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May 2019 batch: Requests must be in by Tuesday, May 28th at 6pm EST.

The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh (Random House)

Description: “The Wolf Wants In is a perfect thriller: smart, gripping, lyrical, and poignant.”—Janelle Brown, NYT bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear

In a small town ravaged by the opioid crisis, a woman confronts a dark secret about her brother’s shocking death—a gripping novel of suspense for fans of Sharp Objects and S-Town.

Sadie Keller is determined to find out how her brother died, even if no one else thinks it’s worth investigating. Untimely deaths are all too common in rural Blackwater, Kansas, where crime and overdoses are on the rise, and the small-town police force is consumed with the recent discovery of a child’s skull in the woods. Sadie is on her own, delving into the dark corners of a life her brother kept hidden and unearthing more questions than answers.

Eighteen-year-old Henley Pettit knows more than she’d like to about the seedy side of Blackwater, and she’s desperate to escape before she’s irreparably entangled in her family’s crimes. She dreams of disappearing and leaving her old life behind, but shedding the past is never easy, and getting out of town will be far more dangerous than she ever imagined.

As more bones are found in the woods, time is running out for Sadie to uncover the truth and for Henley to make her escape. Both women are torn between family loyalties and the weight of the secrets they carry, knowing full well that while some secrets are hard to live with, others will get you killed.

Like Laura McHugh’s previous award-winning thrillers, The Weight of Blood and Arrowood, The Wolf Wants In is an atmospheric, beautifully told novel that barrels toward a twisting, chilling end and keeps us turning the page to find out how these small-town secrets will unravel—and who will survive.

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Blood Ties by Barbara Fradkin (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Country handyman Cedric O'Toole finds his life turned upside down when a stranger named Steve shows up at his farm, claiming to be his brother. Steve believes they have the same father, and he is on a quest to find him. Cedric's unwed mother had taken the secret of his father's identity to her grave.

Together Steve and Cedric embark on a hunt for answers. They soon learn that a young man from out west crashed his snowmobile and froze to death on a wintry night a few months before Cedric's birth. They discover the man was a friend of Cedric's mother and her brother, and on that fateful night they were all drinking together at the local bar.

At every turn, everyone seems to have secrets: the police officer who investigated years ago and who is now the chief near retirement, Cedric's aunt Penny, who knows all the gossip in the town but claims to know nothing about the death, and, most alarming of all, Cedric's own grandparents and uncle, who insist no good will come of his questions.

What are they all hiding? Was the death accidental or deliberate? Was he left to die, and what role did Cedric's mother and uncle play? And the biggest question of all: does Cedric really want to know the answers?

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Coming Back by Kim Denman (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Julie survived a horrific car accident, but she has no memory of the event or the boyfriend who was with her in the car. He disappeared, and she is diagnosed with PTSD. Her doctor recommends a therapy animal, and Julie chooses to get a horse. Julie's experience with horses is limited, but it's empowering to finally be involved in life again, and her symptoms abate. However, she has a lot to learn, and when the riding coach gives confusing lessons, Julie is thrown off balance, both emotionally and in the saddle. The improvement she'd begun to experience with PTSD symptoms is lost, and her nightmares return.

Julie chooses to move her horse to a stable owned by a cowboy who promises to provide "natural" training. The cowboy is charismatic, and Julie finds him both attractive and intimidating. She soon notices changes in her horse. The mare doesn't respond to her as she once did and appears to be shutting down. When the cowboy demonstrates his methods, Julie watches helplessly as he bullies the horse into submission, roping her, forcing her to the ground and punching her. The brutal scene triggers Julie's memory of her missing boyfriend: he was abusive and caused the car accident when he took his eyes off the road to punch her. Julie finds the courage to stand up to the cowboy and calls on Shirley, the woman who sold her the mare, for help. Both Julie and the mare are traumatized, and Shirley says the mare's spirit is broken. With the return of her memory, Julie's recovery progresses, but true healing doesn't happen until she brings the mare back too.

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Alchemy by Rory Sutherland (William Morrow)

Description: HOW DOES MAGIC HAPPEN? The Ogilvy advertising legend—“one of the leading minds in the world of branding” (NPR)—explores the art and science of conjuring irresistible products and ideas.

"A breakthrough book. Wonderfully applicable to about everything in life. Funny as hell." —NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB, author of The Black Swan

“Veins of wisdom emerge regularly and brilliantly from these pages. Don't miss this book.” —ROBERT B. CIALDINI, author of Influence

Why is Red Bull so popular, though everyone—everyone!—hates the taste? Humans are, in a word, irrational, basing decisions as much on subtle external signals (that little blue can) as on objective qualities (flavor, price, quality). The surrounding world, meanwhile, is irreducibly complex and random. This means future success can’t be projected on any accounting spreadsheet. To strike gold, you must master the dark art and curious science of conjuring irresistible ideas: alchemy.

Based on thirty years of field work inside the largest experiment in human behavior ever conceived—the forever-unfolding pageant of consumer capitalism—Alchemy, the revolutionary book by Ogilvy advertising legend Rory Sutherland, whose TED talks have been viewed nearly seven million times, decodes human behavior, blending leading-edge scientific research, absurdly entertaining storytelling, deep psychological insight, and practical case studies from his storied career working on campaigns for AmEx, Microsoft, and others.

Heralded as “one of the leading minds in the world of branding” by NPR, Sutherland is a unique thought leader, as comfortable exchanging ideas with Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman and Richard Thaler (both interviewed in these pages) as he is crafting the next product launch. His unconventional and relentlessly curious approach has led him to discover that the most compelling secrets to human decision-making can be found in surprising places:

What can honey bees teach us about creating a sustainable business?

How could budget airlines show us how to market a healthcare system?

Why is it better to be vaguely right than precisely wrong?

What might soccer penalty kicks teach us about the dangers of risk-aversion?

Better “branding,” Sutherland reveals, can also be employed not just to sell products, but to promote a variety of social aims, like getting people to pay taxes, improving public health outcomes, or encouraging more women to pursue careers in tech.

Equally startling and profound, Sutherland’s journey through the strange world of decision making is filled with astonishing lessons for all aspects of life and business.

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Amber Fang: Betrayal by Arthur Slade (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: For Amber Fang, life used to be simple: study library science by day, read by night and, when she got hungry, enjoy an ethical meal straight from the jugular. Her mother taught her well. It's just good manners for vampires to eat only murderers.

But now her mom has vanished, and Amber is alone. Her contract work as an assassin has been terminated. But the secret organization ZARC is still trying to hunt her down, using algorithms, drones and a murderess with metal hands.

Through the dark web Amber learns that her long-lost mother has been "disappeared" to a secret compound in Antarctica. When Amber arrives and pries open a door to investigate, what she discovers shocks her to the core. And it will change her life forever. If she survives.

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Amber Fang: Revenge by Arthur Slade (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Life as an ethical vampire isn't easy for Amber Fang. First, she has to track down and eat a murderer every month. Second, her mother is imprisoned in a bunker controlled by ZARC, a multinational arms dealer. Third, her fellow vampires are hot on her trail, bent on ridding the world of scrupulous bloodsuckers.

And then there's Dermot, the handsome secret agent who hired her as an assassin in the first place and who has promised to help her rescue her mother. Amber can't decide if she should kiss him or kill him.

Then ZARC strikes a blow that leaves Amber stunned and heartbroken.

Now she's out for revenge.

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Inland by Téa Obreht (Random House)

Description: The New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife returns with a stunning tale of perseverance—an epic journey across an unforgettable landscape of magic and myth.

In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home.

Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West. The way in which Nora’s and Lurie’s stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel.

Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history. It showcases all of Téa Obreht’s talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West, making them entirely—and unforgettably—her own.

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We Are Still Here: Stories & a Novella by Emily Koon (Conium Press)

Description: Enter to receive an Advance Review Copy of Emily Koon’s debut collection We Are Still Here. This “Early Reviewers” title is offered as physical paperback edition.

Book Description:

We Are Still Here contains an eclectic mix of stories and fairy tales, in which readers encounter ghosts, UPS drivers, Lizzie Borden, and goblins. In the title story, a family visiting an amusement park flees after a fatal roller coaster accident, only to find the real horror is on the chairlifts. In “The People Who Live in the Sears,” people who find the world too painful to live in make new lives in their local Sears department store. In “The Ghosts of St. Louis,” two teenagers living in a futuristic North America attempt to find their place in a dying world. Battling domestic intruders, climate change and the dark places within themselves, the characters in these stories are holding on for dear life to their homes, their sanity, and the strange landscapes of space, time, and memory they inhabit.

Advance Praise for We Are Still Here:
“Emily Koon’s We Are Still Here is a smart and surprising debut, with each story alive to the many absurdities of life—as well as the joys and the heartbreaks those absurdities contain. Funny and inventive, this book will thrill fans of Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, or Laura van den Berg, while introducing readers to Koon’s own exciting talent.” –Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

“Intelligent and wide ranging, wise and riotus, Emily Koon’s stories are brimming with imagination and brilliantly told. Fans of George Saunders and Kelly Link will find much to love.” –Amelia Gray, author of Gutshot

About the Author:
Emily Koon is a fiction writer from North Carolina. She has work in Potomac Review, The Rumpus, Portland Review, Atticus Review, and other places. We Are Still Here was selected by Matt Bell as winner of the Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest. Emily previously won The Conium Review’s 2015 Innovative Short Fiction Contest, judged by Amelia Gray.

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A Liberated Mind by Steven C. Hayes (Avery)

Description: Enter to win a galley of A Liberated Mind by Steven C. Hayes, PhD, the originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

In this landmark book, the originator and pioneering researcher into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) lays out the psychological flexibility skills that make it one of the most powerful approaches research has yet to offer. These skills have been shown to help even where other approaches have failed. Science shows that they are useful in virtually every area—mental health (anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD); physical health (chronic pain, dealing with diabetes, facing cancer); social processes (relationship issues, prejudice, stigma, domestic violence); and performance (sports, business, diet, exercise).

How does psychological flexibility help? We struggle because the problem-solving mind tells us to run from what causes us fear and hurt. But we hurt where we care. If we run from a sense of vulnerability, we must also run from what we care about. By learning how to liberate ourselves, we can live with meaning and purpose, along with our pain when there is pain.

Although that is a simple idea, it resists our instincts and programming. The flexibility skills counter those ingrained tendencies. They include noticing our thoughts with curiosity, opening to our emotions, attending to what is in the present, learning the art of perspective taking, discovering our deepest values, and building habits based around what we deeply want.

Beginning with the epiphany Steven Hayes had during a panic attack, this book is a powerful narrative of scientific discovery filled with moving stories as well as advice for how we can put flexibility skills to work immediately. Hayes shows how allowing ourselves to feel fully and think freely moves us toward commitment to what truly matters to us. Finally, we can live lives that reflect the qualities we choose.

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Convertible Top Restoration and Installation by Fred Mattson (CarTech Books)

Description: There’s an old saying we've all heard before that goes "When the top goes down the price goes up." Of all the projects involved with the restoration of your collector car, few seem as challenging or confusing as addressing the convertible top. Due to aging and neglect, the hardware and fabric covering have led to some "not-so-nice conditions," making it difficult to find information addressing your specific model.Fred Mattson, author of Automotive Upholstery and Interior Restoration, delivers this compilation on restoring and repairing convertible tops. Step-by-step photo sequencing walks you through convertible top applications for Corvettes, Ford retractable tops, scissors tops, manual tops, and power tops. Fred also addresses the weather seals, well liners, hydraulic/electrical systems, adjustments, materials, and pads. No other book ever produced on convertible tops goes into this much depth of coverage. With this book you will be guided through the convertible top repair/restoration process in an easy-to-read how-to format, so there should be no reason to fear taking your drop top out with the threat of rain. Convertible Top Restoration and Installation will be the one tool that will show you how important a well-sorted top restoration is, not only for practical reasons, such as staying dry, but for cosmetic reasons as well.

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Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day (Random House)

Description: DAPPER DAN IS…

“Black fashion’s greatest treasure.” BET
“the original auteur of gangster chic.” GQ
“the godfather of hip-hop fashion.” The Source
“a legend.” Chicago Tribune

With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the early 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own flamboyant designs. But before reinventing fashion, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books, and, finally, a designer who broke barriers to outfit a whos-who of music, sport, and crime world celebrities in looks that went on to define an era.

By turns playful, poignant, and inspiring, and featuring two incredible eight-page color photo inserts, including the only existing, never-before-seen images of the notorious Mike Tyson-Mitch Green street fight, Dapper Dan’s memoir is a high-stakes coming-of-age story, spanning more than seventy years and set against the backdrop of an ever-evolving America.

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Hubert Platt: Fast Fords of the Georgia Shaker by Allen Platt (CarTech Books)

Description: Webster's Dictionary lists the term showman as "a notably spectacular, dramatic, or effective performer." In the art of drag racing, Hubert Platt checked all boxes. Known as the "Georgia Shaker," Platt cut his motoring teeth on the long straightaways and twisty back roads of South Carolina while bootlegging moonshine. After a run-in with the law in 1958, Platt transferred his driving skills from illegal activity to sanctioned drag racing and began one of the most dominant runs in drag racing history until his retirement in 1977.After stints in 1957, 1938, and 1962 Chevrolets, Platt's next ride was a Z11 Impala, which carried his first "Georgia Shaker" moniker. Once Chevrolet pulled out of sanctioned racing, Platt found a new home with Ford for 1964 and remained there until he hung up his helmet. Some of the cars he campaigned became icons in their own right. His factory-backed and personal machines included a 1963 Z11 Impala, 1964 Thunderbolt, 1965 Falcon, 1966 Mustang Funny Car, 1967 Fairlane 427, 1968-1/2 Cobra Jet, 1969 CJ Mustang, 1970 427 SOHC Mustang, and 1970 Boss 429 Maverick.A 1986 NHRA Hall of Fame member, Platt's lasting legacy on the sport can’t be denied. Whether he was launching his Falcon with the door open, conducting a Ford Drag Team seminar, or posting low E.T. at the 1967 US Nationals in his Fairlane, Platt's imprint on drag racing was all-encompassing. His son and biggest fan, Allen Platt, shares his dad's iconic career in, Hubert Platt: Fast Fords of the "Georgia Shaker"!

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Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker (Revell)

Description: When Cohen Marah steps over his father’s body in the basement embalming room of the family’s funeral home, he has no idea that he is stepping into a labyrinth of memory. As the last one to see his father, Cohen is the primary suspect.

Over the next week, Cohen’s childhood memories come back in living color. The dramatic events that led to his father being asked to leave his pastoral position. The game of baseball that somehow kept them together. And the two children in the forest who became his friends—and enlisted him in a dark and dangerous undertaking. As the lines blur between what was real and what was imaginary, Cohen is faced with the question he’s been avoiding: Did he kill his father?

In Light from Distant Stars, master story weaver Shawn Smucker relays a tale both eerie and enchanting, one that will have you questioning reality and reaching out for what is true, good, and genuine.

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The String by Caleb Breakey (Revell)

Description: Welcome to the string, a game of impossible decisions and deadly consequences. Let’s go over the ground rules.

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.
Rule #2: If anyone refuses to play, all threats will come to pass.
Game on.

Get ready for a deadly social experiment as a sociopath known as The Conductor delivers disturbing threats and twisted moral dilemmas to unsuspecting students and staff.

As a powerful instinct for self-preservation sweeps through the campus, one man has a grave decision to make. Will university cop Markus Haas play the game to protect those he loves? Or will he break the string and incite massive chaos—and even death?

In the great suspense tradition of Ted Dekker and Steven James, Caleb Breakey’s explosive debut novel will have you turning pages into the night.

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Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham (Revell)

Description: For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more—a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.

When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring—perhaps too much—for the one who wrote it.

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Cold Warriors by Duncan White (William Morrow)

Description: During the Cold War, literature was both sword and noose. Novels, essays and poems could win the hearts and minds of those caught between the competing creeds of capitalism and communism. They could also lead to exile, imprisonment or execution if they offended those in power. The clandestine intelligence services of the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union had secret agents and vast propaganda networks devoted to literary warfare. But the battles were personal, too: friends turning on each other, lovers cleaved by political fissures, artists undermined by inadvertent complicities.

In Cold Warriors, Harvard University’s Duncan White vividly chronicles how this ferocious intellectual struggle was waged on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The book has at its heart five major writers—George Orwell, Stephen Spender, Mary McCarthy, Graham Greene and Andrei Sinyavsky—but the full cast includes a dazzling array of giants, among them Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John le Carré, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Boris Pasternak, Gioconda Belli, Arthur Koestler, Vaclav Havel, Joan Didion, Isaac Babel, Howard Fast, Lillian Hellman, Mikhail Sholokhov —and scores more.

Spanning decades and continents and spectacularly meshing gripping narrative with perceptive literary detective work, Cold Warriors is a welcome reminder that, at a moment when ignorance is celebrated and reading seen as increasingly irrelevant, writers and books can change the world.

Cold Warriors includes 20-30 black-and-white photographs.

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Albert's Quiet Quest by Isabelle Arsenault (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 4-8.

Albert just wants to read his book in peace . . . why won't his friends give him some quiet? A delightful picture book about finding alone time from an internationally acclaimed illustrator.

There are so many distractions in Albert's Mile End neighborhood, what's a book-loving introvert to do? Desperate for a quiet place to read, Albert storms out to the alley behind his house where his friends and neighbors often meet to play. Lucky him — not only is no one around today, but he finds an old painting of a beach scene that someone's left for the trash. The painting sparks Albert's imagination, spurring him on a zen-like quest for a quiet reading break on a sunset beach, a moment to unplug and find peace. And he almost does too, except for those meddling Mile End kids . . . who just want to have some fun, as LOUDLY as possible. Will Albert ever find a moment of quiet to enjoy his book? Or could his friends be looking for a book break of their own?

Readers will love this adorably relatable story of a quiet kid, his big imagination and bringing friends together through the magic of reading.

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And Go Like This: Stories by John Crowley (Small Beer Press)

Description: Reading John Crowley’s stories is to see almost-familiar lives running parallel to our own, secret histories that never quite happened, memories that might be real or might be invented. In the thirteen stories collected here, Crowley sets his imagination free to roam from a 20th century Shakespeare festival to spring break at a future Yale in his Edgar Award winning story “Spring Break”. And in the previously unpublished “Anosognosia” the world brought about by one John C.’s high-school accident may or may not exist.
Table of Contents — not final order
And Go Like This
Anosognosia
Conversation Hearts
Flint and Mirror
The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines
The Million Monkeys of M. Borel
Spring Break
This Is Our Town
Three Tales
Little Yeses, Little Nos
Glow Little Glow-Worm
Mount Auburn Street
Tom Mix
Praise for John Crowley’s fiction:
Ka, is a beautiful, often dreamlike late masterpiece. Elegiacal and exhilarating, Ka is both consoling and unflinching in its examination of what it means to be human, in life and death. If, as Robert Graves wrote, “There is one story and one story only,” we are very lucky that John Crowley is here to tell it to us.” — Los Angeles Times
“John Crowley is one of the finest writers of our time.” — Michael Dirda, Washington Post
“One of the finest fantasy novels of the year, gains the power of a true epic.” — Chicago Tribune
“. . . a read that is simultaneously dry and bizarre, but it’s anything but tiresome. Its original uncanniness is only heightened by Crowley’s new edition, and the specificity of its historical moment made more familiar.” — Emily Nordling, tor.com
“Crowley and his collaborators have successfully mixed together disparate elements to create a strange literary concoction that fizzes with creative energy.” — Michael Berry, Portland Press Herald
The Chemical Wedding is full of outlandish set pieces—candles that walk on their own; a queen’s gown so beautiful it can’t be gazed upon—that might suggest an allegorical reading. But their imagery, as Crowley points out in his footnotes, is inconsistent: any allegory is defeated by the book’s sheer incongruity.” — Peter Bebergal, The New Yorker
“Crowley is generous, obsessed, fascinating, gripping. Really, I think Crowley is so good that he has left everybody else in the dust.” —Peter Straub
“A master of language, plot and characterization, Crowley triumphs in this occult and Hermetic tale, at once naturalistically persuasive and uncannily visionary.” —Harold Bloom
“Like a magus, John Crowley shares his secrets generously, allowing us to believe that his book is revealing the true and glorious nature of the world and the reader’s own place within it.” —Village Voice
“[Crowley] transforms the lead of daily life into seriously dazzling artistic gold.” —Newsday
“So rich and so evocative and so authentic.” —Tom Brokaw
“[An] intricate and stylish romp … both a Gothic extravaganza and a picaresque adventure.” —New York Times Book Review
“An eerily authentic simulation of Romantic literature … beautiful.” — Boston Globe
“Though it’s an impertinent undertaking, it’s also a beautiful success.” —Seattle Time
“A complex, nested novel of literary and biographical reconstruction. . . . A stunning, rewarding work.” —Vancouver Sun
John Crowley (johncrowleyauthor.com) was born in Presque Isle, Maine, and grew up in Vermont, Kentucky, and Ohio. He went to Indiana University and moved to New York City after college to make movies, and did find work in documentary films, an occupation he still pursues. His novels include the Little, Big, the Ægypt series, Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, and a new edition of The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosenkreutz. He recently retired after teaching creative writing at Yale for twenty-five years. He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, Mythopoeic, Locus, and World Fantasy awards. He lives in Conway, MA.

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Anne's Alphabet by Kelly Hill (Tundra Books)

Description: A must-have board book for Anne of Green Gables fans, with charming, hand-embroidered illustrations.

Iconic moments from the beloved L.M. Montgomery classic are celebrated in this adorable concept book. Artist Kelly Hill creates vignettes of the most recognizable moments from Anne of Green Gables, including nosy neighbor, freckles, kindred spirits and imagination.

Each letter of the alphabet is brought to life through a memorable Anne scene, with simple text and tactile, gorgeous works of art created from cut fabric and embroidery.

Part of a series of Anne concept books, Anne's Alphabet is a perfect way to introduce future fans to this winning character.

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Anne's Feelings by Kelly Hill (Tundra Books)

Description: A must-have board book for Anne of Green Gables fans, with charming, hand-embroidered illustrations.

Iconic moments from the beloved L.M. Montgomery classic are celebrated in this adorable concept book. Artist Kelly Hill creates vignettes that showcase Anne's wide array of feelings, including happy, brave and, of course, the depths of despair.

Each feeling is brought to life through a memorable Anne scene, with simple text and tactile, gorgeous works of art created from cut fabric and embroidery.

Part of a series of Anne concept books, Anne's Feelings is a perfect way to introduce future fans to this winning character.

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Anne's Kindred Spirits by Kallie George (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 6-8.

The sweet and funny second book in a new early-reader series, starring the spirited and outspoken Anne Shirley as she makes friends and settles into life at Green Gables — with a few hijinks along the way, of course!

Anne is nervous and excited to meet Diana, a neighbor girl who she just knows will be a kindred spirit. She's even more excited when she learns that she's invited to her very first picnic! Until Marilla's precious brooch goes missing and it looks like it's Anne's fault. That is, Marilla is upset and Anne's picnic adventure is now in jeopardy. Ultimately, the misunderstanding with the brooch is resolved and Anne is able to go to the picnic. Anne and Diana's friendship blossoms and Anne's bond with Matthew and Marilla grows stronger.

Lovingly adapted by Kallie George with beautiful nostalgic illustrations by Abigail Halpin, this series is perfect for fans of Anne, new and old.

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Bear's Book by Claire Freedman (Candlewick Press)

Description: A story about stories, writing, reading, and friendship

When Bear’s favorite book of stories falls apart, he is determined to write one of his own. He ventures into the forest for inspiration, but writing is harder than he thinks, and he soon discovers that he needs help from his friends. See how Bear transforms their day into a wonderful adventure in this story about creativity and friendship.

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Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett (Scribe Publications)

Description: It’s the summer of 1968, and Evelyn Lynden is a woman at war with herself. Minister’s daughter. Atheist. Independent woman. Frustrated wife. Bitch with a bleeding heart.

Following her conscientious-objector husband Lenny to the rural Eden of Evergreen Valley, California, Evelyn wants to be happy with their new life. Yet she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny’s passive ways—and anxious for a savior. Enter the Reverend Jim Jones, the dynamic leader of a revolutionary church….

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Beautiful Revolutionary explores the allure of the real-life charismatic leader who would destroy so many. It follows Evelyn as she is pulled into Jones’s orbit—an orbit it would prove impossible for her to leave.

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Feast Day of the Cannibals by Norman Lock (Bellevue Literary Press)

Description: A bankrupt merchant encounters Herman Melville and is pursued through the depths of Gilded Age Manhattan by a brutal antagonist

In the sixth stand-alone book in The American Novels series, Shelby Ross, a merchant ruined by the depression of 1873–79, is hired as a New York City Custom House appraiser under inspector Herman Melville, the embittered, forgotten author of Moby-Dick. On the docks, Ross befriends a genial young man and makes an enemy of a despicable one, who attempts to destroy them by insinuating that Ross and the young man share an unnatural affection. Ross narrates his story to his childhood friend Washington Roebling, chief engineer of the soon-to-be-completed Brooklyn Bridge. As he is harried toward a fate reminiscent of Ahab’s, he encounters Ulysses S. Grant, dying in a brownstone on the Upper East Side; Samuel Clemens, who will publish Grant’s Memoirs; and Thomas Edison, at the dawn of the electrification of the city.

Feast Day of the Cannibals charts the harrowing journey of a tormented heart during America’s transformative age.

“This spectacular work will delight and awe readers with Lock’s magisterial wordsmithing.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Transfixing. . . . This historically authentic novel raises potent questions about sexuality during an unsettling era in American history past and is another impressive entry in Lock’s dissection of America’s past.” —Publishers Weekly

“While Moby-Dick is often referenced by the characters, it’s Billy Budd, a later work of Melville’s, that's alluded to thematically, as Lock addresses questions of desire and repression, both personal and societal. . . . [Feast Day of the Cannibals] memorably provides a window into old New York and its narrator’s conflicted mind.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Matt Monroe and the Secret Society of Odontology by Edward Torba (All Points Press, LLC)

Description: An ancient prophecy. A hidden world of magic and monsters. A Secret Society that holds the key to save humanity.

Fourteen-year-old Matt Monroe is enjoying an ordinary summer with friends in his rural Pennsylvania neighborhood, until one night, mysterious red lights appear in the sky over the Monroe family farm and strange creatures begin stalking the woods. When he discovers a set of wooden tablets and a mysterious ring in his great-grandfather's dental chest, an ancient prophecy begins to unfold. Matt, his older brother, and five friends are transported to a magical dimension called Paragon to face deadly monsters and fight an epic battle against an evil enemy.Journey with Matt and his friends on an epic adventure of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Will they find the magic stone in time to save the world?

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Now What? A Math Tale by Robie H. Harris (Candlewick Press)

Description: Puppy wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze. But there aren’t enough rectangles, squares, and triangles. NOW WHAT? Build, measure, count, compare! Follow along as Puppy tries again and again and again and finally figures out how blocks of different shapes and sizes can fit together to build a bed that’s just the right size for a nap.

Solve a problem with Puppy and a bag full of blocks! Robie H. Harris and Chris Chatterton team up for another gentle introduction to early math concepts.

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On Snowden Mountain by Jeri Watts (Candlewick Press)

Description: Twelve-year-old Ellen learns the quiet strength of family when her mother’s deep depression prompts her to ask an estranged aunt for help.

Ellen’s mother has struggled with depression before, but not like this. With her father away fighting in World War II and her mother unable to care for them, Ellen’s only option is to reach out to her cold, distant aunt Pearl. Soon enough, city-dwelling Ellen and her mother are shepherded off to the countryside to Aunt Pearl’s home, a neat little cabin at the base of Snowden Mountain. Adjusting to life in a small town is no easy thing: the school has one room, one of her classmates smells of skunks, and members of the community seem to whisper about Ellen’s family. But even as she worries that depression is a family curse to which she’ll inevitably succumb, Ellen slowly begins to carve out a space for herself and her mother on Snowden Mountain in this thoughtful, heartfelt middle-grade novel from Jeri Watts.

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Retribution by Richard Anderson (Scribe Publications)

Description: In a small country town, an act of revenge causes five lives to collide. Early one Christmas morning, Graeme Sweetapple, a man down on his luck, is heading home with a truck full of stolen steers when he comes across an upended ute that has hit a tree. He is about to get involved with Luke, an environmental protestor who isn’t what he seems; a washed-up local politician, Caroline Statham, who is searching for a sense of purpose, but whose businessman husband seems to be sliding into corruption; and Carson, who is wild, bound to no one, and determined to escape her circumstances.

Into their midst comes Retribution, a legendary horse worth a fortune. Her disappearance triggers a cycle of violence and retaliation that threatens the whole community. As tensions build, they must answer one question: is true retribution ever possible — or even desirable?

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Silken Scales by Alex Hayes ( Shaking the Tree Press)

Description: Idris Williams’ life may seem perfect…Sure, Idris has confidence and great looks, a famous father and a beautiful girlfriend. Life would be perfect if he could dodge the bullet his father has aimed at his head — following dear old Dad into motivational-speaking stardom. But there doesn’t seem to be a way out…— Until Idris morphs into something green and scaly.Cadi has finally found a safe and loving home. Then a malicious boy turns her whole world upside down. The next thing she knows, she’s wandering the streets on New Year’s Eve, alone.— Until a crystal leads her to this lizard boy with a smart mouth and massive ego.To change Idris back into his sexy human self, Cadi must reveal a secret she’s been holding close to her heart for as long as she can remember. A secret that will send them racing to close a wormhole ahead of a deadly army.A secret that could change their worlds forever…

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Tales from Beyond the Brain by Jeff Szpirglas (Orca Book Publishers)

Description: Imagine walking home from school one day and seeing a brain on the side of the road, a brain that, it turns out, is looking for a new home. Or instead of paying attention to the teacher, you shoot a paper airplane across the room and accidentally rip a hole in the fabric of the universe. And what would you do if you discovered that the reading group you thought was for dummies was actually recruiting kids with telekinetic powers? Tales from Beyond the Brain is a collection of thirteen spooky stories that are as outrageous as they are terrifying. It's a throwback to the weird tales of yesteryear, in the vein of Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone, but with contemporary characters and settings. Getting an education has never been more dangerous.

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The Color of the Sun by David Almond (Candlewick Press)

Description: Award-winning author David Almond pens the dreamlike tale of a boy rediscovering joy and beauty within and around him, even amid sorrow.

One hot summer morning, only weeks after his father’s death, Davie steps out his front door into the familiar streets of the Tyneside town that has always been his home. But this seemingly ordinary day takes on an air of mystery and tragedy as the residents learn that a boy has been killed. Despite the threat of a murderer on the loose, Davie turns away from the gossip and sets off toward the sunlit hill above town, where the real and imaginary worlds begin to blur around him. As he winds his way up the hillside, Davie sees things that seem impossible but feel utterly right, that renew his wonder and instill him with hope. Full of the intense excitement of growing up, David Almond’s tale leaves both the reader and Davie astonished at the world and eager to explore it.

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The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer (Candlewick Press)

Description: A warm, uplifting story about a boy, his dog, and the healing power of music marks a first-time collaboration between two former Irish Children’s Laureates, Eoin Colfer and P.J. Lynch.

Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember, and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a canine friend more than ever. Meanwhile, in his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of bad people. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an awesome boy — his boy. And maybe, when they find each other, Oz will learn to bark again. Illustrated in light charcoal by two-time Kate Greenaway Medalist P.J. Lynch, this heartwarming story by Eoin Colfer, internationally best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, is certain to enchant.

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The Laws of the Skies by Grégoire Courtois (Coach House Books)

Description: Once upon a time, a class of six-year-olds heads into the forest for a camping trip. The innocent children play games where they imagine monsters everywhere: the creaking of trees becomes a growl, the tree trunk becomes an ogre.

But this fairy tale doesn’t have a happy ending. Monsters really do exist: accidents, illness, the murderous impulses of a classmate. One by one, "happily ever after" evaporates for the children and their chaperones, as, one by one, like all nature’s creatures, they must learn the laws of the skies.

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The Little Grey Girl by Celine Kiernan (Candlewick Press)

Description: In the second book of the Wild Magic trilogy, courageous young Mup and her family are trying to heal and restore the kingdom when they uncover an ancient and powerful anger.

The old queen and her raggedy witches have fled Witches Borough, and Mup’s family has moved into the cold, newly empty castle. But the queen’s legacy lingers in the fear and mistrust of her former subjects and in the memories that live in the castle’s very walls. While Mup’s mam tries to restore balance to a formerly oppressed world, Mup herself tries to settle into her strange new home with her dad, Tipper, and Crow. When an enchanted snow blankets the castle, Mup’s family is cut off from the rest of the kingdom, and the painful memories of the old queen’s victims begin to take form, thanks to a ghost whose power may be too much for even Mup and Mam to handle. Celine Kiernan weaves a timely and essential truth into the second book of her trilogy: that dismantling oppression means honoring the pains of the past, and perhaps the most potent magic of all is encouraging joy and hope wherever possible.

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The Not-So Great Outdoors by Madeline Kloepper (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 3-7.

A reluctant camper discovers that the (not-so) great outdoors can be just as exciting as screens and skyscrapers in this playful picture book celebration of the pleasures of unplugging and embracing nature.

What's so great about the "great outdoors"? A grumpy urban kid begrudgingly accompanies her family on a summer camping trip, missing all the sublime sights right under her nose as she longs for the lights and stimulation of the city. But as she explores forests, lakes and mountains, and encounters bears, beavers and caribou, she slowly comes to realize that the simpler things are just as sparkly, that the sky is its own majestic light show, and the symphony is all around. The Not-So Great Outdoors is a humorous and richly imagined reminder of the beauty and magic that can be found away from the city and our screens.

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We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra (Penguin Teen Canada)

Description: Recommended for ages 14+.

Thrown together by a zealous English teacher's classroom-mailbox assignment, notorious scrapper, Adam "Kurl" Kurlansky, and Jonathan Hopkirk, a flamboyant Walt Whitman wannabe, have to write an old-fashioned letter to each other every week.
Kurl is a senior, an ex high school football player, held back a year, while Jo is a nerdy, out tenth grader with a penchant for vintage clothes and a deep love for poetry. They are an unlikely pair, but with each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying and familial abuse, Jonathan and Kurl must struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship, and each other.

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Autocomplete: The Book by Justin Hook (Chronicle Books)

Description: Every time a browser autocompletes our search query, it's showing us what millions of other people all over the world are searching for. This curious collection showcases the very best of the often strange yet 100% real autocomplete suggestions offered up by popular search engines, compiling them into one hilarious, fascinating, and mildly disturbing volume. Each page contains one search and its 10 best autocomplete suggestions, including the most and least common, from "Why is Ryan Gosling...eating cereal?" to "If the Earth is round...why are shoes flat?" With easy-to-read spreads and playful black-and-white line art throughout, Autocomplete provides a nearly unfiltered look at what people actually search for when they think no one's watching.

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Bling!: The Uncommon Crystal Couture World of Sondra Celli by Sondra Celli (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)

Description: Welcome to a behind-the-scenes look at the style and studio of renowned designer and Gypsy dress maker Sondra Celli. Known for the jaw-dropping couture she creates on the hit television series My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, the “Queen of Bling” adds crystal brilliance to everything from tuxedos to Converse sneakers to pet accessories. Here, combining fashion insights and how-to techniques, she shares fascinating details of her early design hits and misses, her family’s role in her work, and the sacrifices she made as a struggling designer in the Big Apple. Sondra teaches you how to create 14 bling-tastic projects of your own: umbrellas, corsets, neckties, baby shoes, baseball caps, flip flops, and more. She also dishes about what happens behind the scenes of her TV show, how she began designing for the Gypsy community, and the pressures of creating dresses using materials like candies, dollar bills, and real flowers.

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Hands-On Archaeology: Authentic Learning Experiences That Engage Students in STEM (2nd ed.) by John White (Prufrock Press)

Description: Hands-On Archaeology immerses students in the world of real-life archaeologists. Through engaging authentic learning experiences, students will discover artifacts from the past and participate in archaeological digs while building STEM skills, as well as making connections to geography, history, art, and English language arts. This book is packed with activities that can easily be conducted in the classroom using everyday materials and includes everything teachers need to help students conduct real-life archaeological digs. From participating in digs in the classroom to conducting digs in the community, students will not just learn about archaeology—they will be archaeologists!

Grades 4–5

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Hands-On Ecology: Authentic Learning Experiences That Engage Students in STEM (2nd ed.) by Colleen Kessler (Prufrock Press)

Description: Hands-On Ecology immerses students in the world of real-life ecologists. Through engaging authentic learning experiences, students will explore ecological habitats while building STEM skills. This book is packed with activities that can easily be conducted in the classroom using everyday materials and includes everything teachers need to help students to explore the makeup of their world, including the animals, plants, and organisms that inhabit it. From studying their local ecosystem to exploring environmentalism and ways they can contribute to conservationism, students will not just learn about ecology—they will be ecologists!

Grades 2–3

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Hands-On Engineering: Authentic Learning Experiences That Engage Students in STEM (2nd ed.) by Beth Andrews (Prufrock Press)

Description: Hands-On Engineering immerses students in the world of real-life engineers. Through engaging authentic learning experiences, students will create innovative solutions to relevant and timely design and engineering challenges while building STEM skills. This book is packed with activities that can be easily conducted in the classroom using everyday materials and includes everything teachers need to help students think analytically, assess new situations, and solve hands-on, real-world problems. From engaging in practical problem solving and collaboration to employing imagination and perseverance, students will not just learn about engineering—they will be engineers!

Grades 4–6

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Hands-On Physical Science: Authentic Learning Experiences That Engage Students in STEM (2nd ed.) by Laurie Westphal (Prufrock Press)

Description: Hands-On Physical Science immerses students in the world of real-life chemists and physicists. Through engaging authentic learning experiences, students will engage in fascinating experiments while building STEM skills. This book is packed with activities that can easily be conducted in the classroom using everyday materials and includes everything teachers need to help students think critically and problem solve as they explore the fascinating world of physical science. From examining Newton’s laws using sports video clips to studying energy through the design and building of roller coasters, students will not just learn about physical science—they will be scientists!

Grades 6–8

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Organumics: An Epigenetic Re-Framing of Consciousness, Life, and Evolution by Ben Callif (S. Woodhouse Books)

Description: An Epigenetic Re-Framing of Consciousness, Life, and Evolution

Where does consciousness fit into biology? How did life evolve? What makes us human? These are just a few of the deep and universal questions that the new science and philosophy of epigenetics may be able to answer.
Epigenetics (“above and beyond genetics”) is an exciting new field, but it remains relatively unknown, even as genetics has been saturating scientific news since the early 1990s. Whether it was through the Human Genome Project, the heritability of a disease, or DNA ancestry testing, most people have likely heard of genetics. But, despite its popularity, very few truly understand the scope of genetics or what in fact constitutes a gene.
Genetics is often thought of as the study of inheritance, or how biological traits are passed from parent to child. Some scientists consider genes to be the only vehicles by which information travels from generation to generation. In this view, we are defined by our genetic blueprints, our paths determined by our lineage. But the growing field of epigenetics is poised to revolutionize this paradigm.
Epigenetics suggests that our genetics is not the foundation of inheritance and life. In this book, Ben Callif walks us through the history of evolution and modern biology, the basics of genetics and genes, and the complexities of cells and inheritance, and proposes that epigenetics can provide a new perspective on identity, consciousness, and the origins of life itself. In Organumics, living things are not discrete, isolated units (organisms). Instead, life is an inseparable and interconnected fractal that emerges through the cooperation of self-directed and self-contained individuals—organa. As organum, we each play a vital role in the direction of evolutionary progress through our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. What we do changes who we are, and who we are influences what our descendants might one day become. Ben L. Callif is a Milwaukee-based philosopher, scientist, and author interested in the paradoxes of consciousness and how science intersects with a holistic sense of purpose. His published writings have focused on circadian rhythms, spinal cord injury, and genetic engineering. Organumics is his first book.

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Socratic Methods in the Classroom: Encouraging Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Through Dialogu by Erick Wilberding (Prufrock Press)

Description: Since the Renaissance, the Socratic Method has been adapted to teach diverse subjects, including medicine, law, and mathematics. Each discipline selects elements and emphases from the Socratic Method that are appropriate for teaching individuals or groups how to reason judiciously within that subject. By looking at some of the great practitioners of Socratic questioning in the past, Socratic Methods in the Classroom explains how teachers may use questioning, reasoning, and dialogue to encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and independent learning in the secondary classroom. Through a variety of problems, cases, and simulations, teachers will guide students through different variations of the Socratic Method, from question prompts to the case method. Students will learn to reason judiciously, gain an understanding of important issues, and develop the necessary skills to discuss these issues in their communities.

Grades 8–12

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This Land is My Land by Andy Warner (Chronicle Books)

Description: Tired of your country's bad politics? Feeling powerless to change things? Start your own utopia instead! This nonfiction graphic novel collects the stories of 30 self-made places around the world built with a dream of utopia, whether a safe haven, an inspiring structure, or a better-run country. From the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands to the Indian rock garden of Nek Chand, the micronation of Sealand to the pirate-founded, anti-slavery community of Libertatia, here are the empowering and eccentric visions of creators who struck out against the laws of their homelands, the approval of their peers, and even nature itself to reshape the world around them.

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Trace: Who Killed Maria James? by Rachael Brown (Scribe Publications)

Description: “The whole place seems cold, and he feels a terrible sense of dread. He calls out, but gets no reply. Taking a knife from the cutlery drawer, he unlocks the back door as an escape route. Then he sees her on the floor. Her eyes and mouth are open, and there is blood everywhere. He’s too late.”

After a strange phone call with his ex-wife, John James had sensed something was wrong and raced over to her house. As he stood in her bedroom doorway, transfixed by the sight of her body, the killer was almost certainly just a breath away, hiding behind the door. Had John walked in, he could have been the next victim. Instead, he left to call the police. The culprit escaped, taking with him the secret of a shocking murder that has shown no sign of being solved for nearly 40 years—until now.

Based on the international #1 podcast, Trace re-examines the 1980 murder of Maria James—the single mother of two sons, one with a disability—revealing abuse in the Catholic Church, cult activities, and claims of incompetence and corruption at the highest levels. Investigating possible conspiracies and uncovering fresh evidence, Rachael Brown's riveting investigation has won multiple media awards and has led to the reopening of this chilling case.

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A Hero's Heart by Tiffany R. Fenton (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: A Hero's Heart is a true story of victory, captivatingly told for the first time, from the survivor herself. It is a story of brutality, cruelty, and loss. It is a story of demons, heartache, and agony. It is a story of love, joy, and abundance. And lastly, it is a memoir told with fervor and elation. The writer shares her emotions in intimate detail as she conveys her journey from abuse, to illness, to deaths, and ultimately to ascendancy.

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A Walk in the Wind: Stories for Boys and Girls by Danielle Michaud Aubrey (Petra Books)

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Description: Children‛s imagination will flourish as they learn about community, compassion and collaboration — stories with animal and human characters. Ages 6 - 10.

Contents:
Henrietta the Gossiping Hen 3
Alphabet Dreams 13
The Mouse in the House 23
The Girl in the Mirror 33
So Many Buttons 41
A Stranger in the Park 49
The Little Red Mailbox 65
I Can Do This! 71
Ziggy, the Adventurous Little Spider 83
Nounou the Rabbit 91
Raccoon Rap 99
That’s My Book 109
Bushy the Imp Squirrel 117
The Smallest Paddle 129
The Tallest Sunflower 141
A Walk in the Wind 147
Blue Feather and the ‘Sabe’ 157
Grandma’s Alphabet Soup 167
Let it Snow! 175
The Pact 183

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Ashes to Ashes by Sara Clancy (ScareStreet)

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Description: Note: Ashes to Ashes is the third book in The Plague series. We'll also be sending Ring of Roses (Book 1) and Pocket of Posies (Book 2) to the giveaway winners for the best reading experience.

They thought they had escaped. But the terror of the Plague Doctors has only just begun.
Med student Annabel and her older sister Jezebel are trapped in a waking nightmare. After escaping from the deadly island haunted by the Plague Doctors, the two sisters and fellow survivor, Henry, manage to find salvation on a rickety old boat that promises to take them home. But once again, they encounter the spectral ship that sails the island’s waters, forcing them back to the rocky coast.

As they flee the minions of the haunted Spanish Galleon, the old ship’s original manifest provides a clue to the Plague Doctor’s hideous origins. But before they can decipher its meaning, the evil Doctors return with a vengeance.

Fighting to stay alive, the three survivors must solve the riddle of the Plague Doctors, and expose the lies and corruption that doomed the island to its supernatural curse. But as they follow the trail of death and horror, they uncover a terrifying new secret.

The Plague Doctors are not the only spirits that haunt the island...

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Black Frog by B.D. Smith (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: In Black Frog, the second book in a series featuring Doug Bateman and Anne Quinn, the scene shifts to Greenville and Moosehead Lake, where Bateman is in pursuit of someone using vintage axes to kill environmentalists opposed to a development project on Moosehead Lake. Anne Quinn is conducting a parallel investigation of a series of sexual assaults on young women living in the small towns of Piscataquis County. As the rapist that Quinn is tracking turns his attention in her direction, Bateman and Quinn begin to think their cases may be related.

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Blood King by Amber K. Bryant (City Owl Press)

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Description: Sybille Esmond never wanted to inherit her family’s weird business: summoning spirits of the undead and guiding them to the afterlife. While it pays the bills, dealing with supernatural monsters comes with colossal risks, including becoming undead herself.

When tall, dark, and undead Elis Tanner, a reformed member of the soulless ever-after, invades Sybille’s life, bringing with him a possessive, disembodied ex-wife, those risks get complicated, and those complications become dangerous.

Sybille must aid Elis in confronting his jealous ex while also investigating the Blood King, a beast who refuses to die—by stake or by poison.

After a harrowing possession leaves her burned and bruised, Sybille finds herself drawing closer to the tempting Elis, who may be the only one capable of helping her kill the unkillable. With the Blood King and his legions of undead closing in, she discovers her own life is far from the only thing in jeopardy.

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Brutal Lessons by Ron Ripley (ScareStreet)

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Description: Note: Brutal Lessons is the sixth book in the Haunted Village series. We'll also be sending Worthe's Village (Book 1), Hell's Hammer (Book 2), Butcher's Hands (Book 3), Soul Harvest (Book 4), and Poisonous Whispers (Book 5) to the giveaway winners for the best reading experience.

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Subject B is about to learn a new lesson in terror…
Marcus Holt survived the Vietnam War. But his greatest battle has only just began. Kidnapped by the sadistic Professor Abel Worthe, the former soldier is forced to take part in a diabolical experiment. Now known as Subject B, Marcus is trapped in a haunted village, where he must survive one terrifying ordeal after another. All so Worthe can discover just how much fear one man can survive…

When the insane professor imprisons a former employee in the haunted village, the terrified young man joins forces with Marcus and the others. As the group navigates the remains of a rot-ting old schoolhouse, they are stalked by the vengeful spirit of its former headmaster. This blood-thirsty ghost is forever bound to an old wooden cane… a weapon he uses to beat people to death.

Marcus must call upon all his strength and courage to survive this new threat, and unravel a secret that links his fate to the diabolical Professor Worthe. But when another survivor develops the terrifying power to see the dead, they soon find themselves faced with a new mystery…

Is this chilling psychic ability a blessing? Or a deadly curse in disguise?

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Colorful Feelings by Ashley Hebenton (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Colorful Feelings introduces the very young reader to feelings by combining beautiful illustrations and simple examples to elicit warm and gentle, yet fun and exciting feelings. The use of adorable animals, symmetrical designs and vibrant colors make this picture book visually stunning. This concept-driven book is presented in a way that is easy for very young children to understand and is perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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Dandelion Summer by Mary Ellen Bramwell (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: When Madelyn learns her father will be gone for the summer, she thinks it’s the worst thing that can happen. But missing him is soon replaced with the challenges and surprises right in front of her. What is her mother hiding? Why has her grandfather disappeared from their lives? Unraveling the mysteries brings about unexpected discoveries and connections, ultimately leading her to know herself and understand what matters most.

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Dime Detective by Hal Schick (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: It’s the summer of 1944, and the U.S. is at war. Times are tough for Sidney Craven, who has to supplement the sporadic income from his one-man Los Angeles detective agency by writing crime stories for pulp magazines. Then, a wounded war hero—recently home from overseas—hires Craven to locate his missing wife, an actress who disappeared on the very day she was supposed to start a new film. Craven begins his investigation by visiting her Hollywood studio. Before his snooping gets him run off the lot, a costar gives Craven a tip that eventually leads him to a jazz club in South Central L.A. Unlike with his usual divorce cases, he finds himself entangled in a narrative that includes blackmail and murder. His own life in danger, Craven doggedly tracks down clues and attempts to lure the prime suspect into what could be a fateful confrontation.

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Emit: A Modern Myth by Jack Beal (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: “‘Once upon a times’ are flawed from the start.” –Jack Beal

A deafening explosion. A shining metal disc crashed into a cornfield. A mysterious little girl with a cryptic mission. Longing to be like the heroes in his storybooks, Robbie Flynn embarks on a quest he hopes will lead him to his missing father.

But nothing is as it seems.

As the moments of this mythic journey divide and intertwine, Robbie is faced with an extraordinary realization: not all paths always lead ahead.

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Fatechanger: Penny Lost by L.M. Poplin (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: When fourteen-year-old Penelope Clark accidentally travels through time to 1915 Boston, she must disguise herself first as a pickpocket and then as a newsboy, learning how to thieve, fight, and broadcast headlines to survive in an era before antibiotics and open-heart surgeries.
Stuck in the past with no way to get home, Penn makes her first friend ever and many enemies. But when Penn is robbed and the pickpockets kidnap the head newsboy, she finds herself stuck in the middle of a dangerous rivalry, questioning her loyalties to either side and to herself.
After a violent fistfight with a fellow pickpocket, Penn incurs a life-threatening infection. As her supposed enemy nurses her back to health—discovering she’s a girl and befriending her in the process—Penn realizes that someone else must have betrayed her. Her ensuing investigation reveals not only the truth of her betrayer’s identity but also her own.

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Heart of Stone by Lisa Edmonds (City Owl Press)

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Description: Book Four of the Alice Worth Series

Five years ago, mage private investigator Alice Worth escaped her grandfather Moses Murphy’s organized crime syndicate. Now, her grandfather’s war with local boss Darius Bell has drawn her out of hiding and put her in the crosshairs of two merciless crime lords. Her decision to intervene in their war has endangered everyone Alice cares about and threatens to destroy the life she’s built for herself, including her relationship with alpha werewolf Sean Maclin.

Meanwhile, Alice’s new case is the most dangerous of her career. Hired to find a missing child with a rare magical ability, she and her ghost sidekick Malcolm quickly become targets for the boy’s ruthless kidnappers. To stay alive and free from both Bell and Moses, she must rely not only on her growing powers but also her alliances with Sean’s pack and the Vampire Court.

When Alice’s conflicts with pack members turn violent and the Court betrays her, the truth becomes clear: freeing the kidnapped boy and finding her place in the pack will cost Alice her secrets, her safety, and—if she isn’t careful—her life.

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Icy Roads by J.L. Canfield (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: If you believe every story has two sides, and apply that logic to relationships, then it becomes easy to see why some unions are doomed. Icy Roads is the story of a couple who see their marriage differently. Janet is happy, deeply in love and longs to start a family. Paul, her husband, has realized he should have thought past the wedding night. Life should not become a dull, settled routine when you’re young and successful.
An accident causes Janet’s marital house of cards to collapse. Was it karma, God, the man behind the curtain, or Mother Nature, who set in motion the events that night which would change her life and make her question how a person can forgive as God forgives when their heart is crushed, their life upended, and the unequal emotional equation of their marriage is exposed?

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Kilbride House by Sheila Forsey (Poolbeg Press)

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Description: Kilbride House is set in 1951 on the mystical Dingle Peninsula. Victoria Goulding, a Protestant, falls in love with Tadgh Riley, an evacuee from the Blasket Islands and a Roman Catholic. To be together they must elope. Before their escape, the hand of fate plays its cards and changes their lives irrevocably.

Over sixty-five years later, in the leafy suburbs of New York, Edith Goulding, Victoria’s sister, has died. Edith left Ireland that same winter all those years ago, never to return to Kilbride House.

Kilbride House, despite all its grandeur, holds shocking memories within its walls that have slipped through the cracks of time. As the ghosts awaken the lies begin to unravel, and everything is altered. The past cannot remain untold.

A story of enduring love, sibling loyalty and a secret pact that lasts a lifetime.

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Lori Daniels Mystery: Pillow Talk by Tom Preschutti (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Police Detective Lori Daniels has a knack for picking the wrong guy as a lover. This complicates her next big assignment.

One former lover from high school is now the front man for a major illegal drug distributor. Another former lover is the captain of the Police Internal Affairs Division, who vows to have Lori kicked off the police force, even if it means framing her as a gang informant. Her present lover is the hotshot detective from another precinct, who is super successful in bringing down the drug gangs, and also has a super ego to match.

Strategies devised by the State Police, City Police, Internal Affairs, and a Drug Gang, including using moles and informants, all go haywire. In the end, the trust between friends, along with steady and reliable police work, leads to the capture of a major drug lord.

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Lust in the Dust by Janine Ashbless (Sinful Press)

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Description: Please note: This is a post apocalyptic erotica anthology, and as such it contains explicit sex scenes. Digital copies will be sent out via the Sinful Press newsletter.

It's the end of the world as we know it.

Peace and plenty are ideals barely remembered. Everything we used to rely upon has crumbled away, and pleasure is something few can afford. Every joy has to be fought for. When all the trappings of a civilised life are taken away, all we can hope to truly call our own are our bodies and our hearts. In the ashes, we make alliances where we can, and find solace and humanity in unexpected places. And maybe even a little hope for the future...

Lust in the Dust brings together ten erotic short stories set in times where civilisation and the rule of law have crashed and burned. The aftermath of a terrible war, a zombie invasion, a cityscape over-run by nature, a medieval fortress. Wherever there is life, there is lust.

Edited by Janine Ashbless - with stories by S. Nano, Elizabeth Coldwell, Raven Sky, Sommer Marsden, Cara Thereon, Jones, Gregory L. Norris, Nicole Wolfe, Janine Ashbless, Quiet Ranger.

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Nobody's Victims by Leslie Fish (The Writers of the Apocalypse)

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Description: A woman oddly eager to rent a haunted apartment... a girl with poetic and prophetic movies in her head... an urban road warrior with psychic talent... an oppressed poet with an unusually wise dog... a betrayed cave-climber harrows hell... an old widow defeats an army... a primitive hunter's view of a grim ancient tale... weird stories of women who are nobody's victims

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Pseudo President: The Cyber Voting-Fraud Scandal by Rob Bryant (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: America’s dubious view of recent elections has a solid basis. This book satisfies the insatiable appetite for this timely topic. Voters want to know their vote counts.
Pseudo President takes readers through murder, romance, intrigue, mystery and the fraudulent voting technologies widely used in the last several elections, based upon actual events, court cases, news reports, and persons. The main character is a former Special Operations US Marine. This book contains exhaustive research of over 25 voter fraud methods and cyber techniques. The story begins two years before a presidential election. The text provides enough detail so that readers can research actual events if they so wish.

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Rotting Souls by Sara Clancy (ScareStreet)

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Description: Note: Rotting Souls is the fourth book in the Banshee series. We'll also be sending Midnight Screams (Book 1), Whispering Graves (Book 2), and Shattered Dreams (Book 3) to the giveaway winners for the best reading experience.

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The dead return for vengeance…
Benton Bertrand is no ordinary teenager. He is a banshee — cursed with the ability to sense death and see through the eyes of killers. Benton’s powerful scream can destroy supernatural evil. And it’s about to be put to the test…

Recovering from their last ordeal, Benton and his friend Nicole are horrified to discover a young girl plagued by malevolent spirits. Piece by piece, the helpless child’s body is harvested by an unseen presence. Using his para-normal abilities, Benton zeroes in on the vicious fiends stalking her: a ghostly pair of serial killers, led by a man whose blood is on Nicole’s hands.

As the reluctant teens struggle to banish these murderous spirits, Nicole must confront her lack of remorse for the life she has taken. She killed in self-defense, she had no choice. Or so she tells herself.

But her victims feel otherwise. Death has transformed these two hungry souls into something far more dangerous. Now, these undead killers stalk the night, eager to make Nicole pay.

And their reign of terror has only just begun…

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Tali Nohkati: The Great Crossing by Koza Belleli and Dorine Heller (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Creators of the World, Coyote and the Moon pay special attention to the only survivor of a blazing fire, Tali Nohkati, as the child takes his first steps. At the end of a long journey rich in animal encounters that takes him from the White Land to the Land of the Red Earth, Tali is finally adopted by a tribe.

After saving Nuttah from the sacrifice of the Morning Star, Tali seeks refuge in the mangrove close to Hitchiti the Alligator and Raven the Raven where Caguama the Turtle advises them to go to sea. In the heavenly light of the island of Caguama, they taste the true happiness of starting a family and of living in harmony with a tribe. However, all hell breaks loose as Huracan is unleashed, its violent winds destroying their piece of paradise and taking everything in their path, men and destinies alike…

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Terror in the Shadows Vol. 2 by Scare Street (ScareStreet)

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Your worst nightmares lurk in the shadows…
An antique dollhouse welcomes a troubled family to a celebration of death. A party girl’s addiction gives birth to a monster within. Man’s best friend must fend off a woman’s greatest nightmare…

Scare Street is proud to present eleven chilling tales of the supernatural, in one monstrous volume. Horror authors Ron Ripley, David Longhorn, Sara Clancy, and many more unite to bring you a terrifying collection of short stories, each one guaranteed to haunt your dreams. And each one more chilling than the last.

Once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. Because when these authors sink their teeth into you, it’s already too late.

The only way to escape from these nightmares… is to wake up screaming.

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The Blue Rat by Michael Hartnett (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: El Buscador has long been legendary for revealing, to select visitors, New York’s secrets. Now he confronts his greatest challenge: the real estate mogul Timothy Terrance Tolland has been erecting skyscrapers at an alarming rate. Tolland’s mysterious construction at Canal Street threatens to tear the city’s fabric. Aided by a group of investigative reporters, El Buscador looks to bring Tolland down before his building forever transforms the skyline.
But the battle also goes on below the street as Tolland has initiated a campaign of dyeing the city’s rats blue so that the vermin become as much of his brand as his buildings. Follow along on El Buscador’s adventures as he takes the reader to little-known places – from underground streams to forgotten tombs to rat pits – and unearths secrets long buried in the city. Ultimately, his battle with Tolland spectacularly exposes nefarious plans that will surprise even jaded New Yorkers.

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The Body on the Roof by Kevin Creager (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Everybody in the village liked Grace Mathison, but, when the body of this retired schoolteacher is found on the roof of her home, it is up to the small-town police force to determine what has happened and why.

The residents of Summerfield, Ohio, under investigation and ranging in character, all add pieces to the puzzle. But the more the police department learns, the more questions they have, and the scope of their investigation grows. Solving the death of Grace Mathison is only the beginning, and the reputations of several leading citizens become at risk. In a town where everyone knows everyone else, the most danger comes from trying to keep something hidden.

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The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: The Domino Effect is the story of Danny Rorro, a charismatic kid from Queens poisoned by the past. A series of painful defeats have left him scarred and isolated from his neighborhood, his parents, and – most significantly – the benevolent ways of his childhood when he was known as “Domino.” With great insight, imagery and wit, Danny recalls his past in Queens and his coming-of-age at Hamden Academy. This fast-paced and powerful story is rich with conflict, humor, tenderness and music—just like life, especially when coming of age.

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The Living and The Lost by Richard Farren Barber (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: After years of drifting between jobs, Karl has finally found the one – working for the local council to help ghosts pass on to the afterlife. Mentored by Archie, a curmudgeonly old man, Karl begins to learn his trade. Karl’s life is finally going well, but all of this is threatened when a routine exorcism goes wrong.

While Archie lies in hospital, Karl is horrified as their work colleagues attempt to kill Archie. Karl discovers Archie has not told him everything – about their job, about his life. Karl learns about The Lost: a confluence of spirits using the recently deceased to force their way back into the world. Archie’s colleagues believe Archie’s coma provides the bridge for The Lost to return to the living world. As Archie lies dying, can Karl trust his friends to protect Archie and find a way to save him before he is lost?

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The Man Who Murdered My Mother by Tina Ann Healey (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: When I was two years old, my mother, Donna Litchfield was brutally murdered by Stephen Moore. My mother had broken up with Stephen—her boyfriend, at the time—only a day prior to being killed. A jury found Stephen guilty of the stabbing murder and the judge sentenced him to life in prison. Moore was sent to the maximum-security Trenton State Prison.

Stephen Moore escaped from Trenton State Prison and was on the run for five years. After he turned himself in, he was shipped off to a mental institution, which closed a few years ago. He was then sent to a private mental institution. Moore’s sentence was overturned: not guilty by reason of insanity.

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The Pale Wolf by Robert B. Warren (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: The Pale Wolf is a mythical fantasy about Asha, a child soldier with albinism, who possesses the uncanny ability to wield light as a weapon, which she uses to protect her homeland—the fictional African country of Umaga—against an eccentric warlord known as the Dragon.

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The Reverberating Memories by Ravi Singh (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: This is a compilation of elegies in the memory of Ravi Singh’s deceased son, Yuvaraaj Singh, who passed away prematurely at the age of twenty on October 30, 2016, the Diwali night which is the Hindu festival of lights and crackers. Though these poems center around a single theme, they can be roughly divided into four categories. First category, which comprise the major part, are an expression of Everlasting love for a son. The second category comprises a dialogue with the Almighty. In the third part, Ravi has brought in Elvis, his Labrador, whom he adopted after the demise of his son. The fourth category is again an expression of anguish where imagination is at play and references have been made to nature in the form of trees, oceans, and skies. These poems are an attempt to immortalize a beloved son.

Ravi Pratap Singh is a Professor of Political Science in Allahabad Degree College, University of Allahabad (Prayagraj), Uttar Pradesh, India. He has been teaching for twenty-eight years and his specialization is in International Relations. He has published many research papers in reputed national and international journals. Apart from his subject, he has a passion for English Literature and Poetry. This is his first compilation of poems in elegiac form. You can contact Ravi at RPSingh2164@gmail.com. Check out the book trailer: https://vimeo.com/332057982

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The Western Passage by G. DiCarlo (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Vampires and humans have always been bitter enemies, destined to push each other to extinction. But when a group of scientists develops a genetic enhancement meant to boost the effectiveness of human hunters, tragic results threaten to bring about the destruction of vampires and humans alike…After the fallout of Year Zero and rise of mutated hybrids known as morphs, the remaining humans retreat into five fortresses. All seems well, until Easthaven is attacked in an assault that leaves only thirty survivors. Enter Marcus Warren, one of the most powerful hunters in existence. Reluctantly, Marcus assumes leadership and decides that the group’s only chance of survival is to cross a thousand miles of wilderness to Ashland. Forced to trust a hybrid named Clio and a vampire called Aya, Marcus and the others set out. Dangers lurk everywhere, and enemies seem destined to destroy them…if they don’t destroy each other first.

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The Withered King by Ricardo Victoria (Shadow Dragon Press)

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The debut novel from Sidwewise Award-nominated, Mexican author Ricardo Victoria blends science fiction, fantasy, and anime action in a thrilling story about saving the world while battling your own past.

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Fionn is the wielder of a legendary Tempest Blade, and he is blessed - or cursed - by the Gift. Though his days as a warrior are long over, his past leaves him full of guilt and regret. Life, however, has other plans for him, when he agrees to help a friend locate a missing person.

Gaby and Alex never expected to become heroes… until they met Fionn. As an ancient evil arises and consumes the land, Fionn must help them to master their own Gifts and Tempest Blades.

Together the three of them, and their friends, will chart a course aboard the flying ship Figaro to save the planet. Will Fionn's past be an anchor, or will he overcome the one failure from his former life before time runs out?

In a world where magic and science intermingle, anything is possible.

Including second chances.

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Twist of Fate by Deanna King (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Introducing Jack West, a hard-nosed, relentless homicide detective, who sifts through some of Houston's filthiest secrets to solve a murder involving prostitution, executions and corruption at the highest levels.

Solving the homicide of a 15-year-old girl who was fatally bludgeoned by a 17-year-old boy, Homicide Detective Jack West and his partner Dawson Luck, known around the station as ‘Lucky’ are putting fresh eyes on two ancient cold cases.

In an affluent Houston neighborhood, a call goes out reporting a murder/suicide. The new case takes precedence. Jack and Lucky wrap this case up in record time, and they are back on the cold cases. As Jack begins to dig, he hears a bizarre tale from a dying ex-prostitute that is unbelievable; digging deeper, Jack unravels truths about cops on the take, executions, prostitution, conspiracy to cover up a murder involving a high ranking official and revenge.

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White Oaks by Jill Hand (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Aimee Trapnell reluctantly leaves her apartment on Manhattan’s Central Park West to return to her childhood home in Georgia for her father’s ninetieth birthday. Also on hand are her two brothers, wily Marsh and ne’er-do-well Trainor. With a forty-billion-dollar inheritance at stake, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make the old man happy.
To their shock they learn that what their father wants for his birthday is to kill someone. He doesn’t care who it is. He just wants to know what it’s like to commit murder.
Betrayal, double-dealing, and fast-paced action set the Trapnells on a collision course with an unexpected villain. Their journey takes them from the swamps of Georgia, to Italy’s glittering Amalfi coast, to rugged Yellowstone National Park.

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French Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Exciting Short Stories to Easily Learn French by Touri (Touri Language Learning)

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Do you know the biggest secret to learning French quickly?To enjoy the material! If you are struggling with French conjugations or having trouble finding helpful and engaging reading material you can actually understand … You're not alone.This is exactly what inspired us to write another book in our highly-praised French learning series.Let's be honest, how is a student supposed to learn when language instructors love providing materials that are tough expert-level literature with tons of grammar and rules? That style of book for new language learners can be overwhelming, and lead you to flip back and forth between a dictionary and your book constantly!Not an effective use of your time nor the best way to learn.Meet French Stories for Beginners Volume 3: You will find 20 easy-to-read, engaging, and fun stories that will not only help you to significantly expand your vocabulary but also provide you the tools to improve your grasp of the French language.Speed up your comprehension, grow your vocabulary and ignite your imagination with these twenty exciting French short stories!All stories are written using vocabulary that you could easily use in your day-to-day conversations.The stories are written with beginner French learners in mind. With that said, it is highly recommended to have a basic understanding of French to achieve maximum enjoyment and effectiveness of the lessons. This program is excellent for those who want to get an introduction to the language or brush up on their French language skills.How to Read French Short Stories for Beginners:

  • Each story contains an important lesson in the French language involving an interesting and entertaining story with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.
  • A summary in French and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to gauge your comprehension of what the tale was about.
  • At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of vocabulary found in the lesson, as well as phrases that you may not have understood the first time!
  • Finally, you’ll be given clever questions in French, so you can prove that you learned something in the stories.
Even if you have failed multiple times to learn French, we guarantee these exciting short stories will give you words and phrases you can start using with native French speakers immediately. It’s time to add the rocket fuel you need to boost your confidence & finally grasp the language!
This book has been written by a French author and is recommended to A2+ level learners.

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How to Collect Great Art on a Shoestring by David L. Gersh (Open Books)

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Description: A how-to guide for new and experienced collectors, How to Collect Great Art on a Shoestring explores the unique opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind works for $2000 or $3000 by hundreds of mostly forgotten yet startlingly good artists who are in the permanent collection of MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Met, among many other museums. A veteran and avid collector, Gersh offers pro tips on how, what, and which artists to look for while providing unique insights, an invaluable perspective, and a dash of humor into the world of collecting great art.

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Office Preserves by Galen Surlak-Ramsey (Tiny Fox Press)

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Description: Some people fight for a new job.

On his first day, Toby can't wait to lose his.


Without a doubt, Preser Tech is the most bizarre office he's ever been in. The employees wear tattered clothes. Receptionists answer pretend phones, and the CEO wants everyone working for the rest of their lives.

Literally.

When Toby tries to leave and security threatens his life, he realizes he's in trouble. Sadly, only a deranged secretary with a fetish for poisoning coworkers is willing to help. Now Toby must pry her secrets while avoiding being her next victim if he's going to get home alive. What happens as the day wears on is hilariously disturbing and completely out of this world.

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The Awful Truth About the Sushing Prize by Marco Ocram (Tiny Fox Press)

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Description: Should I tell him about Sushing or play dumb?

Sticking in my comfort zone, I played dumb.


Writer Marco Ocram has a secret superpower—whatever he writes actually happens, there and then. Hoping to win the million-dollar Sushing Prize, he uses his powers to write a true-crime thriller, quickly discovering a freakish murder. But Marco has a major problem—he's a total idiot who can't see beyond his next sentence. Losing control of his plot and his characters, and breaking all the rules of fiction, Marco writes himself into every kind of trouble, until only the world's most incredible ending can save his bacon.

Fast, funny, and utterly different, welcome to the weird world of The Awful Truth.

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Blackflies and Blueberries by Sharon Ledwith (Mirror World Publishing)

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Description: The only witness left to testify against an unsolved crime in Fairy Falls isn't a person...

City born and bred, Hart Stewart possesses the gift of psychometry—the psychic ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them. Since his mother's death, seventeen-year-old Hart has endured homelessness, and has learned ways to keep his illiteracy under wraps. He eventually learns of a great-aunt living in Fairy Falls, and decides to leave the only life he's ever known for an uncertain future.

Diana MacGregor lives in Fairy Falls. Her mother was a victim of a senseless murder. Only Diana's unanswered questions and her grief keeps her going, until Hart finds her mother's lost ring and becomes a witness to her murder.

Through Hart's psychic power, Diana gains hope for justice. Their investigation leads them into the corrupt world threatening Fairy Falls. To secure the town's future, Hart and Diana must join forces to uncover the shocking truth, or they risk losing the true essence of Fairy Falls forever.

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LENS by Grace Marie Grafton (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: Unique and commonplace, wise and funny, wild and cultivated, the poems in LENS, by Grace Marie Grafton, invite readers to explore with her the faces, places, history and mythic imagination of artists of California from 1853-2010.

These quixotic, skillful poems display a sensitive respect for the art that inspired them. The author has selected sixty six pieces of artwork that collectively display the astounding breadth of art that California has evoked and that therefore afford her sufficient content to showcase her mastery of a refreshing variety of writing styles. As her poem, “Muse,” from LENS, says, “she could spell the letters in summer shapes/ she could hold you down in a fight/ she unlocks the midnight door for you.” Her poems will help you see art, poetry and California through a new lens.

Rather than describe the content of a painting, Grafton uses any given piece of art as a launching pad for imaginative excursions that are creative and frequently surprising. The reader accompanies her into the Sierra Nevada, the redwoods, the beach, coastal hills, valley farms, orchards, Depression-era streets, an internment camp, the weather. In response to figurative art, she writes narratively. With surreal art, a reader’s mind is opened. With abstract art, her poem might be associative or break all over the page.

Welcome to the historical, environmental and artistic richness of California and Ms. Grafton’s adventuresome poems.

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Starting a Business QuickStart Guide by Ken Colwell (ClydeBank Media)

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Have you ever dreamt of starting your own business and living life on your terms?

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In his comprehensive Starting a Business QuickStart Guide, Ken Colwell concisely presents the core fundamentals that all new entrepreneurs need to know to get started, find success, and live the life of their dreams.

Business and entrepreneurship students, small business owners, managers, and soon-to-be entrepreneurs will all find a wealth of value within the pages of the Starting a Business QuickStart Guide.

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A Tangled Weave by Michael Skeet (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: It is forbidden. Possession is a crime. Smugglers are executed.

It is not a drug, nor a jewel, nor a precious metal.

It is cloth.

Cotton, to be specific, with colourful patterns painted by artisans in far-off India.

Employing protectionist trade, European monarchs have prohibited the stuff. Prohibition, of course, increases demand. Victoire de Berenguer, impoverished aristocrat, counts on that demand to support her if not make her rich.

Enter aristocratic younger son Robert de Vimoutiers, disrespected by his mother―by pretty much everybody―and bored with the frivolous life he leads. He’s looking for adventure.

What he finds is Victoire. Will the empire survive the encounter?

A Tangled Weave continues the magical saga begun in Michael Skeet’s A Poisoned Prayer. Let the delicious adventure continue.

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Pillar of Darkness by Dave Duncan (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: Two hundred miles wide and higher than the moon, Sungoback has stood over central Africa for thirty years, a pillar of light by night and of darkness by day. Science cannot explain it; it destroys technology. What secret lies at its centre: aliens, eternal life, distant past, or far future? Most who venture inside Sungoback are never seen again. Why would anybody dare?

They all have their reasons. Pillar of Darkness tells of a party of nine very dissimilar people, who venture into Sungoback together, bound by their motives, their sufferings, and—eventually—their fates.

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The Ethical Swordsman by Dave Duncan (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: Dave Duncan fans: once more into the fray!

Niall’s father taught him about honour, about the value of a man keeping his word. And this is a tenet by which Niall has lived his life, even while training to be a Blade.

Now, however, King Ambrose is dead, and his daughter, Malinda, wears the Chivian Crown, and even as Niall is made Prime of the Blades, he’s been put under dire oath to the Queen, made a spy, and about to face a challenge to everything he had been taught about honour and the privilege of being a Queen’s Blade.

In this the last of the King’s Blades series, Dave Duncan takes his readers on a high adventure and what will be remembered as a deeply satisfying conclusion.

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The Rose Guardian by Lorina Stephens (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: Consumate storyteller, Lorina Stephens, returns with a novel of grief and the power of forgiveness
There is a conversation that should have happened between Vi Cotter and her mother. Now it’s too late.

But sometimes the dead speak through the legacy they leave, and in this case Vi’s mother bequeaths her, among other things, her journals. Do we sometimes seek absolution from the grave? Do we seek reconciliation between the child, the woman, the crone?

In a story of unspoken truths and hidden fears, The Rose Guardian explores the cages we make when we fail to unlock our secrets.

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True Freedom—How America came to fight Britain for its independence by Michael Dean (Holland Park Press)

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Description: Set in Boston and London over sixteen years, True Freedom is a panoramic account of how America came to fight Britain for its freedom in the eighteenth century.

The Boston scene is set through vignettes about the people who shaped its history. Thomas Hutchinson, sixth generation of Boston aristocracy, whose wealth is seemingly unassailable. Self-taught medical doctor Thomas Young, an idealist, meeting his hero Samuel Adams who is determined to have his revolution. Their Sons of Liberty and Mohucks play a key role in the uprising, all the time supported from London by the radical politician John Wilkes.

True Freedom is full of vivid period details; you can almost smell Parliament in London or hear the clerks scribbling away in the American Department. So too, in Boston, you can picture the meeting-place Faneuil Hall, experience the might of the British navy in the harbour, and feel the determination of the Boston people to defy Parliament in London.

Together they form facets of the main character: the Boston uprising. The facts are described but by focusing on personal relationships Michael Dean takes us right to the heart of identity and sovereignty.

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Coil by Ren Warom (Apex Publications)

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Description: Bone Adams is a legend, the best mortician in the Spires, and a man without modification in a world where body mods define humanity. When a new killer begins leaving bodies stripped of mods but twisted and bent into grotesque pieces of art, City Officer Stark tasks Bone to unravel the clues, few though they may be.

As more victims are discovered, Bone and Stark get drawn deeper into a world where pain and personal statement blend and blur, and finally end up hunting for a semi-mythical, man-machine named Burneo deep within the labyrinth of the sewers.

But things aren’t what they seem, and while searching for Burneo, Bone and Stark discover a hidden lab full of evidence of horrific abuses of science and experimentation. Meanwhile, the killer is still on the loose, and, as Stark becomes more and more obsessed with the case, Bone is forced to a shattering realization. Everything is connected, the killings, the gang activity, the labs, and his own past, and unless he can figure out how, he’s not going to survive.

Ren Warom weaves a tale laced with gang crime, underground body mod shops, Transmog labs, and shocking murders, and ties it all together with a protagonist desperate to shed his father’s reputation and become his own man. But at what cost?

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Do Not Go Quietly by Jason Sizemore (Apex Publications)

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Resistance. Revolution. Standing up and demanding to have your space, your say, your right to be. From small acts of defiance to protests that shut down cities, Do Not Go Quietly is an anthology of science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist. Within this anthology, we will chronicle the fight for what is just and right, and what that means: from leading revolutions to the simple act of saying “No.”

Resistance can be a small act of everyday defiance. And other times, resistance means massive movements that topple governments and become iconic historical moments. Either way, there is power in these acts, and the contributors in Do Not Go Quietly will harness that power to shake our readers to the core. We are subordinates to a power base that is actively working to solidify its grip on the world. Now is time to stand up and raise your voice and tell the world that enough is enough!

Includes stories by Fran Wilde, Sarah Pinsker, John Hornor Jacobs, Rich Larson, A. Merc Rustad, Maurice Broaddus, and many more.

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Pimp My Airship by Maurice Broaddus (Apex Publications)

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Description: Warning: Don’t Believe the Hype!

All the poet called Sleepy wants to do is spit his verses, smoke chiba, and stay off the COP’s radar—all of which becomes impossible once he encounters a professional protestor known as (120 Degrees of) Knowledge Allah. They soon find themselves on the wrong side of local authorities and have to elude the powers that be.

When young heiress Sophine Jefferson’s father is murdered, the careful life she’d been constructing for herself tumbles around her. She’s quickly drawn into a web of intrigue, politics and airships, joining with Sleepy and Knowledge Allah in a fight for their freedom. Chased from one end of a retro-fitted Indianapolis to the other, they encounter outlaws, the occasional circus, possibly a medium, and more outlaws. They find themselves in a battle much larger than they imagined: a battle for control of the country and the soul of their people.

The revolution will not be televised!

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Taboo by Kim Scott (Small Beer Press)

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A century after a rural Western Australian massacre, a group of Noongar people are invited back by an elderly farmer to the land where it happened.
From Kim Scott, two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a haunting yet optimistic novel charged with ambition and poetry, in equal parts brutal, mysterious and idealistic, about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years . . .
Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar's descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife's dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations.
But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.
We walk with the ragtag group through this taboo country and note in them glimmers of re-connection with language, lore, country. We learn alongside them how countless generations of Noongar may have lived in ideal rapport with the land. Taboo won four literary awards, was longlisted for four and shortlisted for three more. It is a novel of survival and renewal, as much as destruction; and, ultimately, of hope as much as despair.
Events
Washington, DC; New York City; more TBA
WINNER OF THE NSW PREMIER'S AWARD BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
WINNER OF THE NSW PREMIER'S INDIGENOUS WRITER'S PRIZE 2018
WINNER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND FICTION BOOK AWARD 2018
WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR INDIGENOUS WRITING 2019
PRAISE FOR TABOO
"If Benang was the great novel of the assimilation system, and That Deadman Dance redefined the frontier novel in Australian writing, Taboo makes a strong case to be the novel that will help clarify — in the way that only literature can — what reconciliation might mean." — Australian Book Review
"Scott's book is stunning — haunted and powerful . . . Verdict: Must Read." — Herald Sun
"Remarkable." — Stephen Romei, Weekend Australian
"Stunning prose." — Saturday Paper
"This is a complex, thoughtful, and exceptionally generous offering by a master storyteller at the top of his game." — The Guardian
"Undaunted, and daring as ever Scott goes back to his ancestral Noongar country in Western Australia's Great Southern region; back in time as well to killings (or a massacre, the point is contested) of whites and Aborigines there in 1880. . . Taboo never becomes a revenge story, whether for distant or recent wrongs . . . The politics of Taboo — not to presume or simplify too much — are quietist, rather than radical. Ambitious, unsentimental [and] morally challenging." — Sydney Morning Herald
"Scott is one of the most thoughtful, exciting and powerful storytellers of this continent today, with great courage and formidable narrative prowess- and Taboo is his most daring novel yet." — Sydney Review of Books
About the Author
Kim Scott is a multi-award winning novelist. Benang was the first novel by an Indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Award and That Deadman Dance also won Australia’s premier literary prize, among many others. Proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar, Kim is founder and chair of the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project, which has published a number of bilingual picture books. A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott deals with aspects of his career in education and literature. He received an Australian Centenary Medal and was 2012 West Australian of the Year. Kim is currently Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University.

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Waters of Destiny by Ian Watson (NewCon Press)

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Description: Ancient Plague as a Bio-Weapon; a cult of assassins living on as modern day Terrorists

Could a scrap of medieval poetry really hold the key to saving an unsuspecting world from the grip of deadly pandemic?

Canadian historian Abigail Leclaire has no idea of the danger she faces as she attempts to learn more of a 14th century poet and solve the riddle of a few tantalising lines of verse. Soon she becomes the focus of attention from both the CIA and other, darker forces. Without fully realising the implications, she finds herself in a race against time to stop the lethal outbreak of worldwide pestilence.

In this stunning novel, award winning author Ian Watson teams up with scientist and author Andy West to deliver a breathless blend of conspiracy theory, techno-thriller, historical fiction and the Da Vinci Code, telling an all too convincing tale of deceit, murder, and cataclysmic events that reach from the distant past to threaten all of our tomorrows.

An omnibus edition containing both volumes of the novel, previously release as "Assassins' Legacy" and "Assassins' Endgame". Available as Kindle, ePub or pdf.

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Who Killed Buster Sparkle? by John W. Bateman (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: When a drag queen named Peaches meets Buster, a Mississippi ghost with partial amnesia, questions of past, present, and future surface.

Buster attempts to reckon with who he was and is in the presence of Peaches, whose gender-fluid identity perplexes him. Although he doesn't want to associate with Peaches, Buster realizes that he must push aside his biases to avoid eternal loneliness.

Who Killed Buster Sparkle? threads together dialogue on race, gender, orientation, and economics, showing oppression exists in many forms. Bateman masters the comic and gothic through two characters who need each other more than they understand.

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Brain Makeover 2nd Edition by Phyllis Ginsberg (Finesse)

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Description: Do you want to be happier with the choices you make? Would you like to choose healthier habits that will ensure a better quality of life? Heatlth and Happiness expert Phyllis Ginsberg guides you toward these goals in the brand new second edition of Brain Makeover: Weekly Guide to a Happier, Healthier, and More Abundant Life.

In this edition, enjoy 40% more content that will help you maintain healthy eating habits, maintain your finances, and reduce stress in your life!

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murmurs at the gate by Suzanne S. Rancourt (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: murmurs at the gate – Suzanne S. Rancourt’s second book of poetry uses both fictional and auto-biographical events to create a chorus of survivors. These poems are for the unspeakable, the marginalized, the “in-betweeners,” create a chorus of survivors in the theatre of life’s sorrow, love, tragedy, beauty, and profound human resiliency. Ms. Rancourt’s life attests to being a survivor, and states, “Prejudice is non-discriminatory.” murmurs at the gate, is a poetic narrative that explores the harsh measures of life’s wars. “If we are at war with everything, who are the Warriors? Who are the survivors? And, for how long does the war cry reverberate?” Marine and Army veteran, and multi-modal artist, Ms. Rancourt brings to the reader her rich and diverse metaphors inspired by rural mountain living and Native American culture. Ms. Rancourt honors all her ancestors in this astounding book where every murmur could be your own.

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Isandro by Elle Klass (Books by Elle, Inc)

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The hidden journals are those found by Alistair in Opal’s home in St. Augustine. Each story is unique.

Pressured by two bullies at school, Isandro takes them into his father’s study in search of something he saw, something that he hopes will make the teasing stop. It’s there they find a secret room and the voice begins. It calls Isandro, pulls him into its clutches, and he discovers what the secret room really houses. It isn’t the only nightmare he faces. His parents have kept secrets from him that may cost him his very lifeblood.

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Elizabeth of Bohemia by David Elias (ECW Press)

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Description: A sweeping, cinematic novel about the life of the Winter Queen, Elizabeth Stuart

October 1612. King James I is looking to expand England’s influence in Europe, especially among the Protestants. He invites Prince Frederic of the Palatinate to London and offers him his sixteen-year-old daughter Elizabeth’s hand in marriage. The fierce and intelligent Elizabeth moves to Heidelberg Castle, Frederic’s ancestral home, where she is favored with whatever she desires, and the couple begins their family. Amid much turmoil, the Hapsburg emperor is weakened, and with help from Bohemian rebels, Frederic takes over royal duties in Prague. Thus, Elizabeth becomes the Queen of Bohemia. But their reign is brief. Within the year, Catholic Europe unites to take back the Hapsburg throne. Defeated at the Battle of White Mountain, Frederic, Elizabeth, and their children are forced into exile for a much-reduced life in The Hague. Despite tumultuous seasons of separation and heartache, the Winter Queen makes every effort to keep her family intact.

Written with cinematic flair, this historical novel brings in key figures such as Shakespeare and Descartes as it recreates the drama and intrigue of 17th-century England and the Continent. Elizabeth’s children included Rupert of the Rhine and Sophia of Hanover, from whom the Hanoverian line descended to the present Queen Elizabeth II.

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Rabbits for Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum (HighBridge Audio)

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Description: From master of razor-edged literary humor Binnie Kirshenbaum, a devastating, laugh-out-loud funny story of a writer's slide into depression and institutionalization.

It's New Year's Eve, the holiday of forced fellowship, mandatory fun, and paper hats. While dining out with her husband and their friends, Kirshenbaum's protagonist—an acerbic, mordantly witty, and clinically depressed writer—fully unravels. Her breakdown lands her in the psych ward of a prestigious New York hospital, where she refuses all modes of recommended treatment. Instead, she passes the time chronicling the lives of her fellow "lunatics" and writing a novel about what brought her there. Her story is a hilarious and harrowing deep dive into the disordered mind of a woman who sees the world all too clearly.

Propelled by stand-up comic timing and rife with pinpoint insights, Kirshenbaum examines what it means to be unloved and loved, to succeed and fail, to be at once impervious and raw. Rabbits for Food shows how art can lead us out of—or into—the depths of disconsolate loneliness and piercing grief. This is a bravura literary performance from one of our most witty and indispensable writers.

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Queen of the Mountaineers by Catheryn J. Prince (Tantor Media)

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Description: Fanny Bullock Workman was a complicated and restless woman who defied the rigid Victorian morals she found as restrictive as a corset. With her frizzy brown hair tucked under a topee, Workman was a force on the mountain and off. Instrumental in breaking the British stranglehold on Himalayan mountain climbing, this American woman climbed more peaks than any of her peers, became the first woman to map the far reaches of the Himalayas, the first woman to lecture at the Sorbonne and the second to address the Royal Geographic Society of London, whose members included Charles Darwin, Richard Francis Burton, and David Livingstone. Her books, replete with photographs, illustrations, and descriptions of meteorological conditions, glaciology, and the effect of high altitudes on humans, remained useful decades after their publication. Paving the way for a legion of female climbers, her legacy lives on in scholarship prizes at Wellesley, Smith, Radcliffe, and Bryn Mawr.

Author and journalist Cathryn J. Prince brings Fanny Bullock Workman to life and deftly shows how she negotiated the male-dominated world of alpine clubs and adventure societies as nimbly as she negotiated the deep crevasses and icy granite walls of the Himalayas. It's the story of the role one woman played in science and exploration, in breaking boundaries and frontiers for women everywhere.

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