in love with his very human caretaker. Snatched in a net from his Australian homeland as a young parrot, Caruso has adapted to captivity and has learned all he knows of love from his previous owner, who was obsessively fixated on his childhood sweetheart. Now in his new home with the beautiful and talented Clarissa, Caruso has found both love and happiness—until a handsome stranger arrives in town and sets his sights on Clarissa.

Smart, passionate, and wildly inventive, Caruso strives to put his human rival in his place before he loses Clarissa for good. And when a hurricane descends upon the coast, Caruso’s love for Clarissa and his memories of freedom are tested as the storm threatens all that he holds dear.

Set in the early 1990s in a quaint North Carolina seashore town, Love and Ordinary Creatures is an exquisite tale of the ways in which love and hope transcend species.

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My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge (Minoan Moon Publishing)

Description: It all started at the carnival…That’s where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joey’s wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend?
Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader.
Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, My Yellow Balloon will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

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Night is the Hunter by Steven Gore (William Morrow)

Description: Ex-SFPD officer Harlan Donnally made many friends and a few enemies throughout his career including longtime fishing buddy, Judge Ray McMullen. On a fishing trip, McMullen confides to Donnally that he has always worried he made mistake during a murder trial twenty years earlier…and the prisoner’s execution date is approaching quickly. To help his now aging friend clear his conscious, Donnally dives into the seedy underworld of the Norteño and Sureño, rival Mexican gangs in San Francisco.

But nothing is as it seems and Donnally quickly uncovers a storied and complex history filled with double-crossing members, deadly secrets, dirty cops and a long-buried secret that has devastating consequences for his own life.

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Rock the Boat by Sigmund Brouwer (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Webb believes that if you want to reach your dreams, you have to live life loud. Bring the roof down. Rock the boat. Make sure that when you look back, you have no regrets. But when a shady music producer steals one of Webb’s songs, Webb finds out how hard it is for a kid on his own in Nashville to get justice. With the help of an unlikely ally, Webb discovers that he has what it takes to succeed: talent, determination and some good friends.

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Rowdy by Jay Crownover (William Morrow)

Description: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

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Sharkman by Steve Alten (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Description: Kwan Wilson was a basketball star at his high school in San Diego until one fateful morning. Texting while driving, the sixteen-year-old hit a tree, killing his mother, who was in the passenger seat. When Kwan awoke, he was paralyzed from the waist down. His father, Admiral Douglas Wilson, sends him off to live with his maternal grandmother in South Florida. Depressed and feeling isolated, Kwan is befriended by his new principal, who tells him about an internship at a genetics lab in Miami working with shark stem cells that are being tested on rats to cure cancer and spinal injuries. Kwan passes . . . until he learns the beautiful Anya Patel is an intern at the lab. The good news is that the stem cells are curing their rat subjects; the bad news—it alters their DNA before killing them. When a promising breakthrough is made, Kwan decides to risk his life and inject himself with the experimental elixir of stem cells—thereby altering his destiny and the lives of millions in the process.

A native of Philadelphia, New York Times and best-selling international author Steve Alten earned his Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, his Masters from the University of Delaware, and his Doctorate from Temple University. He is the author of the MEG series, the Domain series, Goliath, The Loch, The Shell Game, and The Omega Project. Steve Alten is also founder and director of Adopt-An-Author, a free nationwide teen reading program that is now being used in thousands of secondary school classrooms across the country to excite reluctant readers to read. For more information, go to www.AdoptAnAuthor.com and www.SteveAlten.com.

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The Beautiful and the Wicked by Liv Spector (William Morrow)

Description: In exclusive Star Island, Miami, blood isn’t always thicker than water . . . The second book in a thrilling time traveling mystery series featuring a former Miami PD who solves murders before they happen—by going back in time.

The night of his fiftieth birthday, software billionaire Jack Warren went missing hundreds of miles out to sea, his blood spattered aboard his yacht, his body gone. His mistress, Callie Day, was charged with his murder—but she had already vanished without a trace.

Now, ten years later, detective Lila Day still refuses to believe that her sister is a cold-blooded killer. To clear Callie’s name and solve this long-cold case, Lila asks her friend Teddy Hawkins to do what he has done before—send her back to time, to solve the crime before it takes place.

And so she goes back to 2008, with only a month to prove her sister’s innocence and bring Warren’s real killer to justice. But as she dives ever deeper into the world of high-speed yachting and corporate intrigue, and the night of Warren’s birthday draws ever closer, the truth becomes murkier than ever. And then Lila discovers information that shocks her deeply—a terrible truth that changes everything she thought she knew about her sister, and herself.

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The Boardwalk: A Gulliver Dowd Mystery by Reed Farrel Coleman (Raven Reads)

Description: Gulliver Dowd is finally on the verge of unraveling the mystery behind his sister’s murder when the man who is supposed to give him the scoop, NYPD Detective Sam Patrick, is gunned down on the Coney Island Boardwalk. As Dowd delves into Patrick’s accidental shooting, he uncovers a pattern of corruption and deceit involving organized crime and the police. But there are tough choices to be made. Just how much is Gulliver willing to sacrifice in order to find out why his sister was murdered and to unmask the killer? The answers aren’t found in the moon or the stars, but on the boardwalk.
The Boardwalk is third in the Gulliver Dowd Mystery series, featuring a New York private investigator. In award-winning author Louise Penny’s words: “A little man with a huge heart and a huge chip on his shoulder, Gulliver Dowd swaggers into the crime fiction world and takes his place with the great investigators. Smart, vulnerable, wounded, heartbreakingly hopeful, I just adore his company.”

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The Boston Breakout by Roy MacGregor (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

The Screech Owls are in historic Boston to play in the Paul Revere Hockey Tournament. For Travis and his teammates, the highlight of places to see is the New England Aquarium, home to seals and turtles and penguins. Its huge glass tanks are filled with an awesome collection of sharks, stingrays, and other sea creatures. Samantha Bennett, especially, is amazed, but when she meets an animal-rights campaigner who is keen to convert Sam to her cause, Sam falls under the strange woman’s spell and becomes a new recruit in a very dangerous organization.

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The Descartes Highlands by Eric Gamalinda (Akashic Books)

Description: Two men, each unaware of the other, share a common family secret: they were sold for adoption by their American father shortly after their births in the Philippines. Three alternating stories interweave the experiences of father Andrew Breszky and the two sons who try to connect and piece together the puzzle of their reckless, impulsive father. One lives in New York and the other grows up in the south of France, later traveling all over Asia as a documentary filmmaker. Both will discover that their relationships somehow echo that of the young man whose history eludes them.

Celebrated Filipino writer Eric Gamalinda's international debut novel is a contemporary work of ideas that combines mystery, film noir, and existential philosophy. Highly intricate and written in a style reminiscent of the maverick narrative techniques of such filmmakers as Andrei Tarkovsky and Béla Tarr, and with some of the philosophical underpinnings of Michel Houellebecq or Javier Marías. Named after the region of the moon where Apollo 16 landed in the same year these men were born, The Descartes Highlands demonstrates that for lives marked by unrelieved loneliness, the only hope lies in the redemptive power of love.

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The Forgetting Place by John Burley (William Morrow)

Description: Menaker State Hospital is a curse, a refuge, a place of imprisonment, a necessity, a nightmare, a salvation.

When Dr. Lise Shields took a job at Menaker State Hospital five years ago, she was warned that many of the patients at the correctional psychiatric facility would never leave. This was where Maryland’s judicial system sent those who were either incompetent to stand trial or not responsible by reason of insanity. The residents have little hope for a normal life, and might never comprehend the brutality of the crimes they’ve committed.

But what happens when a place like Menaker becomes corrupted, when it becomes a tool to silence the innocent, to conceal an injustice, to contain a secret? Why is it that the newest patient does not seem to belong there, that the hospital administrator has fallen silent, and that Lise is being watched by two men with seemingly lethal intent? The answers are closer than she realizes and could cost her everything she holds dear.

In this chilling follow-up to The Absence of Mercy, author John Burley—a master at medical and psychological detail—showcases the many ways in which the dangers of the outside world pale in comparison to the horrors of the human mind.

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The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek (William Morrow)

Description: The summer he’s fifteen, Sam enjoys, for a few secret months, the unexpected attention of Suzie Epstein. For reasons Sam doesn’t entirely understand, he and Suzie keep their budding relationship hidden from their close knit group of friends. But as the summer ends, Sam’s world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie’s parents are moving to a new city to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam’s father alone to raise two sons.

Watching as her parents’ marital troubles escalate, Suzie takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers and plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect, embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella - and force her to confront her past and her friends.

After losing Suzie, Bella finds her first real love in Sam. But Sam’s inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. In contrast, Bella’s old friend Suzie -and Sam’s older brother, Michael — seem to have worked it all out, leaving Bella to wonder where she went wrong.

Spanning over a decade, told in alternating voices, The Grown Ups explores the indelible bonds between friends and family and the challenges that threaten to divide them.

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The Heretic by Henry Vyner-Brooks (Lion Fiction)

Description: In 1536 it seems the entire known world is changing—strange new lands are discovered and the Reformation is challenging Rome and its power. In England the king’s declaration of a new church and dissolution of the monasteries overturns the customs and authorities of centuries. In the new world order, spies abound and no one can be trusted.

To Brother Pacificus of the Abbey of St. Benet's in Norfolk, it looks like his abbey alone will be spared dissolution. But this last Benedictine house is mired in murder and intrigue. Then when Pacificus falls under suspicion, more than his own dark past comes to light, while the body count keeps rising. Pacificus's fate becomes entwined with that of three local children after their parents are arrested for treason and heresy. Protected only by this errant monk, a mysterious leper, and a Dutch eel-catcher, the children must quickly adjust; seeking their own identity, they soon find that neither parents nor protectors are quite what they seem.

Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, fueled by greed, and punctuated with bouts of feasting, smuggling, and jailbreak.

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The Last Song by Eva Wiseman (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Living in Toledo, Spain, and raised a devout Catholic, Isabel cannot know her privileged life is about to unravel. The tolerant society she is used to has been turned upside down by the Spanish Inquisition and the Grand Inquisitor, Torquemada. Now even the walls have ears, and no one is immune to rumor, suspicion, a resentful servant, or a neighbor bearing a grudge. Still, Isabel feels safe from the burnings and torture. After all, her father is a respected physician in the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
Then Isabel is betrothed to an abusive man she thoroughly dislikes, and for the first time, her doting parents are united against her. The reason becomes all too clear when they reveal to her their family's Jewish roots. By marrying their only child into a respected old Catholic family, they hope to protect her and dispel any suspicion that they have not always been devout Christians. Despite their efforts, Isabel's father is arrested and tortured by the Inquisition, and it's up to Isabel to concoct a desperate plan to save his life - and her own.

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The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (William Morrow)

Description: Wyatt’s philosophy when it came to the past: stay out of it. By doing so he had lived a happy life. A life undrowned, unbroken on the rocks, unswept toward an empty horizon.

In the summer of 1986, two separate incidents made headlines in Oklahoma City: An armed robbery ended with the murder of six movie-theater employees, leaving just one survivor. Around the same time, a teenage girl vanished without a trace from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

Twenty-five years later, Wyatt — the lone survivor of the movie-theater massacre of 1986 — is working as a private investigator in Vegas. Hired for what seems a routine investigation on behalf of a feisty single mother, Wyatt realizes too late that it will force him to return to his hometown of Oklahoma City, and to a past he’s tried to escape since he was 15. Though initially planning to wrap the case and get out, Wyatt is drawn back into the harrowing mystery that has defined his life.

Also in Oklahoma City, Julianna has lived a life consumed by her obsession with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared from the State Fair. When Julianna discovers that the ex-con carnie who was the prime suspect in the case has re-emerged after years off the grid, she resolves to get answers, even if she has to do it all herself.

Both drawn inexorably back to the tragedies they experienced as teenagers, Wyatt and Julianna take parallel paths into the past, told in fluid alternating storylines intercut with flashbacks. Wyatt’s investigation leads him to a shady land developer, an erratic rock star, and ultimately a dangerous stalker, while Julianna dives into city’s seedy underbelly looking for answers. As dirty laundry from a quarter-century earlier is aired — exhuming mischief, betrayals, first loves and dark secrets — can either of them ever discover what really happened during that faraway summer? And if so, can the truth set them free — or will it finally destroy them?

In the vein of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, and Gillian Flynn, with tight plotting, utterly authentic characters and a compelling balance of emotional depth and humor, THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE is a fiercely compassionate novel about the mysteries of memory, and what it means to survive.

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The Reluctant Midwife by Patricia Harman (William Morrow)

Description: The USA Today bestselling author of The Midwife of Hope River returns with a heartfelt sequel, a novel teeming with life and full of humor and warmth, one that celebrates the human spirit.

The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard. Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily, Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend Patience Murphy.

Though she is happy to be back in Hope River, time and experience have tempered Becky’s cheerfulness-as tragedy has destroyed the vibrant spirit of her former employer Dr Isaac Blum, who has accompanied her. Patience too has changed. Married and expecting a baby herself, she is relying on Becky to keep the mothers of Hope River safe.

But becoming a midwife and ushering precious new life into the world is not Becky’s only challenge. Her skills and courage will be tested when a calamitous forest fire blazes through a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. And she must find a way to bring Isaac back to life and rediscover the hope they both need to go on.

Full of humor and compassion, The Reluctant Midwife is a moving tribute to the power of optimism and love to overcome the most trying circumstances and times, and is sure to please fans of the poignant Call the Midwife series.

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The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow)

Description: Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn’t want and a life that seems to have, somehow, just happened. She inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, but she never seems to have the time for it-these days, her oven holds only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a photo from a magazine of a tidy cottage on the coast of Maine-a charming reminder of a life that could be hers, if she could only muster the courage to go after it.

On a hope and a chance, Angela decides to pack it all up and move to Maine, finding the nudge she needs in the dating profile of a handsome sailor who loves dogs and Italian food. But her new home isn’t quite matching up with the fantasy. Far from everything familiar, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up. Working at a local coffeehouse, she begins to discover the pleasures and secrets of her new small-town community and, in the process, realizes there’s really no such thing as the way life should be.

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The World Without Us by Robin Stevenson (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: What do you do when someone you care about wants you to follow him to a really dark place? Do you pull away? Do you help plan the trip? Or do you put your own life on the line in the hope that love will coax your friend away from the precipice? When Mel meets Jeremy, she thinks she has finally found someone who understands her, someone who will listen to her, someone who cares. But Jeremy has secrets that torment him, and Mel isn’t sure she can save him from his demons. All she knows is that she has to save herself.
Set in Florida, against a backdrop of anti-death-penalty activism, The World Without Us examines one girl’s choices in a world where the stakes are very high and one misstep can hurt—or even kill—you.

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The Yes by Sarah; illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura Bee (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Description: The Yes is a cheerful orange creature who sets off to explore the big wide Where. But the Where is home to the Nos, who travel in packs and discourage the Yes at every turn. They tell the Yes that the tree is too big to climb, the bridge is too rickety to cross, the woods are too scary to explore. But even just one Yes is stronger than countless Nos.

Fans of Dr. Seuss will fall in love with the bright illustrations and clever wordplay, and the heartwarming message about overcoming obstacles makes this book the perfect graduation gift.

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Whole Body Retreat by Manuel Villacorta (HCI Books)

Description: 75 Delicious, Easy-to-make Recipes in Less than 30 Minutes with Vegan and Gluten-Free Alternatives

So, what's an Andes diet and what makes eating the Peruvian way so beneficial? In his third book in as many years, Manuel Villacorta lays out the important components that make his plan a well-seasoned recipe for good health.

'Superfood' is not just a buzz-word or a passing vogue; it's becoming more integral to a healthy lifestyle by the minute. As onceobscure products find broader distribution and consumers have greater access, superfoods are finding their way into the mainstream, becoming a staple in healthy lifestyles. And the benefits of consuming superfoods are astonishing: from fighting cancer and reducing inflammation to boosting energy and enhancing memory—it's all in there.

In his Andes diet, Villacorta provides simple but thorough explanations of terms and concepts using an appealing page layout with beautiful color photography, bullet points, and sidebars summarizing each benefit. Using the core principles from Eating Free he proves to readers that they can achieve a super-health plan, be able to cook from scratch, dine with elegance and reduce stress.

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Advanced Common Core Math Explorations: Fractions by Jerry Burkhart (Prufrock Press)

Description: Students become mathematical adventurers in these challenging and engaging activities designed to deepen and extend their understanding of concepts from the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The investigations in this book stretch students' mathematical imaginations to their limits as they solve puzzles, create stories, and explore fraction-related concepts that take them from the mathematics of ancient Greece to the outer reaches of infinity. Each activity comes with detailed support for classroom implementation including learning goals, discussion guides, detailed solutions, and suggestions for extending the investigation. There is also a free supplemental e-book offering strategies for motivation, assessment, parent communication, and suggestions for using the materials in different learning environments.

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Conquering the Electron: The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electro by Derek and Eric Brach Cheung (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Description: Conquering the Electron offers readers a true and engaging history of the world of electronics, beginning with the discoveries of static electricity and magnetism and ending with the creation of the smartphone and the iPad. This book shows the interconnection of each advance to the next on the long journey to our modern-day technologies. Exploring the combination of genius, infighting, and luck that powered the creation of today's electronic age, Conquering the Electron debunks the hero worship so often plaguing the stories of great advances.

Want to know how AT&T’s Bell Labs developed semiconductor technology—and how its leading scientists almost came to blows in the process? Want to understand how radio and television work—and why RCA drove their inventors to financial ruin and early graves? Conquering the Electron offers these stories and more, presenting each revolutionary technological advance right alongside blow-by-blow personal battles that all too often took place.

Dr. Derek Cheung is a scientist turned businessman with a lifetime of experience in the fields of science and technology. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in the same field from Stanford. Derek spent four years working as a research engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, the company that gave birth to Silicon Valley, before making a career as president and CEO of Rockwell Scientific, a successful high-tech company transformed into a major corporate R&D lab. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California.

Eric Brach is a lecturer in English at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, California. He is the author of Billy “the Hill” and the Jump Hook and has been a contributor to national magazines, newspapers, and academic journals, including Bleacher Report, Box Office, and The Onion. He lives in Culver City, California.

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Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship by C. Michael Hiam (ForeEdge)

Description: Here is the story of airships—manmade flying machines without wings—from their earliest beginnings to the modern era of blimps. In postcards and advertisements, the sleek, silver, cigar-shaped airships, or dirigibles, were the embodiment of futuristic visions of air travel. They immediately captivated the imaginations of people worldwide, but in less than fifty years dirigible became a byword for doomed futurism, an Icarian figure of industrial hubris. Dirigible Dreams looks back on this bygone era, when the future of exploration, commercial travel, and warfare largely involved the prospect of wingless flight. In Dirigible Dreams, C. Michael Hiam celebrates the legendary figures of this promising technology in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the pioneering aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, the doomed polar explorers S. A. Andrée and Walter Wellman, and the great Prussian inventor and promoter Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, among other pivotal figures—and recounts fascinating stories of exploration, transatlantic journeys, and floating armadas that rained death during World War I. While there were triumphs, such as the polar flight of the Norge, most of these tales are of disaster and woe, culminating in perhaps the most famous disaster of all time, the crash of the Hindenburg.

This story of daring men and their flying machines, dreamers and adventurers who pushed modern technology to—and often beyond—its limitations, is an informative and exciting mix of history, technology, awe-inspiring exploits, and warfare that will captivate readers with its depiction of a lost golden age of air travel. Readable and authoritative, enlivened by colorful characters and nail-biting drama, Dirigible Dreams will appeal to a new generation of general readers and scholars interested in the origins of modern aviation.

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Finding Zero:A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers by Amir D. Aczel (Palgrave Macmillan)

Description: The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. Finding Zero is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel’s lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride.

The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero—the keystone of our entire system of numbers—on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves—who finally reveal where our numbers come from.

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Hugs and Misses by Wilhelm Staehle (Quirk Books)

Description: Wilhelm Staehle’s Silhouette Masterpiece Theater (silhouettemasterpiecetheater.com) is the rare Web comic that deserves to be printed. Each panel in the popular weekly strip features a painstakingly detailed etching carved from a beautiful painting; the results are gorgeous and very funny.

These two postcard books feature some of Staehle’s finest work. Hugs and Misses is a terrific Valentine’s Day gift, full of lovelorn ladies, roguish gentlemen, renegade Cupids, and indecent proposals. Stars and Swipes offers a hilarious vision of classic Americana, with farcical frontiersmen, prattling presidents, and other all-American oddities.

WILHELM STAEHLE is the pseudonym of Will Staehle, a Seattle-based artist and designer. A former art director for HarperCollins, he has designed and illustrated numerous jackets for Michael Chabon, Michael Crichton, and a host of best-selling authors. Print magazine named him one of the Top 20 Under 30 New Visual Artists, and he exhibited a solo show of work at the Type Directors Club.

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I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: YOU’RE OLD by David MD Bernstein (Dynamic Learning)

Description: Life is an aging process. Each of us will go through it in our own way. How we lead our lives when we are old, particularly as we near the end, is, I believe, worth pondering. In this way, “I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You’re Old” serves as a guide for all of us as we age, providing topics for contemplation and discussion with friends, family and colleagues. “You’re Old” uses real patient experiences to explore what happens as we age—physically, mentally, and socially. The book also examines the tremendous abilities of medicine today as well as its limits, and the social issues that adults in America face as they age. Each chapter concludes with Notes on Living Longer, and a resource section, providing topic-specific information on organizations, websites, and other expert sources that can help the reader better understand and prepare for the prize of surviving youth and middle-age: becoming old. “You’re Old” is written for the aging and the aged, their children, and younger people who aspire to grow old. It is written for the physicians, nurses and other providers who care for the elderly. The experiences explored in this book include the "good news and the bad" as the inevitable ravages of age intrude into the lives of Dr Bernstein’s patients. From the most mundane situations to the truly sublime, the tales illuminate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of aging along with the diverse strategies people use to adapt to its realities.

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Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram by Charles W. Johnson (ForeEdge)

Description: In the golden age of polar exploration (from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s), many an expedition set out to answer the big question—was the Arctic a continent, an open ocean beyond a barrier of ice, or an ocean covered with ice? No one knew, for the ice had kept its secret well; ships trying to penetrate it all failed, often catastrophically. Norway’s charismatic scientist-explorer Fridtjof Nansen, convinced that it was a frozen ocean, intended to prove it in a novel if risky way: by building a ship capable of withstanding the ice, joining others on an expedition, then drifting wherever it took them, on a relentless one-way journey into discovery and fame . . . or oblivion.

Ice Ship is the story of that extraordinary ship, the Fram, from conception to construction, through twenty years of three epic expeditions, to its final resting place as a museum. It is also the story of the extraordinary men who steered the Fram over the course of 84,000 miles: on a three-year, ice-bound drift, finding out what the Arctic really was; in a remarkable four-year exploration of unmapped lands in the vast Canadian Arctic; and on a two–year voyage to Antarctica, where another famous Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, claimed the South Pole.

Ice Ship will appeal to all those fascinated with polar exploration, maritime adventure, and wooden ships, and will captivate readers of such books as The Endurance, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Last Place on Earth. With more than 100 original photographs, the book brings the Fram to life and light.

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Increasing Diversity in Gifted Education: Research-Based Strategies for Identification and Program S by Monique Felder (Prufrock Press)

Description: Increasing Diversity in Gifted Education shows teachers, administrators, and other interested parties how to finally meet the educational needs of high-potential students across all racial, ethnic, language, and economic groups as well as some categories of disability. Using this book, educators of gifted individuals from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in gifted programs can equip these students to make significant contributions to all aspects of American society. Practitioners will gain the information and knowledge needed to increase the identification of culturally diverse and twice-exceptional students for gifted education programs and services.

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Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength-2nd Edition by Jim Stoppani (Human Kinetics)

Description: Finally, a research-based book that covers all facets of optimizing the development of muscle and strength. Jim Stoppani’s Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength, Second Edition, is a comprehensive training guide and reference that provides:
-definitions of key terms and concepts;
-evaluations of equipment options, including TRX, BOSU, and kettlebells;
-explanations of the role and importance of each muscle group;
-latest nutrition information for losing fat and increasing muscle mass;
-presentations of the best exercises, including body weight, for adding strength and mass; and
-descriptions and examples of many types of workouts and programs and their effects.
Choose from 381 exercises presented for 13 muscle groups and the whole body. Proper technique for each exercise is tailored to the type of resistance used, be it free weights, weight machines, or body weight. Plus, each of the 116 training programs is rated according to workout duration, the projected time frame for achieving measurable results, level of difficulty, and overall effectiveness.

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Lit Up Inside by Van Morrison (City Lights )

Description: Van Morrison selects his best and most iconic lyrics, spanning 50 years of writing and representing his entire creative journey.

Van Morrison is one of a handful of truly iconic twentieth century artists. Along with Bob Dylan, he was one of the first contemporary lyricists to infuse a serious poetic sensibility into popular music. A colossal influence on a wide range of fellow musicians, he has been a singular beacon of artistic integrity, soulful conviction and musical excellence.

One of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, Morrison has been following his muse in an uncompromising way since the early Sixties. He has explored soul, jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, rock and roll, Celtic folk, pop balladry and more, forging a distinctive amalgam that has Morrison's unvarnished passion at its core. He has referred to his music as "Caledonia soul," reflecting his deep immersion in American roots music and Ulster-Scots.

This personal selection of what Morrison himself has judged to be his most important and enduring lyrical work will stand as a landmark public statement from an otherwise intensely private artist, an intimate and very intentional view onto what Morrison himself esteems as his creative contribution.

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Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court by Damon Root (Palgrave Macmillan)

Description: Can the federal government make you eat your fruits and vegetables? Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan seemed to think so when asked if she thought Congress possessed the constitutional power to force every American to “eat three fruits and three vegetables every day.” Kagan laughed and said that while it sounded like “a dumb law,” that did not make it an unconstitutional one. In other words, if you don’t like what your lawmakers have done, take your complaint to the ballot box, not to the courthouse. It was a classic case of judicial restraint, the idea that judges should defer to the will of the majority and refrain from striking down most democratically-enacted laws, even the really dumb ones. Judicial restraint and judicial activism cut across the political spectrum in surprising ways and make for some unusual bedfellows. Judicial restraint is not only a touchstone of the Progressive left, it is also a philosophy adopted by many members of the modern right. The growing camp of libertarians and free-market conservatives, however, has no patience with judicial restraint and little use for majority rule. Chief Justice Roberts’ 2012 ruling in favor of Obama’s health care law is an excellent case in point, though only the most recent. This is the story of two competing visions, each one with its own take on what role the government and the courts should play in our society, a fundamental debate that goes to the very heart of our constitutional system.

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Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills by Todd Stanley (Prufrock Press)

Description: Performance-based assessments allow classroom teachers an alternative to traditional multiple-choice tests. We often use fill-in-the bubble assessments in education to determine the readiness of students. However, in the 21st-century workplace, these types of tests fail to truly prepare students. How many times in the real world are we called upon to take a multiple-choice test? In the real world, we are called upon to prove our merit through performance-based assessments, displaying our 21st-century skills. We should be preparing students for this in the classroom. Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills makes the argument that teachers should use performance-based assessments in the classroom. It guides the educator step by step to show how he or she can create performance-based assessments for students, including what they look like, teaching students how to create them, setting the proper classroom environment, and how to evaluate them.

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Stars and Swipes by Wilhelm Staehle (Quirk Books)

Description: Wilhelm Staehle’s Silhouette Masterpiece Theater (silhouettemasterpiecetheater.com) is the rare Web comic that deserves to be printed. Each panel in the popular weekly strip features a painstakingly detailed etching carved from a beautiful painting; the results are gorgeous and very funny. T

hese two postcard books feature some of Staehle’s finest work. Hugs and Misses is a terrific Valentine’s Day gift, full of lovelorn ladies, roguish gentlemen, renegade Cupids, and indecent proposals. Stars and Swipes offers a hilarious vision of classic Americana, with farcical frontiersmen, prattling presidents, and other all-American oddities.

WILHELM STAEHLE is the pseudonym of Will Staehle, a Seattle-based artist and designer. A former art director for HarperCollins, he has designed and illustrated numerous jackets for Michael Chabon, Michael Crichton, and a host of best-selling authors. Print magazine named him one of the Top 20 Under 30 New Visual Artists, and he exhibited a solo show of work at the Type Directors Club.

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The Court-Martial of Paul Revere: A Son of Liberty and America's Forgotten Military Disaster by Michael M. Greenburg (ForeEdge)

Description: At the height of the American Revolution in 1779, Massachusetts launched the Penobscot Expedition, a massive military and naval undertaking designed to force the British from the strategically important coast of Maine. What should have been an easy victory for the larger American force quickly descended into a quagmire of arguing, disobedience, and failed strategy. In the end, not only did the British retain their stronghold, but the entire flotilla of American vessels was lost in what became the worst American naval disaster prior to Pearl Harbor.

In the inevitable finger-pointing that followed the debacle, the already-famous Lieutenant Colonel Paul Revere, commissioned as the expedition’s artillery commander, was shockingly charged by fellow officers with neglect of duty, disobeying orders, and cowardice. Though he was not formally condemned by the court of inquiry, rumors still swirled around Boston concerning his role in the disaster, and so the fiery Revere spent the next several years of his life actively pursuing a court-martial, in an effort to resuscitate the one thing he valued above all—his reputation.

The single event defining Revere to this day is his ride from Charlestown to Lexington on the night of April 18, 1775, made famous by Longfellow’s poem of 1860. Greenburg’s is the first book to give a full account of Revere’s conduct before, during, and after the disastrous Penobscot Expedition, and of his questionable reputation at the time, which only Longfellow’s poem eighty years later could rehabilitate. Thanks to extensive research and a riveting narrative that brings the battles and courtroom drama to life, The Court-Martial of Paul Revere strips away the myths that surround the Sons of Liberty and reveals the humanity beneath. It is a must-read for anyone who yearns to understand the early days of our country.

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The Manager’s Craft by Glenn, A Bassett (Organization Diagnostics, Inc.)

Description: Managing people is never any one thing. Consultants regularly put forward faddish designs for managing people but seldom deal with the real complexity of working through people to get the job done. Dr. Bassett critically reviews the many approaches to “motivating people” and concludes that there is no magic formula. The manager must somehow effectively exercise control through a blend of good communication, effective standard setting and sound personnel policies. He/she must elicit commitment by creating a culture of high work standards in which people feel empowered and respected, and, ultimately, must organize work effectively. An extensive and complex body of knowledge and practice that constitutes the Manager’s Craft must be acquired and applied to achieve these objectives.

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The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet by Matthew and Sheldrake, Rupert Fox (Monkfish Book Publishing Company)

Description: What are angels? Many people believe in angels, but few can define these enigmatic spirits. Now visionary theologian Matthew Fox and acclaimed biologist Rupert Sheldrake—pioneers in modern religious thinking and scientific theory—launch a groundbreaking exploration into the ancient concept of the angel and restore dignity, meaning, and joy to our time-honored belief in these heavenly beings.

Matthew Fox is an American Episcopal priest and theologian. Formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, he is now a member of the Episcopal Church. Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality. He is the author of many books.

Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and author, is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He was then Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Top Secret Files: The Civil War: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts From the Civil War by Stephanie Bearce (Prufrock Press)

Description: The Pig Pen Cipher, the Devil’s Coffee Mill, and germ warfare were all a part of the Civil War, but you won't learn that in your history books! Discover the truth about Widow Greenhow’s spy ring, how soldiers stole a locomotive, and the identity of the mysterious “Gray Ghost.” Then learn how to build a model submarine and send secret light signals to your friends. It’s all part of the true stories from the "Top Secret Files: The Civil War." Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden . . .

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Top Secret Files: World War II: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts From World War II by Stephanie Bearce (Prufrock Press)

Description: Spy school, poison pens, exploding muffins, and Night Witches were all a part of World War II, but you won't learn that in your history books! Crack open secret files and read about the mysterious Ghost Army, rat bombs, and doodlebugs. Discover famous spies like the White Mouse, super-agent Garbo, and baseball player and spy, Moe Berg. Then build your own secret agent kit and create a spy code. It’s all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files: World War II. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden . . .

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Warriors At The Helm by Carlos, Juan Marcos (Elie Press, LLC)

Description: In Warriors At The Helm: A Leader’s Guide To Success in Business, Juan Carlos Marcos shares his almost four decades of experience regarding people dynamics in the corporate World.

Whether you’re just getting started in business, or you are a thirty-year warrior, nothing is as valuable to your growth, and in preparing you for success, as learning through trial and error. However, modern-day corporate America can be very unforgiving or impatient through your learning process.

This book represents the next best thing to being there, which is learning from others’ experience. Juan provides the reader with a practical tool that offers valuable insights into the distinctive and real differences between effective leaders (those that people eagerly follow) and those who lack the self-awareness to understand that they may be barriers to progress versus a catalyst. To further add texture to his insights, Juan elicits and shares thoughts from veteran executives who share personal experiences and perspectives derived from years of trench warfare.

In Warriors At The Helm you will learn about the traits that make Leaders and Individual Contributors successful in business and how to manage the Dumb Asses and Egomaniacs (AKA Barbarians) that roam the corporate landscape. The book will provide you with the awareness and knowledge of the life “on the inside” that will help you emulate and demonstrate the behaviors that will keep your career on a positive and productive track.

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WordPlay by Glenn, A Bassett (Organization Diagnostics, Inc.)

Description: WordPlay lays out the functions of language as the foundation of what is loosely called mind. Studies of language in primitive cultures by anthropological linguists demonstrate the existence in every cultural setting of a basic set of word constructs called semantic primes. Language is extended and elaborated on the foundation of semantic primes to construct a mental map of the perceived phenomenal world. Once in place, a rich culture of language is passed on from each generation to the next by example. Words ultimately become so ubiquitous and necessary that they take on a reality all their own. Mental maps can become more real than the reality of direct experience.
Establishment of a critical capacity for knowing truth demands a study of psycholinguistics. The fund of social psychological research that has emerged over the past century offers a window on the way words are used to enrich culture. WordPlay is a compilation of the most salient research that pertains to language use. It is a layman’s introduction to psycholinguistics. The emphasis is on how words shape behavior and become the substance of the mind. This is knowledge of those habits of mind that can interfere with or improve straight, clear thinking. It is antidote to functional social ignorance of our rich language culture.

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Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future by Tracie Miles (Bethany House)

Description: God still has a plan for you—not in spite of your past, but because of it!

Do regret and shame over your failures, sins, and shortcomings make you wonder how you could ever be loved, much less used, by a holy God? Tracie Miles felt the same way until she discovered the path to healing, peace, and significance.

She helps you recognize that God not only has a purpose for you, but He has prepared you for your divine purpose based specifically on the experiences of your past.

Through her own story and stories from other women who have discovered God's purpose for their lives because of adverse experiences, Tracie helps you see how God can turn pain into purpose. You will find forgiveness and healing from the troubles of your past, discover the courage to step out of your comfort zone to help others find hope and strength, and be inspired to step into the beautiful future God divinely designed for you.

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Arkadium Rising by Glen Krisch (JournalStone)

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Description: The Arkadium's time has come. A religious cult intent on setting history back ten thousand years, destroying modern man's domination of the planet.

Growing up, the Grant brothers were close, but as they reached adolescence they drifted apart, taking opposite paths into adulthood. Straight-laced Jason works for a small town newspaper. Marcus is into drugs, violence, and self-destruction.

Marcus finds salvation and sobriety when he joins the Arkadium and reaches out to his brother, wanting him by his side to record the new prehistoric era, Arkadium’s era. Jason faces a choice, join his brother in the destruction of humanity, or die like one of the millions of innocents who will fall in the Arkadium's ascent.

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Center Stage by Mindy Klasky (BookViewCafe)

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Book Eight of the Diamond Brides series


Actress Lindsey Ormond has always followed the rules - be nice, keep quiet, and never, ever get involved with a bad boy. But her good behavior has yielded lousy results - she was just left at the altar for the second time in two years.

Raleigh Rockets center fielder Ryan Green keeps life simple - play ball, have fun, and keep an eye on his recently widowed father. When Ryan attends Lindsey's disaster of a wedding, another sizzling task hits his to-do list - help Lindsey learn how to break the rules.

Before long, Ryan is showing Lindsey just how much fun she's been missing - in the bedroom and beyond. But Lindsey's brother Zach (part of the Rockets' management team) disapproves of their new relationship. And Zach just offered Ryan's father the job of a lifetime.

When the conflict moves center stage, will Ryan choose Lindsey? Or will his obligations to the Rockets and his father send Lindsey back to her stifled life alone?

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Dark Legend: The Supernatural Chronicles by R.A. Reene (R.A. Reene)

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Description: Alexandria Grimaldi is a 14 year old witch, who learns just before her 15th birthday that she actually isn't a witch and that her entire upbringing has been a lie. She is being raised by her grandmother and two aunts in New York City, surrounded by humans. But their semi-normal, quiet life gets turned upside down in a single night. The night Alexandria finds out that she is a demon. They're forced to flee the city and seek refuge from the supernatural community she never knew they were running from her entire life. The Capitol, who has a tyrannical reign over the supernatural community, puts up a fight before reluctantly agreeing to offer Alexandria and her family with asylum. She's even allowed to study her craft at a public academy for supernaturals. And that's where Alexandria's story deepens. Along with readjusting to her new life and coming to terms with who she really is, she must confront an evil that's been hunting her down since before she was born.

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DarkNet by John R. Little (JournalStone)

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Description: Cindy McKay is Seattle’s beloved radio personality. She has fifty thousand friends she talks to every day, but the one secret she can never share is the horror of her personal life.

There seems to be no escape, until she finds the hidden wonders on the dark side of the Internet. Maybe there is freedom from the daily suffering she faithfully endures.

But, when everything is anonymous, who can Cindy really trust? She quickly finds that nothing is what it seems, and the solution she had hoped for makes her current
problems seem like passing dreams.

Cindy has opened the door to DarkNet, and in doing so has unleashed a true nightmare.

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Monstrous Beauty by Marie Brennan (BookViewCafe)

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Seven very short tales of supernatural horror . . .


A maiden in a tower. A grandmother in a cottage. A stranger at a ball. None of them are what they seem, in this collection of very brief stories from fantasy author Marie Brennan. The dark forest of fairy tales hides things more perilous than wolves and wicked stepmothers. Are you prepared for what you'll find?

TABLE OF CONTENTS

* The Snow-White Heart
* Footprints
* Shadows' Bride
* Tower in Moonlight
* The Wood, the Bridge, the House
* Kiss of Life
* Waiting for Beauty

Total length: 40 pages, including Story Notes

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The Life of Sosat Silacay by Tasos Yacalis (Crux Publishing)

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Description: In this semi-autobiographical tale that spans every aspect of the protagonist’s life, Tasos Yacalis tells the tale of Sosat Silacay, from his humble beginnings as a gentle intelligent boy in the slums of New York to his successful career in psychology.

Through his experiences, Sosat demonstrates man’s tendency for self-deception. He shows that life itself is our best teacher and that man will never be free unless he learns to think for himself through his heart, and not his mind.

Much more than the simple story of one man, Yacalis has produced a seminal work of the power of love and its undeniable influence over our lives.

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The Clean Eating 28-Day Plan: A Healthy Cookbook and 4-Week Plan for Eating Clean by Rockridge Press (Rockridge Press)

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Eating healthy shouldn't have to be complicated. When you start a clean eating lifestyle, you'll discover how easy it can be to adopt permanent healthy changes without sacrificing the joy of eating real food. The Clean Eating 28-Day Plan will introduce you to the six core principles of clean eating, to help you choose only the most natural and unprocessed foods, so that you can enjoy flavorful meals that will nourish instead of harm your body. This simple starter guide gives you four weeks of clean eating meal plans so that you won't have to think about what to make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—or whether it's good for you.

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The Low-Fodmap 28-Day Plan: A Healthy Cookbook with Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS Relief by Rockridge Press (Rockridge Press)

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Millions of people suffer from IBS, which can cause painful and embarrassing symptoms. Now you can relieve your worst IBS symptoms by adopting a low FODMAP diet. FODMAPs are simple carbohydrates that can be the hidden culprits behind digestive disorders. The Low FODMAP 28-Day Plan, from New York Times and Amazon best-selling publisher Rockridge Press, is a straightforward 4-week plan for removing FODMAPs from your diet and banishing digestive pain forever.

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The Sports Motivation Master Plan by Lee Ness (December House)

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Description: To reach the top in sport takes something special, but as well as talent you need the right approach, the right mindset, the right plan.

Lee Ness’ Sports Motivation Master Plan helps you create your own route map to success. From picking your dream and learning from the greats through getting motivated and dealing with obstacles, the Master Plan is there for you no matter what your sport.

If you want to be the best in your sport, no matter what it is, then you need the Sports Motivation Master Plan.

“The Sports Motivation Master Plan by Lee Ness is a book I wish I had been able to get my hands on as a developing athlete. Through the book, Lee provides advice on a wide variety of topics that will be useful to developing athletes, their parents, and their coaches. Right from the beginning, Lee provides a framework for selecting a sporting goal, and then discusses how to achieve this goal. The book looks in depth at how to get the best out of yourself through a range of physical and mental techniques, including an in-depth discussion of "The Zone" and how to get there, how to turn weaknesses into strengths, and mind games. Essential reading for anyone that wants to reach their sporting potential.”
- Craig Pickering, Olympic Sprinter

“Lee Ness’  book, "The Sports Motivation Master Plan", fills the gap between coach and parent, helping young athletes and their parents understand what they need to do to reach the top of their sport.
In a way, it's a route map to success.
If you are interested in performing at the highest level, I highly recommend "The Sports Motivation Master Plan”"

- Jimson Lee, SpeedEndurance.com

Chapter 1 - It all starts with a dream
Chapter 2 - Being an intelligent athlete
Chapter 3 - Learning from the greats
Chapter 4 - Preparing yourself for success
Chapter 5 - Motivation
Chapter 6 - Sacrifice
Part 2 - Putting it into Practice
Chapter 7 - Getting Started
Chapter 8 - It’s all about You
Chapter 9 - The 10,000 hour ‘rule’
Chapter 10 - Train like a champion
Chapter 11 – Physical Preparation
Chapter 13 - Turning your weaknesses into strengths
Chapter 14 - Setting yourself up to fail
Chapter 15 - Mind Games
Part 3 - Dealing with obstacles
Chapter 16 - Waypoints and destinations
Chapter 17 - Managing Poor Performance
Chapter 18 - Choking and how to prevent it
Chapter 19 - Managing injuries
Chapter 20 - Luck is for Leprechauns
Chapter 21 - Bringing it all together

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Gooseberry by Michael Gallagher (Seventh Rainbow Publishing)

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Description: This book is an eBook, not a physical book. ARCs available in both PDF and MOBI file formats.
Though in no sense a sequel, nor even in a similar genre, “Gooseberry” is based on characters from Wilkie Collins’s “The Moonstone”.
1852. With the business of the Moonstone diamond finally laid to rest, Mr. Franklin Blake and his wife Rachel are now happily married, living in London, and blessed with a healthy baby daughter named Julia. Mr. Blake has taken his late father’s seat in Parliament, and his party’s fortunes are on the rise—in fact they are about to overthrow the coalition government of the day.
But then the inexplicable occurs. Miss Rachel and her elderly aunt are attacked in the street by a gang of feral children, whose only purpose, it seems, is to plant a photographic portrait of a young, rich Indian lad in the old lady’s handbag.
Enter the Blakes’ lawyer’s office boy, Octavius Guy—better known as Gooseberry—who once helped the family bring the mystery of the Moonstone to a close. Join Gooseberry, the fourteen-year-old boy detective, as he and his ragtag bunch of friends descend into London’s demi-monde and underworld to ferret out the truth, while spending as much of his employer’s money as they can along the way.
Comic Historical Detective Fiction from the author of “The Bridge of Dead Things” and “The Scarab Heart”.

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Gone Bitch: A Parody of Gone Girl by Steve Lookner (Sfuzzi Publishing)

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Description: Meet Nick. He's kind of dumb. Meet his wife, Amy. She's kind of a bitch. One day Amy goes missing. What happened? Find out...in GONE BITCH!

GONE BITCH is the hilarious new parody of Gone Girl which will have you on the edge of your seat AND rolling on the floor. All your favorite characters from Gone Girl are here...but way funnier!

First off, there's NICK. Nick doesn't seem particularly upset that his wife is missing, or particularly anxious to find her. But he is perfectly willing to stop by the searches for Amy...because he can try to pick up girls there using lines like, "I'd like to search YOUR woods." Nick also loves lying to the police. For example, Nick's alibi for the morning Amy disappeared is that he was hang gliding, taking a karate lesson, and shooting a major motion picture with Keanu Reeves.

There's also AMY, Nick's wife. Amy is basically the worst person ever. Which is unsurprising, since she's a really hot girl. Therefore her one goal in life is to make her hot girlfriends jealous, no matter what it takes. Would Amy really stoop so low as to frame Nick for murder just to make her hot girlfriends jealous? If you don't know the answer, then you haven't hung out with enough really hot girls.

There's GO, Nick's sister. Go makes out with Nick a lot, but don't get the wrong idea: they are NOT having sex. (Although they do get to third base once in a while.)

There's RAND and MARYBETH, Amy's parents, whose “Idiotic Amy” book series chronicles the embarrassing moments of Idiotic Amy, a girl who looks suspiciously like Amy and does embarrassing things suspiciously like things Amy has done. The books have been a huge success, with millions of girls worldwide buying volumes like “Idiotic Amy Wets The Bed” and “Idiotic Amy and the Guy She Had Sex With and Never Called Her Again”.

There's DESI, who's been stuck in the friend zone with Amy since kindergarten. Desi still hopes that one day Amy will come around and want to take things to another level, but tragically, he fails to realize that no guy ever escapes from the friend zone.

And don't forget BONEY and GILPIN, the detectives investigating Amy's disappearance. They strongly suspect the "crime scene" in Nick's living room is fake, because it's pretty hard for a grand piano to flip upside down accidentally.

With every page of GONE BITCH the tension builds:

Will Nick go to jail?

Will Amy ever return?

Will Nick ever get over his diarrhea from eating a search volunteer's Frito pie?

You'll want to keep reading to find out what happens, but you might not be able to stop laughing long enough to do so!

Before you see the movie, read the book...that makes fun of the movie!

Get GONE BITCH today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Lookner has quickly become one of Amazon's top parody authors. He began his writing career as an editor of The Harvard Lampoon, and has written for such TV shows as Saturday Night Live, MADtv, and even an episode of Seinfeld. Steve is also the author of The Fault in Our Pants: A Parody of "The Fault in Our Stars", and The Relief Fisher: A Parody of Mariano Rivera's "The Closer", both available on Amazon.

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The Relief Fisher: A Parody of Mariano Rivera's "The Closer" by Steve Lookner (Sfuzzi Publishing)

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Description: WHO SAYS BASEBALL CAN'T BE FUNNY? IT'S THE FIRST PARODY OF A SPORTS BOOK EVER!

You've heard Weird Al's parodies of pop songs. You've seen SNL's parodies of TV shows. You've read the Harvard Lampoon's parodies of books like "The Hunger Games." But what about sports? Why can't sports be funny too?

Veteran comedy writer Steve Lookner (SNL, MADtv) proves that sports can indeed be hilarious with the FIRST-EVER parody of a sports book! Lookner takes Mariano Rivera's book The Closer and transforms it into a comedy grand slam: THE RELIEF FISHER.

THE RELIEF FISHER is the book Mariano Rivera would've written if he'd lived the funniest life ever! In Mariano's own words, you'll hear what it was like growing up in a fishing village and learning to play a version of baseball in which all the equipment is made of fish...even the gloves! You'll go inside the Rivera family's shack as Mariano signs his first contract with the Yankees, and the Yankees pay him in sea bass. And you'll be there when Mariano sees a radar gun for the first time, and thinks it's a ray gun from Star Trek and that the Yankees' scout is going to vaporize him.

THE RELIEF FISHER also takes you inside the dugout for a hilarious insider's view of the great Yankee teams of the last two decades. You'll hear about the time Derek Jeter made a throwing error because he was grabbing a girl's butt with his other hand. You'll watch as Paul O'Neill destroys a water cooler because he only hit a double rather than a home run. You'll learn about the Yankees' secret practice of putting Yogi Berra's embalmed body in a wheelchair to make people think he's still alive. And you'll be there at Yankee Stadium when Mariano attempts to kill all the band members of Metallica for writing "Enter Sandman". From A-Rod to Cano, from Tino to Torre, jokes about all of the Yankees greats are here! And also jokes about the worst Yankee ever, Jim Leyritz.

Last but certainly not least, you'll get the hysterical perspective on baseball and on life that can only come from (the parody version of) Mariano Rivera. Mariano will tell you:
—Why Red Sox fans are the stupidest people in America
—Why his all time saves record is much more important than Derek Jeter's 3,000 hits
—Why no one in baseball listens to the pitching coach
—Why Edgar Martinez is the worst human being in the world

It's no surprise that it took the greatest closer ever to inspire the funniest sports book ever. Whether you're a Mariano Rivera fan, a baseball fan, a fan of fish, or just a fan of laughing your stirrups off, you'll love THE RELIEF FISHER!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Lookner has quickly become one of Amazon's top parody authors. He began his writing career as an editor of The Harvard Lampoon and has written for such TV shows as Saturday Night Live, MADtv, and even an episode of Seinfeld. Steve is also the author of The Fault in Our Pants: A Parody of "The Fault in Our Stars" and Gone Bitch: A Parody of Gone Girl, both available on Amazon.

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When You and Me Were Us by Amanda Reynolds (December House)

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Description: Six friends. Thirty years of shared history. One, final, reunion. But how much do they really know of one another’s lives?

1982: Dylan and his best friend Matty meet Alex and Ginny at university. Dylan, the epicentre of the gang, introduces them to Lois, his power-suited ambitious girlfriend, and socially inept Nick, whom no one is claiming allegiance to. A halcyon year ensues, filled with loves found and lost. Friendships are cemented which should have lasted a lifetime. Then Dylan dies.

Through university, marriages, affairs, parenthood and even death, the friends try to make sense of their lives and their own route to happiness whilst Dylan watches, acerbically commenting on the high and lows of the lives which beat on after his has so inexplicably ended.

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The Orphan of Torundi by J.L. McCreedy (Penelope Pipp Publishing)

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Description: To find the truth, she must first uncover the lie ….

Orphaned as an infant, Sam is raised by a pharmaceutical research mission in the rain forests of Torundi. She wields a mean machete, makes soap from candlenuts and is a fairly astute amateur entomologist. You know, the normal stuff. But a month before her seventeenth birthday, she is exiled to an American boarding school in Penang, Malaysia.

Armed with little more than her unusual upbringing and church-lady clothes, Sam must contend with her new existence as the world’s most socially unprepared high school senior. Well that’s just fine. Because she is determined to solve the mystery behind her banishment and return home tout de suite.

But when she discovers the unthinkable – that her banishment is tied to an enigmatic corporation with illicit designs on Torundi – she realizes the real mystery she must uncover is … why? Soon, Sam is caught in a whirlwind of intrigue, danger and greed. As she chases this thread of truth to its end, she unravels a plot that threatens her beloved home, her trust in the boy she has grown to love and her own existence.

Blending espionage elements akin to The Bourne Identity with those high-school-awkward-moments (hey, it could happen), THE ORPHAN OF TORUNDI is a quirky, cross-cultural tale of romance, suspense and adventure.

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Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire by Dru Pagliassotti (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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The final book in the Clockwork Heart Steampunk trilogy.
Framed for regicide and trapped on a ship crippled by enemy fire, Taya and Ondinium’s diplomatic contingent seem helpless to prevent the well-engineered war their enemies have put into motion. While Alzanan and Demican armies march across Ondinium’s borders, Taya and her husband fight airborne battles from the tropical islands of the Cabisi Thassalocracy to the war-ravaged mountains of Alzana. When Taya falls into her enemy’s hands, she fears that nobody will be able to save Ondinium from the devastating weapon about to be plunged into its mechanically ticking heart.

About the Author:

Dru Pagliassotti is a professor of communication at California Lutheran University, where she teaches media theory and practice. She published and edited The Harrow, an online literary magazine for fantasy and horror, from 1998-2009, and she currently runs The Harrow Press, which publishes horror anthologies.

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Desperate Reflections by Shay West (Booktrope)

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Description: In this final book of the Adventures of Alexis Davenport Series, we find Alex dealing with more drama than ever: her first break-up, her mom's new boyfriend, and attempting to learn the secrets of her “gift” on her own.
Desperate to stop Drifter, Alex uses her ability to locate the evil Traveler, only to discover that he lives in her time...
And he knows who she is.
In a final race against time, Alex must discover Drifter's ultimate plan, stop him, and save her family...all before prom.

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Serpent on a Cross by Wendy C. Garfinkle (Booktrope)

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Description: Dennah Dubrovnika is a formidable hunter and talented healer. However, she cannot control her own powers, which have suddenly reawakened in the aftermath of her mother’s violent capture by a powerful warlord who destroyed their village in his wake. As she races to free her mother, Dennah is accompanied by Jeth, the man she loves. But she’s increasingly, inexorably drawn to the mysterious Skallon who is allied with her greatest enemy.

Will Dennah be able to gain a measure of control over her magic or will she lose everything and everyone she loves to its raging inferno?

Serpent on a Cross is Book One in a Jewish fantasy adventure series set in Medieval Eastern Europe.

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Spring Shadows by Jennifer Gracen (Booktrope)

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Description: Lydia wasn’t looking for love. Having just finalized a difficult divorce, she attended her best friend’s destination wedding with a simple plan: to reconnect with old friends and take a much needed break from the stresses of single parenthood. But life had more in store for her. In AUTUMN GETAWAY, Book One of the Seasons of Love series, Lydia connected with charming, sensitive Sam over that weekend, and took a chance on someone new. Then, in WINTER HOPES, Sam and Lydia explored the excitement of blossoming romance. Even though a long distance relationship isn’t easy, in each other they found renewed hope, both overcoming past losses to learn to trust and love again.

Now, in SPRING SHADOWS, Book Three of the series, author Jennifer Gracen brings Lydia and Sam one step closer to lasting happiness. But it isn’t all romance and roses. The realities of a long distance relationship held between Chicago and New York start to take a toll. Add in the complications posed by Sam’s overprotective brother, Lydia’s difficult ex-husband, and an unexpected tragedy, and it all threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even begun to truly be together.

Lydia and Sam must face their pasts and come to terms with old fears and insecurities. They need to focus on the things that really matter: true love, forgiveness, compassion, and fearless commitment—another leap of faith. Full of the sweetness and heartfelt emotion you’ve come to expect from the Seasons of Love series, SPRING SHADOWS shows us the power of purposeful communication, understanding, and unrelenting self-awareness, proving that true, lasting love is possible when nurtured by healing and hope.

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The Fault in Our Pants: A Parody of "The Fault in Our Stars" by Steve Lookner (Sfuzzi Publishing)

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Description: As I was approaching the mall exit, this cute little girl with barretted braids appeared in front of me and said,
"What's that in your nose?"
"They're called cannula," I said. "These tubes give me oxygen, which helps me breathe."
"Would they help me breathe, too?" she asked.
"I dunno, wanna try?"
"Nah," she replied, "I don't wanna look like a weirdo."
"Wanna know a secret?" I asked.
"Yeah!"
I licked my finger and rubbed it on her arm. "I just gave you cancer," I whispered.

***

You've read the book. You've seen the movie. Now read the parody!

THE FAULT IN OUR PANTS is the hilarious new full-length parody of "The Fault in Our Stars". Just listen to these reviews:

"Grand." -Augustus Waters

"A douchefest." -Hazel Grace Lancaster

"Will there be a braille edition?" -Isaac

"Why wasn't I in the movie?" -Kaitlyn

All the big scenes that weren't in the book but should have been are here! For example:

—The scene where Hazel tells Isaac that "always" no longer applies if your significant other goes blind

—The scene where Hazel wastes her Genie Wish by wishing for a million more wishes

—The scene where Hazel tries to take it past first base in the Anne Frank House

And many more!

From support group to the swing set of tears, from Augustus' trophies to Amsterdam, from Van Houten to Venn diagrams, it's all in THE FAULT IN OUR PANTS. So go ahead, give it a shot. You know you want to read it more than "Paper Towns."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Lookner has quickly become one of Amazon's top parody authors. He began his writing career as an editor of The Harvard Lampoon and has written for such TV shows as Saturday Night Live, MADtv, and even an episode of Seinfeld. Steve is also the author of Gone Bitch: A Parody of Gone Girl and The Relief Fisher: A Parody of Mariano Rivera's "The Closer", both available on Amazon.

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The Necromancer Candle And Two Additional Tales of Contemporary Fantasy by Randy McCharles (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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A collection of three new novellas by Canadian Speculative Fiction author Randy McCharles.

The collection includes:

The Necromancer Candle
Full House
Merlin’s Silver

Story outlines:

The Necromancer Candle

Cassidy’s family has a secret. An ancient, ugly candle passed down through the generations until it is has been all but forgotten. But now someone is looking for it, or so Cassidy thinks. A victim of terminal brain cancer, Cassidy no longer trusts what she sees. But real or imagined, the upheaval of Cassidy’s life is moving quickly toward an end where Cassidy’ greatest wish is to die on her own terms. But is that long enough to solve the mystery of the necromancer candle?
Full House

When Jonas loses his job on the same day a neighbor is murdered, he finds his days at home more challenging yet rewarding than he ever imagined. Against a backdrop of healing family relationships and expounding upon life with his poker buddies, Jonas finds himself pressured to solve the murder. But the more he learns, the more Jonas sees that this is no simple murder, but a mystery that has spanned centuries.
Merlin’s Silver

Joan gets more than she bargained for when she buys an expensive tea service at auction to shake up a lackluster marriage. It seems the tea service is sought by black magicians who will stop at nothing to get it, with only a peculiar little man named Odds Bodkins standing in their way. But who can Joan trust? The mysterious voice on the phone offering to buy the tea service? Her best friend Sally who offers to take it off her hands? Or Odds Bodkins, whose designs grow more unfathomable by the hour?

About the Author:

Randy McCharles is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on dark, humorous fantasy and is a recipient of the prestigious Aurora Award for speculative short fiction. Publishing credits include Tesseracts 11, 12, & 16; Okal Rel Opus 2 & 6; The Puzzle Box; Year’s Best Fantasy 9; and is a regular contributor to the 10th Circle Project. He also helps organize literary events and SF & F conventions. In 2005 he co-chaired the first Calgary Westercon, and chaired the 2008 World Fantasy Convention. Randy is a long-time member of IFWA, the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association..

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My Kaleidoscope by Shari J. Ryan (Booktrope)

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Description: My Kaleidoscope is one courageous woman’s memoir of her life from early childhood on, who raised her family in a concentration camp, resulting in a story of survival—but with survival comes suffering and heart-wrenching loss—an uphill battle that most didn’t make it through.

Emma Fuchs defied the odds. She saved her daughter and gave her a new life in America. While it may be easy to say they survived, it leaves out the story of how they got there.
My Kaleidoscope is an emotional ride that will rip you through the journey of love, loss, and hatred. It will make you appreciate your freedom and understand the road that was paved before us. It demonstrates with humanity the role choices can make in the path to life.

This journey is retold by Shari J. Ryan, great-granddaughter of Emma Fuchs—a survivor of the Holocaust.

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A Map of Kex's Face by Robin Wyatt Dunn (John Ott)

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Description: Kex is the administrator of the Eidon Academy, a college with an interdimensional porthole on campus, and the intellectual center of a recently seceded Southern California.

Roberto and his wife Sasha are busy acting out a bad campus novel, with infidelities and academic intrigues, when the known universe undergoes some fundamental changes.

Kex is more than a human being, it appears, but also an avatar around whom mandala-like emanations revolve, frequencies whose meaning Roberto must discern if he is to legitimize his new Department of Cartography . . .

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Rough Justice by Colin Falconer (Cool Gus Publishing)

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Description: From International Bestselling Author Colin Falconer comes a new Crime Series: The London Babylon Series.

"They’ve enforced the law. Now they want Justice."
Rough Justice
by Colin Falconer

Catching the scrotes who shoot other drug dealers in the head in the front seat of their Corvettes in Camden at three in the morning - that’s one thing. When little girls are murdered, and you know who did it - and clever lawyers keep them out of stir - well, that’s something else. And when one of your own, fresh out of the Academy, gets kicked to death in some back alley and a guy who did it grins at you as he gets a Not Guilty verdict form an apathetic jury - well, patience starts to wear thin.

Madeleine Fox is the only woman working on the Area Major Incident Team so she has developed a thick skin. Her boss is a sexist pig, and a good cop. But even he’s showing signs of wear and tear.

Perhaps in a normal year they would all have got through it, just like every year before it. But this is no ordinary year.

Marenko always told her it was not her job to worry about the bigger picture. You did your job and you closed case files, because you can’t change the world and you’ll go crazy trying.

But that’s before the Candy Man; that’s before Michel de Bruin puts one of Marenko’s own family into a permanent vegetative state. Then certain people start to wonder about the laws they are supposed to serve.

And if they ought to lend justice a hand.

Tough, by turns bitterly funny and achingly poignant, ROUGH JUSTICE is the story of a London major crime squad in the year when justice is finally served - outside the courts.

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The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The School of Night by Colin Falconer (Cool Gus Publishing)

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Description: “My name is William Shakespeare. No, not that Shakespeare; and no jests please, I’ve heard them all. I’m the other one, the ne’er do well cousin, the loafer, known to family and friends as the dunce, the one who could not recite Cicero or Horace, who could never be as good as his clever cuz, the one who has just come to Bishopsgate from Stratford with silly dreams in his head and a longing to make something more of himself than just a glover’s handyman.”

What he finds in London is Lady Elizabeth Talbot, who is willing to pass a few shillings to this blundering brawler if he will help her find her husband. Poor William does not realize the trail will lead to the truth behind the death of Shakespeare’s great rival, Christopher Marlowe - or to a lifelong love affair with a woman far above his station.

Each book tells the story of William’s adventures as England’s first gumshoe, set against turbulent Elizabethan politics; of his romantic pursuit of the impossible Elizabeth Talbot; while charting the career of his up and coming dramatist cousin, the bard of Stratford, but just Will to his family.

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War Stories by Jaym Gates (Apex Publications)

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Description: Available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats.

War is everywhere. Not only among the firefights, in the sweat dripping from heavy armor and the clenching grip on your weapon, but also wedging itself deep into families, infiltrating our love letters, hovering in the air above our heads. It’s in our dreams and our text messages. At times it roars with adrenaline, while at others it slips in silently so it can sit beside you until you forget it’s there.

Join Joe Haldeman, Linda Nagata, Ken Liu, Jay Posey, Karin Lowachee, and many more as they take you on a tour of the battlefields, from those hurtling through space in spaceships and winding along trails deep in the jungle with bullets whizzing overhead, to the ones hiding behind calm smiles, waiting patiently to reveal itself in those quiet moments when we feel safest. War Stories brings us 23 stories of the impacts of war, showcasing the systems, combat, armor, and aftermath without condemnation or glorification.

Instead, War Stories reveals the truth.

War is what we are.

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Shit Doesn't Just Happen: Titanic, Kegsworth, Custer, Schoolhouse, Donner, Tulips, Apollo 13 by Bob Mayer (Cool Gus Publishing)

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Description: Saying “shit happens” indicates events are random, have no meaning and there is no accountability or responsibility. It indicates such events could just as easily happen again and there’s nothing we can do about them.

Bullshit.

This book is about catastrophes and how to avoid them, mitigate their effects and learn from them as seen from the perspective of the Masters of Chaos: United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets). Taking the attitude shit happens is negative and is fatal.

Titanic: Systematic Failure
Kegworth Plane Crash: The Danger of Deferring to Authority and Experts
Little Big Horn: Leadership Failure
New London Schoolhouse Explosion: Lack of Focus
The Donner Party: Social Disintegration
From Tulips to the Housing Bubble: Greed Overwhelms Reality
Apollo 13: Success Snatched from the Jaws of Catastrophe

The bottom line is we can predict and prevent most catastrophes because every one has at least one man made factor, of the 7 cascade events, involved. In other words, we have control over whether shit happens. But it means changing a complacent mindset, getting rid of delusional thinking, and viewing the world around us in a Green Beret way.

Because shit doesn’t just happen.

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America, Inc. by A.E. Weber Wolstein (Vinspire Publishing, LLC)

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Description: Step inside a world where reality isn’t real.

In the future, the entire world has been united under one empire: America. Ivan Luciano is the most powerful man in that empire, and he wields that power with an iron fist. But he wants more, and it was easy enough to convince his girlfriend, Lucy, to help.

A brilliant engineer, Lucy, has brought life to robots. They’re even passing as humans. One of them is now going to run for President of the United States. And, if Ivan has his way, he’ll win. And with a robot as the Commander-in-Chief, Ivan will have ultimate control.

After falling in love with a rebel and discovering some startling news about Ivan, Lucy leads a clan of revolutionaries, which she recruits from around the world, to combat her ex’s greed and stop him once and for all.

With her knowledge of the robots, she can save the world…if Ivan doesn’t win first.

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Life Could Be Verse by Kirk Douglas (HCI Books)

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Description: For his 98th birthday, Kirk Douglas offers us an intimate look into his life. Through a collection of poetry, prose and photographs, he pulls the curtain all the way back exposing the bombs and blockbusters of both the personal and professional aspects. From uncomplicated poems written for his beloved wife, Ann, of 60 years, to poems written for his four boys when they were still small, Douglas' words are comical, sentimental, romantic, and sometimes painful. He chaperones us through the stages of his life, including the untimely death of his youngest son, and shares nostalgic pictures of the other 'leading ladies' in his life like Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall, and Bridget Bardot. Kirk Douglas is an American legend—crowned as one of the greatest male screen legends in American film history by the American Film Institute. And, at 97, he is the highest ranked person on the list alive today. Life Could Be Verse's beautiful design makes it a keepsake for the myriad of Kirk Douglas' fans who have adored "Spartacus" for many, many decades.

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Living the EnerQi Connection by Sheri Laine (HCI Books)

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Description: Everyone wants to feel healthy, strong, and alive. Sheri Laine, a 28-year practitioner of Oriental medicine, shows readers how to do just that through a unique concept using the L.A.I.N.E. method: Learn, Align, Inform, Natural, Energy. In Living the EnerQi Connection, acupuncturist Laine explains how Qi—the vital energy that circulates round the body in currents—works and how readers can benefit by cultivating and nurturing it. - See more at: http://www.hcibooks.com/p-4322-living...

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Post-Romantic Stress Disorder by John Bradshaw (HCI Books)

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Description: John Bradshaw is arguably the most accomplished and well-known leader alive today in the addictions field. He taught us about functional and dysfunctional families, showed us how shame could become toxic and poisonous to our core selves, and helped us understand and heal the wounded, vulnerable "inner child" conceived by, and thriving in, that environment.

In Post-Romantic Stress Disorder (PRSD), Bradshaw gives readers a clear explanation of the difference between falling in love, lust, and true love. Based on his research, PRSD is a deeply serious psychological disorder and the cause of 40% of all divorces –divorces that could have been prevented. Every day people throw away perfectly good relationships because they just don't know how to navigate the tides, but if they could learn and understand the concepts Bradshaw presents in this book, the portrait of the family unit could have a whole new landscape.

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Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude by Kim Weiss (HCI Books)

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Description: The same vista. Never the same sun.

Much like life, the stage changes even when our vantage point doesn't. And so it is with the rising and setting sun, no two are ever the same.

Every picture tells another color, shape and shadow story . . . whatever unfolds each day reveals the diversity and beauty of life. Birds, insects, reptiles, trees, sandy shores—all thrive under the majesty of the sun.

Weiss offers all of this as a show of gratitude, a tribute to the awe of each new day. Sunrise Sunset is replete with glorious photographs of different days and different suns captured from the very same vantage point, the very same terrace.

Complementing her photographs are meditations, passages, poetry, reflections and contemplations from some of the bestknown and loved inspirational leaders of our time: Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff, M.J. Rose, Arielle Ford, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., Richard Bandler, Lisa McCourt, Betsey Chasse and many more.

This is the ultimate gift book for saying 'thank you', sharing a blessing or offering an oasis for spiritual awakening. From sunrise to sunset, this will be a perennial bestseller.

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When Did You Die? by Temple Hayes (HCI Books)

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Description: Temple Hayes is poised to join the ranks of Brene Brown, Joel Osteen and Louise Hay, and she has a running start—her spiritual home is the overflowing First Unity of St. Petersburg, Florida. Her audience is expanding quickly as her message of hope reaches the hearts of millions of restless seekers and those abandoned by mainstream churches: it's time to stop dying a bit every day and start embracing the God who created us.

Hayes' profound eight-step program guides readers through a simple belief-examining process that will propel them to a healthier and more prosperous life. Chapter by chapter she encourages them to create their own life-path by getting to know the truly divine creations that they really are, accepting and loving all of who they are, and embracing the fundamental truth of life as a never-ending journey.

Hayes' unique writing style will captivate readers through her blend of Jesus's parables, Zen koans, insight from Mark Twain, Southern storytelling, and a good dose of common sense. She skillfully fills the pages with 'aha' moments that will awaken people to the realization that they're either growing or dying—as she says, when we're serving we're giving, and when we're giving we're really living.

When Did You Die? is a bestseller in the making that will propel Hayes into the media spotlight as the global spiritual leader she truly is.

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The Book of the Dead by Alex Scully (Firbolg Publishing)

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Description: A shimmer at the end of a corridor. Lights in a graveyard long after the witching hour. Is that the wind, or something calling out to the living from secret, unseen places? The mysteries of the supernatural have captivated the human imagination for centuries. Tales of specters, hauntings, and unexplained phenomena can be found in every culture across the globe. In addition to modern true tales of terror, the anthology will feature true life hauntings from the actual pages of history. Truth can indeed be stranger—and far more terrifying!—than fiction.

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A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (HighBridge Audio)

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Description: From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.
On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.
Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters—assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts—A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James’ place among the great literary talents of his generation.

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Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk (Recorded Books)

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Description: Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s no-holds-barred approach to writing continues to win loyal fans and impress critics. Combining a sexually provocative story with a first-class thriller, Beautiful You exposes mega-billionaire C. Linus Maxwell’s plan to rule the world by marketing an extremely potent erotic device for women. Fiction
“His semi-erotic writing is efficacious.”—Publishers Weekly

“A billion husbands are about to be replaced.”
From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more … Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka “Climax-Well,” a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What’s not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell’s plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?

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Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis (Recorded Books)

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Description: R.C. Lewis launches her fiction career with this electrifying, wildly imaginative debut. Set on the sub-zero planet of Thanda, Stitching Snow is the tale of a missing princess—and of the ruthless king and queen who will do anything to reclaim her. Far from her ice-cold parents, however, Princess Snow warms to new possibilities as she’s pulled into a confrontation of galactic proportions. (Science Fiction/Ages 13 and up)

Princess Snow is missing.
Her home planet, once known for lush landscapes, is now filled with violence, fear, and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his new wife as they attempt to punish the princess’s captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.
Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.
When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid.
In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets (and a poisonous queen). With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

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