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January 2018 batch: Requests must be in by Monday, January 29th at 6pm EST.

My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd (Random House)

Description: In this stirring, life-affirming debut novel, a young woman must reconcile her past with its far-reaching consequences on her quest for redemption.

I think about this a lot lately, trying to figure out how I got here. I trace my life back in time, looking for all those places in the past where, if I could change one key detail, I would never have seen what I saw or done what I did that terrible February night.

Venus Black is a straitlaced, straight-A student obsessed with the phenomena of astronomy—until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus’s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, suddenly goes missing.

Five years later, Venus emerges from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother, and with her brother still missing, she sets out to make a fresh start, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit—including a romantic interest and a young girl who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self—old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she can’t find a future while she’s running from her past.

In this gripping story, debut novelist Heather Lloyd brilliantly captures ordinary lives upended by extraordinary circumstances. Told through a constellation of captivating voices, My Name Is Venus Black explores the fluidity of right and wrong, the meaning of love and family, and the nature of forgiveness.

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Knockout by K. A. Holt (Chronicle Books)

Description: ARC of Knockout

Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He's fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he's always been. He feels stuck. So when his dad—divorced from his mom—suggests he take up boxing, he falls in love with the sport. And when he finds out about a school with a killer boxing team and a free-study curriculum, it feels like he's found a ticket to a new Levi. But how can he tell his mom about boxing? And how can he convince his family to set him free?

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Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella (Random House)

Description: A witty and emotionally charged novel that delves into the heart of a marriage, and how those we love and think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella

After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

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Elevate: An Essential Guide to Life by Joseph Deitch (Greenleaf Book Group)

Description: Purposeful growth through awareness and action.

A modern world that is bursting with data can often make us feel even more lost as we struggle to find meaning and look for the answers to life's mysteries. Joseph Deitch shares his lifelong pursuit of wisdom and growth in an accessible, practical, down-to-earth gift to his readers. Elevate will increase their awareness and help them progress in all that they do and care about with five clear insights and ten essential skills:

Insights
1. Our Perspective Is De Facto Limited and Distorted
2. Our World Is a Mirror of Our Mind
3. We Are Biological Supercomputers, Subject to Programming by Ourselves and Others
4. We Can Leverage the Multiplier Effect for Exponential Gains
5. There Are Universal Principles and Fundamental Skills that Fuel All Learning and Growth

Skills
1. ASK and Receive
2. LISTEN and Learn
3. PROGRAM and Take Control
4. MOTIVATE and Get What You Want
5. STRUCTURE and Win by Design
6. ENERGIZE and Fuel the Machine
7. LEVERAGE and Lead
8. LOVE and Be Loved
9. APPRECIATE and Make Every Moment a Miracle
10. REFINE and Elevate

Elevate is a celebration of life and the wisdom we have access to. It's a formula for turning frustration into fascination . . . and into the growth of our great innate powers of intellect and self-direction.

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The Definitive Firebird & Trans Am Guide: 1970 1/2 - 1981 by Rocky Rotella (CarTech Books)

Description: After the extremely successful debut of the first-generation Firebirds and Camaros, General Motors had a tall task ahead. It had to create an equally popular yet radically different version of the groundbreaking pony car it was replacing. Enthusiasts picked up on the "radically different" part as soon as they saw these cars. Over time, we have come to appreciate how successful these second-generation cars were. They include the early models that had an emphasis on performance along with the continued development of the Trans Am, the 455 Super Duty cars of 1973 and 1974, and the lightning-in-a-bottle popularity of the Smokey and the Bandit editions. During their production run, these Firebirds and Trans Ams were truly the only real performance cars out of Detroit, and for many of the model years, they eclipsed even the mighty Corvette.In The Definitive Firebird & Trans Am Guide 1970-1/2-1981, Pontiac expert and historian Rocky Rotella examines each production year of the second generation of Firebirds. Production figures, option codes, running changes, model-year changes and variances, rarity, collectability, interviews with engineers, and more are thoroughly covered. This is sure to become the ultimate second-generation Firebird reference book. Complementing the detail and year-by-year analysis is a combination of archival photography from the development of these cars as well as beautiful color photos of original and restored examples today.This book tells the entire story of these immensely popular cars, whether you are into the second generation of F-Body regular models, Formula 400 performance models, the Super Duty Trans Ams, or the cars of Smokey and the Bandit fame. It is an excellent addition to any pony car, muscle car, or any enthusiast's library.

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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Description: For fans of A Man Called Ove and the novels of Adriana Trigiani, a charming, delightfully sexy, and bighearted novel starring Auntie Poldi, Sicily’s newest amateur sleuth

On her sixtieth birthday, Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily, intending to while away the rest of her days with good wine, a view of the sea, and few visitors. But Sicily isn’t quite the tranquil island she thought it would be, and something always seems to get in the way of her relaxation. When her handsome young handyman goes missing—and is discovered murdered—she can’t help but ask questions.

Soon there’s an investigation, a smoldering police inspector, a romantic entanglement, one false lead after another, a rooftop showdown, and finally, of course, Poldi herself, slightly tousled but still perfectly poised.

This “masterly treat” (Times Literary Supplement) will transport you to the rocky shores of Torre Archirafi, to a Sicily full of quirky characters, scorching days, and velvety nights, alongside a protagonist who’s as fiery as the Sicilian sun.

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Left Bank by Agnes Poirier (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: An incandescent group portrait of the midcentury artists and thinkers whose lives, loves, collaborations, and passions were forged against the wartime destruction and postwar rebirth of Paris.

In this fascinating tour of a celebrated city during one of its most trying, significant, and ultimately triumphant eras, Agnes Poirier unspools the stories of the poets, writers, painters, and philosophers whose lives collided to extraordinary effect between 1940 and 1950. She gives us the human drama behind some of the most celebrated works of the 20th century, from Richard Wright’s Native Son, Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Saul Bellow's Augie March, along with the origin stories of now legendary movements, from Existentialism to the Theatre of the Absurd, New Journalism, bebop, and French feminism.
We follow Arthur Koestler and Norman Mailer as young men, peek inside Picasso’s studio, and trail the twists of Camus's Sartre's, and Beauvoir’s epic love stories. We witness the births and deaths of newspapers and literary journals and peer through keyholes to see the first kisses and last nights of many ill-advised bedfellows. At every turn, Poirier deftly hones in on the most compelling and colorful history, without undermining the crucial significance of the era. She brings to life the flawed, visionary Parisians who fell in love and out of it, who infuriated and inspired one another, all while reconfiguring the world's political, intellectual, and creative landscapes. With its balance of clear-eyed historical narrative and irresistible anecdotal charm, Left Bank transports readers to a Paris teeming with passion, drama, and life.

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Motherhood: A Novel by Sheila Heti (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: From the author of How Should a Person Be? (“one of the most talked-about books of the year”—Time Magazine) and the New York Times Bestseller Women in Clothes comes a daring novel about whether to have children.

In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation.

In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti’s intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice. After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home.

Motherhood is a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original novel that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how—and for whom—to live.

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The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations, beginning with their patriarchs, who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful night.

A blistering dark comedy, Rebekah Frumkin's The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State shootings to protest marches in Chicago to the Florida Everglades, that explores delineating lines of race, class, religion, and time.

Scrappy, street-smart drug dealer Reggie Marshall has never liked the simpering addict Leland Bloom-Mittwoch, which doesn’t stop Leland from looking up to Reggie with puppy-esque devotion. But when a drug deal goes dramatically, tragically wrong and a suitcase (which may or may not contain a quarter of a million dollars) disappears, the two men and their families become hopelessly entangled. It’s a mistake that sets in motion a series of events that are odd, captivating, suspenseful, and ultimately inevitable.

Both incendiary and earnest, The Comedown steadfastly catalogs the tangled messes the characters make of their lives, never losing sight of the beauty and power of each family member’s capacity for love, be it for money, drugs, or each other.

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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1: Muscle Cars In Detail No. 9 by Mike Mueller (CarTech Books)

Description: By the time the 1969 model year rolled around, it was well established that muscle cars were fast and plentiful. Every manufacturer had at least one corner of the showroom where the "go fast" guys could congregate and discuss the merits and time slips of the latest performance offerings. Competition being what it was, the manufacturers were looking for ways to entice potential buyers to choose their product over ever-increasing offerings from the competition. Some manufacturers tried to accomplish this with affordable prices, some tried fancy marketing schemes, and some created a look and a style that screamed "performance" even when standing still.The 1969 Mach I was Ford's attempt to create a package and a style to match the performance of its recently released and very potent 428-ci Cobra Jet engine package. Displacing the still-available but more conservative GT trim, the Mach I included unique and innovative graphics and mechanical innovations including shaker hood scoops, dual racing mirrors, deluxe interiors, competition suspension, dual chrome exhaust tips, and blacked-out hoods. The result was a wildly popular model that sold more than 70,000 units, compared to slightly more than 5,000 GT models for the year.Each volume in the In Detail Series provides an introduction and historical overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating the car, a look at marketing and promotion, an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, and an examination of where the car is on the market today. Also included are paint and option codes, VIN and build tag decoders, as well as production numbers.

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1970 Plymouth Road Runner: Muscle Cars In Detail No. 10 by Scott Ross (CarTech Books)

Description: By 1969, the muscle car war among Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler had reached a fevered pitch. Plymouth's Road Runner, Mopar's intermediate entry, was leading the charge. For 1970, the Road Runner had its strongest year yet as it housed the best street V-8s Chrysler had to offer.Author Scott Ross retraces the history of the Road Runner and brings the 1970 model year into full focus. The stripped-down Road Runner exemplified the essence of a purpose-built muscle car: brute power and stunning acceleration. A new aggressive grille and Air Grabber hood provided an audacious yet tasteful performance statement. The back-to-basics 'Bird had a unique character with its iconic cartoon Road Runner graphics and beep-beep horn.Underneath the skin, the Road Runner lived up to its persona. The 335-hp 383 was one of fastest 383s Chrysler built because it was fitted with the 440 camshaft, heads, and manifolds for even more performance. The 440 Six Pack car generated 390 hp and gained a reputation as a stout street performer. And at the top, the conservatively rated 425-hp 426 Hemi set the standard for performance.The Road Runner was lighter than the Cuda and somewhat overbuilt as it was one of the toughest and most consistent muscle cars. To transfer all this power to the ground, the Road Runner was equipped with the A-833 4-speed or TorqueFlite 727 automatic. With a torsion-bar suspension and heavy-duty rear end, the Road Runner handled well. However, these are just a few of the highlights of this complete story.Each volume in the In Detail Series provides an introduction and historical overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating the car, a look at marketing and promotion, an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where the car is on the market today. Also included are paint and option codes, VIN and build tag decoders, as well as production numbers.

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Chinese Ghosts Revisited: A Study of Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences by Charles Emmons (Blacksmith Books)

Description: Do the Hong Kong Chinese experience ghosts, hauntings, spirit mediumship, ESP and other paranormal phenomena just like people in the West? Or is their culture so different that the ghost accounts in this book will seem bizarre to anyone else?

This classic presentation of cases is based on 3,600 interviews, questionnaires and observations in Hong Kong in 1980/81, updated by recent materials over 30 years later. Interestingly, in spite of clear influences from ancestor worship and Confucian/Taoist/Buddhist culture, parapsychological theories of apparitions from the West also apply to the Chinese cases.

For this 2017 edition, Charles Emmons has revisited his earlier conclusions and added new material that has come to light in the intervening years. This book remains the only major cross-cultural study comparing Chinese with Western ghost experiences.

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Dateline Mongolia: An American journalist in nomad’s land by Michael Kohn (Blacksmith Books)

Description: Michael Kohn, former editor of the Mongol Messenger newspaper, is one steppe ahead of the journalistic posse in this epic Western set in the Far East.

Kohn’s memoir of his time in Mongolia is an irresistible account of a nation where falcon poachers, cattle rustlers, exiled Buddhist leaders, death-defying child jockeys and political assassins vie for page one. A turf war between lamas, shamans, Mormon elders and ministers provides the spiritual backdrop in this nation which had only just been liberated from Soviet rule. From the reincarnated Bogd Khaan and his press spokesman to vodka-fuelled racing entrepreneurs and political leaders unclear on the concept of freedom of the press, Kohn explores one of Asia’s most fascinating, mysterious and misunderstood lands.

“Genghis Khan may have stormed across the steppes seven centuries ago but Michael Kohn has probably covered nearly as many miles around one of the world’s most remote and untamed nations.” — Tony Wheeler, founder, Lonely Planet

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You Can't Be Neutral On a Moving Train: A Personal History by Howard Zinn (Beacon Press)

Description: A new edition of Howard Zinn’s landmark memoir that chronicles his lifelong commitment to social justice and steadfast belief that ordinary people can change history

In You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, legendary activist, author, and educator Howard Zinn chronicles more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from his teenage years as a laborer in Brooklyn to teaching at Spelman College during the civil rights movement alongside Alice Walker and Marian Wright Edelman. A former bombardier in World War II, Zinn later became an outspoken antiwar activist and led spirited protests against the Vietnam War while a professor at Boston University. With a new foreword from activist and author Rebecca Solnit, this revised edition will energize a new generation of readers looking for hope and inspiration.

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A Killing for Christ by Pete Hamill (Akashic Books)

Description: A secret agent out of John le Carré . . . a spoiled priest-hero out of Graham Greene . . . a high-voltage novel of suspense that is Pete Hamill’s own.

The man in priest’s garb gets out of the elevator at the top floor, leaving the gate ajar. He removes the rifle from under his habit and opens the breech. It’s loaded. He closes it and steps to the edge of the roof. St. Peter’s Square is spread out before him like a great, colorful lake. There are more people than he has ever seen before.

Now the target arrives. The man on top of the building sights down the rifle at the small figure below. His finger is ready on the trigger, ready to gun down His Holiness, the Vicar of Christ . . .

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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 5 to 9.

Here is the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who as a little girl in Rome, was told by her own mamma that she was brutta. Ugly. So she decided to seek out beauty around her, and found it everywhere. What is beauty? Elsa wondered. She looked everywhere for beauty until something inside of Elsa blossomed, and she became an artist with an incredible imagination. Defining beauty on her own creative terms, Schiaparelli worked hard to develop her designs, and eventually bloomed into an extraordinary talent who dreamed up the most wonderful dresses, hats, shoes and jewelry. Why not a shoe for a hat? Why not a dress with drawers? And she invented a color: shocking pink! Her adventurous mind was the key to her happiness and success—and is still seen today in her legacy of wild imagination. Daring and different, Elsa Schiaparelli used art to make fashion, and it was quite marvelous.

Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad, the dynamic duo who created the critically acclaimed Julia, Child, team up again to bring to life the childhood memories and the inspiring milestones of the legendary Elsa Schiaparelli. With its warm, lyrical text and enchanting illustrations, Bloom shows readers how ingenuity, vision and self doubt all made Schiaparelli truly beautiful. A gift for her older fans and younger audiences who have yet to discover her genius, Bloom is sure to be an enthralling classic.

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Fourth Dimension by Eric Walters (Penguin Teen Canada)

Description: Recommended for ages 12 and up.

In a world with no power, chaos soon descends. A powerful look at the disintegration of society in the wake of a massive and mysterious outage that has knocked out all modern amenities.

Fifteen-year-old Emma has moved house with her ex-Marine mother and younger brother. It's a brand-new condo building, which explains the semi-regular power outages, as workers complete the units around them. So Emma isn't particularly concerned when the latest blackout hits just as they are preparing to leave town on a long weekend camping trip. But then the car won't start, and their cellphones appear dead — and all the cars outside their building seem to be stalled in a long traffic jam ...

In the midst of what appears to be a massive power outage, with their camping gear packed and ready, Emma and her family canoe over to the islands, just offshore, to wait it out. But while they land on an isolated island, with a relatively hidden site, they are far from safe, as people become increasingly desperate to find food and shelter. And as the days pass, and the power remains out, the threat of violence becomes all too real.

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Get on Your Bike by Joukje Akveld (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Description: An inviting book about resolving conflicts

Bobby and William aren’t quite sure how the argument started, but it escalates until William gets so frustrated he tells Bobby to leave. Bobby does just that, hopping on his bike and furiously riding away. As he travels through the city and into the country­side, though, he begins to calm down. Maybe William had a point after all? Bobby bikes back into town, hoping William will for-give him, and discovers that he’s not the only one who wants to apologize.

With mesmerizing illustrations reminiscent of Richard Scarry, this vibrant book offers a sensitive, realistic portrayal of a conflict …and a compromise.

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House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel (Raincloud Press)

Description: For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their mother they survive, despite what threatens to break them. But when one night of brutality leaves the two children orphaned, it is the strength of their extraordinary bond that carries them through, establishing a legacy of tremendous spirit and courage that will sustain the Rougeaux family for generations to come.

In moving prose, award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates family as much as it exposes systemic brutalization and the ways in which it marks us. As each new member of the family takes the spotlight a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, spanning nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning

Jaeckel masterfully blends genres of mysticism, coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender and race, creating a wondrous tale of hope and healing through trauma. A relevant work of love, determination, and the many small achievements that make up greatness, House of Rougeaux draws a new map of what it means to be family.

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Petra by Marianna Coppo (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

The humorous adventures of an irresistible little rock who finds herself in constantly changing circumstances, Petra is a picture book that celebrates the power of perspective and believing in yourself.

Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird's nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg! An egg of the world in a world of possibility. Until she's flung into a pond, and becomes an amazing island . . . and, eventually, a little girl's pet rock. What will she be tomorrow? Who knows? But she's a rock, and this is how she rolls!

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Relative Strangers by Paula Garner (Candlewick Press)

Description: Why is there a gap in Jules's baby album? A wry and poignant coming-of-age novel about finding the truth in lies, salvaging hope in heartbreak, and making peace with missing pieces.

Eighteen-year-old Jules has always wished for a close-knit family. She never knew her father, and her ex-addict mother has always seemed more interested in artistic endeavors than in bonding with her only daughter. Jules's life and future look as flat and unchanging as her small Illinois town. Then a simple quest to find a baby picture for the senior yearbook leads to an earth-shattering discovery: for most of the first two years of her life, Jules lived in foster care. Reeling from feelings of betrayal and with only the flimsiest of clues, Jules sets out to learn the truth about her past. What she finds is a wonderful family who loved her as their own and hoped to adopt her — including a now-adult foster brother who is overjoyed to see his sister again. But as her feelings for him spiral into a devastating, catastrophic crush — and the divide between Jules and her mother widens — Jules finds herself on the brink of losing everything.

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Sakura's Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

A warm, gorgeous exploration of a little girl's experience immigrating to a new country and missing her home and her grandmother, who still lives far away.

Sakura's dad gets a new job in America, so she and her parents make the move from their home in Japan. When she arrives in the States, most of all she misses her grandmother and the cherry blossom trees, under which she and her grandmother used to play and picnic. She wonders how she'll ever feel at home in this new place, with its unfamiliar language and landscape. One day, she meets her neighbor, a boy named Luke, and begins to feel a little more settled. When her grandmother becomes ill, though, her family takes a trip back to Japan. Sakura is sad when she returns to the States and once again reflects on all she misses. Luke does his best to cheer her up — and tells her about a surprise he knows she'll love, but she'll have to wait till spring. In the meantime, Sakura and Luke's friendship blooms and finally, when spring comes, Luke takes her to see the cherry blossom trees flowering right there in her new neighborhood.

Sakura's Cherry Blossoms captures the beauty of the healing power of friendship through Weston's Japanese poetry-inspired text and Saburi's breathtaking illustrations.

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Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Penguin Teen Canada)

Description: In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy. Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl—a subspecies of dragon—who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

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The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson (Harper Perennial)

Description: With the quiet precision of Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres and the technical clarity of Mary Roach’s Stiff, this is a novel about a young woman who comes most alive while working in her father’s mortuary in a small, forgotten Western town.

"The dead come to me vulnerable, sharing their stories and secrets . . . "

Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Western town once supported by a powerful grain company. Living at home, she works as the embalmer in her father’s mortuary: an unlikely job that has long marked her as an outsider. Yet, to Mary there is a satisfying art to positioning and styling each body to capture the essence of a subject’s life.

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The Key to Every Thing by Pat Schmatz (Candlewick Press)

Description: For eleven-year-old Tash, Cap'n Jackie isn't just the elderly next-door neighbor — she's family. When she disappears, only Tash holds the key that might bring her back.

Tash didn't want to go to camp, didn't want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, didn't want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Cap'n Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Cap'n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her — the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that made everything all right after a fight, the key Cap'n Jackie always insisted had magic in it. The Captain always said all Tash had to do was hold it tight and the magic would come. Was it true? Could the key bring Cap'n Jackie back? In a heartfelt and stunningly written story, Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead.

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The Rabbit and the Shadow by Melanie Rutten (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Description: An imaginative story about growing up and growing together

Three strangers meet in the forest, each on their own quest: the cat is looking for his ball, the angry soldier is searching for peace, and the rabbit is learning how to grow up. They decide to hike to the top of a volcano together, and along the journey they help each other confront their own fears and insecurities. Though the paths they take are bumpy and tangled, eventually they all man-age to find just what they’re looking for.

Perfect for fans of the Frog and the Toad series, this stunning ensemble book offers a coming-of-age tale about fear, dreams, journeys, and family.

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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard (Candlewick Press)

Description: Beautiful, lyrical prose, told in two voices, lifts up a poignant story of two traumatized teens who find each other in a small riverside town.

i am the girl manny loves. the girl who writes our story in the book of flying. i am alice.

Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone. Something inside Alice is broken: she remembers words, but struggles to speak them. Still, Alice knows that words are for sharing, so she pins them to posters in tucked-away places: railway waiting rooms, fish-and-chips shops, quiet corners. Manny is sixteen, with a scar from shoulder to elbow. Something inside Manny is broken, too: he once was a child soldier, forced to do terrible, violent things. But in a new land with people who care for him, Manny explores the small town on foot. And in his pocket, he carries a poem he scooped up, a poem whose words he knows by heart. The relationship between Alice and Manny will be the beginning of love and healing. And for these two young souls, perhaps, that will be good enough.

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The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray by E. Latimer (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Bryony Gray is becoming famous as a painter in London art circles. But life isn't so grand. Her uncle keeps her locked in the attic, forcing her to paint for his rich clients . . . and now her paintings are taking on a life of their own, and customers are going missing under mysterious circumstances.

When her newest painting escapes the canvas and rampages through the streets of London, Bryony digs into her family history, discovering some rather scandalous secrets her uncle has been keeping, including a deadly curse she's inherited from her missing father. Bryony has accidentally unleashed the Gray family curse, and it's spreading fast.

With a little help from the strange-but-beautiful girl next door and her paranoid brother, Bryony sets out to break the curse, dodging bloodthirsty paintings, angry mobs and her wicked uncle along the way.

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To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine (Faber & Faber USA)

Description: Enter for the chance to win a copy of Viv Albertine's remarkable follow-up to her sensational, bestselling memoir. At the launch party for her memoir Clothes Music Boys in 2014, Viv Albertine left the party early when she received the news her mother was dying. In the process of sorting through her mother's affairs she came across one fatally curious item: a bag labelled "To throw away unopened". This moment lies at the heart of Viv Albertine's second book, a bold and unapologetic follow-up by a musician and writer who sits at the heart of the counter-cultural landscape today as a celebrated and feted figure.

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Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program: Grades K-1 (2nd ed.) by Joyce VanTassel-Baska (Prufrock Press)

Description: The Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program targets reading comprehension skills in high-ability learners by moving students through an inquiry process from basic understanding to critical analyses of texts, using a field-tested method developed by the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary. Students in grades K–1 will learn to comprehend and analyze any reading passage after completing the activities in Jacob’s Ladder, Grades K–1 (2nd ed.).

Geared for students in grades K–1, this book, a revision of the Primary Level 1 book, includes stories and ladder tasks carefully selected for young children to develop oral communication and listening skills in addition to the other ladder goals. This level provides stories focused on picture analysis, read alouds, classics, and original works.

Grades K–1

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Nothing You Can't Do!: The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets by Mary Cay Ricci (Prufrock Press)

Description: Have you ever thought about your dreams and if you could achieve them? Guess what? You can! It just takes changing the way you think to change your life. Unlock the secrets to success in school, sports, music, art—just about anything in life—with the information in Nothing You Can’t Do!: The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets. By discovering the secrets included in this illustrated, funny, and interactive book, you’ll learn how to develop a growth mindset, where you look at life through a more optimistic lens, learn how to handle mistakes in a positive way, and find all the possibilities in yourself, even those you didn’t know were there! With the power of a growth mindset, there’s nothing you can’t do!

Ages 9–12

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The Fevers of Reason: New and Selected Essays by Gerald Weissmann (Bellevue Literary Press)

Description: An essential collection from the writer and physician Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel calls “America’s most interesting and important essayist.”

“Weissmann introduces us to a new way of thinking about the connections between art and medicine.” —New York Times Book Review

“Oliver Sacks, Richard Selzer, Lewis Thomas . . . Weissmann is in this noble tradition.” —Los Angeles Times

“Essays that brim with knowledge and bubble with attitude.” —Kirkus Reviews

In this diverting collection of essays, Gerald Weissmann looks back at the past few decades of a career spent working at the intersection of the arts and sciences. The Fevers of Reason features some of his best and most representative works, alongside eleven new essays that have never before been published in book form. Masterfully drawing from an array of subject areas and time periods, he tackles everything from Ebola to Eisenhower, Zika to Zola, Darwin to Dawkins, and once again shows that he is one of the most important voices in humanistic science writing today.

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The Sleep of Reason by David James Smith (Faber & Faber USA)

Description: Enter for a chance to read an early copy of this sensitive, non-sensationalist definitive account of the murder of James Bulger, The Sleep of Reason achieves a unique understanding of the case, and comes as close as may ever be possible to explaining how two ten-year-olds could kill

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We Matter: Athletes and Activism by Etan Thomas (Akashic Books)

Description: The latest from Akashic’s Edge of Sports imprint.

Featuring interviews by former NBA player Etan Thomas with over fifty athletes, executives, media figures, and more—and interwoven with essays and critiques by Thomas—We Matter shares the personal tales and opinions of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Steve Kerr,Oscar Robertson, Mark Cuban, Michael Bennett, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Swin Cash, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Webber, Jemele Hill, Anquan Boldin, Jamal Crawford, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Shannon Sharpe, James Blake, John Carlos, Laila Ali, Michael Eric Dyson, Joakim Noah, Eric Reid, Adam Silver, Soledad O’Brien, John Wall, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Bradley Beal, Tamika Catchings, Curtis Conway, Harry Edwards, Chris Hayes, Craig Hodges, Chamique Holdsclaw, Scoop Jackson, Bomani Jones, Shaun King, Jimmy King, Ted Leonsis, Thabo Sefolosha, Ilyasah Shabazz, Torrey Smith, Kenny Smith, Michael Smith, David West, Michael Wilbon, Jahvaris Fulton (brother of Trayvon Martin), Emerald Snipes (daughter of Eric Garner), Allysza Castile (sister of Philando Castile), Valerie Castile (mother of Philando Castile), and Dr. Tiffany Crutcher (sister of Terence Crutcher).

This volume will be an inspiration for many different people: sports junkies; young readers who need words of encouragement from their favorite athletes; parents seeking positive messages for their children; activists who want to hear athletes using their voices to address social justice; and schools that need motivational material for their students.

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A Mentor and Her Muse by Susan Sage (Open Books)

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Description: Under the guise of mentor and muse, a frustrated writer and her ambitious teenage protégé take an illicit summer road trip fraught with racial and sexual tension. This is a compelling psychological novel about social norms, artistic ambition, and obsession.

Maggie Barnett works in the media center of a school in Flint, Michigan where she meets Taezha Riverton, an aspiring teenage writer. After discovering that Maggie is also a writer, Taezha turns to her as both mentor and friend.

Alone and childless, it's not enough for Maggie to take Tae to restaurants and poetry slams. Although Tae’s mother has nothing against Maggie, she is less than thrilled when Maggie proposes to take her daughter on a summer road trip. Permission is never explicitly granted, but shortly after school is out for the summer, Maggie and Tae head for the Southeast.

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Exception to the Rules by Doranna Durgin (BookViewCafe)

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You Can't Go Home Again...

But Hunter Agency operative Kimmer Reed has to. She'd fled as a teen, swearing never to return, but now—vastly changed, greatly disguised—her latest assignment has brought her back. Still, watching over a computer genius who also has her own bodyguard should be a piece of cake—after all, who'd think to look for Carolyne Carlsen here?

Surprise. Everyone. And so Kimmer plays a dangerous cat-and-mouse game to keep her mission hidden, the genius protected—and the bodyguard far, far away....

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"Imagine the pace of the TV show Alias, the smart, emotional whammy of Buffy, and characters you care about every minute."
—Julie Czerneda, Aurora-winning Author of the Night's Edge series

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Regrets by Carragh Bell (Poolbeg Press)

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Description: She had loved him.

She had been head over heels, crazy in love with him.

She had run away because she couldn’t handle starting again. She had left him behind out of fear. Fear that they wouldn’t be happy when the gloss of the affair had worn out; fear that he would grow tired of her.

She ached to see him. To hear his voice. To touch his skin…

Life hasn’t turned out quite as expected for Lydia Kelly. Tired of flitting from one meaningless relationship to the next, she regrets the choices she made all those years ago.

When her best friend Sam gets engaged, she is drawn back to the past; she is pulled back to Ireland and her old life. Except this time the rules have changed. This time she realises the mistakes she has made…

This novel continues the story of Luca and Lydia as fate inevitably brings them back together. Will the flame be reignited? Or is it too late? Does she deserve a second chance?

Book 2 of The Follow Your Heart Trilogy

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Winter Gets Hot by David M. Hamlin (Open Books)

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Description: “...a town where the moralists were power-mongering phonies, the feisty reporters who saw through them were just beginning to be women, and rock ‘n’ roll still ruled the AM dial.”—Mike Miner, Chicago Reader

“What I find so compelling is Emily’s determination…I wish I’d met her at Riccardo’s in 1975.”—Rick Kogan, WGN radio host: "After Hours"

Winter in Chicago journalist Emily Winter is the first reporter on the scene of a gruesome murder in the offices of CARD, a civic organization that investigates corruption in City Hall. Although she has proven herself to be a skilled reporter with at least one headline making story to her credit, her new TV boss assigns her to a more “ladylike” beat—lifestyle and feature stories.

Determined to overcome the sexism that inhibits her career, Emily works her way into hard news coverage, including the story of the murder at CARD, but she faces major obstacles on all fronts as she pursues the killer.

As the case twists and turns, Emily navigates the city she loves, relishing Chicago’s architecture, neighborhood restaurants, culture and her beloved, if hapless, Chicago Cubs.

Will she uncover the murderer and bring justice for those who depend on hard-working journalists to write the stories that define their lives? Find out in Winter Gets Hot!

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A Mound Over Hell by Gary Morgenstein (BHC Press)

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Description: Out of this world…a guaranteed home run!—Billy Sample, former NY Yankee and author

It’s 2098 and the last season of baseball—forever. After the ravages of WWIII, the once all-American sport is now synonymous with terrorism and treason. Holograms run the bases for out-of-shape players and attendance averages fifteen spectators per game. The only ballpark left is Amazon, once known as Yankee Stadium.

America, nearly wiped out by radical Islam, has established a society based on love. Religion, social media, and the entertainment industry have been outlawed. All acts of patriotism are illegal, and the country is led by Grandma. Heading up the Family in her home base in the Bronx, she works tirelessly to build a lasting legacy for the future.

As baseball historian Puppy Nedick prepares for opening day, a chance encounter lands him face-to-face with former baseball greats. Determined not to go down without a fight, the players band together to revitalize the game for one last hurrah.

But not everyone wants peace. Will baseball become the catalyst for WWIV, or will it save America?

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Echoes of Esharam by Robert Davies (BHC Press)

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Description: Book 2 in The Specimen Chronicles. Fans of Star Trek and Isaac Asimov will enjoy this series. Publisher will also offer book 1 in the series when delivering this title.

He only wanted to go home, but first he must save humanity. . .

Delivered at last from the hell that was Bera Nima prison, Darrien Norris basks in a freedom he thought would never arrive. But as he waits for the Transceptor to restore his memories from seventeen years before, he discovers an alien race intent on destroying everything, and everyone, in its path.

Now Norris and his friends must devise a plan in a desperate mission to prevent a galactic catastrophe. Will they succeed? Or will humanity cease to exist—forever.

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Elements by Raymond Henri (BHC Press)

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Description: “drew me in instantly…” Readers’ Favorite

A coming-of-age story perfect for fans of YA/teen fiction

One boy will journey against all odds to save his people… and his world.

At age sixteen, Mink Jolle still hasn’t discovered his Elemental affinity, which is an identity crisis on the planet Georra. Enduring constant bullying and held back in school, his parents devise drastic measures to help him find his affinity.

During Mink’s testing, he and his parents unearth an incredible find—an immense geode buried deep in the ground fabled to be the Tear of God—and the first nation to claim it will hold power and protection unrivaled on Georra.

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Into the Moonless Night by A.E. Decker (World Weaver Press)

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Description: Catch Starthorne has spent a lifetime running from the prophecy that names him as the one who will save the shifter race, but now that he has returned to his home in Clawcrags, he may have to face his destiny. Determined to slip through fate’s fingers, Catch sows confusion, making friends from foes, mixing up the occasional sleeping death potion, and matching wits with an overbearing lion-shifter, who appears to have plans of his own.

While Catch schemes, Ascot works to retrieve him with the help of a witch and a pair of madcap shifter rebels. But every attempt to reach him earns her fresh enemies and embroils her ever deeper in the conspiracies surrounding the prophecy. After five hundred years of repressed tension and social strife, the Clawcrags are ready to explode—and it sometimes seems someone’s working hard to see that they do!

Publisher's Note: Into the Moonless Night is Book #3 in the Moonfall Mayhem series. Winners will be also be offered the opportunity to download the first two books (The Falling of the Moon and The Meddlers of Moonshine).

Falling of the Moon is a fantasy fairytale like nothing I have read before. Mystery and secrets take you to a fantastic mystical world sure to have a book two. It is Pirates of the Caribbean meets Cinderella. Looking forward to Ascot’s next adventure. Strong and determined with her loyal friends she will certainly make the Moonfall Mayhem a great series of books. I am ecstatic that this is just the start."
— Girl + Book

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Murder in a Very Small Town by Greg Jolley (BHC Press)

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Description: When the storm hits, there will be no place to hide...

Free-spirited Wiki Danser is used to living life without a care. But when a blizzard forces her to seek shelter in the small town of Dent, she’ll discover something more sinister than snow...

It’s a normal workday for Jame Spiral—until bullets start flying his way.

Two strangers. One madman. Who will survive the storm?

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The Afghan Wife by Cindy Davies (Odyssey Books)

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Description: In Herat, Afghanistan, Zahra, a 27-year-old school teacher, lives a life of quiet desperation with her abusive husband and five-year-old son, Ahmad. Her life changes dramatically when they escape across the border into Iran with Zahra’s cousin Firzun, a revolutionary activist.

It’s 1979 and Iran is in turmoil. An Islamic revolutionary government has replaced the Shah of Iran. Zahra’s life becomes a series of twists and turns, affected by the political upheavals as Firzun gets involved in an attempt to free American hostages being held in their embassy. More complications occur when Karim, a man Zahra met and fell in love with when she was a teenager, comes back into her life. As the novel moves towards its dramatic conclusion, Zahra has to make a choice between love and family loyalty.

The Afghan Wife delves into the heart of a society in crisis, affecting Zahra’s life and those around her. Yet against this background of revolution and political drama, a deeply moving love story emerges, keeping the reader in suspense till the final page.

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The Dying Art of Magic by Natalie Gibson (BHC Press)

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The Witchbound series combines the elements of paranormal romance (Christine Feehan) with a serious butt kicking of big bads heroine (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the magical sisterhood of Charmed.

Nathalia Lovejoy should be dead. She remembers committing suicide yet wakes up in an ancient tomb. Her voice destroyed, she must rely on a new source for her magical ability, telepathy, in order to communicate with her savior. Nathalia detests men. Lucky for her, Eiran Kafziel is not a man. He’s a half-breed demigod unlike anything she has ever known. Finding her at the brink of death, he repairs her body with his holy blood and changes her into a Sinnis. Now she must come to terms with her attraction to him.

She soon discovers a whole world of mythical creatures living among humans. Battling her own hunger for violence, she releases a demon from his 500-year prison. Will she become the weapon against this newly freed evil and save the world? Or will she give into temptation and become his dark queen?

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The Reformation of Marli Meade by Tracy Hewitt Meyer (BHC Press)

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Description: …hooks the reader from the first page—InD'Tale Magazine

Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s diabolical church but fears its clutches are so deep she may never escape.

When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves is worth fighting for even with the grave risk that fight would entail.

As her two worlds collide, exposing buried church secrets more sinister than she imagined and unknown facts about her mother’s death, Marli must decide if she has the courage to fight for her future or if time has run out on her chance to live.

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The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr (BHC Press)

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Description: …an interesting, perfect fantasy novel for middle grade and young adult fantasy lovers—The Antrim Cycle

…a perfect mesh between Doctor Who and Harry Potter—Doctor Who Online

One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever

And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s.

Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and his magical powers, but still must master the realm of magic in order to save himself and those he loves.

But Mierta is not the only one with secrets…especially when it’s impossible to know who to trust.

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Touchfeather by Jimmy Sangster (Brash Books)

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Description: Available in mobi (Kindle), epub (Nook, Kobo) and PDF

The wild, swinging ’60s spy adventure is back!

Katy Touchfeather is a carefree, red-headed, airline stewardess who is actually a top British spy. She’s lethal, seductive, and as ruthless as any double-O. Her latest assignment is to track down a scientist suspected of selling secrets to the Russians. It’s a high-stakes, global escapade that takes an unexpected violent turn that shatters her life…and ultimately pits her against a billionaire industrialist with terrifying intentions.

“Jolly & Preposterous Intrigue.” New York Times
“A clever, high-spirited story.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Exhilarating…it’s a winner!” Irish Times

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Unafraid by M. Lynch (City Owl Press)

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Description: Winter is approaching an abandoned monastery in the hills, where a little band of runaways hides from the Metrics government and their effort to relocate all the Unregistered citizens. Four of them—Bristol, Samara, Denver, and Jude—realize that the responsibility of keeping their community safe has fallen on them.

Metrics may have lied to them about providing freedom, but now the task of finding it for themselves is on their shoulders—and liberating their own faction more difficult than it seems.

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Winter's Mage by Miriam Greystone (City Owl Press)

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Description: A strange new danger is stirring in the forest . . .

As a healer for supernatural creatures, Amy isn’t afraid of things that go bump in the night. But curing one of her patients comes at a potentially fatal cost. With every passing night bringing her closer to a terrible fate, even the help of her supernatural friends may not be enough to save her. The worst part is her sealed fate finally brings Rowan, the leshy she loves, back into her life.

And there’s another danger lurking in the trees, something...unnatural. It is a magic beyond Amy’s understanding, or even Rowan’s power to control.

As time runs out and danger mounts, Amy must test her strength and her courage, if she has any hope of saving her friends, or herself.

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Knowing by Shawna Allard (BHC Press)

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Description: Perfect for fans of Doreen Virtue and John Edwards. Discover the answers within.

KNOWING is an amazing story of triumph over adversity and the awakening of extraordinary intuition. Shawna shows you a path that will help you understand your personal intuitive voice. The stories of actual people, their questions, and the Divine answers they receive will change your life. Experience this book and experience the joy and enlightenment of Divine Wisdom.

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Caliban by Lorina Stephens (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: Tine desires beauty, and freedom from his home. When called to find a missing ambassador to a society of artists, he risks everything for the pursuit of that desire, only to find illusion can be reality, and reality illusion. Sanity is subjective. And it is possible life, even beauty, can be found in unexpected places and forms.

Rich with characters and character, Caliban marries gorgeous prose and emotional punch.

Michael Fletcher

Beyond Redemption

…an allegory of a person out of place who brings their anchor with them in the form of deep strength and clarity of character.

Candas Jane Dorsey

Black Wine

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One Velvet Glove by Dave Duncan (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: The Tales of the King’s Blades continues….

So what happens next? Sir Rhys, Sir Sharp, and Sir Trusty—three of the world’s greatest swordsmen―are released from the Royal Guard in their twenties with no pension, no job, and no money. Rhys’s father is the great Blade hero, Sir Spender, who finds himself in the same predicament. Spender knows of a fabulous treasure that was lost more than thirty years ago and thinks he knows where it may be. Why shouldn’t the four of them go and look for it?

But King Ambrose also remembers that treasure and believes it belongs to him. Why shouldn’t he try to stop them?

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A Tycoon's Rush by Avery Laval (Blue Crow Books)

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Description: “An Avery Laval romance is like a ripe cherry drenched in chocolate—delicious, sexy, and utterly addictive!” —Nina Lane, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Spiral of Bliss Series

She heads to the Italian mountains to bring an Olympic hero back home. But will she lose her heart instead?Natalie Schaffer has accepted that she’ll always be an assistant at her sports agency. That’s okay—her dream job is her outdoor photography, not the wheeling and dealing of agency life. But she jumps at the chance to take an endorsement deal to the reclusive Olympic champion Charlie Ahlers, who stepped off the gold medal podium and disappeared from public eye. Natalie never crushes on her agency’s clients, but Charlie holds a special place in her heart—from a distance, of course. Charlie Ahlers is perfectly happy hiding out as a nobody in sleepy European ski towns. He knows he’s supposed to capitalize on his Olympic victory and train for the next Games. But, for reasons that are his own, his heart isn’t in it. When the sexy American girl prances into his bar and slaps a contract down next to his glass of scotch, he can’t believe she’s an agency rep. He hasn’t found a girl so interesting in months. When she dares him to take her out on the slopes, he can’t tell her no. When skiing turns into dinner—and more—he realizes he might be in bigger trouble than he thought.With Natalie’s agency job on the line, and Charlie’s secrets holding him back, will they be able to let go of their fears and find hope—and happiness—together?

Praise for Avery Laval and A TYCOON'S JEWEL:
“The perfect, sexy read.”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jessica Clare
“What a sparkling gem of a story!  I loved it—and can’t wait for the rest of this dazzling series!”USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews

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Phosphorus: A Winterstrike Story by Liz Williams (NewCon Press)

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Far across the sands of Mars, deep within the walls of a dead city, something stirs; an awakening that threatens the return of a malice so ancient it is no longer remembered, except in darkest legend…

Winterstrike is at war and the target of deadly bombardment. Even so, the last thing Canteley expects is for her mother to send her away, and in the company of her formidable aunt at that. Aunt Sulie is a member of the ruling Matriarchy, who wrap secrets around them as thick as winter snowfall.

When Sulie takes her to the abandoned city of Tharsis, Cateley little imagines that the trip will unearth secrets long hidden and reveal the truth behind her own past. Recurring images of a blood red tower standing in the shadow of Olympus Mons have haunted her dreams. Now, at last, she has a chance to discover what they mean.

In Phosphorus, Liz Williams returns to the harsh Mars of her critically acclaimed novels Banner of Souls (shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award) and Winterstrike, delivering a tale laden with mystery and menace, as the Red Planet’s bloody past and troubled present collide.

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Pick Your Teeth With My Bones by Carrie Newberry (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: She has a tail. Normal is relative.

Kellan is a shape-shifter and a member of a secret society, the Sankhain, who protect a fountain of youth hidden in an invisible forest outside Madison, Wisconsin. When a stranger asks Kellan for her help with some documents, documents which shouldn’t exist, about the Sankhain, Kellan uses her unique sense of smell to follow the trail, which leads to the very heart of the Sankhain. What Kellan uncovers will shake her world to its core.

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Return to the Lost Level by Brian Keene (Apex Publications)

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Description: This giveaway is for an eARC copy of RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL by Brian Keene. It is available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats.

War has come in this sequel to the best-selling novel THE LOST LEVEL.

The snake-like Anunnaki have always been a blight for the people living in the hidden dimension known as the Lost Level, but now, the denizens are fighting back. After their community is decimated and their loved ones are enslaved in the aftermath of a devastating Anunnaki attack, Aaron Pace leads a diverse group of warriors — including the bow-woman Tolia, the mighty Karenk, a baby Triceratops, and a time-displaced Ambrose Bierce — on a trek through primordial jungles, dark forests, and a sun-blasted desert while battling pterodactyls, man-eating worms, and other dangers.

Can their small band lay siege to the Anunnaki city and rescue their friends, or will they suffer the same cruel fate so many others have before them? Find out in Brian Keene's RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL.

Includes the bonus short story "The Chinese Beetle."

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Shadow Life by Jason Mather (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: He’s back from the dead… and he’s not the only one.

The city-state of Denver is tightly controlled. High-tech methods of food manufacturing and firm restrictions on reproduction keep the population stable. But even here, in this regimented society, violence is never too far away…

It was supposed to be a simple job. At least, that’s what Hans Ricker was expecting when he agreed to deliver a mysterious package for five-hundred dollars.

He was not expecting to get torn limb from limb while making the handoff. Nor was he expecting to emerge from a coma fourteen months later in the mile-high Denver General Hospital, his original organs replaced with regrown tissue. And he definitely wasn’t expecting to find himself entangled in a police investigation – one which takes a dangerous turn when an armed man tries to assassinate Greta “Grit” Ricker, Hans’ estranged sister and head of Denver’s security forces.

Shadow Life follows Hans Ricker as he sets out to find the person responsible for the multiple attempts on his and his sister’s lives. Pairing up with “Onyx,” a powerful Denver crime lord, Hans hunts down leads across the Midwest. From the overpopulated religious commune of Salt Lake to the mountains of Colorado, Hans and Onyx fight for their lives against drones and lab-grown human constructs, gradually unravelling the mystery of who wants them dead, and why…

Shadow Life is a high-octane adventure set in a deeply layered near-future world of complex political arrangements and fascinating new technologies, a must for fans of science fiction and cyberpunk.

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The Bathwater Conspiracy by Janet Kellough (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: Nothing about this case makes sense.

Detective Carson “Mac” MacHenry can’t figure out why the Darmes are so interested in this one dead girl or why the secretive federal police have rushed the autopsy or why, a few days later, the records of the dead girl's murder have been erased from all official government channels.

Even stranger to the detective is the manner of death – injuries consistent with a violent beating and sexual assault. Crimes rarely seen in current society. Crimes eradicated decades earlier.

The Bathwater Conspiracy follows Mac and her partner Nguyen as they wander a dystopian post-apocalyptic cityscape in search of clues to Alfreda Longwell's murder. Their off-the-books investigation leads them from the halls of Alfreda's university to the Decayed Area, a blasted wasteland at the city’s edge where technophobic religious fundamentalists struggle with scavengers and lunatics in a never-ending fight for survival.

When the pair discovers a secret government project gone horribly wrong, they must work to uncover the details of a plot which will rock the already fragile political landscape of the city to its core…

Janet Kellough’s latest novel offers a tightly-plotted mystery and a fascinating glimpse at genetic engineering run amok in a near-future world. Touching on issues of bioethics, gender, religion, and more, The Bathwater Conspiracy will appeal to fans of science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, and police procedurals alike.

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The Last Iteration by Mel Arthur (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: The only way to learn about your enemy
is to die with your enemy.

Seven people, stolen from a Civil War, dropped into a sterile, featureless maze must learn to trust each other, fight off packs of bizarre monsters, if they're going to survive. But when the labyrinth resets itself again and again, they realize someone is watching them. Someone with an agenda. Is this some trap from the oppressive ruling Sayal regime, or is it a weapon of the freedom fighters, and what does the monstrous Grey - a creature inside the maze - want with them? Hanian Tris, not even a real general, hasn't seen much battle, but he'll learn from two highly skilled women, Ciege and Elise, freedom fighters in the Resistance. Working together, they might have a chance to escape the battles that bring them to the brink of Death... and back.

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Winter Thrillz 2 by TL Katt (Books by Elle, Inc)

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Description: Two short paranormal romances to get your juices flowing!

Jazzy

Jazzy is denied a flight to Atlanta for her best friend’s funeral, and worse, hauled into an interrogation room within the airport. Security lets her go with nothing to hold her on and she makes the decision to drive to Georgia. Along the way she runs into trouble when Matt, the large muscular man who hauled her into interrogation, and a few comrades find her. Things get worse when a huge black bear with armor-like skin attacks them.

Together they must fight against the beast. Will they survive?

Esma Rose

After walking home with a complete stranger, Esma’s night grows even eerier when she finds her boyfriend dead on the couch of his home. The stranger who waits outside comforts her as police and crime scene tape circle the house.

Esma and the stranger grow closer. More real than life, she enters his dreams and the mystery takes a twist. Is she guilty, or the intended victim?

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Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters (Apex Publications)

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

“Once upon a time there was a monster. This is how they tell you the story starts. This is a lie.”

Sometimes things are not what they appear to be. DNA doesn’t define us, gravity doesn’t hold us, a home doesn’t mean we belong. From circus tents to space stations, Damien Angelica Walters creates stories that are both achingly familiar and chillingly surreal. Within her second short story collection, she questions who the real monsters are, rips families apart and stiches them back together, and turns a cell phone into the sharpest of weapons.

Cry Your Way Home brings together seventeen stories that delve deep into human sorrow and loss, weaving pain, fear, and ultimately resilience into beautiful tales that are sure to haunt you long after you finish the collection.

“Once upon a time there was a girl…”

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Gray Hawk of Terrapin by Moss Whelan (Prodigy Gold Books)

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Description: Gray Hawk of Terrapin is a heart-wrenching Y/A fantasy by Moss Whelan that introduces Melanie (Mool) Thames.

Ever since her father’s death, Mool has been talking with an imaginary green lion named Inberl. When Mool’s mysterious uncle gets sick, she and her mother take the train from Vancouver, Canada to the inner world of Terrapin, where Inberl is arrested because he’s looking for Gray Hawk. Springing into action, Mool sets out to rescue Inberl.

Mool’s know-it-all cousin, Olga, helps track down family friend Parshmander who might know how to save Inberl. They corner Parshmander at home, where they overhear mention of Gray Hawk, but the girls are captured and interrogated. Upon release, Mool feels success when she sees a secret map, finds a hidden bridge and crosses it with Olga. On the other side of the bridge, they find a secret city that keeps Terrapin at war.

Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey laced with evil, chronicling histories of cruelty, kidnapping, and false imprisonment in search of meaning and justice.

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James Lake: The Big Foot File by Neil F. Wilson (Vintage Pug Press, LLC)

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Description: This giveaway is for the KINDLE e-book version ONLY.
If selected as a recipient, an Amazon "gift" will be sent to your email for redemption of the book.

Enter for the chance to win a Kindle e-book edition of the first book in a new young-adult series: "James Lake - The Big Foot File" by Neil F. Wilson.

James Lake is a typical 12-year-old kid...that is if you count "debunking" myths like the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus as being typical. With his family's move from Florida to Washington, James is thrown into social chaos and finds himself hunting for Big Foot while trying to dodge the school bullies and keep himself off the endangered species list.

Will James "debunk" the legend of Big Foot or will he find that not all myths are so easily dismissed?

Join James and all the strange and interesting people he meets in his adventures...you'll never think of Big Foot the same way again.

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Dark Flowers by Caytlyn Brooke (BHC Press)

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Description: The multi-award-winning YA horror book DARK FLOWERS comes to audiobook!

“will have readers on the edge of their seats”—Literary Classics

Life at St. Agatha's School for Girls is anything but a fairytale. With ratty blankets and a torturous device called the box, it's not hard to understand Eliza's desperation to escape. When the timing is right, Eliza manages to run away with her best friend Millie, heading through the Louisiana swamps to the town on the other side. But the swamps may be even more dangerous than the orphanage.

Silver and black fairies invite the girls to experience a world where they can have it all, but Eliza doesn't trust the sparkling beauty. When Millie suddenly becomes violent and attacks another girl, Eliza knows something awful is about to happen. She will do anything to protect Millie but once Eliza remembers her own terrible secret, it is impossible to forget. The fairies' songs call to Eliza and its getting harder and harder to pretend it's all in her head.

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The Night Market by Jonathan Moore (HighBridge Audio)

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Description: It's late Thursday night, and Inspector Ross Carver is at a crime scene in one of the city's last luxury homes. The dead man on the floor is covered by an unknown substance that's eating through his skin. Before Carver can identify it, six FBI agents burst in and remove him from the premises. He's pushed into a disinfectant trailer, forced to drink a liquid that sends him into seizures, and is shocked unconscious. On Sunday he wakes in his bed to find his neighbor, Mia—who he's barely ever spoken to—reading aloud to him. He can't remember the crime scene or how he got home; he has no idea two days have passed. Mia says she saw him being carried into their building by plainclothes police officers, who told her he'd been poisoned. Carver doesn't really know this woman and has no way of disproving her, but his gut says to keep her close.

A mind-bending, masterfully plotted thriller—written in Moore's "lush, intoxicating style" (Justin Cronin)—that will captivate fans of Blake Crouch, China Miéville, and Lauren Beukes, The Night Market follows Carver as he works to find out what happened to him, soon realizing he's entangled in a web of conspiracy that spans the nation. And that Mia may know a lot more than she lets on.

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The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer (Tantor Media)

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Description: December 1348. What if you had just six days to save your soul?

With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and suffer in the afterlife. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world, or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries—living each one of their remaining days ninety-nine years after the last.

John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on around them. The year 1546 brings no more comfort, and 1645 challenges them in further unexpected ways. It is not just that technology is changing: things they have taken for granted all their lives prove to be short-lived.

As they find themselves in stranger and stranger times, the listener travels with them, seeing the world through their eyes as it shifts through disease, progress, enlightenment, and war. But their time is running out—can they do something to redeem themselves before the six days are up?

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