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June 2013 batch: Batch closed June 26th

Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder (Quirk Books)

Description: Nick and Tesla are bright 12-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble.

When their parents mysteriously vanish, they’re sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency. It’s not long before Nick and Tesla are embarking on adventures of their own—engineering all kinds of outrageous MacGyverish contraptions to save their skin: 9-volt burglar alarms, electromagnets, mobile tracking devices, and more. Readers are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects.

In Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage, the brother-and-sister duo unleash a swarm of battery-powered gizmos (which readers can make at home). Learning about science has never been so dangerous—or so much fun!

“SCIENCE BOB” PFLUGFELDER is an elementary school teacher based in Newton, Massachussetts. He has made many television appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Dr. Oz Show, and other media outlets. These are his first books.

STEVE HOCKENSMITH is the author of a New York Times best seller (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls) and an Edgar Award nominee (Holmes on the Range). He lives in Alameda, California.

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Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford (Ballantine Books)

Description: From Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

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The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove (koehler Books )

Description: A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.

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Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith (Quirk Books)

Description: Note: This is a giveaway for an ARC. You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall.

What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.

ERIC SMITH is the cofounder of Geekadelphia, a popular blog covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the Philadelphia Geek Awards, an annual awards show held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, and Philly.com.

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The FabYOUList: List It, Live It, Love Your Life by Susan Campbell Cross (February Books)

Description: There comes a time in every woman's life when she realizes that the dreams she held as a girl are growing farther away in the rearview mirror. What can you do to make those childhood ambitions a reality? Join Susan Campbell Cross as she tackles that very question in The FabYOUList, a funny and endearing story of one suburban soccer mom's madcap adventures. Cross's declaration, "There are so many things I thought I would have done by now!" led her to reflect about what exactly those things were. Pen and paper in hand, she composed a "wish I would have done" list. Fly on the trapeze, skinny dip, learn to surf, get a paid acting job, go church shopping, take guitar lessons, run a 5K, and become Googleable, were just the tip of the iceberg. Ironically, the list ended with #40, write a book. That book is The FabYOUList: List it, Live it, Love Your Life. The explanation about how numbers 1 through 39 came to be on Cross's list, and the hilarious ways that went into crossing them off, is the entertaining and inspiring theme of this heartfelt memoir. The reader is invited along on every escapade as Cross ventures outside her comfort zone and into the adventure of her life, ultimately coming face-to-face with what she discovers has been her biggest obstacle all along: herself.

Writer, actor, and mom Susan Campbell Cross is a lifestyle editor of Shape magazine and contributing lifestyle editor of Star and OK! magazines. She is also a contributor to The Daily Muse, HuffPost Women, and Forbes Woman. In addition she has her own blog, Secrets of a Suburban Soccer Mom. She lives in Hidden Hills, California, with her husband of twenty years and their three children and four dogs.

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The Arrangement by Mary Balogh (Random House)

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A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh’s new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love.

Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.

At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?

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The Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton (Ballantine Books)

Description: It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in England’s pastoral Lake District where her mother, Ally, spent the last years of her life. Ally—one of a close-knit group of women who called themselves the Wednesday Sisters—had used the cottage as a writer’s retreat while she worked on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter, yet Hope knows little about her mother’s time there. Traveling with Hope are friends Anna Page and Julie, first introduced as little girls in The Wednesday Sisters, now grown women grappling with issues of a different era. They’ve come to help Hope sort through her mother’s personal effects, yet what they find is a tangled family history—one steeped in Lake District lore.

Hope finds a stack of Ally’s old notebooks tucked away in a hidden drawer, all written in a mysterious code. As she, Julie, and Anna Page try to decipher Ally’s writings—the reason for their encryption, their possible connection to the Potter manuscript—they are forced to confront their own personal struggles: Hope’s doubts about her marriage, Julie’s grief over losing her twin sister, Anna Page’s fear of commitment in relationships. And as the real reason for Ally’s stay in England comes to light, Hope, Julie, and Anna Page reach a new understanding about the enduring bonds of family, the unwavering strength of love, and the inescapable pull of the past.

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Venus in Winter by Gillian Bagwell (Penguin Group (USA))

Description: The author of The September Queen explores Tudor England with the tale of Bess of Hardwick—the formidable four-time widowed Tudor dynast who became one of the most powerful women in the history of England.

On her twelfth birthday, Bess of Hardwick receives the news that she is to be a waiting gentlewoman in the household of Lady Zouche. Armed with nothing but her razor-sharp wit and fetching looks, Bess is terrified of leaving home. But as her family has neither the money nor the connections to find her a good husband, she must go to facilitate her rise in society.

When Bess arrives at the glamorous court of King Henry VIII, she is thrust into a treacherous world of politics and intrigue, a world she must quickly learn to navigate. The gruesome fates of Henry’s wives convince Bess that marrying is a dangerous business. Even so, she finds the courage to wed not once, but four times. Bess outlives one husband, then another, securing her status as a woman of property. But it is when she is widowed a third time that she is left with a large fortune and even larger decisions—discovering that, for a woman of substance, the power and the possibilities are endless...

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Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman (Ballantine Books)

Description: When Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist Bill Dedman noticed a real estate listing for a grand estate in Connecticut that had sat empty for nearly sixty years, he had no idea that he was stumbling onto one of the most surprising American stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—complete with copper barons, Gilded Age opulence, backdoor politics, and a reclusive 104-year-old heiress.

Empty Mansions explores the fascinating life of Huguette Clark, an enigmatic figure who had not been photographed in public since the 1920s. Though she owned three palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, they sat vacant while she lived out her final two decades in a New York City hospital, despite being in excellent health.

Dedman and Huguette’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have had frequent conversations with Huguette, present a fairy tale told in reverse: a daughter born into privilege who in time locks herself away from the outside world. By age twenty, Huguette had inherited her fortune from her father, copper industrialist W. A. Clark, who at the dawn of the twentieth century was one of the richest men in America, possibly even as rich as John D. Rockefeller. The money afforded Huguette gorgeous paintings by Degas and Renoir, a world-renown Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls, lavish gifts for friends (and even strangers), the freedom to pursue her own work as an artist, and the privacy she valued above all else.

The Clark family story encompasses the entire span of American history in just three generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the Montana gold rush, from cross-country travel in private railroad cars of the nineteenth-century to a police investigation in one of the largest apartments on Fifth Avenue in the twenty-first-century. The same Huguette who held a ticket for the return trip of the Titanic was touched by the terror attacks of 9/11.

Making use of twenty thousand pages of personal and financial correspondence, Dedman and Newell transport us into Huguette’s private world, where we meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her star-crossed sister, her noble French boyfriend, the nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives seeking to inherit Huguette’s $300 million fortune. Including previously unseen photographs of Huguette and her homes, Empty Mansions is a rich and touching story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.

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419 by Wil Ferguson (Pintail)

Description: Enter to win one of 25 advance reading copies of Will Ferguson's 419.

Will Ferguson takes readers deep into the labyrinth of lies that is “419,” the world’s most insidious Internet scam.

A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine.

A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in sub-Saharan Africa.

And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims.

Lives intersect. Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: “Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help…”

When Laura Curtis, a lonely editor in a cold northern city, discovers that her father has died because of one such swindle, she sets out to track down—and corner—her father’s killer. It is a dangerous game she’s playing, however, and the stakes are higher than she can ever imagine.

Woven into Laura’s journey is a mysterious woman from the African Sahel with scars etched into her skin and a young man who finds himself caught up in a web of violence and deceit.

And running through it, a dying father’s final words: “You, I love.”

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A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears (Bethany House)

Description: A Tender Tale of Love on the Prairie Perfect for CBA Readers

Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won't humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again—not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She's the prettiest woman he's ever seen, and it's just not possible she's there to marry a simple homesteader like him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she's determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.

Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?

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Fallen Land by Patrick Flanery (Riverhead Books)

Description: Enter to win one of 25 advance reading copies of Patrick Flanery's FALLEN LAND.

From the critically acclaimed author of Absolution, a literary page-turner set in the American heartland.

Poplar Farm has been in Louise’s family for generations, inherited by her sharecropping forbearer from a white landowner after a lynching. Now the farm has been carved up, the trees torn down—a mini-massacre replicating the history of many farms before it, and the destruction of lives and societies taking place all across America.

Architect of this destruction is Paul Krovik, a property developer soon driven insane by the failure of his ambition. Left behind is a half-finished “luxury suburb” of neo-Victorian homes on the outskirts of a sprawling midwestern city. To Paul it is a collapsed dream, but to Julia and Nathaniel, arriving from their small Boston apartment, it is a new start, promising a bucolic future. With their son, Copley, they buy Paul’s signature home in a foreclosure sale and move in to their brave new world. Yet violence lies just beneath the surface of this land, and simmers deep within Nathaniel. The remaining trees bear witness, Louise lives on in her beleaguered farmhouse, and as reality shifts, and the edges of what is right and wrong blur and then vanish, Copley becomes convinced that someone is living in the house with them.

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It Happens in the Dark by Carol O'Connell (Putnam Books)

Description: Enter to win one of 25 advance reading copies of Carol O'Connell's IT HAPPENS IN THE DARK.

The astonishing new Mallory novel from the New York Times–bestselling author and one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America.

The reviews called it “A Play to Die For” after the woman was found dead in the front row. It didn’t seem so funny the next night, when another body was found—this time the playwright’s, his throat slashed.

Detective Kathy Mallory takes over, but no matter what she asks, no one seems to be giving her a straight answer. The only person—if “person” is the right word—who seems to be clear is the ghostwriter. Every night, an unseen backstage hand chalks up line changes and messages on a blackboard. And the ghostwriter is now writing Mallory into the play itself, a play about a long-ago massacre that may not be at all fictional. “MALLORY,” the blackboard reads. “TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT. NOTHING PERSONAL.”

If Mallory can’t find out who’s responsible, heads will roll. Unfortunately, one of them may be her own.

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Del Rey)

Description: Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig (Riverhead Books)

Description: Enter to win one of 25 advance reading copies of Ivan Doig's SWEET THUNDER.

A beloved character brings the power of the press to 1920s Butte, Montana, in this latest from the best storyteller of the West

In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, who debuted in Doig’s bestselling The Whistling Season, promises to be less windfall than money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems—like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion.

These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath. Amid the clatter of typewriters, the rumble of the printing presses, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work. As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well—the struggle to win lasting love for himself.

Brilliantly capturing an America roaring into a new age, Sweet Thunder is another great tale from a classic American novelist.

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The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein (Algonquin Books)

Description: There is nothing inherently threatening about Melissa, a young evangelist hoping to write the definitive paper on intelligent design. But when she implores Andy Waite, a biology professor and a hardcore evolutionist, to direct her independent study, she becomes the catalyst for the collapsing house of cards surrounding him. As he works with Melissa, Andy finds that everything about his world is starting to add up differently. Suddenly there is the possibility of faith. But with it come responsibility and guilt—the very things that Andy has sidestepped for years.

Professor Waite is nearing the moment when his life might settle down a bit: tenure is in sight, his daughters are starting to grow up, and he’s slowly but surely healing from the sudden loss of his wife. His life is starting to make sense again—until the scientific stance that has defined his life(and his work) is challenged by this charismatic student.

In a bravura performance, Lauren Grodstein dissects the permeable line between faith and doubt to create a fiercely intelligent story about the lies we tell ourselves, the deceptions we sustain with others, and how violated boundaries—between students and teachers, believers and nonbelievers—can have devastating consequences.

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (Riverhead Books)

Description: “I was born a colored man and don’t you forget it. But I lived as a colored woman for seventeen years.” So begins James McBride’s captivating new novel, The Good Lord Bird.

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town – with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henry – whom Brown nicknames Little Onion –is forced to conceal his true identity as he struggles to stay alive during these turbulent times. Eventually Little Onion finds himself involved in Brown’s historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 – one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and an engrossing and moving exploration of identity, survival and injustice.

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The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth (Putnam Books)

Description: Enter to win one of 25 advance reading copies of Frederick Forsyth's THE KILL LIST.

An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the master of international intrigue and #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List.

Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.

He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his target’s name, face, or location. He realizes his search will take him to places where few could survive. But the Preacher has made it personal now. The hunt is on.

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The Last Alibi by David Ellis (Putnam Books)

Description: Hot-shot attorney Jason Kolarich returns in the stunning new thriller from the Edgar Award winning author.

Jason Kolarich is in a bad way—physically wounded and emotionally wrecked after his last case, he’s selfmedicating with prescription painkillers, too much alcohol, and brief affairs. When one of these affairs turns sour, Kolarich is left fending off the advances of a beautiful, nefarious woman who may be more than she appears. . . .

And Kolarich’s next client isn’t going to make life any easier. Marshall Renfro is the prime suspect in a string of serial murders, and hires Kolarich as his defender. In a privileged attorney-client setting, Renfro discloses his many sins. Soon afterward, Renfro disappears, leaving behind a wake of mayhem for which Kolarich is now the police’s main person of interest . . . including a killing to which he is intimately connected.

Faced with a murder charge and unable to prove his own innocence without breaking his oath, Kolarich must hunt to learn the truth about Renfro, the series of brutal killings, and why he’s been set up to take the fall. The answers will be beyond anything he could have imagined.

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The Return by Michael Gruber (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows, the story of one man’s fearless quest for revenge among some of the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Lauded as his #1 favorite book of the year, Stephen King advised President Obama, in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, to pick up Michael Gruber’s previous book, The Good Son. With an unforgettable hero, The Return is as exciting and provocative as Gruber’s best work.

The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him. Even his wife, long dead, didn’t know the real man behind the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world. Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then a shattering piece of news awakens Marder’s buried desire for vengeance, and with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions, years earlier, changed his life. Uninvited, Skelly shows up and together the two of them raise the stakes far beyond anything Marder could have envisioned.

As Marder and Skelly head toward an apocalypse of their own making, Marder learns that good motives and sense of justice can’t always protect the people a man loves. A range of fearsomely real characters, from a brutally violent crime lord to a daringly courageous young woman, a roller-coaster of twists and turns, and a shattering exploration of what constitutes morality in the face of evil, Michael Gruber has once more proven that he is “a gifted and natural storyteller” (Chicago Tribune) and shows why he has been called “the Stephen King of crime writing” (The Denver Post).

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The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (Riverhead Books)

Description: Juan Gabriel Vasquez has been hailed as not only one of South America’s greatest literary stars, but as one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. Since his much-lauded novels The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana, Vasquez has won the prestigious Spanish language Alfaguara Novel Prize for his masterwork, this book, The Sound of Things Falling. In this enthralling, mesmerizing tale, Vasquez finally delves into his own Colombia — the drug trade, the dangerous politics that have an enormous impact on individuals and families in his home country. Vasquez has said “The relationship my country has with the drug trade has shaped my life… The consequences reach into every corner of society.”* In this gorgeously wrought novel, Vasquez confronts this rich and troubled history, both personal and political.

In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippopotamus that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, and had been hunted down. The article transports Antonio back to the mid-1990s and a time when the war between Escobar’s Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and forests and in the skies above. Back then, the assassination of a friend compelled Antonio to understand what happened and why and in his mission to learn the truth, he discovered the many ways in which his own life has been touched and shaped by his country’s recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back through his country's history to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare of brutality and fear.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez is “One of the most original new voices of Latin American literature," according to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and the award-winning The Sound of Things Falling, is his most personal, most contemporary novel to date, a masterpiece that takes his writing – and will take his literary star – even higher.

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Unforeseeable by Nancy Mehl (Bethany House)

Description: Mystery, Romance, and Suspense Seamlessly Combined in a Mennonite Small-Town Setting

Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She's thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora's Cafe.

However, Callie's idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County's new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders' attempts to plan ahead couldn't prevent a threat like this.

Unsettled at this unforeseen danger, Callie is concerned when it appears Levi knows more than he's telling. Desperate to find answers for herself, Callie never expected that she'd have to face some of her own past's skeletons.

As Callie and the residents of Kingdom fear this danger for which they never planned, they must learn anew that only God knows the future and their trust must always lie in Him.

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Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Description: #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike has created a heart-stopping romance built on a love triangle like you’ve never seen before and filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy. Give it to fans of Beautiful Creatures and Nightshade.

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them—and that she may have been the true intended victim—she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do.

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Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock (Greenleaf Book Group)

Description: A boy who has lost everything learns that love and friendship can bloom in the most unlikely of places.

When Little Joe Stout survives the car accident that took his parents' lives, he is sent to live with his maternal grandparents in the small town of Round Rock, Tennessee. Orphaned and missing his Texas home, Little Joe is reluctant to adapt. But his grandparents, especially his grandmother, are up to the challenge of raising him despite their own struggles. Soon, childhood friendships are forged in the oddball duo of Sugar and Bobby, and—with the help of a new canine companion—Little Joe begins to see that his new home offers the comfort and love he thought was lost forever.

Set against the drama of World War II and the first sparks of the civil rights movement, Little Joe's new home is a microcosm of America in the 1940s. A frightening incident with a Chinese motorist traveling on the wrong side of town, the migration of troops across the countryside, and a frank discussion of Jim Crow laws are just a few of the local events mirroring the radio broadcasts that bring the news of the day into his grandmother s kitchen.

Little Joe begins a four-part series from Michael E. Glasscock III that explores the intricate social cloth of Round Rock, Tennessee.

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Made to Last by Melissa Tagg (Bethany House)

Description: Spunky Contemporary Romance from a Sparkling New Talent

Miranda Woodruff, star of the homebuilding show From the Ground Up, will do anything to keep the job she loves. Due to a painful broken engagement and a faith she's mostly forgotten, she's let her entire identity become wrapped up in the Miranda everyone sees onscreen. So when she receives news that the network might cancel her program, she must do the very thing she fears most: let the spotlight shine on her closely guarded personal life. The only problem? She's been living a lie—letting viewers believe she's married—and now she's called upon to play wife to a sweet, if a bit goofy, pretend husband to boost ratings.

Desperate to help his family and prove he's not a total failure, reporter Matthew Knox is looking for a breakout story. When he's offered the opportunity to do an online serial feature on Miranda Woodruff, he jumps at the chance, even if celebrity reporting isn't really his thing. But as soon as he meets Miranda, he knows she's keeping secrets.

When Miranda's former fiance suddenly appears on the scene again, she doubts her life could get more complicated. Juggling three guys, an on-the-rocks television show, and the potential exposure of her deception is way more than she bargained for. Can the woman who makes things look so good onscreen admit it's time to tell the truth about who she is? And if she does, will the life Miranda's built come crashing down just as she's finally found a love to last?

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Matchpoint by Elise Sax (Random House)

Description: Lovably troublesome Gladie Burger runs into sizzling danger and a fiery love triangle in the second installment of Elise Sax’s hilarious and sexy Matchmaker romance series.

Since joining the family matchmaking business run by her eccentric Grandma Zelda, Gladie is always looking for love. But when an unbearable toothache knocks her out of commission and into the dentist’s chair, she prays only for relief. No such luck. Emerging from an anesthetic haze, Gladie awakes to find that not only is her tooth still throbbing, but her dentist is dead—and the lead suspect in the murder, office receptionist Belinda, just so happens to be Gladie’s first real client. Now it’s up to Gladie to find Belinda a man and keep her from being locked up behind bars.

As if that weren’t enough distraction, two gorgeous men are vying for Gladie’s attention: Spencer, the playboy chief of police, and Holden, Gladie’s secretive, gorgeously muscled neighbor. Still, Gladie’s not complaining about having a helping hand or two when the case leads her to a dangerously bizarre cult. She may have met her match—and if she’s not careful, it could be her last.

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Questions About God by Stephen Perry (Humanist Press)

Description: Stephen Perry’s poems feature many diverse voices, whose odd points-of-view often deconstruct themselves, like many of Nabokov’s peculiar protagonists, and they’re are often as droll and hilarious. Complex, unreliable narrators are rare in poetry, but even rarer is Perry’s range of subject matter, drawing on philosophy, science, history, etymology, archeology, psychology, poetry, sexuality, music, etc., in fact anything of human interest. He combines a wide range of world mythologies—from Greek to Judeo-Christian, from Hindu to Buddhist, even flirting with American Indian Blackfoot lore—coalescing all into a kind of monomyth, a synthesis of science and myth. It is a celebration of the natural world. The perspective is wholly humanist, of interest to skeptics and agnostics and atheists and all those who distain the absurdities, crudities, and cruelties of a simplistic fundamentalist mindset. If Bart D. Ehrman’s God’s Problem had been written in verse, this would be it.

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Smokescreen by Nancy Hartry (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Nothing in Kerry’s life prepares her for her first summer job. Stationed as far north from Toronto as Florida is south, unqualified and inexperienced, she perceives hazards around every tree. What does she know about fieldwork? Or black bears? Or men? Absolutely nothing—all she’s done with her life so far is competitive dance. If her mother only knew what this job required!

Kerry’s new partner, Yvette, is unlike anyone she’s ever met and something about her doesn’t add up. Her boss is a chauvinist pig and out to get them. When forest fires break out, Kerry and Yvette are drafted for fire duty and sent deeper into the bush—even closer to the fire. As all of northwestern Ontario goes up in flames, Kerry vows to find out what is really going on and uncovers a crime of international scope and scale that will threaten her life.

Smokescreen is an adrenalin pumping adventure, pitting two resourceful young women against nature and man at their most greedy. Truth and lies. Fire and darkness. Who will triumph when nothing is what it seems?

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Stranded by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House)

Description: Eager Fans Await Bestselling Author Dani Pettrey's Latest Romantic Suspense

When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn't satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn't lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby's position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn't the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He's surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report. Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

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The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber (Random House)

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Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a fresh start. A young widow coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast—the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn—ready to begin her life anew. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. Jo Marie’s other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother’s wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn’t come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories. And as Abby and Joshua try to heal from their pasts, and Jo Marie dreams of the possibilities before her, they all realize that life moves in only one direction—forward.

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The Night of the Comet by George Bishop (Ballantine Books)

Description: From the acclaimed author of Letter to My Daughter comes an engrossing coming-of-age tale that deftly conveys the hopes and heartaches of adolescence and the unfulfilled dreams that divide a family, played out against the backdrop of a small southern town in 1973.

For his fourteenth birthday, Alan Broussard, Jr., receives a telescope from his father, a science teacher at the local high school who’s eagerly awaiting what he promises will be the astronomical event of the century: the coming of Comet Kohoutek. For Alan Broussard, Sr.—frustrated in his job, remote from his family—the comet is a connection to his past and a bridge to his son, with whom he’s eager to share his love for the stars.

But the only heavenly body Junior has any interest in is his captivating new neighbor and classmate, Gabriella Martello, whose bedroom sits within eyeshot of his telescope’s lens. Meanwhile, his mother, Lydia, sees the comet—and her husband’s obsession with it—as one more thing that keeps her from the bigger, brighter life she once imagined for herself far from the swampy environs of Terrebonne, Louisiana. With Kohoutek drawing ever closer, the family begins to crumble under the weight of expectations, until a startling turn of events will leave both father and son much less certain about the laws that govern their universe.

Illuminating and unforgettable, The Night of the Comet is a novel about the perils of growing up, the longing for connection, and the idea that love and redemption can be found among the stars.

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The Outcast Oracle by Laury A. Egan (Humanist Press)

Description: Set in 1959 on the shores of New York’s Lake Ontario, fourteen-year-old Charlene Beth Whitestone has been deserted by her parents, leaving her in the custody of her grandfather, C.B. Although he loves Charlie, he is a charming con artist, moonshiner, and religious fraud who inducts her into his various enterprises yet also encourages her dreams of becoming a writer. When C.B. suddenly dies, Charlie is left alone and must use her wits and resourcefulness to take charge of her life, all the while wrestling with the morality of continuing her grandfather’s schemes. When a handsome cowboy-stranger, Blake, arrives, he insinuates himself into C.B.’s religion business and into Charlie’s heart. Despite her resistance, Blake mounts a lucrative PR campaign, touting Charlie as an “oracle” and arranging for her to perform miracles.

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The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House)

Description: Readers Eagerly Await the Latest from Beverly Lewis, the #1 Name in Amish Fiction

With her love for all things old-fashioned, Jennifer Burns has often been told she's an "old soul," but no one is prepared for the young woman's decision to set aside her modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world. Yet Jenny does exactly that, adopting Plain dress and settling in with Samuel and Rebecca Lapp while she works as a mother's helper for the bishop's wife—a far cry from her former job as an x-ray technician.

The people of Hickory Hollow are curious about the beautiful young seeker among them, one handsome Amishman in particular. But he is not the only man vying for Jenny's affections, and Jenny faces many challenges in the Proving time the brethren have set for her...challenges of the heart, as well as the spirit.

Will Jenny's secrets keep her from the peace she longs for? Or will they lead the way home?

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The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen (The Permanent Press)

Description: On the night of October 9, 1799, the frigate HMS Lutine breaks apart on the shoals of the Frisian Islands off the Dutch coast. When the insurer Lloyds of London pays on the wreck, it takes ownership and plans expeditions to recoup the lost millions in gold and silver. Nearly two hundres years later, after a series of largely failed salvage operations, Lloyds tries again - this time on the strength of new technologies and a strategy devised by the gifted young engineer Henri Poincare.

It is late spring, 1978. Poincare has worked to near-exhaustion preparing for the Lutine dive. Before the salvage season begins, he takes a rare holiday: a hike at low tide across the vast, muddy flats of the Wadden Sea. His guide is Liesel Kraus - smart, able, appealing...and troubled. She and her brother Anselm, directors of Kraus Steel, are haunted by a violent history that generates both rage and an enormous, corrupting wealth. The closer Poincare draws to Liesel and Anselm, the more warped life becomes until love and a death threat compel him to investigate what no one else - aside from Interpol - will. Pain as well as treasure, he discovers, can be dredged up from the past to reshape the present.

The Tenth Witness, a prequel to the award-winning All Cry Chaos, is the tale of a man upended: a twenty-eight year old who rejects a brilliant career in engineering for an uncertain, darker one: international police work.

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Unspoken by Dee Henderson (Bethany House)

Description: Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, and rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact that she was found less than three miles from her home and had been there the entire time haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life. She’s never said a word—to the cops, to her doctors, to family—about those four years. A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago, where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked
the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years. Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate—and that the FBI director for
the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor—she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s
willing to forgo a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.
Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime that cops thought was solved has only opened another chapter. . . .

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A Child for the Devil by Conrad Jones (Thames River Press)

Description: Based on the Top 3 Kindle horror-thriller novella, ‘Nine Angels’, the whole terrifying truth is now told.

A tale you must read to believe!

When Conrad Jones investigates the link between the Order of Nine Angels – a Satanic cult – and dozens of unsolved murders and missing children, he uncovers a terrifying truth, and the Order is desperate to silence him. Escaping an assassination attempt and arrest for a murder he didn’t commit, Jones is forced to go on the run. Fleeing from both the cult and the police with the only friend he has left – Evie, his Staffordshire Bull Terrier – the pair leave behind a trail of dead occultists in their wake as they fight for survival. Hunted by both sides and backed into a corner, Jones has no choice but to become the hunter…

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A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd (Random House)

Description: With The Solitary House, award-winning author Lynn Shepherd introduced readers to Charles Maddox, a brilliant private detective plying his trade on the gaslit streets of Dickensian London. Now, in this mesmerizing new novel of historical suspense, a mystery strikes disturbingly close to home—and draws Maddox into a world of literary legends, tormented souls, and a legacy of terrible secrets.

When his great-uncle, the master detective who schooled him in the science of “thief taking,” is mysteriously stricken, Charles Maddox fears that the old man’s breakdown may be directly related to the latest case he’s been asked to undertake. Summoned to the home of a stuffy nobleman and his imperious wife, Charles finds his investigative services have been engaged by no less than the son of celebrated poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his famed widow, Mary, author of the gothic classic Frankenstein. Approached by a stranger offering to sell a cache of rare papers allegedly belonging to the legendary late poet, the Shelley family seeks Maddox’s aid in discovering whether the precious documents are authentic or merely the work of an opportunistic charlatan.

But the true identity of his quarry is only the first of many surprises lying in wait for the detective. Hardly a conniving criminal, Claire Clairmont is in fact the stepsister of Mary Shelley, and their tortured history of jealousy, obsession, and dark deceit looms large over the affair Maddox must untangle. So, too, does the shadow of the brilliant, eccentric Percy Shelley, who found no rest from the private demons that pursued him. With each new detail unearthed, the investigation grows ever more disturbing. And when shocking evidence of foul play comes to light, Maddox’s chilling hunt for the truth leads him into the blackest reaches of the soul.

Steeped in finely wrought Victorian atmosphere, and rife with eye-opening historical revelations, A Fatal Likeness carries the reader ever deeper into a darkly magnetic tale of love and madness as utterly harrowing and heartbreaking as it is undeniably human.

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Baygirl by Heather Smith (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Growing up in a picturesque Newfoundland fishing village should be idyllic for sixteen-year-old Kit Ryan, but living with an alcoholic father makes Kit's day-to-day life unpredictable and almost intolerable. When the 1992 cod moratorium forces her father out of a job, the tension between Kit and her father grows. Forced to leave their rural community, the family moves to the city, where they live with Uncle Iggy, a widower with problems of his own. Immediately pegged as a "baygirl," Kit struggles to fit in, but longstanding trust issues threaten to hold her back when a boy named Elliot expresses an interest in her. (Teen fiction)

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Black Chalk by Albert Alla (Garnet Publishing)

Description: In the Oxfordshire countryside, a student walks into a classroom and starts shooting. Nate Dillingham, friends with shooter and victims alike, is the sole survivor and only witness. Easily led and eager to please, his recollections weave around others’ hopes until he loses track of what really happened that day. After eight evasive years on the road, he comes back to Oxford, meets Leona, and plunges into a world of candour and desire. But Nate’s defences are deteriorating and Leona shares too much of his past…
An unsettling tale of passion and guilt, Black Chalk is an edgy journey into twenty-first century morality.

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Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan (Candlewick Press)

Description: In the summer of 1908, in Muskegon, Michigan, a visiting troupe of vaudeville performers is about the most exciting thing since baseball. They’re summering in nearby Bluffton, so Henry has a few months to ogle the elephant and the zebra, the tightrope walkers and — lo and behold — a slapstick actor his own age named Buster Keaton. The show folk say Buster is indestructible; his father throws him around as part of the act and the audience roars, while Buster never cracks a smile. Henry longs to learn to take a fall like Buster, "the human mop," but Buster just wants to play ball with Henry and his friends. With signature nostalgia, Scott O’Dell Award–winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan visualizes a bygone era with lustrous color, dynamic lines, and flawless dramatic pacing.

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Ex-Communication by Peter Clines (Crown Publishing)

Description: The spectacular third adventure in the genre-smashing EX-HEROES series.

EX-COMMUNICATION

“All of us try to cheat death. I was just better prepared to do it than most folks.”

In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven’t just kept Los Angeles’ last humans alive—they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that’s spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees.

But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks. And outside the Mount, something ancient and monstrous is hell-bent on revenge.

As Peter Clines weaves these elements together in yet another masterful, shocking climax, St. George, Stealth, Captain Freedom, and the rest of the heroes find that even in a city overrun by millions of ex-humans...

…there’s more than one way to come back from the dead.

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Holy Orders by Benjamin Black (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: When the body of his daughter’s friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of religion

“At first they thought it was the body of a child. Then they noticed the pubic hair and the nicotine stains on the fingers.”

So begins the latest Quirke case, a story set in Dublin at a moment when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because in postwar Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when his daughter, Phoebe loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church’s rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy’s death and learns just how far the Church will go to protect its own.

Haunting, fierce, and brilliantly plotted, this is Benjamin Black writing at the top of his form. His inimitable creation, the endlessly curious Quirke, uses a pathologist’s unique understanding of death to unlock secrets that have been shielded for centuries.

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How They Spend Their Sundays by Courtney McDermott (Whitepoint Press)

Description: Set in Lesotho and South Africa, Courtney McDermott’s debut story collection unveils a perspective of African life that is both startling and intimate. An Afrikaner woman sleeps with a shotgun because she fears black Africans, an undead garbage man “saves” lives by taking them, a modern day Cinderella struggles to escape the bitter residual constraints of colonialism. These twenty-two tales embrace graphic realism, energetic bursts of truths that may otherwise go unnoticed, and magic.

Winners will receive bound galleys.

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I am Algonquin by Rick Revelle (Dundurn)

Description: This book paints a vivid picture of the original peoples of North America before the arrival of Europeans. The novel follows the story of Mahingan and his family as they live the traditional Algonquin way of life in what is now Ontario in the early 14th century. Along the way we learn about the search for moose and the dramatic rare woodland buffalo hunt, conflicts with other Native nations, and the dangers of wolves and wolverines. We also witness the violent game of lacrosse, the terror of a forest fire, and the rituals that allow Algonquin boys to be declared full-grown men.

But warfare is also part of their lives, and signs point to a defining conflict between Mahingan's nation, its allies the Omàmiwinini (Algonquin), Ouendat (Huron), and the Nippissing against the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). The battle's aftermath may open the door to future journeys by Mahingan and his followers.

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Just Gone by William Kowalski (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Mother Anqelique runs a shelter for homeless mothers and their children in a run-down inner-city area, where drug addiction, prostitution and random acts of violence are facts of life. One day, newly orphaned Jamal and his sister Chantay arrive at the shelter, hungry and scared. As Angelique tries to find a new home for them, she develops a fascination with seven-year-old Jamal, who seems to inhabit a world of his own. Jamal tells her fantastic stories of a man named Jacky Wacky, who protects the poor children of the city and punishes the adults who harm them. A God-fearing woman, Angelique doesn't believe his stories at first. But strange things begin to happen whenever Jamal is around, and Mother Angelique is forced to admit that the world may contain stranger truths than her faith can explain.

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Red Dragon – White Dragon by Gary Dolman (Thames River Press)

Description: A journey through the mind of a madman in Victorian Northumberland.

Commissioned Investigators Atticus and Lucie Fox are summoned to an estate in remote Northumberland where a series of bizarre, grisly deaths appear to centre on the delusions of a madman who lives alone on the edge of the moors. Close by are the remains of a long-vanished castle where local legends say King Arthur still lies in an enchanted sleep, waiting to be awoken at a time of great need. The killings have all been committed using Arthurian artefacts and the locals swear they have seen a ghostly knight in armour roaming the moors. But how can that be? This is 1890 and King Arthur died over thirteen-hundred years before…

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Sell Your Business For More Than It’s Worth by Michelle Seiler-Tucker (Arabella Publishing)

Description: HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why some businesses thrive when others take a nosedive or why some entrepreneurs are suc¬cessful when others are not? Why do some businesses sell for maximum value, other businesses sell for pennies on the dollar, and some businesses do not sell at all?
In her groundbreaking book, Sell Your Business For More Than It’s Worth, Michelle Seiler-Tucker says, “Give me 30 minutes and I will identify what’s wrong with your business and show you how to fix it and sell it for More Than It’s Worth!” Michelle does this by utiliz¬ing her method: “Define the top nine (mistakes entrepreneurs make) and get your business in line!”
Sell Your Business For More Than It’s Worth, addresses the vital issues that add value to your business as well as increase the sales price potential of your business. This dynamic book will define industries that are desirable to buyers and it will open your eyes to dis¬cover if your industry is thriving or dying and what you can do about it. This must-read will provide valuable tips on creating congruent profit centers and diversifying your product/ client mix. Learn how to build brand loyalty versus location loyalty.
Most importantly, Sell Your Business For More Than It’s Worth is a blueprint for anyone that wants to increase market share, become more profitable, and (for those who want to) sell their business for Top Dollar! This extraordinary book will demonstrate how to increase profits, plan your exit strategy, and sell your business for maximum value in the quickest time possible in an easy to understand step-by-step approach.

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Smokin' Hot Firemen by Delilah Devlin (Cleis Press)

Description: Someone’s pulled the alarm and these men come fast—and so might you. Fireman fanatic Delilah Devlin brings another installment of the muscled, manliest, most salivating men out there in SMOKIN’ HOT FIREMEN, a collection of 17 strapping short stories that promise to stimulate your senses past their boiling point. SMOKIN’ HOT FIREMEN is for all the women who crave the romantic idea of that soot-covered, axe-wielding man who will come and pull her out of a burning building, save her life and take her to bed!

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So Much It Hurts by Monique Polak (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Iris is an aspiring actress, so when Mick, a well-known visiting Aussie director, takes an interest in her, she's flattered. He's fourteen years older, attractive, smart, charming and sexy—in other words, nothing like her hapless ex-boyfriend, Tommy. But when Iris and Mick start a secret relationship, she soon witnesses Mick's darker side, and his temper frightens her. Before long, she becomes the target of his rage, but she makes endless excuses for him. Isolated and often in pain, Iris struggles to continue going to school, where she is preparing for her role as Ophelia. When her family and friends begin to realize that something is terribly wrong, Iris defends her man, but she also takes the first tentative steps toward self-preservation. (Teen fiction)

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The Boogie Trapp by Kerry Copeland Smith (Peppertree Press, LLC)

Description: Something happened to two boys over sixty years ago. The backwoods of Alabama in the 1940’s set the stage for this edge of your seat thriller.

Boogie and Trapper are best friends known about town for their wild, annoying, obnoxious, and hysterically funny antics, roaming woods, swimming in the creek, playing double dare, smoking, cussing, drinking beer, and always trying to out do each other.

These 2 thirteen year old boys growing up in this time period have freedoms that would be considered absolutely crazy by today’s standards.

Riding their bikes on a drizzly April day goofing off and having fun for hours, looking forward to the boy/girl party they are excitedly anticipating later today, rumors of kissing games and such makes them silly and giddy. Then the day goes terribly wrong.

They have found themselves in a desperate “no way out” situation. “Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn have met Deliverance”. They are thrown into a horrific event that moves faster than a speeding bullet, a wild, white knuckled roller coaster ride, RUN Boogie, RUN, RUN…………….

A suspenseful scary thriller, tragically horrific, it is a story that must be told, a promise that must be kept. Their lives will be changed forever, can they get away, and will they ever live to tell the tale.

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The Fishing Widow by Amy K. Marshall (Alaskan Gothic Press)

Description: There’s an old saying that goes: The difference between a fairy tale and a fisherman’s tale is this… a fairy tale begins, “Once Upon A Time,” and a fisherman’s tale begins, “This Ain’t No Bullshit.” Supernatural terror stalks the crew of the purse seiner the F/V “The Case In Point” during the March 2010 Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery in Southeast Alaska. As the herring war intensifies, each boat is an island, and being alone can cost you everything. As the web spins from the depths, the past is not so distant; the lines between history and myth begin to blur. The forgotten horror surrounding the 1835 loss of the Nantucket whaler “The Covenant” threatens to overwhelm the present. One among the seven men aboard “The Case In Point” is unwittingly marked by a woman beautiful and cursed, who not only desperately needs his help, but needs, desperately, to tear out his heart and consume his crew.

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The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons (Plume)

Description: A stunning new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford

London, 1958. It’s the eve of the sexual revolution, but in Juliet Montague’s conservative Jewish community where only men can divorce women, she finds herself a living widow, invisible. Ever since her husband disappeared seven years ago, Juliet has been a hardworking single mother of two and unnaturally practical. But on her thirtieth birthday, that’s all about to change. A wealthy young artist asks to paint her portrait, and Juliet, moved by the powerful desire to be seen, enters into the burgeoning art world of 1960s London, which will bring her fame, fortune, and a life-long love affair.

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The One We Feed by Kristina Meister (JournalStone)

Description: After the bizarre suicide of her sister, Lilith Pierce discovered that the world was full of dangers and villains she could not have imagined, and that the history of human civilization was far from complete. Now, gifted with tremendous powers she barely understands, Lilith is determined to stop whatever plots and schemes her immortal cousins, the Sangha, can hatch. When a simple reconnaissance mission ends in tragedy; however, Lilith’s entire focus changes.

Attempting to save a child she's never met from a fate worse than death will require every ounce of Lilith’s strength, forge new and treacherous alliances, and possibly change the world forever. Suddenly all eyes are on her, and the destiny of the human race is on her shoulders.

A thrill ride with soul for a new generation of thinkers!

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The Very Best of Barry N. Malzberg by Barry N. Malzberg (Nonstop Press)

Description: FOR NEARLY HALF A CENTURY Barry N. Malzberg has been stretching the boundaries of science fi ction and fantasy. Each of the 37 stories in this compilation offers Malzberg’s trademark vision of a future that is equal parts cautionary tale and social commentary. These hand-picked selections exhibit his versatile imagination and the dark humor so characteristic of his work. Malzberg is the author of more than 50 books and more than 250 short stories, won the fi rst John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the Year’s Best Science Fiction, two Locus Awards, and has been a nominee for both Hugo and Nebula Awards.

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Time Will Tell by Donald Greig (Thames River Press)

Description: Andrew Eiger, an ambitious American musicologist, is stuck in a small college in the Midwest when fate delivers him an original fifteenth-century manuscript. It’s his calling card to the finest academic institutions, but first he has to crack the notational code and convince Emma Mitchell – the dynamic conductor of the renowned early-music group, Beyond Compère – to share his vision of the composition’s glittering premiere. But who wrote it? The true story is yet to be discovered, hidden in a memoir that describes the treachery of the famous Josquin Desprez.

Deftly blending farce with acute knowledge of life as a performer, Donald Greig’s impressive first novel is a thrilling behind-the-scenes tale set in the world of classical music. Witty and informative, it skilfully refracts the present day through the prism of the past, weaving themes of memory, ambition, friendship and love.

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Tremble by Tobsha Learner (Plume)

Description: Erotica for the modern woman: nine tales of the dangerous and divine

Prepare to stimulate your senses and explore the deepest longings of the human heart. In Tremble, Tobsha Learner, the author of the international bestseller Quiver, depicts the pleasures of new and rediscovered love, lust, and obsession in a world where passion and magic are interwoven—and where boundaries are pushed beyond expectation.

In a Welsh village, a young woman’s sensuality is awakened by an outrageous inheritance; a drought-stricken Oklahoma town is offered salvation by a travelling rainmaker; a Sydney record producer struggles to satisfy his wife and his mistress—until one of them takes matters into her own hands…

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Twin Cities Noir: The Expanded Edition by Julie Schaper (Akashic Books)

Description: Launched by 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.

Brand-new stories by John Jodzio, Tom Kaczynski, Peter Schilling Jr., David Housewright, Steve Thayer, Judith Guest, Mary Logue, Bruce Rubenstein, K.J. Erickson, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart, Brad Zellar, Mary Sharratt, Pete Hautman, Larry Millett, Quinton Skinner, Gary Bush, and Chris Everheart.

From the introduction by Julie Schaper & Steven Horwitz:

“St. Paul was originally called Pig’s Eye’s Landing and was named after Pig’s Eye Parrant—trapper, moonshiner, and proprietor of the most popular drinking establishment on the Mississippi. Traders, river rats, missionaries, soldiers, land speculators, fur trappers, and Indian agents congregated in his establishment and made their deals. When Minnesota became a territory in 1849, the town leaders, realizing that a place called Pig’s Eye might not inspire civic confidence, changed the name to St. Paul, after the largest church in the city . . . Across the river, Minneapolis has its own sordid story. By the turn of the twentieth century it was considered one of the most crooked cities in the nation. Mayor Albert Alonzo Ames, with the assistance of the chief of police, his brother Fred, ran a city so corrupt that according to Lincoln Steffans its ‘deliberateness, invention, and avarice has never been equaled.’ As recently as the mid-’90s, Minneapolis was called ‘Murderopolis’ due to a rash of killings that occurred over a long hot summer . . . Every city has its share of crime, but what makes the Twin Cities unique may be that we have more than our share of good writers to chronicle it. They are homegrown and they know the territory—how the cities look from the inside, out . . .”

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Valentino Pier by Reed Farrel Coleman (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: It all begins when PI Gulliver Dowd is approached by Ellis Torres, a street kid, on Valentino Pier in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Ellis has lost his dog, and after Gulliver helps to find the dog for him, they go their separate ways. So when Ellis is discovered beaten, unconscious and left for dead not far from the pier early the following morning, Gulliver is horrified—and suspicious. He sets out to find the attacker and learn why the boy was targeted. What Gulliver uncovers by way of bizarre clues—amidst threats of danger to himself and his loved ones-—leads him on his most curious case yet. Undeniably, there is something amiss at Valentino Pier.

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Advanced Placement Classroom: Lord of the Flies by Timothy J. Duggan (Prufrock Press)

Description: The Teaching Success Guides for the Advanced Placement Classroom series provide honors, Pre-AP, and AP English teachers with everything they need to teach classic literature to their advanced students, including student-centered projects and sample prompts and essays.

Advanced Placement Classroom: Lord of the Flies takes a fresh approach to a school classic by offering a menu of rigorous choices that will engage both teachers and students in the process of building interpretations through close reading, collaboration, and active learning.

Grades 9–12

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Advanced Placement Classroom: The Scarlet Letter by R. Brigham Lampert (Prufrock Press)

Description: The Teaching Success Guides for the Advanced Placement Classroom series provide honors, Pre-AP, and AP English teachers with everything they need to teach classic literature to their advanced students, including student-centered projects and sample prompts and essays.

Advanced Placement Classroom: The Scarlet Letter provides teachers with a user-friendly field-tested guide to teaching one of the truly great American novels. Designed pragmatically with the AP English Literature exam as an end goal, the book includes dozens of ready-to-use assignments, prompts, quizzes, rubrics, and lesson plans, all aiding students’ ultimate success.

Grades 9–12

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Against Their Will by Allen M. Hornblum (Palgrave Macmillan)

Description: During the Cold War, an alliance between American scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and the US military pushed the medical establishment into ethically fraught territory. Doctors and scientists at prestigious institutions were pressured to produce medical advances to compete with the perceived threats coming from the Soviet Union. In Against Their Will, authors Allen Hornblum, Judith Newman, and Gregory Dober reveal the little-known history of unethical and dangerous medical experimentation on children in the United States. Through rare interviews and the personal correspondence of renowned medical investigators, they document how children—both normal and those termed "feebleminded"—from infants to teenagers, became human research subjects in terrifying experiments. They were drafted as "volunteers" to test vaccines, doused with ringworm, subjected to electric shock, and given lobotomies. They were also fed radioactive isotopes and exposed to chemical warfare agents. This groundbreaking book shows how institutional superintendents influenced by eugenics often turned these children over to scientific researchers without a second thought. Based on years of archival work and numerous interviews with both scientific researchers and former test subjects, this is a fascinating and disturbing look at the dark underbelly of American medical history.

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American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850s by William Crothers (McFarland)

Description: Up and down the Eastern seaboard during the 1850s, American shipyards constructed numerous large wooden merchant sailing vessels that formed the backbone of the commercial shipping industry. This comprehensive volume appraises in minute detail the construction of these ships, outlining basic design criteria and enumerating and examining every plank and piece of timber involved in the process, including the keel, frames, hull and deck planking, stanchions, knees, deck houses, bulworks, railings, interior structures and arrangements. More than 150 illustrations illuminate the size, shape, location and pertinent specifics of each item. Complete with a glossary of contemporary industry terms, this work represents the definitive study of the mid-nineteenth century’s great American-built square rigged ships.

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Angels in the Fire by Dann Stadler (Bethany House)

Description: ONE HORRIFIC CRASH.
ONE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE.
TWO LIVES FOREVER CHANGED.

There was no way Dann and Tracey Stadler could avoid the drunk driver speeding toward them. Moments later, with Tracey trapped in their burning car, a lone figure walked out of the nearby woods and saved her from certain death. Seconds later, he was gone. But the disappearance of this stranger was not the end of God's tangible intervention in their lives.

As the Stadlers struggled through grueling recoveries and heartbreaking setbacks—even years after that fateful crash—the miracles and divine encounters continued. For the first time, the Stadlers share these incredible moments, offering an inspiring testimony to anyone enduring heartache and loss.

If you are facing hard times—if you need assurance that God still ministers through His angels today—let this true story provide the hope and encouragement you need.

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Athlete's Guide to Sports Supplements by Kimberly Mueller (Human Kinetics)

Description: The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements separates fact from fiction, provides quick answers to the most common questions, and delivers information you can trust.

Sport nutrition and supplement experts Kimberly Mueller and Josh Hingst provide concise descriptions for 120 of today’s most popular supplements. For each entry, you’ll discover what it is, how it works, potential performance benefits, research studies and outcomes, dosage recommendations, and possible health concerns. You’ll also find recommendations for master’s athletes, those competing in extreme environments, and those with special dietary needs, such as food allergies, diabetes, and vegetarian.

Best of all, each supplement is listed alphabetically, providing quick and easy navigation throughout the book. Alternatively, use the supplement finder to locate supplements for a particular purpose, such as recovery, endurance, and strength. And for ease of searching, many of the supplements are thoroughly cross-referenced by scientific and popular names.

With more than 120 supplements, recommendations for all athletes at all levels, and expert advice that you can immediately apply, The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements is the one training and performance resource you’ll turn to again and again.

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Auto Racing Comes of Age by Robert Dick (McFarland)

Description: The first quarter of the 20th century was a time of dramatic change in auto racing, marked by the move from the horseless carriage to the supercharged Grand Prix racer, from the gentleman driver to the well-publicized professional, and from the dusty road course to the autodrome. This history of the evolution of European and American auto racing from 1900 to 1925 examines transatlantic influences, early dirt track racing, and the birth of the twin-cam engine and the straight-eight. It also explores the origins of the Bennett and Vanderbilt races, the early career of “America’s Speed King” Barney Oldfield, the rise of the speedway specials from Marmon, Mercer, Stutz and Duesenberg, and developments from Peugeot, Delage, Ballot, Fiat, and Bugatti. This informative work provides welcome insight into a defining period in motorsports.

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Baseball’s Creation Myth by Brian Martin (McFarland)

Description: The story about baseball’s being invented in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839 by Abner Doubleday served to prove that the U.S. national pastime was an American game, not derived from the English children’s game of rounders as had been believed. The tale, embraced by Americans, has long been proven false but to this day, Cooperstown is celebrated as the birthplace of baseball. The story has captured the hearts of millions. But who spun that tale and why?
This book provides a surprising answer about the origins of America’s most durable myth. It seems that Abner Graves, who espoused Cooperstown as the birthplace of the game, likely was inspired by another story about an early game of baseball. The stories were remarkably similar, as were the men who told them. For the first time, this book links the stories and lives of Graves, a mining engineer, and Adam Ford, a medical doctor, both residents of Denver, Colorado. While the actual origins of the game of baseball remain subject to debate and study, new light is shed on the source of baseball’s durable creation myth.

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Benjamin Britten by Neil Powell (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: This spellbinding centenary biography looks at the music, the life, and the legacy of the greatest British composer of the twentieth centuryBenjamin Britten was born on November 22, 1913, in the East Suffolk town of Lowestoft. Displaying a passion and proficiency for music at an early age, to the delight of his mother, Edith, a talented amateur musician herself, he began composing music when he was only five years old. After studying at the Royal College of Music, Britten went on to write documentary scores for the General Post Office Film Unit, where he met and collaborated with the poet W. H. Auden.Of more lasting importance was Britten’s introduction in 1937 to the tenor Peter Pears, who was to become the inspirational center of his emotional and musical life. Their partnership lasted nearly four decades, during a dangerous time when homosexuality was illegal in England. Conscientious objectors, Britten and Pears followed Auden to America before the war began in 1939. While there, they joined the extraordinary Brooklyn ménage of George Davis, Louis MacNeice, and Paul Bowles.Eventually intense homesickness, provoked in part by George Crabbe’s poem “Peter Grimes,” drove the pair home to East Anglia in 1942 and gave Britten the inspiration for his finest opera. Throughout his career, Britten did not want modern music to be just for “the cultured few” and instead always composed his music to be “listenable-to.” The shared quotidian lives of Britten and Pears unfold in this intimate biography and the story of two men who created a truly remarkable legacy.

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Bud Fowler by Jeffrey Laing (McFarland)

Description: This is the biography of Bud Fowler (né John Jackson), the first African American to play in organized baseball, and the longest tenured at the time that the color line was drawn. In addition to his professional playing career, which lasted more than 25 years, Fowler was a scout, organizer, owner, and promoter of touring black baseball clubs—including the legendary Page Fence Giants—in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Emphasizing the social and cultural contexts for Fowler’s accomplishments on and off the baseball diamond, and his prominence within the history and development of the national pastime, the text builds a convincing case for Fowler as one of the great pioneering figures of the early game.

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Developing Speed by National Strength & Conditioning Association (Human Kinetics)

Description: Written by eight of the top National Strength and Conditioning Association experts, Developing Speed is your guide to elite-level speed development, regardless of your sport. In addition to the scientific coverage of speed development, this guide helps you assess your current ability and identify your areas of greatest need. Using this information, along with the most effective drills and exercises, you’ll have the tools and information for creating your own speed development program.

If increasing your athletic speed is what you’re seeking, then look no further. With the cutting-edge information packed into this one resource, you’ll achieve new personal bests and reach your most aggressive goals. Developing Speed is the only tool you need to develop your personal program and take your speed to the highest level

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Do What Jesus Did by Robby Dawkins (Chosen Books)

Description: Don't get stuck at asking "What would Jesus do?" Be equipped to do it.

Chicagoland pastor Robby Dawkins hadn't moved past that question either-until he discovered that the miraculous things Jesus did during His lifetime are not just history. They're today's reality. When he started living the way Jesus did, he started living life, as he says, straight out of a superhero movie.

So can you. In this dangerous book, you'll learn simple, practical ways to take hold of your God-given "power tools"-prophetic ministry, healing, ministering the presence of God and deliverance from demonic power. And through amazing but true stories from the front lines of ministry, you'll see what happens when ordinary Christians harness God's superpower to bring His Kingdom to earth.

It's time to beat the sickness, suffering and despair of the impossible. Time to embrace a powerful faith. It's time to do what Jesus did.

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H. P. Lovecraft’s Dark Arcadia by Gavin Callaghan (McFarland)

Description: This volume attempts an objective reassessment of the controversial works and life of American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Ignoring secondary accounts and various received truths, Gavin Callaghan goes back to the weird texts themselves, and follows where Lovecraft leads him: into an arcane world of parental giganticism and inverted classicism, in which Lovecraft’s parental obsessions were twisted into the all-powerful cosmic monsters of his imaginary cosmology.

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Math Road Trip (An Interactive Discovery-Based Mathematics Units for High-Ability Learners) by Darcy O. Blauvelt (Prufrock Press)

Description: The Interactive Discovery-Based Units for High-Ability Learners, for grades 6–8, are engaging, challenging units that provide students with open-ended opportunities to demonstrate learning independently. Each book in the series contains lesson plans, reproducible activities, and rubrics for easy use in the classroom.

Math Road Trip asks students to use fractions and decimals as they plan the ultimate vacation for their families.

Grades 6–8

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Old Man River by Paul Schneider (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America

In Old Man River, Paul Schneider tells the story of the river at the center of America’s rich history—the Mississippi. Some fifteen thousand years ago, the majestic river provided Paleolithic humans with the routes by which early man began to explore the continent’s interior. Since then, the river has been the site of historical significance, from the arrival of Spanish and French explorers in the 16th century to the Civil War. George Washington fought his first battle near the river, and Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman both came to President Lincoln’s attention after their spectacular victories on the lower Mississippi.

In the 19th century, home-grown folk heroes such as Daniel Boone and the half-alligator, half-horse, Mike Fink, were creatures of the river. Mark Twain and Herman Melville led their characters down its stream in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Confidence-Man. A conduit of real-life American prowess, the Mississippi is also a river of stories and myth.

Schneider traces the history of the Mississippi from its origins in the deep geologic past to the present. Though the busiest waterway on the planet today, the Mississippi remains a paradox—a devastated product of American ingenuity, and a magnificent natural wonder.

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Permanent Emergency by Kip Hawley (Palgrave Macmillan)

Description: We’re all familiar with the TSA by now—from the daunting lines to the X-ray machines to the curious three ounce rule governing liquids. But many question whether this strange assortment of regulations, meant to protect the two million people a day travelling through US airports, actually works. In this riveting exposé, former TSA administrator Kip Hawley unveils the agency’s ongoing battle to outthink and outmaneuver terrorists, navigating bureaucratic limitations and public disdain to stay one step ahead of catastrophe. Citing foiled terrorist plots and near misses that have never been publicly revealed, Hawley suggests that the fundamental flaw in America’s approach to national security is the belief that we can plan for every contingency. Instead, he argues, we must learn to manage reasonable levels of risk so we can focus our near-term energy on stopping truly catastrophic events while, in the long-term, engaging passengers to support a less rigid and more sustainable security strategy. This is a fascinating glimpse inside one of the country’s most maligned agencies and the complex business of keeping Americans safe every day.

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Plastic Donuts by Jeff Anderson (WaterBrook Press)

Description: Once you see your gifts from God’s perspective, your giving will never be the same.

When she was a toddler, Jeff Anderson’s daughter opened his eyes to how delighted God is with our gifts. She brought him a plastic donut from her play kitchen, and he was surprised by the intensity of his reaction. His delight in receiving this simple gift—and his daughter’s joy in giving it—led him to dig deeper. Anderson would not rest until he found the scriptural connection between our gifts and God’s heart.

Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving. Now you can think differently-and biblically-about what and how you give.

Your gifts can capture God’s attention and connect you more intimately with His heart. Plastic Donuts brings everyone—leaders and followers, teachers and learners—onto the same page.

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Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education by Donna Y. Ford (Prufrock Press)

Description: One pervasive educational issue is the national underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic students in gifted education. Virtually every school district is grappling with having too few students from these groups identified as gifted and served in gifted classes and programs. Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education addresses this long-standing national problem through the dual lens of recruitment and retention. The focus is on how to equitably recruit (screen, refer, and/or assess) culturally different students and, just as importantly, to retain them. Recruitment and retention require providing academic, cultural, and social supports to culturally different students and ensuring that educators are willing and able to address issues and barriers. No time is better than now to address and correct the underachievement albatross, and the focus on recruitment and retention holds the greatest promise.

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Running Science by Owen Anderson (Human Kinetics)

Description: Running boasts millions of enthusiasts worldwide. For those serious runners, Owen Anderson offers the most comprehensive title revealing the hard science behind better performance. His book, Running Science, synthesizes the latest research on topics like physiology, biomechanics, medicine, genetics, biology,

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Scarcity by Eldar Shafir Sendhil Mullainathan (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A surprising and intriguing examination of how scarcity—and our flawed responses to it—shapes our lives, our society, and our culture

Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mind-set produced by scarcity.

Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Once we start thinking in terms of scarcity and the strategies it imposes, the problems of modern life come into sharper focus.

Mullainathan and Shafir discuss how scarcity affects our daily lives, recounting anecdotes of their own foibles and making surprising connections that bring this research alive. Their book provides a new way of understanding why the poor stay poor and the busy stay busy, and it reveals not only how scarcity leads us astray but also how individuals and organizations can better manage scarcity for greater satisfaction and success.

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Terms of Play by Zach Waggoner (McFarland)

Description: This edited collection of new essays is devoted to the terminology used in the fields of videogame theory and videogame studies. Videogame scholars provide theoretical critiques of existing terminology, mount arguments for the creation of new terminology, articulate terminological gaps in the current literature devoted to videogame studies, and share phenomenological studies of videogames that facilitate terminological theory.

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The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History, 2e by Robert W. Cohen (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Description: The New York Yankees are Major League Baseball’s most renowned and successful franchise. Baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter have all worn the famous navy blue and white pinstripes. The Yankees have won 27 World Series championships, and 29 players who spent at least a year with the team have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. With so many Hall of Famers to choose from, selecting the best players in the history of the franchise might seem impossible; yet that is exactly what Robert W. Cohen has done in The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History.

This book carefully examines the careers of the players who made the greatest impact on the most successful franchise in the history of professional sports. The ranking was determined based on such factors as the extent to which each player added to the Yankees legacy, the degree to which he impacted the fortunes of his team, and the level of dominance he attained while wearing the Yankee uniform. Features of The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History include

Each player’s notable achievements
Recaps of the player’s most memorable performances
Summaries of each player’s best season
Quotes from opposing players and former teammates

Yankees fans and baseball fans in general will find The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History a fascinating collection of bios, stats, recaps, quotes, and more. And with such iconic figures as Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Alex Rodriguez, and Andy Pettitte, this book is sure to inspire debate and controversy among true Yankees fans.

Robert W. Cohen is the author of four sports books: A Team for the Ages: Baseball's All-Time All-Star Team (2004), The Lean Years of the Yankees: 1965-1975 (2004), Baseball's Hall of Fame – Or Hall of Shame? (2009), and MVP (2010). Cohen currently writes for the website TheBaseballPage.com.

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The Accidental Law Librarian by Anthony Aycock (Information Today, Inc.)

Description: Where can I find the case Simpson v. Satterfield? What are the laws in Nevada on gun ownership? Can you help me apply for a business license? How do I copyright my name? Questions like these make a new law librarian's head spin. The truth is, all librarians are apt to get legal questions, and most struggle to respond. Collection development, too, is tricky if you seldom work with legal publishers. As the law touches more and more of our daily lives while lawyers price their services out of the average person's range, the public increasingly turns to libraries for answers. Where can librarians turn? Okay, that one's easy—to Anthony Aycock's The Accidental Law Librarian.

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The Early Public Garages of San Francisco by Mark Kessler (McFarland)

Description: In the quarter century from San Francisco’s devasting fire of 1906 to the beginning of the Great Depression, as automobiles exploded in popularity, new buildings had to be conceived and constructed to provide parking space and repair facilities. This book studies a number of the resulting public garages that featured façade designs based on historical architectural styles. Considering the garages’ function, the façades exhibit a surprising grace and nobility. Through an analysis complemented by photographs (including sixty by noted architectural photographer Sharon Risedorph) and drawings, the author dissects the architectural and cultural factors that lie at the heart of this unexpected merit.
Addressing the discrepancy between the buildings’ beauty and the assumption that old garages are unsightly and disposable, the book examines them as cultural artifacts of the dawn of the Motor Age. The garage is presented as a new form of transportation depot, employing architectural symbolism to celebrate the ascendancy of the automobile over the train. Today, the surviving buildings are vulnerable to real estate development, in part because their quality is misunderstood. The book—a fresh perspective on the value of older utilitarian buildings—concludes with a call to preserve these structures and adapt them to compatible new uses.

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The Text of the Bible by David New (McFarland)

Description: For 2000 years the Bible has provided evidence and witness for the beliefs of three major world religions. Some consider the Bible dangerous, while others have died for it, but the response to the Bible is always passionate. This book relates the story of such passions, from the Roman Empire to the present. It is a story primarily about individuals, the drama of their lives woven into the tapestry of their times: barbarian invasions, Black Death, Waldensian heresy, the pageantry of medieval romance, the debauchery of the medieval Vatican, the spirit of the Renaissance, the tradition of monk and scholar. All of these historical currents influenced the text—now corrupted and distorted and existing in a confusing number of versions. This book tells how today’s Bible came to be what it is and provides an understanding of the richness of its text.

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True Crime: Real-Life Stories of Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, Grave-Robbing, and More by Lee Gutkind (In Fact Books)

Description: Every crime tells a story ...

In these pages, a magazine intern, kidnapped and brutalized by her ex-boyfriend, struggles to live free from fear; an identity thief encounters a prison guard who knows her better than she knows herself; a young adventurer supports her travels by smuggling pre-Columbian artifacts; a triple homicide devastates a high school swim team; a detective searches for the truth in a he-said-she-said situation. Plus, award-winning journalists investigate the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords and the unsolved lynching of Claude Neal.

And in an exclusive, in-depth interview, Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and master of the true-crime genre, shares the secrets of making history come to life.

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Willie Stargell by Frank Garland (McFarland)

Description: This book brings to life one of baseball’s greatest sluggers, Willie Stargell. It examines the factors that shaped him as a man growing up in the tumultuous racial times of the 1950s and '60s, and then recreates the major moments in his Hall of Fame baseball career. His various endeavors during the post-playing days are fully explored as well.
Interviews with more than 80 people—family members, childhood friends, teammates, opponents, front office workers and others—combined with dozens of newspaper and magazine articles shed light on the iconic patriarch of one of baseball’s last great “families,” the 1970s-era Pittsburgh Pirates.

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The One We Feed by Kristina Meister (JournalStone)

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Description: After the bizarre suicide of her sister, Lilith Pierce discovered that the world was full of dangers and villains she could not have imagined, and that the history of human civilization was far from complete. Now, gifted with tremendous powers she barely understands, Lilith is determined to stop whatever plots and schemes her immortal cousins, the Sangha, can hatch. When a simple reconnaissance mission ends in tragedy; however, Lilith’s entire focus changes.

Attempting to save a child she's never met from a fate worse than death will require every ounce of Lilith’s strength, forge new and treacherous alliances, and possibly change the world forever. Suddenly all eyes are on her, and the destiny of the human race is on her shoulders.

A thrill ride with soul for a new generation of thinkers!

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Fantastical Ramblings by Irene Radford (BookViewCafe)

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Fantasy Short Story Collection from award-winning author

Roam with Herakles in search of a safe home for a magical sword, go into exile with a descendant of Merlin, and learn the wisdom of a wolfhound pup to wander along newly forged paths into the imagination. Award winning author Irene Radford presents twelve fantasy stories including classics, out of print anthology pieces, and a tantalizing new tale or two.

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Jimmy's Girl by Stephanie Gertler (Istoria Books)

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Description: During the Summer of 1967, sixteen-year-old Emily Hudson falls in love for the first time with Jimmy Moran just before he enlists in the Marine Corps and heads off to war. When he returns, both Emily and Jimmy have changed, and they go their separate ways. Now, thirty years later, Emily can’t stop thinking about Jimmy and wonders “what if?” Her question is answered when she finds him online. Although they are both married to other people, Emily and Jimmy meet again in Washington, DC, visiting the Vietnam War Memorial together and revisiting their lost love, ultimately having to decide if they deserve a second chance. Told in the alternating voices of Jimmy and Emily , this tender story explores misunderstanding and reconciliation in thought-provoking and poignant ways.

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The Woman Who Lost China by Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang (Open Books)

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Description: "Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang knows China and writes with insight and passion."—Daria Berg, Professor of Chinese Culture and Society University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

It is 1949 and the Chinese Republic is collapsing under Mao Tse Tung’s communist onslaught.

Manying, distressed and frightened and unsure of the fate of her soldier husband, must flee Nanjing with her baby. With the help of her beloved childhood sweetheart, she finds a place on the last train leaving the city and endures a horrifying journey to Hong Kong where she is taken in by her brother and sister-in law. Grief-stricken and destitute, she struggles to make sense of the world in which she now finds herself. As she recalls the cruel fate of her uncle at a provincial court half a century earlier and all that has been lost, she makes a discovery: the past shapes the present. Fate, however, has yet more in store for her.

Love, war, sacrifice, corruption and revenge all play their part in this epic story that reaches its climax in twenty-first century Shanghai.

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Losing My Mind: Dark Secrets of a Wounded Healer by David Mirich (Sakura Publishing)

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Description: David Mirich has a terrible secret.
From growing up in an abusive household to becoming a hard-working Psychologist, Dr. David Mirich has spent his whole life working through the terrible guilt brought on by one terrible night. How does someone overcome hurting another person in an unfortunate experiment of youth? That's the question Dr. David Mirich has tried to figure out for years, along with whether or not all the problems he had faced up to that point justified his tragic actions.
Until now.
Dr. David Mirich has been around the world, worked with troubled people through his psychological practice, helped immigrants find their place in America through his work as an expert witness, and has established a successful home and business in the state of Colorado. He has two children, and a mind that always is searching for answers and understanding. Losing
My Mind: Dark Secrets of a Wounded Healer is his incredible memoir about the journey to become the complex yet enduring survivor that he is today.

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The Garden at the Roof of the World by W. B. J. Williams (Dragonwell Publishing)

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Description: To save her brother's life Gwenaella risks her own in a magical forest to seek a unicorn’s healing magic. But the remedy comes with a steep price. She must commit to a perilous journey through Europe, the Middle East, India, to the high mountains of Tibet, to seek the hidden Garden at the Roof of the World and pluck a fruit that would restore the father of all unicorns to health. Joined by a few trusted followers called by the unicorns’ magic, she will face many dangers on her epic journey. To succeed, Gwenaella must find a balance between faith, friendship, and love and discover the true meaning of sacrifice.



The Garden at the Roof of the World is a stunning debut fantasy epic in a rigorously historical 13th century setting, with vivid characters and a thrilling, romantic story that spans cultures and continents.



“A solid mystical adventure that will interest readers from start to finish with its likable protagonists and constant twists and turns.”

—Publishers Weekly

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What Remains by Philip Leslie (December House)

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Description: In 1980 four friends finish their a-levels and set out on a camping trip, a last hurrah before they split up for university, jobs and the real world.

Paul, Janet, Nathan and Charlie all have dreams of how their lives will turn out. Paul is off to train as a teacher, Nathan to start work in a bank, Charlie to study archeology and Janet, well Janet's going to be a musician.

But Paul has a secret. He's been dabbling in magic, and as the trip tests friendships and tempers begin to flare he casts his spells.

Thirty years later nobody's life has turned out the way they planned and the friends have drifted apart. That is, until a drunken phone call sets in motion a chain of events leading Paul to revisit that summer under canvas and confront not just the choices he made but the impact they had.

A little magic, it seems, can be a dangerous thing.

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Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light by Jaimie M. Engle (Wayman Publishing)

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Description: One boy is chosen to redeem the lives of two others, and discover he is part of something greater than himself.

How could Clifton Chase have known that the arrow he found in his closet was a magical portal to a different time and place? Thrust into an adventure, Clifton must evade the King’s army, rescue two princes from a heavily guarded tower, escape the fierce fires of a Crestback Dragon, outsmart the Mer King, and get the girl, all the while protecting the Arrow of Light. But, his journey isn’t over yet. Clifton needs to discover the arrow’s purpose for choosing him. And when he does, he must decide if he is willing to risk his life for the lives of others.

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Jo Joe by Sally Wiener Grotta (Pixel Hall Press)

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Description: Jo Joe is a mystery of the heart about Judith Ormand who learned hate and bigotry early in life. As a child, she was the only Black — and the only Jew — in a small insular Pennsylvania mountain village where she was raised by her white Christian grandparents. Now, she must reluctantly break her vow to never return to the town she learned to hate. During her one week visit, she buries and mourns her beloved grandmother, is forced to deal with the white boy who cruelly broke her heart, and is menaced by an old enemy. But with her traumatic discovery of a long buried secret, Judith finds more questions than answers about the prejudice that scarred her childhood.

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Middle Damned by Shane Stilson (Wayman Publishing)

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Description: Life after death proved much different than what the Stillwater family expected. Two go into the light, another into darkness, while Blake Stillwater fights for survival somewhere between, in the Realm of the Middle Damned. He will receive gifts from the members of his family he unwittingly killed, but even as those who love the light will be just, the Forces of Evil groom the one now dwelling in darkness to ruin it all. Caught in a crosswind between the dimensions of life and death, a new thought distracts Blake when he can least afford it. Is what he works toward real or is he lost in a coma-induced dream? In an attempt to get back to those of his family who survived, Blake will be willing to risk it all, and the rest be damned.

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Salt (Dark Soundings #1) by Amy K Marshall (Alaskan Gothic Press)

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Description: A beloved Russian folktale centuries old, SALT recalls the adventures of a foolish, but incredibly lucky, third son as he finds his fortune in the world. Now, in this dark retelling, King Daniil sends his third son, Prince Innokentiy, off in a rickety ship crewed by ancient sailors in the hopes that the whole lot of them will drown in deep water. But, as the ship heaves-to near a strange island, a Fog of Souls sweeps across sea and the world changes .... completely.... (available as pdf or mobi)

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Getting Out of Dodge: Peril 2 by Ruby Barnes (Marble City Publishing)

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After nine years in maximum security prison for crimes against the state, Ger Mayes is on release. Free to try and recover the life he destroyed, free to rediscover love and normality.

"The worst criminal I have ever met," the judge stated at Ger's trial, and it wasn't a professional compliment. A decade of rubbing shoulders with Ireland's criminal elite hasn’t improved Ger's skills.

Two weeks after release Ger sits on a Dublin park bench, the uniformed authorities to his right, the gangsters with their bad trousers to his left, a blonde woman's fragrant head in a bag at his feet. He should have got the hell out of Dodge when DI Andy McAuliffe told him to. How has it come to this?

His wife is ex, his son estranged. The authorities have his number and so do the local criminal fraternity. A couple of choice decisions place Ger in the middle of a brothel turf war, and he decides to rescue somebody that he used to know. He chases his dreams but murder, kidnap and blackmail catch up with him. Fate hasn't had its fill of Ger but will his natural survival instinct win out again?

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Perfect Nightmare by Norman Stanton (Thames River Press)

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Description: The novel chronicles how three characters, who have a shared nightmare, join together and embark on a project to save the world.

Earth, Air, Fire and Water – the four primal elements – form the backdrop to a tale of three characters who have a similar apocalyptic dream. Set in the present day, the story chronicles how these three join together and embark on a project to save the world and discover the nature of their nightmare. Arnold, a retired lawyer, and Dee, an Anglo-Indian college graduate, are from England. Amos, a Native American, is a miner in West Virginia, originally from Northern Idaho. Their travels take them across America to West Virginia, Washington, DC, Delaware, Idaho, Seattle and Lima, Peru. This novel brings together the clash of forces between nature and society as the three struggle to make sense of the chaotic world of the Perfect Nightmare.

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Place of a Skull by Keith Jacobsen (Thames River Press)

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Description: During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, IRA members Brendan O’Hara and his son, Seamus, are ruthless executioners of informers. Brendan, betrayed by an unknown informer, is arrested but Seamus escapes and tries to put the past behind him. On his deathbed, Brendan forces Seamus to take an oath to kill the informer. But Seamus discovers he has a personal connection to the man who betrayed his father. Can he avenge his father without destroying himself?

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Shadows of Justice by Simon Hall (Thames River Press)

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Description: When the law fails, sometimes vengeance can be the only choice that remains.

If society ignores the pleas for justice from those condemned to a lingering death by the gross negligence of history, revenge can be the only choice that remains.

A spiral of vengeance escalates, claiming a child, a young woman, and a brother and sister.

A television reporter is drawn into the case and forced to fight a desperate battle to stop ever more victims falling into the shadows of justice – himself and his friends amongst them.

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The Female Ward by Debalina Haldar (Thames River Press)

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Description: The thought-provoking and moving story of a falsely accused girl and her realisation of the injustices that lie at the heart of society.

Dishari, a fourth-year engineering student, thinks of her treatment of a first-year girl as nothing but acceptable ‘ragging’ – the bullying of younger pupils by their seniors – something she herself experienced when younger. But when a suicide attempt by this first-year student – combined with a series of trumped-up charges – leads to Dishari’s imprisonment, she finds a wealth of injustices lying at the heart of the supposedly civil society that is India, and is forced to question not only herself, but the very foundations upon which human societies are built.

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The Hitler Diaries by Jim Williams (Marble City Publishing)

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A stunning literary prophecy. The international bestseller that caused a sensation when it was published nine months before the Hitler Diaries forgery scandal.

A French aristocrat and his mistress are murdered.

A mysterious businessman offers the Fuehrer’s diaries to a New York publishing house. Are they a hoax or a record of terrifying truth?

A controversial historian and his beautiful assistant are commissioned to find out the answer. Together they follow a trail that draws them into a terrifying web of conspiracy and slaughter. Competing forces fight to publish or suppress Hitler’s account of the War and secret negotiations with his enemies.

Are the Diaries a genuine and shattering revision of history, whose revelation must be prevented? Or are they a forged, sinister attempt to destabilise contemporary Cold War politics?

If the Hitler Diaries are authentic, then who left the bunker alive?

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The Woman Who Knew What She Wanted by William Coles (Thames River Press)

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Description: A young man with a woman twice his age – could it ever work? Would you want it to work?

Kim is a waiter in a Dorset hotel, an absolute hot-bed of sex. But he’s seeing none of it. Instead he falls for Cally, a 43-year-old artist who is steaming with chutzpah. She is a woman who grabs life by the throat; she knows what she wants – and most of the time she gets it, too. She lives only in the moment, losing a number of her nine lives – and nearly killing Kim in the process.

Kim finds love as he has never known it before – but even when he’s completely in Cally’s thrall, he’s still unable to resist the allure of other younger women.

A couple can bridge a 20-year age gap, but can they ever make the relationship last?

This is the third book in the series, following on from ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ and ‘The Woman Who Made Men Cry.’

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Work in Progress (A Westwood Novel) by Christina Esdon (Booktrope)

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Psychologist Reese Morgan is a feisty workaholic who has devoted her life to helping seriously ill children. But work is just one of the many walls she has put up to protect herself from the legacies of childhood trauma and heart-wrenching grief. When the family support program she has struggled to build at the local hospital is threatened, Reese must confront her past and embrace her future. Sparks fly when she comes face to face with a handsome visionary: the contractor who is set to demolish the children’s wing. Can Reese tear down the walls around her heart to let love in?

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Heart and Sole: How 26 Ran A Marathon (And You Can, Too) by Melinda Hinson Neely (Booktrope)

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Think you don’t have what it takes to run a marathon? Well, think again! Whether you are fast or slow, young or old, thin or pleasantly plump, you can run 26.2 miles. All you need is a little heart and “sole.” This book shares the inspirational stories of 26 men and women who successfully completed their first marathon. Tricia, Bobbi, Anne, Lindsay, Stephan, and others turned their dreams into a reality by losing weight, managing illnesses, juggling crazy schedules, and even scratching items off a “Shit That Scares Me” list. Heart and Sole also includes a wealth of helpful how-tos from author Melinda Hinson Neely, a veteran marathoner and Boston Qualifier. Heart and Sole takes you from start to finish along your marathon journey, so you’ll be pumped up to pound out those 26.2 miles. Dare to go the distance! The experience will change your life.

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Glitter & Mayhem by Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Publications)

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Welcome to Glitter & Mayhem, the most glamorous party in the multiverse.

Step behind the velvet rope of these fabulous Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror tales of roller rinks, nightclubs, glam aliens, party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery.

Dance through nightclubs, roller derby with cryptids and aliens, be seduced by otherworldly creatures, and ingest cocktails that will alter your existence forever. Your hosts are the Hugo Award-winning editors John Klima (Electric Velocipede) and Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine), and the Hugo-nominated editor Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine).

Join glittery authors Christopher Barzak (One for Sorrow) and Daryl Gregory (Pandemonium) on the dance floor, drink cocktails with Maria Dahvana Headley (Queen of Kings: A Novel of Cleopatra, the Vampire) and Tim Pratt (Marla Mason series), and skate with Seanan McGuire (InCryptid series), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian series), and Maurice Broaddus (The Knights of Breton Court series). The fantastic Amber Benson gets the party started with her floor-rattling introduction (Calliope Reaper-Jones series).
We’re waiting.

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