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Battered physically and psychologically in the wake of a horrific car accident, Erika Wernick takes a leave from her post as a reporter at the Seattle Times to return home to Big Bear Lake to recover. Intent on nothing more than holing up in the mountains to let herself mend, she is begrudgingly pulled along by her uncle to join him and his friends for their morning coffee at the local shop. Thinking it is nothing more than a few recent retirees in need of filling the time, it isn’t until she arrives that she discovers the gathering is of a much different nature. Joining her uncle, the former town sheriff, is Craig Cobb, a past detective with LAPD, and Lou Tobias, a medical examiner from nearby Riverside. Together, the three men form the Hobby Lobby, a term of affection given to the group that meets each morning to help each other through the various hobby cases each picked up over the course of their careers. Initially seeing the men as nothing more than a curiosity, it isn’t until Erika learns of the tragic death of a former classmate that she begins to put stock into what they do. Seeing a lot of herself in the girl she hasn’t spoken to in years, she begins to prod at the supposed suicide, looking past the macabre surface at the details surrounding the incident.
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Sophie knew real fear and never more so than now. They had to escape the increasing danger…and that meant leaving their home. Their options were few…staying could be deadly. She knew disappearing wasn’t enough…they desperately needed a safe place. Somewhere no one would ever think to look. Caleb was determined to keep his best friend’s widow and children safe. But first he had to find them. If you enjoy clean mystery romance and inspirational women’s fiction filled with adventure, love, hope, family, new and old friendships, a mystery or two with a few twists to keep you guessing, The Things We Leave and When We Stay is the series collection for you.
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She tried to ignore them. But some things won’t be ignored. Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut. The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton. But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever. THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS is a fast-paced YA time-travel murder mystery novel that combines time-traveling, paranormal, and gothic mystery genres to weave a tale full of ancestral curses, powerful spells, strange connections, and inherited surprises. The novel is sure to delight fans of K.M. Shea’s Magiford Supernatural City books and Joanna Reeder’s In Her Dreams trilogy.
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Welcome to Farraday Country, a twist on the favorite 7 Brides for 7 Brothers theme set in cattle-ranching west Texas, with all the friends, family and fun that fans have come to expect from USA TODAY Bestselling author Chris Keniston. On a barren road in the pre-dawn hours, Adam Farraday, the oldest of seven siblings, happens upon a disabled sports car and an angel in white searching for a disappearing dog. What is it about this secretive redheaded beauty that intrigues him as no woman has before? After learning her fiancé’s true nature minutes before her wedding, Meg O’Brien drives as fast and as far away from her world as she can. Stranded with no money, and nowhere to go, the city girl must learn to fit in to small town life and all its quirky trappings. Too bad falling in love with her handsome rescuer is not an option.
Characters speak like prophets, (Kirkus) in this early 21st century road trip, murder mystery and love triangle. “Watching them ignore their better instincts—especially concerning women… makes the characters more endearing…” One night far from home, childhood friends Lynn and Marv reunite with Caroline, the beautiful and mercurial object of their desires. When Caroline is arrested for the murder of her husband and child, Marv and Lynn find themselves entangled in a mystery. The question that pursues the two friends through their searches for love, stabs at success and self-destructive lapses is: Will they bother to solve it? Praise for What Smiled at Him “The novel has an angry edge to it, recalling the spirit of the Beats. Many of the peripheral characters speak like prophets…
A Little Bit of Hell on Earth. When Zach Tully leaves Los Angeles to take over as sheriff of Eternity, a tiny mountain town in northern California, he’s expecting to find peace and quiet in his own private Mayberry. But he’s in for a surprise. Curmudgeonly Mayor Abbott is a ringer for long-missing writer Ambrose Bierce. There are two Elvises in town, a shirtless Jim Morrison, and a woman who has more than a passing resemblance to Amelia Earhart. And that’s only the beginning. Eternity is the sort of charming spot tourists flock to every summer and leave every fall when the heavy snows render it an isolated ghost town. Tourists and New Agers all talk about the strange energy coming from Eternity’s greatest attraction: a mountain called Icehouse, replete with legends of Bigfoot, UFOs, Ascended Masters, and more. But the locals talk about something else. The seemingly quiet town is plagued by strange deaths, grisly murders, and unspeakable mutilations, all the work of a serial killer the locals insist is Jack the Ripper. And they want Zach Tully to stop him.
Gravitium, where the stakes are high and the danger is real. In this tale of a city in the clouds, Adjudicator Anselm Horst will do whatever it takes to keep the floating metropolis of Summerland afloat. But when he descends to the perilous surface in search of answers, he finds himself joined by Clare Voyhent, a fiercely capable survivor with a knack for unraveling mysteries. As they navigate the treacherous landscape, facing assassination attempts and encountering all manner of monsters and men, Anselm and Clare must work together to uncover the truth behind the threats to their city. But with enemies lurking around every corner and their own lives on the line, will they be able to make it back in one piece or die trying? Join these two heroes on their quest to protect the floating city in the action-packed world of Gravitium.
Nothing is colder than death. Or is it. In Dead Wrong, the third book in the continuing mystery series featuring reporter Samantha Church, Samantha is back and turns her attention to helping Abby Love, a young funeral home employee who has come to her with claims that the mortuary is involved in illegally harvesting body parts. Abby claims that funeral home employees and others with access to the recently deceased are profiting from the dead by secretly dismembering corpses, taking tissues, organs and non-organ body parts from knees, spines, bones to skin without the knowledge or consent of family members to sell on the black market. Setting her initial skepticism aside, Sam and Abby begin an investigation, which soon reveals that trafficking body parts illegally harvested from the dead is, in fact, a thriving and lucrative, underground business driven by a growing demand for human bones and tissue—and is happening at the mortuary where Abby works.
Welcome to a world of fusion between technology and creativity, where an AI-led creative renaissance occurs. “AI’s Creative Algorithm” provides an enlightening exploration that melds the seemingly divergent worlds of state-of-the-art technology and raw human creativity. This comprehensive guide unpacks the profound shifts and emerging paradigms that are setting the stage for the future of artistic and technological endeavours. Featured Key Sections and Insights: The AI Revolution in Creative Industries: Explore how AI tools, like GPT-4, Adobe Photoshop’s AI Components, and Midjourney, are carving out the future of content creation, image manipulation, and project management. Job Dynamics in the AI Age: Learn about the transformative wave AI brings to job roles, the emergence of novel positions, and the evolving paradigms of creative industry professions. Grasp the essence of adaptability and continuous learning as critical pillars in the age of rapid technological metamorphosis.
What do honor, courage, and commitment mean to you and how do you think they shaped the person you are today? Honor, Courage, and Commitment is a gripping memoir that tells the story of one man’s journey of personal courage and conviction. As the only active duty member at his military station to refuse the mandatory vaccine mandate, he faced intense pressure from his superiors and peers. But he stood firm in his beliefs, even when it meant risking his career and reputation. Through vivid and honest storytelling, the author takes us on a journey of self-discovery and self-realization. He describes the internal struggle he faced as he weighed his own beliefs against the expectations of his colleagues and the military hierarchy. He also shares the emotional toll that the experience took on his personal life, as he faced criticism and ostracism from those around him. But “Honor, Courage, and Commitment” is more than just a personal story. It’s also a powerful and timely exploration of the complex issues surrounding vaccine mandates and individual rights. The author delves into the scientific, ethical, and legal arguments for and against vaccine mandates, and offers a nuanced perspective on this contentious issue.
Samantha Parker is picking up the pieces of her life—and a pen to sign divorce papers—after she finds out her husband has been cheating on her, and the other woman is expecting his child. While the idea of leaving town and starting over is appealing, Sam’s only option is to head back to her childhood home of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to help her recently-widowed mother run their family inn. Can she go home and start her whole life over at forty-three? Sam decides to spend the summer living in the beachfront cottage where she was raised, bringing her twenty-four year old daughter for moral support and laughter, and her teenage son, in the hopes that the change will help him heal, too. Finding peace on the sunwashed island, Sam finally spreads her wings, gets her first real job, and reconnects with the siblings she’s kept distant for far too many years. She helps her daughter navigate a new romance, guides her mother through a widow’s grief, and supports her sister as she faces an unexpected challenge. But when the pain of the divorce becomes too much for her fragile son to handle, Sam wonders if she can ever really escape her past.
All day benders, promiscuous nights, and endless student loans: the world seems a strange and unusual place for both Tom and Erika, but then college makes everyone feel like a fish out of water. With their own unique brand of wit, they write the world around them in their own terms. But beneath the surface is a searing, truthful look at the lives of two college students way beyond their years, but still bound by the painful memories of the past. A poignant love story as well as an intimate coming-of-age drama, Shatter the Roses examines what it means to be drawn to other people, to search desperately for understanding, and to find company even in the most unlikely of places.
You may think you know my story. My name has been bandied in ballads and jests, for good and (mostly) for ill. High Queen, priestess, adulterer… but first and always a woman. Courage and honor shaped me; ecstasy transported me; grief, betrayal and terror tempered me. My loyalty to the Goddess was supreme. But as the new religion took hold, the pagan way was threatened with extinction. There were those on both sides who would use me as a pawn in that battle, even if it meant taking my life. Yes, I bear my portion of blame. I loved Arthur, and I loved Lancelot, will I or no. But that was only one element in the impending chaos. Britain was divided, my love was divided, and such divisions cannot endure. I did everything in my power – and learned new powers – to prevent an all-out war. But would it be enough?
Conrad’s family spent the last 150 years building their company with a single purpose in mind: to save humanity from an evolutionary cliff. They only manufactured military and high-tech equipment as a cover. They’d made great progress, too. In 2170, the end was in sight. Then they found the fissure. The space/time fissure to 61 Cygni should have made Conrad’s company rich. Zero travel time, easy access near the asteroid belt and its commercial hubs — what’s not to like? Except having and keeping the fissures are two different things. Corporations and governments wanted those resources. They wanted them very, very badly. Badly enough to wreck anything in their way. If Conrad can’t find a way to fend them off, he won’t only lose his dream. He’ll lose his life, and the lives of everyone he cares about. Because corporations don’t play, and prisoners are simply not cost effective.
This box set includes the first 3 books of the 7-book The Tales of Caledonia Series – 1,443 print pages of epic fantasy! Book 1: The Protector, Book 2: The Protector’s Quest, Book 3: The Protector’s Vengeance, He must master an ancient magic before it destroys him. Bryen spent ten years fighting for his life on the white sand of the Pit. Now he faces a new challenge deadlier even than constant combat against man and beast in the Colosseum. Forced into a new form of servitude, Bryen is compelled to become a Protector and charged with guarding the Lady of the Southern Marches from both steel and magic. For she holds the key to power in Caledonia. Gain her and you gain the Kingdom. Some threats are known and obvious while others lurk in the shadows. No matter the danger, Bryen is coerced by magic to do all that he can to keep the Lady alive. At the same time, the Ghoule Overlord sends his Legions through the Weir to complete his conquest of Caledonia. The soldiers of the Southern Marches feel the strain of battle – and the Magii realize that they are too few to combat the beasts. As fate would have it, Bryen and Aislinn discover their combined power may be the key to stopping the Ghoule Overlord. But it comes at a steep price.
A journey to a strange world, an ancient prophecy and the beginning of an uncommon love. This is the start of a magical series. When 22-year-old Lynn learns that she was a foundling after the death of her parents, she has no idea where the search for her origins will lead her. She finds an amulet that belonged to her biological mother. Without realizing it, she activates it and suddenly finds herself in a magical world. Driven by the desire to find out who she really is, Lynn explores the strange world. The young shifter Nio accompanies her, and Lynn falls in love with him. But there is a reason why Lynn was once taken away. As part of a prophecy, her return has awakened dark forces, and Lynn is in great danger. She quickly becomes the hunted. Then, when Lynn learns that Nio is not who he said he was, their love is sorely tested. Nothing is what it seems. Lynn must figure out who she can trust and who she can’t. Because there is far more at stake than just her own fate. If you like magical fantasy worlds, adventure and clean romance, then you should try this new series now!
Top 10 Most Haunted Hotels in Florida: Where Sleepless Nights Await…”
The Sunshine State hides more than just buried treasures and age-old legends. Within its golden coasts and lush landscapes lurk tales of the unexplained, echoes of bygone eras, and spirits tethered to the living world.
Discover the stories of guests who never checked out and corridors that whisper secrets of the past. From the enigmatic tales of Robert the Doll in the Artist House of Key West to the ghostly apparitions at St. Augustine’s Casa Monica Resort & Spa, every haunted hotel has a story waiting to be told.
Unearth the history, tragedies, and mysteries that have given rise to tales of spectral visitors. In “Top 10 Most Haunted Hotels in Florida,” you’ll journey through the state’s most paranormal-packed establishments, where chilling occurrences and unexplained phenomena have become the norm.
Are you brave enough to book a night?
Whether you’re an armchair ghost hunter, a lover of local legends, or someone who savors the spine-tingling allure of the unknown, this guide promises to keep you riveted.
Dare to discover Florida’s most haunted havens — a journey where history and horror intertwine. Pick up your copy today!
He is a well-known director. She is an international model. Both are not who they seem to be. For David, it was supposed to be just another commercial gig: pick up the talent, film the commercial, and get paid. Being a well-known film director and an infamous industry womanizer, David thought his only care in the world was his frequent vice of shadowy “massage parlors.” But that all changed when he met Isabella – a stunning model with secrets of her own. Through Isabella, David becomes aware of the underbelly of the world he thought he knew: a world of sex work, human trafficking, violence, and questionable morality. As the tall, dark, and mysterious woman draws him closer, David must make a choice: He can walk away from all of it.
Bona fide bombshell Maisie Walker loves sex. The problem is she’s never had it—not with a real live person anyway. Her vibe, Vinnie, and p0rnbud.com keep Maisie’s nights busy, but she’s itching to lose her V-card—with her boss, Jayce Kavanagh. Managing partner of the hottest legal firm in New York City, Jayce Kavanagh likes to win—in court and in the bedroom. With his mind set on legal perfection, he doesn’t have time for the killer sway of his assistant’s assets or her sinful mouth. One late night in the office changes everything. Spanking your associate after-hours is not ideal, but with proper boundaries, Jayce makes it happen. Enter in Exhibit A—the contract. General terms and conditions are set in place, satisfaction is guaranteed, and oral persuasion commences. As they test their limits in and out of the office, feelings surface and amendments are made. But just when an extension is proposed, Jayce strays outside of the contracted lines and Maisie must decide if their flourishing relationship can survive a breach of contract.
Having a career in IT can be exciting… or frustrating. Do you feel you’re behind in your career, being passed over for promotion after promotion? Have you noticed that others are getting promotions when they know less than you? Or maybe you are just looking for something more in your IT Career and not finding it. The problem isn’t your knowledge. The problem is your methods. In this book, 20-year IT Services veteran D.J. Eshleman teaches you the framework he has used to advance his career from temp worker, to cubicle, to consultant, and now to coach and author. The great news? What he’s found is that SIMPLER IS BETTER. A system everyone on the team can follow is something that is missing in many ITIL, DevOps, and Agile models. You shouldn’t need a certificate or degree just to be successful in IT. This book introduces what D.J. calls the riskLESS™ IT Services Methodology—a four-phase system he uses when running projects and has guided several teams in implementing.
Enjoy a great reading experience when you buy the Kindle edition of this book. Do you and your family love to camp in the great outdoors? Looking for easy recipes to cook while camping? In this camping cookbook, Camping Recipes: Foil Packet Cooking, you’ll be able to serve everything from breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and even desserts without messy clean-up and enjoy great food like: Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffins in Foil, Oriental Chicken Foil Packets, Campfire Fajitas, Teriyaki Fish Fillets in Foil Packets, Campfire Meatball Sandwiches, Italian-Style Chicken and Vegetable Packets, Grilled Ham and New Potatoes in Foil Packets, S’Mores in Foil, And many more. This remarkable camping cookbook has 100 exciting recipes to cook using aluminum foil packets. It includes secrets to folding the foil, along with cooking instructions for campfire coals or campfire grill, outdoor barbecue grill and foil packets in the oven.
In a world where monstrous threats loom, the only defense is to bring your own monster. FBI Special Agent Kiran Patel finds herself thrust into a nightmarish whirlpool when eleven children disappear in the boldest kidnapping in US history. The quest to find the kids leaves her partner and best friend in a body bag and Kiran without an ally in sight. Kiran quickly realizes that the antagonist she faces isn’t your run-of-the-mill criminal. This diabolical puppeteer is a force far darker, far more sinister. Agent Patel’s lone ace? An elusive phantom known as the Ghost.. But there are two things she must never do: Never make him a promise, and don’t trust him for a second. Heaven rejected him. Hell fears him. His crime is the only one God will never forgive. Yet as the sands of time trickle down and the lives of eleven children hang by a perilous thread, Kiran must fight fire with fire and unleash the Ghost. Immerse yourself in this riveting urban fantasy saga that tackles deeply profound themes of justice, redemption, faith, and the darkness in the human soul. Packed with high-octane action and larger-than-life characters, The Tools of the Ghost is a tour de force certain to satiate of the Dresden Files and Rivers of London.
She called the sheriff on me when we first met. I saw the hatred in her eyes when she found me digging up a tree, looking for a beetle thought to be extinct. Penny is a force to be reckoned with, but also a wall flower among her friends that she runs a bed and breakfast with. My attraction to her was undeniable before I even knew she was like me. A wolf shifter. She rescued me when I needed her, and in that instant, I vowed to protect her forever. That promise I made to myself would soon be tested when a tough choice would threaten to tear us apart. It wasn’t an enemy that came between us – but my own family.
Join Pup Lilo on a heartwarming mission to bring back the sparkle in Mo’s eyes, proving that true friendship can start to mend the deepest of wounds. Pup Lilo, and her best friend, Mo, are neighbours who love to play in their gardens. But one day, Mo is extremely upset. Lilo wonders what she should do to comfort her friend. She spends the day trying every trick she knows, but which one will be successful? This touching and compassionate tale gently explores themes of loss, grief, and the power of friendship. Young readers are invited to join Lilo on her emotional journey as she discovers the importance of empathy and the comforting role of a true friend. With its delightful illustrations and heartfelt message, A Different Day provides a sensitive and relatable resource for children navigating the complex emotions surrounding death and grief. In a garden filled with flowers and tears, Lilo discovers that sometimes the best way to heal a broken heart is to simply be there for a friend.
Deadly Memories – When Andrea is in a car accident after a posh Hollywood party and can’t remember how it happened, a chain of events enfolds, leading to her marriage to an Ambassador’s son in France. But what she can’t remember might kill her. “She doesn’t remember a thing,” Rolph snapped into the phone. Andrea froze. His back was turned away from her. He didn’t know she was there, listening. “It’s been six months, for God’s sake. If you harm one hair on her head, I’ll contact the authorities. My father would be disgraced, but that will not deter me.” Now Andrea couldn’t move. There was no doubt Rolph was talking about her. She wondered how his father, the French Ambassador, could be disgraced. His voice modulated to a threatening whisper. “This is the end. Otherwise she goes directly into protective custody, and I spill my guts. You’ve lied to me, made me into a damned traitor, and I’m angry enough to do it out of spite.”
Explore Ancient Tibet and its Profound Secret Knowledge. The civilization of ancient Tibet—the lost kingdom of Zhang Zhung and its legendary tradition of sorcery and true magic—is among the least known and most irritatingly mysterious obscurities of history. Very little of its past has been deciphered and orthodox scholarship stands before Zhang Zhung in deeper darkness today than that which shrouded the Egypt of the Pharaohs before Champollion. Archaeologists debate what the ancient civilization on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau actually was, when it came, and whence it came. Doubtless many chapters of Tibet’s ancient history will lie forever silent under her remote and desolate soil, yet extant traditions have perhaps been too readily set aside; academic pedants love to brand as mythical the accounts which have endured the millennia, and which mischievously persist.
Food is the most accessible pleasure. It is nourishing and comforting. It connects people and makes them feel good. Eating is what all of us have in common, and we all love to do it well. Plus, food is the easiest way to explore a different culture. Do you like to cook? But you are tired of the same old menu? Have you been looking for fun recipes for any occasion? Are you a fan of an authentic kitchen? Then you are in luck! This cookbook has it all and more. It will upgrade your cooking routine with one hundred eleven delicious and filling meals from Egypt with love. You will be happy to cook again. Explore new and exciting flavors of authentic Egyptian cuisine. You will be delighted with the results. Don’t worry if you are not a chef. This comprehensive cooking guide is good for any level. It will help tap into your creative side. You will love this cookbook because everyone can appreciate a real homemade meal and newness. Surprise yourself, your friends, or your family. It is time to cook something new. Be ready for your taste buds to sing.