Description: “A stylish and confident new voice—readers are going to love discovering Abbie Greaves.”
— Louise Candlish, internationally bestselling author of Our House and Those People
A poignant and thrilling love story about one woman’s decade-long search to reconnect with the love of her life who disappeared without a trace—a stirring and heartfelt page-turner from the critically acclaimed author of The Silent Treatment.
The straphangers of Ealing Broadway station are familiar with Mary O’Connor, the woman who appears every day to watch the droves of busy commuters. But Mary never asks anything from anyone. She only holds out a sign bearing a heartrending message: Come Home Jim.
While others pass her by without a thought, Alice, a junior reporter at the Ealing Bugle, asks Mary to tell her story. Many years ago, Mary met the charming and romantic Jim Whitnell. She was certain she’d found her other half, until one day he vanished without any explanation. But Mary believes that Jim isn’t a cad, that he truly loved her and will return—especially because she’s recently received grainy phone calls from him saying he misses her.
Touched but also suspicious, Alice quietly begins her own investigation into Jim’s disappearance, unraveling a decade-long story filled with desire, heartbreak, and hope. With Greaves’s signature warmth and charm, Anywhere for You is a romantic and immensely moving novel about the enduring power of love and finding happiness in unexpected places.
Description: Evvie Drake Starts Over meets The Friday Night Knitting Club in this wise and witty novel about a fired advice columnist who discovers lost and found family members in Charleston, by the New York Times bestselling author of The Second Sister.
Celia Fairchild, known as advice columnist ‘Dear Calpurnia’, has insight into everybody’s problems – except her own. Still bruised by the end of a marriage she thought was her last chance to create a family, Celia receives an unexpected answer to a “Dear Birthmother” letter. Celia throws herself into proving she’s a perfect adoptive mother material – with a stable home and income – only to lose her job. Her one option: sell the Charleston house left to her by her recently departed, estranged Aunt Calpurnia.
Arriving in Charleston, Celia learns that Calpurnia had become a hoarder, the house is a wreck, and selling it will require a drastic, rapid makeover. The task of renovation seems overwhelming and risky. But with the help of new neighbors, old friends, and an unlikely sisterhood of strong, creative women who need her as much as she needs them, Celia knits together the truth about her estranged family — and about herself.
The Restoration of Celia Fairchild is an unforgettable novel of secrets revealed, laughter released, creativity rediscovered, and waves of wisdom by a writer Robyn Carr calls "my go-to author for feel-good novels.”
Description: “Rostad’s bighearted debut is full of surprises, and warm with wisdom about what it means to be family.”
—Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London
In this brilliant debut reminiscent of Kristina McMorris’s Sold on a Monday and William Kent Krueger's This Tender Land, three orphans journey westward from New York City to the Big Sky Country of Montana, hoping for a better life where beautiful wild horses roam free.
Montana: 1925. An Irish boy orphaned by Spanish flu , a tiny girl who won’t speak, and a volatile young man who lies about his age to escape Hell’s Kitchen, are paraded on train platforms across the Midwest to work-worn folks. They journey countless miles, racing the sun westward.
Before they reach the last rejection and stop, the oldest, Charles, comes up with a daring plan, and alone, they set off toward the Yellowstone River and grassy mountains where the wild horses roam.
Fate guides them toward the ranch of a family stricken by loss. Nara, the daughter of a successful cattleman, has grown into a brusque spinster who refuses the kids on sight. She’s worked hard to gain her father’s respect and hopes to run their operation, but if the kids stay, she’ll be stuck in the kitchen.
Nara works them without mercy, hoping they’ll run off, but they buck up and show spirit, and though Nara will never be motherly, she begins to take to them . So, when Charles is jailed for freeing wild horses that were rounded up for slaughter, and an abusive mother from New York shows up to take the youngest, Nara does the unthinkable, risking everything she holds dear to change their lives forever.
Description: Praised as an “unforgettable love story” by Heather Morris, New York Times bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, this is the real-life, unlikely romance between a resistance fighter and prisoner of war set in World War II Europe.
In this true love story that defies all odds, Josefine Lobnik, a Yugoslav partisan heroine, and Bruce Murray, a New Zealand soldier, discover love in the midst of a brutal war.
In the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, two people meet fleetingly in a chance encounter. One an underground resistance fighter, a bold young woman determined to vanquish the enemy occupiers; the other a prisoner of war, a man longing to escape the confines of the camp so he can battle again. A crumpled note passes between these two strangers, slipped through the wire of the compound, and sets them on a course that will change their lives forever.
Woven through their tales of great bravery, daring escapes, betrayal, torture, and retaliation is their remarkable love story that survived against all odds. This is an extraordinary account of two ordinary people who find unexpected love during the unimaginable hardships of Hitler’s barbaric regime.
Description: Actress Katherine Parker is on the cusp of achieving the kind of career success she’d always dreamed of. But a visit to Hope Harbor for some much-needed R&R—and an unexpected partnership with a handsome local coffee shop owner—may cause her to rethink her ambitions and open her heart to a new dream.
Description: When a dashing newspaper man comes to Mesquite Springs, aspiring writer Dorothy Clark sees her dreams coming true—until a man arrives with altogether different plans for the town and its newspaper.
Description: USFS Special Agent Terra Connors is called to investigate a body found in the national forest. As she’s uncovering clues that show the victim may have been involved in criminal activities, the case takes a deadly turn that leaves her and Former FBI special Agent Jack Tanner fighting for the truth—and their lives.
Description: Searching the cosmos for a new Earth. Using math to fight human trafficking. Designing invisible (and safer) cars. Unlocking climate-change secrets. All of this groundbreaking science, and much more, is happening right now, spearheaded by the diverse female scientists and engineers profiled in this book.
Meet award-winning aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher and twelve other science superstars and hear them tell in their own words not only about their fascinating work, but also about their childhoods and the paths they traveled to get where they are—paths that often involved failures and unexpected changes in direction, but also persistence, serendipity, and brilliant insights. Their careers range from computer scientist to microbiologist to unique specialties that didn’t exist before some amazing women profiled here created them. Here is a book to surprise and inspire not only die-hard science fans, but also those who don’t (yet!) think of themselves as scientists. Back matter includes reading suggestions, an index, a glossary, and some surprising ideas for how to get involved in the world of STEM.
What does it take to be a STEM genius? Check out these exciting, highly readable profiles of a dozen contemporary women who are on the cutting edge of scientific research.
Description: Welcome to ancient Greece as only genius storyteller Laura Amy Schlitz can conjure it. In a warlike land of wind and sunlight, “ringed by a restless sea,” live Rhaskos and Melisto, spiritual twins with little in common beyond the violent and mysterious forces that dictate their lives. A Thracian slave in a Greek household, Rhaskos is as common as clay, a stable boy worth less than a donkey, much less a horse. Wrenched from his mother at a tender age, he nurtures in secret, aided by Socrates, his passions for art and philosophy. Melisto is a spoiled aristocrat, a girl as precious as amber but willful and wild. She’ll marry and be tamed—the curse of all highborn girls—but risk her life for a season first to serve Artemis, goddess of the hunt.
Bound by destiny, Melisto and Rhaskos—Amber and Clay—never meet in the flesh. By the time they do, one of them is a ghost. But the thin line between life and death is just one boundary their unlikely friendship crosses. It takes an army of snarky gods and fearsome goddesses, slaves and masters, mothers and philosophers to help shape their story into a gorgeously distilled, symphonic tour de force.
Blending verse, prose, and illustrated archaeological “artifacts,” this is a tale that vividly transcends time, an indelible reminder of the power of language to illuminate the over- and underworlds of human history.
The Newbery Medal–winning author of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! gives readers a virtuoso performance in verse in this profoundly original epic pitched just right for fans of poetry, history, mythology, and fantasy.
Description: Can Alice face her demons and open her heart more fully to the life she once lived in the Sahara—a life she has hidden from her husband and herself for 60 years? Blue Desert is a story of exile, family secrets, and the power of love.
Alice George is a headstrong young British woman who finds herself living among the Tuareg, a tribe of nomadic warriors. While the outside world faces the catastrophe of World War I, the Tuareg continue to crisscross the Sahara as a matrilineal society in which the men are veiled and the women hold property—a world in which anything can happen. It is a world well suited to eighteen-year-old Alice, who discovers a life she could never live in corseted England.
In 1917, Alice returns home to a world completely alien to the one she left in the Sahara. Her silence about that life is finally broken sixty years later when she receives a telegram announcing Abu has died in the desert. “Who is Abu?” her husband asks. “My lover,” she replies. Thus, begins a weeklong journey of revelation as Alice lays bare her secrets.
Description: It’s the early 1800s, and Clover travels the impoverished borderlands of the Unified States with her father, a physician. See to the body before you, he teaches her, but Clover can’t help becoming distracted by bigger things, including the coming war between the US and France, ignited by a failed Louisiana Purchase, and the terrifying vermin, cobbled together from dead animals and spare parts, who patrol the woods. Most of all, she is consumed with interest for Oddities, ordinary objects with extraordinary abilities, such as a Teapot that makes endless amounts of tea and an Ice Hook that freezes everything it touches. Clover’s father has always disapproved of Oddities, but when he is murdered, Clover embarks on a perilous mission to protect the one secret Oddity he left behind. And as she uncovers the truth about her parents and her past, Clover emerges as a powerful agent of history. Here is an action-filled American fantasy of alternate history to rival the great British fantasies in ideas and scope.
The daughter of a murdered physician vows to protect the magical Oddity he left behind in an alternate nineteenth century where a failed Louisiana Purchase has locked a young Unified States into conflict with France.
Description: Growing Up Green allows young students (grades K–2) to build critical and creative thinking skills, while also improving skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The book:
- Includes 10 problem-based investigations that explore sustainability and environmental concerns. - Covers topics such as reducing one's carbon footprint, developing green manufacturing processes, initiating a recycling program, and more. - Is perfect for general education classrooms, single- or multi-grade gifted classrooms, or pull-out programs. - Features crosscurricular connections. - Includes a list of apps, websites, and books that can be used to increase students' understanding and curiosity.
Each investigation includes comprehensive teacher instructions, ideas for differentiation, hands-on student activities, reproducible student resources, reflection opportunities, and assessment options. The engaging investigations guide learners through the process of identifying problems, developing research questions, gathering and analyzing data, developing possible solutions, and disseminating information to others.
Description: This book is a practical guide for identifying and supporting gifted English language learners (ELLs) based on research and firsthand teaching experience. This book:
- Presents practical information and strategies for identifying gifted ELLs. - Helps readers understand more about potentially gifted behaviors and talents. - Supports the enrichment and social-emotional needs of these students. - Includes background information, teaching strategies, and methods. - Offers ideas for lessons and activities that can be used to support any learner.
Research from the last two decades shows that there is a considerable disparity between ELLs and native English speakers identified as gifted. This book will inspire action by key players in these students' lives, including English language and gifted educators, classroom teachers, school administrators, district and state leaders, families, and the greater community.
Description: Global capitalism fails young Barcelona couples in this dynamic English-language debut
What happens when the hopes of a generation are dashed by austerity policies and underemployment? Come On Up is a group portrait of contemporary Barcelona, beaten by the economic crisis and divided by a secessionist movement. Always witty, often absurdist, these stories offer a mesmerizing glimpse into the daily lives of couples, families, and neighbors living the new normal of the 21st century.
“Nopca’s stories, written with clarity and flair, are smart and modern, filled with sharply observed detail. They capture the unease of the times and the flux of contemporary life in Barcelona with wit, wisdom, moments of pure hilarity, and a mixture of sympathy and dark laughter.” —Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and House of Names
“The day will come when there’ll be no need to keep repeating how Nopca’s talent and his corrosive humor have exploded and electrified the literature of Spain: it will be common knowledge.” —Enrique Vila-Matas, author of Bartleby & Co. and Mac’s Problem
Description: The voice of disgraced love guru Brooks Nixon seems to haunt Hope Townsend, showing up at inopportune moments to deliver unwelcome commentary on her hapless romances. Brooks―who once doled out cliched dating advice to millions―fell out of favor with his fanbase when a life-altering experience shifted his counsel to a free-wheeling, anti-monogamy platform. The about-face earned him the moniker "Narcissus Nixon" and made him slightly less annoying to Hope, a goth music devotee who prefers animals over people. Hope's dueling traits of misanthropy and compassion often hinder her progress in jobs as well as relationships. Little by little, she finds herself more influenced by the new Nixon than she'd care to admit. To shake off his hold on her thoughts and come to terms with her own destiny, she must uncover the truth behind Nixon's transformation and draw the line between his recommendations and her authentic desires. NARCISSUS NOBODY is a brilliant—often humorous—story of a woman who is driven to embody the free-wheeling independence of her feminist heroes, in the face of the more straight-laced suburban women in her community. Author GINA YATES is the youngest daughter of the late celebrated author Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road), and with this novel, she makes her mark as a writer of sparkling originality.
Description: Every science-fiction story is a voyage of some kind—to a world of a far-off galaxy, to our own world of the distant future or the remote past, to some interior corner of the human soul. In Voyages, Science Fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg collects twelve of his finest short stories and novellas, all of which carry readers to the next level of imagination and into a new universe of the mind. This new collection spans 60 years of work by Hugo Award-winning Robert Silverberg, traveling from one end of the universe to the other, from the dawn of time to its final hours. A journey through its pages reveals time-travelers from the future come back to witness a catastrophe of our own time, Spanish conquistadores looking for—and finding—the Fountain of Youth, a tourist in Mexico stepping into an alternative universe, and spacefarers among the stars making a surprising discovery. The range of these stories, the kinds of voyages they describe, just begins to demonstrate the scope of science fiction, and the lengths the mind can leap. That's the point of science fiction: to envision the unknown, the previously unexplored, the thing which is not. Author ROBERT SILVERBERG is a giant in the science fiction genre, with four Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards to his name. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1999 and named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Guild in 2005. At present, there is a resurgence of interest in Silverberg’s short fiction. His short story “Needle in a Timestack” is being adapted for the screen by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) with expected release in spring 2021.
Description: Through a series of extraordinary, incisive, often-humorous essays, Emmy Award-winning actress Vanessa Baden Kelly examines what the idea of “home” means to a Black millennial woman. What are the consequences of gentrification on the life of a young Black woman, and on her ability to raise a family? What does it mean to be part of a lineage, whether it be passed down through names or through the voices of generations of writers and thinkers? In these profound, intimate essays, Baden has found a space where she can work out thoughts and feelings she feels unsafe saying out loud. As she processes the initial ideas more fully, her essays evolve from personal stories to fully-realized communiques of a generation of Black women who are finding a new sense of both belonging and ostracism in private, work, and public life. What begins as a single rider on a Los Angeles public bus travels through a range of experiences and ideas: the interconnectedness of living in a majority-Black community in the Crenshaw district; the overwhelming grief and fear of watching young Black boys be buried while raising your own son; the miracle of finding love for love’s sake and love for one’s self when historical traumas have tried to rob that very idea from you. Underlying the theme of each essay are questions of how a Black millennial woman can find “home” anywhere when confronted with its invasion by police, men, and society’s expectations. Author VANESSA BADEN KELLY is an Emmy-winning actress, Emmy-nominated writer, and producer. She began her career as a child, starring on Nickelodeon’s Gullah Gullah Island and Kenan and Kel. After departing entertainment, she began organizing in college, co-founding the Student Coalition for Justice (later the base for the Dream Defenders) and continued working in the field. To date, she has led campaigns for The Trayvon Martin Foundation, Community Coalition South LA, and various political campaigns including Obama for America ’08 and the Ndoum Presidential Campaign in Accra, Ghana. Additionally, she is an Ambassador for the RuJohn Foundation. Upon her return to Hollywood, Vanessa has become a successful television writer and producer, writing for shows such as TNT’s Animal Kingdom and Mindy Kaling’s HBO Max series The Sex Lives of College Girls. Vanessa originated the role of Journee as writer/star of the Issa Rae digital series Giants, where she is four times Emmy-nominated and one time Emmy-winning for Best Actress in a Digital Drama. Vanessa is mother to a human son, Ryder, and a dog son named Dude.
Description: ¡Explora el maravilloso mundo de la química! Aprende junto con las químicas inspiradoras cuyas innovaciones cambiaron el mundo. — Jump into the awesomeness of chemistry! Learn alongside inspirational women chemists whose innovations changed the world.
Description: Jump into the awesomeness of chemistry! Discover the power of curiosity and resilience along with the women who have blazed a trail in the world of science. From ancient times to modern day, the exciting story of chemistry is sure to inspire the scientist in everyone.
Description: 1,271 DAYS A SOLDIER: THE DIARIES AND LETTERS OF COLONEL H.E. GARDINER AS AN ARMORED OFFICER IN WORLD WAR II is one soldier’s record of the Second World War. Henry E. Gardiner’s collection recalls the first-hand experiences of an operational level ranking officer from the prelude of war to fighting in the African and European theaters, from the shock of the initial volley of violence during the December 7, 1941, Day of Infamy radio broadcast to the final days of the war while operating on the soft underbelly of Hitler's Europe. 1,271 DAYS A SOLDIER is written with all the emotion of someone who endured nearly four years of high-intensity conflict coupled with long periods of boredom and interjected with periods of frivolity.
Detailed footnotes, photographs, and maps throughout the diary provide context for each journal entry so readers and historians gain a better appreciation of the full spectrum of war that was unfolding at any given time in the work.
1,271 DAYS A SOLDIER is an official AUSA Book Program title.
Description: The Israel Defense Forces have relied on mission command since their foundation. This essay collection explores Israel’s military strategy through the understanding of mission command and its relation to command and control. MISSION COMMAND IN THE ISRAEL DFENSE FORCES provides real-world scenarios that used mission command—written by the acting officers themselves.
MISSION COMMAND IN THE ISRAEL DFENSE FORCES is an official AUSA Book Program title.
Description: Valentine Monroe believes she is doomed to attract evil but persists on her introspective journey to transform from bitter and hopeless child to empowered, fulfilled and joyful young woman.
Description: New York City TV reporter Francine Vega travels to a small New England town to hunt for a friend who has gone missing. Her search reveals that the disappearance is tied to Beyond Revelations, a reclusive religious order preparing its flock for the Second Coming, and a nationwide conspiracy that could shake the underpinnings of the American government.
Description: Liz Johnson single-handedly raised an exemplary daughter despite the disapproval of her father and her small town. Jessica is an honor-student, track star, and all-around good kid. So how could that same teenager be responsible for the death of the high school’s beloved football coach? This is Texas, where high school football ranks right up there with God, so while the legal battle wages, the public deals its own verdict.
Desperate for help, Liz turns to a lawyer whose affection she long ago rejected and attempts to play nice with her ex-husband while her daughter struggles with guilt and her own demons as she faces the consequences of an accident she doesn’t remember.
Ten years ago, Anna Clarke’s parents disappeared. The mystery haunts her, and she hopes her job in a busy city Garda Station will one day help her find answers.
The case of a man shot dead crosses her desk – and Anna is shocked to discover that the main suspect is her childhood friend Kate Crowley. Certain that Kate is innocent, Anna is determined to help her clear her name. But first she has to find her …
Tom Gallagher’s son David is dead, and Tom believes Kate is responsible. Now his older son John is missing – unable to grieve for one son until he finds the other, desperation can cause a man to do terrible things … Then the German Meier brothers descend on the city, intent on finding an item David had offered to sell them. Even Tom doesn’t know where it is, but he suspects Kate Crowley must have taken it.
Kate is on the run. She is trapped in the dead man’s city – can her old friend help her find a way out?
In a week where a political summit is taking place and the city is on high alert, Kate must struggle to stay hidden and stay alive. And Anna is drawn into the twisted race against time, falling deeper into danger.
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.
The StormMother is unleashed, and she is angry. Tiamat, ancient goddess of chaos and creation has decided to clear the world of human infestation—but she needs help. Only her descendant Celia Fisher, a Siren, has the magical power to aid her.
Celia is more interested in becoming a Broadway star than in her archaic Siren heritage. But when two fellow contestants in a reality TV competition drown during a freak thunderstorm and a werewolf threatens her—a Hunter from the International Guild of Demon and Vampire Hunters steps in. Determined to prevent old demons like the StormMother from wreaking havoc in today's world, the Guild sends Dylan McQuilleran to be Celia's bodyguard.
Except Dylan has a problem. His last surgical and chemical augmentation has gone haywire, giving him blinding migraines. His cover story as head publicist for the TV competition keeps him close to Celia while the Guild finds a cure.
But can he resist the lure of a Siren long enough to save her life—and his own?
Description: It is 1967 during the Vietnam War. Two young soldiers, one White, one Black, are psych techs at a stateside Army hospital when punishment instead of therapy becomes the norm for the patients, soldiers still.
Being a Sparrow child has never been simple. Olivia, Sherman, and Morgan all have their faults, and they all cope with their tumultuous childhood in their own unstable ways: Olivia leads an excessive lifestyle, Morgan cycles through risky behaviors, and Sherman dabbles in morally precarious business practices. Up until now, they have kept their family from completely crumbling; but the cracks in their relationships are about to be unearthed. As their shaky foundations collide, an earthquake levels their city.
Olivia treks across a mutilated Portland to reach her family; Sherman finds it in himself to protect his siblings from militia looters and thugs; and Morgan uncovers the past wrongs of her parents. To make matters worse, their shelter is in the path of a mass of loose earth repeatedly shaken by aftershocks.
When the siblings finally reunite, their new task is to survive long enough to be medevaced from their childhood home in the face of an impending landslide. Previously separated by secrets and resentments, they realize they are now united by survival. If resources don't run out, if sickness doesn't overtake them, if alt-right militia members don't intervene, and if the wet mass of land speeding toward their makeshift shelter doesn't bury them, they will have to navigate their past traumas and their parents' mistakes. Only then can they honor those they have lost—and survive as a family.
Description: eBook format is .pdf Isaac knew Heritage Camp would be different this year: he was different. While he had accepted who he was, he wasn't sure how his peers would feel. What he didn't expect was having to investigate the sudden death of his camp counselor. Sergeant Mikie O'Malley is called to work on the case, but she finds herself distracted by the fact that the victim was adopted, reminding her of a recent inheritance that has her questioning what family really means. Located outside of Portland, Oregon, Heritage Camp is a summer retreat for adopted international children where adoptees can explore their identities and bond over their shared experiences. When camp counselor Paul goes into fatal anaphylactic shock one evening, everyone believes it to be a tragic accident. But Sergeant Mikie, a former ER nurse, and her new partner Detective Wu aren't so easily convinced. Rumors spread quickly through the camp—everyone is a suspect. Isaac and his new friends share their grief and theories about what really happened, bringing shocking evidence to light. As the detectives and campers each conduct investigations into Paul's death, Heritage Camp's own secrets start to unravel. They soon discover something much more sinister than they ever expected.
Description: Something extraordinary hides beneath Wickwood’s picturesque façade… and this time it’s not staying buried.Stella Campfield might be having a string of bad luck, but she has her witch's intuition telling her it will turn around. That is until her best friend accidentally opens a portal to another dimension!When the police arrive, she’s dismayed to learn the officer she’s been obsessing over is on the case. As an energy reader, she’s drawn to him like no other, but she can’t explain why.And that changes everything.When Lucas Martinez ends up on the alluring lady’s doorstep because of a noise disturbance call, he is unexpectedly pulled into the world of the paranormal.Burn marks on the floor and floating books? Nothing is as it seems.As his attraction for the secretive witch grows, and as he digs into the mysteries surrounding her, he’s even more convinced Stella is at the center of it all.Can the unlikely pair learn to trust each other or will the sinister forces surrounding them tear their burning romance—and the world—apart?If you like Denise Grover Swank, Colleen Helme, Michelle M. Pillow, and Danielle Garrett, you’ll love this paranormal romantic comedy!
Description: The year is 1958. Stan Ellis, a young reporter for a small-town Wisconsin newspaper, can’t forget the call he got from a woman who claimed a man convicted of causing a train wreck four years before was falsely imprisoned. After a night of sleeplessness, he searches for the woman hoping to latch on to a big story. When he tracks her down, he finds she is the ex-wife of George Cashman, the train engineer who was operating the train that crashed. She identifies the man she believes sabotaged the train, but refuses to go to the authorities herself out of fear for her safety. She begs Stan to go instead and to ask them to open a new investigation. He agrees, not realizing that he is opening up something bigger and more dangerous than he ever anticipated.
Description: These 13 short stories reflect the countercultural of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was an era of magic, majesty, mystery, and mayhem. A surreal time of extreme idealism, exaggerated exuberance, ferocious fearlessness, and foolish folly. A period in which the scent of change permeated every tree, town and tent. A time, in other words, much like our own.
Fifteen-year-old Laurel Summers couldn’t tell you the last words she spoke to her mother and siblings if her life depended on it. But she will never forget the image of her mother’s mangled green car on the freeway, shattering the boring world Laurel had been so desperate to escape. Now she can’t stop seeing the ghosts of her family members, which haunt her with memories of how life used to be back when her biggest problem was the kiss she shared with her best friend Hanna.
After the accident, Laurel and her dad are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Her dad is struggling with his grief and depression, unable to cope with the loss of his family. He seeks a way out of his pain, leaving Laurel behind while he struggles to cope with his own mental illness. She is desperate to find a way to hold everything together again and help her father come to terms with the loss so he can come back to her.
Laurel tries to make sense of her pain with the help of her grandparents, her two best friends, and some random strangers. As she struggles to understand who she is without her family, she must come to terms with the items on her List of Things Not to Talk About, learn to trust her dad again, and—on top of it all—keep her heart open to love in the wake of her immense loss, eventually learning that it’s OK to not be OK.
Description: Endless years of a lonely, childless spinster’s life stretching ahead, Victoria Kavanagh finds an abandoned baby. She knows it’s the answer to her prayers. Or is it? Has she stolen him in a moment of madness? She’s come close to it before …
Desperate to keep him, she creates a past of her own design and moves to Faredene, but is her new life far enough away from the past she’s trying to escape? What a framework on which to build – one of lies and deceit.
Thrust into a world where men are vying for her attention, Victoria has to decide in whom to lay her trust. Can she learn to have faith in her own judgement? First, she must forgive herself for standing by while her father destroyed her mother – her private shame.
Unprepared for the challenges of motherhood and running her own business, whatever the future holds, there’s no turning back. Caring for people comes at a cost and her desire to protect a friend sets off a chain of events that has repercussions for everyone whose lives she touches … Her meddling may just be her undoing.
When danger threatens her son, Victoria has to make a heart-breaking choice – but is she ready to let him go?
Description: Mickey Blake loses everything when his father is no longer able to work. He packs his wrestling gear into a box and the family moves across the state to the town of Roby, Texas, where just a few years earlier, the residents pooled their money and bought a lottery ticket. 42 people split the pot, and the travails that followed: broken marriages, fallow fields, sudden deaths and illnesses. The best Mickey can do is stick it out until he earns a scholarship to wrestle. But he meets Deon, a brilliant kid with muscular dystrophy and a time-bomb for a heart. Together, the two build robots for a school assignment, and a shot at redemption.
Description: On a New England farm in July, 1863, 13-year-old Martin awaits results of the Battle of Gettysburg, where his brother is heavily engaged. What the Dascombs learn plunges them into grief. Then a dark secret comes to light which threatens to break the family altogether. Several weeks later, in the company of a friend fleeing with a terrible secret of her own, Martin steals away from home in the night, hoping to make his way north to Montreal and find the truth about a disgraced older brother who had never spoken about a child, or a Negro woman! This historically rigorous novel is about basic human drives: to understand oneself and find one's place in the world, to maintain family integrity, and to fathom the nature of God. It's premise is that, not only adolescents but all of us are often engaged in one or several kinds of "civil war.”
Description: Tomas O’Malley simply wanted to enjoy his 55th birthday with his kids, and maybe a tall McNaughton’s. Little did he know a dead body in the shadow of White Sox stadium and a dead CFO in North Chicago would both tie back to Dr. Alan Grove, Chicago’s Chief Medical Examiner’s husband and President of Manufacturing at one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the country. With millions of dollars at stake and members of the executive team dying each day, O’Malley is caught between pressure from one of his closest friends to clear her husband and what every piece of evidence is telling him. He calls on his old acquaintance from the Moretti case, Marco Filini, to help find the evidence that will either clear Doc G’s husband or send him to prison for the rest of his life. A twisted set of adjacent murders cloud the investigation and cause it to get lost, in the sand.
Cherokee attorney Baylie Smith hates pushing paper at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. When Baylie learns time travel exists, she goes to 1787 to guide her people westward to safety before the Trail of Tears.
Baylie becomes a warrior woman, where her intelligence, cunning and logic help the tribe win a decisive battle against the Chickamauga Cherokees. She earns ownership of enslaved Kirk O’Malley, who the Cherokees believe is the white devil, Tsul Kalu.
Baylie and Shadow Wolf fall in love and are about to marry when O’Malley manages to go forward in time. The village orders her to retrieve O’Malley to his correct time. But Kirk finds love with Mellie Henderson, and refuses to return to the past as Baylie learns she is pregnant with Wolf’s ’different-abled’ child.
Will Baylie be able to rejoin Shadow Wolf, claim her destiny, and fulfill her part of the prophecy?
Description: Dakota Kilroy, a 28-year-old investigative journalist, is haunted by the unsolved disappearance of her best friend, Maddy Montgomery who went missing at the age of fifteen. When financial difficulties force her to move back home to Santa Monica, CA, she cannot take the unanswered questions anymore. Determined to find out what happened to Maddy, Dakota starts ShadowCast, a true crime podcast to publicize the case. But little does she know the man responsible for Maddy’s disappearance all those years ago is listening in and tampering with her investigation.
Description: A sequel to The Last Van Gogh, Adam Barrow once again is tasked with uncovering the secrets of a long-lost and priceless masterpiece purportedly created by Leonardo da Vinci. Confronted by personal doubt and skeptics within the art world, he finds his life and new romantic relationship threatened by those who want the painting’s past history to remain hidden.
Private investigator Ash Carter is tasked to find evidence against the Chinese secret society. But his girlfriend is inextricably linked to the gang's boss.
Once again caught between the government and the criminal gangs, it’s time for Carter to choose.
Escape now or stand and fight?
Note: although this is book 6, it can be read as a stand-alone. Please also note that there are references to child sexual abuse which some readers may not enjoy.
Kirkus Review of Singapore Killer: "A likeable hero headlines this engrossing murder mystery" Singapore Fire readers' comments: "Gobsmacked!" "Gave me goosebumps" "Entertaining action adventure" "What a surprise ending!"
Description: A gripping historical mystery, where women take charge and strive for power.
The Murdering Wives Club is a support group for women who wish to murder their husbands. Or so the rumour goes.
Returning home from World War II, Laurie Davenport is blind and traumatised. He is also convinced that his wife, Charlotte, is trying to kill him. With the help of his assistant, the enigmatic Norah Walsh, Laurie hunts for proof of these killer women.
Then convicted Irish murderer Eve Good claims to have belonged to a club of murdering wives called The Sinful Roses. She agrees to recount her harrowing crimes to Laurie and Norah.
Can Eve Good shed light on this obscure matter? Can a blind, amateur detective succeed in exposing this terrifying group of murdering women? And in his darkened world, whom can he trust?
Description: eBook format is .pdf Ed Garrison has it all: a successful basketball career, a great relationship with his kid brother, the best dog a guy could ask for, and a supportive family. With summer vacation the only thing standing between him and a full-ride scholarship to UC Berkeley, Ed feels invincible. But everything falls apart as high school comes to an end and his mother leaves his father for a woman three thousand miles away, leaving behind a broken home. Ed feels helpless as his father turns to liquor and work and his brother throws away his future for illegal substances and crime. Not even the dog sticks around to watch. Soon, Ed lashes out too. He turns down his scholarship in favor of attending a small school in Northern California to distance himself from his family and start a new life of his own. Alone and confused, Ed switches his major to journalism, trains for a marathon, and adopts a puppy, all in attempts to fill an unexplainable void in his life. But as the years pass, riddled with distrust and regret, he fails to maintain the relationships that matter the most. Ed has no choice but to reckon with his past mistakes as his dreams of a basketball career are shattered and his family continues to crumble.
Description: Monk finds life is nice and simple when you don’t think too hard about what you’re doing or the lies you tell yourself. Believing his relationship with Judith is over, and a happy content life with Agnes is his to enjoy, Monk is shocked to find, tragically, that's not true. While dealing with a dying lover, Monk is dogged by family, business, gangsters, cranky widows, and a mystery woman who claims Monk has stolen her money.
Description: As a science journalist, Jade has seen more than her fair share of peculiar oddities-none weirder than her socially inept fellow reporter Antigone. When the test of a teleporter using an electron collider goes awry, the two women find their world changed in subtle ways, with anomalies breaking out in their personal lives. Their increasingly unstable dimension gives Jade the ability to shapeshift while Antigone can see portals into other worlds.
Description: A young Asian girl with blue eyes turns up in Dr. Erica Rosen’s pediatrics clinic, starting a chain of events that leads Erica to China, hoping to rescue the girl’s infant brother and expose a government-run embryonic gene editing scheme to produce Olympic champions.
Description: In the fourth volume of the Second Son Chronicles, Alfred – now a traitor to the Crown for desertion on the field of battle – must live with his family in complete seclusion in a remote corner of his wife’s homeland, avoiding all contact with the outside world lest the king’s spies discover their whereabouts. When horsemen are spotted in the forest one wintry morning, the chill that runs through the cottage has nothing to do with the temperature outside.
Description: In the final installment of the Glass Star Trilogy, Sloan seeks to uncover the true destiny of Genesis Energy. She embarks on a journey that leads her across the stars, taking her to distant worlds.
But the lines of Good and Evil become blurred. Aggressive factions of Warriors emerge and The Fourare determined to control her fate.
Sloan's strength is tested as she fights for the will of Genesis. In the end, she will be forced to make a crucial decision. One that will have eternal consequences.
Description: Bootleg whiskey. The founding fathers distilled it and imbibed while they plotted the American Revolution. Women made it and brought it to their loved ones on Civil War battlefields. Farmers believed it was healthier than water from streams that ran through pasturelands. Sailors filtered it from torpedo fuel aboard ships. Both men and women went to jail for distributing it illegally. Around the world throughout history people have enjoyed hard liquor, including the author’s ancestors in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley who were in the thick of the bootleg liquor industry.
Description: Seven samurai will teach him what it means to be a warrior…one by one he will remind them of what they taught.
Young Miyamoto Musashi, who goes by the nickname Hachi, studies at the local samurai school of the Yoshioka’s. When he accidently meets his master’s daughter, Umi, in a forbidden garden beneath a peach tree, it’s love at first sight. They plan to meet again beneath the tree, but Umi never shows.
Driven by his desire to prove he is worthy, Hachi vows to become the greatest samurai who has ever lived to earn the right to see Umi again. As he trains under seven great samurai, he never forgets Umi and his desire to be with her grows.
When Hachi suffers a great betrayal, he is driven by his own sense of justice and the driving force of what it means to be a samurai while he searches for peace and tranquility.
A classic tale of devotion and revenge, Miyamoto will come face to face with his own destiny in this origins tale of his life.
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Description: In a world where laws restrict nearly every move people make, baseball pitcher Puppy Nedick and his ex-wife Annette are on the run. Branded by their government as American traitors and murderers, they and their friends must now navigate the chaotic remnants of London.
As Puppy faces an uncertain future run by secret police, robots, and holograms, he is determined to save the world using the only weapon he has—baseball.
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Description: Three years after the Battle of Rift Ridge, Mink adjusts to his new life as a Machinist in Freeland. Two goals push him to keep going: developing his newly discovered affinity for metal and getting revenge on the Immortalist who stole Gyov from him. Both will require him to break the law. In his search, Mink makes a deal with a mysterious spirit user called DJ to help Unquiet Storm, a clandestine revolutionary group, in exchange for help finding Gyov. But when a plot to destroy Octernal is discovered, Mink will have no choice but to trust an unknown ally and hope that his newly acquired skills will be enough to save his former home before his past catches up to him.
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Description: Emma’s freshman year has finally begun but not in the way she had hoped. Not long after arriving, Emma learns some shocking news: Doug has a new girlfriend. Although heartbroken, that’s not all on Emma’s mind. One night while getting some fresh air, Emma glimpses a mysterious phantom on the castle’s east tower. Spurred on by other strange encounters, Emma launches into an investigation to find out if what she saw was real and, if so, what it could mean. What she discovers is unlike anything she expected and sparks a secret adventure through the academy’s underground caverns. When an unforeseen danger threatens to undo all that she’s accomplished, Emma must gather her courage and do the right thing. But what will it cost? And will she and Doug ever be the same again?
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Description: After a twenty-year journey across space, the mysterious and dreaded Namadi fire ships are arriving. Their mission to destroy five civilizations will cost the lives of billions across the galactic sector if the ships can’t be stopped in time. The only hope to defeat them hinges on the success of a daring operation.
In a desperate race against time, Darrien Norris and Onallin Rantara must lead a team of commandos to a remote world in search of crucial information to destroy their enemy. The Namadi are drawing closer and where their foe is scheduled to emerge is the most prized secret in galactic history—one they are prepared to kill for.
With surprises waiting at every corner, Darrien and Onallin have no choice but to trust new allies before it’s too late.
Time is against them, and the race for survival has begun.
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After defeating the Brotherhood, Maeve O’Neill is ready to reunite her scattered people. She has three days to convince the splinter groups it’s safe to come home, but their summit isn’t off to a good start.
Maeve’s romantic ties with the Aeternal Council’s newest member, Silas Valeron, are raising questions about her allegiances. The splinter groups are making unreasonable demands. And worst of all, an old flame shows up uninvited, and everyone expects them to rekindle their romance.
Maeve holds everything together as best she can until a mysterious Fate reveals a series of events that will lead to Silas’s death. She can prevent the disastrous future by stopping key events, but hidden enemies are sabotaging her every move, and the summit is on the verge of falling apart. If Maeve can’t figure out a way to change their fate, everything she loves might end up broken.
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In this sultry collection of short stories, five emerging authors reveal what it means to be marked.
When a mobster’s ex-girlfriend is marked for murder by a dangerous gang of criminals, she will do whatever it takes to escape, even if it means taking on a whole new identity.
A hot, sensual night at a Las Vegas club quickly turns dark and foreboding. When the young woman’s lover takes the fall, she is forever indebted to him, marked by a tattoo that reminds her of their shared secret.
When a young woman decides to take a dip in a pond, she emerges as a goddess with not only newfound strength and sexual prowess but also a strange mark on her body. Is it the sign of a blessing, or the sign of a sinister curse?
A newlywed couple is marked by insecurities that plague them, but when they cast their self-doubts aside, they reveal an electrifying connection and discover pleasure like they’ve never felt before.
Tormented by guilt from hiding a family secret, a young man starts to pull away from his lover, but when she discovers the mark of his secret and the truth is revealed, their embers of passion become the burning flames of desire.
Which steamy story will be your favorite?
H. R. Hypolita ♦ January Wren ♦ Max Carrey ♦ Shanjida Nusrath Ali ♦ and Wolfgang Domino
Description: Robin Perry’s life is finally on track with her dream job and a promising relationship with Ben Martin, even if his two spoiled children, Amber and Jaden, hate her. But things take a downhill turn when Gloria Reyes, an acquaintance of Ben’s, asks her to admit her young son to a cancer study meant for adults and Robin, heartbroken, has to turn her down. But Gloria won’t take no for an answer and begins an insidious crusade to force the issue.
Amber Martin hates living with her crazy mother since her parents’ divorce, but she can hardly live with her dad, who’s too busy with “Miss Perfect” these days. When Amber runs into her mother’s friend Gloria, she’s glad to finally meet an adult who seems to be on her side. But as Amber becomes friends with Gloria’s sickly son, Alex, she begins to think Gloria is not as nice as she first thought, and Alex may be in trouble.
As Gloria’s threatening behavior escalates, Robin must protect the children while finding a way to save her career and her relationship with Ben. But Gloria always manages to stay one step ahead, and when a secret comes to light, Robin discovers the stakes are even higher than she imagined.
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After losing both of her parents in a car accident, Emma Pool moves in with her Uncle Dean in a strict society known as The Town.
Under the rule of Clyde Barry, the people of The Town fall in line, and adhere to Mr. Barry’s commands, until Emma arrives and immediately begins to shake things up. Unable to live under the tyrannical rules of Mr. Barry, Emma is determined to shed light on the wrongdoings in The Town. Armed with the strength of her parents, and her German Shepherd, Cooper, Emma changes The Town and its people forever.