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Connie Petretta wonders if it’s time for a change. After eleven years at a Boston nonprofit, the dedicated humanitarian worker struggles to find her way as she deals with the bequest of her beloved aunt’s Florida beachside condo. But selling it goes sideways when somebody plummets from an adjacent balcony seven stories to his death. Sleuthing on the side to absolve her friend next door of the crime, Connie finds herself enchanted by the charming gulf-front town. But with the accused’s baffling behavior throwing a wrench into the investigation, the only legacy she might be leaving in the seaside resort is an innocent woman’s conviction for Murder One. Can Connie clear her neighbor’s name and bring a killer to justice? Condos and Corpses is the delightful first book in the Sapphire Beach cozy mystery series. If you like clever characters, beautiful landscapes, and endearing friendships, then you’ll love Angela K. Ryan’s wholesome whodunit.
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During the coldest winter on record, an EMP attack wipes out the nation’s power and cripples the country. As the city spirals into lawless chaos, investigative journalist, twenty-six-year-old Cassandra Drews is forced onto the dangerous streets of Portland to begin the long walk to her parents’ home in Oregon. But hypothermia and starvation aren’t the only dangers Cass and her rescue dog, Daisy, face on their perilous trek. Danger is stalking them, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Help comes in the form of troubled ex-marine Isaac Winters, who slips back into soldier mode with the city’s collapse. Now, the trio must work together in a fight for survival as they race to escape the city before violence, or the bitter wintry storm can claim them. Do they have what it takes to make it out alive? Or will they be crushed by the brutality of the unforgiving cold?
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After the defeated Emperor Napoleon goes into exile on tiny St. Helena Island in the remote South Atlantic, he and his lover, Albine de Montholon, plot to escape and rescue his young son. Banding together enslaved Africans, British sympathizers, a Jewish merchant, a Corsican rogue, and French followers, they confront British opposition—as well as treachery within their own ranks—with sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, but always desperate action. Amid his passions and intrigues, Napoleon finishes his real novel Clisson that he started writing as a young man. Now it’s a father’s message to the young son whom his enemies took from him, but how can they get it to the boy? When Napoleon and Albine break faith with one another, ambition and Albine’s husband threaten their reconciliation. To succeed, Napoleon must learn whom to trust. To survive, Albine must decide whom to betray.
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Guinevere Kerr, Gwen, is down from Scotland for the first time ever, for a Season in London, along with her three sisters and three cousins. She hopes they’ll all do well on the Marriage Mart, with her serving as their spinster chaperone, though she’s only twenty-three herself.
“Southern Bound gets it right! A great blend of ghosts and gumshoes. If you like haunting mysteries you’ll love Southern Bound!” – Edgar-nominated author, Joel Goldman When Max Porter discovers his office is haunted by the ghost of a 1940s detective, he does the only sensible thing … he starts a detective agency! Thrust neck-deep into a world of old mysteries and dangerous enemies, he will face ghosts, witches, and curses. He will discover a world in which survival might be the easiest challenge. And he will do anything necessary to keep his wife and his life from falling away. Real history meets the paranormal in this thrilling, suspenseful series!
Why is a disheveled young woman wandering aimlessly around the casino this late at night? Is she lost? No, she’s watchful, casting frequent glances over her shoulder. She’s scared. She has good reason to be afraid, but for more reasons than she thinks. Deep into that long and scary night, somebody close to her is murdered, and the closed-minded detective assigned to the case targets her or her cousin as the killer. He hasn’t made an arrest because he hasn’t yet decided which. How can Sarah prove him wrong? She’s just an ordinary woman with no investigative skills. Yet, despite her mind-numbing grief, she has to find a way to unravel the mystery. She’s smart and strong, but this will take a depth of courage she’s not sure she possesses, because every move she makes seems to increase the odds that one of the people she loves is the killer…
Imagine living on a farm, rearing your own livestock, and getting all your food from your own garden. Gardening can be done anywhere, but raising livestock is typically the responsibility of homesteaders, and it can be an immensely rewarding endeavor. If you are looking for a step-by-step guide to happy goats—including breeding, housing, fencing, dairy, grooming, and fiber—then The Beginner’s Guide to Goat Raising is the book for you. Deciding whether you want to raise goats for business, personal use, or as pets can be challenging, but with a guide like this, you will reach your decision in no time. And so much more that will guide you through your first goat-raising journey with ease. From how many goats you should have, and what they would cost to train and keep them healthy, The Beginner’s Guide to Goat Raising is the ultimate guide that will teach you why goats are one of the best options for independent homesteaders.
Lady Georgina Bennington is set to make her debut in London’s high society during the upcoming Season. She has grown up as a witness to her parents’ loving marriage. But it is a very rare thing for members of the ton to find the perfect love match where most marriages are based on convenience. After making her come out, Georgina has deemed the diamond of the season and has her heart set on marrying for love. But in a tragic turn of events, Georgina is caught in a compromising situation and is left with no other choice but to marry The Duke of Talingsdale. Peter Tavernor—the Duke of Talingsdale—has been living as a recluse in the countryside since the tragic death of his beloved wife Clarissa. After her death, he shut everyone out and built a wall around his heart, soon developing a reputation as “the beastly duke” due to his cold and aloof persona. After two and a half years, he is forced to return to London to attend his younger sister’s debut. After finding himself caught in a compromising situation with Lady Georgina at a masquerade ball, Peter is left with no other choice but to do the honorable thing and offer for her hand in marriage.
I’m Kieran Thorne, the world’s only living half-fae. The gig comes with a few perks—immortality, magic I can’t control, fae assassins constantly on my heels. And the chance to protect the good and the powerless against those who are neither. For hundreds of years, that’s what I did. Until I got tired of the humans I saved repaying me by burning me at the stake or shooting me in the heart. I traded in my white hat for a mansion on the beach, and started living by a new creed: look out for myself, and let the humans solve their own problems. But now Winter fae are going missing, and someone has planted a trail of evidence leading right to my door. I have two choices: let Queen Mab’s feral enforcer carve me to bits, or help her find the real culprit.
If you like sweet romance about second chances then you’ll love The Inn At Pelican Beach! At the Inn, life is filled with the unexpected. Payton is left to pick up the pieces after her divorce is finalized. Seeking a fresh start, she returns to her home town in Pelican Beach. Determined to move on with her life, she finds herself caught up in the family business at The Inn. It may not be her passion, but anything is better than what her broken marriage had to offer. Payton doesn’t wallow in her sorrows long before her opportunity at a second chance shows up. Is there room in her heart to love again? She’ll soon find out! In this first book of the Pelican Beach series, passion, renewed strength, and even a little sibling rivalry are just a few of the emotions that come to mind. Visit The Inn and walk hand in hand with Payton as she heals and seeks to restore true love.
Stolen from his home, Corthie Holdfast has arrived in the City of the Eternal Siege as a new Champion. He must fight alongside the Blades, whose lives are dedicated to the defence of the City against the hordes of monstrous Greenhides; or die at the hands of the Gods who rule. Maddie Jackdaw, a young Blade, faces her last chance. Thrown out of every unit defending the City, either she takes on a new role, or she will be sent to the Rats, a company of misfits given the perilous tasks beyond the Great Walls. Her new role, if she takes it, will bring her face to face with her deepest fears, for beneath the walls, in a secret and hidden lair, lies a dragon, imprisoned and waiting…
Crown of Magic: With the Beltane Festival approaching, the preparations in White Haven are in full swing, but when emotions soar out of control, the witches suspect more than just high spirits. The May Queen brings desire, fertility, and the promise of renewal, but love can also be dark and dangerous. Vengeful Magic: Midsummer is approaching and Avery, Alex, and the White Haven witches, are making plans to celebrate Litha, but everything stops when paranormal activities cause havoc. Smuggler’s gold is found that dates back centuries, and a strange chain of events is set in motion. Some things are meant to stay buried… Chaos Magic: Reeling from the events that revealed other witches were behind the attack on Reuben and Caspian, the White Haven witches don’t know who to trust. The path they follow is dark and twisted and leads them in directions they can’t predict. Knowing who to trust is the only thing that may save them.
“We offer food, shelter, and protection to all survivors. Does anyone copy? …hello? Is anyone alive out there?” The end of the world has given humanity a harsh, merciless existence, where nature tries hard to push us to the very brink of extinction. Everything is against us, between us. Untold miles of lawless, apocalyptic roads wait for our feet, and the future, cold and dark, offers little comfort. Without change, there can be no peace—only survivors.
After the brain melting drug known as Bliss claims the life of my friend, the mastermind responsible for this poison sets his sights on a new target: destroying my father and the family business. There’s not much that ruffles my fur, but now, it’s personal. It’s time to sharpen the claws and unleash the fangs because I’m ready to hunt my prey. Except my mission will come at a hefty cost, one that will have me tangled in a web of lies and haunted by unexpected betrayal. I must uncover the true reason this magic has infested my home and devise a plan to keep my loved ones safe. One wrong move may see me squashed beneath the enemy’s boot.
NICK RANDALL is an Archeologist haunted by a recurring nightmare. Having just returned from an expedition in the jungles of Peru, he believes the dream may be tied to his discovery of a previously unknown native tribe, unlike any known to man. When he is nearly killed by assassins, Nick is forced into hiding.JOHN RANDALL, Nick’s son, is a talented Bioengineer who has developed a drug that erases past traumatic experiences, but has an unintended side effect as well. It allows . When his research partner mysteriously disappears, John searches for answers and soon finds himself pursued by a rogue band of military henchmen. Their paths cross when they are both drawn to a mysterious woman on the Island of Bermuda. But they must find her and solve the riddle before a crazed industrialist, and the Chinese military unleash a horrific weapon on humanity.
To disgraced MI6 spy Rose Clarke, John Fairchild is her last desperate hope of restoring her career. To embittered intelligence mercenary John Fairchild, Rose Clarke stands for everything he’s rejected. From the moment they meet, they are dragged into a journey which takes them across the world in pursuit of adversaries both seen and unseen, facing threats both global and intensely personal. The first five books in the Clarke and Fairchild series of international spy thrillers, this box set follows the back story of Fairchild’s missing parents right through to its shocking conclusion and sees huge shifts in the relationship between Fairchild and Clarke. A massive read that will take you into the frozen wilderness, the heart of the liveliest cities, the honeypots of the wealthy and the backwater realms of the most dangerous and threatened.
LUCIAN: I am a Dragon Prince of the House of Smoke… and I am dying. Five hundred years is truly enough for a man like me. A monster. Yet a ten-thousand-year treaty will die with me, if I don’t spawn a dragonling to take my place. My two brothers are no use in this task. It falls to me, the eldest by a hair’s breadth, and yet, I cannot face the horror of another sealing. Another death. Another woman’s blood on my hands. ARABELLA: I was saved from death in a dark Seattle alley by an impossibly beautiful man who swooped in on golden wings. Now he’s taken me to his lair, opened my eyes to a world of immortals I didn’t know existed, and given me an impossible task—find him a mate. Then, and only then, will he set me free. He needs her more than he wants; she wants him more than she should; and the fate of both the mortal and immortal worlds depends on not just repairing their hearts, but finding a Love that’s True…
Be swept away by the romance, intrigue, unconventional heroines, and dashing heroes, by USA Today Bestselling Author Wendy Vella’s regency romance series. Will her secret bring her ruin or love? Desperate and penniless, Miss Olivia Langley is out of options. To ensure her family’s survival she and her sister decide to take a drastic step – they don masks and take to the road as highwaymen. Disaster strikes when, inside the first carriage they rob, they find the one man Olivia had hoped never to see again. Five years ago Lord William Ryder had broken Livvy’s heart. Now he has returned and she has a bad feeling that if anyone can succeed at unmasking her deepest secrets, it will be him.
My entire life is my music—and all the trappings that come with it. Sex, booze, and rock ‘n’ roll is all I ever wanted. Touring the world as the lead singer of Balefire, I have it all. Until on hiatus, I meet the girl next door. Ashleigh Baker is nothing like the groupies and celebrities who usually have all my attention. In her cute floppy hat with her knees stained with dirt, she spends her days creating a flowering show piece from her rented yard. She’s the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever met, and she acts like she doesn’t want a damn thing to do with me. But from the moment I laid eyes on her, she’s all I can think about. Growing up the only child of an Air Force Colonel, all I wanted was to stay in one place for more than a minute. When I score a pretty little house with a long-term lease, I just want to grow my flowers and my freelancing gig as a music reviewer. Then a loud Harley wakes me from a sound sleep and I discover my neighbor is Blu Connolly. Yeah, that Blu Connolly, lead singer for my favorite band Balefire. With his killer good looks and panty-melting voice, he’s a walking temptation to sin.
PI Sydney Brennan’s vacation with her estranged sister in Winterport, Florida, is cut short when her brother-in-law becomes a murder suspect. With a hurricane bearing down on central Florida, it’s up to Sydney to figure out what the man’s gotten himself into and track him down before the authorities–or someone far worse–beats her to it. No Safe Winterport is a Sydney Brennan novella featuring the Florida private investigator with a knack for getting into trouble who doesn’t know when to quit. (See below for reading order.)
A silly accident puts Elle Worthington into a coma, and when she awakes, she can’t remember her name or anything about her life. She leaves the hospital and returns to a home that’s anything but ideal—her stepmother loathes her, her stepsister resents her, and her father’s a workaholic who’s rarely ever home. She soon discovers that she is the head cheerleader and is dating Edward Kingsley, the golden-boy quarterback who’s madly in love with her. Everyone tells her how lucky she is to be with Edward, but for some strange reason, Elle is instead drawn to Rush Porter, her next-door neighbor—a brooding, reckless newcomer who’s too good looking for his own good! From the moment she sees him, he captures her attention and haunts her dreams, and he seems to know an awful lot about her.
Armed with caustic wit and Resting Doll Face, 24-year-old Quinn grapples through life, selling used underwear online to keep a dilapidated roof over her head. She escaped her past once before, but when an intruder arrives to escort her spirit to the hereafter, running isn’t an option. Scheduled for a fatal brain aneurysm in eleven minutes, she strikes a desperate deal with Milo, her assigned reaper. If he’ll postpone her death by taking an impromptu vacation among the living, Quinn will be his travel guide. And she’ll replace his retired partner when her extension ends. Counting down to her extinction through a nine-day road trip—complete with haunted hotels, a ghost-hunting ex-boyfriend, an obsessive-compulsive vegan, and a geriatric cat—Quinn has one goal for the dwindling remainder of her life: To torment the man who’s stolen her future.
Guinevere Kerr, Gwen, is down from Scotland for the first time ever, for a Season in London, along with her three sisters and three cousins. She hopes they’ll all do well on the Marriage Mart, with her serving as their spinster chaperone, though she’s only twenty-three herself. Knowing no one in London, she tried to make the acquaintance of one of their next-door neighbors, dubbed the brooding bachelor, Lord Hugh Lyon, Viscount Ferndown. He’s so appallingly rude to Gwen and her youngest sister Igraine, they swear they’ll have nothing more to do with him. They may be fresh from the country, but Gwen knows a gentleman when she sees one. Hugh is mortified by the assumptions he makes as to why the two lovely young women have come for a visit, and instantly regrets his bad manners. Clawing his way into Gwen’s good books becomes an obsession.
Clyde Blitzkurr is devastated. Rejected by every reputable magic academy in the realm, this seventeen-year-old aspiring wizard resolves to make his sister’s dream come true. But things take a turn when a demon tries to kill him. Aylee Blitzkurr’s deepest desire is at hand. Accepted to the most prestigious dance academy, this sixteen-year-old ballerina is a breath away from becoming a principal dancer. But when her brother’s life is threatened, and ghosts start leaving cryptic messages, fighting for Clyde’s wellbeing takes precedence. The siblings begin to uncover dangerous secrets connecting them to a vengeful god. Neither is safe. Clyde must grasp the untapped power he possesses. Aylee must discover the courage to face her darkest fears. If they do not, they will lose more than their lives … they will miss their destiny. And the realms are counting on them.
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is normally an idyllic place. Until death arrives on recently widowed bookstore owner Clark Thomas’ doorstep. When the body of a local businesswoman and environmentalist gets dumped by the back door of his shop, Clark finds himself in a unique position to investigate the crime. But should he? When it comes to murder, something else drives him he doesn’t want to admit. As he launches his own search for the killer, Clark comes across a variety of colorful Boardwalk inhabitants who might have had reason to kill an otherwise beloved person. Can he do it and start putting his wife’s death behind him in the process, or will it open up a fresh wound?
“A good starting point for parents to discuss the fears their child has.” ***** Reader’s Favorite This bilingual children’s story is about little Susie. She is frightened. But she does not want to tell anybody. When her mother wants to bake a cake for her family she sends Susie to the village to buy some ingredients. The girl has to pass dark forests, scary fields, and wide grasslands with angry wolves and fire-spying dragons. But is that all real? Will she be able to handle her fears? The vivid color illustrations and the fun and scary story make for an entertaining and educational experience. The text is simple and easy to understand to grab a kid’s attention.
Your teenage years are a time of great change and new experiences as you transition into adulthood. You’re undergoing profound changes in your body, facing more challenging ordeals, and feeling deeper emotions, you may not have felt before. On top of that are the stresses of school, the complications of teenage relationships and the It can feel overwhelming to be a teen, and sometimes things can get to be too much for you. Whether you’re feeling hurt, stressed, insecure, angry, anxious, or lonely, know that you don’t have to go through it alone. You can always turn to your parents, friends, teachers, and mentors for advice, support, and assistance. But aside from outside help, you can also take actions to help yourself deal with the pressures of teenage life. One of the most effective ways is Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT. It is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that can aid those struggling with various issues such as depression and anxiety, anger outbursts, frequent mood swings, and more.
Feet thumping and arms swinging, Thrifty Tortoise and Ritzy Rabbit set off on a race to the finish line. At the end awaits a brand-new bike! Follow this competition to see who can earn, save, and invest their way to the ultimate prize. Lots of money decisions will be made along the way—some good and some bad—but you’ll get to learn from them all! Geared for kids ages 8 to 12, On Your Mark, Get Set, INVEST provides seven engaging chapters to simplify the essential concepts of personal finance and money management…many of which are not taught in schools.
When I learn I’ve inherited a house in Salem, I’m sure it’s a mistake. Besides, I have zero desire to return to a town where I’m an outcast. The surprises continue when I meet my tenants, including a broody vampire and a foodie wolf shifter. But I’m only staying around long enough to sell my long lost aunt’s house. Even when they convince me to go to a Halloween ball. Even when I agree to pretend to be the vampire’s girlfriend. Even when I discover his softer and oh-so-sexier side. Because a witch without magic in Salem makes as much sense as a pig with wings. And I’ve never seen one fly. “Nova and Diego’s story was fresh, fun, and flat out fantastic.”
Children and teens can go through a barrage of confusing experiences that they aren’t yet equipped to handle. With it comes feelings of frustration as you watch your child struggle with negative emotions. You want to help them, but you don’t exactly know how. And perhaps most upsetting of all is that, even with all your good intentions, they still can’t see that you’re only trying to help them — especially teenagers. But don’t feel hopeless just yet. This is all a normal part of growing up. What our kids are going through now are so different than what we went through before. According to the CDC, approximately 8.5 million children aged 3-17 years have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety combined — a staggering number that needs swift intervention for anyone involved.
I always thought I’d be a mom, it would’ve been a natural fit for me. So when I found out that I can’t have children, I was shocked. When my husband left me because of it, I was devastated. It’s been five years since then and I’ve worked hard to start a new life. I went back to school and landed my dream job as a veterinarian. The animals are my babies now. But when volunteering at our local library puts me in contact with a smoking hot dad bod, everything goes paws up. Silas is sexy, charming, and I want to write a new chapter with him. But can I convince him that love lasts forever?