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In the 1960s, Edenville, North Carolina is full of rules. Sagging under the weight of racism and segregation the small community finds itself at a dangerous tipping point. Eleven-year-old Betty Grafton believes the world is fair. She knows there are worse places to live than Edenville. Unaware of the wars waging around her, she spends her days patting horses in the field and running errands for her mother. The world she doesn’t see, full of turmoil and unrest, is hiding just below the surface. One day, she has no choice but to see what’s been right in front of her all along. Alma knows where to walk. She knows who to talk to and which fountain she can drink out of. Her mother, Winnie, spares no opportunity to remind her how dangerous it is to be a little black girl in the South. When a chance encounter puts Betty face to face with the peril that exists in her own hometown, everything she knows turns upside down. The world isn’t as fair or safe as she’d imagined. Her family is the Klan. Her friends are the enemy. And nothing makes sense anymore.
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Tracy Johnston was making the trip up the Mississippi River to a small town in Iowa to pack up her new sister-in-law’s belongings…her newly pregnant and very ill sister-in-law. And just as she hadn’t planned on making the trip…it turned out that she wasn’t making it alone. She wasn’t joking when she’d informed Todd that he was the best friend she’d had since sixth grade. Maybe even better than the best friend she had in sixth grade. And there was no questioning that she wanted all the same things that he did…a life-long love…a houseful of kids…and the house to go with it. He was perfect…and she was terrified. Todd knew from the moment that one of her brothers introduced him to Tracy that they were destined to be more than just good friends.
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“I’m going down now,” I said to a young woman a few seconds before the darkness-my first cardiac arrest. As I returned to work as a behavioral coach, it became maddening to hear about all-consuming, everyday problems and misguided priorities while I fought to merely remain conscious. The Half-Known Life challenges conventional thinking of success, identity, and personal change. Most often, truly profound change happens following events that shake someone to their core-a car accident, death of a family member, or cardiac arrest that pulls them into a moment of clarity. Priorities change when time becomes precious. Problems look different when you have no energy left to give them. Why wait until you’re burnt out or for a life-changing event to occur before getting real about your life? Who are you when all of the accolades and accomplishments are gone? What does how you manage your time say about what’s important to you-about what matters most? Get out of your head and get into your life, before it slips away.
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Kat is focused on three things: turning eighteen, going to prom and graduating high school. She has her plans laid out, and nothing can get in her way. But when she displays superhuman strength saving one of her best friends at a house party, Kat realizes even the best-laid plans can go awry. The events at the house party start a chain reaction of chaos in Kat’s life she doesn’t know if she can handle. With powers manifesting she can’t control, and a dream of an event from her past, Kat turns to the one person she hopes can help—her Gran. But when Gran gives her a family heirloom, Kat is left with even more questions. As she searches for answers, Kat learns others are not only after her family heirloom, but what it leads to and will stop at nothing to get it.
When her father is attacked under mysterious circumstances, 22-year-old Trini Duran must return home to Chavez Ravine, a neighborhood mostly abandoned after the government sent letters to residents demanding they leave. Only two hundred stubborn holdouts remain. While the Mexican American community fights to save their homes, they face a new threat that is even harder to combat than the politicians who want them gone. Trini discovers the city and the supernatural have joined forces against her old neighborhood—monstrous creatures emerge at night, terrorizing the holdouts. Trini, a handsome community organizer, a healer with dubious skills, and a ragtag group of fighters take up arms against the elusive enemy.
Despite the risks, they’ll experience love, heartache, passion and loss, and along the way, they’ll find the courage to discover their true origins and abilities, and how to handle them. Trusting only those closest to them, they’ll be forced to face their greatest threat – those who want them dead. Amidst betrayal, doubt, fear and pain, they will do whatever it takes to protect themselves and those who love them, and in the end, they’ll discover the only thing that matters–family. From Curse Breaker – Gillian Fletcher will risk her life to catch the killer making the wealthy Grayson Steele’s life a living hell, but revealing the truth could be far more dangerous. From High Child – Gifted with unique abilities, Royce Fletcher struggles to find his place in the world. Living a solitary life in the woods, he finds his quiet existence disrupted by unexpected visitors. Visitors he would prefer to avoid. Minneapolis defense attorney Marc Kadella was hoping for a bit of peace after a failed homicide attempt in the form of a hit-and-run. But it’s hard to keep the peace in the midst of a string of police brutality accusations leading to civil unrest. In his ninth courtroom drama and legal thriller, Kadella finds himself trapped in a web of racism and corruption—thanks to a drug ring orchestrated by a villain so manipulative even hard-nosed investigator Tony Carvelli’s stumped.
Rhee Abbott is done with magic. A reluctant witch whose spells always seem to backfire, she moves to the laid-back San Juan Islands to manage a new Bed & Breakfast and live a normal life. But on her arrival, she’s shocked to discover a dead body…and an extremely frosty ghost. Determined to succeed without hocus pocus or her powerful mother’s interference, Rhee sets out to solve the murder before it wrecks the opening of the historic inn. But between the phantom sea captain’s isolationist attitude, a dog with a ghostly cat companion, and deadly secrets coming out of the ancient woodwork, she instead finds herself in a hotbed of confusion.
The first four novels in the popular DI Skelgill series: Murder in Adland, Murder in School, Murder on the Edge and Murder on the Lake.Introducing the recalcitrant Cumbrian detective Daniel Skelgill, and his loyal lieutenants, long-suffering Londoner DS Leyton and local high-flyer DS Emma Jones.Set amidst the ancient landscapes of England’s Lake District, this expanding series of standalone murder mysteries has won acclaim across five continents, from Australia to Japan and India, and from Brazil to Canada and the United States of America.
How to beat insomnia without using harmful prescription sleeping pills, even if you think you’ve tried everything! Do you have trouble falling asleep every single night, making you want to burst into tears after hours of tossing and turning? Do you feel drowsy or fatigued during the day – that afternoon slump seeming to be an all-day slump? Are you struggling to remember the simplest of things, such as where you put your keys or appointments you have throughout the week? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you may suffer from insomnia. Insomnia is commonly caused by stress, mental disorders, sleep deprivation, and much more. Nearly 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder – and you could be one of them. But, there is a solution! You don’t have to suffer.
Have you ever been accused of “not being a real man” or told to “Man up!” by your significant other? Too often in today’s society, we hear that “I was gaslighted” or “That the problem has to be me. Unfortunately, the first is much more common than we believe, and the second phrase is directly related to the first. Really sad.
So if these issues are so common, how does one protect themselves from this form of narcissistic emotional abuse? Or, more importantly, recognize it and stop it before becoming a victim? More than 25% of Men directly experience gaslighting in a romantic relationship, and with over 50% of the adult population in the united states experiencing emotional abuse in some form in their lives, it is more essential than ever to know the signs early.
But what happens if you find yourself already in one of these relationships? That is when you must find a way to shield and protect yourself from further harm. Don’t allow yourself to continue being abused when you deserve so much more.
It is 1991 and Clark is about to take his first steps toward happily ever after. However, after his proposal literally goes up in flames, he decides to take a one-man vacation to Chicago where his favorite team is celebrating their first NBA championship. While at the celebration rally in Grant Park, he meets the perfect stranger. Perhaps, she is his real soulmate. If only she felt the same. However, she agrees to take him up on a bet that if the Chicago Bulls win another championship the following year, they’ll have to meet up in Grant Park again and pick up right where they left off. Little does she know that she’s in the middle of a NBA dynasty in the making.
Adam Stevenson, must marry in 30 days to receive his great-grandfather’s inheritance. The walls around Adam’s heart, won’t let him fall in love. He fears being responsible for another person he loves dying… a belief which has kept love strictly out of bounds. With his heart firmly caged in and with no intention of being tied down longer than a year, Adam proposes a marriage in name only to the girl-next-door, Elle Jennings. Elle is desperate to save her dad’s ranch from foreclosure. She has 3 weeks to do it. All alone in the world, except for a stepmother and stepsister who dislike her, Elle wants to hold onto the one thing that brings her a sense of belonging… her father’s ranch. When Adam asks her to be his fake wife, she agrees… with certain conditions. They agree to strict guidelines: 1) keep this a business arrangement 2) do not fall in love. It’s only for one year. What could possibly go wrong with a marriage bargain?
It’s been centuries since Michael stayed on Earth for an extended amount of time. Now he’s here because of Jordan Amador–a Seer who helped him restore his life and memories and thwart the archdemon Belial from taking over the city. With Jordan on Belial’s hit list, Michael decides to stick around and live out life alongside her as her friend and temporary bodyguard. But as the days pass, he finds it harder to resist the seven deadly sins that tempt all men. Especially as he and Jordan grow closer fighting the demons that want her almost as much as he does… This collection takes place in the two month period in The Black Parade between Chapters 15 and 16. She Who Fights Monsters is the second novel in the series sequence.
Forced to choose between his mother’s life and his own exile, Dwapek embarks upon a journey wrought with trials no ordinary Renzik could hope to survive. Relics of legend, plagues of old, and monsters of unthinkable dread all collide in this epic fantasy adventure as a weapon capable of destroying an entire people is set to be unleashed. This standalone story will be enjoyed by new and established fans of Smythe’s bestselling Passage to Dawn series. Patrons of Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Michael J. Sullivan, Edward W. Robertson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Michael Wisehart rejoice!
Greta Morel was the first victim ten years ago, followed by another nineteen women until today. The mysterious people responsible for their disappearance left no trace while staging every abduction to look like each woman willingly left everything behind. The lack of evidence of the potential crime had the Vancouver Police prioritizing the other cases. However, when a piece of information regarding all the missing women gets passed on to Cliff Mason, an old-fashioned Chief of Police is forced to work on it with Buster McRoy, a devious Miami Detective whose celebrity career is built on lies. But all hope shatters like a glass vase as yet another redhead gets abducted in front of their noses.
“There are more than shadows lurking in the darkness of those trees.” Blake Malone is in search of a new start and arrives in the remote forest town of Darke Heath. The memory of his past mysteriously becomes a blur as he discovers this place isn’t what it seems. Malone shares a romantic encounter with a woman named Caitlyn and she reveals herself to be a ‘creature of the night’. He learns of her story which intertwines with the history of the ‘Heath’. Together they must face the evil forces of vampirism and witchcraft that await them in the Darke forest. But just who is Blake Malone? That’s something even he must fight to discover. Because ‘you’ve never known true darkness…’
I’m trained to maim and torture, not to love and protect. Falling in love in my world gets people killed.
If being forced back home to Ireland to sit as head of the O’Sullivan family after the assassination of my father wasn’t bad enough, I’m drawn to the north east of England to call in an expensive gambling debt.
I should have walked away the moment I set eyes on her. Charlie Porter, the defiant, head-strong, smart-mouthed racing jockey is a pain in my arse. She’s insolent, wild, out of control with a mean right hook, and she invades my every thought.
But I’ll not give up till I’ve bent her to my will, tamed her, and disciplined every part of her body. And I’m going to enjoy every inch of her.
Given her background, Zoe knows instantly that she needs protection and she knows how to get it—her sister Mel’s the owner of Blackhawk Security. But trust Mel to send Spence Flynn, the one agent Zoe can’t be alone with, but not because they don’t get along. It’s because attraction sizzles between the two of them like runaway electricity. And because they both know the last thing a body guard should do is get into a relationship with his principal. It’s unethical and dangerous. But how are they supposed to fight this thing? Spoiler: Good intentions suffer a knockout in the first round. And then, to the delight of the reader, the earth moves in the most delicious way. Meanwhile, Zoe’s stalker is still sending her charms from a bracelet he stole from her thirteen years ago, the scariest being a heart he’s had engraved with both their names. Unnerving enough– and then he starts dropping off lunch for her, tailing her in a white Subaru, and trying to break into her condo.
I travel to my best friend’s private island to celebrate her first wedding anniversary. Incredible, right? Sure—until a tropical storm strands me and the former best man together alone. And of course the storm washes his fancy seaplane out onto the open ocean. Being forced to survive in the wilderness (okay, the comfort of a luxury private island) with Jonah Wells isn’t ideal. He made it obvious a year ago that he’s more into supermodels than accounting interns—as if the tabloid images online didn’t make it obvious enough. I thought my crush on Jonah was dead and buried, but something happens on the island. A lot of something’s, actually. Jonah’s capable, hot and funny, and I throw caution to the wind for a vacation fling that’s more than either of us bargained for. We decide to see if we can make it work back in the real world of electricity and cell service. Before I know it, I’m trying to survive a long-distance relationship with the most eligible bachelor in Chicago while enduring a brutal internship in New York, and I’m the paparazzi’s new favorite target.
Hottie in the truck, Brinn McRae turns out to be straight-laced and so not my type. Plus, I’m not looking for romance. I have to find a job and my estranged brother. The universe must have different plans because the first job my Daytona temp agency sends me to is Brinn’s flight school. And if I thought we weren’t compatible before, working in his small office makes me question my feelings. The only problem is I’m not sure if I want to loosen his straight-laces or choke him with them. I don’t know if he’s the man I want, but I’m positive I’m the girl he needs. Escape to Daytona Beach, Florida in this enemies to lover romance. The Girl He Needs is the first book in the No Strings Attached Series but each book can be read as a standalone. Only, you’ll love this group of friends and want to share in their journey for love, happiness, and a few good laughs.
More Blood Than Flesh follows siblings Mae, Tenn, and Bird Ellis who, after discovering their mother has been murdered by their father, must escape the lawless community they’ve called home all their lives. A horrifying level of violence awaits the siblings as they confront drug dealers, a mysterious lady who offers to help get them out, and most of all themselves as they make their way toward safety. Six years later the choices they made as they fled their home still haunt them. But when a shocking family secret is revealed it sets off a chain of events that forces them back into each other’s lives and leaves a trail of bodies in their wake setting them on a collision course with a money laundering sheriff, a preacher desperate to keep his wrongdoings private, a drug dealer set on revenge, and two ABI agents piecing it all together.
Learn how easy it is to make this luxurious melt and pour soap starring Matcha Green Tea. This type of soap is wonderful for all skin types and would make a great addition to any bath & body gift basket!
And every once in a while, there’s that sudden burst of anger. Or deep depression and chronic health problems. That secret addiction or compulsive behaviors. That tendency for self-sabotage. And part of you knows, it all began a long time ago. Back when no one was there for you.
Lucy Wang, a Chinese woman in her forties, leads an idyllic life in Montreal under the protective wing of her husband Patrick Harris, an English Canadian entrepreneurial millionaire whose career is on the rise and whom she loves deeply. However, her crystal castle cracks when she discovers that Patrick is having a passionate affair with an unknown woman. Chance leads her to learn of a new method for tackling the problem, unknown in the West but all the rage in China. She travels there to get more information and upon her return home decides to set her plan in motion. Torn between her internal conflicts and mixed feelings toward Patrick, Lucy ignores that in addition to standing up to her rival in love, she will have to face powerful adversaries in the shadows, to the point of risking her own life. Her dilemma: to accept defeat and quit or gather up the necessary courage to transform herself into a new woman and go further to meet the ultimate consequences.
Sensei & I : A Ninja Haiku Story was written as an educational but fun children’s book based on a style of writing I enjoyed when I was young. In this book we take the traditional Haiku and turn it into a series of haikus to form a story about a young ninja and his Sensei. I hope you enjoy my work!
THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR, #1 Ransom Kent – The owner of a multinational construction company who lives a simple, peaceful life. Or, so he thinks, until he moves next door to the most cantankerous woman he’s ever met. BABIES FOR THE BILLIONAIRE, #2 Rafe Kent – The software entrepreneur, adventurer and rolling stone who finds his new calling in life, one he would never have thought he could manage – taking care of a whole lot of babies. BILLIONAIRE’S BLACKMAIL BRIDE, #3 Ridge Kent – The oil tycoon who blackmails his love interest into marrying him, only to find out…you’d better be careful what you wish for. You just might get it…and it may not be as ‘sweet’ as you thought it would be. BOSSING THE BILLIONAIRE, #4 Ryder Kent – The dairy industry giant who ends up at the mercy of bold and independent Blake Beaumont…who, in no uncertain terms, let’s him know who’s the boss.
Double Shot of Sober is a Story of hope and healing from addiction recovery. It is a woman’s journey of a lifetime of transferring from one addiction to the next in hopes of finding that thing that would give her peace, serenity, purpose, and a sense of belonging. It was not until she stopped all the harmful ways of people pleasing, eating disorders, overspending, overworking, and abusively drinking alcohol that she found what she was seeking. Change was required for her to live life honest and free. As she journeyed through the messy, hard, and unknown by practicing daily prayer, reading books on recovery and wellness, claiming a seat in a 12-step program, collaborating with a therapist, laughing, and crying with family and friends, and daily accepted life on life’s terms, she found wellness. No matter what happened – divorce, death, and even success, she showed up with a clear mind, body, and spirit and allowed the God of her understanding to direct her life.
Everyone loves a good homemade treat! With this fantastic collection of Cozy Fall Baking Recipes, you will find 100 addictive fall recipes to warm you inside and out. Cozy Fall Baking Recipes includes 100 easy recipes for harvest apples, autumn nuts, pumpkin spice breads and desserts, fall chocolate, make it with candy, cozy harvest-time fruit recipes, seasonal cranberries, cinnamon scents of fall, honey and spiced latte recipes.
Whether it is for a special celebration, birthday party or just because you want to treat the family, making delicious cupcakes is satisfying and fun to do. And with 101 Quick & Easy Cupcake and Muffin Recipes you will be able to amaze your friends and family as you turn out little masterpieces every time. Buy 101 Quick & Easy Cupcake and Muffin Recipes today and start making your own perfect cupcakes now!
After half-wizard Nissa’s power to manipulate time ends in tragedy, she flees home to Nowhere, but before long, her past catches up to her, in the form of another supernatural asking for help. Nissa has one rule: no fraternizing with customers. Especially of the sexy werewolf variety. Blake, however, won’t take no for an answer…and neither will the dead body in the bar parking lot. If anyone discovers her abilities, they’ll exploit her, and she’s too ready to think Blake will be an exception. Yet, he’s pulled her into the mystery, and tasks her with helping get his sister out of town. It won’t be easy, but if anyone understands being on the run, it’s Nissa. Problem is, time is running out, and if Nissa doesn’t figure out who the real killer is before they strike again, she could be the next victim. Fans of Midnight, Texas and Wynonna Earp will love this urban fantasy series.
For Shylaja, a young girl with no looks, no money, no friends and no future, it is downright devastating. The story of The Girl with the Scar takes you into the life of a young girl, the unlucky underdog who may be doomed to a life of misery forever, unless she can find the strength within herself to take control of her destiny. Twenty-one year old Shylaja hides behind her scar. She does not have friends, hates being stared at and lives her own little lonely life with her mother, the only person who truly loves her. Until fate calls her to do something she has never done before. Will she let her zero self-esteem hold her back and hide behind her past? For there is one thing that can push her into taking up a destiny that is meant for her, if only she will take one crucial step. What is this step, and does Shylaja have it in her to take it?
She might be the Queen of Matchmaking, but finding the perfect date for her high school bully is gonna either be very difficult…or very fun… Tara Delaney runs a dating agency. It’s crushing the online apps. It’s made her rich and successful, and her optimism for love is legendary. Her super-power is matching the un-matchable, and finding perfect partners for all the singles who flock to her agency after being endlessly ghosted. But when her high-school nemesis walks through the door looking for love, Tara herself may have met her match…and not in a good way. With its cast of zany characters, ‘The Dating Boss’ is another Second Chance Romance from Darcy Andrews…it’s warm, funny and hits all the feels.