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November 2021 batch: Requests must be in by Monday, November 29th at 6pm EST.

The Bridge to Sharktooth Island (Challenge Island STEAM Adventure, #1) by Sharon Duke Estroff (West Margin Press)

Description: For fans of The Magic School Bus and Magic Tree House, new friendships, mysterious forces, and an island adventure awaits in The Bridge to Sharktooth Island as you delve into the mechanics of bridge-building fun!

"Challenge Island, a line of STEAM-centric adventures, debuts with The Bridge to Sharktooth Island."

Publishers Weekly, Fall 2020 Children's Announcements

One minute Daniel and his cousin Joy are playing in the snow—and the next they are stranded on a mysterious island surrounded by sharks!

Where are they now and how did they get here? And how will they get back home?

With new friend Kimani, the kids find clues to these and other mysteries. To escape the island, they have to work together and build a bridge to safety!

This thrilling adventure is packed with fun STEAM activities you can do at home: build your own bridge, mix up a blue slime ocean, and design ferocious paper sharks.

From the world's #1 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education enrichment program, Challenge Island® presents an exciting new adventure book series for smart, curious kids.

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The Last Professional by Ed Davis (Artemesia Publishing)

Description: “With The Last Professional, Davis has done for American railroads what Kerouac did for American highways, and Steinbeck did for American nomads.” Jerry Cimino, Founder of The Beat Museum

Near the end of his days The Duke sees his way of life and the code he follows disappearing. Lynden is on the brink of a new beginning but cannot embrace it without confronting the traumas of his past. And a maniac is intent on destroying them both. Bonds are formed, secrets exposed, sacrifices made all against an American landscape of promise and peril. Three unforgettable characters, hurtling toward a climax where pasts and futures collide, and lives hang in the balance.

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Looking for Leroy by Melody Carlson (Revell)

Description: Brynna Philips is ready to give up on love. But when her fellow teacher invites her on a trip through Sonoma wine country, she's reminded of her first crush, whose family owned a vineyard there. Is there any chance she can find him. . . and one last chance for love?

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The Lady of Galway Manor by Jennifer Deibel (Revell)

Description: In 1920 Galway, amid the Irish War of Independence, the daughter of a British landlord becomes an apprentice jeweler to the descendent of the creator of the famed Claddagh ring. As the two learn to work together and see each other in a new light, they start to uncover the true meaning of love, loyalty, and friendship.

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The Prince and the Prodigal by Jill Eileen Smith (Revell)

Description: Two brothers among twelve. One pampered. One petulant. After a stunning betrayal, Judah struggles to forget what he's done, while Joseph attempts to move on from what's been done to him. Is there hope for reconciliation for one of Egypt's most powerful men and his wayward brother?

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Mac & Irene: A WWII Saga by Margot McMahon (Aquarius Press)

Description: Mac & Irene: A WWII Saga is based on the true story of Franklin "Mac" McMahon, Emmy and Peabody award-winning artist-reporter and filmmaker. In WWII, McMahon was a U.S. Army Air Corps B-17 navigator who survived the Stalag Luft III POW camp to return home to Chicago and his sweetheart, Irene. McMahon later served as the courtroom artist for the Emmett Till Trial and the infamous Chicago "Conspiracy" Trial of 1969/70. McMahon was also a Presidential and U.S. Space Program artist. Mac & Irene: A WWII Saga is the first in a trilogy on McMahon's legendary life and legacy.

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A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes (Akashic Books)

Description: A Tall History of Sugar tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was “born without skin,” so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance.

The narrative begins with Moshe’s birth in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica’s independence from colonial rule, and ends in the era of what Forbes calls “the fall of empire,” the era of Brexit and Donald Trump. The historical trajectory layers but never overwhelms the scintillating love story as the pair fight to establish their own view of loving, against the moral force of the colonial “plantation” and its legacies that continue to affect their lives and the lives of those around them.

Written in lyrical, luminous prose that spans the range of Jamaican Englishes, this remarkable story follows the couple’s mysterious love affair from childhood to adulthood, from the haunted environs of rural Jamaica to the city of Kingston, and then to England—another haunted locale in Forbes’s rendition.

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Apple and Magnolia by Laura Gehl (Flyaway Books)

Description: The bond between two trees, Apple and Magnolia, takes center stage in this picture book that explores the power of unlikely friendships. Includes an author’s note that further explores how trees communicate.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by André Lewis Carter (Akashic Books)

Description: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea opens in the early 1970s with young César, a street tough of Afro-Cuban descent, standing outside a US Navy recruitment office at the crack of dawn. The Vietnam War is raging, the navy has only recently begun the serious process of integration, and the country is reeling from racial turmoil and unrest.

So why enlist? Because César sees it as his only hope of survival. He is on the run from a life of crime on the streets of Orlando, and from Mr. Mike, a charismatic, sociopathic gangster who was once a mentor but has now turned on him. Escaping into a navy wrestling with its history of racism and sexism, César soon sees the absurdity of certain prejudices that seem as old as the US Armed Forces.

His new life takes him from Orlando to Naval Station Great Lakes, where he questions his resolve as he endures the inferno that is boot camp. But he discovers that the military is a brotherhood of service that feeds his need to belong. From there, César travels to San Diego and finds a California that is nothing like the unbiased utopia he saw portrayed in the movies. Yet he does find love, falling for a beautiful young biracial woman who is much more knowledgeable about life.

César is soon deployed across the sea to join the “real” navy, embarking aboard an aircraft carrier where racial tensions are high and are moving quickly toward violence. The growing flames are fanned with the arrival of a new set of orders. The ship, sailing home, is ordered to turn around and steam toward Vietnam. Through it all, César’s ever-growing sense of honor and self-worth force him to make moral decisions he never knew he was capable of. It’s a fortitude he will desperately need, because Mr. Mike is coming.

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Do You Follow? by J.C. Bidonde (Greenleaf Book Group)

Description: Alexa lives a sheltered life with her widowed father, feeling stifled by his helicopter parenting. When she secures a marketing job and apartment in New York City―much to her father’s and therapist’s concern―Alexa has high hopes of finally sneaking her way into adulthood. But her newfound freedom is cut short when her estranged twin sister Beth, after a long stint in a psychiatric setting, unexpectedly shows up at the doorstep of her tiny apartment.

Alexa too has spent time at the Weinstein Center. But she's determined to lead a normal life now and soon begins to date a YouTuber client. According to Beth, something isn’t quite right with Curt, but Alexa shrugs her clingy sister’s warnings off. It’s Beth who’s crazy, after all . . . As the sister bond grows strained over Alexa’s relationship and career success, questions mount, and secrets unfold, revealing the wickedly dark shared history of the twin siblings. What exactly happened when the twins were only nine that set this vile trajectory in motion?

Things get more complicated, and one treacherous act threatens everything Alexa has been working toward. It will be on her―and Beth―to claw the way out of this situation.

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I Love You, Blue by Barroux (Flyaway Books)

Description: This introductory tale about the impact plastic waste has on the ocean is told through a lighthouse keeper’s friendship with a whale named Blue. Includes an author’s note with facts about how whales and their habitat can be protected.

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Made-Up: A True Story of Beauty Culture Under Late Capitalism by Daphne B. (Coach House Books)

Description: A nuanced, feminist, and deeply personal take on beauty culture and YouTube consumerism, in the tradition of Maggie Nelson’s Bluets

As Daphné B. obsessively watches YouTube makeup tutorials and haunts Sephora’s website, she’s increasingly troubled by the ways in which this obsession contradicts her anti-capitalist and intersectional feminist politics. In this poetic treatise, she rejects the false binaries of traditional beauty standards and delves into the celebrities and influencers, from Kylie to Grimes, and the poets and philosophers, from Anne Boyer to Audre Lorde, who have shaped the reflection she sees in the mirror. At once confessional and essayistic, Made-Up is a meditation on the makeup that colours, that obscures, that highlights who we are and who we wish we could be.

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Atlin: Where Everyone Knows Your Dog’s Name by Bradford D. Smith (Fathom Publishing Company)

Description: Atlin: Where Everyone Knows Your Dog’s Name is the story of a boy and the town that raised him.

It was an innocent time, when imagination was king, and the wilderness was a playground. Surrounded by his family’s many dogs, Brad was raised without running water, TV or radio. They burned wood for heat, ate moose meat and trout, and water was delivered once a week to a barrel in the kitchen. With his buddies in tow, Brad enjoyed carefree days of swimming, fishing, hunting, and random adventures unknown to their city-dwelling counterparts of the time.

With natural story-telling ease and wit, Brad tells a story that is as much about the town that molded and raised him to be the person he is today as it is about his childhood. He tells of average life and average people who did extraordinary things. In doing so, it made them anything but average.

“… It is an absolute must read!” Terry Milos, author of North of Familiar

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Fergus and Zeke and the 100th Day of School (Fergus and Zeke, #4) by Kate Messner (Candlewick Press)

Description: Fergus and Zeke love being the class pets in Miss Maxwell’s classroom, and they do everything the students do. But when the kids start collecting items and doing gym challenges and making projects to celebrate the one hundredth day of school, the mice can’t seem to find a way to join in. One hundred miles is a very long distance when you’re running on your spinny wheel. One hundred seconds is a very short time when you’re trying to take a nap. Stacking one hundred wood chips makes a tower that tips and falls before you’re even halfway done. And writing a story with exactly one hundred words means abandoning your characters in the middle of the action! Will these two classroom mice ever come up with the perfect project to celebrate the one hundredth day?

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The Good for Nothing Tree by Amy-Jill Levine (Flyaway Books)

Description: Inspired by the parable of the Barren Fig Tree, The Good for Nothing Tree focuses on a tree that grows later than expected, reminding readers that patience, care, and love can change everything—making what may appear “good for nothing” very good. A note about the parable’s New Testament origins and a recipe are included.

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Whereabouts Unknown by Richard Probert (Beaufort Books)

Description: 1993. For 18-year-old Beth Adamski, life is just starting to take shape. She’s set to attend Indiana University in the fall, her boyfriend and her best friend are like family, and the graveyard shifts she works at Walmart will help her save up for an apartment of her own.

But when her parents die in a tragic car accident, Beth not only discovers that she has a sister; she also finds that her parents weren’t exactly who she thought they were. Determined to find her sister, Beth sets out on a journey that leads her to discover more about herself than she could have ever imagined.

1953. Every day, Milwaukee-born Jim Robinson watches his mother wait for his MIA father to return home from the Korean War. As the years pass and his father never appears, young Jim grows lonely, resigned to a life of solitude, until Sal Conti—a crusty, old, Italian stone carver living nearby—takes Jim under his wing.

As Jim grows older, his life’s journey takes him from a sheltered and secure life in Milwaukee, to the war-torn jungle of southern Vietnam. Back in the U.S. after his service ends, Jim searches for a place to call home and the one thing he longs for most: connection. Spanning decades and continents, Whereabouts Unknown links two unlikely characters who may just have what the other one is looking for.

Insightful, captivating, and timeless, Whereabouts Unknown is about the bonds of family—the family we’re born with and the one we create.

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American Indian Stories by Zitkála-Šá (West Margin Press)

Description: Combining personal experience with traditional storytelling, Zitkála-Šá reflects on her life as a young woman raised on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota and educated at a Quaker school in Indiana. Whether remembering her mother, reflecting on the importance of legends, or recalling her first time making coffee, Zitkála-Šá, in American Indian Stories, uses her voice to elevate her people.

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Old Indian Legends by Zitkála-Šá (West Margin Press)

Description: In the mythology of the Lakota and other Oceti Sakowin peoples, Iktomi is a spider-trickster spirit and cultural hero. In the vast wilderness of the American Midwest, Iktomi experiences a series of humorous and instructive trials that illuminate humanity’s relationship with nature. In Old Indian Legends, Zitkála-Šá uses her voice and expansive traditional knowledge to elevate the stories of her people.

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A Christmas Heart by Christie Leigh Babirad (TouchPoint Romance)

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Description: Quinn Ainsley loves everything about Christmas, and no other place in the world does the holiday like New York City. Quinn has a job she loves working downtown at Bellissima Star magazine where she gets to write about people’s passions and a boyfriend she sees a stable future with. Everything is perfect… that is until she returns to work after Thanksgiving.

When Quinn is suddenly laid off from her job, she goes back to her small hometown in Berrywick, Connecticut, a place that is filled with unconfronted ghosts from her past. It has been three years since she ran away taking her broken heart with her.

When faith, hope, and healing are put to the test, can Quinn confront loss and find where her passion lies in time to celebrate her favorite holiday, or will this be a Christmas that changes her heart completely?

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A Forest Tragedy in the Vacuum: Or, Cupid’s Sacrifice by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: A farcical satire about the Laws of Tragedy and irrational morality that presents a Vacuum of death.

This play is the only text that Percy labeled as a “tragedy”, but kept closeted in his family archives, without successfully selling it to a publisher. As the dominant tragedian under the “Shakespeare”-byline, Percy was the master of this genre. After decades of practicing perfecting strict obedience to the Laws of Tragedy, in this experiment, Percy rebels against them and satirizes the “imbecility” behind formulaic rules, and particularly in the types of rules that governs this “cruel” genre. The resulting farce especially satirizes Percy’s “Shakespeare”-bylined Romeo and Juliet (1597), as well as other murder-suicide dramas described in “William Painter’s” The Palace of Pleasure (1575). Translated segments from Palace about Rhomeo and Julietta are included to assist readers with finding echoes between these three texts. One blatant echo is the “…I die!” speeches uttered by Romeo and by Amadour in the Forest Tragedy. In the latter, events take place seemingly in the duchy of the Vacuum, or a void that brings together characters from ancient times together with historical and contemporary international European monarchs. In its conclusion, the Vacuum consumes all eight of the main characters, and leaves only dead bodies in its void. There is no clear main-character, so it might be Rhodaghond, the black-Egyptian slave-girl who ends up indirectly killing three of her masters because her mistress, Fulvia, shoves her once with her palm. Alternatively, it might be the Jewish boy-scholar and poison-brewer, Jeptes, who obliges his master by creating a poison that eventually kills four. The gore is brought to farcical lows, as three characters drink from a cup of wine with Lord Affranio’s heart and the poison in it. Numerous laws of propriety, morality and generic-integrity are not only shattered across this Plot, but these shatterings are also philosophically explained as deliberate decisions of a Poet intent on sacrificing this Plot to prove the absurdity of genre-adhering murder-suicides. There is infidelity, hints of homosexuality, court-intrigue, fraudulent schemes, and a myriad of other dramatic events. And below the surface of the farce, there are beautiful and enticing metered and rhymed poetic passages hitting the heart and soul, as the audience is asked to consider these from the perspective of the omnipotent Poet who has to condemn characters to tragic deaths across decades of a professional writing career.

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All for Summer by Parman Reynolds (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: In 1980s East Texas, a janitor stands accused of killing a prominent local man, the same person potentially responsible for the death of the janitor's daughter. As the trial begins, unexpected assistance arrives in the form of a new legal aid attorney whose organization is determined to end the county's sham trials. Unfortunately for the sheriff, the trial threatens to expose the rampant local corruption. Law enforcement is now determined to take any steps necessary to keep the secrets of the local elite, and the sheriff's department, from being exposed.

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Apex (Three Red Women, #1) by E.M. Miller (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Jane Fairweather has experienced the worst of humanity in her foster homes; whatever potential for normalcy she possessed was shredded after her first assault.

Facundo has been waiting years to find the man responsible for his mother's brutal murder. As a marine veteran, all he wanted was to escape the violence that caused his accident, but he might not be able to resist one last battle.

From the outside, Facundo looks like the monster that Jane is on the inside; she appears to be doll-like, delicate, and immune to the climate of her West Texas hometown. Unfortunately, for the notoriously crime-ridden county, Jane wears two faces.

The Janus-like enigma spends her nights tracking and terminating monsters that prey on the vulnerable. From sexual predators to violent gang members, Jane seeks a hunt. They may be predators, but she is the predator of predators; she is the ultimate, she is the Apex.

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Burning and Dodging by Julie Wittes Schlack (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: When Tina Gabler takes a job researching famous but staged photographs, she is drawn into the histories of not just the photographers and subjects, but of her own family and her boss’s adopted Cree daughter. And as she digs, she discovers some startling tensions between facts and truth.

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Captain Underwit by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: A country comedy about the absurdly corrupt purchases of military titles.

Captain Underwit has succeeded in becoming a “paper” Captain by bribing the Lieutenant with favors and a below-value land-purchase. Underwit then sends his servant Thomas to purchase books to prepare him to actually carry out military duties, but Thomas instead purchases the “Shakespeare” Folio, and other impractical or irrelevant books in a manner that echoes Don Quixote’s belief he could imitate the actions of knights in romance novels. Meanwhile, Underwit withdraws from London into his father-in-law Sir Richard’s country estate. Underwit hires Captain Sackburie to build his military acumen, but Sackburie only has him perform a few military dances before they escape to drink at a tavern. The plot then digresses from these heavy subjects to romantic entanglements as Sir Richard’s wife (Lady) attempts to have an affair with Sir Francis, and Sister flirts with Mr. Courtwell, and Lady’s maid, Mistress Dorothy, devises a fraudulent scheme to make suitors falsely believe she comes from an aristocratic family to secure a husband. There are gems under this visage of simplicity, as Engine is attempting to bribe his way into a monopoly on periwigs, and Device the poet recites elegant songs to Sister that he is not sure if he has plagiarized. The introductory materials explain that the plagiarism of the “Catch” dice-game-song that repeats in the “James Shirley”-bylined Poems &c. (1646) re-affirms Percy’s ghostwriting of most “Shirley”-bylined plays as well as Captain, instead of proving “Shirley’s” authorship of this group of texts, as critics have previously claimed.

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Capturing the Butterfly by Sharon K. Grosh (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: This quiet story transcends the reader toward the most challenging enigma about time travel, the Butterfly Effect. Two humans, from different places and times, find themselves together in the cave of an unlikely pink bear. All three, Mina, Claudius, and Pink the bear, yearn to change history, both personal and worldview.

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Caterpillar's Surprise by Janet Halfmann (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: A masquerade ball with a blue ribbon! Caterpillar dreams of winning, but wonders how she can since she is just a baby. Tadpole convinces her that her natural baby disguise as bird poo is perfect.

As Caterpillar grows, her look changes, and she worries again. Tadpole tells her she now looks like a scary snake, and is sure to win! Then . . . just weeks before the ball, Caterpillar spins a chrysalis and hangs unmoving from her tree. Now, even Tadpole (who is changing into a frog), is worried.

Will Caterpillar break out of her chrysalis in time? And if she makes it to the ball, will she still think winning is the most important thing of all?

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Changer of Days (20th Anniversary Edition) by Alma Alexander (BookViewCafe)

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Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent a coupon code and the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in ePub or Kindle format.

Anghara Kir Hama - heir to an ancient throne, holder of a perilous gift called Sight, one who serves the dangerous and powerful Old Gods... and then sweeps them away as the Changer of Days

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Chickens Don't Ski! (Lily Saves the Day) by Laura Willingham (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Lily's tenacity, resourcefulness, and creativity solves her family's latest quandary. This story takes on an adventurous twist as the family teams together to reach an end goal. Story takeaways: When there's a will, there's a way. When you fall get back up.

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Court of Venom by Kristen Burchell (Ooligan Press)

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Badriya has a debt to pay.

The beautiful oasis city of Aran lies at the center of the Lost, a desert haunted by ghosts, demons, and Witches of the Lost who prey on unwary souls. Badriya and her mother, having been exiled from their home on the coast, flee to the desert city for a new start. But after losing her mother to the desert—and the King and Queen of Aran dying swiftly after—Badriya is forced to live in the dark shadow of the new Queen, Solena.

Working as her assassin, Badriya is tasked with poisoning the Queen's unwanted suitors, rivals in love, and anyone else who dares to cross her. When a potential suitor and his advisor visit the palace, Badriya becomes tangled in a web of secrets and deceit. Desperate to return to her seaside home, Badriya finds herself torn between protecting Princess Najma, releasing her mother's soul from the Lost, and securing her own freedom. The silver she earns from her potions and cosmetics will pave the way, but she must remember: magic has its price.

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Eighteen by Jenny Jaeckel (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye and Colette’s Claudine, Eighteen is an intimate coming-of-age exploration of love, friendship, sex, and self-discovery, through the eyes of a uniquely observant protagonist. Eighteen-year-old Talia’s story is rich in wit, sensitivity, and vivid detail.

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Fedele and Fortunio, the Two Italian Gentlemen by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: An adaptation of an Italian anti-comedy into an English formulaic-comedy.

Fedele and Fortunio is an exercise in adapting Luigi Pasqualigo’s Italian Il Fedele: Comedia del Clarissimo (1576) into an idealized version of British cultural purity. Pasqualigo had rebelled against preceding tropes of Italian comedy by showcasing murderous and wildly promiscuous and unfaithful ladies and gentlemen, and rebellious servants. Perhaps because Percy was desperate in his youth to create extremely proper content that would lead to him being invited to officially write for court revels, Percy re-wrote Pasqualigo’s innovations back into what this comedic plot was initially designed to be. A couple of virginal gentlemen and a couple of virginal ladies exchange love-interests as they realize they cannot attain their initial desires. Their eventual marriages are attained with mischievous help from a pretense-captain Crack-Stone, a spying Pedant who fakes being in love to appear manly, and the scientific and psychologically-manipulating magic of enchantress Medusa. Percy avoided repeating these standard comedic tropes across the rest of his literary career, as he instead explored extremes of tragic infidelity in plays such as Hamlet, or extreme promiscuity in Cuck-Queans’; Fedele and Fortunio’s structural simplicity convinced Percy he had to constantly search for new formulas, vocabularies and foreign cultures to showcase. The introduction explains why the staging of this play is minimalistic to fit with the budgetary and spatial restraints of the accessible London stages. A precise explanation is offered of how scholars have come to the false conclusion that the “M. A.”/ “A. M.” initials indicate this play was written by “Anthony Monday”, and why the Percy attribution is accurate. To show the original divergences of Percy’s Fedele, original and translated excerpts are included from Pasqualigo’s Italian, France’s Latin, and Larivey’s French versions; the plots, characters and linguistics of these versions are compared and analyzed.

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Forms of Defiance by Cynthia C. Sample (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: An ancient proverb claims that “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes.” Such is reflected in the various ways people tell themselves their own stories and the meaning within their experiences, but actual revelation of characters’ tales defy the traditional methods of the telling. Forms of Defiance presents a broad variety of people caught in the complexities of their humanity, revealing their narratives, even to themselves according to their peculiarities – Bible concordance entries, playlists, poems, diaries and others – while dissecting the human complexities they are experiencing, and making choices about them.

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Hamlet: The First Quarto by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: The censored satirical or “bad” version of the “Shakespeare” classic that features a homosexual affair between Hamlet and Horatio, and Ofelia’s deflowering to feign heterosexual normalcy.

The standard summary of Hamlet describes it as a “tragedy” about a “mad” or “tormented” Prince of Denmark, who follows the solicitation of the Ghost of his assassinated father to revenge-murder his incestuous and homicidal uncle Claudius. The commentary that accompanies this never-before fully-modernized First Quarto of Hamlet explains how it was initially designed to be a satire that diverged from Saxo Grammaticus’ Danish History where Amleth pretends to be mad not only to execute revenge but also to successfully win the crown from his uncle. The First Quarto subtracts any desire for the crown from Hamlet, and instead subversively explains that Hamlet is motivated to feign madness and to deflower Ofelia to disguise his outlawed homosexual love for Horatio. Hamlet makes no direct expressions of attraction towards Ofelia’s beauty. And in the resolution, Horatio offers to poison himself to death when he learns Hamlet is dying. The satirical perspective of this history is especially apparent in the cemetery scene where the Clown 1 gravedigger sifts through a mass-grave to help Hamlet find a dried skull among those that are still decomposing. The heavy re-write between the 1603 and 1604 editions of Hamlet also help to show Percy’s re-writing habit that confirms the attribution to him of diverging versions of anonymous and then “Shakespeare”-bylined versions of Leir/ Lear, and Tragedy of.../ Richard III.

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Heart of the Pack (Alice Worth, #8) by Lisa Edmonds (City Owl Press)

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Description: In this follow-up to Heart of Lies (Alice Worth Book 7), mage private investigator Alice Worth fights to protect alpha werewolf Sean Maclin, herself, and the rest of the Tomb Mountain Pack from other shifters and much darker threats lurking in the shadows. A special novella for loyal readers of the Alice Worth series drops this December, just in time for the holiday season!

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Honorable Profession: A Novel of American Politics by Andy Kutler (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Honorable Profession: A Novel of American Politics is a compelling, hopeful story of a cynical former Secret Service agent and his idealistic daughter as they follow a longshot candidate into the perilous arena of presidential politics.

After resigning from his agency under an ethical cloud, 46-year-old Dan Cahill commits himself to rebuilding his relationship with Megan, the college-aged daughter in Las Vegas he has long neglected. She persuades a reluctant Cahill to join the student-led campaign of a popular professor competing in the Nevada presidential primary against impossible odds. As they face powerful forces conspiring to clear the field, Cahill's deep-seated disdain for electoral politics collides with Megan's higher ideals. Each of their faiths are tested by political allies and adversaries, all desperate for victory, no matter the costs.

Crafted by award-winning author Andy Kutler, Honorable Profession is an absorbing, modern-day political drama filled with authentic and indelible characters, each struggling with their own loyalties and principles as they duel with unscrupulous rivals and the meaning of public service.

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It's a Wonderful Lie (Heaven on Earth, #1) by Wren Michaels (City Owl Press)

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Description: He was sent to save her life, but ended up losing his heart, memories, and clothes.

Eden Credere should be in Barbados with her new husband. Instead, it was like she married Murphy and his law was ruining her life. She’d lost her dad, her job, her best friend, and her fiancé. After drowning her sorrows with rum and eggnog on Christmas Eve, she takes a tumble in a tree lot with a Douglas Fir, sending Eden over the edge.

Theliel has watched over Eden her entire life, from her first steps to her latest, where she took a dive in a tree lot. He’s always been there to save her, and this time should have been no different—until it was. As her guardian angel, he’s not supposed to be seen, but one corporeal slip-up later, and he’s got a lot of explaining to do.

As Theliel works to convince Eden why the world is a much better place with her in it, he finds himself the one falling, and it’s Eden who catches his heart. In a twist of fate, Theliel must not earn his wings, but his humanity by convincing Eden they’re meant to be together.

The only problem is neither of them remember who he is when he wakes up on Christmas morning in a snowbank with no memories and no clothes. With the magic of Christmas in the air, love in their hearts, a vision of yoga pants, and maybe a little help from their “friends”, all they have to do is believe.

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Just River by Sara B. Fraser (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: The Otis, an inconsequential river—not the Hudson—flows through Wattsville, a small city a few hours north but a universe away from the real City, capital C. You might think the everyday people who live here, in this land of scarce opportunity, are also inconsequential. Until you meet them.

Sam, a cross-dresser with a voice like Tina Turner’s and his best friend Carol, a cashier who stress eats, prove their mettle when Carol’s daughter Garnet is imprisoned for defending herself against a violent boyfriend. Sam and Carol’s plots to save Garnet have consequences, however. An innocent boy is blamed for their actions and kidnapped, a dog gets poisoned, and Garnet’s life is imperiled as parole becomes a distant dream. In the end, it’s the river that offers up justice for these heroes-at-heart. But they will need to be able to swim.

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Land of the Haunted Dolls by Susan Lien Whigham (Tierra Simbolica)

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Description: Are some beliefs worth the risk of losing it all? How far can you go before there's no turning back? Special Agent Rochelle Roy must confront skepticism and family tensions when four sex trafficking victims claim to be the reincarnated souls of women who died during the Salem witch trials. A paranormal drama, featuring a diverse cast, which takes place in the aftermath of human trafficking, touching how it impacts both victims and law enforcement, and feeds into cycles of trauma, addiction, spiritual crisis and transcendence.

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I had met Ms. Titi Beaumond and her cousin Ms. Rochelle Roy more than a decade ago, when I was studying journalism at the University of New Orleans. Back when we met, she was known locally as Madame T, which was the name of her Voodoo/Hoodoo practice on Bourbon Street for readings, rootwork and spells. Many years after we had become good friends, and knowing me to be a writer, she asked me to put together a complete accounting of some paranormal events she and Rochelle had experienced which took place in the fall of 2016, two months before the United States of America would hold a historic election between the first female candidate for president in U.S. history and the first male candidate for president in U.S. history to run without any prior political experience.

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Look Around You by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: The neglected actual first part of the Robin Hood series.

Both in terms of its plot and date of first-publication and performance, Look Around You is the first part of a trilogy that was followed by the two famous Robin Hood plays, Downfall of Robert and Death of Robert Earl of Huntington. The latter two are tragedies that have been previously falsely attributed to “Anthony Monday”, while Look is a comedy that has remained unattributed since its anonymous release. Censors might have neglected to connect Look to the others because in it, Robin Hood (Earl of Huntington) spends most of the play cross-dressing as Lady Faukenbridge, and being wooed on a balcony by Prince Richard. Meanwhile, Skink wears a myriad of disguises to escape Old King Henry’s wrath over the Queen hiring Skink to assassinate the King’s lover, Rosamund. And Young King Henry has been given the throne by his father, Old King, after several military battles between them. One of the main passions for Young King during his reign is his attempts to see the “fantastical” Earl of Gloucester executed for speaking too freely at Court. Lady Faukenbridge, Robin Hood and their supporters scheme to free Gloucester, and then to aid his life-on-the-run, while the other side schemes to re-capture and execute Gloucester. These schemes force several of the otherwise virtuous characters to take on fraudulent disguises and to succumb to highway robbery to support themselves while on the run from the law. The comedy is enhanced with the absurd constant running in the wrong directions by Redcap, whose ridiculous stuttering is imitated by other characters who take on his red cap as a disguise. This stuttering subversively restates that the attempts to execute Gloucester for speaking the truth are barbaric; hinting that such policies can cause all subjects of a kingdom to stutter instead of directly expressing their ideas. An excerpt from “Raphael Holinshed’s” Chronicles that covers the history of Henry II is included with an explanation of how it was adapted in Look.

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Love, Dance & Egg Rolls by Jason Tanamor (Ooligan Press)

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Description: Jamie Santiago is just an ordinary high school teenager—he has a huge crush on a girl from school, he watches a ton of sitcoms, and he is constantly trying to keep his dad from feeding egg rolls to his white friends. Not to mention he also aspires to be the next Tinikling folk dance master. Okay, maybe he’s not so ordinary.

It's hard enough balancing the demands of high school, but when the last ever Asian Folk Festival falls on the same day as Homecoming, it feels like Jamie's world comes crashing down. He is forced to make an important decision between honoring his heritage and salvaging what's left of his social life. With a racist bully at school and rising protests in Portland, Jamie sometimes wonders if it would be easier to forget his Filipino side entirely instead of trying to embrace it.

[Play the catchy sitcom music]
[Cue the laugh track to numb the serious stuff]

If only life were so perfect.

Tensions will rise in Love, Dance & Egg Rolls as Jamie decides whether it's more important to remain hidden in plain sight or step directly into the spotlight. Jamie will not only come face-to-face with a bully, but also with this thing called cultural identity.

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Magic Beneath the Mistletoe, Vol 1 by Heather McCorkle (City Owl Press)

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Description: Turn up the heat this holiday season with this sexy collection of gifts from your favorite City and Mystic Owl authors.

Each story has been hand-curated by award-winning, bestselling, and debut authors to please lovers of romance in the science fiction and fantasy subgenres. Place it under the tree, in someone's ereader stocking, or give yourself the gift of a few stolen hours of pleasure as you sink into each winter themed happily ever after.

From vampires to fairy tale retellings and everything in between, these scorching hot short stories are sure to hit the spot, curl your toes, and fill you with holiday cheer. So stoke the fire, nestle under a blanket, and slip in between the pages with your next new favorite authors.

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Magic Beneath the Mistletoe, Vol 2 by Lizzy Gayle (City Owl Press)

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Each story has been hand-curated by award-winning, bestselling, and debut authors to please lovers of romance in the science fiction and fantasy subgenres. Place it under the tree, in someone's ereader stocking, or give yourself the gift of a few stolen hours of pleasure as you sink into each winter themed happily ever after.

From vampires to fairy tale retellings and everything in between, these scorching hot short stories are sure to hit the spot, curl your toes, and fill you with holiday cheer. So stoke the fire, nestle under a blanket, and slip in between the pages with your next new favorite authors.

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Nobody and Somebody by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: A comedy that juxtaposes fame with anonymity, and tyrannical abuse with fair governance.

The rapid succession of monarchs across Nobody and Somebody satirizes the standard plots of “Shakespearean” histories that end with the overthrow or death of the preceding tyrannical monarch, and suggest hope that the next monarch will be better, before this hope is dispelled in the next tragic history, as is the case with the chronological series of Edward III, Richard II, and 1 Henry IV. Nobody is set in 85-60 BC, or just before the Roman invasion of the British Isles. The plot opens with two Court advisors, Cornwall and Marcian, scheming to overthrow their corrupt King Archigallo who unfairly confiscates land to grant it to Lord Sycophant and names a common Wench as his Queen. The coup d’état succeeds, and Elidure accepts the crown when the advisors explain he is the only rational choice. A while into his reign, Elidure finds Archigallo in exile in a forest, and insists that Archigallo retakes the throne from him. While Archigallo’s second term is less tyrannical it ends shortly thereafter due to his natural death, upon which the throne passes back to Elidure. Without a reprise in the events, Elidure’s two younger brothers then wage war against Elidure and overthrow him. And then these brothers cannot agree on who between them should have power over the other, and so they wage war against each other and both die, leaving Elidure to again reclaim the throne. The radical moral story against tyranny in this central plot is dampened by the constant interruptions of a rival plotline about Nobody and Somebody. Nobody is a fair, charitable and unassuming land owner, against whom the corrupt and fraudulent landowner called Somebody wages a slander-campaign. Every word in this play is dense not only with this extremely violent, sexually-charged and outrageous plotlines, but also with subtexts of implied meanings and historical backstory.

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Now Was After (That Was Before, #2) by Dan Lawton (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: An unlikely duo tackles the South Pacific Island of Fiji in search of the woman who duped them both, only to find a ruthless cat-and-mouse trail of deceit. As the hunters become the hunted, one of them must decide who he can trust—and more importantly, who he can't.

Book Two of the "That Was Before" series.

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Reality Testing (Sundown, #1) by Grant Price (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Welcome to Berlin. Population: desperate. In the throes of the climate crisis, the green tech pioneers are king, and if you aren't willing to be their serf then you're surplus to requirements.

Carbon credit for sleeping on the job. That's the offer a dreamtech puts to Mara Kinzig, and she jumps on it. After all, the city ain't getting any cheaper.

Then somebody changes the deal while she's dreaming in the tank.

Now Mara has a body on her hands, an extra voice in her head, and the law on her tail. Only the Vanguard, a Foreign Legion of outcasts seeking an alternative path in the dust between the city states, might be able to help her figure out what went wrong.

First, though, she'll have to escape the seething streets of Berlin alive.

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Sand to Glass by Remy Apepp (Thinklings Books)

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Somewhere at the edge of the Great Being’s dream lies a desert kingdom ruled by four young siblings. One burns with rage like fire. One battles monsters to make his siblings smile. One laughs with ruthless charm. One itches with desperation. All teeter on the edge of madness.

In Remy Apepp’s harrowingly beautiful Sand to Glass, the Kingdom of Ordyuk finds itself faced with destruction. Endlessly attacked by accursed beings, the kingdom relies ever more heavily on the four siblings. Under such a weight, their only choice is to grow into monsters themselves—

Or to shatter like glass.

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Short, Vigorous Roots: A Contemporary Flash Fiction Collection of Migrant Voices by Mark Budman (Ooligan Press)

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This flash fiction anthology examines the experiences of being a transplant in a foreign land and looks critically at what it means to forsake tongues, traditions, and comforts in the hope of starting a new life in another world. These stories push readers to expand their understanding of the world beyond their own front doors.

The collection contains forty affecting works written by several multigenerational immigrant authors from countries around the world, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Cuba, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldavia, Morocco, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United States, and Vietnam. Regardless of their origin, all share the experience of putting down roots in new soil and examining how adapting to new lives and lands impacts the characters’ understanding of themselves and their community. The stories are organized into four parts, "Past the Limits of the Familiar," "The Change is Slow," "Inheriting the Earth," and "Tired of Waiting for Home." At a thousand words or fewer, every vignette redefines resilience and the meaning of home; the intensity of each is captivating from the very first line.

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Sonnets to the Fairest Coelia and Three Letters by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: The only actual collection of sonnets written by William Shakespeare Percy.

Discover a collection of extraordinary sonnets that have been nearly invisible to scholars and students alike because they were misunderstood or deliberately suppressed by censors of the canon. As the introduction explains, one of its only preceding reprints was an 1818 edition that was prefaced by its editor as a poetic failure that was a typical example of “the court style”. A close analysis of "Coelia’s" poetic structure and linguistics proves this collection to be one of the best examples of metered and rhymed verse from the Renaissance. The real reason for the cold critical reception that has ostracized "Coelia" becomes apparent in the synopsis of the content of the unified narrative these sonnets relate. "Coelia" is a plea addressed to Elizabeth I for ending the Buggery Act that sentenced homosexuals to death. Sonnet XI refers to a suicidal sacrifice, and Percy was indeed risking his life when he put his own name in the byline of this poetic appeal. Because he was writing under his own name, Percy subverts some of this homosexual subject-matter by instead referring to ugly or masculine features behind a feminine or cross-dressing mask in Sonnet XIII. Each sonnet explores a new philosophical dilemma, with beautiful descriptions, complex mythological allusions, and tragically romantic appeals for love and sympathy. Percy was the dominant ghostwriter of most of the “Shakespeare”-bylined tragedies, but he only wrote a few pieces out of the “Shakespeare”-bylined multi-ghostwriter collection called Sonnets (1609); thus, readers have not really read a full collection of sonnets by “Shakespeare” the Tragedian until they explore "Coelia".

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The Aphrodisia by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: A rare marinal about disguised identities and loves among the Greco-Roman deities under the Mediterranean Sea.

Percy described Aphrodisia as an experiment in a new genre he was inventing, the marinal, designed to contrast the pastoral set on land in the countryside. Beyond this setting, this comedy focuses on taking to an extreme the popular European trope of disguises by having most of the main characters reveal themselves to have an identity other than the one they present themselves as. Arion relates a sad story that is an original translation of a segment out of Bartas’ Weeks about him being a poor singer who was captured by pirates, but in the conclusion, Arion reveals himself to actually be Jupiter, the King of the gods in Roman mythology. And Talus pretends to be an engineer and Vulcan’s (god of fire) son, when he is really Neptune (god of water). In standard published plots from the Renaissance, these revelations prove to have been necessary to further the goals of the characters, but in this censored story, the disguises cause lifetimes of misery and prevent all who are disguised from achieving their romantic and power goals. Percy has designed a plot that subversively shows how common pseudonyms and fraudulent identities are in British society, as it confesses the Workshop’s role in selling ghostwriting services. On the surface, the story is dense with innovative love entanglements, and the mythological misadventures of complex and stumbling characters. The preparations for Empress Cytherea’s arrival and the Aphrodisia feast in her honor also showcases realistic details about what a day might have been like when the aristocratic Percy family prepared for James I’s visit to their Sion House on June 8, 1603, just before James was crowned.

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The Cuck-Queans’ and Cuckolds’ Errands by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: An anti-warfare, anti-marriage, and pro-free-love closeted satire.

A single vengeful cuckold is tragic, whereas many cuck-queans and cuckolds running across England on their love-errands is satiric. The title of this play announces why it remained closeted across the Renaissance, as it trivializes adultery in a period that continued to see revenge-killings by cuckolds. The story opens with two aristocratic married couples swinging partners, as Doucebella cheats with Floradin, while Floradin’s wife, Aruania, cheats on him with Doucebella’s husband, Claribel. Tired of these complications, Floradin and Claribel become soldiers in the war against the approaching Spanish Armada. And Aruania and Doucebella unite in an apparent lesbian affair. The gentlemen then begin seducing a muscular forest-keeper, Olivel, while the ladies work on seducing her forester husband, Latro. Meanwhile, Nim and Shift, two thieves, attempt a range of frauds and tricks to steal a newly-made bowl from Pearle, Doctor of Civil Law. And Pigot, Master of the Tarlton Inn, has tricks and legal reprisals that he uses to force Nim and Shift to pay their growing bill. Under this satirical, absurd and comic surface full of misadventures, there are many exquisite poetic passages, such as the recounting by Captain Lacy of how the British troops fought against the Spanish Armada. There are fights, robberies, and a wealth of legal and historical insights heavily packed into every line of this drama.

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The Fairy Pastoral and Songs by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: A pastoral satire about homicidal women- and men-haters being forced into marriage.

A standard “Shakespearean” comedy takes a group of youths who are attracted to those who are not interested in them, and regroups them by the conclusion into neat pairings of three or four marriages. In contrast, Fairy Pastoral appears to have been censored because the men in the pairings are wooing their intended partners from the beginning, while the women are homicidally opposed to marriage and prove to the men how much they hate them during the plot, only for them all to be forced into four marriages that all of them are miserable in by the resolution. The setting is the Forest of Elvida inhabited by a kingdom of fairies. Events open with a power-transfer from Princess Hypsiphyle to Prince Orion over accusations of mismanagement. Then, the Princess attempts to regain power across the competitive hunt the Court undertakes. Political and romantic tensions are repeatedly interrupted with slap-stick comedy of Schoolmaster Sir David trying to teach literature while his rear-end is showing, he is falling asleep, and in rare instances when he manages to relate a coherent lecture, the students fail to comprehend his meaning. This is a satire not only on the miseries that accompany forced-marriage, but also about the failures of pedagogic institutions, and irrational transfers of political power through subterfuge and sexism.

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The Killing Crew (Ash Carter Thriller Prequel, #2) by Murray Bailey (Heritage Books)

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Description: Ash Carter and Bill Wolfe are in Israel hunting a group of British Army deserters known as the Killing Crew. Some people think they were a myth, others believe they were the most hated of British soldiers.

In the newly formed state that’s at war with the Arab nations, hated by Jews and despised by Arabs, the two SIB officers think they face an uncomfortable task.

But when they become targets they realise this is more than just a job. It’s life or death.

Although book 2 of the series, The Killing Crew can be read as a standalone.

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The Pine Barrens Stratagem by Ken Harris (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Private Investigator Steve Rockfish needs cash, like yesterday. The bad news is that yesterday, a global pandemic raged, and Maryland was headed toward a lockdown that would ultimately lead to cheating spouses no longer “working late,” and hence a lack of new clients.

Rockfish's luck changes when a Hollywood producer reaches out, but the job is two states away and involves digging up information on a child trafficking ring from the 1940s. What he uncovers will be used to support the launch of a true crime docuseries. He grabs a mask, hand sanitizer and heads for South Jersey.

On-site, Rockfish meets Jawnie McGee, the great granddaughter of a local policeman gone missing while investigating the original crimes. As the duo uncover more clues, they learn the same criminal alliance has reformed to use the pandemic as a conduit to defraud the Federal Government of that sweet, sweet, stimulus money.

It's not long before the investigation turns up some key intel on a myriad of illicit activity over the last eighty years and Rockfish rockets toward a showdown with the mafia, local archdiocese and dirty cops. COVID-19 isn't the only threat to his health.

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The Thirsty Arabia by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: A closeted first attempt to present the complexities and elegance of the Islamic faith and the prophet Muhammad on the English stage.

This play written over a century before the first English translation of the Qur’an was published. Despite this shortfall in primary sources about Islam, this comedy incorporates with unbiased research a wealth of theological and cultural details. Information flowed into Britain from Muslim countries alongside general trade in goods after Pope Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth I in 1570, but trade was halted shortly after this play was written in 1603. The narrative is launched when Muhammad declares he will destroy all mortals in Arabia for their sins in forty days with a drought. Muhammad’s angelic council objects that there might be good people in the region worth saving, so Muhammad allows Harut and Marut to travel across Arabia disguised as humans to attempt to find any do-gooders to save Arabia. The main romantic entanglement across this plot is the unsuccessful courtship of Marquess of the Deserts Epimenides by most of the eligible bachelors, including two imams (Caleb and Tubal), the wealthy magician astrologer Geber, the two disguised angels (Harut and Marut) and Muhammad himself. While most of the characters are distracted with love, the Arabian people are dying of thirst, and fraudsters such as Çavuş work to capitalize on this desperation with tricks such as selling water-licenses. Spirits, magic, time travel and fortune telling are used to gain favor and preferment, while angels and good spirits punish evil-doers. The Aristotelian “Square of Opposition” in a logic game the angels play with Muhammad is only one of the many educational and entertaining devices. The poetic, wooing love songs, and witty refusals alone are sufficient for readers to explore the surprises along this narrative.

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Three Lords and Three Ladies of London by William Percy (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: An allegorical morality comedy about criminality and the rivalries between London, Lincoln and Spain.

This play is an exercise by a young dramatist who is grappling with understanding philosophical and legal concepts by simplifying these into personifications. Three Lords of London (called Pleasure, Pomp and Policy) declare their superiority with puffing emblems and insist that they have an innate right to marry the three Ladies of London (Love, Lucre and Conscience). The Ladies have been imprisoned in the first part of this series (Three Ladies of London) for their sins, and Nemo has decided that he would only release them if precisely three suitors bid for all of their hands in marriage simultaneously. The Ladies are told to remain silent and to obey whoever is willing to marry them, or they would have to return to prison to be tortured by Sorrow. Thus, instead of the standard comedic objections from female characters to potential matches, the only obstacles to this pre-determined resolution are that the three Lords of Spain and the three Lords of Lincoln appear to also bid for the Ladies. The defeat of the Spaniards is presented in an exchange of insults about emblems and epithets during a meeting that alludes to the Spanish Armada attack. And the Lords of Lincoln are briskly defeated when they are told they merely deserve the symbolic stones the Ladies have been sitting on. The introductory remarks explain how Lords should be part of the main canon because it might be one of only three pre-“Shakespearean” British comedies. And a section presents an alternative explanation for the mystery of how the seven copies of Lords’ print-run ended up with strange combinations of varying typos. The annotations explain how the detail of Usury’s parents being Jewish has been misinterpreted by previous critics as anti-Semitic, when this passage actually summarizes the ethnic backgrounds of the actual members of the Ghostwriting Workshop, as the merchant-lender among them Sylvester was Jewish, and Percy was from a region near-Scotland and had been educated in France. And evidence is presented why the series that includes Lords and Ladies should be re-attributed away from “Robert Wilson” and to Percy.

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Trenchcoats, Towers, and Trolls: Cyberpunk Fairy Tales by Rhonda Parrish (World Weaver Press)

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Description: What do you get when you take the high tech/low life settings of cyberpunk and sprinkle them with the magic and possibilities of fairy tales? Trolls under teleportation bridges, masquerades held in virtual reality, princely avatars, giants and dwarves alongside hackers and androids. From retellings of traditional tales such as Rumpelstiltskin, in which a young woman is tasked with writing code instead of spinning gold, to original tales like the changeling-inspired story of a formless machine intelligence that hijacks human bodies, these cyberpunk fairy tales form a unique collection that is sure to satisfy connoisseurs of both genres.

"A Beautiful Nightmare" by Sarah Van Goethem
"Firewalls and Firewort" by Wendy Nikel
"The Rabbit in the Moon" by Ana Sun
"Stiltskin" by Michael Teasdale
"Three" by Nicola Kapron
"Cumulus" by Thomas Badlan
"Drift-Skip" by Suzanne Church
"Make Your Own Happily Ever After" by Beth Goder
"***********SK.IN" by Alena Van Arendonk
"C4T & MOU5E" by V.F. LeSann
"In the Belly of the Whale" by Angus McIntyre
"Neon Green in D Minor" by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

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Core Java Interview Questions You'll Most Likely Be Asked by Vibrant Publishers (Vibrant Publishers)

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Description: Core Java Interview Questions You’ll Most Likely Be Asked: Second Edition is your perfect companion to stand above the rest in today’s competitive job market.

With this guide, you learn or refresh Core Java fundamentals and principles necessary for cracking the coding interview and acquaint yourself with real-life interview questions and strategies to reach the solutions. The Resume building tutorial and the Aptitude tests equip you to present yourself better even before the job interview.

This book is a complete course in itself to prepare for your dream Java job placement.

What’s inside?

  • All concepts of Java Fundamentals explained

  • 290 Technical (Core Java) Interview Questions

  • Includes Java 8 and Java 9 Questions

  • Includes Scenario Based Questions

  • 77 HR (Behavioral) Interview Questions

  • Strategies and Answers for all questions

  • ATS Compliant Resume Building Tutorial (e-format)
  • 2 Aptitude Tests (Downloadable)


  • Who can benefit?

    All Beginner level job seekers (0-5 years) aiming for Java Developer or Web Developer roles in MNC or startup.

    About the Series:

    This book is part of the Job Interview Questions series that has more than 75 books dedicated to interview questions and answers for different technical subjects and HR round related topics.

    This series of books is written by experienced placement experts and subject matter experts. Unlike comprehensive, textbook-sized reference guides, these books include only the required information for job search. Hence, these books are short, concise and ready-to-use by students and professionals.

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    From Knowledge To Power: The Comprehensive Handbook for Climate Science and Advocacy by John Perona (Ooligan Press)

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    Description: eBook format is .pdf

    The Earth is slowly heating up, and only we, as a global community, can stop it—with the knowledge behind what is happening, we can affect change. Using his PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale and his LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Northwestern College of Law at Lewis & Clark University, Dr. John Perona takes us on a journey into the science and politics of the climate crisis in From Knowledge to Power: Your Handbook for Climate Science and Advocacy. Perona uses the basic science of climate change, the rise of green technologies, and the political implications of climate science to present a concise guide to the critical facts regarding our climate change. He offers actionable tips for how to engage in advocacy by calling for action at every level—leaders in both science and government, community groups, and individuals like you. Perona offers a grounded, optimistic outlook for humanity, but only if we engage with science and act with knowledge.

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    Organizational Behavior Essentials You Always Wanted To Know by Vibrant Publishers (Vibrant Publishers)

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    Description: Like people, organizations have different personalities that are impacted by more than just the brand identity. Organizational Behavior Essentials You Always Wanted To Know covers dimensions of the relationships between an organization at the individual, group and overall organizational levels and their impact on one another. If you have ever questioned how organizations adapt to the changing demands of the twenty-first century, then Organizational Behavior Essentials You Always Wanted To Know is the resource you need.

    After reading this book, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is organizational behavior?

  • What are best practices for managing topics such as office politics, diversity, learning and development, and stress in the workforce?

  • How do organizations develop and retain talent?

  • How can an organization develop high performance work systems that maximize outcomes at all levels?

  • What are the skills of an effective leader who creates a high-performance work culture?


  • Theories in organizational behavior can help leadership determine how their organization should respond to the many conditions impacting the twenty-first century workforce, including new technologies, market conditions, natural disasters, labor shortages, among others. The book’s structure moves seamlessly through every level of an organization as it explores the best practices for developing and retaining talent. Starting with the individual worker, the book explores the group dynamics of the workplace, how best to utilize human resources departments, and ultimately, how to be an effective leader in a high-performance workplace. This easy-to-read guide will help you put theory into practice. With chapter quizzes to reinforce concepts and a glossary of key terms, Organizational Behavior Essentials You Always Wanted To Know is a must have introductory guide for newcomers and resource for seasoned professionals.

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    The Re-Attribution of the British Renaissance Corpus by Anna Faktorovich (Anaphora Literary Press)

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    Description: The first accurate quantitative re-attribution of all central texts of the British Renaissance.


    • Describes and applies the first unbiased and accurate method of computational-linguistics authorial-attribution.

    • Covers 284 texts with 7,832,156 words, 104 authorial bylines, a range of genres, and a timespan between 1560 and 1662.

    • Includes helpful diagrams that visually show the quantitative-matches and the identical most-frequent phrases between the texts in each linguistic-signature-group.

    • Detailed chronologies for each of the six ghostwriters and the bylines they wrote under, including their dates of birth, death, publications, and other biographical markers that explain why each of them was the only logical attribution.

    • A full bibliography of the 284 tested texts.

    • All of the raw and processed data, not only in summary-tables inside of the book, but also in-full on a publicly-accessible website: https://github.com/faktorovich/Attribution.

    • One table includes all of the data from the first-edition title-pages (byline, printer, bookseller, date, proverbs), and the first-performance (date, troupe).

    • A table on structural elements across all “Shakespeare”-bylined texts summarizes their plot-movements, character-types, settings, slang-usage, primary sources, and poetic design (percentage of rhyme and hendiadys).

    • To explain why these are the first truly accurate re-attributions, numerous reasons for discrediting previous attribution claims are provided throughout.



    Re-Attribution of the British Renaissance Corpus describes a newly invented for this study computational-linguistics authorial-attribution method and applies it and several other approaches to the central texts of the British Renaissance. All of the attribution steps are described precisely to give readers replicable instructions on how they can apply them to any text from any period that they are interested in determining an attribution for. This method can be applied to solving criminal linguistic mysteries such as who wrote the Unabomber Manifesto, or theological mysteries such as if any of the Dead Sea Scrolls might have been forged by a modern author. This method is uniquely accurate because it uses 27 different quantitative tests that measure a text’s dimensions and its similarity or divergence to other texts automatically, without the statisticians being able to skew the outcome by altering the experiment’s analytical design. Re-Attribution guides researchers not only on how to perform the basic calculations, but also how to perform the biographical and documentary research to derive who among the potential bylines in a single signature-group is the ghostwriter, while the others are merely ghostwriter-contractors or pseudonyms. Reliable accuracy is achieved by also performing other types of attribution tests to check if these alternative approaches validate or contradict the 27-tests’ findings. Non-quantitative tests discussed include deciphering the hidden implications of contemporary pufferies, as well as comparing structural elements such as characters, plot, and element borrowings. Part II presents a revised version of the history of the birth of the theater in Britain by reviewing forensic accounting evidence in Philip Henslowe’s Diary, and the documented history of homicidal lending practices and government corruption connected with troupes and theaters. Parts III-VIII explain precisely how this series derived that the British Renaissance was ghostwritten by only six linguistic-signatures: Richard Verstegan, Josuah Sylvester, Gabriel Harvey, Benjamin Jonson, William Byrd and William Percy. The parts on each of these ghostwriters, not only explain how their biographies fit with the timelines of the texts being attributed to them, but also provide various types of evidence that explains their motives for ghostwriting. And Part IX returns for an intricate analysis of a few pseudonyms or ghostwriting-contractors who were uniquely difficult to exclude as potential ghostwriters; in parallel, these chapters question the reasons these individuals would have needed to purchase ghostwriting services.

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    The Endless Search by Karen Wolff (BHC Press)

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    Description: When two South Dakota high school girls go missing on their way to a graduation keg party at a local sandpit, suspicion falls onto local neighbor boy, Eli Thorson, whose scrapes with the law already include attempted rape. He denies knowledge of their whereabouts, and no trace of the two girls is found.

    Thirty-three years later, a Cold Case Unit reopens the file on their disappearance and suspicion once again falls onto Eli Thorson, now a habitual criminal with a long history of violence and sexual abuse of woman.

    Inspired by true events.

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    A Millionaire's Dream by Bret Wonnacott (TouchPoint Press)

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    Description: Can the pure love of a dog change a boy’s destiny?

    Life is cruel to James Crockett. He has lost nearly everything he has ever known, and at seventeen, that isn’t very much. He is lonely, broke, and mourning the death of his mother on what is left of their 1950’s farm. His future looks dark and empty until he meets a gifted English setter puppy and an unlikely mentor who competes in field trials. James deals with the struggles of life, love, and growing up while helping his mentor attempt to fulfill the dream of competing for the highest honor on the western field trial circuit— The Western Championship Field Trial.

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    Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon by Ian Whates (NewCon Press)

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    Description: Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon is an anthology of rare reprints and original fiction from some of the biggest names in British Science Fiction.

    It includes “The Spheres” by Iain M. Banks, a story that has never been collected or reprinted since it first appeared in 2010 Novacon souvenir booklet, alongside similar rarities by Stephen Baxter, Peter F. Hamilton, Justina Robson, Paul McAuley, Jaine Fenn, Geoff Ryman, Juliet E. McKenna and Anne Nicholls. Also featured are original stories by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ian R. MacLeod, Eric Brown, Kari Sperring, and Martin Sketchley.

    One of the longest running science fiction conventions in the world, Novacon is an established feature of the UK genre scene, with an illustrious list of guests stretching back over 50 years. To commemorate the event’s 50th anniversary, members of the convention committee have selected their favourite stories from those that have kindly been written by guests for the convention over the years.

    Those stories are presented here along with five new stories written for the book by other former guests and attendees.

    Table of Contents:

    Burning Brightly: Introduction by Rog Peyton
    Chiron – Stephen Baxter
    The Spheres – Iain M. Banks
    Acts of Defiance – Eric Brown
    Heatwave – Anne Nicholls
    Alien TV – Paul McAuley
    Canary Girls – Kari Sperring
    Softlight Sins – Peter F. Hamilton
    Erie Lackawana Song – Justina Robson
    Through the Veil – Juliet E. McKenna
    The Coming of Enkidu – Geoff Ryman
    Red Sky in the Morning – Adrian Tchaikovsky
    The God of Nothing – Ian R. MacLeod
    The Ships of Aleph – Jaine Fenn
    Bloodbirds – Martin Sketchley
    About the Authors

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    I Did My Best (Jennifer Ella Rose, #1) by Cheryl Babirad (TouchPoint Press)

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    Description: When Jennifer Ella Rose starts kindergarten, she learns that not everyone will be friendly and not all attempts to befriend someone will be successful. Will Jennifer Ella Rose conquer kindergarten by doing the best she can?

    Written by former elementary school teacher, Cheryl Babirad, the Jennifer Ella Rose series is a perfect tool for in-class, virtual, and homeschool learning.
    Includes discussion prompts and suggested vocabulary words.

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    Mage of Fools by Eugen Bacon (Meerkat Press)

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    Description: In the dystopian world of Mafinga, Jasmin must contend with a dictator’s sorcerer to cleanse the socialist state of its deadly pollution.

    Mafinga's malevolent king dislikes books and, together with his sorcerer Atari, has collapsed the environment to almost uninhabitable. The sun has killed all the able men, including Jasmin’s husband Godi. But Jasmin has Godi’s secret story machine that tells of a better world, far different from the wastelands of Mafinga. Jasmin’s crime for possessing the machine and its forbidden literature filled with subversive text is punishable by death. Fate grants a cruel reprieve in the service of a childless queen who claims Jasmin’s children as her own. Jasmin is powerless—until she discovers secrets behind the king and his sorcerer.

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    Of Two Minds (The Emeralis Synth Chronicles, #3) by Lexy Wolfe (BHC Press)

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    Description: Where is the line between being real and being synthetic?

    In a world run by corrupt corporations and a government that has decreed all humans must have artificial intelligence implants or synthetic parts, pure humans are on the verge of becoming extinct. Even pets aren’t safe as they are subjected to the same decree.

    As the government continues to outlaw any pure human without any artificial intelligence, Cybercorps Corporations’ synthetic human hybrid Ravenhawk and her pure-human companion Viktor Chernovich are determined to put a stop to this practice and have joined forces with Caïssa’s Gambit, a secret group that aims to rid the world of governmental control.

    When Viktor’s past threatens their future, Ravenhawk must contend with her synthetic and human intelligence as she struggles to come to terms with her human side known as Sara.

    Will humankind survive or will the human race finally become replaced with artificial intelligence?

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    The Andromeda's Captain (The Andromeda Chronicles, #2) by Becca Fox (BHC Press)

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    Description: Chaos followed the untimely end of Princess Kylee’s marriage to Prince Maju. Although Queen Miyako is too worried about her missing daughter’s safety to blame her for what happened, she has no problem blaming Taren Platinum. When a recording device containing diary entries is found in the princess’s room, the queen begins to question if she’s been wrong this whole time.

    Jael wants nothing more than to return to her family but Taren gave her an assignment to take care of the kids, and she won’t let him down. When she runs into some McNair henchmen who are intent on avenging their fallen leader, the kids are caught in the crossfire.

    Dr. Ezabrae Mortimer has lived peacefully among the Mirelings for years despite being human. Then she’s assigned a new patient: the fugitive Taren Platinum. As she seeks to discover the truth about him, she uncovers secrets from her own past. Secrets that make her doubt her very humanity. Taren may be the only person who can give her answers—the only problem is he’s scheduled to be executed.

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    The Black Circle (The Green Triangle, #2) by Rachel Homard (TouchPoint Press)

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    Description: When Cole Carrington ran away from his millionaire family at seventeen to help people, his idea was more like sticking a band aide on a boo boo while slurping down an umbrella drink. But after ten years in Venezuelan refugee camps along the Columbian border, he hasn’t had time to breathe, and definitely no time for umbrella drinks. He and his girlfriend, Luciana, work day and night in the doctor’s clinic, and spend any free second with Isabella, the orphaned child they’ve fallen in love with and “adopted.” But when Isabella is kidnapped by the Cartel, Cole will do anything to get her back.
    Luciana has spent three years trying to forget the abuse she suffered at the hands of Cartel boss, Matias, but just because she’s not trapped in his compound, doesn’t mean she isn’t trapped. Matias still has her doing his bidding at the refugee camp-just one of the many secrets she’s keeping from her perfect boyfriend.
    When Cole tries to go against the Cartel, they take he and Luciana. He escapes back to Los Angeles to get help from his family, but the Cartel tells Luciana he’s dead. And she wishes she was too. There is no way to get away from Matias again.
    Can Cole get back and rescue Isabella and Luciana in time, or will he have to choose just one of the girls he loves?

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    The Nature of Magic (The Witchbound Saga, #4) by Natalie Gibson (BHC Press)

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    Description: For fans of Anya Bast and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series.

    When earth witch Tara Kay returns to her family’s land after the violent theft of her magical abilities, her return isn’t as celebrated as she had hoped. In search of regaining her blood magic, she soon discovers her hometown isn’t just unwelcoming, it’s downright dangerous.

    When Tara accidentally awakens her ancient Guardian from his five-thousand-year slumber, they must contend with their growing dark desires for each other. But this new creature isn’t the only new face in town. Kay and her new Guardian soon find themselves up against an unfamiliar enemy who wields a powerful weapon capable of destroying them all.

    Graphic, gritty, bloodthirsty, steamy, and uniquely original, the Witchbound saga is unlike any other horror/paranormal romance series you’ve ever read and is recommended for mature readers.

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    Through a Bakery Window by Catherine Zebrowski (TouchPoint Press)

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    Description: (Romance, mystery, and death in a small New England town)
    Enthralled with a lavish wedding, the town gossips flourish until the specter of a long-deceased spirit intervenes. Based loosely on a true crime story from the turn of the nineteenth century in New England, this novel uncovers a simple truth of humanity-from the well-off to the working class, everyone falls victim to the transience of joy and the struggles of human nature.

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    Becoming Old: Poems of Aging by Richard Greene (Jumble Books and Publishers)

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    Description: A collection of poems on aging, such as:

    I See Myself Becoming Old

    My closet is full of suits I don't wear anymore.
    Nothing I need to wear them for.
    There are days when I stay in my pajamas till noon.
    I picture my heirs looking at my wardrobe one day
    asking "Can you think of anyone who can use these
    or should we give them to Goodwill?"
    Or, "Would you like this tie as a remembrance of Dad?"
    As I read the obits of the recently deceased,
    which I took to doing a few years ago,
    I compare their ages to mine.

    Then there's the arthritis in my hands and feet.
    My left foot aches when I walk
    and I suffered a rupture in a time-worn tendon not long ago.
    I have more trouble lifting things and getting around.
    Don't jump over puddles anymore
    for fear of the damage I might do coming down.
    (No more kicking up heels for me.)

    What will it be next,
    the incipient cataracts?
    My hearing isn't what it used to be.
    I don't think I need a hearing aid yet,
    though my daughter disagrees.
    Or will it be something unforeseen
    like that ill-fated tendon?

    I see myself becoming old,
    yet it's as if I were watching it happen to somebody else.

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    Pluto Generations: Looking Beyond Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z by Rhys Navarro (Nysa Media)

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    Description: Are you technically Gen X but feel like you relate more to Millennials? Why are Boomers and Millennials constantly at odds with one another? How do Millennials differ from Gen Z?

    For decades, professional astrologers have known about the influence of Pluto as the “generational” planet. In this remarkable book, Rhys Navarro discusses the various generations using Plutonic themes and archetypes.

    Presented in a clear, concise way that is easily accessible for both beginners and non-astrologers, Pluto Generations offers deeper insight and understanding into the cosmic forces at play behind the scenes in our world and our lives. 

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    The Broken Guitar: Poems of War by Richard Greene (Jumble Books and Publishers)

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    Description: The Broken Guitar by Richard Greene is a collection of poems about war:

    Memorial

    Reading the name
    of a young man who died in war
    saddens us.
    Yet more the names of thousands
    engraved in granite, or marble,
    their parents’ hopes and dreams
    interred in stone.
    All that remains are a few keepsakes,
    and memories
    of newborns, toddlers, vulnerable boys,
    youths becoming men,
    those now sad memories,
    and names carved in cold stone.

    Who wanted those wars?
    Their leaders of course,
    but all too often those same young men,
    and all too often
    those who mourn for them.

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    Little Spark by Jo Turner (writesideleft)

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    Description: In 1935, in sleepy Cannero on Lake Maggiore, Paola and her daughter Eva - Little Spark - ply a discreet living embroidering for rich tourists. Eva pines for the glamour of the Milan they abruptly left. She dreams of escape - to Hollywood to become a make-up artist, and from the inevitability of being married to a suitable local boy. Instead she is obliged to help the padre; slathering face paint on bodies from the lake. When an Englishman appears on her slab a sole strange mourner lurks in the shadows.

    Eva turns for help to her charismatic new acquaintance, the globetrotting Agatha Christie-toting, puzzle-solving independent-spirited Amelia, and finds herself launched on a perilous journey that begins with her first trip across a lake she has hitherto feared and takes her into the dark heart of Mussolini's brutal regime.

    Little Spark will find that she is an extraordinary woman in extraordinary times

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