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Do you wanna buy a werewolf? It’s the latest fad. The WereHouse insists their werepets are loyal, docile, and completely safe, but what happens when these gentle giants turn on their masters? While on a routine EMS call, paramedic Christine Alt is attacked by a rogue werepet. She escapes with her life, but the encounter leaves her with more than just scars. As her body begins to change, she discovers the WereHouse is hiding a terrible secret, and they will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing them. Tamed is Book One of the Werepets Unleashed series.
Some bonds are unbreakable…Chris Andersen had spent years throwing himself into one project then another…one painting and then the next one…all in an effort to bury the profound grief he had never completely faced. Enduring is the seventeenth novella in the ongoing story of the Andersen family. Livia Andersen was a woman who held her family together with a quiet smile and an iron will. It’s been months since her death and her children and grandchildren she leaves behind continue to grapple with the shifting changes in their lives now that she’s gone. Chris Andersen is searching for answers. He and Ethan Gilchrist are looking for the cause that killed almost an entire family who lived on a small homestead almost two hundred years ago. Until recently the site of the tragedy was part of his aunt’s property. Now it belongs to Ethan. The family they were looking for answers about were his as well. But for all the effort they were putting into finding out what killed them Chris knew that some questions had no easy answers. Sometimes none at all. No matter how hard you looked. The Andersen Saga is a story of family. It is a story about joy and loss, hope and sorrow, betrayal and regrets, unconditional forgiveness, high expectations, and unwavering loyalty. It reminds that at the heart of who we are is the family we come from, the family who stands behind and beside us and at times against us. And who we become isn’t just a result of those still with us but those too that we’ve lost along the way. It is about the twist and turns every family deals with, the conflicts from within, and the never ending desire for acceptance and respect.
Lighthearted 1920s Cozy Mystery. Evie, the Countess of Woodridge, has been kidnapped? A telegram arrives at Halton House, sending the dowagers and Toodles on a mad race to rescue Evie from the clutches of an impostor. Unaware of the chaos and panic reigning at Halton House, Evie finds herself entangled in a web of deceit and dealing with Tom Winchester’s odd behavior. He is keeping secrets and every time she tries to get answers from him, he manages to change the subject or worse… something else happens. When that “something” happens to be the death of a woman they had met along the way to their destination, Evie knows Tom’s secrets are bigger than she first suspected. Would she be next?
Madison, Wisconsin, 1996. Nineteen women on a university cross-country team embark on a routine eight-mile run. Only eighteen women finish. Days later, the police find the nineteenth, Andie Sheridan, buried in a shallow grave near the route. The police, the university, and the community cannot understand how someone could attack and murder a woman running in a group. The community braces for more attacks, but none occur. Two years later, a friend of the victim hires the Ryder Detective Agency to investigate the murder. Seamus O’Neill, an out-of-work local rock & roll musician and part-time detective agency employee, takes an interest in the case and in the victim. Seamus bounces between brewpubs, bars, and rock & roll shows, gaining an understanding of the victim and of the crime. He creates a theory that identifies the killer and explains why there were no witnesses. Yet he has no proof.
What effects does the presence of a serial killer have on the collective health of a community? What strategies do people adopt to manage the fear and anxiety that accompany news of a serial killer’s predations? And why do citizens and the media respond as they do to serial killers, who usually account for only a small portion of the homicides in the communities in which they are active? Killer Among Us examines serial murder from this fresh perspective: an exploration of the ways people react when a killer is at large in their community. Drawing on 19th-century tabloid accounts of the predations of Jack the Ripper and on 20th-century media coverage of such villains as The Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer, the author constructs vivid and provocative retellings of many of the most infamous cases of serial murder. In 1973, teenage girls began disappearing from Folly Beach, a small town on a barrier island in South Carolina. Initially thought by police to be a spate of runaways, the real story emerged when a police officer on patrol heard a cry for help and found three girls bound and gagged in an abandoned beach cottage. Further investigation turned up bodies buried in the dunes nearby. The police reacted quickly and closed off the only bridge to the mainland, thereby trapping the townspeople with the certain knowledge that one among them was a serial killer. Everyone became a suspect, as neighbor turned against neighbor in an atmosphere of rapidly growing hysteria.
Global humor expert Shai Gelber reveals the #1 tool to dealing with all the things you should – and shouldn’t laugh about. No one denies the incredible power of laughter and humor, with extensive research showing its beneficial properties to our well-being. It boosts confidence, diffuses stress, and is a massive part of our social structure. So why aren’t we using it where it counts? In Laugh it Up, professional humor expert Shai Gelber draws on years of research, practical experience, and inspiring accounts of success from across the globe to demonstrate just how crucial humor is to our general well-being and, more importantly, how we can apply it to promote our health, wealth, and our happiness and satisfaction. Far more than a simple coping mechanism, humor can be the greatest tool in your arsenal for almost any situation in life. With (most) jokes aside, Gelber takes a serious approach to the subject and unpacks several underlying theories: Why we laugh at some things but not others; how humor moves and connects people; what mechanisms comedians use that we can apply; and how to develop your own “humoristic” philosophy.
A man she never thought she’d see again–a child he didn’t know he had. What could go wrong when Justin Thorne returns to Aspen Ridge, Colorado? SRiley Beckman has spent the last six years trying to be the perfect single parent to her daughter, Ava. The result of a one-night-stand with a handsome cowboy, Riley didn’t even know his last name when he rode off into the morning sunrise. By the time she discovered she was pregnant, all she could do was make the best of the amazing gift she’d been given. She hadn’t needed a man to establish a happy home for herself and her daughter. Justin Thorne, known to his friends as JT, has been a nomad since leaving home at eighteen. A cowhand, he’s traveled ranch to ranch and state to state, never staying in any one place long enough to put down roots. Still there was that one night and one girl he could never quite forget. When fate brings him back to the tiny Colorado Mountain town of Aspen Ridge, will he get a second chance? And what happens when he discovers he left behind more than just a girl? While JT struggles with the fact that he’s been an absent father for six years, Riley fears the worst. Will he try to take her child? Or can the three of them find the family they’ve only dreamed of?
When an engagement of convenience becomes anything but convenient. Forced into a betrothal with a widower twice her age, Charleston socialite, Sophia Fairfield is desperate for an escape. But, while her fiancé is away on business, he assigns his handsome stepson, Carver, the task of looking after his bride-to-be. Much to her dismay, Sophia finds herself falling in love with the wrong gentleman—a man society would never allow her to marry, given Sophia was supposed to be his new stepmother. The only way to save Carver from scandal and financial ruin is to run away, leaving him and all else behind to become a Harvey Girl waitress at the Castañeda Hotel in New Mexico. Carver Ashton has had his life planned out for him since birth, but when he encounters Sophia Fairfield, he glimpses a new life—apart from his overbearing stepfather’s business. But, when the woman he loves disappears before he can express his devotion, Carver abandons all to find her. However, his stepfather has other intentions for Sophia and will stop at nothing until she is his bride . . . even if it is against her will.
He is the Duke of Thornwood. A powerful and respected Duke, a towering figure of influence and prestige for High Society. A gentleman who one could say has no weaknesses… but is just a man living in darkness, desperately searching for his light. The light that only one could offer him, she, Miss Annabelle Ludlow. Miss Annabelle Ludlow, a young woman with a gentle spirit, faces the grim prospect of an imposed marriage to a loathsome suitor, all due to her cruel-hearted uncle. When betrothal to Adrian comes into play, an opportunity for escape and protection arises. As she gets to know her future husband, she becomes increasingly attracted to his strength, kindness, and profound character. Can she overcome her fears, confront her uncertainties, and allow herself to fall in love? Adrian Westfield, the Duke of Thornwood, grappling with vivid memories of his past life and his new, altered reality following a tragic hunting accident that left him scarred and blinded. An unexpected marriage proposal to Annabelle sparks emotions he never foresaw. Plagued by insecurities and tormented by his losses, can he conquer his fears and allow love to blossom in his well-guarded heart? As Adrian and Annabelle’s arrangement evolves, they discover their bond deepening into a tender affection that neither expected. However, their burgeoning relationship encounters turbulence as malevolent intentions and past secrets resurface, threatening their newfound love. Can they summon the strength to nurture their emerging relationship, standing strong against all odds?
An outlawed myth. A forbidden love, that could be deadly. A young girl, who never suspected that those who promised safety were her deadliest enemies. Iskra is committed to following the rules—the rules that keep everyone safe. But when a savage outlaw rescues her from a gang of vicious bandits, she discovers that most of what she believes is a lie. As her feelings for the outlaw turn from fear to love, Iskra begins to take risks she’d never imagined. Then those who had promised her safety became her deadliest enemies, determined to separate her from her forbidden love—or destroy her in the process. Flight of the Spark is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in an epic fantasy world. If you like dystopian worlds, tenacious heroines, and compelling characters, you’ll love this gripping first novel in the award-winning Outlawed Myth series. Find out why reviewers never wanted it to end. Grab your copy to start the adventure today!
In a world of shadows, trust can be deadly. After a brutal encounter with a black-magic witch, rebellious monster hunter Ava Ashe finds herself ambushed by the merciless fae mafia. When the enigmatic second-in-command of the Shadow Court suggests she’s just the anonymous assassin they’ve been searching for to take out the powerful Iron King, she’s pretty sure it’s because he doesn’t care if she lives through it. She might be a snarky loner who can’t even get her sister to take her calls, but she is good at one thing: hunting evil. And she isn’t about to ruin that one worthy quality by harming the innocent. She’ll die before she makes that mistake again. All that changes when the fae capo delivers his ultimatum: Kill the king or watch her sister perish. Faced with this devil’s bargain, she accepts, fully aware that her estranged sister may never discover her sacrifice. But being thrust into a world of magic and forced to achieve the impossible without understanding the rules will take all her wit and instinct to survive. A task that grows much harder when, amidst the chaos, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a darkly brooding fae who suggests there might be more than one way to get close to a king. And she realizes it’s not just her head at risk…
There’s a young woman tied up in the basement of our cabin. It was supposed to be a fun weekend at our family cabin. I was going to surprise my husband, Mike, with a small get together for his 40th birthday. Something is wrong though. Mike isn’t himself lately. He goes out often, and by himself, leaving me and our young son. Our happy marriage is fading away and I don’t know why. This weekend is just what’s needed to cheer him up. It’s what we need for us. When I get to the cabin and set up, I hear sounds coming from the basement. That’s when I see her. A young woman tied up and scared. She cries out for me to help her. Before I can, Mike comes to the cabin early. Who is she? Why is she here? What has my husband done? The new psychological thriller from the author of The In-Laws and The Patient’s List. If you’re a fan of page turning thrillers by the likes of Daniel Hurst or Freida McFadden, The Family Cabin will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The only thing worth killing for is family. Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free. Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has just one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage. And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her.
Drama. Lies. Sex. Welcome to Palm South University. At a college in sunny South Florida, the weather is hot, and the guys are hotter. Cassie McBee is a freshman, brand new to campus, and it doesn’t take her long to figure out that the rules are only set to be broken at PSU. A pre-med bio major, she’s got more important things to worry about than joining a sorority or partying at fraternity houses. But her best friend is rushing, and when she tags along, she discovers there’s more to Greek life than she thought. And when she meets Adam Brooks, the sexy soon-to-be president of Alpha Sigma, she kisses her heart goodbye right there on the spot. There’s just one small problem. Adam is dating Skyler, Cassie’s new Big in Kappa Kappa Beta. And if you think that sounds like trouble, just wait until you meet the rest of the crew.
Do you want your kiddo(s) to understand mindfulness so they can navigate their feelings, and learn self-acceptance? My Big Heart is a story of feeling small. While this includes the challenges and limitations that young children face of being physically small, it also can relate to feeling small when it comes to their sense of self-worth, feeling unseen, and being disconnected from the vastness of their truest self and potential. The main character experiences a change of heart in how she sees herself and the world through mindfulness and connecting to her heart. “I wish I was big enough to hug the moon. I wish I was big enough to kiss the sun. I wish I was big enough to catch a flying comet.” Children experience many fears and challenges: fear of the dark, fear of monsters, fear of abandonment, fear of the future, fear of not being good enough, fear of being punished, fear of not belonging, fear of failure, etc.
A new puzzle-packed adventure from P.J. Nichols, author of the best-selling Puzzled Mystery Adventure Series. What 12-year-old wouldn’t want to grow up to be an Interstellar Detective? A hero who travels the cosmos, using their intellect and skills to unravel mysteries and save civilizations? Well, Screed Palin—a piano-loving kid who dreams of becoming a composer—didn’t originally plan on that kind of life. When Screed realizes that he possesses a rare and special talent, one that could make him the greatest Interstellar Detective ever, he accepts his challenging destiny. But mere months after starting his 6-year training, a perilous and baffling situation arises on a far-off world. Screed and his friends—despite their young age—are sent on a mission that, if unsuccessful, would leave an entire race at risk of being annihilated…
Love outer space? Love going to school? Now imagine this… a SCHOOL in OUTER SPACE! Wouldn’t that be cool??
Meet Zack—a 6-year-old kid from Earth—who is super excited (and a little nervous) about starting at his new school… which happens to be in outer space!
His first week is filled with amazing experiences: cool alien classmates, floating desks, a cosmic playground, and a teacher unlike any he has had before. Zack learns to love his school, which quickly makes it his new favorite place in the universe!
This fun, imaginative rhyming picture book is packed with enough “silliness” to entertain young readers as it reinforces the exciting aspects of attending school. This story is geared to kids ages 3-7. Perfect for boys, girls, preschool, per-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 or 2.
The Battle to Live While Battling the Dead. Casualties mount during the global zombie pandemic. Hordes of zombies and lawless gangs threaten local communities. World governments crumble. Humans fight for dwindling resources. Nancy Parker and Harry Schuler escape chaos in Alexandria only to be captured by Terry Stark’s company of murderous marauders who call themselves the Locusts. General Markum initiates Operation Wildfire. Using the dark web to communicate with the loyal remnants of the U.S. military, he maps out new rules of engagement. The Locusts launch a surprise attack on Gregg’s Farm, part of the Outbreak Compound’s food supply. Colonel Anthony Gregg and his family take losses as they desperately fight off the Locust swarm. The Russians are working to uncover the Outbreak Compound’s top-secret location. The Outbreak Compound’s newcomers Mark and Claire Landi, Juliet Romero, and Glen Anderson adjust to life in the Outbreak Compound. They form new alliances and face new tests. General Markum, Colonel Jack Crown, M.D., and Dr. Benjamin Lieber desperately work on a cure for the Z-Factor Virus. Mark Landi’s antibodies seem to work on infected Glen Anderson. But a zombie horde’s attack on the Outbreak Compound reveals an unforeseen side effect.
Do you eat a lot of chicken? Are you looking for fresh and exciting chicken recipes? Chicken is about as versatile an ingredient as you can find. It works well hot or cold, can be used in soups, stews or with an almost endless variety of sauces. It is also reasonably priced and readily available, so you can afford to eat it several times a week. If you are tired of using the same chicken recipes, 101 Quick & Easy Chicken Recipes, chicken cookbook will blow away some of the cobwebs and give you great new ideas, including: Kung Pao Chicken, Skillet Chicken and Tomatoes, Chicken Breasts with Bacon, Honey Baked Chicken Recipe, Supreme Foil Baked Chicken, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Angelic Chicken Recipe And many more…
It’s 1990, and New York soloist April Manning is trying to rebalance her world in the aftermath of her parents’ deaths. An offer to join the struggling West Coast Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer seems like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start—a new life in San Francisco, an exciting step up in her career, and the hope of a redefined sense of family. But the other dancers are wary, clannish and tight-lipped, particularly about an incident that hastened the departure of their beloved artistic director, leading to the arrival of his replacement, the young, inexperienced Anders Gunst. And no one wants to talk about Jana, a former company member who defiantly walked out rather than work under Anders. It is Jana herself who offers April hints, and even friendship, where she reveals a loneliness and hunger to belong that newly orphaned April well understands. But there is something troubling about Jana, and what April doesn’t know could prove deadly. A prequel to the Ballet Theatre Chronicles, BALLET ORPHANS explores the work and sacrifices required to arrive at the highest tiers of the professional ballet world, coupled with the primal, universal desire to belong, to love and be loved, and the lengths we’ll go to protect those we call family.
Tang Dynasty, 637 AD. When dragons were worshipped and some women became warriors. Xiu has never left her village and can barely make dumplings, yet she finds herself in a secret training academy on the slopes of the Jade Mountain. Put through rigorous training, Xiu must become a warrior, but her movements are clumsy and she is plagued by self-doubts. While Xiu flounders, Qiao seems to do everything with effortless grace. Xiu grows jealous until she is propelled to act in a way she will later regret. As the girls around her develop talents, Xiu searches for hers. Though she is not sure how, the red panda holds the key to developing her skills as a warrior. As an army ammasses to invade the Imperial city of Chang’An, Xiu and her elite corps of women warriors must ride into battle. Xiu must overcome her jealousy, face her fears and discover her unique strengths, or her enemy will bring the mighty Tang Dynasty to ruin. A compelling story of friendship and courage in a lush historical setting with a splash of the speculative.
Frost sprites dance at the windowpane, a snow-dwelling spider grants wishes and elusive beings convey a message in this magical collection! Journey from a Japanese blizzard to a magical Arctic village, from the snow-covered forests of Kajanaland to a waterfall in Iceland. A snow maiden soars on her sleigh to a permafrost palace and a soothsayer in a bearskin robe shares a warning with a sprinkling of white leaves. A maiden wanders through a portal to a winter wonderland while a crone emerges from a snowstorm bearing gifts. A mythological goddess conjures the ghosts of past eras and the goddess of snow goddess brings unexpected insights. Be swept away to enchanting snowscapes with fifteen original tales to inspire, surprise and light the way through the winter darkness.
God Loves Me is a delightful book that celebrates the unconditional love of God for His children. It is filled with colorful illustrations and simple rhymes that will capture your child’s attention and imagination. By reading this book with your child, you will help them: Develop a strong and personal relationship with God, Grow in faith and confidence, Learn important values and morals, Enjoy reading and learning, God Loves Me is a perfect gift for any occasion, whether it is a birthday, a baptism, or a holiday. It is suitable for children of all ages, from toddlers to preschoolers. It is a book that your child will treasure for years to come.
Sometimes it’s better to just look…don’t touch. Paisley Gallagher has it all – a successful career, a luxurious penthouse, and the perfect boyfriend. But when she discovers that her relationship is not as perfect as she thought, she flees to her hometown to heal her broken heart. Reconnecting with her childhood best friend, Sawyer Chapman, brings comfort, but their different backgrounds create tension. Things only get more complicated when trouble brews at Creekside Estates, and Paisley’s family is keeping a big secret. As Paisley searches for answers, she finds herself enlisting the help of her ex-boyfriend, Cooper, to clear her family’s name. But the truth they uncover is shocking, and Paisley must find a way to help those affected while navigating her complicated relationships with Sawyer and Cooper.
The first book in my new Tempting Treats series! Aurora Abbott is the most tempting treat Sheriff Garrison James has every seen. He is instantly smitten with the sexy little baker, and is determined to make her his. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and it’s not long before passion ignites. As their whirlwind romance heats up, Aurora finds herself falling hard for the sexy sheriff, but is overcome with fear and uncertainty. Can Garrison push past her walls and make her his, permanently? A cute, steamy, OTT short with high heat, no cheating, instalove, and (of course!) a HEA. Always a steamy read with HEA guaranteed! Enjoy!